Your family room is a place for everyone to enjoy, so make it casual and functional. Avoid clutter by opting for attractive storage solutions like cabinets, bookcases and trunks that will organize or hide household items.
Let your personal taste be your guide. Whether it's a formal room with leather chairs and dark wood or a light and airy space filled with wicker and soft pillows, a reading room should be a place to find peace and quiet.
Turn a small nook into a personal getaway that will provide an escape from household distractions. Make it your own by adding an overstuffed chair, artwork and plants.
The bedroom is your sanctuary from the outside world and the one truly personal room in your home. Choose a soothing wall colour, add a chaise lounge for relaxing and toss some cozy throw pillows on the bed.
Attractive, well-lit rooms often combine four types of lighting:
Ambient or general lighting provides a safe and comfortable level of light.
Accent lighting spotlights interesting features in your home, such as a painting or sculpture.
Task lighting supplies the intense directed light needed for detailed work.
Natural lighting includes sunlight, candlelight and firelight. The quality of natural light changes depending on the time of day, weather, season and room location.
- A north-facing room receives less direct sunlight than a south-facing room.
- A west-facing room receives strong, warm light in the evening, casting an orange tint.
- An east-facing room receives strong, bright light in the morning, providing a white glow.
If you're currently using only ambient lighting, you're missing an opportunity to add interest and vitality to your home. Change the look and feel of your home with task and accent lighting.
Installing new blinds, shutters and window treatments is a quick improvement that immediately adds personality to your new home. Settle in by sprucing up your windows:
Window Treatment Fabrics: There are four categories of window treatment fabric that provide varying light and privacy control.
Window Treatment Styles: Choose the right style and best length to match your aesthetic, whether casual or formal.
- Tiers: Tab tops, full-length rod-pocket or pole-top panels
- Valences: Swags and scarves
Bathroom and kitchen faucet options are abundant. Not only can you select a faucet to suit your style but to suit your lifestyle, as well. Take a look at four types of faucets:
Widespread faucets feature a spout with separate hot and cold water handles.
Centre set faucets are recommended for smaller, pre-drilled basins.
Single-hole faucets have a spout and a single-handed control.
Wall-mounted faucets are available for above-the-counter and pedestal basins that require a long spout for extended reach.
Painting is not the only way to spruce up your walls.
Consider wallpapering or texturing your walls. Wallpaper offers a variety of options from material and print to ease of use. Wallpaper is an excellent way to cover wall imperfections.
If you're in the mood to experiment, wall texturing is for you. There's really no limit to what you can do with your imagination. Choose from textured paint, faux finishes, stucco, drywall compound, fabric and anything else that strikes your fancy.