How to Get a Lot Out of a Little (Space)

Sadly, major cities offer little to no space in homes and apartments. It has become a necessity for people to quickly adjust on how to manage their small space. Over time, we accumulate more and more items which can add to the stress of finding storage in a tiny space. There is no need to fret, here is how to get a lot out a little (space):

 

1. Store high above.

There is so much storage right in front of our eyes that we may not even realize is there. When in doubt, just look up. You can install cabinets, hooks to hang your bike, place extra clothing rods, put in a pot rack, etc. 

 

2. Double the purpose.  

When there is little space available, your items will begin to serve several purposes. In recent years, products on the market have begun to institute this rule. You can buy a shelving system that turns into your dining room table. This comes in handy because during the day your items are tucked away neatly but come dinner time you have a nice dining room table. 

 

3. Sensible seating.

 Seating is extremely important when you are entertaining guests. Think about the layout of your space, it may be wise to get a small sofa and a fabric chair rather than two large sofas to take up space. 

 

4. Fold them up. 

Sellers know buyers have small spaces.  This is the reason why foldable items are available today. Depending on your space’s size, you can invest in a fold-down bed, vanity or desk. These items create an efficient amount of space in rooms while being tucked away. 

 

5. Pegboard Please. 

Pegboards are not just for garages anymore. They can add a stylish storage function for homeowners. Clip on a mail bin or hang portraits from the pegboard. They offer endless possibilities and they are unique to each homeowner. 

 

6. Deck it out. 

Your small space does not have to be boring. Decorate the walls where there is extra space. Do not rely heavily on the areas provided by the floor, walls are your friends. 

 

We hope that you can utilize these tips in any of your small spaces!  Remember, they are not exclusive to small apartments!

Creating a Mediterranean Bathroom

Choosing a new style for a bathroom is important. There are many options from which to choose, and one popular choice is Mediterranean. It originates in the countries located on the northern coast of the Mediterranean Sea such as Spain, Turkey, Italy, and France to name a few. This style is elegant and relaxing. Here are a few key features.

 

Tile is often a trademark of a Mediterranean bathroom. The tile can be the flooring, backsplash or even walls. A traditional Mediterranean tile for flooring is terracotta. Terracotta tile is made naturally, which is a plus. It is also very durable; it lasts a long time. It is important to make sure you are buying quality tile though to get the maximum benefit. Terracotta tile is also very porous which makes it easier on your feet. Since it is porous, it is important that it’s sealed properly so that it will hold up to the moisture, stains, and scratches. Terracotta tile is also not as cold as other tile options, which it makes it more comfortable to walk on barefoot.

 

Mosaics are also a key feature; they are very common to Mediterranean décor. Mosaics can be included through a beautiful backsplash, accessories, wall hangings, wall tile, or flooring. Mosaics can be created using many different colors from simple black and white to other traditionally Mediterranean colors such as blue, olive and lavender.

 

Another key feature of a Mediterranean bathroom is curves or arches in different areas such as mirrors, showers, toilet stalls, entrances, and furniture. Another area you can integrate arches and curves is light fixtures. From wall sconces to accent lights, the possibilities are great.

 

Wrought iron and ceramics are key features in a Mediterranean bathroom. You could have a wrought iron pieces on the wall, or a wrought-iron framed mirror hanging over the vanity. Ceramics can be added as accessories like soap dispensers, soap holders, toothbrush holders, and vases.

 

Finally, color is also a key to achieving a Mediterranean look. There are several options such as bright blue, which is popular in the Greek isles. Pure white is also very popular. Yellow, warm orange, and red are reminiscent of the Italian coast. A few other options are turquoise blues, lavender, and olive.

 

Tabletop Vignettes, Environmentally Friendly

Tabletop vignettes are popular for decorating tabletops and shelves. They add to the ambiance and feel of a room. They are also an excellent way to display your style and values. Here are a few decorating tips for creating a vignette as well as environmentally friendly decorating ideas.

 

There are basic decorating ideas for creating the perfect vignette. Height might not seem important, but pay attention to varying heights in your décor to get a well-balanced display. While varying the height of the objects in the vignette is important, gradually increasing the height can also accomplish this goal. This trick works well with different types of décor such as candlesticks and vases. Also, use similar objects to create a theme for your vignette, and group smaller objects together. Using a tray for the vignette is also popular.

 

 

For the environmentally conscious person, there are many nick knacks and decorating options made from recycled materials. Some examples are wool nesting bowls, woven fiber vases, fabric storage baskets, repurposed cork décor, used wine glasses or bottles, mason jars or other glass bottles or vases, sliced wood centerpieces, and reclaimed wooden picture frames,

To save money and buy used items, shop at resale or thrift stores such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

 

Natural objects like flowers or plants are great additions to a tabletop vignette. They are also many plants that add to the air quality of a home. A few examples are the Garden Mum, they are inexpensive and remove ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air. Another option is the spider plant. They thrive in bright or indirect sunlight and are easy to grow. They remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air. A Dracaena plant is another option. Those are a few options, but there are multiple types of plants that improve the air quality in a home. Some more examples are the Ficus plant, Peace Lily, Boston Fern, Aloe Vera, and Bamboo Palm. You can even use recycled wine bottles or recycled wood as planters.

 

These are a few ideas for creating an environmentally friendly vignette, but there are many more possibilities. Vignettes can match the season, holiday, or they can be designed to match the color scheme or display the trip of a lifetime. The ideas are endless.

 

 

Designing Around Architectural Features in Your Home

Creating a focal point in a room sometimes needs a bit of planning to make sure that the surrounding decor leads the eyes towards it. But what if you’ve found a beautifully crafted home with wonderful architectural features that just need to be put on display? Instead of having to create a place for your eyes to look for, you can simply concentrate on elevating the look of your home’s current characteristics.

 

Fireplaces are a common feature in many homes. Design around it to create a cozy, welcoming room whether there is a fire blazing within or not. Start with assessing whether your fireplace should be resurfaced or if it simply needs a fresh coat of varnish to bring out its vintage charm. It is going to be the room’s main feature, so you want it to be in its best condition. Point your furniture towards the hearth and stage any decorative sculptures or tall plants to its sides to enhance the area without taking any of the spotlight away from it. Televisions and other electronics would be disruptive to the design, so try to keep the room a peaceful escape by setting up a supple leather armchair with plush blanket near your fireplace to enjoy a good book. Accompany it with a floor lamp and side table for convenience.

 

Box-Beam ceilings are a visual delight and are a unique focal point for any room. Bring out the best in them by creating a color contrast between the ceiling itself and the beams to make it a real showstopper. If your ceiling consists of wooden planks, painting them a clean white while the beams remain their natural color will look striking. For conventional ceiling surfaces, try a rich, dark color and paint your beams white to lighten it up. As above, decorate below. Try to integrate the colors you use for this unique ceiling feature into the furniture. This can be through wooden side tables matching the natural beams, a plush throw matching the ceiling’s paint color or an area rug with monochromatic scheme that continues the use of the color family you started up above.

 

Entryway arches are another great example of an automatic focal point in your home that demands appreciation. A kitchen entryway can be given a rustic update through the installation of a stone border. For a clean, white look try thicker crown molding and side columns. To create a little separation from one room to the next, consider a natural wood custom door frame with functioning glass doors to keep the area open and flowy whenever you need. 

Design Ideas for Rooms with Vaulted Ceilings

Having a vaulted ceiling in your home is one of the most desirable looks out there. It instantly makes any room feel spacious and full of possibilities. Making sure that you utilize this beautiful feature in your home will ensure that you create an inviting and comfortable atmosphere for you and your guests. Here are a few ideas that will showcase your vaulted ceilings.

 

Character is something that is easily added to this architectural feature. While standard ceilings may have some crown molding added for effect, a vaulted ceiling can benefit from a slight variation in paint color from your walls, large wooden beams over planks and wider crown molding to ensure it is not dwarfed by the depth of the space.

 

Lighting is very important when dealing with a higher ceiling. Brighter bulbs are necessary to reach every space in the evening time. Recessed can lighting gives the area a smooth appearance while the center of the room can handle a large hanging chandelier for a real show-stopping look.

 

Natural light is just as important as artificial sources for vaulted ceilings as well. Installing skylights make a striking effect on the room. If this is not an option, French windows and doors all along the wall that has the best view from the home will make it seem like a vacation destination. Add an accent window on top in a complementary shape to the below windows to bring the eye upward.

 

Vaulted ceilings also give you the opportunity to create stunning built-ins that can hold books, an entertainment center or simple statuettes and antiques you may have collected over time. If there is a large open wall space that seems bare, try placing large artwork or iron pieces on the wall to make a statement. Corners can be filled with tall, indoor potted plants or a beautiful sculpture.

 

Don’t be afraid to use slightly larger furniture, tables and other assorted items to decorate the space as the ceiling will help provide proportion to the room. Windows can also benefit from taller, more grand drapery to create drama as well. You have a much-coveted home feature, do your very best to help it shine!

Creating a Reading Nook in Your Home

No matter what career takes care of the bills, we all have our own hobbies that bring us joy and fulfillment. Some people are adventure seekers; some are collectors and some just like to curl up with a good book at the end of the day. If the last description sounds like you, then you should consider creating a reading nook in your home to make your hobby as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Reading in the living room can be noisy if someone is watching the television and reading in bed can put you to sleep, so it makes perfect sense to try to create a space dedicated to doing what you love without distractions.  Read on for a few tips on how to create the perfect reading nook in your home.

 

Location

Choose the most relaxing area of your home. Loud noises and the comings and goings of your household members will not be conducive to an uninterrupted reading session.  You don’t want to be ripped out of the setting and time of the story you’re enjoying because you are in a high traffic space.  Try a corner of your master bedroom, a window seat or even and enclosed porch.

 

Seating

Think about what position is best for you while reading: sitting up straight, laying on one side, slightly leaning backward. There is no right or wrong here. Once you have pinned down the most comfortable way you want to enjoy your literature, be sure to accommodate the space with what works best for you. This could be a soft leather chair, a chaise lounge or just a simple arrangement of cushions.

 

Lighting

Natural and artificial light play and equal role in your comfort. Daytime reading is always enjoyable with natural sunlight, so staging your nook by a window would be beneficial. As the sun goes down, light placement is essential to prevent from squinting down at your pages or tablet. If you have limited floor space, try an extendable wall-mounted light.  If there is room for a side table, try a floor lamp to go with it to light up your nighttime reading and give you easy access to your material for next time.

 

Storage

If possible, keep your supply of books nearby with a bookcase or built-in shelving that won’t require you to retrieve a new selection at the other side of the house each time you are ready for something new.

 

There are so many options for creating a little getaway for your reading habit. Have fun playing around with different arrangements until you feel as cozy as possible and let your latest book sweep you off your feet!

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.