12 DIY Inspiring Patio Design IdeasOften, much time and energy is devoted to making the inside of our homes look well kept, inviting, and glamorous while little time may be spent thinking about the outdoor space. The patio should really be thought of as an extension to our home. It’s a place to entertain in the summer time and to sit by the fire on cool nights. It deserves just as much attention as the inside because the design and structure help to complete the beautiful whole package.
So let’s delve in!This one-of-a-kind chess board set up is unparalleled by any other landscaping endeavor. This creative, unique design is sure to have you and your guests entertained for hours! Imagine the excitement when your friends and family step from inside your beautiful home onto a terrace brought to life by a game of chess. Make sure to visit DIYNetwork to learn each step for making your very own chess board patio.
HGTV features this great porch that would be perfect for those summer night get togethers. The trees that line the walkway are a nice addition to this great space, creating a sense of privacy. This porch is complete with a covered seating area, outdoor kitchen, and built in fireplace everyone will enjoy!
For decades, people have chosen tin ceilings as a way to pump up the décor of their kitchen spaces, but recently we’ve begun to see pressed tin in various other areas of the home as well.
PRESSED TIN BACKSPLASHA kitchen backsplash holds a whole world of interesting décor options. From glass tiles mosaics to marble slabs, concrete, painted ceramic and many other materials, there are numerous opportunities. However, pressed tin can give your home the vintage feel you crave and can match nearly any countertop style and color you can imagine.
PRESSED TIN CEILING TILESPressed tin ceiling tiles range in style just as much as they range in price – you may find that your favorite tile is much more than you’re looking to spend, and may not be willing to invest in dozens.
If you’d like to add the look of pressed tin to your home, but don’t want an overwhelming amount of metal covering an entire surface, you may want to use just one large tile as a piece of wall art. Ornate vintage ceiling tiles can be a bit pricey, but if you’re only using one piece than it brings down the price tremendously.
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If the winter blues have suddenly crept into your home, you don’t have to let it hold you and your family members hostage for a long time. There are various ways to spruce up your home and bring in some life into it through the use of springtime colors. You can do this by having the accent walls or entire rooms painted in spring colors like greens, pinks, yellows, oranges and turquoise. You can even incorporate these colors in your window treatments, wallpapers and bed linens.
Yes, bringing springtime colors into your winter home with the following creative ideas will surely prove to be very helpful at the end of the season. Whether it is in the living room, master bedroom or children’s rooms, you will love them.
Play with Color in your Bedroom:When you infuse the interiors of your bedroom with bright springtime colors like deep oranges, greens, turquoise, pinks and yellows, the winter blues is sure to quickly take a leave from your home. If you don’t want to go bold, you can mute the colors with traditional winter colors like gray, chocolate and black, but lightly.
Lighten up your Living Room:You may not know it but letting in natural light into your living room gives it a sort of springy feel, even though it is winter. You can also add more light through the use of brighter lighting fixtures and installation of sheer window treatments. You can also make the room lighter by replacing the woolen throws with bright lace pieces and the copper flower vases with glass vases.
Add Floral Patterned Linens:The children’s rooms also need springy touches to them. In this regard, there is the need to replace the wool and fur fabrics with floral patterned coverlets, linens and duvet covers. With floral sheets and flower-printed covers for the pillows, the children’s room will be definitely lively, winter or not.
With these creative ideas, bringing the winter to an end in your mind and your entire home is very easy. Even though your winter home may feel cold and dreary, the thought of nature inspired colors will warm up any room in your home!
Wall Decals That Celebrate NatureMany of today’s most popular wall decals revel in natural motifs. Like these 3-D butterfly decals with wings that lift from the wall. Photorealistic and classic, these stickers are a nice contrast to the slew of cartoon-like adhesives currently on the market. [from RoomMates]
Another illuminating option is the Glow-In-The-Dark Star Decals from Pottery Barn Kids. An assortment of 100 smaller and larger stars, this decal set allows you to create your own constellations. Below we see the amazing effect achieved by sticking these decals to the ceiling (especially when the ceiling is covered in dark blue paint):
The robot fun continues with the Robot Crossing Wall Decals from WALLTATS. These stickers come in 3 sizes, and they are packaged in a set of 8. As you can see below, when you pair the decals with a room border (such as red), a bold effect is achieved.
Animal Wall DecalsBring some creature features into your child’s room with animal-themed wall decals. A great solution for boys and girls alike, animal decals can create a variety of effects, from the museum-like to the safari! The Jumbo Dino Bones Decal from Pottery Barn Kids will evoke the magic of an archaeological dig, as shown below…
Check out the unique Sleepy Bear Decal from WALLTAT, which creates a calming presence in a child’s room while evoking a larger-than-life sense of whimsy. The smallest size for this decal is over three feet wide, so you can imagine how expansive this sticker can get! Choose a custom color to make it fit perfectly with your space.
Aperto Chair: Creation of designer Caroline Havag; while he was a design student at Norway's Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Kulms Chair: Kulms chair by MisoSoup Design is made from bamboo plant and designed for easy storage taking less space.
Suitcase Chair: Designer Katie Thompson creates beautiful furniture from old suitcases; each with a touch of its own previous characters.
Origami Chair: These Flux Chairs are definitely foldable; designed by Dutch designer Douwe Jacobs.
Circle Easy Armchair: Modern chair by Chrisopher Kurtze's studio in the Hudson Valley.
Skateboard Jet Set Lounge Chair: It's made from 8 decks with neoprene cushions on a metal frame and suits perfectly on a patio or waterfront deck.
Paper Chair: Creation of Ryuji Nakamura, an architect who used paper to create it.
Disk Chair: Modern outdoor 'Disk chair' by designer Karim Rashid.
Chair by Damian Kozlik: This chair was inspired by the shape of the origami swan.
Have A Seat Lounger: This chair prototype was designed and exhibited at the trade show in Toronto in 2011, at the Studio North Prototype booth by designer Bram Sawatzky.
Biombo Chair: Creation of 24-year old Industrial Designer D Milchtein. It's a wooden chair, built over a wood structure with hinges, and when not in use is a folding screen. The surface of the chair can be engraved with a graphic image that transforms it into a decorative object when folded flat.
From a chair crafted of bottle caps to a table/seat/ottoman in the shape of a giant ice cream sandwich, these pieces are anything but ordinary. Which is why we love them! In fact, several of the furnishings below have multiple uses. Take a look, and you’ll know that there’s something extraordinary about a functional item that doubles as a showstopping conversation piece!
Unusual Seating OptionsOur first piece puts the “wow” in “wowzers”! It’s the Capped Out Chair from BRC Designs, constructed of bottle caps that are joined together with the help of zip ties. The chairs frame is crafted of 99% recycled steel with a white powder coated finish. Put this in your living room and you won’t be short on color. Or originality.
Clean curves and bold color blocking highlight the Sancal Float Sofa by Karim Rashid, which can’t help but look retro in a setting that celebrates classy hues, as shown below:
Don’t forget to spread the uniqueness to your yard! The Softa Outdoor Bench by Tembolat Gugkaev is vibrant with its striking yellow hue. Made of fiberglass and carbon, this piece resists water, heat, cold and bumps! Not to mention, it’s available in a variety of color options.
Remember those childhood days of heading to the candy shop? Relive them with the Button Bench by Jellio, which celebrates the colorful allure of button candy. White acrylic is embellished with rubber dots in shades of magenta, yellow and blue. Fun fact: the dots squish when you sit on them, then pop back up when you rise!
The irresistible color of the Softline Rullo Convertible Couch-Bed from Karim Rashid is definitely a selling point of the item. So is the fact that it can transform from couch to bed for your convenience!
We now move from seating to surfaces. As you can see, the surface of the table below is made quite interesting by spiky forms rising from the top. In fact, this Protrusion Low Table from BRC Designs is crafted of 64 colorful Egyptian-inspired pyramids. Some protrude through the glass, holding the tabletop in place.
Basking in the warmth of the sunlight as often as you wish is easily attainable. With the addition of a sunroom to your home, you can always watch the sun rise in the morning whenever you choose to while you receive maximum sunlight and freshness. With the addition of the sunroom, it becomes necessary to make a choice of sunroom furniture to match your design style. You can choose the furniture based on whether your design style is modern, eclectic or traditional.
Also playing a major role on the type of furniture you use is the color you are comfortable with and the ability of such color to match your current decor or color scheme. The sunroom furniture comes in different materials like resin, wicker and PVC and with the tips below, you will be able to choose something that works just fine for your space.
Wicker Furniture:This type of sunroom furniture is made from natural materials like the palm cane and bamboo. Not only is the furniture light, it also comes in various styles and designs, such that you can always find something that will serve every purpose of having a sunroom added to your property. However, in order for the wicker furniture to last longer for you, it is better to learn how to properly take care of it.
Exposure to rain or cold gives room to mold growth so if it is exposed in any way, it should be quickly exposed to the sun and properly cleaned up to avoid the growth of mold which can be very unsightly.
Lighter furniture made of plastic/vinyl:A very unique and light furniture that is designed to withstand those harsh elements that are synonymous with sunrooms. To enhance the beauty of the furniture, you can add beautiful cushions to it but they should come in colors that will complement what you already have. With the addition of a petite glass center table, side chairs, and decorative plants, you sunroom will be complete.
Eclectic Sunroom Furniture:This is for those who have diverse purposes for their sunrooms. Although you wish to have it as a room where you will come out in the daytime, sit and absorb the warmth that goes with the sunlight, you would also want to use it to entertain your guests, whether in the daytime or at night. Based on this, the furniture should be slightly formal. While you may have wicker chairs and side table, you can also include a complete cushion in the sunroom to achieve that semi-formal look.
Below are some inspiring built-in bookshelves that will offer you more functional storage space without taking up more space than necessary.
Bedrooms:Depending on your choice or personality, you might choose to go with a built-in bookshelf constructed in your bedroom with natural wood like cherry or oak. You can even enhance the overall look of the shelf by installed spotlights or recessed lighting above the shelves. This way, you are able to easily make out the titles of the books on the shelves while also showcasing the bookshelf.
Living Rooms:In most living rooms with built-in bookshelves, you will find out that they are usually designed in such corners that they flank the fireplace. In its design, the depth of the bookshelf matches the extension of the mantel from the wall. Depending on what you want, your bookshelf can be built to extend up to the ceiling and cover that side of the wall where it is built. You can also have your shelf painted to match with the color scheme of your home.
Hallways:This works just fine if you are having issues of space in your home. Instead of letting that wall in the hallway waste just like that, you can construct a built-in bookshelf on it and turn it into a useful storage space. Apart from being functional, it will also add visual appeal to your hallway. For more fragile decors, you can place them at the top of the shelf, out of the reach of the little ones in the home.
Animal-Themed SpacesOur first featured space is a boy’s room with a canine motif. Yes, dog is the word! However, instead of suffocating the room with bone-shaped pillows and paw print bedding, this blogger and creative mom stuck with classic choices. Doggie silhouette art and pillowcases are sophisticated yet playful, and crisp white bedding anchors the room’s fun details, such as colorful wall paintings that reinforce the canine theme. [from Playing Sublimely]
Our next themed space, an animal-motif girl’s room, sets the perfect tone with elephant-print curtains and fun creature artwork. Yet there is still plenty of room for kid-friendly favorites like a dollhouse and a toy oven. An important design rule: always make space for the things you love, even if they don’t fit with the theme. [from Swift Orchids]
Are you certain you’d never decorate a room based on a child’s literary character? Perhaps this Winnie-the-Pooh-themed nursery will change your mind! The key: subtlety. Gone are mass-produced graphics in favor of soft yet striking colors, classic storybooks and a few carefully curated stuffed animals. [from Jennifer Bishop Design]
In this next creature-themed nursery from Teal & Lime, an animal alphabet, owl figurine and woodland creature artwork add classy touches to the space without dominating it:
Who says animal-themed design is just for kids?! In the living room below, leopard-print cushions and textiles give the space a truly glamorous feel. Rich orange tones play up the golden glow of the couch pillows. See House to Home for further details.
Sporty RoomsFeeling sporty yet modern? This sports-and-fitness-themed room proclaims its active aesthetic with special features like a mini basketball court, a punching bag and a rock-climbing wall. Yet stunning contemporary design was not sacrificed, as shown by details like the geometrically interesting bed in the image below. [from Perianth]
Vintage style permeates this sporty bedroom from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. Old-school balls deck the wall over the bed, and industrial furnishings bring a quirky element to this well-designed space. [via Home Designing]
Rooms That Celebrate the Natural WorldSometimes all the inspiration you need is from the world outside! This next room theme fromPottery Barn Kids combines pegboard, chalkboard and cork board on the wall for a functional space that encourages creativity. Garden-loving kids will enjoy this upbeat room theme that celebrates the natural world without being overly theme-y. [from HGTV.com]
We now turn our attention from the Earth to the heavens with this astronomy-themed room fromRestoration Hardware Baby & Child. Night Sky bedding and sculptural pendant lighting combine with muted colors to create a room that revels in science while keeping the style understated and classy. In fact, this room could just as well be fit for an adult!
Are you ready to go on safari? This next space proves that animal style can infiltrate a bedroom without stampeding it! Neutral tones and weathered accessories create an environment that nurtures the explorer in every child. For product details, visit Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.
Geometric SpacesIs “geometry” a theme? Sure is! And it’s perfect for grown-up spaces. Geometry reigns in this living room designed by Anthony Baratta. Note how lines, curves and angles pop on rug, cushion and wall, tying the space together in stylish fashion:
We go out with a bang by featuring a geometric living room that celebrates the spiral. Though we wouldn’t call this space subtle in any shape or form, the motif itself is a modern celebration of curve and shape that defies theme-y expectation. [from Decoholic]
The teenage years are a special time in any child’s life. It’s a period full of discovery – from forming life-long hobbies and interests to discovering relationships and enjoying the first real taste of independence.
Parents can do many things to assist their kids through this several-year transition into adulthood, but one of the best gifts they can give their teen kids is a place that reflects their own unique personality.
Here are four ideas for a hip teen bedroomTUFFED HEADBOARDS – A teen’s room should be more mature than a child’s, but not quite completely adult. Choose décor options that blend the two together – such as a fun headboard. Tufted headboards are a classic style that is both mature and playful, and can even be homemade.
Bright PAINT COLORS – One of the best ways to liven up a room is to add a splash of color – and what better way to do so than with a fresh coat of paint? Let your kid pick out their favorite hue. Create an accent wall, or go crazy and paint the whole room.
STARRY CEILING – While the concept may sound a little juvenile, a night sky ceiling can actually provide a great touch to your teen’s room. Paint the entire space dark blue and adhere tiny shining stars. You could also create the same effect with a few strands of twinkle lights behind a sheet canopy.
CHALKBOARD WALL – Let your teen cover their wall in memorable quotes, lyrics to favorite songs and other non-permanent graffiti. Easily turn any space of wall into a chalkboard with a can of chalkboard paint.
One last piece of advice – when incorporating a special hobby or interest into a design, do so carefully. While your son’s iPod may be chock full of Bob Marley or your daughter has developed a penchant for sparkling vampires, either of these phases could end at any moment.
Adolescence is a time of transition, so make sure the space is open for these changes.