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Incorporating a Little More Nature Into Your Interior Design

Incorporating a Little More Nature Into Your Interior Design

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Interior design takes a whole lot of thought and consideration to get right. You may have to trial and error a few different concepts before landing on the right one to suit you, your personality, and your lifestyle. But generally speaking, you want to get things right as early on in the process as possible – this will help you to save money and avoid wasting your hard earned cash on concepts or items that simply don’t fit and have to be reworked! An aesthetic that tends to be taking the world of interior design by storm, and which generally works first time round, is a minimalist, natural look. This is neat and tidy, has a clean finish, and leaves spaces feeling open and fresh. But how can you achieve this? Well, a simple method is to simply incorporate more nature into your home. Bring the outdoors indoors! Here are a few steps that you can take to get started in the right direction!

Natural Light

Let’s start with one of the basics – natural light. Sure, we can light our properties artificially if they are looking a little dark and gloomy during the days. But nothing quite compares to natural light. Not only does it benefit your home’s aesthetic by flooding open spaces with a cool and fresh look, but it’s good for you too! Natural light regulates your body’s circadian rhythms, which ultimately determine your sleep-wake cycle. Making sure that you are exposed to sufficient natural light during the day will help to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep and wake the following morning feeling bright, well rested, and ready to go! You can boost natural light in your property by carrying out simple tasks, such as ensuring that blinds are pulled up properly, curtains are drawn properly, and that windows aren’t blocked. If you want to take extra steps, consider having skylights fitted, French or glass sliding doors fitted, or extra windows professionally built in.

Wooden Surfaces

Next, you should opt for more natural materials within your home. Sure, manmade materials are generally cheaper and more easily accessible. But it’s worth going the extra mile for your home design. Wood is a great option and, in aid of reducing deforestation and habitat destruction, you should consider using reclaimed wood like Manomin Resawn Timbers. This will also have a rustic or vintage feel, which works really well! A nice sustainable alternative could also prove to be bamboo!

Houseplants

Add a little greenery to your interiors! Houseplants are aesthetically pleasing and actively improve the air quality in your home. They take in negative substances from the air and leave you breathing easy. Just make sure that any
plants you invest in are non-toxic if you have pets or children in your property.
As you can see, incorporating a little more nature into your home is relatively simple. So, get started today to start seeing and feeling the benefits as soon as possible.

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Augmented Reality’s Impact On Home Design

Augmented Reality’s Impact On Home Design

Augmented reality has had a pretty interesting journey into mainstream culture over the past 18 months. Consider, for instance, that in the summer of 2016 you probably didn’t even quite know what it was!

Now, if you pay close attention to tech circles, you may have learned how to distinguish it. Basically, you can sum it up like this: virtual reality transports you completely into an animated environment, whereas augmented reality makes it appear as if animations exist in your actual environment. Oddly, I find “Wizard’s Chess” from Harry Potter to be a good way to think about it. VR Wizard’s Chess would mean entering a live game board like the characters did in the first film – walking on a chess board, taking part in the game, with pieces and players all around you. AR Wizard’s Chess would simply mean pointing your device at a table such that, looking through it, you would see a chessboard with live, animated figures.

That’s a distinction many of us didn’t quite have straight as VR was emerging in 2015 and 2016. Then everything changed just about overnight, with the release of Pokémon GO. It was the first widely released, mainstream augmented reality game that used nothing more than a phone to work, and it suddenly challenged us to wonder about how this tech could differ from VR. In the immediate aftermath of the game’s release publications as big as The Guardian asked, where does augmented reality go next?

As it turns out, the answer was: all over the place! It took some time, but a little more than a year after Pokémon GO came out, Apple and Google unveiled programs that made it easier for developers to make AR games. That led to puzzles, cartoonish shooting games, board and strategy games, and more on augmented reality. There are likely more of these games on the way, as well as games in other genres. Slots, for instance, are a category to watch; casinos have made 3D games that are in essence the same as video slots but with 3D elements practically built for AR. We should also keep an eye on successful VR titles that could be adapted for mobile devices the same way popular console games are, fitted for AR rather than VR. The possibilities are endless.

As stated though, the journey for AR has been interesting, and one of the most unexpected things about it has been how quickly it branched out beyond gaming. It may always be the games that generate the headlines and draw the most attention to this tech phenomenon. But there are plenty of experiences already available through AR that have little or nothing to do with entertainment. Interestingly enough, many of them instead deal with home design.

IKEA led the way in an increasingly deep connection between AR and home design, with the basic idea being that you can simulate your furniture and interior design through apps. Through the IKEA app and several others, you can use a phone or tablet to do everything from measuring space to visualizing a piece of furniture or a decoration in space. You simply hold up your device, look through it, and see that new couch in the corner, or a new lighting fixture on the ceiling, etc.

This may sound like a gimmick, but think about the convenience it affords you in designing your home or redecorating a room. Theoretically, there’s no more need for a tape measure, or for shuffling old furniture around to gain perspective on your dimensions. There’s no more need to bring furniture home and put it in place just to see if it works. AR can do all of this for you, such that when you’re ready to make a purchase or change up the room’s organization, you’re confident in your choice.

It’s been an unexpected result of a journey that started mostly with innovations in gaming. But AR is now an invaluable tool for home design and organization.

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A Very Simple Guide To Keeping Vintage Affordable

A Very Simple Guide To Keeping Vintage Affordable

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably noticed that vintage homes are a pretty big deal at the moment. In direct contrast to minimalism, vintage interior is all about clutter. The more trinkets you have on your walls, the better. Distressed furniture and patterns are also a big part of this decor choice. And, let’s not forget the iconic vintage furniture. If you get this right, it can turn your home into a country cottage style retreat to die for.

But, clutter doesn’t come cheap. As opposed to minimalism, which is inexpensive because of its simplicity, a vintage design can set you back. Plus, the popularity of the style has caused a significant rise in the prices of many old pieces of furniture.

That said, by taking your time, it’s entirely possible to keep costs to a minimum. In fact, vintage decor could cost less than its minimalist counterpart. Here’s how.

 


Hit the attic

Before you start buying, head up to the attic and see what you have set aside. It may also be worth asking friends and family if you can have a root through their old stuff. The joy of vintage is that many of us already have some classic pieces we no longer use. It may be that you have to cover an old wooden chest with a lick of distressed white paint. But, the effort required in such work is minimal. And, you could save yourself a small fortune by doing it. So, don’t be afraid to rummage. Even if you don’t think there’s anything up there, you may be surprised by what you find.

Buy at the right time

If you have your heart set on new vintage pieces, make sure you buy at the right time. Wait for sales and clearances before you jump in. This patience game can reap real rewards if you’re willing to wait. You could even find some gems, like this Pemberleigh classic sofa. Major reductions like this one are well worth working for.

You can also apply this theory to auctions. These are, after all, the best places to stock a vintage home. But, they can set your back if you aren’t careful. To make sure it doesn’t happen, view the selection before attending. If there are a myriad of vintage pieces, you stand a better chance of getting a good deal.

Could you make a piece like that?

Vintage fairs are big business, and it’s easy to see why; some of the pieces on sale are must-haves. But, the price tags are often through the roof. Instead of paying extortionate amounts, it’s worth considering whether you could create a DIY version of the same piece. Often, the crafted pieces on sale are much easier to recreate than you might think. Instead of buying that expensive chest, think about whether you could create the same distressed look. Instead of bankrupting yourself for those vintage frames, consider cheap ways to recreate them. Where there’s a will, there’s always a way.

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To Build Or Not To Build

To Build Or Not To Build

When buying a new home, you have to go through the decision of whether to buy a new builds or an older one with tons of character. There are pros and cons of both. With new build, it’s a fresh home that you can make your own. Everything will be brand new, and it’ll most likely be a home to last you a lifetime. But you have to wait for them to be built, and they’re usually rather pricey. An older house has so much to offer, you can usually get more for your money, and they have a lot of character. But with that comes wear and tear issues, and there is almost always renovation needed. Another option, is it completely build yourself it yourself. Well, hire a contractor too. It might be slightly cheaper, and you can custom make everything yourself.

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Pros

One of the biggest pros is you’re in charge. Everything that happens has to go through your say so. You can custom design every part of the house. It will literally be your dream home. You can also do it in your own time. As long as you have the money, there’s no rush to get in there, meaning planning can be done to perfection. You can also choose your perfect location. As long as you get a planning permit, you could either be deep into the woods, or right on the ocean’s door step. There’s no limitations when it’s your own build. You can also customise things such as your garden, whether or not to have a garage, a pool etc. There are so many different companies to help with the whole build. There are ones specifically there to set the carpentry up, people to install the electricity wiring, and also companies such as Armstrong Steel Incorporated who can build you a personalised garage or outhouse. There’s just so many pros of being your own boss with this.

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Cons

It is scary and confusing. Most of you reading this wouldn’t have a clue where to begin. There’s going to be a lot of advice needed, and even then, the majority of the time will be spent questioning whether you made the right decision. Deciding what to include is awfully hard. When you’re building your own home everything has to be perfect. Once the structure is up, there’s no turning back unless you want to lose a lot of money. Money is also another big worrying factor. It’s going to be likely that along the way you’ll have obstacles to overcome. Things won’t go your way, and you’ll need money injected to solve any issues. So many of these things can occur, the job might take longer than anticipated, so the labourers will need covering. Little issues like that always pop up. To avoid any serious issues, put some extra money aside in the beginning to cover any hiccups.

So considering to build yourself is such a viable options. Just like with the other two choices, it does have its downfalls. It’s up to you whether it’s worth it!

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