Outdoor Decor Trends to Watch in 2017

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Outdoor spaces are not only for gardening but they have become an extended part of your interiors. You can easily turn your outdoor space into a living space. This offers both comfort and a chance to get close to nature. Here are a few outdoor decor trends to give your outdoor space a complete makeover:

1. Outdoor Canopy

If you have a garden in your backyard, construct a beautiful canopy. Make it an extension of your interior space by keeping reclining chairs or lounge chairs. Use this space as a gathering spot for your family friends. This is also a perfect venue for housewarming parties and get-togethers.  When constructing one, use TMT bars. This will ensure complete safety of the outdoor structure. Before buying TMT bars, ensure that you are buying branded products. Check TMT bars from SRMB, one of the leading TMT bar manufacturers in India. Get more specifications of their product at https://www.srmbsteel.com/tmt-bars

2. Natural Material

2017 will witness a renewed interest towards natural materials. There is a growing trend of getting a more DIY look in the outdoor spaces. Small wooden outdoor furniture, hammocks or swing seating is gaining popularity. These give a more organic and minimalist look to the space.

3. Outdoor Dining and Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens and outdoor dining spaces are going to become a rage in the coming year. A barbeque on wheels, a fire pit or a fireplace in the outdoor space makes it as much warm and comfortable as the interiors of your home. A separate dining space, complete with metal or wooden table and chairs is just perfect for a great family gathering over food and drinks.

4. Outdoor Lighting

With lighting options getting better and cheaper, outdoor lighting is also gaining popularity. It’s a fun way to decorate the outdoor space. Look for beautiful rechargeable or battery powered lights. If you want to be creative, then look for lights that change colour. Hang fairy lights in various shapes such as stars, snowflakes etc. to make your outdoor space sparkle.

5. Scandinavian-style Outdoors

This is a trend which is set to become a rage in 2017. The overall colour theme of a Scandinavian-style outdoor is white. Apply white paint or white washes on fences, and decks. Use decorations made of zinc or galvanised metal. Keep a whitewashed lounge chair. Add a finishing touch with faux fur rugs.

Hopefully, these tips will help you turn your outdoor space into a peaceful haven.

6 Tips for Earthquake Safety

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Natural disasters such as earthquakes are inevitable, but the damage is not. Natural calamities strike without any warning and that’s why preparedness is the only way to minimise damage. Here are a few simple tips to ensure earthquake safety:

1. Secure Your home

Design and build your home in a way so that it can withstand an earthquake. Use TMT bars during home or building construction. TMT bars have superior strength and have higher elongation. And that’s why it protects any concrete structure from extensive damage during an earthquake. However, along with earthquake resistant building materials, you will also need to follow proper building design guidelines to ensure complete safety.

2. Secure the contents of the building

From toppling bookcases to gas and electrical appliances, securing the household items is an important step to minimise damage. Use earthquake appliance straps to secure the appliances such as a refrigerator to walls. Hang mirrors and framed pictures on closed hooks; secure the top of heavy furniture such as bookcases to the wall. Anchor them to the stud so that they do not fall during an earthquake.

3. Have a Disaster Kit Ready

This is an important thing that everyone must have in their home, especially people staying in earthquake-prone areas. The kit must contain medications, emergency cash, copies of important documents such as ID cards, License etc., snacks, water, notebook, flashlight and batteries etc. Keep all these things in a backpack or any other small bag so that you can carry them easily during the evacuation.

4. Practice Earthquake Drills

Regularly practice earthquake drills with your family. Every member of the family must know the things to do if an earthquake occurred. This helps the kids to understand what to do in case you are not with them during such a natural calamity.

5. Find an Open Spot

During an earthquake, come out of the building and find a clear spot away from big trees, buildings, power lines, and streetlights.  Drop to the ground and stay in that position until the shaking stops.

6. Find a Cover

If you are stuck inside the building during an earthquake, drop to the ground and cover yourself under something strong such as table or desks. Hold on to that object and protect your head and neck.
We hope that these tips will help you learn the tricks to stay safe during an earthquake.