Do I Need a Headboard?

If you do not have a headboard in your bedroom, you are probably wondering what exactly it can do for your room’s interior. While headboards are not essential to the structure or the overall aesthetics of the room, it can make a world of difference. Here are five reasons why you might want to invest in a quality headboard: 

1.A Range of Styles.
From tufted to custom DIY headboard ideas, there are a plethora of styles and colors. They are produced in a variety of materials like wood stains, metal, brass and other textures to meet your style preferences. Plus, the styles range from contemporary, traditional and mission. There is bound to be a headboard style that matches your style and harmoniously blends into your bedroom’s decor.
 
2. Increases The Room Size.
The right headboard can make your bedroom look bigger. Experts recommend forgoing a footboard and instead, opting for a headboard. When working with a small bedroom, it is best to choose a headboard that is thin and less bulky. Styles such as a wrought iron or a brass headboard can make your room feel much more spacious.
 
3. Cost Effective.
You can find headboards that fit with any budget. Painted and faster-growing wood material headboards are generally less expensive while intricate metal, tufted headboards are more expensive. Also, headboards that are manufactured from hard to find or unusual materials require a bigger budget. A headboard also eliminates the need for a frame for your bed which means that you will be saving a lot of money in the end-run. 
 
4. Makes a Room Stylish. 
A well-designed headboard can bring a lot of style to your bedroom. A beautiful headboard can take a bland, boring bed and turn it into something eye alluring and luxurious. You can purchase handcrafted headboards that have been wrapped in a vibrant patterns to create an interesting piece. Also, certain wood stains or painted headboards can be easily painted and revamped in your style taste changes.
 
5. Comfortable.
Since your bedroom is meant for comfort, a headboard only contributes to relaxation. A headboard provides the ultimate back support when sitting in bed especially if it has a cushion. If it is positioned against the wall or a window, a headboard can also keep you warm at night.
 
Ultimately, headboards will affordably help to add comfort and style to your space. 

Embracing Summer in Your Home’s Design

Most of us live for the longer days and the warm weather that summer brings. Summer is all about relaxing and having as much fun as you can. So how can you bring such an energy into your home? Rest assured, you do not have to own a beach house to get those summer vibes in your home. Here are some summer-filled decor ideas that you can try in your own home. 

Embracing Summer in Your Home’s Design

1. Add Some Color to The Room.

Dark colors are great for the fall and winter; however, in the summer, you want to create a light and airy look. In order to capture this look, you will have to take advantage of bold, bright colors to add some brightness into the room. Adding new colors to a room does not have to be expensive or a permanent change. For instance, you can transform your dark neutral color couch into something bright and fun with removable slipcovers or blankets. You can even add emphasis to the look with colorful throw patterns with exotic patterns. If you are scared to go too bright, you can stick to neutral colors such as bright whites and beige to create an airy feeling in your home. 

2. Get Rid of The Drapes

In the summer months, you can store your more heavy draperies. They tend to weigh down the room. Instead, during the summer months, you will want to opt for something light-weight and maybe even sheer. These light-weight curtains allow the warm breeze to flow inside of the space while letting the sunlight glisten into the room. 

3. Bring in The Outdoors. 

Summertime is all about enjoying the outdoors. Bring the outdoors into your home by incorporating flowers and plants into your design scheme. You can let fruit arrangements serve as your centerpieces and incorporate plants around the room. Adding a hint of nature to your design strategy will add a homey feel. If you do not want to commit to real plants, you can always opt for faux pieces such as a plastic bamboo tree. 

4. Spruce up The Outdoor Area.

Whether you plan on entertaining outdoors during the summer months or you simply plan on retreating to your favorite outdoor space, you will want to keep it clean and fresh. Be sure to cut the grass, clear away old leaves and wipe down your outdoor furniture. Make sure your outdoor furniture is comfortable by adding pillows and throw blankets.

How do you embrace summer? Let us know in the comment section.  

 

Decorating with Throw Pillows for Any Style

What Type of Throw Pillows are Trendy?
Whether you are searching for throw pillows for the living room or your bedroom, it is helpful to know what is trendy right now. Loose linen pillows have become popular because they complement both classic and contemporary interiors. Also, pastel-colored pillows are on trend now which is perfect for a soft setting room that embraces white and gray palettes. Fur, embroidered and velvet pillows are also a fresh and current choice. 
 
What Size Pillows Should I Choose?
Creating the perfect arrangement requires choosing the right size pillows. When shopping for throw pillows, you should try and mix different sizes. For examples, for a large couch, you can mix 24-inch pillows with a 22-inch pillow. The smaller pillow should always be arranged in front of the larger one. For a smaller piece of furniture, you can opt for 18-inch and22-inch throw pillows.
 
Styling Pillows for a Traditional Look…
If you have a more traditional style living room or bedroom, you will want to keep things simple by incorporating two or four large throw pillows that are arranged on both opposite ends of the bed or sofa. In a classic setting, velvet or silk pillows create a chic look. You can use colors and patterns to keep things fresh and interesting. 
 
Styling Pillows for a Modern Look….
For a modern look, pair pillows in odd numbers such as three or five. Opt for slightly bigger pillows because they look much cleaner than a bunch of small throw pillows. In such a space, you might want to try limiting the color palette and instead focus on pillows that embrace large geometric prints. You can pair a busy pillow with a more simple one or coordinate a print with a solid color accent pillow.
 
Styling Pillows for an Eclectic Look….
For an eclectic room that does not play by the rules, do not be afraid to use a mix of throw pillows of a variety of sizes. You can arrange them in odd pairs to create interest. Be open to different fabrics, patterns, and colors but you want them to have some harmony; therefore, make sure there is at least one common color found throughout the arrangement.
 
We hope you enjoyed these tips for decorating with throw pillows. Be sure to check out our other blog posts at https://proudtobuild.fultonhomes.com. See you next time! 

Decorating on a Budget

Do you have big dreams but you are working with a small budget? While we would all love to have access to extra cash for designing the home of our dreams, sometimes it is just not possible at the moment. If you are in this situation, know that you can still improve the look of your place without having to drain your bank account. In fact, you can make lots of small changes without launching a major remodeling project. We are going to show you how you can update your space with the things that you already have.

Decorating on a Budget (Designing with What You Already Have):

1. Less is More.
You do not have to be a minimalist to appreciate the fact that sometimes “less is more.” Sometimes what a room really needs is more space. That means it may be time to remove clutter by clearing out excess furniture and finding a better place to store things like extra clothes and books. It is always good to have somewhere in the room where the eyes can rest even if it is for a moment. If a room’s decor is in need of a refresher, you should consider moving a piece of furniture or accessory that has been in the same spot for awhile. Try looking around a room with fresh eyes to determine what items you can do without and put in storage.
 
2. Get Creative.
You may be surprised at how the items lying around your house can be used to create a unique style in your home’s decor. For example, you can showcase a nice greeting card as a piece of artwork by encasing it in a nice inexpensive frame. You can even use a special greeting carding that holds sentimental value or purchase one that grabs your attention.
Also, you can create artwork out of anything, whether it is your favorite album or book cover. They can be displayed as standalone pieces or part of a tabletop vignette.
 
3. Change the Scenery.
The bedside tables that you are so used to seeing in your bedroom can be brought into the living room for a new look. Reconceptualizing furnishing in a space breathes a whole new look into the piece. You can also score all kinds of pieces through thrifting. Introducing something visually unexpected into a room is a great way to add interest.
 
4. Switch out The Lampshades.
Is your space lacking color? Consider replacing the lamp shades throughout your home with ones featuring a vibrant hue. Lamp shades are inexpensive and they can be purchased at any home goods store.
 
5. Reupholstering Furniture.
Another way to add style with your current items is by reupholstering the sofa or other pieces of furniture yourself. Reupholstering a piece of furniture will completely transform it. Start with a simple frame and use minimal fabric to create a chic, timeless look. 
 
We hope you enjoyed these tips! Let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Tips for Starting a Design Plan

Have you been creating a vision board in your free time? Are you bored with your home’s style? Do you desire to change your home’s current design? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have the perfect design guide for you! With our top nine design tips, you can begin to create the home of your dreams. Let’s take a look! 

Tips for Starting a Design Plan

Tip No. One: Gain Inspiration

Before you begin planning your design, you should take a look at other homeowners and designer’s ideas. You can look through magazines, watch television shows, and browse the internet to learn new trends and see their unique updates.

Tip No. Two: Read Reviews.

If you have heard the saying “buyer beware,” you may be familiar with this tip. We recommend reading reviews before you make your final decision. These can be anywhere from online reviews to personal recommendations. Try to make sure that you are getting the greatest value for the product and the best service available. 

Tip No. Three: Work with Whatcha Got

Take a look at your current place and see if there is anything you can repaint, repurpose or reuse. You may be surprised by what hidden treasures you have around your home. An old dresser may just need some new hardware and a new coat of paint to look brand new. 

Tip No. Four: Sketch a Sample

If you are envisioning your future design, you may as well sketch it out on paper. This will help you better visualize the room and make sure that everything fits well in the space. To make sure that the dimensions are correct, you can take measurements of the room and furniture pieces and sketch them onto the paper. 

Tip No. Five: Determine Use.

What will your room be used for? Once you determine the use, you can get a better idea of the room’s overall design. Sometimes, you will want a more functional design whereas other times, you may want more of a display-only type of design. 

Tip No. Six: Begin a Budget

There is no money to be spent if there is no budget in place. You will want to begin budgeting for your future redesign while saving for unforeseen circumstances and new additions that you may not have concerned. 

Tip No. Seven: Browse before Buying.

It is easy to say “yes” to the first thing you find, but we recommend browsing the market before you buy. This will help ensure you get the item that you truly desire. 

Tip No. Eight: Interview + Hire

Before you hire contractors, be sure to do a proper interview. By interviewing, you can ensure that you have gathered all of the candidates’ credentials and make a proper decision. 

Tip No. Nine: Create a Schedule

Lastly, you will want to create a schedule for the design process. When do you want everything finished? Just be sure to add some wiggle room in case something happens during the design process. 

We would love to help you build the home of your dreams. Contact us today for more information! 


Creating The Perfect Bed Set Up

We all live for collapsing in our bed at the end of a busy day. What if there was a way that you can make your bed even more comfortable? Yes, the perfect bed setup will make you feel like you’re spending the night in your favorite hotel. The layered mattress with the well-folded sheets, coverlets and the abundance of pillows will steal your heart away.

If you’re ready to stop sleeping on a sloppily made bed, then here are some tips to help create the perfect bed setup.

  1. Make sure you have all your linens together.

First off, you’ll want to gather all your linens. The quality and style of your bedding are all up to you, but we suggest selecting something of quality that matches your room interior but is also comfy. The bedding should include:

  • Elastic mattress pad
  • Fitted sheet
  • Flat sheet
  • Pillows and pillow covers
  • Comforter
  • Bed skirt

Crisp Sheets Are the Best Sheets

As much as you hate ironing there is nothing better than wrinkle free and crisp sheets.
Ironing large sheets on a standard small ironing board may be difficult. Therefore, you should try covering a table and use the surface to iron out your bedding.

Straighten Out the Bed skirt
There’s nothing that throws off the look than a crooked bed skirt. Be sure to straighten out the bed skirt so that it hangs even on all sides. This may require the help of another set of hands to get perfect.

  1. Smooth Mattress Pad
    Sometimes the elastic corners can cause the mattress pad to bunch up at the center which makes your sleeping uncomfortable. To prevent this from happening you can secure the elastic edges with a safety pin or corner fasteners.

  2. Applying the fitted sheet
    The fitted should fight tight. Pull it until it’s taut and secure it by tucking the edges underneath the mattress.

  3. Don’t forget the topper
    After properly making your bed make sure you add a cozy comforter to spread over the center. The comforter adds an extra layer of comfortable and depending on the climate you’ll need either a heavy or lightweight topper.

Sweet Dreams!

Creating a Focal Point with an Accent Wall

Looking for a way to add character to your home without doing a complete overhaul? Try decorating an accent wall. It is a simple solution for creating a focal point in the room you are working with and there are many ways to approach this idea. From traditional methods to more unique materials, the point of creating a feature wall is to have a section of the room that catches the eye, expresses your style and maintains functionality all at the same time. Read on for some great ideas for accent walls.

The simplest method and usually the first one that comes to mind is a painted wall. If you want to keep things minimalistic, a solid color that is more on the bold side can do the trick. If you want to add something with a little more detail, try a patina paint to bring out a metallic look or you can stick with the solid scheme and incorporate alternating stripes or a sponging technique.

If you want to skip the paint, there are endless possibilities with wallpaper. Smooth, textured, simple, intricate-there will most definitely be something to suit your tastes. It is especially helpful if you enjoy a certain design but do not want to have to go through the hassle of stenciling each section individually.

Another way to add texture to the space is to simply use a different material. A few tried and true choices you can count on for a fabulous look are reclaimed wood panels, stacked stone and faux brick. Any of these choices will add a more earthy, warm feeling to your home.

If you are looking for a more modern vibe for your living space, try installing 3D panels or stacked upholstered wall panels. The 3D look will be an eye catcher and conversation starter no matter what color you choose. Like art, it will jump right out and command the attention of those in the room. Upholstered wall panels are a great way to achieve a symmetrical look that pops out at you as well. The extra dimension will add some softness to the room and won’t make the space look too busy.

We hope you’ve enjoyed some of our suggestions for feature wall designs! Try something new today!

Five Ways You Can Bring the Outoors Inside

Decorating with natural elements by bringing a hint of the outdoors into your home can create a nature feel inside. If you are nature-starved, here are some easy ways you can implement nature into your home’s décor.

Faux Fireplace
Love looking at a campfire? Well, you can get the same look anytime you desire by purchasing a faux fireplace. Faux indoor fireplaces look so realistic and they even sound similar to the flapping sound of a campfire.

  1. Decorate with “greenery”
    Of course, the most obvious way to bring nature indoors is to bring in some plants. Plants can brighten any space. When incorporating greenery into your design scheme look for ways to steer clear of the traditional flower in the vase thing. Mix it up by using a variety of pots in your plant area. You can even opt out of using flower pots and instead of hanging them on the wall using plant hangers.

  2. Natural Wood Furnishing
    Decorating with natural wood furnishing is a great way to create a rustic feel. Wood furniture is super durable and with great craftsmanship, it can be formed into all kinds of beautiful designs. You can add wood furniture sparingly. Perhaps a wood finished rocking chair in the living room or a wooden coffee table. A rustic, wood finished headboard adds a bit of outdoors to your bedroom.

  3. Buy a natural fiber rug
    You can easily purchase an area rug woven of durable seagrass or sisal from popular furniture companies. It can serve as a focal point for your living room or the man cave. Seagrass and sisal can withstand a lot of foot traffic and are known for their beautiful texture, look and long-lasting durability. They are available in a variety of sizes.

  4. Constellation Projection Lamp
    Enjoy staring up at the stars at night? Well, you can do so right from the comfort of your bed. A constellation projector lamp allows you to easily project the beautiful heavens on your walls and ceilings.

Be imaginative when searching for ways you can make your home reflect your love for nature. Use different colors, textures, and patterns that are inspired by nature to energize a space.

How To Style A Coffee Table

The coffee table just may be the most neglected piece of furniture in the living room. It’s much more than just a place to sit the remote and hold magazines. In fact, all the swoon worthy living rooms that you see in home decor magazines and on social media have one thing in common; a chic coffee table. Yes, with the right accessories you can make your living room coffee table the focal point of the room.

Statement Coffee Table
It’s always great to have a coffee table that makes a statement all on its own. From intricately shaped legs to bold hues with patterns there are so many different coffee tables on the market. If you want to add some interest to your living room choose a statement table.

Chic Basket
Baskets and coffee tables mesh well together. Not only are baskets super functional because they corral your tabletop items to create a sense of organization but you can use them to create chic vignettes. Start off, by picking out an eye catching basket, organize a few objects within the catch all and top things off by adding a scented candle and small bouquet of flowers.

Style With Books
Believe it or not books are more than just reading material. Did you know that they are interior designers “go to” accessory? Coffee table books specifically can add dimensions to the flat surface of a table. Whether it’s just one book or a stack of them they add style to the tabletop especially when you add in a few accessories like tray or basket. For a easy and clean look stack books within the same color scheme. You can also go bold and mix books with different palettes together.

Accent With A Game
One unique way to dress up your coffee table is to accent with a game board like an collector’s chess set, oversized dominoes or tic tac toe set.

The Space Underneath
Don’t forget about the space underneath the coffee table. You can stylishly stash throw pillows or accent with chic stools tuck underneath.

There are numerous ways you can dress up your coffee table. Get creative!

What Should I Hang Above the Sofa

Still haven’t figured out what to hang in the empty space over the sofa? Well, it’s time to stop deliberating. Filling this space with something chic can transform the look of your living room. You can use this space to create a focal point in the room. There are several ways you can accent your couch by spicing up the blank slate above and we have a few ideas.

  1. Use Personal Artwork
    Don’t be afraid to showcase your skills. You can fill this space with your own artwork. Or perhaps you have a little artist in the making? You can let the kids get creative on a large canvas and use a floating frame to give it a finished look. Using personal artwork is a great way to add personality to your home.

  2. Basket Collection
    Looking for a unique way to use the space? Consider displaying a collection of baskets by hanging them on the wall over the couch. To pull this look off, stick with one basket color scheme and use a variety of sizes. You can use clear thread to make a hanging look.

  3. Large Canvas
    Oversized artwork can really make a space look chic. Especially when it depicts an unique or bold image. However, oversized artwork can be expensive so it’s time to exercise those creative chops. You can try taking a shower curtain with a intricate design and stretching it over a large, blank canvas to simulate the look of something professional.

  4. Wall Tapestry
    You can use large, expansive textiles to dress up the area behind the sofa. Wall tapestry add a flair of elegance that’s hard to achieve with anything else. Don’t be afraid to select textiles with a bold pattern and a lustrous texture. You can suspend a wall tapestry using a rod with interesting hardware.

  5. Family Photos
    Of course, pictures of the family is a great way to make use of the empty space. Let’s take a different spin on the concept. Instead of traditional photos you can have a silhouette painted of each member of the family and hang it above the sofa.