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More and more interior designers as well as homeowners want to create a cozy lifestyle to diffuse the outside stress. The trends also point towards ‘lived in homes’. What this means is people do not want everything to be spic and span. Instead; they are actually looking for weathered, lived in homes with cracks and crevices each of which tells a story. These color schemes can be inspirational to decorate your home.

Byzantine Blue 

The perfect color for 2017! It is ideal for kitchens, living rooms and even the bedrooms. Although the name says Blue, the color is more of purple. In fact; it can be said to combine the best qualities of blue, purple and gray and this combination makes it ideal for several rooms and even the office.

Mineral Gray

Many homeowners and designers alike are also willing to work with Grays. Mineral gray is especially popular since it is glamorous, elegant and luxurious. It is an ideal choice for the kitchen; you can use it on walls as well as the cabinets to infuse an eclectic look to your home décor.

Olympic—Cloudberry  

Purple and lavender paint colors have emerged as new options for decorating. The new purple shades are light and very versatile thanks to their muted undertones. Olympic—Cloudberry can be used in place of any cool neutral if you’re craving more color than the many gray paint colors that are popular right now. To use Cloudberry right, you’ll want to avoid treating it like lavender or other sweet pastel. Pair this comfortable color with accents like cream, charcoal gray, and even gold. You’ll want to avoid using pastel accent colors in your palette if you’d like to create a more sophisticated space with Cloudberry.

Crushed Oregano 

Crushed Oregano is a warm green with a lot of yellow undertone which makes it an excellent choice for kitchens or any room where you’d like to add energy and light. Keep your accents simple with Crushed Oregano with colors like white, brown, and gold. Cool colors like a soft turquoise or pink can add some softness to tone down Crushed Oregano in a living room or guest room. You’ll want to sample this energetic green paint color before committing to be sure that it’s right for your space.

Denim Drift

This soft color is moody gray with a hint of blue that would be a soothing choice for a bedroom, but could also be wonderful in a contemporary living room. The blue in Denim Drift is so muted that it is nearly neutral and can be treated as a gray paint color in most rooms. Try paring the Denim Drift with off white and muted pastels for a dreamy look in any room.

 

There are many exciting developments in the world of kids’ bedroom decor, and many of the top trends are mirror images of design elements in the grown-up realm.  We all want the same things for our kid’s room right?: to be a welcoming place, a cozy nest to come home to, to play, dream and sleep but we also want it to be a stimulating surrounding for their development and curiosity. Here are 2017’s kid’s room trends that you can rely on. Pink and Pastels

There is absolutely no denying the fact that white is the essential color of shabby chic rooms, and even when it comes to kids’ bedrooms with this style, white is often the go-to color. That does not mean you just pick one shade of white and then create a lifeless setting that is devoid of excitement. Let’s face it; we are talking about kids’ rooms here! Instead of white, light grays, gentle bluish hues and pastel pinks and yellows provide the best alternative. Play with Pattern 

Wallpapers in pastel hues with flowery patterns are absolutely perfect for the shabby chic room, and you can complement them with a striped ceiling or even a fun accent wall with a bold mural to create a vivacious setting. Vintage Revival

There is something magical about a room that has a classic, vintage feel. Mixing traditional elements with handmade pieces in the design of a room brings a timeless and elegant vibe. “I wanted something appropriate for a little girl and something that she would grow into as well. Gray Is Good

 All shades of the color gray are making their way into kids’ design. It’s the great, new neutral that parents should have. Gray tones coupled with soft colors like yellow, pink or tangerine remain serene and soft but with a modern twist.

embracing bright colors and bold patterns with less trepidation, bringing a sense of the pending fun of the spaces into the design palettes.  Parents are no longer afraid to take a design risk. A room that is overly patterned may be a thing of the past. The Comeback Kid

The wallpaper trend is everywhere and this trend isn’t going anywhere! Unlike papers of the past that were were too cutesy or too frilly, fun and contemporary wallpapers that both parents and kids will love are now easily accessible.  In appropriate projects, the effect of a whole wall in a pattern or graphic is stronger than that of a piece of art, and it helps capture the parents’ intended feel and energy for the space

 

The first introduction to every room of your home is its respective entryway. As a decorative and functional part to any home, doors are a great way to display culture, personality and taste. The front door is the focal point of your home. It’s always a good idea to be aware of the current door design trends. House décor trends change just as the fashion industry does and there are always some looks that retain their classic style year on year. So here are the Door trends that you can have at your home.

Creative color

If you’re feeling adventurous, go for strong, bright colours for your front door but choose a shade that complements your own personal style and the rest of your house. If you’re not feeling brave, black is always a safe bet, or opt for darker shades of blue, plum and green that will still make a design statement.

Clean lines

Symmetry and simplicity at the front of a house is always a good idea. Consider positioning plants so that there’s an equal number on each side for entrance impact. Any outdoor lighting will generally always look better in pairs.

 

 

Flower power

Flowers, shrubs and greenery can really lift the entrance to a home and complement the colour and style of the front door. Make sure you water and feed them regularly to keep them in tip-top condition.

Keep it clutter-free

From time to time spare some time to clean your pathways, steps and open porches from leaves, dust, dirt and other debris and if you’ve got a front door mat make sure it’s kept clean and looks appealing.

Details make the difference

It’s always worth investing in good quality door accessories such as letterboxes, doorknobs and knockers, and try to make sure you choose door furniture that is in keeping with the style and age of your property.

Simple. Refined. Cost-Effective

Panel doors are the most common residential doors for a reason; their cost effectiveness and simplicity make them an easy choice. While standard, this will remain a trend for new home buyers as well as for use in renovation projects. The six-panel square door includes three middle stiles and four middle rails which divide the frame into six parts. Dark wood (such as espresso oak) panel doors in this segment are growing in popularity, and will be a trend for home builders in 2017.

Sleek and Contemporary

With less bulky housing, sleek sliding doors are a great addition to your home, given the space is available. Home builders have returned to this hot trend with strong, thin materials, especially for home offices and common rooms.

Decorative

As a standard for casual doors around the home, French doors are expected to be very popular in 2017. Configured with two independent doors opening at the middle, French doors slide freely for wide access to rooms in your home. Unpainted wooden French doors with clear glass inserts look very clean in most homes regardless of wall color, flooring style, and ceiling, and are relatively easy to install.

 

This room-by-room declutter guide will take you through your home and office with very specific instructions on what to declutter in each room or space in your home, and how to do it.  This guide also includes resources for getting rid of clutter and organizing your keeper items. Focus on One Room or One Zone in a Room At a Time Zero in on a room, a space, or even a zone within a room like your kitchen cabinets and . You can wander aimlessly around your decluttering a little bit here and there, but it’s not as effective as focusing on one room or one small part of a room and finishing it. To that end, we’ve broken down all of the spaces in your home and the areas in each that you should plan to decluttering. From there it’s broken down by (potential) zones and a list of items you should declutter within each space. Giving away Give away one item each day to have a space. You suddenly feel that you space for your new items Trash bags Fill one trash bag. Early in our journey towards simplicity, one of my favorite decluttering techniques was to grab a simple large trash bag and see how quickly I could fill it. While much of what I collected was trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill. Clearing Out Clear out and hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard. This experiment could also be applied to a number of clutter areas in your home Make a list Experts recommends creating a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest… which doesn’t sound all that creative until she adds this note, “When you’re done with one area, STOP.” This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list. And it could easily fit into any schedule. Change your perspective. Unclutterer offers a powerful approach to decluttering when they offer a number of strategies to help you change your perspective and begin to notice some clutter you may have missed. Among their ideas: take photos of your house, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. With all of the examples, the hope is to cause you to see your home in a new light. Use your imagination. Psychology experts recommends using your creativity and imagination to help declutter objects that may seem difficult to remove. Try asking yourself unique questions like, “If I was just buying this now, how much would I pay?” These creative techniques may prove to be very helpful for some with difficulties removing unneeded clutter.

 

Amabrush a device three years in the making with a single goal to make tooth brushing quicker, automatic, and more efficient so you have more time for the relevant things in your life. Amabrush can brush your teeth in just 10 seconds, because all your teeth are cleaned simultaneously. Even in these 10 seconds, every tooth surface is cleaned longer compared with common toothbrushes. If you brush your teeth for the recommended 120 seconds with a regular toothbrush in manual or electric, every surface gets brushed for just 1.25 seconds given the fact that you have 32 teeth and every tooth has three surface. Amabrush brushes all your surfaces for whole 10 seconds. Amabrush is the world’s first, fully automatic toothbrush. This patent pending device brushes all your teeth at once, fully automatic, and finishes in just ten seconds. All you have to do is press a single button, wait ten seconds, and you’ll have perfectly clean teeth. Brushing teeth is a job where you must be highly concentrated. Toothbrushes should be held like pencils, so that pressure is as light as possible. The bristles should be soft, in order to not damage your gums. And you should just wiggle the toothbrush with subtle vibrations, instead of doing long strokes. Electric toothbrushes are handled differently than manual ones. With them, you shouldn’t stroke at all. These toothbrushes are designed to be held in place, so that the micro vibrations of the bristles can do their job All Amabrush units come equipped with a sound and light indicator, that is able to signal various different information about the current battery status, finished toothbrushing sessions, errors and other scenarios. It features integrate Bluetooth to all of our rewards at no additional cost. With our Amabrush App for iOS & Android, users are able to connect to your Amabrush unit and make use of various possibilities. You can set different vibration modes such as gum massage, whitening, burst mode, and many more configure. There are also types of mode including in the mode such as cleaning time, reorder replacement parts and do many things more. Amabrush was designed to make tooth brushing less annoying. Some of us hate tooth brushing so much; that we brush not concentrated enough, not long enough, not good enough, or not at all. And some of us simply cannot brush correctly at all, because they are not able to do so.

 

Mr. Pung plunger was a clog remover device that uses Instantaneous pressure penetration technology. The device was designed to fit into curved drains. It can remove hard objects or things that cannot be dissolved by acids such as diapers, napkins, hairs, fatty food waste and many more. The device is very hygienic it helps you to avoid contact of the water in the drains and prevents overflow. The device uses the powerful turbo pressure spray principle that transforms liquid carbon dioxide to gas. It comes with three different attachments that were useful to all kinds of drains. The product uses a pressurized CO2 in a cylinder that will be put at the end of the device and by simply activating the device and putting it into the clogged drain the device will instantly remove the clog. MR PUNG will clear even the most stubborn blockages standard plungers or rods cannot shift. MR. PUNG can also be used regularly to keep pipes perfectly clear. Contains no chemicals, makes no mess, simple, safe and highly effective!

Living room is the best place where every person of the family loves to spend some quality time and a living room with a cozy and comfortable sofa. Listed below are the sofa trends that will make it way to its popularity this 2017.

Velvet might not be the most family friendly of materials, but what it lacks in practicality it makes up for in the style stakes. Deep indigo’s, forest greens and blush pinks are certainly not fresh out the traps this season but are still the front runners of the accent color race showing no sign of going anywhere soon.

Not just the odd pot plant, but perhaps a break from the monotony of monochrome with a leafy wallpaper, botanic armchair, or a green sofa. It will give your home a cozy look at also the natures touch.

We all want to be comfortable so it is best to have a sofa from soft and squashy, to big and bouncy the sofas of Milan were built for lounging. Supple nubucks and warming velvets sprawled across curved silhouettes, all in welcoming (and toddler choccy finger friendly) dark, moody, jewel hues.

Think chunky knit, tapestry, woven cushions that wouldn’t look out of place in a Marrakesh souk; Black and white ikat prints to juxtapose against the gorgeous greens; baskets, wicker, and rattan are the warming wooden tones to bring the bold velvets and black/white prints together in perfect harmony

 

 

Which Ultra High Definition (UHD) 4K TV should you buy? Choosing the right TV that is perfect to your home. Here are some tips choosing the right television. When considering buying a brilliant TV to stand against or hang from a wall as the centerpiece of a living room, many people think about just two factors: How big it is, and how much it is. For some people, buying a TV may never come down to anything more than that.

Display types One of the first things you’ll want to do to narrow down your browsing is to figure out what type of TV you want. There are LCD TVs, LED TVs, OLED TVs, and plasma TVs to choose from.

Plasma: If you’re planning on getting a relatively big TV and are going to focus on high-quality cinematic viewing, a plasma TV might be for you.

LCD: Liquid Crystal Displays are pretty common to find, and may be the cheapest option. They’re energy efficient and usually have good color. LED: TVs branded as LED are actually just LCD TVs that use LEDs as a backlight for the liquid crystals in the display.

OLED: Organic Light Emitting Diode TVs actually are different from LCD TVs. OLED TVs use colored LED lights to create the image, so they save on power, though not always as much as LED TVs.

Contrast ratio The contrast ratio is simply the difference in brightness between the darkest black and whitest white the TV can produce. With a low contrast ratio, black areas of an image might appear more like a washed-out gray, or bright areas may lack vibrancy. Spend some time to check out an external review site that tests contrast ratios.

Color reproduction and color depth This will ensure that the TV is able to create enough colors to satisfy the human eye and present photo-realistic images. Make sure that you get one with a bit depth of “8 bits per channel” or more, with particular emphasis on “per channel.” Aspect ratio The aspect ratio is simply the ratio of a television’s width to its height. It has no particular effect on the quality of the image created by the TV. It’s most important for what you plan to view most, as you’ll want to be sure the TV’s aspect ratio is close to the aspect ratio of whatever you watch most. If you watch a lot of films, you’ll probably be looking toward wider aspect ratios, so you don’t have to leave a large portion of your screen functioning as an unspectacular letterbox.

Refresh rate The refresh rate of your TV is the number of times the image on the screen is refreshed per second.  It will be important to think about the content you’re most interested in. For the best experience, you want the TV’s refresh rate to be evenly divisible by the frame-rate of the content going in.

Input lag Input lag is the time gap between an input going into the TV and the TV creating the image, and is measured in milliseconds. The greater the lag, the further behind the screen is from what’s actually happening in the game. Aside from just making the controls feel unresponsive in a game, a long lag can make playing a fast-paced game impossible.

Inputs The TVs you look at may have more input options than you will ever know what to do with. What’s important is that you know what you will be trying to connect to your TV.

Smart TV Smart TVs connect to the internet and can stream content that way. They often include applications like Netflix, so customers need fewer devices to get started with their movie or TV-watching. Some connect via Wi-Fi, while others might only have an Ethernet jack. If you don’t want to deal with a lot of wires and want an uncluttered space around the TV, a smart TV might be the best option.

We all have that attitude that owning your own place brings out the home improvement itch in us all. Sometimes time just requires us to do necessary repairs and maintenance tasks. Here are some advice that will help you to improve your home. Assess your home A wish list item could be upgrading to granite countertops, while a necessity item could be leaky plumbing pipes that have to be replaced as soon as possible. Determine the current state of your home and what ideas you want to implement.

How long you will stay If you’re just planning on selling your home this year, your budget for improvements may be different from your neighbor who’s only lived in their home for a year. To get your return on investment, ensure you upgrade the parts of your home that home buyers are interested in.

Know your budget Money actually makes you more anxious, and delaying the money portion might help you price out materials, labor, and the time it will take to complete the project. Try saving money for you to have budget on renovating your home.

Proper permits Doing a home improvement project which requires electricity, plumbing, structural or other trades that may involve permits, seek these out in advance. Try asking to your local officials if you’re not sure about the building permits to be issued on you.

Use safety precautions Follow instructions on power tools, and seek out tutorials or advice from tool rental store associates for help, before you start your project. Home improvement project involves a level of safety to ensure your home and yourself do not get hurt.

Ask for help early Start early in asking for help and what expertise area your help can provide. By doing these you can save money and take less time on finding some experts.

Having a hard time remove the clog drains in your kitchen and bathroom sink.  It’s something you need to deal with quickly, or face the wrath of a burst pipe or a useless bathroom. I’ve listed several ways that are useful and cheap.

Baking Soda and Vinegar Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. And pour to the clogged part of your home. Flush with hot water. Alternatively, get as much of the dry baking soda as you can down the drain first, then pour on the vinegar.  And it will fizz immediately, and you should waste no time pouring it down the clogged drain. The fizzing action will help to remove the gunk, hair, and grime that has built up in the pipe.

The Wet & Dry Vacuum First, set it to vacuum liquids. Cover up the vent to prevent a mess. Then, create the tightest seal you can over the drain. You may want to get creative and adapt an old plunger head for this purpose. With the vacuum turned on its highest setting, it can be powerful enough to draw the clog up the pipe and into the vacuum bag.

Boiling Water Get your kettle and boil up as much water to remove the clog. Pour it slowly down the drain in two to three stages, allowing the hot water to work for a several seconds in between each pour.

Cleaning the Pipe First, place an empty bucket underneath the U-shaped pipe (the trap) beneath the sink.  The bucket will collect the water that will spill. Using a plumber’s wrench, loosen the slip nuts at both ends of the pipe. You should be able to finish the operation by hand. When the trap is free, remove it and turn it upside down, emptying the contents into the bucket.  An old toothbrush is good for getting the tough gunk out. Rinse the trap with water and then put it all back together.

Caustic Soda You can pick some up from your local hardware store, but always use caution handling it. Pour 3/4 gallon of cold water into a mop bucket, and then add 3 cups of caustic soda. Stir it well with an old wooden spoon. It will begin to fizz and heat up. Pour it into the clogged drain and leave for 20-30 minutes, then flush the drain with boiling water. Repeat if necessary.