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Category Archives: Home Improvement

Bathroom Wallpapering

Wallpapers come in hundreds of colors and patterns. Choose the one that goes well with your bathroom’s theme. Of course, since the bathroom is often damp, find a wallpaper that is also waterproof. If you can find one that is able to withstand humidity as well, then you’ve just purchased the perfect piece.

Your first option is the vinyl wallpaper. Flawed and damaged walls can look great once more with this type of wallpaper. It can come pre-glued so all you have to do is to soak the strips in water for just a few seconds. Water moistens the glue.

If you have chosen the one that is not pre-glued, then be sure to spread the adhesive on the wrong side as you install it. Find a brush with long handle and use it to apply the adhesive at the back of the wallpaper.

Stick the strips to the walls, just make sure that you cut the bottom strips if they exceed the walls’ length. Use a sharp razor or knife.

Faux marble wallpapers look great inside a bathroom because they copy the look of real marble. This is especially wonderful for light-colored bathrooms.

Be careful in installing faux marble wallpapers as the glue can stick to your hand rather than the wallpaper. The glue sticks easily so be sure to position the wallpaper at a perfect spot before you press.

Faux marble wallpapers come in peach, beige or white shades.

Grass cloth wallpapers look great in bathrooms that have matching toiletries. These come in various colors and designs and can be bought in beige, off-white or brown blends. To decorate with grass cloth, be sure to begin by cutting it into strips.

Carefully spray adhesive to your bathroom walls then position the strips. This type of wallpaper can effectively brighten your walls.

To remove, just apply an adhesive remover then strip the wallpaper starting on the edges.

So where do you begin? Start at the point where you want to end. This should be that spot that is least obvious. Use vertical trimming on this portion. Repeat trimming only where there is an obstruction such as a doorway or a window.

Make pencil marks on the areas where the seams will be positioned, re-adjust where necessary. You would want to leave the tic marks for later installation then adjust the so-called killpoint as needed.

There are hundreds of methods that you can position wallpapers inside corners. One of the easiest is to pull the strip to the corner using a smoother. Make sure that the wallpaper feels tight from top to bottom. Smoothen the rest all the way to the opposing wall.

Mirrors for Every Room

Door Style

Most mirrors are sized so that they capture your image from the waist or chest up. A style that mounts on the door is usually long and narrow in size, so that you can get a full body image. These types come in a range of prices, and can be very inexpensive. Because it will likely be hidden behind a door, you can choose a simple design with or without a frame. The most important features are its fit on your door and color coordinating the frame with the door on which it’s hung. Make sure the mounting is appropriate for your door material.

Decorative

Much like a picture, decorative mirrors may occasionally be used to check your image, but are most often placed for aesthetic purposes. You have a wide variety of style options, including:

– Shapes: Round, oval, rectangle, square
– Frames: Metal in a shiny or glazed finish, all kinds of wood, plastic, and even many with no frame
– Finishes: Embossing, etching or special designs in the frame

Dresser

Most bedroom dressers come with the option of a detachable mirror that complements the furniture design and finish. This is a great addition to your bedroom and can usually capture most of your body image. This type allows you to save space since it is a part of existing furniture, and it will likely also save you money over purchasing a separate piece. If you decide not to use it, they are easily detachable.

Floor

Floor mirrors are a nice option for the bedroom with or without the presence of a dresser style. This model gives you a better view of your full reflection and is a nice addition to your bedroom furniture suite. It tends to add warmth and charm to a room, as they are available in a wide variety of wood finishes and styles.

Interior With Recycled Crafts

Decorating your house adds value to your house and comfort of your family. Interior decoration reflects your lifestyle and a house with impressive interiors is sure to catch the envy of your neighbors. A carefully planned house decor can exalt your house’s infrastructure and can help you cover its defects. A house with extravagant space lacking a good interior decoration will not stand before a little house that has the best placement of crafts adding to its beauty.

Is it costly?

Many people restrain from interior decoration because of the false notion that home decor comes at a heavy price. But the truth tells a different story. While there are some quite expensive ways which require you to spend some extra shillings to achieve a quality decor from pro designers, interior decoration is not always a costly affair. Many innovative ideas for home decor using crafts made of recycled materials have proved to be both cheap and worthy.

Recycled crafts

So what are the things that you can recycle? They can be anything from a broken bulb to an old dressing table. All you need is a little bit of creative thinking to make those dusty old tins and clothes to become prized possessions on your shelves and walls. One of the most exciting parts of recycling old objects into crafts is that there is no limit as to how you can use them. It all depends upon your imagination and creativity. If you are lost on where to start, try with the following examples.

• Make pillow covers and cushion bags of various sizes and colors from your old t-shirts and sweaters.

• Make tiny hanging gardens with broken bulbs and little ferns. Your old boots can become planters that can be placed by your windows.

• Greeting cards and birthday cards are remnants of beautiful memories and they should not remain locked in your cupboard. Make place mats out of our old birthday cards and photos.

• Turn your old wine bottles into beautiful lamps and vintage arts.

• Never throw away your old CDs. You can transform old CDs to anything from door hangers to coasters for cups and candle holders. You can make beautiful wall decorations and wind chimes with CDs.

• Transform your old wallpapers to artistic murals onto your walls.

• Your old newspapers can become showcase items by a little magic of origami.

There are limitless possibilities of recycling unused items into articles of art. You can get numerous ideas on home decor both online and via magazines and television. Junk art has been getting more and more popular and the next time you decide to throw something away, do think twice about how it can be recycled as a decorative item.

Refresh Your Space for Summer

1. De-clutter the space.

Thanks to a dreary, cold winter, many people bring in a lot of clutter into the house to save them from the bad weather. However, summer is all about creating an airy and spacious room for maximum comfort. That’s why you need to pack up the excess décor so as to create a minimalist summer environment.

2. Replace the curtains around the house.

If you’re to enjoy your summer around the house, you’ll need to move your heavy window curtains for thinner ones. This not only boosts the house lighting but also brings in a much needed change from the winter settings.

3. Repaint the walls.

If the walls look weather-beaten and rugged, it’s time to breathe some life into them by repainting them with a brighter, summer-inspired hue. If the walls are still in good condition, you can then opt to repaint some key furniture that look aged and unsightly.

4. Decorate it with colorful floral and plants.

Potted plants and colorful flowers turn a barely hospitable space into a lively abode. Leafy plants also purify the air around the house making it fresh and clean. Fortunately, there’s pretty of colorful flowers to choose from in summer.

5. Re-organize the porch.

A speck of winter doldrums can dull an otherwise beautiful porch. That’s why you should dust off and prop up those hard plant containers that dot your porch to make them more appealing. Reorganize everything in the porch including furniture, artworks and other items.

Paintable Wallpaper

It Is Made From Natural Materials

Wallpapers are generally made from wood flour and linseed oil. These are then molded onto a paper backing which are used to cover walls. These textured wallpapers are quite heavy because of the flour and oil ingredients that were used in making them.

Options Galore

There are various kinds of wallpapers today and the paintable ones also need a coat of primer before they can be painted. The wallpaper comes with a border which gives an element of style to the walls.

Painted wallpapers are better than the regular ones because the former can give you the freedom to choose the color that you want for your home. The texture that is provided by this type of wallpaper is quite luxurious. Complete it with a stylish finish and your friends are sure to go gaga over it.

The paintable type of wallpapers can be used on any wall surface – from wood, concrete, stone and many more. You can effectively transform the look of your interiors as you use this molded paper. Since it is not printed but molded, the paintable wallpapers can be made to look like embossed fabric or carved wood. There are many other styles and textures that you can choose from.

It Is the Choice of Professional Designers

Wallpapers are the go-to material when adding luxury and style in a room. Depth is a characteristic that this wallpaper can offer which is why many professional designers choose to use it.

The feel of paper offers a different level of luxury and touch to the overall décor. Since this paper was manufactured to be primed and painted, the finish can also match the décor and theme in your home.

It Can Be Your Next Do-It-Yourself Project

This textured wallpaper is a lot more versatile than other wall coverings. This is the perfect DIY project that will eventually look like it was done by professionals. Since the paintable type is thicker than regular wallpapers, it is also a lot easier to work with. Many designers choose to use it because it can be easily applied and can be repositioned when you want to align some repeating patterns.

Painting this wallpaper is pretty much like painting any bare wall in your home. Some homeowners think that priming is optional but if you want the final look to be fabulous, then it is best to use a bit of primer.

If you want a glossy look, you can go ahead and skip the primer. The first layer of primer offers that flat look for many glossy paints.

An Effective Alternative Material

Paintable wallpapers do not just look great on walls but also on the ceiling. They offer a fashionable look that replicate the luxurious, old stamped, tin ceilings dating back to the 19th century. They are also a cost effective alternative to wainscoting. All you need to do is to apply the textured wallpaper right below the chair rail all along the walls.

Contemporary Interior Decoration

Basically, contemporary interior design includes clean lines, simplicity, subtlety, sophistication and texture. Contemporary interior decorator and designer work to bring out more spaces than before by giving greater emphasis on colours, shades, space and sleekness.

They use colours that are more neutral and bright using bold and bright colours to represent contemporary style. Present day style for Interior decoration includes the neutral, white and black colours. Black is the colour of ground and neutral is meant for walls while it is bold accessories that are used to highlight the backdrop. There is greater use of tints of bright colours like green, orange, red, white, gold and cream that are widely used in contemporary interior design.

Contemporary interior design also includes few important trademarks like chrome metallic accents by using heavy mirrors and glass. A wide array of bold colour blocks, bare windows, high ceilings, and geometric shapes are used in walls as well as art sculptures. It is more of including things that define contemporary interior, and less is more here. Every piece used has its own individuality and is unique with interior design of this type.

The contemporary style furniture includes clean, smooth and geometric shapes. The furnishings used are more inclined towards natural fabrics with neutral tones and have black, white and neutral shade upholstery made of natural fibres. The coverings of furniture have fabric that is of black, neutral, white or bold colour with texture that seems like natural wool cotton, jute, silk, and linen that bring in the appeal.

The contemporary furniture pieces are inclined more towards simple without decoration of curves. Chairs and sofa sets have their legs exposed whereas beds and chairs have no skirts, fringes and trims. Wood is the primary material in contemporary style furniture instead of metal or other materials.

Bamboo Bedding

Many of us have wondered about this new widespread use of bamboo when we had heard that the Giant Pandas were threatened due to the decimation of their bamboo forest. Pandas do not eat Moso bamboo. They require a type of bamboo where the leaves are within five feet of the forest floor.

Moso bamboo takes about five years to start to grow and then grows quickly and is ready for harvesting in the five years after it starts to grow. The Moso bamboo puts out sprouts ever year. While these sprouts can ensure the permanence of the Moso bamboo forest, the bamboo shoots are a source of food for a number of the critters residing in the forest. Bamboo farmers need to work hard to protect these tiny shoots in order to ensure that Moso bamboo continues to be a viable source of bamboo.

Bamboo fabric is produced from the pulp of the leaves and the inner part of the trunk of the Moso bamboo. There are currently two processes used to pull the fiber from the bamboo plant. The first and most commonly used process includes cooking the bamboo in lye. The cellulose that remains in then put through bleaching processes that produce the fiber known as bamboo rayon. The second process is a mechanical one in which machines is utilized to break down the leaves and inner trunk. Natural enzymes are then used to further break down the pulp into a mush. It is then possible to extricate the rayon bamboo fibers that are used in weaving the products.

Bamboo bedding is being touted as an incredibly green product that is good for the environment. As with many things, the truth lies towards the middle. Bamboo has a natural resistance to microbes. What is not yet clear is how that resistance survives the process currently used to manufacture bamboo fabrics. Bamboo can be grown without the use of pesticides, but some places do use pesticides. Bamboo can be grown without the use of irrigation, and does use far less water than cotton. The lye process that is most commonly used is likely to pose health challenges to those individuals who work in the manufacture of the product. It is also true that this field is in its infancy and there are likely to be significant improvements to the production of bedding made from bamboo.

Create the Perfect Outdoor Space

In the Summer season, when the days are longer, the sound of a sizzling BBQ is the soundtrack and the warm air is filled with the scent of sunscreen and mosquito repellent, the outdoors are simply begging to be enjoyed. Basking in the great outdoors has taken on a whole new meaning and redefined how homeowners approach the design and decoration of their homes, with outdoor spaces now being reconfigured as an extension of the interior. The key challenge is to design outdoor spaces that are functional, durable, comfortable and align seamlessly with your surrounding environment.

Irrespective of the frequency in which you utilise your outdoor space, a well designed outdoor space that complements and supplements the interior design scheme of your home will not only add value to your home, but also enhance your everyday living. Gone are the days when plastic furniture and wooden deck chairs sufficed as an outdoor setting. Homeowners now seek to enjoy the outdoors with the same level of comfort and style as they would the interior of their home.

In order to harmoniously unify interior and exterior spaces and create a suitable environment for both entertaining and relaxing, there are few important considerations that must be made. To improve the functionality of your outdoor space, consider choosing a suitable overhead cover, such as roofing, sails or awnings in either fixed or retractable styles, to ensure that the space can be enjoyed all year round; rain, hail or shine.

For those of you with a beautiful balcony or verandah, the use of either french, bi-fold, sliding or stacking doors will help to merge the living areas and expand the space available. The inclusion of such wide openings is both functional, particularly when it comes to entertaining, but also visually appealing, allowing natural light and uninterrupted views of the great outdoors to flood the home.

When it comes to outdoor furnishings, don’t just limit yourself to a table and chairs. From day beds and sofas, to lounge chairs and bean bags, there is no limit to what you can do with your outdoor space. Whilst functionality and visual appeal are deemed paramount, the durability and practicality of outdoor furniture are also important considerations. Choose lightweight pieces made with high quality, weatherproof fabrics that are low maintenance and can withstand environmental damage. If space is limited in your outdoor area, then select pieces that are multipurpose such as benches that contain internal storage space.

Similar to that of the interior of your home, strategically arrange your furniture to subdivide your outdoor space and create zones that are designated for dining and relaxation respectively. Decorative pieces such as sculptures, vases, cushions, water features and fireplaces are the crucial elements that will inject a sense of style and personality, and ultimately enhance the visual appeal of your space. Establishing traffic patterns is also important. Creating clearly defined paths, through the use of paved walkways or shrubbery, will ensure that traffic flows effortlessly throughout your outdoor space.

Glazing Techniques

Did you know that it is easy to update the look of your kitchen or bathroom once you learn how to glaze? The cabinets can provide the kitchen with a totally new look as you glaze them.

This process is far from difficult and it is also inexpensive. With just a little direction, a lot of people are able to do the task on their own.

The glazing process offers different finishes, shades and motifs. These can provide the needed makeover for your kitchen or bath. Apart from the refreshing new look, the perfectly applied glaze can also raise your home’s value.

You can now instantly update old cabinets using some glazing techniques. Choose the right kind of stain or paint and you should be able to do this without error. There are many acrylic-based paints in the market these days that you can use for this project.

Oil-based paints and stains, however, are known to last longer and are able to provide a glaze that has a deeper luster.

With the stain in your hand, cover the surrounding floors and countertops with cloth. The cloth will catch the drips from your glazing stain or paint.

The glaze that you are going to use is a mixture of paint and a high degree solvent. This mixture is needed to achieve the tinted, transparent finish. If this is your first time to make the glaze, then make sure to have one part of paint mixed with four parts of water (for acrylic products). Use one part paint for every three parts of solvent if you decide to use oil-based products.

You may want to begin with the simplest glazing method which is the pinstripe glaze. This kind of glaze involves wiping away the glaze from specific areas of the cabinet surface or the door. This is a technique that allows highlighting the stunning aspects of the wood which is its grain.

Pinstripe glazing is all about improving the dull areas before as it accentuates and makes vibrant any wooden surface.

Fully wiping the glazes will not effectively highlight wood grain but would accentuate the cabinets and doors themselves. Fully-wiped glazes are used to create a more uniform appearance on shades and tints.

First, create the base by rolling on two coats of latex paint. Choose from satin, egg shell or pearl finish. Make sure that the base coat dries up for no less than 24 hours before you start glazing.

The next step is to apply the glaze coat. Use the mixture, thin with water where necessary, to coat the walls. Do this on every three-foot-square wall section. Use a large, natural bristle brush. Use horizontal, vertical and diagonal brush strokes in order to cover the base coat.

The last step is to create glazing effects. You can do this once you get the hang of glazing your walls. Texture effects requires several coats, with each coat being allowed to dry before the next application.

Office Space Planning

Mull Over the Design

Every office space needs to have an aesthetically pleasing yet practical space. The fusion of these two can bring about a great mood for the business, increasing productivity in the process.

The overall design will also become the company’s brand or identity, as well as a reflection of the business’ passion. The design is a key element in the success of the business yet it can sometimes be ignored.

The best space plan is one that has effectively allocated zones for separate groups with different working practices. Each team must have an easy access with all other teams and the resources.

The communal breakout area is becoming popular, as this is a place where various departments meet up and work in a comfortable and less structured setting. This is especially popular among the creative professions.

Executive offices are usually situated along the edge. This is a great way to utilize window space. The rest of the workforce is situated right in the middle – at least this is the traditional setting.

More and more designers are now looking into this kind of plan and whether it is really effective for the employees’ well-being. Executives are often away on meetings anyway so it makes more sense if their offices are relocated in the middle while the employees get a dose of sunshine along the edge. This window space utilization provides a potential in the creation of better working moods, thus, increasing worker output.

The open plan concept has been proven to improve the flow of communication in many offices. This means that even when subjected to heavy foot traffic, the work areas must still have ample distance from the traffic.

Certain systems may be optional such as a music system but where it is seen to improve the productivity, then it helps to set up one. Music can be soothing and there are many people who can work better when there is music playing in the background.

Furniture Layout Counts

Quality furniture is also important so it is best that the office pieces are purchased from a reputable company, one that specializes in supplying office furniture. Furniture layout must be designed in a manner that the mind and the body remain flexible.

Teams grow over time so a modular design is one of the concepts that can accommodate the office’s growing needs. Find comfortable seating, set up reliable acoustics, cable management, apply the best color and find durable office furniture. These may be separate factors but they are all important pieces on that big puzzle called the office setting.