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A Simple Guide for Making a Lampshade

A Simple Guide for Making a Lampshade

Lampshades help to shelter out some light from your lamp. This is not their main function though. They can accessorize your room and act as objects of attraction. A designer lampshade will force you to dig dipper into your pockets. However, you can use cheap and readily available materials to make a simple, yet a captivating lampshade.  It does not require you to be an expert. This article takes through a step-to-step guide for making a DIY lampshade. It is simple and fun to follow. The first step involves getting a frame, preferably with which you will use to build the lampshade. This you will get in craft shops in your neighborhood. You can also use some old tins that you got in your yard or garage. Place a wire on top of the frame and the bottom, to act as the marker.


Use a butcher paper for this project. This is because, is more durable. You can choose any color since it is only for using for cutting out the fabric.  Place the paper on the table. Now let the place where the wire is on the bottom of the frame, to sit on the edge of the paper.  Then, roll the frame across the paper, as you trace the bottom edge of the lampshade. Stop when you reach the wire. Repeat the process with the upper part of the round frame.  Next, draw a straight line to connect the top and the bottom lines on either side. If you do it right, you will probably end up with a crescent-shaped pattern. Cut the lampshade pattern from the butcher paper. Lampshades go well when they feature fabric details. Hence, choose an appealing fabric with details, which are eye-catching. To minimize cost, you can make cut outs from your old clothing.

Place the fabric on the table or any flat surface, with the wrong side facing upwards. Spray a little glue on the paper pattern and place it on the fabric.  Using sharp scissors cut around the paper design but leave a half-inch seam allowance on the fabric.  Before the glue dries, detach the paper cut out. The wires are no longer useful in the project, so remove them and proceed to the next step.  Lay the lampshade frame on the fabric such that the seam allowance remains the same at the top as well as at the bottom.  Fold the edges to make a seam, so that it does not feature raw edges, when the fabric overlaps. With quality fabric glue, stick the seam in place. When you are done and no fabric edge is left hanging, leave your DIY lampshade to dry.  You might be anxious to know whether your hand-made shade is working but wait until it dries completely. With that, your lampshade is ready. You can place it around your table lamps in your bedroom, study room or in any other room where you use focused lights.  This is a fun way of spending your free time at home while still enhancing your interior design.

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Using Lights to Decorate your Bedroom- The Basics

Using Lights to Decorate your Bedroom- The Basics

Bedrooms offer comfort to many after an exhaustive day. They are our getaways, where we rest and assimilate the happenings of the day. Amid all the other components that complete this room, lighting is quintessential. Chances are that you use your bedroom for lounging, dressing, reading and completing an office assignment on your laptop.  Designing multiple lights will enable you to complete various tasks while giving the room a super ambience.


To start with, you will need a general light, which will shower the whole bedroom with light. An overhead fixture will come in handy, when looking for a lost sock or any other item. The fixture should carry the theme of the room. It is best if you think of it as another accent in the room.  For a dramatic experience, a chandelier or a lantern will be an excellent choice. If your home décor is modern, you can go with a chic pendant. Whatever style you settle on, it is good to have a dimmer in the bedroom to regulate the amount of light. If you place a chandelier at the center of the room hang, it is a little bit higher, to avoid hitting on it with your head.


In the bedroom, you will also need to make a consideration based on task lighting. Bedside lighting that provides close-range light is easily accessible while you are in bed.  Choose table lamps that blend with the bedside tables, this will create some balance in the room. Where space is limited, choose wall sconces.  To create a more attractive look, place the lamp in proportion to the bedside table and the bed. Where your bedside table is short, pick lamps that are taller to even the appearance. If you are married, then you understand what the mood of a room can do to your intimacy. You can use lights to create a romantic atmosphere for you and your significant other. For the best results, use several sources of light at varying heights.  For instance, place a floor lamp near a desk or a lounge chair. Place a lamp in the dresser or better still use candles of various colors. For that artistic piece you brought home from holiday, highlight it with a sconce.

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How to Make your Hallway Standout

How to Make your Hallway Standout

A hallway is one area in your home, where people frequent.  It is also where visitors see, when they come in your home. Therefore, it matters a great deal, how you decorate and organize, this small space.  There are many ideas that you can use to make your entrance corridor more welcoming and a representation of your sense of style. Hallway decorating does not have to be expensive either, you can use what you have and pick some antiques in the flea market, to come up with an enviable hallway. The first step to a beautiful entrance is removing clutter. Most people leave shoes, coats, keys, gloves and the like in the hallway. Find creative ways of storing these things to minimize obstructions. Coats can be kept in the cloakroom under the stairs. Other items can be placed in a storage bench. If possible, select one with compartments and stack it with baskets and boxes.


When everything is out of the way, bring in a carpet. It should be strong enough to handle the pressure. Paint the walls with a neutral color and choose a rug that is more colorful.  Do not leave the walls plain; add in some zest with catchy wall hangings. The hallway can form the display for all your art collections.  From the pricey ones to the handmade artistic wall paintings, they can do magic to the neutral walls while entertaining your guests on their way in. Another way of decorating a hallway is by using houseplants. Indoor plants have innumerable benefits. From purifying the air to giving your home a natural and fresh look, we cannot underestimate the power of plants in home décor.

You can use them creatively to usher in your visitors. However, choose planters that enhance the hallway too. It is obvious that hallways should be well lit. However, you can select a lighting system that will do more than lit up, your entrance, but one, which will create a lovely atmosphere. Spotlights and wall lights are a trendy way lighting up hallways.  For small spaces, consider installing a skylight. During daytime, make use of the natural light. Applying mirrors along the hallway will make it appear brighter, since they reflect light.

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Easy DIY ways of Creating a Festive Entryway

Easy DIY ways of Creating a Festive Entryway

Fall is a season we all wait in anxiety. It is defined with many festivities. Aside making your house to sail in the wave of the festive season, you can decorate your entrance. This kind of a gesture, can make your guests feel much welcome into your home. You do not require an expert to do this but with a few items, a bit of creativity and some free time, you will certainly pull this through. Let us see how you can go about making your entryway more inviting, effortlessly.


Start by setting a backdrop of your decorations. Green is an excellent choice, which has been used over the years and is yet to disappoint.  For the entrance to have a real smell or texture of the doors, consider fetching fresh greenery from the yard or the market. Now that you have the greenery, use it to form wreaths for your double doors and outline the door frames.  In addition, you can form some twigs with the greenery and place them in decorative vases, which you can keep on either side of the door.


After the greenery is applied, it is time to have some fun. Use a print or color that you like to complement the design.  However, red, gold or white are great choices since they scream festive all the way.  A creative way to add color to your entryway is with ribbons. Ensure to use a quality ribbon, which you can use every other year. Use the ribbons to make a bow for accentuating the greenery wreaths. Other ways of embellishing greenery is by use of gourds, green apples, hypericum berries, wheat or any other item that will display an element of harvest.

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Kitchen Decorating Ideas-DIY Project

Kitchen Decorating Ideas-DIY Project

 

 

 

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