Diwali is all about lighting. If you are planning a home makeover this season, then lighting should be something you should upgrade. Here are some tips you could use to light up each room:
Kitchen lighting should not only be practical, and functional, it should also be jazzy especially if you have an open kitchen.
- You must go for fixtures that are easy to clean as Indian cooking leads to a lot of greasy deposits around the kitchen.
- With Indian cooking, you may want to ensure recessed lighting is used a little farther from the stove, as cleaning recessed fixtures is a task.
- Under-cabinet lighting provides direct illumination of kitchen work surfaces, and are out of sight!
- You could also use Pendant fixtures over areas you use a lot.
Living Room Lighting
- If you have a TV in this room, you need to ensure that the lights don’t reflect on the TV’s surface, else it will hinder your viewing
- Recessed lights work best in this room
- You may want a mixture of directional LEDs or focus lights and ambient lights here. Focus lights to highlight artifacts and ambient lights to create am ambiance
- Another great application for LEDs is stair lighting. Install an inexpensive LED stair lighting kit to guide you down safely in the middle of the night, and also because it makes your stairwell look really cool.
- Ensure that the lighting focuses on the eating area or the food. You could use a pendant fixture or two to illuminate the dining table for this purpose.
- You could also use inexpensive LED rope lights. these are extremely versatile. They give a nice festive and homely look to any space they are used in.
- Ensure the lighting is relaxing.
- A combination of recessed lighting and directional lights are needed if you read a lot and have a study table in the room.
- Ensure the dresser has a good task right as well as reasonable ambient light. So that the face is well lit when you stand in front of the mirror.
- Ceiling lights in front of or inside wardrobes are a good idea.
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What’s the point of owning house if you don’t mess around with it once in a while? Creating an exposed brick wall is more of a hands-on, DIY project, not meant for the faint hearted. Work closely with your contractor and follow these steps:
- Pick a wall you want to expose.
- Drill a hole to check if there’s actually brick back there.
- Removed the plastering off the brick – this is a labor intensive and messy job so don’t start without enough help available.
- Consider removing the damaged brick by drilling holes on all four corners of the mortar around the brick and shaking it loose or painstakingly chiseling it out.
- Use a wire brush to scrub the wall.
- Use warm water to sponge down your wall.
- If you don’t want your house to collapse, grab some mortar repair (cement filler) and fill in the cracks and obviously replace any bricks your might have removed.
- Clean the bricks again with warm water.
- Use a sponge or brush to apply sealant onto the exposed brick wall, use a brick sealant with matte finish rather than a polyurethane sealant which will give the wall an unnatural glossy finish.
- To hang pictures and paintings drill your holes into the mortar rather than the brick.
- Use exposed copper pipes as conduits to run wires if necessary rather than chasing the wall.
- Compliment your exposed brick wall with some sleek contemporary furniture.
So what are you waiting for? Head to your local hardware store and get started today..
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Many a times, you don’t get the opportunity nor do you have the budget to give your house a complete makeover. But here are some things you could look into, for a better utilization of space.
1) Creating zones in your living room
Many houses have large dining cum drawing areas, and lesser personal space. With the result, the TV has to be placed in the drawing room (read: living room) itself. Thus making it a ‘Den’, like the Americans call it. However, if you have some extra space, and don’t really want to partition the areas, you could use different flooring as a demarcation. Your living space could have a wooden laminate, and the formal area could have an off-white tile/ marble flooring or could be carpeted.
You could also create a small step to separate the areas.
Another way of creating zones could be different lighting.
2) Space hacks in Bedrooms
A lot of times, Bedrooms are so small that there is barely enough space round the bed, to walk around. One Space hack could be, to create a thin vertical rack on the bed sides, instead of bed side tables, to stack books or other utility/decorative items.
3) Making Bathrooms look larger
One of the best ways to make a small bathroom look larger, is to install a large horizontal (or full length if you may) mirror, on the wall without any fittings.
You may also want to add a dimmer to your light fittings, to make it feel larger.