The Benefits of Downsizing Your Home

Downsizing your home

Our modern lives change in unexpected ways. We may become empty nesters, approach retirement, get divorced, or simply decide to embrace a simpler lifestyle due to personal or financial circumstances. In any of these situations, downsizing your home opens a world of new possibilities. Here are some positive aspects that may help you consider this option.

Profiting by selling your current home

Selling your current home may mean paying off your debts, but it also could see you turning a profit. Real estate markets change over time. Downsizing your house at the right time can result in paying off your mortgage, affording a new domicile and keeping some profit for the future at the same time.

Downsizing doesn’t only mean a smaller place. It can also imply moving to an area or city where current house prices are lower, but where your lifestyle can still be enjoyable and prosperous. Doing the proper research before taking the challenge is important, as your new home is the place where you may be spending the rest of your life.Benefits of downsizing your home

There are a few factors to consider when thinking about downsizing. These include the value of your current property, the amount left owing on your current mortgage (if any) and the type (and location) of your future abode. These variables will ultimately dictate whether you’ll be able to financially cover all of your expenses or if you’ll need to investigate your loan options with available lenders. Thanks to the proliferation of brokers and lending institutions online, regardless of your location (as long as you have a working internet connection) you can now easily gauge just how fiscally buoyant you might be in your downsizing endeavour. Everything from mortgage insurance to interest rates, lenders offer tools and calculators which can assist you in deciding what is the most financially correct course of action for your situation.

Reduced expenses

One of the first things that you will notice after moving to a smaller residence is a reduction in expenses, such as reduced mortgage payments and real estate taxes and rates, lower insurance costs, and savings in utility costs.

Lower maintenance costs can also represent a source of savings. A smaller garden, or the lack of it, results in reduced electricity cost and water use. Reduced living space means lower expenditures in repairs, maintenance, modifications, decorating and furnishings. It can also mean that you can cut back on tasks such as cleaning or mowing, thus reducing your services expenses.

Depending on the size of your new home, sometimes these savings can be significant, particularly when considered over a longer period of time. While your initial savings may not look great, think how much you will save over ten years or more.

A better lifestyle

 

Choosing a new home gives you the opportunity to live closer to the type of environment that you love. Be it a country style or a busy city atmosphere, your smaller place may mean that you will be able to enjoy more of those little things that make life more pleasant.

From long walks in parks or at the beach, to being closer to those shopping malls that you love, your new location can bring new light to your life. Think about the extra money and time at your disposal. What would you like to do with them? Think about all those dreamed up activities that never happened. A differently located and smaller place may imply more time for your family, a healthier lifestyle, more socialization, the opportunity to travel, and why not, the capacity to enjoy more of your new accommodation.

Less financial stress

By embracing the Zen effect of a less-is-more lifestyle, you will enjoy not having to worry about many expenses. Downsizing can not only reduce your bond payments, but help you trade in your mortgage for a fully paid home, and pay other obligations that you may have. Imagine a life free of debt! Besides, your increased cash flow will undoubtedly make you feel more secure and capable of facing the uncertainties of the future.

Opportunity to create a new interior style

A new home welcomes in the opportunity of renewing your home interiors with ease. Smaller rooms may require new furniture and adornments. A different architectural style may entail the fun of researching what goes with it, and the buying excitement that accompanies it.

When designing your new surroundings, make sure to choose options that are easy to maintain, are cost-effective, durable and pleasant to you and your home companions. Remember, a home is a long term investment. You will probably spend many years to come there. If you can afford it, spoil yourself a bit, and make sure that you create a comfortable space.

Stronger family ties

Reduced space can bring many opportunities to strengthen your family ties. Smaller homes create an environment that demands more organization and coordination. Sharing living arrangements means considering others and their needs. For example, knowing that a member of your family requires concentration to study implies that you cannot enjoy your music at a higher volume, but it can also bring you the happiness of sharing and somehow being part of the exam successes.

Downsizing can also imply that you move closer to your important ones. Thus, your children and grandchildren will find it easier to visit you, bringing the joy and companionship that is so important in life. And, it can also result in shorter distances or better transport for you to visit them!

Create a new chapter in your life

Whether you downsize your home due to divorce, or your grown-up children moving out, or any other reason; the change can help create a new chapter in your life. New beginnings in a different location can help you to meet new people, join different organizations, and be closer to significant ones and places that you enjoy. Besides, your increased savings and better time availability can help you decide to undertake those dreamed about projects, such as travelling or starting a hobby. And even more importantly, your reduced home chores will mean that you can enjoy your home instead of worrying about its daily maintenance.

 

Although, like most changes in life, downsizing your home can be hard and difficult. Seeing the positive aspects of it can help to undertake this project with hope and optimism. There are great advantages to a smaller house, such as increased financial freedom and a relaxed lifestyle. Taking change as an opportunity may result in a richer life full of exciting experiences. And before taking your final decision, just remember that

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”

Carl Burnett

 

Author ~ Bethany Seton

Why Install A Rainwater Tank

Slimline rainwater tanks

The benefits of capturing rainwater are many

Water is the most precious of all commodities. Water is the source of all life. In urban areas, water is available at the turn of a tap. We take water for granted. Have you ever had your water supply cut from your home? If so, you will become aware very quickly how important water is. No water means no showers, no clothes washing, no toilet flushing and so on. Water is a limited resource. Australia’s homes and industries continue to use more water, which has pushed prices higher and higher over a number of years. Prices look almost certain to continue rising along with this increasing demand.

Have you ever considered installing a rainwater tank?
There are so many benefits from capturing your own rainwater. In fact, when it rains your roof collects the water. But it then flows into the sewer system and has gone forever.
Slimline rainwater tanks
Rainwater collection systems allow you to take advantage of the free supply of rainwater that falls on your roof. Rainwater is completely safe to drink and is used in many rural homes as their only water supply. This means that you can have clean, drinkable water without any on-going purchase costs.

The rainwater is safely stored in a tank ready to be used when you need it. Tanks come in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.

As well as the water being fresh and free, rainwater isn’t subject to the restrictions that might be put on your mains supply. You can continue to use water as you wish during drier periods.

Benefits of a rainwater tank
Using rainwater can reduce water bills, provide an alternative supply during water restrictions and help maintain a green, healthy garden. Depending on tank size and climate, mains water use can be reduced by up to 100%.

Rainwater tank uses
Garden watering
The percentage of household water use in the garden varies from less than 25% to more than 50% across Australia, generally depending on a household’s geographic location.
Toilet flushing
A toilet can use up to 12 litres per flush and connecting the tank to the toilet system can lead to major water savings. An average person uses 30 litres of water in the toilet per day or 210 litres per week.
In the Laundry
Washing machines can use in excess of 150 litres of water per load and most households do 5 to 6 loads per week. Using a 4.5 Star water efficient washing machine with 7kg capacity will cut back water consumption to 60 litres per wash and reduce the rate of depletion of your rainwater tank.
What Size Tank Do I Need?
The size tank required all depends on the application you will be using your tank for.
Whole House Usage This requires a minimum of 10000 – 20000 Litres. This can be connected to your whole house to provide zero reliance from mains water. Great for the environmentally conscious person who also wants to save on water bills.
Part House Supply To connect your toilets, washing machine and an outside garden tap to your tank we would recommend 2000 – 5000 Litres. Five Star regulations for new homes require 2000 Litres to be connected to toilets, however, anything over this is yours to “splash around” with.
Outside Use Only Depending on your scenario, the choice is yours – between 1000 – 20000 Litres. Every 1000 Litres will give you up to 90 minutes of water. Great for washing the car or watering the garden whenever you feel like it – we call this “Water Freedom”

How To Save On Water and Electricity

How to save on energy

Ways to reduce your electricity and water bill

By taking a few simple measures you can reduce your energy bill. Every little light that is glowing in your home has to be powered by electricity. Walk around your home and count the number of lights that are glowing. These lights can be on your computer, an alarm clock or stove light. Do you need to have these lights chewing power? We have tabled a number of ways to cut your energy bills.

1. LED Light Globes
Energy-efficient globes could save you up to 80 percent off your lighting costs. LED bulbs use less power and last longer. That means you spend less money and time replacing them.

Thanks to a Victorian Government program, light globes can sometimes be replaced for free, or at a reduced cost. Find out more about this and other discount energy-saving products at Victorian Energy Upgrades. How does Victorian Energy Upgrades work?

2. Switching off unnecessary lighting
Do you have a number of lights running on appliances you are not using? You may have a computer that you shut-down but typically there are a couple of little lights glowing. Once you shut down your computer turn it off at the power source. This is also a good idea for any other appliance you are not using. Turn them all off at the power source.

3. Washing and Drying Clothes
Energy rating calculator
Wait until your washer is full. Then wash your clothes in cold water. Try the shortest wash setting and see if you are happy with the results. Dry them naturally in the sun or hang them in a ventilated room.

4. Close curtains and shut doors
Whether you are heating or cooling your home it helps if you contain either the hot or cool air. Simply close your doors and curtains. Look for draughts in windows and doors and seal them appropriately.

5. Insulate your roof
Check your roof and walls for insulation. Insulation is the cornerstone of an energy efficient home. Insulation is also the most cost-effective way to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. A fully insulated home compared to a non-insulated home can reduce the cost of heating and cooling a home by around 40 to 50 percent.

You can visit Sustainability Victoria for insulation information.

6. How energy efficient is your home?
Do an assessment of your home appliances and note their ratings. You can visit the Government run Energy Rating calculator website. On the site, you can check all types of appliances from dishwashers to washing machines and so on.

7. Choose your Energy Supplier
Find out all the energy suppliers in your area. Contact them and see if they have a better offer than your current provider. If they do the first thing you should do is go back to your current provider and tell them a competitor has a better offer.

5 Fun Furnishing Items For Your Home

5 home furnishing ideas

Fun and novel household items
1. LED RECHARGEABLE PEBBLE LIGHT
Rechargeable Pebble light
This Pebble Light is a minimalist decorative feature inspired by contemporary east-Asian style. It looks good even when it isn’t glowing in one of the thirteen colour choices! All you need to do is charge it up and you can put it indoors as a feature or outdoors in your garden. It’s a great feature for parties as it adds vibrancy to any space and is a great design piece to inspire you every day in your home.

FEATURES

  • Perfect for your home or garden
  • Comes with a remote control
  • 13 different colour settings
  • Cycle between the colours: flash, smooth, fade and strobe settings
  • Cost about $50. Comes with a charger.

2. Ice Bucket Table
Outdoor ice bucket table
3-in-1 Drinks Table-come-Cooler – cleverly contains an ice bucket

This attractive table is perfect for coffee and snacks. Then, when you pull up the top to reveal the steel ice bucket, you can enjoy cool and refreshing wine, beer and soft drinks without constant trips to the fridge. 44 cm in diameter, it adjusts between 56 cm and 95 cm in height. The plastic rattan-effect finish wipes clean and the bucket is easy to empty – just remove the plug for the melted ice to flow away.
Costs about $150

3. Firebox BBQ Pizza Oven
Firebox pizza oven
The high-grade stainless steel design ensures a quick heat up time, even heat distribution and maximum heat retention when cooking. Clean up is hassle-free with an easy wipe down. Equipped with carrying handles, the Firebox is easy to set up on the BBQ and convenient to store once you’re done.

Compatible with any gas or charcoal BBQs, use the portable Firebox Pizza Oven in the comfort of your own backyard or bring it along on picnics with the family.

The Firebox pizza over costs around $100.

 

4. Classic Motion Lava Lamp
motion lava lamp
It’s time to bring back the 60s with this classic pink and silver Peace Motion Lava Lamp. Watch the random pink blobs float around in the light pink liquid, changing shape and morphing into weird globules. Popular years ago, these retro lamps are making a massive come back.

Perfect for adding some extra-terrestrial space vibes to your bedroom. Normal lamps are just boring, get lavalicious with this Peace Motion Lava Lamp!

FEATURES

  • Old school lava lamp with brightly coloured blobs of magma!
  • Classic 90’s look and feel – Perfect for quirky bedrooms
  • Costs around $30

5. Wine Bottle Holder
Wine bottle holder
This item is so simple in design and practical. Great talking piece around the dinner table. Or when, you are sitting with friends in the living room. You can use your own imagination and design your own.

Prices for this item can vary from $8 to $60.

How to Keep Your Home Warm in the Cooler Months

5 ways to keep warm in winter

5 ways to warm your home this year

1. Use your curtains
Heat from the sun is free so make the most of it. Open your curtains and let the sunlight in during the day to make use of this free heat. When it gets dark, shut your curtains, which act as another layer of insulation and keep warmth in your rooms. You should also make sure you don’t have any leaks or gaps so that the warm air can stay in and the cold air stays out – this also helps to reduce condensation.
5 ways to keep home warm in winter
2. Use timers on your central heating
The Government run YourHome website advises that electricity accounts for about 53% of the energy used in Australian households. Programming your heating system to turn the heating on a little earlier – such as 30 minutes before you get up in the morning – but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning it on just as you need it at a higher temperature. This is because a heater heats up at a constant speed whether you set your thermostat to 20°C or 30°C. But don’t make the mistake of leaving your heating on low all day – because then you’re just paying for heat when you don’t need it.

3. Maximise your insulation
When it comes to heat, around 25% is lost through the roof. This can be easily reduced by installing 25cm of insulation throughout your loft. It’s also worth seeing what’s going on in your walls, as around a third of the heat in an uninsulated home is lost this way. Although it’s not as cheap to install as loft insulation, cavity wall insulation could save up to $300 a year in heating bills. It’s also worth checking with your energy supplier to see if they have any insulation schemes running. This can sometimes mean cheap or free installation.

4. Turn down the dial
This may seem a little counter-intuitive but bear with me. The World Health Organisation previously recommended minimum temperature of 21°C in the living room, but this was revised to 18°C in 2014. And research shows that turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bill by up to 10%. So keep the dial at 18°C, save money and avoid the negative impacts of a cold home.

5. Block out the draughts
Even a simple solution such as making your own sausage dog draught excluder will help keep the warmth in your home. The energy saving organisation estimates that DIY draught-proofing your doors, windows and cracks in the floor could save $45 per year. You can do this yourself for very little cost. Self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows and door draught excluders are relatively cheap and easy to install. So it’s worth getting those doors and windows sealed before winter properly kicks in.

How To Find The Best Home Builder

How to Choose a Home Builder

If you have a vacant block of land that you intend to build on, you should shop for your builder as carefully as you shop for your home. Whether you are building a unit, a townhouse, a house in a subdivision or a custom-built house, you want to know that you are buying a good quality home from a reputable builder. Here are some tips to help you choose a builder.

Create a List of Potential Builders
Best home builders Australia
Once you have thought about the type of home you want, you can create a list of potential builders.

  • Is the builder accredited?
  • Do they have testimonials from previous clients? Can you talk to those clients?
  • Contact a local real estate agent and ask if they know of preferred builders.
  • Ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Ask about builders they have dealt with directly, or ask them for names of acquaintances who have recently had a good experience with a builder.
  • Contact the Housing Builders Association to obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your area. You can find the HIA at https://hia.com.au
  • Look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for builders and projects. Looking through the ads and reading the articles can help you to learn which builders are active in your area, the types of homes they are building and the prices you can expect to pay. Make a list of builders who build the type of home you’re looking for in your price range.

Do Your Homework

When you have a list of potential builders, it’s time to start asking lots of questions — of both the potential builders and the owners of their homes.

  • Interview potential home builders to get the answers to all the questions you have.
  • Then, visit a builder’s recently built homes and subdivisions. Drive by on a Saturday morning when homeowners may be outside doing chores or errands. Introduce yourself and say you are considering buying a home from the builder who built their home. Talk to several owners, and try to get a random sample of opinions. The more people you talk with, the more accurate an impression of a builder you are likely to get.
  • Some questions to ask homeowners include: Are you happy with your home? If you had any problems, were they fixed promptly and properly? Would you buy another home from this builder?
  • Usually, people tell you if they are pleased with their homes. And if they are not, they’ll probably want to tell you why.
  • At the very least, drive by and see if the homes are visually appealing.
  • When you talk to builders and homeowners, take along a notebook to record the information you find and your personal impressions about specific builders and homes. Doing so will help you to make comparisons later.
  • Ask if there costs you did not expect.

Shop for Quality and Value

Look at new homes whenever you can. Home shows and open houses sponsored by builders are good opportunities to look at homes. Model homes and houses displayed in home shows are often furnished to give you ideas for using the space. You may also ask a builder to see unfurnished homes.

When examining a home, look at the quality of the construction features. Inspect the quality of the cabinetry, carpeting, flooring and paint. Ask the builder or the builder’s representative a lot of questions. Get as many specifics as possible. If you receive the answers verbally rather than in writing, take notes. Never hesitate to ask a question. What seems like an insignificant question might yield an important answer.

Finally, you may want to visit a forum on home builders. This can reveal the best builders and it can also reveal builders that do not practice industry standards.

Guide To Selling Your Home

Selling my home Melbourne

You have gone through all the processes when you purchased your home. You probably feel like you have a handle on the property market. But, selling your property or home has its own set of circumstances and can become a stressful exercise. The following are a few tips on how to go about the procedure of putting your home up for sale.

When is the best time to sell my home?

There are multiple reasons why people decide to sell their home. Finding the right time can require some investigation on your part. Research when the housing market completes the most sales in your area. Here is a list of reasons when homeowners may want to sell

  • The family is outgrowing the size of the home
  • Alternatively, family members have moved out and its time to downsize
  • Your employment has taken you to another suburb or city
  • The positive market prices are appealing

Selling your homeHow can I find out the value of my home?

There are multiple websites that you can access to find the value of your home. You can see historical property data on the median price, annual growth, number of sales and so on. One website that offers information is Your Investment Property Here you can enter a suburb and it will automatically retrieve a host of information that you will find useful. You can research your current suburb and the suburb you are intending to move to.

How can I know if it is a seller’s market?

A typical indication would be if there is more demand for property in your suburb than there are sellers. What is the auction clearance rate and have loans fallen or risen? There is a website called the Demand to Supply to Supply Ratio. You can enter the suburb and it performs a health check.

Who is most qualified to talk too?

Obviously, a real estate agent is the first person you should contact. They will have a finger on the pulse of real estate activity in your region. They will be able to quickly tell you what price you can expect when you sell.

Real estate agent database of buyers

A good real estate agent will already have a list of potential buyers. They will match your property details with purchasers in their database. This can make the process of selling quicker and less stressful for you. This can also save you money on advertising and other associated costs. If the agent brings a buyer to you with an acceptable offer then you can sell immediately.

What are the options to sell my house?

Typically you sell your home via a private sale or you go to auction. If you are going to do a private sale then you will already have a price set for the property. From here your home can be promoted for sale through various online and print media outlets. You can advertise your selling price and negotiate with all the buyers. This type of sale could be what you want but can take longer to sell.

Alternatively, you can go to auction. This is by far the preferred avenue of selling your home.

What happens at an auction?

You have to set a reserve price. This sets a minimum price of what you are willing to accept. On the day of the auction, all potential buyers will bid on your home. If your home exceeds the reserve price then you can sell. However, if the property does not reach the reserve you have the option to negotiate with the highest bidder.

If you go to auction make sure your agent has explained to you carefully your legal obligations.

Revamp Your Garage Space

3 Ideas on How to Transform your Garage

The garage is generally one of the biggest rooms in most average-sized homes. You may notice that the majority of residents use the outdoor driving space to park their car. Inside the garage usually has an assortment of odds and ends. This can be stuff people cannot let go of. Or, sporting equipment, gardening tools, and other paraphernalia.

Most garages are cluttered and have no real organisation. Here are some ideas on how to take advantage of this large space.

Schedule a family meeting
Gather all your family members around the kitchen table. Have each member pitch their idea on how this space can be used. Make a record of the pros and cons and the estimated cost to transform your garage. Be practical and try and make this space an environment you can all share. Or, you may decide this is a space just for the kids. Alternatively, you may want a workshop, small office or games area.

3 Garage Revamp Suggestions

1. Games Room for the Kids

If you have children and have an average size home then space becomes a premium. Children like to create and have a certain amount of independence. It is not always possible to play outside because of the weather or the time of day. Why not revamp your garage into a games room. A ping pong table is a cheap game that can be used by 2 to 4 people. Add a dart board, a pinball machine, and even a soccer table. Then throw in a couple of old couches, a small fridge, and a rug. Your games room is almost complete. In addition, you can add a television that can be used for video games.
Cost? Go onto Gumtree. You will be surprised how cheap some of these items are. There were 259 couches being given away for free in Melbourne alone. Also, you can find ping-pong tables for free.

2. Home Office

Do you bring your work home with you? Or, are you a self-employed tradesman?
The garage is an ideal area to set up a small office. What you will need to run a typical small office.

  • A work desk and chair
  • Computer or use your portable laptop
  • Internet access via wi-fi or cabled into your garage
  • Electrical power boards
  • Small fridge and kettle
  • Heating and or cooling appliances
  • Storage space such as 3 drawer filing cabinet
  • Proper lighting including a desk lamp
  • Floor rug, plants, and some pictures

3. Entertainment Area

The bigger the house gets the more it costs. Included in a lot of house designs are separate entertainment rooms. These are set up as movie theatre rooms. You can convert your own garage into a full-blown entertainment zone. Obviously, you will be needing seating which can include couches and single seaters. A projector or large TV with a good sound system. This can also be used for your own karaoke system. A small fridge and kettle. Some floor fittings, pictures, and some plants.

Going Green to Sell your Home

Clean and green homes

How to make your home cleaner and greener

Gradually over the years, there has been a conscious shift towards eco-friendly house designs. Homes that are designed to minimise the impact on the environment. Homes that are clean, green and earth friendly.
Are you contemplating selling your home? If so, then think about how you can make your home “greener”. This will expand your audience of potential buyers. Which in turns gives you a better chance of the home reaching its highest value.

Solar Power

In relation to reducing your home’s impact on the earth, there can be no better alternative than solar panels. Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity which can be used to run appliances – thereby reducing the amount of energy that needs to be purchased from the grid. Generally speaking, it’s important for homes to choose a solar system sized appropriately for their situation – meaning that they can use at least 30% of the energy it produces directly.

There are three different types of household solar systems for generating electricity, they are grid-connect systems, off-grid systems, and hybrid systems. Household solar systems generally start as small as 1.5kW and can range anywhere up to 10kW and more depending on the size of the property and roof space available.

Sustainable Appliances

Start thinking medium to long-term and invest more now to get the most energy efficient appliances and fixtures. You will reap the environmental and financial benefits for years to come. Both the water 1 star to 6 stars and energy 1 star to 10 Stars rating systems use a combination of a star rating system and an energy/water consumption estimate to determine the efficiency of the appliance or fixture.

Energy labeling.

It is mandatory for all of the following electrical products sold in Australia to have an approved energy label.

  • Air Conditioners
  • Clothes Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Refrigerators and Freezers
  • Televisions
  • Washing Machines

Water labeling.

All of the following water products sold in Australia must have an approved water label.

  • Dishwashers
  • Flow Controllers
  • Showers -1 star to 3 stars
  • Tap Equipment
  • Toilet Equipment
  • Urinal Equipment
  • Washing Machines

Insulation

Insulation is designed to resist the passage of heat in various forms from one side of the material to the other. There are 3 effective kinds of insulation.

  1. Resistive insulations that resist conducted heat flow;
  2. Reflective insulations that resist radiant energy flows, and
  3. Insulations that combine the benefits of both types – these are usually the most effective overall insulations thermally.

Overall, insulation in the right place, and installed correctly, contributes a net-benefit to the performance of the building. Many insulation products will save more energy than it takes to make them in just weeks or months, as well as delivering higher levels of comfort

 

How to Decorate your Kids Bedroom

Decorating kids bedroom

Choosing the right colours and patterns for your child’s bedroom

Colours make a difference. Colours can affect our mood, none more so than that of a child. Picking the right colours can be an exciting project for you and your child. You don’t have to go with the one colour. Each wall can have its own colour variation. The ceiling can also be used to hang mobiles from.

The list below is taken from a study that indicates how colours affect a child’s mood.

Yellow: Already used as a gender-neutral colour, yellow is common in kids rooms and for good reasons. Softer shades of yellow are associated with warmth and happiness. Just be careful if you’re using bright shades, they can be overpowering and create agitation.

Orange: Is the colour of confidence, independence and extroversion, and because it’s a warm colour it also can be very relaxing. It’s a great option that will encourage your kids to become social.

Purple: If you want your kids growing up wise and creative, then purple is the selection for you. In the past, purple was a colour linked with royalty so it can also be a good colour to promote confidence.

Green: A natural Green, not surprisingly, is associated with the environment and therefore soothing for kids. Scientists also believe that this colour improves reading and comprehension skills. Just be careful with the shade you pick – some shades (like an avocado green) can be overwhelming if you use too much of it.

Add patterns to your child’s bedroom walls

Decorating kids bedroom
Now that you have selected your colours why not add some patterns. These patterns can be in the form of stick-on or an actual cut out that is fixed to the wall. See the sample image to get some ideas. As the child grows these patterns can be changed to reflect their maturity. Patterns can bring the bedroom to life. They can make the child feel a sense of happiness and security when they are in their room.

Hang mobiles from the ceiling

Depending on your child’s gender you can choose from a number of mobiles to hang from the ceiling. These mobiles can be interchangeable as the child grows. Mobiles let the child interact with their surroundings.

Decorating a child’s bedroom can provide a space where they feel comfortable. Sometimes you may need a break. By providing a bedroom that is warm and fun can help your child’s development grow. Also, your kid’s friends can come and enjoy the space which is great for social behaviour.