Would you like to make any improvements to your home in 2016? If you’re like most people, you’re always looking for ways to make your rooms look a little better. But too often we put off the process because of the time commitment and potential cost.
Make 2016 the year you start to make your current home your dream home. It’s easier than you think. Here are 10 simple home improvements you can do right away that won’t take longer than a weekend or break the bank.
- Replace some of your statement furniture. Don’t worry about every piece of Western furniture in your home being part of a matching set. But do make sure the pieces most often used and seen are in great condition. They should also reflect your current taste and lifestyle. If your last sofa purchase was ten years ago and you’ve since bought a house and started a family, you may consider upgrading to a sectional sofa.
- Switch out your faucets. This is something fairly easy to do and it can make a huge difference in the way your rooms look. Think of how different your master bathroom would appear if you replaced your current faucet.
- Nearly every common room will look better with crown molding. Adding crown molding can be time consuming and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Trimroc crown molding is a lightweight foam coated in hard plaster. It cuts smoothly with a handsaw and goes up quickly. You can add crown molding to a room in a day or two this way.
- Make your fireplace more efficient. By adding a gas or wood-burning insert, you’ll add energy efficient to improve your home without having to tear apart your hearth and mantel.
- If you lack storage in your bathroom, hang a medicine cabinet. All you’ll need is a stud finder and a drill and you can be done in less than an hour.
- Here’s an upgrade you’ll want to make before next winter: Lay an eco-friendly layer of insulation on your kitchen floor by using cork flooring. Cork is easier to install than wood flooring, and it will sit well over your existing flooring (or plywood or concrete). Once it’s installed, you’ll never worry about the shock of a cold kitchen floor on a chilly morning.
- Add chandeliers to unexpected places. Everyone would expect to see an elegant chandelier in the dining room, but most would be surprised to see a rustic chandelier in a family room with Southwest furniture. For a unique contrast, add a chandelier to your laundry room. Who doesn’t love sophistication in strange spots?
- Shine a spotlight on your stairway. Could it use a fresh coat of paint? A new banister? Draw attention to the area by turning the wall into a place to display your family photos or works of art. Gallery walls aren’t only for living rooms!
- Installing ceiling fans will benefit you in every season. The popularity of ceiling fans continues to grow as more and more homeowners are learning how much energy savings they can bring. Ceiling fans create cooling breezes during the summer, which reduce the need for air conditioners. In winter, they circulate the heated air, which keeps the rooms warm. Installing a ceiling fan is a relatively simple process, so whether you do it yourself or call in a professional, it won’t take much time.
- Paint! When in doubt, paint. Paint accent walls. Paint your ceilings. Paint your exterior and interior doors. Even if you’re happy with the colors of your walls, you’ll want to freshen them up every so often with a fresh coat of paint. This is the fastest and least expensive way to make your home look better instantly. The most challenging part of the entire process is waiting for the paint to dry.
Before you start any home improvement projects, you should have an idea of your long-term goals. Think about what you want your home to look like when you’re finished. Do your ideas complement each other? Will they work well together? Prioritizing your projects will help you decide what to begin with. Remember, you won’t be able to do everything all at once. Half the fun of home improvement projects is watching things come together over time.
Summer is almost here at last. Longer days, sunshine and warm nights make for happier people and so many outdoor adventures. When it comes to summertime home essentials, getting new patio furniture, cabin furniture and sprucing up the grill are usually at the top of everyone’s to-do lists. But it’s just as important to keep your interiors comfortable and up-to-date during the summer—after all, you’ll need somewhere nice to retreat at the end of a scorching day.
Here are five summer essentials for your home:
1. A quality mattress. Summertime is ideal for outdoor activity, and long, warm nights can make it difficult to sleep. Make sure your mattress is up-to-date so you can get the best rest.
2. Lighter bed linens. That down comforter just won’t do.
3. If you plan to do any entertaining, treat yourself to a nice wine rack. It will keep your libations organized and leave them within reach.
4. On that note, when outdoor summer parties move inside, make sure your home is equipped with plenty of bar stools to accommodate extra guests.
5. If you have a country home or a cabin, get a hammock for those lazy summer days. You won’t regret it.
Your coffee table plays an important role in your home decor and furniture. And finding the perfect fit is just the first step to coffee table ownership—you’ll also have to decorate it. Whether you’re a minimalist or into the shabby-chic look, you’ll have an array of options for your cabin interiors tabletop. Here are a few coffee table decorating ideas:
- Add a stack of books to a corner. Use a few large, pretty books to make a stack, and top the stack off with something decorative that fits your theme.
- Place something fresh in the center. This can be a potted plant, a vase of fresh flowers or even a basket of fruit. This will add life to your room and provide color that will be easy to change.
- If you have a small coffee table, keep in simple and place a tray in the center or off to a side. Add a few candles and small knick knacks that reflect your personality.
- Add some glass bottles, old or new, to add a vintage touch. Use bottles made from the same materials with similar colors but different shapes.
Your coffee table will be the focal point of your living space, so make sure to dress it up to reflect your decorating style.
There’s no doubt about it—leather furniture looks right at home in any rustic cabin or country house. Durable, luxurious and long-lasting, leather upholstery makes a great choice for country home furniture. If you’re in the market for some new rustic home furnishings, consider taking a look at leather.
There are quite a few misconceptions about leather furniture. Some people think that it won’t last long, while others think that it’s hard to care for. In fact, the opposite is true: leather is a natural product and therefore it becomes even more beautiful as it ages. Aging brings out its natural patina. To care for your leather upholstery, wipe it with a clean soap-free cloth during your normal cleaning routine and have a deep cleaning session every 6 to 12 months.
Some people also think they shouldn’t have leather furniture because of their pets or kids. In reality, your leather furniture will be just as safe as the rest of your home furnishings. If you’re worried about your cat using it as a scratching post, you can have an extra finish applied to your pieces to give them extra protection.
Leather warms to your body heat and stays pleasantly cool in the summertime, creating a comfortable place to sit year round. When it comes to country home furniture, you can’t go wrong with leather upholstery.
It holds your valuable possessions, makes a good resting spot for your favorite book, holds a bedside lamp in style and stays by your side as you sleep. Next to a bed, your nightstand is the most useful piece of furniture in the bedroom. And no matter how small your space is, you should have one.
If your bedroom is full of rustic home furnishings, you may not think a nightstand is necessary. But just browse our collection and you’ll see that we’ve got a nightstand to complement all your country home furniture. Our Glacier Log Nightstand is handcrafted and would be perfect for cabin interiors. Our Colorado Bark 1 Drawer Nightstand is ideal for anyone wanting to add a little eclectic flair to their rusting home furnishings.
When shopping for a nightstand for your bedroom, always consider the height, size and storage needs. Think about what you will want to store in your nightstand before you buy it. Also think about your style…you may want it to match your other furniture, but choosing a nightstand with contrasting materials is sure to make it stand out.
Rustic home furnishings aren’t limited to your living room or your cabin interiors. The beauty of going country with your decor is that you can use it in every room without fear of going overboard. Since rustic decor tends to evoke a sense of comfort and peace, it makes sense to set up your home office with this theme. Use these rustic home office decorating ideas as inspiration to give your home work space a relaxed vibe.
Start by finding the perfect rustic desk. No home office is complete without a desk! The size of desk you’ll need will depend on the type of work you do as well as the amount of space available.
If you will use your home office to hole up and write the next great American novel, our Log Writing Desk in Skip Peel will be a perfect match. Artists and designers who need more space will be inclined to choose a Large Mission Desk. If you want to add some elegance to your rustic home office, go for a desk with turquoise inlay. And don’t forget about a rustic file cabinet to help you keep your paperwork organized.
Once you’ve decided on a desk, you can pick out the rustic home furnishing accessories to complement it. You may want to add some wall art featuring pictures or paintings of wide open spaces or cowboy culture. If you have bookshelves in your home office, add some rustic figurines or other country Western accessories. To add to the relaxed atmosphere, add a rug to the room. You can also consider covering your walls with fabric to enhance the relaxed vibe and give your space a country home look.
Of course, you’ll also want to make sure your rustic home office has the proper lighting. A nice table lamp will help you avoid eye strain while you work if your desk has the space to accommodate it. If the room doesn’t have adequate track lighting, a couple of well-placed floor lamps should provide all the light you need. If you want to create a more sophisticated work space, add a chandelier.
In short, designing a rustic home office is similar to creating a country vibe throughout the rest of your home. Select quality wood pieces that are durable and cater to the look you want to have. Accentuate with rusting home furnishing accessories, remembering to include pieces that bring you joy since your home office is your space to work and create. Since rustic home furnishings give every space a comfortable, homey look, your home office is the perfect place to decorate in this style.
Just like the right accessories can make an entire outfit look better, finding the right coffee table for your living space can enhance the entire room. When it comes to home decor and furniture, the coffee table is a standard staple. Finding the perfect coffee table can be a bit overwhelming, so before you browse the collection at our Colorado furniture store, keep these 10 tips in mind:
1) Consider the size of your room. Is it small and cramped or large and spacious? This will help you determine the right size and shape. Look at the other furniture in the room as well. Your coffee table should be no more than one or two inches lower than the seat of your couch for convenience and aesthetic appeal.
2) Decide what the functionality of the table will be. If it will simply be there to be visually pleasing, a more ornate design may be right for you. If you need extra storage space, check out coffee tables with drawers and shelves. At the very least, you should choose a coffee table you feel comfortable setting a drink on, even if its main purpose will be its visual appeal.
3) Explore different materials. Wooden coffee tables are classic and rustic-chic, but not all wood has the same traits. Guamuchil wood is a strong, unique-looking wood native to Mexico and South America, while traditional pine will complement practically any color palette.
4) Will you need to move your coffee table often or use it for entertaining? If so, take its portability into consideration.
5) Scale is important. Every piece of furniture in the room should be the appropriate scale. Pair an oversized couch with a large coffee table so that the room won’t appear “off.”
6) Keep your budget in mind. Coffee tables have a large price range and, just like all of your home decor and furniture, should not strain your budget.
7) Consider your coffee table a long-term investment, not a short-term fix for your room. Unlike a framed photo or other small home decor items, your coffee table should be a long-term fixture that survives several redecorating phases.
8) If you move fairly often or are prone to rearranging your furniture on a whim, a multi purpose coffee table (such as this cocktail cart table) may be your best bet.
9) Some shapes add depth to a room, while some can give the room a more spacious look. Envision what your room will need and buy accordingly.
10) Last but not least, consider the kind of family and friends you have. If there are no small children that live in your home, a square coffee table will be perfectly fine. Otherwise, you may want to consider rounded edges so they don’t hurt themselves on the corners. If you entertain guests frequently, select a coffee table that won’t easily stain when drinks are placed on it… or be diligent about coasters!
A coffee table makes a room look warm and inviting. Make sure the one you buy will be an asset to your home decor and furniture.
We can hardly believe that the long, languorous days of summer are starting to wind down. And with it, we’re already thinking about feathering our nest for fall.
Nothing makes home and hearth come alive like the handcrafted appeal of rustic home furnishings. And one of the best places to start is with our Back at The Ranch Living Collections. Infuse the warmth and spirit of your cabin interior, ranch or country home with the perfect home décor and furnishings. Create an enviable atmosphere with everything from the perfect benches, trunks and sectionals to cabinets and storage, recliners, end tables, sleepers, consoles and so much more from our Colorado furniture store.
Check out some of our favorite living collections below, and go to our Living Collections page for a complete list of our extensive offerings!
Luxurious seating comfort in fine leather furniture will give you great decorating ideas at a price you can afford. Leather brings prestige to any interior with its special allure, feel, and intoxicating smell. This timeless material complements any look, from cabin interiors to country home furniture and everything between! And it delivers superior value. Even with continuous use, leather upholstery outlasts fabric at least four times over and unlike fabric, leather improves with age and will be even more at home anywhere in the house.
Enjoy the beauty of the outdoors in the comfort of your own living room with this country home furniture collection. This beautiful collection, featuring rounded arms, plush seats, and rustic log pine accents will have you eager to get cozy and curl up with a good book and a warm cup of coffee. Works well with a range of home furnishings accessories.
This hauntingly beautiful collection is the epitome of refined rustic western home décor and furniture. These stunning living room pieces are meticulously handcrafted from hand forged iron and restored, reclaimed wood derived from some of America’s oldest structures, dating back as far as the early 1800s. It’s the perfect rustic home furnishings touch for anyone who loves a bit of history.
Looking for versatile home décor and furnishings? You’ll love the Mt. Emmons collection, which offers endless possibilities with this versatile group of seating perfect as country home furniture, in cabin interiors, ranch-style homes and more. Available as a sofa, loveseat, chair, queen sofa, full sleeper, chaise and many other sectional configurations.
This beautiful turquoise-inlay furniture will only get better with time and impress for generations while working beautifully with any home décor or furnishings. Set the stage for beautiful comfort with living room room furniture that features the unique character of hand-crafted alder, 100-year-old oak, and turquoise inlay or slate inlay add the soul of the southwest to any room.
If we could put one item in every home — and we really mean every home — it would be a cowhide rug. This classic, go-with-everything piece works in any setting, and pairs perfectly with everything from country home furniture to ranch furniture, cabin interiors, contemporary homes and so much more!
At Back At The Ranch, our Brazilian Cowhide Rugs come in three different colorways: black and white, brown and white and a combo of brown, black and white. They measure about 6 feet wide by 7.5 feet long, and are versatile enough to go almost anywhere in the house and with any home décor and furniture you have.
Of course, cowhide rugs look great in the living room and add the perfect touch to rustic settings. But we also love them in dining rooms underneath the dining table and in bedrooms. They are gorgeous placed on their own on the floor or look fabulous layered on top of sisal rugs as well. And think of it as a great roving piece that you can move from room to room to change up the look.
Back to school time always gets us excited. Even though we don’t have to buy all of the supplies, we still love seeing all the notebooks and pencils and pens in the store. And this year, it has inspired to update the home décor and furnishings in our office. The easiest way to give your office a new look is with a fabulous desk that coordinates with your rustic home furnishings or cabin interior. Check out a few of our favorites:
For a more polished look: San Juan Turquoise Inlay Desk
We love the unique character of handcrafted alder, 100 year-old oak, and stone inlay on these desks. Careful attention is paid during the construction of these one-of-a-kind pieces, from soft rounded edges and metal drawer slides, to wrought iron hardware and smooth joinery.
For a simple and very affordable upgrade: The Large Mission Desk
This traditional Mission style desk in a medium oak stain looks great in many office spaces. It is constructed of hardwood solids and oak veneers with mortise and tenon joints to provide durability.
For a rustic look: The Log Writing Desk in Skip Peel
Designed with beauty to equal their practicality and usefulness this desk is just right for the home office or student’s room. It’s Handcrafted in Montana by skilled artisans who translate the beauty of nature into the lines of these high quality pieces. Each desk is constructed using solid American grown wood with a clear lacquer finish.