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How to make your stair look so gorgeous

Of all the areas that you have to decorate in your home, the smallest spaces are often the most forgotten. Entryways are abandoned and small alcoves are easily ignored. But these small areas can add an extra element of style to your home. These spaces can be decorated to impress, no matter the size or shape.

The stairwell is an area that you use often but may not give much thought to design. After all, the stairs are mainly used to transition to other rooms, not to sit and enjoy. However, a well-designed stairwell can create a look that carries on throughout the home. Not only does the design need to be functional and safe, but it should reflect the overall style. So take the next step to improve your home with these stairwell decorating ideas.

Before adding any décor to your stairwell, fix any repairs that need to be made on your stairs. Contact a flooring pro who can help.

1. Stairwell Gallery

A great way to refresh the look of your stairwell is to hang a gallery wall. Unlike other walls in your home, you’ll want to hang frames and photos as the stairs rise, keeping photos at or above eye level. This is not just limited to photos, but it could be artwork, memorabilia and more. Here are a few ideas:

  • A stairwell is a great way to display family photos. Work chronologically to show off different generations in your family tree as you walk up and down the stairs.
  • Find various bright, bold pieces of artwork to add color to a neutral stairwell wall. Arrange them so colors and patterns work together.
  • If you like to travel, transform your stairwell into a gallery of all the places you’ve been. Hang different sizes so your guests can journey with you as they walk up the stairs.
  • Pick out your favorite pattern or color in different variations of paper. Frame it and hang for a versatile style for your stairs.
  • Hang various sizes of mirrors to help reflect the light around the stairwell.

2. Paint A Stairwell

It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do for a room, but it can do even more in a small space like a stairwell! Make a statement with a vibrant color like yellow or purple to draw attention to the area. If possible, use your stairs to compliment your wall color. For example, using gray on the walls and black and white on the stairs. This classic combination looks good in any home.

Painting a stairwell wall may seem easy, but don’t forget that the space is elevated. Your risk of falling is higher and you should never use a ladder on stairs. Contact a pro who will be able to safely paint the tough to reach stairwell walls.

3. Decorative Stair Risers

Don’t overlook what you can do to each step. Stair risers can subtly add décor without sacrificing the look of the entire space. This is where you can really get creative. If you love the thought of incorporating a bold paint color, but aren’t ready to try it on an entire wall, painting your stair risers can be a great option. Chalkboard paint allows you to change the design as you please and is a lot of fun for children to help with.

Decals and wallpaper are great solutions if you’re looking to incorporate a pattern. Many of these options are customizable, so you can decorate your staircase exactly the way you’d like. If you included stairwell wall décor, try and incorporate the same theme into your stair riser design.

4. Stair Railing Decorations

Often considered more during the holidays, stair railings can be dressed up to add a subtle touch of style to any stairwell. The biggest concern here is always safety. Never let your decorating impact anyone’s ability to safely walk up and down the stairs. A quick way to change the look is with a flat lace ribbon wrapped around the railing. For a more dramatic look, find a paint color that will perfectly accent your stairwell décor and spend an afternoon painting your stair railing. If you want to keep the natural look, a stain will work well to upgrade your current wood railing.

5. Accent With A Stair Runner

Keep your feet warm and firmly on the ground by adding a chic stair runner to your stairwell décor. Stair runner rugs help complete the look of your stairwell décor. They also tend to be less slick than bare floor, so it helps to make your stairwell safer for your family. Stair runners come in many variations, styles and patterns, so it’s easy to find one to fits your look. Costs vary depending on rug length.

Decorating Ideas For Boys Rooms

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.

Dazzling home tips for decoration

We’re all busy people with hectic schedules. While we all want our homes to look their best, there’s not always time to make it a reality. It doesn’t help that most of us aren’tinterior designers or know all that much about how to skillfully put a room together.

The good news is there are shortcuts you can take that’ll decrease stress and save you time and money. You want each move you make to look like it was on purpose and not a mistake or filler. See the top cheats designers use time and time again for quick results.

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1. Shop Thrift Stores & Sales

Everything you own does not need to be expensive, but that’s not to say your home can’t look expensive. Even designers practice patience and depend on thrift stores, sales and clearance shelves for decorating homes. There’s no reason to blow your budget just because you think you have to have an item.

Shop around and purchase pieces at flea markets, during sales or on clearance. Learn how to decorate on a budget and map out where you can justify spending more money and places you can scale back. Making your home look more expensive on a dime is possible if you’re willing to put in a little extra work to find the sales.

2. Arrange Furniture

Interior design doesn’t just rest on what you’re incorporating in your décor, but also how it appears and displays. Arranging your furniture properly and keeping it clean are both ways to make your home look nicer without spending any money. It’s all about rotating, rearranging and creating visual symmetry.

Bring your outdoor furnishings inside or work new angles in your rooms. Pushing furniture against the wall and sloppy placement of side or end tables is easy, but it won’t get you the results you desire. Throw blankets are a great way to add a pop of color and effortless décor all at the same time. The blankets don’t have to be properly folded or hidden. They’re throws and are expected to be draped over furniture and part of the overall design.

3. Layer Lighting

You can never have too many lighting choices in your home or individual rooms. If anything, many homeowners forget that lights have an aesthetic appeal, ability to set the mood and carry significant weight as to the overall design. Light fixtures, recessed can lighting, lamps and dimmer switches are all ways to layer your lighting in your home. Cheap and easy lighting tricks include, rearranging lamps and shades, lighting candles or using light to highlight interesting artwork, plants and novel architectural details.

4. Use A Monochromatic Palette

A unicolor palette is especially helpful for decorating small homes or spaces. Neutrals, creams and beige tones brighten up a room and make it look bigger. The last thing you want to do with a small space is emphasize the square footage. Very light-colored walls, floors and window treatments will accomplish this goal. This design trick can be used in any room you want to appear larger or make livelier.

5. Spray Paint Dated Fixtures

Do you ever look around your home and wish it was more with the times? Those of you who are in this situation may want to make updates but know your budget won’t allow it. One designer quick fix is to reinvent dated fixtures with spray paint and inexpensive refinishing kits. This will be cheaper than installing a new light fixture.

Makeover an old, brass chandelier with a quick coat of hammered-bronze or satin-nickel spray paint. Dingy switch plates, vents and doorknobs can all be transformed with a little bit of spray paint, and it doesn’t end there. Painting kitchen cabinets, applying counter-coating products and swapping out hardware will refresh your space in no time.

Bedroom ideas for girls

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.

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Decorating With Your Child

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.