12 Easy Ways to Rock an Open Floor Plan Layout

The open floor plan layout featuring a large open space and plenty of light is high on the wish list for home buyers and renters. But the open floor plan layout isn’t easy to pull together. It may lack warmth, intimacy and privacy if improperly laid out. It also might seem daunting to figure out how to arrange furniture with no defined areas.

It’s easier than you think to layout an open floor plan in a way that is stylish and functional. The first step is to imagine which zone will be your living, office, dining kitchen and bedroom area. Once you have a general idea of your zones, check out these gorgeous open floor plan spaces for 12 ways to rock an open floor plan layout.

Arrange your furniture away from the walls

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Different ways to re-design your room on a budget

Feeling like a refresh in your bedroom, but don’t have the cash for an expensive re-design? Then use these different tips to re-design your bedroom on a budget.

 1. Hang photos and pictures up on the walls.

You can instantly bring some life into your room by hanging photos of your friends and family on the walls. Or get some posters put into nice frames and brighten the room. This doesn’t need to be expensive when you can use companies like WholesalePosterFrames.com to decorate your walls.

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 2. Paint a feature wall.

Instead of paying a fortune in paint and doing the whole room, buy a small paint tin and paint a feature wall.  Only doing one wall means you can pick a bright fun colour, without it being too much. If your room is dark, then pick a light colour to brighten the room.

 3. Paint the furniture.

If you

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12 Ways to Make an Art Studio at Home

Dear Wonderful, Creative You:

One of the things that people consistently say gets in the way of making art is not having an art space. I’d like to share some ideas for creating a fun, funky, and functional art space you can really use in your home.

[bctt tweet=”Even if it’s just a corner, a drawer, or a caddy, you NEED a space for your art. #artist #creative”]

Inspiring Art Studio Spaces

Before we talk about practical ideas, let’s dream a little, shall we? Let’s look dewy-eyed at some amazing art studios, because I think dreaming about your ideal studio might inspire you to incorporate some of the elements in your art space.

Create an Art Studio in YOUR Home

We aren’t all able to create gorgeous studios like the ones in the list above, but I believe that if you truly want to make art and creativity a part

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Arranging furniture TWELVE different ways in the Same Room

Some ideas about arranging furniture

When it comes to arranging furniture in a room, most people will come up with one or two ideas about how they want the furniture placed. Sometimes with a little extra thought, and some imagination a person can come up with a few extra furniture arranging options for the space. This post was an exercise for me, and I came up with Twelve Different Ways of placing furniture in the same room. I used the information I presented in my Sept 7th post titled Arranging Living Room furniture, so sofas talk to chairs, like the pros do to make the different groupings in the spaces. I hope after looking at what I have come up with, it will inspire you when it comes to placing furniture in your own home. The Room that I have chosen has windows on both the far end walls (front

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4 Ways to Arrange Living Room Furniture

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10 Ways To Bring Charm To Your Home’s Exterior

Laura Gaskill, Houzz Contributor

Whether you have a cottage that needs a little TLC or a nondescript colonial you’d love to inject with a bit more personality, deciding on changes to the exterior can be tricky. It’s important not to force a completely unrelated style on your home, but the right exterior enhancements can significantly improve your home’s curb appeal.

1. Add a covered entrance. A bit of cover overhead is welcome when you’re trying to get in the door in a rainstorm, but even more important for our purposes, a covered entrance can do wonders for a home’s curb appeal.

28 outdoor projects everyone should know about

A small portico topped with a pediment, like the one shown here, works well with colonial-style homes and is enough to add definition to the entrance. Covered porches are a natural fit for cottages and Craftsman homes — if you have the

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15 Ways to Decorate With Soft Sage Green

Soft Sage Green Color Palette

This delicate green is a great alternative to more typical neutrals, working well with a wide range of decorating styles, accent colors, wood tones and metal finishes. In this kitchen, it complements warm wood shutters and barstools and a green floral wallpaper.

Restful Bedroom

The soft, grayish-green color of sage leaves is an ideal choice when designing a bedroom. In this space, muted green fabric spilling from a valance above the bed creates a soothing backdrop for slumber.

A Hint of Color

Soft sage is the perfect solution if you want to add a touch of color to your walls without overpowering the space. In this living room, sage walls enhance the cool color palette without taking attention away from the elegant fireplace.

Cabinet Alternative

If you’re looking for something different than the typical white or gray kitchen cabinets, consider soft sage. The subtle hint

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7 Ways To Rethink Your Underused Rooms

Most homeowners who have formal living and dining rooms rarely use them (Thanksgiving and Christmas are but two days of the year). Similarly, millions of square feet in great rooms, breakfast nooks, laundry rooms and hallways and even ‘spare’ bedrooms go underused – space wasted most or all of the year.

There is a cure for the scourge of wasted space:  rethinking your rooms. The fact that a room is called a dining room or a breakfast area does not mean that’s the only function you can do there. In fact, I propose that buyers and owners alike might want to spend some time this Spring rethinking and rearranging your rooms to live to the very edges of your precious square footage. Here are a few ideas for repurposing your underused spaces at home:

1.  Too-small bedroom into closet or extra bathroom.  If you have a bedroom so tiny that

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How to Make Wood Paneling Look Modern Without Painting It: Five Ways

Is part of your home sporting those 70’s wood paneled walls? Before you paint the paneling, give these ideas a try first! Keep reading to find out how to make wood paneling look modern – without painting it! You might just be surprised at the outcome! 

Not to be Captain Obvious, but I am all for making your home look good, especially considering this is primarily a home decorating blog.

I am all for updating those laminate countertops, hiding those popcorn ceilings, ripping up the wall-to-wall carpeting and other things of that nature.

But sometimes, every once in a while, I prefer to keep those “old” design aesthetics and work with them, instead of against them.

I’m talking about My Jungle Room, folks.

How to Decorate Wood Paneling Without Painting

In the Jungle Room, or the den if you want to be so boring as to call it that, we kept the original wood paneling.

I

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11 Ways To Work With A Windowless Room

Yanic Simard, Houzz Contributor

They say you never know what you had till it’s gone, and that’s certainly true for windows. When dealing with a windowless room, you really start to miss the natural light and appreciate the openness they bring. But whether you’re planning a little corrective construction or just a quick fix, there are plenty of ways to bring that same feeling to your basement, den, kitchen and more.

8 Cost-Effective Ways to Get a High-End Look

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1. Mirrors. Adding a large mirror to your wall is one of the first ways to simulate the effect of a window, not just for bouncing some light but also for adding a sense of depth that breaks up claustrophobic wall planes. In a space with a low-ceiling, use as large a mirror as possible, reaching close to the ceiling (but not all the way up; stop 4 to 6 inches

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