While hand painting details can seem like an overwhelming undertaking at first blush, armed with some inspiration and a few supplies it can be easier than you think (and doesn't require a degree in fine art). Little imperfections are part of the charm of anything handmade—just remember to keep you brushstrokes loose and relaxed for the most natural effect.
Abigail's fixer-upper stood out—and not in a good way. Sometime during its 100-year history, someone had slapped putty-hued vinyl siding on the front, which would be less jarring if it wasn't one of many attached brick rowhouses! See how she and her husband restored the curb appeal:
Last week we shared an early sneak peek at the Obama State China service, which features a beautiful turquoise-y teal blue hue that the White House has dubbed "Kailua Blue", in reference to President Obama's home state of Hawaii. We searched for similar paint colors for those of us who want to add a little tropical color - USA style - to our own homes...
Looking for an easy way to add a little color to a room, play around with contrast and do it all in a way that will save time and use less paint than covering all the walls of a room? Try out the half and half painting trick, where you splash color in a controlled way on the top or bottom section of a room. Here are ten photos showing how fabulous this idea can make just about any room look.
When you think of neutral paint colors, it may conjure up images of plain whites or boring beiges. But British paint purveyors Farrow & Ball have a whole slew of 'neutrals' — colors that will play well with others, and serve as a backdrop for other tints in the room — that are anything but boring. Here are ten of our favorites.
If you are unable to either fly or levitate, a staircase is a great way to get from one level of your home to another. But a staircase is also, it turns out, a great place to spell out a message, be it on the treads or on the risers. These staircases all have a little something to say, which is sure to make ascending to the second floor a more contemplative experience.
Last time we tested paint on vinyl, this time we're testing it on softer upholstery fabrics. We've all seen chair makeovers on Pinterest and they look great —but just how comfortable are they? And how well does the paint hold up? Well, we've been wondering too, so we rounded up a couple pieces of furniture and put them to the test! Here are our results:
This month, we hit our one millionth Color Search, and to celebrate, we've relaunched the tool with a brand new interface that makes it even easier to find the palettes you're looking for, and to save the colors you love. Last July, we partnered with Sherwin-Williams to launch Apartment Therapy Color Search, a tool that allows you to search all of our House Tour archives by color, so you can get real-life inspiration featuring the palette of your choice. Let us show you around what we're calling Color Search 2.0 and tell you how we see it changing your life.
I don't know if it was the warmer weather that prompted Gwen to make a change to her fireplace, but what she did certainly heralds a brand new spring season. Out went the drab and brown feel, and in its place stood something much, much happier.