It’s always during the holidays when you know you’re going to have a house full of friends, family, and neighbors coming in and out of the house that you start thinking about redecorating. Of course, the holidays are the worst possible time to redecorate with all the shopping, cooking, baking, and partying. But at least it gets you thinking about fresh design ideas for the upcoming new year.
One of the first rooms I’m going to work on after the first of the year is my master bedroom. I’ve heard it said from multiple sources that we take our bedrooms for granted because it’s not a room that everyone else typically sees. That is so true. I know when I have company over I close my bedroom door so no one can peek in and see how uninspiring it is.
I found this bedroom idea online and I just love the cranberry walls against the stark white wainscoting and the plank ceiling. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this, but the bold dark moulding around the window just makes this room for me. When combined with the white moulding at the ceiling and the comfy white bedding, this room screams (ok, whispers) tranquility. It’s no design secret that your bedroom should be the main center of relaxation in your home. It should be a calming refuge from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house. I can see sitting in this bed with a book and essential oils in the diffuser, lulling myself to sleep.
I also came across this easy DIY bedroom design idea – using decorative moulding to create a picture frame headboard, filled in with quilted fabric. I can definitely see this headboard as a DIY project in my near future. It wouldn’t take a lot of material – some prefinished moulding and some finishing nails from Lowe’s or Home Depot and a free weekend. This bedroom is so warm and inviting. It reminds me of a charming bed and breakfast. The crown moulding at the ceiling, the chair rail, and the baseboard just finishes the room off. I’m not sure I like the green, maybe a bit masculine, but even so, if I had a room like this I would feel like I was on a vacation… until I realized I’d be the one getting up to cook the breakfast.
Wishing all of my DIYer friends out there a warm , happy, and loving Thanksgiving holiday. Don’t forget to send me bedroom design inspirations or share your tips and tricks with all of us online!
I remember growing up we had a formal dining room that was rarely used except for special company or holiday get-togethers. We’re talking light blue shag carpet, light blue toile wall paper on the top half of the wall, separated by a chair rail and striped blue wall paper on the bottom half of the wall. The chairs were upholstered in golden yellow. Just thinking about that design scheme now makes me laugh. Oh well, it was the seventies. With the upcoming holidays around the corner I keep eyeing my dining room, wishing I had time to do an overhaul before the family gathers this year for Thanksgiving, but alas, there is no time. However, I’ve been collecting ideas for a spring-time overhaul.
I’ve been looking for some design inspiration on sites like Pinterest, HGTV, and Houzz. For those of you who read this blog regularly, you know I like my decorative moulding. You can make the most dramatic effects by adding this easy-to-use material that you can get at Lowe’s or Home Depot, to walls, doors, and windows. Of course I was blown away by this image with the paneled wall detail and plate rails that they created with moulding. In fact, this room uses moulding and trim to the max - from the window valance to the wide moulding around the door with the corner blocks, and the crown moulding at the ceiling. I’m not sure I like the gold wall color…kind of reminds me of the upholstered chairs we had when I was a kid. But everything else is stunning. At first glance I thought I might be a bit intimidated to tackle this grid pattern but with a level and a chalk line and some patience, I can see being able to finish it in a weekend or two.
I also love the “picture framing” elements on the wall in this next image (again with the gold?) They attached strips of moulding to look like raised panels on the walls. They mixed the formal with the casual by adding framed sections of blackboard paint. I’m not sure if I would do this in a formal dining room, but in a family kitchen area it would totally work.
I go back and forth between a formal dining room and a casual dining room. Then I see a picture like this beautiful white, clean space, and I’m torn. The natural color of the chair rail and the moulding around the windows really break up the starkness of the room. And the white crown and base moulding just seems to draw your eyes into the space between. I love, love the hardwood planks on the ceilings.
Hopefully all of these great ideas will culminate into a design reality for me by this time next year. This year my guests will have to settle for my current dining room surroundings. But I’m thankful to have them!
Let me know if you DIYers out there have any formal/casual dining room stories and pictures to swap. Also, check out my Dining Rooms board on Pinterest where I’m collecting dining room ideas!
It’s a no-brainer to repaint your walls if you want to freshen up a room, but repainting takes time and let’s face it, it’s not really fun. One of the best ways I know to give new life to a room is to add artwork or décor to your walls (not to mention, it’s easier on the wallet, especially if you make the art and decor yourself). A few weeks ago I walked past a boring wall lamp hanging on my living room wall and decided it needed “something” to make it obvious that it was part of the décor in the room. So I found this idea where the homeowner turned a wall lamp into a lighted picture collection.
It looks like they used prefinished moulding that you can buy at any building supply store like Lowes or Home Depot, and applied it directly to the walls. They framed out 9 individual openings for pictures, and then framed the light fixture in the middle. There are so many moulding profiles to choose from to fit any décor or style. This looks like such an easy weekend project and makes like light fixture a focal point of the room. And I love that the lighting adds dramatic effect to the photographs.
Another way I’ve found to quickly update boring walls is to frame mirrors and hang them like a piece of artwork. Framing mirrors gives them new life and adds visual interest to your walls. I framed this mirror with some prefinished, lightweight moulding, which is less expensive than taking it to a framing store. And it only took me about thirty minutes! Here’s all you need to make it, and everything you need can be found at Lowe’s:
First, choose the moulding that works best for the size of mirror you’ll be framing. A large mirror might look best with a wide-base moulding, while a smaller mirror might be best with a casing material. Choose a color that works well with your room and provides a nice accent to the mirror.
Get enough moulding material to ensure you have full pieces for each length you’ll need for the mirror.
And you’re done! Once you frame one mirror and see how easy it is, you’ll be buying old mirrors at flea markets and garage sales and framing them and hanging them all over your house!
If you’re like me, and you live in an older ranch style house, or as I like to refer to it, vintage, you know it was designed and built with minimal exterior and interior aesthetics to reflect a casual lifestyle. Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t give it a modern makeover. And one of the simplest, most inexpensive ways I’ve found to do that is by adding or updating the existing moulding. I’ve seen first-hand the way crown moulding can add drama to any room just by filling in that plain drab line between your walls and ceilings. I’ve finally gotten around to adding crown moulding to every room in my house. My next project is updating the dark moulding around the doors in all the rooms with modern, white profiles for a crisp, finished look.
What makes updating moulding around your doors easy to do yourself is the pre-finished door trim kits you can purchase at Lowe’s. With just a few basic woodworking tools and some old-fashioned elbow grease, you can trim a door in a few hours. Here are some DIY instructions to get you motivated.
The kit I used comes with Fluted Casing and two Corner Blocks. The Premium kit comes with two additional Plinth Blocks to give the frame a solid base look. Each kit is easy to install and requires no miter-cuts.
The aesthetic value of adding moulding to doors goes way beyond just hiding door jamb seams, it adds beauty and more character to your home. Next up, my windows! I’ve got some outdated moulding around those too. As you can see in this picture, you can frame picturesque views and play off natural light just by adding interesting moulding detail to any window in your house.
So, my fellow DIYers out there who’ve taken your ranch homes from ho-hum simple, to oh-my-wow, send in your pictures, or share your own ranch renovation strategies with us.