Monday, April 1, 2013

Decorate My New House

After going through the trials and tribulations of purchasing a new house, the idea of decorating it may be a bit intimidating. Before diving in and decorating the entire house at once, take it one room at a time and you'll feel less stressed. Make a plan for each room and when one room is completed, move on to the next one and before you know it, the entire house will be decorated.

Instructions Planning
1 Write down a plan for each room. Decide what look you want to create for each room and write down the elements that you think you'll need to create each look. If necessary, consult home design books and magazines. Think about color palettes, fabrics, furnishings and accessories.

2 Assign a rank of importance to each room. There are likely some rooms in your home that you likely want to have decorated as soon as you move in and others that can wait a while. For instance, the kitchen and living room may be of utmost importance to you, or the bathrooms and bedrooms. Tackling the rooms that are most important to you first will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy your new home.

3 Determine the necessities. If you're moving from one home to another, you will likely be able to use several of the items from your old home in your new home. Go through what you already own and decide what you can use. If this is your first home, you will probably need to go shopping for the materials. Even if it isn't your first home, you may want to add a few new touches to the home. Come up with a specific, or at least a vague list of things you need to serve as a reference point while you shop.

4 Jump into decorating after you've sorted through and collected all of your goods. Start by painting or wallpapering the walls.

5 Arrange the furnishings. Start with the largest pieces--a bed and dressers, for example--as they will become the focal pieces of the rooms they are in. Once you've established where you want to position the bigger pieces, bringing in the smaller items, such as chairs, bedside tables and bookshelves.
6 Tie the look of the room together with accessories. Hang the curtains, display pictures, stack books, set out vases and any other accessory that you think will complete the room. Even if you don't get every accessory that you want in the room, the major decorating will be complete; adding accents and personal touches down the road is easy to do.

Friday, October 7, 2011

White Kitchens Never Goes Out of Fashion

White kitchens are always liked by most of us, and I am also a great admirer of this color white. Some of us think that it will be very simple and not that attractive, but to be frank if you use the color white wisely with other deeper colors it can do wonders. In modern days with many contemporary style houses, a kitchen with clean lines and use of white is very much preferred. You can go with minimalistic style, scandinavian style with modern touch or you can also opt for rustic theme kitchens. It all depends on your taste. Let us go through some amazing kitchen designs in white.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Tips to Decorate Kitchen in Apartment

The key to successfully decorating a kitchen in a studio apartment is to create a space that flows with the rest of the room, rather than one that tries to separate itself from the apartment. Decorating small spaces can be a challenging prospect for any resident. Focus on scale, color and storage in the kitchen space to achieve a cohesive look.
Studio apartments, by nature, are small spaces, while most kitchens tend to hold a lot of things, from food to kitchen gadgets. Kitchen furniture, like dining tables, chairs and storage units, tend to be large. A smaller round table with chairs that tuck easily underneath will be less jarring in the space than a full-size dining set, according to the Oh My Apartment section of the Apartment Ratings website. Keep accessories on top of counters on the smaller side to prevent the space from appearing cluttered.
Color can add personality to a studio apartment kitchen and prevent it from looking too utilitarian. Base the kitchen's color scheme on colors from other accessories in the apartment, such as a large piece of art or decorative curtains the living area. Choose table linens, dishes and storage containers in these colors. Stick to bright and light colors, which will infuse energy into the kitchen space. Colors like yellow, bright blues, orange and red make the space feel happy. Dark colors and furniture may make the space feel smaller.
Hang a mirror in the dining area to help the kitchen appear larger, suggests House Beautiful. Mirrors reflect light, giving the room a feeling of added space. Mirrors, especially those with ornate frames, also add a decorative touch to the room. Avoid hanging mirrors with heavy, dark frames.
Vertical Storage
Storage is a major issue in studio apartments, especially in the kitchen, so maximize your vertical space. If kitchen cabinets do not reach the ceiling, use the space above the kitchen cabinets as storage, adding wine bottles, serving dishes and colorful containers. Choose items that are pretty and appropriate to be put on display. Also consider converting a small area into a pantry or adding shelving in a nearby hallway. Suspend a pot rack from the ceiling for your cookware.
Unexpected Storage
Use other areas in your studio apartment for creative kitchen storage. The experts at This Old House recommend adding wine racks below a coffee table, for example. Use a bookshelf as a false wall to separate the kitchen space from the rest of the room and serve as a storage unit for cookbooks, dishes, glasses and even pots of home-grown herbs.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Egyptian Style Wall Decoration

Ancient Egyptian history is rich in distinctive art and imagery, and it is an excellent inspiration when you are looking to give a room a hint of color and style. Egyptian wall decorations are perfect for studies, for the library in your home or for the bedroom of a child who can't get enough of Egyptology or archeology. Bring formerly flat walls to life using motifs from ancient Egyptian history, focusing on the motifs that range from delicate to bold.

Relief Plaques

Egyptian temples and tombs were carved with reliefs, where the image rises up from the surface. These images ranged from depictions of normal life to inscriptions that were meant to guide people in right behavior to images of the gods. Relief plaques are available from museum reproduction stores, where actual reliefs are cast or otherwise duplicated. These reliefs add texture to the walls, and when they are hung, they also provide your walls with an important focal point.
Hieroglyphic Borders

Hieroglyphics were the incredibly complex form of ancient Egyptian writing. Each figure was carefully distinct, and they could be written in a horizontal or a vertical format. Choose a premade wall border of Egyptian hieroglyphics, or make one yourself by using a pencil to sketch in the lines of a border and then painting hieroglyphics directly on the wall. Make up your own images or look up actual hieroglyphics and copy them directly onto the wall.

Framed Scrolls

The ancient Egyptians used paper made out of papyrus, scientifically known as Cyperus papyrus. The paper was made by soaking strips of papyrus stalks and then pressing them together, resulting in a distinct texture. A papyrus scroll was often beautifully inscribed with hieroglyphics, much the way that European monks illuminated large books. Look for reproduction framed scrolls and hang them up on the wall to give your room some visual variety. Use a gold or bronze frame to bring out the rich tones of the papyrus.
Cloth Wall Hanging

Look for cloth wall hangings that are printed or woven with ancient Egyptian art. Choose a cloth tapestry that features the banks of the Nile river, or the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids. Hang the tapestry by tacking it up on your wall, covering as much of your wall as you can. If the tapestry is large or valuable, sew a thin strip of muslin on the back and thread a curtain rod through to hang on brackets. This covers a large bare patch in the wall while providing it with a vibrant splash of color.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bathroom Decorating Ideas

Decorating a bathroom can be as simple as putting up a new shower curtain or as complicated as a complete renovation. No matter how in-depth your bathroom redecorating project will be, it is an excellent time to give the bathroom a good scrubbing, clean out the medicine cabinet and replace worn-out towels.
Luckily, the bathroom is the smallest room in most houses, so decorating it is a quick weekend project that can yield results you can enjoy immediately.

Colors and Paint

Choose a bright, cheerful color of paint for the bathroom, as it will reflect light better, making it easier to see when shaving or putting on makeup. This is especially important if the bathroom has no natural light.
Choose a color for the trim that matches the shade of white of the tub and toilet. This will bring the room together and make it look planned and finished.
Ask for paint designed specifically for bathrooms, which is formulated to stand up to moisture and is less likely to grow mold or begin to peel.

Storage Solutions

Never store cleaning or styling products in the cabinets under the sink if there are children in the house. Instead, use this space for towels and wash cloths and move products a child could swallow somewhere else.
Installing a small shelf above the sink creates extra space for things that need to be kept nearby, such as razors and toothbrushes. This trick is useful if the bathroom has little counter space.
Look for storage baskets that fit on the back of or on the floor next to the toilet to store smaller items, such as an extra roll of toilet paper and magazines.
Consider installing another shelf and lining it with small baskets to store lotions, hairbrushes and other odds and ends, organizing them by category or by family member. This will reduce bathroom clutter and improve the look of the space.

Shower Curtains and Details

Choose any shower curtain that makes you smile, as a change in the shower curtain makes the entire bathroom look new. In fact, it is a particularly good option if you can't afford to completely redecorate the bathroom.
Hang framed art on the walls, choosing a theme that matches the styles and colors of your bathroom.
Changing the hardware also gives the room an immediate face-lift, so find new doorknobs, towel racks and cabinet handles.
This is also a good time to make sure that everything in the room is baby-proof. Put child-safety locks on the cabinets and install child-safe electrical outlets.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

2011 Outdoor Furniture

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Apartment Interior Design

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