December 2012

Wanna Grow Taller? 3 Tricks for Making Your Ceiling Seem Higher Rooms with low ceilings can feel cramped. But you can create the illusion of higher ceilings – and achieve a more spacious atmosphere – with these three tricks: Use taller baseboard molding Larger molding on the floor makes the walls look higher. Standard baseboards are about 4 – 7 inches in height, but you can find these moldings up to a foot high. There are many materials and styles from which to choose. Paint the ceiling to match the walls Most homeowners assume that the ceiling should stay white to make the room seem larger. However, if the walls have color and the ceiling does not, there is a strong visual break where they meet. This accentuates the low ceiling. If you paint your ceiling to match the walls, it fools the eye, and the ceiling will appear higher. Use vertical lines To create a taller appearance in a room, use vertical lines – and avoid horizontal lines – wherever you can.       Choose window treatments that draw the eye upward, like fabric panels installed from the ceiling to the floor, long cascades, or vertical blinds. Look for furniture that has vertical lines. You can paint a tone-on-tone striped pattern on the wall for an elegant look that adds height. Enjoy your newly found...

November 2012

Tricks to Brighten a Room Not everyone has the luxury of having big windows that let in lots of sunlight. Many apartments and houses have at least one room that is continually dark. A dark room can cause accidents, eye-strain, and even a sour disposition. If you’d like to add more light to your room – without taking a sledgehammer to your walls, try a few of these room-brightening tricks. A brighter room will lead to a brighter mood! Paint your walls a light color, and use eggshell or semi-gloss paint. Dark, matte finishes actually soak up the light, making the room seem darker – even when you put the lights on, but lighter, glossier paints will reflect the light back into the room. Keep your ceiling white. It’s amazing the difference that a white ceiling makes on a room. Just like dark walls, a darkly-painted ceiling will absorb a lot of the available light. Add more lamps. Yes, this seems obvious. But many homeowners rely solely on overhead lights to illuminate the room. Light needs to come from various levels – low, middle, and high. Combining uplights on the floor and lamps on tables around the room with overhead lighting will create a brighter, more comfortable room. Hang large mirrors. Large mirrors can act like windows, reflecting the light back into the room. Choose reflective surfaces. Just like walls, other large surfaces can absorb or reflect your light. Opt for glossy countertops, add glass panes to your hanging artwork, and place mirrored trays on top of dark tables. Light is important for your physical and mental health. So make sure your home is...

October 2012

October is National Window Covering Safety Month …and your child’s safety is our top priority Blinds and shades with cords can be dangerous to children. The Window Covering Safety Council, a group of major U.S. manufacturers, importers, and retailers of window coverings, provides education about window cord safety. Check out their website for up-to-date information and advice: Because young children can become entangled in window cords that are within their reach, the Safety Council urges parents and caregivers to follow these safety rules: Safety Checklist: Keep cribs and beds away from windows. Make sure all window treatment cords are short enough to be out of the reach of children. Securely anchor all continuous loop cords to the wall or window frame. Repair blinds and shades manufactured before 2001 with “retrofit cord repair devices,” or replace them with today’s safer products. Opt for cordless treatments in children’s bedrooms and play areas. Using safety in window coverings will help protect your pets, as well. Educate yourself and protect your family. Call me if you need any help. Your child’s safety is important to...

September 2012

Just Beachy Ahhh… the sound of the waves; the smell of the ocean air; the warm, comforting breezes. Life at the beach is heavenly. But you don’t have to live near the ocean to enjoy a relaxing beach atmosphere in your home. Try these easy decorating ideas to transform your living space into a beach retreat that you can enjoy all year long! Choose light, gauzy drapery panels for the window, and make sure you install them at least a few inches above the window frame. Soft, sheer, flowing panels give the impression of gentle breezes with lots of sunlight entering your room. Use beach souvenirs as artwork. There is nothing more “beachy” than seashells.       Starfish are also particularly beautiful. And don’t forget sand dollars. You can combine all of your beach finds in a large bowl, scatter them on a table or shelf, or position one unique piece by itself – on the wall or a shelf – as a focal point. Select summer colors for your walls. Soft blues and greens will remind you of the beach. Buttery yellow is great to mix in. Keep your trim white. Moldings, chair rails, wainscoting, and other accent panels should remain white for a clean, summery feeling. Speaking of white… you can create a terrific beach mood by opting for all white accessories. On a white shelf, display your white china, white vases, and white candlesticks. On the wall, hang your family photos in white wooden frames, and intersperse some white starfish. If you have wood floors, scatter a few sisal rugs. Your feet will enjoy the natural,beachysensation....
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