What is interior decorating?

There are many factors in what makes the interior rooms of a house look the way they do. The architectural design is fairly set, unless one wants to renovate; even then the choices have their limitations. Interior designers are concerned with everything that can be changed while keeping the walls where they are. Interior designers are concerned with decorating what has already been built.

Interior designers are concerned with aesthetics and usually have degree or diploma level qualifications to this effect. Some less qualified individuals perform the same role but are called interior stylists. They may be quite capable and talented, but without the formal certification. Really, the terminology here is loose. The point is to find someone who brings you to the vision you want for the rooms to be decorated. If safety and utility are not really a factor for a particular room there is no need to insist on formal training. On the other hand a design might require factors that do affect function and safety, in which case you should insist on high level certification.

If you aim to employ an interior decorator then:

  • Look for work you like, and the professionals who made this happen. It’s a matter of taste that matches yours. Sometime this is a new innovative decorator, sometimes an old hand.
  • Find decorators who share you vision. Someone easy to communicate with is a huge factor here.
  • Get quotes for what you want, itemized and comprehensive. Try at least three designers.
  • Look for credentials where they do matter. Insurance is essential. Membership of the Design Institute of Australia shows that the person in question is up-to-date with the latest relavent developments.

Offices and business spaces require a different approach to home decorations. Any cooperate space is an indication of the function of the company, and perceived by potential clients as a reflection of the business’s performance. The look of a company and its offices are a form of advertising, and should be approach as such. The company head often has a good idea of the clientele, but the interior designer may be needed to find ascertain what appeals to this demographic.

Contact Luna Deco in Perth for Interior design advice, supplies and roller blinds.


Mattress Cleaning


It has been known for years that an unhygienic mattress can make you sick. Problems persist, however, as people rarely make the connection between an illness and their bed. Illnesses make creep into a person’s life slowly, as the mould and pests steadily increase. Ironically, ill people spend more time in bed, the very place that is making them ill.

Mattress cleaning from Sydney’s Always good Clean can make all the difference to one’s health. They tend to be one of the most overlooked cleaning jobs, even though we spend almost a third of our life in bed!

Problems tend to be twofold. Less common are spills and other random accidents. These can be treated as they occur, though decomposing substances are a hygiene problem. More frequently there are problems with dust mites and mould accumulating. In small doses these are a hazard for individuals with allergies, but larger doses that accumulate over time will impact everybody’s health. Frequent removal of these pollutants is necessary to maintain healthy conditions.
Younger children, especially newborns, are of particular risk as foodstuffs, formulae and especially urine, are prone to cause problems. Some acidic substances can be especially problematic as they react with otherwise inert chemicals in bedclothes and mattresses.

Our Sydney Mattress cleaning service uses powerful airflow vacuums with HEPA technology. This is necessary for proper cleaning as small particles can circulate through the filters of other vacuums and pollute the air of your house. Our HEPA technology traps the debris and allows it to be properly disposed of.

At a minimum all mattresses should be cleaned annually, even if not used frequently. Families with younger children should have mattresses cleaned at least every six months, and individuals with allergies or asthma should have a mattress cleaning every three months, or as soon as symptoms of illness appear.

A bed’s mattress should be replaced about every 10 years, though some models do last longer. If you suspect that the condition of an old mattress is compromising your sleep it should be promptly replaced. Compromised sleep can affect many areas of an individual’s health and life.

Though it is a little more rare some illnesses and allergies are a reaction to the material that a mattress is manufactured from. Consider this possibility if an illness ever appears after using a new mattress or pillow. Cleaning will be of great benefit for an older mattress, but will not affect any allergy caused by bedding materials or fumes emanating from a new mattress.


This post is supplied by CHC Cleaning in Sydney. They provides the professional mattress cleaning service. For more information, feel free to visit their website.

Types of wooden flooring

Solid Wooden Flooring
These consist of a single solid layer of wood, usually between ¾ and 5/16 inches thick. Many generations ago it was the only option for wooden flooring; many of these wooden floors installed generations ago are still in service. These floors can be sanded and refurbished many times as the wood is of consistent quality and appearance.

The woods used for solid flooring have to be properly dried and prepared, otherwise expansion and contraction will cause warping in the floor.

Engineered Wood Floors
Modern techniques use multiple layers of wood, joined as a veneer. The various layers can be of different wood, with some types of woods on the surface for appearance and others used internally for strength. Additional strength is provided by running the various grains of the different layers in different directions, a technique that also improves stability and virtually eliminated warping. These wooden floors are hardly affected by general temperature and humidity variation.

Engineered floors can only be sanded back a few times before the top layer is removed. None the less they can last several decades under normal conditions.

Wooden floors, unless they are to be covered with carpet or some other surface, need to be finished. Flooring was once always installed in an unfinished state, and then sanded and finished once it had been put in place. This allowed the floor to be completely levelled by the sanding process and a choice of finishes to be applied. Installation took some time, and the sanding and finishing processes meant a delay before the floor could be walked upon.

Now it is common to buy factory finished flooring. This type of wooden flooring is quick and easy to install, and can be walked on as soon as it is put in place. Because of the highly uniform thickness of the unfinished wood the floor can be as level as the surface underneath it.

Floating Floor
A modern technique floating floors consist of a layer of laminated timber and insulating foam layer installed directly over a concrete slab. They have excellent sound insulation qualities and have no real issues with acclimatization or stability.

Laminate flooring
This is a very modern innovation. Laminate consists of a strong wooden or fibreboard material with a decorative paper pattern and a very hard resin surface. This allows a stable material, a hard wearing top surface, and because the pattern is printed on paper almost any appearance can be replicated, including non-wooden surfaces like tiles and stone. Laminate is relatively inexpensive, easy to install and ideal for floating floors. As long as it is kept reasonably dry it is quite stable.

Parquetry floors
Use a mosaic style pattern of wooden tiles to create an elaborately decorated floor. This usually requires some careful preplanning, but Parquetry floors can also be bought in preassembled sections.

Bamboo Flooring
This is a more recent alternative to hardwood. Like hardwood it consists of solid planks of a single material. In its natural state some bamboo is moderately soft, though this can be rectified with processing. Unfortunately some processes have the opposite effect, and poorly prepared and lower quality bamboo is prone to scratching. However, higher quality products that are properly prepared are comparable to better hardwood.

There is no standard grading system for Bamboo, so it is hard to separate the high quality from the low. For any concerns ask about bamboo flooring at Hanna timber in Sydney.

For any timber or laminate flooring needs in Sydney talk to Hana timber.

Dental Sydney

Sydney is fortunate to have a good water supply. Not only are there extremely few issues with contamination, the small amount of fluoride added to the water helps considerably in reducing dental decay. Ironically the more recent trend towards bottled water over the last 20 years has had a negative impact here. Perhaps healthy in other ways bottled water does not usually contain fluoride, meaning individuals drinking bottled water do net receive this added protection for their teeth.

With several respected universities providing training and qualifications, and many dental practices throughout the city, Sydney is well catered for dental facilities.

young girl check her teeth at dental  clinic

NSW has a Medicare dental Benefit scheme for children. This allows free dental care valued up to $1000.00, renewed every two years, to be bulk billed for every child. Children need to be between 2 two and seventeen years of age. Relatively few families take advantage of this opportunity.

With any dental enquiries in Sydney consult Dental Focus.