Your bedroom is your most personal space, so be sure when making choices to surround you in your bedroom, that you love them. Also, keep in mind how you look lying on the color of your sheets. Are they in your best colors and how does the color make you feel? Even with your eyes closed, you know the colors of your sheets. If the color is dark, have they faded? Did you buy them because you like looking at them and slipping into them every night or do they match something in your room that you don’t even like?
With the new spring season, it might be time to make some inexpensive changes. Consider painting a wall in your bedroom, buying new bedspreads or, at the least, new sheets. Keep in mind that sheets and pillow cases don’t have to match in color or pattern. This is also practical, because if one of these pieces wear out, you don’t have to replace the whole set. You may also mix and match your sheets and pillow cases for design effect, excitement, interest and practicality.
You can paint an accent wall or all the walls in a new color. Don’t ignore the ceiling since you are lying down. The ceiling can be your accent wall. Possibly add funky or romantic pillows on your bed or simply take your favorite vase and add a bouquet of fresh flowers to enjoy the beauty and scent that permeates your space. The changes don’t have to be big; small but calculated differences can have a huge impact on your home sanctuary.
For example, with new eyes, take a slow and objective look at your master bedroom or even take a photograph. In a picture you will see things differently than if you are standing in the room. Ask yourself questions like, “What looks tired and faded, are your pillows worn and flat and are your night tables stacked with old magazines, books and catalogues.” Do you really still care what is in them? Is your night stand customized for your exclusive use? Is what you need from bed in easy reach? When you are in bed do you feel supported by your surroundings? What is the last thing you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning? This can affect your dreams and your attitude for the day.
If new night tables aren’t in the budget, you can take a piece of glass and spray paint the underside of it and then cover the paint with a fabric. Lay the fabric side on the nightstand. This will add an accent color to the top of your old night stands, which can be color coordinated with the new colors you are introducing in the room.
If you are buying new sheets here are some information to take with you:
Measure Your Bed
Whether you have a twin, queen or king sized bed, there is no longer an absolute standard measurement for beds. While th
e top measurements are rather consistent from maker to maker, there is some variation. So before you go shopping, measure your bed carefully, noting the dimension from top to bottom, side to side and the thickness of the mattress. Some are wider than others or longer.
Check The Sheet Measurements
Since you know the exact size of your bed, check the exact size of the sheets. Be sure that the fitted sheet is deep enough for your mattress, or that you haven’t found a California King sheet set and your bed is an Eastern King. Remember that many sheets will shrink as much as seven percent in the first washing.
Have Fun With Color
Sheets are a fun and an inexpensive way to add a splash of accent color to your bedroom décor. Consider mixing and matching sheet sets; this is a great way to use pillow cases or bottom sheets that are still in great shape.
Learn About Thread Count In Bed Sheets
Check the thread count which is printed on front of the label by the manufacturer. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch in both directions in the weave. The higher the thread count, the more luxurious the feel of a fabric. But beware! A higher thread count usually means that the individual threads are thinner and may not wear as well. For linens that balance comfort and durability, choose a thread count in the 400-600 range.
Choose Your Sheet Fabric Wisely
Because you’ll sleep on the sheets every night, treat yourself. Choose the best you can afford. Cotton is the most popular sheet fabric, but some people prefer non-wrinkling cotton blends. There are more unusual and opulent choices suchas satin, silk or microfiber. Pillowcases may make the greatest difference so see which you prefer before buying a whole set.
Always keep your comfort and personal preferences uppermost in your mind when selecting sheets and designing your bedroom. This is one of the times you can and must choose exactly what you like!
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Some people seldom use their dining room and others use them frequently. Either way it is a room to enjoy the experience of dining and sharing with others. Therefore, it can be the ideal room to be designed somewhat outrageously. The creativity will add to and stimulate the event for you and your guests.
Traditionally, most dining rooms are decorated with a table, chairs (maybe host and hostess chairs are different), buffet and display cabinet. Break with tradition and design it uniquely with some surprises.
Tables come in many choices. If it is important to add more people around your table, use an oval-top table with a pedestal base. Having no corners and no legs makes it more versatile.
A round table is used less often but is wonderful in a round or square room. In some dining rooms, it is possible to angle a rectangular dining table, corner to corner. This can provide more space to move around, plus it creates interest.
Here are some decorating ideas to consider.
If you have a collection of precious pieces behind glass in your display cabinet, paint the inside of the cabinet a strong color to make them pop. Or you can paint the wall a striking color. Add free-floating shelves painted the same color to display each piece. The wall becomes a focal point.
Using color on the walls in dining rooms can stimulate or calm appetites and conversation. To be really outrageous, paint each wall a different complimentary color and sit where your mood dictates.
Dining rooms usually are long and narrow, which can make buffet-style serving awkward. Instead of placing a buffet on the long straight wall, put serving shelves in corners; this way people won’t bump into chairs when serving themselves. If the buffet is in an adjoining room decorate the serving counter color scheme with the dining room table.
Have you ever considered having more than one table in a dining room? This way you can have small groups at one table or connect them for larger groups.
Since hours are spent sitting around the table, the dining room can become a perfect gallery in which to display your art collection. Remember to place the art low enough since it will mainly be seen and enjoyed sitting down.
To create a calming, luxurious feel in the dining room, fill it with plants (or at least one large one.)
Palms are a perfect choice to give a feel of luxurious dining. Use an up-light on the floor angled up under the leaves to create drama and shadows on the ceiling.
Lighting is always important:
- The bottom of the chandelier should be approximately 30 inches off the top of the table or 60 inches off the floor. Each situation various slightly. Use your eye to determine the best clearance.
- The light should be on a dimmer to adjust the intensity for atmosphere as well as temperature so diners are comfortable and not too warm.
- Lighting around the perimeter of a room directed at the artwork adds interest and drama and often provides enough light for dining if you have candles on the table.
- Colored glass pendant lights can be used instead of a single chandelier.
- If the ceiling is dropped over the table, coffered recess lights can be used and the ceiling painted an accent color.
Lastly, sit in each chair of your dining room and experience what each person will be seeing. Make sure it is a pleasant experience for relaxed, happy, comfortable dining.
Decorate to your heart’s desire, creating the experience you want. Always remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!
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