The handles on your kitchen cabinets, or the handles on your bathroom cabinets, or even the handles on your dresser drawer, make a huge impact in a room! They are small, but you’ll be surprised what changing the handles on your cabinets or doors can do. Switching up the handles will not only elevate the look of your space, but it will upgrade the look and feel of your furniture.
Fine tuning the lighting in a room is one of the best ways to elevate the design in your space. Using mirrors to manipulate how natural lighting bounces off the walls, using the color and shape of a lamp shade to impact the brightness of the light, and sticking to only one type of light bulb in a room that requires a few, there are many techniques you can do to influence the light in a room. Get to know your space and experiment with how light and shadow illuminates your room.
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on the next best artist to have a framed piece of art on your wall. All you need to do is think outside of the box, something different than the generic posters you see in the store. Make your art personal, like frame a postcard you bought on your recent travels, or frame a piece of fabric that you love, or enlarge a photograph you took with your phone. A piece of art that tells YOUR story is the best and most expensive type of art.
Since many of us are spending most of our time at home, we are looking to every nook and cranny to make the most out of our space. Some have had to make their living, bedroom, or even dining room into a work station. Here are a few clever design tips on how to create dual purpose rooms without having to sacrifice style or space.
Dress Up Your Office Space
If you’re working from home and your work space needs to also be in the bedroom or living room, it doesn’t need to look like an ordinary office. Dress it up to match the rest of the room. Put a vase of flowers on your desk, hang art or pictures around the work area, or get a more unique, not so ordinary desk. This way, when you’re not working, it just looks like another cozy reading nook or vanity, and not a cold work station.
Laundry Room, Craft Room, & Gift Wrapping Station
You don’t need a large laundry space to also have a gift wrapping station or craft room. All you need is an extra long and narrow shelf for your “working” desk and a few cabinets or containers for storage. Make the most out of your laundry room because it’s not like you’re going to be sleeping in there! Who needs space, when you have crafts?
Transform the Guestroom Closet into an Office
Transform the guestroom closet into your new office. Sacrifice the storage spot in the guestroom closet and turn it into your workspace. This goes for any closet that you’re not using. Take some time to declutter and organize, and you might find yourself a new office space. All you need is a few more shelves and a comfy chair. You can even paint the inside of the closet a different color so it can really pop.
Now is the best time to disinfect your furniture, especially your sofa. While your sofa may look clean, it’s definitely not clean. Spraying a disinfectant solution on your sofa will help sterilize your sofa and keep it smelling fresh.
Here is the step-by-step process on how to make and apply DIY Disinfectant Solution for your sofa:
First, vacuum your sofa. If the cushions are removable, take them off your sofa and set them aside. Vacuum the seat and back portion, not forgetting each little crevice, especially the corners. Also vacuum the top, bottom, arms, and sides of the sofa.
Next, vacuum the seat and back cushions. You will want to eliminate as much dirt, dust, and debris before spraying on the disinfectant solution.
Disinfectant Spray for your Fabric Sofa
Disinfectant Spray for your Microfiber Sofa
Disinfectant for your Leather Sofa
Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a large container, like a bucket or a pot. Soak a microfiber cloth into the solution and then wring out as much liquid as possible.
If you can, take the seat and back cushions off of the sofa. Using the disinfectant solution, wipe down your leather sofa, working through sections, so you don’t miss any surface area. Next, wipe the disinfectant on the seat and back cushions. Then, go back with a soft, dry towel to wipe away the solution on both the sofa and the cushions.
Start from the ground up! If your outdoor flooring is not as appealing as you would like it to be, the easiest and quickest solution is to cover it up with an outdoor rug. Plus, an outdoor rug is more resilient to stains from dirt and mud. If it gets dirty, you can hose down your outdoor rug without worrying about mold and mildew.
Especially in a small space, mirrors reflect light and they make the space appear much bigger. If it’s possible, place a mirror parallel to a window to reflect the natural light shining through. Other places to hang a mirror are over mantles, over couches, over side tables, etc. They are like windows that open up a room.
Large Scale Art
Displaying small groups of artwork or photographs are a big trend in decorating, but why not make a bigger impact by choosing one large painting or photograph to anchor a room. Large scale art brings together the overall look of the space. If you’re on a tight budget, try framing patterned wall paper or bright fabric.