Posts Tagged ‘home decor’

Thursday’s Theme: Wallpaper

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

CC image courtesy of Flickr user tomt8788

Star Berry Vine Wallpaper

That’s right, this seemingly old fashioned tool for decorating your walls and is back, although it is anything but old fashioned. Wallpaper has presented itself as a big design trend for 2015, but don’t think about it going away again too soon. Intricate prints, fun patterns and beautiful colors grace today’s wallpaper choices, and we have some tips on how to use it tastefully and in ways that work for your home.

Go Small

If you are hesitant about adding wallpaper to one of the main living spaces in your home, focus on a small mudroom or head to the laundry room and get decorating! Use soft colors in a lacy, subtle stripe or jacquard-style pattern on each wall.

CC image courtesy of Flickr user Huasonic

This will freshen up the room without going too overboard for the small space. It won’t take as long as painting; save the detailed brush strokes for your living room or bedroom.


We still recommend trying wallpaper in a family room, especially as an accent wall. Use a bold striped or a geometric pattern to make the room stand out – and, you won’t have to worry about getting the lines perfectly straight, saving you a lot of frustration and time.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

There are many styles of wallpaper out there, so explore all of your options and you may be surprised at what you find, and at what you like. Look for wallpaper printed with books and shelves for a charming office or library atmosphere, and dare to go dark for an elegant dining or sitting room. If you’re still unsure, check out real rooms decorated in wallpaper – they may be just the inspiration you need. Whether you cover all of your walls or just one, wallpaper can be the answer you’re looking for to rejuvenate the rooms of your home.

Quick Tip: Statement Furniture

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Quick Tip: Statement Furniture

Thursday’s Theme: Decor Guides

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Following up with our Reno Tips article from last week, today we will be addressing some things to keep in mind while planning and carrying out your renovation, as well as decor tips to keep in mind for after the renovation. Just like our compilation of tips last week, we have rounded up some decor guides that we think will be helpful when shopping for decor and planning the arrangements within the rooms of your home. Happy decorating!

The “Standards”Iron Towel Wall Rack
This Old House have identified 64 numbers that are important to home design, and have made them available to nearly everyone. These numbers range from the height of a bathrobe hook in the bathroom to the average desk depth in a home office, and everywhere in between. TOH does note that while these numbers “are based on national building and design industry guidelines…You can – and should – adapt them to your own size, circumstances, and preferences.” So if you’re feeling confused about where you should place your television in the living room, or how much space should be between the floor and a towel rack, this guide is a great resource. But if you’re torn between abiding by the “standards” and buying that multi-tiered towel rack that would be perfect for your bathroom, go with the towel rack you love over the “correct” measurements.

Paint color is a fun part of a renovation – that is if you can make up your mind about what colors to choose. If you aren’t interested in hiring professional painters and would rather tackle the job yourself, there are some important things to consider before you pick up the first paint can and choose the first color you see.
PaintDid you know the ceilings in your bathroom should be painted with a gloss rather than with flat paint like the other rooms in your home?
Or that there are certain circumstances when primer is needed, and other times when it is not?
Do you know what kind of brush to use?
You should be asking these and other questions so you can get each paint job looking pristine and professional. This blog showcases many of these paint questions asked by a homeowner, and answered by paint professionals, so be sure to check it out (and ask paint professionals at a paint or hardware store near you) before you pick up that paintbrush.

So the demolition, restructuring, rewiring, rebuilding, and painting is done – now it’s time for redecorating (or maybe you’re just tired of the décor you’ve had in your home since you moved in). There are a couple of cheat sheets that can help you reorganize, redesign, and really maximize the space that you have to make the rooms in your home comfortable, spacious, and easy on the eyes.

This first is a guide for measuring curtains. It helpfully describes how to measure what you need and why certain configurations look best for specific windows. The second deals with area rugs, and how to place them with your furniture in a living room, bedroom, and dining room. Although it may seem unnecessary, measuring the space you have in a room will help a lot when choosing a rug. Finally, this last guide includes tips on how to hang art, room dimensions and styling, lampshade tips, hardwood colors, door types, and so much more. Browse this compilation for general help with paint color and curtain measurements, as well as for information on things like furniture styles and front door designs. With this and the other guides, you’re sure to have a successful remodel and/or redesign that you will love for years to come.

As always, we love to hear any tips you have, or guides you’ve come across in your redesigning, redecorating, or renovating experiences. Leave a comment with your suggestions – we can’t wait to hear from you!