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World Market Console Table Makeover: Painted Smoky Blue

We have had this World Market Console Table for awhile now, but I knew it was time for it to have a little makeover.  I have always loved it for several reasons:  1) it’s an adorable style and very sturdy;   2) it’s versatile – can be used in several rooms in the house; and most importantly 3) it’s very reasonably priced!!  But….. it needed a change (or maybe I did – who knows??)   So, for a couple of years, I was simply going to whitewash it.  Then I thought I was going to paint it black.  And then we flooded, so a whole knew idea came to mind.  The World Market Console Table Makeover:  Painted Smoky Blue.  I love how it turned out – do you??  Click here to see the console table in My Fall Home Tour.  ***If you want the look, without having to do the work, skip to the end of the post to shop console tables ***

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WORLD MARKET CONSOLE TABLE MAKEOVER: 

PAINTED SMOKY BLUE

SUPPLIES

  1. World Market Console Table
  2. Sherwin Williams- 7604  Smoky Blue Paint
  3. Liming Wax
  4. Dark Glaze
  5. 2 Glazing Brushes (1 – liming wax, 1 – dark wax)
  6. 1 Angled Paintbrush
  7. Rags and T-shirts
  8. Canva Dropcloth or Plastic Dropcloth
  9. 150 grit Sand paper
  10. Clear Wax

Everett Foyer Table

 

 

Liming Wax 3.25oz Ah

Howard CS7014 Citrus Shield Paste Wax, 11-Ounce, Dark Oak

 

2-in-1 Round Chalk Paint and Wax Brush for Furniture | Professional Annie Sloan Quality | All Natural Bristles with Solid Wood Handle

Purdy 144080325 XL Series Dale Angular Trim Paint Brush, 2-1/2 inch

 

Utopia Towels Shop Towels - (Pack of 25) - Size 13 x 13 Inches - Reusable Commercial Grade 100% Cotton Washable Cleaning Cloths - Perfect Shop Rags for Mechanic Work and Bar MopNew Premium White T-Shirt Material Cloth Rags (1 lb)

 

4 x 12 All Purpose Canvas Cotton Drop Cloth by Chicago CanvasPremier 9' x 12' 1 MIL Clear Plastic Drop Cloth Rolled, 3 Pack, 69730

 

3M 25150P-G Pro Grade No-Slip Grip Advanced Sandpaper, 9 X 11-Inches, 150 Grit. 3/Pack

Trewax Beaumont Clear Paste Wax 197101016

 


WORLD MARKET CONSOLE TABLE MAKEOVER:

PAINTED SMOKY BLUE

STEPS:  (Quick Cheat Sheet)

  1. Dry-brush smoky blue – 3 coats

  2. Sand edges, legs, drawer corners

  3. Apply liming wax

  4. Apply dark wax

  5. Apply clear wax 


BEFORE PICTURES

 

 


WORLD MARKET CONSOLE TABLE MAKEOVER: 

PAINTED SMOKY BLUE

***  Sorry my pictures are not so beautiful, but this is the REAL deal here – LOL!!  I did A LOT of painting while we were flooded, and all of our furniture was stored in the garage.  Just thought I should mention that to make myself feel better 😉 ***

*** After you put down your dropcloth or plastic covering down to protect your floors (or garage- even though I did not- ha!), you are ready to begin.  I always use leftover wood pieces to lift my furniture, but you could use extra paint cans, etc….


STEP 1:  PAINTING 

Dry-brush your table using your angled paintbrush, making sure not to cover it completely.  To dry-brush:  dip your brush into your paint, and then gently dip your brush onto a rag to get the excess paint off.  You will not want a lot of paint on your brush for this method.

 

 

 

 

Let dry overnight.  Then apply 2 more coats covering a little more of the areas where you can see the natural wood peeking through.  Let dry over night between each coat.  You will still have some natural wood peeking through after 3rd coat.

 

 

1ST, 2ND 3RD COATS TOGETHER

 


STEP 2:  SANDING

Sand edges, legs, & drawer corners with 150-grit sandpaper.  Just press firmly to sand in some spots, and then apply lighter pressure in other spots for a more natural distressed look.

*** NOTE ***  I forgot to take pictures after I sanded, so these are after the liming stage.  I just wanted to let you see the sanded areas.

 


STEP 3:  LIMING WAX

*** READ this entire section before you begin this 3rd step, so that you do not make the mistake that I did. ***

You will work in small sections for this step.  Add liming wax with your wax brush in straight lines (not x-motion) brush strokes, then buff with a rag after 15 minutes (not an hour).   I buffed mine with a rag after about 15 mins (not an hour like the can says).  The longer the liming wax stayed on, the harder it was to buff off.  This was my personal preference for the look I wanted – fyi.

You will not need a lot of liming wax on your brush, but you will have to continue to add it after. EVERY. brush mark!!  This is the most time consuming step, but adds the MOST critical part of the project.

***NOTE***  I followed instructions on wax can and did x-MOTION marks (the first time – picture 2 below), but I personally did not like it.  So after it dried, I buffed it with heavy pressure to get x-shaped marks off.   I wanted a cleaner (straight line – picture 3 below) type of look.

 

 

 

Let dry overnight.  It is still a little tacky after the liming wax is applied, and needs to be completely dry before the next step.


STEP 4:  DARK WAX

Using a designated brush, apply dark wax to entire console table.  I also worked in sections for this step, but in bigger sections than liming wax.  Let dark wax sit for 15 mins, and wipe off with t-shirt (not rag).  The t-shirt allows you to glide over the wax without wiping it off completely (like the rag).  Allow some of the dark wax to remain in crevices and grooves for a more authentic antiqued look.

Let dry Completely Overnight.  Then wipe off/buff again – but this time use rag.  The rag will help get ALL excess dark wax off.

 

 

 


STEP 5:  CLEAR WAX

Apply clear wax to entire console table, let dry, and buff to shine.  If you want a shinier finish/look, add 2 – 3 layers of clear wax.  For a matte/flat finish, just apply one layer of clear wax.

*** YOU ARE DONE *** WOOHOO *** CHEERS *** CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES***


Since I am such a visual person, I thought you would benefit from these pictures.  Here it is from beginning to end – showing the different stages.  Now you can definitely see how the liming wax softens the blue color, and adds dimension/texture to the table.  Then the dark wax changes the color again, and blends everything together.  I love how the pictures tell the story – right??


 

 

 

Let me know how your console table makeover turns out!!  I’d love to see it – you got this!!

Happy Painting!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

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DIY Ceramic Lamp Makeover: Painted White

As you know, I have had the coastal farmhouse look in my bedroom for awhile now with my favorite spa blue urn lamps on the nightstands.  But I wanted to change up the color palette in here, and knew that those lamps would need a little update.  Since I am in this “white love” phase, the decision to paint the lamps white was easy….the process – not-so-much!! HaHa!  Now that I worked out ALL of the kinks…. I can show you the best, simplified way to hand paint lamp bases white.  Here is DIY Ceramic Lamp Makeover:  Painted White.

diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white

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DIY Ceramic Lamp Makeover: Painted White

Over the years, I have painted every single type of lamp base.  And at least half of all of the lamps in our house have been painted at least once- lol!!

But I know that this may be the first time for some of you to try it out, and you may be a little unsure. 

Here are some very common questions that many of you might have, so I went ahead and did a question/answer portion below.

Questions Asked &Answered:

 

DIY Ceramic Lamp Makeover: Painted White

I just want to be honest here and tell you that I tried ALL kinds of painting methods to this lamp before the final product was finished – ugh!!  
 
It was primed, then painted, and sanded, and glazed (twice!) then I used liming wax, and round and round. 
 
But the good news is that you will get the easier, simplified version of the tutorial!!
 

SUPPLIES:

  1.   primer
  2.   white wash paint (oil-based)
  3.   clear gloss spray paint
  4.   foam paint brushes
  5.   paper towels or old rags/shirts
  6.   painters tape
  7.   mineral spirits
  8.   drop cloth
 
Let’s get to the tutorial and 4 steps of your diy ceramic lamp makeover.
 

4 STEPS Hand Painting Lamp Base

STEP #1:  Tape cord & socket, remove harp

This takes maybe 15 minutes, but is the most important part. 

NOTE:  I taped off the base and neck/stem of my lamp (but then ended up priming both of these – so just ignore that part).

diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white

 


STEP #2:  Prime lamp base, and finial

When using latex paint, you must prime your lamp base and finial first.  Since my lamps were spa blue, I painted 2 coats of primer to get rid of as much blue as I could.

*** If you choose to spray paint or use oil-based paint on your lamps, you do not have to do this part.  But I still would recommend it (personally) because the paint just sticks better on the ceramic.

diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 
Here is a picture of one primed on the right, and one not primed on the left.
 
diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 
 
diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 
 
diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 

STEP 3:  Paint 2 coats of White Wash Paint

This paint is OIL-BASED, so make sure you have some mineral spirits to clean with.  

I used a foam brush so that it I could just throw it away.  Brush on the white-wash paint, let it sit for about 3 minutes, and then wipe off gently with a paper towel. 

Make sure to work in small sections and don’t put too much paint onto your brush because it is thinner (runnier) than latex paint.  

Let dry overnight, then paint second coat.

diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 
*** NOTE:  These pictures are after I had glazed the lamps, so disregard the smoky gray color – LOL! ***
  
Just paint it on, let it sit, and then wipe it off and let dry overnight.
diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 
diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 
This is what they looked like after first coat.  And then I decided to pull off my tape to see if I liked the base, and neck/stem.
 
And I did not!!  So I painted the necks white also, and then decided to paint the bottom with black paint.
 
diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 
Painting the necks at the socket.
diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 
And after with the second coat of white-wash.
 
diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
Let Dry Overnight.
 

STEP 4:  Seal with Clear Gloss Spray Paint

After you spray 2 coats of the sealer, you are done!!  Add a white lamp shade and you have a whole new look.
 
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diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 
 
diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 
 
diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 
 
diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 
 
 
diy ceramic lamp makeover: painted white
 

Have a Great Weekend!!

Love & Hugs 🙂

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DIY Nightstand Makeover: Painted White with Dark Top

Give nightstands an instant makeover with paint, white bottom, black top, oil.-rubbed bronze hardware.

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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DIY NIGHTSTAND MAKEOVER:  PAINTED WHITE WITH DARK TOP

BEFORE

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AFTER

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

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)

4.  Sandpaper – 150 Grit Sandpaper sheets or sponge

5.  Clear Wax – Trewax

6.  Dark Glaze- Java Brown or Dark Wax – Howard Citrus Shield Dark Oak

7.  Spray Paint – Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint

8.  Rags  and T-shirt rags – Rags….. T-shirts– (for wiping dust, glaze/wax off)

9.  Plastic or fabric drop cloths – Plastic drop cloths…..Canvas fabric drop cloth

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Need a DIY nighstand makeover? Try this tutorial: painted white with dark top in 10 steps.

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 


STEP 1 – REMOVE HARDWARE (AND TAPE- as needed)

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.

 


STEP 2 – SAND

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. ***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


STEP 3 – PRIME

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***

Need a DIY nightstand makeover? Try this tutorial: painted white with dark top in 10 steps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you fill in ALL crevices if you want to do the glazing/waxing part.

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And prime the drawers….paint in horizontal (longways) brush strokes .

Prime your TOP section last.

 

 

 

 

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STEP 4 – PAINT WHITE

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below right painted, below left primed only.

Need a DIY nightstand makeover: Try this tutorial: painted white with dark top in 10 steps.

Both painted with drawers below.

Need a d DIY nightstand makeover? Try this tutorial: painted white with dark top in 10 steps.

 


***STEP 4.5 – PAINT TOP BLACK***

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.

 


STEP 5 – SAND

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.

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Need a DIY nightstand makeover? Try this tutorial: painted white with dark top in 10 steps.

 

 


STEP 6 – GLAZE

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)*** 

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The pictures below – right one is glazed, left one has not been done yet.  You can see the “golden” tint here on right.

 

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STEP 7 – CLEAR WAX

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.

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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. ***

 


STEP 8 – PAINT WHITE AGAIN

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

 

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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.


STEP 9 – SAND

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.


STEP 10 – CLEAR WAX

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.


 

***SPRAYING THE HARDWARE***

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.

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Need a DIY nightstand makeover? Try this tutorial: painted white with dark top in 10 steps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture below is front side up – sprayed.

Need a DIY nightstand makeover? Try this tutorial: painted white with dark top in 10 steps.

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.

Need a DYI nightstand makeover? Try this tutorial: painted white with dark top in 10 steps.

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!!

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Bring out the champagne and celebrate….CHEERS!!

Need a DIY makeover? Try this tutorial: painted white with dark top in 10 steps.

 

Need a DIY nightstand makeover? Try this tutorial: painted white with dark top in 10 steps.

 

Need a DIY nightstand makeover? Try this tutorial: painted white with dark top in 10 steps.


Need a DIY nightstand makeover? Try this tutorial: painted white with dark top in 10 steps.

 


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!!

Have an Awesome Week and a Very Happy Easter!!! 

The Lord is Risen…..He is Risen Indeed!!

Love and Easter Hugs  🙂

 

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How To Hang Curtains: IKEA Tips & Tricks

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

I have wanted to add curtains to our living room for awhile now, and knew this was the perfect time to get the job done!  I had thrown away our old curtains when we flooded, but still had 6 IKEA RITVA white linen curtains leftover from my bedroom.  Yay – money saved!  So I washed them…… and they SHRUNK!  Plus, they were a more yellowish – creamy color than I remembered.  But I did a little of this, and a little of that, and now they are whiter and actually grew!!  Here is how I did it all!  How To Hang Curtains:  IKEA Tips & Tricks.

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How To Hang Curtains:  IKEA Tips & Tricks

I just wanted to show some before and after pictures, so you can have an idea of what our living room windows look like.  

Before.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

 And After.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

Much better – right?  The curtains just add a simple, “finished” touch to the room without screaming for attention.  

Ok, let’s get to the supplies needed and some IKEA tips & tricks.


SUPPLIES:  

HELPFUL SUPPLY & WHITENING TIPS:

*TIP #1:  The BETYDLIG brackets are sold individually, and do not come with screws/anchors.  I  made this mistake, but fortunately had bought extra brackets to do my bedroom curtains. 

But then when I went back to buy more brackets (to replace the ones I had borrowed for my bedroom curtains), they were all out because of the pandemic – UGH!!  

**TIP #2:  The RIKTIG hooks are an optional method used for creating pinch pleats – to be used with curtain rings.

***TIP #3:  This Walmart Great Value Brand – actually bleaches/whitens the RITVA curtains ….. AND clothes.  So be careful with anything else you may accidentally splash when using it.

RIKTIG hooks pictured below.  The top of the pin would slip into the hoop on a curtain ring.  I just wanted to show you in case you haven’t heard of them yet (see picture in curtain styles below).

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 


How To Hang Curtains:  IKEA Tips & Tricks

FIRST THINGS FIRST:

Let me just say that are a ton of factors that go into hanging curtains, but I’m going to try to make this as simple and easy as possible. 

Otherwise you will get completely overwhelmed with extra “numbers and measurements” and will end up with unnecessary holes in the walls – LOL – trust me!

SECOND:

I did a little digging and found this diagram from World Market that explains how to measure your windows and choose how you want your curtains to look.

Here are outside window mount standard measurements and panel fullness recommendations:

  • add 3″- 12″ above your top window frame (6″ recommended)
  • add at least 3″ to both sides of your window frame (6″ recommended)
  • add 3″ for bigger finial sizes to rod length on both sides
  • add 2 1/2″ – 3″ to curtain length for curtain rings
  • every 50″ of rod length = 2 panels

These are just recommendations, but they will give you a good idea of how to measure for curtain rod placement, finials, curtain rings/hooks, and curtain panel fullness.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 


Here are the Steps: How To Hang Curtains

STEP #1:  MEASURE YOUR WINDOW DIMENSIONS

The first thing you will want to do is measure your window height and width, including any trim.  Then you can decide how high and how wide you want to mount your curtains.

This measurement will also let you know if you can get away with a ready-made curtain length panel like 84″, 96″, or 98″L sizes.

  • My measurements were 111 1/2″W x 95 1/2″H back window, and 50″W x 96″H side window.  

So I needed:

  1. a long rod (with an additional middle support bracket) 83″W – 152″W, and a medium rod 47″W – 83″W.
  2. This 95 1/2″H –  96″H trim (yes this happens a bunch, window widths will be also be a little different) means that I needed either a 96″L curtain + 2 1/2″ – 3″ rings/clips, or a curtain that was at least 98″L or longer to cover the top trim and windows.

Here’s the math:

For my living room I knew that the trim is 95 1/2″H, and my curtain rod is 98 1/2″H (3 inches higher) because I was using curtains I already owned that were 98″L.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

The reason I chose this height is so that I could use IKEA curtains (which are 98″L) AND use other ready-made brands that are 96″L with rings/clips = 96″ + 2 1/2″ = 98 1/2″L.  

TRICK #1:  This 98 1/2 “H curtain rod mount helps allows me to use 98″L and 96″H curtain lengths with either rod pocket panels or with curtain rings to adjust heights.  

(The actual bracket is mounted at 99 1/2″H, and the ROD HEIGHT is 98 1/2″H – just wanted to clear that up).

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 


STEP #2:   DECIDE HOW YOU WILL HANG YOUR CURTAINS

Now that you know you’re window measurements, it’s time to choose your curtain style, and how you will hang it.

If you look at these 6 curtain styles below, you can tell that different designs dictate where you will mount your curtain bracket/hardware.

For example:  

  • if you need a shorter version, go with the back tabs, rod pocket, or grommet styles.  
  • if you need a longer version, go with the tab top, ring with clips, or ring with RIKTIG styles.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

Since I already knew I was using my IKEA RITVA 98″L curtains, my planning process was much easier.  

The reason I wanted to go over all of this (I know it’s boring) is because choosing the style and hanging method is the most important part of the entire process.

Once you know where you want your brackets, it goes by pretty quickly.  Hang in there!

 


STEP #3:  MEASURE YOUR CURTAIN LENGTH

So, normally you would measure your windows and then determine the length needed for your curtains.  But since I already had mine, it was kind of like the chicken before the egg thing? haha!

MEASURING:

The first thing you will want to do is measure all of your ready-made curtain lengths. It’s always a good rule of thumb to measure – just to double check.

Sidebar:  I washed all of my RITVA curtains after we flooded, and they all shrunk!!  And how did I know this – well because I measured all of them.

I had 6 curtains ranging anywhere from 93″L – 96″L – UGH!!  That meant that the 3 curtains that were around 93″L would NO LONGER WORK!  

WASHING & WHITENING:

And they were more yellow-ish/creamier than I remember, but I knew these 6 curtains were going to HAVE to work.

TRICK #2:  So, I washed them again with the Great Value Bleach (cold water, 15 minute cycle, 2 at a time), and let them air dry hanging over my ironing board for one full day.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

Then I let them hang over my dining room chairs for another day.  And they GREW…..and they were WHITER!!

Now, they were still ALL different sizes:  96 “L – 98 1/2″L – but hey – they would now work!!

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

***NOTE:  If you want these whiter, wash them again.  They were a softer “white linen” color after one wash, and they were worked with my color scheme.

Also – Clorox did not work for me. 

We had this Great Value bleach left over from all of the bleaching from the flood – and I had accidentally bleached out something with it. 

So, needless to say I knew that it actually bleached/brightened AND whitened!

Ok – let’s get to actually hanging the curtains!


STEP #4:   MARK HOLES FOR ANCHORS

I decided to mark my brackets at 7″W, 3″H for the left side of the larger back window, and 7 “W, 3″H to the right side of the side window.

Notice how I said “mark” not make a hole.  The reason for this is because I had to make for sure that the corner brackets would work with the same measurements.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

And sure enough – I had to do a little tweaking for the 2 corner brackets.  

This is what I did.  Since these IKEA BETYDLIG brackets have one short side and one long side, I just turned one of them so that both rods would still work.

The left bracket is longer at the bottom, and the right bracket is shorter at the bottom.  This was also how I did the middle support bracket on the larger back window (short side).

I know this picture already shows the screws installed – but I just wasn’t able to take a picture while holding both of these brackets and the phone – LOL 😉

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

***NOTE***  Please make sure that whatever size finials you are using fit in this corner area as well – or if you’re choosing not to use finials.  

Otherwise, one of the curtain rods WILL NOT fit – again trust me!! haha!!


STEP #5: INSTALL ANCHORS/SCREWS & BRACKETS

Now that you have your holes marked it is time to attach the brackets to the wall.  Since the BETYDLIG brackets don’t come with anchor/screws, I highly recommend the ones I listed in supplies.

Here’s a larger package to give you an idea of what they look like – blue ones.

 

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

TRICK #3:  NO-DRILL HACK 

The reason I love these is because they work perfect for my little no-drill hack.

Once you’re holes are marked:

  • take a larger sized nail and make a hole in the sheet rock.
  • twist the nail to give a  larger opening
  • gently take a medium size screwdriver and poke through sheet rock
  • tap in anchor with a hammer
  • put your bracket on and put in both screws

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

Use a screwdriver to install 2 screws for all of the brackets.  I personally prefer a hand-held screwdriver just so that I do not strip the screws, but you can use an electric screwdriver also.

 


STEP #6: PUT ON CURTAIN ROD HOLDERS

I have installed a ton of curtains over the years (I used to sew/install curtains – many years ago), and I have to say that these IKEA BETYDLIG brackets are the bomb!

  • They come with a bracket cover to hide the screws, that you can snap off for the long and short sizes  
  • They have this little rubber insert (thin or thick depending on rod dimension) that you can attach to the rod brackets to keep the rods from sliding around.   
  • Plus it adds a little height which helps with curtains that are all different lengths!!
  • This design also allows for you to slide the bracket up if you do decide to hang longer curtains at some point – which is genius!!

Here’s the kit that it comes with – one bracket cover that can be adjusted, and then the 2 adhesive rubber non-slip grippers.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

Cover slides right on.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

And here’s the thicker gripper.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 


STEP #7: PUT ON CURTAINS, RINGS, & FINIALS

So now you can put the curtain rings onto the rods to hang the curtains. 

I decided to make this it’s own step because there are a couple of ways to use these curtain rings (+ my hanging curtain hack).

The great thing about these IKEA SYRLIG rings is that they give you 2 hanging options…. AND they are only $4.99/pack of 10!!

Now, they are made out of plastic.  But that was fine for me because they are super light, and don’t weigh down my smaller diameter curtain rod.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

Ways to Use Rings:

  • the clip option and hang them directly to the top of the curtain (above #5 – curtain styles)
  • with the hook option and connect with the RIKTIG pins (above #6 – curtain styles)
  • OR my hack with the hook option and gathering the back tabs (picture below)

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

So in the picture above, you can tell how the curtain hangs closer to the rod than the one using the rings with clips version.

This is just another alternative way to make pinch pleats, if you don’t have any RIKTIG pins ready available.  

TRICK #4:  For MY Hack

  • Make pinch pleats by gathering 2 back tabs and sliding onto hooks. 
  • You will only need 5 rings for this look.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

Put on your finials to complete your look.

I chose these finials because I wanted a “cleaner” look, and also because I needed something that would fit that “tight” corner area.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

YOU ARE DONE – WOOHOO!!!

Wide view.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

Corner View.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

Side View.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

Puddling View.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

Light Filtering View.

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

Boomer Loves Them Too!!

how to hang curtains: IKEA tips & tricks

 

Have a Great Weekend & Happy Fourth of July!!

Love & Hugs 🙂

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14 Best White Table Lamps

14 best white table lamps

If you are loving the all-white lamp look, you are in the right spot.  This stylish white lamp base + white lamp shade combination fits into every decor style, and continues to show up in the most popular pinterest feeds.  The look can be modern and trendy, yet classic, crisp, and clean.  Just choose your favorite lamp base shape and lamp shade style, and give your room an instant update.  Now you just have to decide if you’ll use them for function as bedside lamps or living room accent lighting, to create ambiance in the dining room, or give personality to your entry way.  Lets get to it!  Here are my picks for the 14 Best White Table Lamps.   

14 BEST WHITE TABLE LAMPS

 

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14 Best White Table Lamps

If you have visited the blog before, you probably noticed that I do have a” thang” for white lamps.  I like how versatile they are, and love that it doesn’t cost a ton of money to change out the shades.  

Plus all of mine are different heights, styles, and shapes making it easy to change the look of a room quickly.   

That’s always a huge benefit if you like to switch out home decor often like me. 😉

Here are some of my white lamps.

Master Bedroom:  white lamp base + white lampshade

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Living Room:  white lamp base + oatmeal color lampshade

14 best white table lamps

 

Living Room:  white lamp base + green striped lamp shade

14 best white table lamps

 

Entryway/Foyer:  white lamp base + burlap lampshade

14 best white table lamps  

Dining Room:  white lamp base + navy geometric lampshade

 

 

So, whether you’re style is coastal farmhouse, boho chic, mid-century modern, art deco – or somewhere in between, there’s a little something for everyone.

Who’s ready?  Let’s get to the 14 best white table lamps!!


14 Best White Table Lamps

#1:   Heming 25″ Table Lamp Set: nightstand (Set of 2) 

This stunning pair of white lamps is a perfect combination of modern, yet classic style.  The glazed ceramic base paired with the clean lines of the white drum shade will add soft sophistication to any room and decor style. 

*** This is a set ***

Price:  $111.99/pair

Dimensions Overall : 25.25” H x 13” W x 13” D

Shade(s):  Included

14 best white table lamps


#2: Galen Double Gourd 24″ Table Lamp

*** This is for one lamp ***

Add a touch of elegance with this beautiful white glass lamp with the double gourd base and cotton drum shade.  This style works perfect for an entryway console table or master bedroom bedside table.

Price:  $54.99 for one

Dimensions Overall :  23.5” H x 13” W x 13” D

Shade:  Included

 

14 best white table lamps

 


#3:  Eukleides 32″ Table Lamp Set (Set of 2)

If you’re looking for a taller, more substantial lamp this set is a great choice.  The smooth gourde shape and tapered empire shade add a little personality and touch of whimsy as well.  The acrylic base and finial add just the right modern touch.

Price:  $199.55/pair

Dimensions Overall : 32” H x 17” W x 17” D

Shade(s):  Included

 

14 best white table lamps

 


#4:   Aries 25″ Table Lamp Set (Set of 2)

If you want a more contemporary feel, this white lamp pair is the way to go.   The geometric ceramic base pairs nicely with the tapered drum shade, giving it a trendier vibe.  These work great when you need to add a little architectural interest to a minimalist room style.  

Price:  $149.99/pair

Dimensions Overall : 25” H x 13” W x 13” D

Shade(s):  Included

14 best white table lamps

 


#5:   Garlen 30″ Table Lamp Set (Set of 2)

If you like a little drama & want to make statement, this taller white lamp pair will do the trick!  The modern silhouette pairs beautifully with the traditional brass finial and base – giving it just the right amount of playful sophistication.

Price:  $187.69/pair

Dimensions Overall :  30” H x 15” W x 15” D

Shade(s):  Included

Garlen 30" Table Lamp Set

 


#6:   Bridger 24″ Table Lamp Set (Set of 2)

*** This pair is cream-colored ***

I just had to add this adorable white/cream lamp set – even though it has a creamier look.  The soft whimsical curves of the base with the empire shade is just so precious and fun!  These would make a great addition to the entryway, office, or living room where you want a pop of “happy!”

Price:  $133.64/pair

Dimensions Overall : 24” H x 14” W x 14” D

Shade(s):  Included

 

14 best white table lamps


#7:   Erikson 24″ Table Lamp (Set of 2)

This white lamp pair leans a little more modern with the textured pattern and shape of the lamp base.  It gives off a fun, playful vibe without losing any sophistication.  These are perfect for adding interest to console tables, buffets, or even sofa tables. 

Price:  $131.99/pair

Dimensions Overall : 24” H x 13” W x 13” D

Shade(s):  Included

 

14 best white table lamps


#8:   Flynn Textural Ceramic 22″ Table Lamp (Set of 2)

The stunning shape of these lamps really make a statement and are sure to draw some attention.  They would fit great into mid-century modern styles and traditional style homes as well.  They have a textured ceramic base that adds a little texture to their sleek curves.

Price:  $104.99/pair

Dimensions Overall : 22.25” H x 12” W x 12” D

Shade(s):  Included

 

14 best white table lamps


#9:  Moorer Gourd 20″ Table Lamp (Set of 2)

These smaller lamps are perfect when you need to fill a more compact space.  The three-tier shape adds a trendy modern vibe, and the nickel base and finial give it an elegant feel.  These would be perfect in an entryway, office, or small reading nook/corner.

Price:  $194.99/pair

Dimensions Overall : 20” H x 11” W x 11” D

Shade(s):  Included

14 best white table lamps


#10:  Barten 28″ Table Lamp

 *** This is for one lamp ***

This white lamp is a little more expensive than the other lamps, but it is a showstopper!!  The textured shape of the urn is absolutely stunning, and the brass finial and base just compliment the entire look.  This is a great choice if you’re needing a large white lamp that gives off a quiet, polished sophistication.

Price:  $136.00

Dimensions Overall : 27.5” H x 15” W x 15” D

Shade:  Included

14 best white table lamps


#11:   Jacob 30″ Table Lamp Set (Set of 2)

*** This is a white-washed lamp ***

I just could not complete my favorite lamps list without including a white-washed stunner!!  For those of you who love the coastal look or maybe even a coastal farmhouse style, this is a great choice.  It is more gray-ish white in appearance to create a softer “white” look.

Price:  $126.59/pair

Dimensions Overall : 30” H x 15” W x 15” D

Shade(s):  Included

 

14 best white table lamps

 


#12:   Stone & Beam Ceramic 25″H Lamp, 18″H

*** This lamp is off-white, this is for one lamp ***

Price:  $68.56 (large 25″H))  – $54.55 (small 18″H)

Dimensions Overall : (large 25″H x 13″W x 13″D), (small 11”W x 11”D x 18.3”H)

Shade:  Included

 

14 best white table lamps

 

 

14 best white table lamps

 


#13:   Huron 26″ Table Lamp

*** This is for one lamp***

Add architectural interest with this open base beauty.  This is a perfect choice for both modern farmhouse, coastal, or even mid-century style fanatics.  What a fun lamp -right?

Price:  $70.00

Dimensions Overall : 25.5” H x 14” W x 14” D

Shade:  Included

14 best white table lamps

 


#14:   Adel Desk Lamp

I just had to include this white lamp to the list because it’s just so sassy and I love it!  This lamp is perfect for offices, kids’ bedrooms, dorm rooms, craft rooms, and even living room work spaces. 

Now that more of us are working from home, lighting has become much more important. 

Price:  $54.99

Dimensions Overall : 21” H x 6.25” W x 12.75” D

 

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I hope you found one or two that you love.  If you have any questions or need help, just let me know.

Have a Great Summer!!

Love & Hugs 🙂

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3 Key Elements: Coastal Cottage Living Room

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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3 Key Elements:  Coast Cottage Living Room

People often ask me what are the main design traits of this coastal cottage style?

The 3 Key Elements are:

  • TEXTURE
  • LIGHT & WHITE
  • SANDY TANS & OCEAN BLUES

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!!


COASTAL COTTAGE LIVING ROOM

TEXTURE

#1:   Anchor the space with a jute or sisal rug. 

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.

Jute Rug Charcoal Stripe - Hearth & Hand™ With Magnolia : Target

 

#2 :  Add a beautiful jute and bamboo coffee table.

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!

#3:  Try a rattan lounge or accent chair.

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.

Amazon.com: KOUBOO Rattan Loop Lounge Chair with Seat and Head Cushion, Natural Color, Large,: Home & Kitchen


LIGHT AND WHITE

# 4:  Use a white wooden chandelier.

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.

 

World Menagerie Louis 3-Light Empire Chandelier & Reviews | Wayfair

 

#5:  Anchor the seating with a white or linen-colored sofa. 

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).  

 

Alice Sofa & Reviews | Birch Lane

 

#6 Try a White Rattan Round Mirror.

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.

 

Longshore Tides Round Nautical Decorative Accent Mirror & Reviews | Wayfair

#7 Add a fun, quirky floor lamp.  

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!

Highland Dunes Evert Basketweave Outdoor 59.5" Floor Lamp & Reviews | Wayfair

 

#8 Use a distressed white bookcase.

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!  

Ophelia & Co. Sara Etagere Bookcase & Reviews | Wayfair

#9 Add some faux coral accents.

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.  

 

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SANDY TANS & OCEAN BLUES

#10 Add pops of ocean blue throw pillows to sofa.

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.

Foundstone Remi Cotton Throw Pillow & Reviews | Wayfair

#11 Use blue lumbar pillows for accent chairs.

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.

Bungalow Rose Saffron Diagonal Texture 100% Cotton Lumbar Pillow & Reviews | Wayfair

 

#12 Merge all colors together with one throw pillow.

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.

Bungalow Rose Rosenthal Lumbar Pillow | Wayfair

Slide View: 1: Ezra Plaid Pillow

 

#13 Other options to consider.

Try a sand-colored or indigo blue throw blanket to create warmth and relaxation.  

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.

 

Chenille Streamers Gray Striped Throw

 

 

Streamers Blue Chenille Throw

 

 

 

Gracie Oaks Bridgecliff Pouf | Wayfair

 


PAINT COLORS

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!

Here is mine with our new curtains!

Have a Great Year!! 

Love & Sunshine Hugs 🙂

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14 Ways to Decorate With Blue: For Every Room & Budget

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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14 Ways to Decorate With Blue:  For Every Room & Budget

QUESTIONS ANSWERED

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:

source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

How can I add color to my house? 

How do you add pops of color to a room?

We will also cover:

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!


14 Ways to Decorate With Blue:  For Every Room & Budget

WITHOUT PAINT:

  1.   Table Linens – table runners, napkins, & placemats
  2.   Window Treatments, Bath, & Bedding – curtains, shower curtains, & bedding
  3.   Chair Cushions – indoor and outdoor dining, & chaise lounge
  4.   Throw Blankets  & Throw Pillows
  5.   Walls – ladder, art work, ribbon, wallpaper, seasonal decor
  6.   Lighting – lamp, lamp shades & light pendants
  7.   Upholstered Furniture – ottomans, benches, blue couch slipcovers, & accent chairs
  8.   Dinnerware – plates, bowls, & mugs
  9.   Accessories & Miscellaneous – vases & shelf paper
  10.   Floor – rugs, wood tile, dog beds, & poufs

WITH PAINT:

  1.   Walls – accent wall, entire room, & back of bookshelves
  2.   Cabinets – kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanities
  3.   Furniture – end table, coffee & console table
  4.   Accessories – mirrors, picture frames, & flower pots

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HERE ARE 14 WAYS TO DECORATE WITH BLUE (1-5)

#1 TABLE LINENS

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.

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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.

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Want to to change things up?  Just turn your table runner from horizontal to vertical. 

Completely changes the focus.

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#2 WINDOW TREATMENTS, BATH, & BEDDING

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.  

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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.

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#3 CHAIR CUSHIONS

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. 

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Or add them to outdoor dining chairs, chaise lounge chairs, and counter stools to provide extra comfort for outdoor entertaining.  

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#4 THROW BLANKETS & THROW PILLOWS

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.

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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.

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#5 WALLS 

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. 

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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.

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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?

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Holiday navy and white wall accents are another option when adding blue to your wall decor. 

Try these diy buffalo check ornaments or diy embroidery hoops snowman for Christmas decorating this year.

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HERE ARE 14 WAYS TO DECORATE WITH BLUE (6-10)

#6 LIGHTING 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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#7 UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE 

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!!

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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!! 

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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.

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#8 DINNERWARE 

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.

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Set the blue dishes up with your blue and white table linens for a cohesive look, when planning a family gathering.

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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!

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#9 ACCESSORIES & MISCELLANEOUS

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. 

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You have probably noticed these other two throughout this post – love them!!  The rope just adds the perfect coastal touch.

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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. 

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Even my honey likes it, so I knew it was a winner!

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#10 FLOOR 

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.

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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.

*Try here to add blue signs to the hanging white wreaths you see. 

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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.


HERE ARE 14 WAYS TO DECORATE WITH BLUE (11-14)

 WITH PAINT

#11 PAINTED WALLS

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.

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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.

Click here for My House Paint Colors:  House Of Blues.

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#12 CABINETS

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.

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#13 FURNITURE

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.

Here is our entry console table, painted a smoky blue.  Click here for tutorial.   Love Round Mirrors, click here and here.

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#14 ACCESSORIES

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.

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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! 

Have a Great Weekend!  Love & Hugs 🙂

If you would like more information on a particular picture, just click on the picture or link (source) under each picture to take you to the post.

Some of the Posts Used in this Article: 

Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red

Home Tour:  Summer Dining room

Fall Home Tour 2018

9 Holiday Table Decorating Tricks:  Using What You Have

Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom

5 Secrets Fall Decorating

Spring Home Tour 2019

9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space

Fall to Christmas Decorating:  3 Easy Tips

How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel:  Tips & Ideas

10 Ways to Add Color to Your Entry

Hurricane Harvey Flooded:  House Makeover (Part)

Adding A Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room

44 Adorable Wallpaper Ideas (Part 2)

DIY Buffalo Check Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

Master Bed Frame Makeover:  Painted White

My Easter Tablescape:  Blue + Yellow

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space

Now that spring is here and we are finally getting some gorgeous weather, I knew it was time to direct my full attention towards the outdoor patio area.  It has been a disaster – and I mean that literally- thank you Hurricane Harvey!!  We are almost 2 years out from the flood, and still working on things.  The good news – is that we were able to save most of our outdoor furniture.  Bad news – let’s just say that everything else needed an update or floated away!!  So, since that’s what I have been working on for the last month, I thought it would be a perfect time to share those tips with you.  9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space.

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9 AFFORDABLE WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE 

Just wanted to say that taking pictures of our outdoor patio area was like taking my 2 girls to a photo shoot when they were 2 and 3 years old – cra-ZEE!!!  Some days it was too sunny, or too rainy, and then too cloudy, or a little too windy – LOL!!

And just when I thought I had the perfect picture, I’d get to my computer only to realize that the TRAMPOLINE was peeking out somewhere – ugh!! – even after I had already moved it out of the way!!  Just keeping it REAL ladies 😉

OK – let’s get to it!!


9 AFFORDABLE WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

*** I have provided links to some of the items that I used in our patio makeover, but will continue to add more as I find them.  Some of our items were purchased from Home Goods and Tuesday Morning, and do not have direct links.  So, I chose items (links) that are similar, or would work with our colors.  Thnx 🙂 ***

*Pictures of items are included at the end of post if you need them.*

9 AFFORDABLE WAYS:

  1. Chaise Lounge Chair Cushions – Striped Chair Cushion, Option 2
  2.  Bar Stool Cushions  (18.5×15.5×3)- Striped Cushion, Option 2
  3.  Dining Chair Cushions (20x20x3) – similar 1similar 2, similar 3, similar 4
  4.  Throw Pillows – similar 1, similar 2, similar 3, similar 4, orange 1, orange 2, orange 3, orange 4
  5.  Plants/Planters – resin terra cotta 1, resin 2, resin 3, *LARGE terra cotta pot*, SMALL dark blue planter, LARGE blue pot
  6.  Accent Tables/Ottomans – Table – option 1, option 2, Ottoman – blue/orange
  7.  Rugs – Navy/Ivory, Blue/Gray
  8.  Add Lights
  9.  Umbrellas – w/lights, without lights, umbrella stand

*LARGE terra cot pot- is smaller size than the one I have – just wanted to give you a heads up *

***  Remember, you don’t have to get everything in one year.  Choose a couple of items to update for one summer, and then work on the other items the following year. 

If you choose more classic styles for some of your larger items (like chair cushions), you will be able to use them for a longer period of time.  That way you can change out the smaller items (like throw pillows) more frequently. ***


9 AFFORDABLE WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE 

#1 – CHAISE LOUNGE CHAIR CUSHIONS

Updating your pool lounge chair cushions is one of the easiest ways to give new life to your backyard patio, without breaking the bank. 

Choose colors and patterns that are more classic in style, and keep them stored or covered to prolong their life.

***NOTE*** They are a little pricier than some of the other cushions (that you can change out annually), so pick a style that you can live with for 5 or so years.   

I chose a two-toned blue, striped pattern for mine to keep it somewhat classic.

 

 

 


#2 – BAR STOOL CUSHIONS

As you can tell from the pictures, I chose the same pattern/style for our bar stool cushions also.   We have several different outdoor living spaces in our backyard, and I wanted some of the cushions to match exactly.  Since our bar stools have smaller seats than our dining chairs, these cushions were also the perfect size.

SIDEBAR – We have had these metal swivel bar stools and matching chaise lounge chairs for about 8 years.  They DO need a little spray paint update (happening soon), and some WD-40 from time to time, but they still work great. Plus, we love that they swivel.   I know that outdoor styles have changed a lot since we bought them, but if it aint’ broke…… ;).

 

 

 


#3 – DINING CHAIR CUSHIONS

Changing out your dining chair cushions is another affordable way to update your outdoor space.  There are a ton of different options out there now, not only in color, but in size, shape, and seat height. 

Of course, the nicer (or thicker) the cushion is, the more expensive it will be.  Also, the ones sold as a seat and back (all-in-one) style tend to get pricey as well!!

For mine, I chose a navy global print to coordinate with the other blue chaise lounge and bar stool cushions that I am using.  This helps the look from getting too matchy-matchy, and also helps add a little personality to the mix.   

***TIP*** I chose a 2″ thick (versus a 3″ or 4″ thick) cushion to keep the cost down.

***TIP *** Since these cushions were sold in a pack of 4, I can also use the 2 leftover cushions as seat “backs” in the 2 captain chairs!  I just tied them onto the top of the chair, and now I have 2 for the price of one – even better!!  See last 2 pictures.

 

 

 

 

 


#4 – THROW PILLOWS

Adding throw pillows is obviously the most affordable way to update your outdoor patio, and to add some color.  I know people are using indoor pillows now on their outdoor furniture, but just be careful with this. 

I have done it also, but they CAN bleed onto your outdoor cushions (& may be difficult to get out).

***TIP*** If using indoor pillows, or even indoor/outdoor pillows – then try to use them under covered patio areas and keep them out of water/rain. 

Also, try to store all pillows (even outdoor pillows) in outdoor storage containers to prolong life.

 

 

 

 

 

 


#5 – PLANTS/PLANTERS

Adding plants to your outdoor living space is a must – in updating your patio.  Now, I know they can tend to get pricey, but just be smart with your planting…….plans – LOL!

***TIP***  To save money, buy smaller plants and plant them yourself (instead of buying bigger plants already potted).  Also, stick to 2 or 3 colors when picking flowers to make the biggest impact.   

And place them in multiple groups (like 2 or more planters) to add more color depth.

I chose hot pink shades (Dipladenia) and also coral shades (New Guinea Impatiens) for mine this year.  Now, I’m not saying that I won’t throw a lavender or yellow into this mix. 

But these 2 “pops” of color will set up my foundation (or grounding) for all of my cushion colors and other plants.

***NOTE*** Tutorial on painting tops of terra pots navy IS READY!  DIY PAINTED FLOWER POT TUTORIAL:  BLUE TOP.  See Picture Below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top to learn how to paint planters blue.


#6 – ACCENT TABLES

Use smaller accent tables to breathe new life into your outdoor patio decor.  Sometimes just a “fresh” color, or freshly painted color helps to lighten darker patio seating areas.  Of course, you can always paint an older table yourself to give it a fresh update.

***TIP***  Use smaller ottomans or larger ottomans to double as extra end tables and coffee tables.  Our tan sectional came with a small dining table and included 2 ottomans.  We can use the 2 ottomans as foot rests, extra seating, and as end tables to the sectional if needed.

Our blue sectional came with a larger, round ottoman that also doubles as a coffee table.  We can use it too as a foot rest, extra seating, or as an accent table.

 

 

 

 

 


#7 – RUGS

OK – so outdoor rugs have DEFINITELY gotten expensive, but not the ones that I found.  They are the newer type of outdoor rugs that are made out of a woven material (polypropylene) from World Market.  I have to say I was leary at first to try this type of rug out (they look like a shinier plastic material) – but we love them!  And they are reversible – even better.

So, I have one of the rugs under the dining table with the navy showing, and the other one under the covered patio with the ivory color showing.    Then, I have the ivory (blue) side (different pattern) showing under our blue sectional area.  And the price – $39.99 for one 6′ x 9’……  uh – YES please!!  I’ll take 3 thank you!!

 

 

 


#8 – ADD LIGHTS

If you are looking to add a little ambiance to your backyard space, then hanging some string lights is the way to go!!  I don’t know exactly how to describe the mood they create, but maybe close to being at a rustic barn wedding type of atmosphere.   They just give off a relaxed, casual, take off your shoes and have some fun feeling!  Love it!!

I added these lights to our garage and outdoor kitchen area for my oldest daughter’s homecoming party.   I set up a long serving table under the lights, and then decorated the table and wall with their school colors.

They really loved the lights – and that says a lot – since teenagers really don’t like ANYTHING their parents do – LOL!!

 

 

 


#9 – UMBRELLAS

Remember how I suggested doing a little improvement at a time…..well the umbrella “update” will have to wait until next year for me also.  At some point,  replacing our fallen fence – became a LITTLE more important than finishing all of my patio updates this year!  And I gotta leave some things out –  to do for next summer – right?

Plus, this umbrella works just fine, and the color still works with all of the other shades of blue.   ***TIP*** Don’t forget to store your umbrella indoors when you’re not using it!  They will fade (like mine), so try to make it last for several years by keeping it covered.

 

 

 

Hope you found some helpful tips and inspirations to get your outdoor patio makeover or backyard update underway!  Have a wonderful summer everyone!

LOVE & SUNSHINE HUGS!!  🙂

If you’re looking for spring inspirations, try:

31 Cheerful & Colorful Spring Wreaths

Spring Home Tour 2019

10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials

DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top

14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas 

If you’re looking for more outdoor inspiration, try:

DIY Spray Painting Wrought Iron Fence Tutorial

Our New Front Door Reveal:  Summer Front Porch

4 Adorable Summer Front Porch Styles To Try

33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations

33 Best Outdoor Seating Options All Under $500

Painting Garage Doors Tutorial

Best DIY Front Yard Landscaping Ideas:  On a Budget

Trimming Hedges & Shrubs:  Yard Work 101


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10 Ways to Add Color To Your Entry

So, if you’re ever read any of my posts, you’ll notice that I love color.  Let me try that again…..I actually NEED color.  I have tried to mimic the adorable black and white “farmhouse look”, and have attempted to live with the sophisticated “neutrals” look – but I just can’t do it!  So, here are 10 Ways to Add Color To Your Entry (Foyer).

Color does personally affect my mood, and changes the way I feel – every. single. day!!  If you are one of those same kind of people, or just really want to try “color” out, then keep reading!  

***NOTE *** This post contains affiliate links which means that I will receive a small compensation if you purchase something from these links.  Please see my privacy and disclosure policies below.  Thanks for your support 🙂 ***

***Spring Home Tour 2019, 31 Cheerful & Colorful Spring Wreaths, and 14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas – are NOW READY…..***

Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Yellow Striped Throw Blanket


10 WAYS TO ADD COLOR TO YOUR ENTRY 

Here is the list of 10 items that I recommend for adding some color to your entryway this year.  Don’t be afraid – lol!!  Try out a couple of items first, and see how adding color makes you feel

You can always add more if want to go bold, or you can use lighter colors if you want a softer look.  Just remember, it’s your home so have some fun with it!

Just because we have all been living with neutral gray rooms and neutral beige rooms, doesn’t meant we can’t inject color into these existing color palettes.

***TIP***  You can use these tips to add color to any neutral room or monochromatic room in your house.  They are affordable, will help incorporate “pops of color,” and are easy ways to add color without painting!!  Even Better!

LIST:  

  1.  Throw Pillows
  2.  Throw Blankets
  3.  Benches
  4.  Console Tables
  5.  Flowers/Wreaths
  6.  Baskets
  7.  Wall Decor
  8.  Lamps/Lamp Shades
  9.  Rugs
  10.  Decor Accessories/Accents

10 WAYS TO ADD COLOR TO YOUR ENTRY 

#1 – THROW PILLOWS

Adding throw pillows is the easiest way to incorporate color into your entry.  Toss the pillows onto a bench, tuck them in a basket, display them under a console table, or even use them as a welcome message. 

Stick with 2 to 3 colors for a clean look, or use an assortment of colors (with same depth) for a boho look.

Click here for:  White with blue circles Lumbar Pillow, Aloha Pineapple Pillow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for:  White with blue circles Lumbar Pillow, Aloha Pineapple Pillow


#2 – THROW BLANKETS

Using throw blankets is another easy way to add a splash of color to your foyer.  Drape them onto an entry bench, tuck them into a basket under a console, or display them on a farmhouse ladder. 

Throw blankets are easy to change out from season to season, are budget-friendly, and add a little “warmth” (texture) to your vignette.

Click here for yellow stripe throw blanket.

The last picture (below) is from our living room.  To see more of that post click Opening Up Kitchen Walls to Living Room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Click here for: Yellow Stripe Throw Blanket.


#3 – BENCHES

Use an upholstered bench or painted wooden bench to add color to your entryway.  Who doesn’t love a cute bench these days – right?  They are basically now a staple in home decorating because of their versatility and functionality.

Add toss pillows or throw blankets (like already mentioned), put baskets underneath it for storage, or buy a storage bench – that has hidden storage built-in. 

I’m showing 4 ways to use the entry bench –  layering on the color one step at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for:  Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Aloha Pineapple Pillow, Yellow Striped Throw Blanket


#4 – CONSOLE TABLES

Paint an existing console table ( my tutorial click here ) a neutral shade to blend with other hues in the same color scheme, or go bold if you want the entry table to be a feature piece. 

I painted my entry table a deep smoky blue color with gray undertones to keep it more neutral, and to add depth/dimension to my color palette.   

This helps me to decorate with a monochromatic blue color scheme, while using yellow as my accent color.

***TIP***  Use a white or black console table as “your color” in the entry as well.  These 2 colors will also help with adding contrast to other colors (even though they read as neutrals).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#5 – FLOWERS/WREATHS

I absolutely LOVE flowers, especially at spring and summer time!!  So, I tend to go a LITTLE overboard – lol!! 

I know in the past the big thing was to go with “fresh flowers”- but they tend to get expensive- quickly.  Silk flowers have come a long way in the last 5 years or so.  It’s very difficult now to tell the difference between fresh and artificial flowers.

Add large or long stems for big impact, and use smaller blooms or bushels for soft accents.  Put flowers in vases, hang them in mason jars on the wall, or use wreaths. 

You can also tuck them in baskets or let the petals casually fall on a tray…..let your creativity go wild.  If it makes you happy – then it’s ok!!

The last 2 pictures are from our 1) fall foyer – click Fall Home Tour 2018 and 2) Easter decor – click My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow if you want to read more about those posts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#6 – BASKETS

Adding baskets is a great way to incorporate color, pattern, texture and function!!  Win- win!!  Use neutral shades to ground your color palette, or punch up your color a notch by using colored baskets.

***TIP***  Even a straw-colored “neutral” basket actually reads like a color.  It will pick up tans, yellows, wheat-color, or even gold tones.  And the farmhouse baskets….they have gray undertones.  So they can read as blues, grays, charcoal, or greige.

***TIP*** If you have some older baskets at home that you no longer care for, or they have gotten a little worn out – paint them!!  I painted the basket under the blue console table (below) white to hide some of the areas that had faded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for:  Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Aloha Pineapple Pillow, Yellow Striped Throw Blanket


#7 – WALL DECOR

Use wall art to add pops of color to your entry, and to add interest.  It’s kind of like the chicken before the egg thing – do you pick your wall decor first, and then find coordinating accents colors.  Or do you find your accent colors first, and then hope to find similar colors in your art piece.

Normally, you would pick your artwork first, and then pull colors out of the piece to work with.  But if you like to use two main colors (like blue and white) with one accent pop of color (yellow), then you can find artwork in either of these colors.

***TIP***  Use a mirror to showcase something on the opposite wall, as your accent color (see 3rd picture below).  The bottom black mirror is at a perfect angle to see my throw pillows on our bench.

The last picture is from our master bedroom.  Click Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom to see that post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#8 – LAMPS/LAMP SHADES

I know that lamps and lamp shades are not the first items that come to mind when thinking of adding color to your entry vignette.  But they are one of the easiest ways to add contrast to an existing color palette, or to actually add the “pop” of color to a more neutral color palette.

I personally have a love affair with lamps, so I do go a little cra-zee with them.  I don’t really follow any rules (or trends) too much with lamps/ shades either.  If I like it – I use it 🙂

My favorite lamp bases tend to have antique shapes, and my lamp shades tend to be bold.  Just gotta roll with who you are, and use things that make you smile!!

Related posts for pictures below:  Fall Home Tour 2018, Setting a Fall Table, Opening up Kitchen Walls, Master Bed Frame Makeover – Painted White.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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# 9 – RUGS

Adding rugs (with color) is definitely one of my absolute favorite ways to add personality to an entryway.  Rugs actually set the tone of your home, and give your guests an idea of how your home life runs.   Are you more formal, casual, or playful?

I tend to choose rugs that are a color + white:  1) blue and white, 2) gray and white, 3) seafoam and white are some of mine.  This style of colorful rug choice, helps me to “pop” other accent colors out without too much effort.

This style also allows me to play with the accent hues:  1) bright yellow vs. mustard yellow, 2) dark teal blue vs. sea glass blue, 3) deep coral pink vs. rose pink.

The last 2 pictures are from other posts:  Click Hurricane Harvey Flooded House Makeover or My House Paint Colors:  House of Blues to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#10 – DECOR ACCESSORIES/ACCENTS

Using decorative accents is of course the most obvious way to add color to your entry.  You can try colorful vases, books, trays, candles/candle sticks,  fill lanterns with colorful items, picture frames, or your favorite accessories (like my pineapple – lol)!!  And yes, I know that it is white – but it “pops” off my blue console table…..so it reads as a color.

***TIP*** Try to use home decor accents that are in one or 2 colors only .  This helps create a more unified or cohesive”look,” and keeps your console table from looking busy.

***TIP*** Don’t forget to incorporate items that represent you and your family.  Remember that your home tells YOUR story, shares YOUR memories, welcomes YOUR guests. 🙂

The last picture is from another post.  Click  Fall To Christmas Decorating:  3 Easy Tips to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hope you found some new inspiration, and will try out a couple of the ways to add some color to your home.  If you had to pick a favorite from the list, which one would it be? 

Shoot me some pictures of your new colorful entry – I’d love to see how it turns out!

LOVE all things blue?  Try 14 Ways to Decorate with Blue:  For Every Room & Budget.

Happy Spring and Summer Everyone!!

Love & Colorful Hugs 🙂

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*** Looking for back to school inspiration?  Try Top 10 Best Desks for Students (under $150).  More posts coming soon 🙂 ***

 

 

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15 BEST Round Mirrors

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.


15 BEST ROUND MIRRORS

As you go through the inspiration pictures, here are some things to consider.

Mirror Styles:

  • big or small
  • simplistic or bold  (unusual or unique)
  • over wallpaper or tile
  • hanging with rope, leather, or from the ceiling

Mirror Materials:

  • metal
  • wood
  • plastic

Mirror Quantity:

  • single
  • double
  • multiple

Whatever your style, your budget, or room you want to use it……there IS a Round Mirror For You!!


Here are the 15 BEST ROUND MIRRORS

#1 – Entry Show Stopper

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.

Grey dresser, round mirror, vase with greenery, tabletop styling Studio McGee || Friday Inspiration: Our Top Pinned Images This Week
NO. 1 source: ladolcevitablog.com via studio-mcgee

#2 – Black Beauty

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!

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NO. 2 source: homeyohmy.com

#3 Cottage Cozy

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.

35 Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 2)
NO.3  source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

#4 Golden Goddess

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.

// thoughts on things // check this tiny boho retreat
NO. 4  source: amberinteriordesign.com

#5 Double Dose

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.

The master bedroom’s closet was transformed into a private master bathroom, since the previous floor plan provided only one bathroom upstairs. We added a large, spacious shower with carrara marble tile, carrara marble countertops, shiplap for dimension, built-in shelving, new fixtures and hardware. The original hardwood floors were also able to be saved in this space, so they were refinished and looked good as new.
NO. 5  source: magnoliahomes.net

#6 Coastal Waves

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.

hamptons mansion - love the textured dark blue wallpaper in the powder room with white vanity and marble top
NO. 6  source: hamptons-magazine.com

#7 Distressed in the Dining Room

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.

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NO. 7  source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

#8 Good Morning Sunshine

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.

This entryway packs a punch with pops of bold yellow and a patterned wall. The wallpaper accent wall peeks through at the end of the room for a perfect dose of pattern and the yellow in the design matches the color of the door. The console table serves as a dropping zone for small objects with a basket underneath to stores other necessary items.
NO. 8  source: bhg.com

#9 Bamboo Beauty

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.

29 Fabulous Wallpaper Ideas to Try for Your Powder Bathroom
NO. 9  source: deringhall.com

#10 California Coastal

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.

Fresh olive branches bring this sweet + simple dresser vignette to life More #projectcostamesa photos coming to a feed near you soon! // @chadmellon
N0. 10  source: instagram.com (blackband design)

#11 Nautical Rope Style

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.

Beach Style Powder Room Design
NO. 11  source: dwellingdecor.com

#12 Suspended from the Ceiling

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 😉

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NO. 12  source: hoteltheserrabarcelona.com

#13 Champagne Shimmer

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.

framed mirrors on tiled wall, like the towel storage unde the vanity a lot.
NO. 13  source: viewalongtheway.com

#14 Modern Farmhouse

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!

30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 1)
NO. 14  source: ccandmike.com

#15 Simply Stunning

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.  

Gorgeous feminine all-white bathroom with brass fixtures and pretty pink roses. Perfection!
NO. 15  source: laurenconrad.com

 

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!  

Looking to shop round mirrors, click 15 Top-Rated Round Mirrors:  Find Your Style.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!! 

LOVE & HUGS:)

Want More Decorating Inspiration, click:

3 Key Elements:  Coastal Cottage Living Room

Smoky blue console table makeover

Distressed round mirror tutorial

Home Tour:  Summer Dining Room

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