Jan 08

Basement Rescue 101

basementAs real estate prices continue to rise, many homeowners are opting to renovate their current homes rather than purchase new ones. According to design expert Kimberley Seldon, if you’re on the hunt for more square footage, rescuing your lower level is a great way to create more room for the whole family to enjoy.

Turning a basement into a stylish, practical space that meets the demands of modern living doesn’t have to be daunting. When planning for a basement redesign, it’s important to start with an electrical plan and work with a team of experts.

To get you started, Seldon works with the Electrical Safety Authority to offer a few ideas that’ll help you achieve a revitalized basement that’s both beautiful and safe.

Smart storage.

When it comes to storage, the lower level of your home is typically a wealth of unused nooks and crannies, which can be creatively reimagined. Perhaps there is space under the stairs to hide away those items you use just once or twice a year? Adding lighting to a closet is always a good idea. A Licensed Electrical Contractor can provide advice on automated options and even the best bulbs to use. Get creative with your storage solutions, but just remember that a breaker panel can’t be located in a closet or bathroom.

Light it up.

Basements often lack natural light, but a layered lighting plan that includes task lighting for a home office nook, decorative lighting on display shelves, and pot lights for ambient light will enhance the room’s overall level of brightness. Remember that all pot lights aren’t created equal. There are specific options for insulated and uninsulated spaces to prevent overheating and a potential fire. A Licensed Electrical Contractor can provide advice and install the right pot lights for your space.

Warm and toasty.

For the ultimate relaxed ambiance, consider adding a gas fireplace surrounded by built-ins for added storage. You can even illuminate some of your favourite objects if you have display shelving. Don’t forget that even when you’re installing a gas fireplace, there are still electrical considerations. You’ll need an outlet added in the right spot for power controls, such as the ignition transformer, thermostat and fan.

Find more design and electrical tips online at poweryourreno.ca.

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Dec 12

Top 5 Pitfalls of Kitchen Renovations

kitchen-renovationsA gorgeous kitchen can definitely make your life better, but before you start your reno, find out more about five common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

1. Kitchens are expensive.

It’s easy to spend $25,000 to $50,000 on a mid-range kitchen makeover. Even budget remodels of a small kitchen can run up to $15,000. Expert do-it-yourselfers can cut these costs in half, but most of us don’t have the required skills and will likely need a professional contractor to deliver the best results. Given the cost and lifestyle impact a kitchen reno has, avoid dealing with contractors who promise a low price but want to be paid in cash with nothing written down.

2. Cabinet hardware varies a lot in quality.

Before you sign any kitchen remodelling contract, make sure it specifies the type and brand of hinges, drawer slides, handles and accessories that’ll be used.

3. Fancy countertops can be troublesome.

High-end stone and solid surface countertops deliver powerful bragging rights, but they’re not necessarily more durable than less expensive options like laminate or solid maple. Some elaborate materials require regular sealing, while others can be damaged by a hot pot. Research your options before deciding.

4. Ask for great materials.

Even expensive kitchen cabinets are often made of the cheapest material possible, melamine-coated particleboard. Think of sawdust bonded with glue and a factory coating on top. Truly high-end cabinets are made with veneered cabinet-grade plywoods and solid hardwoods. These are stronger, lighter in weight and more durable.

5. New kitchens don’t always pay off at resale.

According to an annual survey run by Remodeling Magazine since 2002, mid-range and high-end kitchen remodels deliver only 60 to 65 cents of increased resale value for every dollar spent. If you’re planning to move in the near future, make sure the investment makes financial sense.

Find more information on the Canadian Home Builder’s Association’s website, www.getitinwriting.ca.

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Oct 21

Give Your House a Vintage Modern Mix

vintage-modern-mixPerfecting the trending look of vintage modern décor is all about striking the right balance between old and new. Although gorgeous versions of this style can be found everywhere, it can be difficult to know where to start. Get ideas for your next project with these creative ways to fashion vintage-inspired décor from Sharon Grech, colour and design expert for Benjamin Moore.

Antique it:

Adding antiques or vintage furniture to your collection will warm up the clean, modern lines in contemporary design. “Buying vintage doesn’t have to break the bank,” Grech confirms. “Antique markets or garage sales are some of the best places to find older tables, cabinets, or chairs. Once you’ve found your pieces, give them new life with a fresh coat of paint and new fabric if necessary.”

You can create a weathered look with paint by sanding away any peeling or high gloss paint and picking a colour that works well for antiquing, like whites and brights. Use waterborne interior alkyd paint and a high quality synthetic paint brush. Grech recommends a paint from Benjamin Moore, which is ideal for furniture projects because it’s self-levelling and has a longer dry time, allowing you to achieve a high-end finish.

For the perfect weathered texture, allow paint to dry and then sand some of it off using 80-grit sanding paper. Focus on the legs, drawers, and edges. Don’t worry about imperfections, which will make the furniture look like it aged naturally. For a finishing touch, update the hardware on cabinets or coffee tables — brass, nickel, or rubbed bronze finishes will keep it classic.

Focus on the bright side:

Nothing says vintage like the right colour hues — but be careful not to go overboard. Grech recommends adorning the walls in Wythe Blue HC-143 or Fernwood Green 2145-40 to mix vintage exuberance with modern appeal. If you prefer neutral walls, add pops of colour with bright retro chairs, patterned rugs, or art-deco inspired artwork.

Accessorize with vintage game and hobby pieces:

Use vintage pop art to bring the family together and add to the theme. “Right now, it’s all about 1950s inspired furniture and games. Record players, retro bikes, and ping pong tables are great collectibles, but are also fantastic for entertaining,” says Grech. “Old picture frames, light fixtures, and antique jars, vases, or bowls will also help add finishing touches to your room.”

Learn more about antiquing your furniture at www.benjaminmoore.ca.

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Oct 08

4 Tips to Get Your House Winter Ready

winter-readySevere weather elements can put a strain on the outside of your home. Getting it ready for winter can help avoid costly repairs and could indirectly keep your insurance premiums low.

“There are a few simple steps that homeowners can take to prepare their homes for winter,” advises Tracy Laughlin, Vice President, Personal Lines, Ontario and Atlantic at Intact Insurance. “Making sure you’ve done everything you can to protect your home can save you money and potential damage.”

Here are some of Laughlin’s favourite home maintenance tips to help you make the best of winter without having to worry about your home.

1. Clear gutters, roof, and drains.

Having to fix your roof in the winter will lead to higher costs than it would in the summer. Inspect your roof for shingles that are warped, damaged or even missing to avoid an unwanted leak. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are securely fastened and that drainage is being led at least five feet away from the house to prevent flooding. It’s also important to drain and shut off exterior faucets and sprinkler systems to prevent freezing and make sure snow melts will drain away from your house. Proper insulation can also prevent ice damming in the winter.

2. Seal them up.

Water damage is the leading cause of home insurance claims in Canada. Before winter, check your windows and doorframes for air leaks, possible water leaks, and signs of damaged, weakened, or rotted wood. Seal all cracks. And don’t forget your storm windows and loose screens, repairing or replacing as necessary.

3. Check your cooling and ventilation air systems.

Examine any fireplaces and chimney systems to ensure no debris has collected. Any cracks or voids could potentially cause a fire. Change the filters on your furnace and make sure your humidifier works. Clean air is essential to good health, since problems with air quality can also lead to mold.

4. Trim trees.

Damage to homes from overgrown trees is one of the most commonly overlooked problems in Canadian winters. In fall, trim overgrown trees and shrubs to prevent ice-covered branches from thrashing against your home’s exterior. Remind your neighbours to do the same — falling branches from a neighbour’s yard could damage your home and put you both in a sticky situation.

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Sep 18

Fall Home Decorating – 8 Great Tips

home-door-decorated-for-halloweenAlthough some of us are still experiencing 90 degree weather, this is a great time of year to begin to play your fall home decorations. If you have children like we do in the Giverny family, you will undoubtedly be hanging Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations for each holiday but you can carry you basic fall theme through the entire season as well.

Follow these few tips to create a great fall look for you home that will carry you for the entire season.

  • Use items from nature such as rocks, leaves, and pumpkins to decorate your home both inside and out.
  • Let kids participate in the fall decorating by painting a pumpkin for their room. With the help of an adult, kids can paint a wacky pumpkin face or, for the little ones, glue on foam cut-outs to bring their pumpkin to life.
  • Take a nature walk through the woods and pick up rocks, pine cones and colorful leaves for a quick wreath or great table display. Observe your natural setting for great inspiration.
  • Scented pine cones make a welcoming atmosphere for visitors when placed in cute baskets on the porch or foyer table.
  • Use tumble or rough stones in the bottom of a vase of flowers or in a bowl for a rustic accessory.
  • Use high-quality dried and artificial flowers so that your beautiful decoration last for years to come.
  • Match your floral décor to your climate. For example, if you live in a harsh climate artificial decorations will last the longest and look the best. If you are living in a moderate climate, dried, preserved or artificial flowers will look stunning.
  • When holiday arrive, simple add your ghosts, goblins and cornucopias to your beautiful fall decorations.

If you have questions about how to use Giverny’s rock and mineral home accessories to create your perfect fall look, please contact us at GivernyOnline.com.

Tracy Barnhart, a professional geologist, is the owner of Giverny, Inc. Find out more about eco-friendly home accents and gifts made from rocks and minerals by contacting Tracy at 888.881.9774 or visiting our website http://www.GivernyOnline.com.

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Aug 25

10 Autumn Cleaning Tips For Your Home

Fall afternoonWe’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but it has been suggested by health experts that such a deep clean should be carried out twice a year – with the second time being autumn.

Autumn is an essential time to give your home a deep clean due to the falling temperatures outside and the heating being on, combined with windows being closed, making it the perfect conditions for carpets to harbour dirt, germs and harmful allergens.

To help you clean your home, in this post we’ve compiled 10 autumn house cleaning tips.

Wash Your Windows:

Surprisingly it has been suggested that rain water is good for cleaning windows, due to containing fewer contaminates than tap water – and you may have the temptation to leave the cleaning of your windows until the spring.

But if you haven’t cleaned your windows in awhile, you will notice come the next autumn downpour they look dirty, with streaks appearing. Prevent this from happening, by giving your windows a thorough clean over the coming weeks.

De-Clutter Your Cupboards:

We are all guilty of storing items which we no longer have a need for, and over time such objects can begin to clutter up the home.

Use the big autumn clean as the perfect time to de-clutter your home, removing all those items which have been sat collecting dust on your shelves or in your cupboards and aren’t going to be used again, along with any summer (and winter) clothes which no longer fit or you want.

De-cluttering your home doesn’t mean you need to fill your bin up with unwanted goods either. Instead donate any items which are still in good quality to a local charity shop, or consider how else you can recycle them in and around your home.

Clean Behind & On Top of Furniture:

When running the vacuum around the home on a weekly basis, very few of us will move the couch, wardrobe or sideboard out of the way to clean behind. A top house cleaning tip when carrying out a big clean, is to clean on top, behind and underneath your furniture.

By taking the time to clean behind, underneath and on top of furniture will help to ensure all dust, dirt, debris and allergens are removed – providing you with a healthier and cleaner home.

Remove All Cobwebs:

Autumn is spider season, and following the warm but damp summer we’ve experienced – which created the perfect breeding climate for house spiders – this year will be no different. But, despite the cobwebs adding to the Halloween experience it’s recommended to remove them from your home.

The easiest two ways to remove cobwebs from your home is with an extendable duster, which will enable you to reach the cobwebs in the corners near your ceiling, or, by using the hose and extension tube on your vacuum cleaner.

Defrost The Freezer:

Your freezer is one of few appliances which is used on a daily basis, and to keep it working to its full potential it is important to make sure you keep on top of freezer maintenance. Key to such maintenance is to defrost your freezer – if you don’t have a self-defrosting model.

If you haven’t done this for awhile or you’ve noticed a build up of ice, autumn is the perfect time to defrost it.

Clean Bedding, Upholstery & Curtains:

Whilst changing your bedding on a weekly basis will help to keep the bed clean, you may be surprised at home much dirt can be harboured on your mattress. Along with dirt, bedbugs are becoming more common in UK households – so it is important to clean the mattress on a regular basis to kill these off.

One way to clean your mattress is with a vacuum cleaner and mattress tool. But one of our top autumn cleaning tips is to use a suitable steam cleaner.

Steam cleaning kills 99% of germs and bacteria, at the same time as removing dirt without the need for chemicals, and the heat produced by a steam cleaner will kill off any bedbugs and eggs which may be lingering on your mattress.

In addition to using a steam cleaner on your bedding, we would also recommend using the steam cleaner to clean upholstered furniture and curtains – providing the surfaces with a deep and thorough clean.

Remove Muddy Foot / Paw Prints:

Autumn is a naturally beautiful and colourful month, as the trees change colour and the crisp leaves scatter across the pavements – bringing joy to children as they walk through them, kicking them up into the air.

But, autumn is also a typically wet and muddy season – and this can play havoc for homeowners, as muddy footprints and paw prints are traipsed through the home.

To clean muddy foot/paw prints from hard flooring – whether laminate, wood or tiles, we recommend using a steam mop as soon as possible, as this will lift and remove the dirt, leaving the area looking spotless.

When it comes to removing muddy prints from carpets, it is often best to leave the mud to dry before tackling. Once the mud has dried, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda over the area and leave this for at least half-an-hour to lift out the dirt, and then vacuum as normal.

Clean & Test Chimneys / Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

Wood burners and real fires have seen somewhat of a boom in popularity over the last few years, and with the temperatures starting to fall, they will soon be put to use – providing warmth and comfort on those dark, wet nights.

But, before you begin using your wood burner / real wood fire we recommend you have the chimney professionally cleaned, ensuring it’s free from any dirt, debris and bird nests.

Tied in with cleaning the chimney, you should also test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, making sure they are in full working order. Doing so will make all the difference in an emergency situation, providing you with those vital extra moments of warning and enabling you and your loved ones time to get out.

Don’t Forget Your Light Fittings:

With darker mornings and nights becoming a common feature of autumn, now is the perfect time to give your lights, lamp shades and lamps some extra attention.

These are areas of your home which often become victims of dust, but are also overlooked when the home is being cleaned. With your lights becoming even more important over the coming months, it’s important to make sure they are cleaned and free from any dirt.

In addition to providing them with a dust, for even brighter lighting in your home we would recommend switching to LED bulbs, not only will these brighten up your home but they’ll also help save you money in the long term.

Keep Dirt Outside:

Introducing mats to the internal and external entrances of your home is a great way to help prevent unwanted dirt and debris from being brought into your home. And to ensure you keep as much dirt as possible out, we recommend you use a heavy duty scraper mat on the outside of your home.

Such a mat will tackle mud, grit and all manner of dirt at your door, whilst internally a mat which covers the first few steps into the home will help prevent dirt being carried further into your home, making the everyday cleaning a lot easier – and ultimately quicker.

By following these 10 autumn cleaning tips, you can ensure your home will be clean leading into the winter months, making it the perfect place to unwind, relax and hibernate when the weather outside is dull, grey and wet.

 

Give your house that sparkle by keeping your cleaning appliances in full working order, with the help of BuySpares and our range of spare parts and accessories.

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Jul 30

How to Dry Hydrangeas Naturally

Dried Hydrangeas

Dried Hydrangeas

Beautiful, colorful hydrangeas are amongst the most popular flowers to be used in dried floral arrangements. The most important step in preserving and drying hydrangeas is choosing the right time to cut them. Follow the helpful steps below and you’ll be on your way to creating a beautiful dried floral arrangement.

1. Hydrangeas have two types of flowers on each head. The larger flowers have a small flower on top. At the end of the blooming season (late summer) the small flowers will have almost opened up. Also at this time, the flowers will begin to age and take on a vintage look. This is the prime time to cut the hydrangeas.

2. Cut the stems 12-18 inches down from the base of the flowers and remove the leaves.

3. Position the flowers in a vase filled with fresh water. At least half of the stem should be submerged in water.

4. Place the vase away from direct sunlight in a cool, dry location.

5. The water will evaporate naturally from the vase. Do not refill the vase with water. After the water has completely evaporated, the hydrangeas should be dry. They are now ready to use in dried floral arrangements.

To make a dried hydrangea wreath:

You will need:

  • Styrofoam wreath in desired size
  • Wire U pins
  • Dried hydrangeas

Before attaching the hydrangeas to the styrofoam wreath, immerse the flower heads in warm water for approximately 15 minutes. This causes the flowers to become more pliable, prevent breakage, and allow the flowers to be torn apart to the right size. Attach the hydrangeas to the styrofoam wreath using the wire U pins. After the wreath is completed, it must be dried again for approximately 24-48 hours.

To make a hydrangea basket:

You will need:

  • Basket
  • Dried hydrangeas

To make a basket of hydrangeas, simply arrange the dried flowers in one of your favorite baskets. This basket is now ready to be placed on a coffee table, nightstand or hallway table for the perfect home decorating accent.

There are numerous arrangements and crafts you can make with beautiful dried hydrangeas. Try your hand at drying and arranging a beautiful hydrangea creation today!

 

Lesley Dietschy is a freelance writer and the founder of http://www.HomeDecorExchange.com – The Home Decor Exchange is a valuable website full of information and resources about home and garden decorating.

In addition to editing the Home Decor Exchange website, Lesley is a crochet pattern designer and needle fiber artist. You can view her crochet patterns and needle fiber designs at: http://www.ErinOliviaDesigns.Etsy.com

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Jul 30

Ten Tips to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

North American HomeDo your flowerbeds and pots look like weed beds? Does the paint on your house look faded? Are your shrubs hiding your front door? If so, it may be time to boost your home’s curb appeal. Try these ten tips to help you improve your home.

1. General yard maintenance is the number one and least expensive way to improve your curb appeal. During the peak season, mow and edge about once every week or two. Add a new layer of mulch over your flowerbeds to help keep the weeds away.

2. Add a fresh coat of paint to your home. You can either tackle this job yourself by purchasing a paint sprayer or hire a professional to do the job for you.

3. Make your entrance warm and inviting by trimming back trees and/or bushes that may be blocking the view. To update your entrance you can give your door a fresh coat of paint, add new hardware, and even change your house numbers.

4. Add shrubs and flowerbeds that will add color and interest to your front yard. There are many resources online that can help you with planning your landscaping. The following website (Better Homes & Gardens) is a great place to start: http://www.bhg.com.

5. Clean those windows! Sparkling windows provide instant curb appeal and shows your home is well cared for. To give your windows extra shine, polish them with a clean blackboard eraser or dry piece of newspaper.

6. Make your home inviting by adding a new welcome mat, hang a wreath on your door, pot plants in decorative containers, display ornamental lamps, or other accessories.

7. Does your mailbox look like its seen better days? Now is a great time to invest in a new one. Many mailboxes can be purchased for as little as $39.00 at your local home improvement store or online at http://www.homedepot.com.

8. Update your home’s existing shutters by replacing them or giving them a fresh coat of paint in a brand new color.

9. Add outdoor lighting along your driveway, sidewalks, and near your landscaping to enhance your home’s appearance.

10. Hardscapes like porches and arbors add appeal and value to your home. Be sure these items are in good repair. To add curb appeal, you can stain or paint porches and arbors, add a new pavestone or brick path, and fix any cracks in your driveway.

Adding curb appeal to your home does not mean spending a lot of money. General maintenance, a few accessories, plants, outdoor lamps, and paint can all be added to your home at a minimal cost.

 

Lesley Dietschy is a freelance writer and the founder of http://www.HomeDecorExchange.com – The Home Decor Exchange is a valuable website full of information and resources about home and garden decorating.

In addition to editing the Home Decor Exchange website, Lesley is a crochet pattern designer and needle fiber artist. You can view her crochet patterns and needle fiber designs at: http://www.ErinOliviaDesigns.Etsy.com

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Jul 30

Creating a Summer Flower Arrangement

Summer FlowersSummer is a great time to find colorful flowers to create cheerful arrangements for your home. Take advantage of this flowering season by choosing flowers in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, such as the ones listed below:

  • Teddy Bear Sunflowers – a small version of the original sunflower. It grows to 3 feet in height.
  • Dahlias – a cheery plant of the daisy family that has full blooms that can reach 10 inches in diameter.
  • Scented Geranium Leaves – this plant has sculpted leaves that are available in many scents from ginger to chocolate.
  • Zinnias – available in a variety of colors and sizes and has a hearty bloom.
  • Spray Roses – a miniature version of the rose that comes in lots of colors and scents.
  • Perennial Salvia – a purple sprig that adds a spiky contrast to the full blooms of the other plants.

Decide on the container you want to use for your flower arrangement and fill it with water. A short bowl-like container will result in a fuller arrangement while a tall vase will result in a thinner arrangement. Garden flowers usually have thick and leafy stems which can make the water murky or cloudy. For this reason, it is best to use an opaque container such as a ceramic bowl or vase. To design the bouquet, start by grouping the medium and large flowers (Dahlias, Teddy Bear Sunflowers, and Zinnias) in your hand until you have the desired look. Stand the arrangement next to the container to gauge the proper height. Cut the stems at an angle to help the flowers stay hydrated.

Once you place the medium and large flowers in your container, tuck in the smaller flowers (Perennial Salvia and the Scented Geraniums) around the medium and large flowers. You should now have a beautiful flower arrangement for your home!

 

Lesley Dietschy is a freelance writer and the founder of http://www.HomeDecorExchange.com – The Home Decor Exchange is a valuable website full of information and resources about home and garden decorating.

In addition to editing the Home Decor Exchange website, Lesley is a crochet pattern designer and needle fiber artist. You can view her crochet patterns and needle fiber designs at: http://www.ErinOliviaDesigns.Etsy.com

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Jul 30

Color Choices In Your Home

Modern Classic Living Room with Blue Hues

Modern Classic Living Room with Blue Hues

As we all know, color choices play an important role in our daily lives from the clothes we wear to the cars we drive. According to studies, our choice of one color over another color may have something to do with the way color makes us feel.

For this reason, color choices in our homes have a large impact on the comfort level. If you want your home to “feel” a certain way or bring out a person’s mood, that can be done with color. Color can make a person feel relaxed, make a person happy, and even increase one’s appetite.

Blue – For example, if you want your living room to make your family and guests feel peaceful, calm and relaxed, you might consider using blue. Blue brings out feelings of calm, peacefulness and stability. Blue is often used on websites and in business because it also represents reliability and loyalty. Green is also a good soothing, calming color. It represents nature, good health and cleanliness.

Here are more feelings color can bring out:

Yellow – Yellow portrays the bliss of sunshine and communicates happiness. It feels expansive and welcoming. Yellow helps you concentrate and increase your metabolism. The color yellow is perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, hall, entries, and other small spaces.

Red – Red is an intense color that represents danger, power and strength. Red has also been shown to raise blood pressure and speed up heart rate. Red is also associated with love, sensuality and energy. Red is typically not a good color choice for bedrooms because it is too stimulating. Since red is known to increase appetite, it is a good choice for dining rooms.

Orange – Orange is a warm color with the energy of red and the cheerfulness of yellow. Orange brings out feelings of happiness, enthusiasm, creativity, success, and determination. Shades of orange can be a great color choice for family and living rooms. However, orange tones may feel unpleasantly hot. Kitchens and other rooms that face west should consider not using orange tones.

Purple – Purple is the color of royalty, sophistication and romance. It brings out feelings of power, ambition and wisdom. Light purple is more romantic and nostalgic while dark purple can bring out frustration and sadness. Lighter versions of purple such as lavender and lilac can be a great color choice for bedrooms.

Pink – Pink is a feminine romantic color that can bring out feelings of tranquility and passiveness. Shades of pink can be a great color choice for both bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms.

Black – Black usually brings out negative feelings of dread, evil, death and mystery but can also mean power, authority, prestige and elegance. Black is a great accent color. Consider using it for picture frames, accent pillows, trims, lampshades, etc.

White – White usually signifies purity, goodness, cleanliness, simplicity and innocence. White creates a relaxing atmosphere. If decorating a white room, consider adding textures such as fuzzy chenille, shiny damask, or weathered painted wood to make the room more interesting.

Brown – Brown is a neutral color found in earth, wood, and stone. Brown is a warm color that represents wholesomeness and earthiness. The color brown also brings out feelings of stability and dependability. Brown can be a good color choice to use in the dining room because it stimulates the appetite.

As you can see, color is very powerful and can affect your mood as well as enhance your home decor. Be sure to ask yourself, “What mood do I want to create?” before picking out that yellow couch or painting your dining room red.

Happy decorating!

 

Lesley Dietschy is a freelance writer and the founder of http://www.HomeDecorExchange.com – The Home Decor Exchange is a valuable website full of information and resources about home and garden decorating.

In addition to editing the Home Decor Exchange website, Lesley is a crochet pattern designer and needle fiber artist. You can view her crochet patterns and needle fiber designs at: http://www.ErinOliviaDesigns.Etsy.com

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