Renew your home in simple ways

There comes a time when everyone considers making a change to their home décor. While a complete renovation is the surest way to end up with a home that has entirely changed, that is not always a viable option for most people. The obvious alternative to renovation is to find ways to give your home a renewed feeling that are cheaper, easier and less time-consuming.

Colour Scheme

The easiest way to change a home’s appearance is to change the colours in the house. There are three main things to consider when planning a colour scheme. The first thing that you should keep in mind is that your colours should match. This seems obvious but unmatched colours are usually the culprits in poorly designed rooms. The next is to think about the effect. Darker colours should be on the bottom and lighter colours should be above eye level. At eye level, it is a good idea to place objects that tie the colours together. The final thing to remember is that limiting your thinking limits the end result. Have fun and experiment until you find something that works for your space.

Lighting

%d0%bd%d1%829A quick and easy fix for any room of the house is to change the lighting. It is often quite surprising how much of a difference the right lighting can make. Taking care of those dark corners and making sure that everything in the room is well-lit will improve the feel of your room greatly, because it will make the space feel lighter and airier. Maximizing the natural light coming into a room is also a good way to improve the feel of a space. Using mirrors to reflect incoming light can be a very cheap and fun way to lighten things up.

There are a lot of lighting choices out there, but the most versatile are LED lights. They can be a little bit expensive, but they last a long time and come in every shade and colour tone under the sun. That gives you almost unlimited lighting options that can be modified to suit any occasion.

Refurbishing Furniture

Retouching your furniture with a coat of paint can make a world of difference in the look and feel of your home. If your home is filled with aging wooden tables, cabinets, chairs, and shelves, a simple sandpaper treatment and a couple of coats of paint can turn them into completely new accents to your home décor. In order to add to the effect, adding fun and colourful throws and cushions can give old furniture that extra bit of style that they need.

Decoration

%d0%bd%d1%8210Adding handmade pots or vases is a great way to add some personality to your home, and if you choose them after the colour scheme has been decided, it is easy to use your decorations to tie everything together, while at the same time adding some needed textures and shapes.

Another thing that can be done is to simplify the storage. Create boxes or crates of some kind that allow all of the clutter to be stored away out of sight. Removing all of the odds and ends from immediate view goes a long way towards creating a fresh feel. It is always good practice to keep your knickknacks stored, and to display only the items that add to the look of the room.

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Home Styling for Viewings

I recently had to sell my house and was faced with the question of desirability. I knew my home was nice and the neighbourhood that it was in was also generally sought after, but after several viewings I began to realize that people weren’t really thrilled with what they were seeing. After a little soul searching and a lot of research, I decided to give my home a makeover. Home styling, also known as home staging, is an art form like any other. To do it properly takes time, a vision, and a little patience. Here are some of the things that I learned from my experience.

The most important thing to remember when home staging is that the people coming to view your home have never seen either it or you before. The house must be shown for its own sake and your personal feelings about it need to be left on the back burner. It’s presentation time!

Kerb Appeal

%d0%bd%d1%824The first impression is important. Much like the way the first chapter of a book can help you decide whether you should continue reading, the way your home looks from the street is going to be the first step in coercing the buyer to purchase the property. Plant fresh flowers, lay down some sod if the grass is bad, and paint the windows and door. It’ll be worth it in the end.

Cleanliness

One of the most detrimental things for those wanting to sell is to have a dirty house when buyers come to visit. Sure, everyone knows that things can get dirty from time to time, but when potential buyers come to a house they want to imagine themselves living there and that is very hard to do when you see someone’s socks lying on the floor. Keep the home immaculate.

Remove the Personal Feel

%d0%bd%d1%825Similar to the reasoning behind the need for keeping things clean and tidy, it is recommended to remove personal pictures and other items that speak to you and your living in the house. Again, the customer is not actually looking at your home, but rather a product on the market. You should keep your house in a state that invites visitors to imagine themselves spending their valued time on the furniture, and cooking family meals on the stovetop.

Perceived Spaciousness and Lighting

You will want to maximize the space in every part of your home by spreading our your furniture to use up all of the space available. Doing this may seem counterintuitive because by spreading things out you are essentially creating less floor space, but the overall look will be airier as there will be no cramped areas. This method is also useful to make it appear that there are no unusable areas in the home. After achieving the illusion of more space, it will be time to think about the type of lighting that will best compliment the room. There are a lot of choices out there, but whichever you choose, make sure that it is bright enough to light every corner of the room, while at the same time making sure that it not so bright as to seem uncomfortable.

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Interior design for 2016

Fashion is an ever-changing landscape of ideas and trends that are quite difficult to keep up with, unless, of course, you are involved with the industry in some way, either as a hobby or as part of your job. Styles in interior design come and go almost as quickly as those connected to hairstyles and clothing, but by reading this short guide hopefully you will get a decent overview of what’s currently hot in the industry.

Colours

The first that I want to talk about are the colours that interior designers are using in 2016. This is one of my favourite topics because colour makes up so much of the overall look of a room. The most popular colour schemes centre around two main concepts: stark contrast and warm earthy colours.

%d0%bd%d1%822Some people are going for a bold look with solid and very strong colours for the walls that they then complement with lighter colours in the rest of the décor around the room, such as the trim around windows and doors, rugs, tables, and chairs. This style is beautiful and bold. My favourite thing about it is that it makes the furnishings in the room stand out so much better. Some of the colour choices for these types of designs are bright yellows, emerald greens, burnt oranges, and many different tones of pink.

While I love the strong colours with light contrasting highlights, my favourite colours are the down-to-earth subdued ones. They are colours that you would expect to find in the workshop of a Native American painter. The variations of brown and beige, the greens that look like they came straight from the ground, the reds and the blues all give the feeling of relaxation and calm. These colours, combined with materials and cloth of rough material, bring the viewer of this type of setup into an instant state of groundedness. Something very necessary these days for those who live the city life.

Materials

Even though design seems to have gone to a very modern and minimalist place when it comes to materials and furniture, in 2016 this is becoming less often the preferred go-to style of choice. People seem a little bored of the stark white objects and clean straight lines, and we are seeing more of the traditional materials making a comeback.

%d0%bd%d1%823There has been a lot of leather and wood incorporated into these newer designs, focused on an earthier look, and for brightly coloured rooms we can see a lot of objects made of resin and glass. The one common thread that joins the two styles is the fact that all of these materials carry with them a personality of their own. It is often the case that when materials such as these are used, each object is one of a kind.

Popular Furniture

Similar to the push for more natural-looking colours and textures, there is an increasing demand for furniture that echoes these preferences. We are seeing a lot of soft chairs and couches covered in natural feeling fabrics, and coloured in subdued hues such as grey-blues, eggshell whites, teals, and browns, to name just a few. The warm textures and colours are very much in style, and comfort is the name of the game these days. People want to create havens in their homes where they can curl up and read a book after a hard day at work.

Design in a Nutshell

Off-colours, earthy tones, thick materials that are course yet soft to the touch, and bold patterns and designs that tie all of the colours and textures together, make up a very interesting collection of options for this year’s décor. My advice is to decide on a colour palette that includes three colours that are very different but go well together. From there, all you need to do is to figure out which will be the furniture, which will go on the walls, and which one will be the accent colour for both the walls and the furniture.

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Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

Like to travel? Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore should definitely be on your list of must-see places to visit. The hotel has reached a pinnacle of perfection in almost every category, and the hotel is redefining what it means to be a fully featured and luxurious travel destination.

The Design

When it comes to building design, Marina Bay Sands is a force of nature. The 5.7-billion-dollar hotel is truly incredible in size, construction, and design. The 929,000-square metre mega structure is much more than just a hotel. The architect who designed it wanted to make a cultural statement and worked closely with the government in Singapore in its planning and construction. The building includes a variety of features to enhance its visitor’s experience, and is one of the most impressive features of the Singaporean urban landscape.

The massive structure is made up of several different buildings, and when they all come together, it is truly impressive. The first thing that visitors to Singapore see is the three towers that make up the hotel. These skyscrapers are each large enough to make up an impressive hotel on their own, but as we already said, this is more than just a hotel. The three main buildings are connected at the top by another structure, the SkyPark, which spans across the three in one piece. Around the main structure, there are several other buildings for museums, parks, and shopping.

The Interior

As one would expect from a building project of this magnitude, the interior design of the hotel and rooms are as elegant as the building itself. There are several room styles and every one of them is designed with both physical and mental comfort in mind.

The colours used are subdued and earthy, and the materials that cover the furniture and windows imbue a feeling of warmth and comfort. Space also seems to have been of primary importance to the designers because every bit of floor space is used to maximize customer comfort. The Marina Bay Sands hotel is both modern and incredibly beautiful.

Of course, as with everything else, you get what you pay for, and if you are trying to live in real luxury, you are going to have to pay for it. The room classes are designed with specific demographics in mind, and they can easily be distinguished by looking at the design features as well as the price of the rooms. The simplest designs are found in the cheapest rooms, which start at around 450 dollars, and the most impressively designed rooms are found in the suites that cost around 6000 dollars per night.

The Activities

There are many activities that guests can take part in while staying at Marina Bay Sands. These include shopping, going for a boat ride on the indoor canal system, swimming at the Sky Park, and gambling at the casino.

The rooftop bar has one of the most beautiful swimming pools around. The pool spans the entire side of the roof and has a vanishing edge which, to the sunbathing patrons, makes it look like the top of a waterfall with the water falling to the ground far below.

%d0%bd%d1%826Even more impressive than the amazing sky bar is the casino. The 15,000-square metre floor contains approximately 600 tables for games like Blackjack and Baccarat, as well as 1,500 slot machines spread across four floors. That’s a big casino! As soon as you walk into the casino all you see is gold. There is gold everywhere, from floor to ceiling. The large, smooth, flowing lines of the interior structure combined with the colour scheme give the feeling of being in a palace.

Summary

If you are one for the high life and want to experience life in the world’s most expensive structure ever built, the Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore is a must see destination. It isn’t every day that buildings completely change the face and personality of a city, but in this case, it’s been done with amazing style and grace.

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Decorate Your Outdoor Area

Thinking about beautifying your home leads you to a couple of different places. The first is usually the interior and the exterior typically follows in second place. People have many reasons for decorating and personalizing their living spaces the way that they do, but the most important ones have to do with comfort and style. Many people spend their free time outdoors and they love the feeling of comfort when they are outside. They also like their space to be unique, and to show visitors a good time.

Structures and Walkways

%d0%bd%d1%827Depending on the size of your space, you will want to consider building a structure in which people can spend time. Patios are nice for this as well as gazebos. The advantage of a patio is that it is attached to the house and walking inside to get drinks and snacks is very easy. A house with a patio always seems a little bigger because the patio adds an outdoor room to the house. The gazebo, on the other hand, makes hanging out away from the house a lot of fun. The feeling of being separated from the house makes it easier to experience the outdoors and the peace and quiet that is often found there.

An added benefit to building a gazebo is that you can put down a beautiful flagstone walkway leading to the back door of your house. This is a great place to install some ground lights in a soft colour such as orange or yellow to set the mood and keep everyone safe.

Furniture

The best kind of furniture for an outdoor space is low-maintenance and sturdy enough to resist all kinds of weather. Wooden tables and chairs are always a safe bet as long as they have been treated properly. However, these types of tables and chairs are usually heavy and end up being fairly stationary, which many people are not very happy about. The ability to rearrange and modify the overall look and feel is important for most people these days, so choosing from lightweight options like folding chairs may be better for you when it comes to seating. Whichever option you choose to go with, it is a good idea to get waterproof, outdoor cushions to put on your seating, as that will make your long outdoor meetings with friends more comfortable.

Lighting

%d0%bd%d1%828The finishing touch of any design arrangement is always the lighting. The correct light choices can make or break an intended mood, and they can also complement specific textures and building materials to bring out the best in them.

There are a couple of options out there such as ground lighting along pathways, fire torches filled with citronella oil to keep the mosquitos away, elevated lampposts, and many more. Some of them are wired to the property’s electrical network, some are battery powered and need to be changed every few months, and others are powered by the sun. Choosing the right one depends on your needs and it is a good idea to get an idea about how the light produced will interact with the space.

Summary

The next time you find yourself considering possible improvements to your back yard or garden, looking for ideas that could make the space more inviting, keep in mind that you are creating an environment in which memories will be made. The outdoor space is where the late-night conversations with friends occur, the birthday parties for your kids, and the Sunday BBQ parties on game day. Every decision that you make has to take all of the possible scenarios into account. Happy planning, and have fun.

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