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July 12th, 2012

Painted Wall Ideas

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Painted Stripes

Atlanta Home and Lifestyles via Decor Pad

Add spirit and definition to any wall of your home by painting a pattern on the walls. The beauty of adding your own pattern to the walls is that you can use more than one colour and create a dynamic environment like a kid’s room or a playroom or choose colours in the same family and create a soft demure look suited to a bedroom or living room. Painted wall ideas are fun, bold and eclectic and they make a statement.


Stripes Painted on Walls


Stripes can be painted on your walls in a horizontal or vertical fashion. Check out The Inspired Room tutorial on painting stripes as well as Benjamin Moore’s step-by-step stripe how-to. I love the look of Samantha Pynn’s red, white and pale blue striped walls for this playroom. The room has a playful yet modern vibe, which works equally well for a girl’s space or a boy’s space. Another look you can experiment with is to paint the walls a solid hue and then paint bands or stripes of high-gloss glaze. The stripes will be visible as different light levels touch the walls.


Samantha Pynn Striped Walls

 Samantha Pynn via Decor Pad

Scalloped Edge Borders


For just a little painted detail, paint a scalloped edge at the top of your walls. This would be uber sweet in a nursery or a vintage-inspired kitchen. Go take a look at I Still Love You to see how amazing it looks!


Stencils for Walls


If you want a precision painted look for your walls, you might want to use a real stencil. Especially for patterns with great detail like damask, trellis, lattice and other repeating floral or geometric looks. You can make your own stencil, like this trellis stencil as seen on Centsational Girl. Or how about an argyle painted wall, like this beauty on Design Dazzle?


Painted Geometric Designs


Lily Z Design Painted Moroccan Walls

Lily Z Design via Decor Pad

Large geometric shapes and designs can be painted with some planning and sketching like the Moroccan-inspired shape cutouts pictured above. While the bold black and white colour combo is a statement itself, you can make this work with any colour scheme.

Gorgeous Shiny Things Geometric Wall


Or, create your own wild geometric pattern like this pretty pink pattern. And might I say I love the mini cabinet and the slip-covered chair in this photo?

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May 7th, 2012

Eclectic Dining Room Ideas

Eclectic Dining Room

I think the dining room is a perfect place to have a little fun with decor. Experiment with eclectic dining room ideas to dream up your own area like the one pictured above with mismatched pieces of furniture, graphic textiles, ambient lighting and wall treatments. Picture yourself all cozied up in the dining room enjoying a meal with your favourite people to gain some insight on your own personal eclectic vision.


Chairs and Table


One idea is to unify all the chairs by painting them all one colour. Any colour under the sun will work, as long as you consider the overall palette for the room. For chairs that have upholstery, cover each chair in a different fabric found within the colour scheme. For a bench seat, add throw pillows in a mix of vibrant colours and patterns. Damask, polka dots, stripes, botanicals and geometrics will all work well here.


Chairs and tables can be found at home decor stores, department stores, flea markets, garage sales, antique stores, online marketplaces and other mysterious places I can only imagine. And don’t forget to load up on inspiration! Look at Eclectic Revisited, and Chic Tip for some additional looks.


Look for a table with character, interesting lines and architectural details. Either include the table as-is or refinish it with stain or paint. Pedestal tables often showcase a pleasant silhouette if you prefer a round table. Otherwise, look for rectangular or square variations with ornate legs to suit the size of the room.




Cover the windows with curtains that further the look you wish to achieve. Soften dark colours with sheer white curtains, add sparkle to any colour scheme with a set of silk drapes or liven up a mid-range colour scheme with curtains in a quirky graphic print. Whichever you choose, use it as a jumping off point for other fabrics in the room. For instance, cloth napkins in a hue picked out of the graphic print will tie things together.




An overhead fixture is essential. Look to drum pendants and chandeliers to elevate the eclectic factor of the space. Vintage chandeliers can be re-wired and painted in a bright shade, perhaps even the same colour you used for the chairs! Drum pendant lights are another way you can add colour to the room in a bold print or tone it down by choosing a solid colour like white or oatmeal.


Wall Treatments


Wainscoting, wallpaper, paint and shadowboxes will give your dining area personality. Design a feature wall using the largest wall in the room with wallpaper or a series of shadow boxes. Play with the application of paint and wallpaper. For instance, paint a different colour inside the shadowboxes or only wallpaper the insides of them. Dress the walls up further by adding artwork or mirrors to the inside of the shadowboxes.


Finishing Details


Add polish to your eclectic dining room with accessories. Add candles in glass candle holders, vases of fresh flowers to the table and the sideboard abd display wine glasses and other glassware on the sideboard for additional sparkle. You can also create a display of glass collectibles on a shelf to finish the design. If you are not a collector, line up mirrors or photographs along the shelf with ornate metallic frames that will help bounce light around the room. Work with items you have and mix them with fresh pieces to bring your own eclectic dining room ideas to life.

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January 18th, 2012

Decorative Throw Pillows

I love decorative pillows! What’s not to love? They come in all shapes and sizes and can be used in a variety of ways. On sofas, on chairs, on your bed, the guest bed, your kid’s beds, on a banquette, a bench and even in a corner for a casual, cozy reading area.


No matter what your existing colour scheme is, decorative pillows add additional hues, with pattern and ornate detail. They are a perfect way to introduce trendy patterns like ikat, damask or honeycomb, or on trend colours like lemon yellow and dove-gray, without the full on commitment of upholstery or drapes.






Use throw pillows to add a jolt of colour to a muted space or layer tone on tone texture into a room with existing splashes of colour. For instance, a room with a strong oxblood red influence will do well with a collection of oatmeal coloured pillows. Choose one silk pillow with ruffles, one light champagne damask pillow and one linen pillow with a vein of red thread running through it. Mix and match and tie in secondary or tertiary colours found elsewhere in the room to complete the look.

And why not choose a feature pillow in a fun pattern like the ones shown above?

1. Pride and Prejudice Chapter One by Jane Austen- Pillow Bookends by Two Stray Cats.  These pillows are stuffed with rice but would look fabulous anywhere!

2. Morroccan Peacock by Organic Shine Society

3. Red Decorative Pillow by Cody and Cooper Designs

Decorative slip covers can be collected and changed with the season, or as you see fit. Dress up white winter months with rich jewel tones or botanical prints. Quirky ideas include animal prints like leopard or zebra and kitschy animal faces, which you can make with a photo of your pet, a blank pillow case and a printer. Don’t forget to include the odd solid coloured pillow to tie everything together. Once you have collected a series, you can mix and match to come up with different combinations.


For those of you so inclined to make your own slip covers, the sky is the limit! Combine your favourite fabrics with ribbon and trim details to create original pieces. Design Sponge has a lovely tutorial on how to sew your own zippered throw pillows, right here. Use rubber stamps to add detail to a plain fabric or to complete a theme in a bedroom.