Using Integrated Downlights to renovate your home lighting

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One of the most common mistakes people make with interior design is overlooking the importance of lighting a space. Lighting can be used to create height and depth in any given space as well as helping to draw attention to accents. Good lighting is essential to truly creating a modern & inviting feel in your home.

Integrated Downlights for Kitchens

The kitchen is the heart of the home and there are many ways to can go about lighting this room to accentuate a modern design. Installing Integrated Downlights into the ceiling is a great way to add a modern flair to the kitchen. These spotlights are sold as one complete unit with the bulb being part of the downlight. With LED bulbs, these can last up to 15,000 hours so will not need replacing for a long time.

Integrated downlights come as on complete unit so you need to decide what bezel and colour temperature you need to find the right one. For most people, Warm White or Cool White will work best in the kitchen.

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If you’re planning on installing these lights above the stove where boiling posts are likely then you need to make sure they’re installed fully flush but that you’re choosing a downlight that is rated for that environment. What are most commonly known as “Bathroom Zones” will help you work out which downlights can be used in which environments. Anything that can be used in Zone 1-3 is perfect for the kitchen. Anything that is not IP rated should be avoided as these will not be suited to moisture rich environments such as kitchens.

Another thing to keep in mind is the beam angle of the downlight. Lamps with small beam angles are great for creating a tight beam of light that is ideal for spotlighting. Integrated Downlights like this one from Collingwood with wider beam angles are designed to be installed in the ceiling to light the whole room. Depending on the size of your room depends on how you want to arrange these. Going for fewer lamps with a wider beam angle will be the best option for many homes.

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Sometimes known as Architectural Lighting, integrated downlights are mostly hidden from view as the terminals are installed directly into the ceiling cavity. They’re the perfect way to get a minimal, modern style into your Kitchen to give a new atmosphere quicker and cheaper than you might expect.




5 Decor Tips for Renters

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Interior decorating can be tricky when you are renting a house. You have to make sure the landlord is happy with any major changes to the house. It is usually best to let the landlord or letting agency know in advance the sort of interior changes you would be making and get them approved. That way there are no surprises or confusion.

Many landlords prefer their property decor staying as it is for every tenant since many tenants opt for only a short let contract. The hassle of letting the tenants change the decor every time is usually not worth the time and it could affect their landlord insurance, which will lead to them having to compare landlord insurance with various providers to get the best deal. However, that does not mean you can’t add a personal touch to your rented home.

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Here are 5 easy and cheap decor tips for renters –

Make use of decals

Vinyl wall decals are great for renters because they are easy to put up and they come off easily without damaging the wall. You can go all out and decorate your walls with vinyl decals if you like. There are various designs available for every room. You can also use decals on your floor if you are not keen on the flooring in the house. There are loads of designs available for floors.

Paint the walls

If you are not a fan of wallpaper, you could paint the walls. This will definitely need to be approved by the landlord. You would likely have to paint the walls back to the original shade once your tenancy is over, so do have this in mind. It might be easier to just paint small areas on the walls to create a different look rather than painting the entire wall. A quick look at Pinterest will definitely give you loads of ideas.

Add some plants

Plants have a way of adding life and beauty to any space. They are cheap and easy to care for. If you are wondering how to make a house feel more like a home, my advice is to get some indoor plants. The mood of the house will change for the better.

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Invest in soft furnishing

Cushions and throws have the power to add some colour to a dull space. You can wake up a room with some beautiful soft cushions and you can add some life to your bedroom furniture with a stunning throw. If you are working with a tight budget, updating the soft furniture may be the best option for you.

Grab some rugs

If your rented home is carpeted, you can grab a stunning rug to add some beauty to the carpet. Rugs are easy to set up and take away when your tenancy is over. Rugs also protect the carpet from general wear and tear.

What do you think of these 5 decor tips for renters? Do you have a tried and tested decor tip to share? Please sound off in the comments. Thank you.





Spring Decorating Ideas

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Spring is here and it is time to start thinking of spring decorating ideas to incorporate into our home. It feels good to actually have a spring weather this year. This time last year, the weather was so warm, it didn’t feel like spring at all. It felt like we pretty much skipped spring and went straight to summer. So this weather is good. The only thing I don’t like about this time of the year is Hay Fever. It’s been hard for me, and I have started struggling already. I do have my prescription medicines I take for my Hay Fever and they help. I just need to remember to take them first thing in the morning to get me through the day.

Hay Fever aside, this weather is good. It has got me thinking of new ways to decorate our home. I have been busy on Pinterest looking at various ways of adding some spring into our living spaces and I am feeling really inspired. Spring is all about being bold and vibrant, and channeling that vibrant and bright colours into my home is the goal this season.

Here are 2 spring decorating ideas for you –


Adding some spring flowers or indoor plants

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Flowers have the power to change the look of a room instantly. They are a cheaper of beautifying a room, which is why they are so popular. I like having flowers at home, especially in the spring/summer months. Flowers make the home look more colourful and in tune with the season. If you are after some spring decoration ideas, and you are short on budget or space to play around with, try changing the flower arrangement in your home. Adding some fresh flowers will instantly wake up any room.

If indoor plants are more of your thing, then go for them! Finding the best spot to place your plants can be tricky but once you do, half the job is done.


Mix and match pattens and make the most of your home

Mixing and matching various patterns is another way to incorporate spring into your home. Having a combination of different patterns is important in having the spring feel in your home. All you need to remember with this tip is to ensure the colour palette remains the same tonally. So you can keep the same level of brightness or softness, so the look is balanced, with nothing standing out.

This is a great tip for those who are short of space and want to switch things up with their interior decor. We are slowly outgrowing our town house, and if I had my way, we would move into a bigger house, in the same location. If I could wish a bigger house on the same plot, I would because I love the area we live in and I hate moving. The whole idea of moving house scares me. I know there are many home moving companies available now that can take the stress out of moving, which is great to know they are available for when we do need them. A very good moving company, I have recently come across is Matco – Calgary long distance movers.  So I know there are loads of options available everywhere and for every budget. 


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Like most things, when it comes to interior decor, the most important thing is what works for your and your home. Don’t get plants just because it is a trend, if you can’t take care of them. Decorating your home with bright and vibrant colours would do you no good if you don’t like colours like that. It is good to know what trends are in vogue so you can pick and choose which you like. That way you create a living space that works for you and yours.

Thanks for reading. Have a great day.

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