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Tricking the Eye: Accent Walls & How to Use Them

Choosing the Right Wall and Color

Can you remember the last time you re-decorated your bedroom? Does the idea of doing a full-room remodel exhaust you? Accent walls, one wall painted a different color than the others, are a great way to revive a languishing room, liven up the space and even change the apparent size of the room. If you have a room that’s an unusual shape, or one that’s particularly small, you may feel that you can’t use strong or bright colors, but by using an accent wall and careful consideration, you can effectively use colors that would overpower a room when used on all four walls.

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The Visual Temperature of Your Room – And How to Change It

Every room has a “visual temperature,” and figuring out yours can give you some insight into what colors and textures to choose for the room. Visual temperature doesn’t mean the actual physical temperature of the room: visual temperature is the effect that the room’s natural lighting and color palette have on the viewer’s perception of the room. A room can be cool, warm, or even both! Confused? Don’t worry, it’s simpler than you might think.

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How to Decorate a Small Bedroom to Make it Appear Larger

Sure, a small bedroom can be cozy — but it can also can be somewhat of a challenge to decorate. Here are some ways to make it appear larger:

Save Space

Think about the headboard. It will help if it’s completely against the wall, with no gaps in between; you could also have a “floating” headboard that’s attached to the wall. It also helps to “build” around the headboard, whether it’s having built-ins, curtains, or something else. If your room is particularly small, consider painting a mock headboard on the wall to give the appearance of that giant headboard that you just can’t fit. If painting isn’t your thing, no worries — there are a variety of headboard wall decals out there, and putting them on is as easy as placing a sticker.

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Home Design Trends Expected to Dominate in 2017

2017 is under-way, and there are some trends that have ushered themselves into the new year and promised to stay. If you’re curious about contemporary home design trends, look no further! If you want to visually update your house and improve its value, there are a large array of things you can do, ranging from low-budget to high-budget projects.

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Elements of Home Decorating in Summer

Do you think of light breezes, sunshine, and family time when thinking of Summer? Here’s how you can decorate your house this season to reflect those things.

  • Add accents of color, like in fun patterned throw pillows or pieces of art. Colorful art pieces are especially good to hang on walls that are darker hues; it will brighten them up. Nothing says “summer” better than fun colors and patterns.
  • Create a drink station (even if it’s not with alcohol). Lemonade, mojitos, mai tais, tea; whatever you provide, there’s nothing better than sipping on a cold drink in hot weather. Rolling bar-carts and tabletop trays are great options you can move around.
  • Put something in your fireplace since you won’t be using it for a while, like candles, decorations, etc.
  • Create or freshen up an outdoor space. Spruce up your patio, deck, and yard so you’ll have a great place to spend time outdoors this summer. Re-paint outdoor furniture light or vibrant colors. Add in a fire-pit for a great evening hang-out spot. Set up a table for al fresco dining. the possibilities are limitless.
  • Add in some summer-y decorations. Think vibrant colors, tropical, nautical, or botanical patterns, and natural elements (or faux-natural). Your tables are a good place to showcase summer-y place settings, dishware, and accouterments like drink pitchers and decanters.
  • Sprinkle in flowers and potted plants around your house. Wildflower bouquets are especially summer-y, and so are flowers that are warm-colored. Succulents in large seashells are also unique and on-season.
  • Have airy, white (possibly semi-sheer, gauzy) curtains hanging up. Add a canopy to a bed, complete with these airy curtains.
  • Paint dark wood a lighter color, like white or off-white. Whether it’s your staircase, furniture, ceiling beams or something else, this can really lighten up a room.
  • Use complementary colors, like an aqua blue paired with a coral.
  • Hang mirrors to draw in more light, and to make the space seem bigger.
  • Switch out your home‘s scents for more summer-y ones.
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How to Personalize Your New House

“Making a house a home” is a concept for a reason; there’s something to be said for truly feeling like you belong in your new house.

  • Change out the numbers on your mailbox or house.
  • Clean the whole house. It will smell like the products that are already familiar to you, and make you feel more at home.
  • Add more of your favorite familiar scents with candles, room sprays, or wall plug-ins
  • Paint the front door the color of your choice. You’ll feel truly welcomed every time you enter.
  • Paint a wall, or all of them. There are so many ways to personalize through this.
  • Wallpaper a laundry room or half-bathroom. You can truly personalize it, since there are infinite choices of wallpaper.
  • If you have hardwood stairs, change them up. You could put a runner down, or paint them white with a color on top.
  • Change out window treatments. Especially if the style of your decor is a lot different than the previous owner’s.
  • Change out hardware. This will be especially beneficial if the previous hardware is on the older side.
  • Change out light fixtures. Occasionally, a previous owner might leave behind an old chandelier from the eighties, or something of the like. Replace it with something that fits in with more of your style for the new house.
  • Hang personal photos. There’s nothing more personal than pictures of your past memories.
  • If you have anything with monograms, decorate your home with it.
  • Hang up your favorite art.
  • Place fresh flowers or potted plants around your house. There’s nothing better than having something of beauty in each room.
  • Put rugs down on hardwood floors. Your feet will definitely feel right at home.
  • Place your favorite throw pillows on your sofas and chairs. Feeling comfy in your own home is a must.
  • Have blankets close at hand to make you feel extra cozy in your new house.
  • Decide where to put organizers that will benefit your daily life the most. Whether it’s having wall hooks for jackets, keys, or bags, or if it’s having lots of shelves in your family room, customize your storage to truly benefit you.
  • Display your family heirlooms, or even antiques you’ve bought yourself.
  • Present all your favorite bathroom amenities in a designated spot, arranged attractively to invite you to use them.
  • Display your DIY‘s, or make some.
  • Display your hobbies and/or collectibles.
  • Spend effort on bettering those places that you’ll spend the most time in, whether it will be alone, or with family or guests.