31. December 2015 · Comments Off on Inspiring Home Decorating Tips · Categories: Home Improvement · Tags: ,

Is there anything better than the fresh smell of pine trees, the sound of water flowing down a river in the mountains or the brilliant stars that brighten up the deep blue sky. The great outdoors makes us feel a sense of peace and tranquility. It is no wonder that people want to bring this naturally induced euphoric feeling inside the home.Whether you are decorating a second home in a beautiful resort town like Park City, Utah or remodeling a craftsman style home in suburban America, you don’t have to be a mountain enthusiast to incorporate these awe inspiring natural elements into your space anymore. Like a great chef forging a new recipe, interior decorators seem to be using the mountain living design palette to spice things up.

This raw earthy flare can be mixed well with a variety of design themes; elegant, luxury, cozy, rustic and yes even modern. More and more people are embracing this fresh and exciting trend, and the results are absolutely amazing!

Many of the top home furnishing manufacturers seem to be taking note and as a result this style of products are becoming more readily available to the consumers. Of course, not everyone has the time or money for a complete home renovation. However, with a little creativity, you can easily and inexpensively integrate a little bit of rustic home decor style.

One of the easiest ways to adapt rustic home decor into your design is through the use of artwork, accessories and simple accent items. For instance the use of some vintage framed photos, a rustic lamp and novelty accent pillows can really make a living room warm and inviting.

Furniture is another great way to make your space more enjoyable. Always try to invest in quality hand crafted furniture that not only looks great but will last for many years. It is also important to consider buying from companies that manufacture there products in the USA.

As you are thinking about bringing rustic charm into a room, consider what the focal point might be. For instance the bed is a great place to start when decorating a bedroom. A quality and well designed bedding [http://postcanyontrading.com/bedding/woolrichBeddingCollection.php] set will not only set the mood of the room but it will also give you a great color palette from the fabrics that can be used for selecting drapery panels, accent furniture and wall paint colors.

21. December 2015 · Comments Off on Home Decor Tips for the Renter or Tenant · Categories: Home Improvement · Tags: , , ,

Home Decor always starts with some basic design rules that we need to follow in order to achieve the best results. I think most people would agree with me about the backdrop (or background) elements for home design.

  • Paint Color(s)
  • Window Treatments
  • Flooring
  • Furniture

These four elements set the base, or backdrop for your decor needs. Before we get into choosing color schemes, textures, patterns, etc… we must address these four elements of design, and this is where the renter is at a disadvantage to a home owner.

Most landlords already supply two or three of these elements. Paint color(s), Flooring, and often it is the landlord that chooses your Window Coverings. Let us first address paint. Most landlords supply the paint color and they take a dim view of renters using any paint color other than that which they have supplied. Most landlords paint their rentals in off-white colors. This may not be your favorite color and many renters would certainly like to choose their own paint colors, but most renters would also like to get their security deposit back when they move out, so most often you are stuck with the choice that has already been made for you. This does not have to be a horrible thing, as off-white will usually work with most any home decor. Some landlords will let you paint in other colors as long as you re-paint it back to off-white before you move out. Perhaps they will allow you to paint one accent wall which can help greatly. Check with your landlord before you decide to change the paint. If they say no, it is not the end of the world. You simply have to pick your design colors from other sources than the paint.

Most landlords also supply the Window Treatments. Most rentals that I see have been supplied with shades or blinds that are neutral colors. Here also, most landlords do not want you to remove or replace what they have supplied. Although, most landlords will not mind if you use curtains or draperies to add to the existing window treatments, so here is an area worth asking about. Always check with your landlord before you start attaching window coverings to their property. Some landlords will not allow you to nail or screw anything into the walls. Most that I know do not mind, as long as you fill the holes in when the window treatments are removed. Now you can use texture, pattern and color for your windows to compliment your home decor style.

The next consideration will be your furnishings. Most renters already have their furniture, or at least some furniture. Many time the furniture you have may be hand-me-downs. If you do not have your furniture yet and you are on a budget, consider shopping at thrift stores or yard sales. You can usually find some great bargains and if the furniture is not the right color or does not have the right texture, you can always use paint or stain to change the color, and slip-covers can be found for sofas, chairs, etc.. and this will still allow you a good amount of latitude for your home decor.

That leaves us with the Flooring. This is often the most aggravating part, because the flooring is almost always supplied by the landlord, and most landlords don’t care how it will tie in with your home decor needs. No matter how ugly the color is, or how old and worn the flooring is, you are pretty much stuck with it. I have had many clients who have tried to get their landlord to change the flooring, and almost always, they will not even consider it. Even when the tenant offers to pay for part of the cost. This can be frustrating, but changing the flooring is not your only solution, so don’t give up just yet. This is where area rugs can be a wonderful option. Area Rugs come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and although I usually suggest that a person find their rug first before choosing other decor items, you can easily work the other way around and choose a style and color that matches your decor. Use an area rug to cover that old dirty carpet or add warmth and color over any type of hard-surface flooring. It is best to invest a little bit more for a good quality rug (many wool fiber rugs can be found for the same price or slightly more than the cheap ones you find at the chain-stores). The great thing about a good quality rug is that you can take it with you when you move, and a wool fiber rug can last a lifetime with proper care. Also, most patterns will never go out of style, if you choose a more classic or traditional pattern.

Just because you don’t own the home you are living in does not mean you have to give up on style and decor. There are a world of possibilities, even for those who rent or lease, to make your apartment a real home. Check out our web site for an area rug to cover an ugly worn out floor, or just to add the right colors to balance your design needs.

15. December 2015 · Comments Off on Home Decor Tips For Your Living Room · Categories: Home Improvement · Tags: , , ,

The living room is a very important part of the house. It is where you entertain your guests and also where you spend much time bonding with your family. Here are some great home decor touches to lend to your living room space:Theme: Pick a theme you like. Traditional, Asian, cartoon, something you, at the very least, don’t mind looking at everyday. Themes like relaxation, desert, sea, and others make good themes for a living room.

Focal Point: The focal point should be the ‘first thing’ you see when entering a room. Build the focal point around a great lamp or an eye-catching piece of furniture.

Colour: The colours you choose will affect how guests feel in the space. Colours can energize or relax the space, depending on how intense they are and how warm or cool they are. For example, find a rug that really ties the room together and balance the colours in the room.

Furniture and Layout: Living rooms are gathering spaces, so use furniture arrangement to promote conversation and interaction. Keep in mind the scale and dimension of the room when choosing furniture, so that the pieces fit comfortably in the space. You need to also consider the layout, the size in terms of proportion to your living room and the number of people you want to fit in the area.

Windows: Drapery can make all the difference to a room, provide elegance and opulence. They also help provide a soft warm environment as well as creating colour, pattern and texture for your home decor. For understated elegance, you might consider going bare.

Finish the Walls and Ceilings: Traditionally, living room walls receive more elaborate or formal treatment than other rooms because the room is a public space. To make it a welcoming room that expresses your personality, choose wall-coverings or treatments that reflect your style.

Add Character with Architectural Trimwork: When doing renovation for your living room, keep in mind that trimwork serves practical purposes, covering the seams where floors and ceilings meet walls and supporting the structure around openings.These elements serve aesthetic purposes too. The style of trimwork helps give your home a distinctive look, whether classical, contemporary, old-world, or regional. Projecting lintels over the door and windows, a deep cornice, and a paneled and beamed vaulted ceiling combine to give this white-washed living room a sense of peace.

Choose the Right Flooring: In keeping with the function of the living room as a public space, choose a floor covering that provides comfort underfoot and makes a design statement as well. This vibrant wall-to-wall carpet lays the foundation for a refined mix of florals and stripes. If you prefer a less bold floor, choose a solid neutral flooring that allows attention to focus on furniture or art. Hardwood floors with area rugs are one of the most popular choices for living room floors, but ceramic tile, stone tile and full carpeting work too.

Accessorize with Art Collections: Walls come alive when you use them to display art or collections that you love. The most common mistake in hanging pictures is putting them too high.Group items for impact, and hang them low enough to relate to nearby furnishings or architecture.

The living room is a very important part of the house. It is where you entertain your guests and also where you spend much time bonding with your family. Here are some great home decor touches to lend to your living room space:

Theme: Pick a theme you like. Traditional, Asian, cartoon, something you, at the very least, don’t mind looking at everyday. Themes like relaxation, desert, sea, and others make good themes for a living room.

Focal Point: The focal point should be the ‘first thing’ you see when entering a room. Build the focal point around a great lamp or an eye-catching piece of furniture.

Colour: The colours you choose will affect how guests feel in the space. Colours can energize or relax the space, depending on how intense they are and how warm or cool they are. For example, find a rug that really ties the room together and balance the colours in the room.

Furniture and Layout: Living rooms are gathering spaces, so use furniture arrangement to promote conversation and interaction. Keep in mind the scale and dimension of the room when choosing furniture, so that the pieces fit comfortably in the space. You need to also consider the layout, the size in terms of proportion to your living room and the number of people you want to fit in the area.

Windows: Drapery can make all the difference to a room, provide elegance and opulence. They also help provide a soft warm environment as well as creating colour, pattern and texture for your home decor. For understated elegance, you might consider going bare.

Finish the Walls and Ceilings: Traditionally, living room walls receive more elaborate or formal treatment than other rooms because the room is a public space. To make it a welcoming room that expresses your personality, choose wall-coverings or treatments that reflect your style.

Add Character with Architectural Trimwork: When doing renovation for your living room, keep in mind that trimwork serves practical purposes, covering the seams where floors and ceilings meet walls and supporting the structure around openings.These elements serve aesthetic purposes too. The style of trimwork helps give your home a distinctive look, whether classical, contemporary, old-world, or regional. Projecting lintels over the door and windows, a deep cornice, and a paneled and beamed vaulted ceiling combine to give this white-washed living room a sense of peace.

Choose the Right Flooring: In keeping with the function of the living room as a public space, choose a floor covering that provides comfort underfoot and makes a design statement as well. This vibrant wall-to-wall carpet lays the foundation for a refined mix of florals and stripes. If you prefer a less bold floor, choose a solid neutral flooring that allows attention to focus on furniture or art. Hardwood floors with area rugs are one of the most popular choices for living room floors, but ceramic tile, stone tile and full carpeting work too.

Accessorize with Art Collections: Walls come alive when you use them to display art or collections that you love. The most common mistake in hanging pictures is putting them too high.Group items for impact, and hang them low enough to relate to nearby furnishings or architecture.

Usually, people who choose to build or buy a log home are unconventional souls-“free spirits.” The decor inside their homes is as unique as the outer appearance. Not long ago, decorating such a home was a challenge, since the pieces sold in a typical furniture store didn’t fit-either in size or style-the interior of a log cabin. However, as log cabin homes have become more popular, specialized furniture, as well as floor and window treatments have evolved to fit this decorating niche.

Simplicity and natural ambience are key factors in log home decorating. With an increasing number of choices in log cabin style today, it can be easy to go overboard with rustic pieces, resulting in a cluttered, busy look instead of the simple, peaceful feeling most homeowners want. Creating the right balance takes careful consideration of each purchase.

You will want to offset each intricate piece with a more plain counterpart. For example, if your wooden bed frame has exquisitely carved detail, a simple single or two-toned quilt will show off the handiwork better than a busy-patterned Native American blanket. Pay careful attention to the balance of plain and complex patterns in the living room, too. Often, log cabin homes have very large living areas, so they can handle a number of woven patterns. Offset them, however, with simple clay or carved wooden bowls on natural or distressed look tables and rusted-metal lampshades.

Windows treatments in a log cabin should be simple. Typically, log cabins in pioneer days had very plain window coverings. Their main purpose was to control the amount of light and heat/cold that came in. Because today’s log cabin homeowners usually hold nature in high esteem, and windows are ways of bringing the outdoors in. So, window treatments are simple so as not to distract from the natural light or view outside the window.

Natural fabrics are the most popular choices for decorating a log cabin home. They range from single-colored muslins to heavy-textured woven blankets and rugs. In between is a wide variety of coarseness of cloth, prints and grains of leather. Using one main type of fabric in a room allows you to accessorize simply by substituting a different texture, and maintains the simple feel so right for decorating a log cabin home.

Americana folk art fits the log cabin decorating theme perfectly. In addition to human-made art, many people make the most of Nature’s artwork. Birch wood frames for photo collections, leaf-prints and pressed flowers under glass blend with antler coat or mug racks to highlight living in harmony with the natural world, the spirit that lies at the heart of all log cabin home decorating.

11. December 2015 · Comments Off on Home Decoration Tips Within Budget · Categories: Home Improvement · Tags:

After constructing the frame work of a new house the next task is to plan the interior of the house. At times we are left with minimum amount of money for our home interior after meeting the expenses in buying the plot, building the house etc. The main elements of home interior decoration are the walls and floors along with a pleasant interiorMost of us look for value for money. Now choosing a theme for the house is in fashion which might cost some extra money. It needs a lot of planning as the wall and the floor decor has be blend well with the other elements of the room mainly the furniture. There are various ways to cut cost in such elements which can be done with proper planning and research in finding the right material at an affordable price.

Steps to consider for Home Decoration within Budget

  1. Find out the financial availability
    2. Make a list of basic requirements for this purpose
    3. Decorate one room at a time based on the priority of usage
    4. Conceptualize the look of the room based on the selected color,style and atmosphere
    5. Choose an experienced carpenter or seek assistance from professionals for proper guidance
    6. Start with the walls then floors followed by other interior decorations
    7. Create a proper visual balance by maintaining a synergy in every item
    8. Allocate proper place for movement and furnishing
    9. Measure the room before buying any item

Now let’s plan how to save money while decorating house walls and floors

The best way to decorate the house wall is to paint it with bright, vibrant solid colors. There are also different types of decorative wallpaper available nowadays. Apart from these there as different types of titles like vitrified, mosaic, cuddapah, granite, terracotta tiles which comes in different shapes and sizes at a lower price. These tiles can also be combined to make innovative designs to give a unique artistic look to the room. Concrete floor can be an effective way to cut cost in flooring.

Different types of fabrics contrasting with the wall colors can be drapes to make the walls appear more attractive. Several types of wall hangings can also be used. Using designer mirrors, decorative rags can add a new dimension to the room. Lighting is also another important aspect. By modifying the lighting of the room with designer lamp shades, Chinese lanterns, flood lights etc at the right place can make the room appear gorgeous at a lower cost.
Spend time in searching for the right decorative item in the locality it can help to stay within budget.