Everyone wants that great first impression, and what better first impression than your home. Whether or not we'd like to admit it, when you walk into a another home the first thing you do is make judgments. How they live, what their style is like, what their favorite colors and hobbies are...etc. If you want to make an amazing first impression, create an amazing Entryway Room. Make it pop, show off you and your family, and all of the great features of your home; to do it simply and create yet another weekend of DIY project. Here are some new tips on what you can do to get that "Wow" factor.
Dressers, Benches & Doors. Oh My!
With new trends flying around the Internet everyday it's quite difficult on what to purchase when you feel your heart loves it all! Make it simple. Take a photo with your phone in the furniture store of all your furniture that you want for your entryway. Don’t compare them till you have all the photos in, and don't bother separating the furniture apart to get a clean photo. Once you've done this only judge your photos on what stands out. What pops? Is it that neon pink dresser or maybe the bright white console table, whatever it is it caught your eye and that should be the type of furniture piece you great your guests with every single day. If it's obnoxious don't worry, you can always tone down a radical piece of furniture with mellow mirrors, fabrics and vases. It's a give and take in Interior Design world, always remember that!
It can be confusing at times to select one color per room, when so many family members prefer different styles and thus colors. Tone it down with the help of designseeds.com, which takes any color and pairs it with multiple others. A theme makes it easier when picking out furniture, art and other accessories.
Coats And Racks.
A classic pair, find your favorite rack art and pair it with a matching bench and wha-lah you have made a traditional entry space for your lovely home. Want to spice it up? Add in potted plants or if you need something more simple (like the example photo shown below) succulents require little water and just need to be placed near light to survive your hectic lifestyle.
Wallpaper and Mirrors.
Wallpaper is still my favorite way to spice up a small space. Usually with little space to fill a bold wallpaper print makes your small space feel larger and it adds style! Mirrors accompanied with bold wallpaper or even a plane wall adds space with its light and unique style.
Family Pictures In White.
When frames are done in unison and accompanied with a long and beautifully polished wooden bench (or any beautiful bench for that matter) it creates a simple entryway that can be flawless even when shoes are shoved underneath it.
Take your Farmers Market stroll with purpose. Pick up some local flowers every weekend, and make that your treat. A beautiful home helps you feel like inviting others, and having over good company is what a home should be used for. Check out the example photo below for a creative example on using fresh flowers.
Furniture In Color.
Big furniture in either bright or soft pastels, whatever your style fancies, makes a statement of comfort and a clean household. Purchasing a sofa with a high back and that entryway may become your new favorite reading room.
Stairs And No Room.
Stairs the first thing you see and no room for any other accessories? No problem. Sand your wood; strip your paint or carpet. It's time to get simply creative. With a durable fabric, a new stain (for wood stairs) or fresh bright paint your stairs will welcome guests and create a fun experience when traveling upstairs.
Remember when you finish your new entryway to invite over your favorite people. Because a good design is always made complete when viewed and admired by others you care about.
So you want your kid to be an artist, or perhaps they were born with the creative gene. Whatever the situation may be, one thing is for certain, you are proud of what your little one has accomplished. But, now the task is hanging this unique piece of art in your home without your lovely home looking like kindergarten classroom walls. Here are some tips on what you can do to ensure your little ones art piece looks more stellar than usual.
First of forget on giving your child computer paper to doodle on. If you think that your child produces good art then give them a different canvas. You could even ask, or take your kid with you to the store, to figure out what type of canvas to use. Most Importantly, the more you focus on your children's art the more special and unique they are bound to feel with your increased participation.
1. Linen paper is sturdier, creates a textured look (especially when they use crayons or water colors) and is easier to frame than computer paper. Also, Try using a different utensil to paint (in the example picture below a flower is used instead of a typical brush).
2. Scan. Use whatever doodles, paintings, watercolors or sketches your little one has created and scan them into a file. Then, create miniature images with those works of art. Finally with your miniature scans, find a large frame and matte those scans.
3. Chalkboards. Hang sets of Chalkboard on your walls about 2 to 3 inches apart. There is no need to use different paper here. The collection of their art will speak for itself.
4. Tile. Painting on tile was always one of my favorite childhood memories. You can by tile at any local home improvement store, and space out the days you paint or make a creative day out of it. Once you finish be sure to put a thin layer of clear paint (or clear nail polish works too) and use the tile in a frame, in freshly poured cement, as the bathroom backsplash or whatever your child thinks would be stellar.
5. Wood. Painting on a wood canvas is always interesting. Any size, shape, or type works. Make sure that before you hand over that piece of wood that it was sanded, washed and re-sanded. Splinters are no fun.
6. Water Colors and Scissors. If you are a creative parent, or even just a parent that understands symmetry this is a project that is fun for everyone Have your child or children use water colors to make a tie-dye sheet of paper. After they dry, cut the water colored paper into shapes and paste them on card stock. Frame the art modestly, and whah-la you made art as a family!
Remember to have fun, and if you are the creative parent yourself - join in!
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