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5 Ways to Transform Your Home for the Holidays

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Turn Your House Into a Home for the Holidays

There are so many wonderful things about the holiday season, but one of the best parts is getting some extra time at home with family. This holiday season, we want to help you transform your home for the holidays. Nothing makes your house feel more like a home than that warm, comfy feeling you get when you walk into a beautifully decorated home. Here are our top 5 tips for transforming your home for the season.

1.   Make Your Space Cozier

With the holidays right around the corner, chances are it is getting chilly outside. Make your space cozier this holiday season to create a more inviting and comfy environment. One of the easiest ways to make your space cozier is to incorporate heavier textiles into your home design. Think thick blankets, throws, accent pillows, and rugs. Having these items on the back of chairs, draped over the couch, or even in a basket in your living room will create a cozier and softer vibe throughout the home.

You can also create that coveted cozy feeling through scent. Stock up on your favorite holiday candles or bake cookies before you have guests come over to exude coziness and holiday joy throughout the home.

2.   Incorporate New Lighting

Lighting is a great and simple way to transform your home, and it is super easy to do during the holidays! Opt for softer colors and more yellow lights to create a warmer feeling inside the home. String lights are also great for creating a beautiful, classic holiday feel on the interior and exterior of a house. Wrap them around a staircase or over the fireplace to accent the natural beauty of the space. You can also invest in lighting that will be useful year-round, such as floor lamps, twinkle lights, and outdoor accent lighting to give your home that special extra touch.

3.   Consider a Fresh Coat of Paint

While you are spending time thinking of how you want to transform your home for the holidays, perhaps you want to consider a fresh coat of paint on the walls. The winter is a great time to do interior painting; whether you want a new splash of color or have been meaning to finish some touch-ups around the house, a fresh coat of paint can liven up your space just in time for the holidays. Ensure you work with an interior paint specialist to get the right color, paint type, and necessary tools to create a flawless finish.

4.   Set the Table

Another simple way to transform your home for the holidays is to have a special table setting prepared. Invest in a pretty tablecloth, table runners, cloth napkins, and holiday dishes. Add candles or some beautiful seasonal plants or flowers to the table as well. Decorating a table is truly an art, so get creative and let your table setting be reflective of your beautiful home during the holidays!

5.   Fill it with Friends and Family

Want to know our single best tip for transforming your home this holiday season? Fill your home with the presence of loved ones. The holidays are all about being close with friends and family and sharing some valuable time together. Your home should be a place to gather and create beautiful memories, and with the tips above, you will feel confident inviting your nearest and dearest over to share time with you.

Wishing You Happy Holidays, from Our Home to Yours

From all of us at Ricciardi Brothers, we hope you have a very happy holiday season. For all of your paint and design needs, do not hesitate to reach out to us or to stop by our design centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Delaware for expert help. We look forward to seeing you around!

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6 Ways to Spruce up the Exterior of Your Home in the Fall

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So long, summer! Fall is officially upon us, and with its arrival you may feel the urge to switch up your home’s exterior decorations to match the new season. All you need is some creativity and love for autumn, and you’ll have the most festive home on the street! Here are six ways you can spruce up your home’s exterior during the fall.

1. Pumpkins Galore

Pumpkins are a fall staple – they appear everywhere from Halloween displays to caffeinated drinks during the season. Therefore, they are the perfect addition to your front porch when the weather starts to get chilly. Decorating your pumpkins is half of the fun – you can carve them, paint them, or even wrap patterned ribbons around them to add your own personal flair! Consider including gourds in the mix – their various colors can add the perfect contrast to your pumpkin’s famous orange shade.

2. Harvest-Themed Decorations

Nothing reminds people of fall like a good scarecrow! Decorating your front yard with scarecrows is a cute and fun way to greet your guests. Accompany them with corn stalks –a definite eye-catching piece for passersby. Prop these fall staples up next to your scarecrow or flank your porch with them. Try out hay bales as well – they add a rustic touch to your home’s exterior and can be a surface for you to place other decorations, such as baskets and more pumpkins.

3. Seasonal Blooms

While the summery days of tending to your garden may be gone until next year, there are still some plants and flowers that blossom in the fall. Mums are fall’s favorite flower as they bloom late, making them a perfect choice to display on your front porch. Sunflowers and pansies are other flowers that thrive during the fall season. Don’t focus just on blooms – hostas and succulent plants are also a great green choice for your porch and garden in the fall.

4. Door Decorations

Let your front door exhibit your love for fall! A classic way to spruce up your doorway in the fall is with a leaf, berry, or twig branch wreath. Consider hanging a basket on your door and filling it with a flower, foliage, and wheat arrangement – it’s a beautiful way to usher your home into the season. Don’t be afraid to get festive too – putting up cobwebs for Halloween, or cute turkey cutouts in November is another creative way to decorate your door!

5. Decorate Your Fence for Fall

Your fall decorating doesn’t have to stop at your front porch! Decorate your fences with even more wreaths, fall plants, and holiday touches. Your fence is a great place to display Halloween decorations such as ghosts and pumpkins to greet trick-or-treaters, as well as letter banners celebrating Thanksgiving and the upcoming winter holidays.

6. New Exterior Paint

Fall is the season of change, so it’s the perfect time to switch up the exterior paint of your home! Pick a warm tone of paint for your fence to match the falling leaves and autumn sunlight. You can also repaint your front door to differentiate your house from the rest of the neighborhood. If you want to repaint your entire house, fall is your last chance before winter’s harsh conditions prevent you from doing so!

Fall Design Services and Paint in NJ, PA, and DE

If you are looking for some help sprucing up your home for the fall, Ricciardi Brothers would be more than happy to help you! Our design services, led by our trained and experienced professional staff, can help you with all of your fall decorating needs. We offer the best selection of house paints to choose from, color consultations, custom window treatments, and more. Contact the location nearest to you today to learn more about our services to let us help you spruce up your house this fall!

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5 Interior Design Tricks to Transform Your Home

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For those who aren’t design experts, changing up a room in your home can get intimidating. You might think that you need to have an eye for design and decoration in order to make gorgeous changes, but there are so many tips and tricks you can utilize to turn your home into the talk of your friends and family. At Ricciardi Brothers, our Design Center teams have been guiding people for decades on how to turn their homes into masterpieces. Read on to learn more about the simple changes you can make to transform your home and bring your rooms to the next level!

Use Color to Your Advantage

Color can make or break a room, so being smart about your color choices is essential to interior design. For smaller spaces, using a lighter color paint is the smartest choice, because such colors will reflect light and make the space feel larger. You want as much light as possible, and the combination of a light color and large windows will make any small space feel worlds bigger. Color also plays a role in the entire theme of a room or home- establishing a prominent color scheme when you start your decorating project will keep everything looking cohesive and professional.

Decorate Your Room With a Rug

Hardwood floors look gorgeous and sophisticated, but they don’t often contribute much to a room in terms of personality. Area rugs come in an array of colors, materials, and styles, and no matter your tastes or style goals, you are sure to find one that will suit you and your room perfectly. Area rugs will also add comfort and warmth to an uncarpeted room, and give the kids somewhere cozy to play. Rugs are great when it comes to interior design because you can change them up whenever you want, and even combine colors and styles to create a space that is truly unique.

Add a Touch of Nature

When it comes to plants, every room in your home has something to gain. Whether you’re adding a large potted plant to the corner of your living room or multiple smaller plants on your side tables and bookshelves, plants bring color and life to a room, and just like with your paint color and rug, you can put your tastes first and make choices that fit exactly how you want your room to look. Plants aren’t just visually appealing- they also absorb pollutants in the air and will leave your home feeling as fresh as it looks.

Reflect Your Tastes with Mirrors

Just as a paint color can make a room look much larger than it is, some well-placed mirrors can alter your home in more ways than one. Mirrors can instantly bring a more roomy feel to a small space, and when they are placed across from windows (in small or large rooms), you will see a huge increase in natural light. Mirrors can reflect your personality as well; there are so many options when it comes to decorative mirrors that they often come across more as decor than as a practical item for your home. When adding mirrors to a room, be sure to think about where you are placing them and what they will be reflecting, because placing them across from a part of the room that you love will double the beauty of the space.

Beautify Your Storage

Storage units are often unsightly in the overall scheme of a room, but they don’t have to be. There are so many options when it comes to more elegant storage pieces, like wicker baskets for toys and TV remotes or color-coordinated bookshelves to hold your novels and collectibles. Put some thought into the storage areas of your rooms and home in general, and these small changes will make a huge difference in the overall feel of your space.

Design Services with Ricciardi Brothers

If you are looking to make changes to your home and practice your decorating skills, Ricciardi Brothers would be thrilled to help you. Our design services include the assistance of our trained and experienced professionals, who are ready to help you choose and implement everything you need to truly make your space your own. We offer color consultations, custom-designed window treatments, help with flooring, and more. Contact the location nearest you today for help with all of your design needs!

How to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

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After a long and cold winter, it’s a relief to be able to say that spring is finally here! It may not be such a relief, however, as springtime allergies can bother you everywhere you go. Although you may not be able to control all of the allergens that are lurking outdoors, you can control the ones in your home. Reducing the allergens in your home can have a positive impact on your health and can help you breathe better. Instead of dreading the spring, enjoy it by following these tips to reduce allergens in your home.

 

Choose an Environmentally-Friendly Paint

Benjamin Moore’s Natura Premium Interior Paint is certified asthma and allergy friendly and is proven to reduce your exposure to allergens found in the home! With over 3,000 colors to choose from, you will definitely find the tone you’re looking for. The best part is you will be helping the environment at the same time! Natura contains zero emissions, zero VOC’s, and no harsh fumes, making it a great choice if you want to reduce allergens around your home and save the planet at the same time.

 

Keep Your Windows Closed

Pollen is one of the toughest and most common allergens that affect people with allergies. Keeping your windows closed will ensure that pollen stays outside rather than finding its way into your house. Rely on an air conditioner or fan to keep cool during the hot summer months so you won’t have to leave any windows open. Since you will be leaving your windows closed for the most part, you can go the extra mile and choose stylish blinds and drapes. Here at Ricciardi Brothers, we offer a wide variety of options for window coverings and window treatments as well as in-store design experts who will help you every step of the way.

 

Remove Carpeting

If possible, remove your home’s carpets and opt for hardwood or linoleum floors instead. Carpets provide a surface for allergens to congregate, triggering asthma symptoms in many people. Having a hard surface floor instead of a carpet will allow you to avoid this problem because it is easier to keep dust mites, pollen, and other allergens away from hard surfaces. If you absolutely cannot live without carpets, purchase rugs to place on top of the hardwood floors to make it easier for you. Be sure to constantly wash and vacuum rugs to get rid of any dust that has been building up throughout the week!

 

Use Covers on your Furniture

Cover your pillows, mattress, and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers so you are safe from these pests in your home. Using allergy covers on your bed is especially important because it is the area where you sleep and spend a lot of time. If this area is heavily contaminated with allergens, you will most likely wake up every morning irritated from close interaction with allergens. Avoid this issue by covering these surfaces with an allergy-proof cover, which will prevent dust from taking over your bed and pillows.

 

Engage in a Weekly Cleaning Routine

Mop your floors, vacuum your carpets, and dust everything! Keeping your home clean will ensure that any allergens, such as dust-mites, are gone within the week. Clean all surfaces using a rag or damp cloth as well, since these are areas where dust tends to accumulate. To avoid any discomfort due to allergies, wear a mask while you clean to keep the dust away or ask someone who doesn’t have allergies to clean the areas with the most dust.

 

Design Services in NJ, PA, and DE

Here at Ricciardi Brothers, we care about the wellbeing and satisfaction of our customers. We offer a wide range of design services from window treatments to custom bedding, all of which can be customized with your allergies in mind. If you are interested in our paint, design, and window treatment services, find your nearest paint store location and contact us with any questions.