Decorating Arched And Transom Windows

Homebuyers want light, light and more light. So when they walk through a home Decorating Arched And Transom Windowswith transom windows and arched palladium windows, they fall in love.

Soon after moving in, however, the honeymoon period fades. That transom window over the sliding doors offers a not-so-lovely view of the ceiling of the porch. And the arch over the front door can seem very plain without an expensive treatment.

Replacing the window with decorative glass would be cost-prohibitive, and even window coverings – which often must be custom made for such specialized sizes – would be pricey. What’s more, a window covering could block most of the natural light the glass lets in; eliminating the very reason the windows were attractive in the first place.

Many homeowners are finding an affordable solution in “Wallpaper” for Windows! by EtchArt.

For as little as $25 for a transom window or $50 for an arched window, Wallpaper for Windows gives windows the look of etched or stained glass, improving the situation without blocking the light. Installation takes just minutes, with no more tools required than a spray bottle.

Adhesive-free Wallpaper for Windows uses a patented static cling film to adhere to the glass. When it is time to redecorate, it pulls off easily, leaving no residue, and can be reused elsewhere.

Expect to field some questions if you choose to use Wallpaper for Windows, “My neighbor asked me about it immediately,” said Jeanne Grier, a Cleveland resident who uses the product on several windows in her home. “It was very easy, very easy,” she said.

The Advantages of Sofa Slip Covers

You’re tired of your old decorating scheme. You’re looking for a quick change for your home. You’ve considered paint, new flooring, and even new pictures on the wall. The problem is your sofa. It’s limiting you. Since it’s the largest thing in the room, you feel obligated to make it the focal point of the room.

That would be okay if you like the way it looked. Well, the answer is easy: change your sofa.

Sofa slipcovers offer a way to change your couch without the expense of buying a new one. You simply cover your existing sofa. Sofa slipcovers are made to fit most sizes and styles of sofas. If you have a unique, one-of-a-kind, or handmade sofa, you might have to have one custom-made. Otherwise, you should be able to buy a sofa slipcover right off the rack.

Sofa slipcovers are made in a wide variety of styles — from fun and funky, to simple and stylish. Whatever your decorating taste and personal preferences, you should be able to find a sofa slipcover to match.

Slipcovers come in a variety of fabrics. If your sofa is used on a daily basis, you should buy a slipcover in a sturdy fabric. Denim, chintz, linen, ticking, and canvas are all good choices. They are all able to withstand repeated wear and cleaning.

Solids, stripes, checks, and florals are all popular designs for sofa slipcovers. If you have a particular fabric in mind, you could hire someone to make the cover for you. You could also try making it yourself.
Sofa slipcovers are available at many department stores, linen stores, and retail stores. Online outlets also sell slipcovers. An Internet search will uncover numerous options.

Thanks to slipcovers, it no longer costs a bundle to makeover your living room. You can buy a sofa slipcover and give your room a whole new look — all for a fraction of the cost of a new sofa.

Arts and Crafts Style Decorating

The terms Arts and Crafts and Mission Style are often used synonymously today. They refer to a style of home design and furnishings emphasizing natural materials, especially wood, and showcasing a pronounced geometry in the design. Their tremendous revival in popularity stems largely from their association with hand-crafted elements (though many knock offs are manufactured by machine), a rarity in this technologically advanced age. The pieces offer an heirloom quality and a patina that deepens with age. Arts and Crafts furnishings and interiors are also typically very durable and classic with a timeless appeal. They suit today’s desire to simplify and get back to basics. Arts and Crafts interiors are an ideal marriage of function and aesthetic, spaces are designed to work for those living there. To create your own Arts and Crafts interior, there are several elements to consider, both in materials and design.

The materials of an Arts and Crafts interior, while not limited to nature, emphasize wood, stone, glass (made from sand), ceramic tiles (made from minerals/earth), and textiles (using wool, cotton, or linen fibers, and, of course, leather) Much of the visual pattern comes from the grain of the wood selected. Traditionally oak was used, but currently natural cherry is frequently enjoyed. The oak tends to have golden brown gleam, while the cherry is redder. Both darken naturally with age, this is to be expected.

Flooring, all architectural trim/molding, doors, stair rails and stiles, and exposed structural supports are all typically wood, oak most prevalent. Waxed or oil finishes prevail. Joints are pegged or hand-crafted metal hardware is used. Door knobs, cabinet pulls and the like are again hand-crafted wrought iron or bronze in black, umber, or verdigris. Many are square or rectangular shaped and are hand hammered. For a lighter look, some homeowners today are opting for a soft brushed pewter or nickel finish. Once you have the guidelines, you can bend them to suit. If an alternative to a wood floor is desired, tile or slate would be appropriate substitutes. The tile should be large and laid in a linear pattern, not on the diagonal.

To balance and complement the visual depth of the wood, walls are often treated with a textured paint, or plastered (the old bungalows have original plaster.) A good bet is the river rock finish that Ralph Lauren paint provides. Paint schemes bear an influence from nature with goldenrod yellows, burnt sienna browns, cimarron and Indian reds, sage and moss greens, and a neutral palette of earthy tans, toasts, and beiges. The overall feeling has a harmony, a continuity of all elements working together, none upstaging the other. It is about creating an organic home, one that works within its environment and makes the most of its surroundings both outside and inside.

Fireplaces have wood or stone mantels, with stone, ceramic, or occasionally brick surrounds. The wood is oak with a golden stain, usually waxed or rubbed, not polyurethane. Satin or matte finishes rule. Stone is field stone, stacked dry or with mortar, it presents a terrific textural visual. River rock may be used instead and the round smooth stones provide a counterpoint to the rectilinear geometry otherwise present. Ceramic tiles will typically have a motif from nature, perhaps a leaf or acorn, or have an iridescent finish. Today glass tiles are also used to great advantage. Brick, when employed, is smooth faced and laid in clean horizontal bands. Again, one of the clear features of an Arts and Crafts interior is the linear quality. The feeling that the house is part of a bigger view, part of the horizon, is all an effort to be from and of the earth.

Historically, many of the Arts and Crafts and Mission homes sported art glass windows, or at least many panes. This enabled windows to be left uncovered and still appear decorative. Today, art glass windows can be cost prohibitive except in select areas, so if treatment is desired for either privacy, light, or heat control, simpler is better. This translates to options such as a plain Roman shade, silhouettes, wood blinds, or panels on either tabs or rings, on a decorative rod (wood or wrought iron), with finials. If tiebacks are desired consider sisal tassels, simple and bold, or a band of the same fabric as the drapery. No trim or other decorative element is required. Fabric patterns may herald nature, such as a leaf print, or be based in geometry. There is a wide range on the market today including historical prints by William Morris and designs by Frank Lloyd Wright. The same may also be found in wall coverings, though use them sparingly, as they are often busy and distracting. Arts and Crafts and Mission styles today both represent a desire for a wholesome, hearty lifestyle, a return to yesterday’s values.

Furnishings in the Arts and Crafts home are wood, occasionally with a wrought iron or ceramic tile accent. Glass is rarely used. Tables being functional as well as good looking, often have at least a drawer and a shelf for storage. Shapes are squares, rectangles and octagons, though today more rounds are available. Again the geometry created by edges is most apparent. Sofas and chairs are often wood backed with exposed wood arms and cushions that can be readily cleaned or changed out depending on the season. Flexibility and adaptability are prime features. Mission style goes a step further and often offers sofas or chairs with a deep wood shelf surround, acting as the arm and a table (Frank Lloyd Wright design), which gives the illusion of a built-in piece. Leather is frequently used or fabrics in natural fibers such as cotton, linen, or wool. Rich colors and geometric or patterns drawn from nature abound. The most significant interest comes from the combination of elements, again, no one piece dominating. Busy patterns are used sparingly, increasing longevity and flexibility of the furnishings. Resources for furnishings include Stickley, American Impressions by Ethan Allen, and Cotswald Furnishings, a superior resource for hand-crafted furnishings and more in Atlanta.

Lighting in an Arts and Crafts or Mission home is critical, especially with all the dark woods and depth of color schemes popular. While ceiling lights, including recessed can give a good general light, it is far more effective and pleasing to adopt a wealth of luminaries. Torchieres (floor lamps that give uplight, and are best placed in corners) can provide valuable general lighting, while table lamps and floor lamps provide invitation and welcome. Accent lighting can be done with mantel lamps, sconces, and dresser lamps. The two most common types of lamps are the mica and metal designs, the body of the lamp being hammered bronze or copper, the shade a sheet of mica; and the art glass lamps with wood or art glass bases and shades of glass in geometric patterns and a squared coolie shape. Other lighting options include a wealth of reproduction lighting through several lighting sources such as Arroyo Craftsmen, and Yamagiwa (available through designers; they also have an outstanding line of Frank Lloyd Wright designs.)

Accents, accessories, and artwork should be kept to a minimum to allow for a fuller appreciation of the architecture of the home and materials of nature showcased. This is a good chance to provide balance to the predominance of wood with elements in glass, ceramics, and metal. Both bowls and vessels are readily available in all materials mentioned here. Iridescent ware in both ceramics and glass provides an airy complement to the weight and depth of the wood.

Lodge Style Interior Decorating

Lodge style interior decoration, also called rustic or Adirondack style, evokes a strong feeling of those days spent in a summer camp by a lake or a hiking trip taken on a wild trail. Of late, many families are switching over to this style to bring that elusive feeling of nature into their home. Lodge style interior decorating could be the ultimate eco-experience for many people; recreating the natural ambience of a nature camp seems to be one of the objectives.

However, to understand nature and recreating it in an artificial set up may be full of hassles; establishing a clear objective seems to be the first step in this direction. Just trying to visualize the natural elements and developing a clear concept is the first step in this direction. Trying to work with this motive to develop other décor will be a bright idea.

Look out for a theme as the first correct step; it might work as a dose of inspiration for establishing accessories. An artificial wall paper border is a starting point and this can be re-modified later for a better, new decorative scheme. Probably the most important factor that affects the look and feel of a log cabin will be the choice of a compatible color palette. Nature has a range of colors; profusions of dark greens and browns, milder hues of golden grass and blues and passionate splashes of brilliant reds are all part of nature. Probably nature’s own color, green is the most compatible color and no color can bring the nature inside like this color! Green is complimentary to any other color and the whole room can be more attractive along with green. However, always decorate with neutral or soft colors; cream matched with soft grey or Ming green coupled with lighter yellows is always treat to watch. A cool mountain side river border scene surrounded with green trees, bluish skies and grayish valley makes an excellent theme for a marriage of blues and greens.

The look of wood is extremely important; a mix of natural and unpainted wooden logs and pieces are often the best suited for this purpose. Furniture in craft style blends the best in lodge cabin because of its straight lines and form. Trying to find furniture that is too rustic is a better idea to recreate that log feeling. It is preferable to have minimal detailing in the larger pieces, but worn out finishes might look well. Old trunks and suitcases might serve as good coffee or side tables. They also serve as dual advantages of surfaces of storage and display.

All natural materials like old blankets, colorful vintage table cloths can be used as window toppers or pillow covers. Angling and fish trophies available in bargain sales can be hung as wall art or in display windows; this activity also enables a strong conversation with the owner. Old frames with borders can be a nice wall art and the texture of these frames can be the focal point of any log cabin. Pottery, if any, can always be mixed with books and flower vases.

Family trophies and mementos can be arranged symmetrically with photographs framed in all-wooden frames. Bamboo made baskets and art pieces, when hung look natural, lending that feeling of being in a forest. Wall scones add depth to any cabin and also help to create a strong focal point. Log style homes add variety and spice to our life; strong memories of nature are always recalled and recreated in a serene, tranquil manner. It is no wonder that more and more urban-weary people seeking solace of a Lodge cabin to seek that comfort, often missing in their life.

Make Your House Feel More Like Home

So, you’ve just moved in or maybe been settled for a while, and your house still doesn’t feel like home. It’s missing character and individuality that only the infusion of personality can bring. Your home is not your own until it tells your story. Furnishings without accessories, artwork, and accent pieces are like a cake without icing. And it is up to you to determine the flavor and decorations desired and appropriate.

A good starting point is the floor. Whether you have wall to wall carpeting or enjoy the beauty of hardwoods, area rugs are essential. Without anchoring your furniture groups with rugs, your pieces are merely cut adrift on a sea of flooring. Rugs help to establish seating and dining groups, while runners can define traffic patterns and serve as accents. Rugs can be any variety appropriate, including Oriental or Tibetan, border, flat-weave such as dhurrie and kilim, sisal, leather or wool scrap (a shaggy textured appearance), designed pile (an exciting line is available replicating famous works of art), and even floor cloths (a great do-it-yourself idea.) Rugs are truly art for your floor. Keep in mind the rug size. To minimize expense, an accent is exactly that, just enough to add color, interest, and a ground focal point. Rugs in a living area usually average 4×6 or 6×9, with most furnishings off the edge (except the coffee table and maybe an ottoman). Covering your floor entirely with a rug hides both the beauty of the flooring, while the rug is obscured by all the furniture. In the case of a dining table, be certain the rug is large enough that the chairs do not “fall off” it when pulled out. Be aware also that the pattern and scale selected compliment the upholstery and wall coverings, and be especially careful using any rug with a medallion center. It may be lost or distorted beneath a table base, or lose its impact if offset. Rugs are truly art for your floor!

The next accent most often overlooked and so simple to incorporate is plants. An interior is really not dressed until greenery is considered. Look at the corners of your rooms, in particular if they appear empty, and add a tree or perhaps a basket of mixed plants. Real or silk is not an issue, maintenance and whether you have a green thumb may be. It is wise to invest in quality silk plants, as they can last indefinitely, with occasional dusting (in many cases a spray with water to clean up, is even easier, depending on the care suggested by the source.) Plants now are available in such a myriad of species, colors, shapes, sizes, flowering or not. And, they are an invaluable way to add life (literally, if real) to an interior. Typically, a basket by the fireplace (in the summer consider a large basket in the fireplace to avoid the black hole look), a tree in the corner, perhaps a garland over the mantel, small brass potted accents in a bookcase, a bouquet on the table (sofa or coffee), are all viable ways to add greenery to a living/great room. Beyond a tree in the corner, a stunning arrangement centered on a table runner can be the focal point in the dining room (and a wonderful reflection-worthy view for that large mirror you wanted to install.) Greenery is an important part of every interior, even those with a minimalist view. It is a quick and effective way to incorporate an element of nature, keeping you in touch with the environment in some small way.

Once you have added a collage of area rugs, and assorted bits of greenery, it is time to consider your collectibles. Now, you claim you have none, having never saved anything of any worth. I bet you do because, you see, a collection is anything beyond a pair. If you have three of anything, you have a collection, (yes, beer bottles and jelly jars count!) So, get busy checking out those musty old drawers, drafty attics, under-bed stashes, and closets of miscellanea. Collections are meant to be enjoyed, not hidden away in some dust encrusted corrugated coffin. You’ll be delightfully surprised at the riches you invariably already possess, and with a dose of imagination can incorporate into your home. The only rule on collections is that they must mean something to you (not anybody else, just you!) They don’t have to have any intrinsic value, but must have a story and sentimentality. You can create new collections when inspired by a particular piece or event. Try to collect in odd numbers as display is far more interesting. This also makes it easy to pick up the odd piece and avoid getting caught up in searching endlessly for flawless full sets of things. Keep in mind collections are always more effective and exciting when shown in their entirety. For example, if you had a marvelous cache of candleholders and showed them only in pairs in a hodgepodge of spots throughout the house, the visual impact would be diluted, the elegance lost. Whereas these same candleholders massed on a sumptuous damask table runner against the dining table regain their “WOW.” Perhaps your collection is more casual and utilitarian, such as kitchen utensils. Try displaying these in colorful crockware from Crate and Barrel or Pier 1, or arrange a basket collection above kitchen cabinets mixed with greenery. A plate collection could be displayed on a rail running the length of the kitchen or dining room or massed in a china cabinet. Even a montage of magnets can be amusingly exhibited with the help of magnetized boards (Let’s Get Organized), in addition to the usual refrigerator surface. Life is far more fascinating and fun when surrounded by the pieces we cherish and admire. Let your home speak of you with the collections you show off.

Now that you’ve begun to add personality to your interiors, and your house is feeling more like a home, your artwork needs (and wants) must be addressed. Artwork, while typically two dimensional, also encompasses sculpture in a wide range of materials. It is important to concentrate on creating a balanced mix of works. To allow greatest flexibility I try to limit myself to no more than 3 (occasionally 5) works by any given artist. Chances are that even with a diversity of taste, the works you select or own will work in harmony together. Sometimes reframing will be necessary to realize the full potential of a piece and to make it appear most effective with other artworks. On a real shoestring, you can create your own artwork. Striking fabric pieces can be readily stapled to stretchers no frame needed. Children’s artwork can be framed inexpensively and is usually better preserved than taped to a wall or stuck on the refrigerator. Antique prints can be picked up for a song at most flea markets, then frame it yourself with inexpensive frames. To augment a simple wood frame from your local discount center, glue on seashells, or dried flowers, even buttons, bits of broken china (mosaic style), or charms (available in most craft stores). You’ll enjoy a one of a kind craft wonder! Create a display from these either atop a mantel, on the length of a sofa table, or patterned against a wall (photo gallery). (Note: For best effect, keep an edge straight across the top or bottom of all hung pieces, and align them either to the right or left. Be consistent in the spacing between pieces.) Again, as in collectibles, artwork of any sort should mean something to you, not just cover a spot on the wall!

The most significant lesson to be gained in the personalization of your house, the transformation to a home, is that this is your place. While you can certainly listen to your friends, your mother, and, of course, your designer — remember, your home is your own and what you want is what is truly important. The possibilities are endless!

Log Home Decorating Tips and Ideas

Usually, people who choose to build or buy a log home are unconventional souls-“free spirits.” The decor inside their homes is as unique as the outer appearance. Not long ago, decorating such a home was a challenge, since the pieces sold in a typical furniture store didn’t fit-either in size or style-the interior of a log cabin. However, as log cabin homes have become more popular, specialized furniture, as well as floor and window treatments have evolved to fit this decorating niche.

Simplicity and natural ambience are key factors in log home decorating. With an increasing number of choices in log cabin style today, it can be easy to go overboard with rustic pieces, resulting in a cluttered, busy look instead of the simple, peaceful feeling most homeowners want. Creating the right balance takes careful consideration of each purchase.

You will want to offset each intricate piece with a more plain counterpart. For example, if your wooden bed frame has exquisitely carved detail, a simple single or two-toned quilt will show off the handiwork better than a busy-patterned Native American blanket. Pay careful attention to the balance of plain and complex patterns in the living room, too. Often, log cabin homes have very large living areas, so they can handle a number of woven patterns. Offset them, however, with simple clay or carved wooden bowls on natural or distressed look tables and rusted-metal lampshades.

Windows treatments in a log cabin should be simple. Typically, log cabins in pioneer days had very plain window coverings. Their main purpose was to control the amount of light and heat/cold that came in. Because today’s log cabin homeowners usually hold nature in high esteem, and windows are ways of bringing the outdoors in. So, window treatments are simple so as not to distract from the natural light or view outside the window.

Natural fabrics are the most popular choices for decorating a log cabin home. They range from single-colored muslins to heavy-textured woven blankets and rugs. In between is a wide variety of coarseness of cloth, prints and grains of leather. Using one main type of fabric in a room allows you to accessorize simply by substituting a different texture, and maintains the simple feel so right for decorating a log cabin home.

Americana folk art fits the log cabin decorating theme perfectly. In addition to human-made art, many people make the most of Nature’s artwork. Birch wood frames for photo collections, leaf-prints and pressed flowers under glass blend with antler coat or mug racks to highlight living in harmony with the natural world, the spirit that lies at the heart of all log cabin home decorating.

Decorating Ideas For Kids Bathrooms

Since kids tend to start and end the day in the bathroom, giving it a “good vibe” is important. Bright colors and fun touches will help them start and end the day with a smile. But decorating a child’s bathroom isn’t all about fun, you want it to be functional, too. Making it easy for your kids to keep their bathroom tidy is an added bonus.

Since most bathroom spaces are small, save the murals for the kids’ bedrooms. A lively shade is all that’s needed to bring bathroom walls to life. Naturally, if you’re going with a theme, it will dictate the color you choose. For example, turquoise is a perfect fit for an underwater scheme, a sky fantasy bathroom might have walls painted robin’s egg blue, and a soft green makes the perfect backdrop for a jungle-themed bathroom. Stencils and vinyl decals let you add character to the walls, while a peppy-printed shower curtain pulls the whole look together.

If the bath/shower enclosure is glass enclosed, you can pep it up with vinyl window decals in fun designs. Be sure to use the type that adheres by static cling instead of adhesive. Otherwise, you’ll spend a lot of time scraping old adhesive off the glass when your child outgrows the pattern. Another fun way to decorate a glass shower or bathtub door is to let your child design her own window “stickies” with a craft kit you can purchase at most toy or craft stores. Kids squeeze a gel out of a bottle and onto a piece of parchment type paper. It dries into a soft, rubbery type of plastic that clings to glass surfaces. Kids love both the creativity as well as taking part in decorating “their” bathroom.

Don’t forget to add safety to your design list. Whether you choose a rubber bath mat or non-slip adhesive decals, make sure the bottom of the tub or shower your child will use has a bottom covering that provides traction. Make those decals or bath mats a bright color, and you’ll draw your child’s attention as he steps in, subtly developing a safety habit of looking where you step. Be sure, too, that any throw rugs on the floor outside the tub have a non-slip backing to keep kids from falling and hitting their heads on the tub. In addition, big, knobby clothes hooks will cause less head pain when bumped than pointed hooks. And, if you are adding a step stool to help little ones reach the faucet, be sure the bottom is equipped with non-skid rubber footings.

Solar Flood Light

If you like to save money, then you will be impressed at how the advent and use of solar technology has changed almost every aspect of power generation from roof top solar applications to solar powered cars and everything in between. A solar flood light is going to save you money in energy dollars, pure and simple. During the day, a solar panel on the top of the light converts the sun’s rays into electrical energy that recharges an internal battery. Like magic when the sun goes down, presto, your light will turn on automatically! Of course, your geological location has a lot to do with the number of hours your light will get in the form of direct light. One of the best features of this great system is its longevity. Although the solar flood light may produce less light than electrical wiring, it is constructed with high output LED bulbs with low light level charging circuitry which are features you won’t find common on normal electrical light systems.

No matter what type of project you have, whether it is a simple solar flood light for your back yard or even to light up your boat dock, this type of lighting will enhance your quality of life at night with some great and ingenious applications. A solar flood light is engineered to offer countless hours of service. You will find many applications that will have 13,000MCD bulbs or more. Here is a great link on some more solar application information: [http://www.ceiling-fans-interiors.com/solar-lighting.html]

Commonly people are using the solar flood light in landscape applications as this type of light produces white light that lasts all night long. You can illuminate your driveway, deck or patio, or even a shed, barn or outhouse that is located a long distance from the main house. Using the solar panel and LED lights, no longer will you have to worry about stringing all of those long and tedious electrical wires. Here is a direct link to solar flood light information: http://ceiling-fans-interiors.com/179-solar-flood-light.html Your best type of solar lighting can offer you incredibly bright light and will never need to be replaced. You will enjoy the long operating times, more light and much lower operating cost, which is always easy to take! Your common solar flood light will enhance and beautify your yard or even your commercial business. It is definitely worth a serious look.

Basic Guidelines for Your Window Treatment

Why is it important to dress up the window ?

There are many reasons. Firstly, you beautify your home environment. It makes your home cosy. Cloth fabrics also serve to act as sound absorber and dampener reducing disturbing echoes if you talk loudly. This also applies if you are watching TVs or playing the stereos in a room with barren walls. Thirdly, it gives you control over the amount of sunlight streaming into the room. If the morning sun is shining brightly, you can always draw the curtain so the glare will not be upon your eyes. The curtain can also serve as the barrier against the hot temperature outside the house. Lastly, with home apartments built nearer to each other, the curtain provide you with a sense of privacy. By drawing your curtain there will be no intrusion or prying eyes into your movement in the house.

Here are some tips when choosing a curtain.

Make sure your fabric you choose does not shrink, otherwise your investment goes down the drain. Alternatively , you may want to pick a longer fabric with a larger hem. In the event the material does shrink you can always re-do the hem length. Also consider how much afternoon sun the room is exposed to. It is advisable not to use silk fabric as they tend to fade in strong sunlight.

You also need to consider what room you are putting on the curtain. The living room is more formal where guest are seated so more grand or formal curtains are suitable. The study room will look good with curtains that make it look business like and masculine. Curtains in a bedroom usually convey intimacy and warmth. Here are examples of bedroom curtains. Lastly, curtains that are bright and colorful do well in children’s bedroom.

It’s best to install a curtain on a large window or sliding door way as a large curtain looks commanding and majestic with large amounts of fabric. Small window look better with window blinds rather than curtain.

Most probably your walls are white and you should pick curtains with colors similar to white which will match the colors of your wall. What you can do if you prefer darker tones is to select a trim that matches the color of the wall. Alternatively, you can pick a fabric that combines both dark and lighter colors.

Designing a Space For Your Child

The old cliché says “home is where the heart is.” That may be true, especially forDesigning a Space For Your Child children. Our young ones’ hearts are not just at home, but more specifically, children’s hearts and identities are wrapped up in their own particular part of home–their bedrooms.

For infancy and it’s many hours of sleeping, children grow comfortable with “their space.” And where the rest of the house may be decorated with things reflecting Mom and Dad’s personalities and styles, a child’s bedroom usually reflects interests of a child. From mobiles to Winnie-the-Pooh or a Sesame Street theme, the nursery, which later involves into a bedroom, contains all things child-like–little clothes on small hangers, toys, often pint-sized tables and chairs (like the ones from Rubbermaid Specialty Products), picture books, fingerpaintings, etc. Everything to make the room feel like the child’s kingdom.

But with a growing child and his changing interests, how does an economically-minded parent design a room that will last many years, or at least from infancy to adolescence. Interior designers and decorators across the country had written numerous books on the subject. And all of them would be happy to design the room for your child, but if you do not have a mountain of funds or if you are more of a do-it-yourselfer, there are many things you need to consider.

First, decide upon the furniture. When your baby has outgrown the bassinet and frequently escapes from the crib, it is time to purchase a bed. You may want to buy one that matches the dresser already in the room. But if there is no dresser and you are starting from scratch, here are some things to consider:

According to Davenport House, a Florida-based mail order and on-line company, “When buying major furniture pieces, try to choose items that will grow with the child. Paint, wallpaper, comforters and accessories are easier to change.” Opt for something more traditional that you’ll be proud to have in your house. Though Davey may prefer the racecar shaped bed, he will tire of it quickly, and unless you’re willing to trade him beds, you’ll be forced to purchase a new one.

When purchasing a bed for your child, you may want to consider buying bunk or trundle beds. As a child grows, having the space for a friend to sleep over becomes more important. (If this is not an option for you, during a sleepover children can sleep in sleeping bags in a tent–or one made of blankets).

In addition to a bed, your child will need a dresser (or something to hold her clothes and shoes), shelves or tubs for toys and books, and a desk (for play and eventually homework). Choose items that have rounded corners and edges. All of these items are available in wide array of prices from the lower end, stylish and functional IKEA to the moderate priced, space-saving wood designs of This End Up (found in major malls) to classic and higher end Ethan Allen. Consult your Yellow Pages for a complete listing of furniture and home accessory stores.

Always involve your child in each step or process. When your preschooler or toddler gets to pick out posters and the bedspread this involvement further reinforces their sense of ownership of the room. If your child is older than toddler age you may want to have her draw a picture of how she would arrange the furniture in the room. For encouragement, you may need to ask questions, such as “Where will you sleep? Where will Teddy sleep? Where will you keep your Barbie dolls? Where will you draw?” She may draw an arrangement you had not even considered.

If your child is a toddler or preschooler and still prone to occasionally falling out of bed, when determining the arrangement of the room, you should suggest putting the bed against two walls for safety. Also for safety, keep beds and climbable objects (i.e., dressers and bookshelf units) away from windows, and make sure drape or blind cords are short enough that the child will not be able to wrap the thing around his neck.

When choosing a color for the walls, your child should always have a voice. Even if you cannot stand the royal purple she has picked, repainting is one of the easiest and inexpensive decorating changes. Let your child have her fun until she grows out of the color.

Other easy decorating ideas include jumbo stick-ups. These vinyl-like appliques can be reapplied many times and come in an assortment of designs including Disney characters, Berenstain Bears, Batman and the Land Before Time. One brand of kits, Priss Prints, is available at most Sears and J.C. Penney stores.

Another decorating idea for the wall is the height chart. For years children have stood with their backs to wall while some adult drew a line above their heads. If you love the idea, but do not want the pencil marks on your fresh paint job, Priss Prints also offers a mylar strip that measures up to six feet and comes with frames to display photos of the child alongside his measurement.