How To Make Your Living Room Look Bigger

In almost every home, the living room is the first room to be seen. It is also the place where you entertain your guests. It is quite difficult when your living room is not that big and might look cramped

There are solutions for it to look bigger though. This way, even if you have a small space for your living room, it will not look confined that it is hard to breathe. 

Color

If you really want your space to look bigger, you will have to paint your walls white. But of course, you may not want to leave it bare and add some color. The solution would be using light colors for darker colors that absorb the light which makes the room look smaller. 

Furniture

To make your room look bigger, you will have to scale the other things down, and this includes your furniture. If you will have big couches and chairs, your room will look cramped and small. It might also take up too much space and barely give the room to breathe. You may also choose to have only one couch in your living room to make if feel bigger. You can always have additional seats if visitors come around.

Lighting

A well-lit room will look larger. At day time, give your room natural lighting as much as possible. If you cannot do that, you can do it with artificial lightings. You can put lamps and other fixtures around the room to lighten it up.

Mirrors

Place a mirror in your living room so that it will make the room look larger. It is said before that light makes the room look bigger, and the mirror reflects light whether it is natural or artificial, so it works on both day and night. It also creates an illusion. 

Focal Point

A focal point is where it will draw your eye tend to focus. It is usually something big and of course, easy to see. It could be a large decoration of some sort, but the usual focal point people tend to use is a fireplace because not only it is big, it is really eye-catching especially if it is lit. If your house does not have one, you can easily purchase artificial ones. You can have a wall mount electric fireplace to be space-saving.

Shelves and Storage

One of the keys to making your room look bigger is to declutter. It could be your stuff like phone, papers, etc. but it is not only that. Clutter also involves unnecessary furniture or decor, so avoid them. If you have items that you always use, you can have storage for them when not in use, so that they will not just lie around your room. There is a variety of furniture that doubles as storage, and you can look out for those. Shelves will not only help with your storage and decor but will also make your room look like it is put together and neat.

How To Inflate Pool Toys

With the summer’s heat, we find ways to cool down. It could be treating ourselves and eating ice cream or milkshakes. You could also hang out in cooler places like a library or a cafe or even a mall. But the best way to fight off the heat is dipping in a pool. You can either go to a resort or your local public pool. Some even have in their own backyards, and it could be you or a friend. You do not even need a real pool. You can set an inflated pool in your backyard. It does not have to be only enjoyed by kids. If it is big enough, why not join? To add to the fun, you can have some inflated toys with you. It could part of an activity or just have it around to play with. 

Of course, inflated pool toys will need air, and here are some ways to inflate them:

Manually

This will require you to inflate them using your own breath. You will need to blow through the valve stem like blowing air in a balloon. It is not easy but can be done especially if the toy is only small. It is not advisable for bigger ones though because there is a risk you might run of air, but can still be done. 

Air Pump

An air pump could either be done by hand or foot. It is tiresome but less so than blowing it with your own breath. There are also air pumps that are operated with electricity or battery. It might be more expensive but certainly less tiring for you.

Air Compressor

An air compressor has many uses. It is used for powering up your power tools and inflating tires of your car or bicycle. It also can be a tool for inflating household items such as airbeds, air furniture, pools, floats, and toys. Air compressors also come in different sizes. You can have a pancake air compressor that is suitable for your personal needs and home.

Shop-Vac

A shop vac is a type of vacuum usually used for picking up dirt, debris, and even liquid and is usually used for construction or woodworking. It can also be used as an inflator. You will just need an inflator nozzle. 

Hair Dryer

Another way is by using a hairdryer. You will have to use it on a cool setting. But of course, the downside of this is that it does not have a nozzle. So, you will have to accommodate something or just hold it in place. It is a lot easier than blowing it manually.

Garbage Bag

Apparently, garbage bags can also be used for inflating. If you do not have any of the above around and doing it manually is tiring and out of the question, you can use a garbage bag. You will just need to have air in the bag then squeeze it in the inflatable toy until it is full of air.

Additional Tips:

  1. Be sure to not over inflate it or it might blow up.
  2. To know the air is enough, push it on with your hands, and it should be completely firm.
  3. Be sure to place the cap of the valve properly to seal it.

How To Clean Mesh Patio Furniture

Getting out and being with nature is one of the solutions to clear our minds and destress. The problem at times is that you do not have the time to go out or would just like to have your free time and rest at home. It will be no problem if you have a patio. You can just sit around and look at your garden or the nearby trees. No traveling needed.

But of course, a patio will require cleaning up or else your experience will be not so pleasant because of all the dirt. A patio also has different kinds of furniture made with different kinds of materials and one of those is the mesh

What is a mesh?

Like a web or a net, it is a material made of connected strands. It can be from strands of metal, fiber, or any other materials that are flexible.

What are the types and how Should you clean them?

It is mentioned above that mesh can be made from different types of materials. Patio furniture has only two different kinds though, and they are cleaned in different ways. Some may ask if they can just use an electric pressure washer to make things easier and faster. But the pressure will be too harsh to the materials that may cause them to break. Here are some ways instead per type:

Fabric

The solution you will use for fabric consists of one tablespoon of detergent and one cup of warm water. Before cleaning the mesh with it, remove the excess dirt and debris with a soft-bristled brush. Then use a dry, clean cloth and wet it with the solution then use it to wipe the mesh. Then rinse it with warm water. After rinsing, wipe it with a soft cloth and let it dry.

Plastic

As with the fabric mesh, the plastic mesh also needs to be dry-brushed to remove excess dirt and debris. The plastic mesh’s solution uses oxygen bleach. With half a cup of it mixed in with one cup detergent to a gallon of warm water. Apply it to the mesh with a clean cloth. Then rinse it with warm water and use a clean cloth to dry.

What about the arms and legs?

Your furniture also involves arms and legs that are usually made of metal. Of course, you will have to clean them up too. You will just need the solution of one tablespoon of detergent and one cup of warm water then wipe the metal with it. After that, rinse it with warm water then use a soft cloth to dry. To add or restore the shine, use a furniture paste wax.

What about mildews?

Mildews are quite common and not new but are bothersome. For you to get rid of them, you will just need half a cup of white vinegar mixed with one cup of ammonia and quarter a cup of baking soda in a gallon of water. Use a brush to apply. You can also use the vinegar to keep the mildews from fast-growing. Just mix in two cups of white vinegar and two tablespoons of a liquid dishwasher to a bucket of hot water then apply and let it dry with the sun.

How To Make A Small Apartment Homey

Having your own space is one of the great accomplishments we can have as an adult even if it is just renting an apartment. It may be not your own, but it is a start and the feeling is awesome. 

You can also still have it as your home and make it good as your own. You will just have your personality and interests within your apartment. It is not just about yourself but also to your friends and family that will come over. It should feel welcoming and homey to them. Can you do that even if your space is small? It can be, and here are some tips:

Decor

You can hang around some of your favorite artworks or your personal pictures. There could also be items that are sentimental to you, you can have that on display. On the shelves could be another set of framed pictures or any other personal pieces like trophies or certificates or any other prizes and awards. You can also put some plants to add life and color. And because apartments usually do not have much enough sunlight, you can get plants that do not them and they usually require little watering like a potted cactus. Another thing to consider is giving your home a signature scent, and you can do this by a scented candle or incense or air freshener. 

Furniture

Because you are just renting, you might be thinking to just get ones that are plastic. It would be fine, but it is not as homey as having real furniture. It will definitely not cost much, because you do not have to buy something brand new. Instead, you can go to thrift shops and look for something that fits you and your lifestyle. There will certainly be stylish options such as leather or velvet couches. If you always have visitors over or simply loves taking naps, you can have a futon or a daybed. Pretty coffee tables will also certainly be available, and why not add some side tables to mix?

Lighting

Lighting is almost always overlooked, but it is one of the elements that are important in making your apartment homier. It will do wonders if you have natural light and if so, let it in as much as you can. But it is not always the case for some apartment tough and if it is for you, you can always have the artificial ones. Just be sure you have enough. 

Clean Up

One of the things that stress people is a clutter. It will be a lot easier to clean for it is small, but it is also the reason your space will easily look tight. In addition to that, having a clean apartment will be good for your health, so have a schedule that will focus on cleaning your apartment.

Storage

Small spaces mean less storage. And as said before, clutter is one of the causes of stress. If you have stuff that you do not really need, just throw it away or give it to somebody who needs it. Be creative with storing your stuff. If your apartment does not have enough space, buy furniture that doubles as one.