embrace the dark side…
taking walls dark

Dark walls… they can be instant drama, create a cozy feel, or they can seem dark and depressing. If you love the look of dark walls, but have always feared taking the plunge, we’re about to make things a little easier. We’re going to shine a light into the darkness—it’s time to embrace the dark side and celebrate doing dark walls right! Ready? Let’s go. Continue reading

how much is too much…
calculating the right amount of paint

Planning a little freshening up for the new year? Painting is always a quick, easy way to get a fresh new look for little effort and cost. Getting the right amount of paint seems simple—how big is the area you’re painting, and how much can the paint cover? But ask anyone who has ever painted and they’ll tell you stories of trying to get the exact same color matched because they ran out, or of having gallons of paint left over. Continue reading

take a step into style…
jazzing up your stairs

 

If you look at your staircase as simply a method of getting from one floor to another, it might be time to take a second look. We spend so much time and effort designing and decorating the rest of our homes, but the staircase is often overlooked. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’ve got a narrow, confined stairwell, or a big, bright and open one, there are some simple ways to add color and visual interest and transform them into more than a simple stairway to somewhere. Continue reading

all new heights…
decorating for a high ceiling

We’ve talked about dealing with low ceilings and sloping ceilings, but what if you design dilemma is exactly the opposite? Those lofty ceilings may be fabulous, but they can require a bit of special attention to keep the space from feeling cavernous. How can you maintain all the drama and still have a cozy, welcoming room? The secret is in using scale and structure; here’s how. Continue reading

the many shades of white…
all white décor that works

all white decor

Color trends come and go, but white is classic, timeless. White works in any room, with any décor style and it goes with just about anything. White is a very accommodating color. If all white decor seems boring, think again. White works best when different tones and shades of white are mixed, so what looks monochromatic isn’t really. Which shades of white you use will depend on your personal preference, as well as the kind of light that comes into the room. A few ways to make white work: Continue reading