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How to Decorate Your Room for Free

by Administrator

For most people, the bedroom is more than simply a place to sleep at night. Redecorating your bedroom can help create an environment that is relaxing, reflects your personality, and even provide a better night's rest. Adding recycled pieces or simple DIY flourishes can help transform your room to fit your needs. You can also incorporate elements of Feng Sui to convert your room into a sanctuary.

Part 1. Planning and Reorganizing

1. Make a 2-dimensional floor plan of your room and furniture. Use a tape measure to measure the dimensions of your room (length and width). On a piece of graphing paper, draw a scale image of room where 3 grid squares = 4 inches or 1/3rd of a foot.

  • Include in your floor plan the location and size of doors, windows, closets, fireplaces, etc.
  • Make scale drawings of furniture on a separate piece of paper. Measure the length and width of any large pieces of furniture (e.g. bed, dresser, couch).
  • Cut these out and rearrange them in your drawing to see how much space you have to work with.
  • Carry this plan and furniture cut-outs with you if go shopping or "dumpster diving", so you know if you have enough space for something before bringing it home.

2. Make a list of design ideas. In a search engine such as Google or Bing, type in "easy bedroom decorating ideas" or "cheap bedroom diy".

  • Before starting a project you find online, write-out the instructions and compile a list of materials, including tools.
  • Gather together any tools or materials you need before beginning your project.

3. Clean your room. Create more space and reorganize by getting rid of anything that is unnecessary or outdated.

  • Clean out and organize your closet, under your bed, and other places in your room where stuff has accumulated.
  • Donate any furniture, clothing, or electronics that are in good condition. A good rule of thumb is to donate or throw out anything you haven't worn or used in the past year.

4. Rearrange or add furniture. Create more space in your bedroom by moving your bed against the wall or place a comfortable chair next to the window to make a comfy reading nook.

  • You want everything currently in your bedroom to fit comfortably before adding anything new, especially if you have a small bedroom.
  • Add a bed skirt so you can store things under your bed without them being seen.
  • Switch-out a bedside table with one that has drawers for storage or several shelves to hold books.

5. Maximize the storage potential of your bedroom. Create additional space by installing extra shelving in your closet or purchasing a combination of plastic and decorative storage bins.

  • Attach hooks or shoe bags to the back of doors.
  • Use the vertical space in your closet to install high shelves as a space to store out-of-season clothes and accessories.
  • Decide what you want to place in each storage bin and label it. Use these labels to avoid throwing anything in a bin that does not belong. This will help you stay organized.
  • Arrange storage bins on a shelf or the bottom shelf of a bookcase for easy access. If the bin is in a visible location, use a decorative canvas bin or wicker basket.

6. Rearrange your bedroom according to the principles of Feng Sui. Your bed should be raised off the floor and if possible, avoid placing it in an area that receives direct sunlight during the day.

  • Do not place mirrors opposite your bed.
  • Stimulate your other senses by adding lightly scented candles or spraying diluted essential oils. Lavender has been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure.

7. Create a more relaxing space. Replace any light bulbs that emit a bluish light with soft white LED bulbs. Blue light stimulates brain activity and may make it more difficult to fall asleep.

  • Look through your house for lamps that have LED soft white bulbs and swap them with bulbs from your bedroom. Most interior lamps use 40- or 60-watt bulbs, but check first before exchanging a light bulb from another lamp.
  • Incorporate warm, bright colors as accessories (lamps, vases, pillows, etc.), but do not make them the dominate color in your bedroom.
Part 2. Decorating with Re-purposed or Recycled Items

1. Find free things. Find a freecycle network within your area or ask friends and relatives for old unwanted items.

  • Look for furniture made from real wood that can be refinished.
  • Unless it is in good condition, avoid second-hand plywood, particle board, or laminate furniture. While these surfaces can be cleaned and repainted. refinishing techniques such as sanding or sawing can release airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde.

2. Go to garage sales. Check your local newspaper or Craigslist for garage sales in or near your neighborhood.

  • You are more likely to find things for free if you go later in the day, preferably after 12:00 p.m

3. Ask for old swatch books at the wallpaper store. Use recycled wallpaper to decoupage old lamps, vases, or furniture for free.

  • You can also use wallpaper to line shelves or the bottoms of drawers.

4. Move furniture and art from other places in the house for a fun change. For example, move a bookshelf from the living room to your bedroom.

  • Look for design inspiration in your own house. Use a painting, decorative pillow, piece of clothing, or floor rug as the basis for a new design theme or color palette in your room.
  • Ask permission from housemates before moving anything.
Part 3. Making Your Own Bedroom Accessories

1. Make your own throw pillows. Throw pillows make a great accent piece and can add color. However, store bought pillows are often expensive. While having sewing skills or access to a sewing machine are helpful, they are not necessary.

  • Make a 'no sew pillow' by using two pieces of felt that are the same. Place the felt pieces together and use scissors to cut 2 inch wide by 5 inch long strips along the edges. Leave a square at each corner. Tie the strips together around an insert pillow or cotton batting.
  • Use two t-shirts that hold sentimental value, but don't fit anymore to make a pillow. Cut-out a square or rectangular piece (depending on what shape and size you want your pillow) from each shirt. Place the two pieces together and sew together three of the four sides. Stuff with cotton batting or even other t-shirts before sewing the final edge.
  • You can also stuff a pillow with fabric scraps or use an old pillow as an insert pillow.

2. Make your own curtains. Drape fabric over the top and down the side of a curtain rod and then slide a valance or swag over the rod.

  • If you live in an area with a lot of light-pollution from streetlights, signs, car headlights, etc., you might want to use darker fabric to block outside light.Too much light exposure at dusk or at night can disrupt your body's natural sleep-wake cycle, known as its circadian rhythm.
  • Make your own curtain rings. Attach your curtains to the rod by tying hooks with fabric, rope, or ribbon. You can also dress-up cheap curtain wrings by wrapping them in different colored fabric.
  • Use a bed sheet to make a curtain ruffle that can be sewed onto the top or bottom of your curtains.
  • Use inexpensive small hooks, pegs or doorknobs to "hang" or tie curtains off to the side.

3. Make your own flower arrangement. Search garage sales, flea markets, and second-hand shops for silk flowers, or cut and dry real flowers.

  • Make an arrangement of dried grasses and wildflowers found along the roadside.Cut the flower and at least 8 inches of stem when they are in peak-bloom. Remove any leaves along the stem. Tie the flowers together with a piece of twine and hang them upside down in a dark, cool, dry place until completely dry, about 2-3 weeks.

4. Make a jewelry tree for your dresser. Arrange several dry branches in a vase. Fill the vase with pebbles for stability. Decorate the tree by draping earrings, necklaces and bracelets over the branches.

5. Hang some of your drawings, paintings or old calendar pictures on the walls. They don't necessarily need a frame. Attach them to the wall with a couple of common pins or mount them with poster board or foam board.

6. Experiment with DIY design ideas. Make a decorative mat or bureau scarf.

  • Stylize a plain lampshade by wrapping it in metallic ribbon, wrap it in gauzy fabric, or cover it in old maps or pages from your favorite book.
  • Make a mobile of odds and ends to hang from the ceiling. Attach old keys or origami birds with string to a metal coat hanger. This adds a fun, whimsical atmosphere to the room.

Tips

  • Turn on your favorite music and renew your spirit along with your room. Music can change a room's atmosphere completely without any need for redecoration.
  • Planning is the most important first step for any redecorating or DIY project.
  • Select a theme or color scheme and stick to it. This will help you stick to your budget by preventing you from buying anything that does not 'go'.
  • Spray paint any mismatched furniture to match your room's décor.
  • Turn a wall into a chalkboard by painting it with chalkboard paint, or designate one wall as an art wall and paint what ever you want.
  • Minimize damage to walls when hanging pictures or posters by using blue sticky tack or reusable adhesive hooks. You can also buy an inexpensive picture or mirror hanging kit from a hardware store.
  • Turn a twin bed into a daybed by pushing it against the wall and placing pillows along the back edge.
  • Keep your room feeling fresh by washing bed sheets and pillow cases at least once a week.
  • Make a wall collage using photos, posters and anything cute.

Warnings

  • Always let someone else use a nail and hammer if you're inexperienced. Throbbing thumbs or cracked walls certainly don't add much to a room.
  • Be careful moving furniture. Ask for help if you think you may need it. Strained backs or broken toes are never fun.
  • Refrain from using power tools unless you have received proper training or obtain guidance from someone who is experience. Always wear a face mask when stripping old paint or sanding furniture.




How to Decorate for a Baby Shower

by Administrator

A baby shower is a fun way to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a new baby, which is usually organized and hosted by a female friend or family member of the mother-to-be. When it comes to decorating for the event there are so many fun options, each more adorable than the last. To plan the perfect décor for a baby shower, all you need is some time and creativity! Start with Step 1 below for some helpful decorating ideas, suggestions and tips for a unique and memorable baby shower!

Method 1. Making a Plan

1. Decide on the location of the shower. Before you begin planning, it is necessary to decide on the location of the shower. Knowing how much space is available and what facilities you have to work with will help you to plan your décor.

  • Showers are often held at the mother-to-be's house, as this makes thing more convenient and comfortable for her (especially if she is heavily pregnant). This leaves you plenty of decorating opportunities, but you may need to discuss your ideas with the mother-to-be and her partner - especially if you plan on doing anything crazy!
  • If you are hosting the baby shower in a restaurant, be aware that some restaurants will put a limit on how far you can go with decorating or rearranging the furniture, so make sure to speak with the restaurant manager before you make plans.

2. Choose a theme. Having a theme for the baby shower can help you to focus your ideas and make your décor look professional and well thought-out. What theme you choose is completely up to you, but here are some ideas:

  • Jungle theme: A jungle or safari theme is popular for baby showers, where the room is decorated in a mixture of greens and yellows and stuffed lions, monkeys and elephants are used to decorate.
  • Movie theme: Pick the mother-to-be's favorite childhood movie and use it as the theme of the party. For example, a "Wizard of Oz" themed party could have a "yellow-brick road" leading to the party room, which could be decorated in green for the Emerald City. You could even present the expecting mother with comfy ruby slippers upon her arrival!
  • Carnival/circus theme: A carnival or circus theme could be decorated with bright colors, have popcorn and candy-floss makers and have games like ring toss and rubber duck races.

3. Pick a color scheme. If a theme seems like too much effort you could simply choose a color scheme for your décor.

  • Staying within a particular color scheme can help to focus your party planning, making it easy to pick the color of decorations, from table clothes and napkins, to flowers and candles, to cakes and confetti.
  • You could go with a classic theme of "It's a boy!" or "It's a girl", where you turn the room into an explosion of pink or blue. Some mothers-to-be will like this traditional approach, while others might prefer something a bit different.
  • If this is the case (or the sex of the baby is unknown) go for a more gender neutral color like yellow or green, or decorate with an even mixture of pink and blue.
  • Going with an all-white theme is another very classy option, perfect for outdoor garden parties or understated restaurants.
  • You could also consider matching the color scheme of the shower with the color scheme in the expected baby's bedroom.

4. Plan your budget. The next thing you have to consider is your budget, as this will dictate (to an extent) how elaborate you can afford to be with your decorations.

  • Make sure to take everything into account - food, drinks, gifts, party favors, balloons, games - the more detailed your budget is, the lower the chance of overspending.
  • When shopping for decorations, make sure to shop around. There can be a huge variation in the price of baby shower decorations, depending on where you buy. Look in party supply stores, dollar stores and online before you make a final decision.
  • Think about where you can save money - borrow any cake stands, candle holders or other tableware from friends and family - maybe your grandmother has an old china tea set you could use for an English tea party theme?
  • Or if you're particularly crafty, you could consider making some of the decorations yourself. You could knit some baby booties, crochet a baby blanket or make a photo collage from pictures of the mother and father-to-be as babies.
  • Even if you're on a tight budget, you can still host an amazing baby shower -- you just need to be a little thrifty by shopping around, making and borrowing!

5. Give yourself time. All of this planning and preparation takes time - so make sure to start getting organized well in advance of the day itself. The last thing you want is to stress yourself out by leaving everything until the last minute.

  • Being disorganized will only lead to stress-shopping, where you will inevitably spend a lot more money than you originally intended. You may also have difficulty finding the things you need at the last minute, which could throw the entire theme of the party off.
  • You should also be sure to leave yourself enough time on the day of the party itself. Get to the location well in advance of the starting time. If you're hosting at the mother-to-be's house, try to make sure she's out of the house or at least stays in another room.
  • Consider the possibility that you may need to vacuum, dust, mop and clean bathrooms (or hire somebody else to do it) before the event, as you don't want the mother-to-be stressing about having a clean house.
Part 2. Decorating the Room

1. Start outside. Aside from the room the party is being held in, you should consider decorating the outside of the house (or restaurant, if possible) to mark the location of the baby shower for guests and to get the party atmosphere started from the get-go.

.Make a cute picket sign that says something like "This Way to Baby Shower!", "Ashley's Baby Shower" or even "It's a Boy/Girl!".

.Place bunches of colored helium balloons (fitting with the theme of your party) around the sign, or at the front door.

.Hang door banners above the front door and the door leading to the party. You can get personalized ones with the mother's name (or the baby's, if she has chosen it) at your local gift shop.

2. Place the guestbook and gift table beside the door. Beside the entrance to the party you will need two things - a baby shower guestbook and a table for gifts.

  • The baby shower guestbook (which can be a special store-bought one or just a cute notebook) is an important feature of the party. In it, each guest can write their best wishes for the mother-to-be and her baby, along with any parenting tips or funny anecdotes about their own experiences as mothers.
  • Place the guestbook, along with some nice writing pens, on a small table just inside the door. Leave it propped open so guests can easily see what it's for (or maybe even make a little sign to explain).
  • Cover the table with a nice cloth and decorate it with baby shower confetti, a vase of flowers, a hurricane with floating candles, some baby toys or whatever fits the theme of the party.
  • You will also need a separate, larger table where guests can set their gifts down as soon as they walk in the door. You can decorate this table as you see fit - just make sure there will still be enough room for the gifts.
  • As an alternative to the gift table, you could place a crib or baby stroller beside the door for guests to place their gifts in instead. The crib or stroller could be borrowed from somebody else, or be a gift to the mother-to-be itself.

3. Decorate the walls and ceiling. The walls and ceiling are the next thing you'll need to think about. Things like streamers, wall hangings and mobiles can really transform the look of the room and make the baby shower extra special.

  • Themed baby shower streamers are available from most party supply stores, in a vast array of colors and designs. Alternatively, you could make your own flag garland from scraps of colored or patterned fabric, for a more personal, traditional touch.
  • Another very cute idea is to hang a clothesline from one side of the room to the other and use safety pins or old-fashioned clothes pegs to hang baby clothes such as baby grows, booties, socks and bibs.
  • Another option is to hang mobiles from the ceiling - these can be actual baby mobiles, or paper ones in the shape of flowers, hearts or baby accessories like rattles, baby bottles and pacifiers.
  • For the walls, you can hang more banners or flag garlands, put up framed photographs of the mother and father-to-be as babies, or hang posters related to your theme, such as stills from specific films (for movie themes), or images of baby animals (for jungle themes).
  • Another great idea is to hang swathes of tulle along the walls, from floor to ceiling. This creates a pretty, almost ethereal effect which transforms the entire room. Stringing fairy lights across the tulle will add to this effect even more.

4. Make the table the central focus. The table is the centerpiece of the entire shower, so you should put special effort into making it look good.

  • Make sure the table is large enough to comfortably seat all of the guests and cover it with a nice tablecloth and possibly a table runner in a contrasting color. Sprinkle baby shower confetti over the tablecloth.
  • Lay any pre-prepared cakes and desserts out on the table, buffet style. Use pretty tiered cake stands to display any cakes, scones, muffins or other treats. A layered cupcake stand filled with frosted cupcakes makes a great centerpiece.
  • Aside from the food, you can decorate the table with flowers and votive candles. The flowers can be elaborate arrangements from the florist's or simple but beautiful cuttings from the garden, depending on the theme of the party and the time of year.
  • If you are serving hot food at the party, one cute idea is to place any necessary condiments, such as mustard, mayonnaise or salad dressing, in baby bottles. Just cut the tops of the teats for easier pouring.
  • Make sure you have enough plates, knives, forks, spoons, glasses and napkins. Polish the silverware if necessary.Then you can either formally set the table, or stack everything to one side until needed.

5. Ensure that the mother-to-be's chair is special. As the mother-to-be is the guest of honor, it is important to place her at the head (or center) of the table and to ensure that she is comfortable.

  • Put her in a larger, more comfortable chair -- preferably one that reclines or has a footstool -- and provide her with as many cushions or pillows as she needs. She will really appreciate this, especially if she is heavily pregnant.
  • Decorate the chair by tying ribbons or streamers around the legs and by attaching some helium balloons to the armrests. If you like, you can throw a baby blanket over the back of the chair.
  • One thing that is frequently done at baby showers is to hang or stand an open umbrella above the mother-to-be's chair. Then blue streamers or ribbons are attached to the edges of the umbrella to make "rain". It is a baby "shower" after all!
Part 3. Adding the Finishing Touches

1. Create the right atmosphere. In addition to the visual effect of the decorations, it's important to create a good atmosphere through sound and smell.

  • Soft, soothing music is usually best for a baby shower. Classical music is always a good option, though certain types of country music can also work. You can even buy or download CD's containing music specifically chosen for baby showers on Amazon.
  • However, you could also match the music to the theme of the shower. For example, you could play the soundtrack from a movie for a movie-themed shower. Or instead of music you could play sound effects, such as animal sounds for a jungle themed part or the sound of waves and seagulls for a beach themed part.
  • You can create pleasant smells by burning scented candles or incense, or using oil-based diffusers or air-fresheners. Again, try to match the scent to theme of the party, whether it's the smell of exotic flowers, the seaside breeze or freshly washed cotton sheets.

2. Make cute party favors. Party favors are small gifts you can send home with your guests to thank them for coming. These gifts can be anything you like, though how fancy/expensive they are will depend on your budget and how many guests will be attending the shower.

  • If you're looking for a more personalized, DIY approach to party favors, you should start collecting mason jars before the shower. Then you can fill each jar with a selection of chocolates (preferably ones that are wrapped in pink or blue foil), wrap a colored ribbon around the lid and attach a label with the guest's name written in calligraphy or cursive script.
  • As an alternative to chocolates, you could fill the mason jars with colored bath salts. This makes a nice gift, but the jars will also look pretty laid out on the table during the shower.
  • Another idea is to get each guest a fancy bar of soap, wrap a ribbon around it and attach a note that says "From our shower to yours". This is a cute play on the word "shower" which is sure to have guests oohing and aahing in appreciation.

3. Decorate with toys. A nice way to add to the baby-centric theme of the party is to decorate the room with toys and other baby accessories.

  • Scatter things like rattles, plastic keys, bottles and sippy cups, pacifiers and teething rings around the room. Not only will these look cute, the mother-to-be will also find them extremely useful once her baby finally arrives.
  • You could also use things like alphabet building blocks, train sets, teddy bears and dolls, which the baby will appreciate once he or she gets a bit older!

4. Buy some disposable cameras. When you're busy hosting a baby shower, organizing games, dealing with gifts and making sure everyone has enough to eat and drink, it can be difficult to find the time to take pictures.

  • Therefore, it's a great idea to buy a bunch of disposable cameras and leave them in strategic locations around the room. At the start of the party, tell the guests to feel free to take as many pictures as they like.
  • This is a great way to ensure that all of the guests feature in the photos, while also saving you the trouble of trying to chase everyone down. As people won't be able to delete photos they don't like from these non-digital cameras, you're also sure to end up with some hilarious results!
  • After the shower, you can collect the cameras and have the pictures developed. Pick the best ones and put them in a photo album. Give the photo album to the mother-to-be as a final gift, then she can treasure the memories from her baby shower forever!

5. Don't forget the diaper cake! A classic feature of most baby showers is the diaper cake - a tiered masterpiece made almost entirely from diapers. It's not edible, but it will certainly come in useful when the baby arrives!

  • You can buy very sophisticated looking diaper cakes online, but these can be quite pricey. It's actually pretty to make a diaper cake yourself - all you need are diapers, rubber bands and some decorative ribbons and bows. 
  • Another, similar idea is to create a baby sock bouquet. This is done by rolling up tiny baby socks, attaching a piece of wire and wrapping it in green tissue paper to form a "rose". Like the diaper cake, the baby sock bouquet makes a fun yet functional centerpiece.

Tips

  • If you are having the baby shower at your home, and you have little children, make sure they are mindful of the decorations. If you think they may get in the way, then get an early start the day of the party, and decorate then instead of the night before.




How to Decorate a Kitchen

by Administrator

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a house; it is where meals are cooked and where family converge and hang out. There are many ways to add decorations to a kitchen and make it inviting and warm. Here are some tips on how to decorate yours!

Method 1. Making Small Changes

1. Declutter. If you are like many people, you may be guilty of too many details. Take an honest look at your kitchen. Is it too cluttered? You can easily sidestep this problem by taking a few things away or simply rearranging your storage system to keep the extras from view. A new kitchen may emerge just from this one step.

  • If you have no choice but to display all of your appliances and dishware for a lack of storage, you're going to have to get some! Buy a cart, bring an extra piece in, or invest in some attractive bins and containers.

2. Use color to make it cozy. If you stick to whites like a piece of rice, you risk ending with a kitchen that seems hospital-like and cold. Add a few accent colors that are bright and cheery to make it seem warm, lived in, and loved.

  • Choose certain spots for your color. The seating? The lighting? An area of the countertop? In addition, do not feel pressure to stick to just one -- different hues of the same color work well together -- and remove the pressure to find the exact right tone.

3. Add fresh flowers. Plants and flowers add lively decoration to any room and are good for the environment. Add a functional decoration to your kitchen by creating a window box with fresh herbs, or replace fresh-cut flowers in a kitchen table vase every few days to keep it looking new.

  • Make sure they match your theme! A simplistic, neutral kitchen would benefit nicely from a simple Easter Lily or two while a kitchen with more pizzazz might look better with a bunch of carnations or daisies. What flower fits your kitchen's personality?
  • Herbs are not grown in factories, you know. To kill two birds with one stone, grow them yourself in your kitchen window! What a cute little way to spruce up your kitchen and jazz up your meals.

4. Jazz up your fridge magnets. For those of us that don't have a massive budget to install gold-flecked countertops lined with rubies, a fun way to spruce up your kitchen's ambiance is to spice up your fridge! There are loads of fun choices available that you can cater specifically to your personality.

  • Sometimes it's the little things in life. Buy a whole bunch of magnetic letters and leave your roommate a nice message about how you drank the last diet Coke, or even put magnets on the back of photos from favorite vacations. If it sticks, it's a possibility.

5. Use texture to your advantage. When you have one look going on in your kitchen (probably smooth and flat), it can look one-dimensional and blah. To add an extra zing to your cooking space, work in texture, too.

  • Go for textured containers, textured linens, and textured wall hangings or curtains. A little bit here and there will go a long away against the smoothness of the countertops, the table, and the cabinets.

6. Add unexpected pieces of furniture. Long gone are the days when the kitchen was just the kitchen. Now, the living room is the dining room, the kitchen is the common area, and the dining room could even be for show. While you don't have to embrace the lifestyle, consider jazzing up your kitchen with no-exactly-meant-for-the-kitchen pieces.

  • A china cabinet, armoire, or credenza is a good way to start expanding the look of your kitchen. If you have a great piece, make it the focal point. Voila, instant theme! Add bookshelves, a bench, or other multi-purpose pieces to seal the deal. After all, this is your kitchen.

7. Change the linens. One way to give the whole room a cohesive theme is to choose one pattern for your curtains, tablecloth, and hand towels and create a matching set of linens. The only hard part of this is committing to just one!

8. Switch décor seasonally. Give your kitchen a celebratory feel by changing out linens, curtains, or dishes for special holidays. Rotate these items, which all complement the personality of your kitchen, with the changing seasons to add seasonal colors and elements.

  • This has one extra (albeit teeny) benefit: with the seasons, you can give it a good cleaning. Kitchens are the rooms that get dirtiest, and if you schedule four annual overhauls, your appliances, dishware, and linens will stay good as new.
Method 2. Making Big Changes

1. Create shelving. Since your cabinets are probably stocked to the brim, you'll probably need other methods to house what's left over (the decorative doodads and the like). For this, you have two options:

  • Floating shelves. If you have walls (and you probably do), you can install floating shelves with ease. They will also draw the eye upward, so if your kitchen is small, it will distract from the cramped-ness of the rest of the room.
  • Cubed shelving. This is turning a wall into a series of boxes. They are artistic and utilitarian. For an added touch, decorate each box (or some of the boxes) with different types of shelf paper. Tada, kitchen innovation.

2. Stick with an accent color. A kitchen does not need too much going on, so sticking to black and white and other neutral tones are your best bet. Nevertheless, take that monochrome look and spice it up with a specific accent color. Maybe bright yellow or bright blue? Suddenly, the eyes aren't concerned with the size and immediately focus on your great pieces.

  • Think of accents in your art, towels, and dishware. But remember: it's an accent color. Too much of an accent color makes it an accent color no more. If you overdo it, you'll lose the effect. Stick to 4 or 5 pieces.
  • Three words: Paint. The. Ceiling.

3. Consider losing all your doors. Whether it's cabinets or drawers, think about removing the doors. Sure, this means everything on the inside will need to be organized, but that can easily be overcome with cute storage containers and pretty glass and textured bins. And more opportunities to show off your decorating side!

  • The idea here is that you're opening everything up -- literally. The more open it is, the more room the eye will see. The more room the eye sees, the larger the room will seem.

4. Use mirrors. Just because you're in a kitchen doesn't mean you can't do whatever the heck you want. And since you probably know that mirrors open rooms, why not put one in your kitchen?! It doesn't have to scream "I'm a mirror!" either -- simply place it underneath your cabinetry for a is-it-there-is-it-not-there look.

  • Mirrors (with frames) also make for good trays. Slap some felt on the back and boom -- automatic DIY success.

5. Paint the walls or cabinets. A room's color helps it feel warm or relaxing, so decorate your kitchen by adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls or cabinets. White is a popular choice, but you can opt for a light shade of blue or yellow if an all-white room isn't appealing.

  • Use a variety of neutral tones. While using white, cream, and gray may seem drab, when you mix up various neutral tones, it adds depth and sophistication, while staying classic and simple. Turn boring into brilliant by just using a few shades.
  • Add a focus. Paint three walls one color, and the fourth wall a color that pops. The eye will move to it without even realizing it. If you have a great window or area of the room that's eye-catching, amp it up with a focus color.

6. Add a backsplash. If you are committed to white walls (either against your will or not), you may feel like your kitchen is a little lacking. Get around this by adding a backsplash -- that is a panel behind the sink or stove that protects the wall from splashes. And the panel can be any style you like!

  • It's easiest to stick to a solid color to add an accent, but consider tiles and patterns, too. Tiles can add extra texture to an otherwise smooth wall.
  • If you already have tile, think about buying tile stickers. A super (couldn't be easier) easy way to jazz up that backsplash in seconds.

7. Play around with lighting. You have more options here than you probably realize. Depending on your electrical system, lighting can take on several different sources. Each one can vamp up your kitchen, rejuvenating it with life.

  • Play around with table lamps. Those work on counters, too! It adds a homey, unexpected feel to any area. If you are feeling extra creative, make a "lamp" out of a string of Christmas lights in a clear, glass jar.
  • Put lights in (and under) your cabinets. Not only will your pieces be lit up (and they'll look fantastic), it can serve as dim lighting when the full guns aren't necessary. In other words, romantic and functional.
  • Get a great hanging lamp. Even if you don't have much space, a great hanging lamp with an eccentric drum shade can be so much fun you won't notice anything else. Or get several small ones for more lighting options.
  • Go for sconces. If you don't have room for a big hanging shade or lamps on your countertops, a sconce is an easy way to go. Some are incredibly easy to attach and can provide much more light than their size would allow.

8. Focus on one element at a time. Decorating a kitchen can become overwhelming if you try to change everything at once. Give yourself one decorating project, like painting or buying new dishes, and stay with that project until it's completed. You can move on to others later if you feel your kitchen needs more decorating.

  • This well help you know when to stop and when (and how) to keep going. Sometimes adding a focal point or changing your dishware can put a new twist on your kitchen that may be the small tweak that it needed. Create a priority list of things you want to add/change and slowly move down it as necessary.
Method 3. Choosing a Theme

1. Pick a style for your entire kitchen. The main way most people go wrong with their kitchens is in not choosing a theme. They have a vision here and a vision there (or they pick up knickknacks as they find them) and conflate them together into one hodgepodge of a kitchen. Pick a theme and you've tackled 80% of the battle.

  • It's important that your kitchen decorating be cohesive and make the room look pulled together. Accomplish this by deciding on one theme for your kitchen and choosing decorations that match it. Some home improvement stores have entire sets of kitchen decorations based on themes like country living, French or art deco styles.

2. Go ultra-modern. If you love sleek, shiny things, a super modern kitchen may be your style. Think in harsh angles and blacks, whites, and popping, bright colors. Most metallic, stainless steel, and geometric art pieces would adorn this kitchen. Glass, too!

3. Do a sea theme. A common (but still classy) theme to choose is a sea theme. Whether you live on the ocean or want to bring the ocean to you, this theme is cozy and inviting.

  • Line your shelves with seashells, sailor's gear, and scenes from the beach. Work in elements of tan, cream, and blues. What a great excuse to make a DIY project with rope, netting, and items from the beach!

4. Opt for an earthy theme. If you are fond of dark, warm colors, an earthy, natural, woodsy theme may be more up your alley. Think of dark cabinets, wooden dishware, bowls of potpourri, cherry reds, rich mahoganies, and dark oranges.

5. Go for a colored theme. If an outright themed design is too much for your sensibilities, just go for a color. Hues can line up a kitchen, too! Blue stools, blue dishes, blue cabinet pulls -- everything will be brought together regardless of your items' designs. Just make sure you don't get sick of it!

  • This theme is a bit dangerous. Too much of one tone can be overkill. However, if you do not have the authority to revamp your kitchen (if renting), incorporating color as your theme may be the best way to go.

Tips

  • Remember that any new decorations should still allow your kitchen to be practical and functional. Avoid any large decorative items that will take up space on your counter tops or stove. Opt for wall hangings and hanging decorations that will be out of your way.




How to Decorate Tall Rooms

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Enter a room with high ceilings, and you'll instantly hear "oohs" and "ahhs". The challenge comes with figuring out how to decorate the resulting tall walls and make ceilings a part of the interior design plan. Here are some tips on how to make the most of a vertically spacious room.

1. Create the illusion of the ceiling and walls. Large rooms where the furniture and accessories sit in the bottom half can give off an impersonal, cold mood. Painting your ceiling a richer hue than your walls gives a sense of reducing the overall scale of the space. Deeper shades, such as a rich cocoa in a soft sheen, and an eggshell/pearl, will warm up and balance a large open interior.

  • This is also true when adding texture to your ceiling, which adds design interest as well. You can do this with painting techniques, cork, and tiles. Wooden exposed beams offer a natural warmth to ceilings and a rustic element to your design.

2. Have proper balance. Balance plays an important role in large spaces with high ceilings. Since most furnishings live on the bottom third of a space, with art and accessories in the middle, the top third could use a design element to incorporate the entire space evenly.

3. Hang your lamps. Hanging lamps draw attention upwards while offering an interesting way to distinguish living areas in a large space. A sparkly chandelier adds elegance to a dining space, while a modern pendant can shed light on a cozy living room. With these types of ceiling lighting, you can bring down your ceiling décor to meet the rest of your design.

4. Give the scale special consideration with dimensionally-gifted spaces. Tall walls are best decorated with large, bold pieces that contribute to the balance of the room's décor. A dramatic mirror, gallery of artwork, or floor-to-ceiling library of shelves can make the most of expansive wall space. If your tall walls have windows, consider using curtains to soften the feel, and add pattern or color if needed.





How to Decorate Your Laptop

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Decorating your laptop can be a way to personalize and customize your laptop. Are you tired of looking at your boring laptop cover and want to decorate it with some more imaginative and creative ideas? Using some simple materials that you can purchase at a craft store and might already have around the house, you can make your laptop reflect who you are as a person. When decorating your laptop, be sure to take care to avoid damaging it.

Method 1. Using Decals to Personalize Your Laptop

1. Decide what parts of your laptop you want to decorate. You have a lot of options when it comes to using decals to decorate your laptop. You can decorate the top, the keyboard, or even the touch pad.

  • When sticking anything directly onto your laptop (not the laptop’s protective cover), make sure you are careful to choose decals, skins, and stickers that are meant for that purpose. Stickers meant for this purpose are often made from vinyl.

2. Turn off your laptop, then wipe it down. In order for decals, tape, skins, and stickers to apply smoothly, all of the surfaces on your laptop should be clean. Use water and avoid using surface cleaners.

  • Use a damp, not soaking, towel to wipe down the surfaces to which you will be applying any kind of decoration.
  • Wash your hands to help ensure the laptop stays clean after wiping it down.
  • Use a dry towel after the wipe down to ensure the laptop is completely dry and ready for applying decals.

3. Decorate your keyboard using washi tape. Using washi tape is a popular way to customize your keyboard. Washi tape is a type of decorative masking tape that is safe to apply to your keyboard. It comes in dozens of patterns that you can mix and match. [2]

  • You can buy washi tape at many craft stores. It is also available online from many vendors.
  • Cut strips of tape the size of individual keys, and stick them to the keyboard. You may want to gently write the corresponding letter on the tape. Sometimes washi tape is quite thin. In that case, you might be able to see the lettering through the tape anyway.

4. Decorate your laptop using a skin. Skins cover the entire back (behind the screen) of the laptop with an elaborate image. Skins are great when you want a single, dramatic image.

  • Many websites sell pre-made laptop skins or even allow you to upload your own images to be made into skins.
  • You can also make your own laptop skin by buying sticker paper and printing the image you want onto the sticker paper using your computer’s printer.
  • Apply the skin by by slowly peeling one edge of the skin back and sticking it to one edge of the laptop. Then, slowly peel the back of the skin away a little at a time while smoothing the skin down with a straight edge (a credit card will do the trick).

5. Use individual decals and stickers to customize your laptop. Individual stickers can be used on your laptop to provide personalization and customization. Decals can be purchased from a variety of online stores.

  • Decals are often vinyl. Vinyl decals are easier to remove than ordinary stickers.
  • Remember that stickers that look upside down when the laptop is closed and facing you will look upright to everyone else when the laptop is open.
  • Ordinary stickers may be very difficult to remove, so be sure you want them before you stick them on.
Method 2. Painting Your Laptop Cover

1. Remove the cover from the laptop. Most laptop cases are made of hard plastic. You should remove the cover when painting to avoid painting the laptop itself.

Use painter’s or masking tape to protect any parts of the cover that you don’t want to paint.

2. Prepare your painting area. Lay down newspaper on a hard surface. Use this surface for all your work. Make sure that the surface is completely covered to protect it from the paint.

  • If you do not have any old newspaper lying around, any kind of paper or an old tablecloth will work.
  • Make sure the area is well ventilated and consider using a mask to prevent inhaling any fumes while spray painting. Inhaling fumes from spray paint can be dangerous.
  • Avoid areas with any open flame or extreme heat. Spray paint is flammable!

3. Lightly sand the part of the laptop cover you want to paint. This will give you a better surface for painting. It will also reduce the likelihood of the paint flaking off. Don’t sand too hard. Your goal is to create a slightly rough surface that will better hold paint, but not scratch the surface up completely.

  • Use 100-180 grit sandpaper to prepare plastic for paint.
  • Optionally, coat the case in primer. Primer can help prepare the surface for painting, but is not always necessarily with plastics.

4. Paint your laptop cover using spray paint. Spray paints for plastics are available in a variety of colors at most craft stores. Use the area you have set up previously. Again, be sure that it is well ventilated and away from any open flame.

  • Spray evenly and avoid building up too much paint in any one area. This will help your paint job from appearing blotchy and uneven.
  • Apply two to three coats, letting the cover dry in between coats. Using several coats will help ensure complete coverage.
Method 3. Decorating Your Laptop Cover

1. Create your design. Be creative with your design, but keep in mind that you will be traveling with your laptop. Therefore, you do not want it to become too bulky or to include items that will easily fall off and be left behind.

  • You can use paint, stickers, photos, glitter, sequins, rhinestones, ribbons or fabric to get a laptop cover that is totally unique.
  • Decide if you want to keep the base color the same.
  • Use a piece of paper to sketch out your design.

2. Gather your materials and prepare a work space. After you have decided on a design, make sure that you have everything you need.

  • Some specialized decals and stickers can be purchased directly either in stores or online. You can explore this option too.
  • Otherwise, most common materials can be purchased at any craft store.
  • Lay down newspaper or an old tablecloth to work on to ensure you keep your workspace clean.

3. Arrange anything that will be stuck on your laptop on the cover. This way, you can confirm that you know where everything will go. Move everything around until you are happy with it.

  • Try several different options before settling on one. After you glue things down it is very difficult, if not impossible, to remove them again without damaging the cover.

4. Stick everything to the cover. Stickers can simply be stuck onto the cover. However, much of your design will require glue to permanently attach.

  • Choose a glue that is appropriate for your cover. If you are using a hard plastic cover, use an epoxy. Epoxies work best when gluing to plastic.

5. Varnish your laptop cover. This will help stop any part of the design from falling off and give a nice finish. Once again, make sure the solvent won't damage the material your cover is made from. If you have painted your laptop cover, use a varnish designed for acrylic paint. Varnish is available in liquid and spray forms.

  • The most common and easier varnish is polyurethane.
  • Polyurethane spray can be purchased in craft stores and is much easier than trying to paint the varnish onto a decorated surface.

6. Allow the varnish to dry. After you have finished your layer of varnish, make sure to allow your laptop cover to dry thoroughly before attaching it back to your laptop.

  • Allowing your varnish to dry will help keep everything attached, and prevent any of the glue from getting on the laptop.

Tips

  • Try some removable decals. Decals have a special adhesive that is not very sticky. They will stick but when you want to remove them they remove in a snap. There will be no leftover adhesive on your laptop. You can find these online or at your local craft store.

Warnings

  • Be careful when working with spray paint, it is flammable.
  • When working with epoxy or paint, work in a well ventilated area.
  • Be sure to give your cover time to dry before attaching it to the laptop to ensure no paint or glue gets on the laptop itself.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray paint for plastic

  • Painter's tape

  • Newspaper

  • 100-180 sandpaper

  • Epoxy glue

  • Polyurethane varnish

  • Decorations of your choice.





How to Decorate a Mirror

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Mirrors are beautiful in and of themselves, but they're even more remarkable when they're decorated with a personal touch. To make yours stand out -- or just to match your room -- you'll need to channel your artistic side. You ready?

1. Stencil basic designs onto your mirror. The most simple way to decorate a mirror and take it from basic to amazing is to stencil a design onto the glass. Buy a stencil from your local art store, cover the areas that won't be stenciled with newspaper and tape everything into place, and then use spray paint that's designed for glass to paint your design. You can also use non-traditional stencils, like paper doilies, or reverse stencils, like a leaf.

2. Try a cozy "Alice in Wonderland" theme. You can make an adorable Alice in Wonderland themed mirror with some really basic supplies. Get a doll's tea set and use hot glue to attach a teacup to the edge of the mirror. Next, get a cheap pocket watch and attach Velcro at the back and where you'd like it to be on the mirror (the opposite corner from the teacup works well). Use Modge Podge or another decoupage glue to cover the remainder of the mirror in teabag tags in an artful design that appeals to you. You can tape playing cards to a string and display it like a garland along the bottom of the mirror as well.

3. Create a classy Tuscan look. Use wine corks cut in half to create a frame around the mirror. Then, hot glue fake grape bunches and leaves to the corners or edge of the mirror in a way that you think looks nice. If you can find charms that look like wine bottles, those can also be a nice addition.

4. Go for a natural, foresty look. You can also use natural materials if that would work better for your style. Hot glue together twigs in a woven pattern, or use other material like stones or fake leaves. You can also combine all three to create your own mini forest. Rocks on the bottom, twigs on the sides, and leaves at the top will look like your mirror sprouted up in the middle of a tree!

5. Make a mosaic frame. You can buy mosaic tiles from your local art store or make your own using broken pottery pieces. Use glue or mortar to attach the pieces to your mirror. Just make sure to let it fully set before hanging it and to hang it on something that is strong enough to support the weight if you used mortar.

6. Go for an elegant, feminine look. You can create a mirror fit for a princess. Start by covering the frame in fancy paper using Modge Podge. Then, using hot glue, attach strings of pearls, pink beads, and paper flowers to the paper-covered frame in an artful way.

7. Try a by-the-sea theme. This classic mirror design is easy to get for yourself at home. Buy some rope from your local hardware store and use hot glue to create a frame for the mirror by wrapping the rope around and creating a design. Then you can add other features, like gluing on a dried starfish as a centerpiece at the bottom or top.

8. Try a colorful, fun button design. If you want to bring more color into your home, a button frame mirror is a great way to go. Buy a large batch of random buttons off of ebay or from an antique store and use hot glue to attach them to the edge of the mirror in a design that appeals to you. Try to layer and stagger them to create a feathered effect.

9. Make a Christmas mirror. You can make a mirror that looks great for the holidays with just a few easy items that are found at your local craft store during the holidays. String a few light ornaments on a piece of twine or ribbon and attach the ribbon at the two top corners of the mirror so that the ornaments hang. Surround the edges of the mirror with real or fake Christmas tree branches taped to the wall. You can finish off the look by tying a beautiful red Christmas bow and taping it to the bottom center of the mirror.

10. Got for a sports theme. You can make a perfect mirror for your man's man cave or even just your own room by getting your mirror custom fit to the inside measurement of a tennis racket. Glue it into place and then hang the racket on a wall. Another method would be to spray paint bottle caps with your team's colors and glue them around the outside of the mirror.

11. Try a travel theme. Another easy, timeless theme is a travel theme. This can be customized to match a trip that is significant to you, or be generalized. Use Modge Podge to attach pieces of a map to cover the frame of the mirror. Once it's dry, tack or tape up postcards and artfully distribute stamps around the frame. You can even draw fake passport stamps on the frame for added flair!

Tips

  • Experiment to create your own designs!




How to Decorate Living Room Walls

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A well-decorated living room can make you and your family feel comfortable together while presenting an appealing face to any guests you end up entertaining. Large amounts of empty wall space can make a living room seem bare, though, making wall decorations an important step in finalizing the look of your space. Traditional options, like paintings and shelves, work just as well as more artistic options, such as fabric and mirrors. Simply choose a look which appeals to your own sense of aesthetics.

1. Hang a painting. One of the simplest, most obvious options for living room wall décor is a wall painting. Depending on your budget, you can even consider asking an artistic friend to create something, commission an artist, or settle for a print of previously-created artwork.

  • If you have a young family, consider turning your living room into a kid-friendly space by featuring your kids' artwork on the walls. The pictures will likely add a bright splash of color and your kids will feel proud.

2. Add shelving. Shelves are a simple, inexpensive way to decorate your walls. You can place a variety of object on your shelves, from knick-knacks and photographs to lamps and mementos from family vacations. Line your shelves with objects that say something about your family to give your living room a warm, personal touch.

3. Display a favorite photograph. You can go a standard route by hanging small photographs of loved ones on your wall, or you can make a more dramatic statement by enlarging a single photograph and centering it above a sofa or other large piece of furniture.

4. Paint a glossy stripe along the perimeter of the room. If the walls of your living room are painted with a matte paint, adding a wide, horizontal stripe creates a subtle hint of texture. Choose a glossy paint color that closely matches the matte color already on your wall. Keep the stripe at eye level or higher to maximize the effect.

5. Hang a canvas. Use interior latex paint to paint the canvas a bright color. Select a single large canvas to cover a wide living room wall, or speckle the wall in multiple canvases of varying sizes.

6. Cover an accent wall with fabric. Fabric is a unique alternative to paint or wallpaper, and it gives a wall texture and design. Start by upholstering one wall with it, since covering your entire living room space in fabric may make your space look too busy.

  • Stick with lightweight fabrics, like cotton or linen, since thick fabrics may look too heavy and overbearing.
  • For a less dramatic approach, hang a framed square of fabric on your wall instead of upholstering the wall itself. This option is less expensive and easier to change out.

7. Reflect the light with mirrors. Select one wall, preferably one facing a window. Hang a variety of circular or rectangular mirrors on the wall to capture the light and send it bouncing around the rest of your living room. Your room will look brighter and more inviting, and by selecting mirrors in a variety of shapes and sizes, you can add more character to your wall.

  • Create a subdued version of this technique by hanging polished silver platters or trays on the wall. The silver will still reflect the light, but will not reflect images as well.

8. Transport yourself out of your living room by hanging clocks set to different time zones. If you have loved ones in other cities, or if you simply dream of visiting faraway places, incorporate the sentiment into your living room wall décor by hanging several simple analog clocks in a straight line above your sofa. Set the clocks to whatever time zone your dream destinations lie in, and place a small plaque beneath each clock to identify the city that each respective clock belongs to.

9. Hang plates. Select plates in varying hues, and made of differing materials, to cheaply add both color and texture to your wall. Place the most eye-catching plate in the center to act as a focal point.

10. Line the walls with books. Select sturdy shelves that can handle the weight of books. You can either line these shelves around the perimeter or focus them on a single wall. The books not only act as decoration, but as entertainment, making this an aesthetically-pleasing and practical option.

11. Use frames to add an artistic touch to otherwise ordinary objects. Select a poster, vintage landscape blueprint, fancy calendar, or a greeting card with a nice front design. Fix these objects to the back of the frame. For calendars, remove the front glass so that you can still access the pages.

12. Refurbish ordinary objects by hanging them in shadowboxes. Think along the lines of skeleton keys, plates, vinyl records, and vintage analog clocks. The more unique the object, the better conversation piece it makes to visiting guests.

Tips

  • Assess your budget. Some wall design ideas cost more than others. Plan out how much you can afford to spend, and then price your idea before you begin purchasing the pieces you need to make it a reality. This way, you can avoid any nasty budget-breaking surprises.

Warnings

  • If you have small children, you may want to avoid hanging especially heavy or fragile objects on your living room walls. If you do hang these objects, place them high enough to keep them out of your kids’ reach.

Things You'll Need

  • Paintings

  • Shelves

  • Photographs

  • Paint

  • Canvas

  • Fabric

  • Mirrors

  • Silver platters

  • Clocks

  • Plates

  • Books

  • Frames

  • Shadowboxes





How to Decorate a Playroom

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Foster your child’s imagination by creating a spectacular place to play. A playroom needs more than toys to be fun place to spend time. Bright colors, unique designs and plenty of storage will make the playroom an area your child won’t want to leave.

Method 1. Choose a Place for the Playroom

Whether it’s a spare room or an area in the family room or even in the basement, your child needs a space dedicated to them and their toys.

1. Find a place with plenty of room to move around in.

2. Look for an area that has plenty of lighting or where you can add lighting.

3. Choose a space away from adult items, especially breakables.

4. Decide what theme you will use.

Method 2. Decorate the Walls

1. Use stencils to create interesting pictures on the walls.

2. Draw the child’s name on one wall.

3. Give a name to the room and write that on the wall or door. For instance, “Emily’s Kingdom” sounds more exciting than Emily’s playroom.

Method 3. Make Storage Fun

1. Look for colorful bins to store toys in.

2. Put shelves on the wall to hold baskets for toys and books.

3. Get a bench that has storage to double as seating.

Method 4. Add Fun Accessories

1. Add colorful rugs and pillows throughout the room.

2. Put up pictures and artwork on the walls.

3. Add beanbag chairs and a table so your child can entertain friends.

Tips

  • Use artwork your child made to decorate the playroom. Put it in a picture frame and hang it on the wall.
  • Divide the room into different areas: eating, reading, arts and crafts, and playing. Put a blanket and some pillows in a corner with a low lamp for the reading area. It will feel cozy to the child.
  • Use washable chairs, pillows, and other items to make them easy to care for.
  • Find accessories at a flea market or thrift store.

Warnings

  • Make sure all items are safe and kid-friendly. Do not use lamps that can be dangerous or other breakable objects.




How to Decorate For Valentine's Day

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Decorating for Valentine's Day can be a lot of fun. If you don't have many ideas, however, it can be quite stressful. This article will give you several tips and ideas on how to decorate for this very special day. It will also give you a few simple projects that you can later use to decorate your space with.

Method 1. Getting Ideas

1. Know who you are decorating for. Having an idea of who you will be decorating for can help you decide what sots of themes and colors to use. For example, if you are decorating a classroom for young children, you may want to use larger, more colorful decorations. If you are decorating a classroom for older children (such as teenagers) you might want to tone down the pink and frills, and keep the decorations more subtle.

2. Know where you will be putting the decorations. Some decorations work better in some places than others do. For example, you can get away with using larger, brighter decorations in a classroom, but you might want to use smaller, less distracting decorations for your desk or cubicle.

  • Make use of the bulletin board in classrooms. Use white or pink for the background, and red for the boarder. Decorate the board with the students' Valentine's day crafts.
  • If you are in a cubicle, pin a heart or cupid cut-out to the wall. You can also place a glass bowl with candy hearts on your desk.
  • If you work at a desk, try getting a Valentine's day themed figurine, such as a tinsel heart, and placing it on top of a lace doily. You can also place a jar filled with candy hearts on your desk.
  • Decorate the windows with garlands and paper cut-outs if you own a shop. These will bring the holiday into your shop without getting in your customers' way.
  • Go full out if you are decorating your home, but be mindful of people's private space. Consider decorating family areas, such as the kitchen, living room, and dining room.

3. Choose a theme and stick with it. Valentine's Day decorations come in all shapes and sizes. Some look rustic, while others look fancy. Whatever theme you choose, keep it consistent. A rustic, burlap table runner won't look good under an elegant vase filled with a dozen red roses. Here are some common Valentine's Day themes to get you started:

Old-fashioned themes will be Victorian-inspired. They will often use gold, ivory, and other soft, faded colors. They will be detailed, with lots of lace.

Rustic themes are popular and make use of burlap, rope, and galvanized steal.

Traditional themes use a lot of red, white and pink. While hearts are the main focus, you can also expect a cupid here and there.

Sweet themes are true to their name, and use lots of pastels, candy hearts or heart-shaped chocolates in their design.

4. Try going beyond red, pink, and white. These are the three most commonly used colors for Valentine's day, but this doesn't mean that you have to use them. There are other colors that, when used with a heart shape, can also work.

  • Use the candy conversation hearts as inspiration. They come in pink, pale yellow, light green, and pastel purple. These are great for kids.
  • Red and gold or red and black are romantic, and great for fancy dinners.
  • Pink and silver are more delicate, and great for anyone.
Method 2. Decorating Your Space

1. Choose candles in romantic colors and sweet scents. Candles are perfect for bringing a touch of romance to any space. Red, pink, or white candles, however, would be even better. To step things up a notch, try getting scented candles, especially ones that smell like cookies, cupcakes, roses, and sugar.

2. Use lots of flowers. Nothing says romance and love like flowers, especially roses. Red roses are the most popular, but pink and white roses are also suitable. You can also use carnations and daisies as well. Arrange the flowers in glass vases. Baby's breath and fern leaves make great fillers.

  • For a fancy dinner, tuck a single rose into each napkin ring, along with a white napkin.
  • Red roses make perfect gifts for romantic partners. Pink and white roses make great gifts for sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers.
  • If you don't want to use flowers, get a pack of fake rose petals from an arts and crafts store instead. You can usually find them in the wedding aisle. Scatter the petals across tables or fireplace mantles. You can also place them in a bowl.

3. Place bowls of candy throughout the house or room. For a fancier twist, place the candy in a fake crystal bowl or on a cupcake tray. Conversation hearts and cinnamon hearts are perfect for Valentine's Day. If you don't like those candies, however, try chocolates, or other red-colored candies.

4. Use table runners and lace doilies. Drape table runners over the tabletops before you set things down, such as flowers and candles. You can also use doilies instead. For example, a large, glass vase filled with red roses would look romantic set atop a large, white, lace doily.

  • If your table runner is plain, you can paint hearts onto it using stencils and red or pink fabric paint.
  • You can also dress up a plain table runner by gluing down some wide lace down the center.
  • If the runner is narrow enough, you might be able to place it on your fireplace mantle.

5. Make use of store-bought decorations. They usually start appearing in stores around January. Party supply stores and arts and crafts stores often have a lot to choose from. Some department stores may also sell them. Here is a list of store-bought decorations, and how you can use them:

  • Drape banners across doorways, fireplace mantles, and windows.
  • Pin or tape cupid and heart cut-outs on doors, above fireplace mantles, and on windows.
  • Hang wreaths on doors or above fireplace mantles.
  • Place tissue balls and flower balls in glass bowls. If they come with a ribbon or string loop, you can hang them up instead.
  • Place figurines, miniature plants, and tiny topiaries on mantles and desks.
Method 3. Using and Decorating Candles

1. Put candles on tables and fireplace mantles. If you are using pillar candles, use both short and tall ones. This will make your mantle look more interesting. Also, try to use a color that contrasts with the mantle, or the wall behind it. For example, if you have a dark-colored mantle, use white or ivory candles. If you have a white mantle, use pink candles for a softer look, or red candles for a romantic look.

  • Red, pink, and white/ivory are typical Valentine's day colors. You can also use gold or silver.

2. Add to existing pillar candles. If you can't find any red or pink candles, but don't want to use plain white candles, you can always dress up what you have. Wrap some twine or thick lace around the middle of a candle, and secure it with a piece of clear tape or a drop of glue. Stick a heart-shaped button or sticker in the middle.

  • You can also wrap strips of double-sided tape around a candle, and then roll the candle around in glitter. Use Valentine's day colors, such as pink, red, gold, or silver. You can match the glitter to the candle color, or use a contrasting color, such as gold glitter on a red candle.

3. Decorate the trays, chargers, and stands you put pillar candles on. This is great for those who have plain candles and don't feel like decorating them. It can turn a plain set of candles into Valentine's day ones with little effort. Place your pillar candles on the base first. Next, scatter some conversation hearts or glass marbles across the base, between the candles.

  • Use Valentine's day colors for the glass marbles, such as red, pink, silver, and gold.

4. Use floating candles for a more romantic look. Fill a shallow, glass bowl with water, and add some floating candles. For some more color, scatter some red or pink glass marbles across the bottom of the bowl. You can use ordinary white floating candles or rose-shaped ones (in red, pink, white, gold, or silver).

  • For a twist on the floating candle, consider using a tall, cylindrical vase or a mason jar instead of a glass bowl. Fill the vase or jar almost to the top with water, and add the candle.

5. Fill a cylindrical or hurricane vase with pink and/or white sand and stick a pillar candle on top. You can also use other vase fillers as well, such as conversation hearts or glass marbles in pink, red, or clear. Try to use a contrasting color for the candle, so if you are using pink filler, use a white candle. For a finishing touch, wrap some pink or red ribbon around the middle of the vase, and tie it in a bow.

  • To use less filler: place a small can inside the vase, and stick the candle on top. Fill the space around the can with filler, all the way up to the top of the can. When you are done, the can should not be visible.
Method 4. Making Decorations

1. Make some Valentine's Day candle holders using mason jars, paint, and glitter. Cut a large heart out of adhesive paper, and stick it onto the side of the jar. Paint over the jar using Mod Podge. Shake on some white, pink, or red glitter, and then peel off the heart. You will be left with a heart-shaped hole; the candle light will shine through this hole. Wait for the glue to dry, then tie a pretty pink ribbon around the mouth of the jar.

  • Wipe the entire jar down with rubbing alcohol first. It will help the glitter stick better.
  • Consider painting the jar first. Match the color of the paint to the glitter you will use.
  • Try to use fine, scrapbooking glitter instead of thick, chunky glitter. It will look more professional.

2. Make a heart tree using tree branches and hearts. Go outside and find a tree branch; it should be no longer than your arm, with thin, delicate twigs. Cut some hearts out of pink, white, and/or red paper. Glue the hearts onto the twigs using hot glue. Stick the branch into a vase.

  • Try using pearly scrapbook paper or glitter paper. It will look more romantic.

3. Make a simple garland. Find cardstock in red, pink, and white. Punch or cut hearts out of the cardstock. Arrange the hearts in a row, making sure to leave some space between each one. Draw a thin line of glue along the center of each heart, going from side to side. Cut a long piece of string, and place it across the hearts, right on top of the glue.

  • For a romantic garland, fold lace, paper doilies over a piece of string. Secure the doilies with a drop of glue on the inside.
  • To decorate for school or a book-lover, use photocopies of book pages instead.

4. Make a giant conversation heart garland. Cut large hearts out of pastel-colored paper, and write cute messages using red marker. Punch a hole through the left and right sides of each heart. Tie the hearts together using shiny, white ribbon; be sure to tie the ribbon into cute bows. Tie a piece of ribbon onto each end of the garland so that you can hang it up.

  • Aim to make each heart about 12 inches (30.48 centimeters) across.
  • For a simpler garland, use smaller hearts. Glue the hearts across the middle to the string. Leave about 12 inches (30.48 centimeters) on each end of the string so that you can hang it up.

5. Sew a garland. Cut hearts out of red, pink, and white felt. Place red thread in your sewing machine. Sew the hearts across the center, from top to bottom. Feed hearts into the sewing machine, one after the other, until they are all included on one long piece of string. Back stitch at both ends to ensure the thread doesn't unwind. Hang it with tacks in a doorway, or lay it across a table.

6. Add some sparkle to just about anything with glitter. Apply some white glue onto the area you want glittery. If you want to use more than one color, start with your first color; you will apply the other colors later. Shake the glitter onto the glue, then tap the excess off. If you want to add more colors, apply the glue for your next color. You can apply glitter to just about anything, including candles, jars, and cards.

  • Use Valentine's day colors, such as red, pink, and iridescent, when coloring large areas.
  • Use gold and silver for small, accent areas.
  • For large areas, use loose glitter and glue. You can use spray-on glue, or liquid glue. Use a paintbrush or foam brush to apply the liquid glue.
  • Use double-sided tape on boarders. Place the tape down first, then shake some glitter over it.
  • Use glitter glue pens for fine, detailed areas. Glitter glue pens will also work for letters.

7. Make some Valentine's Day cards for your loved ones. Use cardstock, lace doilies, and glue to layer a heart design. Color the card with colored pencils, markers or crayons. When you are done, you can pin the Valentines to walls or windows for decoration.





How to Decorate a Small Bathroom

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Sprucing up a small, dull-looking bathroom can make an apartment or home feel more comfortable and polished. Whether you want to tear out the tile and get new bathroom fixtures or you're just looking for ways to bring some life to the room, here are are tricks you can employ to make your bathroom seem more spacious and pleasant.

Method 1. Getting Creative with Lighting and Color.

1. Make use of your bathroom's natural light. Even a small bathroom can be a peaceful, relaxing getaway in your home if it gets good natural light. If possible, don't cover up your windows with dark curtains or blinds.

  • Install curtains or blinds in a light color like oatmeal or cream; make sure they're thick enough to provide a secure screen, but thin enough to let some light in.
  • You could also install curtains that cover only the bottom half of your windows, letting light in through the top half.
  • If your bathroom is situated away from other people's view, go ahead and open the curtains or blinds to let the light shine in.

2. Replace yellowish ceiling lights. If you have an old-fashioned, dull yellow ceiling light - which many bathrooms do - a simple way to transform your bathroom is to update the light fixture with something more modern. Choose a light covering that helps bath the bathroom in white light, rather than yellow, which causes rooms to look gloomy and small.

  • A small chandelier is a good choice for a tiny bathroom; it adds elegance without taking up too much space.
  • Track lighting can also help give the appearance of a bigger space.

3. Choose paint colors wisely. Painting a room with highly contrasting color can make it look smaller, so choose paint that isn't too wildly different from your bathroom tiles. For example, if you have cream tile, painting the walls dark blue might make the space feel claustrophobic; go for a lighter shade of cream, peach, pale blue, or another color that isn't too loud.

    • If you prefer bolder colors, consider painting the walls a neutral color and adding a more colorful trim or border.
    • You could also paint just one wall a bold color and leave three walls neutral, or use wallpaper in one area and neutral paint everywhere else.
Method 2. Maximizing Space

1. Add functional shelving. Small bathrooms tend to have limited floor space, but what about the unused area above the toilet or next to the window? If your bathroom has a spot on the wall that isn't getting much use, consider installing some sturdy shelves where you can store towels, extra shampoo and soap, or small decorations.

  • Be sure to place the shelving above your head level - you don't want to be bumping your forehead each time you step out of the shower.
  • If you have a free corner, choose corner shelves to maximize space even more.
  • If your bathroom seems too small for shelves, install some hooks instead. Choose a style that matches the décor of your bathroom and hang three or four in a row on the wall. Use them to hang your towels, loofah, body brush, or other bathroom equipment.

2. Get a shower caddy. The shower itself can be a storage area and a place to decorate. Hang a cute wire shower caddy over the shower head and store your shampoo and conditioner there. You could also look into installing waterproof shelving inside the shower to hold these items.

3. Remove unnecessary furniture and floor cabinets. If you have a cabinet under your sink, there's no need to have an extra dresser in another corner of the bathroom. Clear away decorative tables, laundry hampers (they can go in your bedroom instead) and any other piece of furniture that sits on the floor of your bathroom. You'll be amazed at what a difference clearing away even a small piece of furniture can make.

  • If you absolutely must keep a dresser or small piece of furniture in your bathroom, try to maximize space by creating a second level of usage. For example, a small dresser can double as a vanity if you hang a mirror on the wall above it.
  • If you have a large clothes hamper that you prefer to keep in the bathroom, consider getting a cloth laundry bag instead. These take up much less space than large basket hampers.

4. Replace large bathroom fixtures with smaller ones. If you're prepared to spend some money to decorate your small bathroom, you may want to look into getting a smaller bathtub, or converting your bathtub to a shower that takes up less space. You could also get a a smaller sink fixture to replace one that is large and bulky.

Method 3. Clearing Away Clutter

1. Decorate sparingly. A small bathroom doesn't need too many decorations; your paint color, a pretty bathroom mirror, and a picture or two will be enough to create a functional, relaxing space. Avoid hanging large posters, light fixtures, or anything that sticks out from the wall too much.

2. Throw away old toiletries. Do you hold onto once-used bottles of hair products that you hope may someday tame your frizz? Is the area under your bathroom sink crammed with 10 bottles of sunscreen and sticky bars of soap? Getting rid of these old products can clear up a lot of space and make your bathroom feel more comfortable.

  • Collect the products you and your family actually use - not products you might use someday, but those you really need. Organize them in a basket or drawer so they're conveniently accessible.
  • Donate or throw away products you haven't used in a few months.
  • Consolidate mostly-empty bottles of shampoo, conditioner or body wash into one bottle, then toss the empties out.

3. Pare down your bathroom appliances. That unsightly tangle of hair dryers, curling irons, straighteners, and other appliances is probably taking up too much space on your counter. Instead of leaving them sitting out all the time, find a box that fits them all. Store them in the box when you aren't using them, then place the box under the sink, on the shelf, or in another room.

4. Keep items off the floor. Hanging up your towels, putting your clothes in the hamper, and keeping books and magazines on a shelf can make your bathroom appear to be more spacious. In addition, go for a thin, subtle bathmat instead of a big, fluffy one, which can make the floor appear cluttered and small.





How to Decorate Your Bed

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Does your bed appear dull and mundane? Do you find yourself envying the luxurious beds in fancy hotels and furniture catalogs? The answer might just lie in decorating your bed! It can be as simple as simply adding a few extra pillows and blankets, to as complex as adding a new headboard. This article will give you a few ideas on how to update the look of your bed. It will also show you how to make a simple canopy and headboard. Lastly, it will show you how to arrange pillows and blankets on your bed to make it look more luxurious and comforting.

Method 1. Adding Lights, Headboards, and Decorations

1. Consider decorating the area around your bed. This can help enhance the look of your bed. This section will give you a few decorating ideas. You do not have to do all of them. Just choose a few that you like best.

2. Throw on some decorative pillows, a throw, or a bed skirt. These can make your bed look fancier and cozier. Tuck some decorative sham pillows behind your sleeping pillows. Drape a throw or cozy blanket over the foot of your bed. If you have a box-spring, then place a bed skirt over the box-spring, under your mattress.

3. Hang some curtains behind the bed. Install a curtain rod above the bed, and slide some curtains onto the rod. The rod should be about the same height as the curtains; you don't want the curtains to puddle behind your bed. Slip the curtains behind your bed.

  • For an added touch, try using sheer curtains, and then draping white Christmas lights behind the curtains. The lights will shine through the sheer fabric for a soft, magical glow.

4. Drape a floral garland or some string lights on the wall behind your bed. How high you hang the garland or lights is up to you, but you might want to hang them closer to the ceiling than to the top of your bed. Stick some clear, plastic hooks onto the wall. Make them above a foot apart. Drape the garland or lights from these hooks. If you are using string lights, plug them into a wall socket.

5. Stick some wall decals onto the wall behind your bed. These can help enhance the appearance of your bed. Also, if you choose wall decals that look like a headboard or bedposts, they can look like they are a part of your bed.

6. Add a or make a headboard. This can really tie your bed together. You can buy one from the store or make one yourself. You can even mimic the appearance of a headboard by hanging a large canvas or tapestry behind your bed. Just make sure that the canvas or tapestry is a few inches wider than your bed and that the bottom edge extends behind your mattress.

If you have an existing headboard that is made out of metal or wood, consider painting it a different color.

  • If you are using a canvas, you can paint it using stencils, a solid color, or ombre. You can even paint some abstract designs onto it.

7. Add some lights behind the headboard. Find a tube of LED lights, and attach it around the perimeter of the back of the headboard. You can do this using strong glue or clear packaging tape. The lights won't show at all when they are off, but when you turn them on, they will glow from behind the headboard.

8. Slide some drawers under your bed. Not only are they a great way to store extra blankets and save space in your closet, but they can help fill in the empty space under your bed.

9. Paint a metal or wood bed frame a new color. Remove all of your bedding and lightly sand your bed. Apply two coats of paint primer, and let it dry. Then, apply two coats of whatever color paint you want. Wait for the paint to dry completely before you put the mattress, sheets, pillows, and blankets back on.

  • Try painting some designs onto your bed or the headboard.
  • Consider taking the entire bed frame apart before you paint it. This might make it easier to work with.
  • Just because a paint is dry to the touch does not mean that it is fully dry or cured underneath. Refer to the paint can for more detailed drying times. Some paints are dry and fully cured in as little as four to six hours, while others may require up to 72 hours.
Method 2. Adding a Canopy

1. Gather your supplies: A canopy is a great way to add privacy or a dreamy effect to your bed. This section will show you how to make a simple ring-based canopy using an embroidery hoop, some ribbon, and a set of sheet curtains. Here's a list of what you will need:

  • 1 large embroidery hoop
  • Acrylic paint (optional)
  • 1 set of sheer curtains
  • 1 ceiling screw hook

2. Consider painting your embroidery hoop. Most of your hoop will be covered, but what shows from beneath the fabric may detract from the overall appearance. To paint the hoop, simply take it apart and paint both pieces using acrylic paint and a paintbrush or foam brush. You can also spray paint both pieces instead. Allow the paint to dry fully before proceeding.

  • You can paint the hoop the same color as your fabric. This will make it less visible.
  • You can also paint your hoop in a contrasting color. For example, if your fabric is white, then paint your hoop a bright color, such as teal or pink.

3. Take apart the embroidery hoop if you have not already done so. Unscrew the hoop, and set both the screw and nut aside. Take the inner hoop out and set it aside as well.

4. Slide both curtains onto the open outer hoop. The curtains should have a a casing along the top for the curtain rod; slide the hoop through those casings. Make sure that the wrong side of the fabric is facing the inside of the hoop. The right side of the fabric should be facing the outside of the hoop.

5. Tie three pieces of ribbon to the inner hoop. Try to space them as evenly as you can. The ribbons need to be long enough so that when you hang the hoop from your ceiling, the bottom hem of the curtains brushes against your floor.

  • You can also use clear fishing line instead.

6. Tie the top ends of the three ribbons together in a tight knot. Make sure that each ribbon is the same length. If one ribbon is too long or too short, your canopy won't balance right.

7. Slip the inner hoop inside the outer hoop. Move the curtains around on the ring so that they are evenly spaced. There should be no gaps.

8. Close the outer hoop. Slip the screw back through the metal holes on the opening of your outer hoop. Place the nut on the end of the screw. Keep twisting the nut until the outer hoop is closed tightly around the inner hoop.

9. Drill a hole into the ceiling and insert the hook. Some types of ceilings are very soft, and might need a plastic drywall screw first, in order to hold the hook.

10. Hang the canopy from the hook and drape the curtains around your bed. The bottom hem of the curtains should be brushing against your floor. You can pull open the curtains at the front, and drape each panel over the left and right side of your bed. The back part of the curtains should rest behind your headboard.

Method 3. Making a Simple Headboard

1. Gather your supplies: If you don't have a headboard, you can always make a simple one using some cardboard and colored fabric. This headboard my not last forever, but it is a great way to see what one may look like on your bed before you upgrade to a sturdier one made out of wood. Here's what you will need:

  • 2 pieces of cardboard that are wider than your bed
  • Glue or strong tape
  • Box cutter
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • White paint (optional)

2. Tape or glue two large pieces of cardboard or foam board. If you are using tape, try to use strong packaging tape or duct tape. The double thickness of the cardboard will make your headboard sturdier.

3. Consider painting the cardboard white if you are using a light-colored fabric. If you don't do this, the color of the cardboard may show through and make your fabric appear darker than it actually is. You can use white acrylic paint and a foam roller, or white spray paint. Be sure to let the paint dry before moving on.

4. Sketch out the shape of the headboard. You can make it however tall you want, but it needs to be at least as wide as your bed. If it is narrower than your bed, it will look too small.

  • If you are making a curved/fancy headboard, make a template on a piece of paper for just one side of the pattern. Trace the template onto the left side of the headboard. Flip the template over, then trace it on the right side of the headboard. This will ensure that your pattern is the same on both sides.

5. Cut the headboard out using a box cutter. The box cutter may not go through all the layers in one go. If this happens, simply keep gong over the same area again and again until the box cutter goes through.

  • Consider working over a cutting mat so that you do not ruin your table or floor. Be sure to move the mat as you work, so that it is always under where the knife is cutting.

6. Spread some fabric out on your floor or table. Make sure that the wrong side of the fabric is facing you, and that there are no wrinkles. The fabric needs to be a few inches larger than your headboard all around. You will be folding the edges of the fabric over the headboard and gluing them to the back.

  • If there are any wrinkles in the fabric, you will need to iron them out.

7. Spray the fabric and cardboard with spray adhesive. Use straight, even strokes, and always go in the same direction. Try to overlap each stroke by a little to prevent any gaps. If you painted the cardboard white, then spray the side you painted; this is the side that will be sticking to the fabric.

  • Consider covering your work surface with newspaper so that the spray adhesive doesn't get on it and make it sticky.

8. Place the headboard glue-side down onto the fabric. Try to center it as much as possible, so the fabric boarder is the same width all around.

  • If you made a curvy headboard, then trim the edges of the fabric down to match the curves; be sure to leave a few inches of seam allowance, of you won't be able to wrap the fabric around the headboard.

9. Fold the edges of the fabric over onto the back of the headboard. Pull the fabric as taught as you can. If there is a curve, you will need to cut little slits into the edges first; this will help the fabric curve better.

10. Hot glue the fabric to the back of the headboard, if necessary. The spray adhesive may not be strong enough to hold the fabric to the back of the headboard. If you see the fabric peeling up, you will need to glue it down. Apply the hot glue to the back of the headboard and press the fabric down onto it. Hot glue sets quickly, so only apply it ½ to 1 inch (1.27 to 2.54 centimeters) at a time.

11. Hang the headboard above your bed. Begin by poking two holes into the back of your headboard, one on each side; be careful not to poke through the fabric on the front of your headboard. The holes need to be level, or your headboard won't hang right. Then, attach two hooks onto your wall. The space between the two hooks should be the same as the space between the two holes in your headboard. Hang the headboard onto the hooks; the hooks should slide right into the holes you made.

  • Be sure that the bottom of the headboard extends behind your mattress.
Method 4. Placing Pillows, Blankets, and Comforters

1. Consider adding a bed skirt if you have a box-spring. Place a bed skirt over the box-spring and secure it around the top edges with upholstery twist pins. This will help keep the bed skirt in place. When you are finished, put your regular mattress back on top, right over the box-spring and bed skirt.

  • Choose a color that compliments the rest of your room, or your bedding.
  • The bed skirt can be simple and plain, pleated, or ruffled. It's up to you.

2. Cover your mattress with a mattress protector and a fitted sheet. The mattress protector will keep your mattress clean, while the fitted sheet will give it a new look. You can use a solid-colored fitted sheet or a patterned one. Consider matching it to your bed skirt; this way, the two will blend together and appear as one piece.

3. Place a flat sheet down onto your bed. Make sure that the top, finished edge is facing down against the mattress. You will be folding it over a blanket later.

4. Drape a blanket over the top of the fitted sheet. If you live in a cooler climate, consider using a down comforter. Be sure to cover your comforter with a duvet cover to keep it clean.

  • Duvet covers come in many different colors and patterns. Try using something that contrasts your fitted sheet.

5. Fold the top edge of the fitted sheet over the blanket. This will create a nice band of color at the top of your blanket.

6. Consider adding some decorative pillows against the headboard. You will need to take these off when you go to sleep, but they can give your bed that final, luxurious touch. They should be lined up next to each other, and leaning against the headboard. These can be large rectangular pillows, or large square pillows.

  • Consider using something made from a fancy fabric, such as velvet or brocade.

7. Place your regular pillows down in front of the decorative pillows. Be sure to place your pillows inside some decorative covers. If you can a more unified look, try to match the color or pattern of the decorative covers to your fitted sheet and flat sheet; most are sold as a set.

8. Consider placing a small, decorative pillow in front of your regular pillows. Don't put too many, or your bed will start to look cluttered. You will only need one or two.

  • Try experimenting with different shapes, such as round, square, or tube.

9. Place a decorative throw or blanket at the foot of the bed. Fold the throw or blanket in half, so that it does not cover your entire bed.

Tips

  • Consider using different colors for the flat and fitted sheets, such as green or blue. If you want a light color but don't want to use white, try a pale grey or ivory color.
  • When choosing colors for your bedding, consider using two to three colors at a time.
  • If you are hesitant about mixing different colors together, try working with either warm colors (red, orange, and yellow) or cool colors (green, blue, and purple).
  • Don't be afraid to use white in your bedding. White makes a great contrasting color.

Warnings

  • Use caution when working with a hot glue gun. The high-temp ones can cause blisters if you accidentally touch the nozzle or glue. If you are really concerned about blisters, try a low-temp one; it'll be less likely to cause blisters.
  • When working with a craft knife or box cutter, away cut away from yourself.

Things You'll Need

Adding a Canopy
  • 1 large embroidery hoop

  • Acrylic paint (optional)

  • 1 set of sheer curtains

  • 1 ceiling screw hook

Making a Simple Headboard
  • 2 pieces of cardboard that are wider than your bed

  • Glue or strong tape

  • Box cutter

  • Fabric

  • Scissors

  • Spray adhesive

  • Hot glue (optional)

  • White paint (optional)





How to Decorate a Hallway

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A hallway is a small space in your home; however, it can have an impact on your décor if you do not ignore it. It can be difficult to know how to decorate such a small area that serves only as a pass-through. There are ways to make it easier.

Method 1. Light Up a Dark Hallway

1. Add lighting besides the minimal ceiling light found in most hallways. Wall sconces add warmth and light to a dark corridor.

2. Use light paint colors for the walls. You can also use wallpaper to create interest.

Method 2. Create a Focal Point

Just like any other room, you need a place to draw the eye to make the room interesting.

1. Add a picture at the opposite end of the hall. If there is no door and just a blank wall, this is a good place to create interest. A lighted picture would be appropriate at this spot.

2. Put shelves on the wall with decorative items.

3. Make a wall of family photos to display.

Method 3. Add Decorative Items

1. Put a rug on the floor. If it is a long hallway, you may need several rugs through the length of the room.

2. Add a table if the room is wide enough. This will break up a long room and draw your attention.

Tips

  • Stencil designs on the floor rather than using rugs if you have hardwood floors. This can be safer than walking on rugs that may cause you to trip.
  • If you have high ceilings, break up the wall with a chair rail and paint the wall two colors.
  • Put your photos on shelves instead of hanging them.




How to Decorate With Glass Jars

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Pictures are past, wall paper is the past, paint, pah! If you have a room, whole home, office space or any area to decorate why not use glass jars! Glass jars are a great way to decorate. They're cheap, great for storage, and gorgeous. Read on from step one below to embellish and improve anywhere.

1. Purchase or gather as many jars as you want. It's best to use multiple jars at a time, so it won't come off as pretty-ed up junk!

2. Gather your decorating materials. Paint is great, fabric is great too! Remember if you're using fabric or ribbon, get strong craft glue. Turning the jars into candles is a great idea too.

3. Know how you're going to decorate. Make a plan before continuing.

4. Clean your jar or jars off, and rinse. Leave until completely dry.

5. If you're using fabric, lay it flat and spread small amounts of the craft glue on it. Then press gently onto the outside of the glass jar. Smooth out any air bubbles or glue pockets. Let dry for a few hours. After that, add anything from fabric stickers to strips of ribbon to customize.

6. If using paint, determine whether to paint the inside or outside. Is the jar going to hold food? Then paint the outside. If not, paint the inside.

7. If painting the inside, it's easiest to pour a dollop of paint into the jar and swirl it around. If painting the outside, use a good brush and apply two to three layers of your color of choice.

8. To make a candle, melt colored wax and pour in. Add a wick by using a tiny weight at the bottom, and remember to follow the instructions on the wax package.

9. Set your decorated jars out for everyone to see!

10. Simply use them as storage. Clear glass jars as storage give a vintage look to kitchens.

Tips

  • To paint the inside using multiple colors, squeeze a little onto the inside side of the jar and roll around.
  • Never store food in a jar with paint on the inside.
  • Test paint dryness on the inside by using a wooden dowel or a small pencil.
  • Don't use too much paint, as it could drip and run.

Warnings

  • Never stick your nose into a jar with wet paint inside. Chemicals build up until the paint is completely dry.
  • Leave the lid off to dry to avoid said chemical build up.
  • Be careful with hot wax! It can cause major burns.
  • Children and pets can easily break jars, so be careful.




How to Decorate a Wall Using Plastic Wrap

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Looking to make a temporary wall decoration without harming it? Want to decorate your room without leaving a mess? You can use the plastic wrap to cover your walls and draw/paint whatever designs that you like, while leaving your wall or walls clean and unharmed. Here are some steps and guidelines to consider when using this method of decoration.

1. Get a hold of the necessary supplies. Some explanations and considerations are listed below.

  • Plastic wrap. This is the same wrap that you might use to cover leftovers or other dishes, designed to stick to the surface when applied correctly. Whether you intend to do one wall or an entire living, you will need at least one full roll.
  • Art supplies. You will be placing the wrap onto the walls, so you will need something with which to make some kind of design. Paint, permanent markers, construction paper—use your imagination! Be careful of particularly messy or odorous products (e.g. paint), as these may take longer to dry and may create a mess on the floor when removing, especially if you are doing this as a temporary decoration.
  • Tape. While the plastic wrap may stick to the wall on its own, it's risky to cover the wall with any substance with weight (construction paper, thick paint), and it could fall off without warning. Enough clear tape should be sufficient, but you can use masking tape to ensure that it sticks to the wall securely.

2. Apply the plastic wrap to the wall. It's best to take large 6- to 8-foot strips of plastic wrap at once and drape them horizontally from the top. Affix the plastic wrap with tape at the top, and smooth the plastic wrap onto the wall as best as you can, avoiding bumps and air bubbles where possible. Continue to do this for an additional wall or the rest of the room, if you so choose.

3. Decorate! Now that you have your plastic wrap "canvas", use your other supplies to start decorating! Be sure to test small areas to make sure that the plastic wrap can support any additional weight.

Tips

  • Play a practical joke using this technique on your siblings or one of your friends! Make it look as if someone has drawn all over the walls. Who knows—your friend might actually like the design that you've made, and decide to keep it.
  • You may find it difficult to use washable markers, pens, or other writing tools on the plastic wrap alone, as it becomes difficult to read. You might compensate by using colorful paper to write any other messages that you want. Simply tape the paper to the plastic wrap, itself.
  • Plastic wrap sticks together fairly well, so it isn't absolutely necessary to tape the sheets of plastic wrap together. You can overlap them and press down on them firmly to have them stick together. However, this is different from taping the plastic wrap to the wall, which is a must if you intend to use heavier decorations.
  • If you're using Manhattan pressurized walls make sure that you check first the wall before placing the decoration.
  • Make sure to secure the plastic wrap tightly to the wall if you intend to decorate near a potentially windy area, (e.g. outside, near a door, next to a fan).
  • This can be used on virtually any surface. You might try this on a door or a friend's locker at school as a way to make a temporary decoration, such as a friend's birthday.

Warnings

  • Be especially careful about adding too much weight to the plastic wrap. If in doubt, use tape to secure the plastic wrap to the wall.
  • Don't press onto the plastic wrap too firmly, such as with a marker or pen. You might unintentionally tear through the wrap and write on the wall instead!
  • Avoid using heavy duty tape to stick the plastic wrap to the wall, such as duct tape. These tapes can leave adhesives on the wall and may even strip paint once the tape is removed. Masking tape or clear tape is a safer bet.




How to Decorate a Fish Tank

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Making the perfect fish tank, one that is comfortable for the fish, and looks good, is hard to do. This article will give the perfect ways to decorate a fish tank.

1. When decorating a fish tank, you want to know what kind of fish you are planning on having first. This will help you decorate your tank in a way that accents the fishes color.

2. Pick your gravel.

  • For a brightly colored fish, you might want to go with a more dull color of gravel, such as blue, brown or natural color. This will make the fish stand out and make their color stand out. For a "fairy-tale" kind of fish tank, colourful and fine gravel should be used. For a realistic and natural fish tank, it is a good idea to combine the use of pebbles and dark coloured gravel, and, although it is cheap, please, try not to settle for ceramic sand, as they could damage the fish's mouth if they like to scavenge for their food.
  • For a dull fish, colors like yellow or light pink are a good choice. The make the fish stand out more and prevent them from blending in with the background.

3. Learn about the fish. To help the fish be happier, it is a good idea to look up things about the fish before you get it so that it is happier to live in your tank. Different fishes come from different areas around the world. To suit your fish, make sure your decorations are appropriate to ensure that the tank looks natural and realistic.

4. A quick and creative way to create a cave that is good for all fish, is to take a clay pot, like one you would buy at a gardening store, and cut it half. When laid cut side down, this will create a nice cave for your fish.

    • For shy fish, or ones that live in rocky areas, it is a good idea to put caves and rock hideouts in the tank. Plants can be creatively positioned near caves and rock hideouts to enhance the area.
    • If you have a shoaling fish, like guppies, mosquito fish, and tetras, you should make a nice open area for them to swim in, as well as Java fern, and other big plants, for them to play in.
  • 5. Get your rocks from a pet store. They will be cleaner there. Rocks are always a good idea when bought from a pet store, as long as they don't have any sharp edges to hurt your fish. Please do not pick rocks you find on the road or in your garage, as they might alter the chemicals in your tank. Not all rocks are suitable for fish tanks.

6. Finished.

Tips

  • Do research.
  • Make sure the tank is safe.
  • Put fish together that are compatible.
  • Make sure the tank is big enough for the fish as they grow and to put the artificial things in it.
  • Put a filter in the fish tank.




How to Choose a Style to Decorate

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Choosing the interior design for your home is one way to explore your creativity and passions. Planning is an important part of any decorating project. The first step in planning your home interior is to determine the decorating style to use for the rooms in your house. Take the time to explore as many different styles as possible to find the one that fits with your personal taste and the style of your home.

1. Read decorating magazines to find your favorite design styles. Decorating magazines are a rich source of decorating examples. Browse through the photographs of professionally decorated rooms to find the style that best suits your personal taste.

  • Pay particular attention to the colors and textures used in each decorating style. The colors you find the most appealing can help you determine the style that fits your taste. For example, if you find yourself drawn to neutral shades, you may find you prefer a contemporary or modern interior décor.
  • The details of a room décor can help you determine the styles you enjoy the most. For instance, straight clean lines on furnishings point to a modern style, while intricately carved pieces and curved edges point to traditional or Victorian furnishings.

2. Determine the architectural style of the house. That will help you determine the interior design you should choose for the rooms. For example, a Spanish style home can look great with a Mediterranean, Italian or Spanish flavor. If you have a Craftsman style home, Arts and Crafts pieces will complement it perfectly.

  • It isn't necessary to decorate the interior of a home based on the style or architecture of the house, but it is one method that can help you choose an interior décor you like. Feel free to decorate the interior of your home without regard to the architecture. For example, you don't have to live in a cottage to decorate with a country cottage interior style. However, the form of the house may limit the range of choices, e.g. small rooms and low ceilings will challenge plans for a grand ballroom.

3. Choose a color palette. Explore different colors to find the combinations that you feel best suit your home. Use swatches of fabrics and paint samples to help you decide what best complements your rooms.

  • Put samples of paint right on the walls to help you choose a color for the room. Don't be afraid to paint a wide area of the walls with a color. It can be difficult to decide on colors from a small sample card. Live with the color for a little while to determine if it fits with your lifestyle and taste.
  • Compare fabric swatches with paint colors to make sure they complement each other.

Things You'll Need

  • Decorator Magazines

  • Paint Brush

  • Fabric Swatches

  • Paint Samples





How to Decorate a Pillowcase

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This is a fantastic idea that you can do at a sleepover with a friend, if you are bored, or whenever you feel like it. Read on for the details.

1. Get a plain white pillowcase that looks boring and just needs to be creatively designed.

2. Get some markers. Not paint or pencils. That would not work. Try fabric markers, they will last longer.

3. Get a piece of cardboard that is as big as the pillowcase and slide it inside the pillowcase. This is to avoid the marker leaking onto the other side,or going all splotchy.

4. When you have the cardboard in, just smooth out the pillowcase and make sure there are no creases.

5. Now, just get your markers and write stuff all over it, and draw anything you want.

Tips

  • It works way better with a friend, because you can sign each others pillowcases and write all over each others.
  • Swap the pillowcases for a few minutes and get your friends to draw stuff on yours.
  • Write random words, like: Potassium, rainbow, snake, popcorn, etc.
  • Write the date and time you started and time you finished.
  • Try doing your autograph in the end corner.
  • You can also try dying your pillowcase.

Warnings

  • Be careful what markers you use. Permanents are best because some markers will go all splotchy when you sleep on the pillow.
  • Remember, if it goes in the washing machine, the hard work is ruined. (but you can always start over) Use fabric markers that are permanent even in the wash to avoid this!
  • When you sleep, you sweat, when you sweat, ink runs, ink runs on your face. Be prepared for some unwanted make up in the morning!

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric Markers

  • A pillowcase

  • Cardboard






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