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Posted by Ben Esposito on 2/17/2019

Anyone whoís ever been in an outdated house or hotel room can tell you that the way we decorate can have an effect on our mood. Certain colors, lack of lighting, and cluttered rooms are all things that, whether we realize it or not, can have a negative effect on our mood and productivity.

These concepts arenít recent realizations. In ancient China and India, concepts of architecture and decorating have been teaching proper design techniques for thousands of years. Today, these schools of thought are often lumped into the field of environmental psychology.

In todayís post, Iím going to talk about a few design techniques that will help you and your houseguests feel more welcome in your home and create a tone that matches your desires, whether thatís relaxed or energized.

The effects of color

With a quick Google search, youíll find hundreds of articles discussing the psychological effects of colors. What many fail to mention is the way these effects are based on things like the culture and time period we grow up in.

However, you may find that guests to your home will feel more comfortable in light, neutral- colored rooms than they will in a room thatís painted bold colors.

On a room-by-room basis, there tend to be certain colors that Americans associate with the ďrightĒ colors for the occasion.

However, this is often influenced by the architectural style of the house more than an internalized idea about specific colors.

How much is too much?

Itís easy to accumulate home decor and find your walls and surface becoming a little too cluttered. However, bare walls and sparsely decorated rooms can feel a bit too sterile and unlivable. Is there a balance between the two?

Oftentimes the best solution is to follow one simple decorating principle:

Rather than using several small items to decorate a room, choose just a few larger items. This will prevent the room from appearing cluttered but still give it a sense of character.

Taking advantage of the full area of a room

So far, weíve been talking about how colors and decor can make a room feel more spacious and welcoming. But, even if you have a small room, you can still often achieve this effect.

One solution is to add brighter lighting to the room. Increasing the light makes to room feel more open. And, if possible, natural lighting is the best option, as it can reduce any feelings of claustrophobia.

If better lighting or windows arenít an option, many homeowners turn to mirrors to make a room feel larger. Larger, wall-hanging mirrors are an excellent way to give the illusion of spaciousness in a small room.


Using the psychology behind these three decorating principles, youíll be able to make you and your houseguests feel more at ease within your home.





Posted by Ben Esposito on 10/7/2018

Home is, first and foremost, a place of rest and relaxation. Itís where we come home to after a stressful day to be with our family, our pets, or our favorite books and television shows.

But sometimes, the home also has to double as a place of work. Whether you have a job that allows you to work from home, or you just need a quiet place to sit down to pay bills or do taxes, at some point your home will need to be a place where you can focus. Thatís where the home office comes in.

Designing and decorating a home office is different than the rest of your home. Youíll have to create a balance between being comfortable and but also uncluttered. You want to give it your personal touch, but at the same time avoid filling it up with distractions. Finally, youíll have to think about your personal requirements for a home office. Will it be used often enough to merit a dedicated room in your house? Or can your office items fit right into your bedroom, opening up space for things like childrenís play rooms and spare bedrooms.

The bare necessities

There are a few things that nearly all home offices will have in common. Weíre talking desks, organizers, office supplies, etc. However, itís easy to get carried away with file organizers or containers filled with 10 different sizes of multicolored paperclips. One of the benefits of cloud computing and paperless billing is that all of your important paperwork can usually now fit in one small folder.

So, before you start picking out organizers, go through your important papers and find out what you can shred and what needs to be saved. Tools like Google Drive allow you to scan documents right with your smartphone camera and store them safely and securely in the cloud. That means fewer papers and less money spent on organizers and staplers that will just clutter your desk.

What kind of worker are you?

A hard one, Iím sure--but what type of environment helps you be the most productive? Are you better off tucked away in a dark corner surrounded by pillows and blankets, or do you work best in a well-lit room sitting upright at a clear desk.

Before you start decorating and arranging furniture in your office, take into account your needs. Thereís no use spending money on a large wooden desk if you work better curled up on the couch.

If you fall asleep and lose focus in the dark, consider arranging your desk next to a window or even purchasing a UV light for rainy days or dark nights. These will help you stay refreshed and alert to tackle whatever tasks you have before you.

Use space wisely

If you have a lot of items to store, consider a desk with drawers or a cart that you can push out of the way. This will help you from letting your desk get overcrowded.

When it comes to furniture, shop modular. Space-saving furniture can make a world of difference in a home office, which tend to be one of the smaller rooms in your home. Cube bookcases that let you choose a size are excellent for home offices because you can buy only as many as you need. You can always add more cubes later on.

Similarly, desks can also be modular and adjustable. One great option for home offices is a wall-mounted fold up desk. This will allow you to open up the room when youíre not using the desk if your office doubles as a home fitness room.





Posted by Ben Esposito on 3/19/2017

Tiny houses are trending. Americans want to live simpler lives. They want to get back to nature and feel more in control of their lives, both at work and at home. Evidence of this is reflected in the rising numbers of Americans who make up the gig economy. It's also reflected in the numbers of people who are downsizing, ridding themselves of household clutter and opting for chic, modern or traditional interior designs that showcase their amazing personalities.

Get the space you want without moving to a new house

You don't have to buy or live in a tiny house to want to make a small home appear bigger than it actually is. A new addition to your family, gaining a roommate or the operating a business out of your home are reasons why you might want to expand your living space without moving. These tricks may be just what you're looking for.

  • Buy and install multi-purpose furniture. Instead of a traditional sofa, get a sofa that unfolds into a bed. Also, go with a sofa that has bottom shelves for added storage space.
  • Choose built-in wall bookcases. Four rows of wall bookcases can easily save you several square feet of floor space,especially if you consider how much space four large separate bookcases would take up.
  • Install interior doors that also function as tables and storage shelves. These devices are interchangeable by removing and inserting clamps into levers.
  • Choose transformable furniture. These furniture pieces save money and space. An example of transformable furniture is a table that doubles as a chair. You may have to visit specialty furniture stores to find transforming furniture pieces.
  • Make good use of vertical space. Stack decorative storage bins on top of each other rather than shoving them in closets or placing them in or near the middle of a floor.
  • Keep end tables close to chairs and sofas.
  • Use tables that fold into chairs and rely on stylish ceiling lights for lighting. During the day, rely on natural light.
  • Install removable dividers to turn a single room into a multi-purpose space. Go with dividers that are made with elegant designs.
  • Purchase twin, bunk beds that fold away when not in use.
  • Turn your attic into a master bedroom. Make sure that air flow and insulation in the attic is good, allowing the attic to easily heat and cool.
  • Screen your front or back porch. Place chairs and a sofa on the porch and use the space as an outdoor office or socializing area.
  • Donate furniture and objects that you don't use to charities and community organizations.

A large house still serves as a sign of success in many communities. Other Americans are focusing on houses that are highly functional, whether that functionality comes through floor plans or solar energy. One thing is certain. Individual living space preferences are helping to reshape the housing market. It is exciting to watch the impact that those preferences are making.




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Posted by Ben Esposito on 8/14/2016

If you have ever wanted to get rid of all of your stuff and start over, youíre not alone. Often, we get tired of the same old same in our own homes, and fail to see the potential inside of it. The key to loving your home is often not what is in it, but how you make use of whatís in it. Thereís so many ways that you can make the home that you feel so-so about turn into a home that you love. Hereís some very powerful tips to help you decorate with intention and style. We know that youíll love your home again after trying out some of these tips: Decorate For Function Not Looks Function is one of the most important words that youíll use when it comes to the interior design of your home. Some questions you may ask are: What purpose does this room serve? What purpose does this item serve? Does this couch/artwork/chair make you happy? A room could be the most pristinely decorated room you have ever seen, but if it doesnít serve some kind of a purpose, you can write it off as wasted space inside of your home. If something doesnít serve a purpose, especially if that purpose is making you happy, then itís time to say goodbye to certain things inside of your home. Only One Piece Of Furniture Should Stand Out In Every Room One key piece of decorating advice is for you to have one simple focal point in each room. Thereís no need for a fish tank, a loud orange couch and a giant painting all in the same room. Give each and every item thatís important to you its due space. Thatís not to say one painting is enough in your living room, but use your judgement when it comes to what you want to stand out and where. If a room is too busy, the overwhelming look takes away from the room and all of the items in it. You donít want pieces of furniture and artwork all competing for the attention of those who are within the room. Lighting Should Be Balanced Maybe youíre unhappy with your home because you have very little natural light in your home. Thereís ways you could add some natural light through construction, but it probably isnít necessary. Use the rule that each room should have four sources of light counting windows, overhead lights, lamps and even wall mounted lights. This will keep the rooms in your home balanced with light. When the room is brighter, youíll be happier, even without access to tons of natural light.