How to Choose a Rug for Your Kid’s Room

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You may think that choosing a rug for your kid’s room is an easy task, but things aren’t so simple as they seem, as there are different aspects to consider when trying to find the perfect one. The easiest thing to do would be letting your kids choose the rug they like. If you do that, be sure that the rug will probably be to their liking, but will serve no other purpose. In order to find a rug that will be both beautiful and functional to the space, here are several tips on what to look.

Size and Type

The first thing to consider when purchasing a rug is its size. This solely depends on how much space is actually available in your kid’s room. Another thing to consider is whether you want a low-pile or high-pile rug. The former are a better option if your kids have a habit of running all over the room, so place it just in the center of the room to cover the biggest empty space. On the other hand, if your children spend most of their time on the floor playing with toys, reading and similar, a much better choice is choosing a high-pile option, as it will provide more comfort and cushioning under the feet.


picture 2 of rugAnother thing to think about is what shape to choose. This also depends on the shape of the room and the position of the furniture. In a recent chat with a highly-rated retailer of kids rugs, it was brought to my attention that children mostly enjoy non-conventional shapes, such as flowers, animals and cars. There is also a variety of rugs that come in classic geometric shapes (circles, rectangles, squares and triangles). Just make sure that the shape you choose will be compatible to shape of the room.

Color and Pattern

Fortunately there is a never-ending assortment of rugs of different colors, patterns and images. Perhaps the best idea is to let your children choose this element by themselves. Children are very visual so incorporating a rug that will simulate their imagination and creativity is a very important part of choosing the right rug. You can find different motives such as flowers, animals, sports, cars etc. all depending on what your children love. There is also an option of purchasing a rug with their favorite cartoon character that they will absolutely love. There are also interactive and educational rugs that allow your children learn numbers and letters while playing on them.11162762524_502a573118_z

Choosing a perfect rug for your children’s room might get overwhelming and tiresome at certain moments but be rest assured that it will pay off in the long run. If you find a good and quality rug to fit all the needs of your kids, you will certainly be sure that you made a good investment. It is very important to know that the rug for your children’s room is not supposed to be just fun and colorful, but also functional, practical and of good quality. When you consider all of these aspects it will be much easier to find the perfect one that will fit perfectly in their room.

Author Bio: If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She’s also deeply into green practices, cherishing the notion that sustainable housing and will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Using Bamboo Blinds To Decorate Your Home

Bamboo blinds are excellent and classy way to decorate your home. In Asian cultures bamboo has been always used at homes as partitions, window blinds to allow cool breeze to come in. bamboo blinds or bamboo shades provides a relaxed and cool look to any room. It adds to the ethnic ambience and charm of your interiors and definitely environment friendly.

The distinctive grass weaves; the natural colors and fine bamboo selection used in the manufacture of finest bamboo blinds gives an elegant and inviting look. In tropical countries in Asia like India and Indonesia, in olden times people used roughly cut bamboo woven together which could be rolled up and down using thick ropes. This was essential to keep the scorching sun out and the torrential rains during the monsoon period.

bambooblinds1Bamboo is extensive used in building houses, fences, bridges, utensils, paper, toys, musical instruments –bamboo flutes, furniture and floors. In interior decorations, bamboo has been used for centuries to accent houses and gardens. The Chinese believed that bamboo brings long life, and in India, it is a mark of friendship. Japanese used it around their places of worship to ward off evil spirits.

Today this traditional art form of bamboo blinds have evolved into a classy style statement that has its own elegant look as well as functionality and exceptional reliability. Now bamboo and bamboo based products are a great rage in the Western world. Different varieties of bamboo blinds, shades and floors have found their way into some of the blue chip companies and sprawling villas worldwide.bambooblinds2

Bamboo blinds are catching up as the latest trend and fashion in hard window treatments. They add that eco-friendly flavor and special touch to home décor. This versatile natural product can complement the interior furniture, which incidentally could be made in bamboo too. Bamboo blinds in their stained or varnished to embellish their natural look are more preferred than artificially colored bamboo blinds.

Bamboo blinds are relatively easy to clean and maintain. Just dust them regularly with a clean cloth and use wood polish or just plain soap and water when necessary. The cost depends on the quality, the brand and the shop from where you buy. If you plan to buy some unique or unusual stains then it may cost more.

The natural appearance of bamboo blinds and shades are retained with the grain and color irregularities visibly enhancing the natural look. Depending on the shade you choose, it can change the décor of your room to exotic, rustic or even casual in appearance! Whatever the style bamboo blinds seems to be growing in popularity and people are slowly opening their eyes to this all new natural beauty and elegance of bamboo!

A Look At A Few Popular Decorating Styles

Popular decorating styles are always changing, I guess that’s the definition of “popular”.  When you’re shopping for furniture, it can be helpful to define your personal style in a way that the sales associate can help you find what you want.

Popular decorating styles are fun, interesting and they just add something to talk about to the rest of the home. If you are considering a redo of your living room, your kitchen, your bedroom or virtually any other room in or outside of your home, consider some of today’s more popular choices. You are sure to find one, or two, that you really love to use.

Traditional: We have to start with the traditional look because it just does not go out of style. Here, the look is furniture that comes from the Kings and Queens of yesteryear, early American trends and a wide range of other formal styled items. You are looking for traditional to come through in the upholstery, in the window treatments and even in the accents that are placed around the room. Traditional is a style that can be highly expensive to pull off with exceptional quality furnishings.

Shabby Elegance: Who’s to say that this is not one of the best methods of decorating. The look is that of chic, something that features light toned wall and furniture colorings, old china pattern looks, warm yet comfortable pieces that create a sense of relaxation when you look at them.style1

Contemporary: Modern contemporary looks have always been in style in the last decade. These looks are influenced by pieces that are bold and bright, different and unique and are functional yet are also more of a piece of art as well. You will find straight, clean lines in the furnishings and walls here.

Art Deco: This popular decorating style is one that seems quite a bit like the modern contemporary yet it has a more flowing look to it. The lines are not as straight, but rather are curved.

style2Rustic: The look for the log cabin is not gone. In a rustic Southwestern feel, you will have woods used of various types. It will have a laid back feel with warm throws and soft, comfortable furniture. The color scheme here is that of warm, rich colors that complement the woods.

French Country: This is a very popular choice in decorating styles, but, like any style, depends on your taste and the style of the home itself. Here, you will have many bright colors and will have that feel of whimsical dreaming. Wood finishes are done with fruitwoods and cherry. Art work with color is on the 3

One of these popular decorating styles will work perfectly in your home. There are plenty to select from to help you to transform the look for your home into something that is amazing.

You Can’t Beat Oriental Rugs for Elegance

Oriental rugs will add timeless beauty to your home, will coordinate with any décor, and enhance any room, hallway, or entrance.  They are also a favorite option when decorating home offices, and are a particularly good choice for high traffic areas because of the intricacies of their designs, which hide wear and tear.  The term “oriental” refers to rugs produced on the continent of Asia, such as Persian (from Iran), Indian, Chinese, and Turkish rugs.  Imitations of the popular oriental patterns are also available and produced by manufacturers such as Nourison in the USA, and Sphinx, also in the USA but with its parent company in Egypt.

oriental rugMaking rugs by hand is an ancient art and the old designs reflect the religious and ethnic structures of the times in the countries or areas of origin.  Many of these ancient designs are still produced today, sometimes hand-woven and hand-knotted, other times woven by machine.  The most traditional patterns are those with a floral or garden motif, or geometric or curvilinear designs around a central medallion or a central painting-like scene.  Oriental rugs used to be constructed only with such natural fibers as wool, cotton, silk, or goat and camel hair, or blends of these materials, but now you can find them made with less expensive synthetic materials such as olefin (polypropylene), nylon, polyester, and acrylic.  Wool rugs remain the first choice in durable, soft, dirt-and-fire resistant, warm rugs, but synthetic reproductions make oriental area rugs more affordable.  They come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes – round, oval, rectangular, and, of course, the popular runner.

In many parts of the world, rugs are made by the daughter of the house and their sale is her dowry.  Colors and themes are unique to each family and with so much of the area war-torn, images of machine guns and tanks are now sometimes found in Middle Eastern rugs.oriental rug

How to Choose Oriental Rugs for Your Home

Decide on how you are going to use each area rug.  Is it going to define furniture groupings or unify all the elements in the room?  Is its primary use to protect a floor or a carpet?  Is its prime function to add warmth and comfort?  The use of the rug will dictate its size and shape.  As well, you should keep these points in mind:

  • The colors should be harmonious with other colors in the room.
  • If the center of the carpet will be visible, medallions or central scenes are good choices, but if the center will be fully or partially hidden under a table or other furniture, it is better to go with a repetitive design or an elaborate and interesting border.
  • A family with health problems will appreciate rugs with natural fibers since they have the advantage of not releasing chemicals into the air as synthetics do.
  • Very colorful and busy designs can make an oriental rug the focal point in a room, but if the room is already colorful with intricate drapery and upholstery fabric designs, choose simple designs and subtle colors.
  • If you are going to use two different rugs in one room, make sure the colors and patterns blend and complement each other.

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Important Cost Considerations

It is not as difficult as you may think to find good quality, cheap area rugs with oriental designs.  When you shop online, you deal directly with online retailers who can offer discount and warehouse prices because there are no storefront costs and no middlemen to pay.  As well as shopping online, here are other considerations that can make the oriental rug of your dreams affordable:

  • An antique rug is the most expensive and should have documentation attesting to its authenticity; imitations are much less costly.
  • Natural fibers are more expensive than synthetic.
  • Hand-made, hand-woven, and hand-knotted rugs made by weavers are more durable and much more expensive than machine woven and knotted.
  • The number of knots per square inch indicates its quality, and a higher number means a higher cost.
  • Very intricate and rare designs are the most expensive.
  • The country or area of origin affects the price.

Whether you spring for a genuine antique oriental wool rug that has been hand woven and hand knotted in Iran, or you choose a polypropylene machine woven rug with an oriental design manufactured in North America, you will be adding beauty, warmth and comfort to your home.  Enjoy!

10 Tips for Choosing the Right Wall Colors for Your Home

Choosing room colors change the way a space looks as well as the way furniture is viewed. It is important that the color in the different rooms around the house come together logically. Analyze each of the tones; determine which colors, and in what proportions, they complement each other to give the final result.

Here are ten household helpful hints for choosing room colors:

 1. Brighten up the darker spaces by painting the walls in pale colors.
10tips6If you paint a high ceiling a dark color, will make it look lower.
 2. A light blue or a gray make a small room seem wider.
 3. Use the wall colors to mark off areas according to activities.
 4. Red and reddish tones are bold, exciting colors which stimulate movement. They are especially suitable for work areas.
10tips3 5. Yellows are warm, bright colors, ideal for dark spaces to make us feel cozy.
6. Green is essentially linked to life; it reminds us of nature and is perfect for interiors we want to connect with outside.
10tips47. Blues are fresh, harmonious, and easy to combine. They remind us of vast extensions of sea and sky.
8. To make a room more radiant, you can paint the walls in light colors and introduce dashes of color through the furniture, complements, and ornaments.
 9. Neutral colors like beiges and browns combine well with other tones and give the room a natural feel.
10. Color is clearly the most visible linking factor between separate rooms and is ideal for giving consistency to the decoration scheme of a whole house.