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Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Fireplace vs Electric Fires

The fires can be powered in a number of ways. Wood is the oldest of fuels and may have been the first to be used to create a heat source. Sometimes, peat would have been used as it lasted longer than wood and also burnt at a more efficient rate. Coal as fuel became increasing popular from the eighteenth century. Electric fires came with the development of the electric current. Recently, bio-fuels and propane are becoming more widely used.

Old fireplaces are sometimes kept as design features. They may not necessarily have the heating system they were built with. They may have been replaced with a modern system. An electric heater is sometimes installed to provide heat without the fire. Most are just left empty and are used simply for decoration.
A fireplace could have one or more of these component parts: a hearth, a fireplace mantel, a foundation, a cap, a chimney crane, a firebox, a smoke chamber, a lintel, an ash-dump door, a lintel bar, a grate, a cleanout door, a chimney breast, a throat, over-mantel, a damper, a flue, a spark arrestor, a chimney chase, a crown, or a shroud.

There are a few different fireplace designs. A masonry fireplace is fashioned from stone or more commonly bricks. Reinforced concrete used to be popular until the fundamental flaw became evident. As the concrete expands at a different rate to the metal reinforcement many reinforced concrete fireplaces cracked and warped structures.

A prefabricated fireplace is a popular design for newer buildings. They are usually made from a metal firebox and a long metal pipe that acts as a chimney to vent the exhaust fumes. As it is made of metal it often generates sparks, so a spark arrester is usually fitted.

A duct free fireplace is almost always fueled by LP/bottled gas or a gel or some other natural gas. They tend to be easy to install and do not have the same BTUs that other fireplaces have. Some governments have made regulations that regulate the installation of this fireplace. A few duct free fireplaces can burn with 100% efficiency. However, they also tend to create a lot of moisture.
A bio-ethanol fireplace is sometimes referred to as a flue-less fire. This is because it does not need any kind of exhaust ventilation. They are therefore 100% efficient because at keeping all the heat in the room. They are more often than not powered by bio-fuel and unlike some other fireplaces there is no soot whatsoever produced by these fires. It only produces water and low amounts of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

The cost of electric fireplaces and logs which produce electric fires varies greatly. An individual may choose a unit that is small and will keep a room warm or select a large fireplace that will be the focal point of a family room. These fireplaces can be placed against a wall or built into a wall depending on the preference of the owner.

Ways Use Moroccan lamps

Moroccan Henna Lampshades

Moroccan henna lamps will not only add light to your room, but will also create a focal point to any room that they are in. Using these lamps in several different rooms of the house will give an ambiance glow to any room. The henna lamps are a henna colored lampshade in a variety of different styles that allow for decorative lights throughout the rooms. Because these Moroccan lamps feature henna colored shades, they have a warm glow that give off ambient light in your room.

Moroccan Star Lamps

Moroccan lamps in the shapes of stars have been seen in many of the most upscale restaurants and resort areas. You can also use this design in home lighting for any room in your house. These Moroccan lamps make for focal point decorative lamps. They can be hung either from one point on the ceiling or from several points scattered over the ceiling.

Moroccan Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are decorative lights that are flush with the wall and are a light fixture that can really add creative drama to any room in your home. You can check out these Moroccan lamps that can have the light cast down or up when you are seeking to decorate your home with Moroccan lamps.

Moroccan Lanterns

Moroccan lanterns can be found inside the home or outside. You can use these Moroccan lamps in a number of different wants throughout your home. You can either hang them up; allow them to be used against a wall or even as floor lamps. These indoor-outdoor Moroccan lamps make for very decorative lights.

Moroccan Table Lamps

You can find exciting and inviting light when you look for Moroccan lamps for your tables. When it comes to home lighting, Moroccan light fixtures really make a statement in any room they are in. They have a blend of ethnic culture as well as ambiance to them. There are so many from which to choose and they are not costly at all. No matter what type of Moroccan lamps you choose to light your home, you will be giving not only light, but a sense of exotic decor to your home when you use Moroccan lamps.


Why Materials In Kitchen Design is Important?

Many consider the kitchen to be the most important room in the house, the family hub where day to day life is spent. When designing a new kitchen it is vital to produce a space that is practical, aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. Part of this design process is to find worktops that are sympathetic to the decoration and provide a feeling of luxury.

The material used for kitchen worktops is the first concern. Popular choices include granite, composite stone, hard and soft woods and the cheaper laminate. Naturally all have pros and cons whilst varying immensely in cost as well as quality.

The most expensive of the materials used for worktops is solid granite. The look created however can be considered timeless and ultimately elegant. The main benefits of this material are its strength and beauty although as it is somewhat expensive, many redesigning their kitchen are put off. If price is a large issue but you are hankering for the stone look, composites can provide the perfect solution. Modern manufacturing means that all manner of colours and designs are now available in composite, including luxurious black and even worktops that sparkle in the sunlight.

Wood should always be considered as the material for worktops for it natural beauty and homely appeal. The types of wood used are wide and diverse including cherry, walnut, beech, iroko and of course, oak. If designing a new kitchen yourself, wood can also be installed without professional services; further reducing the cost of the makeover.

Walnut is one of the most sumptuous woods used for worktops. The grain of walnut is so distinctive that many would consider it a design feature in its own right. Along with the warm colouration, walnut should definitely be a major consideration.

Cherry is such a dark and richly coloured wood that some designers are put off. As an original choice however it is unrivalled, while the deep red may result in a somewhat dark kitchen, as the wood ages its elegance and beauty truly shine through.

Oak has been used in kitchen design for centuries for its classical style and strength. Like cherry it will age gracefully and create a kitchen that oozes country charm and warmth. While it may be commonly used, the disparate grain patterns can make oak an original choice for worktops.

Iroko is a relatively new material in the world of kitchen design, it is a dark would that offers much. Sometimes labelled the African teak, it is both strong and stylish. Dark woods however are not to everyone’s taste, if a lighter wood is preferable, beech can be considered a great solution. With light grain and an even lighter colour, beech can help those who do not like the oppressiveness of dark woods create a kitchen that is light and airy.

Laminate worktops, while not as high quality as either the wood or stone variants previously discussed are a far more affordable option. Modern laminates are wonderfully styled with a variety of patterns that can create an original kitchen. Requiring less maintenance than stone or wood, they are also the choice for those who want worktops without the hassles of staining or sanding.

The choice of material for your worktops is ultimately your decision. While cost is always a vital constituent of the choice it is vital to remember the importance of the kitchen space in family life at all stages of the decision making process. A happy kitchen means a happy home and the choice of materials can be fundamental in creating a space that is practical and above all comfortable.

Adding Mirrors to Your Home

Decorating with mirrors is a superb way to stretch a home’s decorating dollar. It may even do more than stretch. It may also pay back dollars if the homeowner is in the market to sell his home. A $999 or less interior design idea may be the difference between a low and a desirable offer. This is known in the industry as “dressing up” a home. Homes that previously languished for weeks or month on the market sold within days after being dressed up.

Homeowner can try their hands at decorating with mirrors. Owners who don’t consider themselves particularly creative will even find it easy. This is a great interior design idea for a number of reasons :

# Decorating with mirrors is fairly inexpensive. There’s no need to hit designer stores. Any mirrors will do, even those from the local dollar store. A whole house can often be re-decorated with mirrors for under a thousand dollars.

# Decorating with mirrors can make a home’s interior appear larger. This trick has long been used by professionals. Small homes can benefit greatly using this trick of the eye. Mirrors create the illusion of depth. Create perceived space by placing a large mirror or a row or mosaic of small mirrors on a wall. Place mirrors along opposing walls for even more depth.

# Decorating with mirrors improves interior lighting. A room that is painted in a dark color can seem smaller and even feel oppressive. Adding mirrors to one or more walls can offset the darkness and enhance the color of walls. The best way to improve a room’s lighting without using more electricity is to place mirrors opposite windows. The mirrors will reflect natural sunlight streaming through the windows and brighten the whole room. Some homeowners even report a savings in energy costs by simply reflecting the free light from the sun.

Decorating with mirrors doesn’t require the help of a professional. Anyone with a toolbox can hang mirrors and create a room that looks better while costing little. Just remember these tips when choosing and hanging mirrors:

# Pick interesting shapes. Square is good, but unusually-shaped mirrors can add an extra element of interest to a room. Choose mirrors that are wavy, long and thin, diamond shaped or triangular. Instead of one or two large mirrors, create a mosaic of mirrors by using several smaller mirrors placed together.

# Look for different glass styles. Instead of a smooth mirror, hang a mirror with beveled edges. Another option is to use frosted mirrors. Hang a mix of framed and unframed mirrors.

# Use a laser level. It’s difficult to hang mirrors perfectly straight using the naked eye. Laser levels are inexpensive and well worth the investment for the difference they’ll make in your finished wall.

Few interior design ideas compare to decorating with mirrors. It’s one of the simplest and most economical ways to improve a home’s interior.