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Tips for Hanging Pictures

images-26Hanging a picture is perhaps the most simple and common DIY home remodeling project. Nonetheless, hanging pictures can go wrong if you don’t have the proper picture hanging hardware or steps needed to hang pictures straight and at the proper height.

Mark and Theresa ofMyFixItUpLife are back showing you how to properly hang a picture, no matter how small or large that photo or mirror may be.

  • For DIY art, a clip and wire hung over a nail or screw is recommended.
  • For heavier art, use a picture hanger to accommodate extra weight.
  • Picture hangers do the least damage to the walls.
  • Try to hang your picture 60” from the floor.
  • Use a torpedo level to make sure the picture is straight.
  • You can use a laser level to make sure pictures are equal heights across the room.
  • For items heavier than 50 Ibs., use professional picture hangers.
  • Professional picture hangers hold up to 100 Ibs.

 

Conclusion

Hanging a picture is not difficult, but without proper techniques, one can damage the wall. Keeping the above tips in mind will ensure that all pictures are hung evenly, looking just as if a pro stopped by.

Great ideas lighting for your home

download-4Holiday lighting installation is something many of us look forward to each and every year, but sadly, many homeowners run the risk of hurting themselves or their loved ones as they hang lights throughout the exterior of the home.

There are always safety precautions one should take before hanging holiday lights, but more so, a helpful guide, including tools needed and step-by-step instructions should always be referenced before attempting a new DIY project.

Continue reading to see all you have to know about installing Christmas and holiday lights.

Recommended Tools for Holiday Lighting Installation

Like any home improvement project, there are tools one needs to complete the project and tools one could use to make your lives easier. Below are all the tools you should consider purchasing (or borrowing) before you hang holiday lights.

  • Drill
  • Staple Gun
  • Hammer
  • Light Clips
  • Gutter Hooks
  • Extension Cords
  • Christmas or Holiday Lights (LED lights recommended)
  • Timers
  • Remote
  • Ladder

Tips on Lighting Materials

You can purchase many of these items at The Home Depot or any local hardware store. Before you go spending, make sure you take an accurate inventory of the materials you already own.

First, check out how many lights you own and the condition of each. If any are cracked, chipped or stray wires are present, throw those away as they present a safety concern while lit. Believe it or not, those lights can cause a fire. Also, before you get in the car, test your lights. Make sure you know exactly how many new lights you need to purchase.

While at the store, make sure you are purchasing outdoor lights. Indoor lights are not safe for the outdoor elements, such as rain or snow. They can also blow a fuse or start a fire.

You will most likely need multiple extension cords made for outdoor use. It’s a safer bet to go with a three-pronged extension cord, as they are safer outdoors. Also, make sure you plug them into a GFCI outlet. These types of outlets shut off when they detect a short circuit. You can even buy a GFCI to plug into a regular outlet. Either way, there should be weather protection around the outlet.

Next, and perhaps the most important piece of information I can give you, is to buy a very stable ladder. This is not a time to play acrobat and extend a reach you don’t have. Your ladder should extend at least six feet higher than the highest point of your lights.

How to Hang Christmas & Holiday Lights

As long as you follow the simple safety recommendations and precautions above, you should be able to hang your Christmas lights without any issues.

As time has evolved, more and more homeowners are moving away from staple guns and nails and instead, using light clips and gutter hooks. After all, roof repairs are not cheap, so you should always look to minimize the wear and tear on the most valuable part of the your home. If you do go with nails, make sure you attach them to fascia board.

Before heading up, make sure your ladder is firm and fully opened. To be safe, have friend at the bottom, holding the ladder in place. While it goes without saying, never place the ladder on ice or water.

If you are using hooks, now is the time to attach the gutter hooks. Do not try to carry all your lights and gutter hooks up the ladder at once. This is not a race. The gutter hooks should easily attach to the gutter. You should hear a snap once they are installed correctly. Once you have three to four feet of hooks attached, have your friend hand you the holiday lights and hang them from the hooks. Once again, do not rush. Conversely, if you are using light clips that attach to the roof, you can install those just as you did the gutter hooks.

It’s as easy as that. Then again, you could really step up your holiday lighting game like the family below.

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.

Best Ideas For Your Kitchen Decoration

Tile is one of the most popular and sought after materials in the home improvement industry. Homeowners desire it and designers are continuously coming up with creative new ways to display it. There’s something for everyone given the variety of styles, materials and colors on the market.

Tile is perfect for the kitchen because it holds up against messes, stains and spills. This article will expand the possibilities and your imagination for installing tile in your home. See bold tile design ideas for your kitchen that’ll challenge you to think outside the box and pull you out of your comfort zone.

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Super Sleek

Add a modern and sleek twist to your kitchen with shiny tile in eye-catching colors. Glossy and smooth surfaces bring texture and elegance to your space. A sleek, vibranttile backsplash paired with wood cabinets and a dark countertop is a practical way to brighten up the room. Draw even more attention to the tile by installing under cabinet lighting.

Designs & Patterns

Shapes, outlines and patterns are back in style and they’re perfect for incorporating into your kitchen design. You don’t need to use much of it to make a difference. These unique decorations add character and color with minimal effort.

Patterns are exciting to use and with the right touches, can lift a scheme from conventional to stunning in no time. Incorporate contrasting elements to normalize the room by setting it against wood floors or adding a subtle backsplash.

Trendy Shapes

When shopping for tile, don’t forget to consider all the different shapes and sizes it comes in. Large and oversized squares or rectangles bring a unique style to your kitchen floors, walls and countertops. Decide if you want the shape of the tile to be the main focus before choosing your colors. This way you can go lighter or darker depending on how your shapes will influence the rest of your kitchen design.

Funky Floors

I can’t talk about bold tile design ideas without delivering some funky concepts too. Give your kitchen floor multiple personalities with patchwork of patterned tiles. While it may not be for everyone, the interlocking and combination of different colors and patterns will bring life to a neutral kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Horizontal shapes in monochromatic colors deliver balance to a funky room with bold designs.

Vibrant Contrast

Make a statement with your tile by choosing bold colors that display contrast against your cabinets and floors. Although you may not ever think you would want orange tile in your kitchen, you can see in the example above that the look actually comes together nicely when done right. It’s so bright and cheery with clean lines that it’s hard to consider it tacky or too bold.

Colorful Countertops

Another way to work bold tile into your kitchen design is to install colorful countertops. This trend is especially fitting for those of you who live out west or in warmer climates. They’re easy to clean and patterns hide dirt and grime well. This is your chance to work in your favorite hues and add a little spark to your kitchen.

Combine Countertops & Walls

Run your countertop design up your walls as backsplash if you’re feeling daring and want to make it easy on yourself. A continuous design will draw the eye upward and make your ceiling look higher. This option is not only simple, but cost effective too. If you’re not feeling the look of a backsplash covering the entire wall, then consider running the same material up a few inches instead.

How to Make Your Small Bath Look Big

Any homeowner with a small bathroom knows it’s a challenge to make it look and feel bigger. One attractive and affordable solution to this obstacle is mosaic tile. A mosaic is a piece of art or image made from the assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone or other materials. Most mosaics are made of small, flat, roughly square pieces of stone or glass of different colors known as tesserae.

Mosaic tile is more versatile than you may think. It’s frequently used as decorative art or as interior decoration and the possibilities are endless. See six examples of how mosaic tile will effortlessly make your small bath look big and liven it up.

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1. Create An Accent Wall

Paint isn’t the only way to create an accent wall. Colorful, delicate mosaic tile delivers a unique solution for brightening up your bathroom. There’s typically not much wall space to work with in a small bath, so getting a bit fancy with your accent wall won’t be too hard on your wallet. A white foundation, natural light and mirrors will also help play tricks on the eyes to make the room appear larger.

2. Build A Border or Backsplash

A border or backsplash is an effective way to make a room look bigger. It also adds style and an element of surprise to your small bath. The continuous design keeps the eye busy as it travels from one element to the next. To keep the project budget-friendly, cover small areas with expensive tiles or larger areas with less expensive tile styles.

Another idea is to fill the blank space between your sink and mirror with colorful, mosaic tile. You won’t believe how something so simple will magnify the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom. Once again, the eye will be drawn to the tile and travel with the flow of the design.

A backsplash is versatile in that it can take up as much or as little of the space around your sink and vanity as you’d like, without looking strange. In this example, the horizontal tiles travel up the entire wall above the vanity. The tile wall catches your eye so quickly that you have little time to analyze the size of the bath. You’ll be fixated on the design behind the mirror instead of the square footage.

3. Stack Thin Rectangular Tiles Vertically

Make your ceiling appear even higher by stacking thin, rectangular tiles in a vertical manner. The layout of your tile will have a lot to do with how small or large your bathroom appears to the eye. Orienting a tile pattern vertically emphasizes the height of a space instead of the width. Easily lift the ceiling height in a compact bathroom by implementing tile that draws the eye upward.

This bathroom remodeling design idea is proof that small bathrooms don’t have to be boring. You can see for yourself how gorgeous a vertical display of black and white tiles on the bottom half of the wall presents itself. This unique tile layout immediately grabs your attention and pulls your eye to travel both vertically and horizontally, which makes the room look bigger. Hues of black, white and gray come together to bring a sense of elegance and sophistication to this bathroom.

4. Use Large Patterns

Large tile patterns may appear as wallpaper at first glance. The difference is that mosaic tile walls have the appeal of luxury without the hefty cost. The large circles open up the space and the colors glisten in the light. The wall projects a continuous design and visual intrigue. Using large tile patterns in a small space actually make it appear larger because there are less distinguished grout joints, therefore reducing the lines that appear to the eye.

5. Choose Mirrored or Glass Tiles

If you’re looking to really disguise the size of your bathroom, then installing mirrored orglass tiles is for you. The reflective properties and shine will magnify all the right features of your small bath. Pair these tiles with white accents and large tile floors for the ultimate small bath transformation.

The vertical stripes of sparkly tile in this bathroom make a statement without appearing overbearing. Another great idea is to border a mirror with glass tiles.

Warm and Cozy Home Tips

In addition to ramping the accessories around your couches, incorporate warm colors and festive crafts in your main living areas. Mason jars, flowers, kitchen towels, pumpkins, pinecones and wreathes will help you accomplish this goal. If you’re unsure where to start, scour Pinterest for additional fall home décor ideas.

Manifest Sweet Smells

There’s nothing better than walking in the door after a long day of work and taking in the sweet smells of fall. Spices, breads, meals in the crockpot and essential oils will get the job done right. One of the most popular areas of the home to use essential oils is the kitchen. Lavender is a great multi-purpose oil that has great antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Open your windows and welcome in the fall breeze and enchanting smells. A few additional tips for making your house smell fantastic are to bake vanilla in a mug, boil orange peels and cinnamon and keep your house clean. If you’re interested in learning more, see our seven tips for making your house smell better.

Embrace Area Rugs

Area rugs are the most essential décor additions for immediately cozying up your home. They don’t have to be fancy or expensive. Invest in a few seasonal area rugs that add comfort and color to any room in need of a coziness boost. Area rugs also warm up cold floors and your feet on cool mornings.

Looking for more warmth than an area rug provides? Installing new carpeting isn’t that crazy of an idea. If it’s something you’ve been wanting to do, the fall season is a great time to do it before the winter hits. They are beautiful, quickly installed, quiet and warm under the feet.

Cozy Up the Patio & Backyard

It’s not time to shut down your patio quite yet, in fact, there’s an entire season to be had out in your yard. Swap out your cushions, add lights, candles and include festive décor in the surrounding landscape. You won’t regret having a cozy spot to take in the fall colors, sights, sounds and smells at the end of the day.

Beautiful flowers and potted plants create a calm and relaxing environment with little effort on your part. Unique shrubbery, pops of color, clay artwork and bright pillows are just a few examples for you to ponder.

Tips 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. Here’s 10 unique ideas you can use to decorate a large wall and turn it into a lovely focal point.

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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. To see how you can do this project yourself, read How To Paint Striped Walls.

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, 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.