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Everyone wants to feel comfortable in their home. Take your home to the next level with a few simple steps to not only find comfort in your home but to set your home up to keep you motivated toward your lifestyle goals.
Natural light is hugely motivating. From helping you wake up on your own in the morning to keeping you energized throughout the day or when you get home from work, natural light plays an essential role in your ability to get things done. Whether you have many or just a few windows maximize the natural light let into your home by keeping curtains open. At night leave the curtain in your bedroom open at least a crack to help you wake up naturally in the morning.
Greenery & Clean Air
Keeping your house fresh and filled with clean air will help you breathe and feel better in your home and help you maintain your motivation. Try adding some houseplants known for cleaning indoor air. The Peace Lily is a wonderful plant for humidifying your air and cleaning out toxic VOCs from chemicals. A Spider Plant is another great plant to help reduce pollutants in your atmosphere and minimize your stress. If you don't want to add plants to your home, invest in an air purifier to reap many of the benefits of these houseplants and breathe deeper.
Further, freshen your home by introducing pleasant scents to your rooms. Add organic candles you can burn while at home. Place essential oil diffusers or wax warmers around the house to gently infuse your home with uplifting scents. Coming home to a fresh, comforting scent will help increase your motivation to live well and push yourself to exercise, cook beautiful meals and work on your side projects to achieve your goals.
Returning home to clutter and mess can stifle your motivation. Feeling overwhelmed with chores and a dirty home is difficult to overcome and will prevent you from feeling energized to continue working when you’re at home. Practice in the moment housekeeping by putting clothes away as soon as you take them off. Fold blankets and replace pillows on the couch when you’re done using them and practice washing dishes or putting them directly into the dishwasher while you’re cooking and as soon as a meal is over. Taking care of your home as you use it will keep you from spending hours a week cleaning or feeling overwhelmed by the mess.
Goals on Display
Finally, to keep yourself motivated, put your goals on display. Cover your fridge with notes and images to drive you. Place a bulletin board with reminders in your kitchen, home office or bedroom. Write motivational notes on your bathroom or vanity mirror. Reminders of what you want on a daily basis will help you maintain your desire and push you to reach your goals.
By creating and maintaining a home filled with positive energy and good vibes you will be well on your way to developing and maintaining the lifestyle you desire. You will find more strength and drive to reach your goals and will experience more contentment and happiness in your home and life. Do right by yourself and prepare your home to set you up for success.
One decorating principle that’s a huge help for any homeowner is that of layered lighting. This is the different aspects of lighting that you’ll use in different rooms of your home to complete your lighting needs. The layers of light create a basis for the design of the room. These three main aspects of lighting also have a practical purpose which is nice as well. Below, you’ll learn more about the three main components of lighting for any room of the house and how to best use them.
Ambient lighting is often the base of where people start with their lighting design in a room. This type of lighting allows you to get the overall feel for a space. The brightness level should be good enough for anyone to walk through the room without walking into things. The illumination may not be bright enough for activities that require a lot of focus like reading or chopping vegetables.
If you think of a retail store and how the shiniest things have the brightest lights focused on them, you’ll discover that you can use this type of lighting right in your home. Think of a chandelier hanging over a massive dining table. Accent lighting is usually for decorative purposes. The lumens that are given off are typically not enough for any other purpose than to attract attention to the item the light is shining on. This type of lighting is best used for things like display cabinets, statues, and china closets. The bottom line is that the accent light will add some drama without actually adding much practical use.
This type of lighting is important because it’s what ensures that you won’t chop your hand off while you’re chopping up vegetables in the kitchen. Task lighting varies widely from room to room and can be anything from a desk lamp to a reading lamp to lights on the vanity for shaving and putting on makeup. Task lighting is all about being functional. When you’re trying to decide where to put your task lights think of everything from safety to convenience. The last thing you should worry about with task lighting is the look. While these lights are great under cabinets, for example, so the more creative you get with where to place your task lighting the better the look will be.
Using this simple yet useful design principle can help you to light your entire home correctly. The right lighting can truly transform a space and give it the depth that it needs.
The bathroom is so frequently brushed aside when it comes to decorating a new home. So often left to become the most outdated room in the house, it becomes a frustration to modernize. However, the bathroom is often a room used for relaxation whether to relax in a hot tub or to gain a moment’s silence from the children. If you’re ready to ditch the shell shaped sink, infamous bathroom blue tub, and god help you, matching blue toilet here are some ways to create a clean modern room you’ll love.
If you’re willing to put in time and effort you can remove tub surround yourself by removing the hardware than scoring along where the surround meets the wall. You’ll then want to pull the surround from the wall very carefully as to not damage the wall behind it, cutting the adhesive away as you go. Once torn down you’ll want to prep the walls with plastic sheeting and HardieBacker for tiling.
While a lot of work, this opens up more options for you to modernize your bathroom with elements like imitation marble or subway tiling and even install a sleek new tub. With so many options on the market now, you can have anything from a freestanding tub such as an acrylic clawfoot tub or drop in that leaves lots of deckspace for bath product and mood-setting candles.
Tiling the wall behind or surrounding your tub is a great way to create a chic statement wall without breaking the bank imitating floor to ceiling tiling. Use the same tiling for both floors and wall or add some depth by matching smaller floor tiles with a matching larger size for the wall. Painting the remaining walls a light color brightens up the room while maintaining an overall clean feel.
A large mirror over the sink reflects light and makes the room feel more expansive. If your bathroom already has a builder grade mirror you can give it a quick upgrade by framing it with molding or even some simple boards for a sleek look. If you have a medicine cabinet you don’t want to replace a coat of fresh paint and chic knob pull like a T-bar will bring the piece a whole new feel.
Updating the sink with new hardware is always a surefire way to update a room though be sure to match the finish it to the existing hardware for a cohesive look. A pedestal sink adds more visual space to a small bathroom while replacing the cabinet brings an entirely new look to the room. Undermount sinks add a crisp modern look while maintaining the extra storage availability that comes with a vanity.
Don’t let an outdated bathroom continue to plague your otherwise well-designed home. The effort it takes to rip out old amenities is well worth the enjoyment you’ll get out of their modern replacements. Get the most out of your renovation efforts by opting for styles that are least likely to fall out of fashion and instead remain a classic staple.