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6 Simple and Functional Valentine's Day Decorations

Valentine’s Day can be one of the funnest events to decorate for. This is a time where you can really express how you feel through the decor that you choose. Rather than just haphazardly throwing around red and hearts everywhere, it helps to create a few attention-grabbing projects that are also functional.

Try out these 6 simple Valentine’s Day decorations to add some fun and life to the room. These are low-cost and can be assembled quickly in time for the big day.

1) Floating Heart Backdrop

Hang some floating heart strings from the ceiling to create a Valentine’s Day backdrop. You can dedicate this backdrop area for couple’s pictures. Take things a step further and provide a few simple props for an instant photo booth. These can include red hats, Cupid’s bow and arrow, heart wands (of course), and wacky glasses. It also makes an excellent backdrop for dancing.

2) Message in a Frame

This one’s easy—just print or draw out a simple message, such as “You’re the Best” or “I Love You”, and hang it in a picture frame. If your Valentine’s Day party has a theme, this is a great way reinforce the night’s theme, such as “Dancing the Night Away” or “Lover’s Paradise.” Song lyrics work particularly well for this project as well, especially if the two of you have your own “special song.”

3) Centerpiece Jars

Jars seem to be all the rage no matter what the occasion. For Valentine’s Day, decorate any jars you have lying around with hearts, twine, paper doilies, paint—whatever you feel like! You can use these as centerpieces for your party and customize them with personalized messages. Also, what would Valentine’s Day be without candy? Fill the jars with small candies or lollipops, and they can instantly double as party favors for your guests to take home.

4) Valentine’s Love Letter Mail Pouch

This one’s great for the kids: Sew together some felt fabric to create Valentine’s love letter mail pouches. Hang them from chairs or on the wall so the kids can have a place to store all of their chocolate, candy and telegrams they receive at school. You can personalize them by name, and customize them by shape, such as a heart. For adults, you can surprise your loved ones by placing them in a car already filled with goodies and a love note.

5) Convo Cupcakes

Remember those little colorful heart candies with the messages on them? The ones that say, “Be Mine,” “You’re Sweet,” “Hug Me,” etc.? Recreate those using cupcakes for decorations that are fun and also delicious. Simply place little flags with messages in them in your chocolate or red velvet cupcakes. The flags can easily be made with lollipop sticks and label makers.

6) Paper Doily Garland

Spruce up the room with romantic paper doily garlands. All you have to do is fold some paper doilies in half, place a red heart in the middle, and attach them to streamers or other threads of your choice. This works especially well in conjunction with other decor ideas to create a border or outline. Like many of these ideas, you can also decorate these with Valentine’s-themed words.

As you can see, it’s easy to create Valentine’s Day decor that’s attractive as well as functional. If you’re looking for more comprehensive interior changes, you might need an update to your furniture. We have complete furniture rental packages, as well as various home staging options. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental and start choosing furniture and design options that you’ll absolutely love.

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The ceiling and airspace above can be one of the most overlooked aspects of room decor. It’s one of those subtle factors that can be easily missed; yet, when done properly, it can really round out the feeling and theme for the entire room.

The ceiling is similar to flooring in that it covers the entire span of the whole room; however, it’s not as immediately obvious. Thus, it’s important not to overdo it—ceiling decor should serve to accentuate the room rather than distract. Here are some suggestions for quick and easy ceiling decorations that you can implement in no time.

Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns are great for adding a touch of warm light to the room. This works especially well for situations that call for low-lighting, such as a casual dinner, an intimate dance setting, or an open-mic event. White or off-white lanterns can create a feeling of ethereal spaciousness, while pastel lanterns can add a touch of festivity. The best part is that these are usually cheap and can be replaced or changed without much hassle.

Drapings

These have become very popular for formal events like weddings, cotillions, and balls. When hung from the middle of the room, it feels like you’re inside a breezy tent or beneath a canopy. Experiment with different drape colors and lighting effects behind the drapings to create different moods.

Mini Chandeliers

Full-sized chandeliers can sometimes be gaudy and intrusive. This is less-than-ideal for smaller spaces and rooms. Instead, opt for a mini-chandelier. This is a practical way to enjoy the formality of a chandelier while maintaining a feel of space and openness above. This is especially good for dining areas where a large table is already occupying much of the vertical room space.

Hanging Fans

Similar to paper lanterns, hanging tissue fans are a quick and inexpensive way to decorate the ceiling area. They provide some movement and look really nice when a slight draft or breeze travels through the room. They’re also excellent for nurseries and children’s rooms, as they can provide visual stimulation for babies and toddlers. These can also be changed or removed at a moment’s whim when needed. Try making your own with paper plates or other materials.

Compass Rose

A compass rose is the the figure on a compass or map that is used to display the four cardinal directions. Sometimes called the “Rose of the Winds” or a windrose, this figure can be used in many ways on the ceiling. It works particularly well for a nautical-themed room, such as a nursery or a reading/hobby room. The image conjures up feelings of old-fashioned travel, exploration, and adventure.

You can make the rose functional (i.e., actually lined up with north/south, etc.), so you always know the directions in your home. If the room isn’t exactly lined up, you can also just line it up with the corners or walls. Also, you don’t always need to label it—you can keep it a discreetly painted image, or expand it to look like a highly decorative motif piece.

Ceiling decorations can really tie an entire room together due to the abundance of space involved. It’s an easy way to add some detail in a subtle yet effective manner. For more extensive decor and furnishing ideas, you may wish to explore furniture rental options. Furniture rental has quickly become established as an exciting and efficient option for interior design. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for complete rental packages or to check out individual items.

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It’s always fun to look ahead and anticipate the changes that the new year will bring. Overall, we’re seeing a definite shift in people’s lifestyles towards a very health conscious, environment-friendly, natural lifestyle. We believe that this theme will be running through many of the upcoming interior decor trends this year.

However, it will be done in a more subtle, less in-your-face way than has been attempted in the past. With that in mind, here are some interior design trends to look out for in 2016:

Handmade, Locally-Sourced Artisan Goods

Decorators are now embracing and celebrating the work of local artisans in the community. This is a great idea, as it helps to support local artisans. Handmade goods can be found at places like arts and wine festivals, or at stores, such as Make Good.

In particular, hanging fabrics are expected to be successful this year. Also popular this year will be imported artisan goods, such as Guatemalan craftwork and blankets.

Add a Desk

Lying in bed with a laptop trying to do work gets uncomfortable sometimes. Working at a desk promotes good posture and adds a touch of intellectual work ethic to your living space. It also gives you another aspect to decorate! Folks are opting more towards a simplistic, minimal desk design with darker colors to project a more professional, modern feel.

Lush Greenery

Succulents were wildly popular in 2015; however, these sometimes create a feeling of desert-like dryness to your place (which can be good depending on your aim). What we’re expecting this year is the use of plants that create more feelings of lush coolness—think broad, leafy plants with deep jungle green hues.

Potted plant baskets are already taking a hold as we speak. Short, hardy herbs and green onion bulbs also look good as decorations in the kitchen- the greener, the better. In addition, we expect to see fewer flowers and more greenery.

Minerals and Gems Galore

Minerals, precious stones, and gemstones can be used in many ways. For instance, you can display bowls of minerals, bare chunks of raw agate, or hanging pyrite pendants. The good thing with these is that the colors can easily be swapped and manipulated to your heart’s content. For instance, use lapis lazuli when you need blue, amethysts for purple, etc.

The Fight Against Off-Gassing

Off-gassing (or outgassing) is when manufactured products emit chemicals and vapors that are thought to be detrimental to our health. Sometimes you can even smell the chemicals; this is very common for new electronics, or for cheaper furniture that uses particle board.

The choice to avoid and reduce offgassing in the home will inform many people’s decor choices in 2016. This may be why many are gravitating towards hand-made items, green plants in the home, and open, airy spaces.

Renting Furniture

Rearranging furniture is a healthy practice to do regularly, as it can be very uplifting. But sometimes it’s even more refreshing to completely replace old furniture for a full makeover. Doing this regularly can be financially implausible for most. However, renting furniture is one way to completely change your home’s look without breaking the bank. There are many other benefits of renting furniture, such as easy availability and quick delivery.

You can be a trend-setter this year by creating your own versions of popular techniques and ideas. If you need more options for interior decoration or furniture rental, visit us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have a wide selection of furniture rentals and packages for your interior design needs this year in 2016.

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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

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 Bedroom Organization Hacks

It’s a fact of life that bedrooms tend to get cluttered. Despite our best efforts, clothes, accessories, bedding, laundry, and more tend to pile up in the bedroom making for a cluttered space that just isn’t a peaceful place to rest. It’s time for that to change with these easy DIY bedroom organization hacks that will make your bedroom a great place to, you know, actually sleep again.

DIY Bedroom Storage Hacks

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There is no doubt about it, working from home is great and it’s getting better every single day. That’s because of the ever growing number of home office gadgets being devised every single day that are making working from home more productive, more stylish, and (most importantly) more fun. So it’s time to up your home office game and work from home in style with the best home office tech for every type of worker.

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5 Hottest Summer Decor Trends of 2015

We don’t mean to scare you, but we’re already over a full month into summer. That happened fast didn’t it? At least there are still two months to go, which is plenty of time to take advantage of the hottest summer decor trends of 2015. This year it’s all about getting back to nature, staying simple (but functional), and focusing on the senses. Don’t wait until it’s too late, read on to see the 5 hottest summer decor trends of 2015.

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You’re place is perfect. Exactly how you want it. Everything in its right place.

Well, except for one annoying detail. It’s loud. At first you thought it wasn’t that big a deal that the upstairs neighbors are professional tap dancers, the next door neighbor is an aspiring drummer, and that really busy intersection is right outside your window. But now the noise is getting on your nerves, and you don’t know what to do to make it better.

Noise pollution is a big problem in that affects a huge amount of apartments and homes around the country. That’s why we came up with these simple ways to minimize noise in your apartment or home:

Simple Ways to Minimize Noise in Your Apartment or Home

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The word “formal” often brings to mind images of fancy ball gowns, fine China, and portrays the bygone era of your grandparents. If the idea of a “formal dining room” bores you to tears, it’s time to change your perception. If you’re searching for a way to make a formal dining room look great without it looking like it should be in a museum, these tips will help. These un-stuffy formal dining room ideas will help you take your dining room from drab to glam.


Deck the Walls
Boring white walls are just that – boring. Slap a fresh coat of paint on the dining room walls. If you’ve got your heart set on that vibrant red or moody black, go with an accent wall for a less overwhelming ambiance. Hang up black and white photos to contrast with the wall color, or go old-school and put up wallpaper – but in contemporary prints and colors.


Change the Lighting
One of the easiest ways to completely change the mood in your dining room is by adding a new light fixture. Go for an industrial looking, ultra modern chandelier to make your space stand out. This modern island rectangular glass chandelier might just do the trick.  


Nab New Chairs
If your dusty, dark brown wooden chairs are singing the blues, consider buying new ones or placing slipcovers over the old ones. Signature Furniture Rental has plenty of modern, contemporary chairs that you’re sure to love. These snappy dining room chairs would probably go well with the tables you already own, and you can put Great Grandma’s heirloom chairs in protective storage.


Make it Casual
If you want to avoid a dining room that looks stuffy, go for a more relaxed look. Try putting a low snappy-looking armless couch up against one edge of the table. A bench or a few comfy chairs can also provide a more casual feel, and encourage dinner guests to linger. If you’re looking to sell (and not entertain) a set of  luxurious Camden chairs on either side of a large window will make a great impression on potential buyers.


Hang Up Curtains
This is where you get to have fun – curtains can range from floaty and “Great Gatsby-like” to Mid-Century modern-interesting. Just be sure that whatever you choose isn’t too heavy or overwhelming for your window/s. The lack of sunshine makes a dining room far more stuffy.

 

Not sure what to do first? Furniture’s a good starting point, as everything else complements the main pieces. Get in touch with Signature Furniture Rental today to secure high-quality, contemporary furniture that you’ll love. Consider trying it out, seeing if it fits and returning it if it doesn’t. You’ll love how the furniture will make your dining room look-  elegant, yet decidedly unstuffy.

 

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