Help! My space is too small!
If your space is too small consider trying one or two of the following:
1. Avoid over-scaled furniture or too many pieces.
2. Strategically place mirrors to double your space.
3. Avoid heavy curtains to allow natural lighting.
4. Use overhead lighting.
5. Use appropriately scaled furniture in the space.
6. Remove clutter!
7. Use a cool paint color or a monochromatic color scheme.
You will find more quick solutions to space issues at http://www.redecoratingbyrenatips.blogspot.com/
Enjoy your space, Rena
Labels: design, DIY tips and tricks, home decor, interior decorating, space
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Accessories: What every well-dressed skylight is wearing this year
(ARA) - In the world of fashion, accessories can make an average outfit look sophisticated and stylish. The same can be said in the world of home fashion, where smart accessories can turn an already great idea - installing a skylight - into an energy-efficient, eco-conscious home run.
"Long gone are the days when homeowners installed a skylight and couldn't do much more with it than enjoy the natural light it brought into their homes," says Joe Patrick, senior product manager with skylight manufacturer Velux.
"Today, skylight accessories can enhance the beauty, function and energy efficiency of virtually any skylight."
Skylights can be installed in nearly any room in the house, and are particularly popular in kitchens and baths where natural light and ventilation is welcome and a window isn't always practical or possible. New technology from producers like Velux ensures that skylights are now virtually "leak-proof." In fact, the leading manufacturer markets a deck-mounted skylight line with three layers of water protection that comes with both a no-leak product and installation warranty.
In addition to filling your home with natural light and providing a source of passive natural ventilation, high-quality skylights are Energy Star qualified. Dual pane, argon gas injected, advanced LoE3 glass helps keep heat out in the summer and inside in the winter. The glass also filters ultraviolet sunlight that could fade furnishings inside the home.
Adding accessories, like blinds, allows you to have nearly total control of the heat and light gained or lost through your skylight. You can learn more about skylight accessories at VeluxUSA.com.
Once you've made the decision to install a skylight in your home, here are some accessories every well-dressed skylight - whether it's vented or fixed - should sport:
- Blind types now include Venetian blinds, blackout blinds and roller blinds. Depending on what type you choose, you can completely block light entering through the skylight or soften the sunlight entering to a diffused, gentle glow.
- Blinds can be manually controlled, moved with a remote control, or even connected to a home automation system that controls accessories and appliances throughout the house.
- Solar blinds, available for some skylights, can actually qualify you for a 30 percent federal tax credit for the product and installation - with no cap on the credit through 2016. The credit can help you recoup up to 30 percent of the cost of the blinds and the labor to install them. Solar blinds are energy-efficient because they rely on a built-in rechargeable solar battery to power the mechanism that opens and closes the blinds.
- A home automation interface can allow your skylight and blinds to be integrated into a home automation system and controlled in concert with other home technologies like heating and air conditioning, lighting, locks and more.
- Advanced radio frequency remote control make it possible to create a program to control the skylight and blinds automatically, based on the time of day, week or month of the year. This advanced technology provides full control of your skylight and accessories throughout the home.
- Moisture sensors detect precipitation and automatically close a venting skylight when the weather turns wet.
Many of these accessories are available for both venting and fixed skylights. As demand for green building continues to grow, venting skylights are gaining popularity as an energy-efficient way to exhaust hot, stale air and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from homes. To learn more about skylights and proper installation, visit veluxusa.com, energystar.gov, nfrc.org or efficientwindows.org.
Courtesy of ARAcontent
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Color & Mood
The color chosen for a space can influence our mood and our thoughts. Primary colors like red and blue are very stimulating. Hues like orange and green are food friendly and can increase appetite. Addtionally, colors affect people in many ways depending on age, gender, ethnic background, or local climate. When choosing colors for your home, it is important to ignore trends and choose colors that reflect your likes and dislikes. Trends come and go, but likes and dislikes remain much longer. If you don't like the color, don't use the color. The challenge is to blend colors you like into pleasing combinations. This can be intimidating and overwhelming.
Of all the elements of design, color is one of the least expensive and most effective elements that can be used to dramatically change the look and feel of a space.
Enjoy your space, Rena ~ http://www.redecoratingbyrena.com
Labels: color, design, interior decorating, paint, selecting paint colors
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