Joy's Flair http://www.joysflair.com Lifestyle, Fashion, Shopping, Beauty, Home Improvement, Business and more Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:11:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to modify and make your home wheelchair accessible http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/modify-make-home-wheelchair-accessible/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/modify-make-home-wheelchair-accessible/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:11:11 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3834 When you’re planning for your future, one thing you mig […]

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When you’re planning for your future, one thing you might not have considered is making your home wheelchair accessible. If you plan on staying in your home as you age, planning for a wheelchair accessible home now will save you time, money, and stress later in life. To plan for a wheelchair accessible home, take a look at how you can modify each of the following rooms using home access products:

 

Bedroom: Install an overhang lift or manual trapeze to help with getting in and out of bed.

 

Bathroom: Install a toilet lift and a bathtub lift, as well as grab bars by both the toilet and the shower or bathtub.

 

Basement/Attic: Install a stair lift to move safely and easily between floors.

 

Kitchen: Check to see that your countertops and cabinets are reachable from a wheelchair. Your table’s height should have at least 27” of knee clearance between the floor and the table underside, and each seating location should have a clear floor area of 30” x 48”.

 

Porch/Yard: Install a durable stair lift and/or a portable ramp at the entry of your home.

 

Garage: A two-car garage gives you plenty of space to move between your vehicle and your home’s entry.

 

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Don’t forget to make sure that your halls and doorways are wide enough for any type of mobility vehicle to maneuver through comfortably. Standard widths for hallways is 36”, and doorways should be at least 32”; in addition, the minimum clear space for 180 degree turns is 36” in all directions. Keep your home well-lit to cut down on any accidents, and make sure that light controls are easy to access and use. Finally, make sure that each room and area of your home has a phone or an alert system (especially by your bed and by the bathtub/toilet in the bathroom) in case of an emergency.

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Boating Amateur: Knots to Know and Safety Measures to Take http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/boating-amateur-knots-know-safety-measures-take/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/boating-amateur-knots-know-safety-measures-take/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:06:39 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3826 As a novice sailor, it’s important to have a firm under […]

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As a novice sailor, it’s important to have a firm understanding of basic boating know-how so you can safely enjoy your experience on the open water. Here we have assembled a few tips in two general areas of boating; knots and safety. Know how to do these steps before hitting the water this year.

 

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Knots

 

Why are knots so important? Depending on what kind of boat you have, their importance can range from ensuring your very survival, to making sure your boat is still moored in the morning. Here are a list of a few essential knots highly recommended you adopt into your nautical arsenal.

 

Round Turn with Two Half-Hitches
• Bowline
• Cleat Hitch
• Clove Hitch
• Figure Eight Knot
• Rolling Hitch
• Sheet Bend
• Square Knot

 

Make sure you’ve got sturdy, thick rope that won’t be affected by the water too much. They should be able to bear the load of your boat without much trouble.
 

Safety

 

When it comes to boating, there is a lot that can go wrong if you’re not properly prepared, and even if you are. According to Cantini Law Group Accident and Disability Lawyers, it is always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to water sports.

 

-Always check the weather before you go out on a boat. Even if it’s currently nice and sunny, take a quick glance at a weather channel or website to be sure your areas won’t be affected by bad weather.
-Create a thorough pre-departure checklist and commit to sticking to it before you ever get out on the water. You’ll want to share this itinerary with someone else as well so they know when to expect you back.
-Be overly cautious. This means giving wide berths to potential hazards including other ships, shallow areas, and landmasses. It also means keeping to a speed that is well within your reaction range, and observing warning markers of all kinds.
-Bring at least one other person who is qualified to drive the boat. Accidents happen, and if the driver is incapacitated for any reason, a knowledgeable second is needed to get home safe. This point goes double for novices, as any Nova Scotia lawyer will tell you, accidents tend to happen more commonly when you’re new at something.
-Look into taking a basic boating instruction course. While articles like this one are informative, there is no replacement for hands on learning.

 

We hope you find these tips helpful, and feel better prepared to have some amazing experiences on the water. When you are properly prepared it’s a lot easier to relax and have fun, which is why you got a boat in the first place, right? So put in a little time getting these essentials down, and have a blast!

 

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Mastering your art: Career options every art major should remember http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/mastering-art-career-options-every-art-major-remember/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/mastering-art-career-options-every-art-major-remember/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:47:54 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3821 Although not generally thought of as a major with many […]

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Although not generally thought of as a major with many career options, art majors actually have many different avenues to choose from when it comes to finding a job after graduation. They often get boxed into simply being viewed as an artist, be it through painting, illustrations, or sculptures, but there are also many behind-the-scenes jobs art majors find success with. Below is a list of five career options every art major should remember.

 

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Photographer

Although sometimes left out of this category, photography is indeed a beautiful and thriving sector of the art world. Many photographers will take classes or basic lessons to learn the ropes, and then enjoy a relatively high level of autonomy. As an arts major you’ll have an extra edge over amateurs in the field and can get into more industries like magazines.

Graphic Designer

This is somewhat of a newer area because it relies heavily on technology and electronic media. Graphic designers are used in almost every company to help run websites, internal portals, client-facing documents, and print materials. Although some companies will require candidates to have a major specifically in graphic design, many will accept those with a general art major as well.

Student Painting Company

Art classes, student works painting, and art lessons have been, and continue to be very popular, especially among younger students. Students can sign up for classes in any number of artistic avenues, such as watercolor painting, sculpting, basic drawing, and art restoration. No matter what the concentration, these classes will always need someone to run them, so this is a great avenue for art majors to consider. According to many Calgary painting companies, teaching what you love to do is very rewarding and can allow for more freedom in your chosen field.

Botanical Designer

If you have an art degree and an affinity for flowers and all things growing, becoming a botanical designer is a great career to consider. These professionals work in many facets such as flower design for weddings and corporate functions, landscaping, and independent floral consulting. You’d be surprised the amount of art it takes to create these masterpieces.

Curator

A curator is most often associated with running and maintaining museums, specifically the art collections within museums, but also expands to include running other types of exhibits as well, such as zoos or music festivals. Curators are considered to be the experts of whatever exhibits they are overseeing, and have a lot of say about what is presented.

While this list is by no means an all-encompassing one, it will hopefully serve as a starting point for art majors who find themselves unsure about what career path to follow. You may think job options are limited, but in reality there are multiple fields to find. No matter what concentration of art you are interested in, there will be career options to choose from.

 

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Clear Out the Home http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/clear-home/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/clear-home/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:37:43 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3819 When things are left stagnant in nature, disease occurs […]

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When things are left stagnant in nature, disease occurs. The inside of the home is not different. If the house isn’t properly cleaned—emptied of waste and excess—it will accumulate in the home and create undesirable living conditions. This can occur with excess water, air pollution, steam from cooking and debris that enters the home in several ways. It’s important that the home to rid of this excess and to not allow the home to remain stagnant.

It’s important to invest in a good sump pump Toronto. Sump pumps are especially helpful in removing excess water in the home to avoid a flood. Stagnant water damages the home and the things inside of it. It also can collect numerous water bugs—namely, mosquitos. Even if mosquitos do not collect outside, they can collect in any water that is left standing for a great duration of time. If a sump pump is not functioning properly, it’s a good idea to contact a professional company, such as Priority Drain Repair in Toronto, to make the necessary repairs and replacement.

 

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Proper air circulation in the home is also important. For instance, it’s a good idea to open up two ends of the home to allow air to enter one way and to exit another. Air pollution often collects inside the home because debris enters the home, but it seldom leaves unless it is cleared out. Forcing air through one side of the home and out the other helps to decrease the amount of allergens and other substances in the home.

 

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Tile Style Guide for Interior Designers http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/tile-style-guide-interior-designers/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/tile-style-guide-interior-designers/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:07:16 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3815 If a room in your home feels like it needs an update bu […]

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If a room in your home feels like it needs an update but you don’t want to undergo a complete remodel, it may be time for a subtle upgrade with tile. Tile is a popular design choice for both professional interior designers and DIY-inclined homeowners. The good news is that because there are so many different types of tile and materials available, you can use them in any room of your home, for however large or small a project you want, and on just about any budget.

Let’s look at some of the most popular types of tile.

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Glass

Forget the fragility associated with stained glass windows—glass tiles can be deceptively durable. They’re perhaps not sturdy enough to make a good flooring material (the glass shards can be hazardous if the tiles do break, after all), but they work well for flourishes and trims, walls, and backsplashes. Additionally, your glass tiles can be colored either all the way through or just on the surface, and the color won’t fade over time. And as an added bonus, glass is moisture-proof, so you don’t have to worry about water and food splatters in the kitchen or steam in your bathroom.

Porcelain

Porcelain is a popular tile choice for just about anywhere in your home, including the shower, walls, countertops, ceilings, floors, and backsplashes. Its popularity probably stems from the fact that it’s a durable material (it’s made from dense clay), reasonably priced, and a lower maintenance flooring choice than stone or wood. The downside of its durability is that it can be difficult to cut into custom shapes or to round off the edges to make it fit in unusually shaped spaces. Another downside is that porcelain is usually an unglazed white or gray color, which doesn’t appeal to everyone. However, you can choose to screen-print your porcelain to make it look like another material.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is pretty much at the opposite end of the spectrum from porcelain—it’s also made from clay, but it’s much more delicate, which makes it easy to cut but not ideal for use outdoors or as flooring. It often has a natural red terra cotta finish which many homeowners find appealing, especially in the kitchen, but it can come in other colors and can also have a glazed finish. It’s relatively low-cost and low-maintenance.

Natural Stone

It’s a more expensive option, but it’s hard to beat the elegance of a stone tile like marble, slate, or quartz. Stone is also incredibly versatile—you can use it for flooring, walls, ceilings, backsplashes, baseboards, showers, tub decks, and even outdoor spaces like patios. Because stone is porous, this type of tile requires a little more maintenance than the other tiles described in this guide. It should be sealed when installed to protect from scratches, stains, and etching, and it needs to be regularly cleaned with either soap and water or a non-acidic cleaner.

Other Tile Types

There aren’t any strict rules about what tile needs to be made from, so you’ll find some pretty creative options out there, including mirrored glass, sea shells, semi-precious stones, and even animal hide. If you want to create an accent or make a statement with your interior decorating, one of these more unusual tile types may be the way to go. However, keep in mind that these so-called exotic tile types often tend to be more expensive (especially if you’re using semi-precious stones), so consider using these materials for smaller-scale projects, such as trims or flourishes around a door, window, or mirror.

Whether you’re hoping to add an unusual touch to a room in your home or looking to spruce up your kitchen with an entirely new floor, there’s a tile for that. For more tile design inspiration, check out the handy tile style guide from Drury Design and talk to a professional interior decorator to decide what’s right for your project.

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Travelling on a Shoestring Budget: How to Do It http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/travelling-shoestring-budget/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/travelling-shoestring-budget/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:24:30 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3812 Just about anybody can go travelling. Whether your drea […]

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Just about anybody can go travelling. Whether your dream is to travel to one country in particular or to travel to multiple countries, anybody can do it – even on a shoestring budget! If you’re very careful, you can still have the time of your life while travelling. Let’s take a look at a few different tips that can help you along the way:

 

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Search Online for Good Deals

 

The first thing you need to do is search online for good deals. Sites such as Tripadvisor and Skyscanner are great for this. On Tripadvisor you can read real reviews of places to stay, and get an idea of where you’re better off going. Skyscanner will allow you to compare flights, hotels, and other aspects of travel to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal for your budget. It’s all about proper planning at this stage!

 

Eat Street Food

 

While you’re away, the best thing you can eat is street food. You can usually get a full meal for very little at all. Although you might be tempted to eat out at restaurants, I’d only do this once in a blue moon if you want your shoestring budget to stretch further. Street food is usually delicious, and you get a real taste of the place you’re staying.

 

Travel Light

 

By travelling as light as possible, you may save money on luggage costs. You’ll also save yourself the hassle of dragging a load of heavy stuff with you every time you go some place new. Anything you need you’ll be able to find while you’re travelling. This means you’ll also be living like a real traveller! You can find more tips on this here.

 

Couch Surf

 

The cheapest way to stay in a certain place is to couch surf. Couch surfing isn’t mainstream yet, but it’s certainly becoming more popular. In most cases, it’s free to stay on a stranger’s couch. Don’t worry though; this is all done through a proper website, so you know you’re unlikely to be kidnapped by a crazy person. This isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, I know that. If it’s not yours, the best thing you can do is check multiple accommodation sites to find the right place for you. You can check out some deals here.

 

Find Some Work

 

If you plan on travelling for a long time, then you may need to find some work while you’re over there. Saving up as much money as possible before you start your travelling journey is always a good idea, but your budget may dwindle faster than you think. If this happens to you, find some work to make ends meet. You’ll still be able to have a great time if you find some part time work in a bar, for example! You’ll also meet some great locals, and possibly more traveller friends.

 

Just about anybody can travel with the right attitude and knowledge. You don’t need to have thousands of pounds behind you to get started! Use these tips and see how far you get. Have fun!

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Guitar Godliness – What It Takes to Become a Guitar God http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/guitar-godliness-takes-become-guitar-god/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/guitar-godliness-takes-become-guitar-god/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:26:30 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3809 If you’ve become captivated with ‘Guitar Hero’ and feel […]

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If you’ve become captivated with ‘Guitar Hero’ and feel that you’ve got what it takes to become a guitar hero you could very well be right, but then again, chances are your time spent playing video games hasn’t prepared you for guitar godliness; however, that doesn’t mean attaining guitar god status is out of the question either.

Get yourself a guitar and start paying your dues, i.e. start playing now!

 

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You’ll never attain guitar god status without an axe, though with so many on the market to choose from, which one should you buy?

Firstly, you have to decide what variety of guitar, i.e. nylon/steel string acoustic, acoustic electric, electric, etc. you want to learn on. This is the easiest part, because you should already have a good idea whether you want to play folk, rock, metal, etc.

Selecting your first guitar isn’t, however, as straightforward as deciding upon which variety of guitar you should learn on, and one of the most important pieces of advice it’s possible to give is to buy one you feel comfortable playing, so give the guitars in your price range a trial run to see how comfortable you feel holding them and running your hand up and down the fretboard.

No one becomes a guitar god without first paying their dues, which means practice, practice and practice some more, then start playing with other musicians. However, before you start playing with other musicians you need to practice, and not just a little every now and then, but a lot and every day you can.

The saying ‘practice until your fingers bleed’ might be a little over the top, though something along the lines of ‘practice until your hands are calloused enough to play for hours on end’ is quite apt – your hands need to gain strength internally and externally and the stronger and more rugged they become the closer to attaining guitar god status you’ll be.

Understand what constitutes bad guitar playing habits and avoid them

As a beginner guitarist it’s all too easy to pick up bad habits that will remain with you throughout your guitar playing days – this is something you can’t allow to happen.

Therefore, you need to understand what constitutes a bad guitar playing habit, look for these in your playing and your attitude to practice and eliminate them early on before they become ingrained and difficult to break.

Bad guitar playing habits can be anything from holding the pick incorrectly, improperly positioning your left hand thumb on the guitar neck, changing chords incorrectly or overlooking the importance of perfecting a chord and striking a clear note before moving on to the next one.

Realise that you have to crawl before you can walk

Jack White, Jimmy Page and the Edge – the three guitarists featured in the rocking documentary ‘It Might Get Loud’ – learned the fundamentals of guitar playing before they starting shredding their fretboards and exciting the world with some of the most astounding guitar playing the world has ever had its mind blow on.

Consequently, you need to understand that you have to learn the basics, i.e. chord progressions, power chords, scales, strumming and picking techniques, etc. before you really start to rip things up.

Guitar lessons can be expensive; however, if you find yourself a good teacher to learn with once a week and put in the effort by practicing every chance you get, their expertise will make a world of difference to your guitar playing.

Besides, if you want to invest in a nice guitar, perhaps one from the range of Fender electric guitars that are nothing shy of amazing on every level possibly imaginable, you’ll want your guitar skills to do it justice, and for that you’ll need lessons in person, not online lessons from YouTube, insightful though they often are.

Play with other musicians as often as possible

Guitar gods don’t exist in a vacuum, they know their music, they listen to lots of different styles, and they play with other musicians as often as possible. Whilst practicing on your own is essential, you need to play with others every chance you get if you’re to attain guitar god status. It’s time to rock.

 

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Great Garden Technology for a More Modern Space http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/great-garden-technology-modern-space/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/great-garden-technology-modern-space/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:37:27 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3806 Now that technology is a part of everyday life, it can […]

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Now that technology is a part of everyday life, it can feel strange when you’re sat somewhere with no gadgets helping you out. Whether they’re entertaining you or helping you to get on with your everyday tasks, we’re all used to using different pieces of technology every day. So sometimes your garden can feel a little lacking on the technology front. You might think that it’s difficult to install all the latest gadgets outside. But there are plenty of solutions to wiring electrics that withstand all kinds of weather conditions. With the right resources, you can add cool tech to your garden, from televisions to modern lighting.

 

Sound Systems

 

Some people may be apprehensive about the idea of installing anything that plays music in their garden. After all, there are the neighbors to consider. Everyone has to bear some neighborly noise. But people often think of music as being different to noise from children or mowing. You might want to think carefully about installing a sound system. But it could be easier than you think to stop the sound traveling to all your neighbors. If you don’t have any neighbors close by, you should go ahead and install a sound system. They’re great for parties or relaxing on your own. And you can buy systems designed for outdoor use that will stop the sound disturbing your neighbors.

 

Television

 

Televisions are great for outside, on your deck or patio. They’re especially fun for throwing a sports party; you’ll love one if you enjoy having friends over to watch the game and drink a few beers. They’re not just for watching football though. An outdoor television is useful any time you want to sit outside without missing your favorite show. You could even just use a display screen to create some moving outdoor art. If you want to have an outdoor TV there are two options. Either buy a specially-designed outdoor television or use a normal TV with a weatherproof TV case by The TV Shield. Don’t use a normal television on its own though, as it won’t last two seconds outside.

 

Mini LED Light

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Solar-powered Lights

 

Outdoor lighting is essential if you want to use your garden in the evenings. In the winter it can be nice to have a fire, but not when it’s warm. There are lots of different options for lighting, but solar-powered lights are extremely convenient. You don’t need an outdoor power supply because the sun charges your lights during the day. Usually solar-powered lights are LED, so they’re even more energy-efficient. They turn on and off automatically when it gets dark and light again, so you don’t need to worry about forgetting to turn them off. LED lights are powerful and have less glare than conventional lighting, too. You’ll be saving on energy bills and helping to save the planet.

 

If you like the idea of technology in the garden, but prefer to work in your garden, there are lots of fun toys for you to play with too. Gardening technology is on the rise to help you look after your beloved garden.

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How to Prepare Your New Home Before You Move in http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/prepare-new-home-move/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/prepare-new-home-move/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:09:25 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3801 You never want to move into a new house without prepari […]

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You never want to move into a new house without preparing the property first. A new house will likely need some work that is better done in advance. Here are a few ways to prepare your new home before you move in and make sure your new house is suited to you.

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Schedule a Thorough Cleaning
 
Schedule a thorough cleaning for every part of the house. This should include scrubbing the walls, ceilings, and floors. Have carpets steam cleaned. Make sure areas like the basement and attic are cleaned. Clean under sinks, inside cabinets, and behind drawers. Hiring professional cleaners can help get the job done more quickly.
 

Paint the Walls
 
Paint the walls inside your new house before moving in. It is much easier to paint everything when the rooms are completely empty. Painting before you move in also allows time for the paint to dry and for the fumes to dissipate, so you can put in that new furniture right away.
 

Add Window Dressings
 
Install your window dressings before moving in. This will allow you to close the curtains or blinds while you are inside of the house. Window dressings will prevent neighbors and criminals from looking into your house while you are moving in and unpacking.
 

Update the Lawn
 

You do not want to have to deal with your lawn after moving into a new house, so be sure you have time to update the yard before moving in. You could choose to have new Vancouver sod installed to replace worn grass, or you might want to reseed the lawn so it looks more attractive and healthy.Western Turf Farms Ltd recommend doing a walkthrough of the whole place so you can see where improvements should be made. If you take care of this before moving in, then you will not have to deal with tools or workers on your lawn later.
 

Have Security or Automation Systems Installed
 
If you are going to have a new security or home automation system installed, then have this done before you move in. The installers will have a much easier time placing different devices, cameras, and controls if they do not have to work around furniture and personal possessions. This also makes your house safe and functional from the moment you arrive.
 

Change All the Locks
 
A final thing to do is to change all the locks. Change the locks on the front and back doors. Change the locks on the exterior and interior garage doors. You want to change all the locks since you do not know who might have gotten a key to the house while it was for sale.

Your new house is probably never going to be empty again. You want to take every opportunity to make repairs and changes while the house is unoccupied. Preparing your home before you move in will make everything more comfortable and convenient from the start.

 

Image credits to: Stuart Miles – freedigitalphotos.net

 

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Top 5 Neutral Living Room Design Ideas http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/top-5-neutral-living-room-design-ideas/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/top-5-neutral-living-room-design-ideas/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:28:19 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3797 There’s something effortlessly stylish about a neutral […]

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There’s something effortlessly stylish about a neutral living room. Clean, calm and relaxing, neutral living rooms are a reoccurring trend in living room designs.

Neutral colour schemes flow naturally from one room to another and if done correctly, they can strike the perfect balance between clean, casual and cosy.

 

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Read on to find out how to create your perfect haven of peace and tranquillity using neutral colours.

 

Pay attention to textures

You can make a neutral colour scheme warmer by using soft and inviting fabrics. A fluffy sheepskin rug or velvet cushions add depth and a richness to your interior design – stopping neutral becoming ‘bland’.

Think about this when you’re choosing the fabric for your sofa and your carpets. A lovely fabric can make all the difference and you could even choose pleated blinds to create an interesting window design.

 

Keep large pieces of furniture one colour

Choosing a cream sofa to match your neutral walls and carpet helps keep your living room design simple.

With the main pieces of furniture all one colour, you can have more fun playing around with accessories – changing them to fit the latest trends if you enjoy redecorating often.

Use the plain colours of your walls, carpet and sofas as the canvas and use cushions, ornaments, mirrors, wooden furniture pieces and Thomas Sanderson window blinds to make the design more interesting.

 

Muted pastel colours

This is a great way to add a hint of colour to your living room without letting the colours overpower the room.

What’s more, little touches of colour here and there make your room look effortlessly chic and the muted colours add to the room’s warmth.

 

Use neutral browns instead of whites

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking a neutral colour scheme has to be white. Stick to muted and cosy browns to make your living room feel warm and comforting.

Choose a brown leather sofa, a light brown for the walls and a cream carpet to create this basic look, and then use muted coloured accessories to add some finishing touches.

 

White gloss tables and doors

Give your neutral living room a fresh, contemporary look with white gloss. It brightens up the room and turns an ordinary coffee table into a signature piece. Shutters are a great way to control the light that enters a room.

Make your furniture and doors even more striking by adding dark handles for an evening more striking look.

 

Don’t forget grey

You may think of it as boring but grey can actually be used to create a very powerful neutral look. Mix and match darker and lighter tones to create contrast and paint your walls on off-white colour to stop your room getting too dark.

 

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