Seven Stylish Ceiling Ideas

Are you looking for a fun and unique way to add interest to your space? By painting your ceiling, you can help create an accent piece without breaking the bank. For seven brilliant ceiling style ideas, be sure to keep on reading.

Seven Ceiling Style Ideas:

1. Matchy, Matchy.

If the space that you are working with has wallpaper, you can pull a color from the wallpaper’s pattern and use it on your ceiling. This will help to create clean visuals and consistent design.

2. The Illusion.

With smaller spaces, you can use a darker shade on the ceiling and pair it with a lighter shade on the walls. It will give the illusion of taller ceilings and help to make your small space feel more open.

3. Pop of Color.

With neutral color walls, you can make a bold impact with a pop of color. From hot pink to navy blue, you can incorporate beautiful tones without overwhelming the room. This subtle hint of color will add interest without demanding too much attention.

4. Coastal Comfort.

If you are dreaming of the beach, you can add coastal vibes with the right paint color. Soft blues and off-whites can help create a dreamy oasis right in your own home.

5. Glossy Effect.

A glossy ceiling can help add glamour and luxury back into your space. It can create a charming oasis when pairing with off-whites and softer hues.

6. Beaming Glory.

If you are blessed to have ceiling beams in your home, you can create an interesting statement by using contrasting colors. We recommend painting the beams in a color like white or black then complementing it with a bold color. 

7. Midnight Skies.

To create a bedroom worthy of sleep, you can paint your ceilings black. They will help to create a night-life setting while guiding you to sleep each night.

We hope you enjoyed these seven ceiling style ideas! Which style was your favorite of the seven? We would love to hear your feedback in the comment section. Thanks for reading and be sure to check out our other blog posts 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!

Five Fabulous Ways to Use Laminate on Your Walls

Homeowners are raving about the wonders of laminate. Not only does laminate work well on your floors, but you can also install it on your walls! With the broadest selection of colors and textures available to consumers, you can create a stylish space on a budget. Let’s take a look at five ways homeowners are using laminate on their walls:

Five Fabulous Ways to Use Laminate on Your Walls:

1. Featured as an Accent Wall.

Laminate can help make a statement in your space by using it to frame your room. It can work exceptionally well in bedrooms that do not feature a headboard. When selecting your laminate, if you already have hardwood floors in the space, you want to choose a laminate in a contrasting/complementary color. You want the wall to stand out as well as accent the space.

2. Displayed inside of Built-In’s/Shelving/Insets.

Installing laminate inside of your home’s built-in’s, shelving, or insets is a unique approach to this classic storage option. The laminate helps to draw attention to the cut-out and frame it as a visually appealing piece. For even more creativity, design experts recommend switching back and forth between vertical and horizontal installment in each different cut-out. 

3. Placed above Your Fireplace.

By lining the top of your fireplace with laminate, you can help elevate your room and make the room look larger. This is an inexpensive way to create a larger space on a budget.

        • Pro-Tip: If you decide to hang your television on top of the laminate, experts recommend adding a sheet of plywood underneath for support with weight-bearing screws. This will help ensure your television is secure and ready for watching. 

4. Installed as a Kitchen Backsplash.

If you are looking for a budget-friendly and rustic backsplash for your kitchen, laminate is the perfect choice for you! It can help add character to your kitchen with its charming wooden look. This design works well in kitchens that have painted cabinetry or open shelving because wood (backsplash) on wood (cabinets) can feel a bit intense.

5. Designed into Bathroom.

Laminate can be an affordable, durable option for homeowners looking to dress up their bathroom walls. It helps to give the bathroom a cozy, cabin feel and creates a breath-taking finished product.

We hope that you feel inspired by all the different possibilities. For more user-friendly tips and tricks, please visit us at From The Floors Up

Weekly Design Topic: Brutalism

When you hear of the style Brutalism, you probably initially think of the word “brutal;” however, the word originated from the French word “beton brut,” meaning raw concrete. Over seventy years ago, an architectural design of raw, bulky concrete structures arose in the European design market.  These massive buildings had an aggressive approach to modern and contemporary styles yet grounded by their simplicity of concrete-only structures. 

The modular concrete structures became a movement which focuses more on functionally and economically friendly builds.  As the structures strayed from abstract and focused more on amplifying the current environment, the interiors became very reflective of their location.  

This interior design style is sometimes associated with styles like Industrialism and Urbanism designs because its focus on the raw constructs of the room being exposed and the style of the outward atmosphere being reflected indoors.  Here are some tips on making this unique design come to fruition in your home today: 

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

With the most unique and robust styles, Brutalism has many mixed reactions with designers.  The raw style approach can be interpreted as a strength just as quickly as some would classify it as a weakness. Glass structured buildings started becoming the norm in cities yet usually were quickly associated with wealth and sometimes arrogance in structure.  

So, Brutalism’s approach was to take the overly ornamented and make a more unpretentious, modest look by staying faithful to raw, rugged material.  This architectural philosophy then quickly poured into the realm of developing the style of interior design Brutalism.  Functionality and simplicity are the key components to this design so prepare for a minimalist approach. This raw style will focus on a more eschewed portrayal of neutral tones.

Dystopian Décor

Certain design styles have made their trademark into distinct Hollywood movie genres. When you think of a Fantasy film, it is usually associated with a Whimsical Design Style, whereas Horror films have the recognized Gothic Styled Design used throughout them. Well, Brutalism has made its trademark in many Dystopian Styled films. Think of films that have a “post-apocalyptic” feel.  Using elements in your design and decor that feel distressed, worn, torn, brushed, and even unfinished strengthen this look.  Handmade or “scrap-like” decor pieces are excellent to enhance this style.

Furnishing

How you furnish your space in brutalism should be simple and functional.  Raw woods and concrete are ideal for capturing this design style.  Adding to this industrial design with jagged mechanical scrapped furniture and asymmetrical rough exposed metals are fantastic additions to help capitate the style of Brutalism.  Furnishing the area with concrete end tables and steel wall sconces are one of many ways designers use raw materials in this design feel.

If you are considering adding a Brutalist Design Style to your space, consider your layout. Having architect that already compliments the industrial feel will help take this style to the next level.  No matter what, remember raw materials like concrete is key to making this space feel complete.  For more tips and tricks, visit us at From The Floors Up

Your Guide to Everything Bright

Light plays a huge factor in a room’s overall feel and energy.  Different lighting can change the entire atmosphere.  It is essential to tailor your light fixtures to enhance your space rather than diminish your room’s worth.  There are three primary purposes for lighting in a room: general, ambient, and task.  Balancing all three in a room can be challenging, but it can tremendously improve your design.

General Lighting

First, you will want to decide what your room’s general lighting option will be.  This is your deliberate attempt to illuminate your space. Overhead lighting is, generally, a great place to start.  This lighting option should be the room’s focal point of illumination and should fill the whole room.  You can go with different overhead lighting options or incorporate something elegant like a chandelier.  A chandelier will be a bold, statement lighting option that gives the room most of the energy.

Ambient Lighting

Next, you will want to incorporate ambient lighting.  This can be spotlights projected on to pictures and dimming spotlights along a rail. They will help set the room’s feel and help drive the eye towards the focal point in the room.  Ambient lighting is essential to help amplify the room’s aesthetic and design style.

Task Lighting

Lastly, make sure to include the use of task lighting.  This is lighting you may have above a workstation or a desk.  You may also want to have light beside your bed as night lights or even a lamp on the side table of your couch.  Task lighting is vital to help amplify the room’s light in particular areas.
Understanding different illuminating options is pivotal to picking the right lights.  Too little of lighting can make a room feel dark and small. Windows and natural lighting are great at opening up a space, but sometimes your room does not give you those amenities. Adding the right lights to your home is essential to creating a lively, energetic atmosphere.  Your lighting options should complement your design style of the room and accentuate the room’s ambiance.  Picking the right light choices can be challenging, but with a better understanding of options and styles, you should be well equipped for the task ahead of you.

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!

Simple Tricks for Housing Guests without a Guest Bedroom

If you do not have a bedroom to spare, you may be left without a proper guest bedroom. But fear not, because we have six simple ideas to help transfer your space into a guest’s hideaway. Let’s take a look!

Simple Ideas for Housing Guests without a Guest Bedroom:

Add a Tension Rod with Curtains.

If you are trying to create a closed-off space for your guests, you can install a tension rod with curtains inside one of your rooms. This simple hack will easily close off their area of the room by giving them privacy and comfort.

Place in a Room Divider.

Another solution for instant room division is a divider. Room dividers can be easily removed at a moment’s notice, making it a perfect last-minute solution. You can place the room divider inside of any room with extra space to feature your guest’s hideaway.

Buy a Sofa-Bed.

If you are worried about where they will sleep, you can invest in a sofa-bed. Sofa-beds are fantastic because they are dual-purpose. In the daytime, they provide a cozy place to sit and watch television. In the evening, they can be turned into your guest’s bed for a good night’s rest.

Provide The Essentials.

Guest bedrooms tend to come along with essential items like extra blankets, clean sheets, towels, and even extra phone chargers. Although you do not have a guest bedroom, you can make this designated area special by incorporating these items. You can also make them a friendly welcome basket for their stay. The basket could include some of the items previously listed and even things that are special to your city.

Give a Proper Nightstand.

If you are hosting your guests in your living room, be sure to convert your end table into a proper nightstand for the evening. That means clearing it off of extra decor pieces and providing the essential items we previously listed.

Make It Have Easy Access to a Bathroom.

Lastly, before you decide on the location of your temporary guest bedroom, you want to be sure that you choose somewhere with a central location to the bathroom. The last thing you would want is your guests stumbling over everything in the middle of the night to get to the bathroom.

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

How to Design Your Home Office

Whether you work from home, are studying for school, or just like a room to get away and read, a home office is an excellent addition for your home. Designing a room for functionality, low distractions, and a classy look can be a bit challenging at first, but we gathered a couple of great pointers to keep in mind while designing your office or study to keep your design theme on track. Let’s take a look!

Simple Yet Entertaining

You want your room to be simple so that you can focus on your work at hand, yet entertaining enough in design to keep the space lively. Finding a balance between comfortable to work but not too cozy that you want to sleep is essential. Try adding plants to give the room a more exciting atmosphere. Pictures are also great to add as well to add character and charisma to your design theme.

Let There Be Light

Lighting is essential in all forms of room design. Consider mirrors and a well-lit task area. Task lighting can be a lamp at a desk or a focal light that helps your mind stay on task. Natural light is ideal for making your space feel big and more open. If you are easily distracted, consider putting blinds that allow lighting in but are more visually impairing to keep you from looking outside the whole time.

Make It Attractive

Your room should make you want to return to it. If you make your room a dreary dungeon, you will never want to go there to get your work done. Add colors that attract you to the room. If you have a design theme that you love, try incorporating it into your room’s theme; however, be cognitive to keep the space functional and purpose-driven as its main priority. You do not want a room that is more distracting than useful.

Make sure you optimize your space. If you are using an extra bedroom or spare room, chances are it may not be the largest room in your home, but it will work. Be aware of the amount of space furniture may take up in the room. You want to have a comfortable amount of room to work and not feel clutter or stuffy. For more great tips and tricks, visit us at From The Floors Up. Thanks for reading!

How to Personalize Your Rental Space

Rental properties can be a little tricky when it comes to making it personal and geared toward your taste. With very little wiggle room, homeowners may feel trapped in a lifeless design. Fear not, we have eight genius hacks for you to make your rental property feel like home. Let’s take a look!

How to Personalize a Rental:

Graphic.

Removable wallpaper can be a total game changer in rental properties. With the option to add a graphic pattern at a moment’s notice, you can completely transform the look of your dull space.

Brighten.

Depending on your lease, you may not have the option to switch out the paint or light fixtures to a more personalized choice. When you do not have a lot of wiggle room, you have to work with what you are given. Incorporating stylish, removable light fixtures can help make the space feel more like home without breaking your contract.

Cozy.

Coziness is key. Without a comfortable environment, you will be counting the days until your lease ends. Instead, you can take advantage of the temporary space by cozying up to the idea. Incorporating soft textures like blankets, rugs, and pillows can help you enjoy your space.

Dec’d.

Decorations can make or break your space’s uniqueness. To help add personality, incorporate decor pieces that are special to you. Pictures, memorabilia, travel goods, and gifts can be stylish, unique pieces that add to your overall decor.

Fabricate.

Do not leave your windows bare this season. Instead, spruce them up with some beautiful curtains. You can even use sheer curtains to help bring more natural light into your space and open up the room.

Nature.

Bring the outdoors, indoors with beautiful plants and flowers. Fill your space with gorgeous greenery to help create a more serene, relaxing environment.

New.

Sometimes, something new will help make you feel more comfortable in the space. If you do not love your rental property yet, try finding an item that you always wanted to have. Once you incorporate it into the design, you may begin to warm up to the space.

Store.

If you are living in an apartment or studio, you may be tight on space. Help make your rental property feel more feasible by incorporating stylish organizational pieces. Dressers, cubbies, and shelving will help you find a home for all of your items while creating a clutter-free environment.

Do you have any tips of your own that you would like to share with other readers? We would love to hear your ideas below in the comment section.