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Creating a balcony or grand entrance

Creating a balcony or grand entrance

 

 

It doesn’t matter if you’ve just moved in, have lived there for years or are just starting to build your own home. The entrance is a huge part of the home and you can improve it at anytime.

In fact one of the best ways to upgrade the look and potentially even the value of your home is to make a balcony or grand entrance.

This may seem like an impossible task but you actually only need a few key components to make it possible.

The Balustrade

If you’re creating a grand entrance you’ll want steps to lead you to your house. Ideally these should be sweeping in, as wide as possible closing down on your front door while still leaving enough room for two people at the top.

Even if you can only fit one or two steps in, creating the sweeping inwards design will help to create a much grander entrance; allowing people to move into your stunning hallway.

But, to finish this you need a balustrade. For this you need a company that specializes in balustrade design because you’ll want a unique and eye-catching design.

The balustrade itself is simply there to help people up the stairs. But, if you add one to the middle of your sweeping stairs you can turn it into a feature piece that takes the grand entrance to another level!

The same is also true for a balcony if you are looking to add stairs to it; choosing a unique design will make them stand out above everyone else’s.

The Area

In general the larger the entrance the more impressive it will look. However, this must be in keeping with the size of your home and the land you have.  You probably don’t want a staircase that looks grand but takes you to the first floor and blocks al the light from downstairs!

Keeping the proportions right is essential and the reason why you should visualize the design with the aid of digital imagery first. This will ensure it looks as good as you think it does.

Widen The Door

In some contexts size is actually important. A large front door will make the entrance way look grander. If you have the space it is worth removing your current door and adding a wider one. Windows to each side can also help to widen the appearance of your entrance and allow you to see who is visiting.

Positioning

The best entrances are located in the centre of your home. This allows people to see the space to either side. Of course if you’re door is not already positioned in this way you may not want to undertake moving your main entrance; that’s a lot of work.

The same is true for balconies; they should be located where you will have a good view. This may be over your garden or it may be out to sea. The size and position of your balcony will depend on what you want to use it for and whether you want the morning sun or the evening sun.

When working on your grand entrance don’t forget that your driveway also needs to reflect the same message. You can’t have a huge entrance and a drive barely wide enough for your car!

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Is Your Home As Comfortable As You Deserve It To Be?

Is Your Home As Comfortable As You Deserve It To Be?

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A comfortable home is not something that’s simply nice to have. It’s something necessary to have. We all live relatively busy lives, we must earn our keep and we all have to put work into sustaining and creating beautiful memories with our families. You might add pets and hobbies to that list of personal obligations. At the end of the day, we are usually utterly and thoroughly spent. This is where the gentle embrace of our home should come and hug us from behind, allowing us to relax and fade into comfort. This allows us to stay sane day after day, but more than that, to feel protected, to feel actualized, as evidenced by the Maslow hierarchy of needs.

 

Is your home as comfortable as you deserve it to be? It might not be that obvious if it is. In order to take care of this circumstance, you might consider the following:

 

The Bedroom

 

The bedroom is the hub of comfort in your home. If it isn’t, it should be. The living room might be the place we can merrily discuss the day and share silly laughter with our families, but we all know then when we’re at our most tired and vulnerable, the bedroom is always there to nurse us back to refreshment. It’s unfortunate that many people neglect to decorate or prioritize this room from the beginning. Doing so can lend even more comfort to this room, and helping you relax, recharge and be close to your partner.

 

When was the last time you purchased new lighting for the room? Perhaps small LED strips under the bed will help you to gain that healthy and interesting glow. Maybe some gentle fairy lights placed around your bedhead in order to give the room some of that magical appeal will do the trick. Maybe its time to renew the carpet to be both comfortable and look beautiful. Ridding yourself of the wine stains or scuffs that can occur over years of use, can refresh your spirits. A bed that’s timeless can often give you real pause for comfort and thought, helping you rest in a long-term fixture you can feel identified with. The bedroom is one of the most excellent sleeping partners you can be in possession of, so be sure the room gently nurses the message of comfort to you, so you can rest easy.

 

The Living Room Sofa

 

The living room sofa is often something many people get wrong. This is the place you’ll relax and joke with your family, perhaps watching television on a Friday night or having your child proudly show you their new video game. But comfort is all in the sofa. A hugely, soft cushioned material isn’t always the best choice for real comfort, as there’s a difference between comfortable and comfortably supported. It might be that you’re opting for space with an L shaped sofa  or perhaps durability with leather that could support you more appropriately.

 

With these simple additions, your home is sure to take comfort into the stratosphere.

 

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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.

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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Kids Moving On? Time To Style For The Grown-Ups

Kids Moving On? Time To Style For The Grown-Ups

When you have children in the house, you know the furniture and interiors are going to suffer a few scrapes and mishaps. You might have deliberately styled your family home with the kids in mind. They can be pretty destructive at times even when it’s not intentional! But now they are older, and perhaps moving on to college or University, you might want a change. Why not go for an attractive yet grown-up style to celebrate getting your home back to yourselves?

Having children often means sacrificing those regular decorating updates. Your interiors may feel a little stuck in the past. If it’s been a while since you last got the paint brush out, why not try something completely different? Olives are looking quite popular again this season. These tones are quite soothing and certainly appeal to that grown-up look you may be aiming for.

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Add a patterned paper feature wall to create a fresh new look. The trick is to paint the ceiling first. You might choose a slightly off white with a matt finish here. A new light fitting in the modern style could work well too. Why not try a contemporary chandelier in the living room? Coving and skirting boards should match as they frame the wall. If you’re keen to follow a contemporary style, why not install a lighting wall? LED lights fit behind a faux wall to create a glow. Then you can add your favourite family photos to the wall.

After years of using throws and covers to hide the splits and spills from your kids, it’s time to invest in a lovely new sofa. You might want something like a brown leather Chesterfield to meet your traditional style. Or perhaps you would prefer a contemporary cinema-style recliner? Choose cushions that belong to the same colour palette as the rest of your room. Intersperse them a neutral colour like white or black.

Luxury wool carpets and gorgeous patterned rugs can finish the living room beautifully. Of course, with a spare bedroom in the house, you might move your old furniture up there for a den or games room of your own. Some people like to use the spare bedroom for a hobby or even a gym. You may want to keep it as a bedroom for when the kids come back. Why not give it a makeover so it can act as a spare room for guests to stay too?

The garden is one of the parts of your home that can become most neglected when you have children. Trampolines, scooters, paddling pools and ball games can make a real mess of it. Now it’s time to tidy the toys, remove the pitch paint, and create a beautiful outdoor space for the grown-ups. A decking area for your outdoor dining and a covered seating area could be perfect relaxing with a drink in the evenings. Why not invest in a cheeky hot tub?

Now the kids are older, it’s time to reclaim your home and enjoy all those things you’ve been dreaming of. Your beautifully styled home can also become far more practical and functional with the extra space. What will you do with your house?

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