How to Update Your Lighting (Like a pro!)

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Updating your light fixtures will have an immediate design impact on your space because they are so noticeable. It is a design touch that is well worth the investment, and with such a wide range of price points, there is something for everyone.

And with chandeliers being so popular, the right one will be the jewel in the room (like above) and absolutely make it. It’s what will get noticed and remembered by guests and enjoyed by you everyday.

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LAYER YOUR LIGHTING
There are three WAYS to light a room and when you can use all three it will not only add interest but lots of lighting choices for mood and activities. The room above has done it beautifully with an overhead ceiling light, lamps and a plant up-light.
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RIGHT LIGHT IN THE RIGHT PLACE
There are three TYPES of lighting depending on what your needs are in a space. Using them well will make your rooms easy to navigate, easy to do activities in, and best of all… beautiful!

General/ambient lighting is the main lighting and provides about 75% of the room’s light. It’s job is to make it easy to walk into a space and navigate around it.  For larger rooms, it may it provided by several ceiling fixtures.

Task lighting helps you easily have the light you need for everyday activities – like reading, meal prep, or grooming. So plan your rooms to give you the lighting where you need it for the things you do daily.

Accent lighting brings beautiful things to life in your room from architectural details – like arches, wallpapered ceilings to decor such as artwork and collections.

Here are 4 ideas for adding lighting to your home to decorate, create a mood and light the way for daily tasks!

romantic-bedroom-lightingDIMMER SWITCHES, (Ambient Lighting)
The first thing that people respond to in a room is the mood created by the lighting. So dimmer switches will give you spaces with many moods and uses so take advantage of them everywhere you can. For instance, have a brighter light level in the bathrooms for “mirror time” and low, spa-like lighting for tub soaking time. Brighter lights in bedroom for dressing or reading and lower lights for a romantic feel. Overall, lower light levels make a space feel intimate and cozy and brighter ones more spacious and alive. (And to get practical for a moment,  they are energy saving as well!)

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For such little light source it does so much! Puts light right where you need it on work surfaces in kitchens and workrooms and leaves a handy glow in the room for quick errands in and out. AND makes it gorgeous at night instead of flat with just overhead lighting.

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LIGHT YOUR ARTWORK, (Accent Lighting)
Your major artwork will come alive at night when it is lit instead of receding into a shadows around the perimeter of the room . The most effective accent lighting is a small can fixture attached to the ceiling that points right on the art. You will be unaware of the light source and only see your art beautifully highlighted.
Lighting… one more design element to be used to create the rooms you’ll love!
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New Years Home Improvement (Designer ideas to make your new year bright!)

Once the holiday decorations are down, its amazing how easy it is to see your space with new eyes. How, without all the tinsel and lights it’s seriously hoping for a fresh start in the new year. Besides, this is a great time to get an indoor home improvement project done because you get to enjoy it while you wait for spring, and beyond!

Here are designer ideas that will give your space a face-lift you’ll love:

GIVE YOUR ENTRY A FRESH START
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Paint your entrys ceiling! It’s a grand way to add style without taking up any valuable floor space. Perfect.

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Find a large, showstopper piece of art you love, add a gorgeous chandelier, a floor plant (and a several smaller ones) and your room will come alive.

GIVE YOUR BEDROOM A FRESH STARTBedroom-Accent-Wall-applicationGet fabulous new bed linens, pull out the accent color and paint it on the wall behind the bed. Done and done! Love it.

GIVE YOUR KITCHEN A FRESH START
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Does your kitchen seem like too big a project to even seriously think about re-doing it? But look what can happen by updating it while keeping the same footprint.

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Cabinets were updated with paint and hardware, and an updated countertop, backsplash, range hood, dishwasher, sink, faucet and window blind were added to complete it. Since no walls were knocked out and the room wasn’t gutted no utilities were moved. All that meant a lot less mess, time and expense making a kitchen refresh do-able!

GIVE YOUR OFFICE A FRESH STARTgallery-1508795565-accessoriesAdd new accessories!  This brass lamp, waste basket and paperweight plus a pencil holder and plant make this mini office feel new and fresh. So simple, so classy.

Get inspired and get going on that room you would love to love!

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How to Choose the Best Interior Paint Colors (6 Designer Tips!)

Choosing the best interior paint colors for your home can be exciting and frightening all at the same time! And since the walls and ceiling are the largest amount of design surface in your home it’s a great chance to transform spaces without major renovations. So lets talk about how to choose the best paint colors to create the rooms you love.

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TIP# 1: CHOOSE YOUR ROOMS MOOD
What kind of mood do you want to in your room? Do you want your dining area to feel family sociable or more proper? Warmer, brighter and contrasting colors are lively and grays, blues, and neutrals will be more elegant.

How about the bedroom? Want it to  be calm or dramatic? Soft colors and cool colors (blues, green, gray, white) are usually calmer feeling and strong colors are more dramatic.

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TIP #2:  LIGHTING AFFECTS PAINT COLORS
The kind of lighting you see you color in will affect the way it looks. So if the paint store has a light box test your color chips there first:
– Natural daylight shows the true color
– Incandescent lighting is yellow and makes colors look warmer
– Fluorescent lighting is blue and makes colors look cooler

See how the color changes in the dining area by the window compared to the seating area? It works beautifully here because it looks like two shades when there was actually only one that needed to be painted to give the effect.

A strong color on the other hand, might be too bright and overpowering by a large window but could be just the thing as an accent wall away from the window or on all walls in another room with indirect lighting. So don’t be disappointed if your favorite color doesn’t work where you first try it, walk around and try it in other places.

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TIP #3: TEST PAINT COLORS FIRST
Once you have looked at the paint chips at home, then it’s time to test the actual paint colors. (The paint chips are made with printer’s ink and not real paint which is why they typically aren’t exact matches.)

I’m not a fan of testing on the walls because:
– The color tests can be hard to hide when painting over it later
– It only lets you to test the color in one setting instead of in various lighting conditions.

My favorite way? Use a product like SureSwatch*, an adhesive paintable clear film that is removable. You just paint two coats of paint on it, let it dry and stick on any wall/ceiling) anywhere.  So you can check it in every space you need to see how it looks with the lighting. Plus you can easily check it with any large furnishing or decor for color compatibility. (*Available at Home Depot and Amazon.)

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TIP #4:  CREATING GOOD COLOR FLOW
Look at where your room opens into other rooms or spaces plan how the colors in one room will look when you see into the adjoining space.

An easy way to do this beautifully is to choose a neutral signature color for your home. Then use several accent colors in the varying amounts in the different rooms. Or if you want to keep to a neutral palette, use the same neutral  in various shades of light and dark like this space.

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TIP #5: EASY WAY TO CREATE A PERFECT COLOR SCHEME

Use a fabric in the room for your color scheme inspiration. This medium gray bed cover is  perfectly complemented by the dark gray accent wall and the light gray room walls. Love it.

(Take a swatch of the fabric with you to the paint store for color reference.)

 

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TIP #6: SECRET TO CHOOSING NEUTRAL PAINT COLORS
Neutral can be both calm or dramatic! It all depends on what neutrals, what shades  and what finishes you use.

You can make the room low-key like this one with by using light neutrals that vary subtly such as a slightly darker or lighter wall color than the sofa. Then accent with neutral fabric patterns and various textures like the metal and glass coffee table and the woven rug.

If you are more dramatic in your style you can still use neutrals by either using light and darker high contrasting neutrals. For instance painting the window trim and interior doors charcoal and the walls and ceiling a medium to light neutral walls.  Add vibrant light and dark patterned pillow on the sofa. And keep the floor light with a dark area rug.

9 Designer tips for choosing the best paint colors for creating rooms you’ll love!

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