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9 Shelving Ideas to Free Up Your Space

How do you turn a blank wall into a useful one? Simple–install a shelf system. This wall piece, or a furniture as you may call it, can be as beautiful as it is functional. There are a lot of shelves that could fit any kind of interior design. And there are many ways than one to install and stack them together. In this listicle, we give you nine ingenious shelf designs that will fit your style and needs.

 

  1. Adjustable Shelves

Adjustable Shelves

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This shelf idea from Apartment Therapy transforms your usual adjustable shelf into a pegboard-like one. In this shelf system, you can always add storage or free up space anytime you want using only plywoods and dowels.

 

  1. Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a popular choice for a seamless storage system. What’s great about this shelving style is that it goes well with any design theme. You can work with wood planks, hardwood, log slices and whatnot.

 

  1. Modern Rustic

Modern Rustic

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Steel water pipe when paired with choice wood makes a modern rustic shelf. Aside from being a sturdy material, one good thing about water pipe is that it is built for twists and turns which definitely will suit whatever style you want. You only need joints to do this.

 

  1. Corner Shelves

Corner Shelves

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With customized shelves, you can turn your dead space corners into functional ones. This trick is useful just for every part of your home: for the walk-in closet, bathroom storage, for bedroom decor and others.

 

  1. Basket or Crate Shelves

Basket or Crate Shelves

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Aside from your usual wood planks, you can use a woven basket or wine crate for a shelf. Just place its base up against your wall. And voila! You get a rustic shelf design.

 

  1. Floating Book

Floating Book

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Stack up your favorite books afloat in your invisible floating bookshelf. One way to spruce up your floating shelves is to use your big hardbound books instead of your usual wood planks. This works best for your bookshelf. This DIY will guide you through building your own invisible bookshelf.

 

  1. Ladder Shelf

Ladder Shelf

Instead of throwing away your old wooden ladder, why not turn it into a great rustic looking shelf system. Be it a straight ladder or an A-frame ladder, you can turn them into shelves without the need for much carpentry skills. Just follow these DIY tutorials for Straight Ladder Shelf and A-frame Ladder shelf.

 

  1. Nautical Rope Supported Shelves

Nautical Rope Supported Shelves

For a nautical-themed shelf, use thick ropes to support and frame your wood plank shelf. This DIY is so easy, everybody can do this without taking much of your strength. And it works best to hold your decors, books and bathroom items.

 

  1. Window Shelf

Window Shelf

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This shelf system is designed to provide storage space just when you need it. This window type shelf designed by Malte Grieb lets you close the shelves when not in use. An ingenious design indeed, this shelf is perfect for every part of your home and for any items you want to use them for.

 

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How to Lower the Brightness of a Color Painting?

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end home remodeling and interior designs firm in Chicago, shares some professional advice on how to lower the brightness of a color painting to ensure that it blends well with your home’s interior design.

 

1. Use a Steel Wool or Sandpaper

You can use a steel wool or a sandpaper to achieve a nice aged effect. Just rub the painting at different spots to tone down the color and create that aged look.

 

2. Use a Sponge

One alternative to the previous technique is to use a sponge. Wet the sponge and soak up some of the paint on the canvas while the paint is still wet. This is an option that can be used to replace steel wool or sandpaper, depending on the finish of the painting that you want to achieve and whichever works best with your interior design.

 

3. Dilute a Brown Paint

Another option that you can try is to take a brown paint and dilute it with water. Brush the solution over the painting to dull down the painting and give it a more diluted look.

 

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How You Can Find a Mattress For Your Antique Bed Frame

Antique bed frames can be gorgeous and romantic, but there’s a downside: it’s not always easy to find a mattress to fit them. Often, antique bed frames don’t conform to standard mattress sizes, so buying a mattress to fit is not as simple as it is with a regular bed frame.

However, there are mattress options for antique bed frames, including custom-made mattresses, online mattresses, and bed frame conversions.

 

The Unusual Size of Antique Bed Frames

Antique bed frames don’t always conform to standard sizes or even sizes that are commonly found among antique bed frames. Some conform to the three-quarters size, which is easier to find than a bed frame that isn’t any kind of standard size at all.

If you’re shopping for an antique bed frame, it’s a good idea to learn about standard mattress sizes. That way, you can measure your bed frame before you buy it and see if it will fit a standard mattress, or if you need to look into other options.

 

Mattress Options for Antique Bed Frames

If your bed frame fits the three quarters size mattress, your options are easier. Although this size of mattress is not typically stocked by retailers, it is available online from specialty retailers and can be ordered when you purchase your bed frame.

If your bed frame is a particularly unusual size that doesn’t fit a standard mattress or the three quarters size mattress, you will have fewer options. It is possible to have a specialty custom mattress made to fit the frame, however, these can be costly.

 

Using a Box Spring on an Antique Bed Frame

In addition to a mattress that fits your antique bed frame, you’ll need to find a box spring. Typically, older frames require a box spring or foundation to support the mattress, unlike bed frames today that often come with slats or bars that you can set your mattress on directly.

Low profile box springs conform more to the antique look than a high profile box spring, as they are more subtle and won’t make your bed sit higher than it is intended to.

 

Antique Bed Frame Conversion

If you can’t find a mattress that fits your bed frame or don’t want to invest in a custom sized mattress, you can convert your bed frame to fit a mattress made in a standard size.

Using a bed conversion kit, or creating a DIY solution, you can change the size of your bed frame so that it can be used with a standard sized mattress. This is a good long-term option, as you may keep your antique bed frame for the rest of your life, while mattresses should be replaced approximately every eight years. This can also solve the problem of finding a box spring that will fit with your bed frame.

Some antique aficionados shy away from the bed conversion option, however. Although it is practical, altering your bed frame may decrease its value as an antique piece.

 

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What Curtain Colors Go With a Lavender & Purple Wall?

Have you experienced difficulty in choosing the right curtain to pair with a lavender or purple wall? You’ll never have to worry about that again.

In her video, Erica Lugbill of Lugbill Designs, a high-end home remodeling and interior designs firm in Chicago, shares some useful information in finding the right curtain colors to pair with a lavender or purple wall.

 

The Best Curtain Colors for a Lavender Wall

While many people will find a limited selection of colors to use with a lavender wall, Erica Lugbill presented several color options that can create a striking improvement in any space.

1. Soft Ivory

This shade is considered as the more appealing color to use with a purple wall. Choose a linen curtain in that color to create a fresh, airy and light effect that guarantees to brighten up any space.

2. Neutral Colors

Combining dark neutrals with the strong and intensely striking color of purple creates a strong impact. Use of lighter shades, such as medium gray or charcoal gray also delivers outstanding results.

3. Deep Plum

Last but not the least is a deep plum color. This shade can create a nice monochromatic tone-on-tone design in any room.

See the full video, here.

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What Wall Color to Paint With a Black Comforter?

What Wall Color to Paint With a Black Comforter?

In this video, Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs provides tips on choosing a wall paint color that goes well with black beddings or comforter.

What’s good about black is it’s neutral. This means you can’t go wrong with any wall color. However, Erica advised to avoid going too dark of a color on the wall.

In choosing a wall color to paint with a black comforter, what you want to achieve is a good contrast between the beddings and the wall. Pairing dark paint color with the already dark bedding will make your room like a cave.

For best results, choose paint colors in light to medium tones. With neutrals, lighter shades of grey are most preferable.

The color that you choose to paint your wall can have a huge impact in your room’s overall interior design. Know the colors that blend well with your existing furniture to achieve an impressive outcome.

Check out the full video of this tutorial, here: http://www.lugbilldesigns.com/videos/black-comforter.html

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Hello world!! I have wanted to start an interior design blog for a loooooooong time, so here we go… I am a young interior designer located in Chicago who is just going through the process of starting my own design company. After three years of working for 2 interior design firms, I am ready to have the creative freedom and flexibility of working for myself. I am thrilled to be starting my own book of clients and ready jump into the Chicago market. I know this road will be long and challenging, but I am up for the task.

I think many people have a misconception of interior design (imagine that!). My job entails a whole lot more than picking out paint colors and accent pillows! I plan on filling you in on the down and dirty details of my career and proving your misconceptions wrong 😉 Keep posted for fun interior design tips, photos and updates on ongoing projects, insight into the interior design world, tips on fun home-goods websites to visit, and more. I am always on the lookout for the next biggest thing related to interior design, and I will fill you all in as I find it. I will always be looking for fun topics- so feel free to let me know what you would like to read about. That’s it for now… until we meet again.

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