living spaces

How to Light Your Hallway

Don’t let hallway lighting be an afterthought. Use this guide to light your hallway well. Image: Svet_Feo/Shutterstock Shop These Products Now: Wooden Flooring – Brick Wallpaper Lighting is important. Interior designers, real estate agents and staging pros will all tell you it’s…

How to Create the Ultimate Game Room

It’s nearly everyone’s dream: the ultimate game room. Whether you’re into classic pool hall games, retro arcade cabinets, card games or the latest in video games, you can’t beat having a place to go in your own home where the only thing to think about is having fun. Also, the…

Break These Bad Living Room Cleaning Habits & Transform Your Living Space

Are bad living room cleaning habits keeping you from your best home? Image: NelleG/Getty Images Cleaning is a hassle. But you might be making it harder on yourself than is absolutely necessary. Whether you’re tidying up your bedroom, kitchen or…

6 Living Room Storage Tricks from Top Interior Design Pros

If you've ever wondered how to make the most of your living room storage, you're not alone. Nearly every homeowner is on the hunt for ways to keep their most-used room functional while still keeping it aesthetically appealing. In light of that, we decided to ask the experts for their advice. We asked six interior design pros to share their best living room storage tricks.

The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Furniture

We’re seeing rapid growth in the sustainable furniture business. Why? Because more people know that making responsible choices about the products they put in their homes matters for the environment. But are all green furniture claims true? Not always, and there’s a term for that: greenwa…

Arched Doorways Add Interest and Beauty

Straight lines versus curved lines. In a study published in PNAS, participants were more likely to label a room as “beautiful” when it had curves than when it only had straight lines. Straight lines certainly serve a purpose, but they can be formal and predictable. On…

How to Make Your Partially Open Floor Plan Feel like a True Open Concept

We can’t all have the most open of floor plans. Many homes were built before open concepts were widely accepted. That means they often have loadbearing walls that can’t simply be knocked down, leading to a partially open floor plan in many homes. Or you might have built or purchased…

Cool Trends in Pool Tables

When I was growing up, we had a pool table (or billiard table) room adjacent to the den. It provided endless entertainment, never failed to impress first-time guests and was one of those game rooms that make you the most popular neighbor on the block. We had…

Are Half Walls Back in Style?

Half walls, also known as pony walls, can create separation and provide a degree of privacy. But for years, whenever you watched a home renovation show, half walls were the first casualty in the demolition process. On the other hand, some designers are using half walls to add architectural…

9 Things You Can Do With That Blank Wall

When decorating your home, it’s not uncommon to have a one or two blank walls that leave you puzzled. You don’t really know what to do with them, but you do know that those barren spaces are driving you crazy. So, what are your options? Below are several ideas to…