7 Tips and Tricks to Plan Out Your Dream Home Like a Designer

Make your long awaited dream home come true with these 7 tricks to help you plan out your home like a designer!


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We all have that huge collection of photos on our Pinterest of what we would like our dream home to look like, but how can we actually make this dream come true? Planning our home’s layout and putting every square foot of space to use is really not as easy as we think. Most homeowners actually overlook at how much space they actually have to work with, because its loaded with furniture, knickknacks, and clutter. Here are some ways you can make your dream home come true and plan it out like a real designer!

Start with a Clean Slate

First thing is first, de-clutter your home and get rid of any stuff you don’t need. You would be surprised at what a difference it makes once you clear useless things out of your home. Souvenirs from your Bahamas vacation, loads of photos in mismatching picture frames, you get it – clear it out! Put these things in storage containers, label them, and put them away in your basement. You don’t need these things cluttering your mantel or coffee table.

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Plan Each Room for a Purpose

Just because your existing home comes with a home library on the first floor, doesn’t mean you have to use it. If you don’t see yourself using the library much but could really use a play room for your kids, re-model that room for your purpose! Many of us tour model homes and find how luxurious it is to have a home office, a winery, and a library. But is this something you really need? Are you really going to use those spaces? Think about being practical and making the most out of every space in your home.

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Use a Good Floor Planner

Before you go arranging and purchasing new furniture to remodel your home, make sure to use a good floor planner. PlanningWiz is a free online 3D room planner where you can easily plan out your home’s layout, furniture, flooring, decorative accessories and so much more! It’s easy and there are tons of options to make your floor plan look as realistic as possible. It’s also a good way of seeing what will fit in your room and what will look good before you go out purchasing furniture, changing your flooring, and painting your walls.

Put Lighting to Good Use

What’s one secret that interior designers swear by? Great lighting of course! You would be surprised at what a difference fantastic lighting can make in a home. Have you every changed your dim lightbulbs and realized your home looks twice the size? Those are some tricks designers use all the time. How about hanging a beautiful crystal chandelier in your living room and then hanging up a large gold mirror above your mantel. The chandelier will reflect off the mirror making this beautiful soft lighting bounce all around your room!

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Create Conversation Areas

Making a layout that enforces conversation is a great start to creating a space that feels homey, inviting, and comfortable. Instead of having all of your sofas face towards the television, face them one across the other with a coffee table in the middle. Make your rooms in balance and make sure the furniture flows together instead of floating by themselves. Don’t put single chairs in the corner and don’t shove your sofa right up against the wall. Pulling it into the living space will create a homier feel and make your guests feel welcome.

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Make Your Space Look Bigger

Most homeowners have one problem in mind – their home isn’t big enough! There are so many ways you can actually make your home visually look bigger without having to change it’s size! Breaking down walls and creating an open plan layout is one of the best ways to make your home look bigger, brighter, and twice the size! Mirrored walls are also the oldest trick in the book as well and beautiful, bright lighting that lights up the darkest corners of the room.

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Consider Safety For Children

When planning out your home’s layout and decorating, including that beautiful glass coffee table might seem like a glamorous decision, but not so great if you have kids. Safety should always come first when making a floor plan, and things like balconies, stairs, railing, and expensive glass walls or furniture should be avoided. All these things are great for adults but definitely may need to be swapped with something else that is safer and kid friendly.


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10 Easy Ways to Transform Your Space into a Home Theater!

Here’s how you can transform your extra room in your home into a home theater!


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Having a home theater truly is a luxury addition to any home. But what if you could create one yourself without having to pay for custom woodwork, special surround sound, lighting, and carpeting? It’s actually easier than you think to create your own home theater room, and it’s a bonus if you have an empty room that’s not getting much use. Follow our easy guide to making your own home theater without breaking the bank:

Choosing the Right Room

If you have more than one room in your home to turn into a theather, it might be tricky to pick between the two. A room that is a rectangular shape works best as well as one with the least doors and windows. You want to try to make your room as dark as possible, and if possible have it away from any bedrooms to avoid bothering other family members.

Pick a Wall for Your Television

Ideally, the wall where you install your television or projector screen should be as big as possible or not directly across a window. It’s also a good idea to install it on a wall where there is already an existing closet, which makes for great storage for electronics.

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Go Wireless

Every home theater system needs to have surround sound, but installing a wired system can become expensive and complicated. Now, there are lots of options available on the market for wireless surround sound that can give you great sound, but also a very easy way to install!

Choose Comfortable Seating

Making your home theater the best it can be, all starts with comfortable seating. There are tons of home theater seating furniture available that offer reclining Octane theater seating, cupholders, and so much more. Consider how many family members you have and how many people you are expecting to have over at once and choose the right amount and size seats that will fit your space.

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Seating Distance

You may have not thought about this, but the distance between your home theater seating and your television plays a big part in the overall movie experience. If your screen is 60 inches wide, your seating should be double the distance, at 120 inches. Many people are tempted to put their seating closer, but you shouldn’t. You won’t be able to see the build-up structure of the image, lowering your overall experience.

Don’t Forget Decorating

Just because this is a home theater, doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with the latest decorating trends. Treat your theater like an extension of your home and make your existing decorating seamlessly flow in with your theater decor.

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Hide Cables and Wires

When preparing your home theater, you’ll definitely find that you will have a lot of cables and wires. This can start to look cluttered, especially since most cables are white and your room is so dark, so it’s best to hide them away. Avoid installing these under carpeting at all costs, and instead run cables along baseboards. You can easily camouflage them with cable covers.

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Paint Walls a Dark Color

You may have noticed that all movie theaters are painted in dark colors, there is definitely a good reason for that and it’s not about keeping up with the latest decorating trends. Media rooms should always be painted a dark color to help the television or projector image have the strongest colors and contrast. Paint all of your walls black, grey, or dark red color.

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Hang Dark Curtains

To block out as much natural light as possible, purchase black light blocking curtains. If you can’t find these in the store, you can easily make them yourself or layer two types of curtains to get a heavier look. This will make sure you will not have a glare on your television that will ruin your overall experience.

Think About the Future

Before you go spending thousands of dollars on your new home theater renovation, consider what the future will hold for this room in your home. If you plan on selling your home in the future, or even are expecting a child, think about how you may be using this new room. Don’t invest too much in any permanent instalments that will be expensive to remove like moldings, platforms for seating, and so on.

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