Either because you feel the need for change, or because you now find that the minimalist look of your drawing room is looking a bit dated, or simply because the sameness of an area of the home is now beginning to pall a bit, you may be thinking of some change!
But don’t go redecorating just yet; there are other ways to make some inexpensive changes and additions to your home that can transform the way that it looks!
Throw pillows or blankets create a new and interesting focal point for a room. It you have a vintage shawl or a silk, cashmere or taffeta blanket, even that can be used as an interesting throw to highlight a couch or chair in a room.
You can drape it fully over an item of furniture or even place it folded or flat over it. In the alternative you can hang or drape such an interesting fabric on the wall in much the same way that you would a tapestry hanging or a work of art. This can instantly add color to an area of the room and up the style quotient of the room.
Usually the designers combine the contrasting colors in order to obtain amazing effects while the large majority of people choose “nice” combinations and matching nuances.
Seldom when everything matches in a room, that room tends to become boring and tiresome.
If you decide to decorate your room by yourself, try and break the monotony and bring in a spot of color. There is no need to exaggerate. You can use for example a decorative element in a lighter or darker tone than the dominant color like painting a wall in a different nuance than the others.
Another option will be to use an accessory (carpet, curtain, cushions or blankets) in a strong vibrant color. This will “underline” the space and give the room’s atmosphere a refreshing start offering it style and personality.
When it comes to either precious stones, art masterpieces, family photos or any other decorative items, you must keep in mind that when you are trying to integrate them in the space the “three rule” always applies. Two vases on top of the fireplace are too little…four are too many…three is the perfect number.
Mosaic is something that is made up of diverse elements; that can come together to make a stunningly original whole.
It can be a picture, furniture, garden accents, made up of glass, stone, etc, which would typically be inlaid or similarly fitted to give an appearance of exclusivity.
Mosaic furniture or mosaic accents need not be as pricey as one expects; for the more ambitious, it is possible to add small mosaic details onto furniture or decorative elements in and around the house using ceramic tiles, pebbles and stones, colored glass and bits of mirror as well.
You can actually get started with some broken plates and glasses, ceramic tiles, mirrors etc; the more colorful the better. Make sure that you source material that is the same thickness and is even and flat (without ridges, slopes or uneven thickness).
For this reason many find that they can get great results by buying multi colored ceramic tiles and then breaking them to get the shards that form the basics for your mosaic art work. And if using tiles, it is generally recommended that you go in for wall tiles as against flooring tiles.
Sometimes in the interests of better space management, a partition wall or a temporary partition structure may be required for the home.
This can literally create a new room, or a separate area where one can get some privacy or area where one can be uninterrupted to work, study, read or simply engage in a favorite hobby.
There are several reasons why you may think of putting up that partition wall:
Do you need an extra play area?
Children tend to have a lot of stuff: toys, coloring things, books, soft toys, clay modeling and little odds and end that seem impossible to be unable to keep tidy.
If all this kiddie paraphernalia is causing a spillover into say the living room or similar area, then it may be a good idea to think of a partition wall to kind of cordon or the mess that children seem to magically create.
This way you don’t have to deal with a daily struggle to keep the house neat and tidy, only a small portion of it. Also the mess is out of sight so that the mind does not have to dwell on it.
When the interior design of a house comes in question, in most of the cases a home’s attic is not considered a room.
Usually forgotten or used to store boxes with old things and souvenirs, the attic can represent a potential living space when you are set to do house remodeling and you are not prepared to invest in a new house.
When you decide to remodel the attic into a loft, you have to go beyond the idea that it refers strictly to the place you store your things, the favorite space of the mice and think about it like an elegant, welcoming space.
In order to do that there are three major aspects that need considering:
The ceiling of the attic has a special form (because of the bent roof) which reduces the space and makes it uncomfortable. If you know how to manipulate this form it can become an advantage.
That is why it is recommendable to paint the bent part in a warm color such as orange and yellow in order to get a welcoming atmosphere and to make it look spacious.
A futon, generally speaking is the traditional style of Japanese bedding consisting of padded mattresses and quilts pliable enough to be folded and stored away during the day, allowing the room to serve for purposes other than as a bedroom.
However what we commonly understand as being a futon in the modern context is a sort of convertible sofa cum bed frame along with the futon mattress, which will quickly go from a sofa or seating area in the day to a bed for sleeping at night.
Futons are an excellent space saver, and are extremely useful in cramped areas because of their remarkable versatility.
Also futons are no longer just some convenience of a dorm or children’s room; there are stylish, beautiful futons out there that would add charm and grace to the best of living rooms.
Futons are about convenience and economy. For those people who have relocated to a new place where the accommodation is smaller or have had to move to smaller houses because of reasons of economy a futon is probably something that they considered at some point.
When it comes to your living room and your television set, size does matter.
It really depends on where you will be placing your television set.
For example, if your TV is going to be in a kitchen or bedroom, where you will be sitting close to the screen, then a smaller set is recommended.
However, in a living room, where you will be sitting farther away, then a larger screen is called for.
There are certain rules of thumb when dealing with how large your television screen should be in a living room. Depending on your seating arrangement, the farther you are from the TV, the bigger the screen.
If you have a living room large enough to accommodate large groups of people, say for the football game or championship boxing, then you can purchase a bigger screen.
Fitting your television set to your living room is a smart idea because you want it to fit well within the size of the space. You do not want a small television in a room that is very big, because it dwarfs the screen and would be impossible to see if you sit across the room.
The cellar of a house is usually a very crowded place and quite unsanitary in many of the cases.
This is where we usually store our old and useless things.
With a bit of imagination and a little more effort this place can be turned into a very nice room without losing its capacity of storage place.
Apart from the other areas of the house, the cellar is not limited to a certain purpose like the bedrooms [bedroom designs] and the kitchen area.
Being a very versatile space, the decoration options are multiple. Before starting the decoration process some essential aspects need taking care of. These are the access passages, the windows, the floor and the isolation.
After that the attention needs to go to the cleaning, organizing and sanitizing the space.
The stairs and the door need to be resistant and facilitate the access inside and outside the cellar.
A special attention needs to go to ventilation because the cellar tends to retain a mold like smell so the walls usually need a treatment with anti molding solution and an effective ventilation system.
Everyone has seen those movies where the couple is cozily sitting by a crackling fire drinking hot cocoa while a snowstorm blows outside.
It gives us such a sense of comfort to know that outside the world may be blowing and storming but inside we are warm and safe in front of a merry fireplace.
In addition, fireplaces have become easier to maintain, eco-friendly and economical.
Fireplaces are a great addition to any home and give wonderful heat during those chilly nights. Many people like the idea of a fireplace and the added charm and ambiance that it brings to many homes.
There is something infinitely welcoming in a house that has a fireplace to gather near, and many people who are selling their home have started to advertise the fact that they have fireplaces. Having a fireplace adds value and appeal to any home.
There are different types of fireplaces and you can choose between gas and electric powered or wood burning fireplaces. Gas and electric fireplaces lets you control the heat and flame that comes out with just a touch of the hand. The cost is added to your electricity or gas bill. Some gas fireplaces can run with a propane tank as well.
Remember the days when you used to slave over making fresh homemade bread for your family?
Gathering the ingredients, making sure you had a bowl big enough to accommodate the rising, and then there was the waiting for the rising and kneading and shaping and rising again.
It was toilsome work and took hours of your precious time to prepare. Hours that could be spent on more important matters.
Bread machines have been around for a while and the models have gotten better over the years. You can now decide what type of bread you want, from heart healthy whole wheat bread to sweet, mouth-watering cinnamon raisin rolls for breakfast.
Some bread machines are so versatile you can even make meatloaf and cakes in them! There is even a timer to let you choose the exact time you want your bread to be done, so no more figuring out when to knead or how long before it is ready.
With a bread machine you are now free to spend time with your family. You will also have the ease of mind knowing that the breads and food you serve to your family does not contain preservatives or other unhealthy products.