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Posted by RE/MAX Advantage I on 11/21/2019

Anyone who’s ever been in an outdated house or hotel room can tell you that the way we decorate can have an effect on our mood. Certain colors, lack of lighting, and cluttered rooms are all things that, whether we realize it or not, can have a negative effect on our mood and productivity.

These concepts aren’t recent realizations. In ancient China and India, concepts of architecture and decorating have been teaching proper design techniques for thousands of years. Today, these schools of thought are often lumped into the field of environmental psychology.

In today’s post, I’m going to talk about a few design techniques that will help you and your houseguests feel more welcome in your home and create a tone that matches your desires, whether that’s relaxed or energized.

The effects of color

With a quick Google search, you’ll find hundreds of articles discussing the psychological effects of colors. What many fail to mention is the way these effects are based on things like the culture and time period we grow up in.

However, you may find that guests to your home will feel more comfortable in light, neutral- colored rooms than they will in a room that’s painted bold colors.

On a room-by-room basis, there tend to be certain colors that Americans associate with the “right” colors for the occasion.

However, this is often influenced by the architectural style of the house more than an internalized idea about specific colors.

How much is too much?

It’s easy to accumulate home decor and find your walls and surface becoming a little too cluttered. However, bare walls and sparsely decorated rooms can feel a bit too sterile and unlivable. Is there a balance between the two?

Oftentimes the best solution is to follow one simple decorating principle:

Rather than using several small items to decorate a room, choose just a few larger items. This will prevent the room from appearing cluttered but still give it a sense of character.

Taking advantage of the full area of a room

So far, we’ve been talking about how colors and decor can make a room feel more spacious and welcoming. But, even if you have a small room, you can still often achieve this effect.

One solution is to add brighter lighting to the room. Increasing the light makes to room feel more open. And, if possible, natural lighting is the best option, as it can reduce any feelings of claustrophobia.

If better lighting or windows aren’t an option, many homeowners turn to mirrors to make a room feel larger. Larger, wall-hanging mirrors are an excellent way to give the illusion of spaciousness in a small room.


Using the psychology behind these three decorating principles, you’ll be able to make you and your houseguests feel more at ease within your home.





Posted by RE/MAX Advantage I on 7/4/2019

No doubt, there are lots of benefits associated with the use of sliding doors. So, if you have the aim of installing a sliding door in your home or you want to replace your traditional doors with sliding doors, we have here some benefits of your decision. Here are some benefits of using sliding doors: 

Energy efficiency 

One of the benefits of sliding doors is that it keeps indoor air trapped inside the house and keeps temperature constant. Also, you can consider a sliding door that comes with argon glass between the glass panes. The argon gas serves as an insulator, keeping the fresh air within and heat out in the summer. The glass can be glazed or coated to increase efficiency and reduce harmful UV rays. 

Safety

The advantage of having sliding doors is that they prevent anyone from being hit by a swinging door. A sliding door will always remain in its position until someone decides to move it. 

Indoor/Outdoor Traffic Flow

Sliding doors are more extensive than conventional doors. Their large size enables people to move freely in and out of the house. This means people can quickly enter the house and move out whenever there is a get together that involves a large number of people. A sliding door can be twice as wide as a conventional door. 

Security for sliding doors

Generally, sliding doors are safe. There is no easy way to open them when you have locked them from the inside. It has features that make it difficult to open from outside. 

Space-saving

Another advantage of using a sliding door is that it saves space. It comes in an ergonomic design that makes it ideal for saving space. Unlike regular doors that take a sizeable amount of space when they swing, sliding doors do not move back and forth. 

More Natural Light with Sliding Doors

With sliding doors, you can enjoy a great deal of natural light in your home during the day. This saves you energy cost because you do not need to turn on any light during the day. The use of sliding doors does not only help to minimize your lightening bill, but they also make your home look more beautiful and welcoming. 

Superior Air Circulation 

The air circulation in your apartment may be restricted if you have a smaller window. You can fix this issue if you use sliding doors in your home. A sliding door provides a space that is large enough to accommodate large surges of air whenever you desire.

Consider using sliding doors in your home to enjoy all the benefits that it offers you. Contact a general contractor today to help you with your options.




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Posted by RE/MAX Advantage I on 1/24/2019

Moving into a new home means there is a new canvas to decorate and express personalities. If you love traveling or have a kid that likes to go places, then a new home is an opportunity to incorporate a travel theme into the home design. Even if you are not a frequent flyer but have dreams of visiting many places in the world, there are many ways to showcase it in your home décor style.

  1. Classic Suitcases. Vintage suitcases make for excellent storage spaces and give an antique style to any living area. You can have an old classic trunk in the living room to keep books and other items in the living room instead of a regular storage ottoman. Classic suitcases also work for holding clothes, blankets, and socks in a bedroom.
  2. Travel-themed decorations. You can pick from a selection of countries to represent places you have been in forms of throw pillow covers in your living area. You can even make them places you would like to visit. Picture frames, art, and other travel-related items can show off your quest to visit new horizons.
  3. Map Wallpaper. Turn any wall to a travel map by installing a wallpaper. You can go one step further in your design by using an old-style map instead of the new modern ones. Decorate your map wall further by hanging postcards and souvenirs from places you have visited on the map wall. Sticky notes and pins can also mark destinations that you dream to visit.
  4. Time zone clocks. Fully inclusive time zone clocks show many world destinations alongside a map. Such a clock series can serve as a focal wall in your home. Another way to achieve this time zone look is to buy several different clocks and decorate them with frame labels bearing the city names.
  5. Globe collections. Globes are one of the most popular and obvious representations of travel. They are also one of the simplest ways to make it apparent to visitors that you love traveling. Functionally, there are different globe-themed furniture that can serve other functions in your living space. These pieces include globe bars that can hold several bottles of wine and glasses while decorating your home too. Smaller globes can also be desktop topers or ornaments for your nightstand.

Making your travel-themed home doesn’t have to be complicated. Check out any home décor store for items that will make your home travel-approved!




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Posted by RE/MAX Advantage I on 4/13/2017

We all want our flowers to last forever. We want it so much that there are entire aisles in Michael's devoted to plastic flowers that will bloom for eternity. But when it comes to creating a warm atmosphere with pleasant fragrances, nothing compares to the real thing. Here's how to get the most of your potted plants and flowers.

Choose your plants wisely

All plants are different. Some flower for different lengths of time or even at completely opposite times of the year. When it comes to cut flowers, they too last varying lengths depending on the species. The time a cut flower lasts before wilting is called its vase life. The vase life is a hard life. But certain flowers withstand it better than others.
  • Chrysanthemums (25-30 days) - They're not a flashy flower, and they don't need much to survive in a vase other than fresh water each day
  • Orchids (10-30 days) - There are countless varieties of orchids available. Aside from their unique form and appearance, orchids can also be surprisingly hardy
  • Anthurium or "flamingo flower" (15-45 days) - Flamingo flowers are a rare sight, and last quite a long time if maintained properly. But pet owners beware: they're considered toxic to dogs and cats

Preparing the vase

The first thing to remember is to clean a vase thoroughly before you put flowers in it. Once clean, start to prepare your water. Plants need food too. If your flowers came with plant food this is the best option for preserving your flower. Otherwise, there are homemade recipes for plant solution that usually involve something acidic and something sugary. Lemon juice and sugar work well mixed with water. Or you can mix one part lemon-lime soda (not diet soda) with three parts water. Next, cut the flowers slightly longer than the length of the vase and pop them in.

Caring for your flower

The job's not over once you put the flowers in the vase. The real trick to making flowers last longer is caring for them once in the vase.
  • Trim a centimeter or less off of the stems every other day
  • Add water as needed and refresh the water after a few days. Be sure to add your plant food solution as well
  • The flowers themselves can be maintained as well. Most flowers benefit from being misted with water once every day or two. Others recommend spraying things like hair spray which acts as a preservative directly onto the petals. Though it seems do defeat the purpose of taking such care to keep the flowers healthy.
  • Be sure to keep the flowers in a temperate place. If the flowers or water heat up or cool down too much the flowers could wilt

The flowers are dead. Now what?

Once the flowers have wilted (hopefully after a long amount of time due to reading the aforementioned tips!) it may seem like you have no further use for them. But there are plenty of creative ways to repurpose wilted flowers on the internet such as making a wreath or even adding them to your bath. Let us know which flowers you've had the best luck with!    







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