R.E.M. Decor

Monthly Archives: October 2016

Tips/October 30, 2016

How Lighting Can Affect Your Home

Have you ever wondered if that dim pendant light above your dining table has affected the look of your home? The simple answer is yes, but that can easily be fixed. It’s quite obvious that the quality of light can influence people in different ways, ranging from the happiness and productivity of workers in a fluorescent-bulb-infused office, to people sitting in a candlelit-restaurant dining room. These findings are especially true for your home.

When your home is lit brighter, it has more visual charm, whereas houses that are dark and plain appear dated and dismal. I’ve spoken to some of my real estate friends and they often suggest updated light fixtures, as well as soft paint colors, for clients looking to make the most when selling. This is because visual appeal is the most important thing in your home.

Here’s a breakdown of some common lighting and how they affect a space:

  • LED – these bulbs are the most modern technology and are extremely energy-effective. Nonetheless, most just provide one-directional lighting.
  • Fluorescent bulbs – these provide an even, yet cold light. Their favoured use remains in really dark rooms, such as in attics, cellars, or outdoors on porches.
  • Incandescent lights – these bulbs are the most typical. They’re budget-friendly and produce a warm and welcoming light, however they are not as energy effective as various other bulbs.

It’s obvious that great lighting can improve the mood as well as desirability of your home. And the terrific thing about it? A simple table light can transform any dark corner! You can also add drama as well as sparkle to any kind of area with the addition of a chandelier. The options are endless.

If you’re looking to make a positive change in your home or office development, let me help you. I have great connections with lighting suppliers and a long history of helping clients find the best way to light their spaces. I look forward to hearing from you!

Tips/October 13, 2016

Simple Ways to Update Your Space

It’s amazing how fast interior design is constantly evolving, so it’s no wonder it’s so easy to grow tired of your home decor. Everything from art prints, side tables, and furniture can go out of style year to year, but I want to let you know that, if you have the right foundation, you can easily spruce up your home or office with a few simple changes. Accessories are one of the simplest ways to upgrade without shelling out a fortune.

My first idea? Create an accent wall! It’s a simple change that can draw the eye to something new. Whether you decide to use wallpaper or hang a new art piece, making one wall in your room a different shade or pattern makes a big difference. Perhaps you can even incorporate a gallery wall for an added effect.

Don’t toss aside throw pillows. If your bedding or sofa is seeking an upgrade, adding throw pillows or recovering existing ones can lighten things up in any space and alter its entire appearance. Same rule applies with blankets and other accents. Nowadays, there’s an abundance of textures, prints, and shades to take a look at that can make a big difference in a little amount of time.

Change up your rugs. Now, this may seem like an easy one, but it can have the most significant impact on an office or room in your home. A rug can have an affect on any colour scheme, as well as be a great focal point. After all, it is typically the largest piece in any room.

My last suggestion brings a breath of fresh air to update your space: plants. Adding a little greenery can spruce up a boring living room and infuse your surroundings with some much-needed visual appeal. Plants add texture, shade, and frequent height to a room. Simply pick some up at your local nursery.

Well, there you have it! A little updating can go a long way to refresh your home. Whether you’re located here in Surrey, or are on the other side of the country, these simple tips are applicable to all locations. Stay on top of trends season to season and make small changes for a big difference. Contact me today for further information.