Quick Ways to Give your Walls a Fresh Look

If you are anything like me, you sometimes get a bit bored with the way your home looks. Unfortunately, I do not always have the time or cash to be able to redecorate completely.

As a result, over the years, I have come up with some quick and easy ways to give a room a fresh look. These methods allow you to revamp a space in just a few hours, and do so without spending too much money.

Start with the walls

The fastest way to make a difference is to change what is on the walls. Your eye is naturally drawn to the far wall as you enter a room, so it makes sense to focus on that wall, and change that first. Doing so quickly changes the look and feel of a room. It sets the scene.

Wall stickers and artwork

You can easily transform a wall using artwork, or wall stickers. These days you can easily order what you need online. When your parcel arrives, you just need to spend an hour or so hanging your new pictures, or putting your decals up.

Customized wall decor

If you want something truly unique, it is best to go down the custom route. There are more and more firms offering consumers the chance to create their own wall decor items. It is now easy to get your favorite photos turned into a canvas print that looks like an oil painting, but there are also more unusual decorative items available. One such example is custom made signs.

Customised traffic signs do not cost a lot of money and they are a fun and zany way of decorating the walls of a room. Ordering them from www.roadtrafficsigns.com is super easy. All you need to do is to choose a design, and tell them what wording you want. For example, you could order a street sign that includes your family name or a stop sign that says something like – no whining zone.

These signs look great. They last, and are easy to put up or take down and reuse in other areas of the house.

Paint a room fast

Often, this simple approach is enough to give your room a fresh new look. However, if the walls are looking shoddy a better approach is to repaint the room.

If you do it right, painting a room need not take you long. A team of three professional painters can paint a small bedroom in under an hour. If you use the same techniques and equipment, you and your partner could easily re-paint a room in a morning. You can find out exactly how to do it, by watching this video.

Mirrors

Another simple approach is to put up a couple of big mirrors. Doing so brightens up the room, and makes the most of the natural light that is available in the room. If you put them up in the right places there is the added benefit that they make the room look bigger too.

6 Trick Interiors Designers Use to Create a Relaxing Bedroom

In the era of hectic lives that put our brains in overdrive, there’s no substitute for a refreshing night’s sleep. We all intuitively know it, but very few of us actually take the time to reflect on our sleeping habit.

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Making sure you get enough of quality sleep is the single most underappreciated aspect of our health. A breakfast of avocado, egg whites and a green veggie smoothie will not make up for the lack of well-balanced sleep cycles and getting enough of deep sleep -one of the important phases of sleep when the all-important growth hormone is released.

So, healthy sleeping habits go way beyond choosing a good mattress and turning off the lights.

You see all the magazine covers and the pictures of perfect bedrooms and you might think to yourself, “If I only had that bedroom…”

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Well, let’s get a bit naughty and reveal a few tidbits of less known tactics designers use to create that feeling of calming perfection and serenity.

1. The color palette

I know, I know, you expected that to be one of the “tricks”, but read on, you might be surprised by what we reveal here.

You might expect commonplace tips like “use soothing colors” but actually, let’s take it one step further and dig deeper into the psychology of sleep. We’ve definitely been sold on the calming earthly tones and placating grays.

The truth is not that simple.

A hotel chain in the UK conducted research on the room colors and how they relate to the hours of sleep guests were reporting to get.

The results were surprising – it was the guests in the blue rooms – shades of eggshell blue, azure and aqua, to be more precise.

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Reason: The receptors in our eyes that regulate sleep are most sensitive to blue as proven by the Institute of Sleep in Edinburgh.

2. Trying the unconventional

If the concept of full eight hours of restful sleep seems like a fairy-tale, maybe it’s time for an inventory of your sleeping habits.

You might find that the solution to your troubles is not in re-inventing your bedroom and painting it blue. For example, if you have back pains that keep you up, don’t just go with it and wait for the mornings. Try unconventional solutions to your sleep problems (like a good air mattress).

3. Minimal is optimal

When it comes to bedroom design, some of the principles we’re talking about are not intuitive.

You might ask yourself what difference does a color or the stuff I have in my bedroom makes when I’m sleeping eyes closed in total darkness.

All the difference – that’s the answer.

It’s about how you perceive your bedroom. And you should perceive as place free of the clutter of everyday life. If your kid’s toys are all over the bedroom floor, you might not see them but you “feel” them.

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Eliminating the clutter as much as possible will eliminate the feeling of a “busy” room and allow you to smoothly drift off to nourishing sleep.

4. Inviting bed positioning

Another thing we don’t think about because we don’t know how important it is.

If a neatly made bed is the first thing you see when you walk over that doorstep, your brain receives a clear message that it’s time to unwind.

If you are lucky enough to have a bedroom with a view, make sure that your bed faces the view. In this scenario it’s also important to have the right kind of blackout shades – ones that let just enough light in to gently wake you up as the sun rises.

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5. Lighting

When it comes to choosing a bedroom lamp, go with one that allows you to adjust the level of brightness. The dimmer will allow you to have just enough light while getting ready for bed and not enough to stimulate you.

Ideally, you wouldn’t even have a bedside but a sconce lamp, which would further promote the minimal and calming feel of the room.

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 If you still have bright light bulbs in your bedroom, it might be a time for a makeover.

6. Carefully chosen artwork

If you choose it well, select accent piece can work and tie very well into the oasis you’ve created for yourself.

To do that, make sure that the colors are compatible with the one you choose for your bedroom (blue on white or vice versa works really well) and that the pieces don’t seem “engaged” but still and passive.

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Sweet Dreams.

Get Rid of Spiders Naturally with Stay Away Spiders

Disclosure: I received product samples to facilitate this post. Affiliate links are included. The opinions are my own.

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Along came a spider, Who sat down beside her, And frightened Miss Muffet away…

Are you like Miss Muffet and me?  Are spiders your arch nemesis?  Then today’s post is definitely for you!

Here in the South, we never really get a full break from pests like spiders.  And even though we have a professional who does pest control at our home each month, we still get a variety of spiders in our home.  I can squash the little ones with a shoe, but when I see bigger ones, it freaks me out! Today I’m sharing a product that I hope will keep the spiders, large and small, from coming around again! The product is called Stay Away Spiders, and it comes from EarthKind Natural Pest Prevention. [Read more…]

Dry Cleaning at Home with Dryel

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Earlier this year I’ve talked a couple of times about the challenges of laundry and things that you can do to make this very important chore a lot easier for you.  Today I have another solution for you: Dryel At Home Dry Cleaner.  This product is an easy and affordable way to do dry cleaning at home. [Read more…]

Fall Decorating with Oriental Trading

Disclosure: I’m an ambassador for Oriental Trading and received free products. The opinions are my own.
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This week we’ve had the most perfect weather.  It really feels like fall is here!  Here in the South, we only get a few weeks of what I’d call perfect weather.  (It’s usually hot, hotter, or too cold.)  Needless to say, this is an exciting time.  And it puts me in the mood for all things fall.  A couple of weeks ago I did a little decorating in the house, and included in my decor was a few items from Oriental Trading.  They have some of the cutest decorations and party supplies for all occasions.

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Clog 101: Tips to Prevent and Fix Clogs

Disclosure: Today’s post is written on behalf of Roto-Rooter. The opinions are my own.

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Here on the blog, we’ve discussed a lot of tips and strategies to make housekeeping easier.  Just in the last month, I’ve shared tips and along with printable checklists for cleaning your kitchen and your bathroom. One thing that can quickly throw a kink in having a clean kitchen or bathroom is a clog in your sink, bathtub, or toilet.  Today I will be sharing tips to prevent and fix clogs in these important areas. [Read more…]

Car Cleaning with Mean Green

Disclosure: Today’s post is a sponsored post for Mean Green. The opinions are my own.

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This year I’ve been discussing the great cleaning products that Mean Green has to offer, and I’ve discussed the various ways you can use their products.  Whether you’re looking to clean and sanitize your kitchen and bath, or you’re looking to clean your garage, grill, or deck furniture, Mean Green has the perfect  product for any job!  Today we’re going to talk a little bit about that heavy duty cleaning outside the house.  For the outdoor jobs previously mentioned, I turn to Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser. (We’ve even used it to wash out our aluminum siding!)  But today I’m going to go a little bit small scale and talk about how we  use Mean Green to clean the inside of our car. [Read more…]

Carpet Cleaning with Biz

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This year I’ve been discussing how Biz has become my partner in crime against tough stains.  Whether there’s dirt and grease on a pair of work pants, ink on a favorite shirt, or hot sauce on a new pair of khaki shorts, Biz is the ultimate non-bleach stain fighter!  But did you know that Biz can also be used to clean items other than laundry?  The Biz website has great tips and suggestions on how you can use Biz Stain Fighter to clean multiple hard surfaces!  I’m talking tubs and showers, counter tops, and even patio furniture!  Today I’m “thinking outside the laundry the room” and showing you how I used Biz to clean up carpet stains! [Read more…]

Tips and a Printable Checklist for a Clean Bathroom

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScrubTheMess #CollectiveBias

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What’s your least favorite household chore?  Previously I’ve discussed how much I dislike doing the dishes, but if I had to pick something that I like even less than dishes, it would be cleaning the bathroom!  But guess what?  It has to be done!  This year as part of my quest for a more simplified life, I’ve been coming up with ways to make housekeeping easier for myself.  Today I will share my latest and greatest cleaning weapon in my bathroom cleaning arsenal, the New Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber (and Disposable Scrubber Refills), and I’ll share some simple tips and strategies for maintaining a clean bathroom (with a printable checklist included). [Read more…]

Tips and a Printable Checklist for a Clean Kitchen

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Tips and a Printable Checklist for Clean Kitchen

One of my goals for this year has been to change how I clean house.  There have been times in the past, where I’ve walked around my house and literally felt sick, looking around at the mess and all the work that had to be done.  Sometimes things were in a mess, because I’d been too busy with blog and shop work to clean; other times things were in a mess, because I’d been taking on extra big projects around the house (things like decluttering, garage sales, and DIY projects), and still other times things would be in a mess from a lack of cleaning due to migraine or other illnesses.

But as I said, one of my goals for this year has been to change I clean house, and after doing a little research on the topic and putting some new habits in to place, I think I’ve finally found a good formula that works for me.  Today I’m going to discuss one of the most difficult rooms to keep clean: the kitchen.  I’m going to give you some of my tips and a checklist to keep your kitchen clean.  And we’re going to talk about a few products from Scotch-Brite® that will help you maintain a clean kitchen. [Read more…]