Personalize Your Home With Vinyl Wall Art

99Our homes are a reflection of who we are. Walking through your home, guests should be able to get a sense of who you are, likes and dislikes, and the different personalities of each member of your family.

Each room of every home is decorated in ways that we like, that make the room feel a certain way and reflect our own unique style.

Typically we put much thought into each room in our home when we first move in or after a major renovation, over time the decor may get old – tastes change, trends change – and be due for a change.

There are many things that can be done to a room to refresh and update, but one thing that is quick, easy and cost-effective is adding personalized vinyl wall art.

No matter what type of colors or theme is chosen, there will be a vinyl wall decal available or one that can be made that will match perfectly with your room. Countless wall stickers have already been designed (just add your own personalization) or get ideas for your own room by looking at thousands of premade designs. If you can’t find something just perfect for your room, a designer can work with your to create something unique.

A popular vinyl wall art idea, that is used in many homes, is to use wall quotes. The quotes will come the same way the wall stickers do. The only difference is that the wall decal will be made up entirely of words. By using wall quotes, the personalization of a home will be taken to the next level. Special sayings or phrases can be placed throughout the home to give off a certain feel for the room. A bedroom can have a love quote. For a living room, add a family quote. In the kitchen perhaps a quote about great friends gathering together. Try to use quotes that are personal to your family, ones that are often said, or inspirational quotes that you would like to be reminded of through the years.

Another often overlooked idea that adds a lot of originality to a home is to purchase a custom wall quote. You can type your own text, choose font, color, size and more – then preview what your quote will look like before you place an order. Some of the best ideas are using something your child or grandchild said that makes you smile. A favorite saying that sticks with you through the years from your grandfather, mother, favorite aunt… or anyone special in your life. You’ll treasure this memory on the wall for many, many years – and it’s what helps make a house your own home.

There are countless possibilities that can be done with vinyl wall art. By doing something as simple as changing out a wall hanging and replacing it with a vinyl wall decal, the entire energy of the room will change and the room will take on an entirely new look. Wall decals are easy to work with as they are easily applied and they will last a long time. They are easy to take down and will not harm your wall when removed. Anything is possible with wall stickers. The hard part is picking out exactly what wall quote to start with.

Do it Yourself Home Improvement Tips and Ideas

98There are different approaches to manage a home improvement project. One common strategy is to “Do it Yourself” (DIY). Most homeowners usually prefer to do the work themselves when they remodel or improve their homes instead of hiring contractors or professionals to do the job. The reason why people do the beautification by themselves is so they can save money. Hiring contractors would require you to pay them professional fees in order to cut down costs, its best to do it yourself. Doing the work by yourself even allows you to make your own choices and decisions.

There are many things that can come to mind when thinking about what home improvements you want to take on in your home. Here are some Do it Yourself home improvement tips to make your home attractive and comfortable:

Flooring – Install laminate flooring. Laminate floors are attractive and can give your home a wonderful look. It is durable as compared to carpets at a lower cost as compared to natural floor materials. You may also replace vinyl flooring because it is easier to install it, you can simply glue it down with adhesive. Vinyl flooring is a practical, durable and usually an attractive choice for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and baths.

Carpets- Install carpet. Carpets offer distinctive decorative advantages over other materials that may help to pull your room together. It is an excellent choice if the flooring in your home is no longer in good condition and carpet is even cheaper than hardwood or tiles and much easier to clean and maintain. Carpets are also considered a great insulator for your home, so when you are heating or cooling your home, you will be able to do it more efficiently.

Wallpapers and Painting – Wallpapers are very pleasing to the eye. It can brighten a room, add lots of character, make it warm and cozy and even make it look bigger. Wallpapers are usually great in bedrooms. It is one of the easiest home improvement projects that you can do. Painting is the most popular and practical wall treatment because it is the easiest, fastest and the least expensive way to give your room an instant makeover. You may choose from latex paints or oil based paints.

Windows – You may choose to install blinds or put curtains to add style make your windows look great. Window blinds has been often used as a home décor item. They are responsible in blocking the sun rays so it blocks the light from entering the room. Blinds also serve as window shades on your windows so it reduces eye strain and headache. Curtains add a certain style on your windows. It adds elegance to a room and you can choose from a variety of attractive and colorful curtains available.

Home Painting Tips For Choosing Paint Colors

5Decorating a home requires one to choose a home paint color schemes for each room. Although an individual’s choice plays an important part in making this decision, personal preferences should be influenced by some reasonable factors to bring harmony to the chosen home paint design.

A few factors that should be considered before selecting home paint colors are,

The Color Wheel:

An ancient color selection aid, used by maestro painters for centuries, is a smart and innovative aid for the selection of home paint colors.

The position of the color on the color wheel is highly important. For example, colors positioned near each other are analogous, when used together, one stands out over the other.

The colors opposite each other on the color wheel are complementary when used together, one accentuates the accents of the other.

Thus the color wheel helps create a balance in the chosen paint colors.

A Comprehensive Palette:

A single color for all the walls, in all the rooms, can never be sufficient. Thinking about the complete palette of colors or home paint design scheme, by selecting the perfect colors and contemplating their interaction with each other is vital.

Different shades and nuances of the same color can be used to create a subtle and soothing ambiance.

Ambiance:

Warm and cool colors are comprised in a color palate. Each home paint color provides a certain effect to space. For example, blue can make a room feel larger and airy. While, warm colours such as orange or red can make the room feel welcoming and comfortable.

Consider the function of the space and the ambiance one desires, before selecting the home paint colors for walls.

Some home painting tips to consider when choosing home paint design,

  1. Don’t select the paint color first. One should plan a home paint design, envision the space and decor, including the furniture. This helps create a painting harmony in the painting scheme.
  2. Consider the home as a whole. It’s important that each room on its own looks good, but the interaction and transition between rooms have to be harmonious.
  3. Consider the mood one wishes to set in each room based on its functionality. Red may be one’s favourite color but a red study area evades its purpose.
  4. Don’t ignore the trends. Even if one wished to create a personalised and classical home paint designs, making a home decor look outdated will deem all the hard work moot.

Creating a home paint design scheme is not a very simple process. It is also expensive to change and rectify simple errors. Always give thought to the selection process, trying testing each scheme on walls or virtual software for clarity. Taking professional help in creating the home paint design is also recommended if one is unable to envision the process.

Don’t Just Talk about Home Renovations

4When you have lived in a house for a while, you often begin to notice things that could perhaps be designed better to make the house more livable.

It may be something as “basic” as adding or taking away a wall, deciding to add in a porch or patio, or a more significant home renovation like changing the kitchen, bath, or master bedroom.

But whatever the changes(s) may be, you want to be sure that they are projects that enhance the space, as well as provide a good return on your investment.

So with a positive ROI in mind, what changes are best to make to your home? As one might expect, the top two rooms most commonly renovated – especially with a mind towards resale- are the kitchen and the master suite. But this does not mean that other enhancements and upgrades throughout the home are not important! After all, any time you can add to your home’s value whether through architectural elements or home systems such as plumbing or HVAC upgrades, then you are making an investment.

But, keep in mind that these renovations need to be done correctly. Don’t try to save money by taking a DIY approach to removing or adding a wall if you have never done more than hang a shelf or picture. It is vital that you – or whoever does the work -ensure that the remodeling project is structurally sound and will pass the requirements of a home inspector.

So, once you have ensured the work will meet inspection standards, it is time to get started. In doing so, be certain that you have taken time to establish your plan. This includes not just coming up the design(s), but knowing that you can afford to do the project, and have thought through how the renovation will affect the overall layout of your room. This is when working with a residential home renovation team is important!

When you take time to have a skilled home renovator to oversee and implement your plans for change, they will be able to spot any concerns and make changes that will allow you to achieve the design you desire, but in a way that secures the structural integrity of your home.

So what are you waiting for? Do you have a goal for your home’s design and want to see it accomplished sooner rather than later? If so, then make those home renovations now instead of just thinking and dreaming about them. Talk to a local builder and find out what it will take to get the job done.

Top 7 Decorating Mistakes

96Being an interior designer for over 25 years I’m quite familiar with the most common mistakes most people make (even some professionals) when decorating a home. Decorating should reflect our taste and style, and it is a very personal thing. However there are a few decorating blunders that should be avoided. Below is a list of mistakes and fixes.

MISTAKE 1: The Line Up…lining up the furniture on one wall. I see this done a lot especially in bedrooms, where several different size dressers are all shoved against one wall. This creates a “cluttered” look and feel. It’s also unbalanced.

THE FIX: Be sure to measure the space and the dimensions of the furniture you’ll be placing on each wall. Place one main piece of furniture on a wall. You want to make sure the room looks and feels balanced. Also, be sure to leave enough “walk room” between the bed and the furniture. You don’t want to be bumping into things if you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Scale is very important here.

MISTAKE 2: Furniture Placement…many people think pushing the living room sofa against the wall and by having the open space in the center of the room will make the room appear larger…False. This type of arrangement makes it difficult to carry on a conversation.

THE FIX: Since the sofa is the largest piece in the room it should be placed in the center and across from either the entertainment wall or fireplace (the focal point). Rearrange the other pieces around the sofa to create an intimate setting that is more conversational. (group all piece in the center of the room) Make sure you’re TV is hung/placed at eye level and the sofa is placed at the correct distance from the TV. The distance depends on the size of the TV and your preference. A good rule of thumb is to take the size of the TV and multiply it by 1.5. For example, if you have a 42″ Flat Screen TV, you would multiply 42 x 1.5 = 63″ or 5’1/4″. If you feel that it’s still too close you can move your sofa back to about 6′. The larger the TV the further back the sofa should go. So it’s important to know your room size before purchasing a TV. (measure to the back seat of the sofa)

Some rooms are too small for this configuration, if you have to place the sofa against a wall be sure to group the other pieces around the sofa…don’t push the chair against another wall, etc.

Upon entry you see the back of the sofa…that’s a great place for a console table to be placed with a few accessories displayed.

MISTAKE 3: Fear of Color…when I first moved to the dessert I was shocked at how many beige / cream colored houses I went to. Floors, walls, ceilings and furniture were all beige, which tends to look boring and lacks creativity. Many of the clients told me that they love color but were afraid to use it. Many think using a paint color, other than off white; will make the room look smaller and be difficult to match with furniture.

THE FIX: Use your favorite colors! I recommend selecting the upholstery and window treatments first. You can start with a palette of three colors in different shades and contrast – you can have one dark deep color, complimented by lighter colors. Select the main color followed by accent colors. Darker colors tend to ground while lighter colors tend to float. Don’t use all jewel tones or pastels – mix it up. After those selections are made then the paint color can be selected. It is best to select a few colors and paint them on the wall in the room. Stay with it for a day or so and see how the color looks in the natural light and nighttime light, then select. The goal of paint color is to enhance the other colors being used and to create a mood. You can use paint color to make something pop or to create a soft glow. But always surround yourself in the colors you love.

MISTAKE 4: Too Many Patterns… using too many patterns can become distracting to the eye, busy and overbearing. However, you don’t want to be “matchy-matchy” either. There are many ways to introduce patterns to the décor of a room but there is also a fine line with how many to use and where.

THE FIX: I love to decorate a room with different patterns, it creates interest. However, you must stay true to your color palette and plan. Use patterns and prints very specifically to support the main color and draw attention to the accent colors. Mix it up with a blend of solid colors, prints, different textures and materials.

MISTAKE 5: Hanging Artwork Too High…you shouldn’t have to strain the neck and eyes to view art. In most situations art should be hung at eye level for proper viewing and balance.

THE FIX: I see this mistake often, art being hung way too high. Art needs to be hung at eye level; the main feature of the art (or center) should be at eye level. Since we’re all different heights, you can use this as a guideline…hang art approximately 60″ above the floor, 8″-12″ above a sofa, chair or headboard. 6″ – 8″ inches for a mirror above a chest. In contemporary settings I prefer to hang art a little lower than in traditional settings. But don’t go too low because that doesn’t look good either.

MISTAKE 6: Hanging Window Treatments Too Low…I see this mistake often too. In most homes the art is hung too high and the window treatments are hung too low.

THE FIX: I consider window treatments “jewelry” for the window. The goal is to dress up the window, add some bling and drama. Therefore you don’t want to stay in the constraints of the window size. The higher the curtain is installed the taller your room will appear. Hanging drapes at ceiling height will give a dramatic effect on the entire room. For the length, go ½” to 1″ above the floor or make the drapes longer to “puddle” on the floor for a little drama. If you don’t want to go to the floor, than go just below the window molding. (in some cases you can touch the window sill) I don’t like drapes ending midway on a wall because it looks like you ran out of fabric and the flow is wrong.

MISTAKE 7: Too Many Knickknacks…I think it’s important to display personal collections, things that you love to look at or have sentimental value. However, you can’t display all of them or have collections displayed in too many places, it becomes too messy and cluttered looking.

THE FIX: If you do have a collection of knickknacks that you want to display select one area, cabinet or wall and display a few of your favorites. You can store the others and rotate them seasonally. It’s important to use accessories when decorating to bring the room together, to add some bling and drama but again don’t add too many. It’s best not to have too many small items on display. Instead use fewer but larger pieces that add impact and create drama. It’s important to have “negative space” so you don’t have to cover everything with a knickknack. In most cases…LESS IS MORE!

PET PEEVES:

· Toilet Rugs – unsanitary

· Too Many Focal Points – don’t know what to look at first…just have one

· Electrical Cord and Cable Wires – messy…tack them up

· Too Many Personal Photos – display some and use photo albums for the remainder

· Buying the “Display” at a Furniture Store – it never looks right in the home…either the scale is wrong or the pieces are too matchy

· Floating Area Rugs – measure to get the correct size for your area rug…it should always “connect” to the furniture or fit the room leaving 12″-16″ of floor space around the rug…for the dining room…the chairs should fit on the rug

· Cheap Plastic or Fake Plants/Flowers – this is one area that you must buy a high grade or use real

· Vertical Blinds – outdated

· Using Things You No Longer Like – it’s important to surround yourself with things that you love and make you feel good (use the wall space in your garage for things you can’t part with)

When decorating a home it’s imperative to have a plan and budget. When you have a plan and budget you’re going to make better decisions and purchases. I find that most people struggle with scale and proportion when selecting furniture. Use books, Internet and furniture showrooms to gather ideas and to get familiar with what works. Visualization is difficult for most people and if you’re really stuck it is best to call in a professional. In the long run you’ll save time and money but most important you’ll get the job done right. Hiring a professional can turn a stressful project into an enjoyable one!

About Cheryl:
Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer ASID Allied Member and CEO and Founder of Sandella Custom Home and Interiors. She is a talented designer dedicated to providing homeowners with a high level of design standards and expertise, while providing guidance and support throughout the home renovation process. Presenting every homeowner with a precise plan and customized design.

Cheryl is known for her keen eye and ability to pay close attention to design and details while never loosing site of the homeowner’s lifestyle, budget and dream. She works closely with her husband and partner of over 30 years, Al Sandella, General Contractor and together they design, remodel and build homes in the valley.