5 Tips to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger

While you can’t magically change the dimensions of a small room, there are ways you can maximize your space and make a small room at least feel bigger. The square-footage may stay the same, but your attitude about where you live can drastically improve with just a few simple decorative tweaks.

Try one of these five tips to make a small space feel bigger — then sit back and enjoy your new “larger” room.

Get creative with paint

Painting your ceiling naturally draws the eyes upwards, which can make a small or low-ceiling room feel taller. Similarly, light-colored walls reflect the light and make a room feel more open. Opt for a shade of white, light grey, or light blue walls for a subtle, airy feel.

Utilize effective lighting

Overhead lighting that illuminates a room from the top down tends to give off a spotlight effect — even if it’s not immediately noticeable. By pooling all the light from one overhead source, you could be unknowingly minimizing your space. Instead, use smaller lamps around the room to bring light to every nook and cranny.

Buy furniture with exposed legs

It may sound silly, but furniture that you can see under — as opposed to a couch that is skirted or a coffee table that sits flat on the ground — creates a much more open, expansive feel to a room. As another tip, avoid putting your furniture flush with the wall. Evening pulling it out just a few inches can make a room feel less cramped.

Create an illusion with mirrors

Strategically placed mirrors reflect light and make a room seem instantly bigger. This is especially effective when a mirror is placed across from a window. Plus, framing a mirror adds elegance to any room, and the right size can even double as a statement piece.

Aim for bigger decorations — but fewer of them

An abundance of small decorations can make a room feel cluttered and stuffy. Instead, go for larger pieces that stand out and fill space, without making your style look too busy.

Next time you’re feeling crowded in your home, try one of the above adjustments and see what a difference it can make. You might be surprised.

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How to Create a Swoon-worthy Vanity Space

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Are you tired of leaning over the bathroom counter to put on your makeup? Does your get-ready routine need a re-do? Creating a vanity space in your bedroom might just be the simple upgrade you need to put your best face forward every day. While having a dedicated vanity space may seem like a luxury, it can actually be easy — and inexpensive! — to create. 

First thing’s first: consider your style

A vanity space can be whatever you want it to be, so take a little time before you begin to consider what kind of vibe you’d like to create. Whether modern and sleek or vintage and colorful, your vanity space should reflect your personal style. Identify where in your bedroom you’ll be placing your vanity and consider how to incorporate your current décor.

Up next: build your area

Start cruising flea markets, thrift shops or estate sales and look for old desks, dressers or tables you can repurpose. Think carefully about the size and specifications you may need. For instance, do you need drawer space for extra storage? Try not to get hung up on the color or finish of the pieces you find — you can easily re-stain or paint to match your vision. Check out these links for tips on refinishing and painting furniture.

Once you find the right main piece, now it’s time to think about what you’d like to sit on. Aim for comfort and practicality, like a tufted stool that can easily be tucked away or an upholstered chair that makes a statement.

Finally: establish function

As much as you want your vanity space to be beautiful, it also needs to be functional. That means you’ll need one very important item: a vanity mirror. Depending on the lighting in your bedroom, you may want to consider an LED lighted mirror to make getting ready even easier. Or, choose between a framed mirror or decorative mirror that complements the style you’re creating.   

And last but not least, consider how you’d like to store and display your make-up, jewelry and products. Get creative with containers and storage options until you’ve found the perfect feel for your space.

It may take a little searching and elbow grease, but creating your own vanity space doesn’t have to be expensive of complicated. Before you know it, mornings will be more enjoyable and you’ll have a glam routine that rivals any celebrity.

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The Ultimate Bathroom Remodel Checklist

Once you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, you might experience a rush of emotions: excited, anxious and — especially in the beginning — overwhelmed. When you’re investing your time and money into a big project, you want to make sure you’re covering all of your bases.

To help you feel more prepared to tackle your bathroom remodel, we’ve created the ultimate checklist of details to consider. We’ve gone beyond the big changes you’ve probably already thought of to include all of the smaller, everyday particulars. By taking the time to consider these important features, you can ensure your finished bathroom is a cohesive, well-designed space you can enjoy for years to come.

  • Lighting: Fluorescent lighting, a common building-grade staple, can give your bathroom a washed out, “blue” feeling — and it might literally be draining your energy. Instead, you can use your remodeled lighting to create ambiance through task or reflective lighting using LED or halogen bulbs that will give your bathroom a more natural, flattering feel.
  • Clean-ability: Cleaning a bathroom is no one’s favorite activity, but the changes you make in your remodel can set you up for a more pleasant scrubbing experience. Consider spot resistant faucets and resilient countertops that are easy to wipe up, such as quartz.
  • Safety: Think carefully about how your bathroom will function for both younger and older users. Well-placed grab bars can blend seamlessly with your design and make entering and exiting the shower a much safer experience for all. Similarly, you may want to consider including a built-in bench in your new shower — which can add extra convenience as well as safety.
  • Easy Fixes: While it’s natural to fixate on the bigger changes you want to make — like that big garden tub you’re dying to put in — sometimes the smallest, most affordable changes can have the biggest impact on how your space feels. Adding a frame to your existing bathroom mirror, switching out cabinet hardware or selecting a new shower curtain can all make a big difference.
  • Warmth: A relatively simple and often overlooked remodeling update, the warmth of your bathroom can significantly enhance the user experience. By adding in-floor heating, radiant wall tiles or a towel warmer, your new bathroom will start to feel like a luxurious spa.

Just remember: regardless of all the stress and planning, it’ll all be worth it when you step into your fully remodeled bathroom for the first time.

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Can You Recycle a Broken Mirror?

Whether you have an old mirror that’s seen better days or need to dispose of a recently broken mirror, you may have found yourself wondering: can I recycle this?

The answer isn’t as straightforward as you may think.

As far as traditional recycling goes, the answer is unfortunately no. Unlike glass bottles or jars, which can be recycled in most areas, the type of glass used to make mirrors, coupled with the reflective coating on the back, makes it unable to be recycled. In fact, even if the reflective coating could be removed, mirror glass still can’t be recycled.

The reason lies in the actual recycling process. With glass, this means crushing it into small pieces and melting it down. Since mirror glass and bottle glass have different melting points, recycling centers can’t accommodate mirror glass. So, while you may have had great environmental intentions to send your broken mirror to a recycling center, we regret to tell you that isn’t possible.

But wait! That doesn’t mean your only other option is throwing away the pieces. In addition to all of the crafty repurposing ideas we shared in this post, we have a few more ideas for how to recycle an old or broken mirror.

  • Make a custom hand mirror. Choose a piece close to your desired size and shape (or cut one, if you have the proper tools), then use a Dremel to smooth the edges. You can put it in a small picture frame or line the back with decorative paper.
  • Call your local art store. Since art stores often sell broken glass by the pound to makers of mosaics and stained glass, they might be interested in purchasing your broken glass or accepting it as a donation.
  • Check with a local antique store. If your mirror is just old and not broken, you may be able to sell it to a local antique store or donate it to a reclaimed furniture store.
  • Put it on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Whether it’s an old mirror that’s seen better days or pieces of broken mirror glass, you never know what someone else might need.

Regardless of what you end up doing with your old and broken mirror, make sure you use caution when handling potentially sharp pieces. While the seven years of bad luck might be a myth, the dangers of jagged glass are not!

 

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5 Tips for DIY Holiday Decorating on a Budget

Getting in the holiday spirit doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little creativity and patience, you can DIY festive holiday décor that your family can enjoy for years to come.

Here are our five best tips for making homemade holiday decorations a new tradition in your house.

Go Natural

If you know where to look, the great outdoors has plenty of (free!) craft supplies to offer. Head outside and gather pinecones, greenery clippings or even holly branches. You can arrange your foraged materials in a vase as a centerpiece or glue to a wreath base for a unique door decoration. Feeling extra crafty? Lightly spray your pinecones with white spray paint so they’ll look freshly dusted with snow.

Repurpose

Many common household items can be repurposed into holiday crafts — from ornaments, to napkin holders, to garlands. For instance, a little spray paint and glue transforms these clothespins into snowflakes and a little tape goes a long way in creating this paper towel roll holiday tree. Don’t be afraid to see the world of possibilities your recycling bin has to offer.

Dehydrate

For the cost of a few oranges and apples, you can create a classic garland made of dehydrated fruit. Just slice your fruit thinly and place on a baking sheet for one to two hours at 200 degrees F. Once the fruit is dehydrated, you can thread a ribbon through for a lovely smelling garland or tie slices in bunches of threes to hang on your tree.

Keep It Simple

Christmas ball ornaments are inexpensive and often sold in bulk. Grab a big bag and fill hurricane vases for centerpieces or mantle decorations. Add in a few sprigs of greenery and you’ll have yourself a classic look that is easily remade every year.

Work With What You Have

Chances are, much of your existing home décor can easily get a holiday makeover. Consider draping lights or garlands over mirrors, tying ribbon around planter pots or covering paintings in wrapping paper. These simple changes can transform a room with minimal effort and supplies.

With these ideas as inspiration, your home will be in the holiday spirit in no time.

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