Author: Michael Rourky

Select and Install Grommet Curtains

First step – selecting the curtains

There is always a lot of confusion while selecting the right curtains for your windows. The good thing about the grommet style is that there are not many variations in terms of design and style, and that makes it easy for you to select the right curtains. However there are enough options for you to choose the best fit for your interiors. The designs may vary from contemporary to country and many more. There are also the color variations which you can decide based on your preferences and the interiors of your house. Likewise cost is often an issue and the curtains could be chosen based on the personal preferences while considering the affordability factor. Discount curtains are easily available on the internet and can be a very good option for those who are looking to save some money. Selecting the best curtains for your windows may take some time but it is essential and you should not settle for something which you are not excited about.

Installation of the curtains

The installation of grommet curtains requires some expertise and therefore, you will have to understand a few technicalities here to install them by yourself. You can also go for someone else’s help but even then, since you will have to replace them on regular basis, you should know how to do that. While installing, it is important to keep the length of the window in mind and make sure the curtains fit every well. The size in this case is of huge importance and cannot be even slightly shorter or slightly longer than the required, otherwise it may affect the look. It has to be perfect. Also, you can get a few colors to keep changing the interiors after some time.

Black And White Cowhide Rugs

The Look of Cowhide

All types of floor coverings that you add to your space can help to control the noise volume in a home with wood or stone floors. However, the area rugs that you choose to use in your decorating efforts will play a major role in the overall look of a home, and because of this, you do want to consider the benefits of a cowhide rug with a black and white design. Cowhide rugs are often associated with rustic homes with a country western look, but they can also be used with gorgeous results in homes with a modern look or even a traditional look. The black and white hue of traditional cowhide rugs makes them ideal for enhancing the look of many homes. Your room may have minimal use of colors, and the unique pattern of cowhide coupled with the textile element of this material will enrich the style. On the other hand, your room may utilize bold colors, and the coloring and design of this type of rug can provide a beautiful contrasting element that you will love.

Versatility and Durability

When you invest in an area rug for your home, you want it to look great, but you also want it to hold up well to your regular use. Cowhide rugs are known for their unique versatility as well as their durability. They can be placed in the center of a room as a focal point, under a coffee table or in another area where you need to add softness and texture to the space. Their durability makes them highly versatile to use with many types of décor as well as in many areas of the home. This is a type of rug that you can purchase for your existing home décor today, but you may find that you can incorporate it into your home’s look when you redecorate in future years too.

Add Color To Space

There are many ways to combine colors to create a balanced and pleasing design. In general, it is best not to use more than three colors in a space. Plan to use one color primarily in the space, one color for more than half the remaining balance, and use the third just as an accent.

Wall color is an easy and inexpensive way to redecorate a room. Just changing the wall shade can dramatically alter the look of the space. Your choice of hue can make the room appear larger or smaller. For example, a small room can look larger if you use a white on the walls. Likewise, using a dark color such as chocolate brown on your walls can make a room seem smaller and cozier.

Before you jump in with a bold shade on your walls, try it out in smaller doses, such as with pillows or accent pieces, to make sure you like it, before you commit to it on the wall. Are you looking to try a deep color in a space, but are afraid it might be too strong? Try using it on the ceiling instead and keep the walls white. The hue will pop against the white of the walls giving a cozy feeling to the space.

Color has a role in how a room feels. When choosing a shade for a room consider what type of feel you are looking for in the space. Are you looking to have a soothing space, or a playful one? Sleek and modern or old world and rustic? Neutral tones convey a more soothing feel while pops of color are more energetic and playful. Stark white can be very modern while warm reds, yellow and brown will feel more Tuscan and rustic. Light green is a color that brings about a feeling of calm. This tranquil shade can also encourage silence and concentration. That is why you will often see light green used in classrooms and libraries.

The simplest way to go about choosing colors for your space is to look at a color wheel. The wheel will help you mix hues to get palettes with varying degrees of contrast. Common types of color schemes are monochromatic, complementary, analogous, neutral, single color and black and white.

The most basic color scheme is to use one single shade with white. It is relatively easy to accomplish as this combination is straight forward. A one color design shows off the hue and provides a crisp clean look.

Colors that are monochromatic, which means they have the same tone, are perfect to use to accent each other. An example of this is to use different shades of blue in a room. Monochromatic color schemes create a soothing effect in a space.

Choosing colors that are complementary, or opposite each other on the wheel, create a dynamic color scheme. These colors appear brighter when they are used together. Examples of this are purple and yellow, or red and green. Be careful when using complementary colors in decorating. They are tricky to use in large doses, but work well when you want something to stand out.

A neutral color theme uses shades of brown, black or white. This type of design creates a calm, and subtle environment.

Analogous color schemes use hues that are next to each other on the color wheel. These colors usually match well and are pleasing to the eye. Examples of this are yellow, orange and green. They have a colorful but relaxing look together. Choose one shade to dominate, and a second to support it. The third color is used as an accent.

A final color scheme is the classic combination of black and white. The two shades go together perfectly and are always in style. Decorating with white walls and black trim is an easy way to provide a crisp neutral backdrop in a space. This neutral base goes well with many decorating styles and also makes it easy to add fun pops of color or patterns to the room.

Using color is a wonderful way to enhance or change a space. Overall, understanding how to best use colors will give anyone the tools they need to decorate like a designer.

Pros and Cons of LED Lights

LED Lights – Pros

  1. LEDs use 90% less energy than traditional bulbs and as such are the most efficient. As a result LEDs can sometimes pay for themselves relatively quickly through energy savings.
  2. They last a long long time. Depending on which ones you buy and how frequently you use them, they can even last 25-30 years.
  3. They brighten almost immediately when you flick the light switch.
  4. They are less of a fire hazard because they have lower radiated heat.
  5. The light bulb is durable and more resistant to shock and vibration.
  6. New technologies are giving users an element of creativity – they can be easily programmed to do fun stuff.
  7. No UV rays

LED Lights – Cons

  1. This market is currently self-regulated and as such their quality can be inconsistent.
  2. Brighter LEDs are becoming increasingly available, however it can still be difficult to find those with higher wattages.
  3. They can produce a cooler bluish light which isn’t very attractive. The best LEDs, however, should be indistinguishable from your old bulbs and will produce a nice warm light.
  4. It is often more complicated to add a dimmer switch to LED lights than regular bulbs.

LED lights are increasingly becoming the norm. Important recent developments have reduced their cost and made it a lot easier to operate and install. Lighting is a very important consideration in any interior design as it has been shown to affect the way people live, work, and feel. Also as environmental concerns come to the forefront of societal thinking, reducing the burden on our planet’s resources through LED lights may not only become commonplace but also be enforced with legislation.

About Wide Open Spaces

Open spaces deliver challenges and opportunities simultaneously. Here you are, moved into this new and better home that is open from the front door to the kitchen!

What to do?

On the up side, you can choose your dining area. Get creative and see what area feels like a relaxing space; one that has the best view and some access to the delivery of the food will create an easy flow and feel natural.

This floor plan typically defines the builder’s idea of the dining area by the placement of the chandelier. That’s not a game changer; three screws are all that anchor the existing light to the space it currently. You can move it and add a new light that better suits the new use of the space.

Lighting is easily changed from room to room if you love the one you’re with; or with a replacement if you don’t.

A note of caution; before you rush out to buy lighting, decide what style, yes style, is your style.

Take a long look at your furniture, your paint selections, your accessories and the look and feel you want to create in each room.

Lighting is one of the most strategic tools in the game plan of creating your masterpiece. Use it wisely to define an entry area, a dining area and any other ‘specific’ areas in this floor plan.

In open floor plans, living rooms usually need to be created by furniture selections and placement.

Open plans are devoid of wall outlets except against the walls which, as you may have noticed, are missing. Attempting to use table lamps will leave you with exposed cords that impede traffic flow and create unnecessary fall risks.

These floor plans work better with floor lighting and wall sconces that promotes a more comfortable and cozy atmosphere.

Storage is another challenge in the open floor plan. Decide whether you want to create an entry area or foyer and work from that point of beginning.

Placing an entry chest or buffet style of furniture at the point where you want to ‘end’ the entry area will provide a place for paper and pens to jot down notes or messages at the door and a place for sweaters and other light wraps you grab on the way in or out of your home.

Open shelving units will maintain the open feeling, create a break point and still provide some light storage if drawer units are located in the bottom sections.

This same challenge is encountered in the family room area and can be addressed in the same manner. The best part of an open floor plan is the walls you do not have to relocate!

The open floor plan typically offers “plant shelving” to accommodate floating walls. These become a display area for your most valued treasures that are stored in many attics for lack of a place to show them off safely.

And one more thing; if you have vaulted ceilings that are at least 12′ high, make good use of them! Look for shelving or older free standing cabinetry units; repurpose them and ‘hang em high!’ This is a wonderful place to showcase something important in your décor plan.

Try hanging a complete book case cabinet high above the fireplace when you have high vaulted ceilings. Leave the doors open and show off the most reassured items without worry of breakage from lookers.

You can find every style of pre-built fireplaces at your local Lowe’s and many other places (back to the online search here) and create your best focal point by placing it under a hanging unit.

An added benefit; you will have acquired that much talked about and desired mantle for hanging stockings and a romantic setting for the cozy evenings with this kind of unit. They also have a heater and blower hidden behind the glowing ‘fire, making them a very practical solution to a cold room!’

Make New Home More Modern

Once that has, you will begin to feel more at home and settled. The aim of this article is to show you how to make your new home more modern without breaking the bank.

If you have moved into an old home, you will probably see old patterned wallpaper on the walls. This will mean that the rooms will look smaller and a bit drab. Therefore, the first thing you should do is strip the walls of the old-fashioned wallpaper, and start again.

At the moment, the most prevalent trend is to have a feature wall. Feature walls make rooms look bigger and it will cost a lot less money to wallpaper one wall and not every wall. Once you have chosen the wallpaper, you should pick a colour from the wallpaper and use that colour on the other walls.

If you can’t find a colour that you like, you can never go wrong with white paint, and this will make your room look even bigger.

Again, if you have bought an older house, the lighting features inside the house will probably be old-fashioned. You might see some old-fashioned chandeliers that will overwhelm the room and make it look even smaller. There might even be some sidelights with lampshades on as well. Therefore, you should switch the lighting features to something more modern.

If you want to keep a long feature light in the middle of the room, you should make sure that you switch the chandelier to a more modern fixture. This may just be a smaller chandelier, but it is more likely that you might opt for the stainless steel look to your fixture.

If you also want to keep the sidelights, you can just switch the shades. However, if you have a larger budget, you should swap the sidelights for ceiling spotlights. This gives you more wall space for family pictures of pieces of art and ceiling spotlights are a lot more environmentally friendly because of the style of bulb that they use.

A lot of the old homes only had light switches with two features, on and off. However, modern homes now have dimmer switches. These are better for homes because again, they are more environmentally friendly, they will save you money on your electric bill and they will help you set the mood in your home.

Modern lighting can make your home seem a lot bigger than it really is and they can make your home look contemporary. Modern lighting has changed in design, having shades in different shapes and colours and more choice in light fixtures.

Effectively, you could change the lighting in every room of the house. Kitchens usually have spotlights or pendant lighting, living rooms can have chandeliers as a focal point, or they can have table lamps. The choices are endless.

In your bedroom, you might want less light, so you can just have one light hanging from the ceiling, with a darker shade. You could also have small lamps on your bedside tables, if you want to relax with a good book.

About Cool Pool Toys

We have all seen climbing walls, and now there is one especially made for a pool. It attaches to the inside and towers up and over the water. The best part is if you fall off you simply fall back into the water, and there is no need for ropes or pulleys like on other climbing walls.

If you like relaxing in your pool (and who doesn’t?) you’ll love the newest floatie, this one is the shape and size of an over sized chair or small sofa. The giant pool sofa easily sits an adult or a couple of kids for blissful floating all day, every day.

While you’re relaxing you’ll want a snack, right? Well, now they have remote controlled floating coolers that you can get to your side in seconds. There are also floating coolers on the market that drift along and keep your beverages close at hand.

If you like your tunes but don’t want to risk water damage to your boombox or phone, you’ll want the waterproof stereo boombox. It can sit beside the pool and belt out the tunes but it won’t matter if it gets splashed or sits in a puddle. This is a great idea if you have kids who like to jump into the pool repeatedly. No worries, no fuss.

So you like pool, do you? And you wish there was a way to play it in the pool. Well now there is, with the waterproof pool table. This item is pricey but it is specially weighted to stand at the bottom of the pool and it is waterproof enough for you to play a whole game while inside your pool.

Many people enjoy a game of pool volleyball, and now of course there are also basketball nets that are made especially for the pool. For extra fun there is also a floating beer pong table complete with holes for the cups to sit in and yes, the balls do bounce off of the surface of the table.

With all these cool accessories for the pool you’re never going to want to get out!

Shabby Chic Kitchen Decorators

If you live in a classical and conservatory city like those still found in England and especially in cities like Chelmsford located in the East, as a part of the Essex shire county, then you must know for sure how beautifully kept and gorgeously decorated the houses there are. Whether you want to consider the most lavishing living rooms or bathrooms in Chelmsford, there is only one thing that unites them all, and that is the attention to details and time spent on making the home look its best. However, there is one style in particular which has been attracting the attention of an increasing number of persons lately. As a matter of fact, kitchen decorators in Chelmsford have stated that they never saw so many people going after the same look. The star of the day in the beautiful Chelmsford is none other than the shabby chic interiors, whether they are introduced in delicate and luminous kitchens or vintage, retro bathrooms.

If you take a look at the residences in the entire Essex country and at those in the perimeter of Chelmsford, you will notice the way in which all of the exteriors are almost all made by the same architect! Similar measures have been taken by all of the persons living in this area in order to accommodate themselves with the foggy and damp British weather. From the outside, Chelmsford homes look massive, imposing and rigid. They can almost be compared to the geometric beauty of the Victorian Railway viaduct which lies as an imposing sight for the residents in the area. The classic Chelmsford style is similar to that and can easily be seen in all the landmarks of the city and the impressive Chelmsford Cathedral or Hylands House are just some of the examples which you can consider. However, on the inside, more and Chelmsford residents are apparently opting for warmer colors and more lively furniture items. This can be particularly seen in the style of the shabby chic kitchens and the way that their decorators have made them so welcoming and appealing to any visitor or guest of the house, not to mention the family that lives there. With white wood and vintage looking cupboards, plenty of drawers and buttons all over the place, the shabby chic style is an amalgam of delicate and detailed, natural and overdone, with a touch of retro given to all of the pieces.

It is not uncommon for kitchens decorated in this way to have apparently worn out furniture and chairs or tables with the superior layer of paint intentionally removed and left that way to signify the passing of the years and the wear due to time. In Chelmsford, unlike in other UK cities, the temperatures can rise to as much as 30 degrees Celsius in the summertime, making this area especially prone to having a different type of style and a more practical layout of the kitchen, where the temperature can also grow due to extensive cooking. Keeping the worn look of antique pieces and using new and modern appliances and furniture items which have been made to look vintage, is the best solutions for the 110,000 residents of this wonderful British city.

Decorating Home for Summer

I understand there are parents out there who can not have a stay-at-home mom or dad in the family; and I applaud these families for doing the best that they can, the best way they know how. I don’t want to appear as if I’ve intentionally excluded those who can not work from home, or appear disconnected somehow from you. Having been a working mom myself, I know all too well of the sacrifices one makes to provide for her kids. That being said, let’s continue with the article. Shall we?

When I talk about a “decorating diet”, I’m suggesting getting rid of the items around us that make things complicated. You can either hold a garage sale, and let someone else love your finds as much as you once did; or you can just simply pack things up, and store them away in the attic. The point is that by clearing away every unnecessary item, you are giving yourself room to breathe, room to relax, room to just lay on the couch, read a favorite book, and nap.

Unlike the rest of the year, summer doesn’t have to be convoluted; and neither does your decorating. By replacing heavy, bulky window treatments with sheer curtains, not only will you let the sunshine into your home, but your life as well. Keep the colors light, and your home decor to a minimum. You don’t necessarily have to own a house by the lake, to get that vacation home feel. Allowing your home to breathe and stretch its legs will provide you with plenty of room, for the kids to run around in, as they run their way to the back yard.