8 Mistakes You Make when Decorate a Tiny Room

Home designers explain why you shouldn’t play it safe (no white paint!) in a small space.


1.You play it safe.

Victoria Neale said, “Instead, put a large-scale printed fabric or wallpaper on the walls and even the ceiling. It’s easier, safer, and less expensive to be dramatic in a small space. You might get tired of a bold print in the main living area, but it can make a smaller, less-used room an exciting space to spend time.”

2.You cram the space with too much stuff.

Laura Kirar said: “A large piece of furniture can actually make the space feel larger, as long as it’s selected carefully. For instance, if you have the benefit of high ceilings, a tall cabinet appropriately placed has the effect of drawing one’s eye upward and away from the small footprint of the room. Just make sure every piece counts and holds its place and lets your eye rest.”

3.You dive into decorating without a clear plan.

Elaine Griffin said, “Decide everything that needs to happen in a room, and then work that legerdemain, baby. Divide a room geometrically into task-oriented zones —— working, sleeping, relaxing, dining. Think in halves, quarters, or even on the diagonal and assign a function to each section.”

4.You don’t pay enough attention to wall and floor color.

Mary McGee said, “Lighter walls and lighter floors do automatically give the illusion of more space.”

5.You rely on small furniture.

Mona Hajj said, “Dark colors and just a few pieces of large-scale furniture, with the appropriate lighting and accessories, can give a room a larger, more luxurious feel.”

6.You miss the silver lining.

Philip Gorrivan said, “Turn it into a jewel box. For instance, I turned a small room in my apartment into a luxurious retreat.I upholstered the walls in a soft chalk-striped brown wool flannel, coffered the ceiling applying custom-designed ‘faux bois’ wall covering in the coffers, laid a plush red carpet, installed a flat-screen T V on a flexible mount, hung an oversize faux-tortoise-frame mirror to creat more dimension, and, finally, designed a custom-made sectional sofa to optimize the space. Now it’s a cozy space my whole family uses.”

7.You assume your walls should be white.

Paul Mathieu said, “Paint the room a dark charcoal gray or Ralph Lauren’s Black Truffles, one of my favorites. This will actually really open up the space.”

8.You don’t consider going with custom pieces.

Todd Klein said, “Custom upholstery is essential if you want to avoid burdening a room with furniture that looks like it’s on steroids. You should have furniture made in the correct width, height, and depth for the scale of a room. For smaller rooms, I try to avoid anything over 36 inches deep. Better not to overpower a room with the steroid-injected, super deep models made to fill titanic spaces in McMansions. Bigger is not always better.”


Passage from: http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/a4615/small-space-mistakes/

Are Pink Bathrooms Making a Comeback?

In the 1950s, America was obsessed with pink bathrooms. According to Pam Kueber of Retro Renovation and Save the Pink Bathrooms, about 20 million new homes built between 1946 and 1966.

The country was already in love with cheerful shades like candy apple red,  chartreuse and sea foam green—colors that fell in line with the nation’s post, when pink-mania hit. In 1953, when Eisenhower became president, the First Lady redecorated the White House’s private quarters in the feminine hue and the public took notice. Brands capitalized on the trend; one paint company even sold a shade called “First Lady Pink.”

Today’s home buyers, the people scooping up the 1950s and 1960s ranches and split-levels left behind by the greatest generation. On the other end of the scale, have taken a while to warm up to the girly look.

Even those who generally love mid-century design are likely to balk at the site of a bathroom fit for Barbie. Lots of pink tile has been sledgehammered in the name of home improvement, much to Pam Kueber’s chagrin. Kueber is one of a growing number of homeowners who are embracing pink bathrooms, choosing to stick with their older home’s aesthetic and even remodeling washrooms to look retro. And she has many opinions and ideas on the pink bathroom.

“If people could get their heads around pink bathrooms, they’d understand why something that looks so shocking today is actually a very appealing and wonderful thing,” Kueber told the Detroit Free Press in 2015.

“If you have a primitive pink bathroom that is well maintained and functioning it’s incredibly difficult to replicate. I started Save the Pink Bathrooms hoping people might see how others have embraced them and might say actually say, I have one, I’m going to play it up not play it down,” says Kueber. “Our grandparents were not wrong, they were just part of a different era that was into different fashion. It’s all about fashion,” she adds.

Could these makeovers convince you to preserve the integrity of a pink powder room in your own home?

Passage from: http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/a37791/1950s-pink-bathroom/

How to Clean and Maintain Your LED Mirror in a Proper Way

Because of its functions and features, LED mirrors have a wide range in recent years. They are an exceedingly useful addition to any bathroom, so that more and more people installed them in the bathroom. And whether you have just installed illuminated bathroom mirrors or are still thinking of purchasing one, you need to know how to clean and maintain it in a proper way.

The first thing that you need to know is that it is easy to keep your bathroom mirrors with lights relatively smart and scintillating. It all takes just a few minutes and the right cleaning materials to make your LED mirrors look as new as before.


The materials you need

Keeping your bathroom mirror lights clean with some simple materials, such as a micro-fibre cloth and some warm water. Never ever clean your illuminated bathroom mirrors with abrasive materials such as the rough side of a sponge and other abrasive cleaning products. These harsh materials will wear the surface of your LED mirror.

To clean the LED mirror clean and scintillating

Most of the time, bathroom mirrors are never that dirty. You can clean your LED mirrors in a few seconds by dipping your micro-fibre cloth in warm water and simply rubbing the cloth over the mirror’s surface in a circular motion in order to avoid any stain. If you want, you can use another micro-fibre cloth to wipe the mirror clean after rubbing it with the wet cloth.

For more stubborn stains, all you need is some washing up liquid and glass cleaner. Simply dilute a few drops of the washing up liquid in a container with lukewarm water, and then use a soft sponge to wipe the surface of the mirror. Once the mirror’s surface has been wiped with the sponge and washing up liquid mixture, gently buff the dirt away with a micro-fibre cloth. Then use a glass cleaner and wipe it on the surface for a streak-free sparkle and shine.

What not to use

We’ve already mentioned that you should never use abrasive cleaning materials on the LED mirror (or any other mirror). But there are some other materials that you should also avoid. Ever heard of newspaper to keep mirrors and glass clean? Well, it doesn’t work. Why? Because the inks that are used in newspapers today tend to leave dirt and residue, resulting in streaks on the mirror’s surface.

Other types of materials to stay away from is paper towels. The problem with paper towels is that they may make your mirror clean, but they tend to leave small pieces of lint on the surface, which you have to clean again. Besides, paper towels are wasteful as well. It is best to stick with micro-fibre cloth that is also free from lint to keep your mirrors clean.

To keep your LED mirrors clean and sparkling new, just make use of the above-mentioned tips, and then you’ll have an better-looking and more efficient mirror in no time.


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Passage from: http://lerablog.org/home-and-family/interior-decorating-and-repair/how-to-properly-clean-and-maintain-your-led-illuminated-mirror/