“Update your house look with these panel molding ideas; this is your low cost-solution to enhance your decor!”

One easy way to enhance your decor is to add panel molding in your house.

You can get a timeless elegant look by creating frames for walls.

Sometimes the area inside the panels is finished in a different way than the rest of the wall: either is painted with a different color than the rest of the wall, or it might be used eith coordinated wallpaper.

Useful Tips and Tricks

    1. When measuring for panel moldings, keep in mind that spacing between panels, doors and corners should be consistent and balanced.
    1. Find the balance between what looks good and what works best for you, as there are no specific ways on what’s the width or height of your panel moldings.

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    1. You can adjust the width or height of your panels depending on the place of furniture, paintings, windows, doors or electrical plugs. On the picture above you can see how the width of the panel molding was adjusted to nicely frame the doors.
    1. To estimate how much panel moldings you should buy, calculate the lineal feet for the perimeter of each room and add around 10 percent waste for miter and joint waist; round up to the nearest whole piece of molding.
    1. Paint all primed molding before you attach it to the wall: it will save you lots of time in long run and the mess paint does.
    1. Clean all surfaces free of dirt and loose particles with a clean cloth or sponge. Make sure area is completely dry before installing.
    1. It is important to establish a plan for the layout of the panels. You can choose between vertical or horizontal layout. If you have a feature wall in mind, start planning that one first.
    1. For vertical layout you can choose full height or split panels. On the picture above, two panels are full height, and the middle one is a split panel. Notice the use of the frames corners: they give more detail and definition to the wall. Some people prefer to include a chair rail also, and have panels either upper or lower the chair rails or both.
    1. Horizontal layouts can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical, with panels of the same or different sizes. One of the most used panel molding ideas: picture below shows horizontal panel molding with panels of different heights, all below the chair rail, creating wainscoting.

Steps To Install Panel Molding

Materials and Tools:

level, measuring tape, sandpaper, finishing nails, putty knife, hammer or miter saw, adhesive caulk, caulking gun, safety glasses

    • – Pencil mark the walls with horizontal and vertical pencil lines the height and width you want for the panels. To get a consistent height around the room, use a level to mark all the walls.
    • – Use the miter saw to cut the pieces for each panel. Cut each piece so that the panel will fit together like a picture frame.
    • – Panel corners can be mitered or you can use decorative molding corners.
    • – Apply a line of adhesive caulk along the back and top of each piece of molding to glue them in position on the wall. Secure each piece to the wall using a nail gun. If you don’t have a nail gun, you can use a hammer and 1 3/4-inch finishing nails.
    • – Work in a circle around the room to install each piece of panel molding.
  • – Apply latex caulking to joints, edges and along the edge of each piece of molding to fill any gaps between the wall and the molding. With a damp rag clean away any excess caulk and create a smooth appearance.




decorative wall plates, red and white, vintage lookWhen you say plates, you think food serving…

Think twice!…


Decorative wall plates are a great and inexpensive way to bring a splash of color, and liven up any wall, or empty shelves in any room. Display them and you will get an instant feature wall for your decor. Now it your time to get out that plate collection from your hutch and let it be seen by the world!


Wall plates decor is considered an old custom in many cultures. Some centuries ago, having displayed wall plates was viewed as a sign of social status and wealth.


Where to find them? Build your collection by looking no further than your own cupboards. Look in second hand shops, trift stores or garage sales. You will find beautiful vintage pieces that need just a good polish to look like new!


Decorative Wall Plates – Display them by Room


The beauty of having a decorative wall plates display is flexibility. You can hang them up in any pattern and any room.


Kitchen is one of the places that comes first to mind to display plates. Living

This photo, by now famous, is from San Francisco artist’s Jen Siska house. Such an inspired freeform and colorful collection of plates!

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Opposite from the freeform collection above, making a symmetrical arrangement of vintage plates on an empty wall, framing the window and above the sink works as well. Colors were drawn from the color accent in the kitchen.

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Country Living 


Bedroom – Use an arragement of smaller plates, arround three bigger ones. They all can follow the curves of the headboard, emphasizing it. You can choose colors that match the ones from the accent pillows on the bed, for example.




Living Room – Space above the fireplace it’s one of other places to display plates. In the photo below, not only plates were used but decorative tiles and saucers were used. The whole grouping is held together by the color: blue and white and the symmetrical pattern.

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Martha Stewart


wall plates decorDefine a corner in the entryway or a hallway with some China plates that can match the color of the vase you displayed on an accent table.

Work with the space constraints and arrange plates vertically, one above nother, so the whole group will be at the eye level.



To get a balanced composition keep about the same space from one plate to another, but no more than 4 inches in between.

Tips on Decorating with Wall Plates


Look for decorative plates that match with the decor style you have in mind for that particular room. Link your display to the colors, patterns or shapes present in the room.



To get a balanced and cohesive composition, choose a monochromatic scheme for the plates, and get a quote, with each word of the quote written on each plate.



Display a grouping of three, four, up to ten, eleven plates on the wall, to create a striking focal point in the room.

Try different sizes:put the bigger one(s) in the center, and the smaller ones on the edges.


Display wall plates which don’t have any cracks, major scratches, or discoloration.


Use grouping plates made of the same material: either ceramic, porcelain, bone China,stoneware, or even glassware or stone.Arrange them by the motif painted on the plate: floral theme or landscape or by color: blue and white China or pale yellow stoneware.


Hang your grouping at eye level, similar witht he way you would display art paintings.

How To Fix Wall Plates on the Wall


There are more than one way of fixing decorative wall plates on the wall.Here there are few ideas:


One of the safest way to do it is to use sprung plate hangers. You can buy them at almost any hardware or home decor store.



Picture hooks may be used also. Just pay attention at the weight of the plates.



Some plates are manufactured with a pierced rim, used specially for hanging. You can either thread wire or a fancy ribbon, for an eye-catching display.



Even an adhesive velcro tab will suffice for small wall plates. Make sure the velcro is securely attached to the wall.


A wall mounted wooden plate rack over the sink or dishwasher is another way to show your wall plates. Place plates you use more often on the lower part of the rack, this way making it practical and useful.

wall plates decor

Tips on how to install a glass tile backsplash


A beautiful, well designed kitchen backsplash not only is a beautiful decor accent in your kitchen, increasing the value of your home, but a way to make the wall behind the cooktop and countertop an easy to clean surface.

When it comes to kitchen decor, one easy way to get the kitchen all pulled together is to have a tile backsplash; the design and colors chosen should get an unified look for countertops, cabinets and appliances.

4 Reasons to Install a Glass Tile Backsplash

  • Easier to install by a DIY beginner, as most glass mosaics come in sheets.
  • Add texture and sparkle with the glass shining in the light; good option for a kitchen with dark appliances and/ or dark wood cabinets.
  • Cost effective way to update the kitchen walls – usually glass mosaic tiles cost less then designer tiles.
  • It is environmentally friendly – glass comes from more than 50 % recycled material

How to install glass tile backsplash in 5 easy steps, with no mortar


This is how our backsplash kitchen looked like BEFORE:


We wanted to install our glass tile backsplash with as little as possible mess and “after the job” clean-up. So we opted to use “Simplemat” tile setting mat instead of the regular mortar( it can be found at Home Depot). We also used glass tile sheets.
And this is how we did it:

  • Step 1. Plan the Layout. We measured from the top of counter to the bottom of cabinet and planned the tile layout. See how many sheets you need. If you want to incorporate any accent tiles for a more dramatic look, now it’s the time to plan for that as well. We didn’t want any accent tiles, so we skipped this part.Tip: Determine whether you will need to cut tiles or not, and plan where is the best place to cut them: either at the end of the wall, or the upper row just under the cabinets. Choose the least visible place of the two.
  • Step 2. Measure and Apply “Simplemat” tile setting mat. Using “Simplemat” gave us the flexibility to install at our own pace; so we did our backsplash in the afternoons, few hours at a time. We placed the tile setting mat in position and marked it where it should be cut. After cutting it with an utility knife, we applied it and flatten any air bubbles.
    In the picture below, you can see how the mat looks after it was applied on the wall

    how to install glass tile backsplash

    Tip: Don’t forget to remove all outlet covers and or switch plates before installation.

  • Step 3. Lay the Glass Tile Sheets. Next we removed clear plastic from the top of the setting mat. We cleaned back of the tiles with a damp sponge to make sure they are clean and let them dry. Starting with lower part of the backsplash, we applied the glass tile sheets to the setting mat, and pressed them firmly in place. Use plastic spacers to keep consistent grout lines between tiles as you go. In our case the grout line on the mosaic sheet was 1/8″, so that’s what we used.You can add accent tiles or liner bars where you designed them.Tip: Use a level to keep the vertical and horizontal lines.
  • Step 4. Cut and Polish Tiles. You can cut glass tiles to size either using a manual tile cutter or a tile wet saw. we used a manual one. First, we scored the tile at the width we needed. Then we pulled down the handle and snapped the tile into two.If you have lots of cutting to do, especially around electrical outlets, it’s better to use a wet saw to cut the tiles.Tip: Plan to buy more tiles than actually needed. We did some mistakes when cutting, so it was good we have few extra glass tile sheets.
  • Step 5. Grout the Tile Backsplash. Backsplash should be grouted within 24 hours. To avoid scratching the glass tiles, we grouted with bright white SimpleGrout pre-mixed grout, according to the manufacturer’s instructions We applied the grout with a rubber grout float, at a 45 degrees angle. In about 20 minutes after applying the grout, you started removing the excess material with a damp sponge. To minimize smearing, we used clean water and changed it frequently. As the job dries, a light haze will form. When the grout was dry( in approx. 4-5 hours), we polished the haze off the tiles with cheese cloth. You can also use a soft cotton one.Tip: Clean tools and hands with water before material dries.

These were the 5 easy steps on how to install glass tile backsplash with no mess. And this is how our glass tile backsplash kitchen looked AFTER:


All photos courtesy of “AB Home Interiors”

Today, talented Interior Designer expert and Feng Shui Master Amanda Gates from “AB Home Interiors – A Home and Lifestyle Blog” will be joining us for an inspiring and insightful look at her work and life.
Her decorating approach to a room is focused on “bringing you beautiful interiors, no matter what the budget“.


Words that define her style( but not limited) include elegant, relaxed, easy, fresh, timeless, inviting. Throughout her website and blog she gracefully shares with on-line readers a wealth of knowledge and experience.


Over her distinguished career, Amanda completed projects across the United States and has been recognized as a trusted designer; she was selected by prestigious Nashville Home and Garden magazine as one of the top designers to watch in 2009.


Her design projects have appeared in several publications including Nashville Home and Garden, At Home Tennessee, Greater Nashville House and Home, and The Brentwood Home magazine.


Please have a seat and let’s welcome Amanda!



1. Hi Amanda, thanks for joining us today and welcome to “Art For Your Walls”.

Your designs are beautiful and elegant. When did you know you wanted to become an interior designer and decided that interior design is what you want to do for the rest of your life?

It wasn’t my first choice. I was in Med school, and after working at a prestigious out patient surgical firm I realized I didn’t do well with all the structure and wanted more creative freedom.
I blew off med school for a boy, got married and by sheer luck fell into an interview for a well respected design school in California and the rest is history!

2. Do you remember your first project as an interior designer? How was the experience?

I really don’t remember my first design project. It’s a culmination of two or three projects that I remember most. I never had a mentor and never worked under anyone so my designs have always been truly my own, the good and the bad ones!

3. After graduating with honors from the California College of Design, you relocated to Las Vegas and then, moved to Tennessee where you began your own design firm “AB Home Interiors”. What type of architecture and decorating style are you personally drawn to?

I am Californian to my toes. The south has definitely had an influence on me, however my style and education are deeply rooted in California design. I was born and raised there and it shows in my designs.


4. In 2008 you launched your own design blog “AB Home Interiors” – A Home and Lifestyle Blog”. How did you enjoy the experience of sharing your creativity with the world?

At first it was my corner of the world to rant and rave about things I liked. I treated it more like an online diary of sorts.

Then it gained in popularity and I realized that people were actually reading it which was an odd experience.
Knowing that people were really enjoying it and learning from it was surreal.

But as a blog author and now having it done it for so many years it has really evolved and I love that it puts me in touch with so many across the world. Many of my readers have become dear friends!

5. You also introduced informative classes Design Strategies 101 and live tutorials for DIY-ers.Can you expand on that?

Because the blog was gaining so much attention and popularity we noticed that a lot of readers and avid DIYers were really talented at design but lacked the right tools to really take it to the next level.

Originally the class was a group of six local women who I helped consult on their homes (and many of them lived on the same street!) Word got out that these six women and myself were getting together for a design “pow-Wow” and others wanted in.

We added more women to the group, talking about design while sipping a great merlot….the problem was the group was getting really large and there wasn’t enough of “me” to go around….and thus the design class was born.
All of the women in the group had the same concerns and issues when decorating their homes, as my blog readers. It was an aha moment. So my team and I developed a class that focuses on the four major hiccups that every homeowner faces when designing or building their home.


6. What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?

Working with the clients and seeing them get a space that elevates them in every way possible…beyond anything they can imagine and seeing the joy that it is THEIR space to enjoy!

7. What are your favourite interior design shops and inspiration sources?

It really depends on the client and budget. One of my favorite places to shop is Atlanta Georgia. They have incredible vintage shops and I love repurposing furniture from the 60’s and 70’s.

8. Can you share some simple design tips for readers to implement in their own homes?

Oh there are so many. The best place to start would really be my blog. There is years worth of information on how to start a project down to picking the perfect accessory. But if it had to be one thing it would be paint. It can completely change a space and transform your mood in an instant!


9. How do you manage to be so creative and what is it that inspires you to create?

As a business owner being creative can be a challenge. It would be lovely if I were able to “create” 8 hours a day, but it is also a business.
Peoples livelihoods are at stake so there is a responsibility to owning a design business. Creativity comes naturally to me, however it does not have an “on or off” switch. When inspiration hits I have to run with it while it’s hot.

I think a lot of people think it is something that we can instantly tap into on a moments notice, and while I can roll things off my head pretty quickly, design is all about careful consideration, immersion and time. I like to call it the marination process. Initially I have good ideas, but as I sit on the project longer, and allow my creativity to take flight the inspiration turns into design magic!

10. For our last question, please tell us about any exciting projects you have on the horizon that you’d like us to know about?

I am currently working on a 50’s ranch house that is being completely remodeled down to the studs. Everything is being remodeled with a cool vintage vibe and modern amenities. The clients are great to work with, super cool and the project reflects it.

“Everyone needs to live a glamourous lifestyle. A true lifestyle is a home that surrounds you with things of meaning, and effortless luxuries. Luxury is not about money, it is about the simple pleasures in life that influence your mood. A good night’s sleep on sumptuous linens, a wonderful cup of coffee in your favorite chair, or fresh flowers on your vintage nightstand. When the things that surround you bring you ultimate joy, that is living graciously and that is a lifestyle!”
~Amanda Gates~

We want to thank Amanda Gates again for taking the time out to speak with us at Art For Your Walls!
I’m sure her website and blog will inspire you towards beautiful interior decors, so don’t forget to stop by and find out what is inspiring her up today! If you’re far away from Nashville, consider her Virtual Design Services and get some expert design assistance to your design questions!

Empty Frames Wall Decor Part II

Empty Frames Wall Decor Part II: Arranging and Displaying


First I gathered my frames and then refinished them in white to unify the future assembly. If you missed this part, you can catch it here!


Now, the big decision: arranging them!


I had enough space in my living room, on the floor, to do a mock arrangement. That took me the most of the time. Because it won’t be just me going by these frames several times a day, I asked my husband and son for their opinions too :).
After lots of changes, we all came up with this final look( still on the floor):


I didn’t want any holes in the wall, so I bought 3M Command Small and Medium Picture Hanging Strips Value Pack at Home Depot and attach to all my ready to hang frames.


All said and done, I did a photo of the”approved” frame arrangement with my camera and used this photo to ballpark the position of the frames on the wall!


This is how it came out:


On the thinner frames you can see the command strips, but I believe it’s nothing you can do to hide them!

And these are another two pics from each end of the hallway( my hallway is long, so there is no way I can do a front photo of all frames):


Well, what do you think?

Lessons learned
– don’t skip the mock up arrangement of the frames( it really worth the time!!)
– paint the inside of the frames the same color as the front to have a finished look
– the horizontal center line of the wall frame gallery should be at the eye level( same as you would hang paintings on the wall)

Tips on How to Make Stenciled Window Frosting Using Rust Oleum Frosted Glass Spray Paint


The windows in our dining room are tall and skinny. We didn’t like at all the “window treatments” we found when we moved in the house. They just made the room appear darker than it was and uglier( at least in my opinion!). I wanted something different.


See the picture below of our dining room windows with no frosted glass:


frosted glass spray paint

My 3 Reasons to Get Frosted Glass

I decided to try stenciled frosting glass for more reasons:

  • We wanted some privacy, but to get a glimpse of what happens outside as well.
  • Price was another strong reason to opt for frosted glass spray paint. I looked at stained glass, but the price was simply prohibitive for us. Just adding the stained glass panes, the labour to change the windows would have way too much money to spend at this point.
  • At some point we thought about window film, but they do not always they fit every personal taste. I would have gone with it, but patterns I could find for sale on the Internet were not what I was looking for and they didn’t match the rest of the room decor.You can see full review of energy efficient window film here.

Materials and tools Needed for DIY Window Frosting:

  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Masking paper, or any adhesive-backed film you can stick it on the window , trace the stencil and cut it
  • Sharp cutter or craft knife
  • Masking tape
  • Rustoleum Frosted Glass spray – Frosting spray
window frosting
  • Large stencil of your choice
  • Step 1. Clean the glass well with glass cleaner. Remove any dirt, wipe with paper towels and let dry.
  • Step 2. Using a printer, print the stencil you want. I found mine on the Internet, and I printed it on normal letter size paper.
    frosted glass spray paint

    I multiplied the small stencil by tracing it on a bigger sheet of paper with the same dimensions as the window. To transfer it on the masking paper, I chose a sunny window, fixed the big stencil on it andon top I fixed the masking paper.

  • Step 3. Transfer the stencil on the masking paper. I placed the masking tape( cut the size of the window panel) on top of the stencil, already placed on the window.
    Then I traced the design on the masking tape with a black marker. I started in the middle of the panel so I will have the stencil showing nicely on the whole window.
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  • Step 4. Fix the masking paper with the stencil on it on the window you want to do frosted glass on. Stick the masking paper few inches at a time; smooth down as you unroll the paper. Try to get as few as possible bubbles. I got some, so I pierced them with a needle and then smoothed the surface.
    You want to get the masking paper to adhere right up to the metal frame of the window, so press really well at the edges of the paper.
  • Step 5. Cut the design with a cutter or craft knife. Because the stencil is already traced to the masking paper, now you can start cutting out the design with the cutter or Acto knife.
    This is the most consuming part of the project, but take your time to get an accurate cut of the stencil. The whole time spent here you will get it paid back in the end :).
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  • Step 6. Spray the Rust Oleum Frosted Glass Spray Paint.Spray through your stencil with Rust Oleum Frosted Glass. Follow the manufacturer instructions from the can: shake the can well and hold it 10 to 12 inches from the glass. Apply even layers in a side-to-side motion.
    Best way is to get thin layers to avoid drips. Wait for each coat to dry, about 20 minutes, before applying the next coat. I used 2 coats.Peel off the masking paper with the tip of the knife and enjoy your frosted glass windows!
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These were the 6 easy steps on how to get frosted glass spray paint on a window. And this is how our dining room windows looked AFTER:

frosted glass spray paint

Contemporary Wall Decor

Contemporary wall decor is part of our times.
With its neutral color palette for walls, but bold accents, it takes full advantage of the structural elements in a house: exposed plumbing pipes, bricks or even air ducting.

They can all become a colored detail or blend with the rest of the walls.


Achieve A Contemporary Look


Elements of Design in Contemporary Wall Decor

    • The contemporary style wall color palette incorporates neutral colors, with white, cream, taupe or brown being used the most.
    • Mood is created by using a vivid color for an accent wall, boldly colored artworks or geometric prints or decorative pillows or rugs.
    • One of the most important design element is line: geometric, simple and clean. So, furniture has no complicated carvings and is regarded more as function than decoration. The same concept applies to lamps and fixtures.
    • Space: characteristic for the contemporary decor is the open plan with plenty of light and no clutter contribute to the feel of spaciousness.
  • Simplicity is highly regarded in contemporary decor. Furniture has smooth surfaces, there are no fringes on the drapes or floral prints on the walls.
    Accessories are here and there, living more space open, pieces of furniture are viewed as individual, accent pieces. So in contemporary decor…less is more.

Accents for Contemporary Decor:


    • Your first lighting choices in a contemporary setting should be either stainless steel,chrome or brushed-nickel lamps.
      Lights focus on specific well placed pieces and has a sleek finish.
      Lines for light fixtures are well defined, with no intricate carvings.
    • Wallpaper – if used – is not an elaborate patterned one, but more with abstract, geometric lines or natural look as a textured linen wallpaper.
      If you want to add some textures to the walls you can successfully use a bamboo or grasscloth wallpaper.
    • Most contemporary-style furniture is made from birch or maple light colored wood and combined with glass or metal. In contrast with the traditinal style, there are no carvings or antique finishes used, all furniture having clean lines.
    • Window treatments are not layered, have soft colors, but also, it’s not unusual to see bare windows.
    • Fabrics used are the ones with a natural look found in wool, cotton, linen, silk, jute, and add textural appeal.
    • Artworks are vividly colored with dark sleek metal or wood frames. If wood is used in a frame, it would carry the same tone as the one in furniture.
    • In a contemporary kitchen, there is no room for clutter. There are floor to ceiling cabinets for handy storage, ceramic tiles and stainless steel appliances.
  • In a contemporary decor, all rooms have modern storage space with closet organizers, underbed-storage, stackable containers.

Knock off Horchow Chandelier

So, the last week I finally did some pictures of my latest knock off: the living room chandelier.

When we moved in our house, there wasn’t any ceiling light in the living room. I have fallen in love with a Lucia drum pendant light.


Horchow has it for a whooping price: $650( on sale)that made it inaccessible to me.


But guess what?I found one a knock off version that is equally beautiful to me at Winners ( Canada). It’s the same size, it has 3 light bulbs and 4 adjustable rods as well. Instead of the burnished silver finish for the metal frame, the Winners one has an antique gold finish. If you can live with these differences( I can !!) you’re set.
And the price? Much better at 80 $. original price at Winners: $135.

Mine was priced that low because it was missing the light diffuser, as you can see in the picture above. It didn’t bother me at all because I’m sure I can come up with something to replace it. I have an 1/8″ acrylic sheet that will do the trick :).


I just love the sparkle of the glass crystals and at night, the light makes them glow.

This is how it looks now in my living room:

What knock offs chandeliers have you done lately?

“Read these tips on choosing paint colors the right way! “

You can have a fantastic look for your living-room, a revamped kitchen, a jazzy bathroom or a restful bedroom by choosing right interior paint colors for the walls of your home.


The range of colors is infinite, and paint allows you to be adventurous and creative in your choices.


Getting the perfect color for your walls and matching it with the rest of the house – furniture, window treatments and rugs – is possible without being a professional.


Follow these simple steps and you will create the perfect color schemes for your home decor and build your color confidence!


choosing paint colors

4 Simple Steps to Build the Perfect Color Scheme

Choosing Paint Colors The Right Way

Step 1. Choosing Interior Paint Colors: What’s Your Favourite Color?

Take the time to see what colors do you really like. See why they make you feel the way they do:

  • happy to start a new day,
  • relaxed and ready to unwind, or
  • energetic and willing to start a new project.


Your preferences toward a color or another can tell a lot about how you are and how you see life, how you make choices.
See how colors reveal your personality and how they can affect your mood.


Take pictures if possible, make notes, clip out pictures with colors that appeal to you. Put them on a “color board”. You will see a repetition in the colors you enjoy most.


Step 2. Choosing Paint Colors: Get to Know the Colors in Your Room

Discover your Space. Take into account the colors of furnishings, window treatments, rugs, floors, doors and trims. While you can change some of them at a later time, to complement the color scheme you chose, the others will remain the way they are.


The couch you have, that expensive mahogany sideboard, the all-house-through carpet, or the wood floors most probably will stay the same. They are “big ticket items”, and most of the people cannot change them too often.
Add their colors to your “color board”, as you will have to incorporate and make them part of your final color scheme.


With window treatments, door colors and trims you have two choices, either keep and take them into account with current color and add to your “color board”, or change them later to fit the new room color scheme.


Still feel uneasy about choosing interior colors? Try The Paint Color Cheat Sheets – the proven, tried and tested interior paint colors!



Step 3. Choosing Paint Colors: What Does Your Room Need?
Go through all these questions below, before choosing the interior colors for the room:

  • How do you want to feel in the room? Do you want to feel cozy, restful, energetic, happy?
  • How must the space function? Do you need an area for eating, hobbies, entertainment or studying? These days most rooms serve more than one purpose.
  • Are there any features in the room you want to reveal or hide? An accent color will draw attention to a feature, whereas similar tones will help disguise.
  • Check the light in the room. A south facing room might need a color to mellow it down a bit; a north facing one may need brightening with warm colors.

Step 4. Choosing Interior Paint Colors: Making the Final Choice

Now it’s clear for you what you like, how the colors make you feel, and what colors are “keepers”. This is the best time to go and pick the colors for the room.

Don’t go to the paint store bare-handed. Most probably you want remember the exact shade of green you decided to use.

Remember the “color board” we talked about in previous steps :)? This is the time to take it with you and pick the right shade.
Do you need to take another look at the color wheel chart to refresh your memory about what’s a shade or tint, or which ones are complementary colors? Check it here!

Understanding colors, choosing paint colors, and working with them, will grow the confidence in yourself that you can do it, and soon enough you would want to use paint to transform tiles, furniture, and even floors.
For the ones who haven’t decided yet on what color to choose, or do not have yet that confidence, there are some color palettes, considered “true winners”, because of their popularity over time: red, blue and white, yellow and green, to give only few examples. So, a stylish decor can be achieved using them as a reference.

Easy To Install Crown Molding

Crown molding adds the finishing touch to your walls and ceilings, giving more depth and definition to your room space. However, installing them by yourself can be tricky.
So, I put together few tips for installing crown molding, based on my experience with polyurethane molding.


You can read more about polyurethane molding and why we chose it here.


Questions to Ask Yourself:


  • Do you want an expensive crown molding or you have a tight budget to work with and you can settle for the less expensive ones?
  • Do you want to hire an installer or you have good DIY skills so you can finish the job by yourself?

My answer: In my case, we( me and my husband) were on tight budget and decided we will get the job done without having to hire a professional installer. So, the tips that follow are a result of our crown molding installation.

Plan the job
– I know you’re itching to start, but some good planning can save you headache and money down the road.5 Simple Steps to Install Polyurethane Crown Molding

        • – Decide how much to buy: Measure the length of the walls in the room( perimeter of the room).Tip: Allow an extra 10 percentage wastage. If you have a repeat pattern, allow more.
        • – Decide the size( width) of the crown moldingTip 1: select your width based on the height of the ceiling. For example, for a height of 9 feet, chose a molding with a width of 3-4 inches.

          Tip 2: “break” the rules if you LIKE a slightly larger one, but remember to scale the size of the crown molding with the size of the trims.

        • – Decide the style: for a contemporary look choose simple molding with less detail; alternatively a traditional home can get a more detailed crown molding, even a deeper one.Tip: as a general rule, avoid a crown molding with a repeat pattern for contemporary style homes.
      1. Tools you need:
        • – Compound miter saw
        • – Liquid nails adhesive( for molding and paneling)
        • – Wood putty
        • – Paintable Caulking and caulking gun
        • – Sanding block
        • – Nail gun and nails – optional for polyurethane molding installing
      2. Paint the molding strips before installation. Let them dry thoroughly before installation.Tip: polyurethane molding doesn’t need priming – and I loved it !!!!!. Molding strips come pre – primed( one of the reasons I considered it an easy to install crown molding!).
      3. Install – My husband built a crown molding jig – to make the cuts as exact as possible.TIP: The crown molding jig holds the crown molding safely in sprung position so you can cut it the way it hangs on the wall, only upside down.


        We used straight butt joints to join polyurethane molding and miter cut both the inside and the outside corners. Here is how molding will look for an inside corner:


        TIP: When you’re doing the cuts, remember that polyurethane crown molding is turned upside down on the miter saw. To ensure a tight inside corner, cut the molding a little longer by 1/8 inch and sprang it into place.

        We used a bead of adhesive at the top and bottom and at all joints. Before applying any adhesive, dry fit each piece of crown molding to make sure it fits properly.

        TIP: No need to use nails to attach them to the studs, as polyurethane molding is very light – we used some to have the molding flush against the wall, as our walls weren’t perfectly straight( nor the corners an exact 90 degrees). No need to find the studs either!! Yey – that was another reason to consider it for an easy to install crown molding as well!

        TIP: We used masking tape as a guide for the molding on the wall and to keep it in place after is mounted. After the adhesive has dried, we removed the masking tape.


      4. Finish

    Once all of the molding was in place, I filled all joints and holes from the nails with wood putty. After it dried, I sanded it. We caulked the top edges of the molding where it meets the ceiling with a paintable latex caulking. We didn’t need to caulk the bottom of it. In the end, I touched up with white paint where it was needed.


This is a photo of one of our bedrooms BEFORE our easy to install crown molding:


And the AFTER photo of the same room after installing it:

easy to install crown molding