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Monthly Archives: January 2017

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 matching is far more difficult than contrasting. In any case, too much matching of colors among all the elements of a dining room may not even look that attractive; a contrasting palette may look more interesting and attractive on the whole. So if you have beige on the walls, consider wine colored table cloth and beige colored table napkins. Or contrast the color of the china and serving dishes to the color of the table cloth to get a dramatic and attractive look.

Lighting

It is a good idea to use dimmers for the dining area. Differences in lighting can dramatically alter the ambience of the dining area from warm and intimate to bright and friendly. Dimming the lights gives you the option of adding candles to the table setting so that you can create a wonderfully romantic setting for special occasions.

Also adding a chandelier or suspended lamp above the dining table can be the addition of an excellent decorative element which will enhance the entire area. Incandescent track lights are another option; they can be a striking addition when used to highlight a table centerpiece or to light artwork, hutches or serving tables along the walls.

So you can create a great dining atmosphere by mixing and matching to create a reflection of your personality rather than following structure rigidly.

 

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 a mural, backsplash or photo as a focal point of your kitchen. Make sure when you choose your design and colors that it blends nicely with your countertops, counters and other decorations.

A backsplash is small so the expense is insignificant to the visual impact you will achieve. It can turn your modest kitchen into a masterpiece. Tile photo murals are photos that are reproduced on your tiles. Then they are assembled like a puzzle.

The shape and size of the wall tile is another option to consider. For flat areas larger tiles result in an orderly appearance. For small or curved areas mosaic tiles should be a good choice for their flexibility. Before you install the wall tile, the most important job is preparing the wall. If you do not prepare the wall properly your tiles could warp and look uneven.

During my research I found an abundance of designs available. To name a few there were animals, birds, landscapes, sea life, plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables and wine. I chose a lovely ceramic backsplash of vibrant colored wine bottles. I have not regretted the choice for even one minute. It coordinates with my decor, but is the main focal point when you enter my kitchen. Everyone who visits me this immediately captures their attention.

 

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.

Clothes For Your Windows

Now it is time to think about the fun layer of window dressing. A room looks complete when you add great treatments. What is the style of your room? What will it look like from the outside? Do you want them stationary or functional?

Panels

Panels are as popular now as when your mother was decorating her home. The difference is the variety in headers.

* Grommets create a modern vibe. The panel has metal rings along the top that threads on to your rod. They look best when used in areas they can remain stationary.

* Pinch pleats are strong in the custom treatment business. The most popular look is to hang them from metal or wooden rings. This look works well if you want to open and close your curtains often.

* Tab tops are fun for casual rooms. The tabs can be of different colors, have added buttons or be adorned with tassels. They should be used on windows that you do not need to close the curtains.

Valances

Valances are strong in window treatment decor. They add a finished look over your blinds by hiding the mechanical header. Hang them high enough so that they cover the top casing but they do not block the sun streaming into your window. There are so many styles of valances from box pleats to swags. Let your fabric design and the style of your room guide you on choosing the perfect valance.

Enter The Romans

My young clients seem to be drawn to roman shades. They can be easily lower when privacy is needed. When raised, they create a tailored look that works well in so many homes. They look great in a crisp cotton as well as a raw silk.

Window Treatment Crazy? Seek Professional Help

If you have a hard time visualizing the end results, choosing decorative window treatments can be daunting. A designer specializing in windows will take you step by step through the process. They will give you access to resources (fabrics, hardware, specialized blinds) that you would not be able to buy at your local big box store. They will also help protect you from costly mistakes.

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. The rug is then exposed to the sun to dry. Hand-Woven rugs are usually made by artisans in rural areas. The handloom process will obviously mean two rugs may not be identical and each rug will have some slight variation. All finished handloom rugs are subject to total quality control to ensure durability. These are heavy weight rugs that spread perfectly flat on the floor and will not curl or bunch up like other rugs. Several handloom rugs are also reversible and they have the same high quality and color on both sides. There are a wide range of yoga rugs available in the market and these rugs have enough padding to provide a soft touch and comfortable feeling. They come in different colors and sizes as per the customer’s requirements. Specifically designed, these yoga rugs have absorbent surface and are easily washable.

If you are really a lover of rugs, you will surely appreciate rugs that have a unique blending of traditional designs and with the contemporary tastes that match the different home decor. When you visit a handloom rug dealer, you will be amazed at the collection of rugs that are colorful, in a variety of designs and so appealing to suit various interiors of homes. These rugs are made from cotton or wool and are a perfect mix of aesthetics and utility.

It is indeed unfortunate that the handloom rug making units are under threat of closure as they are encountering stiff competition globally from power loom units. Especially in developing countries, suicides and starvation deaths of handloom workers are being increasingly reported due to unemployment. As a matter of fact, handloom rugs and carpets is an age-old profession practiced by village artisans. Initially the rugs were made out of animal skin to protect men from weather and provide comfort. In subsequent centuries, the rug became a status symbol in most homes. Having at least one handloom rug in one’s home was deemed an asset and hallmark of one’s standing in society. Extending hospitality to guests was by laying a red rug to walk on and gifting the best-woven rug.