Tips for decorating using the color black

Colors are what we have to deal with when tackling a decorating or designing project. Getting the color right can more or less guarantee you getting the look you want. Black is one of the colors that really stand out. It is one of many people and decorators’ favorites.

Here are some tips to help you effectively take advantage of black to get the look and feel you want.

  1. Use black to make a statement:

As you probably know, you cannot miss black. Right at the first glance, it already draws your attention. With a feature wall of black you can be sure that whatever you want to convey can be gotten across since it highlight everything in front of it. You can create a focal point in a large room or space simply using black.

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  1. Black works with neutrals:

Black is a color of bold and strong personality. Therefore, if you use it with other bold and strong colors, the effects can be hard too much to bear. When putting together with neutral colors, black draws out some sense of life and energy in them. A touch of black among neutrals can really stir up a space and you likely cannot say that look is boring.

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  1. Use black for geometric patterns:

Quite the contrary to brown, black is suitable for geometric patterns that are sharp-angled and bold. With black, those patterns look even sharper and more prominent. You will certainly feel your eyes drawn towards them without noticing

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  1. Go for black with engineered materials:

Again, while brown can create that organic feel which is quite off for synthetic materials, black looks just great on plastic and poly-blend carpeting. It creates that smart, chic feel.Therefore, while brown is often associated with traditional or retro style, black is more of modern-style material.

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  1. Use black to complement black:

There are certain electronics that are black, which is difficult to avoid even in traditional houses, TVs for example. Have something else that is glossy black to gain back the balance, lamp or lacquered chair for instance.

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Tips for decorating using the color brown

Decoration and design has everything to do with colors. Get the coloring right means you are halfway through the whole decorating task and you have high chance of getting the look you desire. One of those neutral colors that you can either love or hate is brown.

However, brown, just like every color else, will do well if you know how to use it, when to use it and where to use it. Here we have information regarding those matters which will help you use brown to your best interest and come to love brown.

  1. Use brown for subtle piece or cohesiveness:

Brown is not the color that draws our eyes and attention towards itself. If there is a brown piece of furniture, you are likely to notice it last.

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That is the reason why brown is perfect for a room that already has enough patterns. Brown lets other pieces be the focal points while subtly tie everything together. You should use brown for furniture that does not need to be the center of attention.

  1. Go for eclectic palette:

Brown is a great color to go for since it works well with other colors. As you might already know, brown is not a primary color. It is the result of all kind of different colors mixed together, but with a bit more orange or red. Therefore, brown relate to all the colors and work together to give out aneclectic and still harmonious feel.

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  1. Use brown for soft patterns:

Brown is neutral therefore it works well with patterns that areorganic. You should have lots of white or light tone for the background. Leaf or branch patterns can be seen with brown a lot.

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  1. Textures are meant for brown:

The neutrality and softness of brown really makes you focus on the textures. Therefore, you can use brown for items like a faux-fur blanket, cowhide rug or other items with textures.

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Overall, brown is the color that you choose to make something other than the item itself stand out. If you want the other way around, you should consider black, which is sometimes known as the opposite side of the neutral coin to brown.

Tips for a nursery that grows with your child

Everybody loves to decorate a nursery. You can let your cute, whimsical and childlike imagination run wild since there is no other room in the house that can be that quirky and fancy. However, a lot of people do not want to invest too much time and effort into a nursery for they think babies grow very quickly and the room might be of no use in just a few years.

Keep in mind that a nursery is not only space for the child but also for the parents to enjoy since you can play with your children or feed them there. Here, we have some suggestions to help you have fun decorating the nursery while making it able to grow with the child.

  1. Go for a neutral palette:

Nurseries have been known for having pinks, greens, light blues and yellows. That is not the case anymore. Pastels are not the only option.

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With neutral colors, you can keep the room equal-gender, which is important for your kids to develop into whatever personality they like. Also, neutral colors are not too babyish. Do not worry that it feels too grownup, that depends a lot on the decors.

  1. Invest in multi-purpose furniture:

Furniture manufacturers also understand and take advantage of the fact that many parents do want to invest in furniture that cannot be used for long. Nowadays, they make multi-purpose furniture such as cribs that can be transformed into toddler beds and tables that can turn into dressers.

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When buying furniture for the nursery, think how you can use them for a different purpose or change its function. You can save a lot and have the room grow with your kid.

  1. Take advantage of classic patterns:

Many patterns are timeless. They do not go out of fashion and they can grow with the child growth. You should consider stripes, polka dots and some floral chintz since they can last long.

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  1. Get interesting art:

A space of a child is somewhere that nurtures the imagination. Therefore, have some nursery art that is interesting and stimulating. You can create the whimsy and childlike feel with photographs. You can use a big piece as a focus point by putting in the center above the crib.Another suggestion is to use sculptural artworks. They are cool and interesting.

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  1. Do not leave out babyish accessories:

If you leave those out, what is the fun in decorating your child’s room? Stuffed animals and toys are things that cannot be missed in a nursery. Your child will love them and you will love to see your child surrounded with them.

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Using chintz to create traditional style for your home

Nowadays, there are many type of fabric you can use to create a certain look and feel for you home. Fabric is just as important as color and pattern in bringing out a sense of unity and personality, in contributing to an overall them to the house.

Chintz is one of those unique fabrics that you can take a liking to or dislike it completely. It is usually used for creating traditional or retro style. Here we introduce you to how we can use chintz effectively for decorating our home.

  1. Know what chintz is:

Chintz found its fans with the arrival of the 20th century. Dorothy Draper and Elsie de Wolfe, two leading decorators, took advantage of numerous floral fabrics to turn Victorian style, which is kind of dark, into something more light and bright.

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Chintz is commonly known as either glazed cotton fabric or floral pattern. We should take the “glazed” as in historical time. Nowadays, they create the shiny surface of chintz by treating it with wax, starch or resin and having it pressed by heated rollers. Usually, we take chintz in its second meaning – as floral design.

  1. Take advantage of all the curves

All the flowers and foliage on chintz express themselves very effectively when used on complex, curvilinear pieces that are upholstered. The repeated flower patterns on chintz make the item that they are put on look not too big or heavy. That light feeling can only be achieved using floral design of chintzes and not with geometric and stripes.

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  1. Make use of all the colors:

While many fabrics come with only 2 or 3 colors at maximum, the minimum of colors that chintzes usually offer is five. Some even have up to ten colors. So if you like to play with colors and have always been fond of those crayon boxes, you can let your creativeness runs wild with chintzes.

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You can let the fabric reflect the colors of the wall, the furniture and tie all of them together in one united theme.

  1. Go for soft and romantic looks:

Chintzes are meant for soft and romantic looks. With all the flowers, you know that it cannot be otherwise. The effects chintz creates tend to feel elegant, romantic and sweet. So if you are not keen on that kind of feel, you should stay away from chintz.

  1. Do not go overboard:

Chintz is romantic and feminine, which makes it unappealing to those who want a chic, sharp or playful presence. With that in its characteristic, if you go overboard and the balance is off, the effects can be quite granny-looking. You should add some modern textures to keep the proportion right.

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7 Questions to ask before buying ceiling fans

Even with air conditioners being introduced with superior cooling effects and a lot of special features to meet different needs of users, there has been no decline in the popularity of ceiling fans. They do not actually lower down the temperature but circulating the air within the room, which makes us feel cooler in a more natural, environmental-friendly way. That aspect of ceiling fans appeals to many users.

Recently, there have been many models of ceiling fans being introduced with different designs and features, some even includes light fixtures. Eventually, ceiling fans have gained popularity as a decorative piece, asides from their original purpose. Since there are many models available, you have to consider many aspects to find the best ceiling fans out there for your home. You should ask yourself these below questions:

  1. What style is your home?

Every house is constructed and designed followed a certain style. Be it traditional style, or chic, contemporary style, be it Cape Cod style or craftsman style, there will be a ceiling fan that fits right in because the many manufacturers offer a vast variety of style nowadays. Ceiling fans now can complement the décor and design of every house.

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Make sure the ceiling fans can blend with the rest of the house, or at least, the room where you install it. You might not consider ceiling fans as important decorative appliances but in fact, they are really prominent and any mismatch will be quite visible. The right ceiling fans can perfect the look and increase the feel you want to create so go online, look for models from different manufacturers, check out the pictures and visualize the effect it will make on your room.

  1. What color it should be?

Each model of ceiling fans now comes in different colors, though the color pretty much depends on the style. You can look through pictures of different-colored fans provided on manufacturers’ websites or catalogues and pick the one that meets your requirements. There are many colors available now: whites, timber hues, chrome, black and more.

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  1. How energy-efficient are they?

Choosing ceiling fans, there is a high chance that you really care about energy efficiency. Typical ceiling fans operate on just 1-2% of the amount of watts air conditioners run on. However, energy efficiency varies with different models.

Larger fans with longer blades usually need more power compared to smaller fans. Also, fans for outdoor use must have stronger motors so they can use more power than indoor ceiling fans.

Choose wisely by determining how much wind power you really need, where you will put the fans in. A larger room or taller ceiling needs a stronger fan. Do not go overboard but do not skimp too much.

  1. What size the fans should be?

The size is what you have to pay attention to since you want your fans to be able to circulate air around the room. So this is where you take the size of the room into account. You should measure the lengths of the walls to find out the size of the fans.

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Ceiling fan blades are from 29 to 54 inches in length. If the longest wall is shorter than 12 feet, you will need a 36(or less)-inch fan. If the longest wall is about 12-15 feet, you will want a fan of 40 to 48 inches. 52-inch fan blades are what you should be looking for if your longest wall is longer than 15 feet.

You can get 2 fans for a long room. Since ceiling fans can only provide airflow to the area directly below their blades, 2 smaller fans can work better than a larger fan.

  1. How low (from the ceiling) is enough?

Ceiling fans should not be too high above the ground for you to properly feel the breeze. They should be 2.1 – 2.7 meters away from the floor. You can always use a downrod for high ceilings. What’s more, you can set up the fan closer the ceiling if you have low ceiling, but spare at least 30cm for the fan to work properly.

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  1. What material should they be made of?

The material of ceiling fans, just like the color, has a lot to do with the style of your house and where they will be placed in. There are fans made of plastic, timber, steel… Timber is recommended for the bedroom but not as much for outdoor use.

  1. Should it include light?

With many models available, this option is now quite ideal for people who want both features in one piece. The hanging of that fan can require some more work but it is worthwhile for the result is quite satisfying.

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