How to Brighten Up a Dark Home

Sunshine is always associated with positive vibes.  Where there is light, there is life.  But what do you do if your apartment or home doesn’t have big enough windows to let a lot of sunlight in?  You may be tempted to call Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and beg them to remodel your home, but that would be a little too… extreme.    Here’s what you can do to brighten up a dark house:

Start with color.  It shouldn’t be that difficult to paint your walls over.  Your best bet would be to paint your walls in white or beige.  The neutral color helps to bounce light around the room, giving off a feeling of brightness.  You can likewise make your floors white by putting a white rug over it, or by staining wooden floors with a white or light-colored stain.

Seek to reflect.  In order to create reflections, hang mirrors on a wall across the window to reflect natural light.  You can also install one of those large chandeliers with bits of crystal to help magnify light.

Use area lighting to shed some light in dark corners of the room.  Pendant light fixtures, for instance, will look particularly good in the dining room or in a reading nook.

Try the above tips if you want to make your home bright and cheery, and soon you’ll see things in a new light!

On a Magic Carpet Ride: A Whole New World of Carpet Cleaning

Our living room carpet is probably one of the most beat up furniture pieces in our home.  Apart from it taking a lot of foot stomping from my at-home Zumba sessions, it has become my daughter’s favorite toy.  Her penchant for Disney princesses has taken its toll on our carpet, as she likes to pretend she’s Princess Jasmine on a magic carpet ride- and I have to stand in as her prince!

With all that activity, it comes as no surprise that our carpet no longer smells as good as it used to.  Sure, I do a spot clean here and there, but I think it’s time to call a Manhattan carpet cleaning company to do the job.

I was never too keen on having my precious carpet subjected to all those harmful cleaning chemicals though, so I was only too excited when I stumbled upon this carpet cleaning company’s website (GreenChoice) that has an eco-friendly approach to carpet cleaning.

Instead of using the traditional chemicals which leave toxins in the air after cleaning, they use products made of organic ingredients.  Purified water, coconut oil and essential oil extracts are just some of the magic cleaning components of their products.

It’s definitely a good thing that we moms now have a wider range of options when it comes to improving our homes.  This environment-friendly route is certainly the best way to go.

Sick Of Leather: Know It For A Better Purchase

If you are after luxury furniture, leather should be high in your list. After all, the material alone bespeaks of luxury, elegance, and style. This is on top of the comfort that goes with leather sofas, loveseats, and sectionals. And there is still the durability aspect to boast of.

The Advantages of Leather

  1. Probably the most significant one is the prestige that it conveys. The presence of furniture made of leather in one’s home or office will give the impression that the owner is of high social standing, either wealthy or sophisticated or both.
  2. Maintenance is a breeze. Wiping it regularly with a damp cloth is oftentimes enough. Should you want added protection, a stain protector may be in order.
  3. It will last for years. Leather is known for its durability. And it is tear and puncture resistant. Good quality leather can also last longer than you think, but of course with proper care and maintenance.
  4. The leather on sofas, loveseats, and sectionals follows the contours of your body, but retains its shape. These kinds of seats are ideal for everyone especially with those with back problems. Having that kind of quality makes it comfortable to sit on, and since it does not get out of shape its beauty remains.

Choosing Your Leather Furniture

One advantage of leather furniture is that it is easy to match with other furniture designs. If it is a leather sofa or sectional that you are considering, you can make it the centerpiece of your living room and add other pieces of furniture to enhance it. Or you can have a leather recliner or club chair sit unobtrusively in a corner of the room adding a touch of class.

Regardless of your design intention, the important factor to consider is the amount of space available. There is no point in considering sectionals, if the allocated space is only good for a loveseat. Even if you are contemplating on a relatively small leather recliner, there should be adequate space in front and at the back to allow the backrest to recline and the leg support to elevate. So before deciding on which furniture to buy, measure the area on which the furniture will be placed.

Your budget will have a significant impact on your options. The sectionals and reclining sofas are likely to be the most expensive. The quality of the leather as well as the frame will also dictate on the price. When considering the cost, shipping should also be included. Given the size of most leather furniture, it is unlikely that you can stash it in your hatchback.

Especially when you are buying sofas, loveseats, and sectionals, it is best to actually sit on them and determine how comfortable they really are. It is similar to buying a pair of shoes. The design should suit your body type. What may be deemed comfortable for some may not be to others.

Furniture made of leather will definitely add to the elegance of your home or office. It may be more expensive, but it is worth the investment.

Home Lighting Tips for Your Living Room

Home is where the heart is, they say.  And where your heart resides, there should be light.  Since the living room is where a lot of activity takes place- from reading, entertaining guests, and watching TV to cross-stitching and playing scrabble- various types of contemporary lighting do the job of not only prettifying the place, but also complementing the different things you do there.   A flexible lighting scheme makes it seem as if there are different spaces for different activities, all right smack in one room.

  • Chandelier lighting always works in the living room.  It makes for a good conversation piece with guests, and helps give off an elegant yet homey feel.
  • Use some accent lighting to highlight collections of books, plants or pictures.
  • Put a freestanding uplighter or a good old lamp behind the sofa.
  • Table lamps may be dotted on shelves and tables around the outside edges of the room.  This helps shine light inwards, giving the illusion of space with a cozy feel.

If you want to renovate your house but are strapped for cash, you can always spice things up with proper lighting.  Now, I hope I was able to shed some light on the topic… pun, oh so intended!