Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Purposeful Sunroom

A Purposeful Sunroom

D.J.’sPainting and Remodeling knows that you work hard and want your home to be a place you can relax. If you have an existing sunroom or have been considering adding on to your house, a sunroom can have as much purpose as any other living space in your home.

A sunroom can serve as a sanctuary, a space with little clutter and easy access. Create a breakfast nook to enjoy the morning rays, a comfortable chair to read a book in the afternoon sun, or set up space to play board games or work on a puzzle with the kids on a rainy day. The benefit of a sunroom is that it allows you to feel like you are experiencing the outdoors no matter the season or weather.

The beauty of a sunroom is it can serve multiple purposes with very little changes. If you would like an entertaining space for your book club or for when your kids and grandkids come for dinner, a sunroom can be designed to accommodate a social calendar. The room protects food from bugs during a neighborhood barbecue or can let you enjoy some natural light away from elements like humidity. A sunroom marries indoor and outdoor living space.

Above all, a sunroom is a living space. The natural light will make it a natural haven of your home. The perfect sunroom will accommodate interests, activities, and relaxation. At D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling, we think that the sunroom is not just an extra room, but the room that can make your house the place you want to be!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Home Office Elements

ABC’s of the Perfect Home Office

At D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling, we are into details and the details of your home office are important to us! We want to share with you some important details to consider when remodeling your home office or office work space.
Above projects completed by D.J.'s Painting.
Appropriate storage
In a home office setting, the amount and type of storage installed is vital. Make sure there is enough! On the upper cabinets, shallow storage is best because you won’t want things out of reach behind a first layer of books. In the lower cabinets, go deep. File cabinets need plenty of space for documents and you will want adequate space for your supplies and tools.

Brilliant lighting
Naturally, you’ll want natural light if possible. For large windows, you may need to consider installing curtains or another way to block out the morning or afternoon sun if it will affect you. If not a lot of sunbeams are available to you, proper lighting is absolutely essential. You’ll have no regrets if you contract electrical work to ensure adequate lighting.

Convenient electrical
Speaking of electrical work, your work space may not already be suited to handle your desktop, tablet, phone charger, printer, fax machine, or a television all at once. If these are all items you need to work, make it happen by having additional electrical installed to suit your needs.

Decent work space
Having an adequate amount of space to work is possibly the most important element of your home office. If you work from home, but spend a fair amount of time out of the office, you may not require a large work space, but if you are in your office most of the time and have multiple tasks going at once, a large work space is vital. Consider the amount of books or materials you use at one time and that will provide an idea of what is needed.

Exceptional seating
If you rarely stray from your desk chair, it better be comfortable. You may not want to spend a fortune on a chair, but you will want to spend plenty of time on the decision. Make sure it is comfortable, the right height, and the proper style. If you hold meetings in your home office, make sure the seating options will accommodate your guests needs as well.

D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling would like to help you think through all the details of your office space. We would even go through the whole alphabet to make sure the result is the ultimate office!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Color Trend: 'Greige'

A ‘Greige’ Area

We could argue whether ‘greige’ is a real word, but the trend in interior design color may have Webster adding it to the dictionary soon! Neutrals are no longer standard gray, beige, white, and black as painters and interior designers combine gray and beige to set a whole new standard in color design and there are some benefits to this rising trend.

Plays well with others
Greige offers flexibility in your home’s color design as it is easily coordinated with a variety of textures and gives unity to a space. You’ll find that it creates a subtle statement with a little more excitement than a standard gray or beige and allows you to have flexibility with the remaining elements in the room.

Earthy and elegant
This new tone also fits with a variety of styles. Whether you are working toward an earthy look or a more elegant appeal, greige can work with different styles to achieve entirely different looks.

If you think greige might be just as dull as the rest of the neutrals, think again! This shade comes loaded with undertones depending on which shade of greige you choose. You can add color to the room based on the undertones present in your greige of choice.

At D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling, we see a lot of beige going into Bloomington homes. Greige is a way to stray from the trend while achieving the same classic look. It also gives you much more options outside the range of the typical beige or gray colors.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Entertainment Centers

The Best in Entertainment Centers

One big obstacle in the design of a family room is the television. You have to contend with cords, remotes, movie players, speakers, movies, and don’t forget the actual television. Whether your goal is to hide the entertainment system away or to leave it on display, D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling has some options that can make your whole entertainment center something to be proud of!

Build it in
Built-in cabinets provide great flexibility in design options. Some homeowners opt to use the entire wall while some may choose to do a smaller scale that only takes up a portion of the wall. A corner cabinet is another option. The right design allows you to put more into the space that detracts attention from the presence of the television like books or home decor. Darker hues in the wood will also aid in making the television blend into the background.

Picture perfect
If a built-in cabinet is a little more than you want, a frame around the television will make it appear finished and hide the cords. You can pick a frame that will accent the décor already in your home and coordinate with other wall décor. Another option is to put the television in the wall and frame around it. The flush surface will conceal the bulk of the tv.

Closed meeting
If building something into your home to accommodate your entertainment system is a slightly larger project than you are looking to complete, plenty of beautiful cabinets are available to match your style and storage needs. And the cabinet doors will allow you to tuck the television away if the cinema is not the main event at a gathering.

There are a ton of other options for your entertainment center. The television can be mounted or you can change it up and install a projector and screen! No matter your preference, a good solution for your television does exist!   Hide all the cords and make your living space beautiful with the right entertainment center.