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!

Peaceful Remodeling

Are you in the middle of remodeling your home? No doubt, whether your remodeling project is large or small, the process can be overwhelming. Working within a budget while trying to bring your dream to life is challenging. However, a renovation project can go smoothly by following these simple tips.

 

Plan Before the Project Begins

Before you begin any remodeling project, it’s always best to plan. To prevent delays and avoid spending unnecessary money try making product selections early on. By doing so, you’ll be aware of the associated costs and the decision-making process will go much faster.

 

Consider Long Term Costs

Keep in mind long-term maintenance costs such as potential repair expenses and energy costs. Such costs can increase rather quickly. Be sure to include these costs in your calculations and work them into your set budget.

 

A Detailed Contract

Avoid jumping into a remodeling project without a contract. The project should include all the details including the start date, completion date, the correct address and any additional details. Failing to form an airtight contract can lead to a host of trouble.

 

Keep Your Expectations Realistic

While exciting, you will experience both highs and lows during the remodeling process. Expect to experience delays, unforeseen snags and the inconvenience of living in a home that’s under renovation. When your expectations are realistic, you’ll be better able to handle drawbacks.

 

Find A Healthy Outlet

It’s easy for your life to become consumed with renovations during the remodeling. It’s important to take a step back and spend some time on other tasks. Find a healthy outlet, whether it’s the gym or the movies to go when you began to get overly stressed about the renovation process.

Interior Design

A beautifully decorated home can showcase your family’s personality and style. Additionally, you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment from knowing that you did an excellent job at creating a great space for your family. However, creating a design scheme can be difficult and require much effort. If you’re inexperienced in interior decorating, you’ll need some guidance with tackling the development and decor of your home. Here are some tips you may find useful.

 

Scope out each room of the house

The intended use largely determines the design of a room. For instance, when picking out pieces for the family room, you’ll likely seek out items that are kid friendly, easy to clean and that will create a peaceful ambiance since this is the place where your family will use for relaxation and entertainment.  To avoid creating a space that’s chaotic limit the designated uses per room.

 

Pay attention to furniture layout

There’s nothing worse than being unable to seamlessly navigate in a room because the furniture placement is off. Therefore, when decorating, you should avoid implementing floor plans that require you to walk through a gathering of furniture. Instead, evenly disperse pieces throughout the room based on its size and symmetry.

 

Utilize A Focal Point

Every room should have a focal point. In design, focal points are areas of dominance that often will grasp the viewer’s attention. Having a focal point element in a room will pull the overall design together and create a cohesive look. Create such areas of interest by using contrasting elements. Favorite focal points are pieces of dramatic artwork and unique furnishing. 

Is It Time to Ditch Your Upper Cabinets?

One room in the house where you need as much storage as you can get is the kitchen.  So when you hear about modern kitchens using minimal or even no upper cabinets, you might be left asking yourself how it would be possible to remove the ones in your home and still have room for all the things you need.  Sleek, clean lines are all good and well, but they need to be functional too.  If this kitchen arrangement appeals to you, but you’re not sure how it would work in your home, read on for more details. 

 

This look is all about decluttering the walls to give the kitchen a lighter, more open appearance.   Decide whether you are ready to commit to removing all cabinets.  If not, you can still make this trend work for you by using one wall for a few upper cabinets and shelves and leaving the rest of the walls bare.  Just removing some of these cabinets will still give your kitchen an airy feeling and with the free space left over you can put the focus on a backsplash that enhances the space.

 

Once you have decided between keeping one or two cabinets or none, turn your attention to making your lower storage work for you.  The room may not currently be equipped with enough lower cabinets to take on all the items that were in the upper cabinets, so investing in a new set can help with that.  Take stock of all your items and how often you need access them.  You may find that some of your larger appliances are not being often used and can be stored elsewhere in your home.

 

Favorite upper cabinet items such as glasses, bowls, and plates can be stored using deep, heavy-duty drawers that can support their weight.  Pots and pans can be stored using sliding pull-out shelves for easy access while cooking.  Spatulas, whisks, and other popular countertop utensils can be stored using a narrow lower cabinet installed with multiple recessed canisters.  Hanging racks can be utilized for wine glasses and coffee mugs. 

 

It may take some time to adjust to the room’s new configuration, but the resulting look will be a showstopper.  Get ahead of this trend today and be the envy of all your guests.  

Repurpose Your Kitchen Items into DIY Decor

Over time you can expect to replace certain kitchen items and have the existing ones fall into disuse.  Before you relegate those things to the trash bin, consider repurposing them into kitchen decor. Incorporating these kitchen-themed items will make a bolder and more unique statement than if you went out and purchased a mass-market item at the home goods store. By doing it yourself, you will guarantee that no one will have a decor item the same as your own.  Here are some great DIY ideas for repurposing your old kitchen items.

 

Kitchen Wall Art

The following project is an excellent way to spruce up your kitchen using custom decor.  Simply find an inexpensive frame you are okay with altering and remove the glass insert.  Paint the frame using a color that coordinates nicely with your kitchen.  Remember to lay down a protective cloth on whatever surface you are using to do your project.  Take a damp rag, wipe the frame clean and wait until it is dry.  Paint the frame and allow to dry according to the paint can directions.  Cut a piece of patterned fabric from a craft store and stretch it across the current cardboard backing included with the frame.  Secure the taut edges with duct tape. Hot glue your old utensils to the new fabric backing and wait for them to dry.  Then hang them up in your kitchen and enjoy!

 

Utensil Hooks

Take your old metal spoons and forks and turn them into hooks for hanging keys, coffee cups, and even coats.  First, find a piece of wood to mount the silverware on.  You can keep the wood in its original condition or paint it a color of your preference.  Use a pencil to mark each spot where you want the pieces to be mounted.  Gather your spoons or forks and bend them near the center of the handle.  If they are on the thicker side, boiling them will make them more pliable.  Use tongs and protective gloves to do so.  If you are hanging lightweight objects, use waterproof adhesive to secure the silverware to the wood.  For heavier objects, secure with screws.

 

Cocktail Shaker Utensil Holder

Here’s a quick repurpose for that old cocktail shaker you’re not using.  Purchase contact paper with a design that would look great in your kitchen and adhere to the outside of the container all over or in a striped pattern. That’s it!  Put your whisk, wooden spoons and ladles inside and place on your counter!