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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
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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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Whether you rent an apartment or own your home, few things are more exciting and inspirational than a perfectly executed interior design project. It’s quite fun to change the appearance of your dwelling. Continue reading to learn great advice that will help you make your home look like something that a professional did!
If you want to paint the walls of your house but are unsure of what color to use, painting different color swatches on the walls will help you decide. Make sure the swatches are large enough to be able to compare with one another. Furthermore, make sure you let the paint dry before you decide so you can gauge the correct color of the paint.
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.
If you are making decisions about changing the interior decor of your home, get your family involved. Remember that they will need to live with the changes as well. Decisions that are made should be acceptable to everyone to avoid conflict and ill feelings. Your home is the haven for each member of your family, so everyone should feel good about the changes ahead.
When designing for contemporary and modern spaces, integrate textures into the materials in the room. If the furniture and fixtures are heavy on smooth materials, such as glass, smooth plastics, metal and polished wood, add some textured materials to bring out details that will catch the eyes and create a more interesting space.
Choose colors of the same hue. When you do this, even if the colors seem like they would not “match,” they are in the same color family. That makes them blend in a way that is pleasing to the eye. When you get color swatches from a store, check out the colors in the same position on each card. Those are the ones with similar hue values.
Learn how to paint a wall before painting a wall. That may sound like common sense, but if you are not aware of the quality of your paint, how to apply it properly, and how much you need, you could make a mess or lose a lot of money. Try going to a home-improvement store for some pointers on techniques and types of paint.
Choose bathroom lighting carefully. In a bathroom, a single overhead light will cast an unwanted shadow, making it difficult to apply makeup or shave. A sconce on either side of the medicine cabinet will offer an even amount of light, perfect for grooming. Incandescent lighting is preferable to fluorescent lights, which can create a bluish tone.
If you have a favorite painting, you may want to use it as the focal point of your room. This way, it will draw the most attention. Pick your rooms color scheme to match your painting so that it your painting will be accented by the entire room. This is a great way to make that painting stand out!
Look for interesting pieces and themes to inspire a new collection. A grouping of at least three items comprises a collection. If you have three vases, that is a collection. Three or more pictures is also a collection. Create a grouping of your objects, making sure they coordinate with the surrounding items for a pleasing effect that is sure to draw attention.
Specially formulated “ceiling white” interior paint is perfectly suited to your ceiling. Ceiling white is a specialized, high-gloss paint that reflects light well. You will definitely be able to tell the difference after you’ve used it.
If you have a big enough living room to pull the furniture off of the wall and create a more interesting space for you and your family. Putting the furniture smack dab against the wall is a huge mistake people make when they are arranging the furniture in their living room.
Hanging a collection of picture frames on a wall can be hassle-free. Place a large brown craft paper on the floor or table and arrange all the frames on it. Trace around the frame and where the nail would go. Tape the paper on the wall and put the nails in the place you marked on the paper. Remove the paper and hang your frames.
One of the best ways to add pizzazz into the entertainment room of your house is to incorporate a large flat-screen television. Even though this will set you back a little bit, it will be well worth the cost if you spend a lot of time watching television with friends or family.
If you are looking to fill up your walls with some artwork, you can place a few small pieces together in a group. You need to make sure that they are not too terribly close together and that the spacing is correct. A good rule of thumb is about 2 to 3 inches between frames depending on the space that you have.
If possible, you may want to cinder integrating your house with your hard. If you don’t have a great deal of natural light in your home, consider setting up an outdoor living room right outside your back door to give the effect of another room in the house. This is particularly useful when entertaining guests.
To get the most out of your baby’s nursery design, use elements that will last. Buy furniture and fixtures with classic appeal that will seamlessly transition from babyhood all the way through to their teenage years. You can then accent with pillows, bedding, and knickknacks that are age-appropriate and more easily and inexpensively changed.
It doesn’t matter what you first start with. After a little redecorating, your home will look fabulous. Anyone can express their inner artist with interior design. Use what you’ve learned from this article to create the aesthetically pleasing home that you’ve always dreamed about.