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Having an Aquarium at Home: Everything You Need to Know

Category : Home Renovation

For many years, it has been possible to reproduce aquatic ecosystems within a house. In fact, with the technological advances of recent decades, it has evolved from a small fishbowl to a huge aquarium. However, it is not only a decorative complement to the different spaces of the home. And, deciding to have an aquarium at home can be a challenge at first. Although it is an excellent alternative for contemplating and enjoying a small natural space at home, there are some considerations for its maintenance. And it’s not just a question of where it will be located; it’s also essential to know in advance how it will work, what care it needs and how the fish will receive an environment that is suitable for their lives. Are you considering acquiring one? Here’s what you should keep in mind:

Consider the Space Available

First of all, do you already know where you will put the aquarium? This is very important because the size of the aquarium depends on the available space. Whenever possible, the most suitable option should be chosen; moreover, depending on this, the choice of fish and their quantity will also be made.

Pick Your Fish Type

You need to evaluate the types of fish you wish to have in the aquarium. It should be clear whether you prefer cold water or warm water. The difference between these fish varieties is that cold water fish are more resistant, have slow movements, and are generally peaceful.

On the other hand, those with warm water must stay in an environment between 23ºC and 25ºC. They are preferred because they have bright colors; however, they are more territorial and can trigger fights for their space.

The Water Option Matters

There are several alternatives for conditioning the water before using it to fill the aquarium. First of all, it can be boiled and left to stand. Another option is to let it rest for a day in the sun. Finally, rainwater could be recovered.

If the fish are warm water, you will have to buy a heater and a thermometer to monitor the water temperature. Otherwise, the environment could be degraded, which would lead to the death of the species.

Think About Soil and Plants

Soil and plants are an excellent complement to have a more attractive home aquarium. The ground is almost always made of gravel, i.e., small colored stones. However, some add moss and organic matter. Plants become a refuge for fish. Although artificial plants can be used, we recommend using natural plants to benefit the fish.

Feeding Your Fish

It is essential to keep in mind that fish cannot be fed “just anything”. Inappropriate feeding can shorten your life. Therefore, it is best to give them a unique concentrate of fishmeal, eggs, vegetables, and vitamins. Also, they should only be fed twice a day, following the five-minute rule. This means that food will only be provided during this period. Giving too much food is also dangerous for them.

Light It Up

We must take into account the importance of lighting the aquarium. Unique artificial lights are almost always used, as direct sunlight can cause algae growth. These lights are turned on for 8 to 10 hours a day.

Don’t Overlook Maintenance

When you have an aquarium at home, you must consider the time required to maintain it. Remember that it must be cleaned regularly to keep it in good condition. Water changes and care will depend on the number of fish and the amount of food provided.
– It is best to clean it twice a month (every two weeks, for example). Changing the water can be done in a simple process. Only water can be removed from the bottom using a hose and a gravity tube.
– The habit of removing fish for cleaning is a thing of the past. Some devices allow the removal of waste without altering the environment in which it is found.

You now know what to do before and after purchasing an aquarium for your home. Do you have any other useful tips in maintaining an aquarium? Remember to share them in the comments below!


How to Prevent Soil Compaction on Your Plot (Part 2)

This post is a continuation of Part 1 on How to Prevent Soil Compaction on Your Plot. Lately, we have gone through 

– Context of compaction

– Compaction events

– Sources of compaction

We will now cover:

– Preventing compaction to avoid possible disorders 

Prevention of compactions to avoid possible disorders

Soil investigation (geotechnics) and foundations are closely linked and are the essential basis for preventing compaction. Soil investigation and the study of the building’s structure make it possible to assess the pressures exerted.

Adaptation of the foundations

In a building, the foundations ensure the transfer of forces: vertical compression, the building’s weight, overloads, and they respond to the reaction forces of the ground (its bearing capacity).

The type and dimensions of the foundations are thus determined. They imply knowledge of the soil’s nature: a soil study (geotechnical) is therefore strongly recommended. Ignorance of the soil’s geotechnical properties can lead to the construction of foundations that are not deep enough or built on unstable fill or heterogeneous soils of different bearing capacity.

Foundations take various forms depending on the geotechnical study: superficial when the hard ground is close to the surface, deep when the resistant layer of foundation is at a significant depth, special to meet particular criteria such as in marshes.

Good to know:  Earthquake-resistant building regulations must also be complied with depending on the construction region.

Points to watch out for

The depth of the hard ground for the foundations should be determined in the following ways:

    • the cleanliness of the excavation bottoms should be checked to ensure that the footings are poured adequately on the hard ground (clean soil and fill falling to the bottom), 
    • the pouring of the foundations should be postponed in the event of heavy rain (stagnation of water at the bottom of the excavation).

It is also necessary to highlight a soil’s heterogeneities requiring specific adaptations (such as constructing a foundation in wells and long lines to pass an area of unstable embankments).

Good to know: when you build on a subdivision, a soil study linked to the development permit for this subdivision is available and can provide you with information.

Expansion and Compaction Joints

As soon as the masonry walls reach large surfaces, it is necessary to intersect them with joints that respond to:

    • the expansion or shrinkage of the materials, 
    • the difference in load brought by the construction on the foundations,  
    • the presence of heterogeneous ground and therefore different foundations, 
    • the antiseismic protection (antiseismic rules).

The spacing between the joints is determined according to several criteria.

The first is the building’s location: in dry regions on shores, the joints must be provided with every 20 metres, whereas in wet temperate areas, it is every 35 metres in the case of load-bearing masonry.

Then comes the building’s general design, the nature of the masonry materials, the masonry function (load-bearing or not), and the joint’s role.

Good to know: the joint must be regular over the entire height (without contact points) and at most 2 cm wide. On the facade, it must be protected against infiltration by a watertight bead and a joint cover. On the inside wall, the joint can be made with a flexible product with good fire resistance.

 That’s it. All you needed to know about soil compaction. Thank you for staying posted on our new blog posts. Hope the posts from Part 1 till here would be of any help to you. Remember to leave your comments below and share these posts in your network.


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.


How to Renovate an Old House (Part 2)

This post is a continuation of Part 1 on How to Renovate an Old House. Lately, we have gone through Facade work, Work on the walls, and the facade’s Materials.

This post will now cover:

    • Renovation of the roof of an old house
    • Renovation of the openings of an old house
    • The interior work

Renovation of the roof of an old house

The renovation of an old roof depends on the materials it is made of and its condition. From simple cleaning to the pure and simple replacement of its covering, the operation requires a professional roofer’s services. Firstly, the roof is a structural element of the house that requires the most outstanding care and because roofing work is dangerous and requires specific know-how and equipment.

Tiles

It is the most used coating on roofs in the USA. But the incomparable durability of the material means that some parts that are more than a hundred years old will sometimes be challenging to replace identically.

Suppose cleaning, defoaming, and treatments are not enough, and too many worn parts need to be replaced. In that case, one should consider completely redoing the roof and choosing tiles that respect the building’s original architecture.

Slates

Widespread in the North and West of the USA, slates also make up a very durable roof covering. Therefore, as with tiles, replacing the most worn parts with the same size models is challenging.

For maintenance, lightly leached water and an anti-foam treatment are sufficient.

Thatched roof

A thatched roof is very authentic and very insulating but less durable. It requires regular maintenance and must be completely redone every 40 years. It implies specific know-how that only a thatcher will be able to accomplish.

Gutters

Fundamental to the durability of roofs, the proper evacuation of rainwater must be the subject of particular care. Once the gutters have been cleaned and unclogged, they must be checked for water tightness, the slightest leak must be traced, and the most damaged segments must be replaced when necessary.

Note: Complete roof renovation is an opportunity to insulate it from the outside and check the roof structure’s general condition. By exposing the surface, you can access these usually inaccessible parts of the building. In an old house, it will be necessary to make sure that the structure is not damaged and improve the insulation to get closer to today’s thermal standards.

Renovating openings in an old house

This is a delicate point in the renovation of old houses. Unless you have a large budget, it is impossible to preserve old joinery without sacrificing the house’s thermal comfort.

In other words, you will have to choose between keeping your old doors and windows that are not very resistant to outside temperatures and noise or replacing them with current models that are more insulating.

Good to know: when the trees on the property are indicated on the house’s cadastral plan, their felling must be reported to the town hall, which may sometimes order them to be replanted.

The interior work

Unless your home is a heritage property, what you do with the interior is your business. It’s up to you to choose the level of comfort you hope to obtain, taking care to secure the building.

Structure of the building

 

The load-bearing walls, bracing beams, floors, stairs, and chimneys must be thoroughly inspected. Renovating an old house is often an opportunity to update its structural elements. Therefore, it is essential to take advantage of this opportunity to clean and treat them (insecticides and fungicides for wooden beams, anti-rust for metal beams) and to replace them if necessary.

Electricity

It is essential to consider the electrical network in the renovation of an old house. For example, the internal structure of cables, plugs, and switches must be brought up to current standards for obvious safety reasons.

Therefore, it is imperative to entrust this work to a professional electrician to remove the old circuit and install the new one. His intervention will also allow you to prove to your insurance company that the house is adequately secured.

Insulation

In an old house, insulation is sometimes non-existent or provided by obsolete means. To guarantee a correct comfort level without exploding your heating bill, you will have to act by reinforcing it.

If the facade is beautiful, it is from the inside that you will have to proceed by fixing insulation against the walls before partitioning them. If, on the other hand, the facade requires an exterior lining, then it will be possible to preserve the interior walls.

Heating

An old house also means old-fashioned heating. Between the chimneys open to the 4 winds and the boilers of another age, an old house’s renovation also involves replacing such equipment.

Fireplaces can be closed by inserts or even replaced by stoves for more efficient heating.

So, that’s it for the renovation of an old house. Should you have more tips and ideas, please remember to comment below and share this post with your friends.


Everything You Need to Know About Murphy Beds

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Category : Home Renovation

Murphy beds also known as hidden beds are unique and creative pieces of furniture. If you are looking for a bed for small spaces, such as studio apartments where you need to use every corner, the Murphy beds are the ideal option. Designed to fit perfectly on the wall, when closed, they give the illusion of being a closet, making them fit perfectly into the decor. Although the concept is similar, there are different types of murphy beds, which meet different needs.

If for reasons of space you need a bed that you can pick up and hide in no time, either because you have a studio flat or because you don’t have much space to receive guests, murphy beds are the option for these needs; thanks to its smooth opening and closing mechanism. If you are thinking of choosing the simplest design that looks like a closet, you will have single or double beds. The size can be based to your personal preferences and the beds can be opened vertically or horizontally. Because they are attached to the wall, it is wise to consider the wall’s size before opting for a single or double bed. You can even use two separate beds for shared rooms.

Today’s designers have succeeded in applying the basic concept of the murphy bed in countless models. You can get beds that just fit into a niche in the wall or complete shelves that house the folding bed in the middle. In the same way, some are shelves and have a desk and additional storage space so that when closed, it looks like a modular piece of furniture with lots of shelves.

The wall units can be designed according to the size of the room and your wishes. Usually, the attached wall unit consists of vertical shelves of the same size on both sides. The lower part of the vertical frames is generally designed as a side table. Besides, the shelves on each larger side can be extended to form a steeper set of shelves. In case you need a study table or computer desk, one side can be extended; in short, you can adjust it as you wish.

Now, the finish for Murphy beds is very varied. For example, you can close it with glass doors, laminates to match the decoration, and cabinet-like doors, although you can leave the shelves open. It all depends on your taste and the budget you have. Explore all the options. You can decide on models that come ready to assemble or contact your trusted carpenter to design a unit at your convenience.

You must evaluate all these points before deciding on any folding bed option that you can find in the economic model. On the other hand, it is worth noting that this has improved significantly over the years, thanks to new technologies and comfort systems.

Home is where the heart is. A house becomes a home with its people, their feelings, and their union, and each one reflects the personality of its inhabitants. Who wouldn’t want theirs to be more spacious, bright, and homey? Although a large house is the dream of many, you can make the most of small spaces, optimizing all the available space with murphy beds!

If you want to create a convenient, functional, and flexible space, the team at Murphy Beds and Storage Solutions provides custom or pre-built Murphy Beds to ease people’s lives. Whether you’re looking for a bed with a specific use or need a bed for a small space, their murphy beds can be tailored to your requirements. Contact them for more information!


7 Simple Ways to Enhance Your Existing Kitchen

There are several solutions to renovate your kitchen, creating a new and modern environment.

The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in a house, and it’s essential that you feel comfortable carrying on your tasks in it. If you are tired of your kitchen but cannot build a new one, the existing one’s renovation is possible. But how to beautify an old kitchen?

Giving the kitchen a new life is possible. There may be several reasons you want to change or transform it, but with a few small tricks, your kitchen will have further details, giving your surroundings a fresher and more modern air.

Let’s see how to do this in a simple and economical way.

1) Paint

The first way to give a new life to your kitchen is to change the color of your doors or walls. If the furniture and other accessories are made of wood, it will be easier to do. Just choose the most appropriate color and start painting. The colors to choose from are varied: pastel shades, neutral colors, white or black to give your kitchen a touch of modernity, or you can opt for bright colors or contrasting chromatic effects. This will add a touch of freshness and vibrancy to your surroundings.

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2) Change the Floor

The floor is one of the most characteristic elements in the room. The change itself can create the impression of living in a completely new, different environment than the previous ones.

If you do not want to incur high costs, you can opt for laminate. Modern and economical, it is applied directly to the previous floor, avoiding masonry work. Some different colors and sizes fit perfectly to any need.

The same operation can be done on the walls. The trend is especially integrating a wall chalkboard into the kitchen. The walls, preferably only one, can be transformed into huge, practical, and original boards.

3) Cover the Ruined Furniture

If the doors and kitchen furniture are old and worn out, furniture curtains are an excellent solution. Simple and economical, they are available in different colors, shapes, and sizes and give your kitchen a new style in just a few steps.

24 Best Kitchen Cabinet Curtain Ideas and Designs for 2020

4) Change the Splash Guard

Splash guard is a fundamental element in the kitchen. It protects walls from dirt, making the environment lively and colorful. Its replacement is straightforward and will immediately give your kitchen a new face. The use of materials such as resin or glass allows for creating a modern and customized environment.

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5) Lighting the Environment

An excellent way to modernize the kitchen is to light the environment. Eliminating bulky hanging cabinets, replacing them with open shelves and containers will give new light to the environment, make them more aesthetic, and better organize the space.

6) Buy New Appliances

It is undoubtedly an operation that involves some economic expenditure, but very little is needed to renovate your kitchen. The appliances are an integral part of the environment, and their purchase certainly has a lower cost than remodeling the entire kitchen. The catalogs to choose from are different, two or three new appliances are sufficient, placed with care, and designed to give new life to the environment.

7) Give New Life to Furniture

Kitchen furniture is essential. As we have already seen, they can be painted or covered, but there are other solutions. If they are made in white for the table and chairs, you can get a silage effect, typical of country chic style. Alternatively, you can create DIY furniture and shelves, functional and perfect for reorganizing your space.

If the furniture accessories are no longer suitable for you, you can choose to replace some of them. It can also be wonderful to keep the table and change the chairs, perhaps buying them in a more modern and exceptional style and design.

Do you have any other tips to help renovate an existing kitchen? Share it with us in the comments below!


Which Paint to Choose for Baby’s Room

Summary

    – Paint for baby’s room: the most fashionable colors

    – Criteria for choosing paint for baby’s room

    – Paint for baby’s room: points of sale and prices

As birth approaches, many preparations are to be expected. Among them are the layout and decoration of the room of the future child. Many questions then arise: what color to choose? What type of paint should be used? How to ensure the future baby’s safety while offering a room that is both soothing and welcoming? The point now.

Paint for baby’s room: the most fashionable colors

To make the baby’s room soothing and to facilitate his rest, it is advisable to turn to the following colors:

    – White: classic, this color has the advantage of being neutral and can be easily decorated with pictures, drawings, or photos. Similarly, white can be chosen matt, satin, or gloss.

    – Pastel and neutral colors: chosen in light shades, they bring calm and serenity to the baby’s room.

    – Blue or pink: these are the traditional colors according to the sex of the child.

    – Colors that evoke a specific universe: blue for the ocean, green for the forest, gold for dreams, etc.

Caution: since the eyes of infants are particularly sensitive to bright colors, it is advisable to avoid, during the first year, very bright colors such as red, yellow, or fuchsia.

Criteria for choosing paint for baby’s room

Before you start designing a baby’s room, it is recommended that you pay attention to the following points:

    The paint’s composition must be free of toxic agents or solvents to prevent irritating the bronchial tubes or cause any other intoxication if the baby swallows it. The colors known as “mineral” paints are those that represent the least danger for the smallest.

    – The maintenance: the room will be one of the places of life among most important for baby; the painting must thus be easily washable in the event of spots or degradations.

    – The amount of paint to buy will depend on the space to be painted, expressed by the manufacturers in yield per square meter.

    – The respect of quality standards such as Eco-label.

    – The color of the furniture intended to decorate the baby’s room so that the whole is harmonious and coherent.

Tip: if the work is done shortly before the child’s birth, it is recommended to have it done by professionals to limit any fatigue to the future mother.

Painting for baby’s room: points of sale and prices

Paint for a baby’s room can be purchased in:

    – all DIY stores;

    – some stores specializing in the sale of childcare accessories;

    – on the Internet.

The budget to be planned depends on the price of the chosen paint and the walls’ surface to be painted. Average prices vary between:

    – $10 to $15 for an entry-level 2-liter jar of paint;

    – $30 to $40 for a 2.5-liter pot of ecological paint without toxic particles, allowing you to paint about 20 m².

Please note: additional costs are expected if you wish to apply several coats of paint in the baby’s room.

For more information on the baby’s room, please click here:

 How to Decorate Baby’s Room (Part 1)

How to Decorate Baby’s Room (Part 2)

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