Archive for May, 2011
You should draw a sketch of your living room on a paper marking windows as well as doorways in your room. Using a separate paper sheet, draw and color pieces of furniture with a colored pencil. Place your pieces of furniture in your living room outline representing an intuitive design for your room. Each furniture piece should stand out and be available for use easily. A fireplace in living room should have a seating arrangement around it. Or, if you have a chandelier, furniture should be placed underneath so that light fixture will be the room’s focal point.
Once your layout is ready, enhance your room design further using color and texture. Select your furniture color to match the color of walls and floor. Light-colored objects will stand out against a dark background and vice versa. Use this contrast for larger furniture pieces to draw the attention to space including your complete furniture set.
While designing the living room, you should draw a scaled sketch of the living room using a graph paper. Find out the focal point of your room, like a built-in set of bookshelves or brick fireplace. Everything else must complement this focal point.
If you are having hardwood floors, you should include a rug for adding color, decoration along with functionality to your room. Place the largest furniture piece in the room first and add other pieces which will complement the largest piece of furniture. While placing a furniture piece in your living room, keep enough space in between for walking through your room comfortably.
Select floor lamps or accent lamps having softer lighting to give warmer touch in the living room. Place accent furniture pieces in the living room. Select complementary colors for the living room and limit use of accent colors. You can place framed family photos on bookshelves or a flower vase on coffee tables.
By creating floor plans, you can easily set up a number of scenarios without needing much artistic skill. Using a tape you should measure the length as well as width of all the things in the respective room. Using a pencil and graph paper, you should sketch a replica of your room without any furniture.
Using a graph paper you should make replicas of your furniture in living room, appliances as well as area rugs. The same scale should be used as for your living room sketch. Boxes or rectangles can represent the furniture pieces with labels. Then you should cut out these boxes or rectangles.
Place these cutouts representing furniture and appliances on the drawing of the empty living room moving them around till you create a plan for living room which suits you. Place couches minimum six inches far from vents, and arrange sofas and chairs within a comfortable distance from each other.
Using ancient styles for modern furniture needs to create a balance between new and old. You should throw away excess furniture pieces. Choose a few furniture pieces made of wood or stone with animal shaped legs having claws or hooves. If they have simple design and strong polish, they can look both modern and ancient.
You can place a simple stool in the room corner which was common in ancient Egyptian homes. This stool should have basic design but made up of modern materials like leather or sleek chrome.
Select accessories like a chrome or stainless steel statue of pyramids or sphinx as modern representations for ancient themes to accent ancient style in modern furniture. You can paint wall hieroglyphics from a wall hieroglyphics book across the middle or top of your walls. You can use paint having a metallic tinge to give these designs a modern look. More geometric shapes can be added to mix new with old.
Basically, futons are of three types such as love seats, tri-fold futons and bi-fold futons. These pieces are suitable for small spaces like studios and apartments.
Pull out futon away from your wall so that you can comfortably stand between the futon and wall. Take away all blankets and pillows off the futon and keep them aside. Then bend at your knees, keeping your hands under the seat of the futon. Lift up for pulling out the futon, reclining the back downwards in a bed position. Some futons have a latch that can be pulled for extending the futon from couch into bed. When you pull, the seat and back will pivot, exposing any storage area.
Replace the blankets and pillows and move your pulled-out futon beside the wall. For returning the futon into a couch, you have to simply reverse this process by grabbing futon’s back and lifting it up.
Place your old furniture on a cloth and sand the pieces using extra-fine sandpaper. If the furniture piece is painted, wipe it using a tack cloth. Add medallions or molding that should be painted. Lengths of molding should be cut to dress up drawer fronts or table tops or underneath dresser. Decorative wooden medallions can be attached to cabinet sides or drawer fronts using finish nails or nail adhesive.
Choose two colors in latex paint. One color should be for base coat, which should peek through your top coat after finishing. Select colors that will match the existing decor. An olive green base coat with white top coat gives you a shabby-chic look. Bold colors like blue and red also work well. Rub wax, on the base coat after it is dried to give an authentic look. The top coat should be painted and allowed to dry completely. Sand the top coat using medium-grade sandpaper. Finish work with coats of polyurethane.
Restoring light fixture always involves cleaning the fixture thoroughly. First you should mix about one tablespoon dish washing soap with water. Dip a sponge in this solution and scrub your light fixture for removing residue and grime. Using a toothbrush you can scrub any areas that couldn’t be reached with a sponge.
Apply a coat of paint stripper about 1/4 inches thick any paint present on the fixture. This paint stripper will soften the varnish or paint and remove residue and dirt. You should scrub the metal using steel wool for removing any paint or grime from fixture surface. Remove the chemical residue with a clean cloth and dry your light fixture.
Clean it thoroughly using a degreasing cleaner. Wipe away all residues from your light fixture. Appropriate metal polish should be applied to the fixture using a soft rag. You should polish the light fixture by rubbing it in circular motion using a buffing cloth.
Gooseneck style rocking chairs were made in 18th century. This style consists of unique wood carvings in form of geese necks. Arms of this chair are designed resembling the head and neck of a goose along with the eyes.
Bentwood style rocking chairs are distinguished by their flowing style which was invented by German inventor named Michael Thonet in mid-1800s. Thonet developed a process in which wood gets steamed and then bent in graceful handles as well as rocking legs flowing into one another. This chair is light and elegant.
The Amish style chair is named after traditional American sect who designed it. This chair has comfortable and contoured seats as well as backs. Small dried slabs of oak or hickory wood are taken from young saplings, and steamed in curved shapes which support the back. Genuine Amish chairs have signs of their makers.
There is a simple method to revitalize your furniture leather. You will require some specialized items for repairing the damage. First you should wash the damaged area of the couch using alcohol cleaner. You should pour alcohol leather cleaner on a cloth piece and then gently dab the area scratched.
A leather touch-up pigment should be prepared according to the instructions of the manufacturer and applied to the scratch present on the couch. Using a fine paintbrush, you should dab the pigment on the discolored area.
A thin pigment layer should be applied on the repaired area and blended into the surrounding undamaged. Few thin layers should be applied till the scratches are invisible. The pigment layer should be dried using a hair dryer. The pigment layer should be left for setting overnight.
Leather protector should be used to wipe the couch apply it on the entire surface area of the couch.
The rustic look imparts warmth and comfort to your mantel. Rustic colors such as red, green and brown can create a stunning display for your mantel. You should begin with any focal point on your mantel which can be any item, but it should be the biggest design piece. A mirror which is cedar trims or birch bark can be nice.
Use colors which complement one another, such as deep reds and greens with creamy beiges or yellow hues along with browns or blues. You can decorate a mantel by hanging a wreath above it. Wreaths can be changed to match the changing seasons. You can have a simple pine wreath over a mantel in the centre as a focal point. You can keep baskets filled with acorns and pinecones. Stone vases and iron candlesticks can be placed on one side, to provide texture and contrast to your room design.