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Decorating Your Lounge: Stick to a Theme

June 5, 2018

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You’ve probably visited many homes and noticed that the home owners started with a theme and then got carried away. They may have seen something that was on sale although it didn’t suit the theme they bought it anyway. Consequently the lounge is filled with randomly coloured furniture and décor which don’t complement each other. When you decide on a theme for your lounge, stick to it. Don’t be swayed by salesmen. Stick to your idea. You know best.

Firstly, decide on the theme you want. Then what colours will represent that theme best. This is the foundation to decorating your lounge. Whenever you go shopping, you will be focussed on only finding items that suit this theme. For example, if you decide on a Parisian theme, the colours you might select could be soft pink and cream. Find décor that is related to the Parisian theme and that are either soft pink or cream in colour. Find a corner suite that is cream, paint the walls a cream shade, find Parisian paintings and curtains, and select a coffee table that enhances this theme. A lovely pink and beige carpet will round off the look.

Select ornaments and décor items with the theme and colour scheme in mind. You might be attracted to a vase that is on sale, but is it the colour of your lounge? If it is not, then leave it. You must remain focussed. Maybe you’ve selected an oriental theme that is gold and red with a touch of black. Perhaps you see a set of artificial red flowers in a gold ornamental vase with black patterns on it. This will suit the theme. Anything you consider must match the theme, such as the paintings, vases, ornaments, picture frames, chandeliers and centrepieces.

Select lounge furniture based on the theme. If you are going for a modern relaxed natural theme then your colours might be brown and beige with a touch of silver. This is an easy theme because you have many options available to you. You have many brown lounge suites available to you. Add beige scatter cushions for the secondary colour. A brown wood coffee table with a brown and beige carpet will complement the lounge suite. Paint the walls beige and hang brown curtains with silver patterns. For the walls, you can add your photos to brown picture frames and create a photo wall of memories.

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Tips To Make Painting Your Home Easier & Efficient

June 5, 2018

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Most people start cringing as the time to begin house painting draws near. Artistic expression and creative liberty take a back seat, all the planned ideas start seeming impractical, and what stays afore is the laborious task at hand.
A single mistake can render futile – or at least take all the charm away. But, a smart man still looks ahead at the final result without dreading any careless mistake along the way, because he has at hand a few tips that help him work around any problems.

So when painting your home, don’t fear what may go wrong. Instead, wait eagerly for when it all turns out alright with these smart tips as your guide:

• Painting directly over oily, dirty, surfaces will prove to be fruitless as the paint will easily peel off. Clean grimy areas with a heavy-duty cleaner before painting to solve this problem.

• Mix a few cans of paint beforehand to maintain a consistent colour throughout the room. Opening a new paint can while in the middle of a wall might leave slightly varying shades of the colour. Mixing the same paints together eliminates the problem.

• Paint the trim before the walls and the ceiling. It’s easier to tape off the trim than it is to tape off the walls. While painting the trim, one doesn’t need to be neat either as the paint that gets onto the walls is covered later.

• A single coat of paint isn’t usually able to hide the underlying colour on the trim. To ensure a smooth finish, one must sand the trim before each coat of paint is applied.

• Avoid lap marks by rolling up to the full height of the wall and keeping a wet edge. Lap marks occur when one paints over a part that has partly dried already. Maintain a wet edge by reloading the roller often.

• Treat wall patches with prime and texture to avoid a blotchy finish. Wall patches absorb the paint and dull the surface. Primer seals the patches and blocks the paint from sinking in.

• For a perfect edge, let the paint dry before cutting the tape loose. Since paint forms a film between the tape and the wall, removing the tape also tears a little dried paint off the wall. To avoid this, slice through the film with a sharp knife when the paint is completely dry.

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Ceiling Medallion for Your Home

June 5, 2018

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A ceiling medallion makes an amazing accent for a diverse range of ceiling lighting types, from ceiling fans to chandeliers. At its basic, a ceiling medallion is an ornamental piece that glams-up and improves the surrounding areas around the roof canopy, where the wiring of a chandelier or other light fixture enters the junction box of the ceiling.

These medallions come in a range of finishes and sizes and can be also painted on to match the present room decor. Opt for a medallion size that perfectly fits the light fixtures along with the style and size of the room where it will be placed.

When choosing a ceiling medallion, keep in mind the 5 following pointers:

1. Size of the Ceiling and Room
Calculate the room’s dimensions to decide what size of a medallion would ideally fir space. With the help of a measuring tape, measure both the width and length of the room then multiply both the figures and divide by 7 to estimate the medallion’s size in inches. Also, take into consideration the ceiling’s height. Higher focal rooms and ceilings can be improved with bigger medallions that would otherwise overwhelm a tiny space.

2. Style and Size of the Ceiling Fan
Choose a medallion that ideally fits the size as well as complements the ceiling fan’s style. Medallions should be either larger or smaller than the light fixture – not the foundation but the fixture itself. Matching the medallion’s size to that of the light fixture’s will visually compress the room’s size. Since ceilings fans have a larger radius, you should choose a medallion with a smaller diameter than the fan.

3. To Paint or Not to Paint?
You can match your trim using a nice glossy paint or you can just go for an accent color. A majority of ceiling medallions are purchased primed and ready for paint. The final answer will, of course, depends on your preferences and the present decor of your room. It is always a good idea to get inspired first and then make a final decision, so make sure to look up ideas on the internet.

4. Unsure About the Position? Center It
If you love the idea of owning a medallion but are unsure of where to put it, go for the center position. Symmetry is aesthetically pleasing, and accenting the center point can help tie the room together, especially when it comes to larger spaces.

In order to determine the center of a rectangular room, calculate the length of one of the shorter walls. Determine the wall’s center point and mark it. Do the same for the adjacent wall. Now use a laser plumb or chalk to draw a line between the two points. Continue the process using the focal points of the longer walls. The point where the two lines meet is the center of the room.

5. Take into Consideration the Ceiling Fixtures
When thinking about where to locate a visual feature on the floor, it can be easy to overlook the ceiling’s features. These will impact how you actually perceive the floor. Swag lamps, ceiling fans, and chandeliers tend to draw the eye up and down from their spot. You may put the ceiling medallion in the heart of a room, but if your chandelier is not perfectly centered as well, that variance will give the impression of a misplaced medallion. To correct this issue, try aligning the medallion with the focal point of the fixture, using a plumb line for accuracy.