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Home Decorating Ideas and Tips

Feb
28

Wall coverings of any kind can add a touch of class and personality to the overall style of a room. There are many different types of wall coverings including tiles, wallpaper, paint, or even fabric.

If you live in an apartment, perhaps painting the walls is not an option. No worries though, there are many more ultra-cool wall covering options you can go with. So, how exactly do you put your personal stamp in a space if you’re somewhat limited in how you can do it? The following ideas will help you get started.
1. Peel-and-Stick Backsplash Tiles
Peel-and-Stick Backsplash Tiles are just one way to add your signature to a space. These are great for hiding a less than attractive backsplash in a lackluster kitchen. Simply cut them to the size you need using either a utility knife or scissors and clean them up with a soft, nonabrasive cloth. You can find them at virtually any home improvement store in a wide variety of styles and colors. When you’re ready to take them down, they easily peel off the wall without leaving a trace of residue when it’s time to move or you wish to redecorate. An 18×24 inch panel will cost roughly $20.

2. Peelable Wallpaper
Also referred to as temporary or strippable wallpaper, this versatile decorative tool works the same as traditional wallpaper except it easily peels off the walls without leaving that cumbersome layer of gunk to scrape off the wall. The adhesive is comparable to that of a Post-It.

Peelable wallpaper is readily available at any big-box store such as Home Depot or Lowes, Sherwin-Williams paint centers, or even online. The only drawback is the cost. An 8 ft. X 25 in. Panel can set you back by as much as $100. However, you can slash that price considerably by only papering an accent wall rather than an entire room.

3. Drapery
Incredibly, many people use drapes as a creative wall covering. This works great as a soothing backdrop behind a bed or used as an ingenious way to cover a wall that’s structurally seen better days. Simply attach a rod to the wall near the ceiling and hang the drapery anyway you like. The cost can vary depending on the type of fabric and size of the wall you’re covering. The creative possibilities are endless.

4. Make Your Own Artistic Wall Covering
This is where your inner creative genius can really shine while having fun as well. Create your own masterpiece by painting extra large canvases or pick up some cheap pictures and arrange them into an interesting collage anywhere on your walls. They will exude a one-of-a-kind decor and really make a statement about your unique decorating taste and style. Some of the best ideas pop-up out of nowhere when you shop at flea markets or thrift stores. You can’t go wrong in terms of style and creativity regarding this special wall treatment.

Decorating is exciting and using wall coverings is just one way to do it. There are so many ways to decorate a room, but that’s what makes it fun since you can never run out of ideas.

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Jan
23

When it comes to entertaining, you don’t need to book an expensive hall or spend a fortune at a classy restaurant. Bring all of the excitement to your own backyard with some simple modifications that anyone can make. You don’t have to be a contractor or break the bank to make the perfect escape the moment you walk out your back door.

Create the Perfect Patio Area

Whether you use patio blocks, pour cement, or use wooden planks, you can lay out a nice area in the backyard that will allow your guests to lounge in style. Bring out the table and chairs, raise the umbrella, and enjoy.

Don’t Forget the Grill

You’ll want to barbecue during those hot, summer months. Head to the home improvement stores in the fall or spring and you’re sure to find some good deals on a grill. Make sure you have all the bells and whistles you need to cook up a storm when you hold your first gathering.

Think About an Outdoor Bar

Whether you buy an outdoor bar at the home improvement store, or fashion a simple counter of your own, set out a few bar stools and you’re in business. Bring out a cooler or plug in a small refrigerator and keep the drinks flowing while your guests enjoy their visit.

Go Poolside

There’s nothing like a pool as the center of attraction during those summer months. If you’re up for a larger investment, you can go with an in ground pool that will increase the value of your home as well. However, above ground pools provide years of pleasure and are a practical alternative when you are watching your budget.

Plunge into a Hot Tub

If you’re not ready for the expense involved with a pool, you can always opt for a hot tub. There’s nothing like kicking back and relaxing while surrounded by those warm bubbles. When it’s hot, cool the temperature down and give guests the opportunity to be refreshed. The best part about a hot tub is that it can be enjoyed year round.

Think Gazebo

A gazebo always adds a nice touch, providing you and your company with a pleasant place to sit while holding a conversation or having a drink. Kits are available or you can have one built for a reasonable expense.

Jan
07

Everyone tends to have their own favorite space in their home. Some prefer the chaos of the family room, while others find smooth contemplative options in quieter rooms about the house such as the home office or a private bedroom space. Regardless of the favored room, having the perfect lighting in any room can often make or break the aesthetic value of the space. Before you select the ideal lighting for your favorite room, consider its types of lighting, the location and the possibilities.

Ambient
Your ambient lighting is considered the light wash of your room. Ambient lighting can include the sunlight streaming into the windows, a sun window on the roof of your structure, or the even illuminated bulbs of your choice. In basic lighting terms, the ambient lighting you add to a room is the first lighting layer. It should illuminate all open areas, the walls and even your largest pieces of furniture or seating. Dimmer switches on ambient lighting can give you a bit more control over the power of lighting applied to the room as well. There are two main types of ambient lighting that you should apply to those rooms you prefer overhead lighting in.

*Pendant Lighting – Pendant lights hang from the ceiling. These are often the center pieces of a decorators design. Matching these to your rooms overall coloring and shape can create quite the lovely picture.
*Suspended Uplights Lighting – These ceiling mounted fixtures can help to cast light downward, upward and outward.

Accent
Accent lighting helps you to provide your own notable spots of light where you want them. Using this layer of lighting allows you to change the lighting in the room dramatically and most easily. Often, accent lighting uses narrow beam bulbs. This enables the focus to be places on places or objects within the room. Accent lighting on a smaller scale is what one may see in a museum where individuals pieces of art are well-lit. On a larger scale, accent lighting can focus on an entire corner of a room, or even your extended decorative couch. Track lighting is one type that is commonly used with accent lighting.

Task
Task lighting may not add the most popular accents to a room but it is necessary. Task lighting is location specific and is often used in places around a home or business where more than the average amount of traffic is present or work is being done. Task lighting is adding a light source behind your living room couch to help facilitate reading, or placing a pendant or suspended lamp over your favorite game table.

Dec
09

Everyone has their favorite sports team, and when you love your team, you want show off your affiliation! One of the best ways to show off your team spirit is with a game room. Guys and girls alike love having a dedicated space where they can watch the game with friends, cheer on their favorite team, and surround themselves with the tailgating atmosphere. Many people like to turn their basements into game rooms because it gives them plenty of space for a big screen TV, a pool table, card table, or anything else they want to put into the space. But as much fun as a finished game room can be, decorating and putting one together can be an intimidating process. Don’t worry though; there are some easy ways to bring the game day atmosphere to your personal game room!

Depending on the size of your room, you want to focus on décor zones. If you’re working with a small room, pick one activity or sport that you want to focus on and make sure all of your accessories complement that theme. If you’ve got a larger space, like a basement, you can dedicate certain areas of the room to specific activities like pool, TV, or cards, and decorate each with their own complementary theme. But how do your choose your theme? Many people focus on their favorite professional sports team, their college team colors, or game themed decorations like a casino motif.

Now that you’ve decided what the focus of your game room is going to be, it’s time to start decorating! The base for any room is wall color and it’s often good to go with something neutral to make your other décor pop. Once you’ve decided on wall color, the next step is your room’s lighting. Making sure there is adequate lighting in the room is key to creating an enjoyable, inviting space. There are great options for table and floor lamps depicting your team’s colors and mascot that can really bring the atmosphere to your room. In addition, many people like to have long, pool hall style lights over their pool tables, which allows for another way to show off your spirit.

Once you’ve got the basics of wall color and lighting, you can easily add in other small details that tie in the whole theme of your room and make it feel like you are truly at the game. Before you know it, you and your friends will be enjoying the next rivalry game in the comfort of your perfectly decorated game room!

Oct
02
Many of the home improvement jobs you have been considering probably require a large chunk of money to get started, but there are ways to improve your home without breaking the bank. You don’t always need to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to make your home look better. While you may need to hire a contractor to do jobs you aren’t skilled at, there are several home improvement projects you can do yourself and save a bit of money. In fact, you may be able to renovate a room for just a few hundred dollars by doing it yourself.

The first step to home improvement on a budget is to make a list of the things you would like done. Once you have that laid out, you can determine how much money the project is going to cost and you can decide what you are able to purchase and what you might need to sacrifice.

If you’re short on cash, you should develop a financial plan so that you can start saving for the materials and tools you’ll need. This way you can watch for great sales and get all of your supplies at a reduced cost. You can also save a bit of money at a time instead of putting down a large chunk of money all at once. Although getting a loan might seem like a good idea at the time, it is best to avoid it if possible. These loans usually come with a high interest rate, and you may end up paying for your materials twice. If you save up before starting your home renovation project, there is virtually no need to get a loan.

Simple changes can really make a difference in a room – you don’t always need to gut it and do major renovations. For example, you could always paint and tile your bathroom for about $100. A little bit of paint and accent features could change the entire vibe of a room. Another inexpensive way to improve the look of a room is to change things like light fixtures and outlet covers.

If there are renovations you aren’t sure how to do, ask for help from friends and family. You never know what skills they might have that could help you with your home improvement project. Do you have an electrician in your family? Perhaps you know a plumber? Hiring these skilled professionals could be quite costly, but your friends and family may help you as a favor.

Sep
19

All right, so you’re ready to start remodeling your house and turning it into the place of your dreams. Before you pick up the phone to call in a contractor or start double-checking the work you plan to do yourself, though, there are a number of things you should consider. Today, we’re going to be looking at something that many people often overlook: checking the structural integrity of the house.

Behind those walls lies the parts of the house that you almost never see: the frame and its associated elements. Depending on the amount of remodeling you’re doing, you could be looking at one of the best times to see how things are doing and catch any problems before they do too much damage. This is especially important if you’re remodeling the kitchen or any bathrooms, since these are the places most likely to have water damage or other problems associated with your household equipment. The process for doing this is very simple: dig up a little more than you were originally planning to and take a look around.

There are many ways to do this, but we’re going to focus on the easiest and most effective ones. You don’t actually need to remove the entire floor in order to get a good look at the danger areas; instead, prying up just enough to let you look around will usually suffice quite nicely. If you need to look at a larger area (and the structure of your house permits), you can also use a remote viewing camera or similar item as a way of avoiding the need to rip out even more of your house.

If you do find problems, take care of those before you finish remodeling. If not, just proceed to replace the area that you took out… But don’t completely block it off and repair it. Chances are that the place you removed is in a back area that’s going to be covered when you finish the remodeling job. Instead of blocking it all off, make it so that you can easily remove the cover and glance around again any time in the future; this will provide an easy and affordable way to continue checking up on the status of your house. If you do this in a bathroom, add in a waterproof seal or other sort of cover to prevent water damage.

Checking the structure of your house may not seem too important, but it could save you from some painfully expensive repairs later on.

Aug
30

Redecorating a house is one of the best ways to give your home a personal touch, especially if you’ve just moved in to a well-used location and have to deal with everything the previous owner left behind. However, there are a number of things that every homeowner should keep in mind before ever picking up a paintbrush.

With the proliferation of printing services (and similar businesses), it’s easier than ever before to get decorations that match your taste… But that doesn’t mean your favorite art is actually going to look good on a wall. Colors can clash, so if you plan to decorate your home with art that suits your tastes, you need to keep in mind the background color and how well it will support the particular work you want to hang. This gets even more complicated if you have multiple works you’d like to hang, all of which have different color designs.

One way of mitigating this problem is the use of neutral frames around the art (if possible). While not always appropriate, it does allow for a universal background color that won’t directly clash with the art in question. In fact, when this is done effectively, it can be one of the most effective ways of highlighting your art and drawing eyes to them.

However, maybe you prefer to decorate a little more frequently than that. Many households change themselves with the seasons or holidays, and it requires a very specific type of home to be able to pull that off effectively. The best thing you can do is make an interior that’s as neutral as possible. Gray may seem like a drab and dull color, but it’s actually one of the most effective tools for highlighting decorations and other components within your rooms. Using the right combination of basic backgrounds and vivid highlights can really help to change the feel of your home. More importantly, it should let you change your decorations and hangings on a regular basis without the need for expensive paint jobs.

Decorating isn’t always the easiest task, but a thorough understanding of how it actually works can ensure that you’re always able to decorate according to your tastes and have it turn out as something people actually want to live in. For more tips and advice about decorating your home, favorite or bookmark us right here and check back on a regular basis.

Aug
05

Heat up the backyard with both style and function with a stone fire pit. With a little bit of know-how and the right materials, even a person less-than-handy can do it. A stone fire pit is a great focal point for gatherings with friends and family that can be enjoyed year-round. Enjoy the warmth while firing up some hot chocolate in the winter or roasting crusted marshmallows on a holiday summer night. Here’s guideline for some easy-to-follow steps that make the project a breeze.

Getting the Stone

Even though it’s a bit more expensive, palletized stone is the ideal choice. These stones are more uniform in quality, shape and size and can be ordered in pallets with pre-sorted premium stone. Take the depth, height and width of the project size to a stone yard, and they will provide you with correct amount of stones and even deliver it to your project site.

Preparing the Base

Using a hammer, situate a rebar in the center of the fire pit location. Cut string to half the length of the diameter and make a loop on one end of the string. Slip it around the rebar and loop the other end around a can of landscape spray paint. Make a mark for the circumference and dig the area to a depth of approximately six inches.

Mark and Pour Footing

Then, cut a second piece of string equal to the first string but minus the thickness of the pit wall. Attach the string to the rebar and mark the second circle with landscape spray paint inside the first. Prepare premixed cement and spread it in the area between the inside and outside circles. The cement should be leveled after it reaches about one-and-a-half inches below the ground. Then, tap pieces of rebar in the wet cement until it’s completely submerged around the footer.

Lay the Fire Brick

After the cement is dried, you can being to lay the stones. Trowel a layer of mortar on the inside of the face stones and press the fire brick in place. Apply mortar to the end of the next stone and butt it against the previous one. As you’re working, remove excess mortar and check for proper leveling. Once the first ring is finished, you can continue in the same fashion until the desired height is reached.

Now, get on the phone and invite your friends over for a good time.  You definitely need to show off your decorative piece of outdoor work.