Feng Shui Home Design Principles – Furniture Placement

Create a home that both balances energy and promotes overall well-being by implementing Feng Shui home design principles. In interior design, Feng Shui is based on the beliefs that our homes should be a reflection of our what’s inside us. Yes, the purpose of Feng Shui is to align our environment with our inner energy. How can this be done?

 

Implementing Feng Shui home design principles involves giving some thought to what type of accessories you bring into a room as well as furniture placement. According to Feng Shui principles, everything holds energy including inanimate objects. Such principles will help you bring in good vibes and enable the flow of energy.

 

Furniture Placement

One basic concept of Feng Shui you should apply when arranging the furniture of your home is to “command the position.” Commanding the position involves feeling more secure in the room that you’re in and taking charge of the room.

 

If you have a home office, you may be tempted to place your desk in a position that allows you to look out the window and take advantage of the view outside. However, according to Feng Shui concept “commanding the position” you should place your desk in a position that allows you to see most of the room including the doorway Therefore, your workstation should be set up with the window behind it. Remember, the primary function of this room is to get work done and you don’t want to send creative energy out of the window. This would be a more efficient layout.  If you’re set on getting a glimpse of your beautiful view you can angle the desk sideways so that you can still view the entire room while enjoying the view.

 

Living Room

What about the living room area? Ideally, you’ll want to place the sofa against the wall and away from the entryway. However, be sure to leave a few inches between the couch and the wall. One of the biggest Feng Shui mistake that homeowners make when designing the layout of their living room is creating an awkward seating plan that prevents the flow of conversation.

 

Often, in the living room, the television becomes the focal point of the room. Since the living room is the place where the family gathers you should set the television up in a less central spot. According to Feng Shui, you want to avoid letting electronic devices dominate the room.

 

Bedroom

The bedroom should be balanced especially if you’re in a relationship. When designing the layout of the bedroom apply the same concept of “commanding the position”. Your bed should be placed in view of the door but not directly in front of the entryway because this is considered unlucky. Be sure to include bedside tables on each side of the bed. This will represent equality in the relationship. 

5 Tips Towards Reducing Clutter

Clutter can overtake our lives. Sometimes, we grow so accustomed to it that we do not feel like we do need to do anything about it. It is a scary thought to think that we are okay with the clutter-filled lives that we live. Let us be honest, we are not minimalists and we are not saying you need to be one. But reducing clutter can lead to a happier lifestyle, a healthier home, and reduced stress.

 

Before you jump into reducing clutter on your own, we have five tips that we think will be useful for you: 

 

Tip One: Make a Difference. Getting rid of stuff can be difficult, especially when you get in your head. Thoughts like “what if I will need this for ___ one day” or “I have always wanted to use this, but I just have not gotten around to it.” There will always be an excuse or a reason to keep something. A good way to look at it is that you will be making a difference through donations. Donating can help the less-fortunate find items they truly need. While going through your belongings, think of the families in need that you will be helping. You can make a difference right from your own messy garage. 

Tip Two: Only One. The rule of “only one” will help you in rooms like your kitchen, bathroom, and living room. You only need ONE of each thing. For example, you only need one spaghetti strainer or one bottle of bubble bath or one television remote. Once you have reached one, donate the others. 

Tip Three: It Needs a Place to Call Home. A great way to reduce clutter is to only keep items that have a place to be stored. No more storing a massive load of untouched boxes in your garage. Go through all of the items and if you do not have a place to store it, pitch it or donate it. There will definitely be exceptions like if you are housing something for someone else, the items are seasonal decorations, etc. 

Tip Four: Tackle The Untackled. Typically, we avoid sorting and cleaning out areas of our home that are unorganized and messy. That ends today. You want to take a good look at the areas you are ignoring and avoiding and start with those areas. There may be a ton of stuff that you did not even realize you owned! It is a great time to get a fresh start and donate these unused items. 

Tip Five: It Will Not Happen Overnight. A lot of homeowners get stressed and overwhelmed during this process. To reduce stress, give yourself breaks. Whether you go out for a walk or watch a television show, you want to be able to walk away from the project and come back at a later time. Do not over-frustrate yourself. It will get done. It just takes time. 

 

Getting rid of items that you own can be difficult and we understand that. As a reward, you should treat yourself with something special. You worked hard! Go on, you deserve it. 


How to Dress up Your Home’s Outdoors for Fall

Your front porch makes quite the impression; you want to make sure it is a good one! While trick or treaters are roaming the neighborhood, you can wow them with your amazing fall curb appeal. All you have to do is following our 5 tips for dressing up your home’s outdoors this fall: 

 

Tip One: Make It Last. Halloween is quickly approaching and the next thing you will know, it will be over! Be sure to decorate the outside of your home for fall, not just Halloween. By doing this, you can save yourself time and money!

Tip Two: Playoff Your Color Scheme. A lot of homeowners will make the mistake of using too many random colors and hues. A professional tip to keep in mind is to always play off of your current color scheme. When you try to add in new hues and colors, be sure to coordinate with your current color selection. Also, you want to make sure you do not use too many colors. Just stick to three to four new colors when decorating. 

    • Pro-Tip: While deciding on your new colors, be sure to add seasonal hues!

Tip Three: Swap out Simple Items. If you are planning on reusing your decorations each year, it may be easier to swap out your simpler items. Items like potted plants, doormats, front door wreaths, and hanging lights can be simple additions. Plus, these items can make your house look instantly festive without breaking the bank! 

Tip Four: Add a Touch of Something Special. The outside of your home is a special glimpse of the inside of your home. Try and get creative with your outdoors just as you would indoors. If you family just carved pumpkins, be sure to display them! Little touches of creativity can make your home stand out from the rest. 

Tip Five: Power Wash. Before you spend hours decorating, give your home a good power washing. This is the perfect time of year to spruce up your home before your family arrives for the holidays. For professional tips and tricks on power washings, be sure to read our blog: How to Power Wash Your Home

 

We truly hope that you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and fun Halloween!

Color Palette – Teal

For many, the thought of teal color scheme is intimidating. Surprisingly, such a bold color can be really versatile when implemented in a home’s decor. From walls, furnishing and accessories teal can be just the color to add some interest in your design scheme. In this article, we’re going to show you how you can pull of this hue in a way that complements your home’s interior.

 

First, off, teal is a mixture of blue and green. To make it lighter and vivid it’s mixed with white. At its brightest, it’s filled with yellow undertones. Warmer shades of teal have undertones of charcoal which make it darker. At its darkest, it looks similar to slate green.

 

From traditional to contemporary, teal can be incorporated in any style.  Here are some ways you use teal in your interior.

 

All Teal Couch

Can you imagine a teal couch in your formal living room? A teal sofa makes for a great statement piece.  The question is will it blend with your accessories and other pieces of furniture? Although, a bold color in many instances teal acts a neutral.  It complements warm colors such as burgundy, black, and gold.

 

Teal and Navy

Create a soft contrast by combining navy and teal. Such a pairing gives birth to elegance. For instance, you can use navy blue as your wall paint and lots of teal accessories in the space. If you’re feeling especially bold you can incorporate teal furniture to complete the look.

 

Teal and White Dining Room

Do something different with your dining area by using teal and white in this space. Drench the walls in a muted teal with gray undertones. Leave the trim and crown molding crisp white to really make the teal pop. You can even keep it traditional with your choice of dining table and chairs with this design scheme.

 

Teal and Gray

You can ease yourself into a teal decor scheme by using teals with charcoal undertones. By pairing muted teal accessories with gray furnishings, you create a look that is easy on the eyes but still charming.

 

You can also pair teal with different shades of green and blue. 

Color Palette – Yellow

Yellow is a light and airy hue that can take on many different personalities of it’s on. Depending on the shade it can bring the warmth of the sun into a home or the spirit of renewal that occurs in when Spring’s first flowers bloom. According to Feng Shui principles, yellow inspires creativity and promotes communication.  As one of the most vivid colors on the color wheel, using this hue in your home’s decor may seem a bit scary. It doesn’t have to be, the solution is to find the right shade of yellow that works best for your space.

 

There are many different shades of yellow with undertone variations that can completely make a room unique. Here are some of the different variations:

 

Lemon

Lemon-yellow is super bright and cheery.  Such a shade works best in the kitchen because it instantly makes the space more inviting. When working with an intense shade of yellow you can balance the scheme by introducing a dark color such as black. Black and yellow is a stylish color combination.

 

Orange Yellow

If you desire something more unique an orange-yellow is a bit unordinary. This hue has honey orange undertones that are similar to a melon.

 

Medium Yellow

Looking to incorporate a yellow that doesn’t make the room feel too warm? Then you may want to go with a medium yellow which provides the perfect balance. To further add some coolness to your space you can use a complementary color like green or brown.

 

Sunny Yellow

Sun-kissed yellow has some orange undertones and it mimics natural sunlight. Using this variation in a room will make it appear larger and adds tons of lighting.

 

Dandelion

Love dandelion flowers? This shade of yellow is very bright and best suited for the bedroom especially for a kid’s room. Use vibrant accent colors to make the space even more exciting.

 

Buttery Yellow

Yes, buttery yellow like the shade in the picture above is a muted hue. This shade will add such a warm glow to the room that will make your space feel serene and cozy that you’ll never want to the leave your room. 

Color Palette – Burgundy

There’s no better way to usher in fall than with a burgundy color scheme. If you look in any home decor magazine, you’ll find that burgundy is a super trendy color in the interior design world. Yes, it’s a nontraditional neutral that can be paired with numerous hues. If you’re interested adding some color to a room but you don’t want to overdo then burgundy is the perfect hue. We’re going to show you how you can stylishly use this color in your home’s decor.

 

Burgundy or Merlot? Call this hue whatever you want but the latest burgundy is a brown based color with splashes of purple. Touches of new and older variations of burgundy are bound to add spice to a room. Here are some fun ways you can use burgundy:

  

Gold and Burgundy

There’s nothing that says royalty more than the pairing of these palettes. This color scheme is great for luxury spaces. Using both of them together makes a big statement.  When combining gold and burgundy hues be sure to let burgundy be the dominant color in the room while the gold serves as an accent. Can you imagine a burgundy sofa with gold side tables to highlight the look?

 

Burgundy and Forest Green

Burgundy and forest green is a popular look that has a classic upscale appeal. Green and burgundy sit close to each other on the color wheel which means that they are complementary colors. To make this color combination work you can include a variety of another warm color in the design scheme. In a formal living area, you may want to opt for burgundy seating since it hides stains well. Use forest green in your accessories and textiles.

 

Burgundy Area Rug

For a bold look, how about designing the entire room around a burgundy carpet or area rug that features an intricate design. You can choose neutral furnishing around the rug and then add accents of aqua, coral, and taupe.

 

Burgundy and Animal Prints

Make a burgundy room stand out with hints of animal prints. Giraffe, leopard and cheetah animal prints work best with this hue. Whether it’s an area rug or chair this pairing is simply stunning. 

Color Palette – Brown

In interior design, brown gets a bad rap for being bland and lackluster. As a neutral brown makes for the perfect backdrop to any type of design. You can pair this hue with a variety of patterns and colors.  Depending on how you pair brown you can easily create an interior that is dramatic. What are some ways you can use brown in your home’s decor?

 

Brown and White

Brown and white is a traditional mix. The sharp contrast of stark white and brown can enhance architectural details. In a room with a white wall treatment, chocolate brown will instantly add drama to your space. It also warms up a room and makes it feel much more inviting.

 

Brown and Blue

Blue is a fun color to add to your home’s decor. However, using such a rich color can be a bit complex. When you pair an intense color like blue, it becomes easier to blend with the rest of your interior. These two colors are a match made in heaven since they are both cool tones. How can you use this color scheme? Consider taking your chocolate stained wooden chairs and upholstering the seats with a rich blue.

 

Pastels and Brown

Who doesn’t love the dainty look of pastels? Traditionally, we may not use pink, teal and purple in our home decor. When you pair brown and pastels you ground the light hues associated with pastel colors. In addition, using brown with pale pastels adds a touch of sophistication and it doesn’t appear juvenile.

 

Brown and Yellow

Tan, taupes and other brown tones are beautiful when paired with yellow. This warm palette easily fuses together. Bright yellow accents will make a statement against brown pieces.  Brown tones and yellow is associated with a more traditional style.

 

Brown and Purple

Whether it’s plum, violet or shades of purple when paired tones of purple the drama heightens.  Such rich hues aren’t timid and together creates an air of sophistication.  For brown furniture or cabinets look to less saturated tones of purple.

 

Brown on Brown

Of course, we love the brown-on-brown look.  To pull this look off without the design becoming bland be sure to take a monochromatic approach. 

Fun Ways to Use Pumpkins

From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin pie, nothing says “fall” quite like a pumpkin. Whether you are decorating your home or preparing for a party, we have seven fun ways to use pumpkins this fall. 

 

Fun Ways to Use Pumpkins

  1. Beverage Cooler. Hollow out the inside of your pumpkin and fill it with ice for this epic idea! You can have your beverages chilled to the bone by placing them inside an ice-filled pumpkin. Champagne anyone? 
  2. Sweet Dreams. If you are passing out candy this Halloween, why not fill your pumpkin with candy? Make sure to place a cloth inside of the hollowed pumpkin to assure no goo gets on anyone’s candy.
  3. Flower Holder. Turn your pumpkins into a decorative fall vase by hollowing out the inside and place your fall flowers inside of it! This is the perfect option for decorating your outdoor seating areas with fun decor. 
  4. Pretty in Pastels. We have all seen the traditional pumpkins, but what if you “prettied up” your pumpkins by using pastel paint? Try painting 
  5. Stacks on Stacks. Instead of placing your pumpkins side by side, you can stack them for an intricate look. This idea works best if you use three pumpkins in different sizes. Make sure to cut off the stems for the bottom two. 
  6. Chalkboard Paint. Spray paint your pumpkins with chalkboard paint and write fun messages like “I’m here for the boos” or “trick or treat yourself.” This pumpkin idea can be perfect for your porch decorations! 
  7. Melted Crayons. Paint the base of your pumpkin a solid color like white or black. Next, take a hot glue gun and glue the crayons around the top of your pumpkin. After the crayons are secure, take a hair dryer and begin to melt the crayons. The melted crayon wax will create a cool design and you can use these pumpkins as decorations indoors or outdoors. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these seven fun ideas for using pumpkins. Be sure to visit our website for more information and updates! We hope you and your loved ones have a fun and happy season!

How to Hang Artwork

Hanging artwork can be very time consuming, frustrating and expensive if you damage the sheetrock. Just like everything else, there is a right and wrong way to hang artwork. We will share a few tips below that reveal how to hang the picture properly.  Follow these tips to help hang almost any frame and make your wall the perfect focal point in the room!

  • Placement – I know you find yourself standing there staring at a blank wall and are unsure of where to hang your artwork. If you have only one or two pieces to hang, stand back and visually place in your mind where you want the art to hang.  Often people hang art too high, hang art at eye level! Physically take the art and place on the wall in your desired spot. With a pencil, draw a centered short line on the wall at the top of the frame. If your frame has a wire on the back of the art, simply measure from the top of the wire in the center to the top of the frame. Go back to your line on the wall and measure down from the top line to the distance of the centered wire hanger and mark. Erase the original top line, so you don’t get confused about the proper placement mark. If you have multiple pieces of art, start out by placing the pieces on the floor for a symmetrical or asymmetrical look, whichever fits your taste. As you stand back at look at the items on the floor you can visualize how they will look once hung. You can also move and mix until you get the desired look!
  • Techniques for Strength – If possible, drive the nail into a wall stud for the most strength. Invest in an inexpensive stud finder.   Although in most cases, where you want to hang the art, a stud will not be present. Generally, studs are every 16 inches on center and are 1 ½ inches thick. For small and medium art, a 1 ½ or 2-inch nail in the sheetrock will suffice and hold securely. Always drive the nail into the wall at a 45-degree angle. This technique ensures a stable and secure hold. For large pieces of art, purchase hollow-wall anchors with screws.  Anchor sets will match the weight of the artwork. Use a small drill and choose a drill size to match the size of the anchor. Once you drill the hole, tap the anchor into the sheetrock and simply screw the screw into the anchor.
  • Straightness – If your artwork is not hanging level and straight, simply purchase some small plastic bumpers that attach to the back of the frame with self-stick tape. What a simple fix!

 

Have fun turning your home into your personal art gallery!

Fall Decor Ideas for The Busy Homeowner

Whether you are hustling your kids to their next soccer game or working overtime at a full-time job, you can say that you are a busy person. Most times, it is a miracle that you get done what you do during the day. You have other parents impressed and jealous. While it may look like you have it all together, you realized that you have not had time to decorate yet. Unfortunately, decorating is yet another thing to add to your giant to-do list. But do not worry because we have created a decorating guide for the busy homeowner. Even you, supermom, can accomplish these decorating ideas in under an hour. 

 

Fall Decor Ideas for The Busy Homeowner:

  1. Faux Leaves. Bring the beauty of the season indoors by decorating with faux leaves. You can line the fake leaves across your fireplace’s mantle, staircase, or even your bookshelves. They are an easy solution for homeowners that do not have the time to go all-out on decorating! 
  2. Happy Fall Banner. Banners are a fun and easy way to decorate. Plus, you can personalize them for any occasion. You can buy a pre-assembled, blank banner at your local craft store then take a permanent marker and write a fun fall message like “thankful” or “boo.” Banners can look great over your fireplace or even on your front door. 
  3. PaintedPumpkins. Decorating with pumpkins is one of the easiest solutions for busy homeowners. If you have time, buy spray paint and paint your pumpkins different colors. Recently, homeowners have been incorporating white pumpkins throughout their home’s decor. It provides a clean, classic look that you may be interested in trying this year. 
  4. Fall-Scented Candles. Decorating is not the only way to incorporate fall. Fall-scented candles can help guests and family members embrace the season. 
  5. Acorns and Squash. The next time you are grocery shopping, look for fall finds that you can incorporate into your decor. Items like squash and acorns can make great centerpieces for your dining room table. 
  6. Sunflowers in a Mason Jar. If you love fresh flowers, sunflowers are the perfect choice to add a touch of fall. Not only are they beautiful, but they have a yellow hue that we just adore. Try adding some fresh sunflowers throughout your home for a festive look. 
  7. Dollar Aisle Finds. Halloween is only one day; therefore, you should spend most of your time on decorating the home for fall. Fall decor can last you until Thanksgiving which helps you get your money’s worth. For last-minute Halloween decor, check your local dollar aisle. You can find cute little items for an amazing price! 

 

We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks! Happy fall!