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Decorative Painting

Decorative Painting

  • The Base Coat; The base coat is very important. Wood has varying shades such as red, yellow, brown tones, and so on. Choosing the right base tone will give the faux wood grain its tone. The base coat is usually an eggshell or satin sheen so that the glaze will not bleed into the base.
  • The Grain Glaze; The hardest skill to master is tinting the grain glaze. Mastering the ability to create the perfect tone of the grain you are emulating is accomplished by trial and error over a period of many years. Often we will purposely start with a tone less than that which we are emulating and gradually add more tints. In some cases, two grain glazes are used making the faux grain project a four step process. Glazes techniques and tools vary depending on grain style and preference;
  1. Chip Brushes; Chip brushes can be used to apply the glaze. The glaze should be evenly distributed across the area to be grained. They can also be used to make the desired grain you intend to imitate.
  2. Glass Cutters; These brushes can be used to reduce the amount of glaze and more evenly distribute the glaze. In certain instances, they can be used as “softeners”. Glass cutters can be used to grain on larger faced areas such as stairway stringers or flat faced doors.
  3. Softening Brushes; Our most often used softening brush is a badger hair brush. These brushes will fade hard lines and blend the color tones. This has the exceptional effect of giving the faux grain that professional realistic look and feel of actual wood that has been stained.
  • Sealers; The final process of faux wood grain is the sealer coats. Usually two full coats is needed to bring the grain process full circle. Latex sealers is our preference because not only do they dry faster, they also do not crack when used on exterior metal doors. Sealers can also be sprayed onto wet grain glaze and will speed the dry time of the glaze. In other situations when oil grain glazes are used, the only option for a sealer may be oil based.

Purple Bedding

Purple Bedding

Favorite Options

While there are actually many choices available for the consumer, there are a few that are much more popular than the rest. If you are the type of person who prefers a more sophisticated and upscale look, then richly colored dark purple bedding is for you. A huge benefit of using a darker shade is that it looks fantastic in a wide variety of materials.

Combining purple with black is another great way to go. Since black is neutral it allows the purple to really stand out. Purple and black bedding is also very popular because of its versatility and because of this it is used in many patterns.

Another option for anyone who loves this color is one most people never think of. Nevertheless it is incredibly popular especially with kids and teens, but sometimes also adults as well. Purple zebra bedding is a fun and unique choice everyone can enjoy. Depending on the pattern it can also look quite classy too!

Sets For Savings

Regardless of the pattern or shade you pick you will almost always find the best deals when you shop for sets. Like with other colors sheet sets, comforter sets, and duvet cover sets are all convenient options that often times can include quite a lot of items. For example a comforter set will normally have a flat sheet, fitted sheet, comforter, multiple pillow cases, and sometimes shams.

And of course these are available in all shades from light to dark and in all color combinations and patterns as well. There are even purple bedding sets for babies. Crib sets can be used for both girls and boys, however for boys shades with a little more blue are recommended. What’s included in a set can be very basic but also range to containing more than ten accessories like diaper bags and bumpers.

Don’t Forget to Accent

A fabulous way to increase the appeal of your bedding and room is to use other purple accents. This can be done very easily with decorative pillows that match or even contrast. You can also use curtains of the same color, plus there are tons of smaller and even less expensive pieces of décor like candles, lamps, and even wall art.

Make Pictures Pop

Make Pictures Pop

Now that you have picked out your photos, let’s put them on the table. You need to decide which one is your number one favorite and so forth till you have assigned a number value to each one. After you have decided your favorite order, you will want to look at them and decided what is the dominate color in all the photos.

Here is an example for you. Let’s say you have five pictures of a lake. The most common colors could be blue, green or brown. For our example, we will say that brown is the dominate color. This will be the color of our matt. Now that we know the dominate color, we can go to the framing store and start our work.

There are two ways of matting your photos. You can purchase pre-cut mats. These can be single or double mats. The second way is to cut your own mats. The pre-cut mats are the easiest for the beginner. Let’s use the pre-cut mats this time. Use a matt size that is larger than your picture size. On the packaging of the mat it will state the size of the opening. Your photo should be just a little larger than this opening. So let’s put this part all together. You have the photo. You know the dominate color. You have picked out the mat which is the dominate color.

You are ready for the framing stage. In our example, we said the dominate color was brown. We all know that most frames are brown. We would need to use a contrasting color. So the natural thing to do would be to look at white frames. Sometimes you can find blue or green frames. One of these could work for our example. This is the final step. You will need to put the photo under the matt. Put the mat into the frame. You may have to try this with several frames to get the one you like. When you find the perfect one, you are done.

All that is left is to put it all together. Use masking tape to tape your photo the mat. Put the matted photo into the frame. Now you need to arrange the three to five photos. Remember the number value you gave each one? Well the number one will be in the middle of your arraignment. The others move out from the middle. This will enable your number one to have the greatest focus. After you have that done, you’re ready to put them on your wall.

Lighting for Beautiful Canvas Prints

Lighting for Beautiful Canvas Prints

  • Natural Light: Natural light often gives a soft illumination to art. If you have large windows or plenty of light in your living or work spaces, the details of your art prints will likely show up beautifully in natural daylight. The natural landscapes, family portraits on canvas, flora, pets on canvas – all are very good candidates to go on the walls where the natural light is in abundance.
  • Recessed Lighting and Ceiling Lights: Many homes have recessed lighting, as well as adjustable dimmers, which work well for lighting artwork. Recessed lights shine down from above to focus attention on wall canvas. These types of spotlights are often placed near fireplaces or above large, blank central walls. Cityscapes, Black & White art work, night shots on canvas – all can be very well showcased here
  • Lightweight Table and Floor Lamps: Modern table or floor lamps provide another cost effective option to illuminate your canvas prints. Move a floor lamp close to the photo print to bring attention to the beautiful colors and creative themes. Or, choose minimalist table lamps with a soft flow to complement photo prints. Family portraits in black & white or in not so sharp colors are best suited with this lighting
  • Modern Track Lighting: Track lighting offers an elegant and luxurious way to light large, open spaces. Place large canvas photo prints near track lighting for a steady, consistent source of illumination. Track lighting often appears in kitchens and libraries.
  • Creative Chandeliers: If you love artistic, modern decor, choose creative chandeliers to accentuate the beauty of your photo prints. Consider chandeliers in modern materials and simple colors.
  • Mirrors & Lighting: Mirrors with ceiling lights can make for a dramatic effect and can create a ‘wow’ factor in the way canvas art becomes center of attraction in your room. Large mirrors have the ability to give a feel of much larger space to your room and a right picture on the canvas can accentuate the effect dramatically
  • Type of Light: White vs Warm white vs Different colored lights can play an equally important role in how your canvas print shines through in your room. So, choose them wisely keeping in mind the décor and personality of the room.
Wool Bedding

Wool Bedding

Wool has the natural feature and tendency to absorb and release moisture and keeping your required body temperature. Sleeping tight in the night may be a tough task for a lot of people as we tend to release 2oz of water vapor every hour which can make you restless. Such disturbed and restless sleep can reduce your energy levels and decrease your immune system to a greater extent.

People often face difficulty in choosing the right bedding for themselves. Some of them like to be extra warm during nights and some of them wants to have a cool environment. In such cases wool bedding does wonders as it has a natural quality of creating a microclimate which regulates the body temperature and helps in sound and peaceful sleep.

The linen market in these days is full of quality and stylish product. Wool bedding is one of the highest selling products these days. You can team up your wool duvets with cotton duvet covers for a greater comfort and style statement.

Another option available in the market is wool pillows. Such pillows are zipped with pure cotton covering keeping then really soft and skin friendly. Such pillows are easily adjusted to your sleeping patterns. Wool filling reduces perspiration and extends a huge comfort.

Wool mattress are one great option in the market to cater to the needs of people who need an extra cushioning in their bedding. Wool is mostly used to wick excess moisture from body and helps in sleeping sound. People who are suffering from arthritis and diabetes should use wool bedding as it helps in normal blood circulation and reduces pressure from troubled areas of the body.

Kitchen Curtains Designs

Kitchen Curtains Designs

Let’s discuss a few kitchen curtain designs that are easy to replicate without spending a lot of money or time.

  1. Banded Curtains

Sew a strip of contrasting color to the edges of the kitchen curtain to add a little color and contrast to the room.

  1. Table Cloth Curtains

Turn your tablecloth into draperies for an easy DIY project that is not only cheap but also easy to make.

  1. Custom Curtains

Add a frill or lace to the bottom of the plain kitchen curtain to give it a nice touch. For a more formal look, try a tassel trim, for a funkier look, add a ball fringe.

  1. Ombre Curtains

Ombre can never go out of style. Try an ombre curtain design for your kitchen drapes to have a chic and lively effect.

  1. Embroidered Curtains

Embroidered kitchen curtains give the entire space a more homely feeling. You can choose any design you want, and your curtains are bound to look elegant.

  1. Block Print Curtains

Block prints are a fun design for a curtain. They not only look good but also create an airy feel to the room.

  1. Playful Funky Colors

If you are looking for a bit of a punch, why not try playful color combinations like lime green borders over white curtains.

  1. Go Bold

A bold colored curtain is like a statement necklace. It becomes the focus point of the room. Go bold with your kitchen drapes to attract more people towards it.

  1. Stripes

Stripes never grow old. Long horizontal or vertical stripes always look great on curtains.

  1. The Darker The Better

If your kitchen is decorated with light colored furniture and counters, choose dark curtains to highlight the surroundings. Darker curtains will not only shut out the light but will also go great with the rest of the room.

  1. Denim Curtains

Denim blue curtains are an excellent way to accentuate the kitchen, especially if contrasted with white walls.

  1. Doily Netting Instead Of Curtains

Use doily-like material as curtains to bring a little change to the room. These will not help keep the sun rays out, but they are sure to look great.

Handmade Persian Rugs

Handmade Persian Rugs

Let’s scroll the Pages of Antiquity

  • Chapter 1 – The first known Persian rug was encountered in the 13th Century, which was recognized by a well known archaeologist and traveler Marco Polo, in the Southeast region (modern Persia).
  • Chapter 2 – Shah Abbas I, the great monarch of Iran (Persia) during the 16th Century, reveals exquisitely handmade gold and silver threaded Persian Rugs as a tribute to the Ottoman Empire. With the introduction, these graceful and luxurious carpets rapidly became renowned in the west.
  • Chapter 3 – Between 16th century and 18th century, these rugs rapidly raised their dominance in Iran (Persia) and produced a huge amount of different patterns – Kirman, Herat, Heriz, Nain, Mashhad, Qum, Isfahan, Hamadan, Bakhtiari, Kasan, Tabriz, Farahan, Tribal, etc. Persians were struck with their detailings, one or a number of motifs and adorable layouts, which make them feel grace, luxury and comfort.
  • Chapter 4 – At the Pazyryk Valley in 1949, in an archaeological excavation, archaeologists revealed the oldest known Persian rug named as the Pazyryk carpet from the grave of a Scythian prince. Radiocarbon testing identified it as a 5th Centurian rug and is indicated as a proof of evolution and experience in Iranian weaving.

Motifs and Material

Motifs are considered for the patterns and design layouts that generally used in weaving of a rug, which may be all-over, central medallion, compartment and one-sided. It may differentiate according to the weaving area. Sometimes, we see multiple motifs used in a single carpet, which shows the culture and evolution of weaving techniques by the influence of other tribes.

The Persian motif generally contains a fixed layout with a little alteration that separate one from others. The traditional design contains – Principal broader border, secondary borders (external and internal), central medallion and écoinçons outside.

For the sheer luxury and grace, Persian weavers were used wool as the main weaving material. Since then, wool is the main fabric for carpets, but Cotton is also used for the groundwork. Although, weavers incorporate some other fabrics in weaving adorable handmade rugs such as Silk, fiber, etc, but the preferable choice is always wool variety due to their comfort, durability and economic value.

Other than their motifs and materials, their rich color and fine quality mesmerize everyone. They complement all kinds of interiors, whatever design, color or pattern will be used there.

Techniques and structures

Looms, piles and knots are the fundamental thing to identify the quality. Knot counts per square inch denotes durability and quality of weaving technique. It may vary between 16 to 800 knots per square inch depending on the motif.

Weaving of a handmade rug is a difficult and tedious process, which contains knot counts, welt wraps, fringes, fabrics, etc. It may take a few months to several years to complete, depending on the quality and the size. For an example: the largest handmade rug, measuring 4,343 square meters, ‘Carpet of Wonder’ in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman crafted in four years by 600 workers!

Decoration of Windows

Decoration of Windows

  • Making use of creative panels – Painted fretwork panels can act as a wonderful accessory to your windows. You can choose the color and pattern according to the composition of the rest of the room.
  • Try the old fashioned, but nevertheless trusted, curtains – Curtains have been used for window decoration for decades now. As a result, there are different varieties of curtains available – fabrics, laces, strings, shells, and so on. You have a wide range of options to choose from, and so, you can pick the one that best complements the existing décor in your home.
  • Add that feminine touch – Place flowers in vases along the window sill, or use floral curtains to cover up the panes. Either way, adding anything sweet or flowery will bring a softer side to an otherwise hard edged décor. You could even add delicate vines and creepers to curl around the bars on the window.
  • Blind fold your windows – There are several varieties of blinds available – roller blinds, Roman blinds, electronic blinds, and more. Shades can be used too. These kinds of decorations serve a dual purpose. They add to the decorative aspect, and at the same time, they help to filter the light that gets into the room.
  • Painting and art frames – If you have one of those windows where you decide to keep one or more of the doors locked and closed forever, then it would be a novel idea to treat it as a wall, and therefore, hang in paintings and art frames on them. You could also doodle and paint some of your favorite quotes on the frames.
  • Personal touches – Just like how paintings can be added to up the decorative factor, so can photographs. You could hang photos of family and friends, or even just place them in frames on the window sill. There are also several Do-It-Yourself projects available on the internet, and these can be used to add a pop of color to your windows easily.
Cleaning Luxury Curtain Fabrics

Cleaning Luxury Curtain Fabrics

When it comes to keeping these new products in top condition, however, problems can arise, as you are bound to find out that some of your fabrics or furniture is harder to clean and can deteriorate in appearance relatively rapidly. This is certainly true of both upholstery and curtain fabrics, which you need to take some care to maintain.

Many people invest in luxury curtain fabrics without giving too much through to the material and how to care for it, but it is important to remember that care is essential in order to keep colours looking bright and patterns crisp and clear. Here are some tips on installing a cleaning routine for your curtains so that they remain looking good for as long as possible.

The first thing to remember is that all types of fabrics will have different qualities and different recommended cleaning methods. Whether you are dealing with silk curtains or cotton ones, the fabric will determine how often you will need to clean your fabric as well as how quickly the colours will fade in sunlight and ultimately how long they will last.

If there is limited information on cleaning your curtains on the packaging or labels on the items, then take the time to ask your retailer on the care routine that they recommend. Many retailers will have extensive knowledge on the subject matter, not least because they will have to answer this type of question to their customers on a regular basis.

After obtaining these recommendations you will then be able to tailor your cleaning routine based on your own circumstances and preferences. Firstly, remember that the more delicate the curtain, the more delicate the cleaning process should be.

For many delicate curtains – such as those made out of silk or even satin – every wash will damage the fabric, and therefore every effort should be made to keep the curtains grime free without resorting to washing on a regular basis. One way to do this is to pass a hand vacuum cleaner over the surface of the curtains or brush them down gently on a regular basis.

It is often advised to seek professional cleaning for these kinds of delicate luxury curtain fabrics. You can always choose to hand-wash yourself, but you should be aware that the drying process can be a little more tricky if you do not know the right techniques to use to get this light material to hang correctly and dry without creases or wrinkles.

Other materials like cotton and synthetics are much easier to care for, and therefore you can often get away with cleaning them at home. Furthermore, you can use spot treatment products on them often enough to remove stains and spills, whereas with delicate fabrics this simply might not be possible.

When washing cotton or synthetics, it is still recommended that you use the delicate cycle of your washing machine, a low temperature and a mild detergent, as these together will help you remove all the accumulated dirt without causing any excess damage or distress to the fabric itself.

Be aware, however, that over washing and machine drying will still fade the hardier fabrics, and therefore machine drying should absolutely be avoided and washing should be kept to a once or twice-yearly routine in most cases.

Generally, luxury curtain fabrics are easy to care for as long as you make an effort to remove dust and grime before it builds up and becomes ingrained and give the items a thorough clean and gentle dry at least once or twice a year. In all cases, make sure that the cleaning method you use is appropriate for the toughness of the fabric you have.

Info of Mandalas

Info of Mandalas

Hence most of the people associate these mandalas to the Buddhism religion while it has manifested its presence in different forms such as the Yin Yang symbol in the Chinese culture and the circular Aztec calendar that resembles the shape of a mandala. The most commonly associated Buddhist religion and the Tibetan monks have been designing these mandalas since a long time ago which requires specialized knowledge and skill to be acquired for its design. Mandalas essentially start from a center or origin in space that extends outwards in concentric circles. They are viewed as a sacred geometry that emits and attracts positive energy.

The mandalas represent a unique interconnection of the inner awareness to the whole universe thus allowing the person to search for answers within oneself by focusing on his sub consciousness, allowing the creative mind to take over while consciousness breaks free from the process. Mandala tapestries, the unique wall hangings of these mandala designs thus help the individual in liberating himself from the outside world of chaos and focus on the inner energy present within himself. These mandala tapestries are designed to be visually appealing to the busy mind and hence individuals use as wall hangings for assisting in focusing their inner mind from the buzzing outside world. It is easy to get lost in the unique designs and colors of the mandala tapestries allowing the viewer to swim in their own intuitive world of sub consciousness creating a feeling of calmness and composure in the psyche.

The intricate and ornate designs of the mandala tapestries not only help a person in meditation, but also as wall hangings that can be used in home decorations. These attractive, innovatively designed, baroque tapestries in your house will definitely turn the head of your visitors adding a feel of serenity and tranquility to the surroundings along with the look of pure attraction. They can also be used as bed covers; attractive beach towels and duvets etc… in addition to their use as hippie wall hangings. These are not only available in the regular square shapes but also in circular structures as well to enable them for usage in diverse situations to suit your necessities and wants. On a brief note, these mandala tapestries can create and add an aura of richness and tradition to your living space following in the footsteps of a tradition that originated long time before even before the history started its path of record on the important happenings of the world.