Curtains (formally called draperies) are one of the top home furnishings that’s installed improperly. No offense, but chances are your curtains are hung wrong too. Let’s chat about the common misconceptions when installing curtain rods, how to remedy them, and our formula for installing them like a pro.
01 | Curtains should hug the window casing
Ninety-nine percent of the time, your curtains should be installed on the wall surrounding the window. Why? Because they make your windows look smaller in comparison to the rest of the room. You’re also blocking quite a bit of natural light from the windows.
There is one exception to this rule, though; if the window is tight between two walls, like in a dormer or small powder room, then you can install your hardware directly to the casing.
While curtains and draperies are sometimes purely functional, you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetic in the process. On the other hand, you may have your draperies just for looks, and in that case, you definitely don’t want to sleep on installing them the right way.
We’re officially in the heat of summer and the busiest painting season. Painting contractors and homeowners alike are hard at work freshening up the exteriors of home (e.g. shingle siding, decks + porches, sheds, etc). If you’re like most, you have some pretty substantial time at home due to COVID-19. (Let me first say, we are thankful to have remained open and available to serve you throughout this unexpected season.) Regardless of which project you’re tackling this summer, we’re sharing a few tips and tricks for exterior staining.
I know, I know… SO many of us have been ripping up wall-to-wall carpeting and replacing it with wood, vinyl, or laminate. Maybe it’s seen better days, or it’s simply not your style anymore. Whatever the reason, carpet must go. Or does it?
While you may love the easy cleaning and durable finish of hardwood (and alike), nothing replaces the soft warmth of a plush carpet. I mean, who actually enjoys touching the cold hard floor first thing in the morning? Not me! Wall-to-wall carpeting isn’t actually as passé as it seems, but keep in mind, it might not be 100% suitable for your home and lifestyle.
(plus a creative way to use wallpaper in small doses)
One thing we love here at Wilmot’s is watching trends ebb and flow as the years pass. A trend we’re seeing again in 2020 is the use of small prints. While it’s already largely popular in Modern Farmhouse style, it’s popping up in many other spheres of interior design too. For example, you’ll see a whole lot of small cheetah print in modern design, thin ticking stripes in coastal interiors, and tiny geometric prints in the retro home. And they’re not limited to simply accents anymore. They’re taking over our floors, walls, and even ceilings. Let’s expand our design horizons with small prints.
We asked our on-staff design consultants how they help their customers find the perfect paint color. Whether they’re in store or visiting the clients’ home, our designers can get your paint color right every time. We heard from Sue, our senior designer, and she told us all about her favorite Benjamin Moore colors. We also asked Vicki what she does when her customers just can’t make up their mind. And Veronica gave us some questions she asks her customers to get the ball rolling. Continue reading to learn even more from our fantastic design team!
You may think of the worn out, peeled seams kitchen floor at your grandmother’s house when you hear “vinyl flooring.” And sure, you’re not wrong, that IS vinyl flooring. But that’s not what we’re talking about today. Luxuryvinyl flooring is the iPhone 11 of your grandma’s kitchen floor. Advancements in manufacturing, a keen eye for design, and top quality installation techniques turned this builders’ basic floor finish into one that is coveted by designers and DIYers alike. Luxury vinyl flooring is the universal floor covering for every home, office, restaurant, and more!
When we steer our customers (contractors, designers and homeowners) in the direction of this type of flooring, it’s for these three reasons:
Cutting-edge colors and design
So if you’re on the fence about luxury vinyl flooring, read on and uncover why it is the flooring for you.
This year, one of our long-time wallpaper vendors is celebrating its 125th anniversary! York Wallcoverings released a new collection of wallpaper that hints at the century-old design styles that arrived on the scene when the company began in 1895. From trellises to tropical birds, florals to fine stripes, Modern Heritage encompasses the designs of ages past in new and exciting ways.
The Victorian Era was waning as York Wallcoverings started out. But Modern Heritage takes us all the way back with the 1870’s Victorian-inspired Garden Plume and the bold Lady Slipper patterns. The both come in several beautiful color ways, so you’re bound to love these for your home.
This holiday season, preparing your home doesn’t have to be a daunting task. These on-trend holiday decorations are beautiful, festive and, best of all, easy to attain. There’s nothing new under the sun, but who says you can’t combine elements of past holidays to create modern decor?
In case you missed it, last week Benjamin Moore hosted a launch party to celebrate the Color Trends 2020. In a captivating reveal, guests at the event got an exclusive first look at the Color of the Year, First Light 2102-70. In a palette of 10 hues, this trend is described as “a fresh palette; a revitalized spirit.” And fresh, they are. Over the years, Benjamin Moore has curated these yearly color palettes to inspire and motivate us to try something new in the world of color. We’ve seen it all, from an eclectic rainbow of shades to deep, dramatic and daring collections.
It’s the ultimate neutral. It can be warm, cool, bright, soft, etc. And it’s never out of season. While they say you can’t wear white after Labor Day, you certainly can paint and decorate with it! We’ve put together a collection of inspiring white interiors to fall in love with and why it’s the right color for these spaces, plus our favorite white paint colors!
Crisp, clean white is a go-to for new homes, old homes, and everything in between. Put it in any room for a fresh neutral look that pairs well with wood-tone trim, white trim, or even contrast trim (painting all of the moulding with a deeper color).