Improve The Feel Of Your Home With These Affordable Upgrades

A home improvement is all about you creating the home that you want to live in, creating the best possible atmosphere for you and your family. It is generally a worthwhile venture that has many advantages.

Whether big or small, any home improvement project requires considerable planning, especially time and money-both of which are resources that cannot be replaced once spent.

Home improvements are not as difficult as you may think. Read through the following tips if you want to get a great start:

‘Tis The Season To Improve
Change up your home with each season. You can give your rooms a lift according to the season, simply by changing a few things. Get new pillows for the couch, and swap out autumn/winter candles for vases of fresh flowers. Change the duvet in your bedroom by replacing a heavy winter one for a light weight one in a bright, summery color.

Good Value or Bad Quality
When planning a home improvement project, time is money and the more time spent on the project, the more it will cost. Do not choose the cheapest contractor bid you get for home improvements under the assumption that you can hire someone later to fix his mistakes. The repairs may just end up costing you twice as much or more than the original work. Hire a reputable contractor with great references.

Perfect Colors
Is painting your next home improvement design project? Paint is one of the most inexpensive and simple way to change the look of your home. Make sure you have all the right tools and the right type of paint for the area. By making a few preparations before you begin, your job will be easier and go much smoothly. A good rule of thumb is to remember the color wheel.

  • Do you want to feel romantic and calm? Choose a light warm or cool shade.
  • Do you want to feel homey and comforted? Select buttery yellows such as for your kitchen.
  • Do you want a feel of calmness and balance? Select shades of green that are light or moss or sage colored.
  • Do you want to feel energized and express your vibrant personality? Choose vibrant shades.
  • Do you want an air of elegance and serenity to a room? Select neutral shades or cool light greens.

Modernize Your Kitchen
If you have a limited budget for updating your home and want to make the biggest impact value-wise, tackle your kitchen. New counter tops, cabinets, flooring, fixtures and appliances can add both value and appeal to your home if you decide to sell it, and you can enjoy the updates yourself if you plan on staying a while.

Do Not Neglect The Exterior
Plants are a great way to add color and texture in any outdoor space. Adding layers of plants will give more dimension to your porch. Pick plants that’ll do well at any time of year. If you really want something low maintenance, consider a terrarium, which is easy to set up, and requires very little maintenance after it’s off and growing on its own.

Home improvement doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul of your home. It is giving something great to your home, putting in what you want to enjoy for some time to come.

Beni Ourain Rugs Are Handcrafted Gems

There are so many things that make these North African tribal rugs favorites for many people around the world. They’ve been enchanting the people of the Atlas Mountains for ages now. They’ve started captivating people in the Western world throughout the past few decades, too. Don’t be surprised if you see a gorgeous Berber rug on the floor in a chic and contemporary Notting Hill flat. Don’t be shocked if you spot one of these rugs on the floor in a roomy detached home located in Beverly Hills in California, either. They’re practically ubiquitous in stylish and attractive settings in this day and age. People can find them in homes of all kinds. They can find them in commercial settings of all types as well. You may notice one on the floor in the lounge area of your favorite beauty salon. You may see one on the floor of a restaurant’s waiting section.

What makes Beni Ourain rugs such a big deal, anyway? There are so many answers to that big question. These rugs bring a lot of exoticism and flair to the table. They bring images of North Africa to mind. They possess tribal charms that make people feel far away. They, at the same time, can also make people feel comfortable and cozy. Their designs are the definition of appealing and eye-catching. If you’re fond of streamlined and geometric patterns, you won’t be able to forget any Beni Ourain rug that crosses your path. If you adore muted colors that don’t command a lot of attention, you won’t be able to get any Berber rug you see out of your mind. These rugs are known for appearances that are simplistic yet meaningful and poignant. Who knew that basic shapes and lines could be so visually interesting?

Beni Ourain rugs are great for people who are enthusiastic about durability and strength. There are so many rugs out there that simply don’t cut it in the resilience department. These weak and fragile rugs can barely tolerate any foot traffic. Berber rugs, however, are a whole other universe. These floor coverings can work out wonderfully in households of all sizes. If you live in a busy household that’s chock-full of nonstop action, investing in a Berber rug won’t strike fear in your heart.

These rugs, last but not least, don’t demand a lot of time-consuming care. If you want to keep your rug pristine, clean and lovely, you don’t have to commit to a considerable amount of upkeep work. Maintaining a Beni Ourain rug that looks fresh and new doesn’t have to be a massive chore for anyone. They won’t interfere with your lifestyle at all.

The Mood of Red

Psychologically the color red is associated with war, anger, strength, danger. It increases metabolism, blood pressure and respirations. It attracts attention and is often used on signs to

warn of danger. For example the highway stop signs are painted red. In classic Rome the most powerful men wore red. If your favorite color is red, according to psychologists you are aggressive, you demand attention and you strive hard for success.

So, how do we use red in home décor? Since red is stimulating, one must use it carefully in the home. Too much red can be over stimulating or can produce that over powered or stressed out feeling. Darker red, like maroon or burgundy, are more restrained while brighter shades represent more energy.

If red is your color you have many places in the home in which to use it in varying shades and amounts. It’s not easy to come up with the right shade of red for a room. The warmer shades have more orange while the cooler shades have more blue.

Lets start with the first room you are likely to enter when you wake up. If you have a neutral colored bathroom, bright red towels and curtains would be a great “waker-upper.” Or you could pull out all the stops and paint the walls red. The brighter the more awakening.

The use of just the right amount of red in a kitchen can make it peppy. Don’t overdo it. Use a splash of red here and there in an otherwise neutral room to add energy.

Red is said to stimulate the appetite making it a good choice for the dining room. Again, use accent pieces such as a red tablecloth and bits of red in white curtains and/or wall décor.

I would suggest a warmer shade of red for the living room in order to provide a more restful atmosphere. The warmer shade is obtained by adding orange to bright red.

Red is not recommended for the bedroom of an overactive child because of its stimulating properties. For most children just a neutral background with only accents of red are recommended.

We’ll end this color tour in the bedroom. There are many diverse opinions on whether or not to use red in the bedroom. Red, being a symbol of love, is often the choice while others believe that red is too stimulating for the bedroom. If you like the color red why not go ahead and use it. If you are in the bedroom only at after dark you will see the room by lamplight thus the colors are muted. One attractive bedroom visited by this writer had one wall painted red behind the bed with a matching red chair on the other side of the room. The background color on walls and bed spread was ivory.

In conclusion, if red is your favorite color go ahead and use it by all means. Just remember a little red goes a long way.