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From the Design Files of Heather B – Wallpaper or Paint?

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Design Question

I have really bad wall paper in the kitchen of the house I live in. Should I change it to a new wallpaper or should I paint? It is an old kitchen. I would like to update it in expensively. It has a border I really really don’t like. The main wallpaper is a red check. It is ok but the “chicken and egg theme” border is bad! Is wall paper still “in”?

Design Answer

One of the cheapest ways in terms of renovating is to repaint or repaper the walls. Yes, wallpaper is still definitely “in. While some design professionals insist that wallpaper never fell out of favor in the first place, it has been making a comeback in interior design for several reasons:

  • there are an endless variety of patterns and colors to choose from; while there are an endless number of paint colors, they don’t come in different designs
  • because of the different designs and patterns, wallpaper adds “texture” to the room, in this case, your kitchen; adding texture to a room’s décor makes the space visually interesting
  • wallpaper has entered the 21st century, so to speak – since it is no longer thick, requires paste to install and the patterns have become more stylish and sophisticated, wallpaper or wall covering, as it is also known as, has become more and more appealing to homeowners

If you are not happy with the wallpaper, you should change it. Paint or wallpaper can be inexpensive if you look for bargains. Paint/hardware stores often sell “mistakes” (paint that was improperly mixed, but still looks fine; it’s just not the color on the paint chip) at a fraction of the cost of a regular can of paint. You can sometimes get good deals on wallpaper “ends” or patterns that have been discontinued.

Why not do both – paint and wallpaper? Paint three walls, and wallpaper an accent wall. You mentioned that your kitchen is older; you’ll have to do a little investigating; if the current wallpaper is the older kind it’s going to take some effort to get the paper off the walls, and depending on what you find, it might take some work to prime the walls for whatever you want to do with them – painting or wallpapering.

While wallpaper is making a bit of a comeback, the same cannot be said for borders. Manufacturers make them available because people like what is familiar, but for the most part, they are keeping a low profile in spaces designed by decorating specialists. Especially if you don’t like it, I suggest that you dispose of the border and plan not to replace it.

Thanks for writing in. Let me know how it turns out. I hope all of you have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. Don’t forget to join me in the New Year for more design questions and answers.

Skip the Reno: Ways to improve your Kitchen

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

If you have a kitchen that is in need of a renovation that you just can’t afford right now, but it’s is driving you a little crazy, there are some inexpensive things that you can do right now to improve the space. You can get a lot of redecorating mileage out of simply taking inventory of your kitchen and making note of what needs your immediate attention. Particularly if the kitchen is small, include a “spring cleaning” as part of your inventory process – discovering what needs to be removed (permanently), replaced or recycled will free up cupboard and counter space, giving you more room to work with.

Think Color

Mix it up color wise. Bring as many different colors into the space as you can without making it feel “busy” or cluttered. A blue glass vase with yellow and white flowers in it sitting on a stone counter can add that perfect accent. A cheerful ceramic bowl displaying fresh fruit brightens up a kitchen while making it feel welcoming.

Think Upgrading

It doesn’t have to mean a major expense. When finding ways to give your kitchen a facelift without a major renovation, choosing one thing in your kitchen that you would like to change, for example the kitchen taps, will make a big difference to the look and feel of the space. Especially if something is outdated like the faucet or the kitchen cabinet hardware, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to upgrade one specific thing or area.

Think Accessories

When accessorizing, think practical and pretty. Curtains, decorative shelving or hanging baskets can convert a bland kitchen into a pleasant place to spend time, preparing a meal, making the kids a snack or just hanging out with the family.

Think Furniture

Particularly if it’s a small kitchen, avoid placing items such as a trash can on the floor. Not only does it use up valuable floor space but it can give the kitchen an untidy look. Pieces of furniture like the Venture Horizon Granite Top Butcher Bin Venture Horizon Granite Top Butcher Bin with Pantry that is multipurpose will add both functionality and style to any food prep area. The Winsome Drop Leaf Table with 2 Square Stools doubles as a breakfast bar and a kitchen cart, providing you with versatile, space-saving solutions.

Today’s kitchens aren’t just for meal prep any more. The modern kitchen is often the social hub of the house, whether you’re hanging out with the family, entertaining friends or need somewhere to finish your cup of coffee while completing the Sunday crossword. But it’s not going to be the heart of your home if you’re unhappy with the space. Without going through a major reno, try some of these ways to breathe new life into your kitchen without having to break the budget.

Decorating with Counter Height Bar Stools

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Counter height bar stools have the distinction of being “borrowed” from the favorite local pub and transformed into a popular kitchen décor or dining room trend. By blending trendy style and contemporary design with practicality and comfort, decorating with counter height bar stools is an easy way to make a room like a kitchen, dining room or virtually anywhere in your home where you entertain more functional and convenient. Regardless of the décor style, bar stools can bring a sophisticated look and feel to any kitchen island, breakfast bar, family room or den. Nothing else quite shows your personal taste like bar stools that make a statement.

Bar stools or counter stools for intended for a kitchen, dining room or a home bar come in a variety of heights, colors and designs. Many types of bar stools have unique designs that can complement any number of décor themes and/or interior design style. A bar stool chosen to match the height of a counter, kitchen island, home bar or gathering table can help improve a room’s appearance in addition to enhancing your lifestyle. Well-placed bar stools can make a room “pop,” converting a kitchen counter or a wood gathering table into a focal point that draws the eye into the space in a pleasing and surprising way.

Even if you don’t have a kitchen island or a breakfast bar but you do have a dining room, turning an unused corner of your kitchen into handy eating area or as place to gather with family and friends is a practical way to increase the versatility and functionality of your living space. It’s as easy as choosing a counter height dining table and matching barstools. Since space is hard to come by in apartments, condos or smaller sized homes, having an extra eating area is especially useful when planning a holiday get-together or other celebratory occasion.

The main advantages of decorating with bar stools are esthetics and practicality. Even if they have been bought for a certain location in mind, such as a breakfast bar or gathering table, they can be easily moved to other rooms in your home when needed. Kitchen counter bar stools can be simple in design or as decorative in appearance as a dining chair, but whatever the style, color or type, well-chosen kitchen counter stools can unify the different décor elements in a room, creating an atmosphere that is both stylish and welcoming.

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