4 Ways to Use Wallpaper in Your Bathroom

bathroom wallpaper Although wallpaper is quite popular in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms it’s only recently that it’s become used in bathrooms.  Part of the reason for this is the improvement of wallpaper adhesives and the advent of splashproof papers. So if you’re looking for a unique feature in your bathroom, you might want to consider the addition of some wallpaper.  To help you with your decisions we’ve come up with an article that goes over four ways to use wallpaper in your bathroom.

 

Half Baths

Half baths are the perfect place for bathroom wallpapering.  Since there’s no bath tub or shower you don’t have to worry about excess moisture and humidity causing havoc with your installation.  Small rooms such as these are also conducive to large, bold designs and there won’t be any problems if you want to do up all the walls.

His And Hers Sinks

If you have a double vanity in your bathroom, this is a great place to add some wallpaper.  You’ll obviously have some space in the bathroom if it’s able to contain double sinks, so it should be far enough away from the shower or tub to prevent any moisture problems.  Choose a wallpaper that will complement the mirrors and sink fixtures.

Accent Walls And Borders

You can use wallpaper on a single wall in your bathroom to create an accentuated feature wall.  You can simply opt for a different colour than the rest of the walls, but because wallpaper gives you such a large range of designs and textures you may as well use this to your advantage.  Go for something that will boldly break up the impression created by the other walls. You can also use wallpaper to create borders around a mirror or door or along the edge between the wall and ceiling.

Wallpaper Artwork

If you come across a wallpaper design that really appeals to you but have moisture or humidity problems that would cause problems with wallpapering your bathroom, consider putting a sheet into a frame and hanging it up like a piece of artwork.

How to Use Medallions to Cover Ceiling Holes

ceiling medallion A medallion is decorative piece that’s used to cover the ceiling box where a light fixture is attached.  If you’re replacing your light fixture you may find a large hole or mismatched paint that’s not quite covered by by the new piece.  This is where a ceiling medallion can come in handy.  In this article we go over how to use medallions to cover ceiling holes.

Types of Medallions

Medallions first became popular in the 19th century in upper class homes.  Quite often they were made of wood, plaster or paper mache.  These days medallions can be found in all kinds of homes and they’re typically made of polyurethane foam.  Because they’re now mass produced instead of handcrafted they’ve become affordable for everyone.  You can get them to match the paint scheme of your room, but they’re also available in metallic coatings that make them look like brass or other metals.

Choosing A Medallion

Choosing the right medallion comes down to getting the right size and the right style.  You want the medallion to be large enough to cover the hole in the ceiling, but you don’t want it to be so large that it dominates the entire room.  A rule of thumb used by home decorators to find the right size of medallion is to divide the square footage of the room by seven, which will give the appropriate diameter for a medallion.  For rooms with a lot of trim, you can go larger, whereas in rooms that are more plain, you’ll want to stay smaller.  Similarly, use the trim in the rest of the room as a guide as to what type of medallion to install.

Medallion Installation

Make sure to turn off the circuit breaker that controls the electricity in the room before installing a medallion.  From there you’ll be able to remove the light fixture.  With modern medallions made of polyurethane foam, all you need is some adhesive caulking and some finishing screws to keep it in place.  Make sure to clean the area first and check to make sure the threaded bolt

5 Reasons to Add a Fireplace to Your Home

fireplace homeIf you’re building a new home or if you’re looking at improving or redecorating your existing home, you might be considering installing a fireplace.  We think that’s a great idea!  To help you with your decision we’ve come up with a list of five reasons to add a fireplace to your home.

Price

Installing a fireplace probably isn’t as expensive as you think it might be.  There are several different styles of fireplaces that lend themselves to different installation situations.  If you’re starting from the ground up you can add any type of fireplace to your plans with relative ease.  If you’ve got limited space you can still install something that’s affordable and great looking.

Aesthetics

There’s nothing like sitting in front of a warm fire on a chilly evening.  A fireplace becomes a focal point, a gathering place and an entertainment piece all in one.  If you’re looking to create a special ambience in your house there’s nothing like a fireplace to make it so.  And although it’s extra special during holidays and when guests are visiting, a fireplace is a year round appliance.

Heat

Installing a fireplace can significantly bring down your heating costs.  Adding a wood burning stove designed to provide the maximum amount of heat will decrease your reliance on gas and electricity.  Consider installing it in a place in your house that’s consistently cold or alternatively place it in the room that you use most often.  A well positioned fireplace can significantly reduce the workload of your furnace and central heating system.

Property Value

Fireplaces are an attractive bonus to prospective home buyers. Having one in your house will most definitely increase your property value.  A fireplace not only adds elegance to a house, it allows a prospective buyer to foresee savings on future heating bills.  In general, houses with fireplaces will sell for more compared to similar dwellings without.

Choice

As mentioned in the first point of this article, there are many different types of fireplaces available these days.  If you’re not the type to enjoy chopping wood you might benefit from a gas fireplace.  Maybe an electric fireplace would suit your home better.  If you have the belief that all fireplaces are dirty and sooty, it’s time to see what today’s market offers – you might be very surprised. 

 

 

Can Crown Molding Increase the Value of Your Home?

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Real estate agents will have a huge variety of opinions when it comes to getting the best price for your house.  They may suggest professional stagers, a new front door or simply mowing the lawn. Another simple modification that can add to the appeal of your house is the installation of crown molding.  Can crown molding increase the value of your house? If done properly it can definitely make your home look more expensive. To find out more about how you can use crown molding to your advantage, read on.

Choosing The Right Style

Crown molding comes in a huge variety of styles.  Picking the one that suits your house best will play an important role in raising the value of your property.  Choosing a crown molding that remains consistent with the rest of the architecture of your house is of the utmost importance.  It makes no sense to install highly ornate crown molding in a house with a modern interior. Similarly, if your house has highly detailed flourishes you’ll want a crown molding that coordinates and accentuates.  Consider the room sizes, decoration and construction when choosing the style of crown molding you’re going to install.

Get It Properly Installed

There’s not much that can ruin the look of a room more than poorly installed crown molding.  Because of the angles that need to be worked around, it’s not as simple a job as it may appear.  The ability to measure properly, cut accurately and deal with slight variations in straightness are skills that may not be found in every DIYer.  Hiring experienced professionals can save a lot of headache while resulting in a great looking room.

Professional Painting

A bad paint job can ruin the effectiveness of crown molding just as easily as poor installation.  Not only do choices such as paint colour and sheen play an important role in a good looking room, having the paint applied correctly is incredibly important.  If you want your new crown molding to create the desired effect, make sure to employ experienced painters.

Top 2019 Wallpaper Trends

wallpaperSimilar to trends in fashion and music, interior decorating also goes through cycles. Wallpaper trends are especially interesting because unlike fashion and music, they can’t really change every season. People aren’t going to replace their wallpaper every year. So when trends do change it becomes quite noticeable. In that regard, here’s our tips for the top 2019 wallpaper trends.

Natural Materials

Using wallpaper to mimic a natural stone, brick or wood wall is a cheaper and less permanent way of achieving the same effect. Natural materials such as rock and wood lend an air of warmth and ease. Many of the prints available these days are completely indiscernible from the real thing until you actually go up and touch them.

Animal Prints

Animal prints are no longer the sole domain of flamboyant fashionistas. They’ve become acceptable for yours walls as well. There’s a wide range of prints to choose from including zebra, cheetah, tiger and more. If you’re looking for something modern and cutting edge, look to the jungles for inspiration.

Floral Patterns

Staying with the natural, floral patterns aren’t anything new, but they fit in well with the world’s greater understanding of environmental issues. Colours can be natural, but they can also be somewhat more daring with black, white or metallic prints.

Geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns are another classic which is back in vogue. Symmetrical patterns invoke a sense of order and sophistication. Geometric patterns work especially well in smaller spaces and can also be used on the ceiling for an added effect.

3D Patterns

If you’re looking for a modern twist on wallpaper, take a look at the 3D patterns available today. They add some texture to the room while drawing the eye to the the edges of the area. Find a 3D design as dazzling or as understated as you need it to be.

Murals

With the advent of computer programs that allow large prints to be made from any photograph, people are customizing their places with murals that appeal directly to their own personality. No longer do you have to pick a design or motif off the rack, you can simply pull it from your own camera roll.

How to Choose a Gas or Electric Fireplace

Gas or Electric FireplaceSome people add a fireplace to their home to create a certain sense of ambience.  Others install a fireplace specifically to warm the room up. If you’re not interested in chopping wood to keep your fireplace roaring, you’ll have to choose between gas or electric.  In this article we’ll go over various aspects to consider when deciding how to choose a gas or electric fireplace.

Got Flame?

The main difference between a electric and gas fireplaces is the flame.  Gas fireplaces have a real flame whereas electric fireplaces do not. For some people, not having a real flame is a dealbreaker.  For others, not having a flame can be a positive. If you have young children or pets, having an open flame might not be the safest thing to have around.  

Installation

An electric fireplace is going to be much easier to install compared with a gas fireplace.  All you really need to do is plug it in and you’ll be ready to go. A gas fireplace, on the other hand, will likely require an experienced technician to set it up.  Making sure gas connections are properly fitted shouldn’t be left up to someone without experience. Another factor you’ll need to consider is whether you’ll need to create a chimney.  An electric fireplace won’t require access to a chimney whereas a regular gas fireplace will. That said, there are vent-free fireplaces that don’t require a chimney, although they’re not legal in many areas.  Make sure to check your local regulations if looking into a vent-free fireplace.

Cost

Generally speaking electrical fireplaces are cheaper to install than gas fireplaces.  And they’re also cheaper to run as well. You’ll find the cost of running an electrical fireplace to be about half that of its gas counterpart.

Functional Or Fashionable?

If you’re looking to warm up the room, both electrical and gas fireplaces will do the job.  However, if you just want the ambience of a fireplace without adding heat to the room, an electrical fireplace will be the right choice for you.  Most electrical fireplaces have a switch that allow them to be used without generating heat. You’ll be able to enjoy sitting in front of a fire on a warm summer evening without even breaking a sweat.

 

Tips for Finding the Right Ceiling Medallion

Ceiling Medallion

Ceiling medallions are decorative components that serve as a transition between the light fixture and the ceiling.  They often come in a round shape, hence the name “medallion,” but can also come in a wide variety of other shapes and styles as well.  Ceiling medallions are typically purely decorative, but they can also function as a cover for the the light fixture’s electrical box.  Deciding on a ceiling medallion may not be easy if you don’t know what you’re looking for.  For that reason, we’ve produced an article to give you tips for finding the right ceiling medallion.

History

Ceiling medallions became popular in Victorian homes in the 1800s.  As they were typically custom made of paper mache, plaster or wood, they were more popular with the upper classes.  They could add elegance to the ceiling, focus the eye on a fancy chandelier or lighting fixture and generally add a sense of sophistication to the room.  As time has gone on, ceiling medallions came to be mass produced and constructed of much cheaper materials such as polyurethane foam.

Size

Before worrying about all the decorative motifs that are available in the ceiling medallion world, get an idea of what size will work best for your room and light fixture.  You want a piece that’s proportionate with the ceiling, complements the fixture and doesn’t end up becoming the focal point of the room itself.  One equation that’s used by many interior designers is to divide the square footage of the ceiling by 7 giving you the size of ceiling medallion that should fit the room properly.  Of course this isn’t an immutable law, but it will give you a good starting point.

Style

Because many ceiling medallions are now mass produced, there’s a huge range of styles and designs that are very affordable.  But that doesn’t mean you should buy the gaudiest one you can find or afford.  Take a look at the other features of your room.  If you already have crown moulding, baseboards or other trim in the room, your ceiling medallion should match those pieces.  Also take into consideration your lighting fixture, furniture and flooring to try to get something that complements these items.

3 Crown Moulding Ideas for Your Home

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Crown moulding can be used to quickly and easily accessorize areas of your home that would require a full renovation to attain similar results. With the proper tools it’s quite easy to install while lending a feel of classic styling to the room. That said, maintaining consistency when it comes to crown moulding is important. Homes that have crown moulding also typically have other types of trim work such as baseboards and wainscotting. In this article we’ll go over three crown moulding ideas for your home. (more…)