Why Don’t You…?

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… install beadboard on everything!

Contrary to what you might think, wood paneling provides depth in a space, making it feel larger when installed properly. In the home above, the vertical lines make the ceiling appear a bit higher, and the contrasting horizontal lines on the floor and ceiling provide balance while “widening” the room.

When painted or whitewashed in a light shade, the beadboard’s texture creates a calm and serene space for any home. I can’t get enough of this look — what do you think?

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Why Don’t You…?

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… turn your headboard into a ceiling canopy?

Sure, we’ve all seen reclaimed wood headboards, but have you ever seen one quite like this? By adding a few more strategically placed planks, this homeowner created an instant conversation piece and upped the cozy factor in one fell swoop. Better yet? The reclaimed wood canopy offers a hiding place for any electrical wires necessary for those sweet little symmetrical chandeliers.

What do you think? Too much wood, or just enough wow?

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5 Quirky Ceilings

With so many options for patterned rugs, flooring and wallpapers, it’s high time our ceilings gained some attention, right? Here are five rooms that pack a serious punch from above:

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First things first — by far the easiest way to freshen up a ceiling is with a bold coat of paint. Doesn’t this bedroom ooze with personality?

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Can’t settle on a color you love? Add visual interest by hanging a statement item from above, like this worn canoe attached to a wooden cathedral ceiling.

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Salvaged beadboard takes an average ceiling up a few notches and creates a cozy, stylish space.

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With two paint colors a steady hand, you can create a patterned statement in any space. I love the look in a small entryway as pictured above.

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A gold leaf ceiling screams culture and sophistication. For a less expensive technique, try a metallic wallpaper.

Which is your favorite? Tough to choose, yes?

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Why Don’t You…?

As we mentioned last week, decor and style is all about working with what you've got… and sometimes breaking the rules along the way. Take this kitchen, for example:

Opulent organization? Check. Hardwood floors? Check. Soothing, calming paint colors? Check, check and check.

Yet… wait a second. What's that we see hanging from those gorgeous exposed beams? Is that a — swing?

Indeed, it is. A swing hanging from the rafters of your neighbor's kitchen (We also spotted a unique storage solution in the rafters — did you notice?). The quirky symbol adds just the right amount of whimsy to an already-beautiful kitchen.

Proof that when you're questioning whether or not to infuse personality into a space, the answer is always yes.

Why don't you?

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