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The Brass Tacks of Decorating Your Living Room

Decorating a living room can be an interesting job if you make it so. While there are many tips on how to decorate a living room, here are some basic ones that are tried and tested.

Ever heard of experts advising people to visualize what they want their living room to look like before setting out to furnish it? Well they aren’t kidding and it’s what most people do. It definitely helps if you have a vision of what you want your room to look like and if you make a drawing of it.

While most people recommend choosing furniture and curtains and then choosing the colour of paint for the walls. There are some adventurous folk who take a risk and start by painting the walls and then choosing upholstery and curtains. Whatever method you prefer, always ensure that colours and design of your upholstery and curtains go with the colour of your walls. An interesting alternative to curtains are Venetian blinds and in fact they have come back into fashion recently. Especially if you have a lot of sunlight coming into your living room you might want to consider using the many varieties of Venetian blinds available.

Arranging furniture in your living room is of primary importance. Start by deciding where you want to place your sofa and chairs as they are going to be used frequently. Arrange them around a focal point such as a TV and always keep in mind where the plug points and power outlets are. Ideally, sofa and chairs should face each other in order to encourage conversation. If you have a large living room or a long one you can use a sofa to divide the room, and you can even create groups of furniture. Placing a small table smack in the middle between your sofa and chairs is a good idea but make sure there is enough of space to move around.

However if you have a small room it would be better if you did not put your sofa and chairs in the middle of the room because it will just cause your room to appear smaller and crowded. A corner stand is an interesting addition to any room and takes up very little space so do try out one especially if you have a small room.

Once you have arranged the major pieces of furniture in your living room you can get down to arranging nick-knacks, figurines and photos on the tables and in the showcase, if you have any antique pieces or figurines give it pride of place. A good vase and some natural flowers always add elegance and colour to a room but if you don’t have time and energy to get natural flowers you can always go in for some artificial flowers. Artificial flowers are very popular as they appear fresh and realistic and most can be washed when dusty.

Remember a living room is where the whole family gathers to spend time together, so making it comfortable and warm should be your main priority.

Garden Design And You

Most of us, at some point in our lives will feel like putting a plant into the soil and watch it grow. Hey! I am not referring to some kind of primeval instinct embedded in our DNA it’s just the gardening bug! If you have space around your house, and have been bitten by the “gardening bug” it is time you learnt some of the tips and tricks that every amateur gardener knows.

Garden Design

Even if you don’t have an overall theme for your garden, remember you can always hire an expert to help you design your garden. An expert does not need to have a degree in horticulture. Your neighbour with the beautiful garden could be just the person who you need.

So what exactly do you need to start a garden? As mentioned above start with a design or a scene for you garden, it could be anything from Japanese or Chinese to the controlled disorder of an English cottage garden. Look at the space available to you and decide what plants are necessary to achieve your desired garden scene. Whatever you decide on it has to survive the climate in India, more importantly the plants have to be able to survive in the prevalent conditions in your garden. If you do want to experiment with exotic plants make sure they have the necessary conditions to survive and flourish, you don’t want your garden to die out even before it starts growing.

Basic Necessities

Make sure adequate amounts of water are available to keep your garden fresh, if not install a drip irrigation system or use more sand formations and rockeries in your garden. Before you get down, start planting seeds and get your potted plants in place, map out pathways in your garden and use pebbles or stepping-stones to cover paths. Mark where you want to put your outdoor furniture, garden benches and swings.

Making sure the soil in your garden is fit for gardening and fertilized well is important. So for future use dig a compost pit towards a corner, camouflage it and start using it, remember it will also help with rain water harvesting.

Planting and Maintaining

Start with planning and planting your lawn but try not to place flower beds in the middle of it, instead choose to put your flower beds to the side and clump colours together for maximum effect. Gardening is a tough task, one of the most efficient ways to burn calories in fact. So if you want your garden to give something back, plant a part of your garden with herbs such as mint. It will leave your kitchen with a steady supply of herbs and a heavenly aroma in your garden. Adding a few fruit trees to your garden is a good idea especially if you want to attract birds to your garden and even have a bird house. While planting fruit trees choose those that grow well in the area that you live in.

Lighting and Ornaments

Garden lights are often neglected or non-existent, with most people forgetting that they can enjoy their garden in the night or evening. So invest in suitable lighting fixtures and place them appropriately so that your garden is well illuminated. If you have a fountain, consider lighting it from behind with waterproof lights. You can even change the mood in your garden by the strategic placing of up lighting or down lighting. Once you garden is planned and planted you can go ahead and customize it to your hearts’ content with garden ornaments such as lanterns, garden gnomes and wind chimes.

There is much more to a garden than just trees, plants and flowers and you will come to realize this as you plan yours. Importantly your garden is where your creativity and zest for life can be showcased to its fullest extent.

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