Ideas for Organizing and Decorating Your Basement

Ideas for Organizing and Decorating Your Basement

Anyone with a basement knows to ask what’s the best way to use it. Should it be used for storage? Everyday chores? Laundry? Your first child’s bedroom? Your hideaway for the secrets you will not reveal? Should it be nicer and cleaner than the top floor or should that be where we make ourselves more comfortable?

The possibilities are endless. Here are a few options for organizing your basement.

Use Empty Space for Storage

In a basement, you’re much more likely to find some empty space at an awkward location where it’s difficult to work with. Instead of leaving it there, that’s the perfect place for setting up a bookshelf or a storage bin.

Build Some Cubbies

Cubbies are a wonderful way to make your stuff more organized. It’s a cute design for your home and will make the basement seem more put together. It will also open up room in your basement so that you can use it as both storage and living space!

Install a Carpet

If you have concrete or some other old flooring in your basement, it’s time you treat it right. Basements are cold and you want a floor that will make it more inviting. While we recommend hardwood for upstairs, a carpet in the basement will make the space much more livable, more inviting, and most importantly, warmer.

We hope this gives you some ideas for what you can do. In the end, the flooring really is crucial. Old concrete just doesn’t work for anything except storage. Give yourself more options and install a floor that will work.

3 Tips on Affordable Interior Design

3 Tips on Affordable Interior Design

Designing your home with intention doesn’t always require an interior designer. There are a few tips and tricks you can use yourself to make your home look a little bit nicer. A few weeks ago we wrote a post about interior design, but this week we want to focus on making it affordable. So let’s jump right in with 3 tips on affordable interior design.

Don’t be Afraid to Buy Used

Buying furniture new is not what it used to be. It’s now easier and safer than ever, plus a great way to interact with your neighborhood. Apps like NextDoor, Facebook Marketplace, and the classic Craigslist or eBay are all full of deals on great furniture.

With online sales more diverse than ever, you can find exactly what you need at an affordable price.

Get a Little Handy

There are lots of furniture and decorations out there that are still great but just need a little tweak. If something is not the right color, consider painting it.  Old wooden furniture often just needs a little resanding and polish, or even just finding a way to cover or camouflage that one damaged spot.

An eye for handy repairs can save you hundreds in the hunt for cheap furniture.

Make it Symmetrical

You can make anything look nice as long as it’s symmetrical. If you have 2 bookshelves full of records, for example, see if you can arrange them in a unique and orderly way and make sure it is symmetrical with the room.

The room itself should also be balanced. One side doesn’t have to mirror the other, but when you’re looking at one side versus the other, make sure they have the same amount of stuff. Balance, symmetry, and organization are key to a good looking home.  

Everyone Deserves a Nice Home

No matter your budget, you can make your living space nice. Just remember to organize all of your belongings. Hide away stuff that isn’t in season and neatly display the items you need every day. Consider the room’s balance and make sure every corner is carrying an equal amount of weight. Try to coordinate colors if you can, and look for unique ways to express yourself on the walls. You don’t need a fat wallet to have a nice home.

4 Trendy Hardwood Floor Patterns

4 Trendy Hardwood Floor Patterns

Welcome to 2019. This year is about bringing more style and personality to your home. Your floors make a big difference in the impression your home gives, and traditional patterns can make your home seem, well…boring.

If you’re looking for ways to make your living space more enjoyable and worth living in, you might want to look at the state of your floor. It’s the ground you walk on every day, so why not keep it healthy and in style?

We have 4 trendy patterns that will take your floor to the next level.

Herringbone

Herringbone is the pattern where planks are switching direction. One row of planks are facing right, and then the one above is facing left.

This design is ideal for anyone looking for a traditional style that’s a little busier and eye-catching. It’s perfect for larger, more open spaces.

 

Wide Planks

As the name implies, a wide plank refers to…wide planks. This design is often done in smaller spaces to make them look bigger.

This design has been very popular in the past year, partially because of the increase in smaller living spaces. The desire to make a space look larger played a big role in this pattern’s popularity.

 

Diagonal

Another self-explanatory name. While most planks run parallel to the wall, these planks are diagonal. Again this design is great for adding business without too much detail. It’s great for a large space and making your room look fresh.

 

 

 

Mixed Width

Finally, we have our most unique and least common pattern. This one’s for the true hipsters at heart. For anyone who needs the explanation, mixed width refers to planks with different widths. This gives a sense of randomness and excitement to the floor.

Another great one for large spaces because it makes full use of the space and is so versatile.

 

When redesigning your home, consider one of these patterns to give your floor some unique personality and elevate your home into a place worth seeing every day.

4 Interior Design Tips for Your Home

4 Interior Design Tips for Your Home

With 2018 coming to close and 2019 rushing in, it’s not a bad idea to think about design projects for your home. Lots of homeowners have these projects on the backs of their minds so why not dedicate some resources to getting it done? If you’re thinking about doing some interior design work, try these four tips to help you out.

First Impression

One of the most important concepts to understand in interior design is the first impression. When guests walk in from the front door, what is the first thing they see? First impressions play a huge role in building effectiveness in your design, so you want to make sure that the first impression, the first thing people see when they walk, is picture perfect.

Symmetry

A good general idea is to look for symmetry. That doesn’t mean that every room should have an exact mirror point, but that they are balanced. So for example, if you took all the of objects on the left side of the room and you take all the objects on the right side of the room, would the scale be even? Or would it tip towards one side? Try your best to make sure that each side has an equal amount of eye-catching stuff.

Busy vs. open

This is an important concept when talking about floors or walls. Do you want the design to be busy? Or do you want it to be more open? For example, grated tiles, brick, or wallpaper? Busy. There’s a lot going on in those intricate designs. But one color paint is open.

A good rule to follow is to use open designs in smaller spaces to make them seem bigger, and busier designs in larger spaces to give them more focus.

Be Smart with Paint

Paint is valuable but not just for your walls. Of course, the color of your walls is crucial, but save some of that paint. It might make a great accent around your mirrors or windows to create more color contrasts.

Alternatively, lots of homes have something to hide. If you have something like an exposed pipe, you can paint it the same color as your wall to give a camouflage effect. It will be noticeable, obviously, but it then fits the room and even creates an attractive urban atmosphere.

With the right design, you can make any space look attractive!

To Refinish or Replace?

To Refinish or Replace?

To refinish or replace? That is the question. Old floors can be tough to figure out. You want to make sure it’s sturdy and damage-free. But you also don’t want to spend any money you don’t have to. How do you know whether to refinish your floor or replace it? If you know your floor needs a change, but not sure which one, then this guide is for you.

When to refinish

When we talk about refinishing, we’re talking about sanding down the top layer of your floor and adding a new layer of laminate to make your floors look as good as new. You know refinish your floors when:

Your budget is tight

Refinishing your floor costs about half the price of a new floor. It’s a much cheaper alternative that fully utilizes the life of your floor. If your floor has no or minimal damage in a concentrated area, then you shouldn’t need to spend the extra money on a new hardwood floor, unless you’re looking for a new design or material.

Minimal or no damage

If your floors are damaged to a certain extent, they need to be replaced. Damage can come from water, termites, or intense aging. A good sign of damage is if you can see at all into the subfloor between the wood planks, or of the floor is bumpy and uneven.

When to Replace

Conversely, replacing your floor involves removing your current floor and replacing it with something new. Here are a few reasons why you might want to replace your floor instead of refinishing it.

Damaged Floors

Refinishing floors are more for the type of flooring that’s old. It’s not for covering up damages. If your floor has any amount of water damage, termite damage, or anything else that permanently affects the floor, it might need to be replaced.

Subfloor Needs Work

One of the issues with subfloor is that you can’t fix something on it without removing the floor that’s already there. If you have in issue with your subfloor, then it might have affected your floor as well. It’s best to then remove the floor, fix the subfloor, and start again from scratch.

You want a New Look

Sometimes floors go out of fashion and you want a change. There’s nothing wrong with that! Of course, refinishing only adds life to the floor you already have. The only way to change the material or style is to remove the current floor and replace it with another one.

If you need further help deciding whether to refinish or replace your floor, you can call us or peruse our blog database for more posts on the subject!

Do these Colors Match?

Do these Colors Match?

When designing your house, it’s important to consider how different elements blend together. You want your floors and walls to match, and you want your furniture to blend in as well. You want a variety of colors and a nice blend of cool and light. You want everything to look balanced and organized, without being too bland. Figuring out what works for your living space is very tough – that’s why interior designers can be very useful. But not everyone can afford an interior designer, nor is one always necessary. You can always learn a few useful tips to make sure your furniture, walls, and floor all work together nicely.

Floor Comes First

One of the first decisions you should make is between your floor and your walls. The first rule is to always start with your floors since that’s the most permanent aspect of the room. Make sure you have a floor you love and can draw a lot of inspiration. Everything else will come from the floor.

Subtle? Or Bold?

One of the first decisions you need to make about your home is whether you want to go subtle or bold. More specifically, do you want colors that stand out? Or would you prefer everything to really blend together? Bold designs involve a lot of contrast, such as dark hardwood with light walls featuring lots of primary colors where subtle designs might be closer to light hardwood and traditional wall colors such as off-white. Talk to your family and see if you can find something where you can all agree on, perhaps you can go bold but not too much, or you’re all enthusiastic about displaying your favorite colors. Usually, these compromises create the best looks.

Find the Right Colors

When looking for the right colors to match, you want to pick one that is present but also hidden. For example, hardwood floors have one or two main colors, but they also have hints of other colors as well. Maybe you can find a hint of yellow, or blue. Look at your floors and see if you can find the most hidden color – that will be the color of your wall.

From there, look at the colors present in both the wall and the floor, and do the same process. Look around for those super hidden colors and use your furniture to bring them out. Based on how bold or subtle you want to be, you can either embrace the most different colors or try to blend them all together.

Designing your room doesn’t have to be a chore. Work out with your family about what designs and colors you want, and see what will work with what you have. Especially when kids are involved, you can make this a lot of fun, and find ways to add everyone’s personality to that room.