Living Room Interior Design Ideas

If you’re like most homeowners, you want your living room to be a multi-functional space where you can spend the majority of your time. Choosing and executing the right theme is pivotal to creating the perfect ambience for both your family and your guests. Consider these pointers when designing your dream living room:

1) Do your homework and choose a design theme.

If you’re new to interior design, start by collecting ideas. Browse home décor websites to find living room design ideas that inspire you, then study them closely to identify the individual elements that carry the theme throughout the room. For example, a modern living room might juxtapose a solid-coloured couch with an area rug that has a punchy geometric print, while a formal Victorian living room might incorporate furniture with decorative wooden-carved embellishments and luxe fabrics alongside ornate window treatments and highly patterned flooring. Remember to consider both aesthetics and function when choosing a design style.

2) Find a focal point.

Once you’ve decided on a theme, it’s time to start thinking about the arrangement of the room. Choosing a focal point for your living room and arranging your other pieces around it will help draw attention to your room’s key feature—a cosy fireplace, a grand piano, or a fascinating sculpture. No matter what you choose, make sure nothing else competes with it.

3) Create conversation areas.

Living rooms are social spaces, so when you’re finalising the layout of the room, create conversation areas where family and guests can easily chat with one another. Remember that sofas and chairs with backs are more comfortable than those without, so try to avoid ottomans, stools, and benches. Pull the area together with a coffee table and/or an area rug that fits your design style.

4) Find the perfect colour scheme.

This is a very important consideration that ties in with the overall theme and mood of the room. A colour scheme that utilises soft yellows and off-whites will create a warm yet traditional ambience, while one that incorporates earthy browns and kelly green seems to bring the natural world inside. Smokey blacks paired with greys, whites, and deep red accents give off a contemporary vibe, while rich purples and dark greys exude luxury. Remember that if you’re working with a smaller space, light hues can really help open up the room.

5) Let there be light.

The right lighting can turn your living room into a warm, inviting space. Living room ceiling lights come in a variety of design styles: an elegant chandelier might be perfect for a formal living room, while a ceiling fixture with a steel or chrome finish is ideal for a modern living room. Add track lighting and accent or cove lighting to highlight artwork or bookshelves when the lights go down, and place task lighting such as floor and table lamps near areas where you’ll be reading or working.

6) Personalise the room.

When your main design work is done, don’t forget to add a few finishing touches. Displaying your favourite artwork or family photos on the wall or placing plants near the window will help distinguish your new living room into a space of your very own.

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Article by Martin Simeonson

Martin Simeonson is a Danish interior designer with a passion for Scandinavian décor and blossoming love for UK DIY projects.

Article publié pour la première fois le 08/05/2013

How to Maximize Your Small Workspace

How to Maximize Your Small Workspace

In terms of our workspace, most of us are fairly limited, particularly if we’re discussing a home office. In fact, very few of us can afford the luxury of having a room at home that we can devote entirely to the functionality of an office.

Instead, we make “workspaces” in rooms that are typically used for other things as well. For example, a living room might provide us with a corner for a small desk and some space for storage. If there aren’t any other options in the house, that becomes your office.

Although it is not ideal, it’s what a lot of us are limited to work with, therefore, it’s a good idea to learn how to maximize and efficiently use the workspace that we do have.

Here are a few ways to do it:

1. Have a nice desk, chair and computer — The three things that you shouldn’t cheap out on would be the three things you’ll use most often. Your desk might have to be small, but that doesn’t mean it has to be junk. Try and find something that fits your needs, but keeps a high standard of quality as well.

Likewise, your chair is going to go a long way in determining how comfortable you are in your limited amount of work space. It also says something about the look and feel of where you’re working, so don’t be afraid to spend some extra money to make sure that you’re comfortably seated.

Your computer is the last piece of the puzzle and it will round out the core of your workspace. Again, if you pinch pennies here, you’re going to cost yourself productivity. Make sure your computer is fast enough to handle the work you’ll be doing. In addition, make sure that it won’t be too big or small for where it will be setting.

Whether you should get a laptop or a desktop is also something you’ll need to consider.

2. Go as minimal as possible — If you can get away with using just one pen, and not a whole cup full of them, then do so. In every other area possible, try to cut back on things and only make room for the items you absolutely need in order to be productive.

As so much work is done on a computer these days, the things you need to have in order to stay productive are probably minimal to begin with.

Just be certain that you don’t keep unnecessary items on your desk or on the floor space around your work area. Clutter will quickly choke a small workspace out and it will make you feel like you have even less room to use than you originally thought.

3. Target dark colors — Darker colors will appear to take up less space than light colors, which is nice as most office furniture is typically offered in darker shades.

If you have dark walls, this rule becomes somewhat flexible; however, you should avoid whites and lightly colored pieces to so that your space doesn’t end up looking more miniscule than it actually is. This won’t make or break you, but it can help if you’re already going in the right direction.

4. Keep it clean and organized — This goes along with the minimal idea, but in more of a sense that you need to keep your work area clean and organized as often as you can. A desk that is clear will look much more roomier compared to a desk with a lot of things out of place.

Having the minimal amount of items in your workspace will make this process easier, but it doesn’t guarantee that things will always be clean and organized. For that to happen, you’ve got to put the work in yourself.

That solution might sound simple, but the more effort you’re able to put into staying organized, the more efficient your workspace will be, regardless of how small the space is.

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Article by Marcela De Vivo

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Los Angeles who covers everything from marketing, tech, to health & wellness. She currently works with Protect America and just recently remodeled her home, so she studied up on designing the most productive workspace, which definitely paid off in the end!

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 10/05/2013

5 Interesting Arts to Decor your Home and Office

Some people might think that art is expensive or needs huge investment, especially when they see a neat office or a home filled with decors. Putting decorations on your home and office depends on creativity and imagination. Most of the time, it only requires being organized and having artistic ideas.

By simply looking around, you can discover that there is still a lot of space for art. Afterward, you can think of going to a décor shop or even make your own designs. These days, you can easily find a decor equipment store like Madison Art Shop, where you can buy all the things you need for decorating your area. Below are the most common interesting artwork for your home and office.

Painting

You can buy a painting made by famous artist, but that may hurt your wallet. You also purchase cheap paintings that can still amazing to the eyes. Another choice could be making your own painting. Paintings are expressions, and those who understand them focus on the color, tone, and their rhythm. They care for the smallest detail and the medium used in a certain painting. An abstract painting in an office can ease the pressure in work.

Drawings

Drawings can be from real-life objects or result of imagination. A simple but creative drawing can make office visitors smile and be relaxed. A drawing of a happy family that is hanged in the living room reminds family members of their bonding moments. Young children are attracted to colored drawings. In fact, you can let your children draw what he likes. Then, place it in a frame and your wall will now have a memorable moment of his childhood.

Collage or mosaic

A collage is an artwork that consists of various materials, including newspaper clippings, pictures, photographs, ribbons or other objects that are glued together to a piece of paper or canvas. The word “collage” was derived from “coller,” a French word for glue. A collage is different from a mosaic because the latter is more of a combination of cut photos or broken ceramics or tiles. Either of the two can be an eye-catching scene at home or inside your office. 

Sculpture

A sculpture can be in the form of wood, ceramic, stone, metal, or even glass. While this artwork is most of the time found in schools, parks, and historical places, you can also include one at home or in your office. But of course, you should consider the space, especially in homes with young children running around. In offices, a sculpture is usually placed in the lobby and for visitors’ view. You can easily find one in stores, or hire a professional sculptor for the job. 

Pots

Just like sculpture, pots can also make a wonderful home décor. You can also put one on the lobby of your office. While some would suggest that pots should only serve as planters, there are people who love to collect huge and antique pots. These kinds of pots can be expensive, but are also good investments. There are also small pots can be placed on an office table or study table at home. They can be used as pen holders or to simply add design to the surroundings.

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Article by Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson is the Sales Executive at Madison Art Shop. Madison Art Shop is online art supply company in USA and they are totally focused on giving the widest product selection of art at the most competitive prices.

Article publié pour la première fois le 14/06/2013

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Creative Storage Solutions for your Office

Take a look at these helpful and innovative storage solutions, perfect for the office environment. We’ve combined practical advice with creative ideas to make your office an efficient, yet unique, workspace.

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Corner Office

If your room layout permits it, a corner desk is the best way of maximising work and storage space. While the actual surface area of the desk will be bigger, thus giving you more space to work, having your workstation tucked in the corner will free up the rest of the space.

This is also the best option if you need lots of shelving within reach of your desk, as you have two full walls to play with. Take a look at the range of office desks, including space-saving corner options, online at Viking.

Having a large corner desk also means that you have more space to store things like filing cabinets underneath, which is also going to free up floor space. You can also find a full range of office storage solutions at Viking.

Mug Tree

Mug trees are a bit of a nineties staple when it comes to kitchen interior design and I can’t remember the last time I visited someone’s house where one was actually used to store mugs. These days, their most common use if hanging necklaces and bracelets – and what a fabulous use that is!

However, mug trees are also an effective office storage solution. Use one to hang your scissors and small metal buckets that can be filled with office supplies like paper clips.

Buckets

I’m a big fan of using buckets as storage in the office. This nickel-plated container, available online from IKEA, is actually designed to hold cutlery, but it’s perfect for storing pens and keeping your work surface free of clutter too.

Another kitchen staple, an old spice rack – with the jars cleaned out thoroughly! – is the perfect place for storing miscellaneous office items like papers clips, pins and rubber bands.

Wine Rack

If your job requires you to produce large, detailed drawings that need to be stored rolled up, then an old wine rack could be the perfect place for keeping them tucked away. A rack designed to hold six bottles could hold close to fifty medium-sized drawings and won’t take up much floor space in your office.

Mezzanine Floor

Okay, so this might not be in everybody’s budget, but constructing a mezzanine floor in your office effectively doubles the amount of useable space. Use the upper level as your workspace and the lower for storage, or vice versa, depending on what you find more convenient. An office space like this one, is relatively inexpensive to construct, but will add value to a residential or commercial property.

Article publié pour la première fois le 27/09/2013

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

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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.

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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