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Having a baby can bring on many new challenges and changes.
If you’re worried about creating a safer home for your newborn child, you should focus on babyproofing your space, especially your living room as most families spend most of their time there, before your bring you new baby home.
First, you should focus on keeping your floors and low surfaces free of small objects, which your baby can fit in his mouth. You should always keep any small objects off the floor and out of your baby’s reach. Don’t forget to vacuum your home regularly in order to avoid having any small elements you might not notice visually on the floor. Also, you must remember to inspect your baby’s toys regularly to prevent small pieces from falling off and becoming choking hazards. It’s advisable to get rid of the toy and the broken pieces as soon as you notice them on the floor. You should also move your furniture to find and pick up small items, and vacuum,too. Remember that your baby can easily reach under the furnishings and find things you may have missed, such as loose paper, old batteries, buttons or even broken glass.
In terms of securing your home, you must take special care of the electrical cords. Secure these with zipping ties, cord straps or velcro to tie up all long cords and keep them out of your child’s reach. If you keep your cords on the floor, your child may become entangled in them or pull on them. It’s recommended to wrap any excess cord length to secure it using a zip tie. Don’t forget to hook the cord to your wall with a command hook, making sure it’s high enough to keep it out of your baby’s reach to pull it down. In order to block access to the outlet and the cord consider moving your furnishings in front of these.
One of the most important steps when babyproofing your living room is covering all electrical outlets. If you’re on a budget, you can simply move your furniture in front of them. Another way is to use plastic outlet covers, which you can purchase at any department or grocery store. These covers are made of plastic and you must simply plug it right into the outlet. These plastic outlet covers are difficult for your child to grip and pull out as these lie flat against the outlet. Another idea is to install baby-safe electrical outlet plates over your existing outlets in order to prevent your child from getting to them. Clip these right over your original cover and if you want to use your outlet, simply put the prongs in place and slide the cover to the side. Then plug your cord in. These outlet plates are considered more visually appealing than the plastic ones, but it’s much easier to lose them or forget to put them back in after you use the outlet.
Prepare your floor for your newborn child – consider making it softer, especially if you have hard floors, because your baby will need a softer place to sit and play. You can choose from anything from area rugs to make your floors softer to baby play mats for your child. Another idea is to choose a more permanent solution and install new carpeting. Also, consider purchasing gym or playmat as it is a perfect option for babies. They come in much different sized and styles, offering your baby a soft and comfortable area to lie down and play. If you want to invest in an area rug or carpeting, consider choosing something in a darker shade in order to avoid stains and leftover messes. Keep in mind that babies and young children may often create messes such as spills and a darker colored rug will allow you to mask it better.
How to secure windows and furnishings
Start by placing corner covers or bumpers on the sharp edges of all your furniture. You can find these in many different styles and colors in the baby care aisle of your local big box store. Plus, they are easy to apply and remove when your child is older. Some of these bumpers come in shapes like animals or cartoon characters, so you can easily create a more fun space for your kid. You should keep in mind to purchase as many of these as you need for all sharp corners and edges in your living room, including coffee tables, end tables, shorter bookcases, TV stands, benches, shelving units, and chairs.
When babyproofing your furniture, you must remember to secure your bookcases and any other tall furnishings to the wall in order to prevent a risk of that furniture falling over on your child and hurting him. Consider purchasing the secure kit you can purchase at the hardware store to secure the furniture to the wall. Another option is to use furniture straps in order to secure your bookcases and end tables to the wall. These are easy to use and apply, and are incredibly reliable and durable. Plus, you can easily remove furniture straps or release them if you want to redecorate or rearrange your living room furnishings.
While preparing your living room for your newborn child, you should remember to always keep your drawers closed and secure. Consider using locks or straps in order to prevent your child from pulling your drawers out. You must also take all the things you keep in the drawers into consideration. Make sure your baby will not have access to items such as candles, remotes, lighters and other objects with small pieces or fragile ones. Keep in mind that your curious child may want to pull the drawers out in order to use them as a ladder for climbing higher. One of the most popular options when it comes to securing drawers is installing magnetic locks. You can easily find kits that come with multiple locks and a single key, which makes them easy to disable by you when you need to get into the drawer. Plus, these will not allow your baby to open the drawer at all.
Keep your window and window treatments secure, no matter how low to the ground they go. Don’t forget that as your child grows, he might be able to reach the latch of your window, so it’s important to secure it, including draperies and blinds. If you have sliding windows, it’s advisable to put a bar in the window track to prevent it from sliding open. For hung windows that push up to open, you must make sure they stay in the locked position and that the locks are secure. Also, you should wrap up and secure all cords hanging from your draperies or blinds in order to prevent your baby from becoming entangled in them. Consider using zip ties and hooks for winding up any excess cord lengths. Also, hang them out of reach. If possible, you may also choose cordless window coverings. Think of how you want to prevent the glass from shattering or breaking. One of the best ideas is to replace the glass in your windows with shatterproof glass. Another option is to choose shatterproof linings such as tempered glass or films. In order to make sure your baby will not fall out of the window, consider installing window guards, which are bars that will allow you to open your windows and let air in without worrying about your baby.
How to babyproof doors and fixtures
First, you must secure door handles and locks, especially if your living room is where the front door stands. Make sure your growing baby cannot open the door and get his fingers caught in the door or even get out of your house if locks and handles are not secured. You can purchase a “door monkey” that allows air to move between rooms through a small gap in the door while keeping it from opening or closing any further. Also, you may want to keep your baby from unlocking the door by using a cover on deadbolts, which can be bought in the baby care aisle of most stores. In order to prevent your baby from turning round door knobs, consider door knob covers. Another option is to close the door using a washcloth in the jamb by placing a washcloth between the door and the frame as you close it. Then close the door on the cloth to keep it in place while your child tries to push it open. Moreover, you will be able to easily open it yourself.
Don’t forget to secure your storm or screen door using a metal mesh or grill on the bottom half in order to keep your child from falling through or pushing the screen out. Keep in mind that screens are not sturdy or safe, so it’s recommended to use the metal grill over the lower portion to make it safer. You can find these at your local home improvement or hardware store. Another option is to find a company that will install special types of doors for you, that comes equipped with a metal grill on the lower half of the screen.
It’s advisable to place a barrier or guard around fireplaces, radiators and space heaters, even if you’re not using these devices. Keep in mind they may still be dangerous to your baby, so it’s mandatory to keep them secure. In order to keep your interior stylish, consider covering your fireplace with a panel painted with chalkboard paint. Another idea is to fill it with books or cover it with a piece of sheet metal. If you want to keep your fireplace functional, you still have to focus on protecting your baby from it. Installing a gate with a wide girth is a great option, as it will keep your baby away from both the fire and the hearth while the fireplace is in use. Also, consider incorporating radiator covers to keep your baby from getting his hands stuck in a hot radiator while it is in use. You can easily find these types of covers in many different styles, or even make your own.
While babyproofing your home, you must remember to check if any household plants are poisonous to make sure they can not be harmful to your child. Remember that even some of the most popular household plants can be harmful to your baby, including peace lily, caladium, and pothos plants, which are all highly toxic to children, as well as pets. Make sure to put these plants out of reach. If you have plastic plants, you don’t have to be worried about your baby becoming poisoned by eating soil from the pot, ingesting blossoms or leaves. However, even plastic plants may be dangerous to your child as he can pull off leaves or small pieces, so you should consider keeping all plants out of reach, if possible.
Last but not least, remember to put breakable items on high shelves, especially if these are expensive or easily broken. You must always keep these out of reach from your child if you don’t want him to damage the object and himself. Always keep vases, decorative items, and remote controls out of reach of your child, as these could potentially cause harm if broken. Another idea is to install high, floating shelves for placing these items on. It’s not only a stylish option but also a safe one until your child is older.
When it comes to babyproofing your living room, there are many things you should take into consideration to make your home a safe place for your newborn child. Above all that, remember that the best way to keep your baby safe is to watch them at all times. Also, go to the child care aisle of your local big box store or baby supply store to find supplies for babyproofing.
Get down on the floor to see things from your baby’s point of view – you will be surprised how many things you missed when standing up!
If you are a lucky owner of a swimming pool, you already know that there’s quite a bit of work needed to keep it clean and working properly.
As intimidating as it may sound, taking care of a swimming pool isn’t that complicated, you just need to know what you’re doing. Read on to discover everything that you need to do in order to keep your swimming pool in top shape!
Cleaning the filter
While a clean filter is slightly less efficient because of some particles of dirt make it easier to trap other particles, you don’t want to have your filter get too dirty. How often should you clean it? By the rule of thumb clean them every 4-6 months. How to know when your filter really needs cleaning? It’s easy to tell because a dirty filter causes overall flow rate of the swimming pool circulation to drop. It’s worth to take a pressure reading when your filter is clean, and when it rises by 10 psi, you’ll know that it’s time to do some cleaning.
There are three types of filters:
- diatomaceous earth,
Depending on the kind of the filter that you have, you must clean it in an appropriate way and also adjust the pressure that impacts it. Keep in mind that cartridge filters can handle lower pressure than sand and diatomaceous earth ones. So be sure to check the maximum pressure that your filter can work under and adjust it properly.
Also, avoid using power washers while cleaning cartridge filters as they may destroy the filter material and make it function poorly. And don’t be a perfectionist – don’t worry if your filter after cleaning isn’t looking like a brand new one, the key goal is to make it work properly, not necessarily looking flawless too.
Vacuuming the pool is crucial for keeping the water clean, which will let you reduce the amounts of chemicals that you need to add to it. You should vacuum your pool every week for the best effects. If you’re not into doing it with a manual pool vacuum cleaner, consider investing in an automatic one, but keep in mind that it will most likely won’t be as efficient as a manual one. Sure, manually vacuuming the pool takes some effort, but you gain the certainty that the job is well done. When cleaning the pool this way remember to overlap each stroke to ensure maximum accuracy. It’s just like with vacuuming the carpet, work it back and forth till you have covered the entire space. Also, match the type of the brush to the type of your pool’s walls. Harsh brushes work best with hard surfaces, like concrete, while softer ones prevent scratching gentler surfaces, like fibreglass and tiled walls.
Skim the debris regularly
Skimming the debris with a net with a long handle makes it easy to remove any leaves, bugs or other unwanted objects. You should do it every few days, as it’s crucial for keeping the pool clean. Remember, any objects that float on the surface will eventually sink which will make them a whole lot harder to remove. Skimming is also extremely important for another reason – it’ll let you limit the chemicals that you need to add to your pool. It also improves the pool’s circulation. The same goes for emptying the strainer baskets as they also influence the circulation and the amounts of chemicals needed. Also remember about wiping the tile line weekly, as it’s super helpful in limiting the build-up.
Keep the pH levels in check
Although the pH scale is large and goes all the way from 0 to 14, the only amounts that are desired when it comes to the swimming pool, fit between 7.2 and 7.8 as they are the best both for human health and the functioning of the sanitizers. To check the pH levels of your pool, you can use either reagent tests or test strips. Both are very easy to use. When using a test-strip all you need to do is to dip it into the water for a few seconds and wait a bit to let it change its color. After that, you compare the color of the strip with the attached scale to gauge the pH level. Reagent tests work slightly differently, as you need to take a bit of the poll’s water and dissolve a special tablet or liquid in it, which will cause the water to change its color which compared to the color chart will let you discover the pH level. Now all you need to do is to adjust the chemicals to achieve the optimal pH level!
Spot and fix the leaks
If you notice that the water in your pool is mysteriously dropping levels out of the sudden, it might mean that you are dealing with a leak. But it may also mean that it’s just evaporating. In order to be sure what is really happening, conduct a simple bucket test. Take a bucket and fill it three-quarters full of water. Mark the water line on the inside of it and put it to your pool to let it float there. If it has a handle, detach it to let the bucket float more easily. Now mark the water level on the outside of the container. Leave it for a few days and check how much the water levels dropped. If they dropped exactly the same, it means that it’s just due to evaporation, but if the water level in the pool dropped more that in the bucket, that’s a sign of a leak. Fixing a leak properly takes some experience and special equipment so don’t hesitate to call a professional to have it repaired.
Maintain optimal water level
Keeping the proper level of water in the pool is crucial for ensuring that the pump can work efficiently and that it won’t get damaged. So be weary of the water level in your pool and when you notice it’s too low, just fill it up with a garden hose. And if you’re in doubt if the reduction of the water level is caused by a leak, conduct the bucket test that I mentioned above.
Schedule a yearly professional pool check-up
Even though you may know a whole lot more about pool maintenance than an average pool owner, don’t skimp on a yearly pool check-up conducted by a professional. It’s the best way to gain confidence that there are no hidden damages that need fixing and that you’re taking care of your favourite summer relaxation paradise in a proper way. Get the most out of the professional check-up and use this occasion to gain even more knowledge and resolve any doubts that you may have by talking with the pro who’s controlling your pool.
Fight off the oily residue in a clever way
As much as no one likes talking about it, using the pool causes some oily residue to appear on the surface of the water. Washed off sun lotions and body balms leave an unpleasant track, which fortunately you can remove almost without any effort! All you need to do is to buy a tennis ball and throw it into the water. It will float on it and as its texture is full of fibres, it will collect any oily residue from the water surface. Yup, it’s that easy!
Take care of your pool heater
Remember about having your heater professionally checked if you notice any problems with its functioning. Fortunately it’s one of the least demanding parts in terms of maintenance – usually, gas heaters do just fine without servicing for a couple of years and electric ones last even longer. Check out the manual for detailed care instructions which will help you save up on servicing. But if you notice that it’s working oddly and doesn’t heat the water as it used to, it is a sign that it requires fixing by a professional.
Clean the pool deck
Maintaining the pool isn’t just about cleaning the water and taking care of the pool’s systems. After all, you spend quite a lot of time outside it lying on the sunbed and you wouldn’t like to be surrounded by a dirty pool deck. I know that cleaning the pool deck definitely doesn’t sound like fun, but fortunately, you get it done really quickly by using a pressure washer, which will make cleaning super easy and efficient.
Remember to shock your swimming pool
Irritated by the chlorine smell? It’s not chlorine that’s causing it but chloramines which are a side effect of chlorine interacting with the organical chemicals build up (mainly ammonia and nitrogen), which naturally appears in the water. It may sound illogical, but to kill this smell, you should add more chlorine to the pool. The frequency of this procedure varies from pool to pool as some can go only a week without superchlorinating, while others will last much longer.
But if you are using your pool often, consider investing in an ozone system instead as it is much healthier than using chlorine. And you can also switch chlorine for non-chlorine chemicals for shocking your pool. While those solutions might cost a bit more, your body will thank you for using them, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Save up on the sodium bicarbonate
One clever hack that will let you spend less money on the chemicals is switching sodium bicarbonate for just some regular baking soda from the grocery shop. It’s exactly the same chemical but for a fraction of the cost! Also, it has the same concentration of it, so you don’t need to adjust the amounts that you add to the water while using baking soda.
Keep all chemical levels in check
Controlling the chemical levels in your pool is crucial for preventing skin issues and eye irritation caused by bacteria build up or wrong pH levels of the water. Buy a testing kit for swimming pools and use it every week to be sure that everything is ok. You should control six main factors:
- free chlorine levels,
- ph levels,
- calcium hardness,
- total alkalinity,
- cyanuric acid.
Prepare for the winter
Preparing for the winter season is super important for preventing any damage and ensuring that your pool will serve you for a long time. It’s always easier to prevent than to fix, so winterize your pool properly to save yourself wasting your time on removing the damages when summer comes. Check the chemical balance of the water and if needed use your last chance to adjust it. Don’t remove all of the water from the pool, because this will leave the ground forces pressing from below the pool construction with no counteracting factor. Empty the pipes thoroughly to prevent water freezing in them during colder days. Drain the water from the filter and the heater too, and if any water remains, buy a special antifreeze liquid for swimming pools to get rid of it. Be sure not to use the antifreeze for vehicles as it is a completely different chemical that could damage the pool’s systems! Now, disconnect all of the equipment and remove chemical feeders to clean them and store them. The final task is to clean the pool: do the brushing, skimming, vacuuming and empty the skimmer baskets. After that be sure to close skimmer line valve and lower the water level to approx. 18 inches (45 centimeters) below the coping and shock the water with chlorine or non-chlorine chemicals. After you are done, put the pool cover on to prevent any debris from getting into it.
How about you? Do you know any other cool swimming pool maintenance tips? Share your thoughts!
I’m sure you’ve read plenty of guides about designing your house in a way which will strike all of your guests with a thunderbolt of envy.
However, once they enter your house, you have to know how to properly receive them – hence, today I’ll tell you all there is to know about the table setting nuances.
Why is it so important?
Having a stylish and impressive house is not everything you should aim for – while of course, the house itself has the highest “wow” factor, it’s important that you’re able to upkeep the charm even after your guests get used to the idea of your house being just awesome
Most typically, once you’re done with giving your guests a tour around the house, you’ll want to serve up a dinner, once the emotions get a bit lower and the atmosphere becomes a bit more casual. Even if the visit is less formal, eating a dinner together is the norm when you receive anyone in your house. And this is where it gets tricky – if you’re unable to set your table in a perfect way, your guests might very well think that it’s the interior designers who are behind the look of your house, and not your own taste.
Don’t let this happen, if you want to truly impress your guests, it’s not only the art of design that you have to master but also the possible ways of setting a table – but don’t worry, it’s not all that hard once you get a hang of it. Let’s see, what are your options?
From head to toe – the best way of setting the plates.
All the different shapes and sizes of your plates might cause some confusion, both for your and for you guests, but fear not, I’ve got a stylish and convenient tip for you – set your in a natural order, placing the largest on the bottom, and the smallest on the top.
This will not only create a pretty fancy, restaurant-like look but also makes the order in which you serve your food more intuitive – all you have to do is continue down the line of your plates. First, serve the food which is supposed to be eaten in the first available vessel, and continue downwards.
Additionally, this makes the dinner go in a smooth and elegant fashion – you don’t have to wander around the dining room, removing the dirty plates and serving new ones. All you have to do is remove the used ones, and you’re ready to serve the next dish because the plate below is clean and ready for use. That’s half the walking distance you’d have to go otherwise. Plus, with less walking around, the dinner is generally more pleasant, as there is not nearly as much chaos.
Don’t be boring with your silverware
If you’ve ever been in a restaurant which is at least two stars better than your average fast food joint, I’m quite sure you’ve seen the magic they work on the silverware – it always comes wrapped together with an elegant ribbon or something like that, or wrapped in the table linens. Anything they’ve done with it, you can mimic when receiving your guests – but just in case, I’ll still list some of the most popular ways of preparing the silverware.
There are plenty of ways of preparing your silverware, which will make your guests feel as if they’ve entered a fancy and rich restaurant, and not just the house of their neighbors. If you want to really impress them, it’s time to get creative.
Think outside the box, decorate your silverware with little flowers, use napkins which are cohesive in style, anything – just don’t be boring.
Okay, it’s all fine and dandy, but you might be wondering how the hell do you actually set the silverware on your table? Worry not, I’ll try to explain it really fast.
Everything depends on how many dishes will you serving during the dinner because that’s what indicates the placement of your silverware on the table. Since, according to the previous tip, you’re supposed to stack all the plates in the same spot, I’ll try to tell you how to set them on the table from left to right.
- Four- piece setting – if your dinner starts with a salad, after which you serve the main course and then finish it with coffee, then there will be a salad fork and the main fork on the left side of your plates, then the knife and the teaspoon to the right.
- Five- piece setting – this means the dinner also includes a soup, so from left to right it will be the main fork, salad fork, plates, knife, teaspoon, main spoon.
- Six- piece setting – six silverware pieces mean you will not be having a soup, with a first course and a dessert instead of it, so let’s do it again from left to right. You start with the main fork, salad fork, plates, knife, and a smaller knife. In this setting, we add to small elements in front of your plates, which is an even smaller, dessert fork and a small dessert spoon. The dessert fork should be pointing to your right, and be closer to your plate, and then the dessert spoon should be pointing to the left.
- Seven- piece setting – if your dinner is to be a truly impressive one, it combines all the courses, dessert, and a soup – which means seven elements of silverware, which are to be set, from left to right, like that: main fork, salad fork, plates, knife, salad knife, soup spoon, and now in front of your plates – the smaller, dessert fork and dessert soup just like in the case of a six-piece setting.
Phew, we’re done here – now you know how to set up your silverware when guests arrive, just remember, this was written from left to right, so remember about that and follow it to the letter if you don’t want to commit any faux pas.
Table linens will make or break your table
Okay, it’s just a saying, they won’t actually break your table, but they will be the deciding factor in whether will you impress your guests, or leave a bland aftertaste. If you want to receive your guests in style, that’s another thing to master – how to choose and prepare your linens?
First things first, though – I’d like to add one thing. Your table linens are usually your least expensive element of table setting, so keeping a few spare sets might be worthy of consideration. How about a set for each season, or for special events such as holidays? Certainly, not only will you impress your guests even more, but also blow a breath of fresh air into your house, every once in a while.
Now, when it comes to table linens, you should decide whether you want to use a runner, some tablecloths, napkins or placemats – of course, some of these you can use together.
- Tablecloths – used to be popular, but not so much anymore. You could consider them if you want to diversify the look of your table, by using the tablecloth together with something else, like the runner. In my opinion, a tablecloth is a bit boring these days.
- Placemats – they are quite cool, even more so because we’ve agreed on using such a method of placing your plates. Throwing a placemat under the plates will further enhance the visual effect of such placement. Of course, just as any table linen, they come in plenty of colors, shapes, and styles, so pick ones cohesive with the rest of your design.
- Table runners – very popular at the moment, proving a modern and clean look to your table. They are good at adding colors or patterns to your table, and it won’t feel empty with them. They are also a great option if you want to show off a luxurious or stylish material from which your table has been made.
- Napkins – of course, you can never have enough of napkins. Well, wait, you can – don’t clutter your table with them, but as long as you use common sense, it will be alright. Don’t think about them only as a practical necessity on your table – you can use them to add color, patterns, texture, everything.
Add something interesting to your table
Don’t be boring – this is the ultimate rule, not only in the interior design or table setting but also in life. Frankly speaking, a table full of food can be boring. Don’t get me wrong, I love food as much as the next person does, but guests want to see something more than just the pork chops. Try to add some drama through accessories.
These can be anything – from flowers to candle holders, wreaths during the holidays, little decorative figurines. Anything, really, just don’t be boring.
One important thing to remember, when you’re creating a focal point on your table, is that such accessories should be planned with some free space between them and the dishes – you don’t want your flowers to dip in the sauce, right? Don’t use anything too big too, or else you won’t have any space for placing the dishes themselves.
Spice up the atmosphere with fancy candles
If you want to add some drama or romance to the meal, there is nothing better than putting some fancy candles on the table – they are fairly inexpensive, and provide the best bang-for-your-buck when it comes to the table setting. However, you have to remember about a few important aspects:
- Safety measures – we don’t want to start any fires, except for the fires of joy when your guests try these fancy meals, right? Because of that, leave a lot of free space between the candles and other accessories on the table, such as your flowers. Oh, and place your candles to the center of your table – we don’t want to burn that fancy dress of your friend when she’s reaching for her glass, do we now?
- Unscented candles – while scented candles are what instantly comes to my mind when talking about creating an intimate and mysterious atmosphere, it’s best if you use them after the dinner, and not during it – their scent, combined with the aroma of your food, can be just a bit too much. During the dinner use unscented candles, and save the scented ones for later, when you invite your guests to the living room. Even then, don’t use candles of a very strong smell, if you’ve just eaten, or else it might be nauseating.
How to set the glasses on your table?
Glasses are an important element of your table setting not only because of their practical aspect but also from an aesthetical point of view. Using more than one glass on the table is a pretty simple way of impressing your guests, and fairly inexpensive, too. However, to get the effect right, you’ve got to know how to do it properly.
In the case of a not so spectacular dinner, all you need are two glasses – a wine glass, and a water goblet. In this case, you place the water goblet about one inch ahead of your dinner knife, and the wine glass should be placed to the right side of the water goblet, half an inch lower, with almost no free space between them.
Okay, so much for a simple dinner, but what if you’re trying to throw a spectacular formal dinner for your boss?
- Triangle arrangement – in this case, you place the dessert glass ahead of the other glasses, creating the highest point with it – the water goblet goes to the lower left of it, and then the glasses for the red and white wine are to be placed on the lower right side. Sherry glass is placed right of the white wine when you will be serving it.
- Diamond shape – similarly to the previous arrangement, but in this case the glass for the white wine should be placed on the lower left side of your red wine glass, and you add a sherry glass, on the lower left of the glass for white wine.
That’s all I can tell you about setting your table in a way which will impress all of your guests, be it an informal dinner with your neighbors, or a formal meeting with your boss. Wish you best of luck, and if there’s anything I’ve missed, remind me in the comments!
Feeling in the mood of giving your rooms a facelift? Painting a single wall or a room on your premises seems like a simple DIY job that guarantees to have a significant impact in any space.
When it comes to revamping your interior, you cannot overlook a foolproof process that ensures the color you achieve on your designated areas is what you are hoping for. With so many color choices available in hardware stores, it sometimes helps to take your color for a test drive before you decide on buying it. From sampling chips to evaluating how the color alters when exposed to natural light, there are several essential dos and don’ts you need to take into consideration before you even intend to walk into a paint shop.
Perhaps you have heard through the grapevine that a paint chip color or color swatch never looks exactly the same once it is on your wall. It is partially true. The small paint sample cards may not accurately indicate how the colors would look on your walls. On one hand, you are taking a tiny, handheld cardboard square with your favorite color on it and try it across a spacious flat surface. Bearing in mind that the paint store features fluorescent lights that illuminate and brighten the aisles, your sample color will probably look totally different exposed to your home light fixtures. What is more, we perceive colors in larger quantities in a totally different manner. Hence an entire wall covered in the chosen color might look darker and more vibrant than the sample on the cardboard square. To make sure the pale blue you have chosen is not actually an overwhelming dark purplish blue, read on for more no-fail tricks how to test a paint color to make a good choice.
How to use Color Swatches
1. The Test Drive
The key word is to not just guessing how the color might look on your wall. The most important step in picking a paint color is taking it out of the store’s paint aisle. After choosing a number of hues, bring them home to check how each color corresponds to your home’s surrounding. Sometimes it is also possible, especially with a helpful store assistant, to borrow an entire fan deck of colors and check how the colors illuminate at all times of the day. Bright morning light in comparison to golden afternoon light can cause a dramatic change in how the color is perceived in a room. Some hues are more prone to change when viewed under different light sources. That is why I recommend viewing color swatches in the actual space and lighting conditions. Taupe’s, grays and mauves may look differently in lamp-lit darkness so check how your favorable color looks with a variety of light sources. Another great tip is to check sample boards against the interior decor of your rooms. Some color swatches show coordinating hues that go well with the color on the walls. Do not hesitate to hold the chips against window treatments, sofa covers, artwork or lampshades. It is immensely important to see whether tan walls go well with emerald green sofa cover that you absolutely adore and do not think of changing in the near future.
Bringing color sample home is the best method to know what colors yours are getting before the final decision. To make sure you are satisfied with your color selection, look at them on their actual surfaces and in the correct lighting conditions where you plan to paint it.
2. Applying Paint Samples
After several successful overhauls, I have found that applying paint samples before the final decision on the chosen color and sheen of hue is the crucial part of any house painting job. Even though I must tackle with many squares of wrong colored paint at the end of the renovating project, the practice is certainly worth it.
When you paint a sample board or part of the wall, you can evaluate the color and paint’s finish before spending tons of money on several cans of paint only to realize you loathe the final appearance of the painted area. On more than one occasion I loved how the hue looked on the color swatch where I found it totally disappointing on the flat surface.
With a Color Sample you can:
- try and probe with a wide array of colors before committing to a particular color scheme for a room,
- decide between a large variety of shades and tints of a particular color,
- experiment with different undertones of selected color ( for instance, reds can be bluish or yellowish, like cherry red vs. carrot red and greens only slant in blue and yellow undertones, sea green vs. moss green),
- use undertones to create flow from room to room ( soft teal blue will emphasize and intensify the warm red tones in wooden cabinets),
- identify how a particular color will affect the color scheme in adjoining rooms,
- coordinate your wall color with your carpet and furnishings,
- experiment with enhancing the favorable color with different light sources;
3. Application and Evaluation
There are two ways to evaluate your color selection. You can either apply the hue to the wall or paint a sample board to hold it against designated area. Whichever way you choose, start by asking the Home Department of the hardware store for sample amounts of your favorite colors. Most companies offer miniature containers which might cost a few dollars, but it is a worthy investment.
Advantages of Sample Board Technique:
- a sample board can be made of any hard and inflexible material (cardboard, poster board or scraps of drywall or plywood),
- you can experiment with several sample boards for a prolonged time as you only tape the poster board to the wall, with no need to live with funny shaped blots of paint on different parts of the wall),
- you can carry the painted boards of selected colors with you as consider the color scheme for adjoining rooms,
- there is always the possibility of taking a sample paint board to a shopping trip for other elements of decor that will complement the chosen paint color,
- you can apply on a cardboard your main chosen color, trim color and accent colors to get the best feel of the final result,
- you can move the poster board down to furniture level to see if it matches the decor and furnishings,
- a sample board allows checking how the color alters at different times of day and in the lamp-lit surrounding,
- a cardboard will show how the color interacts with texture as you can see how it looks from a distance,
- finally, the last straw is evaluating how the sample board color affects the flooring, window treatments, and soft furnishings( like deeply hued rugs) in the room;
Wall Sample Technique:
Before painting the designated area, start with a little preparation in order to achieve spectacular and satisfying results:
a)The color sample should be applied on a clean, preferably white background. You will get the truest color if the surface is dry and in a good condition.
b)Paint broad sections of the wall at eye level, using a bristle or a sponge brush (sponge brush is a perfect choice for evaluating color but not recommended for the entire revamping project). Apply two coats of your Color Sample on the patch, and the larger section the better chance to test the color. You can use different areas of the wall to evaluate a variety of colors but once you invest in a primer, it will be possible to paint over the test patch.
c)To get the truest representation of the color, allow the test sections on the wall to dry for at least 3 hours.
d)Once the test patches are completely dry, stand back in the room to see how the color looks from a perspective. You can arrange furniture in front of the test section or hang artwork on the wall, nearby the color patch, to check whether the color complements the decor.
e)The final and most important step is to leave these splashes of several colors on the wall for a while to evaluate how the color changes at different times of the day. An apple green might turn out to appear much brighter on sunny days, or turquoise might prove to be overwhelming to live with. You need to also test how the color splashes will appear in the glow of your lamps when there is no natural light coming through the windows.
Advantages of Wall Sample Technique:
- you will get a more accurate idea of what the finished painting project will look like,
- painting directly on the wall allows you to see how the sample color impacts the appearance of the final color,
- if you have several sample paint cans to test, a wall gives you a chance to see all of them at once from the wider perspective,
- if you hesitate between two or three colors, try painting on opposing walls to create a visual eye trick,
- put your color sample on a number of adjacent walls to check how the chosen hue reacts to different lighting sources,
- you can experiment with the color perception in natural light, with lights on or with candles burning,
- painting directly on the wall gives you a rare chance of getting used to the favorable color selection as you can live with these patches for several days,
- the wall samples can serve as an anchor to see the how the color looks from a distance;
4. Good Advice from the Experts
Once all the inevitable processes are completed and you have made the final decision on the winning hue, do not be shy and consult the experts from the hardware store about what sheen to choose. Based on the designated wall surface that you want to paint, color experts will recommend the best sheen to achieve the color you want. For instance, if you want to refresh your kitchen or bathroom’s walls, you will need to protect the walls from moisture. A hallway or staircase area should have a coat to protect from inevitably appearing fingerprints. During many of my renovating projects, I have found that flat sheen paint will give you the truest and closest color to the sample swatch, whereas high gloss paint or semi-gloss will have a reflective quality that lessens the vibrancy of the selected color.
Testing your color choice in your own home and different lighting conditions is the best and most accurate way to view and evaluate color. Purchasing small containers of demo color sample paints is an economical way to see how your color selection will appear in your home environment before committing the final decision. You can try different color combinations on more than one wall to see how the color looks like as the light changes throughout the day and evening. You will also evaluate how your color choices look with decor elements, such as soft furnishing or flooring.
As somebody once said: “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” If you’re looking for some ways to make your house homier, you’re in the right place. We hope our tips will help you make your house into a home that you would love coming back to every day.
Home shouldn’t be just a place we sleep at night – ideally, it’s a place of solace and escape where we can unwind from a long day. As a psychotherapist, Robi Ludwig said, “we need our home environment to be the place where we can take both personal and physical refuge.” Most of us spend a lot of time looking for affordable ways to make our home feel cozy and inviting. We would like to present you eight items your home – and every home – should have. They will quickly and affordably take our interiors from average to gorgeous and super inviting.
1. An amazing mattress for a better night’s sleep
Getting quality sleep is one of the best things we can do for our health. What many people seem to forget is that good sleep is linked to a good mattress. The quality of our mattress has a big impact on our sleep. Poorer quality mattresses expose us to dust-mites, toxic chemicals, glues, fire retardants, and allergens that can have adverse effects on our health and can negatively affect our sleep.
A lot of different types of mattresses are available in the market. There are mattresses produced to match a person’s height, weight, age, and even medical needs. Each mattress provides various effects so we should try to choose the one that is suitable for our body and sleeping style. The most important factors we should look for in our mattress are support and comfort. Comfort is based on how our back and neck can be supported while support is usually determined by the number of coil springs hidden inside the mattress. Some of the mattresses available in the market are latex foam mattresses, ultra plush mattresses, memory foam mattresses and innerspring mattresses.
2. Something black
Much like every woman should have a little black dress in her wardrobe, every home needs to have something black. This color is eternally fashionable, it goes with almost anything and immediately makes any room feel more modern. Black works well with bright shades of red, green, and blue. Black is the ultimate dark color and can make lighter colors such as yellow really pop out. However, we should be careful connecting black with very dark colors. It can work in fact, but if the colors are too similar they can blend together.
We don’t have to add a lot of black to our interiors, just a bold accent. This could be anything from an accent wall, an area rug, a piece of furniture, or a large vase. The only thing we must remember is not to overdo it. One or maximum two well-balanced pieces are totally enough.
3. A touch of green – houseplants
We should expand our houseplants horizons. They can be really so much more than a small cactus or a sorry fern in a pot. Plants add color, shape, and life to every room in our home. But they are also very versatile and – like a piece of furniture or artwork – are a surprisingly powerful tool in our design arsenal.
There are may ways that houseplants can become important and gorgeous elements of our home’s decor. It’s worth incorporating some of these into our design plan:
- Use plants as color accents. The color can be the foliage itself or pottery in bright colors and patterned designs. Instead of our plant being a receding green, we should let it be the object that energizes the whole room.
- Enlarge the scale. The bigger and bolder, the better. Interior designers suggest choosing a fiddle leaf fig tree, a palm tree or any other bigger plant.
- Put in on the pedestal. When we put our plant on a pedestal, it suddenly becomes a statement, especially if this pedestal is stylish and bold.
- Create some rhythm. We can put in row two or three exactly the same plants.
- Different furnishing styles take on different plants. It’s crucial that we choose the right plants for our interiors to “complete the picture.” Yucca, for example, fits in well with wooden furniture. All kinds of flowering plants look nice with a country style decor.
4. An interesting artwork
An artwork adds the finishing touch to any space. From brightening up a room to adding a touch of fun to a bland area, it has the power to transform any living space.
Here are a few tips on choosing the right pieces for our space:
- When choosing art, we should be true to ourselves. That is the best way to find pieces that will suit our interiors and make us feel comfortable and relaxed in them.
- Why always pick a painting? We should be open to different mediums. Sculptures are also a nice idea – they add depth to the room.
- It’s suggested to choose a piece that has colors that work with our room. We should take into account our furnishing, wall color, curtains, throws, and pillows to create a palette of colors to look for in our artwork.
- We have to make sure the artwork is hung at the correct height. It should be approximately eye level. When hanging artwork over furniture, we shouldn’t pick art that is wider than the piece.
- We can’t forget about lighting. Proper lighting will make our artwork pop and contribute to the mood of the whole room.
5. A statement-making piece of furniture
“A statement piece adds character, a wow factor. It’s a conversation starter as it draws your eye as you enter the room,” says Anji Connell, an interior designer and founder of ACID+. It might be a rich velvet upholstered sofa, a crystal chandelier, an antique commode or some gorgeous armchair. These pieces of furniture can be impressively large or surprisingly small, old or new, traditional or modern. But what they all have in common is enough style and presence to make us stop and stare at them with open mouth.
There are many benefits in incorporating a statement piece. For instance, in a minimal room, it can add some life and save it from being too boring. And in a room where there are many elements of design, a well-chosen furniture can actually unify them all by taking center stage.
6. Window treatments
The windows are our connection to the outside world, and how we choose to dress them tells a lot about our interior design style. Some people leave them uncovered – it’s a sleek, modern look but suggested only for those who live in some isolated areas. But for those of us who have curious neighbors and sidewalks just a few steps away, that might not be a good option.
Window treatments can take many different forms: curtains, blinds, swags, valances, drapes, shutters, panels, cornices, and Roman shades, to name just a few. Color, pattern, and texture play an important role in window dressings:
- If our room already features a bright, bold color at the walls, we should choose a more subtle shade for the window treatment.
- If there is no pattern on our walls and furnishings, we can add some visual movement and rhythm choosing patterned curtains.
- We should make sure window treatments inject the appropriate texture to balance a room. But we can also be a bit more creative and brave and create a mixture of textures in a single window treatment to provide textural richness and depth.
However, it’s important to remember that window treatments are much more than a decorating element; they are also a very practical one – they admit or block sunlight and provide privacy. They need to do far more than look good; they must also work well!
7. A marvelous bookshelf
Bookshelves, it seems, are surviving the digital revolution. Without them, our homes would be filled with piles of reading materials! But beyond this obvious purpose that bookshelves serve (holding books), they also allow us to display art and organize all those not-sure-where-to-put-them items.
A well thought-out bookcase can be a gorgeous design element that adds warmth, character and personality to our room. But how can we turn our lifeless library walls into stylish statement pieces?
Here are three main ideas on how to arrange a bookshelf like a real pro:
- Books should go in different directions. It is standard library style to store all books vertically but it shouldn’t stop us if we’d prefer the aesthetics of the horizontal option. In fact, the most interesting solution would be to stack some books vertically and others horizontally.
- Each shelf should be treated like a display and should tell a unique story.
- Adding personal touches. As it was already mentioned, bookshelves are not just for books. We can have on them framed family photos, shells brought back from vacation, a nice vase or some sculptures. As an interior designer, Nate Berkus says: “This makes the bookshelves look much more lived in and much prettier than just a bunch of books.”
8. A quiet retreat
Everybody needs a break. Life is stressful and often leaves us feeling frazzled or overwhelmed. Taking care of our physical and mental well-being doesn’t just happen. We have to consciously make some time for it. Not everybody can afford to get away for a long spa vacation, but we all can easily create our own retreat with just a little bit of work and imagination. We all need a private place where we can think, relax, read or just be at peace. For most women, this space is a craft room, reading nook or even kitchen (if you like cooking), and for men, it’s their garage or a game room. It’s a place we can look forward to going to at the end of a long day and it’s only ours.
The bathroom is also such part of every home that is completely private, making it the perfect place to unwind after a day of hard work and noisy kids. We can turn any bathroom into a tranquil retreat with careful selection of color palette, decor (candles, flowers, baskets, etc.), dimmers on the lights and some other fixtures.
These are only a couple of examples of the things that we think should be in every home. Just go with exploring the themes, think about some other important items you can add to this list, just be creative. After all, it is your dream home and everything must be according to your inclinations and taste. Create the space you’re proud to call home.
While they say ” It doesn’t matter where you start, it matters where you end up”, when talking about the bedroom I dare to disagree – since your bedroom is both the place where you begin your day, and one where you end up when it’s over, it’s crucial for your bedroom to provide you with tranquility and harmony both at the beginning of your day, as well as at the end of it.
I’m sure that everyone has an interior in his house which he values the most – this might be because of the way it’s been designed, your personal preference or just the way you spend your day. However, there is no denying that the bedroom is truly unique when it comes to comparing the typical rooms in a house – this is where we begin our day, as well as where do we finish it.
The way you wake up and start your day determines your frame of mind throughout the entire day, and falling asleep is the closure of said say – which means that the starting point and the final point of your day are the points which will impact the way you will feel about the day as a whole. Thus, your bedroom has to be perfect and harmonic, so you can feel good about each of your days.
With that being said, let’s take a closer look at the contents of your bedroom, and all that you should think about if you want to make your bedroom a true sanctuary of peace and harmony.
Design vs comfort
Sometimes, compromises have to be struck, and your bedroom is a perfect example of an interior that’s a bit tricky to design. Should you design it with the aesthetics and cohesive style playing the main role, or should you be primarily thinking about the comfort and convenience?
People don’t even realize these problems until they start remodeling their bedrooms, but sometimes that’s already too late – you have to be ready for all these details before you start buying any elements of your bedroom.
Your bed – should it be stylish, or should it be comfortable?
While there are plenty of bed types which combine the comfort with aesthetics, some of them aren’t that versatile – if you need an example, thinking about a wrought iron bed. While perfect for some types of bedrooms, durable and sturdy, at the same time such a bed might not be the choice for these of you who like to read before sleep, because the iron headboard isn’t exactly the epitome of softness and comfort.
You could still make it work with additional back support, or putting pillows between you and the iron, but it’s not exactly the most convenient solution. So, if you’re a person that likes to lean against the headboard, you need something different.
Obviously, in the case of my previous example, an upholstered headboard would be the perfect solution – but if you don’t think about it before you start designing your bedroom, chances are you’ve already gotten yourself the wallpaper, decorations or furniture which would be better look when paired with a bed made from iron.
The bottom line is – you need to be aware of such details, and be ready for them. Don’t start designing your bedroom before you’re one hundred percent sure what it is that you want, and how well will it match your needs. A perfect bedroom is one that’s able to satisfy all of your desires, not just some of them.
What makes you feel relaxed?
You can find plenty of guides over the internet, where authors tell you exactly what to pick and how to mix certain elements to feel good. I guess if you do anything against these established standards, the earth will explode and you won’t be ever able to fall asleep again. Yeah, sure.
Certainly, there are some valuable tips to listen to, I’m not denying that – some solutions work better than others, and some colors schemes are more soothing than others. But remember, that’s what’s generally true – at the end of the day, you should take all of this advice with a grain of salt. Why’s that?
Obviously, that’s because everyone is different – and while the light blue is generally perceived as a peaceful color, and radiant red is considered to be aggressive and energetic, that’s just generally. Who said you perceive colors, and react to them, the same way everyone does?
Because of that, when you’re trying to invite some tranquility and harmony into your bedroom, first of all, you have to estimate your own, individual needs and preferences. People often forget about themselves, when designing their houses, and end up with houses that are perfect for the authors of the guides they read – but it’s them who will get to live in said houses, not these authors.
The bottom line is when picking the furniture, colors or wallpapers for your bedroom, then do not take anything you find on the internet for granted, not even my own words – think about what you like, what makes you happy and what makes you feel at peace.
Of course, if the tips you find around on the internet, or even in this very guide, that’s fine. However, if you’re a bit different, then go with what makes you happy. It’s your bedroom, design it the way you like it.
The most important elements of your bedroom
So much for the theory behind designing your perfect bedroom, it’s time to focus the very core elements of every bedroom – each of them has to be carefully chosen. Don’t rush it, because each of these elements is what makes or breaks truly relaxing bedroom.
Perfect bed frame for a perfect frame of mind
Design-wise, it’s the frame of your bed that should be dictating the climate in your bedroom. That’s why, it’s the frame you should be choosing first – all the rest, like the color of your walls or the shape of your curtains, should be cohesive with your frame, and not the other way around.
This way, you’ll avoid all the most common problems of bedroom designers – if you design your decoration and walls, for example, first, then you’ll be forced to stick with a bed frame that’s cohesive with the previously chosen stuff. What if it turns out that the frame which seemed to be the best on paper, turns out to be not very comfortable?
Now that you know this, it’s time to choose your frame accordingly to your preferences and needs. Let’s list all the most popular bed frames:
- Canopy – great for the master bedroom, very luxurious yet elegant and classy. Also comfortable.
- Iron and brass – aesthetically amazing for some styles, such as rustic and industrial, but hard to lean against.
- Sleigh – hard without additional upholstery, yet very nice for traditional bedrooms.
- French and upholstered – very comfortable and adds a romantic vibe. If you like the upholstered, soft headboard, then choose one which matches your design preferences.
- Platform – minimalistic, simple, modern. Comfortable and convenient.
- Ornate – luxurious, yet not very comfortable to lean against. Works best in grand, luxurious bedrooms.
- Woven – eco, natural and cozy. Best for tropical-style houses. Also very comfortable.
Let me just say it again, in some cases, you will have to strike compromises between the design and comfort, like in the case of ornate or iron frames and headboards. Take some time to think this through, not to regret anything later.
Take your time to choose the best mattress
The most important element you will find in any bedroom, for obvious reasons. The kind of your mattress determines the way you sleep and rest, and thus impacts both your days and nights. Most shops these days allow you to hop on the mattress, to check out how springy and comfortable it really easy. Of course, it’s not even close to sleeping an entire night on a mattress, but should be enough to give you a rough idea about what are you dealing with.
When buying your mattress, you should consider these aspects:
- Comfort – when buying your mattress, check how springy it is, as well as its shape.
- Size – remember that your mattress should be chosen accordingly to your own size and needs. If you’re looking for a mattress for partners or for very big and luxurious, master bedroom, think about king-sized or California king-sized mattress. If you need something bigger, but for one person, I’d consider a queen-sized mattress.
- Firmness – while mattresses come with firmness labels attached, I wouldn’t put too much trust in these labels – they vary between different producers. Ask your friends for opinions about the honesty of your local sellers first.
- Material – obviously, the material your mattress been made from impacts all the other parameters. Additionally, it’s best to buy hypoallergenic mattresses.
- Price – always something to keep in mind, however, I wouldn’t try to save money on a mattress myself – there are other things you can save on, and the mattress is just too important for both your comfort and health.
Illumination has to be easy on your eyes
It plays a crucial role when it comes to the mood and atmosphere of your bedroom, as well as in the process of relaxing. Do not use too aggressive, direct lighting in your bedroom – this is where your eyes have to take some rest, so the light should be subtle and relaxing. I’d advise using some of these solutions:
- Downlights or uplights – usually used in art galleries or when trying to expose some decorations in living rooms, they are very welcome in the bedroom because the light won’t be directed at your eyes.
- Lamps with shades – dim light produced by such lamps is soft on the eyes, atmospheric and subtle.
- Windows – as always, there is nothing better than sunlight or moonlight. Especially in your bedroom, moonlight will work wonders when you’re looking for ways to add some romantic atmosphere. Plus, waking up because of the daylight coming through your windows is probably the most natural way of waking up you could ever imagine. If possible, think about skylights, otherwise, normal windows will do.
- LED tapes – as long as they are not directly pointed at your face, they can be very good to add a modern feeling to your bedroom. An LED tape hidden behind a curved shelf can be very effective.
- Overhead fixtures – more traditional, but good nonetheless. Just make sure the bulbs are dim and not very aggressive. Pick something easy on the eyes.
Complement your bedroom with cohesive furniture
All the additional bedroom furniture should be picked accordingly to your aesthetical and practical preferences. It’s always good to have a nightstand or two in your bedroom, to keep your small stuff on them, as well as a classy stand for your lamp.
Make sure they are cohesive with the rest of your bedroom, and other than that, decide for yourself which meet your tastes.
Choose colors you like the most
When it comes to the colors in which your bedroom should be designed, I’ve already told you that it’s up to your personal color preferences.
The common consensus is that the colors in your bedroom should be soothing and peaceful, to provide the optimal conditions for catching some rest and relaxing – however, that’s of course not the only way to do it.
First of all, different colors work differently on different people, and second of all, there is nothing wrong with having a more spicy, romantic bedroom. Think about the effect you want to achieve, and about your personal perception of colors.
Anyway, generally, if you want a peaceful and quiet bedroom, pick subtle, light colors such as white, light blue, ecru, etc. However, if you’d like something more dramatic or even spicy, then darker hues are fine. I’ve seen crimson bedrooms I’d love to have, so really – pick the colors you want, and don’t let anyone tell you you’re doing it wrong. It’s your bedroom.
Pay attention to the details
Now that you’ve got all of the core elements of your bedroom chosen, it’s time to focus on the additional details to underline the atmosphere and character of your bedroom. This includes:
- Accent pillows
- Personal items
All of these should be picked to be cohesive with the rest of your bedroom. Make sure to only keep the items that make you feel relaxed. Your bedroom should only consist of items that carry the positive vibe – throw away all the work-related items, or anything that could be stressful.
Pick your bedding like you picked the mattress
Finally, it’s time to pick a comfortable bedding for your bed. Same as in the case of your mattress, the main aspect you should be considering when picking your bedding should be comfort and convenience.
Basically, when deciding which bedding to buy, think about the same characteristics I’ve already listed when we talked about the mattress, no point in rewriting all this stuff again. Plus, pick them cohesive in style with the rest of your bedroom.
That’s it – I hope I’ve managed to be of help. Now you should be more than prepared to design a harmonic, peaceful bedroom which will satisfy all of your aesthetical needs, as well as let you catch some well-deserved rest. Good night!
Whether you’re designing a new basement from scratch or trying to remodel one into something truly amazing, finishing your basement the right way can be a real pain. If you’re looking for some help with that difficult task, you’re in a right place.
There are a lot of things that have to be taken into consideration when finishing a basement – and some of them are exclusive to the basement alone. After all, your ordinary interiors, such as your living room or a bedroom rarely experience problems with moisture and escape routes, right?
While troublesome, remodeling your basement is usually worth it. That’s why I consider it to be a high risk, high reward kind of interior – as long as you do it the right way, your basement will become a true gem of your house. However, for that, you need not only plenty of determination, but also a lot of time and money. Let’s try to take a closer look at all the matters you have to take care of when remodeling your basement.
Check where does the main drain runs
If you want to connect your basement to the water line of your house, it’s crucial to check whether the main drain runs below the level of your basement, or above it.
If you’re lucky, the main drain will be below the basement level, or at least as a height that allows you to create a slight slope, enough for the waste to exit your basement by the force of gravity. However, if you’re not so lucky, the main drain will be above your basement, which makes it impossible.
In that case, you will need a suction pump, which you will have to use to get rid of all the filthy water and waste. This option is obviously more expensive, as not only do you have to buy the pump, but also maintain it and use it, which means higher electricity bills.
Of course, this is important only for these of you who want to install a sink or a whole new bathroom in your basement. While it’s one of the more costly remodels, it offers some amazing possibilities, from the designers point of view.
Your basement doesn’t have to match the design of the rest of your house
Think of it like that – the main advantage of remodeling your basement into something much more than it currently is, is the fact that are is nothing restricting you. For example, if you live in a wooden house, it’s hard to install a heavy, luxurious bathroom or an entire sauna, somewhere on the upper floors – without additional support, the construction of your house might have a hard time surviving such remodel. However, when we’re talking about the basement, apart from the costs there is absolutely nothing restricting you.
And then, there is the case of being cohesive with the rest of your houses design – but your basement doesn’t have to match any of your other interiors, which are above the ground. Think of it as if it was a whole new dimension – why not remodel the basement into a spa-like sanctuary, even if the house above it is something entirely different? There are no limits when it comes to the bathroom.
Letting some daylight inside can be hard, but necessary
Okay so first of all, there is nothing better than daylight when it comes to illuminating your interiors, and I’m quite sure we’re all well aware of it. However, when talking about your basement, you might be thinking there are no windows and there shouldn’t be any anyway because it’s a basement after all. Wrong.
This is where it gets costly – you will likely have to install a window in your basement. The thing is, most of the building codes say that you’re obligated to provide an additional escape route from your basement if you want to remodel it to be something more than a basement.
To make the long story short, if you want to keep your potatoes in a concrete, unfinished basement, then you’re fine without a window – but if you want to remodel your basement into what resembles a normal interior, just like any of the ones above ground, then it has to have at least one window, big enough to escape through it.
While it might sound scary at first, it’s not all that bad – at least, it’s possible to do it, but it doesn’t come cheap. If your basement is entirely below the ground, because I know people also have basements that are sticking above it in some parts of them, then you will have to create a window well.
I did mention the window has to be somewhat big, so don’t forget about that or else the city hall might want to have a word with you, and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to have a word with them. Be it as it may, there is one more problem – the window well might be catching too much water, so you’ll need a pump to get rid of that problem for you.
Yeah, I know it’s not very cool, but if anything happens, you’ll be happy they made you create that window. Safety should always be your first priority. And then there is the case of daylight, so when you’re done with all the remodel, an additional window is never a bad thing, right?
Mind your ducts
If you want to create a truly awesome basement which will make all of your guests drop dead from envy, then all the wires, ducts and pipes and whatnot shouldn’t be left visible. Unless you’re going for an industrial vibe because you’ll be inviting your heavy-metal friends over, that is.
Hiding all the practical stuff is not very easy, but it’s not all that scary either. All you need is a crew of contractors who know what they are doing – in case they don’t, you can always show them this article. I’ll try to explain it really fast.
So basically, you should conceal all the ugly stuff behind a fake ceiling. Such a lower ceiling will be your actual ceiling, visually, while behind it there will be enough space to cover all the pipes and wires.
It’s really a great thing, visually, because your basement will lose the basement feeling, and resemble any other interior as if it was your true living room.
While you’re at it, always remember to leave access panels – you still need to have access to all the shutoffs and whatnot, in case something happens. Don’t cover this stuff without any means of getting to them later, without the use of a sledgehammer.
One more thing – because the shutoffs will most likely be cover behind a drywall, it’s important that you install said drywall a bit higher than you normally would – leave an inch or so of a gap between it and the floor, and fill the gap with something else that you’ll be able to reapply later. This is because basements are known for being flooded, and you don’t want your entire drywall ruined if something like that happens.
The drywall itself can be a fiberglass-faced one or a paper-faced one – I suggest you invest a bit more into it and get yourself the fiberglass one, which is moisture-resistant and that’s what’s needed in a basement.
What should the ceiling be made from?
Basically, people used to use drywall for their basement ceilings, but they no more do. Why?
There are a plethora of things that can happen above the basement which will cause troubles below. For example, if your dishwasher malfunctions or you child forgets to turn off the water when taking a bath, that’s a ready recipe for a flood. The water starts soaking through the floor, and guess what’s under your floor? That’s right, the ceiling of your basement.
A wet drywall means a lot of hassle – you have to cut off big parts of it, replace them, things get ugly, you make a mistake and before you know it, the whole ceiling is just ruined. Who wants that?
Because of this, people started using tile ceilings in their basements, and I’m a huge fan myself – if anything goes wrong, all you have to do is take out a tile or two and replace them, easy as that.
The height of your basement
You can make your basement as high as you want it to be, all it takes to make it higher is digging down and removing the ground. However, the as you keep digging, problems with water and moisture might be a problem. When to say ” enough” ?
Basically, the height of your basement is determined by the way you want to use it. Of course, if you want to make it an interior that’s convenient for all sorts of activities, that’s at least your size plus a stretched out arm. If you want to be able to get on a chair or something, for any reason, that’s additional space required.
Some people have basketball courts in their basement, so just imagine how high it has to be for that to be possible. Still, if you need something more ordinary, then you won’t have to dig so low.
However, a treadmill, for example, is a more common sight in a basement, so always measure what you want to have in your basement before you start finishing it.
The problems with water and moisture levels
The most common problem in every basement – moisture. How to make sure your basement is perfectly waterproof?
Of course, there are moisture barriers, pumps, and whatnot to make sure you’re not in for a flood anytime soon. However, that’s expensive and not everyone can afford to buy all the equipment. Because of that, some people just pray nothing will happen and wish for the best.
However, some solutions do not cost almost anything extra, and should always be used when finishing a basement – for example, water resistant flooring materials. Basement floorings can vary in price, but you should consider only the ones that are water resistant – some of them aren’t really more expensive than their non-water resistant counterparts, and you’ll thank me in the comments if the water somewhat does get into your basement.
Another possible solution is installing a floor drain – while this solution costs a bit more, that’s still not as bad as having to remove all of your furniture, flooring, textiles and whatnot if anything happens.
The bottom line is, your basement remodel is not the cheapest of remodels out there, so don’t start one before you save enough money to do it properly, or else you might regret it later.
Illuminating your basement
I’ve already told you about installing a window in your basement, both because of the daylight and the building codes, but daylight coming through such a window is usually not enough to cover all your needs.
In my opinion, it’s best if you install indirect sources of light in your basement. First of all, the ceiling is usually lower here than it is in any interior above the ground – which means the reflections of light cast by your ceiling are usually enough to illuminate it evenly. Not only that, but the basement usually has no more than one window, which means it’s a rather dim interior – which makes the ambient lights play much of a role here.
Directing your light down, right on the faces of your guests might not be the best solution – we want to illuminate the interior, and not blind your guests.
The bottom line is, tray ceiling, ambient lights and indirect sources of light are the way to go. Also, LED systems aren’t too bad either.
That’s it I suppose – now you should be able to pull off a great basement remodel, knowing all the possible problems, as well as all the advantages of a beautifully finished basement. Good luck!
Decorating on a tight budget is often associated with lots of compromises and a disappointing final effect.
Of course, it often ends up like this but only when people don’t really know how to get the most out of every cent spent on the interior decor. You don’t have to sacrifice style if you want to save up and you can definitely still get that wow effect that will get your friends talking about your stunning apartment. Budget decorating is all about making smart choices and having a pretty clear vision of the interior from the get go. Such approach allows you to do some planning which is crucial when it comes to saving up your money. You need to know what you can afford and on which things you can save up a lot to be able to splurge a little bit more on other decor items. Decorating on a budget is not that hard though and I’m sure that after reading this article, you’ll be inspired to create a truly amazing interior design which will be also gentle on your wallet!
Paint is surely one of the cheapest ways to make your interior design unique. Color has a great impact and using specific colors is a foolproof way of creating the desired atmosphere in any room. And painting is, of course, the easiest and the cheapest way to give your interior a quick makeover! Plus, when painting your walls, you don’t have to stick to just one color per wall – get some masking tape and try making some patterns!
What to do to save up more? Make sure that you buy the right amount of paint for your needs and if you predict that you’ll have some paint left, try to think of ways to use it all – for example you can use the leftover wall paint from the living room to do a feature wall in another room – if it matches its decor, of course. Sometimes it’s even worth it to think outside the box or in this case rather the can of paint and use your paint in a slightly unconventional way. What do I mean? Well, a few years ago I’ve been painting the walls in my two bedrooms. I used metallic wall paint in two complementing shades – a deep forest green with a warm gold sparkle and a pale greenish gold with a pearl reflection. After I was done with painting the bedrooms, I realized that I still have a lot of paint left. So what did I do? I decided to take my chances and painted the walls of my balcony! I added some red accents to make it more visually interesting and managed to use almost all of the leftover paint! So yes, the manufacturer would probably strongly advise me to buy a specific paint for my balcony which you can use outside of the buildings but I took my chances and I must say it was definitely worth it – there’s no chipping nor color fading even after all those sunny summers and freezing winters! Bottom line: sometimes with budget decorating it’s really worth it to risk it a bit!
To give your apartment a whole new look on a budget, don’t limit yourself to painting just the walls. A paint job is a perfect way to refresh the look of your furniture, flooring and even tiled surfaces!
Let’s talk about painting the furniture first – if you, for example, have an old commode but want to make your interior more modern and ditch the traditional vibe, all you need to do is to get a little creative with painting it. Forget boring colors and pick something that will really make an impact. For example, you can go for a neon or just a bright and juicy hue and both of these choices are bound to make your old piece of furniture become a super eye-catching statement piece! Do you want to be even bolder? Take a look at the commode below – I absolutely love this creative look. It looks like an abstract mountain landscape and you don’t need to be an artist to recreate it.
And what if you prefer to achieve a more minimalistic, but still bold look? Going after color blocking in its purest form is the solution. Analyze the structure of your furniture and paint its different parts with different colors. It’s super easy to do, especially with a commode as you just have to pull out the drawers so you don’t even have to worry about using the masking tape. Check out the interior below and inspire! Hint: if you’re not after such juicy colors, you can recreate these ideas while using just black and white for a more balanced and classic look.
Painting the floor may seem like a crazy idea, but believe me – it definitely is worth it if you want a quick makeover which won’t drain your wallet. There are specific paints that you can use while painting the floor which provide high friction resistance and overall durability. Yes, this time, I strongly advise you to stick to the manufacturer’s instructions and pick a paint that has been designed to paint the floor. Of course, the kind of paint that you can use will depend on the kind of flooring that you have – tiled, concrete, hardwood or other. If you’re in doubt which paint to pick, better consult a professional!
Take a look at this traditional kitchen – it features classic cabinets and steel kitchen appliances – it’s a look that is more popular than Coca-Cola. The difference is, not as many people like it. But there’s one smart interior design move that makes this kitchen stand out from the crowd and gives it a true modern vibe – bright lime paint on the floor. Yes, it’s an unexpected flooring choice but it surely is stunning and changes the look of the entire space! To make everything more balanced, a modern chair has been added – it features a similar color to the cabinets, but its hip shape stays in tune with the bold vibe that the floor provides.
Any space with crown molding will look instantly more luxurious. It’s a decor item that is still pretty budget-friendly and easy to install. Crown molding gives any space that well-designed, polished look. And don’t think that you need to stick to the classic white – there are plenty of options to get creative with your crown molding by using some color.
Take a look at this shabby chic bedroom – given the light colors on the walls and the ceiling a crown molding in a similar hue would almost vanish. That’s why a darker shade has been used. Notice that it’s not a random hue, though – it perfectly matches the window curtains and the bedding. It gives the entire space a more finished look. Plus if the owner will change his or her mind, the color on the molding is still pretty neutral and will fit a lot of other decor ideas!
Sometimes all you need to do to give your furniture a whole new look is to switch the hardware for some new fancy styles. With the huge variety of hardware designs available on the market, you won’t have a problem finding one that will give your furniture a stunning makeover. It’s a great idea to incorporate in your kitchen – after all, entirely remodeling the kitchen is one of the most money-consuming interior design ideas that you can have. So why not think about other, less expensive ways to give your kitchen a makeover? Plus, the kitchen is the only room with so much hardware, so switching it in it is bound to have the biggest impact on the final effect.
Take a look at this amazing kitchen – the cabinet handles look stunning against the dark color of the cabinets and they match the faucet perfectly. Although the marble backsplash is definitely a bit pricey, you can opt for other options such as a glass or tiled one. This kitchen shows how to work with contrast – when picking new hardware, consider opting for contrast for the most striking effect.
Make your own art
Instead of opting for buying art, get creative and make your own. You can go through pictures and photos online and have them printed out and then framed. To make them look even more elegant, opt for adding a mat. You don’t have to splurge on the frames – even simple black ones can provide an amazing effect. Even better if you decide to create a whole gallery wall as nothing will make your space feel more personal. You can hang some of your favorite movie and music posters, pick stunning photos of the places you’ve traveled to and so on. Looking at such gallery wall is a great way to boost your mood every day and get inspired.
Don’t be afraid to splurge a little
When decorating on a budget, saving up is important, but in some cases, it’s really worth to splurge a little. Treat it as an investment. Picking a bit more expensive furniture will pay off in the long run as going for extremely cheap furniture would mean that you’d have to buy a new set in just months or a year or two when they finally break. High-quality is always a good choice plus such furniture can really make the entire interior. If you plan to sell your home in the future, investing in some quality pieces will significantly up the market worth of your property.
Try to hunt for deals, go shopping during the sale season and hunting for occasions online and on flea markets. If you put in some effort, you won’t need to pay much for truly stunning pieces. Sometimes it’s worth to wait a little before you buy something to get a better deal. So, practice your patience!
Experiment with patterns
Adding some patterns is a quick and proven way of making over your entire space. Plus buying some patterned items or textiles is usually easy to do, even when having a pretty tight budget. Hanging some new patterned curtains or adding some patterned throw pillows are only a few of a virtually endless array of options!
Ditch the matchy-matchy style
If you aim for a conservative and perfectly matching interior, you’ll be in a worse situation budget-wise than if you chose to get a little creative with your apartment. Nothing will give you more freedom and flexibility than going for more modern styles such as Scandinavian, eclectic or contemporary. Especially adding some eclectic vibe to your interior means that you can find plenty of old items and give them a new lease of life. A little paint job, reupholstering or switching the hardware can really go a long way!
Take a look at this interior – it’s a perfect mix of the eclectic with the minimalist interior design style. It means that you can get the best things out of these two styles – the flexibility thanks to the eclectic and the minimalist approach to buying things which means you only stick to the essential stuff. Some would say that such space looks too austere, but it surely is balanced out thanks to a huge variety of patterns on the throw pillows. And as you continue to live in it, you can slowly put in a little more things in it if your budget will allow you.
Add some plants
It’s an easy and budget-friendly way to make any interior feel more welcoming. And if you decide to opt for air plants you can forget about the traditional way of displaying your plants and get creative as the air plants don’t need soil. But keep in mind that they still need some water!
How about you, what do you think about decorating on a budget? Have you ever tried it?
Regardless of the time of the year, each home can benefit from adding a cozy little comfort. Having a comfortable living space is important, and it also does not have to be expensive.
There is a vast amount of small and big things you can do to a room that will instantly and affordably take it from drab to super warm and inviting. Designing your house to create an enjoyable and memorable place, beckoning to newcomers is an exciting task. And you do not necessarily need to have a background in Interior Design – anyone can rearrange their space to make it feel relaxing and soothing. And there is a bonus perk to creating a warm and inviting home to your guests – the final result is often more alluring for you too! Check out my room-by-room guide for making your house feel better on a budget. Here are great inexpensive ways to do so.
- Welcoming Mat: A well-chosen, decorative door mat can be an excellent addition, adding a touch of warmth before you even enter your house. They are called welcome mats for a reason, and what is more, you can purchase one that has cheerful words printed on it. These days you can even buy a personalized welcoming mat, with a funny and unique writing on it. Apart from being a decor item, a door mat is useful for keeping grime and dirt from your boots outside. So, if you do not possess a welcoming mat already, it is high time to buy one. There is a wide array of fantastic door mats available in stores, in all shapes, sizes and at affordable prices. My advice is to get one made from recycled rubber, cast aluminum, coir or polypropylene. Those materials provide low maintenance use for long years. Trust me, a doormat is a decorative way to keep your home clean and guests smiling while entering your house.
- Inside Rug: First and foremost, a heavier duty carpet is going to protect your floors from floppy weather conditions. On the top of that adding more plush materials to your entry hall provides a more welcoming atmosphere on your home arrival. In general, soft and lovely fabrics create a feeling of comfortable coziness, adding an inviting vibe to space. You can opt for a machine washable rug, which ensures a good looking, clean entry throughout the season. If you have a wide foyer, you can position your inside rug horizontally, and for a narrow entry hall, you can purchase a longer runner, which will add dimension to the corridor.
- Bedding is the Key: The bed linens in your bedroom and the guest room convey a message about the homeowner. Therefore, choose wisely colors that match the decor of the rooms and never cheap out on the quality of the sheets. It is highly recommended to make an investment in durable and high-quality fabrics than sleep on paper-thin sheets every night. We need to remember that the best part of our hectic lifestyle is snuggling into a warm and cozy bed. What is better to make your bed feel more relaxing and comfortable than cozy sheets? My tip is to replace light linens with cotton, soft-to-touch, flannel ones during the colder months for a more luxurious feeling. However, some of us prefer lighter layers with heavier duvet feeling. If so, there is a variety of quilt covers available on the market, in a wide array of patterns and textures. You can always decide on a reversible one, featuring sweet and homey floral design on one side and bold, geometric figures on the other. Finally, a decorative yet cozy quilt on the top of your duvet will give you an extra feeling of comfort throughout the long, winter evenings, when you are prone to feeling extra cold. Not to mention the coziness factor of your bedroom, with an inviting vibe and homely atmosphere.
- Lighting Fixtures: Nobody perceives dark homes as inviting and warm. Lighting is one of the main elements that guests notice in the house. Adding decorative light fixtures in the room will show the personality of the homeowner and create more comfortable atmosphere. Well-chosen lighting sources, especially in the bedroom, can have a magical effect on the space. It may sound awkward to some, but with just a few fixtures in the right spots, a room can quickly transform to a bigger, taller and cozier space. Bear in mind that table lamps create an intimate atmosphere, therefore they are perfect for a night in or family gatherings. On the other hand, multiple light sources, or bright ceiling lights should be lit for formal events or larger gatherings, as they give a room a sense of scale.
The Great Room
- Curtains: Choosing the perfect curtains and drapes can radically transform a room. Whether you have one casual, great room for lounging and family activities or more formal living room for bigger events, sprucing up your windows is an ideal solution to make the space more optically attractive. If your primary desire is to boost the size of your den room, then opting for colored curtains will create a larger perception. On another hand, darker hues on your windows will change the room into a comfortable and inviting space. Robust, thicker curtains are also magnificent for south-facing windows to protect from direct sunlight. Lighter fabrics in lively colors such as yellows, oranges or pinks are perfect for windows facing other directions. Bright curtains will catch the sunbeams, bringing shine and gloss to the room.
Not only do drapes add an air of sophistication to the room, but they also insulate against low temperatures outside, preventing cold air from seeping into your house. Rich textures of curtains help to give the feeling of warmth to space, enhancing existing decor of your interiors. I highly recommend going for drapes that extend from rails to the floor. Do not take into consideration the height or size of your windows, increase the coziness and overall effect by having material that pools at the bottom of your floor. You are to reach the ultimate romantic feeling, giving interesting texture, length and visual ornamentation of the room.
- Throw Pillows: The combination of rich, colorful patterns and fluffy fabrics of the pillows will add softness and drama to your living room. Bringing throw pillows to your sectional and recliners is a fantastic and inexpensive option to update the decor of your interiors. A wide selection of available prints and materials make cushions super versatile all year round, and you can always swap them for a more seasonally-appropriate look. Fluffy covers, like faux fur or furry, will complement your decor, creating a cuddly feeling to your space. Throw pillows are available in a range of styles and designs, so choosing velvet or silk materials can add glamor and fashion to your great room.
- Throw Blankets: One of the best elements of any home is the blanket selection. A cozy, luxurious to touch blanket, casually spread on the back of the couch or armchair will instantly give the warmth you are craving. Plush, fluffy textures of the throw blankets also add a visual appeal to space, creating a cozy feeling. You can effortlessly bring positive vibes to your interiors by choosing a simple, cotton-knit throw in a neutral color, not to interfere with the existing palette of hues. If you insist on adding more character to your guest room, try opting for a genuine, or less pricey, imitation of sheepskin. A faux or real sheepskin blanket will guarantee a warm appeal to your interiors.
The Dining Room
- Seat Cushions: To create a less formal atmosphere of the dining room, try adding seat cushions for your chairs. With those details, you are bound to make the space more inviting and cozy. Not to mention that seat cushions make sitting down easier and more comfortable. You can match existing decor of the room with patterns of the pillows, to make a great impression on your guests. Seat cushions are also an affordable way for changing the atmosphere of the place. They are versatile all year round, making a visual impact on the interiors.
Designer Tricks to Your Coziest Home Ever
- Lots of candles – it is a continuation of the lighting theme. Candles can alter the mood of any room, thanks to their soft, luminescent glow. Many brands offer candles with an enchanting fragrance that wafts in the air when you lit the candle. You can also influence the perceived dimension of the room by using candles of various shapes and sizes. Do not forget to browse the stores for candle holders that will complement the decor throughout your interior and fit the theme of your designated space.
- A mirror in a gorgeous frame – can give any room so much character and personality. You can purchase a beautifully ornamented mirror and hang it in a shared space above the table, or in any other place that you think would be suitable. Such outstanding element will bring an inviting vibe to the room and make a visually aesthetic appeal.
- Signature Wall with Themed Photos – such cluster of pictures of family and friends on one wall is a fantastic option of showing love and affection to your guests. Potential newcomers will admire your selection of photos for the collage, and it would be a great way to start warm and friendly conversations.
- Invest in a funky coffee table – the coffee piece is the center element of your guest room. Get a little bit more expensive one, which will last a lifetime, adorning the decor of your space. It is an excellent idea to add tabletop books. A splendid selection of something to read for your guests will be handy not only for the interior design but also for reading. Remember to get fun table books that will show your personality and enthusiasm for reading.
The most important part of feeling good in your surrounding is loving your home. With a minimum amount of effort, the warm and cozy living space is not only entirely achievable but also inexpensive too. Try to start off with my simple redecorating method because it is immediately rewarding and will quickly transform your house into a cozy and inviting oasis of relaxation for both you and your guests. Your home must fundamentally reflect who you are, and everything else will fall into place.
The lav, the can, the john, the crapper, the head, the throne, the WC, the privy, the potty, the loo, the oval office – whatever our favourite euphemism, what we mean is, plain and simply, THE TOILET. From its creation in the early 16th century, the flush toilet is now an essential part of our home.
Over the course of our life, we spend on average, 1.5-2 years in the bathroom. With that statistic in mind, choosing a right toilet for our home seems quite important. It may sound like a simple task, but there is really a lot to consider when selecting a toilet. New technology has improved the user experience of a toilet, from flushing technology to water efficiency, comfort and even, style. Although most toilets are usually made of porcelain and are white color, there is a wide range of styles, sizes, and shapes available on the market. If we’re willing to pay a bit extra, we can get our throne in any color we want! This guide will explain all the options available to us, and tell us everything we need to know, so we can find the ideal toilet for our bathroom.
1. Type of toilet
In selecting which type of toilet to buy, we have three options that include a one or two-piece model and a wall-mounted one. Most toilets are two-piece, meaning that the bowl is bolted to the tank. One-piece toilets integrate tank and bowl into a seamless, space-saving design that is easy to clean. Two-piece toilets are generally less expensive than the one-piece.
Wall-mounted toilets are another style option that is gaining popularity in modern homes. They add drama to a bathroom, and cleaning under them is a breeze. If this sounds interesting, we need to remember that these units can be more expensive to install because they require some modifications to the plumbing/waste system, and future maintenance can require reopening the wall.
2. Bowl shape
When we are deciding on the toilet bowl shape, we should consider how much space we have in our bathroom as well as the comfort level we are looking for. There are two common bowl types when it comes to toilets:
- Round Bowls: They are generally less expensive and work perfectly in small bathrooms.
- Elongated Bowls: They are around two inches longer than round bowls and offer more comfort.
3. Height of toilet
The standard toilet height is between 14-15 inches from the floor to the bowl rim, without a toilet seat. However, in recent years, this height has increased to assist people with sitting and standing up, for the benefit of those who are taller, and those with some physical handicaps. It’s very useful also for seniors. The comfort height is then more than 16 inches from the floor to the rim.
4. Toilet seats
It’s important to choose the seat that complements the color of the toilet and the overall decor of our bathroom. It’s suggested to think about the following items when choosing our seat:
- The seat shape depends upon the shape of bowl: round or elongated.
- Seats are available in cushioned vinyl, plastic or polypropylene, real wood and molded wood composition.
- Automatic seat closing: Some toilets are designed with a slow-moving hinge that gradually lowers both the seat and lid.
5. Flushing systems
Once we’ve settled on the model, size, and shape, we need to find a toilet that flushes efficiently. “You can have the most beautiful toilet in the whole wide world, but if it doesn’t flush, it’s ugly,” says Suzie Williford from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. There are three main flushing systems to consider in our purchase:
- Pressure Assisted Flush System: It uses a tank within the larger tank to create air pressure, forcing water into the bowl and reducing the chance for clogs. However, this system is quite noisy and because there are more parts, it can require more maintenance.
- Gravity Flush System: A common and simple system, it uses the force of gravity to remove waste when the lever is pushed. There are fewer parts in this flushing mechanism, so toilet repairs tend to be minimal and inexpensive.
- Dual Flush System: This is a relatively new system for saving water. There are two flushing options: a full flush for solid waste and partial flush for liquid waste.
An area most of us don’t think about when choosing toilets is color. Generally, it’s best to stay neutral and stick to white or off-white. However, if we are going for the contemporary look in our bathroom, we can consider a black lid on a white toilet or an entirely black toilet. Though, this style is a bit more expensive than the classic color alternative. Just one thing to remember – we should have some other black accents in our bathroom so the toilet doesn’t aggressively stand out. Interior designers suggest avoiding such colors like pink or green because they can make a bathroom look dated.
7. Should we get a bidet?
Most of us probably think that bidets are frivolous and only for wealthy people who are too privileged to wipe their own butts. But, it’s time to look at bidets under a different light, so we present you a few reasons to prove that they can be very practical:
- A bidet pays for itself in the money we save not buying toilet paper.
- It’s more environmentally friendly than toilet paper.
- Bidets help with health problems, especially for those who suffer from constipation or hemorrhoids.
- It prevents toilet clogging because as we know by now, using a bidet will help us use less toilet paper.
- Bidets add luxury to our bathroom.
Bidets are also available as kits we can install straight onto our toilet, so we don’t have to dedicate any extra bathroom space to a separate unit.
A toilet is an often overlooked item in our bathroom. New technologies are turning it from an ordinary appliance to an extraordinary bathroom necessity. We hope that our tips will help you find the right commode for your family.
The effect of a computer chair on our body is perhaps the best-known subject of ergonomics, the science of maximizing efficiency by minimizing discomfort.
With more and more people spending their whole days at work in front of a computer, chair design has become an important consideration.
If we were to determine how much time we spend in our office chair, we would be surprised. At 40 hours per week, we would rack up approximately 1900 hours over the course of the year. When we multiply that by an average number of years we work, it’s easy to see that a large part of our life we spend in an office chair. Some people are spending more time in front of a screen than they spend sleeping!
Office chairs are a part of the decor of any office and most of us try to make sure they look good forgetting about the health influences the chair will have on the person who uses it. It’s a big mistake because the design and ergonomics of the chair should be considered above everything else. Sitting for long periods of time puts a large amount of stress on our back and spine, which can cause back problems and serious discomfort. Learning a bit more about how to choose the right ergonomic office chair can help us stay comfortable throughout our work day and avoid these health issues.
1. Adjustable height option
The height of our computer chair should be fully adjustable. This adjustment will allow for people of different heights to comfortably sit in the chair. Our chair has to be in proper alignment with the computer desk, so it’s suggested to select the chair which seat can be easy moved either upwards or downwards. The rule is that when we look at our computer monitor, we should be able to look directly at it. A seat height that ranges from about 16 to 21 inches off the floor works for most people. This allows us to have feet flat on the floor while our knees are bent at ninety-degree angles and arms even with the height of the desk.
2. Seat width and depth
The computer chair should have enough width and depth to support any user comfortably. A seat width of 17-20 inches is standard and suffices for most people. The depth needs to be enough so that we can sit with our back against the backrest of the chair while leaving approximately 2 to 4 inches between the back of our knees and the seat.
While sitting for a long period of time, we have to remember about supporting our back and its natural shape to prevent injury or strain. The proper ergonomic chair will have full upper and middle back support. The backrest should be 12 to 19 inches wide. Some chairs have a backrest that is separated from the seat and then it should be adjustable in height and angle to support the natural curve of the spine. If the seat and backrest are joined together as one piece, we should be able to adjust it in forward and back angles and it should have a locking mechanism to secure it from going too far backward once we have determined the right angle.
4. Lumbar support
Lower back support in an ergonomic office chair is very important. Some of the better chairs will even have an adjustable lumbar support (both height and depth) that allows us to fit the chair to our lower back. This is crucial in preventing back strain that can worsen, and become a condition that can be debilitating and which is called sciatica.
Good ergonomics do not only focus on the position of the back. Our arms, hands, and wrists are also at risk of injury and strain from daily office activities, especially repetitive ones such as typing or writing. Adjustable armrests are the best option since they allow our arms to rest and relax at the right height. It’s important to notice that if they are improperly adjusted, or if we cannot adjust them at all, they can pose an obstacle during writing or typing that can place our wrists at an awkward angle. However, depending on our work style and requirements, when we are for example scooting across the office to the printer or shredder, we may not want armrests on our office chair because they may get in our way as we move around.
6. Seat material
The proper material for our chair is also very important. We should forget about the leather because the fabric needs to be breathable to keep the chair from becoming hot after a day sitting down. In addition, the material on the seat and back of the office chair should have enough padding that we cannot feel the base through the cushion. If we are spending a lot of time at our computer desk, we want something that will be soft and comfortable. Moreover, we should make sure the chair’s seat is made of high-quality foam. Colour is also a key factor and coordinating it with our whole office space is a must.
The human body was not designed to remain in one position for hours at a time, many office situations require us to sit for the majority of the day. A well-chosen office chair can help to prevent back pain and injury by providing the appropriate support to main trouble areas. However, we should be aware of the fact that the same chair does not fit everyone, so one more advice – we should try out chairs in person! By sitting in a chair, we will be able to feel how comfortable it is and find out if it can be properly adjusted to our needs.
Less is more – this principle works in a lot of cases. The minimalist interior design embodies this principle in its purest form.
It’s a style that you can either love or hate. Many people love it for the harmony and calmness that it brings to their house, but others hate it for being too austere. If you like simplicity and uncomplicated beauty, you’ll probably love this style. But if you’re a person who likes to gather things and showcase different items that you find close to your heart, you’ll be better off with another decor.
Some people are especially sensitive to the surrounding around them. If you are a person who can’t focus in a messy room, you probably are one of such people. Minimalist interior design can offer you the benefit of a calmer mind and may even make you happier as a result! Your home can affect the way you feel with its lighting, colors, room design. These findings have lead to the development of a new field of architecture called neuro-architecture which aims to create interiors that fuel your productivity and overall well-being. Minimalist interior design is surely one of the interior design styles that can prove extremely efficient in achieving these goals! But how to turn your home into a minimalist temple of harmony? Read on to discover!
Choose quality, not quantity
Going for a minimalist chic is the ultimate excuse to let yourself splurge a little on a few stunning pieces of furniture – after all you aren’t planning to buy a lot of stuff so you may just as well buy pricier items. Of course, if you’re tight on the budget, you can build a minimalist look in your house with items you can find at IKEA, but if you can spend more, it’s really worth it. Minimalism is all about having less, but not about compromising on style or quality. Plus if there are only a few pieces in the entire room, they will naturally focus all the attention on themselves – that’s why it’s important that they are really worth displaying like that. In a minimalist surrounding, every detail becomes extremely visible and that’s why you should really pay attention to them while you’re shopping for furniture. In a room full of things, poorly made hardware of the commode would not be that visible, but in a minimalist interior every flaw becomes highly visible!
Limit the accessories
In the minimalist style, you should forget about accessorizing too much. If you like to put your souvenirs and family photos on display, this interior design style is probably not for you. It’s all about reaching that look full of clear surfaces and simplicity. Sure, you can decorate with one or two statement pieces such as glass vases, but forget about stuffing the space with plenty of small and unnecessary items. Less is better, remember!
Start with the furniture
If you’re lucky to begin with a clear interior and you’re just creating its design, be sure that you’ll start by picking your dream furniture. Even if you’re decorating with another style, you should do that too. In the minimalist style, you should opt for furniture that has clean and simple lines and very little details. Forget about fancy hardware and intricate upholstery. Determine how much furniture in a room you truly need and buy only this amount. But remember that minimalism isn’t about sacrificing comfort, so don’t be too strict about limiting the furniture that you buy!
Minimalism is all about simplicity so you shouldn’t limit it just to the furniture and risk ruining the effect with other things. Be consequent – ditch the window decor altogether or opt for really simple one if you feel like you’re sacrificing privacy by resigning from using curtains. When picking artwork, don’t choose elaborate pieces – instead, opt for modern, abstract art which often offers just what the minimalist interior needs – austere but eye-catching paintings and sculptures.
This one is a no-brainer – the more stuff you have just laying around, the smaller are your chances for nailing that minimalist chic. Throw away or donate to charity things that you don’t use and if you can’t, be sure to store them out of sight. Creating a minimalist interior is one thing, but the next step is maintaining it, so if you’re a messy person better choose another interior design style if you don’t want your life to become a nightmare!
Go for neutrals
Can you imagine a minimalist interior full of vivid colors? Even if there were just two bright hues, it would already be too much and against everything that’s zen. That’s why minimalist decor embraces soft and light, neutral hues which fill the space with calmness and harmony. White is the queen of all of the minimalist colors, but you can also pick other hues such as beige, gray, deep brown and some muted down pastels – gentle mint and light blue which bring the overall design closer to nature. Remember that besides using these light hues, you should find some room for darker colors such as dark brown and black as incorporating only light hues can make your space feel a tad bland.
Give things plenty of space
One of the main traits of minimalist interior decor is that it embraces the empty space between things. It may sometimes look like the interior is slightly too empty, especially for people who are used to traditional decor full of different items and details, but this clear look is what minimalism is all about. Such surrounding is the perfect background for the statement pieces and focal points of the room. It works like an art gallery where the interiors are totally empty to let you fully focus on the art. Yes, if you choose right furniture and other decor items, you can recreate this special feeling in your own home! Just be sure to embrace the free space and invest in unique and captivating things!
How about you? Is the minimalist decor in tune with your taste or do you prefer other styles? Any experiences with creating a minimalist interior?
When designing your house, I’m sure plenty of you felt the temptation to do something really bold and colorful. And what better way to express your colorful and complicated side than with the use of bold upholstery?
If the standard and boring upholstery is not up your alley, I completely feel your pain. My story was no different – I also felt the need to add some glamorous accent to my home but had no idea how to do it, fearing I could wreck the entire design of my house if I went a bit too crazy with the paint on my walls or the tiles on the floor. However, with the upholstery, there is nothing to fear – after all, if something goes wrong and the final effect doesn’t satisfy you, there is nothing stopping you from just ditching the upholstery and going back to the standard one.
If you’re looking for inspirations to help you add some color, life, and uniqueness to your interior, you couldn’t have found any better – in this article, I’ll show you plenty of amazing solutions to do all that, and more, through the use of bold upholstery.
Break the boredom
Who said you have to start slow? Let’s hop right into the subject of bold upholstery with this piece of art. Notice how the interior is overall very traditional and toned down, with the white wall behind, brown floor and pretty ordinary plants. I’m quite sure that before this amazing sofa was introduced into the room, there was absolutely nothing to look at in the interior – okay, what I’m trying to say, it was as boring as it gets. But now look at the pillows and the upholstery. For some weird reason, despite how extravagant the upholstery is, it all seems to fit right in. The key to such effect is not using any other flashy decorations in the view range, and directing all the attention towards the sofa as the focal point in your room. Absolutely stunning effect.
Vanilla strawberry upholstery
This one is a bit more tricky, as it requires more commitment in the other departments around the room, and not only the upholstery, to successfully work as a whole. The pink sofa fits very well, but that’s partly due to the hem on the curtains, which is of the same color. Now, with the walls and toned down decoration elements, it creates the pleasing vanilla strawberry effect in the room, which is subtly contrasted by the blue stripes on the pillows, which saves it from being too boring and flat. The final effect is truly glamorous, creating an interior which can bring a true peace of mind to anyone who rests there.
Light, cheerful and peaceful
Now, this living room might seem pretty ordinary at first glance, but if you try adding such upholstery as the one on this chair into a room that’s not prepared for it, before you know it you’ll find yourself in a room where every piece of furniture fights for its place. Just imagine how boring would that room be if the chair wasn’t covered in blue upholstery, but in the gray one as the one on the sofa? Yeah, nothing to write home about. Obviously, the key to achieving balance in such a room are the hanging lamps of the same color as the blue upholstery and the blanket, but also the bare, wide windows. The final effect makes an impression as if a bit of the blue, bright sky from the outside was invited inside the house. Also, the entirety of the walls and ceiling kept white, help the owner achieve a light and bright interior.
This one is quite similar to the previous example, yet a bit more extravagant because the pattern on the upholstery is a bit more complicated, yet the final effect revolves around the same concept – inviting the sky inside though the wide, open windows or door, then reflecting it on the upholstery. Notice the painting on the wall, depicting water – all in all, the aim was to underline the blue elements of nature, such as the water and the sky, inside of the owners house. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind resting in such a cheerful and peaceful interior. The upholstery might be bold, yet the effect is harmonic – intriguing, isn’t it?
Abstract and floral upholstery
This one works mainly because of the flowers, which create the focal point of this interior, providing a hint for the human brain so it doesn’t have to wonder what the hell is going on here. With the addition of the flowers, we’re able to instantly understand the concept of the upholstery of the chairs resembling the colors of nature. Another interesting thing is the transparent chair legs, which helps you focus on the flowers and the upholstery without any additional distraction. The white, bare glass door in the background also help invite some more nature inside. I can’t imagine such upholstery working in different conditions than the ones presented to you in this picture. Bold, yet successful.
Luxurious focal point
It’s hard to make purple chairs work, but with a proper use of colors, it’s doable. Take a look at this example – the white, yet right carpet and extravagant lamp create an excellent scene on which the purple upholstery get’s the spotlight to really shine. Notice how half the wall is painted black, which is works great with the black chair legs. The final effect is an extravagant, luxurious interior, where bold elements don’t feel out of place and mismatched.
Eclectic living room
Bold upholstery works especially well when you’re going for the eclectic design, like one one presented to you in the picture. The owner of this living room matched a traditional, brick fireplace with a modern bar area, with typically modern hanging lamps and plafonds on the ceiling, with the extravagant upholstery on the armchairs and colorful pillows. To make the long story short, the pillows and armchairs would normally belong in something more textile-oriented, such as the English cottage style, but somehow make for a great addition to this eclectic living room. There is a lot of red color going on in this interior, despite that the fireplace, floor, and walls are rather toned down, gray or brown.
Bold upholstery also works extremely well when we’re planning our interiors to underline the minimal and simple characteristics, but don’t want them to be too simple and boring. Just look at the picture attached – everything in this living room is as simple and minimalistic as it gets, yet because of the vibrant red chair and the interesting, asymmetrical colors of the sofa upholstery, you can’t really call it plain. When trying to introduce some bold upholstery to our interiors, it’s always a safe bet to underline the big, bare windows, as without proper illumination in the room, such bold colors can make the room a bit overwhelming and gloomy. However, if you invite the daylight in, you won’t have to fear any of these happening – the interior will be fresh, interesting and lively.
Like an art gallery
When going for a very modern feeling inside you house, there is nothing better than bold upholstery – as long as you know how to properly incorporate it, that is. Look at this dining room. The painting on the wall already makes the place look as if it was an art gallery, further enhanced by all the small additions and decorations. However, if it wasn’t for the abstract upholstery on the dining chairs, the place would feel disjointed, unconnected – half of the room, near the paintings, would feel as if it was something else, and the dining part would be just another room, just without the wall. However, the bold upholstery on the chairs successfully connects the whole design, making it all a one, spacious and cohesive interior. If you just imagine this room without these chairs, I’m sure you’ll have no trouble agreeing with me.
Luxurious and extravagant
This one is a bit tricky, so keep that in mind before you try it out on your own. The black walls and grand fireplace make for a really overwhelming composition, and I’d be a bit scared to spend the night in such a house myself if the rest of the house are kept in the similar design. However, to break this atmosphere, the owner introduced some really radiant colors – notice, these aren’t toned down and peaceful hues of green, blue and yellow, but actually really in-your-face kinds of colors. Despite that, I’m quite sure anything weaker than that wouldn’t have worked, as the black walls and the fireplace truly needed a very strong answer. Now, the interior changes from grim and overwhelming to interesting and extravagant, and because the colors are so rich, also to luxurious. I wouldn’t mind such a living room myself, after the changes.
Luxurious gold upholstery
We all know that there is nothing more luxurious than the traditional, gold color in your house – and if you don’t want to introduce it in the standard, boring way, for example on the door hardware, think about golden upholstery. In the picture, you can see how the golden curtains and upholstery invited the luxurious feeling to the living room, yet without making it too obnoxious and in-your-face. Also, the red armchair in the corner creates a very stylish accent point in this living room, which breaks the serious, traditional feeling of this room, adding a bit of cheer and humor. A really nice mixture of luxurious and humorous design, if I may say so.
I’m quite sure no teenage daughter of yours would have anything against such a sofa in her room. To finish my list of inspirations regarding the use of bold upholstery, let’s take a look at this interior, which may be a bit less serious because we all know that when talking about teenagers, and especially a daughter, everything goes. Still, this room is very well planned – the dark walls create a very nice background for the pink and orange colors on the sofa, and the pinboard filled with dots stays cohesive with the upholstery. The bottom line is, bold upholstery can be used anywhere, not only in the living rooms.
This sums up my list of inspirations regarding the use of bold upholstery in your house. I’m sure by now you have a pretty strong idea about the whole matter, and can decide whether the bold upholstery is something up your alley, or not.
If we could only choose one room in our home to put our heart and soul into designing, the living room would top the list. It’s space that sets the tone for our entire decorating style.
The living room is the heart of our home, where we spend time with those we love. It’s where we relax, watch TV, cozy up in front of the fireplace, play games, welcome guests and do countless other activities each day. Yet when we get sick of our surroundings, when our room seems outdated or worn out and we need something different, it’s tough to make some big changes in the context of our busy lives and small budgets. That’s when small, cheap tweaks come in handy. Presented below are nine tricks with furniture, color, lighting and accessories that will help us create fashionable and comfortable space.
1. Focus on the floor
The floor takes up a significant amount of square footage and thus is one of the highest impact spaces in our living room. We’ve got ample possibilities for flooring in our rooms. There’s a variety of hardwoods available in many different natural or synthetic materials. Tiles are another option, again featuring a variety of different materials that can create very different styles and feels. If we want to be innovative and stylish, we can choose granite or cement flooring. If we want a warmer and cozier option, we should decide on plush carpeting.
Tip: It’s suggested to use one flooring material throughout the living room and adjoining rooms to visually expand the space and create flow with our design.
2. Make your living room warm and cozy with nice rug
A rug can set the tone for our entire living space. There are three main elements to keep in mind when choosing the right rug for our living room:
If we already have many colors and patterns going on in our space, we should buy a single-color rug, either a neutral or a shade which complements our existing furnishings. If we want a patterned rug with vivid colors, it’s suggested to choose it first, and add in furniture and accessories that coordinate afterwards. When selecting our perfect rug, we should take into account the tones in our flooring, walls, and other fixed finishes. However, most interior designers claim that we shouldn’t be afraid to experiment a bit – a brightly colored or boldly patterned rug can be just the ticket to lift our living room to the next level.
A mix of different textures makes a room look rich and layered, and an easy and fast way to set this tone is by paying attention to the texture of our rug. We need to remember that there’s so much more out there than cut and looped wool! Let the finishes of our existing furniture guide us, and aim for contrast. For example, a sleek leather sofa looks fantastic on something with a longer, fluffier pile. It’s also important to keep in mind practicalities about cleaning the rug.
A rug should fit the size of our seating area. Ideally, all the furniture should be on the rug, but front-legs-only is a good and common compromise. Most standard-size living rooms need an 8-by-10-foot rug to properly fill the space. When the seating area takes up the entire room, we also have to consider orientation: square rooms look perfect with round or square rugs, and rectangular rooms with rectangular rugs oriented in the same direction.
3. Customize your shelving
Whether we are tired of the look of a cluttered room, we want to get things off the floor and make our living room look neater, a great way to achieve this is to install floor-to-ceiling shelving. It can be custom-built or free-standing. If we are lucky enough to own a large collection of books, we can enjoy the look of them on these shelves. However, floor-to-ceiling shelving isn’t just for books. It’s a really nice solution for adding extra storage and space for a number of items including our photos, some pictures or even television or sound system. Such shelves can also provide a great way to display our collectables and treasures.
Tip: It’s good to consider a mix of open shelves and closed cabinets, so we can hide some items that are not very attractive behind closed doors.
4. Feature wall
Whether we call them feature walls, statement walls or accent walls, they’re a great place to let our creative vision fly free. It’s space to impress, experiment and bring energy and beauty into the room.
Why feature a wall?
Not only to jazz up a boring room but also to enlarge a small room. For example, painting one wall a darker color adds depth and drama to a cozy space. What’s more, distinguishing a wall can help define the space for a specific function. And one of the most common uses for an accent wall is to carve out a dining area in our living room. We can do this by putting the dining table next to our statement wall and coordinating accessories for the table with the wall.
How to highlight a wall?
- The easiest way to create a feature wall is to paint one wall a bright and vivid color, like orange, yellow, or blue, and leave the other walls white.
- Bright, patterned wallpaper is another excellent choice for adding drama and creativity to one of our walls. Today’s wallpaper selection gives us a range of hues and textures. It looks even more stunning when the wallpaper is coordinated with the accents in the rest of the room, like throw pillows or wall art.
- Stone and brick can create beautiful interior feature walls. Bricks look great when applied in central and focal areas. For instance, we can make our room very interesting with a cool brick wall behind our TV.
5. Create a picture collage
Hanging a painting, a family photo or two on a wall is a pretty standard decorating tactic. We can step it up to a whole new level by creating gorgeous picture collage. In such montage, we don’t have to choose just one picture, we can pick a bunch of our favourites to show off all at once.
When picking a wall for our picture collage, it’s suggested to look for a space that is between 6 and 8 feet wide to give our exposition adequate space to breathe. What’s more, we should remember also to reserve some space that people can stand back and enjoy the pictures. If we are planning to put on the wall some small pictures, we want our family and friends to be able to walk up and view these images from quite close range. That’s why we shouldn’t hang these collages above big, bulky furniture, like a couch, because our guests will naturally want to get closer to the pictures. If we want to save them the awkwardness of climbing on our furniture, the best option is to place collages above low bookcases or console tables.
Tip: The goal is to make the collage appear as one piece of art, so consistency and similarity in the frames is crucial to achieving a cohesive look.
6. Pay attention to the light
In a space where we read books, play games, watch TV and entertain guests, lighting serves an important purpose in both the function and look of the room. “Lighting is important because of the intimacy it creates,” says interior and lighting designer Linda Allen of Linda Allen Designs. “Since living rooms are usually one of the first rooms you walk into, it sets the tone for the rest of the house.”
An ideal living room lighting scheme uses different kinds of light, set at different levels, that work together to make the space warm and attractive. A high chandelier in the center of the room can be a great idea – crystals look fantastic especially in spacious rooms. If the room has more of an earthy feel, we can use an antler chandelier. Wall scones can also be a nice addition; they make our living room look more sophisticated. Whatever the lighting choices, we have to make sure the light is warm and not too harsh. The living room should be comfortable and inviting at all times of the day or night.
Tip: It’s suggested to use dimmers – they allow us to control the level of light to suit the activities that take place in the space.
7. Layer textures
Adding in layers of texture is often what gives our interiors that livable, comfortable feeling. We can mix and match these textures to complete our living room:
- Natural: raw wood, stones, handmade ceramics
- Soft: faux fur, mohair throw, cashmere blanket, velvet pillow covers
- Smooth: polished wood, leather sofa or chair
- Shiny: shiny metal, mirrored surfaces, glass vases
- Rough: sea grass or wicker furniture, natural fiber rugs, linen, burlap
8. Create a window seat
If we have a home with big windows it would be a shame not to take advantage of them to the fullest. Built right into a large window, window seats are perfect for people who love to have a quiet little nook they can call their own. On beautiful sunny mornings or long summer evenings, there’s no better place to sit back, read a book, relax, and enjoy the scenery outside than a peaceful window seat. A window seat can be created several ways. The easiest one is to use an existing (wide enough) windowsill and cover it with some cushions or a blanket.
Tip: If you need extra storage, you can select a bench which is designed specifically with storage beneath the seat (in the form of drawers, shelves, etc). This storage can be used to keep books, newspapers, shoes, and other household goods.
9. Expand the space with a massive mirror
Mirrors are called a decorator’s best friends, and with good reason — a well-placed mirror makes the most of a room’s natural light, opens a small space, enhances views, and adds oomph to a decor. The key lies in pairing the right mirror with the right location. For example, if we want to brighten up our living room, we should try hanging a mirror on a wall opposite our window. The light from the window will reflect off the mirror, making our room seem brighter than it really is.
There are many kinds of mirrors from modern to traditional, ones with or without frames, made in any shapes and forms to fit in your living room`s style. Don’t just go to the Ikea and pick up a mirror that will “do the job”. Choose a mirror that will make your living room one of a kind.
Stop dreaming about a new living room and act! Use the ideas presented above to liven up your space.