By: Wicker Paradise

Cool Furniture Designs for Home

It’s really nice to see designers from all over the world come up with amazing designs for furniture which are not only attractive but are also practical to use. But with a wide range of designs to choose from, furniture shopping can be the most exhausting part of any home improvement project. But don’t worry, with the following cool design ideas, you can find the perfect piece of furniture for your home sweet home!

Tables

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You must have gotten tired of your old rounded or maybe squared table in your living room so you think of buying a new one – something unique and more functional. Cool table designs available in the market today feature unimaginable shapes that are way beyond the traditional rounded or squared tables. Modern tables come in various shapes and sizes, colors, and accents. There are tables that are made from pure glass (from top to bottom) while others are made from elegant sturdy wood that has been curved to perfection. Some tables come with digital features, including beautiful lights. Others have built-in chairs, multiple drawers, hidden storages, and the like.

Sofa tables are a great furniture option too! These tables are very stylish, elegant-looking, and can perfectly fit a modern house. Sofa tables are accent furniture pieces that can revamp any space, whether a living room or a bedroom. They are designed to rest on the back of a sofa and are an excellent choice for a small space. Sofa tables are multifunctional furniture. Their usage features can help store more items and save space.

Chairs

If you want your living space look really awesome, you should not forget to place an accent chair. Accent chairs come in cool designs, shapes and colors. They can break any monotonous arrangement in a living room, bedroom or outdoor space, and can give such area a very attractive eye-catching look. Most accent chairs are uniquely designed. In the corner of your living room, you can place a ball-shaped chair that has bright color and is made from unique materials. Just one cool chair can significantly revamp your space.

Cabinets

Cool cabinets are those that come with surprising shelves, hidden storage systems and stylish designs. It doesn’t have to be always the traditional ‘box’ type cabinets that you open like windows. There are cool cabinet designs that are custom-fit to any area. Among the most popular cabinet designs today are the built-in wall cabinets. They really look attractive. Aside from this, wall cabinets are space-savers. If you’re living in a small home or apartment, they are a great cabinet choice!

Cool cabinet designs are not only stylish. They are practical to use too. A good cabinet is something that has multiple functions, plenty of shelves or storage, and do not consume too much space.

Finding the perfect furniture for your home is actually easy. As long as you have an idea of what furniture type and design you want, you can find the best piece to compliment your home!

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Article by Jess Ross

Myself Jess Ross is graduated with a double major in English and Business Management from the University of Ohio. A Columbus native, I went back to my home city after graduation to work in several advertising companies, before striking it out on my own in Shanghai, China, working for an International furniture manufacturing company in East Asia. I helped increase the company’s sales by 30% and began expanding into Europe and North America. After working in China for a number of years, I moved back to Columbus. I worked for my family’s another store (www.SofasandSectionals.Com)(888-567-7632), and worked to expand their markets as well as their offerings into more like sofas, sectionals, sofa table, couches, loveseats and much more.

Article publié pour la première fois le 26/04/2013

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Why Minimalist Design Shouldn’t be Ignored When Redecorating Your Home

In recent years there has been a trend back towards minimalist design. One of the reasons for this is the fact that we all lead much busier lives than in the past and the clean lines and spare look of minimalism make modern homes a lot easier to clean.

If you want your home to look contemporary and clutter free then the clean lines of minimalism is the way to go.

We all tend to have too much stuff, which makes our homes less comfortable rather than more because there is often something on every single surface. A minimalist interior will enable you to enjoy a much tidier and cleaner looking environment, where less is more.

Minimalist Interiors

It is easy to add a touch of warmth to your new minimalist home using cottage doors, interior designers love the richness that solid wood can give to a place. You may think that redecorating your home using minimalist ideas will be too expensive, but you’d be wrong. Minimalist interiors have less furniture but each piece is designed to make a statement as well as fulfil a function.

One of the great things about minimalist interiors is that they are virtually timeless, which means that you will save money in the long run. Imagine how much character a period 4 panel oak door will lend to your minimalist kitchen. The reason that Art Deco style and furnishings were so popular in the twenties and thirties was due to its simplicity. Many people had been used to living with over stuffed Victorian furniture and fragile ornaments on every shelf and table.

Simple things such as bull nose skirting and nineteen thirties doors will help to transform your home into a comfortable space because of the feeling of warmth that these things can add to a room. Minimalist décor can make even the tiniest flat feel spacious. If you have too much stuff cluttering up your life, you will enjoy the impression that you have more room in which to move around.

Saving Money

Minimalist furniture and design is not as expensive as you think. Many people search antique stores and second hand shops to find singular pieces that they can restore themselves. When you get accustomed to the fine lines of your new home décor, you won’t feel the need to consistently purchase bits and pieces to ‘liven the place up.’

When you choose to change the look of your home you will actually spend less on furnishings because you will need less of them. An interior designer will help you to ensure that each piece you buy is the exact fit and looks as if it was meant to be in that place.

Make the most of your space with clever lighting and choose blinds rather than curtains because they give windows a much neater look. The futuristic look of a good deal of minimalist furniture means that your home will always look current. Why not give yourself the freedom from clutter that a minimalist room brings.

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Article by Amy Elliott

Amy has a passion for interior design and occasionally writes for UK Oak Doors, specialists in oak front doors and cheap oak skirting boards. Find out more about them and their products by clicking here  or by visiting their Facebook page.

Article publié pour la première fois le 25/02/2013

By Imobiliária  THÁ

A Pinch Of Creativity Accentuating Space In Your Home

You don’t have to necessarily be claustrophobic to feel the discomfort inflicted by a small spaced house. Small space around the house gets under your skin slowly and naturally. The condition gets even worse in summers. This is the time when you wish for a lot of space for simply lying around, ventilation or comfort.

There are a lot of simple and creative things one can do to better organize the house. This would bring out the space already present but littered with useless stuff. A little bit of creativity here would go a long way to spice up your dull surroundings.

1. Chase Away Dark, Bring In lights And Whites

Never splash your house with a dark/dull paint. This would give a feeling of walls closing in on you. Go for whites, light or pastel shades. This would impart a widening affect. If you live with kids, avoid excess of white as it would require a great deal of maintenance. Instead go for some other shades like beige, light green/brown/blue etc.

2. Accessories In Proportion

Never forget to choose furniture, racks, closets etc in conformity with the space available. Very huge furniture would suffocate your room and very small would serve no purpose. So, choose a design that best suits the geometry of the house. Go for daybeds, futon beds etc which serve as a wide sofa in addition to a decent bed. Murphy beds would be apt in such a situation. These beds are attached to the wall. These pull out of the wall with bedding’s on one side and a multipurpose table on the other. Choose a small bed over an elaborate one in small rooms.

Buy multipurpose furniture like convertible dining tables. These convert into a pool table when turned upside down. Go for sofa cum lounge beds, multipurpose tables and racks.

3. Space Around Your Bed

Do away with tables, chairs etc around your bed. Hang small utilities like watches, notebooks, cell phone accessories etc. in a bag on a hook over the wall. Attach a folding chair or table below the window sill to be used as an ironing board or study table.

4. Space Under Beds

Elevate beds and utilize the space beneath for storing cardboard boxes filled with less used items. You could also go for pull out drawers attached to the bed and keep clothes and other belongings there.

5. Window Treatment

Go for wide and tall window frames. This would dramatically give a very spacious and bright look to the house. Don’t use heavy, overly decorated window accessories. Use valence curtains or light see-through curtains to let more light diffuse inside. Match the color of the curtains with walls around so as to give an extended look. Use very light blinds on windows.

6. Flooring

Never contrast the color of the surroundings with the floor or floor rug. This would impart boundaries and give a patched look to the house. The floor rug should be covered within the furniture above it and should match with the style of the furniture.

7. Vertical Cabinets

Replace ground racks, closets, and shelves with vertical standing ones erected on the walls. This would supply more space for other big items on the floor.

8. Mirrors And Frames

Decorate house with big sized mirrors reflecting a good amount of light. This would spruce up the surroundings by giving it visual depth and width. Place a large sized mirror in front of a big window to brighten up the room. Fix a group of mirrors of random sizes on the wall over the mantle or in the guest room to give it a trendy appearance. Stick no more than 2 photo frames on a wall in a small room. Keep it simple and tidy.

9. Furniture Traffic

Make sure the traffic and direction of furniture is well organized. Keep sofa, chairs, etc. away from the walls and don’t let one accessory intersect another. Make a point to leave space for comfortable trespassing.

10. Do Away With Big Sized And Idle Accessories

Sell, replace, or store the idle/ space consuming big sized items. For instance old huge sofa, entertainment systems, grungy closets etc. You need not necessarily dispense them away, you could go for self-storage of cherished/ inherited belongings. The idea is to clear out the space and let the hidden beauty surface.

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Article by Suzan Hall

Suzan Hall is a part time blogger. She covers various topic related to home, interior decoration, and Moving house storage etc. She loves to spend her time with family, friends and enjoys sharing tips and advises online.

Article publié pour la première fois le 31/05/2013

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Turn Your Old Doors into Unique Wall Art

Modern art, especially in the home, is very much anything-goes these days. There is a burgeoning trend towards using vintage finds and old relics to re-work and transform them into unique and eclectic pieces of wall art. One interesting and versatile way to add creative inspiration to your home is to turn old doors into wall art. Here are some tips to show you how.

Why door wall art?

At first consideration, it might appear a pretty unusual exercise to turn an old door into a piece of art, but it’s an excellent way to repurpose a seemingly useless door into something unique and beautiful for your home. There are lots of doors in a home and when one needs replacing, often it’s hard to know what to do with the door you no longer require. And, we’re not just talking interior or exterior doors, but also cupboard doors and cabinet doors, too.

Many doors that need replacing may still hold aesthetic appeal, but perhaps need replacing because they don’t function as well as they used to do. It would seem a shame to throw an old but beautiful door away, and so turning it into artwork can give it a new purpose. One of the great things about using doors as wall art, is that you can either recycle your old doors, find them in skips or salvage yards, or ask friends or family for any of their unwanted pieces.

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Once you’ve found a door that you want to transform, consider whether it is capable of hanging from a wall before you begin decorating. Lay the door flat on the ground and sand it down. Consider adding a primer to the door if you want to paint it lighter or if the door is bare wood or stained wood. Carefully paint the door in your choice of colour or colours, and remember to always go with the grain of wood. When you’ve finished decorating your door, allow it to dry.

Hammer two nails into the wall where you want to hang the door to ensure it can cope with the weight of the door. Use hanging wire to hold the door. Locate two points on the door, on each side and screw clips into the points. Feed the wire through the clips and loop it around the eyes twice. Make sure the wire is left a little bit loose so it can bend to hold the weight of the door.

Carefully lift the door onto the nails. If it’s heavy, then grab another pair of hands to help you do this.

What are your options?

Turn to interiors or homes magazines or the internet for some door-art inspiration. There are lots of ideas out there, so use your creative ability to make something unique for your home.

Think about the type of material you use. Doors can be wooden, plastic, metal or glass – so play around with the different options. Wooden doors hung as wall art look great and add a classic, vintage feel to a room. Don’t just think you need to hang the door vertically, either. Consider hanging the door horizontally. If the door has sections in it, consider adding a mirror for decoration or, if using in a kitchen, a chalkboard could be incorporated into the door as a useful reminder board.

Doors which have lots of segments in them can be used to add photos or other small decorative items. Consider functional uses for door art, such as adding hooks or small shelves to them.

Don’t just think you have to paint your doors, either. Why not add mosaics or stencils?  Or, even a collection of treasured photos montaged together makes an interesting, unique and personal piece of art.

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Article by Amy Elliott

This article was written by A. Elliott for Vibrant Doors, leading UK suppliers of external and internal doors. You can find out more about them at http://www.vibrantdoors.co.uk/.

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 25/04/2013

By: Greg Habermann

5 Home Improvement Ideas For Modern Homes

If you’re looking to increase the value of your home, you may be considering taking on a home improvement project. Make sure to choose projects that will increase the aesthetics and efficiency of your home both now and in the future. Here’s a run-down of the top 5 home improvement ideas for modern homes:

1) Energy efficient windows and steel entry door replacement

Sustainability is a hot topic in today’s housing market, so homeowners looking to increase property value should undertake projects that boost the energy efficiency of their home. Look for windows that have been given an A rating by the BFRC to replace your current single-pane windows; you’ll start seeing instant savings on your monthly household heating and cooling bills. Likewise, steel entry doors use magnetic weather stripping to maximise heating and cooling efficiency. And while they’re not perfect for all home designs, they’re sleek, modern look fits perfectly in a contemporary home.

2) Lighting

Updating the lighting fixtures in your home to have a more modern look can help boost the aesthetics and the value. LED lighting is becoming a staple in modern homes, and looks particularly luminous in pendant chandeliers. While steel and chrome finishes are trademark of the contemporary style, the latest trend is to add a pop of colour. Red glass chandeliers, blue glass mini pendants, and black chandeliers and pendant light all make great additions to a contemporary home, especially one with an otherwise muted colour scheme.

3) Upgraded appliances

Major kitchen appliances are more energy efficient than ever, so if you’ve been thinking about replacing your dishwasher or refrigerator/freezer unit, now is the time to do it. As with your window and entry door replacements, look for new appliances with a rating of A or above (e.g. A+ or A++) to ensure you’re getting the greenest technology on the market. Stainless steel is still the go-to choice for kitchen appliances, but now we’re seeing them being integrated into the kitchen cabinetry or the countertops to create a more seamless look.

4) Kitchen island

The kitchen island is now seen as a staple component of modern kitchens. Not only does it provide you with extra space to prepare meals, it also serves as an informal eating area and hangout spot. Kitchen islands work best in large spaces with open floor plans, but it is possible to add an island in a smaller space as well. The key is to make sure you have approximately 91 cm (36 in) of walk space around the island. For smaller rooms, a simple table or butcher’s trolley may function as an island, while larger rooms can accommodate two-sided or bi-level islands.

5) Updated flooring

Polished hardwood floors are a trademark feature of modern home design, but if it’s been some time since you moved in, they may be looking a little worse for wear. Consider sprucing them up with a product like Restor-A-Finish—which acts like a stain—or resurfacing them altogether. Another simple, cost-effective way to update your flooring is to buy new area rugs. Look for trending colours and punchy geometric prints to give your home that sleek modern feel.

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Article by Martin Simeonson

Martin Simeonson is an interior designer full of advice on room decorating ideas with a Scandinavian twist.

Article publié pour la première fois le 06/05/2013

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Best Implementable DIY Ideas For Your Living Room

If you no longer get ‘stunned’ seeing your living room or if you feel stressed looking at the mess and poor arrangement of stuff and furniture in it, maybe this is the time that you do a face-lift! Your living room is your place of refuge after a hard day at work. Isn’t it nice to sit on a lovely couch, have some chips and a beer while watching your favorite TV show? But all the comfort and stress-relieving benefits of having your own living room can all be turned into waste if it doesn’t have any sense of order, style, and beauty.

The best thing is – you don’t have to hire a professional interior designer to add beauty to your living room! There are simple DIY design ideas that you can implement in your very own living space. Here are some of them:

  • Rearrange the sectionals. Sectionals are modern types of chair that are widely used in various home environments. Sectionals are a great choice because it gives you flexibility and makes it easy to rearrange any time you wish. You can revamp your living room just by rearranging the position of your sectional chairs. As easy as that! What if you don’t have sectionals at home? Well, maybe it’s time that you consider buying one!
  • Use silver trays. Having a collection of silver trays in your living room gives it a modern and very artistic appeal. Silver ornaments are very eye-catching and they could give an elegant look to your living space. Don’t like silver? Then have a collection of a design that you love. Whether it’s some Asian-inspired rugs, indoor plants, figurines, vases, etc. Just make sure they go hand in hand with the rest of the décor in your home.
  • Add beautiful flowers. Perk up your room with a bouquet of vibrant flowers placed in an equally vibrant vase! You have a choice whether to use real flowers or just synthetic ones. Synthetic flowers are good since that they don’t rot and don’t need maintenance (water, sunlight, and soil). But nothing beats the beauty of real flowers. They produce a scent that doesn’t just uplift the beauty of your living room but also provides therapeutic effects.
  • Create hand-painted wallpaper. Designing your wall with hand painted figures is easy as creating a stencil and painting it by hand. This can free you away from the messy effects of traditional wallpaper available in the market.
  • Get your chairs fixed. Wobbly chairs can cause great annoyance in your living room. The great thing is that you really don’t have to hire a handyman to get them all fixed. If the foam is the problem, you can replace it with similar foam that you can purchase from home stores. If you don’t like the covering, look for unused clothes in around your home. Fabrics with cute large and colorful prints work best for stools and single chairs.
  • Create an indoor garden. Is it too hot to make a traditional garden outside? Then do it in your very own living room! Consider planting potted herbs like basil, sage and rosemary. You can either buy or construct a plant rack to be placed in your living room.
  • Add slipcovers to your sectionals. A slipcover is the cheapest way to revamp your existing sectionals at home. Buy at least two sets of slipcovers so if you get tired with the old one, you can replace it easily! Don’t forget to measure the chairs correctly so you could find the best slipcover that perfectly fits it. Choose the design that suits the overall theme of your living room.
  • Update your window treatment. A change of draperies is another cheap way to lift up the beauty of your living room. If you’re used to traditional heavy, thick and dark-colored curtains, try something that’s lighter, thinner and more refreshing to the eyes. Consider using curtain rods. They are easy to install and remove and are very convenient to maintain.

Add a pattern on your floor. Vinyl materials are great additions to existing floors. You can also use wood panel to add an elegant touch. Another way is to place an area rug on different areas. They are cheap, easy to use and are very attractive!

Article by Jess Ross

Myself Jess Ross is graduated with a double major in English and Business Management from the University of Ohio. A Columbus native, I went back to my home city after graduation to work in several advertising companies, before striking it out on my own in Shanghai, China, working for an International furniture manufacturing company in East Asia. I helped increase the company’s sales by 30% and began expanding into Europe and North America. After working in China for a number of years, I moved back to Columbus. I worked for my family’s another store (www.SofasandSectionals.Com)(888-567-7632), and worked to expand their markets as well as their offerings into more like sofas, sectionals, couches, loveseats and much more.

Article publié pour la première fois le 20/04/2013

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Types of Bedroom Furniture

Moving into your first home can be a daunting task. There are just so many things you have to think of, from making sure the paper work is in order to closing the deal. If this is your first home, then you may not have a lot of stuff with you. That means you will have to buy and choose your furniture. More important, you must make sure you choose the right bedroom furniture. That’s because your bedroom is your sanctuary. At the end of hard day, all you probably want to do is go home and take a deep sleep in your comfy bed. Your bedroom must be your sanctuary, a place where you can rest. At the same time, it must also be functional. You will need a place where you put all your personal items, store them and keep them safe. That’s why your choice of bedroom furniture is very important. You need to make sure that you pick the right furniture so you will have the right kind of bedroom. And if you’ve never bought bedroom furniture before, you may not be sure about what to guide. So, read further so you will know about the different types of bedroom furniture.

Bed and Mattress

Of course, the centerpiece of your room will be your bed. You will need a bed that matches your personality and gives you the right comfort level you want. Most likely you will need to buy a separate mattress and bed frame. The mattress itself will have to be purchased at a specialty mattress store. They will have to expertise to help you pick the right firmness and material. Then, you will have to decide on the frame. The bed frame is what adds style and pizzazz to your boring old mattress. It will include the headboard, which is important when it comes to buying bed frames. If you’re the type of person who likes to read or sit up in bed, then you may want to purchase a cushioned headboard so you can sit up comfortably without having to use more pillows. Of course, it goes without saying that you should pick a design and style that suits your taste and matches the rest of your furniture. There are many types of bed frames today that you can have your choice. If your room is decorated in a modern style, you can opt for a platform bed or a metal bedframe with sleek, clean lines. If you’re more of a romantic, you can have a four poster bed made of wood to give your room an elegant, Old World feel.

Size is also an important consideration when it comes to purchasing beds and mattresses. There are industry-standard sizings when it comes to bed and mattresses and if you purchase a queen or king mattress, it should be able to fit in the same size frame from most manufacturers, but still, take measurements to be absolutely sure.

Side Tables

Side tables are important pieces especially for people who like to do other things in bed aside from sleeping. If you like to read in bed, you may want a place to keep your glasses and your reading lamp. Also, if you have any personal items you want to keep close, many side tables offer drawers and shelving so you can have extra storage space for them

Clothing Storage

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You will most likely be using your bedroom as the place where you change in and out of your clothes, so it’s important you have clothes storage. Unless you have a walk-in closet, you will need some drawers and cabinets. If your home comes with built-in cabinets – great! You may just want to buy some extra closets in case you need them. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy a closet and perhaps a set of drawers. A standing closet can be used for things you need to hang and keep upright, like dresses, shirts and jackets. A chest of drawers can help keep your clothes folded neatly and organized. Some companies may offer to help you create built-in closets as well, which can help you save on space.

Seating

If you have the space for it, you can also add some seating to your bedroom. For example, there are special benches your buy that you can put at the foot of your bed or by the window. These benches can also be built hollow so they can be used as extra storage underneath. Larger master bedrooms have a nook or alcove called a bedroom retreat. This is specially designed to hold a comfy chair for reading or sipping tea. You can add a pair of wingback chairs or a loveseat, plus a small table for holding drinks or books.

Additional Furniture

There may be other types of furniture that aren’t found in all bedrooms, but you may want to have them anyway. For example, you may want to have additional storage space. You can get some hope chests or trunks that you can place in the room or at the foot of your bed so you can store your precious items in. You may also want a display case with windows, if you have small souvenirs or antiques you always want to keep close and show off. If you love your gadgets and your home entertainment systems and want them in the bedroom, you should also get special furniture for them. You may want to get a multimedia center so you can place your flat screen TV at the right angle that’s comfortable for viewing in bed. There are also special types of cabinets that can keep these gadgets hidden in place so you can take them out when you want to watch something and store them away so it doesn’t destroy the aesthetics of the bedroom. If your bedroom also doubles as your home office, then you will need a desk where you can sit down and do your work in peace, without any distractions.

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Article by Jess Ross

Myself Jess Ross is graduated with a double major in English and Business Management from the University of Ohio. A Columbus native, I went back to my home city after graduation to work in several advertising companies, before striking it out on my own in Shanghai, China, working for an International furniture manufacturing company in East Asia. I helped increase the company’s sales by 30% and began expanding into Europe and North America. After working in China for a number of years, I moved back to Columbus. I worked for my family’s bedroom furniture store(www.BedroomFurnitureSpot.Com)( 888-530-2337), and worked to expand their markets as well as their offerings into more like bedroom furniture beds, dressers and chests,  nightstands, mattresses and much more.

My Google Plus presence is reachable through: Jess Ross

Article publié pour la première fois le 04/04/2013

By: Efi Kalaitzidis

Redesign Your Bathroom With These 5 Easy Tips

When you think of a bathroom design, you probably place design appeal just as highly as functionality on your list. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice one to achieve the other if you master a few decor tips. Even if you don’t have a lot of time or a big budget to work with, these five ways to redesign your bathroom are within your reach. Keep reading to find out how to make your bathroom space beautiful.

Start with light. The lighting in your bathroom can either allow you to better display all your hard work or obscure a super stylish space. Choose light fixtures that amp up your wattage, such as vanity lights around the mirror or sea gull lights that shine directly onto your countertop. Also, it is a good idea to have light fixtures in more than one area; for example, lighting by the sink should be accompanied by lighting above or near the shower.

Grab a paint roller. This is the easiest and most immediate way to change the look of any room. Open up the layout of your bathroom with an accent wall or brighten the entire room with a lighter colour. If you want to add texture, you can also try to install new wallpaper.

Get Organized. If you feel like your bathroom’s too cluttered, there’s a good chance that you just need to rearrange some items. Pick up a chest of drawers made from a material that can withstand humidity so that you can keep most of your personal care items and cleaning materials out of sight. This will free up counter space and allow you to add decorative elements while also making your bathroom more functional.

Install tiling. This is a great tip not just for the floors but also for the walls and the shower. Tile is easier to clean and looks much sleeker when compared to linoleum. It will also give the effect of multiplying light as it bounces off of the tile’s surface.

Make your mirror work. Reflective surfaces can do wonders when it comes to brightening up a bathroom or even reinforcing your chosen design motif. To instantly make your bathroom look bigger, simply install a bigger mirror. If you already have a large mirror, make sure to secure it stylishly with washers (they’re cleaner and sleeker) or to surround the edges of it with adhesive moulding.

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Article by Sam

Sam is known for designing beautiful room makeovers and creating stunning spaces.

Article publié pour la première fois le 23/05/2013

By Wicker Paradise

Useful Interior Designing Ideas to Add a Little Zest to Your Bedroom

What comes to your mind when you think about your bedroom? Well, it is a tranquil retreat, a place where you rejuvenate yourself after a tired working day. Disorganized bedroom with clothes and things messed up as well as unexciting posters, furniture can leave you stressed.

Among the several rooms, bedroom is one area of the house that is generally neglected. This is because guests seldom enter this room and you spend most of your time taking a nap. Since you can relax and revitalize yourself in the bedroom, it is important to ensure that it is the most inviting room in the house – a place where you can take pleasure in the time you spend.

If you are all geared up to renovate your bedroom and feel that a tight budget could thwart your efforts then consider these valuable suggestions to add a little zest to your bedroom.

Apply New/Fresh Coat of Paint

The very first thing that you need to do to brighten up your room is to apply fresh coat of paint. Don’t undervalue new colors, particularly when it comes to changing the ambience of a room. Considering your feelings about certain colors is key to enhancing your bedrooms value.

For a relaxed feeling try painting your room with blue color. Red or purple shade for the walls of your bedroom must be applied if you want it to give you an intimate feel. These are wonderful colors that add vigor and create a romantic atmosphere to a cozy bedroom.

Hang Up Some Art

Show your artistic skills by hanging up your creative pieces on the walls of your bedroom. To stay motivated hang up inspirational quotes and you can even make a collage of your family or other things that truly inspire you. Adding beautiful art work adds personality and style to your bedroom.

Create Your Own Headboard

If you find that your bed’s headboard is making you doze off, then it is time you get started creating your own headboard. There are innumerable ways to renovate your headboard without spending thousands of dollars.

One of the best ways is to utilize unused items. An old door comes handy to create an amazing headboard. Cut off the ends of the door and smoothen it, apply a fresh coat of paint to it and your headboard seems to be all ready.

If you find that your bedroom is all cluttered up, you need to pay attention to organizing your living space. Try donating or selling unwanted items or store them in storage units offered by firms like Londonremovals.

Look out for inexpensive shelving to store items. This makes your bedroom well organized and adds in style to the room.  

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Article by Samuel Joyce

Samuel Joyce is a devout writer but also happens to be working with london removals Company from the past seven years. He had since then contributed several topics related to home improvement, home removals, interior decoration etc for many blogs. He lives in London with his wife and a lovely child. He loves to spend his time with family and friends.

Article publié pour la première fois le 01/05/2013

By Greg Habermann

Bring The Freshness Of Spring Into Your Living Room

Has winter snatched away all the life and brightness out of your living room? Have the layers of thick draperies, rugs, and dark shaded furniture dulled the entire room. Give a refreshing spring boost to your living room with ideas that color, bloom and liven up your living room.

Give Your Room A Shade Of Spring

Consider re-painting your room with spring colors. The bright spring colors lend a calm and refreshing ambience to the room. You should make use of lively, bright color-combos like lime green/red, white/light green, cream/white, cream/red/light brown, etc.

Your surroundings would just “spring” up with these colors. Make sure to put a tinge of green in everything, don’t overdo it though. You could also hire expert interior designer, who are able to mimic the great outdoors and incorporate it in their designs. Unleash your creativity but keep it bright and neat.

Remove The Dark And Bring In The Light

Try and get rid of everything that dulls down the room and the atmosphere. The dark colored sofas, cushions, drapes, window glasses etc. all should be changed. Instead, bring in light colored sofas, light linen sheers, brightly colored and printed cushion covers etc. If you think replacing sofas would be heftily expensive, then you could opt in for sofa slipcovers available in assorted colors, patterns, and sizes to suit your needs.

Change The Thick Rugs And Heavy Winter Mats

Change the warm, thick and heavy winter mats and rugs spread around your house. Cover your surroundings with bright, lively, and more of pastel shades mats. This would enlighten the room and cheer up the ambience almost instantly.

Chandeliers And Bright Candle Holders

Shop for some brightly shaded, glowing chandeliers and candle holders. The candle lit holders would light up your room like never before and your room would radiate with bliss and serenity.

Floral Arrangement Around The House

Spring is the time for flowers, bloom, and colors. Let all this surround you all the time in your living room and other places in the house. Plants and twigs on tabletop and assorted colorful flowers vases are a great idea. It would breathe new life into any kind of room. You could make use of Christmas wreath as well. Wreathe suits your house any time of the year. They impart festive, charged, and rejuvenating characteristic to your place. Containers filled with colorful pebbles give an organic look. Just put your creativity to a test while doing this.

Re-Organize Your Room And House

This is indeed the most important part. You need to have an open and spacious surrounding in order to give it a spring look. Start with re-arranging the furniture and stuff in your house. Check on the stuff for their utility and importance. Do away with idle and useless things. If you feel some households are not used presently, but would come handy in future; you could resort to self storage in that case. Some old inherited belongings have your sentiments attached with them. You really don’t know what to do with them and that’s where self-storage comes to the focus. Many efficient self-storage companies like London Self Storage, provides quality service, storage and protection for your cherished belongings.

After you have finished with all these steps, you would find a new life and energy flowing through your room and home. It would simply emit the joy that you always wish to cherish during spring.

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Article by Samuel Joyce

Samuel Joyce is a devout writer but also happens to be working with removal Company from the past seven years. He had since then contributed several topics related to home improvement,self storage in london, interior decoration etc for many blogs. He lives in London with his wife and a lovely child. He loves to spend his time with family and friends.

Article publié pour la première fois le 13/05/2013

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5 Useful Tips for Choosing the Right Blinds for Your Conservatory

Your conservatory is designed to let in light. This makes decorating a conservatory quite easy to do. You never have to worry about what goes on the walls or doors.

A conservatory is a great place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s also an ideal place to host a late-night gathering for friends and family. At this point, the windows will be closed with blinds.

Too many homes fail to take into account what the conservatory will look like with blinds. The key to proper interior design is to think about what a room will feel and look like throughout the day and night.

We give you five useful tips for choosing the right blinds for your conservatory.

1. The Practical Side

Blinds that set of this part of your home are only useful if they’re practical. They aren’t there just to look good. They’re there to have a real practical use.

You need to decide what your conservatory is for. Is it for the children to play in, or a place for you to work in peace?

Additionally, you need to decide how your conservatory faces the rest of the house. Do you want to be able to see everyone in the living room from the conservatory?

Believe it or not, different blind types have different uses. Here are the four main ones:

  • Roller blinds. These offer protection from strong sunlight.
  • Vertical blinds give you better control over the amount of light let in.
  • Pleated blinds are safe for very young children to play with. They don’t have any potential choking hazards.
  • Venetian blinds are at the height of style.

2. Coloring In

The color can make or break a room. You have to decide how much you trust your own interior decorating skills.

One choice is to stick with neutral colors. Whites, beiges, and browns will work with practically any style and any home. They’re quite boring, though. They don’t do much to catch the eyes.

Light pastel colors generally make a room seem bigger than it actually is. They rely mainly on natural light from outside to flourish. If you’re looking for calmness and coolness, opt for pastel blues or greens.

Darker colors work to create a more private and intimate space. It’s why old-fashioned studies opt for dark wooden paneling and heavy red drapes. They make a room cozier and more enclosed.

Some ideas for darker colors include navy blue, dark browns, and rich reds.

Stay away from niche colors like purple. If you ever come to sell your home, you’ll need to have a more neutral color scheme to appear to every eye.

Get some inspiration from the Internet. Social networks like Pinterest have plenty of people showing off their own interior design creations.

3. The Rest of the Home

A conservatory’s style should match the style throughout your home. Your conservatory isn’t a separate outbuilding. It’s an extension to your existing home.

It’s all well and good having a modern pair of Venetian blinds. What’s the point of having ultra-modern blinds when your home is decked in original period decorations?

All that will happen is your conservatory will stick out badly. You’ll make your home a confusing and disjointed place to be.

What about if your conservatory is an outbuilding?

Some bigger homes do have a conservatory separated from the home. You can get away with a different style here. It’s easy to pass off this room as some sort of private retreat. Either way, we would still recommend having matching styles.

4. What about the Maintenance?

In the long-term, your wonderful style could take hours to maintain. A lot of people simply don’t have this amount of time. They need something that’s quick and easy to clean.

Just because you spend long hours out of your home doesn’t mean you can’t have stylish blinds. There are lots of options for people who only spend a limited amount of time in their conservatories.

Vertical blinds, for example, are ideal. They don’t retain as much dust because there are no platforms for it to settle on. A light dusting every so often is the extent of any maintenance.

5. Try and Test

Fashion changes all the time. What’s at the height of fashion now might be a faux pas in less than a year. Avoid keeping up with the fashions, unless you’re particularly interested in them.

In the meantime, don’t be afraid to try and test different blinds. Pick up a cheap alternative to a desired pair of blinds and see how they work. It’s difficult to imagine what something will look like until you put it up.

Interior decorating doesn’t always have to result in getting the right blinds straight away. Be willing to mix and match your blind choices and see what happens!

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By: Efi Kalaitzidis

Contemporary Bathroom Styles – Three Tips

There are millions of different ways to create a contemporary paradise in your home nowadays, from designer furniture and wall-mounted flat screens in your lounge to stylish islands and gadgets galore in the kitchen.

It’s never been easier to design your own modern utopia, but most of us think that the bathroom has to serve function first and form second. This isn’t strictly untrue, but there are some amazing modern design choices out on the market today that do a superb job of combining the two so you don’t have to forfeit one for the other. You no longer have to put up with a bog-standard bog, as it were.

There are some amazing little touches you can give your bathroom – and some large ones too – that are both useful and attractive and can transform even the most dull and dreary of toilets into something that would look right at home in the Guggenheim.

Okay perhaps that’s pushing it a bit so please excuse my hyperbole, but there is a lot of choice out there for the modern bathroom stylist now. It’s not like you have to be a movie star to be able to afford them either.

Here are three features that will bring your bathroom into the here and now.

Freestanding Baths

Space is a valuable asset in your bathroom and most of us don’t have all that much to play around with. For that reason you might think that a freestanding bath is just a pipe dream, but they now come in such a variety of different shapes and sizes that this may not be so.

Add this to the fact that you can save space by planning out your bathroom to the finest detail and you could realise your freestanding baths fantasy more easily than you might have previously thought.

Obviously if you’re planning on placing a bath in the middle of your bathroom floor you will have to think about how you will supply it with water. Freestanding bath taps will do the trick – not the most imaginative name perhaps, but it’s pretty self-explanatory. These large yet graceful looking taps fit to the floor and add something a little bit different to the standard bathroom.

Vertical Radiators

There are some components that can’t be chosen solely because of their aesthetic appeal. A bathroom radiator is one such component. Fortunately there are a range of modern radiators that cast off the traditional radiator design shackles and possess a look more akin to wall art.

Vertical radiators have another string to their bow too. They not only aid in giving your bathroom a minimal look but save crucial space by using the vertical wall space giving you more room for additional fittings at floor height. Many recent designs also hug the wall closer without surrendering their ability to heat the room properly either.

Counter Top Basins

Counter top basins are another great combination of beautiful modern design, functionality and convenience. The fact that they fit on top of a counter rather than attach to the floor like their pedestal design brethren means you have a bit more storage space at your disposal should  you need it.

The basins themselves come in various different forms too, some with sharp edges and shallow bottoms, others with deep bowls and gentle curves. No matter which design you plump for, they will certainly catch the eye. You shouldn’t have to worry about people washing their hands before dinner anymore, at least.

Featured Image: Creative Commons – Attribution by Efi Kalaitzidis

Three Bathroom Design Mistakes to Avoid

With stiff competition from the kitchen, there is arguably no more difficult room to design for than the bathroom. It is these two rooms that draw so heavily on that difficult balance between form and function, which can become a stress as you want to fit something in that is really of aesthetic value when something productive might be the far more sensible option.

To help those of you currently at your drawing board with regards to your new bathroom, we have put together three fool-proof redesign tips. So put down your pencil for a second and have a scan of these…

Future Proof Your Look

Aubergine tiles with a magenta rim might seem so stark and edgy now that it would seem remiss of you not to fit them, but think things through. Fashion is by its very nature capricious, and in around a year – if you’re lucky – they are going to look horrendous, even to you. Plus, it’s not just you. Imagine if you want to sell your home soon. Think classic colours for the main things and save your own wacky ideas for the flourishes.

Think About (Natural) Light

Nobody wants to head into what appears to be a subterranean hole or dungeon to go to the bathroom, so always think about light. Position bathrooms on corners, if possible, to allow for more fenestration, or simply consider skylights. Light opens out spaces and is intrinsically pleasing. Don’t go all goth and seal up everything before slopping it in tar-like black paint. No.

Don’t Neglect Functionality

Those shower heads are very pretty, but the system in your home does not have the pressure to make them work properly; yes, that towel radiator is delightfully bijou, but it will not heat 10% of the room – you have to go bigger. Hypotheticals these, granted, but these are the kind of things you will have to consider. The bathroom is, first and foremost, a practical space. Fit the function and then arrange your own wonderfully attractive design pieces around that.

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Design your Own Koi Pond

Design and Build Your Own Koi Pond

Over the centuries, koi have been prized for their beauty. These elegant and fascinating fish come in many colors and sizes. You can create a beautiful pond, and a healthy habitat for your koi by considering the following points.

Site:
Choose a location for the pond that will provide protection from too much sun, and prevent run off from draining into the pond. Choose a site that allows a nice view of your pond from your seating area or window. Be aware that any water feature can be a hazard to young children.

Size and depth

How many koi do you plan to keep? Use this number, plus a few, perhaps, to estimate your pond size. Experts recommend a minimum of 250 gallons of water per each large, full grown, fish. Less water will be needed for smaller varieties of koi.
When deciding on dimensions for your pond, be sure to consider the size of your fish at maturity. Japanese koi, for instance, are one of the largest varieties, and will grow to be around two feet in length. They will need plenty of room to swim comfortably.

Plan to excavate to a depth of at least three feet in colder climates. In warmer areas, two and half feet is often sufficient. Extra depth helps maintain a stable water temperature in the pond, and provides a place for fish to escape heat and cold. Some pond builders dig an area of the pond floor extra deep, known as a “well”, which helps prevent winter kill and gives fish a place to hide.

Filtration:
A good pond pump is essential for oxygenating the water. Fish need this to survive. The pump can be combined with filter box to aid in keeping water clean. Be sure it is properly sized for your pond. Packages list how many gallons of water the unit will pump per hour. Many varieties can be found at home improvement centers.

Digging It:
The easiest way to build a koi pond is by using the rubber liner method, as the liner conforms to any shape you care to dig. Digging out your desired depth and shape is the toughest part of pond building. It’s worth it; just keep thinking about those beautiful fish. To protect your lawn, throw down some plastic sheeting to dump the dirt on as you shovel. While you are digging, add a sloping bottom to make cleaning of waste and leaves easier.

When you are satisfied with the shape, lay in the rubber liner, and smooth it across the bottom and up the sides of the pond. Leave at least six inches of liner around edges of the pond, and secure it with your choice of decorative rock, or one of the many types of attractive edging stones. Add some plantings if you like. You are now ready to fill your pond with water (be sure to treat it before adding fish), turn on your pump, and enjoy your koi.

Article by Joana Hall

Joana Hall is an avid writer who likes to write blogs on Interior Design. She has written many articles on koi pond construction. In this article she is providing the readers some valuable information on Design and Build Your Own Koi Pond.