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5 tips to make any room look bigger

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As cute and cozy small rooms are, they can give you serious claustrophobia if not decorated tastefully and smartly. We’ve listed down 5 tried and tested tricks to make any small to medium-sized room look like your very own creatively decorated den.

Lighting is the key element

Take advantage of natural light as much as you can, which will open up your space. The more the light enters or stays in the room, the more sense of openness it will give to the human eye. If you don’t have a lot of windows in the room, place vertical lamps to light up dark corners.

 

Well-placed mirrors open up spaces

Ever walked into a mirror thinking it was an extension of another room? Use reflections to your advantage and give the illusion of space by strategically placing mirrors. Mirrors not only reflect light but also trick the eye into doubling the space that’s actually there. You can also simply replace your existing closet doors with mirrored ones.

 

Color correctly!

White or other pale hues such as lavender, soft pink, and baby blue are easy on the eyes and give the human eye more space to run without feeling ‘blocked’. Light colors open up space visually and allow natural light to flow freely. Light colors such as white also blur the boundaries of the room, giving the eyes more room to run.

 

Choose furniture wisely

Furniture that is closer to the ground will give a sense of openness at eye level. Leaving more space above the room’s furniture will accentuate the height of the room, making it feel bigger than it actually is.

Look for sofa sets, tables that can fit into small spaces without giving a ‘squeezed’ effect. A little space between the sides of your furniture and the walls create the illusion of spaciousness. Another good tip is to buy sofas and multi-purpose coffee tables with hidden storage compartments.

 

Think vertical

Instantly add more height to the room by decorating it with tall lamps, decorative articles, and vertical paintings. This trick here is to make the eye go upward, giving it a sense of roominess. Painting the ceiling a darker color will also draw attention upward. While pale colors open up a room, dark ceilings create depth and make the room look larger than it actually is.

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Money Matters – Saving Tips for Over-spenders

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Do you zero out your accounts each month and go broke until the next paycheck comes in? Do you feel guilty about all those impulse purchases you could’ve done without? Sounds like you’re a chronic over-spender (like me).

While it may not be easy to spot your own overspending habits, the good news is, it’s never too late to curb your overspending. Here are 4 tips on how I started saving up.

Save up and then spend

Living from paycheck to paycheck can be tough especially when you’ve chipped away at your savings already. If you’ve got two bank accounts, the best way to make sure you don’t spend too much on unnecessary stuff is to transfer half your salary to another account and forget about it. Once you get this 50%-rule right, it’s a smooth road ahead.

Pack up some lunch for work

You never realize how much you spend on food till you start packing lunch from home. This gets not only your healthy eating habit on track but also helps save some extra cash every week. You can always treat yourself to a delicious meal on Fridays (TGIF!).

No expensive hangouts

Hanging out with friends doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. As much as we all love meet-ups at swanky coffee places, it’s best to limit those high budget plans to once a month. Alternatively, you can always meet your friends for some ‘Karak chai’ at a dhaaba near you.

Maintain a spreadsheet

If you have diversified streams of income, putting down all your expenses and income in a spreadsheet is the best way to keep a tab on how much you’re spending vs. how much you’ve saved.

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Safest places for solo female travelers

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If you’re a girl-on-the-go whose heels get itchy every 3 – 6 months for some globe-trotting, you’d know just how difficult it is to plan a trip. Weather, cost, visa, and convenience are some of the things every traveler has to consider in detail before planning a trip. However, one factor that bothers most female travelers is the safety of traveling alone and what places are ‘female-friendly’.

We’ve listed down 5 travel destinations that are safest for girls traveling alone along with a whole lot of fun.

Iceland

Iceland ranked #1 on the Global Peace Index, a report released by the Institute for Economics and Peace gauging the peacefulness of regions and countries around the world; obviously, it had to be number one on our list too. If you’re a nature’s child, this place has several selfie-perfect attractions such as the Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights.

 

Florence, Italy

Also touted as the hub of fashion, food, and glamour, Italy has slowly but surely become the glamour capital of Europe. Walking on the cobbled streets of Italy lauded with culture and heritage gives a sense of empowerment and enlightenment at the same time. Florence, mainly known for its architecture, is an ideal safe place for a solo traveler who also is an undercover history, architecture and culture lover.

 

Singapore

If you’re a clean freak with a hint of OCD, Singapore will be your playland minus the mess, obviously. With futuristic buildings, clean, and safe environment, this South East Asian beauty is the perfect place for the girl who looks for art in architecture, loves shopping and never says no to delectable cuisines.

 

Montreal, Canada

Tim Hortons, Maple syrup, and snowstorms, there are so many reasons Canada pops up on our newsfeed but not many people know that it’s also the safest place for solo female travelers. Experience Europe for less and head to Montreal. With its scenic riverfront Old Port, history museums, an array of restaurants offering scrumptious cuisines, and old cobblestone streets leading to 17th-century buildings, Montreal gives you the European experience on a budget.

Auckland, New Zealand

Also known as the Land of the Kiwis, New Zealand is one of the most visited places by solo travelers. It is extremely safe, has breathtaking views, and so many outdoor activities to keep your itchy toes satisfied.

Which travel destination is on your list?

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