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My buddy has just finished closing on a house, at the age of 28. That seems a lot more impressive when you write it down than it would be if you saw the house. This is a real reclamation project, the previous owner was one of those people who could not let go of stuff no matter how useless it was. So part of the deal was that he had to clean out the place. He went to a guy who does major appliance repair in Sacramento to see if the refrigerator and the dishwasher could be fixed, but obviously he did not really need a dishwasher. His intention is to see if he can fix the place up and then turn a significant profit on the sale. That is not going to be an easy task. The whole place needs all sorts of tender love and care.
You might be planning to paint your bathroom in a fresh shade by opting for a unique color scheme this time. Interior decor trends keep changing season after season, and keeping yourself updated about the same is helpful for giving your house the latest look. But even as you browse through the colors, you might like to pick the one, which is from that ‘all time popular’ category, and not just good for a specific season. Let’s see the colors that can transform the appearance of your bathing space.
Fresh Green and Turquoise
Revamp your bathing space by using a beautiful turquoise with classy green. These are the best nautical colors that can turn your bathing area into a refreshing place. You can further use glass tiles in one of these colors and heighten the nautical effect. With turquoise shower curtains and colored bath accessories, you can have a great looking bathroom ready to use.
Plush Dark Red and Black
Dark red and black is a combination, which if used rightly, can create an extremely amazing space. You need to pay attention to the details, while you work on this design. From the walls, tiles (floor and wall), sanitary ware, fixtures, till the small accent pieces, everything must be a part of this color scheme. You can add spice with metal pieces and bronze colored accessories. Remember that this combo works best in larger spaces.
Tranquil Teal and White
This is one of the prettiest combinations, if you want to create a calming ambiance. Spruce up your bathing area by coloring it teal blue and adding white accessories. This soft combination will create a fresh and soothing space, perfect to have a relaxing bath. Get teal blue wall paint and a mix of blue and white tiles, add light-blue or white sanitary ware, and some lovely white accents on the bathroom vanity.
Funky Red and White
If you want to create a lively space, pick that hot red color. Add red in maximum elements and then balance it using white. You can consider adding black accessories or dark red accessories to further play up the area. White bathroom vanity with red trims is the perfect piece to be used for complementing the design. Fix up a decorative round mirror with broad red border above the vanity.
Classy Chocolate and Cream
If you want to have a simple yet classy look, this one is for you. Color it using the wonderful chocolate brown shade, that rightly blends with the natural finish of wooden furniture placed in your bathroom. You can pair cream or off-white color with this brown and have a perfect looking area. With large off-white floor tiles, the area will look much more spacious. With brown wall paint or tiles, and a mix of cream and brown accessories, you can have a decent environment.
Choosing any scheme widely depends upon your taste. You need not consider the paint colors of the rest of your house, while picking one for the bath area. Apart from the ones mentioned above, you can also opt for sage, crimson, pink, taupe, light wine, or mauve. Sage is one of the best paint colors for bathrooms, which can look wonderful when paired with off-white. With decorative walls that consist of inlays of off-white pebbles and plush glass partitions to create sections in the bathroom, you have an exquisite space to bathe. By using one of the best combos, you can rightly transform your dull and old bathroom into a fresh bathing area.
Marble tiles, a block glass shower enclosure, sober colored backsplash ideas, a beautiful wooden vanity with a vase of lilies sitting on it, and a lovely view from the bathtub! Isn’t this the type of bathroom you would like to have in your home? I am sure you would. But if you are thinking that remodeling your current bathroom to make it look attractive is going to burn a hole in your pocket, you might want to think again. Remodeling doesn’t always have to be in bigger numbers, since you can choose to make your bathroom look brilliant with affordable ideas as well. There are some unique things you could do with your bathroom interiors with a low-budget.
Remodeling a Bathroom on a Tight Budget
Right from adding a fireplace to your bathroom, to decorating the walls with beautiful accessories, you can have it all within an affordable price range. All it takes to make a bathroom look stylish and relaxing is some creative ideas to place the various areas in the room. There is a bathing, toilet, and a vanity area which can be designed in a unique way and decorated with bright and fresh colors. Adding accessories like wall decorations, candles, flowers or plants, toiletry closets, etc. can also work wonders. We have compiled some useful cheap bathroom remodeling tips, for your convenience.
Creating Unique Surfaces
- When you think of remodeling your bathroom, the first thing that comes to your mind is repainting your bathroom walls and giving the ceiling and floor a new finish. Thus, when you create a new surface in any room most of your remodeling is done, as surfaces such as walls, ceilings and floors have a huge effect on the rooms.
- To start with this, you can first think about a color combination that you would like to have in the bathroom. Pick colors that are neutral, such as; ivory, gray, yellow, green, violet, peach, etc., which are also colors that will give a sober and relaxing feel to the room.
- When you choose a wall color, you have to make sure you pick a complementary ceiling color and a flooring option accordingly. Plain drywall ceilings and smooth tiled floors, or cheap laminate flooring can be excellent options to match the walls.
Inexpensive Bathing Accessories
- After you have picked some suitable paint colors for your bathroom interiors, decide the type of accessories such as; bathtub, toilet, vanity area, shower enclosure, and storage area, you would want to have in your new bathroom. These are some essentials of any bathroom, which can be made stylish with some cheap ideas for remodeling a bathroom.
- To start with the bathtub, instead of installing a new one (if it isn’t cracked), build a deck around it (with laminate or stone surface) so you can place candles, and toiletries on the flat surface. If it needs to be changed, try to pick a unique shaped bathtub like; oval, rectangular, circular, etc. A Jacuzzi would be great, but slightly expensive.
- The next is to choose the vanity area, which includes the sink, a mirror and an open or closed wooden/granite chest beneath the sink. There are a variety of shapes and colors to choose for the sink, and the chest can either be below the sink or the sink can be built in the chest.
- Cheap backsplash ideas with a simple mirror could look attractive when paired with the sink and chest. Cheap tempered glass shower enclosure and ceramic or porcelain toilets could be your option if you want to remodel the bathing and toilet areas as well.
Simple Yet Attractive Decorations
- One of the easiest ways of decorating the bathroom is to use minimum accessories to avoid overdoing.
- Using colorful tile backsplash ideas can add brightness to the vanity area. Make sure the countertops are complementing the backsplash. You can make open granite chests built in the walls below the vanity to keep the bathroom spacious.
- Ventilation is very important in bathrooms, therefore, make sure you have big windows with blinds or colored curtains (drapes are not advised). You can also add a room divider to give your modern designed bathroom interior a traditional touch.
- More than making wooden cabinets (that are expensive) in your bathroom, I would suggest, have sections built inside the wall, so you can place not only toiletries but also decorations such as vases, flowers, pots, etc., on display. The floor can accommodate a few indoor plants around the bathtub or toilet, to include fresh greens inside the room.
You can use the aforementioned tips to remodel your bathroom without spending a lot of money. So make minimum use of wooden furniture and purchase stylish porcelain items so you spend in the right areas.
When you are looking for different ways to decorate an area, why not consider creative wall art ideas. This might provide a unique finish, color and texture for your living room. There are many designs and ideas you could use such as murals, vases, appliqués, plates and never forgetting photographs.
Murals could be personalized according to your own preference using objects or people. Among the simplest wall hangings is of metal; this kind is available in various colors and styles which means you are sure to find something that will complement your décor. Simple to maintain, simply by regular dusting: this really is all that is required. Furthermore, there is nothing to interrupt or damage.
Another creative paintings idea is in using vases, either with flowers or greenery contained within or without. Different colors put into vases to enhance the décor of the living room could result in an overall pleasing result. Changing the flowers and foliage based on the season could also provide another complementary look. Alternatively, simply by grouping some white vases together against a colourful background could provide an amazing outcome. So there are lots of ways to experiment with in finding the best look for your living room.
Hang display shelves on family room walls to personalize the area. This opens up decorating choices to objects that cannot be hung on walls and it provides homeowners having a way to open conversations about treasured heirlooms and fun vacation finds. Group objects together instead of scattering them one by one in the shops. Grouping adds a sense of cleanliness and organization.
Eye-catching paintings may be more readily available than ever before. Purchase prints that fit your design sense on the web, in department stores, discount stores as well as some pharmacies. Choose art that reflects both you and your sense of style, but be aware of all of those other colors in your living room and draw them by helping cover their the right art piece. Choose pieces that flatter the color of your furniture and mimic colors of other decorative accent pieces. Use large artworks as focal points or group smaller pieces together in odd numbers.
Soften the appearance and feel of the family room by decorating walls with fabric. Fabric can also add visual appeal as well as texture. Fabric around the walls may soften the feel of a living room with hard lines or hard floors of wood or tile. Hang floor-to-ceiling-length curtains along a whole wall to create an accent wall. Avoid loud or busy patterns in rooms which are already filled with visual interest.
Use regular wall paint to produce the illusion of depth by painting large squares or rectangles in yourliving room wall decoration in a shade slightly lighter or darker compared to original wall color. You may also create contrast and a focus by painting an “accent wall.” Accent walls really are a lone wall painted a drastically different color compared to rest of the room. Try using a color around the opposite side of the color wheel in the rest of the walls for dramatic impact.
Gone are the days when soap cakes ruled the faucet, which looked and felt incomplete without the bar hanging there in the vicinity. It has been ages since we have seen this site. The statutory soap has lost its glory, becoming a veteran to the upcoming liquid soaps. One tends to ponder as to why the human race had to switch its mentality to adopting liquid soaps. This is indeed the era of liquid soaps and if you haven’t been matching your moves with the trend, you may not be surprised to discover that you are still old school. Liquid soaps have succeeded to drown the bar soap market with thorough succession. Liquid soaps have been coveted as the inroad to hygiene. There are no issues of cleanliness and there is no need for you to be the virtual investigator and analyze who laid their hands on the soap prior to your handling. Liquid soaps have bestowed a guarantee on users that the dollop of soap they use is fresh and untouched. It releases all doubts from the mind and helps one rest assured that their palms are not hosts to uncanny germs and bacteria. However, with the influx of liquid soaps, soap dispensers, too, made a grand entry. Without the dispensers, liquid soaps could not be drained out in an appropriate quantity. With dermatologists vouching for the clarity of liquid soaps, one is bound to get lured by the same.
Now is the time when one is all the more keen to possess a decor that spells subtlety yet sophistication. With the increasing number of households opting to not just spend but splurge the buck on getting a worthy bathroom and kitchen set up, one may not be flabbergasted to know that soap dispensers, too, play a role in adding that extra edge. If you have found a dispenser that fulfills the demand of your decor, then here is what you need to do.
Installing a Soap Dispenser
There are different ways in which you may like to see your soap dispenser installed. You may either install it with an adhesive or an adhesive tape or you may install it with screws. The sturdier one would be the one with screws, however, if you are running short of time, you might as well use the former methods for installation.
- Soap Dispenser
- Adhesive Tape
- Drill bit
- Liquid Soap
#1. Adhesive Method
- In this method you need to take the extender meant to hold the dispenser.
- With the extender’s posterior facing towards you, place an adhesive with a dropper and attach it where you find it appropriate.
- Press the extender hard on the site. Apply pressure and hold it in the same position for a minute.
- Make sure that the extender is not crooked and is placed accurately. Readjust it if you think that the placement is not as per what you wanted.
- Let the extender stand in place for at least a day or two.
- Now place the dispenser into the extender.
- After this is done you are free to pour the liquid soap with the fragrance of your choice.
#2. Adhesive Tape Method
- With the back of the extender facing towards you, snip a length of adhesive tape from the tape roll. Peel off the adhesive protector film and stick it on the extender.
- With the adhesive tape facing inwards towards the installation site; stick it right there.
- Let it stay as it is; unless you need to reposition the holder.
- Apply adequate force for a minute or so and gradually release your grip.
- After 24 to 48 hours have lapsed, you could place the liquid soap dispenser in the extender, fill it up with the soap fragrance that you would like your palms to be pampered with and you are done!
#3. Screw Method
- With the extender by your side, you may roughly decide the place where you want to install the dispenser.
- When you have decided upon the location, get your drill bit out.
- If the extender has an inbuilt hole size where you have to place the screws, then you may decide on the drill bit size according to the same.
- Drill two holes taking the impression of the extender where the holes are given.
- After the drill work is done, you may hit the screws in.
- Install the expander on the screws and ensure that the screws are not tightened too hard.
- The installation gets troublesome if the screw positioning is too rigid.
- Place the dispenser and fill the container with the liquid soap that you prefer.
A tip that you may use while you are installing the dispenser is that you should always look out for a location that is close to the sink. This will not let the soap drip while pressing the dispenser and there would be no unnecessary wastage.
Go to any bookstore and look in the home improvement section, and you’ll find book after book about decorating, designing, creating, building, planting, etc. Just browsing the magazine section can be overwhelming―Better Homes and Gardens, Home and Garden, Home, Decorating, Martha Stewart’s array of magazines, Southern Living, Woodworking, Log Cabin Homes, etc.-the list goes on forever.
Bombarded by all of this information, how does a person make their abode their own? I think having a plethora of ideas is a good thing because it helps you to define your style. Are you a modern-style person who likes vibrant colors? Are you a more earth-toned person who likes subdued and soothing colors? Or are you a mixed palate kind of person―where you like both vibrancy and calm?
Most decorators will tell you that you need to have a focal point in every room. Sometimes that is easily determined by the shape of the room, or by the location of a fixed object (fireplace, window, etc.) Other times, the focal point needs to be created. Decorators will also encourage you to experiment with colors and think ‘outside the box’. One of the easiest and less expensive ways to make your home ‘yours’ is to paint. Painting is relatively easy. Wallpapering takes some skill; however, most home improvement and wallpaper stores offer classes on painting and wallpapering. All four walls do not have to be the same color. The ceiling doesn’t have to be white anymore. Color and texture can make a room seem bigger or smaller depending on how you use both. Dark colors tend to make a room look smaller. Large patterns do not work well in small spaces.
Look at the things you have collected over the years that have special meaning to you. Are there ways you can incorporate these in your decorating scheme to enhance your space? Sometimes just changing out a frame on a picture can freshen up a boring room. Grouping and shadowboxing items can have a big impact on space as well as showcasing your collectibles. Going to your local arts/craft stores, you can get some great ideas-and they also offer classes, as well.
The most important thing about making your abode ‘yours’ is to capture the essence of who you are and reflect that in your decorating style. Don’t get stuck into thinking that your house needs to look like something on the Home and Garden channel, or something out of House Beautiful. A home should have all the elements of what you enjoy in life. Your home should be a safe haven from the outside world, a place where you can open the door and feel the four walls you call ‘home’ envelope you and make you glad that you’re there.
Morocco is located in the north-western part of Africa. The specialty of Moroccan design is that, it has European, African, as well as Persian influences. The hot climate of this nation demands for an interior, which is inviting and has a cozy look. Due to the dry environment, Moroccan houses include pots of exotic plants as one of the items of interior designing.
The main elements of this style are rugs, tiles, dishes, pottery, textiles, lanterns, metal works, etc. The fabrics used are designed with rich colors. There is an abundance of pillows and cushions in the bedrooms.
These fixtures are different from those found in other countries. Their specialty is that they are hand crafted by artisans. The henna lamps are called so because of the particular pattern imprinted on them. These lamps are made of goat skin, and are fixed on metal frames. A silk cord is used to hang them.
The carpets and rugs have a long tradition in Morocco, and their origins can be traced back to the 13th century. Commonly, there are two types of rugs: the smaller ones, used for prayers, and full-sized ones that are laid in living rooms. The design patterns of these rugs have Islamic and Asian influences.
It is mostly wooden. There are 1 – 2 sofas placed in the living room, and their tops are rectangular in shape. The table tops have tiles/mosaic designs over them. Copper or brass trays are used for holding food and beverages.
The mirrors are framed with wood or metal. Kitchen utensils are made from ceramic material. The bright colored pottery can be used as lamps or serving vessels.
Ideas for Designing
- The colors to be chosen should reflect the natural surroundings of this country. The green and blue shades of the sea, and yellow/golden color of the desert can be used for decoration.
- Textured walls and terracotta flooring are the important features of this style. Along with such features, one can also incorporate exotic plants in the house interiors; it can impart a tropical look to your home.
- Canopies are also an important feature of this style, and they can be used over dining and seating areas. The canopies have a desert ‘bazaar’ tent kind of appearance.
The modern Moroccan decor can incorporate those features, which blend well with today’s lifestyle. The rich hues of upholstery and elaborate wood-works can look good even in modern settings. The distinguishing feature of Moroccan furniture is that its framework/design is very simple. However, the artwork/design patterns carved on them are intricate and beautiful in appearance. Thus, without altering the settings, one can give a unique look to the furniture.
Moroccan designs are becoming popular worldwide due to the variety of elements included in them. The bright colors of different items used in designing present us with ample opportunities for interior decoration.
There is an interior designer in all of us. We all have a dream room that we would like to unwind in, one that speaks for itself, and one that speaks for us too. However, to design a room layout may seem like a daunting task to some. The idea is just to unleash your creativity and allow all the mental blocks to melt away, in order to come up with a plan that you are most comfortable with. Whether you are looking for plain old comfort, or out to make a style statement, allow your room to bring out your personality.
Measure your room, and chalk out the basic plan on a graph paper, assuming every square on the paper is equal to one foot. Account for all the openings, i.e, doors and windows in the room, and write down the measurements beside each wall and opening on the diagram. Ensure that the diagram you have made is neat. Make several copies. You may also try to do this online with the different websites available for this purpose.
While deciding the layout, first account for all the furniture you want to place in it. Beds and nightstands are basic to a master bedroom. You may want to place a television with a cabinet at a viewing distance from the bed. Perhaps a love seat could be accommodated. It all depends on your personal requirements. If it is a teenager’s room, perhaps a single bed with one nightstand would be basic. Then a desk for the computer may be required. If the teenager plays a musical instrument such as the keyboard, space may be required to place it. If the teenager is an avid reader, a unit to store all his/her books will be needed. The bottom line is that you have to first make space for the basics. Enlist these requirements before you start placing the furniture.
Start Placing the Furniture
Measure all the furniture items, and then in the blank layout, start placing the furniture in different positions, as per the 1 square = 1 foot ratio. This is why you require several copies of the blank layout, so you can make different placement options that will help you decide on one that is most suitable for you. However, always keep these basics in mind:
- Leave a minimum of 30 inches around any furniture item for clear passage.
- Do not place any furniture item too close to any door opening, as this will hinder the passage and opening of the door.
- Ensure there is adequate lighting in every part of the room. There shouldn’t be any dim and dark corners anywhere.
- Avoid cluttering up spaces. You may want to have everything in your room, but clutter contributes to severe confusion, even of the mind, so keep it minimal.
You can get as creative as you like, and try out new and unique positions for different furniture requirements, keeping the above mentioned rules in mind.
Add in the Accessories
Once you have decided on the final plan, and placed in all the basic necessities, start decorating by adding in all the accessories to enhance the appearance of the room. While there is always place on cabinets and on walls for picture frames and the likes, perhaps you’d like to place a bean bag in an empty corner, or liven up a corner by placing in it, a beautiful lamp or a tall, floor-mounted candle stand. Some of you may want to place a water feature, such as a fountain in an empty space that will not hinder passage. The kind of accessories you place are the ultimate reflection of your personality.
As a rule of good interior design, room layouts should be kept uncluttered yet include as many of your personal requirements as possible. You don’t have to hire a professional interior designer. Bring out the designer in you. It is a space that is personal, and one that only you are going to live in. Don’t give designing trends preference over personal comfort, and create your own slice of paradise.
Room interior design is an integral part when it comes to creating a pleasing space. There are many elements you need to consider while creating a space. Factors like the available space, light, and budget need to be considered while planning out a room’s design. You need to use appropriate lines, colors, shapes, textures, forms, etc., to create a space which looks like one unity and is eye pleasing. Given below, are tips and tricks on interior designing, that will help you in the job. You can plan the design online or on paper. There are many sites which will allow you to design a room for as less as 50 bucks. However, with some basic sketching you can create your own plans and don’t have to design a room online.
Before starting with any interior design ideas, first of all take a measuring tape and go through different rooms in your house and measure their dimensions. Or ask your contractor to get the dimensions of various rooms in the house. Then in a sketchpad draw accurately the room’s layout at a top angle. This will give you an idea of how much space is available in each room. So, draw rough sketches of each room, and draw the permanent elements in the room in a top angle view. Keep photocopies or scans of these drawings if you want it as a backup.
Theme and Focal Point
Now, consider the whole house as one whole unit, take a walk in different rooms and visualize what all can be done to design the rooms. You can contemplate on a single theme to decorate the house. This is important as a theme brings a sense of harmony to the house. Then start drawing on the room sketches, the main elements which are necessary in the room. At this point of time keep in mind the focal point in the room. For example, when it comes to living room you can consider a fireplace or a flat TV as a focal point and arrange furniture around it.
Symmetry or Asymmetry
You can create a symmetry by arranging things placed on the opposite sides in an identical way, or create an asymmetry by using curves or placing objects of contrasting colors or different sizes. However, make sure everything looks well-balanced. Take care that the furniture elements have edges which can be curved or sharp, that can match other elements in the room. For kids bedroom interior, go with softer designs and light colors.
Transition and Lighting
Use smooth color transition when going from one room to other. You can use curved wall design along the corridors to achieve this. When it comes to bedroom, use softer colors and the lighting should be adjustable. You can keep a nice lamp near the bed for soft light, a ceiling loft light for major illumination, and smaller light at dressing table for more illumination.
Texture and Space
Play with different kinds of texture if you like to create unusual-looking surface and add style. You can paint wall with textured paint, or use a carpet with texture. Finally, comes adding accents. These help to give a final touch to the room decoration. Try to keep it simple to match a simple and small room, for larger room you can consider placing flattering large accents.
Make sure you have enough cabinets in your house to keep your room look neat and tidy and let the room interior be displayed. Having enough cabinets will help to maintain the clutter, which will go on accumulating with time.
The easiest and quickest way to step up the interior decor of your house is to baseboard mold it. Not only does it add to the aesthetics, it also makes the room neat, organized, and well furnished.
Wood trim is used to line the lower areas of walls in the interiors of a home or an office. This type of molding is known to fill the areas around the common point of the floor and a wall. They define a space in a room and bind the spaces in the walls and floor together. With this kind of molding, you may be able to hide flaws or blemishes in the floor or walls of your house, because it can very well conceal the gaps and cracks.
You can experiment a lot with this style by choosing the kind of wood from an array of options. The types of wood you can use are fir, pine, oak, bamboo, cherry, cypress, and ash.
Verify the dimensions of the area that needs to be molded, thoroughly before choosing and purchasing the molding.
Decide the format and style you want to place the molding in. That really counts when you want to give your room an engineered finished.
When selecting the type of wood, see to it that you select the appropriate kind.
Next, decide the textures and the color of the molding.
Before purchasing the trims, ensure that you inspect each and every piece of molding perfectly and only then bring it home. Beware of indentations, dents, or imperfections on the molding, it’ll simply murder the whole appearance.
Threshold Saddle: Used in doorways or on doors, to cover unfinished edges and install new moldings in a better way. It acts as a transition between two separate rooms in a house. There’s a flat saddle to blend with the floor and the carpet tile.
Victorian Style Baseboard: If you have a huge house, with high ceilings and large rooms, OK firstly, I envy you (wink!), and secondly this Victorian molding would be the most suitable design to install in such huge houses. They can be installed on wide window casings, high ceilings, chair rails, and so on and so forth.
Screen Mold: These are thin molding bands that are used on windows of a porch or near window screens inside the house.
Picture Rail: These are generally used to hang artworks on a wall. To prevent walls from getting damaged due to nails or hooks, use these moldings to get a better profile in your interiors.
Shoe Mold: Fills the gaps between the flooring and baseboards keeping one flat edge slightly broader than the other one. It is supposed to be installed at a shorter edge against the flooring.
Rosette: These are good for top ceiling corners in a house. They are usually installed on the crown of a window casing or on the top of a door.
Stop Bead: It can be used at the crown of any door in your house or near a window sash.
Back Band: This molding has two decorative edges, one-piece baseboard, and a casing to create a broader profile. It is mostly used to cap or wainscot the interiors.
Base Cap: This installation is pretty simple. All you have to do is trim the crown of the molding piece with finished lumber. You can use the combination of a shoe mold above to trim along the edge of the flooring.
Panel Mold: These moldings are a good way to build wainscot frames on cabinetry, walls, cornices, window casings, doorways, and chair rails.
To make it work and look smart and presentable, choose your baseboard molding wisely, keeping in mind the basic aspects of type of wood, color, texture, design, format, and style.