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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.

Choose A Theme With Baby Room Decorating Ideas


These days, the number of baby room decorating ideas are practically limitless due to the many different items available to expecting parents. Therefore, decorating a baby room has more to do with narrowing down your options than coming up with them in the first place. Among the best ways to come up with the right baby room ideas for decorating is to begin with a theme, and then expand from there.

To choose a theme for baby room decorating, start by brainstorming those ideas for decorating baby room that you find most pleasing. Remember that you’ll want it to be something that your baby will find enjoying to first learn and recognize. It should be interesting and fun to look at for the baby, to provide the right amount of stimulation.

Decorating a baby room can be as simple as choosing a teddy bear theme and then going from there. For example, your steps for the teddy bear theme when decorating a baby room may be as follows:

* Furniture – among the most appealing baby room furniture is that made out of solid wood because of its classic elegance and reliable quality. The furniture may include a crib, dresser, changing table, and rocking chair, depending on your budget and the amount of space you have in the nursery.

* Walls – baby room decorating with teddy bears can mean the standard classic brown bears, or bears of different colors. You can either stencil them, paint a mural, or add some wallpaper.

* Floors – many people don’t even think about the floors as a part of decorating a baby room. However, the floors really do finish the look, with hardwood, soft carpeting, or pleasant throw rugs.

* Bedding – it is extremely simple to find adorable teddy bear baby room decorating ideas for bedding. There will be ample sets to choose from in every store you visit. Just make sure that they are of good quality, are machine washable (and dryable), hypoallergenic, and, of course, are very soft.

Besides that, all you need to finish your baby room decorating is a teddy bear!

Bedroom Decorating Ideas Can Be Simple Or Elaborate

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For bedroom decorating ideas, there is a very large number of different themes from which you can choose. Naturally, your decision for bedroom decorating will be based not only on your personal taste, but will also have to do with the budget you have available.

Beyond that, when you’re decorating a bedroom, you also need to think about the amount of space the bedroom permits you. This will help to decide the type and amount of furniture and other items that you will be able to use without making the space too cramped or uncomfortable. Remember, a bedroom should be a calm and inviting space, not an obstacle course!

Therefore, your first step in decorating bedroom is to measure your space, and then come up with the theme or style that you like the best. Among the more popular decorating bedroom ideas are:

* Modern
* Mediterranean
* Cottage
* Southwestern
* Victorian

With your style chosen, you can look into bedroom decorating tips that will allow you to reach that final image.

For example, if you were thinking of bedroom decorating ideas that are Victorian, you may consider the following tips:

* The Victorian style has a rather feminine feel about it, so bedroom decorating in this style will primarily be enjoyed by women. If you are considering making the master bedroom a Victorian style room, you will want to make sure that your spouse or partner shares this particular taste.

* Decorating a bedroom in this style is quite showy and dramatic. The bed will typically consist of a heavy four-poster of wood or cast iron. It may have a canopy, curtains, throw pillows and blankets, and a bedspread that is well embellished with patterns, fringe, bows, and ribbons.

* Decorating bedroom styles such as Victorian will also include a great deal of accessorizing, such as with enormous, overstated rugs, flowering plants, and ornate gold frames surrounding paintings of flowers, birds, children, or maidens.

No matter the bedroom decorating ideas you use, as long as you remain focused and follow through, you’re certain to enjoy the final achievement.

Adding carpets and rug is a quick way to spice up a room scheme


Carpets and rug are not widely used in warm countries, but in northern Europe and the United States, they are a basic decorating feature. Carpets give a lovely sensation when you walk over them, especially barefoot, and also offer interesting aesthetic possibilities. They are seamless and therefore unify spaces, but also can be used to mark off zones, or areas of activity. They permit versatile solutions for our interior design due to the colors, textures, and finishes they come in.

When choosing a carpets and rug, bear in mind that it will be tacked down, or fitted, and can last many years if well looked after so it will have to be easily adaptable to any new decoration style we may wish to achieve. Another quality of carpets is the acoustic and thermal insulation they provide. They are suitable for all the rooms in the house, except in the bathroom and kitchen unless you are prepared to make the extra effort to ensure they do not get wet or stained when bathing or cooking.

Unfortunately, they can get dirty easily and may be difficult to clean. They are not the most hygienic of floors. When choosing a carpet, take into consideration its texture, pile, the yarn, weight, density, color, and design. Most carpet is made of sheep’s wool, which is durable, dyes readily, and handles easily. For floors that are heavily used or in contact with the open air, use durable materials like stone, marble, tiles, and some types of hardwoods.

Do not use carpets and rugs if you have pets or if you or your family members suffer from allergies to dust: they get dirty easily. Vacuum carpets regularly so that neither dust nor dirt accumulates in them. Make sure all carpets used on the floor are designed for floor use: some carpets are intended for wall use. Avoid spills because stains are hard to remove from carpeting. Carpets give a space a natural look and feel, however, they are made of delicate material and often do not stand up well to humidity.

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