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.
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 PaintLight 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.
Dining Room PaintDining 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.
Living Room PaintYour 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.
Bedroom PaintDid 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.
Kid’s Room PaintYou 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.
Bathroom PaintThe 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.
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 suppliesPeg 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. (Image by Flickr)
Entry way shelvingThe 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. (Image by Flickr)
Storage under seatsTaking 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. (Image by Flickr)
Floating shelvesFloating 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. (Image by Flickr)
Hanging kitchenwareThe 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. (Image by Flickr)
Spice up your spice rackSome 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. (Image by Flickr)
Organize in vertical spacesAny 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. (Image by Flickr) Do you have any organizational tips you’d like to share? Tweet us or tell us about it on Facebook!
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.