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Paint Ideas for Your Kids Room?

Paint Ideas for Your Kids Room

Decorating a kid’s bedroom is like having playtime yourself. It is a fun process because you don’t have to follow any strict design rules.

There are several fun and easy painting ideas for kids’ rooms that anyone can do. You can either hire professionals to do the task or just do it on your own. This article provides some tips and ideas for your kid’s bedroom that will easily transform its look and feel.

If you decide to do a basic solid color theme for your kid’s room, there are many fun and exciting colors beyond the norm.  The trick is to use them in moderation, so they add to the overall design of the room versus overpowering it.   You can also choose paints that create the illusion of different textures like velvet. Magnetic paint is another option that allows magnets to stick to the wall, which provides hours of fun.

Painting murals onto the walls of the room is another great option. You can usually have an amateur artist paint your desired scene at a reasonable price.  Or, if you feel confident in your artistic skills, you can even do it yourself or use stencils to help guide you.  Murals can dramatically change the look and feel of a bedroom and can easily turn it into a fantasy world.

On other hand, you can also choose a certain theme that your kid is interested in.  Picking a theme can make it easier for you to figure out exactly what you are looking for when it comes to colors, bedding, window treatments, etc.  It will give you a clear picture of how you want to paint the room and what colors you will want to use. Animal themes are always great because they offer a wide range of sub-styles to choose from.  Other popular themes are sports for boys and princesses for girls.

Approach decorating your kid’s room with the mindset of a child.  Let loose and have fun and even let your  child assist you with some of the work.  It will give them an even greater sense of pride in the finished result and will provide you with fun, quality time together.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Safety Tips for Entertaining at Home

Safety Tips for Entertaining at Home

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year when it comes to home entertaining. Friends and loved ones visit frequently and may even stay for a night or two. If you are planning on hosting guests this year, evaluate the overall safety of your home to ensure that everyone has a safe, enjoyable visit.

Below are some useful tips for keeping your home safe for entertaining:

  • Check and organize your electronics and their cords. The last thing you want during a party is for kids to be playing with electric cords or someone tripping over wires or your electronic devices. Organize them so they do not get in the way.
  • Childproof your home. Always expect someone to bring their kids. In preparation for that, make sure that cabinets are secured, sharp corners are minimized if possible, and any toxic cleaners or potentially hazardous materials are out of reach.
  • Manage your home well with safety zones. Plan where to entertain all of your guests and when and where to let them into other parts of the house. For example, you can set the living room as the primary area where all of your guests can gather and invite only a few into the kitchen while you cook.
  • Think of safety outside your home. Is your pathway from your gate to your door well lit? Is it free from obstructions, such as piles of leaves or disorganized flower pots? Are there slippery areas in the path? Consider these safety precautions in advance, so you minimize the risk of anyone falling and injuring themselves.
  • Prepare your emergency tools. Make sure your smoke alarm is working. Have towels, rags, and other cleaning items ready in case of spills or other messes. Have a first aid kit on hand as well.
  • Keep your home well lit and well ventilated for your guests. Add more lights in dark areas and make sure that the heater is on a temperature that will allow people to feel comfortable.
  • Never leave the kitchen when you are cooking. There is no point in risking starting a fire with an unattended pot just because you want to hear a story that someone is telling. Your guests will understand if you are still in kitchen.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Decorating Walls with Molding

Decorating Walls with Molding

There are many ways to decorate and improve your home’s interior walls. You may paint them with a refreshing color or adorn them with creative pieces like paintings or other decor. Another way to create impact and add character to otherwise plain and boring walls is to add molding.  Molding is a decorative strip of material with a multi-dimensional pattern that is used to cover transitional areas between surfaces, such as between walls and ceilings or floors.

When considering using molding on your walls, you first have to decide on the style you want, so you can determine how much molding will be needed, what type of profile will be most suitable, and which materials are best for the style you want. You can also consider supplemental adornments to go with your molding, such as panel boards, which add a dramatic statement to your walls. Boarded up paneling that is installed from floor to ceiling creates a classic cottage-style look. If you want to create a contemporary vibe in certain areas of the house, you can use chunky boards placed horizontally on the walls paired with simple white molding. Another way to use panel boards is wainscoting, which covers only part of the wall.

If you want a more elegant look on your walls, you can incorporate the picture-framing technique whereby you apply narrow strips of molding along the walls to evoke panels. You can determine the frame size depending on the available space, but keep the spacing between frames equal and the edges aligned to create a clean effect.

No matter what style you incorporate into your walls, be sure that you are aware of the basics of working with molding, especially if you want to install it yourself. If you’re not sure if you can handle the job yourself, hire a professional to make sure that the project is done properly and with good results.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Choosing and Installing Wallpaper

Choosing and Installing Wallpaper

Decorating with wallpaper allows you to add more artistic and imaginative dimension to your walls. When imperfections are visible on your walls, wallpaper can also cover them up better than paint. Though it is a great addition to any home, installing wallpaper is a bit of a process, so before you begin hanging anything, be sure you take your time during the planning stages to be sure you choose a style that truly fits what you want.

Many different wallpaper types, patterns, and colors are available. In fact, there are so many options out there that you can find a wide range of possibilities regardless of your budget. If you’re considering adding wallpaper to your bathroom or kitchen, vinyl is very tough and perfect for those rooms because it can be scrubbed and cleaned and will not hold stains. When dealing with colors, select wallpaper that matches your personal preferences and overall design theme.  You can mix and match colors and textures as long as you choose options that complement each other and blend together nicely.

When it is time to install your wallpaper, the first thing you must do is prepare your walls.   Remove old wallpaper, smooth the walls, prime them with paint, and fill any cracks or holes. If you do not address bumps and gaps ahead of time, they will show through the paper and may even complicate the installation process. Also make sure that the wall is dry and clean to avoid damaging the stickiness of the wallpaper paste.

To ensure straight positioning, divide the wall into sections. Mark the divisions with a pencil and measure the dimensions of each section so that you will know how much wallpaper you will need. Cut the paper to the appropriate size, but add a few extra inches to the original measurements to ensure that there are no gaps in the patterns or blank spaces left on the wall.  Apply glue to each section and affix it to the wall.  If you are using wallpaper with self-adhesive backing, just peel back the wax paper inch by inch. Remove any air bubbles by pressing the paper firmly against the wall. Once the whole wall is covered, remove hand stains by going over the paper with a damp cloth, followed by a dry one.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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How to Create a Beautiful Design for Your Hallway

How to Create a Beautiful Design for Your Hallway

Hallways tend to be the most neglected part of your home when it comes to decorating. You probably tend to put your nicest furniture and fixtures in your living room, bedroom, and kitchen, leaving your hallway relatively empty and bare. How do you transform your boring hallway into a beautiful design feature?

There are actually many ways you can renew your hallway and give it a fresh look.

  1. Start by selecting a great color. People pass through hallways quickly, so you can opt for bolder hues. Since hallways are visible from multiple rooms, however, just be sure you choose a color that complements and coordinates with your other color schemes.
  2. Use wall hangings. The entire atmosphere of your hallway can be instantly changed by hanging a unique piece of wall decor. You can also create a collage of family pictures or arrange a series of themed images.  Just make sure that the size of your wall decor is proportionate to the space.
  3. Add a small table. If there is enough space in your hallways to add a small table and still be able to pass through easily, it can serve as a beautiful design feature. You can then top it with a beautiful piece of art or a vase with flowers on it to add a touch of depth to the area.
  4. Put a runner in your hallway. A runner adds visual depth and immediately enhances the look of a hallway.  You can choose from different widths and designs to add texture and color to the space.
  5. Add a light fixture. Hallways are a perfect place to add interesting light fixtures.  Since there is very little in your hallway to serve as a distraction, you can add a statement piece to create an interesting focal point.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Picking the Right Type of Garage Door

Picking the Right Type of Garage Door

In order to contribute to the value of your home, you should choose a garage door that is practical and, at the same time, attractive.   There are different types of garage doors that are available on the hardware market these days, so you are sure to find something that fits your style and needs. They are Canopy Side, Retractable, Roller, and Side Hinge Doors.

  1. Canopy Side. The canopy door swings outward as it opens and slides upward into the ceiling of the garage, leaving about one-third of the door jutting out from the garage. The advantage of this type of door is that it takes up less room inside the garage than other options.
  2. Retractable. When opened, a significant part of the door swings outwards and slides away into the ceiling of the garage. If you prefer to automate your door with an electric opener, this type of door is the easiest and most suitable to utilize.
  3. Roller. This type rolls up into the garage ceiling. No door frame is required and it saves a lot of garage space.
  4. Side Hinge Doors. This is a conventional style whereby the doors swing out to the sides.  The outer part of the garage should be cleared in order to completely open the door.

The major concern when choosing your garage door is the type of material that will be used. You need to consider the style of your home and how insulated you want your garage to be.  This also provides you with the opportunity to have unique features, such as windows and a heated garage. The three main materials that are used in the construction of doors are steel, wood, and fiberglass.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Increase Kitchen Efficiency by Using Small Appliances

Increase Kitchen Efficiency by Using Small Appliances

Modern kitchen appliances make our lives more convenient. Whenever we have limited time to prepare a meal, we can always pop something into the microwave.  Ovens are essential when preparing big meals for holidays and for special occasions. And, of course, a refrigerator is a must for storing food and keeping everything fresh.

Though people tend to be drawn to big kitchen appliances, it’s good to remember how effective small appliances are as well. Toasters, coffeemakers, food processors, and blenders are also very helpful when it comes to keeping our kitchen functional and efficient.

What are some of the benefits of small appliances?

  1. Kitchen Organization – Small appliances are easy to store and do not require any floor space. You do, however, need to have enough counter space to use them. If you do not have room on your counters to keep them out all the time, tuck them away inside your kitchen cabinets or under the kitchen island.
  2. Time Efficiency – There is more time to spare if you have a coffeemaker making coffee for you in the morning while you’re getting dressed. You can heat your bread in a toaster while you prepare your things for work. Small appliances enable multi-tasking.
  3. Reduced Effort – You don’t have to chop as may fruits and vegetables when you’re preparing meals if you have a blender or a food processor around. They are also great for making purees and sauces, so you can be more in control of the ingredients in your food.
  4. Ease of Use – Small appliances are simple machines that do not need a lot of upkeep. Most of these appliances need only a plug-and-push mechanism in order to work. This makes kitchen processes much more convenient for you.

Small appliances can offer a number of advantages in your kitchen. They are also available at a reasonable price.  Choose appliances that meet your needs, so you can be more efficient in your kitchen.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Six Ways to Arrange Your Living Room Furniture

Six Ways to Arrange Your Living Room Furniture

The living room is a special space in your home, as it is where your family gathers and where you entertain guests.  It is also a great place to showcase nice furniture and your decorating style, so the way you arrange the room is important from both design and functionality perspectives.

Knowing where to start with your living room furniture arrangement, however, can sometimes be a difficult challenge, especially if you are dealing with small or unusually-shaped rooms.  So, below are some tips to consider when arranging your living room:

  1. Empty your living room as much as possible. The first thing you should do is remove all the small pieces, such as lamps, rugs, and decor items, into another room, so you can start with a blank slate. For heavy furniture that may be difficult to remove from the room, simply concentrate it in one area.
  2. Take measurements of every detail in your living room. Measure your walls, doors, windows, and the location of your electrical outlets and heating vents to know where to properly place your furniture. This will help you avoid blocking functional elements of the room.
  3. Establish a focal point and place the furniture around it. You can use any existing feature in your room as a focal point, such as a window or the fireplace. Placing a television in a certain area is another great way of establishing a focal point.
  4. Consider traffic flow. Place at least two to three feet of open space between furniture pieces. Ensure that there is sufficient walking space around the room and space for people to adjust their positioning without disturbing other people around them.
  5. Set up chairs properly. Chairs should be set up 7 to 8 feet away from each other to provide enough space for conversation. Coffee tables and end tables should also be positioned in a way that they can easily be accessed by people sitting in the chairs.
  6. Achieve a balanced furniture formation. Match the look by placing small furniture next to larger pieces. You can alternate the arrangement to add variety to the room.

Decorating your home is not as difficult as it can sometimes seem. Just remember to use your imagination to create something that reflects your style, while still remaining functional.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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7 Ways to Brighten Up a Dark Room

7 Ways to Brighten Up a Dark Room

When you have a room that is surrounded by trees and large plants, a room that has only one window, or a room whose only window is located above eye level, it can make the room feel dark and gloomy.

This situation is every decorator’s challenge, but it doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with a dark, dull room. Here are few tips to help you lighten up your space:

  1. Add a light-colored area rug. Materials with lighter colors reflect more light.  It will also draw your  eyes from darker areas of the room and make the overall space feel more expansive.
  2. Install light fixtures. Install light fixtures that screw into the wall or ceiling, as they have the advantage of operating from wall switches and provide light from above, thus filling more of the room. They also don’t take up floor or table space, which helps reduce the feeling of clutter.
  3. Replace existing bulbs with higher light intensity. CFLs, or Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, have a lower wattage, but higher light output. Experiment with the subtle color variations of bulbs.
  4. Add mirrors. Mirrors have the ability to make a room look larger than it really is. Consider placing a floor-to-ceiling mirror at the end of your room. You can also use vanity mirrors and free standing mirrors to reflect whatever light is available.
  5. Reduce visual clutter. This will make the space feel more expansive because clutter naturally makes a room feel more closed in and dark. Remove items that do not belong to the room and place them in a different part of the house.
  6. Choose light-colored flooring and paint for the ceiling. A light-colored ceiling will give the illusion of height because it will draw your eye up.  You can choose light wood tones for your floors, like natural maple or cherry, which will contribute to a lighter visual throughout the entire room.
  7. Add greenery. Potted plants can add a bright and lively air to a room. Opt for plants that flourish in limited sunlight, such as ferns, snake plants, and flowering bromeliads.

There are always ways to add personality to any room without undergoing major changes.  Try these tips in your dark room and watch as it begins to feel lighter and more cheery.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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How To Clean Your Ceiling

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Cleaning the ceiling is neglected by most every homeowner. Your ceiling can be a home for dead bugs and cobwebs that make it a horrible focal point for people entering your home. This is the reason why dirty ceiling should not be ignored, especially kitchen ceilings that can accumulategrease and dirt from cooking.

Consider these tips below to learn how to better clean a ceiling.

  1. Use vacuum cleaner. It will be the best tools that will help you out in the process of cleaning a ceiling. Try attaching the vacuum hose to the end of some long object such as a broom or stick to reach the ceiling directly. Make sure to vacuum up cobwebs and dust before trying any wet cleaning.
  2. Use high stool and a cloth or a duster. If you do not have a vacuum cleaner or there are stains on the ceilings that cannot be removed by the vacuum cleaner you can use a high stool and a duster with a handle that is long enough to reach the ceiling.
  3. Use a cleanser that doesn’t require rinsing. Using Spic n Span is a great idea. However, you can use ¼ to ½ cup of ammonia to gallon of water in a well-ventilated room; there will be few fumes if the water is lukewarm. Prepare a bucket of warm water in this process to rinse the cleanser that will be left on your floor.
  4. Work the ceiling in small sections.Wash, rinse and dry completely an area before proceeding to a new section to reduce the chances of streaky ceiling. Regularly change water you used for rinsing every time it gets dirty.
  5. Wear goggles and protective clothing. This will protect your skin from strong chemicals or other cleansing products. You can also use a head covering and tape the cuffs of your long-sleeved shirt so nothing will run under the sleeves.

It is an essential necessity to clean your ceiling regularly because without that, even the clean walls would not look clean.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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