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Use color to bring a room to life

Sometimes all a space needs is a creative use of color to add that special flair you're looking for. Neutral hues, vibrant colors, natural palettes, vivid color combinations that draw attention - however you're trying to breathe life into a space, follow some of these tips to help turn your scene into an indoor marvel.It's all about the details Some homeowners think they need to boldly repaint walls and buy new furniture sets to restyle their rooms the way they like. Take a tip from HGTV: sometimes the smallest details can change a room dramatically. Buying colorful accessories like placemats and dish ware can shift a kitchen from bland to bold. A new set of throw pillows can turn a dreary couch into a vivid display and you can feed your inner artist by changing to designer switch plates that add that extra something special where you'd least expect it. You don't always have to drown a room in paint to brighten it up. You'll be surprised how much can change with just a little splash of color.Use combinations Save the monochromatic decorating for the closet. Thinking in combinations is critical. Don't stop with the paint on the wall. Plan it out further. What window pane color will accent the walls? What furniture looks best under those window panes? Does that furniture blend with the plug covers? What about the end tables? Designing in color combinations is instrumental in giving your interior a remarkable look. For some expert examples, try a few recommendations  from House Beautiful magazine. Remember, even subtle changes in color can transform your space entirely.Kick up the color in personal spaces and kids' rooms It's hard to commit a color crime in a children's room. Use that space as an outlet for zany color combinations and a wide array of vibrant hues. Kids' rooms should be fun, friendly and exciting. Don't skimp on the use of colorful accessories, toys and decorations. There's a whole list of colorful switch plates that suit a child's space perfectly. Make the room bright and cozy, and don't be afraid to ask for your child's input. There are few wrong answers when decorating a youngster's living space.In that same vein, there are few mistakes to be made with your personal space. Whether it's your study or your bedroom, eccentric colors and bold combinations are welcome in your personal setting. Use the opportunity to let loose and try a style that isn't seen in the rest of your home. Try using a dark or pale color primarily and use a favorite bright color as an accent. Try a few different options, and see what suits you best.

Decorating tips for your new home

For first-time homeowners or recent vacation home buyers, decorating a new residence can be a big project. It's a time when everything about your previous style can be let go, or you can add to a theme you feel you've almost developed a mastery of. Whatever route you choose to go, you have a fresh start. The possibilities are endless. Before you jump right into it, follow a few of these tips so you don't commit any interior design mistakes.Moving out and moving on Leave the past in the past! You're about to go into a new space, which means new decorations are in order. Does that mean you have to buy all new furniture and knickknacks? Well, no. But you should be focusing on building something new. A new home means turning over a new leaf. Use the opportunity to create something different. What's the point of moving if you're bringing your old home with you? Now, this doesn't mean changing every little thing. Feel free to keep the same theme if you really like it, but try changing the layout and adding something new. Remember, if your new home looks surprisingly similar to your old one, you're missing out on a life-changing experience.Decorate on a budget Cost effectiveness is key to decorating a new home, no matter your budget. You have bathrooms, bedrooms, studies, living rooms, kitchens, tens of outlet covers and a dozen other spaces to think about. All the money you spend in one place is taken away from another, so budget accordingly. Laura McDonald from the American Society of Interior Designers wrote on HGTV's website that a great way to keep your spending in order is to wait to buy everything."Don't buy everything all at once," McDonald wrote. "Live in your new house for at least two months before you make any significant purchases. How you think you're going to use the house and how you actually live in the house are commonly two different things."Do you yearn for that full living room set at the furniture store? Wait on it a bit. Are those matching plug and decorative switch plates calling your name? Hang back for a minute. Those products will be there waiting for you, but your feelings may change significantly. The best way to refrain from those wasted expenses is to hold off and reevaluate how you feel down the road.Don't let the store decide your decor Your new space is an expression of yourself. Those furniture and department stores may sing the praises of matching bed sets and kitchenware, but don't buy into it. You want your new space to look unique, and the worst way to do that is to let a store decide your design for you. Don't be afraid to go against the grain and mix up styles and colors.  Why not try something new with the small investment of a slate switch plate in your study and a sports switch plate in your man cave?  As long as it fits within a general theme and color palette, you're on your way to decorating success.

Pick a home style that matches you

The first step in decorating your home is picking your style, and choosing the theme that fits you might be a little tougher than you think. Houzz writer Erika Ward is an interior designer, and she runs into trouble when she asks clients what their style is."Most clients identify a particular style as their favorite, but their current interior says otherwise," Ward wrote. "Others give me a puzzled look and return the question to me."Whether you're certain a style matches you well or you're still searching for the perfect look, there are a few things you can do to help pick what suits you best.Work with what you've got What do you surround yourself with? What pieces of furniture do you take a particular liking to? What did you see while you were out shopping and needed to bring home with you? These are good indicators of what style matches you. Do you love antiques? Then you may prefer a Colonial interior design. Focus on the natural authenticity of your home. Classical furniture and antique decorations suit your taste. Try pairing your crystal doorknobs with vintage brass switch plates to really evoke the time-honored charm of your home.Match your personality The best way to stay satisfied with the theme of your home is to match your personality. If you're the nostalgic type and you can't stand clean edges and smooth, metallic surfaces, decorating in the modern style may not be the best choice. Find a design that you feel genuinely represents you. If you live for functionalism over delicate, artsy decor and the simplicity of raw steel and wood fits your liking, an industrial style may suit you best. Fill your space with the most basic, sturdy and simple furniture you can. Use hand forged switch plates to blend every detail of your space into the industrial theme.Match where you are If you're still at a loss for ideas, start with where your home is located. Loft apartments and homes within cities do well to match their location. Focusing on an industrial, modern or even shabby chic theme to match your cityscape shows your interior design expertise. At the same time, homes near beaches can take advantage of coastal themes. Whites and deep blues embody elements of the ocean. Use a decorative switch plate to follow your beach theme. Go nautical by using sailing knickknacks like oars to decorate. Whatever you want your home to look like, make sure the style is one you'll be satisfied with for a long time. The last thing you want to do is painstakingly decorate your space just to find that the style you picked was a passing trend.

How minimalism makes less into more

If you like keeping it simple, sleek and organized, minimalist decorating might be right for you. Using empty space, simple patterns, sleek surfaces and straight lines, you can turn a room into a modern masterpiece, all while using the fewest amount of things possible.The benefits of living in a minimalist environment are tremendous, according to Joshua Fields, writer for The Minimalists. For one, time spent cleaning and organizing is reduced to just minutes, Fields noted in an article about his living space."I used to spend eight hours at a time cleaning my big, three-bedroom suburban house, vacuuming and mopping the floors, dusting every surface and knickknack," Field wrote. "But my current apartment takes less than 45 minutes to clean, including mopping and scrubbing the bathroom."Not only that, but Fields believes the minimalist environment is therapeutic. "The biggest fringe benefit is the calm I feel when I return home," Fields wrote. "No longer am I worried about the wall-to-wall disorder."No little details. No needless clutter. No anxiety. That's the life of a minimalist homeowner. Following some simple guidelines, you can see the miracles of living with less, too.The minimalist life Start with your color palette. Minimalism calls for very few combinations of color, so pick a shade or two you like and try your best to follow that color scheme throughout the space you're decorating. House Beautiful magazine recommended sticking to the basics. Whites, blacks and natural metals are all you need in a minimalist space, but if you like a little more color, try incorporating something on the lighter side. Save the vibrant colors for a few select pieces of artwork or fixtures you want to really stick out.Nothing should look too busy. Walls should be relatively vacant save for one or two things. Making your outlet covers and switch plates match the color scheme is critical. For sleek and stylishly simple designs, look through a collection of colored glass switch plates or try a mirrored finish if you're leaning toward a more modern feel.Committing to minimalism means putting aside things you don't need. Clear your space of everything you don't use daily. Minimalism incorporates empty space so that the focus shifts from your materials back to you. With less to worry about, you can focus on only the important things and people.

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.

Don't break the bank while revamping your living room

Every so often, that living room you designed years ago might get on your nerves. Now, you've finally decided to do something about it. The new wallpaper has been put on, you've found that matching carpet after months of searching and the installer is about to show up. You have the new lamps and brand-new furniture waiting in the wings, and you're just about ready to put it all together when you notice a couple of items that you didn't even consider.You've had those same plug covers and switch plates forever and they just don't match your new decor. Finding new plates and covers is quick, easy and affordable, and you can find virtually every design under the sun if you do the research.Decorative switch plates are a sensible and easy way to make sure there are no obstacles to that masterpiece creation of yours, and there are a number of ideas for you to check out. If you're looking to brighten your living space, Good Housekeeping magazine suggested you try choosing a paint that's transitional instead of traditional. If you still feel stymied about your options, Hearth Home magazine has some tips for redecorating on a small budget that might fit the bill. A neutral finish can help keep your costs down, and make sure your color schemes remain simple will ensure that you stay on or under budget .This will make the project easier for you to price and help you visualize it in a different or smaller way. Changing your living room doesn't have to be stressful, and planning ahead is a surefire way to eliminate aggravation and mistakes.

Spice up your home's energy-saving lighting scheme with a new series of switch plates

With the move afoot to change to energy-saving light fixtures in your home, you can also change your decor with some new and unique switch plates dimmers.Traditional and incandescent lighting account for about 15 percent of a homeowner's electric bill annually, and, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to $50 can be saved each year by installing new, energy-efficient bulbs.Federal lighting standards that went into effect in 2012 have led to an explosion of "green" lighting products, including energy-efficient LED bulbs that federal analysts say can save you 75 to 80 percent compared to your old light bulbs.Energy-saving incandescent bulbs will net you a 25 percent savings, according to the DOE, and compact fluorescent lamps could save you 75 percent of your annual costs. CFLs also have an unusual, curlicue design for your kids and guests to marvel at.Also, because common decorating sense dictates that if you're changing your lights, you need to change your switches, decorative switch plates to match your decor could be just what you need to finish off your lighting project in fine style.Outlet covers may seem like a minor player in your general scheme, but Good Housekeeping magazine noted that with the correct designer switch plate to fit your needs, your project will receive rave reviews from friends and family alike - and look good, too! 

Switch plate modification can transform your living spaces easily and cheaply.

Looking to freshen up your tired and somewhat worn living or dining room but running short on cash? Try replacing those old switch plates that have been on your wall forever.Instead of spending big bucks on new paint and/or wallpaper treatments, some bright and shiny switch plate and plug-coverings can go a long ways toward updating your rooms at a fraction of the cost of the other alternatives. You can also save money by insulating your switches when you replace the plates, according to interior design experts at lifehacker.com. Opulence is within your grasp, as well. Try a French Fleur-de-lis design, or go for a Western motif and spruce up your abode without breaking the bank.There are a wide-variety of switch plate options so make sure to look around to see how you can keep some jingle in your pocket and put a new shine in your living space. Decorators at Houzz.com advised that even the simplest of changes will enhance your living areas at minimal cost and headache to you. Buying new switch plates in antique designs, for example, can give new life to your room and can even be installed by DIYers in a few simple steps.When you're finished, your home will look great and your bank account will stay in the black, something that always bodes well for you and your family.

3 ways to bring color to your kitchen

Stainless-steel appliances may have been all the rage years ago, but colorful, vintage-style kitchens are making a comeback. Don't miss out on the fun that this trend offers. Get started on a kitchen redesign!The kitchen is one of the most frequented rooms in a home. It's where everybody gathers to cook and, perhaps, eat. It's a space that household residents and visitors often see, so it's not the place where you should let your design skills slack off.Opt for color Monochromatic kitchens used to be popular because they allowed homeowners to show off their stainless-steel appliances. You can still proudly display these fixtures while adding pops of color. In fact, with the right layout, you can draw attention to specific items in your kitchen. Chances are, you completed your kitchen setup a long time ago, but now's the perfect time to change it up and impress everyone with your interior design know-how. Select a color palette with two or more colors to give yourself some variety.Here are three areas of the kitchen where you can quickly and effectively display some color.Wall switch plate: If you still have the switch plates and outlet covers that originally came with the home, you're missing out on a great opportunity to bring color into the room. Collections such as "Colored Glass" or "Colors in Motion" will pair best with white or similarly light walls. However, if your walls are already brightly painted, opt for more neutral outlet covers such as textured brass or hardwoods. Window curtains: Many people wish they had natural lighting in the kitchen, so if you're lucky enough to have windows in this space, take full advantage of them. Whether you have neutral-colored shades or are lacking them, this is a great place to feature color. Find some that complement your palette and opt for lighter fabrics that'll allow you and other residents to enjoy a fresh breeze.Get small, colorful appliances: If you're not ready to invest in a new stove or fridge, you can still feature colorful appliances. Go for smaller ones such as the toaster or coffee maker. It's a quick way to bring color onto your counter. Alternatively, you can simply purchase a large fruit bowl or new cooking utensils in the appropriate colors.

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