How to decorate a Nigerian Home in 8 steps

How do you make your space look its best while reflecting your personal sense of style? Moving into a new home can be one of life’s great joys, but it can also be a time of uncertainty, especially when it comes to decorating. Do it well and you’ll end up with a comfortable, happy home. Do it poorly and you’ll end up with a hodge-podge of furniture, fabrics and paint colors that never congeal into a pleasing whole. With a little planning, and by following the same steps used by professional interior designers, you’ll have a much greater chance of success.  

Here are 8 steps to follow when decorating a Nigerian home.

  1. Don’t be in a hurry to buy furniture.

Don’t go shopping in a panic, just because you have an empty home. Yes, you need a sofa. But if you pick the blue-striped coral sofa just because you like it in the store, without taking measurements or thinking about the rest of the room, you’re stuck with it. The rest of the room will have to be built around that sofa, and if it’s too large for the space it will look awkward. 

Start in the room you’re looking to furnish, armed with a measuring tape and a notepad. 

  • Know Your Measurements

Matching the scale of furniture to the scale of a room is critical. Before you start designing, measure the length and width of each room you intend to decorate, along with the ceiling height and elements that could get in the way – stairs, columns, radiators and other obstructions. A deep sectional sofa can easily overpower a small room and svelte chairs can get lost in a wide-open loft. It’s also a good idea to measure window openings, along with the wall space below, above and to the sides of each one, to get ready for window coverings. 

Carefully measuring your space can help avoid such as buying sofas that don’t fit in the room, sofas that don’t fit through doorways, tables that are too small, desks that are too big, nightstands that hang into the doorway.

  • Make a Floorplan

Once you have the measurements of your room, it’s time to put them to use with a floor plan that gives you a bird’s eye view of the entire home.

One option is to draw a floor plan the old-fashioned way, with paper, a pencil and a ruler. However, most professional designers use drafting software like AutoCAD. In between those two extremes are apps that aim to make it easy for homeowners to create simple floor plans (some even automate measurements with your smartphone’s camera, but double-check those numbers), including MagicplanFloor Plan Creator and RoomScan Pro.

Once you have the outline of the space, start experimenting with the placement of furniture, making sure that the footprint of each piece is scaled to match the size of the drawing. 

  • Decide How You Want to Live

This is the tricky part, and there are no right or wrong answers. Rooms can be traditional or modern, formal or relaxed, and visually warm or cool. “To the best of your ability, you have to try to discern how you would like to live in a given space,” said Ms. Hampton. “What will you be doing? How many people live there? Are there children? What are your ambitions for how you would like to live?” 

The decoration of a home for someone who regularly hosts large dinner parties, for instance, should be different from a home for someone who eats out at restaurants every night. The person who plans to host lavish fundraisers should have a different living room than the person who dreams only of crashing in front of the TV. 

  • Imitate the Pros

Look in design books and magazines, as well as at online resources like HouzzPinterest and Instagram to sharpen your personal style. “Figure out the style that you respond to most,” said Brad Ford, an interior designer in New York City, and develop a dossier of favorite images. 

Once you have images you like, study the details, advised Mr. Kleinberg. “See where pattern is used versus where solids are used, and where color can be used successfully or not,” he said. It will also help inform everything from the type of furniture you might like to a potential strategy for window coverings.  

  • Tape It Out on the Actual Floor

To take ideas on a floor plan one step farther, use painter’s tape in the real space to outline where furniture will be placed on floors and against walls. 

“We use blue tape on the floor to box out different elements,” said Anne Maxwell Foster, an owner of the New York interior design firm Tilton Fenwick. “Where will the rug be? Does it need to be cut? How far is the coffee table coming out? Even though we have everything down to a sixteenth of an inch on a furniture plan, there’s something helpful about visualizing it in the space, and being able to walk around.”

  • Create a Budget

There’s no getting around the math: If you splurge on an unexpectedly expensive chair, you’ll have less money available for the rest of the home. “You want to make sure you’re being strategic about how you spend your money,” said Mr. Ford. “A budget gives you a roadmap for how to divide the costs of things between rooms.” You can still make an exception if you find a one-of-a-kind dining table, he noted, but in order to pay for it you have be thoughtful about where else you can cut back. 

  • Plan the Phases

Finishing drywall, refinishing hardwood floors and painting ceilings is all messy work. If at all possible, it’s better to have this type of work completed before moving any furniture or accessories into the space.

Choosing the Right Tiles and Colour

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT TILES AND COLOUR

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Your building project and renovations are coming on nicely; all you need to do is to choose a tile design that would be as close to the extraordinary design you have in mind. Easy peasy right? But then again, you are flooded with a lot of options and suddenly you have no idea what you want anymore.  At this point, your perceived creativity is running out fast. Okay. You need to calm down at this point. It is a known fact that choosing tiles elements and placement while building or renovating a house can be a daunting task. Luckily, we have compiled this list that contains everything you need to know about choosing tiles, pricing of tiles in Nigeria and tips for choosing the right tile fit.

You need to keep several factors in mind such as the space of the room, the room theme and the style of available fixtures. Your style needs to work together with the other factors in the room.
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CHOOSING SIZES

Conveniently, there are a variety of tiles starting from the small 3’’8 slab tiles to 24”48 slab tiles and a host of other sizes in between. It is observable though that there is a recent shift from smaller tiles to emphasis on large tiles.

You need to know what effect you want to achieve. Do you want to exude warmth, space or serenity?  If you want a room to appear larger, you might want to consider using larger tiles as it gives the semblance of a larger space and makes it appear larger.
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CHOOSING COLOURS

The colours of the tiles in a room can make or mar it. Have you ever entered a room and your first instinct was that it gave off a certain aura that is not quite right? It could most likely be the colours the room emits.  Colours have rules too! It is important to strike a balance between your personal taste and your colour choices. Hence, it is advisable to choose the colour of your tiles yourself before installation.
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CHOOSING QUALITY

It might be slightly difficult to physically to tell which tile is superior in quality, especially with the influx of substandard materials in the market, it is always advisable to buy your tiles from reputable stores that are recognized with quality products, such as this.

If there be any other questions about tiles, uses and purchases, you can comment below or send inquires here.

If you are in Abuja, Lagos or Kaduna and you want tiles that will be true value for your money, you can visit any of our offices
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The Beauty of Steam Showers

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Picture this: After a long day of work and stress, you return home, your nerves are on edge and your body demands relaxation. You step into the shower and let the water and steam do its magic. If you prefer, you add a glass of wine, some good music and get into proper meditation and relaxation mode. You feel your body regaining its strength and all your stress washing away.  That is the magic of steam showers.
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Homeowners, these days, are choosing to recreate this type of indulgence in their homes without visiting a spa. They are ditching regular bathroom fixtures and choosing bathroom fixtures that have additional benefits. After all, it is not enough to have your bath; it should be an added experience.
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The features of these steam showers would leave anyone daydreaming.

First, there is the elegant look of it. It is royal, it is regal, it is beautiful, and it speaks of class and everything modern. Trust me, you’d enjoy having this piece of eye candy in your bathroom.

Also, steam showers are known to incorporate features of the regular steam room and bathroom shower. There are handheld showers just like the regular bathroom fixture and in some units, there are also ceiling shower, in case you want to make it rain. If you are feeling adventurous, there is also a whirlpool bath to take you over the edge.

There is also a fan in the room, so you don’t choke. It would be hot and relaxing inside the steam shower, but there would still be a circulation of oxygen to keep you alive and refreshed.

Then there is the major component, the steam generator itself. There is no steam shower without a steam generator. This machine enables the steam showers to produce steam.

Another major component included is the control panel. It contains the controls to all the features in the steam shower. It is convenient and easy to operate. Everything you need is literally one button away. Bliss!
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Amongst the numerous benefits, steam showers are known to improve the immune and cardiovascular systems, alleviate common cold symptoms, and are used for weight loss and detoxification programs. It is great for stress relief, pain reduction, loosening and tightening of muscles.

The price of steam shower in Nigeria varies from 620,000 Naira to 2,000,000 Naira, depending on the features, style and functions.

You can view check out different varieties of steam shower here.

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