Wall paint for home decor – The Daily Star

One of the major aspects of interior designing is the paint and art on the walls of the rooms. Wall art and paint can enhance the entire appearance and add aesthetic appeal to one’s home. These parts of interior design allow one to express their lifestyle, personality and be creative with their household.

Although wall paint and wall art might seem to be at the bottom of the interior designing checklist, here are some ways that wall paints can bring life back into a house.

Elevating an ordinary wall

A neutral colour throughout the entire house becomes dull and monotonous. Adding some colour on the walls can transform an ordinary and plain living space into a unique and lively part of the household. It adds vibrancy, movement and a pop of colour, adding dimension to one’s home.

Painting a mural is one way to transform a wall. Being confined to four walls, a mural can transport one to another place. Be it hand-painted or as a wall covering, the motif will make a big impact in making a house a home.

Brings the entire room together

Wall decor with a splash of colour and creativity, can give a house a holistic appearance. Apart from using neutral colours, the modern and fragmented design achieved from using different yet complementary colours and shades, add movement and a sense of wholeness to the room. Such designs can highlight the centre-piece of the room and later become a lovely topic of conversation when entertaining guests.

Accentuates wall accessories

Wall hangings, paintings, decorative mirrors, wall lamps and such are decorative items that add freshness and liveliness. However, these wall accessories need to be complemented with the proper wall colour. The right wall colour can add incredible effects and assist the accessories to fit into the room rather than overwhelming it. Rather than taking away from the room’s beauty, the wall hangings along with a harmonising background, add flair.

Uplifts the mood

Being surrounded by mundane and static colours often leaves one feeling trapped, depressed and dull. A dash of colour never does any harm but only creates dynamic movements for the mind. Adding some subtle hues to the walls cater to improving one’s mood and attitude and also serve as a recreational and mental rejuvenating space. Additionally, vibrant, bright or even a soothing pastel wall paint can be the perfect setting for creating memories, spending time with family and friends and filling the home with love and warmth. 

By assessing and identifying the desired aesthetic of a room, a colour to complement the ambiance can alter the overall essence of the room. Starting from the decorative items and the lighting to the room purpose and utility, the colour palette of the walls can accentuate all. Wall paint and home decor has become an integral part of interior design which can enhance and complete the look of the entire house. It makes one’s home more welcoming, embracing and ready to house all memories and joy.

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Mociun’s Shift To Home Decor Helped It Navigate The Unpredictable Year That Was 2020 – The Zoe Report

In the midst of a global pandemic that’s forced so many to stay home (or at least spend more time there), it’s helpful to have a successful jewelry business that also features a robust collection of chic home goods. Just ask Caitlin Mociun. The owner and founder of namesake label Mociun has managed to navigate the storm with her extensive and well-curated home treasures that are as playful and whimsical as they are elevated and well-crafted.

Since its early years, the New York-based company has been no stranger to necessary pivots and evolving. In fact, the label actually began as an apparel company before moving on to jewelry and home decor. “I started [the label] in 2006 as a women’s clothing line, focusing on hand-printed textiles that I designed, printed, and sewed myself,” says the founder, who studied textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design. “I never imagined then that I would have a fine jewelry brand and a store.”

Like its thoughtful and intricate jewelry collections, the label’s home goods are carefully selected and sourced with emerging brands and “styles and designs that [my buyer and I] feel are unique and new,” says Mociun to TZR. “But we also like to mix in and work with brands that have been in business for hundreds of years. I think a big part of what we are looking for is a unique perspective and beautiful craftsmanship.”

Mociun has always pulled inspiration for the label’s items from the 20th-century German art school and movement The Staatliches Bauhaus, or simply the Bauhaus. “The college (RISD) I went to was based on the Bauhaus, so I think my schooling really informed how I approach design,” she says. And more than being inspired by the actual school (which operated from 1919 to 1933) and artists, Mociun says she is inspired by the movement’s principles. Some of those key elements found in the brand’s jewelry and home collections include:

  • Function before form: “I make wearable pieces, so they need to start with being wearable. A piece of jewelry that is uncomfortable, too heavy, unbalanced, etc. is not a successful piece even if it’s pretty or cool-looking.”
  • Working with true materials: “My materials often inform my designs. Part of what I fell in love with in jewelry is the stones, the color of gold, and how the two so simply play off each other. I find them perfect and beautiful in their simplest forms.”
  • “Not seeing a difference in artist and craftsperson.

In home decor, these principles manifest as brightly colored mouth-blown Italian vases, spotted ceramic tea cups with playful dog sculptures in the center, and fanciful woven throw blankets with interesting designs and patterns. In jewelry, geometric and unexpected shapes, brightly colored gemstones and timeless, dainty pieces can be found in the label’s collections. Yes, each item under the Mociun umbrella strikes the perfect balance of sophisticated and playful — and it works.

In addition to Bahaus principles, the designer says her travels have always served as inspiration for the label’s one-of-a-kind pieces. “[Travel] really is about pushing me out of my everyday comfort and routine,” says Mociun. “It would make me look at things in a new way. It’s been really hard for me in 2020 to find a way to do this without leaving my physical spaces.”

Unsurprisingly, 2020 brought with it other challenges to Mociun and her team (and countless other businesses). But the founder says, “working together as a team” has helped keep everyone motivated in these trying times. “No one wanted this ship to sink,” she says. “It has been beautiful and inspiring to see my team work together in new and challenging ways and to find solutions to the problems that come up.”

Launching a new “and very robust” website at the end of 2019 helped Mociun’s online business put its artful wares, especially those for the home, on full display and allowed the brand to flourish amidst the pandemic, which impacted traffic to its Brooklyn storefront. “This was helped along even further by my amazing website manager who keeps improving our site,” says Mociun. “As well as my photographer and creative content partner, who help our ideas come to life in the photoshoots we work on.”

Indeed, Mociun explains that so much of her namesake labels’ magic lies beyond its stunning product offering. “There is a whole world of people and personalities behind it,” Mociun explains. “I work very hard at figuring out people’s strengths and talents (not always successfully, of course). Just as I have worked towards doing what I like, I want the people on my team to do what they like as well. I have seen all aspects of my brand get better when these things are focused on.”

Better indeed. Mociun’s “organic and unplanned journey” has led it to evolve to the multifaceted — and resilient — label it is today. “I mostly kept moving towards the things that I enjoyed doing, knowing that there are always going to be parts of this that are challenging, that I am not the best at, or that aren’t fun,” says Mociun. “When something really didn’t feel good or didn’t feel like something the world needed, then I would move away from that. [I’m] always checking in and asking myself is this worth spending my time doing and putting out into the world?”

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27 Cheap Things That’ll Help Your Entire Home Look Fancier Than It Really Is – BuzzFeed

The top piece can either come off of the drawers to sit next to them, or they easily stack.

Promising review: “This organizer was literally everything I could have wanted it to be. It holds exactly what I wanted: my foundations, primers, lippies, eyeliners, tools, eyeshadows, highlighters, and bronzers. Everything looks super glam and I’m obsessed. It’s sturdy, easy to clean, and looks cohesive with my vanity. I love that this is so affordable compared to these instagram and YouTube organizer companies that charge almost a hundred dollars for organizers like these.” —MiamiGirl

Get it on Amazon for $16.35+ (available in five colors).

BTW, Anamaria, an editor here, owns this organizer and LOVES it because she can fit so much into it — and then see it all! Read her full makeup organizer review for more.

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The Buzz: La Belle Maison brings unique home d̩cor to downtown Appleton РPost-Crescent

Sandi Pufahl is the owner of the new La Belle Maison at 229 E. College Ave. in downtown Appleton.

APPLETON – An interior designer with more than 30 years of experience is bringing her creative style to downtown Appleton with a home décor shop.

Sandi Pufahl’s La Belle Maison – French for “a beautiful home” – will offer repurposed vintage furniture, home décor, artwork, garden décor, jewelry, lighting and more. It will open Tuesday at 229 E. College Ave, between Blue Moon Emporium and Lou’s Brews.

“It’s a great location, and I’m really excited to be part of downtown Appleton because there’s so much going on,” Pufahl said. “I think it’s a great environment for a retail store despite the pandemic.”

Pufahl has more than 30 years of experience in interior design and previously operated stores in Neenah and Menasha. She said she was running her design business from home during the pandemic and the opportunity to open a retail space in downtown Appleton was a great opportunity.  

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While opening a business during the pandemic felt daunting, Pufahl said she’s heard from other small business owners that customers have been supportive. She added that her design business has stayed busy throughout.

“I think there’s a real call for people to purchase from local businesses, especially small businesses,” she said. “People like to be able to come in and touch and feel and look at fabrics.”


Home Decor Inspiration: Maximalism With Dusen Dusen – Refinery29

Her most recent home upgrade took place in her downstairs bathroom — which she calls “the powder room.” Inside, the walls are spotted with handmade illustrations painted by close friend Lorien Stern. “She covered all the walls with these special little characters,” Van Dusen explains. In her upstairs bathroom, on the other hand, a chessboard of black and white tiles clash brilliantly with signature Dusen Dusen towels in a square, geometric pattern reminiscent of a traffic jam, all offset by a row of vibrant Caldrea products lending staccato splashes of color — and an equally lively slew of scents — to the room. The effect is somewhat mesmerizing: Here, the deeply unsexy act of, say, washing your hands becomes a whimsical, sensory experience.

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How to incorporate Pantone colours of the year into your home decor | Curated – Daily Hive

Written for Daily Hive by Kendall Ansell of Kendall Ansell Interiors.

Staying on trend with the latest looks in fashion or in your home doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

In fact, changing some simple things around can really make a difference to the look in your home. If you’re looking for some inspiration and foresight into the trends of 2021 look no further than Pantone’s colours for 2021.

These are colours picked by Pantone every year that they forecast will be trending, so why not get a jump on it?

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Pantone’s colours for 2021 are Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. Two contrasting colours that go exceedingly well together and would be a lovely addition to any home because of their versatility. But how to style them? I’ve got some suggestions for bringing these beautiful colours into your home as we head into the new year.

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Toss cushions and blankets 

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Comforting items are a great way to add new textures and colours into your home without having to commit to those colours for years.

The bright yellow colour of Illuminating will look homely  against the neutral colours of most sofas.

If you have a bright coloured sofa, try using Ultimate Grey in order to avoid colours clashing or becoming too loud. We love how these cozy items can brighten up the look of a home while providing functionality to a space. 

Home accessories 

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Accessorizing is a fantastic way to change up the look of your home. Use a bright yellow tray, a grey statue or colourful books to bring in these trendy colours.

You could even use pillar candles or new dishes for a functional way to bring in these colours if accessories aren’t your thing. We love how easy it is to change colours and the feel of a room when you use accessories to achieve the look you want. 

Household staples

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For a more impactful change try switching out your bedding and lamps for 2021.

You can use the grey tones for that neutral look or use the Illuminating yellow if you feel a pop of colour is what your home needs. Lamps, duvet covers, towels and other items that are used regularly should be changed once in a while.

Feel where your home needs a change most and don’t be afraid to actually make the change. A bold move like this pays off and becomes a statement of your home.

Permanent upgrades

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Of course if you are in love with this yellow and grey trend the boldest move you can make would be to change up your paint colour, flooring, and appliances.

Grey and yellow have been statement colours often used together for years, it’s undeniable that these colours go exceedingly well together. If you love it, then why not go for it. Paint your kitchen or bathroom cabinets grey and use yellow accessories to complete the look. Or if you really want to make a statement a yellow couch or even a bright new oven would leave people talking about your interior decorating skills for years.

I love these Pantone colours for 2021, whichever direction you decide to go with them they are sure to make a statement. Whether you only want to change your home a little to update it for the new year, or you want to take this inspiration and run with it to completely redesign your home, I encourage you to make the change. As a designer I think it’s so important to make sure you love what’s in your home, and it’s important to change things up sometimes. So take the inspiration and run with it, with great colours like these you really can’t go wrong!

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5 Instagram ‘micro trends’ that are perfect for a quick home refresh – Real Homes

There’s an explosion of micro trends on Instagram at the moment; there are so many, that we’re not sure which one to try out first. Micro trends allow you to make small but impactful changes to your home decor that don’t take much time to achieve and are not hugely expensive. Recent research* reveals the top 5 most popular ones rocking Instagram right now  – we’ll definitely be trying out at least a couple. 

Browse more interior design trends in our gallery. 

1. Lineart

resinart.fatima combines elegant line art with gorgeous metallix frames for a striking display. 

2. House plants

The explosion in popularity of this micro trend (over five million tags in Intagram) will surprise no one: house plants have been many people’s lifeline during lockdown, helping so many of us transform our homes into indoor gardens. Add just one house plant to your desk and feel better, or go all-out with dozens of them, like The Potted Jungle.

3. Polka dots

Search for polkadots on Instagram, and you’ll soon feel dizzy: there are polka dot bathrooms and polka dot skirts, polka dot dog beds and polka dot vases. Polka dots are fun and joyful, and they can be stencilled or applied as sticker onto just about any surface in the home, making them an easy decor update. And, as Instagramer Laura’s house proves, they can actually look quite classy as part of a neutral decorating scheme. 

4. Diffusers

Let’s face it: we’re all a bit starved of sensorial pleasures by now, so it’s hardly surprising that diffusers have risen in popularity recently. Whether it’s fragranced reed diffusers or essential oil diffusers, filling our rooms with beautiful scent is taking the edge off this never-ending Covid winter. And there are so many different types to choose from – we’ve never seen a diffuser quite like the one featured by Sydney Newsam. 

5. Dried flowers

Dried flowers make for a gorgeous semi-permanent display in any room; if preserved correctly, they will last ages and add a pretty, vintage vibe to an interior. Dried hydrangeas are an especially popular flower, and you can see why just by looking at this beautiful post by Chrissie Haim – so lovely and frothy, and just perfect for the room. 

*mini trend stats courtesy of HouseholdQuotes.co.uk

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Ty Pennington Offers Home Decor Tips for Those Who’d Rather Not Splurge on a Home Refresh – HouseBeautiful.com

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If the new year has you itching for a new look for your home, but your wallet isn’t quite onboard with any pricey upgrades, you’re in luck. Home renovation expert Ty Pennington has graciously provided a handful of ideas on how you can spruce up your space without spending a fortune.

While speaking with the New York Post, Pennington offered this simple yet impactful tip for home decorating: “Some of the small things really have a huge effect.”

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Pennington, who will serve as the host of the upcoming HGTV show Ty Breaker, revealed that giving your home a fresh look can be as easy as creating a personalized main entrance.

“I love to see anything that says, ‘This is who I am,’ whether it’s dancing shoes hanging, whether it’s a cowboy hat on a wall,” the carpenter/designer said. “I like to…immediately feel their personality.”

If you’re feeling extra crafty, Pennington provided the New York Post with an ultra-creative way you can make your own pillows.

“You can also take old [colorful] blankets and sew them yourself into pillows,” he said. “When you do something yourself, you have this euphoria that you’ve created something that nobody else has — you pulled it off and at that moment you’re so proud.”

Fans can expect plenty more expert insight from Pennington when Ty Breaker airs later this month. The HGTV show is a competitive home renovation series that will pit Pennington against another designer, during each episode.

Ty Breaker is set to air on Monday, January 11, at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV.

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Home-improvement shows are making everyone’s houses look the same – INSIDER

  • Home-improvement shows have become massively popular in recent years.
  • But the shows only spotlight a handful of home decor styles.
  • As a result, people’s homes are starting to lack personality. 
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

My ideal Saturday morning involves three things: coffee, a bagel, and a “Fixer Upper” marathon. 

I love home-improvement shows because they’re the perfect formula for relaxation. Watching experts transform someone’s home can make the stress of any day fade away.

For years, I worshipped these shows, and I became a believer in the power of open-concept floor plans, barn doors, industrial sinks, and accent walls to transform a house into a home.

But recently, I’ve noticed these shows are becoming a bit too powerful.

People have started to see home-improvement as blueprints for how their spaces should look, creating millions of identical homes that have been drained of any personality. 

Home-improvement shows are making people’s houses look the same

Home-improvement shows have become massively popular in recent years, with millions of Americans tuning in to watch homes get renovated or flipped.

HGTV, for instance, is more in-demand than ever, with a 22% increase in its April 2020 ratings as compared to 2019, according to MarketWatch.

Faithful viewers see HGTV personalities like Chip and Joanna Gaines, the Property Brothers, Ben and Erin Napier, and Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa as design gurus, relying on them to show them how their homes should look.

But the problem with that reliance is that home-improvement shows only spotlight a handful of design styles, giving people a limited view of the ways a home can look good.

There are stylistic choices that are common on the majority of these shows, like shiplap walls, exposed beams, and industrial sinks, and the focus on those styles is leading people to embrace them in real life.

For example, the search term “modern farmhouse” has had a steady increase in search traffic over the last five years, according to Google Trends.

However, the decor highlighted on home-improvement shows isn’t right for everyone, particularly because these designers are renovating with television in mind, and as a result, making design choices they may not have made off-screen.


Home-improvement shows only focus on a few styles of home decor.
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For instance, a former HGTV executive told Insider that open floor plans are popular on the network’s series not because they look good, but because the demolitions appeal to male viewers.

Likewise, these renovations often happen on a time crunch, sometimes making them flashy instead of practical and functional.

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The typical viewer isn’t thinking of these goals and restraints as they watch a home-improvement show, so they assume that what they see on screen is the perfect fit for any home.

And as these shows attract more and more viewers, people’s houses are starting to look identical, since it seems there is only one way for a home to be stylish and inviting.

Your home should be a reflection of your personality — not a television show

Watching home-improvement shows is a great way to get inspiration for how to redecorate your space.

The shows can give you ideas you may not have thought of before, and they’re often educational, as they teach you the mechanics of what it takes to renovate a space. 

But using them as an exact template for how you should remodel your home is a mistake. 

Your home should reflect your personality and taste, not those of a television host or network. 

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If you focus solely on following trends that you see on TV, you’ll lose sight of the things that are important to you in a home space as you redecorate, likely leaving you with a home that isn’t functional for your family. Your space may also feel impersonal and generic if you’re replicating the renovations you see on screen.

Instead of trying to make your home look like a copy of a space you’ve seen on a home-improvement show, pick and choose the upgrades you see that actually make sense for your life. 

While there’s no denying Joanna Gaines has great taste, your home doesn’t need to look like it’s straight out of an episode of “Fixer Upper” to be perfect for you.

This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author(s).

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An interior designer shares 9 of the best home-decor items to get at Costco – Insider – INSIDER

  • Insider asked interior designer Michelle Harrison-McAllister of Michelle Harrison Design to share what home-decor items she would buy from Costco right now. 
  • The pro also said that the Samsung Frame Series TV is the most visually-stunning TV on the market because it displays artwork when not in use. 
  • She also picked out a blue and white lamp and handy wire rack from the retailer. 
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Costco is known for offering discounts on large-quantity items, but many may not know that this retailer also has a number of home-decor pieces.

To learn more, Insider asked interior designer Michelle Harrison-McAllister of Michelle Harrison Design about the things she would recommend buying from Costco. Read on to see what she said.

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