5 Ways to Use a Small-Space Mirror

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.   Do you have a small space you desperately want to look bigger? An easy way to add visual space to a room is that classic cheat: adding a small-space mirror. Adding a mirror can literally double the space visually. But rather than installing mirrors willy-nilly, there are several ways to use mirrors that look stylish yet functional. From placing the mirror in unconventional places like on the ceiling to using segmented full-wall mirrors, these mirror ideas are great ways to add style while making a room look bigger.
Small-Space Mirror Bathroom Space

Cutting a mirror to fit sloping ceilings expands the mirror and allows the space to look that much bigger. Image: dblo associates

Extend mirrors in unconventional ways

Having a small space can mean some funky
Small Space Mirror on Ceiling
Small Space Mirror Full Wall Style
Small Space Mirror Large Frame
Small Space Mirror Multiple Walls
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5 Stylish and Functional Garden Edging Ideas

Whether you’re designing a garden from scratch or trying to figure out ways to make your current garden more attractive, you might want to consider looking at garden edging ideas. Garden edging is not mandatory. Plenty of gorgeous garden spaces simply sit right next to the lawn. But adding garden edging helps create a visual barrier between the garden and other spaces. It creates a certain visual logic in your yard. Functionally, lining a garden has its benefits; it can stop the plants from growing outside of their designated space. You can see several garden edging ideas below.
Garden Edging Small Stone

Stone is an attractive way to line a garden. Image: Niza

Gravel/stone strip as garden edging

This no-fuss, functional idea creates some geometry in the space. As the photo above shows, stone makes a solid visual barrier separating the shrubbery from the rest of the lawn. It also shows how you can add
Garden Edging Gravel Pathway
Garden Edging Raised Garden
Garden Edging Brick Pathway
Garden Edging Rustic Pathway
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5 Modern Ways to Use Wood Paneling

Wood paneling was all the rage in the mid-20th century, before falling out of favor for decades. If you wanted an updated home, the first thing to go was the wood paneling on the walls. Bright, sleek colors were used to replace what was seen as dated wood textures. But now wood paneling is back. People are finding clever ways to use it in a variety of modern styles. With some sleek geometry, creative stylings and light colors, wood paneling fits well into the updated, modern space. Read on for several ways to use wood paneling in your modern home.
Wood Paneling Lines Geometry

Warm wood paneling creates great contrast with cool grays. Image: Heritage Construction Companies

Use wood paneling to create sleek lines

A wonderful aspect of wood paneling is that it can produce sleek geometry. By cutting the paneling into narrow strips, you can get a more lined, geometric look. Modern
Wood Paneling Section Style
Wood Paneling Accent Wall Reclaimed
Wood Paneling Three Dimensional
Wood Paneling Light Color
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4 Ways to Get a Mini Kitchen Island for a Small Space

If you have a small kitchen but want the functionality of a kitchen island, don’t despair: Just because you’re working with a small space doesn’t mean you’re cut off from this convenient kitchen feature. Kitchen islands do tend to be popular in large kitchens, and they typically have expansive designs. But by getting creative, you can have a mini kitchen island in your small space. We’ve covered small kitchen islands in the past, but the kitchen island ideas below are downright micro. Read on to learn a few of the best ways to miniaturize your cooking, prepping and socializing space.
Mini Kitchen Island Green Stool Design

In small spaces, add just the amount of counter space needed and no more. Image: Davis Architects

Miniaturize the concept

The first step to using a kitchen island in a small space is to shrink the counter space. While this may appear to sacrifice usability, you can still retain functionality by
Mini Kitchen Island Blue Cabinets
Mini Kitchen Island Minimalistic Style
Mini Kitchen Island Bookshelves Storage
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6 Ways to Get in on the Spiral Staircase Trend

If you’re looking for a literal unique twist on a space, you’ll want to look into a spiral staircase. Thanks, in part, to universal design and more basic, open floorplans, you just don’t see a lot of spiral staircases worked into homes these days. However, if you want a look that’s visually interesting with a touch of a classic and romantic feel, you may want to think about putting in a spiral staircase. Below are some of the top spiral staircase designs. From natural looks to industrial styles, a spiral staircase is a customizable option that fits surprisingly well into almost any home.
Spiral Staircase Open Loft

Spiral staircases are a natural addition to loft designs. Image: Coupdeville

Open design spiral staircase

Just because things are going more open plan these days doesn’t mean you have to forget about spiral staircases. They’ve come a long way from being the main mode of access to
Spiral Staircase Stone Wall
Spiral Staircase Two Level Library
Spiral Staircase Industrial Style
Spiral Staircase Square Style
Spiral Staircase Leaf Steps
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5 Ideas for Fold-Away Kitchen Storage

If there’s one thing many of us feel we need, it’s more kitchen storage space. It seems like there’s always some new doodad to buy for the kitchen. And putting it all somewhere can get to be a challenge. But that’s why they invented fold-away kitchen storage. These design elements are defined by how they can fold or roll in some way to create more storage without visibly taking up more space. It’s practically like having a storage area bigger on the inside than the outside. Below are some ideas for making the most of fold-away storage in the kitchen.
Fold-Away Kitchen Cabinets

Spices and cooking pans are great items to store in expandable cabinets. Image: Matt Lehn Construction

Expandable Cabinets

A popular idea for fold-away kitchen storage is cabinets that pull out instead of swinging open. This often gives an increased amount of storage, since you can use the whole space under
Fold-Away Kitchen Storage Hidden Workstation
Fold-Away Kitchen Storage Microwave Area
Fold-Away Kitchen Storage Hidden Appliance Nook
Fold-Away Kitchen Storage Expandable Table
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5 Ways to Work With Colorful Grout

Designers are always looking for ways to incorporate color into spaces. And for a good reason: Shots of bright color add visual interest and a playful feel to any room. One new way people are using color is with colorful grout. Once simply a way to seal the spacing between tiles, grout is taking on a fashion sense all its own. By dyeing the actual grout bright colors like teal, yellow and pink, a tile design can have a fun accent color that adds some artistic flair to a space. Read on to learn how to work with the new design trend of colorful grout.
Colorful Grout Yellow Bathroom

Yellow grout adds a cheery pop to any space. Image: MRTN Architects

Match the grout to other walls

In order to ensure that your new colorful grout doesn’t go unnoticed, you can match the grout color to other accent walls, like in the photo
Colorful Grout Pink Kitchen Space
Colorful Grout Contrast Bathroom
Colorful Grout Teal Kitchen
Colorful Grout Gold Bathroom
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20 Creative Ways to Use Natural Textures in a Home

If you love the outdoors, it’s understandable to want to incorporate nature into your living space. When it comes to bringing natural textures into the home, you can go as drastic or as simple as you want. If you’re looking for bold statements and design elements that make you feel like you’re practically outside, take a look at these creative ideas for surrounding yourself in nature. From wild natural texture accent walls to full indoor gardens, these ideas will make you rethink the division between the indoors and the outdoors.

Wild natural stone

One of the best ways to use natural textures in a home is to choose natural stone accent walls or other stone features. There’s nothing like natural stone to add visual interest to a room. And you may end up feeling like you’re hiking in your favorite canyon right at home. Natural stone also comes in a
Natural Textures Lava Stone
Natural Textures Green Stone Bathroom
Natural Textures Geode Bathroom
Natural Textures Stone Sink
Natural Textures Rock Wall Floor
Natural Textures Greenery Wall Bathroom
Natural Textures Plant Wall Outdoors
Natural Textures Outdoor Area
Natural Textures Plant Alcove
Natural Textures Plant Panels Wood
Natural Textures Staircase Ferns
Natural Textures Zen Garden
Natural Textures Stone Pathway
Natural Textures Floor Garden
Natural Textures Foyer Plants
Natural Textures Wood Counter
Natural Textures Wood Floor
Natural Textures Wood and Stone Bathroom
Natural Textures 3D Wood Panel
Natural Textures Wood Sink Bathroom
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How to Use Tone on Tone in the Bedroom

You may have heard of monochrome decorating schemes, or decorating using one color. But tone on tone takes the idea of decorating in one color and refines it. The style uses different shades, tones and textures in more precise ways. The essence of tone on tone color is taking a certain color and using slightly different saturations of that color throughout the space, resulting in a refined look that makes tone on tone in the bedroom a good choice. Where tone on tone differentiates itself from monochrome design is that it may use more than one color to achieve its style. What results is a classy look that’s great for anyone who would like to stay within one or a few color families because they simply love those colors.
Tone on Tone in the Bedroom Different Shades

A lighter tan headboard against a deeper tan wall keeps the elements separate from each other while still maintaining the overall

Tone on Tone in the Bedroom Wall Texture
Tone on Tone in the Bedroom Burgundy Headboard
Tone on Tone in the Bedroom Contrast Paint
Tone on Tone in the Bedroom Focal Point
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4 Ways to Decorate Around Minimalistic Mantels

Mantels used to be more ornate pieces in traditional homes. They acted as the focal point of the room, harkening back to a time when people were more likely to watch the fire than a television. But today’s mantels have taken on a more minimalistic touch. Many have simple, lightly colored facades around them. Some are little more than a square where the fire goes. All are defined by a stark geometry. Because of how minimalistic they are, there are several different ways to decorate around minimalistic mantels. Read on to discover how to work with the simple, but powerful, design element that is the minimalistic mantel.

Use Mirrors

Decorate Around Minimalistic Mantels Large Mirror

A large mirror over a minimalistic mantel opens up the space. Image: Polina Pidtsan

Mirrors are a favorite element in transitional, small and minimalistic spaces. Having both a sense of minimalism and a classic appeal, they make a great addition
Decorate Around Minimalistic Mantels Large Art
Decorate Around Minimalistic Mantels Single Plant
Decorate Around Minimalistic Mantels Mirror Candles
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6 Creative Small Space Beds for More Usable Space

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. If you have a small bedroom, one of the trickiest parts of decorating it is trying to figure out how to fit a bed into the space. Larger beds mean little room to walk around the bed and even smaller amounts of space for other furniture. Worse, a traditional bed makes all the space above and below the bed unusable. So whether you have a small space, or you’d just like to use the space in a large bedroom more wisely, below are several ideas for small space beds. These open up the space by raising beds off the floor, adding storage and other creative options.
Small Space Beds Slide Out Bed

Fold-out beds basically double the usability of a space. Image: Malcolm Davis Architecture

Fold-out bed

Small space beds can
Small Space Beds Loft Platform
Small Space Beds Bed Hut
Small Space Beds Triple Tier
Small Space Beds Loft Storage
Small Space Beds Reading Nook
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5 Creative Ideas for Forest Scene Walls

Artistic wall design has become a huge trend in homes over the years. From geometric patterns to realistic art, statement walls fit into just about any home style. Using either paint or wallpaper, a good design adds dimension to a room through a point of interest. One of the best ways to take advantage of this statement wall trend is to incorporate forest scene walls. Forest scene walls don’t have to be just about the trees. Whether you’re going for a natural vibe in your home or something more artistic, there are several ways to pull off the idea depending on the home style and overall room function. Read on to find out how versatile forest scene walls can be.
Forest Scene Walls Subtle Accent Wall

Painted forest scenes can make subtle accent walls. Image: Waypoint Living Spaces

Use subtle tones in forest scene walls

Forest scene walls don’t have to dominate a space. For a
Forest Scene Walls Realistic Dining Room
Forest Scene Walls Basement Workout Space
Forest Scene Walls Abstract Nursery
Forest Scene Walls Classic Bedroom
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6 Creative Ways to Use Window Seats

Window seats are a classy addition to any house. They’re common in Victorian homes, which is part of what makes them feel so classic. But they fit incredibly well into modern spaces, too. People from any era enjoy reading by the natural light of a window — or, in this day and age, possibly playing on a tablet computer. If you’re thinking of installing a window seat, or if you have one you’re trying to dress up, there are many ways to creatively make use of it. Read on to discover some creative ways to work with window seating.
Window Seats Eating Area

Turn window seating into bench seating. Image: Rachel Reider Interiors

Combine window seats with a table

One of the easiest ways to get creative with window seating is to place it next to a table. This works well if you have a long, bench-like window seat. This idea turns your window
Window Seats Sitting Space
Window Seats Matching Upholstery
Window Seats Between Bookshelves
Window Seat Charging Station Shelf
Window Seat Outdoor Space
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20 of the Coolest Outdoor Fireplaces

A fireplace usually conjures up images of sitting on the hearth indoors, sipping a warm drink. However, thanks to modern ingenuity, outdoor fireplaces are just as popular as their indoor counterparts. Now on those cooler nights, you don’t have to leave your patio to enjoy a traditional fireplace. Outdoor fireplaces tend to be constructed from three main materials: stone, brick and plaster. Some styles mix these materials. Take a look below for some of the top outdoor fireplace designs in each material. You may just be inspired to install your own.

Stone outdoor fireplaces

Stone is a natural material for a fireplace. It’s fire resistant and can be arranged in attractive patterns. Different colorings also make for interesting contrast. Depending on how the stone is arranged, you can have a rustic look or a more neat style — you might even use the stone to create an accent wall. What’s more,
Outdoor Fireplaces Light Stone TV
Outdoor Fireplaces TV and Stone
Outdoor Fireplaces Rustic Courtyard
Outdoor Fireplaces Rustic Stone Design
Outdoor Fireplaces Pizza
Outdoor Fireplaces Red Brick Design
Outdoor Fireplaces Brick Style
Outdoor Fireplaces Red Brick Matching Ground
Outdoor Fireplaces Brick Pattern
Outdoor Fireplaces Brick Colorful
Outdoor Fireplaces Plaster
Outdoor Fireplaces Tall Design
Outdoor Fireplaces Terra Cotta Tile
Outdoor Fireplaces Poolside
Outdoor Fireplaces Seating Area
Outdoor Fireplaces Mixed Materials
Outdoor Fireplaces Mixed
Outdoor Fireplaces Mixed Brick TV
Outdoor Fireplaces Mixed Smooth and Stone
Outdoor Fireplaces Mixed Metal and Stone
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Our 20 Favorite Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

One area of the home to come the furthest in terms of design over the years is the outdoor living space. These were once just spaces to place a patio furniture set and maybe a grill. But these days, people are including televisions, entire kitchens (including the kitchen sink) and dining areas fit for a restaurant. Many outdoor living spaces have fire pits that are works of art, and sometimes even full fireplaces. So if you’re ready to update your outdoor living space in a big way, take a look at the inspiring photos below. You might just find an idea for your next backyard remodel.

Outdoor living spaces with a TV

One of the key ways in which outdoor living spaces have evolved is the inclusion of technology right in the backyard. Thanks to the modern convenience of flat screens, it’s easier than ever to hang a television anywhere.
Outdoor Living Spaces with TV
Outdoor Living Spaces TV On Wall
Outdoor Living Spaces TV Silver
Outdoor Living Spaces TV Hut
ceiling tv
Outdoor Living Spaces Kitchen Stone
Outdoor Living Spaces White Sink
Outdoor Living Spaces Partition
Outdoor Living Spaces Grill
Outdoor Living Spaces Mantel
Outdoor Living Spaces Modern Fire Pit
Outdoor Living Spaces Rustic Fire Pit
Outdoor Living Spaces Panels Fire Pit
Outdoor Living Spaces Fire Pit Wall
Outdoor Living Spaces Dining Area
Outdoor Living Spaces Bar Area
Outdoor Living Spaces Wooden Seating
Outdoor Living Spaces Wicker Chairs
Outdoor Living Spaces Rustic Dining
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21 Ideas for Wild Statement Ceilings

Usually, the ceiling in any space goes fairly unnoticed. Seen as just a way to hide insulation, roofs and attics, ceilings tend to get painted a light color and then left alone. But if you’re looking to create a space that really pops, you might want to consider adding some artistic flair to the ceiling. Wild statement ceilings come in all types, from funky geometric designs to creative colors to three-dimensional creations. Rather than letting the ceiling fade into the background, take a look at the statement ceilings below to find an idea that might just be part of your next room remodel.

Three-dimensional statement ceilings that literally pop

One of the most popular ways to create statement ceilings is to choose three-dimensional designs. Three-dimensional ceilings could be as simple as raised beams around lighting fixtures, with traditional white or cream paint to keep things subtle. However, you also have
Statement Ceilings 3D Blue
Statement Ceilings 3D Lines
Statement Ceilings Hall 3D
Statement Ceiling Subtle
Statement Ceilings White Beams
Statement Ceilings Large Circle
Statement Ceilings Exposed Rafters
Statement Ceilings Toned Panels
Statement Ceilings Concentric Circles
Statement Ceilings Green Paint
Statement Ceilings Bright Yellow
Statement Ceilings Hot Pink
Statement Ceilings Bright Blue
Statement Ceilings Colorful
Statement Ceilings Blue Shine
Statement Ceilings Flowers
Statement Ceilings Gold Leaf
Statement Ceilings Silver Geometric
Statement Ceilings Rustic Red
Statement Ceilings Floral Letters
Statement Ceilings Sky Paint
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5 Ways to Work with Large Floral Prints on Upholstery

Large floral prints are usually seen as a classic component of more traditional styles, where detailed patterns and busy textures dominate. However, they can actually fit into a wide variety of styles. If you know how to work with floral prints, they’re an attractive addition to just about any room. And since they come in so many different patterns, it’s easy to find one that works with your dream room. Read on to learn how large floral upholstery can add to your living space.
Large Floral Prints White Chairs

Decorating in predominately neutral tones allows large floral prints to steal the show. Image: Sapia Builders

Combine large floral prints with neutrals

One way to use large floral prints is to combine them with a neutral color scheme and somewhat minimalistic design. Choosing to decorate an area in predominately white or brown shades means the florals themselves can pop. They also don’t have to compete with
Large Floral Prints Pillow and Headboard
Large Floral Prints Muted Shades
Large Floral Prints Window Treatments
Large Floral Prints Orange Room
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5 Ways to Get the Mixed Metallics Look in the Bathroom

Mixed metallics is a huge trend that’s taken the design world by storm. At one time it would be taboo to mix metallic textures in a space — too much clashing. But today, purposefully mixing metallics creates a sense of contrast and visual interest. And there’s no better way to get that artsy, sleek and stylish look than in the bathroom. With all of those fixtures going on in the space, it’s a great way to try out mixed metallics. Keep reading to learn how.
Mixed Metallics Gold and Silver

Try pairing gold with a dark wall to make it pop. Image: Décor Aid

Gold and silver go well together

Combining gold and silver won’t steer you wrong. As the two most popular metallic shades, they can be combined in such a way that they actually balance each other out. The cool silver and warm gold adds a stylish contrast to your bathroom. The photo
Mixed Metallics Three Colors
Mixed Metallics Light Gold Mirror
Mixed Metallics Leaves and Mirror
Mixed Metallics Dark Handles
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5 Ways to Get the Mixed Metallics Look in the Bathroom

Mixed metallics is a huge trend that’s taken the design world by storm. At one time it would be taboo to mix metallic textures in a space — too much clashing. But today, purposefully mixing metallics creates a sense of contrast and visual interest. And there’s no better way to get that artsy, sleek and stylish look than in the bathroom. With all of those fixtures going on in the space, it’s a great way to try out mixed metallics. Keep reading to learn how.
Mixed Metallics Gold and Silver

Try pairing gold with a dark wall to make it pop. Image: Décor Aid

Gold and silver go well together

Combining gold and silver won’t steer you wrong. As the two most popular metallic shades, they can be combined in such a way that they actually balance each other out. The cool silver and warm gold adds a stylish contrast to your bathroom. The photo
Mixed Metallics Three Colors
Mixed Metallics Light Gold Mirror
Mixed Metallics Leaves and Mirror
Mixed Metallics Dark Handles
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When, Where and How to Use Large Wall Art

Art galleries are a great way to arrange lots of smaller art pieces. But if you have large wall art that you want to showcase, you’ll have to go by a different set of design principles. There are many reasons to hang large wall art; maybe you painted something yourself or purchased a special piece while traveling. You may also be going for a more modern style, which tends to emphasize minimalism. Large wall art is a surprisingly great way to optimize small spaces. By focusing on a few large elements, you leave the space looking more open and less cluttered. Read on to learn about when, how and where to use large wall art.
Large Wall Art Sofa

Empty wall spaces between two doors were practically made for large wall art. Image: Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors

Look for sizable empty wall space for large wall art

Your first step is to look for a
Large Wall Art Furniture
Large Wall Art Dimensions
Large Wall Art Rope Bridge
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