4 Steps for DIY Paint Project Success

(Family Features) Painting is one of the easiest and most impactful DIY projects for homeowners to quickly update their homes. Whether it’s a new look in a master bathroom, adding a pop of color to the guest room, finishing off a basement remodel or anything in-between, a fresh coat of paint provides a fresh spin that’s all your own. To make your painting project go smoothly, consider following these important steps. Take this task list from the experts at Purdy Professional Painting Tools into account before diving into your DIY painting project. Find inspiration. Having a final design in mind …

Top 12 color trends for the bathroom

With its evolution into a lifestyle space, the bathroom is experiencing the return of color as well. The color transgressions of the 60s and 70s are forgotten – the main thing is to avoid boredom at all costs. Bathroom Planners and the industry are responding to the desire for individually and boldly designed bathrooms with an ever-growing variety of finishes and unusual arrangements. Diversity is the order of the day when it comes to materials too: besides wood, marble is also playing a prominent role, as are new kinds of metallic finishes for fittings, furniture surfaces, and accessories. As a result, …

Balancing the Trendy with the Timeless When Creating a Perfect Bedroom

For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of interior trends is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a short shelf life. “A trend generally doesn’t stand the test of time,” says Frederiksen “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look passé if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.” Through numerous Nashville and Michigan remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common place where people are more prone to be drawn to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should …

Bedroom Trends

Sitting areas, statement headboards, and generally relaxing colors are the trend for bedrooms, according to industry experts. Kristie Barnett of The Decorologist says upholstered headboards in solid or patterned materials are very popular, as are fully upholstered beds and pairs of chests or small dressers in lieu of bedside tables. “We’re also seeing a lot of mixing of new lighting and fabrics with heirloom pieces, statement lamps, painted ceilings, and increasing embellishments in fabrics and casegoods.” Wallpaper is one solution to setting the mood in the bedroom, according to Bohnne Jones of Decorating Den Interiors. “You can select a lively, …

Property Brothers: Buying + Selling transforming lives and homes with TN Box Beams

There is a small group of little-known craftsmen in Franklin, Tenn.—but that’s about to change. This Wednesday, Nov. 14, HGTV’s hit series, “Property Brothers: Buying + Selling, ”will showcase the products of TN Box Beams. But, unlike the major brands typically featured on the show—the handcrafters behind these beams are local, 20-somethings—entrepreneurs and artisans–and this is their first foray into a national spotlight. But while they transform raw wood into high-quality products that add warmth and beauty to homes, TN Box Beams craftsmen really are about transforming lives. The young craftsmen behind TN Box Beams are, left to right, Sales …

Holiday Decorating Trends

This year’s holiday trends embrace traditional red, white, and green, as well as the natural themes found in previous years. Sophisticated designs might lean toward metallics in natural colors. I’ve seen a lot of colors from rich purple to teal in addition to black and white trees too! Wide ribbon is still very popular in many various textures from velvets to faux fur and suede. Combine natural textures and colors with sparkle to create that special Holiday magic in your home. Use vintage ornaments from your family and add new colors into your tree for an updated look. Blend traditional …

Keeping Your Natural Stone Looking Great

Here are 6 tips from a stone restoration pro for keeping it looking beautiful. 1. Dust Mop. Dust Mop. Dust Mop. Sand and grit carried in on shoes can cause tiny scratches when walked on, which is what takes that beautiful shine away. 2. Use Only Stone-safe Cleaners one of the most common, but very erroneous recommendations for cleaning natural stone is to use vinegar. The fact is, anything acidic will damage marble and other calcite base stones. Be careful to only use quality cleaners designated safe for natural stone. 3. Use Preventative Measures Easy, but effective habits, can make …

Interior Lighting

Reporting that customers are choosing to mix finishes and styles in interior lighting fixtures is Kelly Oakley of ReFresh Home. “You definitely see a good mix of pendants and chandeliers,” she says. “People aren’t afraid to stop out of ‘the rules.’ If a pendant is more size appropriate homeowners are open to that. Or using two pendants instead of one chandelier.” Oakley says recessed lighting isn’t going to disappear. “We almost always use both recessed lighting with other fixtures. The in-ceiling lighting carries out most of the lighting function, which leaves the homeowner open to choose a chandelier or pendant …

Hardwood Flooring Brings Nature to the Home

Hardwood flooring is authentic and a piece of nature in ones home. Combining the raw material with color and sheen creates a one-of-a-kind design suitable for expressing the personality of the homeowner, says Andrew Denny of Textures Nashville. Hardwood flooring provides a beautiful canvas for which the rest of the house is painted, Denny says. “Hardwood flooring integrates nature and fashion to create a timeless design element in today’s homes. Clients love the authenticity of hardwood flooring as it helps tell the story of their home,” he adds. According to Clark Hodgkins, director of hardwood and laminate categories for Shaw …

Home Improvements with High ROI

  (Family Features) If the ultimate goal of your home improvement project is aesthetic, the greatest benefit may come from your personal enjoyment of the new space. However, if you’re looking to add true value to your home, it’s important to consider which projects are likely to bring the greatest return on your investment. Flooring Much like hands reveal a person’s true age, flooring speaks volumes about a home. Replacing and updating worn floors can instantly add value. A timeless selection like wood flooring, particularly in heavy traffic areas, is durable enough to withstand wear and complements a wide range …