Sometimes it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference in our homes, like replacing or updating door and window frames. They’re probably not what first comes to mind when you think about adding value to your home and getting greater enjoyability from each room, but they can have a dramatic effect as a fairly inexpensive remodel project. Here are some reasons you might want to update your door and window frames.
Let’s face it; with warmer weather on the way there are many more enjoyable ways to spend your time than repairing and maintaining rotting wood trim. Inteplast’s PVC window and door trim products won’t rot, split, crack, splinter, or absorb moisture. They’re also resistant to termites and other pests. Because they’re moisture-resistant, Inteplast’s products are perfect for kitchen and bathroom applications.
Inteplast’s interior window and door moulding comes in a variety of colors and profiles to match any interior style. You can make dramatic entrances to any room by matching ceiling, wall, and window moulding to your door and door frame. There are 14 colors to choose from including Crystal White, Ultra Maple, Espresso, and autumn. All exude sophistication and quality craftsmanship.
Frame a Picturesque view
Got a grand view of the outside world from every room in your house? You wouldn’t hang an old beat-up frame on a masterpiece would you? The aesthetic value of Inteplast Building Products Window Moulding goes beyond softening transitions and hiding door jamb seams. It adds depth and drama to every room by framing picturesque views and playing off natural light.
Because Inteplast’s window moulding products are lightweight, prefinished, and use the same tools as traditional lumber products, you can DIY without calling in the pros. The products arrive ready to install: no priming, painting, staining or sanding needed. Just measure, cut, and install. The light weight makes it easier to install–essentially a one-person project. They are also slightly flexible, so they’re the perfect solution for walls that aren’t completely true. Inteplast’s window and door trim products are available at Lowe’s and other select dealers.
Social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram are loaded with eye-catching imagery and dynamic videos, but they’re also idea-driven, as is Twitter. That makes all four platforms the perfect tools for finding and sharing interior and exterior home design inspirations, tips, and advice. In fact, social media is an important part of a design or product manufacturer’s marketing strategy because they know that’s where today’s consumers get much of their information. Here are some ways you can use the different social media platforms to help you find your own design inspiration.
There are currently over 2.13 billion monthly active Facebook users. That is a lot of people— individuals and brands—sharing information. And that includes interior designers, stylists, and product manufacturers and retailers who showcase their work on Facebook for all to see. Because of their visually-driven content, company pages like Apartment Therapy, Houzz, Remodelaholic, Coastal Living, and House Beautiful, have huge Facebook followings.
And don’t forget about Facebook’s Recommendation feature. It’s not just a useful tool for getting tips for great restaurants or home repair services from your pals. Ask your friends for advice on their favorite design websites and facebook pages, but also design and style magazines. Because sometimes there is nothing like having a beautiful glossy image in your hands.
There are over 50 billion Pinterest Pins right now. And two-thirds of those pins represent brands and products. Pinterest is perfect for sharing visual content. You can search for categories like interior design and design trends. You can even be more specific like Feng Sui design ideas, or dining room update ideas. Just like on Facebook, you can follow fellow pinners whom you have a design kinship with. Inteplast Building Products has several boards to find inspiration from like, reclaimed wood wall ideas, deck-orating your deck, and home office ideas.
Instagram is an app made specifically for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone. Similar to Facebook or Twitter, users create an account with a profile and news feed. And with 300 million active Instagrammers each day, there’s a lot of sharing going on. Whether it’s a designer sharing photos of completed projects, or your best friend snapping a pic of a vintage sofa from a flea market, the image-driven platform is an unlimited source of design inspiration. Like all other social media sites, you can follow other Instagrammers too. Houseology lists some of these designers as their Instagram faves: Candy Pop, These Four Walls, and Mad About the House.
Twitter may seem like the odd-man-out here because it’s not really image-driven. But it’s the perfect platform to connect with interior designers, bloggers, and product manufacturers and retailers, as well as follow design trends.
There are design inspirations abound online. But don’t forget that social media is a tool to drive traffic to websites too. And most media-savvy designers and product manufacturers and retailers have mobile-friendly sites that offer even more content with inspiration galleries and visualization tools.
When we think of curb appeal, we most likely think of beautiful flower gardens, neatly trimmed, emerald lawns, freshly painted siding, and a couple of white rockers swaying on the swept front porch. Of course, it’s all that and more. Adding architectural details to the curb-side of your house not only adds value if you were to list your home, but adds visual interest that makes your home stand out among all others. Here are some unique architectural elements using Inteplast Building Products Exterior Trim products that we bet you never considered.
Arches and Curves
Not just for interior doorways, arched and curved trim can make a huge aesthetic impact on the outside of your house too. Inteplast’s trim has all the visual appeal of wood, without the natural flaws, but it also has more design flexibility because of its heatability. You can create custom shapes and curves through an advanced heat-bending process for unlimited craftsman applications. In addition, IP’s embossing technology keeps the wood grain patterns intact during the heat bending process to maintain the authentic looking wood texture. Inteplast’s trim board can be shaped and bent to finish off curved decks and porches, archways, and circular or oval window surrounds.
Cornices and Columns
Once historical staples of home construction, cornices and columns are popular in modern designs as well. These architectural millwork products are not only for load bearing applications, but they’re often used for pure decoration. Jazzing up the eaves of a porch or overhang with Inteplast’s decorative, moisture-resistant millwork products you can create some low-maintenance drama with cornices, columns, and brackets in an economical way.
Today’s farmhouse interior style is country without the tacky, comfy without the clutter, and traditional without the frilly. With some weathered wood-look details here and some upholstered headboards there, you can easily pull off a modern farmhouse look with minimal effort and maximum style. Here are 5 ways to pull off this style.
Weathered Wood Look
A fundamental element for the modern farmhouse style is reclaimed or barnwood details because it creates a warm, cozy feeling. You can get that feeling by creating a feature wall in your bathroom, or any other room. But in addition to being expensive, reclaimed wood comes with some issues, like color and grain inconsistencies, the need for lots of nails, possible rot and mildew if used in high moisture areas, and let’s not forget the pests and splinters. Inteplast offers a completely removable and replaceable Accent Wall Planks, which you can buy online at Lowe’s, without all the hassles.
One way to get a modern farmhouse kitchen is to incorporate open shelving. It serves a couple of purposes. First, it’s functional, especially if you’re a cook who spends lots of time in the kitchen. No more opening and closing and opening and closing cabinets. Also, if you have decorative dishes and glassware that you think of as works of art, open shelving is the best option to show them off. You can DIY your own shelves using Inteplast Building Products Moulding and Trim Board—which you can purchase at Lowe’s or other select dealers. They come in a variety of colors and profiles to suit any style.
Fabric or upholstered Headboard
Whether you make one for a guestroom or your own master bedroom, or every bedroom in the house, a fabric headboard framed in decorated moulding is the essential farmhouse touch. It’s an easy DIY project that’ll make your guests feel comfy, relaxed, and welcomed. Using Inteplast’s prefinished moulding, you can create a frame that attaches directly to the wall behind your bed for a cozy focal point. This moulding is in mahogany, but they have lots of colors to choose from.
Make front-porch sitting even more pleasant by covering the ceiling with Inteplast’s Beadboard. It embodies the charm of a sophisticated, modern farmhouse and instantly adds a bit of historic charm. Not just for porches, Inteplast’s Beadboard is the perfect alternative to covering up outdated popcorn ceilings. Beadboard can also add farmhouse style to walls, kitchen islands, and cabinetry, and furniture. And, unlike traditional wood beadboard, Inteplast’s product requires very little maintenance. No scraping and painting necessary.
Your sense of style makes you, you. From a love of arched doorways to a passion for elaborate crown moulding, at Inteplast we make the products that reflect your unique, personal tastes. Because we know that moulding and trim doesn’t just soften the transitions between ceilings, walls, floors, and windows, but instill character to every room, we give you options. Not sure what your style is? Here is some inspiration to help you decide.
1. Let the Sunshine In
Nothing increases the natural reflectivity of the sun in a room than a white backdrop and large windows. This combination of design aesthetics can make a room feel larger and more open. These windows are trimmed with White moulding, and the ceiling is planked with White trim.
2. Create a Cave Worth Exploring
It may be a man cave in the basement, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave it unfinished and devoid of personality. This one looks very modern and grown-up with its clean lines created by using Autumn moulding from the ceiling, to the chair rail, to the baseboards. You can even use the moulding to frame wall art or memorabilia.
3. A Not So Deserted Island
The kitchen island often becomes the social hub of the house. Homework happens here. Monthly budgets happen here. And of course, some snacking occasionally happens here. This kitchen is cozy and inviting with Crystal White moulding and beadboard, and is perfectly complimented with Ultra Oak moulding.
4. Build it Up
Puny is out when it comes to window frames. This built-up window using Crystal White moulding and corner blocks adds an historic flavor to this bathroom that narrow profiles can’t pull off.
5. Old-World Wall Charm
Nothing echoes old-world craftsman style like a wall covered in wainscoting. It’s one of those architectural details that can transform a room into another time no matter if your style is modern, farmhouse, or something in between. This living room uses Crystal White moulding and trim to create the look of original wainscoting. Integrate some modern finishings and Auburn window moulding and you have some classy digs.
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!
You pass them on your evening walks, you drive by them on your way to work, and you wave to neighbors perched on them after dinner. A front porch is a recognizable architectural staple for most American homes. But have you ever really given much thought to the social significance of a front porch?
Once a necessity, before the invention of air conditioning, front porches were the heart of family and neighbor gatherings where everything from decision making, front porch storytelling, political debating, visitor greeting, harmless gossiping, and chair rocking took place. But alas, with the advent of air conditioning, noisy automobiles passing by, and television sets, Americans abandoned their front porches and moved the conversation inside to the living room.
Well folks, it’s time to reconsider the front porch. Porches add space to a place, as well as preserve the architectural integrity of a house. Most importantly, front porches bridge your personal world with the world outside and give your guests a sneak peek of what they might expect to find in your home, your life, and in your style.
When kids are small, the front porch is the space where muddy shoes, baseball bats, and bikes are dropped casually before they go into the house. Once the kids are grown and out of the house, you can put some time and effort into making your front porch a focal point of the house. Starting with the floor boards.
Inteplast Building Products Porch materials provide the beautiful look of natural wood without the splinters, slips, scratches, and stains. Inteplast Building Products Porches are available in two color collections – Variegated Color and Solid Color – both with reversible finishes in oak or straight grain textures, all with signature benefits of reliable performance, durability, and beauty. Each board has a built-in scratch and stain protection with our 4 sides cap stock.
In addition, the rich, earthy tones complement any outdoor setting, and offer unmatched weather resistance and long-term performance. Inteplast’s built-in color protection technology, ColorTUF™, protects your porch from fading under powerful UV rays. Just visit our retailer search at http://www.inteplastbuild.com/retailer-search.html to find where you can buy our porch products.
And don’t forget about the back porch. Whether overlooking swimming pools or hosting outdoor barbeques, back porches serve as a private sanctuary, an extended outdoor family room or an al-fresco dining area, or both.
Remember, a porch is like a welcome mat that meets the street. It can be solely decorative, a respite for reading, or a place to enjoy a glass of wine after dinner. Why, a house without a porch is just blah!
I’m Jennifer, and thank you for reading!
Hello and welcome back! We’re excited to re-introduce you to Design Next Door, reimagined by Inteplast Building Products, the company behind all these inspirational Do-It-Yourself projects over the past several months.
We’d like to officially introduce ourselves! We are Inteplast Building Products and we’d love to help you realize your visions, dreams, and inspirations for your exterior and interior living spaces. Our complete line of outdoor and indoor building products is made to meet your needs for both beauty and quality while providing a low-maintenance lifestyle. From our exterior decking, porch, trim and millwork products, to our interior decorative moulding, we combine our expertise in aesthetic beauty, durable construction, and smart design to give homeowners one portfolio of whole-house modern wood-alternative lifestyle products to create the perfect home.
Inteplast Building Products Decks are made to be durable, moisture resistant, low-maintenance, lightweight and beautiful! There are no special tools required to work with our products because they work the same as traditional lumber. Our wide variety of variegated and solid colors offers design options for both traditional and modern tastes. And the best part, you get the beauty of real wood without the maintenance hassles. Check out our Deck Gallery on our new website!
When it comes to your home décor, it’s all about the finishing details. Our decorative moulding comes in a variety of classic and modern profiles, and it’s prefinished and ready to install, with no special tools required. It has the same workability of wood, but greater uniformity and flexibility. Ceiling, door, window, wall, and floor, no matter where you add it, moulding adds character to any room. We have a great gallery of different rooms with moulding on our website here.
Talk about curb appeal. Add one-of-a-kind style to your exterior with our millwork, trimboard, trim sheet, and beadboard products with all the workability and beauty of real wood without the maintenance headaches of real wood. Our trim products won’t rot, split, crack, or absorb water, and they’re resistant to termites and other pests. And unlike wood trim, Inteplast Trim is bendable to create a variety of architectural shapes. Check out our beautiful trim products in our Trim Gallery.
Enjoy your outdoor living space without the worry of splinters or a lot of maintenance! With the same beautiful look of wood, Inteplast Building Products Porches come in two color collections – variegated and solid color, and are both fully-reversible in oak or straight grain finishes. And each board has a built-in scratch and stain protection for long-lasting low-maintenance beauty. Add some character, color and longevity to your porch with our beautiful porch boards!
We’ve launched a brand new website at InteplastBuild.com where you can find ideas for your next deck, porch, siding, or moulding, or trim project in our Inspiration Gallery. While you are there browse through our free deck and porch design plans and take a look at our Visualizer Tool where you can select the design style and colors that match your home and tastes.
From low-maintenance, realistic natural wood grained decks and porches, to ready-to-install pre-finished trim and moulding in a broad range of complementary colors that brings everything together, this blending of know-how gives Inteplast customers a complete decorative solution that helps to create a house you can be proud to call home. Passion for beauty, engineering, and quality is the essence of the Inteplast DNA. Welcome to our family!
Stop by booth #6343 if you are at the 2016 NHBA International Builder’s Show and see why Inteplast Building Products is the best solution for adding long-lasting beauty and character to your home.
Blue wallpaper with mini pink, peach, and white flowers, and a matching border with complimentary colors. This is not a Throw-back Thursday Facebook post. This happens to be a real-life, present day nightmare that I live with every day – my master bathroom. It’s true that our master bedrooms and master baths don’t get the immediate attention that other room makeovers get because they’re the two rooms that your guests rarely see. Now, this remodeling project is front and center in our house.
I love coastal cottage styles, so I’ve been looking for some design inspiration in Coastal Living magazine and Houzz.com. I love neutral colors, tasteful stripes, and plantation blinds. I especially love the look of weathered wood. For my flooring, I’ve already picked out a porcelain tile that resembles weathered wood planks, appropriately named, Antique Chateau.
Of course, to me, the one element that screams coastal cottage is wainscoting and decorative moulding and trim. I especially love wide moulding profiles and the paneled look of wainscoting and beadboard because it adds a bit of historic flavor to any room.
I love the combination of the wainscoting and the wide moulding base and chair rail profiles that frame the wainscoting in this picture I found on the Inteplast Building Products website. Wall moulding is such a versatile, easy, but stunning way to dress up any wall and add character to make a strategic design impact. The best part is you can buy pre-finished, multi-use moulding from any building supply store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, that doesn’t need painting – unless you want to – and comes in so many styles and options the hardest part will be deciding what look you want.
I think wainscoting or beadboard are perfect for bathrooms because they invoke old-world charm where craftsmanship was the rule, not an upcharge. You can install them at any height, not just half way up to meet the chair rail. I love that it evokes a coastal or cottage vibe, and not just a country aesthetic.
The other design element in this image that strikes my fancy is the wide window valances. They’re so elegant, but at the same time, casual enough to fit any décor setting – urban, country, coastal, you name it. Oh, and I can’t forget the claw foot bathtub. You can’t have a coastal cottage without one!
For my DIYer pals out there, let me know where you are finding your bathroom design inspiration these days. I’d love to see how you incorporate moulding and trim ideas into your rooms. Also, check out my Pinterest board as I continue to collect bathroom ideas!
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!