Curtains and Window Treatments that Allow Natural Lighting

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Choosing what kind of window treatments are right for your home can be a difficult task. Often times people go with treatments that block out much of the natural light and inadvertently make their space seem smaller and colder. Instead of that, try a few more forgiving curtain and window treatments that allow natural lighting. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1.Sheer drapes: This is a wonderful option because not only are you letting in light, but with how you drape them you can also create movement in your space as well. Whether you leave them tumbling to the floor, or gather them so it hangs gracefully over half of the window, the soft light that comes through will automatically warm up your space making it seem even more like a home than it already does.

2.Woven woods: These are wonderful alternatives to black out curtains. They have texture and come in multiple colors, but also allow just the right amount of light to come through keeping the ambiance of your room sublime. The waterfall style is common due to its conveniently retractable feature which allows you to let even more light in for those particularly nice days. You’ll be itching to relax in your newly dressed space.

3.Solar shades: These are a great eco-friendly option to take on. By going with a white or cream type of color in shade, your room will stay bright while also protecting you from harmful UV rays. They also absorb heat so your cooling bill during warmer months will stay lower than usual. While you don’t have to have them all the way down all of the time, when you do you can have extra peace of mind knowing that it’s a protective layer as well as a beautiful looking addition.

How to Measure a Window for Curtains

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When dealing with window treatments there are a number of things you must do beforehand. Since windows are one of the more affordable things to decorate in your home and don’t take a ton of time, this is typically one of the things saved for last place in a remodeling project. Once it’s finally time to get to your windows, a problem many home owners run into is figuring out the correct measurements of the window itself. A common mistake is to measure the literal width and length of a window only to be disappointed when your curtain doesn’t hang as you so wished. How to measure a window for curtains no longer has to be a difficult process with these simple steps to follow:

  • Measure the width from left to right of your curtain rod.
  • The curtains finished width should be at least two times the width of your window, if not more. Be aware that curtains with pleats in them will have different measurement reads so you always want to look at the finished width before purchasing.
  • Depending on how full you want your curtains to look depends on how many times you should multiply your width (standard fullness, multiply by two; deluxe fullness, multiply by two and a half; ultra-fullness, multiply by three).
  • For length, first plot where your curtain rod will be.
  • Measure from your curtain rod to the tip of the sill for length (this is the most common length, but you can make your curtains as long or short as you so desire)
  • Length never needs to be multiplied, should you decide you want the “puddle” effect of the curtain gathering on the ground, simply add five to eight more inches onto your original measurement.

Once you’ve measured, you’re now ready to head to the store. Whether you’re making curtains of your own, or purchasing them in the store having these measurements will keep your process quick and painless.

3 Ways to Dress a Window

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Sometimes a remodeling project doesn’t involve gutting your bedroom or tearing up all the old carpet. Sometimes all you really need to do to upgrade your space is add some new window treatments to the mix. Your windows are places in your home that often can fall by the wayside when in reality, they’re the perfect mini remodeling project to undertake. Here are three ways to dress a window that you may not have thought of before:

1. Roll-up or Roman blinds: Choosing to do a roll-up blind is a very non traditional look and will upgrade your space immediately. It allows you to keep the look of a room causal with the levels of rolled you choose as well as black it out should you let the shades down all the way. It will add a nostalgic feeling to your home while simultaneously adding a sense of stylistic modernity.

2.Printed paneling: Opting for printed paneling will give your home a pop of color it may have lacked in the past, or even be the perfect finishing touch on a room you were looking to tie together. As an accent piece, it will stand out without being overpowering and is a great option for those who like to decorate seasonally. Changing out paneling is a fairly easy job, so even if you change your mind on a weekly basis this is a great area that you can remodel again and again.

3.Shutters: Typically, you get this look on the outside of a home, but adding some beautiful shutters to an inside treatment will bring your home into the new age. Whether you go for a classic wood stain, or use this as a chance to add some color to your room this is a great way to remodel your space without doing a whole lot of work.

Guide to Island Additions in Your Kitchen Remodel

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Remodeling a kitchen is one of the most enjoyable projects you can undertake. The kitchen is a place where memories are made, recipes and traditions get passed down, and where family is brought together. This being said, when undertaking a kitchen remodel, you want to be sure to have the perfect accent pieces to compliment your space. One of the most classic and beautiful ways to upgrade your kitchen is choosing the right island addition. Here is a guide to island additions in your kitchen remodel.

You want to make sure you plan your space accordingly. An island too large will take over the space and make easy maneuvering impossible, while an island too small will feel like a mistake and potentially even make the space look small. Once you’ve etched out the correct sizing, it’s time to talk about countertop material.

Luckily with modern discoveries, there are more fiscally conservative types of material you can choose from that all work just as well as the traditional ones. Quartz is a great option, due to their non-porous nature, your counter will need virtually no maintenance and are stain resistant. Quartz also comes in a variety of colors and patterns so you’re likely to find whatever you need.

The addition of an island means the addition of storage space as well. Since you’ll be able to add multiple drawers and cupboards onto your island, you’ll want to be smart in what type of cupboards you’ll choose. Often times choosing your countertop stone first and then your cupboard wood next is the way to go size wood coloring is a bit more flexible compared to countertop material.

Be careful to budget all of your pricing for your island addition before actually purchasing anything. While kitchen remodels are always fun, you don’t want to break your bank. Setting up a budget and figuring out where to spend what is always a good way to avoid going overboard in one area of the remodel.

Designing the Perfect Farmhouse Kitchen

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Turning your house into a home is no easy feat. Deciding what style is best for you can be difficult and with ever changing trends it can feel difficult to lock one down that will withstand the test of time. One of the most evergreen concepts is inspired by farmhouses. Whether you live on an actual farm, or simply enjoy the aesthetical concept, here are a few ways of designing the perfect farmhouse kitchen:

1. Neutrals: To begin your farmhouse kitchen you’ll want to choose a color pallet. Typically, the best way to go is as neutral as possible. Sticking with white or eggshell bases and minimal pops of color throughout will keep your space looking open and fresh. The white allows you to take your decorating in whatever direction you want as well as allows you flexibility down the road should you choose to redesign or switch up your initial décor choices.

2.Copper accent pieces: While this has recently become popularized, copper accent pieces have always been a classy finish in a farmhouse style of décor. Whether it’s in your lighting fixtures or cabinet handles, the small pop of color will add a rustic element to your kitchen.

3.Natural wood flooring: Whether you opt for dark or light tones in wood, this is the perfect way to tie your room together. Not only is natural wood flooring easy to clean, but it also lasts for a long time and makes your rustic kitchen keep a sense of class. The upside of wood flooring is that should you even choose to redesign your space, the flooring tends to match everything.

4.Windows are your friend: While this can be a pricey aspect in designing a kitchen, having multiple windows in your kitchen will allow the natural light to compliment your space perfectly. This with colorful window treatments will give your kitchen that pop of color you need.

Best Designs for Bookshelf Cabinets

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Adding bookshelf cabinets to your home can be a great way to add character and a personal touch. Bookshelves can be done right or they can turn out really wrong. You want to keep your standards high when it comes to adding semi-permanent shelving to your home. So together, let’s make the most of our bookshelf cabinets.

Some of the best designs we have seen for bookshelf cabinets are where you least expect it. We like the look of having extra storage space below a stairwell or extra storage on the stairwell landing upstairs.

Great bookshelves come in all shapes and sizes. We do have to say that when you are adding them to your home you want to install them in a way that will keep the room balanced and keep it from being weighed down. To keep the room balanced we simply mean if you’re adding a bookshelf next to your fireplace, then it would be ideal if you had one on the other side as well. Keeping your room balanced helps keep the space feeling warm and inviting rather than someone having a random idea of including a bookshelf on one side.

To keep your living space from being “weighed down” you should look at your decorations. Now what we are about to suggest is for home buyers who want some extra storage and a bit of a design feature. If you are a collector of books, please ignore the following. When it comes to adding design to a room you want to keep the shelves scarce with big bulky items. A great thing we learned from designer Joanna Gaines is that you should design your shelves with a zigzag pattern. If the top shelf on the left side have books and on the right have an art piece then on the shelf below, vice-verse. A great way to add design!

How to Choose Your Kitchen Cabinet Colors

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Choosing cabinets for your kitchen can be an overwhelming process. There are so many different colors and designs to go with when you are remodeling your kitchen that we’re not sure we can fit all our tips in one article, but we will give you the most important tips.

Our first tip would be for you to remember what your house feel is. Is your home modern, rustic, country, etc. By remembering this it will help you pick your cabinets because not all cabinets come in every color, so from the start you can narrow down your search. You don’t want to paint your country cabinetry a white color when you should keep the wood of the cabinets natural looking.

Another tip that we always remind our clients is to stick with the pattern. You might be thinking, but what does that even mean? Well, when you are working on picking a cabinet color you should keep in mind what color your floors and countertops are. When you have a kitchen with dark floors you ideally would keep your cabinets light and your countertop dark. This helps keep your kitchen feel bright and not too dark and not too bland.

Once you’ve narrowed it down to whether it is going to be light or dark you can then move forward with what type of shade to use. You want to keep your home as modern and as aligned with your home style as much as possible. Picking modern, sleek cabinets and living in a country home can make it feel out of place and future buyers don’t always like that. No matter what you do we do suggest shying away from a very dark color. Even if your flooring is light you can pick a color that isn’t too bold and will transition nicely against the floor and countertop. Picking too many darks in a home can make the space feel smaller than it actually is and not as open and welcoming.


Unusual Cabinet Designs You Might Love

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The kitchen is the heart of the home and the place where your personality comes to life. And why not take that a step further and show that in your cabinetry? We love unique designs that add value and a flair to any space. We have put together a list of a few cabinets that you may just fall in love with.

First we want to start off with our favorite mix of an industrial and modern look and bring it into your home. This look includes using exposed iron sides while keeping the cabinetry see-through. This pick helps you open up your space and keep it nice and bright. The exposed iron poles help bring a touch of vintage and industrial to your kitchen. You can spice it up and add a feature piece that everyone will be talking about.

Looking to spice up your farmhouse look? You don’t have to live within all the rules when it comes to designing your kitchen. We love the look of adding wooden crates where you would usually have a two shelf cabinet. We suggest only doing this on the lower cabinets to keep it from looking over done. You can achieve this look by taking off a cabinet door and taking off the hardware. What is fun about adding wooden crates is you can paint them any color you want or stain them to match or pop.

Lastly, our top choice for unusual cabinets is the cabinet that just keeps giving. You can include a cabinet that not only opens, but pulls out and hides a perfect place for storage. We all have been in a kitchen that doesn’t have enough space for storage and instead of adding an island or extra cabinets. Adding hidden storage keeps your kitchen open and very functional. Future buyers will even love it!


3 Tips for Nailing the Wood Tile Look

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Any home that has a natural wood look gives it a touch that you can’t help but love. You may be wondering what is wood tile, well wood tile is another alternative to laminate wood flooring, which laminate is installed by using a peel and stick method. Wood tile flooring is installed by grouting the tile joist together.

Our first tip to help you nail your wood tile look is to lay out your flooring before you install it. Due to how wood tile is made there is a repetitive pattern that it comes with. You don’t want to have a noticeable pattern on your living room floor, so to help you avoid this we suggest rotating the orientation of your wood tile. Flip it around and spread it out that way it all looks unique to your home.

Second, look at the material your flooring is made out of. Wood tile flooring is made out of porcelain, ceramic and concrete. The most popular choice on wood tile flooring does happen to be porcelain. You should choose this material if you are looking for a touch of warmth that comes along with durability in your home. We love using porcelain wood tile flooring in our bathroom because it keeps the moisture out while giving the room a beautiful spa feel.  

Thirdly, and lastly, a tip we love so much we want everyone to learn it… and it’s about grout. Knowing what shade to grout your tile flooring with is so important because different grout colors can make different impacts on your space. We suggest finding the darkest grout color in your flooring color palette and working with that. Grouting your floor in a shade darker than your floors helps give the illusion that your floor is all one piece and the grout lines are just shadows. This helps give a cohesive look throughout your home.


How to Do Distressed Hardwood Floors the Right Way

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Distressing your floors is one of the more popular trends we are seeing. This is a great way to make your home or place of business feel more vintage and lived in. Although we don’t recommend it for fresh floors because you don’t want the value to depreciate, we do love this option for a flooring that has seen better days. It is an easy way to save some money and add character to your home.

You may think distressing your floors will be an easy day project, but you are wrong there. Distressing your floors the right way will take time and patience. Here are a few tips that we think could help you get this project done in a timely manner and in the right way.

Some of the easiest woods to distress include bamboo, pine and oak. Other woods you will find have a thicker coating on top which will make it more time consuming to achieve your distressed vision. When it comes time to distress the wood you can use tools like a wire brush, high-heeled shoes, metal linked chains or even a pellet gun. Get creative because as long as your tool of choice can cause a little bit of damage to the floor than it is a good pick!

When it comes to distressing the floors you want to make sure that you pick your tool of choice wisely. You don’t want to pick something to distress your floors with and then realize halfway through that it is too hard to use. You want your floors to look consistent throughout your entire home.

Lastly, finish it up! You will want to go over your distressed look with a sander and sand down any areas that may have come up while distressing. You don’t want to walk around and find splinter pieces. After you do this step you can wipe down the floors and roll on your stain to seal the wood.