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Lighting Up Your Place

Lighting Up Your Place

There is no need of proving the importance of light in one’s home. It is, however, worth remembering that illumination itself is a concern of practicality and your comfort. You will need light to do everything, from reading or working to having your meals. This means that you select the proper lighting for every room in accordance with your preferred activities. Basically, there are several main reasons why one should take good care of light in one’s home.

 

For a start, it allows you performing your everyday tasks in a more effective way. This is something that you cannot argue with, light is crucial for us to be able to do anything at all. Winter evenings are too long to survive without good lighting. Moreover, simply moving around the apartment seems impossible without proper illumination.

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Decorating Your Walls: Paintings Vs. Posters

Decorating Your Walls: Paintings Vs. Posters

Let us imagine that you have decorated and furnished your entire place, and there is one tiny thing is left to attend to: the walls. You might have hanged the wallpaper, and took care of the lights, but something about the walls still bothers you. The fact is that even with the best designer wallpaper, the walls will look bare. A painting or a poster, however, will change the story completely.

Paintings

Let us start with fine art, the paintings. It is a good thing if you paint yourself; this will save you money, and it will allow you some practice. It is a fact that you will tend to make the paintings look really good, so that everyone in your household is satisfied with the result. In case you are not a painter, there is nothing wrong with buying someone else’s work to put on the walls. Surely, your friends would be endlessly jealous if you have the original by a well-known artist. This, however, happens too rarely, and the best option would be to buy copies of famous paintings.

The form of a painting matters no less than the content, and it is the former that can be utilized in a variety of ways in your apartment. For example, you can use paintings to make your ceiling seem higher that it is in reality. To achieve this effect, you should just group framed works of art on a wall; it also should be the wall where one of the objects is already leaning on it. For example, you might want to place five to six paintings over a sofa, one next to another and below/above it at the same time. It can be tricky, but it is more than manageable.

There are tips from artist and designers, which are related to a relationship between art and TV. For example, did you know that a TV screen can perfectly fit in an arrangement of different rectangular paintings, so that it can also be perceived like a piece of art? In this way, you can set an ever-changing composition, with a TV screen in the centre, where channels can be switched ten times an hour!

Posters

We have grown in the times when it was really cool to have posters on the walls. The most popular kids had their walls stacked with favorite performers and bands, and they were considered the coolest in the class. However, when people grow up, their tastes in music undergo transformation; the musical posters on one’s wall which they have acquired with sweat and blood have been given away with a light heart.

In the world of ‘grown-ups’ we have an advantage to choose the best fitting posers and change them as soon as they get old or as soon as we want ‘something different.’ Besides, not posters are band merchandise. There are many of them being inspirational phrases with ‘artsy’ backgrounds; there are ones with different jokes; there are some with even the most famous photos and fine art pieces. Moreover, your tastes are not changing this much as compared to when you are over 25. You can sometimes catch a real diamond from the sea of mass culture products, so you might want to risk.

It is really a decision of one’s own, to go either for a poster or a painting. The latter is always more expensive. So, if the budget is not an obstacle, you should be searching for a perfect set of paintings. Besides, paintings are available in different forms and styles. You can just choose what you like the best, and you will certainly find it!

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Metal Furniture for Your Patio

Metal Furniture for Your Patio

The question that most people have for their interior designers is whether metal furniture still has a place in the modern homes. The answer is yes. Metal is really adorable and it lasts a long time. More about that later, though. 

The patio is very much part of the home because the family spends most of their time there during the summer months. Thus, many homeowners look for interior designer ideas to make their patios habitable, as well as very attractive. There is plenty of metal furniture in the market, some cheap and some costly. There is something for every budget. 

For a long time now, the patio has been given some rudiment touches here and there, while the indoors has been accorded overwhelming attention. Today, designers have realized that the patio deserves some tender love and care, just as the indoors. An interior designer should provide maintenance tips for metal furniture. Metal furniture is perfect for the patio as it is sturdy and not susceptible to damages caused by the sun. However, the furniture should be stored in a sheltered place during the wet season. Metal furniture is also easy to clean and maintain. Ensure that you cover it with vinyl covers once you are done using it. These covers can be purchased at a warehouse or a local hardware. Clean off any spills on your metal furniture once you are done entertaining guests. 

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Go Further than Lamps and Paint with Light

Go Further than Lamps and Paint with Light

While furniture and wall paint and striking decoration make up the homes we live in, there is a more intangible element that shapes the way each room feels – light.  The way a room is lit completely alters the way the mood and feel of a room.  Light is one of the key factors to every home and every room and is something that can help you sculpt and paint the feel of each individual room.  One of the great things about playing with lighting is there are so many different ways to use light.  It can be played with endlessly and with the modern advancements in LED lighting, we have access to powerful light sources that are small and versatile.

Light the Dark Corners

So where should you add light?  How about anywhere.  Keep an eye out when you're out in the world – pay attention to how things are lit and the moods they conjure.  Restaurants, bars, movie theaters, offices, everywhere.  Everywhere we go there are specific lighting setups that conjure certain moods and can inspire us to sculpt light in our own homes.  One such interesting way to add depth in previously bland spots are adding light to our shelving units.  Whether they be for clothing, decorations, books, or more – adding a highlight to the underside above a shelf can highlight and add depth that was previously non-existent. 

Another idea would be to line the back or top molding of the same shelving unit with a string of rope lights or LED strands to throw a soft glowing border onto the adjacent wall or ceiling.  It adds a gorgeous glow and makes it pop against the wall.  Another spot to utilize these lights is the underside of cabinets in our kitchens.  Sometimes the early morning calls for subtle lighting and adding accent lights to the underside of our cabinets can be the perfect balance of illuminating our counter space without blasting our eyes out early in the morning.  And these are just a few small ways to sculpt with light.

Get Creative

Playing with light is all about getting creative, and there are so many ways to do so.  One such interesting way utilizes Christmas rope lights.  You can use them to make shapes or even words on your wall by simply snaking the light around some well-placed nails.  The shapes or words are up to you, but it's an interesting way to add wall decoration and light simultaneously.  Another trend is to utilize Edison bulbs inside everything from glass balls, mason jars, beer bottles, and more.  They give off a homemade, rustic feel that is not only stylish at the moment but as unique as you can imagine it to be.  And of course there are the new flame-less candles that are the perfect mood and nightlight for coffee tables, dark hallway corners, stairs, or stacking inside over sized glass vases.  Light is malleable and fluid, with an endless number of ways to utilize its powers.  There are the obvious lamps, chandeliers, and overhead lighting sources but it doesn't need to stop there.  Lighting sources have become smaller and more versatile giving us an endless number of ways to sculpt with light and get creative.

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Furnishing Ideas

Furnishing Ideas

Furnishing is about internal home decoration, in house decoration that is my phrase for decorating the inner part of the house.  Its major ingredients are saving on space, adding color to you room, appropriate lighting and having some order in the house.  You could also thing about as having the right furniture which give you a personal taste and indeed simply put this could be do- it- yourself kind of a thing or you could have an expert do it for you at a cost.  The choice is yours.


Let us begin with creating space and just having the right angles in the proper places whether it is in the kitchen, dining room, or bed room, space is central to creating a home out of a house.  You would not like to leave in a room where everything is everywhere.  You need plenty of space between all your wares and it is interesting how rounded off angles create better space that angular ones.


Color has great effect on us whether we are conscious of it or not color gives us taste.  Have you ever salivated over a meal just because it looks tasty? It looks tasty! Very interesting do you see that taste is to tongue and site is to looks?  Indeed what we see affects us wholesomely so let us make our rooms look, not tasty but homely and welcoming and color does that to us in a very subtle way.  Have you roof or ceiling very brightly colored, sat in white or in some cream white color depending on what makes you feel at home.

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