April 27, 2017

In any home, the attic space can tend to get overlooked. This part of the house is often seen as nothing more than a drafty space barely useful for anything more than storage. What many homeowners may not realize is this part of the house has wonderful potential. A well-decorated attic bedroom can serve as the perfect refuge and an ideal guest bedroom at the same time. Use these few decorating tips to help make your own attic come alive again.

Remodeling the Master BedroomBring Light Inside

One of the problems with many attic spaces is the lack of light. You can help alleviate this problem by bringing in light colors. Start by painting all the walls an off white. This will make the entire space feel much airier. Then you can add additional pale colors to give the room a sense of personality. Light neutrals like tans and greys keep the airy flow while adding a little character.

Show Off the Room’s Curves

Many attic bedrooms have slanted walls. Make the most of this feature by painting. Avoid dark colors on the ceiling walls as this can make the space feel like a cave. Instead, paint an even lighter shade of color on the wall. Pure white is a great option that will contrast well with the off white walls used in the rest of the room.

Add Texture

Another way to help make any attic bedroom space feel more inviting is with the use of texture. Texture is an important element in any room, making it come alive. Throw a blanket on the bed with a nubby finish. You can also bring out any exposed brickwork or paint any beams that are present. If there is not existing brick, faux brick panels can easily be added to give you the same look and feel.

Use an Accent Wall

Accent walls are walls that are set apart from the walls in the rest of the space. Make the space feel more alive by painting one wall a dramatically different color or add an awesome textured accent wall with faux stone, brick, or wood panels.

Use Furniture Well

Use a minimum amount of furniture and match it to the light colors already in the room to create a unified space. Use the window as a focal point. Door style shutters or sheer hanging drapes are perfect to draw attention to the windows. Keep all furniture fabric patterns to a minimum to avoid overwhelming the space.

Make the Most of the Space

Make the whole attic bedroom more useful by letting pieces serve dual functions. Consider a bed with drawer space underneath for added storage. Install a window seat and then create storage under the seat. This will make it easy to store all your stuff easily. Small overhanging lights are also best in this space. Keep them off the floor so you don’t add clutter. If you want to make the ceilings in the room feel taller, a canopy bed will draw the eye upwards.

April 25, 2017

When it comes to renovations, the bathroom isn’t always the first thing on the list. Fortunately, it’s easy to add some decorative flair in an economical way by working around the existing finishes and fixtures. Read on to learn a few simple steps for adding some personality to your bathroom.

Step 1. Determine Realistic Goals

First, it is important to determine what you can realistically accomplish within your budget. Decide if you have room to paint, add wallpaper, add a new finish to existing woodwork, or simply add a few new accessories to change the look.

Step 2. Decide on a Theme

Select a theme to shoot for such as modern, minimalistic, nautical, vintage, tropical, or one of the countless other options.

Step 3. Choose a Color Scheme

Next, focus on choosing a color scheme. If you want to keep your bathroom sophisticated and clean looking, consider a white base accessorized with silver, brass, or gold accents. If you are hoping to make a lively statement, add some bold accessories or colors. When choosing a color scheme, consider the tone you want to create: tranquil, playful, glamorous, etc.

Step 4. Buy a New Shower Curtain

Buying a new shower curtain is one of the fastest, most affordable ways to completely change the vibe of your bathroom. Since shower curtains are so large, they make an excellent statement piece that can tie the entire bathroom together. You can even base your color scheme around your shower curtain and let it set the tone for the entire room.

Step 5. Include Small Accessories

Adding small accessories is another affordable way to update and add visual interest to your bathroom. These accessories range from functional items such as soap dishes, toothbrush stands, and towels to decorative touches such as candles, artwork, or houseplants.

Step 6. Consider Painting the Walls

Painting is an easy way to quickly change the appearance of your bathroom. The right wall color can have a significant impact on the overall feel of the room.

Step 7. Update Some of the Fixtures and Hardware

Consider replacing old hardware with a new option in a bold finish. If you are looking to keep it as simple as possible, towel bars and toilet paper holders are easy and inexpensive hardware pieces to replace. Although it would be at a higher in cost, replacing sink faucets and light fixtures can make a huge difference.

Step 8. Find Inspiration Online

There are countless websites for decorating inspiration that can be found online. Check blogs that cover interior design to help you figure out what décor or theme that appeals to you most.

Step 9. Be Creative With Your Options

Even if you are a renter, you can still personalize your bathroom by accessorizing, adding houseplants to liven up the space, swapping out the shower curtain, or finding other non-permanent ways to add your own personal touch.

April 24, 2017

Minimalism is one of the defining traits of decor during the previous century. A minimalistic home is one in which space is utilized well in order to create a serene and relaxing home environment. A few simple steps will help you achieve this effect quickly and easily.

Start Small

Begin with a single room. This allows you to get a feel for the minimalist style and see if it’s for you. A guest bedroom is an ideal place to start the process.

Think About Furniture

Furnishings are the biggest thing in any room. You want to use them carefully and effectively. Keep your furniture choices to a bare minimum. Use subdued colors like wood tones that match to keep it pleasing to the eye.

Pare Down

The focus of minimalism is on the essentials. You want to keep to this ideal. Think about each item in the room. If you don’t need it, sell it, donate it or throw it out. Don’t keep things you don’t need.

Look at Your Flooring

Flooring is one of the most vital elements of modern minimalism. You want to be able to see your flooring the second you walk inside. Eliminate anything you have stacked on the floor. A small storage unit tucked away in a closet can help keep the space tidy.

All Surfaces Should be Clear

One of the goals of minimalism is to allow people to appreciate the beauty of objects they have. To this end, all surfaces should be clear. Show off your choice of furniture pieces by removing anything sitting on top and blocking the way of its beauty.

Use Walls Well

Another factor to consider is the use of the walls in the space. For example, faux brick panels can help provide lots of texture at very little cost. Faux brick panels also bring a natural element into the space that helps bring the outdoors inside. The other upside of faux brick panels, they add a lot to the room without taking any extra space or adding any clutter.

De-Clutter

Perhaps the most important way to get a look that is entirely minimalistic is by clearing out as much clutter as possible. Clutter gets in the way of the desired result. All surfaces in the room should be cleared away so as to allow the entire space to look clean and crisp.

Keep Decorations Minimal

As with other aspects of this style of decor, the aim is to keep it light and keep it simple. All your art should be about the minimal use of color. Stick to one or two key colors for all decorative components including rugs and any wall hangings. Any patterns that you add to the room should also follow these rules. Small scale is best. Avoid using larger patterns like florals, checkered patterns and stripes. These can bring the feel of clutter and may interfere with the overall look. The same goes for window treatments. Always use natural materials when possible.

April 22, 2017

The best way to spruce up your walls is with beautiful wall coverings. Various wall coverings are becoming increasingly popular and come in various types and styles. With that, they are also made of all types of different materials. Simply put, wall coverings are used to cover a certain wall for utilitarian purposes or, more commonly, for decorative purposes. Your choice of wall coverings for your room will vastly affect your room’s design and function, which is why you should consider a few things before making your choice. You can follow the guidelines below to ensure you pick the best wall covering.

Budget, Budget, Budget

Wall treatments come in many shapes, sizes, and prices. Because of this, it’s easy to spend anywhere from a small amount of money to thousands of dollars on the perfect wall covering. If you are looking to buy a wall covering for your home, you should determine how much you are willing to spend or can afford to spend before starting your shopping process.

Consider Your Room’s Purpose

Before purchasing a wall covering, you should consider all aspects of your room. You want the wall coverings to blend well with the existing style of the room and also be ideal for the space functionally. Walls in a high traffic area need more upkeep. For example, light swatches on a high traffic wall tend to show more fingerprints, and dining room walls might receive more furniture scratches from chair backs. Clean treatments are most preferred for walls that tend to have a lot of action.

Wall Covering Options are Endless

As mentioned earlier, there are many different wall coverings, and you should choose the right cover that suits your décor, budget, and room’s functionality.

The least expensive wall covering is something you might not consider at first. Paint. It’s available in a variety of finishes—such as satin, matte, high gloss, and semi-gloss—and in almost any color you could dream up. There is even paint for easy clean-up, ideal for high-traffic areas and homes with little ones. Paint is also a great way to create all sorts of decorative finishes on your walls. These finishes are called faux finishes, and you can use this technique to create faux leather, faux stone, or even faux marble.

Wallpaper is the next wall covering on our list. Wallpaper is actually coming back in style. With so many modern, unique, and even aero descent prints they have nowdays, wallpaper does not mean a cheap look. The best part about wallpaper is the easy ability to clean it and it’s ability to cover flaws in the wall. This mid-priced wall covering option comes in wide varieties of designs, patterns, colors, and textures, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find one that fits the style of your room.

For a hard wall covering, good ol tile is a great option. Tiles are easy to clean as well because of the slick, waterproof surface. Grout is the only thing to consider in areas receiving splashes such as the kitchen and water such as in the tub as it can both stain and hold moisture leading to mold growth. On the upside, tiles come in a large array of materials such as marble, porcelain, ceramic, and granite. There are also all sorts of fun new shapes and patterns of tiles available to give you any look your going for from a sleek and modern design to old and rustic. On the downside, tiles are typically more expensive because it takes more to cover the surface of your wall and will most likely require someone else to install them.

Our favorite wall covering option is of course faux wall panels. They are easy to install and therefore a great DIY project. They are also affordable and come in several options such as wood, brick, stone, and even bamboo. They are also very durable and resistant to high traffic, as they can be easily cleaned with water and a rag to remove any spills or fingerprints.

April 20, 2017

Exposed brick in the home has quickly become a very desirable element in a home. This design element is often found in industrial and urban apartments, lofts, restaurants, converted warehouse spaces and even historical buildings. Often times people would love to have this look in their home, however, if you don’t have an older home and hit the jackpot by discovering hidden brick walls behind plaster, having interior brick can seem impossible.

What one may not know, is that the brick look can still be achieved and inexpensively with faux brick panels. This trick is an easy do-it-yourself project that will save loads of money as opposed to hiring someone to give you the same look with real brick.

Faux Brick Materials

Faux brick panels come in many different forms. Some are made from cement that has been formed into molds that are made from real bricks to help give it an authentic textured look. Others are made from actual clay substance so that it can provide the same exact look as well as feel of real brick. You can also find real brick that has been cut into thin tiles. The most lightweight option on the market, however, are Faux Direct’s faux wall panels. They are made from a polyurethane plastic material making them extremely lightweight, but are still formed from real brick, giving them that real brick look and texture.

Using Faux Brick as an Accent

With faux brick panels, you can bring attention to whatever you would like in your home. Use it on your fireplace to make an otherwise average fireplace a gorgeous focal point in the room. When you want to emphasize the height of a tall wall in your place, the brick can be taken all the way to the ceiling and also be used to create the impression of having tall walls when they are lacking.  Wrap an otherwise bland kitchen island or bar in them. You can even use them outside to increase the curb appeal of your home. The options are endless when it comes to faux brick panels.

Embellishing Faux Brick

When the texture of a brick wall is loved but a more contemporary look is what is preferred, the faux brick can even be painted to more suit that style. When going this route, make sure that a latex primer is used first. This will ensure that you have good coverage and that the paint will have good adhesion to the faux brick. When you want to provide a cleaner and a more updated look, go with a shade of either white or gray. If you are more into the hip and modern looks, then a bold and bright color such as turquoise, a sunny yellow or coral is the way to go! A whitewash finish can be given to the faux paneling when you paint the grout lines with a white primer, as well. Then once the primer dries, put a small amount of a white paint of your choosing onto a dry brush then wipe most of it off. Once that is done, lightly feather the paint all across your paneling.

A spray bottle that is filled with water can be used to help even out the thicker spots. Make sure to practice different painting techniques on a spare panel before doing it on your actual panels to be installed your home! This will help to ensure there are no permanent mess-ups.

April 18, 2017

Nothing can ruin the appearance of a room more than an ugly ceiling. This can be from age, stains, color, popcorn finish or something else that detracts from the room’s overall appearance. While it costs quite a bit to hire a contractor to replace it, doing it yourself my be a simpler task than you think.

One simple ceiling fix option is ceiling tiles. Proper installation of ceiling tiles requires precision when measuring and laying out a pattern. When this is done, you can be sure the end result will look like it was done by a pro. It is possible to have a plain ceiling, drop ceiling, or a unique type that will compliment the room.

There are many different types of ceiling tiles available and all will include complete instructions. These include Styrofoam, copper, aluminum, stainless steel, perforated stainless, brass, Faux Stone Panels, Tin Nail-up or glue Faux Tin. The choice depends on the type of ceiling you currently have and the finished look desired.

Prior to starting, it is important to line up your tools. Tools needed include chalk string, a staple gun, utility knife, hammer, level, metal ruler, nails, cement/adhesive, stud finder, ladder, mild detergent, 12×12 inch fiberboard (or type of tile you are installing), pine strips (1×3 inches), molding (if desired) and a clean broom. Before beginning, remove the light fixtures.

To have a beautiful, self-installed, ceiling it is essential to be precise in tile and ceiling measurement. The number of tiles required can be determined by first measuring the square footage of the ceiling, then measuring the square footage of the tile, and lastly dividing the total square footage by the square footage each tile covers.

You will have to use your straight edge to cut the edges of any tiles that are too large. Always, check for a fit prior to applying glue. It is important to always order a little extra tile as well in case of a cutting or measuring error.

Attaching tiles with adhesive, such as Liquid Nails or contact cement, is one of the easiest applications. Adhesive application is not recommended if the ceiling has peeling paint, popcorn finish or loose plaster, as adhesion will likely be impaired. If the ceiling is greasy or dirty, washing with half gallon of water and 1 cup of ammonia will produce a smooth clean surface, which will allow the tiles to remain secure.

Proper installation of ceiling tiles can depend a great deal on the proper locating of studs when going with a tile that requires installation of furring strips. Studs are easily located by the use of your stud finder tool. Screwing the strips into studs provides a safer, sturdier support system. After the tiles are installed, placing molding around the room produces a beautiful finish. Always be sure the molding is a color that compliments the installed tile.

There are many styles of beautiful ceiling tiles available that can change an ugly, dirty ceiling into one of beauty. Ranging from a plain white tile to Faux Stone Panels, there is something to fit every décor and, best of all, you can do it yourself!

April 14, 2017

Utility rooms are a great asset to any home. The utility room is where you can do all of that stuff you don’t want your visitors to see! From laundry to washing the dog, a well organized utility room, decorated with those finishing touches you love, will make it a perfectly pleasant place to do some of your grubbiest jobs.

  1. Practical and Attractive

Choose practical, easy to maintain materials that are also pleasing to the eye. A light-colored hardwood countertop would not only be beautiful, but also great for folding laundry on. A wide, deep sink with a high-necked faucet will make bathing the pup so much easier as well as doing other messy jobs. Did your kids bring home some fish to clean for supper? Send them to the utility room to clean them – keeping the mess contained.

  1. Ceiling Spotlights

Ceiling spotlights are a great way to brighten up a utility room – especially one that doesn’t have windows. It will also give you practical lighting that can help you see those pesky stains — or the scales on those fish. Adding good overhead lighting can be a utility room game-changer.

  1. Use all of the space

A utility room is a great place to hang poles for hanging clothes or drying racks, making the most of the space. There are several styles of drying racks available that can fold down from the wall when you need them and be put back up out of the way when they are not in use.

  1. Add fun details to make the space more enjoyable

You likely won’t be doing a lot of hanging out in a recliner in your utility room, but you can still hang fun signs, do up the cabinet handles with funky knobs you like, or add a fun backsplash to make this space one in which you won’t mind spending time.

  1. Do something different

Open shelving is becoming more and more popular. Use open shelving to hold your laundry detergent. Put your powder detergent in a big fun jar with a scoop to make it part of the décor. Put attractive baskets on the shelves to house your less attractive cleaning rags.

  1. Use different materials

Give your room that will inevitably have the elements brought into it a more rustic or outdoorsy feel with a faux stone or faux brick wall. A faux stone or faux brick wall can give an otherwise boring utility room a little texture and interest.

  1. Racks

Use a rack or rail that folds back flush with the wall to hang wet clothes or items like mittens and socks after a rainy or snowy play day outside. You can also string a clothes line across the ceiling and use clothespins to hang items from clothing – to those painting projects your kids just love to do.

  1. Create variable space

Cabinets are great, but they are often uniform in shelf size. Try and find cabinetry with adjustable shelving that will allow you to accommodate taller items like a vacuum, mops, brooms, or a clothes hamper that you’d like to conceal.

  1. Embrace hooks

Hooks are awesome. You can stick them on cabinet doors, walls or window sills. They come in many different sizes and styles so that you can hang just about anything. Hooks are an easy solution for those messy overalls or a wet towel you still want to use.

  1. Consider your needs

No matter what you put in your utility room, take some time to really think about what your ideal space would look like. Since you are likely the only people who will be in that room, it’s important that it’s a space you enjoy – not others. It’s a great opportunity for you to do some DIY and get creative with your style while you may not be so brave in other less private areas of the home.

April 13, 2017

There are countless styles when it comes to decorating homes but there are several tried and true tricks that work for any style space. Read on to learn 12 tips for creating an inviting, interesting space with ease.

  1. Choose the Paint Color Last

Since there are thousands of paint colors that appear different based on the lighting, your paint choice might vary in appearance from home to home. You also want a color that complements your decor, upholstery, and other aspects of your space. Choosing a paint color last ensures you know exactly what the color will look like and how it will mesh with the surroundings.

  1. Give Your Furniture Room to Breathe

It is crucial to resist cluttering a room with too much furniture or decor. Adequate living space equates to less of a hit to the budget and more room for moving around with ease.

  1. Hang Artwork at the Appropriate Height

Art galleries and museums display artwork so that each item’s midline falls between 57 and 60 inches from the floor (this is in line with the average eye level of humans).

Even in a room with a massive ceiling, it is still essential that art relates to human scale, not structural scale.

  1. Know How to Situate Furniture on a Rug

Generally, there are three basic ways you can arrange furniture pieces on a rug: all furniture on top of it (best for large rooms), no furniture on it (best for small rooms), or just the front legs of furniture on it.

  1. Resist the Urge to Focus Too Heavily on Themes

Focusing too heavily on a certain theme can detract from the individuality of your home. Incorporate a few key pieces of a theme but be careful not to overdo it.

  1. Create a Focal Point

Select a key place to serve as the focal point for your room and allow other items to hold a secondary place. Too many focal points will result in visual confusion.

You may choose to feature a dramatic stove hood within the kitchen, a unique headboard in the bedroom, or a bold art piece. Focal points anchor a room and create an intriguing, interesting atmosphere.

  1. Consider Lines of Sight

Focal points should be clearly seen from each room. It should feel as if you could draw a line to connect the two. This means the ideal spot for a focal point is directly across a room’s entrance.

  1. Downsize Your Collectibles

Even if a piece carries sentimental value, consider finding a new home for it (even if that just means a separate room) if it does not fit the space.

  1. Vary the Scale

Since items that are too large can appear overwhelming and smaller items may appear insignificant, it is important to use varied scale and proportion. Also, remember that arrangements of threes or fives are generally more visually pleasing than even numbers.

  1. Add Various Layers of Lighting

One central lighting fixture lacks the ability to create adequate lighting and dramatic interest. In addition to general ambient lighting, include one or two other light sources in the room and even make them unique pieces for added interest.

  1. Make a Bold Statement

Personality can take a space from good to great. Be sure to have fun and make your own personal statement by incorporating unexpected elements.

An excellent way to add a bold statement is by incorporating a faux brick wall. A faux brick wall is an easy way to boost visual interest and add elegance.

  1. Prioritize Creativity

Ultimately, go with comfortable decor that has a personal touch. Overly designed rooms can look stuffy and cold whereas your own personal creativity will produce a stylish, personal look.

April 11, 2017

Are you looking for trendy new ideas for your home? What about a weather updating, voice-activated, personal assistant that pours your coffee for you? If that’s not your style, don’t worry. The design trends of 2017 have a little something for everyone. In fact, here are a few things you might see more of in homes everywhere in 2017.

Brushed Brass

In recent times, brass has made a bit of a comeback. Even more recently, designers have transformed the idea of shiny brass by polishing away the reflective finish. This is called satin brass or brushed brass, and it gives a warmer feel to the room.

Personal Voice-Activated Assistants

Voice assistants have been spoken of a lot recently, becoming increasingly popular in 2017. With the ability to await your commands, these voice assistants can turn on your music, power the lights, or start up the hot tub.

Converted Vanity Tables

Finding the right pre-made vanity for your home can be difficult. If you are having a hard time finding the right one, try finding an old chest of drawers or a vintage console. Converting an older piece to a unique vanity has become common practice and can be both simple and affordable.

Storage Walls in the Kitchen

Open space is a big desire nowadays especially for those who love to entertain. Because of this, many homeowners are doing away with multiple walls of cabinets that make a room feel more closed in. Instead, they are keeping cabinetry to a single wall, and adding storage in other places such as island drawers or open shelving that keeps the space feeling open.

White and Off-White

A white room is refreshing, but too much white can be too clean. You can balance your white palette with off-white shades or other airy natural hues to create a cozy space that feels open and clean, but not sterile.

More Green

One of the biggest colors of 2017 is green, and it seems to be an instant classic. For those seeking to bring a little nature indoors, green brings a certain zest into the home, working well with wooden tones.

Indoor Outdoor Styled Showers

A great way to get that outdoor shower feel without worrying about the elements is to design an indoor shower with the look of an outdoor shower. It creates an intimate spa-like atmosphere right in your own bathroom while still maintaining privacy. For an easy transition from bland shower to spa shower, try adding faux brick or faux stone panels to create a warm environment with an outdoorsy feel.

Islands that Contrast

White has been a dominant kitchen color for years, but recent studies show white on white can seem too sterile. This color issue can be easily combated by painting the kitchen island with a darker, contrasting color. Gray is a very popular option for this right now and is great for adding a bit of warmth while still keeping that light airy feel.

Bathrooms with Wainscoting

Painted wooden panels in the bathroom are becoming quite popular this year. Traditional wood, tile, or wainscoting breaks up the monotony, adding interest to the bathroom. Wainscoting is especially simple and affordable. The large sheets once cut to size are simply glued or nailed to the wall, finished at the top with a trim piece, seems are caulked, and then the panels are painted to your choice of color.

Pendant Lights on the Bedside

Table lamps are a thing of the past. Pendant lights offer freed up bedside space and can be a benefit in smaller rooms.

Coffee Stations

Homeowners everywhere are beginning to add built-in coffee stations to their kitchens. Who wouldn’t want a warming drawer for cups and mugs? Or a space designed specifically to house their coffee pot? For a true, coffee shop feel, you can add a faux brick panel accent wall behind your coffee station, making it a unique and stylish focal point.

Bedrooms with Romantic Colors

Most bedrooms are painted in cozy colors like grays or blues, but recent studies have shown that romantic colors are one of the most desired colors for a master bedroom. Colors like deep reds or caramel can make a room seem more romantic and intimate.

Breezy Dutch Doors

Dutch doors allow a smooth breeze to blow into the home while keeping kids and pets safely indoors. These doors can be placed in entryways or even kitchens.

Chairs that Hang

Hanging chairs haven’t been in the spotlight for a while, but they are making quite the comeback in the home. These chairs can be found in the living room or even bedrooms to really create a fun modern space and make a statement.

April 9, 2017

Most often, tips for decorating smaller homes involve eliminating clutter and minimizing items. However, regardless of the size, there are certain things every home needs. Following are seven essentials worth including in any size home.

  1. A Landing Pad

Even if your home lacks an impressive foyer, it is still important to have an area to decompress when you enter your home.

Be sure to set aside a little space near the front door for placing your keys and coat. Also, include a seat for a comfortable place to take shoes on and off. For an added touch, a mirror or glass table will offer a welcoming effect.

  1. Bold Color and Patterns

Although using ample amounts of white and light neutrals can make a small space appear bigger, it does not mean color and patterns should be completely avoided. Including some interest and drama will make the space look inviting and interesting.

To achieve the best of both worlds, incorporate color into high and low spaces while keeping the walls neutral. Consider using a bold paint color on the ceiling or an interesting piece of furniture so it pops out against the room without becoming overwhelming.

For additional visual interest, faux wall panels can be added. Faux wall panels add an element to your home that most likely no one else you know has. With so many surface options, you can easily and affordably give your room the unique vibe that you want and others will envy.

  1. A True Dining Space

Small homes rarely feature a dedicated dining space but that does not mean you are limited to eating at your desk or at the counter. Try situating a small, two-seat dining table up against a window or wall.

If your space lacks room for even a small table, consider using a fold-down table that can be pulled out as needed. You can also use a convertible coffee table that raises to dining height during meals.

  1. A Comfortable Place to Lounge

While having a small space may tempt you to focus on compact furniture pieces, it is crucial to still include full-sized pieces as well.

Incorporating a comfortable, full-size sofa or lounge chair, as opposed to numerous small chairs, will result in a much more cozy, inviting space. To accommodate occasional guests, keep compact side chairs that can be added to the room on hand.

  1. Excellent Lighting

 

Small spaces often feature inadequate lighting since it usually relies on a single fixture per area. Realistically, adequate lighting cannot originate from a single source. This makes it crucial to include a wide range of fixtures.

To create adequate lighting without taking up too much space, try going with a plug-in wall sconce with numerous bulbs. Fixtures of this style will create rich light without using up precious square footage or table space.

  1. Live Plants

When it comes to the layout of your home, an excellent way to utilize the space is through the addition of live plants.

Including live greenery helps bring life to spaces, add an element of nature, and create a more welcoming atmosphere. As a bonus, plants are capable of purifying the air.

  1. Room to Breathe

Finally, it is crucial to remember one last detail: empty space.

Cramming every inch of space with decorations, art, and furniture will result in a chaotic, cramped, cluttered home. Be sure to leave some walls empty to maintain an inviting, open atmosphere.

 

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