Ring the Changes with Your Kitchen Curtains

Most of us rarely change things in our homes without having a whole new room scheme. So we might change our kitchen curtains when we remodel the kitchen but not just because we feel like a change.

If you have a colored kitchen with, for example, blue painted doors, then ringing the changes is a bit difficult anyway but now that the fashion is for more neutral kitchens with lots of white or wooden cabinets and stainless steel appliances then we can have a change whenever we feel like it. In fact changing the curtains along with a few other accessories is a great way to give our kitchen a new look without having to completely redecorate.

If you are updating your kitchen bear this in mind because if you choose a colored kitchen you will not be able to change your color scheme very easily. You may love that shade of green or blue at the moment while it is so fashionable but how will you feel about it in five years time when the interior magazines have long ago moved onto something else?

To make changing your kitchen curtains even easier you can always hang neutral blinds up at your windows and then buy dress curtains for your windows. These are very inexpensive as the fabric does does not have to be wide enough to be able to be drawn across the window (while still being gathered at the top). Instead of one and a half times the width of the window you can probably get by with two thirds or one times. As long as the fabric looks as if it could stretch across the window that is fine.

If you can make your own curtains, you can create new window coverings for your kitchen very cheaply indeed and ring the changes whenever you like. If blue is the latest color add blue curtains, a couple of tea towels and a few pieces of new china an you have a new color scheme. If next year, green is in vogue, change everything to green without too much expense!

The Smart Choice in Bathroom Sets

With the number of bathroom sets for sale these days you can be forgiven for not knowing how to start when it comes to choosing one. You will find these sets everywhere : in department stores, in interior design outlets and in bathroom stores as well as online. If you would like some help with your selection, here are some tips to help you find the best one to fit your bathroom and your lifestyle.

1. Choose the Right Color or Finish

The modern style seems to be trending towards the preference for a white bathroom so we are free to choose whichever color or finish we like. However if you have white bathroom fittings but colored floor and/or wall tiles then you need to makes sure that your bathroom set selection goes with whatever you already have in the room. The same goes for any items such as curtains and towels you want to keep and will continue to use. There is no point looking at bathroom sets which don't go with whatever else you have and don't want to get rid of.

2. Find Out What Is In the Set

Bathroom sets are made up of various items and they are not all the same in terms of what is included so check the make up of the set you have in mind and that it includes what you need (and not too much of what you don't).

3. Make Sure the Price is Right

As sets come in all price ranges make sure that the ones you are considering fit your budget and you feel that each set you are considering is value for money.

4. Make Sure the Quality is Good

Some cheaper bathroom sets will fall to pieces after a short time so check the quality of the set you are planning on buying. Look at whether there are any rough edges, whether all fastenings are secure and whether the fabric or other materials (as appropriate) are of good quality before you make your mind up.

A Leather Armchair For Every Taste

If there is one piece of furniture that has been gaining steady popularity over the years it has to be the leather armchair. A leather armchair is really popular with many homeowners and it is easy to see why.

In the first place, leather is a really hardwearing and great material. That is why it has been used for years for our clothes, our accessories and now our upholstery. Yes, this means that there are leather sofas, ottomans and footstools too. Leather as an armchair will give you years of enjoyment as it is durable and will not look worn out. The best thing about leather is that it actually gets much better as it ages. The leather becomes softer and provides an even more comfortable seating option.

And the best thing too is that a leather armchair can be found in whatever style or color or look that you like. There are so many choices out there that you are bound to find one that takes your fancy. For people who prefer to live in the now with contemporary or modern furniture there are contemporary leather armchairs in colors like red, wine or burgundy. The style of the armchair too is more modern, like the club chair or a sleeker version with a high back and smaller arms.

If you don’t like red, you can choose something that never fails to delight, a brown leather armchair. These can also be found in various designs. But let’s not restrict your options to just shades of red and brown. You can even have black or white leather which are all just as classy and available in contemporary designs.

On the other hand, if you like the look of days gone by where leather armchairs were hand crafted and framed in hardwood, you will be delighted to know that there are many armchairs that are antique leather armchairs. Some of these have been around for generations. Their more intricate design may appeal to you.

For added comfort you can also find a leather armchair with footstool with the footstool able to tuck neatly away under the armchair when not needed.

As you can see, the appeal leather armchair lies in the fact that it is a versatile piece of furniture. Whatever you pick, you would be happy to know that the leather armchair is a great investment for your home.

Replacement Lamp Shades Made Easy

You may need replacement lamp shades for all kinds of reasons. A fabric lamp shade may get dirty, stained or torn. You may want to change your color scheme and have a fairly neutral lamp base so that only the shade needs to be replaced. Or you may break fragile glass lamp shades and need replacements for these.

When looking for replacements there are a few things to watch out for.

1. Ensure the Shade Matches the Base

The shade of your lamp needs to be the right size for base so that they are in proportion. A tiny shade on a large lamp base looks ridiculous as does a huge lamp shade on a tiny base. Also make sure that the two are in keeping in terms of color and style. They don't need to be the exact same color but they should tone with each other. And, as for style, twin a modern lamp base with a contemporary shade, an art deco base with an art deco type shade and so on.

2. Make Sure it Has The Right Fitting

It's no good finding the perfect replacement in looks if it does not actually fit your lamp. If you're not sure take your lamp base with you when you go shopping or simply measure the fitting.

3. Your Lamp Shade Should Match the Room

As well as the shade matching the base the whole lamp need to be in keeping with the style of the room so that it enhances it rather than detracts from it. A traditional room will not suit an ultra-modern lamp and vice versa. Also the colors of the lamp need to tone in with the color scheme of the room.

4. Make Sure Your Lamp Will Cast the Right Kind of Light

If you need a lamp for reading, don't use a dark glass or fabric shade which will mask too much light. If you need to cast light upwards to provide more general lighting then choose a torchiere type shade rather than a classic one. Also check that the shade can take a powerful enough light bulb. Some of them are only made for the weakest bulbs.

The Role of An Interior Designer

An interior designer has been educated to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces. There are a number of ways in which an interior designer can go about this improvement by analyzing the needs of the client while integrating their findings by using their knowledge of interior designing.

Here are some of the steps that the designer will be required to accomplish.
Formulate preliminary design concepts to present to a client that are both functional and aesthetic.

  • Develop a final design recommendation and then present it properly to the client.
  • Prepare specifications that can be displayed in illustrated form that cover non-load-bearing construction, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
  • Act as a site manager when required and, in that role, be able to communicate the expectations and requirements to other licensed professionals in the fields of electrical, plumbing and construction.
  • Prepare and administer contract documents as the agent of the client.
  • Review and evaluate the design solutions all the way through from the start of the project to completion.

There is a large range of functions that an interior designer must be able to carry out. Not only should the designer be able to come up with a design that is pleasing to your eye, but they must also demonstrate business acumen and organizational skills.

Not only will you be looking for someone to design your interior décor, you will need someone capable of talking to the tradesmen and keep the project running smoothly. Your ability to pick a suitable interior designer could either save you a lot of money or be ultimately more expensive.

Start Interior Decorating Now

There are many different ways you can express yourself through the way you decorate your home. Interior decoration is the kind of pursuit that everyone can attempt. As long as you achieve a result that is satisfactory to your own eye, then you can assess your attempt as a success.

Interior decorating now will examine some of the different accessories available to buy as well as the kinds of furniture and fittings that you might choose when renovating or refurbishing the home. It’s all up to you how you go about creating your own personal space. With any luck some of the ideas that are discussed here will help you in your goal to improve your home.