3 Great Reasons to Shop for Home Lighting OnlineWritten by Nicole Martins
If you are a consumer who knows just what brand or style of lighting fixtures you are looking to buy, internet can save you money. Conversely, if you are just learning about what lighting fixtures, interior and exterior, are available for your home, internet is a great place to get educated.
To begin with, here are several types of interior fixtures available for your home: sconces, chandeliers, table and floor lamps, pendants, ceiling mounts, track lighting, recessed lighting and bathroom fixtures. Exterior fixtures include: landscape lighting, exterior sconces, exterior pendants, exterior ceiling fixtures, post lanterns, and flood lights. Take a look at best ways to find these fixtures online; no matter what stage of search for home lighting you’re in, internet is a valuable resource. You Don’t Need to be a Lighting Expert
You don’t need to be a lighting expert to shop by style: all you have to do is find a fixture that matches your home décor. If, for example, you are looking for a chandelier to hang over dining table of your farmhouse, a rustic chandelier would be a good style choice. A well organized website should be intuitive and easy to navigate. Look for online lighting stores that begin with type of fixture you are looking to buy: chandeliers, wall sconces, exterior fixtures. From there, site should take you to a selection of lighting styles: Rustic, Traditional, Contemporary etc. Once you’ve decided on a lighting style, you should then be able to customize your search for details such as: price, brand, size and finish. This is also a great way to educate yourself. Take advantage of many thousands of photographed fixtures and information such as lamp fixture size, finish, price and brand.
Tips for Choosing a 'Safe' Paint Color for Your WallsWritten by Kathy Burns-Millyard
Are you STILL thinking about painting your walls with color?
Many people are afraid to make leap from 'builder's beige' to a more daring color choice. What holds you back? Are you afraid color will be too strong? Not match your furniture? Or you'll become tired of it and have to start over again?
While you're debating work involved you are missing out on one of basic elements of design that can change entire look of your room for under $50. Your tired furniture can become new again and a mismatched room can have designer flare! So, how do you choose right color?
The first recommendation is to choose a tinted neutral. Why is that? Instead of choosing rich, deep colors for your first project, you will likely feel more comfortable with a neutral such as beige or gray which will not date room or create a jarring palate that you will easily tire of.
However, when you go to your local home improvement store you will be faced with a sea of color swatches - hundreds of versions of basic beige and gray to choose from. So before you go, consider these steps to choosing right color for you.
If you like feel of a warm and cozy room - think of fireplaces, brown leather and sunsets - then you'll want to start with a beige tone.
Now, consider your furniture and accessories. What colors do you see? If you have a lot of black or navy you may wish to choose a beige with orange or pink undertones to keep look warm. If you have browns or reds in your furniture, select a cooler beige with ashy tones to avoid 'overheating' your room.