Adding Warmth to Any Room

Every home has its own unique style and every room is a new opportunity to convey the personality of its residents through the choice of fabrics, colors and furniture. While some designs give a natural sense of warmth to a room, it may not be so obvious in others. This can be easily remedied by mixing different textures and placing focus on certain items to bring the space up to speed and give it that welcoming feeling you are looking for.

 

Color is one of the best ways to add warmth to a room. If your walls have cooler tones like blues and greens, try using warmer colors for your accent pieces like pillows, flower vases or lamps. Warm browns, reds and yellows will instantly inject vitality and comfort to the room without having to make huge changes in decor.

 

Texture is another great way to add depth to the room’s look and warm it up at the same time. A chunky knit throw hanging over the side of a leather couch, a natural wood sculpture in the corner of the room and antique gilded mirror hanging on the wall are all quick fixes if your current setup isn’t feeling so cozy.

 

Don’t forget about your lighting! Natural light is always best. Make sure it can find its way through the room by tying back your curtains during the day. Use mirrors and glass to assist the light in reaching as much surface area as possible. Changing your bulbs out for ones that emit a soft yellow glow will also instantly make you feel more relaxed and comfortable. Controlling the amount of light you need through a dimmer will help you control the mood of the room depending on the time of day.

 

Finally, try implementing some natural elements into the space through potted plants, a wooden mantelpiece or a hand-woven basket for holding reading materials next to your favorite chair. Pay attention to your floor choice.  Many natural materials are available.  Incorporating materials from nature not only relaxes you but it’s earthy qualities give you a sense of being grounded that in turn makes you feel quite at home in your surroundings. 

The Master Bedroom: Creating Your Own Relaxing Refuge

The master bedroom is your personal sanctuary.  It’s the place where you can shake off the stresses of the day and unwind in whatever way you see fit. So, it makes a lot of sense for this area of your home to be more customized than rooms that are commonly shared with the rest of your family and visiting guests.  To make sure that your bedroom design is serving your needs in the best way possible, read on for some tips to make sure it’s potential is maximized.

 

Color

The color scheme of the room is the first thing that will create a sense of calm upon entering. Be sure to choose a relaxing neutral or cool color for your most dominant hue.  Warm colors such as red and orange represent activity and wakefulness—not exactly what you’re looking for in a room you want to catch some quality sleep in.  Instead try a cool gray or blue on the walls since this space will account for most of the surface area in the room.  If you enjoy bright colors, you can still inject them into the design through accents such as pillows, artwork or the base of a nightstand lamp.  But again, this room is all about alleviating the burdens of the day, so be gentle with your color choices.

 

Lighting

The right lighting is essential for resting your eyes after a long day.  Be sure to install light bulbs that emit warm white light, which will be softer on the eyes and better transition them for lights out later in the evening.  When the lights are on, however, using a dimmer switch is recommended.  This way you will be able to customize the brightness of the room to coincide with your activities. Reading a book will require bright light while catching up on your favorite TV show with a glass of wine handy will not.  The more options you have, the more customized the space feels.

 

Organization

Place the items in your bedroom that bring you satisfaction.  If that is a large screen television or a leather armchair and floor lamp for reading, then so be it. This space is all about what makes you happy and helps you feel good at the end of the day.  Only allow items that bring you joy into the room. The flip side of this idea is to keep what you have in the room organized. Once you have all the things you need, do not clutter up the space with unnecessary extras.  It is worth it at the end of the day to enter your personal sanctuary and have it clean and ready to receive you. 

Color in Design

One of the most effective elements in interior design is color.  It is one of the first things a viewer notices when entering a room and different colors evoke different emotions in each space.  While it is the simplest way to recognize a design, it is also a more complicated process than people think.  A room’s function, dimensions, furnishings and lighting all must be examined to pull a color scheme together.  Once you learn the basics of how color influences design, it will help you combine theory with solutions that will reflect your personality and style.

 

Using a color wheel will better help you understand how certain combinations work well together.  Complementary colors are colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel.  These colors accentuate one another for a bolder statement.  Examples of complementary colors are red and green, violet and yellow, orange and blue.  These combinations will automatically draw the eye and add energy to a room. 

 

Be sure to maintain balance in your palette to prevent the space from becoming too overwhelming.  Analogous colors are any three colors to the left or right of the one that you are concentrated on.  Their similarity gives them a natural look when used together and is pleasing to the eye when implemented in a design.  An example of an analogous set of colors is blue, blue-green, green, yellow-green.

 

A good way to spread the color throughout a space is to choose one to be the dominate color and use the remaining three for support.  With analogous color schemes, it is a good idea to incorporate some neutral pieces as well to prevent the space from having too many similar colors taking over the room.  A monochromatic color scheme is also another way to keep a room’s palette simple.  This method uses a single hue and expands on that same color through lightening and darkening with white, gray and black to create tints, shades and tones. To prevent the same color from becoming too plain, use texture and patterns to liven the space up. 

 

Trends in Decor

You consider yourself to be pretty stylish, but in your own way. Keeping up the current decorating trends has been a lot of work for you in the past. Decorating should be about adding your personality to a space and you get that. But you want to make a change, you are tired of your current decor and want a new look. Where do you start? Here are some trendy decorating tips for any style: 

 

Add life to the space with greenery 

Plants are amazing decor pieces for several reasons. Number one, they provide an easy way to add a pop of color to any space. Number two, plants hold a lot of natural beauty and that never goes out of style.


Incorporate lighting that makes a statement 

Lighting comes in all shapes and sizes nowadays. The current lighting obsession is “Edison Light Bulbs.” These energy-efficient lights add a classic touch to any room while creating warmth from their hue. 


Black is the new black

Let us face it, black will always be in style. No matter what trends seem to pop up, black always remains relevant. Adding black to a room’s decor will make the pieces timeless. Black is a pretty safe bet when you are decorating your house. 


Make storage stylish

Storing items is a necessity for any home. Baskets are a stylish alternative to just storing items in basic bins. Baskets are a great piece of decor that can be left out without taking away from the style of the room. 

Think about the item’s amount of storage when you go to buy new furniture. When purchasing a coffee table, make sure you can utilize the drawers. 


Warm up with a cozy rug

Rugs are great for small and large spaces. They can add to the overall design of the room while adding comfort to your feet. 


Update old furniture pieces 

Reconsider getting rid of some of your furniture pieces and think of ways you could redesign them. Redesigning furniture can include changing its paint color, adding different legs, switching the knobs, etc. Redesigning your current pieces helps save money and puts your personal spin on the piece of furniture. 


When in doubt, keep it simple

Simplicity is always in style. When searching for new decor, think about how long it will be trendy. Neutral tones are more likely to remain stylish than certain bold colors. 

 

Remember to let your own personal style drive your decorating decisions. There is nothing more trendy than your personal take on style. Focus your energy on creating a room that captivates your take on various trends.

Learning the Basics of Interior Design Part 2

In part two of Learning the Basics of Interior Design we’ll function on how you can add style in your decor selections. During the decoration process you should look through magazines and websites like Pinterest to gain inspiration. Pulling inspiration from other sources will provide you with ideas on how you can design your home.

 

Create A Focal Point

Each room should have a focal point or an area of interest. Some rooms have natural areas of interest. This can be a fireplace or big floor to ceilings windows. If the room doesn’t have a natural focal point than you can create such an area by implementing decorative elements such as a bold rug or a dynamic art piece.

 

Set Out A Lighting Scheme

These days lighting is everything in a design scheme. Your lighting sources should be selected based on the functions of each room. Does the room require direct or indirect lighting? This is determined based on the intended function for the room. Does the lighting source need to simply brighten the room for reading purposes or will this be the family room where you’ll watch television?

 

Selecting Color Hues

Here comes the fun part; playing with colors. Remember, the colors used in a room should reflect the theme of the space. Design professionals suggest that you limit a room to three colors. The first color should be the dominant hues that can be found on the walls and carpet. The secondary color can be noticed in the fabrics and accessories you implement. Finally, the third color is using sparingly just to slightly maximize visual interest.

 

Furniture Selection

Of course, your furnishing is an important element in the design scheme. Furnishing should not only complement the theme but it should be functional. Some furniture pieces may add function but the style and color throws off the entire design of the room. In this event, you can use slipcovers, paint and other accessories to mask the differences.

 

Are you ready to tackle the design process? Remember to be daring and make sure that your home’s design reflects you.

Learning the Basics of Interior Design Part 1

Perhaps, the most exciting part of having your own place is having the opportunity to add your own sense of style and functionality through design. A home that is well decorated sets a mood that reflects the individual’s dwelling in it.  While the design process sounds fun it’s a challenging task that requires preparation. To achieve the best results, you’ll need some guidance. This mini guide will help you kick off your design process by teaching you the basics of interior design.

 

Figure Out the Use of Each Room

Before you start picking out paint colors and curtains you first must determine what each room will be used for. Yes, a room’s design is heavily influenced by its intended use. You can create confusion in your design when you assign multiple tasks to one room.

 

Plan for Space

Space is an important principle of design and you should take it into consideration when determining the layout of your furniture and decorative pieces. Your floor plans should allow you and your guests to be able to easily walk through the room. Avoid space plans that requires you to walk through a community of furniture. Instead, create balance and proportion by evenly distributing furniture throughout the room.

 

Set the Mood

  • What will be the mood or feeling of each room? Yes, the mood is set through colors, patterns and the style of furniture that you select. When establishing a mood, you first must select a theme. Figuring out what the theme of a room will be can be tough. You can start off by getting an inspiration piece. An inspiration piece can be a picture or something as simple as a decorative pillow. A pillow with floral prints can inspire a floral print theme living room consisting of hardwood floors, a floral area rug and black sofa to emphasize the floral design.

Primary Kitchen Styles

With all the activity going on in the kitchen it’s important to choose a style that works best for your daily needs while fulfilling all your aesthetic requirements.  When it comes to design categories, there are four primary styles from which countless others stem.  When you educate yourself on the basics, you can branch out with some great ideas that customize the kitchen to your particular tastes.

 

Traditional

This style is one of the most popularly used for its universal appeal with homebuyers.  Traditional style provides comfort with a light touch of formality through its use of classic materials and colors.  Timelessly appealing flooring like hardwood and ceramic tiles are widely used while countertops have a glossy look and detailed edges.  Crown molding is a well-known feature, and recessed cabinetry makes an elegant statement.  Traditional is a style that doesn’t get too trendy, so it tends to outlast other designs.

 

Transitional

This style of kitchen is a hybrid between traditional and contemporary.  Transitional style kitchens combine old elements with new to create a comfortable look you can customize to your many different tastes.  Transitional design is an excellent choice for homeowners whose preferences don’t always coincide with one style.  A good example making this style work for you is having a traditional countertop with contemporary pendant lights above it.  Neutral colors are usually the most used, but this technique also allows for a little bit of design flair here and there throughout the space to keep it from coming across as too plain.

 

Contemporary

The day’s trends are influential in a contemporary look.  Stainless steel appliances with quartz or granite countertops are popular materials for prospective homebuyers.  Attractive features such as exposed shelving areas are mixed with cabinetry.  The traditional eat-in table is replaced with stools set around an island or raised countertop.  Choosing a contemporary theme will make for a stylish kitchen with a clean look.

 

Modern

A modern style kitchen is very sophisticated in appearance and gives a minimalist vibe to the room.  Functionality is a top priority when it comes to this kitchen style.  Sleek cabinets provide ample storage to keep surfaces from becoming too busy looking.  Appliances and countertops have a more modern appearance, and cabinet hardware is kept straightforward and clean in style.  This choice in design is more futuristic and utilitarian and works well for those who do not like kitchen clutter.

Your Lovely Home Part 3

In the second part of our series, we discussed reworking your daily cleaning routine and dedicating an extra 15 minutes a day to organizing your home.  We also talked about how purchasing supplies to give each item a designated area will help you keep them maintained once the process is complete.  In the final part of our series we will be discussing making your living space work for you, keeping surface areas clean and being open to making adjustments to the process as you go along.

 

Consider Rearranging Space

 

While you may have gotten started on organizing each room of your home and purchasing supplies that will help keep things clean, look at the configuration of each space. Having the room arranged in a way that is not conducive to cleanliness can contribute to the problem.  Are there items that are hard to reach or difficult to put away? Simply moving some things around so there is a direct line to where they need to be can give you the motivation to see a task through. If it feels like you have to walk through a maze to return an item to its spot, then it’s time to create a path.

 

Simplify Your Surface Areas

 

While you are making sure that the floors, walls and storage areas are clean, do not forget your open surface spots.  Counters, dressers, and TV stands are all good examples of places in your house that may end up with a bunch of random items on top of them.  Keep these areas as free from clutter as you can.  Cleared areas are easier to wipe down during the day.  Having to remove the items, dust them off, clean the surface area and then return them to their spot can be a deterrent from cleaning due to the time involved. 

 

Remain Open to Change

 

As your routine evolves each day, keep note of what is working and what’s not.  Always be open to making little tweaks here and there to make your organization project work for you.  Every plan is not one size fits all, so try out these methods and customize them as you go along. You may find that you have more time for organizing if you space your household chores correctly.  More time will help you reach your goals more quickly.  Also allow yourself time to take a break if you are having an overwhelming day.  You need to be your best, and the tasks will still be there tomorrow.

 

We hope you enjoyed our series on home organization. Check back with us for more ideas on how to make your living space work for you!

Your Lovely Home Part 2

In Part One of our series we talked about how to get started on your organization journey by deciding to accomplish your goals gradually. We also discussed preparing a to-do list ahead of time and incorporating daily walkthroughs to prevent further clutter. Now it’s time to tackle that list, and we’re here to help you get started. 

 

Rework Your Cleaning Routine

 

To make this work, you need to be able to fit your new to-do list in with your current cleaning duties.  An extra 15 minutes of commitment each day will help you reach your goals.  This 15 minute period is also a good time to decide which tasks are daily tasks and which ones can wait a little longer.  Not only are you organizing in a gradual way, but you also have to spread your responsibilities evenly, so you have the best chance of success.  While the kitchen should stay on your day to day list for hygienic reasons, you may find that you can skip a day or two of laundry.  Changing things up will help you find the time to keep your home maintained once the organizational process is complete.

 

Tackle One Area Each Day

 

Once you complete your routine tasks, pull out your list and stick to one location.  You have a short block of time to work with, and you do not want to spend it running around all over the house.  At the same time, decide if any items have outlived their usefulness and can be discarded. Check for expired products in the bathroom, paperwork in the home office that can be shredded or old clothing in your closet that can be donated. Taking the time to remove these items will save you space when you tidy that particular area up. Once 15 minutes has passed, move on with your day.  Keep in mind that each task may take more than 15 minutes to complete but maintaining this limit will conserve your energy in the long run.  Don’t worry, in time you will start to see some significant changes.

 

Consider Purchasing Organizational Supplies

 

While you work each day on organizing a different section of your home, think about its functionality.  Sometimes just purchasing organizational supplies will make it easier for you to keep things clean.  Organization could be as simple as using plastic containers and a label maker so that items have a designated space and can be easily retrieved.  Installing wooden shelves can help display items that may have been taking up space in a box on the floor.  If pictures are lying around, find a frame for them and hang them up.  Give each item purpose and make it work for you.

 

For more tips on how to organize your home, please read on in Part Three of our series!

Your Lovely Home

Have you ever looked around your home and tried to remember the last time it was as clean as you wanted it to be? Life gets busy, and things go to the wayside.  With family obligations, meals to prepare, children to keep track of and animals to care for, keeping your house immaculate can seem impossible. While you can’t always achieve perfection, try adjusting your expectations to being the best you can be to make life easier and more organized.

 

Time & Dedication

 

One thing is sure in this process: it is not a quick fix. The way to get your household operating at your desired standards is to give it time and make a commitment to see it through.  Trying to change everything at once is a simple way to set yourself up for failure.  Make small changes each week that will steadily improve your daily life without overwhelming you every day. 

 

Make a List & Delegate Responsibilities

 

A good way to get started it to make a list of the goals you want to achieve when everything’s said and done. Having a clear picture of your expectations will help prepare you for how long each task will take and what kind of support you will require to complete the job. Make a list for each room and include all the things that are important to you for keeping the area clean.  Once you have completed a thorough list, your next priority is to see what items you can delegate to the other people in your household, be it your spouse, children or other live-in family members.  Everyone contributes to the messes that happen in your home so they can also contribute to cleaning them up as well.

 

Incorporate Daily Walkthroughs

 

Once you have determined each person’s responsibility, you can start taking steps towards making your home beautiful again.  Make an effort each day to do a walkthrough of your home for misplaced items.  Using a spare hamper or box, walk through each room and place the wayward items inside. Make sure they are returned to their rightful place, not just inside the room they are supposed to be in.  The key to starting this whole process is to not add to the current mess you are trying to clean. By doing just one walkthrough a day, you can stay on top of any additional messes that can pile up while you are trying to get your home organized.

 

For more tips on how to organize your home, please read on in Part Two of our series!