Have you always dreamed of having your own at-home cocktail bar? Awesome news! Creating this swanky addition to your space doesn’t have to be as expensive as it seems. There are plenty of affordable ways to design and stock your very own DIY cocktail bar. With these tips, you’ll have your own cocktail bar up and running just in time for summer fun — no liquor license required!
Extend Your Space
If your interior design is already exactly how you like it, we recommend using what you already have. Take a look around — furniture pieces that you currently own can likely become multifunctional.
Bookshelves, armoires, and other forms of shelving can double as a place to display the contents of your bar. With a few festive coasters, a DIY bar table for party occasions can be pulled out for happy hour on a whim! By being extra intentional about your space, you can extend and transform its possibilities for those magical impromptu moments.
Invest in Bar Accessories
Bring the bar to you by investing in classy (and helpful) bar accessories. Professional bar equipment like shakers, stirrers, and elegant bottle openers will help you to execute high-end craft cocktails at home with style.
Using glass containers is another way to elevate your at-home cocktail bar. Transform your liquor cabinet into a dreamy destination by treating yourself to crystal tumblers, wine glasses, and delicate decanters. If you’re cautious about the price tags of these sophisticated accessories, these items can also be found in secondhand shops!
When planning out your DIY cocktail bar for party gatherings, don’t forget the decorations! One of the biggest appeals of any bar is its atmosphere. Deck out your DIY bar for party events with beautiful art, soft lighting, fresh flowers, or anything that brings a sense of ambiance. By attending a Painting with a Twist event, you can even learn to create your unique art to hang up at home!
Remember — the atmosphere is as essential to a bar as its cocktail menu. So, when deciding on which low-cal cocktails and bar snacks to feature, pay attention to the overall look and feel as well!
If you’re into interior design, you know that vintage elements are all the rage. Although there are many eras to draw inspiration from, a mid-century modern theme is a safe bet when designing your at-home bar. In the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, having a cocktail set-up at home was totally in style!
Incorporating mid-century modern style into your space will give your home an adorably retro and functional feel. The best part about this design choice? You can easily implement inexpensive secondhand pieces! Peruse your local thrift stores or browse online for vintage bar carts, rattan cabinets, colorful stools, and more. You may even want to try a tiki spin on your DIY drink bar! How cute!
Enjoy Painting With A Twist — At Home!
Painting with a Twist offers tons of fun classes at a variety of convenient locations. But did you know that you can also opt for a Painting with a Twist paint party at home! Summer calls for fun nights in with friends. So what better way to break in your new bar than with a Painting with a Twist party? All you’ll need to do is call your crew, shake up some sunset sangria or spritzers, and set the vibe! Cheers to that!
Spring is the perfect time of year to purge your old decor and give your home a new look! From fresh flowers and spring-themed scented candles to seasonal artwork, you can truly make your space come alive with refreshing, springtime energy. Check out these springtime decorating tips that are sure to give your house a warm-weather makeover.
Let the Light In
Spring home decor ideas are really about savoring the new season, and what’s better than embracing the lighter, brighter days? Open blinds, swap out curtains for a lighter aesthetic and use textured glass vases to catch and reflect the light throughout your home.
Mirrors are another fantastic addition to consider. They function not only as wall hangings but also as spring bathroom decor or even coasters for new house plants. Most importantly, mirrors can bounce springtime light throughout your space to help create a fresher, brighter atmosphere.
Create Space for Seasonal Moments
Springtime vignettes are a simple, affordable way to highlight the season in your home. Introduce potted plants, bright colors, seasonal scented candles with light, bright fragrances like mint or basil, a bud vase of fresh flowers, and some new artwork to anchor the scene.
Not sure what artwork to display? Let Painting with a Twist help you with DIY spring crafts and decor! With springtime decorista kits, you’ll have everything you need to spruce up your sitting room with a bright spring touch. Join an event in-person or at-home today!
Embrace Sun-Kissed Outdoor Décor
Decor doesn’t just need to be for the indoors! Liven up your outdoor space with front porch decor ideas for spring. Add a tulip wreath, a brightly painted flag, or a spring porch leaner to your front entry. Not sure where to start with the DIYs? Painting with a Twist has the perfect spring-themed events for you! With bright sunflowers, rustic welcome signs, or spring bunny designs, there are plenty of front porch leaner options for every home.
Let Spring Colors Hit Your Pallette
The colors of spring are beautiful, and they can be an especially welcome change in your dining spaces! For spring kitchen decor, think about changing up your place settings and bringing more seasonal produce into your meals and tablescapes. And don’t forget to pop a bottle of warm-weather wine like a Torrontes or Vino Verde! Embracing the change of the season in all senses can make the warm weather shift feel like a proper celebration.
Springtime Décor with Painting with a Twist
Redecorating in the springtime doesn’t have to be bland and boring! Whether you need art to liven up a blank wall in the house or you’re looking for a little inspiration, a Painting with a Twist event is the perfect place to start! From beautiful porch leaners to colorful canvas paintings, you’re sure to find an event near you that speaks to your inner springtime decorista.
You’ve trimmed the tree, strung the lights, and hung the garland, but is something still missing? Check out these colorful holiday paintings you can bring home to fill every space with cheerful holiday colors.
Clark’s Station Wagon
Bring your favorite holiday movie into your home decor with the Clark’s Station Wagon painting! This festive nod to a holiday favorite would go perfectly on a mantle over your Christmas stockings hung with care.
Don’t see all of these painting events offered at your local studio? Painting with a Twist can help you to uncork your creative side with private group painting parties! In private parties, your group can select any winter holiday paintings from our massive art library. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to a private holiday paint and sip where everyone walks away with more holiday cheer!
A Bright Christmas
This colorful painting is one you can enjoy year after year! Bring an array of colors to any wall in your home with A Bright Christmas. The landscape style helps this painting naturally adapt to your existing decor, while the northern-lights styled background adds gorgeous pops of color. And here’s the secret — you can choose any background colors you like! Want things brighter? How about a little more muted? Simply grab your brush, and work in colors that make you feel holiday joy!
While the lights on the tree make this painting feel tailored for the holiday season, you can opt to leave the tree a little more bare to turn this holiday painting into a beautiful landscape that you can leave hung up year-round!
Snowmen are a tried and true staple of easy holiday paintings, and Farmhouse Frosty is no exception! This simple holiday painting goes easy on the effort but high on the wow-factor.
Perfect for a holiday paint party with friends, Farmhouse Frosty becomes a wonderful decor piece as a shelf display or wall hanging. Frosty pairs well with Clark’s Station Wagon and the Fancy Monogrammed Ornament. Farmhouse Frosty keeps the holiday festivities rolling all through the winter months, so it’s a perfect painting to add to your all-season decor!
Personalized Holiday Pickup
Make your art exclusively yours by adding the personalization of your family’s name! Your Personalized Holiday Pickup painting is a perfect all-season decor addition. This winter holiday painting is a cozy, classic addition to your mantle or entryway.
It pairs perfectly with Colorful Pumpkins and the Rustic Reindeer Set to create an all-season art display that captures the season’s glow with special reindeer highlights for the yuletide! Choose a holiday paint and sip group painting party to complete all three pieces for your winter cheer this year!
No matter the painting, Painting with a Twist is here to help you celebrate the season. Start the festivities with a night off, and take your holiday color palette in your own hands with help from Painting with a Twist! Join a holiday-themed painting event near you, and get creative with as much green and red — or whatever holiday colors you choose — as your cheerful heart desires!
You see all of those beautiful table settings in fall magazines, but you don’t have the budget for a centerpiece like that, right? Not true! Check out these simple, budget-friendly ways to get this year’s Thanksgiving table looking just like the pros!
1. Make a plan around your meal.
Centerpieces may be easy to fall in love with, but they can also be hard to fit on a table along with a 30 lb. turkey, complete with all of those sides you look forward to every year! Think about what meal you’ll have and how much table real estate it will take up (or consider setting up a buffet-style serving system on top of your counter or kitchen island).
2. Start with the plates.
Unlike grandma, you may not have a hand-painted set of china that you use for special occasions. However, that doesn’t mean you should skimp on tableware. Ensure your guests have everything they need to enjoy the meal and each other’s company.
For a classic glam look, invest in brass- or gold-toned chargers from your local craft store, or opt for wicker or linen placemats for a more rustic look. Either of these options will add pop to your dishwasher-safe “every day” tablewares — allowing for easy clean up after the meal.
3. Don’t forget the silverware.
For silverware, opt for items that either contrast or match your placemats — like gold plastic cutlery or gunmetal-toned flatware. Regardless of which color you pick, don’t cram precious tabletop real estate with unnecessary silverware! Most guests will only need a salad fork, a dinner fork, a knife, and a dessert spoon or cake fork for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
Additionally, make sure you get matching or complementary serveware for the sauces, stuffing, and other fixings. Top your table-setting off with fall-themed coasters for everyone’s drink of choice and cloth napkins with decorative napkin rings.
4. Set up a drink station.
As you can already imagine, your Thanksgiving dinner table is likely to get full quickly between the food and the table settings. Rather than further stuffing it with wine bottles or water glasses that your guests may or may not use, set up a drink station on a kitchen island or counter for them to serve themselves.
Line up your champagne flutes, wine glasses, water glasses, and sippy cups for the kiddos on a tray. Arrange the wines, mixers, and punchy fall drinks next to them along with an ice bucket. Add a cherry on top with literal cherries and other drink garnishes like pomegranate seeds and sprigs of rosemary. Give your “bar” a personal touch with a DIY fall-inspired wood pallet painting or a letterboard complete with your favorite gratitude quote.
5. Decide on a centerpiece.
Now that you’ve decided on decorative table settings and left enough room for the food, you can move onto the most exciting part — the centerpiece. Start with a neutral table runner and layer your decorative accents of choice on top of it. Thanks to the season’s naturally neutral color palette, you have many options when it comes to decorative pieces.
One classic turkey day centerpiece is a thoughtfully-arranged pumpkin medley, featuring gourds in pastel hues like light peach, faded sage, and ivory intermingled with dried plants like pampas grass and wheat. Want something less perishable? For farmhouse chic Thanksgiving decor, opt for faux pumpkins made of wood or even felt, or get a more luxe look with velvet or blown glass pumpkins in vivid tones like royal blue, emerald green, and ruby red!
If pumpkins are synonymous with Halloween to you, squash the pumpkin idea and go bold with one or two DIY floral bouquets instead. You can DIY a stunning arrangement for cheap by opting for in-season flowers like sunflowers, maroon chrysanthemums, and white gerberas coupled with eucalyptus and myrtle to add visual interest.
Whether you go with pumpkins, florals, or both, you can draw attention to your beautiful centerpiece with battery-powered fairy lights or a couple of pillar candles.
Greet Every Day With Gratitude
Now that you’re on a decorating kick, why stop at the table! Give your entire dining area a seasonal makeover with a fall painting from Painting with a Twist! With tons of fall-inspired painting events to choose from, you can find the right color palette to match your professional table decor.
Everyone has their own style when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Some decoristas use the full spectrum of seasonal colors to embrace their autumn cheer. Others prefer the chic route with minimal colors and inspired accent pieces. And of course, there’s sticking to customs and traditions with vintage pieces deep-rooted in family history.
Luckily, you don’t need a big budget to spruce up your home with the perfect fall decor. Channel your inner decorista, and check out these ideas on how to make cheap DIY fall decorations for every room in your home that are charming, simple, and easy to personalize!
How to Decorate Your Front Porch
Finding the perfect fall front porch decorating ideas on a budget is a top priority when preparing your home for the season. Your front porch is meant to captivate your guests long before they ever enter your fall-festive haven. With simple decor like a wreath, a porch leaner, and a bale of hay, you can illuminate your home with a scenic display of the autumn season.
Fall Porch Leaner
Perhaps the most exciting DIY fall home decor idea is the reliable porch leaner. With charming expressions like “Fall is Here,” or “Harvest Season” you can take matters into your own hands and channel that unique, decorista flair. What’s more, Painting With a Twist can help you create your very own! Find a fall porch leaner painting event at a studio near you and beckon your family, friends, and neighbors with a warm and inviting first impression.
Bale of Hay Masterpiece
You can purchase a bale of hay from many popular stores for less than ten bucks. So grab one and adorn it with plaid ribbon, colorful garlands, and various-sized pumpkins. This simple trick creates the illusion that you put much more time, effort, and cash into your outside decor.
How to Decorate Your Patio
The power of fall patio decor is not to be overlooked when decorating for the season. It’s one of the best places to entertain and enjoy autumnal weather while you chit chat with the girls or sip your wine after a long day. Centerpieces for your table, throw pillows, and tartan blankets will liven the space in a pinch. Introduce a little lighting to create a harmonious display as the sun sets over your autumn arrangements.
Tin Tub Exhibit
Tin tubs are a tried and true staple in outside fall decor, especially when they’re thrifted. Once you find the perfect one to center your patio table, fill it with hay or even small branches and twigs from your own backyard. Next, deck it out with large sunflowers, fall foliage garlands, dried corn and husks, and oversized pumpkins. Drape the garlands over the sides and along the table for beautiful continuity.
Because patios are typically covered with awnings or low-level roofs, feel free to decorate your chairs and tables with tartan blankets and fall-inspired throw pillows. The warmth of these decorations will create an abundance of harvest-season energy.
How to Decorate Your Living Room
Your living room is the heart of your home and the center of your fall decor artistry. True decoristas quickly learn that you can capture the spirit of autumn with beautifully-crafted vignettes, seasonal artwork, fall-inspired pillows, and oversized throws.
Vignettes are an easy, budget-friendly way to showcase your love of fall. A vignette coordinates several smaller pieces that, when arranged, help tell a story, capture a mood, or display a feeling. When creating one, you want to have a piece that anchors the entire display. Whether it’s a large mirror or prodigious lantern, your guests will be captivated as they cast their eyes over your masterpiece.
Rounded wicker baskets, pillared candle holders, and artsy vases — typical decor finds when thrifting — are the perfect items to use when designing your vignette. Put dried florals into your vase and gently tie them together with jute twine or rope. Fill your wicker basket with harvest goodies like pumpkins, pine cones, gords, and faux foliage.
For your candle holders, add a hint of drama with taper candles. Center the basket and layer the rest from back to front, and voila! Your thrifted finds exude expensive energy, and none will be the wiser.
Replace your summer and spring paintings by getting fall festive at Painting with a Twist. Bind together all of your living room decor efforts with artwork that is true to the autumnal season. Plus this will help you truly get in the DIY decorista spirit by creating your own work of art!
How to Decorate Your Kitchen
While decorating your culinary domain for the harvest season, be sure to take advantage of the items already there. You can do this by featuring your fall produce (i.e., corn, squash, apples, figs, and pears), reimagined cookware, and seasonal coffee mugs.
Tiered trays can be an elegant, yet simple approach to decorating your kitchen for the holidays. The best ones can be used time and again for different seasons and celebrations. Once you’ve found the perfect location for your tiered tray, delicately arrange all of your harvest favorites, and include anything from seasonal signs, dried florals, acorns, candles, and coffee mugs.
You can make your own fall hanging decorations by creating personalized, harvest garlands. Start by gathering your brightest harvest produce and cutting them into various-sized slices — no thicker than a centimeter.
Next, place them flat down on a cooking tray, and bake your goodies in the oven, at low heat, until they are completely dry (use a dehydrator if you have one on hand).
Then, leave your dried harvest to cool overnight. Gather oak leaves, corn husks, cinnamon twigs, and anything else your autumn heart desires.
Finally, weave it all together with an embroidery needle and twine, and hang your unrivaled creation anywhere in your home — from the island in your kitchen to the fireplace in your living room.
How to Decorate Your Dining Room
If the dining area is the focal point of your home or if you wear more than one holiday hat — decorista by day and host by night — you may feel pressure to splurge in this room of great feasts. But a simple, elegant centerpiece is all you’ll need to liven up your dining room with all of the fall vibes! Try an assortment of fall-inspired vases, table runners, themed place settings, and dried harvest goodies.
Just as we used reimagined cookware for the kitchen, you can do the same in the dining room. Because, well, who said cake stands must hold cake? Instead, use them to showcase fall items like pears, gourds, acorns, and even vines or dried wheat. And if your cake stand isn’t large enough to hold its own as a centerpiece, gather a few smaller ones to keep it company.
Fall-Inspired Place Settings
Fall-inspired place settings can be as simple as earth-toned placemats, napkin rings, plates, and chargers. Not only will you save tons of cash by opting out of niche holiday sets, but you’ll be able to mix and match your dining ware to meet other holiday needs.
Fall Decorista Bonus Tips
Sometimes, autumn cheer is found in smaller, more subtle details. Use these cute bonus ideas for a well-rounded ambiance.
Spontaneously place pumpkins and gourds of various sizes in spaces around your home (e.g. bookcases and bathroom countertops). However subtle this idea may be, your guests will surely take notice.
Scents of Fall
In many cases, scents can tie together cheerful nostalgia and the season’s spirit even more than visual appeal. Make your own scents by boiling water in a pot or crockpot at low-heat. Include true fall items such as pumpkin spice oil, orange rinds, cinnamon sticks, vanilla, cloves, and apple slices. You’re sure to create autumn memories that will not soon be forgotten.
Now that you know how to decorate for fall with these fun and simple ideas, get started by finding your nearest Painting with a Twist location. It’s time to strut your stuff with fall porch leaners, seasonal art, and other fun canvas types! Make your inner decorista proud, and bring that harvest season energy home for the holidays.
Maybe it’s all those home improvement shows you’ve been watching, or maybe Fall fever is starting to hit you. Either way, you’re itching to create a little curb appeal with your home’s outdoor spaces! After all, you’ve been stuck inside much of the year. It’s time to head outdoors and get your porch, patio, or balcony ready for the Fall and holiday season!
Channel your inner decorator with these porch and patio décor ideas that’ll make your home the most charming spot on the block.
1. Set the mood with outdoor lighting.
When it comes to popular back porch ideas, string lights are near the top of the list! And while those twinkly little vibe-makers are great, they’re not your only option. Battery or solar-powered lanterns can hang from the ceiling of a covered back porch for ambient lighting.
And there’s no rule that says you can’t use indoor lighting as outdoor décor! Grab a lamp at a thrift store to use on a covered patio space (be sure to plug it in where it can’t get wet!), or use an inexpensive solar lantern to convert a lamp into a free-standing light fixture you can move around as needed. If you like the look of glass lanterns, try dropping battery-powered candles into multiple mismatched lanterns for an artistic lighting display that adds sophistication—and function—to your outdoor decorations.
2. Add texture with wood and fabric elements.
Have you ever noticed how a couch looks better with pillows or how one piece of natural-wood furniture can add unmistakable warmth to a room? These types of pieces add texture and dimension to your home, both inside and outside! Add a rustic porch sign you painted yourself as a wooden focal piece, then bring in even more cozy vibes with textiles.
An outdoor rug can infuse a space with color and pattern, and your bare feet will thank you for the cushioning. Simple drapes can give you privacy and style on your porch, and they’re easy to DIY from canvas drop cloths. Got patio chairs? Add throw pillows! You can even drape a blanket over an outdoor chair for chilly evenings.
3. Dress up the walls.
Your porch is an extension of your home. You wouldn’t leave all the walls in your home totally blank, so why not use wall art for outdoor decorations, too? If you’re coming up short on creative front porch ideas, treat your outdoor spaces just like you would an interior room with hanging planters, metal accent pieces, or even a retro macramé or yarn piece.
Are you renting and can’t put holes in your walls? Have no fear! Leaning porch signs are your new best friend. Paint a DIY personalized porch sign to greet visitors on your front porch or add a touch of style to your balcony—without a hint of wall damage.
4. Incorporate your door into your front porch ideas.
You’ve dressed up the walls and set the mood lighting. But now you’re wondering, “What should I put on my front porch?” If you have a sizable front porch, furniture can instantly make your porch more inviting. But if you have a small porch (or even just a tiny landing), you may not have space for a leaning sign or a rocking chair.
However, your front door is a blank canvas waiting to make a statement! DIY your own holiday-themed wood board sign, or opt for a simple boxwood or vine wreath (bonus: you can update the ribbon on the wreath to welcome changing seasons!).
Step Up Your Outdoor Decorations with a Personalized Porch Sign
Whether you have a small front landing or a massive wraparound porch, you can make a style statement with the right patio décor ideas! Create an artistic first impression on everyone who comes to your home—from the mailman to your in-laws—with a rustic porch sign that’s handmade by YOU. Find a porch leaner painting event at a Painting With a Twist studio near you and reserve your seat today.
Canvas and wood and screens—oh my! Have you heard? You can choose the material you paint on at Painting with a Twist! Learn more about the variety of things you can paint on at one of our studios and plan your next paint party today.
Classic Canvas Painting
Canvas is a beautiful, traditional medium to use for painting. It gives you a classic and timeless look for your piece of handmade art. Never painted anything before? Canvas painting is an excellent beginner-friendly option for your first paint party! It doesn’t require extra steps or special skills, and the smooth white background gives your art a polished look. No matter what your skill level is, you’ll love the environment at Painting with a Twist! Grab your friends and a bottle of wine, and let our skilled instructors guide you through step-by-step instructions. What’s better than creating a painting AND cherished memories all at once?
Custom Wood Board Painting
Rustic vibes call for natural materials, and nothing beats the character of slatted wood. A custom wood board painting will fit in perfectly with a farmhouse or industrial décor style and offers you an exciting alternative to painting on canvas (that’s where the “twist” part comes in here at Painting with a Twist!). Many of our paint party events give you the option to choose whether you paint on canvas or wood board—just look for the variety of surface options at checkout on your local paint studio’s event calendar. Wood board painting is as fun as it is easy!
Wood Pallet Painting
Much like a wood board painting, a wood pallet painting is loaded with rustic character. Painting with a Twist wood pallets are designed to look like shiplap, with staggered edges and smooth slat boards. The unique form of our wood pallets can add more dimension and depth to your home’s décor. Your finished wood pallet painting will have a different shape from canvas or pine plank board, making it a versatile piece that you can hang on a wall or stand up on a table as part of a styled vignette. Nothing makes your home feel like your own space more than something you’ve created with your two hands.
Screen Art Painting for Added Texture
You know that saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention”? That’s how our screen art painting style was born! Artist Rebeca Flott — who grew up in South America without money to spend on art supplies — has perfected her technique of painting on wire screens throughout her lifetime. As an adult, she’s sharing her unique and gorgeous painting techniques at Painting with a Twist.
When you attend one of our screen art events, you’ll use a combination of artist’s texture and vivid paint colors to make an image come alive. Of all the things you can paint on at Painting with a Twist, screen art paintings definitely have the most texture! With the rustic look of a reclaimed window, your screen art painting will be something you’re proud to have in your home for years to come.
Find Unique Painting and Screen Art Events Near You
Paint outside the lines—and outside the box—on the material of your choice! Whether you’re into classic canvas or new and unique screen painting, your local Painting with a Twist studio allows you to express yourself. Find a painting studio near you and get ready to channel your one-of-a-kind style!
When life gets a little busy or stressful, setting aside time to relax and unwind is essential. But with so many distractions — from family members and pets to errands and everyday technology, finding a quiet place in your home away from all those distractions can be pretty tricky! But you don’t have to suffer through the noise. Instead, check out these tips on how to create a relaxing space in your home!
Find the Right Space
When creating a relaxing space at home, the first thing to do is pick the right spot. Pick a location that can accommodate your zen activities, such as yoga, meditation, somewhere to draw or write, etc. It could be that guest room you never use, a spare closet with some room to move, or an underused living room. If you’re tight on room in your house, try designating a corner of your bedroom to be your zen space.
Add Zen Home Decor
Once you’ve got the right space picked out, it’s time to decorate! Add some decorative pillows, candles, comfy blankets, an oil diffuser or incense, or anything else that typically helps you relax! If you’ve got an entire bedroom to zen-ify, give it a fresh coat of paint and match your wall decor to the paint color for a relaxing, cohesive look. If you’re decorating a small space, go the extra mile with a small, luxurious area rug, big cushy pillows, and a canopy of lacey curtains for a feeling of privacy.
Set Boundaries for Your Space
It doesn’t help to create your perfect at-home zen space if everyone always messes it up! Once your perfect personal oasis is exactly how you like it, make sure to keep it that way by banning everyone else from using it. If your zen space is a room in your house, add a custom lock on the door that only you have the key to. If your zen space is in a more accessible location in the house, communicate to your other household residents how important it is that they not access your space. Even your significant other!
Set Time Aside to Use It
The most important part of having a zen space in your home is actually using it! Life can get busy, and before you know it, you haven’t set foot in your zen space in weeks! Instead, try booking times in your schedule to use it like you would do for other things like appointments, meetings, and work events. Mark it on your calendar or set a reminder in your phone to spend time in your space. Notify anyone who could potentially disrupt you so that you can get the most from your meditation time.
Your at-home zen space is the perfect place to catch up on the things you love the most! Whether you’re working on writing a novel, perfecting your skincare routine, or just want some peace and quiet to binge-watch the new season of your favorite show, your zen space is the place to do it all.
If you’re unsure how to use your zen space, try learning a new skill, like painting! We recently launched a brand new event type, our Zen Collection, which combines the therapeutic benefits of painting with soothing music and calming art choices! You’ll relax while painting AND have the perfect Zen-inspired artwork for your new space! Can’t make it in to a studio for an event? No problem. Purchase a Twist at Home kit for pickup at your local studio or have a kit delivered to your door! You’ll have all the supplies you need, so you can sit back, relax, and do you.
Whether you’re moving into a new home or just want to mix up your space a bit, creating a beautiful and cohesive interior design can be challenging. You may feel like you need to be an expert at coordinating paint color palettes to make sure you’re using the best wall color for your artwork or black and white photos. Yet when it comes to the right wall color for hanging art, there’s no need to cover your furniture and get out the blue tape.
Instead of stressing over the “perfect” color for your walls, you can create a beautiful living space by choosing artwork that matches the color you’ve already got! All you have to do is follow a few of the basic design principles we’ve outlined in this step-by-step guide to matching paintings and wall color. Now break out the ol’ color wheel — we’ve got some decisions to make!
1. Look at the Big Picture
Before you hang any art on your walls, it’s a good idea to consider the overall direction of your design. How do you want the space to look and feel when you finish?
Are you aiming for a cozy, peaceful vibe? Something more functional, bright, and clean? Or maybe you’ve got a flair for the dramatic, and you want a space that’s elegant and striking?
Whichever direction you choose will help you determine the appropriate color palette to match your artwork and wall color. For example, a tranquil space might call for darker, cooler colors like blues, greens, and purples. A more bright and minimalistic design could use a mix of neutrals and lighter, softer tones. And if you want a bit of drama? Go for bolder, warmer colors like red or magenta.
2. Identify the Color and Undertone of Your Wall Paint
The color of your walls may seem obvious to you, but look a little closer. Unless your wall paint is pure white, there are likely some undertones present that will affect your overall color scheme. In fact, all paint colors have undertones — even neutral colors like whites, grays, and beiges. The trouble is that these “hidden” colors are hard to see without comparing your wall paint to another color.
That’s why it helps to have a paint color fan deck around for comparisons. If your wall paint is cream, eggshell, ivory, or any other kind of neutral white, use the purest white on the fan deck to spot the undertones in your wall color. Similarly, compare your wall to different types of beige, gray, blue (or whatever color your wall happens to be) to get an idea of the subtle undertones affecting the primary color.
If you don’t have a paint fan deck lying around, don’t sweat it. The fantastic thing about neutral wall colors is that they look great with just about any decor. Still, if you’re determined to figure out the undertone in your wall paint, keep this info in mind: most “white” walls tend to have undertones of pink, yellow, or blue. Beige walls usually have undertones of yellow, green, or pink. Gray paint typically has blue, green, or purple in it.
Coordinating the color palette of your artwork with your wall’s undertone will ensure nothing seems inexplicably “off” when everything comes together.
3. Decide on a Color Scheme
Here’s where some neat design principles come into play — and where you’ll need to break out your color wheel. You have a few options when it comes to the kind of color scheme that will tie your space together: analogous, complementary, or monochromatic. Let’s break down what each of these means.
Analogous colors are ones that are next to each other on the color wheel. Using shades of a similar hue will create a more relaxing and balanced look between your wall color and hanging art. Try to pick one dominant color and use the other two or three as accents.
If you have a neutral wall color, use the wall’s undertone as the place to start for your analogous color scheme. For example, if the undertone of your wall color is a light blue, your accent colors might be a navy blue and soft green.
Are you looking to make more of a statement with your art? Then a complementary color scheme is the one for you. Complementary colors appear opposite of each other on the color wheel, like orange and blue or purple and green. Combining complementary colors creates a bold contrast and adds excitement to the room.
Again, if your wall color is neutral, use the undertone to figure out the right complementary color to use. If your wall is already a distinct color, simply find its opposite on the color wheel!
Become one with your color scheme — literally. A monochromatic design brings a uniform, harmonious look to your space by making use of just one color in different shades.
Take your wall’s color (or undertone) and pick a few different shades, tones, or tints of the same color to feature in your artwork.
4. Choose Your Decor
While we’re a fan of the classics, there’s no need to get stuck trying to find Picassos and Monets for your decor. Try to find paintings you love that match your color scheme, no matter what’s on the canvas! You certainly can’t go wrong with an adorable portrait of your favorite furry friend. Keep in mind that not every color on a painting has to fit your color design perfectly — it’s the dominant color that matters most.
Want to mix things up with your decor? Black and white photography is a great way to add some class to your living space. When it comes to the best wall color for black and white photos, contrast is essential. A darker neutral wall color, like a deep gray or charcoal, will help the white in the photos stand out and complement the black. On the other hand, a boldly colored wall (like crimson, turquoise, or magenta) would also provide a nice contrast to the monochromatic black and white photos.
Looking for even more alternatives? There are a million ways to get creative with hanging art that isn’t a painting or photo. This list should give you some ideas:
Vertical gardens and hanging plants
Electronic photo galleries
Tapestries or other woven textiles
Old, vintage signs
5. Make Your Own Matching Artwork
We love good artwork AND artwork made in good fun. That’s why sometimes the best thing to do is skip the galleries and make your own art! There’s no reason to stress about finding the perfect matching artwork when you can create your own during a Painting with a Twist Open Studio event.
At our Open Studio events, you get to choose a piece of artwork you love with the colors you want. Then, add your special touch during the event and voila! You’ve just created a colorful memory to tie any room together.
Ultimately, whether you’re collecting pieces or creating your own, decorating your home is about creating a space you love. Color schemes and decor create cohesion, but don’t get stressed out if you’re having a hard time. Go with art you’re attracted to, even if it doesn’t perfectly match the vase on your side table or the color on your wall. Now let’s grab that color wheel and have some fun!
Create a Colorful Memory to Hang On Your Wall
Can’t quite find artwork that matches the paint color on your walls? You might as well make it! Whether it’s one of our rustic wood painting events or a Paint Your Pet event, we’ll help you unleash your full creative energy so you can make the perfect art piece for any room in your home.
It’s been one hundred years since the roaring twenties. Gone are the days of speakeasies, motorcars, and all night Jazz clubs. Charlie Chaplin is no longer the king of comedy, movies have sound, and the internet controls practically everything about our daily lives! And though we’ve come a long way since 1920, we could see some 100-year old trends make a comeback! Here are four trends to get excited about in 2020.
The iconic, influential style of the 1920’s decade still impacts some of our fashion choices today. Flappers, known for chic, bobbed haircuts, headbands, pearls, and drop-waist sleeveless dresses, set the look and tone of that decade. And though the term “flapper” is out of style, their fashion choices could make a comeback!
For the ladies, capture that flapper look by sporting a headband – make it beaded or feathered for extra flair – and a scarf – think big with a feather fan! Try loose, flowing dresses that you wouldn’t mind dancing the Charleston in! Sleeveless dresses with drop-waist beading, knee-length hemlines, layered fringe, or soft draping are ideal. Combine it with Mary-Jane or T-Strap heels, a bold lipstick color, and your chunkiest gold, silver, black, or green drop jewelry, and you’re ready for your girls’ night out!
And let’s not forget about 1920s men’s fashion! For your daytime attire, don a button vest, suspenders, and a pocket square. Complete the look with a newspaper cap or linen hat, and add a cane for extra gusto. For nighttime, go with a black, three-piece suit. Add a bowtie, cufflinks, and a large-face pocket watch to complete the look, and you’re ready for the roaring 2020s!
Party Games & Group Activities
Party and parlor games gained traction during the 1920s. Popular games like poker, dominos, and Yahtzee gave people reason to socialize. And while Psychology Today reports that we’ve adopted more solitary behaviors in recent years, we could see this changing in the new decade! As more attention is given to combating loneliness, 1920s-inspired social activities could start to gain traction again.
Culture & Nightlife
Speakeasies were born out of necessity to avoid prohibition laws. And while those laws are long gone, the speakeasy culture remains! Fancy cocktails, savvy mixologists, and even hidden bars could likely be a focal point for 2020 socialites.
Don’t feel like searching for hidden bars in your city? Gather your friends and serve up your own classic cocktails at a private Painting with a Twist party. Put on your fanciest garb, blast some jazz, and create a 1920s-inspired painting!
Dancing was all the rage in the 1920s, especially dances that really made you move! And even though some of these choreographed steps are a little dated compared to today’s modern dance trends, the focus on stylized dances could make a big comeback! Look for a 2020 dance craze resurgence on social media platforms like Tik-Tok and Instagram, where videos of people dancing to popular songs can trend rather quickly.
Gatsby-Inspired Parties at Painting with a Twist
Are you ready to get into the spirit of the 20s? Well, there’s no need to bootleg to have a Gatsby-inspired prohibition-era party. Just phone your pals, plan your outfits, and prepare those prohibition-era cocktails for a night of jazz, dancing, and fun at a Painting with a Twist near you!
What makes the best gift? Is it the most expensive one? The one that takes the most effort to find? Well, we think the best holiday gift is one that comes from the heart and speaks to the special relationship you share with the recipient. If you’re looking for that kind of gift, a one-of-a-kind wood board painting can be a perfect idea. Whether you want to paint a unique wood board for a loved one or give them a gift card to make a DIY wood board themselves, read on to learn more about one of the best holiday gifts you can give.
Why Is a Wood Board Painting the Best Holiday Gift?
Sure, you could head to the mall and shop for something to give a friend or loved one. But, do you really want to face those holiday shopping crowds only to leave with a gift that everyone else is buying, too? At Painting with a Twist, you won’t find just any old gift—you’ll create something unique!
A wood board painting is fully customizable. A Painting with a Twist artist can guide you through the steps to create a piece of art you’ll be proud of, but remember: YOU’RE the one holding the brush! If you want to add a unique detail that your gift recipient will appreciate, you can! Let your creativity run wild.
Farmhouse chic is so in right now! Your wood board painting’s simple but rustic style will serve as a stylish reminder of how much you care about them. The gift recipient will think of your thoughtfulness every time they walk into their kitchen (or wherever they hang your masterpiece).
Memories together are always the best holiday gifts! When you give a Painting with a Twist gift card as a holiday gift, you’re giving your loved one so much more than an item you bought. You’re giving them the gift of quality time! Plus, you can come in together to create wood board signs and memories. You can even swap paintings at the end!
You and yours can make the experience your own. At Painting with a Twist, we want to channel your creativity. That’s why we let you choose if you want to paint on canvas or wood board. If you give a loved one the gift of a paint party, you can each paint on whatever material you like the most—and still enjoy the experience sitting side by side. You won’t find any of that on a store shelf!
Find DIY Wood Signs and Wood Cutouts to Paint for Holiday Gifts
“You better not pout, I’m telling you why…” Don’t let holiday gift shopping get you down. Painting with a Twist is here to help you give the best holiday gift imaginable. Give the gift of laughter and memories with a paint party gift card for your loved one, or paint them a DIY sign they can admire for years to come. Reserve a seat at a painting studio near you today!
Bring on the pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING, Fall has arrived! We’re super excited at Painting with a Twist because Fall brings new products, new art and new experiences for our Twisters out there. We’ve put together a list of five things you don’t want to miss this Fall season in studio! Check them out below!
5 Ways to Get Fall Festive:
Wood Boards for Fall
Can you smell the pine from there?! We recently launched our brand new real pine plank wood boards in studios across the country. They’re sure to be a Fall favorite! We have a ton of new Fall and Holiday art that looks amazing on these plank wood boards, giving your space a little rustic charm. And guess what, they can be used for more than just hanging on your wall! Add hardware (handles) to make a decorative tray, add hooks for a key holder or add it as a new texture to your photo gallery wall! The options are endless!
Pick Your Own Product
We’ve officially solved the issue of your friend wanting to paint on canvas and you wanting to paint on wood board. Now, you can each choose the surface you want, but still paint the same art in the same event! Grab your besties and plan a girls’ night stat!
Rebeca Flott Arts Screen Art
Screen art SCREAMS Fall! Screen art uses a screen, wooden frame, paint and texture to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! The product was popularized by Rebeca Flott and lucky for us, Rebeca is a Painting with a Twist franchisee! Rebeca Flott grew up painting anything she could get her hands on. Her creative spirit lef her to where she is today: Making extraordinary art with ordinary materials! Grab a palette knife and a bottle of wine and paint your own Rebeca Flott Arts screen art piece!
Trivia Night for the WIN
If you haven’t tried one of our trivia nights yet, you are missing out! Trivia nights are hugely popular in our studios. You get to paint and drink wine with friends (as usual in our studios) but there’s a BONUS: play trivia too! Ready for a little friendly competition? Whether you choose a Paper Company themed event, 90’s Coffeehouse, Wizard or 3 Witches Trivia, you’ll have the BEST time. Get your thinking cap on and join us for an upcoming trivia night near you!
Holiday Parties are Upon Us!
Want to be the hostess with the mostest this holiday season? Ask us about our private holiday parties! The same awesome experience with wine, paint and friends (or co-workers) but YOU get to pick the painting! It’s never too early to start planning. Request a holiday party with us now!
So there you have it. We’ve given you PLENTY of reasons to join us in-studio this Fall. So grab your spiked apple cider, your best girls and schedule a night out with us!
Feeling like you are entering your blue period? Or maybe pop art is more your taste? Painting with a Twist doesn’t just DO a Paint Your Pet class… we do Paint Your Pet classes with style.
Painting with a Twist offers, “Paint your Pet” classes in a variety of styles including Pop Art, Monochromatic, and Rainbow. Available canvas sizes are 16″ x 20″ or 12″ x 12″. If you are looking for a particular color scheme to match your décor, we’ve got you covered! You can pick the colors you would like to incorporate into your painting.
How our Paint Your Pet classes work.
Visit your local studio’s website and pick your class.
Email a picture of your favorite furry (or feathery) friend to the studio.
Paint, Sip, and have a great time!
Whether you go solo or with friends, you will have a great time. You will also walk away with a really cool painting of your beloved pet that you can hang on your wall.
Do you have a friend who just loves their pet? This is a fantastic gift idea! Paint their pet for them, and you’ll give them something personal that they are sure to love.
The holiday season is around the corner and it’s time to hang up the holiday decor! Some people start decorating the moment Halloween ends and others wait until the dishes from Thanksgiving dinner are cleaned and put back in the cupboard. Whichever type of person you may be, it’s never too early to start creating new memories and new holiday decor! Painting with a Twist studios are offering classes where you come to relax, laugh, sip, and paint a beautiful new addition to your holiday decor. Already have too many decorations waiting to be hung? Painting a loved one a festive door hanger or vibrant set of wine glasses could be the sentimental gift idea you’ve been searching for.
Thanksgiving Place Cards Set
Make your Thanksgiving table the talk of the town by painting personalized place setting canvases on mini easels. Seasonal sets are tiny but pack a serious wow factor. They can be painted any color to match any place setting. Think of all the possibilities! Your guests will be in awe at your creativity and thoughtfulness. Click here to paint your own Thanksgiving Place Cards.
Neon Christmas Ornaments Set
The seasonal sets have another meaningful purpose, too: Tree Ornaments! Add a memory to your tree this year with a brightly colored set of ornaments, handpainted by YOU! Loop a strand of ribbon around these darling canvases, and voila: An ornament! You can even tie them to the bows on your presents to add a sentimental touch to your holiday gift giving. Click here to paint a set of Christmas Ornaments.
Decorative Wine Glasses
Introducing… hand painted wine glasses! Ooh, la la! These decorative beauties will help you level up your holiday decor from November all the way into the New Year. Click here to paint a set of Boho Feather Wine Glasses, perfect to spice up any Thanksgiving decor. Looking for a Christmas design? Find your local studio to browse their calendar for more seasonally themed decorative wine glasses.
Holiday Door Hangers
Show off your holiday spirit by dressing up your door in holiday decor! Trade in the standard wreath for a more creative option: A pallet style wooden cutout. Bring joy to your neighbors every time they pass by. Click here to paint your own Joy Wreath Pallet Door Hanger.
Holiday Wall Art
Inside holiday decor is just as important as outside holiday decor. Fill your rooms to the brim with festive cheer and artwork! Tis the season to remind yourself to feel grateful and jolly, right? Hang up your artwork from Painting with a Twist for a personalized look. Click here to paint Shake Your Flakes 2 at your local studio.
It’s fall! Time for changing of the leaves and routines. Are you looking for different DIYs to bring some of that autumn spirit into your home, but don’t have the time to look for any inspirational ideas? We have got you covered!
There’s no doubt you are focusing on getting reacclimated to schedules filled with school schedules, homework, and after-school games. It’s completely understandable if the time left to think about bringing warm colors of fall into your home has been given to coordinating time slots between soccer and football practices.
There are so many different ways to incorporate the season changes into your home, we thought it might be nice to give you some festive DIY ideas to help you create a cozy, organized decor for fall.
Which idea are you most excited to try? Each one is so much fun. Please post pictures of your projects below. We’re dying to see how your’s turn out.
1. Chalk painted Wooden Cutout Jar To Do List
Turn list-keeping into a fun family activity! This charming wooden cutout adds a touch of cute to your kitchen and a fun place for everyone for notes and reminders to each other.
Did you know Fall is also prime time for Purple Martin Bird to make their annual visit? Since these birdhouses are man-made structures, not only do these DIY gourd birdhouses look neat, they also attract these birds.
Your threshold gets an enormous amount of much this time of year. Why not make sure it represents your family in the best way possible? This family monogram is just one option to make over your door this season.
Pine cones. They one of the most fun parts of Fall. This little DIY project is a perfect weekend activity for you and the kids. Spend some time looking for the pine cones, decorate them and then watch the fruits of your labor.
A super quick way to spruce up your decor for Fall is to paint something yourself! Not only will you be proud of how glam the feeling in your house has become when your friends and family you can also be proud that you made it yourself.