When it’s time to spruce up the look of your yard, outdoor lighting can really make a difference.
There are many types, styles, and colors to choose from.
Whether you are looking to accentuate a walkway or a flower bed you will find many options available.
However, it can be very confusing to determine which types and styles will work best for your yard. Consider the following tips and techniques when you want to light up your landscape design.
Design Your Layout First
The first step in selecting the appropriate lighting for your landscape is creating a layout. This isn’t as hard as it may seem. Start with a basic design of your yard or properties, making sure you include any walkways or outdoor living areas.
Next, you need to decide which areas you want to light up. In most cases you will want to light up walkways for safety, and living areas so that they can be enjoyed at night.
You may also want to accentuate things such as waterfalls, flower beds, or sculptures in your yard. Once you have decided which areas should be lit, you can move on to picking the best design.
Spring is a time to renew and a time to shake off the cold of winter. It is a time to lift away the darkness of dreary winter days and let the sunshine in.
Thinking about spring makes you think of things that are fresh and colors that are soft.
It brings to mind a palette of pastel colors such as light pinks, blues, greens, yellows, and lavender. The colors of beautiful flowers and the sounds of spring also come to mind. But let us not forget the crisp, clean look of whites.
Some people say “yellow” is 2009’s color of the season. All of these spring colors will look wonderful when decorating your home.
Choose Your Color Scheme
First you need to choose a color scheme that is pleasing to your eye.
- Pink is a great spring color to use if you are a woman and live alone. Men usually don’t usually like a totally pink décor. There are many shades of pink and many coral colors are included in this mix. When decorating, you can think of things that are pink that you might use in your home. You could do a theme with light pink roses for your bedroom or pink seashells for your bathroom.
Kitchen tops are an item that can be very quickly and easily replaced either by a professional carpenter or by many DIY amateurs, as there is not a huge amount of skill or time involved in making a change that has a massive effect on the look and feel of any kitchen.
There is of course a huge selection of countertops available in a wide range of colors, patterns styles and materials. You can select anything from marble, to solid wood through various man-made coatings and even restaurant like, stainless steel coverings.
There are two types of natural stone coverings although they may be made of different types of materials such as quartz, granite or marble. No matter what the original type of stone they are subdivided into two sections one type of stone is purely natural and will probably require a considerable amount of upkeep.
The other type of stone is what is known as “engineered” meaning that it has been treated so that it is no longer porous, thus making it much easier to keep clean and sparkling on a day-to-day basis.
Are you tired of living in a home that looks like something out of a 1970s magazine?
Have you finally had enough of the dark paneling and paisley flowers? If so, there are many ways you can modernize your home’s interior décor.
You no longer have to explain your friends and family how you are trying to go for the vintage look.
In as little as a weekend you can quickly update your look and have the home you’ve always dreamed about. Consider the following step-by-step process, for giving your home a new modern look.
Take Advantage of the Trash Can
The first step to enjoying your new home is throwing out anything over 10 years old. If your throw pillows, wall hangings, or even your furniture is over a decade old they need to go. On average decorating trends endure quite a change over the course of a decade.
For this reason, anything you have that is older than 10 years has probably long ago when out of style. After all, anything older than 10 years probably has a decent amount of wear and tear in the first place.
Buying a chandelier for your living room decor not only provides a source of light but also brings a certain class or sophistication to your room.
Chandeliers are considered to be the diamond standard of lighting fixtures.
However, there are many styles and types available to choose from.
If this is your first chandelier purchase, there are definite things you will want to consider. Consider the following four tips and you are sure to make the best purchase of chandelier for your home.
1. Don’t be overwhelmed by the ads you see or the catalogs you read, chandeliers can be purchased at a reasonable price. While many companies will put the top of the line product on display, there are many other models to choose from.
If your budget is tight you can always choose a polymer type chandelier, rather than a crystal chandelier. However, if you have the money to spend a Swarovski chandelier, it can be a beautiful addition to any home. You should also consider price based on where the piece will hang, a private reading room may not warrant the chandelier a formal living room would.
The drawback of interior decoration is that we cannot change our furniture every year in order to give the interior of our house, a fresh and original look, this would cost a fortune and be quite stressful on the long run.
However, we can make minor changes and alterations, which will not be too much of a burden on our budget, and will make quite a difference to the overall look of our interior.
Throws and rugs can add color and warmth to our home and render it welcoming, so make sure you invest in a few, to add personal touches to your bedroom or living room design.
Try and respect the same color scheme of the rooms in which you will be using your throw, choose throws that will merge nicely with all the rooms you will be using them in.
Matching pillows also make a lot of difference; they will enhance the elegance of your room and make it look more comfortable, if you add them to the throw you have draped over your lounge couch.
A good idea for a bedroom or other living area is to use an Asian themed décor.
Use images and book illustrations to define the look you want to create. Strong color is a must, although this does not have to be used on every wall. Just paint one panel as a feature.
Incorporating Asian items within a more traditional space won’t really work.
To create the real atmosphere, a whole room should be dedicated to the look.[Home decorating styles]
Using gold as an accent deeply enriches the red and blacks that are associated with Japan. It also adds an element of decadence.
Asian culture means different things to different people so your take could be completely at odds with others. Pick out the elements that you enjoy, be it shiny rattan furniture or silk cushions, only consider items that you can live with.
If that bamboo textured lamp doesn’t do it for you, just leave it in the store and see if a house plant might bring in this aspect of your look.
Having the right kind of lighting in your home is always very important.
You want your lighting to match the design and decorating theme of your wonderful surroundings.
Lighting has a way of changing the mood of a room [Mood lighting]. It can make a room feel warm and cozy.
The type of lighting you choose will portray your personality. However, current style trends will affect the lighting styles available. Each room in your home is used for different things and will require a certain lighting style. Your lighting idea should enhance the theme that you have chosen for each individual room.
Techniques of Lighting
1.Highlighting: This type of lighting is used when you want to bring attention to important or sentimental objects in a room. Highlighting an expensive painting or a very old antique piece will make it stand out for everyone to notice when they enter your home. The use of highlighting will compliment your sense of style.
2.Up Lighting: This is an illuminating lighting idea. If you would like to illuminate a certain wall in your home then you will want to use up lighting. Sometimes this is used when you can’t put any other lighting in the room.
Buying your first home may be exciting, but now the more difficult part starts.
You must learn to manage your finances, juggle household duties with school or work duties and maintain the health and safety of your home. [Home security tips]
Three of the most universal problems that all homeowners might face are fires, asbestos and home invasion.
Protecting your home from fire
Depending on where you’re at, you will have to worry about different natural disasters. But fire is a universal danger. In order to keep your home safe from fires, you must stock your home with a fire extinguisher.
Be sure to also have a smoke detector, sprinkler system and several exits from your home that are easily accessible [Home smoke alarms]. In order to protect yourself from smoke, be sure that you have easily accessible windows in order to let all smoke out of your home.
Getting a neighborhood watch program started is a fantastic way to keep crime low in your community. Your doors must be locked. Door chain locks are very helpful.
All different entry-ways to your home should be sturdy and reinforced. Also, several different electronic-based measures can be taken to ensure that intruders are deterred from entering your home.
If you live in an apartment or high rise having access to any outdoor space is a real bonus.
A balcony can be a great place to sit and watch the world go by and a roof terrace a very relaxing retreat.
Look around for some comfortable but stylish seating. [Patio furniture]
If you are not afforded a tropical climate make sure that it will withstand reasonable wear and tear. Be careful of size, cramming in too much will become a nuisance, however much you loved it to begin with.
If storage is an issue some benches come with space underneath the seat, ideal for hiding away recycling waste or tools. Have a good look around before deciding what is best for you.
Once you have something to sit on the addition of some plants can really create interesting atmosphere. If your balcony is tiny perhaps a hardy perennial growing in a handsome container is all that it requires. [Container gardening]
Your chosen plants will have to survive the elements so avoid expensive exotic species. Often a good size specimen of a hardy plant displayed in the right planter will look just as good.