Tips on how to give a room a more prominent feeling of space!

So let’s say you have a beautifully decorated living room that your proud of, but still has some issues with the feeling of space and it being too cramped. How could you resolve to a degree, this issue of space, without ruining your already well developed design and layout of the room? Well there are a couple ways!

Something often overlooked or not consciously thought about when it comes to a room is the molding in a room. Molding involves things like baseboards and crown moldings. These touches to the walkways in and out of a room, and along the ceiling can really emphasize space of a room, enhancing its feeling of width, depth and height!

Baseboards

Starting with the baseboards! Baseboards are often seen as a visual foundation of a room, seeing as they are at the floor level. They generally run along the perimeter of a room, outlining the room and encasing it. The variations in height of the baseboard can really alter the feeling of a room, for example, an 8″ baseboard will give a more bare feeling in comparison to a 10″ baseboard, which you can use to your advantage in either scenario depending on the room and your layout. Something to consider when changing the baseboard height, is the height of the ceiling, for these two components often interact. Another thing to consider is the flooring type, whether it is a hardwood floor or carpet, and alter the type of baseboard accordingly. For example a hardwood floor with a shoe mold baseboard tend to have great synergy!

Casing

Openings from one room to another without the use of a door allows strong flowing properties in a home. Using this form of opening however means it needs to have high representation of itself because it lacks a functionality like an opening door. This is where the casing, or trim of the opening comes in! The casing wraps around from one side of the wall to the other, defining the opening, while also protecting the corners of the wall from bumps and breaks. When considering the casing, it is good to think about how the casing comes off the wall. It is best to avoid flat and lifeless casing that just sits on the wall. Optimize the opportunity by considering the depth of the casing and the profile, how far it stretches across the wall it is on, and the way it interacts with the viewer and user of the opening.

Crown molding

Last but not least we have crown molding. is basically the same as baseboards, but for the ceiling. The same things can be considered, however a new element is involved. When considering crown molding, you want to think of how the corner of the ceiling phases into the molding. A dramatic and popular option would be a cove molding, which has a really strong emphasized curve from the ceiling, across the corner between the two walls, and transitions onto the lower wall seamlessly.  Sometimes this option can be better than a very intricate crown molding, because it doesn’t add an overwhelming visual concept that can actually make the room feel even more full. Since the crown molding is so similar to the baseboards, it would be wise to think of their interactions together as well, in terms of style and width, depth and height (or drop in the case of crown molding).

 

You now have three new forms in which your home can develop a stronger control of itself and the atmosphere it wishes to present. Using all three in a cohesive manner that amplifies each other can come together to be an astounding addition to a room or home entirely. Give it a shot!

Give us a call today and lets talk about the options and our recommendations for your home and its style! 

Wine and dine in your own home!

Going out to a nice luxurious restaurant can be a wonderful time. Beautifully made atmosphere with a sense of romance and charm filling the air. However, sometimes you just don’t have the time and energy it takes to go to a location such as this, getting the reservations and getting ready are just too much of a hassle. Your next best option is to stay home and enjoy time with the family at the dining area, the only problem is, the dining area feels lacking. In this post, we are going to give you some inspiration for dining room remodels and innovations! We want you to develop a dining room that gives a strong relaxing atmosphere, filled with a sense of luxury and sophistication! A dining room to be truly proud of, and excited to use!

There are many aspects to consider when thinking about dining room remodels, and while it’s easy to get carried away and completely change this room into it’s own little world (which can be very appealing when done correctly) however it’s good to keep in mind that this room is apart of the bigger whole, and there should be a strong cohesive element in this room in comparison to the rest of the home.

Now let’s break down some aspects of a dining room remodel!

Orientation

How the dining room is oriented can effectively make or break the room right off the bat. This room needs to have a set up that allows easy flow and movement from this room to another, giving no stress in transition. This room is primarily used as a family gathering spot to eat, however is often subject to being a place of activity, and that needs to be taken into consideration when choosing the layout of this room. Consider the windows and adjacent rooms, as well as the lighting placement for an overall effective experience with the design you want to implement.

Design/Style

There are numerous manners in which this room can be formed to have it’s own special atmosphere and quirks. For example, you could have one of the walls dedicated to greenery! Bringing the nature indoors to consistently provide a fresh feeling environment that is very aesthetically appealing and downright unique!

 

Open/Closed

Consider what interactions you would want to have with other rooms, while in this room. There is a more modern route that can be taken, that allows for visual access to multiple rooms while occupying the dining room, which thoroughly enhances the feeling of vastness/openness.

 

A very open style dining room that allows  for visual  access to other rooms while in the dining room is key. However if this seems too invasive to you, there is always the standard and other alternatives in terms of the wall layouts.  If you want a more secluded dining room, you can always enforce a very structurally closed of style that is still effective and actually stronger at achieving its own atmospheric feeling.

That’s all we have for today, but be sure to let some ideas stew for those dining room remodels and give us a call when your ready! We will work with you through every step of the way to achieve the dream home you desire!

 

Lacking storage space? You might be missing some opportune spaces!

hallway to master bedroom closet

Storage is always an issue, it’s hard not hoarding things over the years….or days. So where can you make some extra room for the new items that may not be touched for 10 years? Well let’s check some locations that may be missed on a daily, that can help optimize storage space!

  • Behind doors- Its amazing how much space you can free up in a closet by moving things behind doors! There are multiple spots on your home that have plenty of space behind the door to have a rack to hang items from. Be it mops, brooms, a coat rack you name it! If it’s slim it will fit!
  • Behind cabinet doors- Same concept here! Opening the cupboard means always looking in, but what if, just maybe the cupboard door itself was holding something? Maybe little hooks to hold measuring cups or other items that may get lost in the clutter of a drawer or cabinet!
  • Wall above the oven (backsplash)- A great place to put your cooking ware is right above the stove/oven top! Hanging mounted on the wall for quick assessment and access! No more will you have to rustle through pots and pans to find the pan you need for that special dinner!
  • End of the kitchen counter/island- The ends of islands/counters can be another great place to have some form of armature to hang cutting boards or pots and pans, maybe even a ladle or two! This will help to clear up the space in cupboards for other things!
  • Under cabinets- Toe kick drawers! Installing some drawers underneath cabinets for some slim space can be a great addition! Towels, clothes, drapes you name it! These toe-kick drawers can really add some extra storage space quick and easy!
  • Corners- Most people think only lamps or table fit in the corners! Oh goodness no! You can easily incorporate ‘L’ shaped shelves in corners for mementos or pictures to stand, or any knick knack really!

This list is merely a starting point! Go around your home and check out spaces that are barren and try to re-purpose them for a more efficient use of the space! Clutter may be but a dream after your re-inventions of unused spaces!

After you’ve maxed out you possibilities why not give us a call! We have a wide range of remodel options that can easily allow for more possibilities when it comes to storage or anything else really! Call and inquire today!