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Top Tips While Choosing Aluminum Roller Shutters


Security is one of the prime concerns of most homeowners, and they go to great extents to achieve the best results. Over the years, the way we look at security has changed and people have got different ways to enforce security in their homes. In this regard, the aluminum roller shutters have become a famous choice for many homeowners to make homes safe. With the help of modern technology, now people can derive the best benefits out of this. These have proved to be beneficial and cost-effective at the same time. Although it is good to choose the aluminum roller shutters, it is wise to not just choose any product that you come across; here are the top tips that will help you in this regard.

Know More about it

In this age of modern technology, it is not right to say that I do not have information about a thing. There is almost all the information in the world out there on the internet. So, you need to make sure that you spend enough time researching about the aluminum roller shutters. Research about the benefits and utility of aluminum roller shutters and you need to also consider the price and quality in order to enjoy benefits of these shutters for a long time.

Set a Budget

There is no limit to the price that you can buy aluminum roller shutters for. So make sure that you set a proper budget to get these and look for the products that fit your budget. After you have all the essentials, you need to now set a budget for the purchase. Most of the times buying in bulk will help you to get a good deal from specific sellers. So look for sellers who are providing these shutters in your set budget.

Look for Quality

Not all products come with same quality, and there is no rule that every aluminum product will be authentic. So you need to spend time in identifying whether the shutters are really good in quality. You need your roller shutters to live a long life and for that, you will have to ensure it has good quality. If you pay attention to this aspect you can be sure of great quality product for a long time. It is best to consider the reviews of people who have used it in the past to get a better idea of what you can expect from it in the future. 

What is the Manufacturer’s Reputation?

There are many manufacturers in the market for aluminum roller shutter, and not all of them are really good with their products. So how do you identify the best? Well, one of the best ways could be to search on the internet to find out the reputation of the manufacturer and also look for reviews from people who may have used similar products in your locality. The manufacturer’s reputation will play an important role in the kind of product you can expect to be installed.

Once you get your aluminum roller shutters, you can install it by yourself if you are good with physical work. However, if you are not confident about it, it is best to take professional help in this regard. The professionals are experienced in installation and know the best tricks of the trade. So let them do a proper job on your installation as well. If you keep the above tips in mind you can be sure to take an informed decision and get shutters that are perfect for your home. Enjoy the overall process of installation and the long-term benefits associated with it. 

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Evaporative Cooling: An Effective Cooling Technique


Before we get into details about evaporative cooling we need to understand the working of this system. This cooler is an appliance which is box-shaped with porous surfaces that let the air pass through them. The fan, which is inside the unit pulls the air from the outside into the house. Each of the porous sides is fitted with a material which can absorb water as this leads to cooling of the air.

How Evaporative Cooling Become an Effective Cooling Technique?

For effective cooling, you need to make sure that each of these pads is damp. This dampness leads to maximum cooling as dampness tends to lead to maximum evaporation. The amount of water has to be adjusted off and on making sure that the pads are damp all the time.

The Many Benefits of Evaporative Cooling:

These coolers are a preferred choice for many homeowners due to the many benefits they provide.

  • Affordable: As compared to other cooling systems, these coolers work out cost-effective. This is one factor which is considered by most homeowners as not all can afford the air-conditioning systems available these days. Not only for the appliance but even the cost of installation can fit into any budget.
  • Eco-Friendly: As we know refrigerated cooling systems tend to make the air drier, besides which certain chemicals are used for the process of cooling in these. This can be harmful not only to the atmosphere but also to the environment. Evaporative cooling is a natural process which leads to the healthy atmosphere of the air given out is much cleaner without any chemicals. You do not experience any exposure to dry air with these systems. You can keep the windows and doors open when operating these systems, which is any time healthier.
  • Easy Maintenance: These evaporative coolers are designed in a simple manner, with only two main parts, the fan motor, and the pump. The basic maintenance required for these coolers is regular flushing and draining, cleaning the screens of the pump, adding some oil and replacing the tubing if this is cracked.
  • Moisture Retained: For those living in dry climates, refrigerated cooling is a discomfort as the air tends to get drier and lead to uncalled for health problems. This is not so with evaporative cooling systems. Breathing is more comfortable with the evaporative cooling systems as compared to air-conditioners. In case of air conditioning systems, the level of moisture retention often destroys the entire functioning of the system, but this is not the system with the evaporative cooling system. If the air conditioner fins are not cleaned regularly, moisture retention can lead to health issues, which is not the case with evaporative cooling. 

Some Types of Evaporative Cooling Systems:

You have a choice between different evaporative cooling systems, some of which are

  1. Indirect Evaporative Coolers: These coolers make use of an evaporative media which is suited for a cooling tower. This helps in cooling down to the approaching temperature. These are good for small home spaces.
  2. Direct Evaporative Coolers:  This type of systems cool down the air in the surrounding before releasing it in the medium. This helps in increasing the humidity and removing stagnant air from the surroundings.
  3. Side-draft Units: These units are installed on one side of a home, like a window. This tends to blow in the cool air inside a home. This operation is similar to a window air-conditioner.

Besides the above mentioned you also have a choice between the up-draft units, combined systems, standalone systems, downdraft systems and portable evaporative systems. You need to go through the different choices available to determine which fits your requirement. Let’s go to the details and get more useful information.

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Protect Your Home with Specialized Bushfire Shutters


Bushfire can cause devastating damage to homes and buildings. Ruthless fire can damage homes and businesses. If the fire gets out of control, it stretches to many kilometers causing a path of destruction. And, the financial and emotional loss caused can be deadly for families.

A home can be protected from bushfire damage, by shielding the windows with bushfire shutters. If the fire has no entry in the house due to proper shielding, interior burning is reduced. Internal damage can occur only when the fire outside causes windows to explode and the house is engulfed in fire. Fire can spread from curtains to furniture and then anything flammable, thus destroying the entire house.

Along with safety, we love to bring the outdoors inside using mediums like bigger windows or even huge sliding doors, these days. Bushfire shutters can be ascetically pleasing and a practical addition to your place.

During a bushfire, flying debris is capable of smashing through windows. Bushfire shutters can protect such events. Strong winds can carry hot sparks into the house through windows, igniting a fire inside. This can be prevented by the use of bushfire roller shutters.

Benefits of Installing Bushfire Shutters:

Security- The first thing provided is excellent safety and security which also appreciates the value of your place. Shutters stop hot embers from entering the building through broken windows and can be electrically or manually operated.

Heat- The bushfire shutters keep out the heat and increase the power and efficiency of the cooling system being used. They provide ventilation with the light still filtering through but reducing the heat up to 90%.

Protection from Storms- By installing bushfire shutters one can resist the cyclones effectively.

Protection from Cold- In winters, you can save massively on the bills by installing bushfire shutters whether you have oil, reverse cycle air-conditioning or even gas and electric heating.

Protection from Noise Pollution- These shutters help in minimizing outside noise to a great extent. You would be surprised at the benefits you can get from this, in noise reduction.

Operation of The Bushfire Shutters:

Roller shutters can be operated manually from inside or outside. Moreover, these days there are easier electrically operated systems that work with a click. In fact, there are ones that feature sensors too and give you the flexibility to not even touch the remote. Hence, you would get heat protection and noise benefits by installing bushfire shutters without the worries of operating them manually. But don’t worry, these functions manually too. In particular, the automated feature is essential in case of fire and other similar instances when it detects smoke.

Factors Important While Choosing Bushfire Shutters:

Bushfire roller shutters which are manufactured with radiant heat defensive properties are ideal.  They should not contain any material which is combustible such as foam which is used sometimes while making roller shutters. They should be made with double-wall extruded aluminum to make bushfire shutters extremely resistant to burning.

Maintenance and Service:

With constant improvement in the manufacturing, the bushfire shutters are now at zero maintenance. All they might need is a change of Hose.

Regulation Covering the Installation of The Bushfire Shutters:

There are very strict regulations on the building or renovating in the bushfire risk areas. Many conditions have been levied on all aspects of building and constructions. Taking care of these small factors is super essential because you would be able to generate better efficiency levels for your home and make the most out of it. As more and more families are moving to countrysides for a better lifestyle, it becomes vital to protect homes and businesses from bushfire.

Discussing the benefits of bushfire shutters, states we should get them today for enhanced protection and security.

Alyssa Molan

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How to have proper Etiquette


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In the 19th century, wine, entertaining and feasting was widely practised, as tradition in an English home was banqueting and/or hosting such huge events.

In Western European culture attending parties was almost like the law. It was a British regulation, and part of high society. In the late nineteenth century, a wealthy family would always serve their feast on exquisite china followed by silverware.

Although you have the working class to lower and upper middle class, all classes celebrate at some point.

I would love to one day specifically do a blog on “Victorian Englands Social Hierarchy” but I don’t want to get too carried away and off topic, but I just want to give you a bit of a background to the topic we are going to be covering.

The idea of banqueting is actually found in ancient times, but the definition of it is: a large meal or feast, completed with main courses and desserts. It is also known as an elaborate and formal evening meal.

For example, you have ‘state banquets’ held at Buckingham Palace. The English have “Dinner Etiquette” when it comes to formal dining. If you have been invited to a dinner, always make sure to RSVP at least within a week whether it is lavish or not. This is out of general respect. Your response should always be handwritten or printed on a correspondence card.

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Manners and Etiquette in general should still matter these days and proper manners allow us to be comfortable in front of others and society. It is used in todays aspects, in a world of social media. Social Media etiquette is something I really would like to cover and is a whole other topic and should be used when posting on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, etc. I believe that when you use the correct manners you will always be highly regarded and more respected than those who don’t.

Formal Dining

  1. A formal dinner requires a lady to wear evening attire, such as a slim black dress that flatters or accentuates your body. In the eighteenth century the dinner dress code was a corset, bodice, stockings, petticoat, a gown, ruffles and shoes. (With  formal evening attire make sure you dress classically and appropriately. If you are not sure about the appropriate dress, ask the host before attending)
  2. Never serve for yourself, unless stated
  3. Do not pass dishes around, to avoid any trait of clumsiness
  4. When there are butlers, they do all the service and table clearing If there are serving dishes or utensils placed on the table then you may ask the hosts if you can serve yourself, otherwise, I always wit until I am told that i can serve myself. Wait, watch, look and see what other people are doing as well
  5. It is not your local coffee shop where you can just sit down wherever or whenever you like – there is specific seating arrangement, especially in royal household!

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When serving a formal dinner

  1. Forks go on the left
  2. Salad fork first
  3. Dinner fork beside the plate
  4. On the right side of the plate, knife, appetiser, salad knife, spoon or soup spoon.
  5. The dessert fork and spoon are placed on the table above the plate, fork pointing right, spoon pointing left

At a formal dinner, the host/hostess or the guests do not assist with serving meals. Formal dining, you should know, does not allow you to have second helpings as well.

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Menu Courses

A full course dinner can consist of several dishes. Even 16!

  1. Appetisers – These canapés would be served in the drawing room before entering the dining room
  2. Soup – A cream coup to help digestive systems prepare for heavier courses
  3. Fish – Can be served as a platter hot or cold
  4. Entree – can consist of poultry or vegetables
  5. Removes – This is a portion of a meal
  6. Sorbet – This is a palate cleanser
  7. Roast – The final heavy course

You can also include number 8 as a salad which is greens with a light dressing.

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If you want to Eat like an Edwardian with a meal plan like the Crawleys of Downton Abbey, this is the way to go! You can also include fruit and cheese! Here is an example from Prince William and Catherine Middletons wedding:

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Traditionally, after the whole course menu there is some form or entertainment, typically in the 19th century it was dancing and playing with cards – like you see in those period costume dramas.

Getting involved in these activities will benefit you socially and people will love you for it!

Lastly, don’t forget to say ‘thank you’ to the host/s for such a wonderful evening, or for holding such a great party! The nicer you are, the more respect you get!

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Make Your Home Look Beautiful With Furniture Style Bathroom Vanities


Making a choice of the right bathroom vanity in accordance with the size of the bathroom tends to give your bathroom a more organized look and feel. Storage gets easier and stepping into the bathroom no longer give a cluttered feel. You can say, these bathroom vanities work miracles and help you enjoy your bath all the more.

There is a wide range of options available in these. You can choose between not only the different sizes but also the different colors, designs, and styles according to your bathroom space. If you find hunting for these vanities a daunting task, you can conduct an online search.

Different Styles in Bathroom Vanities:

With styles like the traditional and the modern available in the bathroom vanities, you can select according to the décor of your home. This is obviously a big advantage, as you are not required to make any compromises on the style of your home. The modern types have concealed drawers, glossy finishes, and offer cleanliness. For an apt modern look, you can think of choosing a vanity unit of a finish of a white gloss. In case, you wish to have a designer look, then black works out to be an ideal choice.

Traditional vanity units are ideal for those homeowners looking for a classy and elegant look to their bathroom. Most of these units are available with doors of wooden panels, design, which is floor standing and handles more on the decorative side. They are available in natural finishes for the timeless feel. You can opt for these units to add a rustic touch to the total look.

Storage Sorted Out:

Opting for a bathroom vanity keeps your bathroom looking tidy and organized, as most of the nitty-gritty of the bathroom is stored in this. This means, cleaning your bathroom gets much easier. Think of using storage trays for the ultra-small items required in a bathroom. A clean bathroom is anytime more inviting than a bathroom, which is messy and cluttered. Organizing and storing things makes them easier to access.

Bathroom Upgrade:

The smallest of changes made in a home can be considered as renovation or upgrade. Opting for the bathroom vanity is definitely an upgrade, as this has helped in many ways. This is not only appealing but also serves the purpose of storage. Take some time and make the required effort to ensure you make the right choice for a bathroom vanity. In case, you intend opting for a DIY, you can save money. You should have the required knowledge for this. If not, it is advisable to spend a wee bit more and get the vanity fixed by professionals so that it serves the purpose of an upgrade to a tee.

Adding Value to Your Home:

Any changes made in a home for the better tends to add value to a home. A clean bathroom, which functions without any clutter will definitely help in increasing the value of your home. Potential buyers always admire facilities, which make the home more comfortable and better looking. Thus, it alludes them to buy it at the deal price offered by you.

Choosing a Supplier:

This is not like shopping randomly in a mall or local market, as it makes a lot of difference to the looks and feels of a home. Before you start searching for stylish bathroom vanity units, make sure of the size, style, and other requirements. Look for a reputed supplier, who can offer you the different choices in a varied range. So that, you can pick or choose whatever you wish that too within your budget. An online search conducted gives you the freedom to compare the different prices and look for the discounts.

Contributing Writer, Alyssa Moylan

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Vintage and Modern: Make Your Bathroom Elegant and Chic


Today, interior design is all about blending modern and vintage and creating a beautiful and eclectic space. However, pulling off that look can be a complicated task, especially in the bathroom. Bathrooms are usually smaller than the rest of our rooms and include a lot of hard materials, sharp edges and features you can’t go without. Luckily, if you’re in love with mixing tradition and modernity, your bathroom can also rock that look with a help of a few well-thought-out design moves.

Classic furniture

If your current bathroom is designed in a contemporary style and you wish to add some vintage charm to it, one of the easiest ways to do so is to use furniture. Mid-century furniture pieces like credenza or vanity cabinets made of full walnut are a perfect addition to every modern bathroom. Another great way to add a touch of vintage is to find a big antique mirror with an elaborate frame. Check out some antique shops or fairs and find a French-style mirror that will break the monotony of your modern bathroom and make a great focal point of the room. You can also rely on materials such as reclaimed wood. It can be used for making everything from shelves to seating while introducing some extra warmth and vintage character to the space.

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Vintage lighting

Ask any interior designer and they will tell you that the proper lighting is one of the easiest ways to introduce vintage elements into your bathroom. Vintage sconces or ceiling fixtures don’t cost much, are easy to install and add some drama and luxury to your space.


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Add a touch of eclecticism

If you want your bathroom to be unique and charming, you might want to aim for an eclectic look. An easy way to nail that interior design style is to mix metals. For the longest time, mixing different metals was a big no-no, but now you can install an antique silver chandelier, nickel fixtures and gilded cabinet hardware and they will look perfect together. You can also use unusual materials such as cowhide, sheepskin or petrified wood to add some character to the space. Another great tip when buying decor is to seek out independent vendors since they often have items and materials that will make your bathroom look unique.


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What about the fixtures?

Many people aren’t sure about mixing different style fixtures and often pair modern baths with modern faucets and vintage baths with traditional fixtures. However, feel free to install a minimalistic faucet if you own a traditional freestanding bath with ornamental feet. If you also introduce other elements from different eras, they will blend in perfectly. Traditional faucets and sinks can also be paired with modern and minimalist baths. Basically, nothing’s off limits, as long as the space doesn’t feel too cluttered and jumbled.


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Install a fireplace

Not many people think bathroom when someone mentions a fireplace. For the longest time, they have been associated with living rooms and an occasional bedroom, but very rarely with a bathroom. However, if you want to add some warmth, classical luxury and natural elements into your bathroom, you can do that with a fireplace. Today, there are many different gas fireplace designs that don’t involve any trouble with wood and smoke, which makes them perfect for small spaces like bathrooms. However, if your room already has a traditional fireplace, don’t get rid of it just yet. You can turn it into an electrical one quite cheap and keep the traditional look.

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So, if you can’t make a decision between tradition and modernity, you don’t have to. You can mix vintage and modern elements and create a bathroom that’s functional, elegant, chic and eclectic.

Contributing Writer, Catherine Collins

Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.

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Coffee Table To Match Your Dining Setting


A table can be used for various purposes. It can be used to write or read. A table created specifically for office is a desk, which commonly includes attached drawers. Every day you take your meal on the table, which is often called dining table. During the night, you would like to have several foods to be put on that same dining table. In addition to that, when you are trying to entertain your guests, then you will also need a table to place a glass of coffee or tea on it. This is known as coffee table.

If you have a small dining room, or even in a living room, an expandable table is certainly a good solution. Apart from the fact that it helps you save space which can be a perfect feature when it comes to small houses, expandable tables can also help you serve your guests for any occasion. Whenever your guests visit your home, you’ll know in advance how to handle it.

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The coffee table to match your dining setting is a necessary in any living room. However although that might be true, its functions is not exactly perceivable. The coffee table is a piece of furniture that can work in multiple functions in various situations. Having that into aspect to consider, a adjustable coffee table can be an upgrade for the standard type.

A very common solution offers a coffee table with an expandable table that can be transformed into a dining table at any time when you need it. This foldable table comes with a clear-cut design and an expanding mechanism which has also been used on many different models. The table is small in size when applied as a coffee table and also it expands and elevates its top whenever it this work as a dining table. Converting tables from standard Furniture make the most of each square foot in any room whether it is a coffee table to dining table or even an expanding system to dining table.

It can help you save space, multifunctional and can totally transform the way you manage the space. When it works as a coffee table, it is minimalist and also sleek and stylish. When it transforms to be a dining table, it might perfectly accommodate a big dinner party. It is suitable for smaller sized spaces but also for comfortable interiors. It is efficient and chic; the Table can be modified to many different heights which enable you to serve both as a dining table and a coffee table, based on the needs of the owners.

Coffee Tables Rather than two standalone pieces of furniture, you only need a single piece of this innovative, flexible and comfortable coffee table. At daytime you will enjoy a glass of tea or coffee on coffee table, and when the time for evening meal the table can be adjusted and lift up to a larger and higher dining table,

This adjustable table is a very enjoyable piece of furniture as it can also be placed in office, kitchen, dining room or living room. The tables come with various styles and available in various colors and finishes. You can match them to the décor of any room or make a touch by selecting a bold combination for solid contrasts.

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Home Security Systems – The Right Way to Protect Homes


Who would not want to protect their houses and keep them safe from theft, robbery and burglary! of course everyone would. With technology making new advancements almost daily and considering the needs of people, we now have the advantage of home security systems which can be installed in the houses to keep a check on what is going on and alarm the police and the inhabitants of the house if someone tries to break in with the aim of stealing something or causing harm. This is most beneficial when you are away either for a holiday or just out to work for the entire day. It has become difficult to trust anyone nowadays and it may happen that people keep an eye on your movements to see the pattern of when you leave the house and when you return. This enables them to break in at a time when there is no one at home.

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History of These Security Systems

In the earlier times this facility of fitting in home security systems was not available and if any theft occurred, one would be lucky if the culprit was caught. There were no means of get a ding out of a person who had committed the crime as leads would be based only on what people saw and if anything could be found out from the neighbours or other surroundings. Insurance too was not a popular thing and people did not see the necessity to get their homes insured.

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Times have changed. Insurance is available for homes, which protects you and your home from all kinds of damages. It also helps you recover the money’s worth of the valuable you may have lost in the criminal activity that took place. Security enabled systems allow you to alarm the house when you are out so that in case any event occurs you, the neighbours and the police are informed. These systems also come with the facility of a CCTV which is a camera, which records all those who are coming in and going out, and also the activities happening. This is in fact a boon as if some mishap happens; one can easily spot it in the CCTV footage and thus finding the wrongdoer becomes fairly easy.

Getting home security systems has almost become a necessity and especially if you own a house as compared to a flat. People have a notion that they are very expensive and out of their budget but the manufacturers realised that there are all kinds of customers with all kinds of budgets and hence there is something for everyone. You can find systems with the video or camera option or without. It all depends on what suits your requirements and affordability. Having said that, if one looks at the whole picture and in totality, it is an investment and worth the cost! Your valuables are safe and in case a misfortune did happen, it would become easier to reclaim what you have lost by catching the person who committed the offence.

Research has shown that by installing the home security systems, the crime rate of breaking into others houses and stealing has actually fallen down because of the fear of being caught on camera and eventually by the police. So why would anyone who has invested their hard earned money in building a home not go ahead with getting this system and in return keep their homes safe from third parties. For sure no one wants their money to go down the drain and restart from scratch which can be a nightmare. Imagine losing all the money of the valuables and then building it up again. So, do not think twice and get your home this facility.

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How to Set Up a Pretty and Modern Living Room


The living room is, as the name implies, the most important room in any home. We spend most of our free time in the living room. We watch the TV, we read books, or we merely spend time talking with our friends and loved ones.

Since we spend so much time in the living room, that means that the room has to be pretty and to have that “comfy” feel to it. Since you’re reading this right now, you’re probably not completely satisfied with your living room, so let’s see how you can change that without spending a fortune, of course.

Colors play a vital role

When it comes to renovating, not just the living room but any other room, picking the right color for the room is probably one of the most challenging decisions. However, it doesn’t have to be. Actually, it’s rather simple if you want your living room to look modern. You have these two color options – soft hues or bold and dramatic hues. Really, that’s it.

These hues will instantly add elegance and that modern feel to any room.

Bonus tip: Pick a color that goes well with the furniture you already have, unless you want to repaint the room or buy new furniture.

Throw your carpets out

It’s true that carpets can give the room that soft and fuzzy feel, but if you really want to set up a modern and pretty living room, you have to throw them out. Wall-to-wall carpeting is not popular anymore.

Solid, gleaming hardwood floors are all the rage now, and for a good reason. They look sleek, and they provide an elegant, classic appearance.

There’s one much more significant advantage of hardwood over carpeting. Hardwood lasts longer, which means it provides an excellent return on investment, which will help you save money in the long run. And of course, it’s much easier to clean hardwood than any other type of flooring.

Bonus tip: You can throw a couple of area rugs here and there to tie the room together if you have a feeling that that will work after you install hardwood flooring.

Lighting can make or break a room

Most contractors like to install standard lighting fixtures. You know, those that they’ve installed over and over again in all the homes they’ve built. But, if you want your living room to look modern, you need to avoid those fixtures.

Designer lighting fixtures are expensive, that’s for sure, but only if you buy new ones. Fortunately, you can use a couple of tricks to get that high-end look without breaking the bank. Visit your local flea markets, yard sales, and secondhand stores.

There’s a big chance that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for right there. And don’t worry about installing these unique and modern fixtures. Just call an experienced local emergency electrician, and your lighting fixtures will be installed in just a couple of minutes.

Don’t be afraid to accessorize your home

You know how people say that it’s the little things in life that make us happy? Well, that’s exactly why you shouldn’t forget to accessorize your home. Paintings, vases and even fancy ashtrays can give any room some personality.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you should just fill your room with any junk. No, not at all. Accessorize the room only with the things that matter to you. Put some family pictures in photo frames, fill a vase with water and put your favorite flowers in it. Heck, put the Mona Lisa in the room if you like it and can afford it.

At the end of the day, your living room is your safe space, and you should feel comfortable in it. Follow these tips but don’t forget to add your personal touch to it in order to make it really unique and pleasant.

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