Have you ever wondered if a wall treatment can really impact the look and feel of your home’s space? Surprisingly, wall treatments can really change your space. Here’s how various wall treatments can change a room.

The Illusion of Space

One of the big reasons why people do wall treatments is to create an illusion of more space than is actually there. Here are some techniques that are used to make a space seem larger.

1. Light Colors – This seems pretty basic, and it is, but you’d be surprised how often just painting a room gets overlooked as a legitimate wall treatment to increase the feeling of space. Another tip from experts is to go neutral as well as light. Neutral colors do not call attention to themselves, giving the room more of a “wall-less” feeling.

2. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall… – While too much stuff on your walls can look crowded and cluttered, a few strategically-placed mirrors on the walls can really enhance the feeling of space. If you position a mirror so that it reflects a window, it increases the natural light and can even look like you have another window.

3. Windows – Windows are part of your wall, and how you decorate them can affect the look of your room dramatically. If you are trying to make a small room look bigger, consider no window treatments at all. If privacy is an issue, you might simply cover the glass with sheets of clear plastic that blur images – light gets in, but prying eyes don’t.

To make the room look like it has a higher ceiling, you can hang drapes that go from ceiling to floor. Sheer, light fabric lets in light and doesn’t make the room look too close.

Leather Luxury

Doing a faux leather treatment on your walls definitely changes the look and feel of the space. Leather gives a cozy, study-like feeling that speaks of luxury. This is because real leather is pricey! So if that’s a look you like, a faux leather treatment might work well for you.

Paneling

Paneling shouldn’t be ruled out as a wall treatment that can bring great change. There are so many options for paneling these days, either something you make yourself or buy pre-made. Panels no longer mean the fake wood look! You can even use tile for a sleek look, metal for an industrial look, and even wood blocks for a warm, woodsy feel.

Personality

Various wall treatments can say a lot about your personality and make a statement. Some interesting things you can hang on your wall include road maps, post cards, pages from old books, paper restaurant menus, and vinyl records. A whole room can go from boring to bold with just one wall (or part of one wall) decorated in a unique way.

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New Ideas for Old Patios

by Home Living Magazine

If you have an existing patio space that needs a little tender loving care or a little refurbishing, a lot of creativity can go a long way.

You can refurbish an old patio floor in many different ways and even change the space so that it is reinvented and reusable.

1. Fire Pits -
If you have a patio that is uncovered and wish to utilize the space for something more than just a folding chair and table, then a fire pit might be the right choice for you. Having a professional come in and install a fire pit will create a totally different look and feel to your already existing patio.

Fire pits are great ways to entertain company, making them feel comfortable and cozy as they sit around it. There are countless ways to create a fire pit using brick, stone, and many other materials.

2. Gazebo -
If you have an existing patio floor to use as your base, you could incorporate the design of a gazebo in that space. A gazebo comes in many forms such as wooden, PVC, wrought iron, trellis, and lattice, to name but just a few. Gazebos also come in traditional, Chinese, Victorian, and dozens of other styles – from contemporary to classic. The opportunities for adding a gazebo to an already existing dead space patio are many.

Curtains, plants, fire pits, and furniture of every style and color added to your gazebo make it customizable to you, your family, and your tastes.

3. Indoor Furniture Outdoors -
Long gone are the days where patio furniture was made only out of plastic with removable cushions. When entertaining outdoors, you can use sofas, easy chairs, and even recliners with plenty of comfortable throw pillows added into the mix. As long as you make plans to install an awning or covering of some sort (see below), your furniture is well protected.

Some homeowners are bringing almost an entire stainless steel kitchen equipped with massive barbeque grill, hood range, and wet bar onto their covered patio.

4. Awnings -
If you have a patio that is a dead space, one of the greatest ways that it will serve you better is to create an awning for that space. An awning provides coverage from weather such as sun, wind, and rain, and provides a comfortable and cozy feel.

Awnings are stationary as well as retractable.

5. Seasonal –
One of the greatest and most inexpensive ways to spruce up an old patio is to decorate according to seasons. Having a patio chock full of pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns during fall is inspiring, making the season all the more festive.

These are just a few ways to use up old space in the form of an existing patio.

 

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If you have been aching to remodel your bathroom but do not have an exorbitant amount of money, there is no need to fret. You can still remodel your bathroom within the confines of a limited budget.

Remodeling your bathroom does not have to involve extensive work and expensive budgets along with top-rate construction workers and architects. Here are a few simple and inexpensive ways to create a new bathroom look without breaking the bathroom budget.

A Couple of Cans of Paint

You would be surprised what a couple of cans of paint will do for a bathroom remodel. For less than one hundred dollars, you could probably paint an entire bathroom. If you are the creative type and are able to use specialty rollers, you can create a new look for little expense.

There are so many techniques and types of paints that you can use to create a marble look, or a two-tone look by painting half the wall one color and the bottom half another color. Some people love to paint one wall one color and another an entirely different color. The possibilities are endless.

Accessorize and Accessorize Some More

By simply changing out your sink and bathroom cabinet and adding updated mirrors and lights, you can create a brand new look for your bathroom. Placing a group of mirrors in a series of shapes and materials creates a modern, edgy look.

Try different lighting as well – it’s a creative way to update any room.

Use of Wall Space

Shelves with decorative planters, miniature waterfalls, shadow boxes, paintings, and artwork are now showing up in bathrooms everywhere. No longer are the days where paintings and pieces of artwork were left to living and dining rooms alone.

The Little Touches

You would be surprised how the smallest of touches really do add up when it comes to updating your bathroom. New light bulbs in any color (light or dim), new fresh colorful towels, hand towels, and fancy soaps for guests are all inexpensive amenities that will bring your bathroom to life.

A Little Organization

If you are like most people, you have outdated medicine and a clutter of makeup and toiletry items that are scattered all over the place. Organizing with wicker baskets or enclosed shelving on an empty wall can create a bathroom that not only looks like new but is functional and organized as well.

With a few touches here and there, you can create a new look for your bathroom without spending a fortune remodeling.

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Home Decorating for Spring

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Home Decorating for Spring

Spring is a time of renewal. It is the time of year when people across the country begin shaking off the final dregs of winter, opening their windows, and hanging clothes on the lines to dry. It is the time of year that many people associate with cleaning but very few associate with home decorating. Sadly enough there are very few times of year when it is more appropriate to decorate your home. Face it, for most of us, this is the only time of year that we are actually happy about cleaning.

During the summer months we clean because the kids (young and old alike) are constantly tracking dirt, mud, grass, and goodness knows what else into the house. Cleaning in these days is a chore and yet we still manage to bring out the patriotic colors and celebrate America in style. Goodness knows how with all the extra cleaning that is going on and the nearly double amounts of lemonade and iced tea being consumed daily. Still we manage to decorate and take great joy in doing so as if some right of passage has been achieved by our home decorating efforts.

During the Thanksgiving and Winter months we clean house because we have no choice. Friends and family will be coming over and they expect our homes to be well decorated and clean. This I must tell you is quite the accomplishment with the rush of the holidays afoot and yet somehow we manage to muster up some Christmas cheer when others are around while playing Mr. Scrooge when it comes to running the mop and the broom around our rooms.

Spring is the one time of year in which our cleaning efforts are nothing short of inspired. Yet it is also the spring that often eludes us when it comes to inspiration for decoration. Perhaps we are too tired from all of our cleaning efforts to seek the inspiration to decorate. If this is the case with you, then my hope is that some of the ideas mentioned below will help bring some serious decoration inspiration your way.

1) Flowers. Spring is the time of flowers. They are all around us. Use fresh cut flowers and candles to create beautiful arrangement and centerpieces throughout your home.
2) Candles. While briefly mentioned above they deserve their own spot among the top five to say the least. Candles can be soothing, relaxing, invigorating, inspiring, beautiful, elegant, and simply smell good. Candles are great no matter what time of the year it is however, if you select candles in bright spring colors and fragrances you might be amazed at exactly how uplifting these candles can be.
3) Towels. Yes I said towels. In your kitchen and your bathrooms you need bright, bold colors that signify spring, birth, and renewal. These little touches can make a huge difference in not only your attitude about cleaning and decorating but also your attitude about cooking.
4) Fragrance. While most people do not realize that the fragrances we use in our homes is a type of decoration. It makes our noses happy to some degree but also the potpourri and candles are often decorations in and of themselves. Put out bowls filled with brightly colored and lightly scented fragrance balls, dried fruit, and other delights. Gourmet potpourri can be found in all kinds of gift and fragrance shops and is a rather inexpensive way to add a fragrant touch to your home decorating as well as the fragrance of your home.
5) Fruit. Have bowls placed throughout your home filled with fresh fragrant fruit. Not only does this add yet another layer of fragrance to your home but it is also visually appealing and edible. There are three checks in the ‘pro’ column for this simple decorative step and I have yet to find one in the ‘con’ column unless you consider the fact that it must be eaten before it gets too ripe.

For those needing springtime home decorating ideas and inspiration I hope this has helped. If you haven’t found some outstanding suggestions above I at least hope that you will have been inspired to find your own fabulous finds for spring decorating.

 

 

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