When it comes to choosing the right light fixtures in your house, it can seem overwhelming. The options are seemingly endless and you want to find the perfect piece to illuminate your space.
If you’ve been thinking about adding pendant lighting in your kitchen, you’ve landed on the right blog as we’re going to cover the basics and offer some tips on proper installation.
Kitchen Pendant Lighting: The Basics
This style of lighting is commonly found over a kitchen island and can be characterized by a single cord that hangs down from the ceiling and has one light fixture attached.
Pendant lighting usually has some sort of casing around the actual bulb whether it’s a cage, shade, globe, etc. which makes it a versatile lighting option for any style kitchen.
Given the fact that they come in all shapes, sizes, and styles, pendant lighting can either blend in or stand out as they offer the perfect blend of functionality and personality to brighten your space.
Kitchen Pendant Lighting: Installation Tips
If you’ve already picked out your pendant lighting and are ready to install, you’ll want to keep these tips in mind:
- Measure the length– For this step, you’ll want another set of eyes to help you find the perfect length for your pendant lighting. Be sure to factor in the length of the cord and the size of the shade. Generally, longer cords give a more traditional feel while shorter cords bring in a more modern vibe.
- Placement – As we said before, pendant lighting is usually found over a kitchen island. Since the island is commonly the focal point of your kitchen where you prepare and eat meals, talk with family, etc., you’ll want to make sure that there’s at least 30 – 36 inches of clearance between the counter and the bottom of your pendant lighting. This will help avoid any of those situations where someone bumps their head on the light fixture! If you’re hanging more than one pendant light, you’ll want to have at least 24 inches in between them. That way, they don’t feel clustered and out of place.
Pendant lighting, no matter what style you choose, serves as the perfect main or secondary light source for your kitchen!
Hanging a picture is easy. All that you have to do is find a
spot, grab a nail and hammer and get to work, right?
Not so fast.
There’s more to hanging a picture than that. Check out our
three helpful picture-hanging tips to learn more!
Making sure that everything measures up will ensure that your
picture will hang perfectly.
To get started, find a place on the wall where you want to hang
your picture. Once you’ve picked your spot, draw a very faint line with a
pencil along the center of the frame’s top edge.
This mark will serve as your reference point.
From there, you can go back to that mark and hang your picture.
Once the frame is on the wall, grab a level and rest it along the top of the
frame. Adjust accordingly until the air bubble is in the center of the tube.
right height and location
The general rule of thumb when it comes to hanging pictures is
that the bottom half of the frame should be at eye level.
To that point, when picking a spot for your picture, make sure
that it’s in proportion to the wall you’re choosing.
For instance, you won’t want to put a small picture on a large
wall just as you wouldn’t want to hang a large picture on a small wall.
You want to give the picture just enough room so that it
doesn’t feel cramped or get lost on a big wall.
Now, there’s no exact science to this so use your best
judgement when picking the perfect spot for your favorite picture.
However, when hanging a picture over a piece of furniture,
you’ll want to leave about five to nine inches of space between the bottom of
the frame and the top of your furniture.
words: wall anchors.
will be your best friend when hanging heavy pictures on your walls. If you’re
unfamiliar, wall anchors are the metal or plastic inserts that provide support
on an unreinforced wall.
you haven’t located a stud to hang your picture, always use wall anchors to
provide a level of stability.
Check out this helpful hack that we shared on our Instagram page!
Spring has sprung and this season offers the perfect opportunity for you to freshen up your living space.
If you’ve been thinking about giving your home some extra TLC, check out our three helpful spring decorating tips to get you started.
Add fresh flowers to brighten up your space
There’s no denying that fresh flowers have the power to brighten up any space in your house! Spring is the perfect season to breathe new life into the various rooms in your house with fresh flower displays. If you want to think outside of the vase, consider these flower display ideas:
- Use a tea cup: This is the perfect chance for you to use that fine china that’s collecting dust in storage! If you have flowers with shorter stems, don’t get rid of them. Simply display them in a tea cup and keep the stems tied together with a rubber band so that they don’t spread.
- Dress up the vase: If you have a clear vase and want to dress it up a bit, consider wrapping twine or colorful ribbon to add a little pizazz. In fact the colorful ribbon can be swapped out to match the season and the flowers that you’ve picked.
Flower arrangements are perfect for the dining room table, coffee table, mantle or even a windowsill. The bright pops of color combined with the natural light streaming into your house is a match made in interior-design heaven!
Swap out your lamp shades
You might not have thought about it before, but swapping out your lamp shades is a small tweak that makes a big difference. Since it’s spring time, you’ll want to swap out your current lamp shades and exchange them for lamp shades in lighter colors. You could even go the extra mile and add some customization by adding colorful fabric that matches or accents the rest of the decor in your room.
Update your tablescape
Springtime calls for light and airy colors, fresh blooms, and the occasional pop of color. All of these components make for the perfect spring-inspired tablescape. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Colorful placemats: Adding colorful placemats to your tablescape offers that subtle pop of color that accents the rest of your embellishments. Don’t just limit yourself to one color, consider placemats with geometric designs for an added layer of creativity.
- White dishes: To offset the rest of your tablescape design use white dishes. The simplicity of the dishware will help pull the entire tablescape together.
- Fresh flowers: We’ve already mentioned it once in this blog, but fresh flowers can brighten up any room or tablescape for that matter! To showcase your flower arrangements, consider using vases of varying heights to add depth to your tablescape. TIP: The tallest vase/flower arrangement that you have should be placed in the center as your focal point. From there, you can build around it with other vases of varying heights.
There’s no denying that we spend a lot of time
in our living rooms. It’s the space in our house where we watch TV, eat meals
(you know you do It), and gather with family and friends.
It’s called a living room for a reason!
If you’re planning on giving your living room
a facelift, you’ll want to check out these three helpful tips before you get
A one-dimensional room tends to be boring. To
spice up your space, think about adding depth by mixing and matching patterns
and textures. If you’re not sure where to start, decide on a color for the room
and add accents that are in different shades of that color. This alone will add
some depth to your design. Up the ante by peppering in different patterns and
By doing so, not only will you have a sense of
uniformity, but you’ll also be adding some personality into your design.
If you have lots of family pictures and art
pieces that you want to display, consider creating a picture-frame collage to
create an accent wall.
This is a great way to uniquely put these
items on display!
Find a Focal Point
want your living room to have a noticeable center. Your focal point can be
anything from a coffee table to an ottoman.
this focal point as the building block and fill in the space around it. Let’s
say for example, you go with a coffee table in the center of your room, start adding
seating options around it like custom furniture such as chairs, a sofa, and even a standing lamp.
a centerpiece for your room will help you get a better idea of the other moving
pieces that you’ll need in order to complete your living room’s design puzzle!
Focus on flow
you’re adding the various pieces of furniture around your focal point, you’ll
want to consider the flow of your room as well. As we mentioned before, your
living room can be a crowded place where you and your family relax. So, making
sure that the traffic can flow in and out with ease is imperative to the
functionality of the room.
sure to leave enough space around each piece of furniture to allow for people
to easily get in and out of their seating. A cramped room feels cluttered so
fill in your floor plan with the “less is more” mentality.
if you’re planning on decorating or redecorating your living room in the near
future, keep these three tips in the back of your mind to maximize your space
and show off your personality!
When most people start the furniture shopping process, they
automatically begin by scouring the internet to find the store with the best
Sure, you can find a piece that you kind of like and that you justify buying by telling yourself that it’s a good price. Or, you can do
yourself and your bank account a favor and invest in custom furniture.
We know what you’re thinking, save money and custom
furniture aren’t usually found in the same sentence.
However, when purchasing a piece of custom furniture, you’re
in turn making an investment because that piece will last longer than the
cheaper varieties thus saving you money in the long run.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. In this blog post, we’re
covering three (of the many) reasons why custom furniture is worth the investment!
Thanks to all of the design shows that we watch on TV and our
own creative spirit, we are becoming more and more involved in personalizing
our home decor. Given the fact that furniture is the focal point of most rooms,
many people want to build exactly what they want for their space.
This is where custom furniture comes in to play because you can get as creative as you want and mix-and-match with different fabrics, colors, styles, etc.
Thanks to custom furniture, what you pick doesn’t have to be
one-size-fits-all. It’s unique to you and your style.
We briefly touched on this topic in the
beginning of this post but it’s so important that we’re going to dive a bit
Quality and custom furniture are
synonymous. When you shop with us, you’ll
have your pick of mostly North American-made furniture that’s built with solid
wood and no veneers, pressed wood, or particle board. The furniture is built
with long-lasting, quality materials. All of this is backed by manufacturer lifetime
warranties on many pieces we sell. The
days of needing a new sofa every 2-3 years are over.
Did you ever buy a piece of furniture for
a very cheap price, take it home, and then a few months or even weeks later the
furniture starts to lose its feel?
That doesn’t come as a surprise as
low-quality furniture is often times built with low-quality materials which in
turn leads to low-quality comfort.
This is NOT a winning equation in our
On the other hand, custom furniture is built with high-quality materials that can withstand the amount of pressure and wear and tear that’s put on a piece of furniture and in turn prolong its life and your investment. There’s always going to be a store that sells furniture at cheaper prices, but when you shop at Room Concepts, you can rest assured knowing that you’re investing in a piece of quality furniture that’ll last and that you’ll love. All our furniture is meant to last 10+ years. So the next time you are thinking about buying furniture, stop in and learn about all the options that exist as well as the differences in the various furniture quality levels. We want you to buy the furniture that is best for you, your budget and your lifestyle!
Just imagine yourself relaxing in your big master bedroom that has plenty of room for every single design feature that you could imagine.
Sounds great, right?
Of course it does! But, unfortunately, this scenario might be nothing more than a figment of your imagination.
However, this doesn’t mean that you still can’t make your design dreams a reality.
If you’re currently scratching your head as to how you’re going to make the most of a small bedroom, you’ve landed on the right blog post because we’re about to offer you four simple ideas to get you started.
Idea 1: Make the space feel larger
Part of making your small bedroom feel bigger is using a cool color on your walls. A room with lighter walls makes the space feel airy, bright, and bigger than it seems. A cool color palette also gives you the chance to add some pops of color with beautiful accent pieces and subtle bedspread patterns.
Idea 2: Get organized with floating shelves
Floor space is at a premium in a small bedroom, which means storage is, too. The solution? Consider floating shelves. For instance, if you’re an avid reader and need a place to store your collection, floating shelves are a great solution. Or, maybe you want to put your art pieces, knick knacks, or beautiful plants on display. You guessed it, floating shelves are a great solution!
Idea 3: Under-bed storage
Another great space-saver for a small bedroom is investing in a storage bed. Under-bed storage gives you the space to neatly store your out-of-season clothing or other items all the while freeing up much needed closet space. Utilizing under-bed storage helps keep your items accessible and for the most part, out of sight and out of mind, which is exactly what you want when maximizing the space of a small floor plan. Oh, and let’s not forget that this piece of furniture eliminates those hard-to-get dust bunnies under your bed!
Idea 4: Invest in custom furniture
Let’s say that the dimensions of your small bedroom are a little out of the ordinary. To make sure that your furniture doesn’t overtake the space, consider looking into custom-made furniture that’s made for your space. At Room Concepts Furniture,we give our customers the opportunity to customize and invest in furniture that maximizes their floor plan and that’s right for their home!
Custom. Variety. Affordable. Quality.
These are just a few of the words that describe what makes Room Concepts Furniture different from the other furniture stores in Pittsburgh.
For more than 65 years, we’ve been proudly serving the Pittsburgh area; and, in this time, we’ve always kept our customers top-of-mind to make sure that we’re providing them with custom furniture options that make their houses feel like homes.
In fact, we always say, “No two homes are alike…Why should their furniture be?”
And it’s these words that have challenged us over the years to continually give our customers the freedom to express their sense of interior design with our top-notch furniture selection.
In this blog post, we’re putting the spotlight on just three of the many ways that Room Concepts Furniture is different from other furniture stores. Check them out!
Not only are we a family-owned furniture store, we’re family-operated, too; and, we feel like this is our biggest benefit to our customers. Why? Because Room Concepts Furniture is our family’s legacy and we take great pride in giving our customers everything from the best service in town to the best quality furniture at the best price possible.
Every piece of furniture in our inventory can be customized to fit your personal style and interior design preference. From changing dimensions to swapping out different pieces, customization is in your control and that’s the way that it should be.
While the variety of brands and styles may differ, one thing remains the same and that is that every piece of North American-made solid wood furniture that we sell is of the highest quality.
Your Style Matters!
Style evolves. What you liked 10 years ago might not be what you like now and that’s OK! If you’re in the market for an update and are shopping around for new furniture, but don’t know exactlywhat to choose, it can feel overwhelming.
But, it shouldn’t be! Furniture shopping and interior design should be a fun experience that allows you to express your style and personality.
To keep the shopping experience fun, we’ve created a quick quiz to help you uncover your design style.
And, don’t worry, this isn’t a graded quiz. It’s meant to help you uncover your unique style so you can make the right furniture purchases to furnish your space! Do you want to experience the Room Concepts difference for yourself? If so, visit us at one of our two locations in Wexford and Whitehall, PA.
Elran is North American made in Canada. All pieces come with lifetime warranties on frames, springs and manual reclining mechanisms. Elran is highly customizable meaning, you can change configurations of sectionals to fit your exact room dimensions and layout. You can choose from power or manual recline in over 300 fabrics and leathers to get the exact look you want. Whether you want a recliner, loveseat, sofa or sectional, Elran gives you exactly what you want without paying for anything more.