Fun and Cozy Lighting for Kids’ Bedrooms

Every room needs good lighting, because without it, the space is practically useless. However, kids’ rooms require a special lighting treatment because they are multifunctional spaces that provide your kids with a playing, learning, relaxing and sleeping area. So, investing in different layers of lighting should be your decorating priority. Here’s how you can light up your kids’ rooms in a fun and cozy way.

Safety first

Kids’ safety is every parent’s priority, so you should think about safe and healthy ways to illuminate your kids’ bedrooms. For instance, opt for lighting that isn’t fragile. Wood and plastic is always a much better choice than glass or pottery. Also, when choosing general lighting, think about whether your choice of the fixture can be taken down with a ball or a flying pillow. If the answer is yes, then keep looking.

If you have toddlers in the house, their curiosity can make them pull lamps off the desk and topple floor lamps. So, make sure to secure cords and lamps in their place.

Fun desk lamps for fun tasks

Every kid loves to go through their interesting books and do some coloring and drawing. Older kids might already have simple homework to complete and exercise their motor skills. That’s why you have to provide them with good task lighting. Think adjustable nightstand lamps for reading in bed and desk lights for more serious writing and drawing. Good task lighting will prevent eye strain, eliminate shadows and allow your kids to focus on the task at hand. Make sure the lamp is adjustable and has LED light bulbs that are cold and pleasant to the eye.

Comforting night-lights

No kids’ room is complete without fun night-lights. It’s as much of a tradition as it is a necessity for kids. Night-lights offer kids security and help them navigate through the dark without bumping into their toys. Most night lights come in super fun shapes and colors, so let your kids pick out the one that brings them the most comfort. However, make sure they have LED bulbs. Since night-lights are usually left on the entire night, energy-efficient LEDs will not leave you with a huge electricity bill.

String lights for a cozy atmosphere

String lights are not only suitable for winter holidays. In fact, they can provide your kid with a soft and relaxing lighting all year round. The best part is that they come in a huge variety of colors and they will create an amazing fairytale-like atmosphere. So, if your kid isn’t a great fan of night-lights, string lights can come in very handy.

Light-up buddies

If your kid already has a room full of plush animals, the next time you visit a toy store, get your kid a special light-up friend. They look just like regular plushies, but they light up from the inside with a touch of a button. The story goes that they provide the best protection from all monsters that lurk in the dark.

Don’t be afraid to go big

Most parents think that small rooms and small kids need small lighting fixtures. However, bold and chunky lamps and pendants can look really great and serve as a focal point of the room. Additionally, they will probably provide the room with more light for play and relaxation. Just make sure to have a number of a reliable 24 hour electrician from Sydney who will come to install the fixtures and make sure everything is safe.

Involve your kids

If you want to involve your kids in the process of lighting and decorating their rooms, you can opt for lamps with plain lampshades ready for decorating. Get a bunch of trim, tassels, glitter and paint, and let them go crazy.

Once you’re finished with lighting, your kids will always have a warm and bright place for play, relaxation and sleep.

Posted on December 28, 2017 at 11:51 AM
Sianna Johnson | Category: home improvement

How to Clean Your Rental in 6 Easy Steps -Holiday Edition

Living in a rental does not mean you can avoid cleaning duties or the holiday preparations. It just means that you have to take extra care not to damage anything during the cleaning and decorating process and that you should try to make some room for guests who are bound to pop by during the holiday season.

Here are some great tips on how to execute the cleaning process in your rental spotlessly, pun intended.

Choose the cleaning products carefully

Damaging furniture or, for that matter,  any part of your rental could cost you some additional money, so the selection of the cleaning products is very important. If you have leather furniture make sure you get a leather-cleaning soap. Try not to soak your furniture too much, drying takes time and if not dried properly both leather and other fabric furniture could get an unpleasant and mouldy smell. As for the kitchen and bathroom, opt for a more organic approach, use environmentally friendly cleaners, they will remove the stains just as well but you will be protecting your health and the environment in the process.

Don’t skip any parts

If you want to enter the new year in a spotless home it is important not to take any shortcuts. So clean everything from the entrance and doorway all the way up to the storage room. Don’t forget to check under the bed! Pre-holiday cleaning means that you will be decorating your home afterwards and it would be a shame to put carefully selected and gorgeous decorations on dirty windows and shelves. In addition, considering that you might get guests over the holidays take special care with bathroom and kitchen cleanup, these are the areas that are going to get most of the foot traffic in your home.

Get your rental smelling fresh

Ahhh the smell of apple and cinnamon pie spreading throughout your home, what could be more reminiscent of the holidays season. But before you can enjoy this traditional fragrance you need to get your home’s air quality up, otherwise, the sweet smell of winter will be destroyed by the stale air. So first thing is to air your rental regularly, then get rid of all the possible sources of strange smells. You can do this by cleaning out your fridge, making sure your laundry pile is low and dusting on a regular basis. Finally, you should opt for the best air purifier on the market, that way you will be able to have fresh, clean air in your home throughout the year. And the best part is, it will go with you when you move.

Get all the details ready

During the holiday season you are bound to use the fine china and silver cutlery, which in fact hasn’t seen the daylight in an almost a year. So get those things out, give them a proper clean, and don’t forget to give yourself enough time to polish the silverware. In addition, you’ll need to get the sheets ready if your guests are planning on spending a couple of days with you. Take a few sets, wash and iron them again, and provide your guests with a hotel like experience. Finally, make sure you have enough towels cleaned and pressed, and that your guest room, if your rental has one, has been aired out and thoroughly dusted. After all, you want your guests feeling comfortable and festive.

There you have it, some easy to apply tips that will help you get your rental clean and feeling homy for the upcoming holiday season.

 

Posted on December 26, 2017 at 12:15 PM
Sianna Johnson | Category: home improvement | Tagged , ,

A Checklist for Maintaining Your Home

Living in a home requires not only that you’re able to buy it, but also that you have enough time and money to keep it in top shape and hopefully even improve. If you maintain your house regularly, you’ll be able to avoid many unexpected problems, which means you’ll have to spend less time and money dealing with them.

To help you with this, here is a maintenance checklist, containing some of the most important tasks you need to perform if you wish your home to be well looked after:

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  • Clean the kitchen sink disposal and make sure the blades are sharp.
  • Check the fire extinguishers. This encompasses checking the pressure on the gauge and visual inspection for any wear and tear. Also, make sure the extinguishers are easily accessible.
  • Check your filters. This includes your HVAC and range hood filters, since they need to be cleaned or replaced regularly to remain fully functional.

Quarterly tasks

  • Inspect smoke detectors. If you have a “test” button, just press it and hope for the alarm to go off. If it doesn’t, first replace the batteries and then try again. If the problem persists, consult an expert.
  • Flush toilets and run water in unused spaces, because you don’t want grime to build up. All it takes is a bit of water every now and then.
  • Check water softener and make sure you add salt if necessary.

Seasonal tasks

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Spring is a season when a lot of maintenance work is done, especially on the exterior of your home.

  • Inspect the exterior drainage to make sure all water moves away from your home. This includes checking the gutters. They need to be cleaned, so remove any leaves and sediment from the winter snows and rains.
  • Check for any signs of chipped paint or holes. Also, you need to check the foundation for any cracks. This problem can sometimes be solved using a good silicone or caulk.
  • Prepare your air conditioning system for the summer, when it should function without any problems. Depending on the system and your home, you may require different types of service, but make sure you definitely have the whole system inspected by professionals, such as these experts in air conditioning from North Sydney.
  • Check whether your window screens need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Remove dead plants and shrubs from the house and trim your trees if you didn’t do so in the autumn. Also, make sure that tree branches don’t interfere with electric lines.

Summer

This is the time when you need to focus on your garden, but there are also some things you should do around the house.

  • Check plumbing for leaks. If your tap water pressure is weak, you might need to clean or replace the aerators.
  • Deal with insects, since this is the period when they come out to play.
  • Repair your deck or patio if necessary. You may need to tighten some loose boards or replace them.
  • Inspect the vents and make sure that they are not blocked.
  • Clean the garage. The days are longer, which means you’ll have more daylight to get rid of all the clutter that has accumulated in your garage.

Autumn

This is the time to get ready for the winter.

  • Winterize air conditioning systems and get the heating system ready for winter.
  • Switch off and flush outdoor water faucets.
  • Clean your chimneys. This could also be done in the spring.
  • Purchase winter gear, such as shovels and sidewalk salt.

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Now you’re back inside the house.

  • Regularly check for icicles.
  • Tighten the handles, knobs and anything that might have a loose screw.
  • Inspect caulking around shower cabins and bathtubs.

Naturally, this list doesn’t include every single task you need to perform if you want your house to be well maintained, but it does contain some of the most important ones. So, follow these tips and you’ll be able to enjoy some trouble-free time at home, regardless of the season.

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 12:51 PM
Sianna Johnson | Category: home improvement | Tagged , ,

How to Purge Toxic Chemicals from Your Home

Your home is your safe haven, it’s a sanctuary and a temple, and it’s where you feel protected. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to be. We try hard to make our homes safe for us, our family, and our pets, but we don’t actually pay attention to the amount of toxic chemicals we’re exposed to. We give you a brief list of easy ways to purge toxins from your home forever.

Mind your clothes

The smell of new clothes is well-known to us all, but not many of us are aware that the smell is actually toxic residue that’s left over from the factory where the clothes were manufactured. That’s not something you want in your body for sure, so you might want to switch to clothes made of organic fabrics whenever you can. Even better, you can try buying your clothes at thrift stores seeing that used clothing had a chance to off-gas already.

Cleaning products

Take a good look at your supply of cleaning products, and just try reading the labels. It’s amazing how many toxins you’re willingly and deliberately using in your own home, even if it’s for cleaning purposes alone. Instead of going out and spending a fortune on a ton of chemical-filled cleaning products, you can easily make your own at home. Simply mix lemon juice with white vinegar and add baking soda to the mix and you’ll get an all-purpose cleaning solution for your entire household. Not only is this solution more cost-effective, it’s less toxic too, and that is something your family and pets will really appreciate.

Less plastic

Plastic isn’t very environmentally-friendly even when it’s recycled, and to make things worse, there’s a great number of different chemicals that can be found in plastic, which are bad for your health. It might be a good idea to reduce the amount of plastic you keep in your home: switch to tote instead of plastic bags, try buying water in glass instead of plastic bottles, and buy toys which are stuffed or made of wood. Also, PVC (vinyl) is especially harmful and best to avoid as it has a strong smell which in itself can be bad for you.

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Asbestos is a mineral which can be found in a number of building materials and pipes, and it was incredibly popular since it helps with fire protection. It can be found in a number of places including steam pipes, roofing, cement, textile dyes, and vinyl floors. Despite its popularity, it can also be a huge health risk, seeing as how asbestos fibres can cause serious damage to lung tissue. Longer exposure to asbestos can lead to a chronic disease called asbestosis or even lung cancer. If asbestos-containing tiles aren’t broken, they aren’t a health risk, but if you notice they are damaged in any way, immediately call experts in asbestos removal from Sydney and minimise your exposure as much as you can.

Avoid pesticides

You might think that pesticides are for your garden plants and farms alone, but you get in contact with different kinds of pesticides each day. Switch to organic food to minimise the amount of pesticides you ingest and carefully rinse all fruit and vegetables before you eat them. While calling the exterminators is the easy solution, you can choose to rely on natural pest solutions instead, and get the same results. Pesticides are bad for your health because they can cause great health problems. Even a simple habit of removing your shoes when you walk into your home will decrease the pesticides inside.

We need to pay special attention to our planet and try to make our habits more environmentally-friendly. Green living isn’t a passing trend, it’s something we should all strive for in an attempt to better protect our planet. The best way to make a change is to take small steps and start from your own home – banish toxins and embrace healthier alternatives, and your health will be significantly improved in a matter of months.

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 1:32 PM
Sianna Johnson | Category: home improvement | Tagged ,

2018 Kitchen Trends

2017 is slowly coming to an end, which means we should get familiar with all the trends that 2018 brings along. Every year offers some exquisite new designs, colours and materials, and judging by the latest kitchen exhibitions and shows, 2018 will be the year of fascinating kitchen trends. From elegant and vibrant colours to peculiar designs, you’ll have the chance to create an spectacular kitchen area, just like those from home decor magazines.

Colours

Colours are the main factor that influence the ambience of a home. Once the right colour palette is introduced into a design, your home instantly becomes alive and more vibrant. Considering the kitchen area has become much more than just the place where you prepare food, it’s essential that the colours are appealing and trendy. The year ahead of us brings fabulous neutral tones, along with sage, petrol green, oak, deep blue, orange and charcoal. A combination of ginger, henna, gold, copper and clay creates a warm, natural design that you’ll love. Two-toned kitchens continue to be a big trend, so think about mixing saffron yellow with muted grey hues for a fabulous contemporary kitchen. Dark hues will be popular as well; bringing the new shade vino together with dark grey will create a fabulous modern kitchen with a hint of old-fashioned style.

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2018 is going to be all about the amalgamation of high-end materials and sophisticated colours. If you want to design a beautiful modern kitchen, you should definitely consider using wood, concrete, organic glass, Corian, metal in various shades, stone or ceramic for the cabinetry. From matt to glossy finishes, the year before us will be quite diverse. When it comes to countertops, it’s essential that you choose not only a modern style, but also one that will offer functionality, suitable appearance, and durability. Quartz, for example, can be a perfect choice. Marble has always been a synonym for luxury and style, so it’s still one of the best options for kitchen countertops. Furthermore, if you invest in high-quality Fridigaire appliances, their design will fit in perfectly with the marble countertop. A stainless steel design offers a modern look, and will be the perfect contrast to white marble, creating the look of a fabulous modern-day kitchen. Furthermore, the stainless steel has been upgraded, so now we’ll have the chance to see some amazing dark steel appliances, as well as black and grey designs. If you’re more of a nature-loving person, countertops made of reclaimed wood will be both a conscious and stylish choice. Gold is another material that we’ll love in the coming year. From faucets through lamps to all kinds of accessories, gold will be a dominant material for kitchen essentials.

Styles

Transitional kitchens are one of the biggest trends in 2018, offering both vintage and contemporary design. This trend offers a lot of room to experiment with colours, materials and designs, giving you the opportunity to create a rustic kitchen in a modern living area. What’s more, you can also create a fabulous kitchen if you match natural with cosy features. By mixing contemporary design elements and high-end appliances with wood and ceramic elements, you can create an urban yet rustic kitchen. Use woven coppiced-beech panels to adorn the back of your cabinets, embellish your sink unit with copper-lined holes and create a dynamic palette with wood, copper and marble for a rustic charm in your kitchen.

From vibrant and revolutionary colours to modern materials and exquisite styles, 2018 is going to be the year of sensational kitchen trends. By mixing various styles and allowing you to experiment with designs, the year ahead of us will offer something for everyone’s taste. Whether you’re more of a contemporary style lover or you prefer a more rustic design, you will have the chance to decorate your kitchen in a way that suits you taste best.

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 12:48 PM
Sianna Johnson | Category: home improvement | Tagged , ,

Best Ways to Decorate Your Home without Blowing Your Budget

What’s the easiest way to make yourself feel comfortable while you’re in your home? Well, the answer is pretty obvious – you need to redecorate everything according to your needs and your taste.

The truth is, redecorating your home is a challenging task, mainly because you’re not starting from scratch. Working with a blank canvas would be much better, but fear not, there are affordable ways to dress up your place without having to tear down the walls.

Try these simple ideas and infuse your unique style into your place.

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When the contractors started building your home, they started from the bottom, and that’s exactly what you need to do. Think hard about what kind of flooring you want to have in your home. Do you want to show that you’re a “green” person? Or do you just want to feel cosy at all times?

Those who own a home should consider remodelling it with cork flooring, but those who are renting an apartment should know that rubber-backed throw rugs are their best friend. They’re portable, easy to wash, and they even look cool. And remember – the bigger the rug, the bigger the room will feel.

Sometimes less is more

You don’t have to jam your shelves with books and trinkets just because they’re there. Instead, opt for a more minimalistic style. Several books and tall vases will do the trick. They’ll fill the space without overcrowding it, and in turn, your apartment or home will look like a sharp dressed man at all times.

Add some objects of colour to give your shelves a personality if you really want to, but stick to those colours that make you feel calm and collected. After all, it’s your home; you need to feel pleasant in it.

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Tip: In order to save money, visit thrift shops. There’s a big chance you’ll find everything you need to decorate your shelves right there.

Install wall hooks

You can create an art feature out of your coat rack, and you can do so without spending more than 10 dollars. Wall hooks are surprisingly cheap, and they’re quite useful too. Quit overcrowding your closet and install the hooks on the walls.

You don’t even have to buy the hooks. If you’re good with your hands, try making the hooks out of materials you have lying around your home. That way, you’ll recycle and express yourself at the same time.

Decorate around a TV

A TV is a nice thing to have, but it’s not necessarily a pretty thing. That’s why most homeowners opt for a home theatre system. Some people in Australia are lucky; for example, installing a home theatre in Brisbane is cheap and simple, but what can you do if you’re from some other city? Well, you can try to make your own. The results will not be as pretty and functional, but you have to work with what you got.

So, start by painting the walls black and try to keep everything simple. If you can, put the TV on a gallery wall, on an easel, or behind a sliding wall. Blend your TV into the décor by keeping in mind that less is more. A TV should attract attention only when it’s turned on.

If you want to give the room where the TV is a soul, surround your TV with meaningful art and family photographs. Those objects can be symmetrical around the TV, or free-flowing, depending on the mood you want to create.

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Cool and quirky bathroom accessories are not expensive, so instead of heading right to the “bath” section in a store, try to find some objects in your home and repurpose them. Teacups, glass jars, and even decorative trays can make great containers for your toiletries. Let your imagination run free, and re-use everything you can.

Your home is just yours, and you should feel comfortable and safe in it. Find new purposes for your old things. Paint the walls with the colours you like. Create your own world in your home and enjoy it.

 

Posted on November 6, 2017 at 12:34 PM
Sianna Johnson | Category: home improvement | Tagged ,

Cheap Ways to Boost the Value of your House

The housing market is getting more competitive with each passing day, and if you are in the market to sell your house, you want to make sure you are using every trick in the book to boost the value of your home and give it the best chances. However, moving can be very expensive, and the last thing you want to do is invest a lot of money into a house that you are only planning to sell. Luckily, there are some things you can do to increase the value of your house without burning through your savings.

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When potential buyers come to see the house, there needs to be a very delicate balance of décor. On the one hand, they need to be able to see its full potential and that it is a home of happy people, so don’t strip it completely. On the other hand, you want them to be able to imagine their own lives there, so if you have any decorations that are a little bit too personal or quirky, put them away during the visit. Good things to leave in the open are decorative candles, landscape paintings, plants and family pictures.

Declutter and clean

Walk into your home and imagine that you are seeing it for the first time. What is the first thing you notice? Is it a pile of shoes next to the door, toys scattered around, or the scuffed wall? Fix it. Neatly store, or even better, put away everything that you wouldn’t see in a home-decoration magazine. You are literally putting on a play for the buyers, and you want to paint the perfect picture, so put in some effort and clean the house from top to bottom. Look through furniture and interior décor magazines for inspiration and guidance.

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Nobody feels welcome walking into a dark and gloomy home, so do your best to make the home look as bright as possible. If you have any dark walls, paint them over in a white or light cream color, place light-colored covers on the darker pieces of furniture and remove all dark-colored rugs. The next thing you should be taking care of is the light. Try to schedule all of the visits during the day so that you have a lot of natural light. Pull up all the blinds, remove all the dark, heavy curtains and let the light in. For the rooms that don’t get enough natural light, make sure you add a bright enough overhead light paired with white light bulbs for the most natural effect.

Mention the details

Potential buyers appreciate when you tell them all the little things that you pay attention to. Before selling our house, we called a reliable locksmith from Meadowbank and had top of the line locks installed on all of the entrances. We also had the fuse box and all the hardware in the kitchen and bathroom replaced. Just casually mentioning that in conversation will let your buyers know that the house is well taken care of and that you actually care about the little things that make the house a comfortable place to live.

In the end, you will want to hire a good agent. Someone who will be able to sell all the best parts of the house and honestly inform the potential buyers of the downsides without reducing the value. When you meet the potential buyers, be friendly and honest, offer them tea or coffee and try to make them truly feel like they are at home.

 

Posted on October 27, 2017 at 12:49 PM
Sianna Johnson | Category: home improvement

6 Questions to Ask Yourself before Moving to a New Apartment

Moving to a new place is always exciting, but also a bit frightening too, isn’t it? Not knowing what you’re doing and whether you’re making the right move, as well as being swamped with a ton of work that needs to be done beforehand and having to work out the logistics of the move months in advance is quite hard for some people. Therefore, here are six helpful questions you need to ask yourself before moving to a new apartment.

 

Is it better than my current apartment?

One of the reasons for moving should be the need for a better life your current place can’t give you anymore. Therefore, don’t even think about moving unless you’re sure something good will come out of it. Compare and contrast your old and new home and see whether the latter excels financially, organizationally and spatially. After all, that’s the only way to make a rational decision when picking between two equally appealing and welcoming homes

What do I want to change?

Changing apartments also means changing your entire lifestyle and you should consider all the things that you’re are about to lose – the sense of familiarity you love so much, the coziness you’ve been building over the years and the organization you’ve grown accustomed to. That’s why you need to ask yourself what you’ll be missing from your old apartment and how you can replace these things in the new apartment.

Are my friends and family close?

Moving to a new address usually means you’ll be far away from your old friends and family, but it doesn’t always have to be that way – just because you’ve moved away doesn’t mean you can’t keep in touch and visit each other. Yes, these visits are going to be rare and complicated to organize, but not entirely impossible. The same goes for the family as well, and you’d be surprised how many people pick their new homes based on the proximity of their parents or siblings.

And what about work?

Commuting is more exhausting than you imagine, so be careful when deciding where to move. Try to stay at least as close to your work as you’ve been before, but if you manage to get closer, even better! Think about the time you’ll spend commuting and whether you can live with it before settling on a location for a new home.

How to organize my things?

When packing for a move, first get rid of all the things you don’t need – throw them away, sell them on Craigslist or donate them to a friend. Then pack all that’s left in big cardboard boxes, label them appropriately and you’re good to go! However, think twice before doing everything on your own: while this may sound like a good idea at first, hiring a group of professionals to handle your move instead of you make much more sense.

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How to unpack and organize?

Once you’ve moved into your new apartment, you’ll be surrounded by boxes and a ton of mess, so start sorting it out as soon as possible. Begin with the large pieces of furniture and make some room for maneuvering before starting to decorate one room at a time and adapting the new space to your own needs. Don’t forget to check the safety of your home first by installing secure entrance doors, new locks or windows. As soon as you do that, you’ll feel at home again.

Bonus question: What about the finances?

Moving to a new place is rather expensive, so consider selling your old place, renting it or even turning it into a lucrative Airbnb rental. Also, when purchasing a condo, make sure you’ve paid attention to the age restriction rules in your building to prevent problems in the future. After doing all of these things, you’ll be ready to enjoy your new place!

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 12:04 PM
Sianna Johnson | Category: home improvement, Real Estate | Tagged , ,

Designing a Modern Living Room

Each of us can do an entire living room overhaul, even on a tight budget. With a few creative tricks up your sleeve and some knowledge about the most sensible design choices, you will be able to renovate your living room efficiently and in a short time-frame.

This knowledge is especially useful if you decide to sell your home or have a dire need to refurbish a newly-bought home. If you are interested in finding out how to do it efficiently, here’s what you need to know about designing a modern living room.

Always start with the walls

Redesigning your living room can be overwhelming. When you are faced with a “blank canvas” it can be difficult to decide where to start. If you ever face such a creative block, always remember one thing – you can always begin with the walls. This rule is also applicable to any room in the household.

Ask yourself what makes you feel cozy.  Do a thorough research of colors and find the exact hue that suits you. The internet is your main ally in this decision-making process – apart from samples and color combinations, you can even do tests to see which color nuances match your character.

Carpet-free flooring

Your walls and floors should always complement each other – so never choose your wall style according to the carpet you have envisioned as the floor centerpiece. In fact, your basic floor material should be wood, tile or stone. In fact, there are more reasons to avoid carpets than there are perks for owning it.

Wood flooring will add to the warmth of every space, but as far as communal areas go, tiles and stone are the best choices. Dirty shoe soles and spillages are only some of the causes of floor stains, and stone and tile are easy to clean.

Let there be light

Preferably, your living room already has a lot of windows. If, however, that’s not the case, you should narrow your choices down to brighter colors. White is always a good choice. It is also a multi-purpose base color if you ever decide to add a prevalent secondary color or interesting details that will make your room really pop.

These colors – like sandstone, gray, beige, silver, etc. – will make the space look bigger. Adding more artificial lights to the room is also a solution if tearing down walls to add windows is too challenging of a task. However, do not try to add new fixtures by yourself. You might short-circuiting the entire house and end up in dire need to call the emergency electrician.

Match or contrast furniture

Choosing the right furniture can be tricky. Finding the right pieces that will match and/or contrast your walls and floor can be time-consuming. First, you must choose the centerpiece – a piece of furniture that will serve as a focal point of your living room. Many people choose to organize their living room around a TV, but you should always start with the sofa and the coffee table.

These two pieces of furniture are the most common focal points. If your walls are white, a black leather sofa is a good choice; if they are beige, you can go with brown. No matter what you decide, it is important to create a contrast and make every element of your living room visually pop. As far as contrasting colors go, you can always consult the internet for advice.

One thing’s for sure – when designing your living room, you have to walk the fine line between appearance and functionality. This, however, can go extremely wrong as soon as you start applying the new design – it is really easy to overdo a certain look, and go crazy with adornments and paraphernalia. In order to avoid this, create the most basic list of design rules and recheck it from time to time.

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 11:29 AM
Sianna Johnson | Category: home improvement | Tagged ,

Green Bathroom Tips and Tricks

The bathroom is the most wasteful room in the entire home. We usually let the water run freely, waste paper and use a huge amount chemicals. But, with climate change and horrible pollution comes the realization that we need to take some steps and start conserving and protecting our environment (and even save some money in the process). One great way to do so is by creating a green bathroom, and here’s how.

Get a low-flow toilet

Almost 30% of all water consumed in an average household is used by the toilet. That’s more than the shower, washing machine and your dishwasher. In order to reduce water consumption, you can replace your old toilet with a low-flow model that uses only a fraction of the water. Traditional toilets can use up to seven gallons of water per flush, while low-flow ones use somewhere between .8 and two gallons. It’s a significant difference.

Conserve water in the sink

Bathroom sinks also waste a lot of clean, drinkable water. Even if you really try to save as much water as possible, you will still waste some while brushing your teeth and washing your face. One way to keep this used water at minimum is to install motion sensors on faucets and get aerators. Motion sensors will stop the water flow every time your hands aren’t directly below the pipe, and aerators will regulate the amount of water you get. Additionally, sensors will keep your faucets much cleaner, which saves cleaning time and chemicals.

Opt for LEDs

What are you waiting for? Hurry up and make a switch from conventional to LED bulbs, not just in your bathroom, but throughout your home. Replacing old bulbs with LEDs is a super easy and fast way to make your bathroom greener. LEDs not only use less energy, but they also last much longer. An average LED bulb will consume only 20% of the energy old ones use, and they last a whopping 25 times longer! In the past, they used to give out that cold and unwelcoming glow, but now they are made to be warm and pleasant to the eye, so there are no excuses.

Save shower water

One way to cut water waste in the shower is to take shorter showers. It sounds simple, but it’s not always easy to leave our comfy baths and step into the shower. If you like your showers longer, you can install a low-flow showerhead that will reduce your water consumption anywhere from 50 to 70%. You’ll still have the same pressure and water temperature; you’ll simply use less water. Low-flow showerheads will not only save water but also the amount of energy you’re using to heat it. This upgrade is quite cheap and easy. You’ll only need a wrench and ten minutes of your time.

Use green products

Every product that you use in your bathroom can be made greener. We use a lot of chemicals to clean our bodies, clothes and bathrooms, and they all leave a huge environmental footprint. Conventional toiletries often contain petrochemicals and toxic preservatives like parabens; have often been tested on animals, and usually have a long list of mysterious and dangerous ingredients. By buying organic and eco-friendly products, you’re not only protecting yourself, but also the environment. You can also forget about lab-made products and turn to some homemade cleaners that contain only baking soda, vinegar, lemon and essential oils.

Making your bathroom more eco-friendly and green doesn’t have to require large investments and a lot of time and effort. You can simply change some of your habits, install some inexpensive low-flow fixtures and pay more attention to your cleaning products. Your planet and the future generations will be very grateful.

 

 

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 12:10 PM
Sianna Johnson | Category: home improvement | Tagged ,