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Biggest Home Decorating Dos and Don'Ts That Can Make or Break Your Space

Biggest Home Decorating Dos and Don’Ts That Can Make or Break Your Space

Once, someone told me there are no rules for home décor.

But, once you’ve made the wrong choices, won’t guilt creep in?

This is why I’ve spent countless hours analyzing and researching in order to help you avoid committing any of these common decorating mistakes.

#1. Do Take Your Time

Do Take Your Time

I’ve come to realize, more and more, that I am always rushing – rushing from one task to another, rushing through revamping kitchen walls, impatient to choose living room furniture or anxious to get a task done.

I’ve been reflecting on this and I think I should really stop it.

I mean, what’s the result of trying to fit all of the decorating tasks in one day?

Somewhere, it points towards a sense of greediness where you are rushing things, without never stopping to enjoy the process.

#2. Do Design Around Your Needs

Design Around Your Needs

Living room or kitchen, every space comes with its own distinct challenges and assets.

Remember, home décor trends come and go, but you’ll be the one occupying that space, let’s say, for a very long, long time. So, better make it comfortable and functioning rather than posh and sophisticated.

Here’s a little author tip: Make a list of your needs and then base your decorating ideas to suit them.

#3. Do Consider the Architecture of Your Home

Architecture of Your Home

Honestly, do you think you can incorporate a slick, modern look in an ornate Federation home? I’d say it’s even worst than those ugly avocado green bathrooms of the 1970s.

No matter how much you might love linoleum flooring or textured design, you need to make sure that the style works with the architecture of your home.

The same applies to the location of the house.

Much like abstract art, home décor focuses on architectural elements, such as asymmetrical doorways and home furnishings. Close to modern or contemporary home design, this concept allows you to use the clear and fine lines of your home and its location to embrace specific interior design styles that can offer a fresh and stunning perspective.

Let me give you some examples:

  • An early inspired American colonial-style house can inspire the use of subdued muted colors, vintage finishes like oil-rubbed bronze and handmade furniture.

 

  • An Arabian home would exude luxury and grace mostly through the use of bold colors like turquoise, ornate patterns, metal light fixtures, velvet couches, wood tables and glass décor.

 

  • I know it’s pretty rare, but when it comes to the house of Amish people, home décor is concentrated on the use of neutral tones, such as greys, blacks, whites and browns, wood furnishings and gaslight fixtures.

 

  • An African house would depict the exotic feel through the use of earth tones, stone artifacts, handmade furnishings and terracotta or sandstone floors.

#4. Don’t Decorate Only Around One Color

Decorate Only Around One Color

Quickly, let me share a small story: My friend’s a huge fan of the Caribbean Islands and she wanted to bring that coastal retreat to her house. Now comes the fun part: she decorated her whole house in blue and yellow.

It’s hard to imagine a house painted in only one color.

It may sound like a strategically good advice, but trust me, it will not appeal to the eye and won’t certainly make you smile.

#5. Don’t Buy Things Just Because They Are Cheap

Don’t Buy Things Just Because They Are Cheap

Chances are that during your furniture shopping, you will come across items with extremely low prices.

Thing is looking for an affordable sofa or dining table in this world dominated by an ever-present competition is not always easy.

What I recommend is to buy items that might be a little expensive but which will still be efficient in the long run.

#6. Don’t Use White Decor If You Have Kids or Pets

Don't Use White Decor If You Have Kids or Pets

Now, when you have kids who don’t mind at all being dirty, don’t like to clean up and are completely unaffected by clutter and mess, I must say, unless you really want greasy little handprints and stubborn food stains on your walls, you should avoid white décor.

And, it’s even more recommended when you have pets, along with your little Lucifers.

 

The list of dos and don’t s is not done yet. If you want more of these guidelines, come back for the second part!

 

 

 

How to Decorate Your First Home Together

Congratulations Newlyweds – How to Decorate Your First Home Together

Finally, you are Mr. and Mrs. Yippee!

Now, take the ultimate plunge and enter the world of the married.

Your first task: create the home design of your dreams, along with your partner.

Sounds fun? Frustrating?

Well, here are some tips to make the process more enjoyable and comfortable for newlyweds.

#1. Decide What You Like

Decide What You Like

Your first time decorating a house with your partner.

Your new house is going to be perfect. The experience will blossom with fun and romance. You and your partner are going to enjoy tackling setting up the house.

Well, when I look back, I remember walking that same path – until life throws a wrench in the situation.

I don’t mean to sound too petty, but even if you are made for each other, arguments are bound to happen, especially when it comes to combining each other’s interior design styles.

Which is why I’ll give you this advice: don’t be close-minded when your other half is sharing his or her sense of style.

Narrow down your tastes and explore the different aspects of your preferred styles.

Consider what both of you would like to add to the house.

Do you need a home office space? Does your sweetheart need a couch in the bedroom – intended for reading?

#2. Find Inspiration

Find Inspiration

Be honest with yourselves. If both of you have bad taste in design, change the trajectory and turn to magazines or the internet to get a better idea about interesting design elements and current trends.

And, when it comes to finding your design inspiration, there’s nothing I like more than wandering through the leaves of home shop catalogs and browsing through Pinterest.

#3. Set Your Budget

Set Your Budget

Suppose you’ve settled on a specific design style, even went furniture shopping, but then you went broke.

What now?

This is the worst possible scenario.

But good news: you can handle this only if you establish a budget and stay within its limits. It is always wise to start your home by making sure you can afford the style that you chose.

Don’t have enough money to fit in all the aesthetics elements? Again, you can handle it, if you both try to sort it out by looking out for thrift stores and opt for DIY projects.

#4. Shop Together

Shop Together

 

Usually, the response to this step is something along the lines of:

Um, better you go alone. I’m not used to shopping. I will get bored.”

Don’t even try to do that. Going home shopping can be stressful, especially when you go alone. But, when you have the support of your spouse, you will have stronger feelings about home décor.

The most special thing about this stage is the great bonding time. Just try to avoid those little arguments that can creep in. Remember, both of you have the same objective: to build a comfortable house together.

#5. Keep Memories Alive

Keep Memories Alive

When you walk through your door, you want to feel like this is your home.

Make it personal and intimate by adding personal touches that depict a part of you and your partner.

Suppose you first met your sweetheart in a cute cafe, bringing that cafe-like ambiance in your home will bring you closer to that first love experience and make the whole house look so much sweeter.

Displaying mementos or décor pieces that represent your couple can bring a great sense of comfortability and familiarity to your house.

If nature is the greatest witness of your love story, a tree patterned wallpaper, natural wood and fiber furniture and other hints of green through houseplants can bring that twist of nature in your house.

Go for your favorite things.

If she is a fan of the fragrance of the Paris romance, bring in your bedroom exposed brickwork, flowers of pink shades, a stunning headboard and soft furnishings in jewel tones of purple.

#6. Learn to Compromise

Learn to Compromise

You are more for the sleek, contemporary style with black décor while she or he is lured by everything yellow with a cottage flair.

Don’t try to use that excuse to start a fight out and instead think of a solution.

Compromise by incorporating a black artwork in a yellow backdrop.

I’d end this by saying that when you are setting up your new home, remember you are establishing your journey together. The house that both of you are designing represents the foundation of your happily-ever-after.

Cheapskate home decor

The Cheapskate’s Guide to Home Décor

 

High-tech gadgets and elitist home designs are the expressions of today’s home décor trends. But, how can you improve the quality of your space without hurting your pocketbook? Here are some simple ways we prove that frugal living and a well-decorated home are compatible.

#1. Declutter and Revise

Declutter

There is no need to spend on great gadgets and expensive home products in the first place if your house is clean, without any knick-knacks.

Think about it: wouldn’t a mantel look nicer with only one piece of décor rather than fifteen ones?

The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the focus to simplicity and minimalism, which has awakened a new trend in 2021. In complex times, things have become simpler and replacing aesthetic sensibility, the emphasis is now on formal reduction and functionality.

Apply a discerning eye to all the junk areas of your house and assess the real-life uses of each room.

Take the time to dust your house and get rid of the unsightly items. The place of old, worn out or damaged items are out of your house. Throw away all those unused gadgets and all the other physical symptoms of a cluttered space.

Revitalize your house without spending a dime by moving a few things around. That old and comfy chair in your bedroom – the one you intended to use for reading – might be moved on your porch.

#2. Get Inspired

Get Inspired

If you attempt to replicate what you see, you’ll end up buying a range of costly items, where most of them won’t be worth a plugged nickel.

You don’t need to follow current trends to make an aesthetic statement. For me, home décor is more an expression of your own style and taste. Multi-generational furniture and expensive decorative pieces cannot speak the same desire you have for your home interiors.

I recommend you to do your own research, dive into magazines and browse the net to find your source of inspiration.

#3. Root Through Your Family or Friends’ Unused Things

Family or Friends’ Unused Things

Here’s my nickname at home: “rotto-rooter.”

The reason why I was dubbed as such is because of my habit of searching through old boxes of stuff and reusing ancient items such as my father’s old plant hangers.

No one said you could create purist focal points and timeless designs with only new things.

Before hurrying over to that new store, why don’t you reuse your old pitchers, give them a new layer of fresh paint and match them with your fireplace décor?

#4. Decorate With Nature

Decorate With Nature

Frugal owners who want to add life to their home invite Mother Nature to come over to your place. It is all about creating order and space and bringing out the magic of nature in your house.

Here are some useful tips:

  • Today, people would instead add houseplants to their homes and opt for all sorts of greeneries than transform a dull outdoor corner into an attractive garden.
  • To create that reminiscence of nature, you can opt for branches, stones, pine cones, acorns, and natural wood elements.
  • The color palette plays an equally important role. Instead of going for wildflowers inside a vase, bring neutral or earthly pops of color to your spaces.

#5. Think About Prints

Prints

Do not let the fear of prints stop you from breathing your desire and personality within your own four walls. An otherwise dead and bland room can come to life with some touch of prints. A bright green floral couch in a living room awakens the space and lightens the atmosphere.

What’s more, the boldness of the patterns makes it possible to create a statement by covering only one wall, thus saving money.

#6. Make It Yourself

Make It Yourself

The “new simplicity” trend also expressed the newly established craze of handmade items. Instead of buying from the store, you create your own masterpieces, add a little touch of your creativity and imagination and save a ton of money.

Now, you tell me. How do you unleash your “crafty” and “creative” side within the four walls of your house while pinching your pennies?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unique Custom Homes | Raising the Walls of a House

Unique Custom Homes | Raising the Walls of a House

Summary

    – Stonewall

    – Brick wall

    – Brick wall

    – Cellular concrete wall

    – Wooden wall

In constructing a house, the structural work includes the foundations, the sanitation, the base, the walls, the frame, the roof and the exterior woodwork.

The next step is the erection of the walls. Usually, the work is carried out with brick, breeze block, stone, wood or cellular concrete, depending on preference.

The lintels are installed progressively at the future locations of the doors and windows.

It is possible to raise the walls of your house in stone, brick, breeze block, cellular concrete or wood.

Stonewall

Sorting the stones

To build a stone wall, you must start by sorting them: the regular ones will be placed at the ends, the irregular ones in the middle of the wall, and you will adopt the long ones for the thickness.

Foundations for a stone wall

The foundations of the walls are dug to a depth of 40 cm. Once the concrete has been poured, the mortar is spread evenly over a thickness of 10 cm, and then the reinforcing bars are laid flat every 15 cm. They are connected every 50 cm with binding wire. The second layer of mortar is applied to a thickness of 10 cm. A drying time of 3 days is necessary.

Create markers

Two stakes are planted at the two ends of the foundations for each wall. Ropes stretched between each stake, every 30 cm, will guide building the wall.

Raising the stone wall

A little mortar is placed and spread on the foundations. A stone is placed in the corner first, then the other rocks along the line. This forms the base of the wall. With a trowel, the mortar is pushed between the stones.

Checking for verticality

Using a spirit level, you can check that the wall is vertical as you go along the rows.

Brick wall

On the prepared foundation, you will hold ropes to serve as markers for the wall.

You’ll begin the installation with the corner bricks. The first row is laid directly on the mortar of the foundation, following the marks of the ropes. It must be well compacted.

For each new brick laid, a layer of mortar is first applied to the face of the previous brick to ensure proper fixing.

The verticality of the wall is checked regularly with the bubble gauge. The angle of the walls is also checked with a square.

Brick wall

The breeze block wall is built on a bed of mortar, which covers the foundations. The markers are marked with chalk lines to guide the construction.

The vertical reinforcing bars are placed to ensure the solidity of the wall.

It will help if you place the breeze blocks with the cells facing down. For each breeze block, a layer of mortar of about 2cm is applied, and the verticality of the wall is checked with a spirit level.

Note: The joints should be staggered by 1/2 breeze block for each row to ensure solidity. For more help, you can contact the professionals at Unique Custom Homes. They will give you an idea of what is needed for your project.

Cellular concrete wall

The cellular concrete installation is done on a clean and flat surface. We start by laying the corner blocks, and we continue by making sure of the good alignment thanks to cords.

A layer of glue is placed on the surface of the block that will receive the next block, and the accuracy of the assembly is regularly checked with a spirit level.

A tap with a mallet on each concrete block after it has been laid allows the glue to be well crushed and the whole to be adjusted.

Note: some cellular concrete blocks are available with a handle. A convenient detail for the assembly! 

Wooden wall

Unique Custom Homes | Raising the Walls of a House

Wood-frame houses frequently use wood to build their walls.

Stacked solid wood is the oldest wood construction technique. It is still seen in mountain chalets. Long logs or planks are placed horizontally on the foundation and stacked on top of each other.

Today, you can also build walls quickly on a wooden frame. Once the frame is installed, a panel (particleboard, plywood, ect.) is placed to provide bracing. Thermal insulation is inserted between the panels that cover the exterior and interior facings.

Different types of wood can be used: red cedar, larch, Douglas fir. It will help if you use a local wood species for a lower cost and a more ecological choice.

If you are looking for home design and construction professionals, here is a good address. Remember to comment below!