Consider this When Choosing a Rug

Posted by: on March 7th, 2012 | Make A Comment

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 | 2 Comments

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

Posted by: on March 5th, 2012 | 3 Comments
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

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

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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Meet The Material: Wallpaper

Posted by: on February 29th, 2012 | 6 Comments

Wallpaper has an unduly bad rep — inviting images of your grandma’s ancient, wall-to-wall floral patterns from back in the day (with the matching wallpaper borders).

Modern wallpaper is all about rolling in the deep with style–having an infinite choice of vivid colors, bold patterns and unimaginable textures to create interior accents, focal points or to transform the look of an entire room. And, installing and removing wallpaper is now much easier than ever.

What is wallpaper? Wallpaper started out as a type of paper material used to decorate the interior walls of homes, offices and other commercial buildings. Originally, each roll was painstakingly hand-painted to adorn the wall of some king or wealthy nobleman, and later it was printed by various methods until the advent of the printing press made wallpaper accessible to most households [Wallpaper Installer].

The wallpaper used today consists of a backing, ground coat, applied ink, and sometimes paste on the backing used to adhere the paper to the wall [Made How].

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How To Build A Shed

Posted by: on February 28th, 2012 | Make A Comment

If your garage is jam packed but you still need some space to store all of your garden tools and power equipment in preparation for your outdoor home improvement projects, then consider building a shed for additional storage.

ChrisFixIt, a Home Depot expert associate, and Bill from Handy Home give you a visual tutorial on how to build a shed from a pre-cut storage shed kit. Putting together shed kits are probably easier than you think! All of the screws and nails come with the kit and the only major tools you’ll need are nailers and a saw. Watch this video as these experts walk you through all the steps from laying the foundation to putting in the finishing touch windows.

You can find a variety of shed kits on as well as more advice on how to put them together by asking any one of our expert associates at the Home Depot How-To Community Forums.

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

Get All Your Gardening Advice from Our Certified Nursery Consultants

Posted by: on February 27th, 2012 | 141 Comments

The Home Depot is a terrific source for expert advice on any home improvement project you can think of. And since every Home Depot store has a team of our Certified Nursery Consultants on hand, we’re ready to give you the best gardening advice you can find.

Take a look at this video by Home Depot associate Travis (aka LawnRanger) to see how a visit to your local Home Depot’s Garden Center can make your garden greener than ever.



The Home Depot’s certification is the real deal. We asked the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to help develop the training program. After the special training, our certified associates have expertise in plant types and how to care for them, landscaping, flowers and ground covers, lawn care, and a lot more.

And we make sure there are always Certified Nursery Consultants on duty in our Lawn and Garden Centers ready to talk with you about your gardening plans or answer your questions.

Our Certified Nursery Consultants are ready to help you online, too. You can ask your gardening questions on our online How-To Community Forums. Just pick a login name and password, and you’re ready to start posting questions on gardening, lawn care and just about any home improvement topic you can think of. 

Our associates (the guys and gals in the orange aprons) really know what they’re doing when it comes to just about any DIY project, and they are pleased to offer how-to instructions, buying recommendations, and even some friendly encouragement on all of your home improvement projects. When it comes to gardening and lawn care projects, we have everything you need, from potting soil and fertilizer to lawn mowers and composters… and expert gardening advice, too.