WHITE, WHITE, WHITE…..
I know some people find white on white boring on boring! I get that. But then there are those that just love the cool, clean, crisp, refreshment of white cabinets. And make no mistake, I am a color lover! But there’s something about decorating a white room.
This is what “they” say:
– “They” say a white kitchen looks less messy than one decorated in dark colors? Yup, that’s what “they” say.
– Did you know that a white room is a fabulous backdrop for great pieces of art?
– Did you know that white makes a room look bigger and airier?
– Did you know that a hodgepodge of vintage stuff looks better in a white room?
– Did you know that white on white can be in a Martha’s Vineyard cottage just as well as in a sleek and contemporary Manhattan loft?
– Did you know that white slip covers can be washed and bleached so white doesn’t necessarily mean NO LITTLE ONES.
– Did you know that white makes a dark, rich wooden floor POP with richness?
– Did you know that white painted plank flooring is the coolest looking thing ever?
– Did you know that painting bricks white is a great way to update and add glamour to a worn out old “pinto” brick fireplace?
Well, I imagine you’ve guessed by now that I really do love white decor. Maybe that’s why I’ve never tired of the 22 year old shabby-chic stuff. To me it’s the essence of classic and comfy!
New but old wall murals……
Wall murals were big in the ‘70’s and I was never much of a fan, but…..
I saw a rather cool idea the other day in a flea market magazine. Not everyone’s style, but fun and different, nonetheless.
PAINT BY NUMBER wall murals! This is the funnest idea for a child’s bedroom or behind the entertainment bar in the family room or theater room (if you’re lucky enough to have one of those). Inside of a closet would be cute, too. I also think having a paint-by-number wall in my garage would be a great way to get to know neighbors. They would come over just to take a peak!
The whole idea is to get that “paint by number” look. I think I would go small. You know what they say about too much of a good thing. But I really do think it would look cool as a backdrop in a family entertainment room. Also, what about that cute hidden nook-turned-playspace?
The mural can be done old school style. Projecting a paint-by-number kit on a wall and tracing the design. You just have to match the numbered colors with interior paint you can buy. Lowe’s sells very small bottles of Valspar paint for $3.00. It’s a great deal when you’re doing a small project, or a big project needing a lot of a little paint! apartmenttherapy has some great ideas. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/before-after-curtis-robertsons-153897
Someone even had the idea to paint one of these leaving it half undone ….funny!… and what a great conversation starter. After all, who ever completed a paint-by-number painting?
TIP: You can also project a giant coloring mural and trace that on your wall. You just have to design your own paint palette. Very creative! Check those out at magicmurals.com
A journey through……..
……..whatever you choose it to be
Hallways are areas often overlooked as we think about decorating space. And what fun! Another space for an opportunity to really get those creative juices flowing.
Two of the areas I’m most excited about decorating when our basement is complete are our hallways. Our basement isn’t large but because of the placement of the stairwell we will have two hallways. So I’m going to take advantage of that and decorate them as I would a room. And because one is on one side of the stairs and the other on the other side I can decorate them differently.
A hallway is obviously a space we pass through on the way to somewhere else so why not enjoy the journey. Passing through a hallway decorated with interesting objects/pictures/etc., on the way to a main entertaining area can create great conversation amongst guests as they arrive and begin to mingle.
– Family pictures – choose fun and interesting pictures that evoke memories of raising your family. These pictures may conjure up memories of guests and start fun conversations.
– Vintage items from yesteryear. Old umbrellas placed in an old tin. Some of grandmas hats hung on hooks. Vinyl albums from decades past. Posters from old movies. Milk cans
– Sofa tables for pictures, vases, fresh flowers
– Ethnic themes
– Seating space – ottomans and benches
– More vintage stuff – Old black and white photos – Newspaper clippings – Old year books
There seems to be a rejuvenated interest in all things old. This gives me an idea for something else to write to you about. I love nostalgia.
– Your own children’s framed artwork. You can get a lot of conversational mileage out of black and white stick figures.
– What about letters to Santa or Christmas wish lists displayed as part of your seasonal decorations.
Hallways offer an opportunity to have fun with a decor that just may not fit anywhere else, or may give you that extra space you’ve been wishing you had to hang a family treasure.
Ceiling treatments? What a cool way to add some unexpected pizzazz to your room.
You’ve seen the ceiling medallions around a light fixture, right? (I didn’t know they were called ceiling medallions, did you?) They can really add an element of elegance to a dining area and enhance that already beautiful crystal chandelier. I will admit, it’s not me but it sure would have been my mom. She loved crystal, bling, and bangle. I always used to say that she was crystal and I was barn wood. And I’m okay with that:)
Re-doing a ceiling is maybe something most of us don’t think about when re-decorating a room. It’s a great way to fix flaws or cracks or just add a coziness and warmth to a space.
Here are some other ideas to think about and ponder:
- Pressed-Tin Panels. Very popular for a country look. Not just country though. I love mixing and matching genres. And, done properly, can look really cool. I can picture a tin ceiling in a very contemporary black and white kitchen. They are not expensive at all if you’ve priced them. I have seen them at Lowe’s and Home Depot. Of course, they are plastic not tin, but who will know? Authentic tin and copper ceilings can be very pricey, but if you can, hey, go for it!
- Wallpaper. Very cool on a ceiling. Definitely a two-man job, with at least one of those “men” being very patient.
- Beams. My personal favorite. We’re doing a couple in our basement even though we have low ceilings. There are a couple of support beams that we are transforming to look like we planned them…he-he.
- Tongue and Groove. I love this look, especially in an inglenook (fancy word for small room off the side of another larger room) or a bedroom.
So next time you’re in the mood for a change or if you are already in the middle of renovating, don’t forget the ceiling. It might offer a fun opportunity for an unanticipated change.
VINTAGE……the new cool word in decor. Well, not so new, it’s been around for a few years actually, but gaining more and more popularity. What about “modern vintage?” Isn’t that like “jumbo shrimp? Maybe, but “vintage” is much cooler. Really, vintage can refer to a time-period or simply classic design.