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Asian theme for the dining room

Asian theme for the dining room

Whether you are an interior designer, or you want to transform your dining room into an Asian theme, the following tips will make it easy for you. To get the theme, you may only need to change a few items, or you can do a complete makeover. Some of the things you can change to get the Asian look are wallpaper, tableware, serving dishes, lighting, floor coverings and accessories. You can also change the color of the wall, that of the table, chairs and the sideboard.

You can still get the Asian theme in your dining room by changing the decorative items. Accessories play an important role in the overall look of a room and it is no different in this case. Replace the tableware, tablecloths and serving dishes with the ones that have patterns and colors that portray the Asian look. This may seem easy and economical, but you will still get the look you are looking for. You can go further and include potted plants with an Asian style, use exotic decorations such as having the figures of geisha girl and other decorations that are exotic to achieve an Asian look. Decorate the wall with a silk kimono for a more Asian touch.

The floor is another area where you can enhance the Asian look. If you are not up for a floor makeover, consider using rugs that have an Asian style in your dining room floor. In case you can afford to remake the floors, use dark hardwood or bamboo floors. Include bamboo mats and oriental rugs to complete the look and make it authentic. The wall also carries weight in decorating the room. To get the look, use reds and soft tones either on wallpaper or by painting. You may paint deep red or lighter colors on the walls, or you may opt to use wallpaper that have plain pattern. If you do not want the walls to have color, use neutral palette and leave the colors to the floor and on accents. Include paintings of Asian silk and hang them in vintage frames. You may also use block prints on the wall. This will help to enhance the Asian feel in your interior décor.

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High ceiling in interior design

High ceiling in interior design

There is a general liking for a home with a high ceiling. It makes the rooms appear bigger; the windows are taller and therefore, bring more light. It is fun to decorate the windows, which require more fabric, and you may end up having great décor. High ceilings means there is more space for your wall art and for using different lighting. Despite this, decorating rooms with high ceilings is always a challenge, which can be made easier by following the tips below. For ease of decorating, visually split the walls into three parts, the top part, the middle and the bottom. Leave the top part blank, have the paintings and wall art on the middle and the bottom to have furniture and judged paneling.

Due to the size of the wall in rooms with high ceiling, decorating will wall art, paintings and pictures are necessary. Place them at an eye level to reduce the impact of the tall walls. You may decide to use similar patterns and arrange them in a particular way just like an art gallery, or your creativity may take the better of you and hang the artwork your own way. Whatever your decision, the artwork is bound to bring more life to the tall wall. Chandeliers can make a big difference in lighting a room with high ceiling. Due to the size of the room, you may need more than one lighting fixture. For instance, you can use spot lighting for the wall arts and paintings and dimming lights when there is need to control the amount of light in the room.

Another way to deal with the height of the wall when you are doing interior design on a room with a high ceiling is to use accent walls. Decorate one wall in bold color in a bid to connect the ceiling and the other walls. This is also a good way to portray the unique personality of the space while giving the room a fresh look. One of the advantages of having a tall wall is the tall windows. This gives the interior designer more room to work with while decorating the windows with curtains. They make a room cozy, homey and attractive. Use curtains that will cover the whole wall to reduce the impact of the high walls in the room. Select colors depending on the theme of your interior decoration. If you want to bring more energy into the room, red is the color to use. You can use dark hues or black to make the room feel smaller and cozy. Make sure that you have used the colors you have chosen for the curtains somewhere else in the room. If you are bold, use patterns for the curtains for more visual appeal. You should not forget to paint the ceiling. Use texture to make it stand out and to bring it closer to the floor which in turn will make the walls seem shorter and the room smaller.

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Baby’s room decorations

Baby’s room decorations

The bundle of joy is on its way, and that means a place a stay. You do not need to spend a lot to decorate the baby nursery. Think of it as a fun simple process that will help you to use your creativity. The tips below will make the whole process much easier. If you can, start the process early. This will give you time to plan and put everything in order. Know that there is no defined way of designing the nursery as long as it is warm and safe. The decorations you would like to use are up to you, though you can get ideas from the Internet on sites such as Pinterest. The most important part is to ensure that the nursery is childproof.

Decorating the nursery does not mean overspending. It is right that you want to give your baby the best. However, you can do it on budget. It is not necessary to have matching rugs and curtains or very expensive sheets. You can also use hand me downs and heirlooms. A crib that has been in the family will do as long as it is safe. Start by planning the nursery layout and determining the color scheme. The crib should be near the door for ease of movement as you get the baby. Avoid placing it near a window or curtains and blinds to prevent the baby from chocking. Have the changing table near the crib. The rocking chair can be placed near the window.

The color scheme will depend on the colors you want to use for the nursery. For a baby girl, there is more use of pink and close shades while for boys the color is usually blue. In case you are not sure of the gender, stick to neutral colors such as yellow, beige, pale green and cream. You can match the floor of the nursery with that of the house. You may decide to include a rug, especially if the floor is made of hardwood or tiles. Make sure that the rug is removable and can be easily washed instead of having a wall-to-wall carpet that is difficult to remove and clean.

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Decorating the guest room

Decorating the guest room

Having a welcoming guest room where the guests feel at home is the essence for decorating the room. This means having a color scheme that is soothing in addition to decorative furnishings that are useful. The decorating tips below will help to you to give your guests a comfortable and welcoming room. To make your guests relax, paint walls with neutral colors such as white and beige or cool tones such as sky blue. Warm tones are not good because they energize instead of relaxing.

Make sure there is the necessary furniture in the room. Consider having twin beds instead of king or queen size bed. This will make it easy to share the room and for the guests to sleep separately. In case there is need to share the bed, the guests could bring the beds together for more space. The beds should have many layers of sheets and the guest can use all of them or remove some depending on how cold or hot they want to be. You can put cottons sheets, a comforter and a coverlet.

Also, include throw pillows that are decorative to make the bed look comfortable. You can include an accent color using the pillows and also add other colors in splashes without changing the mood of the room. For instance, the throw pillows can have splashes of red, which will make the room appealing without making it energetic.

It is preferable that the bedside table should be made of glass top. This will prevent the guest from worrying about spilling things on the wood and causing damage. Whatever is spilled can be wiped easily from a glass top table. The guest room should have a dresser. Consider leaving the top drawers empty and the bottom drawers should have the things the guest will need such as blankets and towels.

For convenience, put a bedside lamp in the room. This will prevent the guests from stumbling as they switch off the overhead lights whose switch is commonly at the door and away from the bed. Mirrors are known to create an illusion of space, especially in small rooms. To serve this purpose and also for the guests to use place a mirror in the guest room. It may be a full-length mirror or even a small one.

Rugs add warmth to a room and you can use it to add texture. It is also important for providing warmth, especially if the room is not carpeted, or it has a hardwood floor. Your guests will be grateful you included a rug, especially on cold days when their feet are protected from cold.

Add life to the room by including flowers, especially those that are freshly cut. This will make the room colorful and the guests will feel valued. You do not have to make large bouquets because a few flowers in a vase will do. If the space allows, include a reading table and a chair that the guest can use for their reading. It may also serve as a dining table.

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Using patterns in interior design

Using patterns in interior design

Decorating with patterns makes a room attractive and appealing to the eye. They are therefore, part of interior design that cannot be ignored. Patterns can be in the background of a room, or they can be used in accessories.


•    Use of patterns in the background


Having patterns on the floor, the wall and the ceiling provides a good background for the room. The patterns can be used to add décor to a room, add texture and to cater for architectural inadequacies. They can also form the basis of a color scheme or a theme. However, the patterns should be used with care in order to provide the desired decorative outcome. You cannot just pick any pattern and use it on a room. Below are some guidelines, which you can use with background patterns.

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