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Painting Color Rules for Small Spaces

Painting Color Rules for Small Spaces

Small rooms such as apartments can pose challenges when it comes to painting. Before embarking on this DIY project, it is important to make a few considerations. You should have a theme; put into consideration the furniture pieces in there and the colors that will be suitable for different rooms in your home. However, if you follow the rules to the letter, you will hardly go wrong in your home improvement project.

The first rule of painting colors, is keeping it simple. Even where you would want to create a dramatic effect, in a small room, it will appear overpowering more than appealing.  On the walls and ceilings, ensure to stick to two colors. If you have carpeted your room, choose colors that will blend with your rugs.  Keep away from sophisticated wallpaper designs, as they will attract attention to the small stature of the room. In a small room, it is best if you incline towards lighter shades. Dark colors will only make the room to look and feel smaller, than it is already is. Some of the rooms that are smallest in the house include bathrooms, bedrooms, home office and the laundry room. Do not restrain the space in these areas by painting them in dark colors. If you must apply dark hues, be sure they are not dominant.

Where you have multiple colors in a room, ensure to arrange them in a scheme, such that the dark colors occupy the lower area of the walls and the bright hues at the top.  The same goes with the floor, if your bathroom has dark green tiles, the walls must carry a brighter color. For instance, a yellow or an olive color will look great on the walls. In addition, let the ceiling to feature a brightest of shades. Another rule of painting a small room is to use color to add depth. Do this by coloring some accents in your home such as a radiator.  You will also add some excitement and visual space, if you paint the interiors of your bookshelves. In addition, you can do the same to the windowsill. If you are fortunate to own a hall or a foyer, paint it with a dark color and your living area with brighter colors, to make it feel spacious.  Lastly, if you want to make your small room, appear large and inviting consider creating a feature wall. Paint all the other walls in the same hues and contrast them by painting a different color on one wall. This can make a small room to be awesome. Do not be afraid of bold colors though, they can make the space look larger by pushing the wall backwards.

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Halloween Decorating Ideas for Indoors

Halloween Decorating Ideas for Indoors

With Halloween knocking on the door, you must feel under pressure, with all the preparations you need to make. However, of all the things on your things to do list, decoration is paramount, and it will take most of the time. This does not mean that you cannot pull the look of this season. You can still create a scary ambience, without using a lot of time and using a reasonable amount of money. It comes once a year, so let it to be special for your guests and family.

Lighting is one aspect, which can give your home a horrifying effect. Play with your lights to achieve the desired mood. For the best results, dim your lights or better still turn them off completely, to create a spooky glow. Since, your invitees may include children; ensure to place candles carefully to avoid fire accidents. If you cannot place candles out of reach of children, get dark colored bulbs to replace the existing light fixtures.

Fog and smoke scenes also define Halloween parties. Create these appearances with dry ice.  To make your guests know the theme of the party, from the moment they set foot in your compound. Grace the walkway with jack-o-lanterns. The lights will light up the area while creating the Halloween look. Create creepy spiders to scatter throughout the room. Let them move under your buffet table, on the ceiling and around the chairs. They will certainly give your guests a flight. You can get these synthetic spiders in party stores in your neighborhood.  While at it, apply cobwebs in all the corners of the room and include miniature spiders in the webs.

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Great Ways to Spruce up your Fireplace

Great Ways to Spruce up your Fireplace

If you want your fireplace-decorating project, to be a success, it is important to consider a few factors. First, do you want to change everything or just adding some zest into your existing décor? Regardless of your choice, repainting is one thing you cannot skip when revamping your fireplace. Finding paint, which will withstand the functions of a fireplace and enhance your interior decoration, is great start.

Overall, the process is easy and fun to carry out. With just a few hours, you will have completed the exercise. After giving a fresh coat of paint to the masonry, consider whether the mantel is in agreement with your fireplace-decorating project. Does the mantel compete or blend, with the décor? Check if it is attractive and with a clean finish. If not, consider looking for other mantel options, which will marry with your fireplace.

The fireplace mantel is always placed at the eye-level. Use this to your advantage to make a statement. Hang pictures, heirloom paintings and other antique collections over the fireplace, to beautify the space. Try placing the pictures in groups, to create an amazing effect. For smaller pictures or paintings, place them in asymmetrical groups, to come up with a contemporary design.

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Smart Ways of Organizing a Kitchen

Smart Ways of Organizing a Kitchen

Mostly, you spend time in the kitchen preparing meals, cooking and sometimes sharing meals with family. For modern kitchens, they also act as a place to entertain guests for a dinner or lunch. Hence, to increase efficiency and maintain an appealing look, good arrangement is paramount. You need a free space to reach out for utensils and ingredients at ease. There are ideas you can implement to organize your kitchen, without having to do a remodel. First, there are those things, which you use frequently. To avoid having to walk down multiple times to access such necessities, keep them within your reach. Set a place near the sink or the cooking stove for items such as vinegar, oil, knives, cutting board and the like. For the ingredients and kitchen tools, keep them where you will be using them.  For instance, a basket of garlic beside the cutting board, sugar and flour near the mixer and your favorite pan overhead your front burner.


Use the under-cabinet and open shelving, for storing things that you do not need at all times. An LED lighting that depends on a battery will fit under the cabinet. This will reduce the number of cords you have in the kitchen. Under-shelves, can act as storage spaces for items such as cookbooks, which you only need at certain times. In addition, accessing some things can be a problem in deep shelves. To avoid this mess, fetch some small-sized storage baskets to hold items and place them in order of how frequent you use them. Your walls can do something rather than looking cute. Use the walls to hoist some kitchen tools and appliances.  Hang hooks or racks to keep potholders, dishtowels and utensils within your reach.  Go to the stationery and art stores, to find hanging rolls of paper. These will act as perfect reminders for the menus, grocery shopping and other related issues.


Use cabinetry to host most of your things. There are many pantry options in the market. You can choose one, depending on the style of your kitchen. Look for cabinets that offer the best organization compartments but one, which will not occupy much space. Today, cabinets are lean, hence, even if your kitchen’s space is restrained, you can get a cabinetry that will fit in the room. If you want to display some of your collectibles and elegant dishes, go for glass cabinet doors. Lastly, since the kitchen requires many appliances, you have to find a way to maintain all of them in the room.  Arrange stoves and fridges against the wall, if your cabinetry does not cover the entire kitchen.  Wash kettles, toasters and other small appliances after use and place them in the cabinet. This will leave your countertops free of clutter, for other functions. Your kitchen should look nothing but the best. It should set the mood for you to cook, enjoy a meal or even entertain your friends.  Organizing kitchen is a DIY exercise and only calls for spare time and your imagination; before you know it, you create a neat and an appealing space. If your kitchen is in disarray, try the above ideas and you will love it.

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Ideas for Maximizing Storage in Bathroom

Ideas for Maximizing Storage in Bathroom

A neat and clean bathroom is the unsung hero in most houses. It offers comfort, privacy and a great place to make reflections. However, in most house designs bathrooms are often allocated a small space. Many homeowners wonder on how to organize the space, so that it fulfills its functions as well as appear welcoming. If your bathroom looks congested, you may think you require moving to another house or doing a complete remodel. However, this is not necessary; after all, you would not mind taking a cheaper alternative.  The following tips can make your bathroom look more organized and allow you to do your things without obstructions.


Wall cabinets can help you to free up some floor space. These storage compartments can hold up almost every item in your bathroom including towels and soap supplies. Besides, they accentuate the empty and plain walls.  They come with shelves; hence, it will be easier to organize your things in a tidy manner. You will find most wall cabinets with front mirrors. Therefore, by investing in a set of these cabinets, you will be hitting two birds with one stone. You will have a mirror and save on the wall space, to fix other fittings. If your bathroom is quite spacious, install tall and lean open shelves. They are suitable for storing toiletries and towels, preferably where they do not feature doors. Your guests will be in a position to see what they need and access it. Owing to their slim design, these open shelves can fit in between any fixtures in your bathroom. Apart from giving you ample storage space, they do magic to the décor of your bathroom. In addition, they add height to the room.


Other storage solutions that can rescue your bathroom from clutter include racks. These you can attach on the wall or on your shower-head to hold soap, shampoo and other related items. To hang clothes, towels and washcloths, you will never go wrong with hooks. They are inexpensive and the simplest DIY exercise, you can find. Hooks are available locally and in online stores. They come in bulk, so by securing a pack of them, you will save money. You can also use them in other rooms to hoist items. Some hooks are decorative; hence, they will add charm to your walls too. Toilet paper holders are other simple storage options, to keep that your small bathroom in order. If your bathroom doubles up as your laundry room, consider adding to your under-sink cabinets, some laundry pullouts. Store your dirty clothes and towels to clear up more space. You will also be hiding your dirty laundry from your guests and save on buying a standalone clothe basket. Lastly, even if you invest in the aforementioned storage solutions, it will be a waste of resources, if you still have unnecessary items in your bathroom. Remove everything you do not require and organize the others meticulously. The result will be an amazing space, which looks expansive and alluring.

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