How to Create a Well-lit Room

Transform any dull room in your home by installing lighting, the right way. Here are some ideas to create ambiance, mood, and make your space look twice as big with the right lighting!


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How to create a well-lit room

Nobody ever really noticed good lighting, unless they make an active effort. That’s because when lighting works, it fully works. Everyone in the room is fully relaxed, and they might not even realize it. Change the lighting in your home to create a space that feels cozy and welcome. A well-lit room can really mean all the difference in the world, and for many reasons. There are several ways how a person could go about that, and here are a few.

Always use a dimmer

No matter the reason, dimmers are always an essential part of lighting. They allow the room to become much more flexible than before, and they’re great energy savers on top of that. For some rooms, it might take a bit of electrical work, but it’s completely worth it in the end. They not only increase the longevity of the bulbs, but they’re instrumental in creating mood lighting for any time of day.

Known which bulbs you’re using

A key mistake people make is they opt for either the cheapest or the first bulbs they find. Think of lighting as a home improvement investment that will truly pay off in the long run. That can create all sorts of problems down the line. Cheaper ones tend to malfunction very sooner than most, and they don’t always look the best. Aesthetics are an important aspect of lighting too. Sometimes you just want the bulb to make sense in the room. There are plenty of different light bulbs to choose from, each with their own distinct style and look.

Have several points of light

One of the most basic mistakes a lot of people make is to make their lighting central. There is a general feeling of discomfort when there’s only one source of light in the room. That’s why using several points of light can really create a better atmosphere. Also, not every source should have the same strength. A fun way to play up a room with lighting is using neon lights. My favorite neon lighting is the ‘I licked it so it’s mine neon sign‘ which really brings in some fun and color to a room. Aesthetics play an important role in lighting, and options like vintage filament lamps can be a great addition, like the ones from Lampwise.

Don’t forget which room it is

Every room should have its own distinct sense of lighting. Not every space is created equal or has the same use. Sometimes you need to work, and sometimes you need to relax, and there are different lightings for those. A living room should have a good combination of dimmable sources, as well as lamps, down-lights, and even candles. Kitchens tend to be the most difficult to create good lighting for, and it should ideally light up your workspace.

Consider using incandescent lighting

Every home should feel inviting. That means that warm lighting is a necessity, otherwise, a home might feel like a waiting room. The key for incandescent lighting is to use bulbs that have a softer, yellow light emission. Yellow light tends to feel much more relaxing, which is the opposite of blue light, which can suppress sleepiness. It’s an important distinction to make, especially if the room is somewhere you spend lots of time in.

Having a well-lit room can work wonders on the well-being of everyone that spends time in it. It can really create a good feeling of comfort in a room or make a person feel much more productive. Lighting is an important aspect of every home and should be utilized to its full potential.

6 Different Types of Blinds and the Right Décor for Them

Are you considering including some privacy in your home with blinds? Here are 6 different types and how you can decorate with them the right way!


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While the purpose is essentially the same, there is a significant difference between blinds and shades that people often forget about. Depending on the décor of your home, shades might be a better fit, but there’s hardly any décor for which there isn’t an appropriate blind. You can always visit Next Day Blinds to get the consultation right from your home, but it maybe isn’t a bad idea to first get acquainted with a few general types of blinds on your own first.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds either open from the middle or each of the individual slats on the track separate from side to side to let air and light in. These are a better fit for particularly large windows that run from floor-to-ceiling or for patio doors.

Venetian Blinds

In perfect contrast to the vertical blinds, the Venetian blinds are more suited for smaller windows. These horizontal blinds also happen to be the most common choice for blinds all across the US. They are generally not particularly fancy, but a lot depends on the product’s design and customizations as well.


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Micro and Mini Blinds

Micro blinds are essentially the same as Venetian blinds, but the slats are a lot less wide at roughly one-inch, while mini blinds have even less width at only half-an-inch. The smaller slats make these a better fit in homes with a contemporary décor.

Panels

Panels are one of the common choices for people looking to put blinds on their patio doors or huge windows. The slats move on a track, just like vertical blinds, but they are usually much wider than verticals and provide better privacy. They feel at home in bedrooms that are themed in a somewhat classy, but reserved manner.


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Metal Blinds

The usual choice of metal in blinds is aluminum, but stainless steel is also an option, albeit a costlier one. Nevertheless, the extra durability is probably going to be worth the additional cost in the long run. Whatever your choice of metal may be, know that metal blinds are not for everyone. The seamless design looks shiny and allows perfect control over light, but in a house made completely of wood, it may look out of place. A minimalist décor, on the other hand, might go pretty well with metal blinds.

Bamboo Roller Blinds

There are no slats in bamboo roller designs and they can be easily rolled up like shades because of that. Opting for roller blinds made out of bamboo is perfect when you are trying to give your home a natural look. Place a houseplant or two beside the window to perfectly match the blinds.

Do keep in mind that most of what you just read is not binding and there is no set rule. Feel free to improvise if you think it works with your décor, as these are only meant to introduce you to the basic idea of using blinds in interior decoration.

4 Household Jobs to Make Your Home Perfect

Make your home sparkle this summer with some of these easy and effective cleaning tips that will change the way you clean forever!


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Homes are peoples’ pride and joy, where they have started to build a life they may have spent years dreaming of. This means that they will do whatever it takes to make it the best place for them and their family. However, this can sometimes involve a lot of time and money, which is hard to give when you lead a busy life. Thankfully, there are some simple household jobs which can refresh your home and make it perfect. To save you time and resources, it’s wise to follow a trusted bank of tips that will leave you with your perfect home in no time.

Deep Clean Often

Over time, it can be easy to let mess build up around your home. Without regular cleaning, it may have gotten to the point where a quick sweep isn’t enough, and there is grime stuck to places you can’t reach. When this happens, it’s best to enlist the help of a company like My Technicare, who can deep clean your carpets and furnishings to reveal the squeaky-clean underneath. Not only will this leave your home looking and feeling brand new, but it will help you remove any harmful toxins and allergens from the air. After you have had a deep clean, it’s wise to follow a cleaning schedule for a few minutes each day and to bring in a deep cleaning team every few months.

Create New Storage Solutions

Part of what makes staying tidy so hard is clutter, which is present in almost every home. De-cluttering can mean throwing out everything you don’t need, but for those special items you can’t let go of, it also means using some nifty storage solutions to keep them safe and out of the way. Most of these storage solutions can be made yourself, with little time and even less money. In some cases, you may even be re-purposing some of your clutter, such as when you turn old glass jars into pencil holders.

Tidy Your Yard

When people think of their homes, it is easy to neglect their outdoor space, but keeping this clean and tidy is the best finishing touch to any home. The best thing about tidying your yard is that you don’t have to have green fingers to do it. De-weeding and throwing out any debris is an easy job, but to truly make it look great, it’s best to add some flowers to your flowerbeds each week. Doing so will keep it looking bright and cheerful, and you will also begin to spend more time outdoors in any season.

Bring Nature Indoors

Perhaps the easiest way to make your home perfect is by keeping it light, airy, and full of fresh air. Doing something as simple as bringing statement potted plants indoors can add a new element to a room, but this can also improve the air quality of your home. In warmer seasons, it’s also wise to keep your windows open as often as you can.

Kiss the Clutter Goodbye in 4 Easy Steps

Do you have problems keeping your home clean? Here are some easy tips so that you can kiss clutter goodbye forever!


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From the outside, your home appears to be clean, neat, and tidy. In fact, your friends routinely oh and ah over your organization skills and your ability to keep your home clean despite holding a full time job, raising young kids, and catering to a demanding spouse. However, you can never accept those compliments without feeling a twang of guilt, because you know the truth: you are far from organized and tidy, and if your friends could see behind the closet doors, they would be appalled.

If your closets are bursting with every coat you’ve ever owned since the 90s…if your garage is lined with shelves but you and your partner still have to double stack bins and place items on the floor…if your kitchen drawers contain more papers and junk mail than they do utensils, it may be time to stop cleaning and start decluttering. If you’re cringing at the thought of getting rid of your dear earthly possessions, these four decluttering tips can get you past the pain and through to a clutter-free house.

Go Through One Room at a Time

Reader’s Digest says that the best way to a clutter-free home is to take it one room at a time. Whether you’re a hoarder or just someone who let the clutter get out of control, you may feel overwhelmed by trying to tackle your entire home at once. Start small, say, with the kitchen drawers. Once you’ve decluttered the drawers, clear out the pantry, and then the cabinets. Before you know it, your kitchen will be clutter free, and it will feel so good, you won’t hesitate moving on to the next room and to do what it takes to keep your house clean and beautiful.


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Be Ruthless

Living Well, Spending Less tells homeowners to purge ruthlessly. Chances are that everything you own has some sort of sentimental value (the dress you wore on your first date, the hair tie you wearing when you had your first child, the keys from your first family vehicle). People can find an attachment to anything, which is what makes people human, but it’s also what results in clutter. It’s okay to be sentimental, but don’t be sentimental to a fault. Yes, keep your children’s going-home outfits, but toss that hair-tie.

Another thing people hold onto is gifts. It’s hard to toss something given to you by a loved one, but if you don’t like it, use it, or it’s broken, it’s just taking up space. Give the item away to someone who will use it.

Ask Yourself the 5 Big Questions

If you’re having a hard time parting with something, ask yourself the five basic questions:

  •       Does anyone use it, wear it, or play with it?
  •       Does it still fit?
  •       Is it in good condition?
  •       Does it enrich your life?
  •       Could someone else use it more?

If an item isn’t used, donate it. If it doesn’t fit or is in bad condition, toss it. If it doesn’t make you think happy thoughts or become a better person, and if someone else can use it more, give it away.


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Sleep On It

If all else fails, sleep on it—or rather, put the item away for one month and don’t look at it again until that month is over. If you find yourself missing that item within the month, it’s probably safe to keep it. If you open the box a month later and think, “Oh! I forgot about that!” get rid of it.

Decluttering is often an overwhelming process for most people, but once they get started, it becomes a little less so. These four steps can help you get on the path to a clutter-free and beautiful home.

5 Reasons the Modern Home Needs Air Filters

Improve your home’s air quality with an air filter. Here’s how!


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A home can be pristine and the eptimony of what it means to be a modern home, but low air quality will ruin that. Residents and visitors alike will have issues with a home that they can barely breath in. Air filters are made and placed in your ventilation system in order to raise a homes air quality and keep a home home smelling fresh and clean. Your home needs air filters for simple, but important, reasons.

New Air Filters Keep Air Quality Up

When a ventilation system pumps in air from the outside the air goes through the filtration process. Air filters trap in the dirt and debris traveling with the air and that causes the filter to become dirtier over time. Dirty filters affect airflow and affect indoor air quality, and even cause fluctuations in home temperatures. Air quality is necessary to comfort but filters also help keep a home safe.

A Home With Clean Air is Safer

The problems and air filter traps are able to do more than just dirty up a home or ventilation system. Higher quality filters are able to block out allergens like pet dander or pollen that act as possible triggers for problems like asthma. Certain filters are also able to block out issues like bacteria or even viruses in a home. You can breathe easy as air filters keep a home smelling fresh and even lowering costs.


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Home Bills Are Lowered With Clean Filters

Dirty filters actually cause a home’s ventilation system to need more energy in order to function. The air flow will have difficulty going through the blocked filters and the energy compensation will help push the air through. The home suffers from the delay as the cost of energy spikes upwards and temperatures in rooms become different. The raised energy usage raises bills and a homes environmental impact all at once.

Air Filters Help Keep a Home Green

Modern home owners are becoming more and more aware of the way that they are impacting the environment. Homeowners are staking steps to prevent wasting power and resources alike. The energy a home uses plays a large part in the impact it has on the environment. A dirty filter causing a spike in energy usage becomes a problem all around.


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Air Filter Providers Offer Affordable Products and Services

Air filters are not difficult to acquire or use, one of the few issues with them is their need for periodic changing. A home needs the filters but you do not need the stress of having to remember to replace them every few months. Filter King offers affordable filters at bargain prices. You can purchase the subscription option where new filters are delivered to your home monthly, and install them as soon as they arrive.