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Do’s & Don’ts of House Decor Improvements to Save Money

Jul 30, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Design Tutorials

When you’re trying the house decor improvements, there are quite many options available. Some of these are extremely expensive. However, you don’t need to throw all your life savings into the do-up. There are some aspects you should overindulge, while a lot of other great options where you can actually save some money.

Save with Faux Wood Flooring

You’ve decided on getting wooden floors. This enhancement will improve the look of your home, with definite increase in its value. However, if you go with faux wooden flooring, you can actually save a lot of money. There are a variety of wood-style options to choose from that stand up just as well, if not better, and look amazing.

Save with Storage Containers

Did you know that you can make your own storage containers out of things you probably have lying around the house? Instead of spending money on branded storage boxes, spend a little bit of time on a DIY storage project. What do you need to store? There are a lot of options, including CD spindles for ribbon if you’re a crafter, or old baby food jars for screws.

Save with Lamps

It’s important to have great lighting around the house, but it’s also good to remember that you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on lamps. If you find the perfect lamp, but it’s extremely expensive, take a look online and perform search at Google.com. It’s likely that you’ll find a very similar lamp for half the price or less.

Spend on Windows Treatments

Your windows enhancements help pull the room together. It’s not a good idea to skimp on these improvements. Make sure you get the best and perfect window curtains by The Shade Store. Whether you spend a lot or very little on the windows treatment doesn’t really matter. Making sure that you get exactly what is required for each room, now that’s important!

Spend on Seating

House Decor Improvements

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You and your guests are likely going to spend the majority of your time sitting down or chilling in the living room. So, it’s important to make sure that your seating is comfortable and looks great with the rest of the hpuse. If this means that you have to shell out a little extra money, that’s okay. No one wants to have a lumpy, uncomfortable couch as their main source of seating.

Spend on Paint

Though paint is probably one of the economical decorating items you’ll come across, it’s also one of the most important. If you don’t have great paint, it’s going to show. Make sure that you get a hold of paint that can stand up to anything you put it through. If you have kids, paint that can be scrubbed clean without flaking is crucial. Consider adding different colors to the house as well. Don’t leave it all white, since that gets boring quickly.

Adding personality to your home can get expensive if you let it. However, if you’re careful about what you spend on house decor improvements and where you save, you’ll be happy with the results.

Jay

Jay

I currently hold editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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Tips for Eco-friendly Interior Design

Jun 17, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Interior Design

Looking for some creative tips for eco-friendly interior design for your home or office?

Like others, interior designers have also woken up to the concept of going green or making environment friendly home and offices. With the idea of using reused/recycled materials and green products now gaining popularity, interior designers have also cashed in on the eco-friendly interior design concept. This concept is actually safe and also quite commendable while keeping the environment in mind. With environment-friendly resources and materials that can be reused or recycled to create new, strong and eco-friendly products can make your home or office a fabulous place to live in.

 Eco-Friendly Interior Design

Your interior designer will create a desired eco-friendly house or office. Even you can contribute to the environment by following a few simple and innovative tips. Below are 5 tips to help you achieve your goal of an eco-friendly interior design.

1)   Use eco-friendly paint colors: The first step towards having an environmental-friendly surrounding is by applying natural paint colors. There are so many chemical-based paint colors and finishes available in the market which is actually dangerous to your health. Natural paint colors made from raw material like milk protein, clay, natural oil or other natural minerals are the safest for your health and surroundings.

2)   Eco-friendly furniture: Environment-friendly furniture means less use of wood which avoids cutting large trees. You should opt for furniture pieces from the environment-friendly companies who manufacture and deal in green products. Furniture made from bamboo is durable, easily manageable, eco-friendly and can also be used for aesthetic reasons. Recycled metal furniture is also gaining popularity now days. However, if you still prefer wooden furniture, avoid using furniture made from oak or maple trees as they need to be preserved. Instead, consider wooden furniture made from rubber wood or beech wood, that are combined with other recycled materials. These trees grow faster compared to other sturdy trees and wood is comparatively stronger. For floor rugs and carpets, consider materials made from faux fur or other eco-friendly alternative instead of using materials made from wood or leather.

3)   Reuse furniture: Many of the houses out there have wooden furniture originally made from oak or maple trees. If you want to change your furniture pieces, repair or reuse the old furniture to create a new furniture piece with a modern look instead of discarding them completely. This way you will not only contribute to the environment but also save money by reusing furniture from real sturdy wood. You can always DIY small repair works if required, and get them pieces painted with a coat of natural paint color to give an elegant finished look.

4)   Use Plants: Eco-friendly interior design is incomplete without the use of plants. Normally interior designers advise placing plants at specific areas of your house or office for fresh air and adding up to the visual beauty. Plants like English Ivy, Spider Plant, Weeping Fig or just your random flowering plants are good enough to serve the purpose.

5)   Support Eco-friendly Firms: Buying products from eco-friendly firms for your home or office supplies is a good way of supporting the environment. Eco-friendly firms usually make products from recycled supplies or materials that are safe for the environment. In order to buy green products, locate a local company producing green products or perform an online search at Google.com (as we did to get one of the images related to this article) for an eco-friendly company around your locality.

Ecolect Eco-Friendly Interior Design

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Already using eco-friendly interior design material for your home or office? Know about some of the best environment friendly product manufacturing companies or design firms ? Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts with us and the world in comments below.

Jay

Jay

I currently hold editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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Deceptive Designs: A Non Traditional Luxury

Sep 16, 2012     No Comments    Posted under: Design Firms, Interior Design

“It’s something that architects and designers have wanted to do for years, but it’s always been ultra luxury, one off-custom stuff”, said Rob Roland in regards to non-traditional luxury designs, the executive vice president of Dana Innovations in San Clemente, California.

Talking about fundamentals here, design is what is visual, something that can be seen or touched, but when it comes to unconventional non-sighted designs it is a blank vision. When a designer comes up with ideas that challenges this fundamental, dynamic innovations are born. Patrick Mclnerney’s, an architect from San Deigo who took this concept seriously, by modifying his living room and ceiling as an extension to each other, with little difference in the structure. It is thrilling when there is provision of lights in the room but no switches, an illusion of fixtures on the wall but no hooks, there is jive in air because of the music but not really any player in the room. Mclnerney used “zero sighted” design techniques to nullify the effect of any clutter by fixtures both in and out. The stereo may be plugged in your closet, background power outlets, hidden wires seamed through niche, laser or automated switch, handle less drawers-cupboards-doors, camouflaged usage of wood, custom designed TV cabinets, etc. are some of the latest ideas entering the market.

Non Traditional Interior Design

The concept is to collapse the mix of too much in the room to little “visible” in the room. This attempt is not an early bird entry; and been prominent principle as early as 1990s. William L. Murphy’s Murphy Bed was a conceiving design; the changes made later in the decade may not be called improvements. Bouchara, for instance enclosed a degree of transparency through clear glass console table, easily confusing to infant minds, specially designed for kids. For Miller, a New York based architect it was fighting with fire, on his challenge to design a salon based on the “non-sighted” design. “The approach involved covering every surface with wood shelving (even the ceiling), creating what he called a “complex kind of waffle space”, Miller quoted.

But this may not be a universal adaption for the market as the major portion of clients are the ones who like their gadgets on display and valuable interior design accessories. The designer creates special corners and spaces to bring out the purpose these devices eject. This superficial display of décor and surfaces will never disappear. The TV although have trimmed down from its old box version to sleek screens but the liking of larger screens is constant which occupy the surface space. This doesn’t satisfy the urge to nullify clutter through transparent and minimal inner design. The remote controlled ceiling fan, lights and chandelier, bathroom showers and electrical fixtures might fit into the comfort zone but you cannot imagine a door without a knob! Its formation was never meant to be that complex.

The scope of “button less” machinery needs to break itself from the ultra luxury produce to the less robotic and accessible layouts.

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Raman Sandhu

Raman Sandhu

Raman Sandhu has rushed and brushed her career with the fancy corporate world, yet still aiming advanced mechanism in human resources. Writing was never inherited, it is simply her flare of expression in anything and everything that she finds her interest of say! If readers can imagine what’s expressed through pen by Raman, its definitely a win-win situation for her. She has started writing with an experimented and quite varied genre of designs, and different aspects. While working as a human resource manager with an architect company, the language of design and decor is always easy to understand for her. You can connect with Raman through facebook profile.

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Top 10 Attractive Patio Design Tips

Feb 23, 2012     No Comments    Posted under: Design Tutorials, Interior Design

You’d be amazed to learn that there are unlimited styles of interior design available in the world and same is the case with patio designs keeping your preferences in mind. Patio designs are available from easy to complex styles along with really large landscape.

We are certain of the belief that there is at least one patio decorating idea available out there for everyone. In this article you will find some of the best, top 10 appealing patio design tips that will motivate you to do something extraordinary for your domicile.

1. Sail Awnings Patio Design Tips by Corradi

Sail Awnings Patio Design Tips by Corradi

2. Patio Design Tips by S Russell Groves

Patio Design Tips by S Russell Groves

3. White Patio Gazebo Design Tips by Bysteel Domitto

White Patio Gazebo Design Tips by Bysteel Domitto

4. Vondom Pillow Patio Furniture Design Tips

Vondom Pillow Patio Furniture Design Tips

5. Stone Patio Furniture Design Tips

Stone Patio Furniture Design Tips

6. Patio Design Tips from Paola Lenti

Patio Design Tips from Paola Lenti

7. Simple Wooden Patio Furniture Design Tips by Free Lines

Simple Wooden Patio Furniture Design Tips by Free Lines

8. Transforming Vertical Patio Design Tips by Pique Architecture

Transforming Vertical Patio Design Tips by Pique Architecture

9. Patio Design Idea by Patricia Urquiola

Patio Design Idea by Patricia Urquiola

10. Modern Patio Design Tips with Open Roof Concept

Modern Patio Design Tips with Open Roof Concept

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Jay

Jay

I currently hold editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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