Blue is the Warmest Color
If you haven’t been touched by the movie of the same name yet, worry not. Because even in reality blue is the warmest color.
When someone says blue in home decor, we think of Greece. Indeed with those iconic blue windows and painted furniture against pristine white walls, the azure sky and the blue seas, it is difficult not to fall in love with that look.
Now bring it home in 5 ways that are standalone, smart, affordable and uplift your surroundings in a jiffy.
First, the obvious: Paint a wall blue
Of course the most obvious way is to select one wall in your house which is at present blank, or can be made to be so and paint it your choice shade of blue. It could either be solid blue or have different shades. You could even texture it using stencils, other material or simply a creative wielding of the brush and roller. Once you are done, stand back and figure out how you’d like it to be. The easiest would be to leave it that way and let it give off the warmth of home and hearth or you could frame your favorite photographs in black, white or canary yellow frames and peg them to the wall. You could create a wall decal of your favorite posters in black and white or coloreds to give it a different feel altogether.
Second, the short cut: Get blue curtains
The easiest way to turn any room on its head décor wise is to get curtains and other drapes. Here we will stick to only curtains. Blue curtains depending on its color shade can either completely block out the light or create a sheen of sheer romance and beauty giving the room a breezy, light feel. If you are a lover of creativity, you could even get blue light cotton or satin curtains digitally printed with your favorite painting or motifs. A google search can throw up some amazing blue background images. Hang these up and voila! You have transported your room to the romantic age.
Third, the cornerstone: Get blue cushions and throws
Cushions and throws can jazz up a room in all the time that it needs for you to procure one. A simple way to change the way your space looks, go blue and watch the magic unfold around you.
Fourth, the fun way: Paint a few clay pots
A fun Sunday activity, grab a few clay pots, get out your paintbrush and all the blue paint you can find and mix and match to create pattered or solid colored pots in different shades of blue. Let it dry, spray a layer of varnish, let it dry again and on the next weekend either cluster them around or line them up. You can let them be as it is forming accent pieces or go one step further and plant a bougainvillea, geraniums or even throw in a bunch of money plants with adequate water and watch this transform your space to wonderland.
Fifth, create magic: Paintings & Thread-work
If you live in a setting where you really cannot do much to the walls then this is for you. Paint in shades of blue and place them strategically under dim lights to give the feel of warmth and glow. You could even create thread work masterpieces on canvas by creating a sketch, hammering some nails equidistant to each other on its outlines and then weaving yarns of different shades of blue to create a light and shade thread-work art. Now nail it or prop it against a wall and you have created a blue accent space right away.
Blue transforms your home and hearth into a warm, airy, friendly space. Do not let this thought go, look around you and incorporate this purely magical color. Blue is the warmest color.
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How to Remove Wall Paper
One of the trickiest things to do in life is to remove wall paper. The reasons behind wanting to remove wall paper could be many. You may want to change it. It may be damaged beyond repair. You maybe want to paint the wall. Or for reasons unknown you may be moving out of the apartment and want to take your wallpaper with you. Whatever the reason may be, here is a handy guide on how to remove wall paper.
Firstly, brace yourself.
|These are the basic tools needed to remove wallpaper. Other items may help if available to you such as steamers, scoring tools and some chemical strippers.|
This is going to be messy, take a lot of time and might make you want to cry buckets. But if you go step by step to the tune of good music and hopefully in the company of some great friends, it may just get done with relatively less headache.
Now, protect the floor, furniture and all woodwork.
Remove everything from the wall and mask the openings with masking tape, normal tape and plastic. Remove all electrical appliances as during the process, water may seep in and damage it as well as increase chances of short circuiting if your plug points are left uncovered.
Start at the corner
either near the ceiling or under a switch plate- two areas where the paper is generally loose. Using a putty knife, lift the edges and pull it off the wall steadily. This will peel off the paper and leave the backing on the wall.
Now, take a sponge and soak it in hot water.
Wear gloves for this and try to get the water as hot as possible. Soak the now exposed backing. This softens the paste. You could also use a floor mop to do this. This is the point where water and glue will run to the floor and you must have towels and sheets handy to soak it up as quickly as you can.
Keep repeating this process for fifteen minutes
so that the backing soaks up the water and the hot water and steam manages to melt the glue and soften the backing. After 15 minutes of this, use the scraper to scrape off the backing. If you do not have a scraper for the purpose, you could use a metal spatula, a putty knife with a rounded corner flexi blade or anything that could double up as a scraper.
Any remaining paste which is difficult to remove would need to be sprayed with gel stripper.
You’d get this at the hardware store. Once this process is completed, wash and wipe the walls thoroughly with sponge and hot water. Repeat the process till all stickiness is gone.
If despite the above process, the wall paper at any stage is refusing to cooperate, it is time to bring out the big guns. Hop off to a hardware store and stock up on and unleash
Good luck with the task and remember there is nothing in the World you cannot do and with a little bit of patience and a whole lot of organization, you would have mastered how to remove wall paper!
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Christmas Decorating Ideas From QualitySilkPlants.com
Do Not Use Water and Vinegar to Clean Your Silk Plants!
The holidays are coming around and most of us will be having
our family and friends over for those fun holiday parties. We always want to
make sure our homes are clean look the best possible. This means the dreadful
cleaning of our silk plants that have built up a layer of dust over the course
of the year since we last cleaned them. So you look online and see that there
is a homemade way to clean them with a water and vinegar solution and it’s virtually
free. Don’t get so excited because this method can backfire.
Due to the fact that most artificial flowers, plants and trees
are made of a fabric material, you do not want to use a vinegar solution as it
will soak up the smell of the vinegar.
If you can smell the solution and you don’t like it, then
don’t use it on your silks. Silk plants, trees and flowers are usually made
from a silk screened polyester and just like clothing will absorb any liquid
that they come in contact with. This will make your plants and flowers permeate
with the smell of vinegar if this solution is used.
If you must make your own cleaner try to use a solution of
plain water and unscented liquid soap. This works just as well without the
after smell of a vinegar mixture.
There are many great cleaners out on the market that work
well and will clean all your artificial plants and flowers with no problems of
smell or discoloring. One that comes to mind is Silk’n Splendor. Silk’n
Splendor is a water based cleaner that has a touch of silicone in the mixture.
The silicone adds a protective barrier to repel dust so you do not have to
clean them as often. This is great for arrangements that may be in hard to
access places. It has no odor and is safe for most artificial plants along with
preserved plants as well.
There is a lot of information out there and everyone wants
to be helpful but the very last thing we would recommend is cleaning your silk
plants and flowers with a water vinegar mixture just for the smell factor
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7 Easy Decorating Tips For Fall
There are some great fall decorating tips that can
make your house look naturally beautiful. Now, you can convert your house into
your little paradise with these easy fall decorating tips:
1. Play with the colors: Introduce
some wonderful, new color combinations to your existing palette. Play with
colors. You can combine orange splashes or autumn red with a contrasting or
neutral base such as olive, taupe or blue. A fresh alternative to warm colors
is muted green. For a high impact, incorporate some colorful throw pillows,
accent rugs and table accessories in your room.
elements: You can visit your own backyard to look for some
woodsy elements. Look for small branches, grasses and moss in the backyard. You
can fill some interesting pots with the combination of this stuff. You can also
make a natural photo holder with a bundle of twigs.
on the small details: At your dinner table, focus on the
small details that can surprise any guest visiting your house. You can tie a
small name card to the leafy twigs in order to make cute place holders for
guests. You can create pretty napkin holders by tying a large pearl with a
touches: Fall is the harvest season. Celebrate the beautiful
season with little country touches and colors of the season like shown above. Natural artwork and rustic wooden pieces
with an accent are the perfect decorative materials for fall. You can add
plenty of cozy blankets as they enhance the comfort of your house.
classic wreaths: Wreaths look classic. You can make
wreaths from a variety of objects. For fall decoration, make classic wreaths
with leaves or wheat. Lay the wreaths flat to frame candles, pumpkins and other
a lot of candles: Bring warmth to your house by adding a
lot of candles. Place them everywhere, especially in windowsills and mantels.
If you choose neutral colors, then change the containers and embellishments for
a warm and cozy space: You must create a warm and cozy
space in your house where you can sit and chat with your friends. People enjoy sitting
around the fireplace and talking for hours. If you don’t have a fireplace in
your house, you can add a couple of candles in the middle and embellish the
place with cushions and throw pillows. You can also keep some great books there.
Whenever your friends visit your house, sit there and have a great time.
These are some great fall decorating tips that you
can follow to give your house a new look this season.
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