Easy Designer Tricks I Love Right Now

Right now my house is SURROUNDED by new builds, so of course that means that I have to go look through them all for “work”! I love new builds as they have such amazing new design ideas that I would never think of on my own. As I’ve been going through several with different builders etc, I saw some trends that I just had to share! These are all small things that could easily be done in your own home on a very small budget. I’ll post some larger projects soon too!

Bold Paint Designs for an Accent Wall: It’s amazing how having a design on one wall can change the feel of the whole room! And all you need is some painters tape and paint! I’ve seen these in bold, bright colors, as well as neutrals like below. The options are endless! I personally LOVE chevron walls, but below is an example of a simple pattern anyone can do. This one really wows if you have tall ceilings! By keeping simple colors like below you also probably won’t have to paint if you change the room or sell down the line!


Kitchen Backsplashes up to the Ceiling:  I first saw this at my friend Jeanine’s house and thought it was brilliant. Why limit yourself to just a small area when you can really make a statement? My only suggestion is to make sure you LOVE the backsplash you choose and to keep it more simple so it won’t get overwhelming on the whole wall. I also really like how this one mixes glass with metallic. Having a vertical pattern like this one also gives the room a very tall and elegant feel!


Barn Doors: Open floorplans are big right now, but sometimes once you move in you realize a little bit of separation would be nice. Barn doors are a great way to do this as you can have them open or close the area off, while also adding style. I’ve also seen these as awesome closet doors. There are DIY kits for these, or professional installation by a handyman isn’t too expensive especially if you buy the materials on your own and have them just install it for you.


Bedside Chandeliers: I have always LOVED chandeliers in bedrooms, but am also a very practical person. Living in the Arizona heat I live for my ceiling fan! This is a way that I can have the best of both worlds! Get rid of your bedside lamps and add chandeliers instead. It also frees up room on your bedside table and has a more finished touch. I also love the pattern mixing and textured bedside tables in this room!


Dress Up Your Ceiling: I can see this being an easy DIY weekend project! If you have an open floor plan house you can use something like this to define an area, while still having it open. This is just above a dining table in an eat in kitchen so that the dining area is now it’s own space. I’ve also seen people do something similar to this to cover popcorn ceilings rather then pay to have them taken out by professionals.


Painted Doors and Trim: Last week was the first time I saw this in a house and I’m getting mixed reviews from people I’m showing. Keep the walls a simple lighter color, but add your pop of darker color with the doors and baseboards throughout the house. I think this really speaks to me as I live in a smaller home and have to be very careful with darker colors as they can make my rooms look tiny. By doing this I can get the color I want in an elegant way. Also notice the patterned carpet? Totally a must right now!

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Hope you guys got an idea or two you liked from this! I’m looking to do more home style posts in the future. What rooms do you guys want inspiration for?

About Rachell


Rachell Pintor | Licensed Realtor with Twins & Co. Realty | Mobile: (602) 574-3438 | Email:  Rachell@TwinsandCompany.com






Inexpensive House Update: Install LED Lighting

The past couple months I’ve seen a big trend towards LED lighting, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. I’ve seen it in the homes I show, as well as in new build model homes. It started as simple under cabinet lighting, but has morphed into something completely different. As long as it’s done correctly it can really add to a room by creating balanced layers of light. Here are some examples of how it can be used:

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Under cabinet lighting has been a popular form of accent lighting for some time. I myself added some in my kitchen when I had my backsplash installed 3 years ago. It can be helpful when working in the kitchen, but also adds a nice aesthetic and helps to feature a backsplash. I’ve seen it lately on both the cabinets and underneath the kitchen island often on separate light switches so that you can change up your kitchen lighting.

over cabinet lightingOverhead Cabinet Lighting

Above or overhead cabinet lighting came shortly after below cabinet accent lighting. It’s often used to add a layer of light to a room (mostly kitchens), or to accent décor that is on top of the kitchen cabinets.

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Toe Kicks

Toe kick lighting is found underneath the bottom cabinets often in kitchen and bathrooms. It helps to brig a balance to light by creating a layer of light near the floor. They’re often left on at night as “nightlights” so that a clear path is visible.

cabinet lightingCabinet Lighting

Cabinet lighting is found inside cabinets with glass panels, in dark cabinets where it’s hard to see things, or inside hutches. It really helps when you have certain items that you would like to display, or when you need a little extra light to be able to see inside of a cabinet.

And Much More

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Inexpensive House Updates: Add a Backsplash

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Looking to do a house update, but don’t want to spend a lot of time or money? Consider adding a backsplash to your kitchen. Kitchen updates are the number one thing to add value and appeal to a home (with bathroom updates following close by). By adding a backsplash you add to your home décor, create an easy to clean surface in a messy area, and add value and appeal. You can see my own kitchen above before and after my backsplash was installed. The backsplash and LED under cabinet lighting are the only updates I’ve done to my kitchen so far, and yet my kitchen has a new classier, modern feel to it.

How Much Will It Cost?

The average backsplash tile will cost you $5-10 per square foot. While it’s a little more then you’re typical floor tile, you’re tiling a smaller area so it comes out to be very cost effective. As far as installation goes you can make it a weekend DIY project (Lowes and Home Depot offer classes you can look into on their websites) or you can hire a handyman/tile contractor relatively cheap. I choose to have my handyman do mine and it was under $500 for materials and labor and done in 2 days!

Material Options

When deciding what to make your backsplash out of the options are almost endless! Some of the most popular choices I’ve seen lately have been subway tiles (any color) and glass tiles with a high sheen. I’ve also started to see a trend of metallic or metal choices more often, which I personally love the look of! One thing that is not as popular as it once was is using the same granite as your counter tops. A backsplash is meant to become the focal point of the kitchen and using so much of the same material for the counters and backsplash tends to be overkill and look boring.  When choosing your backsplash material you want it to compliment your own style and taste, but you also don’t want it to hinder your ability to sell in the future. It’s usually best to stick with more neutral colors (maybe avoid avocado green). Take a look at Pinterest, http://www.diynetwork.com, and http://www.hgtv.com for backsplash ideas and inspiration.

Consider Adding LED Lighting at the Same Time

Before you have your backsplash done you might want to consider adding under cabinet LED lighting as well. It’s not easily done once you have a backsplash in place, but if it’s done before the backsplash it’s easy for the wiring to be done and covered. I personally have warm LED lights under my cabinets and love them. Not only does it come in handy during food prep, but it gives my kitchen a more finished look and highlights my backsplash.