Types of Kitchen Lighting

Types of Kitchen LightingThe kitchen is often the busiest place in the home – a hub for family and friends to gather.  If you are lucky, you have a large and cozy kitchen with a huge window to let in the sunshine on those gray Winter days.  But on the days that the sun fails to show up or after it is neatly tucked behind the clouds for the evening, you have to rely on artificial light.  Back in the day, when kitchens were merely a place to prepare food, everyone gathered in the dining room, a simple light fixture did the trick.  But, as more and more people use the kitchen as a gathering place, the need good task and ambient lighting is imperative. (more…)

Trends in Bathroom Lighting

Trends in Bathroom LightingWhether you are lucky enough to have a large master bathroom, or you have a moderate-sized bathroom, with just the right lighting, both the bathroom and YOU can look like a million bucks! With a few strategically placed lights or a new fixture, not only will your bathroom look sophisticated, but you will walk out of the house letting the world see your very best side.

Today’s bathroom lights have moved far beyond that homely fixture way high up in the middle of the bathroom ceiling that cast ghastly shadows on the walls and your face.  Face it – you’ll never score any points for presenting your best face to the world if you don’t have sufficient light in your bathroom to perform grooming tasks properly. (more…)

The Use of Accent Colors in Interior Design

Accent Colors in Interior DesignFashion designer Lilly Pulitzer, renowned for her vibrant floral prints, once stated: “I am a believer that color affects people’s moods.”

Of course everyone agrees with Lilly Pulitzer and we don’t need to be a psychologist, a top fashion designer, or an interior decorator to agree that the color of a room will either make us feel calm or bring us cheer.  Picking the wrong color for a particular room, might make you cringe, so for that reason, when undertaking the task of incorporating color into your home, special care should be taken to mix and match neutrals and intersperse those neutrals with vibrant colors to create momentum in each and every room, to have your home look like the pages in those glossy home decorating magazines.  You could read the tips below or put your home in the hands of an expert interior designer.  If you would like to talk to a professional about the latest interior design trends that will look amazing in your home contact an interior designer in NJ for help.  A top New Jersey interior designer will go over all of your design options and will help you make each room look amazing!

Color scheme for your house

Some homeowners opt to choose a neutral color throughout the house, simply accentuating each room with accessories and furniture, thus creating a harmonious look for the entire home, where other homeowners like the idea of each separate room with its own personality.

So how do you make the distinction of neutral-only with accent colors versus infusing creativity in each separate room?  It can be an arduous task, so don’t feel badly if you have a difficult time deciding which way to go since decorators have a similar issue sometimes.  You can simplify the process by using a color wheel and going with two basic neutral-friendly color schemes, or use the old decorating standby of complementary color schemes.

Using the color wheel

If you use the complementary color scheme, you are choosing colors that are opposite from one another on the color wheel – for example:  red and green, blue and yellow, or purple and orange.  Complementary color schemes are usually found in a more formal setting, like a living room or dining room.

On the other hand, you may wish to use an analogous color scheme where you are choosing colors that are situated next to one another on the color wheel (like yellow and green, blue and violet, or red and orange) in your rooms that are situated in the less-formal areas of the house, like a TV room, bedrooms or a playroom.  If you guessed that analogous colors promote rest and recovery, you are correct!

But, there is more to just picking a color scheme to match the particular room.  With a little know how, you can learn to use accent colors to create pizzazz in your home, just as if an interior decorator shared the wisdom of all his or her trade secrets.

Want to know a secret?

If you study the rooms displayed in glossy home decorating magazines, or you peruse the best decorating sites on the internet, you will see that they follow a certain ratio of color variation for the room.

Picking the perfect accent colors.  You may “ooh and ahh” over those magnificent mansions and their stupendous designs and melding of color, wall, window and floor treatments, not to mention the use of color, but, the truth is your home is unique to you and often times will not work in the same manner.  So, how do you recreate these beautiful color combos without creating a blah and boring, or over-the-top color scheme in your home?  Here’s what the top designers do to keep their color scheme in proportion, with just the right infusion of accent color to make accessories “pop”.  HGTV.com has shared this ratio which designers use and it is as follows:

The 60-30-10 Rule is how decorators suggest you proportion your rooms to make the most of color variation.  To provide visual interest in a room, you should divide each room into percentages of the following proportion:  60-30-10.  This means, the overall color is theme of the room is 60 percent with 30 percent of the room providing visual interest and the remaining 10 is relegated to accent – this is where you get your “pop”.  Those percentages are laid out as follows:

60% equals a dominant color;Accent Colors in Interior Design bedroom

30% equals a secondary color; and

10% equals an accent color or colors.

You learned about using complementary or analogous colors above, and how to create a very “put-together” formal room, or a very relaxing and restful informal room, just by the use of color placement.  For example, a room which features light and dark contrasting colors is considered more highly defined and therefore referred to as a high-contrast space, wherein a room that uses low contrast colors (like the second color scheme of analogous colors mentioned above) helps restore a more informal feeling.  Popular pairings that are trending today are black and white (which are not considered traditional colors, but instead colors which add or subtract light) or white and beige (low contrast) or white and gray (low contrast), perfect for making a welcome and restorative environment.

Now that you are familiar with how important color is a factor in our lives, take the words of the late Lilly Pulitzer to heart and create a perfect aura in your home and do your family proud.

What is The Best Paint Color for The Nursery?

Paint Color for The NurseryFor decades, pastel colors have ruled the nursery and young children’s bedrooms.  Parents welcomed baby boys with baby blue tones and baby girls with pink pastel shades.  Blue has always been the more masculine of the pastel palette, with pink being denoted as a more “girly” color.  Parents-to-be chose yellow for the nursery when they opted out of knowing the gender of their baby in advance of the birth.

Thus, the pastel palette, predominantly blue, pink and yellow has dominated nurseries forever it seems. (more…)

Top 10 Tips to Make Homes More Green

Make Homes More Green

Make Homes More Green

With all the research of the effects of global warming caused by the harmful chemicals we use and the exhaustion of natural resources as a result of all the energy production and other activities, it is evident that there is a need for more green living in order for us in order to safeguard the future. Usually only the industrial sector is targeted for making their activities more environment friendly, however the sheer number of houses on the planet needs to be addressed. The average carbon footprint of a home might be nowhere near that of a chemical industry, however when millions of houses add up, the ball game changes drastically. Here are a few top tips to make homes greener than ever before.

What is The Best Paint Color for The Media Room?

Paint Color for The Media RoomGoing to the movies has changed throughout the years; it used to be more of an event – something that you might have even dressed up for.  There used to be an usher to escort you to your seat, then once the heavy curtains parted, there was a hushed silence in the audience as the audience waited for the entertainment to start.  It was not just the main feature, but often a newsreel, cartoons, some advertisements and previews first.  You parents will verify that at one time, the attraction for attending the movie theater was to collect bone china, with different pieces featured each week.  Going to the movies exuded an air of politeness back in the day, with no talking, obviously no cell phones ringing, and, unbelievably – men and women had to remove their fedoras and stylish hats so that the people in the seats behind had a clear and unobstructed view of the film!

Top Kitchen Paint Colors for 2017

Top Kitchen Paint Colors for 2017The paint colors you choose for your next kitchen remodeling project are more important than you may think. Because your kitchen likely is the center of attention in your home, it’s important that you choose the right color palette that will not only match what’s going on in your kitchen design-wise, but also match what’s going on activity-wise. That’s why top house painters in Essex County have compiled information here about 2017’s top kitchen paint colors to help you narrow down your many choices. (more…)

How to Make a Small Space Look Larger

How to Make a Small Space Look LargerSmall spaces have their advantages. Of course, they have their challenges as well. A small space can be cozy and homey, or it can be stifling, even suffocating. But a small space doesn’t have to make you feel like you’re living in a can. If you have a small space in your home that’s making you feel claustrophobic, there are things you can do to make it feel and look larger without spending a huge amount of money. Adding or changing lighting fixtures, reducing clutter, exchanging a bath for a shower in a bathroom, changing the paint and choosing the right color schemes–these are all effective home improvement projects that can help make a small space look larger. Home remodeling contractors have compiled this list that will help you decide which projects are right for your space. (more…)

Trends in Kitchen Countertop Design

Trends in Kitchen Countertop DesignYour kitchen countertop must have but one characteristic: beauty and function. Wait-isn’t that two things? No. It’s just one, and if you’re a Dunwoody homeowner, your kitchen is deeply (deeply!) important to you, and that means you above all others completely understand the idea that beauty and function in your countertop must be one. Americans have been having a love affair with kitchen countertops for years now, and the designs for 2017 are evidence that the romance continues. But there is a bit of fickleness going on as well. This year’s trends in kitchen countertop design include a fusion of countertops with other movements. Yes, in 2017, we’re seeing homeowners tossing over the idea of the lone-function countertop for its brother, the countertop fused with added function. For instance, countertops with back splashes are huge in 2017’s design trends. Yet more evidence of this progression is the popularity of kitchen countertops with integral kitchen sinks. And another design trend is toward away from thick and toward thin. Following is more detailed information from kitchen remodeling contractors near you about this year’s trends in countertop design. (more…)

Bathroom Design Trends for 2017

Bathroom Design Trends for 2017People used to call the bathroom ‘the necessary,’ and that’s pretty much what bathroom design was–mostly that which was essential, useful, functional. To put it candidly, folks did what was obligatory and left the bathroom behind until next time. But those days are gone, as bathroom design trends have been upgraded and updated, with entire themes being designed around the idea that bathrooms should be a living space that offers a chance to wind down from the day, gather thoughts, get back to nature, relax, and spend just a little more time enjoying life. And this year’s biggest and best bathroom design trends are all about relaxation, serenity, and adding some pleasure and ease to your hectic life. Here are some of the top ideas and most popular movements in bathroom design trend for 2017 from bathroom remodeling contractors near you. (more…)