The kitchen is considered to be the center of all the activities of the home. The most important part of any house can be the kitchen. This is where the whole family sits for having their food, comes together to talk to each other and also the place where every family member is bound to meet each other sometime during the day. Some even consider it the most sacred place, keeping religious books, idols or other material as per the religion they follow. The kitchen also is considered as an important place because this is where the food that feeds the entire family gets prepared. The transformation of a kitchen from the traditional to a modern should, therefore, be handled very carefully. Getting experts involved in it is strongly recommended.
Why would the kitchen even undertake this journey?
Why do you ask? Well, we can list down several reasons. Here are our top seven reasons the kitchen in any house must be most updated and modern.
With the passage of time, the various equipment in the kitchen, the appliances, the walls, and even the furniture gets old, rusty and sometimes remains unclean in spite of all attempts to get it spic and span.
Though most homemakers would challenge this saying they make sure their kitchen is clean every time, anytime. With time, many things set in such as if your house is in a wet region with lots of rainfall, fungus, mildew, and other parasitic elements do tend to capture the surfaces. Even though disinfectants come in handy, thorough and deep cleaning may not always be possible due to lack of expertise or simply due to the lack of time. Updating the kitchen or remodeling it after a few years, gives it a fresh and clean look and also ensures total cleanliness in this part of the house which also determines the overall health of the entire family residing there.
Energy Efficiency and Environmental Awareness
With advanced technology, newer appliances have become more energy efficient. Look at that oven and grill and the dishwasher. If each is around a decade old, having in pride in using the appliance so well that it still works fine may be great but in the long run, upgrading to a newer more energy saving version of the same will be more cost effective over a period of next few years. Sometimes even saving more than the cost you paid for it.
Many types of equipment and appliances now come with an environmental feature which allows for lesser carbon footprint and work on lesser power, contributing towards lessening global warming. Giving our future generations a cleaner and greener planet is as important and making these small changes in the kitchen to make it modern can make a big difference.
Remodeling the House
If you are remodeling the entire house, the kitchen should be your top priority. We suggest you focus your maximum energy in the proper layout and planning of the kitchen remodeling. After all, as we know, the kitchen is the epicenter of all family activities and also the key place where the food is cooked to feed the entire family.
Changes in the family needs
An obvious change is a change in the number of family members. Whether it is because a family member is getting married and bringing in a bride or an expecting couple getting ready to make their house prepared for the incoming little ones. The more the people to feed, the more space needed to service those needs properly; the countertops being the most important ones as sometimes, they also double up as a baby seat while their feed and milk warm up in the oven.
Changes in lifestyle
Many of us are switching to a healthier and active lifestyle, and this change may prompt a very immediate and important need to remodel and change the kitchen. Many families are now seeing the need to have a breakfast counter in addition to the regular cooking counter as their most important meal of the day is now the healthy breakfast cooked with healthy ingredients in modern equipment. It is also the only time the entire family gets to meet each other at the same time so all the more important to have proper space to have this meal properly. A modern kitchen with a breakfast counter makes this a very comfortable affair.
A new owner
When the house changes ownership, the new occupants can have many different requirements. From the cooking styles to the food preferences everything could be different. Before the new occupants move in, the kitchen often gets a complete or at least a partial makeover.
For The Want Of A New Look
Even with the latest equipment and the modern layout, sometimes having a new look makes the kitchen refreshing and modern. Having artificial plants, hedges or box hedges that give it a trendy look can give you the change you needed to make things different in your life.
Here is a bonus tip
Always make sure your kitchen is modern and well equipped. Make changes to keep it modular and has ample storage space. Those harsh weather days when you cannot step out to refill the essentials make it necessary to stock up. However, if the storage space is not sufficient, needed items cannot be stocked. Also, for those surprise visits by cousins or relatives from back home require you to have enough stocks.
A modern and equipped kitchen also has the potential to add several thousand to the resale value of the house.
What are your reasons to remodel or make your kitchen into an ultra modern and well equipped one? Tell us of any more you did not read here and spread the knowledge. Also, you may want to do the remodeling as a DIY project or call in the experts to handle it. Both have their pluses and minuses. Maybe we can cover that in another blog some other time.
“Make the most out of what you have.” You might have heard it from your colleagues, family, and teachers throughout your life, at every stage. However, we understand how difficult it becomes to manage the placement of things in a constricted environment which is why we are here at your rescue. Browse through the list of ideas to implement the perfect one for you. From the splurge-worthy idea to the minimalistic solution, there is something for everyone.
If you like plants and the vibrations that they bring along, you must opt for a setting that involves a centralized plant décor. We recommend buying artificial plants as they require low to no maintenance while creating the perfect dupe for the original plants. Look down for the section of plants to get an elaborate idea about this kind of décor. Some ideas involve throwing the beautiful splashes of color around your balcony area to make it look more vibrant and energetic.
One of them involves the use of flowers and the other one, lightings. Again, artificial flowers should be your to-go choice because it becomes difficult to manage the time for maintenance of plants and flowers from your busy routine.
Scroll down to find the best choice for your work environment.
Cozy and Warm Atmosphere
Pain the surrounding walls with warm colors like yellow, orange, or peach. Adjust a small set of the sofa in L shape and place some warm blankets on them. This décor is ideally suited for winter atmosphere for giving the perfect relaxing break to your hard-working employees. Coming out once in a while to take in the chills of the season while hugging onto the warm blankets will comfort their body, and the warm tones on the wall will please their eyes. From the work-centered and pressurized environment, this décor will make your employees feel the warmth of home and give them a break they need to rejuvenate themselves for the work hours ahead.
Splash on some cool tones on the walls of your balcony to create an energetic atmosphere. Perfect for the days of summer, use colors like blue and green to paint the walls and the little furniture that you keep in the balcony, for example, the mini table with a flower vase or the sofa set. We recommend that you place some tall stools instead of the sofa set to keep the blood flowing in the people’s body. Whenever you come for a break in the balcony, a gush of energy and liveliness must flow through your veins, and this décor will do its part of the share. Give an addition of a small shelf containing some board games to liven up the environment. Place a small table around the stools to create the background for a mini gaming atmosphere. In no time, this spot will become your employees' favorite.
Plant centralized décor
Close your eyes for a moment and notice what comes to your mind when we say “fresh.” Some may imagine the waves of an ocean splashing on the shores while the other may see the wind kissing trees and grass. We will cover the section of water waves in another part as we focus on the plants in this section. You can also place boxwood mats at the entrance of your balcony so that the feel of nature can increase its radius. Decorate the walls surrounding your gallery with the artificial green wall.
You can also create a boxwood wall without having to worry about its maintenance. But if you don’t feel like creating an artificial wall, you can bring some outdoor topiary and place them in your balcony to give you a close to the natural feel. To cover your vision, put some free silk trees to provide a touch of elegance and sophistication to your work environment. For a more personalized look, create grass signage of your company name and place it at the top wall of your balcony so that it is visible to the people at a distance.
To create a vibrant feel and to add some splash of color to your balcony, add some fake geraniums to your balcony and place them around silk topiary trees. These tricks are sure to give you the touch of nature that you always desired without occupying too much space from your balcony.
Ocean Themed Atmosphere
To recreate the aquatic freshness, paint the walls around your balcony in a light blue color. Add a small desk with some flower vase and add a hammock to your balcony. On the other side, place a small set of the sofa in L shape that can take four people in and you’re good to go. This décor will take care of the sitting arrangements as well as maintain the vibes of an aquatic environment. Add some soft lights for the evening time, and your balcony will look more than attractive with minimal efforts.
Minimum effort, Maximum Output
Just as the title speaks, this section will focus over an idea that will utilize the little space provided in your balcony area, to its best. This step will require more funds, but the output result will please your mind. Create a fake platform by raising the level provided for your balcony. Bring it to the level that is 1.5 feet below the baluster and paint it according to the colors on the walls of your office. This will create a faux platform where your employees could sit for some time while enjoying the view from the balcony. Don’t forget to place a desk at the center of the platform for your employees to place some glasses or mobile phones. That’s all you need to do for creating the perfect balcony without much external assistance and with the maximum output result.
We hope you found some useful points from this article. Use the space in your balcony, no matter how small it is, to create the desired look for your office.
The bathroom; a place in your house where you get to spend time reminiscing about your how your day was, especially after a long tiring one. Or for some, it is the recharging station that gets them powered up to go out there and face their day. In short – a bathroom is a place that allows you to think and observe your thoughts as you unwind after the day. It is also the place that helps sometime in the mornings to plan your day and manage your work accordingly.
Have you ever felt that something is amiss and the bathroom no longer helps you rejuvenate or feel refreshed after the shower and after your early morning routine? Chances are your bathroom might be due for a makeover. Depending on the strictness of the case, it might just need some subtle changes or complete remodeling. Read on to find out which category your bathroom might fit into.
Old fashioned interior or bathroom fittings
The interior is merely old-fashioned or outdated. The instruments used or the spare parts needed are no longer available in the market. This means, the fittings have completed their service life and need to be changed at the earliest. Not because they are not working well, but when they do break down, the spares are not going to be available to fix the broken part, and the whole thing will need to be replaced anyway. Even the bathroom tiles are a reason to consider a full renovation. Those old colors and designs no longer feel exciting, and as they have been around for quite some years, there is bound to be some wear and tear. If you are replacing the tiles, you might as well go for a renovation of the other fittings too.
Obvious visible damage and leakage
Sometimes, the taps drip or the showers leak, and it ends up wasting a lot of precious water. A good practice is to get the taps, showers, and tubs checked by a professional every quarter. Ignoring this can result in the bathroom remaining damp and wet for extended periods. If stepping into the bathroom gives you an unmistakable and overwhelming smell of mildew or even a fungus developing on the wet, moist walls, this is a good enough reason to go for a complete bathroom remodeling.
Improper placement of fixtures
This usually happens if you move into a house that was already constructed. For whatever reasons, the bathroom was structured and set up in a particular way for the comfort of the previous owner or tenant. This does not mean you should also be using the same? When moving into the house, take a good look at the bathroom and decide if you need to remodel it entirely and give it a good makeover.
The usage of water in every household is different. Especially in areas where there is an acute shortage of water, it makes a lot of sense to do away with the bathtubs and switch to only showers in the bathroom. Taking out the bathtub and its related fittings will mean a semi remodeling of the bathroom. This makeover will also make space for some storage to keep those additional supplies or extra towels for the guests.
Lack of proper storage space
A bathroom where you struggle to keep the essentials and supplies must be looked at on an immediate basis. A makeover is needed as this gives you a chance to plan the layout properly and get some storage racks in place. The platform or flat surface on the storage cupboard can be used to display faux silk plants or some artificial hedge décor in the bathroom to give it some green color. The décor is durable, and most importantly, it is waterproof and can be a good contender for enduring water splashes and even an occasional deep soap clean regime.
Incorrect placement of lighting in the bathroom can caste some shadows which might be undesirable. Fixing mood lighting is the latest trend. The light also does not cast sharp shadows, and some even allow you to control the color through a mobile app if your bathroom has a lamp that casts your shadow as you are using the bathroom and the shadow happens to fall on a window. Remodel it immediately and place the lighting in the right places. Consult some expert if needed. Even if the light is insufficient, that might cause cuts while shaving and improper washing. Make sure the light is right.
The bathroom seems small
There could be some reasons for this. Your partner moved in, you got another roommate, or if you are expecting a baby, then the bathroom is suddenly going to become an essential part of the planning. Make it ready by the time the baby arrives. This is a good enough reason to give it a complete makeover and also make it baby proof like you will be doing the rest of the house.
You are planning to sell the house
Trust us on this one. If you are planning to sell the home, give it a general clean up but give the bathroom a thorough makeover. It will help immensely to get a good resale value. An excellent fresh looking bathroom with some scented candles some artificial boxwood mats will go a long way in increasing the aesthetics as well as the overall value of the house in the sale. It is also known to shorten the time needed for the deal to materialize greatly.
Whatever your reason, we urge you to plan it, think it through, and, only if you are sure about what you want and believe that it will give you the satisfaction that you expect from a bathroom makeover, go for it. Always remember, a makeover does not have to be expensive all the time. You can be classy, you can be modern, you can give it a couple of months, but the makeover will leave you happy and satisfied to the core.
Some places make you feel peaceful, calm down your mind, and some areas make you feel at home. Even in our homes, there are such different places. Some cities make us feel energized more than the rest of the corners of the house. Often the way you think is a direct derivative of the energy of the place. Of course, you may argue that it is all about the state of mind and has nothing to do with the power or the vibes. Whatever may be the reason, a cozy corner of the house makes you feel comfortable and relaxed, rejuvenated and energized. Experts also suggest this as a stress release therapy to bring yourself close to your Zen state.
So, what is an ideal place to achieve this?
Of all the rooms in your house, your bedroom can be considered as the place to be for all the right reasons. No pun intended here.
Various themes and styles can be adapted to make the bedroom a place that is high on the coziness quotient. Here are the top five themes and techniques that you might want to consider. Warning: some might be so cozy that you may want to drop everything you are doing and get it for yourself right away.
Top Five theme products
1. Large Fluffy Pillows: Any bedroom is incomplete without fluffy pillows that are comfortable and are in a sufficient amount to ensure a sense of coziness. The best part of this product is the covers can change to reflect the right mood and even have the right messages to make it cozy and comfortable.
2. Extra comfortable bed sheets: nothing raises the coziness of the bedroom than a comfortable bed sheet. Go for warm colors like yellow, orange or red that will give your room a warm feel and make you want to rest here for a good night’s sleep
3. Right lighting: Make sure you have the right amount of and the right type of light to invoke a feeling of coziness. Pink and blue make for an excellent combination to give the room a feel of comfort and the ambiance welcome. Meditating with the right lighting and wall colors is a very satisfying and relaxing experience.
4. Paintings: Experts and home designers often make the wall behind the bed very attractive and pleasing. However also important is the wall that you see the very moment you wake up or keep looking at while you are waiting to fall asleep. Having a pleasant and relaxing painting on this wall will up your cozy quotient as nothing will
5. A comfortable chair or sofa: In the bedroom, one need not always be there to sleep. A single comfortable chair that you can retire into with a book in hand and a cup of coffee in the other cannot compare with anything else. Try out a few chairs in the furniture shop and select the one that you are most comfortable with. Even if it may make your bedroom a bit crowded, we suggest you go for it. After all, it is about your comfort and not about whether people feel there is too much furniture in the house. If not for a chair, a sofa can also make the best reading place.
Wrapped up in a book on a rainy day with coffee in hand has coziness exponentially raised.
Top five ideas to deck up the bedroom in a unique style
1. Wooden flooring: A bedroom styled in a large four poster bed with wooden flooring will look traditional and yet contemporary. A wood floor also is easier to clean and is known to give your feet a natural feel when you walk on it barefoot.
2. Superhero themed bedroom: you might argue that this style is for children and their favorite superheroes adorn the walls and another décor in their bedroom. However, having a styled décor featuring a particular hero can make you feel safe, comfortable and always awaken the fan inside you. After all, superheroes are all about keeping the world safe and healthy.
3. Go for a minimalist style: If you are a fan of the minimalist movement, you will agree to the fact that for the true minimalist less is always more. Having a simple bed, a single pillow and a warm, cozy blanket as the main props goes a long way in providing a unique style to make the room comfortable enough without a lot of effort. This is what we were relating to when we said you might want to try it out right away.
4. Bring in artificial plants: Change the wallpaper to reflect a floral pattern or a tropical forest scene. Bring in fake plants that make you feel connected with nature and your inner self. This style of home décor is creating a massive wave in the market and people choosing such styles even go down to the minute details of having an artificial bonfire in the middle of the room to make it look warm. Chairs and seating arrangement around this give it a look and feel of sitting by a fire and feeling all warm and cozy.
5. Go for the old style of the kings and queens: for those who can afford it, a king-sized bedroom can be way more significant than a small house. Getting it decked up with the old style furniture and giving it the look of how the kings and queens of the yesteryears lived can raise the cozy quotient to a very high degree. Lavish and large tends to make your mind open up as well.
Of course, all these are suggestions and as they say – to each his own. You may have a go at one of our recommendations and not find it suitable to your taste. But the beauty of the point is, you can try out others and maybe even mix and match a few to suit your choice. Let us know if you have any more suggestions or would like to share your experience after adopting one of our tips above.
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