DIY Looks with Moulding and Decorative Trim

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Decorative Wood Moulding

Decorative wood moulding has been critical design element in architecture for decades, but it doesn’t have to be stuffy or traditional. In fact, one of the best ways to add interest to a wall is to add some kind of moulding, whether it’s a chair rail, crown moulding, or wainscoting. If you’re looking to give a tired old space new life with a fresh look, consider moulding as an affordable option.

Decorative wood moulding

If you aren’t sure where to begin, first consider adding crown moulding, which is the wood moulding that ‘crowns’ the top of the wall. It sits right where the ceiling and wall meet, and often, the addition of crown moulding can make your walls appear much taller, giving the illusion of a larger room.

Decorative wood moulding

If you already have crown moulding in your home, think about something more dramatic, like the moulding shown above which creates almost picture frame-like panels on the wall. To learn more about the types of moulding, and what they’re called, explore our Fall Style Guide.

Decorative wood moulding

When dreaming up the possibilities for decorative trim on your wall, the possibilities are really endless. Consider different shapes and sizes, and more importantly, think about the style you’re trying to achieve. If you’re going for a more traditional look, stick to wainscoting and think door and window trim. If you’re looking for something a little more unexpected and dramatic, consider creating panels with trim or using ceiling medallions to create a pattern on the wall.

Decorative wall treatment | ceiling medallions

Have you ever thought about using a common home element in an unexpected way? These ceiling medallions (usually used to visually anchor a light fixture to the ceiling) were first painted then adhered to the wall to create a pattern. Pretty chic, right?

Moulding projects are usually very affordable, and The Home Depot offers dozens of types of moulding to get the look you want to achieve. Browse our ceiling medallions and moulding online, or check it out in stores. For how-to instructions for creating the looks you’ve seen here, visit Moulding 101.

Get the Faux Bois Trend

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Wood grain tiles

Contemporary interiors are associated with a sleek, muted aesthetic – think crisp whites, sleek fixtures and appliances, and a much more minimalistic approach to accessories. It’s because of this clean look that the faux bois trend has become so popular. Among the melamine and the stainless steel and the glass and the edited furniture, you need some natural elements like wood. Faux bois does you one better though by giving a space a hint of quirk – is it real or isn’t it? The cheeky pattern feels fresh and fun, but it still evokes the natural feel of real wood.

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Inspired: Bold Geometric Patterns

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We are transfixed by the spring trend of graphic, bold geometric patterns in the home: on unassuming staircase baseboards in Chevron stripes, in the bathroom tile patterns and on smaller accent pieces. Here are some ways to incorporate the trend that will make an impact.

Top row (from left to right):

This Lenox Barrel-Back Chair tips classic toward contemporary, especially in this playful, angular print.

Geometry is bringing spring fashion into sharp focus—and Ann Taylor’s highly wearable new Geometric Shift Dress is a case in point.

The simple, modern shapes and cheerful color of the Dixie Pillow is a chance for the pattern-shy to add a bold trend piece to the room — without the commitment.

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Consider this When Choosing a Rug

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Above even color or style, the most important thing you need to consider when choosing a rug for your home is the material. There are so many different fibers used to make area rugs today, each with its own advantages. Here’s how to determine what type of rug you want.


How to Choose a Rug

From left to right: Mohawk Home Villetta Accent Rug in Butter Red; Home Decorators Collection Pueblo Design Area Rug in Cocoa and Natural; Artistic Weavers Sofia Beige Wool Area Rug; Safavieh Barbados Natural Jute Area Rug

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Choosing The Right Paint Color

Posted by: on March 6th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Picking out that perfect paint shade for your home can be a bit daunting when you consider the many colors under the rainbow you have to choose from. Even after you make up your mind and select blue walls for the bathroom and yellow for the entryway, the decisions don’t stop there! What specific shade of yellow? What other colors in the room will work best with the blue?

Watch this video as our expert associate, Mr. Jay, walks you through how to navigate The Home Depot’s in-store paint color wall to help you choose the right colors for your home. He explains exactly how the in-store display is organized and grouped by specific color families, tones, combinations and more! Don’t forget to visit before you start painting to find all the paint supplies you’ll need for your project. And be sure to stop by our How-To Community Forum to visit Mr. Jay and our other associates for tons of home improvement tips and advice.

See more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Places: Patio View

Posted by: on March 5th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Nathan Collection Patio Seating Set imame
When spring arrives, you should be ready to enjoy it, in comfort and style, from your very own patio. Whether you’re breaking in a brand new patio set, or upgrading the look of your existing one, this season you can find outdoor furniture and accessories in an exciting range of styles, colors and materials to create a completely unique look for your patio.

Allow us to show you just a few of the options you’ll have to choose from to enhance the outlook from your patio.

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Man Caves: Famous Men And Their Spaces

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Hemingway's writing studio image

Image of Hemingway’s Studio via The Art of Manliness

It’s been at least 10,000 years since men purportedly lived in caves, and no man should live that way today. But the idea of having a man cave – a place to escape when you want to think, play, work, create, hangout or do whatever – is one that many of us still crave.

Sam Martin, the author of ManSpace: A Primal Guide To Marking Your Territory, believes the true beauty of a manspace is that it is yours to define, control and inhabit as you like (though, in certain real-life situations, getting two-out-of-three of these should be considered a win). And, whether you have full run of the entire house, share a space with family or others, or only have control of one corner, he highly recommends men find a space, one that reflects what they love and who they are, and get into it.

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Improve Your Spring Garden With Mulch

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Image via Gregs Landscaping


Spring is the perfect time to get your garden ready for the upcoming growing season by applying mulch. Topping the soil surface off with this protective blanket will promote healthy plant and flower growth, as well as save you time and energy later on.

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Grill It: How Many BTUs Do I Need?

Posted by: on March 3rd, 2012 | 4 Comments

open grill with side grill cooking meat and vegetables

Q: How many BTUs do I really need?

A: A BTU, or British Thermal Unit, measures the amount of heat a grill can give off. A grill with the highest BTUs may seem like the best at first glance — it can get the hottest, right? — but that is not necessarily the case. Many grill aficionados say that BTUs are oversold.

When you are purchasing a grill, compare the BTUs to the size of the useable cooking surface. Look for 100 BTUs per square inch of cooking space. The more BTUs a model has, the faster it will burn up your fuel, so it is wise to only go for a grill with the amount of BTUs you need to get the job done.

Look, too, for a grill with a relatively heavy grate (to hold heat) and a tight fitting lid (to hold heat in). A light weight grate and thin materials for the unit might require more BTUs… and more fuel.


Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered.


Grill Advice From The Home Depot’s Forums

Posted by: on March 2nd, 2012 | Make A Comment


Get your grill questions answered at our Community Forums


Get ready to fire up your grill for picnics, family reunions or family dinners. Here are a few recent grill questions our Home Depot associates fielded on our Community Forums. In this week’s From the Forum Friday we learn how to build a fire pit, how to replace a gas grill burner and more.

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