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Bathroom Design Ideas

Bathroom Design Ideas

Thursday, May 17, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Bathroom Design Ideas

While people do not normally spend a large chunk of time in the bathroom, they spend intimate moments in there.  People normally start and end their daily activities inside a bathroom so they might as well give due importance to this particular part of the house.

A bathroom needs to project luxury and comfort in order to set the mood of the day or night.  Getting the best bathroom design ideas will go a long way in making the bathroom a comfortable and luxurious part of the house and everyday living.

People can choose a bathroom with a lot of space or one that is just right for the basic necessities of a bathroom.  But large or small, we have to give due importance to the basic components of a bathroom.

We have to consider the color shade of the floor and the walls as well as the storage areas.  We also have to decide on what kind of sink to use, where to place the mirrors, and whether to use glass shower doors or shower curtains.

The following are some of the most popular bathroom design ideas:

Contemporary – A bathroom can have any size and any shape but fixtures emphasize lines rather than curves.  Rectangular tubs and sinks have plain, instead of ornate, fittings that are made of brushed or matte chrome.  Wood and stone give way to glass and mirror, metal, and ceramic.  There is a very minimal use of wood.

Colonial – The emphasis is on workmanship and details, with an excessive use of wood in mirror frames, panels, and trimmings.  Fittings of brass or copper match the finery of the wood.

Minimalist – Curves are emphasized and lights are vital while fittings are discrete in creating the impression of space and luxury.  Cool colors such as blue, mauve, and pastel, with the discrete use of dark colors for outlines or edges give the impression of space.

Victorian – To look authentic, the bathroom needs high ceilings, central light fitting, and tall narrows windows with lacy curtains.  A ball and claw bathtub with black painted iron faucets and accessories complete the picture of elegance and luxury.

Country – Soft monochromatic colors are used with emphasis on details.  The bathroom contains hand-made mats, baskets and pottery, embroidered towels and murals or tiles with homey designs such as flowers and plants.  Expect to see home-made soaps and herbal toiletries.

Eclectic – It is characterized by a mixture of styles but characterized by a good sense of balance.  Overdoing the designs can ruin everything so make sure to temper the features and fixtures.

Ethnic – Design in the bathroom could reflect the ethnicity of the owner of the house.  Basic designs reflecting one’s ethnic origin can include art or artifacts, including the ethnic basic colors.

Arty – The flat surfaces of the bathroom, like the walls, floor, and ceilings can be designed with wild and wonderful colors and shapes, projecting a realistic or impressionist mural.

Traditional – It incorporates small square tiles and print floral pattern wallpapers in subdued colors.  The lighting is intimate and the fittings are visible, making an ornate part of the decoration.

Whatever design idea you incorporate in your bathroom, it must be able to reflect the mood that you want.  This can easily be accomplished by choosing the proper color and lighting to match the lines or curves, including the decorations that you have selected.

For other ideas on bathroom themes and ideas, check out the following website at http://www.bathroom-interior.com.

Design Gloucestershire

Design Gloucestershire

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Design Gloucestershire

A private garden is a special place where nature is presented in all its beauty for the ultimate enjoyment and relaxation.  Your garden can be a setting for a quiet gathering with friends, a romantic candlelit meal, or an alfresco early morning breakfast to the sound of the birds singing.  Creating the perfect garden can be an artistic expression, combining practicality and aesthetics into the ideal outdoor space.

Humans have been creating ornamental horticultural environments since the dawn of time.  Egyptian tomb paintings from the 1500s BC have been found that depict lotus ponds surrounded by symmetrical rows of acacias and palms. Darius the Great of Persia was known to have a paradise garden, as many great and affluent leaders did at this time.  There have been many different styles of garden throughout history, such as the very geometric and formal French gardening style of the Gardens of Versailles.  In England, wild gardens and perennial gardens have also been popular in the 19th century.

Nowadays, you dont have to be incredibly wealthy or royalty to have your own garden, as most modern homeowners have this privilege.  Trends in modern gardening include a recent environmental consciousness and awareness of sustainable garden design, such as green roofs or rainwater harvesting.  A recent trend is also to grow fruit, vegetables, and/or herbs in ones own personal garden, due to a desire for organic produce and a global increase in food prices.

However gardens need not serve a practical purpose as some are simply decorative.  Your garden can be anything you want it to be, when you incorporate your favourite flowers, some attractive sculptures, lights, and outdoor furniture.

If you are planning a garden, think about how much time you will be spending there and what types of purposes you would like your garden to accommodate.  Do you want to have a quiet place to sit and reflect while you watch the birds and smell the flowers?  Perhaps you want a grassy area where your children can play, or a water feature such as a fountain, waterfall, or fish pond.  Do you want an open design, or a winding maze of small stone pathways and several beds of flowers?

Also, it is important to consider how a garden fits in with its surroundings.  A good garden design will blend seamlessly with the landscape around it.  Consider using plants that are native to your area, not only will they be easier to care for as they will thrive in the climate; they will also not look out of place next to the gardens surroundings.

Also, before you decide what type of garden you want, think about how much time you want to spend maintaining it.  If you love gardening and want to be out there weeding and tending to your flowers that is great.  If you are not so inclined, you might consider a more natural garden of hardy shrubs and native plants that do not require a lot of tender loving care.

There are many landscaping and garden design experts out there who can help you when it comes to determining what kind of garden suits your needs.  Enjoy the beautiful weather more when you have somewhere to enjoy it!  Get started on your dream garden today.

Stephenchristiegardens.co.uk has a reputation as a designer who creates beautiful gardens.  Visit the website today for more on Garden Design Oxfordshire and Garden Design Gloucestershire

 

Pool Table Specs for Interior Design

Pool Table Specs for Interior Design

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Pool Table Specs for Interior Design

While inexpensive boards are appealing, inferior materials, such as fake slate or cheap felt, and expensive features such as a ball return system, can reduce the lifespan of the surface. The first considerations should be the size of the board.

While most billiard shops list their slates at 7 foot, 8 foot or 9 foot, there are specific measurements that denote the slate type. Surfaces that measure 3.5 feet by 7 feet are barroom sized, while slightly larger surfaces measuring 4 feet by 8 feet are common in homes.

Pool halls typically use boards that measure 4.25 feet by 8.5 feet. Regulation-sized tables used in professional tournaments are larger yet at 4.5 feet by 9 feet.

Consider your room size when deciding on a table, as there must be enough room to accommodate the reach of the billiard cues. Overseas, people want to know whether they should use “American” or “English” for their base pool table size.

The main difference with these terms is board dimensions and equipment sizes. American billiard slates usually employ balls that are 2 1/4″ in size.

There are no official standards for the sport, although 2 1/4″ is typical. English billiard uses 2″ balls.

Also surface sizes differ, with your best challenge on the American table of 4′ x 9′ and the English pool boards are really mini-tables, even diminutive 6-footers. The minis tend to crowd the balls together excessively into little clusters that create frustration when you attempt to pry them apart.

Of course, the pockets on American slates are larger to yield wiggle room for the bigger object balls. The old English pool boards hit the Brit pub scene during the 1960’s.

Lounges were already wall-to-wall with darts players, drinkers, conversationalists and smokers. The sport flourished and there are now British tournaments run by the English Pool Association.

The British also use smaller cue tips of only 8 to 9 millimeters in width for play and up to 11 mm for break cues. Most Americans, however, use 13 mm tips for pool.

As 8-Ball and 9-Ball have grown in popularity in Britain, the bigger American tables have also. You should definitely do your research to decide which size would be best for your personal use.

Commonly known as the felt, the fabric stretched across the billiard surface can be worsted wool or a wool-nylon blend. Worsted wool has no nap or “fuzz” which slows play down, unlike the less expensive wool-nylon blend.

The bed, also called the slate, is the hard surface beneath the felt. While cheaper surface options are available, real slate is the preferred surface.

At each of the four corners and two at the center of the surface, the pockets on a billiard slate can either be self-containing or part of a ball return system. Boards with the return system conveniently gather the billiard balls at the foot of the slate while returning the specially-weighted cue ball to the head.

On the other hand, they increase the board’s initial cost and may require future maintenance. Individual pockets require players to retrieve balls from each of the six pockets; however, pockets that become loose or damaged are easily replaced with minimal expense.

Board rails refer to the raised wood around the slate, or playing area, to which the cushions are attached. Usually manufactured from synthetic or vulcanized rubber, the cushions cause the billiard balls to rebound off the rails to allow for accurately angled shots.

Pool tables come in a variety of designs, from classic to contemporary and plain to ornate, with the latest design option being a completely clear surface that does not incorporate a felt. For a more traditional, yet personalized look, you can order custom designed felt with almost any professional logo or personal design.

Adding free-hanging pockets of netted leather or fringed fabric further enhances the style of a pocket billiard board. The more fancy you get, the more it will cost you, but a quality billiard slate will last you years.

Jack R. Landry has played professional billiards for the last 19 years and written hundreds of articles about billiards and pool tables.

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Interior Design Fundamentals

Interior Design Fundamentals

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Interior Design Fundamentals

If you are looking for a way to make your living space appear to be a little more cozy and hospitable, there are certain areas that you will want to address with your design scheme.  Some of these will relate to the color palate that you choose while others will focus more on the types of items which you use.  Figuring out the best way to open up the space and make it comfortable to be in should be one of your top priorities while decorating your space.  The first and most important thing to consider is what the room is going to be used for.

The space that you are decorating could be a living room or den.  This means that you will want to have a space which is comfortable enough to relax in while still being able to entertain guests. This means that you will want to have enough furniture to accommodate seating for everyone and still have enough room for people to walk around and mingle.  Additionally, you will want to have enough tables for everyone because when spending time together, most people will have drinks and they will need some place to set them.

On the other hand, if you are decorating for an office, you will want to head in another direction.  You will want to have a space which is comfortable enough to spend a great deal of time in but still formal enough that a person will be motivated to work.  If a room is too comfortable then a person will not want to do work and if the room is too rigid, a person will not feel comfortable spending great deals of time in there.

One area that can greatly affect the mood of a room would be the items which are chosen to be in it.  Area rugs are one of the best choices that a person can make for a room because it will help to open up the room and set the mood almost immediately.  The color of the area rug which is chosen will immediately establish the ambiance of the room and it can set a backdrop for all of the furniture to interact with.

The lighting scheme for a room is very important.  Well lit rooms can be warm and encourage people to read or interact with each other, yet too much light and a person will feel uncomfortable, almost as if they were being scrutinized.  On the other hand, if the light is too dim, the room can end up looking gloomy and dismal.

These two very basic parts of interior design can make a huge difference when it comes to how a room is perceived.  They can make a person feel incredibly welcome in your space or they can alienate them and send them packing as soon as possible.  Experimenting with different styles will be the best way to learn what elements work and what should be ignored for the future.

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Green Deck Design

Green Deck Design

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

 

Green Deck Design

A green deck is an environmentally sound construction that takes into account the need to observe ecological responsibility.  Building a green deck involves the use of recycled waste products that do not rot and last for a long time. There is pleasure in knowing that not only is the deck durable, it is also a direct contribution to the preservation of the environment for generations to come.  The most ideal materials to use when embarking on a green deck design are derived from technical resources.  These are typically recyclable and they can be used frequently.  They are also designed to be rot resistant.

What are options for sustainable decking materials?

  • Natural Wood Decks
  • Treated Lumber
  • Composite Decking
  • HDPE Plastic Decking

Natural Wood Decks

Natural wood decks have advantages that no other decking material possesses. Wood is nontoxic and extremely strong for its weight. It is beautiful and easy to work with. It is a renewable resource. And as long as the forest has been sustainably managed and the wood has been procured with limited fossil-fuel inputs, it can be a wonderfully green product. It is also relatively easy to reuse in future projects.

The problems associated with wood decking spring from its advantages: the natural inclination of your beautiful wood deck is to return to the soil from whence it came, by the action of weather, insects, bacteria, and mold. To delay this effect, you can choose wood that is naturally resistance to rot and insects, like native cedar and redwood and imported tropical hardwoods such as teak and ipe (a Brazilian hardwood also known as ironwood).

It is worth noting that the famed rot-resistance of redwood is measurably greater in lumber made from old-growth trees. This wood is now unavailable except as reclaimed wood from old buildings.  If recycled redwood or cedar is available in your area, it is worth seeking out, both to conserve natural resources and as a superior building material. If you cannot find old growth redwood, you can *seek out sustainably harvested redwood. To ensure that your wood is sustainably sourced, look for wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Treated Lumber

Naturally rot-resistant wood is wonderful stuff, but this type of wood has become increasingly expensive, forcing people to search for more cost effective alternatives. A popular substitute, especially in areas far from cedar and redwood forests, is decking made from less rot-resistant, cheaper softwoods that are treated with chemicals that inhibit decay.

The degree of a woods rot-resistance depends upon the depth of treatment—wood that is in contact with damp soil needs the deepest treatment.  Treated decking can be finished with stains and paints much like natural wood (with some adaptation), and it retains all the strength of natural wood.

Slightly less poisonous treatments like amine copper quat (ACQ) and copper azone (CA) are starting to replace older, more toxic options for residential use.  The safer alternatives are still far from benign, however. ACQ- and CA-treated wood cannot be recycled or burnt—it’s toxic to produce, work with, and dispose of. Currently the best alternative wood preservative is borate. Borate is water-soluble, meaning that it cannot be used in ground-contact situations, but it is fairly inert and non-toxic.

Composite Decking

Composite decking products blend waste wood fiber and recycled plastics, adding in waxes, fiberglass, and preservatives to form wood-like boards. Some products last up to 20 years with little maintenance. However, all will weather, and warping is not uncommon. Composite lumber has some of the strength of wood, it looks and feels very similar, it can be worked with wood tools, and it uses waste products that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

In terms of green building, the biggest objection to composite decking is that, although it lasts a long time, it is very difficult to dispose of once it reaches the end of its life because the biological components (wood and other cellulose) and “technical” components (plastics, waxes, and fiberglass) are blended.

HDPE Plastic Decking

Lumber made entirely from High Density Polyethylene resin— the same plastic that makes milk jugs— is made from waste plastic. Like composite lumber, it is workable with wood tools and is available in a variety of colors and textures.

Plastic lumber does not possess the strength of wood and it is thus best suited for low-load structural applications, such as tables, benches, or planks on well-supported walkways.  It is not intended for primary structural load-bearing elements, such as posts, joists, and beams. Manufacturers of plastic lumber vary in their use of post-consumer waste. Look for products that contain at least 50% post-consumer waste plastic.

As we design and modify our living spaces, finding the right decking option for your budget and your values is key, and these four sustainable decking solutions can help you decide which material is right for your needs.

The use of natural materials when constructing decks is a commendable trend.  Designing a green deck is a fun endeavor because it is such a worthwhile undertaking.  Apart from using natural materials, it is also important to make use of eco-sealers that will preserve the quality of the deck.  These types of sealers are safer to use because they do not contain a high level of toxic chemicals.

Deck building has not been left out of the building industry’s focus on green ‘behavior’.  Green decks have longer life spans and they make a significant impact on the survival of the earth.  They consist of a sustainable design that is gradually being considered to be more satisfactory.  It is built in a resource efficient way that initially costs more than a conventional deck design.  These costs prove to be worthwhile in the end because the deck will not require costly maintenance in future.

Successfully designing a green deck incorporates a number of aspects.  The landscape on which the deck is built should be worked on in its natural state.  The materials used to build the deck should exhibit low toxicity, durability and be recyclable.  The amount of building materials used should also be reduced as an element of resource efficiency.  During construction, minimal space should be used so as to facilitate further recycling efforts.  The less space used, the less waste is likely to be generated.

In terms of lighting, natural light or solar lighting are the best green options.  During the day the deck will be exposed to natural design, if its placement is well thought out.  During the night, the light can be generated from light produced from solar power during the day.  If solar power is not sufficient or feasible, efforts should be made to use energy saving light systems that come with dimming facilitation.  All in all, green deck building is a rewarding venture.  As one sits back and enjoys a cool drink on their deck, they can also enjoy the fact that they have actively preserved the environment’s resources.

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Small Bedroom Interior Design

Small Bedroom Interior Design

Friday, November 10, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Small Bedroom Interior Design

Your bedroom is the only arena in your home that helps you relax and transcend into a peaceful state, after a stressful and hectic day in your office.  Therefore, it is absolutely imperative that each decorative, movable or immovable, contributes towards relieving you from your stress and tensions.

Your room ought to be clean and streamlined for an inviting and calm look.  Below are some small bedroom interior design ideas to incorporate while planning to renovate your bedroom.

Choose the right hues: The colors and hues in your bedroom can render a vivid or a dull appeal to your room.  Therefore, be very careful while selecting the right shade for your bedroom. Nowadays, muted / natural colors like beige, grey, and taupe are popularly picked by people planning their small bedroom interior design for a more subtle look.  You can also opt from colors like brown, mauve’s at all for a more composed appeal.

Be selective with your furniture: A room populated with large and too much of furniture crowds the room.  For your small bedroom interior design, look for petite and small pieces of furniture that gives a spacious look to your room.  Do away with large and garish wardrobes in wood along with huge dressing table and king sized bed.  Instead look for bed pieces in queen sizes that have no headboard. Make an intelligent use of modular furniture to make the best use of the little space available.

The aesthetic touch: In your attempt to avoid clutters in your small bedroom, do not forget to add essentials that may enhance the appeal of your room.  The secret to a successful small bedroom interior design lies in accessorizing your room to give it a modern appeal.

Funky lamp shades, mirrors, beautiful carved glass pieces make for a great interior decor.  Jazzy wall art, like painting a unique canvas on the wall with one color at all, instills life in your other wise dull looking room.  The key lies in striking the right cord between funky accessories and a simple design to give it the right aesthetic touch.

Small bedroom interior design can really be a challenge.  It should be taken care that it does not have a clustered look.