Tag: Tips

Make your home a happier place: A design psychology coach provides tips

Rebecca West, a design psychology coach, interior designer and founder of Seriously Happy Homes, joined staff writer Jura Koncius for our Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

Q: What should you do if what makes you happy does not make your partner happy, such as clutter and organization?

A: I see this a lot, and I find the key is to have a conversation not about the clutter, but about your combined goals. If the cluttery ones can express what the clutter brings to their life (happy memories, or maybe they need to see stuff to know that it exists) and if the tidy ones can express how the clutter is a hardship (maybe it creates a lot of stress or embarrassment), then you can start to understand what each person needs and try to find a way to solve for both. Maybe the clutter goes into

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Interior Design Tips: How to Use Texture

Interior Design Tips: How to Use Texture

Try Out These Interior Design Tips to Add Texture to Your Home Decor

Once you’ve decided on an overall theme for your room, and you’ve got the foundation in place, now is the time to take a look at your room with a different eye—one that focuses on adding the elements of texture to your space. Have a sleek, contemporary look? Think shiny, slick and reflective. Going for comfy and cozy? Consider plush fabrics, natural elements and woven accents. There are so many ways to layer texture into your room to truly give it an individual touch.

Bedding Basics

Pattern choice and fabric weight can both play a part in adding texture to your bedroom. Play with different bedding textures to see which ones fit your style best. Quilted bedding feels cozy and welcoming. Silky satin coverlets feel high-end and fancy. Piles of lace take on a romantic, vintage vibe.

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Home theater seating layout: 5 key design and placement tips

The first task that should be done in any home theater design is choosing the number and type of seats. That’s probably surprising to most enthusiasts as they think that equipment is the first thing that should be selected! In fact seating choices end up dictating a lot of other things including room dimensions, acoustic treatment and subwoofer / speaker type and placement.

There are two ways to go about designing seating: from the “outside in” or from the “inside out”.

 

1. Seating Placement Approach

Outside In

For rooms with fixed dimensions (such as our demo room which was a remodel of an existing space) the approach to use is “outside in”. This means that you start with the room size and use this to determine the maximum number of seats, their type and arrangement into rows.

 

Inside Out

For rooms where there is flexibility in dimensions, such as a

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7 Tips For Arranging Furniture In a Long Narrow Living Room

Welcoming, cozy and comfortable are the words I want to think as I enter my home. A welcoming and cozy home is as much about a layout as it is about the furniture you put in it. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite tips for arranging furniture in a long narrow living room.

You don't need to be an interior decorator to create a beautiful space that's welcoming, intimate and comfortable. Start today using these top tips for arranging furniture in a long narrow living room. www.H2OBungalow

What makes the biggest impact is what I put in these awkward spaces and how I place them.

It’s a lot simpler than you’d think.

I’ll use my living room as an example. It’s long, narrow and is the main entryway into my studio, the kitchen, dining area, backyard, our reading area and the itty bitty hallway to the second bedroom & bath. That’s a lot of walkways I have to work with that need open access. It’s also looooong, like almost 30 feet long and just over 12 feet wide. It would feel like

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10 Tips for Styling Large Living Rooms {& Other Awkward Spaces}

10 Tips for Styling Large Living Rooms {& Other Awkward Spaces}House & Home

After recently sharing my tips for styling a small living room, I received a few requests for tips dealing with a larger living rooms! While small living rooms have their own challenges due to their limited space, bigger living areas present their own set of issues. Bigger than average rooms can be wonderful for entertaining, but not as cozy or even functional for day to day living.

So how can you make the best of a large living room? Even if your room is not huge, it can be difficult to furnish if it is awkwardly shaped or connected to another space in some way, so these tips or inspiration photos might apply to a variety of sizes and shapes of rooms or great rooms!

Today I’m sharing 10 of my favorite tips for styling a bigger living room!

10 Tips for Styling Large Living Rooms {& Other Awkward Spaces}Sarah Richardson

1. Designate zones.

In a

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10 HVAC Tips to Consider for a Mechanical Room and House Design

Throughout the Edmonton area, we see rooms and/or houses designed in a way that doesn’t suit the necessary heating, cooling or indoor air quality equipment.

Design is all about working with the space given to make the most aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and efficient environment to live. However, before an HVAC system can fit into a home and the layout, it’s important to have the knowledge of how they properly function. Things can get a little tricky!

Whether you’re a new home developer or a customer designing your dream home, failing to consider the HVAC needs of your design will only lead to more headaches in the future.

Fear not, Weiss-Johnson is Edmonton’s leader in new home installations, so we have everything you need to know. Here are 10 things to think about when designing a mechanical room and house for an optimal mechanical system:

  1. Put the sump pump under a
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14 Feng Shui Living Room Tips You Can’t Afford To Miss

Living rooms have always been an integral and important part of any home – be it an apartment or an independent house – and that’s because living room is the only place in your home where most of the social and family gatherings happen.

Furthermore, this place – the living room – is where you spend most of your leisure time with your family, doing activities such as chatting, watching TV or discussions and much more. Having said that there are certain – in fact very certain – reasons as to why you must have a feng shui living room; to know the reasons, just read on.

Feng Shui Living Room

Here’s What You Are Going To Learn

Feng Shui Living Room – Why Should You Bother To Do It

Till now you might have understood that a living room is an essential part of a house, here, you must also understand that it’s

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10 Feng Shui Living Room Tips to Bring the Good Vibes Home

You might have noticed that we’re big fans of feng shui here at MyDomaine. From selecting houseplants that usher in good luck and fortune to selecting artwork that inspires gathering with loved ones over a meal, we’re constantly on the lookout for ways to bring the good vibes home using this ancient Chinese art. After all, if a few small design tweaks can boost your productivity or improve your quality of sleep, why wouldn’t you decorate your home accordingly?

To learn more about making the most of the space that’s arguably the most utilized in any home (aka the living room), we tapped expert Laura Cerrano. “Depending on the layout of your home or apartment, the living room tends to be one of the first rooms that greets you upon entering,” she explains. “This means that the presentation of your living room sets a certain feeling, emotion, mindset, and energetic

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Designer Decorating Tips for Common Design Mistakes — One Kings Lane

This bright, cheery room does lighting right: Twin lamps and sconces help soften overhead lighting.

This bright, cheery room does lighting right: Twin lamps and sconces help soften overhead lighting.

THE PITFALL: Unflattering, overhead-only lighting.

THE FIX: “A balanced lighting plan will eliminate shadows and cast an even glow throughout the room. Overhead lights are fine when there’s also light coming from other heights, like a pair of sconces or lamps. I also use dimmers on all lighting to control the mood.”—Jen Going of Jen Going Interiors 

This gorgeous gray sofa provides the perfect anchor for epic wall art.

This gorgeous gray sofa provides the perfect anchor for epic wall art.

THE PITFALL: Centering art on the wall rather than orienting it around the furniture.

THE FIX: “Art should relate to what’s in the space more than the space itself. One way to do this is to hang the art near the back of the sofa. And personally, I prefer the art be off center than on.”—Philip Gorrivan of Philip Gorrivan Design

Look how tall the ceilings in this petite living room look thanks to the high-hanging curtains.

Look how tall

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Best 5 useful tips on exterior paint colors 2020 (Photos and Video)

As the trends grow, people see more innovations. Therefore, their imagination starts working in ways that are more creative. Exterior paint colors 2020 were born to satisfy your need to stand out from the block. Designers want you to say goodbye to good old neutral and calm shades for your house facade and instead welcome brighter colors. Exterior paint trends 2020 are all about not limiting yourself. Let your imagination do its job. In case the budget is tight, you sure can adjust those exterior color trends 2020 to your own wanting.

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We are going to talk about 7 useful tips on exterior paint 2020. These simple yet important points will help you gasp the whole idea behind exterior trends 2020.

Color combinations in exterior paint trends 2020

exterior paint trends 2020

There are some basic rules when it comes to color combinations. The all-known color wheel and color theory along with it exist

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