Staying with the modern and futuristic theme we thought it would be a good idea to give you some ideas for what kind of modern and contemporary lighting and lighting fixtures you can and should be thinking about to fit into your up-to-date home. After-all if you let the previous post get you excited enough to go out and purchase some modern living room furniture, then you will now be needing some new, innovative lighting to compliment and fit in with the futuristic sofas and coffee tables you have in your proud home.
The good news is that you will not be limited by options,
however the bad news is that you are actually a bit spoiled for choice – there
are so many wonderful new designs for wall lamps, ceiling lights, standing
lamps, wall lights and even floor fitted lighting. So you might get a bit stuck
with knowing which lighting set to settle on or which kind of lighting would
work best in your room and also at the same time compliment the other modern
furnishings you already have. For us, we found that the wall lighting type of
designs happened to offer the most exciting, unique and original concepts and
designs and also there was the widest
variety of styles within that
sub-category when it comes to home lighting. So this could be the best
place for you to start with your search. You then need to decide upon the type
of bulbs you would like to have fitted within your lighting, how strong you
want the lighting to be and what kind of shade you would like it to be of also.
For example would you like to have a white light kind of lighting fixture, or
would you like to have a dull, sunset strength kind of lighting arrangement. I
know for me I would opt for the softer lighting fittings and designs, but
everyone’s tastes are different, so you would need to see what works for you.
To go with the main lighting system, you might want to also
consider fitting in some mood lighting into the new renovated, modern looking
living room. The right mood lighting will look great in any relaxing room and
adds that extra level of style and character. You can fit the mood lighting
into the ceiling, the flooring, and the walls or even into some of the
furniture, if the furniture permits of course. The choice is yours and you
certainly have a lot to choose between, so good luck & happy hunting.
Plants are the best decoration one can have in their home, they add color, a good aroma and breathe life in general into a home. Different plants fit in with different styles and they are very useful for filling gaps in our living room or any other room that needs some fillers come to think of it. In this article we will be introducing you to some indoor plants that look wonderful at home, while also being the plants that are most suited to the environments we have inside our properties.
This plant is a fighter that will resist and make life in any place no matter how much lack of sun it has. There are several types of them in several sizes, choose your favorite and décor your living room with this wonder. Water them and wait for the soil to dry up, it doesn’t matter if you forget to water it sometimes because they can hold up well without water for a number of days.
Rhipsalis is one of these plants whose leaves fall & hang over the pot’s edge, providing a look like as if there is a green rain inside you home. You have to keep them up high though, to allow for the plants long leaves to hang down. This plant’s soil needs to have time to dry up between watering, so be careful you are keeping it healthy without drowning it.
This type of plant is really thankful if you take care of it. It grows rapidly and nicely to end up with beautiful sparkly, thick, green colours, with its leaves forming a canvas, in which we can see how the nature, once more, has showed off. It goes perfect on top of any bed table or small table. There are Prayer plants in multiple sizes and green colours. These plants need regular water and wet soil.
Norfolk Island Pine
This beauty will give the feeling of an endless Christmas in the middle of a fiord forest. Norfolk Island Pine is a tropical plant with soft needles, medium sized and beautifully shaped, typical of a forest pine. This plant goes perfect with a wooden home to complete the “house in the middle of the forest” style. It only needs water when the soil gets dry.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
This half plant half tree is a large type of plant that, if you have a spacious living room, will look incredibly beautiful in it. Fiddle Leaf Fig has huge leaves that decor every place they are in. And the thin trunk below the huge leaves makes it weird but extremely cute. The fiddle leaf fig needs only little water and is easily over watered, be careful.
If you like reading and like myself you have accumulated a vast amount of books over your life-span, then you might also be facing a similar issue as I am, in that my collection of books is looking rather abysmal and a little embarrassing, all because of me never investing in a proper home for them. I tend to move my collection of books around too much and since it has grown to quite a substantial size, I can rarely ever find good spaces to stack the total collection all together, which results in me having to split the collection of books up and stack them neatly all around the house, where I can find suitable space to stack books really. Having the books scattered around the entire property means I sometime spend long periods of time looking for certain books that I think I have lost, not finding certain titles when I want them and not being able to keep any kind of logical order to my collection. Also it leaves them open to be borrowed and misplaced by anyone else living or passing through the property without me knowing at all. To put the cherry on the cake, so to speak, the end result of all of this moving around and unsuitable storage locations has left the most of my collection in quite a tired state. There are so many folds, too many tears, some with pages falling out, others with front pages having been entirely torn off. There are very, very few that are still with their outer protection pages intact and in a state of being almost as good as new. There is a simple solution to this conundrum though and one that I should have sorted out many years ago, and this is to go out and find a nice, good quality, well-made bookcase to invest in and use to provide a home to my entire library of books.
A good quality, solid made bookcase will also bring some taste and a touch of class to one’s home so it is certainly a worthy way to spend a sum of money. You should take pride in your home after all and also pride in the features within your home, which is perhaps something I had been neglecting but not anymore. Choosing a bookcase that suits your home, and your living room can then provide quite a fun challenge, because as you will soon find out, there are many different styles of Bookcases to choose from. For example, you can go with one that has glass cabinet doors or without, choose a tall one or a short lengthy one, some bookcases have a cabinet for other storage as the bottom unit, with the bookcase only making up the top half of the unit, and then also there are the type of units that can be used to split a room and are actually without a backing – they can be accessed from either side – they are usually referred to as being an ‘Open Bookcase’ and this is the style that I actually like.
So, if you have a large collection of books and are struggling to find a good location to keep them, then don’t waste any more time like I have and go and invest in a nice, stylish bookcase now and make sure your books live a longer life than many of mine have.
Hopefully you will all know what I mean by having a thatched roof, although there may be some of you from the younger generations that are sat there scratching their heads in confusion – if this is the case then you can always go and ask Google as you will certainly find your answer there. Anyway, roof thatching was a thing more popular in the past and nowadays is only really found among housing and property located in the countryside. Very rarely will you now find homes with thatched roofs in the inner-big cities. It is a shame really because they do tend to look much nicer than your common slated roof and they bring lots more character to a home.
Many people have the wrong idea that homes with Thatched roofs are more susceptible to suffering from water leaks or more prone to catching on fire in the case of there being some sort of electrical or other type of fire related error – but this is really not the truth and a properly fitted and thatched roof will have been treated with protective layers to make them both water resistant and fire retardant. Another miss informed thought about thatched roofs is that they will need fixing and re-working too frequently and so they are an inefficient way of protecting your home from the outdoors. However this is also just misguided information, because in actual fact, a thatched roof, if done properly by a skilled professional, should last the homeowner a good 50-70 years before requiring any replacements. The roof ridge however would likely need attention and perhaps replacing every 8 – 10 years.
Thatching a roof is a skill that really needs to be kept alive as it is part of the UK character and as mentioned before, it looks so nice if done right. Also it is environmentally friendly as it is totally made up from dried vegetation – like straw, water reed, sedge, rushes, heather palm fronds and more. Fortunately there are still a good number of skilled thatcher’s working in the UK, but will their young ones take on the family tradition? Only time will tell! I hope so.
If you are like me and you tend to have a problem with throwing anything away, even if it is a dated item of clothing, an old magazine, or broken bit of equipment, then you will understand and appreciate the problem of living in a room or house that is full of clutter & understand the feeling that this type of mess can leave you with. It can be difficult to truly relax at home when you have items all over the place that cramp each room, getting in the way whenever you are moving from one place to another. So really, it is quite important for your mental wellbeing to invest in some kind of home storage solutions that can assist you with clearing the most of this clutter away, hidden out of sight and thus, out of mind. You may be someone that is a little lazy and has been avoiding this clear-up because of the thought of it taking much time and effort, but in reality, after you get started it really does not need to take much time at all, nor does it take much effort – it is just the getting started bit that requires a bit of drive and motivation (which should actually come from the desire to be able to sit back and enjoy a relaxing evening in your own home).
What Should You Be Looking For in A Good Storage Solution?
It really depends on what you can afford that will determine the type of storage you should be considering for your home and of course as with most things in life, the more you spend, the better quality/better looking storage solutions you will be able to acquire. Trunks can be great as they offer loads of space and at the same time, they can look interesting and add character to your home. For example a nice oak storage trunk would look great in the living room and it will also be somewhere that you can quickly move a lot of your clutter into – all in one place. If you are a bit strapped for cash at the time of going through the cleaning up of home clutter, then you can always opt for cheap plastic, stackable storage bins/containers that you can purchase from numerous home improvement shops around the country, they even sell them at my local corner shop. These containers may not look so great, but they are a way of quickly being able to hide away a great deal of clutter that can then neatly be stacked out of the way in the corner of one of your less frequented rooms.
If you are suffering from having a very cluttered home then do yourself a favour and start clearing up today! Choose one of the options as recommended above and spend a day, or an afternoon going through your home, chucking any unused items into your storage solutions. When you are done you will be so happy with the result and you might even be confident enough to start inviting friends and family over for lunch.