The art of home decoration

by: Marjan Zemljic

If you would have your rooms interesting as well as beautiful, make
them say something, give them a spinal column by keeping all
ornamentation subservient to line.

22 West - dining table
22 West – dining table (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before you buy anything, try to imagine how you want each room to look
when completed; get the picture well in your mind, as a painter would;
think out the main features, for the details all depend upon these and
will quickly suggest themselves. This is, in the long run, the
quickest and the most economical method of furnishing.

There is a theory that no room can be created all at once, that it
must grow gradually. In a sense this is a fact, so far as it refers to
the amateur. The professional is always occupied with creating and
recreating rooms and can instantly summon to mind complete schemes of
decoration. The amateur can also learn to mentally furnish rooms. It
is a fascinating pastime when one gets the knack of it.

Beautiful things can be obtained anywhere and for the minimum price,
if one has a feeling for line and colour, or for either. If the lover
of the beautiful was not born with this art instinct, it may be
quickly acquired. A decorator creates or rearranges one room; the
owner does the next, alone, or with assistance, and in a season or two
has spread his or her own wings and worked out legitimate schemes,
teeming with individuality. One observes, is pleased with results and
asks oneself why. This is the birth of good taste.

Treat your rooms like “still life,” see to it that each group, such as
a table, sofa, and one or two chairs make a “composition,” suggesting
comfort as well as beauty. Never have an isolated chair, unless it is
placed against the wall, as part of the decorative scheme.

About the author:
Marjan Zemljic is owner of http://www.home-decorating-ideas-and-tips.com
and author of How to break into the interior design industry. In his book
you will find out how you can do exactly that. For more informaion on
home decorating ideas visithis website and learn how to create the home
of your dreams.

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Learn some feng shui guidelines for your children’s room

by: Jakob JellingBy Jakob Jelling
http://www.fengshuicrazy.com

Feng shui indicates some specific guidelines regarding children’s spaces and bedrooms. The way we decorate them and the way we distribute the furniture should be done by following those principles in order to achieve harmony and help your children feel comfortable in that space.

One first important aspect to have into account about a child’s room is the colors within it. You should pay special attention to the colors you choose for this space, not only for the walls but for the decoration in general. According to feng shui, a child’s room should be in earth colors such as light oranges, terracotta or warm yellows. These colors would make them feel safe.

Child's room Panoramic
Child’s room Panoramic (Photo credit: The Pug Father)

Colors that are cold, such as blue or gray shades should never predominate in a child’s room, since they could bring them insecurity feelings. Besides, the wall and furniture colors should be in balance as well. It is also important to remark that too bright colors are not recommended for a child’s bedroom.

If your child is very active, you should balance this through the colors you choose for his bedroom; they should be light and relaxing colors such as beiges or very light oranges. On the other hand, if your child is quiet, you should choose warm orange or yellow colors which would be in balance his personality.

As with all bedrooms, the bed position is very important. First of all, your child’s bed should not be right across the door. Besides, it should ideally have a wall at one side and be in such a position that allows him to easily see the door. If possible, the bed should be in a corner since that would make the child feel secure and sleep better.

Also, the position in which the child sleeps can influence the time he wakes up and how deep he sleeps. If your child has problems waking up, you should place his bed in a position which allows him to sleep with his head towards east or south. On the other hand, if he has light sleep, his head should be towards north or west.

About the author:
Jakob Jelling is the founder of http://www.fengshuicrazy.com Please visit his website and learn all the feng shui tips you’ll ever need!

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Where to Find Discount Home Furnishings –

 

by: Richard Romando

 

You need not shell out a lifetime’s worth of savings to furnish your home. Good home décor has become easier to do if you know how to do it on the cheap. One also need not pay hefty fees for expert interior decoration consultants. You can use your own interior-decorating ideas, used furniture and discount paint to make your home lively.

 

The best way to start on home furnishing is to find answers to some basic questions. Would you be living in the same house for long? Or, this is just a starter home? What are the essential furnishings that you must have? What is your ideal home décor?

 

After you’ve got your home decorating ideas clear, start putting together the materials you need to put the ideas in place. Your search should focus on places where you could find inexpensive, unique furnishings and discount furniture. You are likely to find bargain deals at the following places:

Furniture
Furniture (Photo credit: loosoonkoon)

 

Consignment stores where individuals sell their used furniture.

Developer’s model home in a pre-planned community may have home furniture for sale.

Furniture store warehouses that have slightly damaged models or floor models.

Wholesale furniture warehouses may give you bargain deals on some of their items.

Your neighbor might be shifting to a new house and would like to dispose off his old furniture. So, be on the look out.

Flea markets can be a great source of inexpensive, interior decorating materials.

While visiting the flea markets, look out for articles that may have uses other than their primary function. For instance, you may not like to eat from a china plate available for sale, but the same plate can be used as a decorative wall piece. You need to visit the flea markets in the early business hours because the best articles tend to get picked up by the first customers of the day.

About the author:
Home Furnishings Info provides detailed information about rustic, contemporary, antique, modern, and discount home furnishings. Home Furnishings Info is affiliated with Business Plans by Growthink.

 

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Rustic Country Decor – How To Decorate Cottage Style Homes

: David Buster

Rustic country decor and how to decorate cottage style homes are extensions of American country style decorating. In addition, traditions are borrowed from French, English and some Swedish country looks. Rustic country decor can be defined as coarse, charmingly simple, unfussy, unfinished and yet with endearing qualities. Rustic country decorating includes the use of natural woods, aged surfaces, rough finishes and simple lines. Cottage style homes are comfortable, modest, quaint homes that can be made of thick stone or log wood.

Floors in rustic country decor and cottage style homes are made with stone or wood materials. Wooden floors were traditionally constructed with boards that were bare and simply waxed and hand-polished (high-gloss varnishes did not exist). Sometimes the boards were painted with light colors. If you like floor coverings, use oriental rugs and throws for visual warmth and color. Rustic country decor is about handcrafted objects, simplicity, furnishings that you enjoy and connecting back to nature.

Rustic cottage furniture is commonly made with pine and perhaps painted with hand-painted designs such as flowers, birds, animals, country scenery or leaves. Use ladderback chairs, rocking chairs, benches, wicker furniture and Windsor chairs. A large rectangular table made of pine is a good option for your kitchen or dining room table. To give your furniture a rustic look, brush a coat of paint on the furniture piece, then rub most of the paint off. After it dries, apply wood stain unevenly for an older weathered appearance. It will be perfect and rustic looking!

Windsor Georgian Double Bow chair with cabriol...
Windsor Georgian Double Bow chair with cabriole legs. Photograph taken by Amanda Slater on 2008-05-03 in Coventry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Baskets can be used to store wood, pine cones, flowers, plants and needlework. Brass candle holders, oil or kerosene lamps, sconces, hurricane lamps, tin lanterns, recessed ceiling fixtures or a vintage wrought-iron or metal chandelier provide successful lighting for rustic country decor and cottage style homes. Colors used in rustic country decor or cottage style homes are neutral tones ranging from white to bone, earth tones, red barn, blues and greens.

For rustic country decor in the kitchen, use open shelves, hutches, buffets, plate racks and cupboards for storage. Often, country kitchen storage is crammed with stoneware pots, plain glazed earthenware and glass jars. Kitchen pots should be made of copper, steel or cast iron – cookware tends to be large and plain. Use open shelving in the rustic country kitchen to display plates, dishes and dinnerware collections. Natural woods, light colors and bright fabrics work great for window treatments. Adding a rustic butcher block island creates a wonderful visual effect as well as provides useful functionality.

A rustic country decor bathroom has neutral tones or soft colored walls, antique-looking lighting, and wooden antiques or antique reproduction cabinets and vanity. Knowing how to decorate cottage style homes and bathrooms can result in creating a calm and elegant atmosphere. Clawfoot tubs, pedestal sinks, country style antique brass faucets and old-fashioned country cabinets provide the kind of atmosphere that makes you want to spend time there. Plain white towels are recommended instead of patterned or bright modern patterns. Use wicker or wire baskets to keep your sponges, loofas and shampoos handy near the tub or shower.

Understanding how to decorate cottage style homes means including items like quilts, antique furniture or reproductions, flea-market pieces, trunks, chests, armoires, stenciling, wallpaper, adirondack chairs, flower wreaths and bistro chairs. These types of elements give cottage style homes the kind of rustic country decor that is simpler, very personal and warmly inviting.

Whether in a seaside setting, an urban environment, a countryside location or a wooded mountain retreat, cottage style homes are cozy and unassuming, combining the past with the present. Read all you can find and learn what creating the rustic country cottage means to you no matter where it is located. Enjoy expressing your personality and showing what the definition of home means to you.

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About the author:
David Buster is VP of InfoSearch Publishing and webmaster of http://www.yourdreamloghome.com – visit the website and learn more about rustic country home decor and design, rustic kitchens and bathrooms, fireplaces and much more.

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