Wednesday, 26 December 2012

How to Upgrade Your Kitchen

About once every 10 years or so most of us look at our kitchens and think, “There has to be a better way”. Kitchens often look cluttered, a bit too dirty, and too small, and are usually emitting some sort of unidentifiable smell. Our first instinct on as to how we could fix this is to tear the entire thing out and start over from scratch. Most of the time that’s totally unnecessary and could be resolved by a variety of smaller, and much cheaper upgrades.

Indoor Herb Garden

Why herbs? Besides being vast improvement over the dried stuff sitting in your spice drawer growing fresh herbs (or any other plants) can help to pull bad smells and a variety of other pollutants out of the air. They also add a splash of color to an otherwise stark environment. Besides, growing herbs is easy and makes you look like you know what you’re doing.


The biggest problem in most kitchens is the amount of clutter that you need to deal with and the filth that seems to permeate every crevice of your kitchen. After years of use your kitchen probably sports a large and varied collection of mismatched pots and pans liberally encrusted with burnt oil residue that is virtually impossible to remove without a jackhammer. Every time that you cook with these you’ll release a bit more of the stuff into the air and contribute to the unidentifiable kitchen odor. Getting a new cookware set can help you deal with this because it’ll easily stack inside itself and let you start fresh on your dishwashing habits (this time I’ll keep them clean for real!... yea…).

Counter Space

Another major issue with kitchens everywhere is the lack of usable counter space. An easy way to remedy this is to add work-space  Of course this is limited by the size and layout of your kitchen. If you have the necessary floor space you can simply put a table inside your kitchen to act as extra counter space. I have a conveniently narrow table that now serves as a kitchen island in my house, however a small round table could already be enough to reduce the strain on the rest of your kitchen.

Storage Spaces

A good way to clear counter space that is being used for storage instead of work is to build more storage space. If you have any unused wall space, go ahead and add more cabinets. To make your existing storage space more efficient, add extra shelves so that you have more surfaces to put things on.

Heat Sources

Is your cooking range out of date or damaged? Cooking on open coils is extremely inefficient and a major fire hazard. The ovens that typically go with this style typically don’t have any form of convection and may be prone to burning the top of your turkey while leaving the bottom raw. Besides being more efficient and cooking food more evenly, a range with a flat glass surface will be much easier to keep clean, and will be less prone to setting things on fire.

Felix Laurent has been cooking since the age of 4 when he burnt his first piece of toast. He currently blogs for the cookware distributor

Thursday, 13 December 2012

How to Maintain Your Fresh Cut Flowers

Everyone loves keeping fresh flowers in their homes. They brighten up the place and are great to look at. The additional bonus is provided by the fragrance released from them, making your house not only nicer to look at, but to smell too. Fresh flowers can be purchased from many different locations, from florists specializing in fresh flowers, department stores and even petrol stations! On the other hand, if you are a gardener, you may even have the opportunity of getting fresh cut flowers straight from your garden. No matter how you get a hold of these fresh cut flowers, you want to ensure that they stay healthy and alive for as long as possible. This requires a little attention, time and care from your side.

This article aims to provide you with hints and tips which are guaranteed to prolong the life of your fresh cut flowers.

In order to get the most from your flowers, you need to ensure that you start off with the freshest flowers possible. If you are planning on purchasing flowers, make sure you buy them straight form a florist or market and try to stay away from the petrol station, since those are least likely to be fresh. The additional exposure to petrol fumes will further jeopardise the health of your flowers.

If you are cutting the flowers yourself from your garden, ensure that you have a pre prepares vase at the ready so that you can instantly transfer them.

Having the right storage container is essential in prolonging the life of your flowers. The appropriate container for flowers is a vase. Do not use a plastic box or a jar. A vase is best. The vase should be all enough to cover the first three to four inches of the stems. A few additional inches are advisable, since they will provide your flowers with more support. Before placing your flowers into the vase, ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned. Any bacteria left in your vase will instantly attack your flowers, decreasing their lifespan.

When preparing your vase, ensure to fill it with warm water. You should not overfill the vase – add enough water to cover four to five inches of them stem. To this, you can add plant food which can be bought or is sometimes provided by florists in addition to your flowers. This will increase the life of your flowers. A cheaper alternative is to use Aspirin. Many of us have Aspirin lying around the house, which makes it more convenient than purchasing plant food.

Next, it is time to prepare your flowers. Fill your sink or a large container such as a washing up bowl with cold water. Hold the stems under the water and then you are ready to trim the stems. Ensure that you use sharp scissors so that you get neat, clean edges. It also means that you avoid crushing your edges, which will affect the water and nutrient uptake and will also make your flowers more susceptible to diseases.

When cutting your flower stems, ensure that you cut them at an angle. This is done to increase the surface area over which your flower stems are exposed to water, allowing them to take up more water.

Overlapping leaves need to be removed. Additionally, any leaves submerged in the water need to be removed since these are the ones that harbor most of the bacteria that cause plant diseases.

Finally, the water should be changed on a daily basis. If you are using plant food or Aspirin, this should also be added to the fresh water on a daily basis.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Tips to Give Your Bedroom An Elegant Look

Sleeping chamber has its own prominence amongst the other rooms in a house. It is the place that melts your worries and makes you to be yourself when you enter inside. Everyone has own choices to style their bedroom. Here are few tips which help you to enrich your bedroom even it is small.

Lights: Using soft lights gives a different texture and elegant look to your bedroom. For light and royal fixture you can use ceiling, pendant, cove and recessed illuminates. Use low-powered bulbs; overhead lamps to give a slight natural feel to your room.

Colors: Be particular about choosing the colors as it makes the illusion of spaciousness. Pick the right colors according to your taste that also resembles your personality. You can choose lighter shades as they give a spacious mien to your bedroom. Use the bright and light colors such as pink, blue, white and yellow to paint your wall which can alter overall look of the chamber.

Themes: There are various themes which can be used such as modern, antique older, color and others. Design your room with the theme that emanate your personality. Organize cases of pillows and sheets with the wall paint color as to make elegance and balance sense.

Furnishing: Emphasize your chamber with lavish fabrics and furniture which give a graceful look. To make it grand, add the silk curtains that also bring a charm of fairy tale. Display the paintings, pictures and posters on your walls with a little artistry. Organize the shelves in a proper way which includes grace to the room.

Usage of space: Arrange your furniture in a good manner. Categorise things to essentials and unwanted. Dispose the unnecessary things and give importance to the needs. Shape the room with the furnishing according to importance and efficiency. The best Sense of organising aid you with the space to essentials.

Decors: Decorations such as tunnel or oval shaped lamps, antique vases, hangings, carpets, wallpapers, designer arts and so on can be used. Make sure to choose the color of the window curtains that doesn’t contrast your bedroom color theme. Keep the fresh flower on the top of your table as to give a natural and stylish gesture to your chamber.

Flooring: Based on the theme which you choose the flooring will be done accordingly. There are various flooring that can be chosen such as cork, vinyl, bamboo, natural-hardwood, marble, linoleum and many others.  Vinyl flooring can be used throughout the house as it is manufactured with the synthetic materials which protect the surface prominently. The other flooring also has its own significance's that enhance your bedroom mien. Pick the best one which comforts you.

Use the decors, lights, themes, furnishing and other which express your individual style. You can make a contract with the renovation experts or you can do yourself by taking advice from professionals. Make a list and buy the accessories that give a graceful look. Use credit cards and savings to make to pay the outlays. In case, if the expenditure of renovation ends up with the amount which is beyond your budget, you can opt for same day cash loans which are short-term credits that can be paid on your next pay cheque.

About the Guest Author: 

My name is Emily Roberts.  I am a tech writer from UK.  I am into Finance.  Catch me

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Crafting a Comfortable Patio Paradise

Patios and porches can be the most revered location in any home. They represent peace, relaxation, and unique comfort. And often they’re the most personalized section of the home, with obviously lavished love and attention. Patios are so exalted because they offer a unique blend of nature, comfort, personal space, and harmony that you won’t find anywhere else throughout the home. Something within the human psyche seems naturally drawn to these special places, and drives us to personalize them as much as possible. If you’re looking to design or establish your own patio, here’s some advice before tackling such a large undertaking.

 1)      Understand your own goals

The home improvement aficionado knows the first step to any large project is planning. A careless dash forward into the project often leads to unhappy results. Our own ambitious eagerness to begin can be a plague. It’s very human to think the sooner started the sooner finished. But alas, such is in fact not the case. The better planned, the more efficient a project will be.

So, before you rush headlong into the reorganization, redecoration, or complete redesign of your deck/patio, take the time to fully establish a list of goals and priorities. Some common patio goals:

·         A private place of peace
·         A beautiful outdoor space meant for hosting and entertaining
·         An au natural extra extension for the house
·         A fun and beautiful addition that increases house value
·         An area to sit and enjoy the scenic view provided by your home’s location

Understanding the purpose of your patio can help you better accomplish and emphasize your goals, so take a minute to plan and prepare.

2)      Create a theme

Once you understand your goals for your patio and have a specific purpose in mind you’re ready to determine the overall theme of your patio. There’s no need for rigidity here – allow your creative side to come to the fore and delve deep into your potential.

Again, don’t forget your goals; if you’re planning a private place of peace, including a garden and plenty of shrubbery can ensure privacy while adding an element of tranquility. If you’re looking to create a space meant for hosting and entertaining you’ll want to have the furniture facing inward, so that everyone will naturally face one another—the reverse is true if you want a space to admire a view.

Creating a theme will help you plan and shop for the appropriate patio furniture and patio pads, preventing an amalgamation or mish mash of random furniture.

3)      Scale your decoration to size

This is a golden rule when decorating and designing any section of the house. Scale your decoration to size. If you don’t, the entire room will suffer. Either it will feel overlarge, with too much space and a lack of comfort, or it will feel cramped and awkward. So, measure your space and plan accordingly.

4)      Add character

Often overlooked when initially planning a patio is a character addition. Often this is established overtime, but there’s no reason it can’t be planned and brought in right away. Some great things that help add and establish the character of a patio are:

·         Feature/accent lighting
·         Garden/heavy landscaping
·         A water feature
·         A fire pit
·         Personalized art

Build something that will help define your patio’s atmosphere. Something that will make your patio stand out as the special place it should be. Whether it is a comforting fire on a cold night, the tranquil whisper of your water feature, or the vibrant life of your landscaping, plan on making your patio a place that smacks of character and personality.

5)      Durability

Don’t forget that when all is said and done, your patio decoration and furniture will be regularly exposed to potentially harsh conditions. Durability should be a big factor in your consideration of decoration and furniture.

Luckily with the increasing trend of patios there’s a wide variety of specialty furniture specifically designed for outdoor usage. So, don’t feel limited in your choices – just keep in mind that you’ll be relying upon the durable nature of any patio furniture or decoration.

Following these five tips should put you well on the path of patio success. Create the perfect patio space you've been dreaming of by understanding your goals, planning a theme, scaling your decoration, adding character, and ensuring durability. Best of luck, and may you create the patio you've always dreamed of. 

Terry Potter is currently Customer Service Manager at Duralife LLC., an online retailer based in Florida. He enjoys helping people make their outdoor spaces more comfortable and fashionable with his website,

Friday, 9 November 2012

Tips for Choosing the Right Siding Contractors

While you work with siding contractors, you get a number of options ranging from coloring to material from which you can select. When it comes to completely changing the look of your house, there cannot be anything better than investing in this product. However, it is quite evident that you do not want to go for an inferior product. Everyone wants their home to look great. In order to do it you should always work with those contractors who will help you to take the right decision in selecting the products you require for home repairing.

You might come across siding contractors while you look for them online, phone books or searching for them in the local stores for home improvement. What seems to be difficult is to choose the right siding contractor from the huge list. After all, everyone wants to make sure that he/she has chosen the best contractor for the completion of siding jobs. 

Here are few tips that will help you to choose the right siding contractor:

  • ·      You should interview a set of chosen contractors: The first thing that house owners should do is to choose the best contractors out of the list they have chosen. It is always a better idea to interview them by asking a few questions. One thing you should make sure that the contractors you are interviewing are bonded, licensed and insured to work. The next thing that you should enquire about is their experience. Do they specialize in siding installation or is it just a part of their work? Does their team consist of hired laborers or full time installers? These factors make a huge difference and distinguish the professional contractors from amateurs.

  • ·        Get Bids: The bid one home owner receives decides whom they would hire for siding installations. Besides the proposal price the contractors offer, it is important to personally meet them as to know the nature of their work and how beneficial they can be for you. Ask them a number of questions when they are planning the bid as it will give you an idea how good the contractors are in doing business.

  • ·      Enquire About The Materials That Your Contractor Is Providing: All vinyl siding is not the same. There are available in different quality grades and different warranty periods. You must ensure that the contractor you choose can provide you with specific line of materials preferable for you.

  • ·     Checking work references is necessary: Before choosing siding contractors it is not enough to check their ‘per-selected’ reference list copy, you should also have a check on atleast last ten projects that the contractors have worked for and even contact them. Usually the reference list that contractors provide consists of their best work. So it is advisable to ask for some real cross-samples of customers in order to get a better idea of their work.

It is not always a daunting challenge to choose the right vinyl siding contractor. All you have to do is know about their work and determining their professional level rather than the just the price they are offering.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Revitalizing your Outdoor Living Space

Let’s face it: sometimes our backyards can be a bit overwhelming. Too many times we have stepped out to greet the morning, cup of coffee in hand, only to be met by the shambles of our “outdoor living room.” You know the scene: worn out garden furniture, cracked, weed-sprung patio bricks, and flowers that just won’t bloom. Fortunately, fixing up and remodeling the garden space is a fairly simple and enjoyable process if performed correctly; and, having been the go-to gal for many of my friends, I have a few tips to help get the backyard in pristine condition—optimal for outdoor relaxation.


The first thing you need to do is be sure you work within your means. I am not merely referring to “means” in a budgetary sense—though this is important—but also in terms of your abilities and workable space. Do not make plans to construct a concrete fire pit or barbeque structure if your outdoor area barely has enough room for patio furniture. If you are incapable of building such a fire pit on your own, it is also a good reason to avoid this task—unless you have the ability to hire this job out—which can prove be a very expensive venture. Know what you can do, and enter this remodel with a firm plan; the last thing you want to do is tear up your patio—making it even more undesirable—only to realize you are not able to finish what you started. The concept of measuring twice and cutting once definitely applies here.

The three key areas I find most addressable, and most often result in a successful remodel, are as follows:

  • Revamp the plant life in the area, making it more presentable, manageable, and pleasing to the eye.

  • Install, replace, or expand a brick patio. Grass has its place in a backyard, and I love it as much as anyone, but for social settings and outdoor living it is nice to have quality footing.

  • A central social setting. This can be a fire pit, ring of chairs or benches, or just a patio table.

  • A great bit to keep in mind: decorative planters are your best friend in the outdoor living room. They are not only aesthetically pleasing and representative of your taste, but they are movable and easy to maintain. You can rotate them in and out based on the season and your arsenal of plant life, allowing you to avoid the issues of vacant or sparse plant beds. They also allow for easy redecorating if you are in need of a change or more space for company. Planters will also save you if your thumb is not as green as you’d like it to be, as planter plants are much easier to maintain than the stuff in the ground.

    A brick patio is not only ideal for supporting patio furniture and planters—as well as giving good footing for your guests—but they also add a lot of visual pleasure to the scene. The added pattern of varying shapes and colors you find in a brick patio will impress friends and family, while giving a unique appearance to your outdoor living space—making it much more a place of your own. As daunting as the task of installing or replacing a brick patio might sound, it is actually a fairly simple enterprise. Step by step instructions are just one Google search away, and aside from the bricks, you will need little more than a few bags of sand, a shovel, and few boards to help smooth out the sand prior to laying brick. Make sure to purchase a variety of brick colors—in the pattern of your choice—and alternate the bricks you lay to create the desired aesthetics. You’ll be surprised at how fast you can knock this out in a single weekend.

    The whole purpose of an enjoyable outdoor living space is to entertain; whether it is friends, family, or just yourself, you want this to be a space you can relax in. I find that implementing a solid social area within your outdoor area gives direction and flow to environment. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, and it all depends on what you want the social purpose of the space to be. Are you planning on hosting entire dinner parties, or merely a simple cocktail party? Is this a location of large gathering where folks can move about and mingle, or is a more intimate setting something you are aiming for? Cast-iron bowl style fireplaces are great for that evening retreat for you and your close friends, and like the decorative planters; they can easily be moved about or removed entirely depending on the situation. I also find that larger, more solid furniture that gives an air of permanence not only looks best, but also tends to be more comfortable.

    Once again, I cannot stress the importance of planning ahead. Truly take the time to think about the purpose of your outdoor living room, and how you hope to use it. Shop around, and don’t be afraid to draw ideas from what others have done with their own gardens and yards. Most importantly, remember this is your space first, and that if you are not comfortable in it on your own, you will never enjoy it with the presence of company.

    Mackenzie Kupfer has been a lover of all things green since the age of six when she began gardening with her Nana. She is currently an online publisher for the outdoor garden decor site In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys attending garden shows, hiking, and collecting porcelain tea sets.

    Setting up Your New Home According to Feng Shui Principles

    Although mystical in origin, this ancient art studies the energies of the environment relevant to the spatial and geometrical patterns and inherent traits during construction of a place and its relationships with humans living and working there. The Chinese belief in qi or chi energy is vital to this idea and it actually bears a lot of weight since most human beings feel a lot more productive in environments where we have symmetry as a guiding principle, though this goes much deeper than that. What we are going to show you here are only a few principles of the complex art that is Feng Shui in connection to your home and the way you should set things up once you move in:

    ·        Close bedroom doors before going to bed, and make sure you install at least a curtain if you don't have a door.

    ·        Avoid placing couches and beds in front of sharp corners, if you are planning a construction of a new home make sure most if not all of the angles in that home are rounded out or simply do that during renovations.

    ·         When you're renovating or constructing a new home make sure no two doors are aligned.

    ·       When planning on setting up your bedroom make sure your bed doesn't touch a wall where a toilet, water pipe or fireplace chimney is present, as this will not be in accordance with the elements of Fire and Water and will disrupt the flow of chi in your bedroom.

    ·          Avoid placing moving water or large plants in your bedroom.

    ·         Avoid placing mirrors facing the bed in the bedroom. There are many reasons why mirrors should be avoided in a bedroom, some mystical, some purely psychological. A common belief among many cultures is that mirrors act as windows to other realities, or as Curt Vonnegut's character Kilgore Trout once said – they are “leaks”. Feng Shui on the other hand states that mirrors will sap your energy if placed near a bed in such a manner.

    ·         Avoid having your PC or TV in your bedroom and if you must have it there cover it up with a throw before going to bed or inside an armoire.

    ·         For the same reasons as those mentioned above don't place mirrors in front of your front door.

    ·         Avoid placing wind chimes over places where you sit or sleep.

    ·         Close windows and curtains before sleeping and open them up in the morning. This is mostly common sense since isolation is required for a good night's sleep.

    ·         Avoid placing too much emphasis on red colors in your bedroom. It is a very powerful color and should generally be avoided unless used in moderation.

    ·         Place fresh flowers around the house, but only at specified locations.

    ·         If you place any water features or anything similar make sure the water flows toward the center of the house.

    ·         De-clutter your home and avoid having heaps and piles of useless objects. Aim for pure lines and a sense of aesthetic when you walk around your home. This will bring you serenity and more energy.

    Thursday, 1 November 2012

    Cleaning up After Repairs and Home Improvements

    Building and remodeling projects can be a lot of fun and they can greatly improve a home, when executed well. And while there is a lot of work and strain involved in any large scale home improvement project, if successful, the end result is always worth it. However, besides the home improvement itself, you will always be left with a huge mess in the end. This is to be expected of course, and it isn't the end of the world, but it may feel a bit discouraging looking at the mess at first. However, if you take your time, divide your tasks and don’t stress out, you can be done with the cleaning in no time and free to enjoy the fruits of your home improvement labor. Here is how to do this.

    Step 1.

    The only way to start is with the big things – depending on the type of home improvement projects, there are going to be varying quantities of building materials and the like. Now, it is very difficult to decide what to do with these. Generally, if it’s quite a small amount of something – a bag of cement or a few wooden planks, the best thing to do is keep these around, putting them away in the garage, or attic or anywhere where they would be out of sight. These can be used later for other construction projects and you do not need to throw them away. Alternatively, if you have significant quantities of some building material, you could get some worth out of the surplus by reselling it. While you won’t be able to get its original value, any money you get will go towards the cost of the renovations, lightening the load on your account.

    Step 2.

    After you've taken care of the surplus construction materials and put away any tools it is time to actually get on with the cleaning. The first thing to do is, naturally to vacuum clean or sweep (depending on whether the renovations took place inside or outside) the area of the renovations. You may want to go over the area with a bin bag and rubber gloves first to pick up any larger pieces. When doing this, remember to sort them into glass, paper and plastic, so that they can be recycled later. After you’re finished with this, it is time to vacuum. Always go over the area a couple of times, to make sure that there is no hazardous rubbish like nails or pieces of glass left. Safety always comes first, after all.

    Step 3.

    The third and final step is to put everything back into its place. Home improvements often require moving furniture to different places. After you've finished cleaning, the moment has come to return everything to its place. However, if you want, you could have a bit of fun with it. This gives you a chance to move the furniture around in a new formation, test different layouts and maybe begin redecorating. Use the opportunity to refresh and revive your home. This is particularly important if you've put in brand new architectural features, such as a kitchen window, a window seat or a bar bench in the kitchen. You do not need to be stuck on one arrangement. Work around the new elements of the room to create a different atmosphere. 

    Tuesday, 30 October 2012

    How to Decorate Your Child’s Bedroom

    A child is the heart and soul of any family. Children make homes more lovable and welcoming. It’s necessary to pay attention to the decor of a child’s room so that their innocence and energy finds place to spread wings. A child’s bedroom is a place that should ideally reflect happiness and playfulness. Their colorful world must be created keeping in mind their energy and playful nature. Along with making their innocent world vibrant and bright enough thought must be given to their safety and comfort as well. Here are a few points to keep in mind while decorating your child’s world with love and enthusiasm.

    Ensure a secure atmosphere: Every child is precious to its parents and no one wants to take risk with a child’s safety. To provide a secure environment to a child in the bedroom must be the first priority of a kid’s bedroom decor endeavor. Make sure that the kids’ accent furniture, kids’ bed, bean bag chairs and other stuff that you plan to use in the kids’ bedroom are safe, comfortable and durable. Avoid metallic furniture that has sharp edges and angles. Select soft and comfortable pieces for the decor. Quality is one factor that you cannot compromise upon when you are doing up your kids’ bedroom.

    Provide a hygienic environment: Maintenance of a kid’s room is a huge factor for any family. The energy and playfulness of the kids can create a mess of even the most effectively maintained rooms. Make certain that you have an easy to maintain furniture set along with a washable paint or wallpaper on the walls. Regular cleaning and maintaining the room can keep off the dust and allergies at bay. Keep the rugs lightweight so that it will be easier to maintain regularly. 

    Keep the space modular: Children need space for playing and spending their energy properly. A cluttered atmosphere will curb their movement and make them feel restricted. To offer them space the furniture in their room must be arranged in such a manner so as to create as much space as possible for the young ones to have a good time. Decorating the room with multi-functioning and modular furniture like bunk beds, beds with storage space, cabinet cum desks, multipurpose wardrobes and other such stuff can create beautiful space for the kids to enjoy their games in the comfort of their rooms.

    Create storage area: It goes beyond saying that you need lots of storage area in your kid’s room. The various pieces of clothing, numerous toys, activity stuff and lots of other things make this area a perfect place to create a big storage. But with space constraints it is not always possible to have huge storage spaces. So, to keep the area clutter free and organized, use colorful boxes and storage cubes. Neatly pile the clothes in cabinets. Teach your child to stack the toys in storage drawers or cubes meant especially for the purpose. Attractive and colorful furniture will generate your child’s interest to use it. Make it a point to let your child know where to store or find which stuff.

    Keep the decor relevant: A child will feel more comfortable and happy in a room that has been decorated keeping in mind the tastes and choices of the little one. A theme based on baseball or cars will go well with any little boy while canopy style beds, Barbie themed decor and pink color on the walls will make any little girl feel like a princess in her room. Soft cuddly toys will prove to be their playmates when alone in their room. Select the wall pains or wall papers as well as the window treatments that follow their dream theme. Use bedding ensembles that include the bed linens and the comforters which carry the same theme or at least the same color combination. Add variously styles pillows and rugs to make the room more attractive for them. Last but not the least, keep the whole setting soft and comfortable for them to enjoy in a playful environment.   

    Monday, 29 October 2012

    For Every Room a Different Style: How to Decorate Your House

    Every room in your house serves a different purpose; it stands to reason that they wouldn't look the same. In order to make you comfortable and to put you in the correct frame of mind for whatever it is that you need the place for you need to decorate each room in a fitting manner. Let’s take a look at all the different rooms in your house, do a quick overview of what types of moods you might try to inspire, and how you can achieve each of those.


    A bedroom is a bastion refuge for the weary. When you’re in your bedroom you’re either exhausted from your day or in a hurry because it’s morning and you have to get to work. Either way your stress level is likely to be high so you should try to remove any additional ones from the room. Pick warm and calming colors like green and brown to help take the edge off. Do not use more than 3 colors in your color scheme. Going for a more sleek and modern look while also keeping the total amount of furniture to a minimum will also minimize visual over-stimulation and help to make you feel relaxed and calm.


    The kitchen is a place that’s utilitarian in nature; however it also carries an artistic sense. A well designed kitchen, unlike every other room in your home, absolutely needs to look clean, perhaps even sterile. The easiest way to do this is to install a large amount of easy to clean counter space, bright full-spectrum lighting, and use cooler colors like blues or grays.

    Living Room

    The living room is where we receive guests, watch the game, and to sit around with the odd cup of tea. This is the room in which to express your public style, whatever it may be. This room should bear the same face that you put on yourself when you go out into public. If you think of yourself as a high class individual, for example, you might hang art on the walls and put classic literature on the shelves. The lighting in any living room should be relatively warm, but bright, and ideally with large windows to let the sun in. You’ll want your color scheme to be neutral both to give you more options about what you can put in there and because you want to be able to easily modify the mood set by the room depending on the occasion which is more difficult when your color scheme does it for you.


    A den is a delightful little room meant specifically to help you let your inner nerd out. Whether you've got comic book posters slathered on the walls, shelves stuffed with your favorite books, or stacks of old video games and every console that’s existed in your lifetime sitting in there, the den is a place to do what comes naturally. Depending on who you are you might have a stylish impeccably style conscious den reserved for unwinding with a book in front of a fireplace or you might literally have a room strewn with random junk (ahem, priceless valuables). This is the one place no one is allowed to judge you.

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

    Friday, 26 October 2012

    Re-energize Your Living Room in a Classy Manner

    The enchanting living room is always a great attraction. You must have a well-furnished living room. That is the best way you can turn your house into a home. Here are a few classy tips and suggestions that may help you beautify your front hall in a glitzy manner.

    Colors for the Living Room

    The first thing you need to select is the right palette of colors for the living room. This will help you form a great canvas for the rest of the living room decor.You must always pick bright shades for the living room. This will help you create a lively environment in the living room. You must avoid colors like blue or gray that may lead to moroseness.You may opt for one color for all the four walls and a contrasting color for the ceiling. Very often ceilings even have plain white shade.

    Window Treatments for the Living Room

    You must be wise when you select the window treatment for the hall windows. You may either opt for blinds or curtains. The curtains come in many attractive colors and you can pick the shade that goes with your living room decor.If you do not like the curtain holders to be visible, you may go for attractive window valences. They provide an added appeal to your windows.

    Doors and Door Knobs

    Doors may come in many different shapes. You may go for arched doors or majestic carved rectangular doors.You may select innovative knobs shaped like human hands.These easily attract the visitor’s attention.You must make sure that the door knobs are durable and last long. Clean and maintain these doors tidy so that they continue to look showy.

    Couches and Coffee Tables

    The first bits of furniture that you will think of having in your living room are the couches and the coffee tables. You must opt for innovative shapes of couches and coffee table. You may even go for couches of different shapes.You may even buy couches and coffee tables made from eco-friendly materials. These materials do not have any toxic effect on the environment. They can be your first step towards sustainable living.

    Cabinets and Shelves

    You need spacious storage spaces to accommodate your daily wares. You must thus have convenient shelves and cabinets. These days you will find cabinets of unique shapes and sizes in the market. Go for cabinets that suit the theme of your house.Make sure that the cabinet you choose does not occupy too much space. You may even check out on the Internet if you can make any DIY cabinet or shelf on your own.

    Shoe Racks

    You will come across many distinct variants in shoe racks too and most of them will be loved by you. You must pick the shoe rack that goes with the theme of your house. You may purchase mobile shoe racks or pipe shoe racks if they are convenient options for you.

    Electronic Appliances for the Living Room

    Most homes have the television set in the living room. You must thus have a cabinet or shelf to accommodate the television set. Make sure these look sophisticated and stylish.

    Lamps and Lighting System

    You must never neglect the lighting system when you design your living room. It can have a great impact on how your living room looks.You may have one large chandelier hanging from the ceiling. This will give your front hall a rich look.If you have any wall hangings, you can light these up with wall sconces. This will help you clearly show the intricacies of the wall hanging.

    Indoor Planters

    If you want to breathe life into your front hall, indoor planters are the first best pick. You may even make these at home. These are relatively affordable too.

    Carpets and Tiles

    The flooring can really not be complete if you choose the wrong tiles for your floors. You have to choose flooring that can be maintained easily.You can further increase the life of these flooring's by choosing the right carpets. Carpets reduce the rate of deterioration of the flooring.

    Trash Cans

    You must go for modern sustainable or disposable trash cans. They usually are better at disposing trash. You may even go for solar powered trash cans.


    You may use a fireplace to create a focal point in the living room. You may even go for coffee tables with a fireplace in the center.