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You may already know that when it comes to decorating around your home, even the smallest details can make a big difference. The bathroom is a very important room that often gets overlooked. This is one room that your guests will spend time in and also one of the only rooms they are likely to spend time in alone. This will give them opportunity to look around and really analyze the bathroom.

How you choose to decorate your bathroom may depend on a number of factors. It’s important to take all things into consideration so you can choose the best bathroom look possible. For example, who will be using the bathroom? If it’s for children, you might choose a fun décor or their favorite cartoon characters.

If it’s your guest bathroom, you might want to use more neutral colors and décor schemes that will make a greater range of people comfortable. Some other things that you might consider are what colors you like. Many people enjoy decorating the bathroom in a color that makes them happy, peaceful or comfortable. The overall brightness of the bathroom will help determine your color scheme for accessories.

When choosing accessories, you also want to look at what people who use the bathroom will need.

1. Are you towels easily accessible?
2. Are there enough towels?
3. Can the toilet tissue be reached?
4. Do you have backup toilet tissue?
5. Is there a shower or bath tub in this bathroom?
6. Are shower accessories included?

These are some of the things you will want to consider when accessorizing the bathroom. Lastly, remember the small details will complete the look. These are the small things that will make a big difference in a bathroom and will make your guests as well as the people who live in your home feel more comfortable in your bathroom.

966885_can_of_paintThere are many areas of the home that can be improved with spray painting. Think about the many small craft projects or decorating projects in which you can use spray paint and you will see that it is a very useful tool in home decorating.

However, if you’ve ever used it, you probably also know that it can be a messy job and in some cases it can be a real hassle. But what if there were ways to make spray painting easier for these home tasks and decorating projects?

In some cases, spray painting can be tedious and can take a long time to complete but there are tips and tricks you can learn to make it easier.

Here are some things to consider:

• Plan your projects carefully ahead of time.
• Work in a well-ventilated, protected area.
• Allow yourself plenty of time to actually complete your painting.
• Allow the object you are painting proper time to dry undisturbed.
• Get help from a friend or family member- make it a painting party.

With these tips, you can make spray painting easier and complete all of your household decorating chores with ease. You’ll be amazed at what a little spray paint can do for home décor and it’s inexpensive and easy to do.

For larger painting projects, consider High Volume/ Low Pressure (HVLP) spray paint systems. These are the preferred method in Europe and they are becoming more popular in the US as well. You can use this when re-painting walls inside your home, garage or other large areas such as furniture. It results in a smooth, professional finish and it’s cleaner, easier and faster.

210694_cozy_room_with_fireplaceWhen it comes to home décor, some of us are more challenged than others. The good news is that there are many ways to brighten up a home and even the more décor-challenged can learn to bring beauty to every room in their home.

We love decorating and we love helping other people learn new and better ways to decorate their homes so here are some tips and ideas for you:

• If your fireplace is not in use this time of year, use some flowers (real or artificial) and place them in a bucket or flower pot to brighten up the area.
• Add small jars or coffee mugs to your kitchen windowsill with some cut flowers or small stems in each one.
• Add a bouquet of cut flowers to your foyer or entryway for a bright, happy greeting to your guests.
• Use a small plastic tumbler or pretty jar in the bathroom with some small, bright flowers.
• Bring some bright prints and photos to your bedroom. Perhaps a collage of the family or some pretty summer prints to hang on the wall.
• Place some pretty, cut flowers on your bedside table to brighten your day or in a guest room for a homey touch.
• Open the blinds or curtains to let the sunshine in on sunny days. This can change the whole mood of the home.

These are easy, fun tips to bring beauty to every room and space in your home and they’re great for this time of year with Spring on the way. Happy decorating!

Are you planning a bathroom remodel? The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home and it’s also a room that your guests are almost guaranteed to see. It’s also the room that your guests will spend time in alone. For this reason, it’s important to have a great looking bathroom and you also want it to be very functional.

There are many ideas for bathroom remodeling when it comes to design, style, fixtures and making the most of the space you are given. Whether you want to do a complete overhaul renovation of your bathroom or just make a few small changes here and there, you have many choices to pick from.

When planning your bathroom remodel you have to consider your entire overall picture and then compare this to the estimates and your budget to be sure you can afford to do everything that you are planning to do. If you are on a tight budget, that’s ok because there are a lot of small, inexpensive projects that can help you add color, update or improve your lighting and accessorize the overall look of the bathroom.

Here are some ideas for your bathroom remodel (based on your budget):

• Replace your toilets with low-flow, energy efficient options
• Replace the faucets with energy-saving, water-saving alternatives
• Purchase new storage options such as drawer dividers and shelving
• Consider a new paint job with a fresh new color
• Accessorize with hand made gifts and décor such as toilet seat covers and hand painted shower curtains

These are just a few ideas to get you started on your bathroom décor. We’d love to hear your own tips and suggestions; just drop us a line in the comment section and tell us what you think!

Wallpapering is nowhere as intimidating as one might think. I am going to give you a few tricks that you will love.

The absolute first thing you must accept is that all paper hangers make mistakes. The difference between a good installer and a bad one is his ability to repair or hide the mistakes and bad cuts in his hanging, your imperfect walls, and flaws in the wallpaper itself.

For years you have been told to drop a plumb line in the center of a wall or use a level when hanging a striped wallpaper. Baloney! You aren’t going to give a fig whether the paper is perfectly hung if the stripes appear crooked when they get to the corners of the room. Start at an inside corner and hang that first strip so that the strip fits perfectly from ceiling to floor. Visually it will appear straight even if it isn’t plumb.

If you’re not into decorator cover plates for wall switches and plugs, covering them with wallpaper will make them disappear. Take a leftover square of paper that is bigger than the switch plate, place it over the plate while it is still on the wall, and maneuver your paper until the edges of it match the wallpaper on the wall. Holding it firmly against the plate, remove them both from the wall and pencil a line around the edge of the plate, designating the screw holes.

Cut your paper leaving an inch border around the penciled line and marking the spot where the switch will come through. Cut a V into each corner and poke a hole in the paper where the screw goes in. Elmer’s glue the back of the paper, fold over your borders and place a bit of masking tape to hold them in place. Screw your plate back on the wall and it will disappear into the background.

Great rooms were the rage a few years ago. Granted, with no walls breaking your view, and high ceilings, a relatively small area can appear huge. You can have that open, airy feeling and still separate your living spaces visually.

Almost all great rooms suggest a division between kitchen and family room by having either a butcher block work area with bar seating on the back of it or an attached breakfast bar that extends into the room. Making sure you leave a walkway between them, place a glass rectangular or oval table and chairs on an area rug parallel to that bar and you now have a dining area that does not visually cut up the room.

That big fire place on the far wall with the television built in above it is good in one respect. It provides one easily decorated focal point, instead of two. Since there is usually a long wall of glass and sliding doors between the kitchen and the fireplace, you lose a long area that cannot be effectively used for furniture placement. No problem!

A large area rug in front of the fireplace, with either two sofas facing each other and adjacent to the fireplace or a long sofa facing the fireplace with either love seats or chairs completing the square, will be perfect. A square, glass topped coffee table will leave the space looking open and roomy. If you need more seating, place two ottomans in from of the fireplace instead of the table. They can be used as foot stools or additional seating.

With the economy the way it is, it seems hopeless to even consider redecorating your home or apartment. If you hate coming home to the same old place but just cannot afford major changes, don’t give up. There are some really easy and inexpensive things you can do to perk up your nest!

You can change the entire look of a room by painting it a different color and changing the pictures on your wall. Try painting just one wall a slightly deeper hue of the same color that is on the other three walls. Is a paint job more than you can handle? How about a roll of border paper, strategically placed to frame a window or a door.

Pictures can cost a bundle, and frames even more than that. Why not paint a square or rectangle on the wall and hang a poster print in the center of it? Or make an interesting collage by cutting pictures with a similar theme from magazines, arrange them artistically, paste them, and frame. Voila!

That coffee table you are tired of looking at in your family room might be wonderful at the foot of your bed. A thick cushion covering it will turn it into a wonderful bench for your spread.

Never be afraid to shop at flea markets, thrift shops and estate sales. There is a fast turnover of merchandise, and you can pick up some terrific bargains. If you find a bookcase that is just the size you need, but is all scratched up, spray paint it, antique it or throw a table cloth or runner over it.

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