By: Kathryn Bechen
All-white décor doesn’t have to be bland…on the contrary it can be cozily grand! Here’s how to create an all-white cottage that sumptuously says, “Welcome Home!”
1. Shady Lady. The secret to decorating your cottage successfully in white lies in using several shades of complementary white paint on walls, floors, and furniture. Think very subtle shades of bright white, soft white, yellow white, beige white, gray white, etc. Look at paint cards at the paint store to find shades that complement each other. The choices of white shades are virtually unlimited.
2. Touching Texture. The next most important secret to decorating with white is texture. Think textured paint on the walls, chenille comforters, pillows embellished with texture, textured art, white seashells. Texture in different shades of white creates a soft ambience.
3. Wonderful Windows. Painting windowsills a bright high-gloss white makes them stand out from other shades of white walls, such as off-white or beige, and gives a crisp, clean look. Window treatments are often not necessary, or try sheer white textured panels for a lovely romantic look.
4. Give it the Slip. White cotton duck slipcovers on sofas and chairs are a wonderful cottage look and also very practical as they can be washed easily, and with each washing they get more soft, comfy, and cozy.
By: J Kane
Ceramics is a general term for fired clay objects. This may include decorative objects such as vases and figurines as well as functional objects such as dinnerware. There is a wide variation in the quality and value of different types of ceramic material.
Bone china is made by adding bone ash to the clay. It was originally made in England. Not as transparent or thin as porcelain, it is beautiful for formal table settings.
Porcelain, the most expensive ceramic, is made from a fine, white kaolin clay that becomes glass-like when fired in the kiln. It is extremely hard and durable and does not chip as easily as bone china. Most fine porcelain objects come from Limoges, France. Porcelain, with its delicate look and durable nature is at home in any tasteful interior.
Earthenware, otherwise known as pottery, is made from red clay. Although it is more prone to chipping, is very popular, especially for country-style decors. It is available in a multitude of colors and patterns and is very affordable.
When you purchase ceramic items to be used for eating and drinking, check to make sure they are safe and that you can put them in the dishwasher. Ceramic items to accessorize with include vases, candy dishes, bowls, sculptures, coasters and picture frames. They are available in any style to suit your personal taste.
About the Author:
J Kane is a webmaster and author for Home Decorating Ideas
By: Max Bellamy
There is no better haven than our home. “East or West, home is the best,” is a common saying. Whoever it may be, whatever position he or she may hold, finally everyone returns home to find peace and relax.
A home is cozier and more comfortable than any other place. We build our homes with the utmost care and sincerity. After all, it is a place where we spend most of our lives.
Home decorating means a lot to the owner. It also demands hard work and devotion, as it is not an easy task. Decorating includes both the interior as well as exterior aspects.
By: Lee Dobbins
Whether you live in an openly built home or a studio apartment, decorating with a room divider can help your space go from drab to fab! You can easily use a room divider of any type to make your space more warm and intimate, which is what you want your home to be all about. Although open floor plans are more and more popular today, they are not always the best for creating a warm and inviting environment. So, there are many situations when decorating with a room divider can really help you create a cozier atmosphere for you and your guests.
You can use several different types of room dividers in many various locations in your home. If you have a kitchen with an eat in dining area, you may want to think about placing a room divider in between the kitchen and the eating area. This will allow you to form two separate areas instead of one open space. In addition, you can start decorating with a room divider in a studio apartment to actually make distinct differences between your different living areas. A few screens can help you create a “bedroom” which can be very cozy indeed.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 31 March 2010 22:27)