Choosing the right colors for your home can seem like a scary commitment, but it doesn’t have to be with these tips to help you get the color right the first time:
- Look for inspiration everywhere. Make a note of what draws your eye in fashion, on TV, outdoors or on Pinterest.
- Pick a color you know you love to start with – Don’t worry if it’s not “trendy.”
- If possible, bring pictures of your space and fabric swatches of your furniture to the paint store to help you narrow down what works in your space.
- Decide what mood you want the rooms in your home to have. Blues and green are more tranquil and calming – perfect for a bathroom. Whereas reds and yellows give off an energizing feel – more suited for a kitchen. Dark, dramatic colors can be used in rooms that don’t get daily use, like a formal dining room.
- Remember to keep in mind the neighboring rooms when decorating so your home feels cohesive. Each room doesn’t need to be the same color, but keeping rooms within the same color palette or using complementary colors will help the flow of your home.
- Sample all paint colors before you commit! Paint in the store can look vastly different in your home and it can even look different within different rooms of your house. View samples in the morning and at night, and in different lighting to see how they work in your space.
- Pick the highest quality paint you can afford. It will give you better color, coverage and finish.
- If you’re nervous about committing to a color, paint the room a neutral color and then add pops of color through pillows, throws, lamp shades and other accessories.
Lastly, remember it’s your house, so go with what you love and what makes your house feel like a home without worrying about trends!
Vinyl and laminate flooring are two of the most popular flooring materials today because of their durability and low cost. However, they do have differences – so which one is right for you? Let’s take a look:
Vinyl has come a long way since the sheet vinyl days. Now it comes in tiles and planks that can mimic the look of hardwood, ceramic tile and much more.
Laminate flooring can also mimic the look of hardwoods, stone and a variety of other materials.
Vinyl is one of the most water-resistant flooring materials available, so it’s the ideal choice for rooms such as bathrooms where water may stand on the floor.
On the other hand, laminate is less water-resistant so it is recommended to be used in parts of the house that shouldn’t expect to see much water spillage.
Vinyl flooring is thinner than laminate so it can be harder on the feet. It can also be on the cooler side if installed directly on the subfloor. Vinyl can feel more plastic-like than other flooring options, though that depends on the quality of vinyl you purchase.
Laminate is thicker in construction, so it offers more comfort and warmth. Laminate can also feel more “real” than vinyl, especially when mimicking hardwoods, since it is made partially out of wood byproducts.
Both options are similar in cost, ranging from cheap to moderately pricey, depending on the kind of vinyl or laminate you choose.
To see what vinyl or laminate looks and feels like, and to learn more about which is right for you, stop into any of our locations today!
Creating a room for your child that’s budget-friendly, grows with them and you both love can be a challenge, but these tips are here to help!
- Involve your child in the design of their room. What theme do they want? What colors? Have them get involved in any DIY projects that are age-appropriate.
- Start with the basics. Well-constructed dressers, nightstands, etc. in classic shapes and materials sets a foundation for any room.
- Keep storage easily accessible so they can (try! to) keep their room organized.
- Go with a neutral wall color so instead of needing to repaint when they get a new favorite color, you can swap out bedding, lampshades and other accessories to save on time and money.
- Find inexpensive ways to decorate – framed posters, printed out art and DIYs that are easy to swap out when interests change.
- If there’s space in their room, try to accommodate a play space when they are younger to encourage play and creativity. When they are older a homework/desk area can help encourage them to study and do their homework.
For more ideas to help design and decorate your child’s room, visit our “Kid’s Room” Pinterest board!