Creative Solutions For Your Home or Work Place

Whether you moved into a new office space or you’ve grown tired of your old work setup, renovating and redecorating your workplace can seem like a time-consuming and costly process. This is especially true if you plan on hiring an indoor decorator to do all the work. Fortunately, there are ways to embellish both your work and your home office without having to pay a contractor. Just make sure you don’t go overboard and think that you need to buy every little thing. Just because something’s old, doesn’t mean it’s broken and can’t be reused.furniture

Hide the cables

Office rooms are notorious hubs for cables. Average computer has at least five all scattered under the desk, then there’s the phone, cell phone chargers and laptop chargers and even the lamp is plugged in somewhere. Having cables spread from one corner of a room to another is not a pretty sight and poses a risk of someone tripping and accidentally breaking some of the electronics. You can get cable-covers online or make a simple box under the desk or a drawer to hide all those cables and wires. With the cables safely stored, your workplace won’t look as messy as it used to.lights

Light it up

Workspace needs to have a lot of light. Dim lights trick the brain into thinking that is getting dark, which in turn makes us feel drowsy, sleepy and low in focus. This is why lighting is so important. If you have a big window, make sure to open the blinds or curtains and let that natural light in. If that still not enough light, try switching your old light bulbs for white-light and LED lights. Those who don’t have big windows can always get a few extra lamps and position them around the room. At the very least, try to get a decent desk lamp, they have bright light as they’re often used for reading.lobby-paint

Use screens and fake walls

When it comes to small businesses, the main office is almost always just one big room. This is where screens come into the play. Giant rooms can easily be split into smaller spaces using fake walls and screens to provide a more practical and productive workplace, without the need for construction work. Even smaller spaces with a simple desk-office can be separated with a screen, to add more privacy and intimacy. This is especially useful when dealing with a lot of one-on-one meetings.

Get comfortable seats

There’s nothing worse than working long shifts sitting in an uncomfortable chair. People get sore backs, become moody and that can lead to a decrease in productivity. Just because the office space isn’t great does not mean that the employees need to feel uncomfortable. Spending a few extra buck on comfy chairs is better than losing business and it’s an investment that pays off in the long run. If you’re feeling extra adventurous or you have a more laid-back work atmosphere, try getting a couple of beanbags, they are perfect for grabbing a quick break away from the computer.

Do a little repainting

A fresh coat can make or break an office. Too white and people might think it’s too sterile, to colorful and you might not get taken too seriously. The aesthetic appeal of a room relies heavily on the paint job. Most painting can be done with a simple paintbrush and a few rollers, however, bigger office spaces will surely need commercial painting. The main difference between commercial and residential painting is mostly the size of the space that needs painting, so make sure to check that out before hiring a contractor.

No matter what work you do, it’s really not that difficult to combine style and personality with professionalism. Some solutions involve hiring professionals, while others can be easily done with a helping hand. Choose the layout and color scheme according to the work you do, play around with the furniture and try to avoid leaving the office messy. If you are still unsure how exactly to embellish your workplace, feel free to contact an interior designer, at least for a change of perspective.

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Tips and Tricks to Help You with Your Bathroom Renovation

There’s nothing more exciting than renovating your home. Adding your own design elements and preferences can be a fun process. But if you aren’t careful, your renovation can bring more stress and expense than you might be prepared for. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your next bathroom renovation.

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Create a Budget, and Make Sure You Stick to it!

It’s easy to get carried away when visiting design stores full of beautiful, high-end fixtures and finishes. Establish a budget ahead of time and determine what you can spend on each area of your renovation, and stick to it! Don’t feel like because you have to stick to a budget that you have to compromise on design style. Do research online and find fixtures and finishes that are well-rated that are within your price range. Consider which areas of your renovation you will be getting professional help with, and factor those costs into your budget as well. Finally, set aside some money in a contingency fund. When renovating old homes, you never know what you’re going to find behind the walls. Plan ahead for unforeseen costs so your budget doesn’t go out the window (and check here for more tips on this)bathroom2

 

Make a Design Plan

Work with an interior designer to create a custom look in your bathroom, or design the space yourself using blogs and other home improvement websites. As you design the space, consider flow and function, as well as the needs of your family.

 

Consult a Professional When Necessary

Even the best DIY-er knows when they’re in over their heads. When you set out to plan your budget, consider which items you’d like to have a professional help with, if any. If you are considering changing plumbing locations to modify the layout of your bathroom, consider hiring a professional plumber. If you want to change the look and feel of your shower, consider hiring a professional to help with that portion of your bathroom renovation. Water damage is not something you want to have to deal with in the future, so paying a little bit more now can save you a lot of headache and expense later. Consult with a professional on the areas you feel you could use a little help.

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Get Creative with Options

Don’t be afraid to change things up a bit, remembering to keep spending within budget. Browse home improvement and design website to come up with new ideas you hadn’t thought of. Just because your bathroom had a certain layout originally does not mean the layout of your renovated bathroom has to be exactly the same. If you don’t take baths, get rid of the tub and put in a custom shower with a rain shower head and wooden bench seat for a spa-like feel. Add different types of lighting to increase the ambiance of your bathroom. Consider building a fog-proof mirror into your shower’s design to make shaving an easy task. Add in a sitting area at your counter if you spend a significant amount of time at the mirror. Maybe you should open up the bathroom’s floor plan by changing the shower’s location in order to maximize space. Whatever changes you’re considering, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and come up with a truly unique design plan just for you. You can also steal some from the internet – don’t worry, there’s plenty of them.

Don’t Forget the Details!

It’s easy for the tiniest of details to be overlooked during a massive bathroom renovation. When you think of details you’ll need to remember, write them all down in one place so they’re not forgotten. If you’re planning on putting in a large soaking tub, be sure to remember to install high-flow valves (ball valves seem to be recommended choice by many) so that filling up the tub doesn’t take too long. If you’re adding an additional vanity, will you need more electrical outlets? What is the current building code in your area, and will you need to pull a building permit for the work you’re planning on doing? Success is in the details, and planning ahead will help make sure you’re remembering things when you need to.

Putting your stamp on your space is an exciting experience. Follow these tips to help make sure your bathroom renovation is as easy and seamless as possible.

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10 Ways to Make Wood Paneling Modern

If you are like most people, you associate wood paneling with a dated, 70s look that has no room in a modern design. However, wood paneling has not seen its last days just yet. By incorporating a couple of changes into the design concept, wood panels can actually breathe the new depth and intriguing texture into any room. So, forget the overwhelming wall-to-wall-to-ceiling panels of the past, and take a look at a fresh and modern approach to wood paneling. You just might get inspired to incorporate it into your own home.

1. Whitewash

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One of the simplest ways with which you can immediately impact old wood paneling is by whitewashing it. If you know how to whitewash wood, you can turn your dated panels into a mesh of whites and blanche natural colors. Because of its mild tones, it gives your wood panel a vintage look, and is ideal for living rooms and bedrooms.

2. Turn It Sideways

Since most wood panels are placed vertically, place them horizontally to add a second dimension to your wall. With this, the panels take up less surface area. Used like this, and in combination with a basic plaster wall, wood panels give your walls an interesting dual-texture design.panelling 2

3. Paint It Over

Nothing is more distasteful than a wooden paneled ceiling in a bedroom. If you have it in your bathroom – and hate it – paint it over with a color that matches the color scheme of the entire room. Used in combination with quality bedroom lighting, the panels add subtle change in texture, making the entire room pop.

panelling 34. Polish to Perfection

Instead of painting it over, use a matte wood-polish to finish off your wood panels. Suggested by the professionals over at Koenig, it tones down the natural color of the wood. This is a great solution for kitchens, since it makes cleaning of the panels much easier.

5. Add Modern Furniture

Another ample way you can make your old wood panels look modern and new, is by introducing contemporary furniture. The pieces of furniture will serve as centerpieces, with the panel being a subtle backdrop, giving the room a cozy atmosphere.panelling 4

6. Accessorize

Just like modern furniture, you can use modern home accessories to move the focus away from the panels. Place modern paintings or posters on the panel in your living room, or a collection of vinyls in your study. Alternatively, use lighting tips for the bedroom when placing a night stand, bookshelf, or mirror, to help you modernize the space where you sleep.

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Modern kitchens are usually dominated by steel and concrete, so leaving long strips of wood panel can be a surprising move. However, selectively leaving wood panels in unexpected areas of the room softens the cold effect of steel and concrete. Combine it with ample light sources, and your kitchen will have both a homey feel and a modern design.

8. A Wooden Bathroom

Probably the only place where you would want to place wood-paneling is in your bathroom. In combination with the best modern bathtub design, the wood will bring a spa-like feel to the room. Not only that, but it will add a layer of texture, and bring harmony to a once pale white bathroom.

9. Open-Concept

Even though open-concept design homes have no walls, most of them use panels to separate the rooms. Using wood panels for this purpose is both modern and practical. It adds a dose of seclusion to each room, and an air of coziness you cannot achieve with glass-based panels.

10. 3D Panels

Finally, the most modern approach to wood panels is the 3D concept. It uses square-shaped pieces of wood panels, placed at various depth, to create a multi-dimensional wall. Beside the modern design, the plus side of this use of wooden panels is the space you get within the interlocking pieces that make up the wall.

Ultimately, wooden panels can provide your design with richness in texture, softer tones and contrast. Together with all the various contemporary application you’ve seen, you will definitely never associate wooden panels with something old ever again. You might be even tempted to introduce them into your home!

Repurposing Your Garage Into A Home Office

If you need more space and moving isn’t an option, it’s time to get creative. Does your home office need to be turned into another bedroom? How about a nursery? With a little planning, you can move your home office into your garage while you make your next move.

garage office 1Your home office will need:

1) Privacy. Is your garage free-standing, or can you access it from your house? Make sure you can secure the garage via the man-door. You don’t want to open the overhead garage door every time you enter or leave the office. Wash the windows if needed and add blinds to give you some control over the natural light.

2) Temperature control. You may need a space heater for chilly days, or a window air conditioning unit. Replacing your existing garage door with an insulated one would be a good investment as well. Better thermal efficiency and noise isolation will keep the bills down while letting you work in peace.

3) Flooring. Sweep out the garage and power wash or hose down and scrub the concrete. Consider adding a coat of concrete floor paint, or get yourself a nice indoor-outdoor rug for your desk space. You’ll want a professional feel while you work. If possible, paint the walls around your workspace to help it feel a bit cleaner.garage office 2

4) Storage. If you currently have a heavy metal file cabinet but don’t want to move it, consider storing important papers in clear plastic tubs. Most people who work from home use their computer more than hard copy. Determine how much paper access you need and plan your storage accordingly.

5) Space to concentrate. It may be eerie to sit at your desk and feel the whole garage space at your back. Consider investing in free-standing screens, or put up a volleyball net behind you and cover it with fabric. As possible reduce the space around you to give yourself an insular sense.

6) Task lighting. While you may have desk lamps, your garage probably has a higher ceiling and may be a bit gloomier. If you need a new lamp or a glass top work table to brighten the space, invest in them. This is your office space, and even a temporary work space needs a bit of dignity. If you limp along on cast-offs in your garage office, you’ll get resentful and won’t be able to do your best work.garage office 3

If you plan to use the other half of the garage for a car, consider building a wall of storage totes or boxes between your space and the car’s space. Work out a communication system with your partner so you get a heads-up when they’re coming home. That way, you can be out of the garage or at least have papers secured when the door opens.

Should you be planning a long-term or permanent conversion of this portion of the garage, build up. Depending on the height of your garage ceiling, you could create a platform for your desk and paper storage. Under the platform you could store tools, tubs, or whatever else you need to store. You could add flooring to the platform, or a rubber mat so you could eventually set up a standing desk.

Eventually, you may choose to frame in your office area and stay in the house. The shortened area between the garage door and your office wall could be a great spot to store bikes, grills, and garden tools.

Modern Furniture Objects That Fit In A Luxurious, Vintage Interior

Are you looking for ideas to bring a breath of fresh air to your vintage interior design? Then maybe you will want to try a mix and match situation. We all know that opposites attract so why not try to combine modern furniture objects with your glamorous, vintage interior?

It’s time to give up on the idea that all items in the room must match.

Styles change and right now, the hype is on combining designs and ideas that bring freshness and create a powerful setting. So, if you’re still on the edge with breaking the vintage style, let’s take a look at the ideas below. Who knows? Maybe we can convince you.

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Make room for contrasts

If you want to focus the attention towards a certain area or simply create a design that attracts the eye, you need to open yourself up to contrasts. However, you have to be clever about it. Contrast has its own rules, and you must make sure they are followed.

First of all, by mixing hard textures with soft ones or by adding a blocky chair when all your furniture is leggy, you manage to create a balance. If you overdo it, then the entire mixture becomes tacky.

Introducing fine changes

Just imagine a large kitchen, 19th-century style, with gorgeous wooden decorations and a long table for the entire family. The entire setting screams luxury and seriousness, making you feel small and sober. To lighten the mood and bring the design to our era, you can replace the vintage chairs with comfy, modern ones that have chromed legs. These chairs will break the hard air and introduce you to a warm environment where everyone is welcome.

Luxury and family-friendly settings do go together if you make the correct fine changes.

Fresh colors

Who says your vintage rooms need to look dusty and pale? Old furniture brings a certain elegance that is a bit difficult to digest in the modern age so why not break it with some nicely colored walls? Fresh colors like green, yellow, and blue will bring more sunlight in the room and increase the level of energy.

Of course, you shouldn’t stop at the walls! Decorative items like pillows and small chairs can also come in fresh colors. Even more, you can add a modern rug that will blend nicely with the furniture.

Create unity in diversity

As we mentioned above, contrasts do attract. However, if you mix a modern sofa with some ultra-elegant chairs from another century, you may get chaos instead of unity. The chairs will be imposing, decorated with wood carvings and gorgeous upholstery that makes you think of royalty. On the other hand, a modern sofa is simple and oriented towards comfort and functionality. So how can you mix these elements together without wanting to scratch your eyes out?

Well, there is a simple trick to make the combination work: select a color palette that works with all the pieces.

The main idea behind introducing modern furniture objects in your vintage home is balance. Your interior design must support unity, and everything will work out in a gorgeous final design. Of course, there are many ideas that can be put into practice with such gorgeous furniture. For instance, a small home office goes great with the sober style of vintage furniture, don’t you think?