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Furniture Design Ideas for Your Home

Hallway

Designing a powerful and impressive front entrance and hallway sets the tone for the remainder of the house. The hallway needs to not only be both functional to greet guests and store belongings but also aesthetically pleasing. Traditionally, a hallway is a small and narrow space that requires a discerning eye to design both functionally and pleasing. Luckily, a boring and impractical hallway can be redesigned with simple and inexpensive home improvement projects.

Ideas for home office furniture

To turn a poorly designed hallway into a practical and livable space thought must first be given to storage. Partitioning an area of the hallway for storing coats and jackets is a necessity by either constructing a small closet or using an armoire. For cramped or small spaces, a full-length mirror can be hung to increase the visual appeal of the room and its perceived size. Additionally, a small desk or chest can be used to store car keys, umbrellas, scarves and hats, home improvement and furniture.

To create a warm and inviting atmosphere, choose artificial lighting to illuminate the hallway. Choose diffused lights that cast a softer glare and less of a shadow on pieces of furniture.

Living Room

In many homes, the living room is the most important space of the house as it is where families relax, dine and entertain. To make the room comfortable it is best imperative to divide the room into functional spaces. For example, the window is the ideal location for a relaxing sitting area. This zone can be further defined with a comfortable sofa, relaxing chairs, a coffee table and a television.

The dining area of the living room can be created closet to the door that leads to the kitchen. The space can be defined with an elegant dining table, chairs and a chandelier. When choosing furniture one must consider the size and d├ęcor of the room. Traditionally, the smaller the home the smaller the furniture should be and vice versa for a larger house.
After embarking on a home improvement project ensure that the quality of work is up to par by checking for any safety hazards. Furniture should not be blocking any exits and shelves, pictures and posters need to be properly applied to the wall with studs and nails to prevent injury.

Bedroom

The bedroom is the most important room of the house and needs to be placed in the quietest and most isolated part of the home. A bedroom represents a location for healthy sleep and a place for relaxation. Consequently, the room should be designed with the homeowner’s personal preferences and desires in mind. The larger the bedroom the larger the bed should be; however, for smaller rooms the bed might need to be adjusted to fit properly.

For many homeowners, the closet may be the most important part of the bedroom and can be either freestanding or walk-in. A walk-in closet can be one of the best home improvement projects as it is a great way to build equity in the home. Today, many homebuyers want houses with large walk-in closets and having one can make the difference between a quick sale and a house sitting on the market for several months.

Nursey

Most importantly, a nursery needs to be designed with safety as the first priority. Ensure that electrical outlets are baby proof and that nothing in the room could cause a safety hazard to the child. The specific design of the room will depend on the age and sex of the child; however, common themes can include sports, princesses, dancing, vehicles and more.

The furniture chosen for the room is also age dependent with younger babies require a crib. The crib should have high enough rails that the baby cannot climb out of and hurt themselves while still providing a great night of sleep. Older children can opt for slightly larger beds that have movable mesh that makes changing the sheets an easy process.

Tables and/or desks for school-age children or for playtime make a great addition to any kid’s bedroom. Additionally shelves can be installed to store books, toys and other items.

Affordable Home Improvements

Some of the least expensive home improvements will spruce up your home, give it a new look or feel, make it appear more spacious our cozy depending upon what look you are going after. Home improvements that require some investment but add interest or value to your home may include cabinetry, spiral stairs, flooring, wall treatments, or landscaping.

If money is tight, you can make changes to your home that simply do not cost a lot of money. Some suggestions include:

  • Rearrange furniture, drapes, and rugs: Thoughtful arrangements include diagonal arrangements of furniture, rugs – or both – that can create a unique focal point in any room. Try pulling your drapes to the side, or using just one gathered in the middle with a tieback.
  • Plants: Greenery can make a huge difference in the appearance of a room! Pull back those drapes; fill a vacant space with different-size plants in pots at different heights. Stack a few on a table or bench behind a sofa that is flat against a wall.
  • Lamp Shades: There are tons of great lampshades to choose from – this is a great way to add color, style, and ambiance that you can change with the seasons if you like!
  • Hit those garage sales! Need we say more? This is a homeowners dream come true when it comes to redecorating on a budget.

If you have a fixer-upper or a ‘cozy’ abode where space and budget is at a premium, or a fixer-upper so needy that you just don’t know where to start, begin with changes that are both visually stimulating and practical. Affordable updates that make your home appear more elegant, spacious and livable can be money in the bank. Some ideas include:

  • Spiral Stairs: Few home improvements make as dramatic a statement – on as reasonable a budget – as spiral stairs can. Perfect for basements, lofts, and small living spaces of all types. Believe it or not, this is an economical, do-it-yourself project.
  • New Cabinet Hardware: Old hardware can date even the most traditional cabinetry. Check with your local furniture refinisher and see if he has anything you might be interested in.
  • Bathtub Liners: These are available in all price ranges – be sure to do your homework and get the best price before you make a decision. Often it’s cheaper and easier to have a professional do this one.

With some creativity and careful budgeting, you can explore interior design options and affordable home improvement upgrades that will give your home a much-needed facelift – whether it’s a gallon of fresh paint or graceful econo spiral stairs to open up your unused space!

Home Improvement

When we think of home improvements, visions of saw dust and sheet rock come to mind. We try to avoid these things as long as possible because it requires lots of time and effort. Many times large cash outlays are also required. We never think of improvements we can make in our home by simple changes in our living quarters. These improvements are rather easy and most can be done in a weekend. We throw out stale bread, stale pastries and stale coffee but we hang on to stale furniture until it falls apart. We never get around to replacing the look that we loved several years ago. If you are like me, I never know where to start. It seems everything needs changing. We couldn’t do it all at once so we picked a room and jumped right in.

Our living room seemed the right place to start. I really didn’t want to drive all around town looking through furniture stores. Most stores had the same tired selections and the styles were pretty similar. We wanted something different. The internet seemed a good place to start looking. I was surprised at the wide selection of furniture I found online. The pictures looked great and the prices were in line with the stores. My question was is the quality of the furniture up to my standards? From experience, I learned long ago to never forsake quality for price. Surprised, I found most web sites offered my money back if I was not happy with the purchase for any reason and the shipping was free. With that, I felt secure and started seriously looking.

The problem with the old furniture, other than being old, was it seemed to crowd the room. We wanted more open space and decided to look at smaller pieces and place them at different angles. A few inches will make a big difference in a room. Many fabrics and styles were available in a multitude of colors. The anchor pieces, sofa and loveseat, was our first purchase. We then chose a coordinating accent chair that really made the room look fresh and new. With childhood excitement, we picked the occasional tables and other accessories to finish off the room. We did all this from the comfort of our home and a single web site. No driving around town looking and looking and looking. We saved time and money with comfortable internet shopping.

Home Cinema Furniture

When you setup your own home cinema you are going to want to make sure that you have the right feel whenever you walk into the room and a good way to do this is to adorn the room with various home cinema furniture which can add to the experience and improve the aesthetics of the room.

So what are the different types of home cinema furniture that you can buy and how far should you go to personalize your system?

Well, there are several different categories of home cinema furniture which I will go through one by one below so that you can see which one fits in best with your style and go out and make your home cinema become a reality.

Different Types Of Home Cinema Furniture

Home Cinema Seating

We have covered this more specifically in another article but in essence you want to make sure your home cinema seating matches in with the rest of the aesthetics of the room. There are many different types of seating and considerations when you are looking to buy them and so please check in with the specific article for the fine details. Needless to say, you have to sit somewhere and it’s much better on proper seating rather than just an old sofa you’ve slung in the room.

Quite often overlooked are the possibilities of using bean bags in your room. Now most people may think this will detract from the room but when you think about it a home cinema system is really a toy and a plaything and not something that you actually need in your home and so who better to use it than your kids or friends kids that come over. They will love to play games consoles and other devices on it just as much as watching movies and so you can make the environment nice for the kids as well with the use of some good looking bean bags. I personally like to use black leather and you can get some really nice ones that are not too expensive if you shop around.

Pictures and Posters

There are essentially two different ways you can setup your home cinema system. You can either design it in a specific style such as Art Deco or other periods or you can make it more of a commercial cinema and the best way to do the latter is to adorn the walls and entrance corridor with movies pictures and posters from some of your favourite films over the years. I personally feel this gives a really nice touch to make the cinema your own as it shows the different types of films that you personally like. It also gets everyone in the right mood as they walk into the room which is the best way to begin a great movie experience

Movie Memorabilia

I love all different kinds of movie memorabilia and it just looks so good if you can get hold of some actual artifacts from movies throughout the years. They become such talking points and really draw everyone into the world of the movies. It doesn’t actually matter how small a role the item played in the movie, if you can get the original one then it will really make your home cinema system shine. You will be surprised how easy you can pick this kind of home cinema furniture up and it also won’t break the bank.

Popcorn Machines and Fridges

These two items are almost requirements in my opinion if you are setting up a dedicated room for your home cinema. Everyone loves popcorn when watching a movie so why not recreate this at home with your own machine. They are not too expensive to buy initially and then the popcorn really costs nothing.

A fridge is also a cool thing (excuse the pun) to have installed to keep your soft drinks or beers cold during the film. A word of warning here though. Some fridges and popcorn machines to that matter can be very noisy during operation and even when in standby so check this out before you invest in one. Remember that even a small amount of noise will be noticeable on those very delicate quiet scenes where absolute silence is required to experience the atmosphere. The last thing you want is to hear a buzzing in the background which will put you off the whole thing.

Cupboards and Storage

Finally, don’t forget to allow for adequate storage space, usually at the rear of the cinema. It’s this type of home cinema furniture that can be overlooked but you are always going to need somewhere to store all your DVDs even if you have your own hard drive system it’s still really nice to have the boxes for visitors to browse though while waiting for the movie to begin. It ignites discussion and you may pick up a movie you haven’t seen in years which will inspire you all over again.