Spring Refresh: Bringing New Life to Your Space

Flower buds are on the cusps of breaking and the birdies are singing—spring is springing! Soon a light scent of lilac and sweet cherry blossom will wake us from the heaviness of winter hibernation. Nature is renewing and you can too. Refresh your living space and feel the energy of spring surround you.

Here are some spring style secrets to get you started:

Spring Swap – Pillows and Throws

Change out pillows and throws for an instant style swap. Trade fur, velvet, and other heavy winter textiles for fresh spring fabrics and light natural textures. Integrate pastels, floral and foliage patterns, watercolor prints, woven linen, and jute for immediate spring feels.

Restyle Book Shelves and Surfaces

Super clean, it’s a spring thing! Start your spring cleaning by decluttering bookshelves, furniture surfaces, and table tops. Get rid of extra weight in the room and then subtly sprinkle in pastel vases, light woven baskets, spring decor, and other fresh details.

Spruce Up with Potted Plants

Literally bring the freshness of spring indoors by adding layers of potted plants to your space. Consider mixed pots, living wall features, and hanging planters. From native ferns to tropical succulents, home decor can’t get fresher than live plants. Plus indoor gardening can be quite fun!

Rearrange and Refresh

Lost your luster for a certain space? Maybe things are feeling sort of stale? It’s amazing how refreshing rearranging furniture and furnishings can be. Simply moving existing things around can bring new life to a room and save money too.

Fresh Paint = Fresh Feels

When it comes to getting the most “bang for your buck” in interior design, paint is a front runner. Spring is a perfect time to refresh paint and maybe even try something new. Out with those Knicks and smudges and in with fresh and clean! Buttercream yellows, soft greens, and muted blues all make great spring paint accents and are easily supported by a neutral palette.

From a spring refresh to a full-scale remodel—Everything Home can help! Contact us to learn more about our unique award-winning custom interior design services.

Should I Remodel or Should I Move?

Whether you’re starting a family or emptying the nest, budding a career or planning for retirement, housing needs tend to shift with lifestyle changes. There are many life factors that can leave you wondering — Should I Remodel or Should I Move? Below are some tips to help you decide what is best.

Make a Plan

Start the “remodel vs. move” decision process by examining your housing goals for the next 5-10 years. You may be eager for instant change, but sometimes it makes the most sense to wait a couple years before making a big transition. Good timing helps to avoid multiple moves and wasted money on improvements that unfortunately lack adequate return on investment.

Do Your Research

Keep an eye on the housing market in your area. Researching the market by examining current listings, attending open houses, and watching what type of homes sell fast and for the most money will give you an idea of your home’s potential. From there you can make educated decisions on what remodel projects make the most sense and if moving is maybe more ideal. Kitchens, master bedrooms, and bathrooms continue to top the list for most-desirable home updates. Budget wisely and be mindful of the pitfalls of over-improving for your neighborhood.

Reasons to Remodel

If you love your neighborhood and real estate is limited, remodeling is a great way to achieve your design goals without sacrificing your surroundings. Remodeling provides opportunities to develop a design plan that meets your specific expectations. Some cons could include limitations to remodeling under certain zoning, lengthy timelines, and living in a construction zone with contractors coming and going.

Moving On

If you are looking for a change of scenery and have your eye on a particular neighborhood with readily available real estate, then moving could be the perfect fix. Finding a turn-key home is a particularly attractive option, saving a lot of added construction stress. Moving expenses can add up and you may not get your exact design wishes, but if you are able to avoid extensive construction and reside in your dream neighborhood it’s definitely a win.

The decision to remodel or move is personal but that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone! Everything Home can help you to see the potential for remodeling spaces or moving places. Contact us to learn more about our award-winning specialized design services.

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Everything Home’s Favorite Things

Another fun year at Everything Home — so many exciting projects, so many wonderful clients! We wanted to celebrate by sharing a gallery of our very favorite style pieces. We asked our designers to reflect on their most loved designs and submit their top decor picks of 2018.

You may notice a few themes as you scroll through the gallery.

Furniture pieces offering ample storage were a sure favorite, with cubbies and unique shelving systems supplying a combination of opened and closed storage all in one piece.

Transitional to mid-century inspired accent chairs, with wood details at the arm and chair base, also made our cherish list.

We can’t help but adore projects with large whimsy nature-influenced wallcovering graphics.

Enthusiastic is an understatement when it comes to today’s selection of patterned concrete and ceramic tiles available for wall and floor applications. So many sizes, shapes, and palatable colors to choose from, sure to spotlight individual style.

Marble and crystal made many stunning appearances as hardware embellishments on cabinetry, as well as subtle accents on table lamps, chandeliers, and sconces.

Like what you see? As an added perk, working with an interior designer benefits you in purchasing goods at below retail prices. Contact us today to book your first working consultation session!

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Everything Home’s Six Style Aesthetics

Aesthetics is the study of what our brain finds to be beautiful and desirable as opposed to unattractive and undesirable. The space that surrounds us evokes our senses in many ways. We are often drawn to a particular aesthetic because of the way it makes us feel. You may not even know why you are attracted to a certain style, other than you just are — thus the science of aesthetics.

Through a presentation of mood boards Everything Home designers jump start the design process by first determining what styles a client finds aesthetically-pleasing. Clients usually identify with one or more of the following six aesthetics.

White on White

A crisp and bright environment built with a monochromatic white on white color palette resonates with many of our clients. Think white opulence, cloudy, white-washed, luxurious, and spa-like. Incorporate the white on white aesthetic with white cabinetry complimented by white marble countertops. Varied tones of white paint on walls and molding are also impactful.

Noir

For those who prefer a moodier aesthetic, noir may be more appropriate. Noir includes black on white designs which are rich, deep, and oily in look. Sleek like a tuxedo or timeless like a vintage noir photo this design aesthetic is appealing to many.

Smokey Sultry

If you’re attracted to deep earthy tones like forest green, cranberry red, plum purple, and sapphire blue than smokey sultry might be your pick. Velvet, leather, brass, copper, and textured metallics all symbolize this aesthetic.

Pale Neutrals

Maybe pastels and blush neutrals are more your style. Like a farm-fresh carton of eggs — pale blues, greens, tans, and natural whites are mingled to create this design aesthetic. Pale pastel and blush neutral palettes are considered quiet and warm.

Pattern

Playful oversized florals, geometrics, plaids, and prints exemplify the pattern aesthetic. Both subtle and bold print are sometimes used together. Wallpapers and printed textiles fit this aesthetic perfectly.

Color

If you are attracted to colorful spaces, the color aesthetic might be for you. High color-block, gradient ombre, and jumbled contrasting or complimentary colors are demonstrated in this aesthetic. Once design aesthetics are established Everything Homes designers present custom concept boards to show how selected aesthetics can be used in your specific space. Moving forward final selections are determined according to your aesthetic style preferences.

Designing spaces that reflect personal style is our specialty. Contact us today to schedule an initial consult!

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Hygge Home: Celebrating a Cozy Winter

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word with many meanings — all of which are cozy, warm, and delightful. Some think of Hygge as an art, others regard it as more of a feeling. Hygge is the perfect balance of design and emotion, maximizing comfort and charm throughout the home.

Dane’s created the concept of Hygge as a strategy to survive the dullness of long, cold dark days. They set out to find happiness by celebrating life’s simple pleasures through use of natural colors, textures, and light. Thoughtfulness and togetherness are also backbones of the Hygge lifestyle.

Home design concepts of Happy-Hearted Hygge:

Nature’s Palette

Color your home Hygge with cozy palettes of earthy pastels and natural neutrals. For inspiration think outside — stormy greys, sandy beige, subtle sky blues, misty forest greens, ombre sunsets, and moody jewel tones.

Cozy Comforts

Decorating with natural fibers like wool, cotton, and fur can make your home feel like a big open-arm hug. Think soft and fluffy when picking out decor, incorporating plenty of throws and pillows. Use every opportunity to create comfy nooks for reading, relaxing, and reflecting.

Photo Credit: Wesley Hall

Light Up the Night

The darkness of winter can sadly squash one’s spirit; Lighten your mood with light. Decorate with candles in every room, providing impromptu occasions for candle-lit calmness. Make the fireplace the focal-point of entertainment spaces, creating the perfect atmosphere for friendly gatherings. String wired twinkle lights for a welcoming glow in dark rooms.

Woodland Appeal

A woodland hike is a happy place for many, so mimicking those wonderful feelings indoors is a naturally good idea. Floral, greenery, wood, and stone are all elements of Hygge design. Creating an organic space filled with fresh flowers, potted houseplants, wood tones, and rock elements is definitely a do.

Hygge Happiness

Hygge is about more than design and decor. To truly live Hygge host gatherings with friends and family in your home. Fill your rooms with more than furry rugs and wooly throws. Occupy the long days of winter cooking, eating, relaxing and enjoying the good in life with your favorite people. For added Hygge, sip warm winter tea in your favorite wooly socks because Hygge is all about the feels.

Contact Everything Home to learn more about our Hygge interior design ideas.

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Considerations When Placing Furniture

From small end tables to large sectionals, each furniture piece supports the next in creating impressive interiors. Smart furniture selection starts with a design plan that considers function, flow, balance, zoning, and vignettes.

Function

Reflect on how a space will be used as the foundation for furnishing your room. For instance, swivel chairs are a wise choice for a great room that backs up to a kitchen, allowing you to be part of both rooms at once. Sectionals are useful when designing an approachable, casual lounge space. While standard sofas are most suited for formal entertaining spaces.

When considering function, also think about durability. Seats that could experience a lot of wear should be upholstered in leather or worry-free performance fabrics known for longevity and stain resistance. Likewise, sturdy surfaces like marble and solid wood are most appropriate for family dining tables and desk tops.

Flow

Weaving in and out of furniture when walking through a room is an unnecessary frustration. Prevent chaos by mapping out traffic patterns; consider where people will enter and exit rooms. Leave a minimum of three feet open space around furniture allowing for easy flow.

Balance

To achieve symmetry in a room first select an anchor piece or focal point. In the great room the focus could be a fireplace feature; in the bedroom it will likely be the bed. Each piece carries its own visual weight. Bulkier items appear heavier while petite pieces appear lighter. Be mindful in distributing visual weight evenly throughout the room. Built-in shelving surrounding a hearth or night stands on either side of a headboard are perfect examples of symmetry. Two sofas running parallel in a room also creates symmetry. Similarly a full-size sofa with two accent chairs across from it ensures balance.

Zoning

Transitioning from one room to the next should feel natural yet noticeable. Use statement pieces like area rugs to frame furniture zones and overhead lighting fixtures to discern one “room” from the next. Zoned design has the ability to pide the most open floor plans into inpidual living spaces.

Vignettes

Have you ever sat down in a chair and something just felt off? Like maybe the chair itself was super comfy but for some reason you still felt quite uncomfortable. That’s because every seat needs a side-car. End tables and floor lamps are great companions to chairs. Not only are they handy for drinks and useful for reading, grouped furnishings create vignettes that simply round out the space.

Everything Home specializes in creating spaces that look good and most importantly feel good. We can save you time and frustration in laying out the perfect space with the perfect furniture. Contact us to learn more about our award-winning design services.

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Getting Rid of Unneeded Items Around the House

We get it, it’s hard to part with things you once loved. Sometimes items simply no longer serve a purpose in your home though, and that’s okay. We frequently see clients struggle with the dilemma of when to keep, and when to cleanse. A myth perpetuated by TV design suggests that interior designers make clients get rid of their favorite belongings to make room for a whole new look. Everything Home takes a different approach — we first walk spaces with clients to get a feel for what items they would like to include in their updated design. From there we help clients decide how we can repurpose their favs, and ways to clear out the rest.

Deciding What to Keep

Take on the task of cleaning house little by little, room by room, closet by closet. Don’t force decisions but try to be firm with them. Having a goal in mind and working backwards will help you to achieve the design you desire. If you prefer an eclectic look, holding on to some extra heirlooms will be useful. If you are after a simple clean look, you will have to be more diligent in deciding what stays and what goes. Below is a sample list of questions to ask yourself as you prepare to purge.

Is this item still fashionable or functional?

Home decor tends to be fashionable or functional, and if you are lucky you own some items that fall into both categories. If you still love the style of an item, it’s a keep. If you are attached to the functionality of an item, like an end table with oodles of storage, it’s a keeper too.

Is this item durable enough to last?

Take advantage of a design update to let go of items that are nearing the end of their useful life. This is a great time to update tired textiles and fluff-less pillows.

Does this item make your A-list?

Make a list of vitally important items that either serve great purpose in your life or simply bring you joy. A-list items include family heirlooms and sentimental pieces too.

Is this item valuable?

Sometimes we hold on to valuable belongings for no other reason than their worth. You may want to hold on to anything that is appreciating in value over time, those are investment pieces.

Can I be happy without it?

If you are on the fence, give it a trial run. Remove the item in question from the room for a set amount of time, like 30-90 days. Then decide if you miss it or maybe need more time. If you haven’t missed the item in one year though, it is probably time to say goodbye.

Moving Out, Making Room

There are plenty of ways to ensure your once-favorite find it is loved again.

For popular high-value items, consider local consignment or direct-sale using platforms such as Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Let Go. If you are savvy with eBay sales, you may consider online auction for specialty pieces.

If you prefer to donate items, St. Vincent DePaul and AMVETS will pick up from your doorstep with proper arrangements. Additionally, Goodwill and St. Vincent DePaul offer drop-off locations. Habitat for Humanity is unique in accepting used cabinetry, fixtures, flooring, molding, and other structural pieces of the home.

Designing new spaces is exciting, but it comes with a lot of decisions. Everything Home is here to help you every step of the way, making the design process headache-free. Contact us to learn more about our specialized services.

Nature Inspired Interiors

There is one style that is always in, yet still a bit of an outsider — Nature. Natural interiors kindle our native spirit, evoking feelings of peace and tranquility around the home. Organic colors, prints, and textures infuse designs with the comforts of Mother Nature. Sustainable efforts to reclaim and reuse natural materials have energized designers to create some of the most unique indoor environments.

Shades of Nature

When we think of natural color palettes we often think neutral, but that doesn’t have to be. Nature presents itself in many colors, ranging from cool ocean blues to sunset yellows and fiery orange. Nature-based palettes lend opportunity for both tranquil and vibrant color choices. Natural light is also a factor in creating an organic space, so be mindful of ways to allow light in and how that may affect your color choices.

When planning a color palette consider the prominent color for walls, the secondary color for upholstery fabrics, and accent pieces for the least-dominant color choice. Use different shades within each color layer to create a most relaxed feel.

Organic Prints

Nature-Inspired wallcoverings and textile patterns can set the scene for an indoor oasis. Muted floral to dramatic foliage prints are showing up on walls, draperies, upholstery, and pillows. Elevate a neutral palette with bold pop prints or a majestic wall mural to feel the serenity of nature around you.

Flora and fauna decor naturally make us feel right at home. Think flowers, plants, trees, water, wildlife, and other earthly elements for accessory details including framed art.

Feeling the Outdoors

Integrated layers of natural textures like wood, stone, brick, metal, leather, and fur can nearly bring a room to life. Adding organic elements to your design yields a more comfortable space where each knot, chip, and natural imperfection is adored for its truly tangible story.

Incorporating living plants into a space guarantees a sense of natural living. Sneaking easy to maintain greenery like air plants, succulents, ferns, and pathos onto built-in shelves, coffee tables, or counter tops creates energy beyond just visual in a room.

We can help make your space feel naturally beautiful. Contact us to learn more about our organic design style and award-winning services.

Home Sweet Home-A-Rama

Home-A-Rama is an exciting showcase where dream houses really do come true. We proudly partnered with Old Town Properties for another successful long-distance building project for this year’s show. Owners Jim and Maureen currently reside in Chicago but look forward to a happy retirement spent with grandchildren among great views in Central Indiana’s esteemed Chatham Hills golf community.

Home Highlights

John and Maureen picked a stunning lot adjacent to golf hole #11 with stunning views, so bringing the outside in and the inside out was a focus in building a naturally blended design. We opted for a neutral color palette including tone on tone off-white matte walls contrasted with semi-gloss off-white trim. Natural materials are also featured creating a refined yet comfortable design. Expansive outdoor living spaces include a covered porch, balcony lounge, and a firepit area offering three unique areas to entertain outdoors. Custom fitted track roller screens make the covered porch area a pleasant place to relax despite sun glare and buggy nights.

This home offers the best of both worlds pairing transitional design features with today’s tech-savvy installations. Synced smartphone and tablet app operated lighting, security, window blinds, and audio yield easy and efficient living. Personalized smart shower controls for water temperature and automated water softener salt level alerts are part of this home’s premier plumbing package. LED bulbs and dimmers put a spotlight on energy savings.

Long-Distance Design

This is Jim and Maureen’s second build with Old Town Properties and Everything Home — a testament to the smooth success of our long-distance design process. We know our clients’ time is valuable so we make every phone call, meeting, and vendor visit a meaningful experience. In as little as three in-person “touch and feel” meetings we are able to achieve whole-home interior design. During our first meeting we cover mechanical selections including the exterior, plumbing, and lighting features. Our second meeting explores the interior including cabinetry, countertops, floors, and trims. During a third meeting we finalize paint color palettes and furnishings. Most other details can be addressed long-distance saving time and travel. Whether you are near or far, we help you every step of the way in achieving your dream design.

Go to the Show

Home-A-Rama 2018 remains open Thursday-Sunday through October 7th. Six luxury homes featuring Central Indiana’s best builders, designers, and vendors are all on display in one stunning neighborhood. Chatham Hills is located in Westfield, Indiana. Tickets are available online for $15 pre-purchase and $18 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. The show runs from 12pm-8pm each day with the ticket booth for entry closing at 7pm. Visit https://www.wthr.com/home-a-rama to learn more.

Does Your Home’s Architectural Style Have to Dictate Your Design Style?

Victorian-era builds are intriguing with their regal turrets, elaborate trim, and doll house colors, but Queen Anne couches and intricate tapestries to match aren’t for everyone. Your home’s distinctive architecture may influence decor decisions, but it doesn’t have to be the sole inspiration. Your design style should ultimately promote your personal style. Select decor that is expressive of you and the way you like to live, not necessarily reflective of the structure itself.

Your Style = Your Story

Visiting someone’s home is a very personal experience. There is no better way to connect with an inpidual than to see their idea of home sweet home—what comforts them, how they like to relax, their favorite colors, what art speaks to them, and the list goes on. Guests enjoy getting to know you through what they feel when spending time in your home. You’ll feel more at ease in a space that speaks to your unique taste and lifestyle. Make design selections that ultimately make a statement about you.

Old Meets New

Don’t be afraid to shed new light on an old dwelling utilizing modern design. Subtly incorporating a home’s history with period-specific furnishings is a nice touch, but avoid overly-coordinated era specific style that makes your house feel like a museum. Avoid turning your home into a time capsule, do the unexpected! Formal dining rooms and lavish living rooms are not for every family, and that’s okay. Regardless what a room was originally intended for, design spaces to suit your current needs. Live in the now, there are no design rules saying what was must always be.

Limitless Design

Maybe you identify with a specific style type—farmhouse, craftsman, industrial, mid-century modern, shabby chic, or cottage. Perhaps you haven’t quite figured it out yet, that’s fine too. Blended style creates an eclectic layered look, yielding timeless appeal. The best design doesn’t always fit a category or have a title, it’s simply a space that speaks to you.

Helping clients customize their unique interior design style is our speciality. Let’s chat about your home and begin creating your style story. Schedule a design consultation here.

Tips for Making a Home Stylish, But Livable

Practicality is increasingly important to today’s homeowners. Why have rooms with furniture that you can’t sit on, or dining situations that can’t handle life’s spills? Your home can be comfy without sacrificing style.

These topics come to mind in designing spaces that are functional, and still fabulous:

Performance Fabrics

When we present the idea of a white or pale neutral furniture fabric our clients are sometimes apprehensive, thinking about the inevitable—dirt and spills. But performance fabrics are making white couches a family-friendly option. We love to prove the durability of advanced tech fabrics with a highlighter test. Clients are amazed to see neon scribbles disappear with a simple soapy water solution. Some performance fabrics don’t allow liquids to penetrate as their modern technologies allow for easy clean up and quick drying. Sunbrella and Crypton fabric are some of our favorite indoor/outdoor choices. Sunbrella offers UV protection for special uses like window nook and patio seating. If leather is preferred, Wesley Hall recently debuted a through and through leather option which does not show scratches like traditional leather.

Smart Storage

You don’t have to part with all your extras to stay stylish, you just have to get smart with storage. Coffee tables are holding more than a couple of coasters these days, with hinged tops concealing larger items beneath. Ottomans with removable tray-tops are also popular picks for keeping throws, pillows, photo albums, children’s toys, and more out of sight. Secret rooms are becoming more common on floor plans to hide clutter while keeping things close. Built-in wall cabinetry around entertainment centers and fireplaces can house a substantial amount of books, photo frames, art, collectibles, and other treasures if you are running low on space.

Safe But Stylish

For clients with a growing family, child-safety is an important consideration. Being safe doesn’t have to disrupt a home’s style. Safety gates are being integrated into staircases, with mechanics similar to a pocket door. Seamless in design, yet very safe. A well-planned fireplace design can save a visit to the emergency room with little ones. A flush hearth can prevent bumps and bruises on young walkers without adding a bulky foam bumper to buffer falls. Alternatively, plan fireplaces with raised hearths on an external wall keeping the higher activity center of the room risk-free. Ask about integrated safety features when shopping for cabinets to avoid clunky add-on cabinet locks. Streamline security and consider adding a whole home security system that alerts when windows or doors are opened versus inpidual attachments.

Go Wireless

Advances in home technology have made unsightly wires and weighty power strips disappear. Low-profile systems with wireless integration makes tripping on cables a thing of the past. Avoid ugly lamp cords and unnecessary wall switches with motion detection room lighting. Plan accessible electric outlets, like on the end of kitchen islands for table top appliances or in the floor near your favorite reading chair for a book lamp. These are some of the many ways you can avoid unattractive cords interfering with a room’s design flow.

Livable style is a trademark of our Everything Home designs, Contact us to learn more about our unique services.

Lighting 101: Tips for Lighting a Room

String lights twinkling overhead on a cool summer night inspire us to unwind. The subtle glow of flames reflecting in a fireplace provides warm, snuggly ambiance. Landscapes come to life in the darkness of night with well-planned accent and path lighting. Moods are lifted by the shimmer of holiday lights on those long, cold winter evenings. It’s easy to see that lighting is about more than safety or style, it’s also about atmosphere.

Lighting Layers

Similar to layering texture and color, consider these three lighting layers when strategizing a home lighting plan.

Ambient lighting is produced by recessed and ceiling mounted fixtures, providing general brightness and a building block for more specific lights. Natural light exposed by windows and skylights is also considered ambient, and a critical design feature in planning well-lit spaces.

Task lighting serves the purpose of illuminating specific spaces within the home. Stairs, under cabinet, vanity, kitchen island, and reading lights all help to make certain tasks easier to achieve. Task lighting sometimes requires its own fixture, but not always. Adding dimmer switches appropriately can turn ambient or accent lighting into a task light if the brightness can be adjusted accordingly.

Accent lighting spotlights special features and enhances architectural attributes. Wall sconces build drama on a dining room wall, track lighting intensifies art below, lamps subtly brighten a space, and tray ceiling lighting glows softly in a room. Accent lighting opportunities around the house are seemingly endless.

Fitting Fixtures

Are you sometimes confused when to use what type of light fixture, when it is helpful to add a dimmer, which switch for what, and how many bulbs is maybe too much? Let’s break it down by popular spaces in the house.

The bath is commonly lit by recessed can lights for ambient light and either 3 to 4 bar light bulbs or 2 to 4 wall sconces over the vanity. LED tape lighting is a great way to create soft lighting accents for vanity toe kicks, creating a night light effect. Putting vanity lights on separate switches and a dimmer is a great idea so you can up the brightness for task lighting when preferred.

The bedroom can accommodate many different lighting possibilities. If ceilings are cathedral style or at least 9 ft. tall, a chandelier can be considered. If ceilings are less than 9 ft. in height stick to semi-flush or surface fixtures. Tray ceiling and lamp lighting provide ample accent lighting. Dimmer switches are also a smart idea in the bedroom.

The kitchen includes recessed can lighting as a foundation, under cabinet and kitchen island pendant lighting for tasks, and sometimes a chandelier over the kitchen table as a fun accent. Additionally, LED tape lighting is a great way to accent glass fronted cabinetry to highlight special dish-ware and glassware. Separate switches for tasks and accent lighting are recommended. Dimmers on chandeliers and island lighting is also a nice touch.

The dining room is simply lit with a chandelier over the main dining table, sometimes accented by wall sconces over a buffet furniture piece or to frame wall art. Dimmers on both of these lighting elements is useful in setting a relaxing dinner mood.

The living room provides many lighting opportunities, including recessed ambient lighting, fireplace accent lighting, and lamp lighting for tasks like reading. In airy spaces with tray or cathedral ceilings, chandeliers are sometimes added as a supplement to can lighting. Separate switches and dimmers on accent lighting allows you to adjust brightness according to nightly preferences.

Warm White, Soft White, and Bright White Basics

Color temperature determines light appearance from a light bulb, and is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale ranging from 1,000 to 10,000. Typical residential lighting falls somewhere around 2,700 – 3,000K, for a soft white light similar to 60-75 watt incandescent, complementing interior colors well. Color temperature descriptors like bright white, soft white, and warm white are assigned to give consumers an idea of how blue to yellow the light bulb will appear. Be consistent throughout the home when choosing a bulb color, and design color palettes with the bulb type in mind.

Don’t get left in the dark when it comes to lighting tips and trends. Lighting sets the stage for good design, from highlighting carefully selected color palettes to spotlighting featured furnishings. Let us light the way.

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