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Category Archives: Home Improvement

Window Blinds Varieties

Wooden blinds are especially popular at the moment for their natural beauty and supreme elegance. The types of woods used are typically light and soft, this is due to the fact that the slats of the blinds must be raised and lowered frequently and hence having a heavy wood would place undue stress on the cords of the blind fixing. One of the most commonly use varieties of wood used is basswood, this very light and durable and aesthetically has attractive grains that give a room simplistic natural touches. As a result of basswood being so dry, the effect of stains and varnishes can transform the blind although for this same reason this material should only be used in certain rooms. For instance; in places where the humidity level is high such as kitchens and bathrooms, wooden blinds will warp with the changes in temperature, understandably this is not a preferable occurrence.

If window blinds are to be placed into a bathroom or a kitchen then an artificial alternative is available. Faux wood blinds are rapidly becoming a popular solution for those who want all the aesthetic appeal of real wood without the downsides of warping and discolouration. Faux wood is typically cheaper than natural variants and hence can be used in larger windows; in addition, being far more robust it is perfect for used in bathrooms and kitchens where moisture can be a problem. With modern manufacturing even the designs have become far more realistic meaning that the uneducated would be hard pushed to notice the difference between faux and real wood varieties.

One of cheapest materials used in the manufacture of window blinds is vinyl. For this reason alone it is advisable to use vinyl in children’s bedrooms as if they are broken, replacements are not too expensive. Additionally, vinyl blinds are easy to maintain, being wipe clean and robust enough to cope with dusting.

These features combine to make vinyl the most practical choice in many rooms.
If natural blinds are preferable then wood is not the only option. One of the more stylistic choices is grass and bamboo. Bamboo in fact has been used as a window covering since the time of the ancient Chinese dynasties. It is great for creating a space that is comfortable and relaxing. These types of blinds are perfect for designers who want to create rooms that highlight different cultures and encourage serenity and escapism.

Horizontal Mini Blinds

Is your room or office modern? Traditional? European and sleek? Or country-style and filled with overstuffed furniture? Whatever motif you’ve got going on, horizontal mini blinds can easily become part of your decorating.

The well-defined lines can stand on their own as part of an angular background, or they can retire into the background, behind billowy drapes or gathered curtains. You can easily control the amount of outside light in the room by just altering the closure of the blinds, and you can do it without needing to disturb any other window treatment elements you may be using.

Also, since horizontal mini blinds come in so many colors, finishes, styles, and sizes, you can adapt their look to a wide range of decorating styles. Most online mini blind retailers can offer you color palettes and will even send you sample swatches, so you can make the most precise match possible for your decorating plan.

Horizontal Mini Blinds for Almost Any Budget

Whether you are a do-it-yourself type on a tight budget or a business owner needing maximum quality and convenience, horizontal mini blinds are available to fit your needs. Most major discount retailers and home improvement retailers offer a selection of horizontal mini blinds, along with the needed hardware and installation instructions.

Manufacturers and distributors of horizontal mini blinds also usually offer referrals to qualified professional installers who can make sure your horizontal mini blinds look perfect to even the most discerning eye. Either way, you’ll enjoy years of beauty, functionality, and convenience from this most versatile window treatment style.

Planning Your Horizontal Mini Blind Installation

Most online retailers can offer you advice on making accurate measurements for your blinds, and some have virtual design features that allow you to easily envision various color, style, and size combinations. It’s easy to plan the perfect installation when you have all the information you need, right in front of you.

Questions to Hiring an Architect

Is he licensed in your state?

Architects must obtain a license to work in any state. If your “architect” doesn’t have one, he is really just a designer. The difference is not just the piece of paper, it is the skill and knowledge necessary to get that license.

Can you see examples of his work?

Either on paper or in person, you always want to see your architect’s finished products. This is important not only to ensure he does quality work, but that you also like it. If a majority of his work is contemporary chic and you want traditional colonial, will he be able to handle it?

Does he carry enough liability insurance?

Any licensed architect will carry his own insurance, but you should see if it is enough to comfortably cover your custom home design. Insurance is another difference between architects and designers – the architect is required to carry it whereas the designer does not have any regulations regarding liability. Typically, it is the client who has to take out a policy on the project when a designer is used.

Does he have time for your project?

This is your dream home and you’ve waited and waited to see it come to life. Now that your custom home design is about to be realized, you want an architect who will treat it with the personal attention and time you know it deserves.

What services can he provide and what will you need?

Architects can do as little or as much as you want. He can draw up the plans and be done with the project, but it is a better idea to have him work with the contractor throughout the process to make sure his plans are followed exactly.
Your architect can negotiate contracts, manage the construction site, come up with the budget, manage it and much more. If you’re comfortable with the architect, it will be easier to give him the freedom to manage the entire project. Of course, he will discuss with you on important issues. But you don’t really have time to micro-manage, do you?

Hiring can architect to breathe life into your custom design home is a good idea. Whether you hire through a firm or an individual, always interview the person who will be doing the work, to make sure he is clear on your vision and that you can work together. Once the hiring is done, you can relax a little and know that your dream house is in good hands.

Decorating Kitchen Walls

Kitchen wall treatments are the key to decorating this busy room. Different wall treatments can be used to define a space by changing the texture, material or color. Kitchen wall treatments can create a space within a space.

It is best to decide which wall in the kitchen will be the focal point and then treat that space differently from those spaces around it. Experiment with different tones and shades and try varying the depth and texture for a truly unique concept.

A distinctive tile backsplash has the ability to create s focal point in the room. It is usually small and inexpensive. The visual impact you will achieve is hard to compare to other decorating techniques. This area gets so many splatters, so the backsplash is both decorative and functional. You can use ceramic, mosaic glass or stainless steel for easy clean up.

The colors you use in the kitchen can have a profound effect on the mood or ambiance of the room. It is important to maintain balance with your own tastes in order to create perfect harmony.

Using dark colors as accents gives a feeling of warmth and comfort. Colors such as red and orange can speed up your metabolism and make you hungry. Use these colors sparingly since they tend to also cause aggression.

Paint is the kitchen wall treatment that is the easiest to change, clean and least expensive of all. In most homes there are walls that are in less than perfect condition and it is hard to hide defects with paint alone.

There are wall coverings that offer dimensions, warmth and eye appeal with surprisingly easy care.

There are many wallpaper options that run the gamut from contemporary to traditional. There are also tiles that were once strictly used for floors that are now being applied to walls for texture and visual allure.

Wallpaper can drastically change the look of your kitchen. There is self adhesive wallpaper available which is easy to install. Vinyl material is best suited for kitchens since it is easy to clean and very durable. It comes in a vast array of colors and patterns.

Tiles can be more creative and will let you experiment with different tones. Tiles come in many different materials, shapes and styles.
Wallpaper borders can also be used to bring depth to your kitchen. If you do not like borders where the patterns keep repeating try a border that tells you a story.

You can use wallpaper cut-outs and hand painted words that will make your family and friends feel comfortable. This will also be a conversation starter when neighbors arrive for a visit. Wallpaper borders are also not expensive and you do not need any special skills to apply wallpaper borders.

Another idea for the not so perfect wall is wood wall paneling. This decor gives your wall visual interest and one of its advantages is it is easy to maintain. Smudges and fingerprints do not show up easily, so you do not have to worry if somebody drops by unexpectedly.

For a bit of comfort and attractive appeal try wall plaques. This is a simple way to increase relaxation and beauty. If you have an unused wall or nook, make this space into a functional decorative storage space. Try hanging shelves for stylish organization.

You might also try a fancy wrought iron hanger so that you can place your decorative plates along the wall. If your kitchen has a certain theme, you can purchase plates that match or compliment the theme.

Framed family photos or cooking utensils placed just right can give you that pizzazz that you are looking for.

To give you that outdoor feeling indoors, a great idea is to hang metal wall planters. They are a versatile form of art that can transform you kitchen into a room with designer appeal. The metal wall planters can be modified with different flowers and foliage. They never look tired or outdated.

Now all you need to do is grab a pen and paper, make yourself a cup of coffee and sit at your kitchen table. Gaze out at your kitchen walls and let the creative side of you come alive. Let your imagination run wild and in no time you will create the kitchen of your dreams that will fit your personality and charm.


Few ideas to Decorate Your Room

First, think of each room as a separate project. Even though you may be following a theme for your whole house, you won’t be able to decorate it all at the same time. Be honest with yourself. Are the plans for each room realistic? Have you taken into account the function of each room? Are you going to hire an interior decorator? All of these things must be addressed before you start the project. Now, on to the rooms…

Living Rooms

The way you decorate the living room is dependent on whether it’s used only for when guests are visiting or if it is used daily by the family. Family use usually rules out white upholstery and carpeting because they do not hold up well to the abuse they would get. Fabric choices are also affected by the kind of usage it will receive. Choose fabrics and furnishings that are appropriate.

Dining Rooms

Here again, the way you use the dining room will depend on how it is furnished and decorated. Dining rooms, like living rooms are usually thought of as “company” rooms, while the kitchen or dinette are more likely used only for families.


The master bedroom should, by definition, cater to the man and woman of the house. It should be designed to meet their needs. The room should be comfortable and serene, although I have seen some bright red bedrooms that have been striking. Personally, I wouldn’t get much rest in such a room. Privacy is also an important component if there are other family members around.
A guest room can be dedicated solely to guests or can be used as a combination guest room/office if space is at a premium. You may want to provide extra amenities for guests such as closet and drawer space, special towels and books or a small television for their use.

Childrens’ Bedrooms

These rooms, by nature, should be casual. I have never seen a child comfortable among ruffles and formal furnishings in his or her room. Children usually “decorate” much of their space with their toys and “treasures.” Low-to-the-floor storage and bookcases should be used to corral some of their belongings.


Kitchens can be one of the most difficult rooms to decorate unless you are willing to demolish the cabinets and countertops that are there. You can greatly change the looks of the room by using paint and buying new appliances. If funds are available, go for new flooring and cabinets as well. Many hardware stores have floor planning software that can help you get the best use out of the space available.


A bathroom can be updated with paint, new linens and fabric. Add a tall cabinet if there is space for it to use for towels and other bathroom items. Bathrooms can get messy fast when there’s no place to store anything.

Look in magazines and on the Internet for decorating room ideas. Then, use your imagination and ingenuity to replicate the look with less expensive options. Interior decorating doesn’t have to be expensive to look elegant.


Laundry Room Decorating

First, take a good look at the space available. Maybe you do just have a closet. If so, you’re options are limited. If there are no cupboards above the machines, or if the shelves are inadequate, it shouldn’t cost too much to replace them. Choose quality cabinets that look high end…even if they’re not.

If you’re lucky enough to have a real laundry room, you have a host of options. You will need cabinets of some sort to hide detergent, fabric softener and such, but you can also add other, more decorative, items. Even though the cabinets should look good, they should also have enough shelving inside to keep everything organized. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to move a bunch of stuff out of your way to reach the fabric softener.

If there’s room, provide a counter or even a small table for folding your laundry. It’s very inconvenient to have to carry laundry to another room just to fold it.

Paint can give your room a huge boost. I tend to choose more cheery colors such as yellows or a melon color. Laundry room walls don’t “have” to be white! Whatever color you choose, make it one that you can live in harmony with; you’ll be spending a lot of time there.

Choose window coverings that are pretty but make sure they are washable. The natural moistness of the room can cause dampness and dirt to stick to fabrics that remain in the room long term.

Use rugs on the floor. They can not only add bright splashes of color, but can add comfort to an area where you might need to stand for some time.

Especially, if you have an ironing area in the room. Bathroom rugs work well because they are meant to absorb water. They are available in a multitude of colors so you’re sure to find something to fit your color scheme. And, while thinking about the floor, carpet just doesn’t work where water is likely to be spilled; tile or vinyl flooring is a much more sensible choice.

Posters and pictures in the room can add whimsy. I’ve seen some very cute posters that would be suitable for a laundry room on eBay. Humorous pictures can give a utilitarian room character. Fun murals painted on a wall can also be a great way to add fun and color to the laundry area.

Make sure your laundry room has plenty of light. Lighting will brighten the space as well as make it easier to see those pesky stains.

There are also some things you must have in a laundry room. A waste basket hampers for sorting laundry, and someplace to hang delicate items. Buy pretty ones! Using colors that are appropriate to your color scheme go a long way to making the room more inviting.

Some homemakers create a kind of “family center” in the laundry area for leaving messages, and sometimes a craft area to keep children’s inevitable messes from the rest of the house. My daughter even has a small television in her basement laundry room so her kids can go watch their favorite shows when mommy has something she’d rather watch in the family room.

Decorating the laundry room is important to anyone who has to spend a lot of time in one…which is the majority of us! Why should the laundry area be dark and grungy…make it a room you want to be in.


Cheap Way to Decorate Your Bedroom

The bedroom is also one of the most neglected rooms in the home when it comes to decorating it and making it cozy. Obviously, if your bedroom isn’t cozy, you’re not going to be able to unwind and rest well sleeping in that room. Here are some decorating ideas that can help make your bedroom more cozy without it costing a fortune to make it over.

The first idea can be done without buying anything new. All you have to do is rearrange your furniture. Most bedrooms have more than one wall that the bed can be placed against, so rearranging the furniture into a new, but still functional, sequence should still be feasible. This alone can help you feel excited about your “new” room.

The second idea involves painting your room. This option is quick, easy, and affordable on virtually any type of budget.

Alternatively, you could just paint the wall above your bed. Not only will this save time and money, but will also give your bedroom a whole new look by just emphasizing that one wall with a new, fresh coat of paint.

The third idea involves making your bedroom over with fabric. Adding draping to your bedroom (over the windows and even over the bed,) can add elegance, excitement, and relaxation to your bedroom.

While switching up bedding can be done, a more inexpensive way of achieving the same idea is to add a solid blanket to the foot of your bed. This way, you can break up the usual pattern of your bed.

Another way to break up the usual look of your bed is to substitute the many pillows on your bed for just one lone pillow. This way, the bed looks cleaner because you don’t have two to three pillows laying next to each other on the bed, but rather, just one pillow.

To add even more change, make sure the long pillow you substitute has a great pattern or vivid color that makes it stand out from your neutral-color bed.

You can also purchase some pillow shams and change them every month or so to give your bedroom a different look.

Another way to make your bedroom a different room is to add a headboard to your bed. This option doesn’t have to be expensive if you use your imagination. You can use intricately carved wood screens and mount the screens to the wall using picture-frame wire. You can also create a headboard from many picture frames and use the resulting headboard to help bring attention to your bed, since the headboard will be considerably different than what you normally get in a bedroom set.

Even adding small accessories, like a new corner table or a new vase of flowers, to the bedroom can give it a different look and feel.

The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your household, but surprisingly, many people overlook decorating it and keeping the room lively, yet relaxing. Remodeling it doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult; small changes like moving the furniture around, painting the area above your bed, adding a solid blanket to your bed, or adding a creative headboard can add excitement to your bedroom, yet also provide a calming influence so you can relax and rest in your bedroom more easily.

Easy Home Decorating Tips

The first step to home decorating is having tasteful furniture and accessories. This doesn’t mean you have to buy a ridiculously expensive set from a furniture store. You can do with thrift store goods if you’re careful. When you first start picking (or replacing) your furniture, you should decide on a certain theme that you want to stick with. You can buy furniture that is mostly made out of wood. If you buy a can of wood stain from your local home improvement store, you can magically match all of your furniture when previously they completely contrasted each other. Alternatively, you may decide to go with a modern theme, or any other number of themes and sub-themes used by decorators. You can get ideas from decorating magazines, stores, or homes of friends.

Once you’ve got your furniture and accessories all generally matching, you can consider your walls and carpets. Of course, this stage of the decorating depends on how much you want to overhaul your home, and how much you are willing to spend in time and money. The fact of the matter is, your carpet and walls are most likely not the best match for the rest of your house, since the builders of your home could not have known what sort of furniture you would have. Painting the walls is a relatively easy project, and you can do it in a weekend if you plan it out right. A tastefully-colored wall can lend a lot of aesthetic value to your home.

The hardest part of decorating your home is noticing small touches that you can make to lend to and improve the overall mood and theme of the house. The reason it’s hard is that you can’t analyze any specific aspect of your house and figure out how to change it for the better. Instead, you have to look at the big picture and creatively imagine things that you could be doing differently. If this doesn’t come naturally to you, then you can use many different sources as inspiration. But a few magazines next time you’re at the store, and look at the rooms pictured within. Most of them have likely been designed by professionals. You can look for the small details that give the room its great style, and figure out ways to apply the same thing to your home. Just make sure that the small details fit the color scheme and style of your overall decor.

The lighting of your rooms is also a very important aspect. When you have a very well-thought-out furniture layout, and specific decorations everywhere, usually the default lighting layout will not suffice. Think about changing the lighting to a different part of the room to change the focus. Think about putting a lamp on a table or even a track lighting system on the ceiling. There are many different options, and if you choose the right one then you can masterfully focus the attention of visitors to the parts of the room that you want them to be looking at.

Home decorating is never easy or quick, which is why so many people are tempted to spend a lot of money for professional advice. But before you do that, find out what exactly you are capable of, and see what you can do for your house.


Tips to Design Your Apartment part 1

Organization of space is both the most complex, and the most interesting stage where an inventor and a designer should awake within you. And the less the metric area of an apartment is, the more actively the inventor’s idea should work.

For example, if there are small rooms in an apartment, it is not necessary to block them up with wardrobes – it is better to move all the wardrobes to the corridor or the hall, and use mirrors and local lighting in addition to the basic one more actively in the rooms.

While planning the living space of your apartment or house, it is necessary to arm with a pencil and paper and make up a detailed plan with the exact sizes of rooms, door and window apertures, height of walls, etc, otherwise, a bought sofa or a chest of drawers can simply not blend in the space intended for it.
The next stage is a color solution.

It is necessary to take this question just as serious. Skillfully using a color scale in decoration of the dwelling, it is possible to achieve a good psychological effect, positively influencing on a condition and mood of visitors and members of the household. Paints bear certain energy – color can comfort, stimulate, inspire and even heal. Before making a final decision as to the color, pay attention, what cardinal point the windows are oriented at:: if to the north it is recommended to use a color scale in warm color tones, if to the south – then cold ones.

The next stage – determination of style, texture and light.

Generally, in design of interiors elements of a rather a large number of “historical” styles are used. It can be the baroque, rococo, classics, pseudo-Gothic, the Victorian style, the modernist style, art deco, constructivism, minimalism, hi-tech and, finally, eclecticism.

It is clear, that the baroque, rococo, pseudo-Gothic are appropriate for country houses or spacious apartments with high ceilings.

The baroque and rococo are characterized by wide and volumetric floristic stucco moldings, painted ceilings, gilt details of decor, fabric wall-papers, a marble mosaic of floors, armchairs and sofas fitted with silk, a refined color scale which is characterized not by “basic” colors rather than their complex tones.

Creating a “Gothic” interior, it will be correct to upholster walls with oak panels with carved slats and decorate one of the walls with a Gobelin tapestry displaying a stage from hunting or, say, a performance of troubadours.

A table in the “Gothic style” should be rough and primitive, a bed – in the same vein, with a baldachin and carved columns. But the most important thing here is a free, through and dashing space, elevating force of emptiness which is spiritualized by stained-glass windows.

For those keen on the English classical style, The Victorian interior – a mix of classicism, Roman motives, gothic styles, rococo, the empire style, Oriental arabesques and Asian exotic will be very interesting.

The English feeling of measure has allowed to consolidate all this variety which is shown in subtleties of semitones and color scores. In such a house a spacious hall looks as a “high-grade” room with a monumental carved table, a mirror in a carved frame, a large chest of drawers – pier-glass table, a striking long-case clock, a sprawling hat tree with iron hooks, “a cell” for umbrellas and newspapers. Walls are planked with panels from either mahogany or oak, and the ceiling is decorated with a floristic stucco molding. A visiting card of a Victorian house is a drawing room with its sofas and armchairs and a dominant rococo. Onto the fireplace porcelain vases and decorative dishes are usually placed, walls are decorated with pictures, family photos, diplomas and letters.
The most poetical and fairytale interior style is the modernist style.

Design Process Concept

Design is a powerful word, describing a form of art and purpose. Graphic art is more relevant to commercial art. Applied arts are relevant to industrial an architecture design and a component of inventions, engineering, building, manufacturing and much more.

Web designing is the first step to a professional website. The designers lay the structure for the pages. Where images will be and where the text goes. They can also create the content for the site such as everything the user will view and read on each page. The designer must be able to design pages that will interact and offer the user a good experience while visting your web address.

Designing floor plans of a house takes technique, methods, and critical thinking. All the necessities of a home need to be designed with keeping the wants and needs of the homeowner in the plan. Designing a functional home includes considering the families growth in numbers and in valuables collected over time. Taking the future into consideration, the designer can leave options for adding on in the future.

Designer drawings can be engineering designs that use mathematics and science. Many think of production of engineering as the component and forget that first there must be the design. The amount of science used in a design depends on the discipline. There is social science and natural science associated with designing.

Design involves critical thinking and creativity that produces a planned process. The production is the executing process which is kept in the plan by the designer whom does not necessarily take on the production end of the project but a developer will.

The first step to any design is the plan. Second is the creation, and third is the execution. Designing for the web, let’s say a logo. Create a brief on what you are expecting to accomplish. Research the industry and become familiar with the competitors. Develop thumbnails of the concept around your research. Present it to others for opinions and feedback. Select the thumbnail that suits you.

Designing an advertisement for your business is a good example of success and unsuccessful. Advertisements work well when properly designed. The process begins with researching the age group and culture of the target audience. When you have established the facts, you will use them to catch their attention and hold it for at least 5 seconds.

You must use quick messages to give enough information for the viewer to want more information and will read on. The design must be either to the point, extremely vague, or just random. Again, this depends on the research of the demographics of your target audience. Designing a room’s makeover, a painting, a wedding reception, a power source, or a website all have the same steps to achieve the process desired by the designer.

True design has no boundaries and the outcome is never known and is usually unexpected it also touches all subject areas and spectrums of ideas which ultimately draw inspiration and finally a new design will be born. Design is the foundation of all creative work. If you take a look at the present economic situation where all brands of commerce are under severe pressure and this is where good design becomes very important and where design becomes noticed and memorable and very effective.

A design is definitely not a private affair once a new design comes onto the market it is dissected and analysed and from the original design thousands of similar designs will materialize which claim to be better and bigger and more effective but think about it that is actually not the case as each design does have its own uniqueness. Advertising is a technique used to make one think that the design is different. There is nothing bigger or better it is just simple another design.