Tips For Decorating Your Living Room on a Budget

In most homes, the living room is the place where most of the action happens. This is where you spend time together as a family and entertain your friends. Apart from the bed room, your living room is where you spend the maximum time in your house. It is no wonder then, that all of us want our living rooms to look good and be comfortable. However, with constant wear and tear, our living room starts looking drab, old fashioned and mostly in need of a change for the better. Unfortunately, redecorating even a single room in the house can prove to be extremely costly, and a situation involving redecorating your living room is no different. However, with our tips on redoing your living room, you can easily and quickly freshen up your living room’s decor without spending a huge packet.

Bring Out The Colors: Changing the color scheme of a room is an easy and inexpensive method of redecorating it. Choose a color scheme that is different from what your living room was sporting earlier. In order to give your living room paint a professional feel, mix and match two or three colors, paint one wall a different color or use dark colors for accenting certain portions of the room.

Go Green: Bringing in plants into your living room adds both color and life to the room. Adding greens to a room always makes it look classy and cool. Buy a couple of potted plants and arrange them in a corner of the living room where there is some light. You can also keep your plants in a dark corner and hang a lamp on top. This will not only make sure that your plants live; it will also result in a beautiful corner arrangement.

Add Space: If you wish your living room was larger than what it currently is, but can do nothing much about it, then putting up a couple of mirrors on the wall is the next best thing to breaking down walls. Mirrors add an illusion of added space, and if you do it correctly, you might just end fooling yourself about the actual size of your living room.

Cover Your Floors: Changing your dull or drab floor tiles or carpeting is an extremely expensive move. If you are fed up with your old floor, then buying carpets and multi colored rugs and placing them strategically across your living room will give your living room floor a new lease of life and color at a minimal cost. You can choose from a wide range of floor coverings depending on your budget and the theme of your living room.

Create Your Own Art: One of the cheapest methods of decorating your room is by using art work and decorative pieces that you have created yourself. Even if you are not very artistic, you can easily put together a collage of pictures, leaves or dry flowers that will look appealing once it is framed. You can also frame interesting pieces of fabrics or cushion covers to create a tapestry like wall hanging.

Add To Your Upholstery: While changing all the furniture in your living room, sofas, settees and chairs can be very costly, you can easily get the upholstery changed for a fraction of the price, and your sofas will once again start looking new. If you cannot find someone to do this for you, then you can shop around for throws, shawls and new cushion covers to give your seating space a new look for less.

Dangers of Home Remedies – Just Because It’s Natural Does Not Mean It’s Safe

We perceive home remedies as natural, and most of them actually are. However, natural does not always mean safe, even though for many people the two terms are equal. It is easy to find out the dangers associated with the use of medications; they are written on the accompanying leaflet. You have an idea of what to expect and what to do in case you feel unwell because of the treatment. This is not the case with home remedies. We rely on the fact that they have been used for ages and they have not shown any serious side effect. But are home remedies completely safe?

You cannot put all home remedies in one group. With the easier access to information and to various goods coming from different countries, the number of treatments used at home has grown significantly. With the advance of science, new medicinal properties of different herbs, plants and minerals and their products are constantly being discovered. In turn, they easily pass as safe home remedies just because they are natural.

In reality no one knows whether they are dangerous or not since they have not been fully studied yet. For instance, some evidence has been found recently that saw palmetto, a native North American plant, can be effective for treating hair loss. However, scientists believe that it might have some dangerous side effects that have not been confirmed yet.

The situation with the traditional home remedies is slightly different. In many cases fruits and vegetables and their by-products, such as juices, are used for the treatment of certain conditions, usually gastrointestinal ones. Usually the sufferer has to consume more of these to get the desired results. These home remedies are completely safe. The same applies to the increased consumption of certain foods that can be used for direct relief or as natural sources of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients that aid healing.

The use of other home ingredients for home remedies, such as salt, baking soda and vinegar, is also known to be safe. In general, there are no negative effects on the body when these are used in slightly larger quantities than traditionally for a short period of time. Still, the effectiveness of such active ingredients for some conditions has been debated. For instance, a water solution of baking soda is known to be effective for quick heartburn relief. However, its frequent intake might actually stimulate acid reflux. That is why you should be careful when, how and for how long to use home remedies.

The situation with herbs and spices is somewhat difference. Most traditional ingredients that we use are perfectly safe. Some notable examples include chamomile, peppermint, thyme, rosemary, cinnamon and ginger. You use these to make teas or in dishes every day, so taking slightly more of them and in different forms cannot cause you any harm.

However, not all herbal home remedies are perfectly safe to use. Some are known to produce side effects in people with certain allergies and specific medical conditions. It is also possible for herbal chemical compounds to interact with certain medications and cause trouble. The long intake of some herbs or their products in large amounts can also have a negative effect on the body. This is because the different herbs and plants contain various chemical compounds. Some of them are dangerous, but not when taken in small amounts. When these chemicals build up in the body, they can affect different organs and tissue and cause discomfort and/or damage.

There are also cases in which perfectly safe home products can turn into dangerous substances when used as medicines. One notable yet surprising example is the use of butter for treatment of burns. It has a cooling effect on the skin, but it is not sterile. In turn, the use of butter can actually lead to the burn becoming infected. This can lead to serious complications that require medical treatment. Still, this is a very rare case rather than the norm.

In general, you cannot judge all home remedies as a whole. Each should be assessed on its own merits. It is essential for you to find out more about the use of a certain home remedy. In this way, you will know how it can help you and whether there are side effects associated with it.

Open Up Your Small Living Room

A living room is often one of the most utilized rooms in a house. It can be used as a gathering place for youthful hangouts or study sessions. Perhaps your room is used to host monthly group meetings or clubs. Sporting events may be watched regularly from your living room sofa. Maybe your room is the site of regular parties or social gatherings. Whatever the case may be, the living room deserves special attention when it comes to home decorating. This is the space in your home where you reconnect with your family and loved ones.

The feel of a living space in manipulated with the way furniture is placed in it; the way colors are added to it and accents that are used in it. Different design elements can completely transform the look and feel of a living room. Even if your living room is a problem spot in your house, do not despair there are solutions to minimize the things you don’t like and maximize the potential that is there.

If your living room is on the smaller side, make sure you are aware of the furniture pieces you are putting into that room. It is important not to overburden a smaller space with too many pieces of furniture or too large of furniture. The placement of furniture and area rugs in a small space is essential. In order to visually expand the space, keep furniture toward the walls. Clumping furniture too close together, or too near the center of the room, will visibly shrink an already small space.

If you use your living area as a space where you watch television or movies often the placement of the furniture and TV or projector is even more important. Placing the television and seating furniture along opposite walls is often the best and possibly only real solution, proper placement of an area rug will help keep your room from visually shrinking. Place the area rug in front of or underneath the television then place the furniture along the opposite outside edge of the rug. This visually expands your floor space and will keep you from feeling too cramped. If possible, use a round or oval shaped rug to eliminate a boxy feel.

Choosing the right size rug is extremely important in a smaller sized living room. Using too large of a rug will end up seeming like the main flooring, or carpet, in a room. Using too small of a rug can look like an afterthought and unplanned design element. It will not have the right effect on your decorating as a well thought out and planned rug. Essentially you should look for a rug that is large enough to cover the center of the floor, but not too large that all of the furniture along the perimeter of the room rests fully on top of it. If you shift the rug so that it covers more of one side of a room leaving exposed flooring on the other side, you will again visually change the appearance of the size of the room. Small living rooms can be greatly enhanced by choosing and using the right area rugs.