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Tips for Designing and Decorating Your Granny Flat

By Guest Blogger, Derek L.

Tips for Designing and Decorating Your Granny Flat

Name aside, granny flats are not just for the elderly. This is an excellent way to add extra living or storage space and even create a home away from home. These relatively small enclosures (depends how you build and design it) can serve as study rooms if you need to get away from the noise in the house, private area for your children, and you can even offer them for rent on websites like Airbnb.

However, the extent of your granny flat use depends solely on how you design and furnish it. Of course, you cannot rent a space without a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. and you cannot have a study room without a table, sofa, and so on.

But don’t worry; that is why we are here. Today, we will talk about the best design ideas and tips for setting up your granny flat. So, let’s begin.

Embrace minimalism

Out of all types of living spaces, granny flats would benefit the most out of taking the minimalistic approach. As you probably already know, granny flats are not spacious by default. In fact, most of their designs are centered around making the most out of the smallest spaces.

So, don’t overburden your granny flat with unnecessary cabinetry, furniture and decorations. Instead, focus on the things you absolutely need. This way, your flat will appear bigger and more spacious, even if it has 30 square meters only.

Think outside of the box

Next, when designing your granny flat, you need to think outside of the box. Some design solutions that work in regular-sized households may not be as effective in smaller living spaces as are granny flats. So, you will have to come up with clever storage solutions and smart uses of space to maximise the efficiency. But if you are not a thinker, you can always research some granny flat trends.

For example, sky domes are the biggest hit among Australians right now. According to professional granny flat builders in Sydney, this is one of the most sought-after features. If you opt-in for this solution, your granny flat will use less energy for lights, as well as be more environmentally friendly. This type unconventional and green design solutions are extremely popular with the granny flat builders from all over the world.

Bathroom essentials only

Designing a bathroom for a granny flat is one of the trickiest things you will have to do. Bathrooms are an essential part of every living space, but unfortunately, they are large and take a lot of space. Therefore, you will have to build it as barebones as possible.

That means installing a shower, toilet, sink, and a small cabinet, nothing more. People often try to build their granny flat bathrooms as the ones in their regular homes, but that is not their purpose. Bathtubs, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, massive wardrobes, etc. are not necessary. After all, the space you save from bathroom, you can add to the living room of your granny flat.

Build a small cooking station

Finally, you need to design a compact kitchen for your granny flat. The same principles that apply to bathrooms, apply to kitchens as well. So, keep it simple and install kitchen essentials only like a sink, small workstation, and a stove. If you need more inspiration for designing your cooking station, we recommend checking out some trends from the tiny house community. These people have mastered the use of space, and their kitchens are as beautiful as they are effective.

As you can see, designing a granny flat is not an impossible task. Sure, you will have to think unconventionally and abandon some commodities that come with regular houses, but luxury is not a part of their M.O. With that said, if you follow these tips, put in some effort, and get creative, you could create a fantastic living space from your granny flat.

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Step into The Spirit of Spring

Step into The Spirit of Spring

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Now that Spring is firmly in the air you’ll notice people walking around with a little more spring in their step and a smile on their face.  Spring is a sensational season full of optimism and energy.  For this reason, many people use this as an opportunity to get their homes and gardens in order for the sociable summer season ahead of us.

 

Yet, having a Spring Clean isn’t limited to cleaning and decluttering; there are certain outdoor jobs that have been put off such as repairing the backyard fence panels that need to be tended to now we’re having warmer weather.

 

Indeed, in addition to sorting your house out for summer it’s equally important to take care of the garden.  In this post, we’re going to look at a number of ways to prepare your house for the sociable summer season.

 

Spring wouldn’t be Spring without the traditional Spring Clean where we give the house and garden a good going over.  In many ways, there is a science to this process that helps us manage the feeling of overwhelm that comes with having to tackle a whole house (particularly if you have a large family).

 

The first step is to declutter your home; meaning sorting through your items and working out what you no longer need.  What are you holding onto that no longer serves you?  Go through your wardrobe and determine what clothes can be given away to charity, passed on, or are so well worn they are no longer a feasible option.

 

If, like most people, you struggle with getting rid of items that hold a particular sentimental value, accept this, and understand that you don’t need to get rid of these items – you just need to declutter your home.  There’s nothing stopping you putting them in an airtight bag and storing them in the loft.  The point is to declutter your home so that you can get

organised.

 

The second step, is all about getting organised and this isn’t restricted to material items, as this is a great time to go through paperwork and take care of things you’ve been putting off.

 

The third step, is to thoroughly clean your home.  You might want to consider getting in a professional company to undertake a deep clean (e.g. steam the carpets) or you might prefer to do it yourself and bask in the cathartic emotional release that comes with decluttering, organising, and cleaning your home.

 

The final thing to consider in terms of sorting your house out for summer is the all important garden.  Winter is a time that pretty much necessitates horticultural neglect whereas now we are coming to Spring, it’s as if the natural world is awakening and coming to life, which has a similar effect on our psyche.

 

Now, as the days get longer, warmer and brighter, is the time for us to come out of hibernation and start preparing for those all important garden parties, barbecues and picnics on the lawn.

 

Spring is here and it’s time to get cracking!

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Warning Signs That You Need a New Roof Over Your Head

Warning Signs That You Need a New Roof Over Your Head

When you have been in a house for some time, the roof is probably one of the last things that you think about. Until something goes wrong that is. Ideally, you want to be in a situation in which you can see that you need a roof repair or replacement before anything goes drastically wrong. So, here are just a few of the warning signs to watch out for.

 

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Roof Age

 

The first thing that you need to consider is the age of your roof. Many experts agree that a typical roof should last between 20 and 25 years. So, if it is older than this, alarm bells should start to ring. If you are not sure, it is worth consulting with a trusted professional who can inspect the roof and advise you about any steps that you need to take.

 

Curling or Missing Shingles

 

Take a look at your roof to see if you can spot any curling or missing shingles. Check out the slopes of your home that receive direct sunlight, which are the easiest spots that you will be able to tell whether the shingles are not looking at their best. Even worse, there may be some missing entirely. So, get in touch with some professionals like G.H. Clark Contractors who can tell you what is going on. Don’t try to get up on the roof yourself unless you have some experience in this area as this is a major cause of home accidents.

 

You Find Granules in the Gutter

 

If your roof is fairly old – say 10 or 15 years – and you are finding granules in the gutter, this could be a sign of a bigger problem. These are designed to keep the sun off the asphalt, and once they fall off, the shingles will be exposed to the elements and you may find that they start to deteriorate in quality very quickly.

 

You Can See Sunlight from the Attic

 

Perhaps you haven’t been up to the attic in a while, but if you get up there and you can see sunlight streaming through the rafters, you don’t need us to tell you that this is a bad sign! If light can enter, this also means that rain, cold air and snow can as well. While small leaks may be able to be patched up, larger ones may well need the care and attention of an expert.

 

The Entire Roof is Sagging

 

If there is a time to really panic, it is certainly when you see your entire roof sagging. This is often one of the clearest signs of a structural issue. Though you are not necessarily in any immediate danger, it is much easier to take care of this kind of issue if you spot it early and it is localised rather than waiting until it has progressed.

 

So, if you notice any of these warning signs, now may be the time to take action in an effort to solve the problem.

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Quick and Easy Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Perfect Yard

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Quick and Easy Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Perfect Yard

 

If you ask people about their least favorite chore, many will say yard cleaning. Indeed, it can be very straining, time-consuming and frustrating, especially if you don’t have a good strategy and the right tools. So, in order to have a quick and easy yard cleaning and maintenance session, here are some useful tips for your plan of action.

Gear up

Before you tackle this cleaning chore, make sure you have all the necessary gear and tools. You absolutely need gardening gloves, trash bags, clippers and shears, rakes, shovels and some protective goggles. Additionally, if you’re doing all this during a hot and sunny day, get some sunscreen and a hat, and prepare plenty of water for refreshment.

Start big

Large pieces of debris and junk (rocks, big branches and damaged furniture) should be removed first to clean out the space for the rest of the cleaning process. However, don’t throw everything away. Rocks can be used as beautiful decorative elements, especially around landscaping or water features.

Trim, trim, trim

Overgrown and sagging branches and bushes never look good. So, make sure to give your greenery a good trim, especially to those that survived a lot of damage. Sheers, handsaws and electric hedge clippers can all get the job done, but if you have some tall trees with thick branches, you might need professional help to avoid causing damage to the plant or your property. Once you finish your trim job, collect branches, clippings and leaves. It would be great to use these greeny leftovers (leaves, cuttings and old foliage) for composting. It’s an easy process that could bring great benefits for your garden in a form of nutritious compost.

Have a junk disposal plan

During your yard cleaning, there will be a lot of things you can no longer use and you must find a proper disposal plan. The best way to get rid of junk is to contact professionals. For instance, Australia has strict rubbish disposal laws that can result in hefty fines if you don’t follow them. Luckily, there are experts in junk removal in Sydney who know all the laws and can take the junk off of your hands quickly and efficiently. These pros remove all the hassle from your junk removal task and can even save you money once you calculate all the expenses of doing the job yourself.

Take care of the lawn

Once you have a clear view of your lawn, it’s time to grab your lawnmower and trim that lawn prairie. The best way to do the mowing is to follow the one-third rule—never cut more than one-third of the blade in one mowing session to ensure the quality of your grass. Additionally, make sure to tackle the lawn when the grass is dry (wet grass will leave an uneven cut, clump up your mower and increase the possibility of slips).

Fertilize

Spring and fall are great times for fertilizing your lawn. People living in colder areas should do it in the fall, while those in hotter climates can apply fertilizer in the spring when the grass starts to grow more actively.

Take it slow

Most people want to finish their cleaning job in one day. However, yard cleaning requires a lot of crouching, stretching to reach branches and picking up heavy items, which can all cause injuries if you overexert yourself. So, make sure to take plenty of breaks that will allow you to recover strength and prevent injury. Breaks are especially important if you’re working on a hot day. Take plenty of water and hide in the shade to prevent overheating.

As you can see, yard cleanup doesn’t have to be hard and time-consuming. As long as you prepare, follow this action plan and take it easy, your yard will look amazing in no time!

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Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

 

Landscaping can be the most rewarding and relaxing process, but if you lack creativity, it can become daunting and frustrating. No matter how much you wish to transform your old, dull backyard into a fabulous oasis, the lack of landscaping ideas will create will create a real nightmare that will only stress you out. Therefore, if you still haven’t come up with the best solution for your Sydney backyard, we have a few ideas you’ll certainly love.

Add a pop of colour

When you want to create a relaxing feel, adding some greenery to your yard is the best solution. However, if you want to make your yard more appealing, adding a pop of colour is a great idea. Therefore, plant colourful flowers alongside green shrubs and trees to create the perfect contrast. Pathways without flowers next to them will look plain, so plant pink, red, white, orange, and yellow flowers on the sides of the paths to give them some extra charm. Your backyard would be beautiful with bellflowers,  roses, orange anemones and white daffodils embellishing the outdoors. If you want to illuminate your Sydney garden from winter to spring, plant camellia japonica and dahlias, while kangaroo paw will flower all year long.

Make a few smaller sections

Breaking your outdoor space into a few sections can significantly improve the look of your backyard. Not only will your garden look more interesting, but also it’ll appear visually larger since you won’t be able to detect all the areas at once. Plant screens, walled enclosures, and grade changes can serve as perfect dividers between the areas. To block bigger garden views use dwarf Alberta spruces, and surround the dining spot with planters, letting their close-up blooms pose as the perfect camouflage for the rest of the area. If you’re not sure how to create multiple areas in your backyard, look for professional landscaping services in Sydney, and let talented landscaping designers and architects do all the work for you. Thanks to the team of creative people, your home will get a fresh new look you’ll instantly fall in love with.

Create a garden paradise

With hidden rooms, inspiring views, meandering streams, and intersecting trails, you’ll create a perfect little sanctuary in your backyard. Add a special flower display, a bench, a fountain or a wall of plants. Clematis winding around fences and columns with its blue, purple, red, pink, or white blossoms would look fabulous in your home. Grow it on a fence, on a trellis, or in a container for best appearance. Allowing them to ramble and scramble over your shrubs is another option if you’d like a little more of a laissez-faire style. Since the weather is cool in fall and spring, consider planting clematis during these two seasons.

Accent with Containers

To bring life and softness to paved places, think about adorning entrances, lounging spots, and doors, with big containers full of blooming annuals. They’ll easily draw attention to any area you want, while also adding a pop of colour and vibrancy to the entire yard. You can place pots of begonias, petunias, fuchsias, and impatiens around your potting shed, dining deck, or maybe near the lounge, gates and doors, for example. However, try to focus on grouping the pots with a main colour, to make a statement. If you let too many hues pop up from everywhere, you won’t be able to create that staggering effect.

 

We all want a beautiful backyard in our home, but sometimes we just lack imagination and that’s when things get rough. Luckily, with the help of these few tips, you’ll manage to create a wonderful outdoor area that your entire family can enjoy for years to come.

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How To Bring More Wildlife Into Your Garden

How To Bring More Wildlife Into Your Garden

 

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Having a garden is having that special somewhere to take a deep breath of that wonderful fresh spring air. There are so many things that you can do to make it your own, by the things you plant, to what you do inside it. You can host regular barbecue parties full of your closest friends and family. Or you could grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs and live a sustainable life. The options are endless, and that’s part of the fun of having a garden to play around with.

 

But what about making it an animal sanctuary? If you love nature and wildlife, then what better way to show that off than catering your garden to it all?

 

Here’s how you can do just that.

 

Water.

Water is not only a lovely addition to have in your garden for yourself visually, as well as being able to listen to the wonderful sounds it makes as it moves, but a lot of animals will thank you for having it there too. A birdbath allows birds to take a quick break to rehydrate, while having a little wash too. Some squirrels may even come if they’re brave enough. Water also attracts butterflies and dragonflies too, as it’s cooling and fresh in the hotter days, and they show off their stunning patterns of colour that are displayed on their bodies and wings, making it a truly special sight.

 

Trees.  

Trees are a great way to attract more wildlife as they provide shelter for them, as well being a food source too. Take live oak trees as an example. Acorns fall off in the autumn, and there are plenty of small animals that will eat them, like squirrels and birds. They also have the perfect branches to hang feeders on, and even to install owl nesting boxes. Then you can sit back and bird watch as your garden gets visits from species that you may have never seen before.

 

Flowers.

Flowers create pollen, and pollen is needed for the bees in order to feed their colony, but they are also what create us with more beauty as they pollinate other plants for us naturally. You may find things growing in your garden that has a magical colour that you haven’t seen before, and this can all be thanks to your bees. Flowers also create nectar which certain birds feed off, as well as butterflies. Plus, don’t forget that flowers smell divine, and you get to experience that whenever the wind blows, or you skim your hand across them as you walk past. And this stimulates your senses that cause chemicals to release in your brain that make you feel oh so good.

 

So what more are you waiting for? Focus on all these additions and you will see that within no time, your garden is full of so much life. You can then escape away to this safe haven and be at one with the nature and all the animals that reside along with it.

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10 Home Hazards You Should Never Ignore

10 Home Hazards You Should Never Ignore

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As much as we may all love for our homes to run smoothly and always look great, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, you can put an incredible amount of time, energy, and effort into creating the perfect home, for it to all far apart the next day. Because accidents happen! You may take pride in how your home looks, but if you’re not careful about the practicalities of things, you may find that you’re faced with a bunch of issues. Your interiors may be your pride and joy, but they’re only the superficial side of your property. In order for your home to truly look great, you have to take care of the bricks and mortar too!

 

While it’s not always possible to be prepared when issues arise, there are things that you can do to make sure that your home stays as hassle-free as possible. By both doing a little DIY and bringing in the professionals, you’ll be able to keep it together. But first of all, you need to know exactly how you do that. Because it’s only easy to keep on top of things when you know what you’re looking for. So we’re going to take a look at some of the main areas of your home that you need to keep an eye on. When you do, you should be able to keep your home hazards at bay.

 

  1. Foundation Issues

 

We’re going to kick off with something that can really impact on how safe your house is, and that’s your foundation. Because if you ever have issues with your foundations, such as basement floor cracks or subsidence, you need to get it look at as soon as possible. Ignoring these problems or writing them off as non-serious could cost you your home. With foundation issues, all it takes is a small shift and you home could end up collapsing! So be sure to get these issues looked into to save you stress and further expenses in the future.

 

  1. Roof Leaks

 

From the very bottom all the way up to the top, we’re now going to head to the roof. Your roof may leak for a range of reasons, but you should never just think that’s just how your particular roof is. Because you may find that the leak is a huge problem and it could cause the structure to weaken over time. If you’re worried about the source of the leak, bring a professional in to analyze the area to make sure its safe and carry out the repairs.

 

  1. Bathroom Leaks

 

Another place that can commonly get leaks in the home is your bathroom. A lot of the time, these leaks are more annoying than anything else. But if you find that you have a leaky faucet or pipes anywhere, you’ll want to get a plumber in to check the source. Sometimes, a small leak will cause a pipe to burst and your bathroom to flood. But you can avoid this by getting it looked at.

 

  1. Boiler Issues

 

If you have a boiler in your home for your heating system, you’ll probably always be weary of this breaking – because nobody wants to be without hot water. If you’re worried about issues, take a look at the most common boiler problems so that you can take action as soon as something happens. Reading up may save you money too!

 

  1. Appliance Problems

 

Heading into the kitchen, if you find that any of your major appliances seem to be on the blink, do not just put it down to age. Remember, these items are electrical items – so that use water! Whether they’re just not working properly, you’ve got issues with lights, or anything – unplug the appliance and get it repaired. You could stop someone from getting hurt by doing this.

 

  1. Window & Door Drafts

 

A less serious, but equally frustrating, issue around the home is drafts coming through your windows and doors. Sometimes, you’ll find that they can be fixed easily with covers, but you may need to get them replaced. You could end up paying more on your heating bills when you live with drafty doors and windows.

 

  1. Badly Drawing Chimney

 

During the winter months, there’s nothing quite like lighting a fire for comfort and warmth. But when the chimney just doesn’t seem to be drawing strongly enough, it can be incredibly frustrating. That’s not all, when you can’t seem to get the fire going as strongly as you’d like, you’re likely having chimney airflow issues that need sorting. Sometimes, a good old clean is all it needs, but be careful about lighting too many fires when the smoke can’t clear, as this will be a health hazard.

 

  1. Poorly Ventilated Rooms

 

It’s easy to forget about opening little windows around the home to keep the air flowing – especially when it’s cold outside. However, when you’re not ventilating your rooms, you may find that mold and mildew tends to set in! This can then really affect your health, and it can cause issues with the structure of your home too. So open those windows and if you do have some mold and mildew setting in, get a professional in to remove it and reinforce the walls.

 

  1. Faulty Locks

 

When your find that one of your main entrance doors is having a few problems locking properly, you always think that you’ll get it looked at – but you really do have to do this now! If you leave it, you may risk a break in. Securing your home is incredibly important if you want to keep your family and possessions safe.

 

  1. Faulty Electrics

 

Finally, you should always look to be weary of faulty electrics. If you ever notice that fuses seem to blow frequently, or you’re having electrical issues with any plug or appliances around the home, call in your electrician. It’s important that you get these taken care of as soon as possible so that no fires are caused as a result.

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It Might Be Your Home, But That Doesn’t Mean You Won’t Need Outside Help

It Might Be Your Home, But That Doesn’t Mean You Won’t Need Outside Help

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Nobody likes wasting money in this world, especially on unnecessary services. As a homeowner, you should know that you’re more than capable of completing a whole host of jobs by yourself. Still, this doesn’t mean you should dismiss the benefits of using experts at various stages during your homeownership. Sometimes, those smart investments can make all the difference.

 

Here are just four incidents where going it alone could backfire spectacularly. Find out more about the best services available, and you will reap a whole host of benefits.

 

Moving In

 

Moving home is one of the most exciting experiences that you’ll ever enjoy. However, there’s no doubt that it can be extremely stressful too. Especially if you don’t support yourself in style.

 

Even if this isn’t your first move, your experiences of this task are very limited. Therefore, finding a professional removalist can be one the smartest steps of all. Their help reduces the stress, offers a practical solution to transporting big items, and can be financially sensible. Perfect.

 

Given that you’ll have already used agents and property surveyors to great effect, missing out on this service would be very foolish indeed.

 

Upgrading Home Technology

 

By now, most homeowners can appreciate the influence that tech gadgets can bring to the home. Furthermore, the vast majority will want to embrace a variety of those features.

 

While many people are capable of installing modern TVs and utilizing appliances, some items are best left to the pros. Creating a smarter home will enhance your life greatly, but only if the facilities are installed in the right fashion. Get it wrong, and things will become worse than before.

 

In most situations, the work completed will be one-time investments. So, there needn’t be any thoughts of wasted money.

 

 

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Repairing Damage

 

There’s no escaping the fact that things go wrong inside the modern home. These can range from the seemingly small items to severe problems. Either way, restoring normality is key.

 

When there’s a serious leak in the home, an emergency plumber is your best bet. This simply isn’t an aspect of homeownership where you can afford to take risks. For similar reasons, electricians and builders are crucial contacts to possess.

 

The longer you leave the damage untreated, the worse it will become. For the sake of your comfort, finances, and emotions, the expert touch is best.

 

Improving Rooms

 

Some homeowners will use the professionals for all decorating and interior design upgrades. Even if you aren’t one of them, the bigger projects require a pro.

 

Converting the garage or guest room to a home gym or office may be within your capabilities. However, loft conversions and basement upgrades may need planning permission. Even when they don’t, the structural impacts mean that you need someone that knows their stuff.

 

Getting a professional job will result in a higher quality of work while value increases will be maximized. If that doesn’t constitute a smarter move, what does?

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The Low-tech Ways to Get a Safer Home

The Low-tech Ways to Get a Safer Home

No one wants criminals to get into their home. However, a lot of the recommendations for making your home more secure tend to be high-tech and expensive. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money or you want to keep your home from being overrun with tech, there are other options you can explore.

Get a Guard Dog

Getting a dog is very much a way to add a new member to your family, but it can come with a security benefit too. If you’re thinking of getting a dog, one that could protect your home might be a good idea. They don’t need to hurt anyone, though – they just need to bark or growl at intruders.

Deter with Signs, Stickers, and Dummies

You don’t actually have to get a dog, however. A “beware of the dog” sign could be enough to deter potential burglars. Similarly, you can use signs and stickers that say you have a security system or camera, or a dummy camera, to give the impression of a well-guarded home.

Make It Harder to Break In

Sometimes, just making it a bit more difficult to get into your home is useful. Aside from strong locks on doors and windows, you can use tactics like growing prickly bushes under windows. You could consider anti-theft paint on walls and fences too.

Unplug Your Devices

There’s more than one way for thieves to get into your home. They can also hack your electronic devices if you’re not careful. Unplugging connected devices that you’re not using will help to keep your home secure.


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How to Use Carpet & Rugs in Your Home for a Stylish Look

By Guest Blogger, Steph C.

How to Use Carpet & Rugs in Your Home for a Stylish Look

Are you looking for a way to transform your house into a warm, welcoming place with a touch of elegance? All you need is carpet and some rugs. What follows next is a combination of basic design skills and creativity which we all have. Here’s how to go about it:

  • Determine which areas will require rugs and which ones will need carpet

It is the very common practice to use a carpet to cover wide areas such as the floor of the sitting room and a rug on smaller areas such as in place of a doormat. You can also place rugs under the furniture provided they are large enough, or even right beside your bed. DO NOT use a brightly colored rug at the door since it will easily get dirty thus becoming unattractive.

  • Choose carpets and rugs that best suit your place

There is a wide variety of Carpets and rugs in the market that you can choose from. You might end up with a carpet that makes the environment of your house looking like that of an office, which is something that you want to avoid. Therefore before choosing one you’ve got to consider a few things such as how it blends in with the internal surrounding of your house and the material it is made of, among other things. If you have no clue about how to choose a perfect rug or carpet for you place you can always seek an internal designer’s advice.

  • Design and creativity

This is a very important part that you can’t afford to ignore .It is what will bring out the uniqueness of your house when compared to other people’s houses. A small piece of advice, go with what you like and not what is considered normal. I prefer a combination of carpets having different patterns with rugs of different shapes. If you choose to go for a hand-woven carpet or rug make sure that it is finely woven to ensure durability. If you want to layer carpets of different patterns then do so using those of the same hues. For door rugs it is best to use a rough textured rug for the door mat and a soft textured one for the bedside rug. Fur and cotton wool provide soft textured rugs while sisal and nylon provide rough ones.

  • Use an amp

Besides providing a good music experience, an amp on top of rug can create such classy scenery. It also provides a high quality audio playback system for your home library. The good thing about these is that they come in a wide variety with different features which means, what you need is what you get. You can try out the CUBE lite amplifier to mention but a few.

Finally, to bring out that stylish look in your house you just have to be simple and open to trying new things. Do not overdo it.

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This guest post is from Steph Clarke who is part of the content & community outreach team at LandofRugs.com. Steph is obsessed with interior design trends and how new technology influences design.