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We do agree with this believe that a happy, beautiful home is a source of confidence and joy in people’s lives. Thinking a new home decoration might stressful in you are boring, to create the ideal interior, you just need to know a few simple tricks. There is no need to begin a drastic repair or make a dramatic rearrangement. T he best part? Those minor updates are usually inexpensive and require practically no effort to complete.
Mirrors give the illusion of space
A colorful print on curtains can refresh any room
Hang curtains closer to the ceiling to create the illusion of large windows
Try to hide annoying wires
Easily build a bed canopy using curtain rods
Use drawers to increase storage space
Dark colors make a ceiling look higher
Hide a bed behind curtains
Play with colors to get the illusion of a high ceiling
Cover outlets and switches with colorful cases
Add a decor to your house with these easy to maintain plants.
Large plants that grow inside your house will surely catch attention and add a green touch to your space.
Schefflera (umbrella plant)
It can grow between 4 to 6 feet tall. This tropical shrub can tolerate a little bit of direct sun. Most professional growers prune this plant to increase growth and to have a better look. It is easy to maintain, though it requires a large pot to grow. Good light without direct sunlight will give you the best result for this plant.
Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)
A native to western Africa. These grow up to 5 feet tall and grows best in lowland tropical rainforest. Plant this in a bright indirect sunlight. Let the soil dry completely before watering it.
An eye-catching houseplant that doesn’t require a lot of watering, it can go for weeks. It holds a lot of moisture in its bulbous trunk. Placing this plant in a bright light spot will help it grow more healthy. You should let the soil dry completely before watering.
Common Fig (Ficus carica)
A native to the Middle East and Western Asia. It is now widely grown throughout the world. Provided with enough sunlight, this plant can bear fruit. It can grow to 7 to 10 meters.
Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)
A Native to Lord Howe Island (Australia). This plant does not need pruning or repotting. Even those who don’t have a green thumb can grow this because it is easy to maintain. It also doesn’t need a lot of watering, only when the soil feels dry. It is seen most often in offices. Place this plant in an area where it can receive indirect sunlight.
It can grow as big as 10 feet tall, have variegated leaves with shades of red, yellow and green. This plant needs a very bright light location to keep their bright colors. It needs a location with higher humidity.
When tires are no longer for use for their primary purpose, they can serve as a very beautiful and interesting decoration in gardens, on terraces or yard. With their standing in the yard or behind some storage, old tires will be will be just ugly picture and on that way they will serve just to collects rainwater or as nest of mosquitoes. They can be used in a very nice and interesting way and be very useful. From used tires can be made swings, decorative flower pots, garden table and chairs as a pouffe.
Used tires can be used as mini-gardens for vegetables and flowers. There are several advantages. These mini-gardens require less water, fertilizer and fewer weeds. The black color of tires absorbs more heat from the sun and stimulates the growth of plants.
If you live in a home without electricity and few or no windows, it’s always incredibly dark inside, even at high noon a Liter of Light is a sustainable lighting project that is trying to help people overcome that problem with extremely simple technology
What is the Solar Bottle Bulb?
It is a simple bottle bulb, usually a 1 liter soda bottle that is filled with a solution of purified water and bleach. The bottle is inserted halfway through a hole drilled in the metal roof and its sides are sealed. The whole deal looks like a bulb through a sunroof and provides a good amount of light by deflecting sunlight into gloomy interiors.
The chlorine and bleach “poisons” the water to keep molds from developing so the solution can last up to five years. The clear and purified water helps disperse the light through refraction, so the light is not concentrated. It only costs $2-3 to make a solar bottle bulb that is bringing light to dark homes. This simple innovation is not perfect- the water needs to be replaced every five years and obviously without any provision for energy storage, the bulb will not work at night. But the advantages are overwhelming for communities that are deprived of daylight. It is surprisingly effective, using cheap and locally available materials that allows the poor in these settlements to use their homes more effectively. The bulb does not produce any harmful pollutants and also reduces the dangers from faulty and temporary electrical connections that cause devastating fires.
This project and its success is a great example of the ‘market-based’ solutions that should be pursued for socio-economic problems worldwide, strategies that are smart, effective & resourceful
Do you want a bookcase in your home in which you can display your beloved and cherished book collection? If yes then you can get one installed at any unused space in your home. For finding out that place, take a look at the ideas below:Utilize The Space Under The Stairs
Build a Bookcase Around Your Bed
Hack The Space of Staircase Landing
Build It Above The Breakfast Nook Seating
Carve Out a Space in Kneel Walls
Book Lovers Would Love to Have One Bookcase in The Bathroom Too
Get a Bookshelf in Your Kitchen
Universal design is not, as some would think, strictly for the elderly or disabled. The concept of universal design is to make living and work spaces equally comfortable, safe, and accessible for all, regardless of height or physical ability. These ideas might help make a home safer for an older resident, but they’re pretty smart for homeowners of all ages.
Easy on the Hands. You probably don’t think much about turning a doorknob, but it can actually be quite a chore, even painful, for someone with arthritis or other conditions. Simply replacing doorknobs with lever-style hardware can make life easier for residents. Levers are also best on faucets, and illuminated rocker switches are better than the standard toggle light switches.
Friendly Floors. Slippery surfaces are not the only danger underfoot, although they’re the most obvious. All floors should be made slip-resistant, such as by adding nonskid mats under area rugs (or getting rid of the area rugs completely). Trips are as dangerous as slips, so eliminate trip points like thresholds wherever possible, or reduce their height. For those who use walkers, adds Cratsley, low-pile carpeting is safest so the walker doesn’t catch on deep pile and cause a fall.
Safe Stairs. For older people living on more than one level, stairs can be especially dangerous. Handrails are a must, on both sides of the staircase if possible. Lighting is also critical, says Cratsley, so make sure the entire stairway is well lit from top to bottom. Clearly defined steps that show where the edge of the tread is can help prevent falls.
A Well-Lighted Place. The staircase isn’t the only part of a home that needs good lighting. A dark room is an invitation to a bump or a fall, so make sure there’s adequate lighting in every room, hallway, and doorway. Entryways are especially dangerous if not well lit.
Landing Places. Fumbling with keys, packages, the mail — all can distract and unbalance someone entering or exiting a home. In addition to providing lighting at entryways be sure to have a table, bench, or other surface nearby for putting things down.
Better Baths. Most people think of shower grab bars as the way to make bathing safer. There are other ways to help ensure safety in the bath, says Cratsley. Think about adding grab bars by the toilet, too, or other places in the room where someone may need a helping hand. A step-in shower is safer than a tub, but if that’s not possible add grab bars that help someone getting in and out. A single-handled faucet control reduces the chances of scalding at the sink, and a pressure-balanced control does the same in the shower. A hand-held showerhead is often easier to use for someone with limited mobility than a fixed showerhead