Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Small interior design touches that make a big difference

When most people think of re-decorating the house, they think of fitting a new bathroom, kitchen or living room suite. However, this type of large scale interior design can be very costly and time consuming.

So, if you want to breathe some new life into your home and shake up the design, without it costing an arm and a leg, what can you do? Well there are lots of small touches and changes you can make around the home that will make a big difference.

Art work
Putting up new art work is a great way to make a big change to a room. A large piece of art work can be quick and simple to put up yet will make a big difference to the style and focus of a room. What’s more, if you frame the piece yourself or buy it from a second hand store, it can be incredibly cheap yet make a big difference.

Finishing touches
There are also lots of other little touches you can make that don’t take a lot of effort, money or time but can completely re-vamp your home. Putting simple things out on display, such as fresh flowers, fruit or candles can have a big impact on a room’s aesthetics.

Maintenance
If you are looking to make a big change to your home but don’t have too much time or money there is still lots you can do. Rather than having a whole new kitchen fitted, why not simply replace the cabinet doors. This could completely transform your kitchen and make it look brand new with hardly any effort. Most cabinet doors will un-screw simply and can be easily replaced, without having to change the whole cabinet or counter tops.

Similarly, rather than replacing your carpets you can make a big difference to a room by simply having them cleaned. Carpet cleaning is quite affordable and quick, especially compared to replacing them, yet can make a room look a lot more fresh and new. You could also try a new colour of paint on the walls or just some fresh sealant around the bathroom fittings.

So there you have it, all of these simple, quick and easy ideas can have a big impact on the style of a room without costing you a lot of time and money. However, one thing to keep in mind when you are revamping a room is to check to see if it will impact on your home insurance coverage as you might have to declare any changes.

Guest Post
Written By Matthew Read
Fresh Insurance Group

Monday, February 28, 2011

Color and Emotions


 “Often we are not aware of the effects the visual world has on our senses and our feelings.”

Certain colors can evoke a strong emotional response, and clever use of light can enhance or subdue a mood. So before you decorate, take the time to first consider how you want to feel in the room, and spend some time there before you decide on the final palette.

Paint some test colors on the walls and observe how they change from day to night, and lay some fabric over a chair in front of the painted wall to see how the two colors and surfaces react with each other.

For example, in a home office that benefits from lots of natural daylight, you may wish to use a cool sky blue as the main color in order to stimulate clear thinking and a peaceful atmosphere. Yellow is a great color to use in a kitchen, and creates a citrus fresh wake-up, or if a warmer tone is used, a cozy family space.

If you decide on a passionate, hot scheme of red tones for the living room, then consider surfaces and fabrics that will enhance this sensual mood. Choose a high-gloss lipstick color for the woodwork and sumptuous velvets and smooth satins for the upholstery. Low level candlelight is sure to finish this mood off perfectly.


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