Four Decoration Rules You Can (And Should) Break

Rules are made to be broken, and decoration is no exception. It is true that to be able to break them in a big way and maintain a harmonious interior, you have to have some experience (or very good taste), but you can take small steps and try. We give you some suggestions to transgress the established parameters and give a very personal touch to your decoration. Don’t be predictable, and let yourself go!

Do Not Mix Bold Prints

Eye-catching motifs can be tricky to match, and the general rule of thumb is don't mix multiple of them together. A single bold print is more than enough in most cases, but what if you want to risk something else? Create a dramatic atmosphere by mixing prints and using them even on large surfaces. Start with small details like the cushions and increase the risk with larger spaces. You can perfectly mix flowers and stripes or any other type of print. The trick is that the different motifs share style and have matching shades.

Don’t Use Dark Colors In Small Spaces.

In small spaces, the general advice is to paint with white and decorate minimalist furniture with clean lines. How about the exact opposite? In this bathroom, the walls have been painted dark blue, and the decorative elements (mirror, pictures, and lamp) are not at all minimalist. We do recommend that you do not clutter the space with objects and take advantage of natural lighting. Use a satin paint, as well as mirrors and chrome that reflect the light so that it is not oppressive.

Always Center The Frames

At the time of hanging the paintings, it is usual that we take a thousand and one measures to make sure that they are centered, all at the same height, placed perfectly in the center of the bed … Our proposal is that you break with that rule and avoid conventionally. Do not take a measurement and place your paintings where you want and where you see the beautiful, forgetting about centers and heights. You will give additional interest to your interiors and will make the eyes go where you want.

Eye-Catching Wallpapers, Just On One Wall

With a highly decorative wallpaper, it is usual to use it only on an accent wall, while keeping the rest more discreet. Would you dare to break this rule? If you have a wallpaper that you love, don’t hold back on one wall and take it to all of them. Of course, we recommend that you only launch to break this rule in small spaces. The bathrooms are the perfect setting to play with daring designs due to their small size. Take them as a small laboratory in which to develop your ideas … and soak it all up!

10 House Painting Rules You Should Never Break

No home improvement project revives, protects, and beautifies a home as quickly, effectively, and economically as exterior paint. A new coat of paint can completely transform a house, and while painting a house can be a great job, it is a project that can be completed in a week or two.

Don’t skimp on materials – pay for high-quality paint, primer, and caulking compound. High-quality paint lasts longer, flows, and covers better than low-quality paint. Buy paint that has a lifetime warranty against defects in the finish.

Painters Austin TX recommends making the necessary preparation: for the paint to adhere well, it must be applied to a surface that is clean, dry, and without peeling or peeling. Depending on the condition of the existing siding and trim, this often means that considerable scraping and sanding may be required before painting.

Be careful with lead paint: Although today’s house paints do not contain lead, old paint applied in times past is likely to contain lead. The European Environment Agency warns that any home improvement work around lead paint can generate lead dust or particles that can be dangerous to the health of children and adults.

Don’t skimp on layers of paint – Start with a high-quality oily alkyd primer if you’re painting on bare wood or metal for your base coat. Some painters like to stain the primer towards the final paint color to minimize the need for two coats of finish paint. Others prefer to stain the primer in a contrasting color, which will highlight points where the topcoats have not completely covered.

Use the Right Tools – At most home improvement centers or tool rental locations, you can rent a high-quality brush, roller, and for some homes. The easiest way to apply primer and paint to textured surfaces is to spray it with an airless sprayer, and then hand roll it back with a roller to ensure adhesion.

Be realistic – don’t paint your house yourself unless you have the time, tools, skills, and stamina to get the job done. Depending on the size and height of your home and the condition of your existing siding, preparing and painting a home on your own can be tedious and difficult work.

Expect mild weather: Do n’t paint on hot days, in the rain, or during windy or dusty weather. The ideal temperatures for painting are between 10 and 22 degrees Celsius. The warm weather causes the paint to dry too quickly, as does direct sunlight. When possible, follow the shadow. Temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius can prevent paint from adhering to the surface properly. Moisture or dew can bubble surfaces.

Cover everything else: Protect decks, shrubs, gardens, patios, and walkways from paint spills and splashes with plastic rags or sheets. This will save you from major cleaning problems later. If you use an airless paint sprayer, masking and coverage will be absolutely imperative – excessive spraying can even cover your neighbors’ cars.

Paint using proven techniques – if you’re a newbie to painting, do your homework. You can find a lot of free information on the web, including videos from professionals and experts showing specific techniques.

If you hire a professional, get offers and references: ask for detailed painting offers if possible, ask them for samples of other work done before to inspect and make sure of the work done, but especially the result of the work of other clients.

Remember that the work done by professionals will always give you the satisfaction that the work will be done correctly, which will perpetuate the work overtime, and you will not have to resort to future arrangements.…

Home Maintenance: To-Do List

Participating by doing like mom and dad helps young children to gain self-confidence and older children to become independent. They realize that they are not alone in the world, that others count and that they have the power to act on what surrounds them.

The family is the place where the child can begin to exercise his autonomy and learn to respect others. It is in this environment that the child begins to learn his duty as a citizen, to be responsible for himself and for others.

Sharing family tasks is a family conversation that often says a lot about how each person behaves in relation to the other. Doing things for the child is also, unconsciously, wanting to keep them dependent. Let’s look at the young adults of 18 who still don’t know how to operate a washing machine … Teaching him to help is asking the question of how do I imagine my child growing up and able to do without me?

Works of family interest for the smooth running of the household and the family

  • Wash pans and other things that don’t go in the dishwasher
  • Fill the dishwasher and switch it on
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Clean floors whenever necessary, but at least once a week
  • Clean the toilet whenever necessary, but at least once a week
  • Clean the bathroom whenever necessary, but at least once a week, the shower and the bathtub are rinsed after each use
  • Clean the kitchen, whenever necessary that is, almost every evening, if not after each meal.
  • Sort recyclable waste
  • Go to the recycling center
  • Washing and ironing of common laundry (dishtowels bath towels, etc.)
  • Empty the cat’s crate
  • Give the cat food and drink
  • Empty the compost container
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Take out the trash
  • Put the trash out of the truck on Tuesday morning
  • Design and plan meals
  • Prepare meals
  • Ensure that the shopping list is made
  • Purchases of food and other materials necessary for the functioning of the family
  • Make the payments
  • Strip the mail and do all the administrative procedures necessary for the functioning of the family and the development of the people who live there
  • Be constantly attentive and ensure the smooth running of the household and the family and the good development of the people who live there
  • Work remunerated outside the family so that the financial contribution is sufficient for the functioning of the family and the development of the people who live there
  • Investing, devoting part of one’s freedom to the benefit of the family and the people who live there
  • Agree to confront other people living in the family to obtain mutual respect for each other, even though the simplest tasks of daily life. NB confrontation does not necessarily mean aggressiveness
  • Think and make all proposals for the development and order of housing for the well being of each
  • Plan, execute or have executed all acts necessary for the maintenance of the car and other vehicles