Archive for October 14th, 2009

Even though interior decorating is always centered around a homeowner’s particular style, there are still certain things that should always be avoided. Some people find that they really have a knack for decorating, whereas others might need some help. Whatever your degree of decorating savvy, here are the top 5 interior decorating mistakes and how to avoid them in your home, no matter what kind of room you’re working with.

1. Interior Decorating without a Plan or Vision
Never start a decorating project with absolutely no vision or plan for what you want for the room. What usually ends up happening is that the room will look like it was randomly put together and nothing will flow. It’s essential to always have some sort of plan drawn out or at least an image of what you want the room to look like before you buy anything. This doesn’t have to be anything elaborate; just have a few quick ideas scribbled on a piece a paper and you will have something to work with.

2. Complementary and Contrasting Home Décor: Too Much Matching
For those people who have the tendency to want everything to match, they may end up with a living room that is all tan and brown. For those who favor a more contemporary, monochromatic look, this might really work. But most decorating schemes need complementary and contrasting colors added to the décor. This will inevitably pick up the room, giving it some interesting items that will stand out instead of the whole room just being drowned out in one or two colors.

3. Disorganization: Decoratively Organize Your Room
One of the most important aspects of any room is organization. A room’s décor can be easily lost when that room is disorganized and a mess. When choosing items for your room, you should try to find functional pieces as well as decorative ones. For instance, bookcases can do a lot more than just hold books. You can put wicker baskets on the shelves to hide such items as remotes, toys, magazines, and other miscellaneous things.

Be sure to fully utilize any storage space you have in a room. Clothes might be stored under the bed, and bathroom cabinets might have small baskets in them for small items such as toothbrushes, floss, and other personal items. Avoid having small items just lying out all over the room. Rather, use your creativity to find places to store and organize them out of sight.

4. Getting Furniture without First Checking Room Dimensions
It’s always really important to take measurements in a room before you buy any type of furniture, whether its a television stand for your family room or wood beds for your bedrooms. You don’t want to end up having your couch take up your whole family room. On the other hand, you also don’t want to end up with a teeny couch in a huge living room space.

So plan accordingly and be sure your furniture fits the dimensions of the room. Another important consideration is to buy your furniture first before you do anything else in a room. Styles can always be worked around the furniture and that way you’ll know what kind of space you’re left working with.

5. Pictures Placed Too High on the Walls
You’d be surprised how common of a mistake this is in interior decorating. Pictures should always be hung at eye level. Only huge portraits or pieces of art should be hung slightly higher to get them off the floor, and then it’s the middle of the picture that should be at eye level. The key is to be able to look at the artwork straight on instead of having to look up to see it.

These are just some of the most common interior decorating mistakes made by homeowners. If you avoid these mistakes, you’ll be well on your way to a beautifully decorated home.

Fireplace screens are an essential component of fireplaces.  These can be found in simple as well as modern styles to match different tastes.  People who wish to give their fireplace a simple appearance can select vintage fireplace screens and those who are searching for a modern appearance can choose from huge range of present-day styles available.

Fireplace screens are necessary when it comes to the safety of homes.  Fire is an unsafe aspect and fireplace screens keep the home and carpet safe form the escaping sparks.  These embers can stain the flooring and in severe cases can even cause enormous fire which can damage the room or set the entire house on fire.  The screens also protect small kids and pets from getting injured.

Furthermore, these are the accessories that add beauty and class to hearths.  They provide warmth as well as ease and also reduce the impedance of wind which enters the living room through vents.  Andirons are functional items and often utilized as embellishing accessories as well.  The amplitude of the fireplace screen plays an essential role in enhancing the entire appearance of the hearth.  The bigger the screen, the more attractive and amplified the fireplace looks.

Fireplace screens come in a wide range of lengths and designs.  These include traditional, antique and chic styles.  They can also be made available in various colors and materials like copper, bronze iron, steel and antique brass.  Additionally, the most famous type of screens used today is stained glass fireplace screens.  These are absolutely awesome, stunning, and gorgeous and add a sense of elegance to the hearth.

Stained glass fireplace screens are useful and add peace to special moments.  It draws all eyes to its sheer beauty as the entire screen gets illuminated from the glow of the fire.  The flashing fire surely offers convenience, entertainment and comfort to owners and as the flames dance, homeowners have the pleasure enjoying this beautiful scene through the stained glass.

Each stained glass fireplace cover is a unique handmade work of art.  They feature a huge number of small glasses compiled together and joined for a durable effect.  These normally contain up to four panels of glass depending on the type of glass used.  The variations in shade, bubbles, and surfaces enhance the uniqueness of the artwork.

Stained glass fireplace screens are beautiful and functional and protect the flooring from the sparks emitting from the hearth.  These are the most unique of all other types of screens available and even if the fireplace is in use or not, they will surely be an eye catcher

David Artsmith  –  Home decor can be quite tricky for the new homeowner. He will have to decide on many things including what color to choose, what material to go for, what shape to pick, which design is best and what style to buy. Any of these choices will impact on the look of the room or hall in which the furniture or decorative pieces are placed. So how does a homeowner go about choosing his home décor furnishings? We explore a less common home accessory, the dining room table, and try to come up with some clever ways that this important optional piece can be made to look wonderful.

The dining table is less conspicuous than the sofa or settee but they can make the room look elegant or dull by their design. Dining tables come in various shapes. Some are round, others rectangular. There are even oval ones. If you have a small room, the round one will do as it takes less space with large number of people. If you have a lot of people over, and have a large room to put them in, you may want to go with a rectangular shape that will allow you to fit more people comfortable, and will give you the ability to decorate in a straighter more linear fashion. It is also a lot easier to decorate around this shape.

Do not forget about the surface of the table in your home decor. For decoration, you can place vases, or other attractive pieces. You can cover the table with white embroidery mats for special elegant effects. You can also have folded white napkins in between the plates.

Potted plants also make excellent dining table decor. You can use live or artificial plants. Soft fabrics make the room look romantic and cozy ambiance. Unique chandeliers will create a banquet atmosphere for the dinning room. Choose from long, sparkling type for special effects. Lastly, try silverware with fruits and vegetables.

The dining table can add to your home decor as effectively as your living room chairs. Paying attention to it will complete your decoration for a beautiful home.