The Ultimate Living Room Decorating Quiz

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The Ultimate Living Room Decorating Quiz
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About This Quiz

Decorating your humble abode and don’t know where to start in terms of color and style? Take our quiz and learn some essential decorating principles.
What is the fastest and cheapest way to reinvent the walls of your house?
paint
Painting the walls of your house is the fastest and cheapest way to decorate them. It takes just a few hours from start to finish.
wallpaper
tile

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If your home undergoes a lot of wear and tear from kids and pets, what is the best paint to use?
low sheen paint on the walls and semi gloss on the trimmings
semi gloss paint on the walls and high gloss paint on the trimming
Semi gloss paint on the walls and high gloss paint on trimmings is best for households with children and pets. This will make it easier to clean off the fingerprints and ensure your walls will endure the wear and tear for longer.
matte paint on the walls and semi gloss paint on the trimmings

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What is the advantage of latex (water) based paint over oil based paint?
Water based paint is more durable and longer lasting.
None, they are equally advantageous.
Water based dries faster, is easier to clean and has less of an odor when fresh.
Oil based paint used to be more durable and longer lasting. Today oil and latex (water) based paints are equal in this area, but latex based paint dries faster, is easier to clean and has less of an odor when fresh than oil base paint.

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If I want to make a large room more cozy, what shade of paint should I use?
a light shade
a dark shade
Dark shades make a room appear smaller, light shades make it appear larger.
a very glossy shade

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The ceilings in my living room are very low. How can I add some height?
Trim the bottom of the walls in a dark shade.
Paint the ceiling the exact shade of the walls.
Use light colors on the ceiling, preferably two shades lighter than the color of the walls.
Painting the ceiling in a light shade, in a color two shades lighter than the color of the walls, blurs the delineation between the walls and ceiling, giving an illusion of height and space.

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Can wallpaper be used in kitchens and bathrooms?
No, it will grow mildew.
Yes, today wallpaper can be washed and scrubbed.
Yes, today modern wallpaper is made to be washed and scrubbed.
Yes, but it will not last as long as tiles.

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What effect does striped and vertically printed wallpaper have on a room?
It makes the room appear wider.
It gives the illusion of a raised ceiling.
Wallpaper with stripes and vertical prints gives the illusion of a raised ceiling; horizontal prints make the room appear wider.
It gives the room a '60s feel.

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How can I make my living room appear Victorian?
Install a fireplace.
Cover piano and chair legs, as was customary in those days.
Add ornately detailed moldings .
Moldings are traditionally placed where the ceiling meets the wall. Adding ornately detailed moldings gives a room a Victorian look.

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How can I lay floor tiles to make a room appear larger?
parallel to the wall
on the diagonal
Laying tiles on the diagonal, instead of parallel to the wall, gives a room a larger look.
in a zigzag pattern

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What type of wood is best to create a country style room?
oak
A hardwood floor made from oak lends a country ambience, maple or cherry is best for a traditional style and beech, birch or ash gives a contemporary look.
beech
maple or cherry

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What are the benefits of carpet as a floor covering throughout the entire house?
It is inexpensive.
It provides insulation against noise and cold.
Using carpeting throughout the entire house gives the house an expansive feel and insulates against cold and noise.
It gives the house a cozy feel.

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What type of carpet is longest lasting?
woolen carpet
tightly woven carpet
Carpet that is tightly woven or tufted will last the longest.
sisal and coir carpet

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Why is granite a better choice for a bathroom than marble?
more mildew resistant
less expensive
less slippery
Granite is a better choice for a bathroom than marble because it is less slippery. All stone flooring, including granite and marble, needs to be sealed, which makes it an expensive material.

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What is the most versatile and long lasting flooring?
ceramic tiles
Ceramic tiles are long lasting and come in rich variety of sizes, colors, patterns and sheens, making them the most versatile.
vinyl tiles
stone tiles

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What is the most inexpensive and hard-wearing flooring?
linoleum
Linoleum is inexpensive and hard wearing. It is made from all natural materials and is coming back in a big way with younger designers.
vinyl
ceramic

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What is the most cost efficient way to install new bathroom and kitchen cabinets?
buy cabinets made from laminate rather than wood
reinvent old cabinets rather than buy new ones
New cabinets take up a huge part of the budget, better to reinvent your old cabinets by painting, trimming or refacing with laminate or wood.
choose glass doors instead of solid doors

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What is the best type of surface to have for a countertop?
solid surface
A solid surface of granite, marble, laminate, stainless steel or concrete ensures germs don't become trapped and that the sink can be inserted seamlessly.
a ceramic tiled surface
a wood surface

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How can I get the most out of my window dressing?
Combine elements.
By combining elements, such as drapes with sheer curtains, you can keep the warmth in or the sun out, according to the season and time of day.
Consult with a professional designer or decorator.
Ensure they aren't too decorative at the expense of practicality.

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What do professionals warn when buying furniture?
Buy pieces made from solid wood.
Know beforehand where you will place a major piece of furniture.
When buying a major piece of furniture, know beforehand where you will place it, so that it will be the correct size.
Do not buy antiques.

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What is the ideal form for designing a kitchen?
an imaginary triangle
The elements of a kitchen should be placed in the way you work: the work triangle. The points of the triangle are the three major work areas: refrigerator, cooking source, and sink. Draw an imaginary line from one to the other and the total measurement of the triangle's legs should be between 12 and 26 feet.
an imaginary circle
an imaginary square

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