Colour Scheme

The Easy Way to Choose A Colour Scheme for the Living Room

It’s not that difficult to work out an amazing colour scheme for your favourite room.  You don’t have to be an interior designer like Sam Sorgiovanni to have a home that pops with all the right colours. It can be quite an easy job to choose colours for any room if you have a pretty mat or even a piece of artwork you really love and intend to use in it. Here’s what to do.

  • Choose the main colour in the artwork and use a colour chart to find a paler or lighter version for the walls of the room. This will usually be a background colour, not the part that pops out at you.
  • From the wall shade, choose a slightly darker hue for the carpet.

Outdoor Furniture

What Kind of Outdoor Furniture Should You Choose

There are many different styles of outdoor furniture to choose from and only by going to the furniture store can you get a better idea of what you might like. Some people who’ve been to Bali for holidays fall in love with the relaxed and easy lifestyle, along with the Indonesian style of furniture that goes with it. You can find a lot of these styles at some of the many furniture stores in Australia who import such furniture.

The main thing to consider is whether it will stand up to the weather, unless your outdoor area has a roof to protect everything from the rain. One of the latest trends is furniture that is similar to the old-fashioned cane work of yesteryear. This wicker furniture is traditionally made from plant based material that is dried and treated, then woven together to make beautiful furniture. However, being from plants, it tends to break down quickly if left out in the weather.

kitchen-cabinets

Can You Really Handle that Home Renovation?

Many handymen and women just love the feel of power tools in their hands and the satisfaction of completing a job such as building kitchen cabinets. The trouble is that they can easily get into strife when they take on a job that is a bit too much for them. For a start, handyman power tools are usually not strong enough to use for a big carpentry job. You risk wearing out the tool and having to replace it, or having to purchase a commercial tool instead, for a great deal more money.

Putting together a flat pack may seem simple enough, but do you have anywhere to do it safe from the children?  Kids always want to help and can easily be injured, injure someone else or ruin the project when they get into things they shouldn’t touch. Building cabinets in the kitchen is not a good idea. Doing it on the back deck is better, but still not ideal.

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How to Choose an Automatic Pool Cleaner

Having your very own swimming pool installed is very exciting. You and your family just can’t wait to dive into that cool, clean water on a hot summer day. No need to go to the beach or a public pool.  The kids will still be able to take a dip even though even when you wouldn’t have time to take them for a swim.  But after the excitement dies down, reality hits. You have to clean that pool to ensure the water is safe to swim in. Automatic pool cleaning systems immediately spring to mind.

Electrical-Maintenance

Who Should do the Electrical Maintenance Work in Your Home?

It is very easy for the home handyman to think it’s okay for him to fix small electrical problems around the house. After all, it can’t be that hard to take apart an old light switch or power point and install a new one, can it? Every trained electrician like Richtek would tell you that it is illegal for the DIYer to do work like this, even if it appears to be easy. In fact, if it is not done correctly it’s likely to electrocute someone.

Electrical maintenance work should only be done by a licensed electrician because of its inherent danger. It is fatally easy to do some small thing wrong and it can result in a house fire or worse, loss of life.  Government regulations allow only small things to be done by the untrained person and you can be in trouble if you repair or replace light switched yourself. How would anyone know?

Renovating-Kitchens

Latest Trends in Renovating Kitchens

It is no use renovating a kitchen only to find you have not incorporated at least some of the latest trends; you would still be dissatisfied with it. The kitchen is one of the most used rooms of the home and increasingly, is becoming a part of the living room with modern floor plans.

This means it is moving away from the traditional kitchen look and fitting in more with the look and feel of the space it shares. Here are some of the latest trends in kitchen design that you might be able to incorporate into your kitchen renovation – that said, only keep the ones you like!

Plunge Pool

16 Reasons to Own a Plunge Pool

A plunge pool is a pool that is small but deep. It is used as a way to cool off and invigorate yourself, or it can be heated for more comfort, especially in the winter. Sam Sorgiovanni has included plunge pools in many of those amazing super yachts he designs and they are ideal for this. They can also be ideal for your home for a lot of reasons.

  • They make great use of available space or odd corners.
  • They can fit into places such as a small courtyard, where a larger swimming pool would not fit.
  • Because they can be heated they are suitable for use year round.
  • They are comparatively cheaper to heat than a swimming pool.

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The Health Benefits of Creating an Outdoor Living Area

Outdoor living has become very popular in Australia due to our wide temperate climate that means even in the winter time we can enjoy a warm day. Many people have set up their homes to facilitate alfresco dining and entertaining or even just relaxing outside under Perth patio extensions or a shade sail. What they may not realise is that there are many health benefits to being outside.

The sun is healthy

The sun is actually something that provides health benefits, even though today many people try and avoid it.  The sun on your skin makes Vitamin D, an essential vitamin for health that can actually protect you from several serious diseases.  Of course, it is not good to get sunburned, but sitting outside in the early or late sunshine for half an hour will not burn your skin, but will provide vitamin D.

Building-a-Home

Advantages and Disadvantages of Building a Home

Moving into your own home is an exciting time, whether you purchase a pre-built one or decide to build your own. There are several advantages and disadvantages to building a home instead of buying one ready to live in.

Advantages

  • When you build, you get more say about the design of the floor plan and can usually add or change certain features without it costing much – or anything. For instance, you could add a laundry chute from a bathroom to the laundry to save a lot of work and heavy carrying.
  • You get to choose the materials the home is build with inside and out. The colour scheme is your choice and so are the light fittings and window treatments.

Beautify Your Skin

7 Garden Plants that Help Beautify Your Skin

Once you decide to have some landscaping done, it will surprise you how it improves the look of your garden. But with a little effort, your garden can also improve your skin. By growing certain plants in your garden there will always be something you can pick and use to help your skin look naturally beautiful, reduce scarring, treat acne or heal burns.

Here are some plants you might want to add to your garden for this reason.

  • Aloe Vera is well-known these days for its soothing, anti-oxidant properties. It is included in many lotions that help prevent or ease sunburn or other kinds of burns. Having it in the garden means you can pick a piece and squeeze the sap onto a burn for quick relief and no scarring. It may help get rid of stubborn acne and is also useful to remove make-up if you have sensitive skin. An easy care plant that doesn’t need much water.