Home Decor

For some this is the fun part, for others deciding what color to paint, or where to put the couch is as stressful as going to the dentist. Either way HowStuffWorks has got you covered with tips, tricks and cold compresses.

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Holy Shiplap! This Easy-to-install Wall Treatment Is a Perennial Favorite

The overlapping rabbet joint that defines true shiplap is the same kind of joint that made seagoing ships watertight.

How the Papasan Chair Wound up in Everyone's First Apartment

Ubiquitous in the 1970s, the papasan chair has a colorful history.

Bed Sizes Are Totally Getting Bigger

You might have grown up sleeping in a twin bed but chances are your kid is in a full. Or, maybe you and your spouse have upgraded to a king-size bed. So why are beds getting bigger?

Could Waterbeds Ever Make a Comeback?

Once a staple of homes in the 1970s and '80s, waterbeds have gone the way of the dinosaur. What happened to these groovy once-must-have beds?

Higher Thread Count Doesn't Make a Better Bedsheet

You should consider the thread count when buying sheets, but it's not the only thing that matters, say experts.

Using Paint to Update a Room

Give your room a quick and easy makeover with one of these fun paint ideas.

Window Treatments 101

Add color, texture, and style to your room by finding the perfect window treatments.

How to Use Christmas Fragrances in Your Decorations

Let the natural scents of the holiday season do double-duty as décor.

Expand Your Wardrobe Space with DIY Closets

Keep your clothes, shoes, and accessories organized and within reach by designing a custom closet.

Bathroom Updates That Won’t Break the Bank

Give your master bath a mini makeover – without a big investment.

How to Add a Bathroom

There may be hidden, unused space in your home that could solve your need for another bathroom.

How to Involve Your Kids in Room Decorating

Let your kids have a say in your home’s décor without losing control of the overall design.

How Scented Lamps Work

Cozy and warming, scented lamps eliminate odors and fill your home with a gentle fragrance.

Easy DIY Tiling Tips for Amateurs

Doing your own tiling isn’t very difficult, and will save you a bundle of cash.

How to Add Citrus Scents to Your Home

Enjoy the freshest of all scents, citrus, with these easy ways to add fragrance to your home.

How to Scent Liquid

The latest ideas for liquid scents that add charm to your home.

Make Your Own 4th of July Decor

Celebrate the red, white, and blue with these easy, homemade decorations.

Knock it Down: Open Floor Plan 101

Opening up your floor plan can completely transform your home -- and the way you live in it.

10 Fun Ideas for Seasonal Home Scents

Try these new ideas to create great scents in your home.

Hip Design Trends to Please You and Your Teen

There may not be much that you and your teen can agree on, but these trends in design will make you both happy.

Headboards Galore: Easy Room Upgrades

Nothing sets the tone of a bedroom like a statement headboard.

How to Add a Summer Scent to Your Home

Add fragrance and ambiance to your home with easy, natural scents.

5 Tips for Using Scented Drawer Liners

Make your home and clothes smell fresh and fabulous with scented drawer liners.

How Scented Wax Cubes Work

Could scented wax cubes be the right choice for your home?

5 Tips for Making Your Own Home Scent

It’s easy to create your own home scents with these simple tips.