Saving time is like finding money in your pocket. There are so many things you can do with your unexpected treasure. In the case of painting or decorating your home, imagine what you can do if you work so efficiently that you’re able to save an hour or two or three.
July is a bright and beautiful month! The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, fruit and vegetables are flourishing, and the sky is a lovely shade of blue. Most of us look forward to being outside this time of year; but if you dread going back inside—really dread it—it may mean that your interior needs some brightening and beautifying as well.
Stencils have come a long way from mini-floral borders and roosters on kitchen walls. Today there are more patterns than ever before. To make the most of those patterns, today’s stencilers are using diverse colour choices and mediums to create one-of-a-kind looks for their walls and other painted surfaces.
One of the biggest trends in home decorating—both inside and out—is the use of natural wood. Homeowners love the look of wood for outside decks, exterior trim, interior floors, moldings, baseboards—you name it. So, it should come as no surprise that the look of wood is also a desirable trend at the window.
Perhaps you’ve considered the advantages of downsizing (a simpler lifestyle, less home maintenance and upkeep, and a potentially smaller mortgage) and the challenges (limited storage, less space for entertaining and a feeling of being “cramped”). But the transition can still be a difficult one. Here are some suggestions for helping you capitalise on your new, smaller digs.
Over the years, consumer research has confirmed that many do-it-yourselfers steer clear of wallpaper because they think it’s too hard or messy to hang—and even more so, they dread the prospect of trying to remove the wallpaper at some point in the future. However, consumer perceptions about wallpaper are largely outdated. Today’s wallpapers are easier to hang than ever, thanks to technological advancements in both the wallpaper themselves and the adhesives used to hang them.
Choosing faucets, cabinet pulls, lighting fixtures and other hardware can be one of the most stressful tasks in a home remodel. Should you choose chrome, nickel, pewter, copper, bronze or gold fixtures? Should they be polished, satin, brushed, matte, rubbed, antiqued or distressed? Should the same metal be repeated throughout the home? And should you also match door hinges, door knobs and other extraneous hardware pieces?
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.
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.
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.