28 Sep 2017

Why Windows Can Be A Focal Point

Windows were a wonderful invention. Light comes in, faces look out, and we choose to forget that time there was a tax on them and had them bricked up as a result. Yet windows can act as a focal point for any room, and can incorporate feng shui quite well in room setups. So what can do you with a window that makes it prettier, focused, and a whole lot more interesting to look at from across the room?


Curtains Can Be Pretty and Practical

Curtains keep a room insulated, keep light out when it’s not wanted, and just help complete the look of a room more than anything else. Plenty of lining can be used to bulk up some old material if you need. 

Before buying some curtains, get a fabric or colour sample and hold it up to the light. You don’t want to be misled by colours that look natural in any other way except with daylight. You can get a huge range of made to measure curtains from any shop or site, and they’re usually perfect for your needs seeing as you designed them! Depending on your fabric, your curtains will need to be replaced every few years. You can even have a summer and winter pair if you fancy it. 

There’s Always Some Sun To Catch

Even when the rain is beating down against the panes, there’s some light for you to catch. Maximise on the sun’s rays and change your rooms around to make the window a focal point for this reason. 

If you have a darker room in your house or flat, then you’ll need to identify them first of all. Rooms like the bathroom or the hallway or more likely to have a lower source of natural light, so focus on these first. 

For a bathroom particularly, you can use mirrors to get a lovely reflective effect. Be careful not to overexpose your four walls though, as you don’t want to walk in in the middle of the night, turn the light on, and get hit straight in the eye with a direct beam!

The Sound of the Rain is Therapeutic 

Hearing the sound of rain beating down against the glass of windows, or even dripping off the panes can be quite relaxing to some. It’s a form of white noise that can help put us to sleep, or maybe wake us up. Either way, having a window to connect you to the outside world even when you’re stuck indoors can be a mind saver. 

Placing a plant in front of a window helps to further symbolise the element of nature. After all, sounds of nature are common albums you’ll find in the soothing section of record stores, or in the genre sections online. You won’t have to fork out for the rainy season however. 

Windows were designed to let light in and people look out, but there’s so many ways to customise then, with stickers or decals if you so fancy.  


20 Sep 2017

7 Steps To A Pretty And Practical Kitchen

Having a pretty and practical kitchen can help to give your home the ‘wow’ factor. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home. Just think of the many ways you use it! Maybe you use it to cook, eat, entertain friends, and take care of work at home. That makes this room one of the most important and multitasking throughout the whole house. Having both a pretty and practical kitchen is essential to get the most out of it. Here are 7 steps you can take to create your own!

Figure Out How You Use Your Kitchen Most

Write a list of the ways you use your kitchen currently, or the way in which you’d like to use your kitchen. If you want to use it to entertain friends, but you just don’t have the space, is there a way you could add more space? Perhaps you could go open plan, or get rid of cabinets that don’t get a lot of use. When you figure out what’s important to you, you’ll be able to create the most beautiful kitchen that you love spending time in.

Come Up With Your Favorite Theme

Coming up with your favorite theme can be tough, especially with so many out there. However, there are all kinds of places you can go for inspiration. Pinterest is a great place to start, or you could just ask a reputable company like Cane Brothers Kitchen Company for advice on the space you have now. When you have a theme you know you won’t get bored of, you’ll love the look of your kitchen.

Look At Your Kitchen Like A Clean Slate

Try to look past what your kitchen looks like now and look at it like a blank canvas; a clean slate. Start all over again. How could it look if you were to gut it out and start all over again? You’d be surprised at what you can create when you look at it like this! 


Make Sure Your Lighting Is On Point

Lighting in the kitchen is crucial. You need task lighting to prepare food, and you may even need it if you like to work in the kitchen. Make sure you have the right bulbs, and that they are placed in the right areas too. If they’re in the wrong place, they could start casting shadows that will hinder your cooking!

Add A Focal Point

Having a few focal points in the home is a great way to create interest and add personality. In the kitchen, it’s a good idea to do this with your backsplash. You can easily create a great display of pretty tiles without having to spend too much money or time.

 Make Sure You Have Plenty Of Space For Prepping Food

You're going to need lots of space for prepping food, so make sure you have that. This is the reason kitchen islands have become so popular!

Ensure You Are Using The Space Optimally

Are you really using your kitchen space optimally? Is there a better lay out, or something you could get rid of to create a better space? There are apps you can use online to help you.

Have fun creating a pretty and practical kitchen!


19 Sep 2017

Giving Your Home That Natural Look

Neutral colours, wooden textures and plenty of green plants are the hallmarks of a nature-inspired home. Whether you’re just starting out with DIY interior design or if you’re thinking about shaking up the feel of your home with the help of a contractor, consider giving it the natural makeover with some of these fantastic tips.

Choose Your Colours
Colours play a huge component in natural-looking homes. The types of colour you want to use are whites, greens, and other natural colours such as beige and light browns. The beige and brown colours emulate the feeling of wood, and the white colours are neutral and can go with almost any decor arrangement. It’s a good idea to mix some darker browns or even blacks to contrast with the lighter colours. Most of these colours can be achieved through natural means. For instance, if you use natural wood in parts of your decor, then you’ll automatically get the browns. If you use lots of plants in your home such as Chinese Evergreen or Aloe Vera, then you’ll automatically get some beautiful shades of green to mix things up.
Mind Your Materials
It was mentioned briefly in the colour section, but materials can add a huge dimension to the natural feel of your home. Using high-quality timber, such as from the likes of George Hill Timber, to make your own furniture or bolster decorations is far better than using random scrap bits of wood. The texture, feel and colour of high-quality timber is fantastic and breathes some natural life into your home. If you want to be even more decorative, then taking tree stumps and converting them into end tables or even seats can add style as well, but this requires a lot of patience and work. Make sure you avoid carpets as much as possible too and replace them with wooden floors instead. If you don’t like the feel of wood, then perhaps laminate flooring would be the ideal replacement. It gives you the look and colour of wood but is far easier to maintain than hardwood flooring.
Design Your Details 
Lastly, let’s talk about the unique touches you can add to give your home a welcoming natural feel. The types of plants you use are important. Although you should try and make them green as often as possible, there are some exceptions. For instance, Lavender introduces a pleasant smell into a room and looks beautiful in a pot placed on a coffee table or on a kitchen counter. Be careful because these smells can be overpowering for some people, so try to keep them as subtle as possible. Another good detail to remember is the type of ornaments and decorations you put on your shelves. Things like books and toys will stand out and ruin an otherwise natural-feeling room. Instead, try to add small plant pots, bowls, jars and other small details that fit the rest of your decor. Keep all of the clashing elements in cupboards and boxes to keep them out of sight.
Hopefully, these tips have given you some insight into how you can introduce a natural feel into your home.

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