Set up your open-plan living area like a pro
The key to a memorable evening amongst family or friends is conversation. Whether it’s to recount your day, make plans for the future or simply for an intimate tête-à-tête, a lounge is the perfect place for light-hearted, witty or existential exchanges. Outfitting your home with a cosy lounge will go a long way in keeping the conversation going.
Living spaces with minimal partitions have been trending for quite some time. These modern, welcoming spaces that flow freely appeal to individuals in many different situations, from people living alone to couples and families.
That being said, it can be hard to achieve a balanced, aesthetically pleasing design for an open floor plan. Here are some tips to help you create a cohesive space.
STRUCTURE YOUR SPACE.
Use furniture and accent pieces to create visual boundaries between different areas. For example, use a low shelf, a rug, a bookcase or some plants to define your living room area. To set your home office apart, use a decorative screen or a chest of drawers as a divider. For additional soundproofing, opt for professionally installed glass partitions. In short, the goal is to design a room within a room using repositionable items instead of fixed walls.
OPTIMISE YOUR STORAGE.
Untidiness, even when minimal, can create a highly unpleasant sense of chaos in an open floor plan. To prevent this, camouflage clutter by choosing furniture that doubles as storage (hollow benches and ottomans, for example), or by minimizing your possessions and keeping only what you need. Rest assured: a minimalist decor will have you feeling light as air.
CHOOSE A CONSISTENT COLOUR SCHEME.
When it comes time to decorate your space, choose a neutral colour for the main walls. To achieve a cohesive look, keep in mind that all of your windows should be dressed in the same fashion, or at least display coordinating trims. Finally, stick with one type of flooring throughout the space.
CREATE FOCAL POINTS.
An impressive lighting fixture, an aquarium, a work of art, a plant wall or a fireplace will automatically draw the eye and create rhythm in a wideopen space. Be careful not to overdo it, though, as too many statement pieces can cause quite the opposite effect. In short, for Pinterest-worthy results, less is more! Need advice on how to artfully organise your open-plan space? Call an interior designer or decorator in your area: he or she will be able to help you create a balanced, functional, beautiful home!
Avoiding renovation related injuries
Your safety should always be your biggest priority when it comes to renovating your home. Being ill-equipped or unprepared can lead to many different types of injuries, particularly in the hands, knees, elbows, shoulders and back. That’s why it’s extremely important to be cautious when it comes to DIY renovations.
COMMON CAUSES OF INJURIES
Injuries occurring during home renovations are caused by a variety of factors,  including: Lifting heavy materials combined with a lack of help, making uncoordinated or erratic movements, fatigue and exhaustion caused by a lack of breaks, a workspace that’s too restrictive, inexperience using certain tools
PREVENT ACCIDENTS
Always keep the areas where you’re working free of clutter. Corridors, hallways and the areas around scaffolding should be clear of any equipment, materials or debris. Always wear protective gloves and steeltoed boots while working, and make sure your workspace has adequate lighting. Lastly, take frequent breaks to avoid overexerting yourself; a few minutes’ rest here and there will help in avoiding careless mistakes.
ACT FAST
Despite our best efforts, mishaps can still occur. That’s why it’s important to take the necessary measures in the event of an injury. If you’ve cut yourself, apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth while  keeping the injury raised above your head. If it’s a deep and serious wound, go to the emergency room right away. For any eye-related injury, a simple rinse using water should do the trick. However,
seek medical attention immediately.