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Bedroom Decorating For Girl

Every parent wants to make their little girl feel like a princess. They deserve a place that is all theirs, reflecting their unique personality and interests. A space where they can explore their creativity, learn and grow. Their bedrooms are a place to do just that.

When it comes to decorating a girl’s bedroom, you may be stumped. What if her interests change? What sort of space will she need? How do you incorporate her ideas into the overall scheme of the household? If any of these questions have resonated with you, fear not. We’re here to share a few girl’s bedroom ideas that are sure to create a space she will enjoy for years to come.

Decorating With Your Child’s

When it comes to decorating your child’s bedroom, view it as a chance to bond with your daughter. This is an opportunity to let her creativity shine and allow her to express herself. After all, she will be spending the most time in this room. However, help guide her choices to best meet the needs of the home. For example, when I was a girl, my dream was to paint my bedroom lime green. Yikes! My parents worked with me to find a mutual compromise by using the bright color I loved in accessories throughout the room. They were happy with the final product and I had the bedroom of my dreams. Remember that compromise is possible between you and your child.

As a parent, you also are aware of how they will be growing and changing. Space for a dollhouse may not be needed as your daughter reaches high school. Consider this as you work together to plan for the new bedroom décor.

Girls Bedroom Furniture

When it comes to choosing the perfect bedroom furniture, you want to look for function and quality. While you can easily buy a standard bed, there are many modern options that have unique storage features. Consider a bed with drawers in the frame for shoes or toys. Or, for a smaller room, a loft bed is the perfect way to create more useable space for a desk or a play set.

Also, keep in mind furniture options that she can use as she grows, like dressers or added shelving. Little girls may not need all the space yet, but a teen girl’s closet might need more storage if she’s a frequent mall visitor!

Little Girl Bedroom Ideas

For a girl in elementary school or early middle school, they are looking for space to play! Incorporate areas for toy storage or shelving to display her prized possessions. Utilize bedding and curtains to add color to the room, which can be changed out as she gets older.

Safety should always be a priority in little girls’ rooms. Be sure to keep everything low to the ground and in reach, so you avoid any falling object accidents. If there are shelves above her head, include stools to help her reach higher places carefully.

Teen Girl Bedroom Ideas

Most likely, teenagers will want to be an active part of the bedroom décor planning, incorporating their favorite trends in to the mix. String lights and gallery wall photo collages are very trendy right now and a versatile décor option.

If possible, make space for homework and projects with a desk or study space. Try to keep distractions in this area at minimal if possible, so she is able to focus on the task at hand. Another space she may need is an area to get ready. A small mirror and table will allow her space to store makeup or accessories to get ready for the day.

Girl’s Bedroom Themes

Bedroom decorating is always easier if you have a theme in mind! Here are a few girl’s bedroom themes to get you thinking about what you can include in your girl’s room.

Black & White Décor

For a timeless bedroom look, that will surely grow with her, a black and white bedroom is the perfect fit. To add color, choose bedding and wall décor with unique patterns or bright colors. These can easily be changed if her interests change. Pink and purple make for great accent colors in a black and white room to really make the décor pop.

Princess Décor

For younger girls, a princess themed bedroom is sure to enchant them. Pastels, glitter and frills is what this room calls for. To give the room a royal treatment, try hanging a canopy over the bed and multiple mirrors as wall décor.

Floral Patterns

Nothing says “girls room” like floral décor. But don’t confuse it old and outdated patterns. There are many bright and modern floral designs that your daughter will love. For a vintage look, choose smaller floral patterns and consider a decorative wallpaper. For a contemporary look, find big floral patterns in pink, orange and yellow.

Bold & Beautiful

It’s possible to paint in a bold color and enjoy it! With the proper accessories and right color, your daughter can have a stylish room that she will enjoy. In fact, a bold paint can even help brighten your home. A turquoise or purple can fashionably add color to a room without sacrificing style. If painting an entire room might seem too extreme, try an accent wall featuring one bold color.

Boho & Whimsical

Teenage girls absolutely love this theme because they have the ability to mix and match without clashing. For room color, choose a lighter yellow or green color. Unique light fixtures are key here to really style the space. Incorporate accents of red, gold and purple in curtains and bedding. Have her choose artwork and wall decorations to really complete the look.

Conclusion

Designing a girl’s bedroom does not have to be difficult. From planning to painting, incorporate them into the decorating process to not only teach them new skills but create an unforgettable experience for you both.

Ways To Decorating With Accessories

One of the least effort consuming and relatively inexpensive ways to decorate a room is with the help of accessories and decorative elements. The impact can really change the atmosphere and bring a totally new spirit to every room. Various effects can be created and switched with different rugs, throw pillows, pieces of art and lighting, if you use them wisely. Adding ornaments can contribute to a fresher image, but you have to be really careful to not clutter all the space in your home.

Keeping it clean and simple is always the safest option, but if you chose and combine accessories properly, your home decor will be taken to a whole new level. Here’s how to create a great look using accessories.

Mind the Proportions

Prior to choosing and purchasing new accessories, or using old ones, you have to first get a clear idea of the scale of your room and the size of the decorations that will best fit the free space. Right proportions are what truly distinguish bad from excellent décor.

Do not make the mistake of choosing a tiny ornament for a large, clean and empty space. This will imply a sense of scarcity. Placing too small a rug on the floor of an extensive area would be an example of a proportion mistake. Be careful with the paintings you hang on your walls and avoid accessorizing too small a space with large pieces of art.

Play with Colors & Fabrics

Neutral shades are always a safe bet, but if you want to experiment, there are plenty of options for you. Colored furnishings and bold texture combinations can do miracles for your living room or patio decor, but they can also be very tricky. Original and cheerful accessories will add visual interest to even the most tedious space.

In order to achieve contrast, you can exchange some accessories from one room with those of another. Do this whenever seasons change or to imply a certain style that corresponds to your current mood. Who says that the lovely spa basket can only stay in the bathroom? Put it in the guest room as a welcome compliment to your most beloved friends or relatives.

Bet on Quality

Less is more in most home decor cases. Avoid the mass produced tiny knick-knacks, however cheap or easily available they may be. Isn’t it a lot better to invest in a special, unique accessory that will surely complement and add design value to your space? Just one or two items with clean design, made of classy material will give a modern appearance to your place.

Contemporary interior usually includes natural hues, smooth and polished finishes. If you choose to stick to this trend, you should know that the polished accessory easily gets grimy, so  be prepared for frequent cleaning. After all, you‘ll have to clean your decorations even if they‘re not so sophisticated. At least make these efforts worthwhile by having items you and your guests will really enjoy.

Layer the Accessories

Be sparing when it comes to larger decorative elements and put them first. Then proceed with medium-sized and small ones if you have them. Fill wide gaps with small elements to achieve balance and leave some breathing space at the same time. Another good idea is to gather decorations of the same theme and different sizes in a group. This will allow you to concentrate on a certain theme without making the space look too flat. You do not need to cover every free surface with decor. Use a few accessories and clean the area frequently. It will look much better than if it were cluttered with items.

Go Asymmetric

Grouping differently sized accessories will also provide your room with balanced décor and will help you escape from the ordinary symmetry. An odd number, like three or five, interesting candles or vases will look way more intriguing on the mantelshelf compared to the general dressing, a mirror in the center and a decorative element on each side.

Conclusion

With the endless variety of home decor items to select, accessorizing has become a complicated and tricky task. Nevertheless, enhancing your home’s interior is absolutely possible for those who know what they‘re doing. Dare to mix textures and colors, arrange your accessories in layers with different heights and widths. This is your home and its main purpose is to make you feel comfortable, so you‘re not obliged to observe any trends.

Professional interior designers can provide you with tons of ideas, but never forget that the final decision is yours to make. No one can make you get rid of your favorite accessories if you still love them. Choose what truly represents you and your home will be making its best statement.

4 Tips For The Perfect Remodel

Is there a room in your house you know is not working? Maybe it’s outdated with cabinets straight out of The Brady Bunch. Or, maybe the layout is doing nothing for the space. Whatever the reason, the space simply doesn’t make you happy. You might be hesitant to start a project because you don’t think you have a clear sense of design. Fear not. You have it in you to design a space you love!

I take clients through the selections process to pick out the elements that will go into their remodel. We’ve had clients who think they can’t put together a cohesive design if their life depended on it. But, they end up with a wonderful new room they love! With these four tips, you’ll be on your way to creating the perfect remodel for your home.

1. Start With One Element

Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to make all of your selections at once. Start with one piece, like countertops and begin to match items from there. To make this even easier, decide what you want as the focal point of the room. For many kitchens, that could be the granite or the backsplash. If you enjoy cooking, your appliances could be a great feature to highlight. In a bathroom, it might be the tiled shower, and in a basement, it might be the entertainment center.

Every room will have a different focal point. Use this to your advantage by starting with something you love for that element and choosing other selections that go with it.

2. Take Samples With You

Once you have that first selection picked out, get a sample, or even a picture and bring to the next showroom to pick out another selection. Continue to pick up color and fabric samples as you make more selections. Not everything has to match, but you want to make sure that things aren’t clashing and that they mix well.

Take the samples you get from each place and carry them with you to the showrooms to compare the options. Once you get home, put them next to each other and view them in natural light. This will help in the design coming together.

3. Ask A Designer for Help

You don’t have to hire an interior designer to help with a remodel, although it doesn’t hurt if you do. Most showrooms have their own designers that specialize in helping you pick those selections out. They can help steer you toward the best choice for your design. When I take my clients to a showroom, I always make an appointment with one of their designers. They can answer questions about the specific materials, find selections within a certain design style, or simply offer their insight. Try to make an appointment ahead of time to get the designer’s undivided attention for your project’s needs. If you feel like you’re stuck, any additional input will help.

4. Trust Your Instincts & Have Fun

You know your preferences better than anyone else. Ultimately, this is your living space and it should be the product of your ideas and desires. Plus, this should be a fun process. You have the ability to completely recreate your space to be exactly what you want it to be. Starting from scratch, adding on to what is already existing, you’re in control of your project.

Conclusion

The secret to a perfect remodel is simply knowing what you like and don’t like. You have the ability to pick out what you like, put it into your design, and make it look like something straight out of a design magazine.

How To Design Home With A Rustic Theme

Rustic design emphasizes the rugged, natural beauty. Although it was originally inspired by log cabins, contemporary rustic decor ditched the somewhat heavy and dark look for a more fresh, homey and grounded style. With its organic textures, shapes and earthy tones, the rustic design will give your home a true gateway in the heart of the city.

Since this trend is all about being closer to nature and celebrating the art of repurposing, you can easily achieve the rustic look with a couple of clever solutions and techniques.

1. Open Floor Plan

Rustic homes are usually more open and airy, without visual blockers to interrupt the flow from one room to another. Avoid placing dividers such as a large sofa or table between the different areas in the house. For example, the dining room can blend well into your living room. This type of floor plan also makes domestic cleaning or spring cleaning and general maintenance pretty easy.

2. Natural Elements

Rustic design is raw, unrefined and boldly authentic. Incorporate natural materials such as wood, metal and stone in your interior. Pick organic fibres such as wool, hemp or cotton for your rugs and blankets. Use stone on your fireplaces, sinks and countertops.

Tree branches and thick trunks can be used for bases of tables. Large wooden center islands can definitely raise the game for your kitchen. Wood planks will make amazing wall shelves. Metals like bronze and galvanized corrugated iron works great in a rustic home, adding depth.

3. Weathered Materials

Rustic interiors evoke a sense of connection to the past. The decor elements should appear older and worn out. Distressed and tarnished metals, surfaces with a little age on them and seeded glass will automatically enhance the rustic look in your place. Again, wood is the key to creating that log cabin appearance. You can include it in almost any part of your home, from window casing and blinds, to walls and flooring. Use reclaimed wood for your table, kitchen cabinets and countertop to add up some of the simplicity and cosiness of an old-fashioned home.

4. Organic Shapes

Simple shapes and rugged surfaces are major elements of rustic decor. Pick furniture and accessories with slightly rough form. Avoid overly-tailored or mass-produced items. However, you can bring in a few sleek and clean surfaces such as simple cabinetry and shelving to tighten up the overall look.

5. Warm, Earthy Colors

To give your home that rustic appearance, use warm colors like rust and burnt orange and earthy tones such as olive green and multiple shades of browns. The rustic palette is inspired by the fall scenery. Think of the colors of the fall trees. Whether you use them in the sofa, bedding, art or accessories, adding these hues to the decor will create an inviting and cozy atmosphere. Golden yellow, red and faded turquoise are ideal for accent pieces. Warm colors will help create contrast and dimension in your living space.

6. Repurposed Items

One of the great things about rustic design is that you can make use of what you already have. If you stumble on an old object while cleaning your home, don’ throw it away. Wire baskets can be turned into light fixtures, tarnished pails into sinks and wooden crates can be transformed into wooden treads. With rustic design, you have the freedom to explore your DIY skills.

7. Textural Fabrics

Decorate your home with different textures and undertones to make the place come to life. Forget about the delicate textiles like lace and silk. Go for sturdy fabrics that give the typical wear and tear appeal of a rustic decor. Burlap, linen, cotton and wool are durable options. A thick woven blanket will bring nice texture to your place. Another benefit of the organic fabrics is that they don’t stain easily and don’t require frequent cleaning. Mix and match different patterns and fabrics to create versatility and a homey look.

8. Accessories

When it comes to accessories, pick roughed up pieces or nature inspired details. Put a couple of pine cones on your table setting or on your shelving to enhance the outdoorsy theme associated with a rustic design. The home-grown appeal of folk art will look well in a rustic interior. Rugs and blankets with ikat or quilt patterns and earthy tones will add a unique tinge to your place. Bring the woods inside your home by including a print art or photography of a nature scenery. Even if you don’t have a fireplace, fill your living space with candles. Warm and offbeat lightening will bring a sense of intimacy to the room.

Conclusion

With its natural warmth and organic shapes, rustic design is becoming just as popular in the urban environment as it is out in the woods.

Ways To Decorate A Wall

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.

3. Mirror

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.

Conclusion

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.

Ways For Extremely Organized Basement Storage

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.

Safety Measures

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.

Be Creative

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.

Conclusion

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.

 

Stylish Window Treatments For Any Home

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.

Conclusion

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.

Bedroom Decorating For Boy

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.

Age-Appropriate

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.

Conclusion

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!

Projects To Refresh Your Bedroom

After a long day, there’s nothing quite like resting in the comfort of your own bedroom. But over time, it may require a few updates to create a place where you can retreat away from it all. The smallest updates may make a difference in your bedroom makeover.

There are many DIY tips and tricks available to spruce up your bedroom. Some projects require expert skill and others may take longer than expected. If you’re looking for quick and easy ways to change the look of your bedroom, we’ve gathered the top 10 DIY projects to update the look of your bedroom.

1. Paint Your Room

If you’re looking to dramatically change the look of your room, without knocking down any walls, then paint is your answer. A simple coat of fresh paint can give you an entirely new room, without making any structural changes.

When it comes to choosing a new color for your room, consider your current style. Will your new color match your linens and furniture color? What atmosphere are you trying to create with your new look? These are all important questions to consider as we know that the psychology of color has a lot to do with your mood.

2. Dress Up Your Dresser

The furniture condition in your room adds a lot to the overall look and feel. But, you don’t have to go buy a new one. Simply update the one you currently have with a coat of paint. When it comes to painting furniture, the most important part is not what color you choose but rather how you prepare for the project.

You’ll want to clean and sand your dresser before you begin to paint, otherwise the paint will peel off the furniture. It’s not necessary to sand the furniture down completely just to remove the finish and rough up the surface bit. If you can, get a paint with primer included, otherwise, be sure to use primer on your project before you add color.

3. Create A New Headboard

You may rarely consider it, but your headboard can be a unique decorative element in your bedroom. Many people opt for a standard wood headboard, but you can easily make a one-of-a-kind piece for your bedroom by turning this into a DIY project. While there are many ideas out there, one of my favorites is the recycled window shutter idea. It’s a great project for a beginner and you can complete it in an afternoon!

4. Change Your Lighting

The bedroom should be a space you can relax and retreat from the world. If your lighting is too bright or plain, it may impact the mood. Soft lighting is best for bedrooms and installing a new, unique light fixture can change the overall look and feel of the room.  This project may require a bit more DIY skill compared to others, but will look great once completed.

If you don’t have enough DIY experience yet and love the whimsical look, try adorning your room with a few string lights. Globe lights are a great addition that you can dress up with fake flowers or ribbon. String them across your headboard or window frame for subtle room lighting perfect for relaxing.

5. Style Your Shelving

While your shelves are useful for storage, have you thought about the decorative qualities they have? They are a great way to display beloved items and knick knacks. The key is knowing how to do it in a way that will look fabulous. Here’s a few tips:

  • Start by stacking books if space allows
  • Use trays or stands to highlight special items
  • Include a taller vase or two, allowing the eye to move
  • Include smaller items on different levels
  • Pick a color scheme and stick with it

Another way to add style with your shelf is by using the actual shelf itself. Try building shelves in different geometric shapes, such as squares or triangles. Or stagger them on different levels to add variation. This is an easy way to add wall décor to your bedroom.

6. DIY Throw Pillows

It’s amazing how a few small pillows can add a look of luxury to your bed. If your current throw pillows can use an update, there are plenty of DIY options you have. If you know how to sew, you’ll have an advantage here, however there are many of no-sew options available. Of course, my favorite DIY options are the ones that can be completed in a short amount of time.

7. Update Your Rug

We’ve been talking a lot about the décor surrounding the bedroom, but let’s not forget about the floor! Regardless of the flooring you currently have, a small rug can be a great update to add an extra bit of color to any room. However, rugs can be expensive, especially if you need to cover a large area.

Conclusion

Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It should be a place you love to end your day and reenergize for the day ahead.

Design and Decoration Basics Of Feng Shui For Your Home

Your home is your sanctuary. After a long day, so many of us look forward to enjoying its comforts. But, you may not be making the most of your space if you haven’t adapted the techniques of Feng Shui.

This ancient art of balancing your space is beneficial to your health and happiness in your home. Often, it takes very minimal changes to create the energy you desire. Here’s a few ideas to get you started on how you can incorporate the practice of Feng Shui in your home.

What Is Feng Shui?

The practice of Feng Shui dates back to ancient China. The term “Feng Shui” translates from Chinese to “Wind Water.” As Mind Body Green explains, “Without air and water we parish. When both wind and water are balanced and flowing, nature is in harmony.” It utilizes the elements to create a balanced energy in a space. When used properly, it can improve sleep and create peace in the household.

Including elements in a room allows the person in the room to become more in-tune with nature and become more self-aware. Feng Shui has a few different practices and schools of thought, but they all share similar themes:

  • Traditional Feng Shui: The oldest form of Feng Shui. This takes into account compass directions, and natural elements to determine how to create the best relationship to your environment.
  • Black Hat: A western adaption of the traditional practice. Focuses on engaging the “nine energies” that are within every room.
  • Modern Feng Shui: Also known as Intuitive Feng Shui. This practice is based on utilizing color and your own intuition to create the best space for success.

Whatever practice you choose, you can expect to see health benefits such as sleep and stress relief as you rearrange your space for positive energy.

Costs Of Feng Shui

If you can Feng Shui benefitting your household, now might be the time to rearrange for better energy. However, this is not something you want to do without guidance, as Feng Shui can be complicated if you haven’t studied. A trained Feng Shui pro can help you determine you to arrange your home for the maximum benefits. The average cost to hire a Feng Shui consultant is $874, with most homeowners spending between $632 and $799.

Feng Shui Basics

Regardless of the practice you choose, there are a few themes that cross each school of thought. Keep in mind, Feng Shui can be a very complicated practice. Here are a few Feng Shui basics to keep in mind as you rearrange your home:

Declutter Your Home

One of the first steps in creating better energy throughout your home is to get rid of the clutter. This goes beyond just throwing out trash, but also removing items that block the energy in the room. Stacks of unorganized bills, piles of clothing and other disorganized areas are responsible for creating negative energy and should be properly sorted or removed.

Determine the Primary Purpose

As your decluttering, consider the primary purpose of the room and keep items in the room that only represent that purpose. A clear purpose allows for less stress within the room.

Include the 5 Elements

When you’re incorporating Feng Shui décor, you’ll want to include various styles of the 5 elements. Ideally, each room will incorporate something representative of these elements that work together. These elements are:

  • Wood
  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Metal
  • Water

Discover Your Birth Element

Though incorporating all five elements are important, your birth date may indicate what element may influence your energy the most. You can see a helpful chart to discover your birth element at KnowFengShui.com.

Let in Natural Light

The principles of Feng Shui are all about getting in touch with the environment. So, it’s likely no surprise that natural light plays a huge role in creating positive energies throughout the home. Open windows when you have the chance and see what lighting options you have that provide the illumination you need.

Feng Shui Colors

If choosing a new color for a room wasn’t already difficult, you should consider how it impacts the Feng Shui. Choosing the right color for your room can greatly impact your efforts to create positive energies. Once you’ve determined the purpose for a room, you can begin to define its color. Keep in mind colors that are representative of various elements.

  • Wood is represented by shades of green brown.
  • Fire is represented by shades of red and some shades of yellow.
  • Metal is represented by white, gray and metallic colors.
  • Water is represented by shades of blue and black
  • Earth is represented by orange, beige and some shades of yellow.

When choosing a new paint color for your room, consider how it collaborates with the other elements in the room. Remember that all the elements must work together.

Feng Shui Bedroom

One the rooms most commonly in need of Feng Shui techniques is the bedroom. After all, it’s a space where you sleep and relax. If the elements in your room are not working together, this can cause serious problems. One of the best things you can do to change the energy of the room is consider your bed placement. Ideally, your bed should be placed diagonally from the door and away from window. Finally, even though it’s nice to have your smartphone by your side at night, Feng Shui guidelines advise to have your bed away from a wall with outlets.

Feng Shui Living Room

Another popular room that can utilize these guidelines is the living room. As a spot where family gathers together, you want to make sure the energies are right for all. Sunlight is key, so drawback the curtains to let the natural light in. Including a water element, like an aquarium, is said to bring new opportunities and positive energy to the room. Utilizing candles and wood accessories will help to balance out the elements in this room. Finally, if your living room is connected to the front of the house, ensure you can see the front door from the main sitting area.

Conclusion

We’ve only touched the surface of how to properly incorporate Feng Shui into your home. This ancient practice has many details you can incorporate to bring positivity and health to all.