Everyone’s favorite season is rapidly approaching. The sun is shining, the beach is starting to beg you to come play and the birds are chirping away trying to convince you to go outside. As much as your body and mind might be ready for summer, is your home? If you’re not sure, then use these 3 tips to help your home in the direction of summer!
1. Dust off, clean up or replace the outdoor furniture.
If we plan on getting that beautiful, golden tan or hosting a BBQ (or two or three) this summer, we’re going to need the furniture to lend us a helping hand. Take a quick look at your outdoor furniture. How’s it looking? Do you need new cushions? Does it need to be cleaned? Or is it time to ditch it for some new furniture?
2. Bring out the marshmallows.
Get that fireplace ready for those gooey, delicious s’mores! It’s not summer unless you’re ending your nights around the fire and roasting your marshmallows for the classic summer time treat. No place to roast those marshmallows? No problem! It’s time you get that fire pit and set it up. These are easy to shop for and there’s no need to build one or lay brick!
3. Let it flow
It’s time to let the air flow through your home! Open those windows wide and let the summer breeze fill your home! This lets you keep your home cool and gives those indoor plants a little fresh air as well!
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.
This week we show you how to get the look by bringing it out of the magazine and into your living room. But don’t think we’re not putting a little Tuvalu Home spin on it because we definitely are! This living room is featured in this month’s Coastal Living and we even used it in one of our trend posts on layering rugs. Check that post out here! We thought it was the perfect space to show you how easy it is to get the look. Find out by reading on!
Let’s start things off with our coffee table and build out from there. We loved the coffee table that this designer chose and it looks great in the space, but we like to show off our rugs. So we chose our Elm Coffee Table to still give us that wooden, rustic look while being able show more of our rugs. Interested in the Elm Coffee Table? Check it out here!
Now it’s time to lay down our cow hide rug. We didn’t invest in this beautiful piece to cover it up with a coffee table, now did we? No, we didn’t. It’s time to let it shine! It’s the perfect piece to layer rugs with and give the space texture. If you’re in serious need of a cow hide rug we’ve got you covered, jump over to the online store here!
The jute rug is the bottom layer of this perfect combo! A jute rug is great for so many different reasons. It offers texture, coverage and a natural color that goes with everything. Bring the space together with your jute rug. Snag one from us here!
It’s time to use up some of that empty space. The Havana Ottoman is just the right piece of furniture for that! Give yourself an addition option for seating when the room gets full and a place to kick your feet up when it’s time to relax. Grab the Havana Ottoman here!
You’re obviously going to need a place to sit in your new coastal living room. So why not give yourself a blank canvas that you can paint with pillows and throws? The Lily Sofa gives you just that! It’s begging for you to dress it up and use it to it’s full potential. Check out the Lily Sofa here!
Remember that blank canvas of a sofa you just got? Well here are a few pillow options for you. Above we’ve featured the Building Sandcastles Pillow and our Rugby Denim Pillow. These are just two of the many pillows we offer! Check out more pillows here!
We can’t forget about the walls. We’ve got to hang our art somewhere! Keeping to the sea animal theme, we matched this designer’s octopus art with our own. Jump over to our online store here if you’re interested in picking up this piece.
Last, but not least, let there be light! We bring some light to the space by using our Jamie Young Bamboo Floor Lamp. This little guy doesn’t take up much space and packs a powerful, coastal design punch. Get your Jamie Young Bamboo Floor Lamp here
We came across a great article from Coastal Living’s idea house called 7 Ways with Coastal Color and had to share it with you! It’s a quick and easy read with pictures; I’ll sum it up for you right here:
1. Set the tone of your home from the beginning at the entry.
2. Authentic touches, distressed or vintage pieces, can give the home a ‘lived in’ feel.
3. Use beach inspired colors and light to give an indoor room an outdoor, al fresco feeling.
4. Don’t match everything, instead create an eclectic palette throughout the home.
5. Every color doesn’t need to be bold–subtle color goes a long way.
6. Make odd-shaped rooms appear bigger by painting all the walls the same color.
7. Blue painted walls can bring the coastal feel into the home.
We love and agree with all of these tips, and will share more about coastal color with you soon!