When it comes to designing your new home you probably have quite a few ideas already. You will know by now what it is you want to achieve. But putting these ideas into action means you have to know the tricks of the trade.
Maybe these 10 tips could help you design your home easier.
1. Get information.
Your first step is to get the correct information. If you are new to interior design you need to get out and see what is available to you. Check out everything from carpets to fixtures and fittings to see exactly what you can achieve.
2. Try not to be overwhelmed.
Always start in the right frame of mind. Try to have a relaxed approach to your designing. Try not to get stressed out before you start or you could end up ruining the project and end up with something that you did not really want.
3. Start off simple.
Do not try to do too much at once. This could turn out very expensive if you try to do everything at once. You could just start with a few basics and then slowly add bits more at a later date.
4. Try finding some inspiration.
Check out magazines for some kind of idea as to what you would like your home to look like. You could print out things you find on the internet or tear out pictures from brochures. Collecting all this data will help you in your pursuit of your perfect home.
5. Find the correct color scheme.
Always try to decide what sort of color scheme you are looking for. This is a great place to start when deciding how to proceed.
6. Consider all you options.
If you have furnishings that you want to keep it is a god idea to have swatches of these at hand. This way you can then see if they match with other things that you wish to purchase.
7. Take notes.
All the way through the process it is advisable to make notes of anything that takes your fancy. By making a note of the lot numbers, color and style of these things it will help in your final costing when you can decide on what purchases you can afford.
8. Neutral colors are better for any permanent fixtures
It is always advisable to try to keep many of your permanent fixtures in neutral colors. This way if you decide to change the wall color in the future you do not have to change all the permanent fixtures as well.
9. Adding value.
Another good tip is to always think of things that will add o the value of your house. It may be that you have no plans of selling you home at present. But if you do in the future it will always fetch a better price if it is done correctly. Main considerations for this would be the kitchen area. If you have an outstanding kitchen in your home then this will definitely add value to your house.
10. Always shop around.
Do not always try to get all your items at the same store. It can pay to shop around as you may find the same item cheaper elsewhere. This will definitely help if you are on some sort of budget. Likewise if somebody else is doing your internal decorating then check around for the best decorator at the best price.
These are just a few tips that may help you when you decide to transform you house. It can be a fun time so you should enjoy it. You should get a real buzz out of it when it is finally finished.
Your garden should reflect if you have children at home. Not only that the children will have a cool place to hang out but also having a child friendly garden is extremely important for the safety of the children.
So read on the article to know the dos and don’ts of a child friendly garden.
Do: Make a play area for the kids
Children play area is very necessary. Having a separate play area will greatly boast the self esteem of the children and would make them feel wanted. The play area also confines the clutter of outdoor toys.
Don’t: Forget the sand in the play area
The play area should be filled with sand. The children like to play with sand. The presence of sand outdoors may be a threat to the cleanliness indoors. However, the sand will ensure that the children do not get hurt when they fall.
To avoid dirt and sand indoors many people invest in outdoor showers.
Do: Plant the plants of your kid’s choice
It is a great idea to take your children to a plant nursery to choose the plants for the home garden. This way they will not only learn things about plants and natural sciences but also they will feel associated with the garden. You can allocate a section in the garden for each kid. This way they will also feel responsible for taking care of the plants they have chosen for their section.
Don’t: Plant allergens and thorny plants
Give your child liberty to choose the plants for the garden. However make it clear to them that allergens and thorny plants are not allowed. Of course, you not want to burden the immune system of the young fellows and do not want them to get hurt.
Do: Have a fence
I wrote in another articleof mine that a fence to a garden is what a frame to a picture is. A carefully chosen fence will also ensure your children’s privacy and security from passersby and stray animals.
Don’t: Install fence with sharp and/or pointed edges
However, make sure that the fence does not have sharp and/or pointed edges. Many unfortunate incidents have happened due to these sharp edged fences in which both humans and animals have been badly hurt or injured.
Do: Invest in swings and slides
The kids are going to love the swings or a slide in the home garden. So, it is going to be an investment that is truly worth it. (This area too should carry sand).
Don’t: Invest in pools and/or other water bodies
For children I do not recommend investing in pools, ponds, or fountains etc. The reason behind this is that you cannot leave the children unattended for the shortest span of time near the water bodies. Even if your children know swimming, it would be a great nuisance if a child falls into water in the freezing cold. So, it is better to avoid it altogether until the children grow.
Do: Encourage the kids to run around
The children do not really mind a bland garden as long as they can run around in it. So leave the interesting garden art and statues for the time when they grow up and can truly appreciate them.
Don’t: Create gravel/stone/brick pathways
In a garden for children I do not recommend creating pathways at all. Other than sand, there should be grass and plants (not the thorny ones) in the children friendly garden. Children can get hurt if they fall on the hard floor. If there happens to be a fight between the children, it would be better if they throw sand at each other, rather than gravel or stones!