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Wallpaper: how to choose it and how to lay it

Francesco Riccio

Wallpaper can be a very original tool for covering the walls of the room. However, there are different types of paper on the market, each of which is characterized by different factors. That is why in this article we will try to provide a series of useful information that can be used when making a choice. Finally, we will also see how to lay the wallpaper.

How to choose wallpaper

A first element to pay attention to when choosing wallpaper is the dominant color in the environment. In these cases it is necessary to support the prevailing tone, while instead in the case in which the room is made up of neutral colors it can be useful locate an original card, such as those very shiny or with a fabric effect. In this regard, it is necessary to specify which are the different types of paper available. Here are some of them:

  • Nonwoven washable wallpaper: made of textile fibers such as silk or tone, this type of paper is very economical and resistant to both water and high temperatures. In addition to being very easy to apply and wash, it has the advantage of allowing the walls to breathe and preventing the formation of mold;
  • Vinyl wallpaper: made up of two layers of vinyl and TNT respectively, the vinyl wallpaper guarantees a long life, as well as being totally odorless. In addition, it is easily washable with water and neutral soap and can be applied and removed very easily. However, the main advantage of this type of paper is the aesthetic one: its application, in fact, allows it to provide a totally new face to the entire environment;
  • Carta da parati 3D: innovative and futuristic, this model, in addition to providing a totally new look to the environment, also makes it more spacious. The effect obtained from its application is truly original and allows you to enhance the entire apartment. Particularly effective are the models that offer optical effects, ideal for the most modern homes.
  • "Natural" wallpaper: this type of paper is certainly one of the most popular in recent years, also thanks to the growing attention to nature. It is an unprecedented but also very elegant solution.

When choosing the wallpaper, the quality of the material must also be taken into consideration, especially if it is to be applied in particular areas such as the bathroom. The last element to be evaluated concerns the reason, which can be of different types. In particular, on the market you can find both models with horizontal designs, which allow you to expand the spaces of the room, and those with vertical designs, which allow you to make the ceiling higher. In addition, there are also more original motifs, such as those in black and white, perfect for modern-style apartments, and jungle ones, to be combined especially with parquet environments.

How to lay wallpaper

Having ascertained the factors to be evaluated when choosing the wallpaper, we now need to understand how to lay it on the walls. This operation varies according to the type of paper and glue used. In general, a first step is to take the measurements, in order to understand how many rolls to get. After that, you have to proceed by carrying out the grouting of the wall, unless the wall is new. In the latter case, it may be useful to apply a further coat of glue. Precisely with regard to the glue, some factors must be carefully evaluated during the choice, such as the lack of toxic or polluting substances.

At this point, you can proceed with the application of the wallpaper. To get a more precise result, it can be useful to cut it into sheets and start the application from the edges. Then, you have to apply the glue on the paper and glue it with a plumb line, being careful not to create bubbles or irregularities. To do this, you need to get a roller as well. Finally, the strips must be placed next to each other, making sure to match the patterns.

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4 design elements that cannot be missing in your home

Francesco Riccio

Furnishing a home means paying attention to every little detail. On the other hand, this is the environment in which you will spend most of your life and it is essential to make it as comfortable as possible. About that, It is very important to place design elements in the various rooms that allow you to customize your home. That is why in this article we will try to provide some design ideas that cannot be missing in your home.

Ceiling plants

Let's start with the first design element, that is the ceiling plants. This is a very popular solution in recent years, thanks also to the increase in sensitivity towards the environment. Inserting elements that refer to sustainability is a great way not only to give a green touch to your home, but also to obtain numerous benefits from a psychological point of view: to have plant ceiling in your apartment allows you to reduce stress and increase your self-esteem.

Furthermore, plants purify the air and reduce noise, thanks to the fact that they are sound absorbing. But where to insert the ceiling plants? One room where they could be particularly effective is the bedroom, but in reality they can easily fit into any other room.

Coffee tables and carpets

Among the furnishing elements that cannot be missing inside a house, there are also tables and carpets. These are two components that, in addition to being very useful, if positioned in the right way, can make the difference in an environment. There are many models of coffee tables on the market to choose from. To get a good result you need to opt for a coffee table that has adequate dimensions and proportionate to the sofa. At the same time, the shape and style must be adapted to the rest of the furniture. The same goes for colors and materials as well.
As for the rugs, however, the choice is much freer. You just need a lot of creativity to choose the model that best suits your tastes.

Space for books

The bookcase is a design element chosen by many people to make their home truly unique. Obviously, the choice must be made on the basis of the characteristics of the apartment. For example, for particularly large living rooms, you can also use an equipped wall made up of a large bookcase. Conversely, for those who do not have a lot of space, they can opt for one frestanding bookcase, models that can be inserted in any environment without being too bulky.

As for the materials, also in this case the choice is very wide and varies according to the house. For those who want to create contemporary and modern environments, they can turn to metal models, while those who prefer the vintage style can choose a bookcase made of wood.

Technological appliances

Today, the production of technological objects is based not only on the goal of ensuring maximum functionality and efficiency, but also on the aim of making the object a real design element. This is the case not only of devices for daily use, such as the smartphone, for example, but also of latest generation appliances. There are many on the market, many of which are truly innovative. Precisely the latter are perfect to be used inside the home as design elements.

Home automation: how to transform your home into a 'Smart Home'

Francesco Riccio

The concept of home automation is becoming more and more central in people's daily lives. Making your home smarter and more autonomous is a popular choice. On the other hand, the benefits deriving from the application of new technologies inside a home are many. Later we will try to understand specifically what home automation is, what its advantages are and, above all, what are the steps to make your home smarter.

What is home automation and what are the advantages?

The term home automation refers to the set of technological devices used inside a house in order to increase the level of comfort and efficiency. This is a concept that has spread especially in recent years, in parallel with the development of smart technologies.

The spread of this phenomenon is justified by the many advantages it is able to provide. Indeed, through the integration between the various systems and installations of a home it is possible to make daily life much easier by remotely controlling lighting, heating, appliances, garden irrigation, opening and closing doors and even security and alarm systems.

However, many people choose home automation for an economic question: a smart and efficient home also involves lower costs in the bill, as the waste of energy is significantly reduced. All of this clearly has a positive impact on the environment as well.

Among the best known tools in this area are the smart speaker, now present in all homes. However, there are many other devices that can be very useful. Let's see some examples together.

Smart irrigation

The smart system allows you to remotely control the garden irrigation control units via your smartphone. By doing so, it will be possible not only to make this activity more practical, but it will also be possible optimize water consumption and avoid waste. In fact, the system allows you to set the activation and deactivation of the irrigation system only at certain times of the day. It must be said, however, that, among the smart tools, the one relating to irrigation is probably the least used and known.

Smart motorized shutters

Among the elements of a home that are part of home automation there are also motorized shutters. These are very useful tools that can be lowered very easily through the application installed on your smartphone. Furthermore, it is also possible to activate the automatic function, which allows you to close or open the shutters based on the time and amount of light present outside.

Smart tools for security

The origins of the home automation concept are closely linked to the security field. In fact, at the beginning of this phenomenon there was a tendency to mainly use devices capable of controlling one's home and protecting it from malicious people. Just think for example of video surveillance systems or all videocytophony.

However, with the passage of time these tools have become increasingly sophisticated and allow access to many other functions. For example, today it is possible to control the interior of your home even thousands of km away from it, through your smartphone. Furthermore, in recent years the smart lock, which in case of intrusion send an alarm.

Lighting

Through home automation technology it is possible to control any type of light inside your home. In particular, you can not only turn them on and off, but also adjust the intensity and color.

How to transform a normal system into home automation

To make your home smart it is necessary to transform your electrical system, in order to make it capable of controlling the technological devices we mentioned earlier. But how is this operation done? First of all, the intervention of a specialized technician is required, who must carry out an analysis of the system both to understand how to transform the system and to draw up a quote.

After that, you have to start with the replacement work, starting from the unthreading and replacement of the cables. At this stage, the technician must check if there is corrugated pipe, and then proceed with the unthreading of the cables and their replacement with the bus cable, which allows you to connect the control unit and the devices. At this point, we generally proceed with the masonry work to allow the creation of the traces, which are used to pass the bus cables. Now, you can continue with the installation of the smart devices and connect them to the control unit and the application. The process is over, but before starting to enjoy your smart home, you must have a certification issued by the technician certifying the compliance of the system with the requirements imposed by law.

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