Category Archives: Design Tips

How to Hang a Large Floor Mirror

Large floor mirrors offer a great way to enlarge a small space, since they reflect daylight and they’re relatively inexpensive compared to other decorative accessories for your walls. We had a challenge at our own UTR office, as the back entry is fairly narrow and small. We solved the feeling of being too cramped in […]

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Speedy Decorating Tip: Just Add a Big Red Bow

We have another one of our quick decorating tips for your house that can be done within five minutes with virtually no cost to you.  Adding a big red bow to anything during the holiday season immediately gives a feeling of “Christmas” and makes a huge impact with minimal effort. This has to be one of […]

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Quick Desk Makeover

What’s the fastest way to update a tired desk or dresser? Change the knobs! In our case, we’re leasing our office space and don’t want to invest any money on decor that can’t be taken with us when we leave, but at the same time, the built in reception desk was an eyesore. The solution? […]

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Speedy Holiday Decorating Idea: Ornaments on Plates

  Every Wednesday this month we’re posting quick ideas to help you decorate your house for the holidays without spending too much time or money. Today we’re bringing you what has to be the easiest and fastest of all the tips.   Add instant holiday flair to your table setting by simply placing an ornament on […]

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Perfectly Spaced Frames Without The Headache

Forget complicated measurements or marks on the walls — so often you think you’ve figured out just the right spot to place groupings of artwork only to find that your spacing is off once the frames are up on the wall. We have an easy trick that will change the way you hang your wall […]

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DIY Bulletin Board from Four Repurposed Corkboards

If you read this blog regularly, you’ll recall that we recently moved offices. A move of any sort results in a list of jobs to be tackled and next up on ours was a bulletin board. I love my virtual Pinterest boards, but wanted something that I could look to for inspiration throughout the day, […]

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Speedy Holiday Decorating Idea: Framed Cards

We know that you’re short on time over the holidays, so here is another quick and easy decorating idea to bring some festive style to your home. Have you ever received a holiday card that’s so beautiful that you don’t want to throw it out once the season is over? If you’ve received some especially […]

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DIY Display for Magazines – behind the scenes photos

We had so much fun making our DIY Display for Magazines, Books and Pictures that we thought we’d share more behind the scenes photos.  Enjoy the snapshots and send us some pictures of your completed shelf so that we can see what you choose to display. Pictures can be sent to:  photos@utrdecorating.com. Happy building! See the entire DIY […]

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DIY Display for Magazines, Books or Pictures

Do you have a collection of books, magazines or photos that you’d like to display? Suitable for an office, children’s room or your living space, this simple DIY shelf might be just the solution you’re looking for.   Over the years, Under the Roof Decorating and our products have been featured in many magazines. We’re […]

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Speedy Holiday Decorating Idea: Festive Glass Bowl

It’s that time of year when you may want to add a touch of seasonal cheer to your home décor. Unfortunately, this is also an incredibly busy period for almost all of us, meaning that it can be hard to find more than a few spare minutes to add some holiday flair to your home. […]

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How to hang a trio of photos above a sofa

Displaying art above the sofa is a fantastic way to create a focal point for your living room.  Here we have three different frames — one large and two that are identical in size — and three different ways to hang them. All three looks work well from a design point of view, but you […]

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How to hang pictures – match art to shape of walls

When choosing art for your home or office, consider the shape of your walls and place pieces to fit the space. Like attracts like. For example, a tall vertical piece perfectly complements a tall wall space.                                         […]

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Standout with BIG bold beautiful art

Have you noticed how big art is popping up everywhere? From décor magazines, design TV shows and stores, big art is definitely in! Large pieces can be expensive, but if you’re looking to create a focal point in a room that’s missing one, that’s the way to go.   This large scale Black&White photograph dresses up […]

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How to hang pictures – Organizing your Art when Painting

The journey to begin painting that living room or bedroom wall usually starts with a long, contemplative stare. A stare that scans the room to determine all of the obstacles in the way of changing that eggshell white to a beautiful shade of blue (or green, or orange, etc). One of those obstacles usually identified […]

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Our Top 5 Picture Hanging Tips

If you just moved into a new home, re-decorated or recently painted your walls, there’s a good chance you’ll have to hang some pictures. But before you start hammering, be sure to check out these tips, they’ll save you time and potential mistake holes too. Sounds simple, but if you’re hanging a piece above your couch, for […]

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A picture doesn’t lie

Do you ever get the feeling that something is wrong with how your living room or any other room in your house is decorated but, you just can’t seem to put your finger on the problem? Here’s a tip that never fails to diagnose the problem. Simply take a picture of your room. You’ll be […]

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How to add a picture wire to a frame

If you’ve shopped for framed art or picture frames lately you’ve probably noticed that many of them come fitted with two D-rings which can be quite challenging to hang. But don’t let that discourage you from buying the artwork you want.  Simply wrap picture wire around the D-rings and you’ll have the option of hanging […]

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Make your own art – quick & easy project!

Looking for a quick way to decorate your walls that won’t cost a fortune? Here’s one that cost less than $70 and took only minutes to put together. We bought 3 frames and wrapping paper at Walmart. Yes, gift wraping paper.  We picked the bright daisies to add a fun and energetic touch to the […]

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Hanging pictures at Eye Level – what does that really mean?

When it comes to hanging pictures, the standard rule of ‘hang at eye level’ can be pretty confusing. Especially if you’re 5’6″ and your partner is 6’4″. Whose Eye Level is the right choice? His or Hers? If she hung all the pictures at her eye level – that’s what it would look like. On […]

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Mirror, mirror on the entry wall…

Okay, admit it – when you go to someone’s house and there’s a mirror by the front door, you sneak a peek at yourself, don’t you? It’s all right, most of us do. From a decorating perspective, mirrors reflect daylight which means your entrance space will appear larger and brighter than it actually is. Mirrors […]

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