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Benefits of Vertical Blinds

If you have any experience with large windows, you know how much sunlight can shine through the glass. As the sun’s rays pass through the glass of a window, they are intensified and magnified. This can be a great advantage during the coldest months, but it is not much of an advantage during the rest of the year. High room temperatures are not the only problems that the sun can create. Furniture fabrics may be faded or damaged by the sun’s rays. Over time, regular sun exposure can destroy any upholstered furniture, such as chairs and sofas. This problem will be decreased exponentially with vertical blinds. The sun’s rays are diverted or even completely blocked by vertical blinds. Your furniture is saved from the sun by using vertical blinds, saving you the cost of buying new furniture.

There are many money-saving reasons to get vertical blinds. You will find that, if you reduce the amount of sunlight entering a room, you can decrease the heat index as well. You will save on electric and air conditioning costs during the summer

Home Decor Ideas where Mirrors Play A Significant Role

# Putting large sized mirrors that span from the floor to the ceiling are very trendy. You can place them in your windowless hallways, landing and bathrooms so as to reflect the light and make them look bright.

# Large mirrors can also be placed on both sides of your fireplace, especially if you have a small fireplace room.

# If you have wall blemis

# Simply cover with some stylish decorative mirrors. These types of mirrors come in various shapes and sizes. In fact, going for these mirrors will save you the repairing cost as well.

# You can also place peer mirrors in your windows in order to add an extra depth to your room.

# Place a small wall mirror just above your side table or shelves, where you keep your candle-holders. The reflections of the burning candle will add an extra emphasis to your home interior design.

# You can also place mirrors on the ceilings of your rooms. They will give a skylight effect in your ceiling. In addition, place mirrors on the cabinet ceilings and pantry.

Decor Your Dining Room with These Tips

Color Palette

Do not assume that because a color is your favorite, it will also look good on the walls of the dining room or create a harmonious whole with the dining room furniture. Also, when choosing a color palette, understand that what looks good in the day in natural light may not necessarily look as good or even look the same in artificial light. In general, colors such as reds, oranges and yellows work to create a more formal atmosphere while colors such as golden or creamy yellow, terracotta, wine, burgundy or dusty rose are considered ideal for a dining room. These colors are said to stimulate the appetite and also have been shown to promote enjoyable conversation.

Now if a more informal and casual setting is required for the dining room, neutral colors may be a better option, because they won’t dominate the area or create too much of an impact. Neutrals are calming colors and also create a pleasant ambience.

Linen and Accessories

When you coordinate the table linen to the colors that you have chosen for the dining area, remember that

Bamboo Shades

Matchstick is one of the basic bamboo materials. The matchstick bamboo shades, being as thin as a matchstick, can fit into any decor because it is available in several colors, or different combinations of two or more colors. In addition, different thread colors can be incorporated in the matchstick bamboo to add variety. It is advisable to be aware that due to the separation that exists between the “sticks”, matchstick bamboo shades provided a lower degree of privacy and light control. The end user has a large selection to choose from because matchstick colors and threads can be combined and interchanged.

When it comes to shades that use raw bamboo, like tortoise shell bamboo shades, the larger sticks used to manufacture them greatly enhance their beauty, resulting in a color and design scheme that can only be accomplished by using a natural product. More privacy is possible by using bigger sticks when making a bamboo shade.

Some bamboo shades are made from “tubes” of natural bamboo, which gives them an aesthetically beautiful appearance. These “tubes” are part of the natural bamboo plant; their appearance has not been altered, and often have splices that make the sticks

Helpful Tips to Pick Curtains

In today’s modern world, an incredible array of shapes, fabrics and colors delight the eyes of shoppers. The Internet is a good source for picking up valuable tips on curtains, including how to choose the right materials, size and pattern. Once you put curtains on every window, you will soon notice how the entire appearance of house has improved. You will decide how much light you want into the room, enjoying every minute the ambient effects curtains can create. At day or at night, curtains are a great idea and luckily, you have some pretty amazing choices when it comes to fabrics.

One of the most important things that matter when picking out curtains is the thickness of the material. You will have to think about the reason why you need those curtains and in which room they will be used. Consider how much light you want to block and if you want to benefit from the insulation properties of a thick fabric. You ought to know that there are several types of fabrics available for curtains, starting with sheer fabrics and moving on to those that are thicker. It all depends on your personal preferences and

Things that Makes Antique Furniture Special

Antique furniture is among rare collectibles, made of best quality of durable wood (generally teak and sandalwood). They illustrate fine artisanship and carvings along with matching traditions of their time. They also carry the rich heritage and history along with them. Their association with notable names or period makes them unique and special. All these things are decisive factor for their rarity and expensiveness.

Antique furniture collections are categorized based on their periods or styles. Some important and famous classifications are as follows:

Gothic – Antique furniture in this category is influenced by church architecture. The style is mainly characterized by pointed arches, counterbalancing buttresses, open tracery and vertical grandiose emphasis.

Renaissance – Furniture under this category is derived from Italian Renaissance style, mainly oak functional furniture with scroll and arabesque carving, etc. with horizontal emphasis.

Early Colonial – With some wealth attained, carved oak Hadley chests and turned Great Chairs start making their way into American homes.

Antique furniture collections were made with stress over the beauty, comfort and knowledge of interiors. People take interested in antique furniture due to their masterpiece in carving. Most of the antique furniture has some kind

About Wall Lighting

From history we are aware that in the 1700s most homes or plantations used either candle fixtures or candelabras. They also carried candle sticks and candle lanterns. Then in the early 1800s oil lanterns were used. Most of these fixtures were made from tin, iron or wood. These lanterns were all hand made and some looked like the lighting fixtures we have today. Around 1860 kerosene oil and gas lighted many of these fixtures.

Then in 1879 the greatest invention of all came to be. This was the year that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. This helped mold cultures for the Art Deco Era. Gas/electric combination lighting was used. Electric lighting was less expensive and less dangerous then gas. These fixtures were abundant in people’s homes and were usually hung by a chain.

Electricity kept dropping in price until 1960. The equipment that generated the electricity began to climb and rise. This pushed up the utility bills and the average person started to struggle. People started to turn off their lights, they installed dimmers, timers, and sensors.

More and more people are starting to change to compact florescent lights. The downside is the color

Wallpaper Mural Installation

First let me start out by giving you a list of helpful items you will need to make this wall mural installation almost effortless. You will need a ladder (to get to the top of the wall), a pencil, a ruler (25 foot retractable will do), a razor knife (to cut the paper where needed), wallpaper paste (comes in powder to be mixed with water), a container (to mix the wallpaper paste with water), a yard measuring stick, a plumb line (is the chalk coated string to produce a level line), a brush (4 to 6 inches wide) to apply the wallpaper paste to the wallpaper and a cloth (a soft cloth such as a terrycloth towel) to brush the paper flat and remove air bubbles once each panel of the wall mural is applied to the wall. Now that you have your list of helpful items we will continue on to the next step.

Before you ever think about applying the mural to the wall, you have to make sure that the surface of the wall is prepared properly. Now is the time to go over to the wall you will be applying the mural to

Tips to Pick Proper Wall Mirror for the Room

Let me start with a question. Which room in your home will this wall mirror hang in? Since we are only talking about wall mounted mirrors, your first thought should be the style. For the most part the different styles of wall mirrors are Traditional, Ornate, Modern, Frameless, Venetian and Kids.

Next you should think about what shape you would like this wall hanging mirror. Here your choices are rectangle, square, round, oval, arched, abstract, sunburst, octagon and custom.

What I call custom, is a wall mirror that is shaped in a non-uniform manner. An example of a custom wall mirror is a framed sectional mirror. There is a vanity mirror with a carved wood frame that actually holds 3 separate mirrors. There are 2 arched mirrors on each side, with a rectangle mirror in the center of the frame. Let me tell you this piece of wall mirror woodwork is absolutely gorgeous! Another simpler example of a custom wall mirror would be a triangular shaped mirror.

The next question you should ask yourself is do you want beveled glass or flat edge glass for your wall mirror. Here your choice is a matter of

Kitchen Wall Tile

Wall tiles have been around for centuries but with today’s technology there are so many more options available that were not around just a decade ago. To achieve this you will have to let your imagination run wild. Your only limitations are your own creativity.

Kitchen wall tile is fast becoming the standard rather than a luxury in kitchen remodels or upgrades. Some of the materials that are available are ceramic, porcelain, mosaic glass, stainless steel, metal and natural stone.

Ceramic and porcelain are the most popular. The tile is dense and strong, also easy to clean, long lasting, and does not absorb odor, water, heat or carry allergens. They are man made and more flexible in the tile design. You can find an overwhelming array of colors and arrangements.

Kitchen wall tile can stand up better then paint. It is an easy clean up for splatters and drips. It also holds up well to the necessary cleanup that occurs every day. Some tiles are painted, glazed and fired. This means that the colors and glazes are sealed permanently so it won’t fade or wash away.

You can tile an entire wall or design

Window Treatments Decor Ideas

Let the (Partial) Sun Shine In

Often we want to enjoy the sun streaming into our home or the view of the trees outside our window but we still want the privacy of a covered window. The solution is installing shades with the top down/bottom up feature.

Simply put, they can be lifted from the bottom to give a view of the outside world but still allowing the lower half of the window to be covered. When privacy is not a concern, they can be used as traditional horizontal blinds.

Top Down / Bottom Up Shades

I recommend these for your office or media room because they will minimize the glare on your computer or television while maintaining a well lit room.

Do not underestimate the damage sun can do to your home and furnishings. Window film can also be used to control the harmful UV rays that will fade your flooring, furniture and artwork.

This coating placed directly on the window panes will block out the heat and deflect glare while allowing sunlight to safely come through the window. You can purchase do it yourself kits or have it professional done.

Hand Knotted rugs

When you decide to buy a hand knotted rug, you must bear in mind a few things that impact the value of the rug. The quality of wool is critically important as it adds shine to the rugs. Rugs made of wool have become increasingly popular for two reasons – they last longer and are able to withstand relatively rough usage.

The weaving process is central to the quality of the rug. The number of knots per square inch is pertinent in determining the quality of the rug. If the knot count is more, then the weave becomes more closely knit but the cost also accordingly goes up. Some of the superior quality rugs have from 400 to 700 knots per square inch whereas most commonplace rugs have on an average 90 to 250 knots per square inch. From these figures, you might as well visualize hoe time-consuming and tedious it is to handcraft these fabulous looking rugs.

The rug is first subjected to a chemical wash and is then rinsed with water to give the rug a thorough cleaning. The chemical wash helps to soften the yarn and provide the rug with a silky feel.

Basics for Creating the Moroccan Touch to Your Home

# Look for the vibrant colors red, green and blue found in the sea of the area and also gold, yellow, and silver from the surrounding desert.

# Create a tropical atmosphere by bringing the outside indoors by using exotic plants, terra cotta tiles, and (if approved by your landlord ) textured walls.

# Moroccan home accents and the world famous Moroccan light fixtures such as Moroccan lanterns, Moroccan wall sconces, Moroccan pendant, Moroccan chandelier, Moorish lantern, Moorish wall sconce, Moorish pendant. These can be either on top of Moroccan tables or free standing to hanging.

Moroccan Lighting

Le Minaret Blue Arabesque The Amber Arch

Moroccan light fixtures are unique from any other country in the world. Handcrafted in the crowded Medina of Marrakesh, Fes, and the magical city of Casablanca, Moroccan light fixtures also know as Moorish lighting are the pride of the artisans that skillfully carve them from quality solid Moroccan brass while surrounded by snake charmers and the smell of market spices.

Whether your ambition is to create a complete Moroccan style, Moorish interior, Mediterranean style interior design, Moorish home decor or just have a Moroccan touch, Moroccan lanterns,

Ways to Modernize your Nursery

Modern Cribs

Stylish crib options abound from popular brands like Oeuf, Stokke and Argington. Clean lines, subtle patterns and bright colors come together to create the perfect modern crib. Coordinate with the rest of your modern nursery furniture, or choose a piece that stands out on its own. Round or rectangular, convertible or canopy-there are so many styles to choose from!

Modern Crib Bedding

Go all matchy-matchy and select your modern crib bedding based on the color scheme of your nursery-or-do the reverse! Design your nursery’s color scheme around a brightly colored crib bedding set from DwellStudio! Choose from brightly colored prints to neutral solids-all with coordinating accessories that are sure to make a style statement.

Modern Changing Tables

Find a modern changing table that complements the rest of your modern nursery furniture! Choose a gorgeous changing table in solid oak from Bratt Decor or a brightly colored two-toned changing table from ducduc. Looking for extra storage space? Choose between shelves and drawers-whatever works best in your space!

Modern Dressers

Fall in love with the fun and funky Tetra dresser from notNeutral and be the envy of every mother on your

Tips to Maximizing Your Space

One idea is to choose furniture that also acts as storage space. Bench seats and otomans often feature a hinged lid that opens to reveal a nice amount of storage space. These can hold blankets, toys, books or whatever you need them to.

Choose a bed that has built in drawers underneath it, like a captain’s bed. If that’s not practical, purchase storage totes that fit under your existing bed. These are great for storing out of season clothes or accessories that you only need for special occasions.

If you’re a single person living in a bachelor suite, consider a day-bed. These are designed to masquerade as couches during the day but are big enough for one person to sleep on comfortably. Just be sure to make it neatly and keep your bedding clean.

When it comes to appliances and cookware, think minimalist. Nothing clutters a kitchen counter and cupboards more than fad appliances. However, if there’s a tool out there that truly does five jobs, and does them well, it might be worth investing in. But then you need to get rid of the things it replaced. Otherwise, choose one type of blender that

Tips Decorating a Kid’s Bathroom

When decorating a kid’s bathroom, an important consideration is color. Many children enjoy bright, bold colors such as bright blues, reds, and yellows. Others prefer more subdued colors such as pastels. Some prefer a mix of many colors, while others prefer that one or two colors predominate.

When deciding on a theme and color scheme for a children’s bathroom, you might want to first shop for shower curtains. In many bathrooms, the shower curtain is the most prominent feature. If you find a shower curtain you particularly like, it is usually easy to decorate the entire bathroom to match.

Kid shower curtains are available in most of today’s popular characters, such as Hello Kitty, Barbie, Disney princesses, Sponge Bob Squarepants, and Bob the Builder. If you do not wish to use character decorations, many other kid-friendly themes are available as well. Ocean themes are popular choices for bathrooms. They can be fun and funky or simple and elegant, depending on colors used and the types of prints. Other well-liked styles are jungle prints, sports themes, rainbows, clouds, and nature scenes.

Another consideration is how long you need the decor to last. If you plan to

Decor Your Couch with Slipcovers

Let’s take a look at couches. Many of us want to change the color scheme in our home or cover up that old, unattractive looking couch. Reupholstering can be expensive, so as an alternative, find a slipcover that matches the rest of the decor in your home. A good tip is to discover a slipcover that is solid or light-colored with darker accents. This will provide a touch of elegance in any room. Add a few pillows to complement your color palette. Slipcovers are a great solution to couches, but just keep in mind that they must fit properly. Slipcovers that are too large can make a couch look unstylish and shabby.

Since headboards set the tone for your bedroom, slipcovers provide an easy way to create the mood you want. Headboards with fabric are now available in virtually any pattern, at affordable prices. Seeing as many of us have become bed dwellers when we want to relax, we want comfortable beds and headboards that provide softness instead of hard, wood headboards. There are plenty of contemporary and fashionable fabrics that can convert your bedroom into a clean, sleek, and modern environment. Changing the slipcover on your

Performing Interior Designing And Decorating

If you are getting tired with the everyday look of your home or office, you can do changes through applying different decorating interior design works and improvements. You can perform repainting to attain a new shade, incorporate additions and built-ins to be able to utilize those extra spaces you have, set up additional furniture to create variety or merely do repositioning to make a better environment for your home or office.

In fact, you can do interior designing by yourself. All you need to do is be creative and do proper planning to be able to get the look and design that you really want for your home or office. However, there are also other alternatives that you can choose from like hiring the best interior designer within your reach.

In line with this, there are many interior designers nowadays that provide full home improvement services. Availing service from interior designers allows you to have expert suggestions, recommendations, and fresh ideas so that exceptional outcomes will come after the work is completed. Just pick the one that best suites your likings and you do not have to worry anymore.

In addition, some companies servicing interior

Furniture for Decor Home

Furniture plays a vital role in making a house look beautiful and comfortable. Good decorum of furniture makes a house look attractive. The kind of painting determines easily what kind of furniture will be appropriate for the house.

Usually decoration of your home consists of Bedroom furniture, Bookcases, Cabinets, sofas, tables, soft furnishings, trunks and many more. There are different decorating styles that can be used some of which are listed as- antique, casual, contemporary, country, hand carved custom made and much more styles that can be used to make your home the best.

Beds, bunk beds, bedspreads and other bedroom furniture make any home comfortable and relaxing. Whether its bunk beds for the little kids, bedspreads or trundle beds, it is best to choose beds that fit in with the style and decor of the rest of your house. However, comfort in beds is still the most important ingredient when selecting a bed.

Dining room is one of the most important rooms in the house as it is used as traditional place for eating and entertaining. Everybody agrees that great food and a great arrangement make a great dining experience, but dining tables do

Decorative Concrete

Creating an outdoor patio or walkway with brick, flagstone or other pavers is an aesthetically pleasing look for your yard, but is not a universally viable option because of potential cost or climatic difficulties.

Patterned concrete has become a popular alternative to pavers because it is often a more cost effective material to use, and it may be an easier material to work with and install in tricky climates. A rainy climate provides challenges to using pavers because they continue to settle once they are installed—an issue that does not present a problem for the decorative concrete technique. The practical applications of using patterned concrete in your yard as opposed to pavers, and the advantages of making this choice, are well known and widely documented.

However, one important advantage that is frequently overlooked is the creative flexibility that patterned concrete allows one to have.

Traditional artistry for modern design

Decorative concrete is created through a process that is similar to old printing methods. The wet concrete is poured and smoothed, and before it is allowed to dry, a plate with a pattern etched into the exterior is applied to the wet concrete, imparting the