How To Accessorize A Bland Room

You’re sitting in your black and white living room, and you look around at your complete matching furniture set. You seem to have bought everything in that collection at the store, but for some reason, it still doesn’t feel quite right, and you cannot quite put your finger on it. You are sitting there in frustration, wondering why your room still feels empty.                                                                                                                                If this is you, chances are your room is lacking a little something called, “personality”.

If you are going for the minimalist style then you are fine, but if you are looking to spice up your room and make it feel more like you, then keep on reading!

Firstly, a great way to add depth and personality to your room is to add wall decorations, such as artwork, mirrors, tapestries, curtains, whatever you like. One of the main ways a room can feel empty is if its walls are bare. So a great way would be to incorporate some decor to fill them right up. Also, another way to make your room feel more personalized is to add multiple framed photographs, such as friends or family, in order to create your own art gallery wall.

Secondly, this is a very popular tip for adding to any space and almost anywhere you look you will find this tip. Add throw pillows! They can make your room look so much more alive and personalized, not to mention, seating areas are instantly more comfortable with the help of some soft, fluffy pillows. Don’t be afraid to step a little out of your comfort zone by adding a touch of color. Rooms cannot get that exciting if they are just various shades of black and white.

Next, add metallic elements to your space. Think of it this way, whenever you want to look nice, you incorporate jewellery into your look one way or another, and it is not that different when it comes to accessorizing your room to feel more like home. You can do this by adding maybe some mirrors with metallic trim, or some lamps with metallic bases. It is really up to you and your personal preferences.

Next, this tip is beneficial to your space in more ways than one. Start an indoor garden! By this, I mean placing a couple pots or vases with plants around your room. They can either be fake, (If you aren’t that good at keeping plants alive or just are too lazy to be responsible, like me) or they can be real. There are are many benefits to having plants in your home as well, not only do they make your room look and smell better but they also:

  • serve as a mood enhancer
  • encourage stress recovery by lowering heart rate
  • filter airborne microbes, reducing 20% of dust in the household

Now by incorporating some of those tips into your living space, I guarantee your room will feel more inviting and personalized.

Let us know if you have any more tips and tricks to accessorize a bland room, in the comments below!

5 Reasons You Should Consider Building a New Home

 

 

 

You’ve decided it’s time for a change. There are so many homes on the market and you are overcome with options, however, you simply cannot find a home that meets all your standards and expectations. So what do you do? You settle for a home that’s the closest to what you want, leaving you in regret, thinking of that home that could have been. But wait… There is a way you prevent this, a way to get everything you want, without sacrificing your needs and wants.

Here are 5 reasons as to why you should consider building a new home.

Firstly, this is one of the most important factors people take into consideration when they are purchasing a home; location. People are forced to either sacrifice the home they wanted, because it was in the wrong location, or sacrifice the perfect location, which is unacceptable. When you build a new home, you are in charge of the location, and this can reduce compromises, such as being farther than you’d like from work.

Secondly, a new home is a blank canvas. The future of your home is put in your hands. Will the kitchen have blue cabinets? What kind of back-splash would the bathroom have? Hardwood or tile? It’s all up to you; you get to design your home exactly how you’ve always dreamed it’d be. Not to mention, it is a lot easier to renovate a new home from scratch as opposed to renovating an existing home; additionally, existing homes can hide many surprises, and not the good kind. This can include things like, not being able to remove a wall, thus meaning you cannot achieve that open layout you were hoping for, or spending money somewhere else like fixing the electrical because it was done incorrectly; which takes money away from where you could have spent it on customizing your home.

Thirdly, when building a new home, there is a very low possibility that you will be taken by surprise since you will see the building process of your home, the moment it is built up from the ground. For this primary reason, you will know that your home is being built correctly, as well as the added advantage of being able to have all your questions answered throughout the entire process.

Next, having a new home means it is all new, and under warranty. For example, there is a likelihood that when purchasing a used home, many things need to, or soon will need to be replaced. This can get pretty costly, since replacing things such as roofs, windows, appliances, water heaters, and who knows what, can be expensive. These components of your new home should initially feature the latest building materials and designs, offering years of comfort before ultimately needing replacement…

Lastly, new homes built today are far more energy efficient than homes built even 5 years ago. For instance, why would you settle for energy-wasting , single-pane windows when you could purchase a new home that offers double and even triple-pane windows. More windows means more light after all, thus slicing dollars off of your electricity bills.

Now it is your choice as to what kind of home you would like to purchase, however these are just a handful of advantages that are associated with building a new home.

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8 Ways to Maximize a Small Place in Style

You don’t always need a large space to create a stylish room, in fact sometimes a smaller place can look better in comparison to a large room, when styled correctly. After all, it is still possible to paint a beautiful picture on a small canvas!

Keep reading to learn some ingenious tips and tricks on highlighting your small room/lot and initially maximizing its size by barely doing anything at all.

1) Firstly, this one is very helpful to decrease cramped living spaces, also it is guaranteed that, if done right, this will practically always look good. Mount your TV. It is known that media consoles are some of the biggest space wasters in a room, and by mounting your television you are initially regaining precious floor space which you could definitely put a more purposeful use to.

2) Next, this tip is very helpful if you love having family and friends over. It is recommended that you incorporate a sofa bed, or day bed into your space. On a related note, try to integrate more dual purpose furnishings into your living space. For example: an ottoman which can be also used for storage.

3) Then, mirrors are known for visually enhancing your space and tricking the eye into believing the room is larger and lighter.

4) Next, outfitting a small space with large furnishings can make your room look larger as opposed to using many small furnishings which can ultimately make your small space look cluttered, crowded, and messy.

5) Another great furniture tip is awesome to use in any home, and is also perfect for if you love having friends and family over. Get an expandable dining table. That way you are not taking up excess room in the area when you don’t need it.

6) Keep curtains and walls light. This way the room appears larger. Additionally, by hanging curtains a couple inches higher than usual, this leads the eye up, makes the room itself look more elegant, as well as gives the appearance of taller ceilings!

7) Small rugs can tend to visually break up the floor, therefore, large rugs are the way to go to maximize the space!

8) Invest in low seating options. By using low seating, you are making the ceilings look higher. Just add in a couple throw pillows and blankets to make it comfy!

Thank you for reading these tips on how to maximize your living space in style!

Let us know what you think, and if you have tried any of these or have any additional tips of your own!

 

 

Hot Products Used in New Home Construction

There is no doubt whatsoever that everybody wants their house to be physically appealing, and to have that house on the street that everybody envies. There are many hot new products being used in new home construction, some of which are being incorporated into our properties here at Sunlight Heritage Homes.

Firstly, geometric patterns and designs for flooring are currently in the spotlight. They give your space a newly needed edge and design without the unwanted appearance of a cluttered space. They can transform a simple room into something stunning so they are definitely something you should consider if you are looking to update your living spaces. These types of flooring are very popular in bathrooms, however they can be incorporated into living rooms and bedrooms using hardwood, as seen below.

It is no secret that high ceilings, large windows, and open layouts are the key to modern living; a look which a majority of people are striving to achieve. With the continuous flow of light emerging from those gorgeous tall windows, the room is struck with soft sunlight, giving the home an ethereal glow.

Also, to take a step further, installing solar paneling windows would be an excellent idea in order to take advantage of all that incoming sunshine. By doing this, you are saving money by harnessing the power of the sun to your own advantage which you could then use towards lighting and heating as well!

Additionally, speaking of light, unique lighting fixtures are also a must. They add charm to your room and serve as an excellent focal point as well.

Next, a great way to spice up your living spaces is to add a bit of bold coloring. Whether it is the wall color or wallpaper, or some bold furnishings, they will add to your room and help curate a color scheme, this way, you can make any plain room into something fun and exciting.

This one is a personal favorite because of how effective it is; heated floors. This is an excellent feature to incorporate into bathrooms because nothing is worse than stepping out of the shower to be to be greeted by arctic temperature tiles meeting the soles of your feet, and I guarantee that once you are accustomed to heated floors, you will wonder where they have been your entire life.

Those are just a handful of the hot products used in decor and new home construction today!

Let us know if you have incorporated any of these into your living spaces, we would love to hear about it!

The Basics to Landscaping Your Yard

Landscaping plays quite an important role in the physical appearance of your home. It is the first thing people see when they see your property, and some good or bad landscaping can make or break a home’s whole look, as well as increase or decrease its overall value.

Here is an example of how landscaping can make a big difference.

As you can see, the homes look way different when they are nicely landscaped. But then you may be thinking, “I want to landscape my home but I don’t want to hire a designer”, well there are some easy ways to make your home look nice, without the help of anyone. These are some ways to landscape your home depending on your lot and other contributing factors.

The first thing to remember is, do not ever neglect your front yard. As stated by HGTV, many people often mainly focus on the backyard, forgetting the front yard, however that is where everyone’s first impression of your house develops.

  • If you are looking for something simple, the best thing to start with is just keeping your grass clean and cut. Make sure you keep your grass short, but not too long. It is suggested that you cut down to 1/3 of its original length to ensure healthy grass. Too long means too much moisture, and too short attracts too much sunlight. Also don’t forget to weed your yard because they can spread fairly fast, which does not look very nice. As a result this can drastically change the appearance of your lawn, from messy to well kept.

  • Landscape with the shape of your home. Take into consideration the size of your home, since the main goal of landscaping is to effectively display your house. If you use small flowers on a large house, they will not be noticed as much, so consider shapes and masses when developing a plan. Use large items that can be seen from the distance, but do not cover windows and doors. Group plants together and use some variation and repetition, while going along a color scheme as well, otherwise too many colors can overpower the yard.

  • Consider maintenance. If you are landscaping your yard to appeal to potential buyers, try to make it look both nice, and low maintenance, because an extravagant garden may have strong curb appeal however many people would not like to think of themselves spending hours taking care of it. Some low maintenance items to consider include:

  • Next, a helpful tip is: do not plant hedges, trees, and plants too close to walkways. It is recommended that you plant them so that you have approximately 2 feet of free space around the walkway. This ensures that the plants won’t grow onto the pathway, thus restricting the pathway.

  • This is an important one, and it is, make the entrance obvious. Don’t tell me you’ve never came across a house where you had absolutely no clue which door was the front door. Trust me, you do not want to be the owner of one of those. It just makes everything confusing because your guests do not know where to go. As a result, make the main entrance the focal point and have your landscaping focused on highlighting it.

To conclude, those are just some of basics to landscaping your yard, every lot has potential, and with some time and hard work, yours can look incredible as well.

Let us know what you think of this post in the comments below, and tell us if you have tried any of these, or if you have any additional tips that we may have missed.

 

 

 

Decorating Tips and Home Design

We can all agree that everybody wants their house to look nice, and it is actually not that difficult to accomplish. There are many ways you can spice up your living spaces, such as using pops of color or contrasting wallpapers and designs!

Here are some things that you can incorporate into your living spaces to make them more appear more stylish.

Firstly, authentic textures and natural characters are very in at the moment.

 

 

 

 

So, incorporating things into your home, such as brick or stone, and wood paneling can freshen up the look of your room. Additionally, depending on how you would like your room to look, the colors you choose to work with is quite an important factor to consider. Using light colors can make your room appear larger, and more inviting, whereas dark colors absorb light, thus giving the impression of a smaller room. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, pops of colors can really change the appearance of a room for the better, if used correctly of course, and by adding small things, you can give a plain room a whole new look. By having a room with generally one color, such as white, as you can see below, adding any other color will create contrast thus making the room more exciting. Colored paintings, rugs, flowers, throw pillows, paint, and many more items to choose from can all change the way your room looks, and tie it all together.

     

Thirdly, another great way to make a statement is to use various wallpapers, you can easily bring personality to any room by throwing on a cool pattern or texture. Statement walls are especially popular right now and can refresh a room; the bathroom, bedroom, living room, it really works anywhere you’d like.

By using different wallpaper designs and colors, you can set the entire theme for the room as well, so the walls play a very important role in determining the feel and atmosphere of the room. The pink room featured above gives off a funky, hip vibe using pops of hot pink and floral designs, where as the light grey walls featured to the left, is more of a calm, soft atmosphere. Again, colors and patterns are very important factors to consider.

Next, plants can give your room an earthy feel, and are quite popular right now.

 

There are are many benefits to having plants in your home as well, not only do they make your room look and smell better but they also:

  • serve as a mood enhancer
  • encourage stress recovery by lowering heart rate
  • filter airborne microbes, reducing 20% of dust in the household

And those are just some of the ways you can spice up your living space and make it more you.

Tell us about some of the ways you added some of these techniques to your home or what you think of them, we would love to hear about it!

 

Top 10 Kitchen Upgrades!

 

Over the years we have gathered what most people are wanting to incude in their future home Kitchens.

Here’s our Top 10 Upgrades to include in your Kitchen.

1.  Extended/Raised Breakfast Bar– This adds some character to your Kitchen along with a space for yourself of Kids to have a quick breakfast or casual lunch/dinner.

2. Pot & Pan Drawers- What better way to get all of your pots and pans in one area and to keep them organized!
3. 36″ Upper Cabinets- with our standard being 30″ this is a great and simple upgrade to help you get that grand look in your kitchen.  Although this photo shows the upper cabinets with soffit and detailed crown molding,  you can still see the difference in the actual cabinet height.
4. Crown Molding – Finish off those extended 36″ Upper cabinets with a sleek crown molding.
5. Microwave Upper Shelf- Usually our Kitchens dont come with a shelf to include a microwave if you are not getting it as a Over The Range Unit.  This is a great space saver and a unique touch to your kitchen.
6. Corner Pantry – Maximize your Storage Space with this built in Corner Pantry.
7. Deep Cabinet Over Fridge- This will frame your fridge nicely and allow you to get better access to the cabinet above as it will be flush with your fridge and not so far back.
8. Quartz Counters- Selecting Quartz over granite will allow you to get a more consistent pattern in your stone.
9. Soft Close System-  Softclose door hinges and drawers glides are a must have.  This allows you to shut doors and drawers with one push and no slamming.
10.  Light Valence & Under Cabinet Lighting- This will add that extra light and brightness into your kitchen.  Highlighting backsplash, the light valence finishes off the look of your cabinetry and hides your under cabinet lights.
This list is also printed off in our design centre kitchen for you.  We hope you enjoyed our must haves for kitchen upgrades!
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Design Of The Day

 Good Morning, i thought i would share this fun picture on this morning!

Now this is unique! An architect from New York transformed two identical 1-bedroom units, one atop the other.  By combining them into a duplex 2-bedroom home with the option to descend by the half-tube stainless steel slide. Who wouldn’t want to have this option in their home? Maybe i need to bring this up to our design team here at Sunlight Homes, what do you think?
The slide starts on the top floor near the office, and lands below near both the living and dining areas.  The image of the stainless steel curves in front of the oversized window to the city beyond.  With careful detail, the playground element is an unexpected elegant addition to this contemporary space. Not to mention a very fast and fun way to get to the main floor!
Lilly Cordeiro
Sunlight Homes

Design of the Day- Modernized Kitchen

 

This Space really captured my attention today.  Mixing and matching colours for your kitchen creates a very modern look. Contrast of the white upper cabinets, dark grey with soft blue island, white countertops finished beautifully.  Adding the glass on the raised bar top contributes to the fresh light look of this space and does not take up a lot of visual weight.  Combining the blue with the orange is very complimentary as they are opposite colours on the colour wheel. The orange however isn’t to overpowering, yet a bold carrot shade that adds a punch of colour to the room.  Kitchens are spaces in a home where a lot of time is spent, cooking and entertaining.  Making it a space that is inviting and people want to be in is important, which this designer has absolutely accomplished.

The numerous mixture of textures formulate the harmony of the room.  Pairing the white lacquered cabinets with grey textured woods, the light panelled wooden floors, the unique round accent carpet and the incredible light fixture.  All of these items were selectively picked to allow your eye to flow freely throughout the room.  Without holding too much visual attention on one particular part.

What are your thoughts on the look? Do you like it? Or would you make some Changes? Comment below and let us know.

Lilly Cordiero, Sunlight Homes.