Find the Right Balance Between Decor and Clutter

If you’re someone who loves stuff, you might sometimes wonder if you’ve gone too far. After all, what’s the difference between having plenty of decor…and having too much clutter?

The truth is, it’s a slippery slope — and in order to avoid falling down it, you need to carefully cultivate your own decor style against a little self-editing. Luckily, you don’t have to figure it out all on your own. We have three great tips to help you find balance and avoid the clutter trap.

Work with white space

If you’re staging shelves or a mantle, make sure the decor items you select also have room to breathe. By over-stacking or filling the entire space, you can easily overwhelm the items you want to shine. Instead, insert some space and stick to decor elements that you really want noticed. Another way to achieve this is to choose items of varying heights and sizes to allow you to play with both vertical and horizontal white space.

Accent with pieces that expand, not shrink 

There’s a reason that a cluttered room often feels smaller than it actually is. When you weigh your space down with stuff, you make your entire area feel heavy. Instead, look for airy furniture, like glass top tables or couches that sit up higher on legs. Accenting with lighter-colored items and mirrors will also make a room feel more open and bright, which will help to counteract any clutter concerns.

Stick with what you love

It may seem like simplistic advice, but decor for decor’s sake will get old quick. Instead, invest in decorations that you really love so they won’t feel like clutter. By choosing items that only “spark joy” (a la Marie Kondo), you won’t have to worry about feeling overwhelmed by items that take up space in your home, but not in your heart.

When in doubt? Always go with the concept of “less is more.” Adding new decor items slowly as you feel inspired is an easier path to take than getting rid of things that never made you happy after months of feeling overwhelmed.

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5 DIY Projects You Can Tackle This Weekend

Are you someone who has big home renovation ambitions, but little time to achieve them? Well, take a deep breath and step away from your to-do list. We have a different list for you to try out — a list of DIY projects you can knock out in one weekend.

Picture it: No more lengthy, dragged out projects. No more mess and upheaval lasting for weeks on end. Just a job well done and a sense of accomplishment, all over the course of a weekend at home.

Feeling inspired? Try these suggestions.

Paint your baseboards 

Baseboards are notorious for getting dinged and neglected. A fresh layer of paint can make the whole room feel brighter and more pulled together — and all you’ll need is a little tape to make it happen.

Hang a gallery wall

Gallery walls add visual intrigue to a room and allow you to personalize your space with favorite photos, memorabilia, art and practical items (like mirrors!). With just a little planning, measuring and a careful eye, you can have an entirely new focal point in your living room, all within a few hours.

Increase your curb appeal

Allow your home to give the best first impression by updating your landscaping, slapping a fresh coat of paint on your front door and placing new pavers to make a walkway. You’ll be surprised to see what a big difference some potted plants and paint can make.

Hang new shelving

Floating shelves are easy to hang and offer plenty of decor opportunities to help you reduce clutter and express your style. Looking for something more practical? Hang hooks and shelving by the door to make your own entryway storage.

Recaulk your bathroom

Stay with us, here — this may seem like a difficult task, but it’s actually fairly quick and can be incredibly satisfying. Plus, fresh caulk can help rid your bathroom of mildew and prevent future leaks. Simply remove the old caulk, clean underneath and allow the space to dry, then add a new layer. Good as new!

And there you have it! Your weekend to-do list is set. Now, get to work.

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Should Your Fixtures Match?

Short answer: maybe?

As with all design choices you make in your home, the answer to this question certainly comes down to personal preference. If you want crazy, mix-matched fixtures all over your home…well, you do you. However, if you’re here for some legitimate design advice, we can also help with that.

For most homes, you don’t have to worry about matching finishes from room to room. For instance, if you have silver kitchen fixtures, it’s perfectly fine to have a bronze faucet in your upstairs bathroom.

But what about mixing the finishes of your fixtures in just your bathroom or just your kitchen? While conventional advice would be to tie a room together as best you can with matching finishes, it’s not a hard and fast rule. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to change it up with finishes that don’t match.

Perhaps you’re renovating your bathroom, but you can’t find fixtures that match. This is a common problem if you’re redoing a portion of a room with older fixtures. Let’s say you really like the drawer pulls on your bathroom cabinet, but they don’t match the new faucet you’re dying to have. If you think the two different finishes look good together — well, then there’s no reason to not go with what you want!

Here’s a handy list of questions you can ask yourself to determine if mixing fixture finishes is the right choice for you:

  • How does the big picture work? Avoid zeroing in on the individual pieces and consider the sum of all the parts.
  • Do the finishes you’ve chosen complement each other? In many cases, it’s better to choose two completely different finishes than two that are close, but don’t quite match.
  • Do you like it? This is the most important question of them all. You’re the one who has to live there, so your satisfaction is key.

Luckily, when it comes to the finish of your mirror frame, you can find options to suit all kinds of bathroom styles — whether matching or mismatching is your thing.

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5 Tricks for Brightening a Dark Room

Not only can a darker room affect your mood, but it can also actually make your space feel smaller than it is. But don’t worry: if you have a dark room in your home, all is not lost. With just a few small tweaks, you can brighten it up and enjoy a lighter, happier space.

Here are our five best tips for bringing light into a dark room:

Update your paint

Dark paint colors weigh down a room and don’t do you any favors when it comes to bouncing light off the walls. Instead, stick to light shades that brighten or limit dark paint to an accent wall.

Hang a mirror

We all know mirrors reflect light — and in a room with lots of windows, that’s an instant brightness maker. In this case, the bigger the better. By hanging a statement mirror, you can get the most out of a room’s natural light.

Avoid bulky furniture

Ideally, you want furniture that can offer both form and function. However, heavy and bulky furniture can weigh down the feel of a room, making your space feel cluttered and dark. Instead, invest in furniture that also creates space and light in your room — like glass top tables or couches that don’t rest entirely on the ground.

Get strategic with light fixtures 

While natural light is obviously best for organically brightening up a room, don’t underestimate the effect of a strategically-placed light fixture. Aim for indirect light pointed at the ceiling to get the most natural brightness feel.

Go metallic

Just light mirrors, shiny surfaces reflect light and create added brightness. Embrace metallic accents (like a gold or silver mirror frame, perhaps?) that will add a little shine to your space.

So, next time you’re lamenting the darkness of a particular room, try a few of these fixes and see what a difference it makes.

And if you’re not prepared to break out the paint brushes or buy new furniture, might we suggest starting with a mirror

 

 

Where Should You Hang Your Mirrors?

It happened. You found the mirror of your dreams. That’s wonderful!

But now you’re stuck with the very real problem of where to put it. You need to find somewhere that allows your mirror to be equal parts style and function. After all, it’s as much of a décor piece as it is a necessity.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • What will be reflected in the mirror? Make sure it’s a view you want doubled.
  • How much foot traffic will the area get? Make sure it’s in a location that makes sense for functionality.

With those two factors under consideration, here are some locations in your home where a mirror can be a great addition:

Bathroom

An essential location for a mirror, your bathroom is a logical first option. Bathroom mirrors are great for getting ready in the morning and important for making sure every hair is in the right place.

Bedroom

Especially helpful if you have a small bedroom that you want to feel bigger, bedroom mirrors allow you to feel confident and settled in your personal space.

Entryway

The entrance to your home is exactly where you want lightness and brightness to truly shine. Hanging a mirror by your front door is a great way to welcome guests.

Hallway

Dark and narrow hallways can be instantly opened up by hanging a mirror. Look for a long rectangular shape to really maximize the space.

Mantle

Your mantle or fireplace area is the heart of your living room. Adding a mirror above this space will make the room immediately feel more welcoming.

When it really comes down to it, we’re in favor of putting a mirror in any area of your home where it feels right. And if you’re still looking for the perfect mirror, we can help with that.

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