Spring is a time to think about Emerging colors and Rejuvenation after a long winter.
Start the season off with a bedroom make over. This room is a graceful way to ease into spring. The bed cover is off white with a beige floral pattern sure to add a lightness to any space. The wall mural above the bed demands our attention with its deep coral tulips and brown grunge background adding a sophisticated artsy feel to the room. Our blue and teal pillow cases along with the blush throw pillow add just the right mix of color and contrast for an eye appealing look that’s not overwhelming. The blanket draws us across the room with the same matching colors, while our rug is a bit lighter giving off an airy feel with pastel teal and light pink flowers. The wall art on the right has multicolored tulips emerging from sleek white vases each with a bright green leaf. All together this room allows us the clean classy feel we need to keep us light and care free this season.
Emerald may be the color of the year, but teal and coral are definitely colors to be reckoned with this spring!
Decorating a tween’s bedroom can be as awkward as tweens themselves. The inhabitants are these strange creatures that are no longer children but aren’t really teenagers, either. With the need to fit in with other kids at an all-time high, a bedroom that is too childish will embarrass her for life.
So how do you negotiate this adolescent minefield? Most decorators say by providing a bedroom with things that make your kid feel connected, like a quilt from grandma, along with decor that reflects her interests and gives her something to bond over with her friends.
Permanent fixtures, like furniture, should have something attached to it. Maybe it’s the desk you had as a child. Or maybe it was the lamp you had in college. Used furniture is a great option during these awkward years because you don’t have to worry about it getting scratched or damaged.
Bedding, curtains and rugs are things that can be replaced least expensively. Let him choose his bedding. Tons of options are available these days for kids to reflect their interests. Help him pick out a motocross comforter or a Corvette pillow. Give her the option of a cheerleading rug or ballet curtains.
Wall art is an important element in a tween’s room. If it is too juvenile they will feel embarrassed when their friends come over, or won’t have their friends over at all. Make sure any art can be switched out over time. You can go with a great wall mural with a wall sticker or wall decals that can peel off instantly. Or find some gallery wraps or stand outs that feature her favorite animal or flower. Avoid framed glass prints, especially in a boy’s room.
Avoid creating a theme in a tween’s room. Your tween’s interests and what they like will change frequently, so bring in a couple of elements, like some BMX throw pillows or a Paris-themed rug. Invest in duvet covers and throw pillow covers. Both of these pieces can be removed easily and are less expensive than comforters and pillows.
Since you don’t want to create a theme, focus on color in a tween’s bedroom. Designers suggest gender-neutral colors. HGTV’s designers are big on robin’s-egg blue and teal. They also like muted greens, coral, bluish gray, and violet. Muted colors move a tween past the bright colors of childhood.
Don’t forget to leave room for seating. Your son or daughter will want to have friends in their bedroom, and they’ll need some comfy places to sit. If at all possible, create some space where they have room to dance or practice their kung fu moves with their buddies.
Tweens need lots of storage for books, music, and computer games. They also need private places where they can quickly stow their favorite childhood blanket or doll they haven’t completely parted with when their friends are coming over.
Even if you have carpet, you’ll want a rug in your tween’s room. A rug will protect the flooring for stains from that science project that goes haywire or the oils from her latest painting project.
Tween bedroom design does not have to be scary. Make it a flexible space that can change with their mood or their interests, but keep some permanent family pieces in the mix to give them a sense of belonging as they venture out on their own for the first time.
If you love the bold prints and colors that are hot right now in home decorating but are afraid to commit, start with some cool throw pillows. Pillows are relatively inexpensive and can be changed out easily. They are great accessories to use to try out new decorating ideas that you aren’t completely sure will suit your style
It’s amazing how much a single pillow can change an entire room. Throw pillows add color or brightness in dark or neutral rooms, and sometimes they can pull various colors and designs together. They can also redefine a space depending on where you put them.
Throw pillows placed along the back of a day bed create seating. Move them to one side of the day bed an you have a sleeping area. Create seating in a breakfast nook or on a bench with some pillows against the wall. Larger pillows on the floor make seating in kids’ rooms for watching television or playing video games.
Pillows are powerful in your decor. One pillow in a chair can be a focal point in a room. It can pull together divergent colors and styles. It can reflect your personality with a perfect rose or retro print.
Bedrooms are the place to go wild with pillows. Put a couple of throw pillows up against your pillow shams for a whole new look. Or scatter various shapes and sizes across your guest room bed to provide extra comfort for your visitors.
Start with choosing a great pattern. You can go with an animal print or a hot tribal design, or consider a cool landscape or even your favorite animal. Pull colors out of the patterned pillow and add additional pillows with those colors.
One trend is to not be too obsessed with matching bedding. Don’t afraid to have pillows shams that aren’t exact replicas of your comforter. Look for a coordinating pattern or contrasting color to add some interest to your bedroom.
Put a plastic storage bin under your bed to stow the throw pillows if you don’t use them while you sleep. It’s also a great place to keep an extra throw or blanket handy if you get chilly at night. This is a must for beds that have six or more pillows. Or have a hamper in your closet that can be used solely for pillow storage.
With your sofa, you can go traditional by putting two pillows at either end. Put the smaller of the two pillows in the front. Or, for a more modern look, place a pillow on the back of each cushion facing the room. On long sofas, you can arrange the pillows layered at an angle across the back.
If your guest room is in desperate need of a redo you don’t have to break the bank. With a few tricks, paint, and some new bedding, you can create a whole new look for less than $500.
A guest room needs to be a place where your houseguests can relax and have some privacy. No matter what your decor, a vase with some fresh-cut flowers, a few chocolates on the bedside table or a power station for their electronics are great touches. Your goal is to make the room as comfortable as possible.
If you live in a vacation destination like the beach or the mountains, you might want to consider outfitting your guest room in a theme that reflects the nearby sites. Go with tropical island bedding or with a beach sunset rug if you live on the coast. Go green and rustic in mountain communities. If you live in a city, consider a glittering nighttime cityscape blanket for the end of the bed.
As far as colors go, soothing is a good choice. Blues and greens will make your in-laws completely forget about the flight from hell. Ever dream of an all-white bedroom? It may not be practical for every day, but pure white linens and walls will give your guest room a fresh, breezy look that inspires relaxation.
Often the guest room is the smallest bedroom in your home. Small rooms are always a decorating challenge, but they don’t have to be. Go double duty with the furniture. A low chest of drawers can double as a bedside table. Using the same color paint on the walls and on the furniture can make the room look bigger, too.
Make sure there are some pops of color in your serene room to give it some interest. You can do this with a great rug. If the room is small, consider a round rug halfway under the bed. It will give the room an open, airy feeling. Or recycle your old sofa pillows with throw pillow covers that have pretty florals or great nautical motifs.
Forgo the seating. Your guests have the rest of the house to sit in, and they will primarily only get dressed and sleep in your guest room. Do provide a lot of pillows on the bed, however, to give them comfort if they want to read or catch up on their email in bed. You can add some interest by having more than one bed pillow. Double or triple the number, giving each set a new pillow sham.
Provide some storage. Make sure there is room in the closet or under the bed for their luggage. Leave a dresser drawer empty and some nice hangers with room in the closet. Many people make the guest room a catch-all for holiday decor and other things they don’t use every day. Clear it out to the garage or to storage so that your guests have room for their things.
Guest rooms can be an oasis for the traveler. You can create that haven for them with a little effort and a not a lot of money.
Boys’ bedrooms are often a decorating challenge. If you are ready to give your toddler a big-boy room or you are trying to figure out what to do to give your teen’s room a more age-appropriate look, it may seem that the offerings are limited. However, with a little imagination, you don’t have to settle for a cookie-cutter design from just a few retail options.
For older boys and teens, try to find something that reflects their interest. Decorate his room with a tropical beach theme with surfboarding bedding or a wind surfing rug. Or consider his favorite sport and add some football-themed pillows or a wall mural. You can even find BMX-themed bedding, pillows, rugs, and wall art. Consider using dark paint colors, like black walls with a rock-and-roll theme, or dark green with camouflage bedding and curtains.
For younger boys, consider themes with animals. Whether he loves ducks, tree frogs, or monkeys, you can decorate his room like a rainforest, jungle, forest, or desert with a wall mural or wall sticker. Bring in his favorite animals like Gila monsters, horses, snakes, or sharks with pillows, wall art, or a great rug.
Decorators tell parents to let kids use their imaginations when it comes to their bedroom decor and to let them choose their own bedding. Furniture is expensive to replace, so parents should make that call. However, give in and let him have alien, monster, space travel or pirate throw pillows and bedding. If you are really worried that his choice will get old fast, buy a duvet cover that can be easily switched out. Choose cool wall decals and wall stickers that you can easily remove when he gets older.
Go with the traditional but with some updates. Dinosaur-, train-, cowboy- or car-themed rooms can be made to look modern and fresh with bright colors or cool lighting. Or pick a great area rug with a fabulous image of a Corvette or a cowboy riding off into the sunset. Choose curtains with a cute dino or locomotive print.
Today’s boy likes a little edge to his bedroom. Add some tattoo-inspired artwork or some skulls on pillows. It’s OK to go a little dark with theme. A crashed spaceship duvet cover or some murderous aliens from another planet are actually cool in a boy’s bedroom as long as they are used sparingly.
When it comes to color, the trend now is traditional. Use primary colors like red, yellow, and blue in a younger boy’s room, while neutrals like black, khaki, chocolate, navy, and forest green look great in an older boy’s room. Neon colors are hot right now in home decor, so don’t be afraid to add a touch of electric blue, acid green, or neon yellow to some of his accessories.
Make sure you have plenty of storage space in his room. You can accomplish that with a bed that has a trundle drawer, some bookshelves with fabric drawers and a carefully organized closet. He needs a good desk to study with storage for books and school work. Younger boys need a great rug so they can play on the floor. Older boys require a chair for gaming and a TV console that has storage for controllers and video games.
Easter is the time where spring seems to start in earnest. After a long winter, decorating your home for the holiday is a great way to incorporate some pretty spring colors and themes. Whether you add some Easter touches to your decor or go all out by decorating your entire home for the season, the trend to bring out the bunnies and eggs is here to stay.
The primary accessory that is a must-have for Easter is a fabulous wreath. Hang it on a door or to accent a wall in your home. Spring flowers like hydrangeas, lilies, and roses are great florals for a wreath, or you can go with the pastel eggs and bunnies. For a bit of whimsy, make one out of Peeps, the brightly colored marshmallow bunnies and chicks. Buy one already created or make your own with plastic eggs and a grapevine wreath.
Another popular accessory for Easter decor is a tree. Similar to a Christmas tree, the Easter tree often has pastel eggs dangling from its bare branches. You can create a more dramatic look with jeweled eggs, too. Some decorators are repurposing small and even large Christmas trees and decorating them with pastel eggs and garlands.
Brighten up your living room with bunny throw pillows on your sofa or in a chair. Sweet bunnies and eggs are quintessential Easter decorations. If you prefer to focus more on the religious significance of the holiday, choose classic Christian images, including lambs, the cross with a crown of thorns or lilies.
More and more holiday lovers are decorating their guest bedrooms or even the master suite with bedding, rugs, and wall art that celebrates the season. If you want to try the theme without being too committed, get a bunny or chick throw for the bottom of your bed. Or choose some pretty Easter egg throw pillows to coordinate with your current bedding.
For those who are all in, great comforters, duvet covers, pillow shams and more are available in cool designs. Look for great pastel prints or the traditional bunny and egg design. Bedroom decor is also a great place to display wall art to inspire you in your faith, so consider a great cross gallery wrap or framed poster in your prayer and meditation space.
The dining area is also a place to go wild with the Easter theme. Table runners and centerpieces are a must for your family dinner. If small children are coming, the rabbit and egg theme is appropriate, but if your family has moved past the Easter bunny stage, go a little more sophisticated with moss rabbits and hand-painted eggs in pretty prints.
Consider putting an Easter-themed rug under your dining table. Choose a field of gorgeous yellow daffodils or a bevy of bunnies. A rug is an unexpected touch in holiday decor and is certain to draw some “oohs” and “ahs” from your guests.
Celebrate spring with Easter decor. It’s appropriate from any time after Valentine’s Day until the end of April, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it!
If your toddler is ready for a big-kid room, or it’s simply just time for a new look in your son’s or daughter’s bedroom, there are more choices than you think. It used to be that children’s’ room styles consisted of some generic furniture and a bed in a bag featuring cartoon characters. Today, there are so many choices it can be overwhelming.
According to HGTV, vintage is the way to go, especially in girl’s rooms. You can blend grandma’s old iron bed with newer elements, like bedding in her favorite color or in a vintage flower style. You can take the vintage look into a boy’s room, too, with distressed furniture and a cowboy or baseball theme.
HGTV’s designers say that parents are gravitating to gray as the neutral in their kid’s rooms. It’s no wonder because gray looks beautiful with a variety of colors, like pink, blue, yellow, coral, and navy. Go nautical in a boy’s room or fairy princess in a girl’s and add gray accents.
Another designer element to consider, according to HGTV is to not be too “matchy-matchy.” Her curtains can be a different print than her bedding. Paint his bedroom wall a bright color and don’t worry about matching the rug perfectly. You can incorporate their favorite hobbies or their interests in their artwork or even their bedding, and it doesn’t have to perfectly match. Add some cheerleader throw pillows on her bed or firefighter artwork on his wall.
The important thing to remember when designing a kid’s room is to put functionality first. An older child needs a desk where he can focus entirely on homework. Younger children should have a good rug on the floor to keep them comfortable while playing. It will protect your floor or carpet from damage or stains, too. Be sure your child has a chair for gaming or watching TV. Designers are focusing on creating cute, yet very functional, kid-sized seating.
Storage for books and toys is very important. There are tons of DIY ways to personalize a bookcase or a dresser without breaking the bank. You can even turn wall space into attractive storage. You can combine seating and storage with some clever designs that incorporate both. Many children’s beds include storage today, too.
Choose furniture that saves space. Most secondary bedrooms today aren’t as large as anyone would like, and kids need ample room for sleeping, playing, and doing homework. Go with bunk beds over two twin beds. Or choose some of today’s really cool trundle designs that can be used as another bed or for more storage. Don’t forget to make the most of his closet space. You can eliminate a piece of furniture and create more play space with a well-designed closet.
Remember, you child’s bedroom is where memories are made. You want their room to be the place in your home that they love to be. Give them some choices, especially with things like bedding that can be easily replaced in a couple of years when they get older. Make it a reflection of their budding personalities!
Ready to fresh your home for spring? Clear out those winter doldrums with some of the freshest styles that will give your home a look that will reflect your personal style. Spring 2013 is all about cool new computer-generated fabrics, wall art, rugs, bold floral prints, and butterfly designs.
Home decorating tends to incorporate ideas from the world of fashion. The prints and colors that you see on runways today will end up on your beddings, rugs, and accessories sooner or later. One of the latest fashion trends is computer-generated photo fabric. From tropical beach sunsets to buffalo, these photo images are becoming huge in bedding and more.
Every home needs great wall art. Interior designers are making art the focal point of the room. Choose great landscapes, a beautiful still life, or a large piece based on your favorite hobby or special interest. Look for pieces that reflect your personality and the style of your room. Don’t be afraid to make a great piece of art an architectural element with a mural that covers an entire wall. The key is to find an image that you love that you will enjoy seeing every time you enter the room.
A new rug can change the look of your room. Don’t settle for a solid color. Choose from one of the cool ethnic prints that are becoming hot in home decor. Think eastern Asian, but not like your grandmother’s old Persian rug. You are looking for something with fresh patterns, like ikat or anything with triangles. If you’re looking for something to coordinate with vintage decor, think about a pretty damask print.
It isn’t spring without flowers, and this year they are bold prints. Choose something with an eye-catching retro vibe or stick to early 20th-century wallpaper designs. If you aren’t sold on the flower theme, at least spruce up your sofa with a few throw pillows. Flower lovers should take this opportunity to go all out with floral print curtains.
Butterflies are always a favorite when it comes to home furnishings, but this year they are bigger than ever. Use them as accents in your living room or den. But when it comes to your bedroom, go all out. It gives your personal retreat the feel of an enchanted English cottage in you have antique furnishings. With modern decor butterflies can give your bedroom a retro feel. Either way, these winged beauties will give any bedroom a fresh look.
Whether you are looking at redecorating an entire room or simply adding a few new touches to celebrate the coming of warm weather, pick pieces you can change out later in the year. This is especially true if you change bedding or accessories to reflect the season or the holidays. Choose a new duvet that you can remove when fall rolls around. Or update your throw pillows with covers instead of buying complete new ones. These are the tricks of budget-savvy decorators. They also save space in your garage or attic.
Designing your baby’s nursery doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Vary a little from your home’s décor or go completely different. It is a room where parents will be spending a lot of time, so make it a place that you love with great bedding, curtains, rugs, and wall art. Here are some ideas to get you going if you are expecting a new addition this year.
Experts have long agreed that newborns respond to the contrast between black and white, and this year the yin and yang colors are tops in design trends. It’s easy to bring in other bright-colored accessories later as your child grows when you go with this simple theme. One designer recently interviewed by iVillage says that a black and white patterned rug will help break up blocks of color. Choose this decor if your home or personal style leans toward elegant.
Pick some cool tribal prints. Ikat, suzani, and otomi are prints that are quickly making their way into fashion and home decor. Set a trend and incorporate them in your nursery. Take it eastern Asian with sari prints, ikat and suzani, or check out the animal prints of the indigenous people of Central and South America with otomi and colorful Guatemalan styles. Be sure to add some elephant or monkey wall art or print curtains to play with the theme. Choose this design if you are the hippest person you know. (Or want to be.)
If you love animals, you can’t go wrong with a jungle or rainforest theme. With emerald green the color of 2013, you can incorporate it into your jungle nursery. Consider bedding with parrots or tree frogs. Or go with animal print, like cheetah or zebra. It’s not going away. Choose some curtains with lions or even peacocks. Choose this design if you love animals and want your child’s earliest memories to be of critter friends.
Ooo la la! If you want a nursery that says “girl” without the fussiness, go with a chic Parisian theme. You don’t have to hang that Eiffel Tower poster you had in your dorm room, but look for vintage rugs with sepia tones of the Seine. Look for some cool ‘60s retro French curtains with bike-riding girls in berets. The furniture can reflect the French country style that’s hot right now. Choose this theme if you are a hopeless romantic or love European style.
Another design style you’ll find in homes is industrial chic, and it’s a fabulous decor to use to create a great boy’s nursery. Incorporate the hottest color for nurseries this year – gray. It’s great to add a pop of color like yellow, turquoise or even chocolate brown. Don’t be afraid to add a blanket with a little bit of grunge style to the mix. This is the right nursery for parents who are engineers, loft dwellers or those who are still metal heads on the down low.
No matter what style you choose, remember that the room is for other family members as well. Consider a small sofa or even a day bed in addition to the rocker. They come in hand if your baby is sick or as a place for older children or grandparents to sit. A rug is a necessity! Things get dropped on the floor in a nursery all the time, so choose a rug to protect your carpet or hardwood. It will also add keep the room a little warmer during the cooler months.
Besides the kitchen, a bathroom in your home is most likely to be the room you dream of updating. If you don’t have the $5,000 to $10,000 you need to make your bathroom your favorite room in the house, spend $500 and give it a completely new look
- Paint. A little cosmetic work goes a long way
As the experts at HGTV will tell you, virtually any bathroom will look better with a fresh coat of paint. Try a nice shade of green or even a pretty lilac. Stick to bold and bright in the kids’ bathroom.
Scope out some of the painting tips on Pinterest to learn how to create some interesting patterns or designs. Who ever dreamed yarn wrapped around a paint roller would look like THAT? You can also stencil a gloss paint on matte with a great design for a custom look.
- A fabulous shower curtain.
Especially if you have a small bathroom, the shower curtain is the focal point of the room. After a few years of looking at the same one several times a day, it gets old fast.
If you are looking for a shower curtain for the master bath, pick something that complements your new paint. Repeat that cool pattern you created with stencil. Look for something vintage if you embrace shabby chic.
A kid’s shower curtain should be fun. Pick something that interests them, like their favorite animal or sport. For teens, go with their favorite colors or their current interest. Don’t be afraid of it getting dated too fast. You’ll be ready for it to go before your son gets tired of motorcross.
- Beef up the linen closet
A set of new towels hanging in your bathroom is only second to a new shower curtain when it comes to visual impact. Choose something in the same family as the shower curtain. Pair a set of solid-colored towels with printed hand towels that feature your favorite flower or color.
Select kids’ bathroom towels with fun in mind. Get an olive green set and pair it with some cool camouflage. Put some towels with castles on them in your little princess’ bathroom.
- Keep bare feet happy with a new rug
Make sure there is a new carpet rug in front of the tub and in front of the vanity. Nobody likes walking across a cold floor when they get out of the shower, and cheap bathroom rugs wear out quickly. Coordinate your new rugs with the shower curtains or the towels. Or you could even match the paint if you want a decorator look.
- A touch of art.
Most bathrooms have at least a tiny bit of wall space that begs for a great art piece that will reflect your personal style. Choose a pretty landscape, a stunning still life, or even a modern piece to reflect your retro decor. Keep it light in your kids’ bathroom, with an amusement park theme or bicycles.
Paint, shower curtain, towels, rugs, and art. That’s all you need to give any bathroom a facelift, and you can easily do it for less for $500. You might even have some money left over to update the light fixtures, too!