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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 4/19/2019

Teenagers have a different view on their bedrooms. While adults might see it as a room to sleep in, teens often see it as a place to escape from the world and crawl into themselves - a place they most confidently rule. Teens tend to be vibrant, social, and energetic, and so, their perspective of a bedroom is a space to hang with friends, play, do some work, and sleep. It's more like their small apartment. 

At some point, some teenagers find it hard to choose bedroom decorations because they are conscious of the latest trends, and they want something that appeals to their personality. If you're a parent looking for the best bedroom ideas for your teens, or you're a teen looking to give your space some unique touches, this post is for you.

Find a balance between childhood and adulthood

Teens are in a stage of progressive development where they have to part with some childhood memories and grow into adults. After a while, teens wouldn't love to keep the decorations of their childhood room because it might seem childish and 'ordinary.' There should be a balance here in determining things to keep from their childhood and ways to decorate the room so it fits the trends Ė remember teens are very conscious of that.

Treat the space as a multipurpose room

Teens love to be independent as much as possible, and their social lives won't be complete without friends, tastes, and defined personalities. A teen's room is not just a sleeping space; it doubles as a study area to get homework done, and a lounge to hang with friends too. Because of the multi-purpose requirements, it's necessary that the room is versatile. You can have a corner dedicated to studying just by a bookshelf. For the lounge, a bench and a few throw pillows should do the trick.

Respect their tastes

As mentioned earlier, teens love their independence and at this stage, they develop interests in many new things. One good way of making their bedrooms a livable space is to hang quotes of their favorite sayings, or posters of their favorite celebrities. If your teen is one that loves music, for example, guitars and musical wall decor will add to their personality statements.

Go for bold colors and designs

Adults love calm spaces, but teens tend to prefer vibrant colors depicting high energy. Ask your teen for their favorite colors and implement them into the design concepts.

An interior designer can help you bring your teenís bedroom to life. Speak to one today.




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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 8/3/2018

Once you move into a new home, you are probably worried about furniture and pots and pans. You should, however, be concerned about what is going to go on your walls. Artwork and photographs are among some of the most important things that you will have in your home. They are what gives your home character. 


The problem with art, and decorating in general is that thereís so many different mistakes that you can make in your home that have an impact, but youíd never even realize it. Here, weíll explain some of the most common art and art decor mistakes that are made in homes and how to avoid them. 


Placing Your Art At The Wrong Height


If you hang a framed piece either too high or too low on a wall, itís going to look awkward. The art should be a sensible distance from other things on the wall. You can use your fireplace, sofa, or bed as a frame of reference to see if the picture is displayed strangely. The same rule goes when it comes to other pieces that are placed on shelving. Be sure that shelves or display tables come at an appropriate height for the room.


Art Thatís Not The Right Size For The Room


Hanging a giant piece of art in a small room will leave you wondering whatís off with the space. The same goes for hanging a really tiny piece of art in a larger room. Your art should be to scale of wherever you decide to hang it. Donít buy an extra large statue if you know you donít have a room that can house it without looking out of sorts. You can break this rule a bit from time to time. Sometimes, a large painting will look wonderful in a room, no matter how big it is. Use your judgement when it comes to artwork and its proportions within your home.      


Same Old Same


If you donít have enough variety in your home, itís like going to a museum where every room has a theme. This type of decorating can make your home feel stuffy. When everything matches, like your overly beach-themed bathroom, it gets boring. Colors should blend, but they donít have to match. Think of how to integrate a few types of decor when it comes to adding personal touches to your home, especially when using artwork, sculptures, and photos.


Every Wall Is Full


You donít need to stuff every wall of your home full of pictures. Art doesnít actually belong on each and every wall of your home. Some walls deserve to be blank or sparse, depending on the contents of the room. Also, hanging too much art gives you the illusion of chaos in the home, and you donít want that feeling to come across and cause undue stress.





Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 3/23/2018

You may often walk into your bedroom and feel like something is missing or off about the room. Your bedroom should be one of the most peaceful rooms in the house. Unfortunately, due to our 21st-century lifestyle, the bedroom often carries the same kind of stress that other places do. We forget that bedrooms are made for sleeping! The way you decorate your bedroom has a lot to do with the way the room makes you feel. Here, weíll give you some tips for decorating your bedroom in a way that brings you serenity. We promise after you follow these tips that youíll be on your way to a more restful, relaxed nightís sleep! As a bonus, if youíre getting ready to move, these tips work really well when it comes to staging a bedroom for a potential home sale! Keep The Room Clean This tip seems fairly obvious. However, as life gets busy, we tend to throw things in corners and pile up clothes. Clutter in itself causes stress. Keep your bedroom organized. Make sure that everything has a place. When we see clutter in a space, our minds can be cluttered as well, and thatís anything but relaxing! Donít Add Too Many Elements To Your Room Your bedroom should be used for sleeping. There should be a bed and a minimal amount of other ďthingsĒ within the room. Keep desks and other work related items out of your bedroom in order to make the room a stress-free zone. Your bedroom should serve its purpose- a place for sleeping. A reading chair or love seat may be nice if you have the space for it, but donít go overboard with extra elements in your bedroom. Stay Away From Bright And Bold Bedding If thereís one room in the house where bright and bold wonít work, itís the bedroom. Stay away from bedding with heavy patterns and bright colors. If your bedding is too busy, it will cause you inadvertent stress. This is the opposite of what you want in your bedroom. Shut Off Electronics And Keep Them Away From The Bedroom As much as every single one of us is attached to our phones these days, the light from your phone doesnít help you sleep. Try to find a place in your room far away form the bed to keep your phone, if you must put your phone in the room. Also, keep televisions and computers out of your bedroom as well. The bright lights are a distraction from getting restful sleep. Also, just the presence of these items can cause some stress, as they remind you of less-than relaxing things. Now, get to decorating your bedroom the right way and have pleasant dreams!




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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 2/2/2018

Houseplants may seem like a strange thing to bring into your home. Plants belong outside, donít they? Plants and people actually have a relationship where they need one another. Plants produce much-needed oxygen for humans. Humans release carbon dioxide, which plants need to perform photosynthesis. Plants should be placed throughout the home, especially in bedrooms, to release fresh air throughout the night when sleeping. Essentially, the right plants in your home can help to improve your overall health and well-being. 


Increases Humidity


Many people complain of having dry air in their homes. Plants actually release about 97 percent of the water that they take in. This moisture is released back into the air and increase the humidity in the air. This means that putting several plants together can really help to increase the moisture levels in a room. Having a more moist room helps to keep respiratory symptoms from flaring up as well as decreases the number of colds, dry skin flare ups, and other ailments associated with dry air.     


Natural Air Purifiers


Plants are natural air purifiers. They remove toxins from the air and even get rid of a large percentage of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds can be found in everything from paint to newspapers and textbooks. VOCs are actually transformed into food for the plant. 


Just How Many Plants Should You Have?


To improve your health and the air quality in your home, youíll want to place plants about every 129 square feet. For air purification purposes, youíll want to place about 16-18 plants in an 1800 square foot space. This may sound like a lot, but if you consider spreading plants throughout your home, you'll fill the quota fairly quickly. Larger plants can also be used, placing one or two per room to fill this suggested requirement.  



Best Houseplant Choices:


  • Gerbera daisy
  • Spider plant
  • Boston fern
  • Philodendron
  • Snake plant
  • Peace lily


These plants all have different benefits but most are best known to purify the air, improve happiness, and increase well-being.

If you donít have a green thumb, you should definitely get one. Most houseplants are not that hard to take care of. Itís easy and fairly inexpensive to equip your home with a good number of houseplants. The greenery will also add to the ambiance and decor of your homeís overall theme. Every room, including the bathroom, can benefit from these plants. Think of houseplants like another member of the family- one that gives you oxygen and clean air to breathe!       


 





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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 1/5/2018

Accessories are the things in your home that give it character. Thereís plenty of things in your home that give visitors an idea of who you are. When we want a house to feel like a home we add the small touches. Thereís ways that you can make every room of your home visually exciting without breaking the bank. Whether youíre selling your home, or itís just time for a change, these tips will keep your home feeling like a place anyone would want it to be-cozy. While home staging is an important part of real estate, thereís a human factor involved in the marketing of homes that is completely authentic with each family that resides in a home. From keeping things organized to using personal memories, thereís ways to make your home attractive to both visitors and potential buyers. Keep everything organized Less clutter equals less fuss. When everything has a place your house just works better for everyone. Even pictures laid out on the coffee table should be placed in a strategic manner. Items like souvenirs, pictures, or vases shouldnít be placed in your home without a rhyme or reason. Be sure that you have the tools needed to keep organized. When the time comes that company is coming or youíre selling your home, youíll be glad that youíve kept organized. Use color The power of color can make any room visually exciting. Even one item that may seem out of place in a room can help bring character into your home. Funky looking mirrors, outrageous artwork, or a brightly colored wall can bring a focal point to a room that lacked one previously. Color can be a powerful tool to make a statement. Donít be afraid to be adventurous with color. Remember that memories are priceless Your life should be reflected in your home. You can creatively use pieces of memorabilia to display in your home and tell a story. Not only will this remind you of your favorite moments, but it will allow you to give visitors insight into your life and share your experiences. Use your judgment Decorating with accessories doesnít have to be complicated. If items can simply be lined up and look great then keep them the way! The science behind making a house a home is all about what makes you feel comfortable. What looks great to one person may not look as attractive to someone else. But thereís something to be said for being true to the way you like to live. The key here is to use your best judgment when decorating the inside of your home.