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Like all home improvement projects setting a budget and sticking to it can be difficult, the dream is to have an unlimited about of money to hire an interior designer to get the best paint on the walls to make your home the most lavish it can be. This happens to be the real world and with the price of interior designers and the cost involved decorating even a single room running into the hundreds, we must think like the British do and that’s to make do and mend. This can be done on budget and on time if we think this way, finding old paint for the walls and recycling old bits of wood to remake a shelf can be handy. We must think like interior designers do as they can also improvement the appearance of a room and wall very simply by thinking smart about materials used. Even to the extent of having a feature wall that looks like a painting, yes on a small budget this can be achieved. The cost of a painter to have what looks like a painting on the wall you might think will cost a lot but the use of wall stickers uk made and produced in Britain will give the same effect.
This trend of wall stickers is now very fashionable and much cheaper than an artist painting the same design onto your wall. This kind of thinking that interior designer have to deal with in a daily bases can be done, with the use of friends and family to help and cost of labour will be reduced. The décor and colour of the paint can also give a feeling of space and openness to the walls, small improvements can make a difference without breaking the bank. I know this as I was once an interior designer and painter decorator, as I found out ways to cut the cost I realised that a new trend and style can be invented from it. I now teach people and write about my experiences so the savings can be pasted onto others who can get the look and feel of they dream home on a budget.
Decorating is a big passion for some people. They enjoy finding new items and figuring out how they would look paired up with other items from around their home. This hobby can get quite time-consuming, so it would be great if it could also become a family activity for everyone to enjoy together. One easy way to do this is with DIY projects. Your garden can use a makeover and a simple way to accomplish this is through DIY ideas that are safe and accessible and represent fun for the whole family.
1. DIY Hammock
What’s better and more relaxing than lounging around in a hammock? The best part is that it is really easy to do, as well. You can buy one pre-made or make one yourself out of the materials of your choosing. Then you need to find an appropriate place to put it. You can hang it from a couple of trees or, if you have the extra time, you can erect a few pillars and create a little hammock area. It should be somewhere protected from the shade, but you can also use a few offset patio umbrellas for this. Since it’s a family project, you should think about placing two of them side by side or using a rectangle or square shape that will fit multiple people at the same time.
2. DIY Swing
While similar to the hammock in principle, this should be a bit trickier to build. However, all the materials you will need include lumber and some nails. Give it a good sanding so the surface is smooth, find a strong branch to hang it from and you are done.
For all of your garden decorating needs, you can find online where you will find something that will appeal to everyone at very affordable prices.
One of the most essential parts of any building is the roof. Roofs are made and maintained to help protect the rest of the building. Commercial roofing projects need to consider the different types of roofing materials available that will be best suited for their building. Unlike personal home roofs which are typically steeply sloped, commercial roofs generally feature a flat pitch, but that is not always the case.
Slate roofs can be a bit pricy. However, slate might last money years longer than another material could so when you consider the longevity of the material you may actually be saving yourself some money in the long run. They also have low routine maintenance which helps save money in potential repair costs. They are usually highly invulnerable to the wind.
Asphalt shingles are used in many of the steeply sloped roofs mentioned previously. There are various colors to choose from, and asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive. They are also quick and easy to install, especially with assistance from a quality roofing professional like Fortified Roofing. One downside of asphalt shingles is the rate at which it deteriorates and needs repair.
Metal roofs are another option to consider when choosing a roofing material. Metal roofs are expensive to install and they are much more susceptible to wind and weather damage. They are also noisy during severe rain or hail storms. Although it has disadvantages, metal roofs are one of the most popular types of roofing materials due the low amount of maintenance and ecological advantages.
Unless you are a confirmed cave-dweller, nobody likes to live in a dark and dismal house. Nothing saps the spirit more than rooms devoid of light and life. To maintain a healthy equilibrium, a positive outlook and regular circadian rhythms, our access to natural light is vital.
What do you do if your home doesn’t get enough light? You get to work creating the perfect conditions and ideal interiors in order to lavish your living space with light.
Small dark rooms can be transformed by the removal of internal walls. It is important to focus on the architectural concept of “borrowed light”, where precious illumination is grabbed from other areas to fully exploit all available light. Placing glazed panels above doorways, fitting interior and exterior doors with glass, installing roof lights, opening up window recesses and installing sun tubes are all tried and tested techniques for increasing natural light.
Pastels and pale reflective paint shades offer the best results in a dark room. If you want to introduce color, avoid saturated pigments that absorb light; opt for mid-spectrum shades and complement with a paler version of the same shade on the ceiling to “lift” the space.
Reflective surfaces make the most of any light. Choose furnishings in shiny materials such as pale polished wood, Perspex, acrylic, glass and marble. Brass, gold and chrome in light fittings, door handles and other detailing combine to sparkle up a room. Dark wooden floorboards sap light but are instantly neutralized with a lick of white paint. Alternatively, cream sheepskin rugs or tiles in pale shades effectively bounce light upwards into a room.
Remove light-blocking window treatments and replace with streamlined, white shutters that allow maximum light in but also provide privacy when required. Rooms with clean lines, minimal clutter and unobscured windows always appear brighter, lighter and livelier.
Soft furnishings should be drawn from the paler end of the color spectrum. Group shades of the same family together for a unified, bright look. Shiny fabrics, such as sateen, brocade and silk, give sheer finishes that boost the diaphanous, dreamy qualities of a room.
A well-placed mirror produces almost as much light as a window. Opposite windows, at the end of dark hallways or in dimly lit alcoves, mirrors spread light wonderfully. Display eclectic collections of antique mirrors up dark stairways to open them up, or position mirror panels behind shelves, fixed to doors or used as dressing table tops.
If the lack of light defeats you, try faking it with specialist bulbs designed to spill out something close to daylight. Recessed ceiling lights and spotlights don’t need to be intrusive and can push out enough wattage to spread some indoor sunshine. Aim spotlights against pale painted walls to spread diffused, soft light around the room and in height restricted basements, track lighting along low beams for a discrete solution to dark dilemmas.
Letting light into your home is all about knowing where the entry points are and maximizing their potential. Follow these tips and tricks and say goodbye to the dark days, and hello to a new era of light.
For business owner’s first impression really does matter so why not take the extra step to make you and the companies look as professional as possible? Simple window treatments such as blinds can drastically improve the look of a drab building and at a price that even small business owners can afford.
Professional versus DIY
When it comes to changing the look of your business by using blinds you may choose to do it yourself or use a professional but will depend on your budget, blind preference and turnaround time in which you want the project completed. There are various options available on the market that can improve the overall look of your business including wooden and bamboo blinds which are a bit more expensive but give a simple but elegant look to any building. If you have the budget you can have a company do all of the measurements for you and then opt for your blinds of choice which may be vertical, mini blinds or even motorized for those that want to easily control them without the need to actually get up.
You can choose neutral colors if you want to keep things calm or darker for those that want their blinds to stand out a bit but either way the overall impression of your business will be increased dramatically. Clients prefer to have a business that is professional looking and will be more likely to use your products or services versus a company that seems drab or ran down when compared to yours. The biggest benefit that blinds can offer you in addition to the look is that they can save you money because they work as energy saver year round.