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Title: Book of home building and decoration, prepared in cooperation with and under the direction of the leading manufacturers of the country
Year: 1912 (1910s)
Authors: Brown, Henry Collins, 1862-1961 Lyman, Clara Brown
Subjects: Interior decoration Furniture House furnishings
Publisher: Garden City, N. Y. Doubleday, Page & Co
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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ORE attention is now })eing paid to the consistent use of artis-tic Jiardware tJian at any previous time in the hist decade.Hardware as appHed to house })uihJino; means fixtures andtrimmings such as knockers, knobs of all kinds, windo^^-catches and handles, key plates, locks and latch(s, newelpost balls, escutcheons, etc. The whole scheme of decora-tion and architecture is to Ije taken into accoimt when aselection of hardware is made. A Colonial house is fittedwith strictly Colonial fixtures; an Empire room with hard-ware nuide especially to conform to that period. A LouisXV room presents a strange contrast to the eye of the layman, as well as tothat of the connoisseur, if it is fitted with hardware designs that are a part of theperiod of the Empire. A small dwelling is apt to receive less attention in these matters than a morepretentious house; but the manufacturer shows designs in ])eriod hardware suitednot only to the palatial home, t)iit to the simple and imj^retentious. It is po
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Although interior design may make some people think of expensive projects that they have seen on TV shows, it does not have to be that way! Just selecting new pillows or throw rugs to rebuilding an entire room fall under this category. Read this article for some helpful interior design tips.
When choosing colors for your interior design, avoid going with fads. Olive green walls may have been popular once upon a time, but it can make your home look dated. Go for neutral colors that can withstand the test of time. That way, you would not feel like you have to repaint every year.
An excellent way to add interest to a room is to incorporate a variety of textures or patterns in the space. This type of variety adds detail to your rooms and helps to accent different objects throughout it. If you are trying to make your room look better, you have to mix up your colors and patterns.
Create some elegance in a room using sconces for lighting. The dim light that comes from a sconce is considered to be fancy and romantic. You can also get them in a variety of shapes, colors, and designs so that they will fit in perfectly with the theme of your room.
Sketch out a layout of the room that you plan to redecorate, and carefully measure your space. This is important information to take with you when you shop for furniture and other items. If you do not have accurate measurements, you may end up buying furniture that will not fit into your space.
Position a mirror opposite a window to make your room look brighter. With mirrors in your home, you can get more lighting into your home. The room will become lighter and brighter.
When shopping for a new dining set, think ergonomics. Picture the table with every seat occupied in your dining room and consider how much space there is to walk around it. Your dining area must have enough room to accommodate the dining set when it is at its seating capacity without anyone pulling their seat in.
Use vinyl adhesive stickers to decorate a child’s room. Because you may not want to redo your child’s room each time they go through a phase (trains? dinosaurs? super heroes?), vinyl stickers are a great solution. Available in practically every design from words to numbers to athletes and more, they allow you to stick them semi-permanently to any wall, but easily remove them when your child finds a new passion.
Clean up your window areas. If you are like many, your window sills may be cluttered with items that keep light out of your home. Or you may have a bit of grit and grime covering your glass. In both cases, it’s tough for light to enter your room! To get the best light to create a dramatic effect for your interior design, clean these areas up.
When you’re considering lighting for your room, try to use as much natural light as possible. Natural light can leave you in a much better mood than the light from a lamp. Utilize windows and skylights whenever possible. Not only will it improve your mood; it’ll save you money on your electric bill.
When decorating a book shelf, place like items together. When you are arranging home decor or books, place them near items of similar size, style and color. This helps keep the area looking stylish and less cluttered. For example, if you have two similar vases, place one on the end of the shelf and the other near it.
Paint or varnish old furniture before replacing it. That side table that you want to toss out? Try a silver varnish on it first and see if you like it better. Sometimes all you need to create a new look is a quick varnish or paint. Get creative, and even think about using a stencil. You may find you like the new look of that old furniture!
To give your interior design the best lighting possible, consider painting your walls white. Darker colors tend to absorb the beautiful light coming into your home. White walls, on the other hand, will help reflect that natural light throughout your home, giving the entire interior a real sense of drama.
When figuring out what flooring to put in your bedroom, stay away from ceramic tiles, marble and granite. These materials tend to make the floor cold, which is not a pleasant feeling when stepping out of bed in the morning. If you can, try to put down carpet or hardwood floors.
Most people will simply leave their ceilings white. But why should you? Consider painting the ceiling with a nice, pale color to add another dimension to the room. A pale blue ceiling can add a nice touch of color to the room without damaging the mood of the room.
Make your own crate shelving for your rooms. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to put in great shelving. You can purchase some basic shelves; some craft paint, and whatever little embellishments you want to have on them. The best part is that you get to customize them your way and have some fun making them.
The size of your dining room table is so very important when you are buying one for your dining room. Think about how many people you will have around the table sitting. The size of the table determines how many people can sit around it. Pick a table that will accommodate your guests
If you love the look of nature and are trying to be greener with your interior design, consider woven wood shades in the bedroom. They are made from renewable sources like bamboo and rattan and offer a very cozy look that easily coordinates with any decorative style and color.
You can do a lot of different things with your living space on any budget, but you must plan! Do not go to the store without a plan or you will buy too many things you do not really need and may not be able to finish your project on time.