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Domestic dreams need rooms with a theme

by  rogue-designs 

I’ve spent a lot of time writing about how to get the most out of your living space, particularly in terms of how choosing the right accessories can deliver stunning style statements. Chairs, beds, tables, chess sets and the right lighting all factor into what the style magazines call ‘bringing a room to life’ – which would be quite scary if you took it literally, but that’s another thing!

Anyway, what I want to say today is about how you can’t just do one thing on its own and think that you’ve cracked it. You can’t. All the pieces of the jigsaw have to fit together. So however striking your favourite vase might be, if its shouting 1960s in a room that’s trying to quietly to introduce itself as something a little more contemporary you’re going to have a stylistic jumble, or worse still a clash.

And jumbles and clashes aren’t good.

In just the same way that colours and patterns clash, the dating and the styling of 3D ‘objets’ can also go badly awry. The danger is that you grow attached to particular items and that level of sentimental attachment can blind you to the overall effect you’re creating. We’ve all seen people who like a particular colour to the point where they ignore anything else that might be going on. The trick is to be aware that interior design can go the same way.

A great way to keep everything in balance is to go with the tone of the permanent features of the room, whether that’s contemporary window frames, trendy internal oak doors or a more retro set of fittings. After all, those ‘big ticket’ features aren’t going to be the sort of things that you replace every few months – especially the windows and the doors. For instance, if your doors and skirting boards are in an oak tone consider opting for traditional styles when it comes to soft furnishings and accessories. ‘Traditional’ doesn’t mean you can’t have modern features but you’ll probably find that minimalist, chrome designs don’t work as well. When it comes to interior design, it’s all about working with what you have and enhancing it.

So if you really want your pied a terre to make a statement, you really need all the different elements that go into it to strike the same tone. That’s why all those magazine shots all look so great. It’s not just that there’s something lovely and shiny in the foreground. If you look closely, you’ll see that everything fits together as a unitary stylistic entity: floors, doors, windows and sofa throws, they all fit together as a piece.

There is a lovely quote from William Morris (the wallpaper man), who knew a thing or two about interior design. It goes like this: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.

It’s a lovely quote and it’s right in all sorts of ways. So it makes me a bit sad to admit that there is a bit more to it than that.

I think what it should say is something like, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to add to its beauty.” That way, you won’t end up with a ramshackle collection of beautiful bits and bobs that taken together look like a jumble sale.  ‘Jumble sale’ is not a look that’s going to impress anyone! To create your domestic dream you really do need a room with a theme.

Beds: Buying them the simple way


For decent bed advice a site that is managed by somebody like a bed manufacturer will certainly be perfect, Some of the many interior design newsgroups and blogs may also be wonderful resources for discovering good quality bed tips and info, these type of places might easily answer some thoroughly precise questions concerning items such as wood and iron beds or wrought iron headboards.

This bed search tip is especially valuable, instead of simply using a research term like “beds “, you should make use of a more particular search engine phrase such as”queen and kingsize beds” or “modern headboard makers”, in doing this your results are going to be highly targeted to your specific bed needs.

You should also be aware that bed specialists and other people who might often work with or have some involvement with beds can easily be discovered via the regional telephone books, there will be no shortage of individuals who are in some way linked with the subject of beds and they can save you a sizable amount of your valuable time by helping you with your bed related queries.

The bed experts will be capable offering you a lot of prime niche assistance on matters such as obtaining the best deals on metal frame twin beds and how to get the proper product guarantee whenever getting a bed, their bed expertise will surely help you get the best item for your needs.

A whole host of bed related searches might possibly have led you to a bed or interior design associated portal, searches such as “find heavy duty bed frames” or “guides on adjustable orthopedic beds”, the real trick with any bedding portal is to go immediately to the site menu, if you do this you should not be side tracked due to bed guides that are not connected to the home furnishing item you need.

Now if you should need advice on antique bed platforms it will often be better to use a bed site in order to initiate contact with a bed expert, by doing this you will obviously be able to get a modest amount of bed information for free.

It might very well be you purchase a wood loft bed and a little later find that the bed merchant you got it from did not supply the goods at the lowest price, to be certain that this never comes about some other time make sure you carry out an online price review or check a reasonable variety of bed merchants first, it may be a king iron bed is being sold for a certain price on one internet store however is being marketed for thirty five percent lower on another, some great deals can be found if you look around.

particular beds might not turn out to be that easy to come across, lets imagine you are wishing to buy loft bunk beds it might be that you might have to purchase your items directly from a bed manufacturer, even the top websites may not always solve every bed purchasers requirements however a large number of home furnishing products can be acquired by some means.

Alarms are a preventative measure, not a cure.


The most important part of any home security system is the burglar alarm. In its most basic form, a burglar alarm is a sensor that detects when someone enters your home, and then takes action  this action could be making a loud noise, calling the police, making valuables safes inoperable, and all sorts of other things besides.

Burglar alarms are generally hard-wired into the walls of a home, so that they can’t be easily disabled or removed, and any tampering with them will instantly set off the alarm. The mechanisms used to activate and deactivate them vary widely, from the more common keys and PINs to high-tech fingerprint systems.

Unfortunately, people are often mis-sold far more advanced home security systems than they actually need: a salesman can play on people’s fear of crime to sell them the very latest, computer-controlled alarm, complete with expensive expert installation and a monthly subscription to a 24-hour monitoring centre. This is a lucrative business, but is also amazingly unnecessary.

The dirty little secret of burglar alarms is that it’s not the features of the alarm itself that make the difference. Burglars don’t want to get caught by alarms, and so will avoid any houses with alarm boxes on the outside  it’s not worth the trouble for them to try. It’s a preventative measure, not a cure.

With this in mind, instead of spending lots of money on a burglar alarm, many people prefer to just fit a fake alarm box to the front of their house and be done with it. This puts off burglars by making it look like you have an alarm system, but avoids all the hassles and expense of actually having one. If you do this, though, it is important to make sure that the alarm box looks realistic enough to fool an experienced burglar, and also that you keep it a secret. If you go around telling everyone about your fake alarm – especially people who come to your door  then it’s worse than useless.

Beds: Smart Buying Tips


You might like to consider that a town book store might possibly be an obvious place to obtain guidance aimed at bed products, internet availability might often cause us to ignore the numerous other bedding resources which are currently freely available to all of us, take advantage of such sources of good bed data, prime bed merchandise info may quite often be difficult to locate.

If you are unable to get the interior design help you need from a bed supplier then possibly you are regrettably looking in the inappropriate place, for instance, lets pretend for a moment your subject of interest was antique iron brass beds, it would possibly be best for you to try a particular bedding directory.

A trouble free experience when buying certain products like heavy duty bed frames or water bed sheet sets is an area that no consumer should ever take for granted, you should value the portals that offer suitable bed purchasing knowledge and record their info for the future.

Now if you want info on camping air beds it might be better to make use of a bed site to make contact with a bed specialist, if you do this you will obviously obtain a small amount of bed guidance for free.

Lets imagine you are looking for heavy duty bed frames or adjustable tempur pedic beds, it is clear that these type of beds may not be widely available on a wide selection of portals, you should really ensure that you employ your internet browser favorites function when you make this variety of bed focused research, your valuable info must always be treated with the utmost of care.

A sizeable number of bed associated searches might buy have led you to a bed or bedding focused site, searches like “find heavy duty bed frames” or “reviews on adjustable electric beds “, the main secret with any home improvement directory is to go straight to the site menu, if you take this advice you should not be side tracked because of bed articles which are not connected to the bed you require.

If you are obtaining something like a king iron bed it does not always mean purchasing from a bed or home furnishing targeted site, lets imagine you are living in Guam for instance, a bed directory should be able to give you relevant contact details of closely situated bed supplier who should hopefully be able to help you to find the bed you need.

You see interior design is an area that covers a massive area of different bed products like heavy duty bed frames and adjustable tempur pedic beds, say you wanted expert help on a particular area of beds, lets suppose a product like metal beds, this might easily be sourced from a bed supplier.

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