Arts and Crafts Lighting Style

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…)

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Outdoor Ceiling Lights

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…)

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home lighting 

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…)

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Outdoor Walkway Lighting

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.

Solar Outdoor Walkway Lighting

One popular option to consider is outdoor solar walkway lighting.  Solar lights are an attractive option, not only because they conserve energy, but also because they’re easy to install.  With no electrical wires to run, solar outdoor walkway lights can be placed anywhere you desire with minimal installation needs.  The only requirement is that the lights get enough daytime sunlight in order to operate effectively at night. You can buy best outdoor solar walkway lights that come with stakes which are installed in the ground along the sides of the walkway.  If your walkway runs alongside a wall or fence, you can install wall mounted solar walkway lights to brighten up the path from above.  Another option is to install outdoor solar walkway lights or pathway lights right within the walkway.  These are square, rectangular or circular lights that can be placed into the walkway itself to light up the way.  They require no wiring since they are solar and can easily be put in place during the initial installation of the walkway.  If you have a walkway made from pavers or bricks, you can also remove some of the pavers or bricks to replace them with solar walkway lights of the same size at a later time. (more…)

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Backyard Getaway

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 Landscaping

Talking 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.

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DIY Tufted Headboard

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

Tools Required

  • Scissors
  • Measure Tape
  • Iron
  • Utility Cutting knife
  • Staple gun (manual or electric)
  • 1/4 inch favorites
  • Drill (1/2 inch bit)
  • Black marker

Materials Needed

  • 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

Procedure

Measuring and cutting the plywood

It is recommended to cut your plywood at your local hardware store or lumber yard, but if you want you can trim it yourself. In that circumstance, you'll need a circular saw or any other saw that you have available. Measure the width of your bed and add 2 inches. Then measure from the ground to the height you want your headboard to be and cut your plywood to these measurements. (more…)

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