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Decorating a small space requires plenty of creativity and a good eye for what works well given the purpose of the room and its inhabitant. Unlike a big room or space where there's plenty of square footage to play with, the focus of small areas is a bit different but not an impossible task.
Here are some simple tips to follow to make your home look amazing despite the small space:
Save space with furniture pieces that can either do more than one job or can fold out of the where when necessary. There are many desks, dining tables and even beds that can be moved around to make space or provide you with storage or other benefits. A living area sofa that can also serve as a foldable bed is an excellent addition to any home.
Mirrors make rooms look bigger.
You can create the illusion of a much bigger room. Mirrors also reflect both natural and non-natural lighting and can help to brighten up a small room when appropriately positioned. Not only are they functional and beautiful, but they can also be fancy enough to act as decorative pieces in a little place.
Living in a small space ensures that you only buy what you need. If you are feeling cramped up, look around the room, and there will be things you can do without. Take these out and find ways around it. Decorating a small space means you have to be careful with what you put to avoid it looking unnecessarily tight.
Use bold colors
Small spaces bring out the best of textures, bright colors and prints. Tie in solids with neutrals in cool ways like throw pillows, picture frames or accent walls. You can also put at vibrantly colored wallpapers to create a focal wall in the space and decorate around the theme.
Use large rugs
Large rugs give the semblance of more space and trick the eye into making the room more prominent than it is. They can also form part of your design theme and bring character to a small space.
Plants and flowers
Greenery and flowers are always adorable in small spaces. Flower pots on the windows or table add color to small rooms. Many plants don't need regular watering and thrive in small areas like succulents and Aloe Vera. Faux plants are also a way to go for zero maintenance and more color.
Use your intuition when designing a small space and less is typically more. The above tips will help your small space shine and look amazing.
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Looking for a way to make your living room cozier or wanting to add some softer touches to your family room. These great ideas will get you started.
Find your fabric
- Faux fur – check out the furry rugs and pillows available at your favorite home goods stores. You’ll find animal print plush the add some luxe to your leather sofa. Or choose a bright-hued long-haired cushion to add that punch of color to that monotone sectional.
- Real fur – Well … real hair, anyway. A fringed coverlet of llama, lamb, or another high-loft wool brings warmth and texture to any space.
- Velvet or velour, or even fuzzy microfiber or shag adds a softer touch, so think floor pillows, bolsters, or shams.
Wood has natural warmth that adds a subtle glow to otherwise stark contemporary décor. And if you add a touch of antique oak, walnut, or pine into the mix, you’ve created a space with depth and character. So, bring out that side table you inherited, or frame your contemporary print in a simple wood frame. Set the walnut dish your dad carved in high school shop on the mantel.
In addition to wood and fabric, other natural features can warm up your motif. Think a bevy of baskets, dried or faux but realistic willow stems, a cluster of beautiful stones, or even a collection of shells gives character and interest to a design.
Opt for an Ottoman
Everyone loves a place to put their feet. An upholstered ottoman in a comfortable fabric gives instant comfort to the room. If you'd rather have a more durable cover on your footstool such as leather or vinyl, the add a plush throw to it to bring in the warmth.
Sometimes, collections get out of hand, so we’re not talking about taking over every space with your blown glass figurines. But a lovely jar filled with sea glass from your last beach trip puts a warm glow in an otherwise serene bath or bedroom.
Group larger collection pieces in threes. If you inherited Aunt Mildred’s red glass vase, and another blue one from your grandmother, add a third one (even from a thrift store) to give interest to the collection and set it on a sofa table or in the center of the coffee table. Avoid putting more than three (at the very most four) items on any surface to avoid a cluttered, disorganized look.
If you plan to place your home on the market, ask your realtor to recommend a professional home stager to help you add that coveted coziness you crave.
Entering the housing market for the first time can be daunting, particularly for those who want to quickly and seamlessly buy a top-notch residence at an affordable price.
Lucky for you, we're here to help you streamline the process of navigating the homebuying process.
Now, let's take a look at three vital tips to help a first-time homebuyer acquire a residence that matches or exceeds his or her expectations.
1. Analyze the Housing Market
The housing market constantly changes, and as a result, differentiating between a buyer's market and a seller's market can be tough. Fortunately, a homebuyer who analyzes the real estate sector closely should have no trouble discovering a variety of outstanding houses at budget-friendly prices.
To assess the housing market, you'll first want to look at the prices of residences that are currently available. This will enable you to better understand the prices of homes in cities and towns where you'd like to live.
Next, you should analyze the prices of recently sold houses in your region. With this housing market data in hand, you can find out whether you're preparing to buy a home in a buyer's market or a seller's one.
2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage
A first-time homebuyer may want to get pre-approved for a mortgage. That way, you can prepare a homebuying budget and narrow your home search accordingly.
To obtain a mortgage, you'll want to meet with several banks and credit unions. This will allow you to learn about all of the mortgage options at your disposal and make an informed mortgage decision.
Furthermore, don't forget to share your mortgage concerns and questions with potential lenders. This will enable you to choose a mortgage that won't force you to overspend to acquire your ideal house.
3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent
Let's face it – the homebuying journey can be long and arduous, particularly for a homebuyer who is exploring residences for the first time. But with a real estate agent at your side, you can remove the guesswork of going from homebuyer to homeowner.
A real estate agent is an expert of his or her craft, and as such, will do everything possible to help you achieve your homebuying goals.
Typically, a real estate agent will meet with you and learn about your homebuying expectations. This housing market professional also will set up home showings, keep you up to date about new residences that fall within your price range and negotiate with home sellers on your behalf.
Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will help you alleviate stress throughout the homebuying cycle. A real estate agent understands the challenges of buying a house and will do whatever it takes to help you avoid or overcome potential homebuying hurdles.
Don't miss out on an opportunity to purchase your dream residence – use the aforementioned tips for first-time homebuyers, and you can boost your chances of acquiring a terrific house without breaking your budget.
Before you decide what grass to purchase for your lawn take a moment to assess your life and yard to select the best warm or cool-season grass variety for you. Here are some crucial items to think about that will affect your choice of grass.
How will your lawn be used?
Think about where and why you're planting sod. If your installing new grass for your front lawn the use may be more for aesthetics than active use. If planting for your backyard the grass might see more traffic, and if you have children who will play outside frequently or pets that live in the yard, you’ll want to select a more rough and tough variety of grass for your climate zone. If the lawn is just for show, a beautiful but sensitive grass might do well for you.
What are the conditions in your yard?
Does your yard already allow for drainage? Your yard might already have an irrigation system, or you may need to install one. Make sure your yard is or can be well-prepared for the grass you select. If implementing an irrigation system will be difficult, or simply isn't cost effective so it won't fit in your budget consider a grass that won't need so much drainage. Look at the terrain of your yard. Will the area you're planting be easy or challenging to mow? If on a hill perhaps you want to plant a grass that only needs mowing once or twice a month or a grass that looks good if left to grow long.
Assessing sun and shade.
Even if you know what climate zone you live in you’ll still need to assess the sun and shade situation for your yard in particular. Observe your yard throughout the day, over the course of a few days. Track where the sun hits throughout the day and what areas have shade, and at what times. Tracking will help you narrow down your grass selections before you start looking at costs.
How does lawn maintenance fit into your budget? If you want a grass that needs lots of irrigation or regular fertilizer, you'll need to account for the ongoing cost. Make sure you can afford to continue taking care of your lawn over the long term so that you can protect your investment.
With this information you can review the grass varieties available to you, that suit your climate zone and make the best selection. If a lush front lawn or hearty backyard that can handle kids playing is essential to you, discuss your needs with your real estate agent so that they can include information about each lawn in the houses they present you and help you find the right yard for your lifestyle.