I’ve noticed that a big trend in kitchen design these days is open shelving and cabinetry. Some cabinets have no doors, and some have glass door panels. Some folks are opting out of cabinets all together and going with open, easily accessible shelving. Either way, all of your glassware, dishes, plates, and bowls are visible. I personally like this design style, although I’m not sure I have enough matching dishes to openly show, but in theory, I love the idea.
The concept of displaying some pieces of glassware that you want to show off for an aesthetic element is very doable with some crown moulding shelves or ledges. If you have a bare wall in the kitchen, instead of adding a painting or another piece of wall art, add some shelving and display some colorful coffee mugs and saucers like they did in this image. What I really love about using crown moulding for shelving is the variety of profiles to match any style. Not to mention, you can buy it prefinished in a multitude of colors at any home building store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. These shelves don’t have to be for glasses or mugs or plates. You can display anything of interest – candle votives, decorative jars, or small canisters.
In addition to making a design statement in the kitchen, ledges and shelves made out of prefinished moulding are perfect for organizing, decluttering, and showing off collectibles in other rooms. My husband, a musician, collects vintage metronomes. Currently, he has about seven of them hidden away in plastic storage beds in a closet. They’re too pretty not to be displayed. We’ve been thinking lately about how to show them off without creating clutter. Last week, while looking for some ideas, I found this great picture of moulding ledges holding die-cast metal cars. Though the shelves in this picture are too narrow for the metronomes, it’s a wonderful idea that could easily be scaled to fit the project.
This just goes to show you that picture ledges aren’t just for pictures. I used decorative moulding shelves in my own craft room as well. They’re perfect for holding ribbons, beads, paint, anything you want, and it helps keep my room organized, and not to mention stylish with clean lines. However, keep in mind, when you bare it all on your walls, you have to be vigilant about keeping things tidy. I’m still working on that!
I’d love to see your decorative moulding shelves! It’s such an easy DIY weekend project, perfect for these cold upcoming winter days. Check out my other DIY weekend projects on Pinterest.
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!
One of the first things I do as soon as the summer temps fade and the crisp fall air moves in is get rid of the white accents and elements that I incorporate around my house for the spring and summer (like white cotton bedding and throw pillows) and replace them with warm, comfortable autumnal tones. But you don’t have to stop with just accents. The fall is a good time to experiment with new paint colors, trim, and fabrics to change your mood along with the seasons.
Right now, my living room is very, very summer-friendly. We have light furniture, light flooring, and light (boring) walls. In my house, the living room is like our family’s town square; particularly during the fall and winter months, when we’re spending less time outdoors. It’s where we meet, sometimes eat, entertain, do homework, organize schedules, cheer for our favorite football team, and basically discuss the world’s problems. Considering we spend 80% of our time there, I want to do something that will make it homey and inviting.
I’ve been looking for some inspiration on how to tweak our living room for the fall and I came across this photo. Now, for those of you who read my blog regularly, you know that I typically like classic, clean white trim. But I do occasionally change my mind when the circumstance (or season) calls for it. I am really in love with the darker wood trim and moulding in this image. Paired with the lighter wood floor and the neutral walls and furniture, this is a living room I could sink into with a great book and a roaring fire, with a game on in the background. And considering everything I already have is neutral, this custom wainscoting detail would create just the right fall element for our living room. And by adding my white accessories in the spring and summer, I can lighten it back up again.
I think what inspires me the most about this idea is that I can do it myself and make a pretty dramatic transformation fairly easily and affordable. You can find pre-finished moulding and trim at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot, and they often have “do-it-yourself” classes on the weekends where they can help you measure, cut, and place the trim.
Of course, I found this other image with beautiful, white picture framing detail on the walls. It doesn’t seem as fall-like as the dark wood, but with some dark colored accents and throw pillows, this could also be an easy summer-to-fall, fall-to-summer design idea. Choices, choices!