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Paint Ideas for Small Spaces | WPL Interior Design

Painting Ideas for Small Spaces

You already know that paint can make a big difference when it comes to rejuvenating an out-dated space, but what if you want to make a small space look bigger? While painting small spaces won’t literally give you more space, it can help create a roomier illusion. At the same time, certain paint colors can make a small room look even smaller, so it’s important to choose the right colors. Types of Small Spaces Even if you have a large
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The Ultimate Guide to Paint Finishes

Last week, we went over how to narrow down your paint choices. Once you know the color you want, it’s time to choose the one with the right sheen. There’s not that many types of different paint finishes but it can still be confusing when choosing the right one! What’s the difference between satin and flat? Does it really matter? Do paints with an eggshell-finish have eggshell in them? Read on to learn more. Why Paint Finishes Matter If you’re
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Doubling Your Storage Space | WPL Interior Design

Doubling Your Storage Space

Lately, we’ve been hearing many people expressing concern about not having enough storage space. Storage space is often a common concern for everyone; even when you think you have enough space, you could always use more! So this week we are talking about some ways you can increase the space for storage in your home. Custom-Designed Closets We are constantly amazed at how a well-designed closet system can double your storage space. Traditional closets with a rod and shelf waste
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Easy Ways to Organize Your Kitchen | WPL Interior Design

Easy Ways to Organize Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in the home, especially when it comes to remodeling! Whether your kitchen is an inventive place for new recipes or the hub of family gatherings, here are some ways to better organize your kitchen for comfort and style. What’s Your Routine? For most people, the goal of a well-organized kitchen is to increase efficiency and streamline your daily routines. Not only will this make your day-to-day more effortless but it will
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How to Lighten and Brighten Up Your Home | WPL Interior Design

How to Lighten and Brighten Up Your Home

Philadelphia has been all clouds and rain this month, making it easy to feel down and sluggish. We wish we could swipe the clouds away and make winter go by faster. However, we do have some tips to help you brighten up your home and get through the winter drear. Lighten Up Keep windows clear Cloudy days mean we get less natural light in our home, which can greatly affect your mood during the day time. One of the first
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Dressing Up Your Fireplace Mantel | WPL Interior Design

Dressing Up Your Fireplace Mantel

The cold weather has us prepping to get cozy, from drinking hot toddies to preparing the holiday decor above your fireplace mantel! The mantel presents itself as a great opportunity for decorating all year round. In the winter, however, it’s essential to follow fireplace safety, especially if you have a working fireplace! Do not hang or place any decorations too close to a burning fire and never leave a fire unattended. Also, keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of
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Universal Design: Designing for All

Last week, we talked about aging in place. That is, the trend of older homeowners who desire or plan to live in their homes independently. To do so, many homeowners and families decide to remodel their homes to create a safer and more convenient environment. But what does that actually entail?  And that brings us to universal design. Universal design encompasses design principles that make buildings and environments accessible for everyone. Seniors are not the only ones who benefit from this type of
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There’s No Place Like Home: Designing to Age in Place

Dorothy had it right in the classic Wizard of Oz: There truly is no place like home. This is the mindset many seniors are adopting as they decide where they want to live as they age. A 2018 AARP study reported that more than 75% of Americans who are 50 years of age and older desire to remain in their current home or community. Aging in place involves taking practical steps to create a safe and functional home. However, aging in
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Downsizing Your Home: A Baby-Boomer Trend

From 1946 to 1964, 76.4 million babies were born. This generation of “baby boomers” comprise around 26% of the US population today, second only to millennials. As baby boomers get older, their needs evolve, including what they look for in a home. Not having access to features such as proximity to family, friends, and amenities may lead baby boomers to find a new place to call home. While downsizing your home is not always an easy task, it is a
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Flooring Options, Types, and Materials - article by WPL Interior Design

Outliving Trends with Timeless Flooring Options

While the flooring industry is ever-evolving, some types of flooring remain timeless. Wood and tile reign supreme among different types of flooring materials with exciting innovations emerging year after year. Though not as high in demand, carpet has yet to fade out with interesting advances of its own. Whichever you choose, there are options that will outlive trends for decades to come. Top Photos: Jay Greene Photography  // Bottom Photos: Shutterstock Wood Solid or engineered, wood is number one among
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4 Things Interior Designers Wish You Knew

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think interior design? Maybe you think of a beautifully decorated room or a drastic transformation on your favorite home renovation show. And while the age of the internet means everyone becoming an expert about everything, there are many great reasons why you should hire an interior designer for your next home project. Here’s What Interior Designers Want You to Know Interior Designers Are Different from Interior Decorators Did you
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Perfecting Audio Visual Integration With Style

Creating a tech-savvy home that is up-to-date and reflects both form and function can seem like quite the challenge. However, finding a balance when it comes to audio and visual integration doesn’t have to be just wishful thinking. The latest solutions are not just more innovative and easier to use, but they’re also designed to be sleek and beautiful in the home. TVs You Have to See to Believe Televisions have come a long way since the first electronic television
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Interior Design Tips for the Minimalist

There are a lot of different ways to think about minimalism. For most people, it’s about minimizing belongings and simplifying one’s lifestyle. When it comes to design, less can definitely be more, but many have difficulty when it comes to coupling minimalism and design. Often, houses look less like homes and more like empty boxes. If you are on the path to minimalism, here are some minimalist interior design tips to both light and liven up your home. The Magic
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Tips and Tricks to Personalizing Small Apartments

Every new house and apartment starts as an empty canvas that is waiting to be turned into a home. Some spaces are more limited than others, but there is still much that can be done to truly personalize your small apartment without feeling like you are lacking in space. Start with the Entryway The front door and entryway is what first welcomes you and your guests to your home. Even if you do not have an official entryway in your
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Home Maintenance Tips for Fall and Winter

As evidenced by the ads for pumpkin spice everything and the widened Halloween candy selection at the grocery store, Fall is finally upon us. Even though we are just beginning the cooler, crisp season, now is a good time to start thinking about your Fall home preparation. It is especially important to tackle some of these home maintenance items in the early Fall if you live in an area that has a cold and snowy Winter season. These tips will
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Doubling Your Storage Space | WPL Interior Design

Doubling Your Storage Space

Lately, we’ve been hearing many people expressing concern about not having enough storage space. Storage space is often a common concern for everyone; even when

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