5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living Space

Though the weather has been less than ideal for patio parties the last few days, you can be sure that the warm weather will soon be in Salt Lake City for good. When the rains disappear and the sun arrives, you’ll want to make sure your patio and other outdoor spaces are in tip top shape. They may just need a little sprucing touches to make them more inviting and beautiful. These five inexpensive and easy tips will have your backyard space host-ready for any spring and summer party.

Creative greenery

You don’t have to stick with a standard planter with flowers on your patio. You can get creative with your greenery choices that will bring more interest to your outdoor space. Hanging planters are a great way to fill empty spaces in your yard, and wall planters help take up unused wall space. There are quite a few easy and inexpensive DIY ways to create planters that are chic and use upcycled materials. If you live in a complex or housing division, strategically placed greenery can also give your outdoor space the feeling of more privacy. outdoor greenery outdoor living spaceshanging planter in outdoor living space

New fabrics and colors

Reupholstering your chair cushions is an easy and fun way to brighten up your patio area. Minimal sewing skills are required, and you can transform your outdoor furniture quickly and inexpensively. You can also do this with throw pillows that are on your outdoor chairs. Depending on what material your furniture is, you can recolor that too. There are multitudes of furniture paints and stains you can choose from to revamp your outdoor living space.

Outdoor rugs

Having a soft place to rest your feet while outside is a vastly underappreciated element of patio living. Rugs are designed to stand up against the elements, and can take more wear and tear than a typical indoor rug. These come in a variety of colors, sizes, and patterns. You can place a rug underneath your outdoor dining table, or maybe at the foot of your seating area. Wherever you choose to put it, a rug will add a little something extra to your outdoor living space. outdoor rug area

More seating

Sometimes the best way to revitalize a space is to put more people in it. Getting additional seating for your outdoor space will allow you to invite more guests over comfortably, and it will add visual interest to your area. You don’t have to go to the Home Depot to buy the latest and greatest in lawn furniture either. You can achieve a fun and eclectic look by shopping at your local thrift stores and yard sales. Choose different styles and colors to create a mismatched and intriguing backyard look. You can tie all of the pieces together by matching your pillow, chair cushion, and outdoor rug colors or patterns.

Perfect outdoor lighting

Lighting in your backyard will create a pleasant and inviting ambiance for you and your guests. Globe lights are particularly chic and are inexpensive to buy and install. These little lights create more of an accent, but don’t offer a great deal of light. For a more illuminating option, choose pathway lighting or lights that reflect off the sides of your home. Another inexpensive and stylish option is paper lantern lighting. These are available in a variety of colors, so you can get creative and fun with this option. The lanterns don’t have an incredibly long life span however, but at the price, repurchasing every spring is feasible. outdoor lighting outdoor living space No matter what improvements you make to your outdoor living space, the most important thing is to fill it with friends and family while spring and summer are here. If you have any additional outdoor living improvements you’d like to share, tweet us or share it on our Facebook page.

6 Paint Color Ideas for Every Room

Every room should convey a certain message to those who enter. The kitchen offers vibes of family, function, and fun, while the living room says relaxation, rest, and comfort. Your colors can help express the most-fitting emotions and feelings from every room in your home. Whether you a love dramatic paint color with big splashes of color, or more neutral and warm colors, these ideas will help you choose the best colors for each room in your home.

Kitchen Paint

Light neutrals work best in kitchen spaces because these kinds of colors let other elements of the area pop. Light grey, pale blue-green, and creamy grey are three neutral choices that give your kitchen a clean and polished look with an inviting feel. These paint colors will let all of your kitchen countertops and fixtures shine bright. If you prefer more vibrant colors, choose a bright accent color on your walls. You can choose one accent wall, or install a colorful backsplash to add touches of visual interest to your own kitchen. kitchen paint color

Dining Room Paint

Dining rooms are typically more formal, but not always. To keep your dining room inviting with formal touches, take advantage of paint colors with deep hues like rich browns, deep blues, and blue tinged reds. These colors offer a warm and welcoming ambiance while still keeping the space interesting and stylish. These colors also allow for endless possibilities in mixing and matching décor and fabrics. dining room paint color

Living Room Paint

Your living room is the ultimate space of contentment. This is where you come to unwind and rejuvenate after a busy day. Pearl white and wooly beige make for excellent paint color choices in a living room because of their softness and warmth. These neutral colors will give you the freedom to choose any kind of décor, because every piece will shine with these paint colors as the backdrop. living room paint color

Bedroom Paint

Did you know there’s a direct connection between quality of sleep and bedroom color? Research says this is in fact true, and those that sleep in rooms with blue walls slept longer than those with other colored walls. The great thing about blue is there are so many variations. Pale light blue is soft and soothing, while deep ocean blue is reminiscent of the evening night sky. Whichever hue you choose; blue bedroom walls may help coax you into better sleeping habits. bedroom paint color

Kid’s Room Paint

You don’t have to go over the top with a child’s bedroom wall color. You can choose a fun color that is still in line with the rest of your home’s style. Light apple green and sky blue are both great choices for a kid’s room, because they offer great color payoff without overwhelming the rest of the space. They also pair nicely with a variety of accent colors and are perfect for boys or girls. A simple white is another choice that’s not immediately obvious for a child’s room. The white will let you and your child choose fun and lively comforters, rugs, drapes, and other décor items. kids bedroom paint color

Bathroom Paint

The bathroom is another place in your home that can offer tranquility and peace in the midst of a chaotic life. Soft pastels with lots of white in the color will give off this feeling in an effortless way. Colors like soft yellows or blues will give your bathroom a beachy coastal feeling that will mimic a relaxing day by the water. Alternatively, if you want to highlight the fixtures, rugs, towels, and countertops in your bathroom space, choose a grayish-taupe paint color so these elements look polished and refined. bathroom paint color  

7 Space Saving Organizational Ideas

We all organize and accumulate clutter. From the moment you move into a new home, new items will start to gather in every corner and flat surface of your home, until one day you scratch you head and wonder when all this stuff arrived. Though sometimes clutter needs to be thrown out, most of the time these items aren’t actually clutter; they’re things we use daily or monthly, but just don’t have a great space to put them. Well thought organizational ideas throughout your home will keep your living space looking cleaner and fresher, and will often make finding specific various items much easier.

Peg board for hanging supplies

Peg boards work great for any kind of arts and craft supplies, scrapbooking accessories, garage tools, and the like. You can use pegboards, available at most local hardware stores, to hang up jars, cans, or buckets of items that need a new place to live. You can also easily install small shelves on the peg board for additional storage surface area. peg board organization (Image by Flickr)

Entry way shelving

The entryway is the first reflection of any home, so if you can make yours beautiful and useful at the same time, it’s a win-win. A floating shelf in your entryway will allow coats to be hung, keys to be dropped, mail to be piled, and other knick-knacks a place to stay. Because this kind of shelving won’t take up any floor space, the entryway will look clean and organized to anyone who walks into your home. entryway space organization (Image by Flickr)

Storage under seats

Taking advantage of organizing the space beneath your seats is the perfect way to maximize spaces in homes. If you have a mudroom or a space right off of your garage where a lot of foot traffic flows, try including a small bench with some under-seat storage. This will be perfect for storing shoes, rain boots, mittens, hats, and the like, all in a convenient and effective location.   under seat bench organization (Image by Flickr)

Floating shelves

Floating shelves add life and interest to empty walls, and they’re major space savers too. You can display coffee table books, photos, vases, figurines, you name it! These kind of shelves are often easy to install and inexpensive to purchase, and they leave your countertops and flat surfaces looking uncluttered and clean. floating shelf organizational ideas (Image by Flickr)

Hanging kitchenware

The kitchen is often the most cluttered space in a home because we typically spend the most time here daily. To save precious counter and cupboard space, try hanging kitchenware like utensils and pots and pans from a hanging fixture. This will add visual interest to your kitchen, and free up storage space throughout the rest of your kitchen area. hanging kitchenware organizational idea (Image by Flickr)

Spice up your spice rack

Some spice cabinets look like a bomb went off inside. It can be hard to see every spice you have, which could mean buying duplicate spices, and a vicious cycle of spice clutter begins. If you have a spare drawer with some depth, try and display them in a staircase fashion, so they can lay on top of one another, and so you can see every spice at once. There are also great wall racks and even refrigerator magnet spice containers available to organize your spices further. spice rack organizational idea (Image by Flickr)

Organize in vertical spaces

Any space that’s not being taken advantage of on a wall is considered unused vertical space. Install some extra shelves in the closet or along your living room walls to make the most of this space. Kitchens are also notorious for leaving vertical spaces untouched. Floating shelves or hooks underneath kitchen cabinets can be installed to utilize these areas. vertical spaces organizational ideas (Image by Flickr) Do you have any organizational tips you’d like to share? Tweet us or tell us about it on Facebook!

Key Design Elements for Every Style of Home

Every home has its own unique feel to it, and the variety of home designs available today means the sky’s the limit for potential home-buyers. Whether you’re looking for rustic, contemporary, traditional, or ultra-modern, there’s a home out there just for you. If you’re choosing the design elements for your new home, you have some big decisions to make. Once you know the style of design you want to model your home after, you can stick to a specific list of elements that will turn your home design vision into a reality.

Contemporary Elements

Contemporary homes can be described as a balanced mixture of comfort and sophistication, through select décor, colors, lighting, and textures. You’ll want to stick with neutral wall colors paired with pops of accent colors throughout the rest of the home. You can implement these accents through paintings, furniture colors, decorative pillows or rugs, and other décor items. Be sure to choose these accessories sparingly, as contemporary design focuses on simplicity. You can add texture through metal accents like stainless steel or chrome, which offers the sleek sophistication that contemporary design is known for. To keep your home comfortable and cozy, use lush fabrics like wool, linens, or even silk on accessories like window treatments, pillows, rugs, and so forth. Lighting is another key aspect of any contemporary home. Your lighting will show off your creative design aesthetic around your house, so choose something equally as contemporary, like track lighting, floor lamps, or unique hanging pendant lights.   contemporary home design elements

Rustic Elements

Utah homes are known for their rustic touches, because of the many mountain ranges across our fair state. The warmth and embracing charm of a rustic space can be incorporated into your own new home with the inclusion of a few design elements. Raw and natural elements are the cornerstones of today’s rustic homes. Exposed beams and stone walls can act as dramatic focal points that feel warm and comforting. You can use reclaimed wood or stone when designing your new home, and don’t forget about the signature A-frame ceiling to tie it all together. Simple and natural looking fabrics mesh well with all of the raw elements in rustic homes, and don’t think you have to put cowhides on every couch. Stay with neutral colors and linen fabrics to keep your comfort and design level high.

Traditional  Elements

When you hear the word traditional, you may see images of heavy fabrics and matchy-matchy furnishings. Today’s version of traditional home design takes all of the great elements of tradition and combines them with the comforts of today’s world. ‘New traditional’ consists of formal furnishings with touches of your own personality. Spread out any matching chairs and lamps into several rooms, and think about mixing pieces from different periods to make each room in your new home truly modern-traditional. Your paint colors should be pale hues. Instead of rich burgundies and dark greens, try for sky blues and light sage greens on the walls. Your furnishings can be boldly colored. Include monochromatic rugs and decorative pieces with different finishes like dark wood stains and metals. traditional home design elements Photo Use By TNS Sofres

Modern Elements

Modern home design is all about architectural angles and dramatic windows. Much of modern design centers on simplicity and is stripped down to the bare bones of the architecture to showcase the space itself. Natural materials are put on display and structural elements are typically the main focal points. Modern design loves lines, so you can highlight bold vertical and horizontal lines through your beams, windows, staircases, rooflines, staircases, and any other structural components of your new home. The windows themselves act as another design focal point, with many floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors, which allows as much light and nature in as possible. Modern homes also allow for the most creative of floor plans, so you’ll have more liberties in designing rooms with open concepts and lots of natural light.


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