Bring the outdoors into your bedroom

Do you love the spring time with new flowers blooming? Have you thought about bringing it inside?

Posted: September 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM | Tagged as: Decorating Tips

Decorating Styles

When decorating, you'll find that your tastes in furniture, accents and colors will converge into a specific style. Here are some of the more common styles and their definitions.
Posted: March 11, 2011 at 9:43 AM | Tagged as: Decorating Tips

Using Wall Mirrors

How can decorative wall mirrors be useful as well as add beauty to your home? Start by counting the number of wall mirrors you have in your home. Are you surprised by that number? While we take them for granted, decorative wall mirrors should be among your most important and useful home decor. Here are some ways to use wall mirrors in your home decor.

Posted: November 25, 2009 at 11:37 AM | Tagged as: Decorating Tips

What type of paint do I use?

There are 2 different types of paint, latex and oil. Older homes will have oil-based paint on the walls and most people today paint with latex. The only problem is that you can’t put latex over oil unless you have put a special primer on first. If you don’t put the primer on then your latex paint will peel off the wall.

There are also different paint finishes such as flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, and high-gloss.  Since a bedroom has less traffic you might go for flat or eggshell and a bathroom might need semi or high-gloss since they are more water resistant. Some of the darker shades tend to look kind of chalky in flat where as they would have just enough gloss in eggshell. If you have an old wall that has imperfections then you might want to consider a flat paint because it will hide these. Any of your glossy paints will highlight these imperfections. Most people who are just starting out will use eggshell so that it will give just enough gloss but hide the imperfections of their paint job.

A couple of other things to remember is to clean your paint brushes well after using them each day. Also make sure that you dispose of any paint properly to keep chemicals out of the drinking water.
Posted: September 26, 2009 at 5:02 PM | Tagged as: Decorating Tips

What kind of tools do I need to start painting a room?

Any time that you are painting you will need the right tools because they will make all the difference. You will need to have a roller for open areas and a brush for painting around trim and windows. Textured walls will need a different roller.

Another tool that would come in handy is a paint-edger kit. It's a mini-roller with a brush guard that lines up with woodwork and trim. It allows you to paint close to the trim without actually painting the trim. It makes your job so much easier.

Painter’s tape is typically blue and you would put it on anything that you don’t want painted. You may put it on trim work so that you don’t get paint on it. You would also use the tape if you were doing any stripes on the wall or any other decorative element that involves a straight line.

You will also need some of the other basics such as paint trays, a paint stick so that you can stir the paint, a hammer to close the paint can, a flat head screw driver to open the paint can, drop cloths or plastic so you don’t get paint on the furniture or the carpet. Depending on how high your walls are you may need a ladder and extension pole for the paint roller.
Posted: September 22, 2009 at 2:19 PM | Tagged as: Decorating Tips
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