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  • Convert a Bland Wall Into a Stunning Design Feature

    8IFMzuFTbA3BzKRNRUy-a9NBtowXSW6YV-kk4pheWLE Just because a new home comes with fresh white walls doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. A statement wall can pull a design together, add personality, and make furniture and accessories pop. Creating an eye-catching feature can be simple, starting with a wall to highlight. Whether you choose to make a statement with a bold, bright wall color or an exotic, textured wallpaper, the key is to balance it with other design elements in the room. Choose a Focal Point — Decide what aspect of the room you would like to draw attention to. Fireplaces, large furniture pieces and artwork are popular focal points. If your room doesn’t lend itself to having a statement wall, highlight existing features like a small office nook or an inset wall. Pick a Bold Color or Pattern — Choose a bright color, interesting texture or striking pattern for your statement wall. Pick up a color from the furniture or textiles already in the room or go with a contrasting color to stand out more. Place Furniture for Maximum Impact — Arrange pieces of furniture to draw attention to your statement wall. For example, two light-colored occasional chairs on opposite sides of a darkly painted wall attract the eye and create a focal point, particularly when they’re coupled with pops of color in pillows, lamps and art. Add Accents — Finish off a room’s design by carefully placingaccessories that highlight your statement wall. This is the perfect opportunity to integrate your personality into your home. Show off your favorite artwork, family heirlooms or travel keepsakes.
  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Patio in Play This Fall

    fRia7fp1Z_pP0M4N0IHTbjtujyxKv5AAW1jVtQxTDAM Not ready for patio season to end? Maximize the use of your outdoor space even if there’s a little chill in the air. Try these five ways to warm up and extend patio season well into the fall months: Build a Fire Pit — Buy or build a fire pit to take full advantage of cooler nights. This patio or yard accessory provides the perfect ambiance for roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories. Don’t forget to leave enough space for friends and family to pull up a deck chair, as fire pits tend to draw a crowd. Add an Outdoor Heater — When temperatures start to dip, an outdoor heater can keep a patio area cozy and comfortable. There are many options to choose from, including propane, electric, tabletop and stand-alone models. Warm Up the Porch — A screened-in porch can get too cold for comfort without protection from chilly fall drafts. Adding curtains or shutters can help block the breeze and keep warm air in, turning this favorite summertime space into a fall retreat. Install a Hot Tub — Turn your backyard or patio into a year-round refuge for family and friends by adding a hot tub. Don’t forget an insulation cover to keep the heat in and leaves and debris out. Upgrade Features — If you’re willing to make an investment, you can update a patio with heated flooring, also known as radiant heating, or have an outdoor fireplace installed. Both extend the usability of outdoor spaces into the colder months.

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