Closeted Design

Closeted Design

If your spring cleaning list includes straightening or clearing out a few closets, why not take this a step further and redesign them, too? With the popularity of such TV shows as “Tidying Up” and “Bea Organised” as well as the abundance of closet organisers on the market, closets are enjoying a new status in the home. The trend is for closets that not only work better but look and feel better, too. Here are some steps to help you achieve it. 

New Places to Go with Faux

New Places to Go with Faux

Faux finishing is as popular as ever because it brings colour, texture and flair to a space and helps to create a truly customised look. Whether you choose to create a faux finish on your own or hire a professional decorative artist, there are many finishes that are trending at present and many places to apply them. Here are some ideas to get your faux juices flowing.

No Windows? No Problem!

No Windows? No Problem!

An interior bathroom, a basement rec room and an off-the-kitchen laundry room are among the areas in your home that may be noteworthy for what they are lacking—windows. The lack of natural light and openness that windows provide may seem like a detriment, but there are ways to overcome any perceived problems by trying a few of these simple tips.

Mix and Match Your Styles

Mix and Match Your Styles

The first rule of “Decorating 101” is to pick your decorating style, but what if you like more than one? Can you be contemporary in the living room, Scandinavian modern in the kitchen and romantically traditional in the bedroom? Yes, yes and yes. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with mixing decorating styles—as long as you know how to do it well.

Options in “Green” Floors

Options in “Green” Floors

If you’re in the market for new floors and want your home to be “green” from top to bottom, you’re in luck: “Green” flooring options are plentiful in 2019! Flooring companies increasingly are using sustainable and recycled materials in all types of flooring. And over the years they’ve greatly improved their manufacturing processes to eliminate toxins and produce fewer VOCs.

Fixing Common Paint Problems

Fixing Common Paint Problems

If you are an experienced DIYer, you may feel pretty confident about tackling virtually any interior or exterior painting project—unless you encounter a problem. Problems can occur for any number of reasons, including poor surface prep, poor quality paint, cheap applicators or application errors. Sometimes it’s the age of the coating, moisture infiltration or exposure to weather that may lead to a problem.

The Psychology of Colour

The Psychology of Colour

Nowhere is colour’s impact more apparent than in your home, where the paint on your walls can quite literally bring you such emotions as comfort, cheeriness, serenity and wellbeing. The colours you select for wallpaper, flooring, draperies, bedspreads, cabinets, countertops and moulding have similar potential to shift your mood. Here are some interesting tidbits about how the colours you use in your home can improve your state of mind. 

Testing Colour

Testing Colour

As savvy consumers, we generally like to try a product before we commit to purchasing it. Many goods fall into this “try-it” category, including cars, clothes and even chocolates. Paint colour also is part of this try-it group—and is a lot easier to test than you might think. If choosing a paint colour has you stumped, then read on ....

Trending Colours in Cabinets

Trending Colours in Cabinets

News flash: Painted cabinets will still be on-trend in 2019, but not all of them will be white. While white has dominated the cabinetry in kitchens and baths, more colourful options are on the rise, from pale yellows and greens to mid-range blues and reds to deep shades of charcoal and even black. You can expect these bolder cabinet colours in many of the most fashionable homes next year.