Interior Design and Decoration Tips For Your Home

Making your home a more conducive living space not only depends on available interior space but also factors in choice of colors and materials to make it a warm, convivial place.

1. Softer, lighter colors can help make a small room feel larger.
Just like mirrors that accentuate space and make a small room feel larger, the use of lighter color, whether from natural sunlight or interior paint can also make a small room feel large. In contrast, darker colors create an illusion of a smaller living space.

2. Use rugs to create accent on hardwood floors.
While you try to adopt a certain theme and aim to use consistent tone such as matching furniture and wooden floor space, use of throw rugs often add warmth and create texture and personality to your living space. Depending on season or occasion these rugs can be replaced to allow living space to portray a warm or cool personality.

3. Save space with cheap, elegant wicker baskets
Wicker baskets can be a good complement to interior theme of space conscious places at home such as the bathroom. Wicker baskets are economical way to add storage for towels, laundry, tissue paper or toiletries without disrupting the overall look and feel.

4. Add plants to your living space.
Typically placed in a corner, plants not only convey green living and add color and texture but also provide air purifying and humidity balancing characteristics. Bamboo palm, tiger plant, snake plant or asparagus fern are a few examples.

5. Use contrasting cushion colors to complement your sofa.

Having both sofa and cushion adopt the same color may look dull, but using contrasting colors helps create good accent.

6. Use lamps inside bedroom.

Instead of a typical indoor lamp, using lamp shades inside bedroom helps create a more cozy atmosphere and more inviting for a restful sleep.

7. You can save energy by choosing specific lighting system.
Your kitchen, for example, can utilize low-wattage lighting specific to certain parts of the kitchen, adding a flair of cozy dining experience while saving energy costs on lighting while working on certain parts of the kitchen (cooking, baking, dishwashing, etc.)

8. Create breathing space for furniture.
Avoid overcrowding a room by stuffing all available space with something that fits — CD rack, vertical speaker or lamp shade. Allow space for maneuverability and avoid accidents at home especially those with small square footage.


Sample Bedroom Designs For Your Home

It’s where you spend a significant amount of time while at home, a place to recharge your energy and prepare for another day of challenges. Bedrooms are supposed to provide you with a comforting vibe. Therefore it is essential to have a well decorated bedroom for your comfort and healthy sleeping.


Sample Living Room Interior Designs For Your Home

Living rooms are where family members ideally gather at the end of the day, recollecting memories and sharing them or watching favorite TV shows together. Therefore the ambiance of a well-planned living room interior designs should help alleviate stress and provide positive energy in a relaxing atmosphere.

Here are some of our handpicked layouts that may fit your idea of a living room.


Swedish Ambassador Confirms First IKEA Store in Philippines

Everyone must be tired of hearing the news about that IKEA, the renowned Swedish design brand, opening up in Manila.

But with no less than the Swedish ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries confirming in a Manila Bulletin interview that Manila will soon be IKEA’s next home.

“I won’t be surprised that once they have set their camp here, they’ll be looking for local manufacturing. I think that would be wonderful and interesting for the Philippines.” MB quoted Fries as saying during the occasion of the 70th year of Sweden-Philippine Diplomatic Relations.

The Netherlands-based company designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories.

Founded in Sweden in 1943, IKEA has been the world’s largest furniture retailer since at least 2008 and is known for its modern architectural designs for various types of appliances and furniture. Its interior design work is often associated with an eco-friendly simplicity. Kamprad, meanwhile, is now one of the 10 richest people in the world and the owner of a more than $40 -billion fortune.


15 Tips on How to Save Energy at Home

According the International Energy Outlook 2013, the world’s energy consumption is projected to increase by 56% from 2010 to 2040 especially in countries that are driven by strong long-term economic growth.

Yet, despite the advancement of technology, the question is, is it still possible that we will run out of electricity?

At present, natural resources are exhausted. Thus, it is quite possible that humans will suffer from energy poverty. With the way our electricity is made at present time, humans do not have much control on how to use it. Natural resources such as fossil fuels are running out and relying on nuclear fuels for electricity is totally not a good idea since nuclear factories produce tons of waste products that are bad to environmental health.

Here are the 15 tips on how humans can contribute their part in energy shortage, and how they can save energy at home:

  1. turn_off_lightsTurn off the light when not in use, that is when leaving the house or the room.
  2. Use fluorescent light bulbs over incandescent lights since they used up lesser energy. Keep the bulbs and fixtures clean since dirt can increase output of lights.
  3. Buy home appliances with energy-saving labels since they can save up energy up to 50%.
  4. Clean the air conditioner filter once per quarter. Otherwise, it reduces airflow.
  5. Cook food using microwave oven than in conventional oven. However, for small quantities of food, use oven toaster since they use much less energy.
  6. Don’t rely on your car. If it is just a few kilometers walk, consider walking or biking.
  7. Do not charge cellular batteries unless they are fully empty. This is damaging to cellphones and consumes much more energy.
  8. Turn off the laptop when not in use for a long time. Activate the hibernate or sleep mode instead.
  9. Invest in laptop over standard computers since they take up up to 90% less energy.
  10. When printing school papers, use inkjet printers over laser printers.
  11. Limit the use of portable heaters since spot heating can be expensive.
  12. Opt for opaque or dark-colored lamp shades. They eat up less energy.
  13. Keep your freezer full. Such is an energy-saver than the one that is empty. Keep refrigerator in proper order to allow efficient operation and sufficient airflow. Tip: Chest type freezers are more energy-efficient.
  14. If possible, do not dry clothes. Not only drying wrinkle clothing but also wastes energy.
  15. Check for malfunctions and leaks. Any leaking household appliance takes up more energy and emits more greenhouse gases.