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Getting to Know Shutters

| October 30, 2014

Shutters are ideal as window coverings if you are thinking long term. It can be both traditional and warm. Another advantage of shutters is that you can precisely control the amount of light for you room. If the shutter itself is not enough as a decorations, curtains can also be added to complement the hard lines of the shutter. Window shutters can also be painted or varnished to your ideal style. So shutters are actually quite flexible as opposed to previous notions.

Getting to Know Shutters

There are a few things you might want to know before considering shutters for your house. They come in different shapes. Usually, they are in rectangle or square form but there are laso arched shutters. Whatever the shape, four parts are surely present. There is the rail, which is the top part of the shutter. The louvers are the horizontal pieces which move. The tilt bar is the one controlling the louvers. It is used to adjust the amount of light you wish for your room. The stiles are the right and left part of the shutter which hold the louvers together.

The type of material for shutters should be seriously taken. There are faux wood, solid wood, vinyl shutters and even metal. You have to consider where you would want to put the shutters and the temperature, humidity, moisture of that place. Wood shutters may have a problem with rooms of high humidity and moisture. However, wood is a classic for warmth, beauty and it exudes integrity. And if maintained properly, they can last for a long time. Metal shutters are used usually if it is intended for the exteriors.

Getting to Know Shutters

These are only some of the things to take note of for shutters. More is coming!

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Ceilings

| October 28, 2014

Ceilings are usually underrated. They are not really paid much attention to as opposed to other parts of the room. Usually, the ceilings are just painted white. But if you are going for the complete look, then your ceilings should not be disregarded.

Ceilings

You might think that the only options for decorating the ceiling is of what color you should choose for it. But there are a lot of possibilities for the ceiling. You can also do the same things to the ceiling as with the walls.

Some paint their ceilings with pictures they can think of. Some paint them to look like a sky. You can also try some uncommon paint for ceilings. Bright colors make the room brighter too. Or there are painted ceilings which creates borders. Just like walls, you can also apply wallpapers on ceilings. Even if the paint of the ceiling is monochromatic, you can enhance the feel of the ceiling (and the room) with accent lighting. Accent lighting does not only come in white colors, mind you. So you can really play with accent lighting – what lighting color would suit best with the color of the ceiling. There are also accents for the ceilings called medallion. Just like a medallion, it is also circular and usually it is where the chandeliers are being placed.

Ceilings

You might have seen events held inside big tents. Usually, the ceiling in these tents are fabric. You can also do this with the ceiling in your house. It creates more drama. Wood beams are another option. Aside from they can be really apart of the engineering of the house, they also make a room look sturdier. Wood in general is also welcoming and warm. Or if wood beams are too much, there are also other options to do with wood. You can simply make the ceilings as wood planks.

There are a lot to tinker with your ceiling!

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Introduction to Paint

| October 24, 2014

Choosing the color of paint for a room depends greatly on the personality of the owner and the mood the room is expected to create. When choosing, do not rely much on what is the trend because it changes quickly.

Introduction to Paint

Other than color, another important thing to consider is the type of paint. There are basically two types of ‘finish’ paint products – oil and latex. Both have four components – water, pigment, binder and additives.

Latex paint is the more popular one. It has variations which are environmentally friendly, low VOC, odorless, etc. It can also be cleaned with soap and water and dries quickly. It is also more resistant to blister, peel and crack because it can allow moisture to evaporate. Of course, price is one of the most important considerations when buying paint and anything. More expensive latex paint are comprised of 100% vinyl/acrylic and little liquid. But with more expensive latex paint, it is guaranteed that you won’t be needing to coat twice unlike with cheaper latex paints which can even cost you more because the coverage would be less dense and more prone to fading, dirt and stains.

Introduction to Paint

Oil paint, on the other hand (or alkyd), has a strong binder which is made from vegetable oil. Oil paint is usually applied on places which are more prone to tearing. Oil paint has a hard finish which makes it suitable for more haggard places. Its binder makes the oil paint more hard to clean up and it takes a solvent such as mineral spirits to clean it up.

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Natural decorations

| October 20, 2014

You know what they say, if you are looking for an inspiration of matchmaking of design and colors, just look out into the nature and you’ll find more inspirations and models than what you are asking. Well, why not bring tidbits of nature itself into you room and make them as your designs!

Natural Decorations

Natural decors make the house more ‘homy’ and more comfortable. Although the most common natural decorations are fresh flowers on vases, or flower pots, some plants can be preserved so it would last long and you know, you won’t change decorations that much. You can make use of dying trees or shrubs as a décor. You can just varnish the wood or repaint it with other colors and place it as an accent to your wall. Speaking of accents for wall, you can use logs (of the right size) as designs. The natural formation of its rings and its colors is a good accent for a neutral colored wall. Plus, it also adds levels to your walls so that it will not just look flat.

Or instead of using synthetic placemats, you can use those which are made of bamboo. There also mats which are made of river stones.

Natural Decorations

You cannot only find inspiration from the land but you can also look out to the sea. Preserved starfish and shells are often used as bathroom decorations. Shells can also be used as candle holders and you can add a little twist by placing it on a crystal plate with water and make it look like it is floating. This can be a good decoration for Valentine’s day.

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Indoor plants to purify your air

| October 16, 2014

Nowadays, a lot more people prefer to live in condominiums, apartments or in urban area in general. However, most of these places look ‘too urban’. They are all concrete and sometimes feel like living in an artificial world. Most people living in these areas sometimes wish to connect more to the ‘natural world’ where there are trees and you can see something green and is a living thing.

Indoor plants to purify your air

You do not need to go far to country side to just feel that ‘natural-ness’. If you do not have enough time, then bring the nature to your house! Here are some indoor plants which do not only accentuate your house and brings the ‘natural green’ but also helps to purify the air around you – very efficient.

Dendrobium and Phaelonopsis orchids are one of these plants. They can get rid of xylene in the air. Xylene is a pollutant from glues and paints used for building houses. So these plants is a nice gift for someone who had just moved in or even for someone who had only repainted his or her room.

If the resident is fund of smoking, palms can be very useful. They can remove formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide in the air.

Indoor plants to purify your air

Spatiphyllums are also useful plants for indoors. They also go with the name ‘Peace lilies’. They can remove toxins like acetone, ammonia, benzene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene and xylene.

They are only some of the few examples of air purifier plants. Stay tune for the next batch!

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Common Mistakes in Interior Design

| October 8, 2014

It is really exciting to start on designing your new house or your new room. However, it should not be a rush. Even though your room may be considered as small, careful planing is still needed if you do not want to be annoyed , bored or uncomfortable with your room and you end up always wanting to change it. So here are some of the common mistakes you would want to avoid when planning the design of your room.

Common Mistakes in Interior Design

  1. Paint – Sometimes, people tend to get too excited that they do not consider how a paint color might go with other things in the room.
  2. Rugs – The common problem with choosing rugs is that they are sometimes overestimated. After buying them and trying them on, it turns out that not all the furniture can sit on the rug. A sala set is supposedly sitting on the rug. Every leg of the chair or table should be inside the rug.
  3. Lighting – Bad lighting can be, well, really bad. Lighting plays an important role in giving that perfect ambience or mood. The kind of lighting is dependent on the purpose of a specific room.
  4. Colors and collections – Sometimes, anyone can be a compulsive buyer. At first look, everything seems to fit with everything else. This thinking however always ends up with too many colors and contrasts. Putting just almost everything can be very confusing to look at for a room. It can also be very uncomfortable. You can limit the colors you will use. It does not mean you can really use only a few colors. You should also try experimenting with other shades of a color. This way it would not be too much and is not also too plain.

Common Mistakes in Interior Design

These are only a few things to consider while still planning for your new room. Stay tuned for more!

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Basic of a Victorian Room

| October 4, 2014

Victorian style is a classic. It never goes out of trend. Victorian style is known for orderliness and ornamentation. A bare room in Victorian era is considered as a poor taste. You can say that in a Victorian room, there is a lot going on because of all the intricacies of the designs and the objects which reflects the personal taste of the owner.

Basic of a Victorian Room

The usual colors used in Victorian homes are tertiary colors, which are the products of primary and secondary colors. The carpets used are usually patterned. Even the tiles are also usually heavily patterned. Tiles are used for rooms or areas with heavy traffic like kitchens and halls. Wallpapers were also a trend during the Victorian era and you may also use it today. Victorian era wallpapers are usually designed with large flowers, birds and other animals. Living things are portrayed realistically in victorian design.

A room can never be a Victorian if there is no overstuffed furnitures, chairs are usually plump and with button backs. Victorian style comes with a lot of furnitures. Mostly, the furnitures are made of wood. The wood used is usually stained dark. Fabrics used are also highly patterned.

Basic of a Victorian Room

A fireplace is also one of the central elements in a Victorian room. Of course, even the firplace should be ornately designed. Always remember that bare parts of a room should be at least placed with a design or any ornament. Victorian can be excessive but it should also be orderly and neat although at first you might think it would be too crowded because of too many ornaments.

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Versatile Pipes

| September 29, 2014

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In the last post, we showed you how to make a fun invisible floaty bookshelf. Now we’ll show you a rad option you can use for your shelves and other stuff In your apartment.

So, now you’re moving into a new, completely unfurbished unfurnished apartment. It’s as tall as it is wide,; you start developing ideas with using the high ceiling. (You think to yourself you could make a tiny loft bedroom somewhere up there; just make a platform and a spiral staircase somewhere, that’ll be fine.) It’s white walls, white flooring, white everything. What now?

If you’ve got a hand for working with plumbing, then pipes could be your best friend with some fundamental furniture. You can try buying some metal pipes, L-shaped and t-shaped fittings, and perhaps some wheels. With some imagination, you can turn a set pf pipes into some funky shelves, benches, or maybe even a ladder. Make sure to buy the right kind of paint for the pipes to prevent rusting and to give the pipes a rad look to go with the rest of your apartment.

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Flowers For Your Home

| September 27, 2014

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Fresh flowers always add a special something to any room or home. It is a wonderful way to brighten a room, add cheer, and lift spirits. Having a fragrant bouquet in a room can also make it smell wonderful well into the late evenings.

When choosing flowers, take into account what the rest of the room you plan to place it in looks like. Is the room bright and sunny and painted in light hues? Is it dark and full of deep, cozy colors? In terms of size, take the room into account again. A large, flamboyant bouquet might be brilliant in a sprawling living room, but will overpower in a modest-sized sitting room where a simple nosegay will do.

When buying a boquet, make sure there is a flower vase waiting at home with just the right height and size. You can choose to decorate the flower vase with washi tape in your bouquet’s colors for more visual appeal.

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Easy Ways to Redecorate Your Bedroom

| September 27, 2014

If you’re sick of the way your room looks but are not sure how to go about redecorating it, here are some simple and inexpensive tricks you can try. Remember, home decorating is all about deciding what works and what doesn’t and being creative while doing it.

Rearranging the furniture is the quickest and least expensive way to add some more life in to a boring room. Try moving your desk to an opposite wall and placing your bed where your desk used to be. Have fun experimenting with different positions.

Paint a single wall and make it your room’s focal point. Hang posters or move an interesting piece of furniture in front of the wall. Make the wall’s color complement the room’s color scheme. You’d be surprised at how dramatic and artsy your room will look after.

Cover up your walls by hanging posters, mementos, or mirrors. For something bolder, you could try a geometric styled shelf. Draw an outline of a shape on the wall, then using a masking tape and ruler, paint in the shape. Then place a small hanging shelf between the shape. This will hardly take a day’s work.