You signed the stacks of paperwork, picked up the keys and even begun unpacking a few boxes. A lot of “tough” work of moving is over.
Then it hits you: What’s left to do — decorating your new space — can turn out to be the hardest part! You’re facing a blank slate when you’re eager to see it transformed into an inviting living space you can enjoy and where you can organize your life. Read more
The taping requires a good eye, but the painting is quick
Gleaming, oversize subway tile set with thick ribbons of matte grout: It’s the last thing you expect to see in a foyer or a dining room. But when the work is done with paint, the result can be a perfect, playful visual effect.
Decorative painter Ingrid Leess “tiled” this foyer wall in two days, using 1-inch-wide delicate-adhesion painter’s tape and latex paint in two colors and finishes. “The exaggerated grid delivers a lot of punch, and it certainly goes up faster than the real thing,” she says.
For maximum effect, she used a base coat of flat gray to create the look of grout lines, and high-gloss gold to make her glazed-ceramic-like tiles. “Strong colors work well,” she notes, “but the impact comes from the contrasting finishes; you could also choose flat white and glossy ivory.”
Read on for the step-by-step process, from blank wall to trompe l’oeil.
Tip: Any color combination will do—even two shades of white. But contrasting sheens are key. Choose a flat finish for the base coat (the “grout”) and a high-gloss finish for the top coat (the “tile”). Draw a brush through the wet paint to give the tile subtle texture.
1. Make a story stick 2. Mark the grout lines 3. Remove portions of the verticle grout lines
4. Seal the edges of the tape 5. Roll on the 2nd color 6. Remove the tape
For years now, wallpaper has been living with its bad reputation. Even interior designers, who could appreciate the virtues of wallpaper’s textures and decorating qualities, declared wallpaper outdated.
But lately, with design trends changing, wallpaper is becoming less of a dirty word. In fact, it’s gaining new popularity. This isn’t your grandmother’s wallpaper, the kind with enormous cabbage roses and gingham checks. While you can still find rolls of ditzy florals, wallpaper today comes in a variety of modern prints and textures, giving the old-school material a modern freshness. Read more
Sometimes one little request leads to a major transformation. Married neuroscientists Vivek Unni and Tamily Weissman-Unni, owners of an 1870s house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, started out with a new baby and a simple goal. Read more
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine
The design forecasts are rolling in for the new year and the predictions of what’s going to be popular in interior decorating in 2012.
According to Beasley & Henley Interior Design in Winter Park, Fla., here are some interior design trends to be on the lookout for in the upcoming year:
Homes go gray: All shades of gray will be making up more households, from warm grey to charcoal gray, through furnishings, window treatments, and artwork. Read more
How’s this for a relatively newer concept: Live-in stagers? Instead of hiring a stager to come in and stage a home to prep it for a sale, an emerging trend in the real estate and staging world is taking hold in which stagers actually stage the home and then live in it.
Here’s how it works: “Resident managers” move into homes for sale, stage the homes with their own furniture and live there until the home is sold. They also act as security detail, and oversee regular home maintenance issues while the home is listed. Their presence — and furnishings — not only help market the home, but they keep maintenance, insurance and other costs down for the home seller, says Marci Robinson of Coastal Style, Inc. Read more
Raised panels, the most traditional wainscoting style, go back to colonial days. The decorative raise is created by beveling the edges of the panel. Common height is between 30 and 40 inches, but the design can be adapted for higher-ceilinged spaces by adding a center rail to create two rows of panels. The rails, stiles, and panels fit together the same way as in traditional flat-panel assemblies. The bottom rail can double as the baseboard, as it does here, or the baseboard can be built up from several pieces of molding.
Design is all around us. In our homes, everything from structural elements like roofs and room layout to hardware for doors and sinks is designed.
Some argue that the best design is invisible. Bad design calls attention to itself and may frustrate or injure users. When you walk through your house, condominium, or cottage, can you tell the difference between good and bad design?
Updating a living room or family room doesn’t have to mean giving it a complete makeover. A few simple changes can transform a tired room into a fresh space in no time. Read more