Wed 8 May 2013
Sat 20 Apr 2013
Spring is definitely here and that usually makes us eager to refresh the appearance of our yards with beautiful flowers and plants! There is nothing as eye appealing as vibrantly colored flowers that represent a personal “welcome” greeting.
This outside appearance carries over to the inside as well. After months of cold weather and being indoors, it’s time to open up windows, clean out closets, garages, basements, cabinets…shall I go on…and refresh our interiors. The hardest part is where to begin, which can be a daunting task BUT if you make a plan to get busy and “just do it” then things will fall into place. Perhaps simply start by rearranging the furniture for a new look. Below are a few thoughts in furniture placement that I hope will get you thinking…
- Is the sofa currently positioned along a wall? To change it up why not put it on the diagonal in a corner? Arrange side chairs facing each other to create a “seating arrangement.” Perhaps place a sofa back table behind the sofa…add a lamp or two for lighting and a few accessories such as a vase with fresh cut spring flowers for color…
- Is there too much space in the seating arrangement? Keep in mind chairs should be no more than 8′ apart for conversation.
- What is an appropriate distance for coffee table placement? Generally a comfortable distance between the coffee table and sofa is 14″ – 18″.
- Is there enough light in the room? Remember to practice the “rule of three.” There should be three sources of light in a room. Ideally lamps…table and floor… should be placed in a triangle pattern for adequate lighting.
- Is your TV at the correct viewing distance? TV viewing distance should be 3 times the size of the screen. For example…a 42″ screen multiplied by 3 = 126″ divided by 12 feet = 10’5″ viewing distance. Seating arrangements should be placed at this distance away from the TV.
I hope this information is useful and has you motivated to refresh your surroundings this spring!
Fri 13 Jun 2008
Hi this is JoAnn… Welcome to my new website! I will be posting decor tips from time to time, so please check back often…
The warmer months draw us outdoors for fun in the sun where everything is in bloom with beautiful color. Why not make this the season to bring beautiful color indoors as well and freshen up your interior with paint? Adding wall color to your living space is the most cost-effective way to add impact to your home. Selecting the right paint finish for a space can be a daunting task; the following guidelines will help you make the right choice!
- Flat Finish – Use on ceilings because it does not reflect light. This finish is not washable.
- Matte – Lowest sheen finish that is washable. Not good for use in kitchens or bathrooms.
- Satin – Sheen finish that is washable and moisture resistant. Good for all rooms, including kitchen and bath.
- Semigloss – Glossy finish that is washable. Great for painting doors and trim molding.