Hot Decorating Trends: Floating Shelves

Hot Decorating Trends: Floating Shelves

Chances are that if you’re into home decorating diy projects, then you’ve seen floating shelves. Floating shelves have become one of the hottest decorating trends. These shelves are nothing new, but they have risen to new popularity. These shelves may look difficult to install, but in reality, they should not take more than a few hours to get installed. Or, if you’re feeling crafty, making your own floating shelves is one of those diy projects that can easily be completed in 2-3 weekends. 

Before making or purchasing floating shelves to install, you need to decide exactly where they will be placed. Using open wall space for your floating shelves is the best location to install them because it maximizes their storage and decorating potential. Here are some of the common places to install floating shelves.

Good Places to Install Floating Shelves

Bathrooms: Having enough storage space is often tricky in bathrooms. Floating shelves can be made in small, thin configurations that allow you to add functional yet beautiful storage space to your bathroom.

Kitchens: Chances are, you’ve probably wished for more storage space in your kitchen before. Floating shelves can offer your more storage space in a way that is more convenient and takes up less space than cabinets. 

Home Library: Using floating shelves can create a cute, impromptu library space in your home, without dealing with the boundaries that traditional bookshelves have. Floating shelves can be placed as far apart as they need to be, allowing you the chance to customize them the fit the perfect height for your books. 

How to Install Floating Shelves

Floating shelves need to be installed using brackets on a wall stud that will support their weight. Using a stud is what allows you to create the effect that the shelf is floating. To find a stud in your wall, you can use a stud finder. We recommend that you find the studs before making or buying your floating shelves to ensure that the shelves are compatible.

Once you have your studs found, shelves made or purchased, and brackets ready, it is time for the install. Make sure that you install your shelves level by using a chalk line and pencil marks. Once you have your level line ready, install the shelves and you are ready to enjoy your new shelves!

DIY Projects with Wright Building Center 

So, for your next diy project, come out to Wright Building Center to get the supplies you need. Check out our large line of supplies as well as our rental items. Contact us today to learn more!

Stain Wood the “Wright” Way

So you’ve gotten the wood you need from the lumberyard, and built something beautiful. Congratulations! Now it is time to start staining. Staining is a fantastic option for finishing wood, because it adds shine and protection without completely hiding the grainy look of the wood. When painting wood, paint usually steals the show, but with stain, you really highlight the natural wooden look. One thing to keep in mind however, is to make sure you are getting quality wood from a trusted lumberyard that won’t crack, and ensure that you are applying the stain evenly. Stain is trickier than paint, in that if it is unevenly applied, you can usually tell. Don’t get discouraged if your first staining project doesn’t meet your expectations; staining takes a while to master, but soon you will be a DIY expert! 

Make sure to use Test Pieces from your Lumberyard

When you first buy wood from the lumberyard, make sure to set aside some test pieces. These are just a few extra boards or trim that you can test the stain on first before moving onto the real deal. If you are working with furniture, using the underside of a shelf or leg is usually the best option for stain testing. Testing lets you know just how much sealant you need and how many coasts to apply, to make your wood look great! Make sure you are getting your test pieces form the same lumberyard, and are using the same wood to ensure the tests are accurate to your project. 

Sanding your Wood 

Make sure you are sanding your wood thoroughly. Getting the smoothest possible finish on your wood is key to a clean look. Any part of the wood that is a little rougher than the others will absorb more stain, and thus be darker than the rest of your wood. You should be spending most of your project time sanding the wood. It will pay off, when you have a clean, smooth surface that will take the stain evenly. Before you start sanding, it is always good practice to use a stainable wood filler to fill in any cracks you may have in your wood pieces. Start with 80 to 120 grit sandpaper, and slowly work your way up to 180. Your final run through should be with about 220 grit sandpaper. If you want a more rugged finish, you can sand corners and edges less for a more vintage look. 

Apply Sealant 

Always cover your wood with sealant before staining. It is possible to stain unsealed wood, but it really is not recommended. Mark three sections of a test piece of wood. Apply the sealant at full strength to one section, water down the sealant by half for the second section, and leave the third section unsealed. Then test all three sections to see which one you like the best. Use the same brand sealant and stain to ensure you are going to get compatible results. 

Apply Stain and finish the Edges 

Once you have made the decisions regarding how much sealant and stain to apply, and you are happy with the look of your test pieces, you are ready to apply the sealant. Be generous with the amount of stain you add on the initial brush. You can rub off any excess stain with a lint-free painters rag by gently rubbing the stained area. Make sure to rub the stain in a circular motion, like you are buffing a car, to distribute the stain evenly. 

Finish with Another Coat of Sealant 

While stain itself is a protective coating, it will last longer and shine more if you add another layer of sealant on top of your last coat of sealant. Keep in mind that outdoor items will need a different sealant than indoor items. 

Your trusted, Local Lumberyard 

Staining becomes easier and easier with practice. If you need more help, are looking to purchase stain, or wood, do not hesitate to contact the lumber experts at Wright Building Center today! We would love to hear about your project, and help you make it special, the “Wright” way!

Choosing the ‘Wright’ Hardware for Your Cabinets

Choosing the ‘Wright’ Hardware for Your Cabinets

There are so many elements that go into working on the interior design of your home. One of those elements is choosing the perfect hardware for your cabinets. Hardware is one of the little details that is easily overlooked when working on a home, but it can make a huge visual impact when picked correctly. So, how do you choose the ‘Wright’ hardware for your cabinets? This guide will help you choose the hardware that is right for your space and style.

Hardware Types

Before you can choose your hardware, consider whether you are wanting knobs, pulls, or a mixture of both. This decision can be made by thinking about the functionality of the cabinet or drawer. Knobs generally work best to open cabinets but can be used on drawers as well while pulls are easier to grip because of their size and are often used for drawers. In addition to function, it is also important to think about the visual appeal. Knobs are often smaller and make less of an impact while pulls are larger and make more of a statement. 

Hardware Styles

After you’ve decided what type of hardware, it is time to look into specific styles of knobs or pulls. There are many different styles, ranging from modern to rustic and everything in between. Some knobs are small and flat while others are round and taller. Pulls are the same way. They range from more traditional styles to a more modern ledge pull style. Choosing the ‘Wright’ hardware will require you to consider what the design of the space around it is going to be. You’ll want to make sure that whatever you are choosing fits in well with the style of other elements in the space.

Hardware Finish

The last step before installation is to choose what finish you want your hardware to have. Hardware comes in a variety of different finishes. This is another decision that will be influenced by the stylistic elements that the drawers or cabinets will be sharing the space with. Think about the cabinet, drawer, and wall colors, as well as what other items such as your appliances or faucets look like. All of these should play a part in selecting what finish you choose for your hardware. Once you’ve made this decision, then you can move on to purchasing the hardware in the sizes that you need and installing it.

The ‘Wright’ Hardware at Wright Building Center

Still have questions about picking the ‘Wright’ hardware? Don’t worry! The interior design team at Wright Building Center can help you make the perfect choice for your space. Come visit our team in Murphysboro or Sparta today!

What Materials are In Style in Interior Design

Looking for what the next big interior design materials are out there? Well, you have come to the right place! Take a look at the next big trends, and get inspired with ideas on how to make your space stand out. 

Retro/80s look 

Fill your space with spectacular colors, neon, and definite shapes to create a room that pops! In 2021 the 80s started making a comeback and you can see it in many modern homes. Many young homeowners want to say goodbye to simple colors and patterns and bring interior design materials into their homes that are unique in color, texture, and design. At Wright, you can find a large selection of intricate colors, shapes, and textures to fit your retro look, just ask one of our fantastic designers how you can get in on the 80s action! 

Wellness / Nature 

Nothing calms a room down like a natural look. Perfect for any lifestyle, natural interior design materials utilize elements such as natural stones, plants, greeneries, light woods, and cream-colored materials and granites. The modern wellness design is sleek and comfortable. It is the perfect option for someone who wants a modern look without having to sacrifice the homeliness of their living space. When you want clean, elegant, beautiful, the wellness design trend is the train you will want to hop on. 

Sustainability 

Diving a little deeper into nature is sustainability interior design materials. This is a more rugged look that really embraces natural textures and colors. The emphasis here is earth-friendly materials with plant-like finishes and natural colors. This trend really stands out in the diversity of the textures it utilizes. You can choose anything from a smooth finish to a cobblestone look, and still maintain a natural-looking, beautiful room. 

Luxury Minimal 

Less is more nowadays and nothing screams that better than the luxury minimal interior design materials. This design is very heavy in metallics and premium stones like marble. Meant to give off that sleek modern look while adding a bit of color to keep things interesting. This is a great choice for a minimal maintenance design while still having quality looks. 

Vegetable Fiber / Organic 

Another nature-focused trend, organic materials are known for their hot colors and variations in pattern. Here you’ll still see stones such as marble, but they will rarely be a singular color and have patterns that pop out. This trend makes a lot of use of vegetable fiber, giving off a handmade look that is calm and inviting. An organic look is perfect for calm and creative spaces, as this look really sparks the imagination. 

See for yourself! 

Do you have more questions or want to see these designs in person? Contact Wright Building Center Today! WE would be happy to show you all of our fantastic designs and get you paired with a professional interior designer to find what would look best for your space. Contact the team at Wright Today!

How to Find What Style of Interior Design Fits You

How to Find What Style of Interior Design Fits You

There is an incredible number of different interior design styles out there. With all of the options and styles, it can be hard to find the ‘Wright’ design for you. Luckily, the team at Wright Building Center is here to help you find the style that suits you. Here are some tips for finding your perfect design style.

Peek into your closet

It may sound silly, but taking cues from the clothes in your wardrobe is a great starting point to finding your personal design style. Chances are, you’ve filled your closet with clothes that you are comfortable wearing and enjoy, so take note of the colors, patterns, and the materials that you find. For example, if you find a lot of black and white clothing, this might be a good place to begin as a color scheme for your home. 

Visit places that spark inspiration

Take a trip to a museum, art gallery, hotels, restaurants, and more to draw inspiration for what you like. Document stylistic elements that you enjoy and see if you can find a common theme in everything that you like, such as a color, pattern, or material. With this inspiration, you’re one step closer to finding your perfect design style!

Create a ‘mood board’ for your style

Inspiration can come from anywhere, so take a stroll around your home and take notice of what decor/style items capture your eye and spark interest. Gather these objects that interest you or make you happy and create an arrangement with them. When you’re happy with the arrangement, snap a picture of it so that you can use it as inspiration as you move forward in finding the ‘Wright’ design style for you. In addition, search the internet for inspiration and incorporate what you find as well as what you currently have into your mood board.

Embrace the freedom to change your mind

It’s ok if you start to change your mind about your personal design style. It’s very likely that your style will change over time, so embrace the change by experimenting and trying new things. In addition, give yourself permission to start over. 

Find your ‘Wright’ design style with Wright Building Center

At Wright Building Center, we have an incredible interior design team who is here to help you make your space look and feel perfect. Contact us today to get started or to learn more about interior design at Wright Building Center.

How to Pick the Right Furniture for Your Space

When home remodeling it is common for homeowners the decision to buy new furniture is often an uniformed one. Most homeowners choose their furniture based upon two factors, price and design. While important, there are many other factors to consider when purchasing new furniture. Many people will end up buying furniture that does no for their space or style of home. 

If you are a homeowner who is trying to find the perfect furniture for your home remodeling project. Here are some simple tips to pick the right furniture for your space. 

Have a home remodeling theme for your space

When home remodeling the first thing you should do before even looking for furniture is finding a good theme for your home. From a design standpoint, this is much more effective than attempting to approach each room of your home separately. You should choose a theme that will be present throughout your home, this will make it easier to choose furniture down the line. With a theme, it is easier to find furniture that compliments your space and it makes it easier for the retailer to help you find the pieces of furniture you need. 

There are a wide variety of home remodeling styles to choose from. There are contemporary, casual, and many more. You can go for a more modern look, something simple, or even rustic, depending on the aesthetics you want. While this is up to you, the most important thing you need to remember is consistency between rooms. This makes it easier to keep your home looking flush and to choose furniture that compliments your home. 

Textiles and Textures

Once your overall home remodeling design is chosen, and you have a theme, you can now start looking at specific pieces of furniture. When looking at furniture, consider what each piece is made out of. This is important because certain textures will have a longer lifespan than others, which should be a major factor when buying sofas, chairs, ro bedroom sets. Getting long lasting furniture should be of high importance, especially if you are purchasing a more expensive piece. 

Room Layout 

Make sure to address the layout of each room. This includes the dimensions, the design, the lighting, and the spacing. Spacing is one of the most important factors here. Purchasing furniture that is either too big or too small for a space can significantly impact aesthetics and functionality. This is why it is recommended that you have the dimensions of the room you are filling on hand when shopping for furniture. This is the best way to avoid overcrowding or too small of furniture. 

Need Home Remodeling Help?

When home remodeling it is very important to keep price and design in mind, but it should not stop there. There are many other factors at play when furnishing a home. With the factors listed above in mind, you are on track to creating a beautiful space. If you have any more questions or are ready to get started on your home remodeling journey, contact the experts at Wright Building Center today! Our team of interior design experts would be thrilled to help you with your next project!

Why Is Interior Design Important?

Interior Design

Over the years, many people have realized how important interior design is. The perception of interior design has changed from being a pompous expression that represented simply having good taste when it comes to choosing colors and fabrics. Now, people understand that having a space taken care of by an interior designer is important. Keep reading this guide from Wright Building Center to learn more about why interior design is important.

Why is interior design important?

There are many reasons why interior design is important. From making your space functional to using color to stimulate your moods, interior design is much more than many people think. Here are some of the top reasons:

Improving Your Space

We’ve all been in a room before where the layout was inefficient or the space did not flow. Interior designers are trained to maximize the payoff of a space and create a functional space that works. Designs are tailored specifically to fit the purpose of the room, meaning that a bedroom would be designed in a way that makes sense for its purpose.

Color

Interior designers know how to use color to alter the mood and the feel of a room as well as the mood of people in the room. Using color psychology, designers are able to create subtle influences in how a room makes you feel. An example of this can be seen in the fast food industry. Many fast food restaurants use warm colors such as reds, yellows, and oranges. These colors are thought to affect the appetite and stimulate it. 

Self Expression

One of the most important pieces of interior design is the way in which it lets someone express themselves. A skilled interior designer is able to decorate and lay out a space that is reflective of their client’s personality. 

Interior Design at Wright Building Center

Interested in utilizing interior design for your own home? Wright Building Center has an incredible team of interior designers who are here to help you create the space of your dreams. Or, if you have other home improvement projects planned, check out our rental or install services. Contact us today to learn more!

Styles of Interior Design

Styles of Interior Design

There are so many different styles of interior design out there. Sometimes, it can be a bit overwhelming to become familiar with the different styles. As a result, Wright Building Center has put together a guide of the most common interior design styles.

Minimalist

A minimalist design style is characterized by simplicity. Minimalist spaces often appear clean and modern, showcasing a “less is more” attitude. This style is great for small spaces as it helps them to appear larger. Additionally, minimalist design is a timeless style that will stay on trend for much longer than many other design styles or fads.

Contemporary

A contemporary design style is a modern, yet timeless, style of interior design. Contemporary styles are simple and calming. They place emphasis on architectural elements and use color palettes that are concise and well put together to create a space that is serene, sophisticated, and warm.

Traditional

Traditional design style celebrates the deep history of design styles in the past. This style combines modern elements with much more traditional elements from European decor in the 18th and 19th centuries. Traditional designs often feel very warm, inviting, and have a personality of their own.

Transitional

Transitional design styles combine traditional and modern elements into one style. These designs create a space that feels serene while combining elements of multiple design styles. It is a unique style that is completely custom to each person who uses it. 

Rustic

Rustic designs are practical, comforting, and oftentimes fuss free. The rustic style is characterized by natural materials and colors, usually creating a relaxed, organic vibe. When you think rustic decor, think comfort and exposed beams!

Industrial

If you want a fuss free design with stripped back architectural details, look no further than the industrial design style. Industrial styles draw much of their inspiration from warehouses or factories. When you think of industrial, think exposed brick, metals, wood, and even recycled materials. 

Modern Farmhouse

Modern Farmhouse designs combine rustic, country elements with a more modern minimalist style. A Modern farmhouse is all about creating a balance between the appeal of modern elements and the comfortable, casual country elements. Using a modern farmhouse design puts a fresh spin on rustic designs and allows a lot of room for customization and for the homeowner’s personality to shine through. 

Modern Country

Modern Country designs keep natural simplicity at the heart of everything they do. These designs use a lot of neutral colors such a cream, brown, or white along with lots of wood elements such as exposed beams, paneling, or wooden floors. It’s one of those classic interior design styles that feels cozy, comforting, and simple! 

Interior Design at Wright Building Center

At Wright Building Center, we offer interior design services that are sure to fit your personal preferences of interior design styles. Contact us today to learn more about interior design at Wright Building Center.

DIY Tips for When You Are Working Alone

Most of the time a home project can be finished with some diy tips and some good ole’ fashioned hard work. For many people there is something satisfying about finishing an important project yourself, and being able to look at your work with pride when it’s all said and done. However, there are times when you will need a little more help than you expected. Lucky for you, there are plenty of ways to get over all those obstacles while still flying solo on your project. 

DIY Tips: Safety 

Safety is an important factor of any diy project. While it is always a good idea to get a professional if a job is too dangerous there are plenty of diy tips you can use to make your work site much safer. 

  • Use scaffolding instead of ladders – This allows you to carry things up and down the scaffolding a lot safer than if you were to try and use a ladder. 
  • Use a dolly – Don’t hurt yourself moving things that are too heavy, a dolly can help roll heavy objects where you need them to go. 
  • Use a wheelbarrow – Sometimes items are even too heavy for the dolly, but do not try to lift them into a wheelbarrow. Simply tip the wheelbarrow over and push the item in. This will give you leverage to lift the item without hurting yourself. 
  • Hanging drywall – Make sure to use a panel lift to do it safely. 
  • Holding up heavy objects – Make sure to use an adjustable extension pole for holding objects such as cabinets and air-conditioners in place, when attempting to install them. 

DIY Tips: Holding Items in Place 

  • Making a rig – support rigs or “cleats” can be made out of scrap wood. These are simply used to hold the other end of a large piece of metal, wood, or whatever you are working with. 
  • Using clamps – There are many different types of clamps, all with their own unique uses. Having clamps to hold things in place is vital for many DIY projects. 
  • Measuring tools – make sure to have a yardstick or some other type of semi-long measuring tool. This can be great for measuring long gaps in that would cause a tape measure to collapse. 
  • Have a toolbelt – One of the most common mistakes that DIYers make is not having anywhere to put your tools. This makes this one of the most important out of all of the diy tips. Having a toolbelt avoids reaching and many other situations that could become dangerous depending on the project. 
  • Finding the right breaker – Many projects require you to disable a particular outlet. In order to protect yourself and make sure you found the right breaker. Plug a noise-making device or radio into the outlet when going downstairs to check the breaker. When the sound stops, you know you found the right breaker. 

More Questions? 

If you have any more questions or need any assistance with your project, do not hesitate to contact the home improvement experts at Wright. We love hearing about new projects and would be happy to offer suggestions, tips, or even offer services. Contact us today!

When To Use Pressure Treated Lumber

When To Use Pressure Treated Lumber

Are you gearing up for a home improvement or DIY project that uses lumber? Choosing the correct lumber for your project is an important part of getting the job done right. Lumber either comes pressure treated lumber or is non treated. The benefits of choosing pressure treated lumber includes a longer life span due to resistance to rotting and insects, but this does not mean that it is a one size fits all choice.

Not sure which choice is the right choice for your project? Don’t worry! The team at Wright Building Center is here to help you decide what is best for you.

Moisture Contact

If lumber is going to be used in a situation where the wood will be in direct contact with a moisture source, pressure treated lumber should be used. What does this mean? Well, in short, this means that if the wood is buried underground or in contact with masonry.

Contact with People or Pets

If your lumber is going to be touched, it is best that you use non-pressure treated lumber. While treated lumber keeps out moisture, the chemicals that it is treated with are harmful to humans and animals. When inside the home or on an outdoor surface that will have lots of contact with people, it is important to use non-pressure treated wood.

However, if pressure treated wood is needed for a project such as building a deck that will be exposed to a lot of moisture, there is an option that can ease some of the risks. Using an oil based sealant is a great protective measure to take. These sealants prevent the harmful compounds from reaching the surface. 

So, ready to purchase your lumber and get your project started? Come to Wright Building Center in Murphysboro or Sparta to get everything you need.