I don't remember where I read it or exactly when I read it, but it had to be well over five years ago. Nevertheless, that one little sentence of advice is still stuck in my head to this day. It went something like, "if your room doesn't feel finished, add a touch of black". It's such a simple suggestion, easy for any novice to try out, and it got me thinking. What other tricks do the pros have up their sleeves? Here are a few design and decorating tips from the pros that could easily be the missing piece of the puzzle to rounding off your unfinished room.
I moved five times in the past nine years: for college (twice), graduate school, and also for work. I once even moved out of a place I loved because my landlord needed to move back in. Among other things, all this moving has taught me that no two homes' windows are alike, and a new space (or the urge to freshen a current one) can mean a costly adventure in window treatment world. (It's putting it mildly to say I was sticker shocked when I discovered the price of 118" drapes.) With a little DIY spirit, and a free weekend, there are tons of ways to create your own, cost-effective window treatments. Here are ten tutorials to get you started!
We fill our rooms with furniture, throw pillows, blankets, books, art, light fixtures, hardware, and miscellaneous decorative objects. That's a whole lot of look, but the perfect rug can bring it all together...
What makes a room feel finished? Is that just an elusive feeling you never quite get to? Let's spend some time figuring that out. Look at this kids bedroom. Pretty, isn't it? Now look again and start to catalog everything that is in it...
Infant care classes routinely cover feeding, diapering, and bathing, but parents are left to their own devices when it comes to finding safe and effective solutions for cleaning kids and their belongings. Thankfully there are many great choices, whether you opt to buy or DIY.
Buying plants can be overwhelming, especially houseplants, but with a little knowledge and understanding, you'll have a healthy indoor jungle in no time. To get the best start, here are some tips for buying the healthiest houseplants.
There is nothing worse than a spill on your favorite sofa or chair, especially in the middle of a party when you are trying to act cool, calm, and collected. Here are a few tricks to keep in mind for the next time something is spilled on your upholstery.
It can be a real waste of resources to take a trial-and-error approach when you're looking for cleaning products that really get the job done. Word of mouth is often the best approach here, taking advice from those who have already done the searching for you! So, if you're interested in changing up your cleaning regimen and looking for some fantastic simple products and methods, jump below to see what Apartment Therapy readers are recommending:
All rugs can use a good overall cleaning occasionally. But if you have a small stain or flaw that you want to address immediately without having the entire rug cleaned, spot cleaning is an important skill to have in your arsenal. Following are spot cleaning techniques for a few different scenarios:
I think part of the reason I enjoy cleaning is that it's usually a pretty painless activity that provides instant gratification. Mop a hardwood floor, enjoy its gleam; make a bed, walk into a more peaceful bedroom. Cleaning the grout of a tile floor is nothing like this: gratification is delayed, and on top of that, cleaning grout is one of the toughest cleaning jobs in the house. Following are some ways I've found to make it a little less taxing.