Love the idea of a black front door? Here are 8 exterior palettes to make it work

Front and Center Color: When to Paint Your Door Black.

Black can make a front door elegant and dramatic. It works well with any and every other color, making it extremely versatile. It can also toss a challenge your way. If you don’t have enough contrasting colors as a backdrop, black can hide the entry or make it feel too dark — not very good for your home’s curb appeal. Here are examples of black front doors done beautifully right, along with sample palettes of complementary exterior colors.

These wall decor ideas let you be creative when you rent, despite any design restrictions you may face

7 Ways to Decorate Your Walls When Painting Is Not an Option.

If you’re renting your home, painting the walls might not be an option. But that doesn’t mean your walls have to stay bare. Wall coverings and wall decor — such as bold temporary wallpaper and simple pieces of art — can give your room new life with little labor. Here are seven ways to dress up your walls — no paint required.

Someday, the namers of new paint colors will finally run out of ideas. We’re here to help

16 Creative Paint Color Names We Haven’t Seen — Yet.

Dog’s Ear, Going to the Chapel, Baby’s Bottom and Dangerous Robot. No, these aren’t movies, cocktails or novels — they’re actual names of colors of paint for the home. (See the last two here and here.) Clever and sometimes odd names may or may not describe hues best, but they’re always fun. So we decided to make up a few paint names of our own. (Warning: Some may describe their hues a little too accurately.)

Beautiful new painting, now what? Artful hanging tips for the home.

Based on my experiences as an interior designer, there seems to be some confusion over hanging artwork. For starters, the artwork’s center should be eye level for the average person. Secondly, the artwork should relate well to the furniture and architectural details around it.

Try to see each area of a room as a composition, adjusting the placement of the artwork according to how it pleases the eye. Always go with what looks and feels right, not with an exact measurement. Still confused? Here are some great ideas on how to display your collections in style.

A Famed ‘Painted Lady’ Gets a Gorgeous Update

Côme Laguë and Charlene Li faced the familiar design challenge of wanting to modernize an old house. The difference was that their home, an 1892 Victorian, was one of San Francisco’s iconic Painted Ladies — a block of colorful historic houses photographed by tourists from all over the world. Postcard Row, as the street is known, also has come to represent San Francisco in countless commercials, movies and television shows.

The family, who purchased the house in 2014, gave the interiors a modern overhaul while respecting its history and restoring original design details. Laguë says, “We feel like we are custodians of history, and we wanted to preserve something that is loved by so many people.”

A kaleidoscope of colors on walls, furniture and fabrics brings an energetic spirit to a 1920s colonial in Texas

Colorful Hand Painting Bedecks a Creative Home.

UWhen it comes to design, Adam and Alicia Rico don’t play it safe. The coowners of floral design company Bow and Arrows put their painting degrees to work in this boldly remodeled 1920s Dallas colonial. With a stylish mix of play and utility that Alicia describes as horseplay, the couple has filled their home with a rainbow of colors and whimsical design. Hand-painted murals, ombré dining walls, an impressive art collection and amazing refurbished furniture combine in this visual wonderland.

A 1930s fixer-upper becomes a cheery and personal home at the hands of an industrious homeowner

Paint and Pluck Revamp a Portland Ranch.

Medical librarian Heather Tucker fell in love with the arches and coved ceilings of a dilapidated home in the Piedmont neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The house had sat unoccupied for the past four years and was in pretty rough shape, but the first-time home buyer thought it showed promise. “When I bought it, there were lots of issues,” she says, “like how the previous homeowner had plastered over live wires in the ceiling.”

Tucker hired professionals to do an earthquake retrofit, insulate the house and bring the wiring up to code. As for the rest, “I’ve done the majority of the work myself,” says the homeowner, who chronicled her DIY experiences on her blog, Just a Girl With a Hammer.

Tucker took on the fixer-upper four years ago, and it now shows off her creative abilities with a paint roller, her Craigslist skills, and much more.

Protect your newborn by choosing nontoxic nursery furniture, bedding, rugs and paint. We give you all the details here

Give Your Baby the Healthiest, Safest Nursery Possible.

Babies spend most of their first year sleeping. So naturally they should have the safest, most nurturing space possible, right? The Environmental Protection Agency has found that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, and many of the pollutants and chemicals that could harm your baby aren’t visible to the naked eye. Plastics and vinyl can off-gas potentially harmful phthalates and BPA, and many textiles are treated with toxic flame retardants. Thankfully, in light of this, the marketplace has responded with chemical-free cribs and furniture and organic mattresses and sheets, all of which feel better, smell better and help keep your baby comfortable, healthy and safe.

Check out this couple’s small-space design ideas using office supplies, paint and vintage finds in their L.A. apartment

My Houzz: Minimal Meets Boho Style in 570 Square Feet.

Apartment at a Glance
Who lives here: Marni Epstein-Mervis and Laine Mervis and their corgi, Fitz
Location: Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles
Size: 570 square feet (53 square meters); one bedroom, one bathroom
Year built: 1949

Marni Epstein-Mervis and Laine Mervis have used the constraints of living in a 570-square-foot rental as an opportunity to continually reinvent their decor and storage solutions. “The square footage can be a challenge, but it’s also made us really creative about how we live and what we put in our home,” says Marni, a Houzz contributor and owner of Struktr Studios.

“Because it’s so small and I get inspired to frequently rework my surroundings, our home has seen a lot of iterations. Even more so when I use our house as my photo studio and move things in and out for a shoot,” she adds.

Marni made the storage bench under the window using two crates to serve as its legs. “I custom-cut a piece of lumber and applied a faux marble vinyl to it,” she says.