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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!

7 Painting Tips To Make Your Small Bathroom Seem Larger

Small bathrooms are a burden to us all. We could always use more space, but physical limitations prevent many from expanding their current bathroom.

A terrific, easy and cheap way to make your bathroom seem larger is with paint. There are plenty of ways to make your small bathroom feel larger, but few tactics give your bath more of a punch than paint.

If you think your bathroom is small, but want that real master feel, be sure to check out our 10 painting tips to make your small bathroom seem larger.

1. Use Light Colors

The best way to make your bathroom or any room seem larger is to use bright paint colors. Some will say that more white makes for a larger appearance, but that debate will go on for years to come.

This entire article is about optical illusion. Light and brightly colored walls are more reflective, making any space feel open and airy. Additionally, light colors help augment the effect of natural light (which we all love). As such, paint your bathroom cream, icy blue or other soft variations of green and blue. For other small bathroom paint colors, consider:

  1. White
  2. Pearl Gray
  3. Pink
  4. Yellow
  5. Aqua

Want to give it a try? See what it costs to paint an interior room.

2. Keep All Same Tone

As I will get into later, just because light colors make a small bathroom seem larger, the entire bathroom does not have to be the same color. However, if you really want your small bathroom to feel like the master that you deserve, keep all colors within the same tone.

Light color walls are great, but if you installed dark tile on the floor or in the shower, the light colors will not stand out. These types of large contrast will clog up the space and showcase how small your bathroom really is. We don’t want that.

Looking for DIY bathroom hacks besides paint? See 10 Affordable Ideas That Will Turn Your Small Bathroom Into A Spa.

3. Blend Tile Color & Wall Color

This tip jumps off the previous hack, but many don’t want the same tone all over the bathroom. Fear not, for as long as you blend the shower tile and wall color, you are golden.

Blending your wall color and shower tile makes the entire room feel like one continuous space. As you can see from the picture below, they chose to go with a darker wall color and white tile for the shower. As a result, the bathroom feels like two separate rooms.

By blending the color of the shower tile with the wall, it will show as one larger room. Luckily, if have you ceramic tile, you don’t have to replace it. You could paint your ceramic tile to have it all blend in.

4. Paint Ceiling & Wall Same Colors

As you have probably noticed, a trend of similar, bright colors is emerging. Well, the same holds true for the ceiling and walls.

One problem with small bathrooms is short ceilings. As you might expect, using dark colors for your ceilings will make it seem low. Avoid white (unless your walls are also white), which will stop one’s eyes right at the ceiling line. Using the same color for the wall and ceiling will help the eye travel effortlessly throughout the space, giving once again, the appearance of a larger bathroom.

5. Paint Vertical Stripes to Make It Seem Taller

Some bathrooms are taller and some are wider. Oftentimes, we can’t have both and are left with a wide bathroom feeling cramped or a tall bathroom feeling cluttered.

If you have short ceilings and want to make your small bathroom seem taller, paint vertical stripes on the walls. As we just went over, paint colors help guide the eye throughout the room. With vertical stripes, the human eye is guided up and around the room. This, in turn makes it feel larger than it really is.

When painting vertical stripes, stick to the same color palette as the rest of the bathroom. Simply make one shade slightly lighter than the other. Be careful, as too much contrast won’t go over well.

DIY stripes, whether vertical or horizontal, are easy. See How To Paint Striped Walls.

6. Paint Horizontal Stripes to Make It Seem Wider

There are other bathrooms with really tall ceilings, but not a lot of space around. Never fear, as the same eye principle applies.

By painting horizontal stripes, very common I might add, you are guiding the eye around the bathroom, giving it a larger appearance.

7. Use Light Colors on Doors, Windows & Molding

Light colors do not only apply to the walls and ceilings. There are many fixtures and elements of a bathroom you can paint or augment. Do not forget about the doors, windows and moldings.

Paint your wall trim, window covers and moldings in a lighter color than your walls. When you paint your moldings light, the wall appears farther back, making your small bathroom appear bigger.

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.

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.

Top 20 Tips To Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is something everyone should work on but is of particular importance to those wishing to sell their home. As soon as a new listing comes up, perspective buyers are going to drive by to decide which if they’re interested in seeing more. These handy tips can make your house outshine all the others on the real estate market.
1. Be certain your house can be clearly seen from every direction of the yard. If there are bushes or trees blocking windows trim them back.

2. Have your curtains/blinds all uniform in color from the outside.

3. Wash your windows.

4. Power wash the exterior of your home and all decks and sidewalks.

5. Schedule your driveway to be sealed as soon as weather permits. If you have a stone driveway, put down a new fresh layer of stone.

6. Paint your front door.

7. Add new mulch and edge your yard.

8. Repair all cracked and chipping paint on the exterior of your house. A buyer may look past this defect, but a mortgage appraiser may insist that the deteriorating paint be repaired or they will not give your buyer a mortgage.

9. Clean the gutters.

10 .Rake your yard to remove all dead leaves and debris

11. Cut back all the dead brown remains from last season’s perennials.

12. If you have a front porch highlight it with a pair of chairs to sit on.

13. Display an American flag. All other decorative flags should be avoided.

14. Remove lawn ornaments.

15. Replace your mailbox if it is not in mint condition.

16. Make sure your house number is large and clearly visible.

17. Park in your garage and shut the door. Your home will appear bigger.

18. Buy a simple new front door mat.

19. As long as it is safe, add new light bulbs with a brighter wattage to your porch lights.

20. Keep in mind that your yard is the first thing a potential buyer will see. The care and maintenance you invest here will give a favorable impression for the level of maintenance in the rest of your home. A good rule of thumb: keep your yard as clean as if it was another room in your house.

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.

Also, keep in mind furniture options that she can use as she grows, like dressers or added shelving. Little girls may not need all the space yet, but a teen girl’s closet might need more storage if she’s a frequent mall visitor!

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 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.

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.

Tips To Make Your Home Feel Warm & Cozy For Fall

Fall is in the air! This means it’s time to indulge in pumpkin spice lattes and meals from the crockpot but, most importantly, transition your home to the new season, in style. Fall is a time of year we can’t seem to get enough of because of all the beautiful colors, coziness and fun it brings.

Your home is the perfect place to embrace fall. Decorating it for the season will make it feel warm and inviting. See tips for making your home cozy for fall, and then kick back, relax and enjoy your hard work!

Replace Summer Bedding

One quick decorating trick that’ll make your bedroom feel more like fall is to swap out your summer bedding for something warmer; warmer colors, as well as, warmer materials. Soft comforters, pillows and blankets are sure to bump summer ambiences right out of the room. Add comfortable rugs, décor and lighting to really cozy up your bedroom this fall.

If you’re worried about making your room look too dark, then use window treatments, lamps, furniture and artwork to liven it up. It may also be the perfect time to throw on afresh coat of paint. Painting is a wonderful DIY project for fall, as the weather cools and you find yourself spending more time indoors.

Dress Up Windows

Sprucing up your windows is a practical way to draw more of the fall vibes into your home. A curtain wall, drapes, embellishments and sheer overlays are easy ways to dress up your windows. Lifestyle media publisher, POPSUGARadvises hanging curtains all the way across a wall to add visual interest and create a cozy effect with the bulk of the material. Ikea has endless curtain options at a low price, so you can buy plenty of panels to reach across a wall.

Be mindful of the colors and materials you’re selecting so you’re sure to create the right look for the season. Consider installing warm hues that mimic nature and fabrics that flow and make the room feel more comfortable.

Cozy Up with Lights & Candles

Fall is the perfect season to go overboard with candles and lighting options. These decorative elements have the ability to instantly cozy up any space. If you’re a DIYer, this is a great opportunity to get the family together and make your own candles and string lights.

A variety of candles and mood lighting improves the ambiance in your home. Candles are also an easy way to add a pop of color or sweet smell to each room.

Display Extra Throws, Pillows & Blankets

Head to your local home goods store and stock up on extra throws, pillows and blankets that are soft and cozy, or hire an expert to help. It’s a good idea to switch out decorative pillows for your couches or chairs according to the season. Choose colors and styles that bring the fall season indoors.

In addition to ramping the accessories around your couches, incorporate warm colors and festive crafts in your main living areas. Mason jars, flowers, kitchen towels, pumpkins, pinecones and wreathes will help you accomplish this goal. If you’re unsure where to start, scour Pinterest for additional fall home décor ideas.

Manifest Sweet Smells

There’s nothing better than walking in the door after a long day of work and taking in the sweet smells of fall. Spices, breads, meals in the crockpot and essential oils will get the job done right. One of the most popular areas of the home to use essential oils is the kitchen. Lavender is a great multi-purpose oil that has great antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Open your windows and welcome in the fall breeze and enchanting smells. A few additional tips for making your house smell fantastic are to bake vanilla in a mug, boil orange peels and cinnamon and keep your house clean. If you’re interested in learning more, see our seven tips for making your house smell better.

Embrace Area Rugs

Area rugs are the most essential décor additions for immediately cozying up your home. They don’t have to be fancy or expensive. Invest in a few seasonal area rugs that add comfort and color to any room in need of a coziness boost. Area rugs also warm up cold floors and your feet on cool mornings.

Looking for more warmth than an area rug provides? Installing new carpeting isn’t that crazy of an idea. If it’s something you’ve been wanting to do, the fall season is a great time to do it before the winter hits. They are beautiful, quickly installed, quiet and warm under the feet.

Cozy Up the Patio & Backyard

It’s not time to shut down your patio quite yet, in fact, there’s an entire season to be had out in your yard. Swap out your cushions, add lights, candles and include festive décor in the surrounding landscape. You won’t regret having a cozy spot to take in the fall colors, sights, sounds and smells at the end of the day.

Beautiful flowers and potted plants create a calm and relaxing environment with little effort on your part. Unique shrubbery, pops of color, clay artwork and bright pillows are just a few examples for you to ponder.

7 Unique Ways To Decorate A Wall

Decorating your home is a fun and yet, continuous process. Between painting, hanging frames and utilizing accessories, it’s important to make sure that no area is forgotten when it comes to the look of your space.

Everyone has that one wall in their home that they just don’t know what to do with. Maybe it’s partially covered or placed in a strange part of the room. Some homeowners don’t see large, blank walls as a clean slate to work with but rather something intimidating. The good news is that there are plenty of ideas to match your style and create a unique look for your room. Here’s 10 unique ideas you can use to decorate a large wall and turn it into a lovely focal point.

1. Striped Accent Wall

For an easy fix to a large wall, consider creating a striped accent wall. This is a great DIY project that can transform the look of your room in just a weekend. You can choose colors that match your room’s décor and go either horizontally or vertically. To see how you can do this project yourself, read How To Paint Striped Walls.

2. Gallery Wall

Do you have a lot of artwork or photos you’re not sure what to do with? Turn them into the perfect decorative element by hanging them as a gallery wall. There are so many options when it comes to styling your gallery. You can choose photos and frames that match, for a sleek and modern look. Or, mix it up to create a chic look. Remember to always plan out your wall before beginning to hang any frames, so you don’t make any permanent errors on the actual wall.

3. Mirror, Mirror

If you have a blank wall, it’s likely windowless. If you long for a bit lighter in your room, turn your windowless wall into one full of mirrors. One option is to cover the entire wall with flat mirrors or section them off to give the appearance of a window. You could also use the gallery wall technique to hang a variety of different mirrors to change up the look. Any option you choose will not only add to the décor of the room, but also add additional light.

4. Shelving That Pops

There are so many unique shelving options today that they can be their own wall art. Triangle shelves are a unique way to decorate your wall, and for an extra touch, you can back them with fabric to add a pop of color. Floating shelves gives you the look without all the additional bulky hardware and can be arranged in whatever way meets your needs. Move them one after another to create a ladder effect, or square them off to create unique cubby shelves.

5. Chalkboard Wall

For families big or small, nothing beats the fun you can have with a chalkboard wall. A few coats of chalkboard paint will help to make this wall stand out as a place for play. Play a game of tic-tac-toe on the wall or simply write out the day’s to do list. If you’re feeling like you’d like a more artistic solution, stencil your favorite quote or design with the chalk to create a feature you can change as you please. A chalkboard wall is certainly a great talking point for any room.

6. Wall Mural

A wall mural is a great way to display your passion for art, right in your own home. There are two options when it comes to wall murals. One option is getting a custom wall mural decal made to fit. There are many options when it comes to getting a mural printed, both in famous art, patterns and photography. Over time, these may peal or fall from the wall.

Another option is to have a small art project painted in your home. You can choose to DIY your mural, but if there is a design you really love, it’s best to contact a painting pro.The average cost of a small paint job is $585, but these costs depend heavily on the size of the project.

7. Wallpaper Patterns

Wallpaper is making a comeback and in a great way. A trendy option for wall décor right now is creating an accent wall with wallpaper. There are many wallpaper optionsavailable to match your current décor. It’s perfect for trying out bold colors, textures and patterns that you may not be able to replicate with paint.