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By Roelf Nel

Design ideas to decorate the perfect laundry room

Don’t believe your laundry room has to be that dull, boring place where you only go to throw your dirty socks and towels.  There are numerous ways to revive the “look”, as well as to create a system that gets it organised. It needs to be comfy, cool and pleasant and at the same time, highly efficient. So if you’re looking for design ideas to decorate the perfect laundry room, the list below should be of great help to you.

  • If your laundry room is too small, it’s better to make it look larger. One way to achieve this trick is to stack the dryer on top of the washer (you will need to have a front-loader for that to work). Another is to install stackable cabinets to store your stuff.
  • Add a storage island unit to the centre of the room, to keep unattractive laundry baskets off the floor. This island can double as a folding area as clothes come out of the dryer.
  • If no room for a separate storage island, install a counter top above your washer and dryer.
  • Consider using the space behind the door. It gives you more space to move around and allows you to hang your rubber gloves, disposable packets, or cleaning equipment.
  • Use light paint colours on the walls as well as your other furniture to allow the room to look larger.
  • Backsplash and floor tiles do a great job in creating a cool environment for your laundry room and makes it easy to clean.
  • Ensure you have sufficient light in your laundry room. Preferably you need at least one window for natural lighting. If that’s not enough, consider installing recess lighting behind the shelves and cabinets.
  • Include a wall-mount ironing board directly onto the wall,to handle simple pressing jobs or touch-ups. The ironing board can extend straight out from the wall mount or swivel 90 degrees. Some boards contain a fastening clip for you to attach the iron, allowing for easy storage.
  • If your budget allows, replacing wire mesh shelves with wood shelves or cabinets will upgrade your look. If construction is an option, is there a wall that can be removed or moved to help create the space you want.
  • Mount a clothes hanging rod, preferably at eye level in any open spaces between two wall cabinets, to keep drying clothes crease free or hang recently ironed items.
  • Conceal unsightly laundry products, cleaning supplies and other products in storage baskets in funky colours or designs.

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By Roelf Nel

Garage Make-over

The garage is where we throw everything that doesn’t have a place in the house. Tired of never being able to find anything in your garage? It’s time for a change…..

Want your garage to be useful but stylish too? Or perhaps even a workshop instead of just somewhere where you park your car.   Now is your opportunity to take this large space and make it into a lively, practical area with great storage space. See how all of that could be possible:

  1. Set aside enough time to work on the project, ideally over an entire weekend. This is the perfect opportunity of making it a fun family activity, even rope in a friend or two.
  2. Categorise the items in your garage. Categories to include are recycling, automotive, sporting equipment, camping gear, garden gear, seasonal décor, and tools.
  3. Determine the best garage layout. Decide where you want each type of item to live, allowing for its regularity of use and the existing space. For example, recycling should be located near the entrance to the home, whilst tools should stay near the work table.
  4. Important questions to ask your remodeling contractor; is the lighting adequate and well positioned for my chosen usage? Do the walls need to be insulated or painted? Does the ceiling need repairing? Is the ceiling high enough to accommodate sturdy shelving?
  5. Consider your storage options. Utilise a mish mash of cabinets, shelving, activity storage boxes and overhead storage racks. The ultimate goal is to have a multi-use garage set-up and storage system that can change with your needs. Make sure to use cabinets specifically built for the garage with extra strength features like 2.5 cm thick shelves, fully adjustable shelves and mounted off the floor which eliminates pest filtration. This will also protect you against potential water and mold damage.
  6. Make the most of vertical space. Wall organisers help to keep items off your garage floor. Hang a pegboard with hooks for storing small tools while allowing easy accessibility. After hanging your tools, draw an outline of each tool on the pegboard to provide an easy way to locate the designated storage spot when it’s time to put it away.
  7. In addition, use a wall panel with fixed grooves that has heavy-duty hooks to slide along the grooves. Use this organiser to hang garden tools — weed eater, ladders, spades, pruners, wheelbarrow — together at one end of a wall panel and bikes and surfboards at the other end.
  8. Use clear plastic bins with clip-down lids that are stackable and clearly labeled. This will eliminate clutter of small items and allows you to group items by category or use.
  9. Ensure your flooring system is easy to clean, durable and provides lasting beauty to the largest room in your house. When considering a floor coating system for your garage, look for systems that utilize polyurethane as the finish coat.
  10. Remember, keeping your garage neat and tidy is easy when it starts out organised. With your items categorised and stored away in cabinetry, it becomes much easier to determine annually what you need and what can be discarded. This way you will be able to find your items easily, which saves time and money.  The great news is that you will no longer be purchasing things you already have, but just couldn’t find.

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By Roelf Nel

Home Office Design

Whether your ‘home office’ is a blessing or a curse, it is important to note, your attitude and your efficiency will be affected by how you set it up. One of the greatest advantages of a home office is the freedom to decorate and plan your home office exactly as you wish. Let this room be a place where you will want to burn the midnight oil. Here are tips for creating a charming, practical work space.

  1. Space efficiency is crucial. Hang floating shelves on the walls to store documents and keep office equipment off the desk. Remember to use desk file folders to keep important papers within arm’s reach.
  2. Your desk, shelves and storage should serve you, definitely not the other way around. Consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before purchasing furniture and then look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional.
  3. It is very important that your desk is large enough for everything you need to complete. If you merely work on your computer, a small desk will suffice. However, if you require to spread out papers and look at a lot of things at one time, go big. Don’t limit your capabilities by choosing the wrong desk.
  4. If you’re going to be seeing visitors, move around regularly or spin around in your chair, you’re going to need to protect your floors. You need a durable rug to stand up to the wheels of your office chair and the feet of visitors.
  5. Make sure your office has sufficient light to reduce headaches and eye strain. Position the computer monitor so there’s no glare from a window or overhead light, along with a small lamp on the desk for task lighting. Just make sure to get some nice window blinds so you can maintain your privacy in the evening hours.
  6. The colour of your walls can play a big role in how productive you are. It has been proven that greens and blues tend to encourage efficiency, making them ideal colours for a home office.
  7. Chose extras that enhance the comfy feeling of your home office, like a humorous mug as a pencil holder, chic notepads and sticky notes or a bright decorative waste paper basket.
  8. You can’t always decorate the computer, printer, and phone, but you can hide unsightly cords. Start by making sure your equipment is close to outlets and easy to access if you need to switch off and unplug.
  9. Inspire yourself with a piece of framed art, a special photo on your desk, a photo of your children or the next holiday destination to remind you that all your hard work will pay off.

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By Roelf Nel

Nursery Room Design Tips

Congratulations, you are having a baby! The arrival of a tiny new family member is the perfect excuse to redo or convert a room into a nursery. Not certain where to start? Simply take a moment to arm yourself with these handy nursery dos and don’ts, and you’ll be ready to hit the shops in no time at all. Remember trust your instincts and enjoy the process!
Nursery Do’s:

  1. Know your space. Make sure to measure your room before you start shopping. It is painful to fall in love with a crib, rug or changing station that simply won’t fit. A great measuring trick is to lay out newspaper in the space where you want your furniture to go, helps to get a good feel for depth. Make sure to bring your measurements with you to the store so the salesperson/designer can help you achieve the proper room layout. Even a quick sketch of the room will prove to be most beneficial.
  2. Identify a focal point. Most nurseries generally centre round the crib, but there are other options too. Ideally look for two to three key focal points, such as a special signature piece, a large window or antique cabinet. The majority of your accessories should be concentrated in these areas, drawing the eye and making the theme clear.
  3. Choose textiles before paint. This is an important step that mustn’t be overlooked. There is nothing worse than finding just the right set of curtains or the perfect pictures, only to discover the colour scheme clashes with the paint job on the walls. It’s definitely easier to choose your textiles first and then buy paint to match, not to mention a huge cost saver too.
  4. Use a low-odour, lead-free, interior paint to prevent exposing your newborn baby to dangerous fumes and toxins.
  5. Install a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans both cool and circulate the air. They not only protect your baby from overheating – a known risk factor associated with SIDS – but also improve air quality by whisking away potentially dangerous pockets of carbon dioxide that might otherwise restrict baby’s oxygen intake.
  6. Decorate the ceiling. Babies spend much of their time on their backs. Why not give your little one some stimulating distractions! Consider painting the ceiling a soothing colour or enhancing your nursery’s theme with a decorative mural or interesting decals. Let your imagination run wild here.
  7. Leave room to grow. When choosing your nursery furnishings, definitely have long term in mind. Save yourself a great deal of time and money by designing a room that can grow with your child. Avoid themed wallpaper, as it is easily outgrown and difficult to remove. Instead, opt for easily removed decorative decals or wallpaper designs featuring simple textures or patterns. Thinking ahead will ensure you get the most out of your space.
  8.  Install blackout curtains or heavy blinds. Be sure to use a blackout shade or choose curtains with a built in blackout liner, so you can darken the room at naptime. This will prevent the room from becoming too hot during the day and allowing baby to sleep longer and more comfortably.

Nursery Don’ts:

  1. Use harsh lighting. Install a dimmer switch for overhead lights in order to create a soft, comforting glow, especially if they are located directly over the crib. In addition, consider floor or table lamps near the nursing chair and changing station.
  2. Forget a nightlight. A nightlight is invaluable for checking in on your baby or for a cozy, story-time glow. Nightlights provide both safety and comfort, especially during late-night feedings. With so many designs to choose from today, they can also be downright cute!
  3. Place the crib near a window. Avoid putting the crib right next to the window, where it can receive direct sunlight or streetlight and where there might be drafts. Don’t forget too, once they can pull up on the crib, they will grab everything and anything. This could be an accident waiting to happen.
  4. Forget to make safety a priority. Cover electrical outlets, tuck away cords, make sure window dressings are properly installed, and secure furniture to the walls and area rugs to the floor to prevent slips. And never keep ointments, medicines and lotions in the bottom drawers or anywhere within your baby’s reach.
  5. Wait until the last minute. Be sure to set your nursery plans into motion early, so there will be plenty of time to air out new furniture and freshly painted spaces. By starting early, you can take time to work on your room, even if it’s only half an hour per day. When it comes to bring baby home you’ll be glad you put in the effort to create a space you can feel good about.

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By Roelf Nel

Kids Bathroom Design Ideas

Kids love bath time, it is an opportunity to create adventure, using the hand shower as a communication link connecting to the distant world out there. Create a bathroom that is their special place.

Tips for designing a kid’s bathroom:

  1. To avoid squabbles, consider a double basin and a large mirror.
  2. Having a separate bath and shower is very handy when kids share a bathroom. The older kids can use the shower while the one needing supervision can use the bath.
  3. A frosted glass shower screen is practical as it offers privacy and is easy to clean. Add a playful design element and match the theme you are creating.
  4. Use neutral colours for the tiles and floors. Keeping safety in mind, make sure the tiles are non-slip and you have bathroom mats in place.
  5. To avoid water temperatures from being very hot, have taps and mixers that have temperature control settings.
  6. Look for sanitary ware with rounded edges rather than sharp edges to avoid any possible injury.
  7. Now that we have covered the safety and basics, add fun to your kid’s bathroom using colour. Have a featured wall with a fun mural like under the sea.
  8. Change the handles on your cabinets to funky space ships, starfish, or a colourful handle that matches your theme.
  9. Beach themes for bathrooms are always very popular with the kids — they are super-fun and easy to pull off. A few colourful bath accessories and a paint stencil lend a tropical feel in a kids bathroom.

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Design ideas to decorate the perfect laundry room
Garage Make-over
Home Office Design
Nursery Room Design Tips
Kids Bathroom Design Ideas