Archive for December, 2015

Try These DIY Last-Minute New Year’s Decorations

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

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Well, 2015 is has come to a close and it’s time for the New Year! We’ve had an awesome time this year in 2015, and we hope you have too. This past year has been outstanding, and we look forward to continuing the fun in 2016!

Since the holidays are so busy, some may run out of time for preparing New Year’s decor. But don’t worry, there are plenty of quick and easy last-minute DIY decorations for New Year’s celebration. Here’s a list of some of our favorite ideas:

New Year’s Party Colors

For New Year’s eve celebrations, traditional colors include gold and silver. In particular, sparkling and glittering materials will work well no matter what your overall theme. Your guests will associate the metallic sparkle with prosperity, festivity, and fireworks. Black and white also work well and tends to add a bit of class to the atmosphere.

Spray Paint Jars Gold

This is a simple way to add some shine to your party. Gather up some empty jars and spray paint them gold. These can be used to hold streamers, noisemakers, confetti, or other items for the festivities. They also look fantastic on their own! Try using some gold glitter as well for added effect. This effect works very well with bottles and other glass containers also.

Confetti Balloons

Confetti balloons are super easy to make—use a funnel to get some confetti inside of a balloon while it’s deflated. Then, when you blow the balloon up, it will come alive with the confetti shaking around inside of it. This works best of course with translucent or clear balloons. Again, feel free to be generous with the gold and silver for this one.

Use Wrapping Paper Generously

Plain gold or silver wrapping paper is your best friend for last-minute New Year’s eve decorations. There are so many uses. For instance, wrap “2016” cardboard number cutouts for large welcome displays. Or, you can also create hanging cardboard mobiles in any shape you like, and wrap those with gold or silver—the possibilities are endless.

Dress up Your Champagne Glasses

If you’re using disposable champagne glasses, try adding some gold stickers on the sides of the glasses or on the stems. You can even have your guests add them so everyone knows which glass is theirs! For non-disposable glassware, try tying small pieces of black felt ribbons onto the stems for miniature velvet bow ties. Classy!

Candle Centerpieces

Adding  gold or silver candles to your centerpieces can really brighten up your table arrangements. This looks especially sophisticated when paired with black and white table settings—the candle will create the perfect touch of metallic accent.

2016 Candles

Set aside 4 candles—preferably wider ones—and decorate each of them in glitter with the numbers 2-0-1-6, so the set spells out 2016. These will look charming wherever you decide to put them. You can even have a celebratory lighting ceremony when the ball drops!

The main thing is to have fun and enjoy the festivities! Right now is also the best time for new changes. If you’d like to usher in the new year with some brand new interior design options, furniture rental may be the best option for you. Visit us today at Signature Furniture Rental to learn how you can benefit from our furniture rental selections and packages.

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Warm Color Decor Ideas for Winter

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Warm Color Decor Ideas for Winter

The “visual temperature” of your home should typically contrast with what’s going on outdoors. In the summer, when it’s hot outside, you want the inside of your home to look cooler. During the colder winter months, you may want a warmer, cozier indoor atmosphere.

Thus, winter is the time to use warm colors to evoke a feeling of warmth, comfort, and security. This week, we’ll show you can use colors to create the type of atmosphere you’re looking for.

General Color Principles

So, just what are “warm” colors? The palette of colors is divided into “warm” and “cool” colors. Warm colors include reds, oranges, yellows, and beiges. Cool colors would include blues, greens, and greys. For winter months, you’ll want the room to be predominantly filled with warmer colors.

The hue of the warm color is important as well. For instance, when selecting a red, you might not want a Ferrari red as that might be too hot. Instead, you may opt for a darker red hue that indicates a more earthy feel. You don’t need to limit yourself to a specific color or shade; it helps to think in terms of a predominant color and corresponding accents.

You’re in Control!

Choose which colors you want in order to create the feel you’re looking for. Here’s a key for some warm color winter associations and symbolizations:

  • Red = fire, bright warmth, Santa, Rudolph, mistletoe

  • Orange = security, glowing warmth, embers, pumpkin pie

  • Yellow = cheer, joy, gold, gifts, festivity, optimism (great for New Year’s)

  • Beige or off-white = comfort, satisfaction, eggnog, cream

  • Browns = earthiness, hot cocoa, reindeer, chocolate

Also, it helps to use some touches of cool colors, as these will provide balance to your themes. Using only oranges and yellows for instance, might create a look that says “fall and Thanksgiving” instead of winter. Certain color combinations are distinctly associated with winter, such as red and green, or gold, silver and white—don’t be afraid to mix things up!

Specific Ideas: Accentuate Sources of Heat

Now that you have a grasp of color principles, here are some specific ideas to try:

  • Emphasize the hearth or fireplace—Metallic objects and earthenware tend to retain heat longer than other substances. Place bronze or chocolate vases near the fireplace or on the mantle to accentuate the idea of warmth coming from there. You can also decorate the mantle with pots that are red, yellow, or orange—the colors of a flame.

  • Focus on the windows—Light is another source of heat. Your eye will “color” the light coming from the windows depending on what type of curtains or blinds you use. Using browns or reddish oranges can help tone the entire feel of the room down to warmer and more muted; if you want the room to feel more ethereal, use a lighter shade like a yellow.

  • Cover your chairs and sofas—Bare chairs and seating areas often create a feeling of emptiness and a space that’s too open and breezy. By tossing a caramel or orange throw blanket across your couch, you can make the area appear to be warmer.

  • Introduce more pillows—Pillows and other small items are great for use as complementary color decorations. For instance, if your sofa is brown, red pillowcases on your sofa’s throw pillows can create a nice contrast and balance in your living room.

Warm colors can transform your home’s interior into a quiet refuge from the colder winter elements. If you need more extensive interior design options, contact us at Signature Furniture Rental for furniture packages and room design selections. We have furniture rental options to help you create stunning looks for the winter season. Stop by today and experience the benefits of renting furniture.

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DIY Christmas Decor That Won’t Break the Bank

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

One of the best parts of Christmastime holidays is the decorating. Warm Christmas decor can help your guests feel welcome and at home at your place. This is your opportunity to showcase your creativity and to create an inviting atmosphere for friends and family.

This year, you don’t have to let Christmas decor be a drain on your resources. Here’s a list of 7 DIY Christmas decor ideas that won’t break the bank. These involve a minimum of materials which you probably already have in your house.

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Where to Find Your Winter Wonderland in San Diego

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Where to Find Your Winter Wonderland in San Diego

San Diego is known for being one of the most spirited cities in America. Whether it be for a Chargers game, a Padres game, or a military celebration, we love to get all decked out and dressed up for special occasions, especially the winter holidays. Participation is a key word around here—so many neighborhoods and establishments love to participate in all the holiday festivities and decorations.

If you’re looking for activities, lights displays, and elaborate decorations to visit in San Diego County, here are some suggestions for you to try out.

 

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Best Holiday Parties, Festivals, and Events Around San Diego

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Best Holiday Parties, Festivals and Events Around San Diego

The holiday season has arrived! Thanksgiving has come and gone, so now it’s time to prepare for the winter holidays.

San Diego is known for being an easy-going city with plenty to do in terms of entertainment and nightlife; this is especially true for the holiday season. If you’re looking for exciting parties and events, San Diego has so much to offer. Here’s a handful of popular parties and gatherings to attend around San Diego.

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