Summer Garden Tips and Vegetable Planting Ideas

Keep your summer garden from being dull, non-productive or dying out. Knowing which veggie produce varieties thrive in summer gardens will help you plant, and keep a stunning summer garden.

Summer gardening diy tips and ideas for working in the garden assembled helpful tips and ideas to assist you in keeping your garden flourishing and producing throughout the summer months.

When Should I Start a Summer Garden?

You can start a summer garden as early as January. The following will give you vital insight into each month and how you can prepare your garden for the coming summer:

January Summer Garden Preparation

While this may seem extraordinarily early, this is the time that new and improved seeds come available to the market. If you do indeed plan on starting your vegetables from seeds, getting them started indoors will provide a head start and potential early harvest for your garden.

The earlier you browse seed catalogs, the better your chances of ordering the seeds you want. Popular or new varieties will tend to sell out early.

Summer garden diy tips and ideas growing from seeds

Tip: Create a map of your garden and sketch out how you want your garden to look this summer (crops should be rotated each year). Keep these maps from year to year and take detailed notes on your garden’s performance.

If you prefer beginning with seedlings ready to be transplanted, make a list of what you’d like to buy at your nursery when the time comes. Since nursery operators are typically local, ask for recommendations about which vegetables to grow (if needed) and if there have been any infestation or disease warnings issued for your area.

February Summer Garden Preparation

For most vegetables, typical February weather is still considered too early for outdoor planting. However, there are some tasks you can perform indoors and outdoors:

  • Finish acquiring your seeds
  • Using the instructions on the packets, put them in planting order (by date)
  • Buy enough growing mix, seed trays, peat, etc. to get your seeds started
  • Start your plants indoors, so they are ready for planting after the threat of frost passes

Take the time to clean, sharpen, or replace your essential garden tools such as:

  • Shovels
  • Garden Spade and Fork
  • Hoe
  • Rake
  • Bypass Pruner
  • Trowel
  • Wheelbarrow

Summer garden diy tips ideas and equipment

Tip: Sanitizing your garden equipment after each use will help you avoid spreading diseases throughout your garden.

February Planting

Outdoors: Only when the ground is reasonably workable you can plant bare-root perennial species like:

  • Asparagus
  • Artichoke
  • Spinach (some varieties)
  • Sweet Potato
  • Horseradish
  • Rhubarb

Summer garden diy tips and ideas growing rhubarb

Tip: If your winter season is particularly cold, wait until temperatures come up a bit or plant them indoors for eventual outdoor replanting.

Indoors: Start seeds for vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale, lettuce, and onions (follow the start dates indicated on seed packets).

Read this blog for more ideas, as some fruits and vegetables thrive in containers and indoors.

March Summer Garden Preparation

Weather-wise, March tends to be an unpredictable month. Be prepared to deal with late-season frosts or freezes that could severely damage perennials (cover your crops with row covers when projected temperatures may dip to or below freezing).

March Planting

Most vegetable crops will flourish in slightly acidic soil (6.0 to 6.8 pH). Pick up a pH test kit at your local garden center or send a soil sample to an extension laboratory to make sure your soil pH is in the proper range for the growing season.

You should annually amend your garden soil with compost, peat moss, manure, etc., to improve its structure. Give a healthy start to your perennial vegetables by adding organic compost along the sides of your plant rows. Turn the compost into the existing soil with a spading fork and rake it smooth.

Summer garden diy tips and ideas to improve soil

Tip: If your garden soil continuously suffers from erosion, leeching, or other damaging conditions, consider building raised beds in which you can better control soil conditions.

Outdoors: Once soil temperatures are consistently above 40°F, start moving the vegetables you’ve already started like kale, lettuce, spinach to the garden. By the end of the month, your garden should be ready for you to plant peas.

Indoors: Start seeds for crops such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, and sweet corn.

April Summer Garden Preparation and Planting

Avoid being lured into a false sense of security. April weather can still throw you a curveball. The row covers you used in March will come in handy during an occasional April nighttime cold snap.

Summer garden diy tips and ideas avoid late season frost

When soil temperatures consistently register at 60ºF or above, you can start safely planting warm-season crops.

Note: If you didn’t start your own seeds, buy sprouts and seedlings of early-season crops like radishes, spinach, onions, leeks, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, beets, peas, and Brussels sprouts.

Summer garden diy tips and ideas growing spinach

April Planting

Start planting your early-season crops. Select a mild weathered, overcast day to reduce transplant shock. Water well when planting, and When finished, lay down a two- to three-inch layer of organic mulch to suppress any weeds and regulate soil moisture and temperature.

Tip: For your greens, sow seeds in the garden where they’ll germinate and grow. Try planting them in succession, every 2-3 weeks, for a continuous harvest during the season.

Note: Until your newly transplanted seedlings develop their root systems, keep them watered and moist – if they dry out, you’ll likely lose them.

May Summer Garden Preparation and planting

Now is the time to take advantage of warmer temperatures, longer days, and moist soil to do the majority of your remaining planting. However, resist any temptation to plant more than you can reasonably tend to as the season advances.

May Planting

When soil temperatures remain consistently at or above 70°F, you can start or continue planting your early-season crops, your tomatoes, peppers, melons, eggplants, peppers, corn, cucumbers, potatoes, and herbs.

Tip: Make sure your watering patterns are sufficient to provide your plants with enough water and mulch to remain hydrated through the growing season.

If sowing directly in the garden, start your carrots, beets, and radishes now.

Summer garden diy tips and ideas growing carrots

Note: Follow seed packet instructions for proper crop spacing that were direct sown, and thin your seedlings accordingly.

Tip: This is the stage in the growing season to be vigilant for insect damage on leaves. When you spot signs of trouble, take immediate measures to control the situation by removing the affected leaves, using row covers or physical barriers, or spraying with an organic pesticide like neem oil. If you are perplexed by the insect damage, consult your garden center or extension service for recommended actions.

May Harvest

Your early-season plants like asparagus, spring greens, and peas should be approaching harvest time.

Summer garden diy tips and ideas for growing asparagus

Tip: The more you harvest, the more these crops will produce.

Can You Plant a Garden in Summer?

Despite common perception, June or July are not too late to plant garden vegetables and herbs. Vegetables and herbs that yield multiple harvests can be planted in midsummer for a reasonable harvest in the fall. Even though July may be too late for varieties like tomatoes or squash, you can still pick seeds according to your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone that permit later planting and harvesting.

What Can You Plant in a Summer Garden?

Summer garden diy tips and ideas for growing vegetables

Some popular vegetables to grow in summer gardens include:

  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Sorrels
  • Beans
  • Greens
  • Berries

Summer garden diy tips and ideas for strawberries

And some of the top vegetables to grow in the summer heat include:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Southern Peas
  • Hot Peppers
  • Green Beans
  • Okra
  • Sunflowers

Which Flowering Plants Grow in Summer Season?

If you have the space in your garden and want to get some summer color in it, consider the following flowering plants for the summer season:

Summer garden diy tips and ideas flowering marigolds

  • Angelonia
  • Begonia
  • Dahlias
  • Daisies
  • Daylily
  • Geranium
  • Gerbera Daisies
  • Lavender
  • Marigolds
  • Dahlias
  • Peony
  • Salvia

Tip: Growing flowering plants amidst your vegetables will help you keep your garden looking full and vibrant as it thins from summer harvesting activities.

Summer Garden

In this article, you discovered gardening tips and ideas to help you keep your garden producing through the entire growing season.

Knowing what to plant, when to plant it, how to care for it, and when to harvest will help you grow quality edibles through the growing season in its entirety.

Planting without a plan may leave you with an unhealthy garden, low crop yield, or wilted and dying plants.


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How to Replace an Old Thermostat

Avoid astronomical energy bills with an old inefficient thermostat. By replacing your analog thermostat with a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat, you can save hundreds of dollars per year in heating and cooling costs. assembled helpful information to help you replace your old thermostat, new thermostat options for your home, and where your thermostat should be located.

How to Replace a Thermostat

Few home improvement projects can provide the type of savings garnered from replacing an old, non-programmable thermostat. The following steps will help you upgrade your thermostat:

old analog thermostat with limited capabilities

Project Parameters – This is an easy “beginner level” project that can be completed in under two hours. You will need the following tools/equipment:

  • Screwdriver (Phillips or flathead depending on the screws used in the original installation)
  • Level
  • Drill (with an appropriate sized bit for mounting screws)
  • Wide Painters Tape/Blue Tape (used to catch falling debris from drilling activities)
  • Multimeter (voltage meter)
  • Camera/Cameraphone

Tip: If your new thermostat occupies a smaller space than the old one, use touch-up paint or repaint the wall for a professional-looking job.

If you need to paint, some great tips and guidance can be found at

Step 1 – Turn off the Power

The first thing to do is turn off the power to your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) unit and existing thermostat. You can turn off the power by flipping the breaker to the off position (this breaker should be clearly labeled on the breaker panel).

Match the voltage of your HVAC wiring to your new thermostat. If the voltage is not labeled on the unit or the breaker, use a multimeter to verify the voltage.

Note: Make sure the wiring voltage does not exceed the thermostat manufacturer-specified voltage. Higher voltage wiring may lead to control damage, electric shock, or extreme fire risk.

Tip: If the wiring voltage is not labeled on the breaker or the HVAC unit, for future reference, write the wiring voltage on stickers, then place one next to the breaker and another on the unit.

Step 2 – Remove the Old Thermostat and Base

In most cases, old thermostats are attached to their base by clips or brackets. It may sound like you are breaking the thermostat when removing it, don’t stress it. Even if the mounting bracket breaks, you are replacing the unit.

Outdated thermostat technology

Examine the base and its wiring. Depending on the age of the unit, you may see a two-wire or four-wire configuration. Take a picture of the base and wiring before removing them from their terminals. You should also label each wire as it is removed from its terminal (these coded labels should be supplied with your new thermostat).

With the wires removed from their terminals, unscrew the baseplate from the wall and slide it off of the wires.

Note: If your old thermostat operates on a mercury-filled “thermometer,” don’t add it to your regular trash. Rather, call your local waste recycling center for proper disposal instructions.

Tip: When you pull off the old baseplate, hold onto the wires. If the wires fall back into the wall, fishing them out can get very frustrating. Use vise grips to hold the wires or fold them down and tape them to the wall.

Step 3 – Mount the New Thermostat Base

Put the new thermostat base in place (right-side up), level it, and mark the two holes. Then, drill the holes, insert the plastic anchors, pull the wires through the base, and screw it in place (follow the instructions provided with your thermostat).

Note: Depending on the thermostat model, there may be multiple holes in the base that already line up with existing holes in the wall.

Tip: Before you drill your holes, use the blue tape to attach a small plastic bag flush with the wall below the thermostat location.

Digital smart thermostat installation

Step 4 – Wire Your New Thermostat

With the base screwed in place, spread out the labeled wires, so they are close to their designated terminal. Terminals will most commonly be “press, insert, and release” or secured by terminal screws.

If you did not label the wires, refer to the picture you took earlier and attach each wire to its appropriate terminal. Due to the immense number of potential wiring configurations, you may need to refer to the diagram in the instructions.

If there is still confusion about the wiring, call the thermostat manufacturer’s technical service line. They can help you troubleshoot wiring and other installation problems and doubts.

Once you have wired your thermostat and attached the control panel/unit, turn the power on, adjust the unit’s settings, and enjoy your handiwork!

Digital Thermostat Options

Digital/smart thermostats offer multiple features that help keep your home comfortable while reducing heating and cooling costs. Basic models are relatively inexpensive and still equipped with Wi-Fi, allowing you to connect it to the internet and control your thermostat from anywhere using your mobile device.

Nest Learning Thermostat – This thermostat, besides its stylish appearance, can save you between 10% to 15% on your heating and cooling bills. Consider the following:

Google nest smart thermostat


  • Easy installation
  • Can be controlled from anywhere
  • Fully interactive with other Nest and 3rd-party devices (WeMo switches, Haiku fans, LIFX lighting, the Wink Hub, and more)
  • Compatible with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT
  • Geofencing (detects when you are coming or leaving home)
  • Furnace monitoring


  • No remote room sensors
  • Pricey (average cost of $249)

Perhaps the most advantageous feature of this thermostat is Auto-Schedule. The unit learns your daily heating and cooling temperature settings and times during the first week of operation. The thermostat then creates a schedule based on your preferences.

Note: This thermostat requires a bit of finessing until you become accustomed to the physical “dial-type” control. However, you’ll find it extremely easy and intuitive when controlling the unit from the Nest app.

Find this thermostat at:

Best Buy

Honeywell Home T9 Smart Thermostat With Sensor – This thermostat is best for uniform temperatures throughout your home. It has an average price of $199. Consider these features:

Honeywell digital smart thermostat


  • Easy installation
  • Interacts with Alexa, Google voice commands, and Cortana
  • Remote room temperature sensors
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi


  • Does not integrate with other Honeywell smart devices directly
  • Limited IFTTT functionality
  • No HomeKit support

As previously mentioned, the feature that sets this thermostat apart is its remote room temperature sensors, giving this unit the capability to monitor and maintain temperature equilibrium in your entire home.

Find this thermostat at:

Best Buy

Bosch Connected Control BCC100 Thermostat – While this thermostat is not as “intelligent” as its competitors, its features and price are still quite appealing. Coming in at an average of $145, this thermostat has the following pros and cons:

Bosch digital smart thermostat


  • Easy installation
  • Can be controlled from anywhere
  • Large, easy to use color touch screen
  • Threshold alerts
  • Integrates with Alexa


  • Doesn’t have IFTTT support or geofencing capabilities
  • Cannot integrate with other smart devices

For those that prefer a more “hands-on” approach, this thermostat combines simple functionality and large touchscreen control.

Find this thermostat at:

Home Depot

Tip: Many utility providers across the nation offer incentives to upgrade analog thermostats to digital/smart ones. Call or visit your utility provider’s website to see what offers may be available.

Digital Thermostat Location

The location of your thermostat is as essential as its many features. Thermostats are generally placed in a central area of a home. However, there are cases where a thermostat may be located in a room or on a wall that is subject to intense sunlight or severe drafts from doors and windows.

If your thermostat was mounted in a precarious location, you may have the air conditioning come on when it’s 40°F outside or the heater coming on when it should not.

To relocate your thermostat to a hallway or more central location, call an electrician or HVAC professional. Depending on your home’s configuration and existing wiring, this could be more complicated and dangerous of a job than you can handle.

Replace an Old Thermostat

In this article, you discovered valuable tips and insight to help you upgrade your home’s thermostat, several digital thermostat options, and how to determine if your thermostat is in the right location.

Upgrading your old, analog thermostat to a more modern, digital one will save you hundreds of dollars in cooling and heating costs and leave you in better control of your home’s overall energy efficiency.

Leaving your old, outdated thermostat to poorly control your HVAC can become very costly and leave your home uncomfortable during extreme temperature fluctuations.


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HVAC Inspection – What Is It, Its Cost, and How Long it Takes

Prevent your HVAC system from suffering major malfunctions when you need it the most. Understanding the importance and need for HVAC inspections will help you detect potential problems and prevent them.

hvac external unit inspection and maintenance assembled information about what an HVAC inspection is, how much one costs, how long it takes, and what information can be found on an inspection checklist.

What Is an HVAC Inspection

A Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system inspection is a complete examination and testing of your home’s heating, cooling, and air quality components. During an HVAC inspection, the unit’s basic functions are checked. Sometimes, HVAC systems (heat pumps, furnaces, air conditioners) can function and appear to operate normally, even while the system is suffering significant malfunctions.

What Is Involved in an HVAC Inspection?

Once you have an HVAC inspection scheduled, here’s what to do and expect:

  1. Make sure all HVAC components are accessible (free from obstructions)
  2. Make a list of your concerns, sounds, odors, and irregularities you’ve noticed
  3. Your technician will eliminate safety hazards by checking that all of your HVAC system parts are clean and in good working order
  4. Built-in safety components will also be checked
  5. Your vents or flues will be checked to make sure they are clean, undamaged, free from obstructions, and vented properly to the outdoors
  6. HVAC ducts will be checked for dirt and dust buildup.

The objective of HVAC inspections is to ensure home safety and determine whether your HVAC system is meeting your current home’s comfort requirements. An HVAC inspection identifies areas where cleaning, repairs, or replacement will increase efficiencies, benefiting your home in terms of overall heating and cooling. Cleaning, lubrication, and minor repairs are typically all that’s required to keep your HVAC system operating at its peak performance.

Your technician will also relay issues to you such as wear and tear or improperly-sized appliances for you to consider options, like an eventual system replacement.

hvac notes after full unit inspection and servicing

Note: in most cases, a simple cleaning or bit of maintenance can be performed on the day of the inspection. However, larger, more intricate jobs might require subsequent appointments.

How Long Does an HVAC Inspection Take?

One and a half to two hours is the average time it takes to inspect a one to three-zone heating and cooling system in a residential structure. This time may increase or decrease depending on the size of the home and the number of components making up the HVAC system.

Note: HVAC inspection times will also increase or decrease depending on the technician’s experience and familiarity with your HVAC system.

hvac inspection overview and cost

How Much Does an HVAC Inspection Cost?

For a home with 1,000 sq ft. or less, you could pay as little as $200 for an HVAC inspection. The larger the house or, the more extensive the HVAC system is, the more you can expect to pay for this service, ranging upwards of $600. Cleaning and minor repairs may be charged separately.

Tip: Prices and minimum charges vary between HVAC contractors. Check their inspection charges and any associated fees or potential add-ons before agreeing to any services.

HVAC Inspection Checklist

Removing and inspecting air conditioning condenser fan assembly

A comprehensive HVAC inspection checklist will consist of the following…

Air Conditioner and Heat Pump:

Inspection Item



Inspection Item



Outdoor AC Condenser Unit



Indoor Coil



Refrigerant Lines and Leaks



Condensate Drain Pan



Condensate Drain Line



Unit Wiring



System Control Unit



Blower Assembly



Thermostat Operation/Programming



Suction and Discharge Pressure



Supply and Return Air Static Pressure



Safety Controls



Electrical Components



Temperature Drop (Rise for Heat Pump)



Motor Amps/Unit Voltage



Blower Speed



System Operation



Clean/Replace Filters



hvac split system internal unit

Mini Split Inspection (Ductless):

Indoor Inspection Item



Outdoor Inspection Item



Clean/Replace Filters



Inspect and clean condensing unit



Inspect/Change Batteries in Remote



Inspect the Indoor Coil



Inspect/Clean Blower Wheel



Refrigerant Leaks



Inspect/Clean Condensate Line



Flare Connections/Refrigerant Lines



Inspect/Clean Indoor Housing



Wiring and Control Unit



Inspect/Clean Indoor Coil



Electrical Components



Confirm Condensate Pump Operation



Blower Wheel



Confirm Equipment Voltage and Communication



Confirm Equipment Voltage and Communication



Flush Drain Line



Inspect Equipment and Safety Controls



Flare Connections/Refrigerant Lines



Inspect/Clean Fan Blade



System Operation



System Operation



hvac gas furnace unit inspection

Electric Furnace Inspection:

Inspection Item



Inspection Item



Limit Switches









Heat Strip Amp Draw



Heat Strip Continuity



Blower Motor Amps



Low Voltage Wiring



Line Voltage Wiring



Electronic Air Cleaner



Clean/Replace Media Filter



System Operation



Thermostat Operation/Programming



hvac heating unit connection inspection

Gas Furnace Inspection:

Inspection Item



Inspection Item



Wiring and Control Circuit



Temperature Rise



Blower Assembly



Flue Temperature and Draft



Heat Exchanger



Motor Amps



Fuel and Air Mixture



Clean Control Panels and Burners



Venting and Combustion



Supply and Return Air Static Pressure



Flame Rectification and Sensor



Voltage to Furnace Equipment



Intake and Outlet Gas Pressure



Test/Measure Carbon Monoxide Levels



Gas Leaks



Thermostat Operation/Programming



Safety Controls/Devices



Electronic Air Cleaner



Electrical Components



System Operation



Note: For any HVAC system inspection, you should be provided with a written diagnostic report of the technician’s findings.

How Often Should HVAC Be Inspected

hvac compressor test with gas pressure guage

Annually. To remain in optimal performance, your HVAC system (central AC and/or furnace) should be serviced once per year.

Consider servicing your HVAC system once every 6 months for regions with severe cold weather requiring near-continuous heating or those with severe hot weather requiring near-continuous cooling.

HVAC Inspection

In this article, you discovered information about HVAC inspections, what you can expect to pay, how long they take, and what information can be found on the inspection checklists.

Having your HVAC system inspected annually or bi-annually will help you keep your system functioning flawlessly while detecting potential problems well in advance.

Ignoring HVAC system inspections can lead to costly system failures, electrical problems, and gas leaks with potentially catastrophic results.


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Accent Wall Tips

Keep your home’s drab interior from embarrassing you. By adding an accent wall to your interior decor, you can add depth and personality to an otherwise plain room.

DIY accent walls assembled helpful tips and information about what accent walls are, which wall to choose, which color to use, what you need, the preparation, and painting of the wall.

What is an Accent Wall?

An accent wall is an interior (or exterior) wall with a differing design from the others in that room. An accent wall’s color may be a different shade of the adjacent walls or designed differently with color, texture, and materials.

Accent walls often find their way in and out of interior design favor. However, when properly selected, designed, and painted, an accent wall will nearly always be the object of or initiate a conversation about your home’s decor.

Which Wall Do I Use As an Accent Wall?

Selecting a wall as your accent wall is easier than you may think. Answer the following questions to help you determine which wall to use:

  • When you walk into the room, which wall draws your attention first?
  • Is one of your walls designed differently?
  • Does one of your walls have a door, a fireplace, window(s), built-in shelves, or other standout feature?

DIY accent wall painting tips

Don’t forget to consider your ceiling as your accent wall. If your ceiling doesn’t have a popcorn finish and has cross beams or recessed features, it may be your best option to highlight.

If you are painting an accent wall in your bedroom, the most common wall to use is the one behind your headboard.

Tip: Avoid long walls in a room unless it has a feature that breaks it up (door, window, sliding glass door, fireplace, etc.). If an accent wall is too big, it can overpower the room and leave you disappointed after the newness wears off.

Which Color Is Best for an Accent Wall?

Twenty years ago, the answer to this question was likely red. Since the turn of the century, though, the 60/30/10 rule has helped many homeowners determine their interior color schemes. The 60/30/10 rule is explained as:

  • 60% of the space painted with a dominant color
  • 30% of the space should be in a secondary color or texture (often a lighter shade of the dominant color)
  • 10% of the space is used as the accent (often a darker shade of the dominant color)

This design rule will help you put a color scheme together and create a color palette throughout your home.

For an accent wall, you should choose a color that complements your decor. Consider the following:

  • If your 60 is cream and your 30 is tan, you could use a dark brown as your 10. This offers a stark contrast without clashing.
  • If your sofa is green with yellow highlights, choose yellow so the sofa won’t disappear into the accent wall.
  • If you have a dark accent wall in an adjacent room, use a lighter shade of that color for the accent wall you are painting. This ties the two spaces together.
  • If you intend to use wallpaper, the colors and patterns are unlimited. Tie in the color or pattern with furniture or design accents.

DIY accent wall painted black with paintings

See this link for some Examples of Living Room Architecture and Decor. Check out Glidden’s color palette and explore Sherwin-Williams paint colors here.

Use a flat white latex or acrylic paint as your base. When purchasing paint at a home improvement/supply store, you can have your paint tinted into over 1,000 colors. You will use just over a half-gallon of paint for a 15’ X 8’ (120sqft) wall.

Note: After painting, if you decide that the color is too bright, too dull, too dark, or just doesn’t fit, remember, it’s only paint, and you can repaint it.

Tip: Always purchase a minimum of a half-gallon more than you need (or safeguard the color code). This leaves you with a reserve that can be used for eventual touchups and repairs.

Tools and Supplies Needed to Paint an Accent Wall

The following tools and supplies will help you paint your accent wall easily and cleanly:

  • Flathead screwdriver (open the paint can and remove faceplates from switches and outlets)
  • Two or three disposable dampened cloths (quickly wipes up accidents and splatters)
  • Putty knife
  • Drywall spackle or mud
  • 150 grit sandpaper
  • 3/4 to 1-inch wide painters tape or masking tape
  • 2-inch wide paintbrush (corner and trim work)
  • Standard 7 to 12-inch synthetic roller with a 3/16 to 1/4-inch nap (thickness)
  • Sturdy roller tray
  • Extension pole for your roller
  • Drop cloth (paper, cloth, or plastic)
  • Power drill
  • Auger drill bit (10 to 12-inches) and one 6-inch zip tie
  • The paint
  • 1 empty paint can
  • A sturdy step, stool, or small ladder to get you to a comfortable height for trim work along the top edge of the wall

Tip: Use a floor duster to “wipe down” the wall from ceiling to floor. Dust and cobwebs can leave undesired textures and a “dirty appearance.”

Painting Your Accent Wall – Preparation

The time you spend preparing your wall will make painting it much easier and less time-consuming. Consider the following:

  1. Move any furniture near the wall to the opposite side of the room (give yourself space to work).
  2. Cover a small table or surface to work from.
  3. Remove switch and outlet faceplates (this is a great time to clean or update them).
  4. Remove fixtures or coverings like doorbell covers and motion sensor covers.
  5. Remove nails and screws from the wall.
  6. Put your drop cloth in place.
  7. Fill holes with drywall spackle or mud (this is the time to repair any issues along baseboards or trim).
  8. Once dried, use 150 grit sandpaper to smooth your repair work.
  9. Wipe down the wall again, removing all dust and debris.
  10. Unless you are comfortable cutting (painting trim) without tape, apply masking or painter’s tape to your baseboards, trim, and edges.
  11. Turn off your central air and use fans blowing out of (away from) the workspace. Circulating air in the space can deposit dust all over your paint job.

Note: Your preparation of the wall will have a direct impact on the outcome of your painting. People notice uneven lines and painted fixtures or faceplates. They also see work that looks professionally done. It is worth the time to thoroughly prepare your accent wall.

Watch this video on filling nail or screw holes in drywall.

Tip: If you are concerned about the masking or painter’s tape leaving a “bubbly” or uneven edge, seal it. Do this by:

  1. Applying the tape
  2. Painting the tape’s edge with the wall’s original color (this will fill in and seal the imperfections)
  3. When dried, paint the new color as instructed in the next step (cutting the wall)

When it comes time to remove the tape, you’ll be left with a flawlessly straight edge.

Tip: If you are using a plastic drop cloth, when you apply tape to the baseboards, stick the drop cloth’s edge to the outside half of the tape.

DIY accent wall drop cloth tip with tape

Painting Your Accent Wall – Cutting The Wall

Now that your wall is prepped, it’s time to start painting it. When you paint the wall’s trim, and around its fixtures, this is called “cutting the wall.” Consider the following:

Preparing The Paint – Use your screwdriver or prying tool to gently open your paint. Once the can is open, place it on your covered table and:

  • Stir the paint (see image below)

To thoroughly stir your paint (especially if it has been sitting for a while), do the following:

  1. Attach a zip tie to the end of your auger drill bit
  2. Insert a small wad of tape between the zip tie and auger (this keeps it in place)
  3. Pull the zip tie tight
  4. Bend the zip tie in half, so it forms an L or 7 shape
  5. Attach the drill bit to your drill
  6. Submerse the zip tie deep into the can
  7. Start the drill slow at first, then increase the speed (don’t drill a hole in the bottom of the can)
  8. Keep stirring until the paint is fully mixed, then stop the drill
  9. Carefully remove the drill bit and zip tie from the paint can
  10. Immediately discard the zip tie and wash your drill bit

DIY accent wall tip on mixing paint

Cutting The Wall – Pour about 1 inch of paint into the empty paint can. You will do your brushwork from this can (trying to use the full can may cause unwanted drips and splatters). Follow these steps:

  • Dip your brush into the paint you separated previously and “fill” the brush
  • With mild pressure, scrape all four sides of the brush on the can’s rim (you’re working with the paint left inside the brush)
  • Paint around fixtures, switches, and outlets to get a feel for the brush and the paint’s texture
  • Paint along the ceiling’s edge (if your ceiling is textured or popcorn), apply pressure to the brush to push its bristles into the edge, and trace the edge as straight as you can
  • Paint the vertical corners/edges
  • Paint the edge along the baseboard

DIY accent wall painting the trim and borders

Tip: When cutting a wall, you should paint from the edges inward (or the fixtures outward) about 3-inches. Also, use the brush to paint areas of the wall where a roller may not fit.

Note: Use a stool, step, or ladder for work that is above your head. This will help you avoid strain, muscle fatigue, and potential injury.

Painting Your Accent Wall – Rolling The Wall

Once your wall is cut, it’s time to roll it. The following steps will help you roll your wall like a pro:

  • Fill the trough (deep end of the roller tray) halfway.
  • Attach the extension pole to your roller (if you are using it).
  • Fill the roller by rolling it into the paint, lift it, return to the starting point and roll it into the paint again. Repeat until the roller looks full (never fully submerge the roller in the paint).
  • Working left to right or right to left, apply paint from ceiling to floor with slow and deliberate rolling motions.
  • Continue rolling and refilling as needed until your wall is completely painted.
  • Shine a couple of bright lights on the wall to expose “holes” or flaws in the paint job and correct them with the roller or the brush.

DIY accent wall tip on how to load a roller with paint

Note: Many will recommend rolling in W’s, M’s, or V’s, then crisscrossing for smooth coverage. At Home and Gardening Guide, we recommend painting floor to ceiling 2-feet at a time or two rollers wide.

Tip: Save your back from all the bending, crouching, and reaching by using a sturdy extension pole on your roller (Most standard broomsticks will screw onto most standard rollers).

Inspecting The Wall – Before you seal up your paint and roll up your drop cloth, wait for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then:

  • Carefully remove the painter’s or masking tape from the wall’s edges. There may be some touchup work to be done.
  • If you purchased poor quality paint, you will see “bleed” (it looks like the paint was too thin), and the wall will likely need to be cut and painted again.
  • Examine the wall looking for “dots” where the paint separated; touch these up.
  • Stand back and look for flaws. Repaint or touch these up.

Once you are satisfied with the paint job, pour any excess paint from the “empty” can and the roller tray back into the original can and seal it shut.

Finish The Job – Once your wall is painted and dried, it’s time to finish up your work. Here’s what’s left:

  • Roll up your drop cloth. If you used paper or plastic, you can discard it.
  • Put your clean or updated faceplates and fixtures back in their places.
  • Clean and put away your tools.
  • Clean and put away your paintbrush and roller.
  • Return your furniture to its place

Note: When cleaning oil or lacquer-based paint products, these residuals should be taken to a special household waste collection center. Check with your local municipality for locations. Do not allow these paints to go down your drain; they are not soluble with water.

Watch this video about cleaning latex and water-based paint from your brush and roller.

Painting Accent Walls

In this article, you discovered what an accent wall is, how to select an accent wall, how to choose its color, the equipment, preparation, and painting of the wall.

By adding an accent wall to your living space, you are adding depth, warmth, and personality to an otherwise monotone room.

Choosing the wrong wall or color may turn your accent wall into more of a distraction than an accomplishment.


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How to Fix Your Shower’s Low Water Pressure

improve bathroom shower head pressure

Showering with low water pressure can be an unpleasant experience. Washing becomes needlessly difficult, which in turn requires more time in the shower. Unfortunately, an article on The Washington Post explains how water conservation laws passed a decade or so ago has made this problem more common nowadays. The reason being that plumbing fixture manufacturers were forced to install flow restrictors inside showerheads.

Is it Really Low? Measuring Your Shower’s Water Pressure

On top of that, other issues can exacerbate matters. But before delving into potential problem areas and their solutions, it is imperative that you first know how to measure your shower’s water pressure. In this way, you can determine whether or not it is low compared to standard pressure ranges. The good news is that the process isn’t that complicated. A HomeServe Living guide to fixing low water pressure in the shower outlines the steps to take to test your shower’s water pressure. The guide begins with the things you will need: a measuring jug that’s at least 1−2 liters (L), a stopwatch, and a calculator.

Next, turn on the shower and put it on full. Then, with your stopwatch ready, place the measuring jug under the shower and let the water flow for six seconds. Afterward set the measuring jug aside and turn off the shower. Finish by computing your shower’s water pressure using this formula: water pressure = amount of water in the jug x 10. Ideally your shower’s water pressure should be 10−15L per minute, as anything under 10 liters is considered low pressure.

Yes, the Water Pressure is Low: Try These Quick Fixes

1. Clean the Flow Restrictor and Filter

The first solution to your shower’s low water pressure is to remove both the flow restrictor and filter and clean them, as sediments can accumulate in both and restrict water pressure even more. In addition see if you can adjust the flow restrictor and open it up a little to let the water flow a lot more freely. You can opt to remove it entirely as well or replace it with a new showerhead.

2. Clean the Entire Showerhead

You’ll need to clean the showerhead too, as mineral deposits can clog it in the same way sediments in the filter block water flow. To minimize the chances of that ever happening in the first place, make it a habit to clean the showerhead annually, as suggested in our ‘7 Summer Maintenance Tips for Every Homeowner’. Additionally, clean the aerator of your faucets since it can trap sediments over time and cause the same reduction in water pressure.

3. Have the Curb-Side Main Shutoff Opened All the Way

Sometimes, the water pressure in your entire house could be low because the curb-side main isn’t turned on fully. So, go take a look and see if the valve is turned on all the way. The Spruce details how a fully turned on main should have its valve rotated counter clockwise all the way if it has a round handle. If it has a lever-type handle, check that the lever isn’t parallel to the water pipe. That said, it’s better if you don’t tamper with the main yourself; instead, call your water provider and report the matter, so they can send someone to fix it.

4. Check the In-Line Shut-off Valve

Many homes nowadays have in-line shutoff valves on the different water lines in the house, so that you can turn off the water pressure only in specific areas (in case of repair, for instance). That said, it’s possible that some of these valves — including the one for your shower — isn’t fully open. So, do check if your shower’s in-line shut-off valve, located on the pipe leading up to the shower is turned counter clockwise all the way so that the valve is fully open.

If all else fails, it’s likely time to call in professional help. In this way, the underlying issue will be correctly identified, and then remedied accordingly.

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How to Safely Unfreeze a Pipe, Bathroom or Shower Drain

Prevent frozen pipes and drains from causing catastrophic damage to your property and plumbing system. Knowing how to thaw your pipes and drains when they freeze will help you avoid burst pipes and costly repairs. assembled helpful information and genius tips to help you safely unfreeze your frozen drains and pipes.

How to Unfreeze a Drainpipe

In most cases, you can unfreeze a frozen drainpipe by pouring hot water down it. Fill a pot with a half-gallon of water, and heat it on the stove. When it begins to boil, carefully remove it from the stove and slowly pour it down the drain. This may be enough to thaw the ice and completely clear your drain. Once the drain starts flowing, open the faucet and run warm water for 4 to 5 minutes to ensure the drain is completely clear.

Unfreezing sink and shower drains

How to Safely Thaw Frozen Drain Pipes

Drains are less likely to freeze than water supply lines. Still, it does happen when those drains are located in an enclosure or cabinet against an exterior wall. When a drain freezes, the following tips will help you get your drain flowing again:

Turn Up the Heat – Increase the temperature on your thermostat and open the cabinet doors to let the flow of warm air contact the pipes. This method may take a couple hours to work, but it is among the safest ways to thaw out your frozen drains.

Space Heater – Open the cabinet door and place a space heater in the frozen pipe’s direction. Do not place the heater in the cabinet or enclosed space (even with the doors open). This may cause the heater or surrounding material to super-heat and become a fire hazard.

Using a space heater to thaw frozen drain pipes

Heat Lamp – The same heat lamps used in terrariums or indoor plant cultivation can be used to thaw your drain pipes. Aim the light at your pipes and wait (keep the light at a safe distance from the pipe and keep the cabinet doors open).

Electric Heat Tape – This “tape” is a ribbon type wrapping with heating elements. It can be wrapped around frozen pipes and slowly warmed up using a thermostat.

Hair/Blowdryer – Gently warm the pipes with a hairdryer until the ice has melted enough to let water through. Then, open the faucet and let a stream of warm/hot water finish melting the ice.

Heating Pad/Hot Packs – If you have a heating pad or hot packs (hand/foot warmers), wedge it in the P or S trap, on a medium setting, until water starts flowing. Then, open the faucet and let warm water flow into the drain for 4 to 5 minutes, clearing the rest of the drain.

Hot Towel – Wrap the pipe in a towel soaked in hot water and wrung out. The warmth from the towel will slowly melt the ice within the pipe; repeat as needed. As with other methods, once water begins to flow, let a stream of warm water flow down the drain for 4 to 5 minutes.

Table Salt – Salt (NaCl) reacts with water by lowering its freezing point. Use one of the following methods:

  • Pour it down the drain and let it sit (will take some time to work)
  • Dissolve a half-cup of salt into a half-gallon of hot water and pour it down the drain (works faster than pouring the salt directly into the drain)

Note: Avoid applying high heat or open flames to your pipes. Besides damaging your pipes, you risk causing a flood when the pipe melts or breaks a weld, or worse, you could start a house fire.

Tip: As colder weather approaches, keep several gallons of bottled or filtered water stored away. If your drains are being affected, your water supply lines may likely freeze up too.

If the above methods fail to return your drains to a normal flow, call a plumber to help you, as your pipes may be frozen far beyond what they appear to be.

Unfreeze a Shower Drain Using Simple Chemistry

Shower or floor drains present a different challenge. Since you will not likely have access to the pipes beneath, you’ll have to work from the drain itself. The following steps will help you use simple chemistry to thaw your shower or floor drain:

  1. Boil at least 2 gallons of water with 1 cup of table salt
  2. Put a half-cup of baking soda down the drain
  3. Pour 1 cup of vinegar in the drain with the baking soda
  4. Let the vinegar and baking soda react together until they stop fizzing (this will clean residues from the drain and pipe)
  5. Pour the boiling salt water down the drain to melt the ice, clearing the blockage
  6. Open the faucet and let hot water run down the drain for 4 to 5 minutes

How to unfreeze floor and shower drains

Tip: Once you have cleared a shower or floor drain, allow a trickle/stream of warm water to flow through the drain when the temperature outside is expected to drop below 32°F. This will prevent the drain from freezing up again.

How to Safely Thaw Water Pipes

Frozen water pipes can present multiple problems during colder weather. They can burst without you knowing it, thawing them too fast can create cracks or fissures, and when they freeze, you can’t get water. The following will help you safely thaw out your water pipes:

Find the Frozen Pipe – Once you detect a freeze in your water line, you must act quickly to locate the frozen portion of the pipe and thaw it before the internal pressure ruptures it. The following will help you find a section of frozen water pipe:

  • Open faucets throughout the house to see which section is blocked.
  • Trace suspected pipes back to the main supply line looking for exposed or uninsulated sections of pipe.
  • If you have access to an infrared temperature reader (thermometer), you will notice an extreme drop in temperature when coming across a frozen portion of the pipe.

Note: Unprotected pipes located in exterior walls, a basement, or an attic are prone to freezing unless properly insulated or shielded from freezing temperatures.

Exterior pipe without insulation is frozen

Locate the Frozen Section of Your Water Main – If no water is coming from any faucet or spigot in your home, your main water line (the connection from the street to your home) is likely frozen. Since water mains are typically buried and enter your home underground, it is rare to see them freeze. Check the following to find the frozen portion of your water main:

  • Check the section of pipe running from your meter to the entrance point of your home (unless it is buried)
  • Check the portion of pipe from the entry point to your home and where it splits (disburses) to the rest of the home

Tip: A reliable sign that a pipe has frozen is the development of frost on the frozen pipe’s exterior.

Thawing Frozen Water Pipes – In the same manner you would thaw a sink drain, the following methods can be used to thaw your water pipes:

  • Turn Up the Heat – Increase the temperature on your thermostat and direct the warmer air to the area where your water main is located.
  • Space Heater – Place a space heater in the direction of the frozen water pipe.
  • Heat Lamp – Aim the light at your pipe and wait (keep the light at a safe distance from the pipe).
  • Electric Heat Tape – Wrap this tape around the frozen pipe and slowly warm it up using the tape’s thermostat.
  • Hair/Blowdryer – Gently warm the pipe with a hairdryer until the ice has melted enough to let water through. Then, open multiple faucets (for a minimum of 4 to 5 minutes), allowing flowing water to melt the rest of the ice.
  • Heating Pad/Hot Packs – Wrap the pipe in a heating pad or hot packs (hand/foot warmers) on a low or medium setting until water starts flowing. Then, open multiple faucets to clear the rest of the ice from your plumbing system.
  • Hot Towel – Wrap the pipe in a towel soaked in hot water and wrung out. The warmth from the towel will slowly melt the ice within the pipe; repeat as needed. As with other methods, once water begins to flow, let water flow for 4 to 5 minutes.

Note: For all types of pipe (stainless steel, copper, PVC, or PEX), the temperature should be increased slowly to prevent cracks, fissures, and potential bursts.

Watch this video to see how to thaw water pipes and prevent freezing


Prevent Water Pipes and Drains from Freezing

Better than thawing frozen pipes is preventing them from freezing. The following will help you protect your pipes from freezing temperatures and damage:

  • When freezing temperatures are expected, slightly open a faucet or two, leaving a slow and steady stream of water flowing.
  • Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air in (for cabinets on exterior walls).
  • Insulate exposed pipes in the attic, crawl space, garage, basement, or exterior of your home.
  • Install pipe sleeves, heat tape, or heat cable on exposed water pipes.
  • Wrap exposed pipes in newspaper for short-term protection.
  • Seal any gaps in insulation or trim that allow cold air into your home.
  • When traveling, leave your heating system on with your thermostat set between 55° and 60°F.
  • Disconnect outside/garden hoses, shut off, and drain pipes leading outside.

Tip: Many of the products mentioned above are available at local building supply retailers.

Detecting a Ruptured Water Line or Drain

After freezing weather, you may have a ruptured water line or drain to contend with. The following are signs that you need to take immediate action:

  • Unexplained pooling of water in your home after showers, dishwasher use, or sink use
  • Water/Wet marks on your wall
  • Hissing or trickling sounds from your walls
  • A decrease in water pressure from your faucets

Water leak detection with a wet ceiling

To detect a leak in your home:

  1. Turn off all faucets and shut down all water-based appliances
  2. Take an initial reading of your water meter
  3. Wait 1 hour (keeping all water usage at zero)
  4. Reread your meter (if there is no movement, you do not have leaks)

If you detect water usage (with all of your water system/plumbing shut off), chances are you have a leak. Read more about finding and fixing water leaks at

Thawing Frozen Pipes and Drains

In this article, you discovered information and tips on how to unfreeze or thaw frozen drain pipes and water lines.

By taking action to thaw frozen drains and water lines, you are protecting the integrity of your plumbing system and preventing catastrophic water damages to your home.

When you leave frozen pipes to thaw on their own, you risk pipes bursting from built-up ice pressure. These ruptures can result in costly and time-consuming repairs.


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How To Find Where a Leak Is Coming from

Avoid excessive water bills and severe structural damage to your home when your plumbing springs a leak. Knowing how to find where a leak is coming from allows you to take prompt action to fix it.

Water and plumbing leak above hallway visible on the ceiling gathered helpful information to guide you in locating and fixing water leaks when your plumbing system fails.

How To Detect a Plumbing Leak

Regardless of how well-installed your plumbing system may be, leaks can happen and remain hidden for some time. The following are ways to confirm and find water leaks in your plumbing system.

Monitor Your Water Usage and Bill

Your monthly water bill contains your usage in gallons/units. It may also include a bar graph comparing your usage to previous months. Average water usage typically remains in the same range from month to month.

When you detect an abnormal rise in your water bill, chances are you have a leak somewhere between your water meter and your faucets.

Note: Visitors or guests in your home over days or weeks may cause fluctuations in your water usage.

Read Your Water Meter

Water and plumbing leak water meter

Your water meter is one of the best ways to detect a leak in your plumbing system. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Close all faucets
  2. Verify that the dishwasher, washing machine, and other water-supplied appliances are turned off
  3. Verify that your water heater is not refilling
  4. Read your water meter, mark down the numbers and the time
  5. Return to your water meter after one hour and read the meter again

If your water meter reading changes in this time, you have a slow-moving leak somewhere in your plumbing system.

Note: If your water meter noticeably continues to run, chances are you have a fast-moving leak. Verify that all of the water is shut off in the home and recheck your meter to confirm.

Tip: If your water meter is located at the street, you can determine if the leak is in your home or outside by closing the shut-off valve located near the home on your main water supply pipe and rerunning the test.

Water and plumbing leak shut off valve

Evaluate Your Yard

If you notice a patch of grass, plants, or trees that is much greener and growing faster than other areas, it could indicate that one of your buried water supply lines is leaking. If the break is large enough, puddles of water may form and persist in low-lying areas of your yard.

If you believe you have a leak in your water supply line or irrigation system, return to the “Read Your Water Meter” section to confirm the leak.

Solution – If you confirm a leak in your main water supply line (outside of your home), the following will help you get the leak under control:

  1. Before any digging occurs, call 8-1-1 to have any other buried utility lines identified and clearly marked.
  2. Shut off the water.
  3. Allow the excess water to drain or be absorbed.
  4. Carefully dig until the damaged portion of the pipe is exposed.
  5. Remove the damaged section of pipe and replace it.
  6. Once the repair is made, turn on the water to verify the seal.
  7. Fill in the hole.

Water and plumbing leak in buried main line

Note: You may need to add extra dirt/soil to the excavated area as some may have been eroded away by the water.

Tip: Fill several 5-gallon buckets with water for use while the water main is shut off.

Kitchen and Bathroom Leaks

With the water supply shut off, open the cabinet doors beneath your sinks, clear them out and shine a bright flashlight inside. Look for moisture and/or corrosion on the P trap, supply lines, fittings, and valves. You should also be on the lookout for:

  • Water stains
  • Dampness
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Buckled wood
  • Peeling material

Water and plumbing leak in bathroom connections

Solution – If any of the above are found, wipe away any moisture, tighten fittings and connections, and turn the water back on to see if this resolves the problem. If the leak is in the supply line, shut the water off again, and replace the supply line.

Note: You can repeat this process for any of your water-supplied fixtures and appliances like your dishwasher and refrigerator.

To detect a leak in your toilet’s water tank, add a few drops of food coloring to the water and wait. After 10 minutes, check the bowl. If the water in the bowl changes color, your leak is coming from the flushing mechanism (easy fix).

Solution – Adjust or replace the arm, buoy, and flapper assembly.

Water accumulating around the toilet base indicates a problem with the wax ring or the centering of the toilet over the drain (also an easy fix).

Solution – Remove the toilet bowl, replace the wax ring, and re-center the toilet over the drain.

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Ceilings, Walls, and Floors

Some of the most recognizable signs of a plumbing problem occur on ceilings, walls, and floors as wet spots or stains.

Water and plumbing leak wet ceiling

Wet, cracked, warped, and/or spongy spots in the floor are strong indicators of a plumbing malfunction in the wall or from a nearby water-supplied appliance.

Stains occurring on ceilings and walls, peeling paint or wallpaper, and mold or mildew growth indicate that the plumbing has failed somewhere in those pipes.

Tip: Water follows gravity to the lowest point of least resistance. Especially in multiple story homes, signs of a leak may be far away from the actual plumbing or appliance malfunction.

Solution – Due to the nature of these leaks, it is not recommended to cut out your drywall in search of the plumbing malfunction. Call a plumber to pinpoint the origin of the leak and get it repaired more efficiently.

Locating Plumbing Malfunctions

In this article, you discovered how to identify a plumbing malfunction, locate it, and take steps to fix it or have it fixed.

Knowing how to identify a leak in your plumbing system will help you take quick action to prevent flooding and structural damages to your home.

Allowing water to run from a faulty plumbing system can result in costly bills and catastrophic damages to your property.


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Simple Interior Design Ideas

Keep your home from looking cluttered or like it has been filled with just a bunch of random furniture and decor. With a few simple interior design ideas, you can breathe new life into your living space, and make it look as appealing as the well-designed homes you see on HGTV.

Interior design ideas for a modern home gathered helpful information and simple interior design ideas that let you update your home with the resources you have, and without having to spend a ton of money to do so.

Design Ideas for Your Entryway

First impressions can make all the difference when entertaining polite guests, friends, and family. Your entryway can set the tone for the rest of your home, and here’s how to make it shine:

Interior design ideas for an entry way

The Door – Is your door clean? When cleaning your home, take an extra few minutes to spray down your door (inside and out), clean the knob or handle and the clapper.

Interior design ideas front door

Shoe Rack – Is your home a shoeless one? Add a small shoe rack to the space and a selection of inexpensive slippers for your guests.

Paint a Wall – Add color to your entryway by painting one of the walls to add contrast.

Interior design ideas painting

Add a Coat Rack – Depending on the time of year, your guests will be arriving bundled in coats and scarves. If you don’t have a coat closet, add a coat rack to your entryway.

Interior design ideas coat rack

Design Ideas for Your Living Room

Your living room is meant to be a place of comfortable gathering. Use the space to create opportunities for conversation by doing the following:

Add an Accent Wall – If you painted one of the walls in your entryway, Use that color (in a darker shade) to paint one of your living room walls. You’ll be surprised at how this creates continuity and pleasant contrast.

Interior design ideas living room accent wall

Reupholster Your Furniture – There’s no need to spend a lot of money on new furniture when you can reupholster what you have. By doing this, you have total control over the color and design of your furnishings.

Install a Reading Nook – Select a corner of your living room, add a comfortable chair, a corner table, a charming floor lamp with soft lighting, and voila. You have a new spot to decompress.

Interior design ideas for a reading nook

Rearrange Your Furniture – One of the easiest ways to do-over a living room is simply rearranging the furniture. This is also a great way to get some deep cleaning done.

Change Your Throw Pillows – Pillows can add a touch of color to your living room design. You can use them to incorporate accent colors or to contrast the colors you already have in place.

Interior design ideas with throw pillows

Taller Furniture for Taller Looking Ceilings – You can create the illusion that your ceiling is much taller than what it is by using taller furniture. Bookcases and wall-mounted shelving can easily accomplish this for you.

Interior design ideas tall furniture

Display Your Collection – Whether you have a nice collection of books, coffee mugs, plates, or candles, well designed shelving can display these in an aesthetically enhancing way.

DIY wall mounted shelving unit to display a coffee mug collection

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Move Furniture Away from Walls – Pull your furniture towards your living room’s center to create a more intimate setting, especially if you have a fireplace. By doing this, you create depth and can use the freed-up wall space for more shelving or art.

Interior design ideas living room

Repurpose Your Fireplace – If you don’t use your fireplace in the winter, close the flu, add candles, mirrors, and vases to make it a centerpiece for conversation.

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Design Ideas for Your Windows

Without window treatments, your room designs can look shabby and incomplete. Consider the following for your windows:

Trade-In Your Window Shades – A set of new curtains can bring a room together in both style and color. However, if you don’t like the idea of curtains, bamboo or wood shades and blinds are a nice alternative to consider.

Interior design ideas window treatment

Paint The Trim – Over time, your window trim and windowsill contract and expand with temperature and humidity. If the paint or finish has cracked or peeled, sand them down and paint them.

Use this opportunity to incorporate one of the colors you used as an accent to make the windows a part of your design.

Use The Windowsill – Windowsills are shelf space that is often forgotten. Small plants and pictures can add a touch of life to an otherwise neglected feature of your home.

Interior design ideas for window sills

Design Ideas for Your Dining Room

Your dining room is a place to gather for meals. You can make it a space that inspires conversation and adds style to your home’s interior by making some simple changes. Use the following for inspiration:

Create an Accent Wall – On one or two of your dining room walls, go dark. Or, you can block paint the wall(s) by using a dark color from the floor up to about 2-1/2 feet, then a lighter tone of that same color up to the ceiling. This creates a more relaxed atmosphere in the dining room while creating a degree of separation from the rest of your home.

Interior design ideas dining room accent walls

Jazz up Your Dining Table – Use statement tablecloths that highlight accent colors in your dining room or any featured colors in your design.

Add New Lighting – You can change the lighting or fixtures. Still, the goal is to set an enjoyable atmosphere for the entire family.

Interior design ideas for dining room lighting

Swap Chairs for Benches – Adding a bench or two at your table can create a sense of true coziness during mealtime. There’s just something charming about sitting on a bench.

Install a Breakfast Nook – If you have the space (by a window preferably), install a small table with a couple of chairs to create an intimate, cozy breakfast nook.

Interior design ideas breakfast nook

Design Ideas for Your Bathroom

When it comes to your bathroom, you can refresh the atmosphere by decluttering the counters and adding artwork or statement pieces.

Interior design ideas for the bathroom

Sometimes all it takes is a fresh coat of paint and a new set of matching towels to do the trick. Keep in mind though, if this serves as your guest bathroom, no-one really wants to see your toothbrush.

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Design Ideas for Your Bedroom

Your bedroom is a treasure trove of potential for a redesign or makeover. Consider the following possibilities:

Paint the Walls – Take your favorite color and paint one wall in a dark tone, while painting the adjoining (or opposite) wall in a lighter tone of the same color.

Interior design ideas bedroom color

Paint the Ceiling – You can completely change your bedroom’s atmosphere by giving your ceiling a treatment. Dark or light tones can be applied to add another dimension to your resting area.

Interior design ideas bedroom ceiling

Add a Bench – At the foot of your bed, if there is enough space, add a bench. This replaces the need for a chair. This is especially helpful if you have difficulties dressing or getting in and out of bed due to a disability or illness.

Interior design ideas bedroom bench

Change the Drapes – Swap out your drapes to match the new design. You can also invest in blackout curtains to have complete control over the lighting and mood in your bedroom.

Interior design ideas bedroom drapes

Change the Bedding – Update your sheets and comforter. Having two or three options of bedding allows you to truly set the mood of your bedroom.

Interior design ideas for bedding

Invest in Your Bed – If you have trouble sleeping or you can’t seem to get comfortable in your bed, buy a new one. Take your time, do your research, and buy a bed that fits your needs. This is also a great time to get a bigger or smaller sized bed.

Have Fun with Your Headboard – You can shop headboards as easily as shopping for beds. Some have shelves, others have outlets for your electronic devices, and some are just for show.

Interior design ideas bedroom headboard

Find a Corner for Plants – Plants can add a wonderful, warm perspective to your bedroom. You’ll want to look for shade-tolerant species, and give them plenty of space to grow.

Interior design ideas with plants

When it comes to your bedroom, don’t be afraid to try out something new. You can always re-do it if you don’t like it.

General Interior Design Ideas

Throughout your home, there are simple updates you can make at any time and with any decor. Consider investing in the following:

Crown Molding – Add a touch of elegance to your rooms and give them a finished look by installing crown molding.

Interior design ideas crown molding

Baseboards – Often forgotten, clean, finished baseboards can elevate any room in your home. They can be as tall or as short as you like, and be finished in numerous ways to complement your home’s design.

Interior design ideas for baseboards

Upgrade Light Switches – Over time, your light switch and plug panels should be upgraded. Besides coming in a variety of colors and styles, this alone can give your walls a sense of renewal. Use switches that come with a dimming feature to truly make a change in a room’s atmosphere.

Interior design ideas for new light switches

Housekeeping – One of the most essential activities in your home is housekeeping. If your home is kept clean and dusted, its design will stand out. An unkempt, cluttered home is remembered for being just that… unkept and cluttered.

Interior design housekeeping

Install New Lighting – With time, the strength of lightbulbs can fade. Renew the atmosphere in your home by installing new lighting, and in some cases, swap the fixtures too.

Interior design ideas for light fixtures

This is also a great time to invest in floor lamps for those spots that need more light and explore colored lightbulbs to add accents to your interior design.

Install a Gallery Wall – Choose a wall (usually in a hallway) with a lot of space to fill and hang family pictures, vacation pictures, memories, messages, etc. Gallery walls can tell a story, or simply contain a hodgepodge of your favorite images.

Interior design ideas for a gallery wall

There is always something to paint, move, repair, or replace. Once or twice a year, take the time to evaluate your interior design and make changes that make you smile. Never stop updating, this is how you keep your home fresh and pleasant.

Designing Your Home

In this article, you discovered information and resources to help you update the interior design of your home without spending a load of money.

By keeping your living space clean, renewed, and refreshed, you can create a welcoming atmosphere that friends and family come to enjoy with you.

When you let your interior design get outdated or allow clutter to build up, you may leave your guests with the impression that you just don’t care about your home’s presentation anymore.


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DIY Wall-Mounted Shelving

Don’t be embarrassed by cluttered tables and counters anymore. A wall-mounted shelf offers an organized home to pictures, vases, collections, or whatever you want to display.

Completed and hung DIY wall mounted shelving unit gathered information and simple instructions on how to make a DIY wall-mounted shelf with variations to fit any empty wall space, and anyone’s taste.

Wall-Mounted Shelving – Location and Wall Space Requirement

The wall space you choose to mount a shelf in will determine quite a few aspects of the shelf you will build. Take the following into consideration:

Purpose – What will this shelf be used for?

• If you are trying to display a light collection such as coffee mugs or picture frames, you can use narrow shelves with lighter anchoring.

DIY wall mounted coffee mug display shelving

• Heavier items like lamps, books, or even TV’s will require broader, more reinforced shelves with more aggressive anchoring.

DIY wall mounted shelving unit reinforced to support heavy objects

• Durability is needed when these shelves are used for repositioning towel racks or toilet paper dispensers.

DIY wall mounted shelving with hanging toilet paper dispenser

• Filling “dead space.” Rather than hanging a picture or painting, you may decide that some random shelves will nicely fit in that space.

DIY wall mounted shelving attached to wood support system

Four or six-inch wide shelves are recommended when you are using them to display or store lightweight objects (less than fifteen pounds combined). Ten to twelve-inch wide shelves can be used (with reinforcement) for objects exceeding fifteen pounds combined.

Location – Where this shelf will be mounted will determine many factors like its length, width, and height.

• The location should ideally be between five feet and six feet from the floor. This keeps the shelves out of reach of small children. If the shelves are part of a system (surrounding a fireplace, etc.), make sure lower shelves are well-anchored or removed to eliminate potential hazards.

DIY wall mounted shelving unit built and anchored to surround a fireplace

• If the location is in your hallway, these shelves should be placed higher up (six to seven feet) and be narrow (three to four inches wide). Shelves in hallways quickly become obstacles, especially in the dark.

• Your shelves can be as long as the space you have for them. The longer you make your shelves, the more support they will require. For the following mode of assembly, there should be either support, anchoring, or both for every two feet of shelf space.

• A wall-mounted shelf has several surfaces that can be utilized. You can set objects on the top, with hooks or mounts, you can hang objects beneath them, and with hooks from the side, they can be used to hold keys, lanyards, headphones, charging cords, etc. If you decide to use your shelf to its fullest capacity, make sure the space around it is enough to accomplish your goal.

DIY wall mounted shelving with hooks for extra utility

Wall-Mounted Shelving – Design and Specifications

Whether you are an artist or not, you can sketch out how you want your shelves. This step will leave you with a guide to follow. As your project comes together, it will likely deviate from your drawing, but this is expected. consider the following:

1. Start by determining how many shelves you want
2. Draw the space they will be in (draw it large for numbers and notes)
3. Write the dimensions of that space along the top and down the side (see image below)
4. Draw a line or a 3D representative image of your shelves in that space
5. Write the length of the shelves along the shelves (especially if lengths vary)
6. Draw in where the supports will be (we are using simple back supports in this example)
7. Designate where the shelves will be anchored to the wall
8. Determine whether you will use drywall anchors, studs, or a combination of them

planning and preparation to build a DIY wall mounted shelving unit

Add as much detail to your drawing as you can; type of wood, stain or paint color, etc. The more detail you include, the easier your project will be.

Wall-Mounted Shelving – Supplies

The selection of wood, anchoring system, stain, etc. are all a question of what you are most comfortable working with. The following are suggestions to help you make informed decisions when acquiring the supplies to construct your shelf:

Wood – You can use just about any type of wood for this project, from common wood to cedar, walnut, or even reclaimed wood. Note the following:

1. Use your design as a guide to get the right length and width of the shelves.
DIY wall mounted shelving measuring and marking before cutting to size2. The thicker the wood is, the heavier it will be, potentially requiring a more reliable anchoring system.
3. Most home supply centers will cut the wood to size for you (if needed).
DIY wall mounted shelving cutting wood to size after measuring and marking4. If your shelf is intended to be a decorative piece, look for grain patterns and knots in the wood for aesthetic enhancements.

Tip: The recommended minimum thickness of your shelf should fall between 1/2” to 3/4” to avoid eventual sagging.

Wood Stain – If you are looking to showcase a natural wood appearance, you can skip this. However, if you are trying to make your shelf complement other wood pieces in your home, snap a picture of the piece and compare the color options.

Tip: Wood comes in different shades. Take this into account if you are trying to make a color match with another piece (exact matches are tough to make).

Varnish – There are several types of varnish or finishing coats that will add shine and texture (or both) to your wood. Choose the finish best suited for your style and home’s décor.

Structural Support – There are a few options you can use to support or even reinforce your shelf or shelves. Consider the following:

• For smaller, lightweight shelves, you can use vertical 1 x 3 or 1 x 4 lengths of wood and attach the shelves to the wood using 3” deck screws from behind.

Hanging towel rack on DIY wall mounted shelving

• For a more traditional, simpler support system, use shelf brackets that attach to the underneath of the shelf, and anchor to the wall (there is an infinite number of styles and colors to choose from). Note the weight rating on the brackets you select, some can only support ten pounds while others can support several hundred pounds.

Track with inserted support for DIY wall mounted shelving

• For shelves that must support extra weight, use a wire and turnbuckle support system in conjunction with the primary support system. These wires can be attached to the outer edge of the shelf, then to the wall or the ceiling. Tightening the turnbuckle on each wire will keep the shelf from sagging or collapsing.

DIY wall mounted shelving with wire and turnbuckle support for extra weight

Anchoring Systems – When hanging your shelf on a wall that uses traditional wooden framing and drywall, the following anchoring systems will help you secure your shelf to the wall:

• Three-inch fastening screws can be used when fastening directly into a stud behind the drywall. This is one of the most reliable anchoring options you have. These screws can be found in silver, gold, black, etc.

• Screws and plastic push-in or screw-in anchors can be used when a stud cannot be found. They are also ideal for wood, stone, or brick walls. The weight capacity of anchors varies, the sturdiest of them are the screw in type with a capacity of up to fifty pounds each.

• Toggle bolts and wings work well to anchor heavier shelves in the absence of wall studs. Make sure the bolts are long enough to pass through the structural support and the drywall, allowing the wings to spring open behind the drywall.

DIY wall mounted shelving anchoring system and fasteners

Tip: Use washers with your anchoring system when possible or needed. Washers prevent the head of a screw from digging into the wood.

Wall-Mounted Shelving – Tools

This is a relatively easy project. The tools listed below will help you assemble and mount your shelf:

• Measuring Tape or a Long Ruler
• Level
• Stud Finder
• Pencil or Pen (for marking mounting locations)
• Drill (you will need bits appropriate for the size of the screws or bolts for your support and fastening systems)
• Circular Saw (not required if the wood was cut to size)
• Screwdriver (flathead or Phillips depending on the screws you use)
• Sander or Sandpaper – coarse (120 grit) and fine (400 grit) are needed
• Vinyl Disposable Gloves
• Painter’s Rag or Sponge (for stain application)
• Paintbrush (for varnish application)

Tip: Verify that you have the needed tools before beginning your project. If any are missing, make a shopping list and visit your local hardware store or home supply store.

Wall-Mounted Shelving – Preparation and Assembly

Wood Preparation – Take the wood components you have selected and do the following:

• Unless done for you, use a circular saw to cut the wood to size.

• Examine the faces of the wood and select the most appealing ones to face outward.

• Drill holes in the locations for your support and fastening systems. If fastening to studs, determine the length between studs (typically sixteen or twenty-four inches between studs) and match the distance between the holes of the anchoring system. Likewise, for toggle bolts and wings, knowing where your studs are will help you avoid them.

DIY wall mounted shelving drilling a half inch hole for a toggle bolt and wing

• Assemble your shelf to make sure everything fits and drilled holes are where they should be, then take it apart and begin the wood finishing steps.

• Using the 120 grit sandpaper, sand the face and edges of the wood to remove any protective resin (used for shipping and storage), dents, or uneven edges.

• Using the 400 grit sandpaper, sand the wood until it is smooth and without any sanding marks. Scratches and other defects in the wood become very evident when applying stain and varnish. Be thorough.

DIY wall mounted shelving 120 and 400 grit sandpaper

• Using a lightly dampened cloth, clean the wood, removing any residual sawdust. Make sure there is no sawdust or debris left on the wood.

• Apply a thin, even coat of wood stain to the top, bottom, and border of the wood using a painter’s rag or a sponge (wear vinyl gloves to avoid staining your hands).

DIY wall mounted shelving stain application after sanding

• Prop the wood upon screws drilled into your work table or a piece of wood fastened to it. This way, you can stain and varnish all sides at once if you choose.

• Allow the stain to completely dry (4-5 hours), sand the stained area with 400 grit sandpaper until smooth. If you find the color is too light, apply another coat of stain and repeat this step until you reach the desired color. If the stain is too dark, apply wood bleach to lighten it (wood bleach is a potent chemical – follow the container’s instructions and use caution).

• When your wood is satisfactorily stained, dried, and sanded smooth, use your paintbrush to apply a thin, even layer of varnish to the top, bottom, and border of the wood.

• Once the varnish has completely dried (8-10 hours), sand the varnished area with 400 grit or finer sandpaper until smooth. Then wipe the wood clean with a lightly dampened cloth, let dry, and apply a second thin and even coat of varnish. Allow the piece another day to completely dry.

Tip: It is of the utmost importance that you allow each coat of wood stain, varnish, or other finishing to completely dry before applying the next coat. If you don’t allow these coats to completely dry, you will end up with a soft tacky to the touch finish that may take years to fully dry, if it ever does.

Note: If you are going for the bare wood look, no staining or varnishing are needed. The sanding step should still be done to create a smooth surface.

Wall-Mounted Shelving – Assembly and Anchoring

Depending on the size and weight of your shelf or shelves, you may need assistance for the safe and proper mounting of your project. The following will help you get your shelf up and functional:

Assembly – Once completely dry, put the pieces of your shelf together. Make sure you have tightened all screws and that any vertically attached wood supports are firmly fastened to your shelves.

Tip: If you used stain, varnish, or paint on any surfaces that will be flush to the wall, allow extra time for them to dry. If they are mounted moist, they will adhere to the wall creating significant difficulties in removing them.

Anchoring – The following steps will help you get your shelf leveled and securely anchored to your wall:

• Use a stud finder to locate the position of the studs in the wall (to use them or avoid them).

DIY wall mounted shelving stud finder to locate anchoring points on the wall

• Place your shelf/shelves flush against the wall in the desired permanent location.

• Lay the level across the top of the shelf and adjust it until the bubble indicator is centered, then mark the wall using the holes in the support system.

Centering a DIY wall mounted shelving unit with a level before marking anchor points

•Attach wires and turnbuckles to the shelves and the wall or ceiling. The turnbuckles can be unscrewed to attach the wire of one half to the shelf and the other half to the wall or ceiling.

• Drill holes for screws with a drill bit slightly smaller than the size of the screw (for stud mounting).

DIY wall mounted shelving screw and corresponding drill bit

• For toggle bolts and wings, you will need to drill holes large enough for the wings to pass through the drywall in the closed position.

DIY wall mounted shelving anchoring toggle bolt and wing sizes with corresponding drill bits

• For plastic screw anchors, drill holes with a bit that match the size of the anchors and push them into the holes (it should be a snug fit). For screw-in anchors, the hole can be small, as they will expand it while being screwed in.

DIY wall mounted shelving drywall anchor and corresponding drill bit

• Place a washer on each screw or toggle bolt and pass them through the mounting holes in the wood (for toggle bolts, attach the wings to the end of the bolt after passing through the wood).

• Return the shelf/shelves to the selected position on the wall and tighten each screw into place. For toggle bolts, close the wings and push them through the holes in the drywall. You should hear a “snap” as they clear the drywall and open back up, then pull them back, so the wings are against the backside of the drywall and tighten them up.

DIY wall mounted shelving setting the wings of an anchoring system

• If you are using wires and turnbuckles, this is where you connect the turnbuckles and tighten them until the wire is drawn tight.

Tip: Start tightening screws or toggle bolts from the top-down, verifying the shelves are level as you go. Then sit back and enjoy your accomplishment!

DIY wall mounted shelving finished and affixed to the wall

Making Your Own Wall-Mounted Shelves

In this article, you discovered steps and pro tips on how to build and mount your own DIY wall-mounted shelves.

By making your own shelves, you are in complete control of their size, their look, and, more importantly, their weight capacity.

Save money while adding a personal touch to your space and giving a home to the items cluttering your counters and tables.


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18 Examples of Living Room Architecture and Decor

Don’t let your outdated or rundown living room decor embarrass you to your family, friends, and guests. By knowing how to highlight your living room’s architecture through color, furniture, and style, you can create a space that represents you and your family well. collected 18 examples of how architecture, color, furniture, and placement can create an incredible space for you, your family, and your guests to come together.

Living Room Architecture and Decor

Hiring an interior decorator to makeover your living room can cost as much – if not more – than the intended remodel. With a few ideas and examples, become your own interior decorator making your living room architecture stand out with a decor that fits your and your family’s personality.

The following are 18 examples of what you can create with some paint, fixtures, and furniture:


Living room architecture and modern design with an accent wall

This is an example of how an accent wall can add significant depth to a modern living room with sleek furniture. Notice how the raised sectional sofa and absence of curtains create an illusion of more space.

Tip: Establish a budget before you begin a living room remodel. Furniture can get very expensive quickly. You may have to do this in parts.


Living room architecture and contemporary design

Here you have a contemporary take on seating and fixtures. This furniture sits well on the hardwood flooring while contrasting with the darker brick walls.

Tip: When arranging your furniture, walk around the living room. You’ll gain a better perspective for the final placement of both fixtures and furniture.


Living room architecture modern furniture and design

If your brick walls are too dark, paint them. Take note of how the rug and tiered coffee table tie this modern living room together atop white granite flooring.

Tip: Floating shelves offer clean, unobtrusive space for plants, pictures, or decorations.


Living room architecture and design for small spaces

Even when your space is limited, you can still create a comfortable and simple living room. Sectional sofas allow you to fit more sitting space into the smallest spaces.

Tip: The addition of a plant or cut flowers to your living room can provide a burst of nature and color to nearly any decor.


Living room architecture contrasting colors and sleek design

Here we have a sleek setting with a touch of modern that utilizes the architecture of the living room to highlight the ceiling while bringing the furniture and decor together.

Tip: Use and attempt to highlight sources of natural lighting. Natural light makes your living room brighter and can make it seem larger.


Living room architecture fireplace seating options and design

If you have the luxury of a fireplace, you can build an atmosphere that screams “cozy.” In this living room, there are several seating alternatives arranged to keep everyone engaged with each other while being taken in by the fireplace and comfortable setting.

Tip: In large open spaces, a long or sectional sofa can be strategically placed to separate one area from another.


Living room architecture and design with open floor plan and natural lighting

This open floor plan is an excellent example of how floor-to-ceiling windows and creative architecture can make your space seem wider and longer. Note how the dining space and bar seating flow into the living room, taking you right out to a natural setting.

Tip: The use of sliding walls, completely retractable curtains, or no curtains at all helps floor-to-ceiling windows create the illusion of having more space.


Living room architecture and design with hardwood flooring and modern furniture

Simple and bright. This arrangement of modern seating on a rug that blends with the hardwood flooring creates an inviting atmosphere without the need to add a multitude of fixtures.

Tip: When looking for furniture, visit furniture stores, furniture outlets, Craig’s list, yard sales, and talk to your friends and family. The more options you have, the more likely you will find the perfect furniture.


Living room architecture and high contrast design with floor to ceiling windows

In this high-contrast setting, the living room’s bright and spacious architecture lends a hand to creating a comfortable and modern space.

Tip: You can use rugs to separate seating areas and create alternate atmospheres in the same room.


Living room architecture and design with modern lighting and cozy furniture

Here is an amazing example of how natural and artificial lighting can work in tandem to highlight a living room’s architecture and multiple seating options.

Tip: Offer seating options in your living room that fulfill different necessities.


Living room architecture and design with natural and indirect lighting

You can use your living room to tell a story or many stories. Besides the intimate seating arrangement, the natural and artificial lighting work to highlight this room’s decor. Take note of the mirror behind the floating shelves and how it creates an illusion of more space.

Tip: Collections, trinkets, and figurines can go from beautiful accents to a cluttered disaster very quickly. Use these items sparingly and with purpose.


Neoclassical architecture and design in balanced cool tones

Everything about this neoclassical living room screams “relax and enjoy yourself.” These cool tones come to life with natural lighting and both direct and indirect ceiling lighting.

Tip: Avoid using tall or dense centerpieces between your living room’s seating options. Everyone should have an unobstructed view of one another.


Living room architecture and design with an open floor plan and grey tones

This living room in an open floor plan provides seating options and beautifully selected art that perfectly blends the room’s colors. Notice how the raised furniture creates a sense of more space.

Tip: Consider upholstery to update and give new life to old furniture before discarding or replacing it.


Living room architecture and design for lounge and recreation purposes

The architecture of this living room provides a fluid transition to a recreation and lounge feature smartly lit with direct and indirect lighting. Note how the rug contains the entertainment area independent without isolating it.

Tip: Decorative rugs placed in high traffic areas will help you preserve the finish on your hardwood floors.


Living room architecture and design with large windows and vaulted ceiling

This living room has a lot going for it. With vaulted ceilings, oversized windows, transitional flooring and simple yet modern furniture, comfortable may be a severe understatement.

Tip: Depending on the climate of your region, vaulted ceilings can make it difficult to maintain a regulated temperature in the room. Ceiling fans or other smartly placed air movers can help correct this.


Living room architecture and design in a rustic leather and wood cabin setting

A blend of rustic fixtures and leather furniture provide a charming atmosphere in this log cabin’s living room.

Tip: Unique fixtures and furniture can often be found at roadside shops near resorts, forests, and reservations. Depending on your style, you may be surprised at what you can find.


Living room architecture and design with marble flooring and sleek furniture

This simple configuration with sleek furniture and modern fixtures highlights the outstanding architecture of this living room. Note the placement of recessed lighting in conjunction with natural lighting turning the marble flooring into a space-magnifying mirror of the room.

Tip: Just because you have space available doesn’t mean it has to be filled. Sometimes, the absence of decor is the best decor.


Living room architecture and cozy western design

This living room conveys a cozy western atmosphere with its hardwood flooring, natural lighting, and furniture placement that takes all eyes to the fireplace.

Tip: Always find the “sweet spot” between style and comfort. Don’t settle for something just because it looks good. Uncomfortable furniture should never make its way into your living room.

Living Room Architecture Ideas

In this article, you discovered 18 examples of how your living room’s architecture can be used with color, furniture, and fixture placement to better reflect you and your family.

By using your natural preferences to style, color, and comfort, you can create a living room as basic or as eclectic as you desire.

When you allow your furniture and decor to get old and outdated, it can leave you with a sense of embarrassment or may send the wrong impression to guests and loved ones.


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