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7 Tips that work wonders to make your house look more spacious

With these tips, you can make a small room look bigger

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New Delhi, September 10, 2017:  The festive season is around the corner, people all over India are filled with zeal and enthusiasm to celebrate festivities in a grand style.

Many people choose to host house parties during the festive season, inviting colleagues, friends, and family to share the joy with.  To make the celebrations and parties at home a memorable affair, the first thing on the list is how you choose to decorate your house? How to modify the space to make it appear more happening. Redecoration and renovation are a vital aspect of it.

There are many ways to do it, some people focus on minor details like putting up a captivating scenery or a beautiful painting on the wall, decorating the house with rare artifacts, and other such decorative pieces. Some people go for painting the house in bright colors to add a festive touch to the house. People are eager to transform their homes to bring in the festive season.

Another important aspect for an individual who wishes to style their house lies in the size of the place they are living in. Those people who reside in more spacious houses can do more in terms of experimentation as it gives them more scope to beautify their abode. But for those living in relatively smaller apartments or houses which is a reality most of the people living in our country, they wish if there were any tricks by which they can make their house appear much larger than it actually is. Don’t worry we are making  your wish come true with these creative tricks and tips:

  • De-clutter your house

 

The first and a vital rule of redecorating or redesigning small abode is by reducing clutter as much as you can. Start by removing all the unwanted items which haven’t been utilized in past few years. By getting rid of unused items will create space will create more room for more useful objects.Fewer objects in a room make it look neat and spacious than before.

  • Choose the right shades for walls

The next step is to go for the right shades for the wall. Go for light summery yet solid colors to paint the walls of your house as it allows more light to enter the room. You can also buy light colored decorative utilities as they create a bright ambiance.

  • Go for Drapes in bright hues or sheer ones

The current trend calls for adorning the room with bright colored drapes or curtains. Your house will look more spacious if you match the color of drapes with the paint on walls. Drapes in pastel colors are people favorite.

  • Pick the right furniture for your house

When you are redecorating your house for the festive season choose the right furniture that can compliments the overall theme of your house, without occupying too much space. It’s a smart move to invest in a multipurpose sofa which is sofa cum bed, in day time use it as a sofa and in night hours use it as a comfortable bed. Go for space saving furniture items like wall mounted beds, bunk beds, adjustable dining table sets etc. You can also find There are innovative dining cum pool tables in the market which is a functional  yet fun item to add to your house. To make your house look more spacious you can either go for small furniture or few larger pieces of furniture.

  • Use Decorative mirrors

Very few people know this but mirrors give an illusion of a spacious house. You can pick up either decorative mirrors in contemporary designs or antique mirrors to give an elegant touch. Apart from giving a vibe of a spacious room, decorative mirrors also give your house a trendy and chic look. The design you pick should blend with your home’s interior decor overall. These days people choose handmade macrame decorative mirrors.

  • Adorn the house with shelves

You can buy shelves for your house as it’s a useful item to invest in. Shelves saves space and decorate your walls at the same time.They come in various types like fiber glass, wood and also plastic. They can hold various objects like decorative items, books, antiques, pen stand, etc. You can also pick wooden corner wall shelves and place small decorative indoor plants to add greenery and save space.

  • Lastly, invest in wall mounted cabinets

You can explore the option of wall mounted cabinets to make your house look more spacious. It comes handy in utilizing space in small houses as you can store various objects without it occupying much space. You can use cabinets like a small pantry to store food stuff or other essentials. There are beautiful cabinets in wood and also hybrid wood in the market

Go ahead and use these creative ideas to make your house look more spacious and festive ready!


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Technology Makes Home Items Smarter But Creepier

I'm a firm believer that simple is better. If you don't need to have these so-called enhancements, don't buy them

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Yoon Lee, right, senior vice president, Samsung Electronics America, uses the Family Board on a refrigerator during a Samsung news conference at CES International in Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

One day, finding an oven that just cooks food may be as tough as buying a TV that merely lets you change channels.

Internet-connected “smarts” are creeping into cars, refrigerators, thermostats, toys and just about everything else in your home. CES 2019, the gadget show opening Tuesday in Las Vegas, will showcase many of these products, including an oven that coordinates your recipes and a toilet that flushes with a voice command.

With every additional smart device in your home, companies are able to gather more details about your daily life. Some of that can be used to help advertisers target you — more precisely than they could with just the smartphone you carry.

“It’s decentralized surveillance,” said Jeff Chester, executive director for the Center for Digital Democracy, a Washington-based digital privacy advocate. “We’re living in a world where we’re tethered to some online service stealthily gathering our information.”

Yet consumers seem to be welcoming these devices. The research firm IDC projects that 1.3 billion smart devices will ship worldwide in 2022, twice as many as 2018.

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Dave VanderWaal of LG Electronics USA shows off ProActive Customer Care, an AI-powered customer service tool for home appliances during 2019 International CES in Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

 

Companies say they are building these products not for snooping but for convenience, although Amazon, Google and other partners enabling the intelligence can use the details they collect to customize their services and ads.

‘Smart’ features

Whirlpool, for instance, is testing an oven whose window doubles as a display. You’ll still be able to see what’s roasting inside, but the glass can now display animation pointing to where to place the turkey for optimal cooking.

The oven can sync with your digital calendar and recommend recipes based on how much time you have. It can help coordinate multiple recipes, so that you’re not undercooking the side dishes in focusing too much on the entree. A camera inside lets you zoom in to see if the cheese on the lasagna has browned enough, without opening the oven door.

As for that smart toilet, Kohler’s Numi will respond to voice commands to raise or lower the lid — or to flush. You can do it from an app, too. The company says it’s all about offering hands-free options in a setting that’s very personal for people. The toilet is also heated and can play music and the news through its speakers.

Kohler also has a tub that adjusts water temperature to your liking and a kitchen faucet that dispenses just the right amount of water for a recipe.

For the most part, consumers aren’t asking for these specific features. After all, before cars were invented, people might have known only to ask for faster horses. “We try to be innovative in ways that customers don’t realize they need,” Samsung spokesman Louis Masses said.

Whirlpool said insights can come from something as simple as watching consumers open the oven door several times to check on the meal, losing heat in the process.

“They do not say to us, ‘Please tell me where to put [food] on the rack, or do algorithm-based cooking,”‘ said Doug Searles, general manager for Whirlpool’s research arm, WLabs. “They tell us the results that are most important to them.”

Samsung has several voice-enabled products, including a fridge that comes with an app that lets you check on its contents while you’re grocery shopping. New this year: Samsung’s washing machines can send alerts to its TVs — smart TVs, of course — so you know your laundry is ready while watching Netflix.

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Arvin Baalu, vice president of product management at Harman International, talks about the Samsung Digital Cockpit during a Samsung news conference at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

Other connected items at CES include:

* a fishing rod that tracks your location to build an online map of where you’ve made the most catches;

* a toothbrush that recommends where to brush more;

* a fragrance diffuser that lets you control how your home smells from a smartphone app.

These are poised to join internet-connected security cameras, door locks and thermostats that are already on the market. The latter can work with sensors to turn the heat down automatically when you leave home.

‘Being spied on’

Chester said consumers feel the need to keep up with their neighbors when they buy appliances with the smartest smarts. He said all the conveniences can be “a powerful drug to help people forget the fact that they are also being spied on.”

Gadgets with voice controls typically aren’t transmitting any data back to company servers until you activate them with a trigger word, such as “Alexa” or “OK Google.” But devices have sometimes misheard innocuous words as legitimate commands to record and send private conversations.

Even when devices work properly, commands are usually stored indefinitely. Companies can use the data to personalize experiences — including ads. Beyond that, background conversations may be stored with the voice recordings and can resurface with hacking or as part of lawsuits or investigations.

Knowing what you cook or stock in your fridge might seem innocuous. But if insurers get hold of the data, they might charge you more for unhealthy diets, warned Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy at the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse in San Diego. He also said it might be possible to infer ethnicity based on food consumed.

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Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, unveils Toyota’s latest autonomous-driving test vehicle for the Toyota Research Institute, called P4, based on the new-generation Lexus LS500h hybrid luxury sedan, with a roof-mounted assembly with cameras and sensors, and sensors added onto the front fenders, at the Toyota news conference at CES International in Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

Manufacturers are instead emphasizing the benefits: Data collection from the smart faucet, for instance, allows Kohler’s app to display how much water is dispensed. (Water bills typically show water use for the whole home, not individual taps.)

The market for smart devices is small, but growing. Kohler estimates that in a few years, smart appliances will make up 10 percent of its revenue. Though the features are initially limited to premium models — such as the $7,000 toilet — they should eventually appear in entry-level products, too, as costs come down.

Ditching the ‘dumb’

Consider the TV. “Dumb” TVs are rare these days, as the vast majority of TVs ship with internet connections and apps, like it or not.

“It becomes a check-box item for the TV manufacturer,” said Paul Gagnon, an analyst with IHS Markit. For a dumb one, he said, you have to search for an off-brand, entry-level model with smaller screens — or go to places in the world where streaming services aren’t common.

“Dumb” cars are also headed to the scrapyard. The research firm BI Intelligence estimates that by 2020, three out of every four cars sold worldwide will be models with connectivity. No serious incidents have occurred in the United States, Europe and Japan, but a red flag has already been raised in China, where automakers have been sharing location details of connected cars with the government.

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As for TVs, Consumer Reports says many TV makers collect and share users’ viewing habits. Vizio agreed to $2.5 million in penalties in 2017 to settle cases with the Federal Trade Commission and New Jersey officials.

Consumers can decide not to enable these connections. They can also vote with their wallets, Stephens said.

“I’m a firm believer that simple is better. If you don’t need to have these so-called enhancements, don’t buy them,” he said. “Does one really need a refrigerator that keeps track of everything in it and tells you are running out of milk?” (VOA)