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January 7, 2014
Edmonton Easy-to-Change Seasonal Decorating Ideas
Edmonton Easy-to-Change Seasonal Decorating Ideas
When spring arrives with its bright sunshine, fresh air, vibrant colors and light, do you find yourself regretting the decorating decisions you made last fall or winter? It's natural to incorporate the season into your Edmonton home decor, and the best way to do that is with design touches that can change as easily - and quickly - as the seasons themselves.
While you may love the bright reds and greens of the holiday season or the lush lilacs and blues of spring and summer, making them the foundation of a room's design can leave the decor feeling out-of-step when the seasons change. By starting out with a foundation of neutral colors in walls, flooring and furnishings, you can add colorful and seasonally appropriate accents.
Updating your decor to complement the season is as simple as focusing on a few key areas.
It's easy to overlook, but lighting is a key element in room design, and one that needs to change with the season.
In spring and summer, when sunshine is abundant and the days are longer, you can rely more on natural light. During warm months, you may only need artificial light late in the evening, when the advanced hour makes soft, muted light appropriate. Winter's shorter days and weaker sunlight lead to greater dependence on artificial light throughout the day, so your lighting design should include options that can be used throughout the day.
Most rooms will benefit from a mixture of overhead lighting, floor lamps, wall sconces and table lamps.
While neutral-hued walls make a versatile background for virtually any design, don't be afraid to spice things up with seasonal touches. Repositionable wall covering options make it possible to create a seasonal look with a wall mural - and then remove it and replace it with something different when the season changes.
A patented adhesive allows you to easily place the removable wallpaper on virtually any smooth, flat surface, from windows to walls. You can pull it down, reposition it elsewhere, even fold it up and store it in a drawer for use next year. A wide variety of designs mean you can find something to fit your seasonal decor, and if you don't see anything you like, you can customize by submitting your own original photo through the website.
If your floor is wood or you have a newer home with builder-installed carpet, you probably already have a neutral palette to work with. Adding seasonal flair to floors is as simple as adding or removing area rugs.
Area rugs in rich tones can warm up a room during winter months - especially when wood floors can feel cold underfoot. You can even add an accent rug in evergreen or crimson to underscore your holiday decor.
In warm months, when your family spends more time outdoors, a more durable area rug, positioned near entryways can help keep soil, grass clippings and other debris off your carpet or floor.
From window treatments to wall art, accessories are an easy, great way to create a seasonal look in any room.
In winter, when you want to keep out the chill, choose heavier drapes in colors that inspire warmth and comfort. For autumn or spring, when you want to welcome in sunlight, lighter, sheerer options can be appropriate. And in summer, when you'll rely on blinds to block out hot midday sun, pastels and lighter fabrics can be a soothing foil to the utilitarian appearance of blinds.
Just as you change your own wardrobe to stay in step with the seasons, updating your home decor seasonally can help make your home feel welcoming and comfortable. Fortunately, it's easy to keep your home decor in tune with the seasons when you make a few updates that are easy to change with the season.
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November 26, 2013
Style is not lost when it comes to choosing solid oak furniture
Style is Not Lost When it Comes to Choosing Solid Oak Furniture
There is a school of thought amongst consumers that solid oak furniture offers less in the way of style than furniture made of the lighter woods available. It's an idea that is based on the notion that solid wood is thick, hard and heavy, like slabs, and are fixed together to make weighty chests of drawers, immovable wardrobes and coffee tables that require almost the whole family to lift. This, of course, is not true.
It is true that solid furniture is generally heavier than something like solid pine, which is somewhat less weighty than its oak counterpart. Solid wood is less susceptible to damage from the elements, with most needing only to be treated from time to time to protect it from damp or heat. Furniture that is not solid can see its veneer covering lift as dampness gets underneath, while cracking and warping from heat are also types of damage that can destroy the look of the piece. Of course, chipping is always possible in both solid and veneer furniture, but in solid furniture the same wood is exposed, making simple repairs possible.
But it's not just about damage, it's also about the furniture styles and ranges that are available in solid oak. There is no shortage of quality solid oak ranges about, with Hereford Oak furniture collections a leader amongst the list that includes Aquarius Oak, Cambridge Oak, Lyon Oak and Vancouver Oak, amongst many. These ranges comprise a variety of furniture pieces that are distinctive because of the design, color and finish each have. From oak wardrobes and oak dining tables to elaborately carved oak cabinets and oak kitchen units, these pieces can match the interior decor of any room or home.
Style is imperative for any product in a competitive industry, and the furniture industry is no different. In fact, the more charismatic the design, and more striking the visual effect of the furniture piece, the more likely it is to sell. That's why the variety of furniture designs is vast, and it is no less the fact for solid furniture with finishes and effects used to beautify the pieces.
Oak is an ideal wood when it comes to staining, with colors ranging from a refreshing harvest gold to a more earthy dark red hue. A rustic finish allows for the natural grain and knot structure of the solid piece to appear aged, giving the piece an almost vintage look. However, a more distressed look, such as those mimicking steel brushed or chipped surfaces, is also attractive as it lends a sense of worn legacy.
Such effects and designs are not limited to tables for the dining room or living room, but extend to all products to allow everyone to have the style they wish in any room in the home or office. Casual units, like bookcases, nests of tables, TV units and telephone and hall tables, range in size and finish. Even for the student or home office worker, desks are designed to suit their practical needs as well as the spatial restrictions of the room they are studying or working in.
Leading brand names, such as Hereford oak furniture, offer ranges that appeal to the complete spectrum of consumers, from those who like the contemporary styles to those who would rather the old-world, vintage affects. Even the minor details, like the type of handle on drawers or cabinet doors, are specifically tailored to complement the tones of the stained oak wood itself.
The stereotypical solid oak dining table, for example, can have a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from the square-cornered rectangular table to the oval model for four that extends to sit double that. The ability of extend in length might be a practical aspect of its design, but its style is never compromised, retaining the same finish seamlessly throughout.
It's a fact that solid does not have to mean boring. These examples show just how varied the design and appearance solid oak furniture can be. They are not cumbersome items to be avoided, or so bland that they fail to excite, but boast innovation and even elegance along with their reputation for durability and value.
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