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Living Room Small Interiors

Too Many Doors and Windows in Your Living Room?

8 Tips on How to Resolve Your Layout Dilemma

Bright living room with windows

Well, obviously you are not living in a cave. That is fact number one. Fact number two is not to worry – you can get around this layout dilemma with some simple rules to follow.

Placing furniture in a living room that has doors and windows at every turn can be a nightmare of a layout dilemma – but don’t let it get to you. There is not much you can do other than boarding up the windows and doors and I am sure that is not the way you wish to go. Whilst having too many windows can seem like a burden, it can actually brighten up the room. Having a lot of windows could actually save you some money on your electricity bill too. To save money on these bills, the windows would have to be energy-efficient to ensure that no heat escapes through the window. This could be particularly useful for winter. If you’d be interested in making your windows energy-efficient, you might want to consider reading a window buying guide to learn more about some of the energy-efficient windows on the market. If you’ve got a lot of windows, you might as well try and save money by making them energy-efficient. Of course, they might still be causing you layout problems though, so read this post to see how you could style your furniture around the windows.

1. It is called centering or focalizing. Don’t concentrate on the wall space, but rather the furniture.

Place the furniture as close as possible to the center of the room and by doing so you are creating a specific space for seating and getting cozy. It will create a natural flow of foot traffic in and out of the room.

We are often in the décor mode of placing everything against the wall. You have to get out of this and focus on a central feature. By defining this space everything else you have will automatically find its own territory.

Living area with brick focal point

2. Decide on the focal point of the room

Now, this is tough – you should get a clever (and strong) friend around and empty the room of all your furniture. This puts the whole area into perspective. Do not treat the TV as a focal point. The TV must find its own place once you have decided on the focal point. In my opinion, TVs high up on an arbitrary wall is not going to win the style award of the year. Try and hide a TV or build it into a unit that has other accessories to draw your eye to, i.e. books, vases, collections, etc.

If there is no obvious focal point like a fireplace, picture window, etc. then select a wall on which for instance, the door is over to one side and then use this by hanging art or setting up your TV. I am suggesting getting a clever friend – because he or she will give you a whole new outlook on how to set up the layout.

Living room with french doors

3. Measure and draw up a diagram with all doors and windows of the sitting room

Perhaps you need another clever friend here as well if your to-scale-drawing skills are mathematically challenged. Everything to scale including the furniture and then on the scaled space place your furniture and get a perspective. Work out where the natural flow of traffic will be. You may have to chuck some stuff out – beware. No point in trying to squeeze those ugly step sister feet into Cinderella’s glass slippers.

Living room layout draw out

4. Incorporate an existing rug or plan for a new one

Along with the furniture make a plan for where a rug will go as this will help in defining the seating arrangement. It should be slightly smaller than the seating area. An area rug even on top of existing carpets will give you a lovely platform to build your seating around. If you have an existing one and it is larger than the planned seating – just make sure that it does not hinder traffic. You don’t want people falling off the so-called platform!

Living area with fireplace focal point

5. Symmetrical is best

For instance, sofas facing one another or a smaller sofa facing two armchairs. If you are going to end up with an L-shape in your sofas, then make sure there is a small table between them for a lamp or other accessories. This also applies to two chairs- place a small side table in between. Then of course you can work out the position of your coffee table. If it does not fit proportionately – sorry to say but consider getting a new one.

6. Lighting to demarcate and give ambiance

Once you have formatted the space for seating – then take lighting into consideration. If you need to you now have a central spot to place an overhead light fixture. It will allow you to have lighting without having a spaghetti junction of power cables and will not block any view you may have. This does not mean you can’t have side lamps, or lamps behind the sofas- just make sure the cables are out of sight. Want to go the extra mile? Why not invest in some new window coverings that can allow you to harness the power of natural light during the day while at the same time benefitting from privacy in the evenings.

Chandelier living room

7. Arrange your artwork on any bare walls you have

If you have lots of doors and windows in the room you are inevitably not going to be hanging lots of big art works – so, my dears, choose selectively. Remember you after a stylish home – get rid of the junk. Your clever friend will be able to help you here.

Living room picture frames

8. Consider sliding doors or hanging doors

These will give you plenty more space in which to work. You want foot traffic flowing naturally and these types can help in this dilemma. You don’t want your guests reversing and taking sharp right hand bends! If you’re wanting a spot of home improvement then you might be thinking of a sliding glass door repair service to bring new life into your doors once more, while also changing the way the whole room flows. If one of your living room doors leads into the kitchen, you may want to look at replacing that particular door with one of Plastpronic’s fire rated doors to make sure that, if anything were to go wrong, the rest of your home is protected in the event of a fire.

Hanging doors living room

Thanks! Lea Ann

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Bathroom Small Interiors

Five tips for making your small guest bathroom great

Moved in to your new apartment and confronted with a bubble-gum-pink guest bathroom? Fear not, especially when you can simply get in touch with the contractor and find out more about what the best addition for your bathroom would be. In this instance, of course, you can’t go wrong whatever you do, but generally, you need some inspirational tips and ideas to get cracking and do a makeover to your small guest bathroom that will not necessary cost the budget of a small developing country.

Unless you are living in a palace where there is a Marie Antoinette Suite, most guest bathrooms are multifunctional as the majority of the time they are just another bathroom in the house. Then when you have a guest, if you are anything like me, it gets transformed into a tidier more pleasurable place to be. That is, as long as you haven’t completely neglected all functionality of your guest bathroom’s plumbing systems. If so, you may have a bigger issue on your hands and you may want to get in contact with a berwick plumber before it’s too late.

So, with all their uses they can be easily cluttered and neglected in the décor department. These are some ideas for you to jazz up that room and decorate so that it is both functional and stylish. Some ideas are for remodelling and some are purely for accessorising beautifully.

5 tips to get your guest bathroom on the road to recovery

# 1. Add glamour

You want to feel comfortable and pampered in a bathroom. When guests arrive and are confronted with a 5-star hotel suite of a bathroom they are going to be most impressed. (perhaps they will even pay for their night’s accommodation) Glamour can come in many forms, but one of the main ones is good serene (and don’t forget flattering) lighting. Even little touches like having a heated towel rack instead of just hooks can add to the glamour. If you’re looking to buy a heated towel rack, check out this post on EasyHomeConcepts.com to find the best option fr your small guest bathroom. The small bits of glamour can pull the room together and really spoil your guests! Think lovely mirrors, flowers, pleasant colours and a touch of glitz. You could even invest in some premium frameless shower screens to give your bathroom a luxurious feel.

bathroom light fixtures

light grey guest bathsmall clean bathroom

# 2. Choose a colour scheme that is clean and shiny bright

A few coats of paint on your dated vanity will do the trick in most instances. You more often than not will need to install a new countertop to an old bathroom as these are the first things to start looking drab and grubby. New lighting is a must and if you can afford it, get new taps and basins. Add some colour coordinated prints on the walls and you are away.

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small light blue bathroom

# 3. Turn it into a room rather than a mere wash place

To really enliven a bathroom, you should have some nice art work. For a visually stimulating feel in a small space such as a guest bathroom, group three or five pieces on a wall- this can make a big impact and replace that tatty old bath mat with some pattern on the floor. The in thing is cotton printed rugs that add to the unexpected and stylish look in this small space.

modern bathroom

bathroom towel rack and shelf

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# 4. Layer and accessorize as any other room in your home

Add touches that will make your guests feel welcome while bringing beauty to the room like super vanity accessories, lotion and soap pumps, soap dishes, a stylish waste basket. I love wooden and basket accessories and there are some really unique ones on the market these days.

bathroom decor jarsbathroom travel soaps

bathroom jars

# 5. Give your guests space

Guests bathrooms are usually smaller and more confined than other ones in the house and as I have said, they get cluttered. So you really have to be strict here – remove all unnecessary items and make sure there is proper floor space and space for your guests to hang clothes, put their toiletries somewhere, do their make-up and generally freshen up.

bathroom storage space

shelving for towels

bathroom towel space

green bathroom shelving space

Thanks for reading!

-Jess

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Kitchen Small Interiors

Kitchen Colour Schemes for Cabinets and Islands

Choosing a kitchen colour is like selecting only one type of fruit or vegetable from a delectable Italian Market.

I want them all, I hear you say. The infinite combinations open for selection can be both daunting and exciting and not to mention expensive unless you’re using a Raise coupon code. The variety of groupings and possible hues to pick from will be easier with these tips.

6 Big Decisions to take in selecting a colour scheme for your kitchen

Obviously dears, you don’t have to follow these by the book. They are here to help you make a decision.

1. Selecting colours for the cabinets

Cabinets will eat into at least 50% of your overall re-modelling budget but remember they take about 40% of the visual space of the kitchen. So select a colour, or a combination of colours that you like, that suite your personality and that fit into the overall design of your home.

2. Selecting colours for countertops

By occupying a big space make sure they match the cabinets, floors walls. They don’t have to be matchy-matchy, but they do need to fit in. All one colour is a no-no, and can lead to a boring, bland look. Regardless of the color scheme that you’re going with, you will be able to find quartz countertops that will match the rest of your new kitchen as they are manufactured in a wide range of colors and styles.

3. Selecting colours for the floor

Again this must co-ordinate with the cabinets and countertops. If you have an existing floor that cannot be changed (although you would your back teeth to do this!), you then need to work around this first. Please do not have cinnamon coloured cabinets, a beige countertop and pine floors. It will be overly pumpkin and in no ways charming. Always take into consideration the adjoining floors in other rooms so that the “flow” is pleasing.

4. Selecting the backsplash colour

By the time you have got to this decision, your colour scheme should very much be in place. You can either co-ordinate or clash; you can have different textures here or something bold and bright.

5. Selecting the wall colour

This is very often the first place you start, but in fact should come after your cabinet colours. The main tip is to balance with the cabinets, floors and backslash.

6. Selecting the island colour

This is when you can go a little crazy. The island is a very important feature – yes it is a feature. You need to accentuate this and you can choose a similar hue to the cabinets or you could do something quite bold. It all depends on where it is and how big it is.

Here are some ideas that I have managed to collate for you. Most of them are for wooden cabinets in a light to cinnamon colour.

Lovely light grey walls to be offset with the white of the windows and light wooden cabinets. Note the difference in countertop on the island.

ktchen with grey walls and white window boarders

Again use of grey and white walls. I particularly like the lighter floors and countertops. This gives a lovely light airy feel and the modern hardware is fab. The whole open plan style works fantastically.

kitchen with one-piece kitchen island

This example shows that the lovely wooden beams and door frames have been allowed to shine through in the room. If the cabinets had been in similar wood the whole thing would have been too much. So the cabinets are white, and the island comes to the fore.

kitchen with wooden door frames and beams

A stand out island in a lovely duck-egg blue really adds to the charm and high style of this kitchen. The light countertops offset the darker floors. Love the interesting colour on the walls which brings out the natural tone of the wood. If you like to make stuff and are thinking about making your own wooden cabinets then you may need to buy a portable bandsaw. If you don’t know which one to buy, why don’t you check out this review here for further help.

duck egg blue island

Another example of a unique centrepiece – the beloved island – in this kitchen is made to shine with a lick of darker paint. It looks great contrasting with the floors and countertops and adds a sense of crispness to the palette. I found some similar granite countertops near me when I was researching this article and I am very tempted to buy them if I ever redesign my kitchen.

Darkly painted kitchen island

Picture by Caves Kitchens

How about a dash of red?

I am loving these two kitchens where a dash of lipstick red was added to the walls. A bold yet clever move as the kitchen has come alive. Note that the colour scheme is basically the wooden colour of the units, the whiteness of the windows and the red walls.

kitchen with lipstick red accent wall

kitchen island with red accent wall

The dark blue glass tiled splashback gives this kitchen a sense of modernity and fun. Blue works particularly well with these cinnamon coloured cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

kitchen with dark blue tiled splashback

Picture by Zeo Interior

This island is a dream one – being so impressive and substantial, so the light green finish helps keeping it from overwhelming the rest of the room.

large kitchen island

This is an example of the island operating as an island – on its own. It is almost the entrance hall table and has been designed to be multi-functional and beautiful at the same time. The subtle colour scheme has ensured that it is not too overpowering.

kitchen counter island

I included this picture because I so love this look. Clever use of greys and whites along with the natural wood makes for just such a lovely space, full of character and charm.

rustic kitchen wood finish

The interesting green tiled splashback adds a sense of warmth and contrast to the fairly over dominant cabinets and floors. I would have painted the island a lighter colour to really bring a sense of contrast through.

How not to colour your kitchen

Kitchen with bland colour scheme

To me this is an example of how not to colour your kitchen. It all is too much and I think quite boring and unfriendly. The chairs should have been in red, or duck-egg blue and the upper cabinets in a lighter shade.

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Living Room Small Interiors

Think BIG and Think FLAIR When Accessorising your Entrance Hall

entrance way with large decor

Unless you live in a shoe box the number one tip for accessorising is to think big. Little bits of little bits gathered together on a pin cushion are not going to make any difference. In fact, they will detract and clutter.

It is the same when you are accessorising that million dollar little black number you are planning to wear to the next society cocktail party of the year. If you decorate yourself with lots of little bows and rings, and dainty nothing earrings no one is going to take any notice.

home entrance way with white floor mat

The living room and the entrance hall are the equivalent of the WELCOME MAT to the home. You want a nice one. Think of your accessories as if they were precious gems. Collected and collated into little vignettes of interest and curiosity.

7 Big Ways to Accessorise with Flair

1. Choose your design concept before doing anything – it is called upfront planning. And it is a no-brainer.

You have to be 100% clear on what you want. Not everything – but the main things in both the entrance hall and living room. Should it look modern, shabby chic, country. Then the selection is easier, because if you have honed in on modern, there is not point buying little floral curtains. Or if contemporary, then don’t be cajoled into buying that cottagey coffee table.

2. Your personality must come to the fore – otherwise it will look like a hotel room in your home.

This dark chocolate wall in an entrance hall really shows up the beautiful artwork and demarcates the space perfectly. An entrance with BIG personality. No point in making the entrance a meek and mild place, unless of course you are!

entrance way with dark focal wall and accessories

3. Window treatments are a big investment and they last a long time – choose with great care.

The best advice here is to do some research and use magazine cut outs to decide on what you want. If you have a lot of windows and they allow in lovely natural light – then ensure that that light is not hindered by window blinds or curtains.

Window treatments should not detract from any other décor – they should complement or fade away. The rule generally is plain, neutral furniture allows for more patterned, textured or coloured window treatments. You could also consider looking around at different types of blinds or shutters to find the ones that suit you best. Whether you try to find the best motorized shades denver have to offer or whether you look around fo different roman shades, make sure you find the right ones for you to complement your window area.

living room with green and white theme

4. Choose colours to your taste and also not to your taste

What I mean by this is your natural choice maybe fine but very often you can completely overlook colours that may work fantastically in the room. Be open to new ideas and the best tip ever is to get a colour expert to add some insight. The experience will be a “wow – never thought of that!”
Think of it like your little black dress. You may have accessorise with black heels, but the fashionista will tell you to pair it with red stilettos, red lipstick and emeralds dangling from your ears. Wow. What a difference.

blue accents with picture wall living room

5. Invest in lighting – lamp light is like candle light, it immediately adds ambience

Lighting fixtures must lift the room. Different and interesting lighting in the entrance hall will give a welcoming effect and a bit of a wow factor – just don’t make it a bright light and definitely never a white light. You can go as extravagant as you like with your lighting fixtures because when they’re lit up, it’s one of the only things that people will be looking at. Just remember to look for someone like this best ranked Cambridge electrician if you need some professional help when it comes to installing any lighting you may have, as this could greatly improve your safety. This will give you an added reason to go out of the box with your lighting.

For example, these two glass lamps on a console behind the sofa is an ideal way to add light with flair.

elegant living room

6. Bring in the forest and the forest floor

Adding touches of greenery to the room will always be a welcoming feature. And remember that the floor is equally as important as the walls, or window treatments. A lovely bright rug, or geometric kilim will do the trick to most living room spaces. As for the entrance hall, you’ll be wanting to think about purchasing a hall runner that matches your colour palette and aesthetic you’re trying to achieve.

living room with green plants

modern living room with green accents

7. Layer and then layer upon layer.

Remember that all accessories chosen should be about bringing interest into the living room. This applies to art on the walls, your collection of gems on the entrance hall table, or the multitude of cushions that you throw on your couches.

The tip is to ensure the whole thing should look effortless. Layering is all about textures, colours, materials and balance. If you have a large couch, little cushions are not going to add interest unless they are grouped with bigger ones. They will simply fade away into nothingness.

colorful living room decor

Thanks for reading!

Lea Ann

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Living Room Small Interiors

Creative Ways to Decorate Around A Brown Sofa

modern living room with brown couch

What goes best with chocolate? The answer is cream? Yes.

Generally, when confronted with a brown anything in furniture we all raise our brows and mutter boring, practical and so outdated. Blah Blah. Well this does not have to be the case my dears.
We know all about the practical aspects of a brown sofa; the fact that you can spill almost anything on it and get away with the after effects and that any grubby little finger marks are not going to show all purport to practical.

Dark brown is very practical and forgiving. But often we don’t want only practical. Think of the shoes you wear. If anyone were to comment: “gosh those are lovely, practical brown shoes”, you would grind your teeth in utter horror. There is nothing wrong with brown shoes, some of my best boots are Italian leather brown. They are stunning – because they are stylish.

The same applies to brown furniture, or brown couches. Get away from the practical side – that is a given – and jazz the look upwards and onwards. After all, we are all looking for style in our homes.

Here are 5 ways to put some style into your brown sofa so that it speaks to you in a fresh and modern way.

1. Add Cream. Lots of it. In all flavours.

What goes best with chocolate? The answer is cream? Yes

Cast your mind back to the “olden days” of living in a dark sitting room, with thick woven curtains, a brownish no-nonsense carpet and lots of wooden furniture. The walls are covered in family portraits and framed in dark mahogany, swirly wheels. A Brown Nightmare!

No – that is not the idea you should conjure up. So whatever you do, make sure you do not do this.

Fact – Dark brown will dominate a space if you allow it to. Solution: If you add lots of lighter accessories you will automatically balance the darkness and bulkiness of the sofa.

Note that in this example, all the accessories are in light creams or whites. There is no other brown in the room. What works is the mass of different textured cushions and throws and the accompanying furniture all painted white.

The light grey walls are perfect for chocolate brown as they distract from the brown centrepiece. Cleverly incorporated and picking up on the grey are the geometric grey and white cushions along with the animal print artwork.

Adding touches of chrome to liven and modernise the look.

brown couch with light grey area rug

Bliss at Home.

2. Neutralise the Dominance

Fact – chocolate or any brown needs neutralising to be pretty. Solution – add accent colours with natural earthy tones.

In this example, the addition of natural cream really neutralises the dominance of the brown sofa. Additionally, if your sofa is leather, cleaning it can make all the difference. When you begin cleaning a leather sofa , the colour brightens and doesn’t look so dull, making it look brand new.
That is what you are wanting to do. Neutralising can incorporate a different colour on the wall – and I am loving this steel grey which is also brought out in the cushion fabric. The whole room looks at peace and nothing is glaringly obvious. Note the lovely creamy rug – again neutral although it could get dirty easily. If you choose to get a cream rug, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue though. Just contact a Rug Cleaning Kew company and they’ll sort everything out for you.

living room with large window

Crisp white ceilings and trim also keep the space light and bright.

3. Add Warm Autumnal Tones

Fact – brown can work with other warm colours. Solution – make sure that the whole look is crisped up with touches of lighter accents.

Think of fall and the colours that conjures up. Accent hues can be dark, brick reds, yellow, mustard and deep oranges. Brown is a warm colour and allows you to add more warmth with fall colours.
The gallery art, (note the white/cream backgrounds of art), pale grey walls, and the light furniture accents, all balance the visual weight of the brown sofa. The bunt sienna accents give the brown a pop of lovely colour.

living room with grey picture wall

This lovely space really works well with the warm colours chosen on the wall and lamps. Add in touches of animal prints and dark brown accents and you have a lovely feel-good stylish room.

living room with swirly area rugs

sectional brown couch living room

4. Hot Chocolate Cooled Down

Brown is not only in the realms of the warmer hues – you can be very experimental with adding greens and blues. My favourite with brown is duck-egg blue.

Fact – Brown goes with blues and greens. Think forests and lakes. Solution – add these tones to chairs, walls, and cushions

Cooler tones will add a sense of calmness to the space. Think how perfectly those brown Italian boots go with jeans. You can get the same stylish look with your brown sofa as in this example.
Again notice the use of white/cream to add crispness to the overall look.

living room cream accents

5. Add Serious Zing But – beware of colour blocking.

Fact – brown and red work fabulously together. Solution – don’t add only colour blocks of red, mix it with a geometric fabric or rug in a more neutral hue.

This example shows that red and brown can work wonders with the addition of a lighter grey on the walls and curtains. The rug really brings it all together.

living room red chairs brown sofa

Thanks for reading!

Lea Ann

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Small Interiors

Going Green in Small Spaces – Add some Flavour to your Space

Green is a life shade; it affirms life. It is associated with nature and the environment.

Try it – you will be immersed in a whole new environment. Firstly, try it with dashes of green in your small space. You will see it adds such depth to a room, or any colour. Once you begin to like it you can go wild.
I personally always love to see indoor plants and flowers in a home, no matter what size the space. They add a sense of being, of life and vibrancy to a room. Their shapes and textures add so much to the finishing touch of a space and they will not cost you a fortune to replace. Paired with decorative indoor plant pots, you can really add a splash of color and excitement to your home. Plants don’t need to be just contained to the interior of a home though. No matter how small an outdoor space is, there will always be room to grow plants. If you have enough room, you might even want to check out some storage sheds in PA, or wherever it is that you live as they can be a great option for growing plants as well as storing all of your gardening supplies.

Here are some ideas to add the necessary flavour to your small space.

Can It – Yes You Can!

Use old cans in different shapes and sizes and plant succulents to create a quirky indoor garden with a retro touch. This will fill up an old bookcase and turn the preferred spot instantly into an interesting garden. Make sure that you have plenty of light as succulents will wither in a dark space.
The different hues of green add a lovely splash of colour to an otherwise drab bookshelf.

Shelf holding different types cactus

The Dash of Green Sauce Will Add Flavour

It will give you that tang you are looking for. A small room, decorated in neutral colours. The story unfolds. Then add some greenery. The story begins to take shape. These two rooms have only a dab of greenery. But just see how that pops out and gives the space interest and texture.

living room with green accents

living room with green accents

Herbs Within Reach

Declutter your kitchen space by rather having a herb planter nearby. This collection is on a metal table top that will not rust. This unique table/shelf gives the impression that you have a herb garden in the room. The overall effect is like having a beautiful wall hanging or botanical painting of a garden right in the middle of your room. Notice how the vibrancy of the herb colours adds that dash of colour to lighten and brighten the room. Easy on your pocket too.

Planted herbss
An Abundance of Green Makes The Home Look as Though It Is Part Of The Garden
A lovely light filled space is an ideal place to add life and charm with an array of indoor plants. It immediately brings calm to a room. You could Make Your Own Tapestry with some plant-inspired photos to really bring the theme of greenery together and create your tropical paradise.

Planted herbs in the window

Heighten the Interest

these tall potted palms add height and texture to this rather industrial like room. And their colour contrasts beautifully with the rather raw and basic colour scheme of the room.

Old rustic lounge with green accents

Got A Blank Spot – Fill It with Plants

If you ever need to fill a space and don’t have the exact objet d’art, then look no further than an array of plants and flowers. Colourful containers can be in any shape, size or material. They will immediately add that little something missing on that blank shelf, or windowsill.
Arrange them in different heights, intensity and textures and place those odd knick-knacks amongst them. An arrangement such as this can be easily changed and should be like a little shrine of interesting pieces that you have found.

Wall Art and Green Fingers

This is a great way of brightening up an empty space in a small room. Can’t afford that wall art that you are wanting just yet? Then go for something like this. The clever upward shelving adds a new dimension to the grey stucco wall. As a result, many people are now researching stucco homes to see how this feature can be incorporated on the outside too. It has the ability to improve any space, including this one. Dashes of bright green in the plants and the accessories add depth and colour interest.
This is an inexpensive way to decorate as the shelving contents can be changed often.
It is not going to require much attention from you as the plants in this instance are cacti and really only want light.

wall shelf of plants and things
Perfect for anyone without the necessarily green fingers.

Let me know how your garden and your small rooms grow!
Lee Ann

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Living Room Small Interiors

Got a small sitting room? Here are 5 big idea tips for decorating

simplistic sitting room grey couch

Tip No. 1 Don’t fall into the trap of working to the “rules”. There are no real hard and fast ones when decorating a small sitting room!

A small sitting room, or living room as you may prefer to call it, will of course at your stage in life, serve many functions. You may, like me, have just fled the proverbial nests of my youth and are the proud renter of a fabulous space that you are now calling home. Now you want to get some ideas on how to decorate it on your very limited budget and use some of the hand-me-downs and odds and ends that you have collected. I still have an old municipal workers chair that I bought for $5 when I was at university. I love it and it will travel with me always, even when I move into my castle. No decorator or partner will ever convince me to get rid of it. It was my first purchase and will remain so. Proudly. Trust me, a limited budget is a reality for a quite a while. But that does not mean you can’t make the sitting room, or any other room look good.
Fear not. Help is at hand.

Tip no.2 Focus on the purpose of the room. Of course, it needs to be functional, but that does not mean it should be like sitting in a factory.

Yes, my friends, there is a purpose to all rooms, whether they are large or small. So in your case, you want to use the small sitting room as a sitting room. Good, we’ve established something. It is the centerpiece of your home. Treat it as such.

open concept modern sitting room

Tip no.3 In order to maximize the small space, focus on the necessary items you need in the small living room.

This will be something to sit on. A comfy sofa or a few occasional chairs. You need a place to put things on – so a coffee table is a must. If you can’t fit a coffee table in, then try and find small side tables like the ones below that will suffice in literally, putting your coffee mug on, or glass. And I would say the other “staple” is a wall feature where you can store books and put that ugly TV. Furthermore, if you want to make your living room space more personal to you then getting things like family art, where you can make Portraits from Your Photos should make the living room space much more special for you and your family. These elements add a warm and comfortable feeling to your home where your family can enjoy all the fond memories that you have experienced over the years.

You can also find decor inspiration and advice a-plenty on blogs like https://www.compt-aam.org/, which you might find useful. Focus on what will fit into the space and then select the rest of the furniture accordingly.

small simple space

Tip no.4 Be clever in your accessorizing. This includes color.

open concept sitting area
The automatic response to questioning yourself about “What Color?”, is to say neutral. Well, that does not necessarily have to be the case. You can be a bold, small space dweller! Remember there are no real rules. Do what makes you feel good. If you love a pale peachy color on the wall, then do it. If you decide that grey is the way, then do that.
The trick is not to go overboard with either the neutral or the bold, or the pale, or the stripe. You can’t afford to, remember it is a small space and you need to color accordingly.

Tip no.5 Thinking budget – swap the small items on a regular basis to give a fresh look

If you were to go neutral on your bigger pieces of furniture, then you can cleverly do the bold statement on the accessories; cushions, rugs, lamp colors, artwork, etc. If you are opting for artwork, do put some thought into the kind you want to get. You can look through the website of art collectors like Charles Saatchi and develop your own idea of what will work well for your living room. Finding the perfect art that goes with your taste, budget and your room might feel exhausting. But, trust me, it’s not that hard. If not art, you can look for lighting styles. For example, these Neon Mama Japanese style lights will really add some color to your room. However, when you are tired of those you can change them without breaking your bank account. If you want your sofa to be a big bold design, then in order for the overall decor not to fight for attention, minimize the rest of the decor pieces in the room. Overboard is not the look you want. In this room, with the neutral grays and natural wood cabinetry, a feeling of cohesiveness in the small room is achieved. With the addition of the bold cushions and splash of turquoise in the accessories, the room does not feel overpowered by anything.

sitting room with grey focus wall
I will be back with more – living in small spaces ideas.
Cheers for now.
Jess

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Small Interiors

Small Apartment Décor Tips and Advice for First-Time Renters!

Moved into your first apartment? How exciting. And overwhelming! Here are some small room decor ideas to get you off on the right foot! A new environment, a new home and a daunting thought of decorating it. If you’re still looking for your ideal first apartment, maybe this Apartment Guide will help you find somewhere perfect for you.

If you are anything like me, I went a little crazy to start off with. I wanted everything, and I wanted it now. From getting all of my rooms filled with furniture, to looking at electric companies like Frontier Utilities, so I could have a better understanding of the different electricity rates that are out there to help make my house a home, I wanted it all straightaway. These are important things to get sorted as soon as possible you know. Well, actually, that was a bit silly to start off with. Nobody starts off in their new home sweet home, having everything all at once. Unless of course, you are a superstar, have inherited a small fortune, or have a surname that begins with a K and ends with a shian.

No, us mere mortals who have to pay the rent, and the transport costs back and forth to work, the utility bills, and feed ourselves, do not have the cash to splash. We have to work it. And we have to make it all come out in our small little budgets. Credit can give our budgets a bit of a boost when we need it most. Those looking to apply for credit may find Lending Expert’s free credit report a useful resource.
But, trust me, I am 100% sure that one day we will look back and say that this will be one of the most fun part of our lives.

These are some of the tips that I followed in budget management and decorating my first apartment a few years ago.

Tip # 101 Have fun.

But remember that what you buy today could be something that you want to keep forever.
After all – when you live in your castle in your mid 40’s you will be taking life a little more seriously. Surely? I often look back at my parents’ stuff and think – surely they are going to get rid of that old bookcase at some stage? Memories are made of collections.
So start your collection with memories in mind. Don’t think I will trash this one day. Rather think along the lines of “my kids will treasure this as I will.” That will make you think twice about buying something on the spur of the moment.
When it comes to furniture, think longer-term.

modern living room colourful paintings

Tip # 102 Plan what you want to buy.

A few articles of furniture are all you need in the beginning. Friends and family will be happy to pass on pieces they no longer use and your aim should be to search through second-hand shops and flea markets. I have found some amazing pieces in my local “junk” shop. A lick of paint, as I say so often, is sometimes all that is required to turn a piece of junk into a creative talking piece.
Accumulate cleverly and you will save money. I bought my first dining room table after 3 years of saving. And if I had bought the first one I liked, I know that it would not be in my home now. It was not what I would want today.
You have to make it work for tomorrow too.

vintage chair and dresser

single red lamp in empty living room

Tip # 103 Accessorise your new home only once you have the bones in place

Wait until you have settled a bit in your new apartment. It is a small space so over doing it with inexpensive accessories will waste money. When you have all the furniture pieces in place; some new, some hand-me-downs and some that you have spruced up, then look for the accessories that will turn the space into what you want.

girl laying on white couch

minimalist living room

I will be back!
Cheers Jess

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Bathroom Small Interiors

Small Bathroom to Glam Room with These 5 Color Tips

Thinking about repainting your small bathroom this Spring? It is all about enrichment – and a Pop of Color can do the trick. If you page through tile catalogues you will see that the neutrals and naturals are in vogue. You could even talk to a Bathroom Remodeling Service if you’re stuck! Well, that is a relief. I remember my parents’ home where avocado green was the order of the day. Please no. Perhaps a splash of the color on the walls would be acceptable, but certainly not for the bath, the basin and the toilet.

Too much of one thing is not on and certainly not IN! The only thing that should be in abundance is cleanliness and along with this style. Yes, you can. Small bathrooms, can have style. Adding colour will add some pizzazz. Here are some great ideas to get you started.

1.Clever and Creative use of Paint – and then build on from your selection

This is the easiest way to start my friends. Go off and seek the colors that you love. Hone it down to a few colors only. You have to control yourself here. Love the lime green, but darn the yellows are fab. But hang on, wouldn’t porcelain blue be great. I can hear you muttering this.

The easiest is to go white/neutral and be done with it. But you know, as well as I a dash of color adds a great deal of personality to a room.

Paint is relatively inexpensive so start here. All things follow from this.
This idea of having wainscoting in blue contrasts beautifully with the rest of the white bathroom. It is relaxing and adds a sense of depth to the room.

bathroom with white and violet color theme

2.Establish what you want on the walls and where.

Make of list of what you have, what can go and what needs to be updated. Then decide on the finishings.

For example, if you know you want a large black medicine cabinet, shop around and find the perfect one for your bathroom. If you need more information, websites like uniquevanities.com may be able to help you out.

Generally speaking, during this stage of a bathroom remodel, it is also beneficial to contact a plumber to work out any necessary changes to your plumbing and heating that can be made to accommodate your plans. For example, a plumber can help to locate the best possible location for your boiler. Accordingly, you can learn more about the different services that a plumbing and HVAC specialist can provide here: www.paultheplumbernh.com/manchester/heating/boiler-services/.

3.Tiles in all shapes, sizes and colours.

I am personally not in favour of tiling the entire bathroom. In some instances, it works, but in most I feel that it can be a bit stark. Your decision.

Rather use colored tiles to focus on sections of the bathroom if you can.

This cleverly tiled bathroom gives the impression that the window is larger than it actually is through the use of a different color. Note the lovely color accents in the pink towel along with the natural greenery. It is peaceful, but yes still has a punch to it.

bathroom with light tan colour theme

bathroom with violet colour theme

Bathroom with green colour theme
Select the mauve and pinks or the lime green shades. Note some areas are not tiled and by incorporating three types of tiles your eye is drawn upwards to make the bathroom look more spacious. Colored mosaics along with a textured similar coloured tile adds interest and depth. The white floor tiles also add to enlarging the small bathroom.

4.Wallpaper is scrumptiously luxurious

The problem is choosing it. So many beautiful designs lead to indecision; very often this leads to ignoring it. Trust me I know. My rule of thumb – look through the range and select the one you keep going back to. Just like the paint color, you then work around that design.

Bathroom wallpaper with beautiful gold accents

Photo: Veneer Designs

This beautiful wallpaper is accentuated with gold trimmings on the mirror and lights and gives a very glamorous look. Simply some paper on the wall and a touch of bling. Not difficult to achieve.

5.Use color splashes in other areas

Towels and bathmats are the best kept non-secret when it comes to adding Pops of Color. This grey and white bathroom has been glammed up with purple accessories. Heck, when you are tired of purple, change the towels.

Small bathroom with purple accents

Overall, it’s not only the colours you decide to paint on your walls, or which tiles or wallpaper you choose to add, it’s also ensuring that the utilities in your bathroom all actually work properly and it’s not just about the aesthetics. So, before you start anything, make sure your shower works correctly, the tap runs hot/cold water as it should, and ensure your drains aren’t clogged and are all cleared out! If you encounter any of these issues beforehand, then it’s best to visit a local plumber to get these fixed as soon as possible. This way, you can get onto styling your bathroom as you wish. As for this, there is lots more to come!

Jess

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Kitchen Small Interiors

Want a Country Kitchen Makeover? Easy as Pie

Five simple country kitchen ideas to help you achieve the Country Kitchen Look without breaking your budget

We all love the thought of a simple country kitchen and the lovely connotations it brings to mind. The smell of home baked bread, coffee brewing, Grandma’s chutneys displayed, and the cosiness of an open fire. The large family kitchen table, where meal after delicious meal is served and the sound of laughter is in the air. And of course under the table is the heirloom rug. Here are some great ideas to get you going.

Dream on my friends – nothing wrong with that.

But reality can be painful. Your kitchen may look like it is beyond organization, getting help from remodelling agencies like Kitchen Wise for kitchen organization in Frisco might be your last resort. Such companies can de clutter the chaos in your cabinets, and other hard-to-reach places in your kitchen. If you do not have any organizational problem, lets try to make your kitchen space for good-looking! So, here are some tips on how to brighten up your kitchen and turn it into a more countrified style. Even with limited space, there are tricks to making the room look great.

Remember a little thought and cash can go a long way if you follow some of these simple kitchen trade secrets that I have learnt.

1.Expose it all

One of the trademark looks for a cottage style country kitchen, is open shelving where everything is on display. It is really simple to open up your shelving by removing the doors and painting the cabinet in a distressed look.

Then go featherbed and get your beautiful crockery and some collectables out there. Add a dash of greenery and Mr Denver is your uncle!

Ikea country kitchen with accents

2.Mix but don’t necessarily match

Grandma’s stuff with modern – is the look. Include some junk-shop or second hand finds with up to date touches. Some people like to include the best domino hobs as their up to date touches so they can have fantastic modern utilities with classic stylings all around. Use colour in contrasting hues, paint techniques on the cabinets and when you can add some wallpaper that has a distinctive countrified feel. Cosiness and heritage is what you are looking for. A little old drama along with the trendy kitchen equipment you have will give the space a sense of nostalgia and comfort.

3.Blackboard a wall

It is easy to paint one of your walls or even the backsplash of the hob in chalkboard paint which can then be used to keep your shopping lists and things to do lists. It is inexpensive and adds a sense of fun to the room. If you’re not keen on the dark tones of the chalk paint, you could check out Writey. You can create a whiteboard wall to keep track of your lists, nothing too serious – unless of course you want to right down the rules of your country kitchen for others to take note.

Kitchen with blackboard wall

4.Display canisters and jars

Yes, you can pretend that you made all those jams and condiments and you carefully labelled them. It is a clever way of taking the modern out of the kitchen and adding some character. I particularly like old enamel ware and use it often as vases, or places to keep something pretty.

country canisters and jars

Kitchen dishware

5. Original brick

Think farmyard and old heritage building techniques. The first thing that comes to mind is exposed, non-plastered brick. If you cannot chip away your wall rendering, then find a wallpaper that is open brick, stone, wood, or even rock. Wallpaper can be expensive, but make sure that you are only covering a small section and it won’t break your piggy bank.

Thanks for reading!

– Jess

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Bedroom Small Interiors

Small Bedroom Color Ideas

How best to enjoy your sleep. You work hard, you work late and you have nothing on your conscience. When you go to bed, you sleep. Make your bedroom a place to enjoy your sleep.

The dreaded dilemma in painting a small room. I recently bought a new mattress from somewhere like Simba Sleep and it inspired me to redecorate the spare room. The spare room was painted a dingy cream color and it looks so much better now. Whoever stays in my spare room will be greeted with bright colors and a comfy mattress!

Yup this is what is known in designer speak as the DD. Personally, I don’t have a problem because I maintain that you do as you wish in your own home. If you are fixated on canary yellow this month – use it.

The designer police are not going to be knocking on your door and reporting you for outlandish behaviour.

After all home decorators, painting and adding pops of colour is not the same as a renovation. If you have an old cupboard that you have painted a fabulous colour and you like the overall effect, then go ahead and use complementary colours in the bedroom to bring out the best of it. It is always good to browse through sites that offer advice on colour schemes or ideas for your room, but unless you have contracted an interior decorator who will add lots of inspiration to your ideas, you need to decide on your own

Your own preference is what matters

Here are 8 tips, ideas and food for thought when you want to decorate your small bedroom.

Tip # 1. Plan

Simple. Draw up a strategy and ask yourself the following. I know it sounds completely obvious, but by elimination, you can then think clearly as to exactly what you want to do with it. Before you start decorating anything, you need to check the room is sturdy and structurally safe. My friend was going to decorate her daughters bedroom and she found some termites! Luckily she just visited https://www.pestcontrolexperts.com/ and got some experts to come out and get rid of them, but look carefully just in case!!

  1. What is this bedroom used for?
  2. Does it have natural light that you want to maximise on?
  3. Is it for adults, or for a child?
  4. Does it form part of a multipurpose room – are you using it also as a workstation?
    What are the dimensions?
  5. Does it have high or low ceilings?
  6. Is there a bathroom en suite?
  7. Where is it positioned in the home?
  8. And yes, what is the budget for this?

By answering these – you will know how to furnish it. Once you have established that, then you can move on to how to and where to, add the colour.

Tip # 2. Dark or light?

The DD! Remember that choosing a colour scheme is like choosing from a gourmet menu. You only select what you like.

You decide. Do you want dark and heavy colours that give the room a cosy, cocoon feeling that will turn the bedroom into a sanctuary for the ultimate sleep, or do you prefer a lighter feel to a bedroom that makes use of the early morning sun?

Going back to the questions – what sort of natural light does the room get?

The majority of people like a bedroom saturated in natural light. In this instance lighter hues work well. But you may not be fortunate enough to have this in your small bedroom – perhaps it is a room that gets only a little light. In this case it is probably best to have a higher colour saturation, i.e. deeper colours.

Deep violet bedroom color

Tip # 3. The eye needs to be tricked

So we know that it is a small bedroom and you are wanting to create a feeling of airiness and space in it.

Bedroom with light orange toned

The main trick here is to use different tones of similar hues in the room. By using just one colour – generally, as this is dependent on the dimensions and particularly the ceiling height – you will remove the visual boundaries and so create a feeling of a bigger space.

Tip # 4. White is not the only option

Don’t fear. Colour can be brought in not only on the walls and ceiling, but also through accessorising. Pops of colour add a sense of cheerfulness – so feel free to do this in cushions, on the bedside tables, lampshades, and throws.

Small bedroom with bright color complements

If you love colour as I do, there are ways to incorporate it into the small bedroom without the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Tip # 5. Relax

Any colour you find that is relaxing for your small bedroom will work. The thing is to remember that a bedroom is a place of rest.

Dark relaxing shades

Traditionally homeowners have been told steer away from darker colours in their small bedrooms, but because trends are more inclusive these days and a lot less prescriptive, you are allowed to use any colour, even dark shades, because, remember this is your personal space. You can do as you please – as long as it makes you happy.

Tip # 6 Dark shades for cosiness

Deep colours can camouflage the size of the bedroom. The important thing to remember is that whatever you choose must be soothing – so even reds can be used to create a feeling of cosiness. But note that your accessories need to complement the wall colour, not clash with it.

light grey colors with matching complements

Tip # 6 Greens, Blues and Neutral Shades

Layer the varying shades of your selected colour in the trims, the curtains and rugs. Companies such as Bazaar velvet also know the importance of matching certain pieces in your room by colour. This can make all the difference to the overall aesthetic and that’s what we are after.
You want to avoid the room being demarcated into different spaces so a similar hue throughout is a good way of making sure there is a sense of unity.

Light green complements

Charcoal and taupe are very on-trend and I must say I enjoy these hues in a bedroom, having recently decorated a space with these colours I managed to visually expand the space.

Earthy and neutral tones are frequently used in small bedrooms and are very good in making the walls recede. Accessorize to your hearts content with these tones and you will achieve a relaxed and comfortable feeling in the room.

Tip # 7 Ceilings – pay attention

Normally white is the best choice for a small bedroom’s ceiling. But be careful when using white on the rest of the room as a stark white can make the room feel cold. Rather use soft tones of ivory, butter or cream.

Light creamy colors

Depending on whether the room is for adult guests or for a child, you can of course change the colour of the ceiling to blur into the same hue of the walls. Pale blues, creams or even a mint green can work wonders. Don’t forget to have pest control similar to futureservicesinc.com if you end up having bed bugs! Wouldn’t want your beautiful room ruined by bed bugs.

Tip# 8 Have fun!

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Living Room Small Interiors

Tips for A Stylish Small Family Room

Even Your Smallest Family Members Will Be Inspired

With the opening up of old homes and apartments into fewer rooms along with modern design trends, there is inevitably going to be a blurring of form and function of some of the traditional rooms that we have been accustomed to.

Kitchens are migrating into living and dining rooms, living rooms are merging with the great outdoors and bedrooms and bathrooms are becoming incorporated into one.

So the question is then, what is a family room?

What then is a living room and what about the new trend of craft rooms?

So dears, here are some of the traditional differences between a family room and a living room. Take of it as you wish and incorporate these facts into your home – you decide then what is which and which is what.

The main tip is to decorate according to their functions laid down by you and only you.
The living room – if of course, you are fortunate to have such a separate luxury – should not be the same as the family room. Should you be confused as to how to set out your space and demarcate a distinction between the two then listen up.

The position of a family room vs. a living room

Sometimes people will walk into an apartment or small house and get confused as to both terms becoming interchangeable. Well dears, what good is a mind if it can’t be interchangeable I ask myself. You decide which works for you and your family or family to be.

The living room is generally designed to be the biggest room in the castle. It is supposed to be the centre or the heart of the space called home. Yes, and generally it is in the front – in the olden days, i.e., in the 2010’s it was called the front room and as the thigh bone is connected to the hip bone, it is generally connected to the dining room area. Which of course now has become the kitchen, which is part of the living room. Perhaps this would be a good place to put in some steel dining chairs to add a touch of class to the area.

I jest – all is interchangeable and fluid. I know a family that even had one of these backyard storage sheds as their main living space, and they made it incredibly cozy and comfy too!

The family room is generally, or was, generally connected to the kitchen and is more likely to be part of the kitchen these days than the living room. This is all of course dependent on the size of your abode.

If it leads off into the garage, garden or courtyard, terrace etc. – you can rest assured it is more likely to be a family room than a living room.

The functionality of a family room vs. a living room

Entertainment is what it is all about. This is the living room; whilst you are living you are entertaining – all in the same room. It is more formal than a family room. However, if you are a child, you may see things in a different light.

The family room is multipurpose – things happen here in a less formal way; maybe a home office, a child-friendly place, or a crafts room, or of course all of these.

The design of the family room vs. the living room

Living rooms should be where your style shines through rather than where function is important. This is where you put your lovely collectables and prized artworks. Accents are important and the room should be at peace with itself.

In terms of design, it’s well-known that living rooms almost always include an entertainment centre, TV, sometimes even a computer. But they also have plenty of storage and a more or less classical layout.

Family rooms – because they house the family with children of all ages – need to be more flexible. Versatility is key. This is where you have what I call schlumpy couches, recliners, family portraits, photos etc.
Simple inspirational tips for designing your small spaced family room and in particular, with children in mind.

Tip # 1. Functional and tidy. Teach your children well

No excuse here – the space should not be the family tip. Tidiness is essential. So make the most of storage containers, shelving and clever use of space. Inexpensive open shelving will make it easy for children to access art supplies, and playthings, books, games etc.

Functional storage space

You can also make use of baskets to hide things away and they are very attractive embellishments to a room by adding texture and colour.

Tip # 2. Have fun and be bold. Listen to your children

If you asked your children what colour to paint the walls and the shelving, rest assured dears, they would choose a different colour to your more conservative approach.

Colors for children

Yellow in all its different hues has been proven to make children, and yes, wait for it, adults happier! There you go, problem solved.

Tip # 3. Don’t do the dungeon thing. Don’t bring children up in the dark

I have always hated the idea of going into the play room or the family room as they were inevitably dungeon inspired, dark and harsh. This was because adults thought that kids needed to be controlled and preferably chained to the walls! You could look into storage sheds that can be used as a playroom and let the children go wild with their creations and decorations to create a bright, child-friendly atmosphere… And it keeps the toys out of the family room. Win, win.
Fun children throw pillows from Ikea

Tip # 4. Add comfort for all ages. Hear your children

Large floor-cushions and lots of soft rugs will give a much needed soft landing space to the room. Mix, match and clash colours and textures and this will add a sense of fun to the place.

Tip # 5. Add personality. Give your children space to create

My very best in a family room is a montage of children’s artwork and crafts cleverly interspaced with adult’s art pieces – it really adds a personal dimension to the room and will inevitably be the envy of all other visiting children and adults alike.

Living room with frames and art pieces for children and perents

The trick though is to spend some time and money on the framing of these prints. There is nothing worse than a hodge-podge of bent and screwed up paintings stuck to the wall. (My worst is when they take over the fridge! Think art gallery please, not a nursery school pinboard. If you’re not a fan of art, then you could use Your Photo as Wall Decoration instead. A lot of people prefer this, it makes the room feel more homely. Pictures of the family, friends and pets would look lovely in the family room. However, make sure to research some inspiration so your photos look nice when they’ve been hung up.

Small space inspiration comes from big thinking – just remember that.
Yours
Lea Ann

Family room vs. living room

Living room or family room