Every home has unique features that challenge and force us to get creative with our design. One of the biggest challenges can be natural light. It’s something that every home owner wants, but doesn’t always get. What if you don’t have the luxury of endless natural light? Are you suppose to knock down walls or start cutting holes to make windows? Okay, we know that’s dramatic, but what are you really suppose to do? Natural light is a great design element to emphasize, but for some homes it’s just not an option. For those finding themselves on the lower natural light end of the spectrum, there is hope! We have three ways to decorate darker spaces that don’t require demolition.
First, design and decorate with lighter colors. Using a lighter color palette will instantly make a room feel brighter. It’s a known fact that white reflects light and black absorbs it. If you decorate towards the whiter, lighter side of the color spectrum you will find yourself with more light in the space.
Second, add mirrors to the space to help reflect light. You’re at least going to have a window or two that will splash some light into your home and you need to take advantage of that! Use a mirror to not only open up the space, but to help add extra light.
Third, layer your lights to create a well lit and balanced space. Layering your lights consists of using ambient, task and accent lighting together in order to maximize the light. Each light source works with one another to help make a full, well lit home.
Using color to accent walls and spaces is a great technique that anyone can use throughout their home. Step one is deciding what color you want to accent or highlight the space with. When you’re picking out the color there’s one main thing you need to consider, what do you want your accent color to accomplish? Do you want it to be bright? Do you want it compliment the color palette in a subtle way? Maybe you want something that does both? If you’re having a hard time deciding how to use color to accent, these 3 ways to accent your home with color will help. Each of the 3 ways to accent your home with color gives you design ideas and decor options to help you accent with color.
1. Accent A Wall
The easiest, and most effective way, to accent with color in your home is by painting a wall. It’s one wall with one color and you’re done. Painting can be a hassle, but thankfully it’s only one wall and not the entire room. This wall can be painted in a bright color to stand out or it can be used to add color while complimenting the space (pictured above).
2. Accent A Specific Section
If you want to get creative with color, try accenting a specific section of the space. For example, in the kitchen you can paint the island a different color to create an accent piece in the kitchen space (pictured above). Another way this has been done is by painting the inside of shelves. If it’s a built in shelf, for example, the inside area of the shelf can be painted a different color to create a more interesting accent style.
3. Accent With Accessories
The third way to accent with color does not involve painting. If you’re not handy with a brush, this is the option for you. Accent the space by decorating with accessories (pictured above). This is usually done by decorating on a neutral color palette in order for the accessory colors to pop. Hunting the pieces down can be a task, but it is all part of the fun that we call decorating. Also, don’t forget how easy the internet has made shopping for specific color palettes. Each item adds a fun pop of color that allows you to use colors to accent the space to your heart’s desire.
The dining room chandelier is a design conundrum that has been around for as long as we can remember. There are many aspects that go into making this design choice. The official standing, and what you’ll most likely read in the textbooks, is to hang the chandelier 30-34 inches above the dining room table if you have an 8 foot ceiling. If you have a higher ceiling you add 3 inches for every foot above 8 feet. For example, if you have 10 foot ceiling you would hang the chandelier 36-50 inches above the table. That’s just the start.
On top of the hanging height, you need to take into consideration the width. The general rule is to make sure your chandelier is 12 inches narrower than the with of your table. So purchase a wide table because we don’t want anyone hitting their heads on it now, do we? That’s not too bad, but wait! It’s then suggested that the chandelier be 48 inches from each wall in the dining room and should be centered on the table. We can manage that right? Right!
Now that we have the technically side down, it’s time to actually pick your chandelier which means more choices and options as well as design aspects to factor in. Starting to see where this is going? Exactly, no thanks! Sometimes you have to toss the rules out the window and go for it. A chandelier doesn’t need to be that complicated. Find what you like, make sure it fits in the room (literally and aesthetically) and then eye it. Size it up with your eyes and pick the height that you like the most as well as looks right to you. This is your space, you don’t need other people telling you how to design it.
Looking for a chandelier or looking to upgrade yours? Check out the chandeliers that Tuvalu Home offers online here!
How’s your hardware? Is it time for an upgrade? Do you have any hardware on your cabinets?
One of the easiest and fastest ways to give your kitchen a quick design boost is to upgrade your kitchen’s hardware. Not to mention it’s one of the more inexpensive ways to upgrade your coastal kitchen as well. Kitchen hardware can take your cabinets from bland to elegant in a matter of minutes. Replace your old, boring hardware with something new and see the immediate difference. If your cabinets are completely without hardware then it’s definitely time you invest. You’ll thank yourself a millions times over for the investment.
The beauty of hardware is it comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. There’s something for every kitchen out there. Plus there’s plenty of pulls and knobs that will not only feel perfect in your hands, but will look amazing in your kitchen. Get out there and start looking for your kitchen’s next upgrade! There’s no excuse to miss out on the instant value this adds to the look and feel of your coastal kitchen!
The living room is one of the most important rooms in the home. It’s ranks right behind the kitchen and we’re sure if it was possible to merge the two without it looking/being weird it would be done in every home. With such importance put on this room, why would you not try to make it the best possible? Make it the best for function, the best in design and the best in decor. Today we’ve got 3 quick tips on living room furniture to help you with just that! So without further adieu, here they are!
1. Space, space, space.
Space is a very important part of the living room. How much? How little? What measurements? Where will this fit? Will this fit? Does it scale? Not only is it important to make sure your furniture will actually fit, but it’s equally important to figure out where you will have empty space. There’s no need to cram as much as you can into the living room. Make sure the room has some space to breathe and allow for everyone to move around the room comfortably.
2. Invest in the future.
There’s a classic saying that goes, “You get what you pay for.” This is especially true when it comes furniture. Your furniture is going to take a beating. Maybe you won’t have kids and animals running and jumping all over it, or maybe you will, but your furniture still takes a good amount of abuse. So make sure you don’t cheat yourself by trying to take a cheap route!
3. Like the seasons, colors change.
A color palette can change with the blink of an eye. Imagine walking into a new space and you’re instantly inspired. It makes you think about your colors and what you want to change. This is why you should decide on your furniture colors last. Get an idea of what type of furniture or how you want it to look and go from there. Go bright and bold or monochromatic, it’s pretty common for furniture to come in a multitude of colors and patterns these days so that should’t be too much of a problem. If not, it’s time to get DIY and now that piece has become personal as well as custom.
Looking to bring more color into your home? Then you’re in the right place because we’ve got 3 quick tips on playing with bright color in your home!
1. Start with the neutral.
If you want your bright decor to really stand out use a neutral base to let it shine. Avoid creating competition within your decor. There only needs to be one star and that’s the bright color you choose to accent.
2. Be consistent.
Use the color in every space of the home. There’s no need for every room to have large amounts of the color you choose to accent, but dropping little splashes in each room can help carry the color palette throughout the home. It keeps the design consistent and let’s your eye easily flow from one room to the next.
3. Mix it up.
Not all hues are not created equal. Use this to your design advantage by focusing on your primary colors and complimenting them with different shades of the hue. This way you can let your primary colors shine while still filling the room with more decor.
Are you ready for stairs that you can excited about? How about stairs that won’t be over looked? What about a set of stairs that will get you excited to take those steps up to your comfy bedroom?
The stairway can easily be over looked and forgotten, but with a little love and attention it can become an eye catching space. It’s a canvas ready for you to pick up the design brush and paint the space with your personal style. The stairs offer a lot more design space and many more options than meet the eye. The space gives you the walls that the stairs follow up, the space before the stairs, the banisters and the stairs to create a stairway that you can be excited about.
When people come into your home for the first time they won’t only be greeted by your beautiful entryway, but they’ll also give your stairway some much deserved attention as well. Hit the walls with coastal wall art and create a beautiful gallery wall to fill what would otherwise be empty space. The art fills the blank walls and utilizes what most would see as unable space. Try adding a mirror to open up the stairs. It allows more light and gives the person looking into the mirror a sense of open space.
Looking to add a little more nautical flare? How about ditching those traditional banisters and swapping them out for a rope banister? Is that nautical enough for you? Rope banisters are the ultimate coastal addition and instantly invoke the feeling of being aboard a boat. Don’t forget about the stairs themselves. They too can be used to as a design detail in the space. The stairs can be painted or covered with a stair runner. Stair runners offer a great range of color and texture options for your stairway. It allows you to mix up the materials that can be on your stairs as well.
Lastly, you cannot forget about the space before the stairs. It sets up the stairway and acts almost as an appetizer to the main course that will be the stairs. You can help it set the design tone and style for the rest of the stairway. It can compliment the art or the frames while still offering a great look as well. So what are you waiting for? Your stairs are ready to become a standout part of your home! Take a look at these great stairway pictures we’ve gathered and don’t forget to get out there to see what other designers are doing!