Adding Light to a Dark Room

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Who doesn’t love waking up to a room beaming in sunlight? Unfortunately, there’s always that one room in the house that looks drab and feels uninviting due to the lack of light. Yes, getting some light into that dark room is necessary so that it looks appealing, and has just the right amount of warmth you need to feel comfortable and cozy.

Not everyone has the option of making structural changes to add bring natural light into a room. Rest assured, that you can achieve the desired effect without having to launch an expensive renovation project by adding in additional windows. You can brighten up a dark room by using a variety of techniques.

Make The Most Out of Natural Light
Start off by making the most out of the natural lighting that the room does get. You can do this by adding mirrors to the room. Yes, we know that mirrors can make a room appear bigger, but it can also reflects light all around the space. Try installing a large mirror or mirrored tiles directly across the windows in the room. The mirror will reflect the light from the window and cast it all about the room.

You can also maximize natural light by opting for sheer curtains as opposed to dark curtains and heavy drapes. Such window treatments can eat up sunlight. Sheer curtains allows the sun to stream right through the room without any barriers.

Layering Artificial Lighting
Of course, adding in artificial lighting seems like the most logical solution to brightening a dark room. While you may already have a central or overhead lighting fixture you should add additional lighting to the space. Use accent lighting such as strip LED lights in the dark corners and towards the back of the room if you’re working with a large space. Don’t forget task lighting!

Switch out dull bulbs and opt for the highest recommended wattage. Steer clear from frosted and dark lamp shades because they can engulf artificial lighting.

Evenly Distribute Visual Weight
It sounds more complicated than it actually is. Dark and heavy furniture can swallow up the lighting in a place. Therefore you want to steer towards light and airy furniture that allows you to see through to the floor. You should clear out any clutter and unnecessary furniture.

Four Subtle Ways to Emphasize a Neutral Palette

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The use of dazzling, vibrant hues in home decor has become increasingly popular, but a neutral palette will always be timeless. Neutral tones don’t have to be bland, in fact this scheme can make a statement on its own. For example, a black and white color scheme is daring, yet easy on the eyes. If you want to add dimension and interest to a neutral color scheme then it is important to incorporate accents and bold lines. What are some ways you can add depth and character to a neutral palette?

Check out the tips below.

  1. Enticing Textures

When accenting neutrals we often use bold colors. However, we can’t forget about an important element of design; texture. Yes, texture is what shapes an interior. You can use this element to create a regal look or add a playful tone. Suede and leather create an air of luxury and sophistication. Bamboo and other types of wood lend to a relaxed tone. When selecting different types of textures to use, consider the kind of mood you want to set for the space.

  1. Dazzling Lighting Scheme

In a neutral palette, lighting is everything. Illuminate your rich, neutrals tones with adequate lighting. Strategic positioning of your lighting sources is essential because you can enhance aspects of the room or worsen it, depending on where you place them. Incorporate layered lighting as well as natural lighting for an open and airy feel.

  1. Anything Glitzy

Use metallic accents to enhance a neutral tone room. Shades of gold, silver, and copper can be used to make the room pop. The options are endless. From a glossy gold vase, an elegant chandelier or timeless chairs layered with your accent accessories. You can contrast with your Metallics. However, make sure you don’t overdo it because metal can be overwhelming.

  1. Geometric Patterns

Besides texture and metallics, you can contrast with a variety of geometric patterns. We often design our interiors without giving much thought to lines, so many tend to stick with straight-lined decorations. When adding depth to a neutral palette you should use different shapes. It can be a curved back chair, an oval shaped coffee table or an oddly shaped accessory; such shapes add tremendous aesthetic value.

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Design Ideas

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Bathroom remodels can take your out-dated, over-used bathroom to the next level. Updating your bathroom can help increase the value of your home and increase interest in future buyers. Luckily, remodeling your bathroom does not need to be an overly expensive project. To help you during your redesign, we have created budget-friendly design ideas that you can begin using today! We hope you enjoy!

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Design Ideas:

Create Drama. Who could imagine that creating drama would be a good thing? In your bathroom it is the perfect way to help add character. Look for a dramatic mirror to install above your sink. If you can not find the perfect drama in a mirror, you can incorporate some bold decorations for the walls.

Do Not Be #Basic. How long have you had that same color on your bathroom walls? Updating the paint color on your bathroom walls can take your room from drab to fab. Bathrooms are the perfect room to experiment with unique, bold colors like navy blue or emerald green. The possibilities for your walls are endless; you just need to purchase a paint can!

Add Rustic Charm. Take a trip to your local antique shop to search for antique, rustic accents. You can create a rustic towel holder by finding antique door knobs and placing them on a wooden board. Screw the door knobs into the wooden board then hang the board on your walls. Voila, you have vintage piece that is unique and affordable!

Embrace The Natural Light. Make sure you take advantage of all the natural light your bathroom has to offer. Open up your curtains during the daytime and let the natural light flow through your space. Be sure to update your current light fixtures if they seem out-dated and dim.

Clean out Your Cabinets. A great way to update your bathroom is to clean it! Empty out all of your cabinets and drawers and reorganize them.

Repurpose Old Furniture. Before you get rid of that old dresser, consider adding it to your bathrooms space. With a fresh coat of paint and some new door knobs, your dresser can become a breath-taking piece of furniture.

Spice up Your Vanity. Let your vanity be a clean, representative of you. If you love to do your makeup, buy a stylish holder to store your makeup brushes. The makeup brushes can serve as a unique piece of decor that adds style and function to your space.

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Five Ways to Make a White Color Scheme Pop

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Do you love the look of pure white but hate how bland it makes your home appear? How can you get the most out of a white color scheme without feeling like you’re trapped in a minimalist compound? We’re going to show you how you can inject personality into this design so that you can create a look that’s airy and clean, yet inviting.

Bursts of Color
A great way to add personality to an all-white color scheme is to add some colorful accents to the space. Even the smallest hint of color can instantly add pizazz. Such neutral foundations make for the perfect backdrop for more bolder hues. Use a variety of colors to create a diverse palette so that a single hue doesn’t drown out the current scheme. If you enjoy switching up looks in your decor, consider using slipcovers in a saturated color for your furnishing. This allows you to alter the design according to your mood.

Pattern Materials
Accessorize an all-white palette with patterns. Go bold with uniquely designed rugs or window treatments. Can you imagine how much interest a zebra print area rug would look in your white living room? Using patterned materials in the space will tie in the color palette while adding some drama.

Wood
Although, wood is a neutral material with it’s brown and yellow undertones it breaks up the sterile look of an all-white color scheme. It allows you to keep in line with the fresh and clean theme of the room while keeping the space from feeling sterile. Aged hardwood adds even more softness to the space.

Texture
The texture is important when you’re sticking with a white color palette. Yes, texture makes a big impact on a neutral background. Use a mix of textures including rough, soft, matte and highly glossy materials. Accessories with texture reflect and contrast light differently.

Elements of Nature
Liven up a neutral color scheme with some hints of nature. A fresh vase of flowers or some other types of plants, when combined with other accessories, will add more style to the space.

Fall Garden Chores

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As the seasons begin to change, there are some essential items you will need to check off your garden chore list. If your area has already begun getting cold, you may want to consider starting these chores this weekend. The last thing you want to do is wait until the first snow falls. So grab your gardening gloves and let us get started!

Fall Garden Chores:

Clean your gardening tools. Come next spring, you surely do not want to be pulling out dirty gardening tools. Now is the perfect time to clean and store your tools for next spring. Scrub off the dirt then place them inside of a bucket with soapy, warm water. Let them sit for an hour then dry them off to prevent rusting.

Take potted plants indoors. Before you bring your potted plants inside, you want to make sure that no creepy critters come with the plant. Experts recommend flushing out the soil a couple of time with water. The flushing can be done over the course of twenty minutes. Wait a couple of minutes before beginning the next flushing cycle. Also, remember to take out any dead or faded leaves from the potted plant. Lastly, you will want to add fresh mulch to your soil’s surface.

Reorganize your shed. Things may have gotten messy or misplaced during the summer. Take some time to reorganize everything before you lock it up for the winter months.

Remove gas from equipment. You will want to drain the gasoline from your power equipment before you store them. Also, this would be an excellent time to check their filters and see if they need replaced.

Rake your leaves. As the leaves begin to fall, you will want to start raking to avoid extra work at the end of the season. Although, we do recommend waiting until the end of fall to remove the leaves from your drains. This will prevent you for having to do it twice. But definitely make sure that you do not wait until the first snow. Snow will only make things more complicated.

Decorate. While you are working in your garden, it would be a great time to start decorating. You can go to your local farmer’s market and purchase some pumpkins and squash. You can even make a fun family night out of carving pumpkins together.

Stay warm and happy fall!

Creating A Multi Functional Play Area For The Kids

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Want to give your child a fun and imaginative play area? Of course, as parents, we understand the importance of making sure the children have their playtime. In fact, according to experts, imaginative play helps children develop creativity and thinking skills that they will likely employ later on life. How can you create the perfect play area if you’re short on space?

While in a perfect world you would be able to dedicate an entire room to create a play area with all of your children’s favorite toys in the real world it just doesn’t work like that. In most homes, the main areas such as the living room or the family room have to be able to accommodate both the adults, teens and the little ones in the family. Here are some ways you can create multi functional play areas in your home.

Rework What You Have

It’s time to get creative. More than likely you probably already have the bare bones for the perfect play area. Consider using the long bare wall in your living or dining room. Yes, you can use the walls to create a large bulletin chalk board that the kids can draw and write on. If you have older children in the home you can use your handy skills to install a built in desk into the wall where homework or other tasks can be completed.

Turn Unused Space Into A Playroom

What about the attic that’s just collecting dust or the basement that no one really ever goes into? Consider turning spaces that the family doesn’t really use into a play area for the children. Remodeling such spaces don’t have to be expensive. A deep cleaning and fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference.

Define Space

If your living room or family will also double as a play area then you want to separate or define the space. Area rugs can work as a divider to separate the play area. It’s important to not let the kid’s toys clutter the living room. Make use of smart storage solution to design a space with clean lines and also functional.

Ten Struggles You Face When Redecorating

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At some point while owning a home, you have went through these ten struggles while redecorating. Redecorating your place seems like a fun, easy task, but in reality, it can be lengthy, overwhelming and down-right frustrating. Before you redecorate, you need to know these ten struggles you most likely will face!

10 Struggles You Face When Redecorating:

  1. Choosing a color scheme. We all have struggled with choosing a color scheme at one point or another in our lifetime. Picking a color scheme is difficult, because there are so many out there! If you are finding it difficult to choose, go online and gain some inspiration. See what other homeowners chose for their space and take their expertise to heart.

  2. Not going over budget. A major struggling while redecorating is sticking to your budget. There will be some tempting decisions you will have to make that will either take you over budget or keep you under your set limit. Learn when to splurge and when to take the cheaper option.

  3. Fitting everything you want into the space. This can be extremely frustrating because we tend to want everything we see, but it is important to stick to your list of essentials. Sadly, the rooms in our home cannot fit everything we may want and a big struggle you will face is saying “no.”

  4. Finding the perfect paint color. A paint color may look amazing in the paint store and sure, the paint chip may actually look pretty nice on your wall, but paint looks different on the actual wall. Before dropping large amounts of money on paint, buy sample cans to test it out on different areas of your walls. Test out the color in different lighting and corners until you are positive that you love it.

  5. Having the time. We all work and have a social life; therefore, sometimes it is hard to set aside time to redecorate your space. Try to set an hour aside each weekend to help you accomplish the project.

  6. Making it a reality. Have you ever had a vision of the perfect room but cannot seem to actually capture it? This is probably the most frustrating struggle of all, because we have this perfect vision for our space but cannot recreate it. If you are facing this struggle, look at store’s catalogs and see how they are setting up the rooms. This can help you decide on how to use the piece of furniture in your own space.

  7. Going with the flow. Things will happen while you are trying to redecorate. Paint colors will look different, furniture may have unwanted scratch marks, decor pieces will break, etc. A hard struggle to deal with is: dealing with it. You have to learn how to go with the flow during your decorating process.

  8. Choosing comfort over style. A super stylish sofa chair may look amazing sitting in the corner of your room, but is it comfortable? There may come a time where you have to decide whether you want comfort or style for your space.

  9. Personalizing the room. Are you a DIY project lover? You may have gained inspiration from a recent video you saw online and want to recreate it, but things may work out differently for you. It is a struggle all DIY-people have faced at one point in their lives. Facing the fact that they cannot do everything themselves and that is when we are thankful for online shopping.

  10. Getting things done. Sometimes, you will need other people’s help. Putting together furniture and painting walls can be exhausting for one person. Do not be afraid to ask your family or friends for help!

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Design Tips and Tricks

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Whether you are a brand new homeowner or you have lived in your current space for years, designing a home is always a fun and exciting process. The design process offers challenging decisions that you have full control over making. This is your chance to let your creativity run wild and set the tone for your space. Now, there is not a rulebook that designers follow to create the perfect space, but there are some general guidelines that you can use to get some amazing results. Here are our top five design tips and tricks for homeowners:

  1. No one likes a crowd. When designing a room, it is easy to get carried away with decor and furniture, but you want to try and make your space feels open rather than over-crowded. Avoid putting too much furniture or decor in your space at least to start off the process. If you feel you need more, you can always add more later.

  2. Center of attention. Every room will need one “wow” factor that will draw attention to it. Whether you choose a beautiful chandelier or an amazing backsplash, try to create a statement piece in every room you design.

  3. Different sizes. Your decor pieces should all vary in sizes. If you choose to do a large mirror over a side table, choose small decor pieces to sit on top of the side table. This will help balance everything.

  4. Rules of rugs. As experts in flooring, we understand the three basic rules of rugs and we are here to share these design rules with you:

    Rule 1. All of the furniture legs on the rug.
    Rule 2. All of the furniture legs off of the rug.
    Rule 3. The front feet of your furniture on the rug.

    These are the three ways of designing your rug in a room that will make it flow well. You will ideally
    choose which design rule to use by the size of the rug. For large rugs, you will want all of the furniture
    legs on the rug. For smaller rugs, you will want to have the back legs off or only the front legs on the
    rug.

  5. Perfect finish. Choose your paint color last! This tip may be confusing at first, but we will explain. We understand that you are so excited to paint your space, but always choose your room’s paint color at the end of the design process. You can pull colors from pieces in your room and you want to choose a color that ties the whole room together. Trust us, you want to finish the design process off with painting.

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Curb Appeal

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Your home’s curb appeal will be the first thing that anyone will notice about your house. The inside of your home could be breath-taking, but some people will only see the outside of your house in their lifetime. Impress your neighborhood this summer with an updated look of your front yard. Engage any driver that may pass by your home. Impress them by making them slow down their cars and say “I love that house” with these simple tips:

  1. Focus goes towards front doors.
    Front doors are one of the first features that people recognize in a house. The front door helps hold together your home’s style. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to update your front door, paint the door a bold color. Then you can incorporate the bold color throughout your plants and flowers to help tie it in with the home.

  2. Decorate for the season.
    Depending on the time of year, your front porch has a lot of decorating potential. Decorations will help add a warmth and “homeyness” to your outdoor area. Around Christmas time, hang some lights and add a dark green wreath to your front door. During fall, incorporate some potted mums, bails of hay, and pumpkins around your front porch. There are endless ideas to keep your house festive during each season.

  3. Add life to your yard.
    There is nothing more sad than driving past a house that has a great size for a front yard, but the owners are not using it to its fullest potential. Whether your yard is big or small, plants can add an exceptional amount of beauty to your outdoor space. Remember that with great plants comes great responsibility. You will have to water them, pull weeds, plant new ones, etc. Let the greenery of your house speak for itself when people look at your curb appeal.

  4. Update the little things.
    Your house numbers draw several eyes when people are looking for a particular address. Buy some numbers that stand out and are different from the standard design. You can even consider revamping your current house numbers with a fresh coat of paint.
    Invest in some solid outdoor lighting. Make sure that you have the necessary lighting around your home. Keep areas well lit for your guests and family members who may be leaving during nighttime. Motion-detecting lights help with the safety and security of your property.

The aftermath: Your front yard has never looked so good! You have impressed all your neighbors and your house is the talk of the town. Your new curb appeal has added value in other’s eyes and you achieved it at an inexpensive price.

Bringing the Indoors Outside

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We always encourage bringing the outdoors inside your home with plants and succulents, but have you ever thought about bringing the indoors outside? When you are designing your backyard and patio, try incorporating designs that translate into the style of your home’s interior. You may think: how do I do that? We have three tips for creating a continual flow from the inside of your house to the outside of your house.

Tips for Bringing The Indoors Outside:

Understand Your Style.

Before you begin designing your backyard, you need a better understanding of your home’s interior style. Take some time to evaluate your home’s design, patterns, flow and stylistic choices. What are your favorite features of the home? After you have a better understanding, you can begin to plan your exterior’s design. You want to create a continual flow from the home’s interior design to the exterior design without being obvious.

Determine Your Color Scheme.

Your exterior color scheme does not need to be the typical colors found outdoors. You can use a color that you have subtly used throughout your home as your primary color outdoors. If you are having trouble choosing a color, pick a decorative piece to put outside and build a design off of it. For example, if you have a beautiful aqua vase that you want in your exterior design, start with it and begin shaping your designs around it.

Add in Interior Pieces.

There are several features in your home’s interior that will work perfectly in your backyard’s design. Focus on adding items like:

Lighting. String lighting can create a romantic outdoor escape for you and your loved one. Try hanging them from trees in your backyard and connecting them to your house to create an intricate design.

Furniture. A lot of your indoor furniture can translate into your outdoor design. Make sure to choose furniture that can handle your area’s weather like glass or iron.

Decor. Your interior decorative pieces can be used to design your outdoors. Try pulling some items from inside your home to decorate your backyard. Always finish off with fresh flowers to add a nice fragrance.

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