5 Quick Ways to Make a Room Feel Bigger

While homes are bigger than ever, averaging about 2,600 square feet, it’s possible that after using a house payment calculator, that you’ll find you can’t afford the amount of square footage you were hoping for. The better news is that there are plenty of ways to make a room look and feel much bigger than it is so that you don’t have to go over your budget. While vaulted ceilings and multiple windows are the most helpful in making a room seem larger, that might be impossible to accomplish, or simply too expensive to afford. 

These five inexpensive options are all quick and easy ways to make a room feel bigger.

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Mirrors

Mirrors reflect light, creating a brighter space that can make it feel a lot bigger than it is. Hang mirrors directly across from windows to get the maximum amount of natural light. Choose a variety of mirrors in different shapes throughout your home. You might hang them above your fireplace mantle, over dressers, or any empty wall where you might have placed a piece of art instead.

Use Light

Just as you use mirrors to create more light in any room, all types of lights can be used to brighten it and make it appear much larger. Be sure that you have an adequate amount of ceiling fixtures, floor and table lamps. Recessed lighting can be the ideal option for making a room feel larger without using up space – they can be installed in the ceiling, providing lots of light without taking up the table or floor space.

Color Scheme

Avoid painting the room using any dark color, which can actually make a small space feel even smaller. Use neutral paint for your walls and choose furniture in a lighter color palette, which helps to brighten your space and create the feeling of a much larger room. If you must use dark colors in your design, keep them to a few simple accent pieces, such as your rug or an ottoman.

Create Height

Create height in your room by installing a vertical planked wall, painting vertical stripes, or using tall window coverings. You can add height to your room in other ways too, such as drawing the eyes of guests upwards with a statement chandelier, ceiling mural, or faux beams.

Avoid Clutter

Don’t make your space feel even smaller with clutter, oversized furniture, and general disorganization. The smaller the room is, the more important that it’s free from clutter, junk, and knickknacks. Think minimalist look, aiming to keep your design simple with only a few accent pieces. Just one example is instead of creating a gallery wall, consider one piece of framed art that really makes a statement.

How To Instill a Love for the Arts in Your Children

Being a parent is a big responsibility. You want to prepare your children for everything they will encounter in life. How do you prepare them to enjoy their lives? Introducing them to the arts can ignite their passions and help them explore a world of possibilities.

Visit a Museum

No matter where you live, there are probably many museums within half a day’s drive or less. Museums are great places to learn about history, science, and art. Many museums also have sections that cater to children, offering hands-on experiences or art classes. Look for exhibits that mirror your children’s interests or those that can introduce them to entirely new concepts. A museum can be a place where they learn more about what they already know and discover whole new worlds.

Explore an Instrument

Learning to play a musical instrument has a lot of benefits. Playing an instrument uses different parts of the brain, which can lead to increased focus and improved cognitive reasoning. The main benefit of learning an instrument, however, is that it can be a path to discovering a lifelong love of music. Look for music lessons Boston to help your children find an instrument they adore.

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Enroll in Dance Classes

Dance is fun to watch. It can be even more fun to participate. Learning to dance can improve your children’s coordination and increase the mind-body connection. Start by finding age-appropriate performances to attend with your children. See which dance styles they seem to like the most. Then you can find dance classes in those styles. 

Teaching your children to appreciate the arts can have significant benefits to their cognitive, social and emotional development. Introducing your children to the arts can arouse a passion for life in them. They may even decide they want to pursue a particular type of art themselves. 

Paw-some Party of The Year: Celebrating 15 Years of Mouse-terful Storytelling at the Geronimo Stilton Convention 2.0

Press Release:

MANILA, MAY 15 : Holey cheese — the worldwide bestselling children series Geronimo Stilton by Scholastic is celebrating its grand 15th anniversary! Marking the historic occasion, the Geronimo Stilton Convention 2.0 is coming to town on May 25, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm at Atrium 1, Level 2, The Podium. So put those party hats on and get ready to have a “mice” time, because everyone is invited!

Exclusive for one day only, the Geronimo Stilton Convention 2.0 offers families all around a wholesome experience with plenty whisker-licking-good activities. Kids can bring their inner Picasso in the On-the-Spot Art Contest or stand a chance to win the Cosplay Contest when they come as their favourite Geronimo Stilton character. For a jumping-good-time, kids can spend the afternoon in the Bouncy “Cheeseball” Pit, an inflatable castle ready to be conquered!

Also not to be missed is the Book Discussion of “My Favorite Geronimo Stilton Adventure” for kids to share their own unforgettable Geronimo moments with other fans of the series. Packing a paw-erful punch, the fun continues with Face-Painting, Photo Booth, Parlor Games and a yummy Snack Bar. The party of the year will also feature a Celebrity Appearance of Geronimo and Thea Stilton in a special musical number, shaking and grooving with their “cheesy” dance moves. As a memento, fans can also get their book copies stamped by Geronimo and The Stilton themselves!

An award-winning Ratitzer Prize author, Geronimo Stilton runs The Rodent’s Gazette, Mouse Island’s most famouse newspaper. Geronimo can be a scaredy mouse at times, but that does not stop his daring escapades across the globe (and other realms too)!  Geronimo writes the Geronimo Stilton series to share his funny adventures with young readers around the world.

Each book is fast-paced, filled with lively art and a unique format kids 7-10 will love. Commenting on his book, Geronimo said, “They are whisker-licking good stories, and that’s a promise!”; his eyes gleaming with excitement. Plus, it sure makes learning English as enjoyable as chewing off a large chunk of cheese!

The series was first published in 2000 in Italian with the English version being published in 2004 by Scholastic Corporation, and since then has been entertaining children the world over with his amazing adventures. Together with his sister Thea, cousin Trap and nephew Benjamin, Geronimo Stilton exposes kids to different cultures in his quest for the latest scoop. To date, Geronimo Stilton has written seventy-two (72) internationally bestselling books and 7 spin-off series titles all based on his most exciting escapades. His sister Thea also has her own popular books based on her life as a photojournalist!Don’t miss the paw-some party of the year! To join the Geronimo Stilton Convention 2.0, simply present any Geronimo Stilton book purchased from National Book Store, Powerbooks, NBS Express and online at www.nationalbookstore.com; upon registration at the venue. The Geronimo Stilton Convention 2.0 is co-organized by Scholastic Asia, National Book Store, Powerbooks and The Podium.

Increased Patient Comfort With Open MRI Scanners

When a doctor needs a better look inside the body, they may rely on an MRI scanner. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a radiation-free technique that produces quality diagnostic images using only radio waves and a magnetic field. While MRI scanners come in both closed and open varieties, the open variety has become more popular in recent years. Both closed and open MRI scanners diagnose a variety of diseases, but there are benefits for the patient when having an MRI performed in an open scanner.

Minimizes Patient Claustrophobia

The original design of the MRI scanner is a narrow tube-like structure that the patient is placed inside for the exam. The enclosed walls can increase anxiety in a claustrophobic patient. The open MRI does not enclose the patient, allowing a more relaxed exam and faster access for the medical personnel if there are any complications.

Increases the Exam Area

The open MRI allows a patient of any size to be imaged, allowing for better diagnostics across a community. The larger area also allows for body parts to be better positioned inside the machine, allowing for better quality images.

Minimizes Noise

An MRI scanner produces loud sounds for the majority of the process and most patients are given earplugs to protect their hearing. With the open MRI, the level of noise directly on the patient is decreased, minimizing the risk of hearing damage.

Decreases Metal Interference

Due to the strong magnetic field, there are restrictions on the type of patient that can have an MRI inside a closed scanner. The magnetic force within the scanner will pull on metal objects on or within the body. Compared to closed, open MRI scanners use less magnetic strength for imaging, creating fewer risks for patients who may have metal implants.

While doctors want the best diagnostic image possible, patient comfort is also important. Open MRIs allow a patient to have a more pleasant experience and allow the doctor to perform accurate diagnostic medicine.

4 Essential Driving Safety Tips Every Young Driver Needs to Be Aware Of

When it comes to driving, one can never be too safe. That is why it is always advisable to take the necessary precautions while on the road, especially when you are still a young driver. Here are four essential driving safety tips to have in mind when you are still new at driving.

1. Know Your Vehicle

Before driving any vehicle, you need to familiarize yourself with it and this includes learning about its controls. Learn about the signal lights and where they are located and make sure the lights in the car are all function as intended. If the police pull you over, they may request to see whether all our lights are functioning, so you need to confirm these issues ahead of time.

Not knowing how your vehicle functions can result in unforeseeable events such as accidents. As a result, you will also need to know what steps to take when an accident occurs. You can follow this link to learn more about car accidents and what to do when they occur.

2. Have Maps in Your Car

If you will be driving out of town, you need to have road maps with you. You may think you know the routes to your destination, but it is not difficult to get lost when driving, particularly if you have always been the passenger. As a driver, you will definitely see things a little different from how you have been seeing them as a passenger. With a map, you’ll be in a position to know where you are when you get lost. As a result, you will be able to a familiar road or location.

3. Safety Kit

As a young inexperienced driver, it is imperative to have a safety kit with you at all times. This kit should include items such as batteries, flashlights, road flares, spare tire, jumper cables, among other essential tools. You also need to carry a couple of water bottles, a blanket, and some snacks so you may be stuck on the road for a long time when incidents take place. Moreover, do not forget to take your cellphone with you everywhere you go as this could come in handy when you get stuck in the middle of nowhere.

4. Avoid Using Cellphones While Driving

When driving, do not use your cellphone. This is quite dangerous and could result in a serious accident. Even when you are confident you can multitask, it is impossible to concentrate on different things at the same time. You need to ensure that you concentrate on your driving and avoid talking on your mobile phone. Also, you should avoid sending or reading texts when driving. A lot of young people get killed every year because their eyes were diverted from the road.

Final Word

As soon as you get your driver’s license, you can enjoy your new found freedom on the road as long as you ensure you are careful. Follow the pointers above to avoid unnecessary incidents on the road. In case of an accident, do not forget to contact a car accident attorney to get all the assistance you need.