Like an exciting prologue in a book, adding an interesting wall color, piece of furniture, or architectural detail to your entryway piques the interest of your guests and leaves them wanting to see more. Here are 5 easy-to-do, budget-friendly tips to help you make the best first impression.
1. Add a Photo Wall
Got a bright or bold wall color but nothing to go with it? Make your entryway a conversation starter with a photo wall. Using prefinished moulding, which comes in a variety of colors and profiles, you can build a giant sized picture frame to show off your favorite vacation pics, anniversary photos, or your kid’s art work, all at once.
2. Add Beadboard for a Farm-Friendly Vibe
Adding classic white beadboard to an entryway wall can instantly infuse charm to a cottage style design scheme. The clean, crisp aesthetic of the beadboard lends itself to a modern take on the farm-house trend or a more traditional style. Either way, it’s inviting to all. Photo posted from deavita.net.
3. Add a Bright Piece of Rehabbed Furniture
If your design tastes run on the bohemian side, the best way to set the tone for the rest of your free-spirited colorful style is starting off with a pop of color and a vintage piece of furniture. We embellished a flea-market dresser with some multi-use moulding strips, which you can find at Lowe’s and other select dealers, that make this front entry statement warm, inviting, and totally cool.
4. Add a Mirror, or Dress Up an Existing One
If your entryway is on the small size, one of the best design techniques to make it look larger is by adding a mirror. Especially if your front entry has light sources (sun or artificial), a mirror reflects the light and can make the room look brighter and larger. You don’t have to spend big bucks on a mirror either. Grab one at your local building re-supply store and add an inexpensive, but expensive looking moulding frame or go bold with some glass or organic materials to it to finish it off.
5. When Your Entryway has to be Functional
Maybe you don’t have a separate mudroom, or you’re without an entryway closet. Sometimes your front entry has to serve a functional purpose in addition to an inviting check-in point for guests. Add a bit of stylish practicality like some classy coat racks so everything has a space for its place. Here are some easy DIY instructions to make your own shelf coat rack.
Hopefully you’ve found some of these tips helpful and inspirational. We’re always interested in your own DIY tips and projects, so let us know what you’ve been working on. To find an Inteplast Moulding dealer in your area, visit our dealer locator here.
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.
Weathered wood-look Accent Plank kits by Inteplast Building Products through merge aesthetics, functionality, and changeability into a unique, decorative experience. Whether you like a cool design pallet or a warm color scheme, the time-worn look of reclaimed wood lends itself to any style. Here are 5 looks to get using Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks:
Play it Cool with River Grey
Grey is the neutral of the moment. The ashy undertones of River Grey Accent Planks easily compliment greens and blues. It’s also the perfect pallet to bounce metallics off of. If you’re looking for a warmer effect, add brass and gold metallic accents. Or keep it on the cool side with silver, pewter, and brushed nickel finishes.
Keep it Coastal with Reclaimed White
Still in the cool zone, Reclaimed White Accent Planks provide a fresh, breezy, coastal vibe. A white monochromatic scheme is the epitome of coastal chic. Pair the planks with wide white plantation shutters, neutral wall colors, white trim, and a natural sisal rug and you can have a year-round beach staycation. If monochromatic isn’t your thing, add dark wood accents, paint, or furnishings for a punch.
Go All Natural with Whitewashed Pine
If Reclaimed White is too stark for your tastes, Whitewashed Pine Planks have just enough color to offset the severity of an all-white design, yet still provide the crispness you may be after. You can warm the room just enough by adding touches of orange, peach, rose, blush, and cream in furnishings, rugs, other accessories, and artwork, but still stay true to the natural essence of the Whitewashed Pine Planks.
Get that Warm Glow with Sierra Brown
The nature-inspired warmth of Sierra Brown Accent Planks lands far on the warm spectrum, and instantly transforms any room in your house into a cozy, inviting space. But that doesn’t mean you can’t cool it down a bit. Add blue, green, or purple finishes to strike the perfect balance. Or play off the warm even more by pairing the Planks with a subtle yellow wall to uncover gilded undertones.
Mix it up with the Multicolor Kit
If design flexibility is important to you, Multicolor Accent Plank kits may be the way to go. The multicolor Kit includes 10 planks in three distressed colors: Sierra Brown, River Grey, and Reclaimed White. The multidimensional effects of the different colors placed together, particularly in herringbone or chevron patterns, offer dramatic looks. With this kit you can achieve the rustic look, yet keep it contemporary. Or, you can mix and match other color kits too.
Each Accent Plank Kit—available through Lowe’s, select Ace Hardware stores, and other select dealers —covers 15 square feet and offers easy installation and removal using CommandTM Picture Hanging Strips from 3M–which makes them perfect for apartments and dorms. So get creative and express your own unique style.
Consumers and pros alike are finding the easy workability of polystyrene decorative moulding a game changer over traditional wood moulding products. Whether adding ceiling, wall, floor, or window detail to new construction, or infusing character and charm in a home renovation, polystyrene moulding offers all the beauty of wood without the hassles. Here are 5 reasons to choose polystyrene decorative moulding:
Because it is lightweight, polystyrene decorative moulding installation is a one-person job–and you don’t need to be a professional to do it. Just measure, cut and put into place. It’s easy enough to tackle a room in a weekend.
Installs without nails
Polystyrene moulding can eliminate common frustrations of other substrates because it can be installed with adhesives—though you can still use finishing nails if necessary. Polystyrene moulding is also slightly flexible so they are the perfect solution for imperfect walls that aren’t completely true.
Prefinished, pre-painted or stained, and simple to cut using conventional saws, that’s the big plus of choosing polystyrene decorative moulding over traditional wood moulding. You can skip steps and save both money and time. And these products are moisture resistant, making them an ideal design solution for kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms.
You can add contemporary character to every room with polystyrene decorative moulding products. The sleek, clean, and uniform look of every profile and color adds a contemporary vibe with just the right touch of classic when desired.
You’ve got Options
Polystyrene decorative moulding offers a variety of design and architectural options like chair rail, wainscoting, beadboard, batten, and panels. Multiuse options like planking and lattice from Inteplast Building Products help you create comfort, ambiance, and excitement in the smallest of details.
We wish you a warm and wonderful holiday. Take a minute to relax and enjoy the time with family and friends. We will be back in the new year!
Not every employer or small business owner can afford high-dollar holiday appreciation gifts for their valued, dedicated, and hardworking staff, but that doesn’t mean they have to settle for just a card and a pat on the back—not that that doesn’t count. Even a small gesture can mean something big to your employees, which in turn can lead to higher job satisfaction and loyalty.
If the budget is tight this year, here’s a great way to show your appreciation to your entire team: a holiday refreshment station. Bring in some cookies or other baked goods, hard candies, and of course, coffee or hot chocolate. And highlight it with this easy, inexpensive, DIY Chalkboard sign that adds a vintage vibe to the scene. So even if you can’t financially spring for a group outing, maybe they’ll feel like they’re in a real coffee shop!
There are a couple of ways to do this. First, if you don’t want the sign to be permanent, use chalkboard contact paper. It’s removable and repositionable so you can easily take it down after the holidays. Click here to see a contact paper option you can buy from Amazon.
If you like the idea of this refreshment station as a year round perk for your employees, you may want to go for the permanent option using some chalkboard paint and a few more materials. You can find a project tutorial here.
This project uses Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s for the frame. They’re made from PVC but have the look of reclaimed weathered wood—without the splinters of course! This project uses Accent Planks in Reclaimed White – but other color options available. Each plank kit covers 15-sq ft., which means you’ll have plenty of planks left over for another project. Visit Design Next Door to see all of the creative uses for Inteplast Accent Planks.
Saying thank you to your employees doesn’t have to be expensive. This holiday refreshment station not only reinforces their value to you and your company, but it’s a great way to gather together and encourage comradery and good cheer.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the holidays!
Watching the temps plunge this week sure does feel like the winter season is finally upon us—which means the holidays are right around the corner. Which also means I’m in a festive mood for some DIYing. If you saw my Fall Sign project post back in October, you know I like my holiday signs. Decorative holiday signs are some of the easiest ways to add creative touches—that aren’t over-the-top—to your front door, front porch, entry wall, fireplace mantel, or anywhere else you want a pop of holiday cheer.
Lately I’ve been using Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s for a ton of home decorating and crafting projects as well. So I had some leftovers (from a cool project I’ll share in January) to create this Christmas sign. The planks come in five color kits: Sierra Brown, Reclaimed White, River Grey, Whitewashed Pine, and a multi-color kit. And for those who can’t quite make up your mind, they have a multi-color kit, which is what I used. Here’s how to do it:
Materials you’ll need:
Being the multi-crafter that I am, I have a handy-dandy Cricut (pronounced cricket) die cut machine, so I made my own “All is Bright” decal. But you can find some amazing decals online in shops like Etsy.
First, I cut the Accent Planks to the length I wanted them. You’ll want to consider the size of the Accent Planks when choosing your frame size so you don’t have to make too many cuts. I had to rip cut one board to fit because I used an existing frame I had. You’ll also want to make sure that the depth of the frame allows for the planks. I actually had to tape the back of mine because my frame was just a tiny bit too narrow. But hey, it’s the back, nobody will see it.
Next, cut your own lettering if you aren’t using a premade decal. If you order your decal on line, make sure the dimensions will fit inside the visible area of the frame. And of course, the same goes for if you are making your own decal as well.
Before you apply the vinyl design to glass, clean the glass well. If there is any debris on the glass when you apply the vinyl, trust me, you’ll create visible bubbles in the vinyl, and once they’re on there, good luck getting them out.
Lay the vinyl decals on the glass and determine where you want to place them. Use a cutting mat or measuring board of some type to make sure that your glass is level and centered before applying the vinyl.
Next, apply the vinyl as directed by the manufacturer. If you are a Cricut user, you know to use your transfer tape.
Then, place the Accent Planks into the frame over the glass. Finally, apply the backing, turn it over, and decide whether you are going to give it away as a gift or save it for yourself. I still haven’t decided, but honestly, it’s such a quick and easy project, I still have time to make another one and keep it for me!
That really is all there is to this project. It’s quick, it’s fun, and there’s no limit to the rustic-looking holiday décor you come up using Inteplast Accent Planks. They’re beautiful, inexpensive, and come without the splinters! So here’s to making a DIY list, and checking it twice, ‘cause there are only a few days left to create for everybody who’s nice. Thanks for reading!
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.
Are you a I-gotta-have-that-DIY-product person that lines up to buy it minutes after it hits the shelves? Well here’s the product you’ve been waiting for, available in your local Lowe’s retail stores or online—Inteplast Accent Planks.
Inteplast Accent Planks are your best choice to achieve the trending beautiful reclaimed wood look. They are easy to install and are removable, allowing you the freedom to get just the right look for your home. So what else are they?
Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s can be used in an amazing variety of residential and commercial applications, from standard vertical and horizontal patterns to out-of-the-box disruptive configurations.
Each kit sold at Lowe’s contains 10 planks, enough to cover 15 sq. ft. The kits also come with CommandTM Picture Hanging Strips from 3M for an easy install. The design applications are numerous: focal walls, ceilings, doors, any smooth interior surface. Because they moisture-resistant, they’re especially great for use in high-moisture areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s not too early to start thinking about home décor craft projects or DIY gifts to give. Inteplast Accent Planks are extremely versatile you can use them in so many creative ways. How about a spice rack? A fall Décor sign? A picture frame backdrop? A headboard? The possibilities are endless.
Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products are now available in select Lowe’s stores across the country, as well as on lowes.com. Lowe’s will feature Inteplast Accent Planks in its Innovation merchandising displays in-store. To purchase Accent Planks or check local availability, visit Inteplast’s retail locator or lowes.com.
This year marked my first baby steps toward softening my stance on using a product other than wallpaper to create a stunning accent wall. I love that wallpaper can give a wall a three-dimensional look in vibrant patterns, but I found myself drawn to the rustic-chic option of the weathered wood-look. However, I didn’t want to deal with splinters or nail holes all over the wall if I changed my mind. That’s why I chose Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s for my dining room makeover project. Made with a PVC substrate, these Accent Planks are a new product line that is quickly and easily installed with CommandTM Picture Hanging Strips from 3M. Since it’s my turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, I wanted to do a quick dining room pick-me up that would put a little punch into our get-together—and these Accent Planks are so easy to install, one person can tackle the job in a weekend.
Collaborating closely with my DIY expert (the hubby), I first explored the brand’s different wood grain finishes—and they have a lot: Sierra Brown, River Grey, Whitewashed Pine, Reclaimed White, and a multicolor kit with an assortment of each. That’s what we used.
The only wall prep we had to do was take down the curtains and curtain rod and wipe down the wall with isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
We laid out our pattern on the floor first, and measured and cut the planks to fit our pattern. We made some of the planks long and some short. The randomness of the lengths gives the wall character.
The installation was a breeze because of the CommandTM strip system. So should the mood take you, you can effortlessly remove and replace the planks and then rearrange them into a completely new pattern—say a herringbone or a chevron. Be careful, there are some comparable products on the market that have self-adhesive backing, but they aren’t removable without doing damage to your walls.
Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s come prefinished and ready to install. You can also cut the planks with regular woodworking tools. The planks are lightweight, which means this was a quick, one-husband-job. And it’s done in plenty of time before the family arrives for Thanksgiving. I’m Jennifer, and thank you for reading. Enjoy your time with your family and friends this holiday.