Month: December 2015
One of the most common type of window covering in the world today is the Venetian blind. They are found in domestic and commercial properties alike. They look good, they’re cheap and they’re easy to fit. They can transform the look and feel of a home in an instant and some people even use them as a type of special feature. Hopefully, the information below will be of benefit to you if you are looking at buying Venetians or any other type of blinds yourself.
Venetian Blinds Types
The main difference between the various types of Venetian blinds is the material used in their construction. Commonly, they are wood, aluminum or vinyl. Aluminum blinds are popular because they make a room look chic, contemporary and sophisticated. Plus, they are very durable. As an added bonus, they can be coated with almost any kind of finish so that the can match any décor.
Wood blinds are also popular. Common types of wood include oak, bamboo, cherry and maple. These are a bit more traditional in style, although they can match with most decors due to the fact that they use natural materials. Interestingly, these types of blinds are surprisingly affordable.
Finally, there are vinyl models, which are the cheapest of the all. However, just because they are cheap does not mean that they are of poor quality. In fact, in some rooms, there is no suitable alternative to them. For instance, in bathrooms and kitchens, where there are high levels of moisture, there really is no option but to go for vinyl. Plus, they come in lots of different designs to fit any type of room as well.
Advantages of Venetians
Venetian blinds have a number of clear advantages. They help to increase privacy, give control over the amount of light that comes into a property and can totally change the overall style. They are more popular than full window coverings like curtains because they give you so much control over how much light you decide to let in. Plus, because of the various available materials, they are also highly adaptable.
Installing Venetian Blinds
One of the greatest benefits of Venetian blinds is that they are incredibly easy to install. It is unlikely that you will need a professional service to do it for you, although most blinds companies will offer it. The following tips should be all you need to put your blinds in place:
That literally is all there is to it. The most difficulty you will have when it comes to your blinds is choosing which one you want, as there are so many different choices available. However, that is simply part of the fun.
A lot of people choose to purchase Venetian wooden blinds for their home. This is because they can make a room look more charming, warm and inviting. They come in various styles, using different types of woods. Furthermore, they can come in a solid color, but they can also be painted in any design imaginable.
A Touch of Style and Color
If you have a very neutral room, using soft creams and whites, you may find those types of shades very relaxing. However, they can also get a little bit boring. By adding some darkly colored Venetians, you can add a bit of a splash of something interesting, a little bit of drama in other words. Consider a natural gray or green color, for instance, as this will make your neutral room look more inviting and warm.
A Bit of Drama
You can also make things a whole lot more dramatic, creating a focal point in a room. Painting Venetian blinds in one of the primary colors, or purchasing some that have murals on them, can really create an eye catching feature in your room. Blinds can truly be works of art in that manner, which is perfect for rooms that have very little wall space because they have a lot of large windows. When lowered, you have a work of art in front of you and, when raised, you still have a little bit of a splash of color. It really changes the overall feel of the room. Mural painted blinds are particularly popular in children’s rooms as well, creating a space that feels warm, inviting and safe for your child.
Windows are great because they allow the outside to come in and they make your room warm. However, sometimes, the light can create a glare, or it can make a room feel too hot. When you install Venetian blinds, you can decide just how much sunlight you allow in. You can have the shade you want during a hot sunny day, while also having some privacy. This is why they’re perfect for glass windowed day rooms and porches.
Lots of Flexibility
You can use Venetian blinds in any way you like. You can purchase models that look like shutters, so that you create a really dramatic statement. You can cover them with curtains and drapes for a more layered look. You can put them inside the recess of your window to create neat, clean, modern lines. These blinds can be custom made, which means they are able to fit any window in your home. The sky really is the limit and the only thing standing in your way is your own creativity.
As an added benefit, these types of blinds are very easy to clean. You simply have to dust them down regularly, wiping them with a damp cloth every once in a while. They are virtually maintenance-free and are built to last, regardless of which room you put them in.
If you regularly watch the news or current affairs programmes, it can’t have escaped your attention that experts feel house prices are over-inflated. They’re shooting up year by year, and that can make it very difficult to find somewhere suitable, especially if you’re buying for the first time. Fortunately, there are other options. If you’re prepared to do some serious renovation work, you can buy properties at well below the standard market rates; and there’s also the option of building a new home from scratch.
Building a new home – what does it take?
To build a new home, you’ll first need to buy some land. The cost of land varies enormously, based mostly on location; if you’re happy to settle in a rural area, then it’s likely to cost only a tiny fraction of the overall project budget. You’ll need to manage that budget carefully, as you will normally only be able to get a mortgage to help you complete the project after you have made the structure wind and watertight. This means you will need access to more cash than you would need for a mortgage on a cheap home, but, of course, your monthly payments will be lower and you will have more equity after the build is complete. You’ll also have a home designed to suit your needs.
Managing a construction site
Bringing your project to life will begin with finding an architect. A good architect will work with you to rationalise your design and will suggest ways you can strip it back to reduce construction time or cost without compromising too much on what you want. You’ll then need to identify suitable contractors and establish when different types of work will need to be performed, which will depend to an extent on what’s present on the site already (even with undeveloped land, proximity to phone exchanges, sewer pipes, etc. makes a difference). You’ll need to visit the site regularly whilst construction is taking place and be available at all times in case plans need to be adapted. You’ll need insurance to protect you if anything goes wrong, and when everything is complete, you’ll need to arrange an inspection to confirm that the structure is suitable to live in and determine what your on-going premiums are going to be.
Finding the right contractors
Finding the right contractors can be a challenge, but you shouldn’t be tempted just to go with the cheapest quote, because it’s vital that the work is of good quality. Many people rely on recommendations, but if you’re using the internet for these, be aware that some companies fake their reviews. One option is to use an umbrella company that can provide contractors with all or most of the different skills you need – this means you have some additional assurance at the outset, and if one contractor impresses you, then you’re likely to be able to rely on others.
Managing a project like this is hard work and can eat up a lot of time, but it’s an investment that can really pay off in the long term, giving you a much nicer home than you could otherwise afford – and a home that really feels like yours.
Bringing exterminators into the home is something nobody wants to have to do. It is incredibly disruptive, the smell always lingers and it can create hazards for children and pets. The good news is that most pest infestations can be prevented in the first place by good home design and maintenance. If you want to design a home where it is harder for them to get established, this article will help.
Common household pests
The most common household pests in the UK are the following:
Mice and rats – they can carry disease, they may chew through your food packaging and they can damage electrical cables, causing a fire risk.
Cockroaches – they can infest and destroy food and they often carry diseases.
Moths – their larvae will eat anything made of organic fibres, including clothes, carpets, rugs and curtains.
Flies – they can spread disease and sometimes breed in great numbers, literally swarming through your home.
Bed bugs – they bite, causing painful wounds, and sometimes spread disease.
Wasps – they sting and are often aggressive.
Designing a less pest-friendly home
In order for these creatures to infest your home, they first need to find a way in. The edges of doors and windows are a common entrance point, so make sure these are regularly checked and sealed and add steel thresholds underneath doors to the outside. Use mesh screens when you want to have doors or windows open in summer.
Check your walls and skirting boards for cracks or holes and fill these in as soon as you discover them. Make sure you don’t have missing slates or other damage to your roof that can provide easy access from above. Lofts and attics are popular spots for wasps, but their nests take time to build and if you catch them early they are easy to destroy.
Polished wooden floors and linoleum are far less attractive to pests than carpets. If you do have carpets or rugs, vacuum them twice a week. You should also be careful to vacuum underneath radiators and under the fridge as pests like to breed in warm places.
Pests often enter the house through pipes, and many are attracted to water. Make sure everything in your bathroom is properly sealed, and frequently check the taps and plugholes there and in the kitchen. Always keep your kitchen clean and make sure a lid is always on the bin.
Pets and pests
Often pests travel into the home on pets so, if you have animals that go outdoors, it is important to keep them properly groomed. Deflea your dog with an oral flea treatment if you see the dog scratching a lot, and make sure you wash bedding at least once a week. If pets appear to be neglecting their usual grooming, consult a vet.
Keeping your home pest-free requires constant maintenance, but this is far less trouble than dealing with an infestation once it has become established. Good design makes everything easier.
If you have an old five-panel door lying around and you aren’t sure of what to do with it, you will love this antique headboard project idea. With a little bit of time and effort, you can transform any five-panel door into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind headboard that will add visual appeal to your bedroom. Here’s how to get started:
It is not uncommon for the top or bottom of a panel door to be a little uneven. Carefully measure the top and bottom panels and use a saw to trim them as needed.
There is no need for door hardware on a headboard, so remove it (this includes the doorknob, hinges, and any locking mechanisms that may be on the door).
Depending on the condition of the door, you may need to scrub it down and clean it before continuing on with your headboard project. Wet doors should be allowed to dry for at least 10 hours.
Choose wood trim that will complement the antique look of the door, and nail it to the long side of the door that will become the top end of your headboard. Secure a 1”x4” board to the top of the trim with nails to create a small shelf.
Use caulk to fill in any gaps between the door and the trim, and to fill in the nail holes with putty. Once the caulk has dried, prime the entire door and trim.
Choose the base and accents colors you want for your headboard (satin sheen is recommended), as well as a water-based glaze to give your headboard an antique look. Paint the entire headboard with two coats of the main paint color (allowing the door to dry thoroughly between each coat). Mix one part colorant with four parts glaze in a disposable cup, and apply the glaze mix to the dry headboard. Quickly wipe off any excess glaze mix with paper towels, then gently wipe down the glaze with a damp rag until you achieve your desired patina. It is important to do this before the patina dries completely.
Once your headboard has dried completely, it is time to install it on the wall of your bedroom and push your bed up against it and to gaze upon the glory that is your DIY project. You will love the character and beauty this simple headboard project brings to your room.