13 Mind-blowing Hacks That Transform The Look of Kitchens

There are multiple ways by which you can experiment with your kitchen by giving it a completely new look. These hacks need not be the expensive ones always. Most common place things can be used to beautify your kitchen too. Whether you are looking for revamping your kitchen in bits and pieces or for a complete overhaul of the entire kitchen, the following hacks are an evergreen remedy for all your projects.

1. Lighting- this is the most important aspect of your kitchen. Where natural light is a boon in any corner of the house, increasing the amount of natural light in your kitchen should the first step in your renovation plan. Kitchen window and door panes should be painted in the lightest of colors, white if possible. Reflective glasses can be used to increase the incoming natural light. Besides, artificial lighting is also a very important element. Dim light kitchens do not give a cleaner look as compared to the brighter ones. Lighting can be added to shelves, hidden cabinets or even sink. Ceiling lights can be plain minimalist panel lights or hung using pulley and jute suspensions to give a rustic look.

2. Colors- kitchens can be as brightly colored with neon or as lightly colored with pastels, both work great. You can make the cabinets brightly colored pairing up with light pastels. This gives a spacious look to otherwise smaller kitchen areas. Insides of the cabinets can be pasted with wallpapers for classic bakery looks. Or if the least effort is needed then just doing the knobs of the kitchen with a bright color does the magic.

3. Plants- having a small kitchen garden is like a boon for the entire household. Not only does it give you fresh organic greens for your various dishes, but also is aesthetically appealing. Indoor plants and trees purify the air inside and give nice fragrance too. If there isn’t enough space in the kitchen then you can have a mini garden on a tray, but if the effort to maintain the garden seems too much to you then artificial boxwood shrubs, faux silk plants and faux hedges can be your best friends.

4. Pictures- with only one well-decorated wall in the kitchen can bring the entire focus to it. You can use a big scenery, multiple smaller pictures, fancy mirrors or even empty frames.

5. Decorative- small sculptures and decorative items can be strategically placed at window sills and open shelves for added beauty. Metal and wood sculptures are great for the purpose and so are the homemade papier mache, POP and white cement ones.

6. Fragrance- a great smelling kitchen not only lifts up your mood but also is reflected in your cooking. Pines cones, potpourri or incense sticks with the help of essential oils can work wonders. An even greater hack will be to place a bonsai citrus plant in the kitchen which solves many purposes.

7. Metal finish- this comes in handy if you are tired of cleaning your kitchen again and again and still feel that it’s not enough, wallpapers require a monthly change or the painting requires a semi-annual revamp which is costing too much on your pocket. Going for an all-metal finish for your kitchen is best when you want a clean kitchen with minimal effort. Wiping dirt off the metal surface is any day easier than from wooden or stone slabs and shelves.

8. Technology- technology can jazz up your time in the kitchen. A small radio or music system can be incorporated in the kitchen for a healthy mood and cooking. If you are going for a bigger budget then a complete Wi-Fi enabled appliance system. This reduces the workload up to 30%.

9. Shelves- open shelves are used to proudly showcase your fancy crockery. Open shelves are also a great combination with colorful utensils and brick backsplash. Open shelves are also multipurpose. Hooks can be attached to the edges of the shelves to put cups, pans and clothes. Hook shelves for pans over a wall are great space savers.

10. Flooring- a pretty rug in between the hall can totally renovate the entire look of the kitchen without any other change. The rug can also be placed under your microwave or under the most cherished flowerpot. For a bigger project, wood pattern tiles can be used for the rustic look. Different patterns can be made with a combination of tiles. Or, complete bold colored tiled flooring is used for adding a dash of life. Tiles are a better choice over other options due to their easy to clean property.

11. Surprise backsplash- to give a spacious look to the kitchen is to use a mirrored backsplash. Mirrors give a hint of double the space and are the easiest to clean too. Mirror work can be done along the entire rack and self-space. It also doubles the colors in your kitchen. You can also just redo your backsplash with paint, wallpaper and metallic tiles.

12. Detachable frames- these are the best hacks for a small space kitchen. Foldable dining and chopping tables space a lot of space. You can also opt for detachable chopping sink board. If you lack space for a center table in the kitchen then you can go for cabinet removable table also. This table can also be your own little dining table in the kitchen area.

13. Dividers- intelligent dividers between your kitchen and living area can be used where the concept of an open kitchen is in place. Such dividers are good for preserving your privacy as well as can come in handy for your hook racks too. If nothing else, then fancy dividers can the aesthetic makeover for the kitchen.

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Enter the World of Coziness: Còsagach, Scottish Trend You Will Love

 

Scotland is the land of gorgeous landscapes, rich history, and interesting culture. Although people usually connect it to rainy hills and soccer, there are more amazing things we have coming from Scotland. One of them is certainly the Scottish interior design concept – Còsagach (pronounced “kos-ah-gogh”).

In 2018, VisitScotland presented Còsagach as a rival to hygge, a Danish lifestyle and interior design trend. In Scottish Gaelic, còsagach means cozy and sheltered. As a tourism body, VisitScotland intends to use Còsagach as one of the key points of their strategy to present their country to visitors and the world.

“It’s no secret that Scotland can have, at times, rather harsh and ferocious weather. In the winter when the storms rage and the waves crash against the rocks, there is nothing more satisfying than being curled up in front of the fire, book and hot toddy in hand, listening to the weather outside,” says the Trend 2018 report by the VisitScotland.

If you were a fan of hygge, then you should certainly try Còsagach. They are similar but not the same so you will also bring some novelty and freshness to your home. Here are some features of Còsagach that you can easily include in your interior décor.

 

  • Cosy by the fireplace

A fireplace is something that will warm you up during the cold days and nights. Today, you can install gas fireplaces and still have a beautiful living room area to cozy up. Even a faux fireplace will work if you don’t need the extra heat. Make sure to place some decorative blankets on the floor and arrange old books above on the mantel.

This is an excellent place to sit down and have a glass of wine or cup of tea with your friends while chatting about things. Especially during the rainy and snowy days, but also during the sunny ones. Also, having a fireplace will surely earn you some extra points with admirers of the newest trends.

 

  • Add rustic textures

When we think about Scotland, we rarely imagine houses, but rather castles on top of a hill with waves of a restless sea crashing against the rocks below. So, in order to bring out the castle in your home, you have to use rustic textures. Of course, this doesn’t mean that your 21st century home will turn into an old castle, but only that you will incorporate richness of details.

Wool throws and knit pillows are perfect to add to the decorative details and are also very welcoming to snuggling in. On the other hand, plaid flannel pillows and chunky cable knit blankets are also an excellent choice to include Còsagach in your home. In the end, it’s all the matter of your personal taste and choice what Còsagach items to include in the décor.

 

  • Wood and stone in your home

The last year was all about natural materials, and if you choose Còsagach, then you’ll be adding wood and stone to the décor. You can create a stone wall or use wooden beams for the ceiling. Nicely lacquered floors of dark wood will add character to your home and make it look warmer.

There are many solutions for adding stone elements in your home. It can be just a few details like the home bar made out of differently shaped rocks with the matte wood countertop. This kind of setting would be perfect for having Scottish whiskey with your friends while watching a game.

 

  • Paint it the Còsagach style

Colour will accentuate Còsagach and is the easiest way for you to implement this style into your interior design. If you ask contractors and local painters about the importance of color, they will all agree that it can do not only a lot but sometimes everything to set the mood in the home.

When it comes to Còsagach, the colors you choose will help you create your own Scottish home and make way for other decorative elements to fit in. Warm brown and pastel green will go together perfectly, especially if you decide to have a fireplace. Darker shades of green, grey, and burgundy may seem like a bolder move, but they will actually gorgeously complement lighter furniture and well-lit spaces.  

Whenever we think about redecorating, we tend to go for more safe designs. But Còsagach is one of those that will furnish your home with quality materials and still create a friendly and welcoming environment. With so many different variants of materials on the market, you can even get your own Scottish castle for a reasonable amount of money. And without actually moving to Scotland.     

 

Home Improvement – Using Custom Furniture By Guest Writer Ella Andrews

These days it is extremely important for homeowners to understand that all the money they invest in their homes can be returned in the future. Home improvement is essential for many reasons. Unless you take good care of your house or flat it won’t be as functional as you wish and you will always need to do little repairs here and there which can break the bank. Moreover, by investing money in the flooring, the windows, the tiles and the furniture, you are turning a simple home into a dream home – a place where your family feels safe, a cozy and welcoming area for guests and above all, a house that you can be proud of. Last, but not least, by improving your home you are increasing its market value and this is a big advantage.home improvemnet decorating decoration design elements ella andrews guest writer country and victorian times

One of the best ways to improve your home is by getting some custom furniture. Most people prefer the traditional furniture for many reasons – it’s easier to find, it’s definitely more affordable and more or less adaptable to any home and style. However, the traditional furniture isn’t what sells a house. Moreover, it’s not even what makes you love your house. In order to feel completely relaxed at home, you need some inspirational furniture pieces that you’d be proud to own. High end retailers have numerous styles and trends to offer you – you’d be spoiled for choice. The first thing to do is take the exact measures of your home and be aware of it style. Consider the colors of the walls and whether you are willing to change them. There are many ways to bring new life into your dull home.

Go to a furniture store that offers a big variety of pieces, styles and shapes. Think about the feel you’d like to have in the living room, for example. Would you like more space and bigger area to just lie down and relax? Why don’t you get lower shelves and smaller cabinets? These are so compact you’ll see the big difference they make immediately.home improvemnet decorating decoration design elements country and victorian times ella andrews guest writer

Look for furniture pieces that have a distinct look – whether it’s in the finish, the edges, the color or the detailing, you’ll know when you see it. Try a vintage closet for the bedroom – one that would remind you of your travels abroad. Use colors and finishes to add a new feel to each room. A vintage style desk for the home office is a perfect choice – it will help your creativity flow. A small coffee table made of glass? It’s the perfect choice for those who like the more sophisticated furniture pieces.

Think about the maintenance as well – wooden furniture requires regular polish. Glass surfaces get stained and smudged quickly too. Some of the furniture may change its color over time, so in order to keep them in top condition, ask about maintenance tips.

Bio: Ella Andrews is a  writer and blogger who has great passion for home improvement projects. She is constantly searching for new sources of inspiration. Find out here what motivates her most: motivetes her most: www.movingservicesremovals.co.uk/removals/HP20-moversaylesbury.html

Use Knitting In Your Home Decoration By Guest Writer Ella Andrews

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During the recent years knitting has become more and more popular not only in clothes fashion but also as a way of decorating your home. Knitting brings warmth and cosiness in a place. Here are a few ideas and advices on how to most properly use it in your dwelling.

  • Knitting and your furniture

Knitting is a wonderful way to renovate your old furniture and even to make new one. Knitted tools have become more and more popular recently and they are a wonderful addition to your children’s room. For your bedroom or hall sofa you can use knitted coverings instead of the traditional ones. Knitting is a perfect solution if your furniture is a bit old. Cover it with knitting but have in mind that it is more difficult to clean

  • Knitting for covering the floor of the placeUse Knitting In Your Home Decoration3

If you use knitting instead of traditional carpet for your rooms you will be surprised of the great change you will immediately notice. A knitted carpet on your bedroom floor will not only look romantic and cosy but will also warm your feet when you get up and step on it. It looks both stylish and beautiful.

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Knitting is a wonderful means of creating specific atmosphere in your place. The secret here is to use it not everywhere but in the tiny but important details. You can even use knitting to create seasonal home decoration. Knitted flowers are suitable for spring while sea themes are a perfect choice for summer. Leaves made of coloured yarn are a wonderful addition for your autumn decoration and knitted snowflakes are the best choice for winter.

A few more ideas of how to use knitting in your home decoration:

  1. Make tiny knitted “socks” for your chairs’ and tables’ legs. They will look fashionable and will prevent the carpet from scratches.
  2. Knitted glass pads are also a smart decision
  3. You can use yarn to make pillow cases for the vases – this type of decoration is very suitable for the cold winter months.
  4. A couple of colored balls of yarn look extremely fashionable in a tall, glass vase.
  5. For Christmas you can make a wreath of colored yarn using traditional festive colors – red, green and white.

How to properly take care of the knitting?

You may store it in moving boxes or if you have purchased it carefully examine the label from the store as it will explain the best way to take care of it. If there is no label or you are the one who have created it, find out more about the yarn it is made of so that you can know how to properly wash and iron it.

Some knitting should be washed in cool water only while others – in hot one. Wash them well and use special fabric softener to keep the knitting soft for as long as possible.

Bio: Ella Andrews is a content writer who has great flair for decoration and interior design. She is always searching for new challenges. Therefore her present article is focused on exterior home design related theme.

“Country Victorian” Decorating

Victorian Era style reflects home decor during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 – 1910. “Country Victorian” focuses primarily on the feel and look of Victorian countryside summer homes. While this decorating style is very similar to traditional Victorian decor, it incorporates a more airy and relaxing feel.

Colors: “Country Victorian” decor incorporates a variety of colors such as pastel pinks, greens, blues, and peaches. These can be paired with darker hues of mauve and incorporate the occasional navy, indigo, or deep forest green. “Country Victorian” homes often inspire picturesque images of the countryside or seaside. Pick an idyllic image of a rustic vacation spot and use this to influence your color selections. Sea foam green and varying shades of blue with a touch of peach will invoke an image of the seaside while pink, mauve, mint green, and forest green will speak of a countryside filled with flowers growing down a rolling hillside. Rich patterns are common in Victorian home decor on everything from the furniture to the wallpaper.

Materials: “Country Victorian” decor typically uses lots of lush and luxurious fabrics such as silk, velvet and lace. Your “Country Victorian” home should still have an abundant supply of interesting fabrics, but you should not to use those with a light and airy feel such as cottons and chintz. Use lace or gauzy fabrics at the windows to let plenty of sunlight in. Embroidered blankets, rugs, pillows, and throws will lend to the Victorian feel and look of the home. Tassels and ribbons

are also distinctly Victorian. Furniture with a lacquered grained wood finish will give the home a bit of a rustic feel. Wicker is another material frequently associated with “Country Victorian” homes. Couches and chairs should be plump and a bit overstuffed.

Accessories: In a “Country Victorian” style home, it is the little touches that often bring the look together. Victorian decor is often associated with a business and somewhat cluttered look. Placing antique items and Victorian era prints and artwork throughout the home will complete your “Country Victorian” theme. Dried flowers are a popular feature in homes of this style. Nature-inspired knickknacks such as seashells and pebbles work with this theme as well. Opt for pewter and brass light fixtures. Painted plates and porcelain dogs and other small creatures are fine finishing touches for a “Country Victorian” home.