Get It Done: Strike the Coat Closet

Sometimes there are so many things in the home that require organizing that we don’t even know where to begin; I know that I don’t. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your mess.

Take it one job at one time. Sit down and make a list of all the regions of your house you’d really like to see neat and organized. Hang it on the refrigerator or write it onto a chalkboard wall, and make it a goal to finish 1 job per week until you are done. In reality, you may even get fancy and turn it to a ideabook like that I did.

If the thought of making a list is overwhelming (I know the feeling), don’t worry. I’m going to make it easy for you by giving you one job per week which you’re able to accomplish within a few hours. Make sure you have sufficient time to complete the job and have a shopping trip; otherwise you will wind up with more of a mess.

We’re going to begin with the coat closet.

How to Organize Your Coat Closet

Approximate time:
1-3 hours, depending on whether you have to create a rush to the store.

Installation: Box for contributions, garbage can, box for items which will discover new homes elsewhere, notepad and pen for jotting down thoughts and needs across the way vacuum cleaner and dusting supplies.

More: Take a “Before” shot so that you can feel additional satisfied when this is over.

Getting started

• Take out everything and put it into a spot where you are able to organize it all.
• Thoroughly clean out the closet in the top to bottom. Dust shelves, corners, ceiling, walls, sticks and the flooring. You’ll be amazed and a little grossed out by what’s hiding in there. Then you’ll feel satisfied that it is all clean.

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Evaluate and kind

• Determine what will remain in the closet. For instance: outerwear for the current season, sports equipment, 1 pair of Wellies per family member, umbrellas, gloves and hats.
• throw everything that needs to find a new house (out-of-season coats, sweatshirts, additional shoes, toys) in a basket. Go put away this stuff right now; you don’t want it distracting you while you put the closet back together.
• Throw everything you are likely to donate into a different box, create an inventory checklist for tax purposes and put it in the car to take to Goodwill.

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Kellan Shoe Rack – $89

• have a look at what needs to find a house back within the closet.
• Consider how it’s going to match. Can a shoe rack or baskets for umbrellas, hats and gloves help? Would you want some over-the-door hooks for bags and scarves? How about another shelf? Are you going to require a much better system for corralling sports equipment? Create a list.

Liquid Printer

Hat Boxes

Get the right boxes

Scout out your home for appropriate boxes and baskets. You may always cover plain old cardboard shipping containers with pretty paper to jazz them up, or you may require a visit to The Container Store, Target or Ikea. Look at each product and see what it needs, create a list of container sizes to fit your area, and hit the stores.

Hint: The gift-wrap section often has pretty boxes which aren’t so expensive and seem like classic hat boxes. Also check the office supply department to save some cash on appealing containers.


BUMERANG Curved clothing hanger – $3.99


as you’re out shopping, catch fitting hangers which can handle the weight of coats. Hanging a winter coat on a cable and cardboard hanger from the dry cleaner is obviously a neglect.


Honey-Can-Do On The Door Clear Shoe Organizer – $13.99

If you have room for this, a clear over-the-door shoe rack is great for keeping hats, gloves and other small items organized and easy to discover.

Contemporary Hooks And Hangers – $5.99

Enjoy restocking your closet

Place everything which belongs in the coat closet back in. Be a bit precious about getting all the coats face exactly the same manner and organizing things by color or length to make it seem photo prepared.

Admire your job

Tatum over at A Few Minutes of Me did a motivational task of organizing and sprucing up her coat closet. It is a fantastic lesson in maintaining your clutter corralled. (Another lesson: If you background the rear wall, then you’ll be more motivated to keep it clean so that it is possible to enjoy the view.)

Once you are finished, you are done until next week, when we will attack another issue spot around the home. Step back, admire your job and go reward your self.

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Renovation Detail: The Knee Wall Railing

The term “knee” is based on the institution together with the vertical location of an individual knee, making the ordinary knee railing under 3 ft in height. Known for its charming aesthetic and extra privacy, this style railing is located on many old houses, particularly those of Craftsman or foursquare design.

Upon close review, my husband and I discovered that the first railing on our 1920s Craftsman house was the traditional knee. Why the previous owner replaced it with decorative iron railings is past us.

Employed on porches, knee walls can help safeguard your house in the elements, grant lounging privacy and dramatically dress up your home’s facade. I look forward to bringing our entrance porch back into its roots!

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This stunning set of wicker furniture is sound and safe as a result of the extra protection provided by the porch’s knee railings.

LLC, Melaragno Design Company

Collectively, stone piers, timber tapered columns and a stone knee wall make a stately Craftsman partial-width front porch.

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All these privacy-creating knee walls are finished with cedar lap siding. Consisting of planks which are thicker on one edge than the other, the bottom (thick) border of one board overlaps the upper (thin) border of the board below it.

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A wood-shingled knee square and wall railings were paired together with this waterfront home. Porch dwellers are given privacy whilst also being able to enjoy the view. It Connecticut attractiveness.

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A full-width front porch would be the focus of this home’s exterior. It features a wide concrete stairs and stucco knee walls and piers.

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Thanks to the privacy supplied by knee railings, Katerina Tana managed to produce an intimate lounge with this California porch.

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This Iowa home features a facade. With three concrete steps flanking stone knee walls, the ideal Craftsman-style front porch is created.

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A full-width front porch with brick columns and knee walls is often located on the American foursquare-style home, just as you see here.

FGY Architects

Supporting the mother of pergolas, a knee wall surrounds this stunning Palo Alto, California, patio.

Brooks Ballard

A front entry roof, triangular knee brace supports, timber tapered columns, cedar shingles and brick knee walls and pedestals combine to make this classic Craftsman.

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Tiny Fold-Out Apartment in Barcelona

It’s difficult to say what’s more striking about this exceptional living space in Barcelona — the 360-degree rooftop perspective, the outside bathtub and beautiful patio, or the hidden panels which allow for a fully functional living space. Photographer Christian Schallert happened upon this space and fell head over heels for its great location and stunning roof deck. However, at only 260 square feet, the miniature and barren space left a lot to be desired.

Architect and He Barbara Appolloni, a friend, developed a special design which allows the flat to operate in different modes — every single appliance and piece of furniture is tucked into a hidden panel. By opening and closing panels, Schallert can adjust the flat to his needs of the moment, if he is cooking, taking a shower or sleeping.

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Since the flat is such a little area, there wasn’t any other option than to create it as flexible as possible. Schallert worked with Appolloni to come up with a practical design that will work because of his lifestyle. “I essentially had to compose an specific collection of all of my possessions that would need to fit into the flat,” Schallert says.

The result: Everything is within reach and in its assigned area. A fold-out panel acts as a desk, panels pop open to reveal storage, and the bed pulls in and out of a massive slot as needed. “It’s almost like living in a huge closet,” Schallert says.

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Schallert lived in this area for a couple of years. (He owns the home but currently lives in a different part of the city.) He traveled and worked a lot, so he did not spend much time there. When he awakened in the morning, he pushed in the bed to create a living space to welcome him home in the end of the day.

The panels and floor on this side of the unit are made from a mixture of compressed concrete and wood called Viroc. The substance has an industrial appearance but is not as hard as concrete. It doesn’t get too cold in the winter and functions nicely in the summertime also.

Before Photo

Churreria Photography

BEFORE: Schallert was not looking for an apartment when he found this space. After a person stuck a sticker on his photography studio’s window about it, he randomly chose to have a look. “I fell in love with it although it was actually only a couple of square meters where pigeons dwelt,” Schallert says. “I simply loved the old building and this incredible 360-degree perspective of Barcelona.”

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AFTER: Six months after, Appolloni and Schallert had shifted the unit, packing it full of multiple-use concepts. “It’s like having one home packed into one area,” he says.

Churreria Photography

The kitchen is all tucked into one side of the space. An integrated refrigerator, an electric stovetop, a sink, a freezer, a microwave and a dishwasher have assigned spaces. At mealtimes, the dining table is pulled out together with all the kitchen appliances.

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Afterward, everything is cleaned up and tucked away. The bed is pulled out, the TV turns in the wall toward the bed and the area transforms to a sizable hotel-style bedroom.

This remodel took approximately six months to complete. Due to the character of the undertaking, Schallert and Appolloni needed to find some particular structure permits.

Before Photo

Churreria Photography

BEFORE: Even though Schallert initially imagined living in a dream loft in Barcelona’s cool el Born district, he also adored the problems this bare-bones area introduced. “I took the challenge and transformed this pigeonhole to a James Bond kind of flat,” he says.

Churreria Photography

AFTER: The toilet is the only private area in this apartment. It’s in a little room with a little window behind a hidden door beside the sink. The shower glass cube and sink stay out of the way of the bedroom and kitchen styles against this particular wall.

Churreria Photography

A 65-square-foot elevated balcony is simply outside the bed area; the bed is pushed there when it is stored away. If it is time to pull it out again, Schallert simply pulls on a leather strap attached to the end of the bed frame.

Churreria Photography

There is another 200 square feet of patio area up a flight of stairs in the smaller balcony. Schallert set up an outdoor tub for 2 and a convenient washer and dryer here. Barcelona is a sunny town, so it made sense to get the most out of the outside area.

Churreria Photography

A big outdoor sofa provides the perfect place to enjoy the Spanish sunshine. Schallert occasionally hosted dinner parties with this patio for up to five individuals.

Although this space worked for Schallert, he admits it isn’t the ideal setup for everyone. Since he was single and able to maintain all of his job things at his office (only around the corner), it was easy for him to keep everything tidy and clean. “You’re almost forced to be organized. Otherwise it is one huge mess in five minutes,” he says.

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The Family Home: Creative Multi-Use Workspaces

Families everywhere are leaving the traditional house office behind and opting instead for a more family-friendly imaginative area. The modern-day craft area is a place where adults and kids can congregate together, where you could pay your bills while maintaining your eye on the children along with their art jobs. In this week’s installment of The Family Home, we’ll take a peek at eight inspirational rooms, each having a tip of its own.


Select a room with great natural light. If you’ve got the option, choose the sunniest room possible for the creative workspace. Rooms with abundant natural lighting are more inviting and best suited for activities that may strain your eyes.


Embrace open shelving. It’s important to get lots of supplies available for your children’s use. Make it easy for them to access art equipment, toys and games having an cheap open shelving like this piece from IKEA. If you are not keen on seeing everything stored on the shelves, then try setting things in baskets for a tidier look.


Create activity-specific zones. If you intend to use your space for multiple activities, delegate certain places for them. By way of instance, if you like to sew, create a sewing corner. If you’ve got a child who loves to draw, then look at incorporating a drafting table along with all the necessary supplies. This will keep your space organized and also make every member of your family feel at home.

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Don’t be afraid of color. A creative area is the perfect area in your house to express your daring side. Not willing to devote to aqua walls? Try painting a storage cupboard for a nice pop of color.

Use what you’ve got. There’s no need to buy a bunch of new furniture for your creative area. Look around your house and consider pulling bits from other areas. An old necklace makes a perfect printer stand, also it can house stacks of paper, fabric and other miscellaneous art supplies.

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Be sure there are lots of work surfaces. The purpose of the room is to get the family creating together. Ensuring that everyone has a place and is comfortable should be a high priority.

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Be imaginative with all the décor. Going daring with the décor in your workspace is an opportunity to show your artistic side. Think about a family art project? It’s possible to create a look similar to this installment by having family members paint bits of white cardstock with watercolors. When you tire of the appearance, just remove it and brainstorm the next project together.


Make it comfortable. The goal is to lure every family member to want to spend time there, even when creating something isn’t the objective. Cozy seating, plush cushions and a few favorite books will lure loved ones in.

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A New Community Flourishes at Rhode Island

As you read this, a 250-KW wind mill is being constructed to provide 85% of the power use of the affordable housing project. Designed by Union Studio Architecture & Community Design in Tiverton, Rhode Island, the 170-acre community has been designed with agriculture and artists in mind.

The rural character and customs of farming in Tiverton — a big part of the community — has been honored in its design. Along with setting aside much of the land within an agricultural preserve, the neighborhood has its own designated place for gardening.

50 cheap rental units and 24 single-family market-rate houses compose the Sandywoods Farm community. It also includes an agricultural preserve that will stay a working farm, with a resident farmer. Half of the renters chosen are working half and artists were chosen via the conventional need-based selection process.

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“The neighborhood has been far more active than expected from the get-go,” says principle architect Douglas Kallfelz. “They really found the right mix of individuals and resulting energy to make this a vibrant and active location.”

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

Open area surrounds the community, because of agricultural and open-space preserves and land trusts.

This type of project is often hard to get through city boards due to setback and zoning requirements, but”we had a good deal of leeway with this endeavor because of their Affordable Housing conduit, and as the website was somewhat isolated from acquaintances,” states Kallfelz.

The former presented a opportunity to cluster housing in an ecologically-sensitive manner, although the latter presented the challenge of creating a community that would intersect well with greater Tiverton.

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“The community garden has taken on a life of its own and is conducted by the residents,” Kellfelz states. Instead of the typical subdivided plots one sees in neighborhood gardens, this one is collective with large beds for different vegetables, and a separate children’s garden. Everyone participate in tending it. The residents recently won a nationwide contest for a free fruit orchard in Your Fruit Tree Planning Foundation.

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Aspects of New Urbanism, such as walkability and front-porch civilization, are a part of the project. And additionally like New Urbanism, it had been motivated by Old Urbanism, otherwise referred to as the New England village. “The project is very derivative of traditional neighborhood plans in New England,” states Kellfelz.

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Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

“Another aspect we borrowed from the traditional New England village is the homes have a strong street edge,” he states.

Front porches have constantly added a sense of community and strengthened interaction between neighbors.

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

“The design is a brand new spin on Tiverton’s classic farm typology,” explains Kellfelz. The buildings provide a nod to nearby precedents but have upgraded details and overall aesthetic, which incorporates many sustainable elements.

This includes fantastic energy efficiency. Along with the wind turbines as a source of 85% of their houses’ power, the houses incorporate high-efficiency heat pumps, cellulose insulation, double-hung low-e windows, Energy Star lighting fixtures and fixtures, and passive solar power and porches.

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Sustainable materials used in construction include Tecton fiberglass pre-finished siding, and this is partially recycled, as well as quickly renewable bamboo flooring.

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The growth’s plans protect open space and natural systems while improving life for its inhabitants, supplying beautiful spaces for residents to walk, picnic and play.

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The developer helped foster a sense of community by choosing an Americorps volunteer to arrange and shepherd arts and agriculture applications, run meetings and strategy events. These include art exhibitions, performances and a produce market (with plants from the neighborhood garden) in the neighborhood”Grange Hall.”

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“The developer wanted a true community building to provide an intersection between this community and the rest of Tiverton,” states Kallfelz. “They did not want it to be segregated, and that Grange Hall-inspired building provides a location for events, the arts, a produce market and a meeting area ”

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All kinds of events happen in the Grange Hall, such as art displays, a market for the community’s create and also a recent ballet performance of The Nutcracker.

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“The Grange Hall initially had weathervanes on both cupolas, before a farmer told me us that no self-respecting farmer would ever have two weathervanes,” states Kallfelz.

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The new community hasn’t only attracted individuals from the rest of Tiverton to become a part of it, it has also drawn developments around it. The city recently fixed up what were derelict ballfields adjacent to the website, which are currently connected to the community via walking paths. Additionally, the new city library has been assembled in the entrance to the area (it is also being built by Union Studio Architects).

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If you’re anything like me, a silverware drawer divider does not seem to help me keep my utensils any more organized than when I’d chucked them carelessly in the drawer. Somehow, no drawer divider is ever big enough; spoons slip into the knife spot; or the corn-on-the-cob holders start infiltrating every single slot. Rather than having to kind and re-organize things every time you empty the dishwasher, try one of those tricks to keep your silverware stay neat and tidy.

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One idea we’ve noticed on is your choice to keep a little set of silverware on the counter in a vertical planner or adorable ceramic cups. If you’re like most people, you likely use the same few pieces daily. This keeps them right at hand, instead of muddled in your drawer, and motivates you to keep them organized.

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A fantastic custom made solution for those updating their kitchen would be a habit two-tiered drawer organizer. The top tier can be used for your own silverware and utensils that you use regularly, whereas nicer and lesser-used bits can be saved below. This keeps your silverware neat, and conserves on drawer space too.

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There also are lots of two-tiered silverware organizers in numerous sizes to fit your drawers best. This plastic model is a less expensive version of the customized option from the last photograph.

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Grasses can work as a hedge, focal plants, textural components in a walkway or amazing contrasts to existing structures. There are a plethora of grasses to choose from, some perennial and some annual, from purple to pink to white.

When designing plants, colour and form would be the extreme considerations, after climate and growing conditions. Get inspired for a patch of planting grasses to your own lawn from the range of textures and colour in these gardens.

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Ornamental grasses are a somewhat acquired taste, and not everyone is a fan. However, they are a beautiful supply of texture in the garden and offer a wide range of choices. Even if you don’t like ornamental grasses, how could you not run your fingers along the borders of this Japanese silver grass as you walk this route?

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This seat appears to be perfectly situated in a field of waving grass. Afloat in a field of wispiness, the strong lines of this seat contrast nicely.

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Situating more powerful plantings in the middle of a field of grass provides the illusion of floating trees. When the wind blows, the blossoms dance around the tree trunks, tickling their feet.

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Here, blossoms are planted in rings of colour with a lighter Mexican feather grass on the interior along with a deeper green on the outside. Situated in the bottom of a long stairway, the blossoms look like a pool of water rippling in the breeze.

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In this instance, the extended plumes bending under their own weight evoke the expression of a horse’s mane and just beg to be touched! The curved line of the grasses is an superb contrast to the right, bold lines of this building behind.

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This building’s layout also contrasts with the surrounding plantings of blossoms. The sharp lines are lightened from the waving grasses along with also the curved canopy of the trees.

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Forgoing a yard for a planting of short decorative grasses is an fantastic way to keep up a horizontal plane of green with no weekly maintenance. Some decorative grasses are strong enough to walk on, so research before you buy based on your activity requirements.

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Situating a clump of decorative grass and also a pathway is a wonderful way to experience the texture of their stalks along with the plume. Allowing the grasses to lean into a walkway provides the walker a much more visceral experience. Just be careful which grasses you choose. Some can have quite sharp blades and wouldn’t be fine to walk near!

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Some of my favorite ornamental grasses would be the pink pampas and switchgrasses. The bright, wispy plumes of pink shout girlishness with no high maintenance of roses and delphiniums.

Before you purchase grass plants or seed, make sure to check your state’s invasive plant listings. Some decorative grasses are considered noxious weeds in certain areas of the nation.

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Grasses can work as a hedge, focal plants, textural components in a walkway or amazing contrasts to existing structures. There are a plethora of grasses to choose from, some perennial and some annual, from purple to pink to white. When making your choices, be sure to think about climate, maintenance and developing conditions and avoid species which can be invasive in your area.

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Conventional damask textiles were woven to create a weathered design characterized by a backdrop of sheen fabric with raised designs. Today damask designs come in a range of daring, high-contrast colors on everything from rugs and tiles to floral background, painted stencils and fashion runways. Read on for ways to go soft or bold using this frilly pattern today.

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The daring damask wallpaper employed in this bedroom finishes a rock-chic vibe when paired with fashion-forward colors like fuchsia and olive green. Pairing it with mirrored furniture finishes this electrical look.

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Just take this tendency anywhere, from your dining room to your bathroom. It’s difficult to go wrong wallpapering a bathroom, since you’ve got minimal furniture and accessories to match.

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If you presently have a room with a great deal of shades and patterns, then elect for a pale damask with two similar tones like beige and white. This barely-there white and cream print functions nicely with a checkered floor without looking too busy.

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Silver and white background with plain dining chairs and furniture produces a clean canvas for any time annually. Insert a few festive pops of red and a green centerpiece will transform this room for Christmas.

Stencils supply a similar style for less price. Not only are the stencils reusable, but are also a terrific way to create a custom look in home with unlimited color combinations.

Try a daring damask in vibrant colors to create a statement, or a more neutral palette for a more elegant look.

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A hot-pink accent wall functions well when paired with a matching pink couch. A couple of silver toss cushions and matching candle holders as accessories will complete a festive look for the holidays.

You’ll be able to get this amazing damask stencil at Cutting Edge Stencils, a firm that specifically focuses in decorative painting and stenciling.


Stenciling damask takes some practice and can be time consuming. Finishing one wall as an accent wall in stunning colors like this black and gold could be plenty for a single room. Check it out with a single wall and find out how you like it.

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Just a little damask can go a very long way; too much can appear overwhelming.

Wallpapering half a wall above a chair rail or wainscoting could be only the amount you need.


To give a timeless print a contemporary twist, opt for using a damask pattern in electrical colors, like this eye-popping blue and green. Keep the rest of your house neutral to avoid competition between furniture and walls.

This color makes a fantastic selection for spaces with minimal furniture, such as hallway or bathroom that needs something spectacular to bring it into life.

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