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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Bathroom Floor Tiles

There are many different materials to choose from when selecting bathroom floor tiles, but one of the most popular remains stone simply because of its timeless qualities – it never goes out of fashion and is extremely hard wearing and easy to clean. Limestone and marble are just about the most sought after although naturally it is at the higher end of the market.

Those of you looking for a cheaper alternative to stone bathroom floor tiles, look no further than ceramic. Ceramic bathroom floor tiles offer the same qualities as stone flooring and they have the added benefits of being less slippery than stone. Plus, ceramic tiles come in a larger variety of colours and styles.

By implementing colour in your bathroom via floor tiles, this can be extremely effective, more so than you may imagine. The first thing that people recognise when entering a room is the colour emanating upwards so bold colourways on your floor can be a very powerful expression.

Feature tiles are becoming more popular, as are larger sized tiles as opposed to smaller scale tiles, although mosaic tiling remains in vogue despite being more expensive and more time consuming to lay.

Of course you can never go wrong with natural colours or bold prime colours, many contemporary designs are kept simple and to a minimum, unfussy, uncomplicated and inoffensive in design terms.

Ceramic bathroom floor tiles prevent humidity and therefore the development of germs and fungi that are attracted to impermeable areas, that is why you’ll notice most swimming pools have ceramic tiled flooring. They are also easy to clean – cleaning with detergents will not stain or discolour ceramic, so no need to invest in fancy cleaning agents.

 

Rawhide Lamp Shades

When you are ready to buy rawhide lamp shades you will want to first consider the way your lamp will be used. Are they to be used on tall floor lamps to light a large space, or on small bedside lamps to illuminate a small corner? The shade you end up buying depends on how you plan to incorporate it in your decor. For instance, you may be illuminating a big area or just lighting a dark corner of the room.

Rawhide shades are also popular on antler chandeliers and antler lamps since they a standard for southwest home lighting fixtures. From simple table lamps to large wall sconces, leather lamp shades allow you to be flexible while providing great southwestern style at the same time.

The glow illuminated through the rawhide, gives your home an appealing warmth and creates a pleasant environment for your guests. The natural colors of the leather when lit by the light shining through, creates a striking and very appealing image. While it may not be the focus of your room, it will definitely add an abundance of character to your space. If you are including a lamp in your interior design, purchase a style and size that will be large enough to hold a larger size shade and one that gives off sufficient light.

Leather lamp shades are also perfect for other types of lighting like wall sconces and chandeliers. Because they are available in a variety of sizes, you will be able to find the right shade for any style lamp. Remember, when you are choosing the lighting for your home, the light from rawhide table lamp shades allows you to cut the bright glare and enjoy its charm while focusing it where you need it most. Light colored rawhide, sometimes called southwestern lamp shades, will let the maximum amount of light shine through while dark rawhide shades, called western lamp shades, are more subtle, producing a deeper color when the lamp is turned on.

The thing you will like most about the leather lamp shades you purchase online, is the ability to use them on traditional or rustic style lamps and with the decor you already have. Decorative antler lamps are a wonderful choice in home lighting fixtures because of the great ambiance they produce when matched with a rustic shade. You can also consider combining rawhide shades with heavy iron lamps for the perfect western design. You will be surprised at how simply switching the shade on modern style lamp you already own, can add variety to your whole decor.

The great variety of size and color allow these lamp shades to be utilized in practically any area where you want to add southwestern character or are enhancing the room with what has been called rustic chic style. Just as appropriate in the living room, family room or den as well as bedroom or study, rawhide shades can be used in just one room or used to give a western theme throughout your entire house.

One great thing about these shades is that you can purchase a great selection of rawhide shades at discounted prices when you shop online. Rawhide will produce a true southwestern feel in your home that you and your family will enjoy for years to come. Whether transforming the decor of an entire room or simply including a few rustic accessories, you will love the way southwest design can be created with rawhide lamp shades.

 

Use LED Light in Your Home

One of the things that puts people off is the cost as led lights are at first glance more expensive than conventional energy saving light bulbs. This does not tell the complete story however as the life of most led lamps on sale today is a whopping 50,000 times that of a regular incandescent light bulb. Yes you did read that correctly a led lamp will last 50,000 times longer than a conventional light bulb. So not only do you get a longer lifespan with led lamps they are also far more inexpensive and cost efficient to run as well. Led light bulbs are 4 times cheaper to run than even the most up to date energy saving light bulbs and more than 20 times cheaper to run than conventional incandescent light bulbs.

There are pros and cons to all things and the lighting in your house is no different. As conventional filament lighting is being phased out around the world you will soon be faced with making a decision between led lighting and energy saving light bulbs. That is unless you buy a lifetimes supply of the old fashioned light bulbs before they go out of stock which some people may find impractical to say the least.

On the positive side for CFL low energy light bulbs is that they are fairly cheap to purchase, are widely available and the technology associated with them is continually improving. There are however many disadvantages to them. Many people think that they look ugly and oversized and won’t fit in smaller lamp fittings as well as poking out of the end of lampshades. Also lots of people don’t like the tone and quality of light that they give off complaining of eye strain and headaches caused by flickering. Although CFL bulbs are marketed as low energy they are by no means environmentally friendly. They contain mercury vapour which is a highly toxic and a very dangerous substance and the possibility of millions of CFL light bulbs being dumped in landfills each year and polluting the environment is very real. CFL light bulbs are now classified as hazardous waste in the UK and in other countries around the world and special measures should be taken when discarding them.

The main reason for switching to led lighting is their cost effectiveness and they are becoming cheaper all the time. The cost of lighting is dependent on what it costs to run the lights and not what it costs to buy them. Led lights and lamps can be run at a fraction of the cost of conventional bulbs and they will also last a whole lot longer too. The reason for this is that they use electricity far more efficiently. Old fashioned light bulbs waste 90% of the electricity they use giving out heat, led lights give out no heat and can be safely handled even when switched on. Unlike CFL light bulbs led lamps do not suffer from poor start times, ungainly sizes and they cause no threat to the environment and many people also prefer the light that led lamps give out as it is more natural than that from CFL bulbs.

The future is bright for led lighting (pardon the pun) as the lighting industry has all but stopped research into CFL bulbs and is now firmly committed itself to led lighting being the lighting of the future both in the home and in the workplace. The variety of uses that led lighting can be put too also adds another dimension to it as it is able to produce a vast array of colours and be able to be used in ways that conventional lighting cannot compete with.

 

Tips to Cleaning Vertical Blinds

When it comes to cleaning vertical blinds, there are a few things that you need to know. It is basically step by step. The first step is to remove the bottom chain and plates from the blinds. This will make it much easier to clean them, and will ensure that little pieces are not getting in your way, so you can get all the dirt.

Now you want to take the blinds off the top hooks, place them on top of each other as you remove each one, and then place the blinds into the washing machine. You may think that the washer would be too intense for the blinds and would ruin them, but really, as long as you put it on the gentle cycle, there should not be a problem and your blinds will come out just fine.

Next when you are cleaning vertical blinds you want to fill the washing machine with cold water, use light liquid soap, and let them soak. Then turn on the delicate cycle, and let it go through as normal. Once they are done, you will want to hang dry. Never use the dryer because this will be much too rough and may end up damaging the blinds.

Whether you are dealing with wood blinds or any other type of vertical blinds, as you can see, cleaning vertical blinds can be easy enough as long as you do it properly. These are just the basics, and if you want to have the most success when it comes to cleaning your blinds, you are going to need to educate yourself more.

Cleaning blinds of any sort is really not as easy as most people think, but you can get it done properly as long as you know what you are doing. The Internet is a great resource to take advantage of if you are looking for information such as this, so take a bit of time to check out what it has to offer and the information you are looking for.