Monthly Archives: November 2015

Paint Colors for Kitchens

Colors have the power to make any room look larger or smaller, change the focus, hide flaws, make the room come to life, and set the mood. Which is why, making the right color choices is the key to redecorating or repainting any room in the house. In kitchens, to be more specific, the floors (tiles) and the furniture (cabinets, table, and chairs) have a more permanent color selection; except of course, you choose to repaint the cabinets and chairs to match the new wall colors of the kitchen. In order to find the right colors for your kitchen, we have provided some ideas that may come in handy.

Kitchen Color Combinations

Following are ready color palettes that will give you suggestions on colors for the walls, cabinets, and furniture.

Choosing the Right Kitchen Colors

Now that you have a few suggestions on the paint color combination, why don’t we go through some of the checkpoints or important step that need to be followed. Repainting a kitchen is not a small task and you will require proper strategies to make the entire process a little less stressful.

Tip 1
Make Use of Samples

Sometimes, just looking at the paint chips and cards or images of wonderfully-painted kitchens is not enough. There are times when you require tangible ideas. Also, certain color shades may have different names, but they look quite similar, confusing you furthermore. Which is why, paint samples can come in handy. Apply a few coats on your walls to see how they will appear once applied. This way, you can visually tell what that particular color’s effect is.

Tip 2
Begin with the Primary Color

Many times, the trouble or the reason you’re stuck in finalizing colors is because you haven’t chosen the primary color for the kitchen. The primary or general color will define how your kitchen will appear once completed. Your primary color will be painted on all the walls that make up the space of the kitchen. Now remember, choose a color that looks fabulous in your eyes; it doesn’t matter whether it’s dark or light.

Tip 3
Gather the Paint Chips & Cards

For secondary colors, you may need to fetch the paint chips. Depending on the primary color you’ve selected, pick shades that work well with it. These shades can be either a few lighter or darker shades of the primary color, or a contrasting color altogether. Similar to the color combination ideas we’ve provided above, you can work with different colors for the entire kitchen, furniture and cabinets included.

Tip 4
Working the Contrast

While selecting and combining colors, it’s quite common to get confused as to which shades work well with one another. So how do we go about it? Well, the first thing you see is your primary color. If the base color is light, then you can include dark shades of the base color or a different dark color for the cabinets and furniture; and that goes the other way as well. Now the furniture and the cabinets need not be of the same color. You can easily incorporate a new color to give the kitchen a fresh look. Now if your cabinets and furniture have wooden finish, then you have to figure out which colors will enhance the kitchen.

Tip 5
Don’t Forget the Ceiling

Many tend to overlook the importance of a kitchen ceiling. As a matter of fact, the ceiling is a vital piece in painting the entire kitchen. You can go with classic white as this color can enhance any color combination and shades. Or if you’d like to make a bold statement, then experimenting with other color shades can be considered.

Tip 6
Eliminate & Finalize

After investing so much time in picking and sorting through various color combination, eliminating the shades you don’t think will work is essential. Don’t doubt your choices and pick colors that appeal your taste. At the end, all that’s left is to select the colors you wanted for the kitchen and using the samples to check whether the combination is attractive.

If you find it difficult to make the final decision, include your family and friends to help you out. Fresh set of eyes can make a huge difference when it comes to choosing paint colors. However, be careful that you don’t end up getting more confused with extra suggestions.

Fall Flower Garden

Whether its winter or summer, spring or autumn, a garden always blooms if cared for. However, to make your garden evergreen, implementing creative gardening ideas is essential. Usually, novices, make the mistake of not planting fall flowers. Thus, by winter time, the garden gets covered with layers of snow, which makes it look dull and white. And who doesn’t like to see a cozy, heart-warming and well pruned garden on a Christmas eve?

Asters
The arresting beauty of Asters, will make your garden come alive in the winter. Native of New England and New York, Asters are found in pink and deep purple. Plant them early in June, along the border of your cobbled pathway, to get the authentic picturesque look. They grow about 3-4 feet tall and survive well in moist soil. A good breed of asters will thrive well in the fall season. Plant them with supports so that they do not get too droopy.

Joe Pye Weed
This one is my favorite. You can make the best fall garden with Joe Pye Weed. The botanical name of this plant is Eupatorium. This plant thrives in moist soil and will grow well if you plant it by early summer. The deep pink color of these flowers is a great eye catcher! You can alternate, the pathway border with a purple Aster and a pink Joe Pye Weed, which will make your garden look brilliant!

Helenium
‘They flash upon that inward eye,
Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.’

Couldn’t help quoting these lines. Helenium are total show stoppers! These daisy look-alikes, with their brilliance of yellow, will make your garden come alive. You should be aware of the various fall flowers in order to prepare the garden, and know when to plant these. If you plant them early in summer, these plants will develop a healthy cycle.

Some Gardening Tips

Weed Control
If you think weed only grew in monsoon, you are clearly wrong. Chickweed grows abundantly in winters. Remove these weeds to prevent them from growing all over your garden. You can also use some herbicide in case the problem persists for a long time.

Compost Pit
Withering of flowers and shedding of leaves is a characteristic of plants and trees in winter. Don’t burn these leaves or throw them away. Make a compost pit and put these leaves in the pit. This will give you some good manure by summer, which can be used for composting the plant so that healthy fall flowers spring up by the next fall.

There are plenty of perennials that one can choose from. However, your flowers will only bloom if you look after them, so make sure you keep your garden clean, to avoid infestation by rodents.

Bedroom Wall Designs

The bedroom is where we seek respite at the end of a tiring day, and each one of us wants our bedroom to be the perfect place to unwind and relax. Some want their bedrooms to reflect their personality, while others just want their personal space to be anything but boring! So, what do you do to bring in a touch of zing to your bedroom? While there are many ways to achieve this, the easiest is to add a touch of creativity to the walls.
Are you bored of the same old monochromatic walls, and wish to give your bedroom that much-needed makeover? Well, then you’ll be surprised at the number of options out there when it comes to renovating the walls of your bedroom. You can go for creative, unusual designs, or stick to a classic look.
Wall Design Ideas for the Bedroom
Abstract Art! Choose abstract wall patterns that complement the furniture and upholstery.
If you’re a lover of abstract art, then what’s better than an abstract art wallpaper! You can choose any pattern depending on the color scheme of the interiors. However, if you’re going for a bold pattern, remember to restrict it to only one wall, to keep it from appearing too overwhelming.
Symmetry in Geometry! Cover half of the wall with patterned wallpaper, painting the rest in bright hues.
If abstract patterns are not your thing, then you can try symmetric geometric patterns. As the name suggests, they comprise series of squares, triangles, circles, polygons, or just any geometric shape that you can think of. The most remarkable aspect of geometric patterns is that they bring the beauty of symmetry to your walls, and this can be a welcome change from the monotony of solid colors. Such patterns can take the style quotient of this modern bedroom a few notches higher!
Floral Splendor! Choose floral wallpapers in soft shades. Also, the upholstery must complement the wall’s color.
If a pretty yet elegant look is what you desire for your bedroom, then nothing can get better than floral designs on the walls! While it may appear that flowers are meant for a teenage girl’s room, this design can be used equally well to create a romantic ambiance. What’s more, there are plenty of options to choose from, and you can pick a wallpaper of your favorite flower. If covering the entire wall with floral patterns is not your thing, you can use stencils to paint colorful, vibrant flowers, as and where you want them!
A Leaf from Nature! To accentuate this look, choose wooden furniture that is dark brown or black.
This idea is all about painting leaves on your walls. If you are someone who feels that the ideal way to relax and unwind is to spend time amidst nature, then this design is “the one” for you! There are stencils available in the market that help you paint designs easily. You can also opt for professional help for intricate patterns. However, leafy patterns can only be used on green walls; use it on any other color, and the effect will not be the same!
A Different Dimension! For 3D wall panels, the upholstery must complement the main colors of the design.
3D is really a hot trend right now, so why not add a touch of 3D to your bedroom? What’s more, there are a host of 3D wall panels out there to make your walls “come alive”! All you need to do is get one and fix it to the appropriate spot on the wall. 3D wall panels that depict the deep sea, deserts, and other interesting habitats and landscapes, can also add a new dimension to your room (literally!).
Miniature Garden! Paint your walls white in order to bring out the vibrant color of flowers.
This idea might sound out-of-the-box, but can be perfect if an unconventional wall is what you want for your bedroom. A step is built on the wall to accommodate a miniature garden. Now, you can design this garden using flower pots of different sizes, or you can even keep a flower bed with bright and colorful flowers in it. What matters most is that the garden should look attractive and render a fresh feel to your room. However, you should avoid creepers and other hanging plants that reach up to the bed. An interesting twist to this idea can be using artificial flowering plants to create a colorful canopy above your bed.
A Portrait of Yourself! Use light fixtures to add a surreal glow to the photograph on the wall.
If you’re fond of personalized coffee mugs and key chains, then a personalized wall is just right for you! Putting up an enlarged photograph of yourself on your bedroom wall, can be a signature style in itself. Do you have a particular photograph that is really close to your heart? It can be a photograph of you with your spouse, your parents, or your circle of friends. There are many websites that offer to create customized wallpapers for you. Just upload your image in high resolution, provide the dimensions of the wall and voila! Your wallpaper will be delivered to your doorstep!
Beauty in Stripes! Since stripes are dramatic, keep the other elements of the room simple.
If you wish to keep your walls simple yet classy, then stripes are the way to go! You can choose two or more colors that complement each other. The best thing about stripes is that you can use the brightest of hues without going overboard. Also, you can add a touch of metallic shades. What’s more, you get ready-made wallpapers that are easy to put up, and also easy to remove. This gives you the option to change the designs every once in a while. Need more reasons to go for stripes? Well, horizontal stripes make your room appear more spacious, while vertical stripes make the walls appear taller than they actually are!
Wall Design Ideas for Kids’ Bedrooms
Animal Kingdom! Use bright upholstery and bedding to complement this fun theme.
Is there an animal your kid is fascinated with? Well then, this very animal can be your inspiration for wall décor! What’s more, there’s no end to the range of possible designs. For starters, you can get colorful animal stickers, or use stencils to draw outlines of lions, tigers, birds, fish, and other animals. Parrots, cute kittens, penguins, elephants, giraffes, and tigers, can make great subjects for wall art. If you wish to make things a little more interesting, you can take scenes from children’s stories, such as the ‘Aesop’s Fables’, and depict them on the walls. Even cartoon animals can add an element of fun to your kids’ bedroom.
Clouds in the Sky! To keep the look natural, use shades of blue and other pastel shades on the walls.
If you’re looking for cool, soothing designs for the walls of your kids’ bedroom, then go for one that has clouds floating on a clear blue sky. You can get cloud wall decals and stick them on, or use stencils to draw cloud shapes and then paint them white. If you wish to be a little more creative, you can place birds, airplanes, parachutes, etc., around the clouds. You can even cut out colorful paper in the shape of water droplets, and stick them below the clouds to create the effect of rainfall! You can use a yellow clock creatively to represent the sun. Similarly, you can use elements of home décor to add to the effect of the wall art.
Butterflies Aflutter! The room’s decor should complement the cheerful and free spirit of the butterfly.
Whenever we look at a butterfly, words like beauty and grace come to our mind. So, a butterfly wall art can be the perfect one for your little angel’s bedroom. Butterfly motifs can be amply used to lend a pretty look to the room. Instead of pink butterflies, you can also have an array of multi-colored butterflies, all scattered on a white background. Another great idea is to place a single large butterfly motif in the center of the wall, its wings splashed with the colors of the rainbow. No matter which way you intend to use it, the butterfly design is sure to lend a soft charm to the room.
Twinkling Stars! The wall color should be such that the stars appear bright, and don’t lose their shine.
Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are … ” Every child’s fascination with those twinkling objects in the sky, perhaps begins with these lines. There are many ways in which you can incorporate stars in your wall design, to add a touch of sparkle to your kid’s room. You can either use silver stars on a dark wall to create a replica of the night sky, or scatter multi-colored stars to bring in a splash of color. An interesting idea is to look for a beautiful quote on stars, pen it on the wall using a beautiful font, and then place cute little star decals around it. Stars are also associated with magic, so you can paint the silhouette of a fairy with stars emerging from her magic wand!
The Family of the Sun! You may need to replace educational decals, so choose a neutral colored decor.
If stars can add life to your little one’s room, how can planets be far behind? In the image given alongside, a panel depicting the solar system is placed above the bed. While this is just a simple illustration, you can go all the way and get a 3D wall decal that will bring the solar system (asteroids and meteors included!) right to your room! Not only will it look grand, but also help your kid(s) visualize the position of the planets, their increasing distance from the sun, and other important facts. It will also instill in your kid, a love for the subject. Can it get better than this?
Your name! This idea can go with any theme. You needn’t worry about the decor.
What’s the easiest way to add an instant touch of personalization to the walls? Well, it is by writing your name on it! And the various styles that you can use, further adds to the fun factor. Ask your little one to choose a font he/she loves, and also a color. Once you have the name neatly placed on the wall, you can add smiling emoticons, stars, butterflies, flowers, fairies, etc., around it to make it appear prettier. You can even ask your kids to write their names in their own handwriting!
Wall designs are the simplest, easiest, and the most cost-effective ways to add that sparkle to your bedroom décor. If you are imaginative enough, then think of your bedroom wall as a canvas, and go ahead and paint it. I’m sure it will turn out to be exciting and full of fun. After all, decorating your bedroom may be a creative task, but not a tough one to accomplish!