Designing With Modern Talent

Designing With Modern Talent

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.

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Eco-Chic Materials For Your Home Renovation Projects

Eco-Chic Materials For Your Home Renovation Projects

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.

Counter Tops

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.

Flooring

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 …

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Eco Friendly Insulation Materials

Eco Friendly Insulation Materials

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

Thermafleece

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.

Benefits

  • Fire retardant
  • Biodegradable
  • Absorb water
  • Straw

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.

Benefits

  • 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…

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Impress Guests With Stylish Modern Living Room Furniture

Impress Guests With Stylish Modern Living Room Furniture

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.

Buying Tips

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 …

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Decorating To Set Off Your Architecture

Decorating To Set Off Your Architecture

Your Staircase

The places you hang your artwork and the methods you use to display it are often determined by the architecture you have in your home. For instance, if you have a narrow winding staircase you might place a tall vertical group of picture frames on the wall that goes from one floor up to the next. A great thing for this space might be about six botanicals framed and hung up in sets of two, or maybe three black and white pictures hung vertically over one another in attractive black picture frames.

An Exquisite Cluster

One of the most striking and lovely ways to display fine pieces of art is to group them together in six matching frames. You do not have to invest a lot of money to obtain nice pictures; even the most simple flower prints or pictures were taken out of garden publications can be really elegant when you frame them correctly. You can even frame pressed flowers or dried leaves. Affordable black or natural wood photo frames can look great when hung in two rows of three for horizontal grouping, or three rows of two to make vertical groupings.

Having Fun with Shapes

Say you have a large wall that you think is just ideal for a large, tall piece of art, but you only seem to have horizontal pieces. If you have three horizontal pieces of the same size or almost the same size, then just hang it on the wall, one above the other with about three inches of space between each frame. Although these frames don’t need to be just the same, it might look better if they were the same finish at the minimum.

Art That is Alive

This could be news to you, but in a designer’s point of …

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