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An essential and very important part of your overall gaming experience is the space you spend your time in. Creating a comfortable, unique, exciting and relaxing environment at the same time can be a difficult and demanding task, but it’s a must when we are talking about video game rooms.

The Space

Choosing the right space in your home to set up a game room in is one of the most important things you’ll need to consider, as dimensions and the shape of a room will have a big impact on your options and limitations while creating the game room of your dreams. Basements and attics are the most popular locations that people choose, thanks to their functionality, privacy and seclusion, sound insulation and usually a large space.

Comfort

Comfort is a priority! As you and your guests will spend a lot of time in this space, sometimes even a whole night, comfort is of curtail importance. Forget about the edge of a bed, wooden chairs or stools as a sitting option, stretching your budget and investing in special ergonomically created PC chairs with lumbar support, lazy bags or cosy sofa will not be a mistake. Additional comfort can be provided with memory foam cushions or gaming keyboards created especially for usage for a long period of time.

Hardware

The general idea and main point of every game room is entertainment, and when we are talking about video games there is a big industry devoted just to consoles running them. Investing in the most modern and performance-wise most quality consoles is pretty important, as they will be the focal point of your room and the reason you and your friends got together in the first place. Of course, placing a big screen TV with surround sound system will serve as an extension to your console and complete the gaming experience. As most of the video games have no actual usage without the internet, a strong and fast connection is required. But why stop there? Depending on the space of the room and your budget, you can add other cool sources of entertainment like pinball and arcade machines, ping pong table, darts, a poker table or even a pool.

Decoration

You can additionally emphasize the atmosphere and overall experience of your gaming room by decorating it in a carefully chosen theme. Having your walls painted with a popular game, space craft, military vehicle or a fantasy movie imagery would do the job. Showcasing collectables and memorabilia and providing your room with quirky furniture is a great idea as well.

Cool items

Equip your space with cool and very useful items like especially made gaming router that will provide a much needed strong and reliable connection, convenient CD storage where you can showcase all your games, a cable organizer which is essential in rooms with this number of electronic devices and a smart remote that will control everything from the air conditioner to the TV and sound system. Installing a sound shaker in chairs and sofa that vibrates according to the sound will have a strong, impressive and unique effect as well.

Having this kind of a room with no mini fridge and some storage for all your refreshments and snacks is a sin, as game nights are unthinkable without them. More than often, the mini fridge will be the most important part of equipment in your gaming room.

Air conditioner

Having a room full of people with this number of electronic devices running can sometimes lead to unbearable heat, and as mentioned before, comfort is a priority. You need a cool environment to fully enjoy the atmosphere of your gaming room. Installing an air conditioner is essential as it will protect your hardware from overheating as well, and as these devices are usually pretty expensive you would want to avoid damaging them.

Lighting

Equipping the space with controllable LED color lights is a great idea, since this trick can transform your whole room with a click of a button or a scroll of a wheel. It’s impressive how lighting can affect the whole atmosphere and be transcendent to the mood.  

 

 

Deciding on the right decor style for your home can be quite difficult. However, instead of choosing a single one, you may consider the combination of several styles and thus manage to strike that perfect balance and create an inviting atmosphere. For instance, you can fuse traditional and modern design elements by introducing different accessories, patterns and colours. In order to help you achieve this in no time, we’ve singled out a list of some amazing ideas and suggestions.

Give minimalism a try

Minimalism has gained in popularity immensely over the last couple of years and it doesn’t seem that this craze will fade away any time soon. So, if you want to create a truly modern home, going minimalistic is the right way. This style would also allow you to add traditional furniture pieces and accessories without making your home look overcrowded and messy. For instance, if you’ve opted for a modern red sofa, you can pair it with a vintage-looking coffee table or a unique Arts and Crafts rug and thus manage to introduce two opposite designs in one room without ending up with something incoherent and awkward.

A fresh coat of paint

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Your apartment may be full of different traditional rustic pieces that you simply adore and don’t want to get rid of. However, you can always try to freshen them up and add a more modern feel to their design. For example, by painting your old kitchen cupboards, you’ll get a chance to preserve their vintage quality and make them look more contemporary at the same time. You can go for those amazing Pantone shades that have been predicted to be the most popular this year. On top of that, feel free to experiment a bit and don’t hesitate to opt for bolder choices which will speak volumes about your great taste and ability to think outside the box.

Mix these styles in your bathroom

Your bathroom is the perfect place to achieve this special mixture of modern and traditional elements. You can start by installing brass faucets that will, together with an antique credenza or vanity cabinet, help you experience the spirit of a bygone era, making you feel as if you were taking a bath in one of the royal bathrooms. In addition to that, elegant mirrors have been shown to be a great choice as well, since these can really tie the whole room together and add that finishing touch to the place. Finally, think about incorporating a few traditional art pieces which will be a great contrast to a predominantly traditional design.

Make your traditional home more practical

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A traditional design can be quite fascinating; however, it hasn’t always been the most practical option. So, if you want to make it work, we advise you to go for more modern lighting options, textiles and storage space. For example, LEDs have proven to be extremely energy-efficient and can save you hundreds of dollars per year. Furthermore, they don’t emit excessive heat, and can cast a natural light that will further highlight the beauty of your home’s interior design. Moreover, investing in a quality storage solution is a prerequisite for living in a nice and neatly-organised home. After all, no matter how sophisticated and elegant its style is, if you don’t keep it decluttered and clean, everything will be in vain. Therefore, remember to make good use of vertical space by installing enough shelves in each room where you can keep all the items that you need daily, as well as your beautiful antique accessories. Additionally, your bedroom is a place which can get messy extremely fast, so we suggest installing a few extra drawers beneath your bed, where you can store all the linens and your summer/winter clothes.

You can choose your favourite

Finally, when we talk about mixing two styles, we don’t mean that you have to follow the fifty-fifty rule. Instead, you can choose your favourite decor option and then add a supporting one to it. For example, you can decorate 80% of the house in your main style and then the other 20% will be enough to break the monotony and contribute to a super-chic and cohesive look. In other words, going predominantly modern and then introducing a few vintage elements here and there is absolutely an amazing solution.

As you can see, achieving a perfect mixture of different styles doesn’t have to be hard at all. You just need to follow your own ideas and decorate your home so that you will feel pleasant and relaxed while spending time here. Lastly, remember that you’re the one in control and should always strive to express your personality and show off your creative side as well.

Bringing a baby into this world and the loving embrace of your family is one of life’s greatest blessings, and we’re all excited for you and this new chapter you have turned in the book of life. Along with the never-ending joy of waking up at 3AM every night to feed your little bundle of joy and lull them back to sleep, you also have to prepare everything well-before the munchkin arrives.

This means that you’re in for one heck of a decorating project, transforming the guest room in your home into a nursery equipped with everything a modern mom (and dad) could need. The importance of functionality notwithstanding, there is also a need to create an enchanting setting with colors and decor that will portray a dreamy nursery you and the baby will love. Let’s dig in.

Going neutral with pastel accents

Choosing a neutral foundation for the walls and ceiling is always a great idea, as it gives you the unimpeded freedom to decorate and accentuate to your liking. After all, everything goes great with white and off-white hues.

What’s more, you can easily complement such a backdrop with quirky pastels in the corners, on the windowsills, on the floor, and everywhere in between. That said, a neutral foundation is not your only option, as a modern nursery design can truly come to life with a backdrop that tells an enchanting story.

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Creating a fairytale-like backdrop

Painting the walls in interesting scenes and patters is another great idea that never fails to bewilder, enchant, and amuse the observer, no matter how young the baby or how tired the parent might be. If you’re not skillful with a paintbrush – no problem. There are plenty of professional and amateur artists that would relish the opportunity to bring a fairytale-like setting to life. You can also simplify the entire process and paint the wall in a solid hue, such as aqua blue, and then add some creative decals to achieve a similar effect.

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Complementing the furniture with photos

Every nursery needs three essential features: a crib, a changing area, and a nursing nook. But that doesn’t mean that the decorating should stop there. Quite the contrary, this is your opportunity to enrich the space with beautiful accents such as family photos.

Picture frames look amazing when overlooking the crib or the changing table, gracing the wall and bringing in a beautiful motif imbued with love and happiness. One great aesthetic idea is to keep the frames identical in design, but different in size to give the room a clean yet creative look.

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Setting a theme the baby will love

Of course, there is no rule that forbids you from decorating the room in a specific theme, so all of you Star Wars fans, fire away! Even if the force is not strong within you, there are plenty of interesting design themes to choose from.

You can start by choosing an overarching theme that will allow you to decorate and complement the setting accordingly. So, for instance, the nursery could enjoy a detailed space theme, boasting stars, planets and galaxies on the walls and the ceiling. On the other hand, you can choose to bring nature in and decorate with paintings of trees, animals, whole valleys even – the possibilities are endless; just let your imagination run free.

Bringing functionality and aesthetics together

Lastly, it can be pretty easy to get caught up in all the decorating and forget about the importance of functionality. The nursery needs to be a place of comfort in every sense of the word, so you need to find the best layout that offers capaciousness and maneuverability.

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To that end, consider placing the crib next to the wall at the door, then move to the second wall where the changing table and shelves will be, and then introduce a nursing nook in the corner and a reading area in the far corner of the room. Be sure to leave plenty of space in the middle of the room for playing and don’t forget to baby-proof the floor with a fluffy area rug.

Designing a dreamy nursery for the whole family to enjoy is an easy and rewarding task you and your partner can take on together over the weekend. So, let this simple guide help you decorate and arrange a dreamy nursery your baby will love.

Designing a nursery can be very challenging, because you want to make the space as fantastic as it can be for your child. In this endeavor, many parents get overwhelmed in the sea of “cute” and “adorable” designs, so much so, they often forget that this is a room where the baby will grow to be a toddler and the toddler to become a school child. That’s why I love to keep things on the simpler side. However, that doesn’t mean that I never add anything special in the nursery that makes it sufficiently different from any other room I’d design. In most cases, that is a touch of elegance that elevates the baby’s room just enough to make it stand out. Here’s how you can do the same.

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Keep the colors low-key

This is always my tip for designing the perfect nursery, regardless of the style you choose, because, even though it is important to stimulate the baby’s sight and mind with colors and shapes, this shouldn’t be overwhelming, especially in the room where they sleep. That’s why it is always better to decide on one or two colors. Of course, you can use different tones of the same color to showcase shapes or diversity. For an elegant nursery, you can opt for neutrals like grey, beige and white, as well for pastels like soft pink or dusty rose. A variation on Pantone’s color of the year 2018 – ultra-violet – also makes sense.

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Add elaborate furniture pieces

If you think that a nursery has no use of designer furniture pieces, you are wrong. First of all, they will enrich the space with an understated elegance. Also, a comfy upholstered armchair or sofa will serve the mother while putting the baby to sleep or reading a goodnight story. Well-designed bespoke ottomans and a full-height wardrobe add another dash of style and ample storage room.

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Go all out with the crib

The crib is the centerpiece of the nursery, and as such, it should be chosen to reflect everything you want to say about the room’s style. In this case, it has to be pure elegance. Depending on the rest of the design, you can decide for eye-catching carved wood, simplistic metallic rails, pure white, dusty pink or a neutral tone. Also, you can enhance the elegance with a crib canopy and a luxurious mobile (simplistic with metallic or pastel details).

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Add a point of interest

Did you know that babies love looking in the mirror? And did you know that that is useful for their social and emotional development? Now you already have two reasons to introduce mirrors into the nursery. Here’s the third one: beautiful designer mirrors (especially ones with silver or brass frames) can add splendor to the nursery and serve as a glamorous point of interest.

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Say it with lights

Lighting plays a huge role in every room. For the nursery, it is essential to install light fixtures with dimmers, so that you can adapt the lighting to the ongoing activity (e.g. napping and playing). Also, for the noblesse feel, you can install one especially elegant ceiling fixture, such as a crystal chandelier, brass chandelier, aged silver chandelier and any type of glam vintage fixture.

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Glamccessorize

Finally, accessories make all the difference in the world when it comes to designing a high-end room. It is no different with the nursery. When considering accessories to use in the nursery, think about creating balance between elegance and child-friendliness. You want your baby to have enough toys, but you also want to neutralize their presence with metallic items (e.g. golden, copper, rose gold, silver or aged silver lamps, candlesticks and vases). Make sure to keep the toys well-organized and displayed on shelves or stored in storage units. You can also display some artwork on the wall or use appropriate wall-stickers (e.g. gold dots on white background, glow in the dark stickers, 3D brick stickers, etc.).

Elegance is defined as “dignified gracefulness or restrained beauty of style”. Isn’t that something you would like for your baby’s nursery? If your answer is ‘yes’, these tips will be helpful for your design efforts.

When we talk about modern art we think about such talents like van Gogh, Matisse and Paul Gauguin, their paintings, color play and stunning visuals have inspired generations of interior designers who have strived to incorporate parts of their artistic vision into their design. If you are a fan of modern art, and are looking for the perfect way to introduce it into your home decor, here are some great ideas you could do just that.

Modern Art Ideas to Express Your Style in Home Decor

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Starry Night right in your bedroom

Shades of dark blue combined with pops of yellow, those strong brushstrokes, there is no painting quite like Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. Using this masterpiece as your inspiration you can introduce a bit of romance and mystery into your bedroom  design. Opt for darker shades of blue for the walls and as contrast add lighter furniture in yellow and white color palette. You could accentuate the wall with striped curtains resembling van Gogh’s brush strokes. And as the focal point of this design, representing the cypress tree a black armchair. Your composition is now complete.

Modern Art Ideas to Express Your Style in Home Decor

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A harmony in red

What better inspiration for the dining room design then Matisse’s Harmony in Red. It provides us with so much inspiration with red, of course being the dominant colour. Of course your living room decor shouldn’t drown in it, it should be carefully placed in form of table cloths, curtains and optionally chair furbishing. To invoke the energy of the wallpaper pattern you could opt for some stencil work that would serve as a focal point of the entire decor. Finally, a stunning vase in the middle of the table is all that is missing for this to be true harmony in red.

Modern Art Ideas to Express Your Style in Home Decor

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A bit of Gauguin in your living room

The series of paintings by Paul Gauguin that were inspired by the Polynesian culture and beliefs present an amazing source for inspiration for living room decor. The deep blues and emerald greens contrasted with soft yellows and the ever present red can help create a stunning design basis. A painting like the La Orana Maria present the perfect inspiration. Start with the dark tones for the larger pieces of furniture, then soften it all up with light pillows and carpets. Make sure you have some stunning framed prints depicting palm trees to make the whole composition complete. Your guests will be transported to a beautiful Polynesian island as soon as they step into your living room, and Gauguin’s presence is bound to be recognized.

Modern Art Ideas to Express Your Style in Home Decor

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A cubism inspired kitchen

Why not, after all cubism is all about deconstructed, fractured forms. Bringing a bit of Picasso inspired decor into your kitchen decor is bound to elevate it to a whole new level. You can start by adding sculpture like knobs on your cabinets and drawers. The island could take unusual; flowy form, reminiscent of Picasso’s Glass of Absinthe sculpture. When it comes to choosing the color scheme you might want to choose light, gentler colours with dominating blue and orange tones. One of the key elements of a Cubism inspired kitchen can be the tiles, deconstructed, unusually combined even fractured, they can be your empty canvas that will transform your kitchen into a home decor masterpiece.

Modern Art Ideas to Express Your Style in Home Decor

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The overwhelming blues

Yves Klein’s painting are the perfect source of inspiration for hallway decor. The never ending sea of blue tones that can easily be brightened by well placed LED lights. You can just imagine the Anthropometrie Le Buffle inspired walls greeting your guests as they step into your home. The whites and the blues just dancing on you wall in perfect harmony.

So there you have it amazing modern art idea you can easily use to express your style in home decor. Using works by some of the world’s most renowned artists as your inspiration you can create home decor reminiscent of true artistic masterpiece that will at the same time present your own personal expression. Don’t be afraid to experiment, that is what modern art is all about, pushing boundaries and exploring new directions.

Embellishing your windows can be the perfect opportunity for elevating your home décor. While an intricate design can create a whimsical effect, lush materials can add a subtle touch of opulence to your space. However, there’s more to curtains and draperies than meets the eye. From just the right length and the perfect position to a carefully chosen design and style, even the slightest detail can make a difference when it comes to their appeal.

Know your curtains from your drapes 

Although most people consider curtains and drapes to be synonymous, there’s actually a slight difference between the two. Curtains are typically made of a light material and they come in different lengths, widths and designs. They are quite popular, affordable and versatile, so they can be implemented in any room. Drapes, on the other hand, have a more formal look, which is why they are typically used in living rooms and dining rooms. They are floor-length, made of heavier materials and typically lined, unlike curtains. Since they are made of heavy fabrics, they can also be used in bedrooms to block out the light. Although this might seem like an irrelevant difference, it actually affects the general look you want to create.

Position them perfectly 

The position of your curtains or drapes will also create a specific effect. For instance, drapes should be placed as high as possible because they make your windows seem larger and the ceiling higher. In addition, when you go with a lengthy design, drapes can puddle on the floor and give your room opulent appeal. As for curtains, you can place them a bit wider than the frame, leaving the centre exposed. This is a great solution for narrow windows because this will make them seem wider. You should take some time to try out different positions and find out what works for your space.

Use length for a unique effect 

Experimenting with the length of your window treatments is another stylish way to create a certain ambience in your home. For instance, if you want to create a casual, relaxed look, you should go with curtains to the bottom of the window trim or the sill. This is a practical solution for kitchens that can create a homey vibe. If you want to give your home a formal, high-style look, lush drapes that touch the floor are the way to go. Drapes that pool on the floor are a perfect way for creating an ambience of elegance and romance in your space. However, make sure to avoid drapes with the length to the top of the floor moulding because they will seem simply awkward.

Mind the material and texture 

Curtains and drapes provide you with an opportunity to introduce layers of beautiful materials to your home, bringing their texture into focus. Sumptuous fabrics such as silk and velvet can add a touch of glamour to your home while light gauzy curtains can create a bright, open look, allowing light to permeate your home. In addition, such lush materials can create a striking contrast when set against leather, for example, softening its masculine look. A heavy, blackout material can also help you improve your window insulation and block out the light in the bedroom.  

Create visual interest with design 

If your home features a subtle, neutral backdrop and a minimalist design, curtains and drapes are the perfect way to create a stunning visual interest. When set against an understated backdrop, they can truly work as mesmerising accent details and break up the monotony of monochromaticity. You can simply use them to add a pop of colour to your neutral space. You can also pick a design with intricate patterns that can give your home an authentic character. Nonetheless, you should go with a design that complements the overall colour scheme and fits into the general style to create a cohesive, stylish look.

Curtains and drapes can help you introduce a sense of luxury to your home or create an atmosphere of playfulness. However, for a wow effect, you need to consider everything from their position and length to their design and texture.

Environmental awareness has been on the rise in every single aspect of our lives, and interior design is no exception. Designers and homeowners alike have been embracing the eco-friendly trend and natural materials have been prevalent in interior design in the past few years. Besides being good for the environment, these materials are good for you and your family, as well. Add the warm and cozy feel they provide for any interior, as well as their highly versatile to the list of their benefits, as well. It’s no wonder why natural materials are a trend that is here to stay.

The style factor is high

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There is a reason why natural materials never really go out of fashion. They are amazing neutrals and give an instant feeling of luxury and style to any space. Wood, marble, clay, terracotta and even concrete all come in colors that will fit into virtually any color scheme you come up with and enhance it. Interior designers are embracing this new environmental consciousness, and green materials are popping up everywhere. Apart from the traditional, there are many new materials available, which look great and have enhanced characteristics. The best part is that natural materials look amazing whether you use just one, or decide to mix several. Because they are always trendy, they also tend to give the space a timeless elegance.

They’re a health-conscious option

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In an age when progress doesn’t always equal well-being, we are all taking efforts to do what we can for our health. Our efforts are mostly focused on diet and exercise. However, the materials we surround ourselves with can also have a huge impact on our health. Not so long ago, home building used to involve some pretty harmful practices, like using asbestos or lead. Those days are behind us now, but a lot of artificial materials are still potentially dangerous for our health. Natural materials are the best and safest option in this regard. And we’re not just talking about the lack of carcinogens either. Research has shown that natural materials have a beneficial effect on our mental health too.

They are sustainable

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Natural materials are inherently more eco-friendly than their artificial counterparts, according to Antonia from EscapeWaste.com. If you’re buying locally produced materials, or, even better repurposing reclaimed or recycled materials and pieces, you can be certain in your knowledge you’re doing what you can for the planet. Reclaimed or recycled materials are also budget-friendly. Oftentimes you can get amazing pieces or materials for a ridiculously low price. You just need to look in the right place and use your imagination to figure out how to repurpose your find. In most cases, you will get superior quality for a relatively low price.

They are long-lasting

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There is the reason why natural materials sometimes come at a higher price. Simply put, the quality of natural materials tends to be much better. Speaking in terms of quality, that usually translates into increased longevity. Even when, eventually (usually after many years) they do start to show some signs of wear and tear, they look much better than artificial materials. The worn look usually translates into an attractive patina which just makes the material look more attractive, instead of ragged. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should forgo proper care.

They vibe with every style

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Whatever your interior design style, there is a natural material that will look amazing when incorporated. You’re aiming for a sleek, modern look? Concrete and metal are your thing. Rustic is more your speed? Terracotta and wood are the way to go. You want to achieve a minimalist zen look? Embrace bamboo and canvas. Naturals are a beautiful accent too, and they are sure to breathe some life into your neutral color palette. And finally, they are always at least a little bit unique, giving your home some much-needed character, without being overwhelming. Add some much need greenery, and your home is sure to shine.

The natural materials trend is definitely ushering in a new era in home design. It’s showing that we can be more responsible as consumers, both in regard to the planet and our own health.

There are millions of people in the world with some kind of visual impairment. However, the one thing they all have in common is the wish to be as independent as possible. This requires their home to be spacious, well lit, carefully laid out, and with easily accessible tools and furniture. Luckily, this is not that hard to achieve, so here’s how you can remodel a home to fit the needs of the visually impaired.

Think about the lighting and colors

Brighter colors help those with partial blindness see a bit more clearly, so if possible, paint the walls of your home in such colors. If that’s not an option, then try to create a strong contrast by placing lightly colored furniture items next to darker walls and installing lightly colored doorknobs. Also, try to avoid patterned upholstery.
In terms of lighting, the best thing to do is let in as much natural light as possible. Furthermore, glare can be very harmful to the visually impaired, so keep that in mind and perhaps switch to stronger light bulbs or those that simulate natural daylight. Make sure there are extra lights in the closets ‒ not just the bedroom ones but all that are often used. Finally, add extra lighting in the areas that are prone to accidents, like stairways.

Think about the location

It’s not just the interior you need to think about; the visually impaired are more vulnerable when it comes to thefts, robberies, and other kinds of crimes. This is why if you’re looking for a new home for your visually impaired friend or family member, you should make sure it’s in the safe neighborhood. For example, if you are from Australia, there are many nice new homes in Sydney that are well designed and located in safer areas of the city.

Reduce the risk of falling accidents

If there are any repairs that your home needs, it’s important to take care of them on time. This includes broken staircases, torn carpeting, missing handrails, etc. Also, don’t keep around more furniture than you absolutely need as it only creates obstacles that make moving around more difficult. Moreover, don’t leave lying around anything you could trip over or slip on ‒ put away all your shoes as soon as you take them off, don’t leave clothes on the floor, and clean any spills as soon as they happen.

Additionally, supporting handlebars are extremely important because they allow the visually impaired to use the toilet and shower on their own. Besides the handlebars, you should also add non-slip flooring in the bathroom for the safety of the users.

Mark the appliances and food

To make it more convenient and easier to find one’s way around, use differently colored labels or brightly colored fluorescent tape on all the kitchen appliances. Also, you can’t really tell what’s in cans of food just by shaking them, so they should be properly labeled. If your visually impaired friend cannot see colors, you can use Braille indicators instead of colored labels. Rubber bands are also good for labeling food cans; for example, you can use two for fruit, three for vegetables, etc. Moreover, if there are any helpful signs that need to be made, always place them at the eye level and use larger letters.

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Consider getting a dog

Dogs are not called a man’s best friend for no reason ‒ they can make people feel safe both physically and emotionally. For example, people are less likely to pick on those who are accompanied by a dog, and dogs can help the visually impaired move around more quickly, especially if they are feeling uncomfortable. Plus, nobody can feel lonely around such a sweet and protective friend.

For those who can’t see well, there are safety hazards everywhere. Accidents do happen – but you can still eliminate their chances in your home by thinking about the lighting, colors, labels, and all the other details that can make the life of people who are visually impaired that much easier. If you take care of everything, you can truly create a safe and comfortable home for those who couldn’t do it on their own.

Adding plants and flowers to your living space might be the easiest yet most effective way to make it cozier, more welcoming and visually appealing. Plants can brighten up any room in a matter of seconds, not to mention their positive effect on your mood and health: they purify the air, help you feel better and are the best decoration you can hope for, since they come in all shapes, sizes and, most importantly, colors. So, if you too wish to brighten up your home but are unsure how, here are a few great ways you can decorate with plants.

 

Make a statement

Every room needs a focal point, and what better way to make one than by focusing on a beautiful plant full of colors? This is an easy way to create a focal point too, because you only need a small plant stand and a decorative pot, and you’re good to go. You can pick a plant of any size and shift all the attention to it, but make sure you choose the right one. Some of the most popular choices of plants that can easily be turned into focal points include peace lilies, succulents, bromeliads and cacti, so pick the plant you like and turn it into a statement piece today.

 

A vertical garden

This is an idea not that many people know about, but it’s certainly among the most unique and attractive ways to decorate your interior space. If you have an empty wall unoccupied by bookshelves, pictures and paintings, turn it into a vertical garden everyone’s going to notice the second they walk into your home. For an impressive indoor garden, you need pots, containers, a few wooden pallets and as many plants as you want. The best thing about this idea is that you can incorporate herbs, flowers and even grass in there as well, so it’s literally a proper garden, just inside your house.

 

Indoor ivy wall

If you like seeing old mansions in movies covered in romantic and intriguing ivy, you can create such an effect in real life as well, both indoors and out. Unfortunately, ivy is going to make you wait a decade or two before it completely covers your exterior walls, but what you can do in the meantime is focus on decorating your interior with this plant. You just have to find a species that you like, position it in opposite corners of your living room and give it some guidance along the walls – of course, you need to water it regularly and provide enough natural light if you want to achieve the best results.

 

Low-maintenance options

Speaking of watering, not everyone who loves plants and flowers loves watering them as well. Sometimes you may be too busy or too forgetful to do it on time, so opting for low-maintenance plants instead might be a good idea – aloe, rabbit ears, philodendron and spider plant are among the options you can take into consideration. These usually need to be watered once every couple of weeks, so taking care of them is really easy, but they’ll still look quite amazing and will make your friends jealous of your wonderful green décor.

 

Keep up with the schedule

However, even the most low-maintenance plants need to be fertilized and their soil needs attention as well, so you can’t really rely on watering them once a month and expect your indoor garden to flourish. That’s why you should make a schedule and write down all the important details of your plants: when you brought them into your home, how often they require water, when you need to fertilize the soil, etc. Also, you should learn how to water them properly and what kind of water is the best, because not all water is the same. These things may be boring, but they’re ultimately going to determine the success of your indoor plants.

 

Being surrounded by plants is wonderful, especially in the spring, and they’re a much better choice than artificial décor full of dangerous materials and harmful bacteria that can endanger the health of your entire family. Therefore, get your favorite plants and spread them all around your living area as soon as possible!

The time has finally come when we’ve started paying the necessary attention to our floors. In the past, home decor magazines and articles focused mainly on the walls, furniture and decor pieces, but in the recent years, the attention focus shifted towards floors. Since the floor is the base of the entire room, it is only natural that it should be your starting point when decorating or redecorating. So, let’s discuss a few flooring trends that will always stay in style. Besides, let’s face it, you probably won’t be changing your flooring solutions whenever a new trend pops up.

Go green

First and foremost, as with everything else, you should focus on choosing the greenest possible solution, because green will never stop being the best option. The eco-friendly movement made its way in every single aspect of our lives, so choosing a green flooring solution has never been easier. Some innovative but definitely worthy mentions in this field are cork, concrete and wood. Let’s clarify.

Cork

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Cork has only recently been introduced as a flooring option, which is quite surprising if we look at its traits and the benefits it brings to the table, or in this case, floor. For starters, cork floors are extremely comfortable because cork is somewhat soft, so it “gives” when compressed. This will provide a comfortable, almost cushioning, underfoot surface that will be mild on your joints. Also, it is an excellent flooring option for those suffering from various allergies, because it’s very mold- and mildew-resistant. And finally, cork works as an excellent acoustic and thermal insulator, which makes the rooms with cork flooring warm and quiet. This is an excellent option for people living in apartment buildings.

Concrete


Although concrete is completely different from cork, it definitely has its own set of benefits. Apart from probably being the sturdiest flooring solution, it is also very flexible in terms of fitting into a room’s overall design. Let’s clarify a bit, shall we? First, as you probably already know, concrete is used in various high-traffic areas because it’s extremely durable. This means that no high heel, pet claw or furniture leg will damage its look. Second, being as awesome as it is, concrete is very easy to maintain. You can clean it with any neutral cleaning agent by simply mopping it every once in a while, and for additional protection, you can apply a coat of floor sealant or wax twice a year. Finally, when it comes to style, there are various decorative concrete options to choose from. They can be stained to match (or contrast) any color palette, or they can be made to resemble slate, tile or marble – the choice is entirely up to you. Also, keep in mind that concrete floors are much cheaper than tile, marble or natural stone floors (but can imitate them pretty well), which is definitely another huge plus.

Wood

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Wooden floors are another evergreen option you can choose to go for. Not as soft as cork, but not as hard as concrete, wooden floors are perfect for those who like traditional looks. Here, there are also some variations when it comes to sturdiness (e.g. laminate vs. hardwood) but they are not as drastic as the previous two. Laminate is a bit more sensitive than hardwood, but some consider it to be a somewhat greener solution, since very little actual wood is used in its production. On the other hand, hardwood floors can be made of reclaimed wood salvaged from old residential flooring, which makes them pretty green as well. Lastly, when it comes to looks and finishes, both options are so versatile, you’ll have no problem finding something that will perfectly match your taste.

As with everything in life, if you have a good and solid starting point, everything that comes after becomes much easier to tackle. So, when it comes to designing your living environment, start with a solid flooring solution that’s not only green, but that will stay in style for many years to come.