Extending the living space outdoors – working with color

Written by Malcolm Kay

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Don't overlook using textures in addition to colour, as contrasting textures play a very important role in a pleasing landscape design. Opportunities for experimenting with texture effects could include tables, chairs, pots, wall hangings, cushions, paving, plants and practically any decorative accessories. Foliage in particular offers a multitude of textures and interesting shapes. Choose plants with a theme in mind: are you creating a tropical wonderland, a place to sit inrepparttar sun and dream of holidays in Tuscany, or a stark modernist approach with grasses and cacti? But before rushing out and spending a fortune atrepparttar 145232 nursery, remember that each plant has specific requirements in terms of soil, sun, humidity, temperature and rainfall. If you can't provide these, your plants simply won't flourish. Consider how each plant will look in each season, especiallyrepparttar 145233 main season when you want to be using your exterior spacesrepparttar 145234 most. And remember, too much of anything, whether it's patterns, textures or colours, can be confusing. Too much variety in small spaces can look excessively “busy”. And with plants, large groupings of just one or two varieties will usually create a much greater impact and look more balanced in a small area than a host of different plants with a riot of different colored flowers.

Malcolm Kay is the CEO of Intex Pacific Pty. Ltd. an exporter of landscape materials including modular decking tiles. For further information see www.ezydeck.net

The Many Types Of Light Available Today

Written by Antigone Arthur

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Don't think for a minute however that these choices arerepparttar only when it comes to light. There is virtually a light bulb to meet anyone and everyone's needs available onrepparttar 145231 market today.

Choosing The Right Bulb

If you want a long lasting light for your house, considerrepparttar 145232 halogen bulb. These bulbs have gained in popularity in recent years. Some people however, prefer fluorescent bulbs. Over time, one can't argue that fluorescent bulbs are more energy efficient than most other bulbs combined. That's why so many offices use them.

Another category mentioned above rapidly gaining popularity are full spectrum light bulbs. These light bulbs are not cheap. However, there are many perks. People often buy these light bulbs to relieve depression, seasonal affective disorder, jet lag and fatigue. Full spectrum light bulbs almost qualify as therapy. In fact, you may even be able to argue with your insurance company to pay for them. (If you can get your doctor to prescribe some full spectrum light for you). These are a good choice if you plan on creating a mini oasis in your home, with light intensity matching that ofrepparttar 145233 sun. Keep in mind however, they are pricey. Many feelrepparttar 145234 price however, is well worthrepparttar 145235 investment.

Cheap light bulbs abound however. Cheap light bulbs (the incandescent type) are good for producing an average amount and quality of light. You can buy replacements for these easily and inexpensively. While not durable, they are easy to use and stillrepparttar 145236 most popular choice among consumers today. Let's not forget their many benefits. They are inexpensive, easy to use, run using low voltage, can be battery operated AND come in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes. You really can't beat that when it comes to light bulb value!

So take a moment to reviewrepparttar 145237 many bulbs now available onrepparttar 145238 market. Why not try something new? You may find yourself pleasantly surprised!

About The Author:
Antigone Arthur is a successful freelance writer providing consumers with informative articles on such topics as projector light bulbs, specialty light bulbs, and discount light bulbs.

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