Posts Tagged ‘home decorating’

Kitchen Remodeling-DonĂ¢€™t Make a Big Mistake

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

If you’re preparing to redesign your kitchen, there are numerous considerations that other rooms in your home won’t require. Kitchens are inherently tougher than other rooms because they involve more attention to traffic flow, appliance placement and electrical and plumbing location as well.

Let’s start with the traffic flow because no matter what style you pick, from country to traditional to contemporary, if the traffic flow is wrong, you’ll hate working in your kitchen. There’s a simple way to get the main appliances in the appropriate places. It’s called the working triangle. You want your most-used appliances (the fridge and stove) close enough to your sink to prevent you from feeling like you’re running a marathon when you’re fixing a meal. Your stove, fridge and sink should be roughly between four feet apart and nine feet apart. All three sides of the triangle should not be longer than 26 feet combined. Don’t let any other kitchen pieces extend into the triangular space by more than twelve inches. You need to keep that space open for moving and working. If you have a galley kitchen that’s long and narrow, the triangle rule won’t apply, so it’s best to place the appliances along one wall roughly equal distances from each other.

Once you’ve finalized your triangle configuration, you’ll know where you need your electrical and plumbing and you’ll know if you will need to have any of it moved to a new location. Then you can concentrate on cabinets and counters. Remember you want your dishwasher within three feet of your sink for easy cleanup. Also, give yourself enough counter space. Designers advise you have at least 24” of countertop on one side of your sink and 18” on the other. You also want to have counter space close to your oven so you have somewhere close to set hot things. Windows are especially nice above sinks, so if your design allows it, this is an ideal place for your sink.

Electrical placement can be somewhat tricky too. If you are moving cupboards around, remember to leave room on the walls for receptacles. If you encounter a problem, receptacles can be fitted in the side of a cabinet, albeit this is not ideal. Also remember to increase lighting where you’ll require it. The most essential lighting is task lighting over your work areas. If you’ve installed an island, you’ll want to set up lighting above it.

These are the biggest, most essential considerations in kitchen remodeling. Once you get these taken care of, you can move on to the fun part – home decorating. With kitchens, it’s usually worth it to hire an interior designer to at least give you some basic design choices keeping these primary considerations in mind. It will keep you from making big layout errors and, who knows, you might be able to gain some home decorating tips from the designer also.

 

Saving Money While Decorating Your New Home

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Sometimes it seems like the only rule to home decorating is “the more expensive, the better your taste.” Forgetting about your budget is easy when you get carried away with the theme that you want to create. People who work with super tight budgets usually get stressed out because they are afraid that they won’t be able to decorate their homes the way that they want. It is absolutely possible to create a beautiful home without spending everything in your bank account.

Here are a few hints to help you save money when you want to decorate your home.

Don’t fall off the deep end with your decorating. Start with the basics. Instead of trying to cover every inch of your home’s free space with decoration, start with a few pieces that you truly enjoy. Save your money and use it to buy the things you truly love instead of choosing more expensive items that you don’t care about as much.

Most people redecorate their homes because their original attempts were too rushed and ended up creating a look that they quickly grew tired of. If you go slowly and steadily you’ll have more time to search out those decorative items that you really want. It is also easier to create a cohesive theme when you start with just a few pieces.

Don’t be afraid of empty space. When you over decorate your home it can create the opposite effect that you’re trying to create. Give your decorations space!

Limit yourself to a few pieces here and there. When you let your decorative items have the space they deserve they’ll be easier to truly see. When you fill every inch of available space on a wall, it is harder to decide which pieces of art to look at and you won’t be able to enjoy all of them. Leaving empty space when you decorate is a good idea. All artists will tell you that “white space is good.”

Don’t follow the status quo! Surely there are things in your home that you can use as decorations. Believe it or not, pots and pans can be great pieces of art-especially since you can still use them to cook! Instead of digging through a cupboard, the pot or pan you need is right there on its peg.

Julia Child did this in her kitchen! Have you ever been given a really great quilt or pretty patterned blanket? It might be best used as a decorative item on your wall. Quilts are great for adding charm to any home-even when they are used for something besides a bedspread. Sometimes it is the functional items in our homes that make the best art.

The idea behind decorating is to keep yourself from going overboard. Decorations don’t have to be expensive to be beautiful. Go easy when you start buying. Put your taste first and the price tag of the art you want last. Heck, you might have some things in your home already that will work just fine! Be creative! Look into items you already have-surprising things can be used for decorations! Consider your first instincts and then ask yourself “how can I do that…but cheaper?”

When decorating your home be sure to take a look at sites such as Edmonton House Painter or Edmonton House Painters