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.

How to Color-Block With Confidence in the Kitchen

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 5.00.58 PMMaster the art of color-blocking in your cooking and dining area by following these foolproof design tricks

Color-blocking is a popular fashion trend that has been a firm favorite with designers and fashion lovers over the past several years. Although it’s taken a little longer for the high-impact look to filter down into the interiors world, the technique is now being embraced by many design professionals and home decorators, too, especially in the kitchen, as a way to liven up a neutral scheme and help a space stand out. Take a look at the color-blocking cheat sheet that we’ve compiled for you below.

15 Creative Kitchen Backsplashes for the Adventurous

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 4.05.03 PMConsider using snow skis, mirrors, bottle caps and other unusual materials for your next kitchen backsplash

Not a fan of white subway tile? Don’t fret. Look to custom and DIY options for creative backsplashes that are only limited by your imagination and budget. Of course, you’ll want to take into consideration your cooking habits, too. Those who fancy themselves amateur chefs and tend to have multiple splattering pans going at once might not be keen on a custom photography backsplash. But for the pop-it-in-the-microwave types, the more decorative options might make sense.

Here are 15 adventurous options that you — or your designer — may want to consider for your next kitchen backsplash.

Can You Spot the TV?

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 4.03.05 PMA big round of applause for the cleverly concealed TVs we had to squint to find

Sometimes a room design doesn’t seem to allow for a 60-inch television — maybe it disrupts the aesthetic flow and clean lines the designer worked so hard to achieve. Cue these now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t entertainment systems that blend in with their surroundings so well, they rival chameleons with their camouflage.

Patio Details: Simple Materials Make for a Sophisticated Space

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 12.01.15 PMLow water bills and minimal maintenance are just part of the beauty of this handcrafted backyard deck and patio

Using only four materials — stone, wood, concrete and steel — Chris Corbett designed and built a new patio and deck for a backyard in Davis, California, that’s anything but basic. “My philosophy is to use natural, raw materials,” Corbett says. He focused on thoughtful, handcrafted details that not only make this backyard and patio design stand out, but also make it more livable and likely to thrive with little maintenance or attention for years to come.

Kitchen Details: Out-of-Sight Paper Towel Holder

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 7.52.55 AMSee how some homeowners are clearing the counter of clutter while keeping this necessity close at hand

I recently wrote about a house that has a great kitchen. As the homeowner described what she loved about her cooking space, she casually mentioned the paper towel holder. Stop the presses. “The paper towel holder is one of your favorite things about your kitchen?” I (incredulously) asked. “Oh yes!” she replied. “I spent a lot of time thinking about the paper towel holder!” Readers, this is how stories are born.

I wrote about that kitchen, complete with a shot of the paper towel holder provided by the homeowner. It turns out she’s not alone in her consideration of this workaday detail.

How to Get Your Kitchen Island Lighting Right

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 9.49.24 AMHere are some bright ideas on when to use chandeliers, pendants, track lights and more

The kitchen island is often a central gathering spot in the home, in addition to being a functional, much-used workspace. That’s why it’s important to light it right. I’m a fan of hanging fixtures, which, if chosen correctly, provide ambient and task lighting while acting like beautiful jewelry. Here are a few key tips for selecting kitchen island lights that get the job done while looking great.

13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area

grill thumbKick back on your patio or deck with a grill that focuses on fun as much as function

When the weather cooperates, there are few meals more pleasant than those you can enjoy in your own backyard. The fresh air and hot grill have a way of conjuring a vacation mood — even if you are only grilling up a quick weeknight dinner. Get inspired to make over your grilling zone for luxurious outdoor dining with these 13 ideas.

10 Ways to Enjoy Your Outdoor Room More

outdoor thumbStep up the comfiness and convenience of your porch, patio or yard to make time spent outdoors even better

Hanging out in a backyard haven is a wonderful way to savor warm weather. But what about those less-than-pleasant aspects of outdoor time, like bugs, rain and blazing-hot sun? Here are 10 tips to help make the time you spend in your outdoor rooms more comfortable.