Did you know that black is technically not even a color, but rather what you see when objects do not emit or reflect any part of the visible light spectrum? This means that pigments that
absorb light rather than reflect it back to the eye “look black.”
Black is also associated with power, strength and intelligence; so if you’re trying to decide how to decorate your home office space, try accenting with black. It will help keep you focused when you’re trying to get down to business!
Here are a few of our favorite uses of black: http://blog.brightnest.com/2012/08/16/color-...
When it comes to design budgets, the bedroom can sometimes get the short stick. Guests don't see it a lot (and you're usually asleep while you're in there) so high-traffic rooms like the kitchen and living room tend to hog the décor funds. Meanwhile, you're stuck sleeping in a bare-bones boudoir. Change that! For less than $400, you can transform your bedroom into a home-décor victory.
Here are five budget-friendly ideas that, when
combined, can save you as much as $2,500!Upholster Your Own Headboard
Cost: $150 (compared to $800)
Your savings: $650
This project is all you need to make a serious bedroom statement. An elaborate upholstered headboard becomes the focal point of the bedroom, and is really easy to make yourself (which will save you a ton of money). Grab some inexpensive fabric from the craft store and check out our step-by-step tutorial.
More money-saving ideas: https://brightnest.com/posts/5-bedroom-decor...
Don't underestimate the butterfly – it's more than just a pretty garden addition! There are 561 known butterfly species in the United States and Canada, all of which pollinate your
flowers. Encourage butterflies to visit your yard and pollinate your plants by making a butterfly feeder. It's easy!
Full tutorial: https://brightnest.com/posts/attract-butterf...
Note: Some evidence suggests dyes may have negative health effects on humming birds. If you have humming birds in your region, we suggest making this sugar solon without dyes and making your jar extra colorful, instead!
All you need for this unique mat is: shelf liner, hot glue, a knife and 175 wine corks. If vino isn't your drink of choice, or you simply don't want to work through so many bottles, visit a few neighborhood restaurants. Many bars toss their wine corks at the end of the night and would be happy to save a few for you! Learn how to make it here: http://blog.brightnest.com/2012/08/06/learn-...
These days, everything has a roundup. Music videos, dessert recipes, internet memes....the list goes on. Here at BrightNest, we couldn't wait to join the roundup party, because there's one kind of themed grouping that gets us really excited: home inspection roundups!
What's so great about checking out your home? All kinds of stuff. By regularly giving some problem-prone areas a quick once-over, you'll be able to spot potentially expensive issues before they get out of control.
For example, by catching a mold infestation early, you can avoid a full wall replacement (which can cost $10,000 or more)! You can tackle everything at once and have an Inspection Day, or schedule them at your convenience. Just make sure you take a peek at least once a year!Here are ten places in your home worth inspecting.Note: If you don't think you can remember all of these, sign up for BrightNest and we'll send you reminders when it's time to tackle something.Roof. Inspecting your roof once a year for signs of damage, sagging and aging will help prevent interior damage and an expensive roof replacement, which can cost an average of $5,000.More inspections: https://brightnest.com/posts/inspect-this-th...
For a kid, there really isn't anything cooler than a fort in the living room. Except maybe rocket boots – on "The Cool Scale," rocket boots beat pretty much everything. But unless you're a gifted mechanical engineer, you probably can't help your kid build a pair of rocket boots. You can, however, make a rockin' fort!
All you need to buff up the fortifications of a room in your home are some clothespins or tape, several large bed sheets and a few pieces of furniture.Here's
how:1. Stake out your spot. Find a secure place – living rooms and bedrooms are our preferred locations – and set up your main furniture anchor. Something large like a sofa or table works best, but any large, sturdy piece of furniture will do. Note: Since your kids will be crawling around this furniture, avoid pieces that have sharp edges.
More tips and AWESOME fort pictures: https://brightnest.com/posts/diy-fort-ideas-...
Low-maintenance houseplants are great, but not all "easy-to-care-for" florae are equally as easy to pay for! For example, many florists recommend the Chinese Evergreen because it's low-maintenance and attractive, but it also costs almost $150. You don't need to empty your wallet to reap the benefits of houseplants! If you shop carefully, you can have the best of both worlds. Here are five hard-to-kill houseplants that won't break your budget:
All of the plants: https://brightnest.com/posts/houseplants-on-.... Rabbit Foot Fern
Cost: $10-$30 (depending on size)
Care: This plant is totally average: Give it average light (out of direct sunlight), average water (allow 1 inch of soil to dry out between waterings) and keep it in average room temperatures. That's it!
Size: They can grow up to 2 feet long, so it's a good idea to put them in a hanging basket.
Tip: This plant has furry rhizomes (hence the name). Make sure they stay above the soil surface – if you bury them, they'll rot.