Room Transformation: See how I pulled all the details together for a room that pops

Welcome to the final day in the series Home Decorating Projects: Get Them Done!  If you've tuned in this week, I hope you took away a tip or two on the little details that are so important in room design and decorating.   Today's post illustrates how the details really do add up!  And, when attention is given to the details, a room stands out and makes a statement.    

That is what happened to the two rooms you are about to see.  By incorporating color through textiles, accessories, furniture, and wall art, this living space came to life.    Here is the kitchen BEFORE its transformation (I had already painted the kitchen set, which you see in the picture)....

The kitchen set received a fresh coat of paint and new upholstery in a vibrant red/orange and white geometric print.  In choosing that particular fabric, the customer went out of her comfort zone (yeah! with a little nudge from me!), and she ended up loving the result.

Kitchen set BEFORE: 

Kitchen Set AFTER: 

What about the rest of the room?

It became apparent to the home-owner that the rest of her kitchen and the adjoining living room weren't working with her newly painted kitchen set.  The set now had color, but the rest of the space didn't. It was time to take it to the next level.....

Give me Accessories! 

The first item on the agenda was to add color.  This was achieved by adding plenty of accessories.   Wall art, additional accent furniture, table decor, and a variety of patterned throw pillows brightened up the space instantly.  No longer did that kitchen set stick out like a sore thumb.

Living room BEFORE: 


Don't forget the window!

With plenty of color added to both rooms, the bare kitchen wall with the window needed attention.  A pair of navy blue and cream geometric window panels, and a fun colorful print (that the home-owner picked out, wahoo!) helped provide visual balance between the kitchen and the living room: 

Here it is TODAY:


Color was pulled in through the window panels, accent pillows, wall art, table decor, and furniture.  The essential details I highlighted all week on the blog were included in this room make-over, and the result is a beautiful living space that the home owner loves. 

Additionally, a sea grass rug beneath the table, and a wicker chandelier, along with the smaller details like place mats, a table centerpiece, and greenery all provide additional texture throughout the room.  Texture adds richness to a room. 

Textiles like pillows, throw blankets, window panels, and a mix of geometric patterns created visual interest and depth to the space....

A variety of decor was used in both rooms; some I brought in, and some already owned by the home-owner (that's the beauty of home decorating Novo Decor style!).  All the accessories worked to pull the rooms together.  

Re-doing a room (or starting from scratch) can seem intimidating.  Knowing the basic components necessary in room design makes a big difference.  Start with the larger items (like the wall color, the furniture), and then fill in all the gaps with the details I outlined this week on the blog.  There aren't so many details, as there are possibilities!

 Missed earlier posts from this week?  See them at the links below:

Little Details; Big Impact

Control the Clutter with Pretty Storage

Easy no-sew window panels

Nail color in your home: 5 ways

Remember the details in your next decorating challenge! Have a room re-do you're proud of?  Share it to Novo Decor Facebook HERE

Not up for the challenge or don't have the time?  Contact me for more information on my products and services.....I'd love to hear from you.

Accessorize your windows with this easy no-sew panel tutorial

Hello!  Today is day three in this week's topic, all the little "details" that make a room good to great.  Today's post was inspired by two things: my son's recent room refresh, and this week's topic!  We cannot forget our windows....

Quality window treatments are pricey, and there is certainly a time and place for those....but not in the Nienhuis household (Lol).  High quality, professionally installed window treatments could set you back thousands of dollars.  Since that wasn't an option,  I came up with this little trick.  

Get ready to have your window panel (and non-sewing) world rocked......

What you need:

1.  Flat sheets (actual bed sheets).  The number of sheets and sheet size depends on your window size and number of windows.  For example, my son Luke has one giant window in his bedroom.  I needed 2 twin size flat sheets, one for each side of the window.  I found a the perfect color/pattern for Luke's room, but there was only 1 full size flat sheet available in that pattern, and I needed 2 panels.  At first I was bummed, but then my fabric scissors became my friend and soon I had 2 separate panels. 

2.  Fabric Scissors:  Not mandatory but will save you from cursing at your normal household scissors while attempting to cut the fabric.  Fabric scissors effortlessly cut through fabric, leaving a much cleaner line while cutting. 

3.  Tape Measure:  measure your window width, height, and the distance between your window rod and the floor.  Bring the measurements with you when you shop, and you can estimate what size sheet you need, and quantity. 

Here's how: 

1.  Lay out your sheets for cutting (if needed)

If you want fuller panels, you will probably skip this step.  Since I only had one flat sheet to work with, and I needed two panels, I folded the sheet in half the long way, and cut along the fold.  This created my two panels.  You could make a pencil line using a yard stick if you're concerned about cutting a straight line.  

2.  Create an opening on your sheets (for your window rod)

Most sheets have a sewn over "trim" at the edge where your pillow is.  That edge will be your loop,  for your window rod to go through. If that sewn over edge is open on the end, then you can skip this skip and just loop your rod right through.  But, If it's sewn shut on the edge, then you'll need to make a small cut along that edge, to create an opening.  To do this, make a small cut from the top of that edge (the corner), half way down that edge. (about 1.5 inch long cut).  Now, you have an opening for your window rod.  You could also make a cut all the way down that side of your sheet, but I took the easy way out and only made this small cut you see in the photo below....

In the photo, you can see the thicker edging on the sheet was sewn shut, so that is why I had to make that small cut; to create an opening for the window rod.  This cut was not visible at all, when the panels were hung. 

In the photo, you can see the thicker edging on the sheet was sewn shut, so that is why I had to make that small cut; to create an opening for the window rod.  This cut was not visible at all, when the panels were hung. 

3. Stick the window rod through each panel opening

Before looping your sheet panels onto your rod, you'll want to make sure the straight/sewn edge (the sides you didn't cut) are facing the inside part of the window when hung.  That applies to you only IF you had to cut your sheets like I did.  The reason you want to hang them like this, is because that inside seam is more noticeable when hung.   

The cut sides/edges should face outward, away from the window. Those outer edges seem to naturally fold under, (you might have to manually "tuck" them under) making them completely unnoticeable.  

And that is it!  Easy, no-sew, and inexpensive curtains for any room in the house!  Another alternative is to purchase window rod rings (they usually come in packs of 6 or 8), that you can clip to your fabric, and place on your rod).  Either method is easy and user friendly.  

Other Tips and tidbits: 

-For fuller panels, you can use a larger flat sheet size (like queen or king), or, you can use more sheets for each side of the window; just double them up on each side.   

-Flat sheets are sold separately so you don't have to purchase an entire sheet set 

-Throw your new sheets in the drier to get out wrinkles. You could also iron them (yuck!) Does anyone despise ironing as much as I do? 

-Experiment with fun patterns and colors.  We are more likely to experiment when a project is easy, and inexpensive!

-If you want your panels lined, you can hang white sheets in front of your panels, the same way you did your panels.  You may consider using a double rod system, one rod for the white sheet, one for your panel. 

Did you like today's tip?  Have you ever tried a do-it-yourself window panel?  

See more fun decorating tips and tricks in my blog collection.... 

Coming up tomorrow.......

Color:  5 ways to add it to any room!  Whether you love color or dread it because you have no idea where to start, tomorrow's post will get you excited about the possibilities for color in your home!  

Home Decorating Projects: Week #4-Little details; Big Impact

It is week #4, the final week, of my series: Home Decorating Projects: Get them Done!.  I hope you've found some inspiration over the past 3 weeks to get those home projects started....and finished once and for alll!   In case you missed those earlier posts, you can catch a glimpse at the links below:

Week #1:  accessorizing your giant, empty wall

Week #2: Old Furniture, new purpose

Week #3: Just Paint It

This week we're taking a look at all the smaller details that can visually boost our home interior.  Today's post is an introduction to those things.....

Window treatments (panels/curtains)

Don't forget the windows!  Window treatments can seem so permanent and complicated, not to mention pricey.  But, they don't have to! Check in this week to see my simple, low-cost (no-sew!) window panel. Let's get those windows accessorized shall we?

Organizational and other Decor

All our homes get cluttered with "junk" we can't throw away, but don't know what to do with.  Keep those unsightly items hidden with cute organizational containers or bins.   Get a look at some simple tricks I use to keep "stuff" contained....literally!  

Pops of Color

A pop of color is a necessity in any room. Color can be scary for some, but starting with smaller pieces can help alleviate that fear!  Instead of painting a bold wall in your room, try adding a throw blanket, decorative pillows, or a colorful piece of furniture.   See more examples this week on the blog....

We'll wrap up the week with "Pulling it all together". See how two rooms were completely transformed by paying close attention to all the details.  It's the little things that really do take a room from good to great!  

Here's to decorating and beatifying our homes one detail at a time! 

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