5 Tips to Lighting Your Home Tastefully

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Whether you’re building your home or upgrading your existing space, you can add lighting tastefully and set up the right ambience and mood in your home. Rewiring a home isn’t easy, but worth the investment. However, if you’re living in a rented space, it might not be possible.

Proper lighting can curate your home for comfort and make it look expensive. Lighting can have a subtle, soft and glittering effect in your interior space. The right lighting can add magic to your room. It can define a room’s functionality and set the right mood.

Lighting has a dramatic effect on interior spaces. It can highlight your home’s positive attributes in the eyes of your visitors or even buyers, making it appear more attractive. Eye-level and overhead fixtures, including multiple lighting sources can illuminate your home and bring out the right ambience. Here are tips to help you light your home tastefully:

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1. Add Multiple Lighting Sources

Layer lights in your home for proper lighting. Different lights come in handy when performing specific tasks. For instance, the lighting you’d need for reading, a cocktail party, watching a movie or even just relaxing in your living room would differ. Pendant lights in the dining area can ground the dining table, creating a sparkling, ambient lighting.

Table lamps offer general lighting and a modern touch with their texture, shape and color. Sconces in entryways can be fixed above consoles with mirrors on the opposite walls to create a focal point. Sculptural sconces can make bold statements in your home. Recessed lighting can illuminate your artwork and reflect light away from walls for a better ambience indoors.

Floor lamps are perfect for reading. Complement pendant lights with recessed lighting in large rooms. Install swing arm on your master bedroom walls on both sides of your bed for easy reading when you need to. Layering different sources of lights at varying heights is the key to a complete and robust, lighting scheme.

2. Add More Windows

Windows bring in natural light indoors. Make sure your home has sufficient windows or large ones to ensure there’s enough natural light indoors. If you’re building your own home, consider large glass wall windows to bring in sufficient light indoors during the day.

3. Install Skylights

Skylights are also an excellent way of illuminating your home during the day. Use them if there’s no way to increase the number of windows in your home. They can be fixed on your roofing for optimal results.

4. Accent Lights

Add accent lights in your home to highlight certain artwork or objects in your home. Ceiling accents can highlight unique details on your ceiling with a touch of sophistication and elegance.

5. Clear Blinds and Mirrors

Clear blinds can allow more light into your home during the day for optimal illumination. Add a few mirrors in your living, bedroom or bathroom to reflect light for better lighting.

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Smart Storage Solutions for Small Homes

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Small homes are, in most cases, less expensive and easier to maintain, but they often lack sufficient storage space. So if you are planning to move to a small apartment closer to your workplace or just looking for ways to maximize storage space in your existing apartment, don’t forget to have a look at our top 5 storage ideas for small spaces.

Multi-utility furniture

Multi-utility furniture offers you a smart way of maximizing storage in a small home, without taking up extra space. For example, a kitchen island with built-in storage shelves not only functions as a convenient workspace, but also gives you a handy space to store your wine bottles, mixing bowls, extra dishesand so on.

So if you are planning to go furniture hunting, look for items that serve multiple purposes. A kid’s bed with pullout storage will give you plenty of space to store toys, books and other kid paraphernalia. Anantique trunk with a flip-up lid can be used as a coffee table and for storing blankets or board games.

Up and Down

From built-in crockery shelves to a cozy home office, the space under your stairs can be used for a dozen purposes. But did you know that the space over the stairs, or for that matter, the steps, themselves could be used for storage? The stuff.co.nz website has some smart ideas to turn the not-so-properly-utilized space surrounding the staircase into bookshelves and to use hidden drawers under the bottom steps for storing shoes, books and so on.

Hang them up

If you are falling short of storage space in your new home, make hooks your new best friend. Avoid clutter in the hallway by using hooks to hang coats, scarves and jackets. A pocket organizer hung on the door of the closet can be used for storing small items such as socks, scarves and belts. Save precious storage space in your kitchen cupboards by hanging pots and pans on hooks on a metal rod above the sink. No floor space in the garage for your bicycles? Hang them up on the ceiling or on the wall using a pulley system.

Add more shelves

Break up the vertical space in your existing closet by adding shelves, clothing rod extendersor dividers. The space above clothing rods in most wardrobes can be used to add an extra shelf for storing shoes. If you have a recessed window in your bedroom, add a hanging bar below it and use it as open storage for your clothes. In the kitchen, add wire organizers to the inside of cabinet doors to store plastic bags and other light items.

Under the bed

While beds with built-in storage are always a good idea, don’t fret if you don’t have them. You can still make use of the under-the-bed space by buying open bins on casters – they make excellent storage for out-of-season clothes and extra bed linen. Just make sure that you cover your stuff up properly to keep them safe from dust and pests.

Kurt Jacobson is a writer and vacation rental manager. Knowing what it takes to maintain pristine appearances for customers, he thrives on sharing what he’s learned from his experience. When he’s not managing a property, he writes about home cleaning in Plymouth for Professional Home Cleaning Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

You Can Have Window Treatments and Pets

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Don’t let the sight of your kitten climbing the shear draperies on your floor-to-ceiling bay window make you swear off window treatments altogether. It’s true that between the safety issues and the temptations they present, window coverings are often a pipe dream for pet parents. But you can find window treatment solutions that are attractive as well as safe for (and from) your furry four-legged child. Furnishing your home with him in mind is considerate and logical.

Drapes

If you have the type of windows that require drapes, or if it’s a simple matter of your preference of drapes over other window treatments, don’t despair. Draperies are still an option for doting pet parents. You just have to know which fabrics will work and which ones won’t, and take a few safety precautions.

Keep the length short, if possible. A floor-to-ceiling window will obviously require full-length drapes, but normal-sized windows are better off with shorter curtains. Definitely make use of the child-safe cord savers if you opt for window coverings that require cords.

Silk and shears will snag and shred easily, even if your pet doesn’t attempt to climb them, so avoid light, wispy fabrics. Heavy duty fabrics are long-wearing, but steer clear of velvet if you don’t want your pet depositing a streak of fur every time he brushes against your drapes. No fabric is pet hair-repellant, so coordinate your window treatments with your pet’s fur color to limit the number of times you have to vacuum them each week. And look for drapes that are made from pet-friendly fabrics like William Wegman’s Crypton. You can even get a luxurious and supple look that’s machine-washable when you use a microfiber like Ultrasuede.

Blinds

Dropping the drapes to install blinds instead will take care of a whole slew of pet-related window treatment concerns. Avoid fabric blinds and go for the ones made of wood (either real or faux) or get the ones made from aluminum. Mini blinds co-exist with pets pretty well, but you should remember to hoist the ones on your pets’ favorite window all the way up during the day so he doesn’t get tangled and break them when he wants to see what’s going on outside.

Whatever choice you make, cords are still a concern. There are always the child-proofing products that double as cord savers, but the best solution is cordless blinds. They’re easier to operate and you’ll never have an messy and dangerous tangle of cords dangling down your window frame.

Valances and Shades

The ideal answer to the pet-window treatment problem are short window coverings that only go down as far as the sill. Shades are exceptionally useful, because they roll up out of reach when they’re open and they don’t have enticing cords or fascinating tassels to encourage window covering destruction. Pair a decorative fabric shade with a valance in a complimentary color and fabric for an aesthetically pleasing look that is pet-proof. The valance need only reach down as far as the windowsill, too and, like the shade, it doesn’t have to have any tantalizing bobbles or doo-dads that are hard for kitties to resist.

 

Larissa Jester

Larissa is a vet tech who has three dogs of her own. She loves to write about animal care and environmental issues.

 

 

 

 

 

Peacocks Inspire Eccentric, Chic Bedroom Décor

Peacock-Inspired Since ancient times, the peacock has been a symbol of wealth, royalty and rebirth. From their origins in India, cultures across the globe have adopted the peacock as a symbol of prosperity and decadence. Since the late 1800s, the peacock has been a popular piece of iconography throughout the western hemisphere. The rich, saturated hues of the birds’ body and feathers make the peacock the ideal inspiration and palette for a chic and sumptuous bedroom design.

Peacock- Inspired Bed

Spruce up your bedroom décor by adding chic peacock-inspired accents. Decorate your bed with a variety of throw pillows in peacock blues or feather prints. You can even use decorative pillows that feature a couple of peacocks. This will add some spice to your bedding. Look for luxurious sheets with a high thread count in a deep purple, rich blue or vibrant green.

Try using complementary colors such as shades of orange to accent the blues in your bedding.

Photo by WickerFurniture via Flickr

Beautifully Colored Accents

You don’t have to always decorate with peacock-patterned everything to pull off the eccentric peacock look. Use decorative candleholders for some flair. Incorporate furniture into your room with royal blue touches and burnt gold. If you think these colors will be too bold for your furniture, opt for a coal black instead, which will tie in all the colors of your room harmoniously. You don’t have to go out of your way to buy all new furniture, either. Do you have old furniture tucked away in storage? You can easily transform old furniture into a DIY project with some paint and new hardware. Look for inspiration in other parts of your home, too. If there are items that don’t mesh with your new theme, re-purpose or donate them. If you need to, look for a self storage unit for rent to store these items until you can get rid of or replace them.

Photo by BarCar via Flickr

Windows

You don’t want to overpower your room or make it feel supercharged; select drapery in a fresh, clean and crisp white. Using white curtains will allow your space to feel open and calm while complementing blues, greens and purples.

Rich, Deep Colored Walls

For the ultimate peacock-inspired paradise coat your walls in a deep royal blue paint to create a rich but restful canvas. Add accents in peacock blue and black with hints of royal purple and burnished gold. If you’re looking for something more subtle, try painting your walls in a calming light color and paint one accent wall in a royal blue or emerald green. For a trending accent, try using peacock wallpaper or a wallpaper stencil instead of one solid color. Decorate your walls with artwork featuring peacock hues and prints. For a simple, chic and elegant look opt for a simple feather silhouette print in teals and whites.

Photo by Koka_Sexton via Flickr

Lighting Makes All the Difference

Try using chic and elegant chandeliers in your room! Instead of hanging them from the ceiling, use a light fixture that attaches to the wall, which will add some decorative flair to your room. If you want to stick to a more traditional style, choosing a lamp with a crystal vase and white lamp shade will keep the space feeling chic.

Photo by Monica.Renata via Flickr

Another fun way to incorporate some lighting is to use some chandelier-styled candle wall sconces in an elegant white to pair with the peacock-inspired walls. Try placing a complementary color like coral for the candle sticks.

Jane Swenson

Jane is an artist and freelance writer who lives in Austin, Texas.