You don’t have to be outdoors to be exposed to harmful air pollution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), between the time we spend sleeping, working from home or an office setting, watching tv, etc. we actually spend 90% of our time indoors. Our indoor environments have three to five times more pollutants than the outdoors, according to the EPA.
If you are looking to improve the air quality in your new home, you don’t have to jump straight to expensive air purifiers. By utilizing some great air-cleaning houseplants, you can eliminate many of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contaminate the air. Even better, you’ll be doing it in a natural and mood-lifting way.
In 1989, NASA started the Clean Air Study to find safe and effective ways to clean the air within the space station. NASA scientists discovered that the use of certain houseplants had a significant effect on improving air-quality of indoor environments. These air-purifying plants reduce levels of CO2 and increase relative humidity. This helps get rid of musty stale air, acts as a natural humidifier, and helps to reduce the levels of VOCs in the air.
Plants have also been proven to lift a person’s mood and provide a calming effect. By utilizing air-cleaning plants (as well as other air-purifiers) you can:
- Reduce the amount of irritation to your eyes, ears, nose, and throat
- Ease coughing and congestion (especially for those suffering from Asthma)
- Increase positive emotional states and lower stress
- Help to boost your concentration
Toxins In The Air
Items and materials within your home or office from the furniture you sit on to the office supplies you use release all different kinds of VOCs.
Decorating a new home and putting your personalized touch on it can be a very exciting time, but the cost of fully decorating a home can get very expensive very quickly. It is natural to want to create a space that you can be proud of, wowing your family, friends, and other visitors.
The great thing is, there are countless DIY decor projects you can make yourself to personalize your home, maximize space, and involve the whole family – all without spending a ton of money. You’ll be proud to show off your work throughout your home and will soon have a space full of great memories and your personal touch.
With some creativity, you can kick your home interior design up a notch and take advantage of the blank canvas of your newly built home with endless possibilities. A lot of the materials needed to make some neat DIY home interior design pieces you probably already have lying around or could pick up very quickly for very little money (or sometimes free!).
Elevate Your Home Interior Design With Homemade Pieces
From homemade shelves out of old pallets to elegant DIY beaded chandeliers, let your creativity run wild throughout your new home. Let’s take a look at some ideas for great projects to start with.
DIY Decorative Chalkboard
Are you tired of losing track of handwritten to-do notes or shopping lists? Looking for a more organized way for everyone to contribute to the grocery list? Turn an area of a wall in the kitchen into a DIY chalkboard. Just pick up a small can of black chalkboard paint and Whitewood board to create a great looking space for shopping lists or notes framed in rustic wooden framing. Check out the full tutorial here.
Purchasing a new home is both exciting and gratifying. But now that you have crossed this bridge, you know it’s time for the fun part – making your new house a home. It’s important to know that there is not only a lot of organizing and shopping involved, but also an art and a somewhat large project that will take place.
Have you ever wondered why Ikea is always so painfully packed with eager customers? Well, because people are there to spend their hard earned money on furniture and home décor of course. But why? Wouldn’t it just be smarter to save the money and use it on that trip to the Caribbean you always wanted to go on? Actually-no! Science tells us that the color, patterns, and style of a room can have major effects on our moods – even our sleep!
In fact, the visuals and ambience of your home is so important that they have developed an art for this event in the ancient Chinese culture. It’s called the art of Feng Shui, of which you’ve most likely heard of. It’s really all about balance; the right amount of light in a room and the energy certain objects and reflections bring to our spaces.
If you’re finding yourself ready to start furnishing your new home, consider reading on. We have 6 great tips on how to furnish your home for the first time.
1. Choose a theme
Before you purchase any art, décor, or rugs – you’re going to want to first establish your theme for each room (or for the entire house.) This will create a sense of unity and will help you achieve an overall ambience.
The important thing to consider while contemplating your theme is your personality.
As the temperatures warm up and the sun is shining, having an inviting and relaxing outdoor area of your home can be a welcoming sanctuary to relax, a perfect place to enjoy time with family and entertain friends. You may be surprised to learn that you can create the perfect outdoor oasis without breaking the bank. With a little DIY and some creative home design, you can create a perfect space for outdoor summer cocktail parties to a quiet zen space and everything in between.
Creative Ways To Upgrade Your Outdoor Space
Upgrading your outdoor space doesn’t have to take a ton of time or money, whether you have a small space to work with or have a large outdoor area in mind. Let’s take a look at some budget ideas and inspiration to create the perfect outdoor summer oasis to go along with your new home construction.
Creating a new outdoor space doesn’t have to mean spending a bundle on an expensive patio furniture set. Let your creativity run wild by repurposing or resurfacing old furniture pieces that can still coordinate well together. Utilize pops of bright colors when repainting old pieces, like a side table, to add character to your space and make them a focal point.
Another great way to utilize space and add character is to use furniture items that work in multiple ways. Long L-shaped benches offer seating for multiple people and a space you can lay down and lounge on. You can make your own great looking bench seating like this by using used wood pallets and stone blocks. Also, take advantage of furniture items that allow plenty of seating while also having built-in storage to hide away accessories when not in use.
Outdoor lights are a must-have for your perfect outdoor summer oasis.
Whether you’ve just bought a brand-new home or are ready for a fresh look in the home you have now, home decorating can be both fun and challenging. As you’re brainstorming about which home decor ideas to use in your own home, it can be useful to know what’s trending and what some interior designers say has been overdone.
In general, HouseBeautiful.com says, home decorating in 2019 is expected to be very bold, literally quite bright. When thinking about your kitchen, for example, one-color palettes are out, while “colorful curations” are trending. Kitchen designs have been minimalistic and clean in recent years, almost to the point of being clinical. Now, the article suggests you think about open or glass-doored cabinets that feature collected dishware, with vintage rugs splashed on the floor.
Plus, forget about trying to match your metals in the kitchen. Mixing metals is in, with one designer using a polished nickel faucet—then, on the cabinetry, satin brass knobs. It looks “awesome,” and the designer even encourages the use of a third metal finish if you can pull it off and not have your kitchen look “totally haphazard.”
Moving to your living room, House Beautiful says home decorating trends there are also focused on mixing and matching. So, if you’re buying new furniture for a new home, avoid choosing furniture that’s “generic and boring,” looking like a manufacturer’s showroom. Instead, create a room that’s 100% about you. Mix periods, be charming, be chic, and show off your personal style! One designer specifically notes the rise of art deco with its “glamorous materials and patterns.”
Realtor.com, meanwhile, is encouraging people to think pink and to also think floral. First, the hue: All shades of pink are in at the moment,