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  1. Penelope Harrison -  July 20, 2011 - 8:28 pm

    My friends have been telling me for years that I should look into becoming an interior decorator. Decorating my house (and said friends houses, when asked) has always been an enjoyable hobby of mine, and I guess you could say I have a knack for it, but I’ve always looked at it as simply that – just a hobby – and not something I’d do full-time. However, I recently lost my job and am looking to take my life/career in a different direction. I’d love to consider a career as an interior decorator, but I don’t know the first thing about getting started. Can you offer any suggestions or guidance?

  2. E J TREMME -  July 24, 2011 - 5:41 pm

    My kitchen has a high vaulted ceiling which requires a support pole from floor to ceiling, The pole is at the end of the island and is centered in the kitchen. The builder boxed the pole with simple stained lumber. There is not an option but to live with the support pole, do you have any idea of what can be done with this pole to make it more attractive in the space?

    Thanks, EJ

  3. Janet -  January 10, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    I live in a studio apartment. I am trying to decorate in compartments. What type of items can I use to separate my bed area from my living area and it not be so bulky or obvious? (I wanted something different from a screen.)

  4. deb -  January 10, 2012 - 11:47 pm

    I have a small eat in kitchen I want to paint my walls. Keep my saufit a cranberry color but want to use a light sage green on the walls? I have oak cabinets with oak trim around doors and windows. Inside the window and window trim is white. Should I have one accent wall with another color (white) and use the sage on all the other walls? Appliances are white as well and flooring is oak. I am wondering if there would be too much sage. Room size is 11×20

  5. Dave -  January 12, 2012 - 1:36 am

    Hey, I have many plants including cacti that I plant outside in the summer, but struggle to find a place to fit them inside during the winter. When I do its pretty ugly.

    Any ideas for indoor arrangements that provide light and visual appeal in a small space?


  6. Carolyn -  February 17, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    My laundry room has Peg Board on the walls. I was wondering what would be the
    best way to paint them? (sponge roller – long or short nap rollers) I know the holes
    in the board will be added work, also.. I have chosen 2 colors, a sage green, and
    a medium tan. There are 2 doors, and a set of cabinets over the washer that has to
    also be painted. I cannot decide if the walls should be painted the tan color, and the
    doors and the trim around them, and the cabinets should be painted the sage green
    color, or visa versa. For some reason I just can’t visualize the end results. Any help
    would be appreciated.. Thanks
    If I should paint the walls the tan color, and the doors and the trim around them, and
    the cabinets the sage green, or visa versa

  7. Shelly -  March 30, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    I need color help. Our dining room and living room are wide open to each other. The dining room has brick red walls with dark wood furniture. The living room has medium brown sofas. What colors can I use for spring accents?

  8. Tara -  May 3, 2012 - 6:28 pm

    I live in an apartment where the landlord does not allow tentants to paint the walls. My question is how can i give the illision that my wall(s) are painted but im on a small budget and it would have to be an inexspensive way to do so.

  9. Debbie -  July 30, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    My son made us an oak table country style I’m not sure what kind of chairs to get to update it. It is an medium stain

  10. Jennifer -  September 2, 2012 - 10:04 pm

    I am moving into my dream home. It is an oceanfront Florida condo. The main room is approx 26×15 wide. I am going for modern and classy. My ? Is: is it a good idea(will it look upscale/classy) if I paint the long unbroken wall a metallic sheened silver, and then can I do the opposite wall a metallically sheened blue/green?

    Also, this move is putting us on the ‘eat beans’ budget; therefore, cannot afford drapes. It has lovely damask draperies with swags and jaboted, but the colors of the stripes do not go. Have you heard of anyone painting over damask with fabric paint? Are there lovelier options?

    Thank you, jennifer

  11. Steven Massongill -  September 8, 2012 - 5:12 pm

    My new apartment has medium chocolate brown carpet… how can I break up the brown ? I was planning on getting furniture with a medium cherry finish, will that look good against the brown? Any ideas and suggestions would be great.

  12. Abby -  October 25, 2012 - 11:29 pm

    I am redoing my bathroom. Is it essential for bathroom vanities to match?

  13. bety -  October 26, 2012 - 2:11 am

    My newly purchased house was built in 1947 and has those small pinky/salmon bathroom tiles!! What color paint can I use for the walls. I tried green to match a white / green/ pink shower curtain but it looks terrible. I can’t afford to retile at this time

  14. Dottie Migliore -  November 9, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    The holidays present so many problems for me esp. re: the tree! We have a 3 year old new home with 12/13ft ceilings. My 6 ft. artificial tree looks wimpy & all out of proportion. I have tried raising it with a box or block of wood but no matter what I try it really looks rediculous. My husband refuses to purchase a taller tree – he has good reasons. It is so heavy that neither of us can manage to get it out of storage in our basement, up the stairs, set it up etc. I know a table top tree might be an answer but with our high ceilings that too just does not seem to work

    I assume I could decorate without a tree but somehow it does not seem the same.
    What can I do?

  15. Barry -  November 14, 2012 - 4:32 pm

    I am thinking about painting a room with a chair rail. I want to use a biege color and a complimenting contrast color. Which would be more appropriate – the light color or the darker color below the chari rail?

  16. Deanna -  December 13, 2012 - 6:29 pm


    I was wondering if one can affix curtain rods close to the ceiling and display curtains that only hang about 3/4 down the wall once placed on the rod; or with this rod height, must the curtains be full length to the floor or it will look funny/cheap or chop the room height?

  17. marsha -  December 31, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    Im building a new home. The kitchen has an open floor plan with a large bar seperating it from the living room. Cabinets will be stained a dark mahogany, flooring is the brick cement flooring in used red 4×8 and back splash is the same color brick in 2×8. I will have a large island that I was thinking would look good painted instead of stained. My husband wants black galaxy granite countertop, im thinking a dark grey would look best, along with painting the island a distressed grey. Im worried that the dark cabinets along with a black granite countertop will make it too dark. What do you suggest.

  18. Mary Pat -  January 1, 2013 - 10:52 pm

    In what room of my house should I place/hang family photographs without detracting from my Asian-traditional decorating style? (TV room, Dining Room, Bedroom, Guest room, entry way)

  19. Larene -  January 19, 2013 - 12:57 am

    We are moving into our new home that was last decorated back in the eighties with lots of light pink flowery wallpaper, neutral carpet, brass fixtures, some tan tile and barely off white (maybe just dirty) drapes.

    I want to strip the wall paper and add color. And I want to paint or replace the brass fixtures. The carpet will stay for a while as will the tile.

    Can I do a dark grey on the walls? Or will the grey look bad with the tan carpet and tile nearby?

    Can I do grey and pink in one room and tan and white in the next room or do I need to pick one ( tan or grey) and keep it thourout the house?


  20. Chris S -  January 27, 2013 - 1:26 am

    I need to replace my kitchen faucet as it beyond repair.
    In my kitchen, I have black Soapstone counter tops and a stainless steel sink. I originally put in a stainless silver “satin” finish faucet, but it never really matched just right, as the sink was always a tad lighter, but a darker silver finish would have been too dark.
    I’m thinking of putting in an antique style, black “stain” finish faucet and soap dispenser.
    My floors are gray tile and my cabinets are a darker gray with a hand glazed finish in onyx. (The glaze is in the ridges, etc., around the face of the cabinets)
    All the appliances are stainless steel.
    The only black in the kitchen are in the ridges of the cabinets and the black soapstone counter tops.
    I’d like to know if it’s “acceptable” to put a black faucet and soap dispenser on a silver stainless sink?
    I’m putting my house on the market this summer, so I don’t want to replace the entire sink, by I’d like give the kitchen a little “pop”, as my kitchen is looking a little too gray and could use a little contrast.
    Thank you so much for your help and I LOVE your website !

  21. Emily -  February 2, 2013 - 6:29 pm

    Hi, We have lived in our current house for awhile and life has been busy. I have more time now to think about fixing some things that have been bugging me. On is the echo and look of our two story family room. The house is very open and we have installed blinds on the lower windows and are looking to install blinds on the upper windows because of the sun. However, my question revolves around drapes for the windows. There are 4 sets, two on the back wall on either side of a fireplace and two on the outside walls to either side. We have gone back and forth about if the drapes should be only one story or both stories. The windows are lined up one over the other so this is an option. I was also wondering if they should be double width panels or single since there are blinds underneath already for privacy?

  22. Patti -  February 10, 2013 - 1:44 am

    I’d like to hang mini-chandeliers on either side of queen bed in a room which has ceiling fan w/light above the bed (center of room). Will chandeliers look silly with fan?

  23. Sheryl -  February 15, 2013 - 3:30 am

    My master bedroom is 14 ft long by 8 ft tall. Within this wall is a 66 x 54 inch window, 5 1/2 feet from the left wall and 3 feet from the right wall, 1 foot from the ceiling and 2 feet from the floor. Obviously it is not centered. At this time it is not possible to replace and/or move it. Do you have any suggestions for disguising it? Blinds, drapes, furniture placement? We would like to construct a built in dresser/wardrobe along that wall. Thanks for your time. Sheryl Strole

  24. Deborah McKimmy -  February 16, 2013 - 11:56 pm

    My living room is 14×14, I have white walls and burgundy carpet with burgundy pulled back curtains with white lace also have a burgundy recliner. My question is I would like to buy slipcovers for my love seat and sofa. I really like the Lexington floral print ( Sure fit by Wayfair)- with burgundy flowers. I also have plain burgundy pillows to go on each – 4 for sofa and 2 for loveseat. But I’m really not sure. We have 3 grandsons and one on the way . And 2 big dogs. So I thought with the prints it would hide just about everything. I’ve tried solid burgundy slipcovers before but it was just to much. I love the color burgundy, All of the rooms have a touch of it in them. What do you think?

  25. kelly -  February 17, 2013 - 12:12 am

    hello, i have no knack for decorating…. I have a charcoal colored couch and berry colored chairs. my curtains are ivory with a grey pattern. my floors are wood. My wall are white now but i want to paint. I was thinking a pale greay but is that to much grey, a pale purple. blue. i have no idea. Any advice on paint color would be great.

  26. JOANN DONALD -  March 17, 2013 - 1:40 am

    I am redecorating my bedroom. I have a charcoal shag rug in the bedroom area and want to put a gray wool rug with a sparkler design in the sitting area. The wool rug has bursts of orange, soft blue and cream. Will the two rug materials go together?

  27. Nancy S -  March 21, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    We are removing the original medium oak paneling from the halls and stairway in our 47 year old Cape Cod. We are in our early sixties and hope to age in place. Our trim is Behr Swiss Coffee, a white-off white. What color and type of paint should we use on the stairway wall with to maximize visibility and minimize fingerprints? Most of the walls in the house are cool, light colors. And no, I am not sure how the walls were finished under the paneling but am guessing 47 year old drywall, perhaps not even primed. thanks, Nancy

    BTW, the closest we even came to divorce was wallpapering the stairway in our first house 35 years ago so that’s not an option.

  28. Jill -  March 22, 2013 - 3:13 am

    I have a wood wall in my bedroom & all of the other walls are white with white molding. Not sure what I should do with them. Some suggestions have been, leave the walls white & continue the wood around the molding through out the whole room or around the one wall. Paint the walls a light shade that matches the wood. I can’t decide! Do you have any recommendations? The wood wall has a window in it with white vertical blinds which I was thinking about changing too, if you can make a suggestion.
    Thanks for your help! Jill

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  29. Ala -  March 30, 2013 - 11:42 pm

    I currently want to be an interior decorator(not an interior designer) and the college that I want to go to only offers interior designing programs. Should I take it or just take other classes?

  30. Josie -  April 10, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    I am redoing my bedroom after the passing of my husband. My color scheme is navy, silver/gray with pops of orange. The room has beige carpet but I want to add some color by using an area rug. Can I put an area rug over the carpet and if so any suggestions? My comforter is navy with silver/gray leaves (I have orange throw pillows on the bed and an orange throw draped over a gray fabric chair), the curtains are gray, my lamps have gray shades, and the walls are a sky blue. I so want a patterned orange rug to give my room the WOW factor. Help!

  31. Tracie -  April 22, 2013 - 7:12 pm

    Hi, I have an “All Oak” kitchen, Oak cabs, floors, chair rail and bead board wainscoting. I am going to re-do the cabs in a darker stain, and wanted a suggestion on what to do with the oak chair rail and wainscoting. I don’t want to paint them white, as then I feel I’d have too many colors going on (I intend to leave the oak floors as they are). any suggestions on what to do with the window trim, chair rail and wainscoting? It is a smallish kitchen. Thanks much. (a pic is in the link above)

  32. Cynthia Haueter -  April 30, 2013 - 10:12 pm

    Hi there. I live in an apartment with a balcony that I would love to use. However, it overlooks the alley between my building and the next one, and is nearly right above some dumpters. Any tips for a way to hide the eyesore without blocking out all the light?

  33. Robin -  May 28, 2013 - 10:51 pm

    I have an open floor plan with a big kitchen with lighting over an island and a dining area together. There’s a cut out from the living room that you can see into the kitchen. My question is should all my light fixtures be the same color from the living rm ceiling fan to the light over the island and the dining rm table.

  34. Bev Taplin -  June 17, 2013 - 7:56 pm

    I have been asked to decorate the Board Room at our church. The room is directly off the lobby area with a large window and door that open into the lobby. The lobby is painted in caramel tones. Would it be okay to do the board room in chocolate browns with French blue accents. The furniture is espresso

  35. eva davis -  June 18, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    can I mix a large wall of photographs with color and black and white photos?

  36. Juanita Takeno -  June 18, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    I have an old rock fireplace built in the 70s. What can I do to modernize it without the cost of replacing? Should I paint it? What are some other ideas? Thank you.

  37. JULI -  July 23, 2013 - 11:02 am

    My entrance hallway, LR and dining area are all one open space in my NY apartment. The colors are burgundy, pale green, black and yellow with an Aubusson rug in the LR. I would like to paint all three areas and make it a bit more modern. (Right now it’s Ralph Lauren with a mix of French).
    1-should all three areas be one color
    2-can I use a grey with the above colors
    Thank you so much….

  38. Danielle -  July 24, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    I’m having an at-home wedding in our backyard in October and we have a gas grill on the patio that is a total eyesore. Any ideas on what to do with it (other than just getting rid of it) for the wedding? Maybe some way to dress it up so it could even look like part of the decor… I thought about covering it with something else and putting a sign on it, I don’t know… here’s a picture of the space and grill:


  39. Gaye Brown -  July 27, 2013 - 1:15 am

    I have a lamp in my living room that can be filled with marbles, stones, etc. My accent colors are gold, “eggplant” purple, and pale blue. What substance could I use that is somewhat unusual? The walls are pale yellow and the rest of the room is a netural beige. I am trying to bring in as much color as I can without having a circus theme. Thanks.

  40. Suzan James -  July 28, 2013 - 10:59 pm

    We have done an entire house remodel and are down to buying doorknobs for the doors. We have a knotty alder front door with oil rubbed bronze handle. We plan to use the same type handle for other exterior doors, but do interior doors need to be oil rubbed bronze? Or could we use brushed nickel finish?

  41. Gabby -  August 1, 2013 - 6:37 am

    I am a student who just moved into an apartment. I have a bookcase, a wide dresser, a queen size bed, a night stand, a chair and lamps of course. I have no idea how to position my furniture. In the picture, I have the room on the left. THe window is smaller and pushed to the left. My cable connector is on the wall adjacent to the wall with the window so I planned to put my dresser there and have it double as a tv stand. I have no idea where to put everything else. I want my room comfortable and functional and I don’t have a headboard or footboard.


  42. Camilla -  August 6, 2013 - 9:18 pm

    Our office/craft room will be turned into a nursery when the time comes. It is painted a deep blue on two walls and a lighter blue on the other two. I would like to keep the dark blue (its gorgeous) even tho its not very “babyish” and i would be painting over the light blue. What are some colors that would coordinate with the dark blue but also make the room more kid friendly? boy or girl… Also on two walls there is paneling halfway up. Thank you!

  43. paula meitzler -  August 12, 2013 - 11:38 pm

    If redecorating bathrooms, using granite for countertops, should you go with the same pattern and design granite for every bathroom?

  44. Sheryl -  August 22, 2013 - 1:45 am

    I chose a granite that has real movement in it. Do I have to watch what type of laying pattern I choose for the tile. I am worried if it is a busy granite that a herringbone pattern might be too busy. How much do I need to make sure they are okay.

  45. Stephanie -  August 27, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    I have a wall that I want to make a feature wall with some objects/pictures etc but the problem is the shape of it. I live in a row home so there are 2 sets of stairs that break up the wall. Are there any rules to go by or advice to follow. Thank you

  46. Lindsay Sinn -  August 28, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Is it “permissible” to hang a large mirror opposite another large mirror in the same room? I have inherited a beautiful ghesso mirror and want to put it on a wall that is opposite and just off center from another large, black antique-looking mirror. My friend says 2 mirrors should not be opposite from one another but I don’t have more wall space. The room is eclectic–antiques, traditional and contemporary.

    Thank you,
    Lindsay Sinn

  47. shirley teglas -  August 30, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    I am having our kitchen cabinets refinished. The exterior cabinets will be white and the island and butlers pantry will be dark brown. My question is;
    the butlers pantry doors are glass. The exterior cabinets are being finished in a dark brown. Should the interior of the cabinet also be brown since it will be visible through the glass doors?
    The existing interior is a pale oak .
    I have seen brown cabinets with a light wood interior. Which is more impactful for a butlers pantry that will have crystal and fine china in the cabinets that will be visible.?

  48. roxanne -  September 1, 2013 - 9:31 pm

    Hi, I have a question, I painted my light oak trim and doors in my entryway white, also replaced the trim to match. I liked it so well that I decided to do my main living, dining and kitchen area the same. These spaces are on two seperate floors. I painted the trim of one of my bay windows the same white trim color and I am not liking it, the issue I am having is my ivory leather couch and kitchen chairs are fighting with the pure white trim. The furniture now appears dirty to me. Should I opt for an ivory trim color or stick with the same white? Thank you so much.

  49. Lucy -  September 3, 2013 - 10:05 pm

    Need help with color scheme
    I am currently trying to decide on a color scheme for my new house (we are currently awaiting our closing, photos will be difficult. But I have included a DaVinci-caliber drawing). I am a neutral type of gal and will most likely be sticking to these types of colors. It was suggested to me that I begin with the master bedroom and take my time with the other rooms. So my questions for the: MASTER BEDROOM (a 10′x13′ room. All measurements were taken by my husband and may not be accurate. Sometimes he used the tape measure and sometimes he eyeballed it.) are: 1) since the room is small should I go with white ceilings that match the trim (probably white dove by BM) or since I am leaning towards revere Pewter by BM for the wall should I use a lower percentage of revere on the ceiling. I have read several places where this actually makes a small room look bigger. If this is true, 2) what percentage do you use to get this result. My furniture is a Cabernet color and the window treatment, rug and decorative pillow will incorporate silver/grayish/blue. The area rug would most likely be a light beige color (no pattern), and the window coverings would incorporate some kind of pattern as would the pillows.
    For the LIVING ROOM (12′x16′): I was also thinking of Revere Pewter, with grays/yellowish pattern as part of decor.
    For the FAMILY ROOM ( 15′x23′): This room has wood paneling everywhere. We are changing this as soon as we can (no offense to the wood enthusiasts) There is a fireplace in the family with brick surround (the brick forms the entire 3/4 of the wall-floor to ceiling). I was leaning towards a beige in this room: shaker or greenbrier by BM and again bringing back the blues again. This room is a decent size, compared to the others, and I would be more inclined to keep it painted white. The ceiling has a very nice element of beams that go across in a checkerboard pattern (not sure what this is called). The base of these beams (closest to the ceiling) is white while the top is wood stain (it is two-toned). I would like to paint the whole beam white. I would like to go with a gray area rug that has a morroccan/marakesh/chevron type print and keep the window treatments without a pattern (or a very subtle pattern)
    For the DINING ROOM and KITCHEN (no measurements): My husband put in his two cents and wants green in the kitchen and dining room. I don’t mind green, but I don’t of a green that is neutral and light enough to blend in with the revere and beige of the living and family rooms. Also, I worry that this could make everything look choppy going from one color to the next like that.

    So what do you think of my color scheme? Are my choices of revere pewter and either shaker or greenbrier okay? Any suggestions on green for dining/kitchen?

    I guess that is enough for now. Any and all help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please be gentle… :-)

  50. Janet -  September 18, 2013 - 8:40 pm

    We have a 3 br, 3 bath 10 year old home on a golf course that we rent out. I would like to change the kitchen, all 3 baths and laundry room knobs on the cabinets/drawers. Presently, they are brass (popular TEN years ago) and I would like to replace them with a brushed nickel or chrome. Now…..for the bedroom and all rooms with doors, the handles and the hinges are brass. Would it look funny to have brushed nickel or chrome knobs when the other hardware in the house is brass. I can’t afford to change everything. The brass knobs are so in your face. Thank you for your help.

  51. tricia -  September 19, 2013 - 9:03 pm

    i recently moved and over the fireplace is a mantle that has a window directly behind it. how would you decorate the mantle.

  52. JoAnn -  September 21, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    I am redecorating my family room. The colors in my home cream, yellow, green and burgundy. I want to add a little blue. My family room walls are a medium tone yellow tan (Benjamin Moore goldfinch). The couch and chair are dark forest green leather. The fireplace has a honey colored wood mantle with green marble.
    Can I put Thomasville Cayman fabric drapes and swags/?

  53. trish -  September 27, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    I need 2 or 3 drawer chests to use as night tables. Room is light blue walls, blue and white curtains, beddings, bath, etc.
    Current furniture is: mahogany four poster bed, 1 night table (Mahogany w/birdseye maple inlay, American Masterpiece Collection by Hickory), a beautiful rattan chair with blue and white cushion and a birds eye maple armoire w/mahogany inlay. I’m looking to use the existing night table with the rattan chair. I was thinking of black bombe chests used as night tables. Do you thing this will work? Do you have any other suggestions? I’m really having a hard time finding anything that works. Thank you in advance for any advice.

  54. Nancy -  October 5, 2013 - 2:27 am

    I have a basement bathroom that is approx. 10.5′ x 5.5′ The 57″ vanity with a proportionate sheet mirror is located immediately on the left as you enter and the toilet is located between the vanity and the tub that sits across the far end. Since there is no window providing natural light, I’m thinking of installing a wall covering that has some reflective qualities. Ideally, I’d love to use Candice Olson’s Luminaire in Glacier. Unfortunately, that is not in my budget. If I can find a comparable but budget friendly wall covering (Crown’s Alberto is looking like a possibility), should I apply it to all of the walls or just the long “empty” wall on the right?
    Thank you for your advice.

  55. kd -  October 9, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    I wanted to know if there was technically any “rules” on hanging up a sunburst mirror in a lvingroom. I have a sectional sofa thats in the corner of my livingroom and was wondering if it made any sense to still hang up the mirror in the middle of the livingroom wall even though my sectional sits in the corner. Should I hang it up in the middle of where on side of the sectional is or the middle of the wall? please help


  56. Rebecca -  October 10, 2013 - 12:00 am

    I live in a small apartment and unfortunately, need to replace my beautiful couch with something more comfortable to sleep on. The only problem I have with a futon is that they all seem to be so modern, which is not my style at all. My home is filled with traditional furniture and antiques. So, I need something comfortable that actually fits my style. Do you have any suggestions?

  57. Elaine -  October 12, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    I have a condo in the Carolina’s the bedrooms each have a private bath, however the sink which is built into a cabinet is located OUTSIDE the toilet & shower area within the bedroom. Do I paint the cabinet a contrasting color to the bedroom or the same color or White? Many thanks…

  58. mark -  October 15, 2013 - 9:11 am

    I bought a condo and it is only 35 sq m small. I know what to do with the kitchen and the bedroom and bath but I’m stuck on the living room because it is so small. Any suggestions? thank you! Here is a video of the same unit.


  59. Jessica Lopez -  October 16, 2013 - 11:43 pm

    I am currently renting a 1 bedroom apt where the living and kitchen area were previously a 2 car garage. The place is SUPER cheap and in pretty good condition with the expection that the garage door (which is kinda like a wall) was never drywalled so that (garage door) along with the garage ceiling railings/hardware are still visible. I need to find a way to “hide” all of it in a way that looks elegant, won’t cost so much money and I don’t have to do tear anything down. Can you please help give suggestions?? Thanks a Ton! :)

  60. dominique -  October 17, 2013 - 10:25 pm

    Hello there!

    We just moved to a beautiful victorian home on a tree lined, brownstone-esque street and we are trying to choose paint colours for our VERY dark living room. The north facing, main-floor living room has large, stunning windows, and original stained glass at the top, crisp white crown moulding, and an original fireplace trimmed with a cinnamon coloured wood.

    We are trying to pick the perfect light blue, or light grey to brighten up the space and would love some suggestions. We are completely open to trying other colours but need something calming, and neutral that would bring light to the space since it is in shadow most of the day.

    Many thanks!

  61. ellen -  October 18, 2013 - 11:10 pm

    Hi I would like to paint my public rooms. Really a big room divided by 2 sided fire place between kitchen and living room. There is open access on either side of fireplace. Also large entry way and dining room can be seen. Dining room is on north side of house and only dark room. I have golden oak woodwork and floors with beige carpet with pink undertones in the living room. Lots of natural light. I’d like to stay neutral using the fireplace walls as an accent. I also would like to use a slightly darker version of the main color on 2 larger walls for contrast with light as the day goes on.

    Thank you for your time!

  62. sharon pollock -  October 26, 2013 - 5:10 am

    my comforter set is a bright red satin. the curtains that i love are cranberry polyster material can i use these at my bedroom window. or should i do velvet curtains

  63. sharon pollock -  October 26, 2013 - 5:18 am

    i live in an apartment my living room and dinning room one big room. i use my 2nd bedroom as a den. so my living room is kinda of formal looking. my dinining room has china cabinet small queen anne table that is smaller than table i had before. i love keeping my table set. since it is smaller than the other can i just set 2 table setting instead of for 4 people. there is room on each side of china cabinet to set my 2 other dinning room chairs. i love the formal look.

  64. Phyllis Alexander -  October 30, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    I live in a townhouse with 2 small bathrooms. I am remodeling both. I am thinking spa seated shower with larger tile for bath. White subway tile with an accent tile, cocoa vanity (not sure of floor yet). Neither bath has direct sun light. Should I use a similar style for both or can I each decorate differently?

    Thanks for your help

  65. Phyllis Alexander -  October 30, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    Hi, I forgot to say the spa seated showed is for Master bath and the more modern design is for main bath.
    Thanks again

  66. Cynthia Morton -  October 31, 2013 - 12:43 am

    Hi! We have a 2500sqft home, which the entire living space is open. We have a section of the space that is sort of a large nook. The whole living area is painted Valspar’s Cattail and it too much tan! I was wondering if you had any suggestions on paint colors that I could paint the nook area that would go with this color? Also, should I paint one wall or all three? Thank you!!

  67. Susan -  October 31, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    Can I put a colored glass table lamp on a clear glass topped table, or is that a no-no? The only reason I’m considering it is that we have an open kitchen/living room and it would tie in nicely with the colored glass lights above my kitchen island.

  68. Haley Renard Wainwright -  December 4, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    Hi! My home was built in the 80′s and has low ceilings. My furniture is dark and my kitchen cabinets are black. My walls are a simi dark tan. My question is should I go for light or dark color floors?

  69. Ekaterina Reier -  December 5, 2013 - 4:09 am

    Hi! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP! I am really stressing over this one wall that I had the guts to paint burgundy. Don’t get me wrong – I love the color, and the wall has a fireplace and two lovely windows, BUT it is uneven and eggshell paint shows off all imperfections. So I need to do something about it. I need help figuring out what:
    1) I could paint it with flat paint, but I feel like that wall is missing something. May be if I do that, I should add crown molding for a more formal look? We are going for old world feel
    2) I could use damask burgundy gold wallpaper on that wall. I love the idea but I have one problem – there is a stained glass that I made that is installed over the fireplace, its design is kinda busy and its primary color is green. It has a 2.5” gold frame around it. Do you think that it would look too busy on damask wallpaper? Also, I do have the two windows. If I use damask wallpaper, should I go for curtains of a different color with burgundy elements in them, or pick a different color entirely (but obviously smth that works with the room)? ARGH, I am so torn – this is supposed to be fun, but I am not having too good of a time trying to figure this out! PLEASE HELP!!!!

    • June -  March 23, 2014 - 5:38 pm

      I need more draw space in bedroom. Is it acceptable to use two dressers in one bedroom? thx – jl

  70. Abby -  December 7, 2013 - 1:01 am

    How can I incorporate a Reclining sofa/loveseat or at least two recliners in a 23’10″x11’10″ long living and dining room of an apartment? Far end has windows and long side has fireplaceand TV area beside it. Can is send you a copy of the floor-plan? Most small space/apartment décor blogs have good looking furniture in them that are not comfortable. I want to know if it is possible to create a good looking space that is comfortable and inviting. Please suggest.

  71. MJ Sergio -  December 10, 2013 - 5:29 am

    I have an apartment with a small living room that opens onto a dinette area.
    There is a floor to ceiling 10 foot long Scandinavian wall unit in European cherry on the long wall that is very modern in design and houses lots of books, a TV, and a mix of elongated modern metal sculptures, contemporary and antique mirrors, and both glass and pewter accent pieces. The opposite wall has the entrance at one end, a closet door at the other, and a small raised window. .I have placed a transitional style love seat in a deep burgundy leather in between. I would like to add a chair to the room. I’d rather not do leather and would like something to help this room look like everything has been acquired over time. The short wall has an over sized window. What styles and colors can I use that won’t clash with the existing furniture?

  72. Erica -  December 19, 2013 - 3:40 am

    Greetings! I want to rearrange my living room. I have the space and the furniture (cream colored canvas couches and two red ikea chairs). After reviewing many online pictures for ideas, I like the design in which the two couches face each other and the accent chair(s) are positioned on one end. Ideally, for balance, the couches would be of equal size. My question is: Can I pull this design off with couches of unequal sizes (a sofa and a large loveseat)?

  73. Mindy -  January 13, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    I have dark built in bookshelves in my living room. I put huge resin pottery barn sand dollars on top..they touch and go over the moulding..my mom said they look horrible and definitely shouldn’t be touching/going over the moulding. What do you think? They fill the empty space nicely. There’s a fire place in the middle with built ins on either side.

  74. Amanda -  January 24, 2014 - 3:53 am

    We have an upscale, newly renovated clubhouse in our neighborhood. The couches are marking up the blue wall. Is there a solution to prevent this? I have seen ideas/ways to keep the couch from touching the wall such as blocks on the legs. The trouble is that the back of our sofas are angled and much closer to the wall than the legs. Is there something we could apply to the top/back of couch that wouldn’t rub on the wall?

  75. David Paley -  January 26, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    Our family room is a large rectangular room of 13.5ft wide x 20ft length. The room has two windows centered on the 13.5ft wide back wall. As part of recent renovations, built in bookshelves and storage were created on the left wall that runs the length of the room. The built ins are 18inches deep. Additionally, a coffered ceiling was created that is equidistant from the new built ins and the right wall running the length of the room. Essentially the coffered ceilings are centered based on a 12ft width. The original windows, however, are centered based on the original floor space (13.5 ft width). My question is when placing a dining table and over head chandelier in the room, should it be centered based on the 13.5ft width (wall to wall) or 12ft width (center of coffered ceiling/built in to wall)? If we center based on the coffered ceilings the table and chandelier are off center from the windows on the back wall. If we center based on the original floor space/center of windows on back wall, the table and chandelier are off center within the coffered ceiling and current open floor space. Where is the correct location for the table and chandelier? Thank you!

  76. Catherine Tsivitzis -  January 30, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    My couch faces the door as you enter into the lounge/dining room. The television is on the opposite wall. The wall behind the couch has become a feature wall with three large framed paintings of Parisian ladies, two in portrait and one in landscape, positioned close to each other but corners fitting like a jigsaw. The frames are like vintage bronze. Further along the same wall is a very large vintage bronze clock, the diameter being about the same length as the grouping of paintings.

    The opposite wall however is bare, other than the television on a cabinet and two small round tables on either side, one with the telephone and the other with Indian brass plates on the two levels of it. The wall on this TV side though is bare, and as it is not the feature wall, I don’t quite know what to do with it. I worry that if I do something with it, it may detract. From the moving pictures on the television somehow.

  77. Teresa -  February 1, 2014 - 11:14 pm

    We had our bedroom closet reconfigured and had to reduce the door frame from a wide one (had accordion doors at one time) to regular door width. Before the work I used curtains (instead of doors) hung at the top of the doorway by a pressure rod. But now that the doorway is so much smaller, I think that may look silly. Should I hang curtains from the ceiling (98in) and just a tad wider than the door to give a wider look? Or should I just hang curtains on the inside of the door way?

  78. Kate -  February 10, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    Hello! I have a question about my living room colors. We have just completely renovated our house (a year-long project!) and are working on getting furnishings for this room. Our walls are sort of a medium gray with a blueish hue (light gray trim, white ceiling) and we have a chocolate brown couch. We have red oak hardwood flooring which is tan with a pink/warm hue and wood blinds that are a similar color (although perhaps slightly more orange). I currently have other “placeholder” furniture (chairs, rug, etc) in our living room, but it doesn’t match and it is driving me crazy. What I am currently struggling with is this: What color should my other furniture be to tie in these colors but keep the room light? We really only get sun through the one major set of windows in the room, which is North-facing. I have two small barrel-back club chairs to be reupholstered for this room, and I’m not sure what color they should be. I’m also planning to get a new rug, accent tables, and drapery, but I’m not sure what color those should be either! We do have pets, but no children. Additionally, do you have any advice on furniture placement? The room is approximately 25′x12′.

    Thank you for any advice you can give!

    I’ve linked a couple of photos below through google drive to clarify the colors involved and (somewhat awkward) room shape.




  79. Amber Spence -  February 23, 2014 - 5:09 am

    I have a color question. My living room is a khaki(beige) color and my dining room is a light blue (antique silver) color. Ths two are connected with beams and a partual wall. I want to do the trim for both rooms in the same color because it is so open and have the flowing look between the two.

  80. Crystal -  March 3, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    We have added drywall over old knotty pine walls in our combination craft room / library. The trim /door is all warm oak color , one wall is floor to ceiling bookshelves and there are large windows on two walls ( one is south facing …very warm in summer) making the room very bright during sunny days. I would like to paint the walls a cheery color but at the same time a little neutral /cool
    because of all the colors from books, craft stuff. What would you suggest ?

  81. Will -  March 20, 2014 - 3:04 am

    I am trying to get curtains for a window that is 58″ wide x 59″ long.
    I have been searching stores for curtains that are approx. 1.5-2x the width (87-116″), but there don’t seem to be any curtains of this length.
    I am using this 1.5-2x rule because I saw online that having curtains of this extra length makes the window look better, possibly more luxurious. With this, very few stores have curtains I can use, and even less have the blackout curtains I’m hoping for.
    Am I setting this up right? How should curtains be purchased for this type of window?
    Thank you so much!

  82. Nick -  March 24, 2014 - 3:52 am

    I am redoing the flooring in 2 bedrooms. The hall separating the rooms has hardwood flooring. Do the carpets need to be the same in each room? Some are suggesting it would look funny to see different carpets at the same time.

  83. Pat Rader -  March 31, 2014 - 2:28 am

    I am having a full bathroom with tub and shower remodeled. I will be using rubbed bronze fixtures, shower curtain rod and hooks. Do you think the Morgan porcelain blue banded shower curtain by Pottery Barn would look nice with the bronzed hardware (rod and hooks)? The curtain is white with the porcelain blue band and monogram. Thanks

  84. Cathy Smith -  March 31, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    I have a dining table that is centered on a sliding glass door in our open concept living room/dining room. We recently put up a beamed ceiling. The beams are centered on the fireplace which is across from the sliding door/dining table. I want to hang 2 pendants from the ceiling over the dining table but the sliding door is actually 6 inches off center from the fireplace and therefore the ceiling beams. Should the pendants be hung in the center between the beams or should the pendants be hung centered on the sliding glass door? If centered on the door, they will be off-center of the beams.

  85. Charley -  March 31, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    I’ve been planning on buying a queen bed but I can’t find a duvet cover to match my room. At the moment my twin duvet cover is just a solid rose color which I love but I can’t find it anywhere in queen size. My room is light purple with pinkish house accents. Do you have any ideas on a color or print I should get for my new bed?

  86. Annette -  April 6, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    Our front door opens into our rectangular living room. Thankfully, most people come through the garage to access the mudroom, but i still would like to change things in the living room. The carpeting goes right to the door so i would like to put tile in a small area at the entrance. What else can I do?

  87. Jessica -  April 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    I want to put inspirational quotes on photographs through my photoshop program and print them and frame them. I want them to be pretty big (about 3 or 4 feet in width and hight). When I go to purchase stock photos online from various companies, the largest size is about 18 inches wide or tall. Do you have any ideas on how to get large format digital images for print? Also, once I have the images I need to print them for the wall. Any ideas about where to print and frame them?

  88. Arlene -  April 13, 2014 - 5:13 am


    I am expecting mt first baby in the Summer and currently redecorating my guest room to now be the Nursery.

    Here is my issue:

    My husband and I fell in love with a sort of washed out bleached beech wood crib/cot and on a whim bought it right then and there.

    Little did we know that finding a matching dresser/changing table and armoire in the same colour would be so difficult. A few weeks later we came across a beautiful ivory colored solid wood dresser/changing table and armoire set and bought that for the nursery in the hopes that it would match with the crib.

    When all items were delivered, I found that in trying to ‘match’ my wood finishes I got what appears to be a clash, my husband, mum and dad don’t agree with me, and they may be right (hormones make me see things differently!), but i am convinced that when guests walk in they will take a look at my furniture and think “she was clearly trying to match wood colors but epically failed!”

    To make matters worse, we have a single bed and matching bedside table the color of mahogany in the guest room (soon to be nursery) which we intend to keep for economic and practical reasons.

    my question to you is as follows: we are considering painting our mahogany furniture EITHER the same color and finish as the crib OR the ivory color of the dresser/changing table and armoire, hoping that it would mitigate the clash of wood colors that are similar but not quite. What color do you think I should go for? Am i doing the right thing???

    In painting the bed Ivory, we leave the crib to stand out as the only piece with a different colour and finish sort of the centre piece of the room if you like. However, in painting the bed the bleached wood colour we may add harmony to an otherwise ‘colourful’ situation. what say you??

    If you have any alternative solutions please let me know!

    your help is much appreciated.

  89. Theresa -  April 13, 2014 - 6:02 pm

    Hello, I have a lighting challenge that I was hoping you could help me with. We have a two story reverse floor plan home (living rm, dining rm, family rm, kitchen etc. all on 2nd floor) to take advantage of views. Our 22 foot vaulted entry/foyer is such that a hanging lighting fixture would be in line with the 2nd floor and between our living room and dining room. We have a lovely wrought iron and crystal chandelier in the dining room, and are thinking of getting a much larger one in the same family ( with perhaps less crystals) for the vaulted and large open space of the foyer. We thought it might look strange to go with something too different as the areas are in the same line of sight and near each other. We will have the same challenge with the living room and the foyer– but will tackle the foyer first. : ) Would you agree with this, or perhaps have another suggestion? Thank you so much.

  90. Danielle -  May 14, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    in a small house, should the kitchen and bathroom flooring match because of their close proximity?

  91. Janet Spry -  May 16, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    My ‘inspiration pieces’ for decorating my “Diva Den” are Dan Kessler art prints, “Rainbow Cats” and “Rainbow Dogs” (http://kesslerart.com/cats_and_dogs.html). My upholstered pieces are taupe colored, the walls are a pale yellow, and the floor is a dark hickory. Sounds like a train wreck! Can you give me some guidance on how to select new color for the walls, drapes (large window), and accent pieces? And a little more advice on how I can meld these colors into adjoining rooms …? Thanks!!!!

  92. emma -  May 21, 2014 - 11:23 pm

    Hi, I have a silly question…I hope you don’t mind!
    I’m just about to decorate my bedroom french style with stone and mauve colours. I was planning on a ‘feature’ wall of horizontal thick stripes and was wondering if you think it would look ok if I added a thin lace trim between each stripe? Or maybe small daisy trimming?
    Thank you for your time x

  93. Louise -  May 23, 2014 - 3:52 pm

    Hi, I have a small square bedroom floor plan, my bed headboard is white, and am planning to have a beige-white kind of colour theme. I was wondering if I painted my room this colour http://homegress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Bedroom-Design-Ideas1.jpg

    is it okay to get white bedside tables as well as white closet? I can’t picture wooden brown texture kind of closet to fit into the room. Help! I really can’t decide if I should go all white cause I’m afraid it will be boring

  94. Sally -  May 26, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    I cannot center my couch along the living room wall due to the need for enough space to accomodate hubby’s recliner. How do I place art work – centered over the couch or centered on the wall?

  95. Ann Reisinger -  June 2, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    I found patterned window sheers that I really love, but I had planned to use white plantation blinds (the kind with the flat 1.5″ slats) underneath whatever I selected for the same windows. I’m wondering if the two can go together, or if the sheers will look unbalanced with the heavy blinds?

  96. Shannon -  June 5, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Hello! I am trying to buy a kitchen table that will match my cherry cabinets, cherry floors, and tan granite counter tops. I have 2 kids so I am hesitant to purchase glass. Any ideas?

  97. Susan E. -  June 8, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    We have a beige leather sectional in our family room. We just purchased 2 end tables. Our taste is traditional. I was thinking of using floor lamps behind the end tables and possibly an arc floor lamp in the curve of the sectional. Is that too many floor lamps .what would you suggest as lighting? If you have a suggestion, please let me know. I want lighting at either end of the sectional, in addition to the center. Please give me expert advice. I don’t want to waste money but will get what you think will work best and look best.
    Thank you.

  98. Anne Fogle -  June 8, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Live in Alexandria & having trouble finding a 24” wide metal washstand (similar to Restoration Hardware’s Gramercy single metal washstand) that will fit into my small bathroom. I’ve done extensive online research but all are at least 3” too wide. I’d like to have a marble or engineered stone top and do know where I can find the top and sink. I’m thinking I may need to have the washstand fabricated. Any suggestions for either finding a 24” wide one or where to get it fabricated?

  99. Anne Fogle -  June 8, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    Live in Alexandria and having trouble finding a 24” wide metal washstand (similar to Restoration Hardware’s Gramercy single metal washstand) that will fit into my small bathroom. I’ve done extensive online research but all are at least 3” too wide. I’d like to have a marble or engineered stone top and do know where I can find the top and sink. I’m thinking I may need to have the washstand fabricated. Any suggestions for either finding a 24” wide one or where to get it fabricated?

  100. Anne -  June 10, 2014 - 5:20 pm

    Live in Alexandria and having trouble finding a 24” wide metal washstand (similar to Restoration Hardware’s Gramercy single metal washstand) that will fit into my small bathroom. I’ve done extensive online research but all are at least 3” too wide. I’d like to have a marble or engineered stone top and do know where I can find the top and sink. I’m thinking I may need to have the washstand fabricated. Any suggestions and or recommendations for either finding a 24” wide one or where to get it fabricated?

  101. Renu Michael -  June 11, 2014 - 1:24 am

    I am trying to buy a rug and cushions for my lounge. I have a black lounge suite and a matching black ottoman. I kinda liked a full green fluffy rug which i saw in one of the shops. I would like to know whether the cushions to go with the couch must match the rug below? My idea is to have a lime green feathered rug, blank couch and cushions with patterns resembling american flag. Not sure if this look will work together. Please help

  102. Valerie Goguen -  June 20, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    I don’t know where on my wall to hang a large canvas … It’s a stair wall, you go up 7 steps and that wall to the ceiling is 13.5 feet tall … my canvas painting is 5 feet tall … using the method of the center of canvas being 57″ to 60″ from the floor, it looks odd, too much blank space on top of painting … any advise would be appreciated

    Thank You !

  103. Peter -  July 2, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    I started decorating a 3 story terraced house and after the second coat of trade matt emulsion the paint on the walls looks very patchy.
    The house is only 6 years old so before I started decorating I lightly sanded the walls down and then washed all walls with sugar soap solution.
    I am using a roller with hamilton perfection medium pile woven roller sleeves and no nonsense trade matt emulsion (not diluted with water) before I put the expensive paint on.
    After examining the patches that appear to be rough I noticed that if I place a flat object against the wall (e.g. a ruler) I can see that the wall is not perfectly straight. There are parts that are slightly uneven by 1 or 2 millimetres. The paint on those – slightly dented -parts is not the same and it looks very patchy and not nice.
    As this is the first time I decided to decorate a house I’m not an expert by any means. I need some recommendations as to how can this be remedied.
    The wall looks like this http://redfrisby.memebot.com/Room.jpg

  104. Sandhya -  July 20, 2014 - 3:47 am

    I have a dark brown TV wall unit measuring 6ft wide and 6 ft tall on a wall which is 11 ft wide and 9ft high. Can i use a bright wall paper on this wall or on an opposite wall for maximum effect. Thanks!

  105. Chris -  July 22, 2014 - 1:50 am

    We are purchasing a large sectional for our basement. We will have extra pieces left over. My husband wants to put them around the house, in the bedroom….I thought we would store them or try to sell them.
    Do people typically use extra sectional pieces this way?
    Thank you,

  106. Mykah Kimbrell -  July 22, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    I am moving into a home that has a 10×10 room that is currently a koi pond. We would like to fill it in and make it a functioning and fun space. Any ideas?

  107. Rica -  July 24, 2014 - 8:59 pm

    I live in a small but charming condo. The living room and dining room have an open layout with an exposed brick wall. I have always had a hard time finding styles/decor that work well with the brick. Do you have any suggestions or inspiration?
    Thank you!!

  108. Jenna -  July 25, 2014 - 1:35 am

    Which glass pool tile shape would stand the test of time, square 1 x 1 or Rectangle 1×4? The tile is the same color all through pattern. Much thanks!

  109. Jenni -  July 25, 2014 - 3:26 am

    I recently moved into a rental house and am trying to do a bit of decorating. My landlords won’t let me change anything (no paint etc..). I have a master bath with a large counter that has two sinks. Between the sinks, in a corner is an enormous, and very awkward ( it is very deep beneath but because of the angle too small for a normal chair) vanity. I had a stool in there but its simply not getting used. My question is this: can you think of anything to do with the empty space below. I’m on an incredibly tight budget but also am in need of more storage in the bathroom. Any suggestions? Thanks so much


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