Improving the Landscape of Your Outdoor Space With the Right Decoration and Furniture

Home furnishing no longer limits itself to making your indoor home area stylish. Most home owners nowadays try to beautify their outdoor spaces by placing the right decorations and furniture. If you thought that furnishing is only applicable for indoor spaces, you might get surprised with the wide array of furniture set that are designed to be placed outside your home.

Aside from furniture choices, other decorations can also improve your outdoor space at home. Some are designed for outdoor aesthetics at night, while others improve the view during the day.

So what are the different ways in which you can improve the outside view of your home?

Lighting

Although unappreciated during the day, having the right outdoor lighting can have many benefits. First is that it can beautify and give emphasis on some areas of your home at night, depending on where they are placed. You can place outdoor lights along your walk way, on your patio or even around your home.

Aside from aesthetic purposes, outdoor lighting can also improve safety and security for your home. By having ample lighting outside your house, you can easily spot if anyone suspicious is lurking around. This can alert you for possible intruders that seek to harm you and your family.

Outdoor furniture

When you talk about outdoor furniture, the most common image that may come into your mind would be purchasing plastic benches, chairs and tables to fill up the area around your home. However, you should ask yourself if plastic is really worth it?

Although most plastic outdoor furniture can be inexpensive, they can offer little comfort. It is important that you should be comfortable with your outdoor furniture, especially if you are the type who spends a lot of time lounging around outside. Getting wooden outdoor furniture may be a good choice to make. Not only do they offer a comfortable feel, they also add to the natural feeling when you stay outdoors.

However, you should not only limit your choices to wood. There are outdoor sofas that are made with from other materials, but can offer the same comfort and feel. One kind of sofa that can be a great addition to your outdoor furnishing would be an outdoor sectional sofa set. This can be a great choice if you often have friends come over. Because this kind of furniture set can be rearranged to different positions that can be accommodating, it can allow your outdoor area to be the perfect receiving place for your guests.

Other than sofas and chairs, you can also add a table to your outdoor home environment. This can be a great addition to any one’s patio deck. If you want to spend a lot of time relaxing outdoors, you need something that can offer you a chance to lay back and relax. Installing a hammock in your outdoor ground may be just what you need.

Whichever type of furniture you need, it is important that you keep in mind that apart from being stylish it is important to get one that is durable and can offer the utmost comfort.

Decorating And Hanging Your Home Interior’s Artwork

How to hang art can be baffling to most so here are some steps to help you hang your art if you are finding yourself in that baffled situation. The first step to hanging your art is figuring out where you want to put it. What room or space are you going to decorate? You want to consider scale, color, and the number of pieces or art you are hanging on a particular wall.

The next step is to select your art. Find something that goes with the location you’ve picked out. You have two choices here you can go with your own custom look or you can choose something you like that’s already laid out for you. Don’t think you have to just do artwork either you can use other decor such as mirrors, plaques, sconces, shelves, wall planters, architectural plaques, or wallies. You can even to more then just one which is highly recommended. You don’t want to just throw some framed art work in the middle of your living room wall and call it good you can add sconces to it for some additional flavor or a shelf to bring out the artwork better.

Framed art sets the mood and style of a room. Smaller pictures can be used anywhere and work great as fillers on bookcases, hallways, or a tabletop. Mirrors are another form of wall decor and a source of motion. Mirrors can stand alone or be clustered together in different shapes and sizes. Using the same mirror in multiples will create a dramatic effect. Mirrors also can bring in sunlight to a room in the daytime and reflect candlelight at nighttime which in turn can create a little romance.

Sconces and shelves add a whole new set of decorating options to your print or mirror. Once you start to add these you start decorating in three dimensions! Planters and shelves will add depth to any flat surfaces of pictures and mirrors. It is great to add these when you decorate a wall with no furniture nearby.

Another thing you will need to think about when picking out your art is colors. To heat things up you will want warm, red-based colors, they can make a room seem more cozy and intimate. These colors can stimulate passion, energy, and appetites. For this color I would try abstract art in tangerine, floral art splashed with some red or landscape art in some yellow. If instead you want to cool things down go with some blue-based colors they tend to lend rooms an air of serenity and calmness. They can even give the illusion of expanded space so these colors are great for smaller rooms.

Now you want to hang the artwork you’ve picked out. Contrary to popular belief, hanging artwork isn’t just pounding a nail in the wall and making sure things are level. Hanging prints in a vertical line suggest formality and adds some feeling of height in a room on the other hand prints hung in a horizontal line tend to have a calming effect and can give a narrow room the illusion of some width. Prints have a greater impact if those with dark mats are hung on light walls and prints with lighter mats are hung on dark walls. When hanging a print on a papered wall you will want to cut a “V” slit in the wallpaper and lift it up to insert the nail. You can always glue the paper back in place if you ever want to remove the print. You will want to keep your prints from becoming crooked by placing self-adhesive rubber discs on the back of each corner. This helps tremendously with slipping and sliding.

Remember your home is an expression of who you are, and your walls are your gallery. You will want them to reflect your memories, your interests, and your personality. I love to fill my walls with the faces I love.

If your looking for “rhythm” to add to your room? Creating a certain rhythm depends on the shape, size, and spacing of the objects. When all of the objects are the same size and equally placed, then the rhythm is more placid. If larger objects are placed by tall, vertical rectangles, then the rhythm would be staccato, setting an emphatic tone.

You want to also find “balance” which is deeply important. If you don’t have a balanced arrangement then the arrangement may look top-heavy, bottom-heavy, or as if its side was falling off. You want a symmetrical arrangement where each half of the arrangement mirrors the image of the other half.

If you’re looking for a display with “impact” then you want to start with your largest frames being in the center, as the focal point. From there you want to surround the larger frames with smaller frames giving a balanced grouping. You can add visual interest by hanging frames at varying heights.

If you want to create a visual drama you can hang your frames following and upward angle like a staircase. Use larger frames as an anchor, and then complement them with some smaller frames. Make sure spacing between the frames is equal to create a balanced look.

You want to hang your art at eye level where it can be easily seen, which means it can be either at standing or sitting level your choice. In general, you want the artwork to be hung so that the center point of the picture or grouping is at about eye level for the average person.

Never just hammer a nail into a wall, choose the appropriate hanging device based on the composition of your walls and the weight of your art. Always hang your art on two hooks and two wall hangers for more level, even support. For heavier pieces use D hooks. Place the hooks, lay your frame face down and pull the hanging wire in the back toward the top of the frame in two spots the same distance from the top. Remember the further apart they are the closer the art will be to the wall. Measure the distance between these two spots, as well as the distance between one of them and the top of the frame. Transfer these dimensions to the wall starting with your center mark first. Install the wall hangers at the two hanging spots you have chosen. Begin hanging with the center piece, using it as a reference point for all the others you may have.

I hope this information has been helpful!

Home Office Feng Shui: Decor and Live Plants

Continuing with the third installment in our five part series on Feng Shui tips for your home office space, this week we’re talking about adding live plants and overall decor.

Practicing Feng Shui can be a great way to keep a happy balance in your office space. The key elements of water, fire, wood, and earth can help you find a calm balance and lead to more energy and productivity.

Part Three – Decor and Live Plants

Focus on Function

If an object is not serving a purpose for your work or for Feng Shui, then you don’t need it cluttering up your space. If an object is not representing a key element or is not balancing a key element, then removing it will clear space and make you feel more positive about everything that does have a purpose in the room.

Keep Walls Consistent

Any decoration or object going onto a wall should be placed at eye level. Walls need to be kept organized and consistent or they are violating good Feng Shui practices.

Display Nature Paintings

Paintings that show scenes of nature, like gardens, landscapes, and other outdoor scenarios, are not only a beautiful addition to any home but they use earth tones. Using earth tones will keep you consistently tuned into the environment.

Hang Up Family Photos

You can make your space more comfortable by surrounding yourself with images of your friends and family. Familiar faces and the memories triggered by them might make your office space more inviting. When choosing a frame, try to use a variety of both metal and wood so you can represent two elements.

Have a Small Fountain

Not only will a fountain fully represent the water element, but the sound of running water will act to sooth your senses. Also, a water fountain is said to attract and trap Chi.

Adding Crystals

There are certain crystals that are thought to increase the power of Feng Shui. Some of these crystals include: malachite, quartz, and amethyst. It is important to do some research on not only which crystals to use, but where they should be placed.

No Sharp Corners

It is believed that objects with sharp corners obstruct the pathway of Chi. Sharp corners are also a potential safety hazard. Certain items of furniture, like your work desk, may have sharp corners. As long as these are not pointing directly at you, they will still allow for the Chi to flow around you.

Bamboo for Luck

Not only is bamboo considered to be incredibly lucky, but it also serves to represent the key element of wood. Be sure to shop around and find the right bamboo plant for you and your space.

Keep Potted Plants

Any plant, even flowers, is representative of the key element of wood. Putting a small plant on the windowsill, or a larger plant in the corner of a room, can brighten up your whole space. Bringing any plant or flower into your home office will help to balance out the elements and will naturally boost your mood.

Learn Plant Care

All of the positive effects of having plant life in your office will disappear if you can’t keep your plants alive. Dead or suffering plants increase the negative energy in a room and can also make you feel frustrated or down. If you are going to have plants in your space, make sure to learn a little about plant care or choosing the hardiest plants.