Friday, January 27, 2017

Inexpensive Decorating Tips

The holiday season takes a toll on most people’s new year budgets whether we like to admit it or not. But you don’t always need to spend a lot of money to improve your living space. Small adjustments to things you currently have can go a long way to guests who occasionally visit, and give a noticeable difference to those who are constantly there. To help you change up your space, but not break the bank, we’ve come up with a few ways you can update your space in a quick, inexpensive way.

Power of 3s - When decorating, whether it’s art, candles or just about anything else you are getting more than one of, instead of getting an even number try getting sets of threes. So much of our lives are made up of even numbers and things being perfect that this unique change tends to draw the eyes to it.

High Curtains - To make any room feel instantly larger move up your curtains. Attach the rod near the ceiling and hang the curtains the full length of the wall. You may need to purchase longer curtains to do this, but will make a huge difference in the room.

Change Pillows - Throw pillows are relatively cheaper than most decor. Whether you need to purchase new ones, or just mix up the ones you currently have, it will give the room a new feel to anyone who frequents the room.

Runners - Do you have a table that’s just too small to decorate but hate constantly looking at an empty table when it’s not in use? Try adding a decorative runner down the center. Runners can also be a great addition to any chair that just seems to bland in color!

Common Colors - Mantels can be hard to decorate when there isn’t a holiday. Try using a single color and add art, vases or anything else that revolves around the single color. This will draw the attention to your guests’ eyes, and not because it seems like a barren waste of space.

Dress Up Curtains - Want to give your curtains a new look? Tie them up with matching belts or scarves. Although this may seem unconventional, it will certainly become a conversation starter when a guest notices them!

Pots and Pans - Kitchens can be tight, especially if you live in an apartment. Instead of wasting all of your valuable cupboard space, try hanging your kitchenware on the wall. You can lay it out in a specific design or just randomly. It can become an art project all in itself!

Have any other inexpensive design tips that you use around your house when the budget is low? Let us know in the comments section below! To find more decor to help update your space, visit us online or at a store nearest you!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

4 Winter Home Improvement Projects

The winter months can be long, cold, and dark, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t stop improving your house! Although you may need to move all your work inside, you can still make great headway on many projects. To help give you ideas on ways to beat your winter renovating blues, we’ve come up with a small list to help out!

  1. Liven Up the Walls - Whether it be with a couple fresh coats of paint, or new art from a local gallery, give your walls the makeover they deserve! Although you may need to turn the heat down to avoid running up a bill from open windows to ventilate, your paint will actually dry faster during the winter months because of the drier air.
  2. Light It Up - With one less hour of light, you’re sure to be using a lot of lamps or overhead lights. With so many different styles of lighting and shades, changing the way any room looks can be done in a day with lighting. And if you want to go all out, replace old ceiling fans with modern styles to give any room a proper face-lift!
  3. Door to Door - Sometimes the things we use the most often get overlooked for their quality. If you don’t want to splurge on a whole new set, simply repaint your interior doors and purchase new door knobs to give them a brand new look!
  4. Bathroom Blues - Bathrooms in the winter can be the worst. Warm showers are ruined by cold tile floors and the brisk air. Improve your bathroom with new rugs and towels. And if you want to go all out, try replacing the faucet to give the bathroom a shiny new feeling!
Have any other home remodeling projects that you like to get done during the winter months? Let us know in the comment section below! And for all your decor needs to help freshen up any room in your house, visit us online or at a store near you!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Year, New Bedroom Life

You might not realize it, but you’ll spend nearly one third of your life sleeping, so why not make the most of the time you spend in the room where it will take place. We take our bedrooms for granted, mainly because most of our friends and family will never spend more than a couple minutes in there at a time. Help yourself out with these tips on how to make the time you spend in your room more enjoyable, and more efficient!

Clean Bedside Table

If you use an alarm clock, like any normal human being, then this may be the first thing you see when you wake up. Eliminate any clutter that will create bad vibes as soon as you wake up. If you use a traditional alarm clock, then don’t make this the place you charge your devices, as it will immediately pressure you into checking your phone as soon as you get up. This will be especially helpful if you are someone who likes a drink of water bedside, as you won't be stressing about spilling it on your phone as soon as you wake up!

Choose Art Carefully

While most people think the color of the walls will affect your room the most, don’t forget that what you put on the wall will too. If your walls are filled with busy, jarring art, it will have a reflection onto your life. Choose art that shows the world who you are, but also doesn’t conflict with the paint scheme of your room.

Seating Zone

Do you spend more time in your bedroom than most? Invest in a chair or two, so that you or your guests will have some place other than the bed to relax. The seat will also be a great place to put on your shoes, or prepare your bag in the morning when you really don’t want to stand anyways!

Double Window Treatment

If you live in the city, or work a late job and don’t wake up early, then you know the pains of trying to sleep with light coming in. Double up your curtains with shades to ensure that your rest won’t be disturbed. This will also keep the heat trapped inside as your windows can lose up to ten times more heat than your walls.

Control Your Tech

If the last thing you do before you fall asleep and the first thing you do in the morning aren’t the same, then congratulations you’re not obsessed with your phone like the rest of us! Create a space where you can store your phone and other electronics before you lay down to sleep. This will ensure they are charged and ready to go for the next day’s use. We all know our phones are killing our sleeping habits, so why not start off the year on a new foot?

Have any other New Year decor tips that you’ve found useful? Let us know in the comments section below! And for all you home decor needs, visit us at a location nearest you!
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