Home Improvement Dos And Don’ts You Need To Know

If you feel afraid or confused when it comes to home improvement, continue reading this article. It’s normal to feel this way, but you will find answers below. Read on for some great home improvement advice.If you should happen to spot a water leaking from below the sink or under the tap, it is best that you do not try to patch up the leak yourself. If you feel like your living room is just average and low key, throw a bold print in there to create an accent with some personality.

When planning home improvement projects, don’t forget about your front porch. Staining your basement floor can spruce up the looks down there.Besides adding easily-changeable color to a room’s decor, the right window treatments can help to make a room more spacious. Now that you have a somewhat better understanding of what to do and how things should be used, go ahead and try it.

5 Decorating Tips to Make Your Small Space Feel Larger

Many first-time homeowners quickly realize the money they’ve saved for a house is not enough to purchase their dream home. Sacrifices are made and this often translates into less space than we would like.

Be Purposeful!

Versatile, multi-functional furniture creates both flexibility and order, and can often double as storage; a crucial thing in a small space! Storage ottomans can be placed at the foot of the bed and hide extra linens. They can also be used as extra seating in the dining and/or living areas. Placing one or more beneath a glass console table will create a welcoming foyer.

A pull-out sofa or daybed that can act as a bed for overnight guests can be a saviour, taking up little space when not in use. Decorate with functional but pretty baskets and boxes that can be used to store any number of unsightly items: loose cords, magazines or even pet toys.

Modular pieces provide custom solutions for even the smallest spaces. Armless sectional pieces, for example, can be easily moved around to create unique seating arrangements, as required. If your dining room/area is small, consider a table that expands in size, from a romantic dinner for two to a size suitable for dinner parties, rather than a huge tale that consumes the room.

Hiding your storage in plain view maximizes your space. Select a bed that features deep drawers and/or headboard storage. Opt for tables that offer drawers so that you can hide paperwork and electronic remotes.

Don’t forget that shelving and other storage components can be combined in any room to capitalize on vertical real estate. Built-ins are another great solution and can be made to look as if they are part of the wall with the use of push-touch closures.

Let it Float!

Cramming everything you can imagine into a room will only make it feel cluttered and may impede traffic flow. A crowded nest does not inspire love and togetherness; it increases stress and frustration. Spread your furniture out and don’t assume the only option is to place every piece tightly against a wall. Creating special areas or zones will help add volume to the space and create visual unity.

To introduce negative space, choose seating with legs rather than skirts, and tables and shelves which do not extend directly to the floor. Though they occupy the same footprint, seeing the floor beneath the pieces gives the illusion of space and airiness.

Paint!

One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to decorate is paint. While cool colours and lighter tints generally make rooms look larger, you are not relegated to pastels and neutrals. Be bold and vibrant if it feels comfortable, even if just as an accent wall. The important thing is that you create a visual flow from room to room, using tones of the same shade.

Opt for a more monochromatic scheme, using similar tones on walls, window treatments and large pieces of furniture. Minimizing the contrast keeps the eye flowing in an uninterrupted manner. This will visually decrease the mass of the furniture and increase the volume of the room. Introducing a variety of textures will add even more depth and interest.

Don’t forget the fifth wall: the ceiling. Particularly if you are in a newer condo or loft, most of which feature higher than 8′-0″ ceilings, this surface represents an opportunity to add a splash of colour and create some drama.

Lighten Up!

Why do so many smaller homes feature large windows these days? Lighting makes a huge difference to a space, especially natural light, which will make the space feel brighter and more spacious. But this is helpful only during the day. At night, provide yourself the option of brightening your spaces in the same way.

Adding ceiling lights is not always a viable option, particularly if you are dealing with concrete ceilings. Hanging lights, such as swags or even Christmas twinkle lights, might work in some spaces. The failsafe is to make full use of task lighting: floor and table lamps, under-cabinet lighting, even wall sconces (which come in both hard-wired and wireless options). If you can put your lights on dimmers, their utility will increase. Also consider choosing bulbs that offer a more natural light, such as full spectrum lighting.

Mirrors and reflective surfaces such as metal, crystal, high-gloss surfaces, or iridescent wallpapers can be a designer’s best friend when it comes to visually expanding a space, as they amplify the available light. Do not be afraid to use them!

Simplicity. Flexibility. Versatility.

Add these words to your small space lexicon. Functional space is critical to making a room feel larger. At the same time, focus on the benefits of having a smaller space by finding the natural character of the room so that you can draw your guests in. Embrace the coziness and the opportunity to be that much closer to your husband or wife! Most of all, be open, creative and have fun!

Choosing The Right Carpet Design

If you prefer to take the design of your home’s interior into your own hands, then you surely know how difficult it is to handle every single decision. Everything from the colour of the walls to the type of the flooring needs to be chosen carefully and you need to make sure that all of these details work in harmony with one another. This applies to the carpeting as well – the first thing you need to decide, is whether or not you want carpets or carpeting at all. Afterwards, you’ll have to decide if you want a single carpet, an entire floor covered in carpeting or hanging wall carpets.

These three simple types of carpets come in many different fabrics, shapes, size, patterns, colours and vary in price. If you’re picky or have a hard time making decisions, this can be a huge challenge for you. But worry not, let’s start at the beginning and we’ll gradually work our way to the last choice.

Types of Fibers

Now, each type of fiber gives the carpet a different, unique texture and, has its own way of maintenance. The fibers you can choose from are as follows:

  • Wool
  • Silk
  • Jute
  • Synthetic Fibers

After you’ve chosen a fiber, it’s time to decide whether or not you want one or a few carpets or an entire floor covered in carpeting. Keep in mind that a single or multiple carpets and rugs are cleaned and maintained far easier than an entire floor is. An entire floor means that you’ll have to constantly keep an eye for any stains and marks that have been left behind. The only difference between these two, is the level and method of maintenance and the size variation.

Note: If you’re facing difficulties with carpet maintenance, remember that you can always contact carpet cleaning professionals to assist you with any stains, dirt or if you need to properly restore any of your carpets and rugs.

If you’ve decided to go with a single carpet or a few rugs, the next thing you’ll have to decide upon is the size.

Size & Shape

Carpets literally come in all sizes, especially if you’re having one custom-made. The size of the carpet or rug usually depends on the size of the room and the placement and number of the furniture pieces. If the room is furnished to achieve a minimalistic effect, a single, large carpet would be a perfect fit. You’ll have to make sure that the carpet doesn’t get in the way of any doors or any of the furniture pieces, also, be sure to place the carpet in an area, where it would make sense to have a carpet or rug. For instance, a rug in front of the kitchen sink is useless, unless you want to constantly have a soggy mat, on which to step on.

The shape is tied together with the size and, again, you’ll have to make sure that the location of the carpet won’t interfere with the furniture or the functionality of any appliances, as well as the usage of the room itself. Also, be sure to choose a shape that compliments the surroundings well and doesn’t stick out like an orange dot on a black canvas.

Colour & Patterns

This is by far the most difficult decision. If you’re trying to tie a room together with its interior, you’ll surely know exactly what you want from a carpet in terms of colour or a pattern, though that solid decision can always change, but this will rarely leave you confused about what you want. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, however, the shear quantity of colours and patterns will surely be overwhelming. Be sure to take your time in deciding on exactly what you want, before you choose to purchase or order your carpet.

Price Range

The price is often the most crucial part of choosing a carpet and you’ll surely be left in a pinch if you want an expensive rug, which you can’t afford. But worry not, you can always find something that can fit both your price range, as well as your wants and needs.

I hope this guide has been helpful and remember not to let the choosing of your carpet go to your head, I happen to know how that can easily be regarded as “the most important decision of someone’s life”.