Decorating With Wingback Chairs

Decorating With Wingback Chairs

If you are looking for chairs that are timeless, then welcome to wing back chairs. The chairs fit with almost all décor styles. Although the legs that are spindle like and their high backs are for the formal traditional décor, the chairs are able to harmonize with varied design elements. This is using contemporary fabrics, sleek design and their curvy nature.

Use the chair in pairs


Use the wing back chairs in pairs when decorating to get the best. Place the two chairs side by side and include an accent table in between. This will provide a seating area that is warm and welcoming that you can use for watching TV or for reading. To create space for conversations or for playing social games, you can place the chairs across the sofa. This will allow for easy interactions and conversations. The chairs also help to add harmony and balance in the overall design of the room.


Upholstering the wing back chairs

You may want to upholster the chairs to fit your decor or if you the chairs you have are antiques or had another owner and the fabric is weathered or outdated. To bring the wing back chairs to date, you can reupholster using modern fabrics and the latest style combinations. This way, you will end up with chairs that are modern yet traditional, that also fit with your home decor. For instance, you can upholster the chairs with cotton and burlap, for a modern fresh design element. To make the wing chairs the focal point in the room, use floral patterns, smooth leather upholstery, velvet fabrics that are soft and damask prints for upholstery.

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What to Consider When Selecting Patio Furniture

What to Consider When Selecting Patio Furniture

You can use furniture to transform your patio to a dining area or a family room. You only need to select the right furniture for your specific need to make your patio inviting. For instance, if you are looking for a dining experience, you can put a table and chairs on the patio. Make it a family room by placing wicker sofa and a rocking chair and add cushions to make it cozy. Do not limit yourself to the patio because even the balcony and pocket garden can make good outdoor space which you can transform with furniture. The tips below will help you to choose the right patio furniture for your home decoration.


Determine the purpose of the furniture


How you would like to use your outdoor space will determine the kind of furniture to use. Is it for hosting dinner parties or you want somewhere to relax while you are reading? List all the things you would like to do on the patio. You will find that a dining table is not necessary if your patio is for hosting evening cocktails. You will only need comfortable seating and a few side tables.

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Decorating Your Home

Decorating Your Home

Decorating a home makes it cozy and charming. You can achieve the new look by making major changes as well as including small decorative details in your home décor. Some of the DIY tips that you can use to decorate your home include:

Making major changes

This involves total overhaul of the home such as in the changing of paint and replacing the furniture. You can give your home a new look by painting the walls a new color. Make sure to choose a color that is suitable for your space and that complements your personality. If you are a fun loving person, a bright green or golden yellow paint will complement your personality and so will shades of blue or gray to a calm person. It will be best to experiment with different colors before settling on the one you like. You also do not have to use only one color in the whole house because you can paint a different color for each room. An accent wall can make your home décor more exciting and if you are not up to painting, you can use wallpaper or removable decals. New furniture can transform your home. Furniture plays an important part of the décor and you should choose styles and colors that suit your decorating style and personality. You do necessarily have to buy the store furniture if they do not fit your style. Thrift stores also have furniture that you can reupholster and repaint easily to meet your needs. Mix and match the furniture to get a unique look. You may also refurbish your old furniture instead of buying new furniture. Repaint the cabinets in the bathroom or kitchen and upholster the chairs and couches. Paint or stain the wood accents such as windowsills, doors and trim in a new color.

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Tips on Choosing the Style in Which to Decorate Your Home

Tips on Choosing the Style in Which to Decorate Your Home

If you are up for a home décor, you should start by determining the decorating style that you will use. The decorating style affects the colors you use, the type of furniture and accessories. It is the first thing that you should make a decision on before anything else, in your home decor. Explore different styles from various sources until you find the one appropriate for your home and that suits your taste. Below are some tips you can use to decide on the decorating style.


Get ideas from magazines and the Internet


The Internet and decorating magazines has wealth of information on various decorating styles. You can use them to find design styles that appeal to you. These sources have photos of rooms that have been decorated professionally and they can form good insight for your home décor. Pay attention to details in the photographs in such areas as the colors and texture used. This will help you decide on the colors that you like and the style that suits you. For instance, if you like neutral colors, then you may opt for a contemporary interior décor. If you are more drawn to straight lines on the furnishings, then you like a modern décor style. Traditional and Victorian furnishings have curved edges and carved pieces.

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Arranging the Furniture

Arranging the Furniture

Furniture is an essential component in every room, and therefore, it is important to put a lot of thought in how it is arranged. How furniture is arranged can make or break your home decor. Below are some DIY tips to help you in arranging the furniture.

Plan

Due to the weight of the furniture, it would be uncomfortable and tedious to keep moving it until you get the right position. The best thing is to arrange it first on a piece of paper before the actual arranging. Start by measuring the room and the furniture to help you in planning. Take a piece of paper and draw the room. Make drawings of furniture on another piece of paper and cut them out. Make sure that they are to scale. Move the paper furniture around until you get the desired arrangement. You can also use software for room planning to help you plan how to arrange the furniture. In addition to furniture arrangement, the software can also allow you to experiment with style, color scheme and sizes.

Determine the focal point of the room

Decide what the focal point will be for each room. For instance in the bedroom it can be the bed, living room it can be a television or the fireplace. The focal point is important because the rest of the furniture is arranged around it. Select the best spot for the focal point because this should be the first thing you see when you get into the room. You can create more attention by including accessories on the focal point. For instance, you can make the couch stand out by hanging a painting close to it. Ensure that the objects are proportional to the space they are in and not too big or too small.

Create a seating arrangement

The seating arrangement is dependent on the focal point, especially in the living and dining rooms. Ensure the furniture is of appropriate size so that there is enough space left for usability. For instance, there should be at least a space of three feet behind a dining chair. Use an open arrangement where the seating is inviting when someone is standing at the door of the room. The chairs should not face away from the entrance. The distance between the furniture in the sitting area should also be moderate and not too far or too close. This will ensure conversations move on smoothly. In every seating area, especially in the living room, there should be a surface on reach where one can place their drinks such as a coffee table or end table. Ensure that the tables are proportional to the space for ease of movement. If there are lamp tables, make sure they are positioned such that they light all the areas they are supposed to and they are near power outlets.

Pathways

You should make sure that you leave paths when arranging furniture such that one has no difficulty moving around the room. There should be no furniture on the way. All furniture should also be accessible.

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Tips for Bathroom Furnishings and Accessories

Tips for Bathroom Furnishings and Accessories

The bathroom is a sensitive area in the house and as such, it should be accorded the attention that it rightfully deserves. A clean bathroom is always a breath of fresh air but a furnished and accessorized bathroom is actually a showstopper. To successfully create a wow factor in any bathroom, you need to consider a number of factors such as the available space, the preferences of the household and the functionality of the accessories. 

For starters, if you are working with a limited wall space, then you might want to maximize on the wall space. Cabinets installed on the wall are bound to save enough floor space. They are ideal for storing as much items as one can possibly want in the bathroom. You can get customized cabinets and have as many drawers and compartments as possible. 

Cabinets with drawers will be ideal for a household that has more family members sharing the same bathroom. More storage means optimal storage and convenience for each member of the household. Caddies are also an ideal alternative and they can hold as many items as you may want. In the case of cabinets, ensure that they have enough dividers and shelves to enhance order in the bathroom. 

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Mirror Usage Tips for Interior Design

Mirror Usage Tips for Interior Design

Mirrors have various uses in a home. They open up space, enhance décor and act as reflectors of light. However, to achieve this combination of functions, there are dos and don’ts in using mirrors in interior decor. 

Interior designers are embracing mirrors in their design plans. Mirrors have a way of lightening up a room, even with minimal infiltration of light. They also work magic in small rooms by giving an illusion of large space. Nevertheless, if you are to be successful in using mirrors in interior design, the following tips are beneficial.

How to use mirrors

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Here Is A Simple Indoor Furniture Buying Guide

Here Is A Simple Indoor Furniture Buying Guide

It is every interior designer’s dream to create a haven in various homes and be the most sought after in town. Interior designers have used simple indoor furniture to make amazing interior decors. Simplicity when using home furnishings is a superb way to get extra space, style and class. 

There is a wide collection of simple furnishings in the market. They range from antique, modern or classic. The most fundamental principle that has been a guiding factor as an interior designer is to work with what tickles the fancy of most homeowners. You can provide a few tips and suggestions, but the homeowner should have the final word. It is their home after all, and after you are gone, they will live with it for years. 

Consider a few factors when using simple designs to decorate a living space. For starters, determine the use of the room that you are about to decorate. This will guide you on what furniture to go for. For a room that has a lot of traffic, you might want to furnish it sparingly to avoid jamming it. At the end of the day, the living space should be able to make homeowners feel at home. It is pointless for homeowners to feel like strangers in their own homes. 

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Using Crackle Paint

Using Crackle Paint

Crackle medium makes huge and little splits in a top layer of paint to let the base cover demonstrate through. It would seem that an agreeable glue and has the consistency of paint. Art stores offer it in little holders, and paint stores offer it in 1-quart and 1-gallon compartments. Here's the way to apply it: 

 

Materials and Tools you will need for this project: 

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Decor for a Dark Painted Room

Decor for a Dark Painted Room

A room with dark paint may appear dull and therefore, it needs to be lit up. The furniture and decorations should also be in harmony with the room in order to make it appealing. Below are tips to help you to decorate a dark painted room.

Make it brighter

The dark paint makes a room feel dull and there is need to make it brighter. If the room has a high ceiling or large windows, the light coming in can lighten up the room. Having many windows may also bring in more light, making the room brighter. Other options of making the room brighter are through decorations. You can paint the ceiling a bright color and have a light colored floor and this will brighten up the room. For a dark floor, use a rug with light color. Curtains with light colors are also appropriate in lighting up a room. Use light artwork and paintings on the wall. On the tables and shelves, group light objects to contrast the dark walls and to make the room brighter.

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5 Home Furnishing Ideas That Every Interior Designer Should Have in Mind

5 Home Furnishing Ideas That Every Interior Designer Should Have in Mind

Furnishings change the look of any setting. Apart from being accents in the room, they offer seating, storage and places on which one can display their valuables. If you are furnishing a room, there is no ground rule on to what idea to follow. Nevertheless, you must consider a few things, for it to be successful.  Here are a few tips for furnishing a home. 

1. To begin with, it is important to consider the style of the homeowner. Do they want to achieve a contemporary or traditional style? This will help you a great deal, while selecting the various décor elements. For instance, a traditional style will go well with sturdy wooden furniture in white or unstained. The market is full of furnishings to employ in various interior designs. Keep to the style while decorating, since the idea is to bring all the décor elements in harmony.

2. After you have understood the preferences and the tastes of the owner, analyze the needs of each room. For example, a bathroom will require different set of furnishings from a kitchen. Introduce pantry, counter tops, curtains and ergonomic floor mats in the kitchen. Have a floor to ceiling lean cabinets, sofa sets and glass coffee tables in a modern living room. Include some closets in the hallway for additional storage and illuminate the entryway with a chandelier. A dinner table and a set of chairs will also be necessary in a dining room with an overhead chandelier.

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Antiqued living room

Antiqued living room

You can make your living room get the vintage look by decorating it with reproductions and antiques. You can find a variety of accessories and furniture that are antique and others are reproductions in different styles ranging from Victorian to primitive. Choose the antique style you want for the living room and then find the pieces to put it together in your interior décor. Below is a guide to various antique styles that you can choose for the living room.


Victorian style

If you desire antiques from the Victorian era, you can use a Sheraton style or Queen Ann reproduction sofa and chairs with a velvet covering. To display your antique collections of silver and gold candlesticks together with your antique china, use side tables that have elaborate scroll work and carvings. For the walls, you can use opulent wallpaper to match with the sofa. You can also opt for walls with installed paneled wainscoting using dark wood for a Victorian library feel. To make the living room seem larger and with more space, you can hang a full-length mirror that should have a dark frame and is embroidered with gilt.

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Decor for separating living room and entryway

Decor for separating living room and entryway

The living room and entryway are connected such that you can see the living room when you are on the entryway. Despite that, there are decorating methods that can be used to distinguish them without clashing. Below are decorating tips that you can use to decorate and distinguish the two areas.

Wall treatments

Wall treatments can serve as a good way to separate the entrance way and the living room. The purpose of entryway is to welcome guests with decor that is uncluttered and appealing. You can therefore use a different theme on the entryway than that of the living room. This is by painting it using a different color or wallpaper from that of the living room. Some of the colors you can use are neutral colors such as cream, white, taupe, light brown or tan and they create warm entry and do not clash with the living room. To create harmony in the home, you can use the same colors for the hallways.

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Decorate a formal living room

Decorate a formal living room

A formal living room is for formal entertaining and a place for receiving guests. It is usually located close to the entry at the house front. The living room is therefore not meant for everyday living. Due to its role, the room should have refined and sophisticated décor and you can choose from the many decorating styles that range from traditional to contemporary. Below are some ideas to help you to decorate the formal living room.

Window treatments

The windows need to be dressed with rich and luxurious fabrics, some of them being velvet, silk, damask and brocade. For sophistication, use cascading curtains that will form a pool on the floor. To add a designer flair, include a draping valance that is swagging on one side. Decorate with wooden or elegant metal curtain rods that have decorative finials to complement the formal style drapery. If you want to include sheer curtains to the heavier drapery, use double rods because they are suitable and ideal.

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Sprucing up an 80’s house

Sprucing up an 80’s house

House decorations in the 1980s featured loud patterns and neutral hued décor. This was an era of radical decorating styles and if your house is from this era, you may desire to modernize it and can do it on a budget. The decorating tips below will help you to get rid of the outdated features to bring your house to the 21st century.

The floor

Homes in the 80’s had vinyl tiles, parquet wood flooring or wall to wall carpeting in bright colors such as dusty pink and hunter green. Replace the outdated flooring with large ceramic tiles, wood or laminate in neutral hues and modern styles. If the floor has vinyl tiles, consult a professional before removing, in case they have harmful asbestos. The professional can help to dispose the old tiles and install safe new flooring.

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Lets build a New Kitchen Island! How to Guide

Lets build a New Kitchen Island! How to Guide

Materials you will need

 

  • particleboard 
  • 1x6 sheets 
  • crown shaping
  • beadboard 
  • screws 
  • brads 
  • nails 
  • paint 
  • primer
  • wood paste 
  • spackle 
  • base cupboards 
  • contact cement 
  • cover 
  • base trim 
  • corner shaping 
  • 3" wood dowels



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Home Stands and Their Uses

Home Stands and Their Uses

Stands offer additional storage at home. They also enhance the interior décor of any room. They are found in various models, styles, sizes and in different materials too. In addition, their specific characteristics define their usage. For instance, there are stands for TV sets, monitors, laptops, books and even tablets. Home stands improve the usability of the electronic items and for books; they increase flexibility. Thus, knowing the different kinds of stands available can help an interior designer help his/her clients to spruce up their living space. Let us look into the most common types of stands that you may need in your home.

An ergonomic notebook computer stand is designed for notebooks, rather than for monitors. This stand gives you a comfort platform workstation.  Often, laptops force the user to bend more when they are working. The ergonomic notebook computer stand ensures that you do not succumb to strains. It is an asset in apartments and in small home offices. It also comes with a mouse pad, USB hubs and a set of fans to keep the laptop cool. This stand offers comfort and acts as a health check as well. 

People who work with PCs or desktop computers are not left out either. Adjustable height dual monitor stand is made to allow a user to use two monitors simultaneously. It enables you to adjust the heights depending on your own preferences. You can either place the monitors on top of each other or side by side. Since the stand is adjustable, you can use it while sitting or standing. These stands are also flexible, wheeled so that you can move them from one place to the other.

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Home Theater: Helpful Tips and Frequently asked Questions

Home Theater: Helpful Tips and Frequently asked Questions

Home Theater Audio Basics 

Motion pictures are recorded so that the group of onlookers hears clamors all around, which makes you have a feeling that you are a piece of the film. That is the reason you have various speakers in an encompass sound framework: Each speaker in an encompass sound framework is allotted distinctive sounds. 

At whatever point conceivable, utilize a complete sound framework from a solitary maker. The sound nature of speakers can change a ton, even between speakers from distinctive lines from the same maker. Continuously attempt to get speakers that were intended to be utilized together. 

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Family Room Lighting

Family Room Lighting

The family room is a place in the home that is used for entertaining family and friends. Many activities take place here such as playing games, studying, eating, watching television, relaxing and many others. The room should therefore have proper lighting for the activities taking place. The tips below will help you to choose appropriate lighting for the room. The lighting you choose for the family room should go hand in hand with the home décor that is already there. Some of the home decorating styles include rustic, country, ornate, colonial and minimalist among others. For instance, if your home has rustic decorating style, use lighting fixtures that complement the style. Now that you know the type of lighting fixtures to use, you need to assess your lighting needs. A family room has many uses and so are its lighting needs. This means that you will need to use more than one lighting fixture in order to suit each need.

Some of the lighting needs include:

General lighting: the room needs enough general light during the day and at night for it to be comfortable. To determine of how much general lighting the room needs, assess the natural light that get in throughout the day and the darkness at night.  Lighting for accentuating decorative items: if you have decorated the family room with wall art and other architectural features, you will need lighting to highlight and draw attention to them. You can have spot lighting for an artwork, or you may want to put emphasis on the high ceilings by pointing the lights there.

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Latest Flooring Trends

Latest Flooring Trends

Flooring forms an important part of interior design. The type of floor you use, its design and color affect the overall outcome of your decoration. There are different types of materials used in flooring and how you use them depends on your specific needs. The most common one is the traditional wood flooring, although more durable and cost effective materials such as bamboo and vinyl are replacing it. Below are the types of flooring that are currently being used in home décor.


Bamboo flooring

The use of bamboo for flooring is growing due to the coming up of more styles and colors despite it being around for a while. Bamboo is a fast growing grass which when dry is harder than most hard woods. The latest product known as strand woven bamboo is highly engineered with the use of inner fibers, making it two times harder than flooring using traditional bamboo. It is available in thin-banded styles and in wide plank style that looks like the classic hardwoods. It is advisable not to use bamboo flooring in kitchens and bathrooms because they are prone to moisture.

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