Posts Tagged ‘light’

How to use the mirrors to have a sensation of larger rooms?

December 17, 2012

The rooms of the small dimensions may be a little bright, uncomfortable and very limiting. But they can look big, bright and spacious if you put mirrors in some particular locations. In this way,, they reflect the natural and artificial light, offering the illusion of depth. The mirrors can be strong and big, but the mirrors can easily be broken, so make sure that you have a home insurance to cover eventually damages.

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Walls

Take the most of natural light entering the room by placing a mirror on the wall opposite the window. The mirror will reflect the sunlight into the room. But if the window is large compared to the size of the room, a mirror on the opposite wall can create glare. In this case, it is better to hang the mirror on the wall perpendicular to the window. The effect is the same if you use a large mirror or a number of small mirrors nearby placed.

If you have a small dining room, the bedroom or bathroom, you can cover an entire wall of mirrors or mirror tiles. From floor to ceiling mirrors can be found in a bedroom or on closet or cover the doors, if it covers the entire wall is too expensive. A cheaper option in a dining room is to cover the top half of a wall with a mirror or mirror tiles and place the dining table next to it. This trick is often used in small cafes and restaurants.

If there is space between the wall and the window frame or between the inner walls, the mirrors can be hung on both sides of the walls and on both sides you can place the applique lamps reflect the mirrors. This will give the impression of two additional windows. However, you should be careful not to overdo the effect. Do not hang mirrors on both walls.

Have a mirror above a fireplace is a classic trick to give the illusion of space. The light reflected in the mirror balances the dark inside the fireplace, but also reflects the light of the flames.

The mirrors on the ceiling are not accepted by everyone, some people find that the mirror from the ceiling has an intimidating tone and worsen the environment. The mirror is not a good idea in kitchens and bathrooms, with time labels may come off with the vapors and the heat that is generated in these two spaces.

Surfaces

The mirrors can also be positioned on the surfaces, on tables, on chimneys, although on some surfaces may not seem a good solution, and can be too exaggerated in a space or surface, so it may be preferred that the mirror is not placed over the entire surface of the table , but only on the final part of it, on small surfaces, such as beliefs or drawers.
The mirrors which are located inside the cabinets, in the libraries can give a small feeling of space, but always limited, and will always be best traits of an area illuminated from one side.

 

 

Renovating the bathroom: costs, ideas and advices

December 6, 2012

The bathroom renovation is always an exciting job, but not without surprises and high costs, so we decided to organize 15 of the most important points that should be considered in the construction and renovation of the bathroom, to not have any unexpected costs or complications.

1. Preventive

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You will need to work on your idea but starting from the idea of ​​estimated budget, it will be necessary to draw up a budget before making any type of decision. Once estimated the cost you will have a clearer idea of ​​what will be spent between tiles, fixtures, shower and between the various models of heads.

2. Time

The time in the reconstruction and refurbishment of a bathroom will be crucial, but do not think that the time of restructuring will be lower if you renew a smaller bathroom. The time will be estimated on the basis of the parts that must be changed, do not depend on the size of square meters of the bathroom, but depends more on accessories. However, the planning time will be referred also to the duration of the work and intermediate steps which are ordering and purchasing of tiles, fixtures, etc. The time schedule of restructuring, will also be essential for those who have only one bathroom in the house, will need to organize the time of restructuring and try to do the work in way that the bathroom can still be usable.

3. Work sequence

It will be important and essential to organize the bathroom and renovate it according to the right sequence, in this way you will limit the time, dirt and errors. Whether you break down the walls and  re-create them in plasterboard, work begins always at the top of the room and the ceiling.

4. Hidden problems

During the renovation hidden problems can present the pipes, it will be important to check the existing ones in order to avoid losses in the future when the pavement will have been organized and prepared. It’s better that the phase of the pavement and observation or change of the pipes  be a job that you can deal with a professional and a plumber. If your home is not new, the structure of the building or independent house is particularly old, you know that the pipes need to be well controlled in order to avoid unpleasant inconveniences and then water leaks.

5. Design style and functionality

Before thinking about the look that will take your bathroom, there are many factors to consider such as the color of paint for the walls, the tiles for showers, baths and taps. You can start putting together the elements you like,how the elements of design, once the bath is over, in this way you will only finish the work and dedicate yourself to pure decoration.
The aspect of the design should be closely linked to its functionality, but the decor of the bathroom and his style is necessary and is more suitable to be aligned with the whole house style and that it fits perfectly.

6. Measurements

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There are 3 elements in the restructuring of the bath that must be taken into consideration, the first refers to the size and measures of the bath, the second element refers to the position of the existing pipes and electric cables and the third element refers to the measures of bathroom furniture. So make sure you have the correct measurements and specifications when you need to go into the store to make purchases for your bathroom.

7. Hiring a technician

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This work must not be carried out without the help of a technician, architect or designer, then necessarily the plumber. By hiring a technician everything will be much easier, and you will earn more time.

8. Other modifications

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No restructuring will be complete and adequate if you do not provide for other changes, namely the repair of fixtures, taps, door to the shower stall. It will be useful also change the door handles, the doors themselves if you neither need. Even the shower can completely change the look of your bathroom.

9. Cabinets and shelving

In the bathroom, as in other rooms of the house you need shelving and cabinets, in small rooms, especially if then irregularly shaped, as is often the bathroom is even more useful and frequent use. The need and the functionality of the environment must be adequate and in line because, all of your belongings should be stored in places accessible and also be fashionable and well placed.

10. Walls and floors

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There are several materials that are suitable in the bath used for the surfaces, for the floors or the walls of the bathroom. Will be useful material as possible waterproof, but it is also true that any material will fit in. Whether it is marble, tile, ceramic, granite, the choice will also depend on your budget. The floor options include cement (painted or stained), the vinyl sheet, particularly economic. Whatever is
your choice will always be essential that it is a material for floors and tiles that is of long duration and non-slip.

11. Lights

A bathroom can be made unworkable and bad by poor and inadequate lighting. The right light and design creates the right atmosphere. You should have at least 50 watts of incandescent lighting and natural light that filters through the windows.

12. Accessories
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Although apparently does not seem to be of great significance, in the modernized and refurbished bathroom would be better to insert new accessories like towels, curtains, soap dishes, mirrors, towel racks, and carpets that will characterize and make your bathroom beautiful.

13. Ventilation

Ventilation is essential in wet areas such as the bathroom. It’s a delicate job that needs a good design: the choice and placement of the fan will just be putted on the right, on the opposite side of electricity. The poor ventilation can leave the bathroom wet, creating mold that may also harm your health. A bathroom well ventilated, however, is not only a healthy bathroom. The continuous air flow can also prevent both the decay of any wooden decoration or fixtures and saturation of the air.

14. Choosing green

Green is a very fashionable and beautiful color to use for the bathroom, it is adequate and fresh, so you can choose it.

15. Final cleaning

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Final cleaning should include a thorough cleaning of all furniture inside and out, pipes, walls, floors, windows and chandeliers. The major renovation produce a lot of dust that is often very difficult to clean and will be good to organize an efficient cleaning service and add it in the budget.

Hope that this 15 tips will help you to organize your restructurations in better way. Keep reading, more posts will be pressed today! 🙂

Cheers!