FIRST THINGS FIRST


What to Do First: Paint or Buy Furniture?


Giving your place a fresh makeover is always exciting, whether you are moving into a new home, or planning on fixing up various spaces in your current abode. It takes a lot of energy flipping through home and style magazines, scouring Pinterest boards for design inspiration, not to mention trips to every supply store imaginable, and even having consultations with professionals or knowledgeable friends.

A common contested issue that sparks a great debate among homeowners is deciding what to do first: paint your walls, or buy furniture. The answer is not so cut-and-dry; it changes depending on your priorities and finances. Here’s how to make the choice that works best for you.

What’s Your Budget?

Sprucing up your home not only means you have to invest your time — you also have to invest some money. Buying a beautiful hand-crafted wooden table, or that lovely leather couch is a significant expense on its own. There is no question that nice pieces of furniture add an elegant, modern or rustic aesthetic to your living spaces, and as such you might want them to be the main focal point. But, regardless of if you are buying one stand-alone piece or replacing all the furniture in a room, the cost adds up.

Paint, on the other hand, is less of a financial investment. It still isn’t cheap — it may run you a couple hundred bucks or more, depending on how many rooms you are painting — but it’s definitely more affordable than putting all your money towards a designer chair. And, paint is the easiest way to give your space a new look. Think about what matters most to you, and where you want to spend your money first.

Making Bold Decisions


Have you always loved bright, dynamic colours? Painting accent walls and picking out complementary décor will liven up your space, giving it that extra flare. If you are dead set on painting your bedroom a vibrant teal blue and you’d be happy purchasing furniture later, don’t let others deter you from driving your artistic vision forward. That said, selecting a rich, colour-popping piece of furniture first can provide a similar, eye-catching result without the use of a bold paint. It all depends on your priorities.

However, keep in mind that it is less costly to repaint your walls if you get tired of the bold colour. Returning furniture may not always be an option, as some sales are final, so read the fine print. If you get bored of that bright red sectional, you may end up spending more money replacing it with another one if you can’t switch the upholstery (and even if you can, you’ll still be stuck with that added expense).

Try Before You Buy

Looking at paint chips or fabric swatches in the store is great, but it won’t help you decide on a colour scheme. Never buy or decide on your colours in-store. Why? Lighting affects everything and brings out colour undertones, which are subtle hues of other colours that pop out underneath the primary colour (also known as a mass tone). Not all colours go well together, and undertones with green or pink, whether it’s in your paint or in your fabric, can be especially hard to match.

When deciding on paint, it’s best to buy a sample and paint a swatch on your wall first. Examine it during different times of day, with the lights on or off, before you commit. With fabric, you can order samples online or ask for some in stores, to help you determine what textures, materials, and colours will work in your space. Mixing and matching fabric and paint swatches in your home is a fun way of figuring out what goes well together, before putting your credit card down.

Find Furniture You Love

Since there are endless colours to choose from when selecting a paint versus fabric, choose the furniture you love that goes with your personal style and tastes. It can be tough to find comfortable couches or chairs if your colour palette is limited based on the paint you chose. So, making the case for purchasing furniture first: focus on comfort, style, whatever aesthetic you prefer, and worry about finding a complementary paint colour afterwards. You definitely won’t be as limited with this approach and can have fun experimenting with the look you want to create. Invest in a piece you enjoy, rather than settling for mediocre furniture to match the walls.

So, what’s the bottom line? There is no right or wrong answer to buying furniture or painting your walls first because it comes down to personal preference and your budget. However, when purchasing furniture first, once you find a paint colour that will work on accentuating or complementing those pieces, be sure to paint your walls before moving your furniture into the space. It’s easier to paint without bulky items in the way, or worrying about buying enough drop-sheets to cover everything properly. Be practical in your approach, and have fun exploring different paint and fabric options when you decide to liven up your space!


DESIGNER HOME


When is Hiring an Interior Designer Worth It?


To hire an interior designer or not to hire an interior designer? This is a common question that many homeowners ask themselves when renovating or redecorating their home. Many have the perception that interior designers are just meant for the rich and famous, when in reality they serve a very practical purpose for everyone. Take a look at these 6 instances if you are a little confused or unsure of when hiring a designer is really worth it.

1) When you are looking to put your home up for sale and increase your property value


Even if you are not planning on putting your house up for sale in the immediate future, an interior designer can create picture perfect living spaces that are bound to get you a serious return on investment. By showcasing the true potential of the space with a more put together aesthetic, it is more likely that your home will spend less time on the market and will go for more money than anticipated.


2) When you are too busy to do it all by yourself


Taking on a home redesign takes a whole lot of time and effort, something that is a luxury for most of us. It is your designer’s full time job to take on your renovation with every and any obstacle that lies in the way. You can carry on with the rest of your life knowing that your interior designer will have it all covered, completely avoiding any headaches.

3) When you are open for suggestions


A lot of people have some sort of idea of what they want their living spaces to look like with particular colours or styles, but they don’t have it all figured out. By giving your interior designer some key ideas of what you are looking for, you can leave them to fill in the blanks with their professional knowledge and advice.


4) When you are looking to save money (in the long run)


Most people do not look to hire an interior designer for their remodels because they believe that they are too expensive, when in reality they will end up saving you money in the long run. You do not have to worry about ordering the wrong materials or the wrong sizes and then having to repurchase everything, or painting the walls the wrong shade of yellow and then having to repaint them 3 additional times. These little mistakes can add up, but hiring an interior designer will allow you to avoid all of these obstacles, and in turn save some money.

5) When you are doing a complete remodel of your home


If you are doing a complete renovation or reconfiguration of your home, it can be difficult as the homeowner to see the potential of the space in a different way. Maybe you are stuck on your current kitchen layout or the house’s floor plan that having an outside, professional opinion can really help you see the space in a completely different light.


6) When you are inexperienced with the renovation process


Many homeowners go into a renovation with little or no experience whatsoever, which can make the process way more difficult than it needs to be. Interior designers have a certain number of contacts for every sort of tradesperson needed for your job so you can rest assured knowing that you won’t be ripped off or lead astray by a contractor. Interior designers know the right questions to ask and the right people to answer them.


WINTER RENOVATIONS



The 5 Best Winter Renovation Projects to Take On


Due to the cold and snowy weather, most people tend to disregard the winter months when they think of home renovation. Despite this, the winter can be a great time to tackle these projects as it is easier to find a contractor to hire than it would be during any other time of the year. Don’t be intimidated by the weather as there are so many indoor winter renovation projects that can be done that can make a huge impact on your home and everyday life.

Organize/Remodel Your Closet
 

This weather can bring out a lazy side in a lot of us and spaces like closets have a tendency to get cluttered quickly. While avoiding the outdoors, take the time to organize your closet and create a space that is easily accessible, tidy, and easy to maintain. If you do not already have a closet organizational system that works for you, look to hire someone to build one for you. Whether it is just a few extra shelves and racks, or an entire walk-in closet, it will make the world of difference.


Interior Painting
 

Painting is such a simple and inexpensive way to make a drastic change to any room. The dark winter months may inspire you to paint with lighter and brighter colours which will give the space a more modern feel. Although the thought of painting during the colder months intimidates some, windows do not even need to be opened if the paint being used is environmentally friendly and waterborne, as they do not have virtually any fumes.


Crown Moulding
 

Installing crown moulding in your home is the perfect way to add some character and to give the place an upscale feel to it. Although it may seem like an unnecessary task, there is no doubt it creates a wow factor and will increase your resale value if you ever decide to sell your home.


Reupholster Furniture
 

Purchasing a whole new set of furniture can not only be costly, but it can also be difficult if you have a strict colour and/or material preference. By reupholstering furniture you already own, you can not only choose the exact material and colour that you want, but you can also save a whole lot of money that can be put toward something else for the room. Sometimes a little facelift is all you need!


Update Light Fixtures
 

Looking to light up your space in a new way? Updating your light fixtures can make a big difference, whether you are installing a statement chandelier or just a few more potlights. It is a fairly inexpensive renovation to undergo and one that can really make a noticeable difference.


HOME COZY HOME



6 Ways to Keep Your Home Warm and Cozy This Winter


To say that this winter has been a cold one would be an understatement. There is no doubt that the weather the last few weeks has lead you to question why on earth you live in a place where it gets to -30 degrees celsius, because I know I have. Although we cannot do anything about the weather, we can ensure that our homes stay cozy amidst all of the snow and slush. Here are some easy tips.

Add Some Area Rugs


It has been said that up to 10% of heat escapes out from your floors, making area rugs a great addition to any room not just because of the colour and style they bring, but also for their practical use. Just another reason to purchase that beautiful rug that you have been eyeing forever.


Use Your Fireplace


Fireplaces are the best when living in a cold climate. There is nothing like sitting beside the fire with friends and family, defrosting from the weather outside. It is important to have your fireplace (gas fireplace and wood burning) inspected before the winter season in order to ensure that it works and is safe.


Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse


This may seem like a silly idea but this actually works to keep a room warm. When fans circulate clockwise, they direct the warm air downward toward you.



Seal All Windows and Doors


Ensure that all of your windows and doors are completely sealed from the outside as this can dramatically increase your energy bills and make your home cold. This may seem like an obvious tip, yet most people tend to ignore the drafts of cold air coming from their doors and windows.


Change Your Sheets


Your bed: the comfy and cosiest place in your home. If you find yourself still a little chilly laying in bed during these dark and frigid winter nights, look to invest in some warm sheets. Flannel is a great material for warm winter sheets as it is thick and does a good job of insulating your body heat. If all else fails, add some comfy throw blankets too!


Seal Off Any Unused Rooms


This is the simplest little trick to use in order to keep your home as cozy as possible. By closing the doors to any rooms that you do not regularly use, you are preventing the warm air from moving around to other parts of your house.

Keep warm!


SNOW MORE SHOVELLING



What to Look for in a Snow Removal Company


Living in Canada means we’re lucky enough to have 4 distinct seasons that show us all the beauties of nature. It also means we spend half of the year freezing and shovelling ourselves out of several feet of snow. If you’ve had enough of waking up early to dig yourself out of snow banks, then it’s time to call in a professional to deal with your snow removal. Here’s what to look for in a company before you hire.


Communicates and Listens


Like any good relationship, the foundation between you and your snow removal company should be built on solid communication. If you find that a company has a hard time getting back to you, doesn’t answer their phone most of the time, is always rescheduling or forgetting appointments, these are all signs that they do not have good communication skills. Instead, look for a company that responds in a timely manner and actually answers your questions when you have them.

Every home is different and will require different snow maintenance. If a company says they have it covered but do not offer any specific examples or options of how they’re going to help you, this isn’t the company for the job. Find a company that listens to your unique needs and offers a solution.


Provides a Contract and Sticks to It


It is very important that the company provides you with a signed contract. You’ve made an agreement with the company and you expect them to honour it. Make sure that you get the terms in writing as part of a formal contract signed by both parties. Should the company not uphold their end of the agreement, the contract will be there to help you out should the matter have to escalate.

Snow is unpredictable but your contract shouldn’t be. Make sure the contract contains a plan for emergencies or extreme weather. You want to be covered should anything happen, and you want to know exactly what that process will be if and when it does. Having a valid contract also means that there will be no surprises when your bill arrives. Make sure that the pricing you agreed to is correctly reflected in the contract and do not sign if there are discrepancies.


Has Professional Working Standards


When considering a company, ask about the type of insurance they offer. If they do not offer insurance, do not hire them. You want to find a company with insurance that covers you should anyone fall on your property. Not all insurance is the same so be sure to ask specifically if you’re covered for falls and accidents.

You should also ask the company about how its employees are treated. Snow removal is a hard job and workers are often overworked, especially when hit with snow storms. Find out about the company’s policies when it comes to proper safety standards. If they do not want to share this information or it seems vague, that’s a sign the company does not have proper standards in place.


Is Well Reviewed


This isn’t to say you shouldn’t take a chance on a new company; however, hiring a company with proven results and past customers will make your hiring decision easier. Check out their reviews and pay attention to how people describe their interactions with the company. Were they polite? On time? How was the quality of work? All of these things will be listed in an effective review.

Do not just look at the positive reviews; a lot can be learned from negative reviews. Not only can you read about potential problems previous customers have had, you can also see how the company deals with complaints and criticism. A company that provides good customer service on a negative review is more likely to provide good customer service when problems arise. Be sure to read both positive and negative reviews to see the whole picture.
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FIRE IT UP


6 Creative Ways to Decorate Your Fireplace Mantel


Fireplaces are a great addition to any room, not only for their practical use, but also for their ability to add character and appeal. As they tend to be the focal point of the room, it is important that one knows how to decorate them in order to prevent an eye sore within the room. Take a look at this list of 6 items to decorate your fireplace mantel at home.
 

Art


This is probably one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of fireplace mantel decor. It is a great way to add some interest to the room, and potentially even a pop of colour. The only downfall of this option is the price factor as art tends to run at higher end of most people’s budgets.



Mirror


If you want to add some detail to your living space but do not want to spend a ton of money on some art, a mirror is the perfect solution. Mirrors are also a great addition to smaller rooms as they reflect light, making the space seem larger and brighter than it actually is. Because of all of this, mirrors tend to be a popular option for fireplace mantel decor.



Television


Mounting your television over top of your fireplace tends to be a popular option for many living room spaces. Despite this, some find a television an eye sore and therefore are turned off by this option. Have no fear, there are many options that you can purchase that are meant to hide your television from plain sight when it is not being used. The photo below is just one example of how this can be done, but many install small, sliding barn doors, or shutters.


Greenery


Who doesn’t like a little greenery in a room? Instead of placing plants on coffee or side tables, try adding them to your fireplace mantel in order to add some colour to the space. This option is more practical for those who do not tend to light their fireplace often as the plant may potentially die from the heat provided by the fireplace (depending on the plant).


Seasonal Decorations


Adding some seasonal decorations to your fireplace mantel is a sure fire way to create a festive vibe within your home. Although we tend to think of Christmas when we think of seasonal fireplace decor, get creative and decorate for other holidays around the calendar like Halloween, Valentine’s Day or Easter.


Lighting


Little lamps like these are a cute addition to any sort of living space, whether it be a living room or bedroom. Practical and stylish, adding lighting above your fireplace is a great option if you do not have a working fireplace. Opt for warmer coloured light bulbs to mimic the glow of a real fire.


Fireplaces provide more than just warmth on the chilliest of days, they become focal points within the room. This is why it is so necessary to decorate them in a way that showcases their design potential. 


READY FOR WINTER


9 Essential Steps to Winterize Your Home


It is official, the cold weather is finally here which means it is time to winterize your home in order to protect it for the next few chilly months to come. These few preventive measures will go a long way in saving you money on your energy bills, keeping your home warm, and ensuring that your property is safe.
 

1. Clean your gutters and downspouts
 

If your gutters have not been cleaned before winter, the water will not drain and will therefore freeze, which in turn will cause more blockage in your gutters. This can cause serious problems as the melting ice and snow can then make its way into your roof, or your foundation, making for some pricey and time-consuming repairs that can be avoided.


2. Have your roof evaluated
 

While you or a hired professional are cleaning the gutters, be sure to have your roof checked for any potential repairs that need to be done. Make sure that your roof does not have any missing or damaged shingles, and if it does, look to get them replaced as soon as possible. It is important to pay attention to the projections of the roof as this tends to be the site of leaks.

3. Invest in weather stripping for your windows and doors
 

Weather stripping can be found at just about any hardware store and an affordable price and is an effective way to keep the cold air out of your home. It is relatively easy to install and works to prevents air leaks coming from your doors and windows. An easy way to reduce your monthly heating bill.

4. Replace screen doors with storm doors
 

All screen doors and window screens should be replaced with storm doors and windows in an effort to reduce your heating bills. This little step can go a long way.

5. If you have a wood burning fireplace, have the chimney inspected by a professional
 

After months of ignoring your fireplace, it is important to have a professional look at its condition and to check for any animal nests. The chimney tends to be a common source of leaks and other problems, so it is imperative that it get serviced before its first use.


6. Have your heating system serviced by a professional
 

After months turned off, it is important that you have someone out to investigate your system in order to avoid a serious problem that leaves you without heat in the dead of winter.

7. Clean or replace your furnace filter
 

You can either have your heating system technician do this for you when they arrive for your seasonal maintenance, or you can do this yourself. Changing the filters just ensures that you are breathing clean air in your home.

8. Protect pipes from freezing
 

A burst pipe due to cold weather can be one of the most costly home repairs, but you need not worry, it can be avoided as long as you protect your pipes. During extremely cold weather, allow for your faucets to ever-so-lightly drip as this will allow much needed relief for your pipes. Cover up any holes in your walls in order to keep the cold air away from your pipes. When away on vacation or out of the house for an extended period of time, do not turn down your thermostat too much as your pipes need this warmth to keep from freezing.

9. Stock up on winter essentials
 

Things like salt, antifreeze, shovels etc. are important to have on hand during a snowfall, so be sure to stock up on these items. If you own a snowblower, take it in to get serviced as it is likely that it will not run properly after months of non use. Be prepared as you do not want to be stuck without these essentials!


LET'S PARTY LIKE IT'S 2018



Small Space Party Planning


This time of year means packed schedules full of seeing family and friends at different occasions. With all the hustle and bustle going on, it’s likely you will be hosting something at your home this holiday season. While we all don’t have ample space for entertaining in our homes, it’s still possible to throw a festive and fun shin dig that doesn’t cramp everyone’s style.

Plan The Right Party

A bachelor apartment is not be the best choice for a 25 people sit down dinner, but just because you’re tight on space doesn’t mean you can’t have people over. Take a walk through your home and really think about how many people you can comfortably fit inside. This will help dictate the type of party you will plan.

Smaller homes are better suited to smaller gatherings, so consider throwing a cocktail or intimate dinner party. The point is to get people together and enjoy each other’s company, not to get as many people inside as possible. Take the time to make a thoughtful guestlist. If you can only invite 8 people, make sure those 8 people will get along so everyone will have an enjoyable time.

Prepare Your Place

Now that you know what kind of party your home can handle, it’s time to prepare for it. Begin by decluttering. Remove anything from table tops that isn’t relevant to the party. Store your decorative coffee table books, candles and other tchotchkes away for the evening. They don’t have to be organized, put them in a box under your bed to get them out of the way for now.

Make sure you clear off your kitchen countertops as this is valuable party real estate. Put away personal items and remove your countertop appliances. No one will know a juicer and a toaster is hidden in your linen closet except you.

Your place doesn’t have to be spotless, you are about to have a bunch of people over who are sure to make a mess. Do take the time to wipe down surfaces, clean your bathroom and do a quick sweep of the floor. If you have pets that tend to shed, vacuum and lint roll the couch. You may not mind Fluffy’s fur on your pants but your guests might.

Get Creative With What You Have

When you’re tight on space you need to get creative. Clear off a shelf on a bookcase and use it as a makeshift bar or store appetizers on trays placed in a windowsill. Anything that has a flat surface can be used to hold something so put your surfaces to work at your party.

Another great way to get creative is to think vertically. Serve food on tiered trays and risers. Not only does this help make your home look party ready, it also saves you valuable space. You can also think vertically by taking advantage of wall space for decorations. Use banners, streamers, and garlands to jazz up your home.

Don’t be afraid to move things from room to room and repurpose items. If your dining room table takes up too much space in the kitchen, move it to the living room, push it against a wall and use it as a buffet table. You can also remove items that will get in the way to other rooms or perhaps store them at a friendly neighbour’s for the night. No space in the fridge for drinks? Fill your sink (or bathtub!) with ice and use it as a cooler. There are no rules when it comes to a small space party.

Set The Mood

Now that your home is ready for guests, there are a couple of things to consider the night of. Make sure you have a way of keeping your home’s temperature comfortable. No one wants to be at an uncomfortably hot party. Open your windows and consider having a fan in the kitchen if you can afford the space.

Music always gets a party started. Create a playlist that goes along with the night. Think about what activities you have in store and try to match them with the music. With so many online options for music these days, consider including a link to party playlist in your invite. This way your guests can add the songs they want to hear.

Have a designated space for coats and bags. Whether that’s your bed or a rented coat rack, make sure there’s a spot where people can drop off their items. If it’s not freezing and snowy where you live, take advantage of outdoor space and keep coats outside on a deck or porch.


HOUSE VS CONDO RENO


The Differences of House and Condo Renovation



Regardless of the size of your space, owning a roof over your head involves a fair share of maintenance and upkeep. Some people enjoy condo living, while others prefer a house with a backyard. And, when you are planning to renovate your property, houses and condos play by different rules. Read on to discover what to keep in mind before you start your next project!

Permits & Approvals


If you own a house and want to renovate, you will likely need to apply for a building permit and perform site inspections, depending on the type and scope of work involved. For example, under the Ontario Building Code Act, you need a permit to do things like finish your basement, add a garage, update your windows or doors to ensure they are to code, add a pool fence enclosure, and build a deck in your backyard. Building and construction permits on each project may vary from province to province, and within cities. However, even if you don’t need a permit, you are still required to be in compliance with your zoning by-laws. Always do your research beforehand if you are unsure.

As for condominiums, some renovations don’t require a building permit – but you will need the approval of your condo board and property managers before starting any work. All requests for renovation work must go through the appropriate channels to ensure that you are complying with the rules of the condo, in addition to being aware of other tenants’ concerns. The condo board has final say in your proposal, so make sure you are correctly organized, include as much information as possible, and be respectful of their decisions.

Building Layouts & Restrictions


The most apparent difference between houses and condos is the size of each space. Homes are larger and typically have their own structural integrity. You have more flexibility when it comes to deciding what to renovate first and generally can carry out your vision with the right tools, professional help, proper planning, and permits. For instance, you can knock down walls, change your layout from room to room, or even expand your home with an addition. As for building materials, that is a personal preference, but homeowners have a wide range of options (e.g. hardwood floors, lighting, masonry). Most home renovation projects are possible with the right budget.

With condos, it is trickier. Space is finite – in most cases, you cannot alter the layout of your unit – and you are limited by the overall structure of the building. Drafting and submitting a detailed proposal in advance of any renovation work is crucial. You must get buy-in from your board, property managers, and even other tenants. Condo owners should not expect to tear down a wall, or a pillar, or even renovate any common areas of the building (e.g. windows, balcony, or front door), without checking with the condo board first. Building materials can be limited to what is approved by the board. For instance, many condos will not allow you to install hardwood floors due to vibrations and noise levels. Go in with an open mind if your initial reno changes due to restrictions imposed by your board: be willing to adapt and alter your plans, if necessary.

When Can I Renovate?


Noise by-laws set the standard for when you can work on your renovation project during the day. In residential areas in Toronto, you are allowed to work on noisy projects from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Construction is not permitted on Sundays or statutory holidays. However, in Calgary, the by-laws differ: you can work from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. Look up the noise restriction policies as a courtesy to your neighbours, especially if you think your reno will resonate. Failure to keep your noise levels quiet outside of these hours can result in a fine.

If you live in a condo, you may be further restricted in your hours of operation. As always, defer to your condo board’s rules about noise levels so as not to disrupt neighbouring units. Also, if you have contractors moving various materials in and out of your unit, you will likely need to book an elevator, coordinate parking spaces, figure out where a waste bin can be placed, etc. This will require advance planning but will help speed up the process of renovating and cleaning up any debris. If you have a short window of time to work on your renovation, ensuring you have an organized flow of traffic in and out of the building will definitely make your project run more efficiently.

Planning for the Future


As with any renovation, one big question to ask is: how will this increase the value of my property if I decide to sell? Getting a return on your investment is always something to consider, even if you don’t plan on moving right away. For homeowners, renovating your bathroom, kitchen, or basement – virtually anything – can often benefit you down the road. Your home should have a consistent style, and support the quality of the neighbourhood to appeal to potential buyers.

Again in the case of condo owners, renovations are limited by the layout and functionality of your unit. Any changes you make must adhere to the overall quality of the building. For example, if you invest your money in a high-end reno in a much older building, you will not necessarily see a high return. And, you could risk having to revert back to its previous condition. Talk to your board about what other units have done in the past, and see if you can incorporate that into your vision.

Overall, there are many things to consider when planning a minor or major renovation in your house or condo. Communicating with your neighbours and any appropriate boards, following the by-laws, asking questions and doing your own research will help guide you through the process. This will save you a lot of time and energy before even picking up a hammer.


A COZY NOOK


How to Build the Perfect, Cozy Reading Nook


Life moves fast, and sometimes it is hard to find time to slow down and take time for yourself. By creating a cozy reading nook in your home, your own personal paradise, we guarantee you will be more inclined to take that much needed time to unwind after a long day, and flip through your favorite book.

Find a Quiet Spot


The perfect reading spot can be just about anywhere in your house; a corner in your living room, a window seat in your bedroom, or even an awkward and unused space you have in a hallway. Just about anything will work as long as you can guarantee that it will allow you some peace and quiet.



Add Some Comfy Seating


The next step in creating the perfect reading nook is to pick a comfy place to sit. Consider options such as couches or chairs, but if you are looking to create a really special spot, look into building some sort of window seat in a room. The more comfortable the spot, the more time you will want to spend there and read.



Let There Be Light


Lighting is quite an important aspect to consider when you are trying to create a cozy reading nook. Many people favour natural light over artificial light, but once the sun goes down, it is crucial to have some sort of lamp or light to rely on. Most tend to prefer a stand up lamp, but some nooks lack space, and in that case, pendant lighting works best. A spot that has both a large window and another source of artificial light, is the absolute ideal.



How About Some Pillows and Throws


There is nothing better than curling up with a few comfy pillows and a blanket, especially as the weather is getting colder. Not only can these be used to add comfort, but they can also be used to add a pop of colour to the space.



Include Some Foliage


Adding some plants or flowers is another way to add some colour to a sometimes dull space. Whether it is a large indoor tree, or a small orchid, any sort of greenery has the ability to add a sense of drama. Click here to see a guide on the easiest indoor plants for your home to give you a few ideas.



Somewhere to Store Your Books


This is an aspect that balances both functionality and style. Whether you are an avid reader and have hundreds of books to store, or you just like the look of built ins, storage is the final step in creating the perfect reading nook for your home.