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Rustic Bedroom Ideas and Furniture Designs

Rustic Bedroom Ideas and Furniture

You don’t need much to create a rustic bedroom style. If you have exposed beams, then you are all set. But there are some other rustic bedroom ideas that can help transform your space – from simple decorating ideas, the materials you use, to how you style your bed.

Materials

The best and really only way to create a rustic bedroom, is to use as much natural materials as possible. Materials such as reclaimed wood, metals (iron, brass), stone, leather, and concrete. Use these materials when it comes to choosing rustic bedroom furniture such as the bed, use them for the walls, and the ceiling.

Color Scheme

Because of the use of natural materials, the color scheme you’d expect in a rustic bedroom would be of neutral earth tones. There will be dark browns, grey, iron black, white, and add in some green with plants. Avoid bold unnatural colors such as blue, red, and purple. Keep to the neutral and natural shades.

Around the Bed

The Bed: When it comes to the bed, use an iron frame or a wooden bed like the one in picture (1). If you can’t get your hands on a bed like this, then just cover the bed frame with simple skirting. A lot of the beds in the mood board above have white fabric covering up the bed.

The Headboard: Ideas here include using reclaimed wood (2), live wood (3), or iron bars. A lot of the beds in the mood board, don’t have a headboard.

Bedding: Because the bed is the main focal point in the room, as it takes so much space, even the bedding you use will play a big role in the style of the room. For the bedding use neutral colors like white, light and dark grey, tan, or black. Use fabrics that have a subtle texture to them to add a touch of style and elegance. Neutral colored and textured bedding fabric is another thing all of the rustic bedrooms in the mood board above have in common.

Side Tables: The side tables you have next to the bed will frame the bed area. Look to have stylised pieces like a log stump table (4), a metal stool, a wooden one, or a trunk.

The Walls and Ceiling

Here are some rustic ideas when it comes to the walls and the ceiling of the bedroom:

  • Exposed brick walls can add a rustic flair to a bedroom. The bricks can be painted over for a more subtle rustic look (5). Another design idea is to have half of the wall (either the top or the bottom) exposed brick, while the other half is plastered over. Have a look at this mood board post for design ideas: Industrial and Rustic Charm: Home Brick Wall Designs.You can easily create your own brick wall by attaching brick slices to an existing wall
  • There is rough Italian style plastering (stucco). Or for a more industrial rustic look, have rough textured concrete walls
  • There are also stone walls, or stone tiles
  • For a more modern look, have plain white walls, and let the rustic pieces in the room (the bed, bedding, side tables, exposed beams) create the style
  • A great design feature to have would be exposed beams. Have a look at picture (6). The exposed beams and the hardwood floors are the only things that are needed to create a modern rustic bedroom style. The beams are able to stand out in the room because of the toned down color scheme – just dark greys and white.
  • One last rustic design idea would be to use a sliding barn door as the bedroom door, or going to the bathroom. Kind of like the door in picture (7) but darker.

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October 11, 2014 in Bedroom, Design Style

Rustic Paint Colors and Textured Wall Designs

Rustic Paint Colors Palette

In a rustic room, you’ll see a lot of natural materials. There will be a lot of old and reclaimed woods, stone, and metal. Because of this the color schemes of a rustic space will be made up of neutral shades and earth tones – white, greys, dark browns, iron black. Natural green shades can be mixed in by adding plants. So use that as inspiration when looking for rustic paint colors. Avoid man made bright colors – like bright blues, orange, and bright red.

Going Simple – Classic White

A Neutral Color: Go with white walls. This way any rustic pieces in the room, like exposed beams or wooden window shutters, will really stand out. Check out the bedroom in picture (1) – the white walls make the beams and the wooden bed the focal points in the room.

For a more modern and cozy look use a darker wall color. The bathroom in picture (2) has had its wooden wall panels painted black. Just like the white walls in the bedroom, the black walls in the bathroom contrasts well with the rustic brown mirror – making it stand out.

Rustic Wall Designs and Paint Ideas

Some ways of creating a rustic wall is to use stone or brick. The walls in the room can be made out of them, or you can decorate existing walls with stone or brick tiles. You can paint over them for a more toned down rustic look, just like the living room in picture (3). Wood is another design option. But use large log pieces – as seen in picture (4), for an authentic rustic look.

Exposed beams can also decorate the walls, not just the ceilings. They can be used as rustic crown molding, or to create a rustic support and valance over a window (5).

Another way to create a textured wall is with rough natural plastering (stucco) (6), or use wall paint to create textured finishes and effects (Textured Wall Painting Ideas: From Faux Wood to Linen Effects) (7).

Subtle Rustic Walls

Tone Down the Rustic: If you have a small room with standard height ceilings, you might want to tone down the rustic walls so they don’t become overwhelming. One way to do this is to have half of the wall (top or bottom) using something rustic like stone, brick or wood. And have the other half plastered over and painted white – creating a rustic/modern combination design.

A Feature Wall: Another way to add some subtle rustic style to a room is to use a feature wall. This is one wall in the room that is decorated, say in stone, brick, or wood, while all of the other walls are simply styled – say painted in white. Because there is only one rustic wall, it really stands out and becomes a focal point in the space. Just like the hallway in picture (8), and the stone wall feature in the bathroom in picture (5).

This feature wall could be the headboard wall in the bedroom, the wall behind the TV, or you could create a stone chimney column in the living room. It could also be the backsplash wall in the kitchen or in the bathroom.

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August 1, 2014 in Design Styles

Rustic Storage Ideas and Organziation Tips

Rustic Storage Ideas Organization

Some simple rustic storage ideas include using:

  • Wooden crates. These can be stacked up to create makeshift shelving
  • Stone bowls and wooden trays to group clutter items together (remotes on the coffee table | watches, phone, keys on the bedside table | toothbrush/paste, lotions in the bathroom).
  • Glass bottles and glass jars can be used to store kitchen items, as seen in picture (1). They can also replace plastic bottles around the bathroom or kitchen sink (soaps, lotions, etc.). For some inspiration, have a look at my mood board post here: Home Decor Ideas: Using Vintage Glass Bottles.
  • Vintage style wire baskets can be used around the house. For more vintage storage ideas have a look at my mood board post here: Vintage Storage and Organization Ideas.
  • Large wicker baskets (2) can store: magazines, fire wood, living room blankets, shoes, toys, dirty laundry, or be used as a trash can.
  • For rustic storage cabinets, there are wooden ones like the floating cabinet in picture (3) or the free standing one in picture (4). Or you could put reclaimed planks of wood on top of iron shelf brackets.
  • Hang up some iron clothes hooks.

The DIY Route

Upgrading Furniture Pieces: A simple way to add a subtle rustic touch to your cabinets, closets and draws, is to add leather pulls. You can see how The Brick House created the leather pull seen in picture (5) here.

Another way to upgrade your draws is to replace the front part with reclaimed wood (6).

Repurposing: In my DIY Rustic Decor post, I talked a bit about using ladders and reclaimed windows.

Ladders can be used all around the house, from hanging blankets and magazines in the living room, hanging towels in the bathroom, to hanging clothes in the bedroom. You can even hang pots and pans from them in the kitchen with some hooks. Use an iron or wooden ladder for a rustic look, just like the one in picture (7).

Another way to hang clothes is to screw together some wooden poles. You can see how the clothes hanger in picture (8), with the leather detail and metal hooks, were made here.

Reclaimed Windows: Old windows can be turned into elegant rustic coffee tables with storage or cabinets. For pictures and more ideas, have a look at my mood board post here Home Decor Ideas: Using Reclaimed Old Windows.

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July 31, 2014 in Storage

Unfinished Basement Ideas For Making the Space Look and Feel Good

Unfinished Basement Ideas

An unfinished basement is an ideal place to put in a laundry room, storage, or even a gym. It can be turned into a living area, but you’ll need to work hard on making it feel comfortable. The unfinished basement ideas I’ll go over below will help you make the space feel and look good.

Making the Space Feel Comfortable and Look Good

Walls and Ceiling Ideas: To create a more uniformed look in an unfinished basement, see if you can paint all of the unfinished surfaces – such as the walls and the ceiling (including the pipes and wires – make sure they are all safe to paint over), just like in picture (1). This will have the biggest impact in transforming an unfinished basement, and is a cheap option. Wooden rafters can be stained to give a darker and more stylized look.

Painting the ceilings might be a better choice for an unfinished basement, instead of panelling it, because it keeps the space more spacious and open. For a tutorial on how to paint the ceiling, head on over to One Project Closer.

When it comes to the paint colors for the walls or the ceiling, light colors help make a space feel bright, open and spacious. Dark colors with make a space feel smaller, but cozy if you also use a lot of fabric in the space and have good lighting.

Another idea for the walls is to fit a curtain rail, and use modern hookless curtains to soften and hide the unfinished walls – as seen in picture (2).

The Floors: Even the floors, if you have concete ones, can be painted over to create a more finished look. Put down some area rugs to soften the floor, or foam tiles if you want the kids to use the space as a playroom area (Fun Basement Playroom Ideas: From Softening the Floor to Swings).

In picture (3) you can see a square pattern on the basement floor. The original concrete floors were stained first, then painted over with the pattern. The whole project can be seen here. Also check out the before and after of the exposed wall, and how they were able to cover it up with a simple board with holes cut out at the top for the pipes.

Before After Basement Remodeling

Lighting up The Space: To make an unfinished basement a fully functional living space you are going to want to put in a good amount of ceiling lights (4), the more the better. Have a look at picture (5). You’ve got the stained concrete floors, painted walls and ceiling, an area rug to soften the floors, and even a decorated finished basement pole. But none of these decorating ideas would look or feel good without those ceiling lights.

Another way to add lighting in a basement is to open up the windows. If you hang curtains, make sure the curtain rod is wide enough so that the curtains don’t cover any part of the window when they are drawn open during the day.

Poles: For ideas on how to deal with basement poles, have a look at this creative post: Design Ideas for Basement Pole Covers: From Functional to Decorative.

The Air Quality: If your basement gets quite moist and humid, then I would look to get a dehumidifier.

Simple Uses for an Unfinished Basement: Storage and Laundry

Most of the ideas above were about making the unfinished basement a more comfortable and good looking space. But a basement can always be used for more functional purposes that don’t require it to look and feel good. Part of the basement can be turned into a storage area or a laundry room.

Storage Ideas

From putting brackets in between the ceiling rafters and hanging ceiling shelves, to simple free standing shelves, have a look here In The Basement: Storage and Organization Ideas for some basement storage ideas (6).

For simple and practical storage ideas that would also work well in a basement, like creating a pegboard wall, check out my Garage Storage Ideas: Use Your Walls and the Ceiling mood board post.

A Laundry Room

A basement laundry room can be as simple as putting a washer and a dryer down there (with plumbing). Or it can be as elaborate as having a countertop to fold clothes, a sink, dedicated lighting, and some storage space – just like in picture (7). For design ideas have a look at my mood board post here: Design Ideas For That Perfect Basement Laundry Room.

For more ideas on what you could create in your unfinished basement, have a look here: 14 Different Room Ideas For a Basement.

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July 31, 2014 in Basement

The Upgrade: Top 8 Bathroom Remodeling Ideas and Design Tips

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas Design

There is a lot that goes on in the bathroom. And I’m talking design wise. Just for the floor alone you have so many options. Then comes the walls, the vanity, and the shower area. So I’ve gone over the top bathroom remodeling ideas below to help you focus down on the most important areas to upgrade and remodel – sort of like a checklist. The only thing I haven’t talked about below is the toilet – that’s just a matter of choosing a new one if you need it.

1. Adjusting the Layout and Size

If you are planning a major remodeling of your bathroom, this would be the time to create the ideal layout. Not all bathrooms have been designed to make the most of the space. Some bathrooms have the toilet and the sink in awkward places. You want to try and create a open pathway into and through the bathroom just like in picture (1), without any obstacles. If you have extra space around the bathroom, this could mean you can expand the room.

2. Looking Like a Million Dollars

The whole vanity area can be upgraded during the renovations. You’ve got the option of a good looking high cost stone countertop or a more inexpensive tile one. When it comes to the sink – a pedestal sink will keep the bathroom feeling spacious, but they are more suited for traditional styled bathrooms and you will lose storage space underneath them. Built in cabinets with a sink is a modern way of going about it, and you get storage space. Go with floating cabinets, as the gap between the floor makes the bathroom feel spacious.

The vanity is one of the key areas when it comes to lighting in the bathroom. Having a well lit vanity makes grooming a lot easier. Bad lighting will cast shadows on the face, making it harder to see what you are doing. The ideal way of lighting a vanity mirror is to have one wall light on each side, and then a horizontal sconce attached to the wall right above the mirror. This will create even lighting over the face.

For ideas on how to design a vanity backsplash, have a look at my mood board blog post here: Vanity Design: Bathroom Backsplash Ideas.

3. Showering in a Rainforest

You’ve got all sorts of design options for a shower remodel: from going with the standard shower head to body sprays, multiple shower heads, or a rain shower head.

The way you tile the space will really impact how it looks and feels. For renovation ideas and pictures have a look at my mood board here: A Mood Board for Tile Shower Designs and Ideas.

Other remodeling ideas for the shower area include adding dedicated lighting (Bathroom Shower Lighting Ideas). While frameless glass dividers will help make the entire bathroom feel more spacious and open just like the bathrooms in images (2) and (3).

4. Fitting it All In

A great way to maximize the storage space in a bathroom is to have built ins. Not only do built ins make the whole bathroom look uniform, they can be built all the way up to the ceiling, or over the toilet. They can also be fitted around tricky sink plumbing.

Other creative storage ideas include using a double curtain rod – one for the shower curtain the other for your towels, or hang hooks on the back of the bathroom door. For more storage ideas have a look at my mood board post here: Smart and Decorative Bathroom Storage Ideas.

5. A Shining Light

It doesn’t matter what sort of great upgrades you do or how the before and after looks, none of your hard work remodeling the bathroom will look good if you don’t have great lighting in the room.

Above I talked about the two key areas to light up – the vanity and inside the shower. Other than that, the only other lighting you’ll really need is general bathroom lighting that brightly lights up the whole space. Modern bathrooms will have an array of recessed lights. These are lights that are tucked into the ceiling, creating a minimalist and sleek design in the room.

You can go a step further and add in some accent lighting to create a more relaxing space. These accent lights can be lights that highlight a stone wall or a vase of plants, or it could be lights that create a soft glow for when you are taking a bath. For more bathroom lighting ideas, have a look at my mood board here: Bathroom Lighting Ideas: A Well Designed Space.

Don’t forget about the windows. Would you like to have a lot of natural lighting coming in during the day? Are your windows big enough, or do want to put in bigger ones? I have a mood board of ideas on how you can add privacy to your windows (stained glass, shutters, etc.): Light and Privacy: Ideas for Bathroom Window Treatments.

6. Tiles Galore

Probably the biggest design element that needs to be figured out when redoing a bathroom, is how are you going to do the walls and floors. The classic and go to choice for a bathroom upgrade is going to be tile.

Large tiles feel and look more luxurious and modern, but are not cheap. They require less grout, creating a more minimalist design in the bathroom. Have a look at a lot of great bathroom photos to figure out and estimate how much of the bathroom you want tiled, how simple do you want it or do you want to mix up the designs of the tile, and if you want to use insets.

For more ideas on different flooring options, have a look at my post here: Bathroom Flooring Ideas Guide: Designs and Material Options.

And don’t forget you’ve also got paint and wainscoting design options when it comes to the walls: Bathroom Color Ideas: Palette and Paint Schemes.

7. Warm Happy Feet

Upgraded bathrooms will usually have tile flooring. The only down side to this is that it will be cold under your feet in the winter. So for a house in a cold climate, underfloor radiant heating would be another great upgrade for a bathroom remodel.

8. Other Luxuries

Other luxurious bathroom remodeling ideas include: fitting a skylight to bring in a lot of natural light during the day, or how about adding a towel heater.

Design Tips: Making a Bathroom Feel Larger

Here are some quick tips on making a bathroom space feel a lot larger:

  • Use light colored materials (such as white/off white/tan/light grey paint colors, floor tiles, and cabinets) – just like in picture (4)
  • Glossy surfaces, such as using a glossy finish on your cabinets, help reflect light around the bathroom making a tiny space feel larger
  • Tile insets can be used to create horizontal lines in the bathroom. This makes the bathroom feel wider than it is, as it draws your eyes around the space. The same can be done vertically to make the room feel taller
  • Having a large mirror, or a few mirrors in the bathroom, adds depth to the space and reflects light
  • In the shower section above, I talked about using glass dividers. This prevents creating visual barriers in the bathroom
  • Make sure you light up the whole space with enough ceiling lights, to keep the space feeling bright and spacious

If you want more bathroom remodel ideas for a small space, have a look at my mood board here: Small Bathroom Ideas and Designs.

What is it Going to Cost?

The average bathroom remodel budget will be around: $2,000 – $6,000 for services and materials, much lower if you go DIY. It gets more expensive if you: are expanding the space, changing the layout as you’ll need to redo the plumbing, plan on redoing windows, want to move the lights, or are planning on using high end materials. The more tiling you want to do, the more expensive it gets because it takes a lot of time to lay down each tile, and you’ll want it done by contractors who will do it with care since it is a major design element in the room (whether it is for the walls or the floor). So the costs of a bathroom renovation can go up towards $15,000 and above for these extra upgrades.

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July 31, 2014 in Bathroom, Construction

Creative Magazine Storage Ideas: From Leather Rack Holders to Using Old Shutters

Creative Magazine Storage Ideas

From a magazine rack made out of leather straps, to using plexiglass to create a floating magazine holder. Any one of the creative magazine storage ideas below will not just store away your magazines, but will add a unique decor element in a room.

Storage Decor Combo

Wicker and wire baskets, or galvanised buckets and bins are some ideas for decorative magazine storage. All of these storage containers can be left out in the open as they will also act as decor pieces

Wooden crates and storage boxes, either quite minimalist in design like the one in picture (1) or a more rustic one (2), are great looking magazine storage pieces.

Going DIY

Leather straps, seen in picture (3), can be used to create an elegant magazine holder. Smaller leather straps (recycle an old belt), along with dowels can be combined to create a long magazine rack (4). This long railing can also be used to hang up blankets in the living room, clothes in the bedroom, or towels in the bathroom.

A simple leaning wall shelf can be built to store a small magazine collection along with a few decor items. For an example and a tutorial on how to build one have a look at The Mill page.

If you only want to have a few magazines stored and hung up on display, then have a look at the DIY magazine hangers idea in picture (5). It’s quite a simple DIY which you can find the instructions to here.

Over at Love Aesthetics, you can see how two sheets of clear plexiglass, a Stanley knife, and a handsaw were used to create the very minimalist and elegant plastic book / magazine display holder seen in picture (6).

Hunting and Reclaiming

Here are two elegant storage solutions that use reclaimed materials.

An old rustic wooden ladder can lean against the wall and be used as a hanging magazine rack (7). You can also use the ladder to hang up blankets, and clothes (Ideas for Decorating With Ladders). For a modern looking ladder (a DIY using dowels and black paint), visit my Mill page.

Using old window shutters is one creative storage idea. The shutters can be wall mounted, or just sit on the floor and lean against a wall. If you get a tall shutter, like the one in picture (8), you’ll have a lot of slots to file and store away magazines.

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July 30, 2014 in Storage