Archive for October, 2017

Five Ways to Make Your Small Living Room Look Larger

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Are you tired of your tiny and cramped living room? Decorating a small living room can be challenging especially when you have your eyes set on furniture pieces that would never fit in the space. Don’t fret. By employing these easy design tricks you can create a living room that is larger than life. Here are five ways you can make your living room feel much bigger than it actually is.

Oversized Mirrors
Using mirrors to visually expand a space is the oldest trick in the book. However, it actually works. Professional interior decorators use oversized mirrors in small rooms because they reflect light which makes the room appear bigger. A unique way to apply this theory is to select architectural mirrors which provide the illusion of a window or door.

Trim and Ceiling
When painting their living room, homeowners tend to leave the ceiling and trim white. Since these architectural features are just as important as the walls you should harmonize them with the rest of the space. You can use a lighter shade of a consistent hue that you’re using throughout a design scheme or the wall color on the ceiling. Apply a slightly darker shade on the trim.

Multifunctional Furniture
When decorating a tiny living room you should take advantage of multifunctional furniture. Consider purchasing a double duty coffee table that serves as both a table and extra seating. An upholstered storage ottoman can double as additional storage and seating.

Mount the Television
Instead of a television stand, mount the television on the wall to save space. You can put a decorative spin on this by surrounding the flat panel t.v with artwork.

Properly Fitted Rug
A custom cut rug that properly covers the living room floors is important for creating a unified look. Store bought ready-made rugs won’t always fit around the corners and dips in your living room’s layout.

Plan the layout
It’s important to plan out the traffic flow in your living room. Section off different areas of the living room according to their function. For instance, set aside zones for working, eating and lounging.

Home Staging – The First Impression Is Everything

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Remember the days when all you had to do was polish the floors and make sure the house was spotless before you put a For Sale sign on your property? Well, times have changed. These days homeowners are seeking out the help of professional home stagers to prepare their homes for sale. Home staging involves preparing your home for the real estate market by making it appealing to potential buyers. While this isn’t an entirely new concept, homeowners are taking advanced steps to ensure that their house looks it’s best before putting it on the market.

If your home has been sitting on the market for some time, or you’re getting way below the asking price that you set then you may want to consider employing some popular home staging techniques.

Importance of Home Staging
Just think of the home tours you’ve been on before you purchased your present home. How many times have you seen a house that probably has potential but you were so distracted by the clutter, tacky furniture and walls that needed to be repainted? No doubt, you were turned off by a house that was visually unappealing. Let’s be honest, potential home buyers are less likely to invest in a property that doesn’t look good.

Home staging is necessary because first impressions are everything. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize living your home. Therefore, you should make sure that they can see the beauty in your property by making sure it’s presented in the right way.

The First Rule of Home Staging
The first rule in home staging is to grab the attention of buyers at the curb. That means the exterior of your home should be in the best condition possible. It’s common to see buyers doing drive bys on properties that have been listed for sale. Making sure the outside of your home looks great is crucial because this is the first thing they’ll see and it also sets the tone for the home tour.

Here are some tips for making sure that the outside looks just as good as the inside:
– Wash down all the windows
– Make sure the lawn is free of bikes, toys and other clutter
– Mow the lawn and weed the garden
– Consider adding some potted plants to make the outside look beautiful

These are just a few ways to ensure that your home is giving the best possible first impression to potential home buyers!

Color Palette Decorating with Gold

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Most of us enjoy the glamorous and luxurious appearance that gold evokes. It’s a color that catches the eye which why it’s no surprise that it has become trendy in home decor. Decorating with this metallic color can be challenging because if it’s not executed correctly it can look gaudy and unflattering. If you’re interested in adding some sparkle to your home, we’re going to show you how to decorate with gold.

Make A Statement
When working with gold materials you have the opportunity to create great interest because gold has such a big impact. So if you’re going to use gold in a room you want to be sure that you create your “wow” moment. Whether it’s gold wallpaper, a side table or a gold covered pillow you should make sure that it perks up the room.

Mix Metallics
To truly bring out the beauty of gold in your home’s decor you should try mixing it with other metallics like bronze, rose and champagne gold. Mixing metallics has become increasingly popular because it adds layers of dimensions to a room. When mixing metallics you should also mix up the finishes. Combine matte, glossy and brushed metallic pieces to create a versatile yet harmonious look.

Gold and Natural Materials
Pairing gold accessories with natural materials makes for a great balance. You can use organic touches like floral arrangements and wood materials to break up metallics. Mixing these elements will prevent your gold decor scheme from being too overpowering.

Gold and Bold Colors
Gold is also appealing with paired with other bold colors like purple and blue. You can use various tints of colors like yellow, purple and green. Using such variations softens the theme and adds a sense of depth to the overall design. If you want to further tone down the look incorporate more neutral tones.

Use In Moderation
As glitzy as the gold look you should avoid incorporating too many gold pieces in one space. Doing so will have the opposite effect and will be overwhelming. The sparkly specks in gold materials naturally catch the eye. So you don’t need to use several gold accents to make a statement.

Down-Sizing 101

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You have thought about it for awhile and decided that down-sizing would be the best option for you. Down-sizing comes with a lot of ups and downs. The ups include purging and getting rid of unnecessary things and having a new place to love. The downs probably include everything else. We get it, down-sizing can have a negative connotation in your mind. But down-sizing does not need to be difficult nor a bad thing. To help you, we have made a list of five genius tips for down-sizing your home!

Down-sizing 101:

  1. Go One by One. When you are beginning the down-sizing process, your mind may be going every direction. Try to focus on one room at a time to avoid confusion. First, you will want to make a game plan before you begin downsizing. Set a schedule and stick to it. Next, make sure everyone in your family is on the same page before you begin the process.

  2. No Exceptions. Getting rid of things can be difficult, we totally understand. A way to ensure that you actually stay focused on downsizing is by only having a “yes” and “no” pile. Eliminate your “maybe” pile.

  3. A Second Opinion. It may be a good idea to bring in a friend or family member to help you make challenging decisions. It can difficult to decide on what to keep and what to get rid of during the move; therefore, a second opinion can help.

  4. Learn The Layout. Knowing the layout of your new home can be an important step for downsizing. It is a better idea to get rid of things before you move rather than take it all with you. If you know the layout, you can begin planning what furniture will fit and what you cannot take with you.

  5. Make a Profit. One of the positives things about downsizing is that you can make some extra money off of the things you decide to sell. Whatever you cannot sell, try to donate to someone in need.

We hope you enjoyed these five easy tips for downsizing and that your new home is filled with amazing memories!