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Posted by Eddie Hoskins on 1/7/2019

Anyone who’s ever been in an outdated house or hotel room can tell you that the way we decorate can have an effect on our mood. Certain colors, lack of lighting, and cluttered rooms are all things that, whether we realize it or not, can have a negative effect on our mood and productivity.

These concepts aren’t recent realizations. In ancient China and India, concepts of architecture and decorating have been teaching proper design techniques for thousands of years. Today, these schools of thought are often lumped into the field of environmental psychology.

In today’s post, I’m going to talk about a few design techniques that will help you and your houseguests feel more welcome in your home and create a tone that matches your desires, whether that’s relaxed or energized.

The effects of color

With a quick Google search, you’ll find hundreds of articles discussing the psychological effects of colors. What many fail to mention is the way these effects are based on things like the culture and time period we grow up in.

However, you may find that guests to your home will feel more comfortable in light, neutral- colored rooms than they will in a room that’s painted bold colors.

On a room-by-room basis, there tend to be certain colors that Americans associate with the “right” colors for the occasion.

However, this is often influenced by the architectural style of the house more than an internalized idea about specific colors.

How much is too much?

It’s easy to accumulate home decor and find your walls and surface becoming a little too cluttered. However, bare walls and sparsely decorated rooms can feel a bit too sterile and unlivable. Is there a balance between the two?

Oftentimes the best solution is to follow one simple decorating principle:

Rather than using several small items to decorate a room, choose just a few larger items. This will prevent the room from appearing cluttered but still give it a sense of character.

Taking advantage of the full area of a room

So far, we’ve been talking about how colors and decor can make a room feel more spacious and welcoming. But, even if you have a small room, you can still often achieve this effect.

One solution is to add brighter lighting to the room. Increasing the light makes to room feel more open. And, if possible, natural lighting is the best option, as it can reduce any feelings of claustrophobia.

If better lighting or windows aren’t an option, many homeowners turn to mirrors to make a room feel larger. Larger, wall-hanging mirrors are an excellent way to give the illusion of spaciousness in a small room.


Using the psychology behind these three decorating principles, you’ll be able to make you and your houseguests feel more at ease within your home.





Posted by Eddie Hoskins on 10/16/2017

Beautiful home libraries are more than storage spaces. Beautiful home libraries encourage learning, inner growth and development. Choose the right shelving and the libraries provide your home an elegant charm. Despite their size, home libraries that take up an entire long wall aren't always expensive.

Building your beautiful home library

Less expensive home libraries call for a little DIY skills. For example, you could purchase four six-foot bookcases from your local office superstore and line the bookcases up side-by-side. It takes about half an hour to build each bookcase. Keep extra shelving knobs in a bag or drawer.

Over time,knobs can bend or get lost. You'll keep your home library shelves from slipping or leaning by replacing damaged or missing knobs. As a tip, make sure that floors you build the bookcases on is flat, as these bookcases can top over if they are placed on uneven flooring. Ebony and cherry wood shelving offers an elegant feel.

White shelving works well in rooms that are painted with neutral colors. Lighter colored bookcases also work well in rooms that are topped with crown molding. Some built in shelves come in white. What you'll get with built in shelving is a casual, modern look.

So many beautiful home library options

Paint wall libraries the same color as the other walls in the room. As an example, you could paint your wall library ocean or turquoise blue, a soft yellow or a mild green. Place a matching colored sectional sofa in the room and decorate the sofa with fashionable pillows.

Tall finished and unfinished chest drawers, the kind that you pick up from secondhand stores and flea markets, bring out the personality in smaller rooms. Hang original oil paintings on both sides of the chest. Open chest drawers wide to show off a library full of large sized, hard cover books. If you're an art lover, place arts books at the center of the chest.

Here's another option. Turn one side of your home office or study into a spectacular library. Decorate your office or study with an antique wood desk and leather,high back chair. Add in an antique coffee table and cabriole sofa. Place your home library next to the sofa. Put the sofa and library so that they face the largest window in the room. You'll love taking in natural outdoor views while you read an entertaining book, work on a new novel, check the mail or finish up a project.

Remember your children. In your children's bedroom, use the space between short windows as library shelves. You could also install narrow three shelf bookcases next to the windows. Section off books with stuffed animals or hand crafted pottery pieces.

There are so many ways to add a beautiful home library to your house. Benefits include a personal history of literacy promotion. After all, print books are becoming more a rarity in today's digital age. But, that doesn't decrease the value of print books.

A way that you can celebrate books and develop a love for ongoing learning is to build your own beautiful home library. Stick to using your library as a place to spotlight your favorite books. Add in decorative knick knacks and family portraits and, before long, your home library might become the favorite place in your home.





Posted by Eddie Hoskins on 5/22/2017

Tiny houses are trending. Americans want to live simpler lives. They want to get back to nature and feel more in control of their lives, both at work and at home. Evidence of this is reflected in the rising numbers of Americans who make up the gig economy. It's also reflected in the numbers of people who are downsizing, ridding themselves of household clutter and opting for chic, modern or traditional interior designs that showcase their amazing personalities.

Get the space you want without moving to a new house

You don't have to buy or live in a tiny house to want to make a small home appear bigger than it actually is. A new addition to your family, gaining a roommate or the operating a business out of your home are reasons why you might want to expand your living space without moving. These tricks may be just what you're looking for.

  • Buy and install multi-purpose furniture. Instead of a traditional sofa, get a sofa that unfolds into a bed. Also, go with a sofa that has bottom shelves for added storage space.
  • Choose built-in wall bookcases. Four rows of wall bookcases can easily save you several square feet of floor space,especially if you consider how much space four large separate bookcases would take up.
  • Install interior doors that also function as tables and storage shelves. These devices are interchangeable by removing and inserting clamps into levers.
  • Choose transformable furniture. These furniture pieces save money and space. An example of transformable furniture is a table that doubles as a chair. You may have to visit specialty furniture stores to find transforming furniture pieces.
  • Make good use of vertical space. Stack decorative storage bins on top of each other rather than shoving them in closets or placing them in or near the middle of a floor.
  • Keep end tables close to chairs and sofas.
  • Use tables that fold into chairs and rely on stylish ceiling lights for lighting. During the day, rely on natural light.
  • Install removable dividers to turn a single room into a multi-purpose space. Go with dividers that are made with elegant designs.
  • Purchase twin, bunk beds that fold away when not in use.
  • Turn your attic into a master bedroom. Make sure that air flow and insulation in the attic is good, allowing the attic to easily heat and cool.
  • Screen your front or back porch. Place chairs and a sofa on the porch and use the space as an outdoor office or socializing area.
  • Donate furniture and objects that you don't use to charities and community organizations.

A large house still serves as a sign of success in many communities. Other Americans are focusing on houses that are highly functional, whether that functionality comes through floor plans or solar energy. One thing is certain. Individual living space preferences are helping to reshape the housing market. It is exciting to watch the impact that those preferences are making.




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Posted by Eddie Hoskins on 9/5/2016

Try these home decoration ideas if your house is screaming for an uplift. Some of the ideas only take a few minutes to complete. Each idea works best if you allow your creativity to flow and let your unique personality and style shine. Brighten up bookcases – Top bookcases off with wooden or metal figurines or memorabilia from favorite towns or countries that you’ve visited. Intersperse books with similar items or ceramic art pieces. Beautiful kitchen canisters – Store dry food like flour, sugar and rice in decorative canisters. You have an array of options, including glass, acrylic plastic, metal and ceramic canisters that come in a rainbow of colors. For example, you can choose from brown or silver metal canisters, Navy blue, purple or red acrylic plastic canisters or glass canisters decorated with floral designs. Install new faucets – Single hole, center set, widespread and three hole faucets with handles can liven up your bathroom or kitchen. Choose from brass, bronze, antique and contemporary and modern faucets. Change room or door colors – Paint exterior or interior doors. If you’re feeling particularly bold, repaint the walls of one or more rooms. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas – Seasonal and modern wreaths work year round. Change wreaths during major holidays or to complement seasonal changes. Pick wreaths that have inspiring messages on them to get more zing for your buck. Mirrors work wonders – Of all home decoration ideas, this one may be among the easiest to implement. Choose mirrors that have unique shapes and gorgeous frames. You could hang an antique brass framed mirror in a hallway or you could hang an oblong all-glass mirror in the living room above a mantel. Pillows add to any room – You’ve probably seen how pillows liven up a bedroom. Use them to brighten up the living room sofa, family room chairs and outdoor porch and patio furniture. Cover your bed with style – Plain sets or comforter sets with artistic designs on them give your bedroom a spark. Go for a comforter that is machine washable for easy care. Accentuate floors with colorful rugs – Yard sales, antique and department stores are great places where you can find floor rugs. Add throw rugs to doorway entrances or hard wood floors. Not only are they stylish, they can help to keep your floors clean. Flowers are always a treat – If you have a flower garden, pick fresh flowers and place them inside a glass vase. Silk floral arrangements are great as well. Place floral arrangements on tables, desks or in windows. Simple home décor additions can give your home a new look and feel. Make the additions fun and easy by implementing one to two changes a week or a month rather than trying to install each of the home decorations at once.







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