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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Paintable Wallpaper

It Is Made From Natural Materials

Wallpapers are generally made from wood flour and linseed oil. These are then molded onto a paper backing which are used to cover walls. These textured wallpapers are quite heavy because of the flour and oil ingredients that were used in making them.

Options Galore

There are various kinds of wallpapers today and the paintable ones also need a coat of primer before they can be painted. The wallpaper comes with a border which gives an element of style to the walls.

Painted wallpapers are better than the regular ones because the former can give you the freedom to choose the color that you want for your home. The texture that is provided by this type of wallpaper is quite luxurious. Complete it with a stylish finish and your friends are sure to go gaga over it.

The paintable type of wallpapers can be used on any wall surface – from wood, concrete, stone and many more. You can effectively transform the look of your interiors as you use this molded paper. Since it is not printed but molded, the paintable wallpapers can be made to look like embossed fabric or carved wood. There are many other styles and textures that you can choose from.

It Is the Choice of Professional Designers

Wallpapers are the go-to material when adding luxury and style in a room. Depth is a characteristic that this wallpaper can offer which is why many professional designers choose to use it.

The feel of paper offers a different level of luxury and touch to the overall décor. Since this paper was manufactured to be primed and painted, the finish can also match the décor and theme in your home.

It Can Be Your Next Do-It-Yourself Project

This textured wallpaper is a lot more versatile than other wall coverings. This is the perfect DIY project that will eventually look like it was done by professionals. Since the paintable type is thicker than regular wallpapers, it is also a lot easier to work with. Many designers choose to use it because it can be easily applied and can be repositioned when you want to align some repeating patterns.

Painting this wallpaper is pretty much like painting any bare wall in your home. Some homeowners think that priming is optional but if you want the final look to be fabulous, then it is best to use a bit of primer.

If you want a glossy look, you can go ahead and skip the primer. The first layer of primer offers that flat look for many glossy paints.

An Effective Alternative Material

Paintable wallpapers do not just look great on walls but also on the ceiling. They offer a fashionable look that replicate the luxurious, old stamped, tin ceilings dating back to the 19th century. They are also a cost effective alternative to wainscoting. All you need to do is to apply the textured wallpaper right below the chair rail all along the walls.

Contemporary Interior Decoration

Basically, contemporary interior design includes clean lines, simplicity, subtlety, sophistication and texture. Contemporary interior decorator and designer work to bring out more spaces than before by giving greater emphasis on colours, shades, space and sleekness.

They use colours that are more neutral and bright using bold and bright colours to represent contemporary style. Present day style for Interior decoration includes the neutral, white and black colours. Black is the colour of ground and neutral is meant for walls while it is bold accessories that are used to highlight the backdrop. There is greater use of tints of bright colours like green, orange, red, white, gold and cream that are widely used in contemporary interior design.

Contemporary interior design also includes few important trademarks like chrome metallic accents by using heavy mirrors and glass. A wide array of bold colour blocks, bare windows, high ceilings, and geometric shapes are used in walls as well as art sculptures. It is more of including things that define contemporary interior, and less is more here. Every piece used has its own individuality and is unique with interior design of this type.

The contemporary style furniture includes clean, smooth and geometric shapes. The furnishings used are more inclined towards natural fabrics with neutral tones and have black, white and neutral shade upholstery made of natural fibres. The coverings of furniture have fabric that is of black, neutral, white or bold colour with texture that seems like natural wool cotton, jute, silk, and linen that bring in the appeal.

The contemporary furniture pieces are inclined more towards simple without decoration of curves. Chairs and sofa sets have their legs exposed whereas beds and chairs have no skirts, fringes and trims. Wood is the primary material in contemporary style furniture instead of metal or other materials.

Bamboo Bedding

Many of us have wondered about this new widespread use of bamboo when we had heard that the Giant Pandas were threatened due to the decimation of their bamboo forest. Pandas do not eat Moso bamboo. They require a type of bamboo where the leaves are within five feet of the forest floor.

Moso bamboo takes about five years to start to grow and then grows quickly and is ready for harvesting in the five years after it starts to grow. The Moso bamboo puts out sprouts ever year. While these sprouts can ensure the permanence of the Moso bamboo forest, the bamboo shoots are a source of food for a number of the critters residing in the forest. Bamboo farmers need to work hard to protect these tiny shoots in order to ensure that Moso bamboo continues to be a viable source of bamboo.

Bamboo fabric is produced from the pulp of the leaves and the inner part of the trunk of the Moso bamboo. There are currently two processes used to pull the fiber from the bamboo plant. The first and most commonly used process includes cooking the bamboo in lye. The cellulose that remains in then put through bleaching processes that produce the fiber known as bamboo rayon. The second process is a mechanical one in which machines is utilized to break down the leaves and inner trunk. Natural enzymes are then used to further break down the pulp into a mush. It is then possible to extricate the rayon bamboo fibers that are used in weaving the products.

Bamboo bedding is being touted as an incredibly green product that is good for the environment. As with many things, the truth lies towards the middle. Bamboo has a natural resistance to microbes. What is not yet clear is how that resistance survives the process currently used to manufacture bamboo fabrics. Bamboo can be grown without the use of pesticides, but some places do use pesticides. Bamboo can be grown without the use of irrigation, and does use far less water than cotton. The lye process that is most commonly used is likely to pose health challenges to those individuals who work in the manufacture of the product. It is also true that this field is in its infancy and there are likely to be significant improvements to the production of bedding made from bamboo.

Create the Perfect Outdoor Space

In the Summer season, when the days are longer, the sound of a sizzling BBQ is the soundtrack and the warm air is filled with the scent of sunscreen and mosquito repellent, the outdoors are simply begging to be enjoyed. Basking in the great outdoors has taken on a whole new meaning and redefined how homeowners approach the design and decoration of their homes, with outdoor spaces now being reconfigured as an extension of the interior. The key challenge is to design outdoor spaces that are functional, durable, comfortable and align seamlessly with your surrounding environment.

Irrespective of the frequency in which you utilise your outdoor space, a well designed outdoor space that complements and supplements the interior design scheme of your home will not only add value to your home, but also enhance your everyday living. Gone are the days when plastic furniture and wooden deck chairs sufficed as an outdoor setting. Homeowners now seek to enjoy the outdoors with the same level of comfort and style as they would the interior of their home.

In order to harmoniously unify interior and exterior spaces and create a suitable environment for both entertaining and relaxing, there are few important considerations that must be made. To improve the functionality of your outdoor space, consider choosing a suitable overhead cover, such as roofing, sails or awnings in either fixed or retractable styles, to ensure that the space can be enjoyed all year round; rain, hail or shine.

For those of you with a beautiful balcony or verandah, the use of either french, bi-fold, sliding or stacking doors will help to merge the living areas and expand the space available. The inclusion of such wide openings is both functional, particularly when it comes to entertaining, but also visually appealing, allowing natural light and uninterrupted views of the great outdoors to flood the home.

When it comes to outdoor furnishings, don’t just limit yourself to a table and chairs. From day beds and sofas, to lounge chairs and bean bags, there is no limit to what you can do with your outdoor space. Whilst functionality and visual appeal are deemed paramount, the durability and practicality of outdoor furniture are also important considerations. Choose lightweight pieces made with high quality, weatherproof fabrics that are low maintenance and can withstand environmental damage. If space is limited in your outdoor area, then select pieces that are multipurpose such as benches that contain internal storage space.

Similar to that of the interior of your home, strategically arrange your furniture to subdivide your outdoor space and create zones that are designated for dining and relaxation respectively. Decorative pieces such as sculptures, vases, cushions, water features and fireplaces are the crucial elements that will inject a sense of style and personality, and ultimately enhance the visual appeal of your space. Establishing traffic patterns is also important. Creating clearly defined paths, through the use of paved walkways or shrubbery, will ensure that traffic flows effortlessly throughout your outdoor space.