7 Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring
Jan27

7 Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring

Solid wood flooring can be expensive and comes with many drawbacks such as a lack of flexibility in humid conditions. But when you choose engineered wood, you get a stylish product with many advantages. It makes the best use of natural resources and it’s just perfect for any room in your home. 1. Hard-Wearing Engineered wood is manufactured from multiple layers of timber. The lower planks are usually of less decorative wood such as pine. They can even be made from economical, ecological, recycled timber by-products or fibreboard. Several thin layers with a density similar to plywood are glued together. Then the top layer of real oak or a similar wood is applied to the surface. It’s this layered effect that gives engineered wood amazing flexibility and additional resistance to excessive footfall compared to a solid wood floor. It means your flooring can withstand the rigours of family life for many years to come. And providing you remember to give it a little attention every so often, it should still look as delightful as the day it was installed. 2. Economical Unlike its solid timber rival, engineered wood flooring is a cost-effective option. It only uses a thin top layer of attractive timber such as maple, beech or oak. This drastically reduces the expense of the timbers used for your floor despite the longer manufacturing process. The investment you make in choosing engineered wood flooring should be recouped when you balance out the expense of inferior materials. Vinyl and laminates are far less robust and only last for a fraction of the time. They’ll need replacing every ten years or so. On balance, the durability of engineered wood flooring makes it an ideal choice for your home against cheaper forms of flooring. 3. Fast Installation The manufacturing techniques to produce the timbers for engineered wood flooring incorporate all your installers need to make the job mercifully quick. Each plank includes shaping along each side for tongue and groove connection. It makes each plank simple to fit the next and produces a beautifully smooth surface that’s fixed firmly in place. Cutting each plank to correspond with the dimensions of your room is easier with engineered wood than with solid timber. It means your installers won’t have to work so long to complete the flooring. This helps with reducing the cost of installation. It gives you the chance to have your floor looking and performing perfectly due to a professional installation. But if you’re super confident, you can always opt for DIY. 4. Long-Lasting When you provide your home with flooring made of engineered wood, you know it will last for...

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How Smart Homes are Impacting the Interior Design Industry
Jan10

How Smart Homes are Impacting the Interior Design Industry

Photo by Expect Best from Pexels Last year I talked about smart technology in our homes that can better our lives but this year I want to delve a bit deeper into the topic. The interior design industry is constantly changing but some core principles are becoming an essential part such as sustainability and inclusivity. A modern home should be aesthetically pleasing, create a sense of relaxation and have a balanced appearance that’s easy on the eye. In 1905, the world’s first interior designer, Elsie de Wolfe, aimed at an uncluttered antidote to the overbearing Victorian homes. Nowadays, smart technology has taken her ideals one stage further by incorporating intelligent devices that save not only the energy from your electricity supply but your own energy too! In this article, I will take a look at the main aspects of “a smart home” and why it is important to incorporate them into your own property. Intelligent Lighting One of the most important aspects of high-quality interior design is lighting. It’s used to add atmosphere, illuminate workspaces and increase the beauty of furniture, walls and floors. LED light bulbs have become indispensable for all types of interiors. They don’t emit harmful ultra-violet rays, they last for years and operate with very little energy. I’ve always found them incredibly versatile as they can drift through a range of colours and intensities. By adding smart technology and you can save energy by taking full control through your smartphone. One exciting development is motion sensors. In hallways, bathrooms and staircases, your presence is detected as you walk through and the lights automatically switch on, then they turn themselves off when you’ve left the vicinity. Clever Window Dressing Photo by Max Vakhtbovych from Pexels Natural lighting affects interior design through illumination and by drawing attention to windows. No matter what size the panes of glass are, it’s how they are framed that adds to the image of a room. Sleek, sophisticated blinds or elegant swags harmonise with the general decor while providing natural light to enhance colour schemes and textures. But window dressing has just got even Smarter. Window blinds and curtains can incorporate smart features such as remote control via your smartphone or voice control through a home automation system. It means you needn’t ever stir from your comfy armchair to adjust them. They can even be pre-programmed to open at set times to wake you up in the morning. They can also automatically close at night to fool would-be burglars into thinking you’re still at home. Capable Kitchens The kitchen is often a challenge to interior designers. It has to look amazing, yet...

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Understanding the 5 Principles of Sustainable Interior Design
Nov30

Understanding the 5 Principles of Sustainable Interior Design

Due in large part to the ongoing effects of climate change, consumers are now becoming more aware of environmentally friendly concepts than ever before. In fact, recent research has shown that nearly 50 per cent now feel that sustainability is key in regard to how products are manufactured and shipped to consumers. This very same observation is just as relevant to homes and businesses. Let’s, therefore, take a look at the five core principles associated with sustainable interior design. All About Energy Efficiency Smart home energy systems are now taking centre stage due to their availability as well as their cost-effective nature. When we recall that greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise, it only stands to reason that novel solutions should be made available. Not only do these come in the form of modern materials, but the design approaches themselves have begun to incorporate several unique elements including: High-quality insulation (both cavity wall and loft)Drapes and curtains provide a thermal barrier from exterior temperatures.Double- and triple-glazed windows Even carpets can reduce heat loss by as much as ten per cent. We can therefore begin to see why homes of the future will consume much less electricity when compared to their traditional (and often outdated) counterparts. Low Carbon Footprint Most of us are already aware of smart home lighting systems, wireless controls, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Sometimes referred to as “green gadgets”, the primary intention is to reduce the amount of energy needed to provide a comfortable environment. Examples include LED lighting fixtures and ground-source heat pumps. Other innovative approaches such as using colours that maximise the amount of ambient light and employing mirrors in strategic locations will likewise limit energy consumption. However, this is only the beginning. Renewable sources of energy such as highly efficient solar panels can provide a viable means to generate electricity while dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of a home, an office, or even an entire building. Wind and geothermal power are likewise enjoying a greater presence in many regions of the world. Another way to mitigate the environmental impact of a structure is through the use of sustainable building materials such as bamboo and hemp. There are also certain types of wood that have become known for their sustainable nature. These are often provided with an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label within the Australian marketplace. Limiting Waste Production One of the challenges associated with interior design involves limiting the amount of waste that is produced during a project. In this respect, two primary strategies are commonly employed: Re-designing and repurposing old materials (such as through the use of reclaimed wood when...

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The New Smart Home in 2021
Mar17

The New Smart Home in 2021

Embrace the future with these technological trends to make your home smarter and more convenient! The posibilities are endless.

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3 Tips For Choosing Bedroom Furniture For Your Kids
Jan29

3 Tips For Choosing Bedroom Furniture For Your Kids

Buying the right furniture is essential for every corner of your home, and children’s bedroom furniture is no exception. But let’s be honest – choosing furniture for your child isn’t an easy task. It can be exciting and stressful at the same time. The furniture you choose for your children’s bedroom will depend on how old they are and the design. This will help you dictate the style, size, material, and quantity of the furniture required. You can unleash your imagination and choose furniture pieces that can create thousands of delightful childhood memories.  However, the catch here is to find items that tick all the boxes: ComfortFunSafetyFunctionality Keeping these four factors in mind you will be able to choose from a wide range of beds, desks, chairs, tables, and so much more. All you have to do is to invest your time in finding the furniture that suits your child’s needs and the style of their bedroom. Additionally, there also “buy now, pay later” payment options offered by many online stores in Australia. You can also use AfterPay to buy kids’ furniture. So, let’s take a look at a few essential tips that will help you to choose the right furniture for your kids. 1) Maintain the Overall Theme of the Room If you are planning to furnish a new room, it is essential to have a guiding theme so that everything goes hand-in-hand. For example, if your kids love superheroes, then you can get them superhero-themed furniture. Selecting a theme will also help you choose the right colours that can go well with your kid’s room decor. Colours should blend well with each other without giving a dull or uniform appearance. Do a quick online on what sort of colour clash or which ones can be matched. Additionally, you can always customise furniture that suits a particular theme. The way to get kid’s room ideas for furnishing and decoration is to do extensive research. 2) Ensure Safety  Your kid’s room furniture should be safe in every way, regardless of the kid’s age. Here are some guidelines to help you choose the most suitable and safe furniture for your kids. Avoid choosing furniture with rounded edges. Kids are quite playful, and any mishap can end up with them hurting badly. You can also buy corner guards to avoid such incidents. If the furniture is DIY or custom made, make sure you use only water-based paint and let it cure for the right time. If you are buying it from stores, check for a non-toxic certification. Check out for any potential hazards like hinges, crawl spaces, climbing hazards, and tipping....

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Top 2020 kitchen trends

Image by Solomon Rodgers from Pixabay As with every year, we’ve seen a shift in the most popular designs for kitchens, and while 2020 has been a troubling year, there have been some incredible design changes and developments that we would never have expected before now. We’ve outlined some of our favourite new trends, so whether you’re looking for some inspiration or just love to see what’s popular, you’re in the right place! Dark and mysterious Before now, kitchens were all about those light colours and open space. This year has seen it completely change, with kitchens in dark colours becoming the norm – and we’re so glad that it has! One of our personal favourite schemes is navy and gold or brass, but black and silver combos are also giving us serious kitchen envy and really pulling us away from the traditional white and grey that was so popular before this. These deep, dark colours go far in making a kitchen feel very homey and rustic, especially when paired with wooden features to really make it pop. Two-toned This is the perfect choice for anyone who loves the idea of a dark kitchen but isn’t ready to take the leap into such a dark colour scheme across a full room. Two-toned kitchens provide the opportunity to not only combine dark and light colours to make a stunning pair, but also to allow you to personalise your kitchen to your tastes perfectly. You can combine textures too, pairing matte cupboards with wooden surfaces or accessories, which look gorgeous together. Minimalist Minimalism has been a very popular style for some time now, and it’s highlighted in near enough every room in the house, so the kitchen is no exception. One of the best minimalism styles that we’ve seen this year in the kitchen is hidden cupboards and smart storage, allowing you to keep your kitchen looking sleek and clear to avoid any risk of cluttering. Kitchens are notorious for being full of gadgets and crockery, so having smart storage will ensure everything has a place and can stay organised. Blush pink and Sage green While we’ve been loving seeing darker colours enter the kitchen, these gentle hues have transformed kitchens in a way we never expected! Perfectly paired with some white and grey marble, these colours look incredible and suit those who are looking to move away from the more classic, plainer kitchens but aren’t keen on the intense vibe that darker kitchens give off. These colours will help make kitchens look bigger, brighter, and stunningly modern! Brass fixtures The best thing about brass is that it goes with almost...

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