How to use Home Decor Accessories to Create a New Look in a Room

Written by Claire Bowes

Apart from complimenting your newly painted walls with soft furnishings and effective flooring, home decor accessories in a room are just as equally important. Accessories ranging from flowers in a contemporary vase to art pictures hanging on your walls, all addrepparttar finishing touches to any room. Above all, accessories add personality to a room, they inject your own personal touch making your home unique to you and comfortable and inviting for you and your family.

Decorating with Art Pictures

You will be surprised atrepparttar 100118 important role that art pictures play in home decor accessories. Not only do pictures add your own personality intorepparttar 100119 room, they absorb noise and can actually help changerepparttar 100120 illusion of a rooms' shape if placed inrepparttar 100121 right places. For example:

· horizontal landscape pictures help widen a room;

· Portrait floral pictures help giverepparttar 100122 illusion of height; and

· one large picture reflected through a mirror givesrepparttar 100123 sensation of additional broader space.

Creating Art Arrangements:-

For a maximum effect and to make interesting wall arrangements that can become a dynamic focal point ofrepparttar 100124 room, try to hang smaller pictures in a cluster.

If you hang an even number of smaller prints tightly together in a cluster, this will help balance out a large space and give a window effect in a small space. Remember to hangrepparttar 100125 prints together tightly to create one unit and one focal point.

For larger pictures, place them in proportion torepparttar 100126 furniture. For example, hang a large picture approximately six to nine inches above a sofa or at eye level. By hanging a larger print too high above any piece of furniture can leave both pieces feeling disconnected.

Tips Before Hanging Art:-

Before hanging any art on a wall, try different combinations of arrangements. Use painter's tape and brown paper bags and keep rearrangingrepparttar 100127 bits of paper onrepparttar 100128 wall until you have come up with a great picture arrangement.

Always hang prints at eye level and use your hand in between pictures as a guide to space large and medium sized pictures.

Create Illusions with Mirrors

Mirrors are great to help createrepparttar 100129 illusion of space. By cleverly placing mirrors on an adjacent wall to a picture or something that is interesting in your room, will reflectrepparttar 100130 image and add a sense of space.

For darker rooms, hang a decorative mirror near a window. The light will then bounce offrepparttar 100131 mirror intorepparttar 100132 room portraying more natural much-needed light back intorepparttar 100133 area.

To giverepparttar 100134 illusion of depth in a room paint one of your walls in a darker contrasting color to your other walls. Then hang a mirror on that darker wall. This instantly givesrepparttar 100135 additional sense of depth torepparttar 100136 dimensions ofrepparttar 100137 room.

Life’s a Beach – A Shore Theme in Your Outdoor Space

Written by Debbie Rodgers

Twentieth century American architect Phillip Johnson once said, "I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit onrepparttar beach?" Mr. Johnson evidently didn't how to relax, but as another summer is slipping away, you can. Did you visitrepparttar 100117 beach this year? Do you wish you had? Either way, you can create a seaside feel in your outdoor space and enjoy memories ofrepparttar 100118 shore at home! Here are some quick tips.

Color Your choice of color will berepparttar 100119 biggest stress-reliever in your home "beach." The relaxing hues ofrepparttar 100120 beach are sun-bleached and sand- and water-washed. Think cool and inviting water, lapping onrepparttar 100121 shore;repparttar 100122 pale sand underfoot;repparttar 100123 tall pale green beach grasses;repparttar 100124 pale pink and coral of shells;repparttar 100125 white clouds in arepparttar 100126 blue sky.

For your blue, try Kelly Moore's Essence ofrepparttar 100127 Sea or Sail Away, Beauti-tone's French Blue, or Benjamin Moore's Robin's Egg.

If you prefer brighter colors use bright pink or orange, especially in striped fabric or small accessories such candles.

Furniture The beach calls for casual wooden seating. Try folding wooden chairs with colorful striped canvas slings, set under a pale colored canvas umbrella that you've propped in a large bucket of sand.

Fabric What do you take torepparttar 100128 beach? Canvas tote bags, terry towels and flip-flops. Use these fabrics for cushions, throws andrepparttar 100129 seating itself. Install decorative hooks on a wall, and hang beach towels as "art."

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