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Lighten up your home decor for summer

Once the winter cold has passed and the spring chill has given way to the sweltering summer heat, chances are you're going to be spending a lot more time in the warm sunshine. When you come home you don't want to experience the letdown that comes with entering a home decked out in dreary decor, so before summer arrives and the beach starts calling you, take a weekend to redecorate with some summer accessories and bright colors. Switch Hits has plenty of festive outlet covers to help you pull the look together. Out with the old and in with the new Heavy rugs are a great way to keep the heat in and to keep your bare feet warm in the winter months, but when summer rolls around, they can make a room feel closed in and dark. Toss the rugs in the basement for the season and either let your natural floor breathe and lighten up the room, or throw down some brightly colored light rugs that will brighten up the room. Women's Day recommended adding some color to your dining room or kitchen by outfitting the table with some colorful linens. Have some fun with it and use different colors, or varying hues of the same shade, for a table cloth and placemats, then top the look off with some patterned napkins. The Switch Hits Colors in Motion collection of outlet covers will brighten up any room, and are perfect for anyone seeking vibrant colors that really pop. If you want to add a splash of color but have slightly less loud tastes, try Switch Hits' Bamboo Beauties collection. The colors are bright and subdued at the same time with the real bamboo wood peaking through the paint. Dress it up A fireplace is the perfect place to gather in the dead of winter, but when the warmer months roll around, it ceases to be the center of life at home. Better Homes and Gardens suggested rearranging the furniture in your living room or whichever room your fireplace happens to be in, so that when people sit down they're facing windows rather than the fireplace. This will make the space feel larger and more open.Another must have for summer are house plants. Whether you're going for something simple like a fern or some brightly colored flowers, the plants will add life and energy to any room. Top it off with a decorative cover plate from the handmade ceramic collection for a look that's colorful without verging into tacky territory or go full on floral and accent your design with a Floral and Garden switch plate!  

Designing a home theater fit for a royal family

Plopping down on the couch with your remote control and a bowl of popcorn is one way to watch a movie, but with all the technology available for expanding the capabilities of home entertainment, why not build your own theater? If you've got an extra room you're not using and you want to enhance the movie viewing experience for yourself and your loved ones, design a theater that's as cozy as home but has the look and feel of a movie theater. Which room is right for your home theater? The first step is choosing the right room for your theater. Bob Vila magazine recommends picking a room that's somewhat isolated from the rest of the house so that your viewing experience won't be disturbed by outside noises. The basement would be an excellent choice as it's removed from the main rooms of the home and there usually isn't much natural light to disrupt up the movie viewing experience. Another great tip from is to choose a rectangular room. According to the source, noise build-up has a tendency to bounce off of walls in a square room. Regular drywall is usually adequate insulation unless you plan on installing a window-shattering audio system. Putting the home in home theater Since it's your own home you might as well make the seating more comfortable than a public theater with leather recliners. An excellent complement to this is Switch Hits' collection of leather switch plates. Whether you choose a textured or a smooth design, it's sure to add a touch of class to your private cinema.If you choose to build the theater in your basement, chances are you'll be contending with a good amount of large, flat empty surfaces from the floor to the wall. DIY Network suggests breaking this monotonous design up with some drapes for the wall. Choose some classic red velvet theater curtains to give it that old-timey feel, and hang them from the wall as drapes. Don't let the absence of windows prevent you from hanging decorative drapes! Art framed in glass is a no-go as the light and sound will bounce off of it, distracting people from the movie. Wall-to-wall carpeting is also recommended both to improve the acoustics in the room and help keep the heat in. If you're going for that classic theater look, red carpeting is the way to go, and Switch Hits has some colorful options to choose from for your decorative outlet covers. Check out the colors in motion or the funky ceramics collections to add a splash of color to the wall.  

Create the perfect home art studio

Every artist needs a space in which he or she can think, work and, above all, create art. Turning one of your rooms into a home art studio can help you maintain focus on your work and provide you with a separate space in which you can sit and wait while inspiration washes over you before spilling onto your canvas. A room with a view                           Your art studio is your fortress of solitude where you meditate on your next project and grow as an artist, so make the space fit your needs. Digs Digs suggested choosing a room with large windows to allow an ample amount of natural light in. Electric lighting is important too for when the days grow shorter or you're working late into the night. Switch Hits' whimsical and fun category has over 100 options to choose from, which gives you plenty of room to find the funk you're looking for. Each of these decorative switch plates has a surreal edge to it, from the fire-breathing dragon to the eccentric interpretation of a sumo wrestler. When friends ask where these outlet covers came from, you'll wish you could say they were your creations! Make it your own                               The Lubbock-Avalanche Journal noted that one of the important things to remember when designing your studio is that it needs a blend of utilitarian and imagination-enriching decor. Mason jars are inexpensive and make great containers for art supplies. You don't need to spend any extra money purchasing jars either. Go fishing in your recycling bin and see what sort of trash you can turn into treasure. Deck out your jar - or whatever you find - with paint or maybe even a collage. See-through jars certainly have their advantages, allowing you to see exactly where your materials are and how much you have left. Shelves are another great place for storage and a perfect space to show off your creativity. Paint them however you'd like and let you personality shine through. Digs Digs also suggested painting the walls white so your work will pop in contrast, allowing you to really pick apart the details and make the masterpiece you were born to make. If you'd like decorative outlet covers that will complement your decor without competing with your art, subdued designs like Mother of pearl or Antigua champagne should do the trick. Whether you're looking to create a colorful creative abstract space or a blank slate of a room, Switch Hits has plenty of decorative outlet covers to help you pull it together.                                                

Designing a divine sun porch before summer

Oh, the sun porch. In the summer it can be the best room in the house, combining the natural scenery and breezy cool of the outdoors with the comforts of home furnishing. Bring some spark and personality to your sun porch and make it the perfect place to drink cocktails, spot fireflies or just laze about in the summer months. Design a sun room that reflects your location - or where you wish you were                                                     Just because you live in an area that is far from the salty coast doesn't mean you can't enjoy some of the perks of beachfront living in your home. Switch Hits' collection of Sandy Beach decorative outlet covers are the perfect starting point around which you can install the rest of your decor. Painted with a sandy beach, blue sky and even a little sand castle looking at these will make you and your guests wish you were on a skiff in the Chesapeake Bay. Country Living magazine offers some tips on how to bring the genteel touch of a Martha's Vineyard beach house to your humble abode. Walls slathered in a fresh coat of white paint will further illuminate a room that'll already be bathed in natural light during the day. Depending on just how nautical you want to take this theme, model ships along with the steering wheel of a ship can be found at furniture and antique stores. If the sun porch is at the front of your house, dig a small path and fill it with seashells to give it that "just walking home from the beach" feel. Conch shells and sea glass on the window sills will add the perfect finishing touches to your faux vacation home. Go for something a little different                                                                              If you want the type of space that will have all of your guests asking "where'd you get that?" try Switch Hits' classic pewter outlet covers. The natural light will bounce off of them beautifully during the day and at night the lamp light will dance on them as well, making them pop right off the wall - figuratively speaking. Another collection from Switch Hits that will stand out in any home is the steam punk collection. Steampunk is a style that combines elements of Victorian fashion with images from the Industrial Revolution for a look that is both elegant and edgy. Big How has some tips to get you started decorating your steampunk sun room. 

Easy tips to touch up old walls

Do you use wallpaper or do you paint? Should you try painting something freehanded and artsy or rely on a stencil? Changing the paint on your walls can be a daunting task, but it's easy to turn a monotonous project into something you can be proud of with a few simple tips. Painting over vivid colors Repainting a room can be tough when the old color is a heavy blue or red and you're trying to change it to something lighter. Don't cover the room with multiple layers to hide that old color. Use a latex primer - two coats can be applied to hide richer shades - and finish with two coats of your new color. It will save you a lot of time and trouble compared to waiting for numerous layers of the new paint to dry just to redo the process because the old color seeps through. Using a paint that is already combined with a primer may be a good option for homeowners covering those bright colors as well.Use painter's tape Never leave the hardware store with a bucket of paint but no painter's tape. It's an absolutely necessary item when you're changing the color of a room. Nothing looks sloppier than paint splotches on all of your decorative plug outlet covers or smears on your windowsills or switch plates. Painter's tape is cheap and it takes a lot of the unnecessary detail work out of painting a room, which can save a lot of time. Additionally, that painter's tape comes in handy if you ever want to do some neat stenciling. Use stencils  One of the craftiest and most creative ways to change a bland wall is to do some cheap stencil work. You can make a stencil and paint an exciting pattern on your walls in no time using a easy step-by-step guide from HGTV. Remember not to go overboard on the stenciling. It can look elegant and make a space stand out, but stenciling every wall of a room will just make it into an eyesore. For decorating experts, try matching the design to a classic patterned switch plate for the perfect complement. Making the elements on your wall match is a sure way to show off your attention to detail.Avoid Conflicting colors If you're painting over several rooms at a time, it can be hard to pick colors that work well together. Picking contrasting colors for the kitchen, living room and foyer can be unsightly. At the same time, painting the house in one shade can be boring and drab. Bring paint swatches home and test what works well together or use a premade palette designed by an interior designer. Don't be afraid to look for color combination advice online, too.

Bring the outdoors indoors by giving your home a rustic twist

Appreciate the outdoors from within your own home with a few neat and earthy tricks. You can make your study, kitchen, living room, bedroom or even bathroom into a forest landscape with a few knickknacks, a decorative switch plate or an inexpensive do-it-yourself project.Apartment Therapy noted that the essence of the rustic, outdoorsy theme lies in raw wood, simple rugs with natural materials, heavy leathers and a delicate balance of light and neutral colors. There are dozens of ways to make any room into a work of nature from your outlet covers down to the texture of your throw pillows.Faux bois and regular bois French for "false wood," the strategic use of faux bois can give any room an outdoorsy feel. Martha Stewart Living magazine has a flurry of faux bois decorating tips to use. For example, turn fake tree stumps into footstools and end tables using a light varnish, or make a piece of driftwood into a rack for hanging coats. Using natural and fake wood can bring a whole room to life. Try using fake wood for larger or more delicate projects where real wood may be too heavy or clunky to use functionally. Invest in wood-grain accessories like mouse pads for the study or coasters for the dining room to instill the natural charm of the woodlands.Stones and slates Use all of the elements in your rustic design. Smooth stones can be turned into decorative, functional doorstops with a piece of felt to keep from scratching floors, or fill a glass vase with light pebbles for an eye-pleasing centerpiece. Don't forget that slate and stone complements wood. Use a stone switch plate if your walls already have wood paneling to show your true rustic expertise, or pick a leather plug cover to match surrounding furniture.Lighting Remember that lighting is key in the rustic setting. Florescent lights should be avoided as much as possible. Using darker lampshades to make lighting softer and more comfortable shows a true mastery of the rustic decor. The rustic theme is also perfect for a study with a fireplace. Track lights and lamps are no match for the natural glow of a fire in your earthy environment.

Remodel your kitchen on a limited budget

You've been thinking that it's time to revitalize your kitchen but you have a very small budget that you don't want to exceed. How can you get the best result for the dollars you spend, whether you're a DIY-er or you have a contractor all ready to go?Houzz advised homeowners that planning, research and thinking "outside the box" can go a long way toward giving you a beautiful finished project and keeping you well within your budget. Decorative switch plates for the kitchen and other hardware upgrades are a simple and easy way to transform the look of your room. You can also repaint the room using neutral or "flat" paints that will add more warmth and character.Enhance your lighting scheme with sconces and wall switch plates that will help you control the ambiance of your kitchen. While appliances can be expensive, you may want to replace one or more of them to bring a new shine to your efforts.Tired of your countertops? Try a DIY Network suggestion to refinish or laminate those old tops. For less than $300, you can redo your entire kitchen laminates with readily available DIY kits at most hardware stores.All in all, a little research and thought and maybe some elbow grease will brighten your kitchen for little money and bring a smile to everyone's face.

The do's and don'ts of do-it-yourself

There's a plethora of benefits that come with a good do-it-yourself activity, but sometimes those projects you find online just never come out how you imagine them. Whether it's a problem with functionality, the look of the design or even the step-by-step procedure, some of the ideas are just plain bad. Here are some tips and tricks to keep you from wasting your time on a DIY nightmare.Does it fit? One of the most common DIY faux pas occurs when the project just won't fit the theme of a room. Sure, that beer bottle chandelier is eco-friendly and may look interesting on its own, but where does it go? Unless your den doubles as a sports bar, you may have trouble finding the correct place for it. Combining the elegant chic of a chandelier with the rugged imagery of bottled beer makes for a truly difficult placement dilemma. Here's a tip: Stay away from projects that attract too much attention and clash with the theme of a room. Stick to items that fit and add something to the decor.Is it functional? Lots of DIY projects aim to make your life easier or give a common decoration some interesting flair, but sometimes your end product isn't all it's cracked up to be. A perfect example would be a Lego switch plate. On the surface, creating a little Lego landscape for your wall switch plate may seem like a cute idea for a child's bedroom, but the maintenance is a nightmare. You and your child's hands are constantly swiping at a room's light switch - that's what they're made for - and the delicate Lego design makes certain that your new DIY project will be in pieces in no time. Always think about the functionality of a new project first. DIY activities are supposed to make your life easier, and if you find yourself constantly fixing your new creation, it wasn't worth your time.  Materials like granite and slate ensure style with durability that exceeds any DIY project.Why DIY? Think about the reason why you want to commit to a DIY project before you start. Mark Fraunfelder, the editor-in-chief of Make magazine, said DIY projects are good for you because they're about "using your hands and brain" and they provide "a path to freedom," among other things. Are you building something you can't find at a store? Are you trying to learn about how something works or fueling a new hobby? Or are you just saving money? All are valid reasons to take up a DIY project, but knowing why you're committing your time is key. It will make you feel more fulfilled at completion and inspire you to do more DIY projects in the future if you have more reasons for committing in the first place.Ultimately, DIY projects can add a lot to any room you're trying to spruce up, but have a clear idea of everything before you get into the thick of it. Asking yourself those three questions can save a lot of time and frustration.

Make your kitchen fun and livable with light and color

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. It's where food is prepared and sometimes enjoyed, and with mealtimes often being  some of the few times during the week when busy families sit down, it should be a place that the chef of the house enjoys spending time in. Add more than a splash of color  Color is essential to any room in the house. Whether it's bright or subdued, it sets the mood and can make a powerful statement if executed with flair. Houzz suggested mixing it up by having bright colors that are offset by white. Paint the sides of the island in your kitchen something adventurous like turquoise or pink - whatever your favorite is! This will create a look that boasts a beautiful color scheme that immediately grabs the eye of guests without overwhelming their senses. Another fun way to add color to your cooking space is to install a backsplash behind the sink, or, as Better Homes and Gardens magazine suggested, behind a shelving unit. A unit that has the back cut out is ideal for this because the colors of the backsplash will shine through. By aligning the shelf with a window, you can ensure even brighter tones. To accent your brightened and improved kitchen, accent the look with something from Switch Hits' collection of Funky Ceramic decorative switch plates. This series has vibrant colors that can not only complement the room's colors, but be one of the standout pieces in the kitchen.Find simple solutions that pop Put your windows to work by hanging curtains that will shed whatever kind of light you want into the kitchen. This can be a fun do-it-yourself project. Simply go to your local sewing or craft store and pick a bolt of cloth that stands out to you and fits into the color scheme in your kitchen. Measure the window before purchasing the cloth so you know exactly how much you need. The material should be light enough to let the sunlight filter through and turn the room the shade of the curtain hanging in the window.Orange is perfect for this project as it makes the light softer without taking away from the lovely color. Another great option is blue if you'd prefer something subtler, or keep it completely natural with white lace curtains that will let pure sunlight in. Try the Colors in Motion outlet covers collection to make a bold statement. 

Make a home office anywhere in the house

You've bought the desk, you have a lamp and your filing cabinet is awaiting the documents that it'll hold for you as you continue your career in a new home office. With help from Switch Hits' decorative plate covers, you can turn your professional base into the most productive working environment possible and show off your personal style. Choose a space Some houses and apartments come with a space specifically cordoned off and dubbed the home office area. However, just because you're told that one area is the office doesn't mean you can't create your work space anywhere in the house you'd like with a little bit of creativity. For those who don't have a designated office, finding the room to create one can be a challenge. Elle Decor magazine pointed to the home office of master bedroom decorator Darryl Carter. He took the master bedroom of his Washington, D.C. townhouse and turned it into the office of his dreams. Think outside the box Although the work area isn't normally the center of attention in the bedroom, nobody said every bedroom has to be the same! Follow Carter's lead and make your desk the room's centerpiece. A demilune desk such as the one used by him is an excellent way to make the room your professional oasis.The desks curves like the letter C, saving space and giving you the feeling of being sectioned off from the sleeping area. For your newly redone bedroom/office, pick a set of outlet covers that match your professional demeanor and personality. The Fancy Chic collection has plenty of options that, with their neutral colors and stylish designs, are a perfect match for any office.   Keep it professional at home A home office needs to be the type of place where you have that drive to get things done, but you don't have to sacrifice comfort and style in order to accomplish that. HGTV suggested that the most important part of any office is the chair you choose. It is, after all, the place where you'll spend most of your day! Storage is also of the utmost importance, but don't let it determine the layout of your office.Figure out how shelving and cabinets will best fit in with your established workflow and design the office with that in mind. Things you use all the time ought to be easy to reach, and one of those things is likely the light switch. The Classic Ceramic collection has numerous options, some more colorful than others, that will add a classy flair to your workspace. 

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