“Eyesores” are inevitable in a home. They are not always bad or unnecessary in the house; in fact, many things that we consider eyesores are necessary in order to keep life convenient and functional for the residents. They serve various purposes and daily tasks or routines would be less efficient if these spaces, items, or home accessories weren’t around. So instead of getting rid of the eyesores, how about using a bit of creativity to hide these eyesores in the home or blend them into the rest of the space?

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You can make use of extra deep drawers and shelves to hide many things that are not the most visually appealing, such as laundry hampers. When you have guests come over, you wouldn’t want your dirty clothes to be laying out in the open when they use the bathroom (in many homes, hampers are in or near the bathroom), so keep them out of sight by putting them inside deep drawers.

Do you like to have easy access to your chargers for electronic devices, such as laptops, mobile phones, and tablet computers? A shelf in the kitchen or other area of the house can serve as your charging station, and the unsightly cords and chargers stay out of view by simply closing the drawer. Holes can easily be drilled into the back or bottom part of the shelf or drawer (in fact, most are constructed with an opening in the back where cords and electrical outlets can easily fit).

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While you are probably more than happy to share your trusted beauty and hygiene secrets with your closest friends or relatives, you probably wouldn’t want everyone to see your dandruff shampoo, dry hair conditioner, exfoliating scrubs, and other personal products when guests use your bathroom. A simple solution for these eyesores in the home? Look for bottle dispensers where you can transfer your beauty products (at least the liquid ones). These dispensers look elegant and neutral enough to keep in the bathroom, and they can be discreetly labelled at the bottom (which you should not forget, as you do not want to accidentally use the wrong product for the wrong purpose).

Wires, cords and outlets are just visually jarring

If you are attempting a very peaceful, serene, nature-inspired ambiance in your home décor, the sudden appearance of the TV cord or wall outlet can send the viewer crashing back to reality. But you can keep these out of view by using electrical tape to keep them safely tucked under desks, carpets, or area rugs. Use rubber bands or tape to band them together; this also prevents people from tripping over them and causing accidents.

Another creative way to hide wires and cords is to decorate them with trimmings, or camouflaging them with the right wall art. Colorful wire clips can be used to liven up those cords or wires that you just can’t hide under tables or rugs. Another idea is to use a solid-colored drop cloth behind a desk or table to hide the mass of wires.

More and more Canadians are finding themselves working from their homes, whether in full-time or part-time schedules, or other flexible scheduling options as needed. Homeowners are finding themselves setting aside a space or room in the house for their work desk, whether they run a business or enterprise from home, telecommute from time to time, or need a quiet, organized area to go through their mail, pay bills, and set up appointments.

Your home office should be one that is conducive to the kind of work that you do, but at the same time, give you free rein as far as creativity and personal preferences. One of the biggest advantages of telecommuting or working remotely from home is the flexibility that you have over the work environment that you will be occupying. You can move away from the often stifling or drab corporate environment or cramped cubicle, and design a more personalized, intimate, and enjoyable work station that inspires you and enables you to be productive while working at home.

Space and location

prep1If you run a business from your home and often meet with clients or customers, then your home office should have ample seating, as well as accessibility (as much as possible, you wouldn’t want clients to have to walk through the entire house before getting to your office). On the other hand, if the type of work you do requires lots of concentration and minimal noise, the location of the home office should be one with not too much foot traffic.

Your work area should also provide you with plenty of visual break or appeal to minimize monotony. When you look up from your computer, would you rather be looking at a great view outside the window, or a blank wall? Don’t sacrifice space as well, because you should also consider that this where you will be spending many hours of the day and a cramped, tight space likely will discourage rather than make you want to complete tasks.

Creative colors, textures and furniture

No need to get approval from a boss or design committee as far as décor or fixtures for your home office, so make sure it is a space that really inspires you and reflects your taste and personality. The walls can be painted with your favorite color, accents can be prep2various shades of the same color, and you have the freedom to either make the room a bright, cheerful splash of vibrant hues, or a calming, soothing oasis of solitude and concentration.

Even the furniture and fixtures in your home office can help you become more productive. Start with your office chair; invest in a very comfortable and ergonomic chair that fits you perfectly and is great for your body even after long hours of work. Your work desk, meanwhile, can be spruced up with desk organizers, a contemporary task or desk lamp, and innovative storage solutions such as cube storage or colorful boxes for documents.

Color combinations, palettes, and color schemes play a major part in complementing the indoor spaces of your home, adding to the overall design, and creating the ambiance or feel that you are going for in your house. Whether you are planning a major home makeover or redesign, or putting your home on the market and utilizing home staging efforts as part of the strategy, being aware of the power of color schemes will be an advantage to you as you set out to find the right balance and visual impact that your house needs.

Not just the paint

When you consider color combinations and schemes, this does not refer to just the paint on the walls (although paint is a major aspect of it). You will also factor in the furniture that will be installed in that area, fixtures, lighting, window treatments, accessories, décor, and other visual elements that also tie in with a room or area’s color scheme. In other words, be prepared for changes not only to the color of the walls, but also updates on the functional and decorative items you already have in that space.

Where to start

Figuring out where to start can be confusing. Don’t try to change everything all at once; this can be overwhelming, and different prep107areas of the home need different perspectives and blends in order to create the proper ambiance. You can start with the home’s formal areas, such as the entrance or foyer, dining room, and living room. Incidentally, these are also some of the most high-traffic rooms of the house where you will be spending a lot of time hanging out with family or entertaining company. You can pick a high-impact color combination for these formal areas, and then simply adopt a lighter shade for other areas around the home, creating a unified theme.

You can also anchor the color schemes to certain large patterns or décor in the room or space. If you have a large Oriental area rug in the living room, for example, you can use one of the major color shades of the rug as the base for your walls or ceiling. Or if you have a piece of artwork as the central focal point of your dining room, a couple of the colors and hues could be your inspiration for that room’s furniture. This creates a sense of harmony and is easier for the viewer to appreciate.

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Accessories, home décor items, window treatments, and furniture should be incorporated into the color combination for complete visual effect. Avoid using too much of the exact same shade, however, as this can look monotonous and uninspired. For instance, if green is the color scheme you have picked for your living room, pick a darker shade of green for your drapes or throw pillows, aquatic green hues for coffee table center piece or décor, and a hint of brown and other earth colors to complete a very nature-inspired theme.