The Joy of Being Your Own Design Diva

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, noted 6th century BC Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. Even today, perplexed homeowners can find solace in that wisdom when it comes time to redecorate. For the nonprofessional, color selection and home decorating often seem intimidating, or at the very least […]

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, noted 6th century BC Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu.

Even today, perplexed homeowners can find solace in that wisdom when it comes time to redecorate. For the nonprofessional, color selection and home decorating often seem intimidating, or at the very least, confusing. But successful home decorating projects do come together beautifully when you take the first step and put into practice these suggestions.

Special thanks to CertaPro Painters for these suggestions.

Get Down With It

Platform beds are a top choice for alternative sleeping arrangements for the younger set. Why? They’re easier to crash on.

Dare to be Different

If plum is your favorite color, why not use it in your favorite room? Don’t be shy about it, either. The more you like it, the more you should use it in wall paints, carpeting, and fabrics.

Look Up for Fresh Ideas

Narrow, longish rooms present a difficult design puzzle. Breaking the room in half with a dark, almost cave-like space takes the edge off its narrowness and makes the space look like it was always intended to be this way.

Get Organized

Great rooms are magnificent for open-plan living, but without some definition they can be uninspiring. Applying a ceiling border can serve to define the space without impeding the flow of such a large room.

Go Creative

Faux-painted walls have strayed from the scene but their use as a ceiling treatment brings new life and purpose to this smallish room, especially with the embellishment of deep crown molding and high-hat lighting.

Merge Your Ceilings and Walls

Dropping the ceiling color down onto the walls is a unique touch. This example bleeds the color down to the crown molding mounted 14 inches below the ceiling. For homes that have out-of-plumb ceilings, this treatment will effectively hide any imperfections.

Stairway to Heaven

Free-floating stairs look spectacular against the all-white wall of this contemporary home.

Sleep Easy

The patterned ‘headboard’ wall in this small bedroom immediately relieves the narrowness of the room while providing a dreamier feeling to the décor.

Choose Bold over Boring

Finding just the right accent color makes this living room a richer, more interesting space. Matching paint colors to fabrics and rugs in this example was as easy as dropping off a fabric sample to the local paint store, where computer matching ensures perfection.

Richie Rich

Rich red walls frame this in-home office as the faux-painted brown ceiling mirrors the walnut desk panels. Crown molding in bright white helps to define and separate.