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Decorate Your Home Using Wood Beams

Dec 4, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Design Tutorials, Interior Design

Decorate your home using wood beams as they can be a stunning addition to the interior design of any house. Wooden beams add their own character to the interior decoration of the house, and they can also add a touch of history in whichever room they are used. Even though wooden beams might cost more than your stipulated budget there are several options available using which you can add style and elegance to your house well within your budget.

Structural wooden beams are usually made of decorative wood which create the illusion of sturdy and solid wood thus reducing the cost factor. Similarly wooden beams made of faux wood are also quite light on the wallet while adding exquisite style and elegance to your house. The wooden beams made of faux wood are composed of several types of plastics which are extremely cost-effective yet high on the style factor. Hence decorative wooden beams and structural wooden beams can add a distinct style to the interior decoration of your house.

Solid Wood Beams:

The rustic appearance of the wooden beams will set your home apart from the others. In case you are building your home using timber post or timber framing the beam construction made from solid wood will be by default in your house. Hence all you need to do is decorate the exposed part of the wooden beams and you can create a different interior aspect in your house at no extra cost. The solid beauty of the timber wooden beams will definitely surpass the beauty of structural wooden beams made of faux wood.

Decorate Your Home Using Wood Beams

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Incase your budget permits you can use wooden beams made from pine, chestnut, oak, birch or even Maple which are sanded and polished depending upon the interior decoration of your house and then fixed in the desired positions. Though expensive the wooden beams made from solid wood will definitely be worth the expense.

Faux Wood Beams:

The faux wooden beams are sold across many furniture stores as a cost-effective solution to the classic solid wood beams. The faux wood beams are made of polyurethane plastics and hence are almost indistinguishable from the real wooden beams. Not only are the faux wooden beams cost-effective but they are also easier to install since they are extremely lightweight in comparison to the solid wood beams.

Since the wood beams will form an essential part of the interior decoration of your home it is best to get them installed by an expert so that you can enjoy the beauty of the wooden beams for many years to come.

Jay

Jay

I currently hold editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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Room To Grow: Useful Tips for Decorating Your Nursery

Oct 24, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Interior Design

When you first learned you were expecting, you probably imagined laying your sleeping baby in a beautifully decorated room complete with pastel walls, eyelet lace and a family heirloom rocking chair. Then the daydream came to a screeching halt, and you realized that creating a space for your bundle of joy is quite a work. Now you’re faced with decorating your nursery from a spare bedroom while pregnancy leaves you too tired to think straight. Here’s how to decorate a functional space for your little one at a price that won’t break your piggybank.

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Choose Your Hue & Paint the Walls

Pretty soon you’ll be spending many hours in the nursery dealing with late night feedings and diaper disasters, so you should select a color palette you love. At least in the beginning, the colors you select are just for you. According to the HealthyChildren.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies don’t develop their full color vision for at least four months. In the beginning they see only black and white and then bright colors such as red, blue and yellow at around one month. They can see softer tones at around three months.

Painting the walls of your nursery will provide the biggest impact with the smallest hit to your budget. Bright colors can be overwhelming for babies. While red and yellow are excellent for play areas, stick to light, calm shades in the nursery to create a restful atmosphere. If you already have a piece of art or bed linens that you love, take them to the paint store and use their color matching services to find the perfect shade. Once you find a color you feel good about, consider purchasing your paint one shade lighter. Paint has more impact once it’s on the wall, so a slightly lighter shade than your first instinct will end up perfect. Also, consider painting a pattern on the walls rather than a solid color. Creating stripes, chevrons or color blocks takes only a bit of creativity and painter’s tape. To learn more about painting patterns, check out the tutorials at Lowes.com

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Look Up

Between naps, diaper changes, and playtime, your baby will spend most of his or her time looking up. Don’t leave the ceiling and space above the crib or changing table a blank slate. But also don’t resort to cliché stuffed-animal-on-plastic-arms mobiles either. Create tissue paper pom-poms by folding colorful tissue accordion style, then secure it in the center with floral wire and fluffing. Use ribbon or clear fishing line to suspend your creation from the ceiling. For more information on this easy DIY project, check out HGTV.com for a full tutorial. For a slightly less DIY approach, purchase a wire mobile on Amazon and clip photos of family members and friends to it.

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Utilize Natural Light

As a new parent, sleep becomes a precious thing. Calm, dark spaces will encourage good sleeping habits for your little one, and in turn, for you. Utilizing natural light will help establish good sleep cycles. Installing good draperies, like those from TheShadeStore.com makes it easy to let the light shine in, or create a nocturnal space as needed.

Make it Personal

When it comes to decorating the walls in your nursery, you could go with any variety of expensive and generic wall art. Or, you could make it personal, and less expensive, by using your personal photos. Blow up large prints from your favorite travel destinations for a travel themed room. Or, take photos of your childhood home, the park where your child will play or even your pets. Photographs can be printed in black and white at Staples.com in sizes up to 36” x 48” for under $5. Use adhesive spray to glue your prints to wood or canvas and then paint over them with mod podge. Hang them just over the height of the crib so baby can see them easily.

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal is the sole proprietor of Mahal Pty Ltd., in Western Australia, a full-time professional dealing in the in the Transport sector. Puneet had his first bite of technology by working as a part-time Web developer. With a good understanding of website designing and unique concepts of digital devices, his works includes mostly the latest advancements in the hi-tech design market. Puneet’s design work includes, and not limited to, Party Images. His wife is an Italian, blessed with a daughter and struggling to ease out the tight business schedule, Puneet nurture his interest of writing as a savior from the ever running work. You can connect with him on facebook.

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How to Add Color to a Room Without Painting the Walls

Aug 8, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Interior Design

Everyone likes to add a color to a room to brighten it up and bring in a fresh feel. Paint is the obvious way to do this, but it’s costly, messy, and time-consuming. Additionally, you’re living in a rentable unit and painting the walls could be off limits.

With that in mind, here are six great ideas on how to add color to a room without painting the walls:

Color Pop Accents

How to Add Color to a Room Without Painting the Walls

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In a room with neutral colored walls and furniture, some well placed brightly colored pillows or ornaments are extremely effective in bringing the room to life. This is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to transform a room as you can simply buy a few color-coded items that will completely change the mood of the room.

Artwork

A new piece of artwork on the wall makes a huge difference to the overall look and feel of a room. If you’re a passionate photographer, then why not get one of your favourite shots blown up and printed on canvas to show off your talents and enhance the space without the need for paint. If you’re not artistically inclined, then don’t despair as you can find some great steals in the local charity shop or via an online marketplace such as eBay.com.

Drapes

Drapes not only add soft accent light into your room, they also bring a whole new vibe. Drapes are easy to pick up from your local fabric store and they cost next to nothing. If you’re a dab hand at sewing, then you’ll be able to whip up some funky drapes to liven up your room in no time.

Natural Elements

Nothing adds color to a room like natural flowers. Beautiful blooms come in all different shapes and sizes, meaning you’re sure to find something to suit your decor. All you need to make to bring this idea to life is a few vases and a little water. Plants are also an excellent mood booster and will help improve indoor air quality.

ForRent.com apartments for rent in Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles are sometimes in congested areas of the city, where trees and green grass are nonexistent. In these cities, adding any kind of natural elements will enhance your apartment.

Rugs

Rugs add a whole new dimension to a room in an instant. Just because painting the walls is a no-no, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with styling. From soft shaggy rugs that feel like you’re lying on a cloud to long runner rugs that make a dramatic statement, this is one idea you can get creative with. Don’t be afraid to layer your rugs either. Depending on the look and feel you’re hoping to achieve, layering gives you the freedom to experiment with a range of textures and patterns.

Furniture

These days furniture comes in a variety of colors so you can spruce up your room without the need to unnecessary extras. If you’re not a fan of cluttered walls or you are working with a small space, then colored furniture is the perfect answer. Can’t find a piece of furniture in the color you want? Grab your overalls and paint it yourself.

A dash of color can make a huge difference to any room, and paint is not the only way to achieve this. There is a whole host of ways to add color to a room, and they don’t have to be costly.

Jay

Jay

I currently hold editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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Do’s & Don’ts of House Decor Improvements to Save Money

Jul 30, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Design Tutorials

When you’re trying the house decor improvements, there are quite many options available. Some of these are extremely expensive. However, you don’t need to throw all your life savings into the do-up. There are some aspects you should overindulge, while a lot of other great options where you can actually save some money.

Save with Faux Wood Flooring

You’ve decided on getting wooden floors. This enhancement will improve the look of your home, with definite increase in its value. However, if you go with faux wooden flooring, you can actually save a lot of money. There are a variety of wood-style options to choose from that stand up just as well, if not better, and look amazing.

Save with Storage Containers

Did you know that you can make your own storage containers out of things you probably have lying around the house? Instead of spending money on branded storage boxes, spend a little bit of time on a DIY storage project. What do you need to store? There are a lot of options, including CD spindles for ribbon if you’re a crafter, or old baby food jars for screws.

Save with Lamps

It’s important to have great lighting around the house, but it’s also good to remember that you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on lamps. If you find the perfect lamp, but it’s extremely expensive, take a look online and perform search at Google.com. It’s likely that you’ll find a very similar lamp for half the price or less.

Spend on Windows Treatments

Your windows enhancements help pull the room together. It’s not a good idea to skimp on these improvements. Make sure you get the best and perfect window curtains by The Shade Store. Whether you spend a lot or very little on the windows treatment doesn’t really matter. Making sure that you get exactly what is required for each room, now that’s important!

Spend on Seating

House Decor Improvements

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You and your guests are likely going to spend the majority of your time sitting down or chilling in the living room. So, it’s important to make sure that your seating is comfortable and looks great with the rest of the hpuse. If this means that you have to shell out a little extra money, that’s okay. No one wants to have a lumpy, uncomfortable couch as their main source of seating.

Spend on Paint

Though paint is probably one of the economical decorating items you’ll come across, it’s also one of the most important. If you don’t have great paint, it’s going to show. Make sure that you get a hold of paint that can stand up to anything you put it through. If you have kids, paint that can be scrubbed clean without flaking is crucial. Consider adding different colors to the house as well. Don’t leave it all white, since that gets boring quickly.

Adding personality to your home can get expensive if you let it. However, if you’re careful about what you spend on house decor improvements and where you save, you’ll be happy with the results.

Jay

Jay

I currently hold editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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5 Simple Adjustments to Change the Feel of Home Interior Design

Jul 13, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Interior Design

Are you sick and tired of the way your home looks? Perhaps you’re planning on re-doing the home interior design as it’s just not quite presentable. No matter the reason that you want to improve, check out these few ideas that can help change the entire feel of your abode.

Add Some Color

If your house seems too dull and boring, a simple solution will be to add a bit of color to the decor. This will help brighten up home interior design and add a sense of character while eliminating that dull quality. There are countless ways to add a bit of color, including:

  • Painting the walls
  • Adding colorful curtains to the windows
  • Hanging artwork on the walls
  • Displaying plants inside the house
  • Putting down an area rug
  • Adding accent pillows to the couch or bed
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Update Home Heating System

While the heating system won’t change the look of your interiors, it can definitely affect the overall ambiance, putting you and your guests in a more comfortable place. Not only does an updated heating system make the house more comfortable, but it can help you save money on your homeowner’s insurance. Check out different home insurance quotes to see how much it could save you.

Replace Your Windows

Replacing your windows can change the way your home looks and the atmosphere as well. Old windows can easily let air into the home while delivering an outdated appearance. With new windows, however, your home gets a makeover with better insulation aspects. You can find new windows that insulate better and are more energy-efficient while saving you hundreds of dollars each year.

Change Your Lighting

If your home seems dark and dreary, you can easily fix that by replacing your lighting fixtures. Pick fixtures that allow more light into the room and replace your bulbs for brighter ones. Other suggestions for brightening your home include:

  • Adding mirrors
  • Washing & cleaning windows
  • Using lighter material shades
  • Opening the blinds often

Organize the Home

One of the biggest problems people have with a home is that it doesn’t feel very homely while it’s too cluttered and out of order. You can easily fix the home interior design to make it feel like a residence again. Use the following helpful tips for organizing your clutter:

  • Use storage totes instead of piling everything in a heap.
  • Use drawers, a magazine rack, or other organizing tools to get those hard-to-place items out of the way.
  • Install hooks near the front door, in the bathroom, and in the closet so that jackets and towels aren’t strewn across the house.
  • Purchase more laundry baskets if you have trouble finding a place for your dirty clothes.
  • Use a shoe rack to store your shoes.
  • Use a toy box or other organizing devices for your child’s room.

No matter why you need to give your home interior design a makeover, these ideas should help change the overall feel of your home. The changes won’t take much time, however will make significant improvements.

Jay

Jay

I currently hold editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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Creating Harmony with Better Bedroom Design and Decoration

May 22, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Design Tutorials, Interior Design

Most of the people have a chaotic life filled with work, errands, and chores that must be done. A good bedroom design plays a major role in giving your body the rest it needs.

You don’t have to be a professional decorator to have a basic understanding of the key elements of home décor. Knowing what these elements are before you decorate a bedroom helps to ensure that you achieve two of the most fundamental elements when it comes to successful interior design – balance and symmetry. Here is how with better bedroom design you can make your space more harmonious:

Balance and Symmetry

Balance and symmetry are the elements that achieve an overall harmony within the design choices made when decorating a bedroom – or any room.

When we use the term “balance”, it means that no one area or element of the room overpowers, or is “more important” than other areas or elements. This does not imply that having a focal point in your bedroom is “wrong.”

A focal point is an element in the room that the eye is drawn to first. In many cases when decorating a bedroom this will be the bed. It could also be a dynamic, colorful mural on a wall. Perhaps it is an ornate dresser or mirror. It could be the view out of the bedroom window. Understanding the element of balance when decorating a bedroom assists you when making choices outside of the focal point.

Symmetry impacts this overall sense of a balanced, unified visual impact when decorating a bedroom. There are three types of symmetry:

  • Rotational Symmetry – A simple example of rotational symmetry is a flower. In a flower, the petals rotate around a central point. How you might use rotational symmetry when decorating a bedroom would be to place a grouping of mirrors on a wall with smaller mirrors encircling a larger mirror.
  • Reflective Symmetry – If you place an object against a mirror, the image is reflected – in other words, a “mirror image.” When decorating your bedroom you would be using reflective symmetry by placing the same bedside tables at either side of the bed. Another example of reflective symmetry can be two, same size pieces of framed art hung on a wall. A further example is placing two of the same vases at either end of a dresser.
  • Translational Symmetry – This type of symmetry repeats a specific element in a pattern where the element is repeated at equal distances, or distances that are different, but keep to a repeated pattern of the same sequence of distance. Think of patterns on wallpaper and tile patterns.

The Usual Suspects: Line, Texture and Color

Now that we’ve got a basic grasp of the importance of balance and symmetry when decorating a bedroom we are ready to talk about elements of décor that most of us are more familiar with: color, texture, and line. We now know the importance of considering how particular choices we make as to color, texture, and line must relate themselves to the balance and symmetry within the room.

Lines Aren’t Always Straight

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When we think of a line it usually brings to mind straight lines, such as lines that form a square or a box. However, there are many kinds of lines and they certainly are not all straight. Lines on your designer quilt covers can be horizontal, vertical, parallel, diagonal, curved, wavy, zigzag, dashed, or dotted. It is important to recognize that the impact of line in a room should also take into consideration that lines are not all one dimensional. The edges of particular items in a bedroom create lines.

Texture: Can you feel it?

When you decorate a bedroom you will create surfaces. A table top has a surface. A wall has a surface. Even curtains and quilt covers have a surface. There are many types of surfaces. Surfaces are most always categorized as either smooth or rough, however, there are many gradients of what can be called smooth and what can be called rough. When you decorate a bedroom you have the opportunity to use texture as an element that creates a particular character or “feel” to the room.

Color My World

Color is perhaps the element most of us think we can deal with no matter how much, or how little, decorating experience we have. At the same time, once you’re staring at paint chips, choosing what color (or color scheme) you want to use when decorating a bedroom can be a daunting experience.

Hopefully you have found the inspiration you need to come up with the right combination of ideas for you to transform your room into the oasis you need and desire. Remember, you can achieve a creative bedroom design that is fun and exciting as well as restful, all you need to do is start!

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal is the sole proprietor of Mahal Pty Ltd., in Western Australia, a full-time professional dealing in the in the Transport sector. Puneet had his first bite of technology by working as a part-time Web developer. With a good understanding of website designing and unique concepts of digital devices, his works includes mostly the latest advancements in the hi-tech design market. Puneet’s design work includes, and not limited to, Party Images. His wife is an Italian, blessed with a daughter and struggling to ease out the tight business schedule, Puneet nurture his interest of writing as a savior from the ever running work. You can connect with him on facebook.

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Old To New – Revamping Your Old Furnishings

May 9, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Interior Design

Ever thought of revamping your old furnishings? Buying new furniture is an expensive proposition for many people. While it might be a nice thought to be able to go out and buy new furniture whenever you want, it isn’t always an option.

However, you can breathe new life into your old furnishings with relative ease, and without spending a fortune in the process. Depending on how deep into the process you go, you could change the look of a single piece or the feeling of an entire room for less than one new quality piece of furniture would cost you.

Try a New Coat of Paint

If you have pieces of wood furniture, putting a new coat of paint on them can make them look brand new – probably for less than $50 per piece. The process of painting a piece of wood furniture can be a little scary at first, but it really isn’t third hard.

  • Start by sanding the original piece of furniture down. Start with heavy grade sandpaper before moving to something finer for the final bit.
  • Cover the piece of furniture with a coat of primer if the wood is different colors. You can skip this step if you’re planning to paint the furniture a dark color like brown or black.
  • Paint the furniture evenly with a roller. Allow the paint to dry completely before applying a second coat if necessary.
  • Seal the paint once it has dried with a layer of polyurethane. It will help keep the paint from becoming quickly scratched and damaged through regular use. You can choose flat polyurethane or glossy polyurethane depending on what you think will work best with the rest of your décor.

It should be noted that some paint companies make paint designed to go right over the top of a manufacturer’s coat of paint. These can be very effective for pieces made of other materials that can’t be sanded down like high-density MDF, but generally aren’t necessary for real wood pieces, and the results often aren’t as good.

Revamping Old Furnishings

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Put a Glass Top on It

One of the simplest things you can do with an old table, desk, dresser or nightstand to make it look like a new piece is to simply clean it up and put a glass top on it. Glass tops can be cut to the right size for very little money, and they can add an elegant look to your room while helping to cover up the minor imperfections of an old piece. 

Glass tops that have to be cut with rounded corners or edges tend to cost a little more, and beveled tops generally cost a little more than that. However, the price of a piece of glass is still very low when compared with buying a new piece of furniture.

If you’re covering a table or desk, look for a thicker piece of glass. It will look better and will stand up better to regular use. Nightstands, coffee tables and small pieces will generally allow you to get away with a thinner piece of glass.

Have it Reupholstered 

Pieces of furniture that are upholstered like sofas, lounge chairs and dining chairs don’t have to be discarded or given away if the fabric gets damaged. In most cases, reupholstering a piece of furniture will considerably more affordable than buying a new piece, and best of all, the piece will look practically brand new anyway. 

Unless you have years of experience, you probably shouldn’t try and reupholster your old furnishings. While you can find your own fabric, you’ll want to get a qualified upholsterer in your area to let you know how much you’ll really need to get the job done. The amount of fabric you need can be relatively deceiving, especially if patterns need to be railroaded to give the appropriate look.


New upholstery can give new life to worn vintage pieces like this mid-century chair. Image Courtesy of Flickr

Painting your furniture, putting a glass top on old pieces and reupholstering soft pieces are all effective ways to make old furniture look new without breaking the bank. However, these are only a few ideas.

When it comes to revamping your space, the important part is to be creative and do what matches your style and home. Using what you have may take a little bit of work on your part, but you’ll save a lot of money in the long run with your old furnishings.

Marcela De Vivo

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from the Los Angeles area. Her writing covers everything from marketing, technology, health, and home improvement. Most her experience in antique furniture came from her time working with David Anderson Pianos in LA.

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Design a Cozy Reading Nook

Apr 25, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Design Tutorials, Interior Design

Your bedroom is for the rest, and the living room is for lounging. So where do you retreat when you want to be romanticized by Rumi’s passionate poetry or wander to exotic lands by reading sci-fi adventure novels? Design a creative and an intimate reading nook with the following ideas:

Vintage Velvet Loveseat for Reading Nook

Use a piece of furniture designated solely for reading nook where you can loose yourself in a book of your choice. A plush vintage velvet loveseat accented with buttons, and wooden legs create a unique, retro reading space. Kick up your legs for a relaxing Sunday afternoon of bonding with Jack Kerouac on the open road. If you’re really engrossed in a fictional novel page-by-page, you may find yourself hanging over the loveseat’s arm— one hand clutching a book, one hand balancing a glass of Pinot Grigio. Create a charming space with an old-fashioned loveseat in champagne, gold, royal blue or mint green.

Pretty Green Couch

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Quilt & Pillows for Reading Nook

Especially during dark and frigid winter nights, entangle yourself in a colorful, lush quilt. For the bookworm whose adventures exist between books covers, a beautiful and luxurious quilt is a worthwhile investment. The vibrant and wayward Pilar Quilt or the romantic floral Jolie Quilt will provide the most comforting reading nook for your imaginative journeys. Toss matching pillows in the loveseat’s corners and even scatter pillows on a floor rug in case you move to the ground.

Day 325: Sitting Comfortably in your Reading Nook

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Alfresco Decor for Reading Nook

Accenting your nook with greenery and floral, whether artificial or alive, invites endless possibilities of nature into your home. Set a tall plant beside your loveseat so its large green leaves tower over you as if you’re nestled high in the treetops of the rain forest. On a small end table, set a vase with wild flowers next to the designated spot where your book resides. If your reading nook has a window, line miniature potted plants along the windowsill. As the sunshine streams through your organically accessorized window pane past a cascading drapery, you’ll be swept away into a far-off place of natural seclusion and wonderment. Natural sunlight and plant life also help calm the mind, whether you’re reading fantastical tales and tragic love stories or textbooks on visual and concept development.

diy reading nook  plants

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Accent Wall

If your nook is comprised of two cornering walls, make an aesthetic statement by painting an accent wall a solid color, colorful stripes or an erratic pattern. Using warm colors such as yellow, orange and coral, paint vertical streaks on the wall to emulate sunshine pouring down. Be bold and create a strong energy by painting your accent wall crimson red or go romantic and delicate by painting the wall sea foam green or soft violet.

An alternative to transforming a wall with paint is to make over the space with inspirational wall hangings and decor. Frame quotes from great American writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Surrounding yourself with timeless poetic words such as “what lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you” (Emerson) and “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, made to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time…” (Kerouac). Also, loosely, and chaotically, decorating wall space with vintage world maps or pages of poetry creates an intimate space for dreams and fantasies.

Red Brick Wall, Yellow Wall, Red Accent University Avenue

Photo courtesy of Christopher Sessums via Flickr

Jay

Jay

I currently hold editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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Create Zen in Your Home by Adding Blue to the Bedroom

Apr 14, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Design Tutorials, Interior Design

How do you feel when you’re gazing upon the ocean? Or lying in the green grass looking up at the cloudless afternoon sky? I’m going to guess that you feel much like the majority of humankind feels when seeing blue — peaceful, calm and relaxed. Throughout history, people have turned to color in order to provoke different feelings and treatments of ailments. Blue was thought to treat pain and soothe illnesses. On the contrary, blue can also be cold and somewhat depressing, if too dark or stark.

It’s a delicate balance of color and texture, finding ways to soothe your soul as you drift to sleep each night only to awaken feeling refreshed and ready for a new day. From blue bedroom to bath, the calmness of a deep-dark color palette can certainly ease your mind, but what other tones and hues should you mix in and how?

Walls

If you’re in a hot climate, adding cool blues is a good option. Pair them with other cool colors like gray, silver and cream. According to Houzz.com, your sanctuary could trick your brain to think it’s cooler outside. Think about painting one accent wall a deep, rich blue offset with the other colors like brown or orange. A light, china blue could cover the entire room as it creates an airy atmosphere. And while we don’t love white walls necessarily, we do love setting white against a blue background.

Consider a white headboard against a blue-violet wall with white roses and accessories.

Blue Bedroom

Bedding

From dusty blueberry to striped navy and white, blue is a popular bedding hue that coordinates with any room theme. If you’re going to lean toward the soothing and peaceful side of design, choose colors that coordinate with other feelings you’d like to evoke and that are pleasing to the eye. Adding steel blue, silver and pearl can give you the sense of ocean and a free spirit. With white pillows against a serene blue wall or headboard, feel elegance in the wind. Consider purple flowers for a pop of interest in your blue bedroom.

Flooring

With stone, tile or carpet, slate blue looks great on the floors. If you want to add an explosion of color with bright blue flooring, be very careful in the bedroom not to over do it. Maybe a blue shag throw under a baby blue or white chair could be charming. If using blue as your main color palette, there’s no reason to confuse things with a blue floor. Leave that for design centers, kitchens and retail stores. Wood flooring is warm and natural and works well with any shade of blue.

Curtains

If you need to minimize light, choose a heavy curtain with blue accents that coordinate with your bedroom color palette. With the attempt to keep peace in the room, consider a natural blind or shade, such as bamboo. If the daylight is welcomed, a sheer blue window treatment can add a softness to your space.

Accessories

Sometimes, you just need to add one item in the room to highlight the color you intend to focus on. Toss a white shag rug under a bright blue chair. Paint one small distant wall in the room the blue of your choice. Green paired with blue can give a feeling of harmony. Tie in some green into your blue sanctuary and let the earth and sky come together in your bedroom assuring you a peaceful space.

Let us know how you did your blue bedroom in the comments fellas.

Jay

Jay

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Top 3 Feng Shui Tips for Your Living Room

Feb 2, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Design Tutorials, Interior Design

The living room is the space where people, whether your own family members or guests, come together and interact with each other. So, living rooms should enhance peace, serenity and harmony. Here are some Feng Shui tips that can be applied to your living room regardless of whether it is small or large in size. You should feel really safe, comfortable and positive while spending your time in your living area, which might thus help to enhance the overall quality of your life.

Feng Shui Compass

Feng Shui Compass

Construction:
You can try to incorporate Feng Shui from the construction phase of the living room. It is always good to have a living room with a regular shape. It should have enough space for the energy to flow around and should not feel (regardless of actual size) as being too big or too small.
You can do this by using the appropriate kind of flooring or paint colors that make the room feel just big enough in size. The living room should not be higher than the dining room. It is not good to have more than 2 doors in the living room. If feasible, you can close some of them or use curtains to hide their presence. Moreover, ideal ratio of doors to window is 1:3.

Furnishings of living room:
You need to paint your living room with light and lively colors such as pinks, blues, whites etc. There should be enough natural lighting to uplift chi as per Feng Shui. Dark corners can be lighted with artificial lights so as to bring more chi to the entire living room. Furniture should be placed in such a way that it promotes conversation. Also, all furniture should face the door so that all people sitting would have a clear view of the door. But, sofas should not be too close to any door or window. It is not good to go for L shaped or floating furniture arrangements. Moreover, try to place guests in the commanding position as much as possible.

Objects for living room:
You can hang family photos on the east wall in the living room to augment significance of family. Mirrors should not be placed in a living room in such a way that it reflects the main door because it will deflect all energy. Mirrors should be placed in such a way that it reflects views that you wish to see again and again.

Do not hang pictures of aggressive animals in your living room. Use lights, plants with round leaves or mirrors to make dull corners more positive. You can have a fish tank in the north of your living room as it is a very good item to bring in good chi as per Feng Shui. As a basic rule, keep your living room clean and tidy. For many apartments where space is a major constraint, family room and living room are combined together. In such cases, try to place your television or sound system in such a way that it does not disturb guests or family members who wish to have a peaceful conversation.

Hope these top 3 Feng Shui tips will help in doing some good to your living room.

Chris has been blogging on interior design for over 4 years and has contributed numerous articles on the topic. From decorating a house in the French provincial style, to the choice of colors and furniture for a classic Victorian house, Chris has a broad experience to make spaces look stunning.

Jay

Jay

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