Decorating Your House With Elegant Home Decor

Stepping into an elegantly decorated home can be a memorable experience. You may feel as if you have stepped into the pages of a design magazine or into a model home. The decorations are perfect, the furniture is stylish, and there is no clutter or mess. Can such a home really exist? It can if you have the willingness to create a home with elegant décor. You really just need an ability to arrange your home accents in a visually pleasing way.

Any easy way to give your home a fresh look is to paint the walls. If they are a plain white color, adding color can make the furnishings pop. If you already have color, you may want to look at what feelings the colors evoke. Light yellow, cream, and beige are all colors that give a home an elegant yet inviting feel to it. Check out multiple paint colors before making a final choice.

What do your windows look like? Window treatments and curtains are a great way to improve the look of your home. Cheap venetian blinds don’t do much for a room, but bamboo blinds may be just right. Other window coverings can give your home an elegant look to it. Something as seemingly small as window treatments can really make or break the look of a home.

You can also use accent pieces to make your home look more like a model home. The right accents give a home that polished look you are going for. Accent pieces to look for include wall hangings, pillows, rugs, and other pieces you may have. Be sure to coordinate your accents, and don’t use your accents as an excuse to collect clutter in your house. Be selective in what you show in your house.

Your furniture is also one of the main focal points of your house. You don’t have to have new furniture or cutting edge designs for it to look great. But you should have matching pieces that help the room look put together. You can find furniture that adds to the elegance of your home.

Are you hoping to fill your house with elegant home décor? You can make your house look elegant and stylish, and you don’t have to spend a fortune. Work with what you already have in your home, and purchase pieces here and there to spruce up the rooms and add interest to your house.

Console Tables – How to Decorate Your Home With Them

Home decorating is something that some take for granted, while others spend months trying to get it just right. Everyone has their own tastes in furnishings and home designs, which accounts for the many varieties of furnishings and styles of sofas, dining tables, floor coverings and console tables. For the purpose of decorating, we are using the living room as our example because it’s the room that has the largest varieties of furnishings and decorative items.

Professional designers will often tell you that simple is often better. When you walk into a home and it’s cluttered, it gives off a messy appearance. The furnishings may be expensive and the home may be free of dirt and dust, but if it’s cluttered, who’s going to notice? A living room that is tastefully decorated with simple furnishings such as lamps, three-piece furniture and console tables can look extremely elegant with the right touches. The question phrase too many is “tastefully decorated”, as many are uncertain as to what this entails.

When it comes to home decorating, more is not better, it’s just more. This is not to say all your living room should consist of is a couch, console tables and one lamp. However, too many homeowners find many home decorating items and when they can’t decide which to buy, they buy them all. They then try to cram them into one living room. Combine this with a family spending a lot of time in this room and you have clutter. Regardless of how clean the room is kept, it’s going to appear too cluttered.

Buying a home today is very expensive and many can’t afford expensive furnishings after making the home purchase. You don’t need expensive furniture to have an elegant home that everyone will want to visit or where your family will feel comfortable. Make the most of the furnishings you do have. Console tables have always been a major part of the furniture in living rooms. In fact, console tables are so functional and versatile; you often see them in other rooms as well. They can be used as telephone stands, utility stands and end tables. If you have a corner in the room that makes your room look empty, why not place a console table with a live plant sitting on top. When I say live plant, I mean live plant-not a silk plant. Live plants are very much in style right now.

A living room set consisting of a sofa, loveseat and chair will look beautiful with a couple of console tables in front or to the side of the furniture. Do not clutter them with lots of junk, however. A simple decoration, candle, magazine or statue will look great and accent the table. Many people will use console tables against the wall as a place to display their family portraits.

Lighting is also important in your living room. Don’t use too much or you and your guests will feel you’re in a large ballroom. If there’s not enough, you’ll feel you’re in a bar at night. Stagger your lighting with lamps, hanging lights, ceiling lights, etc. with appropriate bulb sizes. The new energy efficient light bulbs will save you money and look great.

Console tables situated near a chair with a small lamp will look very inviting to your family and guests as a place to read or just sit and relax.

Kitchen Flooring and the Making of a Home

“Home is where the heart is”. This idiom continues to reverberate, with almost certainty, the importance of home and family in anyone’s life. Throughout centuries, and in whatever nation, society has regarded family as its basic unit. In more civilized societies where family life is more defined and given more expression, the home ceases to be just a dwelling; it is the place where every boy or girl learns life’s first few lessons that have far more lasting impact than the schoolroom education he or she later acquires.

The kind of family life each member of the family experiences, dictates in part, how each would manage to take on his role in the larger stage of life, where he ultimately becomes a part of – the world. What becomes of him – success or failure – redounds to the kind of home he gets. Often, it is said, “you can take the person out of his home, but you can never take away the memory of home from the person”.

Inside homes today, kitchens are no longer confined to the definition of a place where food is prepared and served. It has metamorphosed from a place of pots and pans into becoming the “heart and soul” of every home. Life has become complicated and time seems to have become too short that in the hustle and bustle of daily life, the kitchen is the only place where the family gets to meet. No wonder, among the various parts of the house, putting up the kitchen takes the most effort.
Kitchen flooring should withstand its “battles” everyday. It should be made of flooring material durable enough to endure high traffic, spills and the common wear and tear.
Today, laminate flooring becomes an easy favorite because of its elegant looks in the kitchen resembling wood or stone, but priced reasonably low. It is durable and cleans easily, too. Most laminate dealers would even offer free tips on how to install laminate flooring.

Ceramics are chosen in most homes because of their durability to withstand traffic and spills, and their decorative potential when laid out in different sizes and colors;

Linoleum and vinyl are both inexpensive kitchen flooring, and easy to clean. Linoleum is favored by most housewives who have small children that often scribble anywhere, and would drop almost anything on the floor. Even if it’s scratched by blunt objects or cut, your linoleum flooring can still hold it up beautifully since its pattern is not just on the surface but runs throughout the flooring material; minor scratches, cuts and spill marks are less noticeable.

Today, hardwood is becoming a new favorite again. It now comes with a topcoat or sealer, which protects it from water damage. For elegant home styles, however, stone flooring is irreplaceable. It gives the look reminiscent of castles and for those who truly want their homes to exude class and distinction, stone flooring gets the upper hand.

Whatever is your choice, your kitchen flooring gets only thumbs up when it meets your lifestyle, it blends well with the other parts of the house, easy to clean, resistant to heavy traffic and has aesthetic value – only then you can be on your way to the making of an abode worthy to be called “home”.

Garden Furniture

Gardens now serve as an integral part of a home’s living space, so it only makes sense to invest in garden furniture. When shopping for pieces, remember to look past the aesthetics and go for functionality, too. Here are some tips:

Remember: safety first. You don’t have to be living in a windy city to know that as a precaution, garden furniture (together with outdoor play furniture such as swings) should be properly assembled, and if possible, anchored to the ground. This is especially true for bigger garden furniture, such as arches or tents. When major weather changes (such as storms or light hurricanes) suddenly occur, bring garden chairs and smaller garden furniture inside the house to keep them from being blown away by the wind and causing harm to people or damage to property.

If your garden furniture is made of wood, make it a habit to regularly check for splintered wood or cracks. They can wound you if left un-repaired. If your garden furniture is made of metal, regularly check for rust. It is easier to treat smaller corrosion spots, so don’t wait for them to become bigger and obvious. You may have to replace the whole set if this happens.

Be environmentally friendly. Make sure that the garden furniture you are buying is made from renewable resources. Be extra careful when buying wooden furniture. Make sure that the manufacturer uses only sustainable sourced timber.

Invest in maintenance. Garden furniture does not come cheap, and to keep it looking new, it’s a good idea to purchase tools that can protect it from outdoor elements. For as low as $30, you can buy garden set covers (for patio furniture, etc). These covers are usually made of woven polyethylene. Get those that are washable and do not tear easily. Also be sure to check the stitching – it should be firm and long-lasting. Buy only garden furniture covers with big eyelets so that you can secure them to the ground during windy or stormy conditions.