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“Time passes inexorably, it passes between the noise and the rush and we do not notice it, because we rarely stop to listen to the silence” (Romano Battaglia)

With this phrase we begin this article. And it seems very true to us. Time passes for everyone … and for everything. Although we do not realize it, time also passes for our homes and from time to time they even seem to want to remember it.

Moisture, plugs, chips in the walls, taps, pipes, blinds, repairs in the parquet … There are countless small imbalances that can occur over the years and would not “pass the ITV” to our house.

Perhaps that is the main reason to start a reform at home. But there are also others: that the current regulations change, because the family expands, decides to buy more modern furniture or simply because we want to relocate the rooms. In Sky Marketing we bring you the most useful tips so that the reform can be carried out with the best professionals and without it becoming an exorbitant price.

Analyze every inch of your home

In most cases it is essential to prioritize in an orderly manner according to the needs we have depending on the result we want to obtain for our space. First of all, we have to observe how the facilities are (pipes, insulation, lighting, etc.) to know if, at a safety and comfort level, we are covered. If so, we can go on to decorate or redesign the environment of each of the rooms or create new spaces with the aim of increasing the exploitation of the house. For this, we will need the help of a professional who outlines the idea that we want to carry out.

Home Staging. What is it?

Some of you may not yet know what this term is. And in fact, you are considering the reform to get the house ready in a correct way in case you want to sell or rent it.

We therefore advise you to read the article in which we talked about what Home Staging is and how it can help you sell your home. It is about making small touches in the house at a technical or aesthetic level so that it has a much more attractive appearance for the buyer: lighting, decoration, repair, small breakdowns, use of spaces, etc. … And for this it is better to tell with an external and professional vision that is in charge of the recommendations.

Adjust your budget to reality

To begin the reform, once we are very clear about what we want to do, the logical thing is to start asking for a budget from different companies so that you can have a broad comparison of prices and services. At Sky Marketing we advise that the final decision to choose a budget is neither the cheapest nor the most expensive, because, if there is a very noticeable difference in prices, the cheap one can be a noisy chaos and the expensive one a budget that, at the same time better, you did not plan to spend. Thus, when you choose that option, study the technical file of the company and previous jobs, to see if it is the right one.

Update yourself with the current regulations in Madrid

Once you have chosen the team that will work on the reform in your home, you will have to see with them what are the regulations and licenses that you will need to carry out the works. The first thing is to recognize if your house is in protected areas (streets with special protection, historic centers, etc.) and to know what structural elements you can reform and get the relevant permits (Major or minor Construction License, depending on the reform, for example). Our desire is that the reform is carried out without problems or infractions, so it is vitally important to take into account this advice that we bring you.

How can we save something in our reform?

First of all, just as you find out about current regulations, incidentally, it would be advisable to find out about subsidies for home renovation. In the Housing Portal of the Community of Madrid, we can find what type of tax deductions we could get depending on the nature of our reform (improvement works, rehabilitation or adaptation works for the disability) and the application of a reduced VAT (10% ) to all those people who meet the requirements that are requested. On the other hand, if we talk about a redesign of a room with furniture, we can also echo those portals that have purchase and sale of furniture at a more affordable price.

In any case, it would be advisable to contact professionals who know how to manage your renovation responsibly in order to achieve a remarkable result. At deplace we offer a renovation service and you can request your budget without obligation so that you can get the renovation you dream of.

 

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The best ideas of Christmas decorations for the house

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The temperatures drop, the winter clothes arrive and the shopping does not stop. Yes, it is Christmas time! At this time of year, our creativity reappears and we get down to work with Christmas decorations for the house, like setting up the tree or hanging up the Christmas stockings. We have many more original ideas that you can use to get your house ready for the holidays.

In this article we collect the best Christmas trends so that you do not miss any decorative detail for your home this Christmas.

What if I prefer not to decorate my house too much at Christmas?

Christmas is here and with it comes the trees, the ribbons, the decorations, the lights… Are you supposed to put all this up? Do not let stress win the game to start all the Christmas decorations for the house and as a result, lose the festive spirit. Pick some ideas and adapt them to your liking. They will bring you an air of renewal and joy. Pay attention to our recommendations!

Christmas decoration trends 2018

Each family has unique ways of celebrating Christmas, so be creative and put your ingenuity to work so that your way of decorating is original.

A personal touch is always in style, so it’s no wonder that decorating experts have listed it as one of the top holiday decorating trends for 2018.

It does not matter if you personalize the Christmas decoration with ornaments, if you make crafts or family photos. It is normal for people to add elements to their Christmas decorations to make the Christmas decorations their own and different from the rest.

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Christmas hacks for small flats

Decorating small spaces can be one of the most complicated tasks. However, it is not something you should worry about as it is not essential to hang lights in your house or put reindeer in the front yard. It is much easier to give your home a Christmas touch.

  • Small tree. It has a great Christmas charm without hardly taking up space and with a lovely pine scent. It adapts to any space in your house such as the living room, dining room, etc.
  • Put up Christmas lights whenever you can. On the terrace, around the windows, framing the front door. . . You can always find a place to hang a couple of lines of lights.
  • Put up an allegorical cushion or two. A cushion is a small item that will not pose a storage problem.
  • Stick Christmas cards on the fridge. If you’ve kept them for all these years, why not put them to good use?
  • If you have a mantel, hang stockings or garlands. This is a simple and classic decoration that almost instantly transforms your home.
  • At the very least, get yourself a flower crown. If none of the other tips above are for you, maybe a little subtle greenery at the front door is right for you.

Try embracing different color schemes.

Christmas decorations are not just limited to red and green. Try different color combinations that are still festive but unique.

What is going to be a big hit this 2018 is the pastel color scheme. The Christmas tree will be more fun with such festive colors as pink, fuchsia, blue, green and white. Gold stars add glamor to the decor.

Neutral colors are quite useful if you want a modern and elegant Christmas atmosphere, we suggest that a good choice will be to combine a minimalist Christmas tree ornament with ornaments of neutral colors. What is neutral? With neutral we refer to those ornaments that combine with the decoration of the house, in subtle colors such as white, gray and beige.

Renew the crown

Green crowns are not the only way to go. Natural elements such as pineapples and berries can be added. Incorporating rustic elements into the holiday décor creates a homely and eco-friendly feel.

Try adding additional non-traditional ornaments of any size and color for a modern version of the crowns, personalizing it can make it very special.

Get smart with kids

Assemble the Christmas decorations for your home with your family but don’t forget the little ones, they will be able to help you. How?

  • You can add reindeer antlers to almost any object, try it!
  • Make a snowman out of your fridge. It’s super easy and fun, just add the carrot nose, trimmed twig arms, and body buttons. You will have a great time both adults and children!
  • And if you can’t make a snowman, any white object can become a snowman! If you decorate it, you can install it in any corner of your house. It is very easy and your children will enjoy it.

Go ahead and recycle!

There are many simple and not too complicated crafts. Consider some of the ones that we propose below:

  • Trimmed snowflakes, this is not just for kids it requires the company of an adult. Hanging a few large snowflakes over the dining room table can be a stylish and decorative option.
  • Use scraps of the leftover wrapping paper to create a wreath. With a pinch of creativity you can create a truly unique and amazing Christmas piece.
  • Make backdrops out of printed pages from books or sheet music. Use papier-mâché and a little glitter to create a truly unique ornament for the tree.
  • Turn the pine cones into mini Christmas trees. Glue a star to the top and place the pinecone at the foot of the candles to create a pretty table centerpiece.

Bring Christmas to the kitchen

Why not bring the Christmas atmosphere to the kitchen? During the holidays, the family spends a lot of time preparing food, dinner … For this reason, it is worth adding the kitchen to our list when we plan to decorate the house for Christmas.

  • Consider a small Christmas tree (something light, maybe hanging) for the kitchen island or hanging some wreaths.
  • As a centerpiece according to the festivities, you can use traditional nuts of these dates such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and a Christmas symbol such as pineapples or candles in different shades.
  • Try to use the kitchen utensils that you have been buying or that have been given to you or that are old and decorate them. For example, a kitchen grater can be turned into a vase for a Christmas arrangement. Add a little moss, a little holly and that’s it. Isn’t that perfect for this time of year?

Personalize your gifts

How about using photos instead of name tags on gifts? This is a small and personal detail that will make your gifts a design element and will excite your loved ones this holiday season.

A little change for a big effect: ambient lighting

If there’s one thing everyone thinks about when the holiday season rolls around, it’s warm and inviting lighting. It is strategic to invest in some warm white light bulbs for your living room as it is often the room in which your guests will spend much of their time.

If you can’t easily change the bulbs in your living room, opt for warm white side lamps or place candles around the room for a cozy glow. Make sure all candles are out of the reach of children.

Another option is to incorporate lanterns in your design since it is possible to introduce candles inside. Incorporate flashlights into your design.

Undoubtedly, a well-lit room will create a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, making the environment more welcoming and warm. If you have dimmer switches, use them to your advantage and change the lighting as the night progresses.

We have offered you some trends for the personalization of your Christmas decorations for your home this season. We hope these tips inspire you to develop fun little projects. Sky Marketing family wishes you: Merry Christmas!

 

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Does your house have few windows? Tricks to light a house

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]Light has a fundamental role in our homes. In addition to its importance on a decorative level, it also affects our comfort and the performance of daily tasks such as cooking, sewing, reading and even meeting with friends or family.

A poorly lit home means a higher cost of electricity, especially in winter. It can also evoke a feeling of dirt, lack of space and even tiredness . In fact, when a house is well lit, it generates just the opposite effect: greater warmth and relaxation and spaces with a more practical dimension and more functional and decorative possibilities.

Lighting is key when selling or renting a flat. This factor is, along with distribution, something that many clients take into account when looking for a home.

From Sky Marketing, in this article, we have compiled tricks to illuminate a dark house especially useful in buildings and apartments with few windows.

6 tricks to illuminate a dark house with natural light 

Applying the following tricks to light a dark house is not always easy. It all depends on the location and arrangement of the house. In some cases, it is necessary to carry out a reform that includes a lighting project. In others, we can simply enhance the decoration, interior design or aesthetics to make the most of the light we have.

In any case, these tricks to illuminate a dark house should always be observed as an investment, as they will contribute to improving the quality of life at home and will increase the value of the home. Before applying them, it is important that you value which areas of your house require more light to know which options interest you the most.

Install roof windows

This option is only valid for attics and dormers, but it can give these spaces a unique appeal. Think that a window in the roof, even if it is small, supposes a significant dose of natural light. You do not need too much space, and in a dark house or with few windows the change will be enormous. The roof window options on the market are manifold. The most important thing is that you place it / s in a place that does not overheat on very sunny days.

Glass walls 

Obviously, not in all cases we can turn a wall into a gazebo. This option can be useful when renovating townhouses or chalets. It is not a question of breaking down a wall and putting a large window there; the process is more complex, since the idea is to make a large glass wall and use the glass to cover the space.

Betting on sliding walls or glass doors also helps to maximize space while increasing the amount of natural light. In all cases, the results are interesting: happier, brighter and more welcoming spaces.

Install solar tunnels

Solar tunnels have become a good option to get natural light in areas where there used to be a roof. They are an alternative to roof windows, much more practical, and offer natural and unique lighting. One of the main advantages of solar tunnels is that they are made with reflective materials, which amplifies the amount and sensation of light (they are more efficient than electric lighting). In addition, they are insulating, even more than windows. Their only drawback compared to these is that they are fixed, so they provide a lot of light but do not improve ventilation.

Even so, and since they are simpler to install than windows, solar tunnels are increasingly used in bathrooms and toilets. They are capable of bringing light to any space, even those rooms without exterior walls, and that is why they are one of the most interesting tricks to illuminate a dark house.

Redesign the spaces

Redesigning the house and giving a different use to the darker spaces can be one way, if not to increase the amount of natural light in the house, of course, to optimize it.

The concept of “redesign” is very broad, and ranges from changes in the decoration to making small reforms such as dividing the areas of the house with glass panels or false windows. This element offers a feeling of spaciousness and allows light, even if it is little, to spread throughout the home.

Changing wooden doors for translucent glass doors is also a good trick to increase the feeling of natural light in a house with few windows. Remember that opening a space is the best option to increase lighting when the source of natural light comes only from one of the walls.

Clear and bright shades 

Without a doubt, painting walls and ceilings in light colors is very important in spaces with little light. Paint contains particles that can reflect up to twice as much light in a space, making it the best option for houses with few windows: while warm and dark tones absorb light, light ones reflect it.

When painting dimly lit spaces, it is also advisable to go for lighter tones on the ceiling and always choose shiny or metallic paints that will make the light refract better.

Why is it important to improve the lighting of the house? 

Natural light is a tool that expresses the quality of a space. As we have seen, it is not necessary to have large rooms or to live in very large places to have optimal lighting. It is even possible to get it in seemingly dark apartments or houses with few windows. But what are the benefits of natural light in a home? Why do we attach so much importance to it?

Feeling of spaciousness and depth

Light reduces shadow areas and amplifies the energy effect, attenuating decorative effects. In this sense, natural light helps us gain space and useful meters at home. The clearer the walls are, the greater the feeling of spaciousness and depth we will achieve in a house.

Warmth and comfort

Natural light provides a feeling of warmth that, especially in the winter months, is appreciated because it generates greater comfort.

Saving money 

With good natural lighting in the home, we can save almost 40% on the electricity bill. It will be important to take into account the design of the windows, their size or their orientation. In any case, natural light is a money saver on a day-to-day basis and a long-term benefit.

At Deplace we know that lighting can change the general appearance of any room and that it can be definitive when buying or renting a flat. We hope these tricks to light a dark house will be useful to you.
Are you looking for a house adapted to your needs? Do you want a bright home in your city? Contact us! We are your trusted online real estate agency.

 

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5 original ideas to decorate your home at Christmas

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The tree, the Nativity scene, the lights, the tinsel, the holly on the door lintel, the ornaments,… contrary to what some believe, Christmas decoration is not child’s play and it has more and more weight in our lives. homes.

One of the main advantages of Christmas decorations for houses is their versatility. In fact, following a few simple tips you can decorate and illuminate practically any room in your house , both interior rooms and facades, windows, gardens or fireplaces.

In any case, and beyond these general ideas, the important thing when planning how to decorate your home at Christmas is to be clear about what you want to achieve and transmit .

As you already know, the decoration goes beyond aesthetics and it is important that each corner has a “magic touch” or distinctive. The trick? I integrating Christmas decorations to decorate the house naturally , paying attention to every detail.

4 styles to decorate the house at Christmas

The first step in planning how to decorate the house at Christmas is to bet on a decorative style , a kind of “aesthetic guide” that helps us choose the rest of the accessories and decorations. In general there are four types of Christmas decoration for our houses:

“Merry Christmas”

It is the most recognizable style by all the references that we find in movies and television series. The most important thing is the color. Red, white and green will be the undisputed protagonists both in general decoration and in small details, in which references to Santa Claus and the North Pole are common (decorations in the shape of a reindeer, sugar sticks, cookies from gingerbread, garland patterns, stars and snowflakes, etc.).

Classic or Traditional Style 

Greens, whites and reds are also the protagonists of the traditional Christmas decorative style, something more sober and elegant than the previous one in terms of shapes and ornaments.

In this case, it is common to incorporate touches of gold or silver in curtains, mirrors or cutlery. To provide a differential touch, experts recommend introducing striking elements such as the Scottish print, which never goes out of style. This, together with small wooden details (ornaments, toys, pinecones, etc.), give the classic Christmas style that feeling of warmth, seclusion and tradition that characterizes it.

Nordic style

Although there are those who think that without red there is no Christmas decoration, the Nordic style gains more and more followers when we consider how to decorate our house at Christmas. As you already know, the Nordic style is based on minimalism, the use of simple shapes and cold tones (white, blue, gray, etc.). This style suggests tranquility and balance, and stands out for its subtlety.

If you choose the Nordic style to decorate your home at Christmas, take special care of the lighting and add details, ornaments and garlands made with natural elements such as fabrics, cork, wood, etc.

Nature style 

Continuing with the line of materials, more and more people opt for a Christmas decoration at home in a natural style. This does not imply giving up color. In fact, using details such as pine cones or ornate branches such as small brushstrokes in copper, black or blue, and even with a touch of sparkle, you can give your home a Christmas touch as well as sophisticated.

5 Ideas to decorate the house at Christmas 

Despite their differences, all the houses decorated for Christmas share common elements. Here we share some of those general ideas. All you have to do is adapt it to your home and your style.

The entrance: welcome to Christmas 

The Christmas atmosphere should flood any corner of your house, including the entrance. The mirrors and auxiliary furniture in the hall are a good space to locate some Christmas decorations. Of course, you can also decorate the door with a small wreath or personalize it with ornaments such as lamps, candles protected by lanterns or flower arrangements.

The tree: spare no effort 

The tree is an identifying element of the Christmas holidays. If it is natural, much better. It is essential that the tree has its own light, so play with the lighting. The balls and the star on the top are a classic to decorate the tree, and we recommend choosing only one or two colors in the ornaments to achieve an elegant effect.

For the base of the tree, you can select boxes simulating gifts and wrap them in paper to match the rest of your Christmas decorations. If in doubt, always choose plain shades (gold or silver, red, green, etc.)

Windows: makeshift shop windows  

The windowsill of any window can become an ideal space to complete your Christmas decoration with details or with a small nativity scene. Place your most chic, original and innovative decorative pieces there, and take the opportunity to make compositions playing with the shapes, sizes and colors of your ornaments.

Remember that white is a very Christmas color, beyond the Nordic style, so choose it for the candles or figures on your windows.

The lighting: balanced and stylish 

The facades of houses decorated for Christmas tend to take great care of their lighting. The lights are also important in the interior, that is why any detail must be taken care of as much as possible.

The first step is to choose which spaces in the house you want to illuminate. The most important will be the entrance, the dining room, the fireplace and the transit areas such as corridors and stairs, although you can also bet on putting neon crowns and hoses on doors and windows, or bordering mirrors and shelves.

The ideal is to choose white or yellow LED lights, both for the tree and to fit between the different decorative elements. Although, of course, you can also opt for colored and dynamic lights on the tree and outside (facade, balcony, terrace, garden, etc.).

The table: decorate the center of Christmas gatherings 

In an article on how to decorate the house at Christmas you cannot miss the references to the table. We cannot ignore that on these dates we gather around her, and that the decoration on the tables is more important than at any other time of the year. The Christmas arrangements to decorate the house and the table on these dates affect tablecloths and napkins, cutlery, glasses, glasses, crockery, centerpieces and candles.

It is very important to choose what the basic colors of all these elements will be. The normal thing is to bet on a predominant color and a complementary color. Some combinations that we propose are blue and gold, gold and red or silver and green.

When decorating your table for Christmas, you should also pay attention to the glasses and glasses: include several, at least one for water and another for wine, and always reserve crystal glasses for the toast, which cannot be missing in any Christmas celebration.
At Sky Marketing  we are leaders in online real estate services and we have homes of all sizes. That is why these tips on how to decorate the house at Christmas are versatile: you just have to adapt them to the characteristics of your house to enjoy the best Christmas atmosphere with your loved ones.

 

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