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Simple and Easy Ways to Decorate Around a TV


Even though television sets are less bulky than they used to be, designing around them is as tricky as ever. Making the TV visible from every point in the room without actually making it the focal point is never easy, so we bring you a few simple and easy ideas to decorate around the TV so that it’s perfectly incorporated into your room’s design and décor.

Hang shelves

A great way to diminish the impact the TV has in a room is by displaying things around it and drawing attention away from it. The easiest way to do so is by getting shelves and placing them around. Simple tiered shelves which are wider than the TV set are a great solution for displaying your collectibles. You can also pick smaller shelves and level them with your TV set, or you can even place your TV set on a specially designed bookcase. Some of these bookcases also have a sliding panel which will allow you to ‘hide’ your TV when you’re not using it.

Accessorize as much as you can

If you feel like your TV overpowers the entire room, you can try ‘fighting’ it with an unusual tactic. Attack the black box from all sides by surrounding it with different colourful accessories: frames, lamps, decorative plates, plants, etc. You can even add bold touches below and hang colourful tablecloths or decorations underneath. This way, your TV will become just another accessory instead of the focal point in the room.

Paint the wall black

If you don’t really like the idea of adding things around your TV, but would still like to keep it out of the centre of attention (at least when it’s turned off), you can try painting the wall black. This way, when it’s turned off, the TV will become just another element of the wall, unnoticeable until turned on. This is a good solution for living rooms with elegant furniture, as everyone’s attention will be drawn to them instead to the TV. If you aren’t really into painting the wall black, you can pick dark wallpapers instead.

Get a TV cabinet

If you’re looking for a way to conceal your TV and draw everyone’s focus elsewhere, you can try getting a TV cabinet. This is an especially good solution in bedrooms, as in the bedroom, the focus should be on the bed, rather than the TV. Both the cabinetry and the TV should be as unobtrusive as possible. If you struggle to find the perfect piece for your room, you can always hire a carpenter to build you a piece which will fit perfectly into your room.

Make a gallery around it

You can make a stylish gallery around your TV; all you need are identical frames and some skill to make sure they are hanged with precision. You can hang them so that they make a special geometric shape: a square, a circle, a rectangle or even a heart. If you’re hoping to colour-coordinate, you should opt for black and white photos and matching frames, but if you’re willing to experiment, adding splashes of colour to your room will work too.

Frame it!

On the other hand, if you want to draw attention to your TV, you can try making it as pretty as a picture – literally. Have a carpenter make a custom frame for it and colour it with bright, bold colours so that it matches the rest of your furniture or your curtains. Keep in mind that this can only be done with a wall-mounted TV, so don’t hesitate to call professionals in TV installation from Sydney to help you install the TV and make sure everything is fine.

It’s never easy to decorate your room so that it looks like your TV belongs right there, but it is possible. Think about the effect you want to achieve, whether you want to draw attention away from the TV or to hide it completely, and try to put your ideas into action with the help of a professional decorator.

Contributing Writer, Diana Smith

Health, Lifestyle

How to Stay Fit on the Road


Developing a workout routine is easy when you’re not constantly travelling. Going to the gym a few times a week becomes a regular part of your schedule, but only until you hit the road. Whether you start travelling for work, or just you just feel the need to explore new destinations, you can easily neglect your fitness routine. In order to prevent that from happening, you should do your best to always fit a workout session into your travelling itinerary.

Pick the right hotel

If your budget allows it, book a hotel that offers a fitness centre. That way, you can work out as efficiently as you would back home. With appropriate facilities, you could do cardio, bodyweight exercises, stretch and dedicate an equal amount of time to every body part, for the best workout. Aside from hitting the treadmill, lifting weights and spending time pumping the iron, make sure you also use the opportunity to go for a swim. It’ll help you stretch and relieve neck pain or backache caused by uncomfortable travelling.

Make the most of the outdoors

Sometimes a little bit of fresh air can go a long way. This is especially true when it comes to working out, because some people feel much better after they’ve spent half an hour running in the park than after breaking a sweat at the stifling gym. Therefore, think about getting up early in the morning, picking up your workout clothes and running a mile to start the day on the right foot. Not only is it a cost-effective solution, but it’ll also offer you a chance to take a look at the city you are visiting, which you might not be able to do otherwise. What’s more, use the opportunity to combine exercising with sightseeing, and do a race walking session while you’re getting to know a new place.

Bring the equipment with you

When you’re packing for a trip, make sure you don’t forget your workout equipment. It’s essential that you pack your comfortable bodybuilding clothes, so you can get the best of your workout. Also, don’t forget a jump rope and a resistance band. A small Pilates ball can be a great companion on your trip, just make sure you deflate it so that it can fit in your luggage. Leave your weights at home because they are too heavy to carry them with you, but don’t worry – water bottles are a great alternative.

Work out in your room

If you didn’t get lucky enough to find the hotel with a gym, you can easily transform your hotel room into a workout room. Use chairs for side planks, and feel the burn just as strong as you’d feel at the gym. Use the sofa in your room for doing push-ups, and unpack the jump rope and resistance bands from the suitcase and start your workout right in your hotel room. If you prefer an outdoor session, you can also use the terrace in your room. Whether you opt for stretching, resistance exercise or Pilates, the terrace can be a great place to feel the burn.

Don’t slack off too much

If you’re travelling only for the weekend, skipping your workout session won’t be too bad. As long as you don’t go more than two days in a row without exercising, you’ll be fine. However, if your trip will last longer than two days, it’s vital that you don’t neglect your workout routine because it will be more difficult to get back in shape once you’re back home.

Physical activity is essential for our well-being, so it’s paramount that we work out at least three times a week. Therefore, even if you’re constantly travelling, or you’ve decided you need a longer vacation, make sure you stick to your workout plan even when you’re on the road.

Contributing Writer, Diana Smith

Home

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.

Regular Contributor, Diana Smith