Interior Design

Open up or Close off a Room (Without Moving Walls)

Those of us who live in an older home often fantasize about the potential of a wide-open kitchen. Of course, the opposite is also true; plenty of home owners with open layouts dream about having the privacy of separate rooms! If you find yourself living in a home that you otherwise love, but are stuck with a layout that doesn't fit your style, then you might think that your only option is to add or remove walls. Unfortunately, this process is prohibitively expensive, stressful, and time-consuming for many home owners. Luckily, there is another way! By implementing strategic design changes, you can create the illusion of opening up or closing off a space without making any actual changes to the home's layout!

Lighten Up! 7 Great Home Lighting Tricks

A dim room can darken your entire attitude, especially when you know that the weather outside is bright and sunny. No matter how stylish and functional it is otherwise, a room with poor lighting can never reach its full potential. Besides being more convenient in general, a well-lit room will make colors pop, raise your mood, and make cleaning much easier. You might think that your only hope is to install more fixtures, but that process can be both annoying and expensive. Luckily, there are a wide range of lighting tricks that can quickly brighten any room!

People Already Regret Following These Home Trends

When you start seeing something new and trendy all over social media, it can be extremely difficult to resist the urge to follow along. If the trend is just a new haircut or article of clothing, then there's not much more than your pride on the line; however, when it comes to your home, going all-in on trendy design elements can make it harder to sell, especially if the change is difficult or expensive to reverse. In order to get a feel for the current trends that are already starting to age poorly, Apartment Therapy sifted through the 2,400 responses to a question posed on Reddit's popular r/HomeImprovement subreddit: "What is a current trend in homes that people will regret in 20+ years?" Although the time period might seem a bit long, the answers revealed common trends that are already starting to wear out their welcome.