4 Tips for Hanging a Gallery Wall

Love the look of a gallery wall, but intimidated by the process? You aren’t alone.

Figuring out the right pieces to include and the ideal spacing is one thing, but actually hanging your gallery wall can seem downright impossible if you’re never attempted it before. Before you put too many holes in the wall and end up with a spackling nightmare, read through our list of top tips to simplify the process.

Plan ahead
While gallery walls can be expanded as you acquire new pieces, your best bet is to wait to hang anything until you have a significant collection. That way, you can lay out the pieces on the floor to organize (and reorganize) the format before hanging to see how it all works together. For instance, larger pieces tend to work best toward the middle of your arrangement and smaller pieces are great for filling in gaps.

Create intrigue
Photographs are great, but your gallery wall doesn’t have to be all images. In fact, using other options — artwork, small sculptures, mirrors, etc. — can help create visual intrigue. Plus, using pieces that are differently shaped (as opposed to all squares and rectangles) can help give your gallery wall a more natural and less formulaic feel.

Make templates
Trace each item you plan to hang onto wrapping paper, then tape your templates to the wall to see how the varying sizes and shapes work together. This will also help you better visualize spacing and move pieces around — without doing any unnecessary damage to your walls.

Make hanging marks on your templates
Another useful template tip: mark where the hanging mechanism is for each piece with an “X” so you’ll know exactly where to put each nail without complicated measurements. That way, you can actually put the nails into the wall through the paper of the template, then simply tear it away to hang the piece — saving you time, process and headaches.

With these tips, you can make your dream of a gallery wall come true without risking a drywall disaster. Happy hanging!

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The Ultimate Bathroom Remodel Checklist

Once you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, you might experience a rush of emotions: excited, anxious and — especially in the beginning — overwhelmed. When you’re investing your time and money into a big project, you want to make sure you’re covering all of your bases.

To help you feel more prepared to tackle your bathroom remodel, we’ve created the ultimate checklist of details to consider. We’ve gone beyond the big changes you’ve probably already thought of to include all of the smaller, everyday particulars. By taking the time to consider these important features, you can ensure your finished bathroom is a cohesive, well-designed space you can enjoy for years to come.

  • Lighting: Fluorescent lighting, a common building-grade staple, can give your bathroom a washed out, “blue” feeling — and it might literally be draining your energy. Instead, you can use your remodeled lighting to create ambiance through task or reflective lighting using LED or halogen bulbs that will give your bathroom a more natural, flattering feel.
  • Clean-ability: Cleaning a bathroom is no one’s favorite activity, but the changes you make in your remodel can set you up for a more pleasant scrubbing experience. Consider spot resistant faucets and resilient countertops that are easy to wipe up, such as quartz.
  • Safety: Think carefully about how your bathroom will function for both younger and older users. Well-placed grab bars can blend seamlessly with your design and make entering and exiting the shower a much safer experience for all. Similarly, you may want to consider including a built-in bench in your new shower — which can add extra convenience as well as safety.
  • Easy Fixes: While it’s natural to fixate on the bigger changes you want to make — like that big garden tub you’re dying to put in — sometimes the smallest, most affordable changes can have the biggest impact on how your space feels. Adding a frame to your existing bathroom mirror, switching out cabinet hardware or selecting a new shower curtain can all make a big difference.
  • Warmth: A relatively simple and often overlooked remodeling update, the warmth of your bathroom can significantly enhance the user experience. By adding in-floor heating, radiant wall tiles or a towel warmer, your new bathroom will start to feel like a luxurious spa.

Just remember: regardless of all the stress and planning, it’ll all be worth it when you step into your fully remodeled bathroom for the first time.

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5 Fun and Unique Bathroom Decorating Ideas for Kids

Whether struggling through potty training, battling bath time or trying to convince your little one to brush their teeth, the bathroom can often be a source of stress for kids — and their parents. But here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be that way! In fact, by consciously making a few fun décor choices, you can turn your child’s bathroom into a playful spot where they’ll love to spend time.

Here are our five best ideas for kid-friendly bathroom design:

Incorporate a personalized step stool
Children love to feel like they can do it themselves. A personalized step stool they can easily maneuver can provide bathroom freedom and independence that makes certain sink-reaching tasks more pleasant for everyone involved. Look for a fun color scheme, customize with your child’s name or find a stool that features their favorite character for extra motivation.

Embrace whimsical lighting
With the right lighting, your child’s bathroom can easily turn into a fun, adventurous oasis. String funky lights around the ceiling, swap out your old light fixture for something colorful or incorporate an easy-on lantern they can operate themselves for a spooky and exploratory feel.

Go big on color
Nothing says “this is a place for kids” more than bright, bold color choices. While wall paint and shower curtains are obvious choices, don’t be afraid to utilize color in less expected places — like in floor tiles or even cabinet finish.

Make the boring more fun
Every day items like a bathmat, toothbrush holder or soap pump don’t have to be uninspired. These days, you can find fun bathroom trinkets featuring just about any favorite animal, character or theme your child likes. Better yet? Let them choose so they feel involved in the decorating process.

Utilize mirror decals
Dress up your bathroom mirror with easy to peel off stickers or decals for a touch of personality that is adaptable as your child’s interests change. One month they may want rocket ships and space decals; they next month they might be all about unicorns and rainbows. Keep it fresh and fun to create a bathroom atmosphere that can reflect their every mood.

After all, who ever said a bathroom couldn’t be whimsical? With these decorating ideas, you can give your children the bathroom of their wildest dreams.

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6 Tips for De-cluttering and Organizing Your Bathroom

It happens to the best of us: over time, your bathroom gets overrun with half used products, overstuffed drawers and miscellaneous hair ties. Luckily, there’s no reason to wait for spring-cleaning as an excuse to tackle the organization of one of your most used rooms. Instead, we’re advocating for a fall refresh — and we have six tips to help you achieve your most de-cluttered and organized bathroom.

Toss or Donate

If you have a collection of hotel shampoos, sample products or even full-sized lotions you never intend to use, it’s time to say goodbye. Get rid of the opened and half-used bottles and gather up the rest to donate to a local women’s shelter. Not ready to part with them just yet? Fill a basket and put them under the sink in your guest bathroom as spares.

Make Everyday Items Accessible

If you know you’ll take your hair dryer out every single day, find a place where it is easily accessed and easily restored. The same goes for other everyday items. By prioritizing these frequently used items, you can create a better flow to your storage system.

Embrace Cabinet Storage

And speaking of easy storage, over the door cabinet storage hangers are perfect for holding hair styling tools, especially in bathrooms that are tight on space.

Categorize

Use baskets, drawer organizers or small tubs to collect like items together and avoid the dreaded catchall drawer. This way, you’ll never have to hunt for a Band-Aid again — you’ll know exactly where to find them in your first aid basket.

Use Labels

Now that you have everything nicely categorized, go the extra mile and print some cute labels on sticker paper. Not only is this a unique way to show off your style, you’ll also never forget which bin holds which items.

Keep Countertops Clear

Nothing will make your bathroom feel more cluttered and less organized than a counter full of products and unnecessary items. Instead, keep it simple: just soap, maybe a toothbrush and toothpaste holder and one of two decorative touches, like a plant or a candle.

With these tips, you can easily maintain the clean, organized bathroom you’ve always wanted. Looking for a little extra style to your newly de-cluttered space? Add a frame to your mirror.

How to Make Your Bathroom a No Stress Zone

Your bathroom should be a haven from your busy, stressful life. Whether winding down at the end of the day with a face mask and a warm bath, or channeling inner peace in the morning while you get ready to tackle the day, you deserve a bathroom that feels like an escape.

Of course, saying you deserve a stress-releasing bathroom and actually having one are two totally different things. As summer winds down and you head into a busy fall, there’s no better time to make these few small tweaks to instill more peace in one of the most important rooms of your home.

5 Tips for Designing a Peaceful Bathroom

Invest in organizers

You know that cluttered catchall drawer you always have to dig through to find your favorite pair of tweezers? It’s time to bring a little extra calm to that space. Drawer organizers and under sink baskets can do wonders for streamlining your bathroom storage and making all of your essentials easier to find. Plus, you know what they always say: a less cluttered bathroom makes a less cluttered mind (or something like that).

Treat your senses

Your bathroom doesn’t have to smell like a bathroom. Instead, invest in a few nice smelling candles, a flowering plant that thrives in humidity (like these) or some high quality lotions.

Follow a neutral color palate

Calming colors like light blues, greys and creams will help instill a feeling of peace when you walk in your bathroom. Pair with a wood-toned mirror frame for a natural style that will remind you of being at the spa.

Splurge on linens

Stepping out of the shower onto an extra plush bath mat and wrapping yourself in a warm, cozy towel is one of life’s small pleasures. By splurging to stock your bathroom with the nice linens, you can enjoy a little extra piece of relaxation every day.

Get in a wipe down routine

Look, no one likes cleaning their bathroom. But you know what’s even worse? Using a dirty bathroom. Luckily, the simple act of wiping down your counters and faucet every evening can go a long way in keeping your bathroom looking and feeling fresh — which will make it a much lower stress place to be.

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