Design Tricks to Help You Embrace a Low Ceiling

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Whether you are renovating or redecorating a space with low ceilings, your design dreams may feel squashed. While ceilings are not necessarily the most important architectural detail, low ceilings are one of the first things you will notice when you enter a room. They may make you feel like you are trapped or living inside of a cage. So how can you make the most of a vertically challenged room? We are glad you asked! Here are some design tricks to help you: 

1. Opt for Low Furniture.
In a room with low ceilings, you will want to select furniture that sits low to the ground. By choosing low-sitting furnishings, there will be more space between the ceiling and your furniture which increases the sense of height in the room. For instance, an L-shaped sofa provides ample seating without crowding up the room and provides an ample amount of space above the sofa. You could even match your furniture and wall color. This look helps to have your upholstery almost melt into the design of the room.
 
2. Use Wall Lights.
Large ceiling lights can draw more attention to your low ceilings. You can counteract that effect by installing wall lights which are much more symmetrically pleasing inside of a space with such architectural features. If you do not want to hire an electrician for the job, you can opt for plug-in wall lights. Just be sure to invest in wall lights with attractive cords that have a design to them so they will not be an eyesore when plugged into the wall.
 
3. Create an Accent Wall.
One of the easiest ways you can take the attention away from your low ceilings is to create an accent wall. Highlight another area of the room using an beautifully patterned wallpaper or a bold paint color.
 
4. Embrace Your Low Ceilings.
Make a feature out of your low ceilings by painting them a bright color or tiling them with a unique pattern or material. Highlighting your low ceilings with a stunning tile or a bold color will bring them into the foreground, making the room much more appealing.
 
5. Long Drapes.
Consider installing long curtains or drapes in a low ceiling room. Position the rod above the window frame and have it be almost flushed to the ceiling. This allows the curtains to effortlessly hang from the top of the ceiling to the bottom which visually elongates the room.

We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks for embracing your low ceilings. Be sure to check back weekly for more posts and updates. 

Choosing The Right White

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Even though white wall treatments are a staple in American homes, it can be challenging finding the right shade of white. Contrary to popular belief, white is not just white. There are many noticeable variations of this color. If you enjoy the simplicity that white offers, it is important to know its many different shades. To help, we made a guide for picking the perfect shade of white for your space: 
  • Cool Stark White. Cool white walls create a serene atmosphere. You can expect to see such a stark shade of white in contemporary style spaces because it adds to the feeling of “newness” that minimalist love. Often, when using this variation of white, you can keep the theme of the room simple which means there will be very little distraction or contrast.
  • Creamy White. Creamy white almost gives off a heavenly feel. This variation is great for use in the bedroom since it promotes relaxation and peace. When using creamy white in your bedroom, try contrasting with layers of other types of white. For example, imagine cool white curtains and ivory bedding. This will add more dimensions to the room.
  • Antique White. Antique white works in traditional spaces such as the living or dining room. Unlike cool white, antique white makes the room feel like it has been lived-in while providing an air of sophistication.
  • Ivory. If you do not want a room to feel too cold, you might want to use an ivory white. White paint with ivory undertones adds a hint of warmth to the space. This variation of white compliments hardwood floors. To truly bring this look life, use halogen lighting. 
  • Gray White. Grayish white is not a variation that we see very often in homes. The gray undertones do not take away from the sophistication of the look. Instead, it serves as the perfect backdrop for more vivid hues. Colors such a purple, yellow and red work great as accent colors in a room with grayish white wall treatments. 
  • Warm White. Warm white has khaki undertones. This type of hue makes a space warm and welcoming, especially when you tie in natural materials.

Which white is your favorite choice? Let us know in the comment section. 

Picking Paint

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Take a moment and think of a place that has a really beautiful design. It is clear that the owners of the building took time to think about the paint, architecture, decorations, and furniture in this place. Now focus in on the paint. What paint colors did they choose? Why do you believe they choose those paint colors? Well, there is no need to wonder how they did it because we will teach you how to properly pick your paint colors in five easy steps:  

Step One: Design The Room. 

The last thing you want to do is paint your room before you are finishing designing it. We know that it is frustrating to have to wait to paint your space because it is a big and exciting step, but we encourage you to wait. Take time to decorate and design your entire space before you apply a single coat of paint. 

Step Two: Get Inspired. 

Since you waited to paint your room, you can take a piece from your room as inspiration. You can find even more inspiration from rooms online. Just take some time to get a feel for what you are looking for before you jump right into selecting a paint color. 

Step Three: Test It. 

Before you buy all of your paint, buy some testers to try out on a section in your room. You will want to try them out in an area that gets direct sunlight and an area that gets no sunlight to see the difference. The couple of bucks you will spend on testers is well worth it before committing to a paint color. 

Step Four: Choose a Sheen. 

There are different types of sheen available for homeowners. You can choose from flat, flat enamel, eggshell enamel, satin enamel, semi-gloss enamel, or hi-gloss enamel. If you are unsure of which would look best, do not be afraid to ask for advice from a sales representative.

Step Five: Let It Flow. 

You will want your rooms to all flow together; therefore, choose paint colors that go together with other rooms throughout your home. Make the transition easy on the eyes by making a palette that goes well together. 

Paint can really tie together an entire room and so can flooring. Have you been thinking about replacing your current flooring? We would love to help you! Come and visit one of our beautiful showrooms to see all of your flooring possibilities.   

Living Room Design Tips

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When designing your living room, it is important to maximize its practical use without compromising on style. Living rooms are one of the most commonly used areas in a home; therefore, its design and layout affect the room’s functionality and usefulness to homeowners. Do not let your living room go unnoticed, but start by redesigning with our five easy living room design tips. 

Living Room Design Tips:

Tip 1: Invest in High-Quality Materials.

Sofas and blankets on clearance may seem like a good idea at the time, but you are compromising your comfort for an inexpensive item. Always make an investment on items that you will touch or feel often because they increase your level of comfort. You can save money by purchasing inexpensive curtains because they will not be touched. 

Tip 2: Save Money on Decor.

Decorative pieces are meant to sit still and will not move around often; therefore, you can spend less money on these items. They are less likely to break because they are not being touched. 

Tip 3: Invest in Furniture.

Furniture is an essential item in living rooms and its ease of use should be a top priority for homeowners. The higher quality the item, the less likely you are to have to replace a broken hinge or door knob. If you are worried about cost, try buying items that are multipurpose. Dual-purpose furniture will eliminate the need for two items when the one piece of furniture can do both things. 

Tip 4: Do Not Go Overboard on Trends.

Trends are not meant to last a lifetime; therefore, homeowners should focus on items that will remain timeless. A trendy item may seem like a great investment, but odds are it will go out of style within the next five years. If you are set on buying trendy items, stick to a budget so that you are not losing out on money. 

Tip 5: Invest in Great Flooring.

Flooring is an extremely great investment because it can be timeless, durable and long-lasting. The flooring you choose can make a huge impact on the room’s overall design and depending on the texture, it can instantly add softness and comfort.  

We would love to help you find the perfect flooring for your living room. Stop in and visit us for more information and to view our showroom. We look forward to helping you find the perfect flooring.

Creating a Beautiful Entryway

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The entryway to your home is the first thing visitors will notice once they step forward in your house. Therefore, you want the entryway to have an astounding effect. After all, the first impression is what sets the tone. There a few different ways you can create some visual interest in your homes entryway.

Here are some great ideas for your entryway:

Use organization Items
If you have a small entryway you should make use of organizational items such as stylish bins, shoe ottomans and unique coat hooks. This a great way cut down clutter in the entryway so it doesn’t distract from the design. You can even use a small bench for your guests to sit down on while they are removing their shoes.

Adorn Your Walls
You can add some character to your front entry by adorning the walls. You can hang up a beautiful piece of artwork or make it personal by dedicating an entire wall to pictures of your family. In fact, you can turn the photos of your family into a canvas. You can also put up mirrors and tapestries on the wall space. In addition, you can hang up bulletin or whiteboards to write on.

Pay Attention to the Details
Make plans to add some elegance to your entryway. Start with the ceilings. You can install a lavish chandelier, a stunning painting or some gorgeous artwork. This will draw your visitors eyes up toward the center.

Architectural Details Count
Architectural elements have the power to appeal to your guests. Stunning architectural elements such as an iron door or an arch in the entryway can maximize your design. Just imagine, a iron door along with a lavish chandelier will give a home an Old World Home feel.

The Front Door Means Everything
Visitors will have some type of idea of what your home looks like from your front door. A vibrant red colored door with blue sidings. Use wood from your flooring and other types of natural materials. A quality wood door is durable and requires minimum cleaning.

Four Basic Questions to Ask A Potential Landscape Designer

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If you’re considering working with a landscape designer to craft the perfect landscape for your home then it is essential to find the right fit. Professional landscape designers provide a range of services. To prevent hiccups midway through the project, you’ll need to ask the right questions upfront and be thoroughly informed on the details of the services provided.

We’ve compiled a list of important questions you should ask a landscaping professional before you officially hire them.

Know What You Want
Before reaching out to potential candidates, you should know what you want. Create a wishlist of your landscaping needs. Set aside your priorities, desires, and the budget that you’re working with. Figure out what aspects of your landscaping project you can take care of yourself, and what you’ll need to hire an expert for. Having this written down on paper will give you a sense of direction, and you’ll know exactly what your needs are before you contact a professional.

What Services Do They Provide
The first question you should ask a landscape contractor is what type of services they provide or more importantly: are they experienced with the scope of work you require? Most landscape companies generally fall in the following three service categories:

Design – Some landscaping companies only specialize in the designing phase only. This typically includes analysis of the site, a detailed discussion of what the client needs, a design draft, revision based on the client feedback and finally a master plan. The final landscaping plan is handed over to a landscaping company to carry out the building process.

Design and Build – Other landscaping companies offer both design planning as described above and they’ll also create your “perfect” landscape.

Full Service – Many companies will offer full services. They carry out the design, building phase and they oversee further maintenance of your landscape.

Can I view examples of your work?
What type of garden do you want? You should request to see examples of the landscaping professional work to see if they can execute the style you’re interested in. Be sure to check the professional’s credentials.

Do you offer consultations?
Many landscape designers will offer a initial consultation. During the consultation they’ll walk with you around your garden to discuss with your landscaping needs, desires and bounce around some ideas. This is a good opportunity to determine whether the landscaper is a good fit for you.

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Bathroom Details Your Guests Can’t Ignore

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Believe it or not, bathrooms matter. As the most often neglected room in the house, it’s the little details that can determine whether the space is highly functional as well as chic. Here are some important details that your guests just won’t be able to ignore.

Detailed Cabinetry
It’s time to think beyond your basic white vanity and instead opt for something with a bit more pizazz. Invest in cabinetry that feature hardware with creative designs, a bold eye catching color or architectural overlays. Play it safe by purchasing a vanity that seamlessly blends into your bathroom decor, or go for an eclectic look by selecting something that stands out from your bathroom’s vibe.

Unique Fabric
Unlike other areas of the house, there aren’t many opportunities to incorporate fabric into your bathroom decor. So when the opportunity presents itself, jump on it. You can use fabric in the bathroom through your choice of window treatment. Using window treatments that showcase a unique or vibrant fabric will definitely take this space to the next level. If you’re determined to use more fabrics in your bathroom you can also do it with a ultra chic shower curtain.

Accent Shower Wall
There are numerous colors, designs and materials you can select from when putting together your showers tile. Venture out beyond generic black and white patterns and create a accent wall in your bathroom by putting together a shower tile that features a vibrant hue and material. You can install your accent tiles to either sides of the shower wall or have it wrap around the entire shower in a single border.

Pattern Flooring
Of course, we can’t forget about the bathroom flooring. Instead of a blank slate, invest in flooring that uses an intricate pattern or design. Choose flooring that have a nice mix of tones, colors and shapes.

New Sink
Trade your traditional sink for one that sits above the countertop. Vessel sinks are manufactured in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Top off things by installing an sculptural faucet. By giving your vanity a upgrade you’ll take your bathroom design up several notches.

Enjoy and have fun!

Four Tips for Putting Together a Home Office

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Whether you use the space to run a business, occasionally telecommute, or simply plan your family’s budget and pay bills; your home office should be more than a desk and chair. Your home office should be functional, efficient and comfortable. Aspire to create a space that inspires and encourages productivity. It doesn’t matter if you are working with a small or large space, you can implement stylish solutions so that you can design an office space that’s an extension of you and your home.

Here are some tips for putting together the perfect home office:

  1. Function Over Form

Remember that function is key. Therefore, you’ll want to design with your workflow in mind. Before you invest in furniture, think about what items you will need at your fingertips. Your storage, shelves and desk are supposed to serve you by enabling you to complete tasks, this an another factor you have to remember before purchasing furnishing. In addition, you’ll want your office furniture to be an extension of your home, not some cold cubicle. So be sure to keep in line with the theme of your home. If your home reflects more traditional design style, then you should opt for wood desk and comfy seats. If your office has the space, you can even add a love seat. Artwork and other accessories can add warmth to this space.

  1. What are your favorite colors that inspire and calm you?

Consider painting the walls or making an accent wall of your favorite color. Bright colors can liven up your home office and inspire lots of creativity. Calming hues like mint green or sea blue are refreshing and can create a serene tone for days when business gets busy.

  1. Invest in a quality chair

Since you’ll likely be spending hours planted in a chair, you invest in a chair that is going to be super comfortable. Select a chair that is padded with armrests and a headrest, and can easily move around a room if you need it to.

  1. View

Position your desk and chair so that you can look out the window and enjoy the view. If your office has no windows, you can hang up a beautiful piece of artwork for something nice to look at and to create a beautiful environment for you to be inspired and productive. Clear as much clutter and be as organized as possible as to not clutter and overwhelm your mind!

Good luck with your home office! We hope some of these tips helped!

Four Stylish Accessories Your Bedroom Should Have

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Is your bedroom starting to feel like just four walls and a bed? Wouldn’t you like to relax in a bedroom with a beautiful interior? If your bedroom is beginning to feel a bit soulless it’s time to breathe some life into the space. You can make your bedroom look stylish without breaking the bank. Here are some bedroom decorating ideas that you have to try.

  1. Tufted Headboard
    If you’re looking for a way to bring a hint of sophistication to your bedrooms decor, then consider purchasing a tufted headboard. A tufted headboard is a timeless accessory that will always look great in your bedroom. Be sure to choose one that features a soft hue such as baby blue for a soothing look. On the other hand, if you’re interested in creating a wow factor than opt for one with a bold color or pattern. You can even a tufted headboard custom wrapped for a totally unique look.

  2. Warming With Wood
    While trends come and go, natural beauty never goes out of style. Try warming your bedroom up by adding touches of wood. For instance, you can invest in wood handcrafted statement piece headboard. If you desire to totally revamp the space you can construct an all wood wall behind the bed. When working with wood in the bedroom you can get creative and work with a pattern such as a wood chevron pattern.

  3. Graphic Pillows
    Switch out those old, flat pillows and replace them with comfy and stylish graphic pillows. If you’re down for a DIY project you can take a paint brush to some plain pillows. You’ll end up with a custom look and it’s actually inexpensive.

  4. Add Stripes to the Ceiling
    While many people prefer a neutral palette in their bedroom, that doesn’t mean the space has to be boring. You can add interest to the space by painting high-style stripes on the ceiling. Creating such a design on the surface of the ceiling will draw all the attention upwards. You can make the design pop by adding a unique lighting solution such as a beautiful chandelier.

Have fun redecorating your bedroom! We hope these tips helped!

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.