How to Use a Home Decor Theme In a Room

Not sure how to use a home decor theme in a room? No worries, it’s easy to use a theme to add personality into a space…the hardest part is deciding what theme to show off.

Home owners have so many themes to choose from. Whether you take a cue from a location, design style, season, or even a beloved kid’s character there are five tips you should follow when working a theme into your home decor.

Home Decor Theme Rule #1: Work with color.

One of the easiest ways to bring a theme’s feeling into your home is through color. Take a beach theme for example, the palette echoes the colors of nature: big sky blues, earthy browns, sea kelp greens and turquoise waters. Through the simple use of paint, you can set the stage for other beach touches throughout the home.

Home Decor Theme Rule #2: Use artwork.

Displaying artwork is an excellent way to set a mood in a home based on a theme. The artwork can be literal or even abstract to add personality into the room. You can find originals, as well as more affordable prints and posters to grab a buyer or guests eye. Just check out the two images being used in this lemonade inspired dining room used below. You can use artwork that describes a lemon tree or a painting that uses the colors to inspire the mind.

Home Decor Theme Rule #3: Have a focal point.

A theme should be developed around one specific piece you love or that represents the home’s lifestyle. Think about the pieces in the room and how they will adapt to your theme. Start with one thing then grow the theme from that if you want to add a travel theme start with a map and find weathered, authentic pieces that support the theme. Take your time and check out various outlets including furniture stores, yard sales and antique stores to spot that special piece that will bring your theme to life.

Home Decor Theme Rule #4: Use small pieces for a big impact.

You don’t need a lot of space or a huge budget to pull off a theme. You can change out throw pillows, table accessories, rugs or even knobs to add to your theme’s personality. Sometimes little touches can have a bigger impact than an overall transformation.

Home Decor Theme Rule #5: Add decor that’s natural and authentic to the theme.

Keep your eye out for materials that are natural to your theme and use pieces that are authentic. By using natural elements in a home it will create a warm and welcoming feel into the space. For generations humans love the natural and organic appeal of elements that make them feel calm, at peace, and above all, welcomed home.

What home decor themes have you used in a home?

DIY Curb Appeal

The landscaping is a major part of a home’s curb appeal. Depending on where you live, landscaping can also be a crucial part of helping to control wildlife, and reducing energy costs by providing things like shade. There are many ways you can change your landscaping without breaking the bank too. The following five upgrades can all be done for less than $1,000.

1. Fertilizing the lawn

Fertilizing the lawn is a fast and low cost way to help improve the way your whole yard looks and feels. At the end of a long winter, fertilizer can help revive your grass, helping it green up faster, and providing a more lush surface. Some fertilizers can also kill weeds, which can further help improve your lawn’s appearance.

Cost: The average coast of fertilizing your lawnis $0.03 a square foot, assuming a 6,000 square foot lawn. The total range of costs is between $0.02 a square foot for a DIY job, to $0.04 a square foot during peak season.

Money-saving tips

  • Fertilize your lawn early in the season to take advantage of lower prices, and to maximize your lawn’s growth.
  • Water your lawn regularly early in the morning to help prevent it from drying out, which will help your fertilizing go further.

DIY Considerations

This job is entirely suitable for DIY. All you need is a spreader, and the ability to walk over the entire area of your lawn.

2. Tree Planting

Planting new trees on your property has a lot of advantages. Trees help prevent soil erosion, while also providing shade and cleaner air. The right trees can also help you improve your home’s curb appeal, and complement the rest of your landscaping at the same time.

Cost: The average cost of planting trees is $106 per small tree delivered and planted, with a minimum of five trees. The total costs range from $75 a tree for five small trees delivered off site and planted DIY to $2423 per large tree delivered and planted with a minimum of five trees.

Money-saving tips

  • Check with utility companies before planting to ensure the trees will not be in the way of power lines, as this could result in additional expenses to trim or remove the trees.
  • Check with your town or state to find out about programs which provide shade giving trees for free in sunny areas.

DIY Considerations

This job may be suitable for DIY, but assumes the ability to dig a hole large enough for each tree. Equipment such as mini-excavators can help make this job easier, but do increase price.

3. Stain Your Deck

The deck is a major part of your home’s curb appeal, as well as enjoyment of the property. Sun, wind, rain, hail, and snow can all pay a heavy toll on your deck’s appearance, however. Over time, old stain may fade, crack, or peel, exposing the wood below to the elements, which in turn can mean the rotting of the wood on your deck itself. Applying a new coat of stain can help maintain not only your deck’s good looks, but also its integrity.

Cost: The average cost of staining your deck is around $2 a square foot, including labor and equipment such as pressure washers and the stain itself.

Money-saving tips

Most older decks need to be power washed before staining; consider renting a power washer yourself to do the cleaning before having the deck professionally stained.

DIY Considerations

This job is entirely suitable for DIY; be sure to rent the proper equipment before hand, and to put on at least two coats of stain to ensure the job lasts.

4. Fountain Installation

Fountains add a lot of interest and tranquility to your yard and landscaping. The sound of running water is often enjoyable for many people using the space, while the look of a fountain can increase your curb appeal. There are many different types and styles of fountain available, which can increase your chances of finding one that fits your needs.

Cost: The cost of a fountain installation depends largely on the type of fountain you’re installing. The least expensive option is a standalone bird bath, which costs between $150 and $300. Another inexpensive option may include a wall fountain with costs ranging from $600 to $1,200.

Money-saving tips: 

  • Consider adding a fountain at the same time as other landscaping is being done to help lower the labor costs of the project as a whole.
  • Purchase a fountain kit that makes installation easier, lowering the overall costs.

DIY Considerations

Whether not your fountain can be installed DIY is largely dependent on the type you are having installed. Kits and things like bird baths are easier to install than fountains which must be crafted or poured on site.

5. Fence replacement

Fencing can not only enhance your landscaping and curb appeal, it can offer a lot of other benefits as well. Pet containment, privacy, and creating a safe place for children to play are all great reasons to consider installing a new fence or replacing your old one.

Cost: The average cost to install a new fence is $13.26 a linear foot for galvanized steel chain link fencing. Total costs range from $7.02 a foot for a DIY installation to $28 per foot for a redwood split rail fence.

Money-saving tips: 

  • If you’re replacing an old fence with a new one, consider doing the tear out of the old fence yourself. This can significantly lower the labor fees on the new installation.
  • Fencing prices are also largely dictated by the material that the fencing is made of. Choose the fencing that best meets your functional needs first, then consider looks to make sure you get the lowest cost fence for your yard.

DIY Considerations

Fence installation can be difficult for those that do not have the experience or necessary tools. Digging the holes for the fence posts can be difficult and time consuming, and in most cases it may be best to leave this job to professionals.

Introducing the She-Shed

Men have their man caves, but how about a space just for females? Welcome, the “she shed.”

These backyard retreats are becoming the latest buzzword in interior design — emerging as the perfectly carved out haven for the woman of the household who seeks a quiet place of her own. Women are transforming old backyard sheds or even building mini cottages to create a place of relaxation or where they can pursue hobbies, such as ceramics, painting, and gardening. They are designing these mini sheds with everything from crystal chandeliers to luxurious furniture to create a top-notched designed space with all those feminine touches their heart desires. The only rule: No men allowed.

Take a look at some of these ‘she sheds’ photographed on Houzz.

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Black stainless…what do you think?

Appliance manufacturers are always showing off their latest high-tech, super energy efficient models. But now they’re doing it under a new finish: Black stainless.

KitchenAid, LG, and Samsung are among the appliance makers showing the black satiny finish. It’s the latest finish to go up against the long-held popularity of stainless steel, the rugged industrial look that has adorned modern kitchens for decades.

But stainless steel has had a love-hate relationship with home owners. Home owners love the shiny look but they tend to hate the fingerprint smudges that are often left behind. Manufacturers have tried alternatives, such as Whirlpool’s White Ice and GE’s Slate. But none have come close to biting into stainless steels’ popularity.

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Will black stainless catch on? Possibly, because it’s not that too different of a look.

It’s less reflective than the conventional stainless steel. It’s just slightly darker and offers a slightly more (but not completely) smudge-free finish.

KitchenAid first launched its black stainless steel finish in September 2015, which had designers calling it the hot “new neutral” that added “warmth” and “sophistication” to a kitchen space.

“Major appliances are the anchor pieces of a kitchen, and their color and design contribute largely to the overall look of the space,” says Beth Robinson, senior brand experience manager for KitchenAid. “As a stylish alternative to traditional finishes, our black stainless steel offers designers and consumers tremendous design flexibility and the chance to experiment with fresh ideas.”

What do you think? Do you think black stainless will catch on?

How to create the bathroom of your dreams

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Imagine coming home from a hard day at work, stepping into the bathroom, and feeling all of your worries fade away as you soak in the tub or stand under a warm stream from a waterfall showerhead. The right décor and design can make taking a bath or getting ready for your day in your bathroom feel like stepping into your very own, private day spa. Sounds pretty good, right?

Here are a few tricks for giving yourself a mini-vacation every time you step into your bathroom.

1. Choose a relaxing shade of paint. 

Think about the shades of paint you see when you go to a day spa. They’re almost always neutral, unsaturated colors that help you feel relaxed. I prefer grays and rich browns for bathrooms, but a cool, cucumber green is also a nice choice. Whatever shade you choose, go with a washed-out, subtle version instead of a really bright and stimulating tone.

2. Decorate with scents. 

Next, scent is a huge part of the relaxing experience when you go to the spa. A candle, some dried lavender in a sachet, or a few drops of your favorite essential oil mixed with Epsom salts in a warm bath can transport you to a completely different place in your mind every time you set foot in your bathroom.

3. Have soft lighting.

If you’re remodeling your bathroom, get rid of any harsh fluorescent lights and replace them with warmer, softer lights. You’ll still want to get enough light to do makeup and check your outfit when you get ready to go in the morning, so install brighter lights over the mirror. But make sure that they operate on a separate switch from your other lights so that you can maintain a soothing atmosphere when you shower or soak in the tub.

If you’re not remodeling or changing out light fixtures, you can get a similar effect by placing a few candles around your bathroom to give it a warm and calming atmosphere with all of the lights turned off. You can also experiment with different shades for your light fixtures to help cut the harshness of the light.

4. Upgrade your fixtures.

If your fixtures are a little bit out-of-date, you have a choice. You can upgrade them, which can mean going with a better showerhead (which I definitely recommend). Or, if you’re happy with how your fixtures work but they don’t quite look right, you can improve their looks with a little bit of spray paint. Choose a complementary textured paint to give your bathroom fixtures a whole new look and feel.

5. Coordinate your linens and toiletries.

If you really want to give yourself a home-spa experience, you’ll want to wrap yourself in luxury whenever you step out of the tub, and you’ll want to have a coherent and cohesive look to the room, too. Go ahead and invest in towels, washcloths, and a bath mat that are soft and fluffy and that match the color you’ve chosen for your walls. Upgrade your shower curtain to complement these and add a few matching or complementary toiletries.

You’ll have a room that looks, feels, and smells absolutely amazing every time you enter it.