How to Add Personality into your Apartment with an Accent Wall

Painting your apartment can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Adding flare can be done by simply picking your favorite color and painting a particular wall in your room. But there are rules to follow.

Make sure you pick a color that brings out other design aspects in the room. Make it bright. In this example, she used Benjamin Moore paint, a quart of their Primer and Paint in one. It covers up to 100 square feet. This is a penny saver because paint can be expensive.When shopping for supplies, just get the basics. No reason to buy the best of the best if it’s a small project.

Painters tape is necessary. It helps keep your straight lines clean. Pick a wall that gets a lot of natural light. Stay away form painting walls with windows.

Make sure to keep your paint area clean and take the time to lay out a canvas or sheet to avoid any additional mess.

And Presto!

To add that extra touch, a darker shade of orange was used to paint the inside sill. Only a pint was needed!

Add some pictures and a few decorative pieces and you are add done!

Don’t let painting discourage you from making your space your own. The one wall wonder really lets you personalize the room. The rules are only enforced by the limitations of your imagination. Have Fun!


How to Use One of the Newest Trends…

Large floor lamps! Illumination for your home is key, especially if you are renting…It really makes the space feel cozy. Recently, I have noticed a change. Table lamps have grown larger and now, longer. Designers are using magnificent floor lamps to spice up a room. They act both as decoration and function. These pieces can be spotlights in your room and deliver a strong message; more importantly your style. From classical, modern, contemporary…picking the right model is important when designing your room. Also, keep in mind the purpose of the installation, to light up the space and evoke a certain emotion.

Floor Lamps, NYC Sleek and industrial, this over the top floor lamp has a strong presence in the room AND acts as a reading lamp for the sofa.

Lounge Gun Lamp Found this Gold plated gun lamp at the gallery on Houston and Broadway called Grassi Marco Inc. The collection is done by Philippe Starck. A piece like this functions as art and can add a touch of style.

This contemporary lamp was something I found interesting when I recently found a matching pair of them headlining a foyer. Instead of the traditional, and frankly unimaginative chandelier, the homeowners included two larger than life floor lamps that greeted you when you entered the house.

This room includes two floor lamps that really accent the room with the bright orange colorful shades as well as bring the dining room and living space together with their placement. It’s important not to clutter a room which is why its important to put thought into the arrangement of the lamps to make them attractive.

Finding the perfect lamps can be hard but it’s presence really accents a room. As long as you stick to a specific style and light that you want, whether it be bright for an entry way or soft for a baby’s room, these pieces can add to the final touches in your home decor.

How to Turn a Small Space into a Sleep Santuary

Extending on the idea of small new york spaces, here are some examples of rooms that have been carved out of small areas. The spaces are comforting, homey and can be mimicked with small inexpensive adjustments.

This loft-like space is made over a children’s office. The use of blue Christmas lights illuminates the space above and gives off a sort of midnight under the starts feel.

It’s just a daybed but clever how it’s crafted out of the family library. The use of unique wallpaper really separates the space from the rest of the room and generates a very cozy atmosphere.

This alcove bed is created with draping fabric and molding around the edge of the wall. The use of pictures hanging inside makes the bed almost feel like it’s very own room. It’s personal and inviting.

Much like the other image, this bed is expressive, with the use of paneling and shelves are included to store your favorite books or pictures of family. They even included a potted plant! The stained glass inside the area makes it more private and I’m sure illuminates the room beautifully when the sun shines through it.

This bed is actually hidden in what looks to be an armoire. Awesome paneling and lights inside create a room within a room!

These ideas can be useful when designing a bedroom in such small NYC apartments….

Transition into Fall

There is nothing better than getting out that amazing Fall coat you bought on sale last spring. Splashing up your look with a great, orange scarf or knit sweater. The same concept can be added to your home. Bringing in some fall colors can bring out the holiday spirit that comes with the end of summer.

Colors can evoke very particular emotions, bring back all those wonderful holiday memories and remind you of how much you love that hot cup of cider by the fire. Warm Colors such as red, orange, yellow and others should be present in your interior to give off a cozy and comfortable feel. These changes can be simple by adding a soft throw blanket, some pillows or even curtains.

Just like a colorful scarf finishes your look, a splash of color on the sofa with a pillow can finish a room

Adjustments can be easy such as lining a sill or mantel with beeswax candles

Bringing in seasonal flowers or even tree branches with changing leaves will bring in those target holiday colors

Trendy Fall fabrics such as houndstooth are very popular. These touches can be added with upgrading your curtains or adding a table streamer to your dining room.

Even thoug the seasons come and go, it’s still nice to warm your home during the colder months. There isn’t a better time to get family and friends together to help you.