Thursday, November 21, 2013
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is when you take away everything that isn’t necessary from a room, leaving it bare.
While this may sound like you’re taking all the fun out of interior design, minimalism is actually a great way to give your house a calming, modern look and clear out all the unnecessary clutter.
This look works especially well for the kitchen. As the place where all meals are prepared and maybe even eaten, you want your kitchen to look clean and feel spacious. Getting rid of things that you don’t need will make your kitchen a more relaxing environment to work in. And as well as creating a more calming atmosphere, you are also making things easier on yourself – a minimalist kitchen is much easier to clean, after all.
So how do we achieve the minimalist look?
Get rid of any unnecessary furniture
Maybe you like to eat meals in your kitchen or perhaps you just enjoy sitting down to enjoy a cuppa while the dinner cooks. You don’t have to get rid of your table and chairs. But think about the kind of furniture you are using. Clunky, wooden chairs are stressful to move around and does your table need to be that big?
Plain, simple furniture will give your kitchen a calming, uncluttered feel and often give the room the illusion of having more space.
Go through your kitchen and get rid of anything that isn’t an essential! A great way to test whether or not something is needed is whether you have used it in the last six months. It’s amazing how quickly old bills, extra pots and mismatch utensils can build up. If you don’t need it, bin it!
Once your kitchen is clutter free, you will already begin to feel the room has become a less stressful environment.
Having a minimalist kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t use any kind of decoration. But make sure you keep it plain and simple. Too many different colours or patterns in one room can be distracting and will take away from the overall look of the kitchen. Why not try having a vase of brightly coloured flowers to highlight your minimalist room?
Give Everything a Place
The less of your things that are out in the open, the better. You have cupboards for a reason! Try to make sure that everything has its own place. If you do run out of space, try buying large, wooden bowls or subdued coloured boxes to store additional items in. This will make sure the clutter does not build up again and give you more space to work with.
So there you have it! Your guide to creating a clutter-free, calming minimalist kitchen. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never want to go back! If you want some more advice on the top interior design trends, you can find it here.
Do you like the minimalist style? Let us know in the comments below.
Jasmine is an online blogger who loves to write on a variety of topics.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Colour palettes, furniture such as and display cabinets layouts of rooms are now focused around the technology found in the home.
The home must be able to meet the demands of the inhabitants. A kitchen can no longer just be a kitchen. It needs to be a space that allows for food preparation, fulfil entertainment needs like a living room, offers the comfort of a bedroom and caters for formality like a dining room. Technology has helped meet this demand and secure the reality of multi-purpose, transitional spaces.
Open Plan Living
Embracing an open plan style in your home, you can support the changing lifestyle of your family by opening it up so you can easily interact with one another as well as utilising the house as a whole. Previous layouts encouraged restricted living with people, styles and designs often being found in separate spaces.
Connectivity Between Indoor and Outdoor
Bringing the outdoors in is vital to the idea of open plan living. Making the most of design elements like glass, wood and other natural products can help with this. Outdoor spaces should also be comfortable and practical to encourage people to spend time there.
Energy, Time and Money
The integration of technology does not simply influence the way we live or the purpose of the home but it can impact the amount of time, energy and money that is spent on everyday tasks. Smart homes are also green homes with environmental considerations becoming increasingly important. Various devices can help reduce the amount of energy used allowing you to save money whilst enjoying a modern living space.
Debbie Fletcher is an enthusiastic, experienced writer who has written for a range of difference magazines and news publications. Follow her here: @Debbie_Fletch18
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Monday, November 4, 2013
You may have not thought that experience in the sign industry would be that important but it will definitely affect the quality of your finished product. Custom signs vary in price and since it will take both time and money to have them produced, you should ensure that the sign company has experience in making a wide variety of sign sizes and styles. One way to learn about the experience a company has in the sign-making industry is to visit their website. Look for a section that tells about the company: how long they have been in business, what type of signs they regularly produce and if they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee policy. Another way to learn more about the company’s experience is to ask to see a portfolio or sample of their sign styles. There are so many ways to design a sign that it can be helpful to look at sample signs for examples of what can be done.
2. Product Selection
Another thing you should look for when selecting a sign company is a wide variety of products. Nothing can be more frustrating than designing the perfect sign only to learn that the company is unable to handle your request. Ask the company beforehand if they have certain size limitations or color restrictions. If you have a general idea of the type of sign you want to create, share your ideas with the company and see if they are knowledgeable and understanding of what you want to create. As mentioned above, if the company has experience they may offer suggestions or inform you if something in your design style simply won’t work well. Experience and product selection are extremely important in making sure that your custom sign is a success.
3. Processing Time
A third aspect you should look for when choosing a sign company is their processing time. If you have a specific deadline you are trying to meet, be sure to ask the company upfront if they will be able to accommodate your request. Some sign companies may guarantee a finished product as fast as 24 hours but make sure the fast processing time doesn’t sacrifice quality. In addition to processing time, ask about shipping options and costs. It may be helpful if the company offers a fast production time but make sure they offer fast shipping options as well.
As with any product you plan on purchasing, ask about the various costs and fees associated with purchasing custom signs. Does the company charge only one flat fee for the entire sign or are there additional fees that may not be listed upfront?
By researching various sign companies in the four mentioned areas, you will be able to find a sign company that will accommodate your needs with success.
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
First off we shall start with eco-friendly paints, given painting is one of the leading decoration processes. Before 2010 you shouldn’t have been shocked if you were to find your conventional paint contained heavy metals, formaldehyde, or other volatile organic compounds, all of which have negative impacts on health. The World Health Organisation even said that professional decorators were 40% more likely to contract lung cancer.
To rectify this the EU stated that these ‘ingredients’ needed to be reduced or removed from paints. The issue with this is the paint companies are now having to include other chemicals in the paint, or use a much longer manufacturing process, both of which have detrimental effects on the environment. Just because conventional paints now include less chemical nastiness than previously, does not mean that they are now eco-friendly. Instead use a paint that is natural, organic or certified eco-friendly; one MD of a natural paint company ate his paint in front of an audience to prove its harmlessness.
Try to use eco-friendly glues and bonders as well, as the nature of the issues with these products reflects the paint problem quite similarly. Speaking of glue, you should also use environmentally friendly wallpaper, which should be sourced from sustainable produce, printed with environmentally considerate ink, and made without the use of damaging chemicals. All of these products are not hard to find, and do not cost as much as people often think they will.
The trickiest part of environmentally friendly decorating is sourcing furniture. There are essentially three options for this aspect of your home redecoration; buy responsibly sourced furniture; buy second hand furniture; build your own furniture from responsibly sourced materials. Each one of these has its own merits and disadvantages, however they are certain to reduce the impact you are having on the environment. Responsibly sourced furniture isn’t going to be of detriment to the planet’s natural resources but can often be quite expensive.
Buying second hand furniture means you have no further impact on the environment, as there is no extra manufacturing or resources used, it is also normally cheaper, however you are not guaranteed the same quality as buying new furniture. Building your own furniture from responsibly sourced materials is again not going to be of detriment to the planet’s natural resources, however it can take time, money, skill and patience to produce the quality of furniture that you are looking for.
Ben writes for Speedy Services, a specialist tool hire company in the UK. Hopefully this article can inspire you to turn green and start helping the environment.
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Monday, October 28, 2013
Looking at this packaging you would never guess that the products inside were condoms. This packaging is an excellent way to take the embarrassment away from purchasing a totally necessary item. The packaging itself is beautifully designed with pastel colours, flowers, and a gentle drawing of a street scene, which is a complete contrast to the norm. The “It’s all about love” statement is also a stroke of genius, and differs so much from other brands. The packaging has made this product a sure fire winner, and the designers should be proud.
Absolute Vodka Rock Edition
This is a stunning piece of packaging, which wouldn’t look out of place in a fetish shop. Absolute Vodka has pulled out all the stops to bring us a shocking though brilliant bottle. The glass bottle is encased in a black leather sheath adorned with metal studs, and I’m sure that you will see this bottle on many a drinks shelf in bars and private homes. It’s a possibility that many of the people buying this product won’t even like vodka, and that is why manufacturers pay for great packaging design.
Klein Constantia Farm Honey
This beautifully designed and crafted box is a perfect container for the honey it holds. The box is in the shape of a bee’s box, and is made in such a way that even the wooden slats are represented on the packaging design. The minimalist exterior sees only a bee going into the box through the entrance and the companies crest, which is gold foiled onto it, on the front. When you open the box the inside it decorated with bees, and there are even die cast bees that fall out of the packaging. This is a creative and fun piece of packaging, which invites interest from shoppers everywhere.
The difference between good packaging design and great packaging design is quite simple. Good packaging design encourages people to buy the contents of the packaging, great packaging design makes people buy the packaging no matter what is inside.
Jenny Wadlow, the author of this post, is a freelance blogger. She is associated with Motto, leading packaging designers. She likes to paint in her spare time and specializes in portraits. Follow her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Open Kitchens and Dining Rooms
Mediterranean Living Space
Getting Grand in the Bedroom
The Mediterranean Attraction
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Friday, September 27, 2013
Smaller Pieces of Furniture
Eco-Friendly Redesigned Pieces
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
1. Don’t Get Too Over the Top
2. Your Logo Should Work Without Color
3. Make it Scalable & Versatile
4. Make it Memorable
5. It’s Not About What You Say, But How You Say It: Font Usage
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Interior Design Gallery
When you need inspiration for a new living room project, it can be daunting to know where to begin. Thankfully, the Interior Design Gallery app for Android devices can provide its users with hundreds of different ideas to get the ball rolling. A wide variety of high definition photos are included, with coordinated rooms search-able by category and room. Once you have achieved that perfect look for the living room, you can then move on to other rooms of the home and gain inspiration for them from this app, also. Currently available for free, Interior Design Gallery can be downloaded via the iTunes App Store.
If you have been banging your head against the wall (hopefully not too hard, or that'll take a whole different kind of renovation) in search of the perfect design for your living room, then look no further than the Interior Design app. Available for download via the Android Marketplace for free, Interior Design allows users to peruse dozens of different design themes for every room of the home. For the living room, you will be able to see coordinated furniture sets, great wallpaper and beautiful flooring that can brighten up any dull or drab living space.
Living Room Decorations
If you need some templates for your next living room project, then the Living Room Decorations app can be of service. Currently available on the Android Marketplace and free to download, this application will provide hundreds of ideas in the form of high quality photos that can be saved to your phone's memory or shared via email with friends and family. Whether you need new hardwood floors, a change in paint or a new set of furniture, the Living Room Decorations app can give you fresh ideas for the next time you head to the home improvement store.
Living Room Furniture Ideas
Anyone who wants to keep up to date with the latest home living styles will like the Living Room Furniture Ideas app, currently available for free via the Android Marketplace. Users can quickly browse hundreds of different photos while also accessing various news articles and events pertaining to home décor and living room styles. With videos included, you can enjoy more than just a flip book of photos.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Forking was the first response to this problem. With forking, an organization creates separate websites for big screens and small screens. Unfortunately, the data on actual Internet use show many different devices and many different screen sizes. It clearly isn't possible to create separate websites for every device with Internet access. The problem requires a scalable solution.
RWD thus allows organizations to allocate resources efficiently. Web designers only need develop and maintain one Internet experience that RWD optimizes for all devices.
For example, a company that sells a platform-specific product, such as an iPhone app, may not care about optimizing the Internet experience of various Android phones. For such reasons, a organization may prefer native mobile apps for marketing certain products.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0