Have you noticed the sun extending its stay longer above the horizon these past few days? Well, it only means one thing – spring is coming.
While spring hasn’t officially started yet, take this time as a preparatory privilege to prepare and plan for what needs to be done by the time spring arrives. Everyone needs to experience that transition in order for one to fully cross over from one season to another. Doing necessary constructions and arrangement for your home is just the best option!
It has got to be in winter when waste and garbage collection is at its hardest. Aside from very cold temperature, there’s also the snow and the freezing that make the process much harder for collectors. Now that we are experiencing the gradual melting of ice, we also get the go signal to slowly pick up the pieces we have horded in our homes for the past months. It’s safe to begin sorting out which ones you want to get rid of and which ones you want to keep.
After you get rid of your unnecessary baggage, you can begin cleaning up the entire house. Remove the dust. Wash away the slime. Wipe out the drafts. Sweep off the dirt. Do not miss a single spot – from roofings to gutters, from windows to doors. The spring air is just waiting in the corner to blow you away with extreme changes. It’s always nice to be ready whatever that spring surprise is. So, go for the major home clean-up and be open to transformations!
Why not? You’ve been living in the dark for a couple of months. Wouldn’t be ironic if you continue living in it, completely unmindful about the fun that the spring season brings? It’s clearly up to you. But if you opt on embracing the colors of spring, interior redecoration and rearrangement would be very much the perfect thing to do! If in the end you are able to successfully set up a vibrant mood for your home, you have done well.
It is still February, and while the others are done showing off their mushy side to their loved ones, a few others are still halfway toward getting in the zone of that feeling that everyone is buzzing about. Romance. Besides, there are different kinds of it and you still have all the remaining days of the love month to figure them out.
When it comes to the romance you have for your own home, however, how is it? You may have been experiencing a roller coaster ride of emotions about it. Sometimes you complain big time about being stuck in it for years. At other times, you become apathetic toward it as you get yourself too busy with your career. Don’t you think it’s the perfect time to rekindle that romance with your house – the one that you felt when you officially changed address for it. What do you need to do?
Say yes to invitations
As much as possible spend time with your friends’ house when specific occasions call for it. Do not refuse travel trip, house parties and house warming event invitations. Say yes to every opportunity that lets you escape for a few days or two away from your house. Experience how it feels like to live in another nest. Chances are you’ll see more of what’s out there and you’ll come home carrying bits and pieces of creative ideas that you can try on your own home. If you won’t be impressed, on the other hand, you’ll be more than thankful of what you have and where you live.
Get out of your comfort zone
Perhaps all you need is variety. Expose yourself sometimes to environments that you do not usually get yourself into. Immerse in a different culture and interact with a sea of faces. Dare yourself to get to know what’s unfamiliar. Well, it doesn’t really have to be a trip abroad. You can just simply detach yourself from the routines you have gotten used to. Dine out alone. Try yoga. Eat exotic dishes. Then, you can truly appreciate what you call home. There’s no better formula than this.
Pay attention to little details
Before something gets worse, fix it. The idea is basic but a lot of people forget about how important this is. You don’t want to surprise yourself one day knowing that your roofings have leaks, your doors have security problems and that your windows are drafted – all made known to you in a one-time announcement. Now this is the reason why you should watch how your house changes from the very beginning. Time causes these changes and it is important that you attend to your house’s needs. Once you start, there’s no stopping.
Who says you can’t go high on aesthetics and go green at the same time? Most homeowners aim to make their homes as beautiful as ever, but what they often forget is to make the world they live in beautiful as well. Can one even do this simultaneously? Is this even possible? Sure, it is. It’s only a matter of trusting your environmental instinct in all the processes you need to undergo in deciding for your window treatments.
Selection of materials
What’s the first step? Invest on shades and blinders that are energy-efficient in nature. A little research in eco-friendly window treatments will help you on this. A little chit-chat with some experts can also take you into a certain conclusion. Moreover, you need to look out for window accessories that are made of eco-friendly materials such as rattan, wicker, or bamboo. Just because it’s organic doesn’t mean it doesn’t look good. It still depends on your taste and your eye for sophisticated interior design that matters.
Upon installation of your blinds and shades, make sure they fit exactly to the window frames. Create a little gap between the shades and the window panes to allow passage for air and transition of temperatures both from the outside and the inside. This is how proper window treatment is done! For those who are still planning to build their own homes, it would be wise to be futuristically perceptive about where the sun rises and sets. You can plan this ahead with your architect so you will not have to deal much with heating and lighting problems in the future. Proper positioning is key.
The art of alternating
Windows are made for a house to see the world before it. Over blocking the windows with curtains and shades may not work for everyone. Use alternatives! Use films instead that have UV protection features on your windows. You don’t have to go with the trend in other home’s window treatments. You can get the protection you need without blocking a very nice view. Later on, you’ll discover as much possibilities about this kind of art.
Of all types of windows, the bay and bow windows are the biggest. Because of size alone, you cannot disregard them and leave them literally hanging on your walls just as they are. They will always draw attention and it is your responsibility as a homeowner to beautify them even more. That is why various window treatment ideas are available for your own choosing. Now, how do you update your bay windows? What can you do to accessorize your bow windows? We are giving you some ideas.
Rolling window shades
Make use of rolling shades! Since bay and bow windows both have vertical column features, the usage of rolling window shades is efficient in adjusting the entrance of light to your home. Avail one roller shade per column. Aside from efficiency, rolling shades are also very compatible to installed curtains and available sofas given that the color scheme selection is well-planned.
Open window shutters
On the other hand, you may also opt on having open window shutters. Unlike the rollers, you will not be able to pull the shutters up and down, but you can slide the louvers for adjustment. The good thing about open window shutters is that it imbibes more privacy to the owners which may be accessible any time of the day and may be used in any season. Pick a color that matches the theme of your home’s interior design.
Long time ago, drapery used to be a status symbol. The heavier the drapes, the richer the family is. However, in recent times, drapery is used as a form of home fashion in many households. Aside from regular curtains that drop from top to bottom, horizontal drapes are used not only as a signifier of beauty, but a cover up of hanging installations of other window accessories. The width of bow and bay windows make curtain drapery a very interesting twist to the said window designs.
A sofa set adjacent to your bay and bow windows would be a great addition to make your interior design more dimensional. Commonly, these sofa sets are positioned facing the opposite side of the windows. But since bay and bow windows provide a wide view outdoors, you may place your sofa facing the window instead. This would be very applicable if ithe view offers a scenic landscape. A great view should not be ignored. It will be a very relaxing spot in your home!