Over the past few months, I’ve been slowly making changes to my home to make it look more modern. I’ve given the home a new coat of paint, gotten rid of the wallpaper and made the walls completely bare for paint, added some new rugs and carpeting to some of the rooms, gotten some new furniture, and even put in a skylight. My latest renovation involved adding some plantation shutters to the windows of my home. I was having a bit of trouble deciding on which ones I should get. I contacted a company and asked for their assistance with picking the right shutters.
The company came to my home and measured the windows. They then showed me some shutter samples that might look good with my windows.…Continue reading
We all want to make sure that our home gets the best decor or make-over so that everyone appreciates it. No home maker would want to shy away from taking the credit of a well done home. There are so many styles, designs and themes influencing us that it becomes perplexing to actually plan out things in a proper manner.
Some of the most elementary things that should be kept in mind before deciding on a particular theme/ design are to match it with your taste and personality. Size and location of the rooms also play an important role in determining the basic theme. If the room is quite small then dark color schemes and big furniture pieces will make it look cluttered. Contemporary design will suit smaller rooms and sleek metal furniture will make it look spacious. It will make the room look modern and elegant at the same time. However, if you have big and airy rooms then country theme with colossal furniture and floral prints will give it a lively touch. Elaborate designs with little details that give a country feel will work well with this kind of theme.
Some of the people also like to go in for traditional design that derives influence from different cultures like Japanese, Chinese or Indian. The rooms can be worked up accordingly and specific furniture and decoration items can be used. Bright red and green lighting, lanterns and traditional wall paintings go well with the Oriental theme. They can be mixed and matched with tapestry and curtains. The travel habits can also help us to decide on a decorating style as we tend to pick up things that we like while on a vacation.
Taking a color scheme and doing the decor accordingly is also quite interesting. You can choose …Continue reading
Do you like clean lines and simplicity in your home? If you do, then decorating with a modern look is probably what you want to include. Using good organizational tools, neutral colors, and clean lines, are all ways to help you achieve this look. Here are some tips to get you started.
If you have ever seen a house decorated in a modern style, you will see that the rooms are generally very open and free of clutter. This does not mean that you do not have anything in your home, but you must find ways and spaces where you can store it. For example, having a basket in each room in an inconspicuous place, where you put all your excess goods every day, can be a great way to keep your modern home looking cluttered. Another great thing is designing your home with lots of cabinets in it. If your house has been built, adding a nice display of wall cabinets can really help you achieve this look.
If you want a modern look, using clean, neutral colors will definitely help you get there. Using a lot of brighter colors will really help you to open space. White walls with black picture frames can easily be a striking look in your room. Using white walls, cabinets, and countertops in your kitchen will help you maintain a clean and open look in the room. You can add splashes of color through your favorite artwork or in place settings on your dining room table. This will make everything very simple and help you not to use excessive colors. A dramatic work of art, which is very colorful, will help you to put your unique talent into the room without compromising modern decor.
The best way to add lines that show a …Continue reading
Earth Day was last week, and whether you’re ready to save the planet, or simply practice more eco-friendly habits it’s easier than ever to implement green and sustainable products into your home renovation projects.
Here are just a few material considerations for you to research before you get started on your kitchen or bath renovation. Educate yourself on all the available green and sustainable products available today, as they will provide you with a greener home and a much healthier lifestyle.
Bamboo is considered a very sustainable material since it reaches maturity within five years, and regenerates from its original root system – never needing replanting.
Wood is a wonderful material for butcher-block counter tops and flooring.
When these woods are locally grown, sustainable, or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, they tend to rate quite highly.
Concrete countertops are increasingly popular in contemporary settings, and don’t off-gas. They are considered greenest when locally fabricated and when mixed with cement alternatives and recycled aggregates.
Quartz surfaces are one of my favorite countertop surfaces. They are available in a plethora of gorgeous colors and finishes – are easily maintained and have an endless lifecycle. Certain companies are now manufacturing a stunning recycled quartz collection.
Hardwoods and Bamboos are a favorite flooring choice for the eco- conscious homeowners. If the material is FSC certified or reclaimed then it is considered to be an environmentally responsible product.
Marmoleum or Linoleum tile is constructed of Linseed oil, jute, limestone and other natural components that collectively provide for an incredibly strong and durable flooring product.
Cork is not only sustainable and renewable (like bamboo), but is extremely soft and comfortable under foot.
Wool Carpeting is naturally stain resistant, highly durable and free of any chemical additives – only the natural oils in the …Continue reading
Insulating your home is becoming an essential process with the rising cost of energy. When you are a paying so much to heat your home it is daft to allow this heat to escape. If you take just loft insulation then the potential annual savings from installing the current recommended insulation is around GBP 145 per year. It wont take long to recover the cost of the installation with these kinds of annual savings.
There are number different insulation materials available it can be confusing. What are the best types to go for, and do some the eco insulation material perform as well?
Environmentally friendly materials
This is formed from sheep’s wool. Over the past few years it has become more popular. This has fuelled by the green / organic movement of the late 2000’s. Programmes like Grand Designs have helped to show how this type of product can be used to achieve great results.
With the British wool industry is decline then there is a surplus of fleece that can be easily turned into insulation.
- Fire retardant
- Absorb water
I don’t think I need to explain where this form of insulation comes from! Like the sheep’s wool it is often in surplus and therefore makes sense to use it. If you live in a rural area then the cases are you will be able to source the material form a local farm so the transportation costs and environmental impact are pretty low.
- Low energy to produce
- Good thermal insulation
- Easy to install
- Newspaper fibres (Cellouse)
This is another good way of using a material that would otherwise be going to landfill. Newspaper is shredding and the resulting material is treated to stop it going mouldy and of course adding the essential fire retardant chemicals…Continue reading
If there is one room that all homeowners must prioritize in terms of design and furniture selection, it must be a living space. The living room is the most important room in the house because it is an area where family and friends usually gather together. That is a place that needs to be comfortable and friendly. Therefore, homeowners must place more emphasis on choosing comfortable and stylish furniture for this important part of the house.
More and more people are investing in contemporary furniture because of its sophisticated and functional designs. Furniture designers respond to this strong demand by producing a variety of luxury goods that are comfortable and attractive at the same time. This is one way to ensure that homeowners who are investing in modern living room furniture are doing the right thing.
What you would pick reflects a lot about you and your view of urban living. This is the very reason why you have to make sure that the furniture you select is appealing not only to you but also to your guests.
Before you head out to purchase modern furniture, you must take a good look around your house. Is there a Japanese theme in your living room? Maybe you have adopted flower designs throughout the house? Whatever the overall theme is, be sure to choose furniture items that will gel with your interiors. Flooring and wall color are also big factors to consider when choosing what items to buy.
Modern living room furniture comes in an extensive variety of colors, such as white, black, red or bright orange. Because of the various styles available, you will never have difficulty in choosing the items that will complement your current interior design. They are also available in all shapes and sizes so be …Continue reading