General Inspiration Tips and Advice

Decorating with the Five Senses: Sight

Of course the first sense used when walking into a room is sight. People can come alive with the right visual cues; arrangement, light, and colors are the majors elements that draw the eyes.

The art placed in home can affect emotions while looking at it. Hang a cohesive unit of artwork closer together, or use one large dramatic piece. Remember, the center should be at eye level. To draw a certain type of emotion into a room, choose the art that releases what is desired. Hang family photos in chronological order to create an awareness of time. This can help memory and tells the story of life and family. Plus, it’s fun to showcase certain moments that are cherished for everyone to see!

Using different colors in a room impacts mood; blue for calmness, red for excitement, orange for enthusiasm, the list goes on. When weighing options for a paint color, really think about how a whole room of that color feels to be in; if it’s too intense, maybe settle for a focus/accent wall or items. Patterned wall papers can be just as effective too. Playing with them can help you developed a color scheme to invigorate certain empathy.

The right dimness and brightness can impact how everything is seen. Embrace an interesting light fixture that may play with the eye or a smaller simple to create sublty. Be sure to get the right dimness/brightness for the space. Remember, the tone of the lights can also affect the colors scheme. Cool tones will help elaborate a clean and fresh look. Warmer tones cast a homey or romantic feeling.

The bottom line, visual cues transform a person’s mood. Utilizing these techniques can lead to embracing a new outlook everyday. After all, what you see is what you get!

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General Inspiration Interior Designers Tips and Advice

Half Bath Dilemma

When purchasing a new home, the number of bathrooms is generally key. Depending on the size of your family, any additional bathroom space can be a deal maker or breaker. Even a small half bathroom can make a difference for a family home. But, when it comes time to decorating, or renovating this space, you run into some challenges you may not consider in a full bathroom. Overall, you want to make what is generally the smallest room in the house, feel as big as possible.

  • Go with a bright, light paint is a great way to open the space. Sticking with a white or slightly off-white color palette – with either a grey or blue tone is a great place to start.
  • Add wainscoting. The small accent at the bottom of the wall – in white – makes the room appear larger. It also will lend itself to adding some décor to the space, which is not easy to do in such a small space.
  • Make sure the vanity is proportionate to the space. Although you may be able to fit a larger vanity in the room, keep in mind what you need in there. Being that it is a second or third bathroom, chances are you won’t need many bathroom supplies, so won’t actually need that much space. And the smaller vanity you go with the larger it will make the room feel.
  • Get fun light fixtures. Lights are another way to make a statement, as well as brighten up the room (again making it feel bigger). There are a variety of different light fixtures available now in a lot of different colors and sizes so you can find one to fit your space!
  • Use bright window treatments. Sticking with something light filtering – that will give you privacy but let the light filter through is a great idea in a bathroom. Cellular shades or roller shades are good options because they give you a very clean finished look.

Overall, just make sure to keep it simple. If you go bold with your light fixtures, keep your vanity neutral. If you go with a bold color on your vanity, make sure to stay light on the walls. In this room, less is more, but as always make it your own!

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Geometric pattern on these patio doors. Shades Tips and Advice

Go Bold or Go Home!

 Let’s cut to the chase. Most people go to their “safe place” when shopping for shades. “Oh my parents had roller shades so I will get them too”.. Why do we do this? it’s because we are afraid to step out of our box and live a little! We see a bold pattern or color and then settle for that simple neutral because we don’t want to take a chance. If we LOVE the color/pattern, and have to live with it long term; let’s step out of our comfort zones!
One of the best ways to begin stepping out of your comfort zone is with Roller Shades. These window coverings have come a LONG way since your Grandmothers’ thin, vinyl, snap-up roller shades. Roller shades are now offered with bright bold patterns made with a tightly woven polyester or cotton fabric. You can still go the neutral route if you choose but go for a textured neutral or a grey instead of a white or beige. The options are literally endless!
So why do we settle for the “plain jane” look when we have all of these wonderful options?! It’s time to let loose and go for that bright bold pattern! Make a statement with your window coverings and you’re sure to please anyone who comes to visit.
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