Modern Home Living

Modern Home Living


What is the difference between a Diffuser and a Humidifier?


Many people get confused when purchasing a diffuser or humidifier, take a read below to help you understand the difference between them. Some of these tips were given by loft conversion companies in the area.


A diffuser is usually smaller than a humidifier and is designed to be used with an essential oil simultaneously adding moisture to the air while enhancing the wellbeing of your space.   


Diffuser positives


  • The fine mist oil can be absorbed into your skin.  This can be a positive if you have dry skin.
  • Diffusers can alter your moods, for instance, it can help you to relax or equally stimulate your mind, especially if there is a built-in light, such as a colour changing LED light, which also works well for alleviating mind fog and elevating your energy levels.
  • If you suffer from sinus problems the fine mist can reduce the number of bacteria and fungus in your spaces, which are known to trigger symptoms, helping you breathe better and reduce snoring with the help of Thyme, Marjoram, Eucalyptus, or Peppermint.


Diffuser considerations


  • Diffusers can be expensive, but you can look out for deals and shop around to find something to suit your budget.
  • Buy a diffuser with an adjustable light feature as it may interfere with your sleep.
  • Can be noisy.
  • Holds less water than a humidifier.


Humidifiers regulate the moisture levels in the air, particularly useful in the winter, when the heating is turned on. Dry air can cause problems with dry skin and make it more difficult for people to fall asleep. It is very useful for treating the symptoms of colds, flu, and sinus congestion.


Humidifier positives


  • Reduces static electricity.
  • Great for alleviating sinus issues.


Humidifier considerations


  • Maintain your air humidifier filters and regularly clean the tank, or you risk bacteria and fungus infections.
  • Excessive moisture can be avoided by monitoring your humidity levels, 40-45% is recommended, and try to stay below 50%, to avoid bacteria and fungus infections.
  • Burns risk is much higher as warm mist humidifies boiling water, then disperses it into steam. It is also hazardous to small children if the humidifier tips over.


Keeping your humidity levels will help keep your spaces well-balanced and hygienic.  Remember to regularly clean your diffuser or humidifier to keep infection free.

Feng Shui

Feng Shui

Making Minor Additions to Bring About Major Changes – Part 1


Feng Shui can modernise your home and can improve your well-being, by changing the energy flow of your living and work spaces to find and correct any Feng Shui issues that may be present. Below are some tips to adjust and correct the energy of your space, using The Method of Minor Additions:


The Method of Minor Additions is based on the principle of xie di (shyeh dee), which means “a little bit” goes a long way. This principle will boost positive energy and deflect negative chi, leaving your home well-balanced.


Lights and lighting


Good, effective lighting can improve the circulation of chi, by balancing the light in a space, for instance, too much glare can make a space too yang, however, limited light will make a room appear and feel dark and dingy.


There 3 types of lighting used to balance light, general, task, and accent.


  • General overhead lighting, such as a ceiling light bulb, should have a dimmer switch, so you can alternate between light intensity.


  • Task Lights are used for specific purposes, such as night lights that switch on when someone is approaching the bathroom, or under counter lights in the kitchen, even a fridge light can be classed as a task light as it only switches on when someone wants to put something in or take it out.


  • Accent lighting using table and floor lamps, will bring light to dark, stagnant corners and rooms, particularly if they have no windows, enabling the Chi to effortlessly flow through.


Mirrors will double negative energy and conversely expand and open narrow spaces.  They can reduce negative chi by absorbing or containing it.



  • Kitchens have negative energy, using a mirror in the kitchen will multiply bad energy.
  • Desk facing mirror. Distracting, and thought to multiply the workload.
  • In bathrooms avoid mirrors that either face the door or toilet. A mirror in either of these places will multiply negative energy.



  • Dining rooms will multiply the good prosperous energy that dining with friends and family generate.
  • Mirrors facing the bed is stimulating and can lead to sleep problems.


Making your home Chi efficient is important to save you time, maximise your energy, prosperity and health, helping you to live happy.



Good lighting can alter your mood and make your tasks easier to complete. When lighting levels are low, too high, or inconsistent (shadowy), our ability to concentrate and focus is compromised. This is because our eyes get tired and/or sore, which can lead to headaches and work mistakes.


Furthermore, bad lighting can make it difficult to see and can impair your judgement to place your footing correctly, particularly if you have rugs, or lose carpet.  Using kitchen tools, or equipment can also be hazardous in poor lighting.


If you suffer from any of the symptoms listed below, it is most probably down to the common side effects associated to poor lighting, these can include:


Headaches and


Neck, back, and shoulder strain (when straining to see items because of poor lighting)

Falling, tripping, slipping

Dropping materials or tools

Depression (in the case of insufficient or gloomy lighting)


Each room should be investigated to find out the causes of bad lighting and if possible, be resolved as quickly as possible.  Doing this should help to alleviate the health problems associate with poor lighting.


Lighting levels in a modern home should be fit for purpose and match the tasks to be performed within the room day, or night:


North facing rooms: Natural, even, non-direct sunlight. A favourite with Artists because the light gives a truer colour rendition.


East facing rooms: Bright first thing in the morning followed by long shadows and no sun later in the day. Great for a bedroom (if you are an early riser), a breakfast bar or dining room.  


South facing rooms: Warm light all day, great light for the kitchen, main living areas and other rooms you spend a lot of time in.


West facing rooms: Sunlight at the hottest part of the day, which can cause glare. Not an appropriate choice for your TV room.


Lighting can make or break a room.  Read our next blog for tips on how Feng Shui can balance your home and maintain your well-being.

Modern on a budget

How to make your home modern on a budget

If you have ever wanted a modern looking home on a tight budget, then read on.

Interior designers can make a home look modern and elegant, using something as simple as adding pillows and a fresh coat of paint to walls, windows, and hardwood floors, without it costing the earth.

This is our top 6 of the easiest and cost-effective ways to make your home look great.



  • Crown Molding


Crown molding is the process which seals the ceiling and the walls together. Finishing rooms in this way makes walls and ceilings appear more polished.

If you are feeling extra creative, you can add beams, columns, and medallions to complete your designer look.



  • Colours


Choose a colour that reflects the mood that you want or what you want your visitors to feel, when they enter a room.  

You can visit the link below, for more information on colour theory, which you can use to plan your room colours.



  • Pillows & Cushions


Pillows and cushions can offer an elegant, luxurious, and stylish way to complete the look of your room, adding an extra cosiness to your rooms.



  • Repair / Renew


Check your furniture fabric for wear and tear.  Can you place a throw over your sofa, to spruce it up?  Replace pulls, drawer and door knobs at a fraction of the price, by purchasing them from boot sales, antique fairs, and auction sites.



  • Lighting


Adding different light sources, including table lamps and floor lamps throughout the home can help to change the mood of a room and add a touch of elegance.



  • Housekeeping


Decluttering your home can help you bring a new lease of life to your home. Throw away unwanted furniture, clothing and other items that are no longer useful.


Wash down walls, skirting, doors and windows, vacuuming dust and cob webs, as you go along.   Remove stains and spots on rugs and furniture. Once the cleaning has been completed, you will have a calm, rested, and peaceful feeling about your home.


You have read how easily you can create an elegant home on a tight budget. Can you think of some more cost effective ways to improve your home?  


Move or Extend?

Is it better to move or extend your home to make it modern?

When considering moving or extending your home to make it a suitable modern space, you will need to a weigh up the pros and cons of each option, especially if you are planning on starting a family or a home-based business.

Before you contact local builders to extend your home, you may be considering whether moving to a bigger property would be the better option.

A few things to consider is whether your house has an outside space, your loft has enough headroom to accommodate the family, your history with the house and if you have any emotional attachments to it, the local community, and the type of house you have, extending your property can be the best choice.

Visit the Government’s planning portal website to find out some useful information to an extension or addition to your house and how to apply for planning permission, subject to the following conditions:

The fee for an extension starts from £172.

There is also a calculator on the website, to help you work out the potential costs involved. It is essential that you have an affordable and realistic budget, that does not spiral out of control.

Take your time deciding whether you should move to a modern home or renovate your existing one.  You will need to carefully consider the costs involved in building an extension or addition, which can be substantial and going through the process can be exhausting, leaving you wishing you had never undertaken the project. Therefore, it is very important to find builders that can take all the pain out of the process and manage all the necessary work without the hassle.  Having a good relationship with your builder is essential and clear communication is necessary for you to stay on track with your planned timetable.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, join us again next time for more modern living.


Modern Homes

Modern Homes

Some people can be forgiven for assuming a modern property design would have a cold and clinical feel to it and would be better equipped for an office environment. In fact, the total opposite can be true, as there is more to modern interiors than you thought possible.  

At Manchester Loft Conversion, we love bringing your ideas and individuality to life, creating a free-flowing space, with natural light, whilst promoting friendly environmental living, using little more than glass, timber and a bit of imagination.  The results of which, can be very rewarding and stimulating spaces, to live and work in.

Occupants in a modern home expect to have their growing needs met, by extending or renovating existing spaces.  With planning permission, you can create an additional bedroom with en-suite, an office or play area, providing an opportunity to building your dream home extension.  

Interior design adds another dimension to the modern home. Colours can be used to associate moods and feelings, for instance:


Associated with: danger, passion, energy, warmth, adventure, optimism 
Used in: Kitchens and dining rooms as it stimulates the appetite 
Cons: it can be overpowering and lead to headaches. Either lighten the shade, paint one wall, or use it for accessories only.


Associated with: nature, energy, restoration, calming, restful, security, stability 
Best for: bedrooms, living rooms 
Cons: can make people complacent and laid back. Mix it with some red or orange to counteract these feelings


Associated with: calming and soothing, loyalty, serenity, authority, protection, contemplative
Best for: bedrooms, bathrooms, studies 
Cons: Can looks cold, choose a blue with a warm undertone to counteract this


Associated with: security, stability and practicality
Best for: living rooms 
Cons: A green or blue may have to be used to increase mental stimulation

Thank you for reading this blog and take the time to notice modern homes and what improvements if any you would make!