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Window Treatments: Beauty Treatments!
Nothing can add more beauty and drama to your room than beautifully designed window treatments. If you need to create a focal point in your room, a creatively designed window treatment is the answer. Windows are truly a decorating opportunity for setting your room's mood and style!
Whether your chose to make your windows a focal point, or a subtle yet dramatic background, remember that each window in your home serves a functional purpose. Privacy is key to a window treatment's design, as well as providing light and air.
The simplest of treatments, and a very popular trend, are sheer draperies. Sheers give your window a soft glow by filtering light into your room. Today's sheers come in hundreds of designs and patterns...from prints, to tone on tones...even washed silks. You'll be able to add beauty and grace to your home by incorporating them into your window treatment design.
Has Your Window Been Well-Dressed?
That's right! Windows can and should be the focal point of your room. But before deciding on your own special treatment, consider the room's size. You'll want to be sure your new design is in scale with the entire room. In a large room with small windows, the treatment should extend beyond the window: perhaps even cover the entire wall to make it proportionate to the room. Conversely, in a small room, keep your treatment simple in style to make your room seem even larger.
Half Baths Have It!
Most of us spend very little time in the powder room. So when decorating, be bold, daring and dramatic. If you've always been afraid to use dark, rich colors, this may be just the place for them! Or perhaps you like the idea of a large-scale floral print wall covering, but could never find the right place. Well, here's your chance.
Accessories are as important in the powder room as any other room in your home. Try hanging a large picture on the wall, placing antique hooks for finger towels or grouping several small brass "dustables" on the corner of the sink. And of course, candles are always a great addition.
Since powder rooms are generally smaller, lighting becomes particularly important. Remember when selecting your lighting, ambience is as essential as function. Consider adding a mirrored wall. Not only will the room appear larger, but it wall also reflect light, illuminating every corner of the room.
- SPLURGE ON COLOR: Try painting one wall an awesome accent color, and you'll be guaranteed to have livened up your entire room.
- PILLOW MAGIC: Take one yard and a half of 54" fabric. Fold the edges inward, and "diaper" an old tired pillow with your magical new fabric. In the wink of an eye you'll have a whole new accent pillow to place on your sofa.
- TIRED TABLETOP?: Select some ceramic floor or wall tile, and use them to cover a damaged table top.
- ILLUMINATING LAMPS: Fill a clear glass jar with shells, colored marbles, brightly colored stones or even beach glass, and wire it for a brand new lamp!
MIRROR MAGIC: Cover an old mirror frame with coordinating fabrics or wallpaper to match your new decor.
TASSELS, TASSELS EVERYWHERE: Hang fringed tassels everywhere.bedposts, amp shades, fan pulls, picture frames. Tassels not only add some color excitement to your decor, but wonderful texture too!
ACCESSORIZE THAT KITCHEN: Empty soffits:no more! Add silk greenery, decorative plates, soup tureens, pitchers, pieces of artwork, even candles to that ugly bare space above your kitchen cabinets. And the great thing about accessorizing this area of your kitchen is that you can change your look seasonally.
The kitchen has long been the center of the home, a place where we can go to get warm, inside and out! Many of us have wonderful memories of watching mother baking, or preparing a family meal. Perhaps for this reason, when entertaining, many guests seem to migrate to the kitchen.
Above all else, make sure your kitchen-decorating scheme reflects your personality. Are you a gourmet cook? Then consider incorporating those unique utensils and gadgets into your dï¿½cor: espresso tools, spice graters, whisks, and copper molds all make great kitchen accessories. Other items may be hung on the walls for twofold purposes - decorating the kitchen, and making the items more accessible. Be sure to cover your walls with solid vinyl wall covering for easy cleaning. Today's vinyls are available in a wide range of colors and styles to fit any decorating scheme.
Then once you've created your new kitchen, sit back, relax and enjoy your guests in the warmth of the heart of your home.
Are you ready for the challenge?
Too often adding the finishing touches to your decor becomes the biggest challenge. As the final step in most every decorating project, accessorizing will add life and interest to your room. Your true decorating personality can come alive if you plan wisely. Many times, this area of home decorating is totally overlooked and under-budgeted. Combining beautiful, quality, and costly furnishings with bargain basement accessories is like serving a fast food meal on your finest heirloom China!
Accessories come in two main groupings: functional and decorative (yes, accessories can be functional). Items like lamps, lighting fixtures, telephones, clocks, fireplace screens, mirror, pillows and books all fall into this functional category. Decorative accessories, on the other hand, are items chosen not for their usefulness, but only for their appearance. Paintings, plants, sculptures, family pictures, ceramics items, pottery, and most antiques are examples of decorative accessories.
Where to begin? Try selecting one simple decorative accessory as your key piece. Perhaps a beautiful painting, area rug, or tapestry will set your accessory stage. By determining the mood and style you wish to create, this one piece of art, can act as a "road map" for your accessory plan.
Headboards, or the illusion of them, seem to "complete" a bed, much as a frame does to a painting. This is the place to be innovative and have some fun. The more creative the headboard, the more unique your statement.
Is your headboard and footboard old fashioned in its style and color? A new coat of paint in a coordinating color to your bedroom's scheme might be just the trick. Or how about being a real adventurer by covering your headboard with fake fur!
Wrought iron beds are all the rage today, as are bold beds featuring canopies and four posters. Wicker headboards will offer you a charming look, and can also be painted to match your decor.
For the truly creative, how about hanging four, 8 X 10 pictures from ribbons on a brass rod mounted behind your bed. You'll have the illusion of a headboard, but with much more creativity!
Mattress Shopping? Read this first!
Today, your bedding options are virtually limitless. Foam mattresses, air mattresses, and a variety of coils, padding, quilting and tufting techniques make your selections difficult. The purchase of a new mattress is truly an investment, since you'll be using it for many, many years.
One of the best ways to begin this selection is to educate yourself on the features and benefits of the mattresses you're considering. Then take stock of your bedroom's size. Are you in need of a twin, full, queen or king size mattress? Where will you place your new bed? How about a headboard? What is your realistic budget range? Have you considered your overall bedroom layout as to scale and furniture arrangement?
Once you've answered these questions, you'll be a well-educated consumer with a specific plan in mind. Visit local bedding companies, and "try out" the mattresses you're interested in. That's right... actually hop up on the bed and stretch out. There's not other way to test out the comfort of your selection!
Using Prints and Patterns...
The More The Merrier!
Well, almost! In years past, using more than one print in a room was considered taboo: but not anymore! In today's free wheeling world of decorating, mixing prints and patterns is more the rule than the exception. In many traditional rooms, a single print is still used lavishly, for upholstery, drapery and even as a wall cover. But today's fashion conscious homeowners want to mix and scramble both patterns and colors with a truly uninhibited hand.
If this approach is a new one for you, start with a very simple pattern--perhaps in a single color, with a white or ecru background. It's easy to add additional patterns by keeping to the same color scheme. Try combining a large-scale floral print with a plaid, stripe or check! An instantaneous decorator look will appear. Or how about adding a paisley pattern, which are perennially popular, with a simple geometric pattern.
The thing to remember is that there must be some relationship in color, pattern or theme between your desired prints. Naturally the color relationship is the easiest to establish! A general rule of thumb is to follow the 60-30-10 rule. Your main pattern will be used the most (60); your secondary pattern half as much (30); and your third (10), or splash pattern is used sparingly.
We suggest that if you find a print you absolutely love, you should consider using it on the flattest surface possible. Perhaps as a bedspread, or sofa upholstery. If this print is "gathered" in a window treatment, you'll tend to diffuse the design that attracted you in the first place! By all means, have fun when you play with prints and patterns. Look in magazines, read books, collect swatches. Your new room will be much easier to design than you think!
No More Ruffles, No More Frills!
That's the spirit of today's nurseries! Babies aren't infant very long, and as soon as they become active toddlers, furnishings need to be chosen with their pace and punishment in mind. That isn't to say that a nursery shouldn't be pretty: just that it must be practical and sturdy as well.
Psychologists say children like and thrive around primary colors, so stay away from proverbial pink and blue no matter how much you like them. Sunshiny yellow, fire engine red, and brightest blue are all beauties for babies. As always in decorating, start with the largest areas first: the walls and floors. If you're painting the walls, be sure to use washable paints. Wall coverings, too, come in myriad delightful designs and colors. Try hanging a blackboard at child-reachable height, so as to avoid scribbles on fresh new walls. Borders are also great for children's' rooms, as are hand painted designs such as clouds and stars.
Since afternoon naps and a good night's sleep are a definite must, window coverings require serious consideration. Dark shades or fabric treatments with room darkening lining will definitely aid in nap times. Delightful curtains can be made of nursery-designed sheets. And duvets are great for bedspreads in a nursery because the covers can be easily cleaned and replaced. One special reminder: whatever fabrics you select, be sure they're washable!
Flooring Can Fool The Eye!
Have you ever thought about the impact that flooring has on your overall design scheme? Light colored floors will tend to make your room appear larger.
Deep rich colors used in flooring: from woods to wall to wall carpeting: will reduce your room's apparent size. Unbroken expanses of flooring, such as wall to wall or room size area rugs will enlarge. Smaller area rugs will diminish your room's visual size.
You can even modify the shape of a room visually by changing the shape of an area rug. Last but not least, a beautifully designed area rug can be the focal point of a room or the site of a conversation or dining area!
Food for Thought on Flooring
Floors are the second largest color area in a room, the first of course being walls. They are also the most permanent feature, replaced less easily and less often than wall or furniture coverings. Purchase and installation costs are substantial so it's important to select floors with an eye to the future.
For many, many reasons, it's the best move to invest in the best quality possible on your budget. That doesn't necessarily mean buying the most expensive flooring. In estimating what you are willing to invest, consider the life span of your floor covering. This will help give you a truer picture of cost, and what is truly the most economical.
Modern technology has made flooring more attractive, varied and practical. Such natural materials as wood, marble, stone, slate, clay tile, and wool are still high in initial cost, but may not be in the long run because of their durability. Man-made flooring materials such as vinyl, and carpets of synthetic fibers come in price ranges able to fit any reasonable budget.
Rest assured that your final flooring selection will delight your eye as long as it stays in your home. And since that promises to be quite a long time, be sure to make your choice with care.
Family Room Fun!
Family rooms, by their very name, are for the family! And when most of us think of family we think of relaxation and fun, as well as informal settings for carefree entertaining. This is a room in which we can truly "let our hair down." It demands space for our hobbies, reading, watching TV or needlepoint. It also calls for some imaginative planning, so all members of the family feel that this is truly "their" room.
While family rooms have been a fairly recent concept, they have really been around for centuries. In the past, they were called second parlors, and allowed families to informally entertain while front parlors were reserved for guests. Family rooms in the 90s are truly fun rooms, filled with casual furnishings and unpretentious but good, easy-going decorating.
Here are some tips you might consider in furnishing your family room:
- Look for large or small tables, perhaps folded or stacked to allow you're the opportunity to increase seating and allow for that impromptu game of bridge.
- Ping-Pong, pool, air hockey games are a welcomed addition to this room. Of course having the proper space is a requirement of the type of game you select.
- An entertainment unit to house your TV, your VCR, and music system is a must. Entertainment centers offer you a place for everything and everything in its place!
- Desirable furniture might tend to be a bit oversize, and definitely comfortable. Rounded arms, loose pillow-back sofas and storage ottomans might be just what the family ordered!
Furniture Arranging Made Easy!
It's an age-old dilemma! What furniture should go "where", and "why" should it go there? Having a sense of style in arranging your furniture is a must, but following some basic guidelines will help even the novice arranger look like a real pro. Read on, and learn how these valuable tips will give your rooms new reasons for "being". And when in trouble, remember this: an under furnished room is preferable to an over-furnished room. Less can be more!
- Avoid placing large pieces of furniture across the corner of a room.
- Major conversational areas generally work best in one of these three shapes: "L", "H", or "U."
- Place large furniture pieces close to the highest wall, if your room has a vaulted ceiling.
- Place large chairs at an angle, rather than flat against the wall.
- Confused about placing your baby grand piano? Be sure the straight side of the piano is closest to the wall.
- Smaller rooms will appear larger by using furniture with lots of curves.
And last, but not least, before you begin this "moving" project, decide what and where your large groupings will be placed. It's then simple to position additional pieces, such as side chairs and accents pieces.
Let There Be Light!
Successfully lighting your home calls for the correct balance of general light, task lighting and decorative lighting. By nature, lighting serves two purposes in your home: functional and decorative. When planning for the functional needs of your room, consider the activities that typically take place in your room.
There are three basic types of color in light: warm, white and cool. Warm light tends to soften or outline your room. If your walls are painted a warm color, then warm light would flatter your room's overall color tone. Incandescent bulbs tend to help you obtain a warmer color tone in your room.
White light shows colors at their very truest. Most white light bulbs actually tend to cast your room in a slightly warm light as well. Halogen bulbs give you the brightest of white light.
Cool light can add a sense of open space and dignity to your plan. Fluorescent bulbs will give you the cool look you desire. When properly used, it makes the walls and furnishings of your room appear more distant, and enhances objects more distinctly.
Decorating with stripes gives you the opportunity to experience tremendous versatility in your room. They can make your room look bigger or wider, more serene or bold. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad. Watch out for wide stripes with dark or bright colors. They can be very overpowering to work with. Try using these stripes in small quantities, perhaps in wall covering beneath a chair rail.
Also keep in mind that the larger the room, the wider the stripe can be. A narrow vertical stripe works well in smaller rooms, particularly those with low ceilings, as they will help make the room appear larger.
Do you have a two-story wall in your home? Adding a vertical striped wall covering or paint treatment to this very large wall will draw unnecessary attention. The wall is already very long, and a striped wall covering will make it seem even longer. Rather, you might opt for a bold, dramatic color, or a textured paint finish on this wall to highlight this wonderful architectural feature in a more understated manner.
Wonderful Wall Covering!
Decorating with wallpapers is truly fun! Today's patterns have become so attractive and exciting in recent years that it's tempting to go all out. I suggest you admire and consider them, by all means, but take care not to overdo it. Remember, it's the whole room on which you must concentrate.
Even with today's rage for sponge and rag painted walls, wallpapers can outlast paint, especially those treated to resist soil and moisture. The better the quality, the longer a paper will keep its look. Since it's the labor cost to hang the paper that makes the job expensive, it's no real savings to economize on the paper itself. Since splurging costs so little more, bypass run of the mill designs and look for the wallpaper that will make the greatest impact on your room. A really stunning paper is even more striking on one wall. Considered that way, the most expensive paper doesn't seem extravagant.
Another great advantage of choosing the best--it can establish the color scheme for the entire room and introduce the element of design into it-design you know is exceptional. Wallpaper color and pattern, like paint, can create certain illusions. A large sweeping design can make a room look smaller. And conversely a small room can be given unity with a tiny-patterned paper and matching fabric.
Vertical stripes will make a room seem higher; if you want to "lower" the ceiling, try placing a border around the room, right below the ceiling. And remember if you select a boldly patterned paper, you'll want to keep your floor covering and fabrics selections fairly subdued in design.
Reupholster Your Dining Room Chairs!
It's really a lot simpler than you might think: that is, if you follow these few easy steps:
- Step One: Measure for fabric. Measure the widest part of the chair (front) and add 5" to this measurement (allows for 2-l/2" on each side for padding thickness and turn under.
- Step Two: Remove the chair seat. Turn chair upside-down and number the seat and frame with chalk so you can put each seat back in the proper frame.
- Step Three: Remove old upholstery. Lift the tacks that are holding it with a wood chisel. Be careful not to tear the material, as you'll need it as your pattern.
- Step Four: Replace padding. If it's worn, use a 1 inch thick foam rubber. After removing old padding, hold seat frame on the foam rubber, outline with pencil, and cut. Round off the top edge slightly with scissors to the fabric will fit smoothly. Dab white glue on top of seat frame at corners and in center. Press foam rubber onto it.
- Step Five: Cut Fabric. Place original upholstery face down on wrong side of your new fabric. Smooth. Pin and cut around old piece or outline it with chalk. Center seat frame, padding side down over wrong side of newly cut fabric.
- Step Six: Tack seat to frame. Turn fabric back over front edge of frame and tack in center. Gently pull material to opposite side until it's snug. Tack about every 2", leaving 1" to 2" free at corners. Turn right side up to be sure fabric is straight. Continue tacking.
- Step Seven: Corners. Fold extra fabric so corners are mitered. Get the corners smooth and tight or they'll pucker later
- Step Eight: Replace seat. Use the original screws. Then enjoy!
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