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Whether you need to hang bath towels in the bathroom or hand towels in the kitchen, a towel rack is an awesome thing to have around. And it is even better if made custom to suit your tastes and elevate the look of your home. For even more brownie points, you can make the towel rack yourself — and all it takes is some old picture frames and a little bit of elbow grease. Ready to start this fun project? Follow these seven easy steps.

1. Gather Your Tools & Materials

To create your custom towel rack, you will need:

  • 7 Old picture frames in various sizes
  • 1/2-inch screws
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood filler
  • Plastic wall anchors
  • Paint and brushes
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Old newspaper
  • Hanger
  • 2. Mock Up Your Design

    Working on the ground, mock up the design for your picture frame towel rack. Start with the largest frame in the center, as that will be used to secure the completed towel rack to the wall. You should have the frames overlap enough that you can secure each one together using two screws.

    3. Screw the Frames Together

    After finalizing your custom design, use your drill to create pilot holes for your screws. Then, screw the frames together, one by one, being careful to avoid cracking the wood. Cover the tops of the screws with wood filler, creating a seamless surface.

    4. Sand & Paint the Frames

    With the frames assembled, sand down the exterior surfaces to scuff up the finish. This will help the paint stick to the surface. Then, put down newspaper and place your frames on top. Use your paintbrushes to apply a new coat of paint in your desired color. Allow the initial coat to dry for four hours, then repeat. Allow the second coat to fully dry overnight, though 24 hours is better.

    5. Add a Hanger to the Back

    Unless your central picture frame already has a hanger, you will need to add one to the back to create a solid mounting point. If your towel rack is a bit on the large side, consider using two mounting points to give it enough strength when the extra weight of the towels are added.  

    6. Mount the Rack on the Wall

    Put the towel rack against the wall to find your preferred installation point. Remember to account for the length of the towels when they are folded over the bottom edges of the frames. Then, drill a hole, or two if you have dual hangers, in the wall, big enough for the plastic anchor.

    Use the handle of your screwdriver to tap the plastic anchor into the holes you just made. Then, add a screw to each plastic anchor and secure them almost all the way down with your screwdriver. With those in place, you can then hang the towel rack from the screws in the wall.

    7. Add Towels & Enjoy

    After securing your towel rack to the wall, you just hang your towels to complete this project. You can then go about your business, secure in the knowledge that you always have a towel close at hand when you need one.


    Most of the activities at home happen in the living room, so it is usually a part of the house that gets a lot of interior design attention. A luxurious living room must also be relaxing and comfortable so that people can sit to enjoy the company of one another. Also, your living room design is a reflection of your personality; therefore, it must be beautiful and luxurious. Whether you like a modern, retro or contemporary design, here are five interior designs ideas for your living room.

    Create a Focal Point

    Creating a focal point in the living room is an excellent idea. It can be a beautiful view from a large picture window, an attractive piece of art, or a peaceful fireplace. A focal point will always attract the attention of people, and most of the furniture choices will complement the centerpiece. You must make sure that your living room is not cluttered which defeats the purpose of creating a focal point. 

    Lively colors can set a luxury mood

    Another cool way to brighten up your living room is the use of color to create a lively atmosphere. Here's how to set the mood with your living room’s color. •Use a tone-on-tone palette to give your living room a soft and sophisticated appearance•Deep, dark colors can make a large room feel cozy•Make your living room feel calm and relaxing with pale blue and white colors

    Living lighting is also important 

    Your living room's lighting should create a comfortable and relaxed mood. Proper lighting in the living room indicates luxury and glamour. Layer lighting is the best because there is even distribution of illumination. For instance, a table lamb that focuses the light down will lure people into sitting down to relax. Also, you have more control over the mood of the room with dimmer light to set the mood as required.

    Arrange the Furniture for Cozy Conversation

    Set your living room furniture in such a way that those seated in the living room can see one another and can discuss without having to raise their voices. 

    Wallpapers can reflect your style and personality 

    A wallpaper with a chic print will bring a feeling of luxury, warmth, and texture to your walls. Also, you can also decide to make your living room look beautiful and classy with architectural trim works. Another cool way to use your living room wall is by hanging beautiful works of art and attractive family picture frames.

    Make your living room feel luxurious today with these few tips and see your living room come alive!


    A bedroom is for relaxing, so the decoration idea of a bedroom should be to relax. Although quite a number of modern bedroom designers will recommend having a sitting area, a king size bedroom, a mini office all in your bedroom, it doesn’t have to be so.

    Having a small bedroom can, in fact, be a blessing and help your night sleep. Since space is limited, TV set, videos, etc. that can serve as a distraction to a better night sleep wouldn't have space. Hence, the less you have to do in your bedroom, the better the chance of having a good night's sleep. This, however, doesn't mean that you cannot have a beautiful bedroom. 

    Here are some excellent small bedroom decoration ideas: 

    Embrace Minimalism

    You can add space to your small bedroom when you concentrate only on the essentials. Since the only thing a bedroom must have is a bed, keep other accessories like gadgets, books, and pieces of furniture down.

    You can engage in a sleek built in for more storage space. With built-ins, you can maximize storage which gives you plenty of storage space while you get to sleep comfortably.

    Use Mirrors

    Mirrors create the illusion of a bigger bedroom. You can be creative with a mirror by identifying the perfect location where it can reflect the natural light from the window. Get a body length mirror and placing it on the wall. You do not have to drill holes, although it is better to secure it with wall tacks if you are worried it will fall.

    Add Storage Areas Under the Bed

    If you buy a new bed, get a bed with drawers beneath for extra space. If you already have a bed, raise it so that you can use decorative bins underneath for extra space. Milk crates and some other baskets are great, and you can enjoy using them under your bed.

    Live Vertically

    Pressed for space? You can leverage the higher areas available. You can add a platform or a loft with storage in your bedroom. While not everyone may not be able to attempt this, it is good for people who don't mind climbing into their beds.

    Invest in Floating Shelves

    Floating shelves are an excellent way to solve space issues in a small bedroom. Some floating shelf ideas for small bedroom:

    - A bookcase

    - A laptop desk

    - Replacement for your nightstand etc.

    You shouldn’t have to be put off by the fact that you have a small bedroom. With the following decoration ideas, you can get creative and make the best use of it.


    Anyone who’s ever been in an outdated house or hotel room can tell you that the way we decorate can have an effect on our mood. Certain colors, lack of lighting, and cluttered rooms are all things that, whether we realize it or not, can have a negative effect on our mood and productivity.

    These concepts aren’t recent realizations. In ancient China and India, concepts of architecture and decorating have been teaching proper design techniques for thousands of years. Today, these schools of thought are often lumped into the field of environmental psychology.

    In today’s post, I’m going to talk about a few design techniques that will help you and your houseguests feel more welcome in your home and create a tone that matches your desires, whether that’s relaxed or energized.

    The effects of color

    With a quick Google search, you’ll find hundreds of articles discussing the psychological effects of colors. What many fail to mention is the way these effects are based on things like the culture and time period we grow up in.

    However, you may find that guests to your home will feel more comfortable in light, neutral- colored rooms than they will in a room that’s painted bold colors.

    On a room-by-room basis, there tend to be certain colors that Americans associate with the “right” colors for the occasion.

    However, this is often influenced by the architectural style of the house more than an internalized idea about specific colors.

    How much is too much?

    It’s easy to accumulate home decor and find your walls and surface becoming a little too cluttered. However, bare walls and sparsely decorated rooms can feel a bit too sterile and unlivable. Is there a balance between the two?

    Oftentimes the best solution is to follow one simple decorating principle:

    Rather than using several small items to decorate a room, choose just a few larger items. This will prevent the room from appearing cluttered but still give it a sense of character.

    Taking advantage of the full area of a room

    So far, we’ve been talking about how colors and decor can make a room feel more spacious and welcoming. But, even if you have a small room, you can still often achieve this effect.

    One solution is to add brighter lighting to the room. Increasing the light makes to room feel more open. And, if possible, natural lighting is the best option, as it can reduce any feelings of claustrophobia.

    If better lighting or windows aren’t an option, many homeowners turn to mirrors to make a room feel larger. Larger, wall-hanging mirrors are an excellent way to give the illusion of spaciousness in a small room.


    Using the psychology behind these three decorating principles, you’ll be able to make you and your houseguests feel more at ease within your home.


    When you have a family, there’s many different needs and personalities at play within your home. Trying to please all of those different ways of life can cause some confusion. There are many ways that you can create an all-in-one space without creating a major construction zone. You need to think in terms of spaces that accommodate large groups of people from entertaining to gathering around the television for a movie or sporting event. Combine Several Rooms Into One When rooms aren’t connected, sometimes bringing the rooms together can bring more flow into the home. Consider knocking down walls or bringing aspects of one room into another room, like a countertop or island through parts of kitchen and living spaces. Get creative! In some spaces, simply knocking down just one wall can make the entire floor of the home feel bigger. Make The Use Of The Square Footage You Have One wall can cause you to miss out on the full use of the space your home provides. Clearing away walls between rooms not only allows your home to feel more open and airy, but it gives you as a homeowner more use of your space. You don’t always need to add on to your home in order to make the home feel bigger. Tuck Things Away Keeping stools under countertops, for example, is a great way to have a multi-use and multipurpose area. A television will be perfect in a cabinet. The cabinet can be used for both storage and TV viewing. Make sure you position it in a place where the TV can be seen from all corners of the room. This way everyone will have a space for their DVDs and there’s not a bad seat in the room to watch TV from. Use Furniture As Room Dividers Your furniture can multi-task by serving as a room divider. If you need to have a study in your living room, use a bookshelf to separate the area. It’s easy to do and will keep the flow of a room without disturbing your established setup. Use Rugs For Unity Nothing unifies a room quite like an area rug. Everything on or near the rug signifies a space. If you need to separate areas within the room, try an area rug for one purpose and hardwood, bare floor for the other use. Rugs are always cozy in reading rooms, for example. Hardwood floors may work better for a computer desk and rolling office chair. The position of everything in a room helps to identify what that part of the room will be used for. Marry The Rooms That Are Used Together If your family tends to hang out and use the kitchen and living room the most, make sure they have open space between them. You should consider adding a study for the students of the house in either room to make it easier to call everyone for dinner and provide homework help. As a bonus, it’s a great idea that you can keep an eye on the kids’ computer activity while you’re cooking! Most of all, no matter what room you’re working with, you want to make sure there’s a space for everything and everyone. That’s how you please an entire family with home design!



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