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100 Creative Ideas For GARDEN Decoration and Design 2017 – Amazing Ideas

Typically on this blog we discuss interior design tips and ways to improve the look of your home via inexpensive tips and tricks we have learned along the way. Today we would like to share a great video we discovered that talks about 100 creative ways to decorate your garden and surrounding areas. Please enjoy and we hope you find these landscaping tips useful! And remember, “The first impression is the lasting impression!”

Please leave your comments and let us know if you have an useful tips and tricks to share with us!

Paint Selection Tips

Paint selection is often a source of anxiety for a lot of folks. Use these tips in the video to alleviate any stress by utilizing the suggestions offered in the video. Also, one of our favorites is to decide on a base color. Go to your local home depot or neighborhood paint store and pick up a bunch of paint swatches to hold up on the walls of the rooms needing new paint. By doing so, you will get a better idea of what the paint color will look like in your room. Hope this helps and feel free to contact us with any further questions!

How to Display Artwork in the Home

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Liven Up Your Living Space with Art

If you want to add luster to a dull décor, then artwork can immediately bring a room to life. However, you also need to display the images to provide just the right impact. Whether the art is a series of photographs or a fine painting, any room will look more inviting and sophisticated with the use of art.

Displaying Artwork – The Primary Elements

Artwork displays entail selecting the proper frame, mat, or backing for the art as well as choosing an ideal location. Collectors of fine art should form a pattern with their display—vertical, horizontal, or square—or, if they have one painting or print, find an associated furnishing that they can match with the print.

Artwork Does Not Have to Be Expensive

You don’t have to pay a lot of money to buy and feature art either. For instance, use black-and-white photos, hung in inexpensive frames, to grace a wall in your home, or take a collection, such as salt and pepper shakers, and house them in a glass display case in the kitchen or living room. Use frames for prints that follow the motif of the décor.. The period of the artwork should complement a room’s design scheme as well.

Use a Frame with a Glass Covering

Any painting too will be emphasized if you use the right mat. Usually, a white or ivory mat, which is about 3 ½ inches on all sides, will create the impression you want. Use glass in the frame to cover the painting or print as it resists scratches better than an acrylic material. Cleaning the glass regularly enhances the art as well.

Hanging a Display

How you display the art is determined by the size of the painting or print you want to highlight. Generally, smaller artwork looks stronger optically if it is placed within a group, especially if all the art denotes a similar style, frame, or subject. To form a composition grouping, lay out the pictures on the floor first. Allow about five inches between each of the works. When hanging the art, use a level and measure for added accuracy.

The Overall Layout

How you lay out the artwork depends on the size of the art and the height of the ceiling and furnishings. A good guide to follow is to hang the art or grouping so its center is at eye level. If you place any art above a sofa, make sure it is high enough so people don’t lean back and hit the frame or picture. If the art is featured along some stairs, the paintings or prints should be arranged in a stair-step design.

Check out this video posted below to get lighting tips for the pro’s at the Smithsonian Institute!

 

The Feng Shui Influence in Interior Design

A Positive Energy Flow

Feng Shui is a Chinese concept that emphasizes the use of space to create balance and harmony. Therefore, design elements are incorporated that add to a positive flow of energy.

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As a result, Feng Shui is a concept that is helpful in creating an inviting and relaxing home décor. By learning the elements involved in Feng Shui, you will be better able to determine how to make your home more aesthetic and functional.
 
Feng Shui – How to Incorporate it into an Entryway

For instance, when using Feng Shui at an entryway, typically, evergreen plants are included as well as inspirational hues in the form of flowering plants and trees. Lighting is bright as well as pleasing to the eye, making the pathway easily seen and safe. Sometimes a piece of artwork is added that uplifts the spirits of the visitors it greets.

The Absence of Feng Shui

However, Feng Shui is absent at a home’s entrance if you see piles of debris, or abandoned objects inside or outside the door – all which, as you probably have already surmised, block any positive flow. Broken steps are another clue-in that Feng Shui is not practiced too.

Check out this video for more tips for harmony in a room…

The Feng Shui Kitchen

Therefore, Feng Shui does not support an environment that is cluttered or messy. For instance, kitchen cabinets and drawers are organized and clean. You won’t see any extra items littering or cluttering a table or countertop. Neither will you find “old” food in the refrigerator or pantry. Lighting is warm, and is represented by a halogen or incandescent bulb. Fluorescent lighting simply is not included in a Feng Shui abode. Also, tables and countertops feature rounded—not sharp—edges, and knives are hidden from view in cabinets or drawers.

A Harmonious Living Space

In the living room, the seating and furnishings are inviting and comfortable – the TV is not the focal point of the room. Any electronics are placed out of view, inside a cabinet, when they are not being used. Objects and furnishings are organized and balanced, all which creates more harmony within the living space.

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The Feng Shi Bedroom

The Feng Shui bedroom makes use of warm colors and even spacing. The bed is never placed against a wall. Headboards are made of such materials as leather or wood and an equal amount of space is allowed on each side of the bed. The arrangement, like all Feng Shui settings, fosters feelings of creativeness, peace, or productivity.
Start with a Basic Approach

If you want a home décor that is well-blended with respect to color and space, then it’s important to learn the basics of the Feng Shui style.