Window treatments can make a big impact on any room. It's great if you're handy with needle and thread. But what if you're not? How can you make custom window treatments without breaking the bank? Here are several great ideas.
Painting is the #1 way to decorate or update your house. From walls to cabinets to furniture, almost anything in your home can be painted for a new and dramatic effect. But how do you paint properly for the best result? Here are many helpful '"how to" tips to paint just about anything. Check it out here.
Slate. It's the hot new color. The best thing is slate is not just one color. While you can describe it in general as a dark gray, that's really an injustice to the beauty and versatility of this color which can have green, blue, or even purple hues. The color in the picture is Benjamin Moore's Mohegan Sage # 2138-30.
Need some inspiration for a new bathroom ... or to add some pizazz to your current master bath. Take a look that these beautiful photos on Pointclickhome.com You're bound to get an idea or two from these! (Click "View More Photos" to start the slideshow.)
Discover 20 ways to add beads and ribbons to trim various accessories throughout your home. The best part - none require sewing. You'll give your rooms and furnishings an instant pick-me-up. And my favorite, it's fast. Plus, you can create an entirely new accent at very little cost. Take a look at the 20 ideas.
Whether you want to make sure your home is worth as much as it can be or if you're planning to sell it soon, here are some hints of what improves the value of your house. Also, keep in mind the same things that improve home prices are good decorating and remodeling tips too.
Obviously kitchens, baths, and master suites top the list. But the key with the master suite is being well appointed. Even if it's small, make it scream luxury. I'm glad to see that natural materials made the list - marble, tile, granite, hardwood floors. Personally, I extend that outside too to mean wooden shake and siding. A few items that solely relate to decorating include curb appeal (I consider that decorating extends to the exterior as well), landscaping, and having a light, airy feel. Storage and the importance of a good basement make the list too.
But read the article yourself. Even if you're not planning to move, there are important things to remember to maximize your home's appeal and value.
Over the last nearly 19 years, I have remodeled numerous homes. One of the key selling points to us was features that were obviously outdated as they brought down a home's value. People buy up-to-date houses for top dollar. So when remodelling, I was always conscious not to make the same mistake as our predecessors on items that are difficult to change. One such item is tile. Yet, boring old white can be just that ... boring.
So what do you do? I have found you can be creative with "neutral" tile that makes it interesting yet able to withstand any current trends. Above is one such example. This bath tile surround is anything but boring. Granted, it's marble not ceramic, but it's classic marble in a neutral color. The interest comes from the texture created by the diamond cuts (you can do this yourself with a wetsaw and patience), accent pieces, and standard marble tiles.
If you're redoing a bath, think of ways to make neutral and standard color tiles interesting and trend-proof.
Ceilings - especially dining rooms - are no longer vanilla, and plain ole white. Stencils, coffers, faux painting, you name it, it's probably been done. Here's one that gives layers and architectural detail. Using drywall or possibly finished plywood, the builder has created a layered ceiling, complete with scallops and contrasting paint. This provides nice detail and interest without risk of going "over the top."
For the last several years, I have consistently seen the use of wood and wrought iron used together on stairs. In very high end homes. I'm old school and prefer all wood, but this style is VERY popular right now. The stairs themselves are obviously wood. The hand rails are wood, usually oak or mahogany to match the stairs and risers. But the balustars are often wrought iron. Most popular is this style shown here with the geometric accent. So if you're building new or redoing stairs, consider this new trend in stair "fashion".