Archive for October, 2015

Closet Details: Lighting

By - October 30th, 2015

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The details matter, especially when making home improvement upgrades. From picking a paint color to creating a certain ambience in a room, lighting can effect a large number of decisions. Be sure to pay close attention to lighting in your closet system. Here are some things to consider from the team at Closet and Storage Concepts.

Types of Lighting

Let’s start by going over the three key types of lighting that can come into play in your closet.

Accent

Exactly as it sounds, accent lighting is used to highlight certain pieces. It’s a great way to create a bit of drama in a space. Accent lighting works particularly well for large walk-in closets. Use it to highlight art if you’ve decided to hang any, or for any holy-grail items such as a purse or a pair of shoes. This works well for boutique-styled layouts.

Task

This type of lighting helps you get things done. Whether it’s applying your makeup or choosing an accessory, task lighting can be critical to helping you make decisions as you get ready each morning. Task lighting is most often used in a walk-in closet system, but can also work extremely well with a reach-in system.

Ambient

Think of ambient lighting as the umbrella for the other types of lighting in your space. It provides general illumination and can even overlap as task lighting. Ambient lighting is important for all kinds of closet designs.

Bulbs

Interested in creating a certain atmosphere? Try switching out your bulbs. Here’s what you need to consider. Light bulbs can offer warm or cool tones. Some even provide heat radiance.

Incandescent

This is the most common type of light bulb, and is most associated with electricity. It is also the least energy efficient as most of the energy produces heat rather than light. In fact, many home improvement stores are reducing the amount of incandescent lights they carry. They can be used in fixtures that create all three types of lighting.

CFL

Compact Fluorescent Lights are most easily identified as lights with a curly tube inside the bulb. These are more energy efficient although the one major complaint is that they tend to take a longer time to shine or warm up. They use to be quite common in fluorescent under-the-cabinet lights.

LED

These bulbs have been increasingly popular as they are extremely energy efficient and the price to purchase them decreases. They have been popular for accent and task lighting although they can be used for all three types of lighting. Choose this type of bulb in your closet so you can reduce the amount of time you have to replace your lights – some have been known to have a lifespan of 20 years!

Fixtures and Styles

Recessed

These are by some of the most common types of light fixtures, especially in newer homes. These lights can create all types of light and ambience in your home but are particularly good for general lighting and accent lighting.

Track Lights

With this fixture, the lights are aligned on a track, although you don’t have to settle for the plain white linear track anymore. There is a wide selection of styles and many use LED bulbs. These are great to help create accent or overall ambience to your space.

Under-the-cabinet

These are particularly useful for task lighting. They can help you select a piece of jewelry or compare certain accessories. They go perfect with a set of drawers that house your jewelry, cuff links, or other small items.

Chandeliers and Pendants

Give your closet an added design touch with a miniature chandelier or strategically placed pendants. They can give added drama while providing essential lighting.

Be sure to plan your closet design with the details in mind. Consult with one of our expert designers at Closet and Storage Concepts today to start creating and organizing your home today!

More Information/ Sources:
https://www.americanlightingassoc.com/Lighting-Fundamentals/3-Types-of-Lighting.aspx
http://www.energy.gov/energysaver/lighting-choices-save-you-money
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Halloween Planning: Guests (and Ghosts)

By - October 27th, 2015

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The holidays are coming whether you like it or not and that means that guests will soon be at your front door! With Halloween in sight, you may also be seeing more guests (and maybe even a few ghosts)! No matter if you’re preparing guests or ghosts this season, your local Closet and Storage Concepts team is ready to help you prepare for any that might be coming your way.

Impressions First: The Doorstep

Create a ghoulish display from the very first step. There are so many options to choose from especially when considering the direction you want to go in. From the haunting to the sparkly, there’s no shortage of design options. For a subtle look try spray-painting your pumpkins with chalkboard paint to write a scary message. Or you can go all out with “cobwebs”, lights, and other décor. With enough luck you might even come across a ghost or two on Halloween.

Beds & Bedding

No more squeaky and scary sounding mattresses – upgrade! Don’t forget to tend to any murphy or wall beds. If you’re in need of a wall bed update be sure to call us today! We may even be able to offer you with some solutions for the springs or other mechanisms.

Bedding is a great easy way to incorporate the holidays from Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. You can change the color scheme to match the holiday, incorporate thematic pillows, or choose any combination of other options to create a space as festive as you’d like.

Sensory Details

Greet guests and create a Halloween atmosphere by using sound devices triggered by motion. For a fun gift, try a small sound machine that releases horror screams, creaky doors and floors, or fantastical beasts at the touch of a button. 

Use fluffy spider webs on mirrors to give a spooky vibe, and welcome guests with fluffy towels. Towels and bedding can be a great point of comfort for traveling and weary guests.

Bring on the scents! Try making your own and storing them in a fun cauldron shaped container. You’ll be sure to find seasonal options in almost any home or furniture store. Candles and diffusers can help give your guests a sense of a retreat or being a home away from home.

No matter if you’re planning on welcoming ghosts or guests, you’ll be ready with these tips. Use them in your home today to get a head start on the holidays! Need more tips on how to create room for guests or maybe cleaning out a spare room? Call in the organizational experts at Closet and Storage Concepts today! We may even give you more scary good storage tips!

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