8 Home Design Trends that Will Rule 2019

Want to know how to improve your personal space with the latest design trends? Interior design has become a large influence on our lives. After all, who would even dare to invite friends over for a dinner party when the venue is not up to par. If you want your house to be the life of the party, read on for the latest design trends for the upcoming year.

Craftsmanship

Choosing well-crafted furniture is fashionable again, as opposed to stockpiling Ikea items just because they’re cheap. Go out and find a local atelier or a neighborhood carpenter, so you can have a craftsman design your own unique piece. It will surely give your interior a personal touch.

Metal makes a comeback

Metal is back from…well, it never really left. Iron, copper, stainless steel and aluminum are all popular in 2019. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer a classical or modern interior; a touch of metal will guarantee to provide you with an edge that will make your interior shine.

Nature as a guiding force

With the trend of valuing natural items, going back to our roots seems plausible. Which is why natural elements like wood and plants is so popular. People want to feel like they can breathe in your home, so crank up that photosynthesis and invest in some green additions or at least a wooden table. You won’t regret it.

Flowers are timeless

Flowers never fall out of fashion. The petals might fall out in due time though, so remember to refresh your flower arrangements from time to time.

Concrete is still happening

Concrete seems like a boring and cold material, but it sure has its benefits. It’s extremely resistant to all sorts of moisture damage and it has an overall sleek look and feel. If you want to create a downtown atmosphere that is reminiscent of a Brooklyn loft, invest in some concrete accents. Success guaranteed.

Vintage accents to counter Minimalism

Last but not least; don’t forget the value of nostalgia. If you want a pleasant atmosphere in your house, invest in some classic items. And to create that authentic feel, don’t forget the vintage pieces like a collector’s Hermes scarf on the coat rack. These historical gems will make any lifeless place come to life in the blink of an eye.

Pattern

Designers aren’t just going bold with color: geometric patterns, abstract prints and nature-inspired motifs like florals, which were emerging trends last year, will continue to be popular in 2019.

A Resort in Your Backyard

Homeowners want luxury hotel amenities in their backyards. They want all the amenities and the look of a luxury hotel and even go a bit further with outdoor home theaters, poolside televisions and pizza ovens from Italy. Another popular feature is artificial turf because it always looks perfect. It can be used in shady areas and does not require water and chemicals to keep it healthy.


10 Reasons to Get a Fire Pit for Your Home

Having fire pits in the backyard of homes is an increasingly popular trend and for good reason. Fire pits make for an interesting feature around the house, and provide countless opportunities for entertaining friends and family. If you have been thinking about adding an interesting feature to your home, consider adding a fire pit.

Here are 10 good reasons to get a fire pit:

1. Attract crowds

One of the best reasons to have a fire pit around the house is they are a good way of attracting a crowd. Whether you have friends or relatives over, or just want to hang out with neighbors, people like gathering around a fire to discuss events or share stories.

2. Utilize unused space

If you have unused space outside of your house, whether it is a large portion of your lawn or a corner of your backyard, you can use a fire pit to utilize that space. Fire pits can be large or small, and they can fit in a variety of spaces.

3. Usable for every occasion

The great benefit of having a fire pit in your backyard is that they can be used year-round. Whether you’re having a family dinner, celebration, or just a gathering of friends, fire pits can liven up the evening. The usage of fire pits is not seasonal; you can gather around the pit during winter nights for warmth while sipping coffee, and you can sit out on starry nights during the summer and cook barbecue or make s’mores.

4. Versatile fuel options

Fire pits can work with a variety of different fuels. You can have a traditional wood fire pit, which is easy to set up and run, but can cause air pollution. You can also have fire pits that run on natural gas or propane, which may be more expensive depending on where you get your wood; but, they don’t create as much pollution.

5. Increase house value

A major advantage of installing a fire pit is that it can increase the value of your home. Buyers will pay more for a house that has additional backyard feature such as a fire pit. Adding an outdoor feature that makes the space more usable will also help a house on the market sell quickly.

6. Creative landscaping

Fire pits can be useful simply for their aesthetic value. They add interest to your patio or backyard, and you can use the opportunity to show off your creative landscaping skills. Fire pits come in all sizes and shapes: round, rectangular, square, and more. There are also a variety of rock designs to choose from.

7. Easy to clean

As compared to indoor fireplaces, outdoor fire pits are much easier to manage and are lower maintenance. For one, you don’t have to worry much about cleaning it if they are gas powered. And even if they burn wood, you can still leave the half-burnt logs where they are, ready to be used next time. And since they are already outdoors, you won’t have to worry much about ash and soot making a mess.

8. Environmentally friendly

Natural gas and propane fire pits are environment friendly. They produce no smoke and are odorless. Besides, a fire in a gas fire pit may burn hotter than wood, giving out a much more constant heat since new logs don’t need to be added to the fire.

9. Fire pits can be used to cook food

If you don’t feel like cooking inside the house, fire pits can provide a nice change in scenery and you can cook food or barbecue on a grill while chatting with friends or neighbors.

10. Easy to start and run

You can get a gas-based fire pit up and running in literally no time at all. All it takes is the flick of a switch, or a flame from a lighter or match, to light the fire. You can control the amount of heat you need, and don’t have to worry about constantly adding firewood.

Do you already have a fire pit? What is your favorite thing about it? Let us know in the comments section below.


How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Indoors and Out

Having bugs around your property is not fun and games, it could make any house a living hell especially when you have no clue of what you are doing. Mosquitoes are one of the pesky pests, homeowners and tenants do not want in their homes.

Furthermore, you could be putting your loved ones in danger if you do not know how to get rid of mosquitoes. How to get rid of mosquitoes is one of the common challenges around the world; they are known to spread diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, zika, and dengue fever. However, here are some simple but effective ways you can keep your home and garden mosquito-free.

 

Seal up your home

Ensure your doors and windows seal tightly, get fitted screens for your doors if you want them open. Check if the screens are in good shape with no holes or tears. Seal up your crevices and cracks around the entryways, and in the foundation; this will keep bugs and not just mosquitoes out of your home. This method may not kill the ones inside your home, but they can serve as a preventive measure. What is the point of getting rid of mosquitoes if they will keep coming through the cracks and crevices?

Get rid of mosquito breeding grounds

Check to see if your yard is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes need water to hatch into larva and develop to pupa. By eliminating stagnant water from your yard you can reduce the chance of mosquitoes in your environment. Clean your gutters, flower pot saucers, baby pools and tire swings to prevent water from pooling. Repair leaky outdoor faucets and also treat swimming pools. Clean your buckets, plastic tarps, birdbaths, potted plants, etc. it will discourage mosquitoes from making it their breeding grounds.

Now that you know the different ways to prevent these annoying pests from entering your home, it is time you got rid of the existing ones in your home and garden.

Mosquito repellent spray

You may not be able to stop mosquitoes from buzzing around you, but you can prevent them from biting.  You can use an insect repellent spray, which contains one of the following DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, PMD, or 2-undecanone. Insect repellent spray is a must-have for anyone picnicking in other insect infested areas. Ensure you wear long sleeves and cover as many areas of skin as possible. Babies can be protected by putting mosquito netting on their strollers.

Pest control operators

Sometimes, DIY is cool, and it also help save a lot of money; however, your health is a top priority. You need to call the experts to help you get rid of mosquitoes if you have not been successful.


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