Importance of Choosing Furniture for Your Home

You can’t help but adore the gorgeous pieces of furniture you see whenever you flip through the pages of a lifestyle magazine. After taking a transform your home survey, it makes you wish you own some of them or even find a cheaper version to match your own house. While it makes your interior look good by adding character to your home decor, you have to keep in mind that furniture should be a combination of both form and function.

Having the right furniture could spell the difference between a charming and comfortable abode, and a cramped house that’s simply an eyesore. This is the reason why it’s essential to choose the pieces that are fit for your home. After addressing the need for a piece of furniture’s functionality, here other reasons why it’s important:

The Right Fit Matters

It is important to know the measurements of your house, so you can choose the right sizes of furniture you plan to purchase. Having stunning pieces won’t do much if you can’t even comfortably navigate through the rooms. They take up the majority of your floor space, so it’s prudent to pick wisely while considering both form and function.

If you have a few pieces that you want to own, it’s always a good idea to measure the space you plan to put them. Arm yourself with a carpenter’s tape measure and determine the size of the area you want to place a certain piece of furniture. Make sure it fits the floor area of the room and there will be enough space to comfortably move around.

A Reflection of Your Taste

The design and theme of your house should also be considered when choosing furniture. Your style is a reflection of personal taste, so try to stick to a design that blends well with the house. It’s okay to blend different styles as long your pieces don’t clash and make a certain room of your house look tacky. Antique pieces in a modern home? That works if you do it right.

It is worth noting that you don’t have to be dictated by the current trends. As long as the look appeals to you, nothing is going to stop you from having it as a part of your home.

Both the size and look are two important factors to consider in choosing the right furniture for your home. They can help you decide which one has the right fit and design that complements the room where they will be in. Choose wisely, so you can live comfortably in your own home with a delightful disposition.

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Christina Santos is a real estate agent for Hoppler.

How to Use a Color Wheel for Decorating

Interior designing is a tough job. If you don’t have the innate ability to combine colors together so the end result will come out exceptionally beautiful, then it’s probably best to hire a decorating service elsewhere. But thanks to Issac Newton’s virtuoso; this amazing tool he created way back 1666 is now commonly used today to help with color mixtures that’ll surely bring back memories or just simply – soothe you.

Introducing the ingenious color wheel: A useful circular tool that comprises of 12 basic colors and creates a variant of unique colors when combined. But the question is, why is it shaped like a wheel? Why not rectangular? Or triangular? Or octagonal? Well, the theory, according to artists, is that an exceptional mishmash of colors is created when you rely on precise proportions hence, a perfect circle.

What are the Basic Colors of a Color Wheel?

Like what we learned in school there are three basic colors and they are red, yellow, and blue. These are called the primary colors. Do you want to know an amazing fact? You can mix all the colors in the world but you’re still never going to be able to get these three precise colors out of that mixture! But what’s more amazing though is that when these colors are mixed; you get green, orange, and purple which are called the secondary colors. For instance, orange is by mixing red and yellow, green is from blending yellow and blue, and purple is the by-product of red and blue. The last one is tertiary colors which are produced when infusing the primary and secondary colors. This is where it gets more intense like blending blue and green results in teal (my favorite), or amber after mixing yellow and orange; the possibilities are endless!

How to Choose a Color for Decorating?

Apparently, there is a 60-30-10 rule in color combination. It should have a dominant color of about 60 percent, another secondary tone of 30 percent, and lastly, 10 percent should be a contrasting touch. But to do this, you can depend on warm and cool colors which the color wheel is divided into.

Warm colors are when you combine orange, red, yellow, and other synonymous colors. These colors resonate brightness like the sun. These colors are perfect for making huge rooms have a somewhat comforting feel.

Cool colors, on the other hand, represent the sky and the ocean, and tend to draw your perception of depth back ergo, they’re great for making smaller rooms seem bigger.

What are the Other Color Schemes?

If you want to take your designing to the next level, you can take a look at these four kinds of color schemes that will help you in choosing the perfect combination.

A monochromatic color scheme is straight up choosing one hue and extending using its varying shades. An analogous color scheme is mixing two or three colors that are sitting beside each other on the wheel. Next is the complementary color scheme which is picked if they’re facing opposite each other. Finally, the triadic color scheme is a mélange of three colors that are equally distributed on the wheel.

Author Bio: Evelyn Paulson, a blogger by passion, loves to write about home renovation and remodelling. She is currently working for wallbedsbywilding.com, which offers an array of finest quality handcrafted wall beds and innovative space-saving products.

Get Inspired: Create a Luxury Backyard Oasis

There is nothing as rewarding as coming home after a rough day and sitting in your backyard having a nice cup of tea or coffee, alone or with your friends and family. To be able to enjoy this experience fully you should have an outdoor area that is warm, cozy, inviting and, why not sprinkled with a dash of luxury? Fortunately for you, this is not as hard to accomplish as you might think. Here are some ideas that will spark your imagination and help you create a luxury backyard oasis.

Choose the furniture

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Great outdoor furniture combines functionality, aesthetics, and comfort. All it takes to transform a simple patio into a sensory-rich entertaining/dining area is a set of cozy chairs, an accent armchair or a rocking chair, a sofa stocked with ample cushions, a club table, and a dining table. Feel free to go with colorful and elegant options, but be aware that nature may not be kind to your furniture, so be sure to opt for weather-resistant materials and fabrics, such as teak, cedar, wicker and outdoor textiles.

Soak in

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There is no such thing as a luxury backyard oasis without a pool. Now, you have various options when it comes to installing pools. It can be a completely natural pool, a fish tank style pool, etc. If you don’t have enough room for a large swimming pool, don’t worry. You can get something even better – a stunning outdoor spa pool, which doesn’t have to be big, but it still combines the perks of a pool and a hot tub.

Create cover

The best thing about a backyard sanctuary is that it provides you with a combination of nature and privacy. That wouldn’t be possible if everyone were allowed to peek inside. And the sunlight going directly to your eyes wouldn’t be pleasant either. To shield yourself from these inconveniences you can use fabrics and drapes to hide your porch, grapevine trails for open areas, plant bushes, trees, and shrubs, build a pergola, etc.

Start a fire

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An outdoor fire pit or fireplace will serve as a perfect focal point for your entire backyard, and it will be a great and warm gathering place. Just imagine hearing the cracking of the fire while you are relaxing in your rocking chair. Depending on your budget and your preference, you can decide for a portable fireplace, a brick or stone fire pit, a copper bowl fire pit, a tabletop fireplace, or some of the many other options.

Whimsical landscaping

For a successful landscape project, you need to work around a focal point. In case of a luxurious oasis, that center can be the fire pit, the pool, garden statues and ornaments, or the sitting area. Focus on scale and pacing to create a well pulled-together look. Work on variations in size, color, and shape. Tall plants can be planted in the back of flowerbeds, against a wall, or along a path. Create patterns and a sense of cohesion by repeating some plants, shapes or colors throughout the yard.

All lit up

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A good backyard retreat allows you to rest any time of the day. The best backyard retreat is even more beautiful when the sun goes down. This happens because outdoor lights produce a magical ambiance that can’t be compared to anything. When deciding on your backyard lighting, you can get creative. You can choose to have a Victorian chandelier hanging on your porch, or Chinese lanterns on the tree branches. If you want to be energy-efficient, you can add solar lamps. These days, string lights are a very popular solution for backyards, and since they usually don’t provide very powerful illumination, you can complement them with candles.

Finally, you can enhance the already glamorous appearance of your backyard by adding stylish accessories. These can come in the form of vases, flower pots, mirrors, artworks and other trinkets that reflect your personality.

About the author:

wilWill Sandford is a Sydney based wood architect, blogger and contributor on interior design and ecology blogs. Besides that, he is also interested in home improvement combined with green technology. In his spare time, Will enjoys surfing and rock climbing. He is also a regular contributor to SmoothDecorator. Connect with him on Twitter.

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How to Measure Your Space Before Furniture Shopping

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Once you know which furniture pieces to buy first, it’s time to do one of the few exciting activities for first-time or new homeowners—furniture shopping.

However, you cannot do that without the right numbers. Whether or not you managed to purchase a fully-furnished space, measuring your home or condo’s area is a must.

After all, you’re still bound to buy stuff for your place that will occupy a specific area, and you best be prepared and know if it will fit perfectly. Otherwise, you risk the hassle of returning those things.

When furniture shopping, make sure to have a list of measurements with you. These measurements include not only the size of the furniture you need, but also other specifics that will make shopping and shipping easier.

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Having a blueprint or floor plan of your home can also help you see the big picture before making the furniture purchase.

  1. Measuring the Furniture

Sofa: The width of the couch is its widest point or from one arm to another. Measure the back’s highest point down to the floor to get height.

Depth is measured by from the outside edge of the seat to the back. Diagonal depth, meanwhile, is measured by placing the tape measure from the top back of the frame to the bottom front.

For a sectional sofa, the overall length is from the one arm to the other, plus the corner chair. Width, meanwhile, is the total measurement of the components along the back.

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Cabinet: Height is the vertical measurement from the floor to top. Width is the cabinet from front to back. Length is simply the one side to the other.

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Bed Frame: This is measured almost the same way as a cabinet, except you need to make sure that the headboard or the canopy is not taller than the ceiling and does not interfere with any ceiling fixtures.

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  1. Measuring the Room

You need to make sure that there is enough space in the room to place the furniture you bought. Aside from that, all other details in it should also be measured.

  • Measure the length and width of the room and the height of the walls. Standard height size of the ceiling is around 8 feet, but newer models may have higher or lower ceilings.
  • Make sure that its location won’t obstruct the doorway, window, fireplace, outlet, or any other features in the room. It should be at least 40 inches away from any entrance.
  • If you’re placing the furniture against the wall with windows, get the distance of the window from the floor and its width and total height.

Having a clearance space between the furniture and the walls of the room or other furniture is also worth noting:

  • Dining Table: Leave at least 36 inches between so that your chairs can slide out quickly and there’s enough space to walk around.
  • Dining Chairs: Keep at least 20 inches between chairs for elbow room.
  • Living Room: Allot 18 inches between table and sofa to give you enough legroom, while allowing you to reach out to the table comfortably.
  1. Measuring the Entry Points

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How can your new furniture get inside your home for you to use it if it won’t even fit through the door? Take note of the entry points, passages, and stairways where stuff will pass through to reach the area of your home where it’s going to be placed.

  • When measuring, make sure to get the actual width, height, and diagonal width. For staircases, measure diagonally, too.
  • Take note of any corners as well.
  • Doors should be measured for height and width, as well as diagonally from top left to bottom right. Make sure to measure inside the door frames, too.
  • Obstructions on the way like light fixtures, railings, and other fixed appliances can potentially damage your furniture, which may incur additional costs for you.
  • Ideally, anything that you would buy should have a clearance of at least 4 inches less than the passage’s measurements so that the delivery people can move around.

Keep these tips in mind to make furniture shopping a breeze!

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About the Author

Oscar Florea

oscarOscar is a content contributor for Avida’s lifestyle blog Pursuit of Passion. He is an engineer by profession but a multipotentialite by destiny. Just like a normal dude in a basketball-crazy country, one of his passions is shooting hoops. Grant Hill is the older brother he never had.

 

A Guide To Bedroom Decorating

When decorating a bedroom, keep in mind that the end result should produce a disitnct and memorable impression. Colors, space and decorations all set a bedroom’s mood, and when put together well, can create a definite, pleasurable look.

When it comes to the arrangement of items in a bedroom, symmetry is the most important factor. The bedroom is your personal space and should not be cluttered with too many objects creating a claustrophobic effect. For a room to seem personal, special touches should be added that reflect your special loves and interests. This includes your favorite colors, books, photographs, etc. Make sure colors are balanced in subtle shades reflecting your lifestyle and interests. The older generation seems to prefer more subdued shades than the younger generation, who opt for bright, textured colors.

To maintain balance, the color of a chair placed at one end of the room can be repeated on throw, pillows or carpet. Furniture in the bedroom is of utmost importance. Don’t over do it with too many pieces making your bedroom look overdressed and cluttered. The size of the bed should be in proportion to the size of the bedroom. What matters the most is comfort. Therefore, a bed should offer quality, comfort and a feeling of elegance.

Nightstands or side tables should be on either side of the bed for books, medications and telephone. A dressing table comes in handy for women, and dressers with lots of storage space are ideal. Ample closet space is important, as are mirrors and wall decor. Mirrors help to give a room a larger look and also help to reflect light. Lighting should be gentle and relaxing. Valence lighting is ideal for bedrooms, and colored lights can be used for added effects. Subtle light gives a romantic feeling to the room, and focused light is good for detail work like reading without disturbing someone sleeping in the room.

Finally, a bedroom should be well-ventilated, designed for comfort and always stocked with a vase of flowers for a fresh feeling.