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Friday, 31 January 2014

5 Winter Home Decorating Tips

5 Winter Home Decorating Tips


Why not turn your house into a shelter of joy and warmth during the winters by using home decors and bright colors. Read on to know more about home decorating tips for the winters.

As the winters take its toll on us, and we struggle to create a much cozy environment in-house, what are the most obvious tips that we need to follow? How do we end up creating a cozier interior within our homes and enjoy the warmth of our homes? Here some tips of decorating and turning your home into a more cozy shelter.

Holiday Mood Color

Most people opt for colors such as green and red in order to compliment the holiday season. But you can always choose to do something different by playing with colors inside your house. Color the walls inside your room with warm colors and accentuate them with proper holiday decorations. Suppose, if you are decorating the room with a Christmas Tree, find an appropriate corner for the same. The idea is to place the tree in such a position that it highlights and accentuates the room. But make sure that it does not occupy too much space as it can make the plot look more cluttered. If you find a good place then you can go about decorating the tree with necessary ornaments.

Try and Usher in the Warmth in the Décor


Choose colors like orange, red and yellow as these are warm colors. These colors can actually brighten up your home especially during winters. Accentuating the area is very important. Choose furniture that would complement the area of the living room. You can choose to brighten up the living room by using heavy curtains. Choose a good color for curtains that will help in further complementing the look of the room.

Rearrange the furniture if necessary and create areas where you can choose to strike up a conversation especially in front of the fire place. Choose bright colored fluffy cushions and pillows. Compose and decorate the living room according to your tastes; the cozier it looks the more happy will you be while sipping coffee beside the fireplace in the evening.

Opt for Winter Rug Decoration

Opting for rugs all over the house for decoration during the winters is a great option. It is actually a sensational feeling to cover your feet in a warm rug and thus help keep cold at bay. You can put rugs on the floor and on the couch, arm chairs and also window seats. It is always advised that you choose bright colors; but on the contrary sometimes opting for paler colors for rugs can also do winders. Colors like lilac and other floral colors can be used to decorate the home during winters.

Welcome nature through your Interior Decoration

Indoor plants are a good option for home decoration. Mild fragrances inside your house can have a great appeal. It will also add a hue of color. Once you have placed an indoor plant in your house, it can complement the background wall especially if it has a light color. Choose from other elements such as cones, pebbles, dried branches and be used to generate patterns and designs for decoration.

Let there be Light!

Well, finally we all know that during winters it tends to become dark quite quickly so you must lit up your house in a variety of lights. For this, if you have a fire place, nothing like it. Lighting up a fireplace, is probably the best thing to experience during the winters. Opt for yellow colored lights in the living room; decorate the room with floating candles placed on a low-height table. You can also get lamps with low-watt bulbs; these will add subtle hue to the house.

The above paragraphs give a fair idea about some of the major ways of decorating your house during the winters. If you choose the right colors and right décor items then you can turn a cold winter into a one that is filled with extreme warmth.

Author Bio: Sampurna Majumder is a professional writer who enjoys creativity and challenges.  Barely a year into new media, she has written several posts, articles and blogs for prominent real estate websites. The above post throws light on ways to decorate your house during the winters. 

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Create Drama and Atmosphere with Chandeliers

The chandelier may appear to be out of place in the modern setting but for homeowners who wish to add an element of drama in their home should consider incorporating chandeliers into their lighting scheme.


Before scoffing at the idea, know that chandeliers also come in subtler and streamlined versions. Ornate chandeliers with dangling crystals and delicate curving arms are still alive and well but unless the home is as grand as a Malibu mansion – or one that is decked in true traditional style – then it is advisable to go for contemporary or modern chandeliers. 
The shimmering crystals may be missing in the modern versions but in its place are metallic surfaces or pieces, still designed to maximize illumination. However, aside from lighting living spaces – the more valued advantage to using chandeliers is that they instantly punch up flat spaces.  The chandelier’s interesting patterns and its degree of brilliance provides a remarkable if not somewhat theatrical mood to the home. 
To get the most out of this most charming lighting fixture, here are a few tips on creating and emphasizing mood.

·       It has to match the overall theme.  What’s exciting about furniture shops of today is that they are packed with a great selection of items. Stamping your personality through lighting fixtures can be fun. However, also ensure that the selected items will not clash with the larger scheme. Carefully consider the materials, color, and the finishes and check if it agrees with the room’s design.  

·        Consider the scale of the room. Do not overlook the room and the chandelier’s size. An oversized chandelier will definitely look awkward – if not downright hysterical – in a small room and likewise, standard sized chandeliers may be too small for large halls or dining rooms. This will not only affect the decorating style – but also illumination.

·         Let it be the focal point. Draw the eye upward and install the chandelier in the center of the room.  Avoid using visual clutter, as it will look to busy and take the attention away from the chandelier.

·    Enhance mood with layers of lighting. Chandeliers provide enough reliable illumination but to enrich the experience, complement it with other lighting fixtures such as dimmable floor and table lamps or even wall scones. Light, as many designers know, does not only emphasize interesting architectural elements but also helps in achieving specific emotional responses.

·      Consider its function. If you are lighting a high traffic area, go for chandeliers that provide enough light. Chandeliers make fantastic eye candies but never lose sight of its main function.

For lovely interiors, do not underestimate the power of lighting. In this case, chandeliers may be a throwback to the days of grand palaces and aristocracy, but its seemingly innate power to evoke responses remain true to this day.
Opulent or stripped to the basics – create mood and drama with chandeliers.


Laya Cusano is the chief editor of The Furnished Up Blog. She also oversees the Marketing Department of Furnished Up, a provider of decorating advice to furniture shoppers and homeowners. You can follow Laya Cusano on G+.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Decorative Art Glass in Your Home

Art glass bowls can act as great accessories for many places within your home, from the bathroom to the living room. Art glass is made almost exclusively with the aim to decorate home, it isn’t always functional per se, but it can be used in a function-like way to decorate.





You don’t need to lock it away and hide it in your glass cabinet either. A fine piece of decorative art glass can make a fine centerpiece or brighten up a large window sill. With young children around it is probably best to keep it on a higher shelf!



Functional glassware is what you eat and drink from and decorative glass is the fine crystal glass that is too good to even put fruit in. This is how one differentiates between decorative glass and utilitarian glassware, and whilst one wouldn’t like a scratch or nick in a glass meant to drink with, such a thing on an art glass bowl will seriously devalue it.

There are however different pieces from different places in the house, so a decorative glass bowl in the bathroom will look different than one meant to be in the living room for instance. The bowl in the bathroom can be used to keep soap or cotton balls, or maybe hold bath oil and the like.



Then there’s the option of using decorative glass vases as candle holders, you can pour some water into it and come tea light candles which will create a very romantic and nice smelling atmosphere. In case the glass bowls are made of clear glass, then you can also add in some rose petals or use it as a home for a small goldfish.

One other method of using clear art glass bowls is to fill them with colorful stones or marbles and by using this method it won’t matter exactly where you place them, because they will work great with your home décor.



One great advantage of art glass bowls is that they are very versatile in that you can play around with them in order to make them unique and blend them into whatever décor design idea you’re going with at any given time. This means that they can act as great decorative accents for all the major holidays just by changing the items that they hold or the way in which they are arranged within a larger decorative setup.


Also let’s not forget that art glass bowls are a great idea for a gift which you can then fill with potpourri or likewise tiny and colored things, maybe someone’s favorite candy.

Friday, 8 November 2013

5 Practical Ideas to Personalize Your Walls

High-impact wall decorating on a budget has never been easier. Visit home improvement stores and flea markets to find décor pieces made from various unique materials, from paper to fabric. Or you can do it in the comfort of your home: browse the Internet and you’ll discover DIY ideas that require either new materials or your existing kitchen items.

Creativity and resourcefulness on your walls can magically transform a regular room to a spectacular space. Go ahead and try your hand in it. Here are 5 unique wall decoration ideas that you can finish in a short span of time and with a limited budget.

Creativity Right Above Your Head



Your bedroom should have the most personal design in your home. For couples, you can hang a series of 3 or 4 photos from your wedding or favorite travel moments above the headboard. For the poet, you can put up verses of your own work in separate frames. Or you can just use cheap but beautiful prints.

If frames aren’t your thing, you can place open shelves or racks where you can put your personal collection of souvenirs from your travels or your favorite toys. If you’ve got a talent for painting or stenciling, you might want to do a mini-mural, instead of a real headboard.

Livelier Living Room

Make the most of the sunlit area in your living room by hanging framed prints of butterflies, birds, or flowers on that plain section of the wall beside the window. The bright hues of the subjects will create a colorful splash on the initially neutral room. Breathe more life to the area in a subtle way by adding lamps, throw pillows, and other accessories that echo the colors of the framed prints.

Buy easy-to-assemble wood frames from a thrift shop and customize them with stain or paint. You can choose a dark wood stain or a bold orange paint, depending on the overall design you wish to show. Or if you got a painted frame, you can make it into something shabby but sophisticate by roughing it up with sand paper.

Big Ideas for Your Small Kitchen



The kitchen, especially a tiny one, is one area often devoid of décor in most homes. Well, it shouldn’t be or doesn’t have to be. You probably don’t even have to buy anything new to brighten it up. Check what you have in your stockroom or cupboard.


  • If you’ve got a collection of miniature cups and saucers, don’t let them accumulate dust in its boxes; display some of them in open shelves above the window or simply on top of the cabinets.
  • You can also make a collage of favorite spices in dry leaf form - basil, bay, laurel, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. Arrange them on boards and frame and hang them. .
  • Look at the pots and pans that you use. Place pegs or hooks on an empty wall near your stove; make sure you put spaces in between enough for you to hang all your pots and pans. This arrangement becomes your organizer and décor in one. .


A Love for Literature

Bring out your collection of worn or tattered books with interesting covers. Detach those fanciful front covers and frame them. These will make great wall décor pieces for your reading corner, study room, or bedroom. If, however, you want to keep the book in one piece, scan the cover in full color or in black and white, instead.

Your Kids’ Gallery

Add a touch of childhood fancy to any room in your home by framing your children’s artwork. Show your pride in your kids’ creations and let your kids feel special. You can choose the hallway or the stairway to hang them. You can install a cork board if you want the children themselves to do the pinning of their artwork.

Once you’re finished decorating your wall, don’t forget to take time to appreciate your labor of love. Your wall won’t look blank and boring anymore. In fact, don’t be surprised if you’ll feel even more inspired to add some more furniture and accessories to further improve the look of your new room or home.

About the Author - Raquel Merc is a writer and a homemaker. She has recently contributed a variety of articles on home management and improvement. These include tips and ideas on practical matters like gardening, interior design, and even kit homes.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Living Room Makeover on a Budget

Could your living room do with a bit of sprucing up? If you're looking for some quick and easy ways to spruce up your living room that won't involve you spending a fortune or bringing in the experts then look no further.

Believe it or not, but you can still get a designer look without breaking the bank. Create a stunning living room just by following these 5 steps to giving your living room a makeover on a budget.

Create your own artwork

Female Face Decal

Artwork brings colour and sets the mood of a room. You can create your own artwork without being an artist. It's easy!

Have a go at creating images using templates and stencils, the more you practice the more you’ll get the hang of it. Hanging paintings and prints on your walls can completely change the tone of your living space. Experiment using different frames, they come in all shapes and sizes.






Update your sofa

sofa

Does your sofa need a new lease of life? You should could try covering it with a cover or throw, it’s cheaper than buying a new sofa or reupholstering your old one.

Custom-made sofa covers can be expensive but, if you’re handy with a sewing machine you may consider making your own. There are so many colours and textures available, you’re spoilt for choice!

If your sofa is beyond repair don’t worry, there are plenty of budget sofas around that will save the day!

Feature wall

Beach cottage style: Blue living room + playful pattern mix + 'Clear Skies' by Benjamin Moore
We all know that wallpaper can be extremely pricey, so instead of spending a fortune wallpapering every wall why not just wall paper one. 













Try to be bold with your colour choice, after all it is a feature wall and you want it to stand out.


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Living Room
Here is something that will cost you nothing, bring the outdoors in with some fresh flowers. Flowers will brighten up any room and also add natural fresh fragrances. Flowers are the most cost effective way of adding colour to your living room.





You could opt for very realistic silk flowers if you want to enjoy year-round blooms, a small investment that will last a while.


Cover worn carpet with a bright rug


rug envy

If you have worn flooring or threadbare patches but can’t afford to completely replace them then why not cover them up by throwing down a rug. Create a welcoming cozy environment by opting for a vibrant, bold colour.

You want to make the rug a focal point in the room, use neutral tones to fit in with your existing colour scheme. If you go for the right type of rug you can transform your room without replacing the flooring.









Author: Izzy Evans, 20 years old blogger at Iconic Hot Tubs, home improvement & interior design enthusiast.