As autumn takes over for summer, these days of perfect weather give us one last chance for outdoor entertaining. If you have one of those beautiful outdoor kitchen and patio spaces, enjoying the outdoor space is just a matter of picking up the food. Even if your space is limited along with your budget, you can create a lovely outdoor spot for company, or just for your family.
Here are a few ideas.
- Think about your space. Before you go shopping, take a look at your patio or yard. Would a picnic table be a good family choice? If your patio and household are small, maybe just a table to seat four would make more sense. For balconies, the bistro tables designed for two are a nice option. Would you like a small seating area beyond your table? Make a plan and do some measuring before you shop.
- Take advantage of end-of-season sales. As the weather turns colder, patio furniture drops in price dramatically. Now is the time to pick up some outdoor items to enjoy this fall and next year.
- Don’t limit your options to standard patio furniture. Repurpose an old wooden set painted by painting it a bright color. While this option may mean that you bring it into a shed or cover it when not in use to help it last, it’s an appealing and inexpensive alternative.
- Have fun with color. Vivid colors such blue combined with the yellow of the lemons creates an inviting dinner spot from an old painted table and some linens. Are there some bright colors you’d like to have in your life that don’t fit in your home? Maybe you can have them in your backyard.
- Include nature. Decorate the table with lemon branches and add fruit on the table remind you that you are outside. You can do the same with apples or pears in a more temperate climate. Celebrate the outdoors with plants, fruits and flowers.
Creating an outdoor space is a great way to expand your living area and add to your entertaining options. From a large gathering under the trees to a simple breakfast on your patio, take full advantage of the outdoors.
The powder room pictured here doesn’t shy away from either strong color or pattern. It creates a strong design that leaves an impression. The combination of the bold patterned wallpaper and the detailed tiles on the floor makes a statement! Powder rooms are the perfect place to be bold because of their small size and infrequent use. A room that you spend the majority of time in, such as a family room or kitchen, might feel overwhelming in such a strong pattern and color scheme.
In a powder room you can be playful with pattern and colors on the walls, counter and even the floor. Because of the small footprint, materials to decorate the room will not break the bank. Marble or expensive tile for the floor or counter will also be reasonable compared to doing a large master bathroom or kitchen. Think of powder rooms as little jewel boxes when you approach decorating them.
In this powder room, the design is very cohesive. The color palette is carried from the wallpaper onto the counter and accented with the framed mirror. Choosing an element like wallpaper as the basis of a room design is a good place to start. Other design inspiration can come from fabric or artwork for the room.
Are you curious about the top five mistakes homeowners make in their house? We have created a list of common eye-sores that may be bringing effecting your home’s value and your design. Let us take a look!
Five Eye-Sores in Your Home:
1. Messy Wires.
Before you started reading, you may have thought of tangled wires as one of the home’s biggest eye-sores. You would be right; a lot of homeowners ignore the messy bulk of unnecessary wires behind their electronics and leave them to sit out in regularly-used spaces. To help this eye-sore, we suggest using zip-ties. Secure and tidy up all of your electronic wires into a neat circle then zip-tie them. You will instantly notice that this will look more well-kept and aesthetically pleasing.
2. Out in The Open.
Do not get us wrong, we love the concept of open storage. But sometimes, homeowners do not have the time to maintain the open concept’s look. If you are frequently using you open shelving, it can almost become unmanageable. While open storage may be right for some people, the messy chaos in your home can bring down the home’s value. If you choose to use an open shelving system, you may want to consider only using decor pieces on the shelves. Day-to-day use can leave the shelves looking sloppy; therefore, the minimal amount of use can make the concept doable.
3. Patterns and Prints, Oh My.
There is such a thing as too many patterns in one space. The look can actually be quite overwhelming to the eyes. Currently, mixing patterns is a trend, but with caution. You want to limit yourself to two prints in each room. The prints must work well with each other. If you find it challenging to match prints yourself, we recommend asking the advice of a fabric store employee or a close friend.
4. Shoes on Display.
We all live in our houses; therefore, there may be signs that someone actually lives there. A common mistake that a lot of homeowners make is displaying their shoes. This is a very common eye-sore in many households so do not feel alone! Displaying your shoes, coats, and bags can distract from the room’s design. It can take away from all of the hard work you put into the look of the room. To fix this eye-sore, we recommend storing these items in a closet or a closed container.
5. Covered Counters.
Countertop displays can be a great thing, but it is easy to get carried away with decorations. To keep your house looking beautiful, be sure to store all of your items in cabinets and drawers. Allow yourself to display two to three items on your countertops. For example, a vase of flowers, a soap dispenser, and a decorative piece for your bathroom countertops. This subtle approach will instantly bring an elegant look to your home.
As always, we recommend focusing on keeping your floors cleaned and cleared. Clean floorings create for a happy and healthy lifestyle!
Designing your space can be tricky. While it is always great to get inspiration from other’s designs, creating your own design is the best way to tailor your space to you. Mimicking is the highest form of flattery, so use design themes as guidelines. However, when creating your own design, you should consider different elements. Everything plays a role in your space, from functionality to aesthetics. If you are looking to create a new design in your space, here are three rules to consider:
The Rule of Three Colors | 60:30:10
Color is a powerful element to add to any space. Whatever colors you add to your home will directly affect the mood and overall feeling of your home. While certain colors can create hard contrast and others can subtly complement one another; generally, you should not add more than three colors. Your first color will be your primary. The primary color can be used in 60% of the space. Your next color is the secondary color. This will be used in 30% of the space you are creating. While lastly, your accent color can be used to fill the remaining 10% of the room. This color rule will allow colors to pop and dynamically affect the space and the ambiance.
Types of Lighting
Lighting is also essential in a room to create a mood. There are three types of lighting to consider in each room. Your first lighting option is your general or ambient lighting. This light is whatever you choose to use to illuminate your space. The light should make basic mobility easy and cover the entirety of the space. The next style of lighting to add is your task lighting-this is for more intricate tasks like reading or preparing food. Lastly, your accent lighting-this is used to help derive interest on a focal point. It can be achieved through track lighting or recessed light fixtured.
The Power of Plants
Colors and lights are a surefire method to add life to your home. Another key factor to consider is adding plant life. Plants can freshen up the atmosphere and improve air quality. Put large plants in open areas and add smaller plants to accent a room. Plants are also an excellent way to splash more color back into the atmosphere.
With all this being said, rules are meant to be broken. If the design you envision breaks these rules, follow your heart. Your home should reflect your passions and interest. Let your design represent you. The greatest part of interior design is that nothing is wrong. Art is all perception, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Make your house feel like home by tailoring it to your desires!
You may not realize it, but your home’s powder room has made a lot of impressions over the years. From your neighbors who just stopped by for a visit to your son’s soccer friend, your bathroom has seen it all. If you are remodeling your home, do not forget to update your powder room. The powder room is one of the main places your guests will see; therefore, it is essential to make it look nice. To help you transform your space, we have some useful tips for updating your powder room. Let’s take a look!
How to Update Your Powder Room Like a Pro:
Have a Special Feature.
Whether you decide on doing an entire wall in glass tile or hanging an extravagant chandelier, we recommend having a special feature in your bathroom. Since the space is so much smaller than other rooms, you want to take advantage of every square inch. If several special features are within your budget, by all means, add as many as you can afford! You can buy luxurious appliances, a gorgeous mirror, an amazing light fixture, etc. Just make sure you stick to a budget because things can add up quickly.
Make sure you consider the main necessities before you move on from your powder room remodel. It would be a bummer to find out after your mini-remodel that the powder room has no power outlets for you to use. Make a list of things you use every day in your master bathroom and see if any of those items need to be added into your powder bathroom.
Get The Air Flowing.
Make sure your air is moving properly to avoid unwanted odors and others issues in the future. If possible, consider adding a window into the space. A window can transform a space by adding beautiful natural light while adding a breath of fresh air.
Since you do not have a lot of space to work with, you may find it useful to incorporate storage that goes up your wall. Vertical storage can work well in spaces that do not offer a lot of wiggle room. You can also buy a storage shelf that sits over your toilet for extra space or you can add some open shelves for decorative pieces. The best part about powder rooms is that they do not take a whole lot of work because they are small and simple.
Finish off your powder room with new flooring from Century Tile. At an affordable rate, we can help you find your dream floors without breaking the bank. Stop in today to learn more or visit our online showroom for our beautiful selection. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.
Open floor plans are in demand for today’s active lifestyle. It can be challenging to create the cohesive design to anchor all spaces when there are no walls. Area rugs are a perfect solution for tying everything together by establishing the purpose and function of the room. Here are some helpful tips for choosing an area rug:
• Matching Rugs – The easiest and safest technique is using matching rugs. Matching rugs are conservative, classic and almost fool proof! This choice works well when furniture settings serve the same purpose. If your style is more playful than conservative, try using matching rugs with a bold design and color.
• Mix Solid Color Rugs – If you want to be a little daring, try combining mix-matched solid color rugs. Just make sure the colors complement each other. One easy way to bring some drama in to the room is by using one rug that is a neutral tone, and a colored rug. Using solid color mix-matched rugs is a creative way to distinguish between furniture settings with different functions.
• Similar Color Palette – Try mixing two solid rugs in different colors in the same room. Make sure that you choose rugs in a similar color palette. If you want to add some punch to the design, try using a patterned rug with similar color palette to the solid rug. This will define the spaces as unique from each other, but not disconnected.
• Textured Rugs – Combining textured rugs adds a special design touch to any room. A natural jute rug is a perfect example of a neutral color palette, not to mention the many textures they offer. Raw hide rugs can be included in your design which offers various patterns, color, and they mingle well with neutral colored rugs. This technique defines spaces as unique, but not disconnected.
When shopping for area rugs, do not forget to measure everything in the room and keep your measurements with you. Make a small portfolio to include paint chips, fabric swatches and flooring samples. It never hurts to take a few pictures or a short video of the room, so you can visualize the proposed design of the room.
Don’t forget to let us know how your project turns out!