Paint and Decorating Blog

How to Go Faux!

September 13th, 2018|Comments Off on How to Go Faux!

After centuries of decorative embellishments spanning cultures around the globe, faux painting is still cool. Consumers who did sponge painting in the 1980s and 1990s have segued into consumers who love Venetian plasters and metallic [...]

Know Your Brushes

September 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Know Your Brushes

Not all paintbrushes are created equal, as a perusal of the paint applicator aisle at your local paint store confirms. There are natural bristles, synthetic filaments, flat, angled and various widths. Certainly, you face a [...]

Preparing for Winter

September 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Preparing for Winter

Autumn arrives this month, which means that winter isn’t far behind. While the weather is still cooperating, now is the perfect time to make sure your siding, decks, porches, patios and other outdoor areas are [...]

Get Organized for Fall

September 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Get Organized for Fall

“A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Benjamin Franklin often is credited with this quote, with the idea that everything should have a designated storage spot and be kept there when not in [...]

2019 Colors = Positive Emotions

September 13th, 2018|Comments Off on 2019 Colors = Positive Emotions

While the world around you might feel as though it’s going to heck in a handbag, home interiors next year will feel anything but. The paint forecast for home interiors in 2019 features restful, natural [...]

Roller Basics

August 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Roller Basics

Let’s rock—and roll! Know how to use a roller to make your painting project go smoothly. By Diane Franklin Everyone can wield a roller, right? Not necessarily! There are some tips you should follow to [...]

Know Your Sheens

August 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Know Your Sheens

Sheen affects the appearance of your paint. Know the various types, and when to use them. By Diane Franklin Flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, gloss: You’ve likely encountered all these names of sheens on the paint store [...]

Dorm Room Drama

August 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Dorm Room Drama

As your child heads off to college, here are some ways he or she can give a dorm space some personality and more livability. By Diane Franklin August is the month when many new high [...]

The Art of Exterior Living

August 8th, 2018|Comments Off on The Art of Exterior Living

The best outdoor spaces flow seamlessly from the inside ones and are just as cozy. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen We all know that living spaces don’t end with the exterior walls of a home. Over the [...]

Masterful Master Bedrooms

August 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Masterful Master Bedrooms

How can you create the ultimate master bedroom?? Here are some elements to consider. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen If your home is a sanctuary, then your master bedroom is the inner sanctuary, a peaceful and restive [...]

What’s Underfoot? Area Rugs, Of Course!

July 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on What’s Underfoot? Area Rugs, Of Course!

Area rugs are everywhere in home decor. Here are some tips for finding the perfect one for your space By Tammy Adamson-McMullen No doubt you’ve noticed that area rugs are everywhere! This isn’t only because [...]

Coming Soon…To a Kid’s Room Near You

July 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on Coming Soon…To a Kid’s Room Near You

Kids relate to pop culture more than ever before—and they want their rooms to reflect that. By Diane Franklin Who does your child want to be the star of his or her room? For your [...]

The Art of Wainscoting

July 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on The Art of Wainscoting

Wainscoting adds visual interest to your walls. Here are various ways you can create the effect. By Diane Franklin “Wainscoting” is one of those words that conjure up images of English parlors or formal libraries, [...]

Exterior Maintenance Made Easy

July 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on Exterior Maintenance Made Easy

How can you keep your home looking spic and span outside? We offer some tips… By Tammy Adamson-McMullen Summer is a great time for outside fix-up projects, like painting the exterior of the house, staining [...]

Kitchen Makeovers

July 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on Kitchen Makeovers

Here’s how to spruce up walls, cabinets, countertops and more in your kitchen without spending a fortune. By Diane Franklin The kitchen is often described as the heart of the home, so of course, you [...]

Hot Exteriors

June 1st, 2018|Comments Off on Hot Exteriors

Home exteriors are trending toward sophisticated and sometimes surprising color schemes. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen If you’re planning to paint the exterior of your home this summer and are struggling in your color selection, take heart. [...]

Coastal Living

June 1st, 2018|Comments Off on Coastal Living

How to achieve a great decorating style for your coastal home—or even if you live inland! By Diane Franklin Life’s a beach—or it can be if you want to decorate that way. Coastal living is [...]

How to Achieve the Perfect Color Wash

June 1st, 2018|Comments Off on How to Achieve the Perfect Color Wash

Tap into your creativity to create the desired effect. By Diane Franklin One of the most elegant faux finishes that a do-it-yourselfer can create is a color wash. This basic faux technique can add vibrancy, [...]

Bathroom “Spa” Makeovers

May 31st, 2018|Comments Off on Bathroom “Spa” Makeovers

Bathrooms are not what they used to be! They’re now one of the most luxurious rooms in the home. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen What is the most luxurious room in your home? If you named your [...]

For The Love Of Wood

May 31st, 2018|Comments Off on For The Love Of Wood

Everyone loves the look of wood—and there is more than one way to achieve it. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen Hardwood floors are one of the hottest trends in home decorating, desirable for its good looks, durability, [...]

Deck Makeovers

May 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on Deck Makeovers

For many people, summertime is deck time! They can’t wait to get outdoors to entertain friends or host a family get-together. Having a gorgeous deck makes an outdoor soirée even more enjoyable. So, what do [...]