The Ultimate Home Decorating Touches Quiz
by Staff
Did you know that there are many inexpensive options for adding decorative touches to your home? If you already have a flare for home decorating, you'll want to take this quiz to test your knowledge. Perhaps you'll learn a new decorating secret in the process.

What is one inexpensive option for giving your floor a new look?

  • It easiest to cover the worn floor with wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Install the new large ceramic tiles on your floor it will give a fresh modern look.
  • An inexpensive way to redeem a floor is to paint a pattern and protect it with clear varnish.

What is the average time it takes to complete a floor pattern project?

  • It will take about four days including drying time.
  • It will take about one week including drying time.
  • It will take about ten days including drying time.

What is the first step in the process of painting a floor pattern?

  • Move all of the furniture out of the room.
  • Pick up the materials and tools that you need to complete the job.
  • Measure the room and draw the pattern to scale on a piece of graph paper.

What kind of pattern should you avoid when you decide to paint a floor?

  • animals and people
  • choose any design
  • super graphics

What is an important last step before you start to paint your design?

  • Vacuum the floor thoroughly and then wipe it down with a tack cloth.
  • Seal the floor with commercial primer paint to insure a smooth base coat.
  • Sand the floor with a commercial sander starting with coarse sandpaper and then steel wool for the final pass.

What is considered the easiest way to lay out a repeating pattern design on a floor?

  • Transfer the design from your graph paper one block at a time.
  • Create a stamp using dense Styrofoam and a razor knife.
  • Create a cardboard stencil of your design.

What is the best way to transfer a complex pattern design on to a floor before you start to paint?

  • Duplicate your graph grid on the floor and draw one block at a time.
  • Rent an opaque projector that projects your design on the floor so you can trace it.
  • Trace your design with a pantograph tool that is set to your desired enlargement ratio.

How many coats of polyurethane varnish do you require to complete your floor masterpiece?

  • two
  • three
  • four

What is an inexpensive way to bring an otherwise plain wall to life?

  • You can hang wallpaper on the walls.
  • You can paint a mural on your wall.
  • You can hang a large framed tapestry or quilt on the wall.

How many squares per inch should you use on a photograph or drawing in order to ease design transfer to a wall?

  • 12 squares per inch
  • eight squares per inch
  • four squares per inch

Before you transfer your grid and a design on to the wall, you should:

  • Seek a second opinion about your design choice from a friend or relative.
  • Repair small imperfections and paint it a background color of choice.
  • Choose the colors that you will use for your mural.

What is the first step to placing your grid on the wall before drawing the design?

  • You must determine a plumb vertical line to start your measurements.
  • Determine where your mural will start and place a vertical line of string at that spot.
  • Find the center of the wall and mark a small reference point to begin all of your measurements.

When you place the grid lines on the wall with string, you should start by:

  • placing all of the horizontal lines first
  • placing the center vertical and horizontal lines to form a plus sign
  • placing all of the vertical lines first

How long should you let the paint on your completed mural dry before returning furniture and curtains?

  • Follow the instructions for drying times printed on the paint can.
  • Allow at least 24 hours for the paint to completely dry.
  • Allow the paint to cure completely by letting it dry for 48 hours.

What are the two main categories that pillow types generally fit?

  • soft and firm
  • foam and feather
  • tailored and casual

What is a relatively simple way to add a custom tailored look to pillow cover?

  • Add pretty lace around the edges.
  • Add ready-made cording around the edges.
  • Add contrasting tassels to each corner.

If you plan to use muslin material for backing on a bedspread, what should you do?

  • Buy a piece that measures eight inches longer and wider than the bedspread.
  • Always choose muslin that is the same color as your bedspread.
  • Wash the muslin to preshrink it prior to sewing your bedspread.

What is a great trick to use in order to square an edge of your bedspread fabric before measuring and cutting?

  • Cut into the selvage near one end and then pull out one crosswise thread.
  • Have the material shop square one edge on their cutting table and mark it for you.
  • Lay material flat on your table and match two material corners to two table corners.

What is the best fabric choice for sewing your own tablecloth and matching napkins?

  • polyester-cotton blend
  • wool
  • linen

What is a simple way to create a fringe on your homemade tablecloths and napkins?

  • You can sew preshrunk commercial fringing along each finished edge.
  • You can cut along the finished edges with pinking shears to add a zigzag fringe.
  • You can straight stitch one inch in along the edges and then pull out the long strings until you reach the stitch.