Create a Focal Point in Any Room

When you walk into a room or interior space, you’ll feel more comfortable if your eye can rest on a main feature. That main feature is called the “focal point” of the room. If your room has a beautiful picture window looking out to a lovely garden, that’s it. If you have a fireplace, large or small, that will be the focal point in that room. Sometimes a room has no distinguishing feature built in and you have to create one. Some ideas of focal points that you can add to a room are here:
  • An armoire or other tall, large cabinet
  • A beautiful oriental or patterned rug
  • A table with a collection of interesting pieces on it
  • A dramatic mirror or fabric panel
  • A collection hung on the wall, such as musical instruments, family photos, umbrellas, or decorative hats
  • A large open storage shelf with collectibles interspersed with books and plants
  • The point of creating a focal point is to select something to draw the eye and invite the visitor to linger and enjoy.

Use the Same Trim and Ceiling Color Throughout Your Home

It makes sense that you’d want different colored walls in different rooms. But it’s also true that rooms in a home should flow, one into another. For a subtle movement from room to room, use the same color white paint for all the ceilings and the trim throughout. The colored walls will give character to each space but the consistent white will let the rooms relate.

How to Remove Old Wallpaper and Borders

Using wallpaper to cover walls is popular again after several years. You might want to try new wallpaper in your home. You don’t need to repaint the walls to get rid of the hideous wallpaper or borders that are already there. Learn how to remove unwanted wallpaper and not destroy the paint finish underneath. You may want to put up new paper and the walls will be in great shape. Begin the wallpaper removal process by spraying the edge of the paper or border and let the water soak into the paper for a while. Start scraping the paper off from the edge in with a plastic scraper that won’t mar the walls. Always start at the bottom and wipe up any drips immediately. If this first step doesn’t work, use a clothes steamer if you have one. Do a small area at time, loosening then scraping the paper. If the adhesive is stubborn, you might have to resort to dampening the paper with white vinegar, which is a solvent for the glue. If all else fails, purchase some commercial wallpaper remover and follow the directions carefully. The enzymes in the product will dissolve the wallpaper paste and make removal easy, finally. With any of these methods, remember to start at the bottom and wipe up all spills or drips immediately so the walls are not soiled or stained.

Find Storage Space in Hidden Places – Look Above, Under, Inside, and Around for Storage Space

Small apartments and condos often do not have sufficient storage space. Try these tips on finding hidden spaces for storage in your home.
  • Hang a fabric panel on the front of an étagère to hide wrapping paper, craft supplies, or tools.
  • A skirted table can camouflage a file cabinet, storage boxes, or even a television.
  • A lowboy can serve as a bedside table to store linens, stationery, or cosmetics.
  • A narrow cabinet, rather than an open-leg sofa table, can store games, DVD’s, and even stereo components.
  • A shallow, rolling box will fit under the bed to store out-of-season clothes, sweaters, and linens.