Transforming Your Space from Small to Big

If your space feels small, it can quickly hurt the overall appeal of a room.  Smaller spaces tend to feel more clutter, less comfortable, and sadly, unwelcoming.  You cannot always change the blueprint of your space; however, there are several simple tricks that can help your space feel significantly larger without breaking ground or the budget.  Incorporating these three simple tricks in your home is an easy way to enhance your space and make smaller areas appear more substantial. Let’s take a look! 

Light Colors

Applying a light color palette to your room’s theme is a simple yet effective way to help make a small room appear bigger.  Light can travel easier through the room, making the space feel brighter and more open.  Using this paint trick on your walls and ceiling is the first step, but you can take it a step further by using light colors even on the ground and for your decor pieces.  The brighter a room, the larger it will look. Finish off by adding bright lights in your room and consider if it is bright enough.  If not, you may also want to apply more lighting in the room to create the perfect balance of brightness. 

Mirrors

Another great tool to help your small space appear bigger is using mirrors.  Rooms may seem smaller because of boundaries. Using mirrors can help visually eliminate those boundaries.  Mirrors will create the illusion that the space continues while allowing light to reflect around the room, opening up the space. 

Furniture

If a room feels cluttered and small, consider replacing or removing furniture.  Low-profile couches and beds will give the illusion that your ceiling height is higher than it actually is. Using glass end tables or coffee tables can allow you to see through the room easier and leave it feeling less obtrusive.  

Open design furniture that is less bulky and more open can leave your atmosphere feeling airy. The more you add to the room, the smaller the space will appear.  A minimalist approach to smaller areas is key to having your room looking larger.

The key to making your space feel bigger is allowing the space to feel open.  Try incorporating these three tricks in your space and watch the wonders it can do on your home.  For more great tips and tricks, visit us at From The Floors Up

How to Make a Space Appear Larger (Part 2)

Ideally, we would all love to live in large and roomy space. While living in small spaces has its challenges, it does not have to be difficult. To make the most out of a small room, you will have to make a conscious effort to trick the eye. In the second part of this series, we will discuss additional strategies you can employ to expand a small space visually. Let’s take a look!

All White Everything

Everyone knows that color sets the mood of the room. It also has the power to make a room feel spacious or cramped. According to experts, white has reflective properties that make it ideal to use in small rooms. White will help make a room feel airy, calm and clean. To open up a room, paint the ceilings and walls the same shade of white. Using a bright white will allow more attention to be placed on the architect of the room and it will blur the line between the ceiling and the wall.

Lighter-hued colors such as baby blue and light green can create a similar effect; however, steer clear of dark colors that will close in small spaces.

Clear Out Clutter

Of course, when working with small spaces, the key is to maximize space; therefore, you will want to clear out clutter. Get rid of unwanted junk and items that do not belong in the space. Be sure to scale down on the furniture used in this specific room. Remember, when furnishing small spaces, it is all about proportion. You will want to select furniture that is size appropriate. Large and heavy pieces will take up too much space. If you desire to implement a large statement piece in your design scheme, opt for something that does not take up floor space such as artwork.

Keep It Simple

Be sure to keep the design simple. Busy color palettes, excessive accessories, and furniture will lend to a cluttered feeling. Scaling down your design will create a more open feel. Stick to a single color on the walls, group your knick-knacks together for a unified look and use one accent piece on the wall.  A simple yet elegant design is well served in tiny spaces.

If you missed part one of the series, be sure to check it out here. Thanks for reading!

How to Make a Small Space Appear Larger

Small spaces are cozy and full of charm; however, it may be hard to see their character when you have clutter filling your space. As a result, the cluttered space may feel cramped or even claustrophobic. By learning a few techniques, you can fully maximize your small spaces. In this article series, we will discuss how you can harness the power of light, color, and traffic to enjoy the small rooms in your home. Let’s take a look!

Mirror, Mirror

While we are used to having mirrors in our bathrooms and bedrooms, they can play a much more significant role in the home. Did you know that mirrors can be used to visually expand the space of a room? Strategic placement of mirrors can create an optical illusion that helps make a cramped space appear more spacious. Here are some easy ways you can use mirrors to open up a tiny room:

  • Double Your Narrow Kitchen – Is your kitchen feeling too narrow? Before you get cabin fever, install a long mirrored backsplash against the wall where the sink and countertop lay. This will instantly, fill out lean dimensions and make the space appear larger.
  • Free Standing Mirror If you are searching for a quick fix, you can purchase a large, free-standing mirror and prop it against one wall. This is an easy way to reposition the room to feel much more spacious. To pull this look off effectively, you can position furniture pieces so that they are reflected in the mirror.
  • Mirrored Tiles – You can use mirrored tiles in any room to expand the space. The great thing about mirrored tiles is that it provides a warmer feel than using a large mirror.

Let There Be Light(s)

If you are working to expand a tiny space visually, you should avoid relying on a single lighting source. A single lamp will simply cast light into the middle of the floor. Try installing multiple light sources around the room such as pendant lights, floor and table lamps to open up space.

Layering light sources will evenly spread the focus around the room. Make use of natural light by allowing as much natural light to penetrate the room as much as possible.

For more tiny room hacks, be sure to check out our next post in the series here. Thanks for reading!

Genius Tips for an Overly Bright Window

Most buyers will search for a home that provides a lot of natural light. Unfortunately, yours may feature a little more than typically wanted. If you feel like the light coming through your window is overpowering, we have six genius ideas to help you. Let’s take a look at six ideas for an overly bright window:

Ideas for an Overly Bright Window

1. Soften The Effect.

You may find it helpful to place curtains over the window that produces a lot of natural light. Instead of getting rid of all of the light that is produced from the window, you may want to incorporate sheer curtains. Sheer curtains will help soften the intensity caused by the sunlight while still allowing an ample amount of light to enter the space.

2. Incorporate Plants.

Greenery can help the window’s brightness feel deliberate. A few plants here and there will add some charm as well as tone down the room’s overly bright nature.

3. Begin The Day Earlier.

Bright spaces give the opportunity to start your day early. You can get a jump start on activities and begin each morning feeling refreshed.

4. Take Advantage of The Light.

You may find it a little difficult to sleep in a room with an overly bright window, but it can make for the perfect workspace. Homeowners find the brightness inspiring, and it helps them get a jump start on work.

5. Contrast It.

Homeowners also find it helpful to contrast the bright nature of the window with a darker wall color. Some may even go as far as using black on the walls to balance out the brightness. We recommend sampling some paint colors within your room before committing. You want to be sure that the colors work well during all hours.

6. Create an Indoor Garden.

If the well-lit area of your home is inside your kitchen or dining room, you can create a mini indoor garden with fresh herbs. The windowsill can be the perfect place for mini pots and containers. Just be sure to find easy-to-grow herbs that work well in sunny areas.

We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks! Be sure to check back weekly at From The Floors Up for more expert advice. Thanks for reading! 

Expert Advice on How to Install Backsplash (Part Three)

Once your tile has been installed, allow the adhesive to dry.  You may want to keep outlet covers off while grouting. Know that some sanded grout can actually remove the finishing on tiles.  You may need to invest in grout without sand for your home project.  You should also check with the manufacturer for the proper grout sealer. An appropriate sealer of grout will help prevent cracking in the grout.  It can also prevent spills from absorbing into the grout and discoloring the area.  Grout sealer is an important step to make sure your home backsplash looks perfect for years to come.

Grouting

Once your tiles are set, you can remove your tile spacers.  Put on your rubber gloves when applying sanded grout.  You may need to mix your grout depending on your purchase.  Use your bucket and add water and grout to create a homogeneous mixture.  For premade grout, you are ready to go without mixture.  Once your grout is prepared, apply the grout onto tiles.  Use your grout float at a ninety-degree angle and sweep grout into the crevasses.  Next, use a wet sponge to remove excess grout from the top of tiles.  You may need to repeat this process several times.  Make sure you do not remove grout from where you want it to be while cleaning the tiles.  Now use a dampened rag to remove the remaining grout from the tile surface. This must be done before the grout hardens, so be wise with your time.  Once your grout has set, you can apply the recommended sealer.  Using a paintbrush, apply your sealer to your grout.  Allow your sealer to dry.  Most sealers do not appear glossy when applied, so read the manufactures recommended drying time.

It is best to hire a professional for this type of installation. If you do decide to install backsplash yourself, be careful and do your research. Measure all cuts before making them and have fun.  This project can be a day-long project so prepare for it.  For more tips from the floors up, visit our blog hub here

Things You Must-Know Before Buying a Home

Congratulations on having the opportunity to purchase your first home. This is an exhilarating time in your life. You will hear a lot of advice from a lot of different people, and we want to share ours with you before you buy. Here are seven things we want you to know before you buy your first home:

1. Make a List of Wants.

Realistically, you will not be able to get a home with everything on your want list, but you will definitely want to have a list of things that are important to you. Make a list of your wants and use it while you search for a home. 

2. Set a Budget.

When searching for a home, it is essential to set a realistic budget, and you will want to stick to that budget. Try to check off your needs before you check off your wants, and you may find something that fits well into your budget.

3. Get a Trusted Real Estate Agent.

Your real estate agent will be your best friend during the house hunt. Be sure to find a trustworthy and reliable agent. Ask family and friends for their referral to find the best agent.

4. Understand Your Mortgage.

You will want to find a mortgage with reasonable rates, and you will also want to apply for pre-approval before you start. Just keep in mind that your pre-approval is not you committing but it is imperative to have in order to put down an offer.

5. Gage The Competition.

It is essential to know who you are going up against during a bid. You will want to be aware that other buyers are looking at the place and you will want to be assertive when the right house comes along.

6. Have a Professional Inspection Done.

We always recommend that buyers have a professional inspection done before purchasing their home. It can be an essential factor to the house hunt. 

7. Explore Various Options and Stay Updated.

Be sure to keep your eye out for potential buys. You will want to be constantly updated with the newest homes for sale. Ask your agent to send you listings to make sure that you make a well-informed choice at the end.

We hope you enjoyed these tips. Be sure to check back weekly for more expert advice. Thanks for reading!

Expert Advice on How to Install Backsplash (Part Two)

Having the right tools for the job will set you up for success. Like any project, your preparation is crucial before installation. Learn how to properly prep and install your tiles below to have a better understanding of the installation process:
Prep
First, you need to measure and decide how you would like to layout your backsplash. Decide if you want your tiles on a forty-five-degree angle or straight across.  Wipe down your wall with a wet sponge and remove all dust and dirt.  If there is prior adhesive, you may need to sand to get your wall to an even coat.   Remove all outlet covers as well as light switch covers.  You will want to loosen your outlets as well, so they can sit on top of your tiles you are installing.  Use your notched trowel and spread out your tile adhesive. Next, take your level to make sure your tiles are level.  You may also want to pencil in all the spots you are tiling, so your adhesive is not spread in access areas.  Spread your adhesive in the regions that you can tackle in thirty-minute increments. Do not put adhesive over the whole wall immediately. Some wall tiles will come with built-in spacers, but if not, make sure to have your spacers ready.
Installing Tiles
By now, you should know how you want your design to look.  If you are doing a brick layout or a herringbone, measure your tiles and make your cuts using a tile cutter.  Start from the bottom up and use your spacers to keep the tiles even and from sliding.  You can now use your grout float as well to press the tiles and make sure that they are evenly spaced from the wall.  For your outlets or cuts that may need an “L” cut, use a pencil or washable marker and draw out your cuts.  Take your tiles to your wet saw and make the appropriate cuts.  Whenever making any cuts, remember to put on your safety glasses and be extremely careful.  The wet saw is not forgiving and can severely hurt you.  Remember, loose particles can also fly into your eyes even without power tools when cutting.  Continue installing your tiles and making cuts as needed.  Build the pattern of your tiles as you go and do not try to jump ahead.  Use your rag or sponge to remove any access glue that may have come through the grout lines.  Allow tiles to set depending on the time length your tile adhesive suggests.
Cut your tiles slowly and carefully. Try to be meticulous on your cuts and sand and rough edges. The time you invest in the project can show in the end-product. Check out Expert Advice on How to Install Backsplash | Part 3 to find out the final stage of grouting your tiles.

Investments That Will Save You $ Over Time Part II

Now that you understand the importance of investing in your home’s windows, Investments that Will Save You Over Time Pt I, it is time to understand the value of investing in your floors. About a decade ago, the flooring industry was 80 percent carpet and 20 percent hard surface flooring. Today the industry has changed, and hard surface outweighs the amount of carpet being installed. Carpet is not a bad option by any means, but hard surfaces like hardwood and luxury vinyl planking have a longer lifespan in most cases.
Hardwood flooring is a great addition for any home. Hardwood flooring will increase your home’s resale value while adding a timeless appeal to any room. This is a great long-term investment because it can be sanded and refinished time and time again. There is no surprise why hardwood floor has been popular for so long. Whether engineered or solid, both have benefits that will help improve your floors overall quality.
Luxury vinyl planking has become the hottest selling floor today. With so many realistic wood-like patterns and tile replicas, it is no wonder why a more durable floor has progressed so successfully. Vinyl planking is easy to install and highly durable. Most LVP’s on the market today are also waterproof which makes them great solutions for bathrooms and laundry rooms. Because these floors are scratch-resilient, they are long-term investments that can stay around for the life of your home.
Remember that your home is an investment and should be respected as one. When you are upgrading your home, consider what the correct way to do something not necessarily the easiest or cheapest route is. You should understand that some investments may be more up front, but a truly good investment will help save you money in the long run as well as be long lasting and more durable. Flooring and windows are usually two more costly investment to do to your home but will help with the overall aesthetic, atmosphere, and resell of your home.

Investments That Will Save You $ Over Time Part I

Sometimes, large investments can be overwhelming. Understanding the quality of your investment is essential to help save you money in the long run. You need to decide how long you will be in your home and what are your ultimate goals. There are several home investments that you should highly consider for long-term benefits. Windows and flooring are both purchases that can last a long time and should be treated as such. With these more substantial investments, you should consider quality over quantity and what will help save you money in the end. If you buy a floor covering that will not last more than a couple years, you will spend more to replace it. Likewise, quality windows help insulate your home and can save you energy. We will break down all the benefits of these home improvements in Investments that Will Save You Over Time Part I and II.
 
Windows are one of the most significant energy-saving investment you can do to your home. When it comes to replacing your windows, the initial cost can seem intimidating, but after discovering how much you could save in energy-efficiency, you may realize it is worth the price. With old single-pane windows, nearly thirty percent of your home’s heat is expelled outdoors. With energy-efficient windows, you will be able to keep your heat inside and prevent it from escaping, thus allowing you to maintain the temperature at a much lower cost.
Also, if your home has old windows and you replace them with quality new ones, you will increase your home value. New windows are a significant investment to help your house with resale. It not only is noticeable from the inside, but it will increase your home’s curb appeal which is your home’s first impression on the market. If you do not plan on selling your home anytime soon, you have the comfort of knowing that new windows will help you out as well. This worthy home improvement will increase the amount of light emitted into your home and help reduce condensation and humidity.
Consider the money you will save annually after replacing your home’s windows. Lowering your homes energy cost is a great way to save money over time. Check out Part II to get a better understanding of the importance of upgrading your floors.

Brilliant Storage Ideas for Your Mudroom

Mudrooms and foyers can be useful and practical areas for extra storage. If you are looking to include one in your home, we have seven genius ideas for you. Let’s take a look! 

Genius Mudroom Storage Ideas:

1. Get Hooked.

Make sure you install hooks rather than rods or bars with hangers. Hooks are a stylish way to organize your belongings, and they take up less space. Plus, it is far easier to throw your coat on a hook rather than a hanger.

2. The Coveted Cubby.

The cubby system has been a long-time favorite for mudroom organization. Cubbies help to contain unsightly messes and store items neatly in containers. Plus, you can incorporate a cubby system underneath a bench to create more of a hidden storage look.

3. The Key to Success.

Do you have a specific place to put your keys when you get home? If not, you will want to invest in a key hook for you and your loved ones. It will also help you get out of the door in the morning rather than searching for your misplaced keychain.

4. Have a Seat.

It is vital to include a seating area in a mudroom or foyer to give people a place to put on their shoes. Like we mentioned before, you can incorporate a chic bench, or you can even add a stylish chair in the corner of the room.

5. Conversion.

If you have an extra dresser or piece of furniture that you are not using, you should consider converting it into a mudroom storage piece. With dressers, you can repurpose them into a fully-functioning organizational masterpiece. You can even transform your hallway coat closet into a personalized mudroom. With a fitted bench, a couple of hooks, and lower cubbies, you can instantly make your coat closet more valuable.

6. You Have Mail.

Along with having a place to store your keys, you want to make sure that you have a place for mail. Installing a mail bin on one of your walls can be accessible and useful for your home’s organization. 

7. Rightfully Yours.

If you live with children, you may find it purposeful to assign names to each bin or basket. This will help reduce disagreements and give everyone a place of their own to store their belongings.

How do you keep your foyer neat and organized? We would love to hear below in the comment section!