Hello all, Martin here with you this week. Holiday gatherings are supposed to be cheerful occasions, right? Well, tell that to my mother who, although she’s hosted our family event every year for the last twenty years, still freaks out each December because she thinks her home is never guest-ready. Of course she doesn’t have the time or the budget for a complete renovation overhaul—nor does she need to go to that extreme. But, as I always do this time each year, I listen to her concerns and offer up some advice—and my DIY assistance, and we narrow down her wish list. This year, it’s her walls.
She has some faded and stained walls in the main bathroom and the guest bedrooms that could use some fresh paint. But if she paints those walls, she’ll want to repaint the whole house (believe me, I know my Mom) and there’s not enough time for that. So I said, “How about let’s add a small-scale does of rustic charm to those walls?” Using weathered wood-look Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s, we’ll create focal points that will draw the guest’s eyes away from the rest of the ugly walls. Here’s what we did.
Weathered Wood-look Headboard
For a warm, cottage-inspired look, we used the Accent Planks to create a headboard in each of the bedrooms to make the guests feel comfortable. Installing Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s is literally a one-person job. The planks are lightweight and install with a light construction adhesive. So there is no need to find and mark studs, or hammer and nails. These Accent Planks are the perfect alternative to real reclaimed wood because you don’t have to worry about the planks splitting—or splinters falling on your guests while they’re snoozing. Each kit covers 15 square feet and includes ten 4.5” x 4’ planks, and is available in four colors: Sierra Brown, River Grey, Reclaimed White, and Whitewashed Pine. Or you can choose the Multicolor kit which include 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey, and 3 Reclaimed White planks. For complete instructions, check out this blog post.
Bathroom Accent Wall
For a warm, cozy, cottage-inspired look, we used the Accent Planks to create an eye-catching herringbone wall behind the vanity in the main bathroom. Because these Accent Planks from Lowe’s are moisture resistant, they’re the perfect product to use for high-moisture rooms like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. In addition to being lightweight, they come prefinished, and there’s no major wall prep that needs to be done first. And, I saved the best part for last: they’re completely removable and replaceable because they’re installed with Command Strips™ from 3M.
Obviously, a complete room-by-room renovation before the holidays is out of the question, but these projects are quick and easy, and won’t bust the wallet. You still have plenty of time to get these projects done. For more Accent Plank inspiration, check out the rest of Design Next Door blog. Here’s to gearing up for the holidays! Thanks for reading.
Hello again, it’s Andrea here. There’s no better time of the year to talk about Victorian-inspired interiors than the most romantic month of the year! Ornate, color-laden, dreamy, character-driven, charm, and craftsmanship are all words that come to mind when I think of Victorian homes. It’s enough to make me want to flutter a fan while I’m being courted in the parlor and promised a happy-ever-after life.
Another word that comes to mind about Victorian interiors is ostentatious. The flashier the better was the rule so that Victorian families could show off their homes (and wealth). But if you want to add touches of the romantic bygone era with a modern, more minimalist appeal, you can do it tastefully and subtly. Here are some suggestions for keeping it simple but romantic.
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times: it’s-all-in-the-details. Details often made the Victorian interior. Think fragrant, colorful flowers in every room; carved, upholstered furniture; grandiose knick-knacks in every nook and cranny. You don’t have to go over the top, but you can mix one or two of these elements with modern furniture and décor. Consider adding ornate picture frames or mirrors on one wall. Or add prefinished moulding details to an old piece of furniture. You can even enhance a modern fireplace with an old, decorative mantel you pick up at a flea market.
Victorian-era flooring was often wood or stone with intricate patterns and designs. You don’t have to tear up your floor to get the look. Add Persian rugs instead to capture the same decorative style without the cost (or the mess).
Color-themed rooms were a décor must-do in age-old Victorian homes. And the colors were rich, often dark, and intertwined with floral wall coverings. Consider painting a darker, richer accent wall in a single room and adding craftsman style wainscoting or beadboard to the lower half of the wall to channel your Victorian personality. Check out this previous post on creating your own faux wainscoting using Inteplast Building Products trim and moulding. Or, if you’re feeling brave, do an accent wall with a modern floral wall paper.
Victorian designers spent just as much time on the ceilings as they did the floors and wall. Decorative tin ceiling panels were a favorite trend of the day, as was the use of wide crown moulding. Crown moulding adds drama to any room just by filling in that boring vacant line between your walls and ceilings. And don’t forget the window and door headers as well. You can easily add this spectacular detail with pre-finished moulding you can purchase in-store at Lowe's or online at Houzz.com.
Good luck my fellow DIYers out there who’ve decided to put a little Victorian romance into your homes. Don’t forget to send in your pictures so we can share your masterpieces with our other readers!
There is nothing more relaxing than the quiet sound of the New Year after the family has gone, the decorations are down, vacations are over, and it’s back to life as usual before the frenetic holiday festivities. It’s not surprising this time of year to feel restless or even a little down after the holiday break. Don’t despair, it’s a just brief adjustment period. Find things to look forward to; things that will get you out of your rut. How about a bedroom makeover?
The best post-holiday blues blaster is to make some quick renovation fixes or style boosters to your master bedroom. Because it’s not the most visible room in the house to visitors and guests, the master bedroom doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. The truth is, you want your bedroom to be the most splendid, comfy room in the house—a relaxing haven that you look forward to spending the rest of your evening in. And with just two ingredients, it’s not as difficult as you think: paint and faux wainscoting.
You can see the dramatic transformation that a bold wall color can give to an otherwise beige, ho-hum room from the makeover below. Rich, deep colors create a cozy sense of warmth during the winter months.
From the photos you can see the striking detail that faux wainscoting can add to a bedroom. Here are some DIY instructions to help you get a similar look in just a few hours.
Some supplies you may need:
First, determine how tall you want the wainscoting to be and if you’ll cover your entire room or just an accent wall. This will help you determine how much product to buy. I recommend using Inteplast Building Products prefinished moulding and trim products in Crystal White so you don’t have to prime and paint each board, which saves a lot of time. If white isn’t your color of choice, they’ve got nearly a dozen wood grains and shades to choose from. And the best part, you can buy them at your local Lowe’s stores or online on Houzz.com.
Once you’ve measured all of your pieces, counting for gaps between baseboard and walls, cut the end of each piece at a 45° angle using a miter saw. Next, lay out the four pieces of moulding for each frame and glue and nail the corners together.
Now you’re ready to attach the frames to the wall using adhesive. You can follow the adhesive with finishing nails if you’d like. You’ll most likely want some help placing, leveling and nailing the frames to the walls to ensure they’re even.
You can fill in the squares with white paint, or a color that matches you wall, or Inteplast’s batten or bead board. To finish up, use caulk or spackling to fill in any gaps or nail holes.
Thanks for reading, and as always, share your inspirational makeover ideas with us!
Happy New Year,
Autumn is truly my most favorite season of the year. Where I focus my decorating and efforts on the exterior during the spring, the interior gets all of my attention in the fall. If it’s time to repaint my walls, I usually wait until the fall so I can select rich, warm colors to keep things cozy, considering most of our time will soon be spent indoors for the upcoming winter months. In addition to paint, one of the most creative, inexpensive, and easy to do updates you can do to infuse character in your house by adding decorative moulding throughout. Here are some inspiring room-by-room design ideas that’ll make you happy to hibernate in until spring.
One of my favorite fall rituals is piling into my bed, surrounded by my big soft down comforter, and reading for a couple of hours in the evenings after dinner. Like in this image, one of my favorite fall decorative combinations is a beautiful, warm autumnal wall color paired with cool, crisp white bedding that you might reserve only for spring and summer. The crystal white moulding and bead board contrasted against the espresso moulding, both from Inteplast Building Products, makes this a room you want to spend time in.
Once the weather cools, and while I’m comfortably lounging in my bedroom, reading in the evenings, my husband retreats to his man cave to watch sports or crime dramas, or read or tinker with his electronic gadgets. I find that a lot of people assume man caves are all sports-themed or covered with pin-up posters, but my hubby’s is pretty sophisticated; very similar to this inspirational image. Make no mistake, the russet and beige wall color tones scream man cave, but it’s very tastefully done, especially the autumn color moulding from Inteplast. I am especially in awe of how they incorporate the chair rail moulding with the picture and poster framing. That is first class!
So yes, we have both a media room and a man cave at our house. After the kids graduated from college and moved out for good a few years ago, we had a ton of extra space that needed a purpose. Our media room is well used during the fall and winter months. It’s where we hang out for movie night with friends, neighbors, and the kids when they come in for a visit. I am enamored by the streamlined moulding-turned-wall shelving in this photo. Using Inteplast Building Products, you can install strips of prefinished trim, evenly spaced to act as a tract system for hanging shelves to hold DVDs, pictures, or anything else you want to put on display. You can find a how-to video to build your own shelves here.
With Inteplast Building Products vast variety of prefinished moulding colors, textures, and profiles, there is no limit to the decorative possibilities.
Get cozy, and stay crafty this fall!
Are you the kind of person who would NEVER think about pairing a tastefully polka-dotted blouse with slim chevron patterned pants? Then I guess you would also never think to mix and match moulding colors to dramatically play up the different architectural elements of your house. Maybe you should reconsider, because anybody can master the art of mixing and matching. To liven up a really neutral (that can be a polite way of saying b-o-r-i-n-g) room, consider mixing different colors and styles of moulding to highlight all the details that take the rooms in your house beyond the traditional matching base and crown colors.
Let’s say you have a deep hunter green wall color in a room with light oak wood floors. Use Inteplast’s Majestic Oak baseboard, but consider a brilliant white crown and window moulding that will dramatically draw the eyes to the walls, while the oak baseboard makes a seamless floor to wall transition.
If you have a painted ceiling, paint your crown moulding the same color as the ceiling, but leave the baseboard trim the same color as the walls. I would use a neutral ceiling and crown moulding color myself, buy hey, go big and bold if you want.
For a beautiful, dramatic bedroom use dark window and door moulding like Inteplast’s Espresso or Auburn moulding combined with white wainscoting on the walls and white beadboard on the ceilings. Stunning!
How about dark hardwood floors, maple chair rail and window trim, neutral walls, and light wood ceiling planks? It’s actually an amazing combination, as you can see in this image. Sometimes a white kitchen can be cold, but the three different shades of wood in the room warm it up nicely.
This living room used several moulding and trim color combinations to create visual interest beyond belief. They used Inteplast Building Products crown moulding in Mahogany and wall moulding in Crystal White to create this faux-wainscoting effect. Combined with the neutral gray wall colors and the dark hardwood floors, there is a lot going on, but in a good way.
This idea of mixing and matching moulding doesn’t just apply to the interior. On the exterior, consider painting decorative scrollwork, columns, or trim along the roof lines and window and door surrounds a bold but complimentary color to siding or brickwork; something that really pops but makes a tasteful statement. You can buy Inteplast Building Products moulding and trim products at Lowe’s, Home Depot, or even Houzz.com.
Happy mixing and matching! Talk to you soon.
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!