Simple & Fresh – Let’s Declutter!

We all have stuff. Stuff we don’t use; stuff we don’t need and stuff we didn’t even know we had!

We’ve all seen the shows on Tv where professionals come in and remove all the “stuff clutter” from your home. Some gets donated, some gets sold and some of it even gets thrown away.

Great.

BUT the question is HOW? How do I declutter my home on my own?

To answer that question we went on a search for the best tips and tricks on how to declutter room by room and it may be easier than you think.

First, lets define clutter. Clutter is anything you keep around your house that’s doesn’t add value to your life. Decluttering is about making room for things that do matter!

Step 1 – Set Goals!
Before you get started, make a plan. No matter how many rooms or how much clutter you have to get through, starting with specific goals will help you create a plan that will reduce any frustration as you go.

Step 2 – The 4 Bin Rule!

Put it Away – If it’s in the kitchen and should be in the closet put it away!

Recycle– Paper, Plastic and Glass. Don’t forget old electronics can be dropped at electronic depots!

Trash-Garbage is garbage.

Donate– if it is in good condition and could be used but not by you, pass it on.

Now that we have the basics down let’s add some quick and easy tips for each room to get us started on our way to a clutter free life! Get those bins ready!

Step 3 – Do It Room by Room!

Bathroom:
Lets start with the medicine cabinet- discard any old makeup; medicine and skincare products. Everything you decide to keep put back in. Move on to drawers keeping anything you use most often in the top ones. This goes for the shower/ tub area and under the sink.

Bedrooms:
Bedrooms can quickly and easily become the dumping ground for things that do not have a place in you home. Take everything out of the drawers, off shelfs and ask yourself the following questions about each item:
1. Does it belong in the bedroom?
2. Have you used it in the last year?
Did you answer, “No,” to either of those questions? If so, then put it in your “Donate It” bin or move it to the room where it belongs. Resist the urge to shove things back in drawers that don’t belong there.

Kitchen:
We spend a lot time in the Kitchen cooking, entertaining and eating so this space can be a challenge. Start by decluttering one section of your kitchen at a time to avoid a potentially bigger mess. Assigning zones can also help you improve the organization of your kitchen things.

The first step is to empty one zone at a time and assess each item (remember the Four Bin Rule). When getting to the counter tops try and clear as many items as possible and into their respective spaces. Keep only what you use every day on your countertops.

Living Room:
Living rooms get A LOT of use. This makes it one of the hardest rooms in the house to keep tidy everyday. It doesn’t typically provide a lot of storage other that a Tv stand or a shelf or two. This space will require decluttering on a regular basis.

First things first, determine what will be your permanent storage for commonly used items like magazines and remotes.

Start the decluttering process with any bookcases, end tables and TV stands. Empty these places and put things in their proper home. If you have those cozy couch blankets, create a space for them by using an old wooden crate as a blanket box. This keeps them off your couch and instantly cleans thing up.
Remove any and all electronics that are not hooked up to your TV! Store chargers and gaming equipment where you use it.

Kids toys- remember the Four Bin Rule and assess. Do they work? Are they being used? Do they belong here?

Overall decluttering your home is doable! Start small, one room at a time and by implementing these tips you will be on your way to a clutter free home!

Happy decluttering!

Updating Your Home Without Breaking the Bank!

Is your home in need of a facelift but you don’t want to break the bank or maybe you aren’t up for the stress and mess of a renovation? Well good news is there are many ways to update your home without having to worry about either of those!

The Entry Way:

First impressions really do matter!

The entrance way is the first thing you and your guests see when approaching your home. You can dramatically change the look and curb appeal of your home or entry way just by changing the front door! Don’t worry if it’s not in your budget because you can always PAINT it! Try a bold new colour, change the house numbers, or add some outdoor lighting.

The Kitchen:

We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, not only cooking but gathering with friends and family so it’s important to love that space! Below are a few budget friendly updates to give the kitchen a refresher.

Update The Backsplash:
Updating your backsplash can be easy not only physically but on the pocketbook as well. Go simple with paint or wallpaper. Use inexpensive tin ceiling tiles, or shiplap, stainless steel, magnetic or chalkboard paint!

Replace Cabinet Hardware:
Replacing cabinet hardware is an inexpensive and easy update. For an even more budget friendly update try painting the ones you already have!

Paint Your Cabinets:
If your cabinets need more of a facelift, guess what you can paint those too! When done right it will look like a brand-new kitchen and could add value to your home.

The Living Room:

Crown Moulding:
Add an architectural visual with trim and crown moulding to your living room or any room for that matter. Trim and mouldings (especially crown moulding) have a great way of making your home look upgraded.

Artwork:
Swap out your artwork or create some new ones by framing left over swatches of fabric or wallpaper.

Redesign:
Move your furniture around or add new lighting to brighten and change the mood of the room.

The Bathroom:

Change up the Vanity Area:
Spruce up your bathroom by changing out the faucets (and guess what…you could paint those too!) , adding a frame to a frameless mirror or framing out a builders tub to give it a more luxurious look.

All Over the House:
Last but not nearly least don’t be afraid to illuminate your space. Adding new light fixtures to any space can certainly change the look and feel of the entire room without doing anything else. Go big and bold or small and simple.

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In addition to the above here are some other quick updates you can do without breaking the bank!

  • Painting an old vinyl floor…yup it can be done!
  • Painting walls of course.
  • Did you know decluttering is one of the best ways to give your home a facelift?!
  • Repurpose something you already have by splashing some paint on it or use it in a different way!
  • Add some bold patterns to items using painters tape and let your imagination run wild.
  • Change out that old plain shower curtain from something fun.
  • Change the light bulbs! Changing the amount of light in a room can make it brighter and more open or cozy and dramatic.

Be creative and have some fun while NOT breaking the bank!

2018 Trends to Watch For

With the release of Pantones 2018 Colour of the Year (Ultra Violet) it seems like there is no time like the present to look at what’s ahead for home décor for 2018.

Gray Meets Color
Grays have been all the rage but we’re starting to see the comforting, neutral tone paired with big, bright colors. Think gray with accents of spring greens and yellows and even jewel-toned purples.

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The Fifth Wall
Ceilings will be seen. The ceiling A.K.A the fifth wall is another surface where you can allow your creative juices to flow. From creative mouldings to fantastic paint and plaster treatments no room will be finished without a ceiling treatment.

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Wood
It’s true. The warmth and richness of real wood is back in a big way. Natural wood surfaces vs. painted will be at the forefront of upcoming design trends, anticipate a re-emerging of natural wood finishes from light to dark and in every tone!

Wood
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Geometric Pieces
Once just the go-to source for color trends, Pantone has since branched out to home décor. #1 on its list is Geometric Patterns. It has graced the list for a few years now but is really expected to take off in 2018. The reason is quite simple; it’s easy to implement. Try geometric tile in a bathroom or kitchen, wallpaper for an accent wall or ceiling, light fixtures anywhere or fabric on throw pillows or curtains. These are just a few ways to incorporate this easy to do trend into your home.

Check out this sneak peek into one of Z-Lite’s new 2018 pieces!

Wabi-sabi
Inspired by ancient Japanese philosophy, wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection and allowing age and time to take its natural course. Wabi-sabi teaches you to focus on the history and story behind an object, not simply its aesthetic. In home decor, wabi-sabi inspires minimalism. The palette is drawn from browns, blacks, grays, earthy greens, and rusts. This form of interior design is perfect for those seeking utility, natural beauty, and nostalgia.

Z-Lite’s versitality and durabilty of fixtures allows for fixtures to fit right into the wabi-sabi styling.

All in all, 2018 promises to bring a wide range of home décor trends that will appeal to everyone. From wood, purples and metallic to hippy boho, wallpaper and intense colour 2018 will be the year to let it all out and have some fun with whatever inspires you.

Z-Lite’s Colour of the Moment: Navy Peony

At Z-Lite we are committed to keeping you current with all things home décor and right now our favourite thing is Pantone’s Navy Peony colour!

Introduced in the Fall 2017 Fashion Colour Report for New York and London, Navy Peony is taking the home décor world by storm. Of course, navy blue has never really gone out of style, however this shade brings navy blue to new heights. Allowing the classic black to take a break, Navy Peony can be a strong anchoring shade in your décor or work as an excellent accent throughout your home.

Using Navy Peony in the Living Room
Navy Peony can be a great accent wall choice in the living room to create that warm cozy space with a splash of lightness. As a lighter shade to your traditional navy blue, Navy Peony pairs beautifully with warm neutrals to create a cozy and inviting appeal.

Why not trying adding Navy Peony in some unexpected places like behind the bookcase to add a dramatic flair to your classic white. Or, use it as a textured accent in velvet!

Navy Peony in the Living Room
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Using Navy Peony in the Kitchen
Navy Blue in the kitchen has always been classic but Navy Peony is bringing a new twist to this favourite. If you are loving the Navy Peony but aren’t willing to commit to a paint job, why not start with adding some dinnerware or stemware in Navy Peony. If you are ready to commit then try painting out that under island area with Navy Peony to bring some fresh life to the heart of your home.

Navy Peony in the Kitchen
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Using Navy Peony in the Bedroom
Bringing in a look that is gender-neutral and still appealing to either you and your partner’s bedroom or for your little one on the way, Navy Peony meets the challenge.

As a baby’s room, Navy Peony brings a cozy and sleep-inviting feel for your newborn. Play up the fun prints to bring the room to life for your newborn and then this colour can transition easily as your child grows.

Navy Peony in the Babies Room
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In the master bedroom, Navy Peony brings sophistication and charm. This brilliant shade pairs beautifully with any metallic finish. Z-Lite’s 615-1S-OG can easily bring that flash of metallic into the space while simultaneously lightening the Navy Peony shade with its own white linen shade finish.

Are you as in love with Navy Peony as we are now? Feel free to check out our Pinterest Page to keep inspired!

Pro Tip: Grand Entrance Lighting

Grand Entrance Lighting

First impressions are important! Whether it be for a job interview, or your first date with someone new, you want to make a good impression. The same is true when it comes to home décor! Your entryway sees the most traffic and will always have the most eyes on it. You want to ensure that the entryway of your home reflects your home’s personality and leaves a lasting impression. A quick fix to brighten up your home is to change out your lighting fixtures in the entryway.

Selecting a lighting fixture for your entryway can be overwhelming as there are so many different things to consider.

Will the door hit the light?

Will it be bright enough?

What about the style?

Should I use a pendant, a flush mount or something else?

Not to worry!

We have put together a selection of tips and tricks to help you get the grand entrance that your home deserves!

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Pendant vs Flush Mount Lighting

Pendant or flush mount? That decision is entirely up to you, but here are some things to consider.

Is it a single-height space or double-height space?

In a single-height space, you are more likely to prefer the look of a flush mount or semi-flush mount. This will allow your family and visitors to walk freely under the fixture without fear of injury. In a double-height space you have more room to play! A pendant or semi-flush mount fixture could hang beautifully in the space.

Where is the light box placed?

Unless you are planning to pay for an electrician to move the position of your light box or are doing a new build, the placement of your light box will determine how far down your fixture could hang, and also the height of the fixture you choose. If your light box is hung in the door’s swinging range you will want to ensure that your light is not in the line of fire! Give your light 3-4” of clearance to ensure that when you bring something large through the door, your light will not be impacted.

Style is Everything!

The style of your entryway should compliment the style of your home. Are you interested in a clear, clean-cut contemporary look? Or have your design decisions been influenced by the vintage, industrial trends? Whatever your style, be sure to choose a lighting fixture that compliments it!

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The Bulbs… Oh the Bulbs!

Creating the perfect inviting glow into your home is essential to creating the right impression. The type of bulb you use in your fixture will have a significant impact on the kind of light cast from the fixture. To give a warm and welcoming feeling to your entryway, use warm-colour temperature lamps like incandescent and halogen bulbs. Using a dimmer will also help to add flair to your entryway. If you choose a high-efficiency light source like a LED fixture or fluorescent, use a 2700K temperature.

Looking for more entryway inspiration check out our Pinterest Page!