11 Essential Details for Rustic Home Décor

Pic 0 - Main picA trend of rustic décor is quickly spreading and it’s no wonder. This simple look is so appealing that you’d want it in your own home. Here is a list of design details that you might find interesting.

  1. Pic 1 - WoodWood-themed Accessories 

Take a set of wooden and rustic ornaments and display them on a shelf or a tabletop. Place some candles and use warm colors to complete the rustic vision. Buying some used furniture is also a great idea, and it will look amazing with your rustic décor accessories.

  1. Pic 2 - BenchDIY Bench 

This bench is not only cost efficient, but it is also very adaptable to any home style. It can be placed anywhere, such as the living room, an entryway or a bedroom, and can be used for numerous purposes such as holding stacks of books, baskets or as a flower pot stand.

  1. Pic 3 - CenterpieceRustic DIY Centerpiece 

This can be anything you imagine, as simple as a wooden board with some candles and pine-cones to add to the rustic look.

  1. Pic 4 - ShelvesPallet Shelves 

Another affordable and simple detail is a pallet shelf. Pallets are not that hard to find and they can be turned into various things, and these shelves don’t take long to make. They can be painted over to match the existing décor, and you can use them for storing books, bottles or simple decorative details.

  1. Pic 5 - RugCarpeting 

A house feels more like a home and more cozy when there is a carpet on the floor. Zado rugs are the perfect solution: Either in the hallway or on the stairs, or to frame a space in a large room, they will contribute to that rustic appeal.

  1. Pic 6 - Wood StumpTree Trunk Coffee Tables

Find a few tree stumps, sand them down and make them flat. You can also paint them or drill them, glue them together and so much more. Whatever you choose, you will be pleased with your custom design.

  1. Pic 7 - BranchesTree Branch Chandelier 

An outstanding and simple way to enhance your rustic décor is this simple chandelier. Take a strong but skinny branch and hang Christmas lights around it. Use clear lights, not the colored ones and place the chandelier over your dining table or place it in the garden.

  1. Pic 8 - Jewelry HangerWooden Jewelry Hanger 

Take a few suitable branches and sand them down with sandpaper to make them smooth. Then nail them together to make a holder for your jewelry. You can make a stand with another piece of wood, or use a small vase.

  1. Pic 9 - AntlersAntlers 

Antlers can be used in many different ways, not just as a decoration on a wall. They can be used as curtain holders, book holders, towel holders, jewelry holders, and anything else you can think of.

  1. Pic 10 - HangersWooden Hangers 

Take a piece of wood and use hooks to create hangers. This project may take some time to make, but it will be worth your while, since it is so authentic and cost efficient. You can make hangers for anything, from clothes to towels or mugs.

  1. Pic 11 - LampsTwine Lamps 

This is a great way to turn both new and old, unsightly lamps into a fabulous rustic detail. Take a piece of twine and wrap the entire lamp holder with it. You can also put twine on the lamp shade and make it even more rustic.

 

 

About the author 

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Marie Nieves is student of economics who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design. Marie loves to talk about her experiences and she is regular author on Smooth Decorator. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.

 

 

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A Guide To Outdoor Lighting

With the evolution of lighting technology, outdoor lighting has seen its share of breakthroughs. Outdoor lighting is as important as indoor lighting. Lighting up the spaces immediately outside or surrounding our living areas is extremely vital for visual orientation, safety while navigating, and security, as well as for balancing out the indoor ambience. The outdoor milieu prepares and provides a preview to the life and living style within the four walls. Outdoor lighting is equally important in reflecting the external persona of a structure and its surrounding area. It sets a particular mood and provides a visual treat.

outdoor lighting 1Outdoor lighting presents enormous scope for experimentation. It’s a virgin canvas waiting to be colored by unique lighting approaches, ideas and techniques. Outdoor lighting spaces comprise the areas surrounding the structure, pathways, swimming pools or fountains, landscape surrounding the structure, patios, balconies, decks, porches, etc.

There are a variety of options on the market, including low-voltage lighting, flood lights, tree lights, post lights, lanterns, string bulbs for festive occasions, recessed lighting, scoops, pagoda-style louvered faced lights which granite finish that easily blend without door environs, and even solar lights devoid of wires and operating on NiCad batteries.  With the advent of LCD lighting, these have become brighter and more affordable.

Various techniques of lighting can be used in outdoor lighting. Spot lighting, which focuses light on architectural features, may be positioned to minimize glare and focus fully on the focal point. Silhouetting is placing the light sources behind the object to bring out the shape of the object rather than the exact color and texture.  Key light or shadowing requires placing the light source directly in front of the object of interest to create a light and shadow effect. Moonlighting requires a fixture to be placed on the trees and aiming it down to provide a natural peaceful moonlit effect.   Deck lighting, grazing (light focuses on the object at a sharp angle) and washing the surface (light focuses on objects at a wider or blunt angle), step lighting, walkway lighting, pond and fountain lighting, and sign lighting are some of the various techniques used for outdoor lighting.outdoor lighting 2

In outdoor lighting, a basic thing that has to be kept in mind is that the lighting fixtures are exposed to all the elements outside. In case of lighting water features, the light source is sometimes from the inside to create a magical glittering and rippling effect. Therefore, appropriate lighting fixtures and lights should be chosen. Self-lighting kits of low voltage are also available for those who wish to try out their creative lighting talents.

Why Teak is the Best Wood for Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture supplements the beauty and elegance of your home garden. Being a natural product, wood is considered to be the best material for constructing garden furniture. Since most timbers are not resistant to adverse weather conditions and insects, and lordy how we get the weather here in the Pacific Northwest, utmost care should be taken to stretch their lastingness. Here comes the prominence of teak wood as the ideal wood for making patio furniture. Teak is one of the best, long-lasting and strong materials used for indoor and outdoor furniture. Some of the specialties of teak as the most suitable wood for outdoor furniture, are given below.

teak_chairTeak wood is good-looking, smooth, sturdy and durable.

  1. It is resistant to bad weather and insects. A garden bench made of teak is capable of withstanding rain and sunlight for several years even without periodic maintenance.
  2. Unlike furniture made of other materials, teak furniture don’t require artificial polishing or oiling.
  3. Teak wood is rich with silica and natural oil content that make it resistant to all kinds of insects.
  4. Teak is very suitable for structural works and carved designs for its sturdiness, elasticity and ease of use.
  5. Teak wood does not get rotted or splintered even if it remains in contact with metals like iron for years due to the presence of silica and oil content.
  6. The denseness of teak, together with its other qualities, makes it the favorite wood of shipbuilders throughout the world.
  7. Because of its stylish design with clean lines, teak wood stands out among all timbers.
  8. Cleaning and maintaining teak furniture is pretty easy.

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The Teak tree is classed as Tectona Grandis and it belongs to the family Verbenaceae. One of the reasons for the high cost of teak is that it takes approximately 50 to 60 years to complete its physical growth. Despite its high cost and difficulty to acquire, teak is still the preferred wood for making high quality furniture, doors, windows etc. Although teak wood is immune to heat and humidity and resistant to insects, timely cleaning and maintenance will definitely prolong its life. The high cost and scarcity of teak have slowly given rise to the use of other hardwoods like African oak and mahogany in its place. But none of them matches the quality of teak.

 

Wood Décor Adds History and Uniqueness

A home featuring traditional wood crafts, folk art and hand-carved furniture exemplifies a unique style of beauty. Whether you proudly display family heirlooms or collectibles gathered throughout the years, the addition of wood as a classic backdrop throughout your home will set the stage for these historic treasures and enhance your home’s sense of warmth and style.

Here are some tips for adding wood decor to your home.

  • Start with the entrance. An impressively detailed, hand-carved wood door will set the tone before anyone even takes a step into your home. A stately carved wood door informs those entering the home of your own personal style.wood door trim
  • Include interior decorative wood pieces. From windows, doors and furniture to clocks and artwork, decorative pieces are available in the wood species and style of your choice. Many of these pieces are still being created by hand. Artisans utilize their skills to replicate the exquisite works of old-world craftsmen, as well as create new, original designs. Craftsmen construct each piece individually, often choosing and planing the lumber themselves to bring out the true beauty of the wood.
  • Create your own style. Continue your wood theme throughout your home when selecting molding, cabinetry and any additional woodwork. Using the same species all through your home creates a truly harmonious, classic feel. Or, use a blend of species by coordinating two or three different types of wood to create a varied, somewhat eclectic look. From maple, pine and oak to mahogany and rosewood, these woods complement each other and promise an exotic design that will add interest and character to each room.
  • Mix and match old with new. When decorating, match hand-carved wood items with factory-built accents, which are stylish yet economical. Handcrafted tables, cedar chests and armoires blend seamlessly with manufacturer-made wood picture frames, clocks and candlesticks. Mixing in your antique treasures will add that final touch, giving your home the individuality you desire and a proud display of your prized possessions.

Furniture Works often carries hand-crafted wood furniture that can add a unique look to your home.

Outdoor Teak Furniture

Isn’t nature grand? And what better way to enjoy nature than from the comfort of your own backyard patio. However, unless you’re really into roughing it and you love the feel of gravel under your posterior, you’re going to need to invest in some furniture for those quiet summer nights. You’re going to need some teak outdoor furniture.

Why teak? Teak furniture has gained quite a reputation for being sturdy and durable. Don’t believe me? Check it out yourself. Did you know that one of the preferred materials for ship building years ago was teak? If it’s good enough to be sailing the high seas, its good enough for whatever weather your part of the world can throw at it.

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Most of the wood used in teak furniture today comes from Indonesia and Thailand. These are tropical rainforest areas so the teak trees are grown and matured under varying environmental conditions. For this reason they have become resistant to harsh conditions and this carries through to your teak furniture.

In addition, teak furniture is more or less impervious to attack by insects and rot. This amazing property is due to the high concentrations of natural oils which repel insects, mold and fungi. These oils are present in both living and dead trees, so they are definitely present in your teak furniture. This is extremely good news for unfortunate homeowners who have shelled out lots of money on other wooden furniture only to have it collapse under them, literally.

 

Teak furniture is definitely considered the benchmark by which other outdoor wooden furniture is judged, and it is more expensive. Nonetheless, it’s rich, vibrant color, complete with swirling accents, adds to its appeal. There is a great diversity in teak furniture, with buyers able to locate teak chairs, teak tables, teak garden benches and teak garden borders to name a few.

 

There is one thing that you must be aware of though .while you’ll have your teak outdoor furniture for years to come, you will need to maintain it. One thing that no type of furniture, including teak furniture, can fight is the build-up of moss. This is unsightly and downright dangerous if it gets too slippery. Not to worry. Teak furniture can be easily cleaned with good old-fashioned soap and water. That’s about all you need to do with your teak outdoor furniture so maintenance is a breeze, and it looks great and it lasts a really long time.