DIY Color Schemes Made Easy

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Sherwin-Williams has a handy little online tool called “Chip It!” that matches paint colors to any image of your choice. You choose the image and it chooses a color scheme based on that image. Have some fabulous new furniture or the perfect accessory? This tool makes it easy to figure out what colors to paint or decorate a room around that item! But don’t stop there! I think this tool would also come in handy for color scheme ideas when creating a new DIY project, scrapbooking, or even trying to create new fashion color combos for your closet! Can’t decide what color would look best? Try this tool! It’s easy to use. Simply visit and either drag the Chip It! button to your tool bar or enter the url of the image. You can also upload an image from your computer. Chip It! then gives you up to ten colors based on your image.
Chalkboard Magnetic Spice Rack from Salt & Ginger with Chip It! Paint Color Scheme
Above you can see Chip It! in action. Product used: Chalkboard Magnetic Spice Rack from Salt & Ginger.

And here are a few more great household accessories with Chip It! paint schemes – because we could all use a little inspiration from time to time.

Handmade Wooden Tattoo Inspired Bird and Heart Coasters by Koti Beth

Above: Handmade Tattoo Inspired Bird & Hearts Coaster Set from Koti Beth.

Above: Hand Crocheted Cotton Dishcloths from Peanuts Crochet

Handmade Dinnerware Place Setting from LaPella Pottery

Above: Handmade Meadow Dinnerware Place Setting from LaPella Pottery

How will you use Chip It for your next project?

DIY Home Decor Crafts for Spring

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Want to brighten up your home for spring? You don’t need to give the rooms in your house a major facelift. Instead, try crafting a few new accessories that are both bright and beautiful to bring some cheer to dark corners and focal points. Not only are these projects easy, they are so beautiful your friends will think you bought these awesome accessories rather than crafting them yourself! Following are ten simple ways to update your home decor.

DIY Wine Tumbler Vase from I Don’t Know How She Does It
Spring flowers brighten up any space! Create several vases with a designer look from wine tumblers with the tutorial for a textured vase from I Don’t Know How She Does It!
DIY Clay Petal Vase from Centsational Girl
If you’re crafty with clay, use some lightweight stone clay to update an old, boring vase with petal flowers! You can go bold with a solid white finish, or paint the vase and flowers complimentary colors to match your existing decor. The tutorial can be found at Centsational Girl.
DIY Green and White Dresser from The Ridiculous Redhead
Update a boring, brown dresser by making it over in bright colors and patterns. This would look great in a bedroom or even in living room or dining room. Drawers don’t just have to be for clothes. They can also hold dvd’s or dishes and flatware! See how it was done at The Ridiculous Redhead.
DIY Hanging Book Display from Penny Carnival
For even more storage without comprising floor space, try crafting these fabric wall mounted bookshelves. Use bright colored fabric for spring and summer and change out the fabric for fall and winter. Or just switch it up whenever you want a fresh look! It’s great in practically any room. You can find the tutorial for this hanging book display at Penny Carnival.
Organic Bloom Frames from Small and Chic Home
Been trying to decide just how to display your favorite family photos? Paint wooden frames in bright colors rather than sticking to plain black, store bought styles and hang them in groups on empty walls. There are some great framing ideas at Small and Chic Home featuring frames from Organic Bloom that you can purchase if you’re unable to source wood frames with flair on your own.
DIY 15-Minute Pillow Covers from The Full Moxie
Update your couch with something as simple as bright, new pillow covers. You can grab the tutorial for making your own diy 15-minute pillow covers at The Full Moxie.
DIY Colorful Wooden Floor Mat from Lowe’s Creative Ideas
Or, simply brighten up the entrance to your home with a diy wooden floor mat. You can find out how to make this colorful floor mat at Lowe’s Creative Ideas.
DIY Embellished Tea Towels from Hardly Housewives
Update your boring kitchen towels with some simple fabric embellishments using the tutorial at Hardly Housewives. They’ll look pretty even when they get left out and you can craft new colors for every season. You can also craft some colorful DIY tea towels from flour sacks and fabric markers using the tutorial at Skip to My Lou.
Easy Cabinet Updates from Better Homes & Gardens
Or create a more drastic change to your kitchen by updating your kitchen cabinets. There are number of ways to do this from metal inserts to chalkboard paint. Better Homes & Gardens offers 25 simple ways to update your cabinets DIY style.
DIY Paper Lantern from Design Sponge
Changing out your light fixtures or updating your lighting with new accent lamps or chandeliers is another great way to add a small, decorative touch. These sculptural paper orb lights are made using coffee filters and cupcake liners. Find out how to make these decorative paper lanterns at Design Sponge.
For more DIY home decorating ideas, visit my For the Home and Jonesing for Crafts Boards on Pinterest. How do you add an updated look to the rooms in your home with little to no effort?

Winter Decorating with More than Just Winter Whites

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We’re expecting our first snow tomorrow night. Large, lovely white flakes. And typically, when you think of winter, you think of those winter whites and gray skies. But just because it’s dull and dreary on the outside, doesn’t mean it needs to be on the inside. Here are some  bright whites with punch and colors for flash – all perfect for giving your apartment a bit of pizazz this winter season! Handmade by artists around the world.