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Home Design or Decor

It is said that creativity is best unleashed in your own space. ‘Own space’ means your home or apartment or the space that you use for your living.

There are any numbers of options for homeowners to design and decorate their homes, whether apartments or individual structures set within a boundary. One of the many challenges an apartment owner faces is the curb on redesigning or painting, especially if the apartment is on lease and not owned entirely.

However, there are limitless creative options that the human mind can think up, as ideas to design homes in traditional methods as well as simple eco-friendly methods that serve as alternatives to traditional and conventional design schemes.

One of the traditional ways to decorate a home is by painting it in colors and schemes to match with interior décor of each room or living space. Painting walls is usually done by paint contractors and laborers who charge exorbitant rates for painting. Most home owners like their walls to take on different hues; their home plans include different paint colors and paint styles for different areas of the house – the porch, living or drawing, kitchen, master bedroom, library, children’s bedroom, attic, spare room etc. Thematic colors and designs are increasingly being offered by paint manufacturers in keeping with the changing times.

If you have a home contractor who has the time and inclination to suggest new ideas and to make your home painting an interesting way to spend your energy, it is the best option by far, as it will not only reduce your costs by also give you a sense of ultimate satisfaction when you see end results.

Some people, however, look for alternative ways and means to add variety and color to homes. These choices can be used instead of resorting to regular home painting, and add that special touch to give a ‘home feel’ to your living space.

Some effective alternatives

There are many alternatives to choose from, but some of the most widely used choices are:

i. Painted furniture – furniture in vibrant colors can take away the focus from the walls

ii. Rugs – easy maintenance rugs and carpets woven around a theme or design work well to add warmth to a room

iii. Curtain and drapes – treating windows with designer drapes completely change the look of a room. By choosing the right colors and designs, they can make the windows look larger

iv. All weather furniture – for outdoor places and for bathrooms, placing a chair or stool in bright color adds depth and cheer

v. Pillows and cushions – these are sure-shots in changing the décor of living spaces completely. The use of different colors and shapes adds great deal of color to your drawing room or bedroom

vi. Lighting – Good lighting choices, especially with dimmers and shades provide layered lighting effects on walls and surfaces. Floor lamps, table lamps and wall lamps can be used in different parts of the house to take away the starkness of white light.

vii. Mirrors – Movable, ornate mirrors in different shapes with intricate workmanship on the frames, when placed in vantage positions, appear to make room space larger or smaller as needed. The added advantage of mirrors is that they can be used in any location as they are movable.

viii. Flowering plants – it is hard to imagine a home interior without flowering plants. With the onus of eco-friendly living, many homeowners opt to place plants and shrubs that repel insects and add fresh odor to the insides of a home

Small Kitchen Design – Small Room Big On Style

A kitchen, no matter its size, is one of the most important rooms in the house. Everyone gathers in the kitchen, but what do you do if your kitchen is too small to hold your family? Can it still be an important room if it’s small? Absolutely it can and these small kitchen design tips below may even be able to make it seem bigger.

Many kitchens have a lot on their countertops. There’s the cookie jar, the toaster, the coffee maker, the sugar, coffee, and tea containers, among others. If your kitchen is small, any of that you can put away will help add space as well as a decorative touch to your kitchen. Clutter is never decorative, but clean lines in the kitchen can be. Having all of these things in the cabinets instead of on the countertops will create the clean lines.

Believe it or not, one of the keys to small kitchen design and decorating is bright colors which will help to open up the kitchen. If you prefer the wood grain for your cabinets, the walls can be painted a bright color. A textured look, depending on the texture, and color of the mix, can add to the openness of the room. A soft yellow, sky blue, or field green may be a good choice for this room because they are all colors that are reminiscent of the expansive outdoors. They will help add to the illusion of more space. If you’d rather take on the look of painted cabinets, again, choosing the softer shades will be a nice touch to the cabinets and it will also enhance the space in the kitchen.

If you have wall space and would like to display artwork on the walls, choose just a few pieces so as not to clutter the walls. If possible, choose pieces with scenery of open spaces. This will further enhance the illusion of space in the kitchen while retaining an inviting decor. Make sure the pieces that you display are not large. A moderate sized few paintings add a nice decorative touch to a small kitchen.

Functional items with decorative touches are another nice touch to this kitchen. These will add to the decor while being necessary pieces of your kitchen. A holder for your cooking utensils made designed to match the colors or items in your kitchen will enhance it without making it look cluttered. These are great items for the small kitchen because you will use them often, yet they become wonderful integrated parts of your decor.

A small kitchen is one with a cozy feel. It brings everyone together and strong bonds are made in this room. A feeling of unity within the decor of the room further enhances those bonds created by friends and family.

Remember To Ask Yourself “Why” When It Comes To Kitchen Design

When it comes to any redesign project in a typical home, there’s a lot to think about. If you are simply renovating one particular area, after all, you will want to make sure that it stays faithful to the overall theme of your residence. However, if the rest of your home is fairly “neutral” in terms of its layout and decor, this allows you to have a relatively free rein, to focus on certain rooms as you go. Most people, when faced with the prospect of a kitchen design project will generally be excited to pitch in and get things moving. Of all the rooms in your house this is where most of the focus is, but there are lots of practical considerations to bear in mind. You simply have to take time to really work out what you want to achieve, how you’re going to go about it and make sure that you do not miss the entire point of such a redesign – improving and enhancing.

In short, when it comes to kitchens you have to really ask yourself the question – why. Why are you going to take a certain approach, why are you going to lay out your appliances in such a manner and why are you going to use specific materials or solutions? You shouldn’t just settle for a particular option, just because it’s traditional. Whilst you should look at as many magazines and online websites as possible to get some inspiration, you should always be asking yourself why you should take such and such an approach and is it right for your situation.

You may not have free reign when it comes to the budget and whilst this always has a bearing whenever it comes to your choice of materials and solutions, try and exercise freedom of thought in between these higher and lower constraints. Again, you want to be able to remain faithful to the overall appeal and character of your home, but you do want to make something happen in here and be excited by the prospect.

You might find that a varied approach to the choice of cabinetry is a good option. Choose cabinets that go together and complement each other, but that have a different tone and colour scheme to break up the overall appearance. Who’s to say that you have to choose a conventional counter-top and you’d be surprised at just what you can find to match those cabinets with a little investigation.

Imagine yourself standing back in the distance and looking at the finished design. How will natural light that flows into this room during the day interact with the colours and compositions you have in mind? This is the point on which you should engage your professional kitchen designer to help you visualise, as they will ordinarily have a great deal more experience than you at this process of visualisation.

Remember that the planning stage is important, but it should also be the most enjoyable phase of the entire project. This is why it’s good to have a free and open mind so that you can be sure when it’s all over that you’ve made the right decision.