When you are able to work from home, this can be a blessing that will help you spend more time with your family and be in a loving environment. This holds especially true for working moms. However, when you have a home office, it can be easy to let it just collect dust.

You find yourself just typing on your laptop on your living room couch. Designing the right home office is key to your success as a work-from-home professional. Here are five rules for designing a home office that doesn’t just sit there and collect dust.

Choosing the Right Desk Is Essential

Working on a table that is lying around your house is not going to be conducive to a productive workday. A folding table won’t make you feel like you have a professional place to work. An investment in a desk is one that is going to pay off for years to come. There are many resources online that will help you choose the desk that is right for you.

Make sure that you take the proper amount of time to research a desk that is going to work best in your home office set up. If you have a smaller space to work with, then you will obviously need to purchase a desk that is going to match your existing space. However, if you have a great deal of equipment that you need for your home office, you need to have a desk that is going to be able to hold all of your gear and paperwork.

The Right Lighting Is Key

If at all possible, you should try using natural lighting. This is a calm light that is actually going to make your home office feel much more relaxing. Fluorescent lights are a type of lighting that you want to stay away from. Lights that feature a dimming feature are a great way to be able to set the lighting to your perfect mood.

There are professionals at lighting stores who will be able to help you decide which lighting sources will be best for your home office and profession. You may not think that lighting would make that big of a difference, but it can really help to set the overall mood for your home office.

Make Your Home Office Fun and Inviting

Remember, when you are working from home you are your own boss. It can be difficult to get yourself motivated when you are working from home. It is important to create an office environment that is fun and inviting. You need to have an office at home that you want to visit on a regular basis. While you don’t want to be too distracted, having a fun home office can make it easier to get through a full workday on your own.

It is important to have breaks during your busy work schedule. Having planned breaks and activities you look forward to could be a great way for you to power through your long day while working from home.

Keep Your Home Office Professional

Even though you are working from home in a fun and relaxed environment, you need to make sure that you are keeping your home office professional. This is very important if you have clients who will be meeting you in your home office. Remember that even the way you dress will affect your level of productivity at home. While if may be tempting to wear pajamas to your at-home office, treat your workspace with professionalism by dressing appropriately.

You need to have a professional feel to your office that will keep you in a work mindset within your home. If you are just setting up a small table by your couch, you are not going to feel like you are in a professional working environment. Organization in your home office will help you feel like you have a much more professional workspace.

The Right Colors Can Make a Big Difference

It is important that you choose the right colors for your home office. Many times, individuals will think that a pure white office means that you are very professional. However, this is not always the case. A pure white office may seem too conservative and boring. You are working from home and you have the ability to really set the mood with your colors.

Darker colors can be great for home studios that would be used by musicians and artists. More vibrant colors could be great for a graphic designer or advertising specialist. Make sure that these colors represent you as an individual. There is nothing worse than working in a home office that doesn’t feel right for you.

These are just a few of the many different rules that you can follow when designing a home office that you actually want to use. If you have a home office that you can’t wait to be in, you are going to end up getting much more work done from home. Designing your home office can be a process that doesn’t happen quickly. The great thing about a home office is that you can keep adding to it over time.

Ready to make your home office work for you? Check out these resources:

The Best Office Desks of 2018

How to Transform Your Workspace With Color

Dressing to Command Respect in the Workplace

How to Take the Best Breaks

Did you know that not all paints are created the same? Eggshell, satin, and high-gloss paints are all slightly different, as are oil and water-based paints. And if you want to get the best, most reliable paint for your rooms, you need to know which kinds of paints will be the best for your purposes. All types of paint are manufactured for specific purposes, and some kinds are better for particular rooms or lifestyles. To help you make the decisions about painting the interior of your house, here are a few things that you should know.

Oil Versus Water-Based Paints

Many people don’t know when it is best to use water-based paint over oil-based paint and vise versa. Water-based paint works well in most rooms, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, and other areas that the walls are not commonly splashed with grease or chemicals. Oil-based paints are best for rooms that often become dirty and will need to be wiped down often.

Water-Based Paints for Garages

Some paints are better for garage walls than others. In fact, oil or latex-based paints are recommended for use in the garage over eggshell or satin-sheen paints. If your garage isn’t yet painted, you can choose a high-gloss latex, but if your garage is already painted with oil-based paint, it’s easier to use oil again to avoid the prep work that would be involved to get a latex paint to adhere to the oil paint. However, most people like to paint bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, and bathrooms with water-based paint because it is easier to work with, easier to clean up, and creates less of a smell.

Water-Based Paints for Adult Bedrooms, Living Rooms, Bathrooms, and Kitchens

There are some rooms in the house that can handle a low-sheen paint like eggshell and satin. Both of these paints have a low shine, which means that it’s harder to wipe away dirt with these paints than it is with high-gloss latex paint. This type of paint is usually useful in rooms like adult bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, and some areas of the kitchen.

Water-Based Paints in Areas in Kitchens, Children’s Bedrooms, and Bathrooms

Some rooms need to be cleaned more often. Children’s bedrooms, some areas of kitchens, and heavily-used bathrooms are all excellent places to use semi-gloss or high-gloss paint. It’s easier to clean off dirt with these kinds of finishes than it is with flat paint. Sauces and other types of food sometimes splatter the surface of a kitchen wall, and children find ways to spread dirt, paint, and crayon on their walls, so it’s best to use a finish that will allow you to wipe away dust quickly.

Whenever you’re choosing a paint, your aesthetic preferences are important, but you need to remember that the look isn’t the only reason that paints come in different finishes. You’ll be much happier with your paint job for longer if you also choose a finish that will be durable.

 

 

Trying to find the perfect paint colors for your home can be overwhelming with seemingly endless options to choose from. You stand in your local paint store flipping through too many swatches, but still can’t seem to settle on the perfect shade. Below, we have some insights into the best colors for the rooms in your home and the effect each color has on emotions, also known as color psychology. This will help narrow down your search, and make this daunting task a little easier.

 

Living Room

 

 

The living room is a cozy yet lively space where you spend time with loved ones and entertaining guests. Incorporate the energy and cheerfulness of yellow, or the warmth and joy of red. Red and yellow are known as the most eye-catching colors on the spectrum, so use them in moderation with decor pieces or accent furnishings, like a bold coral reading chair or bright yellow throw pillows. Pair these bright bolds against neutral toned living room pieces and a subdued wall color for a well-balanced space that does not feel overwhelming.

 

 

Dining Room

 

 

If you want your dining room to evoke a sense of elegance, maturity and luxury, add hues of purple through table settings, centerpieces, or fresh violet flowers. Plum is a deeper option, perfect for decorative seat cushions or placemats and cloth napkins. You can also use lighter hues for a more polished sense of elegance, especially when paired with white table accessories and a crystal chandelier.

If you aren’t a fan of purple, use rich, earthy browns in your dining area to bring in a sense of warmth, safety, and balance. Paint the walls a lighter tone like mushroom and decorate with dark wooden furniture pieces for a welcoming atmosphere to share a meal with loved ones and guests.

 

 

Bedroom

 

 

The colors in your bedroom have a major effect on your quality of sleep. Introducing calming blues and greens can help improve your mental clarity, while also creating a soothing effect for your eyes, helping you sleep. Dark shades of both colors create a cozy yet peaceful atmosphere, while lighter hues are more relaxing and inspiring.

Use lighter blues in curtains, bedding or on your walls for a bright space that mimics the soothing qualities of a clear blue sky, or lighter greens such as mint for a vibrant, creatively charged atmosphere (perfect for curling up with a good book). Use dark-stained bedroom sets as a complement for both lighter and darker shades, and to emphasize the natural tones of blues and greens.

 

 

Bathroom

 

 

Bathrooms are an area in your home with endless options for creativity when it comes to design, and can easily incorporate bold colors and patterns. Black in a bathroom is a great way to make a unique statement, whether it be intricate black and white tile flooring, black fixtures or even a black vanity. Although black is sometimes associated with fear or mystery, you shouldn’t shy away from it. It can introduce a nostalgic, classic feel to your design. Invest in a timeless clawfoot tub for an elegant spa feel in your home, or play with various grays for an urban feel with concrete flooring or countertops, and factory style lighting and decor pieces

Basement design and renovation is essential and is a massive endeavor. Every homeowner with an unfinished basement desires to transform it into a more usable area. It is a way of adding value and comfort to your home. Basements are perfect for casual social activities for the family, or just the kids. However, there are issues and design problems associated with basements regardless of the usage of that area. These problems mostly come because of the location of the basement. They can be a catastrophic problem or a minor nuisance, all of which can ruin the value and comfortability of your home.

 

On the brighter side, these common mistakes can be fixed to make the basement area much more comfortable irrespective of the usage.

 

Here are some of the design mistakes and how you can work best to fix them.

Improper insulation at ceiling

A wood frame supporting the floor above forms some of the basement ceilings. The rim joist mold grows behind the fiber insulation. The indoor air is warm and moist and moves through the fiber insulation especially during winter unless it is sealed completely. However, it is hard to seal this area with plastic vapor barrier because of the floor frame members. To avoid this rim joist problem is to use spray foam insulation. Ensure it is at least three inches thick to prevent condensation and the results will be permanent.

Inadequate light

Every basement, just like the rest of the house, requires ample windows and lighting. Most of the basements call for additional lighting, whether natural or artificial. Suitable lighting will make the basement more usable as opposed to poor lighting. Egress windows are effective at bringing light into your basement because they have a lighter finish and reflect more light into the room. You can find local window well distributors or research them online if you’re interested in this option.Artificial light from multiple sources also will work best at illuminating your basement.

Unappealing descent

All basements design must include a stairwell. However, the problem with designing creeps in when there is less headroom. This is bad especially if the stairs are not well lit and chances of tripping are high. To remedy this, when designing the descent of your basement, you can remove a sidewall, offer more headroom, or even introduce a curve or a turn that will enhance the movement towards the basement.

Ignoring proper egress

Every basement must have an adequate egress in case of emergencies. This is important especially if your basement has bedrooms, recreation room, or family room. Ensure that the egress windows has a minimum width opening of 20 inches, a minimum opening height of 24 inches, a window with a minimum net clear opening that a person can crawl through. This is roughly 5.7 square feet.

Using wooden studs, fiberglass insulation, and drywall

These materials are stables of construction for finishing rooms above ground. When used in a basement, they usually do not work well. Since basements are naturally humid, all these materials absorb moisture, and when it combines with organic matter, it gives perfect conditions for mold to develop. Basement walls ought to be finished with inorganic and waterproof materials, which can survive a basement floor or a water accident

 

Although these problems might be ignored, they can cost you good money if they are overlooked. It is essential to take the best basement design that will last for a long time to avoid frustrations later. Basements are crucial part of the house structure, and its structural integrity and design should be considered for safety as well as aesthetic purposes. An interior designer or an architect can provide better insights as to how you can fix some basements problems.

 

Perhaps you’re squinting through tired eyes as you read this because  you tossed and turned last night—you’re definitely not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a third of American adults aren’t sleeping enough. It’s recommended that the average adult gets about 7 hours of sleep each night.  So if you’re missing that mark, you may want to change the color of your room. Getting more zzz’s could be a paint job away.

Creating a Restful Sleep Environment

The National Sleep Foundation outlines tips for creating a restful environment in the bedroom by tapping into all of your senses—from touch, sound, and even smell. According to their research, three-quarters of respondents found that they sleep better when their sheets have a fresh scent.

Your sense of sight is no less important. What you see before you close your eyes is vital for quality sleep. Keeping your room free of clutter and the lighting dark can all help create a bedroom sanctuary.  When it comes to color, the Sleep Foundation recommends choosing soothing colors because research has shown that colors can affect your mood, but warns that such effects are highly personal and vary from person to person.

Choosing a Color for Your Bedroom Paint Job

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A popular color choice for the bedroom has long been blue, and it turns out there is a good reason. A study by Travelodge found that people sleeping in blue rooms report to  getting about 7 hours of sleep each night—that’s right on target. Other colors that were found to be restful included shades of green, orange, yellow, gray, and beige. The reasons why color can affect our sleep is because some can have calming effects, while others can even increase blood pressure.

Principles of Feng Shui, a Chinese-originated belief that your environment feeds your energy, direct people to colors like light blues, greens, and pinks for peaceful restful colors or yin colors. Other colors, or yang colors that are more vibrant,  may spark passion, which won’t necessarily bring you more shut-eye.

As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when you are trying to get more sleep, but painting your bedroom can definitely help. When picking out a color, it’s best to use your personal barometer. If you find that a color brings out feelings of serenity and calm in you, then it might be a good one for your bedroom walls.

Once you’ve chosen a sleep-worthy hue, get in contact with the team at Ridge Painting Company. We make painting your home a stress-free process—so you can get the rest you need.  

Perhaps you’re feeling as though some of the rooms in your home are too dark. No one likes a shadowy, hidden room, at least, when you’re looking to host or gather family in one place. Luckily, there are several solutions to this problem that don’t involve adding additional lighting or lamps. Here are just a few ideas for how you can brighten up a room without having to spend money on your electric bill.

Select Bright Colors

The most common way to lighten a room is to paint it a brighter color. You can go with a white in order to increase the reflectivity from your walls. Another solution would be to paint the walls a lighter color. There are lots of colors to choose from if you have an aversion to leaving the room white. Select a paint color that has a reflectivity index of greater than 80 in order to get the best results. Leave the ceiling white so that it can reflect some of the light back down into the room. If you are afraid of messing up the corners going DIY, Ridge Painting can accommodate any paint type you choose.

Focus On Natural Light Solutions

Increase the amount of natural light in your room. Consider enlarging the windows or adding a set of French doors. According to HoustonWindowExperts.com, “French doors were born in the Renaissance Period and were initially considered windows that reached the floor. They became popular because they let more natural light in before the era of electricity.” This will not only increase the brightness level in the room, but give it a more open feel. Open up your curtains so you can let more light into the room. If you’re concerned about privacy, look into adding sheer curtains so you can still maintain some level of it without sacrificing your natural light.

Lighten Your Floors

Dark hardwood floors may be popular, but they’re working against you if your rooms are already on the darker side. It may be time to replace or refinish your flooring material. If this solution isn’t feasible, consider adding a lighter area rug. This will essentially mask the fact that you have darker flooring. You don’t have to sacrifice style when you select an area rug. Just be mindful of what percentage of the rug is darker in nature.

Choose Airy Materials

For a bedroom, choose bedding material that is lighter. This can create a feeling of openness and an airy quality to the room. For living spaces, consider putting slipcovers over your darker pieces of furniture. This will have the same effect as in a bedroom. Don’t pack the room with furniture because this can give the appearance that it’s cluttered and darker.

Use several techniques above to help lighten your dark rooms. All of the little things will make a difference. You don’t have to leave the lights on in order to have a bright room.

 

Whether you’re painting the front porch of the home or a bedroom wall, you need to choose colors that will coordinate with the rest of the house. You should also choose colors that demonstrate your personality or that follow the trends of the year. There are also a few shades and design ideas with paint that you want to avoid in 2018 before you get to work.

Gorgeous Greens

Various shades of green are among the top trends that you’ll notice in 2018 where paint colors are concerned. Sage is a lighter shade of green that is common in kitchens and dining rooms. It’s often paired with furniture and decorations that are darker colors. Sage is noted as a combination of gray and green. These colors blended together offer a soft appearance while adding life to the room at the same time.

Sunny Yellow Hues

From marigold to butterscotch, shades of yellow are among the most popular color trends for the year. The colors work well in kitchens, but you could also use them in a bathroom or living room. Avoid using shades of yellow in the bedroom as the color can be too stimulating for an environment where you’re supposed to relax and go to sleep. Create patterns and designs of yellow and white or other light colors for an uplifting look in the home. Yellow is a cheerful color that often puts people in a good mood, which is why it’s a good option to consider for areas of the home where several people gather at one time.

Vivid Violet

While purple isn’t a color that has been seen much on walls in the past, it’s a color that is stepping out at the forefront of trending shades in 2018. You want to choose a bold shade of purple if it’s the only color that you’re going to use. If you plan on combining purple with another color, such as gray or black, then consider a lighter shade as you want to accent both colors in the room. Purple can be a thought-provoking color at times as well as one that is entertaining to the eye. When decorating the room, use a combination of picture frames that are in dark and light colors as well as crystal or pearl accents on the tables and shelves. Plum is a darker color that works well on doors and as an accent color in a room with green paint.

Radiant Reds

Red is a color that can be absolutely beautiful in the right shades. It’s not as popular as some other colors for 2018, but brighter shades teamed with white or light gray trim work well in the living room or den of the home. Red is a color that exudes energy. Consider using cranberry if you want something a little brighter and crimson for more of a romantic or passionate appearance. Avoid using shades of red that are too bright because they can be overwhelming to the eye. If you enjoy cozy colors, then consider auburn or maple. These shades can also add spice to the home, especially the kitchen or an area where your family or guests will enter the home.

When you’re deciding on colors for the home, find shades that showcase your personality and the statement that you’re trying to make with the rest of the furniture and decorations. Look at home design inspiration sites to figure out what you like and what you don’t. Take a few paint samples home so that you can see what they would look like on the walls before painting. Once the walls are finished, find the right shades for the trim to bring everything to life.

 

Whether you plan to add a bold pop of color with an accent wall or completely upgrade your entire home, Ridge Painting Company is ready to make your walls look better than ever. See our Before and After gallery here!

Renovating your home gives you the opportunity to make changes that have a lasting impact and can even add value to the space. Some of the updates you make could result in a sizable increase in property value, while others may promote energy efficiency or offer other substantial benefits. If you are preparing to renovate your home soon, these are some excellent projects to include in your efforts.

 

Update Your Doors and Windows

Windows and exterior doors are unique features because they affect the look of both the interior and exterior of the home. In addition, they play a critical role in energy efficiency. In some cases, you may find credits or rebates that can help you to make these updates at a fraction of the cost. When you have new windows installed, Houston Window Experts recommend checking if the company has AAMA certified installers. Remember that new doors and windows could also increase your property value and make it more appealing to a buyer when you decide to sell the home so this is often a worthwhile investment for the future.

 

Dress Up the Curb Appeal

You may not think landscaping has a large impact on property value. After all, landscaping requires regular care and upkeep and seems to always be changing. However, remember that many landscaping features are permanent, such as stone flowerbed borders, a flagstone pathway, and other features. Investing in a sprinkler system may also add value, and it can decrease your regular yard maintenance activities. Gorgeous curb appeal can bolster pride of ownership, and it can help you to sell the property more easily. You can always schedule landscaping services to help you maintain the yard.

 

New or Updated Interiors

Nothing dates a room more than old-fashioned décor. If you are planning a remodel, be sure to include some room in the budget for updated pieces and new furniture. If you can, look into painting a few rooms or even a single wall with a splash of color. You can get a company to do the more difficult rooms like the kitchen or bathrooms. Go with a more neutral color and give your space a feeling of new, cleanliness.

 

Invest in New Flooring

If your home’s floors are outdated or dingy, updating them is always a smart idea. Carpeting is decreasingly desirable in homes because of its negative impact on indoor air quality. It also may be stained or carry an unpleasant odor. Wood flooring is one option many homeowners choose when upgrading the floors. It has longevity that potentially could span for decades, making it a valuable addition to your home.

 

When you plan out a home renovation project, you must think about the cost in comparison to the benefits. Remember that some projects may qualify for tax credits, and many improvements will play a direct role in property value. Think about how these specific improvements may be applicable to your home’s needs. Also, consider how different improvements may be coveted by buyers in your market. You could potentially improve your home in any number of ways, but some types of home improvements may be particularly beneficial to you and your home.

If you want to put a new spin on your place but have never done any renovations, the challenge can be intimidating. A great rule of thumb is to start small. You can go bigger as you gain confidence and build up a budget for larger-scale renovations. Taking on small and inexpensive tasks can help you build your confidence as you develop your know-how. Taking on smaller jobs can also mean smaller mistakes to clean up. Here are some renovation ideas for the newbie.

 

Clean, Organize and Rearrange

It may not sound terribly interesting, but the first thing you should do is give the place a thorough deep cleaning. You might be surprised at what you will find beneath the grime. In that same vein, consider downsizing your goods and getting organized. Sometimes just organizing and rearranging the furniture can improve the flow of a room and make it feel like a whole new space.

 

A Fresh Coat of Paint

One of the least expensive renovating projects you can take on that will produce the biggest results is giving your place a fresh coat of paint. The part of this project that you should spend the most time on is choosing the right paint. Get paint chips of the colors you like and hang them on the wall. When you have narrowed it down, get samples of the colors you like the best and paint a small swath in several places. Light is likely to hit different parts of the room in different ways. When you are sure about your color choices, go ahead and get your paint.

 

Refinish Cabinets

As long as we are discussing paint, if you aren’t enthusiastic about your current cabinets, try giving them a fresh coat of paint. Replacing cabinets can be costly and complicated. If you repaint your cabinets, you will probably also want to replace the knobs. You could also replace the cabinet doors or remove them entirely to create open shelving. Whatever you decide, the results will be dramatic.

 

Swap Out Fixtures

Another small project that can change the feel of your space is changing out fixtures including faucets, shower heads, lighting fixtures and even door knobs. You could replace that cheap builder’s grade faucet with a more elegant brushed nickel or add some visual interest with a burnt copper finish. Rule of Renovation recommends that you replace the simple glass globe around your light with pendant lighting or track lighting. Consider the look you are going for before you start purchasing fixtures and then make sure that the fixtures you choose all work together.

 

Flooring

Flooring is a project that is not always as difficult as it looks. One of the easier and least expensive options is laminate flooring. It has the look of wood but is less expensive and relatively easy to install. You should be able to figure out how to lay it by watching a few videos. The simplest option, however, is to just get an area rug. The right area rug can be attractive, inexpensive and can hide a multitude of sins.

 

When you want to give your home an overhaul, but don’t know much about renovation, start small. It is a great way to get your feet wet without doing too much damage. Also, you might be surprised how dramatic the results can be with a few simple changes.

It may be tempting to pull out the buckets of paint and start transforming your walls immediately. However, taking shortcuts with prep work will only cost you a lot of time, money and frustration. In fact, prep work that is incomplete or done haphazardly is a sure way of failing at the makeover pictured in your plans. According to Lowe’s Hardware Store, the first step and the Key step in painting is prep! It is essential to get excellent results and to evade issues while painting.

Prepping your walls for new paint can be done with just little extra time and effort. There are a few necessary steps that hold the key to the ideal renovation you imagined.

Clear the Working Area

Remove all of the furniture out of the room. For items that cannot be moved, make sure to place a tarp over all your things to avoid splattering the wood or upholstery with paint. As well, avoid putting the furniture in the hallway or where they could quickly get damaged. You may even want to consider renting a storage unit until all the paint is applied and is dry. Remember, be professional in your work. The homeowners can always look on you to see how the work is coming along, especially when they aren’t home.

Protect the Floors

It is essential to cover the hardwood floors or carpet before you begin working. Don’t be cheap and use newspaper. Invest in professional drop cloths that are durable. A cut-rate tarp easily rips and tears, which will undoubtedly expose areas on the floor.

Cover all Fixtures

Make sure to cover all fixtures such as plug-in covers. Also, cover sensors and make sure alarms are turned off. Otherwise, the alarm could easily be damaged or set off when you least expect it. Other items that need to be covered are window sills, baseboards (if you plan on a different color or they are wood), doors, brick, the phone jack and other items you want to protect.

There are various professional tapes you can use for covering fixtures. Ideally, you should get the blue or green painter’s tape. Professional painters tape will save you a lot of time when you need to remove it. Other tapes rip and tear when you try to remove them.

Wall Hangings Need to Come Down

Always take wall hangings down such as pictures or clocks. Never paint on the wall hangings. Not only does it make a job look very tacky, but

Prepare the Walls

Make sure to clean the walls before you paint them. Cleaning the walls will prevent dirt and grime from actually bleeding through the new paint. Also, you need to prep the walls by making sure all holes are filled such as nail holes, hairline cracks or small dents.

Rendering to Home Guides, you can use spackle or traditional joint compound depending on the size of the hole. Make sure to allow the spackle to dry before applying paint. Typically, spackle or joint compound dries within 24 hours. Also, before you paint make sure to sand the area that you spackled. It needs to be smooth.

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