Low-Cost Updates Ideas To Freshen Your Bedroom

Updating your bedroom's look with these easy ideas. I hope you like it ,, Enjoy !!!

Bring Color to the Bedroom 

If you keep your bedroom's walls and furniture neutral, it's easy to add bursts of color whenever and wherever you wish. Pick one or two colors you love and then repeat the hues in vibrant artwork, bold bedding, and colorful accents.

Incorporate Textures 

Touch is a huge part of creating comfort. In a bedroom, texture becomes comfort you can feel. It's easy to alter a bedroom's texture with a change of linens--use a furry throw in winter and cotton throw in summer.

Textures suit any taste. Here are a few to consider for your bedroom style:
Traditional: Hand-tufted rugs, woven wools, tooled silver, cut crystal, gilded frames, silk, china, and polished wood.
Country: Braided rugs, worn wood, rusted metals, chenille spreads, ironstone pottery, blown glass, and ticking.
Romantic: Velvet, furry throws, crystal prisms, embroidered fabrics, lace, painted furniture, and hand-hooked rugs.
Modern: Laminated-plywood furniture, plastic, smooth leather, stainless steel, terrazzo flooring, and teak.

Switch Out Accent Pillows 

Accent pillows let you quickly alter the personality of a room and shift the balance of color. They're especially powerful used in a bedroom because the bed is a natural focal point. Pillows can update a room instantly by adding volume, pattern, texture, color, and personality.
Here, a subtle backdrop of cream and blue is brought into intense focus with a collection of lively pillows. Raspberry and sky-blue accent pillows pull the wall color and accent color together perfectly. Bold striped neckroll pillows add variety and interest to the grouping.

Update the Headboard 

A dramatic headboard can add instant impact. You'll find a wide variety of new headboards available at all price points, but consider customizing your existing headboard or using an unexpected salvaged piece for a low-cost option.
Here, a large salvaged door finds new life as a headboard. Its generous size provides a bonus by blocking light, creating a cozy, private retreat.

Update Window Treatments

To set a mood, use draperies and classic swags for a formal look, curtains and shades for an informal look, and simple blinds for contemporary appeal. Consider lining--room-darkening or insulating--that suits the treatment and your needs.

Bring In the Right Amount of Light 

General overhead lighting is less important in bedrooms. Instead focus on bedside lamps and other sources of accent lighting to turn a bedroom into an inviting, comforting retreat. And the type of light is important, too--something as simple as replacing an old light bulb with a warm-spectrum fluorescent might provide just the freshness your bedroom needs.

 Try On Bold New Bed Linens 

Nothing looks and feels fresher than new bedding. If you love the idea of new bedding but are short on storage space for bulky comforters and quilts, consider a duvet, switching out the duvet cover every season.

Try a New Direction 

To give your bedroom a decorative lift without spending a dime, angle the bed from a corner. If your present headboard looks too bulky for this arrangement, replace it with a salvaged iron gate or a shorter upholstered panel.

Create Drama 

Add drama with contrasts. In this chic bedroom, drama is created through size and color.
The eye is immediately drawn to the hanging globe fixture. The large size creates instant drama. And the contrast between the rich chocolate-brown walls and white trim and bedspread is made extra striking when paired with a splash of lime green.

Paint the Ceiling 

Here's a quick and easy way to create a cozy feel in your bedroom: Paint the ceiling the same color as your walls. Without a visual break between ceiling and walls, the room feels smaller and more intimate.
Here, robin's-egg blue creates a soothing backdrop for a serene, sophisticated retreat.

Add Architectural Detail 

Used in combination or alone, trim, molding, and wainscoting offer nearly endless design options. Depending on the style of the room, the effect may be casual or formal, rustic or defined, traditional or contemporary. But in every case, millwork surface treatments can add charm and texture to a room.
In what started as a cookie-cutter bedroom, classic flat-panel wainscoting adds structural appeal to a long expanse of wall. Combined with the light wall color, the effect is subtle yet satisfying.

Mix and Match Furnishings

A perfectly matched bedroom--the dresser goes with the bed and the corresponding nightstand, and bedding from the same collection--can become stale if the look is too uniform. Wake up a tired bedroom with an eclectic blend of fabrics and furnishings.

Add Pattern 

Pattern, like color, exerts an emotional pull that can jumpstart a decorating style. Whether you gravitate toward crisp stripes, bold florals, or classic toile, pattern can be used to liven up a space.
Add a dash of pattern to an otherwise patternless room by draping a quilt or duvet across the foot of the bed, as shown here. A bold, geometric pattern creates an instant focal point in the black-and-white room.

Update Closet Doors 

In many bedrooms, closet doors take up a significant amount of wall space. Why not replace the bulky, utilitarian sliding doors with something you'll enjoy waking up to every day?
Here, sliding closet doors were replaced with chic French doors. Mirrored panels hide closet clutter and give the room more visual space.

Add Wallpaper to a Select Spot

Try paneling a single wall or one section of a wall with a favorite wallpaper. It's a sure-fire way to call attention to a seating area or to add pattern without the expense of papering an entire room.

Get Ready mailbag: How can I stay healthy at high school?

Welcome to another installment of the Get Ready Mailbag, when we take time to answer questions sent our way by readers like you. Have a question you want answered? Send an email to getready@apha.org.

Q: I’m in high school. Everyone seems sick right now and I don’t want to catch it. What should I do?

A: When you share a campus with the same people for eight or more hours a day, it seems inevitable that you’ll end up sharing their germs, too. It’s easy to assume that if everyone around you in class is sneezing that it’s only a matter of time before you will be also. In fact, almost 22 million school days were lost last year because of colds. But, luckily, there are a few “dos and don’ts” you can follow to stay healthy at school.

On the “do” list:
• Wash your hands. The surfaces in a school — desks, doorknobs, keyboards, lunch tables, gym lockers — are touched by hundreds of hands each day, making them perfect places to pick up germs.

• Get your flu shot. If 22 million seemed like a big number, consider the fact that 38 million school days were lost last year because of the flu. Getting your yearly seasonal vaccine is a simple way to stay healthy during flu season.

• Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth — they’re the places where germs most often enter your body.

On the “don’t” list:
• Use someone else’s makeup. It’s an easy way to land a case of pinkeye, also known as conjunctivitis.

• Share drinks — or food, or lip balm, or anything else that goes in or around another person’s mouth. And on that note, be careful who you kiss!

Use common sense. That, along with good hygiene, should help protect against any sickness that’s infected your classmates. And finally, remember the golden rule and help others out if you do become sick by covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze, throwing away used tissues and staying home from school.

Phew Kew

I was in Kew Gardens yesterday, almost enjoying the heat of the Indian Summer that has suddenly arrived. I partook of refreshment (tea, egg and cress sandwiches and a bottle of Fentiman's Ginger Beer) under the rustling leaves of the carefully considered pergolas outside the Pavilion Restaurant. I could have been in a Paris park. Round the corner is Decimus Burton's Temperate House that was once the largest plant house in the world. It's still the biggest surviving Victorian glass structure anywhere. Started in 1859, the government allocated £10,000 but four years later the Treasury got cold feet and brought construction to a halt. It took another 35 years for it to be finally completed. I love glasshouses, and this one needs a helping hand because it's been another 35 years since the last restoration. Find out more here.

Influenza Update 9/29/11

Maine CDC has already distributed almost 154,000 doses of state-supplied influenza vaccine to registered providers for the 2011-2012 season.

Information about second doses for children under 9, school-located vaccine clinic (SLVC) registration forms, and other related materials are available in our SLVC toolkit.

Almost 160 clinics at 49 school districts have already been registered for this season. Maine CDC is pleased to announce that certain vaccine clinic supplies will be available for free to schools offering SLVC this year. Schools that have the supplies they need for clinics can still order items that may help in the prevention and control of influenza in the school. For more information: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/boh/maineflu/h1n1/toolkit/SLVC-supplies.pdf

US CDC has posted a study on 115 influenza-associated pediatric deaths from September 2010 through August 2011 and highlights the importance of both annual vaccination and rapid antiviral treatment.

A searchable county listing of flu clinics is available at http://www.211maine.org/flu-clinics/

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The 14th Annual Silver Tea to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month was held Sept. 28. The tea was sponsored by Maine First Lady Ann LePage and the member organizations of the Breast Health Cooperative:

American Cancer Society, Maine CDC’s Breast and Cervical Health program, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, Maine Breast Nurse Network, Maine Cancer Foundation, and the Maine affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Mrs. LePage read the 2011 Governor’s Proclamation designating October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Robert J. Ferguson, PhD, from the Maine Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Eastern Maine Medical Center, spoke about the association between adjuvant chemotherapy and mild cognitive decline among breast cancer survivors.

Donna Green, RN, BSN, OCN, Clinical Manager of Oncology Administration at Maine Medical Center, was honored with the 2011 Breast Health Leadership Award among professionals.

Patco Construction Company, a family-owned construction business in Sanford, received the 2011 Breast Health Leadership Award among volunteers. The company annually sponsors breast cancer awareness activities, and this year coordinated the production of a two-CD collection that brings together more than two dozen of Maine’s most talented female performers.

World Rabies Day

On September 28, Maine CDC will celebrate the fifth annual World Rabies Day. Established in 2007 by U.S. CDC and the Alliance for Rabies Control, a U.K. charity, this day is dedicated to raise awareness about rabies. Worldwide, more than 50,000 people die from rabies each year.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus. Rabies is 100% preventable by avoiding wild animals and any animal that you do not know, or by getting rabies shots if an exposure already occurred. A rabies exposure happens when a person or animal comes into contact with the saliva or tissue from the nervous system (brain or spinal cord) of a rabid animal. This contact can be from a bite or scratch, or if the animal’s saliva gets into a cut in the skin or in the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Rabies in people is very rare in the United States, with only one to two cases each year. The last human case of rabies in Maine was in 1937, but this does not mean that rabies is not a problem. Rabies in animals, especially wildlife, is common in most parts of the country, including Maine. The most commonly infected animals in Maine are raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. To date in 2011, 51 animals tested positive for rabies.

If you think that you have been exposed to rabies, wash the wound right away with soap and water. Then, call your doctor and the Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821 to evaluate the need for animal testing and rabies shots. In addition, if you or your pet is exposed to a suspect rabid animal, call your veterinarian and local Animal Control Officer. If you or your pet is exposed to a wild animal, call your local Game Warden.

Follow these steps to prevent rabies:

  • Vaccinate your pet cats and dogs against rabies; it is the law.
  • Avoid contact with wild animals or other animals that you do not know.
  • Bat-proof your home. Wildlife biologists can provide tips on how to bat proof your home without harming bats but preventing them from entering your home.

For more information about rabies, visit the Maine CDC website at www.mainepublichealth.gov/rabies.

Colorful Shower Curtains Design Ideas 2012

Lacking color in the bathroom? Spice up your bathroom with a colorful shower curtain that's sure to turn heads.

Green Dreams

RMS user dezignrogue pulls in natural green tones to stand out against the white brick wall.

Hello Sunshine

With deep blue tiled walls, a golden yellow shower curtain brightens the space and provides a bold contrast. Design by Velvet Hammerschmidt.

Four Square

RMS user rdoukas turned a children's bathroom into a colorful, tropical getaway.

Paisley Daze

This pink paisley shower curtain adds a girly touch and stands out against the bathroom's white walls and fixtures. Love it?

Subtle Color

A green and beige damask shower curtain provides subtle color to this bathroom.

Humans on a Cafeteria Diet

In the 1970s, as the modern obesity epidemic was just getting started, investigators were searching for new animal models of diet-induced obesity.  They tried all sorts of things, from sugar to various types of fats, but none of them caused obesity as rapidly and reproducibly as desired*.  1976, Anthony Sclafani tried something new, and disarmingly simple, which he called the "supermarket diet": he gave his rats access to a variety of palatable human foods, in addition to standard rodent chow.  They immediately ignored the chow, instead gorging on the palatable food and rapidly becoming obese (1).  Later renamed the "cafeteria diet", it remains the most rapid and effective way of producing dietary obesity and metabolic syndrome in rodents using solid food (2).

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Twice-daily aspirin administration, but not a once-daily doubling of the dose, appears to provide good inhibition of platelet cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 in diabetic patients who have rapid recovery of COX-1 activity and might enhance cardiovascular protection, Francesco Zaccardi, MD, a diabetology fellow at Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy, reported here at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 47th Annual Meeting.
Aspirin is currently recommended for cardiovascular protection for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, regardless of prior vascular events. But primary prevention trials have failed to demonstrate its efficacy in this population, possibly because of incomplete platelet inhibition. Italian researchers, led by Dr. Zaccardi, investigated glycemic control and other factors as possible reasons for the incomplete inhibition of thromboxane A2 by low-dose aspirin over 24 hours. Thromboxane A2, a product of COX-1 activity, is prothrombotic.
The investigators recruited 100 patients with type 2 diabetes who were taking 100 mg of aspirin daily. They measured thromboxane B2, the hydrolysis product of thromboxane A2 and a marker of platelet COX-1 activity, every 3 hours, between 12 and 24 hours after an observed aspirin administration, to assess the kinetics of recovery of COX-1 activity. In addition, a subset of 46 patients underwent 24-hour continuous glucose monitoring. Of them, the 33 patients with the steepest slopes of recovery of COX-1 activity were randomly assigned to receive aspirin 100 mg daily (n = 11), 200 mg daily (n = 11), or 100 mg twice daily for 28 days (n = 11). Recovery of COX-1 activity was determined on day 29 during the 12- to 24-hour dosing period.
The researchers found that COX-1 activity showed linear kinetics with large variability among individuals in the slope of recovery of enzyme activity. For the patients in the lowest tertile of recovery of activity, serum thromboxane B2 increased in the 12- to 24-hour period by 0.02 ng/mL per hour (range, 0.01 to 0.03 ng/mL per hour), compared with an increase of 0.14 ng/mL per hour (range, 0.11 to 0.20 ng/mL per hour) for the tertile with the fastest recovery.
Independent predictors of the slope of thromboxane B2 recovery were mean platelet volume (MPV) (P < .0001), higher body mass index (BMI) (P = .007), and age (P = .049). None of the parameters studied in continuous glucose monitoring (e.g., mean 24-hour glycemic value, mean amplitude of glycemic excursions), nor glycated hemoglobin or fasting glucose level, predicted the slope of recovery of thromboxane B2.
In the cohort with the steepest slopes of return of COX-1 activity, the subjects taking 100 mg of aspirin twice daily showed complete normalization of the slope of platelet COX-1 activity; the administration of 200 mg daily did not have such an effect. Compared with 100 mg once daily, the once-daily administration of 200 mg of aspirin reduced the slope of the recovery line by 55%, and 100 mg of aspirin twice daily reduced the slope by 88% (P < .05 for each vs 100 mg once daily).
Considering the predictive effect of MPV, Dr. Zaccardi surmised that the interindividual variability in the return of COX-1 activity probably reflects abnormal megakaryopoiesis associated with type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, BMI might affect the pharmacokinetics after aspirin dosing. He concluded that twice-daily aspirin administration can overcome the inadequate thromboxane B2 inhibition seen with once-daily dosing. He advised performing larger, randomized clinical trials to test the safety and effectiveness of this approach.
Since it is not feasible to measure COX-1 activity or thromboxane B2 in routine clinical practice, Dr. Zaccardi told Medscape Medical News that in the future, we will likely "have to focus more attention on BMI, on age, and on MPV, because it's very easy to measure BMI and to obtain the value of MPV from a single blood analysis."
In summary, he said that an important finding of the study is that "one third of type 2 diabetic patients are poor responders to aspirin, and probably they need twice-daily administration of aspirin." He speculated that the one third of patients who are poor responders to aspirin might have diluted out an effect in the other two thirds in primary prevention trials, possibly accounting for the failure of those trials to show efficacy.
With twice-daily dosing, compliance could be a problem. A slow-release formulation of 200 mg of aspirin could be helpful, but does not now exist, Dr. Zaccardi said. Session cochair Michael Cummings, MD, professor of diabetes and endocrinology in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, said he doubts that adding 1 more pill a day for an elderly type 2 diabetic patient on multiple medications already would present much of an additional problem.
He noted that guidelines in the United States and in Europe focus on using once-daily aspirin, so the study is intriguing for its use of twice-daily dosing, which has not been studied previously. "The implications of the study could be that a simple change to the way that we dose aspirin at the moment — [twice-daily] dosing — could lead to different clinical outcomes, and could perhaps have more pronounced cardiovascular benefits than we're seeing with once-daily aspirin," he said, "particularly in patients with type 2 diabetes."
Dr. Cummings noted that it is becoming increasingly apparent that how and when drugs are administered can change outcomes. As an example, he cited recent work showing that nighttime dosing of antihypertension drugs is probably better than taking them in the morning.
Dr. Cummings advised that future trials of aspirin in people with type 2 diabetes will need to look at cardiovascular outcomes, not just mechanisms of platelet inhibition. Dr. Zaccardi agreed, and said that in light of current good regimens for glycemic, cholesterol, and blood pressure control, "what we have to improve is the problem of [platelet] aggregation in diabetic patients. It is probable that this study could represent a solution...[to] the reduced ability of aspirin to block COX-1."

Link - Perfect a Hair Bun with the Sock Trick

Perfect a Hair Bun with the Sock Trickhttp://www.bforbel.com/2011/09/appearances-matter-perfect-hair-bun.html

Good idea using a sock for a rat.

Text messages, feeds and podcasts to help keep you safe during an emergency

“There’s an app for that.” Sound familiar? With all that can be added to a cell phone or mobile device — from games and news updates to social networking and shopping apps — many of us can have a hard time taking a break from the screen.

But here’s some good news for those of you who are just a little too attached to your device: Your cell phone habit may be what keeps you safe during a disaster. 

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched its new emergency text messaging service to cut down on the time it takes for health and safety information to reach you and your family. The service features a list of 14 pre-written messages for situations ranging from storms to prescription drug problems to post-emergency cleanup. Each message comes with a short set of instructions, followed by a number to call and a link to more information. In the case of a power outage, for example, you can expect to see this:

“Keep generators 25 ft outside door/window. Don't grill inside. Fumes can kill. More info from CDC 800-232-4636.”

The text messages are available for download by state and local health agencies, which then send them out through their existing emergency message systems. In order to receive these messages, check with your state or local health authority to see if the service is available in your community, and make sure to register your phone number to receive updates.

For those of you who aren’t quite so attached to your cell phones, don’t worry. The messages are also available as podcasts and YouTube videos.

You can also subscribe directly to CDC’s emergency response and preparedness Twitter feed and the Get Ready campaign’s Twitter feed to get timely tips sent to your phone.

Your mobile device isn’t just for checking sports scores and connecting with friends. It may also be what helps keep you safe when disaster strikes.

Border Country

I can't think why I'd never seen this before. It must be well-known to travellers driving west on the A44 out of Moreton-in-Marsh towards Chipping Norton, positioned at a dog-leg crossroads about a mile and a half from the town. The Four Shires Stone once marked the spot where four counties met: Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. Three still do, but the Worcs. boundary is now further down the road. (The nearby parish of Evenlode was once in an enclave of Worcs., cut off from the main county until 1931.) This was a meeting place for centuries, and there must have been previous stones now removed or sinking into the surrounding ditches. The current marker has a seventeenth century-ish look , but the local history society has it as 1909. (That looks about right judging by the lettering.) Such is the timeless appearance of beautifully weathered Cotswold stone.

A long time ago I'm sure my brother told me that there was once a similar marker in the meadows by the River Welland in Stamford, marking the meeting of Rutland, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and possibly the Soke of Peterborough, which I suppose will now be Cambridgeshire. He reckoned he once went swimming in the Welland, and deposited his clothes around the stone. Trousers in Rutland, shirt in Lincolnshire, vest in Northants, etc, etc. A likely story, but not impossible.

Tin Mack

Many apologies for being away from Unmitigated England for so long. Hopefully normal service will be resumed from now on. To be going on with, how about this wonderful tin. I noticed it again at a dear friend's house a couple of weeks ago, and memories came back of often coveting it. "Don't even think about it" came the riposte as I stared at it again, wondering if it would fit in one of the capacious pockets of my poacher's coat. 'Delicious Beyond Description', as it says on the tin.

2012 Bedrooms Decorating Design Ideas With Blue Color

Blue is a cool color that can also be relaxing so a blue bedroom might be the perfect place for you to crash after a long day. The alternate side is that blue paint can often end up looking like a baby boy's nursery so you want to be sure and find the perfect shade of paint so that you actually have a room you want to be in. Here are tips on balancing a blue bedroom to turn it into a sophisticated retreat and make it work with lots of different design styles.
Please take a look on  pictures collections bellow. I hope you like it , Enjoy !!

Accent with Color 

Add a spark of interest to your room with a bright accent color that complements the shade of blue. The soft yellow accents and painted ceiling give this blue room a fun and unique appeal. Patterned bed pillows and upholstered chairs bring texture to the room, while the red area rug ties the elements together.

Mixing Patterns 

A soft, dusky blue repeats in different fabrics, including the rug, throughout the room to add variety and interest to an otherwise neutral palette. The striped walls are a subtle contrast that blends in with the rest of the patterns. If you?re using several patterns, vary the size and complexity, but you?d be wise to stay away from more than one bold print to prevent clashing.

Repeat for Emphasis

Although this room is mostly cream, it?s the blue pattern that draws attention. Using the same print throughout the room multiplies the impact and creates unity. Here, the pattern used for the pillows is also found on the window shade and draperies, giving the room an all-over blue accent.

Regal Retreat

Walls painted a soothing spa blue create the perfect backdrop for the elegant elements of this bedroom. The stately fireplace, floor-length curtains, and large mirror add to the air of elegance. A fluffy down comforter and padded headboard keep the bedroom comfy.

The Classic

Blue and white is a classic color combination that brings a warm comfort to any bedroom. The blue paisley curtains and bed skirt contrast nicely with the creamy white comforter. The striped cotton rugs add a casual cottage feel to the room. Another color option plays out overhead: The planked ceiling is painted a soft sky blue.

Timeless Aqua

Keep a child?s bedroom airy and light with soft, watery blues. These tones help create a calming and welcoming atmosphere. Here, smooth walls and clean white bedding contrast the bouncy ruffles of the window treatments  a sophisticated style that?s adaptable for a growing child.

Great Lengths

Add style and sophistication to a bedroom with flowing bed curtains. In the same color as the wall, the curtains here are a subtle addition; the pink zigzag lining adds dimension and contrast. To make a statement, choose curtains in a contrasting color.

A Peaceful Place

If you?re looking to do blue in your bedroom but want a little variety, try teal. The rich tone has a twinge a green, giving basic blue an eye-catching variation. In this bedroom, a soothing palette of soft teals, blue-grays, and browns brings a feeling of serenity. Add a focal point such as the mirror above the bed to attract the eye. The warm brown walls pair with the cooler blue tones to create an inviting personal retreat.

Balancing Act

Keep darker, muted blues from becoming dreary by balancing them with lighter colors. The darker shade of blue used on the walls adds elegance to this master bedroom. The large cream-color area rug and white bedding keep the room feeling open and airy despite the walls? rich shade.

A Light Touch 

Add style to your bedroom with subtle patterns. Here, the mod floral on the bed frame enlivens the room?s soft neutrals. Used in moderation, the simple design mixes with muted colors to enhance the space overall.

Frame It

Enliven a subtle color palette with a kick of a contrasting hue. The red-painted bed frame in this room stands out against the softer blue tones of the bedding, walls, and draperies. The bold color also gives the vintage bed an updated vibe. Framed postcards hung above the headboard are a simple way to add an art element to the wall.

Bold Prints 

Striking patterns are an excellent way to bring modern style to your bedroom. The bold blue pattern of the wallpaper and drapery fabric set against the rich brown and white bedding creates a unique, eye-catching look. Keep accessories to a minimum to enhance the modern feel.

Heavenly Hue

The color blue always brings to mind thoughts of the sky. When used on a high ceiling, a light shade of blue will make your walls feel like they open to the sky. The wicker bench adds to the outdoorsy feeling of the bedroom.

Decorating in Blue : 2012 Ideas

The color blue can be bold and bright or soft and soothing. See the various faces of blue in this inspiring gallery.

Calm Contemporary Kitchen

This modern space is minimal and serene. A soft color scheme of gentle turquoise, muted pea green, bright white, and basic black is perfect for a room where the food and conversation will star. An entire wall of pale blue mosaic tile is a real eye-catcher.

Bohemian Chic

Mixing cool blue with aqua, orange, and rattan accents creates an eclectic room. Floor cushions and low furniture make seating fun and casual.

Serene and Stylish

Muted blue, pale green, and neutrals blend to create a harmonious background for poppy orange pillows and frilly pink drapes.

Colonial Charm

Finding a fabric you love is a tried-and-true way to come up with a perfect color scheme. Once fabrics are selected, the paint choice is easy. Mixing fabrics works well as long as they are all in the same color family.

Pretty Pottery

Neutral walls work like a blank canvas to showcase colorful collections. Grouping similar items creates a cohesive look, and best of all, they can easily be swapped to fit the season -- or your mood!

Shades of Blue

A piece of striped fabric draped over a headboard sets the color scheme for this bedroom. Different shades of blue are repeated on the walls, in the artwork, and even on the bedside book.

Warm and Cool

Light blue accents cool the warm tones of the flooring and wood trim in this entry space. An ultra-mod white table is paired with a curvy chair to balance the look.

Ocean Inspiration

The light aqua color in this picture and pottery really pops against the neutral frame, plain walls, and wood accents. Easily changeable artwork is a smart choice for homeowners who are wary of color commitment.

Sail Away

Have some fun by using blue in a themed room. Multiple shades of blue mix it up in this beachy sunporch.

Shabby Chic

Feminine blue bedding mixes with white walls, a warm wood floor, and exposed beams to give this bedroom a shabby chic feel. The distressed mantel above the bed works as a rugged headboard.

Light Contemporary

Give light walls and flooring a spark by choosing chair upholstery in cobalt blue. This is a great trick for infusing apartments and rental homes with more color.