How curtains can change the look of your home

Written by Robert Carlton

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The most popular tie back positions arerepparttar high tie,repparttar 138501 middle tie,repparttar 138502 low tie,repparttar 138503 centre tie,repparttar 138504 crisscrossed tie andrepparttar 138505 angled double tie.

1. The high tie is when one or two panels are hung inrepparttar 138506 window. The tie pullsrepparttar 138507 panel back aboverepparttar 138508 centreline ofrepparttar 138509 window. 2. The middle tie pullsrepparttar 138510 panel back at a point nearrepparttar 138511 middle ofrepparttar 138512 curtain. It looks best if it is not done atrepparttar 138513 exact centre, but either slightly above or slightly belowrepparttar 138514 centre. 3. The low tie pullsrepparttar 138515 curtain back about three-fourths ofrepparttar 138516 distance fromrepparttar 138517 top torepparttar 138518 floor. 4. The centre tie gathers one or two curtains and pulls them together inrepparttar 138519 vertical centre ofrepparttar 138520 window, about two thirds or three fourths ofrepparttar 138521 distance fromrepparttar 138522 top torepparttar 138523 bottom. 5. The crisscrossed tie starts with two overlapping panels hangingrepparttar 138524 full width ofrepparttar 138525 window. The outer panel is pulled back to one side andrepparttar 138526 inner curtain is pulled back torepparttar 138527 opposite side. 6. The angled tie uses either one or two curtains. The panel is pulled partially back inrepparttar 138528 high tie position and pulled back more closely torepparttar 138529 window casing inrepparttar 138530 bottom tie position. The panel is tied back twice in such a way that it is hung in a pleasing, billowing angle from one top corner ofrepparttar 138531 window to a point belowrepparttar 138532 opposite side ofrepparttar 138533 window.

Formal and informal styles

Curtains can be as varied asrepparttar 138534 individuals in whose homes they hang. Even with all ofrepparttar 138535 variety in fabrics, colours, lengths and methods of hanging, all curtain styles can be classified as either formal or informal.

Formal window treatments are usually called draperies and hang in layers. They are most often found in formal parlors or sitting rooms, living rooms and formal dining rooms. The window treatment is usually done in two or three layers. The first layer isrepparttar 138536 sheer, which is often a single panel of sheer linen or lace that admits diffused light intorepparttar 138537 room. Sheers also tend to obscure visibility fromrepparttar 138538 outside, especially ifrepparttar 138539 lighting inrepparttar 138540 room is subdued. The second layer is usuallyrepparttar 138541 pleated floor length drapes. The drapes are suspended from traverse curtain rods if they are intended to be opened and closed. Drapes are hung from aboverepparttar 138542 window and coverrepparttar 138543 side casing and trim ofrepparttar 138544 window as they fall towardrepparttar 138545 floor. The third layer isrepparttar 138546 curtain running acrossrepparttar 138547 window top and coversrepparttar 138548 top ofrepparttar 138549 window casing, trim andrepparttar 138550 heading ofrepparttar 138551 draperies. Draperies and valances are often lined. Draperies may be below sill length although they are often floor length.

Everything else is informal curtains, usually hung in one or two layers. They are seldom lined, and are used to diffuse light, not to block it out.

Curtains are decorative, but have other uses as well, aside from providing privacy. They are useful in room darkening to protect room contents fromrepparttar 138552 adverse effects ofrepparttar 138553 sun’s UV rays. Sunlight can faderepparttar 138554 colors in furniture and carpet fabrics. Lined curtains are especially good for protecting furniture and carpeting near windows facing either torepparttar 138555 south or torepparttar 138556 west.

There are many window covering options torepparttar 138557 home decorator. The variety of styles, colours and fabrics give homeowners greater versatility in decorating than ever before.

With his internet site the author Bobby Carlston provides decoration tips and tricks around curtains, drapes and window coverings.

Marble Floors and How to Maintain Them

Written by Edward Green IICRC inst

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Sealers should only be applied to clean interior marble. Always followrepparttar manufacturer's directions for proper application. Terrazzo sealers are excellent for this purpose. So are silicone based stone sealers.

In all cases sealers should be made of a clear, hard finish type suitable for traffic surfaces and definitely non-yellowing. Do not use soft finish waxes, paste wax or resins. These coatings can collect dirt and grit. Some acrylic-base liquid floor waxes can be used in place of permanent sealers, but may give limited life.

The products forrepparttar 138500 maintenance of Honed Marble and all other stone is available from

Edward Green owns and operates the highly successful Marble Master Ltd Company. Marble Master specializes in Restoration and Refinishing of all types of natural stone and consultancy services to Architects, Restoration Companies and Interior Designers.

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