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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.
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.
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.
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 options available 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.
8. Display Your Collection
Do you collect something unique? Hanging it from your unused blank wall could be a great way to show it off! Hanging collectible plates is a great way to display your collection while creating a unique look to your wall. Be sure to find the appropriate hangers, like plate and disc hangers, to securely hold the shape of the plate.
Show some support for your team! Sports memorabilia is another great idea to display on your blank wall. Hang jerseys, pennants and collectible items to create a collage of your favorite team. Use creative shelving to display equipment, balls and other collectibles that you don’t want touched.
9. Light It Up
If you’re looking to add light to your room, a wall sconce can do just that. The options are endless when it comes to finding one that matches your current style. For easy installation, a plug-in sconce might be a great choice, however, you’ll want to be sure to hide the wires. To install a direct wire sconce, it’s best to contact a pro who can help with the electrical work.
10. DIY Wall Art
If you love to DIY, crafting your own wall out is the perfect way to get creative in your home. One of my favorites is a DIY postcard wall piece. Use postcards from places you’ve been or ones within the same series.
Big, blank walls could seem intimidating for some homeowners. Be sure to have a plan before you start any new project so you know exactly how you’d like it to look when you’re finished. And when you’re done, step back and enjoy the new look.
A basement is the perfect place to store almost anything. There is no doubt that basements can be utilized in many ways, but being a storage spot is usually the initial designation.
Even if you have reshaped your basement or are planning on it, it’s space can still hold many different items. With a few pro tips, you‘ll be able to organize your possessions easily and smartly. Here’s how to make the most of your storage room.
Check the Conditions
If your basement is too wet or cold, you’ll have to ensure that your belongings are protected. Opt for storage solutions that are appropriate for the given situation. It‘s a good idea to use a dehumidifier to avoid wall damages from the high moisture level. Store your stuff in plastic bags or put them in plastic bins to prevent the dampness from pervading. If it‘s too late and some of your possessions have already grown moldy, dispose of everything affected to stop the mildew from spreading. If you do see that your basement is overly damp or wet, this can cause serious damage to your home.
If you happen to have many boxes and bins to store in your basement, placing them onto sturdy and secure shelves is a must. Before building the shelving, measure the things you’ll store so you choose boxes that will fit. Put the larger and heavier boxes on shelves not higher than 50″ to evade possible injuries while getting them down.
Should you decide to remove some old junk that might be dangerous, contact an expert waste clearance company which will guarantee a safe and absolutely secure disposal of your junk. This way you‘ll free your basement for the new luggage without making a mess. Consider storing tools, which can be dangerous for your children or pets, in lockers. You‘ll have the stuff at your disposal without worrying that your child may get hurt.
Arrange Your Items
If your basement is large enough to accommodate many storage units, you have the ability to designate what belongings go in which storage area. Boxes made of transparent material will allow you to see your items and are especially good for smaller things. Labeling your storage boxes will be helpful for you to quickly find and return your stuff in the right place. Another clever organizing idea is to use some baskets to prevent clutter and keep your basement looking like you have done a basement junk clearance just now. If you manage to keep things organized and maintain their order, you‘ll surely utilize your storage space to its full potential.
Wall shelving is definitely not the only storage option that will make your basement more organized. There is a huge variety of solutions that may turn out to be much more practical for your space. A pegboard, a wire rack or a magnetic organizer may work perfect for your tools. Using cubbies is also a very smart way to organize tools or small to medium-sized items as they can provide you with a lot of flexibility.
You can build and rearrange the cubbies depending on your current storage needs. Plus, they‘re easier to carry and you can use them when you‘re doing domestic junk clearance. Just pick three empty cubbies and label them “toss,” “donate” or “keep” to speed up the process and not mix things up. Another crafty way to organize your stuff is to use pegs and hooks. The more items you hang and use your basement’s height, the more free space will remain on your shelves for other stuff.
Use Your Space Optimally
To keep the basement as organized as possible, avoid the clutter and try to create storage areas all around your home. Hidden corners that are still easily accessible will make a great use. You can even get out of the basement and make your ceiling a storage space, too. Getting some things off the floor will provide you with more room, not allowing clutter to build up in the basement. The space beneath the stairs will also do the same job and it will contribute to your interior as well if you arrange your items, instead of keeping them in cardboard boxes in your basement.
Prepare for A Remodel
Basement remodeling has to be done only if you‘re well prepared for it and really know what you‘ll be doing. Put all your builders’ plans on a functionality test with the help of a tape. Use it to mark the areas of the floor where your storage units will be placed. After that put your items there, dtermine whether they‘ll be accessible and what size your doorways should be. The more schemes you test, the less likely you‘re to have problems with the arranging and organizing of your stuff in the end.
Your basement and other areas of your home are not immune to clutter. They can easily get disorganized if you don’t know how to manage it. Nevertheless, if you pay enough attention to your property clearance and organizing of storage areas, things can work quite well for you. Take advantage of our professional guidelines so you can be sure that your basement will be neat and well organized for years to come.
It’s easy to forget that something as simple as dressing up your windows has the ability to transform an entire room. This article is going to make you see your windows in a whole new light. Although not all window treatments are cheap, their ability to enhance the look of your home is worth the investment.
While installing window treatments saves you money on energy costs, they’re also there to beautify a room and compliment your décor. Knowing that bare windows are rarely the best choice when decorating a room, see seven stylish and tasteful window treatment ideas for your home that I know you’ll want to steal.
1. Neutral Elegance
It’s time to stop associating neutrals with words like boring and plain. Mixing and matching soft neutrals makes for a cozy and comfortable vibe. It’s a timeless and elegant scheme that’ll brighten the space and allow you to play with bright accent colors.
The right material and shade of neutral drapes will make the room feel larger and more inviting. If you must have color in your curtains then, look for a neutral style with a colorful or print border along the edges.
2. Breezy Look
Breezy isn’t just for the beach, but inside your home too. Sheer shades are dainty and classy. A light and airy drape will have you feeling relaxed and peaceful. Who wouldn’t want that ambiance in their living room or bedroom?
This is also a great look if you have or want to install French doors in your home. You’ll want to hang the curtains high and make the doors the focal point. Homeowners are also dressing up their outdoor patios and porches with breezy window treatments. Similarly, it’s the perfect solution for a vacation home or cottage. A big decision when choosing any curtains is to decide how much privacy you want them to provide.
3. Bright Colors
Bright and colorful fabrics are entering homes everywhere, and this includes on the windows they install. These fun hues are available in solid, sheer and patterned variations. Curtains are a practical and simple way to revitalize a room and draw in more color. Blinds and shades also come in a variety of playful colors and styles, so make sure you explore all of your options before installation.
Consider going outside the box and committing to a bold and mysterious color like red. The color red is the color of energy, passion and action. This color is a warm and positive color associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. Now if that doesn’t get you excited about life, I don’t know what will! Use color to create an energy in your home that’s captivating and irresistible.
4. Bold Contrast
The words bold contrast may sound a bit scary to you at first, but at least hear me out before completely disregarding this idea. Bold doesn’t mean tacky or disruptive, necessarily. A bold contrast has the potential to be striking and tasteful at the same time.
There’s a wide variety of lines, stripes, solids, colors and designs that’ll accomplish this idea beautifully. For example, in the image above the curtains are bold and colorful, but they blend with the rest of the room perfectly. It’s all about creating a cohesive design scheme that when all the individual pieces are put together in one room, everything flows.
5. Sleek & Modern
Those of you out there who like a contemporary design will appreciate this suggestion. Modern blinds or drapes feature sleek, elegant lines with a clean appearance. They’re typically easy to maintain and aesthetically pleasing.
The basic definition of contemporary is “of the moment,” which produces comfort and luxury through current trends. Sleek modern window treatments consist of bold, bright and unexpected uses of color and materials, and represent a clean, effortless and minimalistic design. Solid colors that complement or contrast the other colors in your room will draw your eye to the window.
6. Flowery & Decorative Designs
Flowers, embellishments and decorative designs are back in style, but with an updated twist. Large floral prints in neutral hues or bright colors are becoming quite popular these days. Florals give a room that feminine and romantic vibe that makes you feel all homey inside. You can also go the other way and create a more tropical rainforest feeling if you’re into that style. Technology has come so far that your floral drapes and colors will appear clear and defined on the fabric.
If you like designs, but aren’t a huge fan of a floral pattern, then decorative schemes may be the thing for you. If you weren’t one for designs or patterns before, this example may change your mind. The gorgeous, sheer curtains above have a leaf pattern and couldn’t be any cuter! This is just one illustration of a decorative design in a sea of options and choices in the home goods market.
7. Bamboo Shades
I of course had to include bamboo in my list of stylish window treatments because it’s an eco-friendly and gorgeous material to use in your home. Due to bamboo shades coming from a naturally occurring material, they provide a beautifully natural finish which is bound to enhance your décor.
Bamboo is actually stronger and more durable than most hardwoods. Not only are they stronger than wood blinds, but they’re also less susceptible to water and humidity. This is why you might see people using bamboo more in their bathrooms and kitchens, or as mini blinds, which also adds a layer of privacy.
There you have it, the seven hottest window treatment ideas for any home. You don’t have to like them all, but hopefully you found one or two that you’re willing to give a shot in your space. If you’re not ready to commit and prefer to do more research, check out our articles focused on all things windows for more information.
There is a famous quote from an unknown author that says “Little boys are like snowflakes, there are no two alike.” Boys need a place to express their unique self, learn and grow. Their bedroom should facilitate all these things, proving a space they can truly call their own and enjoy.
Just like the saying goes, no two boys are alike and neither should their bedrooms. A simple coat of paint in their favorite color can be enough to update the look and make for a place they can’t wait to show their friends. Even adding learning tools and posters to the walls will give them a space they can call theirs. From sports to super heroes, here are a few ideas to create a space for your child to enjoy.
Talk to Your Child
Decorating a bedroom is an activity both a parent and child can truly bond over. One of the best parts in redesigning your son’s room is hearing his ideas when it comes to design. Let them use their imagination and creativity to help plan, paint and decorate. Of course, you’ll be them to guide them away from clashing colors or safety hazards. Ask them about their favorite colors or shapes. See what they’d like to use their room for to see what’s important to them. Do they need a quiet study spot or a place to build model airplanes? How about a space where siblings can’t take their video game controller? These questions will help you focus on a theme and purpose for a boy’s bedroom design.
One of the biggest concerns parents have when it comes to decorating their son’s room is how quickly they grow in and out of interests and how to plan for a growing boy. If you are starting early with a toddler boy’s bedroom remodel, or even with a child in grade school, you can expect to update as he gets older. However, there are still a few modifications you can make.
- If your son is still in a crib or toddler bed, leave enough room for a full or twin-size bed as he gets older, especially if there are any permanent features to the room such as drawers or cabinetry.
- Plan for added storage. As your child grows, he is sure to accumulate more toys and clothes. If you plan early, you’ll save space and money. Additionally, consider where a desk may go when he needs to finish his homework or work on projects.
- Keep in mind items that have the ability to create a quick change like bedding, wall décor and window treatments.
Boys Bedroom Themes
Decorating your child’s room is much easier with a theme in mind. Take into consideration your child’s interests. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Sports Bedroom Décor
Does your son love sports? The great thing about this décor theme is that it’s extremely versatile and has many of creative options. Bedroom paint can be as detailed as painting a team logo or as simple as incorporating his favorite team’s colors. You can decorate using a variation of sports or with one specific sport in mind. There are plenty of creative options you can incorporate with sports equipment. Here are a few creative ideas:
- Hang a basketball net from the back of the door for a fun game.
- Hang his favorite sports team pennants from the window on a rod as a creative window treatment.
- Paint the closet door like sports lockers and replace the handles with padlocks.
- Choose bedding in the colors of his favorite sports team.
Nautical Boys Room Décor
Does your little boy love fishing and dreaming of sailing the seas? A nautical themed bedroom could be the perfect place for him to feel like he’s under the sea. Paint the room in blue or green hues. If you’re feeling ambitious, try painting a striped accent wall of blue and white to really create the maritime feel. Shells, fishing poles with the line removed, anchors, maps and other ocean inspired décor works well here.
Car Themed Bedroom
If your son can’t wait for a car of his own, but isn’t quite of age, give him a room that will make him feel like he’s in the driver’s seat. Use bright, bold colors throughout the room. Incorporate black and white checker patterns into bedspreads and curtains to match the colors of the finish line. Repurpose old license plates and toy cars into interesting room décor like lamps and wall hangings.
Video Game Bedroom
For the guy who’s always connected to his gaming console, create the perfect space for him to play! Bright colors and geometric shapes work well here. Decorate walls with pictures of his favorite characters. And of course, create the perfect technology space for him to play. Video game consoles tend to come with many wires and attachable parts. Make sure you include storage options to keep things tidy and untangled. An old DVD shelf can also be repurposed to hold different-sized games. And of course, a bean bag or floor chair will keep him comfortable as he races to the next level.
Neutral & Clean
If you’re concerned about your child’s taste changing dramatically or you plan to move, you can create a room that’s clean and sleek for your son to grow into but not lose his personal taste. Stick to neutral paint colors like beige, off-white or gray. Add color by incorporating accents. This allows for a versatile room as your son grows. Try incorporating one of his favorite color into things that can be easily changed, like rugs or bedspreads. Find accents items that you can incorporate on desks and dressers to express his personal taste.
Creating a boy’s room for your child can be a fun experience and nothing will beat the look on their face when they see their new bedroom for the first time. Incorporate a few of these ideas to give him the bedroom he’s always dreamed of!