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. 

Chairs, Living Room, Table, Contemporary, Furniture

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

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.

Lactose Intolerance: What is it?

Imagine if you can’t drink milk, eat yogurt, cheese, ice cream, chocolate, cake, and more! Now wouldn’t that be sad? 

Ice, Ice Cream, Ice Cream Flavors

Well, some people aren’t able to eat or drink those foods. Those people are lactose intolerant, which means they can’t eat anything with lactose, which is in most dairy products.

Lactose intolerance is a disorder in which you cannot eat anything with lactose, because the person with lactose intolerance does not make enough of the enzyme lactase that is necessary for digesting lactose.

Symptoms

Lactose intolerance causes different symptoms that include

  • diarrhea
  • bloating
  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • farting
Abdominal Pain, Pain, Appendicitis, Bloating

How to avoid the symptoms

Don’t eat/drink too much food/drink with lactose. When you eat/drink food/drink with lactose, eat or drink something without lactose with it. Or try to look for a lactose-free version of that food or drink.

Almond, Almond Milk, Bottle, Bowl, Brown

How to know if you are lactose intolerant

Don’t eat/drink anything with lactose for a few days, and then drink a few glasses of milk. If the symptoms occur, then you might be lactose intolerant. Or better yet, go to a doctor and ask for a lactose intolerance test.

Lactose Intolerance isn’t bad

Lactose Intolerance isn’t bad.

It just means you can’t eat anything with lactose without the symptoms occurring. But you CAN look for a lactose free version, like I said a while ago.

Soy Milk, Soy, Soybean, Soy-Milk

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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.

What is Premises Liability and Why Should You Care?

Property owners often have a legal responsibility for people who are on their property. They could potentially be held liable for any injuries or mishaps which occur to people whilst on that property. This is known as premises liability.

What is a Premises Liability?

Premises liability covers people being injured on a property. If this injury is caused by the conduct (or misconduct) of the owner, they are always liable. Conduct refers to how the property is managed and maintained. Basically, any potential hazards should have clear warning signs and other safety features in place. For example, if a dangerous area can be readily accessed by the public and somebody is injured in there, this is owner misconduct and the owner is liable.

The line between what does or doesn’t construe misconduct can be a little vague and open to interpretation. When deciding on a case, the court would take a number of factors into account, including the reason the person was there. If misconduct on the owner’s side is clear or easy to prove, then they can be held liable regardless of who the person is.

However, there are cases where it matters who the person is and why they are on the property. It’s difficult to figure exactly what duty of care extends to each circumstance but an attorney can help you work out the specifics of this law within your jurisdiction. Injury attorney Ken Wilhelm is one I’ve had contact with before though there are other options too.

Invitee’s

There are times when a person may be hurt on your property and you aren’t liable. We’ve already covered misconduct but you can be held liable for injuries caused to people on your property even if you are cleared of misconduct. This usually happens when you have invited somebody into the property. The reason why that happens doesn’t matter – it can be for personal or professional reasons, either way, the owner has a duty to warn you of any hazards and keep you as safe as reasonably possible.

Protection for an ‘invitee’ extends to anybody who accompanies them, including children. Always be aware that children can pose an extra hazard as they are less aware of the danger and more likely to wander.

Uninvited Licensee

Beyond this category, there is the ‘uninvited licensee’, which is a person who has access to the property with the knowledge and permission of the owner. The owner has a duty to disclose any dangers to this person as well and also to maintain the property to a minimum standard.

Trespassers

In the event of an uninvited visitor, or in other words a trespasser, there is less responsibility on the property owner. In fact, the only responsibility generally considered is that to avoid causing wanton harm to the trespasser.

One note – this situation is for undiscovered trespassers. If you happen to discover a trespasser in your property, you must immediately warn them of any hazards or dangers and the same level of care is expected as for an ‘uninvited licensee’.

How to Choose the Right Single Sink for Your Bathroom

If you’ve never chosen a sink before you’re unlikely to understand the amount of work that goes into the process of making this decision. With the average bathroom renovation costing 5 figures, you don’t want to get it wrong either. Today we’re going to look at the biggest considerations for sink choices. We’ll be working off the assumption that you’re using a single sink, as this is most common. The advice is easily adaptable to multi-basin setups as well though.

Types of Sink

The first big choice is what type of sink you want. Here’s a quick rundown of the main ones.

Drop in sinks are those which sit inside a countertop with the top part visible just above it. The sink is literally placed in the top of the counter, giving it the ‘drop in’ name. These are the most common types of sink.

Undermount sinks are fitted in the same kind of location as a drop in – the top of a cabinet. This time though, they’re fitted entirely from underneath the counter surface, being mounted beneath it. The finished look leaves a flat countertop which can be easily wiped, with any bits falling into the sink.

Wall Mounted sinks ignore the cabinet entirely and are directly attached to the wall. This can be great if targeting a specific style in your bathroom, or if floor space is an issue for you.

Pedestal sinks are those which don’t have a cabinet, but which stand on a ‘column’. This column usually hides the pipework, making this type of sink less work than something like a wall mounted one. It gives you more floor space than a cabinet too, so it can be a good middle ground.

Vessel sinks are custom designed creations which come with their own specially designed faucets. These can be almost any shape, size or design so they’re perfect for anybody wanting to build a perfect, stylish bathroom and who has the budget to afford one.

Vanity sinks are like a mid-point between a drop in and an undermount sink. It uses the top of the cabinet as the top of the sink, so the sink is usually built in as part of the cabinet top. This gives the best of both worlds but can cost a little extra too. Places like Unique Vanities give a good range of sinks like this and other styles.

Material

The material of your sink has a big effect on how it looks in your bathroom too. The look is usually the biggest factor but budget plays a part too. Different materials do have different characteristics too. Cast iron tends to be heavy and very hard-wearing, capable of standing up to a lot of damage without showing any marks or deformation. Porcelain is a lot easier to clean, but at the price of being more fragile than iron – although it usually won’t be an issue if you’re sensible.

Stone or granite sinks are also very durable and have a more unique appearance, while there are other specialist materials for different appearances as well, including fireclay and tempered glass designs. Of course, the old stainless steel sink works just fine for many bathrooms too.

Faucet Setup

Depending on your choice in a sink, you may need to modify your faucet setup as well. An under-mounted sink usually needs separate faucets for example, whilst a wall mounted one will need a wall mounted faucet to go with it.

Once you have the location decided, you still need to pick the faucets. Again, the material is important as is the choice of having separate faucets or mixer tap. The design of faucet should also be compatible with the sink you’ve chosen – remember that some special designs, like the vanity styles, might need a certain faucet to work properly.