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Posted by Sonia Rollins on 6/25/2017

Maximizing space in a smaller bedroom and making that room look and feel larger isn’t impossible. These tips wont break the bank or drain months of your time. Here are a few tips to make your small bedroom feel larger: Paint: Use paint colors to your advantage. Light, cool colors and light, cool toned colors are the best for making your room look larger. Use vertical stripes to make your room feel tall. Paint your ceiling a dark color to enhance its larger, taller feel. Furniture: Some pieces of furniture can make your room feel small. Avoid bulky bedframes and instead choose smaller, more delicate looking bedframes. The smaller bedframe will also take up less space in your room. For added perception of extra square footage, leave a few inches of space between your furniture and the wall. It will create the illusion of spaciousness as it makes the room look more open. Wall-Mounted Nightstand: Instead of having bedside tables on each side of the bed, use floating shelves or wall mounted nightstands. It will make the room feel and look more open since more floor space will be seen. Multipurpose Furniture: Storage beds work wonders. They create additional storage without adding any additional furniture. There are storage beds with under the bed storage and headboard storage. Mirrors: Mirrors create the illusion of more space. This could be just by having a larger wall-mounted mirror in the room or adding floor to ceiling mirrors, which will dramatically increase the perception of a larger space. Wall-Mounted Lighting: Having wall-mounted lighting aids in avoiding the issue of clutter on tables and shelves. It will draw the eye up instead of down at cluttered areas. With just a few simple updates and some new furniture you can create the illusion of a larger bedroom. If you are looking to make some smaller updates then start with the cosmetic tips and move onto the larger ones when the time comes. Implementing just one tip will get you on your way to a bedroom with a grander feel.




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Posted by Sonia Rollins on 4/30/2017

Out of all the rooms of a house, the children's room is the one that can be the most fun to decorate. Bright colors and creative decorations are fun to plan for a children's room whether you're an expecting parent or if you and your child want to change up their room a bit. A children's room is also the room in your house that will see the most change as your child ages. Sure, it will be sad when they tell you they're too old for baby decorations, but it just means you get to make more fun changes to their room together. You can be creative in decorating just about every area of a child's bedroom. So, here are some fun ideas, from the floor to the ceiling, that your kids will love.

Floors

A children's room floor sees a lot of wear and tear. Spilled drinks, crayons, and other forms of destruction are sure meet the floors of a child's play space. So you probably don't want to leave exposed expensive hardwood flooring; at least until they're older. There are, however, a number of creative ways to floor a children's room that are fun and kid-friendly. Foam puzzle tiles are a classic example. They are colorful and can be placed in any order you and your child decide. They're fun to build together, plus they're soft and squishy enough to help you avoid some crying fits when your child falls down. When one of them starts to get worn down or stained, just pop it out and replace it with another.

Walls

There are a lot more fun things to do with your kid's room's walls other than just painting them a fun color. Painting is a good place to start, though, so pick some bright, pastel colors that are fun but also easy on the eyes. You could stick with the same old pink and blue for girl and boy, but a more creative option is to go with green, orange, or purple hues. Plus you might get more use out of them if you have a second child who will eventually move in to that room. For other creative wall ideas you could...
  • Build a whiteboard or chalkboard into the wall
  • Make a super-hero changing station where you hang your child's costumes
  • Hang a wall-sized map to get them interested in learning
  • Paint or buy a tree decal that they can turn into a family tree
  • Paint the walls white or light blue and buy a sticker kit to make the room look like an aquarium

Ceiling

There's no need to stop the fun once you reach the ceiling in your children's room. It may seem like there's not much you can do to make the ceiling interesting but you might be surprised. You could...
  • Buy glow in the dark stickers like stars, moons, and space ships
  • Buy a projector that shoots lights onto the ceiling
  • Hang lights and fans that fit the theme of the room (like clouds, for example)
  • Paint the ceiling to be an extension of the scene on the wall
  Now that you have some ideas for your kids room, try to make them your own by adding something unique. Have fun!  




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Posted by Sonia Rollins on 9/11/2016

Living a stress free life is the best way to get a good night of sleep. Designing your bedroom for optimum comfort and relaxation is another way to improve your sleep quality. What you may not realize is the positive role that certain plants could play in helping you to sleep better. Plants as Sleep Aids

  • Aloe Vera - Releases oxygen into the atmosphere. Not only can Aloe Vera help you to sleep better, it also helps to keep your skin healthy. People have put Aloe Vera on wounds to hasten the healing process.
  • Cactus – Variety is a plus when it comes to cactus. These plants are good energy balancers. Place them in or near windows. A cactus can also thrive if placed on a dresser that’s several feet away from a window. Few plants are as easy to care for as a cactus. Because some cactus grow big, the most you may have to do with this plant, in addition to watering it, is to re-pot it.
  • Gardenia – This plant has a reputation for being a sleep aid. Just make sure that you understand how to care for your Gardenia before you bring it home as these plants tend to require more than a once a week watering.
  • Bamboo – Some people consider bamboo to be a “good luck” plant. Bamboo is great for improving the overall air quality in your bedroom.
  • Jasmine – When budded, jasmine explode with beautiful white flowers. In addition to helping you sleep, Jasmine emits a pleasant fragrance. This plant grows indoors or outdoors.
  • Lavender – Part of the mint family, lavender has a relaxing scent. Lavender has also been said to help reduce anxiety.
Oxygen is a sleep aid as well as a stress reducer. After you put one or more plants in your bedroom, consider opening your windows during the day while you’re at home, especially if your bedroom is on the second or third floor. Close and lock windows before you leave your house or work in the basement or attic to keep burglars from seeing your home as an easy target. Also, make sure that the air quality in your home is good. This could call for a humidifier, especially if you or a family member has allergies. Keep carpets, floors and furniture clean to reduce allergens as well. Good air quality can help plants to grow and thrive. So too can giving your plants attention. Place plants in decorative pots to add more design and style to your bedroom. Keep plants out of the reach of young children and animals. Place plants that have thorns or prickly ends on them on tall dressers or top bedroom shelving. Read and follow the directions associated with plants that you buy for your bedroom, so you know how to care for the plants.




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