Tips for a More Visually Appealing Room

Have you ever entered a space and got captivated by its beauty? It is no secret that every homeowner wants a visually-appealing space. If you are looking to master this art, you came to the right place. We have ten tips for creating a more visually-appealing room. Let’s get started! 

 

Tips for a More Visually Appealing Room

  1. It’s a Material World.

A visually appealing room indulgences the senses. Of course, sight could be considered the most important in a design, but an intriguing texture can also dominate the senses. With texturized materials, you can captivate both sight and touch. Just by incorporating a woven rug or stitched pillow, you can begin to create a more visually appealing room. The textures will play off of the room’s overall design and add a special touch to your space. 

  1. On The Down-Low

Large, bulky furniture can make a room feel cramped and unwelcoming. To help create a more free-flowing space, we recommend buying pieces that are closer to the ground. Low-furniture can make your room look bigger which in essence, is more visually appealing. 

  1. Simply Put.

While shopping for furniture, we recommend keeping it as simple as possible. Decor trends come and go so quickly that you cannot guarantee a piece will survive the passing of a fad. To keep your furniture in style longer, opt for classic colors and builds in your furniture. A good, cozy sofa may not be your trendy dream, but it could outlast your current place. 

  1. Your Reflection.

Mirrors dominate the design industry. The wonders that a small reflective piece of glass can do is unreal. Mirrors can help accentuate your room to make it look bigger and more open. With light reflecting properties, mirrors are the ultimate room “wing-man.” 

  1. Looking Outwards

Sometimes, homeowners will make the mistake of having their furniture face into the room. Instead, we recommend facing your couch towards the window. This gives a more appealing site for people using the couch as well as a more visually appealing set-up. 

  1. High Roller

If you are interested in creating a high-ceiling-illusion, you can install curtain rods about two inches above your window frame. This will help to make your room feel taller. 

  1. Sleek Shelving

Sleek shelves can create clean, sharp lines in your space. These sharp lines will help make your room more appealing to the eyes. 

  1. Cornered.

If you are looking for a cozy-feel, you can angle your furniture into your corners to help play off of the angles.  

  1. Let There Be Light(s)

Lighting is key when designing the ultimate room. In order to have the best room possible, you need to be able to see it. We recommend installing extra lighting wherever need and a dimmer to set the mood. 

  1. Cut Out the Stuff

A visually-appealing room starts and ends with clutter. If you have a jam-packed room, it can take away from the overall beauty of the space. Be sure to cut back on clutter and keep surfaces clear. This will help guests to take in the entire experience. 


Color Ideas for Your Home

Are you interested in exploring the color realm, but you are not exactly sure where to start? Look no further! With our top color ideas, you can master the color wheel in your space. Let’s get started! 

 

Color Hacks for Your Home:

  1. Trending

Each year Pantone releases a color of the year, this can be a great way for you to keep up to date on current color styles and trends. If you have the budget, you can incorporate the color of the year into your home’s design. Typically, we recommend using items that can be easily swapped out the next year. This simple hack will make sure that your home is always on trend. 

  1. Go Bold or Go Home

If you are using color in your home, you may as well go bold with it. We suggest trying to add at least bold choice to each room. This could be as simple as a bright green decor piece or as daring as a black wall. 

  1. Balanced Out

With colors, it is important to always balance out everything. Adding neutrals can help create symmetry and a more balanced room. If you are new to designing, it may be easier to start off with a neutral base and build from there. 

  1. Embrace a Monochromatic Scheme

All one color? You may already be hesitant. But, monochromatic color schemes are actually quite visually-appealing. With monochromatic color schemes, your design really speaks for itself. Plus, keep in mind that you use a plethora of different shades and values to create this monochromatic masterpiece. The different values and shades help to add definition to your space. 

  1. More Than the Walls

Color is so much more than just your walls. Color can be found anywhere in a room. From the crown-molding to your dresser handles, there is an opportunity for color in each nook and cranny. While exploring colors, try and embrace the room in its entirety. Explore all the different areas of your room that can incorporate color. 

  1. Experience Neutrals

When you think of a neutral wall, your mind probably goes straight towards a tan or beige wall. A lot of homeowners do not realize that neutrals go far beyond the color tan. In fact, your apprehensions towards neutral tones may arise from the fact that they are considered boring, bland, and dull. But, neutrals can carry a lot of attitude in one color. Before you kick them to the side, acquire a few samples of unique neutrals. This could help get the ball rolling and spark ideas that you did not know you had. 

  1. Time for Change

You may be comfortable with your current design, but that does not mean it is not the time for a change. If you ever curious about redesigning your room, we encourage you to take the leap! 

Affordable Living Room Decor Ideas

Are you looking to add quality without spending quantity? We have seven genius and affordable decor ideas for you to use in your living room this spring. Let’s take a look! 

 

Affordable Living Room Decor Ideas

  1. Rearrange

If you feel stuck in the same, underwhelming design, an easy fix is to rearrange your living room furniture. By rearranging, you can transform your space into something completely new while spending zero dollars. When rearranging, you want to keep these aspects in mind: 

1. The room’s flow/traffic pattern.

2. The furniture’s function.

3. The focal point of the space. 

  1. Repaint

You may be surprised by what a gallon of paint can do for your living room. If your current color scheme is feeling dull, you can freshen it up with a new wall color. You can even repaint some of your furniture to make them feel brand new. 

  1. Redesign. 

While redecorating, you may decide that you want a completely new design. You can redesign your space into something completely new. Leaving the same base of your room will help stay on budget. The base will be items like your furniture, but items like your pillows, curtains, blankets, and decor pieces can be swapped out to match your new design. 

  1. Reimagine

Before you get rid of older items, try and reimagine their use. For example, a stack of old books can be used as a decor piece on a coffee table. The best way to save money in your design is to use things that you already own. You can go through your home and find items that are not being used then incorporate them into your living room’s design.

  1. Refocus

Depending on your space, you may have the opportunity to switch focus to a new point in the room. A different area may be able to become your new “focal point.” For example, if your furniture has always faced the windows, you may want to try something new. Try adjusting your furniture’s focus to point in a new direction. Maybe you have a gorgeous fireplace that you want to show. Now is your time to redirect the focus to that specific area. 

  1. Renew

Antique and thrift shops are the perfect places to find old, well-kept furniture for an affordable price. While shopping, you want to get creative and try to see items with all of their possibilities. An old dresser may look unappealing now, but with a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware; it could look brand new! 

  1. Repurpose

If you are on a tight budget, buying all new furniture may not be realistic. Instead, you will want to try to repurpose some items that you currently own. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you can accomplish with your own items. 

 

We would love to hear your decorating ideas!  Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

 

8 Decor Ideas for Your Bathroom

If you are in a design rut, we have eight decorating ideas to help get your creative juices flowing. Let’s take a look at eight decor ideas for your home’s bathroom. 

 

Eight Decor Ideas for Your Bathroom

  1. Pictures.

One of the most commonly-used decor pieces is pictures. Whether it is from your personal collection or bought from a store, pictures can add style and set the tone in any room.

  1. Plants.

Plants can make everything better. They are extremely beautiful and have the ability to put a smile on your face after a long day. If you have the budget for fresh flowers, they can be a stylish detail to add to your countertops. Succulents can be placed on your bathroom’s windowsill or above your toilet. You even have the option of purchasing a hanging plant for the corners of your bathroom. The options are truly endless! Try and get creative by using different types of plants.

  1. Containers + Jars.

Hold all of your essential bathroom items inside of small containers and jars. They are beautiful decor pieces as well as being extremely functional. You can add them to your countertops to store smaller items like q-tips, cotton swabs, and toothpicks. 

  1. Baskets.

What better way to decorate than with a piece of storage? The trick of using baskets as decor pieces has been a design trick for decades. All you need to do is find the perfect collection of baskets and work them into your bathroom’s design. The baskets will give you extra storage and a classic finish to the room. 

  1. Tray.

Trays are a perfect organizational solution for bathroom counters. You can place a decorative tray on top of your countertop and add a decorative arrangement inside of it. Things like candles, lotion, and hand soap are simple ideas that you can add to your decorative tray. 

  1. Candles.

Not only do candles smell amazing, but they are also a beautiful decor piece. The best part is that they come in an array of sizes, shapes, and smells to meet your personal preferences. If you are looking to create a calming oasis, we recommend placing tea lights around your bathtub to create a relaxing bath. 

  1. Artwork

If you are a lover of art, the bathroom can be an incredible place to showcase it. Everyone goes to the bathroom and odds are that your guests will use yours at one point throughout the evening. Your bathroom’s artwork can spark an interest and even create a conversation after they return. 

  1. Mirrors

Mirrors are one of the most incredible decor pieces for any room. They can help open up an entire space by reflecting natural light which ultimately makes the room look bigger. Amongst being beautiful, they are one of the interior designer’s best-kept secrets. If you have the opportunity to add a mirror to your decor, go for it! You can even purchase several small mirrors and make an interesting design out of them on the wall. 

 

How do you decorate your bathroom? We would love to hear your thoughts and comments in the section below! 

 

Incorporating Neutrals into Your Design

Working solely with neutral colors is easier than you may think. A lot of homeowners will opt for this timeless trend because it creates a clean and well-put-together look. The only issue with having a neutral color palette is that you have the possibility for a “boring” space. To help you get the best look for your buck, we have created a simple guide on how to incorporate neutrals into your design. Let’s take a look! 

 

How to Incorporate Neutrals into Your Design

  1. Understand The Undertone

A neutral color can be characterized as a color that has equal parts of the three primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) with each primary color being at an extremely low saturation. This low saturation can make for a beautiful, soft color that will compliment all other colors in your design. Next, you will notice that there are two types of neutral undertones: warm and cool toned. 

    • Undertone Examples
      • Warm-Toned Colors: Red, Peach, Orange, Copper, Rust, Amber, Gold,  Yellow, Violet-Red, Burgundy, Tan, Beige, Cream, Brown, etc. 
      • Cool-Toned Colors: Blue, Navy, Blue-Green, Sea-foam Green, Emerald, Plum, Purple, Pink, Gray, Charcoal, Black, etc. 
  1. Backdrop

Since neutrals are versatile and compliment everything, they make for the perfect backdrop. When working specifically with neutrals, you can get creative with textures and materials. Backsplashes help to add interest and design into your space without taking away from the overall look. 

  1. Keep it in The Family

After discussing the difference between undertones, we want to encourage you to choose either a cool-toned or warm-toned design for your room. All cool-tone neutrals will work well with one another and vice versa for warm-toned neutrals. The base of these neutrals are the same and they will help to create a seamless design. 

  1. Texturize

Our best advice to you while decorating with neutrals is to add texture. This texture will help spice up your space. From an exotic wallpaper to a detailed rug, you can have a beautifully textured piece that does not distract from the rest of the room’s design. 

  1. Light to Dark

Lastly, you want to be sure that you are incorporating an array of different shades of neutrals throughout your room. Designers recommend beginning the room with 30%-50% in the lightest color then building from there. The rest of your room can be matched with medium and deep shades to compliment the different values. 

 


It’s Time to Think BIG in Home Decor

Do you want to make a statement with your home’s decor? Then you’ll love this year design trend which includes decking your house in oversized pieces. Yes, thinking “big” when it comes to design can even make a small living space seem larger than life. How can you take advantage of this trend? Here are some simple ways to use big pieces in your home without overwhelming the space.


Go Big with Prints and Patterns
Using bold and unique prints and patterns are always encouraged when decorating your home. Such visuals take on a whole new life when they are super-sized. Whether it’s big pillows lining your sofa, or a large mural painted on the accent wall in your living room, you’re guaranteed to make a statement. When patterns contain significant proportions, the results are eye-catching.

 

Supersized Artwork
Gallery display artwork pieces are classic, but such an arrangement can be bland. Instead, invest in a single piece of oversized art. Supersized artwork allows the eye to focus on one focal point in the work instead of multiple images in a montage. When selecting oversized artwork to dress your walls be sure to choose something that you love.

 

Large Scaled Mirrors
You may know that mirrors are great for visually expanding spaces. But an added benefit is that triple sizing your mirrors will make a loud statement. A huge mirror with a thick, solid frame will to further expand sightlines. Opt for a round mirror as opposed to a rectangular shaped mirror for a modern or contemporary style room.

 

Oversized Light Fixtures
You don’t necessarily need glitzy crystals to create drama with a lighting scheme. Oversized pendant style fixtures are becoming increasingly popular. Whether it’s over the dining room table, the kitchen island or suspended over the end tables, large-scale pendants will capture the eye.

 

Big Style Furniture
In small homes or condos compact, multi-functional furniture is always encouraged by design experts. But this isn’t a rule. By choosing a few but an oversized chair or a single large sofa that provides adequate seating you can make your space feel big while getting the most out of selected pieces.

Ideas for Your Spare Room

You are blessed with an extra room in your house. What do you want to do with it? Maybe you will make it a guest bedroom or even a home gym? If you are unsure, we are here to help! Here are our ideas for that spare room of yours.

Ideas for Your Spare Room:

  • Guest Bedroom 
  • Office/Study/Library/Meeting Room
  • Media Room/Movie Room
  • Game Suite
  • Home Gym
  • Kid’s Hangout/Play Area
  • Crafting Center
  • Art Studio
  • Multipurpose Room

Tips for Making The Best of The Space:

Combine Ideas.
If you have the room to combine ideas, go for it! You may be pleasantly surprised by how accommodating a dual-purpose spare could be. Just take a look at the two room types that interest you most and go from there!

Dual-Purpose Furniture.
While combining ideas is a great idea, you may also want to use furniture pieces that can do double duty. Dual-purpose furniture can save space in your room that would be taken up by two pieces of furniture. For example, a sofa-bed is an excellent solution for a guest bedroom/media room.

Consider The Lighting.
In some rooms, you may want a lot of light (office), and in others, you may prefer very little light (media room). If you are combining two rooms that fluctuate in lighting, be sure to install a dimmer inside of your room. This will let you set the mood at a moment’s notice.

Personalize It.
With extra space, it is a chance to add your creativity and design to a new height Try and brainstorm unique ideas for your area that will let your creative juices get flowing.

No matter what spare room idea you choose, let your imagination help!

Ways to Create a Family-Friendly Home

Family is important; therefore, you may be interested in learning a few ways that you can make your home more family-friendly. Let’s take a look!

 

Ways to Create a Family-Friendly Home:

Island Retreat.
First, let us talk about your kitchen. Placing an island inside of your kitchen can completely transform your life. Not only are islands fantastic for cooking, but it is perfect for creating family time. While you prepare dinner, your kids can sit at the island doing their homework, or your guests can sit and chat with you. An island is an overall game changer in a kitchen, and we highly recommend it.

 

Getting Cozy.
If you are like us, your home’s coziness is vital to you. After a long day for you and your family, you want to come home to a relaxing environment. By adding comfortable seating, pillows, blankets, and rugs, you can transform your home into a serene oasis.

 

Know Your Squad.
To create a space for you and your family, you want to be aware of the people inside of your home. If you live with small children, your priorities may be a little different than a family with teenagers. Once you gathered your preferences for your space, you can begin to recognize the things you need in your home.

 

R E S P E C T.
Do not hold off on buying beautiful things just because you have children. Homeowners tend to furnish their home with old hand-me-downs and used furniture with the fear that their children will ruin anything nice. But in fact, many homeowners found that when they worked with their children to respect the furniture, there were fewer problems. Now we are not saying to buy the most expensive, most beautiful couch on the market with a toddler in your house. But if you are looking for a newer, cleaner sofa, don’t hesitate to buy it.


Heavy-Duty Materials.
We encourage homeowners to buy heavy-duty materials. Inevitably, spills and accidents will happen—there is no way around it. By purchasing materials that can withstand the hardships, you will be setting you and your family up for success.


All Charged Up.
With electronics being ever-so-popular, we recommend adding a few more outlets throughout your home. This way everyone can have a space to plug in their electronics without any extra hassle.


Embrace Patterns.
Some homeowners love patterned fabric only because they hide spills and accidents. Parents of young children embrace patterns because it can camouflage unfortunate mistakes.

 

4 Ways to Get Your Porch Ready for Spring

Goodbye winter and hello spring! With spring right around the corner, we can soon expect to see the flowers blooming, butterflies and warmer weather. Of course, with the shift in seasons, you’ll likely want to spend more time outside enjoying the sun. That’s why it’s essential to make your porch comfortable and inviting. Here are a few easy ways you can get your porch spring ready.

Invest in Outdoor Summer
If you haven’t already, it’s time to invest in comfortable outdoor furniture, so you will be able to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Best of all you can do so within a small budget. When purchasing furniture for your porch, you can bring in repurposed or vintage furniture.

If your porch isn’t large enough to accommodate large pieces of furniture, try a collection of rocking chairs instead. Can you imagine sitting down and enjoying the scenery while sipping a cold beverage? You don’t have to worry about finding rocking chairs that match; you can invest in ones that feature different styles and scale.

Creating a Lighting Scheme
Sufficient lighting is critical but often overlooked. Light is an essential element, especially while you enjoy sitting on your porch during the evening, reading and for safety reasons. From a few well-placed simple LED light posts or scones installed in the wall to a dramatic chandelier hanging from the porch ceilings there are many different lighting options.

Find the Perfect Outdoor Rug
You can make a room feel more structured by adding a patterned rug to bring your design scheme together. Choose a rug that is made for outdoor use.

Create Layers of Decor
If you want to make your porch feel like a comfortable sitting area, create layers of decor. You can use various accessories such as pillows, lamps, plants and side tables. Make sure to incorporate enough table space for your cold drinks!

We hope you will find a greater joy in using your outdoor space this season!

The Right White

Even though white wall treatments are a staple in American homes it can be challenging finding the right kind of white. Contrary to popular belief white isn’t white. There are many noticeable variations of this color. If you enjoy the simplicity that white offers, it’s important to know it’s many different shades. So here are some tips for picking the perfect shade of white for your space.

 

Cool

Cool white walls create a serene atmosphere. You can expect to see such a stark shade of white in contemporary style spaces because it adds to the feeling of newness that minimalist love. Often, when using this variation of white you can keep the theme of the room simple which means there will be very little distraction or contrast.

 

Creamy

Creamy white almost gives off a heavenly feel. This variation is great for use in the bedroom since it promotes relaxation and peace. When using creamy white in your bedroom, try contrasting with layers of other types of white. For example, imagine cool white curtains and ivory bedding. This will add more dimensions to the room.

 

Antique

Antique white works in traditional spaces such as the living or dining room.  Unlike cool white, antique white makes the room feel like it’s being lived in while providing an air of sophistication.

 

Ivory

If you don’t want a room to feel too cold than you might want to use an ivory white. White paint with ivory undertones adds a hint of warmth to your space. This variation of white complements hardwood floors. To truly bring this look life to use halogen lighting.

 

Gray

Grayish white isn’t a variation that we see play out in homes often. The gray undertones don’t take away from the sophistication of the look. Instead, it serves as the perfect backdrop for more vivid hues. Colors such a purple, yellow and red work great as accent colors in a room with grayish white wall treatments.

 

Warm

Warm white has khaki undertones. These hues make a space for warm and welcoming especially when you tie in natural materials.