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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.
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 linesSymmetry 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 powerFlowers, 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-freeFrom 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 differenceIt’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.
DecorativeAs 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.
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.
WARMER BEDDINGS Prepare now your warmer weather beddings and down comforter or wool blankets. It will feel you extra comfort and warmth at night.
WARDROBE CONVERSION Change your wardrobe of stored sweaters, and packing up your shorts and tank tops.
CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS Go to your roof and get rid of all the buildup and any blockages to the gutters. Or if you can’t go to the roof you can hire an expert to do it for you.
REPLACE OUTDOOR GEARS Find time in scrubbing down all your patio furniture and either cover it or store it away. PREPARE YOUR WINDOWS Cover up small holes or other entrance that might cause the entrance of the cold air. Upgrade to heavier curtains in anticipation, or seal up windows with one of the many temporary products designed to increase energy efficiency.
PREPARE YOUR FIREPLACE OR WOODSTOVE Find time cleaning out last year’s ashes, and stock up on new wood for the winter.
WINTER ESSENTIALS As soon as possible prepare your snow removal gear and salt. Because the snow and ice will be here before you know it
PEST PROOF YOUR HOME Rodents, spiders, cockroaches, and other pests also seek shelter from the winter elements and unfortunately our warm homes make the perfect so find time to keep those pest at your house cause they will cause you headache.
Quirk up the kitchen interiors
Use colorful and innovative designs to make the mundane tasks more fun.
Keep the dining table plain or put up a dinning cloth of a pastel color, which will help accentuate your food. Use colorful tablemats to perk up your dining experience.
These curtains are not just only dry quickly but are also easy to wash. It is very useful this rainy season to avoid a hard time drying your curtains. Wind Chimes
Decorate your home with monsoon-friendly accessories that make your home bright and striking. And try adding fun furniture like hammock and swing to your favorite music or book.
Different Shapes of Candles
Setting shaped candles and incense sticks with mild fragrance that helps to prevent your home from musty smell.
The mixture of extravagant patterns, wild materials, and surprising furniture pieces is making a comeback this year in the bedroom trends 2017 department. Look for pieces that make a statement for themselves, creative tiling and geometric patterns with a wide array of colors to create something that feels out of this world.
Careful Mess Stacks of chaotically arranged books that seem about to fall off, asymmetrical lighting are one of the defining bedroom trends for 2017.
It is very elegant and soothing to our eyes. Many of the top luxury exhibitors displaying their golden bedside table models.
Beautiful clean pieces from the Italian designers of the 60’s and 70’s are on the rise, combine them with the overall white tones to enhance the wooden lines and you’ve got yourself one of the most talked about bedroom trends in 2017.
Concrete Walls There’s beauty in combining rough concrete walls with vivid modern furniture and light colors, the contrast makes it irresistible and from what we’ve seen this year, this is one of those master bedroom trends that’s here to stay.
Grey with a Glimpse of Color
We’ve seen it time and time again, but it looks like industrial bedroom design has come for real in 2017. Tiled walls, slim legged metallic furniture and heavy brown tones are everywhere. The antithesis of the previous white mid-century bedroom also seems to be defining the year.
Colorful Art over white
One has been on the high side of bedroom trends, but we couldn’t avoid talking about it since it’s been up there for so long and continues to do so. Pick some vivid, colorful art and make it even livelier through the use of white tones.
FIND A GOOD PLACE FOR YOUR GARDEN
Be sure the location gets enough light, but avoid placing it in an area where too much scorching sun or hot summer winds will force you to constantly water.
TEST YOUR SOIL Test your soil if it needs a fertilizer or a Treatment Improve the soil by recycling materials such as grass clippings and leaves found around your home.
BE SIMPLE Strive to keep your garden simple. Simplicity is the key to a low maintenance garden. Adding some extras such as water features, wildlife feeders, and such, for example, requires more maintenance. Plant fewer types of plants, but plant them in mass. They will have the same requirements and you can provide necessities such as the proper amount of water and fertilizer all at once.
ADJUST THE FLOWERBEDS Keep your flower beds narrow so that you can reach the plants easily. If you have a wide bed, provide stepping stones or a path which makes easy access possible.
PROVIDE GROUND COVERS Consider using ground covers instead of grass to cut down on landscape maintenance. Lawns require constant mowing, watering and treatments for weed control and fertilizer. Using ground covers helps eliminate those chores. Ground cover is especially good for steep slopes on your property as it helps prevent erosion. Many ground cover plants do well in shady spots where grass often doesn’t grow well, yet requires little or no maintenance compared to grass. Most ground covers are low maintenance plants that can be grown easily and are simple to maintain. Ground covers that possess flowers also add color and beauty to your yard.
Provide edging around beds and trees to help make mowing easier. You might also think about planting ground cover or using gravel around the base of a tree to keep from having to weed there.
ENSURE GOOD QUALITY Purchase good quality plants that are either native to your area or easily adaptable to your climate. Check your plants for pest damage and be sure they are healthy. Strong healthy plants will grow more easily and make less work for you.
DON’T PUSH THE FURNITURE AGAINST THE WALL If you have a larger space feel free to arrange furniture in such a way that conversation areas are created in the middle of the room, leaving several feet between the walls and the furniture.
CREATE CONVERSION AREAS If the room is too large, create multiple conversation areas as much as possible.
FIND BALANCE IN ARRANGING Balance is always important in decorating, and when it comes to arranging furniture and determining where to put items in your living room you’ll want to consider both size and placement of the various pieces.
USE THE RIGHT SIZE Choose what fits you the most and what is the most comfortable.
PROPER LIGHTING Lighting needs to be placed at different levels in order to be properly balanced so use it liberally throughout your room.
PLAN AHEAD When it comes to arranging furniture it’s best to plan ahead. Either use an online floor planner or old-fashioned graph paper to sketch out your desired floor plan. It’s the only surefire way to know whether or not things will fit the way you want.