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If you’re coming over from 15 Best Round Mirrors, welcome! You’ve seen some inspiration photos, know what mirror style you want, know which room you want to put it in, and now you’re ready to seal the deal. This post will help you get the look you’re going for with budget-friendly options. Here is 15 Top-Rated Round Mirrors: Find Your Style.
Round mirrors come in many different styles and are perfect for entryways, bathrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, and even home offices. They are also versatile in how you style them: use just one to make a big statement, or display them in a group.
Here are some of MY round mirrors – I love them too!
In the Entry:
In the powder bathroom:
In the dining room:
Even on sconces…..Yep I’m in love!!
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Now, that I have posted our Home Tour: Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom, it is time to share Painting 101: White-washed dresser Tutorial with you – woohoo!! It’s about time – right? I know lots of you have been wanting to learn how to white-wash furniture, so this tutorial will give you everything you need to know (or should – lol!!!)
It is the same process as the Master Bed Frame Makeover (tutorial), but sometimes it just helps to see it on the furniture piece that you want to try it on. So, let’s get to updating that dresser!! Painting 101: White-Washed Dresser Tutorial.
I get asked quite often about different painting techniques, waxing, sanding, etc. that I use when painting furniture. But the one method that comes up the most in discussion is how to get the white-washed “look.” So, what is the white-washed technique anyway?
It’s basically a painting method that allows you to see part of the furniture peeking through (like you “wiped” something off with a rag, but the rag left some of the liquid behind).
This leftover “residue” would be “streaked” because of the motion of the rag (washed), giving it a “dulled or milky” appearance. Does that make sense?
#1 White-Washed Method. In this method, the paint is diluted with water to make it runnier; therefore, making it easier to wipe off with a rag.
The paint mixture is usually 3 parts paint to 1 part water ratio (3:1 ratio). This technique works best when you are trying to “barely” change the color of the wood.
It will basically “lighten” the existing wood tone. The more coats you put on, the less wood that shows through.
The cons of this method is that it is VERY messy, and also VERY time consuming if not done correctly. Thus….. alternate method #2 – dry-brushing.
#2 Dry-Brushed Method. This is the method that I use most often to get the white-washed look. In this method, you will not dilute the paint with water but you will use a rag to get the excess paint off of your brush.
Basically, you are working with a “DRY-BRUSH” (one with little paint on it) – get it? HUH? You dip your paint into the paint can, get a SMALL amount of paint onto the brush, then WIPE OFF the excess paint each time.
This dry-brush (with little paint on it) allows the paint to come out in “streaks.” ***I will explain more below when you can see the pictures, but I just wanted to give you a brief description.***
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If you want to see my white-washed bed click Master Bed Frame Makeover: Painted White or glazed white nightstands click Nightstands Makeover: Painted White with Black Top.
So, here it is again – before…..
Remove all of the hardware from your dresser, and wipe down dresser with a rag. Make sure to wipe down all of the drawers and inside the dresser also. Set up your canvas or plastic drop cloth, and make sure you are in a well ventilated area (like outside or in your garage). Prop your dresser up onto wooden blocks or paint cans to lift it off of the ground. You do not want it sitting directly on your painting surface.
Obviously……I needed to put down something in my garage -picture above – but I’ve painted so many pieces that I got lazy. DON’T BE ME – lol!!
NOTE – I did not sand this piece down (prior to painting) because my primer bonds really well to the furniture surface. You can sand it down first if you choose…but why do the extra step if you don’t need to -haha!! If you just feel like you need to sand it down, then I would recommend sanding down the top part only.
Put a small amount of primer onto your paint brush, wipe off excess onto rag and begin gently brushing your primer onto your dresser. You will need several rags for this process, as the paint will begin to soak through. ***TIP***The less paint you put onto the brush, the less messy it will be. HINT-HINT!
See pictures below. Here is what the priming stage looks like.
***TIP*** Use long, quick brush strokes and make sure to gently brush the primer on. You will not want to fully cover your piece – should look streaked like these pictures.
FULLY PRIMED CLOSEUP
Why am I showing so many pictures? LOL!! Once you get this priming stage done, the painting steps are much easier. Plus I just wanted to stress that you are “not fully” covering your piece with paint – just streaks of paint.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
Now you will do the exact same method, but just using your white paint. I used Behr Swiss Coffee from Home Depot for my white paint color.
Dip your brush into the paint, wipe off excess with rag, then gently brush on. You will do TWO coats of this method.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT – BETWEEN 2 COATS***
Here it is with the primed picture compared to the painted (2 coats) picture. I just wanted you to be able to see the difference.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
While you are waiting for the dresser to dry, go ahead and prep area to paint your hardware. Put plastic down on the ground, and lie your hardware onto wooden blocks or cardboard. I always use wooden pieces from leftover projects (can you tell – lol) for mine, but just use something to lift them above the plastic.
Spray your hardware making sure to get the inside areas as well. Wait at least 30 mins then flip them over and spray the back side. Once again, make sure to get “all” areas of the hardware.
***TIP*** I spray all sides from the left, then spray from the top, then spray from the right, and then from the bottom. This way, I make sure I don’t miss any of the spots. Trust me, it is the worst feeling EVER!! to finally think you have finished your painted dresser, ONLY to realize that 2 or 3 of the hardware pulls did not fully get covered – ugh!! Out comes the plastic, spray paint, clean up, and TIME – all again. Make your life easier by just doing it right the first time!!
Here are some closeup pictures so you can see the brass color of the original hardware (left below) and then the oil-rubbed bronze color after it is spray painted.
***TIP*** If you have brass hardware and spray them with either bronze or black paint, you can gently sand down the edges of the pulls to get an antiqued look (the brass peaks through). This turns out REALLY pretty!! I’ve done it many, many times – I just wasn’t going for that “antique-y” look on this particular piece. Give it a try if that’s what you’re going for.
Flip them over one more time (top side up), and gently spray again. This will ensure that ALL sides are covered.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
Put the 1st coat of wax on with the sponge that’s included (or rag), let sit at least 15 minutes, and wipe off to buff. This stage is always where the magic happens – am I right? It’s like the wax joins everything together, and makes it look a-ma-zing!!
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
Use the 150-grit sandpaper to lightly distress areas of the dresser where normal wear and tear would occur naturally over time. I distressed my dresser on random places at the feet, on edges of some of the drawers, and on the top section and edge(rim).
Repeat the same process again with the wax for the entire dresser. Let dry overnight.
***Then put ONE more coat of wax on the TOP portion only. *** So the entire dresser will have 2 coats total, and the TOP portion will have 3 coats total.
***LET DRY 2 DAYS BEFORE PUTTING DECOR ON TOP***
***LET DRY 2 DAYS BEFORE PUTTING DECOR ON TOP***
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If you are loving the round mirror trend, and are looking for some inspiration – this is the post for you. There is something about the round mirror design: the soft shape that allows the eye to move effortlessly around the room, and really makes a statement all at the same time. Plus, you can use them in every room of your house. Win-Win!! So, here are my picks for the 15 BEST Round Mirrors.
Looking to shop round mirrors, click 15 Top-Rated Round Mirrors: Find Your Style.
As you go through the inspiration pictures, here are some things to consider.
Whatever your style, your budget, or room you want to use it……there IS a Round Mirror For You!!
Isn’t this entry styled by Paloma Contreras just stunning? This large brass round mirror is definitely a show stopper, and grabs your attention as soon as you walk in the door.
It fits perfectly into the custom square wainscoting, and really softens all of the straight lines in the room.
This bedroom styled by Amy with Homey Oh My is simplistic, modern perfection. I love the contrast of the black round mirror against all of the the bright white accessories and wall paint.
The bohemian diamond rug really pulls the room together, and helps make the black mirror pop!
This stunning German Schmear fall-inspired fireplace is just so inviting. I do not know who styled it, but it is one of my all time favorites pictures.
This round gold mirror adds the perfect metal element to all of the brick, wood mantel, and neutral fall accessories. It unites all of the warm tones used: tans, browns, and reds.
Click here for more brick fireplace inspiration.
Ummmm…..Yes Please!! All I can is Wow! This bathroom by Amber Interiors is definitely numero uno for me personally.
The blue patterned tile and vanity really ground the style of the bathroom, and the gold round mirror, hardware, & cabinet pulls add the perfect touch of simple glam.
This pair of oil-rubbed bronze mirrors really add a whimsical touch to this elegant bathroom designed by Joanna Gaines.
The bronze color helps tie the cabinet hardware together and brings a more rustic farmhouse look to the bathroom. And using them as a pair adds a little understated drama – that Joanna is famous for.
This fun white “waves” round mirror brings a playful touch to the sophisticated styling of this Hamptons House bathroom. It also adds a more modern approach to the typical round nautical style mirror.
The white mirror pops off of the navy blue wallpaper, white marble vanity, and chrome fixtures.
Of course I have to admit that I do LOVE this one as well – probably because – it’s mine – LOL!! This is a mirror that I purchased from Hobby Lobby years ago, that got a little white distressed paint “makeover.”
The raised inner and outer edges really give it a ton of texture, and the distressed look adds the coastal farmhouse style I have throughout our house.
Click here for the distressed white mirror tutorial.
This happy entry by Better Homes & Gardens – post for wallpaper calculator – blends a variety of styles.
This large bronze mirror has an industrial style that contrasts with the traditional sconces, farmhouse stool, and yellow wallpaper with Moroccan motif.
The natural warm tones of this wooden round mirror tone down the sophisticated elegance of the navy trellis wallpaper – via Dering Hall.
This bamboo beauty unites the wooden elements (small powder bath vanity) together, giving it a more modern vibe.
This gorgeous coastal entry designed by Blackband Design, features a stunning thin-rimmed black metal over-sized mirror.
Isn’t it amazing how each of these round mirrors can be paired with ANY style, or ANY room in your house, and still look fabulous? No wonder they are so popular and a now a decorating staple.
This round mirror definitely leans to the coastal/nautical style with it’s woven rope design. It adds a ton of texture to the smooth clean lines of this elegant powder bathroom.
It also brings a lot of character to the space and a no-fuss, relaxed coastal vibe as well.
When you need a little drama……you’re welcome!! Isn’t this pair of hanging round mirrors simply stunning? The Serras Hotel has it going on – right?
I love how the mirror are suspended from the ceiling, but hang over (or in front of) a very large mirror to create layers of drama. You have to look good in at least ONE of the angles 😉
This pair of champagne-colored mirrors have that same “wavy” pattern like pic #6 above, but give off more of a coastal glam style here in this bathroom.
The metallic shimmer and shape adds some whimsy to the plain round mirrors, and adds texture to the clean linear subway tile accent wall.
This has been one of my favorite styled modern farmhouse living rooms (and most popular pins) designed and styled by CC+Mike.
I love that they propped this smaller gold round metal mirror on the mantel, where it simply leans gracefully against the fireplace wall.
It looks so effortless, yet simply perfect!
Sometimes you just have to hang something on a wall, take a step backwards and look at it, and then pat yourself on the back – Lauren Conrad!! What a beautiful mirror and master bathroom!
This brass round mirror is the perfect addition to complete this elegantly designed bathroom. It ties all of the other gold elements together and softens all of the hard lines.
So, which one is your favorite?? I’d love to hear some feedback from you? My absolute favorite is NO. 4 – just love how happy that room makes me feel!
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So, we have finally moved back into our bedroom downstairs…..and I am so excited about how the entire bedroom turned out. The 2 things that “make” the bedroom and create some drama are the navy accent wall, and the white bed frame. And since I painted the bed, I thought it would be awesome to show you the technique if you want to change your bed also. Here is my master bed frame makeover – painted white using the dry-brushed technique tutorial. If you want a glazed or antiqued tutorial (like my nightstands)…..click HERE. Want to see my master bath makeover, click Master Bathroom Remodel: Hardware Bling.
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Where did it all begin?
Put your primer on in long brush strokes, making sure not to cover your bed in a solid paint color. See below.
Do the same technique for footboard and side rails if you have them.
*** LET PRIMER DRY OVERNIGHT***
Put your first coat of white paint over primer in long brush strokes again, but this time covering more of the wood.
BELOW: left side painted….right sight primed
You should be able to notice that the paint covers better than the primer, and it should feel thicker as you brush it on. Just make sure NOT to cover the wood completely. You should still be able to see brush strokes.
BELOW: PICTURE OF 1ST COAT PAINTED
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
BELOW: Headboard 3 coats, Footboard 2 coats. Can you tell how the headboard has more coverage on it than the footboard?
***TIP*** This is the stage/step where I go back and add in some paint to cover certain areas that do no look as even. This is just personal preference for me.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
Now you can put on your wax, let dry, and rag/buff off. Put on more coats of wax if you want a shinier finish- just fyi.
Use your 150-grit sandpaper or sponge and gently sand over random areas where you want some original wood to show. I like my sanded areas to be over the ornate “leaves” sections to accent the details, and then over the corners where the bed would naturally get “bumped”. I also added some sanded areas in the middle sections of the headboard and footboard to move the eye around.
***OPTIONAL STEP*** WAX OVER SANDED AREAS. I like to do this just to bring out the wood tone (the wax makes the wood tone darker for more contrast) against the white paint. But of course, this is your bed, so it is your decison!!
Hope you love how your bed turns out….as much as I love mine!! Let me know how your progress is going- or if you have any questions? I would love to see some pictures of your bed too!!
I really feel like I got new furniture…without the high pricetag!! Plus the white really lifts the room so much more than the stained brown color, and it gives me the contrast I need against the navy wall. Don’t cha think ??
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Have you been wanting new nightstands in your master or guest bedroom, but can’t seem to pull the trigger because your “old ones”….well… they’re still good??!! I mean…..they aren’t terrible or anything (well maybe), but they are definitely not the style or look you are going for?? Yep….get in line. It’s really difficult to drop several hundred dollars for something you already own…but just have grown tired of. So, what’s a girl to do??? I found myself in the same dilemma. I really couldn’t alter the style on these bad boys (and I soooo would have), but at least I could do something about the look. If you find yourself in a similar situation (enter in a little paint, glaze, & some extra time out of your schedule), and you can change your nightstands too. DIY Nightstand Makeover: Painted White with Dark Top. So, let’s refresh those “oldies, but goodies” nightstands of your’s and give them the makeover they deserve!! *** I used latex paint on these, but you could use chalk paint, and just skip some of my first steps ***
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1. 3 Paintbrushes- (1 for primer/white paint, 1 for black paint, 1 for glaze/wax)
2. Primer – Zinnser
3. Paint- Behr Swiss Coffee 1 quart (Home Depot Brand)
5. Clear Wax – Trewax
7. Spray Paint – Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint
8. Rags and T-shirt rags – Rags….. T-shirts– (for wiping dust, glaze/wax off)
10. Wooden blocks (or something to put nightstand feet on & hardware on)
11. Painter’s Tape – Scotch Blue
12. Black Paint for Top- sample size or 1 quart Behr (Home Depot)
Here is the Behr Whites Collection (brochure) from Home Depot I just wanted to show you what Behr Swiss Coffee looks like with other “whites.”
Since whites have a hint of another color added – you can see the subtle shades of yellows, browns, grays, greens, etc in the picture…. that is what the undertone looks like.
I see a hint of pink…what do you see?
Take hardware off, and put to the side for now. I had to tape off my marble top, but you will not need this step if you have a wooden top until STEP 4.
Tear off a small square from the 150 sandpaper sheet (or sponge), and sand the nightstands and drawers. You don’t have to sand a lot, just enough to get some of the topcoat off. You can see in the pictures below the light yellow color…..that’s the what the topcoat looks like when sanded. Wipe off the dust with a clean rag. If it has a lot of grooves like mine, blow the dust off or use a vaccuum to get the hard-to-reach dust particles. *** If using chalk paint, skip to step 4. ***
Put your canvas drop cloth down, and set up your wooden blocks first. (As you can tell from my garage….I no longer put a drop cloth down. But you should -LOL ). I primed these using the Zinnser primer – one coat only. I did not completely paint these solid with the primer, so it will have some brush marks in it. This is my personal preference. (It makes more grooves like real wood would have, instead of a flat, smooth finish). Also prime the portion between the drawers and sides of where the drawers slide in…..see pictures below.. Let Dry Overnight.
***TOP PORTION TIP*** If you have a wooden top, prime it also.
***If using chalk paint, skip to step 4***
Make sure you fill in ALL crevices if you want to do the glazing/waxing part.
And prime the drawers….paint in horizontal (longways) brush strokes .
Prime your TOP section last.
For this part I used latex paint Behr Swiss Coffee – one coat. You can use chalk paint. (If you use chalk paint, do 2 coats of paint. )
The one coat of latex paint should cover more than just the primer. You can see below LEFT that the corner section is painted, but the side is primed. In the picture on the RIGHT it is completely painted. Let Dry Overnight before glazing.
***TIP*** Let Dry 4 hours before adding black paint to TOP *** (I did not have this step, but wanted to make sure you let the white paint dry before adding black paint to top).
Below right painted, below left primed only.
Both painted with drawers below.
Paint top with black paint (your choice) to get the dark top, white bottom two-toned look like mine. It will go over primer. How many coats? One coat – if you want a charcoal- grayish look. Two coats – if you want a darker black look.
***TIP*** Be careful not to drip black paint on your white sections 😉
Let All Dry Overnight.
Use that same 150 grit sandpaper sheet/sponge and sand around edges of nightstand feet, corners of drawers, and a couple of random areas that would get more wear and tear. I also sanded my drawers in a horizontal direction to create lines on my drawers. I like a messier look to my furniture, so it is your choice.
***TIP*** If you have a wooden top, sand around the edges in corner spots, and then on the top piece if you want a more distressed look.
***TIP*** Do not sand (leave solid) if you want a clean, smooth top.
I used the Rust Oleum Java Brown Glaze, and put it on with a 3rd paint brush or glaze/wax brush. (You could use the Howard Dark Oak wax or another dark wax here if you prefer another color.) This java brown has a golden tone in it, and it was the “look” that I needed for this painting method. Work in small sections….I chose a portion of the side panel first. Brush it on quickly – cover it all– then quickly rub off in small circular strokes with your t-shirt rag (or old t-shirt if you have one). These t-shirts are nice and soft and take off the perfect amount of glaze without leaving “scratch” marks. Let Dry Overnight.
FYI *** I did not wax first before I put my glaze on….like I normally would *** This is so the glaze actually changes the color of the paint – see picture 2 below.
***TIP*** Glaze the TOP section (on top of black) LAST. The glaze will soften the black and give it a bronze look (black-brown-golden)***
The pictures below – right one is glazed, left one has not been done yet. You can see the “golden” tint here on right.
Using your yellow sponge, get a little clear wax and begin to wipe wax on with circular motions.
***TIP*** After I put the wax on, I very lightly go over it with the sponge in straight lines, so that it does not dry in the circular patterns. The wax dries in about 15 mins, so try to put the wax on in small sections. You will notice that some of the glaze is coming off a little, and that is normal.
Once you do finish the first nightstand, go ahead and wax the other nightstand, drawers, and tops.
*** Immediately after you finish everything, take a new, clean rag and wipe everything down.
***TIP*** You will begin to see a shine appear as you continue wiping. At first, it will be more difficult to wipe (feels thick), but then will get easier as you are taking more wax residue off. You are basically buffing your nightstands.
.Go ahead to the next step- You do not have to wait overnight for this step.
*** Put painter’s tape between top and sides before beginning next step. ***
Go back and put another LIGHT paint coat on with your swiss coffee paint. When you dip your brush into the can, don’t get a lot of paint on the brush. Start with a smaller amount and paint over your waxed nightstand. It will go on very smoothly because you just buffed it with your rag.
***TIP*** You can control how much paint you want to use to cover some of your glaze. How much white do you want to show? If you want your nightstands whiter, add more paint. If you want a more glazed look, use less paint on this part.
FYI- I wanted mine to be whiter so it would look “aged” more naturally in the crevices. Let Dry Overnight.
***TIP*** DO NOT GET WHITE PAINT ON YOUR BLACK TOP. USE PAINTER’S TAPE TO HELP
Can you tell how the bottom picture has a more “golden” tone than the top picture? Keep adding paint until you get the shade you like.
Lightly sand over those spots you have already sanded…..just enough to uncover some of those areas that might have been painted with the second coat. Should just be a touch-up. The top section does not need more sanding.
Do the clear wax one more time, and buff again. Same as step 7. Go ahead and take the painter’s tape off and wax the TOP section again. It will need additional protection.
Put down your plastic, and lie your hardware front side up on something to lift it up from the ground. I always use some extra pieces of boards that I have left over from other projects. Spray with the Oil Rubbed Bronze paint…..let dry at least 30 mins. Turn upside down and spray back side….let dry 30 mins. Turn back over to right side up again. Let Dry Overnight or wait at least 2- 4 hours. FYI – there is so much hardware because I was painting my dresser at the same time. And it has a ton of hardware. See below for a sneak peek of it.
Picture below is front side up – sprayed.
Picture below -has one side front side up painted (right), the other side flipped to the back side not painted (left). You can see the original goldish color on the back side.
Now….go back and spray lightly one more time with the right side showing. This is just a touch-up, but important to do. Let dry for an hour and put back on your nightstands.
***TIP*** When you spray hardware….spray FOUR different directions. Spray upward direction, downwards, right, and left. The worst feeling it to THINK you are all done and patting yourself on the back….only to realize that half of the hardware didn’t get sprayed. You then have to take the hardware off again, set up your prep area again, spray again, let dry again, and then put back on AGAIN!! Trust me….it’s just worth the trouble to do it right the first time. That is why I turn mine upside down….because you spray other angles that would not have gotten sprayed right side up!! YOU ARE DONE MY FRIEND!!
Bring out the champagne and celebrate….CHEERS!!
Here is a sneak preview of my dresser that I finished. It is painted differently than the nightstands, so I’ll post that tutorial soon.
When we get back into our house, and our rebuild is complete……I will post pictures of the nightstands in my Master Bedroom. Can’t wait!!! *** Shoot me some pictures of your “new” nightstands (or other pieces). I would LOVE to see your oldies, but goodies!!
So besides me, who is LOVING the white brick fireplace trend??!! It is just so clean and fresh, and can be incorporated into almost any home decor style. I love how the subtle texture of the brick blends with the smooth linear lines of the mantel to create a little piece of quiet drama. 30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 1).
And since I just happen to be crushing on this white fireplace style, and we just happen to be remodeling our fireplace ANYWAY…….I thought I would share these 30 stunning white brick fireplace ideas and inspirational pictures with you (in case you are on the fence about having it done or doing it diy style).
*** UPDATE *** Mine is completed. Here’s a little preview….. Scroll to the VERY end to see the front view.
Since I’m loving ALL brick fireplaces right now, I thought I would break these up into 3 posts:
Part 3 shows our shiplap accent wall, painted white brick fireplace surround, and shiplap bookshelf built-in. Check it out!!
As you scroll through the white brick fireplace pictures, you can tell how different all the styles are: modern farmhouse, coastal, boho chic, modern, cottage, traditional, and more. Each fireplace is also one-of-a-kind……don’t we all want to say we have something “custom” in our house? LOL!!
You can do a ton of different looks with the brick: change the direction of the brick pattern, layer it high or keep it low, use as a fireplace surround or as the entire fireplace, keep straight lines or use arches, etc.
Plus if you already have it in your house (& it’s an ugly color because it’s from the 80’s) you change the color by painting it – like…. today!!! WOO-HOO!!
I just have to give a shout out to the QUEEN of white brick fireplace inspiration…..Joanna Gaines!! Everything she does is magical, and the white brick fireplace is no exception!!
Her shiplap and white brick creation is simple perfection, and I love it so much that I am adding it to my house….. even as we speak. I can’t wait to add mine to the mix – making it thirty-ONE white brick fireplaces!!! 😉 ***MINE IS READY – Scroll to the end to see it!!***
If you are looking for more help on this as a diy project, scroll down to the end of the post for some tutorials. These tutorials are not mine or performed by me (just wanted to get that out there), but ones that I recommend for you to try.
Hopefully, theses tutorials will help you decide if this is a diy project you can take on, or something that you should hire out.
So, let’s get rolling….
Isn’t it great how the color and style of the mantel completely sets the tone and style of the room?
It can be painted white for a crisp, clean (modern look), left natural (boho look), stained dark (traditional look), cedar (rustic or modern farmhouse look), hung with corbels (cottage), etc.
The mantels can be prominent or subtle, and sometimes there is no mantel at all. The possibilities are endless!! As you scroll through these, you’ll be able to see the differences.
And you’ll also begin to lean towards one or 2 distinct styles- right??
In Joanna’s fireplace design below, the stained “beefy” mantel is the focal point.
This fireplace is definitely the focal point of Emily Clark’s living room. There are are no bookshelves or built-in cabinets to distract from it’s beauty.
It is basically made from all brick as well. Even the the mantel has 2 brick corbels to hold the wooden mantel – did you catch that?
This white brick fireplace design is created to be the focal point of a “lived in” living room. The open shelves with decor accessories, books, and firewood lean to a more laid back lifestyle.
The bold black and white harlequin tile and the bohemian blue rug bring a fun, playful energy to the room, while adding contrast to the white fireplace.
This arched brick fireplace exudes a very simplistic elegance to the living room. Even the black firescreen is arched to add that touch of class.
Again the mantel is completely white, giving high contrast to the black and white picture gallery placed on top.
Doesn’t this fireplace design just make you smile? It is so simple, yet so striking all at the same time. The mantel is just an old cedar board placed on top of the brick to give a little more room for collectibles.
And then there’s the beautiful painted black hearth to give a focal point to the painted harlequin yellow wood floors.
This is one of my all-time favorites from Joanna and Chip! I love the clean look of the horizontally planked white shiplap overmantel with the brick fireplace surround style.
Even though the design of the actual fireplace is simplistic, the built-in cabinets feature wall really anchor the entire room.
And those custom arched windows- swoon!!
White fireplaces are not limited only to the indoors. Continue the fireplace theme onto an attached outdoor patio, a closed-in sun room or porch, or a detached outdoor kitchen/seating area.
It will add texture to smooth surfaces like concrete and tiled floors, and will create a beautiful ambiance for nighttime entertaining.
Can’t you just see the kiddos toasting marshmallows for s’mores while the adults sip wine? Oh yeah- I’m there!!!
Kristi transformed an outdated brick fireplace, and built this incredible DIY wooden mantel for her client’s home. Complete overhaul!!
The curved hearth makes this living room corner so cozy and inviting. Plus, it’s perfect for little toddlers who make accidentally bump into rough corners.
In this fixer upper design, Joanna kept the fireplace a classic design for the traditional style of the home.
Did you notice that even though the living room is exceptionally large, the fireplace isn’t overly exaggerated to match? It’s a trick on the eyes.
The mantel is wider and the hearth is larger, forcing the eyes to move horizontally (expanding the room) versus vertically (lengthening the room).
You can tell how the different shades of white paint colors (on the fireplace) change the mood and feel of the room as well.
The brighter whites create a “cleaner” formal style (below), whereas the softer whites create a more “relaxed’ style (#12).
This fireplace design is massive and completely becomes the feature wall in this living room. Like #10, the mantel and hearth are wider to lengthen the room horizontally.
But the difference in this ranch-style room, is the addition of the stained beams that run perpendicular to the fireplace wall. Amazing- right?
The beams help draw the eyes up, to visually “lift” the low ceiling height.
What a gorgeous room designed by Sita Montgomery Interiors!! And look at that draw-dropping fireplace.
Can you see how the height of the fireplace also changes the feel of the room?
Lower ceilings and fireplaces lean toward a more casual style (above) and create a cozier environment whereas as a taller fireplace adds more drama and sophistication (below) creating a more formal environment.
BOTH of these rooms are extremely gorgeous…..it just depends on the look you are going for, and the mood you want to create for your home.
This fireplace design features an angled top portion at the ceiling, and is surrounded by beautiful wainscoting on the walls.
Doesn’t this scream co-zy?? It’s clean and striking without being too fussy.
All I can say here is WOW! This is such an understated grand champion. The gentle curves replicated throughout the design are simply stunning!
I also love how there is no mantel on this fireplace, and that it is flanked by 2 large windows.
This keeps the priority of focus on the beautiful scenery of the outdoors, the bead board ceiling above, and the ambiance of the 2 over-sized black lanterns.
And who doesn’t love a fireplace in the dining room? Jade Of Interiors has created a simple design, that delivers a whole lot of punch.
In the picture below, the fireplace does not have a hearth because it is set up to provide warmth and ambiance to the dining room.
It doesn’t need to invite guests to sit down and relax, because they are close enough to the fire while they are sitting in the dining chairs.
In the picture below, the fireplace does have a hearth and is set up for a place to come and “cozy up” in the larger family room. The Gaines’ love family gatherings, and it shows in all of their brick fireplace ideas and designs.
Once again…just depends on the function and style of your room.
Don’t think that white brick designs aren’t suited for contemporary or minimalist styles as well.
By just changing the brick pattern of the top portion of the fireplace (to herringbone), the fireplace adds an entire new dimension to the room.
It now becomes a feature statement instead of a backdrop, in an otherwise minimalist decorated space.
Did you notice how the mantel actually wraps the entire brick fireplace? This is a great idea and way to “expand” your living room (like mentioned above).
The ceiling height is very low, and the wider stained wooden mantel really helps to draw the eye up and out. It’s amazing what you can to trick the eyes – right?
Notice the arch again, and the angled overmantel in the picture below? It really adds a ton of character to this outside fireplace design.
The arch softens all of the other linear elements like the siding, roof, and brick mantel lines. It also adds an “old world” or authentic look to the fireplace-right?
But don’t be fooled….arches can be incorporated into more modern fireplaces too. It just depends on what you do to the rest of the fireplace design that changes the style.
Note the position of the fireplace position in all of the rooms pictured also. Some fireplaces are designed to go in the middle of the room, whereas some are off-centered (picture below) or positioned in the corner of a room.
Some have bookshelves adjoining them, some have windows, some have walls, and some have open spaces (outdoors or two-sided fireplaces).
Each fireplace has it’s own unique look- love this!!
Don’t forget about the inside of the fire box either. The herringbone pattern (above) with the soft or dark yellows hues adds interest and character to a simple fireplace design.
Want it to look more subtle, go with the lighter shades of yellow. Want more drama, go with the darker or brighter shades of yellow (like the last picture by Studio-McGee).
It also creates a natural focal point, drawing the eye down away from the not-so-attractive TV!!! What will they think of next?
This one has a ton of charm. I love that the fireplace appears to sit on top of the shiplap wall instead of designed to be included with the wall.
The mantel also stands alone, which is a very unique feature. Most corbels and mantels are built to fit within the width of the fireplace.
These over-sized corbels actually attach to the shiplap wall, not the fireplace wall. This creates a more authentic look versus a modern look.
This inviting patio is designed with entertaining guests in mind. The tall angled fireplace is built very close to the wall to save room and flanked with 2 gorgeous sconces for night time ambiance.
Unlike the other outdoor fireplaces show above, there is no hearth attached here. This helps to save space when entertaining multiple guests, and helps to keep better traffic flow from dining to living areas.
This fireplace seems to embody the coined term Modern Farmhouse – to me. I feel like Joanna and Chip incorporated all of their design elements into this style.
It has the shiplap paneling, brick surround, wood trim apron and legs, simplistic mantel board, and the black painted firebox.
This fireplace is simple, classy and timeless.
This corner fireplace is definitely a one-of-a-kind design by CC + Mike. What is not to love about it – right?
The corner position makes the room more inviting by opening up the space, and allowing all of the natural light to enter in.
By keeping the corbels white and using a lighter stained rustic mantel, the fireplace takes on a softer, warmer look. This allows the black framed windows and black firebox to “pop” without feeling too stark or cold.
So, I have to admit that this one is my favorite!! It is like a dream design, and love everything Studio-McGee did here!
I love the dramatic height, shiplap overmantel, brick surround, clean wood trim legs, and the gorgeous yellow herringbone firebox.
It is creative and fearless design, and it is perfect!!
All of these white brick fireplaces (and rooms) are just sooooo stunning!! So, which ones are your favorites? Difficult to choose…I hear ya!!
If you would like to learn more about painting your existing fireplace white, read the tutorials below. It’s amazing what some paint can do to transform an out-dated fireplace.
If you have existing brick on your fireplace that you have been wanting to paint white, read the 3 tutorials listed below (just click on the link below the picture).
Each of these tutorials gives great advice and tips to help you through the process, and take your worries away.
No reason to keep that ugly old fireplace anymore…..especially when painted brick fireplaces are on trend. Painting it will lighten your entire room, giving it a much more modern and fresh look, and will change the entire style of your room.
Plus, it will be clean!! Ok- so who’s in?? Try it and let me know how it goes.
Have an old mirror that needs a little makeover or one that’s been damaged in some way? You’re in the right spot! Painting a mirror frame is a very easy and affordable way to update a tired mirror and give it a fresh new look. Distressed Hand Painted White Round Mirror – DIY.
Today, I wanted to share with you this distressed white round mirror that I painted, & show you how to get this look. You can use a mirror you already own, or find the one that I used for this tutorial.
Together we will transform this bronze-colored mirror to a beautiful white, using a little distressed method that I like to do.
Want more furniture painting tutorials? Try White-washed Dresser Tutorial, Master Bed Frame Makeover: Painted White, DIY Nightstand Makeover: Painted White with Dark Top, and World Market Console Table Makeover: Painted Smoky Blue.
So, where do we start? Choose a mirror that you don’t mind changing up (buy one) or one that you’re just simply tired of looking at in it’s present state (one that you already own).
The mirror I painted is from Hobby Lobby……and even though I still think it’s a beautiful mirror as is, I was just ready to move the style/décor of my house into a different direction.
If you wanted to do this mirror, it sells for $139.99 full price . You can wait for the 50% off sale that they do every other week or use their 40% off store coupon, and the price goes down to roughly $75-$85.
Just a FYI- I had this mirror for about 5 yrs, so it was something that I didn’t mind changing. It all depends on what you want to spend (or save).
*** nail hole filler/spackling if doing this exact mirror ***
Most of my supplies for this painted mirror project came from Home Depot and Ace Hardware. Both of these stores are close to my house, and convenience when painting is a huge factor for me.
I also use Sherwin Williams for paint color choices, just not on this project.
Here are some pictures of the supplies with prices to give you an idea of cost (at Home Depot). Remember that all of the supplies can be used for several small projects & you can choose whatever brand/store that you like.
If you get these Behr paint samples (above pictures) at Home Depot, it will help keep prices down. They come in 5 finishes, but I typically use matte flat or flat when painting items.
You can always get sample sizes at Sherwin Williams also.
***NOTE*** If you are doing this exact mirror, continue with step 3. If you are doing a different mirror, skip to step 4.
So you have chosen your mirror, purchased your supplies, and now ready to fill in that outer layer of the mirror. So here is what the outer rim looks like…..kind of like leaves or vines.
Since it had more of a traditional look to it, I decided to change it.
This is where the gloves, nail hole filler, and TIME will come into play. Cut a pretty good chunk off the tip of the tube of nail hole filler so that MORE comes out.
This is important because it will take less time filling in those vine-y areas.
Put your gloves on and start squeezing the tube so that you can fill in that outer area with the pink “goo”, just to the amount you desire. I covered about 1/2 to 3/4 of the vines (just enough so I could not make out those lines exactly……just a personal preference really).
Smooth it out with your gloved fingers, and rinse gloved fingers off when it starts to dry.
This will be time consuming and messy….maybe an hour or more. What I love about this kind of filler is that it starts out pink when wet, and turns white when it is dry. Takes the guessing out of it.
Let dry for 24 hours. If there is still some areas with slight pink in color, don’t worry. It will dry by the next day.
*** You may want a large plastic bowl filled with water and rag to help get nail hole filler off gloved fingers ***
*** If you want more filler on your outer rim, you may also want 2 tubes of nail hole filler ***
Begin priming the mirror with one of your paint brushes, following along with the lines of the mirror. Do not completely cover mirror with primer so that it is solid white – should have some dark streaks in it.
Below: You can see the streaks here (in it’s final state).
Let the primer dry 2-4 hours.
Now add your gray paint and follow those same brush strokes so that you can see just a little white peeking through in some spots. Let dry overnight.
I used (Cathedral Gray- gray paint by Behr) and (Polar Bear- white paint by Behr) for this project.
***TIP*** If you want other shades, I also like (French Silver- gray, and Swiss Coffee-white) – all at Home Depot.
See Below -the picture on left show differences in shades of whites, the picture on right shows difference in shades of gray.
THIS IS IMPORTANT, DO NOT SKIP. Take your clear wax and spread all over your mirror with a sponge or rag. Let dry 20 minutes- then dry off with a rag.
It will have a light sheen after you do this. Waxing will keep the gray paint from coming off when you sand it later.
Now you can paint the mirror with your white paint. Cover it completely with the paint- just not thick. Let it dry overnight.
Use your clear wax again, wait 20 mins, and dry off with your rag. Now add your dark wax, and wipe off immediately…..leaving some spots with dark showing.
I did mine with more dark showing on the vine-y filled outer layer to add depth. If you do not want any dark was/antiquing added, skip this step. Let dry overnight. Dry it off the next day.
*** TIP***I like to use the solo plastic cups and/or Folgers coffee container to put my dark wax brush in . I use these while I am working so that the brush doesn’t get dirty, and also to store my brush in afterwards.
The Folgers container is great because you can cover it with the lid. *** I’m sure these 2 items looked completely ridiculous on the “supplies” list 😉
I got both of these from Ace Hardware, but here they amazon carries them also. They sell for around $15-$20 each.
After you have dried/wiped off the mirror (from dark wax), do another clear wax coat & dry off.
NOW- You can begin sanding immediately after your last waxing/drying off. Start with the 150 grit sanding sheets, and start sanding gently.
Add more pressure if you want more streaks showing (distressing). Use the 80 grit (coarse) for greater distressed look and 220 grit (fine) for less distressed look).
You can use your angled sanding sponge (optional) here to get in between those difficult spots/angles that the sanding sheets can’t get to.
You will do the clear wax one last time- same method. Dry it off to get the sheen you want for your desired look AND…..
Want more furniture painting tutorials? Try White-washed Dresser Tutorial, Master Bed Frame Makeover: Painted White, DIY Nightstand Makeover: Painted White with Dark Top, and World Market Console Table Makeover: Painted Smoky Blue.
Want more home improvement painting tutorials? Try Staining your Stair Banisters Dark With Java Gel, 7 Steps: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY, and Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made).
Hi ladies! Just wanted to show y’all my new FALL Dining room. I wanted to try a different color scheme for fall decorations this year, and love how it turned out. The contrast of the blue and white really makes the orange pop!!
I kind of have always had a thang for the buffalo check fabric- so once I saw this in navy (Hobby Lobby), I knew it was coming home with me. This check fabric was the only item I purchased- everything else I already had on hand.
I added the chevron ribbon to the wreath and popped in a couple of the pumpkins to tie in the orange.
I do have a slight obsession with mirrors- can you tell??? wink-wink. They make taking photos so much fun. There I am in the white mirror – lol!
The lamp base, gray and white mirrors, white candle sticks, and table I hand painted. More on the white mirror click here. The candle sticks and ladder are from Round Top antique show….Round Top, TX.
The Chandelier is a new addition- when we opened the wall to the kitchen. I really love the simplicity of the lines, and how the light passes through the glass.
And of course my Boomer helping me.
As the coastal cottage style continues to grow in popularity each year, it’s easy to see why. With it’s effortless and laid-back approach to decorating, function and comfort remains the primary focus. The cottage vibe brings in light and casual whites, while the coastal vibe brings in the sandy tans and ocean blues. Throw in some jute, rattan, wicker and a touch of quirky, and let the stress melt away. Plus, you don’t have to go the beach to get this look anymore! Here are 3 Key Elements: Coastal Cottage Living Room.
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People often ask me what are the main design traits of this coastal cottage style?
Cottage style is full of bright whites, worn or distressed wood, with focus on complete relaxation or comfort. Nothing is too fancy and everyone is welcome.
Coastal style is full of colors associated with the sand, water, & sky, with focus on relaxation and function. Indoor/outdoor items work great, and should be easy to clean.
Both styles incorporate a ton of texture. You want to “feel the love” as soon as you walk into the room!
So, let’s get to the fun stuff!!
This jute rug by Hearth & Hand with Magnolia from Target is simply stunning. I love the understated navy/charcoal stripes on the sides of the rug. They give it just a touch of nautical charm.
This rug could also work in a coastal farmhouse room as well.
This coffee table by Serena and Lily is the perfect blend for the coastal cottage style. Isn’t the white enamel tray such an expected surprise?
It provides beauty and function!
This adorable rattan lounge chair by KOUBOO from Amazon adds a little playful vibe to room, keeping it from feeling too stuffy.
The head rest and cushion provide extra comfort for complete relaxation.
This distressed white wooden beaded chandelier by World Menagerie from Wayfair checks off a few boxes really. First of course is the most obvious – it is very open, light and airy.
And second, the distressed white color plays into the “worn” look of the cottage style, while the wooden beads give it a weathered driftwood beach-y feel.
The clean lines and soft curves of this Alice Sofa by Birchlane in Bevin Natural is a great choice to anchor your coastal cottage living room seating group.
It’s also a very budget-friendly option, and is available in both indoor and outdoor fabrics (like Sunbrella).
Round mirrors fit well with the nautical “porthole” look anyway, and this white bamboo rattan mirror by Longshore Tides from Wayfair adds the perfect cottage touch.
The natural colored edging and woven strips give it a little boho flair, keeping it from looking too feminine.
I have to admit that this little beauty is my personal favorite item – it just makes me smile.
This white floor lamp with basketweave lamp shade by Highland Dunes from Wayfair hits the nail on the head. It’s white, light, distressed, and quirky.
Did I mention it can be used outdoors also? Just adds to it’s beauty!
Whether it’s antique collectibles for the cottage lovers or seashells and coral finds for the coastal lovers, you’ll need a place to showcase your treasures.
This white etagere bookcase by Ophelia & Co. from Wayfair is the perfect blend of white and natural wood tones that are distressed and antiqued to give it pure cottage charm.
Now you can display all of your “goodies” in one spot!
Cottage coastal style is just not complete with at least one coral home decor accessory. This coral accent piece by Beachcrest Home from Wayfair is simply stunning.
Use it on a coffee table, bookcase, end table or even your fireplace mantel.
This royal blue throw pillow by Foundstone from Wayfair brings in a ton of color, texture, and personality to your room.
The blue raised fringe pattern adds a little touch of whimsy with a side of quirky – perfect blending of both styles.
A great way to keep a “relaxed” vibe in your living room is to use different shapes and styles of throw pillows.
This indigo blue lumbar pillow by Bungalow Rose from Wayfair coordinates nicely with the sofa pillows, but isn’t an exact match. This keeps with the no-fuss decorating style as well.
This gorgeous lumbar throw pillow by Bungalow Rose from Wayfair combines all of the colors together. If you look closely, it has indigo (inky blues), navy, linen whites, and sandy tans.
It also ties into the navy/charcoal rug color, and the stripes as well. Love it!
*UPDATE* this pillow is on back order (sorry !) – until February 15. I’ve included a second option by Anthropologie below it.
Or add a blue pouf to use as extra seating, a foot rest, or even an end table.
Both of these items add a little color, texture, and function without breaking the bank.
Here are some recommendations for paint color choices to use for your coastal cottage look. I happen to love all of these (LOL!!), because they are the colors I have in my own house.
I hope you can use some of the items to create the coastal cottage living room you’ve been dreaming about!
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It is definitely no secret that our home is FILLED with all things blue. From indigo and cobalt blue area rugs and upholstered furniture to aqua and seafoam blue lamps and pillows, every room is packed with blue home decor! So, here are my personal blue decorating ideas and tips: 14 Ways to Decorate with Blue: For Every Room & Budget.
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One of the most difficult decisions when decorating is how to use color. So today we’re going to cover how to do that using blue, and will answer the main questions:
How can I add color to my house?
How do you add pops of color to a room?
Where can I add blue to my house? Every room.
You can add blue to living rooms, kitchens, powder baths, dining rooms, offices, laundry rooms, hallways, master bathroom and bedrooms, and even outdoors!!
What color goes with (indigo) blue? Every color.
As you scroll through the pictures, you’ll see a variety of blue color schemes: blue mixed with yellows, oranges, blush pinks, emerald greens, turquoise, & even metallic colors (like gold, silver, or copper).
How many accent colors should be in a room? Typically 3 colors.
There’s the 60-30-10 rule that’s been around forever, but what does this actually mean?
*** In our house basically the dominant color is blue (navy) 60%, with secondary color (white) 30%, and then each accent color (yellow, orange, blush, green, turquoise) 10%. ***
Just don’t get to caught up into these ratios. It’s your house, so add color that makes YOU smile.
Ok – let’s get to the good stuff!
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Using table linens is one of the easiest and budget-friendly ways to add blue to your home.
Try adding some fun blue and white patterned napkins and placemats to your dining room or kitchen table for every day use. Or use them for holiday and seasonal entertaining – with an accent color.
And add a fun table runner to dining tables, a buffet, or even an entry console table.
Use a patterned blue and white ikat runner for a bohemian chic look, or a navy and white buffalo check table runner for a modern farmhouse look.
Want to to change things up? Just turn your table runner from horizontal to vertical.
Completely changes the focus.
Using blue and white curtains, roman shades, or valances is a great way to add color to bare windows in neutral color living spaces.
Afraid to commit to living room or bedroom curtains? Start out small with adding blue to a bathroom.
Try a bold, large print cobalt blue shower curtain to a guest or kids bathroom to add a little fun.
And don’t forget about bath or hand towels. Add solid, patterned, or striped blue towels to bring in some color also.
***TIP*** You can use curtains and shower curtains as table runners or table covers also – click here or picture below to find out how.
You just can’t go wrong with blue and white bedding. It’s a classic color combination that you’ll be able to use forever – really!!
Find a reversible comforter if you like to change things up often. Mine reverses to blue and white pin stripes, and I love having the extra decorating option.
Adding chair cushions is another easy and economical way to add blue to your indoor and outdoor living spaces.
Use them on indoor dining chairs to add a punch of color and soften hard edges in your kitchen breakfast nook.
Or add them to outdoor dining chairs, chaise lounge chairs, and counter stools to provide extra comfort for outdoor entertaining.
Using throw blankets and throw pillows is probably the most fun way to add blue decor to your home, but is no longer limited to just your living room.
Toss a couple of throw blankets onto your couch, tuck them a storage basket in an entry console, or drape them across your bed to add some blue to your home.
Use solid blue or navy blankets for a bigger “pop” of color, or use blankets with patterns for a smaller punch of color.
Use navy blue or cobalt blue throw pillows on an entry bench, dining room chairs, kitchen banquette area, bed, storage bin, and of course your couch and club chairs.
Using ladders is a fun coastal farmhouse way to add a punch of blue to your walls, without doing any permanent damage. Plus, you can move it to any room in your house.
This little gem kind of ties in with #3 – throw blankets, but can also be used to store magazines, family photos, and extra bath towels as well.
Find a pair of framed navy and white geometric prints or hang a wreath with blue and white ribbon.
Just a small “pop” of color goes a long way.
Wallpaper is another way to add a punch of blue to your walls. Use it on an accent wall, half-wall with wainscoting, or even add it to the back of a bookshelf.
This is definitely on my to do list!! Here’s a little preview of my wallpaper inspiration – dream room. What do ya think?
Holiday navy and white wall accents are another option when adding blue to your wall decor.
Using blue lamps is one of my personal favorite ways to add color to my house, even though mine are more aqua and turquoise blue.
They still blend in perfectly with my monochromatic blue color palette, and add a touch of coastal style as well.
And don’t forget about navy or blue lampshades for a little pop of color.
Use patterned lamp shades for added drama, or solid lamp shades to keep your look classic.
Here is our dining room before we flooded. Still love (and have) that indigo blue lamp shade – adds a touch of shabby chic to the room.
If I had to choose just one blue light pendant that made my heart pitter-patter, this little beauty would be it! I love how playful it is, but yet so simplistic – all at the same time!
It’s like coastal boho meets vintage chic.
Who can resist adding some upholstered items to your home, showcasing your unique personality?
Whether it be blue and white boho ottomans, a coastal blue and white entry bench, a solid denim blue sofa slipcover, or a navy and white buffalo check accent chair…… their is something fun for everyone!!
And like the coastal farmhouse ladder, the ottomans and benches can be moved from room to room when needed.
Sometimes, all you need is blue and white with just a mixture of patterns and textures!!
And don’t forget about using a blue sofa, a pair of club or accent chairs, and even blue slipcovers.
This denim slipcover has been in our girls’ playroom for 8+ years – and it still looks good.
If I could find a spot for this little cutie – I would get it asap. There is just something about a navy blue buffalo check chair that makes me so happy!
Click here for more farmhouse inspiration – with this accent chair.
Using blue, or blue and white dinnerware is another way to bring in your favorite hue. Just like the table linens, you can use these dishes every day also.
Choose more casual, playful patterns for a mix-n-match style or choose gold rimmed china for a more traditional elegant style.
Set the blue dishes up with your blue and white table linens for a cohesive look, when planning a family gathering.
And don’t forget about a little coffee bar or coffee station for your friends! Using blue and white polka dot coffee mugs just scream good times and tons of laughter for your girlfriends!
Besides throw pillows, adding home decor accessories is the easiest (and cheapest) way to add blue to your home. My personal favorite way to accent with any color, is by using vases.
You can choose a large coastal style blue and white striped vase, or a traditional chinoiserie style vase for big impact.
You have probably noticed these other two throughout this post – love them!! The rope just adds the perfect coastal touch.
This last one, that I’ll call miscellaneous, is really the easiest way to splash blue everywhere!! It is a little time consuming, but oh-so-worth-it!
What is this little secret gem – it’s shelf paper! I found this cute shelf liner at Target, and have it in all of my cabinets.
Even my honey likes it, so I knew it was a winner!
Don’t forget about floor accents. Use pops of blue on the floor through different styles of rugs, wood tile, dog beds or poufs.
Basically, this applies to any blue accent that draws the eye down (toward the ground level).
Rugs are the best way to decorate with blue, but can get expensive. Check out this post for budget-friendly navy blue and white area rugs.
Personally I have a little crush with blue and white rugs, and love that each rug has it’s own “style.”
Go with a navy blue and white boho shag rug in the living for added texture and warmth, and use an indigo-dyed blue patterned rug for the dining room to add interest.
A little on the pricier side, but just have to mention it, is distressed blue wood tile (flooring).
This fun wood tile is perfect for the laundry room where you need a little “color” sunshine to brighten your day. Anything helps – right?? LOL 🙂
My husband actually chose this flooring – what do you think?
And don’t forget about navy blue dog beds or striped blue poufs.
Both of these probably don’t come to mind when you think of decorating, but they add just the right pop of color.
If I had to choose a blue pouf, this would be my first pick! It’s a little coastal boho chic style, and would go perfect in my living room.
The most popular way to add blue to your home is of course with painted walls. You can try a navy accent wall in the dining room, master bedroom, or even your living room.
Or paint an entire room blue. This would work great where you have a lot of white cabinets to contrast against the blue – like an office or laundry room.
Afraid to commit? Try painting the back wall of a bookshelf for a little pop of color.
If you are a little more daring, try painting your kitchen cabinets, kitchen island, or bathroom vanities blue.
Here is my master bath vanity painted SW Naval. I have to admit that I still love the color, and it adds such depth to all of the white tile and quartz.
For those of you who are not quite as fearless – LOL – try painting a piece of furniture blue. Start with a small piece first, like an end table, and then move on to a coffee table, or even a console table.
And for those of you who are completely timid – try painting some accessories blue. I recommend beginning with candle sticks or picture frames, and moving on to flower pots and mirrors.
Here are my painted flower pots – click here for the tutorial.
And then there’s my crazy turquoise blue chinoiserie mirror. This one is still with me from my painted furniture boutique days…..and I still love it!!
I hope you found some inspiration, and will be encouraged to add some blue to your home. If you have a favorite, let me know what it is. I’d love to hear from you!
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