Wrought Iron Wall Decor: Ideas for Decorating a Great Room

Wrought iron is an excellent choice for decorating a great room, and many different room styles can be enhanced with the addition of wrought iron wall decor. When searching for wrought iron wall decor you will find countless designs and sizes, and touches of color and shinning gold or silver accents are often used to embellish fine wrought iron. Consider the following ways of decorating a great room with wrought iron wall decor, and give your great room a completely new and stylish look.

Decorating Above a Doorway

Horizontal works of wrought iron wall decor are ideal for decorating over great room doorways, especially if ceilings are high. Half circle works of metal wall art are also perfect to enhance a doorway. If ceilings are high and space allows, choose a horizontal design or a half circle to embellish great room doorways. They will look like grand entrances rather than walkways into and out of the room.

Creating an Impressive Focal Point

A focal point is a must-have for every room, and a fine work of wrought iron wall decor makes a stunning display. Choose a large work of metal art for an expansive wall, and decorate around it with stylish wall planters. Fill the wall planters with artificial greenery and floral arrangements that coordinate well with the room. Select the right piece of metal art to display on a great room wall and it will instantly become the focal point, even if you choose to display it alone.

Add Interest When Windows are Few

A great room with a wall of windows is stunning to say the least, but windows are not always expansive or impressive. Some rooms lack a sufficient amount of windows, but they do not have to lack style. Choose large square works of wrought iron wall decor to create the illusion of windows. You will find a myriad of choices that will greatly enhance the walls of your great room.

Decorating Walls with High Ceilings

A spacious wall with high ceilings can be decorated with a wall tapestry, a large mirror, or a fine painting and topped with an impressive work of wrought iron decor. High ceilings are a plus when decorating with large works of art, and they look exceptional in a great room. In addition, an area with high ceilings and plenty of room above windows can be decorated with wrought iron decor. Choose impressive horizontal pieces to top windows for a look that is sure to impress.

Continuing the Theme

Along with wrought iron works of art, choose other striking metal furnishings and works of art to complete the look of your great room. Slate topped tables with metal frames and legs are very easy to care for, and they are exceptionally sturdy and stylish. Consider choosing a slate tile coffee table, side tables, and a sofa table to complete the furnishings while adding practicality. Slate goes very well with metal embellished furnishings, and it is a great choice when decorating with high-quality wrought iron.

Many accessories are also made from wrought iron and would go quite well in a great room primarily decorated with metal decor. Wall Sconces, wall grilles, curtain rods, and framed architectural prints that include iron gates are just some of the accessories that would tie the look of the room together. It will provide many years of worry-free beauty while adding richness to the appearance of your home.

 

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Wall Mirrors: Creative Ways to Decorate a Small Breezeway

Mirror Tips and Tricks

It is convenient to have a finished breezeway connecting a garage with the rest of the home, but many times the breezeway becomes a catchall for shoes, boots, jackets, and whatnot. Instead of allowing your breezeway to turn into an oversized walkthrough closet, consider the following creative ways to decorate a small breezeway using beautiful wall mirrors. Not only will the mirrors add considerable style and amazing appeal to the room, but they will also add the illusion of square footage. Your finished breezeway can become a decorative and impressive part of the home.

Make the Room Lighter and Brighter

Contrary to popular belief, not all breezeways are lined with windows. Some have as little as a single window, and any type of light will help make a room appear larger. To make a small breezeway appear lighter and brighter, choose a high-quality wall mirror, and if possible, hang it across from a window to reflect natural light and enlarge the appearance of the room.

Once you have chosen a wall mirror to fit the space, consider making the mirror the focal point of the breezeway by surrounding it with stylish wall decor. Wall planters, wrought iron wall hangings, candle wall sconces, and metal wall art are all excellent choices, and they can greatly add to the design of the breezeway. Whether the look you prefer is contemporary or cottage style, you can find a mirror and accessories that will look outstanding in a small breezeway, and what was once just a walkway will look more like a part of your home.

Mirror Placement Tips to Enlarge the Look of the Space

When decorating a small room such as a breezeway, try mounting two mirrors across from one another. They will make the room look considerably larger while adding style and design to the room. You will discover mirrors of all sizes and price ranges to meet every budget and preference, and buying two beautiful mirrors is by far the least expensive and easiest way to add the illusion of square footage to a small breezeway. Best of all, mirrors are certain to never go out of style, and they are a wise investment.

Provide a Last-Minute Place to Primp

Everyone appreciates a well placed wall mirror for checking makeup and hair, and an area near a breezeway door is ideal for a high-quality wall mirror. It provides an extra area for primping and grooming before leaving the home. Consider choosing a classy wall mirror to place next to the breezeway door. Not only will the wall mirror look stylish, but it will help insure that you look stylish too.

Add the Illusion of More Windows

As previously mentioned, not all breezeways are equipped with rows of windows, and to add the illusion of windows, add a series of wall mirrors instead of just one or two. In between the wall mirrors consider hanging wrought iron wall decor or high-quality metal wall art to add style and three-dimensional interest to the breezeway. Mirrors add timeless appeal to any space, and a breezeway is no exception. You can transform an ordinary breezeway into an extraordinary part of your home.

 

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The Value Of Your Home Is Paved With Curb Appeal

Walkways and driveways not only lend more grace to an entrance, they can improve your home’s curb appeal.

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(NAPSI)-In today’s challenging real estate market, homeowners are realizing how important that first look is when a prospective buyer visits their home. That’s why landscaping and driveways have become as important a feature as a new kitchen.

Driveways and front walkways are the first things a prospective buyer sees. An impressive driveway usually indicates how well a home is maintained. Driveways that use pavers provide a low- maintenance surface that also provides a friendly “welcome mat” to neighbors and visitors.

An increasingly popular driveway design choice is also a practical one: concrete pavers.

Cost Is Recouped

Real estate experts say it’s easy to recoup the cost of a driveway upgrade. In fact, your return on investment may double when you sell the house.

Pavers are available in a variety of colors, shapes and laying patterns that can match any architectural style-from colonial to Mediterranean to modern.

Inexpensive Room Addition

Further good news is that patios-as outdoor living spaces-are an inexpensive room addition that increases the value of a home. A well-designed patio of interlocking concrete pavements not only provides extra entertaining space, it enhances the character of your home.

Pavers can be snowplowed. Some projects use heated walks and driveways to eliminate snowplowing, as the pipes placed under pavers circulate hot water to warm the pavers and melt snow.

In warmer climates, using lighter-colored pavers results in a cooler surface for bare feet on patios and pool decks.

Homeowners often use lighting right in the surface of a driveway or walkway, with paver-shaped fixtures that fit into the paving pattern to guide users and create a warm mood.

For more tips on how to help your home make a good first impression, visit www.icpi.org.

A ‘Tween And Teen Guide To Decorating

Brush up-Painting a room may be one of the quickest ways to freshen up any space. Try two or three colors on different walls.

by Scott Sicari and Jordin Ruderman

ND3250(NAPSI)-Because a teenager’s room can seem a haven, as a child grows, it’s important for parents to encourage their youngsters to express themselves in a space they can call their own.

Developing a decorating plan and budget can help teens identify what’s needed for the transformation, while giving parents a chance to veto unrealistic goals. Budgets don’t have to break the bank: Old and new items can be included in the makeover. Refinishing, re-covering or adding creative touches to existing items or adding color, lighting, accessories and fabrics can all be simple and effective updates.

Painting is one of the quickest ways to freshen up a room. If a teen’s favorite color is orange, say, he or she can be surrounded by it every day. Try two or three colors on different walls or in patterns or stripes and don’t forget the ceiling.

Adding colorful luminary lighting provides a fun dramatic touch. Update the old lava lamp with a Scented Oil Light Show. For example, the new Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Light Show can add both cool, colorful lighting and fresh, fashionable fragrance to the room with teen-friendly scents, such as berry, watermelon or vanilla.

Re-covering existing furniture will also make an impact. With a few yards of fabric, you can make an inexpensive slipcover for the existing bedspread or create a new window treatment by draping fabric around the window frame. Replace the shade on a lighting fixture with one that’s a different color and shape, or toss a throw rug over existing carpet or flooring to add a new texture and color.

Rearranging what is already in the room can make it feel like a brand-new space. By changing the direction of a few old things and adding a few accessories, you can make the old feel new again. A teen’s imagination doesn’t have to be limited to just the bedroom. Bathrooms, game rooms, study areas and other spaces where the teen spends time or entertains friends can also be injected with personal style.

For more information on ‘tween and teen room makeover ideas, visit http://kids.discovery.com/fansites/tradingspaceskids/trading spaceskids.html.

Sicari and Ruderman are hosts of “Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls.”

Ten Decorating Mistakes To Avoid

Not Just Window Dressing: These top-down/bottom-up honeycomb shades soften light as well as lower energy bills.

RA2657(NAPSI)-Decorator and HGTV designer Karl Lohnes has a list of the most often-made decorating blunders. Do these seem familiar?

1) Leaving windows for last. Window fashions create pleasing illusions of depth or Purchasing new furniture before measuring the room. Spend time in the room, instead of using a presale floor plan or picture. Have the window treatments in place early to protect furnishings from UV rays. One option for large slider windows is new Cadence® Motif Soft Vertical Blinds with the first and only curved, soft-fabric louver.

3) Buying area rugs too small. Area rugs should reveal only 12 to 16 inches of floor. Furniture should ground the rug.

4) Choosing wall colors that are too pale. The larger the room, the more depth a color needs. To enhance the effect, use a matching or complementary window fashion. Silhouette window shadings in fabric from the Matisse Collection™, the first fabric with colored sheer facings as well as colored vanes, enrich the color impact.

5) Hanging artwork too high. The bottom of the art should be eight to 10 inches above the furniture tops.

6) Highlighting wimpy trims and moldings. Paint trims three inches or smaller the same color as the wall to avoid a “racing stripe effect.” You can even cover trim with a vertical window fashion, such as Luminette® Privacy Sheers, mounted outside the window frame from ceiling to floor.

7) Buying too many small accessories. Hold off on trendy accessories for a year or two and you could save enough for a substantial piece of furniture.

8) Scattering your collectibles. If displaying collectibles in a sunny spot, choose a window fashion that will protect them from fading. With its two sheer panels, Silhouette shadings are among the few that offer generous protection against UV rays while allowing for light and a view.

9) Having more than one focal point. If it’s the window, it will visually influence the rest of the room. Duette® honeycomb shades with the top-down/bottom-up feature create appealing visual patterns. They soften light while lowering energy bills.

10) Getting it all done in a day. When you buy all the décor in a day, it looks it. It’s more fun to “build” the look.

For more information, visit www.hunterdouglas.com or call (800) 274-2985.

Hints for Homeowners: Taking A Look At Windows

The right windows may help prevent mold growth.

(NAPSI)-Improving a home’s windows may help shut the door on high energy bills-and improve your family’s bill of health. That’s because the right windows not only curb energy loss, they help limit indoor air pollutants as well.

For instance, contractors say certain windows help cut down on indoor mold growth by allowing homeowners to maintain recommended humidity levels without window condensation. Excessive condensation often leads to unhealthy mold growth on the sills and deep inside a home’s framework structure. Mold can cause a variety of ailments, ranging from headaches to allergies to asthma symptoms.

The following signs may mean your windows are contributing to energy loss and possibly indoor air pollution:

  • Windows are difficult to open and close.
  • Windows and/or window frames appear to be cracked.
  • Moisture damage and stains on windows and doors.
  • Moisture between the two panes of glass.
  • Visible mold growth on surfaces.
  • Condensation on glazing, jambs or sills.
  • Blistering or peeling paint.
  • Cracked or missing caulking.

If you do plan to replace windows, it’s a good idea to take note of the type of edging your new frames have.

Erin Johnson, spokesperson for Edgetech, an industry leader in “health smart” windows, says to avoid windowpane edging materials that are made of aluminum or stainless steel. Instead, Johnson recommends something called the “super spacer,” which is made entirely of polymer structural foam. This material conducts heat and cold at a rate 950 times lower than aluminum and 85 times less than stainless steel.

Johnson says homeowners may want to avoid plastic spacers as well. The rigidity of plastic can cause seal failure and it can literally crack the glass edges on extremely cold or hot days.

For more information, visit www.healthsmartwindows.com.

Selecting A Countertop You Can Count On

Experts say one key to having a great-looking countertop and a well-polished kitchen is reliable, professional installation.

(NAPSI)-Increasingly, homeowners are finding they can give a home a new look by updating one or two key elements in the kitchen.

New countertops, for instance, can dramatically transform the look of any kitchen. By choosing from a wide variety of materials such as granite, quartz, solid surface and laminate, homeowners are sure to find a countertop that fits their lifestyle and budget perfectly.

It is important for homeowners to determine the look they want to achieve before they begin. It’s also essential for homeowners to know that the key to great-looking countertops and a well-polished kitchen is reliable, professional installation.

Professional installers ensure that the correct measurements are taken from the beginning. Additionally, licensed professionals can answer questions about warranties and maintenance techniques.

To help make the countertop selection and installation process a success from beginning to end, below are five tips from The Home Depot Home Services:

  • Countertop Selection. Homeowners should research their options and identify the look they are trying to achieve beforehand. Homeowners might consider granite for a more traditional look and colored quartz for a more retro atmosphere.

    Shoppers might also consider maintenance. For example, countertop surfaces such as Silestone® use materials that are scratch and stain resistant, making them virtually maintenance-free. Silestone is the first countertop with Microban (built-in anti-microbial product protection). Granite, with the exception of Stonemark®, needs to be resealed occasionally, and marble can stain.

  • Initial Store Visit. Bring measurements from existing countertop areas, plus design ideas for any layout changes or additions being considered.
  • In-Home Template. Once the new countertop material has been selected, a certified countertop installer will visit to verify measurements and create a template of the new countertop. (The template is the blueprint used to fabricate the custom countertop.) The installer will review seam placement and edges.
  • Professional Installation. After the countertops are fabricated and inspected, the installer will set up a convenient time for installation. When the countertops arrive, it’s important for homeowners to personally inspect them to make sure that they are in perfect condition.
  • Final Walk-Through. After installation, the installer will explain care, maintenance and warranties. This is the time to ask any last-minute questions or address concerns about the countertops.

For more information, go to homedepot.com/install or visit a local store.

Renovate Any Room For Under $100

(NAPSI)-Tired of looking at the same drab décor, but can’t afford new furniture or a major renovation? Not every room makeover requires a complete overhaul or needs to cost a fortune. Sometimes even the smallest changes or additions can make a big difference. Here are some easy and inexpensive tips to turn a room from bleak to chic for under $100:

  • Pick up a paintbrush. Faux and decorative painting will brighten your room and add depth to your walls. Make a bold statement by adding colorful stripes or create an accent wall by painting one wall a different color than the other three walls.
  • Change your perspective. Make your room look new and fresh by simply rearranging the furniture and changing the layout. Add a few new accessories, such as an area rug or a funky lamp, to help create the illusion of a total room makeover.
  • Deck the walls. Make the most of your vertical surfaces by transforming everyday items, such as handbags or scarves, into display pieces. One easy way to hang them is with decorative 3M Command metal hooks. They use a unique stretch release technology that won’t damage the walls and they add an additional element of style to the décor.
  • Cover it up. Instead of spending a ton of money on new furniture, you can create a brand-new look by simply covering up your comfortable old sofa with new fabric. Visit a local fabric shop and pick out different color patterns to make your old furniture look just like new.
  • Accessorize with accents. Add some bold accent colors to help punch up a room. Pillows, candles and flowers are an easy and inexpensive way to do this.

For more inexpensive ideas on how to decorate your room décor, visit www.commandadhesive.com.

Refresh Your Home for Under $100!

(NAPSI)-Redecorating for the season can be fun and exciting, but an unlimited decorating budget is not always realistic. By making smart purchases and shopping at resources that offer off-price values, you can infuse the season into any room for under $100.

Living/Family Room

Place a soft wool throw on the sofa, excellent for a cool afternoon nap. Switch photos into deep gold and pewter frames to make them look like new and adorn the mantel with a dried fruit and berry harvest wreath and warm, fall-scented pillar candles.

Dining Room

Replace your everyday table linens with a richly colored, exotic embroidered runner. An oversized apothecary jar can be a beautiful centerpiece when filled with pine cones or feathers. Change up dinner with coordinating accent plates or serving platters in a bold damask pattern or update your entire tabletop with cream-colored, raised-relief, patterned dinnerware.

Kitchen

Instead of the standard weekend breakfast, use oversized, leaf-shaped cookie cutters when making pancakes. Replace pot holders and kitchen towels with ones in stylish spice colors and patterns. Burn an apple-scented candle for that freshly baked scent.

Bathrooms

Guests will have a pleasant surprise when they wash their hands with pumpkin-scented soap and are then greeted by decorative fingertip towels in fall colors. Change the look of your bath by replacing your shower curtain with one in a bold, spice color or switching your current shower curtain rings with ones shaped like leaves or twigs.

Bedrooms

Warm up your bedrooms. Add a beautiful paisley quilt in deep colors and make the bed with snug flannel sheets. Switch out bedside lamps for those with heavier shades in warmer-colored fabrics and place a small Oriental throw rug next to the bed to keep feet warm on chilly mornings.

Entire Home

Give walls an updated look with framed traditional wallpaper prints or invoke warmth with inspirational words, quotes and phrases on carved wood plaques. Place luxurious silk throw pillows, embellished with tassels and fringe, in unexpected places, such as a foyer bench or a window seat. Use woven and metal baskets as both storage and decoration on stairs, at the foot of beds and in hallways.

By making smart shopping decisions, it can be easy to infuse the current season into any room. HomeGoods, with over 250 stores across the country, offers a tremendous selection of unique fall décor-all for prices that are 20 to 60 percent less than finer catalog, department and specialty stores-every day. For store locations, visit www.homegoods.com.

Get New Floors And Save A Bundle When You Do It Yourself

Everybody loves the look of hardwood floors, but if you have an older home, your floors are probably scuffed, scratched and dingy. Most homes made before 1970 had hardwood floors and even though your house now has carpet there may be a beautiful hardwood floor hiding under your rug!

By Lee Dobbins

After years of use, your floor will need to be refinished and that can cost over $1000 for just one room! But if you want to put in a little time and elbow grease, you can refinish the floor yourself and have the beautiful look of warm wood in your home for a fraction of the cost.

Contrary to what you may have heard, the finish doesn’t take weeks to dry. It’s quite simple actually. You can get the supplies for sanding at your neighborhood home improvement store. You’ll need a drum sander and a belt sander. They will be able to advise you on the sandpaper you need, how to use the machine and what kind of stain and finish you’ll need to finish off the floor. Sanding creates fine particles of dust that will get everywhere and on everything so you may want to pick up some dust masks and drop cloths while you are at it.

The first thing you’ll want to do when refinishing your floor yourself is to learn how to run the sander. The key to stripping a floor is learning how to get the sander working smoothly. The sanders are very easy to use. But they’re a bit on the loud side. The key is to keep it moving at all times. The sander gets very hot and if you stop in one spot for any length of time, you run the risk of burning or denting your floor.

Running the sander is the fun part of refinishing, but you must be cautious as the machine is self propelled. You may feel like a Zamboni driver smoothing ice after you get the hang of it! When you start it up, hold on firmly and make sure you keep it in control at all times.

After the old finish is removed, you need to apply the stain and new finish. Think of this as the same as doing your nails – first you remove the old finish, then basecoat, color and topcoat. Sometimes you don’t want color on your nails so you skip that part. In your floor you might also skip that part (the stain) but you still want to use a finish to protect the floor.

When it comes to the finish you have 2 choices – oil based or water based. Oil-based is available in a satin, semi-gloss or gloss finish. Satin works well on a hardwood floor because it will bring out the natural glow of the wood without too much of a shine as well as help hide any flaws. Oil-based also produces a warm amber look that gives you the traditional glow of wood floors. Water-based polyurethane dries clear and resists yellowing. Water-based also dries quicker.

Either way, make sure you let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next. Follow the manufacturers instructions on the product for drying times. Give your floor at least 24-36 hours before moving furniture back on it. It will continue to harden in the first couple of weeks.

Refinishing your floor is simply a set of tasks which can be done easily if you take them one step of a time. Your flooring can get a whole new look for less when you refinish it yourself – you’ll save over 80 percent of the cost.

Lee Dobbins is a contributing writer for home improvement resources such as Refinishing-Hardwood-Floors.com. Visit our site and learn more about Refinishing Old Hardwood Floors.

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