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Category Archives: Home Improvement

7 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

 1. Bring On The Charm

You may be more inclined to pay attention to the details and personal touches in your bedroom or living room, but they matter in your kitchen too. There are so many great décor pieces out there and DIY projects for you to get lost in. Large display letters, hanging plants, fresh flowers, homemade storage and chalkboards are a few ideas that’ll add instant charm and style to your kitchen. A perfect example of a charming kitchen is represented in the breakfast nook image above, which mixes stripes, plants, red accents and an antique chandelier.

2. Create A Colorful Cookbook Display

It’s easy to get caught up collecting cookbooks filled with unique and tasty recipes. The more you have, the harder it is to find space to store them. Install vertical open shelving cabinets and paint the shelves a fun color, then strategically place and display your favorite cookbooks for all to see. Doing this will upgrade your cookbooks from dusty cabinet fillers to trendy décor in no time. Another option is to sneak in cookbook shelf space on the exposed end of a cabinet or island.

3. Fasten Tailored Slipcovers

Before you head out and purchase brand new kitchen chairs or stools, ask yourself if a simple slipcover could solve your problem. Interior decorators advise to save your money and skip the fancy upholstery and instead, choose fitted slipcovers for your kitchen chairs. They’re easy to wash, practical and an inexpensive solution in a potentially messy, high-traffic area. Slipcovered kitchen or bar stools will add class and character to a dull space. They come in all sorts of patterns and colors too!

4. Spruce Up Cabinets With Glass Door Inserts Or Adhesive Backing

Cabinet refacing is a brilliant way to transform your kitchen’s look without going to the trouble and considerable expense of a complete renovation. I like the idea of installing glass door inserts to add an element of surprise to your kitchen. There are plenty of possibilities besides plain clear glass including, etched (shown), fluted, crackled and colored or patterned glass. Don’t be afraid to show off your new cabinets with a little interior cabinet lighting.

In addition, peel-and-stick adhesive backing, otherwise known as removable wallpaper, has come a long way. There’s a pattern available for every kitchen style these days, and you can even design your own.

5. Paint Wood Floors

Can you believe the way a fresh coat of blue paint brought this kitchen’s wood floors to life? Get creative and let painted wood floors help you achieve a rustic charm or colorful kitchen. It’s also a practical way to hide old, outdated flooring without having to spend the moneyinstalling new hardwood floors.

Alternatively, give a plain wood floor oodles of rustic charm with a simple design of stained or painted diamonds. For the former, you’ll need to sand down to bare wood and use two contrasting stain colors. Disguise worn wood planks and enliven the look of your kitchen with a coat of enamel in a vibrant color, like this cobalt blue.

6. Replace An Old Sink

Before you go ripping out every item in your kitchen, evaluate the condition of your sink. The right kitchen sink will instantly upgrade the surrounding area and make a statement all on its own. Consider depth, texture, material, color and size. The warm, oil rubbed bronze sink and handcrafted detailing immediately makes the kitchen pictured above more desirable.

7. Mix In Unique Furniture Pieces

Assuming the standard table and chair set up is your only kitchen seating option is a mistake. Creative upgrades mean you have to step outside the norm and explore new and exciting alternatives. A bench, old school stools, colorful cushions, a unique or simple platform table base, decorative wrought iron chairs and wood accents, bring a tasteful funk and energy to your kitchen without looking gaudy.

The Basics Of Feng Shui For Your Home

Your home is your sanctuary. After a long day, so many of us look forward to enjoying its comforts. But, you may not be making the most of your space if you haven’t adapted the techniques of Feng Shui.

This ancient art of balancing your space is beneficial to your health and happiness in your home. Often, it takes very minimal changes to create the energy you desire. Here’s a few ideas to get you started on how you can incorporate the practice of Feng Shui in your home.

What Is Feng Shui?

The practice of Feng Shui dates back to ancient China. The term “Feng Shui” translates from Chinese to “Wind Water.” As Mind Body Green explains, “Without air and water we parish. When both wind and water are balanced and flowing, nature is in harmony.” It utilizes the elements to create a balanced energy in a space. When used properly, it can improve sleep and create peace in the household.

Including elements in a room allows the person in the room to become more in-tune with nature and become more self-aware. Feng Shui has a few different practices and schools of thought, but they all share similar themes:

  • Traditional Feng Shui: The oldest form of Feng Shui. This takes into account compass directions, and natural elements to determine how to create the best relationship to your environment.
  • Black Hat: A western adaption of the traditional practice. Focuses on engaging the “nine energies” that are within every room.
  • Modern Feng Shui: Also known as Intuitive Feng Shui. This practice is based on utilizing color and your own intuition to create the best space for success.

Whatever practice you choose, you can expect to see health benefits such as sleep and stress relief as you rearrange your space for positive energy.

Costs Of Feng Shui

If you can Feng Shui benefitting your household, now might be the time to rearrange for better energy. However, this is not something you want to do without guidance, as Feng Shui can be complicated if you haven’t studied. A trained Feng Shui pro can help you determine you to arrange your home for the maximum benefits. The average cost to hire a Feng Shui consultant is $874, with most homeowners spending between $632 and $799.

Feng Shui Basics

Regardless of the practice you choose, there are a few themes that cross each school of thought. Keep in mind, Feng Shui can be a very complicated practice. Here are a few Feng Shui basics to keep in mind as you rearrange your home:

Declutter Your Home

One of the first steps in creating better energy throughout your home is to get rid of the clutter. This goes beyond just throwing out trash, but also removing items that block the energy in the room. Stacks of unorganized bills, piles of clothing and other disorganized areas are responsible for creating negative energy and should be properly sorted or removed.

Determine the Primary Purpose

As your decluttering, consider the primary purpose of the room and keep items in the room that only represent that purpose. A clear purpose allows for less stress within the room.

Include the 5 Elements

When you’re incorporating Feng Shui décor, you’ll want to include various styles of the 5 elements. Ideally, each room will incorporate something representative of these elements that work together. These elements are:

  • Wood
  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Metal
  • Water

Discover Your Birth Element

Though incorporating all five elements are important, your birth date may indicate what element may influence your energy the most. You can see a helpful chart to discover your birth element at KnowFengShui.com.

Let in Natural Light

The principles of Feng Shui are all about getting in touch with the environment. So, it’s likely no surprise that natural light plays a huge role in creating positive energies throughout the home. Open windows when you have the chance and see what lighting options you have that provide the illumination you need.

Feng Shui Colors

If choosing a new color for a room wasn’t already difficult, you should consider how it impacts the Feng Shui. Choosing the right color for your room can greatly impact your efforts to create positive energies. Once you’ve determined the purpose for a room, you can begin to define its color. Keep in mind colors that are representative of various elements.

  • Wood is represented by shades of green brown.
  • Fire is represented by shades of red and some shades of yellow.
  • Metal is represented by white, gray and metallic colors.
  • Water is represented by shades of blue and black
  • Earth is represented by orange, beige and some shades of yellow.

When choosing a new paint color for your room, consider how it collaborates with the other elements in the room. Remember that all the elements must work together.

Feng Shui Bedroom

One the rooms most commonly in need of Feng Shui techniques is the bedroom. After all, it’s a space where you sleep and relax. If the elements in your room are not working together, this can cause serious problems. One of the best things you can do to change the energy of the room is consider your bed placement. Ideally, your bed should be placed diagonally from the door and away from window. Finally, even though it’s nice to have your smartphone by your side at night, Feng Shui guidelines advise to have your bed away from a wall with outlets.

Feng Shui Living Room

Another popular room that can utilize these guidelines is the living room. As a spot where family gathers together, you want to make sure the energies are right for all. Sunlight is key, so drawback the curtains to let the natural light in. Including a water element, like an aquarium, is said to bring new opportunities and positive energy to the room. Utilizing candles and wood accessories will help to balance out the elements in this room. Finally, if your living room is connected to the front of the house, ensure you can see the front door from the main sitting area.

Tips To Create The Perfect Farmhouse Style Bathroom

Creating a farmhouse bathroom is an exciting project because it encourages you to mix textures, personal style and special features, without too much trouble. Learn how to construct the perfect farmhouse bathroom by familiarizing yourself with the key interior design elements.

Farmhouse Style

Start by narrowing down the style you prefer for your farmhouse bathroom. You need a foundation and overall theme to jumpstart your project before you start decorating. For example, a contemporary farmhouse bathroom will look different than a country or rustic farmhouse. No matter what way you go, remember that it’s all about the details and individual pieces coming together to tell a story.

Farmhouse chic focuses on keeping the décor elegant and simple, but also includes a punch of farmhouse flair. This bathroom is the perfect example of chic, with a white color scheme, dark flooring, a corner window, custom mirror and bathtub. It proves there’s a way to integrate a farmhouse twist for just about everyone’s taste.

Farmhouse Mirror

One of the most important features of a farmhouse bathroom is installing the right mirror. It’s something that seems like a small detail, but it’s actually very significant to getting the right look down. A long, horizontal mirror with a wood frame is just one example of how to easily incorporate a farmhouse feel.

In addition to a long, framed mirror, a round mirror with a wicker border will do the trick. Not only does it add an element of surprise, but it also serves as texture, and texture is always a good thing. Paired with the right vanity and countertop, you have a winning combination.

Farmhouse Wall Décor

Picking your farmhouse wall décor is one of the best parts of creating a farmhouse bathroom. Floating shelves, ladder shelves, wicker baskets, quirky signs, plants and unique containers will make your bathroom come alive. Although you want to decorate with lots of different kinds of pieces, you don’t want to go overboard and create clutter in your bathroom, so be careful. Make it simple and organized and it’ll be attractive.

Another awesome idea to incorporate in your farmhouse bathroom, in addition to flooring, is replicating the look of siding on your walls. The example above has all the right touches. The walls, wood, mirrors and lighting create a country, cozy bathroom that represents a well-designed farmhouse bathroom.

Farmhouse Paint Colors

As I mentioned earlier, earthy tones and white accents are the type of paint colors you want to choose when decorating your farmhouse bathroom. I love the green pastel paint hue in the bathroom pictured above. It’s warm, inviting, soothing and compliments the white and light brown accents nicely. The bright natural light and gray painted bathroom make this bath simply stunning.

Farmhouse Bathroom Vanity & Sink

You’re probably thinking, that’s great, but what about the vanity and sink? Yes, you’re right. You can’t have a farmhouse bathroom without some country flair below your mirror. Use your vanity and sink to complement your personal style. Are you more vintage or rustic? Do you like a dark sink or eye-catching white?

Don’t forget to match your faucet to the style of sink. You’ll also want to pick a countertop that sets the tone for the overall theme. It doesn’t have to be wood, but it should work opposite the other features in the room and speak for itself.

7 Incredible Rooms That Belong In Your Dream Home

At some point in your life, you find yourself imagining what your dream home would look like and brainstorm ideas about how to personalize each room. It’s hard to snap back to reality after you map the details out in your head, but visualizing what could be is fun for many of us.

Your dream home definitely needs to have rooms that are impressive and out of the ordinary. I’m here to let your mind run wild for a few minutes, as I show and describe eight incredible rooms that belong in your dream home. Remember, never stop dreaming!

1. Kitchen

Building your dream home requires a financial investment and professional expertise. Constructing your dream kitchen comes with its pros and cons. You’ll need to set a budget, hire a contractor and pick out your materials.

I selected this kitchen for your dream home because of the gorgeous hardwood floors, lavish pendant light fixtures and numerous windows that draw in natural light. Are you considering remodeling your kitchen? If so, see our kitchen renovation cost estimator to make a plan before you begin your project.

2. Bathroom

It’s not a dream home without an extravagant bathroom to relax in after a long day. According to costs reported by ImproveNet members, the average bathroom remodel costed approximately $8,400 in 2016, with most homeowners spending between $6,000 and $9,000. Given that I’m showing you incredible rooms that belong in your dream home, your budget will need to be expanded in this particular instance.

A dream bathroom requires a thoughtful transformation with personal touches and lavish enhancements. This luxury bath has a round Jacuzzi tub installed under a charming chandelier, which I think is the perfect touch. The gorgeous tub is surrounded by more storage room than most of us have ever seen in our lifetime.

3. Bedroom

Your dream bedroom should be big, bright and beautiful. The more lighting options you have the better, so you can set the right mood. While hardwood floors are becoming more popular to install in the bedroom, carpet is a comfortable and appealing choice too.

A dream bedroom needs to have the right aesthetic appeal. This means applying paint color, hanging curtains, purchasing cozy bedding and using décor that brings the room to life.

Little girl bedroom ideas are also worth considering when envisioning your dream home. The room in the example above is adorable. It incorporates every little girl’s favorite things and colors. There’s plenty of room for your little one to play and store cherished items neatly.

4. Walk-In Closet

A walk-in closet is a must in any dream home. Adding a large and impressive closet to a room or hallway is a great way to increase the amount of usable space. Curious what something like this will cost you? See the average cost to install a closet in your area.

This contemporary, custom his and hers master closet maximizes storage space with a functional center island and several custom shelves. While it’s seldom at the top of your home improvement list,organizing your closet is a simple way to make your daily life less stressful. The look above is finished with crystal knobs, a large mirror and comfortable bench.

5. Living Room

This living room is spectacular and certainly needs to be included in your dream home. Every last detail, down to the patterned carpet and candle chandelier is absolutely perfect. With windows that big, you’ll need to call a professional window cleaning serviceto get the tough to reach spots.

6. Dining Room

The reason I chose this dining room is because it’s stunning, unique and inviting. The large windows, warm paint and oversized light fixtures add style and grace. Unless you have extensive electrical knowledge, it’s best to leave the installation of pendant lights, accent lighting and overhead lights to the professionals. If you look closely, even the furniture matches the interior design scheme.

7. Basement

Every dream home needs a fabulous basement to show off. A finished basement creates extra usable space in the home. A swanky basement not only increases the resale value of your home, but it also makes it more livable and functional.

The basement pictured above is amazing and decorated beautifully. The shiny hardwood floors, dark wood cabinets and seating area create the perfect space to hang out or entertain guests. Does seeing this beautiful room make you want to finish your basement? Get free estimates from local basement contractors and get started on your project today.

Tips To Build A Bookcase

Before you dive into actually building your bookcase, your first step should be to nail down your design inspiration. Remember that the structure itself doesn’t have to be complicated. The plan just needs to be well-thought-out and the design properly constructed.

In addition to seeking out what style of a bookshelf you want to create, you should also consider its size and location. The instructions below will give you a better idea of what you need to build a bookcase and how to go about completing this DIY project successfully.

Overview & Materials

The purpose of your bookcase is important in determining the design of your project. In most cases, homeowners are looking to store books and materials, fill an empty space or add dimension and character to a room.

In this article, I’m going to outline plans for creating a pine bookshelf with open sides, inspired by the Pottery Barn Hendrix Bookcase. I want to make it clear that this is one of many bookcase design options. I’ll be showing you images of additional ideas throughout the article so you get a better feel for what other styles homeowners are building.

The bookcase above is one of many different configurations you can choose to build for your home. This particular example is made of pine and doesn’t have any side walls. It’s a basic structure with four shelves and a backing. It stands just under 6′ tall and is decorated beautifully. Below I outline general DIY steps for getting started on your personalized Pottery Barn inspired bookcase.

General Instructions

Step 1: Determine Dimensions

The first order of business is to determine how wide and tall you’d like your bookcase structure to stand. Consider if you’re trying to fill a vertical or horizontal space, and how much time and effort you’d like to put into the building and finishing process. Documenting your measurements and purchasing the right saw for the job is key to your success. There are plenty of online resources to help you blueprint your plans and determine the right dimensions and tools you’ll need for your specific project.

Step 2: Construct Face Frames & Drill Pocket Holes

A standalone bookcase contains two face frames (front and back) that come together to form the edges of the structure. Make all of your cuts according to your documented measurement guide on a clean and level surface.

Next, drill your pocket holes using a pocket-hole jig. A pocket hole is simply a hole drilled at an angle that forms a “pocket” for the screw to sit into. The purpose of pocket holes is to connect your individual pieces together.

To achieve the Pottery Barn Hendrix Bookcase look, drill two pocket holes on each side of the tops of the legs and one on each end of the shelf trim boards. You’ll also want to drill pocket holes around all sides of all of the shelves–it’s recommended you drill two per end, and four per front and back side of each shelf.

Step 3: Attach Shelves

As I mentioned above, the purpose of your pocket holes is to connect your pieces (shelves to the frame). You’ll want to align the wood boards that are to be joined and drive a pocket screw at an angle into the pocket hole. This will securely attach your pieces together.

When you mount your shelves, leave about a 1″ gap at end of each shelf. This extra space will be used for the end trim pieces. It’s recommended you attach all of the shelves on your front frame before adding and securing the back frame.

Step 4: Measure & Cut End Trim Pieces

It’s now time to measure and cut each of your end trim pieces. As learned in the previous step, your end trim pieces are for filling the gap you left on the edge of each shelf. After cutting your pieces, use your pocket hole screws to attach them through the pocket holes you drilled on the underside of the shelves. Your trim piece should now be attached to the structure. Repeat as necessary.

Step 5: Glue & Nail Back On

The final step will be attaching the back piece of wood to your frame. One recommended material that you can use for the back of the structure is PureBond Plywood. You’ll find it right at The Home Depot and the staff will even cut the piece down to the right size for you.

Once you have your back piece, use finish nails and glue to attach it to the rear of the frame. All of the pieces for your bookcase should now be connected and the configuration should be sturdy.

Finishing Touches

You’ve come this far, now it’s time to apply the finishing touches! Begin by filling all of the holes with wood filler and letting it dry. When the wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Be sure to wipe your project clean with a damp cloth. To get the specific look that I’ve used as an example in this article, it’s suggested you use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

7 Common Decorating Mistakes

Decorating blunders are a common issue for most homeowners. Maybe you’re aware something doesn’t look right, but don’t know how to put your finger on it. Perhaps interior design isn’t your thing and you just can’t figure out how to make your home look more put together.

Small modifications to the interior of your home can make such a big difference that we dedicated an entire article to review some of the most common decorating mistakes. We’ll help you identify these slipups so you’re equipped to fix them in your own home. See nine decorating mistakes homeowners make on a regular basis.

1. Looks Great, Feels Uncomfortable Piece Of Furniture

We all know what this means and we’ve heard it before, “But it’s pretty and I love it.” Sure, it looks great, but your family and guests want nothing to do with it. In fact, you’ve even found yourself admitting that it hurts when you sit on it and it’s been known to give you scratches. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a pretty unpleasant tradeoff for an attractive piece of furniture.

Pick out furniture that’s both stylish and comfortable. It’s out there. Try not to get sucked into thinking because something is pretty that it’s the right furniture for your home. It’ll be tempting to go for the fashionable piece, but try to resist.

Let’s compare furniture shopping to shoe shopping for a moment. Think about when you buy a great pair of high heels, only to have your feet hurt when you wear them. Now you’ve purchased shoes you can’t wear and wasted your money. Your other more practical option would have been to purchase flats, which are both cute and comfortable. My advice, go with the comfortable stuff.

2. Too Many Framed Photos

You love your family, your kids are number one and your life wouldn’t be the same without your dog, Samson. But let’s be honest, shrines were meant for museums, not tabletops, and clutter is never a good look in your home.

We’ve all wanted to print and frame every cute thing that happens in our lives, but there just isn’t room for all of it in our homes. Pick a few of your favorite photos, get some chic frames and weave them into your décor, or create a small gallery wall. Another idea is to print a favorite photo or two on a large canvas and hang them on your walls as artwork. These prints usually turn out very nice!

3. Ignoring The Entry/Foyer

It’s interesting how many homeowners don’t give their entry and foyer the same attention as other rooms in their home. The foyer is where you welcome guests, family and friends. It’s a place for first impressions and making statements. Just because you don’t notice it in your daily routine doesn’t mean it should be forgotten.

Get creative and think outside the box. Less is more in this case. Pick an item, area or color to focus in on and map out a plan. Think rugs, light fixtures and accent tables. But don’t stop there, embellish these items with décor, color and style. This can be a fun project with a chance to add those personal touches!

4. Undressed Cables

Wires, cords and plugs are useful but they’re not pretty. Often times this décor blooper remains an issue because homeowners get used to looking at the wires and never give it a second thought. There are Pinterest boards and pins dedicated to hiding cable cords. There are so many clever DIY ideas to choose from! Do some research, purchase some supplies and get it done.

5. Keeping Something You Hate

Do you ever catch yourself looking around your house and spotting stuff you can’t stand looking at anymore? And then, instead of making a change for whatever reason, you spend your time thinking more about how you still don’t like it? I think it’s safe to say we’ve all be there. Old carpet, outdated bedding and mismatched dishes are a few items that come to mind.

The time has come to act. I hope this article gives you inspiration to tackle those pieces in your home that make you cringe. If cost is an issue, take time to research a good bargain or ways to work around the issue. Get motivated by thinking about how good it’ll feel to never have to look at it again.

6. Uncomfortable Dining Chairs

I touched on uncomfortable sofas in a previous section, but don’t forget about your kitchen and dining chairs. If you work a desk job, you’re most likely sitting all day as it is. When you get home to enjoy dinner with your family, the last thing you need is an uncomfortable chair to sit on. Most people look forward to enjoying a delicious meal at home. Enhance the experience even more by purchasing relaxing and comfortable seating.

7. Improper Lighting

It’s common for many homeowners to install lighting that’s more of a spectacle than it is functional. Properly installed, functional lighting is important to your health and safety. It’s not to say that your lighting has to be plain or unimpressive, but make sure it’s serving its main purpose. Do your homework and find lighting that’s both attractive, practical, purposeful and efficient.

5 Home Improvements Make Good Roommates

Renting a room, or a portion of your home, can be a financially fruitful endeavor. But a healthy roommate relationship, like any other, takes work. There are some things you can do, both in setting expectations and in setting up your home, that can help make cohabiting a win-win for everyone. You should absolutely treat it like a business, and use a professional renter’s applications, background check, and lease agreement. This will ensure that you clearly set up expectations with regard to rent payment, shared space, responsibility for utilities, and house rules.

Be sure to also invest in some work to make your home more comfortable to share. These 5 home improvements may help.

1. Hang a door

Your roommate tenant has the right to privacy. If you are renting a portion of your home (such as an entire level, or suite of rooms) it may be worthwhile to install a door between that space and your own, if one does not already exist. Add a lock on that door, or put one on the door of any single room inside your home that you rent. Your roommate can then feel comfortable knowing his or her belongings are secure, and can enjoy privacy.

2. Install a tankless water heater

When you share your home with a roommate, you also usually share utilities. That’s double (or more) the showers, loads of laundry, and dishwasher cycles. Be sure your utility systems can handle the demand. Never run out of hot water by installing a tankless water heater. If the size is right, you can run the dishwasher, washing machine, and have two people taking showers at the same time.

3. Make room in the kitchen

Your roommate agreement should make it clear which spaces and items are shared, and which are not. The kitchen is a high traffic area, and if you both cook, you should make some extra space that can be dedicated to your roommate’s own food and cooking equipment (if they bring any). Clear a cabinet for them to store things, or hang an extra cabinet, if space permits. A little extra counter space can go a long way toward giving everyone extra elbow room for cooking. So, consider installing a kitchen island, or adding a section of base cabinets withcounters, if your footprint allows.

4. Expand the driveway

Depending on where you live, you may or may not have ample off-street parking. You don’t want to have to wake your roommate early in the morning because they’ve blocked you into the drive. Consider expanding yourdriveway to accommodate 2 cars side-by-side. Or, go a step farther, and clear out a space in the garage so you can both pull in when winter weather arrives.

5. Add Storage

A roommate doesn’t come alone. They bring all their stuff with them, and that stuff needs a place to live, too. Do yourself a favor and re-organize what storage space you have, and consider adding more. Building a closet is a fairly inexpensive and basic home project, that can pay big dividends in mutual goodwill.

The time and money you spend upfront on some roommate-friendly home improvements, might pay off big-time in helping you maintain a happy shared home.

7 Hottest Interior Paint Colors For Any Home

Interior paint selections make or break the appearance of your home. Additionally, colors have the power to dramatically influence your feelings, behaviors and moods. For these reasons, it’s important you research your options before altering your walls.

Professional painters can paint your home or you can roll up your sleeves and DIY. Either way, there’ll come a time when you need to choose the right color for each individual room. See the 10 hottest interior paint colors that are guaranteed to bring style and new energy to your home.

1. Hazel by Sherwin-Williams

This paint is a beautiful light blue hue that’s versatile and attractive. This is a color that looks stunning paired with wood, neutral accents and white trim. Hazel paint is perfect for any homeowner looking to add subtle color to their rooms without coming off too loud.

2. Cloud White by Benjamin Moore

White is always a popular paint color amongst homeowners. The trick is finding a shade that’s not too bright or dull. Cloud White is part of Benjamin Moore’s Classic Color Collection and a fan favorite. These timeless, elegant, classic colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. It has a softness to it that creates a relaxed and comfortable space.

3. Indigo Streamer by Valspar

This is the paint for you if you’re someone who likes a fun pop of color in their house! Not only is this color gorgeous on its own, but it looks amazing paired with white walls. Usethis paint to spruce up a door or incorporate an accent wall. It’s vibrant and trendy with just the right amount of spunk.

Feeling even bolder? Paint the walls of an entire room this color and use it as the foundation to decorate the rest of the space. Accents, such as furniture or additional colors, will complement the dramatic hue and allow you to create a room full of energy and liveliness.

4. Drizzle by Sherwin-Williams

This is one of my personal favorite looks in a bathroom! Although, the homeowners used a beachy theme in the example above, this color lends itself to limitless possibilities. White accents, trim and textured floors are great ways to showcase this beautiful paint. It’s a calm and soothing color that can easily be presented in the bedroom as well.

5. Parma Gray by Farrow & Ball

Gray continues to be a hot color in the interior design industry. Both light and dark shades will suffice. Despite its name, Parma Gray reads as a light grayish-blue. It pairs well with Farrow and Ball Light Blue and neutrals. Farrow and Ball Modern Emulsion Paint is washable, stain and scuff resistant making it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and high traffic areas.

6. Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams

Looking to redecorate your bedroom with a more serene and peaceful feeling? Sea Salt by Shermin Williams is the paint for you. This attractive and delicate hue has just enough green to warm up a room, while the influence of blue gives it a refreshing, water-like appearance. It’s been said that Rainwashed and Sea Salt are two of the prettiest, softest colors that never fail to disappoint. They’re a few you don’t have to worry about buying and disliking once you get it home on your walls.

7. Tempest by Benjamin Moore

The name says it all with this one. A moody, soulful marriage of gray and purple, this richly saturated shade has an air of mystery when displayed across your walls. It’s daring, but not a color you need to worry about looking too dramatic. It’s a shade of purple experts likes to call their favorite. Elegance and sophistication will be felt when you walk in the room.

Bedroom Décor Ideas For Girls

Every parent wants to make their little girl feel like a princess. They deserve a place that is all theirs, reflecting their unique personality and interests. A space where they can explore their creativity, learn and grow. Their bedrooms are a place to do just that.

When it comes to decorating a girl’s bedroom, you may be stumped. What if her interests change? What sort of space will she need? How do you incorporate her ideas into the overall scheme of the household? If any of these questions have resonated with you, fear not. We’re here to share a few girl’s bedroom ideas that are sure to create a space she will enjoy for years to come.

Decorating With Your Child

When it comes to decorating your child’s bedroom, view it as a chance to bond with your daughter. This is an opportunity to let her creativity shine and allow her to express herself. After all, she will be spending the most time in this room. However, help guide her choices to best meet the needs of the home. For example, when I was a girl, my dream was to paint my bedroom lime green. Yikes! My parents worked with me to find a mutual compromise by using the bright color I loved in accessories throughout the room. They were happy with the final product and I had the bedroom of my dreams. Remember that compromise is possible between you and your child.

As a parent, you also are aware of how they will be growing and changing. Space for a dollhouse may not be needed as your daughter reaches high school. Consider this as you work together to plan for the new bedroom décor.

Girls Bedroom Furniture

When it comes to choosing the perfect bedroom furniture, you want to look for function and quality. While you can easily buy a standard bed, there are many modern options that have unique storage features. Consider a bed with drawers in the frame for shoes or toys. Or, for a smaller room, a loft bed is the perfect way to create more useable space for a desk or a play set.

Little Girl Bedroom Ideas

For a girl in elementary school or early middle school, they are looking for space to play! Incorporate areas for toy storage or shelving to display her prized possessions. Utilize bedding and curtains to add color to the room, which can be changed out as she gets older.

Safety should always be a priority in little girls’ rooms. Be sure to keep everything low to the ground and in reach, so you avoid any falling object accidents. If there are shelves above her head, include stools to help her reach higher places carefully.

Teen Girl Bedroom Ideas

Most likely, teenagers will want to be an active part of the bedroom décor planning, incorporating their favorite trends in to the mix. String lights and gallery wall photo collages are very trendy right now and a versatile décor option.

If possible, make space for homework and projects with a desk or study space. Try to keep distractions in this area at minimal if possible, so she is able to focus on the task at hand. Another space she may need is an area to get ready. A small mirror and table will allow her space to store makeup or accessories to get ready for the day.

Girl’s Bedroom Themes

Bedroom decorating is always easier if you have a theme in mind! Here are a few girl’s bedroom themes to get you thinking about what you can include in your girl’s room.

Black & White Décor

For a timeless bedroom look, that will surely grow with her, a black and white bedroom is the perfect fit. To add color, choose bedding and wall décor with unique patterns or bright colors. These can easily be changed if her interests change. Pink and purple make for great accent colors in a black and white room to really make the décor pop.

Princess Décor

For younger girls, a princess themed bedroom is sure to enchant them. Pastels, glitter and frills is what this room calls for. To give the room a royal treatment, try hanging a canopy over the bed and multiple mirrors as wall décor.

Floral Patterns

Nothing says “girls room” like floral décor. But don’t confuse it old and outdated patterns. There are many bright and modern floral designs that your daughter will love. For a vintage look, choose smaller floral patterns and consider a decorative wallpaper. For a contemporary look, find big floral patterns in pink, orange and yellow.

Bold & Beautiful

It’s possible to paint in a bold color and enjoy it! With the proper accessories and right color, your daughter can have a stylish room that she will enjoy. In fact, a bold paint can even help brighten your home. A turquoise or purple can fashionably add color to a room without sacrificing style. If painting an entire room might seem too extreme, try an accent wall featuring one bold color.

Boho & Whimsical

Teenage girls absolutely love this theme because they have the ability to mix and match without clashing. For room color, choose a lighter yellow or green color. Unique light fixtures are key here to really style the space. Incorporate accents of red, gold and purple in curtains and bedding. Have her choose artwork and wall decorations to really complete the look.

7 Tips For Sprucing Up Your Bathroom On A Budget

All you need sometimes is a change of scenery or a new look to feel refreshed. The same goes for your bathroom. Maybe you’ve been thinking about redecorating, but you’re not sure how to go about it. If you’re ready for a bathroom transformation but don’t want to spend the money on a full remodeling project, then this article is for you.

We’ve got some clever and practical ways to enhance the appearance of your bathroomthat will help you bring back that spark. See seven simple and fun ways to spruce up your bathroom on a budget.

1. Accessorize

Accessories are used to jazz up an outfit, and the same goes for your bathroom. Go online or pop into one of your local home stores and find an attractive soap dispenser and toothbrush holder.

This bathroom is the perfect example of how elegant and tasteful bathroom accessoriesmake a statement. Think about what you’re currently using to store cotton balls and soap and determine if it’s adding to the style of your bathroom or bringing it down. If the latter is true, then it’s time to purchase some new ones.

2. Bath Towels & Rugs

Towels and bathmats come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Depending on your storage and display options, they’re a great, stress-free way to style and brighten up the space.

It’s easy to forget how adding little touches here and there can make such a big difference. Take the time to shop around and see what looks are a possibility in your bathroom, and then narrow it down from there. The nice part is you don’t have to stay with one look forever. Bath towels and rugs come and go, and so do trends. Have fun picking out new pieces and mix it up when you’re sick of the look.

3. Décor

Don’t overlook the weight décor carries in the visual appeal of your bathroom. Some ideas include: pictures, frames, flowers, shelving, mirrors and uplighting. Instead of purchasing a picture from the store, think about if you have any of your own images you can print and frame to add that personal touch.

The bathroom in this image is an excellent example of how décor can work to your advantage in a small space. They’ve added open shelving and uplighting to create a soft and elegant look. The large, frameless mirror is a great piece that also makes the room look bigger. As you can see, these details make a world of difference!

4. Get Organized

A messy bathroom is an unhappy bathroom. Before you do any decorating, make sure you’ve cleaned up and picked up so you’re organized prior to sprucing up your bath. Get creative with your storage. Build or buy containers and shelves that will consolidate your bathroom products.

Mirrors that open are one way to hide items you don’t want displayed and provide extra room in a small space. Take a look at the bathroom in this image. The owners installed a beautiful dark wood storage cabinet which is more useful than a picture in this spot. What a great idea!

5. Sinks & Vanities

Stylish and unique sinks are trending. Bathroom sinks don’t just come in one shape and size anymore. If you’re purchasing a new sink, think about the flow of the entire area, not just the singular piece. Mirrors, vanities and the sink’s hardware should all be taken into consideration as you plan your new look. If you need more guidance around this topic, then take a look at our guide to bathroom sinks and vanities and our installation cost guides.

6. Shower

Adding detail or backsplash to your shower design is a fantastic way to make it more glamourous. If your shower needs more love than a little detailing, then think about installing new shower tile. The cost varies by material, so make sure you do your homework before starting the project.

I’m highly confident the shower curtain was one of the first things your eye was drawn to when you glanced at this picture. This is proof that shower curtains don’t have to be plain and boring. There are inexpensive shower curtains with amazing designs that’ll help turn your bathroom up a notch. Who would have thought something as simple as a shower curtain could be such a wow factor?

7. Paint

This gray accent wall is absolutely stunning against the neutral tile in this bathroom. Look at how a budget-friendly DIY paint job livens up the space and creates sophistication. This bathroom décor comes together perfectly to showcase some serious style!