The Key to a Cozy Home: Part Four

For our final installment, we are going to discuss the inner sanctum of your home: the bedrooms. These rooms are important when it comes to creating a cozy environment because their main purpose is to induce relaxation. Make sure that you strike the right balance in each sleeping area to give this exact impression. As well, ensure that this area of your living space flows naturally into the rest of your home’s cozy interior. Here’s how you do so.

 

Texture is going to play a big part here, so play around with items that can add visual weight. You may already have furniture and colors in your home that are not easily changed, so you can use heavier textures and darker colors to help even things out. This can be in the form of throw pillows, room-darkening drapes or an area rug.  If you have the freedom in the room, try to choose the best warm colors you can for the paint on your walls. They can be light and soft or deep and dramatic, but just be sure that they do not keep you wakeful just looking at them.

 

If you are blessed with beautiful hardwood floors, adding a fuzzy rug will definitely add some warmth. Place the rug beneath the bed and have it peek out of the sides so the surrounded walking space is comfortable to navigate. In rooms that are carpeted, adding a rug at the end of the bed can add a little extra visual interest without too much effort.  

 

The linens on the bed should use a high thread count and should be covered with the most appropriately fluffy comforter as the current season allows.  If you currently do not have a headboard, try installing a cushioned one on the wall. Top it off with soft pillows and a throw blanket for the occasional daytime snooze.

 

If there is any extra floor space in the room, a single upholstered chair with small side table and lamp should definitely be considered. This space to catch up on your reading or take a phone call with a long distance friend helps since these activities are much easier when you are not falling asleep in your bed.

 

We hope you enjoyed our series on creating a cozy home! Check back for new topics and home decorating tips! If you want to change the floor covering in your home to one that inspires a cozy feeling in your home, let us help.  We are happy to help you create a perfect space.

How to Make Your Home More Luxurious

Imagine the most luxurious house that you have ever been in or seen on television. Have you ever wondered what exactly makes it so luxurious? The key to making a luxurious space is actually to envision a luxury hotel. Luxurious hotels know exactly how to make guests feel relaxed and valued. You can bring these same principles home with our five tips on how to make your home more luxurious. 

 

How to Make Your Home More Luxurious

  1. One Color Scheme. To create a classy, luxurious bedroom, professional designers recommend sticking to one color in your design scheme. A great color option that is timeless and clean is white. From your curtains to your bedspread, white can instantly transform your space into a luxurious escape. 
  2. Embrace A Spa-Like Atmosphere. Master bathrooms can be the most luxurious room in your household if done right. If you are on a budget, there are several ways to create a spa-like atmosphere for a reasonable price. Some creative ways to make your master bathroom more elegant is by:
  1. Using dim lighting and lighting candles. 
  2. Incorporating spa-like artwork and paintings on the walls. 
  3. Placing rocks inside of your sink. 
  4. Adding rejuvenation candles or diffusing mood-boosting essential oils in the air.
  5. Having peppermint-scented soaps and bath products. 
  6. Playing relaxing music throughout the daytime and evening hours. 
  1. Elegant Drapery. Believe it or not, curtains can make a home more elegant. The drapery you choose for your home can instantly transform it into an oasis. All you need to do is follow a few guidelines: 
    1. Place the curtain rod a few inches above the top of the window. This will help create the illusion that the window is larger than it actually is. 
    2. Have your curtains touch the floor. This is the crucial part of making your room look more luxurious because it adds length. 
    3. Demand attention by purchasing heavy and thick curtains. 
    4. Incorporate black-out curtains in your master bedroom for the perfect finishing touch. 
  1. Sensational Lighting. Lighting is a key part of luxury. If you walk into a luxurious hotel, you will notice that it is well-lit. Your home should replicate this idea. Choose light fixtures that provide excellent lighting while providing style. Chandeliers are a great option for entry-ways and foyers. 
  2. Glamorous Florals. Nothing says luxurious and beautiful like fresh flowers. Finish your home off with some locally-grown, fresh-cut flowers. 

 

Another way to make your home a luxurious oasis is with brand new flooring! With flooring options that meet any style preference, we can help make your home the luxury masterpiece that you have always imagined. Stop in today for more information and pricing. We look forward to serving you! 


The Key to a Cozy Home: Part Three

As you make your way through your home, the lighting, seating, and furniture being made to feel less formal and more charming move on to incorporating different textures that will instantly add warmth to your space with little effort.

 

One quick and easy way to do this include adding a plush throw blanket draped over the side of a leather couch or dramatic ceiling to floor drapery with elegant pullbacks. Woven baskets filled with potpourri in your powder rooms will add an appealing aroma as well as an earthy touch. Fresh flowers in vases scattered around the home can also add some cheer. 

 

Don’t leave out your walls in all this decorating. A soft paint color would do wonders for bringing the room together, as would some amazing art. Leaving large sections of wall space empty can give a home an unfinished look, so be sure to show that area some love. Use a deeper pile for area rugs and throw some pillows down as well.

 

If your ceiling has exposed wooden beams, keep them in their natural state and fight the urge to add a coat of paint. The more natural your inside decor looks, the more relaxed it will make you feel. Enjoy the natural elements of your home, like exposed brick or natural stone tiles. Even decorating around your fireplace will soothe the senses. A natural wood mantle with seasonal decor on top would be perfect.

 

For extra coziness, try to create a nook area where you and your guests can feel free to wander off to for some alone time. This can be a window seat with cushions and pillows or banquet seating in the corner of a room with storage drawers beneath and accompanying table. Fill the cabinets with blankets, books or board games to accommodate anyone who wants to have fun alone or with others.

 

This decor revolves around creating a welcoming experience that has the ability to cater to any of you or your guests’ personalities. Enjoy the work you have put into all the little details because they are sure to make a huge impact overall.

 

Next, join us for our final installment in our Cozy Home series!

The Key to a Cozy Home: Part Two

Now that the entryway has had a cozy makeover, let’s move deeper into the home to keep the theme going. It does not matter if you have a home of distinctly separate common rooms or an open floor concept. You can add small touches to each area to make it warmer.

First, think about your lighting. If your home has a large amount of natural light, take advantage of it. There is nothing better than fresh, beautiful sunshine. For nighttime, however, the use of various levels of lighting cannot be recommended enough! Having the ability to set the mood no matter what hour you are entertaining will definitely influence you and your guests in a positive way. Harsh lighting can make things feel stale and formal. Try softer lightbulbs dimmed slightly and this will give the room a relaxed vibe. Additionally, even if they are not used often, strategically placing candles around your home will also give it some ambiance.

 

Your next priority is seating. It can be dining room chairs or comfy living room seats, just make sure you have more than enough. Guests may not all want to bunch up together in any given space right away, so providing a little extra room will feel more accommodating. Don’t be afraid to mix and match furniture as well. It will help lend a casual air to your space and put guests at ease and keep the festivities less rigid.

 

This idea can also be extended to your plates and silverware. When things are a little too perfect it can set too formal of a tone. Sprinkle different drinking glasses around the table and don’t be afraid to keep the fancy china in your hutch.

 

Use built-in shelving to make a statement in your living room or study but keep it casual by breaking up the way you fill them. Display some books, followed by some artistic pieces, and round it out with family photos and souvenirs from previous vacations. You want to bring across your life story while making your guests feel comfortable enough to walk up to your shelves and check out the highlights.

 

Join us for Part Three of our series to help you create a cozy home!

The Key to a Cozy Home: Part One

Everywhere you go you will encounter a variety of home styles, but there is something to be said for a house that has a special quality that can only be described as “homey”. It is this type of space that immediately makes you feel welcome and at home no matter where you are. You may not be able to put your finger on what makes you feel this way but you simply relax in this place.

There is a reason for this. Creating a homey space requires more than one thing. It is a collection of decoration ideas that work seamlessly together in harmony to build the comfortable environment you see when you enter these types of homes. In this blog series, we will give you some tips on how to create an intimate and cozy home space of your own.

 

Creating a sense of welcome from the moment guests arrive at your home is important and this hospitable look needs to start at your home’s entrance. If you have a front porch, try some outdoor seating like a padded bench or two rocking chairs with cushions accompanied by a small side table that invites passersby to sit and have some refreshment. Adding some hanging or potted plants is also a nice touch. Remember to have sufficient lighting for evening calls as well. A front stoop, while smaller in size, can still be decorated on each side of the entryway with seasonal items as well as a festive door hanging or elegant door knocker.

 

Once your guests step through the front door, have a place ready for them to hang up coats and deposit their shoes. An entryway storage bench with hooks and drawers is perfect.  A sturdy but beautiful rug to greet them at the entrance will feel soft underfoot once they have removed their footwear and will give them a silent signal that it is okay to relax. Again, potted plants at the entrance help bring some of that earthy feeling indoors and soften the area if it seems a little too formal. A small wooden entryway table is also great for depositing keys and other knick-knacks on the way in.

 

Join us for our next installment to continue your home’s cozy theme! 

Color Palette – Green

If you plan on use green in your home’s decor scheme, know that there are numerous possibilities. There are many different variations of this hue that when used correctly can seamlessly blend in with your home’s decor.  As mother nature’s favorite color, green can be used anywhere in the home including on the walls, in your furnishing and as an accent piece. Here are some interesting ideas for a green color palette.

 

 

Pale Green as a Wall Color

Pale green also known as mint green is a fun color to use on the walls because it instantly adds a feminine flair. You can use such a color in any room of the house but it works best in areas such as the living room and bedroom. When using mint green as a wall color you can combine with another bold color palettes such as pink and yellow. Add some pattern for some additional spice.

 

Apple Green in Kitchen

Imagine apple green in your kitchen. Such a color will give your kitchen a unique and vibrant look. You can employ this color by painting your cabinets apple green. Whether you have an open or closed cabinetry setup this color will be the focal point of your kitchen.

 

Emerald Green as an Accent

Use a rich emerald variation of green in your furnishing so that it makes a room pop. For instance, in the dining area, you can swap out traditional wood chairs for an interesting look. You can revamp your old dining chairs by spray painting them the emerald hue.

 

Striped Lime Green Tiles

Who needs coffee when bold lime green tiles in your bathroom are enough to revive you especially in the morning. Floor to ceiling lime green tiles in the bathroom that’s even extended in the showers stall gives a look to the bathroom that you’ve probably never seen before.

 

Spring Green Walls In the Bedroom

Spring green is a great hue to use on your bedroom wall. When using spring green on the walls you can leave the ceilings white. Combined with a few accents of blue and orange will add interest around the entire room.

 

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Breathe Life Into a Neutral Palette

When designing a room, many people tend to stick to the comfort and ease of neutral colors. While an all neutral palette creates a space that is easy on the eyes, warm, and sophisticated, the neutrals can begin to wash out and the end result is a bland space. How can you successfully execute a neutral color scheme? Read on to find out.

  • Use variations of the neutral hue

If you’re afraid to design with color, try using different shades of the neutral color throughout the room. Yes, you’ll want to take a monochromatic approach. Whether the dominant color is green or taupe you can apply several undertones of the color. For example, in an olive green and taupe living room, you use the darkest of the shade on the windows. So might incorporate dark green drapes, a taupe couch with a mix of chocolate and light green pillows.  For a dramatic effect, contrast your couch with your coffee table and accessories by using either the darkest or lighter variation of the specific color.

  • Contrast with textures

Utilizing just one texture in a room of neutrals is guaranteed to make the design fall flat.  If you have a microfiber or suede couch then try adding hints of leather and matte textures. Light absorbs and reflects various textures differently. Try to use a mixture of high and low-quality textures.

  • Create interest with shapes

Since we’ve removed the color element from the design, it’s time to play around with shapes to really catch the attention of your guests. You might use side tables or an ottoman that features a unique shape. Chairs and sofas with details on the arm and legs also work.

  • Play with patterns

Don’t shy away from patterns. A large-scale pattern on the upholstery that features colors from your neutral palette allows you to stick to the theme while creating some visual interest. You can also use pattern pillows and textiles. You’ll notice that many pattern pieces also had different textures. Some have a shine to them while other is matte.

  • Mix up your neutrals

Brown, white, black are some colors that are part of a neutral palette. Try mixing in other neutrals and shades of this color to create a unique look.

We hope this quick tutorial helps with your decorating! Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Creative Kitchen Ideas

Are you always looking for new and exciting ways to reorganize? Kitchens are one of the easiest rooms to reorganize. Your kitchen situation may often change depending on your buying habits and needs. Instead of sharing basic kitchen organization ideas, why not take it a step further with these creative kitchen ideas? If you are looking for fun ways to organize, you will want to stay tuned because we have five tips for you! 

 

Creative Kitchen Organization Ideas

1. Paint Your Wooden Utensils. Have you ever been digging through your utensil drawer trying to find the right spoon? If you find yourself constantly searching, you may benefit from painting the bottom of your wooden spoons. The key is to paint each utensil a different color. This way when you are making dinner, you know to grab the “dark green” wooden bottom. 

2. Switch Boxed Items to Jars. Not only will jars look more organized and sophisticated, but it can cut down on bulky items. Switch all your boxed items into glass jars for a clean, fun look. Just make sure to recycle the leftover boxes!

3. Hooks for Pans. A way to add uniqueness to your organization is to find antique hooks to hang your kitchen pots and pans. You can line the hooks on your kitchen walls and the pans can serve as decor pieces.

4. Display Your Dishes. What better way to force yourself to be organized than have all of your dishes on display? You can take the doors off of your cabinets and let the world see your dishes. For a creative twist, you can paint the inside of your cabinets fun colors. 

5. Magnetize The Spices. If you are a lover of spices, you know how difficult it is to find the right spice while cooking. With so many options burdening your drawers, you may choose the wrong one while cooking. To make sure you are always reaching for the right spice, you can magnetize the bottoms. You will just need to buy a magnetic board to attach all of the spices to and write the spice names on the jars.

 

We hope you enjoyed these easy, creative kitchen ideas. Visit our the rest of our blog page for more life ideas and flooring information! 


Choosing Your New Bathroom Sink

You have decided to remodel your bathroom and create a whole new look. Whether you are planning on selling your home or want a more updated look, a bathroom remodel can add value to your home. Bathrooms and kitchens can be two of the most valuable rooms for home buyers.

 

A lot comes along with updating your bathroom and one of the toughest decisions is choosing a new sink. Sinks can capitative your guests’ attention with their detail and structural appeal or classically tie into the rest of the bathroom.

 

Let us take a look at the different types of sinks available to homeowners: 

 

  1. Console Sinks: A console sink is a basin that sits on top of a table-like structure. The basin is held up by two to four legs and has an open space underneath it. The underneath space can be left empty or used to store a basket, trash can, etc. Most homeowners that choose this sink prefer its clean, classic look. 
  2. Countertop Sinks: These sinks are perfect for homeowners who have already set their heart on a bathroom countertop. They sit on top of the bathroom’s countertop and are usually a bowl like-shape. 
  3. Integrated Sinks: You have probably seen these sinks at fancy restaurants. These sinks add a touch of elegance and awe to your space by their flat edges that are flush with the countertop. The eyes cannot discern what is counter and what is sink with this alluring piece. Homeowners who want to make a statement should definitely consider an integrated sink. 
  4. Self-rimming Sinks: When you think of a typical bathroom sink, this is probably the sink that comes to mind. The basin is put into a pre-cut hole then leaves a little bit of sink rimming the countertop. 
  5. Under-counter Sinks: You will find these sinks mostly in kitchens, but that is not to say that they cannot be used in bathrooms. These sinks look great with stone and solid surface countertops. The basin goes deep beneath the countertop level and provides plenty of room. 
  6. Vanity Sinks: These sinks are placed on top of cabinets. Vanity sinks are an extremely popular choice for homeowners because they provide bathroom storage. 
  7. Vessel Sinks: A vessel sink is a “decorative bowl” that is placed on top your countertop. Homeowners love this artistic look for their bathrooms because of its beauty and appeal.
  8. Wall-hung Sinks: The name is literally meaning for this sink. The sink hangs from the wall and has nothing above or below it. It is a very modern, classic look for homeowners’ bathrooms. 

 

If you decide to update your bathroom flooring, you know who to call. We are happy to help you choose the perfect flooring for your update.

Creating a Play Area For the Kids

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 chalkboard 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.

 

If you have any questions about the best types of flooring to use in your playroom, we are happy to help!  We have the experience to help you find the best solution for your home.