Month: August 2018

Inspiring DIY Curtain Rods Ideas

A room often seems incomplete without window treatments. Hanging curtains can change the space a lot, giving it more privacy and a more welcoming feel. We’re not going to get into all the types of curtains, the fabrics, the colors and everything else. Instead we’re going to talk about curtain rods. This is something that you’d normally buy and have someone install the system but what if you were to make it all yourself? DIY curtain rods are an interesting trend these days and in care you want to know more about it we’re prepared to give you some examples.

You can make curtain rods out of a variety of materials but wood tends to be the most common and most versatile option. Let’s start with a project that we found on maisondepax. To put together the DIY curtain rod featured here you need two wood brackets, a long wood dowel, a saw, a drill, sandpaper, wood stain, warm gray chalk paint, dark wax and dowel caps (these are optional).

If you prefer something sturdier than wood you could use a metal rod instead of a dowel. As it turns out, an electrical conduit would work just fine and would be pretty cheap too. Apart from that you’ll also need some corner braces, one hole straps and some nuts and bolts. Follow the instructions offered on lovelyetc to find out how to successfully build and install such a curtain rod.

Electrical conduit DIY curtain rods have the advantage of being very practical, durable and cheap to make. However, they tend to give spaces a certain industrial appearance which doesn’t always comply with the desired result. Of course, there are a lot of cases when this detail isn’t really relevant. Check out these chic curtain rods featured on apartmenttherapy. They’re easy to make and all you need is electrical conduit, curtain rod brackets, spray paint and optional elements which you can find in the tutorial.

Curtain rods don’t have to be perfect. In fact, check out these rustic branch DIY curtain rods from lifeovereasy. That’s right, they’re not made out of dowels but out of long branches which are pretty straight but have their imperfections. Even the brackets are made of branches too. The design is obviously rustic as well as very original and unique.

Copper pipes can make stylish curtain rods too and if you like the look you can take advantage of that to add a few other matching details throughout the space. You can check out julieblanner to find out the details about the project. We can give you a short list of supplies that you’re going to need in case you decide to pursue this cool idea: copper pipes, copper spray paint, flanges, copper adapters, elbows, tees and a pipe cutter.

As you can see, making your own curtain rods is not difficult at all. In fact, it’s pretty easy, no matter what material you choose to use. Wood dowels are accessible and you can cut them to the desired length which is easy and convenient. You can spray paint them if you want but they look charming enough in their natural state too. The knobs at the ends are a nice touch. We really like these from myfabulesslife.

Metal pipes have their own way of standing out when being used as curtain rods. They have a strong industrial look and sometimes that’s exactly what the space needs in order to look complete and harmonious. In case you need some inspiration, check out the galvanizes pipe curtain rod project from littleredbrickhouse. It’s easy and we really like the way the black pipe contrasts with the white curtains.

Since making your own curtain rods is so simple, you can take advantage of that to perhaps reorganize your home’s internal layout. For example, you could use curtains to divide two spaces in a casual way. In any case, consider making the rod stand out. Maybe you could repurpose something like a paddle or an antique boat hook like the one featured on findingsilverpennies.

Anything that has the right shape and length can be repurposed into a curtain rod. For example, a PVC pipe can work just fine. Cut it to size and use some spray paint to make it look less boring and ordinary. The project featured on livelaughandcraft also suggests adding two wood blocks at the ends. The combination is very inspired.

There are plenty of ways to make DIY curtain rods look interesting. You can try to customize a rod using twine. It’s an idea that comes from thewickerhouse. Basically you just take a plain and inexpensive rod and you wrap twine around it from end to end. You could use a hot glue gun to make sure the twine stays in place. it takes a while but the result is quite inspiring.

If you don’t mind curtains that stay fixed in place, then you don’t even need a rod. You can just attach a wooden board to the wall just above the window and then hammer a bunch of large nails in it at equal distances. Each nail will hold a ring. You won’t be able to pull the curtains open so keep that in mind. If you like this idea, check out the full tutorial on how to make this curtain hanger on inspiredbycharm.

Speaking of curtains that don’t slide on rods, there’s also this cool design idea on oliveandlove. The rod is replaced by a piece of reclaimed wood with a really cool finish and the rings are replaced by metal hooks. Consider this option for your shower curtain or for any curtain that doubles as a space divider.

Can you believe that these DIY curtain rods are made of PVC pipes? This is one of the most ingenious and affordable ideas on our list. Naturally, some spray paint is needed in order to make the pipes look less like PVC pipes and more like actual curtain rods. You’ll also need brackets and PVC couplers in case you want your curtain rod to go around a corner. There’s a nice tutorial on 7layerstudio that shows you all the details about this project.

PVC pipes and wooden dowels aren’t your only options when making curtain rods. In fact, some of the most interesting designs are those that stay away from all the usual things. A nice example is the project featured on vintagehomelove which involves some thick rope, hex nuts, fender washers, boat cleats, eye-bolts and curtain rings. This totally reinvents the DIY curtain rod ideas that we were familiar with.
Posted in DIY Projects on August 15, 2018


Unique Staircase Design Ideas for Your Modern Home

In case you didn’t already know it, the staircase can be an awesome interior design feature and an amazing focal point for homes, offices, restaurants, hotels and pretty much any building with two or more floors. There are many different types of stairs, each with its own unique characteristics and today we’re going to have a look at some of the most interesting and memorable staircase designs from around the world.

This mesmerizing staircase was designed by studio Atmos and can be found inside the three-storey HIDE restaurant from London. It looks like a surreal sculpture, with each step melting into the next one and with a truly unique design from all points of view. If you’re ever in London you absolutely must check out this restaurant. Hopefully, the food will be as breathtaking as this staircase.

Apple is known for its love for everything simple and for an inclination towards smooth curves and perfect harmony between all the different pieces that form a design so we’re not at all surprised to find out that one of the Apple stores has an amazing staircase that reflects this ideology. This is the flagship store from Singapore and the interior, staircase included, is designed by architectural firm Foster + Partners.

Even a small feature like built-in handrail lighting can make a big difference in the design of a staircase. This one was designed by Fraher Architects for an apartment which they renovated in London. The hidden lighting light strip has multiple advantages, both aesthetic and functional. It improves safety plus it looks amazing, highlighting the unique pattern on the wood and its beautiful coloring.

This spiral staircase may not look like much but there’s a very interesting story behind its design. You can find inside the von Mandl Family Estates winery designed by architect Tom Kundig. Visitors enter through a concrete tunnel into a private tasting room and from there a spiral steel staircase leads up to a larger space. The staircase features perforated steel on the outside and solid steel at the core and its design was inspired by the filtering equipment used in the wine industry.

This amazing staircase is the centerpiece of the new office that architect Ora Ito designed for LVMH’s media division in Paris, France. The office has four floors and an interior that’s minimalist and neutral, except for this soaring staircase of course. It’s sculptural, eye-catching and also quite huge.

Minimalist staircases can be interesting too. This one, for example was designed by Bell Phillips Architects for a newly refurbished apartment in Hackney, North London. The idea here was to create a staircase which doesn’t take up much space and which maintains an airy and open feel around it. The staircase has to stand out and to blend in at the same time and to make that happen the architects made it out of 6 mm thick steel sheet which was folded and welded and then sprayed with atomised brass. Subtle accent lighting highlights its slender figure and geometric shape.

The Experimentarium is a science centre located in Copenhagen, Denmark. A while ago it went through a complete renovation and refurbishment process. An international competition was held to determine the studio in charge of the project. The winner was CEBRA. Among the additions and changes done to the place we should mention this amazing, copper-clad helical staircase which was inspired by the structure of the DNA strand.

Sometimes a staircase is more than you’d expect from it. A perfect example is this unique structure designed by Studio Farris Architects for a barn which they converted into a modern office space in West Flanders, Belgium. The staircase is in fact a multifunctional structure made out of stacked timber beams. They form shelves, storage nooks and seats as well as two desks on the mezzanine floor.

The new Norwich University of the Arts School of Architecture from England is housed in a very special building. It’s a grade II listed Victorian structure built in 1879 and it’s been transformed into an amazing and very inspiring space by Hudson Architects. One of the most gorgeous features is the staircase which features intricately etched surfaces cut using a water jet.

When designing this house from Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan, Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates structured it into two concrete cubes placed on a concrete platform. As far as the interior is concerned, the design is minimalist and concrete is the primary material. One of the collect features about this split-level house is this spiral staircase which connects the bedrooms and the living space. It’s made of cast concrete and it has a very steep and sleek look.

When studio 51 Architecture was tasked with the renovation of a family home from Hampstead, London, one of their objectives was to replace the original staircase at the center of the space with a more space-efficient and stylish one. They came up with this light and elegant design which features beveled wood steps suspended between  the walls and the undulating central support.

Speaking of undulating staircases and light and sculptural designs, check out the Sensualscaping stairs designed by atmos studio. They’re created by combining digital production and fabrication methods for a residential project. Each step looks like a continuation of the skirting board lines which undulates and becomes a part of the railing. It’s like this staircase has melted and has become one with the wall.

This is the interior of an apartment from Paris which was reimagined and redesigned by SABO project. The studio made a few drastic changes to the space such as removing several partitions and adding new features, including this multifunctional wall which includes an alternating thread staircase as well as several other elements.

This sculptural and minimalist staircase is structured into two separate and very different sections. The main section is a floating staircase with a very thin, sleek and graphical appearance and the other part is the base which has a series of large steps which intersect with the floating shelves at the bottom of the staircase wall. This is a design done by JAC studios for an apartment in Copenhagen.

Floating stairs often stand out and look amazing, but rarely in a way as dramatic as in the case of this residence from Italy designed by architect Matteo Avaltroni. The stairs are grouped into sets of two and have sleek, geometric designs. They’re floating onto an exposed brick wall in the living area and a large TV is placed just below them. This is a form of under stairs storage but in a rather general sense.
Posted in Interiors on August 16, 2018


Awesome Grey Headboard For Decorating Bedroom

I think we can all agree that a bed without a headboard would often look incomplete and that’s a detail which affects not only the way the bed looks but also the design of the entire bedroom. To avoid all of that the solution is simple: get a headboard. Well, it’s easier said and done given how many options there are and how difficult it can be to make a decision.

You can base your choice on a lot of things such as color for example and if you’re not bold enough to pick a brightly-colored decor then how about something simple and neutral like a gray headboard? Of course, even then you have to sort through lots of different design options. We’ve made a list containing some of these headboard ideas.

The first issue one would have to decide is what colors to pair with gray. Well,  a gray headboard can look beautiful when paired with a lot of different colors including other tones of gray. That’s right, you can play with light and dark nuances of the same color and with various different textures, prints and patterns to create a very beautiful and interesting decor.

A monochromatic decor can look and feel boring even though that’s not always the case. To avoid that without introducing a contrasting color into the decor, one that would disturb the ambiance, you can play with color tones that are similar but still distinct enough to stand out against each other.

There are a lot of different headboard ideas to choose from and even if you’re filtered them based on color you’re still left with way too many options. You can make a choice based on mainly on size, for example. A small headboard would basically be unnoticeable which is great if you don’t want it to become a focal point for the room.

Quite often the headboard serves as a focal point for the room’s decor and it does that in a pretty natural way. Of course, sometimes you’d rather direct the attention towards something else, such as the wall behind the bed, for example. It’s easier when you have a gray headboard.

Certain colors are known to help create different ambiances and to be better-suited for certain types of spaces. Gray is often suggested as being one of the best bedroom color options. It’s a neutral known to make spaces feel calming and relaxing and it goes with everything.

Not all grays look the same. Some are light and warm and great for smaller bedrooms because they maintain a bright and airy feel and others are dark or mixed with other color hues are they can make awesome accent colors for a bedroom. A gray headboard can turn out to be an eye-catching design feature.

Fabric headboards are among the most popular ones, being appreciated for their warmth and for how comfortable they feel. They’re perfect for those who like to read in bed as well as for children’s rooms.

In a master bedroom there are usually plenty of features that could potentially stand out and serve as focal points. The headboard is one of them, even when its color is neutral and pale. The best option is to look at the big picture and to focus on creating a decor that’s harmonious.

It can be nice to match some of the small accent features in the bedroom to the design or color of the headboard. For instance, a gray headboard might look less bland and boring if you add a couple of matching accent pillows.

The headboard doesn’t always play an important role in the overall decor and ambiance of the bedroom and that’s ok because there are a lot of other elements which can potentially serve as focal points, including the light fixtures, the wall decor or the area rug.

Don’t you just love how cozy and comfortable this headboard looks? Actually it’s the whole bed but the headboard stands out because of the fact that it extends to the sides and iw sider than the frame of the bed. It’s as if it embraces the users and gives them a big hug.

Similarly, this gray headboard manages to be the center of attention thanks to its sculptural design and geometric pattern. Notice that it extends to the sides and creates a backdrop for the nightstands and the lamps.

This cool bedroom has an interior design that’s based around a series of different patterns and geometries. There’s the striped pattern on the wall behind the bed, the series of curved lines on the headboard and the bed’s frame plus the unique marbled look on the nightstands and the knots and lines on the wooden floor boards.

A gray headboard (the color is actually irrelevant in this case) can potentially look quite dramatic if the design is meant to reflect that. This is most common in the case of tall headboards.

In plenty of cases it’s the overall design of the bed and the bed frame which has the biggest visual impact. This is very evident in the case of classical, ornate designs such as this one. The gray and gold combo is the reflection of two contrasting styles coming together harmoniously.

Very ornate bed frames with all sorts of designs carved into it can potentially look very refined, sophisticated and elegant. It’s important however to keep the whole design balanced and that means using the right colors, finishes and materials. Gray is a very stylish choice in this case.

This is a bedroom suited for royalty. The bed is the centerpiece of the room, featuring an ornate gray headboard with elegant golden accents and, in addition to that, a lavish canopy with matching colors.

Speaking of ornate headboard designs, this style has made a comeback recently as headboards such as this one started being popular in a lot of modern and contemporary homes. It’s a trend that revives retro and vintage furniture.

Tufted headboards are very popular as well. They can be super cozy and casual but they can also be equally elegant and sophisticated and sometimes they can even look dramatic if the light highlights them at just the right angle.

Geometric designs are highly popular in contemporary interior design and can materialize in a lot of interesting ways, including in the form of a gray headboard with lots of character, such as this one.

In order for a headboard to have a balanced and pleasant design there has to be a complementary relationship between all the aspects of its design such as form, texture, color, etc. A gray headboard for example, given the neutral nature of its color, could feature an unusual form, unexpected proportions and various other distinct characteristics.

There are many reasons to want a gray headboard in your bedroom. For example, this color has the simplicity required in a refined and modern interior design and is also very versatile which means you can reinvent your bedroom decor in all sorts of ways without replacing the headboard.

Doesn’t the gray suit this curved headboard perfectly? We love the combination in part because it doesn’t overwhelm the space even though the headboard is, as you can see, quite large.

As we said before, mixing and matching various different nuances of the same color can be quite rewarding, especially when different materials, finishes and textures are involved.

Of course, everything we showed you so far is meant to serve as a source of inspiration and you can even use some of the designs as reference points when building your own DIY headboard if this is something you’re interested in doing. Feel free to add your own twists to these designs and to customize them however you want.
Posted in Interiors on August 14, 2018


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