30. January 2016 · Comments Off on Cool Summer Home Renovation Tips · Categories: Home Improvement · Tags: ,

No expensive artifacts or rare mementos can give your home decor a new look this summer. All you need is smart planning with a tinge of imagination. Here are some ways to lend a new and fresh look to the same old boring interiors.Try them and make your home look new this summer.

As summer is on, it becomes hard to survive 40 degree days with the family under the fan. Keeping in mind the concept of coolness in the summer, it is the perfect time to have air-conditioning fixed in the house. Is there an alternative to air conditioning?

Try to stop the stifling heat of summer in its tracks with quality insulation in your home. Insulating your home this summer has the added benefit of being low cost and zero after-effects on your pocket. As a result you have a cooler home in summer and save on costly energy bills.

Splash Cool Summer Colors Around

This summer add color and a cool effect to the balcony garden with a tropical touch. You can enjoy the beautiful garden and share it with your friends and family. Bright shades of color may look happy but sometimes we also need subtle shades to enhance the decor. Paint your sitting area in colors like nude, beige and pink. The current trend is to paint and highlight one wall depending upon the design of the room. Do not go for extremely staid and boring colors, the right mix being a combination of bright and subtle shades.

Chilled Cocktail Time

Think about the heat and chilled cocktails. Renovate the bar and crockery storage and create an illusion of space. Convert the bar into wall cabinets with glass panels. Nothing could be more elegant than the glass segments with proper highlights. Keep the crystals clean and arrange it neatly.

Always decide on a fixed theme before you could start decorating your space. It is important to use your imagination and decide on an idea that best suits your need.

Furnishing With Indian Fabric

For a light and graceful Indian summer look, go for dupioni silk curtains which are elegant yet very light. Change the furnishing of the area as it will enhance the look. Ensure the off white curtains and cushions are also in sync with colors of the curtains.

Go for silk sari cushion covers as they will add to the overall light colored décor look. You may also mix and match colors like pastel shades of olive gray and rustic orange. Something like peach and golden curtain combinations will be apt for the windows.

Smart Spending

To save on time, money and effort before you start implementing your renovation plans always consult someone who has got their house painted recently. You will learn, for instance that before the paint can be applied, the surface needs to be primed.

This simply means applying one or two coats of cheap primer paint to the surface so that the final coat will have something to stick so and so that the original colors of the surface will not bleed through. Usually one priming coat is sufficient. This will also ensure the cheaper primer is absorbed by the walls while the more expensive emulsion paint remains on the surface.

28. January 2016 · Comments Off on Fresh and Easy New Home Decorating Tips · Categories: Home Improvement · Tags: , , ,

It’s finally time for you to decorate your new house. You didn’t mind the look of your old place, but this time around you want things done differently. Your new home needs to be revamped, modernized, and revitalized. You want its new look to be fresh -a true expression of your unique style. You shouldn’t have to settle for anything less. As you design and decorate your home, consider these simple tips

Fresh Paint

Bare walls have their place, but that place may not be in your new home. Before you select your furniture and decorations, remember that your walls should be a canvas to showcase your creativity. Add colour and context to your home by spicing up your walls a bit. A patterned accent wall draws the eye to your favourite areas. Bold, fresh colours can separate spaces in your home without the use of curtains and walls. Keep your home alive by challenging your conception of ordinary wall spaces.

Keep in mind, of course, that light colours will open up a living space, while darker colours may be too claustrophobic for smaller spaces.

Fresh Flooring

You’ve got the new house and you’ve got the new walls. What’s next? You’d be surprised how much flooring matters. The type of flooring you choose for your home makes all the difference.

  • Carpeting can soften a room, making it a more cosy space. If durability is a factor, Berber carpeting is created from Olefin, a type of plastic material. Don’t worry, it’s still soft and comfy to walk on, but Berber is stain resistant and ideal for high traffic.
  • Tile lends to a more tropical or contemporary flavour. Italian tile is popular for its dark, rich colours and you won’t have to worry about ease of cleaning, especially if you choose a medium to dark grout colour.
  • Wood is classic, but always modern and elegant. If your budget won’t allow solid wood, Pergo is a type of wood flooring that will stand the test of time without the price tag that comes with solid wood.

Each of these flooring types have unique designs, textures and colours that can make your floors stand out where you need them to and blend in when you don’t. Consider the overall message of your home. Are you a classy banquet host or the family friendly designer extraordinaire? Your floors can tell your guests exactly what kind of house they’re in.

Fresh Furniture

For a contemporary yet classic look, wicker furniture is ideal. Choose styles and designs that blend seamlessly into your new interior theme or select the pieces that make your home pop with unique design flavor. Synthetic wicker furniture is durable, long-lasting and weather resistant. It can stand up to the wear and tear of a busy household and can also be used outdoors for family gatherings and special events. It’s sleek and modern, making perfect accent pieces for even the most sophisticated home projects.

Fresh Details

It’s in the details. Decorating is all about which accents you use and where you place them. Each décor detail should be intentional. Choose only what you need to accent your living spaces without cluttering it. The idea is to reduce cramping and to draw attention to what really matters: your style.

From new flooring to wicker furniture to bold paint, you can transform your home and create a fresh look that’s all you. Writing out or drawing your plan may make your shopping and designing experience more organized, but remember to have fun. This is your chance to have the home you’ve always wanted, designed by the one and only you.

22. January 2016 · Comments Off on Basic Home Decor Tips · Categories: Home Improvement

Decorating your home is probably one of the best parts about owning it, especially if you have that inborn creativity and talent for home design. However, if you don’t feel this is true in your case, that shouldn’t be a problem. Interior design is something you can learn, though you don’t really have to master it. With today’s technology, there is so much you can do to help you create a nice, warm and comfy arrangement in your home. All it takes is willingness to trying something new and not being scared to make changes where there should be.If you’re an amateur looking for a good design for your home, there is one principal element you must pay attention to – color. Whatever colors you choose for a certain space will affect the general mood and appeal that you’ll be able to create. If you want the room bright and happy, choose pastel colors. If you want it formal, choose subdued tones. These are very basic concepts you must follow, but beyond mood and appeal, you must choose colors that go together. This is very crucial. The cohesiveness of your design will be dictated mostly by how your chosen colors tend to pull your design together, instead of apart. So choose colors that blend well.

Sometimes, however, when you are not artistically inclined, it is hard to figure out what colors blend unless you see them on some medium. If you cannot seem to come up with a color scheme in your mind, scan home design magazines and websites. You may not know how to come up with a good color combination on your own, but you surely can appreciate one when you see it.

Look out for interior designs that you like, and take note of the colors used to create such designs. If you don’t know the exact name of the colors, you can always bring along that magazine when shopping for furniture and other home decor. If you found a good design on a website, print that page and carry it with you when you shop.

Another principal element that can affect your design as a whole is texture. If you have walls colored with plain paint, you can add texture by choosing furniture with prints. You can also add frames and other wall decor around certain areas so you can balance that texture. Another way obtain this effect is to have textured paint on a certain wall in a room.

14. January 2016 · Comments Off on Ferns and Other Home Decor Tips · Categories: Home Improvement

When incorporating plants and other greenery into your home, there are two ways to go about the process. Many people find their favorite plant, purchase it, and then rearrange the set -up of the room in a way that flatters and provides space for the plant. The second method is to arrange the house they way you want it, and then look for the right sized plants to fill in the spaces. In any case, if you are looking to fill a small location with a good eye-catching plant, you should look at the enormous selection of ferns available. The fern’s foliage is small and slim, and the fern often grows into the space it has available. You can find a great selection of ferns, both real and silk. Live ferns need less sunlight and water than some other plants, and so you are less limited in terms of where you can place them. On the other hand, silk ferns offer the beauty of a fern with no need for maintenance. Be aware that when you choose a fern, you are not selecting a very colorful or eye-catching plant, though it still makes a lovely accent. In this fashion you can set up a great theme or pattern using ferns as a backdrop and beautiful flower arrangements that pop out and catch the eye.Adding Decorative Topiary Plants

Just as in art, the way things are spaced in interior design is critical to a well-balanced appearance. When you add some topiary to the area you are enhancing, be sure there is enough “breathing room” for the plants. Also, it is helpful to experiment with some of the many designs and sizes of these topiary that exist. One design that usually complements office areas involves taller, rounded plants. When decorating work areas, it is best to use silk plants because sunlight, watering, and bugs become a non-issue. These trees can also look good in homes and churches. You can find many a silk topiary small enough to adorn your desk and large enough to fill a large area of a room. Be creative in your choice of topiary and what you use to decorate with them!

The Benefits of Hanging Plants

No matter the size of your house, adding hanging plants make for a great and non-invasive decorative touch. Adding hanging plants adds another dimension to your greenery (a variety of small, tall, low, and high contributes to a great look). Most often hanging plants get placed in a corner of the room, which is a great way to spruce up some of the more neglected, dusty areas of your house. Hanging plants placed in corners also stay out of the way. Using the right equipment as you hang your plants prevents you from having problems in the future. You will want to find a strong hook that can be adhered in some way to a ceiling beam if you are planning to hang a heavier, denser plant. There is much less to worry about if you decide to hang smaller plants with light containers. As you decide on which hanging plants to use, think about colors of the flowers, shapes of the leaves, the designs of the containers, and how the plant will grow. Whether real or artificial, a hanging plant is yet another tool to use in your home decor.

Lessons to Learn When Shopping for an Interior Decorator

Although interior decorating can be fun, there are so many principles to a well-decorated home that it is often wise to rely on a professional. Since financing your decorator can be a task all of its own, we recommend you shop around before you choose one. Make sure to procure some models, illustrations, and recommendations from anyone you are considering. Interior decorators should have a book, a website, or a pamphlet showing their previous work with other clients. Also, asking the interior decorator for referrals from past clients is always a good idea. You will want to ask past clients about the type of service that they received, the creative ability of the interior designer, and the promptness of the work completed. In this fashion you can weed out mediocre interior designers and assure that you have a proper professional interior design expert for your home.