This Kansas City Home Has Lots of DIY Details, And Cool Paint Ideas
After downsizing to this 1000-square-foot house, Miranda Wulfekoetter gave this 1954 ranch home more personality, going on a DIY journey.
Feb 11, 2021
A 450-Square-Foot NYC Rental Fits a Surprising Number of Deep Wall Paint Colors
Laurel created a layered, romantic vibe in her rental apartment inspired by the psychic shop on the ground floor. She painted each room a deep, textured color, hunted down cheap vintage furniture, and added excessive amounts of rugs, curtains, fairy lights, and incense.
Feb 5, 2021
This Illusion-Inspired Paint Idea Puts a Fun New Twist on a Now Familiar Trend
Paint a wall arch... but make it different!
Jan 30, 2021
A Spacious Rental Apartment Shows How to Use Paint to Add Tons of Personality
"Don't be afraid to paint it and use exciting color. It's amazing how you can express yourself by declaring your home."
Jan 17, 2021
Valspar’s New Multi-Sensory Experience Lets You Listen to Their 2021 Colors of the Year
Allow "The Sound of Color" to bring you into a state of tranquility.
Jan 10, 2021
The Must-Have Painting Tools Landlords Swear By
These pros do a lot of touch-ups.
Dec 8, 2020
Your Favorite Millennial Paint Brand Released a Retro New Color
Backdrop's Disco Nap is inspired by late night adventures (and "Sesame Street").
Nov 16, 2020
Move Over, White: This (Non-Neutral) Kitchen Cabinet Color Is Trending
This non-neutral is taking over.
Nov 12, 2020
This Is the Color You Should Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets, According to Experts
Nicole Gibbons tells all.
Nov 4, 2020
Benjamin Moore’s 2021 Color of the Year Is Here, and It's Peaceful and Soothing
This color creates harmony wherever you put it!
Oct 14, 2020
Designer-Tested Palettes: Powerful Pinks & Punchy Tangerines from Schuyler Samperton
Up next in our designer-tested palettes series is the Los Angeles-based Schuyler Samperton. One look at her professional portfolio, and you’re instantly transported. Her use of color is effortless and abundant and will make you instantly rethink your current paint palette. A little background on Schuyler: A regular on shelter magazine’s designers-to-watch lists, Los Angeles-based Schuyler is known for her modern-meets-classic (and ethnic) style.
Oct 14, 2020
Sherwin-Williams’ 2021 Color of the Year Is Where Nostalgia Meets Sanctuary
Sherwin-Williams announced its 2021 Color of the Year, and the hue is a blend of nostalgia with the desire for sanctuary.
Sep 22, 2020
23 Geometric Wall Paint Ideas So Gorgeous, You'll Want to DIY Today
Painted geometric designs are all the rage these days when it comes to adding a little oomph to generic walls, and these 23 ideas will inspire your own DIY projects!
Sep 9, 2020
How to Whitewash Wood for a Modern Farmhouse Look
A step-by-step guide to tackling this easy DIY that's fit for farmhouse modern decor.
Aug 29, 2020
The Ultimate Guide to Mixing Leftover Paints the Right Way, According to Pros
One of the most efficient and fun ways to consolidate your leftover paint supply is to mix it up, literally.
Aug 27, 2020
This Instagram Is Filled with Major Wall Mural Inspo for Every Room of the House
It's amazing how creative they get with bold patterns, geometric shapes, and wild color combinations.
Aug 25, 2020
I Painted My Bedroom a Bold Color—and Immediately Regretted It
But you don't have to! Learn from my mistake.
Aug 20, 2020
A Photographer's Rental Has Some of the Best DIY Painted Walls We've Ever Seen
Because this apartment is a rental, wallpaper was out of the question, so they painted colorful DIY murals on the walls, instead!
Aug 20, 2020
What to Do if You Hate Your Paint Job (Yep, You Can Save It!)
Not wild about the color after all? All hope's not lost.
Aug 19, 2020
5 Mistakes Pro Painters Wish You'd Stop Making
You'll get a better result for less time, money, and hassle by following these pro painting tips.
Aug 17, 2020
These Are the Most Popular Paint Colors, According to Instagram
If you’re thinking of painting your room gray, you’re not alone.
Jul 31, 2020
The Unexpected Paint Color Combination You Need to Try, Based on Your Enneagram Type
Here's some colorful inspiration for your next project.
Jul 31, 2020
How to Choose the Right Paint Finish for Your Home Project
Should you go flat or glossy? Pros give the breakdown on the differences between each finish, and which works best where.
Jul 30, 2020
How Do Paint Colors Get Their Names, Anyway?
We asked experts at some of the biggest paint companies and got to the bottom of this age-old question.
Jul 29, 2020
Here’s What to Do if Your Older Home is Sabotaging Your Accent Wall Dreams
Pro painters have a few tricks for dealing with old, un-plumb walls.
Jul 29, 2020
Here's What to Do if You Hate the Color You Picked But Don't Want to Repaint
Nine fast fixes for a common DIY fail.
Jul 25, 2020
This House is What Happens When a DIY’er With a Paintbrush Learns to Love Color
If you're in the market for DIY colorful shape painting inspiration, this house is for you!
Jul 24, 2020
Why You Shouldn’t Paint Your Walls Gray, According to Reddit
Taking notes.
Jul 21, 2020
How to Pick the Right Paint Brush for Your Project
Should you reach for natural or synthetic? Flat or angled? Here, the pros break it down for you.
Jul 20, 2020
The 2018 Colors of the Year, According to Paint Companies
As we near the end of 2017, we are naturally looking to the future. Quite a few paint companies have announced their 2018 Colors of the Year, and there are a broad range of hues to choose from. Here’s a roundup of what they say we’ll be seeing more of in the coming months, along with advice on how to decorate with them. PPG Paints and two of its other brands, Olympic and Glidden, all went to the dark side with a shade of black for 2018.
Jul 18, 2020
How To Install a Dimmer Switch
Dimmer switches are great, not only do they provide opportunity for mood lighting and ambiance, but also save money due to reduced power usage. Almost all the lights in my home are on a dimmer switch, except for the bedrooms, where we’d actually like to have them the most.
Jul 18, 2020
Paint Color Portfolio: Coral Bathrooms
Coral can be defined as a reddish yellow, pinkish yellow or a light yellowish red. It’s similar in shade to salmon and tangerine, with the former having a stronger pink undertone and the latter, a stronger orange. Coral is often associated with colors suited for a Caribbean beach house or tropical decor, but with the variety of tones, this bold yet warm color is quite easy to pull off in many spaces.
Jul 17, 2020
Unexpected Drama: An Out-of-the-Box Kitchen Color Combo
It’s an exciting time to be choosing a kitchen color scheme. Not only have we seen a lot of fresh trends emerge in recent years, but bold and playful hues are ever more welcome in this traditional space. If you’re a color lover looking to branch out in your kitchen this year, you might want to take a peek at this surprising color combo to see if it’s right for you.
Jul 17, 2020
7 Things You Should Know Before Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets
If you’re looking for a relatively painless, low-cost way to update your kitchen, and have ever been on the internet, you know that painting your cabinets is the way to go. Honestly, I can’t think of better dollar-to-dramatic improvement ratio on any other project. And the news gets better: It’s way easier now than it was the olden days, before the miracle of chalk paint.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A Revived Wooden Mirror
After spending four muddy days under flood water this mirror was on top of a pile of trash, destined for the tip. Then I got sentimental and retrieved it. It was too wet and filthy to bring inside so it spent the next 6 months outside before I finally decided it was time to make it work or let it go. I toyed with the idea of painting it bright yellow but in the end I couldn’t do it, so I kept it simple and tried to return it to its former glory.
Jul 17, 2020
This Is the Best—and Cheapest!—Room in Your Home to Paint a Ceiling
Plus, it's rental-friendly and helps boost natural light, too!
Jul 17, 2020
Enticing Exteriors: A Yellow House Spins the Color Wheel for a Whole New Look
Michelle was less than enamored with the yellow exterior of her home. After lady luck stepped in to help her snag a house painting service at a charity auction, Michelle was meticulous about choosing the right color. The result is an attractive and eye catching (in a good way) exterior. From Michelle: My house originally had neon lemon yellow siding and no matter how much work I put into landscaping or picking out great furniture, I was always fighting the siding color.
Jul 17, 2020
Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Color of the Year is So Hot
The 2018 Colors of the Year keep on coming. So far, paint companies have gone for black, neutrals, and blues, but the folks at Benjamin Moore are surprising us again (remember when they picked white?). Their color choice for next year is straight up sizzling. The vibrant red with a hint of orange is the opposite of keeping your cool. “Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence.
Jul 17, 2020
Diving In: 3 Rooms Where You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Get Colorful
Some people naturally gravitate towards colorful decor like unicorns to a rainbow. Then there are people like me who, when shopping for anything from sofas to sandals, buy everything in one of three colors: Black, white or beige. It’s a boring life, this existence clothed entirely in neutrals (And I mean real neutrals, because even “the new neutral” seems too crazy for us).
Jul 17, 2020
A Safe Non-Toxic Sealant for a Wooden Highchair?
Q: What is a safe, nontoxic sealant for a wooden highchair? We have an old wooden highchair that has a tray with all the finish worn off. The tray had also broken in half where it was seamed together. I glued it together again, but I’d like to refinish it to make it easier to clean. It is in otherwise perfect condition and we want to use it for our grandchildren.
Jul 17, 2020
Using a Hair Dryer to Remove Paint and More
Last week we discussed about getting started on wrangling our cords and cables in our home office, a project that required us to get moving on painting the interior before installing the cable channel guides we purchased. And painting we did!
Jul 17, 2020
2018’s Trending Color Palettes, According to Our Readers
You’ve been searching, and (not to sound creepy) we’ve been watching. Today, we’re revealing three new Color Search palettes based on your top color searches. Color Search is, of course, our cool tool that lets you look at any image in our House Tours and tells you what Sherwin-Williams paint color will get you that look. Or, if you’re going the other way, lets you tell us what colors you’re feeling and see how other real people have used them in their homes.
Jul 17, 2020
Rules to Remember When You Want Dark Walls in a Small Space
Angie Teater‘s Midtown East studio apartment in Manhattan is, quite simply, stunning. There’s plenty of furniture arrangement inspiration for your own studio apartment, but there’s something special Angie aced in her home: She used dark wall paint without making her small (350 square feet, to be exact) apartment feel like a cave.Below, the smart ways she pulled it off translated into “rules” to keep in mind if you are planning on going over to the dark side.
Jul 17, 2020
7 Clever Painting Ideas to Steal from the 2019 IKEA Catalog
We all know that catalogs aren’t real life, but they can be excellent sources of inspiration to mine for your own home. IKEA has one of the best ones out there, and their 2019 edition (out this week!) is chock full of ways to add color, interest, and texture to your walls. Here are some clever and creative painting ideas to steal. Here, IKEA uses two complementary paint colors for the walls: a dusty blue and pink.
Jul 17, 2020
The Best Paint Colors: 10 Valspar Bold Brights
Sometimes you want to paint your walls a nice color, but sometimes you’re looking for COLOR. These 10 hues from Valspar will kick things up a few dozen notches, even if they’re confined to one little wall. But why limit yourself? Be bold! I never knew until this moment that I needed a glamorously green dining room, preferably including mint green chairs, faux fur, and a pineapple (above). Valspar’s Luscious Green (6010-7) will take care of the walls, at least.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: A One-Weekend Bathroom Refresh (+ Painting Tips from a Lazy Perfectionist)
With the warm season starting, I’ve become obsessed with all things white. So I’ve returned to my rental white walls in the bathroom, which feels so fresh and clean for summer. Check out the results below. I used the same color on the baseboard and moldings so I didn’t need to worry about that clean line of paint as the color changes (the most frustrating part of a painting job to a self-proclaimed lazy perfectionist).
Jul 16, 2020
The Best Paint Colors: 10 Glidden Pearly Pales
Picking a paint color and not sure where to start? If you have a soothing, but not sleepy pale tone in mind, here are some terrific choices all pulled from the Glidden palette and, best of all, featured in real homes. Take a look… Glidden’s Misty Moonstone (#GLN34-01E), above, is as pale as blue can possibly be without just being white with blue undertones. Nearly every time I saw a room painted in a prettily pale Glidden paint, it turned out to be Smooth Stone (50YY 63/041).
Jul 16, 2020
How To Avoid “Painter’s Shoulder”
It came as a major blow to my ego that despite twice-weekly yoga sessions and thrice-weekly weightlifting, my left shoulder was defeated by my recent dabbling in wall painting. All this pain, just from painting! Granted, it was 8 solid hours of painting, a few days each week… Still, one doesn’t like to think that a low-impact activity can do such damage to one’s relatively young and decently strong body.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Kids’ Table & Chair Set
I am quite envious of skilled thrifters; I’m unable to see the potential in a yard sale find or figure out what’s quality and just needs a little repair or TLC. That’s why I love seeing yard sale transformations. I have some hope that if I look at enough, the skills will magically transfer to me. So I’ve been staring at this beautiful kids’ table and chair makeover for a few days. Check out what Lolly Jane did with this well-loved table and chairs.Amazing, right?
Jul 16, 2020
10 Impressive DIY Wall Art Projects from Our House Tours
“Decorative art isn’t necessarily created just by bona fide artists. Everyday folks can get in on the action too, and make custom work for their walls. We asked our house tour residents to tell us about their DIY art projects, and the results are endlessly impressive. 1. Above, a Southwestern rug-inspired painted canvas from Kathryn & Perry’s “Have Less Do More” Apartment: My proudest DIY has got to be our little dining nook/statement art wall!
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Anna’s Take on the Ikea Rast
We’re certainly no strangers to the versatility of the Ikea Rast around here. I even put together a post about The Endlessly Adaptable IKEA Rast Dresser last year. This $35 dresser is a DIYer’s dream and I love continuing to discover new variations. Anna took the simple little dresser and turned it into a classic nightstand…Anna recently shared her Rast customization on her blog, Take the Side Street.
Jul 15, 2020
Paint Color Portfolio: Pale Pink Bedrooms
I’m a sucker for a pretty pale pink, especially in the bedroom. Pink can be soft and romantic, not to mention great for the skin. That being said, it’s tough to find a shade that’s sweet but not saccharine, feminine but not girly. Here are some inspired blush boudoirs that get it right and some paint swatches to help you get the look in your own room.INSPIRATION ROOMS:1. Katie Lydon Interiors via Apartment Therapy2. Crystal’s Dramatic Home in San Francisco3.
Jul 15, 2020
10 Clever DIY Projects to Hide Household Eyesores
Here’s the unfortunate truth about 99% of all living spaces: every house and apartment—large or small—likely has something that’s weird, oddly placed, or just plain ugly. These persistent little problems (cords, vents, pipes, outlets) might drive you nuts, but stay they must, especially if you are a renter. The only solution is to get creative…. Here are ten common household eyesores, and DIY projects and ideas to help you disguise them: 1.
Jul 15, 2020
Clever Space-Maximizing Ideas & Colorful Paint Make This Tiny Studio Successful
This 400-square-foot L.A. studio apartment's style is: "Bohemian geometric prioritizing space efficiency."
Jul 13, 2020
8 Big-Impact Projects You Can Do with Just Paint and Tape
These projects look complicated, but the materials list couldn't be any simpler.
Jul 6, 2020
DIY Project Test Lab Results: We Painted a Leather Sofa and Here’s What Happened
This sofa used to be black, but I painted it brown. You can see how it looks, but I know what you’re thinking. Did it rub off on your pants? How does it feel? Is it stiff? Is it gummy? Can you scratch it with your fingernail? Does it peel? Does it stink? Does it poke you in the butt? Is it a tragic mess that will end up in a dumpster? Let me break it down for you. First, the paint I used was Angelus Brand Leather Paint in tan.
Jun 24, 2020
Behr Wants To Help You Pick a Paint Color By Designing a Real Life Dollhouse of Your Living Space
They'll recreate your living space in the form of a custom-made dollhouse, leaving no small details behind.
Jun 23, 2020
How to Paint a Tile Floor for a Budget-Friendly, Colorful Upgrade
This budget-friendly upgrade is totally doable in a weekend—and way easier than replacing a whole tile floor!
Jun 23, 2020
Before and After: A $30, One-Day Dining Room Project (That Works in Any Space)
This project adds instant warmth and character.
Jun 18, 2020
Can You Paint Vinyl Siding? Yes—Here's How
Paint can save you from replacing your siding altogether.
Jun 16, 2020
13 Bold Accent Walls You Can DIY for $100 or Less
PSA: You do not have to paint all four walls of a space to make a big impact.
Jun 9, 2020
This Easy $25 Paint Job Transformed My Living Room in Less than Two Hours
You'll want to do this DIY everywhere.
Jun 9, 2020
These Homeowners Made a Spoof HGTV Show About “Painting Exactly One Wall”
With so many people having extra time on their hands these days in quarantine, it’s hardly a surprise that home improvement projects seem to be on the rise—after all, what better time than now to spruce up your space? One couple documented their DIY painting job of one singular wall by creating a homemade version of an HGTV show, and yes, it’s filled with all the silly suspense and surprises you’d expect.
May 27, 2020
This Designer Trick Will Make Your Art Look Even Better than It Already Does
You can use leftover paint or wallpaper for it!
May 22, 2020
Joanna Gaines Created This New Paint Color Specifically For Her Coffee Shop, and Now You Can Buy It
Jo says the color "balances depth and sophistication with familiarity and comfort.”
May 19, 2020
How To Repair Chipped China
I love delicate porcelain. Plates, bowls, vases — I’ve even started collecting pieces from White Forest Pottery, much to my wallet’s chagrin. What I don’t love are the moments right after you accidentally chip one of your prized possessions. But before writing them off completely, I thought I’d see if there was anyway I could salvage my beauties. While I realize they will never be 100% perfect again, my attempt at salvaging them was quite worthwhile.
May 11, 2020
These Are the Colors You Should Never Paint Your Ceiling, According to Real Estate Experts
The fifth wall's color makes a big difference!
May 8, 2020
Before and After: A $5 Afternoon Project Makes a Plain White Bedroom Feel Cozy
No, we didn't forget any zeros in that total.
Apr 26, 2020
The Internet Has Fallen In Love With Lady Gaga’s Color-Blocked Floor
As Twitter will tell you, Gaga’s floor was the perfect backdrop for her performance.
Apr 22, 2020
7 Easy Things You Can Paint at Home That Aren’t Full Walls
It’s all about finding new “canvases” for color.
Apr 21, 2020
Before and After: A $0 Bath Upgrade that Uses Every Color of the Rainbow
A dark bath gets a technicolor redo—for free!
Apr 16, 2020