Simple Yet Beautiful Bathroom Updates

No matter how much we would not like to admit it, we spend the majority of our lives in the bathroom. The cleanliness and design of a bathroom can leave a lasting impression on guests. If you feel like your bathroom’s design is falling short, fear not for updating your bathroom is not the hassle it is made out to be. To help, let us show you some simple tricks to transfer this space:

Mirror, Mirror Not ONLY on The Wall. Mirrors are great for creating the illusion of a bigger space, but consider where else you can place your mirrors. Mirrors can be used as coasters, trays, decorative pieces on shelves, etc. Mirrors have the potential to transform a space and you typically already own them. If you are not getting the use out of a mirror you already own, consider the various ways you can repurpose it. You may be pleasantly surprised by its addition to your bathroom decor.

Borrow Your Bottles. Bottles can be repurposed into stylish storage containers for your bathroom. Anytime you use a bottle, jar or glass container think about how it can be repurposed to hold items in your bathroom. You can use these containers to store your floss, q-tips, cotton swabs, and toothbrushes.

Live in Color. Plants bring life and color into any space. Add some flowers to your bathroom to help brighten up the room. Incorporating this pop of color in any of your decor pieces can make your space fresh and bright. Just be sure to keep your plants watered for maximum beauty.

Do Not Be Basic. Anyone can decorate a bathroom to be simple, but that does not necessarily express your sense of style to your guests. Let your ideas flow and elaborate on what you have envisioned for the space. Bathrooms are great spaces to try out interesting paint colors, textures, colors, and even fabrics.

Picture Perfect. Pictures never go out of style. Frame some photos from your most recent vacation or go outside and take pictures of some flowers or the landscaping. Get artsy with your phone and snap some decorative pictures for your bathroom walls. This simple hack is inexpensive and unique to your space.

Keep The Classics. Do you own any furniture that is just collecting dust in your basement? Try revamping it and using it in your bathroom. Add a fresh coat of paint or remove the doors off of an old cabinet. There are endless possibilities with recycling old furniture, and the bathroom is the perfect place to incorporate them.

We truly hope you have fun with these simple decorating tips. The best part is that they are easy and budget-friendly. If you end up not liking something, it is quick and simple to change it.

For more expert advice, visit us at From The Floors Up. Thanks for reading!

Tips for Understanding & Incorporating Neutral Colors

By now, we are sure that you understand the importance of colors like black and white in design. You may even be able to confidently use warm and cool tones effectively express a desired “feel.” Now you may want to know how to incorporate neutral colors in your design to compliment your space.  In fact, you will find that neutrals are great because like black and white, they will not be biased towards your room’s depiction. 

Brown

This earthy tone is often associated with being welcoming and friendly.  Using it to balance a room, gives a conservative feel.  Its genuine, organic nature makes a room feel balanced.  It is a safe solution to use in a space that is lagging stability and balance.  It is perfect to add with warm colors to create a rustic vibe or use with cooler colors to make an earthy, tranquil environment.

Beige and Tan

Beige and tan are ideal for toning down bold colors.  These colors help bring the room back to a more grounded, flexible feel.   While reliable in nature, too much of these can leave a room feeling dull so remember to include warm or cool tones to get the most out of your room.  Using these classic colors is always a safe option to help your home’s resell value in the future.

Gray

Gray is a cool-toned neutral color that helps add balance to a space. It is often considered a timeless color, and it is loved for its ability to blend well in any design. It works well with its complimenting colors: black and white, but you can also pair it with other color tone colors to create a calming, tranquil oasis.

Golds, Coppers, & Bronzes

Perhaps these prestigious colors are one of the more fun and daring neutral tones to use.  They are great because it will not lean towards warm or cool tones but can help give a room a more valuable entitlement.  More matted forms of these colors feel traditional and even historical.  This is a great way to help develop a design style in a room.  If you decide to go a more Hollywood Glam style, you can incorporate a more metallic form of these colors.  They will help make a room feel rich and classy.  These metal-based colors are fun to use and visually expand the room’s potential with a more elegant approach.

Which neutral tone is your favorite? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

Three Essentials to Designing a Room

Designing your space can become challenging if you have never done it before now.  Every room can come with its own obstacles and troubled areas, which may need a little more attention and a whole lot of improvement.  There are three main elements you need to consider in your design.  While many aspects go into creating your space, if you can learn to incorporate these three rules, you will be able to enhance any space: 

1. Lighting

All good atmospheres need illumination.  If a room is poorly lit, it can hurt the entire ambiance of a room.  Consider having your main lighting blanket the whole room with some sort of task lighting for more intricate areas in the room, as well as an accent light to help set the tone of the room.  You will find that dark rooms will need more lighting.  Natural lighting is vital in a room where it can be facilitated.  Focus on making every room well-lit to make it feel more open and airy. 

2. Flow

Nothing throws off the Feng Shui in a room quite like obtrusive furniture or blocked pathways.  You will want to consider the flow of your room.  The functionality should be considered with every piece of furniture and decor that is added to the space.  Less is more in most situations.  If you can keep your room feeling open, you can easily make a room feel less cluttered and more welcoming.  Consider the amount of space allotted to walkways and seating.  People have a general amount of space they desire in order to feel comfortable.  Never over furnish a room and keep the flow of the space in mind when designing.

3. Harmony

Your room should feel well balanced and have a sense of harmony.  Make sure colors in the room complement each other.  Avoid outliers or items in the room that do not go with your current theme.  Everything that is used in your space should reflect back at a central theme or reason.  Decide on a design theme and harmonize with it.  Decor should be used to enhance the space not take from it.  

With these three general rules of thumb, you can design any space.  They are very generic but essential to keep your space aesthetically pleasing as well as highly functional and welcoming.  

What do you think is most important to a room’s design?  We would love to hear from you.  Let us know below in the comment section.  For more tips, visit us at From The Floors Up. 

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 Properly Paint a Room

Paint is probably one of the most affordable and quickest ways to transform a room’s appearance. It allows homeowners to add personality and detail to a space without overwhelming the design. 

If you are new to painting, do not be overwhelmed.  There are four easy steps: preparation, trimming, rolling, and the finish. With this quick and easy guide, we hope to simplify the process for you while including must-know details for your project. Let’s take a look!

Beginning Act

Prepping your space is an essential step to ensure your paint job has a professional quality finish.  Take your time with prepping and do not rush because it will show in your end product.  Start by clearing your room of all furniture and covering your floor with a tarp.  You will need to remove your outlet covers as well.  You may want to put the screws back in once the outlet covers are removed, so you do not lose them, and cover the outlets with painter’s tape.  Remove doors and place the pins back in the hinges for safe keeping.  Remove wallpaper and patch any holes in your wall with spackle.   

Once any holes are filled and dried, use sandpaper to sand the area to a smooth finish.  Next, give the room a quick wipe down.  Grab a lightly dampened rag and wipe down all your walls and trim to remove dust.  Dust could possibly be on your baseboards and above your door trim.  If you plan on painting your trim, you will need to check if it has been painted prior.  Most trim is painted with an oil-based paint which cannot be painted over.  Sand your trim and apply a primer to the trim and any patchwork you have done in the room.

Sectioned Off

Depending on the amount of paint you have purchased, you may need to mix them to create a homogeneous blend.  Get a large, clean pale and pour your paint gallons into and stir.  Next, you will need to paint the trim in your room.  Generally, painters prefer to start with the ceiling before the walls.  Tape off where your ceiling meets the walls to avoid splatter.  Use a paint roller to paint the majority of your ceiling.  For the edges, you should use a brush.  Let the ceiling dry and remove the tape.  Next, apply your painter’s tape to trim your walls.  Use a paintbrush to get hard to reach areas like corners and where the walls meet the ceiling or trim.  When cutting in with your brush, use light, smooth strokes to avoid runs.  Do not press harder to get more paint.  Just add more paint to the brush as needed.

They See Me Rollin’

After you edge in all your room with paint, grab your roller and apply your paint to the walls.  This is the usually the step people like to rush too but do not rush the importance of prepping and trimming in your room.  Mentally, break your walls into smaller four-foot by four-foot sections to focus on doing.  When using your roller, go slow to avoid splatters and go in different directions to hit all angles.  To get closer to your trimmer in work, turn the roller sideways.  You may need to apply a second or even third coat after the first coat dries.

The Finishing Touch

Once you have finished applying all your coats, let the paint dry before removing your painter’s tape.  Do not wait too long after your paint dries, or you will peel your paint off as well.  Using a razor blade can help you remove the tape without pulling off paint.  Remember to clean your brushes and rollers when you are done.  Put your doors, and outlet covers back on and remove your flooring tarp.  Your room is ready to have it furniture added now.

Paint instantly changes the feel and tone to a room.  Whether you paint your space yourself or hire a professional, undoubtedly, a fresh paint job will transform your room’s entire look. 

What paint colors are you currently obsessed with using? We would love to hear below in the comment section.

Guide for Decorating a Christmas Tree

We probably have all decorated a Christmas tree in our lives. But were we ever taught how to properly assemble and decorate it? Let us be honest, decorating trees are unique to each homeowner. There is not one correct way to do it. But if you find yourself struggling each year, we are here to help! We have five simple steps on how to decorate your Christmas tree. Enjoy!

Guide for Decorating a Christmas Tree:

Step 1: Choose Your Tree.

There are two types of trees out there for consumers: the faux tree and the real tree. Depending on your family’s lifestyle, you may opt for the faux tree to save money each year. But if you are a lover of having a real tree on Christmas, you may choose to buy a fresh one each year. Once you have selected your tree, you are ready to move onto the lights!

Step 2: Begin with The Lights.

The wire of the lights needs to match your tree’s color; therefore, you will find a selection of green and white wired lights. After you have chosen your Christmas tree’s color, you will want to select from one of the four main types of lighting styles.

The lighting styles include:

  • Bubble Lights. These lights are trendy take on the traditional Christmas lights. They can be a beautiful addition to your tree this holiday season.
  • Globe Lights. These lights are a more preppy and a happy take on traditional lighting. They are balls of color throughout the tree that produce a soft and subtle light.
  • Incandescent Lights. These are the most popular lights of the bunch because they provide a warm glow and can actually enhance the smell of your real pine tree throughout the room.
  • LED Lights. These lights are becoming more popular because of their safety features. They are fireproof and flameproof; therefore, homeowners feel completely safe decorating their trees with them.

Step 3: Move onto The Garland.

As you place the garland on your tree, you want to work your way from the top to the bottom. Gently put garland in between openings in the tree branches.

Step 4: Place The Ornaments.

This step is often considered the most fun because you are able to personalize the tree to fit to your liking. The main event should be your favorite ornaments. You want to give them the main focus by placing them on the front section of the tree. After you have set your favorites, you will work from large to small. Start placing the larger ornaments throughout the tree then work your way to the smaller ones.

Step 5: Admire The Beauty.

After all that hard work, you can now admire your beautiful Christmas tree.

What is your favorite Christmas tree ornament? Let us know in the comment section!

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

Genius Ways to Light up The Night

Outdoor lighting is essential, especially during the summertime and holidays. Choosing the appropriate outdoor lighting for your home can become challenging and overwhelming. Before you pick and choose randomly, we want to make sure you know about all your outdoor lighting options.

Genius Ways to Light up The Night:

1. Tiki Torches.

These are perfect for outdoor parties and gathering because they embody the vibes of the islands. Plus, you can get insect repellant tiki torches to help discourage unwanted party crashers.

2. Chandelier.

If you are looking to bring indoor beauty to the outdoors, incorporating a chandelier may just be the perfect thing for you. Chandeliers are exquisitely beautiful and draw attention to the lighting by making a bold statement. If you have an outdoor dining area, incorporating a chandelier can add the perfect finishing touches.

3. Step Lights.

Do you find yourself stumbling to get inside once it gets dark out? If you do, adding lights to your steps can be a huge lifesaver. You will never have to wonder “where do the steps end” ever again!

4. Lanterns.

From paper to glass lanterns, you have a wide selection of styles to choose from when designing your backyard. Lanterns add a warm glow and are very subtle in their beauty. Do not be afraid to hang them from trees, posts or a string above your backyard.

5. Candles.

Want to create a romantic night? Incorporate some candles throughout your backyard’s dining area to set the tone for the perfect night. Candles add a warmth that many light sources cannot master.

6. Stringed Lights.

We are obsessed with Edison bulbs because they are energy-efficient and stylish. Add stringed Edison bulbs throughout your backyard to create a vintage look.

7. Fire Pit.

Fire pits add the perfect touch to outdoor gatherings. They provide a warm meeting place on chilly nights as well as a stylish addition to any backyard. 

Whether you are preparing for the holidays or the summertime, it is never too late to focus on your home’s lighting. Thanks for reading! 

No-Remodeling-Needed Kitchen Updates

You may have decided that you want a low-key, low-cost solution for updating your kitchen. Well, look no further! With our top six tips, you can update your kitchen without the need to hire a contractor. Let’s take a look!

No-Remodeling-Needed Kitchen Updates:

1. Embrace Color.

Make a statement with a bold color choice. Kitchens provide the chance for homeowners to get creative with their design. If you are hesitant, research other homeowner’s ideas of using a bright color in their kitchens. You may be pleasantly surprised by the outcome and even be inspired to incorporate a bold color in your own home.

2. Love Neutrals.

If you are not quite ready for a bold color choice, that is entirely okay. We also love neutrals. We just encourage homeowners to veer away from an all-white kitchen. All-white kitchens tend to look out-dated and tacky. Instead, you want to be sure to incorporate other neutral-toned colors like gray! Gray helps to add sophistication back into your kitchen’s design. It is a sleek, simple color that can quickly transform your all-white space.

3. Take Two.

For a beautiful contrast on your cabinetry, we recommend using two different colors. That is right! With this gorgeous addition to your kitchen, you can add uniqueness and style into your space without going over budget.

4. Go Glossy.

Speaking of cabinetry, we are in love with glossy cabinets. They can add interest back into your kitchen without spending extra money. It is the perfect choice for homeowners on a budget!

5. Vintage Paper.

Wallpaper is back people! It can be a creative alternative to boring kitchen walls. Plus, we encourage you to use the colors found in your wallpaper throughout your space. For example, if you choose a floral design. Pull a specific color from the wallpaper and paint your cabinets with it. This will help tie everything together in the kitchen.

6. Shiny Fixtures.

Light fixtures can honestly transform an entire home. They can make a statement without taking over the whole room’s design. You can add a strip of spotlights, a chandelier or a simple overhead light fixture to take your current from drab to fab instantly.

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!