Tag Archives: Hacks

Adding Textures to the Wall

Long gone are the days when off-white walls are the norm. Today, adding rich color and textures can amplify a room and make them seem more rich and luxurious. The best part is that it is so easy to add texture to a wall that is already painted or to incorporate a different design in a room that you are putting a fresh coat of paint on.

Here at The Mix, we have pulled together a few of our favorite tips for you!

Use a Stencil

Stenciled wall paint

Stencils provide a cheap and easy way to add design to your room, and they are so versatile! One option is to use paint on the stencil to create a pattern across the entire room. You can use metallic paints, matte paints, or a complimentary color to make your pattern really pop! Also, we are loving this blog’s idea for using spackle on top of a stencil to create a raised pattern that stands out on your walls.

Create Textured Paint

textured wall painting

There are so many ways to add texture to your painted walls. Some techniques involve painting your wall then going over it with a different color to create texture, while other techniques involve adding the texture to paint before it’s dry. These techniques have been around a while, and can be done in a million different ways! The hardest part is choosing which one you like the most.

Use a Textured Wallpaper

Painted Textured Wallpaper

We’ve talked a few times now about how wallpaper is making a big comeback in the home decor world. Instead of using wallpaper for the entire room, however, designers are using wallpaper in certain areas or on one wall to add spice to a room. We are especially loving textured wallpapers and the added dimension it gives a room! Many of them can even be painted over so the texture stays, but the color changes to suit your decor.

Build Up Your Walls

painted wooden slats

If you are handy, or if you are up for a challenge, adding wood or tiles can really add pizazz to your wall. This article gives a great how-to of how to accomplish the wall pictured above, and makes it seem super easy! If you aren’t up to tackling a project like that, hanging wooden circles, squares, or other shapes that are painted in the same color of the wall can still amp up your wall without it being too complicated.

For more DIY tips, How-To instructions, and inspirations for your home, check out our Pinterest board!

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DIY Spring Decorations

I know it’s been spring for a month, but only in the last couple of weeks has it really felt like spring. With Easter coming up on Sunday, I feel like I can finally get into the spring spirit and dust off those beautiful springtime decorations. Spring is my favorite time of year. It brings great colors and adorable decorations that can be holiday themed (or not!)

This week, we are bringing all things SPRING to you! We are going to do a great feature on adding florals to your home on Friday and highlighting Pantone’s spring color palette on Wednesday, so be on the lookout. For today, a bit of springtime decorations with a DIY twist.

burlap Easter decor
I love the burlap and white for spring!

 

 

Rainboots Spring Decor
What a creative idea!
Stamped Easter Pottery
How great are these little pots?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple and Mint Spring Colors
The purple and mint are perfect for spring!

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Spring Decor
Flowers and eggs in different shades of purple!

 

 

Bunny out of books
Old book pages! Adorable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacups Decor

Something beautiful about old teacups!

 

Aren’t all these ideas so festive and beautiful? Keep an eye on our blog this week for more fun spring ideas, and click the link on each picture to get more information about our inspirations!

Unique DIY for the Kitchen

The kitchen is my favorite room in my house. I don’t like to eat all that much, and I definitely hate cleaning the dishes, but there’s something inviting and warm about the kitchen. Not only is it the space which nourishes us, but it also welcomes in our friends and family and allows us to provide for them.

People must have been noticing how important the kitchen is, because Pinterest is simply abounding with ideas for ways to make your kitchen (big or small!) your own. Here at The Mix, we love providing a bit of inspiration for our readers, and today, we wanted to pull together some great ideas for making your kitchen unique and yours! (Click on the pictures to visit the website!)

coat hanger towel rack
Loving the rustic coat hangers!

 

 

wine rack attached to cabinet
For all of you wine drinkers!
bent spoon frame holder
Love the bent spoons and seasonal decor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cheese grater light fixtures
What a unique idea!

 

 

 

 

 

pull-out spice rack
Don’t let space go wasted!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

open shelves kitchen space
Love the look of these open shelves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kitchen is so customizable and open for a variety of options! Hopefully, you can get some inspiration from these great pictures and turn your own kitchen into something beautiful and unique!

For more inspiration, check out our Kitchen Inspirations Pinterest board!

 

Small Changes That Make an Impact

Springtime also brings with it a need for renewal or a sprucing up in our homes. It’s no coincidence that it’s called “spring cleaning”, after all. However, you can’t go out and buy new furniture every time you want to breath some new life into your room. Luckily, there a few changes you can make in your home that won’t bust your bank, but will give your room a feeling of newness.

1. Freshen Up the Walls

After a while, looking at the same color walls day in and day out can be tiring. A fresh coat of paint, with texture, design, or print, can help make an old room feel new.

Paint

yellow and gray striped bedroom

Nothing changes a room more dramatically than a new paint color. It’s not hard to do this fix yourself, and can be relatively cheap depending on your paint choice. Before you dive head first into this project, however, consider what you would like from your room, and also what colors your furniture incorporates. You wouldn’t want to paint your room a bright color that clashes with your favorite chair!

Wallpaper

bold bathroom wallpaper

If you’re feeling really brave, consider wallpaper! We aren’t talking about your grandmother’s small floral pattern, but something big and bold that can instantly change the feel of the room. We are loving this bold bathroom!

2. Change Your Decor

seahorse made of driftwood

octopus made of driftwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for a quick change to your room, look no further than decor! Rooms can change with the seasons or the holidays, or you can completely change the theme of the room. (I’m love love loving these driftwood wall hangings from The Mix. Click the pictures to purchase!)

Pillows

grey and teal bedroom

Sometimes, changing the throw pillows on your bed or sofa can be just what you need to freshen up a room. Pillows bring in a major element of design style, especially if your bed or sofa is a neutral color. In the picture above, changing the room design would be a simple matter of changing the color of the bedding and pillows!

Mirrors

dark room with mirrors

I know that we featured the room above in our Light vs. Dark post, but I just couldn’t get enough of these mirrors! Adding a mirror to your wall will open up the room and make it feel larger. Mirrors also reflect the light in the room, which brightens up the room and makes it feel more warm.

Wall Decor

diy home decor

Whether you choose to Do-It-Yourself, or purchase wall decor from a vendor (like The Mix!), wall decor can have a major impact on your home aesthetics.  Simply change the colors or theme of your decor to add a different twist to your existing home design.

3. Rearrange

Sometimes, all we need to spruce up our homes is to rearrange what we already own into a space that allows for us to be more productive and comfortable.

Flow

room with good flow

Simply rearranging your furniture can bring new life to your room. Think about the flow of traffic in your home and figure out where you may feel disrupted. Rearrange your furniture to create a better flow and walkspace.

Lighting

interesting bird lamp

Lighting is important in living spaces. You don’t want to have a glare on your television when you are laying in bed, and you don’t want to have to squint to read in your favorite chair. Rearrange your furniture so that the lighting is optimal for the activities you do in each room, and add lighting accordingly. (How cute is this bird lamp?? Click on the picture for more information!)

I hope these tips help you with the renewal of your home! Are there in tricks that you swear by in your home?

 

– The Mix Team

DIY Hack: Scrapbook Paper Decor

Ok, I’ll be honest. One of my favorite things to shop for in craft stores is scrapbook paper. The selection! The cheap (cheap!) price! The possibilities!

Even though my illustrious career of scrapbooking came to a screeching halt when I left high school, I still find ways to incorporate scrapbook paper into my home decor. Why? Well, it’s cheap. And versatile. There are so many ways to manipulate it and come out with something great.

We are all about innovative home decor here at The Mix, and we wanted to bring you a few of our favorite projects that we found on (of course) Pinterest. Click on each picture to get a detailed description of how to complete each DIY written by bloggers who have actually done these–and succeeded!

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These are just a few that Pinterest has to offer! The best part about using scrapbook paper as a decor medium is the easy ability to customize it and make it fit any color scheme you have in your home. Personally, I’ve done a few of these, both for permanent decor in my home, as well as seasonal themes to add a bit of festivity to my home.

Let us know if you attempt any of these projects!

– The Mix Team