13 Stylish Ways to Accent a Bedroom Wall

bedroomFrom tried-and-true favorites to the latest textures, these creative ideas can strengthen your bedroom’s design

One of the easiest and simplest ways to give a bedroom a big wallop of design is with an accent wall. You could make the case that the best place to do this is behind the headboard, because the rest of the room should bow down to the place where we lay our heads, rather than compete with it, right?

The process can be as simple as painting the wall a different color. But with options available today like 3-D cement tiles and mica wallpaper, you might want to consider the range of choices before making a decision. Check out some of the best and most creative ideas for bedroom accent walls on Houzz below.

Securing A Safe Home

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How to Keep Your Stainless Steel Clean

stainlessProtect this popular kitchen material with a consistent but gentle cleaning routine

For the past few years, designers have debated whether or not stainless steel will continue to reign supreme in kitchens across America or lose its popularity to glossy black or white appliances boasting sleek, smooth finishes.

While the trendsetters debate, however, millions of us continue to choose to live with the commercially cool look and functionality of stainless steel. Whether you have a little or a lot of the shiny stuff, here’s what experts suggest we do about those fingerprints, and how to care for and clean one of the hardest-working surfaces in the house.

13 cool ways to make your small living space look & feel big

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7 Rules for Organizing Small Spaces

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Long-Lasting Roofing Material Works With Many Styles

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 3.59.49 PMWith their durability and wide range of colors and molded shapes, concrete roof tiles are worth a look

Concrete tile roofs are masters of disguise. From an architectural standpoint, they can play many parts. Molded styles are made to mimic natural clay, slate and shake roofs. Concrete roof tiles are as well, which helps make this material one of the most universally popular roof selections around the world.

How to Clean Your Fridge, Inside and Out

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 12.03.44 PMKeep your refrigerator clean and fresh, while you gain storage space and and lose those ‘UFOs’

Until you find your kitchen invaded by a UFO (Unidentified Foul Odor), it’s easy to take a clean-smelling fridge for granted. But the perks of keeping one of the hardest-working home appliances in top shape go beyond eliminating unwanted “science projects” and unsavory smells.

“There are many reasons a refrigerator needs to be kept clean,” says Meg Roberts, president of housekeeping service Molly Maid. “A clean refrigerator can keep food fresh for a longer period of time. Due to the moisture in the fridge, cross contamination can easily occur, so it’s necessary to take precautions. Plus, a stuffed fridge means some items are hidden away, causing food to go to waste.”

Bottom line: A clean refrigerator not only looks and smells better, it will also function more efficiently and can ultimately save you money. Here’s how.

10 Ways to Make Your Place Feel More Spacious

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 4.02.19 PMIs your living room on the small or narrow side? Use these design tricks to open it up

In a compact living room, there are various ways to create the feeling of more space. Furniture configuration is No. 1, but color palette, furnishings and other elements can really lift the impact in a tiny social zone. But how much furniture and knickknacks to put in your space? And what should you leave out to make the room appear bigger? These ideas will help you rethink your living room, so it can become a space you truly want to spend your time living in.

How to Clean Marble Countertops and Tile

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 3.59.06 PMAcidic solutions can damage your precious marble surfaces. Here’s what you need to know to keep marble clean and looking amazing

“Nothing moves like marble,” says Stephanie Laney, lead designer for Surfaces USA, referring to the impression of movement created by the veining inherent in the carbonate stone. “We love the movement.”

What most people don’t love, however, is the concern that comes with cleaning and caring for the popular, porous surface famously susceptible to etching and staining, especially in the kitchen.

Luckily, according to marble experts, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and caring for the classic beauty of a marble surface may be easier than you think. Here’s how to clean marble countertops.