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Experiment with These 5 Fun and Easy DIY Bathroom Projects

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Experiment with These 5 Fun and Easy DIY Bathroom Projects

Do-it-yourself (DIY) bathroom projects are a fun and easy way to liven up your bathroom space.  Bathroom items tend to be inexpensive, and the space is relatively small, so the projects also tend to be cost-effective. Also, you can do several projects all at once for a complete makeover, or stick to just one or two DIY projects.

Here are few DIY bathroom projects that you can try out and have fun with:

Message Candles

For this project, you’ll need some thicker candles that come in a glass case. Simply choose a message, and write in on the glass! Greetings and inspirational quotes work very well for bathroom message candles. You have several options here — you can paint directly onto the glass, use metallic paint pens, or use stencils. If you have a set of candles, you can paint one letter on each candle to form a word (sort of like baby blocks).

Experiment with These 5 Fun and Easy DIY Bathroom Projects

Bathroom Pallet Shelves

As we’ve mentioned before, DIY upcycled pallet projects are super easy, and are a fun introduction to basic woodworking. The good thing about pallet projects is that you can size them perfectly to fit in your bathroom space. You can make them wider or taller as needed, and can pretty much design the shelf space as you please.

DIY Industrial Pipe Bathroom Shelves

Along with DIY pallet projects, another upcycling project that’s perfect for bathrooms is industrial pipe shelves. Industrial pipes are strong, sturdy, and functional. You can saw them short to make little hanging nubs on the wall, or you can use them as the framing for a more traditional shelf. And, of course, the wood that you use for the shelf can come from pallets as well!

Industrial pipe shelves work excellent for bathrooms with lots of wood or stone accents and can add a nice rustic, vintage touch.

Mason Jar Storage

One of the things that can make a bathroom look messy is when supplies are strewn about all over the place. To remedy this, you can use mason jars to organize items. These are perfect for loose supplies like Q-tips and toothbrushes; they also work well for storing lotions and creams, soaps, and other liquid items. These can also be decorated with paint and other materials, and many of them now come in different colors.

If you’re not feeling the whole mason jar thing, you can opt for other jars — just make sure they’re uniform and you’ll get the same effect of eye-pleasing orderliness.

Experiment with These 5 Fun and Easy DIY Bathroom Projects

Ceramic Milk Jug Plant Pot

Milk jug plant pots are a popular item nowadays, and they look absolutely great in a bathroom setting. They work well for both real and artificial plants, and create a nice country/home-style vibe for your bathroom area. As with the message candle project, you can also paint a message on this jug-pot creation of yours!

Another idea is to have several small milk jug plant pots instead of just one. This creates a more distributed, less imposing look that’s perfect for smaller bathrooms.

With just a little bit of care and attention, your bathroom can benefit greatly from a few DIY projects. It’s also an excellent way to practice and hone your crafting and decor skills! If you need more extensive arrangement and furniture options, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have complete room packages as well as individual items to help you renovate and improve your home spaces as needed.   

April Shower Decorations for Homes and Parties

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

April Shower Decorations for Homes and Parties

A very popular theme around this time of the year is “April showers.” This is an excellent month to infuse your decor themes with all things rain- and shower-related. Also, the April showers theme is a fun backdrop for literal shower parties, such as baby showers. Decking out your home with April shower decorations is fun and easy. Here are some ideas you can try out:

Clouds With Raindrops April Shower Mobile

A simple April showers decor project you can make is a clouds + raindrops hanging mobile. All you need is a cluster of white balloons filled with helium, string, and some cutout raindrops to hang from the balloon string (the balloons will represent a rain cloud).  If you’re decorating for a party, you can also hang a sign from the mobile that says “Baby Shower” or another appropriate message. White tissue craft paper also works very well if you can’t get a hold of balloons.

Umbrellas

Umbrellas are a perfect decor item for April showers themes. For decor, you can place brightly colored umbrellas in different places to add a showery feel. For more subtle, playful effects, you can outline or cut out silhouettes from construction paper. These can then be pasted on backdrops, used for table decor, or pasted in other places, like on give-away bags.

Note: Make sure your umbrellas have a curved “J”-shaped handle. This is what distinguishes the umbrella as a rain umbrella as opposed to sun parasols, which often have straight handles.

April Shower Decorations for Homes and Parties

Rain Boot Vase

Rain boots are another iconic symbol of the rainy season. A popular trend these days is the ceramic rain boot vase. These can be used as lovely centerpieces when you fill them with your favorite flower. They also look good outside on the porch or in the garden. You can use either one boot or both boots, and they sometimes come in miniature sizes for versatility.

If you can’t find a ceramic version, you can also make a DIY version out of actual boots! Kids’ sizes work particularly well for this type of DIY project, and ribbons will add a classy touch to the piece.

Cloud Cupcakes

A popular food decor item for spring parties is cloud cupcakes. Here, the frosting on the cupcakes creates a visual representation of fluffy clouds. You can use any flavor or color for the base cupcake, but we recommend going with sky-themed colors such as blue. For added pizzaz, you can place some rainbow candies or rainbow sprinkles on them as well.

April Shower Decorations for Homes and Parties

Rainbow Highlights and Accents

Speaking of rainbows, you can’t go wrong with rainbow decor to liven up your place. In this regard, there are a ton of ways you can incorporate rainbows into your April showers themes. Here are a few:

  • Rainbow candle decor
  • Paper mache rainbow wraps around posts and sign poles
  • Rainbow cutouts
  • Rainbow streamers
  • Multi-colored rainbow confetti

You can use these rainbow options as either the central theme or as highlights and accents. They work really well as finishing touches, but either way, they look great!

We trust that you’ll have fun using these April shower decoration ideas. Whether for a party or for regular home decor, these items and ideas can really liven up your place. If you need more extensive home options, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have furniture rental items and packages that can help you achieve the look for your home that you’ve always wanted.

 

The Most Exciting DIY Front Door Ideas to Try Out

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

The Most Exciting DIY Front Door Ideas to Try Out

The front door is one of the most important parts of the house, yet it is often overlooked as a factor in home decor. Your front door and porch area are the first thing that your guests and visitors will see, and they set the tone before anyone even enters your home. In order to put your best foot forward, check out these exciting DIY front door projects that you can start on today!

Easy DIY Front Door Project: Paint the Door a Bright Color

Bright, eye-catching front doors are super fashionable right now. They create a very hip, modern, and expressive effect for the house. Popular choices include fire engine red, sun yellow, ochre/orange, or bright blue. Experiment with contrast to emphasize the door even more.

Install a Traditional Door Knocker

A knocker can make your front door landing area look very formal and stately. The most traditional design for a front door knocker is the lion’s head. It creates a sense of security and safety for the home. Other choices include cherub faces, Celtic knots, family surname monograms, and ornate braids. Colors will usually be gold, brass, silver, copper, or matte black.

Note: some knockers can be large and imposing, which is good if you’re looking for that effect. A smaller knocker can create a more inviting feeling.

The Most Exciting DIY Front Door Ideas to Try Out

Customize the Handle to Your Liking

Door handles can also enhance your home’s personality. Looking for a more rustic feel? A black-matte pull handle goes well with neutral wood colors. Looking for a more urban effect? A ruby red or emerald green glass doorknob can add a charming feel. Also, some DIYers like to go by touch and feel — for instance, you might prefer a traditional round knob over one with beveled edges.

Experiment with Classy Address Numbers

A feature of the front door area that many people overlook is the address numbers. Besides being functional, the front door address numbers also provides another opportunity to express your individuality. You can go for a more modern, minimalistic design, or for more fancy, bubbly numbers.

It’s also a great way to incorporate themes. For instance, if you live by the beach, you can create a backdrop for the numbers with anchors, surfboards, a lighthouse, or other beachy items.  

Set Up Some Holiday-Themed Decor

It goes without saying that holiday-themed decor is a must for the front door and porch area. The porch is probably the most decorated area for holidays. Whether it be Halloween pumpkins, fall wreaths, or Christmas themes, decking up the front door lets you get in the spirit. It helps to liven up the neighborhood, and also provides a nice greeting for guests.

The Most Exciting DIY Front Door Ideas to Try Out

Bonus: Change the Porchlight

Sometimes, a change of lighting can have dramatic effects on the appearance of your home, including the front door. For example, moving your current porch light to a different spot can accentuate new aspects of the area. Installing a small spotlight can highlight a wreath. Even changing the wattage or filter color of the bulb can set a different mood for your guests. String lights can do wonders, too.

Nothing says “Welcome” like a newly decorated and upgraded front door area. If you need additional home decor, design, and furniture options, you may want to consider furniture rental. It’s quick, affordable, and allows you to really maximize your creative expression. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for awesome selections for individual rental items as well as package deals.

 

The Most Exciting Football Decoration Ideas to Try Out

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The Most Exciting Football Decoration Ideas to Try Out

Fall season is in full swing, and now is the perfect time for football decoration themes. These are ideal for parties, kids’ rooms, man caves, and just overall fun home design themes. Football season runs all through the rest of 2016 and culminates with Super Bowl 51 on Feb. 5, 2017.

Thus, you can make good use of these football decoration ideas for several months! Read on to learn some of the hottest trends for football decor and party themes.

DIY Football Field Table Cover

You can make any table look like a gridiron (football field) with a few simple items. For instance, you can use an old green rug or green felt to simulate an astroturf surface; or, to keep things simple, any green table-top cover will do. Next, you can paint or color in white lines on the table for the yard lines.

If you really want to get fancy, you can paint in team logos and designs in the end zones and in the middle of the field. You can get as detailed and elaborate as you like!

Concession Stand Corner

You can set aside a corner of your serving area for a mini-concession stand. What you can do is create small vendor-type boxes (the kind that the stadium vendors carry around) using cardboard or pallet wood. Then, you can place ready-to-serve brown bags inside, which will be filled with football snack favorites, including:

  • Popcorn
  • Peanuts/mixed nuts
  • Pretzels
  • Gummy bears and other candy

You can also use the vendor boxes to hold small cardboard trays of more substantial appetizers, such as nachos, buffalo wings (always a football party hit), or loaded potato skins.  The Most Exciting Football Decoration Ideas to Try Out

Football Game Day Mason Jars

You can never really go wrong decorating mason jars to fit your needs. For football decor, simply paint them to look like football-related objects. One of our favorites is the referee one. Simply paint a few stripes and add a whistle for effect — voila! Instant referee jar. Other jars include classic football jar, and jars painted with team logos. These are perfect for holding utensils, snacks, lollipops, or give-away treats.

Here’s a cool tip to remember: College footballs have the white stripes on both ends; NFL (pro) game balls don’t have the stripes.

Cheerleader Themes

Cheerleader themes compliment football themes very well, especially for Little League, high school, and college football. To create cheerleader decor, two items usually stand out as immediately recognizable: Pom-poms and megaphones. You can easily make mini pom-poms using twisted twine, shiny ribbons, or other materials. Megaphones can easily be cut out from cardboard or cardstock; if you have actual hand megaphones, you can use them as instant decor as well!

The Most Exciting Football Decoration Ideas to Try Out

Football Equipment Decor

Here’s a list of football equipment that also makes excellent decor backdrop. If you have any of these laying around (or any miniature versions), they make great additions for your setup. Or, you can usually cut these out using stencils and cardboard:

  • Helmets
  • Referee whistles
  • Field goal posts
  • Kicking tees
  • Footballs (of course)
  • Stadiums
  • Cleats
  • Shoulder pads

The rounder items, like helmets and the football, make excellent shapes for baked treats such as cookies, cake pops, and cakes.

There are tons of football decor ideas and projects — these are just a few to get you started. If you need complete interior decoration and furniture ideas, you may want to give furniture rental a try. At Signature Furniture Rental, we offer exciting rental packages, individual items, and accessories to help give your home or office the revamp it needs!

Top Halloween Trends 2016: Popular Decor Themes to Try

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Top Halloween Trends 2016: Popular Decor Themes to Try

Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. You get to dress up, decorate the house, and overall have a blast with lots of candy. Most Halloween decor schemes can be somewhat the same from year to year. To avoid getting stale, check out the different Halloween themes 2016 has to offer. There are plenty of sources of inspiration to draw from that will keep you current and up to date. Try some of these out!

Inflatable Black Cat Lawn Decoration

Inflatable lawn decorations are really popular during Christmas and the winter holidays. You might recall seeing inflatable reindeer, Santas, etc. But they’ve become so popular that they’ve also made their way onto Halloween lawns. In particular, a really popular and trendy piece is the inflatable black cat. These are giant-sized cats that look like they’re ready to pounce on trick-or-treaters.

Some of them are fancy with lights and mechanized movement. While they’re more fun and cartoonish than sinister, be sure you don’t scare off the neighbor’s dogs!

Zombie Mania: ‘Zombify’ Any Costume or Decoration

A continuing trend from the past few years is the zombie costume trend. Zombies have been popular since the 1950s, but they owe a lot of their recent spotlight treatment to the TV show “The Walking Dead.”

One of the best things about the zombie theme is that you can “zombify” any costume or decoration. For instance, you can have a zombie Incredible Hulk or a zombie Captain America theme. Zombie themes work well for yard decor and can replace traditional skeleton decorations. Rather than skeletons, have a zombie hiding behind a bush, emerging from the ground, or sitting on a rocking chair on the porch.

Bonus: We’re pretty sure an election theme will be huge this Halloween as well. Zombie presidential candidates? You betcha!

Top Halloween Trends 2016: Popular Decor Themes to Try

Super Intricate Pumpkin Carving Art

Jack O’ Lanterns will always and forever be the most iconic Halloween decoration. But this year, the trend appears to be super intricate, delicate, highly detailed pumpkin carving art. These can be traditional themes like faces (more like portraits actually), but they can also involve entire mosaics and abstract designs as well.

Part of this trend appears to stem from more specific tools and carving implements, but really the source of pumpkin art is talent and skill. If you’ve got what it takes, try your hand at some carving art. Your neighbors will love it, and you can snag a picture of it for posterity.

Cosplay/Comic-Related Themes

As always, Comic-Con and all things comic and cosplay-related are a year-round thing here in San Diego. As mentioned in a previous post, Comic-Con themes are good not just for costumes, but also for home decor. Kick your interior and exterior Halloween decor up a notch by incorporating your favorite comic theme. Popular themes this year will be Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Avengers, X-Men, Batman, and Superman.

Top Halloween Trends 2016: Popular Decor Themes to Try

By incorporating some of these concepts, your Halloween setup at your house is sure to keep things interesting (and scary!). If you need more extensive decoration and design upgrades inside your home, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have entire rental packages to choose from as well as individual items, accessories, and more. Save time and resources with furniture rental!

 

DIY Coffee Table Ideas to Spruce Up Your Space

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

DIY Coffee Table Ideas to Spruce Up Your Space

Coffee tables are the center of the living room, and they create a focal point around which other furniture pieces can be placed. Thus, it’s important to select a coffee table that truly expresses your unique style and individual personality. One way to ensure that your coffee table is not like the others is to spruce one up with a DIY project. Here are some great ideas to try:

Create a New Table Out of Driftwood

The natural wear and imperfections in driftwood can create beautiful asymmetry. This makes for a one-of-a-kind driftwood table that can’t be reproduced or found in a store that mass-produces furniture. Be sure to pick a piece of wood that is still stable and strong enough to function as a coffee table.

Depending on the state of the wood, you can use the piece as a base with a fresh, flat piece of wood on top for the surface. If the wood is flat enough, you can use it as the table top portion and apply stain and lacquer for added presentation.

Glass or Mirror Tabletop

You can transform any plain table into a classy and elegant piece by placing mirror or glass over the top. The mirror has the added benefit of hiding worn or unsightly table tops, and the glass can provide protection for a newer top. This creates a very clean, minimalistic look for your living room. For an even classier look, you can line the edges with gold or silver binding. Be sure to keep the reflective top clean and shiny!

DIY Coffee Table Ideas to Spruce Up Your Space

Bottlecap Mosaic

Use your existing bottlecap collection (or start one) to decorate your coffee table with a bottle cap mosaic pattern. You can make rigid, square shapes, or flowy, wavy patterns à la van Gogh. All you need is bottle caps, and some glue or resin. If you like, you can add a glass top to preserve the design over time. You can also use other materials instead of bottle caps, such as coins or buttons.

Bare, Stripped Down Vintage Look

One technique you can apply to a used coffee table is to strip down the paint. This creates a worn “vintage” look that can make a bland table look like an antique. Score the surface with a steel brush or other implement to add texture. “Imperfections create character” is an oft-spoken quote, and it’s true for furniture as well. Bonus: This technique is cheaper, as you don’t need to add any additional paint or materials!

 

The technique of advancing wood’s natural corrosion and wear process is very highly sought after in many other circles. For instance, in the guitar world “reliced” guitars (guitars made to look like historical relics) can fetch very high prices.

Upcycled Pallet Coffee Table

As discussed in a previous blog post, pallets make the perfect base for DIY upcycling projects. In particular, it’s very easy to convert a pallet into a coffee table. In some cases, all it takes is a little trimming and some finishing, and you’re good to go.

For added versatility, add some custom legs to fix the height, or add some wheels to make it moveable. In a pinch, wooden wine crates also make good materials for an upcycled look.  

DIY Coffee Table Ideas to Spruce Up Your Space

Coffee tables need to be both aesthetically beautiful as well as functional. These DIY coffee table ideas can help you create your own working coffee table that is as easy to look at as it is to use. If you need more extensive furniture arrangement and decor ideas, you might want to try out furniture rental. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for convenient, affordable rental packages and items to customize your entire home!

 

Upcycling Continued: Behind the Upcycled Pallet Trend

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Upcycling Continued: Behind the Upcycled Pallet Trend

Last week we delved into the general topic of upcycling. This is where old items are repaired or repurposed to add value and new life to the object. This week we’ll be looking more deeply into a super-popular upcycling trend: DIY wooden pallet upcycling. Wooden pallets are used for shipping cargo, stacking goods, and various other uses. You’ve probably seen them at Home Depot or Costco and other similar places

Are you wondering how to create your own upcycled pallet decorations? Read on to learn more about this fascinating trend:

Why Did Upcycled Pallets Become Super Popular?

In the past few years, you may have noticed pallets being upcycled into various uses. They’ve become popular for use as home furniture and in hip places like independent cafes, bookstores, and retail stores. Why did this start happening? No one is quite sure who started this trend. However, when you consider what wooden pallets are, it’s no surprise that you see them everywhere.

Here are a few reasons why upcycled pallets probably became popular:

  • You can often find them easily in junk piles or at construction sites (be sure to ask a foreman for permission to remove them)
  • You can typically get them for free
  • The wood is usually clean and in good condition
  • They have an immediately recognizable shape
  • They are easy to reshape and repurpose

Let’s get cracking and see what these pallets can do!

Upcycling Continued: Behind the Upcycled Pallet Trend

DIY Wooden Pallet Ideas

Here are a few DIY upcycled pallet ideas to try out:

  • Hang them on the wall to make a wine shelf or spice rack
  • Hang them on the back of a stage or behind a retail counter
  • Cut them down to size to be used as stools, chairs, end tables, and other furniture
  • Connect pallets together to make longer furniture (these make excellent patio decor)
  • Place wheels on the bottom to make them portable
  • Paint different designs or logo on them
  • Write on them (the layers and rows of word work excellent for sentences)
  • Make a planter out of them
  • Place hooks on them for hanging clothing, mugs, or other items
  • Turn them vertically to fence off small areas

These are just a handful of projects that you can make with wooden pallets. With your imagination and materials, we’re sure you can come up with even more creative variations!

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A Few More Upcycled Pallet Tips

One thing: You might not want to dismantle the pallet to the point that you can’t recognize it as a pallet anymore. At that point, it’s just become plain wood, and that would be more recycling (using the materials) rather than upcycling (repurposing the original item). The effect should be, “Wow, that’s a very creative use of that pallet!”. If it’s been reduced to just wood, it no longer becomes a pallet upcycle project. On the other hand, the dimensions of the wood used are fairly recognizable, so use your discretion.

Another tip: if you’ll be using the pallet for functional purposes such as sitting or as a table, be sure to sand down the wood and maybe add a few coats of lacquer. Pallet wood can be raw and unfinished.

Lastly, as mentioned, pallets can often be found in places like dumpsters and construction site wood piles. While these are usually free game for taking, be sure that you have the proper permission to remove items and that you’re not trespassing. On the other hand, once you find a good source for pallets, you might want to stock up before the source runs dry!

Getting into upcycled pallets is just one way that you can spruce up your home or business. If you need more expansive interior design and decoration options, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have a wide array of home furniture, staging, and office furniture rental packages and items for you to choose from. Furniture rental is another exciting trend that allows for the beautification of spaces at minimal costs and effort. Try it out today!

 

What Does Upcycling Mean? How to Truly Appreciate Your Belongings

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

What Does Upcycling Mean? How to Truly Appreciate Your Belongings

You may have heard of the terms like “upcycling” and “upcycled furniture.” This is a very hot topic these days, but what does upcycling mean? Basically, upcycling is when you take an old item and improve upon it to make it useable or more beautiful. People have been upcycling for decades, centuries even. However, it’s become very popular recently due to its many benefits and opportunities for creativity.

Here is some basic info and tips to get you started on this awesome trend:

What is Upcycling?

As mentioned, upcycling is the art of transforming an old or discarded item into a more useful and more beautiful one. This is a popular trend these days, and for many good reasons: it helps you to save money on materials, saves the environment, and more importantly, allows you to exercise your creative eye.

There’s something heartwarming about salvaging materials or furniture items that were headed for the trash heap, and then welcoming them back into your home as functioning works of art. Commonly upcycled items include:

  • Pieces of furniture
  • Fabric
  • Glass bottles, jars, and cans
  • Various containers
  • Engine parts (great for creating a steampunk theme)
  • Wooden items

Lastly, upcycling is popular these days because they can often involve vintage items, and vintage is wildly popular in the interior decor and design world at the moment!

Upcycling Versus Recycling

Is upcycling the same thing as recycling? They sound similar, but there’s actually a few key differences between the two. Upcycling is really a matter of increasing the value of an object or appreciating its value despite its old or used state. In most cases, the basic shape/structure of the item is not changed and its parts and materials generally remain intact. In this regard, you can think of upcycling as “repurposing” or “refashioning.”

In contrast, recycling technically refers to processes where raw materials are extracted from the item. This can sometimes involve physical changes to the item, such as melting, or even chemical processes to extract key elements. A common example is where glass bottles are melted down in order to provide fresh glass for new bottles.   

Upcycled Furniture

A popular upcycling trend is to take worn or used furniture and upcycle it. Here, furniture such as a couch can be salvaged in different ways, such as changing the upholstery to make it usable again. Or, the furniture item can be altered to give it a totally new function (such as when a desk is transformed into a shelf). As with any upcycling project, the possibilities for upcycling furniture are endless — there are no rules, and you can pretty much do whatever you want!

What Does Upcycling Mean? How to Truly Appreciate Your Belongings

How to Upcycle: A Few Principles

If you’d like to get started on upcycling, here are a few guidelines and tips:

  • Any container can be made into a container for something else.
  • Paint, paint, paint: Painting can help transform an unpresentable item into a work of art. Be careful though, as paint can mask the true meaning of some items.
  • Consider function: It’s not always about how the item looks, but what it can do. For instance, anything hook-shaped can be a coat hanger, etc.
  • Really observe the item: Sometimes all you need to do is rotate an item or look at it from a different angle and it takes on a whole different meaning and purpose. For instance, a box can turn into a wall cubby if you simply rotate it.
  • Imperfections or even damage can make an item more unique. Try to work with imperfections to bring out yet another aspect from the upcycled piece (this is the main concept of the art of “Kintsugi” fixing broken pottery with gold).

Lastly, one of the best parts of upcycling is identifying objects that can be upcycled. After a few projects, you might begin to develop an “eye” for potential upcycle projects (“hmm, that jug would make a lovely flower jar…”). Be sure to keep a look out for materials and potential projects!

What Does Upcycling Mean? How to Truly Appreciate Your Belongings

Upcycling objects is an awesome hobby, and it’s also a great way to keep your house decor fresh and innovative. If you need extensive interior decoration and design renovations, you should also consider furniture rental as an option. Renting furniture also helps you save time, money, and resources, and is super-convenient as well. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for complete rental packages, accessories, office items, and more!

 

How to Easily Follow Interior Design Trends on a Budget

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Last week we wrote about the powerful influence our environment has on us. We focused on how updating room design and furniture arrangement can actually be therapeutic and uplifting. But updating your interior design, especially if you’re trying to keep up with ever-evolving trends, can get very expensive. There are a few ways that you can keep up with interior design trends without putting an undue burden on your wallet.

 

Stick to the “Less is More” Philosophy

Keep it simple. When it comes to interior design, balance is crucial. Rooms that over-use any element (whether it’s color, texture, or shape) are overwhelming and unappealing. Go slowly. Don’t rush the process.

For example, if you’ve fallen in love with a color that is currently trending, don’t go all in. Add it to your room bit by bit. Trends are constantly changing, so don’t rush changes until you’re certain that you’re onto something you truly adore (and want to live with for a while!).

Focus on Organization and Decluttering

Before you start making any major changes or renovations, focus on organizing the space and items you already have. Make sure that you’re maximizing what you have and getting rid of what you don’t need — it makes a bigger difference in your space than you might think.

You may find that you need to update your space less than you initially thought in order to meet new interior design trends. Less clutter makes a huge difference in the look and energy of a room! Plus, if you do decide to make bigger changes, you’ll be better able to assess your space without the clutter.

Pick a Theme and Stick to It

Picking and sticking to a theme will give you focus and force you to exercise restraint. There are usually more than a few concurrent major trends, so don’t feel pressured to go chasing after all of them.

You’ll probably see many items and ideas that appeal to you, but they won’t work all together in the same space. Exercising restraint will also help you keep to a budget. It’s easier to follow the “less is more” philosophy if you stay focused on a single theme, and you definitely want to avoid trading in your old clutter for new clutter.

Assign Furnishings Double Duty

Merge style with practicality and efficiency. One of the major things you can do to optimize your space is focus on buying furniture that includes storage options. This helps with organization and decluttering and will open up the space you’re working with, which is especially important if you have a small space.

Examples of furniture pieces that do double duty include ottomans with built-in storage, mattress-couch hybrids, and bookcases that double as room dividers. If you’re feeling creative, combine older pieces of furniture to create something new, unique, and useful. If you’re looking for ideas on do-it-yourself double-duty furniture, there are plenty of resources online. This post, “More Bang for Your Buck: Double-Duty Furniture Ideas,” is just one example.

Makeover Old and Generic Pieces

Another simple and inexpensive way to upgrade your interior design is to make over old or generic pieces that you already have, creating a one-of-a-kind piece that won’t be found anywhere else. And since you will be the designer and artist, you can be sure that the piece is absolutely perfect for your style, need, and space.

How you style your home conveys a lot about your personality. Making sure it truly reflects your individuality can be exciting and creative, and doesn’t have to put stress on your wallet. Follow these simple guidelines and get creative!

If you need furniture and accessory options, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have various packages and rental items to suit all your needs. We’ll help you achieve that custom design you’re looking for.

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3 San Diego Museums to Visit for Artistic Inspiration

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

3 San Diego Museums to Visit for Artistic Inspiration

Art museums can be a source of inspiration for home decor and design. Even seeing different fabric and clothing patterns alone can provide ideas around the home (for instance, with window treatments). Visiting a museum and viewing some displays is an excellent, out-of-the-box way to receive inspiration and to get into an “artistic state of mind for your next project. There are many San Diego museums to visit in the area—here are 3 of our favorites.

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