Home Decorating Badgehome decorating


(Discover Home or Discover Art)
By Doreen Olson

Level 1:  Choose four requirements including the starred ones.

_____*1.  Measure the length and width of your living room.  Go to a store or stores that sell floor coverings
and ask a salesperson or parent how much it would cost to do each of the following to your living room: Put in
carpet.  Put in a tile floor.  Lay a wood floor.

_____*2.  Find a book, person, or website that will help you understand how color, form (overall shape), line
(implied direction or boundary), mass (bulk of an object) and texture (how it looks like it will feel) relate to the
inside of a home.  Pick two of these design elements and find photos to illustrate two extremes of those two
elements.  Example for texture:  A photo of a stainless steel chair, very sleek & smooth, versus a fluffy bean
bag-type chair.

_____ 3.   Learn to identify 5 different types of lamps or light fixtures such as table lamps, torchiers, wall
sconces, vanity strips, etc.  Which ones tend to be less expensive?  What types of light bulbs go with which
types of lamps?  About how many watts are recommended for different types of tasks?

_____ 4.  Discuss the health and environmental advantages and disadvantages of incandescent, halogen,
and fluorescent light bulbs.  What are the price ranges?  Which ones last longer?  Which ones are full-
spectrum?   Compare the effects of artificial light versus natural light from a window.  Is there a room where
you can almost totally rely on getting light through windows?  When should you place awnings and shades on
the outside of your house?

_____ 5.   After choosing a color scheme for a real or imaginary redo of a living, dining, bath or bedroom,
find three samples of wallpaper or fabric that go together.  They can have similar or different patterns on
them, but need to look good together both in color and in pattern.  Go through this exercise at least three
times until you feel comfortable doing it.

_____ 6.  Ask an adult to pick out five pieces of home furnishing with very different textures (a sleek
contemporary mirror, a piece of hand-thrown pottery, a huge throw of long, fake fur, lacey curtains, etc.).
Then list at least five adjectives that can be used to describe each piece, plus explain how the piece makes
you feel when you look at it.  It is fun to do this with other people and then compare notes.

_____ 7.  Learn to identify the furniture of at least three historic styles (mostly intended for royalty and the
elite) and three contemporary (after 1800) styles (intended for the common man).  Know when the style
appeared and in which country it was developed.

_____ 8.  Write a report on a famous designer such as Sybil Colefax, Syrie Maugham, Elsie de Wolfe, Cecil
Hayes, Dakota Jackson, Vladimir Kagan, Ross Lovegrove, Patricia Hart McMillan or Martha Stewart.

_____ 9.  Walls, floors, and ceilings are the background against which we place our furniture and
accessories.  They can give a house unity.  Investigate 3 wall surfaces and their advantages:  ceramic tile,
natural stone, fabric, mirrors, paint, stucco, wallpaper, wood.  Investigate 3 types of flooring and their
advantages:  laminate, resilient (vinyl),  wood, linoleum, various stone floors—concrete, bricks, terrazzo,
granite, marble, slate, etc.  List some reasons why a person would choose any three of the following to be
applied to her ceilings:  added beams, stenciling, murals, acoustic tiles, extended wallcoverings, fabric
tenting, or a different color paint.

_____ 10.  Walk around your house, a friend’s house, any building or even your neighborhood until you can
identify five of the following: etched, stained, or frosted glass, glass blocks, an awning, a bay window,
venetian blinds, shutters, curtains, draperies, a cornice, shades and a valance.

_____ 11.  Since cabinets are the most expensive part of a kitchen remodeling, discuss with an adult some
ideas of how to get new cabinets less expensively. Look through a cabinet catalog to see the various types of
cabinetry available both in design and function.

_____ 12.  While earning the Tablesetting Badge, set a table and when it is all finished, choose one thing on
the table that you pretend you don’t have any more and figure out what you would use in its place.  Do this
twice—but it can be with the same table setting.  In other words, set a table with alternate napkins or
alternate centerpieces, or glassware.  Take into consideration when you set the table, the types of chairs,
lighting, and wall color in the room.

_____ 13.  Read a book on one of the following topics and try out a idea you find:  storage, refinishing
furniture, uses for leftover remodeling materials, home accessories, or collecting and decorating with art or
found materials or hobbies.

_____ 14.   After choosing a color scheme for a real or imaginary redo of a living, dining, bath or bedroom,
find three samples of wallpaper or fabric that go together.  They can have similar or different patterns on
them, but need to look good together both in color and in pattern.  Go through this exercise at least three
times until you feel comfortable doing it.

Level 2:  Choose five requirements including the starred ones.

_____*1.  Measure the length and width and height of your living room.  Go to a store or stores that sell
house paint, wall paper, and floor coverings.  Figure out how much it would cost to do each of the following to
your living room: Paint the walls.  Paint the ceiling.  Wallpaper the walls.  Put in carpet.  Put in a tile floor.  Lay
a wood floor.  Figure out how many months it would take to save up for each of the projects if you could save
$100 per month.  Find out what some of the advantages and disadvantages are for different kinds of floor
coverings.

_____*2.  Find a book, person, or website that will help you understand how color, form (overall shape), line
(implied direction or boundary), mass (bulk of an object) and texture (how it looks like it will feel) relate to the
inside of a home.  Pick three of these design elements and find photos to illustrate two extremes of those
three elements.  Example for texture:  A photo of a stainless steel chair, very sleek & smooth, versus a fluffy
bean bag-type chair.  One set of photos must be of something other than furniture (floor coverings or light
fixtures, etc.)

_____ 3.   Learn to identify 6 different types of lamps or light fixtures such as table lamps, torchiers, wall
sconces, vanity strips, etc.  Which ones tend to be less expensive?  What types of light bulbs go with which
types of lamps?  About how many watts are recommended for different types of tasks?

_____ 4.  Discuss the health and environmental advantages and disadvantages of incandescent, halogen,
and fluorescent light bulbs.  What are the price ranges?  Which ones last longer?  Which ones are full-
spectrum?   Compare the effects of artificial light versus natural light from a window.  Is there a room where
you can almost totally rely on getting light through windows?  When should you place awnings and shades on
the outside of your house?

_____ 5.   After choosing a color scheme for a real or imaginary redo of a living, dining, bath or bedroom,
find three samples of wallpaper or fabric that go together.  They can have similar or different patterns on
them, but need to look good together both in color and in pattern.  Go through this exercise at least three
times until you feel comfortable doing it.

_____ 6.  Ask an adult to pick out five pieces of home furnishing with very different textures (a sleek
contemporary mirror, a piece of hand-thrown pottery, a huge throw of long, fake fur, lacey curtains, etc.).
Then list at least five adjectives that can be used to describe each piece, plus explain how the piece makes
you feel when you look at it.  It is fun to do this with other people and then compare notes.

_____ 7.  Learn to identify the furniture of at least three historic styles (mostly intended for royalty and the
elite) and three contemporary (after 1800) styles (intended for the common man).  Know when the style
appeared and in which country it was developed.

_____ 8.  Write a report on a famous designer such as Sybil Colefax, Syrie Maugham, Elsie de Wolfe, Cecil
Hayes, Dakota Jackson, Vladimir Kagan, Ross Lovegrove, Patricia Hart McMillan or Martha Stewart.

_____ 9.  Walls, floors, and ceilings are the background against which we place our furniture and
accessories.  They can give a house unity.  Investigate 3 wall surfaces and their advantages:  ceramic tile,
natural stone, fabric, mirrors, paint, stucco, wallpaper, wood.  Investigate 3 types of flooring and their
advantages:  laminate, resilient (vinyl),  wood, linoleum, various stone floors—concrete, bricks, terrazzo,
granite, marble, slate, etc.  List some reasons why a person would choose any three of the following to be
applied to her ceilings:  added beams, stenciling, murals, acoustic tiles, extended wallcoverings, fabric
tenting, or a different color paint.

_____ 10.  Walk around your house, a friend’s house, any building or even your neighborhood until you can
identify five of the following: etched, stained, or frosted glass, glass blocks, an awning, a bay window,
venetian blinds, shutters, curtains, draperies, a cornice, shades and a valance.

_____ 11.  Since cabinets are the most expensive part of a kitchen remodeling, discuss with an adult some
ideas of how to get new cabinets less expensively. Look through a cabinet catalog to see the various types of
cabinetry available both in design and function.

_____ 12.  While earning the Tablesetting Badge, set a table and when it is all finished, choose one thing on
the table that you pretend you don’t have any more and figure out what you would use in its place.  Do this
twice—but it can be with the same table setting.  In other words, set a table with alternate napkins or
alternate centerpieces, or glassware.  Take into consideration when you set the table, the types of chairs,
lighting, and wall color in the room.

_____ 13.  Read a book on one of the following topics and try out a idea you find:  storage, refinishing
furniture, uses for leftover remodeling materials, home accessories, or collecting and decorating with art or
found materials or hobbies.

_____ 14.   After choosing a color scheme for a real or imaginary redo of a living, dining, bath or bedroom,
find three samples of wallpaper or fabric that go together.  They can have similar or different patterns on
them, but need to look good together both in color and in pattern.  Go through this exercise at least three
times until you feel comfortable doing it.

Level 3:  Choose six requirements including the starred ones.

_____*1.  Measure the length and width and height of your living room.  Go to a store or stores that sell
house paint, wall paper, and floor coverings.  Figure out how much it would cost to do each of the following to
your living room: Paint the walls.  Paint the ceiling.  Wallpaper the walls.  Put in carpet.  Put in a tile floor.  Lay
a wood floor.  Figure out how many months it would take to save up for each of the projects if you could save
$100 per month.  Find out what some of the advantages and disadvantages are for different kinds of floor
coverings and wall coverings.

_____*2.  Find a book, person, or website that will help you understand how color, form (overall shape), line
(implied direction or boundary), mass (bulk of an object) and texture (how it looks like it will feel) relate to the
inside of a home.  Pick three of these design elements and find photos to illustrate two extremes of those
three elements.  Example for texture:  A photo of a stainless steel chair, very sleek & smooth, versus a fluffy
bean bag-type chair.  One set of photos must be of something other than furniture (floor coverings or light
fixtures, etc.)  Discuss how the following components of composition relate to choosing furniture and
choosing colors and patterns on walls, floors, and ceilings:  focal point, scale and proportion, harmony and
unity, contrast, and variety.

_____ 3.   Learn to identify 7 different types of lamps or light fixtures such as table lamps, torchiers, wall
sconces, vanity strips, etc.  Which ones tend to be less expensive?  What types of light bulbs go with which
types of lamps?  About how many watts are recommended for different types of tasks?

_____ 4.  Discuss the health and environmental advantages and disadvantages of incandescent, halogen,
and fluorescent light bulbs.  What are the price ranges?  Which ones last longer?  Which ones are full-
spectrum?   Compare the effects of artificial light versus natural light from a window.  Is there a room where
you can almost totally rely on getting light through windows?  When should you place awnings and shades on
the outside of your house?

_____ 5.   After choosing a color scheme for a real or imaginary redo of a living, dining, bath or bedroom,
find three samples of wallpaper or fabric that go together.  They can have similar or different patterns on
them, but need to look good together both in color and in pattern.  Go through this exercise at least three
times until you feel comfortable doing it.

_____ 6.  Ask an adult to pick out five pieces of home furnishing with very different textures (a sleek
contemporary mirror, a piece of hand-thrown pottery, a huge throw of long, fake fur, lacey curtains, etc.).
Then list at least five adjectives that can be used to describe each piece, plus explain how the piece makes
you feel when you look at it.  It is fun to do this with other people and then compare notes.
_____ 7.  Learn to identify the furniture of at least three historic styles (mostly intended for royalty and the
elite) and three contemporary (after 1800) styles (intended for the common man).  Know when the style
appeared and in which country it was developed.

_____ 8.  Write a report on a famous designer such as Sybil Colefax, Syrie Maugham, Elsie de Wolfe, Cecil
Hayes, Dakota Jackson, Vladimir Kagan, Ross Lovegrove, Patricia Hart McMillan or Martha Stewart.

_____ 9.  Walls, floors, and ceilings are the background against which we place our furniture and
accessories.  They can give a house unity.  Investigate 3 wall surfaces and their advantages:  ceramic tile,
natural stone, fabric, mirrors, paint, stucco, wallpaper, wood.  Investigate 3 types of flooring and their
advantages:  laminate, resilient (vinyl),  wood, linoleum, various stone floors—concrete, bricks, terrazzo,
granite, marble, slate, etc.  List some reasons why a person would choose any three of the following to be
applied to her ceilings:  added beams, stenciling, murals, acoustic tiles, extended wallcoverings, fabric
tenting, or a different color paint.

_____ 10.  Walk around your house, a friend’s house, any building or even your neighborhood until you can
identify five of the following: etched, stained, or frosted glass, glass blocks, an awning, a bay window,
venetian blinds, shutters, curtains, draperies, a cornice, shades and a valance.

_____ 11.  Since cabinets are the most expensive part of a kitchen remodeling, discuss with an adult some
ideas of how to get new cabinets less expensively. Look through a cabinet catalog to see the various types of
cabinetry available both in design and function.

_____ 12.  While earning the Tablesetting Badge, set a table and when it is all finished, choose one thing on
the table that you pretend you don’t have any more and figure out what you would use in its place.  Do this
twice—but it can be with the same table setting.  In other words, set a table with alternate napkins or
alternate centerpieces, or glassware.  Take into consideration when you set the table, the types of chairs,
lighting, and wall color in the room.

_____ 13.  Read a book on one of the following topics and try out a idea you find:  storage, refinishing
furniture, uses for leftover remodeling materials, home accessories, or collecting and decorating with art or
found materials or hobbies.

_____ 14.   After choosing a color scheme for a real or imaginary redo of a living, dining, bath or bedroom,
find three samples of wallpaper or fabric that go together.  They can have similar or different patterns on
them, but need to look good together both in color and in pattern.  Go through this exercise at least three
times until you feel comfortable doing it.

Level 4:  Choose seven requirements including the starred ones.

_____*1.  Redesign (on paper or foamcore board) your family’s or a friend’s living room.  You may “keep”
two or three of the current pieces of furniture or accessories.  Draw a diagram to scale on graph paper of
where everything would go.   Make notes in the margin with swatches or paint samples and photos of
accessories (or use a second piece of paper).   Estimate how much it would cost.  Find out what some of the
advantages and disadvantages are for different kinds of floor coverings and wall coverings.

_____*2.    Find a book, person, or website that will help you understand how color, form (overall shape), line
(implied direction or boundary), mass (bulk of an object) and texture (how it looks like it will feel) relate to the
inside of a home.  Pick three of these design elements and find photos to illustrate two extremes of those
three elements.  Example for texture:  A photo of a stainless steel chair, very sleek & smooth, versus a fluffy
bean bag-type chair.  One set of photos must be of something other than furniture (floor coverings or light
fixtures, etc.)  Discuss how the following components of composition relate to choosing furniture and
choosing colors and patterns on walls, floors, and ceilings:  focal point, scale and proportion, harmony and
unity, contrast, and variety.  Find a photo that is either a good example or poor example of each of these
terms.

_____ 3.   Learn to identify 8 different types of lamps or light fixtures such as table lamps, torchiers, wall
sconces, vanity strips, etc.  Which ones tend to be less expensive?  What types of light bulbs go with which
types of lamps?  About how many watts are recommended for different types of tasks?

_____ 4.  Discuss the health and environmental advantages and disadvantages of incandescent, halogen,
and fluorescent light bulbs.  What are the price ranges?  Which ones last longer?  Which ones are full-
spectrum?   Compare the effects of artificial light versus natural light from a window.  Is there a room where
you can almost totally rely on getting light through windows?  When should you place awnings and shades on
the outside of your house?

_____ 5.   After choosing a color scheme for a real or imaginary redo of a living, dining, bath or bedroom,
find three samples of wallpaper or fabric that go together.  They can have similar or different patterns on
them, but need to look good together both in color and in pattern.  Go through this exercise at least three
times until you feel comfortable doing it.

_____ 6.  Ask an adult to pick out five pieces of home furnishing with very different textures (a sleek
contemporary mirror, a piece of hand-thrown pottery, a huge throw of long, fake fur, lacey curtains, etc.).
Then list at least five adjectives that can be used to describe each piece, plus explain how the piece makes
you feel when you look at it.  It is fun to do this with other people and then compare notes.

_____ 7.  Learn to identify the furniture of at least three historic styles (mostly intended for royalty and the
elite) and three contemporary (after 1800) styles (intended for the common man).  Know when the style
appeared and in which country it was developed.

_____ 8.  Write a report on a famous designer such as Sybil Colefax, Syrie Maugham, Elsie de Wolfe, Cecil
Hayes, Dakota Jackson, Vladimir Kagan, Ross Lovegrove, Patricia Hart McMillan or Martha Stewart.

_____ 9.  Walls, floors, and ceilings are the background against which we place our furniture and
accessories.  They can give a house unity.  Investigate 3 wall surfaces and their advantages:  ceramic tile,
natural stone, fabric, mirrors, paint, stucco, wallpaper, wood.  Investigate 3 types of flooring and their
advantages:  laminate, resilient (vinyl),  wood, linoleum, various stone floors—concrete, bricks, terrazzo,
granite, marble, slate, etc.  List some reasons why a person would choose any three of the following to be
applied to her ceilings:  added beams, stenciling, murals, acoustic tiles, extended wallcoverings, fabric
tenting, or a different color paint.

_____ 10.  Walk around your house, a friend’s house, any building or even your neighborhood until you can
identify five of the following: etched, stained, or frosted glass, glass blocks, an awning, a bay window,
venetian blinds, shutters, curtains, draperies, a cornice, shades and a valance.

_____ 11.  Since cabinets are the most expensive part of a kitchen remodeling, discuss with an adult some
ideas of how to get new cabinets less expensively. Look through a cabinet catalog to see the various types of
cabinetry available both in design and function.

_____ 12.  While earning the Tablesetting Badge, set a table and when it is all finished, choose one thing on
the table that you pretend you don’t have any more and figure out what you would use in its place.  Do this
twice—but it can be with the same table setting.  In other words, set a table with alternate napkins or
alternate centerpieces, or glassware.  Take into consideration when you set the table, the types of chairs,
lighting, and wall color in the room.

_____ 13.  Read a book on one of the following topics and try out a idea you find:  storage, refinishing
furniture, uses for leftover remodeling materials, home accessories, or collecting and decorating with art or
found materials or hobbies.

_____ 14.   After choosing a color scheme for a real or imaginary redo of a living, dining, bath or bedroom,
find three samples of wallpaper or fabric that go together.  They can have similar or different patterns on
them, but need to look good together both in color and in pattern.  Go through this exercise at least three
times until you feel comfortable.