5 Fun and Simple Ways to Recreate Your Home Decor With Vinyl Lettering

Regardless of whether you’re looking to decorate your home, office, or lobby, decorative tiles, clocks, signs, and wall words, can help you achieve an inexpensive over-haul of any space. You can achieve that expensive hand-painted expression without the worry and messiness of paint. Wall Words, and vinyl lettering is especially great for decorating apartments, condos or other rented spaces as they are removable, and cause no damage to walls or other surfaces. As such, it’s no wonder that vinyl lettering is a fast growing trend in decorating, allowing you to add your personal touch to any place or craft in your home or office. We offer 5 simple ways to make your design dreams come to life with vinyl lettering. Since we’ve starting creating custom vinyl wall lettering for clients, I now have the answers to those questions. Here are 5 of the best ways that I have found to use vinyl wall lettering in your home:

1. Inspire with words – You can create the atmosphere you want in any room with a custom quote on one of the walls. This is the most well known use of vinyl lettering in home decor, often referred to as “wall words.” A thoughtfully placed quote can soften the mood in a room, or invoke whatever emotion you seek. Don’t underestimate the power of words in your decor.

2. Anyone Order a Border? – Another great way to use lettering is to use it as a border. Whether you choose a graphic type lettering kit, such as flowers, vines, or shapes, or have a border made of words, one thing is for certain – the border will bring a certain charm to the room that you could have never imagined. Whether you put a border around the top of a childs room (using the words of a favorite children’s song), or put a grape vine border around the chair rail in the dining room, your border is sure to be a hit.

3. Draw Attention to Photos – Another great use for the lettering in home decor is by using wall lettering to accent a photo wall. Few things break up a cluster of photos, and draw the eye to them as does a beautiful quote about family, friends, etc. Most manufacturers have pre-designed quotes specifically intended for this purpose, but you can always get creative and design your own. The only limit to what you can do with vinyl lettering is that imposed by your own creativity.

4. Etched Glass – If you’ve ever attended a BBQ with friends and family, and lost that special baking dish you loved, then you know how important it is to label things. Many people defile their glass baking dishes by resorting to a “Sharpie” permanent marker to label their dishes. However, few consider that you can use vinyl lettering as a stencil, and some inexpensive glass etching cream, to etch a permanent, and beautiful label on any glass baking dish. Not only will people know who the dish belongs to, but they’ll think you must have spent a fortune (Shhh, it’s our secret). Etched baking dishes also make a great wedding gift for the couple just starting out.

5. Banners & Signs – While vinyl lettering is great for home decor inside the home, it can also be used to create banners and signs as well. You can order vinyl banners online, and add vinyl lettering to them to create a very nice banner. We did this for our son’s baseball team after they won the state championship. You should have seen my son’s face to come back from the state tournament to a congratulatory banner hanging in the front yard (I think he still has it hanging in his room). Also, we’ve used vinyl lettering to create nice garage sale signs on foam board. They’re durable, don’t get blown away like poster board does, and stand up to the elements.

As you can see, what you can achieve with vinyl lettering is only limited by your own creativity While these are only a few of the many ways you can use vinyl lettering to add inspiring home decor, and create beautiful signs, I hope they help you see how versatile vinyl lettering really is – especially in regards to home decor. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding companies online that will personalize your lettering for you; however you want to make sure you choose quality vinyl as not all vinyl is created equal. While it may cost you a few pennies more for the good stuff, it will be cheaper in the long run as you won’t have to replace it after a couple of weeks due to peeling letters. So, make sure you choose a top-rate company who uses high quality vinyl.

New Interior Design Methods Make Use of Vinyl Lettering

Vinyl lettering has become one of the more popular decorating mediums over the last few years. The main reason for this is that the lettering is very versatile, and can be used to decorate walls, picture frames, mirrors, glass, ceramics, wood, and pretty much any other surface you can imagine.

While vinyl lettering is great, many people wonder how to use it, and where to purchase it. Many common department, and craft stores are now carrying vinyl wall lettering for home décor, however their selection is often limited. Generally, there is a much better selection available online, at websites that specialize in selling vinyl lettering for home décor. Also, when you order it online, you can get the lettering customized to suit your particular tastes, or style. You can also order it in a color that matches your existing décor, while lettering in department stores may be limited in color choices.

As for the application of vinyl lettering to create unique home décor, there are virtually unlimited ways that vinyl letters can be utilized in your interior design. Some of the more common ways are wall lettering, wooden blocks, wooden signs, decorative ceramic tiles, mirrors, glass, and ceramic plates.

Wall lettering is achieved by affixing the vinyl lettering directly to the walls of your home. The finished product looks like the letters were hand painted on the walls, but vinyl offers a few distinct advantages over paint. First, it’s a lot easier, with no messy cleanup. Secondly, it’s much faster, most designs take less than 10 minutes to install. Thirdly, it’s a lot less expensive. These are likely the reasons that vinyl lettering has become so popular with interior designers over the past years.

Wooden blocks make great décor pieces for entry way tables, fireplace mantles, kitchen counters, and just about anywhere you can imagine. They are made by taking wooden blocks, either square, or oddly shaped, and then adding paint and vinyl lettering to turn them into a stackable sign.

Rustic wooden signs are also another common décor item that is easy to create with vinyl letters. Take a regular wooden board, about an inch thick, and 6 inches tall x 24 inches long, add some paint, and some custom vinyl sign lettering, and you have a finished décor piece that can really add charm to any room in your home. By ordering your vinyl sign lettering online you can have it customized, to feature a family name, etc. These custom vintage signs make great wedding or anniversary gifts. They’re inexpensive, and the custom nature of the product lets the recipient know that you put some thought into the gift.

Another great home décor project that utilizes vinyl letters are decorative ceramic tiles. Take a plain ceramic tile from any home improvement or tile store, add a square design from vinyl letters, and you have a great, and inexpensive home décor piece that is sure to get attention. Decorative ceramic tiles are also great holiday décor pieces, and many vinyl lettering companies, such as Wall Stamps, have holiday specific tile kits that you can purchase.

Custom clocks are another way that interior decorators have been using vinyl lettering in home décor. Take a round piece of plywood, affix a clock kit to it, paint it, and add some vinyl lettering, and you have a custom, vintage clock that would cost hundreds of dollars at a interior décor store. By creating it yourself, you can make it for around $20, and save yourself a lot of money.

No matter what home décor styles you prefer, one thing is certain, vinyl lettering can help you achieve the look you’re trying to create, at a fraction of the cost of other design mediums. You can create anything you can imagine, and custom designed pieces make great gifts.

Why Adolescents Should Be Able To Help Build Rules In The Home

So for the last week I’ve been trying to narrow my focus for the “Ten Rules For Your Home” material. I received a few questions from people asking how to get started in coming up with rules. The main concerns were, “How do you keep the leadership role of the father in the home when the teenager is coming up with the rules?” Another question was, “Why do you do time out when it does not seem like it is working?”

These are great questions. When I enter the picture as a counselor, things have usually gotten to the point where the family needs immediate help. They can’t wait three months to see improved behaviors in their child. Usually the school is giving ultimatums to the family about their child’s behavior too. A comforting word from an overly optimistic counselor will not get the school to stop sending home letters about their kid’s bad behavior. There needs to be some sort of plan to get everyone in the child’s life on the same page. This is why I needed something adaptable to the most difficult family situations. Families with less intense issues can always scale back the plan if it is too much.

Working with teenagers can be very frustrating at times. Having the ability to manipulate concepts is a new skill for them. They are sometimes overwhelmed by the new information that they are now capable of understanding, but they do not have all the right places in their mind to store the information from new processing abilities.

I came up with the “Ten Rules” after my two years as a counselor in a Specialized Therapeutic Group Home. I was responsible for the counseling of foster children who needed an extremely high level of supervision. We had a 24-hour staff that was accountable to where the children were at all times. These workers all had differing opinions of how things should be run, but we couldn’t do it a different way for each staff member. Additionally, I learned that the kids would have been very happy for us to try to run the group home eighteen different ways. They could exploit that. That is why we emphasized the concept of “splitting” or divisions. By having a common plan, we were able to keep the children from using the different “parenting” styles of the workers against each other. Sometimes the kids understood it better than the grown ups though.

So when I left the group home I began working with children in an outpatient type setting. They had at least one parent. I realized that these children also had stability issues that I could address by simplifying the structure of the group home. I wanted to also make it a Biblical model, because I am confident in the Bible’s relevance for everyone. I noticed that many of the parents were mad because their kids were “disrespectful.” I asked them to tell me how they will know their kids are being respectful. They would say something like, “He’ll say yes ma’am or no ma’am. He won’t use profanity anymore, or he won’t get into fights at school.”

I would ask those same parents to write those down as rules, and about half the time, they would not write down those rules. Since I had so many kids, and about half of the parents would not work on coming up with rules, I began working on the rules myself with the kids. I would send the kids home with the rules, and many of them would get really excited about their counseling! In turn, their behaviors at home would improve. Imagine how a teenager feels when they are getting into trouble, and they begin to take responsibility for their actions. It is so disappointing when they get home and their parent is not involved in the counseling that they demanded the child receive. The only time I had a hard time with this design was when parents just did not think it was necessary to be involved in participating in the therapy. They would say things like, “Can’t you just get her to do what I say?”

Unfortunately, those were the cases where I was least effective in helping the families. The “Ten Rules” is a model designed to help the parents and the child communicate about expectations. This behavior management template also allows the counselor to work on the deeper issues once the clear expectations are set at home. Many times it even improved marriage conflict, because it gives the parents an opportunity to parent from the same set of expectations. In time the “Ten Rules” get replaced with the language that the parents learn to use in the moment. In essence, it teaches the parents how to step outside of the issues they inherited from their own development, and to parent from a Biblical model, instead of an inherited wound of the heart from their own parents.