Choosing Living Room Designs

The living room is one of the most important rooms in any house. This is the room where some of the best times of our lives, like chatting with family or guests, watching TV or just idling on the sofa, are spent. Your living room acts as a focal point of your entire house and can leave a lasting impression (good or bad) on a visitor. So it is very essential that you choose designs for your living room appropriately that will reflect your style. There are a variety of ideas like traditional, transitional, contemporary, Mediterranean and country to choose from for decorating the living room. Let us take a look at the various living room decorating techniques to create a beautiful and charming atmosphere in the most important room of your house.

Ideas to Design a Living Room

Wall Colors

The most important aspect for decorating a living room, is to make sure that the colors you choose for the wall paint are the right ones. Choose light pastel colors like cool blue, light yellow, light lavender or bold dark colors like turquoise, sea green and rust. Using warm colors like butter yellow with gold tones will accentuate the appearance of the room. You can paint one of the walls in a darker shade so that the room looks bigger. In case you want to maintain the neutral mood, you can paint the walls in shades of white and gray. Make sure that the designs and colors of the furniture and upholstery are in sync with each other to give a room a pleasant appearance. Hence it is advisable to choose the living room colors accordingly.

Furniture Arrangement

The next important criteria for decorating the living room is the furniture and its arrangement. Arranging living room furniture should be done in such a way that there is ample room for movement and the room should look spacious. Don’t just dump the sofa and the rest of the furniture around that will give the room a cluttered look. For a small living room, choose furniture that is small and has abstract or round shapes. The cabinets also should be of medium size instead of being bulky. The electronic goods like television, music player etc. should also be arranged taking the size of the room into consideration. A proper plan and arrangement of furniture and other accessories will give the room a more cozier and spacious look.

Cozy Fireplace

Modern living room designs look great with a fireplace. The fireplace is a focal point in the living room and makes the room look refreshing. The design of the fireplace should complement the room. Living rooms with a fireplace will look more elegant and stylish if the size and placement of the fireplace is appropriate. The fireplace is usually at the center and for small living rooms, the fireplace with a walnut mantel can have subtle contours or clean lines to match the decor of the room. The fireplace mantel can be decorated with flower vases, photo frames and other knickknacks. Place these in an ornate way for a stylish look, rather than cluttering them on the mantel.

Drapes

For drapery ideas, you can choose light shades and soft material for the curtains and drapes. Heavy fabrics and dark colors can make the room look cramped. Another attractive way to enhance the way your living room looks is to use light shades to illuminate the room. Unusual shapes and attractive colors for light shades will beautify the room. The center or side tables can also be decorated with beautiful shaped vases. Fresh or silk flowers can give an inviting look to the room. For the walls, you can use accessories like mirrors, paintings or wall hangings to suit the ambiance of the room.

These were a few decorating ideas for a living room. With the help of these living room design ideas, you can transform your living room into a more comfortable and a stunning one.

Ways to Decorate Your Living Room

download-11Decorating a room can either be a nightmare or fun experience, depending on your perspective of decoration. Enjoy decorating but do not go overboard. What is important is to find a balance and create a room that is inviting, relaxing and lovely to look at.

If you want something completely new, then remodeling the room entirely, with a theme, is a good option. You can have a modern, contemporary, colorful look, or choose to give an antique or rustic feel to the room. There are many options to choose from once you decide on the theme.

On the other hand, if you do not want to remodel entirely, try adding a few accessories or pieces of furniture that can change the look of the room. These accessories can be anything from a simple bookshelf, brightly colored furniture, or even a decorative clock.

Here are a few designs and options for a complete remodeled living room, as well as ideas for decorating with accessories and furniture. Take your pick!

A Few Ideas

A Cozy Corner

The above image demonstrates excellent use of the wooden focal wall adjacent to the long window that gives the room a design uplift. The subtle leather furniture with the low coffee table and side table add to the simplicity of the room. The light-colored furnishings make the room appear big, neat and also brighter. You can use this design when your room is small and you don’t have too much space to experiment.

Go White

Confused over the right color combination for the lounge room? If yes, then play safe with white. White sofa sets when combined with the wooden coffee table and the floor lamp make the room look brighter and spacious. The spacious look is furniture-enhanced with the use of an in-the-wall bookshelf and wall unit. The USP of the room is the hanging white lamp! It gives a finishing touch to the room.

Contemporary Feel

If you have a lot of space in your sitting room, then this is a good design idea for you. The bold mix of black, red and white just lifts your mood. All naked walls with just a big wall clock is the USP of the room. The black-colored sofas are well-complemented with multicolored cushions. If you want to sit and have a cozy chat, this room invites you to do just that! And with no television set, your chats will be uninterrupted!

The Good Ol’ Days

Go back in time with this ‘rustic feel’ front room design. The antique furniture and the brilliantly placed lights give a 70s’ look! The light color of the drapes complements the light-colored scheme of the room. The USP of the room, for me, will be the chandelier. Go ahead, switch off the lights and let the room be lit with the brightness of the chandelier. Anyone for a candid candlelight chat?

Twist in the Tale

If you are looking for a makeover to your current living room, this design can help you. The addition of the soft-colored accent wall and colorful cushions make all the difference to the otherwise neutral-colored room. The frame that is added to the accent wall is the focal point. You can hang a painting or a unique piece of art. The decoration is kept minimum, with just the indoor plant and hanging lights used.

Now, if you just want to redo your lounge room without changing a lot of things around, you can accessorize it with the following decorating items. Choose the one that you feel is the best for your house!

A Few Accessories

Wall Units

Adding this piece of furniture to one of the walls will give the room a new look that you might be on the lookout for! You can choose from the smaller unit to gigantic ones that fill up the entire wall.

Clocks

If you love naked walls and would not like to add too many decorative pieces to them, then add a fine-looking clock to one of the walls. Clocks act as great focal points. Apart from these ideas, my other personal favorite is the “Grandfather’s clock” that gives an antique feel!

Bookshelf

How about flaunting your collection of books using these stylish bookshelf designs? Add it to one of the walls of the room and notice the drastic change it brings to your room!

Candle Holders

Want to get romantic and looking for that perfect setting? If your answer is in the affirmative, then add lots of candle holders to your front room! Not only do they create the perfect romantic atmosphere, but are pretty looking as well. Get them and get cozy.

Chandeliers
These lovely hanging lamps are a great addition to your room. They act as a great source of alternative lighting. Place it over the coffee table or near the wall unit or right at the room entrance. Choose the best from the whole lot of designs available.

Couches
The most highlighted piece of furniture in the living room is the couch! The best way to redo your room will be to change them.

Drapes
Curtains add a new definition to the room. While selecting them, consider the lighting factor. Darker curtains block lights and sheer ones let in a lot of sunshine. Curtains are available in different fabrics for you to choose from. Ensure you select the right color, else you may completely ruin the look of your room.

Cushions

What can be the easiest and an economic addition to your living room? Cushions! They are available in different shapes, sizes, and fabrics as well. Get the ones that complement the sofa set in your room.

Lamps

Adding lamps (table or floor) will let a particular corner of the room brighten up and also add the “beauty” factor to it! You can go with the same styled lamp like your other furniture or you can mix styles together!

Fireplace
A fireplace addition makes the room spacious, and if you have a big room, then you can cover the unused spaces in the room with a fireplace.
You can check out garage sales and auction sites online, and do not forget to raid your grandmother’s attic for some great finds! Go ahead and decorate the room as per your taste.

Easy Tips to Clean Window Screens

download-10Window screens work as wonderful filters. They allow fresh air and sunlight in, without letting unwanted visitors like insects, and pollens in your home. To increase the life of your screens, it is advisable to keep cleaning them regularly as dirty screens become weak and get damaged easily. Besides, it is always cheaper to clean them than to replace them.

We give you some essential tips and tricks on how to clean window screens.

Tips to Clean Window Screens

Tip #1 The most obvious thing to do is to go at the glass window and clean the screens. But hold on a bit. Before you head out to cleaning window screens, grab a piece of rag or cleaning pad, pull back the curtains and open the window. Watch out for crud and cobwebs in the frame and tracks of the window. You don’t want your hands or wiping towel to get filthy. With a small-handled brush, sweep out the debris.

Tip #2 Now de-grime the screens by running a vacuum cleaner over it, in dusting-brush attachment. Proceed with a side-to-side and top-to-bottom approach.

Tip #3 Next, the most important and a safer thing to do while cleaning window screens is to remove them from the window.

Tip #4 It is advisable to clean all the screens in an outdoor area where you’ll have plenty of space to work. If space is the matter of concern, you can clean them in the bathtub, or occupy some space in the garage, just make sure there is a drain for the water to be removed.

Tip #5 Always hold the screens from an angle, through its edges.

Tip #6 Make a cleansing solution by mixing 1 cup of ammonia and 1 tbsp. of dish liquid soap in 3 cups of water. Pour this solution into a spray bottle. Spray it on the entire screen. With a scrub brush, gently rub the screen to remove grime and dirt buildup. Run warm water over it, and air-dry. This is the best way to clean window screens.

Tip #7 Don’t forget to spray the cleansing solution on both the sides of the screen.

Tip #8 If you notice any streaks, go for a second round of ‘spraying and drying’ session.

Tip #9 The best time to start cleansing windows is on a cool, cloudy day. At times such, soapy water (or cleaning solution grime) doesn’t dry on the glass screens.

Tip #10 Arrange a tarp in your yard to dry the screens. Make sure the surface is clean, and devoid of pebbles or rocks.

Tip #11 If the stains are stubborn, sponge with a solution of white vinegar (1 tbsp.) and warm water (2 cups). Dunk them in clean water, and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. Let them dry in open air.

Tip #12 Carefully, reinstall the screens after they have dried completely, and are free of soapy streaks.

Make sure to wear your pair of cleaning gloves. Handle the screens and other hardware with care.

Finding Commercial Kitchen Design

download-9Commercial kitchen design

For your new kitchen design you would need to choose four main things: hoods (ventilation), sinks, flooring and shelving.

Kitchen hoods

Let’s start from kitchen ventilation.

First tip for choosing them is – silence. A lot of hoods are very nosy.

If you want to have peaceful atmosphere, buy the quiet hood.

With this option you will hear just a whisper of the air.

The ventilation will be comfortable and convenient for cooking.

Secondly, the design of the hood is important, but it’s easy cleaning is also a must.

Buy the kitchen equipment with easy cleaning surface.

Now you have a bit of knowledge to know where to start from when choosing equipment.

Kitchen hoods should be easy to clean and quiet

Sinks for the commercial kitchen

It is not an easy task to know what sink to buy.

I will write about top tips to consider during kitchen shopping.

Tip # 1. How much sinks do you need?

It can be the answer that depends on the amount of cookers the kitchen will have.

Or you can choose the amount of sink containers depending on the space you have.

if you have a lot of space, than why don’t you buy four compartment sinks?

Tip # 2. Portable sinks or not?

You can separate the sinks in the kitchen for different usage purposes.

Commercial Kitchen with several compartment sinks

Kitchen Flooring

You should already know the first tip to choosing the kitchen floor.

Right, it should be durable, protect from all damages, slip resistant and numerous different requirements.

Let’s discuss several of them.

Commercial kitchen usually has a wet environment flooring, so it need anti-slipping surface.

Secondly, the floor should have anti-microbial components to protect from numerous bacteria.

And last but not least, the kitchen floor  should be durable: withstand high temperature, chemical resistant and heavy foot traffic .

Kitchen flooring should be durable and anti-bacterial

Kitchen shelving

It doesn’t matter what you cook, it matters how much.

Do you need a lot of shelves? Yes.

The weight bearing components, posts and traverses, are mostly made of a steel core with a smooth polypropylene exterior.

This makes kitchen shelving strong,  easy to clean and durable.

Suppliers can have a lot of options to choose from when you decide to but commercial kitchen shelving.