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Snap Crackle Pop: The Concept of Single-Wall Painting

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Sometimes it can be difficult to strike the right balance between bold and traditional.  Though it’s safe to say that most people would like their home to have at least some level of creativity and personal flair, there’s also nothing wrong with sticking to the basics.  One of our favorite trends that we’ve been seeing recently is the concept of single-wall painting.  Single-wall painting, as we use it, does not mean that only one wall is painted, but that only one wall is painted a bold color.  We love it, and here’s why:


If you have an entire room painted one color, that color ends up going unnoticed after a while.  Regardless of whether you’ve decided to paint a room something bold like red or purple, or something soft like beige or egg shell, both types of colors will lose their effect when you can’t view them in contrast to an “other”.  That being said, in choosing to paint only one wall of a room a bold color, that color actually ends up becoming more highlighted and more noticeable than it would be had it been the color of the entire room.

Making A Statement

In having only one wall of your room painted a bold color, that wall automatically becomes somewhat of a frame or a highlighted background for a piece of furniture or object that you’d like to highlight.  In bedrooms, the boldly painted wall is often the one with the bed against it, but it can also be used to highlight a particular shelf of items, a dramatic piece such as a grandfather clock or armoire, or anything else you feel is worthy of underscoring in your home.

Potential Color Schemes

In general, we like to caution against using this technique with white walls as your “simple” color, as it can sometimes make  a room appear unfinished.  However, even a light grey (especially a light grey) can maintain the same purity and simplicity as white without the unfinished look.  Light grey can look stunning when paired with yellows, purples, and blues.  We also love the combination of beige and red.  The subtle oranges of the beige bring out the warmth in the red, which makes for a soothing overall feeling in the room.

For more information on paint tips, home renovation, or design, contact Alliance for your next big home improvement!

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Installing Crown Molding: What is Your Contractor Doing?

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Installing crown molding is a simple and effective way to give your home class, elegance, and charm without spending an exorbitant amount of money.  Because moldings are not typically installed at eye-level, they can seem to go unnoticed, but how unnoticed are they really?  Your brain is always taking in information, and though guests may not comment on your molding, they are subconsciously detecting the refinement of your home that employment of beautiful crown moldings will display.

The first step in installing crown molding is deciding which type of crown molding to use.  Different materials are better for different uses, and depending on what room of your home you’d like to install your crown molding in can determine what material you should use.  Wood makes for beautiful crown molding, but can be expensive.  A cheaper alternative is MDF, a combination of wood and resins, which is also pre-primed and ready to paint.  One thing to look out for in using MDF in molding is the level of moisture and humidity in the room you’re looking to install it in.  MDF will warp in great levels of humidity, meaning that it may not be the best choice for a bathroom, kitchen, or any room with excessive levels of moisture.

The next part is the hardest: cutting the corners of the molding.  This is a job best left to professionals, but it’s still helpful to know how they do it.  The easiest way to cut the corners of crown molding is using a coping saw.  A coping saw is the most popular tool for beginners.  It is a saw with a narrow blade that stretches across a U-shaped frame and is used for cutting the curves of the wood.  Additional tools include power miter saws, which we typically think of as a power saw, which makes a quick, accurate cut in a piece at a selected angle.

Once you have the right type of molding and it’s cut to your liking, the next steps are all about precision in placement.  Be sure to begin by measuring and marking the wall as well as your molding.  The most important part of crown molding installation is ensuring that the pieces fit together and fit the wall you’re placing it on.  Once you’ve made certain that the pieces will fit well, you can secure them to the wall using a caulk gun.

Crown molding is a classic element of home design and can really tie a room together.  Be sure to ask your contractor about the crown molding that is right for your home!

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Baseboard and Crown Molding: A Match Made In Heaven

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Crown molding is often talked about, and obsessed over, when people are thinking about renovating a home.  Its timeless elegance and classic simplicity make it an immediate cultural signifier in American homes, but what about its lesser known parter: baseboard molding.  Baseboard and crown molding are the Abbott and Costello, the Sonny and Cher, the Lennon and McCartney of interior home design.  Though crown molding does look beautiful on its own, pairing it with baseboard molding is what really makes your home feel properly decorated.  It’s almost as if you are framing each room of your house, bookending it with plaster moldings.

Though baseboard molding appears to be a lot simpler in design than crown molding, it still takes a lot of skill and expertise to work with.  In fact, the most talented of baseboard installers will be able to install perfectly joined baseboard molding even on a crooked wall.  Because molding is such an important part of your home, leaving it to the professionals is probably a good idea.

If you’re renovating and considering new molding, then you might as well do it right.  By renovating in the first place, you’re making a statement that you want to build a better, more beautiful version of your home.  When you’ve finally got the money together to make your big changes, don’t skimp on what you think might be the small stuff!  The nature of molding is that if it’s well done, you probably don’t notice it.  Unfortunately, people tend to notice imperfections before giving congratulations, especially when it comes to something that people don’t often think about like molding choices.  People spend a lot of time thinking about the design of their home, but tend to focus more on the obvious and prominent features like paint color and furniture.  Your molding is an equally important decision, and knowing what molding you want from the get-go will result in an easier, more efficient, and more ultimately successful renovation. 

Ask Alliance Home Design about baseboard and crown molding to make the right decisions regarding your home renovation.  You can’t go wrong with this timeless pair in making your home feel whole.

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How to Embrace A Full Home Renovation

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When you have been living in the same house or apartment for an extended period of time, your living space can get a little boring after a while. An entire home renovation can not only provide a change of scenery but can also replenish your soul and lift your mood. Changing your home welcomes the idea to the transitioning of a new chapter in life. How exciting does that sound? Who doesn’t love turning the next page and finding out what else is in store? So, how exactly do you make the most of a full home remodeling to change from what was old to completely new, bold, and jaw-dropping?

Tips for House Renovation

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