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Tip Building & Decorating tips
#1
Share any and all building/decorating/gardening tips you might have. Pictures are very welcome.
Questions & comments about the tips are very welcome. Please number your tip, so it is easier to ask about them.

I will start:
Tip 1: When building flat roofs consider not having all of the roof in one colour but place patches of slightly off coloured tiles. This will make the roof look much better from town view:
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Tip 2: Use "placefriezes on" to create more interesting modern buildings. You can stack them to create really interesting effects.
[Image: Screenshot-448.jpg]

Tip 3: You can use walls instead of columns - this is specially handy when building modern buildings since the selections of really minimalistic columns in the game is very limited
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Tip 4: Google Street View is a great tool for builders to get the ideas and the right feel in an area. It is always much easier to get a detail rich building if you do not have to think up everything.
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Tip 5: Use the stage tool together with foundation and the stair tool to create more interesting terraces and landings. The only thing you need to make sure of, is that your foundation isn't some odd high that does not fit with the stair hight.
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Tip 6: Always start by flatting the area you want to build on, this will save you so many pains down the road.
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Tip 7: Play around with the lights! You can change strength and color in both live mode and buy/build mode, by holding down ctrl + shift and click on the lamp. This will prevent glowing objects and the color of the light can really set the mood.
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Tip 8: Try a different time of day when you take your picture. What time of day suits your building the best?
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Tip 9: Clutter off grid! With the help of OMSPs and the alt key you can clutter anywhere you want. And don’t be afraid to use the same object again or mix it with other types of objects.
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Tip 10: Have fun and mix different textures together.
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Tip 11: Cast the ceiling, tilt the camera up and use the floor tool to paint it.
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Thank you for the great tips Sap, and what amazing pictures to illustrate it! I need to remember that wood looks good with hard surfaces *adds wood to her list of materials for this build*
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Tip 12
With Sims 3 WA we got the dirty wall set that is used in Egypt. You can re-CASt it to give any building a worn and semi-dirty look like I have done with this croft.
[Image: screenshot-588.jpg]

Tip 13
"placefriezes on" is not only good for modern builds. Here I have used it to create the illusion of two different high buildings. And then placed roof on top of them.
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Tip 14
Not all parts of a building have to be the same high. You can create interesting effects by having part of a house higher than another, or create the illusion of having two houses adjoining.
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Tip 15
The new barn door, is not only for horses. You can use it in industrial buildings as well or as a garage door.
[Image: Screenshot-808.jpg]

Tip 16
Stairs can be used to create the illusion of seating for a station or theatre - as long as you do not need them to be functional.
[Image: Screenshot-777.jpg]

Tip 17
High windows can give you privacy if your house is close to the street.
[Image: Screenshot-219.jpg]

Tip 18
Use foundation to create raised flower beds. You need moveobjects on to place the plants onto the bed. You can mix a dirt/earth floor either with a carpet texture or using the gravel floor that is in misc floor.
[Image: screenshot-218.jpg]

If anyone else have any tips, please add them here Smile
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Tip 19
Don´t be afraid to use colors. They can cheer up a place in no time. Pick a different endtable for your beds. Put chairs, suitcases - and use OMSPs.

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Tip 20
Your kitchens don´t need to have the same cabinets all the time. Depending on the style you´re aiming at, use different types of counters - it´ll give you that eclectic feel.

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Tip 21
Use shiny floors even for the outside. It will look as if the rain has just stopped. Awesome for decorating for summer.

[Image: ScreenShot019.jpg]

Tip 22
Want to tell a story? Or just make a statement? Think about the picture taking angles. The decorating can be simple but if the picture angle is right, you got yourself a winner.

[Image: ScreenShot027.jpg]

Tip 23
Think outside the box. Put a sculpture or a piece of furniture that you wouldn´t normally do - it´ll give you a stunning effect.

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Tip 24
Taking a picture from the open doors will literary drag you into the picture, inviting you to come in and explore the house.

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Tip 25
Photoshop is your friend. Blurring a part of a picture gives you that 3rd dimension, making the room look like a real one.

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Tip 26
Create interesting effects with the stage tool. Remember to add a step with the stag tool, if you want to make sure your pets can use the stage.
[Image: Screenshot-759.jpg]

Tip 27
Not all of the house have to have foundation under it. Create a hover effect by extending the floor out from the foundation
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Tip 28: Don't forget to use picture frames to an advantage with the Late Night EP you can change the height of the placement of pictures by either left clicking the picture with your mouse and dragging up or down or use the ; & ' keys.

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