Wall Decal Designs:Add Character to Your Bedroom with a Wall Decal

Decorating your bedroom walls can be a hassle, especially if you have to paint the room a different color. There are other ways to add style to the room without the use of paint, drop cloths and rollers. A wall decal could be the answer to your bedroom wall decorating needs, and they are fun and easy to apply!

Analyze the Design Theme and the Wall Space

The first thing you should do before you even think about ordering a wall decal is figure out where you want to put it. Take a look around the room and see what wall space is available. You may have a few outdated pictures that you would gladly remove to open up a bit of space. Also, look at the other items in the bedroom. What design style are they? If you have a traditional space, you should carry that design theme with your wall decal. Modern, contemporary rooms are great places to add spice with wall stickers.

Measure the Wall Space

After you decide where to put your bedroom wall decal, the next thing you will need to do is measure the space. Decals come in many different sizes, and you want the wall sticker to be proportionate with the wall itself. Some people actually order their decals to cover an entire wall! The choices in terms of size are endless. You just need to measure first.

Quotes or Pictures?

Do you have a favorite saying? Perhaps you would want to see it on the wall instead of a picture. Your decal should represent your distinguished style and taste. There are no wrong or right choices when it comes to decorating your personal space. Quotes and sayings offer a very personal feeling to any area and are wildly popular in bedroom interior designs.

Kids Wall Decals

When using a wall decal in a kid’s room, you should stick with the same design principals. Make sure the decal fits the overall style of the room and try to include the child in the design process as much as possible. Let them pick the decals (with your guidance) and allow them to place them on the walls. The cool thing about wall stickers is that they can be removed and replaced in an instant. Any kid would love to decorate their bedroom with kids wall decals,

By taking a few minutes to analyze and measure your bedroom, you can certainly create a space that belongs to you and only you! A wall decal is the perfect way to change the look of any space without breaking the bank or getting paint all over the place. They are super easy to apply and fun to customize!

So, when are you going to dress up those boring bedroom walls with a fun wall decal?

Until next time…

Interior Paint Color Ideas: Is Black the Color for You?


I got a phone call from a friend a yesterday and she wanted to know if she should paint a room black.

I told her that there are certainly some spaces where black would be appropriate (like a home theater room) and that she should paint the room whatever color she wanted to. After listening to her go back and forth about her decision, I told her that I would find some pics of black rooms so that she would have a better idea of what types of design themes she should go with. I have them posted here for your review as well.

After talking with her, I felt compelled to let people know that there is no right or wrong interior paint color idea. You can and should paint the room in the colors that you like. Once you do that, then the decorating and designing of the individual space should occur. There are colorful accessories that will make any room shine no matter how dark or light it is.

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So, let’s be clear. It’s your house and you should do whatever you like. Now, with that being said, I also feel inclined to tell you that you may have a hell of a time painting a light color over the black paint if you decide to change the color. But even that’s a small issue, as there are many different commercial primers available at Home Depot and other home improvement stores that will do the job just fine. Also, you may want to have a black accent wall instead of painting the entire room black (I also mentioned this to my friend) Accent walls add bursts of color without taking away from the other elements in the space.

Whatever you decide, I would love to see pics so please send them to [email protected]

Until  next time…

Ethnic Home Decorations

You Can Design an Ethnic Room!

I know a lot of people that want to furnish their homes with ethnic interior décor, but they just don’t know how. If you’re of any other ethnicity other than the one you’re trying to capture in your space, I can totally see how that becomes a problem!

I was asked in particular about African inspired home décor, so I will focus on that in this post. Ethnic home decorations are easy to find and most stores carry them. Now, depending on how much you want to inject that particular theme into your room, you could go with several choices.


African inspired artifacts are a great way to add ethnic interior décor into your space. These types of items can be found online, or in a department store. Now, of course, if you purchase them this way you must know that they are “inspired” and not real.

Swap meets and craft fairs also have a fair share of ethnic home decorations. Many of the people that run these stands are actually from Africa and other foreign countries. Their work is normally exceptional, and the colors and always fabulous.

Wall Décor

Some stores (and flea markets) carry wall décor that looks really authentic and gives the room a real ethnic feel.

You should try to select various different types of wall décor, not just pictures. This will make the room more interesting and help you avoid the “cluttered” look.

Whether you decide to use small figurines or large pieces for decoration, make sure the ethnic interior theme is carried throughout the room. Some people try to mix different themes and it ends up looking like a circus. If you want an African inspired room, stick with products that are of that nature. You will have a much better chance of achieving the look you want this way than if you just threw all sorts of pieces together.

Select your design accessories carefully, and remember that you have access to some really great ethnic home decorations right here through The $20 Gift Company!

Until Next time…

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: Why You Should Try It

If your kitchen is ugly, then you more than likely need to update it.

This can be accomplished with kitchen cabinet refacing. Now, I know the job sounds difficult, but it really requires more of your time that is does skill.

If you want to know whether or not you’re a good candidate, I’m going to send you here to check out the page on kitchen cabinet refacing. This blog post is strictly to tell you why you should try it.

Save Thousands of Dollars

First off, refacing instead of replacing your kitchen cabinets will save you thousands of dollars. The extra money can be spent on updating the floors, counters, backsplash or some other ugly area in your kitchen. You could also use the money to buy much needed accessories (like organizers for those messy kitchen drawers)

Painting Your Cabinets is Fun

The second reason you should try kitchen cabinet refacing is because it’s fun! Now, if you’re the person that doesn’t like painting or for some reason your hands shake, don’t do this. But for everyone else, definitely give it a go! The only thing you need to remember is that you should paint in the same direction as the grain of the wood. You will also enjoy creating and having an active hand in your home improvement projects. When friends visit, you can show off your skillz (yes, I said skillz) and be proud of your accomplishments.

Lots of Experience

As a homeowner, you need DIY experience! Kitchen cabinet refacing is a great project to get your feet wet in designing and remodeling without having to pull out the heavy duty power tools (although you may want to use an electric drill to remove the cabinets from the hinges and to remove the hardware from the cabinets) As you began to tackle these types of projects on your own, you will feel more empowered to finish other areas of the house.

Ask the Pros

I know I made this sound easy, but trust me, it is. Time, patience and a steady hand are all that you really need for a kitchen cabinet refacing project (and good weather so you can let the cabinet doors dry outside.) We have a page that gets a bit more into detail on this subject and I suggest that you visit it. Also, visit your local Home Depot (I recommend them because that’s where I shop for all my DIY supplies) and ask the sales reps about how to handle the project. They are always helpful and give great advice!

As always, I would love to check out your project. Please send before, during and after pics of your progress and I will post them on the site.  You can email them to [email protected]

Until next time…