Basic Interior Design Colour Schemes

Basic Interior Design Colour Schemes

Living room

When a professional looks at an empty room, he/ she sees the numerous possibilities, a universe of colours and fabrics that can fill the space, and turn it into a masterpiece, worthy to be placed on a magazine cover Yet, when I decided to redecorate my home, I felt at a loss of ideas, confused by the various styles, colour combinations and etc.

 

If you, just like me, still can’t quite grasp the concept of the basic interior design colour schemes, you will benefit form reading this post. Here, professionals from Home Removals at Melbourne, stopped by, and gave some simple examples to understanding, and using the colour wheel to create décors that can rival those in the flashy magazines.

First of all, you need to know that there are five basic interior design colour schemes that can be used to create an unanimous room decoration. You can take a peak at the simple, and in my view understandable, explanations and the pictures, illustrating them. Hopefully, somewhere along the way, you will find your inspiration.

Monochromatic Colour Scheme

The first, and easiest to grasp basic interior design colour scheme is the monochromatic. It can be used to recreate both extremely dramatic sets or very soothing ones, depending on your goals. It uses shades, hues and tints of the same colour, combining them in diverse fabrics, accessories, wall colours and so on to provide a marvellous end result.

If you are aiming for a dramatic, modernistic outcome, you should consider the warm, yet intricate, hues of orange, yellow and red. In case your heart’s desire is a rather cool, sophisticated interior design, the shades you need are blue, grey, black or green. On the other and, monochromatic colour schemes can, and should, be used for neutral settings as well. Beige, creams, white, and some tints and hues of grey will make for high-end, royal room décor with subtle, elegant style.

Analogous Colour Scheme

Unlike the monochromatic colour scheme, the analogous uses sequent colours on the colour wheel. Applying this method will allow you to create colourful, but still calming and harmonious décor. There is a catch, though. You can’t mix more than five consecutive colours, unless you are purposely aiming for visual confusion or kitschy look.

Usually, sticking with three or four colours from the colour wheel is the safest way to design your room. Once you have had your pick, you should decide which colour you would use as primary, and which will be the undertones and accents. Analogous colour schemes have always been popular, and psychologists believe that they can work miracles for your nerves.

Complementary Colour Scheme

Up until now, we used hues, tints and shades of the same colour or consecutive colours to create an unanimous, uninterrupted design. From this point on, however, things will get a bit more complicated, as the complementary colour scheme relies on the combination of two different colours that are situated opposite on the colour wheel. Nevertheless, when implemented right, it will give a room the quiet and subtle elegance, you have been aiming for.

Once you have the two primary colours, you can “play” with the hues and undertones to expand the colour palette. Moreover, white can always be used to accent on some details in the room, make it more harmonious or simply to class up the place.

Split Complementary Colour Scheme

The split complementary colour scheme is genuinely based on the previous one. The difference is that here, instead of adding whites, you can use shades or tints of other colours to to make it stand out more. To make things more clear, take a look at the pictures bellow. To a room, designed in blue-green, are added reds and oranges to split complement the main colour palette. Have fun experimenting!

Triad Complementary Colour Scheme

The triad complementary colour scheme is also a three-colour scheme. It has a main colour, and uses the two adjacent to the split complementary colours to accent on it. It gives you the opportunity to mix up different hues and undertones of the colours to come up with astonishing results. You can be bold and combine blue, yellow and red in the bedroom, or green, orange and yellow in the living room for a funky, dramatic result.


How to Clean China

How to Clean China

A nostalgic heirloom, or a brand new possession, antique china is a beautiful and delicate home accessory. With each generation it is passed on, the set increases its value. Don’t be fooled, however, tending to china is a full-time job. The trickiest part – figuring out how to clean china, and keep it in once piece. Personally, I consider each scratch, every crack or any other imperfection a direct insult to my ancestors. Therefore, I have developed my own ritual for tending to the precious set.

 

Firstly, you have to remember -china should only be hand washed! Forget all about how green it is to use the dishwasher. In our case, it poses a threat with its harsh detergents, high temperatures and prolonged cleaning cycle. Yes, I admit, it is possible to successfully, and without any incidents, run the china in the device, but if you want 100% guarantee that nothing bad will happen to your heirloom – do it the old-fashioned way.

General China Cleaning

Whether you are preparing your china for storage, or taking it out to impress guests, you have to sanitize the unit. As already mentioned, hand washing is your best option, and here is what you need to do:

1. Cover the bottom of the sink with a mat or a towel. In case you accidentally drop a piece from the set, the hit will be softened, and hopefully, you will avoid inflicting any damage.

2. As usual, fill the sink with water, but warm, not hot, and add a small amount of dish-washing detergent. Be careful what product you use as ammonia- or bleach-based cleaners could harm the sensitive surface of the china.

3. In case you are using a sponge (better not), make sure you use the soft side. Any abrasives or scrubbers will scar the unit. Your best choice – a soft wash cloth.

4. Let the china dry naturally, and then polish it with a microfibre cloth.

Natural China Cleaners

You are already familiar with how sensitive and breakable your china set is, so to avoid unnecessary risks with common household cleaning products, you can mix up your own remedies. As I like to say, when grandma’s antiques are involved, her cleaning methods work best! Even my friends, some of the best cleaners from St Albans, agree with me! If you have forgotten the granny methods, let me give you a heads up:

1. All-Purpose China Cleaner – A healthy, fresh-smelling remedy, composed of lemon juice and salt, will clean and shine your china! Make a paste from both ingredients, and rub it on a damp cloth. With the solution, you can effortlessly erase the harsh traces of time from your set.

2. Brown Stain Cleaner – Mix a paste from equal parts salt and vinegar to prepare the ultimate brown stain cleaner. Let it sit on the unit for as long as 15 minutes, rub and then rinse.

3. Tea and Coffee Stain Cleaner – When using your china on a regular basis, or you are simply a junkie for high-quality Arabic coffee or delicious English tea, your china will be inevitably exposed to stains. Luckily, all you need is some vinegar and baking soda. Wet the unit with vinegar. Get a dampened clean cloth and dip it in baking soda, and start rubbing the vinegar-covered surface.

Last but not least, I would like to remind you that antique china needs to be stored very carefully, since it is rather delicate. Never leave it in a moist, uncontrolled environment for longer than a couple of hours. When storing the unit, place paper sheets between the units to avoid unnecessary scratches.

Always appreciate your heirloom!

I learned these helpful cleaning tips from the cleaners St Albans. They advised me on how to store, clean and dry my antique china set, so if you have any additional questions, you can turn to them!


Get Your Stripe On

Get Your Stripe On

What people love most is being fashionable in all aspects of their life. Sometimes, maintaining a certain vision is more than a life choice – it is a social standard that we ought to comply with. Additionally, our homes are the mirror to our souls, so we can’t claim the title “stylish”, if our dwelling isn’t just as smoothly arranged as our daily outfit. Amongst the best interior design trends for this year is home décor with stripes.

 

Psychologists say that using stripes as decoration feature is preserved only to the bold and dynamic personalities as it includes a certain amount of gambling. However, I believe that anyone can succeed with a few simple guidelines. So, get your stripe on and let’s decorate the living room with fancy, colourful lines.

What to Avoid When Decorating With Stripes

As previously said, there are a number of things that can go south when you start toying with stripes:

  • Too many stripes can distract the eye – Unlike other home décor elements of which you can never have too many, stripes can become overbearing when used excessively. Therefore, you need to draw the line at some point. For instance, if you want a wall covered in stripes from floor to ceiling, stop at one wall only. In case you are adding a “belt” of stripes to grid the entire room, don’t use stripped elements at other spots.

  • Avoid visual tension caused by clashing colours
     – Stripes can be dangerous to play with when you want to add a dramatic flair to the space with contrasting colours. It is much safer and creates a soothing effect to use shades and hues from the same colour family.
  • Stripes are fussy, counteract them with less intense elements – To achieve that eye-catching effect of the stripes, you see in the magazines, you need to allow them to pop out by completing the room decoration with rather plain accessories.

How to Pick The Right Type of Stripes

Basically there are numerous types of stripes, depending on their direction (horizontal, vertical and slanting lines), their thickness, the contrast between the colours of each line. The same rules one would use when choosing a stripped outfit apply to the stripe interior design. Thin horizontal stripes will make the room appear higher, while vertical ones will add optical depth to the space. Slanting lines can give you a mixed solution but are also trickier, so be careful.

Essentially, you need to be familiar with the peculiarities of the structure of the room to be able to select the best type of stripes. Bare in mind that they can make or break your home décor, and if you are feeling uncertain about how they would look, it’s much better to avoid using them in big room details like walls, massive furniture and etc.

Where is it Safe to Use Stripes for the First Time?

As far as striped surfaces go, the best places to experiment with stripes are cushions, curtains, bed covers and carpets… or a pretty mixture of all of the above. According to carpet cleaners at Melbourne, stains are less visible on a striped carpet or rug, so you can place one in a high-traffic area or in your kid’s bedroom.

Don’t get confused, there are options to experiment with different types of stripes throughout the room. However, it is a game that should be played only by experienced home owners who feel sure of their decoration skills.


Fighting Back The Army of Chinese Food Stains

Fighting Back The Army of Chinese Food Stains

My fear is far more concerning than fighting some extra kilos. What I fear the most is going into an unexpected battle with the armies of Chinese food stains. These extra greasy protein stains are an opponent that needs much more than expert Kung Fu skills to take down. Skills far more different than an simple sponge handling are required. Classic weapons, like liquid dish soap or a bit of upholstery shampoo, are powerless in front of the might of a Chinese stain.

China is not only the most populated place on Earth. Many other stories hide behind the name of this country. Did you know that one of the food that leaves the scariest stains is told to be Chinese food. Their forces are strong, but we must have something to fight them back right? So how could you win a war with China?

It simpler than it seems. At first glance, a spicy Chinese food stain may seem to have settled on your clothes forever, but reality can be much more surprising. As every different enemy, diverse types of stains have that one thing that makes them week. If the fabric allows it, you can use Hydrogen Peroxide mixed with water in a 50:50 ratio to dissolve and completely remove the stains. Remember, you have to make sure you are using color-safe detergent. In more complex situations these stains will require much more scrubbing and batting than usually, but they will eventually come off. When things seem too much for a single hero to handle, I always rely on my dear friends from the stain fighting army of the expert cleaners from Bentleigh East . They’ve helped me many times when I was questioning my skills and knowledge, and we always won the fight.

There is no enemy you can’t fight back, there are only methods and tactics that works best in different situations. So next time a wild Chinese food stain appears on the sacred lands of your carpet and upholstery you can fight it with the new things you learned today.


Learn the Secrets of Happiness at the Conference in Melbourne

Learn the Secrets of Happiness at the Conference in Melbourne

Let the world become a better and happier place to live!

Hello, dear cleaning lovers! I am Joanna and I’m happy to be able to share with you some of the latest news on Melbourne’s top events this summer. Special thanks to Margaret, for letting me reach you again through her wonderful blog.

This year, Melbourne will be hosting an amazing conference on Happiness and Its Causes for the first time. Complex topics like love, psychology, resilience and sandness will be discussed and traversed by renown professors and researchers.

Happy girl

  • prof. Ed Diener is one of the world’s leading researchers in the subjects related to happiness.
  • Michael Leunig, a poet and artist who enjoys topics like philosophy and is an aspiring cartoonist
  • Dr Helen Fisher is a renowned anthropologist who develops in the sphere of romantic love and human emotions
  • Linda Lantieri is a specialist in emotional learning and resilience. She works with children who lost their parents in 9/11 and gives her best to help people overcome tragedy events.

The icing of the cake is going to be an emotionally and intellectually directed lection with Dalai Lama.

All of the specialists are going to share their thoughts, experiences and professional insights on human emotions. The topics which are going to be reflected on the conference cover an extremely wide range of subtopics about emotional and mental health. The questions will definitely be a lot, but I’m sure most of them will be answered through the conference.

My personal experience shows that the emotional state of a human being in not only related to the environment in which he is being raised and is growing, but it has a way bigger complexity. Each human has his own perception of the world. Some people crack and “explode” over simple daily tasks, family problems and domestic chores like cleaning, cooking and gardening, and there is definitely a lot this conference could help with.

So what do you think about the upcoming conference in Melbourne and what are your expectations about this event?

Share your experience and let me know if you are going to attend. I’ll be more than happy to see what you think and have to say!


Why Hating Mondays is Perfectly Normal

Why Hating Mondays is Perfectly Normal

 

You wake up and you feel, as if your vital force has been sucked out of you… You have no desire to get out of bed, yet you realise with a brutal clarity that you MUST… You feel more demotivated than ever to go to work, and still you force yourself to do it… Those are just a few of the reasons why hating Mondays is perfectly normal.

Why Monday is so Harsh on Us?

To be honest, for me Monday mornings are the worst! I believe it is due to the shock your entire systems goes through. From ultimate relaxation, sleeping in and just doing what you love, you are bound to wake up on the Monday morning and bump heads with reality… and it is never pleasant.

Since most of us are creatures of habit, we tend to get used to a certain regime and follow it, therefore, sometimes, it is difficult to sleep in during the weekend, as you have trained yourself to get up in time for work. Nevertheless, most of us wake up and then fall back asleep. Just when you have had two perfectly good days to get used to a couple of extra hours of sleep… BAM… Monday comes right back and makes you change your rhythm once again.

… and so the tedious cycle goes on and on …and you despise the first day of the week more and more..

How to Fight the “Monday Hatred”?

There are numerous way to battle the odd feeling of being displeased that the weekend has ended. You can either opt for the lazy perspective of having a perfectly calm (if somewhat boring) evening and go to bed early. Not only will you get the vital and oh-so-needed rest, but you will also be ready to jump-start your week. However, this solution is not that great as you will have to sacrifice a few perfectly good hours, you could otherwise spend with friends clubbing or even doing some housework – just because you can.

Speaking of chores, I strongly recommend delegating your cleaning duties to professional cleaners in Docklands. There is something utterly bothersome in spending your precious spare time doing housework – cleaning in particular. Even if you are doing it just for the sake of bragging to your colleagues that you didn’t have to lift a finger to dust or vacuum.

While Mondays tend to be more than annoying, they are “a necessary evil“. The best way to fight your “Monday hatred” is to use positive attitude. Focus on the great stuff you have experienced over the weekend and cling to the warming feeling until Friday arrives!


Can A Pet Really Improve Your Health

Can A Pet Really Improve Your Health

Dogs have long been known as man’s best friend but did you know that pets in general can make us both physically and mentally healthier? In fact, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals /RSPCA/, simply having our pets around us can lift our spirits and help us relax.

Dog running with a toy in its mouth

Interestingly, the RSPCA also says that Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership around the world. One study even found that thanks to the average Aussie’s love of cats and dogs, our precious pets have saved us approximately $3.86 billion in health expenditure in one certain year.

Physical Health Benefits That Owning a Pet Can Lead To

  • Improved cardiovascular health resulting in lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • Fewer visits to the doctor.

  • Children developing stronger immune systems which reduces the risk of allergies. In turn, this sees kids with pets taking less sick days at school.

Another one of the physical health benefits that really caught our eye was an increase in physical activity. Of course, it makes sense as pets (especially dogs) encourage us to get out and about. Who needs a personal trainer when you’ve got a pet to drag you outside regardless of the weather?

Here are some other quirky facts from the Better Health Channel based on findings from selected studies:

  • People who walk their dogs are seen by others as being friendly and approachable.

  • Patients waiting in dentist surgeries found watching fish swim around an aquarium was as effective as hypnosis in terms of reducing stress.

Psychological Benefits Linked To Pet Ownership

  • Pet owners tend to suffer less from depression and are able to cope with grief, stress and loss better than those without a pet.

  • Pets have been known to enhance social connectedness – by all accounts, they’re great conversation starters!

  • Pets act as a constant source of support. After all, they keep us company when we’re feeling down or are sick. The Better Health channel even cites this non-judgemental companionship/unconditional love as increasing people’s self-esteem.

While there’s no doubt that pets can be very positive for kids, they also pose a lot of health benefits for older people. Transitioning from working full-time or part-time to retirement, is one of the biggest changes in life and one that many find difficult to adapt to.

And it’s only natural that as we age, we sometimes lose loved ones. Pets can assist older people in:

  • Enjoying life: Caring for a pet can add meaning to people’s lives and provide companionship at a time when family and friends may not always be present.

  • Help people to connect: Regardless of age, pets can help people to find a common interest and to meet new people.

  • Keep fit: Pets are playful in nature and often get people moving. They can make people laugh and boost energy levels.

While they can be a bit of a handful at times, it’s clear that owning a pet is advantageous to most people.

And hey, they can be a much-needed and constant source of support and happiness at times, don’t you think?


Most Delicious Mm Cookies You Have Tried

Most-Delicious-Mm-Cookies-You-Have-Tried

These soft and chewy M&M Cookies are the perfect choice of a dessert. They are quick and easy to cook, especially when you are feeling tired of working or cleaning.

In my opinion, it is very hard to find a quality cookie recipe. Once you find it, make sure you write it down on a safe place. It is a treasure you cannot afford to lose! So get a pen and note this one:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • one package of mini M&Ms

Directions:

  1. Mix the flour, salt, cornstarch and the baking soda in a bowl.
  2. In other large bowl, using a mixer, make a smooth paste from the butter and both types of sugar. Adjust the speed to medium and mix until pale and fluffy (2-3 minutes).
  3. Set the mixer on low and add in egg and vanilla. Return the speed to medium and mix until well compounded.
  4. Turn the mixer back on low and add the dry mixture gradually until dough forms. Blend in M&Ms by hand. Put the dough into the refrigerator for at least 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking tray with parchment paper.
  5. Get the dough out of the fridge and form balls with the approximate size of a walnut. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are just barely golden.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes on baking sheet before removing and placing on wire rack to finish cool.

I highly suggest a glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee with these!


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My name is Nia Greenwood and I will be coaching your journey to living simply, healthy and stylish!
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