Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Coffee Table Know How's

The coffee table is usually the last piece of furniture to finish your seating arrangement puzzle, and with good reason. It is hard to know what size, shape, finish, and color should be used to fill in the gap. Here are some tips to help you decide on what type would be best for your space:

1. The ideal distance from the edge of the sofa to the edge of the table is 18 inches. This is so that  it is close enough to reach for a drink, but far enough to stretch at your legs. 

2. Leave at least 30 inches from the outer edge of the coffee table to the TV stand or main focal point in the room. If the room is really small, you can get away with 24 inches,  but 30 inches is ideal!

3. The height of the surface of your coffee table should be 1 or 2 inches lower than your sofa. Standard table heights are 16 to 18" high but if you have a higher sofa or entertain a lot you can bump it up a little so that is makes it easier to set down a drink.

4. Balance the scale of your furniture. If you have a solid color sofa, try a glass coffee table with chrome frame, and if you have a slim sofa, you can get away with chunkier wood coffee table.

5. If you have kids, a round or oval is a better option. If you need additional storage, find a table that have a shelf below for extra storage

6. Glass tables are less bulky and you don't have to worry about finding a coaster for your drinks. It is also great for easy clean up. If glass seems to delicate for your lifestyle, lucite and acrylic tables are great alternatives.

7. Wood brings warmth to a space, but tend to be bulkier. I prefer wood coffee tables in larger rooms with higher ceilings, and a lot of windows.

8. If your room already has a lot of wood already, a metal table or a glass table with metal base can be a nice compliment. 

9. If you want to add a bold pop of color, lacquered tables come in almost any color imaginable. If this is the route you go, make sure to keep the rest of your large furniture pieces more neutral color.

10. Try to think shape with shape. If you room and seating arrangement is more of a rectangle than go with a rectuangualr shaped coffee table. 



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Step Up Your Stairs

Stair can be a really fun way to add some pizazz to your home. Because there is just a small area to work with, you can really get crazy and add color, bold, prints, or even some whimsy. Here are some ideas that you can do yourself to step up your stairs!

Paper the Risers:
Yes, that is wallpaper.....Pick a bold print that will make an impact but make to seal it with a water based sealer to protect from scuffs

Paint a Numbered Runner:
Count your steps and feel free to use different colors

Share Your Thoughts
Have some thoughts you want to share, or is there a quote that you LOVE and would like to see everyday....Paint it on your stair risers

Use Chalkboard Paint
Can't decide what you want to put on your risers? Use chalkboard paint so that you can switch it up whenever you want. Chalkboard paint now come is tintable colors so if black is too harsh, ask your home improvement stores about the available colors

Tile Away
Visit your local salvage yard and pick out some unique tiles that could add a global feel to your home

Painted Runner
Any color will do but paint both your risers and your treads to give the continuous look

Paint the Treads
This allows you to still add color but in a different way

Give the eye some visual candy and paint stripes to add movement



Friday, March 1, 2013

Easy Ways to Renew Your Bathroom Without Remodeling

Bathrooms often come up last in remodeling considerations. Since these rooms tend to be tucked away out of public view, it's easy to let your budget go to the more visible parts of your house first. But a lack of remodeling funds doesn't mean you can't update your outdated bathroom and make it worth spending time in.

1. Play With Paint
Painting walls, shelves or a vanity can be an inexpensive way to update your bathroom without having to make any other big changes. Use a water-based primer which will keep moisture off your drywall and prevent mildew. You'll also want to look into a mildew-resistant paint – I suggest using a semi gloss paint because it repels moisture and is easy to clean.

2. Paint your Ceiling
Paint the ceiling the same color as the walls — as long as they're not white. This makes the bathroom feel warmer, because the color visually makes the ceiling fade away and does not give your eye a stopping point. It is a continuous look

3. Break up the color
For a quick design element with a custom look, add wainscoting around the room and then using a different paint color above and below it. This breaks up monochromatic walls and adds charm.

4. Lighten Up
Even a great bathroom can feel drab and depressing when the lighting isn't right. Start with the least expensive lighting fix. Trim thick shrubbery outside your windows, or replace thick curtains with some that let in light while retaining privacy.

5. Upgrade Your Accessories
Changing hardware and bathroom accessories may be the easiest and most inexpensive way to spruce up your bathroom. Choose drawer pulls in bright colors or unique materials to make a bold statement on a plain vanity.

6. Simplify Storage
Half-empty bottles of shampoo, abandoned beauty supplies and perfume samples pile up fast, taking up valuable space in bathrooms. Storage solutions aren't always attractive, so save yourself time, money and space by editing your bathroom supplies. Take a realistic look at what you really need each day, and store or get rid of the rest.