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Category Archives: Home Improvement

About Stylish Pendant Lights

Pendant lighting choices are available online and at lighting showrooms. The best selection of are available by:

– Brand

– Size

– Type

– Color

– Finish

– Shade

– Style

– Material

The newest and best pendant fixtures is a stylish accent. Their eye-catching appeal is artistic design, color and a sleek finishing touch in a modern decor. Decorative pendants come in several varieties and styles.They are affordable and functional modern elegance for your rooms. And they can be used in a kitchen, living room, bathroom or bedroom.

Gorgeous lighting adds luxury to love in your home. The best finishes are bronze, chrome, nickel, brushed steel, glass and wood. Modern colors such as black, blue, brown, gray, natural, silver and multi-color are pleasing options.

Different shade sizes, shapes and materials are decorative details for modern pendants. The latest shades styles are: frosted, Murano glass, lantern and mercury glass. Shade materials include metal, fabric, ceramic, silk and synthetic. These materials are special textures that have a luxury look. A modern selection of pendant lights are available in mini or small (12 inches or less), medium (13-22 inches wide) and large (31 inches) wide or more.

They are available by brand. Their prices range from $25 to $2,000 and up. Art glass, art shade, drum, mini-chandelier, swag and multi-light are pendant types for a contemporary home. The finest features are design elegance in a dining room, entryway or over a kitchen island.

Pendants with a designer shade, that have a caged look and vintage appeal add one-of-a-kind beauty. Those in pairs are unique and creative in a bathroom or bedroom. A fixture hung above a seating area or over a desk helps to define functional zones. An elegant pendant light installed near a chaise or in a dressing room has relaxing ambiance.

Home Decor Accents

Decorating the house is an expensive affair, some sensible buying can save you money and also decorate your house to become a home. Simply selecting the right kind of window treatment can change the look of the room along with matching table runners and contrasting cushion covers that just make your room come alive.

Not everybody has the aesthetic sense to decorate the house, but leading home decor portals display a wide range of home accessories for you to surf and choose from in addition to easy return policies if you do not like what you have purchased.

The look of the window can be changed with prairie curtains. Gone are the day when curtains were used to protect the room from light only. Today curtains add character to the room. Go organic when you choose from a wide range of prairie curtains to decorate your room. Measure the length and width of the window correctly before you place the order online or go to a store to purchase the curtains. Different colors and designs are available. Preferably choose cotton material with lining for a cooler room and a stylish, elegant look plus easy maintenance too.

Tables look nude, dress them up with table runners that match the curtains. This not only makes the room look lively but it protects the surface of the table too. Choose table runners made with 100% cotton as they look good and are easy to maintain as well.

Other home decor accessories include cushion covers and wall organizers with traditional, contemporary and graphic designs that have caught the fancy of most people. Wall organizers made from recycled canvas make a style statement from the wall where they are hung. Cushion covers too are made from recycling tarp which makes them durable, long lasting, water proof and earth friendly.

When you buy products that are recycled, you contribute to the environment. Go organic, go green, look for products that are recycled. Not only are they affordable but stylish too.Shop online from the comfort of your home, look for good deals and free shipping with easy return policy and give your home a new look by decorating it in style at affordable prices.

Flooring Material

The Wear-Resistant Ceramic Tile

Just like vinyl, ceramic tiles offer a huge selection of sizes, styles and colors. This can be easily blended with other kitchen design elements such as the tile backsplash. A slight downside to this material is that you are bound to feel discomfort on your back and legs as you stand long enough on it.

There are different levels of wear resistance for this flooring material. Kitchens and bathrooms need stronger ceramic, one that will not easily chip or crack. Just like vinyl, ascertain that the subfloor is leveled before you install ceramic tiles.

The cost per square foot is at $7 to $25 depending on the style and thickness of the tile that you choose.

The Biodegradable Linoleum

Available in tiles or sheets, you can use linoleum as a casual flooring material. This is the best option for people who are highly allergic to dust and chemical elements used in the production of flooring products.

Linoleum is made of natural resin and flax. It will never trap bacteria or dust, hence, you can greatly improve the air quality in your home as you use this material.

Linoleum is also low maintenance, mildew-resistant and durable. It may not suit the theme that you have chosen for your home so be sure to shop around before you make a final decision.

The cost for every square foot is at $7 to $13.

The Adaptable Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors offer a huge selection of colors and styles. They can be made to look like stone, wood or ceramic. This material can easily resist scratches, stains, dents, even cigarette burns.

If you want a DIY flooring project for your home, then this is the material to choose. With proper care, laminate flooring can easily last for up to 25 years.

The cost per square foot for this kind of flooring material is at $3 to $11.

The Versatile Engineered Wood

This is the best alternative to laminate and hardwood. This is produced by sticking sheets of wood to form a composite surface. It does not contract or expand even during extreme weather changes.

Engineered wood flooring comes in pre-finished forms. They can be clicked or glued upon installation. A word of caution, though, it can never be sanded more than twice or it will lose its original beauty.

Engineered wood costs $12 to $20 every square foot.

Green Interior Design

There are basic guidelines to follow if you want to set up an ecologically-balanced interior. First, steer clear of paints that contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Such chemicals can have long-term negative effects on your family’s health.

Go for organic upholstery. The standard upholstered products in the market these days contain polyurethane foams that are wrapped in dacron. These are man-made materials and are even petroleum-based so they are highly flammable. While they are treated with flame-retardants, they can still be catch fire. Also, they have been known to cause some health issues such as lowered IQ and infertility.

Another green design basic is to choose wood furniture. Find pieces that are made of teak, walnut, maple, oak or any solid wood. These pieces are held together by joinery methods that ensure a stronger bond with less adhesive.

Do not purchase furniture that has particleboard or MDF. These are made from compressed sawdust or shavings bonded by glue, synthetic resins and binders. Adhesives often have formaldehyde that causes nausea, wheezing and serious allergic reactions.

If you have to install rugs in your home, then choose natural fibers like jute, cotton or wool over synthetics. Wool, unlike many of its artificial counterparts, is a natural fire retardant. It also absorbs pollen, dust and moisture so it reduces allergens and humidity on the air.

Synthetic type rugs are often made from polyester, nylon or acetate. Such man-made fibers are also flammable and treated with chemicals that can spike the potency of toxins being releases throughout your home.

One other area that green design focuses on is the conservation of water. Install low-flow showerheads as well a faucet aerators in your bathrooms. It may take a bit longer to finish your bath but this change in your lifestyle guarantees that you are not wasting water as a resource.

There is also the issue of resource management. Eco-friendly interior design is all about using materials that do not deplete quickly. Use a lot of jute, bamboo, coconut, hemp, cork and water hyacinth materials in your home. Yet another strategy is to source your furniture. Look for companies that have committed to sustaining resources. These companies are the ones that are concerned about the impact that a product has on the environment in pollutant terms.

Recycling and upcycling are methods that are heavily used on green designs.

Go Green Offices – Why Not?

When talking about modern office design, it is likely that the discussion centers on trends, colors, furniture choice and the most stylish accent pieces. Businesses, after all, need to exude a professional look. But isn’t it also the duty of businesses to make Mother Earth habitable for many more years?

Going green is now a growing trend among offices. More clients seem to be attracted to businesses that care. Instead of merely thinking about profit, offices now put together an environment that poses the least health hazard.

Take Care of Venetian Blinds

Regular Maintenance is Best

Ideally, you want to regularly clean your Venetian blinds so they require only light cleaning. Weekly wiping and dusting of your blinds will prevent stains and dirt from building up making the job of cleaning much easier. Simply put your blinds in the closed position and wipe them clean. Flip the blinds to the opposite position and wipe again. Using a soft cotton glove, dust-attracting cloth, or even a clothes dryer sheet helps to remove dust more easily. You may even want to spray your blinds with a mild cleaning spray or warm soapy water if you’re cleaning metal or plastic blinds. If you have wooden Venetian blinds, wipe them with a dry glove or cloth to avoid streaking.

When you’re wiping your blinds, start from the center and wipe to the edge on both sides and from the top of your blinds to the bottom. This will help ensure that you remove all dust the first time. Also, if your blinds are more heavily soiled, be sure to change your cloth or gloves regularly to prevent spreading dirt across your blinds.

Vacuum Cleaning

Another method for cleaning Venetian blinds is to vacuum them. Again, regular cleaning is ideal to maintain the quality and condition of your blinds, so you probably want to vacuum them at least a few times a year. Most vacuum cleaners come with a soft brush attachment that can be used for cleaning blinds. If you don’t have this attachment, you should purchase one as other attachments may scratch or chip the slats in your blinds. With the blinds closed, vacuum each of the slats from center to edge and from the top of the blinds to the bottom. You’ll also want to steady the blinds with your free hand. Once you have vacuumed one side of the slats, flip them to the opposite direction and repeat this process.

Deep Cleaning

Even the most assiduous cleaner will likely discover that their blinds need a deeper cleaning at least once a year. For plastic or metal blinds, immerse your blinds in warm water and add a cleaning solution such as dishwashing soap or bleach. Allow the blinds to soak for at least half an hour and then gently wash with a soft cleaning brush. Then just rinse your blinds clean and allow them to dry. For wooden blinds, you should never use bleach or detergent, so it is important to maintain a more regular cleaning schedule.

Dollhouse Decorating

Beware of too many patterns in a small space. Your color choices may result in a friendly palette, but if patterned wallpaper, curtains and rug are too close together, a “busy” look may not be the worst problem. A viewer’s eye can get confused and focus on a minor shade, and you may not be able to figure out why the room just doesn’t look right. Try replacing one of the pattern objects with a solid color.

The perceived color of a surface will vary with the light source illuminating that surface. Incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, even if both are balanced for “daylight,” have different reflective properties, as does the surface. A flat paint absorbs more light than a semi-gloss. If you notice an unwanted bounce from one surface to another, use flat paint.

A warning about white walls and ceilings: pay special attention to how surrounding elements will reflect light and alter the color. For example, red furniture or carpeting might make white walls look pink. This is especially true in a room box, as there is mostly reflected light present.

Blue can give the room a cool feeling; it can also make it look cold. A blue wall will give a cool bluish-white cast to the whole room. A reflected light source can give everything in the bathroom, especially a white ceiling, a bluish cast, destroying the desired contrasts.

Contemporary miniatures can have a problem with the a 60-30-10 rule, where a selection of three different colors should be used in that proportion. The idea is the color of the primary surface, usually the walls, will be the dominate color; large objects like furniture, will be a compatible, or an acceptable contrasting secondary color. Trim and accessories are the third-place color. Interior designers often use dark primary and secondary colors, which can be fine in a real room, but deadly in a room box. If a decorators work is your inspiration for the miniature, choose lighter shades of the same colors or break the 60-30-10 rule.

Relaxing Master Bedroom

1. Warmth Under Foot. As a great lover of hardwood floors I’m usually the last to suggest the contemporary idea of wall-to-wall carpet but in a bedroom, particularly a Master Bedroom, it’s where I start the conversation. Regardless of the climate in which you live (and certainly if you are in snow country) the wall-to-wall installation of a plush, warm and perfectly delicious wool carpet makes absolute sense. If you’re fortunate enough to have a walk-in-closet and dressing area, let alone a sitting room, then let the carpet join these areas together in one lovely underfoot experience.

2. Zen on Every Wall. There are those who will differ with me in their opinion of the best colors to use on the walls of a Master Bedroom. Regardless of the differences I strongly advocate, if a calm retreat is what you desire, that you edit out bold blasts of color from your rooms color pallet. Fine that you want a blue room but don’t complain to me about your sleepless nights when you paint the walls a never shattering electric blue. I would have suggested one of many shades of soft, feather-like aqua or quail-egg blue. Either would be a calm departure that enhances the objective of tranquility rather than mocking it.

3. A Tech-free Zone. Don’t cry to me that you can’t sleep when in your bedroom you surround yourself with every type of electronic gadget on the planet. Is it any wonder that you’re longed for slumber is routinely shattered when from every corner of the room some battery operated gizmo is blinking, beeping or humming your favorite rock-n-roll anthem!? Wishing for a tranquil retreat? Banish all forms of electronics. This includes the television. A single mobile phone, with properly adjusted “Do Not Disturb” notifications is all any Master Bedroom needs to achieve rewarding results.

4. Comfort Is King. If there’s not another stick of furniture in your Master Bedroom than the bed in which you sleep then you’re off to a good start. I’m often asked, when people are buying furniture for a bedroom, “What should we start with, if our budget is limited?” Hands down the most important purchase you’ll make for the room, in which you spend more time than any room in the house, is the bed. If you’ve ever spent a night in a luxury hotel you know the seductive, lush power of a beautifully crafted bed. They are designed to provide the best night’s sleep possible and thus are worth every penny. I encourage you to sleep around a bit. Spend a night in a Hilton, a Four Seasons, a Ritz Carlton… etc. and find a mattress set that works for you. Most of these hotels have in house purchasing options that will allow you to buy that very bed. Don’t hesitate. It is the best money you’ll ever spend.

Stripes In Interior Design

Stripes do not just add interest in a room but they are also effective in hiding a myriad of traffic. It can also conceal wear and tear that you or your family members can inflict.

Using stripes on your décor can help you break loose of predictability. The world of interior design is often about patterns and solids but if you want to surprise everyone, then add some stripes. Just make sure that you keep one color as the unifying element in a room or else you would lose the needed cohesion on your design.

Stripes can also be used on those lovely stairs that you have at home. Just look at that often boring straight staircase and know that you can actually use striped carpets on them. These stripes can render an interesting path to the upper rooms.

Adding that striped carpet will also offer that needed energy boost on your stairway. At the very least, the appearance of wear and tear are kept at a bare minimum. Remember, though, that carpet warranties won’t cover stairs and hallways so those stripes will come in handy in hiding the wears and tears of daily traffic.

Subtle stripes, when used on walls, can add an interesting décor to any room. Have your paint or wallpapers designed with stripes (whether vertical or horizontal) and you get to change the aura of the room. Just make sure that the rest of the design elements are not as lively as your striped walls or you will be left with a room that has too much activity going on.

A Surefire Beauty

Adding stripes is a surefire way to stylize a room. Choose from delicate, thin or bold stripes, no matter, you are sure to add a little pizzazz to a boring design. There are just a few tips that you need to remember, though.

First, when you are out to paint your walls, make sure to use masking tape to outline your stripes. Using a spirit level, measure them so that you are guaranteed of straight lines.

If you prefer a retro look, combine thin lines with thicker bands. This will help you achieve an 80s design. ‘Feeling bold enough? Why not paint diagonal lines for a more modern look? You can do this on a focal or feature wall or you can have it done on all four walls – it’s up to you.

Widen or add some height into a room by using striped wallpapers. A huge bonus of using stripes is that they can conceal any flaw. A room with low ceiling can benefit from a vertical striped wallpaper. This will create an illusion of height.

Employ the same trick using the stripes on a horizontal position and you will get a visually wider room. This is most useful in narrow rooms.

Art of Minimalism

1. Make it Count-

Consider your home to be a beautiful puzzle. Let the decor be such that every product fits within it in a perfectly balanced way. Let there be no extra piece, however pretty it may be. Anything that doesn’t serve a purpose of fulfilling that puzzle is a piece that doesn’t count and so should simply be disregarded.

2. Quality vs. Quantity-

One must rather have key pieces which make a statement rather than multiple baubles that do nothing but create noise. Getting carried away by sweeping trends may sound quite alluring at first but will only prove to be a waste in the longer run. Instead, invest in timeless decor products. For example, of all the options of storage boxes online, it is advisable to buy vintage storage boxes rather than many other boxes for decoration. This will ensure that your accents look classy for years to come. Remember, the principle of quality over quantity to always maintain a cleaner, de cluttered home decor.

3. Left door in, Right door out-

Often we get so caught up in buying all the pretty things that come our way, we forget how we have a lot of similar stuff already. It thus, makes a lot of sense for all of us to follow a basic rule of letting something go for every new thing we bring into our homes. This ensures that there is no ‘junk’ as such lying around our homes. Things that we haven’t used in ages, broken decor accents that we can’t seem to let go, etc should all be shown the door to make way for newer, better things.

4. Small Steps Count-

If the modern home decor with its minimalist values is something that you are sceptic about but still want to have it introduced in your life, it’s best you ease into it slowly. For all new things in life, taking a sudden, complete plunge doesn’t always bode well. Taking small steps towards adopting a new philosophy is a sure shot way of sticking to it for a longer duration. This way, you are able to pay attention to details and slowly but steadily get accustomed to a new lifestyle. A lifestyle that you’ll realise soon enough declutter your life figuratively just as it does literally, giving you a clearer head along with a cleaner space!

Info of Decorating With Window Blinds

With traditional window shades, light is all-or-nothing. They’re either up or they’re down – there’s no in between. With blinds, you can adjust the amount of light you want in your room. You can pull them all the way up for a crystal-clear unobstructed view, you can pull them down but leave the slats open for lots of light, you can close the slats for hardly any light, or choose one of a practically infinite number of variations in between based on your particular desire at that moment.

The adjustable nature of blinds is also an important consideration for privacy, especially if you live in a ground-floor apartment or a neighborhood in which houses are situated close together or near the street. Blinds allow you to see out without allowing everyone else to see in.

Many different looks can be achieved depending on the style of blinds you choose: wood, faux wood, metal, vinyl or another material. A dark, heavy, hardwood blind can bring a warm, outdoorsy feel to a room. White or light-colored vinyl blinds suggest a breezier atmosphere, perfect for a beach house or a kitchen. Colored or patterned blinds offer your room a really distinctive look, and deciding on vertical versus horizontal can also have a major effect on a room’s demeanor.

Even though blinds are often considered a sleek, cosmopolitan addition to a home, it doesn’t mean they have to break the bank. Love the look of real wood but can’t afford the steep price? Try faux wood – many people won’t be able to even tell the difference. Sure, a remote to raise and lower the blinds would be nice, but if you’re trying to cut corners, you can skip that feature. If you have neither children nor pets, you don’t need the added cost of cordless, either. Some blinds can be purchased for as little as $25 each, while higher-end blinds can run more than $100 each. Installation fees can vary as well, depending on where you shop. If you’re handy, install them yourself and save even more. Make sure you feel comfortable tackling the job, however; it won’t save you money if you end up having to call in a professional to re-do the work.

And just because you have blinds doesn’t mean you have to give up fabric! Top your blinds with fun fabric patterns, or drape wide swatches on either side to soften those edges. Either will enhance your look while helping to keep dust to a minimum.