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How To Get Plenty Of Natural Light In Your Home

How To Get Plenty Of Natural Light In Your Home


Thanks to electricity, lighting the home is easy as we can get all the light we want with the flick of a switch. If you want a different atmosphere in the home then candlelight can really help set the mood and you can also change the brightness of electric light to help achieve the effect you are looking for. As useful as artificial light may be to us however it is highly advisable that you allow as much natural light to enter the home as you can. Natural light from the sun is important to our health as it is thought to help us to process various vitamins and minerals and has a positive effect on our mood. If you would like to encourage natural light into your home, you have some options available to you.


The most obvious of all is to use windows as they offer little or no resistance to allowing the light in at all. Some rooms, such as attics, are unlikely to have a window already but there is no shortage of options for windows that you can install provided, of course, there is an exterior wall or roof to use. With windows installed you can then use blinds and curtains to help regulate just how much light you allow into the room because as good as natural light may be for us it can get a little too bright at times.


Sunlight cannot bend around corners on its own so some parts of the home may not be accessible to the rays of the sun. By using some mirrors, however, you can direct the path of sunlight helping to bathe otherwise sheltered parts of the home in the rays of the sun. You could mount the mirrors so they can be adjusted allowing you to change the direction of the sun to fit your mood whether you would like as much sun light coming in as possible or if you are in the mood for darkness. You will need to bear in mind that this method could intensify the rays of the sun which could possibly make it too bright and concentrated sun beams could even pose a fire hazard.

Sun Tunnels

In some rooms of the home it is not possible to use windows to allow the light in and options such as mirrors are not always practical. One option could be to use a sun tunnel which will help channel the light from outside into the home. Part of the tunnel is mounted on the home’s exterior where there is plenty of light and the tunnel will run through part of the home to reach the room that needs more light. As with other sources of natural light, the amount of light allowed into the room can be regulated helping you to get the right mood in the home. If you do have a room in the home that appears to have no access to natural light a sun tunnel could be just what you need.

Jamie Finch likes to have a lot of natural light in the home as it makes to help the place feel more cheerful. He gets his windows and other supplies from Ken’s Yard, a leading online retailer of VELUX Windows.

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7 Really Simple Things That Make Your Home Theater Unique And Awesome

7 Really Simple Things That Make Your Home Theater Unique And Awesome


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What is an awesome home without an awesome home theater? It saves you the trouble of watching a movie with about 100 random (not to forget, raucous) strangers. It lets you watch ANY movie you want, at ANY time you want. What’s better? You just realized your basement can do a whole lot good than store junk. So you’ve got your home-theater essentials like the projector, the screen, the sound system etc. But you still need to add a touch of “awesome” to your home theater. We’ve put together a list of seven awesome things your home theater should not miss out on.

1)   Blu-ray disc player

In the seemingly lifelong race for mind-numbingly awesome visual quality, Blu-ray finally took over HD discs to give us the mother of high definitions. And if you have any intention of having a home theater system with absolutely “WOW!” effects, Blu-ray it is for you. A system connected to a Blu-ray disc player not only ensures you have high quality movies running every time, but also takes care of your connection issues.

2)   Soundproofing

Surround sounds, woofers, sub-woofers and the lot are always there to ensure you get your fair share of some thunderous sound effects. But, they also ensure that everyone else speeds up that appointment with the ear specialist. Because, even though you may have your home theater in the basement, face it, everyone in the vicinity can at least feel mild tremors. Soundproof your home theater at about the same time that you install the home theater system. Action movies just got a lot more awesome for you and a lot less deafening for everyone else!

3)   Food station

Nothing is more annoying than pausing the movie every 30 minutes and rushing to the kitchen to refill the popcorn bowl, the chicken wings tub or soda. This is why, no matter how much everyone opposes the idea, food station is very, very essential. That way you get to have your food (within an arm’s length) and eat it too, without having to pause to movie or run to and from the kitchen like a crazed psychopath.

4)   Dimmable lights

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Adjustable lighting is one surefire way you’re sure to have an experience you’ll never forget. This is where dimmable lights come into play. These lights give you complete control to adjust the brightness. So, you get to have the pitch black darkness for a horror film, as well that perfect amount of dimness for the animated movie with the kids. A perfectly elegant substitute for confusion causing switches or bulbs of varying voltage, dimmable lights are the perfect lighting choice for home theaters.

5)   Plush Leather recliners

Your ordinary couch is not even anywhere close to the awesome comfort leather recliners provide. Be it a common-for-all large sectional or multiple recliners, these reclining sectional sofas add the ultimate touch of comfort, luxury, style and of course, some VIP authenticity to your home theater.

6)   Themed home theater

Let’s face it, the only thing better than a private home theater is a theme-based private home theater. Whether you’re a Star Wars fan who wants a bit of the universe in his home, or a Batman fan playing out his bat-cave theater dream, a theme is all you need to make your home theater super-awesome. Anyone can have a home theater, but how many can boast of a themed home theater?

7)   Remote controlled room

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You’ve got the Blu-ray, the sound system, the dimmable lights, the soundproofing, the dark curtains and everything else in place. But what good is any of it, if you have to keep fiddling with fifty different remotes to adjust to the perfect setting? The final icing on the home-theater cake is a fully remote-controlled room that at least controls the major details, if not every little thing. A universal remote is like the final blessing for that resident movie buff who loves all things VIP. Check the internet or your local gadgets stores; the last time we checked, there were remotes for at least fifteen different kinds of functions!

Sophia Easton is an interior designer and writes for an online luxury furniture company. Sophia has designed interiors for many homes and she specially likes designing kitchen, multimedia room and kids room.

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Top Strategies And Services That Can Help Make Moving Home Much Easier

Top Strategies And Services That Can Help Make Moving Home Much Easier


Did you know that moving home is rated by psychologists as one of the most stressful ‘life events’ we can go through? According to Seyle’s ‘Life Events Stress Rating Scale’ it is right up there with a death in the family, or losing a job and anyone who has moved home recently will probably agree that while it’s not quite as traumatic as either of those things, it certainly does take over your life and leave you reeling.

But the good news is that there are things you can do to make moving home a lot less stressful – and if you understand these strategies and employ them then you’ll find it goes a lot more smoothly and takes up a lot less time. Here are some tips to help make your next move less on-par with losing your job and more like… having a bad hair day.

Use Storage

One of the biggest stresses of moving home is that you have a very small window in which to move – this being the time between when you can move into the new property but haven’t yet sold the old one. Sometimes this is a very narrow opportunity, but by using a storage unit just for a month you don’t need to worry about it – and you can start moving things over much sooner.

Start Early

In general, starting early is highly advisable as it means you aren’t rushing around last minute to try and move all of your belongings. If you know you’re moving out, then start going through your old documents and things a couple of months in advance and whittling down your things. This way the job will never seem insurmountable.

Use a Spare Room

Of course the downside of starting early is that it means you’ll end up with mess all over the house as you take things apart and pack things into boxes which then makes it difficult to show people around. Unless that is, you were to designate a single room in the house for you to store all those boxes and things so that you could keep them organised and start work while keeping the rest of the home tidy and easy to move around in.

Buy Good Boxes

Moving home is stressful when you have to carry Tesco bags filled with all your belongings and cardboard boxes that are coming apart at the seems. Avoid this by investing in some decent boxes and bags – it’s well worth it for how much easier it will be to move.

Rent a Skip

Does looking at all the things in your home that need to be moved fill you with dread? Well then just take this opportunity to narrow those things down so that you don’t have too much to get rid of. It sounds ruthless, but believe me you can probably reduce your things by 50% and not miss any of it too much. (And if you do? Buy it again!) More to the point it will be liberating and give you a fresh start in your new home, while at the same time meaning you have much less to move. Use skip bin hire to provide yourself with an easy way to dispose of anything non-essential.

The author of this article, Michael Corris, a home décor blogger who shares his experience through guest posts.

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