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Natural Granite Can Enhance Any Decor

December 16th, 2013 | Posted by Donna May in Designing with Natural Products - (0 Comments)

Granite offers a versatile Natural texture

Granite is available in such a limitless range of colors that picking the right color can be a difficult task. There are around hundreds of varieties of colors to select from. The range of the granite colors vary in type of plans, patterns and tones. Any single standard color could have hundreds of patterns and designs. Let? s take a look at a few of the typical color plans readily available in granite.

Black Granite: Black Granite can be found in homogeneous material and is classified in 2 methods based upon its qualities: Absolute Black granite, which is monochromatic and other is Black Granite. These stones are quarried in South Africa and India. Black color is on demand nowadays. Black granites include very less percentage of quartz or alkali feldspar, and are extremely dense and heavy. These are one of the least permeable stones with the least water absorption value. When matched with light kitchen cabinetry, Black granite counter tops can develop a royal appeal. Brown: Brown and Beige granites are the most popular color tones in counter tops.

These develop a conventional look and style in a kitchen or bath. The pattern of brown granite is either homogeneous- Minerals are dispersed uniformly for a consistent property or Oriented- Minerals are dispersed according to a certain positioning or direction. These are used on interiors in addition to outsides. And, coupling it with light teak wood will complete the look. These are primarily quarried in Saudi Arabia, Finland, Brazil. Blue: Blue colored granite countertops are quickly ending up being a trendy choice for the decorators and designers. Minerals of the stone form the pattern of this color as homogeneous or veined. Homogeneous patterns vary from light to dark blue with many colors and tones between.

This stone is used for flooring (and compliments hardwood floors nicely), funerary art, dealings with, countertops, and in luxury furnishings. Veined Granite is generally light blue in color and crossed by a close knit pattern. Azule granite is the most popular shade in blue granite with making pattern of gray, whites, black or various other shades of blue. Blue granites are mostly mined in Brazil and Coastal Africa. Eco-friendly: Eco-friendly granite is the most variable in secondary colors. While the majority of other colors have small distinctions, green is available in lot of various shades. Emerald Pearl from Norway is green with aqua and blue shadings, while Woodland Green from India is green with rose and gray tones. This color is best for those who desire some liveliness and freshness around in their design.

Red: Red granite offers a striking and romantic appearance. In this household, Rose granite is most beautiful and is known as the rarest form of granite available. It varies from pink to lavender with flecks of gold and white for a soft, and for a sharp tone to dark gray. Normal red and crimson tones are also popular. It is a favorite in China and Brazil.

Gold: The metallic colors in Gold and Copper granite are found worldwide, nevertheless, their greatest concentration is discovered in Brazil and South America. It generally is available in secondary colors of white, black, and gray. If matched with a darker color gold, copper or cabinet counter tops in kitchen or bath give a rich and elegant look and cannot be contended. As you can see granite is available in a substantial range of color design and patterns. With any of these colors made use of in your home, it will improve the feel and look and can fit to any design style.

Wall Texturing Rocks

December 10th, 2013 | Posted by Donna May in Designing With Texture - (0 Comments)

Just about anyone who owns a home has often considered what they could do to make their home’s appearance a little bit better. Whether the change needs to be made to the exterior or the interior, there are many things that might need to be done. As with any home remodeling project, the cost may be more than what is available, but there are a few inexpensive changes that can be made. One of the easiest ways to update the interior of a home is to refresh the walls. This can be done either through applying a fresh coat of paint or through the process of texturing the drywall. A simple texture applied to the walls can give a unique appearance that also works well at hiding any imperfections.

When the drywall was originally installed, there may have been some taping or mudding that was still apparent even after the walls were painted. These mistakes may be hard to correct, but they can be covered up through one of many drywall texturing techniques. There are a few simple steps that can be used for drywall texturing made easy. In order to get started, it is a good idea to determine exactly what type of style is going to be used in order to obtain the proper tools. Many different styles can be found online, but a few of the more simple styles are the roller method, the knockdown method, and the orange peel method. Some styles are done easily be applying sheetrock mud and then using a number of different tools to change the texture. Other methods require the texturing to be applied through a spraying process, which can be harder to achieve the proper look when doing the project yourself.

If you have decided to use the roller method or the knockdown method, you will want to have a paint roller on hand, as well as paint brushes, drywall trowels, drywall mud, drop cloths, and paint trays. The mud can be applied to the wall using the roller and the texturing can be done by using any tool you might already own. A stippling technique can be done by using a stippling brush to either swirl the mud on the wall or create another interesting pattern. A trowel can be used to achieve the knockdown method which will turn the wall into a Spanish stucco look. Just about any pattern you like can be achieved by using a different tool to make the wall even more unique. By simply experimenting with the tools you already own, you can create a beautiful textured appearance and a number of different finishes on the walls in any home.

No matter which method you use, if you have finished flooring such as carpet or maybe hardwood floors be sure to protect them carefully before beginning your wall texturing project. You surely do not  want to have to hire a hardwood floor refinishing expert unnecessarily.

Decorating With Metal Wall Art

December 10th, 2013 | Posted by Donna May in Designing with Natural Products - (0 Comments)

Metal Wall Art For a Modern Decor

You should not just limit yourself to using metal wall art at home. This is because these are pieces that can work well in different settings. For example, they can be used in workplaces. However, the pieces that are used in such formal places need to be conservative ones that are acceptable to everyone. There are also pieces that are colorful and suitable for use in entertainment spots. The above ideas will come in handy if you ever consider decorating with metal wall art.

If you have never viewed art work with fleur de lis style, you really should take a look. Fleur de lis is comprised of a French insignia that looks like a regal flower worthy of a French palace in the countryside. It is often decorated in gold, and it is ideal for decorating a kitchen with country French flair. Search online for fleur de lis metal art work, and choose a large piece for a bare wall or accent pieces for a small vertical space. It will add to the country French style.

Decorating a house can be quite challenging especially when you want to come up with something new and different. Metal wall art is one of the few unique pieces you can use in a house. These pieces are versatile and can easily be incorporated to an already existing theme. Therefore, this makes it easy to include them in your house without having to change everything. Metal wall art is also durable since it is not prone to breakage. Below are a few creative ideas on how to use metal art when decorating a room.

Vineyards in the French countryside are the inspiration for many fine works of metal wall art. When decorating a kitchen with country French style, consider selecting a work of metal wall art that highlights the natural beauty of grapevines complete with clusters of plump grapes. In addition, consider selecting a wall wine rack that coordinates well with your selection. Even if you do not drink wine it will be a valuable and stylish addition to the kitchen. It can be equipped with bottles of any type to match kitchen colors as well as the country French theme.

Bamboo and bird wall art evokes visions of beautiful tropical islands, and it can be incorporated into the decorating scheme of a four-season room in the form of metal decor. Add color and natural design to a four-season room with a large metal wall sculpture that includes tropical foliage and beautiful brilliantly colored birds. From macaws to cockatoos, you will find beautiful works of bird wall art that will add considerable color to a tropical four-season room. In addition to bird wall art, select two matching bamboo metal wall hangings to mount on both sides of the bird wall art. The amazing color and texture will generate many compliments, and the arrangement will look amazing.

Eye-catching metal wall plaques that include floral panels or squares are ideal for decorating a country French kitchen. Choose works of metal wall art mounted on metal grids. The beautiful floral designs with hand-painted details will match the theme of the kitchen while giving the room a warmer and more welcoming appearance that is classy and stylish.

Interior Design Texture Has A Big Impact

November 18th, 2013 | Posted by Donna May in Designing With Texture - (0 Comments)

Creatively, the arts are all around you. How do you experience beauty? Is it through sound, site, texture or aromas? Bring your inner child out to play and pursue some creative outlets such as painting, pottery, cooking, writing, or interior design.

Choices are abundant when it comes to selecting the right wood floor. homeowners or businesses can install beautiful wooden flooring quickly in residences or commercial buildings. Choose from distinctive patterns, realistic looking photographic wood grains, and a variety of colors on the laminate layer exteriors. Match interior design schemes to laminate flooring that merchants have in stock or order custom styles. Either way, the premium flooring local buyers have access to will always have the highest quality look, feel, and texture, and it will be economical to use.

Interior architects and interior design consultants assist customers while they browse the store. They help customers narrow their choices based on their needs, color and texture preferences, and budget.

Interior Design texture

Texture is an important aspect of Tuscan interior design. The appearance of many layers of paint, cracked stucco or marble walls, and worn furniture are used to add an Old World charm to the room. Wood grain and texture are highlighted, as well as any cracks or crevices. Irregularity is used to add interest and warmth.

Wooden laths are narrow strips of straight-grained wood depending on availability of species in lengths of from two to four or five feet to suit the distances at which the timbers of a floor or partition are set. Laths are about an inch wide, and are made in three thicknesses; single (â…› to 3⁄16 inch thick), lath and a half (Â1 inch thick), and double (â…o–Â1 inch thick).

Paint & texture

Many people settle for selecting a paint color from a small paint chip that’s usually no more than an inch wide, and more often than not the results are disappointing.  The simple solution is to narrow down your color selection to two or three colors, then go and buy a small amount of each color – it’s worth the slightly extra expense.  Then get some foam core board, about two-foot square for each color selected and paint each foam core piece one of the colors.  Prop up the dried samples against one of the walls in your room and study them at different times of the day because they will look different in different light; also move them from wall to wall because the light can affect them differently on different walls.  It is always best to do this so that you do not regret your color choice two months or more down the road.

Emily Wadsworth, â€oStucco Reliefs of the First and Second Centuries still Extant in Rome,â€? Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 4 (1924) 9-102 Roger Ling, Stuccowork And Painting In Roman Italy, ed. Roger Ling (Aldershot : Ashgate, 1999)

An insight into the French term “galante” can be seen through Boucher’s painting Le DA©jeuner (above), which provides a glimpse of the society which Rococo reflected. “Courtly” would be pretentious in this upper bourgeois circle, yet the man’s gesture is gallant. The stylish but cozy interior, the informal decorous intimacy of people’s manners, the curious and delightful details everywhere one turns one’s eye, the luxury of sipping chocolate: all are “galante.”

Some Interior Design facts

November 17th, 2013 | Posted by Donna May in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

A few days ago, I was talking with a friend, who’s an interior designer, and I made comment that it must be a cake walk getting work for what she does. She looked at me with this smirkish look and laughed until she was red in the face. After few giggles she shot straight from hip and said interior design is not as glamorous as it is on all the TV shows. There is a lot of behind the scenes work involved, and even if you’re the greatest at what you do, you will not always have clients chasing after you to design their homes or workplaces. With all that said we took sometime to look at some interior design marketing tips that she passed along to me, we also talked about what I figured out on my own, I want to share what I have learned and there are something that are essential.

Japanese interior design involves the use of shoji screens, there are literally hundreds of different latticework patterns that to work with. Personal touches are added in regards to artwork, furniture and seasonal decorations.

The foundation is a not-for-profit (501c3), philanthropic organization whose primary mission is to advance interior design through education, research, and knowledge to benefit IIDA and the interior design profession. Under the guidance of its Board of Trustees, the foundation works in collaboration with IIDA to support the strategic plan of the association.

Interior design magazines often document the interior of homes, furniture, home accessories, textiles, flooring and architecture usually in a highly stylized or staged format. They may also feature cafes, historic houses, eco-friendly living and cutting-edge design.

Interior Design School

The School of Architecture and Interior Design traces its origins back to the 1869 foundation of the School of Design within McMicken University. By 1875, architecture offerings expanded to include history, design, and drawing. At the time, it was one of only eleven collegiate-level institutions in the country to offer architecture coursework. The architecture coursework did not survive the transfer of programs to the Cincinnati Art Museum Association in 1884, but it established a pattern of architectural education that reemerged fifty years later.

The daily requirement of water needed for drinking, cooking, bathing, sanitation and cleaning is 13.2 gallons of water per person. Yet the average American household consumes 260 gallons of water. Now factor in that 1 in 8 people in the world (884 million) lack access to safe water supplies and that every 20 seconds a child dies from a water related disease. Conserving water is the second tenet of green interior design. This can be done simply by taking shorter showers, turning the faucet off while you brush your teeth, by washing the dishes by hand, by only doing full loads of laundry. Other key strategies are to check that your faucets are not leaking – if they are replace the washers, to use a low-flow faucet aerator and a shower head with air holes to reduce the gallons per minute flow.

An Interior Design Portfolio

The first word in making an interior design portfolio is efficiency. Your portfolio should be concise, yet contain all the pertinent information and imagery necessary to make an unforgettable first impression.

Wherever we go, wherever we turn, a shade of blue always follows: the sky, the ocean, blue flowers and birds, blue mountain tops and deep blue lakes. Blue is a calm, restful color, perfectly suitable for interior design, especially for bedrooms. It’s a Mediterranean color, one that reminds of the summer and the sea, a define mood booster. For this reason interior designers started to use this color in offices, day rooms and even to decorate summer gardens and kitchens.

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a professional networking and educational association of more than 13,000 members in ten (1specialty forums, and twenty-nine (2chapters around the world. IIDA advocates for interior design excellence, disseminates industry information, nurtures a global interior design community, maintains educational standards and responds to trends in business and design.

Decorating Dirt Cheap

November 11th, 2013 | Posted by Donna May in Decorating on a budget - (0 Comments)

Decorating Your Home Dirt Cheap

So many designers will give all kinds of advice to make your home more stylish on a budget. The problem is what most of them see as budget decorating is still a small fortune to the average family. It has been proven that getting creative and shopping at garage sales, thrift stores, goodwill and the like can be quite successful as a strategy to decorate on the cheap.

Check out this brief video where one young lady shares how she decorated her home with mostly items from goodwill and dollar tree.

More Budget Decor Thoughts

Oddly enough, a nice mix of just a few nice things put together with some very cheap pieces can create quite a beautifully decorated space. All it takes is just a bit of creativity and staying focused on re-purposing things to add texture, color, and depth to your decor. Another great tip is to use hardwood flooring as a canvas on which to build layers of texture and color.