One way to make your home safer while also increasing its aesthetic appeal is to install outdoor walkway lighting. Installing outdoor walkway lighting is relatively easy to do and the options available for outdoor walkway lights can suit any style of home and come in virtually any type of lighting source. If you’re looking to buy outdoor walkway lighting and are unsure of what you want or what is out there, you’ve come to the right place! We will provide you with some outdoor walkway lighting ideas to help you decide how best to light up the walkways around your home.
Before finding out about the Arts and Crafts movement, I had always thought that Arts and Crafts lighting fixtures were those used to create arts and crafts. Looking back, I realize what a silly mistake I made! However, there are many homeowners who still believe the misconception that I once held. This article offers an in-depth explanation of the arts and crafts movement, and what arts and crafts lighting entails. When the industrial revolution was in full swing in the 18th a 19th century, a growing movement emerged. It was a reaction of sorts to the reliance of mass production and the Victorian style of decoration that involved heavy ornamentation on everything, including indoor lighting. This reaction was later dubbed the arts and crafts movement. The Arts and Crafts movement sought to simplify overbearing designs. Strong emphasis was placed upon light fixtures that had simple, easy shapes. Popular styles of ceiling lighting included those with exposed joinery, spare ornamentation, and bold, strong lines. Another trend that emerged was to make lighting pendants and other fixtures look as natural as possible. To accomplish this, neutral colors were mostly used. Burnished brown was another popular color choice, as this most aptly represented the woods in the forest. (more…)Read more
One great way to add some extra ambiance and functional lighting to your home is to install outdoor ceiling lights. An exterior ceiling light can be installed anywhere there is an overhang, but they are most commonly installed outside entrance ways and in covered porches. On top of this, there are also two types of ceiling light fixtures, flush and hanging. Both have their pros and cons. Quite simply, ceiling light fixtures are outside garden lights that are installed in a ceiling. That ceiling can be anything, from the eves of your home to a covered porch or carport. They provide many different uses. You can use them for functional light to light up an area that needs task lighting, such as a barbecue area. They work great for this because they don’t take up much space and shine the light directly where you need it. Be careful when you’re installing them to pick the right place however. You don’t want to put them directly over an area you might be leaning over because your body will cast a shadow on whatever you’re doing. They can also be attached to a motion sensor to provide security light around your home, allowing you to see when people are coming or just find your keys in the dark. Finally, ceiling lights can even provide ambient lighting by being part of an overall outdoor landscape lighting plan. The two best places in your home for installing exterior ceiling lights are above your front door and in any covered porches or carports you may have. Outside your front door, you can use these light fixtures to make your home seem more welcoming and even direct people to where your door is, particularly useful if your door is hidden of you have more than one door. Connected to a motion detector, these lights can help also help you find your keys as you approach your door late at night, so that you don’t have to fumble around for them, and also see who is at your door before you open it. Installed on covered porches or carports, ceiling lights can provide much needed task lighting as well. Try installing them over areas where people will be congregating or where you know you need extra light, such as over a table or barbeque grill. While you might run into problems with your body casting a shadow if you lean over too far, they don’t take up any room, which is really useful for areas that don’t have much floor space. (more…)Read more
The Arts and Crafts home lighting style is a wonderful way to bring the inspiration of nature to your home decor. Lasting from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, this style is known for its exploration of Medieval, Oriental, and Gothic themes, combining them with either a playful or sober approach. Most of the furniture from the Arts and Crafts movement is handmade with carvings and inlays of natural and muted tones. Accessories were made of ceramics, pewter, copper, or iron. To decorate in this style, you must first plan your color palette. Natural colors taken from the Middle Ages are earthy and warm. Rich pastels add accent to colors like ivory or cream, while heavy blacks create depth. Wallpaper with Oriental or Gothic motifs are ideal, as Arts and Crafts decor uses heavy repetition in design. Dark hardwood floors are perfect for the living and dining rooms, while a pale stone heightens the effect of entrance halls. How does this translate into a lighting scheme? The Arts and Crafts movement was founded on a philosophy of character and craftsmanship. Whether sporting clean lines and pleasing proportions or a hammered texture, Arts and Crafts lighting fixtures are down-to-earth and unique. Take Tiffany Lighting as the example par excellence, and move onto designers such as William Morris and Gustav Stickley. They believe that natural lighting is the best light to live by, so look for fixtures that can fill dark hallways or accent bright, open spaces. Tabletop lamps and lighting sconces are perfect complements to natural light, while bringing sufficient illumination by night. (more…)Read more
To illuminate a room, the lighting must meet different activities coupled with a decorative function. The show must offer a particularly elegant lighting. The ideal is a light with multiple levels: a general diffuse light and accent light for different activities. Contrary to popular belief, a central light point is not essential. Floor lamps, sconces are your best allies in the lounge to inform pole peripheral activities at the sofa, a library, a secretary and create a friendly atmosphere. General lighting of the lounge is the area par excellence for compact fluorescent lamps. LED lamps allow you to create an atmosphere for precise lighting. The Board Laurie: Change! To create a pleasant depending on your activities and times of day atmosphere, allow 5 – 10 separate sources to illuminate different areas.
How To Light A Corner TV?Watching TV in the dark on the eyes because of the strong contrast between the brightness of the screen and the surrounding darkness. Feel free to place a lamp or lamp low power side or even behind the TV so as not to create annoying shadows. Alternatively, place lights behind the viewer, the scattered light and lessen the contrast. You can also install an adjustable spotlight, recessed, clipped or glued, slightly offset so that the light comes in through to the TV. Also, do not place too bright lighting watching TV, then reflect in the screen and impede visibility. If you want to brighten the coffee table, choose the recessed spotlights not to create visual barrier. Visible light off even as suspensions might hamper your vision and hinder you to watch TV. But attention to the orientation of the beam spot and their power: LEDs are very dazzling. (more…) Read more
Anyone who works has kids, or gets worn out by the daily stresses of life knows how crucial it is to have space where you can go and relax. Some people turn their bathroom into a spa or their bedroom into a relaxing retreat, but others would rather be outside. Sometimes nothing relaxes you like the natural surroundings of trees, grass, flowing water, and warm sunshine. Even a small outdoor space may be enough to help you create a retreat that beckons you when you experienced have had a stressful day, or you need a timeout. There are some ways to make your outdoor space feel like it is a million miles from civilization, giving you an opportunity to escape. From wind chimes to garden décor, there are some things you can do to make your space a unique retreat that the entire family can enjoy, or that you can use as your sanctuary. You can start small and add a few features to your outdoor space to make it more comfortable, or you can make drastic changes and create a whole new room in your outdoor area. There are several Ways to Create a Backyard Getaway we have discussed.
Begin by clearing out space.Many people use their yards for storage, or they lack storage for outdoor equipment, and the backyard becomes a repository for tools, lawn mowers, grill and garbage cans. Consider purchasing a storage shed so you can put these items out of sight, or if there is not enough space for a shed, find a bench that offers both storage and seating. These items are necessary to keep your area in good shape, but there is no need to look at the things while trying to enjoy leisure time. Next, clean up the yard like weeding, mowing, repairing the exterior of your home and outbuildings, and clearing up yard debris. If you reside in an area with seasons that bring inclement weather, be sure you have enough seasonal storage space, so your items are not damaged. Once your space is clear and clean, decide how you will bring that Zen feeling into your yard. The key is to bring things into your space without creating clutter. Many people find that the sound of running water brings a feeling of relaxation so that a fountain may be a great addition to your outdoor space. Be sure to use the appropriate chemicals and use the fountain on a regular basis, so stagnant water does not draw mosquitoes. Also be sure to keep the fountain and the area around it clean. Fire is another element that brings a feeling of coziness to an outdoor space. There are fire pits and outdoor fireplaces that come in all shapes and sizes and offer a better way to bring warmth into your yard. Finally, be sure you have plenty of flora and fauna in your space. If you intend to create a Zen feeling in an urban outdoor space, you will need to add a few plants to bring green close to you.
Don't Forget LandscapingTalking about your backyard, there are various ways you can enhance it. You can have a garden worked to your preferences. A portion of the alternatives incorporates butterfly gardens, xeriscape gardens, English greenhouses and oriental scenes. Transforming your yard space into something you can appreciate amid staycations takes watchful arranging and research. You ought to counsel with an open-air renovating master to discover what your friendly alternatives are and what it will probably cost. Read more
Keeping your home carpet clean can be a challenge for anyone. With all the traffic it sees, it's no wonder that people are often looking for cheap and effective ways to clean it properly and remove stains. There are dozens of products on the market that promise to clean and deodorize your carpet for a price. But there are many common household items you can use to achieve the same level of cleanliness as expensive commercial products. The methods and cleaning solutions devised have stood the test of time and are still as effective on today's carpets as they were then.
1.Use Powdered Laundry DetergentPowdered laundry detergent can be used for more than just getting your clothes clean. Dilute it with some water and pour it into a spray bottle. This solution can be sprayed directly onto most stains and left to sit for a moment and then blotted until the stain is removed. Don't scrub at the stain when using this or any other method as the scrubbing can force the stain sunk into the carpet fibers making the stain more stubborn and harder to remove.
2. Use Club SodaWhen you are dealing with stains from beverages such as coffee, tea and even red wine, club soda comes to the rescue. Pour club soda straight onto the stain and watch as the soda bubbles and lifts the stains. Blot with a clean towel and repeat if necessary. If the stain is from urine mix vinegar and water and sprays directly onto the area. Again, blot and repeat as needed. The vinegar works not only to remove the stain but also to remove the odor. (more…) Read more
In the present century, the patio is perceived as an expansion of the living space and is increasingly getting used as an area where people exhibit their creative potential. Unleash your creative imagination with aluminum dining furniture sets, chaise lounges, igloo-shaped daybeds and many other patio furniture items. Just ensure that the furniture harmonizes with the theme of your patio. The following are crucial tips you must consider before selecting patio furniture:
BudgetThis is important for almost any investment and outdoor furnishing will definitely be one. You can opt for the inexpensive or discounted product range from a reputed shop. However, take care not to compromise on quality. To make certain quality, choose an online furniture alternatives provider who genuinely offers good products at low rates.
Measure the spaceThis is important because chairs surrounding a bench can take up an additional 24-inch space. You need to ensure that there is an extra 24-36 inches space behind the chair to facilitate movement. Ahead of purchasing furniture items, be very clear about the measurements. Use a part of chalk to pull the dimensions. If the outdoor space is too small, and you can purchase a bar stand and stool set rather than its full-sized counterpart. (more…) Read more
A tufted headboard not only brings glamour to your bedroom but it also gives comfort to your bed. The following highlights ways on How to Make a DIY Tufted Headboard
- Measure Tape
- Utility Cutting knife
- Staple gun (manual or electric)
- 1/4 inch favorites
- Drill (1/2 inch bit)
- Black marker
- Half of the inch plywood
- 3 inches thick foam
- Quilter's batting (fiberfill)
- Upholstery fabric
- Spray foam adhesive
- Button-making set up
- Upholstery needle and thread
- Finishing nails