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Adapting Art to Other Mediums

Selling artwork in its original form without being forced to adapt it for other mediums or other formats hasn’t been a reality for decades. Because of this a great artist or graphic artist is often defined not only by the quality of their original work, but how well they can adapt that work to other formats and mediums in order to make it marketable. For the purpose of this article we’ll go over some of the easiest ways to get your work out of your studio and into the hands of the public.

Prints

If you’ve done a painting the original could be worth anything from a couple bucks to hundreds or thousands of dollars, but the prints will be worth a fraction of that, maybe 20% on a good day. An extremely easy way to increase the value of your print is to attach it to evenly spray gloss on it, the same way that you sealed your original painting. This time you’re not sealing anything, but you’re changing the surface of the paper to make it look more like the original, and not an obvious copy. Additionally framing the piece appropriately will increase its value significantly more than the cost of the frame, which you may need to do anyway if your painting has dimensions that frames aren’t usually mass-produced in.

Mugs

Mugs are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to get your art out in front of other people. The problem is that most of the time the image on your mug doesn’t come close to the quality of your actual piece. Enter dye sublimation printing. There are a variety of configurations you can use but it will require specialized inks, transfer paper, and specially treated mugs. After you print out your image you’ll clamp it tightly onto the mug and bake it to evaporate the ink onto the mug. The biggest advantage of using dye-sublimation is that you won’t be limited to the relatively large “pixels” that result from more traditional mug-printing practices, and the image will never wear or peel off.  Additionally you won’t have to worry about the number or types of colors that you’re using, since you’ll be printing your image onto the transfer paper before you have to worry about applying it to the mug. At the end of the day the cost-per-mug is about the same as any other method, but the quality is significantly higher, allowing you much greater freedom in the types of images that you can use.

File Formatting and Apparel

For apparel it’s vital that your piece is properly formatted. While you can get away with a high quality raster file to when copying a print or printing something onto a mug, you’ll often be thwarted by your file format when you move into logo and t-shirt designs. The reason this is important is because you’ll often need to scale your image to a size that’s significantly larger than the image that you’ve got. Increasing the size of an image isn’t as simple as it looks in the movies; bigger pictures need more pixels, and more data. If you take your standard .jpg and make it bigger, you’ll just end up with a fuzzy pixelated blob.

That’s why you’ll need a vector file, which doesn’t save any pixels or any other actual visual input from your image, but rather saves a bunch of math describing to your computer how to build the image on a graph. That means your computer can just calculate out any size that you’d like. Always put together a vector version of your file in order to allow you adjust the size at will. Note that saving your file as a .eps (or other vector file) doesn’t actually make it a vector file. You’ll need to manually trace out the entire image on your computer to “teach” it how to build the image. It takes a while to make a vector version, but it’s well worth the effort, and can save you a massive headache later on.

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Article by Edward Stuart

Edward Stuart is an art and decoration enthusiast as well as an online publisher for the Canvas Art supplier canvasgalleryart.com. He frequently blogs on the topics of art, art history, design, and home decor.

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 27/03/2013

Choosing Contemporary Art For Your Home

Contemporary art can serve many functions in your home. It can be used to add a focal point to a room, make a space feel more intimate, or even to update a traditional design style. The key to choosing the right pieces is to think about the mood you want to create in the room and how the artwork can help you achieve it. Use these tips to help you get started:

1) Size up the space.

Size is a major consideration when choosing new artwork. You don’t want to overwhelm the wall with a piece that is too large or underutilise your space with pieces that are too small. The best rule of thumb is to mirror the size of the wall when choosing pieces: if you have a narrow vertical space, select a piece that is narrow and vertical as well. If you have a larger space, you may want to think about adding one large piece or a collection of photos to fill up the space. Remember that artwork should be displayed on the most prominent walls of the room, so take that into consideration when you’re sizing up your space. The mantle is an ideal space to hang artwork, as is the blank wall behind your living room couch.

2) Look for complementary colours.

While contemporary artwork won’t necessarily match the overall theme of your room, it should complement it. One easy way to do this is to choose a piece that utilises the same colour scheme as the rest of your interior. In particular, look for a piece that incorporates the room’s principal hue to pull the décor together. Remember that cool tones create a calming effect, while warm tones are more cosy and inviting. If you want to make your artwork the focal point of the room, consider hanging it on an accent wall to naturally guide the eye.

3) Consider the frame.

Canvas paintings can be hung without a frame, while paintings and drawings done on paper will likely require one. When choosing a frame, it’s important to take into account both the artwork itself and the overall architectural style of the room. For contemporary artwork, a simple flat frame is ideal. Gold frames complement artwork and room décor that incorporates a warm colour palette, while silver frames are well-suited for a cool colour palette. Homes with an overall traditional or country décor might utilise natural wood frames, while ones with a more modern feel should stick with traditional black or silver frames. Whichever frame you choose, remember that it should highlight—rather than detract from—the artwork itself.

4) Play with light.

Lighting is an important consideration when displaying artwork. Living room ceiling lights like low-hanging pendant lights can be used to highlight artwork, as can well-positioned track lighting or accent lighting. You may also consider adding a lighting fixture with a dimmer switch so you can control illumination as you please. Pieces that are framed behind glass (e.g. paintings and drawings on paper) should not be hung opposite large windows, as natural light will create glare.

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Article by Mike Wimmer

Mike Wimmer is an interior designer and home stylist with a specialist love for Living room ceiling lights.

Article publié pour la première fois le 09/05/2013

Top Tips for a Creating a Stylish Bathroom

Your bathroom should be a place where you can escape the rest of the world and lie back in a hot bath, leaving your troubles outside the door. There is no better way to chill out and relax after a long day. However, all too often our bathrooms become cluttered and messy, preventing us from getting as much out of them as we should be.

If this is the case with your bathroom, here are some quick tips to make it into the most stylish, relaxing room in the house in no time at all.

Give It A Makeover

One of the best ways to make an instant difference is to make all of those minor repairs and changes that you have been meaning to do for so long. Before you do anything else, fix those cracked tiles, clear up the mould and fix any dripping taps. These minor changes can mean a big difference for you.

Buy a New Bath

A great way to make your bathroom a place where you want to spend as much time as possible is to invest in a new bathtub. If you have been stuck with the same old standard model for years, it’s time to treat yourself and get something really special.

A new bath won’t be cheap if you want something really special, but it will be money well spent. A free-standing bath is one of the most stylish types of bath that you can get. You will need the space for it, but if you have a large bathroom then it can be ideal.

Alternatively, opt for a whirlpool bath complete with a shower. This is the ultimate in luxury and will be like your own mini spa waiting for you after work every day. Throw in some stylish chrome taps and fittings and your new gorgeous bathroom will be well on its way.

Fit Stylish Lighting

Bathrooms can enjoy a huge boost from a few carefully placed lamps. Try to find some lighting solutions that are specially made for bathrooms, and then fit them in the corners and alcoves. You can even fit a light in the shower if you want. Use features like dimmers so that you can get the atmosphere just right, and make sure there is a place to light some candles.

Keep It Minimalistic

One of the simplest ways to make your bathroom into a stylish room where you want to spend more time is to get rid of all of the clutter. This includes all of those bottles that have built up over the months. Buy yourself a simple cabinet if you don’t already have one, and keep everything out of sight to create a more minimalistic style that will help you to relax.

Make It Bigger

If space is lacking in your bathroom, a simple way to make it seem bigger is to add some strategically-placed mirrors. By adding mirrors you can help to make the rest of the room feel bigger so that you don’t feel so confined. It’s quick and simple, and you can make the mirror a feature of the room on its own by adding a stylish metal frame.

Get the Bathroom You Deserve

It’s not hard to get the perfect bathroom, it just takes a bit of work. Start with the tips above and see what changes you can make to your bathroom, and in a short space of time you could easily have the bathroom that you have always dreamed of.

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Article Joshua Lewis

Joshua Lewis is an expert on all things related to the bathroom. He works at Better Bathrooms, where you can find stylish and unique features for your bathroom.

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 28/05/2013

By: J Aaron Farr

Design Tips for Enhancing the Look of Your Bedroom

If you are in the process of redecorating your house, you may want to spend a bit of time on the bedrooms, as this is a room where most people spend quite a bit of their lives. Simply by changing the furniture and the décor, you will be able to create a space that is inviting and easy on the eye. A change of colour can give the impression that the bedroom is far bigger than it actually is. You will also be able to purchase furniture and fixtures and fittings that have been designed especially with small spaces in mind. Wardrobes with conventional doors can take up quite a lot of space, as the doors need to swing out to open. By purchasing some sliding doors you will be able to utilise the area in front of the wardrobes in a much more efficient manner.

How to Make your Bedroom Look Bigger

Simply by rearranging the furniture in your room you will be able to gain quite a bit of space in most cases. You may also want to purchase some wardrobes with sliding doors and a bed with storage space under the mattress. Doors that slide take up far less room than conventional swinging doors and they are now available in a wide range of different materials and colours. You will be able to find many companies online selling space saving doors and other items to help you redesign the interior of your home or apartment. Companies like Spacelide have many different wardrobe and room sliding doors on their websites and it is also possible to order doors to your own specification.

Dividing a Room into Separate Areas

Depending on your existing decoration and furniture, you will be able to select from a wide range of designs and materials for your new sliding doors. One of the most common materials is glass, as it is hardwearing and also has the added advantage of letting in light. Investing in some room dividers is another option you have and by splitting your existing rooms up into separate areas you will be able to attain more storage space or even an extra bedroom. Once you have split your room into separate areas then you may want purchase some new, space-saving furniture for it. By positioning mirrors at strategic points around the room you will also be able to give an illusion that the area is bigger than it really is.

Space Saving Ideas for Bedrooms

  • Purchase some folding tables that can be attached to walls
  • Bunk beds can save a lot of space in children’s rooms
  • Recess shelving into walls
  • Install sliding wardrobe and entrance doors

Frameless sliding glass doors could transform every home in your property, making it a much more up-to-date place to live without having to purchase a new property. You will be able to buy space-saving doors and furniture for all of the rooms in your house from specialist companies on the Internet.

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Article provided by Spaceslide

Spaceslide, a subsidiary of Portico Midlands Ltd., has partnerships with some of UK’s top ten house builders. This company produces and installs door systems and manufactures bedroom furniture.

Article publié pour la première fois le 30/05/2013

By:  Ethan

Creative Wall Art to Perk Up Your Living Space

Take a stroll down memory lane and try recollecting history studied during school days, particularly about how early man scribbled on the walls of his cave. Even to this day most of us find it mystifying about how early man created pictures on the walls of his cave in a speedy, indecipherable manner. However, history lessons of those days disclose that right from the start man has always been very enthusiastic about home décor.

Right from drawing on walls in a careless manner, showcasing his charcoal drawings and finally learning the technique of handling modern art, man has come a long way in making an attempt to learn the art of wall décor.

When it comes to jazzing up your walls, our ideas are restricted to hanging up framed photographs, paintings and utilizing lighting fixtures that will brighten up your living space. Although these are some good ideas to smarten up your home, you must not be restricted to these ideas alone. By utilizing some creativity you can add a little zest to the walls of your home. Here are a few creative wall décor ideas that will transform a dull wall into stunning and elegant one.

Add Style to Your Walls with Artistic Stone Wall Décor

If you are looking to add charm to your home, then choosing wall décor with beautifully designed stones is the perfect option. Artistic stone wall décor is ideal for homes that have good amount of space. For more elegance ensure to have good storage solutions in your home.

Covering up the entire wall with stone tiles, enhances the appearance of your home. Stone tiles with bright colors are the best choice for those looking to add style and classiness to the living space.

One thing to keep in mind prior to buying stone tiles is to choose best quality ones. This will help you maintain your walls effortlessly. Utilizing stone tiles of the similar color for walls and flooring will make your living space more comfortable. Stone tiles made of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone are best for wall décor.

Wall Stickers – Cheap décor to Beautify Your Walls

If you have a limited budget and aren’t willing to exceed your budget limit then there is nothing better than the wall sticker décor. Don’t be frustrated with the amount of time and effort you will require for this kind of wall décor. The results you get after finding the most appropriate stickers and adorning your walls with them are worth the time and effort.

Finding readymade stickers can be tough. In such a case you can use materials like wood or lightweight stones as well as your creative skills to create your own designs. To give your walls a more stylish look, you must use inexpensive décor like wall stickers.

Stencil Wall Décor – Cost-effective, Simple & Cool Way to Jazz Up Your Walls

Stencil wall décor jogs your memory about stencils used by kids for art projects. The same stencils your kids use are great for jazzing up your walls and giving them a new appearance. You will find stencil wall décor to be the most inexpensive and cool way to add a little zest to your walls.

Utilizing spray paint to create eye-catching and fashionable designs is one way of jazzing up your walls. Spray paint can also be used to form patterns on stencil designs.

Besides, you can also use stencils for creating cartoon characters. Colorful flowers and other designs are few creative things you can create with stencils.

Transform your home’s appearance and make it more inviting to guests by utilizing these creative wall décor ideas.

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Article by Rony Mikal

Rony Mikal is a writer and music enthusiast.  As a writer he contributes for various online publications that mainly include business, home removals and storage, health and environmental issues. When he’s not educating readers with his work, he’s most likely found tapping feet to his favorite tunes.

Article publié pour la première fois le 25/05/2013

By: Reiner Kraft

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

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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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

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

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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Creative kid’s rooms

A child’s bedroom should capture their personality completely, becoming a fun place for them to hang out. Decorating your little one’s room can be a fun and exciting project where you can really channel your creative flair. Here are some great ways to unleash your inner child and get creative…

Wall art

Hanging picture frames in a kid’s room is simply an accident waiting to happen. With toys and balls being thrown about in play, it is a matter of time before they are knocked down and broken.

Instead, go for a foolproof way of injecting art into your kid’s room by painting designs directly on the wall. Select a theme that your kid’s enjoy, whether it’s princesses or dinosaurs, and let your creativity run free.

If you don’t have a steady hand, but still want to revamp their bedrooms, you could always use wall stencils instead of going freehand. Stencil Warehouse have a great collection of stencils, in a variety of shapes and sizes that will allow you to easily transform any playroom or bedroom.

Chalkboard

While you let your creativity loose in your child’s bedroom, you can give them the opportunity to do the same.

Specially designed chalkboard paint can be painted directly onto any surface, whether it’s a wall or a wardrobe, to create a space for your kids to draw and get creative. This is great if your kids are messy, as the chalkboard will provide hours of entertainment, with the chalk simply wiping away when they’re done.

Furniture

Plain, wooden furniture can look drab in your kid’s bedroom, but there are a number of simple and easy ways to update them.

Tying ribbons around the handles is a cost-effective way to liven up the furniture. Also, replacing the handles for funky designs, like jewels, is a great way to update your tired old furniture.