How To Create Striking Vignettes In Your Home

Be it an entryway, living room or dining room, vignettes never failed to create warm, unique look and elegant touch. Vignettes is not just about what things and accents you use in the arrangements but completely depends on how well you put together these things to create an eye-catching still life. All you need to…

Be it an entryway, living room or dining room, vignettes never failed to create warm, unique look and elegant touch. Vignettes is not just about what things and accents you use in the arrangements but completely depends on how well you put together these things to create an eye-catching still life. All you need to create a beautiful vignette is a plain horizontal surface such as a table top, dresser, or even nightstand. Here are few tips that will be of great help to you when you design your own vignette at home.

Choose the right space

Before you arrange the vignettes, choose the best place to set it up. Setting a beautiful vignette at the dark corner of a room is not going to add any zing to the space. Be careful while you choose the place; choose place that grabs eyeballs or a focal point of a room and not necessarily be the center. It can be set up in the corner but remember to add focus lights to it to emboss it in your home décor. Or if you already have a table lamp in the room, creating a vignette near it will be a better choice.

Choose the right accents

After you choose the right spot, then try to be very careful in selecting the right objects to display. First take into account is you follow any particular themed décor. If so, then follow the same theme for a more coordinated and balanced look. You can also set up a small scene with cute objects and toys. Either go for symmetrical design or choose asymmetrical design based on your existing room décor.

Choose the right colors

Select the dominant color that you have used in your room, then choose objects are in the same shade of hues to complete the room décor. If you wish to add a splash of colors to any space, you can also go for objects with varied vibrant colors. But remember too much of bright colors may sometimes spoil the entire room décor.

Choose objects of different heights

When you set up a vignette, remember to select objects of varied height, size and shape for a more unique look. Even different objects of the same color, height and size may create a monotonous look.

Create perfect dimension

The way you arrange objects will make a big difference in how the vignette look. So start arranging items from the back of the surface to the front in varied orders.

Top Five Million Dollar Decorating Hacks

A new survey by internet design powerhouse Houzz (and its more than four million unique monthly users) indicates that “improving the look and feel of their space” to be a hugely important driving force for a majority of homeowners today. And when we look at the publication of print and online publications, broadcast television and…

A new survey by internet design powerhouse Houzz (and its more than four million unique monthly users) indicates that “improving the look and feel of their space” to be a hugely important driving force for a majority of homeowners today. And when we look at the publication of print and online publications, broadcast television and online shows as well as the huge growth in home values ​​in most American markets it's easy to find this to be true. Of the homeowners surveyed, 72% state that in the next two years they plan to decorate or redecorate their home.

And who would not want to come home to a stylishly conceived, luxuriously executed and artfully accessorized place to hang your hat, not to mention, a super cool place to entertain friends, family and collections? Is it your dream for your home's interior to reflect the confidence, poise and style you find each month in your favorite shelter magazines? Well you are not alone. I think most that linger over compelling images in those four-color photo shoots, which fill every edition of print and online magazines, are longing for some of that magic to rub off on them, hoping some of that sparkly designer dust might bewitch their abode and rocket them into the decorating stratosphere.

Sadly it's not about a wiggling nose or wave of a wand. What's needed is some decorating heavy lifting. So here are my Top 5 Million Dollar Decorating Hacks:

– Hire The Best. One sure way to secure that 'magazine ready' look for your home is to hire one of the industry's top interior design professionals. The results just might land you and your home in one of those glossy magazines. But not to mention free so be prepared for substantial fees, large budgets and a ton of time. Remember, Rome was not built in a day.

– Hire Close to Home. Most every community has their own supply of local design and decorating talent. Do some homework and learn about the work being done in your own backyard. You may find a local pro who can deliver the type of work you have in mind. The fees and budget will be less than if you hired a big name firm but good quality work should not be out-of-the-question.

– Shop for Some Help. Many local and regional furniture stores have very helpful interior design staff ready to assist you with your home decorating needs. The services may be limited to furniture, art and accessories (as supplied by the store) with a bit of help with paint colors and rug or carpet selections. The end result can be satisfying just be careful your rooms do not end up looking like furniture showrooms.

– Find Help Online. A growing trend is for design services to be artfully packaged and delivered to homeowners on the internet. These remote-design firms offer packages of services (supported by your initiative) which can offer assistance in a number of areas. Colors, layout, material selections and product specification are generally part of the offerings with packages of ideas being delivered via email or the standard postal service. Depending on how these services are leverages results can range from a resounding success to a slow improvement?

– Learn and Do. A growing number of mid to upper level clients are turning to themselves to complement their decorating dreams. With the help of online training, some one-on-one decorating coaching and a large dose of “DIY” energy these homeowners are taking the helm of their own decorating projects and are saving big fees as they go. Whatever is spent on their personal training and coaching is more than off-set by their overall project savings. While not for the feint-of-heart this approach is perfect for anyone who's been through the decorating process and feels comfortable following the steps outlined by a training program or design coach.

Whatever path you take, here's to creating a more beautiful home!

Practical Uses for the Suction Cup Products

Suction cup based products can provide a versatile solution to organize items through the bathroom, garage, office, kitchen, etc. Suction cup hooks or holders are designed at attach to most non-porous, smooth surfaces, such as metal, fiberglass, glass, or tile. Also, to increase the chance of achieving a long-term hold, the surface should be completely…

Suction cup based products can provide a versatile solution to organize items through the bathroom, garage, office, kitchen, etc. Suction cup hooks or holders are designed at attach to most non-porous, smooth surfaces, such as metal, fiberglass, glass, or tile. Also, to increase the chance of achieving a long-term hold, the surface should be completely clear of soap film or dirt. Here are some practical uses for these products:

Bathroom

A popular place to use the suction cup accessories, such as the holders, racks, shelves, and bars, is in the bath or shower room. By stacking the shelves or holders to the bathroom tiles it is possible to create unlimited storage space to hold towels, toilet paper, shavers, deodorants, etc. Bathrooms are likely to be the best place to use the PVC suction cups because of the many non-porous, smooth surfaces available.

Storage shed or garage

If the buildup of clutter is preventing the proper use of the garage or other storage area, suction cup products may be a practical solution to organize the space. Suction based products can include pots, racks, holders, and hooks which are perfect to help de-clutter the garage. With a proper hold on a non-porous surface, the suction products can accept a surprising amount of weight. However, it still benefits to be careful and avoiding overloading. The most reliable hook or holder has the potential to hold about 10 -13 pounds in weight.

Kitchen

Suction cups in the kitchen are great for drying a towel or hanging pot holders which keeps items out of arms way, but still making sure they are easy to reach. Purpose-made suction based products are created for the kitchen, such as spice racks, which are great for holding individual spice jars. Similar to the bathroom, the kitchen has a lot of tile or other non-porous surfaces for greater versatility in placement.

Office

Suction cup products are certain to help organize the office space. A tablet stand for a tablet, smartphone or notepad is certain to help hold the electrical items at the right angle while in use. Also, for extra function, most of the tablet stands come with a tilt or swivel feature for ease in changing the viewing angle. The suction aspect makes it easy to place the stand on a desk, filing cabinet, shelf unit, etc.

All-in-all, these products make a great piece of equipment for the home, garage, office, or elsewhere that needs a little help with it comes to being organized.

Create a Cozy Reading Nook for Yourself With Designer Cushions

Most of the times the excitation of reading gets blocked due to lack of serenity or that cozy corner. In order to make your own space where you can enjoy your new book, choose your favorite corner in your room. But, a corner in itself will not create a comfortable reading section. An enjoyable reading…

Most of the times the excitation of reading gets blocked due to lack of serenity or that cozy corner. In order to make your own space where you can enjoy your new book, choose your favorite corner in your room. But, a corner in itself will not create a comfortable reading section. An enjoyable reading requires much more than just a secluded place. It requires the right amount of furniture and accessories to make that particular section where you look forward to spending some time. So you can either opt for traditionally designed cushions or even abstract designer cushions for that instant style.

Creating a reading area has its conditions and requirements. Once these requisites are covered then, all you'll need to do is accessories so as to make it the snuggest corner in your home. One of the easiest ways to do this is by adding a couple of designer cushions and colorful rugs to provide that instant warmth. Let's take a look at how we can transform our home into a reader's paradise.

1. Find a good spot:

The first step is by identifying a good spot in your home. If you want your reading area to be close to your bedroom, then, rearranging your furniture to find that perfect spot would be the best bet. But, try not to go overboard in order to create that reading corner. Another best available option, in such a case, is to transform any awkward corner in your house to an excellent reading area. These awkward corners can be the ones in the living room, play room or even storage area under the stair or anywhere in your house. Once chosen, these awkward corners can be instantly transformed by adding a couple of furniture or even designer cushions. The good news with this transformation is that you will now have a beautiful corner that will further add to the interiors of the house.

2. Set up a comfortable seating and accessories it:

Everybody has their own definition of comfort. While some people prefer reading in a formal setting (table chair) as it is more relaxing for them, others like a nice designer floor cushions to add to the comfort and the style of their reading corner. Although table and a chair are always an option for the corner, but, if you want to jazz up the formal setting, then add a big chair with beautiful designer cushions for back support would be the right pick for you. Also, you can put aside the option of a chair and instead set up your reading area using simple designer cushions, floor cushions and rugs. This kind of setup is a rather modern styling and has become the latest trend. Instead of opting for the run of the mill plain floor cushions opt for designer cushion covers that would make you want to spend some more time in that cozy corner.

3. Adequate level of lights:

The whole purpose of creating a special reading corner is to cater to the needs of the reader for which lightning becomes a prerequisite. Preparing for exams requires an intense level of concentration and an atmosphere which guarantees that, so having a dim light is not an option. But when it comes to reading for leisure, it's all about comfort, the ambiance should be relaxing, and the best way to do that is by adding dim lights. To add to the soothing atmosphere, throw in a couple of mute colored designer cushions to adorn the reading area. And in case you want to liven up the reading area, you can always opt for vibrantly colored designer cushions.

How to Train Your Mind to Create a More Beautiful Home

Over my years of speaking and writing about design and beautiful living I've been repeatedly asked the question “Are you born with design talent or can it be learned?” I've never shy about my belief that the stellar talents who light up the world of design are gifted with natural talents that have been honed,…

Over my years of speaking and writing about design and beautiful living I've been repeatedly asked the question “Are you born with design talent or can it be learned?” I've never shy about my belief that the stellar talents who light up the world of design are gifted with natural talents that have been honed, much like an athlete's, to a high level of precision and expertise. This does not diminish the role that education, in its many forms, plays but it also turns a spotlight on natural gifts and abilities and their undeniable place in the equation.

Dismiss training, whether it be in a college level classroom or an apprenticeship to an established master, would be foolish. While there are those who possess natural gifts in the areas of design those who excel in the profession are those who couple their natural talents with a focused and systematic system of learning. These are the designers who rise to the top of the profession, who set trends and which work we see regularly in print. To pull natural talent from the equation is disingenuous and ignores the perfection of skill sets over time and repetition. The analogy of an athlete perfectly illustrates this point. Whatever natural talents exist, no athlete will rise to the top of their discipline without careful and consistent training. And even those with less natural talents will benefit from such careful and consistent training and become incrementally better athletes than had they dodged the training.

Where does this leads us, in a conversation about training your creative mind to create a more beautiful home for your family and friends? I think it makes the case for the amateur decorator (those possessed of a love for design and decoration but who does not pursue it professionally) to weave into their life opportunities to train their mind and aesthetic muscles at every possible opportunity. And there are many opportunities that present themselves regularly to those hungry to better their design skills:

1. Travel – Nothing can beat actually experiencing important interiors personally wherever they are located in museums, historic or private homes. Sketch, photograph, write descriptions and absorb the essence of these often remarkable environments and by so doing hone your eye and aesthetic sensitivity.

2. Read – Books, print publications and online resources offer a wide array of important text and images for the hungry student of design. Dig deep and you will be rewarded with knowledge, insights and exposure to environments you'd otherwise never cross paths with.

3. Attend – Local, regional and national organizations (Royal Oaks Society, Institute of Classical Architecture … etc.) offer opportunities for lectures and other events that expose attendees to the rich and deep subject of design and decoration.

How to Create a Perfectly Designed Room: Seven Key Design Principles

Many years ago, after living, loving and learning from the pages of Architectural Digest, I stand in a show house living room designed by Paul Wiseman with tears filling my eyes. The airbrushed yellow glazed walls were retro for an elegant, chic collection of overstuffed upholstery, fine antiques and timeless art. The cumulative beauty was,…

Many years ago, after living, loving and learning from the pages of Architectural Digest, I stand in a show house living room designed by Paul Wiseman with tears filling my eyes. The airbrushed yellow glazed walls were retro for an elegant, chic collection of overstuffed upholstery, fine antiques and timeless art. The cumulative beauty was, for me, overwhelming and deeply stimulating. It is a room I will never forget.

Reflecting back on that room and the many rooms of beauty I've experienced over the years there's a shortlist of concepts which I believe provided the foundation stones on which a remarkable room is built. While foundational, these principals never take away from the artistic inspiration and personal flair brought to any room by a serious designer. But, as with all things foundational, they are critical to a beautifully designed space.

If you're working to create a timelessly beautiful room, make use of this checklist of Key Design Principles:

Focus – If you're lucky the architecture of your room offers you focus. A fireplace, window or structural details are some obvious elements on which to focus a room's orientation. In the absence of one of these strong attention grabbers it becomes the smart designer's task to introduce a primary feature (strong furniture piece, art … etc.) supported by an appropriate collection of secondary focal points.

Balance – Whether approached using symmetry or asymmetry the balance of elements in a room is vital. Give careful consideration to the architectural details, the furniture, colors, art and accessories, as each should strike a compelling and consistent sense of balance.

Scale – Refers to the relative size of each object and element in a room in relation to all others. A room filled with large scaled objects can be successful based on the relative relationship of each item. In much the same way a room chalked full of relatively small items and elements can also be successful. The haphazardly mixing of these two ends of the spectrum can spell confusion for a space for its lack of clarity.

Proportion – Speaks to a desirable relationship off size between elements in a room. Correct proportion is accomplished with specific intent. It does not happen by accident. Careful understanding of the relative size of objects and elements as they relate to every other element in the room helps deliver rooms with pleasing proportions.

Color – Often the most obvious element of a room, color is quickly identified but its implications are powerful and far reaching. Color in all its relationships (complimentary, contrasting … etc.) conveys a wide range of emotions which heavily impact the design of a room. Understanding and then utilizing color to its best effect delivers an undeniable layer of beauty.

Pattern – Delivers to a space and surface a regular, repetitive arrangement of pattern. The successful mixing of pattern elevates a space by adding a depth of visual interest otherwise not possible.

Texture – The dimensional presence of random or repetitive details adds visual interest other missing from a room. Texture is realized in architectural elements, furniture surfaces as well as soft goods (fabrics, rugs … etc) and all to an interesting and potentially luxurious effect.

5 Giant Mistakes People Make When Redecorating Their Home

Our single greatest investment, whether we rent or own, is our home. Far beyond the obvious financial considerations are those of personal pride, artistic accomplishment and self-expression which all get a boost when our home is artfully arranged. What is more pleasing to return home after a long challenging day than a thoughtfully detailed interior…

Our single greatest investment, whether we rent or own, is our home. Far beyond the obvious financial considerations are those of personal pride, artistic accomplishment and self-expression which all get a boost when our home is artfully arranged. What is more pleasing to return home after a long challenging day than a thoughtfully detailed interior where there's a place for everything and everything is in its place? And I'm not even speaking of a home that has been the recipient of vast sums of money. No, the most basic design implementation can raise the pleasure bar on an apartment or house to levels not previously experienced. All those teary-eyed folks on TV who experience their newly decorated abode during their big reveal are demonstrating the warm sense of joy and gratitude common to home-dwellers who've taken the time and invested the resources in even the most basic decorating tactics. Now imagine experiencing that on a daily basis and you begin to glimpse the potential impact of a well-designed home.

But do not be fooled. Just because you decide to redecorate does not guarantee the project will be completed successfully. As with every worthy challenge in life there are hurdles to be mastered on your way to the home of your dreams. Here are 5 Giant Mistakes People Make When Redecorating Their Home:

1. Failing to Plan. It's an old but true saying, “if you fail to plan you plan to fail”. And it holds true when decorating a home. Plan everything. From the initial description of the work to be done (a design brief) and which spells out not only the scope of work but the why behind the work being done. It's nice to say you're like to remodel your kitchen. But that description carries much more emotional weight when you document how you and your partner love to cook and want to spend time doing this together everyday and then want a better equipped kitchen. Do not you think you'd be more motivated to complete the job if you and those living under your roof were perfectly clear about why the work is being done? So write out clearly what's to be accomplished, why it's to be implemented, what resources (time, money … etc) are available to aid in the projects' accomplishment and how the project will be organized and coordinated. I suggest a project journal to house all the planning you will be doing.

2. Failing to Document. While an extension of the “planning” concept touched on in item 1, documentation describes its own emphatic heading and detailed observations. From documenting the existing conditions in a set of drafted floor plans, to a complete photo catalog of the room (s) in their original condition documenting a project will take you far down the road to a successful resolution. If it's not drawn, written or photographed I promise you it will be missed or forgotten and these things typically happen when there is money at stake. Save yourself dollars down the road by documenting everything today.

3. Failing to Be Accountable. Nothing happens in a vacuum and that includes decorating projects. Whether it's a friend at work, your book club or an online community find someone somewhere to what you can be accountable for the forward progress of your project. You will not always make perfect progress but on the day's you feel like giving up and tossing out your contractor, or firing your upholsterer just knowing that you have a friendly face who wants your project done too can help stem the momentary tide and keep the ball rolling toward completion.

4. Failing to Execute. The only thing worse than failing to plan is to complete your planning and never execute. Pulling the trigger on projects (both large and small) can be a sticking point for some … a point beyond which they never seem to stray. Planning and executing takes strength and a fearlessness. Neither is simple but both are necessary to accomplish anything in this old world. Also helps to have someone to whom you are accountable. This results things from not getting done.

5. Failing to Assess. No path to project completion, regardless of how large or small, is ever perfect. Things go wrong and things go right and it's important to recognize the difference. Only by assessing all aspects of a project can you hope to make the next one go just as smoothly or better yet, smoother still.

How to Choose Vertical Blinds for Our Homes

Home decorating is a very vast creative area that we should all take time to explore. As for creating the perfect home for our families with a touch of each and every member's personalities, there are many fixtures and home accessories available in the market that can help us to do so. Window treatments are…

Home decorating is a very vast creative area that we should all take time to explore. As for creating the perfect home for our families with a touch of each and every member's personalities, there are many fixtures and home accessories available in the market that can help us to do so.

Window treatments are one of the aspects in home design that we could try to explore when it comes to home decorating. However, for some, they still prefer to stick with the design basics, just like vertical blinds.

Vertical window treatments add height to a low ceiling room. These types of blinds are ideal for patio doors, bay windows, and sliding glass doors or windows. Plus, they are much easier to clean than horizontal blinds, so making them a favorite option among home decorators.

Before buying vertical window blinds, though, you must consider the budget, the style of your house, and how long do you expect your blinds to last.

Choosing one boils down to your aesthetic preference. Here are some quick advice you can follow.

How long does it have to be?

Measure first your window frame. Blinds must cover the entire window to have a maximum privacy and proper control of light.

Primarily, you must know the two styles of vertical blinds: the inside-mount and the outside-mount blinds. The inside-mount sits in line with the window frame. While the outside-mount hangs outside the window frame. It looks bulky and spans larger area.

For inside-mount blinds, measure the window frame's length and width. However, for outside-mount, you could decide how long the blinds would be since you can drop it longer than the window. But to be safe, you might as well add up 1.5 to 3 inches on either side to ensure it overlaps.

Decide on materials.

Wood vertical blinds

Wooden blinds brings elegance to a room. It's popular in many homes, although wood is shorter to mildew and easily fades with sunlight. It is also not advisable for covering multiple windows as it would be too expensive.

PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) blinds

This synthetic material is durable and comes in various colors. PVC is flame-resistant and ideal for your child's room.

Textile vertical blinds

Those who wanted to combine the softer feel of curtains and the sleek structure of blinds opt for fabric vertical window coverings. A vacuum cleaner could have removed its dust, though stains are harder to clean.

Aluminum blinds

These types of material do not rust over time and are easier to clean. However, they could be noisy upon closing doors or when it's breezy with the open window.

The cost of vertical blinds varies with the materials, length, and the number of the windows where it will be installed. You can let the store staff do it for you or you could install it on your own.

Customizing Plantation Shutters for Your Home

Plantation shutters are sometimes called full height shutters. They cover the entire window from top to bottom with panels that open as portions of a piece. They have a clean line look when they compliment the color scheme of the room where you decide to use them. Window shutters are also a perfect accessory for…

Plantation shutters are sometimes called full height shutters. They cover the entire window from top to bottom with panels that open as portions of a piece. They have a clean line look when they compliment the color scheme of the room where you decide to use them.

Window shutters are also a perfect accessory for homes with a classic or country theme. Most shutters are decorated with plant boxes, shrubs, and flowering plants. However, one can go further and decorate the window treatment itself.

You could customize plantation shutters according to panel and frame options. Here are some tips to get you started.

Identifying the most suitable material for your panels

Wood

With this material, you would have unlimited choices of colors as it could have been painted to match your room. Most importantly, shops offer staining services. You could go with stained shutters to blend with other furniture at home. Wood also has a classic and natural look. Choosing wood also means you could go with few but larger panels because it is light in weight.

Poly material

If you want a durable shutter, poly material has a long-lasting finish. Basically, it only has two colors, but it promises to hold its color for a lifetime (white and off-white). It does not absorb moisture and is not prone to warping. Poly shutters are best for areas with direct contact with water, such as showers or bathrooms.

One considered disadvantage, though, is that poly shutters are heavier than the wooden one. Poly materials also tend to limit the size of your panels so you would have to go for more panels in order to cover your windows.

PVC

PVCs are also moist-resistant, but some people do not like their shiny look. They may not be applicable or most suitable in the living room, but they would be a great selection for wet areas.

Choosing the right shutter frames

  • Pick from the most commonly used shutter frames: the trim frame, the L frame, and the Z frame.
  • Initially, plantation shutters could be installed either in the recess of the window opening (inside-mount) or outside the wall's surface to create a bulky look (outside-mount).
  • Trim frame and Z frame: These frames are used for inside-mount shutters without wall trim.
  • L frame: L frames are more versatile. They could be used on both types of installations in corners with or without wall trim.

Installing your blinds

Upon scheduling your window blinds installation, the store staff will go to your house to estimate and fit the plantation shutters for you. They will offer consultation for more details and will usually ask for a deposit when a deal is made. Considering that, it would be easier if you have an understanding of the basics to customize your shutters. However, if your creativity and the whole family is up for the challenge of creating personalized shutters for your home, you can go for the task and consider it a bonding activity for the family.

Top Benefits of Having Outdoor Blinds

The indoors of your home is not the only thing that makes it a relaxing sanctuary to stay in; we should also not discount the importance and role of the outdoors, too. We should all enjoy the outdoors and indoors of our home in equal balance to make our home a truly rejuvenating and perfect…

The indoors of your home is not the only thing that makes it a relaxing sanctuary to stay in; we should also not discount the importance and role of the outdoors, too. We should all enjoy the outdoors and indoors of our home in equal balance to make our home a truly rejuvenating and perfect haven for us.

If you're like many people who are lucky to have a yard at home, you would probably spend a lot of your time in your backyard. Maybe you had invited your friends for a drink after work, asked some friends over to enjoy a pool party, or have some of your relatives over for a simple gathering. These are just several reasons why decorating the outdoors is highly recommended for any house owner.

Depending on where your home is located, the harsh weather might interrupt such activities you have planned outdoors. To avoid or remedy such situation, you may want to consider setting up outdoor window blinds or café blinds. Some of the benefits here will convince you that outdoor blinds are best for your household exterior. These below will give you ideas and tips about outdoor awnings.

Outdoor awnings allow you to manage the strong amount of breeze while enjoying the fantastic summer. They provide UV shield to protect your family from the sun rays. In winter months, blinds filter the cold air that blows over your home or property.

Blinds cover your outdoor furniture from the detrimental sunrays and rain. Outdoor fixtures will be protected from discoloration. With that, you could furnish your pool as you like without worries.

In many coastal areas, sun, dust, wind, and rain could mess up many outdoor activities. Outdoor window treatments help less your cleaning task. They were originally designed to prevent the dust from roads to enter in your home, so you'll only clean up minimal dirt.

Faux wood blinds are best for changing temperatures as they do not absorb moisture. This increases the efficiency of the extended space. Outdoor blinds block insects like mosquitoes. So there will be less hassle if the outdoor space extends your home or business property like a restaurant dining area.

Outdoor blinds are perfect decor for your home's exterior as they were made from fabric, wood, and plastic. You could match the design and material according to the theme of your house.

Darker shade awnings also help provide privacy from your neighbors, which is pretty important these days as block spaces get narrower in many property locations.

Most households and business establishments with patios and verandas take advantage of using outdoor blinds because they versatile, convenient, and easy to clean. Doing so reduces the time of cleaning and maintaining their outdoors, allowing more time for fun and relaxation.

5 Rented Apartment Decorating Tips Without Breaking Rules

So you've shifted into your rented apartment, and are wondering what you can do to spruce up its interiors. It's not so easy decorating your rental as there are so many rules you need to abide with. For example, you are not allowed to paint, add tiles, hammer in nails and do anything permanent. However…

So you've shifted into your rented apartment, and are wondering what you can do to spruce up its interiors. It's not so easy decorating your rental as there are so many rules you need to abide with. For example, you are not allowed to paint, add tiles, hammer in nails and do anything permanent.

However it's not necessary that you live in a dull home because of these rules. There are a few but big impact and low commitment decorating ideas you can implement to your home and be proud of your home even if it's a rental.

  • Spice up the place with accessories

Although you can not paint your home or add tiles to beautify it, you can show your personality using all kinds of fun accessories. For example you can add a personal touch to your home by adding cushions, lighting, covers and even books where required.

Choose to use only accents which relate to you by reflecting your style. To top it all, you need not worry about spending money buying these accessories, as you can take them with you when you move out to use in your next home!

  • Alternative wallpaper

White walls do not look nice or attractive in homes. Homes look better with color, pattern and texture. As you can not paint your walls, use these alternative options to brighten it up. Use wall decals which come in various sizes, shapes and patterns to personalize your space.

With so many wall decals to choose from, you are sure to find something suiting your personality. Removable wallpaper adds instant life to any living space as they can be easily waxed on when required, and removed like a sticker when you move out!

You can make a statement and reflect your style on plain walls with gallery displays. Command hooks make for easy installation and removal of photo frames as required.

  • Add greenery

Plants are great for adding life to an apartment, with minimal maintenance effort. Place some potted plants or terrariums to make your apartment feel like home. If you do not have the time or patience to look after real plants, fake plants will do as they create the same effect!

  • Additional storage space

You can not think of getting customized cabinets for your rental if you do not own it. To top it all, most rentals lack storage space. This does not mean you still can not get your additional storage space to store your belongings!

You can maximize space using affordable DIY bookcases, wall shelves and vertical storage like hanging boxes. Baskets also serve as great mobile storage options to be used for storing magazines and books, or a general clutter box.

  • Add colors

Adding colors through the apartment is a great way to turn an apartment into a home. You can use anything to add this color like throw pillows and area rugs which can also easily change if and when you get bored of seeing the same colors all the time!

Whatever you do to spruce up your home, remember to return the apartment to its original state when you move out. The best way to do this is to take pictures of the home when you've first moved in so that you need not keep wondering what your home looked like when you move out!

How to Choose the Right Cushion Size

When it comes to furnishing a home – whether the interior or the exterior – there is nothing which quite adds an extra level of comfort and style like cushions. Simple and inexpensive, these decorative items make any sofa far more inviting and can add a pop of color to any home. If you are…

When it comes to furnishing a home – whether the interior or the exterior – there is nothing which quite adds an extra level of comfort and style like cushions. Simple and inexpensive, these decorative items make any sofa far more inviting and can add a pop of color to any home.

If you are starting from scratch with your decoration, however, it can be confusing to know which size of cushion to opt for. Even if you already have your cushion inserts or your cushion covers, finding the corresponding cover or insert to match can also be difficult.

In the case when you are starting to decorate from scratch, it is important to begin by deciding which type of pillow will suit your home best. There are many different sizes available on the market, which can provide plenty of choice, but it is also critical to know the standard cushion size in your country.

In Australia, for example, the standard cushion size is 45cm by 45cm, with a large large cushion measuring 60cm by 60cm. There are both larger and smaller options available however, including 30cm by 30cm covers and 65cm by 65cm inserts. These, of course, are square cushions, but there are also many rectangular models on the market too.

The different sizes available will depend on the particular region of the world you live in, so before you invest your money, check that there are plenty of replacement options of both covers and inserts available in your local area. This will make it easier to find a quick replacement for a reasonable price should you need one.

After you have taken these into account, you will next need to consider what will look good in your home. Generally, furniture in the home works well with smaller cushions such as the 45cm by 45cm items mentioned earlier. On the other hand, large pillow covers and inserts are well fitted to outdoor furniture and day beds.

The reason for this is that outdoor furniture can often require an extra level of comfort that large cushions provide, and daybeds may need large cushions to provide additional support and comfort for sleeping. Whereas smaller cushions are great decorative options indoors, large cushions can also look great and be very useful on larger items of furniture.

If you are in need of any inspiration for a pillow size that looks good, try looking through online home decor magazines for pictures of stylish living rooms, bedrooms and outdoor spaces. They can give you an idea of ​​what cushion size looks good in different types of room, and whether or not you would like something similar for your own property.

The next thing to mention is that you must absolutely get your cushion cover size matched correctly with your cushion insert. Although people tend to think that a 60cm by 60cm cushion insert will suit their 60cm by 60cm large cushion covers, this actually may be unsuitable in many cases.

The reason for this is that matching like for like when it comes to size can mean that the cushion cover is not completely “filled out” by the insert itself. The result will be a soft and somewhat floppy cushion, although this may be what you are looking for, and if this is the case you should opt for this.

For those that prefer their cushions plumper and more supportive, it is best to buy an insert that is a few centimetres larger than the cover. 65cm by 65cm cushion inserts for 60cm by 60cm large cushion covers are recommended before, as are 50cm by 50cm cushion inserts for 45cm by 45cm regular cushion covers.

By following these few guidelines, you should be able to find some cushion inserts and covers that work well for you either indoors or outdoors. All that is left is to find a great cushion retailer with a range of designs that you will love and that will suit your home.

Choosing Plain or Patterned Upholstery Fabric: Some Things to Think About

There are plenty of options on the market today for anyone who is interested in decorating their home to their specific tastes and requirements. With a huge range of furniture options, curtain fabrics, rugs and carpets, there is seemingly something to suit every preference and interior design, and with upholstery fabric there is no difference.…

There are plenty of options on the market today for anyone who is interested in decorating their home to their specific tastes and requirements. With a huge range of furniture options, curtain fabrics, rugs and carpets, there is seemingly something to suit every preference and interior design, and with upholstery fabric there is no difference.

With that said, all of this choice can make it more difficult that ever before to find the right upholstery material for your home. With a huge array of different materials, different piles, photosynthetically or blends, patterns and colors, selecting one that meets all your requirements can take a great amount of consideration and time spent window shopping.

Choosing whether to go for patterned or plain upholstery fabric is one question that many people debate over. Once a choice is made in this department, it can be easier to narrow down the selection of fabrics and get a step closer to making a decision on the right fabric for a particular item of furniture in the home.

The first thing to think about when choosing between a patterned or plain material is the room that the item will be placed in. This is the most important aspect to consider, as the look of the item in its surroundings is the most important factor in whether a patterned or plain item will look good or be out of place.

Patterned fabrics generally work well in a room that is otherwise plain. Whilst a plain room can be boring for some, a splash of colorful pattern can add some interest to a room space also bring some focus to it. This works well if you have a nice sofa or armchair in the center of your room, as a great pattern with draw the eye to these attractive items of furniture.

On the other hand, too many patterned items can create a very busy effect in any space, so if you have a patterned rug, patterned curtains or some arty wallpaper, it is often a good idea to keep other items plain and not too eye catching . Patterns everywhere can confuse the look of the room and even be overwhelming.

There is a good way, however, to make several patterns work in a room, especially if you are keen to choose a patterned item but already have some the eye-catching designs in the space that you are decorating.

Instead of having only one pattern balanced with plenty of plain items, you can choose a mixture and complementary pattern that will add interest without being overwhelming. While keeping a main design – such as bold striped curtains or striking flock wallpaper – as the center piece, you can bring an element of this design to another part of the room.

To complement black and white striped curtains, you can choose an upholstery fabric for your sofa in more white white and pale gray pinstripes. A pink and white flock wallpaper will look good when matched with a muted pink flock fabric on an armchair. The key is to allow only one piece to dominate the room, including patterns elsewhere in a toned-down and complementary way.

Our final tip for patterned and plain upholstery fabric is to remember that patterns should always be kept in proportion to the items that they are covering. A large pattern will look great on a large item of furniture, whereas smaller and more elaborate patterns can look great on smaller items of furniture in a room.

If you are looking to decorate that large three suite piece, consider that the size of the pattern you choose will also significances on the look of a room. Depending on whether you want the piece to be a focal point in your space or not, you may or may not want to choose a large bold print, or instead just a plain fabric to keep things more muted.

The Beauty of Gray

The color gray is often associated with rainy days, industrial-like settings and utilitarian design. Most people do not often think of gray as being particularly colorful. It blends in with its surroundings and can sometimes feel sterile or boring. But there are still plenty of ways you can use gray in your interior design without…

The color gray is often associated with rainy days, industrial-like settings and utilitarian design. Most people do not often think of gray as being particularly colorful. It blends in with its surroundings and can sometimes feel sterile or boring. But there are still plenty of ways you can use gray in your interior design without overdoing it and without turning your home into a dull and dreary dwelling.

Too much gray is overwhelming, too serious and too business-like. Think of a gray room: it probably looks a lot like parking garage, hospital or another space where decorations and aesthetics do not matter that much. Too much gray is also too utilitarian, and that can give your guests a sense of being somewhere that is too rigid or dull.

While some shades of gray can be quite elegant and timeless, it is very easy to over-do it. And that is where accent colors and pieces come in.

Accent colors and pieces are where it's at in terms of using gray in your home. You can keep your gray walls or carpets, but you should also add some color and pizzazz to the rooms too. You can ground gray with rich brown and other earth tones, or you can use brighter colors than that: burgundy, gold-yellow and green all work very well with gray. Furnishings, knick knacks, throw pillows, picture frames, paintings and much more can all be used as accent pieces. The sky is the limit in terms of what you can use for this purpose.

The blessing and the curse of gray is that it tends to sort of stay in the background. So if you want a certain piece of furniture or a certain painting to really stand out in a room, consider painting your walls gray or going with a gray carpet. It is still easy on the eyes and will not clash with the rest of your home's décor, but it will not overshadow the accent piece (s) you are trying to use.

So if you still want to use gray but you do not want your home to look like an industrial plant or doctor's office, consider accent colors and pieces. You should also look into the various shades of gray in terms of carpeting and paint choices. You can find everything from a very light, almost white shade of gray to a darker, bolder and almost black shade of gray.

With a little bit of imagination, gray is a lovely color for just about any home. Just remember not to overdo it and to use plenty of other colors too.

Latest Curtain Trends for 2015

The configuration of our households has a great impact on the curtain trend this year. Lots of new homes have an over-sized glass window which requires a different approach and style. To keep up with the latest trends in window treatments and coverage, knowing what's in and what's out this season when it comes to…

The configuration of our households has a great impact on the curtain trend this year. Lots of new homes have an over-sized glass window which requires a different approach and style. To keep up with the latest trends in window treatments and coverage, knowing what's in and what's out this season when it comes to curtains is highly recommended.

Windows play a big role in keeping our homes well-lighted and airy, showcasing not only its beauty but also the comfort it is capable of giving. Curtains are among the favorite and common window treatments used nowdays. You can read online for the latest trends when it comes to your favorite window curtains.

At this time, there are two hot trends in curtain design – the natural and the metallic.

Natural Designs

As more and more people are adopting indoor gardening, ornamental-themed curtains help in bringing in the outdoors. It produces calmness inside the house. Soft textures like linen are coming back along with textured fabrics that look like linen, but were made of polyester. Printed curtains including floral and animal prints are entering the market.

Abstract designs and hand-painted birds like peacock and swan come in large scales with visible brush strokes. Paintings of tree branches, cherry blossoms, and Japanese-inspired designs are arriving in fabrics.

Safaris and animal strips are perfect for eclectic interior. They will diversify the room. Indeed, the rule now is to mix and match. Relaxing tones like black, white, blonde, beige, and gray are revitalizing to achieve neutrality.

Coral designs and aquatic impression also imply a natural theme. Tones like classic blue, scuba blue, and aquamarine are important this year.

Nature is definitely being transported indoors to offer an interesting yet very calming ambiance for our homes.

Metallic Designs

Another trend is opulence and sophistication with metallic finish and sharp textures: lace, velvets, marbles and metals.

Chevron style patterns are distinct geometric features that fit the metallic tones. This is perfect for modernly designed homes or classic homes with a touch of abstract.

It has an opulent and masculine appeal which is suited for bachelor pads. In addition, sheers are still popular with new textures and metallic shades.

Warm metallic colors like copper, bronze, and rose gold rule the interior. Blue velvet and other dark-colored curtains would give a polished look in an existing design. Classic curtain styles combined with printed sheen also add elegance.

Curtains are used for decorating purposes in home design. Getting the right texture, print, and pattern will help you update the style of your home interior in accordance with the latest trends.