Welcome to our collection of 25 great and useful computer graphics and cheats that we have created all over the world in the field of interior design and home decoration. We believe that every owner should view the following collection and bookmark this page for easy reference.

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The computer graphics and cheat sheets below cover topics such as the basics of interior design, the best colors for your home, decorating design and style, guidelines for kitchen, bathroom and living room design, kitchen space design, tips for comfortable living in small spaces, renovations to increase the value of your home, saving money through eco-friendly upgrades, etc.

In the following table of contents you will find the topics we discuss in this article:

1) Guide for flooring purchasers

Types of flooring for the home

Source: http://visual.ly/buyers-guide-custom-home-flooring-types

The first computer graphics in our series focus on the basic elements of each house, the floors. It includes 9 different materials used for flooring and examines the advantages and disadvantages of each material, as well as the 4 characteristics of each material (cost, durability, difficulty of installation and cleaning).

To help you make the right purchase decision, we have summarised the important points for the different types of flooring described in the graph:

– Porcelain or ceramic floor tiles

PROS : Robust and durable. Easy cleaning.
CONS : Very stiff and firm footrest. Not very comfortable.

COST: 2/5 FORCE
:  5/5
INSTALLATION PROBLEMS :  4/5
CLEANING DIFFICULTIES : 1/5

– Suspended wood tile floors (synthetic laminate)

PROS : Easy to install, easy to replace, easy to clean.
CONS : Stiffness underfoot. No natural wood.

COST: 2/5 FORCE
:  2/5
INSTALLATION EFFORT :  2/5
CLEANING DIFFICULTIES :  3/5

– Carpet

PROS : It’s comfortable and keeps the house warm.
CONS : It’s easy to see. It is difficult and expensive to clean.

COST: 4/5 FORCE
:  2/5
INSTALLATION EFFORT :  3/5
CLEANING DIFFICULTIES :  5/5

– Hardwood flooring

PROS : Very durable, easy to clean, they give the house a luxurious look.
CONS : Expensive, difficult to install.

COST: 4/5 FORCE
:  5/5
INSTALLATION PROBLEMS :  5/5
CLEANING DIFFICULTIES :  1/5

– Imitation wood floors

PROS : Easy to install, moisture resistant.
CONS : The quality and durability vary greatly depending on the brand. Not very loud.

COST: 4/5 FORCE
:  3/5
INSTALLATION EFFORT :  2/5
CLEANING DIFFICULTIES :  2/5

– Bamboo flooring

PROS : Easy installation, exceptional durability, hypoallergenic.
CONS : The colour may fade over time. Sensitive to water.

COST: 5/5 FORCE
:  5/5
INSTALLATION PROBLEMS :  3/5
CLEANING DIFFICULTIES :  3/5

– Cork flooring

PROS : Extremely durable, environmentally friendly, stain resistant.
CONS : Expensive, they can be soaked with water if not applied correctly.

COST: 5/5 FORCE
:  5/5
INSTALLATION PROBLEMS :  3/5
CLEANING DIFFICULTIES :  4/5

– Stone floor

PROS : It is the most sustainable of all options and gives it an earthy charm.
CONS : Expensive, very difficult to lay, it can be very slippery when wet.

COST: 5/5 FORCE
:  5/5
INSTALLATION PROBLEMS :  5/5
CLEANING DIFFICULTIES :  4/5

– Vinyl floor coverings

PROS : The cheapest option, easy to install, flexible.
CONS : The materials used to make vinyl can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over time.

COST: 1/5 OF THE STARCH
:  2/5
INSTALLATION EFFORT :  1/5
CLEANING DIFFICULTIES :  1/5

2) Interior design: Dos and Don’ts

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Source: http://www.creativelydifferentblinds.com/

This graph shows the 8 dos and don’ts of the interior. There’s nothing special about this, but following these design principles will help you avoid pitfalls when planning and executing your own room makeover.

In short, the 8 principles of the design:

  • Use different textures (smooth, rough, glossy, etc.) in your design elements.
  • Use accessories that reinforce the general design idea.
  • Before choosing a colour for your space, take samples and actually try out the colour to see how it works in your environment.
  • A small work of art (photo, painting, canvas, etc.) is lost on a large bare wall. Don’t hang small pieces on big empty walls.
  • Don’t clutter the room with too many parts.
  • You can decorate the small rooms with some large pieces of furniture.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with new trendy styles, modern accessories you will find in stores, etc.
  • A floor plan of the space you want to design and furnish is useful for planning and buying things for your project.

3) Colouring of the housing

3 colours dome

Source: http://www.design55online.co.uk/blog/2013/07/24/the-complete-interior-design-guide-to-colour/

Research shows that different colours evoke different emotions and psychological feelings in people. Although the psychology behind each colour is not etched into the stone, interior designers recommend certain colours and palettes that best suit each space.

Refer to the computer images above to see the suggested color options for each room in the house. Let’s also summarize the emotions that each color evokes, here are the most important ones:

  • White evokes a sense of cleanliness and hygiene (e.g. in laundries).
  • Rooms illuminated by spectral blue light increase alertness.
  • Seeing leaves and green landscapes has been shown to reduce ADHD in children.
  • Red, orange, yellow: Increased heart rate, hypertension, increased breathing.
  • Green, blue, purple: Weak pulse, low blood pressure, slow breathing.

4) Top 5 Furniture styles

4 design styles

Sources: http://www.homezada.com/ , https://www.exclusivemod.com/

We often hear or read the terms modern, contemporary, traditional, etc. in the field of decoration and interior design. But what do these words actually mean? The picture above shows the five main styles of interior decoration, their characteristics, their comparison, the characteristics of their furniture, etc.

A short description of each interior style:

– MODERN

  • A pure design line.
  • Minimalist.
  • Good for small parts.
  • Avoid unnecessary accessories and decorations.
  • Asymmetrical balance in the furniture.

– MODERN

  • The modern style follows the trends of our time.
  • Fine, clear and geometric shapes.
  • No shit.
  • Individual and unique furniture.
  • Strong and vibrant color.

– TRADITIONAL

  • Feeling of comfort, intimacy and discomfort.
  • Furniture and accents are placed in pairs.
  • Displays consistency, order and attention to detail.
  • The edges are soft and curved.
  • Floral motifs.

– INDUSTRIAL/URBAN

  • Open floor plans.
  • Unique, non-functional objects used as a function.
  • Use of industrial materials such as metal, brick, raw wood.
  • Often in lofts or buildings converted into industrial estates.

– CLASSIC

  • Natural colours and materials.
  • Dark forests with ornaments.
  • Rich classical furniture of museum quality.
  • Order, symmetry and balance.
  • Elegant fabrics.

5) Instructions for kitchen appliances

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Source: http://www.kitchencabinetkings.com/kitchen-layout-infographic

Kitchen Cabinet Kings has created this informative graph with different kitchen layouts that you can use for your own kitchen renovation project. The computer graphics focus on the kitchen work triangle, which keeps the three main appliances within easy reach, unobstructed, and allows you to cook efficiently and easily. This kitchen work triangle refers to the placement of 3 large kitchen appliances in a triangular position, i.e. refrigerator, stove/oven and sink/dishwasher.

Here is an overview of the six kitchen plans and their main features according to the table above:

– U-SHAPED KITCHEN

  • Perfect for two chefs.
  • Place the sink against the hob or work carefully.
  • The footprint must be at least 8×8 feet.

– L-SHAPED KITCHEN

  • Ideal for one-room apartments.
  • Use a longer cooking zone.
  • Free up space in the rack, install the upper cabinets.
  • Avoid decorative accessories, as they make the room seem cramped.

– ISLAND PLANE

  • Divides large kitchens into smaller, more efficient workspaces.
  • The island is the most important element. Planning according to the main function of the island.
  • You can place chairs next to the island to make it the most important social space in the kitchen or even the dining table.
  • Place pendants over the island.

– SEMI-INSULAR KITCHEN OR FRAME ARRANGEMENT G

  • Use the peninsula as a breakfast nook.
  • Separate the preparation, cooking and cleaning zones.
  • Don’t break the kitchen triangle.
  • Group the large devices.

– PLAN OF THE SCULLERY

  • A nice layout to save space.
  • Keep the fridge and sink together, put the stove on the other side.
  • Install sufficient lighting.
  • Use the retractable parts for storage.
  • Choose shelves instead of cabinets.

– KITCHEN WITH A WALL

  • Ensures an efficient workflow.
  • Place the sink between the fridge and the stove.
  • The cheapest kitchen equipment of all.
  • Add a cooking island (if you have enough space) or maybe a dining table.
  • Use the extra storage space as a separate piece of furniture.

6) Kitchen design

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Source: https://www.fix.com/blog/kitchen-design-best-practices/

This great graph was provided by fix.com (written by Lee Wallender) and shows some good practices for designing a kitchen space. This document is somewhat similar to the previous one, but instead of discussing the different layouts, we present some general room layout principles that can be applied to all kitchen layouts.

Here are some important points from the table above:

  • When you think about the location of your devices, always imagine that the doors are fully open to prevent interference.
  • Also here we have the concept of the kitchen triangle, which dictates the placement of the 3 large appliances (fridge, sink, stove) in the triangular position. For a perfect triangle, each work zone must be 4 to 9 feet apart.
  • The 15-inch space between the counter top and the cabinets makes it possible to place large appliances on the counter top.
  • Choosing the right places is crucial for the functionality of the kitchen.

7) Tile display

Interior Tile Styles

Source: http://www.drurydesigns.com/blog/interior-design-tile-style-guide

This infographics comes from Drury Designs and is about the different styles of tiles you can use in your home. The graph shows five different tile materials (glass, porcelain, ceramics, natural stone and exotic tiles) for every budget, area and aesthetic.

Here are the main points of the computer graphics.

– GLASS TILES

  • Long lifespan: Medium
  • Cost: Medium and high
  • Cleaning and maintenance : Simply
  • To be used on walls, back splashes, flowers and ornamental frames.
  • Avoid floor installation.

– CERAMIC TILES

  • Long lifespan: Top
  • Cost: Low to high
  • Cleaning and maintenance : Simply
  • For use on walls, showers, fenders, worktops, ceilings and floors.
  • Low maintenance alternative to a wooden or stone floor.

– CERAMIC TILES

  • Long lifespan: Low level
  • Cost: Low level
  • Cleaning and maintenance : Simply
  • For use on walls, ceilings, back walls, worktops, showers and floors.
  • Easy to install, not suitable for outdoor use.

– NATURAL STONE

  • Long lifespan: Medium
  • Cost: Medium and high
  • Cleaning and maintenance : Requires more maintenance because it is porous.
  • For use on walls, ceilings, exteriors, backsplashes, showers, floors, bathroom terraces, grids and exterior cladding and skirting.
  • You need an experienced installer.

– EXOTIC TILE

  • Long lifespan: Variyi
  • Cost: Top
  • Cleaning and maintenance : Variyi
  • Used on walls, outside, on splash walls, showers, floors, blossoms and decorations.
  • Usually custom made for a unique look.

8) Standard furniture dimensions

Dimensions of the furniture

Source: http://www.decoratour.com/cheat-sheet-for-standard-dimensions/ (Courtesy of California Home + Design Sourcebook 2012).

Computer graphics here are very useful for any homeowner because they show the standard dimensions of the furniture in the house. We often have questions or doubts about the location of a particular piece of furniture in our space. Print out the calendar above or send it to your email address, which is useful in these situations.

The table above is courtesy of the California Home + Design Sourcebook 2012 and contains the standard sizes of the most common furniture, such as B. Sofas, chairs, coffee tables, dining tables, beds (double beds, twins, queens, kings, etc.), carpet sizes, etc.

9) How to design your home according to Feng Shui

Feng Shui House Design

Source: http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/1050539/how-to-feng-shui-your-home-infographic

Here we offer you another style of Feng Shui: decoration tips and guidelines to bring more physical and emotional energy into your home. We know that it may not be possible to follow all the advice suggested in computer graphics. If this is the case, start filling your house with natural light and getting rid of unnecessary clutter. It is a good start for good energy and health in your personal space.

Summarizing the chart above, here are the basic ideas and tips you should know about feng shui for your home:

– KITCHEN

  • Your kitchen is a top priority for Feng Shui because it regulates the flow of happiness for your family.
  • Use a warm accent color in the kitchen (such as yellow) to promote warmth and communication during cooking.
  • Your sink must be free of clutter.
  • Use different types of layered lighting fixtures.

– ROOM

  • The storage space under the bed is concealed to ensure good energy circulation during sleep.
  • For the colour you can choose a soothing green or chocolate brown.
  • Do not place your bed in a straight line with the door.
  • Remove electronic devices such as televisions, computers, etc. from the room.

-LIVING ROOM

  • The room decoration should consist of living plants, waders and reflective mirrors.
  • The part must have a normal shape and not be too big or too small.
  • Use neutral colours to create a pleasant atmosphere.
  • Remove clutter like. B. Children’s toys, etc. by storage and shelving.

– CANTEEN

  • Use multiple textures.
  • Use a crystal candlestick.
  • The best shapes for dining tables are round, oval or octagonal and are placed in the middle of the room.
  • Hang up landscapes and mirrors.

– ENTRANCE TO THE BUILDING (FIREPLACE)

  • Hang a mirror (not in a straight line with the door).
  • The front door must be the largest in the house.
  • Think of the white walls and the bright colors (like red) in the entrance.
  • Use bright lights a few meters from the entrance.

10) Bathroom design guide

Bathroom design styles

Source: www.glasstilestore.com

Here we offer you a guide of 4 different bathroom sizes and their plans. It offers advice and suggestions to everyone to make traffic easier and more efficient.

– HALF BATH

  • The half bath contains only a washbasin and toilet and is usually located near the entrance or other public space. This is the guest bathroom, and we sometimes call it the powder room. The computer graphics show 3 different layouts with their dimensions.
  • Use bright colours and shades to give the impression of more space.
  • Use large format floor and wall tiles.
  • Use small ceramic pieces for corners.

– THREE-QUARTER BATH

  • This includes a sink, toilet and shower, but not a bathtub.
  • These bathrooms serve as a second bathroom.
  • Corner or pentagram shower cubicles are better suited for small spaces. Double sliding doors give access to the room without disturbing the rest of the room.
  • A shaving needle with lighting and mirror is a good addition to the shower cubicle.

– COMPLETE BATH

  • The complete bathroom has a sink, toilet and bathtub. It’s usually the main bathroom in the house.
  • Invest in quality toilets, because repairs are expensive.
  • Use the space between the wall brackets by installing a large storage cabinet. This ensures maximum storage.
  • Use only toughened or safety glass for glass partitions and doors.
  • Buy a bathtub of the right size, which is not only comfortable for you, but also fits perfectly into your space.

– MASTER BATHROOM

  • Includes two sinks (for the pair using them), toilet and bath/shower.
  • The main bathroom is usually found in large houses with a master bedroom and is for the private use of the couple from the master bedroom.
  • You can add a washroom with two sinks or even separate vanities for even more space.
  • In the toilet area, partitions can be used to separate parts of the main bathroom (e.g. the toilet and the bath).

11) Living room layout guide

Layout of the living room

Source: http://www.furnishedup.com/blog/2014/02/living-room-layout-guide/

Although each homeowner’s home furnishings are unique for their personal style, there are some common living room layouts that can often be found in many interior designs. The location and arrangement of your furniture is important for any living space. For example, you can accentuate the centre of the room by positioning the furniture so that it faces the centre of the room (it could be an entertainment system, a shelf with a book collection, a work of art, etc.).

The above Furnished Up computer graphics offer some useful tips for the design of the property. Here is an overview of five typical living room layouts:

– FOCUS ON THE FOCAL POINT

  • The centre of the room can be anything (television, fireplace, bookcase, etc.), but in most cases it is a television system.
  • The furniture is placed in such a way that everyone who sits on it has the goal in mind.

– CALL CENTRE

  • The furniture is organized in circular groups to facilitate conversation.
  • It’s a great layout when you’re throwing parties.

– CHILD-FRIENDLY CLASSIFICATION

  • There’s room for manoeuvre in this plan.
  • You can separate the children’s area from the adult area by using a table or sofa as a natural boundary.
  • Use separate storage cabinets to store all the children’s toys.

– EMPHASIS ON VISUAL EQUILIBRIUM

  • This plan emphasizes the balanced placement of the furniture in the living room, as can be seen in the computer graphics above.

– EMPHASIS ON ALIGNMENT OR SYMMETRY

  • Use pairs of furniture and decors for a symmetrical layout.
  • A symmetrical appearance is preferred for formal spaces.

12) Dining tables Number of seats

Power capacity

Source: http://cottagehomefurniture.com/

The above diagrams are courtesy of Cottage Home Furniture and provide a guide to the size of dining tables of different sizes and shapes. The range includes rectangular, round and oval tables. As the diagram shows, chairs marked as narrow are intended for temporary use when extra people need to sit at the same table.

13) Savings through environmental improvements

Saving money: the green energy house

Source: http://www.moneysupermarket.com/

These computer graphics can put money in your pocket! In fact, it will help you save money by performing certain upgrades that will not only help the environment, but will also save you money. Although the money shown in the savings is in pounds sterling, the ecological upgrading concepts shown in the table above can be applied in any country.
Let’s take a look at a summary of the green improvements you can make in your own home to make big savings:

  • Use of solar cells : A saving of about £645 a year.
  • Using a wood-burning stove: 10% saving on the gas bill.
  • With a windmill: A saving of about £200 a year.
  • Attic insulation : A saving of about 180 pounds a year. (Cost approx. 300 €)
  • Double glazing on the windows: A saving of about £170 a year. (estimated cost: €5,000)
  • Wall cavity insulation : A saving of about £140 a year. (Estimated cost: £450)
  • Floor insulation : Saving about £50 a year. (Cost approx. 300 €)
  • Insulation of solid walls : A saving of about £460 a year. (Estimated cost: £7,000)
  • Pump for pumping air into water: Estimated savings of £700 per year.
  • Ground source heat pump : Estimated savings of £700 per year.

Some other important tips from the table above:

  • Use distilled vinegar (1 part vinegar, 1 part water) to clean your house.
  • Use modern, environmentally friendly washing machines that clean clothes at lower temperatures.
  • Reuse of plastic bags.
  • If your fridge is more than 10 years old, replace it with a modern model that uses less energy.
  • Line Wipe Wash. Using the wind to dry laundry is a great way to save money.
  • The goal is home delivery of food. You can save money on fuel if you don’t live near a grocery store.
  • Buy second-hand furniture to save a fortune. Don’t let the furniture fill the field either. Use sites like Ebay, Gumtree or Freecycle to find used furniture in good condition.

14) Illumination dimensions and positioning requirements

Placement of the lighting

Source: http://www.furnishedup.com/blog/2014/07/lighting-placement-guide/

Here we have a computer graph about the size and location of the cranes. A good arrangement of the fixtures will improve both the lighting of the room and the decor. In addition, in certain cases adequate lighting can help to prevent accidents (e.g. bumping your head on the table).

For each part of the house there are some good practices regarding the location and placement of the lighting. Here is a summary of the above computer graphics:

– LAMP SIZE

  • For room centre: Add the width and length of the piece. The diameter of the lamp shall be one twelfth of this size.
  • About Table: The diameter of the lamp should be 12 inches less than the width of the table so that the head does not touch the lamp.

– HEIGHT AND POSITION OF LAMP

  • Above the dining table: Place the stand 28-32 inches above the table.
  • Aisle: There must be a distance of at least 1.5 m between the floor and the fixture.
  • Above kitchen island: Lighting fixtures should be 72 inches from the floor or 28-34 inches from the sink.
  • On the stairs: Allows 18 to 24 inches between the bottom of the fixture and the height of the tallest person in the house.
  • In the middle of room: Height of 7 feet from the ground.
  • In room: Two meters off the ground. If the support is above the bed, you should leave it 15 cm above your head when kneeling on the bed.
  • In the bathroom: When installing hanging lamps as working lights on both sides of the mirror, place them at eye level (about 60 centimetres above the floor).
  • In the foyer: The optimal height of a chandelier in a fireplace is at least 80-84 inches from the floor to the base of the chandelier.

15) Home measurement drier

Cheater for house size

Source: http://www.househunt.com/news-realestate/home-measurements-cheat-sheet-infographic/

Print this worktop that shows the ideal dimensions for just about everything in your home. Important dimensions are the ideal distance from the television, the ideal width of the sink, the height of the microwave, the distance between chairs and tables, the ideal height of the sink and towel rack, the width of the bedroom door, the space of the chest of drawers, etc.

16) Choose the kitchen appliances that suit you

Kitchen taps

Source: http://blog.homedepot.com/how-to-choose-the-right-kitchen-faucet/

This chart is provided by The Home Depot and shows the available faucet options based on the type of sink you have in your kitchen. Both classic and modern faucets are shown, so you can choose the type you prefer.

17) What you should know about kitchen planning

Kitchen design

Source: http://primera.net/

Given that the kitchen has one of the highest returns on investment and that 56% of buyers said that the kitchen had the greatest influence on their purchasing decision, it is important to know some important ideas and suggestions for the design of the kitchen.

The computer graphics (provided by Primera Interiors) offer useful and well thought-out information, advice and guidance when designing a kitchen.

Here is a summary of some important points in the chronology:

  • It makes more sense to first renovate the kitchen and then sell the house.
  • Kitchen renovations offer a return on investment of 68.7%.
  • Get kitchen planning and design ideas from magazines, websites, local showrooms and more.
  • Determine your preference for the floor plan between the U-shaped kitchen, the G-shaped kitchen, the L-shaped kitchen or the gallery plan.
  • Women generally prefer G-shaped kitchens, while men prefer gallery kitchens.
  • Ask yourself what is most important for you to decide what you want to spend your budget on in your kitchen design project.
  • Find a professional interior designer and ask his advice before you start your project.
  • Obtaining the necessary building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits.
  • Choose energy-efficient appliances (fridge, washing machine, etc.).
  • Carefully choose materials for countertops, cupboards, floors, etc.

18) Pergolas – all you need to know

Horse houses

Source: http://www.ricksfencing.com/

This is an information table (courtesy of ricksfencing.com) about garden sheds (species, materials, use, etc.). Pergolas are an excellent outdoor feature that can add style and shade to your garden. They can be independent or attached to your home and are an ideal place to get together with friends and family.

Let’s have a look at some information about garden sheds in the picture above:

  • We have traditional/open pavilions, facades, vaults, stairs or ramps.
  • The two preferred materials for the construction of a garden shed are vinyl and cedar.
    • VINYL: Weather and insect resistant, usually available in white or ivory, no paint or stain needed, lifetime warranty.
    • CEDAR: Weatherproof, can be painted or stained, needs to be repainted regularly, will degrade over time.
  • Reasons for building a pavilion :
    • Create an outdoor space.
    • Create shade.
    • Underline the sidewalk.
    • Support the climbers.

19) Solid wood or hardwood floors

Solid wood floors compared to hardwood floors

Source: http://www.cokerfloorsouthlake.com/blog/2014/september/solid-vs-engineered-hardwood-flooring-infographi.aspx

The hardwood floors are great. It adds elegance and sophisticated style to any home. This graph, supplied by a flooring company (Coker floor co), compares two types of hardwood floors (solid wood floors and technical wood floors) and gives advice on the maintenance of both types.

– SOLID WOOD FLOOR

  • The boards are made of a single piece of wood and covered with a protective layer.
  • Extensions and contracts due to the humidity in the house.
  • Can be crushed and refined several times.
  • There are many types of wood available to suit your style.
  • Improves indoor air quality.
  • Install floor mats at each entrance to catch dirt from the outside.
  • Wipe the dust at least once a week.
  • Use the floor brush for vacuuming.
  • Thorough cleaning, if necessary, with special hardwood cleaners.
  • Wipe up spilt water to prevent damage.

– PARQUET

  • 3 to 12 layers of wood are glued together under pressure and at the ear.
  • The top veneer is hardwood, while the bottom layers are probably plywood.
  • The humidity doesn’t change that much.
  • A good choice for kitchens, bathrooms and other wet areas.
  • Can be installed as a floating floor without nails or glue.
  • Can be renewed if the veneer is thick enough.
  • Use a duster and a damp mop to clean up the dirt.
  • Floors should be dried with a fan or soft cloth after damp cleaning.
  • Avoid wearing hiking boots, nail shoes or sports shoes with spikes.
  • Do not use detergents based on wax or aggressive abrasives for cleaning.
  • Place the floor protectors under the legs of the furniture.

20) Large living quarters in small spaces

Tips for living in a small space

Sources: http://inhabitat.com/infographic-how-to-make-the-most-of-a-tiny-micro-apartment/
http://www.forrent.com/

Small houses and micro apartments are on the rise. These are usually small rooms of less than 300 square meters and are designed for young singles who just want a small room to sleep and shower in. ForRent and Inhabitat have published very good computer graphics with ideas on how to live as efficiently and comfortably as possible in a small space.

Here are some important tips from the above table for each room in the house.

– KITCHEN

  • Use fasteners to maximize counter space. For example, a microwave oven can be installed under the cabinet.
  • Cabinet and drawer units make it possible to make optimum use of these spaces. For example, use a folding table and chairs for the dining room.
  • Suspended baskets save wall and floor space.

– ROOM

  • A loft bed provides extra usable space.
  • Higher chests of drawers provide extra storage space and do not consume any floor space.

– BATHROOM

  • Install a towel rack above the toilet.

– LIVING ROOM

  • Use a sofa bed that also becomes a bed.
  • Store items in hidden compartments in furniture.

– FOR THE WHOLE APARTMENT

  • Use the walls as much as possible to save space.
  • Shelves and wall hooks can be used in any room to get the best out of the wall instead of the floor.

21) How to enlarge a room

to make a bigger room.

Sources: http://inhabitat.com/infographic-how-to-make-a-small-space-look-bigger/
http://www.anglianhome.co.uk/goodtobehome/room-inspiration/how-to-make-a-room-look-bigger-infographic/

These computer graphics are linked to the previous one about life in a small house. Even if your personal room or your whole house is limited in size, there are a few tricks to create the illusion of a larger space.

Let’s summarize the most important tips and suggestions from the diagram above:

  • Put a large single mirror in the room so it looks twice as big.
  • Keep the windows open and invest in good lighting. A room with enough light seems bigger.
  • Do not put furniture on the floor and avoid benches with skirts. This means using furniture that stands on their feet.
  • Avoid clutter in the room and try to clean everything. A messy room always looks smaller. A well-kept room looks bigger.
  • Place large objects against the walls and never block the passageways. By opening the middle of the room, you enlarge it.
  • Store books on floor-to-ceiling shelves. When you add height to a room, it gets higher.
  • Avoid carpets or wallpaper with too many patterns that are too crowded or annoying.
  • Paint the room with lighter colors and mix with accents.
  • Choose small and compact furniture.
  • Install multifunctional furniture (e.g. furniture that also provides storage) to reduce the total number of objects in the room.

22) How to exhibit works of art in your home

22-Adaptation to the home base

Source: made.com

After the renovation of your house or if you are building a new house, it is time to think about putting the finishing touches to your interior. The work of art is an element that adds richness and style to any space. Knowing how to show and hang your artwork is essential for creating an elegant art gallery.

Follow the basics of the computer graphics above to make sure your art is perfectly highlighted on your walls.

– Relation to walls

  • Operating instructions: [wall width] x 0.57 = [ideal width of the artwork].
  • If you hang a group of works of art, treat the group in the same way you would treat a single work.

– Height of art work

  • Approach to the museum: The centre of the statue should be 145 cm above the ground.
  • Intuitive approach: Hang the art in proportion to what is already in the room (furniture, doors, windows, etc.). Make sure they are at a comfortable level for the eyes.
  • When hanging several pieces together, align the pictures in the center, not at the top or bottom.

– Control with your room

  • SOFA: The width of the picture must be 2/3 of the width of the bench. Hang the article 15-20 cm above the sofa.
  • FIREPLACES: The width of the image shall be 2/3 of the width of the chimney. Hang the art 10 or 30 cm above the fireplace.
  • CANTEEN: Hang the art a little lower so you have a good place in front of your eyes when you sit.
  • DOUBLE WALL HEIGHT: Hang the article 7 to 10 cm higher than normal walls.
  • SCALE: Hang the correct frames diagonally and measure every three steps.

– share

  • If the room is cluttered with a lot of things, choose a large work of art on the wall to create a focus.
  • Don’t just hang small works of art on big walls. Consider creating a cluster with several small frames together.
  • Make sure there is a place where people can take a step back and admire the artwork.

– Groups of suspended articles of art.

  • The goal is to create an equilibrium, either symmetrical or asymmetrical.
  • First put your pieces on the ground to see how they fit together.
  • Another possibility is to stick construction paper (the size of the artwork you want to hang) on the real wall to see what it looks like.
  • Move the grouped art frames as needed, but first take a picture of the previous installation to compare them.

23) Five repairs that increase the value of your home

Repairs increase the value

Source: http://visual.ly/renovations-add-value-your-home

It’s another computer graphics about adding extra monetary value to your home. This document presents the five repairs with their costs and the profitability of each of them. Home improvement projects are interesting because they not only modernise parts of your home, but also increase the selling price in the future.

Let’s take a look at the five house repairs described in the table above:

ROI = return on investment

– ROOF AND SIDECAR REPAIRS

  • Replacement of the roof : Cost: 22,000 / RCI = $57.8
  • Asbestos cement coating : Cost: 13,400 / KING = 78%.
  • Vinyl track: Cost: $12,000 / return on investment = $69.5

– BATHROOM

  • Add a full bathtub: Average added value: 10% to 20% of the value of the dwelling
  • Complete reconstruction of the bathtub: Cost: 17,000 / RCI = 62.2%.

– KITCHEN RENOVATION

  • Small kitchen renovations (new cabinets, fixtures, appliances, floors or countertops) : Cost: 20,000 / RCI = 72%.
  • Renovation of the main kitchen (layout, sanitary or electrical renovation) : Cost: $60,000 / return on investment = 65.7%.

– DECK IMPROVEMENT

  • Wooden bridge: Cost: $10,500 / return on investment = $70
  • Composite deck : Cost: 15,500 / RCI = $62.8
  • Patio in brick or paving stone: Cost: $5,000 to $15,000 / ROI = 70%.

– NUMBERS WITHOUT DECORATION

  • Increase the value of your house by finishing the attic and cellar. You also increase the usable space in your home.

24) How to organize your cabinet

how to organize your wardrobe

Source: http://www.strategiesonline.net/how-to-organize-closet/

These computer graphics start with a great quote: For every minute spent organizing, an hour is saved. By investing time in organizing your wardrobe, you save a lot of time looking for clothes to work in the morning.

In the graph above you will find a lot of information and tips to help you clear and tidy up your cupboard. Let’s take a look at some important tips and suggestions from this table:

Start organizing your closet:

STEP1: Cleaning

  • First take everything out of the cupboard and put it on 3 stacks (store, store, give).
  • Put everything on the pile of donations you haven’t used in the past year.
  • Get some fresh air in the closet.

STEP2: Colour coordination

  • Start with one garment at a time and stack it in the same color.
  • Colour registration makes it easy to find them.

STEP3: Control cabinet mounting

  • Free up space by storing out of season items in boxes above the closet or under the bed.
  • Keep your favorite clothes (the ones you wear most often) in the best place in your closet.
  • Keep the least used items at the bottom and the least used items at the top.

STEP4: Accessories and bags

  • Keep small bags, belts and hats on hooks.
  • Place the scarves on the tie-doors.
  • Adjust the clip for necklaces and earrings.

STEP5: Shoes

  • Use boxes, cobblestones, shelves or a hanging organizer to sort your shoes.
  • Wrap your boots in a magazine or rolled-up blotting paper to prevent wear and tear.

Types of pendants

  • Wooden pendant: Used for packages.
  • Plastic pendant : Used for button-down shirts.
  • Wardrobe: Used for delicate fabrics.

Some facts

  • You wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time.
  • Treat your closet like a fabric shop.

25) Linen size chart

Dimensions of the bedding

Source: http://www.home-decorating-co.com/

Here is another useful infographic about the dimensions of bedding for each type of bed. You can see the comfort, mattress, duvet and duvet sizes you need for any type of bed.

DOUBLE BED

  • : 80” X 106”
  • MATTRESS SIZE : 39” X 75”
  • THE SIZE OF THE BEDSPREAD: 80” X 110”
  • COVER SIZE : 59” X 79”

DOUBLE BED

  • : 68” X 90”
  • MATTRESS SIZE : 39” X 80”
  • THE SIZE OF THE BEDSPREAD: Use of twins

COMPLETE BED

  • : 100” X 106”
  • MATTRESS SIZE : 54” X 75”
  • THE SIZE OF THE BEDSPREAD: 96” X 110”
  • COVER SIZE : 80” X 80”

DOUBLE BED

  • : 106” X 106”
  • MATTRESS SIZE : 60” X 80”
  • THE SIZE OF THE BEDSPREAD: 102” X 116”
  • COVER SIZE : 90” X 88”

DOUBLE BED

  • : 112” X 106”
  • MATTRESS SIZE : 76” X 80”
  • THE SIZE OF THE BEDSPREAD: 114” X 120”
  • COVER SIZE : 90” X 102”

APPROX DOUBLE BED

  • : 114” X 106”
  • MATTRESS SIZE : 72” X 84”
  • THE SIZE OF THE BEDSPREAD: 114” X 120”
  • COVER SIZE : 94” X 104”

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