Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Accessorize your house

You have painted your house and put furniture in it, but it is important to give your home a lot of personality with some unique decorative accessories. Make sure you select accessories that not only add colour, texture and style to your home’s décor but also serve several functionalities in the house.

1.  Skewer holder: You can accessorize your kitchen with unique skewer holders which serve a decorative purpose as well as storing your skewers.

2.  Mirrors: Mirrors are normally used to make the room bigger or focus on antiques which would have otherwise been invisible at different angles. A mirror’s reflection can also brighten a dark corner.

3.    Vases: Vases are a piece of art-work in itself but you can add to the vertical dimension of the room by throwing in flowers, dry reeds, or house plants.

4.    Bowls and Baskets: Brilliant-coloured bowls and baskets add to style of a space but also have functionality. You can do the cliché’ of organizing fresh fruit on a bowl or place your magazines in a basket to avoid clutter.

5.    Pillows: Pillows is one of the most common accessories for your house. Pillows can be used to add colour to a room filled with neutral colours or soften bright colours, they can also add character to a piece of furniture.

6.    Paintings and family photos: Mosaic art offer a therapeutic value while abstract painting creates a desired mood in the room. You have several forms of abstract painting for your choice; oil paintings, textured oil paintings and acrylic paintings.
Banana leaf mosaic

Abstract painting

7.    Candles and Candle holders:  Scented or unscented candles are used to affect the mood of a room even when they are not lit. The candles come in in different colours and shapes which are artistic.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

How to choose the right tile for your house

Choosing the right tile for your floor my sound easy but there are some factors to consider before you select a specific floor tile. You must first be aware of the different range of flooring materials available and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Linoleum: Available in tiles or sheets of different colours and style. The Advantage of this type of tile is that; it has low maintenance, durable and mildew-resistant and does not trap dust or bacteria. The only disadvantage is that it does not suit all decors.

Ceramic tile: Available in huge selection of colours and style. Ceramic tile is good because it can be easily coordinated to tile backsplash. Its disadvantages are that it can easily chip and crack, can cause discomfort to the legs and back after standing for long. Not all tiles are equally wear- resistant therefore it is important to choose stronger ceramic tiles.

Vinyl: Available in tiles or sheets of different colours and styles. Vinyl is available cheaply and has low maintenance. Double-thick vinyl is ideal for wet surfaces like bathrooms. Its disadvantage is that it easily tears, scratches, stains and wear.

After looking at the few types of tile with the different pros and cons it is now important to consider the following before choosing the tile to use:
Which floor or room are you tiling?
You should take into consideration the traffic of the room because this will peg on the durability of the tile. If it is a play room, choose a tile that can easily be cleaned. For a kitchen and bathroom you need to choose tiles that are water-resistant, scuff proof, non-slip.
What colour and pattern of tile do you want?
Not all types of tiles come in different patterns and colour. Ceramic tiles are available in solid colours and patterns while other types come only in patterns.
What size and amount of tile do you need?
Most tiles are available in a standard size of 12 by 12 inches but you can find other smaller tile sizes of 10 by 10 and 8 by 8 inches. Another important thing to note is to always buy tiles enough for one room to ensure uniformity, because at times when you go back to the supplier you might not get the right size or shade of colour of the tiles you bought earlier.
What is your budget?
The quality of the tile you choose should be in line with your budget. It is always advisable to shop around for deals and offers, sales or clearance of tiles. Work with your budget and get the best quality, colour and pattern of tile you want in your house.
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

What to consider before choosing a house plan

Are you thinking of building your house and is wondering where to begin? Trust me you are not alone. Choosing the house plan for your dream house (you have always thought of having) that meets your lifestyle and family needs may seem time consuming and overwhelming. But, knowing what to look for can help you in deciding the house plan for your new house. Here is a little help:

What is your budget?

Before you even think of any house plan, ask yourself how much money do I have to spend on the new house? This will dictate on the architectural design to choose and what building materials to use in the construction. You can also do a survey of the costs of building materials and where you can get them at a fair price. It is also important to choose building materials which will last long and withstand weather conditions prevailing where you are constructing.

What is your family lifestyle and needs?

Lifestyle and family needs differ from families depending on their stage in life and future plans. A newlywed couple who plan to have two kids and another newlywed couple who plan not to have any kids have different architectural needs. You should also think of what features do you want in your house? Which room do you spend most of your time? And what activities do you enjoy doing in the house mostly? This will guide you in selecting the right design that suits such needs.

What furnishings and aesthetics do you like for your house?

Will the new floor design of your new home accommodate your furniture arrangements and style? You need to know the dimensions of your furniture and other furnishings in order to consider the size of the living room or kitchen and how much traffic you will have in these rooms.

How much privacy do you need and where do you need it?

Some home owners prefer plans with more privacy in the master bedroom with personal living spaces, while others may prefer to have privacy in the home office. Some prefer to have a separate living room to entertain visitors and a separate one for the family, while others prefer to one for both functionalities. Whatever your preference all this will determine the architectural plan to choose.

Once you have answered this questions you can seek advice of a qualified architecture and an interior designer who will be guided by the needs and preferences you have identified.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Your Family Room

A family room is a casual informal place where you and your family sit and read a book, watch your favourite movie, have a chat with friends and a place where you can play all your favourite indoor games. There has been a recent shift from living rooms to family room because it is less formal. A family room is where you can have indoor games for both kids and adults.
For those passionate about music make some room to throw in a piano, a pool table can be ideal for those who love the game. A family with small kids can consider having some space with toys and card games. It may at times be challenging to combine a family room and a playing area, an easy solution is to hide the playing area with a couch and use the sofa table as storage for the toys. You can also opt to have a separate storage area behind the couch which can also act as a photo area for the family.

Add some creativity by purchasing end tables that have drawers or shelves beneath or a custom built-in entertainment center with drawers and cabinets to keep your DVD and video games collection organized.
For the bookworms, have a book shelve to store all the interesting books you have in mind, or otherwise have an entertainment custom made with space for storing your books.

Make your family room a comfortable and functional place where you can sit, relax and enjoy family time together.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Wallpaper application tips!

Are you are artistic and do not like painting your house every now and then, think of wall paper. You can now find modern eclectic designs of wall paper which can bring out the style and mood you want for the room.

There are new designs of wall paper which bring out effects on your wall that would not be realized by using paint. Wallpaper not only adds colour to your room it also adds detail and can be used to solve decorating dilemmas. The beauty about wallpaper is that it can be used to manipulate space and can be applied on surfaces other than walls. Learn some few tips in wall paper application.

·         One basic tip in decorating your room is to build your décor around the wall paper. Chose the wallpaper you like and borrow the colour from the rest of the room.

·         When putting wallpaper in two different rooms, make sure the wallpapers flow. A tip is to use borders to coordinate the adjoining rooms.

·         You can use wallpaper to give visual importance to your mirror or window, when personalizing your lamp shades, pots…the list is endless.

·         You don’t have to use wood to create panels you can use wallpaper and contrasting borders to create the most decorative panels and add architectural detail to your flat wall.

·         Wallpaper can liven up your room and create an effect that you desire for your room.

·         You can raise or lower your ceiling by using different colour and effects of wallpaper.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Six things to consider before buying furniture in your living room

A living room is the central point of a house. This room contains comfortable, relaxing furniture where the family gathers to relax after meals and where visitors are welcomed. Therefore, before buying any furniture or accessories for the living room you need to consider; how you want your living room to look like, comfort upkeep and space.There are six things you can consider before buying furniture for the living room:

Budget. The most important thing to consider before making any purchase is how much you want to spend. It is also helpful to shop around for the best deals and compare it with your budget, then you will not have to restrict yourself to showroom furniture while you can get the same quality at a discounted rate.
Functionality and style. Evaluating the purpose of the room is important in deciding the furniture you are buying. Will you have a study area in the living room? Do you entertain friends and visitors in the living room?  Do you enjoy playing games as a family in the living room? Then you need to buy furniture that best and comfortably suits the needs of your family.

Size of your living room. The size of your living room will dictate on the size of furniture and the number of pieces you can purchase. Make sure the size of the furniture balances with the space and functionality of the living room. The furniture you purchase should allow to pull all furniture away from the wall and leave you with space for people to walk around.
Your style and colour. In choosing furniture consider the clolour and style of the existing décor. The wall, tiles and carpet colours are important to consider. Your theme on the existing décor may be contemporary, traditional, or modern, all this needs to be considered.
Up keep of the furniture. You need to consider the upkeep of the furniture if you have children or pests. Leather is hard to maintain and small tears can diminish the overall outlook of the furniture. Upholstered furniture is easier to clean, it can be brushed or steam cleaned to remove stains.
Your comfort. Your living room should be very comfortable and tailored to your needs. While looking out for the latest trends in furniture it is also important to consider comfort. Upholstered furniture is more comfortable and cheap than leather. Leather tends to get hot and sticky in summer and cold in winter.

Choosing furniture that suits your decorating style, comfort and size of your living room, will make you become a more informed consumer who will be confident when entering a furniture store. You will be sure to find the kind of furniture you love and will enjoy for many years if you take time to consider your needs and wants.