Miami Green Homes


4 Ways You Can Upgrade Your Living Room, guest post by Karl Kennedy

Your living room gets a lot of use. It’s the place where everyone gathers and goes to relax. You want to have a space where family and friends are comfortable. You love spending time in your living room. The only downside, the room is in desperate need of an upgrade.

When the furniture is comfortably worn, and the artwork is noticeably sun-faded, it’s time to start thinking about an upgrade.

Furnishings

How a room is furnished says a lot about your tastes and personality. Do the furnishings in your living room reflect yours?

It might be a table that doesn’t fit your style or a couch that looks outdated. When you’re redoing the furnishings in the room, it doesn’t mean everything must go. Instead, there will be pieces you want to keep and others you don’t want to see again.

Replace an old couch or chair with a new piece. Don’t be afraid to go for bold colors or patterns. One statement piece will completely change the room. It can even be a coffee table. Consider a mix of antique and contemporary.

Lighting

It’s amazing what the right lighting can do for a room. It sets the mood, adds ambiance, and it’s practical. As necessary as lighting is, it can also be used as a form of art.

Art deco lamps are elegant, unique, and fun. They’re also functional. Put a floor lamp by a favorite reading chair or set one on a side table to complete a design. Lamps with carnival glass shades set off rainbows every time the sun hits it. There are also interesting industrial lamps with Edison light bulbs.

Track lighting is another option, and it’s dramatically improved. The tracks are hidden so all you get is a brightly lit room. Sometimes, all you need is to update the lights to give your living room a fresh, new look.

Window Treatments

Plastic blinds are in the past, and you have other options than the dated window treatments. Indoor plantation shutters are elegant and classic, along with wood or vinyl blinds. You can even have roll-up blinds installed.

It’s amazing what getting rid of heavy drapes and plastic blinds will do for a room. It brightens up the room, making it look new. It also makes it easier to control ambient lighting when you’re settling in to watch a movie on your laser projector.

Incorporate Art and Textiles

Changing a floor rug adds color, and it’s an easy way to start upgrading an old space. Bright, bold colors are in style. Consider blues and yellows, along with other brilliant hues.

Art is often the focal point of a room or a decorative arraignment. Unique crystal and glass globes, along with colored and patterned vases easily make the statement you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to go for a piece outside your comfort zone. It may be the one piece that pulls the whole room together.

Conclusion

You spend a lot of time in your living room, so shouldn’t you love the way it looks? It may only take replacing a lamp or adding a piece of art to update your space. Others may find that the furnishings need replacing or the window treatments. Whatever changes you make, it’s worth it when you have a space you’re comfortable in and proud to show off.

Karl Kennedy
Author of ProjectorTop.com



Furniture for (outdoor) Miami / South Florida

Miami is a trending town. South Beach and Brickell feature a plethora of high rises, one sleeker than the next; seeking cutting edge contemporary furniture to match. Other places historic charm calls for old world style and serene durability. Yet all of these styles still seek a unique place: the outdoors. Here the style becomes secondary and durability takes over. No matter the design, the South Florida outdoor climate is harsh. Heat and humidity provide minimal opportunity for protection as may be accustomed from northern more climates. What is outside, will slowly demise.

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Designers have contemplated many solutions and each have their own success – and failure. Permanent installations out of concrete or keystone are frequently bulky and attract mildew. The latter can be easily cleaned and the essential shape and function of the design maintained. In some cases the aging by the weather may be intended as part of the design. One of the great long lasting examples can be found at Coral Castle (website).

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Plastics and metals are typically deteriorating the fastest. They offer the most versatile designs, but at an environmental cost. Humidity really goes to town here and high design pieces are best kept conditioned when not in use.

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Composite materials are another option popular with architects and designers. These materials are engineering to withstand extreme weather as well as mold and mildew. Most perform reasonably well. This approach has also grown popular with material choices for decks and patio finishes, as well as sleek 3D design elements and backdrops.

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Lastly all natural materials such as teak and tropical hardwoods are a many designers favorite. These materials must be treated and maintained in order to continue to function and look as intended. Again the design intention may include a certain aging in place, but the functionality and structural integrity will be hard to maintain, even with selective rotting.

With many great examples that are picture ready when completed, maintenance and protection are key to ensure a long life for outdoor furniture in Miami.