Giving Your Bedroom a Scandinavian Makeover

The Scandinavian look is still one of the most popular home decor styles. Many people have decorated their day-to-day living spaces in this way, and they are now choosing to do the same for their bedrooms!

 

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If you want to transform your bedroom into an oasis of calm and Scandinavian chic, we are here to show you how. Here’s how:

Get the Color Palette Right

 

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The first step is to choose a neutral color to use on your walls and ceiling.  It is vital that you achieve a crisp and clean finish. Therefore, before you start it is important to run your hand over every part of your walls and ceilings and use a pencil to circle any imperfections. If there are a lot of them, you may want to consider having the entire room skimmed by a professional plaster, or opt to do the work yourself. Starting with a clean canvas is the best way to get a nice crisp finish.

Invest in Good Quality Bedding

 

You should also look for high quality bedding sets. Again, consider using neutral colours. It is important to get the fit right, and buy something that is easy to iron, and keep looking good. If you are a fan of color and pops of fuchsia, then you may want to consider decorating a girly room instead. Scandinavian style is all about being calm, and neutral.

If you can afford to do so, invest in some luxury bedding. It will look and feel great, and, it will last far longer. Provided you shop during the sale days, you can usually afford to buy some nice luxury bedding to achieve the look you are after.

When buying bed linens, thread count matters, but is only part of the story. You need to look for sheets that have a close weave and feature longer fibres. Pure cotton is nice, but sometimes it is better to buy something made from a mix of natural and manmade fibres. This type of fabric will be far easier to keep looking pristine.

Opt for Wooden Flooring

 

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Flooring makes up a high percentage of any room, so it is particularly important to get this element right. Wooden flooring is usually the best option for a Scandinavian style room. If you are worried about it being cold underfoot, you need not be because real wood does not get too cold.

Have Lots of Lighting

 

Let as much natural light into your bedroom as possible. You can do this by opting for blinds instead of curtains that will inevitably partially obscure your windows. You just need to make sure that when the blinds are down, that all of the light is kept out, so that you can fall asleep OK, and not be woken too early.

If the windows are not very big, it is worth considering installing a frosted skylight window above your bedroom door. You can also install an opaque glass door between your bedroom and your en-suite bathroom. Letting natural light in means that you will enjoy staying in bed late, to read and eat breakfast, and so much more!

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Here’s Why You Need to Put Security Cameras In an Around Your Home

Stay safe year round by putting up security cameras around your home. Here is why they are SO important to have and a great investment to make!

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If you currently have a security system built into your home, you may think that you don’t need to have security cameras. Unfortunately, with the increasing number of crime rates it is very important to take that extra measure by installing security cameras inside and outside your home. There are tons of easy security boosting ideas, and cameras are one of the most effective. They don’t need to clash with your exterior and interior décor, there are tons of styles on the market that are easily concealed in mail boxes and even outdoor lamps!

The most popular security system used by people nowadays is CCTV cameras. CCTV or Closed Circuit Television is a compact, portable surveillance camera that can be installed in any part of your home and provide monitoring service and record the various events of the day and night. Here’s why you should install one too:

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Tighten Up Your Home security

Security cameras are an ingenious way to stay safe and keep your home safe, 24/7. Surveillance cameras provide every minute of detail of the ongoing events, about the happenings and the persons involved. Thus, with CCTV cameras, any kind of unpleasant events can be easily detected and it can also help to catch the burglars or thieves with its smart video recordings.

Guard Family and Property from the Intruders

CCTV cameras help you keep your family and valuables safe and guarded, giving your peace of mind and saving loads of problems in the long run. They can instantly detect if anybody is trying to enter your house or loitering around it. It also records the activity of the people around your house. Therefore, in case of any problems or threat involved by any intruder, you can call the police immediately with the video monitoring system.

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Suzy’s Tip: If you are going to tighten up security in your home, I would definitely go with installing security cameras that are Wifi connected so that you can check any time of day what is going on at home. I recently installed Honeywell cameras around my home and it not only helps give me peace of mind, but has also deterred strangers from loitering. What a great way to stay safe!

Gives You Peace of Mind

There are times when you are required to leave your kids and elderly family at home. At such a scenario, you want nothing but complete security for your loved ones. And for a complete security solution, nothing is better than CCTV cameras. CCTV cameras are one of the greatest security systems in existence that are equipped with the latest monitoring and recording technologies.

Easy Prosecution for Thieves

Security cameras come as a lifesaver when it comes to solving any crime related cases like theft, murders or burglary. It helps to identify the criminals easily with their recorded video footage, thus reducing the hassle related to search and identification.

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Tips to Choose the Best Plank Flooring for Your Home

Considering installing plank flooring in your home? Here are some of our smart tips that will save you loads of time, money, and turn your home into a designer decorated model home!

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Choosing the best plank flooring for your home may be difficult because you have to consider the cost and size of the house. Most homeowners choose not to use wooden planks because tiles have become a cheaper and even better alternative when flooring your house. However, vinyl wood planks are also like tiles, and you can arrange them on the floor the way tiles are arranged. They also come in so many beautiful shades and tones, making it so easy to find the perfect match! Here are some tips you should definitely consider before plank flooring your home:

Pay Attention to the Species of Wood


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Hardwood species, which are mainly used differ in durability, patterns, and color. There are tons of different types of hardwood flooring options such as oak, maple, and cherry which are among the most common species due to their hardness. Exotic woods like mahogany, and Brazilian cherry isn’t as durable, but are mainly used for their striking appearance. Most of these species are mainly exported from South America especially the Amazon in Brazil and aren’t cost friendly, so make sure to find one that suits your budget.

Choose the Right Color

 

Hardwoods colors range from blond to black, depending on species and finish. The color of your floor defines the color of other household items like curtains and decorating accessories. We recommend avoding sharp colors like red, as well as dull, lifeless tones. soft brown, and the color of mahogany are popular choices that match a wide range of decorating styles.

Different Floor Hardness

 

In a household with pets and kids, it’s a good idea to choose the hardest wood species possible. Hard species, such as soft red oak, will withstand wear and tear, while softer species, such as pine, tend to show scratches. The choice between engineered and solid hardwood will most likely be determined by location, subfloor, and preferred installation technique.

BDB Tip: If you’re on the fence, keep in mind that solid hardwood floors can easily get damaged if you have kids and pets. Scratches from a puppy’s claws, dings from your kids accidentally dropping toys and even coloring on the floor are all things that can damage your floors but they can also be fixed. You can sand out your floors and refinish them over and over again, if this is something you would consider doing!

Maintain Your Hardwood Floors

 

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Whichever you choose, preventive care, polishing, and proper maintenance can keep your floors looking good for years. You also have to keep in mind how much it costs to replace cracked pieces and fix hardwood flooring scratches. Plank flooring is relatively cheap to replace and refurbish if a plank is cracked or damaged. If you have pets, trim their nails to avoid scratches, and place carpet runners in high traffic areas of your home like the entrance and mud room.

The Type of Finishing

 

95% of commercial hardwoods are pre-finished, so finishing is an important factor that needs to be considered here. Pre-finished are mainly preferred here because they are not difficult to install and are not regularly dusty, also easy to clean.

Suzy’s Tip: You’ll want to keep in mind that pre-finished woods seem to last a lot longer than site-finished wood. It’s also impossible to refurbish engineered hardwood flooring every time due to the fact that the thickness of the top Vernier differs.

Choose The Right Texture


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The texture of the wood is an important factor also. You can get hardwood floors that look shiny and new, or you can buy brand new wood that looks like an antique and adds timeworn character to your room. There are several stores where you can purchase plank flooring in the United States. You can get vinyl wood plank flooring new jersey online too. Choosing a good and beautiful texture for your floor would go a long way in informing your visitors about your taste. Finally, if you choose to purchase hardwood floors, you’ll need to pick between solid or engineered.

What kind of experience have you had with hardwood floors? Let us know below!

 

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