Showing posts with label Home decor ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Home decor ideas. Show all posts

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Tips and Tricks to Bring Elegance to Your Home

Living on a budget is undeniably difficult -- you can’t buy all the things you need simultaneously and not to mention your wants. Utility bills, mortgages, loans and the likes only adds up to your expenses so sometimes you just have to sit down, accept and be content with what you have.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade your home the way you have always imagined it to be. You may not have the most glorious house structure but there are simple and hands-down hacks to make your home appear more expensive without damaging your pockets.


Frame your TV. If you want to upgrade your home in a budget, you can DIY a frame for your TV. Your living room will look more sophisticated and elegant by just doing this one hack. It’s like camouflaging your television, have your guests wonder where it is. Also, it should be easier now for you to decorate since your framed TV is now in style.



Supersize your artworks. If you love to decorate on your walls, why don’t you consider hanging a large scale artwork instead of small ones? You may opt to divide the large piece into three pieces and hang it accordingly to add dimension. Since we don’t want to burn your wallet, you can buy some in thrift stores for reasonable prices or if you prefer letting your creative juices flow, make your own and experiment on it. If you think you’re not that creative, abstract paintings will work just fine so no worries.

Photo credit: Good Housekeeping


Declutter. A messy living room with books, pillows, displays and the likes that goes everywhere in your unpolished look only results to making your room look cheap and littered. This doesn’t require decoration or designing, it only requires a lot of cleaning to cut the messy bundle. Get rid of the unnecessary objects you leave on display and the stuff that needs to go straight in the trash bin. Take note, leave you floor with a lot of space. That means putting your shoes in the shoe rack and your exercise equipment in your garage.

Photo credit: Freshome


Add a touch of green. No, we’re not talking about money or painting your walls green (unless you want to). Okay, you guessed it. It’s adding plants in your home such as a pot of flowers or a garden. Nothing more would make you home seem luxurious and expensive-looking other than plants. Not to mention, it isn’t really that hard to find if you’re not picky in terms of the type of plant you want.

Photo credit: Popsugar


Interesting room element. Don’t you think a room that only offers you to see verticals, horizontals and rounds is a little bit boring, plain and uninteresting? Spice it up! Look for a structured room display such as an unusual vase, peculiar table/chair or an off-beat structured plant will draw the guests’ eyes to it directly. This could be your unique and stylish bed frame/bed board, your bold-colored flower vase, unusual center table display or artworks among many others. Of course, keep in mind the appropriateness of the element regarding your room motif/theme. It should be seen as a piece of head-turning art lying in your room.

Photo credit: My Domaine


Add mirrors. The vogueish ones, yes. Adding mirrors deliver an illusion of larger rooms and bringing elegance to a home. Thus, adding this sole piece is a leap to a luxury home design. Instead of the plain ones, opt for the old and historical looking designs to give your room a sense of significance. Go to antique stores for reasonable prices.

Photo credit: My Domaine


You see, there are lots of ways to upgrade and make your home feel and appear luxurious whether you’re on a budget or not. You don’t have to necessarily buy an expensive couch and dining set to upgrade your home, these tricks will work effectively just as you need it to. Experiment with what you currently have and continuously learn over the process. Good luck on revolutionizing your home!


About Chie Suarez

Chie Suarez is a passionate writer/blogger for PAAL Kit Homes, a company that manufactures and supplies steel-framed kit homes that help Australian families build their dream home. Chie likes watching TV series and movies, is inclined to music and has a deep interest in home design and decoration. 

Friday, 13 February 2015

Affordable Home Improvement Ideas for Everyone

Home improvement could involve structural changes that you may be planning either for personal satisfaction or for increasing the value of your property, to get returns on your investment; either way, you are looking at quite a massive budget requirement. Home improvements in prominent areas like your kitchen, basement and your attic sure can enhance the value of your property tomorrow; while you get to enjoy all of it today. Here are some smart tips to consider before taking a leap into this herculean task of home improvement.

1.     Compact Storage:

No one has ever complained about having excess storage space! Improve the value of your property and the utility of your home by maximizing its storage capacity. Utilize idle spaces and transform them into the most efficient storage spaces of your home. From floating shelves and cabinets in your hallway, tall shelves, to staircase spaces, there is an abundance of redundant spaces; you might not have considered. 





  2.     Easy Kitchen Makeovers:

One easy peasy way to give your kitchen a well-deserved makeover is by changing the small aspects of your kitchen like the cabinet doors and handles. You can even ransack an antique shop to get some timeless pieces of handles to replace the factory-made hardware that came with your cabinetry. Install a new faucet that goes with your sink & backsplash to give your sink a new look. Small changes like these are sure to have a big impact on the outlook of your kitchen. 




3.     Accent Walls:


Set up an accent wall that stands out from the other walls in your home. Your accent wall can feature a cozy fireplace, a surprisingly bold wall colour, a large wall art or even a collage of all your pictures put together to cover an entire wall. Prospective buyers prefer to have a gas fireplace in their next home as a gas fireplace is 77% high energy-efficient than a traditional wood-burning fireplace.




4.     Nature’s Signature Stuff:

A stone fireplace, a wooden accent wall and hardwood flooring are a sure way to add timeless value to your home. Nature’s signature stuff like these has a distinct capacity to enhance the aesthetic value of your home. Installing wooden beams to your ceiling will give your home an instant makeover. Make use of almost any nature-inspired upgrade to add instantaneous significance to your home.




5.     Lush Foliage Space:

Consider adding lush foliage to your home beauty. Trees around the house have plentiful benefits; from keeping your home cool, to fetching far more value than a house without plant life. Installing a garden patio sure is a great way to bring about a refreshed look to your home. Avoid planting trees inaccurately to avoid property damage from large trees - avoid planting trees too close to your building and take due care about the gap between two plants considering their potential size.




6.     Perfect Area Rug Space:

While investing on home improvements, quality must be the king. It is not only important to choose a genuine hand-woven rug; it is equally important to make appropriate arrangements to show it off too. Consider adding a beautiful Bokhara rug to your living room. A sunken living room space sure is a pleasing sight if its coziness is complemented with the best quality hand-woven rug that is conveniently available online.




7.     Collection Display Space:

Walls make amazing display gallery space for your home so why not utilize them to the max? Make provision for displaying your collections that could be as big as a guitar or as small as a figurine from your previous tour. Built-in shelving sure is an option to add depth and interest to your wall. Make use of molding and trim work to highlight this display space on your wall.


Author Bio:  This article was written by Preethi.  She loves interior designing, home décor and art & craft. She regularly writes for www.Alrug.com


Thursday, 7 August 2014

BEDROOM DECORATING: STYLING NEED NOT COST MUCH

Serene, calm, and quiet- traditionally, with these qualities, a bedroom would pass as a great room. The big decorative rooms were only owned by those who can afford it. Well, that was in the past. In this modern age, design has evolved to include the use of cheap materials. With a little creativity, you may be able to see a dull room transform into a real beauty right before your very eyes. Want access to cheap bedroom decorating ideas? Why not try the ones listed below.

Cheap Bedroom Decorative Ideas

Add a punch of color.



Break away from the usual while or neutral beige. Choose your favorite colors instead and let this work inside the room. There are several ways to get this done. The most obvious would be to paint the whole room a new touch of color. Accent decorative wall pieces and colorful throw pillows could be used to add a touch of funkiness to a bedroom.

Get inspired by nature.



Yes, buying an entirely new set of furniture will definitely give the bedroom a fresher look. But the buying cost of bedroom furniture could easily eat up your life savings. Instead of doing this, you can just take some of the plants outside and use these to give your room an outdoorsy feel. Don’t want the bother of taking this in or outside the house for sun exposure? Let the plant sit beside the window where sunlight usually hits.

Move the furniture.



Looking at the same bedroom furniture pieces tiring you out? Maybe it’s not the furniture at all but the fact that you routinely get off from a particular side of the bed. Get your muscles ready then. Don’t just stick to the old bedroom furniture layout. Move the bed near a different wall. Or get the vanity table near the window. Just make sure that when you do, you still have enough room to move about without bumping into these.

Dress up a wall.



You have the right furniture pieces. But why is the interior design for the master’s bedroom not working as it should? Are the walls devoid of anything decorative? Yes, simple bedroom furniture are practical but these could make a room look boring. To deviate attention from these, make walls interesting with the use of decals or framed pictures.

Add a mirror.



Light can make a room livelier. But coming from a natural source, this is even better. Let your room shine brighter with the use of mirrors. Hang a big one on the wall, attach these on a bedroom cabinet, or create a collage piece on a wall.Mirrors will reflect natural light into the room better.

Use a headboard.



If you don’t have a headboard, then consider getting one. You can just simply do this on your own or have a carpenter make one for you. If you want something vintage, you may be able to find a piece such as an old wrought iron fence that can be transformed into a headboard. Old or new, just remember to exercise safety in buying bedroom pieces like these.


Final Thoughts

Still think redecorating is reserved for the rich? Paint, wood, mirrors, pillow, plants, and a lot more. Add a touch of imagination and see how far you can take that old bedroom into an entirely new one.


About Mark Brandon:


I am a regular contributor to Safe and Sound Property Inspections blog and other home improvement sites. I’m very family-oriented and loves being in the shed or help my mates with their houses.
You can catch me via Google+ or Twitter: @MarkBrandon01

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Tips to Design a Wonderful Playroom

Kids always fancy having a place in their home where they can play and have fun. A place that looks attractive and is full of fun stuff for entertaining activities always appeals to children where they can invite their friends to have fun together. It is not a difficult task to design an entertaining playroom at home that let your children spend most of their time at home. Make use of the extra space in your home and design a wonderful entertainment area for your children. Here we are going to present some great tips to design a wonderful playroom that will surely make your kids happy. 

Colours

As you are designing a play area, it should be bright, colourful and funky. Add lots of colours in the room by painting the walls in vibrant shades. Make use of colours to create a certain ambiance in the room. You can add a blend of different hues like purple and pink, red and yellow and green, blue and orange. The combination of these colours will remove the dull effect from the room and will also create a refreshing ambiance. You can also paste stickers and posters on the walls to make the room more attractive, lively and joyful.




Furnishing

Once you are done with painting and adorning the walls, turn your attention to furnishing items. You need to select some nice and functional pieces of furniture for the room. As this is a playroom, I would suggest adding multi-purpose furniture that plays multiple roles for the kids and save the space. You would find a huge collection of multi- functional furniture items in the market like beautifully designed sofa beds, storage sofa beds, futons, storage seats, multi-functional storage tables etc. As this is a playroom, you need to accommodate the playing stuff, gadgets and gaming tools without occupying much of the floor space in room. Storage furniture is an ideal solution to store these items without creating mess in the room but make sure not to buy too many furniture items as playroom should possess sufficient space for children to play around.  The furniture items should own a stylish and striking appearance so that it makes the room trendier and modish.




Utilize empty walls

In order to save the floor space in play area, utilize the space on empty walls in a creative way and make the room look smarter. Hang the playing stuff and toys on walls that will not only manage the scarcity of space but will also adorn your room in a smart way. Hang pictures of your kid’s fun activities and memorable moments to add a personalized touch in the room.   





























Tech Corner

Accept the fact; today’s generation cannot think of its survival without tech gadgets. Make a tech corners for your high-tech kids in the playroom where you need to place a computer, a play station and music player.






















By following these tips, you will surely be able to design a wonderful playroom for your kids


Sunday, 27 April 2014

NO MORE GLOOM! ADD SOME COLOR TO YOUR KIDS ROOM



They say that a kid lives inside each of us and honestly, I agree! The only problem is we don’t usually find opportunities to give in to the whims of the child.

When it comes to decorating your kid’s room I think one should let loose that inner child. I am sure, lots of you are thinking about how one room will fit in with the perfectly synchronized setup of the rest of the house. This is the time when you should remind yourself “IT’S A KID’S ROOM”. This is the one place when you can step out of the norm and go wild!

Kids love colorful and loud things and after all shouldn’t your kid love the room that they’re going to live in? Here, colorful doesn’t mean you turn the whole room into a rainbow but rather add colors to the room in a way that stands out and isn’t heavy on the eyes.

Colorful quilts and pillows:

If your furniture is a standard color then a fun way to color up the room and give the room a happy, fun atmosphere is by using colorful bed sheets, quilts and pillows etc. Adding colors to the bed corner will brighten the room and expand the room quite a bit.

If it’s a baby your shopping for then bright colors will attract your baby’s attention, not to mention it will look absolutely brilliant.  The bedding is the center piece of the room whether it’s a proper bed or a crib for your baby. Hence accenting it with bright colors will sure make the whole room revolve around its center piece.

Walls:

Walls are the dominating factor in any room and kid’s room is no exception. If you want to add color to your child’s room and make sure it shouts out the essence of being a kid and more specifically your kid then painting your walls with a nice catchy color is sure to get the job done.

Here, painting the wall isn’t everything. You could go for a theme for your kid’s room. Wallpapers are the new paint and with the amount of choices in the market, no two rooms will be the same. You could have a famous cartoon character as a theme or go for something completely unique. Mix and match or just plain old color synch will make your room unique and give your kid’s room that something extra.

Bed Sets:

Bed set isn’t always the most obvious choice when you’re trying to color up your kid’s room. But believe me when I tell you that though a lot of people aren’t doing it, this is one style that is a definite eye catcher. Whether it’s the desk, the sofa or the complete bedding and shelving etc. having colorful furniture is a sure fire way to make a bold statement and your kid is going to love it.

Thinking out of the box isn’t something most people are comfortable with but when you try it out once in a while you’d be surprised at the results. Your kid’s room will be the envy of all the other kids not to mention quite a few parents as well.

Bookcase Bed:

One excellent option when it comes to your kid’s furniture is a bookcase bed. It saves a ton of space and allows you to decorate your room, store toys and other stuff and will highlight the bed space even more than usual.

Bookcase beds come in different colors as well as regular standard colors. They emphasize the bedding and make the room more spacious and lively. Having a bookcase bed or a bunk bed allows for more space within the room for other things and fun activities as well as coloring up the room, if not by its own color than by the color of the things on those shelves.

Writing Desk:

Writing desks are a vital part of a kid’s furniture and with the many designs and styles available in the market, there is never any shortage of colorful desks. Just like bookcase beds, writing desks can fulfil your colorful dreams by either being colorful themselves or by portraying colors with the help of the things on the desk.
Writing desks allow your child to study there, store his or her stuff and in general have a corner for creative and academic interests. If you room is colorful with a regular white or brown desk, this will highlight the desk and vice versa. This means that you can come up with a huge amount of combinations and choices for your room that will never be the same for any other.

Accessories:

These are the little things that though individually may not look like much but when put together in a room will highlight your kid’s room’s theme or focus point. Whether it’s stickers to put up on the wall, pictures, cloth hangings, stuffed toys or other décor pieces etc. these little details are what make up a room and a kid’s room in particular is highlighted by these little accessories.

Having colorful décor pieces on a desk or shelf, stuffed toys decorating the bed and room all around or wall hangings, picture frames etc. loitering on the walls is a perfect way to give a touch of your own personal style and taste and will accentuate the room beautifully.


When it comes to a child’s room there is so much more you can do than any other room in the house, so many colors you can play with, so many different styles and designs you can utilize and the best part is that you don’t have to hold back. You can go all in and there will be no judgment or wrong moves you could make there. So give your kid’s a special room that they will love to call their own and that you will love setting up.

Friday, 31 January 2014

5 Winter Home Decorating Tips

5 Winter Home Decorating Tips


Why not turn your house into a shelter of joy and warmth during the winters by using home decors and bright colors. Read on to know more about home decorating tips for the winters.

As the winters take its toll on us, and we struggle to create a much cozy environment in-house, what are the most obvious tips that we need to follow? How do we end up creating a cozier interior within our homes and enjoy the warmth of our homes? Here some tips of decorating and turning your home into a more cozy shelter.

Holiday Mood Color

Most people opt for colors such as green and red in order to compliment the holiday season. But you can always choose to do something different by playing with colors inside your house. Color the walls inside your room with warm colors and accentuate them with proper holiday decorations. Suppose, if you are decorating the room with a Christmas Tree, find an appropriate corner for the same. The idea is to place the tree in such a position that it highlights and accentuates the room. But make sure that it does not occupy too much space as it can make the plot look more cluttered. If you find a good place then you can go about decorating the tree with necessary ornaments.

Try and Usher in the Warmth in the Décor


Choose colors like orange, red and yellow as these are warm colors. These colors can actually brighten up your home especially during winters. Accentuating the area is very important. Choose furniture that would complement the area of the living room. You can choose to brighten up the living room by using heavy curtains. Choose a good color for curtains that will help in further complementing the look of the room.

Rearrange the furniture if necessary and create areas where you can choose to strike up a conversation especially in front of the fire place. Choose bright colored fluffy cushions and pillows. Compose and decorate the living room according to your tastes; the cozier it looks the more happy will you be while sipping coffee beside the fireplace in the evening.

Opt for Winter Rug Decoration

Opting for rugs all over the house for decoration during the winters is a great option. It is actually a sensational feeling to cover your feet in a warm rug and thus help keep cold at bay. You can put rugs on the floor and on the couch, arm chairs and also window seats. It is always advised that you choose bright colors; but on the contrary sometimes opting for paler colors for rugs can also do winders. Colors like lilac and other floral colors can be used to decorate the home during winters.

Welcome nature through your Interior Decoration

Indoor plants are a good option for home decoration. Mild fragrances inside your house can have a great appeal. It will also add a hue of color. Once you have placed an indoor plant in your house, it can complement the background wall especially if it has a light color. Choose from other elements such as cones, pebbles, dried branches and be used to generate patterns and designs for decoration.

Let there be Light!

Well, finally we all know that during winters it tends to become dark quite quickly so you must lit up your house in a variety of lights. For this, if you have a fire place, nothing like it. Lighting up a fireplace, is probably the best thing to experience during the winters. Opt for yellow colored lights in the living room; decorate the room with floating candles placed on a low-height table. You can also get lamps with low-watt bulbs; these will add subtle hue to the house.

The above paragraphs give a fair idea about some of the major ways of decorating your house during the winters. If you choose the right colors and right décor items then you can turn a cold winter into a one that is filled with extreme warmth.

Author Bio: Sampurna Majumder is a professional writer who enjoys creativity and challenges.  Barely a year into new media, she has written several posts, articles and blogs for prominent real estate websites. The above post throws light on ways to decorate your house during the winters. 

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Living Room Makeover on a Budget

Could your living room do with a bit of sprucing up? If you're looking for some quick and easy ways to spruce up your living room that won't involve you spending a fortune or bringing in the experts then look no further.

Believe it or not, but you can still get a designer look without breaking the bank. Create a stunning living room just by following these 5 steps to giving your living room a makeover on a budget.

Create your own artwork

Female Face Decal

Artwork brings colour and sets the mood of a room. You can create your own artwork without being an artist. It's easy!

Have a go at creating images using templates and stencils, the more you practice the more you’ll get the hang of it. Hanging paintings and prints on your walls can completely change the tone of your living space. Experiment using different frames, they come in all shapes and sizes.






Update your sofa

sofa

Does your sofa need a new lease of life? You should could try covering it with a cover or throw, it’s cheaper than buying a new sofa or reupholstering your old one.

Custom-made sofa covers can be expensive but, if you’re handy with a sewing machine you may consider making your own. There are so many colours and textures available, you’re spoilt for choice!

If your sofa is beyond repair don’t worry, there are plenty of budget sofas around that will save the day!

Feature wall

Beach cottage style: Blue living room + playful pattern mix + 'Clear Skies' by Benjamin Moore
We all know that wallpaper can be extremely pricey, so instead of spending a fortune wallpapering every wall why not just wall paper one. 













Try to be bold with your colour choice, after all it is a feature wall and you want it to stand out.


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Living Room
Here is something that will cost you nothing, bring the outdoors in with some fresh flowers. Flowers will brighten up any room and also add natural fresh fragrances. Flowers are the most cost effective way of adding colour to your living room.





You could opt for very realistic silk flowers if you want to enjoy year-round blooms, a small investment that will last a while.


Cover worn carpet with a bright rug


rug envy

If you have worn flooring or threadbare patches but can’t afford to completely replace them then why not cover them up by throwing down a rug. Create a welcoming cozy environment by opting for a vibrant, bold colour.

You want to make the rug a focal point in the room, use neutral tones to fit in with your existing colour scheme. If you go for the right type of rug you can transform your room without replacing the flooring.









Author: Izzy Evans, 20 years old blogger at Iconic Hot Tubs, home improvement & interior design enthusiast.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Tips for Looking After Your Houseplants

Whether you have them as a complement to your garden or simply enjoy having them in your home as an alternative, houseplants bring joy to many people around the world. However, they have a different set of demands to those that grow outside, but these are generally easy to deal with.
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Where to Grow Them
You know that garden plants grow best when they are given plenty of sunlight, and houseplants are the same. Therefore, it is best to grow them close to a window, or at least a part of the room where they are going to enjoy lots of sunlight. Plants tend to prefer being in sheltered locations, so if you do have them near the window, ensure you aren’t going to have it open too much or are exposing your plants to too much of a breeze if they are.
Ultimately, where you place your plants will be dependent on the plant itself. Some need more sunlight when they are flowering, while others need very little light in comparison to others. It is definitely worth researching plants before buying. If you want to buy plants but you live in a reasonably dark house, choosing one that needs lots of sunlight probably isn’t the best idea.
What about looking after them?
Watering
This is important to get right, as the majority of houseplants dies because they are given too much water. The best way to look after your plants’ watering needs is to ensure the soil or compost is moist when you water it, but then wait until it is almost completely dry before watering again. If your houseplants need water before this point, you will be able to tell.
If you are going on holiday, then most plants can survive for two weeks without water, although depending on how much they rely on sunlight you might need to place some of them strategically around the home. Just remember to provide a good watering before you go and as soon as you return!
Feeding
Water is usually enough for plants to thrive indoors. However, when you buy them, ask at the garden centre whether a monthly helping of plant feed or a particular type of compost is known to be effective for boosting growth.
Pruning and Pests
If there are any leaves on your houseplant that are dying, remove them at the earliest opportunity, as they still might be taking water and nutrients from the soil, both of which can be used far more effectively by others. If any parts of your plant are sharp or difficult to remove, your regular garden secateurs are fine to use.
You might think the houseplants benefit of being safe from pests, but this isn’t always the case. Keep an eye on your houseplants by looking at whether they look good. If they are looking sorry for themselves but they are well fed and watered, check for bugs and white ‘fluff’ around your plants. Bugs can be brushed away by hand, while the white fluff could be meal bugs or aphids, and should be sprayed with an organic pesticide to kill them off.
Author Bio: Jane loves her home interior, and brightened it up at the start of summer 2013 by bringing in a number of large houseplants. Her husband also gets involved around the home, and wants to buy sliding wardrobe doors for the bedroom early in the New Year.