5 guest-bedroom essentials to create a comfortable space for company

You may not run a hotel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t provide a comfortable space for visitors to enjoy. These five guest-bedroom essentials will ensure that your space is ready for company at any time of the year.

5 guest-bedroom essentials to create a comfortable space for company

1. A lamp

You’ve mastered the art of finding your bed in the dark, but your visitors are stumbling in an unfamiliar space. Help them out by placing a lamp next to the bed. A lamp is also nice for guests who like to read before falling asleep.

5 guest-bedroom essentials to create a comfortable space for company

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2. Blackout curtains

If you want to give your guests the opportunity to sleep in, you’ll need blackout curtains to keep the room dark in the morning. When visitors are spending time in the room during the day, they can simply open the curtains and enjoy the sunshine.

5 guest-bedroom essentials to create a comfortable space for company

3. A bedside table

Bedside tables are convenient to have in any bedroom, but are especially nice for guests. With a bedside table, visitors can keep a glass of water, their glasses, a book or any other item they want within reach. You can even use the bedside table to offer magazines or popular books that you think the visitors might enjoy.

5 guest-bedroom essentials to create a comfortable space for company

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4. A rug

If you have squeaky floors, guests might feel uncomfortable walking around in the morning. Cover your hardwood floor with a stylish rug to soften the noise and add visual appeal to your space. A rug is also a great way to cozy up your space, making it more comforting to guests.

5 guest-bedroom essentials to create a comfortable space for company

5. Extra bedding and pillows

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to sleeping. Some people like to sleep with five pillows, while others are content with just one. Some might get hot during the night whereas others are always cold. Provide extra bedding and pillows for your guests so they can sleep in whatever style they find most comfortable. It might be useful to have a storage chest nearby where guests can place any unwanted bedding.

Does your guest bedroom have these five essential items? Before new guests arrive, update your guestroom to create a comfortable and welcoming space.

By Wendy Weinert

5 things to make your bedroom feel more grown-up

You pay bills, work a full-time job, worry about your credit score. Isn’t being an adult fun? While there are many boring aspects of being an adult, there are also some perks – like sprucing up your bedroom to match your grown-up lifestyle! Before you get started, here are five items every grown-up bedroom should have:

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1. Quality bed: When buying new furniture for the bedroom, it is wise to invest in quality pieces that last. You don’t want to have to keep redecorating year after year. If you can’t afford to purchase all new furniture, start with bigger items like a new bed. A good mattress and comfortable bedding can greatly impact how well you sleep each night.

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2. Nightstand: A nightstand is one of those furniture items that isn’t always necessary, but makes your life a whole lot easier. With a nightstand, you can keep your book, lamp and glass of water conveniently at arm’s reach so you don’t have to keep getting out of bed at night.

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Photo credit: Warmed by Love

3. Stylish light fixture: Not only do you want your grown-up room to be well-organized, but it should be stylish too! Get rid of the standard light-and-fan combo and install a decorative pendant or chandelier. A stunning light fixture is a great way to add style without crowding your space.

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4. Mirror: A full-length mirror in the bedroom will save you from an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in the future. Just do a quick appearance check before work each morning and you’re good to go!

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Bellacor Number: 491491

5. Closet organizers: Once you’ve reached the “adult” stage in your life, your wardrobe tends to change and your closet suddenly becomes filled with nice tops, suits and lots and lots of shoes. Keep your closet organized with nice space-saving hangers and a hanging shoe organizer. Your morning routine will be much easier when your closet is organized.

Life can get pretty hectic as an adult. Make life a little easier by turning your bedroom into a stylish, organized space fit for a grown-up.

By Wendy Weinert

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

PaintColor samplesIf you’ve ever spent any time at your local paint store or even in a hardware store that offers paint to customers you know how many different options and shades of each color are available. Considering that, it’s no surprise that many people don’t know where to begin when it comes to choosing the right paint color.

While there’s no definitive answer for every person and every home, there are some basic guidelines that can help you make appropriate choices. Typically, these guidelines can be applied to your home room by room, making sure your whole home ties together and maintains the right atmosphere throughout. Don’t forget about the lighting in the room as this will change how your color appears. Natural vs. electric light sources and the type they are – task, general, or ambient lighting will effect the color outcome.

Kitchen

Your kitchen is a room you likely spend a lot of time in, and it’s one where you probably spend time relaxing and feeling the pressure to get things done when entertaining or cooking for family. That’s why light and color is so important in this space.

You can’t go wrong with brighter colors in most kitchens, including colors like yellow, crisp white and even certain more saturated shades of colors like orange and cream, like the one below from Access Lighting. After all, the most important part of choosing a color for your kitchen is making sure it helps open up the space and give it energy, not enclose it.

Photo Credit: Access Lighting

Photo Credit: Access Lighting

Living Room

How you pick a color for your living room really depends on the type of living room you’re working with. A formal space need something different than a casual area where you spend time with family.

For a formal living room, choosing neutral colors that are soothing and refined like chocolate, cream, navy and beige are often ideal. For a room where you spend time with family those same colors can work, but you might want to soften the palate a bit and go for something a bit more playful – a royal blue instead of navy, perhaps.

Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

Dining Room

Your dining room is a space that you want to feel elegant yet comfortable, so paint color plays an important role in pulling off that effect. In most cases you’ll want to work with more neutral colors in the dining room, and colors like crème, beige and even shades of green or navy can work well.

However, for a more playful space, choosing lighter, less saturated colors like pastels can also work, especially if you live in a coastal region or nature is close at hand.

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is a space where you should be spending time relaxing and unwinding from stressful days. While many people use their bed as a second office, that isn’t the atmosphere you want to cultivate.

When picking out colors for your master bedroom, relaxation should be what you have in mind. Deep, saturated colors that are dark can help provide that – colors like deep greens or a plum/eggplant color. However, you can also choose softer colors like buttercream and even eggshell whites if you prefer a lighter space and still get the relaxing feeling you’re looking for.

Photo Credit: Craftmade Lighting

Photo Credit: Craftmade Lighting

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are all about getting ready for your day, but more and more, people are using them as a space to relax. If that’s you, choose natural earth tones for your bathroom and really focus on finding a color that feels natural and actually appears in nature.

If you spend most of the time in your bathroom rushing and getting ready, choose bright white, yellow or even a fun shade of green. What’s important for you is good lighting and not making the space feel claustrophobic.

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Choosing the right paint color for your space can feel ridiculously complicated, but the good news is that there really isn’t a right answer. While these suggestions can be helpful, anything that feels good to you is likely a wonderful decision for your home.

When picking paint, you’ll also want to consider the style of your home. A dining room in a home with Caribbean accents usually won’t want the same paint color as a home with Spanish revival details, so make sure you take that into consideration as well.

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5 Places you can now Install a Chandelier

If you love chandeliers, but feel you don’t have the “proper” place to install one, then we have good news for you. Thanks to recent design trends and the fact that many of today’s homes are less formal than before, chandeliers can be used in any room of the house. That’s right – no longer are chandeliers reserved just for the dining room or the foyer. Now there are casual, elegant, and modern designs to fit in with any style of room. Here are just 5 unique places you can now install a chandelier:

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1. Over the bed: Want to give your master bedroom a more romantic and elegant feel? Well, one of the simplest ways to transform the look of the bedroom is to install a chandelier right above the bed. Depending on your bedroom’s design, there are many styles of chandeliers that could work including crystal chandeliers or fixtures with soft-glow bulbs.

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2. Outdoors: Out of all the places you might have considered installing a chandelier, you probably never thought of outside! With a chandelier hung up on your patio, you can enjoy a nice meal and a glass of wine with family or friends. If you have a front porch with a couch or chairs, create a relaxing atmosphere by installing a casual chandelier. If you have to use a chandelier that operates on candles, use flameless candles for better safety.

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3. Walk-in closet: A walk-in closet has a way of making a room feel luxurious and now you can make it appear even more lavish by hanging up an elegant chandelier. While you might choose to install an elegant and classy chandelier, make sure it isn’t too big so that it gets in the way. A walk-in closet may be bigger than your average sized closet, but it still isn’t as large as most rooms.

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4. In the bathroom: Create a relaxed atmosphere in the bathroom by installing a chandelier above the bathtub. The soft glow of the chandelier will make long, hot baths even more enjoyable and you’ll come out feeling refreshed.

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Photo credit: Geuhne-Made

5. Over the kitchen island: Just because the kitchen is a highly functional room, doesn’t mean you can’t make it stylish! Try installing several mini chandeliers over the kitchen island or just one large chandelier to give the kitchen a more unique look. Friends and family will be more drawn to the island countertop and it will become the heart of the kitchen.

Where in your home can you install a chandelier? Try out one or more of these ideas and add some style to your home!

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Mirrors are perfect in the bedroom

Decorating the bedroom can be tricky. While you want your room to have style, it also needs to feel open and not cluttered. The bedroom is your sanctuary and should be a place where you can relax and get a good night’s rest; too much stuff might just make you feel stressed. Mirrors can be the perfect addition to your bedroom because, if attached to the wall, they save space. Plus, mirrors serve both functional and aesthetic purposes, allowing you to get as much use out of your décor as possible, even giving your room additional light or the illusion of more space. Try adding these types of mirrors in your bedroom:

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Mirrors that make your room appear larger
If you feel your bedroom is too small, or just want the room to appear larger (and who doesn’t?), try hanging up some mirrors to add light and give the illusion of depth. You can group smaller mirrors together and make a collage of various shapes and sizes. Novica has a collection of small, decorative mirrors that can create a unique look in the bedroom. Or, you can use one large mirror instead. When you hang up mirrors, try placing them near windows so they reflect as much natural light as possible.

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NOVICA Sunbeams Mohena Mirror #494918

Floor-length mirrors for a better view
Have you ever had to stand on a chair to try and get a glimpse of your full outfit in the bathroom mirror? A floor-length mirror will put an end to this morning ritual and you will finally be able to get a good look at yourself before walking out the door. Plus, a full-size mirror that stands on the floor or hangs on the wall will add some height to your room. If you want to save some space or you don’t have much room on your wall, consider attaching the mirror to the door of your bedroom.

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If your family is filled with bathroom hogs, you might consider hanging up a mirror so that you can do your hair and VanityMirrormakeup in the bedroom. If a lighted mirror doesn’t fit in well with your décor, purchase a regular mirror and place it near a window. You will want as much natural light as possible so that you can see clearly when applying makeup.

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The art of lighting

Lighting is often overlooked in interior design and it shouldn’t be. If you’ve spent an ample amount of time decorating your home, don’t you want each room to look its best? The right lighting allows you to see clearly, creates an inviting atmosphere and highlights design elements you want to feature.

Living room

Living rooms are multi-purpose rooms and therefore require a variety of lighting options. While you want the living room to be bright and inviting during the day, a softer light would be appreciated after a stressful day at work. Install dimmers to make your overhead lights work for different situations. With just a tiny adjustment, a bright and well-lit room can instantly soften and darken for a movie night.

Hinkley Lighting Zelda model

Hinkley Lighting Zelda model

For areas where you often work, read or do hobbies, incorporate task lighting. A lamp next to your couch will allow you to get the light you need when you need it.

Dining room

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The dining room table is the focal point of any dining room. Draw even more attention to the table with a decorative chandelier or pendant light fixture. Low lighting is perfect for dinner parties or family meals; consider the Hinkley Carlton  Chandelier to add beautiful lighting and elegant style to the dining room.

Kitchen

You will want to see clearly when preparing food so make sure you have a well-lit room. Locate areas where you will be prepping food. For example, if you have a kitchen island, install one or a couple of light fixtures either as a pendant, or as a chandelier. Using a combination of pendant lights/chandeliers and recessed lights will provide you with the optimum lighting for your kitchen tasks as well as give your space a stylish appeal.

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Bedrooms

The bedroom is a place to rest, which means harsher lighting should be avoided. A combination of recessed and task lighting will allow you to relax and you can still read or finish work before bed. Incorporate accent lighting if you have artwork or any architectural elements you want to feature.

Bathroom

When you get ready in the morning, a well-lit bathroom can be a lifesaver. To avoid causing shadows in your bathroom, light both sides of the vanity mirror. Then you can incorporate ambient lighting in the rest of the room to create a spa-like environment for bathing.

Questions on how you should proceed with your space? We have lighting experts available at your fingertips. If we don’t know the answer, we will find it for you!

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Make a grand statement with chandeliers in the bedroom

When people picture chandeliers, they are generally placed in large, formal rooms such as a dining room or grand entry way. This design standby will begin to change as the newest style trends allow more unique lighting options in the bedroom – including chandeliers. Rather than a standard ceiling fan, people desire more dramatic and decorative light fixtures, and chandeliers are the perfect solution.

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With the variety of styles, you can incorporate a chandelier into any room’s décor, whether it is traditional, modern or shabby chic. Just be sure that the style of the chandelier complements the style of the bedroom.

Chandeliers not only provide beauty and intimate lighting, they also save space! Every room should have a focal point, but smaller rooms can limit your options. Chandeliers create instant impact, and because they are hanging from the ceiling, they won’t take over the room, which means even the smallest of rooms can enjoy some excitement.
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A chandelier can be installed several different areas of your bedroom; whether it is in the middle of the room, over the bed, or on the side of the room, the chandelier will make a statement. To keep the chandelier from turning into a nuisance, hang it high enough so that everyone in your house can walk underneath without bumping their heads.
Chandeliers add glamour and beauty to any room. Take advantage of the new trend and install a chandelier in your bedroom!
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The 3 reasons why you should try bedside pendant lighting now

NightstandNightstands and bedside tables are very much an expression of the person who uses them. They’re the last part of our homes we see before going to sleep and the first things we see when we wake up in the morning. Despite all the highly individual decorations that adorn the average nightstand, the lighting you’ll find atop them is often just that – average. Why not give BubblesNickelMiniPendantyour bedside some added style – and function – by changing up the same old lamp that’s crowding the table?

One of our favorite trends for bedside lighting is pendant lights. It’s showing up in top design magazines and blogs, but these are the top three reasons why we can’t get enough of the look:

1. Clutter-busting. Ever reach to hit snooze on your alarm clock and knock things over in an avalanche of books and knick-knacks? Not exactly the best way to wake up. Simply removing your bedside table lamp from the equation opens up a huge amount of extra space. It’s a quick and easy one-way ticket to a clean and serene bedside space.

2. A cohesive look. Mismatched his-and-hers lamps might add a touch of character, but if they’re not even remotely related from a style standpoint, it can leave your room looking slap-dash. Matching pendant lights on either side of your headboard give the room a balanced effect that makes a subtle – but definite – statement about your attention to detail.

3. Style choices galore. Love a bohemian look? Pick out pierced metal shades or shapely glass-and-wire globes. Seeking something clean and simple? Consider exposed bulb fixtures or minimalist shades in a range of metal tones (or even powder-coated paints). From the whimsical to the classical, there are virtually endless choices to please every style palate.

Picture-Perfect Lighting: As Featured in Elle Décor

Have you ever dreamt of making your entryway, dining room or bedroom look like it belongs in a magazine? Check out the May and June 2013 issues of Elle Décor. They feature two of our most exciting lights, and they’re now available to order for your home! Check out the magazine covers on our facebook page.

The  Big Bang pendant from Corbett Lighting, featured in the May issue, is designed for maximum impact. A constellation of multi-color cut glass jewels illuminated by a smoked diffuser, this contemporary luminaire is a complemented by a silver leaf finish and polished stainless accents for allover sparkle and shine. Renowned for superb fixtures hand-crafted from highly stylized materials, Big Bang embodies Corbett Lighting’s reputation for unmistakable statement lighting.

Siteshot_Big BangElle Décor also featured the Mason twelve-lamp chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting in their June issue, which mixes traditional and contemporary design cues to unforgettable effect. Mason features two tiers of spokes reminiscent of carriage wheels, classic plumb-bob construction and minimalist cylindrical diffusers, uniting diverse eras and forms to create a memorable focal point for your room. Impeccable aged brass or polished nickel finishes put the final touch on Hudson Valley Lighting’s signature style.

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Discover Big Bang, Mason and a wealth of other picture-perfect lights from Corbett Lighting and Hudson Valley Lighting at bellacor.com.

Dimmers can provide ambiance throughout your house

Sometimes you want to create a mood with your lighting. Dimmers not only add ambiance, but can help you create a number of different lighting schemes in one room.

For example, if you and your family are busy in the family room, but still want lights on in the kitchen, you can dim the lights in the latter room, turning them up to full strength when preparing a meal. Want to create a romantic setting in your bedroom? Use the dimmer controls to keep the lights on at a less intense level.

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Dimmer controls are more sophisticated than ever. Today’s four types give you the flexibility to design a lighting plan that best suits your needs. Here are the basic facts, from the American Lighting Association.

  • Toggle dimmers allow you to vary the intensity of the lighting by using a small slider next to the toggle switch. The toggle lets you turn the lights on and off, while the slider allows you to alter the light’s intensity. These dimmers are pre-set, which means you can set them at a favorite intensity setting that will remain each time you turn on the switch.
  • Slide dimmers provide full-range manual dimming control. Some have touch buttons that allow you to return to the previous lighting level when the lights are turned on, and others have indicator lights that glow in the dark, so they’re easy to find.
  • Touch dimmers let you vary the intensity of the lighting by pressing a button. They also have one-touch recall of the previous lighting level. Some have delay features that give you time to leave a room before the lights turn off.
  • Integrated dimming systems let you create multiple preset lighting scenes within a room. They can be recalled with the touch of a button from a single wall box, or with a hand-held wireless remote control. Some can now be programmed via mobile devices, like smartphones or tablets.

Dimmers can even save you money with energy savings. Some CFL and LED bulbs are designed for dimming, and save energy when lights are reduced. Be sure you checking the bulbs’ packaging to make sure they are dimmable.