Month: December 2020

How to Decorate with Neutral Colors?

Interiors painted in neutral colors – white, gray, black, and beige – can be just as warm and inviting as their more colorful counterparts. But if you don’t pay proper attention to them, you risk living in an insipid and dull space. And we don’t want that to happen, right?

When it comes to interior decorating, neutral colors are as popular as ever, and there are good reasons for this. They are elegant, serene, welcoming, and never go out of style. And unlike stronger colors that can be difficult to match, neutrals work with almost all other colors and are especially well suited. But there are several factors that you must take into account when decorating with a neutral color. But first of all, what are the neutral colors?

 

What are the neutral colors?

There is a lot of debate about defining the neutrals when it comes to colors, but generally, all those colors of low saturation or intensity are considered neutral.

Traditionally, the colors that are considered neutral are:

  • White
  • Black
  • Gray
  • Beige
  • Brown
  • Khaki
  • Ivory

 

Warm and cool neutral colors

However, keep in mind that all these colors can have different tones and shades and can be considered warm or cold (which does not make them less neutral).

  • Warm colors have a stimulating effect.
  • While cool colors tend to be calming and relaxing.

 

So warm pigment paints are ideal for decorating living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens to keep conversations alive. Most neutral colors have some red, yellow, green, or blue shades that create a feeling of warmth or coolness. Even in the bathroom decoration, a neutral color (whether you choose a cold or warm tone) is especially suitable to create a calm and inspiring atmosphere, and that invites you to spend a lot of time in it.

 

How to decorate with neutral colors

Decorating in a neutral color scheme is generally considered “safe,” but a room with a neutral color can be very bland and boring if you’re not careful. If you’re decorating a room with neutrals, be sure to do it right.

Here are a series of ideas and tips:

 

Play with textures

When decorating with a neutral color scheme, one of the most important things to do is play with as many textures as possible:

 

The texture is what will create the most interest, albeit subtly. And this is very evident in the minimalist decoration. When it comes to using textures in white or painted rooms in neutral colors, you will rarely sin excessively. Whenever possible, use fabrics, such as blankets, furs, and cushions, on top of sofas and chairs. You can also dress the floors with warm and lush rugs, such as the precious and desired Moroccan Beni Ouarain rugs.

 

Art, prints, and photographs on the wall

To decorate walls and break the monotony, you can play with various pictures and photographs.

 

Furniture and Accessories Shapes

When all the colors in a room are almost the same, the shape takes center stage. Don’t just buy furniture at random. Think seriously about the table and accessories’ shapes, since they will be the absolute protagonists, especially in a modern style living room, where simplicity and visual lightness are so important.

 

Architectural Details

To add even more interest to a room painted in a neutral color, it’s great to have some architectural details. Think of things like siding, paneling, ceiling medallions, and even a fireplace. These details can significantly affect a room painted entirely in white, gray, or beige, more so than their colorful counterparts.

 

Warmth

Every room painted in a neutral color needs some warmth. Part of this will be provided through textures, but including materials such as wood can be very helpful, as in Nordic bedrooms. You can put up some wooden coffee tables or side chairs with wooden legs. Warm metals like brass and bronze can also help add warmth.

 

Change the decoration according to the season

Interiors painted in neutral colors are highly versatile and can benefit from seasonal changes. When the weather turns colder, roll up the sisal rugs and replace them with darker colored pieces. And on the contrary, when the good weather starts, replace the curtains with linen ones and change the bedding for lighter colors.

 

Neutral colors are soft, subtle, and combine effortlessly with other colors. And also, they are super elegant. What else do you want?


Colors to Choose to Make a Narrow Bathroom Look Bigger

The effect of color in rooms depends on natural light, the shape and size of the room, furniture, accessories, artificial light type, etc. Therefore, before deciding which color to paint or tile a narrow bathroom, we must consider that light and neutral tones tend to be visually distanced from the walls, creating a greater sense of spaciousness. Moreover, they multiply the light intensity, extending it evenly and in all directions. Here are some color combinations to use for this purpose:

1) White Tile or Paint

White is one of the most widely used colors for bathroom walls, especially in small, dark rooms, because it increases the visible space and multiplies brightness. Moreover, it combines with all kinds of furniture, beyond style, material, and tone. It would be best if you chose the tone that best suits your style: from pure white to broken, through a protein or an almond.

2) A Touch of Red

Although red is more suitable in larger bathrooms than narrower ones because of its intensity, the truth is that it is perfect for achieving a fresher and more welcoming atmosphere in combination with white. It is an excellent combination in narrow bathrooms where, the red of the painting resting on the sink countertop is not too conspicuous.

3) Combine Brown and White

Generally, light colors are chosen for painting or tiling the walls of a narrow and long bathroom. However, another simple trick is to use white or neutral tones for the sidewalls, making one or both backgrounds stand out with a darker color. Thanks to this visual trick, the desired optical effect is achieved: space appears wider than it is. It can also be achieved with blue as indigo, green as moss, or gray as charcoal.

4) Play With White Tones and Sand

Warm and serene, these shades are easy to combine and help make the decoration stand out. A good choice would be a soft sand color on the walls and ceiling and without a doubt, a successful contrast with the white of the toilets, the floors and the shower walls!

5) Bet on Blue Tones

Because it is a cold color, blue also tends to visually distance itself from the walls. There is a broad palette to choose from, from light blue, sky, sapphire, or grayish. Each of these shades helps to multiply the brightness of the environment while creating a relaxing and fresh atmosphere.

6) Combine Brown and White

Generally, light colors are chosen for painting or tiling the walls of a narrow and long bathroom. However, another simple trick is to use white or neutral tones for the sidewalls, making one or both backgrounds stand out with a darker color. Thanks to this visual trick, the desired optical effect is achieved: space appears more expansive than it is. In this bathroom, they did it with a wall in intense brown, although it can also be achieved with blue as indigo, green as moss, or gray as charcoal.

7) Choose Earth Tones

They are easy to combine and give rise to a natural environment, especially when in contact with light. Softer shades, such as camel or earth, are also handy for making a narrow bathroom look less narrow, especially if you opt for horizontally arranged tiles. These shades also add warmth in combination with white elements.

8) Decorate With Stone and Gray Colors

Do not opt for very intense shades of gray, as these can be too heavy on a visual level, compromising the environment. This combination will emphasize the rest of the decoration and furniture while offering infinite nuances depending on the type of light.

Which color combination do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!


Home Renovation: What is Polished Concrete

Summary

 

 What is polished concrete?

 On which substrates should this concrete be applied?

 Laying polished concrete

 Price of polished concrete

 

 Polished concrete is part of decorative concretes such as printed concrete, washed concrete, stamped concrete or deactivated concrete.

 

 What is polished concrete?

 Polished concrete is in two words a self- polished or self-levelling mortar. Of soft consistency, it is easily spread with a squeegee.

 

 This polished concrete can be very shiny. Nevertheless, it remains relatively uniform in appearance.

 

 It is, however, possible to colour the concrete directly in the mass.

 

 On which substrates should this concrete be applied?

To simplify things, a DIY enthusiast will find it easier to apply polished concrete on an existing screed.

 

 Polished concrete can be used to create a terrace. In the context of a renovation, it can be placed on any support.

 

 The installation of concrete outdoors will be identical to the structure of polished concrete indoors. However, it can be slippery, which is why after the two passes of the installation of the polished concrete, it will be sanded less to keep a less porous and therefore, less slippery side.

 

 Maintenance will be done regularly with a high-pressure cleaner or only with a squeegee.

 

 To obtain a total harmony, it will be a good idea to choose the colour of the exterior polished.

 

 Caution: it is essential not to treat a polished concrete deck with corrosive products.

 

 Here is how to prepare your floor to receive polished concrete:

 

 – If any roughness is visible, remove it with a wire brush.

 – It is essential to dust the floor with a vacuum cleaner.

 – Then protect the bottom of the walls with strips of adhesive tape to avoid splashing when squeegeeing.

– Once your screed is dry, sound and rough:

 – Apply a coat of adhesive composed of special concrete glue diluted with 50% water.

 – Sand and cement will be added to the glue: you will have to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

 – The mixture must be liquid enough to be applied with a roller.

 

 Laying polished concrete

 To avoid any dripping, it is necessary to make a formwork around the surface to be concreted. For this purpose, formwork boards will be fixed by clamps, for example.

 

 Here are the steps for placing polished concrete:

 

 – The polished concrete mix will be made in a concrete mixer and then poured into the bucket in small quantities.

 – Then spread the mixture with a float.

 – Pour a second bucket, making sure that part of the material is superimposed on the laid material.

 – Spread the concrete with a trowel.

 – Continue in this way over the entire space to be covered.

 – Level with a squeegee and a ruler to obtain a flat floor.

 – The polished concrete layer should not exceed 6 mm.

 – The finishing with a polishing machine will be done on the fresh concrete.

 – Finally, for easy maintenance, use a polymer resin roller.

 

Price of the polished concrete

There are two possibilities for the installation of polished concrete:

 – Either, to call upon a specialised company;

 – Or, you can lay the polished concrete yourself.

In the case of the first choice, it won’t be easy to find a company willing to work for a room or a terrace of less than 50 m2.

If you are lucky enough to find a company that accepts this work, count between $40 and $80 per m2.

In the second case, calculate the cost of materials, the rental of a concrete mixer and a polishing machine and then divide the price of the whole by the number of square meters.

That’s it for polished concrete. Remember to share this post and leave your comments below.


An Ultimate Home Renovation Guide

Have you ever decided to renovate your house but confused about where and what to begin with? Should you start with remodelling your living room, your kitchen, or your bathroom? Should you start by demolishing unused spaces, repainting your faded walls, replacing old windows or installing new plumbing systems?

If you are looking for answers to these questions, then you are in the right place.

What are the first steps you need for a home renovation?

Firstly, make a to-do list. List down all the changes that need to be carried out. Analyse all the aspects of your house which require serious remodelling. For example, if notice water stains coming from the roof, you need to repair your roof. If you are getting frequent electrical surges, you may want to check for faulty electrical appliances or consider rewiring your entire system. These issues are among the more common signs that your home needs some TLC.

Secondly, prepare a budget. House renovations are usually expensive projects that require significant investments. Taking into consideration your to-do list, try to analyse and calculate approximately how much the entire job will cost. For example, the expenses for the remodelling of the kitchen could include the cost of adding new quartz countertops, new vintage kitchen faucets and new sleek kitchen appliances. Now, compare your estimated expenditures with your actual funds to see if your renovation project is feasible.

Once you have your budget set, try to prioritise the rooms that desperately need remodelling. For example, if you have a limited amount of resources available, you might want to cross out some minor renovations for next time and focus on the most significant ones.

Who will carry out the renovations?

You can hire professionals for a home renovation. If you recruit a contractor, they will help you with the where, when and how of starting your renovation project. You can also hire an interior designer or architect to get more creative and appealing house concepts. A 2015 survey by Houzz’s staff noted how high-quality results were obtained due to contractors and design-build firms.

However, if you have some DIY skills and equipment, and if your project is small enough, you might be better off handling the renovation yourself so that you can save money.

With the high number of online interior design services and DIY home renovation ideas available to you, you can quickly develop interesting ideas for your home renovation. In addition, you can research the items that you need to buy and look for the cheaper prices. This is known as a cost-saving strategy for all homeowners.

Start the Renovations

Once you have established your priority list, budget, plan, and strategies, the work can begin.

First, it is essential to clean out all the clutter and junk to create more space. Then, as per the design crafted by the contractor or by yourself, the demolishing or remodelling process can start. New plumbing systems are installed, roof leakages are repaired, damaged windows are replaced, fresh paint is applied, concrete floor covering is installed, and brand-new furniture and appliances are arranged.

However, one vital thing to keep in mind while renovating is the budget. According to the 2017 statistics of Houzz, 46 percent of homeowners had exceeded their fixed budgets. Most of the time, it can happen that you have exceeded your set budget. Or, other unexpected issues can arise.

The only way out is to have a backup plan.

A backup involves arranging extra equipment, resources and support of people ahead of time and before the renovation project starts. You make preparations in case your ideas fail or your project turns into a never-ending nightmare. It also ensures that you do not get stuck and do not have to pull your hair out.

According to several home renovators we’ve spoken to: “renovation is like pulling a loose thread on a cheap sweater- the job keeps unravelling.”

Do you have the same opinion? Please share your comments.


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