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!
Man cave. There, I said it. Every woman’s nightmare. When I think of a man cave, I imagine smelly socks tucked into the couch, left over pizza slices on the coffee table, empty beverage cans stacked to the ceiling, and sports programs blasting for hours. The fact is I know my hubby wouldn’t commit any of these man room sins, and in reality, he really does need a room of his own. He has lots of hobbies and interests, which are currently spread out on my dining room table. One such hobby is building electronic drum kits from scratch. I have diodes, wires, and disemboweled drum parts everywhere. So I’ve been thinking, maybe it’s time to give in to the man cave craze.
We have a finished basement that has essentially been hubby’s workshop since we moved into the house. With a little decluttering (a lot of decluttering), I think we could create a great space. Though I’m leaving the design ideas up to him, he does ask for my opinions. I’ve helped him look through pictures on Pinterest and Houzz, but of course the first step is figuring out how he’ll use it the most.
Obviously, he’s a musician, a drummer with several drum sets and a keyboard, but he has a lot of other interests like motorcycling, windsurfing, boating, and watching sports. He is always watching instructional DVDs for each of these hobbies. I see his man cave as an all-purpose room; a room that he would want to feel like an extension of our house rather than a room off a garage.
This image was the first one he showed me. I have to admit, I was a little shocked at how sophisticated it was. I guess like many women, I have made some unfair assumptions about what a man cave looked like. Sure, it’s a bit masculine for my taste, but it’s very modern and grown-up, with clean lines. I love how they used decorative moulding to divide up the walls. It adds some interest to an otherwise stark wall. And as a passionate DIYer, I can definitely see myself making the moulding frames to showcase some old black and white jazz images he currently has packed away in a box in the attic. Of course, since it’s football season, no man cave would be complete without a large, flat-screen TV. And snacks. Check out my Pinterest page for some other man cave ideas!
So after seeing that his idea of a man cave is much more in line with my idea, I think I can get behind this. I’m curious to see how you guys have designed man caves. Post some pictures you want to share, and inspire us all!