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Month: February 2018

Lighting Tips For The Rooms In Your Home

Lighting Tips For The Rooms In Your Home

Lighting is essential as it redefines the space you are in so here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to lighting your home.

Living room

This is probably where you and your family spend most of your time making this an important space in your home. So much activity goes on in the living room or the ‘Family room’ as it is also known, which means you have to use powerful lighting that keeps the room as bright as it can be even when it is packed full of people. That makes recessed lighting a big no-no in this case, as it casts a lot of shadows and makes the room darker than it should be. Lighting designers suggest using ‘ambient’ lighting as this bounces light off the ceiling making the space look very well illuminated. Basically any space that people might gather in or any space you will spend a lot of time in is a good place to light well. You can additional have key pieces of artwork stand out by lighting it no matter which room it is in. For instance, in your children’s room if you have modern art for kids you can make it more sophisticated by lighting it up from above in order to make it a focal point of the room.

Kitchen

If you love to cook, then you will want to ensure that this space is well lit because preparing food and then cleaning up can become an irritating task if you can’t properly see what you are doing. The lighting above the kitchen sink, the cooker and your main work bench needs to be excellent because trust me you do not want to be straining your eyes every time you have to cook a meal. The kitchen also tends to be a gathering place in most home so you need to ensure the lighting is sufficient even if there is a big crowd in your kitchen. A good tip is to place light underneath the cupboards so that your counter top is lit properly.

Bedrooms

The bedroom is a place you want to relax so the lighting should reflect this whether it is in the master bedroom or the kids’ rooms. The children’s room should have various forms of lighting from dimmer switches to kids lamps which are great at bedtime and can be kept on their bedside table for when the children want to read bedtime stories before they go to sleep. The lights in the bed room should not be too bright or too dull. Light fixtures beside the bed, mirrors, dressers and in the closet are most important in these spaces.

Outdoor

If you like barbequing or walking in the backyard at night, then you need bright outdoor lights firstly for the purpose of safety so that no harm comes to you in the dark. Secondly to cast beautiful shadows and light up some plants so they look their best and add to the beauty of your garden aesthetically at least. Thirdly to just aid you when you want to do some outdoor grilling and for this you will need lights that help you see in the dark. Do not add too many lights outdoors just add what you absolutely need and then a few more well-placed lights to beautify the space. Besides the grill, the front door is another spot you will need a bright light but other than that do not put an unnecessary amount of lights outside.So be conscious of the way you light your space because it will make a world of a difference.

How To Start Your Own Eatery?

How To Start Your Own Eatery?

We all have a dream. Life would not mean much if we do not want anything and are always content whether we have everything or nothing. Our dreams and goals keep us alive and give us a reason to wake up every morning and head to work. Your dream might be to one day become a popular makeup artist so you sit there, at home, every day and practice your skills for hours in hopes that when you finally get your chance, you can show off your skills to the world and finally turn your dream into a reality. If your dream, since you were a young child was to have your own restaurant, chances are every time you visit new restaurants or hotels and see a design or service that you like, you take mental note of it and tell yourself that when you start your own restaurant, you would want to do something like that. Our dreams make us who we are so even though we may not have the means to start our own eatery right now, we must do as much research as possible and find out exactly how one can open their own café or restaurant.

Research and ask around

The best way you can find out about things like this is to ask people. You can ask your friends or family if they know anyone who owns a restaurant or if they themselves own restaurants or cafés, you can ask them just how they did it. You might find some wonderful stories of how things may have gone wrong and finally turned out to be wonderful. For example, your friend who owns a café might have tried to order new furniture for his place but ended up paying for outdoor cafe furniture instead of indoor but then decided to use it in his café anyways since it looked great and not only did he end up loving it, his customers did too.

Look for places

If you already have the perfect spot to start your eatery you do not need to worry about this but if you don’t, you can now start to look for places to open your eatery. Always think of your vision for your restaurant and pick a suitable location. Sometimes you may have found all your necessities such as furniture but might not have picked a location yet. You can then use your furniture as your inspiration as well. For example, if you want to use commercial furniture in your restaurant, you can consider looking at places that will look great with this type of furniture. And if you are just starting out and only have a limited budget to invest in this dream of yours, you must start small and maybe you can even rent a space, until you can afford to purchase one.