Posts Tagged ‘design inspiration’
How to Prep Your Home for Wallpaper
Wall coverings are coming back—in every style. From contemporary to traditional, the variety of offerings today are beautiful, artistic and can add visual pizzazz to your home. But before you can hang up wallpaper on an accent wall, in the nursery, or elsewhere in your home, you need to prep your walls. Here are some helpful tips.
If the room currently has old wallpaper on the walls, you have to remove it. If the old wallpaper is fabric-backed or strippable, you can carefully pull it from the walls. Start by gently pulling a corner of one strip at the baseboard until the entire section peels away. Some styles leave behind a paper backing, which needs to come off next by wetting the surface with DIF remover and scraping with a broad knife. Read the rest of this entry »
Let May flowers inspire your home décor.
My daffodils are finally blooming, and I love to see that beautiful pop of sunshiny yellow when I drive up to the house. I love to see my flowers in bloom—it’s a sign of the seasons passing, spring finally being here and summer approaching. Besides, flowers simply add brightness and joy to my day.
We can look to those beautiful flowers to inspire our interior décor as well. Wallpaper is making a comeback with colors and patterns that are nothing like you remember from your great aunt’s house. From modern to artistic, there are many eye-catching options. Shades of paint that are reminiscent of floral colors abound, too. Let’s look at some ideas.
This wallpaper brings a rose garden into your home.
What Your Front Door Color Says About You
We all can use a little zest and color in our lives. Most of us don’t want to look exactly like everyone else—so why should our home?
Adding a pop of color to your front door is fun and relatively simple. There are few guidelines to keep in mind, such as making sure the color you choose goes with (or at least doesn’t clash with) the color in the roof and overall architectural style of your home, but in many ways, almost anything goes.
When it comes to color in your front door, the color can also relay an unspoken message. What do colors reflect, and what do they say about you?
In some cultures around the world, the front door is very key—it’s believed that is the point where energy flows into the home and sets the tone for the entire building. Colors are also symbolic. When you’re choosing a paint for your front door, here’s what it might say about you.
- Red. This bright color represents a place that is welcoming and open to the world. Homeowners may be seen as being bold, confident, vibrant and full of life.
Color Up Your Curb Appeal
If you want to add some pizzazz to the outside of your home, whether for your own satisfaction or because you’re thinking of selling, consider using color. You can update your home’s exterior to give it a fresh look or to incorporate trends that you enjoy. When it’s done well, adding a pop of color can also increase your home’s curb appeal and help your home stand out in the crowd.
But how do you add color the right way? Here are some tips to get you started on using paint to your home’s best advantage.
- Remember the constants. When you decide to change your home’s color, first think about its unchangeable features—brick, stonework, roof—and its era and architectural style. That will help you narrow down options.
Painting Wood Paneling
Sometimes you want to change the wood paneling in your home. Maybe your style has changed, it doesn’t look right with new furnishings, or you want to paint the walls as part of a remodeling or redecorating project. No matter your reason for wanting a change, painting wood paneling can seem daunting.
- Preparation is the key to this process. Clean the walls very thoroughly, making sure that any stains have been completely removed with the appropriate cleaner, and that the walls are all free of dust and dirt. Next, putty any nail holes or imperfections and, once dry, sand until it’s flush.
- Next you want to sand the paneling itself, just enough to take the sheen off the finish and rough up the surface so paint will adhere better. Don’t forget to sand other wood trim in the room and then go over it all with a clean, damp cloth to get rid of any leftover sanding particles. Read the rest of this entry »
Bedroom ideas for the baseball fan.
Today we’re thinking about diamonds—but not the precious gems. We’re discussing baseball diamonds as the season’s opening day approaches. If you have a baseball fan in your house, here are some ways you can reflect their love for the sport in your home.
This room uses a bold paint choice for the bunk beds and baseball themed linens to carry out its theme. The sheets, pillowcases and accent pillows add a touch of the sport without being overwhelming. The bats and balls by the window are a nice touch—you can easily imagine the kids who live here grabbing them and running outside to play catch.
March Madness Inspired Rooms
College basketball fans love their teams, and March Madness can get intense. A friend of mine scheduled surgery at its onset so he could recover while watching the games. I read an article claiming that lost worker productivity costs companies $1.7 billion during March Madness—although that statistic’s validity has been debated. Either way, March Madness is coming and basketball fans are gearing up for some great action on the court. Bring some of that excitement home with you and try these basketball inspired rooms.
Younger fans might take their love for basketball and, while they’re still young enough to carry it off, apply it to the décor in their bedrooms.
You can have subtle touches of your basketball theme, implementing accent pieces here and there—an autographed, framed jersey on the wall; a vintage leather basketball; maybe picture frames.
Decorating Your Outdoor Kitchen
It’s cold outside now, but this weather won’t last forever. Before we know it, spring will be here, and then glorious summer—the reason we endure these single-digit days. While you’re snuggling down and stuck indoors, it’s the perfect time to start brainstorming ideas for your home. Don’t forget the outdoor spaces, too, including outdoor cooking and dining areas.
Summertime is when we want to be outdoors as much as possible. One way to encourage your family to be outdoors more is by spending time now thinking about your outdoor kitchen and how you can make it more comfortable and appealing. Here is some food for thought.
Consistent Style. When you’re decorating your outdoor kitchen, you want it to flow with the style of your home. If you have a traditional home, you may want your outdoor kitchen to feature a stone fireplace, brick oven, wood components or other traditional materials. If your home is contemporary, sleek lines, stainless steel and simplicity may shine.
Relaxing and Comfy. Your outdoor kitchen needs to be comfortable—no hard chairs or stiff seats here. Plush chairs and cushioned settees made of water-resistant materials are great for kicking back after a summer’s day, hopefully with a cool beverage in your hand. Make sure you have enough seating to accommodate guests you may want to invite over as well.
Side tables. Make sure you have places to put those icy cold drinks and plates. If your outdoor kitchen is breezy, make sure the furniture is heavy and solid enough to not be blown around in the wind. Read the rest of this entry »
Ring in the New Year with these DIY projects for your home.
Wood pallet project ideas embrace the inner do-it-yourselfer. They range on any level of expertise and the ideas never run out. From chic and elegant to country rustic, wooden pallets accentuate decorations and room color. These often discarded pieces can easily be attained. As they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
1. Coffee table. Paint, screws, and voila!
Is white the way to go?
According to color experts, a small room that is painted white can end up looking dirty and dingy. Blame the lighting—in dim light, shadows can be created that make the room feel smaller and more closed in, the opposite of what you want. Color can actually help a room appear bigger.
One option is painting your small space a saturated color, which can give it a feeling of grandeur and drama. The corners disappear visually, allowing the room to feel more spacious. Read the rest of this entry »