Friday, February 28, 2014

DIY Easy Headboards 2014 Stylish Ideas

by Watson Hawkins

This is hard to believe now, but for too many years, the only headboard project we featured on DIYNetwork.com was made from chain-link. It’s still here, with a cult following, even rumored to have been tweeted by an edgy celebrity highlighting, ahem, alternative styling rather than the original design, which was for a boy’s room.
Recent years have seen a sea change in headboard projects, videos, styles and options. And with the upcoming holidays bringing bedrooms and guest rooms into focus, why not take the opportunity to build the headboard you’ve been wanting (or at least steal the look)?

If price is your main concern, but you still want projects that are fun to put together with original styles, then look no further than below, where tree branches, reclaimed wood and even T-shirts can be converted into conversation pieces  explaining why this headboard gallery is also our most popular.

Reclaimed and reused objects are perfect mediums for headboards, where screens, signs and shutters  among other items  can transform into headboards simply by mounting them on the wall.

Practical and chic, there are a number of ideas for headboards that bring a sophisticated feel to a room with materials like fabric, bookshelves and framed artwork.
Bold style statements can be made through rustic painted wood (our most popular headboard how-to), nails and canvas board or bright paint with decals. You can even make a slipcover for an existing headboard, and of course all these headboard projects are easy on your budget.

You'll love these ideas to try in 2014! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you .... Enjoy it !!!!


















Thursday, February 27, 2014

2014 Stylish Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Bathroom lighting can illuminate the darkest spaces or add a subtle, calming sparkle. You'll love these ideas to try in 2014! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you .... Enjoy it !!!!


Crystal Chandelier : Crystal Sconces
In this luxurious bathroom, a crystal chandelier takes center stage, adding glamour and sparkle to the traditional decor.


Antique Sconces : Antique sconces hang above the oversize mirror and add unexpected flair to the light and bright bathroom. The dark finish on the light fixtures adds weight to the room and helps unify the dark legs of the chair and the cabinet hardware. Their position above the vanity also provides task lighting for makeup application and grooming.


Work of Art : The organic shape of this blown glass light fixture works well in the contemporary style bathroom. Modern spaces can feel cold and be full of hard edges, but the round globes on the light fixture and the hand-shape towel hooks in this bathroom add a touch of playfulness.


Candlestick Sconces : Candlestick wall sconces, ornate details, and custom-glazed cabinets are a nod to country French style. Keep in mind that decorative fixtures add flair, but you'll want to ensure that you have another source of light, such as an overhead fixture or recessed lighting, to provide ample illumination for applying makeup and grooming.


Light Tubes : Streamlined tube lights enhance this sleek bath vanity while providing soft light. Try multiple light switches in the bathroom so you can customize the amount of light. Flip one switch to turn on only the overhead lights, and flip the other switch when you need more precise lighting at the vanity.


Lamp Sconces : Classic lamp sconces add to the romantic feel of this 1920s style bathroom. The white shades diffuse the glow of the lightbulbs and help to soften the light.


Old-World Lanterns : The ornate styling of these iron lanterns hanging over the vanity is a work of art. Add the curved architecture of the ceiling and detailed craftsmanship on the vanity and there's no doubt: This small bathroom is fit for royalty.


Indoor-Outdoor Lighting Fixtures : Wall mount lighting fixtures seem to float in this ethereal bathroom. The rounded lights echo curved shapes found elsewhere in the bath and nod to the styling of vintage exterior porch lights.


Layered Lighting : Lighting in a bathroom is paramount, so layering the types of light produces the best results. In this bath, the combination of overhead light from the chandelier, natural light from the windows, and light from the fixtures above the mirrors covers all of the lighting needs.


Crystal Bathroom Lighting : In this elegant bathroom, delicate light fixtures were chosen to interject a counterpoint to weighty cabinetry. A finely detailed crystal chandelier crowns the space, while a trio of sparkly sconces mounted directly on mirrors creates a dazzling show of reflections.


Colored Shades : Add color with the lampshades in your bathroom for an easy and inexpensive way to update the space. Dark-color shades will block a lot of light, so stick to light colors to maximize illumination.


Backlit Beauty : A large mirror framed in onyx is lit from behind, casting a warm glow on the opulent master bathroom.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2014 Amazing Master Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Ready to rest easy in a beautiful bedroom? Find design inspiration from these amazing bedrooms. These spaces are filled with bedroom ideas for every style, each filled with decorating tips and tricks. Whether you crave a serene retreat or a colorful oasis, you'll find plenty of inspiration for your own master bedroom. See how to bring together bedroom furniture, bedding, wall color, and accessories to create the perfect space you'll love.


Consider Comfort : Leap into a beautifully dressed bed, and you'll land squarely in the lap of luxury. Think of a bedstead as a canvas and the linens and pillows as your brushstrokes. Here, silvery gray walls and a velvet-upholstered headboard inspire this marvelous medley of pictorial, animal print, quilted, and patterned pillows showcased on top of a white sheet, turned over a charcoal gray coverlet. Asparagus green touches energize the monochromatic scheme.


Master Bedroom Fireplace : If you're remodeling, install a gas-fueled or wood burning fireplace in a way that allows you to enjoy flickering flames when you're under the sheets, seated in a comfy chair, or soaking in the tub. Though any fireplace is a welcome master bedroom addition, consider setting a hearth near eye-level so it can be seen from the bedroom's every corner and from the adjoining bathroom.


Create Collected Appeal : Every master bedroom should reflect the tastes, lifestyles, and travels of those who occupy the space. So forget matchy matchy masters; bring in things you've gathered over the years to create a haven that fits both of your styles. Make the composition cohesive by repeating metal and wood finishes, colors, and fabric patterns; introduce a variety of shimmering, plush, and woven textiles to keep interest and comfort levels high.


Think Pretty and Practical : Tuck a vintage writing desk or dressing table next to your bed to gain benefits aplenty. Choose a furniture piece that supplies a graceful silhouette, generous storage, and a top that accommodates beauty potions, a bedside lamp, and chic accessories. Move in a stylish seat and a shaggy rug to finely finish your just-for-me preparation station.


Bedroom Storage : Got a yen for streamlined bedrooms equipped with generous storage and display space? Like the idea of an alcove bed? You can have both when you erect a three-sided storage system that protrudes from a wall and creates a central niche. Match the unit's wood and/or finish with the room's doors and woodwork; boost the fabulous factor by upholstering the alcove's back wall with ultra-suede or leather squares.


Color for Master Bedrooms : Hot pink is likely the first thing you notice in this master bedroom. But look a little deeper and you'll see how secondary design elements contribute to the room's overall appeal. Neutral backdrops, including the checked wallpaper, a striped area rug, textural upholstery fabrics, and white bedding, let pinks stand out without disrupting the peace.


Perfectly Blend : Include elements from diverse decorating styles to fashion personality-plus master retreats. Turn the tide on traditional designs by starting with classic bedsteads and drapery panels and adding in fanciful forms like rock-crystal lamp bases and a spiraling glass chandelier. Keep an eye out for progressive pieces like the bench at the end of the bed: The conventional seat takes a fashion-forward step thanks to its leather upholstery and acrylic plastic legs.


Cultivate Calm : Pick a peaceable palette and refined furnishings to fashion a perennially serene scene. Start with an analogous scheme (neighboring hues on the color wheel), such as blue and green. Quietly distribute the soothing shades as wallpaper on an accent wall, painted furniture finishes, and softly colored textiles. Layer in gilded patinas and silvery chandeliers to give the understated design a glamorous lift.


Take a Seat : Sitting areas, whether a hearthside conversation grouping, an adjacent outdoor room, or a reading chair tucked into a corner, turn a bedroom into an all-inclusive getaway. Include stylish upholstered chairs, oversize ottomans, and a coffee or end table for holding books, drinks, and laptop computers or tablets. If possible, anchor the grouping with a rug to immediately define the sitting area and separate it from the sleeping space.


Have a Blast : Create a master bedroom that instigates smiles morning, noon, and night. Fashion a free-thinking boudoir using objects that are both unexpected and utilitarian. Move in woolly ottomans to serve as end-of-the bed benches and hang an attention-grabbing fixture to draw the eye high. Opt for monochromatic backdrops (such as pale pink walls and draperies) that cede center stage to your fab finds.


Relax in Style : Set aside a cozy spot for curling up with bestsellers, magazines, or tablets. Furnish the spot with a comfortable and commodious chair that invites lingering. Add a standing lamp that directs a properly bright reading light over your shoulder and onto the page. Move in an end table to keep drinks, remote controls, and reading materials at hand.


Neutral Bedroom Ideas : This master bedroom limits furnishings and minimizes color to put the focus on the room's finer things. Create easy-on-the-eye elegance by using white or a pale, neutral hue as your primary color. Mix in silver-threaded upholstery fabrics, white chandeliers and lamp shades, mercury glass lamp bases, chic furniture profiles, touches of black, and a single accent color (in this case blue) to direct attention around the room.


Focus Your Attention : Old world patinas, furniture profiles, and fabric patterns fashion elegantly appointed master bedrooms. Relying on a low-key scheme of olive, cream, and gray, this master bedroom captivates thanks to a diverse array of fabrics, finishes, and furnishings that advance a collected outlook. When creating a similar room, use different shades of your main colors and sparingly introduce just one or two new hues to enhance the view.


Reinterpret a Look : Think outside of the box when taking a cue from European bedroom designs. Do like these homeowners did: Create a modern translation of an old-world style. Checks in varying scales, unfussy fabrics, and charming cottage wallpaper emit country French rhythms, but due to the elements' simple lines and refreshing colors the boudoir sports up to the minute appeal.

Monday, February 24, 2014

2014 Stylish Stone Kitchen Countertop Ideas

Stone countertops are durable and versatile. Browse this collection of our favorite materials from high end granite to vintage style soapstone to find the right one to install in your kitchen.

You'll love these ideas to try in 2014! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you .... Enjoy it !!!!


Granite Options : Granite countertops add a rich, natural look to your kitchen. Granite is popular because it provides a virtually maintenance free and scratch , stain , and heat resistant option after it’s been sealed. Plus, it comes in a great variety of color and veining options.


Stone Shopping Tips : Stone naturally varies in color and pattern, so make sure you pick one to coordinate with your kitchen. Try taking a large sample back to your house to see how it fits your space, instead of relying on a small piece. Then double check the exact slab you're buying to guarantee you like the look before you make the purchase.


Simple and Subtle Style : Quartz surfacing makes an ideal countertop for this modern kitchen. The matte, uniform look is simple yet sophisticated, and it's a low maintenance alternative to natural stone. The gray green tint adds subtle color to the room as well.


Muted Texture : This seagrass limestone countertop brings texture and visual interest to the muted color palette of this kitchen. The subtle speckles and veining tie in the light color with the green backsplash.


Soapstone Sophistication : This soapstone countertop beautifully contrasts the crisp white cabinetry and marble backsplash. The combination of dark matte countertops with the sleek white color palette gives the kitchen a sophisticated look.


Popular Quartz : Quartz is probably the most common type of engineered stone countertop. This island is topped with quartz surfacing, which bridges the gap between the light features of the room and the dark stained wood.


Add Color with Stone : Caramel color limestone warms up this white kitchen. This colorful addition to the room is both practical and stylish, and it adds a casual look to the traditional limestone countertop.


Color-Scheme Countertop : The color scheme for this kitchen is based off the granite countertops throughout the room. Dusty lavender and organic brown undertones are speckled in the granite, producing a neutral color scheme with timeless style.


Customizable Concrete : Concrete countertops can be customized to the ideal color and thickness for any kitchen. These countertops were slightly tinted to complement the pine-paneled walls and dark maple floors, giving the room a cohesive look.


Faux Stone : Want to get the stone-countertop look but on a tight budget? Solid surfacing comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and it can give your kitchen the look of more expensive materials like stone for a much lower price.


Glossy Finish : A 3-inch thick black granite countertop is the perfect stone to contrast the back painted glass backsplash. The smooth, glossy finish of the granite transitions almost seamlessly to the backsplash, giving the kitchen a sleek and modern look.


Dark Marble : Marble takes on a darker look in this kitchen. An elegant Pietra del Cardosa marble countertop on the island provides a handsome work space, perfect for quick cleanup after meal preparation. The 2-1/2-inch thick marble matches the profile of the stainless-steel countertops around the perimeter of the room.


Aged Character : Flamed granite countertops have a distinct texture that gives them a timeworn look. This aged character adds to a rugged, country style in the kitchen. The speckles in the stone add texture and variety to a space.


Functional Surface : Black granite countertops provide a simple, solid surface in this kitchen. More colorful, elaborate details are found in the kitchen's slate tile backsplash, so the granite countertops are the perfect subdued countertpoint.

Friday, February 28, 2014

DIY Easy Headboards 2014 Stylish Ideas

by Watson Hawkins

This is hard to believe now, but for too many years, the only headboard project we featured on DIYNetwork.com was made from chain-link. It’s still here, with a cult following, even rumored to have been tweeted by an edgy celebrity highlighting, ahem, alternative styling rather than the original design, which was for a boy’s room.
Recent years have seen a sea change in headboard projects, videos, styles and options. And with the upcoming holidays bringing bedrooms and guest rooms into focus, why not take the opportunity to build the headboard you’ve been wanting (or at least steal the look)?

If price is your main concern, but you still want projects that are fun to put together with original styles, then look no further than below, where tree branches, reclaimed wood and even T-shirts can be converted into conversation pieces  explaining why this headboard gallery is also our most popular.

Reclaimed and reused objects are perfect mediums for headboards, where screens, signs and shutters  among other items  can transform into headboards simply by mounting them on the wall.

Practical and chic, there are a number of ideas for headboards that bring a sophisticated feel to a room with materials like fabric, bookshelves and framed artwork.
Bold style statements can be made through rustic painted wood (our most popular headboard how-to), nails and canvas board or bright paint with decals. You can even make a slipcover for an existing headboard, and of course all these headboard projects are easy on your budget.

You'll love these ideas to try in 2014! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you .... Enjoy it !!!!


















Thursday, February 27, 2014

2014 Stylish Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Bathroom lighting can illuminate the darkest spaces or add a subtle, calming sparkle. You'll love these ideas to try in 2014! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you .... Enjoy it !!!!


Crystal Chandelier : Crystal Sconces
In this luxurious bathroom, a crystal chandelier takes center stage, adding glamour and sparkle to the traditional decor.


Antique Sconces : Antique sconces hang above the oversize mirror and add unexpected flair to the light and bright bathroom. The dark finish on the light fixtures adds weight to the room and helps unify the dark legs of the chair and the cabinet hardware. Their position above the vanity also provides task lighting for makeup application and grooming.


Work of Art : The organic shape of this blown glass light fixture works well in the contemporary style bathroom. Modern spaces can feel cold and be full of hard edges, but the round globes on the light fixture and the hand-shape towel hooks in this bathroom add a touch of playfulness.


Candlestick Sconces : Candlestick wall sconces, ornate details, and custom-glazed cabinets are a nod to country French style. Keep in mind that decorative fixtures add flair, but you'll want to ensure that you have another source of light, such as an overhead fixture or recessed lighting, to provide ample illumination for applying makeup and grooming.


Light Tubes : Streamlined tube lights enhance this sleek bath vanity while providing soft light. Try multiple light switches in the bathroom so you can customize the amount of light. Flip one switch to turn on only the overhead lights, and flip the other switch when you need more precise lighting at the vanity.


Lamp Sconces : Classic lamp sconces add to the romantic feel of this 1920s style bathroom. The white shades diffuse the glow of the lightbulbs and help to soften the light.


Old-World Lanterns : The ornate styling of these iron lanterns hanging over the vanity is a work of art. Add the curved architecture of the ceiling and detailed craftsmanship on the vanity and there's no doubt: This small bathroom is fit for royalty.


Indoor-Outdoor Lighting Fixtures : Wall mount lighting fixtures seem to float in this ethereal bathroom. The rounded lights echo curved shapes found elsewhere in the bath and nod to the styling of vintage exterior porch lights.


Layered Lighting : Lighting in a bathroom is paramount, so layering the types of light produces the best results. In this bath, the combination of overhead light from the chandelier, natural light from the windows, and light from the fixtures above the mirrors covers all of the lighting needs.


Crystal Bathroom Lighting : In this elegant bathroom, delicate light fixtures were chosen to interject a counterpoint to weighty cabinetry. A finely detailed crystal chandelier crowns the space, while a trio of sparkly sconces mounted directly on mirrors creates a dazzling show of reflections.


Colored Shades : Add color with the lampshades in your bathroom for an easy and inexpensive way to update the space. Dark-color shades will block a lot of light, so stick to light colors to maximize illumination.


Backlit Beauty : A large mirror framed in onyx is lit from behind, casting a warm glow on the opulent master bathroom.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2014 Amazing Master Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Ready to rest easy in a beautiful bedroom? Find design inspiration from these amazing bedrooms. These spaces are filled with bedroom ideas for every style, each filled with decorating tips and tricks. Whether you crave a serene retreat or a colorful oasis, you'll find plenty of inspiration for your own master bedroom. See how to bring together bedroom furniture, bedding, wall color, and accessories to create the perfect space you'll love.


Consider Comfort : Leap into a beautifully dressed bed, and you'll land squarely in the lap of luxury. Think of a bedstead as a canvas and the linens and pillows as your brushstrokes. Here, silvery gray walls and a velvet-upholstered headboard inspire this marvelous medley of pictorial, animal print, quilted, and patterned pillows showcased on top of a white sheet, turned over a charcoal gray coverlet. Asparagus green touches energize the monochromatic scheme.


Master Bedroom Fireplace : If you're remodeling, install a gas-fueled or wood burning fireplace in a way that allows you to enjoy flickering flames when you're under the sheets, seated in a comfy chair, or soaking in the tub. Though any fireplace is a welcome master bedroom addition, consider setting a hearth near eye-level so it can be seen from the bedroom's every corner and from the adjoining bathroom.


Create Collected Appeal : Every master bedroom should reflect the tastes, lifestyles, and travels of those who occupy the space. So forget matchy matchy masters; bring in things you've gathered over the years to create a haven that fits both of your styles. Make the composition cohesive by repeating metal and wood finishes, colors, and fabric patterns; introduce a variety of shimmering, plush, and woven textiles to keep interest and comfort levels high.


Think Pretty and Practical : Tuck a vintage writing desk or dressing table next to your bed to gain benefits aplenty. Choose a furniture piece that supplies a graceful silhouette, generous storage, and a top that accommodates beauty potions, a bedside lamp, and chic accessories. Move in a stylish seat and a shaggy rug to finely finish your just-for-me preparation station.


Bedroom Storage : Got a yen for streamlined bedrooms equipped with generous storage and display space? Like the idea of an alcove bed? You can have both when you erect a three-sided storage system that protrudes from a wall and creates a central niche. Match the unit's wood and/or finish with the room's doors and woodwork; boost the fabulous factor by upholstering the alcove's back wall with ultra-suede or leather squares.


Color for Master Bedrooms : Hot pink is likely the first thing you notice in this master bedroom. But look a little deeper and you'll see how secondary design elements contribute to the room's overall appeal. Neutral backdrops, including the checked wallpaper, a striped area rug, textural upholstery fabrics, and white bedding, let pinks stand out without disrupting the peace.


Perfectly Blend : Include elements from diverse decorating styles to fashion personality-plus master retreats. Turn the tide on traditional designs by starting with classic bedsteads and drapery panels and adding in fanciful forms like rock-crystal lamp bases and a spiraling glass chandelier. Keep an eye out for progressive pieces like the bench at the end of the bed: The conventional seat takes a fashion-forward step thanks to its leather upholstery and acrylic plastic legs.


Cultivate Calm : Pick a peaceable palette and refined furnishings to fashion a perennially serene scene. Start with an analogous scheme (neighboring hues on the color wheel), such as blue and green. Quietly distribute the soothing shades as wallpaper on an accent wall, painted furniture finishes, and softly colored textiles. Layer in gilded patinas and silvery chandeliers to give the understated design a glamorous lift.


Take a Seat : Sitting areas, whether a hearthside conversation grouping, an adjacent outdoor room, or a reading chair tucked into a corner, turn a bedroom into an all-inclusive getaway. Include stylish upholstered chairs, oversize ottomans, and a coffee or end table for holding books, drinks, and laptop computers or tablets. If possible, anchor the grouping with a rug to immediately define the sitting area and separate it from the sleeping space.


Have a Blast : Create a master bedroom that instigates smiles morning, noon, and night. Fashion a free-thinking boudoir using objects that are both unexpected and utilitarian. Move in woolly ottomans to serve as end-of-the bed benches and hang an attention-grabbing fixture to draw the eye high. Opt for monochromatic backdrops (such as pale pink walls and draperies) that cede center stage to your fab finds.


Relax in Style : Set aside a cozy spot for curling up with bestsellers, magazines, or tablets. Furnish the spot with a comfortable and commodious chair that invites lingering. Add a standing lamp that directs a properly bright reading light over your shoulder and onto the page. Move in an end table to keep drinks, remote controls, and reading materials at hand.


Neutral Bedroom Ideas : This master bedroom limits furnishings and minimizes color to put the focus on the room's finer things. Create easy-on-the-eye elegance by using white or a pale, neutral hue as your primary color. Mix in silver-threaded upholstery fabrics, white chandeliers and lamp shades, mercury glass lamp bases, chic furniture profiles, touches of black, and a single accent color (in this case blue) to direct attention around the room.


Focus Your Attention : Old world patinas, furniture profiles, and fabric patterns fashion elegantly appointed master bedrooms. Relying on a low-key scheme of olive, cream, and gray, this master bedroom captivates thanks to a diverse array of fabrics, finishes, and furnishings that advance a collected outlook. When creating a similar room, use different shades of your main colors and sparingly introduce just one or two new hues to enhance the view.


Reinterpret a Look : Think outside of the box when taking a cue from European bedroom designs. Do like these homeowners did: Create a modern translation of an old-world style. Checks in varying scales, unfussy fabrics, and charming cottage wallpaper emit country French rhythms, but due to the elements' simple lines and refreshing colors the boudoir sports up to the minute appeal.

Monday, February 24, 2014

2014 Stylish Stone Kitchen Countertop Ideas

Stone countertops are durable and versatile. Browse this collection of our favorite materials from high end granite to vintage style soapstone to find the right one to install in your kitchen.

You'll love these ideas to try in 2014! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you .... Enjoy it !!!!


Granite Options : Granite countertops add a rich, natural look to your kitchen. Granite is popular because it provides a virtually maintenance free and scratch , stain , and heat resistant option after it’s been sealed. Plus, it comes in a great variety of color and veining options.


Stone Shopping Tips : Stone naturally varies in color and pattern, so make sure you pick one to coordinate with your kitchen. Try taking a large sample back to your house to see how it fits your space, instead of relying on a small piece. Then double check the exact slab you're buying to guarantee you like the look before you make the purchase.


Simple and Subtle Style : Quartz surfacing makes an ideal countertop for this modern kitchen. The matte, uniform look is simple yet sophisticated, and it's a low maintenance alternative to natural stone. The gray green tint adds subtle color to the room as well.


Muted Texture : This seagrass limestone countertop brings texture and visual interest to the muted color palette of this kitchen. The subtle speckles and veining tie in the light color with the green backsplash.


Soapstone Sophistication : This soapstone countertop beautifully contrasts the crisp white cabinetry and marble backsplash. The combination of dark matte countertops with the sleek white color palette gives the kitchen a sophisticated look.


Popular Quartz : Quartz is probably the most common type of engineered stone countertop. This island is topped with quartz surfacing, which bridges the gap between the light features of the room and the dark stained wood.


Add Color with Stone : Caramel color limestone warms up this white kitchen. This colorful addition to the room is both practical and stylish, and it adds a casual look to the traditional limestone countertop.


Color-Scheme Countertop : The color scheme for this kitchen is based off the granite countertops throughout the room. Dusty lavender and organic brown undertones are speckled in the granite, producing a neutral color scheme with timeless style.


Customizable Concrete : Concrete countertops can be customized to the ideal color and thickness for any kitchen. These countertops were slightly tinted to complement the pine-paneled walls and dark maple floors, giving the room a cohesive look.


Faux Stone : Want to get the stone-countertop look but on a tight budget? Solid surfacing comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and it can give your kitchen the look of more expensive materials like stone for a much lower price.


Glossy Finish : A 3-inch thick black granite countertop is the perfect stone to contrast the back painted glass backsplash. The smooth, glossy finish of the granite transitions almost seamlessly to the backsplash, giving the kitchen a sleek and modern look.


Dark Marble : Marble takes on a darker look in this kitchen. An elegant Pietra del Cardosa marble countertop on the island provides a handsome work space, perfect for quick cleanup after meal preparation. The 2-1/2-inch thick marble matches the profile of the stainless-steel countertops around the perimeter of the room.


Aged Character : Flamed granite countertops have a distinct texture that gives them a timeworn look. This aged character adds to a rugged, country style in the kitchen. The speckles in the stone add texture and variety to a space.


Functional Surface : Black granite countertops provide a simple, solid surface in this kitchen. More colorful, elaborate details are found in the kitchen's slate tile backsplash, so the granite countertops are the perfect subdued countertpoint.


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Friday, February 28, 2014

DIY Easy Headboards 2014 Stylish Ideas

by Watson Hawkins

This is hard to believe now, but for too many years, the only headboard project we featured on DIYNetwork.com was made from chain-link. It’s still here, with a cult following, even rumored to have been tweeted by an edgy celebrity highlighting, ahem, alternative styling rather than the original design, which was for a boy’s room.
Recent years have seen a sea change in headboard projects, videos, styles and options. And with the upcoming holidays bringing bedrooms and guest rooms into focus, why not take the opportunity to build the headboard you’ve been wanting (or at least steal the look)?

If price is your main concern, but you still want projects that are fun to put together with original styles, then look no further than below, where tree branches, reclaimed wood and even T-shirts can be converted into conversation pieces  explaining why this headboard gallery is also our most popular.

Reclaimed and reused objects are perfect mediums for headboards, where screens, signs and shutters  among other items  can transform into headboards simply by mounting them on the wall.

Practical and chic, there are a number of ideas for headboards that bring a sophisticated feel to a room with materials like fabric, bookshelves and framed artwork.
Bold style statements can be made through rustic painted wood (our most popular headboard how-to), nails and canvas board or bright paint with decals. You can even make a slipcover for an existing headboard, and of course all these headboard projects are easy on your budget.

You'll love these ideas to try in 2014! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you .... Enjoy it !!!!


















Thursday, February 27, 2014

2014 Stylish Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Bathroom lighting can illuminate the darkest spaces or add a subtle, calming sparkle. You'll love these ideas to try in 2014! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you .... Enjoy it !!!!


Crystal Chandelier : Crystal Sconces
In this luxurious bathroom, a crystal chandelier takes center stage, adding glamour and sparkle to the traditional decor.


Antique Sconces : Antique sconces hang above the oversize mirror and add unexpected flair to the light and bright bathroom. The dark finish on the light fixtures adds weight to the room and helps unify the dark legs of the chair and the cabinet hardware. Their position above the vanity also provides task lighting for makeup application and grooming.


Work of Art : The organic shape of this blown glass light fixture works well in the contemporary style bathroom. Modern spaces can feel cold and be full of hard edges, but the round globes on the light fixture and the hand-shape towel hooks in this bathroom add a touch of playfulness.


Candlestick Sconces : Candlestick wall sconces, ornate details, and custom-glazed cabinets are a nod to country French style. Keep in mind that decorative fixtures add flair, but you'll want to ensure that you have another source of light, such as an overhead fixture or recessed lighting, to provide ample illumination for applying makeup and grooming.


Light Tubes : Streamlined tube lights enhance this sleek bath vanity while providing soft light. Try multiple light switches in the bathroom so you can customize the amount of light. Flip one switch to turn on only the overhead lights, and flip the other switch when you need more precise lighting at the vanity.


Lamp Sconces : Classic lamp sconces add to the romantic feel of this 1920s style bathroom. The white shades diffuse the glow of the lightbulbs and help to soften the light.


Old-World Lanterns : The ornate styling of these iron lanterns hanging over the vanity is a work of art. Add the curved architecture of the ceiling and detailed craftsmanship on the vanity and there's no doubt: This small bathroom is fit for royalty.


Indoor-Outdoor Lighting Fixtures : Wall mount lighting fixtures seem to float in this ethereal bathroom. The rounded lights echo curved shapes found elsewhere in the bath and nod to the styling of vintage exterior porch lights.


Layered Lighting : Lighting in a bathroom is paramount, so layering the types of light produces the best results. In this bath, the combination of overhead light from the chandelier, natural light from the windows, and light from the fixtures above the mirrors covers all of the lighting needs.


Crystal Bathroom Lighting : In this elegant bathroom, delicate light fixtures were chosen to interject a counterpoint to weighty cabinetry. A finely detailed crystal chandelier crowns the space, while a trio of sparkly sconces mounted directly on mirrors creates a dazzling show of reflections.


Colored Shades : Add color with the lampshades in your bathroom for an easy and inexpensive way to update the space. Dark-color shades will block a lot of light, so stick to light colors to maximize illumination.


Backlit Beauty : A large mirror framed in onyx is lit from behind, casting a warm glow on the opulent master bathroom.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2014 Amazing Master Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Ready to rest easy in a beautiful bedroom? Find design inspiration from these amazing bedrooms. These spaces are filled with bedroom ideas for every style, each filled with decorating tips and tricks. Whether you crave a serene retreat or a colorful oasis, you'll find plenty of inspiration for your own master bedroom. See how to bring together bedroom furniture, bedding, wall color, and accessories to create the perfect space you'll love.


Consider Comfort : Leap into a beautifully dressed bed, and you'll land squarely in the lap of luxury. Think of a bedstead as a canvas and the linens and pillows as your brushstrokes. Here, silvery gray walls and a velvet-upholstered headboard inspire this marvelous medley of pictorial, animal print, quilted, and patterned pillows showcased on top of a white sheet, turned over a charcoal gray coverlet. Asparagus green touches energize the monochromatic scheme.


Master Bedroom Fireplace : If you're remodeling, install a gas-fueled or wood burning fireplace in a way that allows you to enjoy flickering flames when you're under the sheets, seated in a comfy chair, or soaking in the tub. Though any fireplace is a welcome master bedroom addition, consider setting a hearth near eye-level so it can be seen from the bedroom's every corner and from the adjoining bathroom.


Create Collected Appeal : Every master bedroom should reflect the tastes, lifestyles, and travels of those who occupy the space. So forget matchy matchy masters; bring in things you've gathered over the years to create a haven that fits both of your styles. Make the composition cohesive by repeating metal and wood finishes, colors, and fabric patterns; introduce a variety of shimmering, plush, and woven textiles to keep interest and comfort levels high.


Think Pretty and Practical : Tuck a vintage writing desk or dressing table next to your bed to gain benefits aplenty. Choose a furniture piece that supplies a graceful silhouette, generous storage, and a top that accommodates beauty potions, a bedside lamp, and chic accessories. Move in a stylish seat and a shaggy rug to finely finish your just-for-me preparation station.


Bedroom Storage : Got a yen for streamlined bedrooms equipped with generous storage and display space? Like the idea of an alcove bed? You can have both when you erect a three-sided storage system that protrudes from a wall and creates a central niche. Match the unit's wood and/or finish with the room's doors and woodwork; boost the fabulous factor by upholstering the alcove's back wall with ultra-suede or leather squares.


Color for Master Bedrooms : Hot pink is likely the first thing you notice in this master bedroom. But look a little deeper and you'll see how secondary design elements contribute to the room's overall appeal. Neutral backdrops, including the checked wallpaper, a striped area rug, textural upholstery fabrics, and white bedding, let pinks stand out without disrupting the peace.


Perfectly Blend : Include elements from diverse decorating styles to fashion personality-plus master retreats. Turn the tide on traditional designs by starting with classic bedsteads and drapery panels and adding in fanciful forms like rock-crystal lamp bases and a spiraling glass chandelier. Keep an eye out for progressive pieces like the bench at the end of the bed: The conventional seat takes a fashion-forward step thanks to its leather upholstery and acrylic plastic legs.


Cultivate Calm : Pick a peaceable palette and refined furnishings to fashion a perennially serene scene. Start with an analogous scheme (neighboring hues on the color wheel), such as blue and green. Quietly distribute the soothing shades as wallpaper on an accent wall, painted furniture finishes, and softly colored textiles. Layer in gilded patinas and silvery chandeliers to give the understated design a glamorous lift.


Take a Seat : Sitting areas, whether a hearthside conversation grouping, an adjacent outdoor room, or a reading chair tucked into a corner, turn a bedroom into an all-inclusive getaway. Include stylish upholstered chairs, oversize ottomans, and a coffee or end table for holding books, drinks, and laptop computers or tablets. If possible, anchor the grouping with a rug to immediately define the sitting area and separate it from the sleeping space.


Have a Blast : Create a master bedroom that instigates smiles morning, noon, and night. Fashion a free-thinking boudoir using objects that are both unexpected and utilitarian. Move in woolly ottomans to serve as end-of-the bed benches and hang an attention-grabbing fixture to draw the eye high. Opt for monochromatic backdrops (such as pale pink walls and draperies) that cede center stage to your fab finds.


Relax in Style : Set aside a cozy spot for curling up with bestsellers, magazines, or tablets. Furnish the spot with a comfortable and commodious chair that invites lingering. Add a standing lamp that directs a properly bright reading light over your shoulder and onto the page. Move in an end table to keep drinks, remote controls, and reading materials at hand.


Neutral Bedroom Ideas : This master bedroom limits furnishings and minimizes color to put the focus on the room's finer things. Create easy-on-the-eye elegance by using white or a pale, neutral hue as your primary color. Mix in silver-threaded upholstery fabrics, white chandeliers and lamp shades, mercury glass lamp bases, chic furniture profiles, touches of black, and a single accent color (in this case blue) to direct attention around the room.


Focus Your Attention : Old world patinas, furniture profiles, and fabric patterns fashion elegantly appointed master bedrooms. Relying on a low-key scheme of olive, cream, and gray, this master bedroom captivates thanks to a diverse array of fabrics, finishes, and furnishings that advance a collected outlook. When creating a similar room, use different shades of your main colors and sparingly introduce just one or two new hues to enhance the view.


Reinterpret a Look : Think outside of the box when taking a cue from European bedroom designs. Do like these homeowners did: Create a modern translation of an old-world style. Checks in varying scales, unfussy fabrics, and charming cottage wallpaper emit country French rhythms, but due to the elements' simple lines and refreshing colors the boudoir sports up to the minute appeal.

Monday, February 24, 2014

2014 Stylish Stone Kitchen Countertop Ideas

Stone countertops are durable and versatile. Browse this collection of our favorite materials from high end granite to vintage style soapstone to find the right one to install in your kitchen.

You'll love these ideas to try in 2014! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you .... Enjoy it !!!!


Granite Options : Granite countertops add a rich, natural look to your kitchen. Granite is popular because it provides a virtually maintenance free and scratch , stain , and heat resistant option after it’s been sealed. Plus, it comes in a great variety of color and veining options.


Stone Shopping Tips : Stone naturally varies in color and pattern, so make sure you pick one to coordinate with your kitchen. Try taking a large sample back to your house to see how it fits your space, instead of relying on a small piece. Then double check the exact slab you're buying to guarantee you like the look before you make the purchase.


Simple and Subtle Style : Quartz surfacing makes an ideal countertop for this modern kitchen. The matte, uniform look is simple yet sophisticated, and it's a low maintenance alternative to natural stone. The gray green tint adds subtle color to the room as well.


Muted Texture : This seagrass limestone countertop brings texture and visual interest to the muted color palette of this kitchen. The subtle speckles and veining tie in the light color with the green backsplash.


Soapstone Sophistication : This soapstone countertop beautifully contrasts the crisp white cabinetry and marble backsplash. The combination of dark matte countertops with the sleek white color palette gives the kitchen a sophisticated look.


Popular Quartz : Quartz is probably the most common type of engineered stone countertop. This island is topped with quartz surfacing, which bridges the gap between the light features of the room and the dark stained wood.


Add Color with Stone : Caramel color limestone warms up this white kitchen. This colorful addition to the room is both practical and stylish, and it adds a casual look to the traditional limestone countertop.


Color-Scheme Countertop : The color scheme for this kitchen is based off the granite countertops throughout the room. Dusty lavender and organic brown undertones are speckled in the granite, producing a neutral color scheme with timeless style.


Customizable Concrete : Concrete countertops can be customized to the ideal color and thickness for any kitchen. These countertops were slightly tinted to complement the pine-paneled walls and dark maple floors, giving the room a cohesive look.


Faux Stone : Want to get the stone-countertop look but on a tight budget? Solid surfacing comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and it can give your kitchen the look of more expensive materials like stone for a much lower price.


Glossy Finish : A 3-inch thick black granite countertop is the perfect stone to contrast the back painted glass backsplash. The smooth, glossy finish of the granite transitions almost seamlessly to the backsplash, giving the kitchen a sleek and modern look.


Dark Marble : Marble takes on a darker look in this kitchen. An elegant Pietra del Cardosa marble countertop on the island provides a handsome work space, perfect for quick cleanup after meal preparation. The 2-1/2-inch thick marble matches the profile of the stainless-steel countertops around the perimeter of the room.


Aged Character : Flamed granite countertops have a distinct texture that gives them a timeworn look. This aged character adds to a rugged, country style in the kitchen. The speckles in the stone add texture and variety to a space.


Functional Surface : Black granite countertops provide a simple, solid surface in this kitchen. More colorful, elaborate details are found in the kitchen's slate tile backsplash, so the granite countertops are the perfect subdued countertpoint.