Interior Paint – Making the Best Choice

Quality Finishes

There is no statement in a room as weighty as wall paint. Wall color is the backdrop to all room decor decisions. From beige to bold, wall color sets the tone for finished room design. Color is a powerful tool, capable of creating more than a style—it also embodies a feeling.

Consider the following interior paint points:

 

Curated Color Palettes

Picking a color can be intimidating. It is hard to narrow down favorites with all the tones, shades, and hues available today. Take advantage of years of professional experience and use curated color palettes available at the paint store when choosing colors. Do your research and look for marketing materials that show colors in consideration painted on a larger scale or finished project. Color palettes are often curated to support unique design styles. Rustic, vintage, organic, modern, traditional, or timeless—keep your style in mind when searching palettes.

Smooth Transitions

You are probably familiar with those little paint strips at the paint store with varying shades of the same color on a card. They are super handy! Once you find a color you really like, use the ombre’ color card to pick coordinating colors for nearby paint applications. Go a shade or two lighter or darker throughout the house for easy color transition.

Smooth Transitions

Paint that Pops

Painted walls don’t have to be boring, use painter’s tape to create shapes and custom designs. Both tone on tone and complementary colors will yield unique graphic expressions. Color-painted ceilings are another opportunity for stand out design. Use soft neutral colors on the ceiling for a soothing feel or dark bold colors for dramatic design overhead.
Paint that Pops

Quality Finishes

Paint technology is getting better and better and finishes are becoming more of a preference than a principle. Evaluate the space to be painted and consider both design and durability when deciding on an appropriate finish. Quality paint sources now boast washable flat paints, which is an exciting innovation since it’s a favorite for wall applications. Flat paints are easier to touch up after wear than paints with sheen in the formula. Low-sheen matte paints are still a better choice than flat paints for concealing water marks in damp bathrooms. Semi-gloss paints are scrubbable, making them ideal for use on doors and trim.

Quality Finishes

Color Assurance

White paint is no longer just plain white—there is creamy white, pure white, snowy white, chalk white, lacy white, and so many more ideas of virtually the same color. And yes, it really does make a difference. All those little variations do equal different results. Don’t skip the samples, take the time to paint a large cardboard panel with sample colors and hold it up to the wall to ensure that your paint selection is the perfect one. Evaluate the sample board during different times of the day before committing to a larger pail of paint. Changes in natural light from sun up to sun down can make a noticeable difference.

Color Assurance

Tap into a valuable resource by consulting with interior designers at Everything Home for your next paint project. Let a professional eye guide you towards choosing interior paints with intention and make a lasting impression. Contact Us, we would love to learn more about your next paint project!

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How to Put the “You” in Unique Design

Unique design starts with you! The most personal designs are a result of being involved, intentional, and authentic throughout the design process. Honing your unique design style takes time. Explore trends, ask friends, tour homes, and talk to experts. These are great ways to sort through likes, dislikes, and what really works best for you!

Here are a few tips to help you achieve uniquely-you design:

Plan for Real Life

Your design style should be reflective of your life-style. Consider the wants and needs of all users who will occupy the space. Take time to contemplate anticipated room use and function upfront. This will lead to smart design decisions and ultimately happy spaces. Organization, accessibility, durability, and technology are all very personal design features to consider.

Create a Vision

Knowing what you like and what you want out of a design helps establish a vision. A balance between aesthetics and function also creates timelessness in a design. Having a vision helps keep you focused, on track, and eliminates unnecessary expenses that can arise when plans are incomplete or fickle. Designing spaces piece-by-piece with long gaps of time in between can lead to perpetually unfinished spaces, a recurring desire to alter the plan, and sometimes a room without a purpose.

Contrasting Elements

Contrast creates a more realistic and natural feel in a design. Layer contrasting materials, patterns, and textures to enhance visual energy. Think coarse next to smooth, shiny next to dull, scratchy next to soft, etc. Contrast elevates design with unique personality.

Be Authentic

Incorporate unique family heirlooms and everyday pieces into room design. Every house has a story to tell—authentic design tells your unique story. From custom color palettes that represent your tastes to decor that spotlights your interests, design can say a lot of things. Go with design selections that speak to you!

Everything Home’s signature Satisfaction by Design process is interactive and customizable. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you to achieve truly YOU-nique design!

Wallpaper Woes: Tips for Avoiding Wallpaper Mistakes

Modern wallpaper installations are full of wow! Avoid the woes with smart selection and application. Whatever your design style, there is a paper for you. Gone are the days of dated theme borders and dull matte papers. Today’s wallpaper is all about texture, durability, and fun. Wake up tired design with wallpaper!

Wallpaper Woes: Tips for Avoiding Wallpaper Mistakes

Consideration to Make for Avoiding Wallpaper Mistakes

1. Accent or All – How Many Walls to Paper?

Stumped by which walls to paper, or how many is too many? Relax knowing there are no set rules. In a small room like a powder room or den, all walls are suitable for papering. In a larger room like a living room, bedroom, or office, you might choose one accent wall instead. A fireplace surround in the living room, the headboard wall in the bedroom, or desk area in the office are all great accent choices. Pantry shelving, beverage bar, and laundry washing station backdrops are also fun one-wall applications.

2. Paper Selection by Application

Wallpaper has come a long way, and it’s not even all paper anymore. Vinyl wallpaper is a thing, and it’s an amazing thing! Kitchens, baths, bars, and laundry rooms are all considered wet zones in the home. Traditional paper wall coverings succumb to moisture and are prone to peeling when wet. Advanced vinyl wallpapers resist water are now available in a wide variety of print and pattern. Vinyl papers are durable and easy to clean too. Conventional paper wall coverings are more suitable for dry zones like bedrooms, living rooms, offices, and dens.

Wallpaper Woes: Tips for Avoiding Wallpaper Mistakes

3. Print, Pattern, and Paint

From bold botanicals to florals and animals, patterned menswear to rivets and studs, timeless grasscloths to metallics and leather—there is a paper for every style. As designers we couldn’t be more excited to see wallpaper trending again. The texture and ta-da wallpaper adds to a room is unparalleled to plain painted walls. Prints and patterns are usually seamed every 24-27”, so consider the repeat when choosing wallpaper. Small prints sometimes repeat more often and can actually appear busier than large patterns which repeat less often. Murals are comprised of several widths of wallpaper but do not repeat. Murals do not necessarily have to fill the space they are applied on, alternatively they can be framed in paint or wood. Pro-tip: Paint walls before papering in a coordinating color to minimize unsightly seams that naturally occur over time due to sun and humidity.

Wallpaper Woes: Tips for Avoiding Wallpaper Mistakes

4. Specialty Installation – Ceilings

Possibilities for papering are really endless! Ceiling applications are unique ways to incorporate texture and pattern into a room design. Above the master bed, over a dining table, and a coffered ceiling are all neat places to paper. There are a few things to consider when papering ceilings. First, work with a qualified and experienced installer who has access to proper equipment including ladders and scaffolding and can also guide you through choosing proper paper weights and coatings. Also, make sure any ceiling lighting rims and mounted speakers coordinate with the paper design. You don’t want these to stick out, so pick finishes that disappear into the wallpaper.

Wallpaper Woes: Tips for Avoiding Wallpaper Mistakes

The designers at Everything Home can help you in avoiding wallpaper mistakes. We love assisting our clients find perfect wallpapers from subtle to stand-out! We can take care of the sometimes intimidating installation process too. Contact us to learn more about our flexible Satisfaction by Design process.

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Evolving Style – Traditional to Transitional

Are you ready to trade heavy drapery, ornate details, and deep rich color tones for airy textiles, casual touches, and fresh color palettes? Consider a refresh instead of a remodel. Transitional style blends traditional tastes with modern trends.

Evolving Style - Traditional to Transitional

Tips on turning traditional design transitional:

Cabinetry – Fresh Finishes

Cabinets take up a lot of real estate in the bathrooms and kitchen. One of the quickest most satisfying style updates involves modernizing cabinet finishes. Out with traditional dark cherry and light oak woods and in with painted white and grey cabinets. You won’t regret the brightness light cabinetry brings to a room. Complete the look with a white marble, granite, or quartz countertop and simple backsplash.

Evolving Style - Traditional to Transitional

Furniture – Lines Tell Time

A simple furnishing update is sometimes all a room needs, preventing unnecessary room renovation. Replace traditional rolled arm, nailhead studded, and wood accented furniture pieces with transitional track arm, linear edge, simple-legged pieces.

Evolving Style - Traditional to Transitional

Wood Tones – Floors and More

Modern wood tones are organic, natural, washed out, and less polished than once popular traditional cherry and oak wood tones. Transitional woods range from natural unfinished hues to hints of honey and even dark inky walnut stains. White-washed, distressed, and driftwood also represent a more contemporary style.

Color – Swatches to Watch

A little paint certainly goes a long way. One of the least expensive and most noticeable updates to any space involves wall color. Transitional color palettes are much lighter and brighter than traditional picks. Warm reds, yellows, and oranges are replaced with cool blues, pale greens, light grey, and faint beige.

Evolving Style - Traditional to Transitional

Textiles – Err on the Side of Airy

Formal and feminine are common words used to describe traditional textiles. Elaborate floral patterns and bulky velvets all suit traditional luxury style. Transitional fabrics appear minimalistic and fresh in comparison. Bright whites, light grey, natural tans, and subtle pops of color adorn transitional textiles. Light and airy textured fabrics like linen and cotton-linen blend are popular transitional picks. Geometric and neutral prints are also preferred.

Evolving Style - Traditional to Transitional

Everything Home can help you turn tired traditional spaces into timeless transitional places. Contact us to spark inspiring home style!

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Make Room for a New Room: Formal Dining Room Spaces Repurposed

Your house may have more space than you think! Before you add on, before you move out, look around — perhaps you can repurpose an underused room and maximize your existing floor plan. Formal dining rooms are commonly underused spaces in modern living but lend great opportunity for new rooms. With their location conveniently next to the living room and kitchen, the possibilities are vast.

Formal Dining Room Conversion Ideas:

Library/Den
Make this space your niche nook, an informal place for hobbies and happy time. Add built-in bookshelves, cozy chairs, soft glow lamps and voila, you have a library/den space to relax and read in. Settle in with a hot cup of tea from the nearby kitchen for the full effect.

Home Office

Converted dining rooms make great home office spaces because having a door is not always necessary. A desk is usually a must along with added storage for files, and shelves for supplies. Depending on your work life, you may also consider installing a large wall calendar art piece for keeping track of schedules, appointments, task lists, and other important details.

Guest Room
Unless you host regular out-of-town guests and have the extra space it doesn’t always make sense to devote a bedroom solely for visitors. Consider adding a hidden Murphy bed to underused rooms for multi-functionality. Get creative finding ways to add secret sleep spaces for temporary stays.

Baby Nursery
Growing families can convert formal dining spaces into a nursery during the baby years to save space and/or keep baby close by if the master is also on the first-floor. Shorten frequent walks in the night tending to baby and allow for more convenient diaper changes during the day by keeping the nursery near.

Playroom
This is one of our favorite family reuses for any underused room, a playroom! Little ones can play the day away, rain or shine in a devoted playroom space. Add bins for toy storage, table with chairs for art projects, floor cushions for reading, tents for a hideaway—you name it, so many options and so much fun to be had. For older kids consider adding a tv and lounging chairs to create a cool hangout space.

Ready to re-room? Everything Home can help convert underused spaces in your house to your favorite places! Contact us to learn more about our unique interior design process and services.

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The Essentials for a Spa-Like Bathroom

Bathrooms are the most necessary room in your home, but why not make them feel luxurious! Set the tone for both a good day and a good night’s sleep with a spa-like bath experience. Simple bathroom design details can go a long way in creating feelings of peace and tranquility if implemented with intention.
The basics of designing spa-like bathroom retreats:
Declutter and Display
Clutter causes confusion and anxiousness, not something anyone needs in their daily routine. Remove items from bathroom countertops that are not used often, tucking them away under sinks and in linen closets. Expand storage opportunities by installing hanging wall baskets and shelves for holding extra goods if necessary. Countertops are prime real estate in the bathroom, reserve that space for things you need quick access to throughout your day. Display these necessities in clear jars, baskets, and on vanity trays for ease and aesthetics. Soaps, lotions, cotton swabs, and cotton balls all usually make the grab-and-go countertop list.
Natural Touches
One of the most inspirational design features in a room is wall color. For a relaxing feel, choose calming nature-derived colors. Neutral whites, beiges, grays, and cool blues and greens are proven to be soothing color selections. Avoid bright, startling, hues and bold distracting wallcoverings. Add plants and floral touches into bathroom design to create a holistic natural-feeling environment.
Soft Goods and Sundries
Spa-like bathrooms are more than a look, they’re a feel. Freshen up your linen closet with luxe towels, slippers, and robes. Lay a fluffy bath mat down for added splendor. Keep scented soaps, lotions, candles, oils, and other sundries on-hand for a full aromatherapy experience.
Five-Star Upgrades
As a nice alternative to soaking tubs, pamper yourself by installing a high-pressure rain, and/or handheld shower head. Additionally, consider adding electric warmers so you can enjoy toasty towels while drying off, especially during the cold winter months. Radiant-heat flooring also adds warmth and coziness while barefoot in the bathroom.
Everything Home can help you design a bathroom that looks and feels like your favorite spa. Contact us to learn more about our wide range of design services.
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Mudroom Must-Haves

Just because mud is in the name doesn’t mean it can’t be marvelous! Mudrooms are more than a place to stash your muddy mucks. Think of mudrooms as arrival and departure centers in your home—a place to hang your coat, sort mail, leave a message for your family, and more.

When planning the perfect mudroom, consider the following opportunities and options:

Storing Shoes and Other Stuff
First things first, you definitely need a place to store shoes in the mudroom. Build a system for storing shoes, coats, backpacks, and purses. A combination of benches, lockers, cubbies, hooks, and bins will conceal the mess and prevent tripping hazards that personal items sometimes cause. Personalize storage centers by family member name to keep things orderly.
Message Board System
Mudrooms are a popular stop, making them the perfect place for posting the family calendar, weekly shopping lists, and chore check-off sheets. Playful fabric pin boards and chalkboard walls are excellent options for organizing upcoming events and family messages.

Arrival Station
As the arrival hub in the house, ample countertop surface space in the mudroom is key. Having a place to drop the groceries, keys, mail, etc. will help if your hands are full coming through the door. Incorporating wall pockets for quickly sorting mail and drawers or hangers for keys is helpful too.

Perfect Place for Pets
Pet-friendly mudrooms provide opportunities for custom built-in crates, fluffy pet beds, pull out cabinetry for food storage, a place to stash treats, hooks to hang leashes, and an easy to clean location to feed and water your furry friends. This hot trend is one to watch for!

Don’t Forget Durability
Mudrooms experience a lot of foot traffic, so durability is key. With so much action there will inevitably be drops, spills, and drippy shoes . Flooring must be durable, stand up to moisture, and be easy to clean. Consider tile or Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) for the mudroom. Walls may endure similar destruction. In addition to drywall think about adding shiplap, bead board, or board and batten for increased durability.

Everything Home can design a mudroom to simplify your daily routine. Contact us to learn more about our custom interior design experience!
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Designing Creative Kid Spaces

A wonderful childhood is just that, one full of wonder. Creative spaces provide an atmosphere for curiosity and imagination to blossom. Everything Home embraces every opportunity to design environments that encourage pleasure and personal growth for our clients, no matter the age!

Here are design tips for some of our favorite creative kid spaces:
Book Nooks
Think puffy pillows, cozy throws, and bundles of books. Book nooks fit perfectly into corners and window benches. Floor cushions and bean bag chairs provide comfy seating for young readers. Rows of floating shelves lining the walls stocked with fun reading material is a key ingredient. A reading light nearby for those late night read-a-thons is helpful too. Don’t forget something cozy to cover up with and twinkle lights overhead for added ambiance. Oh, and a plush rug to soften the space if necessary.
Study Zone
Study zones are places for students to focus, blooming the brightest ideas. For some children a traditional desk and chair makes the most sense, for others a window seat learning nook, or standing work space. Ample lighting, composed of overheard light and fun lamps illuminates a study zone perfectly. Docking stations for charging laptops and tablets are a nice touch. Mingle in bins and jars for organizing supplies like pencils, pens, paper, etc.

Crafty Corners
Art from the start — crafty corners are the place for paint, glue, glitter, crayons, markers and any other materials that help little ones channel their inner artist. Naturally, these creative spaces can get a little messy so start with washable flooring. Then incorporate wall storage and bins for organizing supplies. A washable work table with fun chairs is a must. As a finishing touch add a gallery wall for displaying masterpieces — this could include a series of simple frames or string wire with hanging clips.

Imagination Station
Imagination stations embrace curiosity and encourage unique ideas. From dress-up centers to Lego tables, make room for free play. Add a simple platform stage for small performances and big debuts. Hang whimsy mirrors for dress-up and showcase boxes for completed Lego builds. Tired of tripping on toys? Organized toy storage is the solution! Wall storage units with labeled hide-away bins and baskets are successful in keeping toys in order and out of the way.
Focus and Fun
Incorporating room for mindfulness and focus can yield plenty of fun too. Climbing encourages focus while helping to burn off extra energy. Unique climbing walls and structures can be integrated using rock-like hand and foot holds. Yoga similarly promotes strength in body and mind. Start with a hard floor and a large wall mirror in building a special space for growing yogis. Twinkle lights and flameless candles can add tranquility to the yoga experience. For practicing gymnast and dancers alike — soft mats, balance beams, and bars are great addition.

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Flooring 101 and Room by Room

It can be intimidating making the best flooring choice from room to room while keeping a cohesive design. Let us guide you through understanding today’s flooring options and how to make the smartest selections.
Flooring 101:
Wood – A timeless flooring option, available in many stains and styles. From standard plank to mixed-plank, wood floors are ever-stylish and definitely durable. Solid hardwood flooring has a long-life span with perpetual opportunity to sand and refinish if a refresh is in order. Engineered wood floors have a 3-7mm thick veneer of hardwood that can be sanded and refinished up to approximately five times, underneath is a layer of plywood material. Solid hardwood and engineered wood floors are both available pre-finished with stain and polyurethane already applied or unfinished. Water and wood floors do not always get along, moisture may unfortunately cause warping or damage to wood finishes.

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) – Attractive both in appearance and function, Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) floors are growing in popularity. With a moisture barrier on the back, LVP floors are suitable for rooms that may experience some moisture. LVP floors are installed as a floating floor with no glue, so they can be removed and replaced if necessary. Some LVP floors are constructed with cork backing for added comfort and cushion under your step. Wood-like graining, natural coloring, and organic beveled edge options give LVP floors convincing character resembling real wood. LVP floors often carry a lifetime warranty adding to their appeal.

Tile – Undoubtedly durable and water-resilient, tile flooring arguably offers the widest range of color and design. Mason-laid, tile is cemented and mortared into place; updates are somewhat difficult requiring specialized removal and replacement. Tile can be considered cold on feet, electrical heating elements are recommended for those who prefer a warmer place to walk.

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) – 100% waterproof, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is suitable for the wettest conditions. LVT design options include wood, stone, slate, travertine, and more. Most LVT on the market is backed by either a 15-year, 30-year, or lifetime warranty.

Carpet – Plush under foot, soft in appearance, inexpensive to buy, and easy to install carpet is a long-time favorite. Carpet can have an unfortunately short lifespan of anywhere from 5 to 25 years depending on the quality and is not suitable for wet or messy conditions.

Flooring Room by Room:

Bath and Laundry Room – Splashes are bound to happen in the bath and laundry room so think flooring that holds up to liquid—tile, LVT, and LVP are all smart choices.

Kitchen and Mudroom – These rooms are the hub of the home receiving the most foot traffic, therefore they require the hardest working floor type. Tile and LVP are low maintenance and can handle moisture and ware in the kitchen and mudroom. They are also very easy to clean!

Bedroom – Bedroom flooring preferences are very personal. Wood flooring and LVP are popular selections, offering longevity and look. If you prefer something softer consider carpet or an area rug. Low-pile carpet is easier to clean, with less fuzz, and minimal visible traffic patterns compared to high-pile carpet.

Dining, Family, and Living Room – Wood and LVP floors feel warm and cozy in dining and relaxing zones. Both are highly-durable and long-lasting too. Accent these spaces with an area rug for a soft touch.
Basement – LVP and LVT are wise choices for basement installations because of their ability to withstand possible moisture. Both are floating floors too, easy to install and repair if necessary.

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Closet Concepts: A Quick Guide to Great Closets

Yes, it is totally normal to get a little crazy when the calendar flips to the New Year and start decluttering your entire house! You are months into winter hibernation at this point, so naturally you’ve grown tired of seeing unorganized messes overflowing from your closets. Maybe it is not the “stuff” that is the problem though, perhaps it is the closet? Below are quick tips for designing closets that maximize both space and function whether it be for pantry, linen, or wardrobe storage.
Doors that Score
Maximizing closet space could be as simple as minimizing door space. Slider doors and pocket doors are excellent choices for closets. Hideaway doors are space saving yet just as useful when it comes to concealing storage. Pro Tip: increase function by adding a full-length mirror to the inside of wardrobe closet doors when appropriate.

Lighting Lessons
Since closets tend to be window-free, a combination of overhead lighting and LED wire lighting is recommended. Add motion sensors for added convenience. If the closet is large enough, like a walk-in pantry or master bedroom closet, chandeliers are a fun way to embellish the space. LED wire lighting can be integrated into shelving to illuminate dark corners and cubbies with a soft glow.

Floor-to-Ceiling Storage
If there is ever a room in your house to maximize space, it is the closet! Think floor-to-ceiling — using every square inch to create an oasis for organization. Start with solid surface shelves and hanging bars for the essentials. Consider double-bar systems to accommodate one row on top of the other with hanging items. Then add stacked shoe cubbies, garment drawers, and loose item bins into your design where space is available. Hideaway tie racks, belt racks, and multi-purpose hooks are desirable extras.

Deep Drawers and Sliding Bins
Say goodbye to bulky stand-alone dressers in the room, and hello to deep drawer closet systems. Free up space in the main room by integrating deep drawers into your closet design for storing folded shirts, sweaters, socks, and intimates. Drawer dividers and jewelry trays can help keep smaller pieces in order. Slider drawers and bins are also useful in the pantry to store bagged chips, grains, root vegetables, and other loose items.
Ottomans, Islands, Hampers, and Catchalls
Make your closet a relaxing place to start the day by adding an ottoman for sitting while you get dressed and meditate your morning. If your closet is large enough consider incorporating a center island for shoes, handbags, and additional accessories. Save space in the main room by including laundry hampers in clothing and linen closets. Insert a catchall tray or bin for keys, glasses, wallets, hats, and gloves in both coat and clothing closets.

But first, Coffee
Turn an ordinary pantry into a butler’s pantry by adding electrical outlets and counter space for coffee and tea makers, toasters, and other small appliances. This streamlines meal prep while decluttering counters in the main kitchen.
Love a great closet? We do too! We can help to maximize storage opportunities regardless of closet size. Contact Everything Home to learn more about our unique interior design services including designing organized spaces and happy places.
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