You just purchased your first home and are super excited to decorate it and make it your own. You’re thinking Nate Berkus or Candice Olson designs, but, where do you start? Your excitement can wear off once you realize that it can be an overwhelming task to decorate your entire house but there is no rule that says you have to do it all at once. Take it one step at a time or one room at a time because you want to make sure you do it right at the budget you have set for yourself. Your home should reflect who you are so it’s important not to rush anything and to take your time. Here are some simple tips for how to decorate your first home one room at a time.
Start with a room that you use the most and make that a priority. Perhaps your bedroom is where you spend most of your time and you want to start there. When I started decorating my first home, it took me a year to complete the design for my entire house. I took it slowly. I didn’t rush out to purchase furniture, paint the walls, or accessorize. I took it one step at a time, even if it was slow. I made a note of anything I liked such as colors, furnishings, accessories, lighting, artwork, and more from looking at magazines, reading design books, whenever I was out with friends, shopping, traveling, dinner, etc..I started with my bedroom as I needed new bedroom furniture and that was a priority for me. I had a budget in mind and I made sure I stuck to my budget as much as possible. I ended up with a simple and peaceful bedroom that I felt comfortable with.
Metallics are a very popular trend right now not only in fashion but also in home decor from furniture to wall coverings and accessories. It can create high contrasting visual dimension and texture to a space or add a soft touch to a room. Plus, metallics work well with many colors, tints, tones, and shades from cherry red all the way to charcoal. To break it down further, there are warm metallics and cool metallics. Warm metallics consists of gold, bronze, brass, and copper while cool metallics consists of silver, nickel, pewter, and chrome. You can read more about different types of metals here. So, how can you incorporate both warm and cool metallic items into your home decor on a small or large scale? Check out some ideas and suggestions below for how to incorporate metallic home decor in your space!
If you want to start on a smaller scale, try replacing your hardware by adding knobs or pulls in gold, copper, or silver. It’s simple and affordable. You can add gold pulls for your kitchen cabinets for example in a style that fits your home decor. Or, you can have bronze knobs for your bathroom vanity, silver pulls for your dresser, or brass pulls for your bookcase hutch. There are many styles to choose from such as modern, vintage, country, etc… and you can mix and match different metallics.
There’s nothing more amazing than beautiful, handcrafted one of a kind designs created by local artisans. It’s refreshing, unique, and adds charm to an interior space and to your sense of style. Distinctive pieces provide a curated look and feel that is very popular in homes today. There are so many creative and talented designers all over the world and I wanted to feature a few skilled local artisans who provide creative handcrafted designs in the SF bay area.
Sean Newport is a San Francisco based artist whose work varies from design to sculpture. His creations are a beautiful blend of color and light that bends reality. Each shape in his designs are individual pieces, but when multiplied, the shapes create patterns and shadows on one side while illuminating colors from another side. When viewing his art from different angles, the pattern changes and any shift in light alters the shapes differently and dramatically. Sean is an expert at manipulating wood into three-dimensional shapes, then painting and arranging them into a vibration of glowing patterns. The end result is an enchanting display of geometric design and an inspirational work of art.
Lighting plays an important role in any interior space. Not only is it important for functionality and how the space will be used, it also affects our mood and how we perform on a daily basis. Lighting can help highlight objects and artwork, accentuate our favorite colors, and create a comfortable and cozy ambiance. Light is the source of life, nurturing our positive energy and uplifting our spirits. The best kind of lighting is natural light so make sure your rooms have ample natural light in the space. If you have smaller windows, you can hang mirrors on the wall opposite the window to reflect daylight. If you don’t get a lot of natural light, you can use artificial lighting from recessed lights, track lights, chandeliers, table lamps, floor lamps, or wall sconces. A combination of both natural light and artificial lights will help create a space that blends both functionality and visual appeal together in the right harmony and balance.
Types of Lighting
When it comes to lighting, there are 3 categories of lighting – ambient, task, and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is one of the most common types of lighting. It is general lighting that illuminates an entire room and is also referred to as mood lighting because it provides a soft glow. A dimmer switch can facilitate in creating mood lighting. Recessed lights, chandeliers, wall sconces, and ceiling light fixtures are examples of ambient lighting.
Task lighting is used for a specific function such as for your work area and is a smaller, more concentrated light. It’s meant to help you see when you are working on a project where you need light for sewing, cooking, writing, painting, reading, homework, etc… Pendants, vanity lights, under cabinet lights, desk lamps, floor lamps, and swing arm lamps are examples of task lighting.
Accent lighting helps to highlight and accentuate pieces you want to display from your favorite collections to your favorite artwork, furniture, bookcases, plants, and architectural details. A lot of museums, art galleries, and historical building use accent lighting to highlight important pieces on display. Track lights, picture lights, and wall sconces are examples of accent lights.
Below are some examples of popular light fixtures that can help not only with tasks and highlighting important pieces in your home, but also with the overall ambiance and mood of the surrounding space.
If you live in any major city from San Francisco to New York to Chicago, most likely you are faced with the challenge of living in a small space. Small spaces can actually come with a host of advantages especially where space is limited. Maybe your rent is cheaper or you get to live in the heart of your favorite bustling city. Small spaces force you to get organized and prioritize what you really need sitting around. Plus it’s less space to clean, and that’s just more time to focus on pressing matters, like your goals for the new year.
But what happens when your New Year’s goals include wanting or needing a home office? Then your small space starts to look like a large nightmare. Where do you even put an office? How do you make room for a table? Maybe you start worrying and thinking that you’ll need to throw out your bed just to have some workspace.
Fear not my friend. There are tons of small office ideas to make your workspace feasible in any living situation, no matter how horizontally challenged your living quarters may be. The better your space is organized, the easier it is to focus on those goals of yours and accomplishing them!
Stack Your Space
In small spaces, it’s challenging to make space horizontally. So what do you do? Go vertical. One of the most common and popular creative small office tactics is to make maximum use of wall space. Shelves will come to your rescue as they allow you to claim previously unused wall space. Before you know it, you’ll have tons of space for books, boxes, accessories, and papers.
In the same vein as using wall space, this wall organizer by Martha Stewart gets it all together for you
Small spaces demand a certain level of innovation. You’re probably in a situation where almost all your space is taken up with the necessities of living like your bed, clothes, seating, and kitchen supplies. That’s when you have to turn your attention to the more unconventional areas.
If you have any nooks and small corner spaces, see if you can create a small table through the use of floating shelves. Any tiny, empty space can become a small office world in and of itself. This person got creative and e made an office out of a small spare closet
The key to using a small space is to think of it like a puzzle. Fitting everything perfectly and creatively together will allow you to not only know where everything is, but also reclaim space that was poorly optimized and just plain wasted. Consider multifunctional furniture, like this armoire that folds out to create a desk and acts as storage the rest of the time.
Other products can help you optimize your space better, like this modular desk organizer from B&A Studio that will help you visualize where everything goes.
February is the month of love and whether you are excited about Valentine’s Day or not, it can be fun to incorporate some of the things Valentine’s Day is known for into your interior decor. Simple things such as candles, flowers, artwork, and the color red can really liven up your space and make it feel warm and inviting setting the tone for Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner.
What’s Valentine’s Day without hearts? It’s everywhere from boxes of chocolates, throw pillows, balloons, clothing, cards, and so much more. They are all shaped in the form of hearts to bring home that lovely warm Valentine’s mood. You can incorporate hearts into your design without it being tacky or too overwhelming. Something as simple as a small wall hanging or a wreath can add some love to your space without being too much.
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