A rightly selected chandelier can add a new dimension of elegance to your décor.
A rightly selected chandelier can add a new dimension of elegance to your décor. An ordinary room can begin to look lustrous with a chandelier that has been carefully chosen and positioned in a room. Finding the right chandelier doesn’t have to be hard; you just need to consider the following factors while making a choice:
Where you hang your chandelier makes a significant difference in how the chandelier would impact the overall décor. Whereas the living rooms are considered to be the safest choice for a location, it is worth considering other places in the house too. For instance, a small chandelier over the tub in a bathroom for glamorous feel or a dim-lit one in your bedroom for a romantic aura – options are several and you need to use your imagination to get it right.
Size of a chandelier is a crucial consideration, given the dimension of the room. Whereas a smaller fixture might look timid and ignored, a large one may appear too commanding. A rightly-sized one is that commands admiration of the guests as well as the inhabitants. To understand the right size, there is a rule of thumb to calculate the right diameter of the chandelier. Add the length and width of the room in feet, convert that number to the inches and this number will be the diameter of your chandelier. For a chandelier hanging above your dining table, make sure that the diameter of the chandelier is around a foot less than that of the table.
Height of the chandelier should be such that it hangs at the right distance from the floor. Generally, 7 feet is a good distance between the bottom of the chandelier and the floor. However, that changes in case the chandelier is hanging above a tabletop. It should be at around 3-4 feet above the table to allow for the right visibility and illumination.
Today, they are available in various styles, shapes, sizes, with and without dimmers, and with a variety of options in lighting. So why wait? It’s time you own a great chandelier to make your living space a livelier one.
While designing a bathroom, we often overlook the important aspect of keeping it slip-proof.
While designing a bathroom, we often overlook the important aspect of keeping it slip-proof. Slippery bathroom floors can be dangerous than you can imagine. Thankfully, simple design changes and smart renovations can make your bathroom flooring safe and skid proof.
Ensure Proper Drainage System
Stagnant soapy water is one of the primary reasons for slippery floors. Therefore, the first step towards a slip-free bathroom is to ensure a proper drainage system. Make sure the drainage area is at a lower elevation as compared to rest of the bathroom’s area. Having 2 drain holes at both the corners of the bathroom is even better.
Opt for Anti-Slip Flooring
Installing anti-slip flooring that generates friction and offers strong grip despite all the water is the most important step towards bathroom safety. Pebble tiles are one of the safest materials for bathroom floor that is high on the design quotient too. The tiles are available in multiple colours and complement the warm tones of sink floor area pretty well.
Most Indian bathrooms have a commode, sink, and shower area, all in the same space, which makes the entire bathroom wet and slippery after a shower session. Creating divisions in the bathroom and having a separate shower area will prevent water (and soap) from spreading everywhere. Using glass cubicles for separating shower area will restrict the water from flowing into other parts of the bathroom. Have a bench or stool inside to sit on and dry yourself before stepping ensures that the bathroom remains dry even after.
No matter what you do, you cannot make your bathroom 100% slip-proof. Therefore, it is a good idea to places bars or handles strategically. Manoeuvring through wet bathroom becomes a lot easier if you have something to hold on to. A handle/bar close to shower area can double up as a towel stand and can give you the needed support to lift yourself.
In addition to all this, place steady rugs and practice regular cleaning to ensure every part of your bathroom is dry, clean and slip-proof.
Read through these solutions to transform your dull kitchen into a bright space.
A kitchen is more than for cooking. It is the heart of the house where you share laughs, talks, and much more. It is important to have a kitchen space that is more vibrant and inviting. However, lack of natural light can make the kitchen gloomy and dull. Read through these solutions to transform your dull kitchen into a bright space.
Lighting Can Do the Trick
If your kitchen lacks natural light, play with lights to add the needed brightness. Introduce different layers of lighting to add depth instead of one big light. A task light, added with spotlights and recessed lights can elevate the brightness quotient without making it too loud. A recessed ceiling fixture can add instant warmth to the kitchen while being really helpful for performing everyday tasks in the kitchen.
Paint the Walls in Light Colors
It is no news that light colors reflect light. To brighten up your kitchen, paint the walls in tones of white, yellow or other light shades. In addition to the walls, paint the cabinetry in light shades to have a seamless flow of surface which will make the kitchen look brighter and feel airy.
…..Or Add a Touch of Metallic Shine
If plain white cabinets sound too dull and boring, go for metallic cabinets instead. It will enhance the style quotient while adding the missing luster and brightness to the kitchen. Gloss paints on the doors and moldings help reflect the little available light in the room. Reflective materials such as granite and marble can add to the overall effect.
Bring in Light with Strategic Placement of Mirror
The absence of a window can make the kitchen feel claustrophobic. Placing a mirror strategically to reflect maximum light will give the illusion of a bright and expanded space. If your budget permits a slight remodeling, you can also opt for a wall-to-wall mirror or explore the option of a skylight. When opting for a framed mirror, select a design that complements the style, color and decorating theme of your kitchen.
No matter how little space you have, growing your own food has many benefits, even if it means having a small pot of herbs on your kitchen window sill.
Nothing can beat the feeling of walking into your own organic garden and bite into the freshly plucked tomato. The pleasure when matched with many health benefits it brings along will surely coax you into having your own organic garden. And if you are still not convinced, these 5 reasons may help you change your mind and grow organic
You get Fresh and Organic Food
Although there are a lot of grocery stores selling organic food, there is no way you can check its authenticity. When you grow your own vegetables and herbs, you know you are truly eating organic. And given that you will be plucking it right before cooking, the vegetables will be awesomely fresh and the food cooked with it extremely tasty.
You Avoid Wasteful Packaging
Even when you carry a bag every time you go grocery shopping, a lot of plastic and cardboard is used in transporting the fruits and vegetables from farm to the stores. By growing organic, you can avoid all the wasteful packaging.
You Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Most of the vegetables and fruits travel a long way from farm to wholesaler to the warehouse and then to a retailer before it reaches you. All this result in a lot of carbon emissions. When you grow your own vegetables, you avoid all the steps thereby considerably reducing the carbon footprint.
You Save Money
Setting up the garden may call up for some investment in the form of pots, mud, saplings, manure and other materials initially. However, once your garden is set, there is no major expenditure. In a short time, the harvest will pay for all the initial investment and give you much more. So by growing organic, you save money too!
It’s a Fun Activity
We live in a gadget-crazy world and our kids are often unaware of the joys of having a green thumb. By involving children and other members in the weekly maintenance of the garden, you are not only making it fun family activity but also educating the children about the importance of eating healthy