Creating That Perfect Entryway

The most common question we get: What colour should I paint my front door? Choosing 2 shades or tints from the same colour strip is best for the main exterior trim and siding colours. Then a third colour should be chosen for the front door.

You can go bold by adding a contrasting colour that is opposite on the colour wheel of your trim and siding colours, or you can go and choose a third lighter/darker shade that mimics the trim and siding. In order to make your entry stand out, it is best to choose a darker or bolder shade than the rest of your home.

Aside from colour, there are a lot of other features that can freshen up your entryway and speak to your homes style—lighting, plants, door knobs, door knocker, door kick plates, rugs, and porch seating all add to the overall appeal of your home’s entry.

3 colours we love this spring

There are so many brilliant colours in this world but colour trends in interior design are constantly evolving. This spring, we’ve already noticed that there are already a lot more green and blue shades in paint shops. Usually this would be seen as a rather ‘cool’ colour that isn’t best suited to spring, however, there’s a minty freshness to it, and that’s why it’s so popular right now. Deep reds are often associated with the winter months, but we’re seeing more of these two and a dark shade of red can actually add the warmth of an interior design, making it a nice addition for the new season of spring. Another popular colour right now is rose. It’s a nice subtle colour that adds warmth and femininity to a room, and it works beautifully on walls in bedrooms. We hope you like these options but what colours do you love for spring?

Keep your wooden floors looking great with these simple maintenance tips

Hardwood floors are an ever popular choice for both domestic and commercial environments and, although not the cheapest option, if properly cared for, hardwood offers a warm and sophisticated appearance which will last for many years.

Hardwood can be relatively easy to maintain, but regular maintenance and cleaning is essential if you wish to keep the floor in pristine condition and looking good. There are several tips which, if carried out correctly and regularly, should help to keep your floor looking like it did initially. (more…)

Synthetic vs Real Turf for your Back Garden

A beautiful landscape is one that is characterised by green, even and clean grass. However, the soil’s nature is different from place to place and the type of grass growing in the garden may not be that appealing to the eye. That is where artificial grass comes in. Synthetic lawns and turf grass are leading products in the market for those trying to achieve a green lawn. So, what is the difference between synthetic and turf grass and which is better than the other? Let us find out.

Origin

Both kinds of grass are aliens to the landscape they lay. However, turf is a type of natural grass that is grown somewhere else on a farm, and like crops, harvested and introduced to a landscape. However, synthetic lawns, in layman’s language, are modified carpets for exterior use. They have a natural look and a feel of grass. Sometimes, turf grass does not mature on new lands due soil and environment incompatibility, unlike synthetic lawns that can be placed anywhere.

Purchasing Costs

Synthetic lawns are cost-friendly compared to turf grass. Basically, for turf grass, you will have to cover transport cost, purchasing cost and planting costs. More so, you will need time to see an even lawn to grow. To grow, the turf grass may need intensive care such as fertilizing, land preparation and labor cost. Synthetic lawns are buy-and-use products. Even so, their store prices are cheaper than turf prices.

Maintenance Costs

Just like crops and other large-scale plants, natural turf lawns need to be taken care of. They need watering, trimming, fertilizers and pesticide control and other practices to maintain a good-looking healthy lawn. This is expensive in the long-term as opposed to the synthetic back garden lawns that need no water, reduced pesticide use, and cuts the cost of mowing and other grass maintenance services. Even better, you can move the carpet to other places for use.

Aesthetic and effectiveness value

Synthetic grass is more effective than turf grass. The lawn can be laid and removed when desired, saving up and utilising space for other activities other than beautiful lawns you can lay. More so, synthetic lawns can stand harsh weather conditions such as summer and winter, without being damaged. They are soft and manufactured to meet human safety requirements. When you buy grass turf, it is prone to harsh weather and may freeze or dry up in different weather if not well-taken care of.

Additionally, it needs a lot of precaution to keep the grass growing and when stepped on for too long, you will notice muddy or brown patches in your once evergreen backyard. Even beyond human control, turf grass leaves can cut your skin if contact is not precautious enough. If you love nature more than anything does, then nothing will beat turf grass for a beautiful greenback yard but if you are a stress-free person, synthetic grass is the best.

Where to place your Christmas tree at home?

When you finally buy a Christmas tree, you probably think about decorating it but upon placing it in its support, you start searching for the best place in your house to position it. You may contemplate:

  • Should I place it near the window so that it can show all the beautiful lights all night?
  • Should I place it in the middle of the hallway where guests will be able to see?
  • Will it be safe in my kitchen with the other appliances?

There’s a lot to consider, but if you go for a small artificial tree, you can place it on your coffee table in a place that is convenient for you. But try to avoid places where it can be run over by people like behind a door or also near a window. Also remember to place it near a power outlet since you don’t want the whole house full of extension cords for the lights. Placing it near a ventilation grid might not be a good idea since if the tree is especially natural; it might cause it to dry thus making your house full of dried needles.