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The Process to Beautiful Home Design

Here is a brief home decorating to-do list:

1. Save money and shop smart
2. Liven up home spaces
3. Make rooms more interesting
4. Choose a style or theme
5. Buy new affordable furniture
6. Change the look of a room
7. Access decorating resources

Once you are ready with an established budget and a set timetable, begin the home decorating process. This is where the fun really begins.

1. Save money and shop smart –
A few good places to shop and save money on furniture are: flea markets, garage sales, resale shops, furniture outlets and clearance aisles and weekly sales. You can come across good opportunities to purchase furniture on E-bay, by using coupons and buying furniture online at stores that charge minimally for shipping.

2. Liven up home spaces –
Light can be all right. Brighten up your windows with light colored drapery treatments, choose vibrant color vases, arrange over scaled home accessories in groups of three and bring in live plants to make rooms happier and lighter.

3. Make rooms more interesting -
Focus on more dramatic focal points in your living spaces. Paint one wall in a different color as an accent wall that complements or adds contrast to other colors in a room. Dress the walls. Hang picture groupings, anchor cozy seating areas in different corners of the room or be creative and feature a dramatic centerpiece on a cocktail or dining table along with candles or tabletop sculptures.

4. Choose a style or theme -
Decide what part of your personality or lifestyle you would like to see reflected in your living areas. You may like vintage designs, a room bathed in soothing white tones, an ultra-chic contemporary room setting or a room filled with formal and elegant antique pieces. Just continue to balance your décor style with items that fit your design taste.

5. Buy new affordable furniture -
Take time to browse for the type of furniture that hits your hot button. Choose a color, style and size of furniture that enhances your home for years to come. Invest in what you love and it will be easy to enjoy everyday.

6. Change the look of a room -
The quickest, easiest ways to change home décor is with paint color, a faux paint treatment, updated wall paper or add collections of art to the walls. Next, are fabric textures-try suede, leather, or silk finishes. Other ways to change the look of a room is to add dramatic window treatments, invest in new flooring options, or touches of newness throughout the room with accent pieces such lamps, tables or chairs.

7. Access to decorating resources -
Look for home furnishings in stores that carry classic designed furniture and then visit stores that sell contemporary furniture. Mixing styles expands your creativity and uniqueness. Shop for furniture at import stores, through furniture wholesalers, interior designers who have their own furniture lines and discount furniture retailers found online and in your neighborhood.

Setting goals can be a positive experience; you have something to look forward to and it is exciting when you actually find the furniture that you envision for your home. Beautiful home design is achievable and worthy of the process. So, follow the path to happiness and decorate to the desire of your heart.

Want Aesthetics and Sustainability in Home Design? Choose Bamboo Cabinetry

There’s no denying the beauty of bamboo cabinets. The moment one enters a building featuring them, they are awe-stricken. Aside from bringing a natural look to any space, they can be sleek in a modern décor and comforting in a classic space. For this reason, they work for any style of home or business.

Durability

No one can deny bamboo is super durable, and all the wear and tear that a bamboo cabinet goes through leaves it unmatched to other materials. In relation to steel it has a greater tensile strength, and not many know that. The rating of hardness on a bamboo cabinet is equal to or surpasses hardwood with ease. Due to these facts, there is really no other choice that delivers all a builder would expect, and is as impressive.

The Nature of Bamboo

Most bamboo that’s used to build cabinets comes from the bamboo plant canes. Bamboo is actually not a wood, but a grass. It grows to maturity in just a short, two years after being cut down which is very impressive and makes it the perfect, sustainable material for building. As far as growing, it is thick and strong, and requires no fertilization or heavy watering.

Quality Varies

It’s important for those shopping for bamboo cabinets to realize that not all are created equal. Suppliers use various methods to build their cabinets and process the bamboo in different ways as well. For example, Moso bamboo is the hardest of all the types; so anyone that wants the strongest bamboo cabinet should search for this kind.

While some bamboo is fully grown at 2 years, this type is only fully mature at around 5 years. This is not to say, however, that other types aren’t durable. As long as it’s harvested at its peak density it will hold up for a lifetime. Check with the manufacturer on these factors, as well as how the bamboo cabinets are constructed.

Custom Versus Prefab

Many manufacturers will build their bamboo cabinets are built to the buyer’s specifications. Custom built options are always the best, and if they use formaldehyde free glues and UV coated plywood on the interior then there should be no doubt they are sturdy and dependable.

Check on the type of hinges, face frames, drawer glides and more to ensure they are quality constructed. In addition, many manufacturers will allow the buyer to choose if they prefer horizontal or vertical bamboo grain which is a bonus to buying prefab versions. Speaking of prefab bamboo cabinets, even if they are in most circumstances they will be every bit as durable as custom built.

Bamboo is Always the Right Choice

No matter what type of bamboo is chosen, it is sure to please. It will add value to a home or business with ease offering a full return on the investment. No matter if the buyer is choosing bamboo cabinets for a kitchen or bathroom update, or getting ready to sell their home they will be more than satisfied with the results. Versatility, durability, and plenty of options means that they will work seamlessly with any design.

Everyone owes it to themselves to consider bamboo for their home. Chances are good that once they lay eyes on it, they’ll fall in love with its beauty and be excited to install and show it off to friends and family.

2011 Color Trends in Home Design

Now it is the new year and color trends for 2011 have begun to emerge. Believe it or not, but many of the sweaters we wear this year, napkins and tablecloths we buy, and pillows we place on couches will surprisingly be the same color. Thanks to the “color of the year,” one color and a few color palettes will stand out from the crowd and become the colors that will fill our closets, homes and lives without most of us even noticing. Some may think it’s a marketing ploy, but colors really do become a part of the times. So, when you look back 10 years from now, the color of the year will make “sense.”

Last year the color of the year was turquoise, a color that symbolizes healing and compassion. This color is inspired by water and sky and represents an escape to many people. So what could possibly be next?

Well, Pantone has released the 2011 color of the year and it is called “Honeysuckle” (Pantone 18-2120). This color is filled with confidence, courage and bravery. The bold spirit of Honeysuckle will fill you, lift you up and keep you motivated all year long. Full of vim and vigor, Honeysuckle may be a bold contrast to the escapism of turquoise. Honeysuckle makes us deal with everyday troubles and face them full on. It contradicts the bleak economy and overabundance of bland colors in the current marketplace. “During stressful times, a color such as Honeysuckle lifts people’s spirits and stimulate,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Caught between an intense pink and a red, Honeysuckle can easily be worn by both men and women. It’s a striking and eye-catching hue that looks good both day and night and will add a lively flair to interior spaces when used on walls, pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories.

Honeysuckle is an updated color that adds a bold and dynamic feel when used in large areas of a house like an entry, bedroom or living room. It is perfect to use in craftsman home plans. When used in the kitchen or dining room, it will stimulate your appetite. But, great ways to incorporate this color into the kitchen is to use it with placemats, linens, glassware, candles and even small appliances. If you need to cover old or shabby cabinetry, try painting it Honeysuckle. Or, for an even bolder statement, paint an accent wall in Honeysuckle for a lively burst of energy in the kitchen, hallway, or family room.

Because Honeysuckle is considered probably a more feminine color, it might not be a decorator’s first choice when trying to stage a home for selling in the real estate market, but if the color Honeysuckle is used in subtle touches, no doubt the home for sale will stand out in the crowd.

Other Color Palettes That Will Shine

Create a cheerful and light-hearted home by using a citrus yellow shade. Not only will it exude positive energy, it will keep your mood pleasant. Make your home interesting and use this color in unexpected areas such as a powder room or dining room. It also looks fantastic mixed with a soft blue and khaki color. Research has proven that yellow is uplifting, helps people fight fatigue, limits anxiety, enhances relaxation and maintains a positive mood. Who wouldn’t want that everyday?

With vintage making a comeback, smoky violets, deep browns or burgundy, berry colors and even bronze will transform the interior of your home into something rich and elegant. Classy and sophisticated, pair these colors with dark wood furniture and leather upholstery and your home will exude style.

Quite the opposite in many ways to the vintage color palette is the farm house plans inspired palette. With society’s current feeling of trying to get “back-to-basics,” this color palette uses the colors often seen at a farmer’s market for inspiration. Playful oranges, leafy greens, bold blues and textured brown tones will give your home that earthy back-to-nature feel.

Last year, turquoise was a the color of the year and symbolized an escape, so if you’re wanting to hold on to that fantasy, but switch gears just a bit for 2011, why not try translucent colors with a pearly or satin finish? Creamy whites, soft grays and neutral sage tones will make your home feel like an escape while adding a soft retro feeling.

Getting back-to-basics in the way we live in 2011 will also resonate with another color palette that includes tribal colors and many other earthen tones. The concept of a “tribe” mirrors the concept of today’s communities and reflects how important the people are around us. Rich oranges, browns, indigo blues and curry colors will dominate in this palette and add excitement to any interior space in your home.

As you can see, 2011 is going to be quite a diverse year! Whether you are looking at new vacation home plans or just a way to refresh your current residence, you can find something exciting. From explosive pink shades to soft silvery gray tones, there’s something for everyone in these color palette trends.