Saturday, 28 January 2012

Bathroom decorating ideas

The design of your bathroom dictates its overall mood and energy. Tiled walls give it a clean, modern look, while certain colors and stylish accents can make it more inviting. So whether in an old house or a new house; the bathroom is the place where most occupants need to put much consideration in the accessories and the overall look.

Aside from being one of the most important rooms for your domestic needs, the bathroom is also one of the primary rooms, after the kitchen that really helps to sell your house. So every aspect of your bathroom has to be well considered, from sanitary ware and fixtures down to flooring and wall finishes. By watching the budget and arming yourself with expert information, you can achieve the perfect balance.

Whether it’s a full bathroom remodeling or just updating the accessories, the options are almost limitless - the design options of fixtures, the vanity, cabinet, shower, mirror, bathtubs, tiles and more have only grown over the years.

Maybe you want a contemporary bathroom or Victorian style; large, modern tiles or discount tiles for the budget-conscious. A less fancy consideration is your exhaust fan, or try a heated towel rail for added luxury.

Make your Bathroom flexible but realistic

Getting flexibility into the room is important in order for it to work for you now and for years to come. You should never opt for a wet room or shower in place of a bath, for instance, because future buyers will always want a bath. But if you can fit both in, or at least a power shower over the bath, all the better.

Use space wisely

If there is space, think big - double sinks aren't just fashionable and a draw for future buyers – they are very practical, too. Try to create as much built-in storage -for towels and other bathroom accessories- as possible, which should save shelf space in other rooms.

Make your bathroom seem bigger

Bright lighting and large mirrors, pale, reflective flooring and subtle window treatments improve the amount of light (and the feeling of space) in what is often the smallest room in the house. Make use of large mirrors especially around the sinks.

Look for the best

The thing to remember about a bathroom makeover or design is that you really can't do it yourself. Plumbing, tiling and electrics all require professional expertise, and that costs money.

Try and shop around for the best price when purchasing the bathroom accessories but do not compromise on the manpower needed to install the fittings, otherwise it would all look dishevelled.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Designing your Kitchen

It’s every woman’s dream to have a big beautiful kitchen; but it’s another thing knowing to design your kitchen in order to achieve your dream kitchen. A kitchen is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and your family, it’s the heart of your home, your kitchen is where late-night talks, homework sessions, and casual celebrations and where best recipes are discovered. It's where memories are made.

Before you starts thinking of how your kitchen will look like have a mental picture of how you want the floor, paint colour, countertops and kitchen cabinets to look like. Then get closer to your vision by seeing your product references in a real room sense.

You need to decide on which type of kitchen you want; casual, contemporary, and traditional or an eclectic or modern kitchen. Remember five things to consider when designing your kitchen:

ü  Kitchen layout and space planning. A new kitchen or kitchen remodel opens up a world of design options. What shape and features do you want in a kitchen island? How can you maximize your space? What kitchen plan will work for you now and in the future? These articles give design ideas and tips for a kitchen layout that works for you and your family.


ü  Choosing the right appliances. Appliances can be more than just big white boxes in your kitchen. Shimmering stainless steel appliances offer versatility and sophistication, while built-in appliances with custom panels provide a seamless, egrated look. Black appliances can open a world of edgy possibilities, and of course white and bisque have a timeless look that's always in style.

ü  Lighting your kitchen. Kitchen lighting is an important element of your kitchen design, so it's important not to overlook the impact of the kitchen lights. Plan your kitchen island lighting for ambient light, task lighting, and accent lighting of the kitchen focal point. Pendant lighting is especially popular in today's kitchens and is a beautiful, versatile option for a lighting, brighter kitchen.


ü  Safe kitchen. Everyone wants to have a safe kitchen. These tips will help you make kitchen safety part of your design and everyday use of the kitchen. As you know, a kitchen is a wet place so choose the right tiles for the kitchen.

ü  Trends in the kitchen. When planning a new kitchen, the choice of cabinets, countertops, flooring and wall colors are key decisions. Will the kitchen cabinetry coordinate with the kitchen flooring? Should you choose a stock cabinet, or order custom cats? What materials should you consider for your countertops? These articles will give you design ideas and tips for the completely new kitchen or a beautiful kitchen upgrade.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Painting your Baby's Room

There has been a lot of research and studies performed on the psychology behind the colour of a baby room. While the colour that you paint your baby’s room is important, you should not make it more stressful than it needs to be.

You will spend a lot of time working with a colour wheel when you are selecting a paint colour for your baby room. The colour wheel is divided into two types of colours. Almost all of the colours on a colour wheel are either considered warm or cool. The warm section consists of shades of red and yellow. The cool section is made up of blue and green. Warm colours are considered stimulating and more welcoming than cool colours. However, cool colours can help soothe your senses.

The colour that you choose for your baby room is very important. Babies start perceiving the colours around them from birth. As they grow, their senses will be stimulated by the colours that are around them. You will want to create an environment in your baby room that stimulates learning and play. You may also want to promote a sense of calm in your baby.

Colour can trigger specific responses to on-lookers and inhabitants within a given space, and for that reason an approach to colour use that looks beyond mere aesthetical impressions should by all means be considered.

·         Take your nursery decorating style into account. Certain color schemes work better with certain styles. For instance grey and yellow would work in a modern nursery, while green and violet pastels would be more suited to a traditional style.

·         Think about your personal color preferences. Are there any colors that you particularly like or dislike? Write these down so that you can exclude or include them when you start looking at your baby room color wheel.

·         Look at the colors throughout your home. You may want to keep the baby nursery in line with these, (although this is a matter of choice, not necessity.)

·         Your baby's gender will help you to narrow your choice of colors down one more step.

·         Do you want to stick with tradition, (pinks and blues) or do you want something more modern?

·         Look at the size of your nursery room. If it is large you will want to make it cozy by using warm baby nursery paint colors such as red, pink, orange and yellow. Large rooms also accommodate the use of dark colors.

If your baby nursery is small you can make it appear larger by using cool colors such as blue and green or neutrals including white, cream, ivory, beige and brown. Be careful not to make the colors too dark. Monochromatic or single-color schemes also work well in a smaller room.

Friday, 13 January 2012

What to consider when choosing colour in your house

We need to move our minds from the cliché of white and cream colours in our living room and explore on all the available colours. While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room colour, it affects every day of our lives. Room colour can influence our mood and our thoughts. Colours affect people in many ways, depending upon one’s age, gender, ethnic background or local climate. Certain colours or groups of colours tend to get a similar reaction from most people – the overall difference being in the shade or tones used. So it’s important to choose wisely.

It is important to note that when selecting colour for a room, keep in mind that each color has a psychological value.

Room Colors

Understand that colours behave in three basic ways: active, passive, and neutral. Light colors are expansive and airy, they make rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and warm; they give large rooms a more intimate appearance.

Red raises a room’s energy level. It’s a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. Red has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate.

Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It’s perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms, where happy colour is energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries, and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming. Yellow although is a cheery color is not a good choice in main colour schemes of a room. Blue brings down blood pressure and slows respiration and heart rate. That’s why it’s considered calming, relaxing, and serene, and is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. A pastel blue, however; that looks pretty on the paint chip can come across as unpleasantly chilly when it’s on the walls and furnishings, especially in a room that receives little natural light. If you opt for a light blue balance it with warm hues in the furnishings
and fabrics.

Green is considered the most restful colour for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited to almost any room in the house. In a kitchen, a sage or medium green cools things down; in a family room or living room, it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. In a bedroom, it’s relaxing and pleasant. Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating.

Purple in its darkest values (eggplant, for example) is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It’s associated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent or secondary colour, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does.

Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms this color is great for an exercise room. It will bring all the emotions out that you need when jumping into your fitness routine. In ancient cultures orange was used to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.

Neutrals (black, gray, white, and brown) are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All-neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add colour to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down. Black is best used in small doses as an accent, indeed, some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

6 Tips to Create Space in your Small Living Room

Lots of people live in a small home, a small room, or just a small space. Some people live in a small apartment because that's all they can afford, and they're grateful for it.

Small rooms can feel confining and uncomfortable. Luckily we can utilize certain design concepts that fool the eye and make our rooms seem much bigger and spacious. Some solutions for small spaces, that can make a room in your home look larger are color techniques, furniture arranging, and lighting considerations can give the look of space.
 Mirrors can make your room look larger. Use a focal point and angle your mirrors towards it, which will give the illusion of depth. The mirrors also reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room brighter during the day and night. They bounce light deep into the room, making it appear larger.
Tidy and organized. There’s nothing that makes a small space feel cramped more than having too much stuff. With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space that is in view will feel orderly and open. A cluttered room equals a smaller room.
Lighting is a key element in opening up a space.Let the light into the room too. Buy letting the natural light flow into the room, you will be surprised at how this will open up the room and make it look larger.

 Color.If you do not have a lot of natural light, you can add some lighting features to the roomuse colors to make your room look bigger. Cream colors and icy blues are just a few of the best color combinations that can open up a tiny room into a bigger living area. It is all about illusion. Light colors make your room look bigger and brighter. Light and brightly colored walls are more reflective making a space feel open and airy. Select soft tones of blues and greens, and always remeber that brighter rooms look bigger and more inviting.
Painting.You can paint your walls light and use dark colors for the border and trim. Paint your wall trim and moldings a lighter color than your walls. When you paint your moldings light, the wall appears further back, making your living room appear bigger. to make it look bigger. You will be amazed at how this small addition can make a big difference.

Open the Way.With furniture and accessories blocking the view into a room and out to open spaces, a room will look cramped. By moving furniture out and away from walkways, you'll open up the space and make it feel larger. You can also choose short pieces of furniture like an ottoman, an armless, open chair, or a low table, and place large, tall pieces along a wall rather than out in the open space. If you can see the floor, the room will look larger.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Mapambo: Office Aura

Mapambo: Office Aura: Many people are farmiliar with the work place culture, ethics and the safe working conditions which are emphasized in the office. They are s...

Office Aura

Many people are farmiliar with the work place culture, ethics and the safe working conditions which are emphasized in the office. They are still unaware of the significance of office furniture in their every day official activities. Indeed, office furniture plays a vital role in better performance of your staff. In addition, it has a great impact on your office environs and boosts your overall efficiency.
In a research study made by several firms in the USA, it has been found that those offices with heaps of spacious rooms and comfortable office furniture and equipments had a positive result in their output.
 It is gauged by their staffs’ productivity and performance. The same research work has been conducted on their counterparts that used old-fashioned office furniture and equipments. However, the results were lack of interests amongst workers and reduced productivity.

It is therefore advisable to cosider what furniture and space you need in order to improve the motivation of your staff in the work place.

Never purchase office furniture with the intention of only decorating your office rather you can intend to change your uninspiring working environment into an inspiring one.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Mapambo: Welcome to style!

Mapambo: Welcome to style!: Its all about fashion, design, style and naturalness. From home decor to how you wake up each morning and feel like dressing coupled with el...

Welcome to style!

Its all about fashion, design, style and naturalness. From home decor to how you wake up each morning and feel like dressing coupled with elegance!