Bathroom Lighting Trends

Are you tired of the same old, boring lighting fixtures in the bathroom? Do not be afraid to add style to this often neglected room in your house. You can make a statement just by opting for trendier bathroom lighting. Believe us, your mornings will get so much better. Here are some trendy bathroom lighting ideas:
 
1. Industrial Style Lighting Scheme.
Are you looking for something trendy and unique? An industrial style lighting scheme can be the perfect choice for you! You will want to look for fixtures that feature exposed iron and select heads that feature copper or silver tones and accents. Choosing double sconce, adjustable heads will allow you to control the direction of lighting to wherever you desire.
 
2. Vanity Lighting.
Incorporating task lighting around your vanity is a bathroom trend that homeowners love. It contributes great lighting within a bathroom to create lovely space. Instead of a single lighting fixture around the vanity, you can opt for multiple wall-mounted lighting on each side of the vanity. This can also help to prevent unflattering shadows.
 
3. Accent Lighting in Areas of the Bathroom.
Accent lighting can be used to highlight different areas of your bathroom such as a piece of artwork and other interesting areas within the space. For instance, recessed lighting can be used to bring emphasis on a beautiful built-in shelving unit in the bathroom while a glitzy chandelier over a freestanding jacuzzi bathtub brings emphasis to the area.
 
4. Layered Lighting.
You can use multiple types of lighting features within the bathroom to further enhance the space. A well-designed layered-lighting scheme could include: overhead lighting, vanity lighting, and recessed lighting as well as accent lighting to illuminate key areas.
 
5. Under Cabinet Lighting.
You have probably never imagined installing lighting underneath of your cabinetry. Under cabinet lighting is an opportunity to showcase your bathroom’s beautiful flooring or decorative backsplash. It helps to accent the space while showcasing your beautiful choices. 
 
6. Backlit Mirror
We love mirrors in the bathroom; however, instead of choosing plain, old mirrors for the bathroom, spice things up by purchasing a backlit mirror. Backlit mirrors will give off a halo effect and cast a soft, warm glow over your bathroom.
 
7. Decorative Lighting
Every bathroom should have some form of decorative lighting to add interest to the area. From elegant chandeliers to intricately designed wall lights, your options are numerous.
 
We hope you enjoyed these popular bathroom lighting trends. Be sure to check back weekly for more tips and tricks. 

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Current Trends In Kitchen Design

Tired of looking at the same wood cabinets? Even if your budget doesn’t allow you to completely renovate your kitchen, a few trendy updates in the space can make a world of difference. While the look of dark granite countertops is still stylish, if you’re interested in stepping into the twenty-first century here are few trends in kitchen design that you may want to try.

All Gray Everything
Remember those days when white was always the choice of color for cabinetry? Times have changed. Gray has become the new white. So if you’re looking for a new hue for your kitchen cabinetry, yes, a combination of soft gray cabinets and stained wood is super stylish.

Changing Up The Functionality
Banishing the kitchen walls just to open the layout may not be an option, but you can still improve the functionality of the kitchen without making such major moves. Try new innovative cabinet doors and cabinets. Manufacturers are now creating kitchen drawers and cabinet doors that fold up out of the way with simply the touch of a button.

You can also increase kitchen functionality by adding in some automation. There many different ways to automate things in the kitchen. You can have light sensors that only illuminate the kitchen when you enter and hands-free faucet.

Induction Stove Top
Get rid of your bulky stove top and opt for induction burners. Yes, the modern kitchen utilizes an induction stove which is sleek, safe and aesthetically pleasing. The best thing about induction burners is that they use very little heat which means that no matter how small your kitchen is, the area stays cool while your cooking. In addition, they are safe to touch while in use.

Bold Color Sink
Much like kitchen cabinetry, today’s trends are steering clear from stainless steel or all white sinks. Instead, you can opt for a bold hue kitchen sink such as lime green, jet black or red can be eye catching. Such a pop of color can serve as a focal point in the space.

Non-Traditional Fixtures
Another great way you can add excitement is by choosing unique and bold fixtures. Oversized, gold and rose gold are some trendy kitchen fixtures that instantly add drama to the space.

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Create Contrast with Your Kitchen Cabinets

Contrast is a principle in art that has become increasingly popular in modern kitchens. When used effectively contrast can be the key to adding interest and drama to a space. This principle involves using elements that are different in design to add personality and make a striking statement. Here are some easy ways you can create contrast in your kitchen.

There are many different ways you can create contrast in the kitchen area. Homeowners can mix a variety of styles such as contemporary and country styles to achieve a contrasting look. Also, you can mix up your color scheme, cabinetry, and countertops.

Below are some ideas you can implement.

Mixing Up Colors
Perhaps the easiest way to create contrast in the kitchen is by mixing up colors. Don’t shy away from bold colors. Pairing two bold colors that are different from each other will have a wowing effect. For instance, imagine a bold lime green color paired with glossy white.

Contrasting Textures
You can further add contrast by using various textures within one space. You can mix wood colors and throw in colorful fixtures. The texture on texture contrast has also become trendy in the last few years. Instead of mixing and matching textures you can utilize the same texture in variations around the kitchen. For example, the same natural stone tiles can be used on your flooring and backsplashes. While the final look is subtle, such details will draw attention.

Two Toned Cabinetry

Homeowners can create visual diversity in their cabinetry selection. Here are some ideas:

  • Paint the top and bottom cabinet different colors. Using such colors as red or navy blue go well.

  • You can also try contrasting finishes. If your kitchen has traditional dark brown wood cabinets you can switch one set out for a stainless steel finish. You can also break up wood finishes with monochromatic materials.

Kitchen Island
If you’re looking to make one big statement then you’ll let your kitchen island stand out from the rest of the kitchen. Try painting the bottom of the island a vibrant color or replace the top surface with a finish that hasn’t been used yet. Don’t forget to further add emphasis by adding funky bar stools to add to the overall look.

Let us know in the comments below if you have any other great ideas of ways to add contrast to your kitchen! We always love to hear from you!

How to Care for your Heating and Cooling System

What keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer? You guessed it, your heating and cooling system. We want to help inform our customers on how to care for their heating and cooling system. These six quick tips can help save energy and money to the consumer.

How to care for your heating & cooling system:

Filters. Changing your filters can help reduce the energy used by your heating and cooling system. The more clogged that your air filter gets; the harder it has to work. Also, it can damage the system by causing premature wear and tear. You should change your disposable filters regularly (approximately once a month).

Compressors. Your compressor is located outside because it trades hot air for cold air. In order for it to work properly, your compressor needs to be free of surroundings. You should check your compressor around fall and spring time to see if anything has begun to obstruct it. Take away any leaves, debris or trees that may be in the way of the compressor.

Air Filtration Systems. Newer homes tend to have air filtration systems and other households use portable air-filter systems. We encourage you to check how to change your air-filter systems because pollen and debris can be caught up in your filter.

Service Calls. Experts advise homeowners to call for maintenance before the first cold or hot night. Do not wait until the last minute.

Thermostats. Try to keep the heat down during bedtime and when you are not home. You can turn up the thermostat during the morning and dinner hours. If you keep your thermostat on a steady routine, it can help lower costs and save energy.

Reduce Heat Costs. Use curtains and blinds to help conserve home’s heat. Blackout curtains are amazing for reducing heat loss in homes.

It is extremely important that homeowners properly maintain their heating and cooling system to reduce costs and energy. The U.S. Energy Information Administration states that 41% of a home’s energy is space heating and 6% air conditioning. That means that 47% of a household’s energy use is from our heating and cooling system; therefore, it is critical that homeowners reduce energy used by this system.

Ten Budget-Friendly Tips for Excellent Curb Appeal

Your home’s exterior is a snapshot of what people can expect when they walk inside your front door and we believe that your curb appeal should not be overlooked. That being said, we also believe that updating your front yard should not cost you a fortune. To help you master having excellent curb appeal on a budget, we have created ten useful tips for you. Enjoy!

Ten Budget-Friendly Tips for Excellent Curb Appeal:

In The Spotlight.
To help make your home stand out with spectacular curb appeal, you will want to purchase yard spotlights. Your plants are something to be proud of and shining a spotlight on them can be just what your home needs. You do not need to buy that many spotlights, just a few will do the trick. This way even at night, your home can stand out from the rest.

Planted Landscape.
Speaking of plants, you want to make sure that you have focused a lot of your attention on your plants and landscape. These two aspects can be some of the most important features of your home’s exterior. The work and effort you put into designing your landscape can reflect on the rest of your exterior; therefore, you want to take time to plan it. Map out where you want your flowers and plants to go in your yard before you get started.

Beautiful Containers.
Plant containers are a quick and easy way to transform your yard without working too hard. Try adding some beautiful containers throughout your front yard to add interest and design.

Front Door Wreath + Doormat.
Nothing quite says “welcome home” like a stylish wreath and doormat for your front door. Try adding these finishing touches to your front entrance for a warm welcome.

Lawn Maintenance.
In order to have great curb appeal, you need to maintain your lawn. A happy and healthy lawn can make all of the difference in a home’s exterior. Be sure you take time to maintain your lawn’s health for a long-lasting yard.

Welcoming Porch.
Porches can be a relaxing paradise and their design should not be taken lightly. You want to focus a lot of your attention of your porch’s look. You want equal parts cozy and chic. Try adding extra seating, pillows, and decorations to make your porch more welcoming.

New Color.
Freshen up your home’s exterior with a new colored paint. You can use the new color to liven up your house numbers, shutters, and even your front door. A fresh coat of paint can help your house look put together and brand new!

Power Wash.
While you are freshening up your outdoors, it is a good idea to power wash your home’s exterior. Nowadays, you do not even have to own a power washer; you can just rent one from your local home improvement store. Just be sure that you position yourself at least 10-18 inches away from the siding. For expert advice, ask the sales associate at your local home improvement store for their tips and tricks.

Updated Hardware + Fixtures.
If your hardware and fixtures are looking dull, you can update them with modern replacements. The updated pieces will help your home look well-kept and brand new.

You’ve Got Mail.
Another great area that you can focus on is your mailbox. If your mailbox is looking run-down, now can be a great time to replace it.

If you liked what you read, be sure to check back weekly for more ideas and updates!

Five Things That Are Making Your Home Look Dated

Does your home look like a replica of the past? Unfortunately, when it comes to home decor, style isn’t timeless. The hot trends that you fell in love with last year may not look so good this season. The key to avoid “style remorse” is to invest in pieces that are fresh and faddish. Here are eight things that could making your house look dated:

  1. All White Kitchen Appliances
    Gone are the days when all white kitchen appliances were considered stylish. It’s time to get rid of the white refrigerator and dishwasher. Instead opt for the sleekness of stainless steel with slate and matte black finishes. Such materials are timeless and are guaranteed to look good years from now. Industrial style appliances are modern and look much more streamlined. As a plus they are easier to keep clean than white surfaces.

  2. The Chalkboard Wall
    Leave the chalkboard wall exactly where it belongs; in the kid’s room. Oversized, blank canvas in the kitchen or other living spaces tend to look dusty and are not in line with a well-designed home. If necessary, you can replace it with a small message board.

  3. Chevron Wallpaper
    Chevron wallpaper was fun while it lasted. While you’re tearing the zig zag design paper off the wall you can also throw away the Chevron accent pillows and area rugs. If you’re love the look of pattern, opt for a circa pattern with a brand new coat of paint and your home will look good as new.

  4. Textured Ceilings
    The tacky, popcorn ceiling is an old decor trend that will never come back in style. Yes, textured ceilings are an eyesore and undeniably tacky. It’s time to rid your space of textured ceilings and invest in a coffered ceiling or unique beams.

  5. Accessories With Phrases
    While they are inspiring, vases, lamps and any type of decorative accessories with inspiration phrases printed on them should be thrown away. If you must include some type of inspirational decor around your home be sure to choose more personal pieces such as art renditions of your wedding vows.

Have You Organized Your Refrigerator?

Still have last month leftovers stocked on your refrigerator shelves? The refrigerator should be cleaned out and sanitized frequently for health reasons. If you’re ready to take on the daunting task of organizing and cleaning your refrigerator, we’re going to show you how you can do so effectively. It’s time to throw out expired condiments, old food and clean the gunk from the corners.

How To Clean Out the Refrigerator

Perhaps the easiest way to clean out the fridge is to empty out the contents. You can do this section by section, or all at once. Setting everything outside the refrigerator allows you to determine what needs to be thrown away and what food items can be kept. Of course items that need to be discarded should be thrown in a trash bag, while the others can be kept to the side so that you can load them back into the fridge.

More than likely, the interior of the fridge is less than pristine. Before you load the contents back in you should take a wet, soapy cloth and wipe off the crumbs and food remnants that are stuck on the shelves. For areas with gunk that’s tough to remove you can use a solution of vinegar of water. Make sure you dry wipe the fridge dry. Don’t forget the drawers and the fridge doors.

Arrange The Refrigerator Like A Professional

When loading the refrigerator back after thoroughly cleaning it you should organize it like the professionals do. Restaurants organize their refrigerators based on food safety. Professional kitchens organize food in the fridge based on the temperature it requires to be cooked. Prepared foods and leftovers that don’t require a high cooking temperature are usually stored on the top shelf in the fridge. Chicken, uncooked meats, and other raw foods are placed on the bottom shelf. When foods are organized this way you won’t have to worry about cross-contamination.

Here’s a guide you can follow for loading the refrigerator:
Door – The door is the warmest section of the refrigerator. Therefore, you should store condiments in this area.
Drawers – The drawers are meant to hold produce which is your fruits and vegetables.
Upper Shelves – The upper shelves should be used to store ready-made foods like yogurt, cheese, leftovers, and drinks.
Lower shelves – Raw foods

Thanks for reading and hopefully this helps you with the task of cleaning out your refrigerator, and makes it a little easier!

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