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July
18

Furniture Arranging Tips for Every Room

Furniture Tips

No matter your style, arranging your furniture in just the right way can turn a house into a home. When you use furniture arranging tricks from top designers, your rooms will look more spacious and inviting. Our brokers know a thing or two about presenting your space to look its best!

We know: Sometimes, nothing less than more space will do. Most of the time, though, you can give any room in your home a new lease on life by applying the techniques of interior decorating. It's easier than you might think – and if you have an afternoon to spend, it can be a lot of fun.

Let's take a closer look at furniture arranging insights that make a difference:

  • Choose a Focal Point
    Every room should have a single focal point. The focal point is where attention naturally flows. It helps to put the rest of the room in the right context. Sometimes, the focal point is obvious, such as a large window or fireplace. Otherwise, you can create one yourself and arrange other items around it.

  • Create Conversation Areas
    Think about how the space is intended to be used and how you can make social engagement easier. This is especially important in shared areas like the living room and dining room. Seating should be planned so everyone can participate comfortably and easily without raising one's voice or moving around.

  • Look for Balance and Harmony
    Balance is a key element that helps determine whether, when all is said and done, the pieces you put in a space will look "right." It can be hard to see balance while you're working on it, so be sure to examine each furniture item in terms of its size and placement. This way, a room won't be "lopsided."

  • Consider the Flow of Foot Traffic
    A thoughtful approach to traffic flow is essential for enabling a space to be "lived in" in an organic way. There must be enough room between items for people to pass between them, and this becomes even more critical in areas with high traffic. Leave a couple of feet between tables and chairs, too.

  • Roll Out Rugs for Emphasis
    The unspoken rule of area rugs is that when a rug is used in a space, it should be large enough so all the seating in that space fits comfortably on the rug. There's some leeway here for larger pieces, where the back legs can sit on the room's flooring if necessary to balance the load.

  • Don't Underestimate the Coffee Table
    Unlike so many other items you might want to introduce into a space, bigger really is better when it comes to a coffee table. The coffee table is both aesthetic and functional. It acts as the natural focal point of the room and also serves as a social oasis, particularly when visitors drop in.

  • Space Your Tables Appropriately
    Wherever you have coffee tables or side tables, you should have seating and vice versa. No seat should be without access to a table. Tables should be placed at approximately arm's length. With side tables, a height comparable to nearby chair arms is best; for coffee tables, a bit lower than the nearest seating.

  • Use Light to Your Advantage
    Natural lighting has a stupendous ability to make a room seem larger. Trade heavy window coverings for lighter ones, and you'll not only get more light but make the room appear warmer and more calming. Mix up overhead lighting, floor lamps, table lamps, and sconces to avoid pools of darkness in a room.

  • Introduce Art into Your Space
    Artwork, mirrors, and sculptural items can all go on your walls. Of these, the special reflective qualities of mirrors are best for enlarging a space. Every item you hang on the wall should be in proportion to the furniture item it hangs over or near, with selections of wall space chosen strategically for best effect.

  • Avoid Furniture Against the Wall
    When you desire to make the most of every inch of space in your home, it's only natural you might feel the temptation to move furniture items up against the wall. Even in a smaller room, the overall effect of furnishings is enhanced by leaving a few inches between their feet and the nearest wall or walls.

  • Bring it All Together
    As you coordinate your space, work with one small part of the room at a time. Step back frequently to assess how things are coming together, but try not to worry. You may not be totally sure about what's going well (or not) until you are done. Once you have the full picture, always feel free to change your mind. It's your space, so enjoy it your way.

Contact us to learn more about your local real estate opportunities.

January
25

11 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen Upgrading Tips

At one time, kitchen appliances were considered primarily functional. They brought a new level of convenience to households, but style-wise, most designs were pretty limited.

Today's appliances have become equal parts, time savers, and decor statements. Keep your kitchen looking modern with these tips from our brokers for upgrading appliances. 

  1. What Is the Born-On Date?
    Nothing lasts forever, and that's certainly true for appliances, no matter how expensive or advanced they are. Don't hold your breath, hoping your 10-year-old dishwasher can hang on. It may still be operational but most likely running at a sub-par performance. Know the average lifespans of appliances and make plans to replace them when the time comes.

  2. Repair or Replace?
    Uncertain whether a repair is preferable to a replacement? Experts recommend the 50-50 rule of thumb. If an appliance is more than 50 percent through its expected lifespan and repairs would run more than 50 percent of buying new, then go with a replacement.

  3. The Price Is Right
    Appliances are major purchases, so even if you've included them in your budget, you want to get the best value for your dollar. According to home improvement guru Bob Vila, stores want to clear out the old inventory when new models come out. Shop for dishwashers in September and October, refrigerators in May, and ranges/ovens in January. Holidays are also good times to watch for sales.

  4. Go Green
    When it comes to appliances, green is more than just a color. As appliances continue to become more energy-efficient, newer models can help preserve the environment and save you money on your utility bills. Check an appliance's Energy Star tag, which displays its Energy Star rating along with annual estimated energy use and cost.

  5. Mix and Match
    In the past, have your kitchen appliances been replaced piecemeal? Unfortunately, not all products share the same lifespan. As a result, they often end up being replaced at different times. The clashing styles cause an imbalance that throws the look of the whole kitchen off. If possible, it's best to replace all your appliances simultaneously for a coordinated appearance.

  6. Check the Warranty
    Before you purchase a new appliance, be sure to check out the warranty. If you're choosing high-end appliances, it may be worth the investment to buy an extended warranty that will cover potentially costly repairs. 

  7. Style and Substance
    The days of basic white appliances are in the rearview mirror. Of course, vintage is always in style, so you can certainly get hip, retro-styled designs. Stainless steel is high on the popularity list, but a color is also an option. Benjamin Moore has chosen Aegean Teal as the Color of 2021, while Pantone offers two: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, a lemon yellow. Black, red, and brown are other good choices.

  8. Lifestyle Choices
    Do you love spending hours in the kitchen with Food Network how-to videos running on your iPad? Maybe you're a working parent who wants quick but healthy ways to feed your family. If your kitchen isn't compatible with your lifestyle, the net result is frustration. Consider the role you want the kitchen to play in your life and design accordingly.

  9. The Sounds of Silence
    No one wants to yell to be heard over a noisy dishwasher or clunky range hood. Even when working properly, older appliances are much louder than today's models that operate with barely a hum. Stop letting those annoying sounds drown out your latest Netflix binge.

  10. Higher Education
    Has your home become "smart?" Innovations such as voice-activated assistants like Alexa and programmable thermostats make it easier to manage your home, even when you're not there. Smart appliances let you keep an eye on what's in the oven or make extra ice when company's coming, all from an app on your phone or tablet.

  11. Lay of the Land
    A kitchen's layout and placement of appliances are intertwined. Maybe the original builder ended up putting appliances where they fit, rather than where they actually made sense. Between the current range of sizes, styles, and installation possibilities, it's much easier to create a logical flow more conducive to efficiency. 

Whether you're the owner or buyer of Portland homes for sale, we provide friendly and experienced assistance. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for more information.

October
26

7 Storage Ideas To Help Eliminate Clutter in Your Home

Get Rid of Clutter

Raise your hand if your home could use a little organization. Don't worry, most of us have at least one or two areas of our house that are hot spots for collecting clutter. Our brokers know that when space is limited, you need to get creative with your cleaning and organization. Try these seven storage ideas to help you eliminate clutter and better organize your home.

  1. Eliminate Your Junk Drawer
    While it may seem counterintuitive, getting rid of your junk drawer is an excellent way to actually get rid of clutter. Your junk drawer is a haven for clutter, but most of these items can find a home elsewhere. Flashlights, batteries, Scotch tape, and miscellaneous tools should be relocated to other areas. With an entire drawer now empty, you've freed up space for other clutter. For instance, if your junk drawer is in your kitchen, you can now use that extra space to organize items that are cluttering up your kitchen countertops.

  2. Create a Command Center
    Another popular area for clutter is the space where you and your family immediately place your belongings when entering the house. Whether it's a dining room table, kitchen countertop, or living room, this center of clutter can be eliminated by creating a command center. This organized area will be a space to charge your devices and place your keys, mail, or similar items. Many homeowners also place a calendar and notepads in their command center to ask as a central-space for the family to track appointments, manage schedules, and keep track of to-do lists.

  3. Install Closet Organizers
    Did you know you could gain the versatility of a custom-built closet without breaking the bank? There are plenty of ways you can install affordable organizational tools in your closet to help cut down on clutter around your bedroom. Hang an additional clothes rack in the closet, consider adding shelving against the lower wall for shoes, and use bins on the top shelf to contain miscellaneous clothing items you don't often use, such as seasonal pieces. You can also use door hangers on the back of the closet door to hang hats and scarves. By enhancing your closet for maximum storage, you can say goodbye to the clutter of clothing that sits atop your furniture.

  4. Purchase Furniture with Built-In Storage
    One great storage hack to hide miscellaneous clutter is to purchase furniture that has storage built-in. There are many coffee tables and end tables that offer concealed storage spaces. There are even loveseats, couches, and lounge chairs that also have hidden compartments. These hidden storage spaces are perfect for packing away blankets, remotes, coasters, and other items that tend to clutter up coffee tables in the living room.

  5. Use Under the Bed Storage
    Your couch isn't the only piece of furniture that you can use to conceal your clutter. The space beneath your bed is a great place to hide your clutter if you keep it tidy and organized. Purchase short yet wide storage containers that can easily slide underneath your bed. These boxes are great for hiding away items. Since you can potentially fit many storage containers under the bed, it's best to use it for possessions that you won't want to access often. Winter coats, special shoes, holiday décor, and miscellaneous items that just can't seem to find a proper home can be concealed easily under your bed without cluttering up your room.

  6. Don't Neglect Concealed Clutter
    As you're trying to cut down on the visible clutter around your home, you need to remember that the goal is to keep all spaces less messy. Although your pantries and kitchen cabinets are storage spaces, they can easily become cluttered eyesores every time you open the door. One way to easily organize these spaces is to purchase trays, baskets, racks, and lazy Susans can instantly help you keep spices, sauces, snacks, and other food or food prep items organized.

  7. Utilize Luggage & Baggage
    Take a look inside your closet, and you'll notice that you've had extra storage spaces all along! Your seldom used luggage, purses, and other baggage can act as additional storage for clutter. If nothing else, you can use larger bags to conceal smaller bags, thus freeing up closet space for other items to call home.

Are you searching for Portland homes for sale with plenty of storage space? We can help. Contact us today to schedule a private tour.

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