Decorating Ideas for Short-Term, Vacation Rental Homes

If you live in an area like I do (Las Vegas) that attracts a lot of tourists each year, a short-term rental property can be a great investment strategy for extra monthly cash flow. You can also host guests by renting out room in your own home. Check out the ROI statistics for properties you can buy in your city by signing up for a free 14-day trial with Mashvisor. Expert guidance and advice are just a phone call away.

Unlike a traditional rental home where tenants decorate to suit their own tastes, a short-term rental must be fully furnished with a welcoming ambience that speaks to the type of clientele you want to attract. Best of all, a vacation rental can bring in up to twice the amount of monthly rent when compared to a similar traditional rental home in year round markets. Just be sure to do your due diligence and determine the cash flow before committing to buy a vacation rental.

Put Yourself in the Visitor’s Shoes

What type of tourists are drawn to your hometown? People who search for vacation rental homes on sites like Airbnb and VRBO are typically wanting to experience the local culture of the area they are visiting. This is especially true for international visitors, who often pick homes with live-in hosts. Think of your own expectations if you were traveling across the country or somewhere overseas such as Europe or Asia.

Shine in the Best Possible Light

Keep in mind that you’re going to be competing with hundreds if not thousands of other rental listings. Although vacationers might be trying to save money by avoiding hotel accommodations, they still want to feel pampered. Think spa-themed bathrooms, trendy wall colors and impressive accent lighting.

Dress up furniture with colorful accent pillows, floors with stylish rugs and windows with attractive drapes, wooden blinds, plantation style shutters or patterned curtains. Buy some coffee table books with high-end photography that showcases nearby natural attractions and points of interest that guests may want experience during their stay.

Provide a Fully Stocked, Updated Kitchen

Give your renters all the comforts of home with a few extra amenities that will keep them coming back. Bring the coffee shop to the house with a latte and cappuccino maker. Try a user-friendly model such as the Ninja Coffee Bar (reviewed here) or this top recommended Keurig Machine. Keep a laminated instruction sheet nearby or include it in a general guide that details all the property’s features, rules and guidelines.

Brushed stainless steel appliances give the kitchen an updated look and help hide fingerprints. Glass bowls or vases filled with fresh citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes add a pop of color to counter tops and make useful garnishes for drinks or to enhance the flavor of food and recipes.

Create Inviting Outdoor Living Spaces

Make your rental the ultimate transitional living space by investing in sturdy outdoor furniture covered with comfortable and colorful cushions and pillows. If you’re in a luxury rental market, an outdoor kitchen can bring you top-tier pricing. Otherwise, a decent gas grill will keep your patrons happy and well fed while they enjoy other outdoor amenities that might include a swimming pool, a hot tub or a fire pit. String lights or outdoor lanterns inspire a fun and festive atmosphere.

Finishing Touches Create a Lasting Impression

Thanks to networks like HGTV and web sites like Houzz and Pintrest, people have become accustomed to well-decorated spaces. Rooms need to appear up to date, clean, uncluttered and spacious. Emphasize focal points with oversized wall art, accent walls and directional ceiling lights. Leafy ferns, indoor palms and broadleaf tropical plants make rooms feel warm and inviting; they also help recycle indoor air and pair beautifully with wood furniture.

Support your local art community by showcasing the work of local artists on wall art, light fixtures, textiles or sculptural accents. Stock a small bookcase with published works by local authors, local photographers or the biographies of local entertainers. Let your short-term vacation rental reflect the very best of what your destination has to offer.

How to Save Money when Staging Your Home

People decorate their homes to reflect their own unique sense of style and personality. When it’s time to start showing your home to potential buyers, you’ll want to project more of a neutral landscape that still hints at an enticing lifestyle.

Does it Really Matter?

According to The National Association of Realtors.com, 77% of buyer’s agents say that staging a home helps potential buyers visualize the property as their future home. Realtor.com indicates on average, staged homes sell 88% faster and 20% higher in cost than non-staged homes. The longer a home is listed without selling, the more likely it is to drop in price.

What Does it Cost?

Home Advisor.com says the average cost for staging a home to sell runs between $301-$1326, with the national average being about $810. These costs seem grossly underestimated when compared with figures from Realtor.com, where home staging experts indicate a cost of $2000 – $2400 per month to stage an average sized (2000 sq ft) home while MarketWatch.com indicates it will cost $3500 – $4500 per month.

The truth is, there are many variables that can affect the cost of home staging, including the home’s:

  • Size
  • Design
  • Layout or floor plan
  • Condition
  • Location

Don’t let these figures discourage you from the idea of staging your home. You can do a lot of the work yourself and take hundreds or even thousands of dollars off the cost. If you’re listing your home with a realtor, try to find one who will include this service with no up-front cost from you.

DIY Staging Tips

If you need to rent furniture or decorative accessories because your home is vacant, you want a more upscale look or you’re an investor doing your first home flip, compare the cost of hiring a professional stager against the monthly rental of furniture and accessories from a company like Cort.com, which leases furniture for any occasion and serves multiple locations nationwide. 

Note: It’s not necessary to fill the entire home with rental furniture. Concentrate on the main living areas, such as the living room, kitchen, dining room and typically, the master bedroom.

Step 1: Deep Clean and Declutter

The first step in getting your home picture perfect for listing photos and later, actual walkthroughs, is a major cleaning. Declutter those counters in the bathroom and kitchen. Bathrooms organizers are inexpensive and very handy for keeping makeup, hair accessories or personal grooming products neat and tidy. Your investment here can also be used in your new home to keep clutter from even forming.

Step 2: Neutralize the Backdrop

Doing your own painting will save you a minimum of $300 to $400 on staging costs. Warm neutral colors will give your home an inviting atmosphere. Antique white, ivory, Grey, beige and “greige” are popular colors that never go out of style. Keeping light colors on walls also makes it easier to repaint if your buyers are planning to do so.

Step 3: Detail Your Floors and Fixtures

Put some of your vacuum attachments to use to get all the dust and dirt

sea turtles rug
sea turtles rug by SurenArt click image to buy

accumulated in corners and along the baseboards of walls. Have your carpets professionally steamed cleaned.

Wipe down blinds, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures. Wash soiled walls (that didn’t get repainted), windows and light switches and make any hard floors shiny clean. Add warmth, color and texture to hard floors with area rugs. This print would make a nice addition to a coastal cottage for sale in Florida or Southern California.

Step 4: Touch Up Furniture

Cover up any eyesores or worn upholstery with slipcovers. Spray paint can do wonders for old bar stools, tables or chairs. A pretty piece of fabric or throw can make a great cover for a side table or nightstand.

Whenever possible, float seating furniture away from walls in conversational groupings. Accent pillows and throws add interest, color, pattern and texture to sofas, armchairs and beds. Hint: Hand chop accent pillows for a designer look.

Step 5: Clean and Organize Closets

Closet organizers are a must and you can find a ton of options at Amazon, such as this adjustable Closetmaid kit for $105. It’s important to give the impression of spaciousness, in all the storage areas in your home. If you can’t get rid of enough stuff to leave 20 to 30% of open space in each closet, you may have to store a few of your things temporarily with a friend or rent a portable storage pod you can use to help move your belongings once your home is sold.

Step 6: Highlight or Create Selling Features

Steer attention toward anything that can become a standout feature. Add

indoor water fountain
Kenroy Home Forged Wall/Table Fountain

cushions and pillows to a window seat for a comfortable reading nook. Place a small writing desk underneath a staircase to create an office cubby. Position an indoor fountain and some house plants in the foyer. This 26 inch high hammered copper wall or table fountain would look stunning surrounded by some leafy ferns, palm plants or the trailing vines of some pothos plants. Click on the image to buy it at Amazon, $128.

Spruce up patios or porches with seating furniture, end tables, outdoor rugs and potted plants to create outdoor living spaces with ambiance.

Step 7: Add Curb Appeal

Touch up cracked or peeling paint along trim and power wash dirt away from

beautiful home with curb appeal
First impressions count!

siding and concrete. Make sure lawns are adequately watered and mowed. Remove weeds from flower beds, rocks or desert landscaping, trim trees and prune shrubs. During spring and summer, add some potted flowers if you don’t have flower beds. Make sure your mailbox is in good working order and your house numbers are clearly displayed.

Step 8: Bring in the Final Touches

Think about the lifestyle image you would like to project to potential buyers coming to see your home. What else can you add to help your home stand out?

For a rural family home, it could be as simple as a bowl filled with fresh green apples on the kitchen table and vase holding sunflowers centered on the counter. Fresh fruit or flowers instantly brighten the room with small pops of color. A plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies could help cinch the deal for a young couple looking for a cozy home to raise their kids in.

Conversely, this upscale, modern urban loft living room would be underwhelming viewed empty with its beige walls and flooring. To give the room interest and a modern art type feel, modern furniture with a twist on scale was brought in. The play on scale is repeated with the finishing accessories and wall art; which also energize the space with bold, fiery color. Oversized sculptures and modern art picture books provide conversation starters that could help any discerning, upscale urban socialite visualize intimate gatherings here with fine wine, premium cocktails and close friends.

Consider Getting a Consultation

According to Realtor.com, a home staging consultation can run anywhere from $125 to $300. That’s a reasonable cost that can provide you with the blue print needed to make your home sell quickly and at the best possible price.

Good luck on finding or creating your dream home!

Use Houzz to Comparison Shop and Give Your Room Makeover a Designer Look

Houzz is a great resource for visualizing different room styles and inspiring a new look in your home. It also provides built-in tools to help DIY decorators achieve impressive results.

Farmhouse style kitchens have a lot of appeal because you can mix rustic, industrial and traditional elements with contemporary or modern features. The overall look feels warm and welcoming and works with many types of home styles.

This farmhouse kitchen makeover by J Holderby Renovations caught my eye because I like everything about it. From the light fixtures to the bar stools to the flooring, everything coordinates beautifully. I like how the island adds extra counter space, extra storage space and a place to sit and eat or socialize. Looks like a perfect spot for kitchen gossip with a glass of wine.

 

Clicking on a photo like this (on Houzz) will enlarge it into its own web page. Then a menu pops up along the bottom, allowing you to e-mail it, save it, share it or draw on it. If you click on the little price tag icon, tags will appear by light fixtures, furniture, appliances and decorative items that can be purchased on Houzz.

Tagged items are visually matched with about a dozen products to choose from, in varying price points. The industrial pendant light over the sink can be had for as little as $108 or as much as $798.

The arched, pull-down sprayer faucets in the next example can get really pricey, costing over $1000. But after checking on a few from the price tag list, I found this Vigo faucet on sale for about $153. Another bargain buy inspired by this kitchen is this six piece knife block, at just $80.00.

 

If Mediterranean is more your style, and your kitchen is truly the central hub of your home, you’ll need plenty of options for seating. These saddle seat wooden bar stools are practical and affordable ($35 each), perfect for everyday meals at the bar and extra seating for kids when hosting large holiday family dinners. For formal dining, these upholstered, solid wood Harmony armchairs ($420 a pair) and side chairs ($345 a pair) are a fraction of the cost of many formal dining chairs and tie in nicely with the barstools in an open concept floorplan.

People often like to describe themselves as eclectic decorators because they like different styles of décor. However, eclectic decorating is more complex than just a mixture of different styles. If you don’t follow any design principles, the look is basically just a form of contemporary style. Let’s try to style an eclectic living room using the products for sale on Houzz inspired by this bohemian chic townhouse:
I used a combination of the tagged items and related items, which appear on the right side of the picture. Since only a limited number of displayed furnishings get tagged, browsing through related items can help you complete the look. I searched through a few styles of pendant lights to find a design that was both unusual and slightly rustic, to complement the coffee table made from antique mirrors.
I combined the furniture and accessories I would use to decorate an eclectic or boho chic style living room on this RoomStyer mood board. Notice how the colors, textures and finishes of these items help tie them together. Unity is the key to making an eclectic room design work. Houzz has made it easy to put a look like this together and get it all in one place.
Boho room decor available on Houzz
Boho room decor available on Houzz
Here is the shopping list for this boho chic room design:

Decorate with Cutting-Edge Style

I stumbled upon some awesome home décor resources yesterday when I was checking on my resume links. One of my previous contract publishers, now known as Leaf Group, has transformed their business model to include marketplace brands. Two of the lifestyle brands they created and promote are Deny Designs and society 6.

For those who love eclectic or bohemian decorating styles or anyone who appreciates original artwork and a unique sense of style, Deny Designs and society 6 are right up your alley.

A Closer Look at Deny Designs

Deny Designs is a progressive, forward-thinking company based in a picturesque suburb of Denver, Colorado. The art inspired décor created in Deny’s industrial-chic warehouse helps promote and support the work of about 180 different artists from all over the globe.

sunny leo Art Canvas by robert farkas
sunny leo Art Canvas by robert farkas

The best part is the affordability. Add dimension and color to your walls with canvas art for just $24.00. Accessorize with lively, fun patterns on bedding, bath accessories, soft furnishings, accent furniture and wall art throughout your home.

flourish Throw Pillow by stephanie corfee
flourish
Throw Pillow
by stephanie corfee

Brighten your furniture with art inspired accent pillows (starting at just $39) or use colorful floor cushions for casual seating in a bedroom, game room or family room. (starting at just $89)

elephants deco on exotic florals Floor Pillow Round by joy laforme
elephants deco on exotic florals
Floor Pillow Round
by joy laforme

The artists’ gallery page showcases the work of Deny’s contributing artists. Click on an individual design to see what type of home furnishings and décor currently feature that print or pattern. Create a sense of unity in your home by using your favorite print or pattern on different accessories in adjoining rooms.

For example, if you have a couple of these striking “Purple Romance” accent pillows on your sofa in the living room…

purple romance Throw Pillow by gina rivas design
purple romance
Throw Pillow
by gina rivas design

Consider hanging a tapestry of “Green Romance” on your dining room wall.
Separating accessories with the same pattern in different areas of the home or using alternate colors will help you avoid a look that is too matchy-matchy.

green romance Tapestry by gina rivas design
green romance
Tapestry
by gina rivas design

When you see something you like, check out the artist’s individual collection of work. I really like the graphic designs of Gina Rivas, and especially her use of intense, dramatic color.  This moodboard shows how her various design collections could be used together throughout your home. Click on it to see more work by Rivas.

Gina Rivas Design moodboard
Gina Rivas Design moodboard

No matter what you’re into, you’re likely to find something that intrigues you at Deny Designs.

Introducing Society 6

Society 6 is similar to Deny Designs but on a much larger scale. According to the company’s About Us page, society 6 produces consumer goods featuring the work of hundreds of thousands of artists scattered all over the world.

If you’re an artist, all you need to do is become a verified member of society 6, upload a high-resolution image of your artwork and make a post about it on the site. Artists retain the rights to their work and also set the price for framed prints and stretched canvases.

If your artwork is selected for distribution by one of society 6’s Retail Partners, it can be made into additional products sold in their online stores. Artists are paid on the published profits of consumer goods featuring their artwork, which they still retain the rights to.

Society 6 also customizes area rugs and curtains, which aren’t offered yet at Deny Designs. Choose from thousands of stunning original print designs. Rugs are available in three sizes ranging from:

  • 2’ x 3’ — $35
  • 3’ x 5’ — $65
  • 4’ x 6’ — $95

Inject your personality into a room by finding a rug that reflects your witty sense of humor or your quirky, fun loving mood. This vintage-style print of a dancing breakfast by Teo Zirinis brings to mind the dancing refreshments that enticed movie goers in the mid-twentieth century.

Let's All Go And Have Breakfast rug by Teo Zirinis
Let’s All Go And Have Breakfast rug by Teo Zirinis

If the natural world is more your thing, you’ll find a large variety of floral and botanical designs that can help bring a sense of serenity into your home. Lightweight polyester curtain panels allow filtered light to enter the room when closed and are available in single ($80) or double panels ($120).

Add a tropical vibe with this palm leaf print by Orara Studio.

Palm Leaf II curtain by Orara Studio
Palm Leaf II curtain by Orara Studio

Or go with the bold, vivid colors of “Exotic Flower Garden” by CatyArte.

Exotic flower garden curtain by CatyArte
Exotic flower garden curtain by CatyArte

No matter what your home’s decorating style, theme or color scheme is, you’re bound to find something that speaks to you at society 6.

It’s also a great place to look for gifts for family and friends that you know well.
After all, it’s not about how much you spend, but the thought behind the gift that counts!

Pretty Swe*ry: Don't Be a Dick coffee mug by CynthiaF
Pretty Swe*ry: Don’t Be a Dick coffee mug by CynthiaF

Hello Again!

Home Decorating News has finally made it to Word Press!

I’m thrilled that I finally managed to make the move from Blogger to Word Press  with the help of a magic little plug-in called Blogger Import Extended. I’m eager to start publishing my own decorating ideas, tips and advice again and can hopefully keep myself organized enough to update at least once a week. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or reach out if you have a decorating question.

I will also try to update and fix the flaws on my older posts that occurred when everything was moved over. This will take some time but feel free to email me if you find a broken link or would like to see if a product is still available. Many of them might not be around anymore but I will do my best to find something similar. Enjoy!

Home Office Ideas for a Wonderful Workspace

Working from home has become more commonplace than ever, as corporate employees are now joining the ranks of freelancers and self-employed business owners who don’t clock in at a common workplace. According to The Business Insider, major corporations such as IBM, Xerox, United Health Group and Apple offer numerous work from home opportunities, posted on telecommuting, job seeking sites such as FlexJobs.

Regardless of how you hone your skills and knowledge to work remotely, a functional, inspiring workspace can help boost your enthusiasm and increase your productivity.

The space where I generate ideas about coordinating color schemes, mixing different fabric patterns or combining various furniture styles is inhabited by an eclectic mix of collectibles and sentimental gifts. Japanese Geisha dolls, an incense burning dragon and a jellyfish encased in glass live among peacock feathers and a jumbo cocktail glass serving as a candle holder on the topmost shelf of my desk. Sugar skulls and mementos from my daughter fill open cubbies. A large potted tree warms the corner by my mini home office consisting of a desk with hutch and rolling cart printer stand.

I don’t need a lot of space as a writer or decorator. I prefer my desktop PC, with it’s large, 25 inch wide touch screen monitor, which I can quickly navigate with a roller ball mouse. I have a large desktop that allows me to spread out papers, pictures or other materials if I need to. With plenty of storage for tools and office supplies, everything I need to work is right in front of me. And this workspace is completely accessible, being that I am disabled. While decorative elements may not be a necessity in a home office, they make your work area feel more inviting, creating a space you’ll want to spend more time in. Although this wall in my spacious master bedroom provides a comfortable and inviting work area for a writer/interior decorator, my dream workspace would look more like this:

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The Cube by peterdanielfrazier
 

 

The Cube by peterdanielfrazier
The Cube by peterdanielfrazier
 

 

The Cube by peterdanielfrazier
The Cube by peterdanielfrazier
 

 

The Cube by peterdanielfrazier
The Cube by peterdanielfrazier
 

 

The Cube by peterdanielfrazier
The Cube by peterdanielfrazier
 

This awe inspiring workspace was built by graphic designer, Peter Daniel Frazier, who realized he could downsize his office to a laptop computer and iPhone. Doubling as a guest house, Frazier named his serene home office ‘The Cube.” The standing desk offers respite from a sore back or bum, which can occur when sitting for hours. When the feet call for a time-out, a few comfortable seating options come in to play.

If you don’t have access to breathtaking forest views, a beautiful garden or courtyard can also suffice for a thought provoking, contemplative atmosphere. For anyone who enjoys nature, beautiful landscapes and the feeling of being outdoors, an office with a view can inspire an uplifting mood.

Eclectic Home Office by Sydney Interior Designers & Decorators Luci.D Interiors

If tranquil, outdoor views are simply not an option — a likely occurrence in many cases, bring the natural world inside your workspace. Organic textures and neutral or earthtone colors make a room feel comforting, welcoming and inviting. Create an atmosphere you’ll want to linger in. Add some greenery with a couple of live plants or fill an empty corner with a large potted palm or broad leaf tropical plant. Plants help recycle indoor air, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. Check out the top 10 air purifying plants as noted on the green lifestyle blog, WebEcoist. If the room lacks a window with a view, hang a large photo or painting with a scenic view.

beautiful-home-office-plants Via Decoist
beautiful-home-office-plants Via Decoist
via Apartment Therapy

 

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For the ultimate ‘green office,’ a vertical garden or living plant wall can make you feel less cooped up and incites a sense of being outdoors in the presence of lush greenery. Add an indoor fountain and transform your workspace into an inviting oasis.

Contemporary Home Office by Other Metro Interior Designers & Decorators Martin Hulala

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If you have an office window with a less than stellar view, a bohemian inspired window garden can inject a little warmth and personality.

via Moon to Moon

While the individuality of a home office can be tailored to inspire the independent freelancer or telecommuting corporate employee, startup entrepreneurs who need to collaborate with a team of like-minded supporters might need a workspace that is central to an urban location. Teamwork can also require more space than a home office provides and sometimes crosses international boundaries. Organizations such as WeWork offer even more flexibility for the unconventional work force of the modern world, providing shared office space in major cities across the United States and overseas locations in Europe and Israel.

Getting paid to do something you love can help take the work out of a job, especially when you’re in an uplifting environment that inspires productivity and creative freedom.

Teenage Bedroom Decorating Ideas

You and your teenager may be at odds when it comes to
bedroom design ideas. However, with a little open-mindedness and a little
compromise, there is hope for parents and teens to come together and create a
look that everyone can be happy with.

Planning

The first step in planning any type of room makeover is to figure out a budget. Kids this age are old enough to understand the concept of a budget and how to spend money responsibly. Allowing them to participate in the financial area of the project is a great learning experience.  If your child’s design ideas are larger than what you can comfortably afford, why not give him or her the opportunity to earn some of the money that may be needed through extra chores around the house, babysitting, mowing lawns, chores for neighbors, etc.
Once you have a budget figured out, make a list of the things that need to be changed in the room, including what you want to add and what you want to take away. Consider selling things like furniture, books, clothing, etc., through a yard sale, eBay or Let Go to raise more money for decorating.

Color and Paint

Paint is one of the
most inexpensive ways to make a big impact when changing the look in a room. The
trick here is finding a color you can both live with. A new color for the walls
should also be one of the last things chosen, after your teen has picked out
new bedding and accessories. It’s much easier to coordinate paint color with
the room’s furnishings than vice versa.

Get the look at Sherwin Williams
Bring paint chip cards home to view under the room’s
lighting and to compare against the surrounding colors in the room. Buy sample
pots of the top two or three choices and try the colors out on the walls or on
sample boards. If your teenager wants to paint the room in black, it’s time for
some compromising alternatives.
One good thing about black is that it goes well with almost
any other color. If your teen likes black, find another color you can both
agree on and then think of ways you can incorporate black into the room’s color
scheme. Black can be a striking color for an accent wall, or consider doing a
stenciled design in black. For something different, paint the ceiling black. Other ways to incorporate black
into the room include bedding, throw pillows, rugs and furniture.

via Decoist

 

via Emerald Design

A night sky ceiling is a fun theme for a teen bedroom. Instead of black, paint the ceiling a deep shade of indigo. Use phosphorescent glowing paint to paint in stars, comets and cosmic glowing gas clouds. Sites that sell the paint such as Glow Inc. and Kosmic Kreations commonly offer tutorials on how to paint space murals. With a little practice, it might not be as hard as you think.

via Home Reviews

 

Organizing

No matter what style your teen is into, keeping the room
organized and clear of clutter is essential and usually a challenge. The
following tips can help keep your teen’s bedroom a safe, inhabitable space that
won’t bring to mind the last episode of “Hoarders” you saw.
  • Buy storage containers and baskets that match or contrast
    with the room’s color scheme.
  • Install extra wall shelves for knick-knacks, books, video
    games, movies, etc. Install hooks underneath to hang necklaces, hats, belts or scarves.
  • Put a clothes hamper in the closet. When the clothes reach
    the top, make it a rule to wash at least two loads (the rule is for the teen,
    not Mom).
  • Add a really cool garbage can, like the colorful cans
    available at The Container Store.com and insist that it gets used.
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Wall Décor

Teenagers love to express themselves through graffiti. You
can find it all over their notebooks, the soles of their shoes and often, even
on themselves. A great idea for wall décor in a teen bedroom is dry erase wall
decals. Teens can place these self-adhesive decals anywhere they want and write
messages or draw pictures. The decals can be peeled off and placed somewhere
else without damaging the wall. Walls can also be decorated with large murals depicting graphic graffiti designs. Find graffiti wall murals at Wallsauce.com. Dry erase decals are available at Wall Pops and Wallies.com.

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Bedding and Accessories

New bedding is an essential part of a bedroom makeover.  A great resource for bedding and accessories
for a teen bedroom is Vision Bedding.
Your teenager will love this website because Vision Bedding allows you
to upload photos or your own original artwork, which can then be made into
bedding, pillows, wall décor, rugs, towels, shower curtains or window curtains.
The site also has a design gallery with thousands of images that can be made
into these products as well. Products can be further personalized with original
text messages printed on them.

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If your teen daughter loves everything posh, chic and girly,
check out Wake Up Frankie. Here you will find fun bedding patterns in bold
colors such as hot pink damask, black and pink French polkadots, leopard and
zebra print, jewel tone colors, Parisian themes and much more. Throw in a
beaded chandelier and black curtains with an allover satin rose design for a
room fit for a true fashionista. 

via Wake up Frankie

Furniture and Lighting

In addition to a bed, furniture for a teen bedroom should
include a desk for homework, an extra chair or seat for friends, a dresser and one or two nightstands. If space and the budget allows, a bookcase or media stand can be
included and a vanity is nice for a girl’s room.
PB Teen is an awesome resource for  furniture, including dozens of different bed designs, desks, vanities, dressers, bedside tables and cool, furry, fluffy beanbag chairs. If your teen’s bedroom does not have an
overhead light, a floor lamp is a good choice for general lighting. A desk lamp is essential for homework and studying and you may want to include one or two bedside lamps. PB Teen has snazzy table lamps with drum style lampshades, colorful desk lamps and sleek, modern floor lamps or you can coordinate drum style lampshades with table and floor lamps.

via PB Teen
via PB Teen

 

Other Fun Accessories

Replace the closet door with a beaded curtain to add sparkle and shine in the room. For some really cool accent lighting, go with fairy lights. LED fairy lights are inexpensive and can be used in dozens of ways. Some of them are as small as a grain of rice and come on thin wires that can be wrapped around a curtain rod, headboard, mirror or placed inside a glass container, as they are battery operated. Others are more like string lights that your teen can use to enhance the ceiling, walls or furniture. You can find beaded curtains and fairy lights at Shop Wild Things.

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Get Creative with Used Furniture

Having brand-new furniture and décor is nice but you can
also stretch your budget much further by shopping for a few used items that are
still in good condition at places such as:
  • Consignment stores
  • Thrift stores
  • eBay
  • Craigslist
A new coat of paint can do wonders to update the look of
used furniture. Saving money on a bed, nightstands and dresser leaves more room
in the budget for bedding and accessories. Piecing together bedroom furniture
from a variety of sources also helps avoid the matchy-matchy look of bedroom
sets, giving the room a more organic feel.

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Choosing Paint Colors for Rooms in Your Home

A mix of different wall colors in your home adds interest
and variety; a good antidote for the dulling effect of the same monotone
neutral color repeated through every room. However, to avoid a jarring, choppy
effect, you need a simple palette of colors that flow smoothly from one room to
the next.  If you have an existing color
in a room that you want to keep, such as gray-blue walls in the kitchen, then
build your color scheme from this hue.

Color Family and Undertones

For a seamless look between the kitchen and dining room,
consider a hue in the same color family as gray or blue. Gray is a neutral
color with one of three undertones, blue, green or purple. Blue, green and
purple are analogous colors, meaning they fit within the same color family. So
you could use a similar shade of green or purple with gray undertones.
Conversely, a similar shade of gray with green or purple undertones would also
work. 
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This lovely sage hue would flow nicely with a gray-blue kitchen.

Monochromatic Options

Another way to create unity and color flow throughout the
home is to use lighter and darker shades of the same color. This is called a
monochromatic color scheme and it is what you find on paint chip samples that
show varying tints and shades of the same color. One option is to go much
lighter with the gray, such as an off white with a blue undertone or go darker
with a deep slate gray or charcoal hue. 
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Choose a darker shade off the same paint chip to take the guess work out of mixing colors.

Complementary Choices

If the gray-blue color in the kitchen has a strong blue
undertone, you may want to consider a complementary shade of orange in the
dining room. The key to making this work is to keep the saturation of the
orange consistent with the gray-blue in the kitchen, meaning you need to use a
muted tone of orange.  Complementary
color schemes take a little more courage to use but they can have stunning
effects. In the following photo,
Not a dining room but a great example of a complementary mix. Notice the muted green showing in the adjoining room.

Building a Palette

Now that you have an idea of the types of colors that
coordinate with a gray-blue kitchen, you’ll need to decide on a method for
using them. A color palette typically consists of 3 to 5 colors. Once you’ve
chosen these colors, alternate the primary, secondary and accent colors. This
means you can repeat the same gray-blue in the kitchen as a secondary or accent
color in the dining room, such as using it on the trim, on the ceiling or in
the décor such as table linens. Mixing in a neutral such as white or brown
helps you achieve a balanced flow from room to room.

Decorating a Bedroom with Blue & Red

Decorating with colors that seem unrelated can be tricky. Blue
and red are not part of the same color family, nor are they complementary
opposites. However, if you pay attention to the undertones and the saturation
or intensity of each color, a successful combination in a color scheme becomes
much easier to pull off. Using colors in a decorating theme can also help you
discover other ways in which they relate to each other.

Nautical & Coastal Colors

Combine blue and red in a nautical color scheme. Images such
as anchors, coral, boats, life
preservers and light houses may contain bright accents of red. Blue and white
striped patterns create a crisp contrast on an area rug or upholstered chair. Paint
a bright blue accent wall behind the bed. Brightly colored nautical flags in
red white and blue can be represented in framed art or on accent pillows.
Include a few neutral hues in white, beige, brown and tan. Add organic texture
with elements such as a wooden navigation wheel, rope or wooden paddles.

The combination of blue and red mixed with white also brings
to mind a coastal color scheme. Bright red fishing nets, red blooms in window
boxes and red roof tops on cottages contrast brightly against the blue of sea
and sky. Paint wood furniture in bold hues of blue. Use a light shade of blue
on walls for a light, summery feel. Include bright red pin striping or a red
floral print on accent pillows. Add a small, rustic touch with a bright red
kerosene lantern.

Patriotic and Traditional

The Americana and patriotic feelings associated with red and
blue, as the primary colors on the American flag, are deep-seated in tradition
and American culture. These bold, primary colors are also commonly found in
country style quilting fabric, area rugs and plaid or checked fabric patterns
used on upholstery, linens and accent pillows. Decorate a country style bedroom
with quilts or bedspreads featuring red, white and blue patterns.  Add a patriotic feel with accent pillows
featuring rustic flag fabric or hang a rustic flag tapestry on the wall.
 

Boys Bedrooms

Blue and red are a common color scheme for boys’ bedrooms.
Many teams in Major League Baseball feature red and blue jerseys. These colors
are also often associated with airplanes, boats and race cars; classic motifs
for a boy’s bedroom. Superman and Spiderman, popular comic book heroes, both
wear suits of blue and red. Use these colors on bedding, whether mixed together
in a plaid print or solid blocks of red and blue on a comforter or quilt. Blue
walls are befitting of a boy’s bedroom, which can be accented with a bright red
cabinet or bedframe.

Decorating Ideas With Tulle & Wall Drapes

Decorating
a bedroom with inexpensive materials such as tulle and fabric or drapery panels
allows you to get creative without spending a fortune. Tulle is a
versatile, sheer material that can be used in a number of ways to enhance
bedroom décor, from curtains to bed canopies. Add drama and style with floor to
ceiling wall drapes in colors or patterns that complement the room’s décor.

Embellish Windows with Tulle Accents

Tulle makes a great accent for windows, as light filters
through this sheer material. Tulle comes in a variety of sizes, from thin, 6
inch wide ribbons to large, 108 inch wide fabric bolts. Short strips of tulle
material tied to a curtain rod make an easy valance or use longer strips for a
tulle curtain. Use long lengths of tulle in two colors wrapped around a curtain
rod swag-style to create a window scarf valance. Tulle can also be fashioned
into rod pocket style curtains by sewing a simple casing along the folded end
of a tulle fabric panel.

Create Elegant Tulle Bed Canopies

Use tulle at the head of the bed to create a comfortable
reading nook or add it to a wall teester, commonly known as a bed crown. Drape
a long length of tulle between two ceiling mounted curtain rods installed at
the head of the bed, with enough material to reach the floor on both sides and
an elegant dip in the middle. Use two more rods at the foot of the bed to drape
a second tulle canopy or drape long tulle panels over a four poster frame. Sew a casing along the top edge of tulle panels to create a custom bed canopy. Tulle comes in many colors so you don’t have to stick with just white. With an embroidery hoop and tulle, you can
create a hoop style canopy to hang from a ceiling hook.

Wall Drape Accent Wall

The ideal location for an accent wall in a bedroom is the
wall behind the bed. The bed acts as a focal point in the room, so embellishing
the wall behind it helps draw the eye in that direction. Floor to ceiling
drapery panels hung from a wall-to-wall curtain wire or lightweight fabric
attached to the wall with hook and loop tape softens the look behind the bed.
Use the high sheen of luxury fabrics such as cashmere, satin or silk for a
formal style bedroom or add a deep, plush texture with velvet. Use an
eye-catching pattern in a modern or eclectic bedroom.

Light up Your Focal Point

Combine tulle with delicate string lights for a romantic
bedroom accent or a fun nightlight in a girl’s bedroom.  A headboard fashioned from tulle and string
lights makes an unusual yet very attractive accessory for the bed. Use shimmer
or sparkling tulle for additional dazzle. Look for curtain style Christmas
lights, which hang in long strands from a single wire or loosely loop string
lights around a curtain rod. Hang a solid panel of tulle in front of the lights
or tie strips of tulle to the rod. String lights can also be intertwined along
a four poster canopy frame with tulle draped over the top for an enchanted bed.
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