The Best Colors for Every Room in Your HomeStyle
Paint color is all about creating an ambience for your home. That’s why it’s important to select paint colors based on how you want a room to feel instead of mindlessly adhering to trends. To prove our point, we called on color expert extraordinaire Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and author of Colors For Your Every Mood, to help us break down the best paint colors for every room of your home.
Aug 16, 2018
Editing Your Home to Happiness: Our Best Decluttering StrategiesOrganize & Clean
Clutter, probably more than cleanliness, affects our sense of well-being at home. And in a place where we should feel relaxed, refreshed, and most like ourselves, it’s imperative to shed anything that makes us feel otherwise. Here are our top tips for sorting through and shedding the clutter energy-zappers that drag us down. Cheers to a clutter-less fresh start! Decluttering begets decluttering.
Dec 31, 2016
Step Inside Your Dream Home: These Are Your Favorite Rooms of the YearStyle
House tours — real and unstyled — are an Apartment Therapy staple and we relish the chance to document and share these homes from across the style spectrum and across the globe. Last week we asked readers to weigh in on your favorite rooms from the past year of house tours. They were each beautiful and memorable but, in the end, you did have your favorites. And here they are!
Dec 31, 2016
By the Numbers: Our Most Read, Most Popular Posts of the YearLiving
We published over 6,000 posts this year! On the off chance you didn’t catch them all, perhaps you have time to read or revisit the ten posts that most captured readers’ attention this year. The list offers insight into what you are most interested in doing at home: spiffing up your rental, making the most of your small space, taking on diy projects to improve your home’s look and…well, I’ll let you find out what readers’ number one interest was this year.
Dec 30, 2016
Hacks, DIYs and Creative Uses: The Most Popular IKEA Posts of the YearHome Projects
IKEA is a perennial favorite topic among Apartment Therapy readers and we love to write about it, too. From the best products to customize, small space problem solvers, ingenious hacks and creative, I-never-would-have-thought-of-that uses of IKEA products, we’ve covered a lot of ground this year. Before you make your next trip to the blue and yellow wonderland, check out our 15 most popular IKEA posts of the year.
Dec 30, 2016
Eyesore No More: Our 10 Favorite Kitchen Transformations of 2016Home Projects
Sure, we might all want to freshen our living room or bedroom, but no room can get dated, dingy, and even dangerous as quickly as a kitchen can. These 10 amazing makeovers, ranging from $200 DIYs to splashy professional jobs, show the power of paint, paring down, and—for crying out loud—new cabinets.
Dec 29, 2016
Same Space, Whole New Look: Our Favorite Room Transformations of the YearStyle
Warning: If winter has you stuck inside, growing increasingly sick of your same four walls (while grateful to have walls, of course), these 10 incredible redesigns might push you into a repainting, redecorating, cabin-fevered frenzy. Whether you’re considering slapping on a coat of paint or are ready to gut the place, there’s at least one project here that’s sure to inspire.
Dec 28, 2016
All the Single Ladies (and Gents): 10 Great Posts on Flying SoloLiving
Single-person households in the US are forecasted to continue their steady growth over the next decade, which means many of us are—to some degree—flying solo. Over the last year, we’ve covered a lot of ground (and had some lively comment-based discussions!), from meal planning for one, to solo travel and concert outings, to solo self-care ideas. Here are some of our favorites.
Dec 27, 2016
A Look Back at the Smallest and Coolest Homes You Had to OfferStyle
We loved every single one of our Small Cool contest submissions this year, and readers could surely find inspiration in every entry for living with limited square footage. These are some of our favorite rooms and spaces from the contest that made an impression, whether it was through playful, unique decor, beautiful storage solutions, or off-the-grid styles of living. If you’re a fan of smart, small space living, we invite you to catch up with all of the entries.
Dec 27, 2016
Get Inspired to DIY: Our Favorite Before & After Furniture Transformations of the YearHome Projects
Who among us hasn’t dragged home a $5 garage sale chair or a battered bookshelf left on the curb, convinced that we could make something out of it? Whether by painstakingly restoring it to its former glory or by giving it a major makeover, we just know something special is lurking beneath the cobwebs, scratches, or worse.
Dec 26, 2016
Bounce Back from the Holidays: The Year’s Best Posts on Budgeting & Saving MoneyLiving
When it comes to our finances, most of the big picture comes from an accumulation of tiny decisions. This goes both ways: money leaking out through inconsequential expenditures or money being squirreled away in small increments and multiplying for big dividends over the long run. Here are some ways to focus purposefully on not spending money unnecessarily, spending it wisely when it’s time to make purchases, and saving it wherever possible.
Dec 26, 2016
To Be Is To Do: 10 of Our Favorite Posts for Mindful LivingLiving
In my own life, it’s all the little choices I make each day—from how much sleep I get to how I’ve handled stress to personal interactions—that shape the feeling I have about my day when I turn out the lights each night.
Dec 25, 2016
Little Kids, Big Style: Our Favorite Kids Rooms & Nurseries of the YearStyle
Be prepared, upon diving into this slideshow, to be uncomfortably jealous of babies, toddlers, and teenagers. These 15 rooms, home to kids of all ages, are utterly delightful: playful yet sophisticated, orderly yet inviting, and lovingly designed without being fussy. The thoughtfulness of the decor means that these nurseries and kids’ rooms will accommodate their young occupants as they grow—and that there are plenty of design ideas to steal for our own grown-up rooms.
Dec 25, 2016
The Year’s Most Inspiring Tours of Teeny-Tiny Small & Stylish HomesStyle
We’re always inspired by the teeny-tiny spaces we get to see here on Apartment Therapy. While each one of these spaces has their own distinct style, they all have one thing in common: the people who call them home effectively utilize the space to suit their lifestyle. That’s what creating a home is all about.
Dec 24, 2016
The Year’s Most Impressive Bathroom Transformations: Best of Before & AftersHome Projects
A dreary bathroom seems dirty no matter how clean it actually is, so giving it a fresh coat of white paint, additional lighting, and sparkling tiles can completely transform the look and feel of the room, all while making the weekly cleaning feel less Sisyphean.
Dec 24, 2016
How to Think About It and How to Do It: Our Best Cleaning Advice of the YearOrganize & Clean
With longer hours spent indoors, lots of extra house guests, a kitchen that’s worked harder than it has all year, and, more than likely, an increase in the amount of stuff in your house, now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your home cleaned up for the new year. Here are our best posts of 2016 to get those cleaning wheels turning. It’s probably safe to say that we all want a cleaner house with as little exertion as possible.
Dec 23, 2016
Small Space Superstars: Top Tours of Tiny ApartmentsStyle
Julie’s Northwoods-Meets-Art Deco Apartment in Minneapolis: 700 Square Feet Clean, open spaces in tiny apartments are triumphs of minimalism as a necessity, rather than a mere stylistic choice. Their inhabitants have learned how to edit their belongings to their most imperative and their most treasured, and their homes tend to radiate the message, “Only the best of the best is here.” Here are 25 of our favorite beautiful and inspiring spaces 700 square feet and under.
Dec 31, 2015
Work Smarter, Not Harder: Our Best Cleaning Tips, Strategies & AdviceStyle
While it often feels like drudgery, cleaning our homes is a necessity of life. Fortunately, it’s also a nearly free and relatively easy thing that each of us can do to feel instantly better in and about our homes—which isn’t too say we want to spend any more time or effort on the task than we must! Here are 2015’s best bits of advice for making our cleaning time as productive as possible.
Dec 31, 2015
The Year’s Smallest Homes from Reader House CallsStyle
much Above: We spend a lot of time decorating the space and we’re really proud of our new home. Our place reflects our personalities and passions. See more → Ana and Fabiano’s Cozy Canadian Home Despite our place being small, we love having friends over. We love grilling lakeside at the complex’s pool and then ending the night in our unit. We’ve squeezed as many as 15 friends in, piled on our sectional sofa and gathering around our small dining room table.
Dec 31, 2015
Uniquely Interesting: One-Of-A-Kind Details from Real-Life HomesStyle
Even after countless House Tours over the years, there are still homes that stop us in our tracks with their unique art, architecture, and… Skeeball machines. Join us in celebrating 30 of the year’s most fascinating features, including a hydraulic bed, copper walls, graffiti, and, of course, a cat bridge! Joey started using Airbnb 5 years ago, when he lived in a much smaller apartment (but in which there was still, of course, room for his Skeeball machine).
Dec 30, 2015
Our Favorite Entryways & FoyersStyle
As the barrier between the sanctuary of home and the busy world outside, entryways have to work hard to filter out all the junk (mail) and random things that want to work their way inside. And since it’s the first thing you and your guests see when they walk in, it needs to be beautiful and set the tone for the rest of the space. These ten homes from our house tours get it right, with seriously welcoming entry rooms. Come on in and take a look. Love these rooms and want to see more?
Dec 30, 2015
Creative Living: The Year’s Most Inspiring Rental HomesStyle
Jenn & Hunter’s Historic Landmark Apartment It’s often thought that it’s easier to create a stylish home when you own—you can knock down walls, paint, and swap lighting to your heart’s (if not your bank account’s) content. But it’s 100% possible to create a dream home at any stage in life or whatever your priorities. Check out 10 of 2015’s inspiring House Tours from renters, from starter studios to long-term family homes.
Dec 29, 2015
Fashionable People: Real-Life Style ProfilesStyle
2015 was the year Apartment Therapy really hit its stride with the Fashionable People Style Profiles. As someone who likes checking out people’s closets just as much as I do the rest of their homes (maybe even more—it’s the ex-fashion student in me), I’ve been loving watching these real-life style profiles roll in.
Dec 29, 2015
Before & After: A Year of IKEA HacksHome Projects
We love seeing the ingenious things our readers do with simple pieces — and there’s nothing quite like a good IKEA hack. This year pieces from that Swedish retailer provided the foundation for all kinds of projects, from a coffee table that got a new coat of paint to a set of bookcases that was almost unrecognizable after getting the built-in treatment. Here are 12 of the top IKEA hacks of 2015. To learn more about each project, click the links below the photos.
Dec 28, 2015
Our Favorite Home OfficesStyle
There’s a certain pleasure in knowing you could conquer the world from inside your apartment. For creatives, side-hustlers and work-at-home types, having a lovely and hardworking office is at the top of the list of wants at home. These stellar spaces from this year’s tours have got the home office thing down pat. Love these rooms and want to see more? Click the links below the photos to see the full tour of each house.
Dec 27, 2015
Standout “Small Cool” HomesStyle
Kyle’s Teeny-Tiny City Home Every year, the Small Cool Contest gets cooler and cooler, and this year, we saw some really stellar entries. The competition was steep, and the judges had their work cut out for them, but in the end, it’s like Highlander—there can be only one. (Well, technically, two, since we have an international division as well.
Dec 27, 2015
Furry Friends: Advice & Ideas for Enjoying Life at Home with Your PetsStyle
Allie and Travis’ Sunny and Spacious Oakland Home They shed. They romp. They sprawl. They’re in the way. They break things. And yet, they are the most lovable, wonderful additions to a home. Here are our favorite ideas from 2015 for dealing with some of pets’ peskier problems, plus some posts that take the time to revel in the joy that animals can can bring.
Dec 26, 2015
Our Favorite Outdoor SpacesStyle
Unless you’re lucky enough to live in some of our more temperate regions, this time of year probably isn’t the best one for going outside. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still dream, and plan. Whether they rent or own, live in a teeny apartment or a big freestanding home, all of those folks made the very best of their outdoor spaces. Take a look and be inspired. Love these spaces and want to see more? Click the links below the photos to see the full tour of each house.
Dec 26, 2015
At Ease At Home: Top Posts for Creating a Calm, Healthy HomeStyle
Sam, Stephanie & Lorena’s Harmonious Blend of Styles in Oakland As we all know, home is about much more than stuff; it’s about an atmosphere. A healthy home won’t always be quiet, and it won’t always be clean, but it should offer a sense of comfort and ease. Click through to find a year’s worth of ways to ensure that your home offers you all the joy that it possibly can.
Dec 26, 2015
Nothing You Do for Your Home is Ever Wasted: Wonderful Weekend ProjectsStyle
From painting floors and covering cushions to deep-cleaning a rug and clearing out a closet, these are 35 of the best weekend projects from 2015. Here’s to many productive weekends—and plenty of fun ones, too—in the coming year!
Dec 26, 2015
Living Solo: Advice, Ideas & Inspiration for SinglesLiving
Single-person households are on the rise in much of the developed world, and we are all over it: over the past 12 months, our content has included loads of tips, inspiration, and ideas for solo living. Check out our top 10 posts on the subject, including three fabulous singletons’ House Tours. Living alone is often stigmatized as sad and lonely, but those who love it seem pretty darn happy. Here are seven reasons to love living alone.
Dec 25, 2015
Best of Before & After: DIY Furniture MakeoversStyle
Furniture DIYs are just right. They’re not as risky as a DIY reno, but they are daunting enough that when they turn out awesomely, you can be really, really proud. Your finished piece is all you—your vision, your aesthetic choices, and your blood, sweat, and tears—and it’ll probably be among your most prized possessions. From beginnings that were humble at best and destined-for-the-trash-heap at worst, here are our favorite furniture makeover beauties of 2015.
Dec 24, 2015
All About Art: Our Top Posts for Choosing, Making & Displaying ArtworkStyle
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Dec 24, 2015
Shopping for the Best: Apartment Therapy’s Annual GuidesStyle
Making a resolution to finally replace your makeshift coffee table, uncomfortable bed, and/or rusty shower organizer? Got a stack of holiday gift cards and coupon codes burning a hole in your pocket? Simply ready for a new look? Apartment Therapy’s got a year’s worth—and a home’s worth—of shopping guides to help you spend your money wisely—and fabulously!
Dec 23, 2015
A Little Holiday Cheer: Best of Real Life Bars at HomeStyle
If you take a step back and think long and hard about why your favorite bar is actually your favorite, chances are it’s because of one of three things: 1) It feels homey, 2) You love the ambience, and/or 3) They make a mean ____. To that, we challenge you to make your new favorite bar the one in your living room. With a little planning and styling (and your favorite bottles of booze), your home bar can be just as stylish as the one you travel across town to get to. Need some inspiration?
Dec 23, 2015
Gutsy With Color: The Year’s Most Daringly Colorful RoomsStyle
If you can say one thing about the homeowners from our tours, it’s that they aren’t shrinking violets. Or oranges. Or teals. Or reds, greens, or blues, for that matter! Here are some of the most dashing, daring, and fabulously vibrant interiors from 2015’s House Tours. And just in case you were wondering, I noticed while compiling this roundup that pink seemed to be one of the most popular bold colors this year, followed closely by teal.
Dec 22, 2015
Welcome Home: Our Best Advice for Finding a New Home & Moving InStyle
Julie and Andrew’s Cozy Home in a Blue Bird School Bus Whether you’re buying, renting, moving, or moving in together, the whole process that goes into switching homes can be daunting and complicated. Stress and headaches are inevitable parts of the process, but there are plenty of ways that you can reduce that stress significantly. Read on to find the year’s best advice for buying homes, switching abodes, and staying positive through all the changes.
Dec 22, 2015
A Year’s Worth of Advice for Real Life: The Best of “Ask Alice”Style
From nosy neighbors and noisy kids to angry landlords and naked exhibitionists, Alice has advised readers on a host of tricky situations this year. Read on to find answers to some of the most popular (and problematic) conundrums of 2015. What should you do when an eagle-eyed neighbor won’t keep his “helpful” suggestions to himself? How can you smooth over noise complaints while still living your life?
Dec 21, 2015
Dollars & Sense: Our Best Money Saving Tips & AdviceStyle
Raise your hand if you could use a little more money in your life. Yep, that’s what I thought: Every one of us is looking for little ways to save every day. And since maintaining and decorating a home can be a potentially expensive endeavor, it’s likely to be the one area of your life that’s ripe with ways to cut corners and squeeze out a little extra cash. Just check out these budget-boosting tips and posts from the last year.
Dec 21, 2015
Color Warriors: Reader Rooms with Audacious ColorStyle
Matthew’s Magical Woodland Wonderland Bold color in the home isn’t for everyone, but even if it’s not for you, you can admire those who embrace, celebrate and go wild with it. Here are some of the boldest uses of color from reader rooms this past year from just plain loud colors to unexpected color pairings. Enjoy!
Jan 1, 2015
Happily Ever Afters: 10 Stunning DIY Furniture MakeoversHome Projects
It’s a definite skill to look at something boring and busted, and still see potential. Pair that ability with some actual time and hard work, and you get some truly remarkable furniture makeovers. Here are ten DIY furniture projects that inspired us… 1. Above, Before & After: 2 Contemporary Cabinets Age Considerably…Overnight 2. Before & After: Recycled Pallet Pops With New Purpose 3. Before & After: Rita’s Really (Really!) Amazing Closet Transformation 4.
Jan 1, 2015
Before & After: The Year’s Most Dramatic TransformationsStyle
For this very last roundup, we’ve combed through all of this year’s Before & After projects (and trust us, there were a lot of good ones) and rounded up the very best ones. The dramatic, inspiring, shocking transformations. The ones where you couldn’t possibly like the before better. Prepare to be amazed — here are 2014’s most dramatic transformations. Click on the slideshow to see the projects.
Jan 1, 2015
It’s a Hard Knock Life: How To Clean 10 Important Things Around Your HomeOrganize & Clean
How To Clean an Oven Without Harsh Chemicals I’m willing to suspend disbelief that some people derive enjoyment from cleaning their homes. I’m not one of them. But I’m an adult. Cleaning is part of the gig. And, if I have to do it, I may as well do it well. Ovens, mattresses, sinks…we walk you through exactly how to clean these and other important items in your home…’til they shine like the top of the Chrysler Building.
Dec 31, 2014
New Year, New Tools: 15 Helpful Posts to Get You and Your Home OrganizedStyle
We’re nearly at the dawn of a new year and you know what that means: time to get organized! We’re here to help you get a jump start on that resolution. We’ve talked a lot about organization in the past year and to celebrate the last day of the year, we’ve gathered it all together.
Dec 31, 2014
Our Favorite Dining RoomsStyle
The dining room is more than just a table and some chairs — it’s a place for family and friends to come together around one of everybody’s favorite things, food. From our 2014 house tours, here are some of our favorite dining rooms. Open the slideshow to see all the spaces. Love these rooms and want to see more? Click the links below the photos in the gallery to see the full tour of each house. → Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Best of 2014 roundup!
Dec 31, 2014
All About Art: Our Best Tips for Buying It and Displaying It the Right WayStyle
We talked a lot about art in 2014 and no wonder, it’s one of our favorite ways to personalize any space. Here’s our best advice for all things art to get any gallery wall novice well on the way to a stylish 2015.
Dec 30, 2014
Before & After: A Year of Kitchen TransformationsHome Projects
2014 saw a lot of great kitchen remodels here on Apartment Therapy. In this post, we’ve rounded up the best of the best: the projects that really wow. Check ’em out and prepare to be amazed. Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions. → Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Best of 2014 roundup!
Dec 30, 2014
Everyone Loves Eye Candy: Our Most Beautiful and Eye-Catching Round-Ups of the YearStyle
Get ready to gawk at these stunning spaces. We love browsing pretty pictures and getting inspired to try something new and these homes do it really, really right. Prepare to mop up your drool while you click through this list of our best eye candy.
Dec 29, 2014
If You Could Turn Back Time: What Our Renovation Diarists Would Do DifferentlyStyle
Renovations can be all-consuming, and nothing ever goes entirely according to plan. But what if you got to do something differently? While currently outside our powers, if we could send our Renovation Diarists back in time, here’s what they’d change about the process: From Mike & Sandie: Taking more time to look at the condition of the stairs or subfloor would have allowed us to mull over our options and make more satisfactory decisions while not under a time restraint (i.e.
Dec 29, 2014
Makeover Madness! 18 DIY Bathrooms That Beat the BandStyle
Bathroom makeovers are incredibly gratifying. The “before” shots usually show rooms that are outdated at best, and somewhat nasty at their worst. Which makes the “after” photos a total joy to behold.
Dec 29, 2014
Our Favorite BathroomsStyle
This year, plenty of our house tours proved that bathrooms don’t have to be boring. From big, dramatic, in-your-dreams spaces to humbler rooms made beautiful with paint and plants and a little tlc, here are some of our favorite bathrooms of 2014. Open the slideshow to see all the spaces. Love these rooms and want to see more? Click the links below the photos in the gallery to see the full tour of each house. → Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Best of 2014 roundup!
Dec 29, 2014
Our Favorite Fashion and Most Stellar Style Tips of the YearStyle
We like to think of ourselves as pretty style savvy, and that even extends to what we wear every day. This year we started telling you about some pretty fashionable people and sharing our most stylish tips to make your body just as well dressed as your bedroom.
Dec 28, 2014
Party! Our Best Advice for Entertaining at HomeLiving
Did you entertain as much as you wanted to in 2014? We spend a lot of time beautifying our homes, but most of us don’t share them as often as we’d like.
Dec 28, 2014
Before & After: 10 Wallet-Friendly Kitchen RenovationsHome Projects
In 2014, our Before & Afters proved again and again that you don’t need a ton of cash to have a fresh new kitchen. Here are ten of this year’s best budget kitchen remodels. Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions. → Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Best of 2014 roundup! From December 21 through January 1 we are rounding up our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.
Dec 28, 2014
Brilliant Boys’ Rooms: The Most Popular Boys’ Rooms of the YearStyle
Last week we rounded up the most popular girls’ bedrooms of the year and now it’s time to check out which boys’ rooms caught readers’ fancy the most. The top ten range from modern to traditional to un-categorizable. Check out the room →Where is it:Reader comment: Check out the room → Comfort & Simplicity in a Room for Four Brothers Where is it: North of Dallas, Texas Reader comment: “You just inspired me.
Dec 27, 2014
The Best 2014 Room For Color Entries You Might Have MissedStyle
We know all you crazy color lovers followed along with our annual Room for Color contest, celebrating the best, the brightest and the most vibrant rooms around. Well, we think these great entries deserve a second look.
Dec 27, 2014
The Very Best DIY Resources, Tips & SuppliesStyle
Want insight on where you can find the best materials, most useful tools and great DIY deals when planning projects around the house? Or maybe you just need some moral support and/or a swift kick in the booty for motivation? Here’s a quick roundup of our very best DIY resources, tips, pep talks, and supplies from this year!
Dec 27, 2014
Our Favorite KitchensStyle
The kitchen, moreso than any other space in the house, needs to be clean and functional… but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. These kitchens are some of our favorites of 2014, not least because they managed to pack a whole lot of personality into a very utilitarian space. Take a look. Open the slideshow to see all the spaces. Love these rooms and want to see more? Click the links below the photos in the gallery to see the full tour of each house.
Dec 27, 2014
Before & After: Kids’ Furniture RefreshersHome Projects
Parents are proven problem-solvers and potential-seers. That’s why some of our most amazing Before & After furniture transformations are for nursery and kids’ rooms. Let’s look back at some of 2014’s best rescues and restorations: Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions. → Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Best of 2014 roundup!
Dec 26, 2014
Before & After: Whole Room TransformationsHome Projects
We love a good Before and After… and nothing is quite as excited as seeing an entire space go from drab to fab. From all the great projects we featured in 2014, here are the best whole-room transformations. Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions. → Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Best of 2014 roundup!
Dec 26, 2014
Simply Our Best Storage Solutions This YearStyle
Need to store something in almost any room of your home? We’ve probably covered it ’round these parts. Here are some of our most helpful storage ideas from this year — from shoes to spices — to help you squeeze the most out of any size space.
Dec 25, 2014