How To, Tips, and Advice

If you’re on a budget and would like to save a few bucks (so you can splurge elsewhere), or you’re unsure of how to go about creating the functional and aesthetic home of your dreams, or you simply love the thrill of accomplishment when you do something on your own, Homedit’s How-To section of articles is the ultimate helpful guide. Here are found tips and advice for a variety of home decorating questions and challenges.

A Guide to Mixing Patterns in Your Home

Pattern mixing has become a popular trend in fashion, and it’s a trend that has carried over into home design as well. Mixing patterns in your home can help to give it a more “lived in” feel rather than looking impersonal and straight out of a catalog or window display. But there are some things to consider when mixing patterns and colors so that your rooms don’t end up looking like you just threw a bunch of things together.

Chose a color scheme.

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The first rule about mixing patterns is that there has to be something that brings them all together. Having a specific color scheme can really help your pattern mixing look intentional. If you’re nervous about mixing patterns in your home, going with something simple like black and white can help you ease into it. Then just add pops of another color or two here and there with smaller items.

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How To Incorporate Plates Into Your Interior Designs

From as far back as the 14th century, when Marco Polo first introduced Chinese products to Europe, plates have been sought after and prized items. Indeed, it was not until a couple of hundred years had passed that Europeans started to manufacture their own ceramics. Known with the cover-all term of china, plates, saucers and bowls all became less expensive but the plate, in particular, still retained a high degree of prestige.

In short, plates are not just eating vessels but something to be displayed and venerated. High quality fine china with intricate designs have found a place in home décor as well as high art. Even modernists, such as Picasso, worked extensively with ceramics. So, what are the best ways of incorporating plates, and other forms of ceramics, into the world of home decoration?

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Fun With Red & White Prints: Ideas & Inspiration

We all know black and white is the classic pair, but a red and white duo can give that timeless touch with a bit of extra punch and pizazz. With a nice print, you get the best of both worlds: light, bright, bold and stylish all in one. Classy and contemporary, Victorian and rich, eclectic with outside-the-box flair, there are lots of ways to incorporate fun, red and white prints into the house in big and small ways. Let’s have a look at some real-life versions and hopefully inspire some redecorating!

1. Wild and Fresh.

I’m a big advocate of wallpaper. It’s making a comeback in a big way and with all the new and exciting designs, even just a book of your house should be covered with something fun. Just like this exciting and wild wallpaper meant just for this small, quaint bathroom. Reds and whites are fun and lively when put into small, busy prints so don’t be afraid to go with something this wild. Even if it’s just a small place or an accent wall in the hallway, it’s a great way to show off some personality!

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Clean & Simple Foyers: Ideas and Inspiration

The foyer is the first look, the first impression and the first place to start imagining a home makeover. Since it’s the initial step inside your home for you and any guests stopping by, you want it to express the right words and feelings. And sometimes those words and feelings are chic, sophisticated, clean and simple in the most stylish ways possible. Check out some real-life ideas and inspiration for clean and simple foyers!

1. Colors.

Keep things simple with just a coat of bold paint. Keep it simple by adding a bold color to the foyer while not over accessorizing with accents or furniture pieces. Use crisp whites or blacks to balance out whatever shade you choose and choose just a side table a mirror or slipper chair and framed photo as your simple decor.

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Amping Up the Kid-Friendliness of Your Home

As the mother of four young kids, I’ve found that there is a distinct difference between the inspiring effect of a stylish décor photograph and the implementation of said style into my own space and life. Often, the two (photo and reality) are completely separate. But there are certainly attainable ways to avoid sacrificing style while still encouraging and involving your kids into the space. Things go much smoother, at least in my household, when the needs and natural tendencies of children are considered in the design of our home.

Stone Under Bar Counter.

Not only does putting stone into the kitchen add a great textural element into a space where things tend to be flat and shiny, but it is a fantastic functional decision as well. Having stone installed under a bar counter (or an island or any sit-in counter, for that matter) helps to minimize scuff marks when children sit on stools around the breakfast bar. Painted walls show off scuff marks and chipped paint over (a very short amount of) time, but this stone option will last, and look great, for years.{found on brooksandkendra}.

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How to Use Mint to Spruce up Your Décor

Emerald was named the Pantone Color of 2013, but it has given rise to other vibrant shades of green. One of them is mint. There’s something very fashionable and compelling about using mint green in your home décor. Here are some quick and practical tips for how to bring it home.

The Various Tastes of Mint.

Mint and Chocolate are a Design Treat

Mint is a versatile color when decorating your home. When combined with darker colors, such as chocolate brown, mint can work as a very distinctive shade. When used on its own, such as on all four walls of a room, mint is a refreshing take on passive white.

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Decorating With Nautical Accents: Ideas & Inspiration

Whether your sprucing up for the summertime or you love the year-round feel of being at the beach, nautical accents are a fun way to bring a unique, fun touch to your home. We’re not talking about completely re-designing your bedroom or bathroom for fit this water theme, but instead just adding a few, simple accents to the corners of the house for a fun-loving, stylish vibe. Check out these nautical accents and gather some ideas and inspiration for you to use yourself!

1. Blue & White Stripes.

A subtle way to pay homage to he nautical ways is to use a blue and white stripe pattern. Whether it’s on the walls, linens or even the furniture this is a quintessential sign of this beachy vibe. You don’t even have to add any symbols but rather keep it minimalistic with the pattern! Of course, adding a bit of red can only make it pop even more.

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