Accent walls can help turn a room into a stylish room that impresses all those who enter it. Are you thinking of doing one but are unsure of how to pull it off? Take a look below at some tips to help you create a stunning accent wall that is so much more than a painted wall.
The basics: Think of your accent wall as a showpiece. For a truly amazing look an accent wall should have texture, layers, and lighting. When creating your wall tie all these elements together. Moldings, art canvases, and shelving are all great additions.
Colour: Depending on which wall in the room you are accenting should depend on the colour you choose. If you want to paint the wall a separate colour than the rest of the room, keep in mind that warmer colours (red, orange, yellow) tend to give the appearance of something being closer than it actually is. You may want to use a more monochromatic theme if you do not want the room to seem smaller than it already is. Consider the amount of natural light in the room as well when deciding on a colour. Selecting a cooler colour (blue, green purple) may be the best choice for a room that sees a lot of natural light.
Keep it Simple: An accent wall should not be overcrowded. The more patterns, colours, decor and textures on the wall, the more overwhelming it will look.
Where: An accent wall should be a focal point of a room. In the bedroom an accent wall would be best behind the bed. In a living room generally the wall behind a sofa or a wall that has a fireplace are the best choices.
Be creative: If you want your accent wall to expose your creativity, let it! Make the wall striped, tiled or wallpapered if a plain background is not enough for your creative style.
Home renovation projects can be stressful. The noise, the mess, and the cost. If you are planning on doing home renovations but are worried about the frustrations that can come along, take a look at the home renovation tips below to help it go as smooth as possible.
Know your budget before the renovations have started. Your budget should also include a bit of extra in case of unexpected obstacles.
Have a plan in place for every detail of your renovation. Where are you going to get material from? How long until it will arrive? If you are renovating a kitchen or bathroom plan ahead how you are going to cook and bathe if your renovation is longer than a day project.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when renovating is accentuating the area’s assets. Do you have a beautiful view that could be hidden by those new windows? Are the new light fixtures as bright as the old ones? Ask yourself if what you are planning is better for the home in general or could it have a negative effect on the value or beauty of the home.
If you are hiring re-modelers for your project do some research first. Look at reviews, ask around and find out how long they have been in business for. Once you have made your selection on re-modelers do not be afraid to voice your concerns but do so in a courteous manner. The project will go smoother if everyone feels appreciated and respected.
Unless you discuss the details about your project, like which way you want your tiling to be placed, you may be disappointed. Make sure to communicate with hired professionals how you would like a project to look before they start on it. Do not make the assumption others will think the same as you.
Whichever area is being worked on, the valuable and breakable items should be removed before the project beings. Accidents happen and the last thing you would want is your inherited family heirloom in pieces from a misstep or brand new couches covered in sawdust.
Have you finally decided to replace your carpet for hardwood flooring? Or maybe you are changing the stained carpet for a new one? Whatever your reason may be, find below some tips and tricks to properly and efficiently remove your carpeting.
For the easiest process, remove everything from the carpet. This may mean carrying heavy items further than you would like, but it will make the removal process that much easier. Also, remove any doors that swing into the area of the carpet you are removing. Don’t forget about closet doors as well.
If you are planning on reusing the baseboard label each piece so you can remember where each piece goes. If the carpet is not underneath the baseboard, then removing the boards is not necessary.
Know where you are getting rid of your carpet before you start the removal. Whether your city will pick it up or you are bringing it to a recycling centre, have a plan in place.
Removing carpet involves a lot of dust so put a dust mask on before you start if you have allergies.
If you are removing carpet from stairs it is best to start at the top first.
Make sure you are wearing proper gloves to avoid cuts or stabs from staples or nails. If you are having a hard time seeing staples, they are always along the perimeter of the carpet padding.
If you do not have a floor scraper to remove the staples you can pound them down further using a hammer or remove them individually with a screwdriver.
Cut the carpet from the back as it smoother and easier to cut through. Always start the removal from a corner.
Most carpet pad warranties only work with the carpet it is paired with so if you are replacing the carpet for new carpet you will need a new carpet pad as well.
When the carpet is fully off take the time to check for squeaks or rusty tack strips. Remove any rusty tack strips and fix any squeaks before adding the new flooring.
Always roll the old carpet instead of folding it. This will make it easier to maneuver around and dispose of.
You may be worried about having guests over this holiday season for more than one reason. If one of the reasons is maintaining a pleasant scent in your home then there is no need to fret. Many people think the only way to have a home with a delightful aroma means you have to use chemical products. Keeping your home smelling fresh and clean does not mean having to inhale chemicals. There are many natural ways to create a fragrant home. Browse below for different ideas and scents you can create yourself without adding unwanted chemicals.
- 4-5 cups water
- 1 large orange
- 6-7 sprigs of fresh balsam
- 1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6-8 whole cloves
- 1-2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Add the water to a medium saucepan. Cut the orange in half and slice the one half into 6. Place the slices in the water and add the rest of the ingredients. Squeeze the other half of the orange in the saucepan and once it boils on medium-high heat put on simmer. Check every half hour and add water as needed.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Pour a teaspoon of vanilla on a piece of tinfoil around 3 inches wide. Turn off the oven and place the foil inside. Leave the oven door open a small amount.
- Rolling Pin
- Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter
- 1 cup ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp ground cloves
- ¼ cup applesauce
- ½ cup white glue
- Cinnamon sticks
Thinly slice the fruits and place them on a cooling rack and then into a 180 degree preheated oven until completely dry. Keep the oven door open slightly so the moisture can escape.
While the apples and oranges are drying in the oven mix cinnamon, cloves, applesauce, and glue together with a metal spoon. Cover the dough and let it sit for one hour.
Roll out the dough, adding more applesauce or cinnamon if necessary. Cut out pieces with a gingerbread man cookie cutter. Place the gingerbread men on a baking sheet sprinkled with cinnamon and add to the oven with the fruit slices. When both are dry remove from the oven and place in a bowl with a handful of cinnamon sticks. Place the bowl in whichever room you desire.
Mix 1/2 cup of glue and 2 cups of applesauce together. Then add 2 cups of cinnamon, mixing until a dough. Roll out the dough on parchment paper, adding a pinch of cinnamon if the dough is too sticky. Cut out shapes on the dough using cookie cutters. Use a straw to punch out a hanging hole at the top of each cutout. Place the cutouts onto a new sheet of parchment paper using a spatula. Allow the ornaments to dry completely. Use fabric paint to paint on designs.
Is your bathroom lacking? It will appear so after seeing these neat DIY designs and tips!
Create a little extra storage space while keeping your toilet paper as chic as possible. Simply select a piece of wood, two corner brackets and a toilet paper holder. Make sure the piece of wood is large enough to fit a toilet paper roll underneath so it is not pushed against the wall. Attach the holder to the wood with screws and follow with the brackets. Attach the entire piece to a wall in arms reach of your toilet.
Storage does not have to be limited to a vanity. Mix it up with unique shelving to add a pop of character! Whether you have leftover pieces from a renovation project or a frame that needs displaying, delve into your imagination to create a personalized space.
Are you one of those people who awakes in the middle of the night having to use the bathroom? If so, you know the struggle of trying not to stub your toe in the dark and dreading turning on the bright light of the bathroom. There is a solution! Insert rope lighting underneath the vanity for lighting dim enough for the dark of the night, but bright enough to not walk into something.
Could your bathroom use a little greenery? Why not hang it on the wall? It will save you space and add life to a bland wall. Use whichever hanging pieces you desire and insert the greenery.
Are you finding you have more than enough items and not enough space to place it all? You don’t have to move to a larger home! There are many tricks to adding space without adding square feet to your home. Read the tips below to find out how you can find extra storage in a small space.
When extra storage space is not an option, find pieces that can work double duty. A nightstand that also works as a dresser, a coffee table with hidden storage or a bed frame with drawers are all great pieces to purchase.
Every area of your home can be utilized for storage space. Floor to ceiling shelving, wall mounted storage, and recessed shelving all add an extra location to place your items.
If a closet door is preventing you from being able to place certain furniture pieces close by consider removing the door and hanging a curtain instead. Doors can be bulky when opened, however curtains aren’t.
In the kitchen, don’t forget about the convenience of hanging items. Many kitchen items come with hanging capability, from pots to utensils so look to the ceiling and add hanging bars. Add slim shelving underneath cabinets for spices. The space above the refrigerator can also be used for storing rarely used items by inserting a shelf or extra cabinet.
If your entryway does not have a closet or the space to add a wall rack place a coat rack in the corner. These pieces take up very little space and look great when they are bare as well. Also, take advantage of the space below the stairs. Shelves or cupboards are a great way to add extra storage space under the staircase. Although chains may not be all that appealing they can be a great space saver for closets.
Now that it is November it is okay to start talking about Christmas decor, right? We all have seen the DIY Pinterest craft ideas, but how do you select the right colour scheme in regards to the rest of your home? Are there other areas you can decorate other than the obvious tree and table tops? What can you do with the extra bulbs? Find out the answers to these questions below with the following Christmas decor tips.
If you are uneasy about straying too far from your homes current decor, accentuate it with your Christmas decor! Do you have a gilded piece of art? Add splashes of gold Christmas decor to the room. Have blue throw pillows on your sofa? Incorporate blue Christmas items throughout the space. There is no need to stray from your interior decor when decorating for Christmas.
An all white Christmas is a very classy way of displaying your holiday cheer. There is no need to stress about which colours match and white linens and accessories are the easiest to find. Don’t be afraid to add a touch of ivory, gold or silver.
Decide which Christmas decor theme you like best and use those colours for your Christmas decor. For example, if you like a country-rustic theme, select earth tones. If you can’t stop staring at trees with sparkles and glitter, use bold and bright colours when decorating.
If you would like a new look this year without spending the money on buying all new decorations, take one colour out from past decorations. Change one colour each year for a new look! Click here for more information.
Additional Decor Areas:
Light fixtures are a great area to add some Christmas sparkle. Hang extra tree ornaments, ribbons and snowflakes to chandeliers and overhead light fixtures.
The entryway is often forgotten in decor in general, and Christmas is no exception. Add a winter scene and a few of your ornamental elements to a table surface if space allows.
If you have a large framed mirror place greenery around the frame for an added touch of seasonal delight.
Ribbon around planters or current decor pieces is also a nice way to integrate some more holiday decor.
If your staircase is large enough (and you don’t have small children) add some decor items to the sides.
If your tree is all set and there are still ornamental bulbs left over get out your favourite glass jars and fill them with the bulbs. You can also surround the vase with greenery for an added touch of festiveness. Hurricanes and cake stands work perfect as well.
Place the extra bulbs at the top of the soil in planters for some added Christmas spirit.
If your staircase has spindles hang the bulbs with ribbon around the banister to hang between the spindles.
Hang extra bulbs from the windows with a pretty ribbon.
Make a Christmas wreath!
Whether it is outdated or just doesn’t match your decor anymore, you may be wondering what to do with your filing cabinet. Below are some DIY options for turning your filing cabinet into something appealing as well as useful.
Wallpaper your filing cabinet
Wallpaper can add some character
and texture to what is normally a rather
bland piece of office furniture. To see steps
on how to create a more lively filing cabinet
click on the image below.
Paint your filing cabinet
If your filing cabinet is still in good shape, but could use an update consider painting it. Explore your creative side by adding designs or shapes to the cabinet as well. Click on the image below to find out what tools you will need to get the best results when painting a filing cabinet.
If you are a fan of the vintage look a brushed metal look may be just what you want for your cabinet. There are a few supplies involved but the end result will be well worth it. To see how you can create a brushed metal look click on the image below.
If sewing appeals to you more than painting make a cover-up for your filing cabinet. These are a cute and
neat way to hide your filing cabinet without having to change it at all. Pick your fabric and click the image
below for instructions.
The weather may still feel like summer, but fall has been here for a couple weeks already. Have you brought out your fall decor yet? Do you need some inspiration? Take a look below at some decor ideas to help your home bring out the season.
Mums are a popular fall flower choice as they bloom in the fall and come in colours like orange, red and yellow. They are great for front porch decorating to give your home an inviting feeling to those who visit.
Candles are great for creating the warm scents of fall and giving off a nice glow as the days get darker earlier. Find your favourite scent and let the aroma guide you into the fall season.
Candles are also a usual fall decor item. Modify your plain glass candle holder by adding popcorn kernels, candy corn or lentils to the base of the holder.
Pumpkins are a classic fall decor item, but only in the past few years have we seen a change-up of this typical ornament. Painting pumpkins to match your decor is a classy way of integrating them into the colour scheme for your home. After all, not everyone can pull off orange with their present decor theme. Note: do not use spray paint on real pumpkins as the results can be “explosive”.
Not sure what to place on your table as a centrepiece this fall? Create your own rustic centrepiece with a coffee can, twigs, a piece of burlap and flowers. You can use fake flowers or real ones. Click here for the instructions.
If you need linens to match your new fall decor why not make some yourself? Take a look at how easily you can make your own leaf-printed table linens, tea towels, or napkins by clicking here.
The right headboard holds an entire bedroom together. It has the power to make your bed all that more appealing and also allows you to display a piece of art. If your headboard needs an update or you don’t have one yet, below are easy, budget-friendly ideas for a DIY headboard.
Old Door Headboard-If you have done some recent renovations or are just great at finding discarded pieces this headboard is for you! Paint the door however you like, cut the door down to the appropriate size and add some molding around the edge.
Tufted Headboard-With this headboard you can create your own shape. Simply cut a piece of plywood to the shape you want, cover the wood in a layer of foam and then cover the foam with the fabric of your choosing. Embellish the headboard however you wish and voila! For a tutorial on how you can make your own tufted headboard click here.
Monogrammed Fabric Headboard-Find fabric that matches the style of your bedroom and staple it onto wood that is cut to the shape you have chosen for your headboard. To see headboard design styles click here. Then paint your monogram onto the top middle with fabric paint and stencils.
Tile Headboard-Foam tiles can be bought online in many different patterns. They can be painted to your liking and are placed on the wall with mounting tape.
Pallet Headboard-There are a million DIY projects you can find online to do with a pallet and this is one of them. You may need to separate the pallet pieces and redesign them how you like using 2x4s for framing and nuts and bolts. Stain the wood the colour of your choice or keep the pieces the colour they already are for a real rustic look. For a more detailed explanation on how to create a pallet headboard click here.