Thursday, April 30, 2009

Painting Terracotta Pots

What do you do with that stack of plain terracotta pots? They are great for decorating because they’re inexpensive and versatile. Use them for planters, candle holders, or even side tables. However, they can be plain.

Well, you don’t have to accept their plainness any longer. Spruce up your terracotta pots with a splash of paint to suit your color scheme using these techniques.


High-quality spray paint - your choice of color(s).
High-quality spray on primer.
High-quality clear coat/sealer (matte or gloss).
Terracotta pots (new or used).

Carefully clean your terracotta pots and let dry thoroughly. It is important that they are completely free from dust or dirt and are dry.

Prime the pots, inside and out, covering every inch. Let dry completely and then repeat. It is important that you cover inside just as well as the outside.

Spray the pots whatever color(s) you wish covering inside and outside. Let dry between coats. You may need to do 3–4 coats to ensure complete coverage.

Spray on your clear coat/sealer. It is important that you cover the inside and outside completely. Let dry between coats. You may need to do 2–3 coats.

* Please note that painting the inside is very important. It will help prevent moisture from seeping through and causing the outside paint to bubble and peel off.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Home Office Design

Is your home also your office? Create a work space that serves your business needs and is also a natural extension of your home and personality.

What do you see when you picture your dream home office? Probably something stylish, comfortable, maybe even inspiring. But balancing the comfortable with the practical takes planning. Here's how:
Put Some "Home" In Your Home Office Design
Your main objective, and one that many home-office creators miss, is to retain the "home" in "office." Don't be afraid of the cozy factor invading your professional space, embrace it!

Integrating warm, relaxing lighting, installing comfortable chairs for kids and other family visitors, and perhaps even adding an extra computer so your children can work alongside you are all ways of taking advantage of the familial closeness that working at home can provide. You want your kids to feel at home in your office, but you also need your space to rate high in both function and style. I'm here to tell you: you can have both!

Organize Your Home Office
In terms of basic office furniture and accessories, you'll need some sort of bookshelf-or shelves-and file drawers that look good and are easily accessible without you having to get up. I recommend organizing shelves by topic.

Bulletin and chalk boards are a great way to keep home offices tidy and reminders front and center, and double as a gallery for your family photos.

Home Office Style
You can add your signature to the desktop with stylish, affordable and useful accessories like pencil holders and divided containers.

Ergonomic Home Offices
If you're going to invest in any one item, make it a timeless desk chair that leans back and ergonomically supports the body. You'll be grateful for it every day!

Lighting for Your Home Office
Lighting is also important. Take advantage of natural light, and use every opportunity to add more. Make sure you install blinds, both for privacy and controlling drafts. One illuminating idea is to use interesting lighting to create a focal point for the room. Cable lighting is another functional way to add style. In general, offices should benefit from lots of lighting, but do install dimmers so you can go cozy if you want to.

Personal Touches in Your Home Office
Home offices are an ideal place to show off your personal art and pictures, family portraits, anything that speaks to your unique aesthetic and inspires you. Unlike the dry, neutral palettes you see in most corporate offices, home-based work centers should be fun and colorful, reflecting the personality of their owners. You may be spending many late nights there, why not feel at home? Some people even install a TV to keep them company on late nights.

Above all, the place you spend so much time in each day should be warm and inviting, the professional equivalent of your favorite, over-stuffed chair.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bathroom Designs: Remodel Small Bathroom

Looking to remodel small bathroom? Still using the towels you got ten years ago for your wedding? Is the paint cracking above your shower? Well, then its probably time to update your bathroom designs. And with an average 100% return on investment with bathroom redesigns, you really have nothing to lose.

10 ways to improve your bathroom designs:

Update the fixtures: Today’s bathroom vanities, bathroom faucets and tubs are streamlined to allow for maximum space-saving. They are decorative and functional, and add lasting beauty to your bathroom designs.

Add a skylight: There’s nothing quite like natural, soft light coming from a skylight in the ceiling. Consider adding one above your shower, or directly in the middle of the room.

Install a jacuzzi: For a romantic evening with your loved one, or a long soak to take away the stress of the day, consider a jacuzzi. There are many models available today that will fit any budget.

Add a second bathroom sink: Whether you have a large family, or its just the two of you, there always seems to be a battle over the sink. Add a second bathroom basin, and alleviate the trouble.

Make use of corners: There never seems to be enough space in the shower for all those shampoos and conditioners. Install corner shelving from floor to ceiling for optimal storage.

Add a towel warmer: Just think of how wonderful a warm fluffy towel would feel after a shower on a cold winter morning. Well, install a towel warmer and feel that luxury.

Update the mirror: For small bathrooms, a large mirror can make the room feel much larger. Consider new a bathroom mirror that will add beauty and depth to your bathroom.

Get new towels: A new set of towels and bathmats is an easy, quick way to spruce up any bathroom.

Install a bidet: True, many people don’t even know what a bidet is for, but they will add lasting value to your bathroom designs.

Accessorize: Little additions like a wall-mounted soap dispenser can add a bit of flair to your bathroom designs cheaply and quickly.

Friday, April 24, 2009

10 Kitchen Design Ideas

If you’re looking to spruce up a kitchen without huge projects like replacing large appliances like the range, refrigerator or dishwasher, here are ten ways to get a nicer looking cooking space.

Sinks: A new sink installation can make a kitchen shine. Find the sink you want, whether it’s ceramic/porcelain or traditional stainless steel kitchen sinks, and renovate your cleaning space.

Faucets: If you’re not up to replacing the entire sink, try a stylish faucet fixture that will give a sink a new look. Check out these fashionable kitchen faucets installations to give your kitchen a classy appearance.

Light fixtures: Hanging or wall-mounted light fixtures comes in a variety of styles, from traditional chandelier type fixtures to modern track lighting

Soap dispensers and cleaning supply holders: Get new accessories like these in vibrant colors and give your kitchen a new look. These days, lots of buyers are choosing to add soap dispensers into the sink or counter fixture. Use models like these sink and counter integrated soap dispensers to get the look you want.

Pot racks: You can find some great designs in metal or other materials to hold large kitchen tools while giving your room a distinctive appearance. Look for solutions like this Kalco pot rack with Satin Nickel Finish for holding all of your large pots and pans and providing a bright design in your cooking space.

Spice racks: Keep your herbs and spices in order and contribute more to a kitchen work space design. These great kitchen installations help alleviate the clutter of a room without sufficient storage for small objects.

Floor mats: Runners and colored mats can brighten your space and protect linoleum or other flooring from the wear and tear of daily cooking.

Garbage disposals: Installing one of these handy tools in your kitchen will cut down on the disposal process for all compostable waste.
Fans: Install a small venting or cooling system in your kitchen and get both style and comfort.

Decorative gear: Wall hangings and other decorations give a kitchen its own unique flair. Anything from found objects to woven or ceramic wall décor build a more specialized ambiance in a kitchen.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

7 Bathroom Designs Ideas

Sprucing up a bathroom used to mean picking up the wet towels and wiping the scum out of the soap dish. Nowadays, bathrooms are little slices of a family’s character. They can be both fun and functional. Here are a few bathroom designs ideas for families of any income:

Grandma’s House - Hang crafts and country-themed photographs on the wall. Use baskets for storing toilet paper and towels. Finish it off with a few decorative soaps in a small glass dish. Remember what Grandma said, though, they’re for decoration not washing.

Toon Town - Choose one of your favorite cartoon characters, like Mickey Mouse, and paint the bathroom in that color, such as black, red and white. Print out a few pictures of Mickey for the wall. Set small figurines on the shelf. And be sure to color coordinate the shower curtain, rugs and towels.

Zen - Make the bathroom a peaceful retreat, by painting the room in earth-tones, such as brown, green and tan. Consider bamboo fixtures, and stone for the wash basin. Rattan mats can be used outside of the tub, and rocks can be used for decoration. One of several perfect bathroom vanities would help complete the “Zen” look. Consider adding a Jacuzzi Tub for aquatherapy treatment. Just follow the basic rule of “Keep it Simple.”

Ocean - One of the most popular bathroom decorating ideas is the ocean theme. Visit any local department store to find ocean-themed toothbrush holders, shower curtains, towels, and more. If you’ve visited the ocean, consider putting a glass jar filled with sea-shells on a shelf.

Patriotic - For those in the USA, you can never go wrong with a traditional Red, White and Blue theme. Since most fixtures are white, simply buy some red and blue towels and mats. Hang a nice flag on the wall. Then consider color-coordinated soaps and tissue boxes.

Minimalist Color - Make your white bathroom fixtures stand out by painting the room in a dark, bold color such as navy blue. Accent the room with a slightly lighter shade of the same color. Finally, purchase towels and mats that are again, one shade lighter. You may want to start with deciding on the color of the towels and mats, and then work your way up.

Museum - Make your bathroom an art museum. Simply print out several of your favorite paintings, and frame them. Cluster the frames on one wall, so they are nearly touching. Choose one of several decorative bathroom vanities out there to meet your theme. For the shower curtain, visit your local fabric store and purchase an artistic swatch, then sew it to a plastic liner.

Monday, April 20, 2009

How To Install Hardwood Floors (part 2)

Installing Hardwood Floors, What grade of hard wood is for me?

The term grading is important when we want to get a hardwood floor. Grading refers to the system used by manufacturers to determine the appearance of hard wood floors. Depending on what part of the tree the wood comes from, we obtain different colors.

Also the grain pattern is determined by species and how the wood is cut. Hardwood can be cut from a log in several directions; tangent to the annual rings or radial across the rings.

Both have advantages depending on the purpose and the style we want to get.

The quality of the log is basic for one great final hardwood floor look and feel. A finish process will protect your floor from everyday wear and dirt. In order to enhance its beauty, there are two types of finishes: surface finishes or penetrating finishes:

Surface finishes are durable, they resist moisture, and are easy to maintain. They are also cheaper than penetrating finishing. It works by applying a stain to achieve a particular color, followed by a topcoat of polyurethane or varnish to give a protective coat.

Penetrating finishes (penetrating stain and wax) are a bit more expensive than surface finishes. However, the hardwood will last longer as well. It's easy to explain how they apply this technique. Penetrate the wood to form a protective seal. The stains soak in to provide color, and a wax coating gives a low-gloss satin sheen that can be maintained with additional thin application.
No matter what type of finish you apply to your floor, be as they are, you will notice the big difference on hardwood; with or without any finish applied. I hope you've learned more about how to lay real wood flooring in the house.

The grace and charm of Wooden Floors

When it comes to flooring, wood has been an preferred choice of most of the population, be it the rich or the poor. Everyone likes the idea of having at least a small area in their house that has wooden flooring on it. It is a costly affair but the preference for the elegance always takes charge and leaves the cost angle behind. Well, mostly!

You need to be very careful when you choose hardwood. Your also need to understand how to install, maintain and repair these floors. Otherwise, it can be a very tedious effort. Some education in this area will help.

Let's look at the merits of wooden flooring

To begin with, as soon as you install any kind of wooden flooring, the value of your property automatically increases. This increase is significant, and a house owner would like to take advantage of this aspect.

Moreover, you also have the choice of many colors and shades for your flooring requirement.

This type can work well in a traditional or a modern environment. You can compliment a rug or a carpet and this will look equally good on your floor. It not only looks elegant but also rich in nature.

The look counts and visitors and guests can make out the big difference with these enhancements. It also gives a warm look and feel to your house which is well appreciated.

Let’s go shopping…

Before you decide to shop, you may want to think about the following aspects.

The cost of the wood would vary according to the choice you make. However, you also need to look at the budget you have in mind for this purpose. So you could end up spending too much for the wood right in the beginning. On the flip side you could be on a saving mission and end up with poor quality wood that may not be durable in the long run. So you need to be able to strike a balance here, if you have a budget limitation.

Be aware of this and then take a decision accordingly. If you are confused at this stage, it is better to look for professional help or you could also ask reliable friends who have installed wooden flooring in their houses. This would be the best way to solve this problem. Again, do not buy from the first shop you step into. Check a few shops locally, get a feel of what’s available and then make the purchase. That’s the ideal way to shop for hardwood floors.

Caring, Cleaning and Polishing Hardwood

Once you have got the wooden flooring installed, you need to know some things to take care of the same. Here is how…

The life of the flooring is usually between ten to 25 years. This mainly depends on the quality of the wood and how you take care of it in. Apart from dusting and cleaning, there are different types of pastes and solutions available in the market for caring and polishing the wooden surface. This helps in a big way to maintain the floor.

One must be wary of the fact that not all of these are good and so you need to check what works in your situation. Also don’t pull hard surfaces on the flooring as this will leave a mark that may be difficult to repair.

Remember, once a mark always a mark on your hardwood floors! This needs to be drilled into your mind and you will automatically take care of the flooring.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

How To Install Hardwood Floors

This article throws light on various aspects of hard-wooden flooring focusing on how to choose it and also how to maintain it in the long run. The selecting process for your home or office is simply a matter of having the facts, comparing the types, and selecting a professional to do the job. There are so many factors to consider when shopping for types and materials like bamboo, parquet, laminate or vinyl. Let's start...

The look, feel and even the sound of real hardwood are important.

Everyone knows the longevity that these floors have. They can be refinished several times and they will look like a new one.

Hardwood floors will last a lifetime, the investment will be for a lifetime.

Certainly hardwood floors will stand up to the demands of everyday life due to their durability.

The fact that hardwood floors need special care and maintenance. Installation is not a simple task and we do recommend hardwood professionals do it.

Other factors are important as well as the types of hardwood floors. Usually they come in a variety of three types: Parquet, plank and strip.

Parquet Design: This kind of flooring normally comes in standard patterns of 6x6”. Sensational geometric effects can be achieved with special parquet design patterns.

Plank: Difference between this hardwood floor is that flooring boards are at least 3 inches wide. Installation method is by screwing the plank floor to the sub floor as well as nailed. Screw holes can be covered with wooden plugs.

Strip: This floor is used for the majority of installations. Strips usually are 2-1/4 inches wide, but also come in widths ranging from 1-1/2 inches to 3-1/4 inches. Nailing to the sub floor makes installation.

Small changes in your home's relative humidity can affect the solid wood flooring, which expands and contracts depending on the humidity. Normally, hardwood floor professional installers leave an expansion gap between the floor and the wall in order to compensate for this movement.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Some Tips in Choosing and Installing Right Chandeliers for Your Homes

Chandeliers are ubiquitous in that they can be found in practically all homes - at least in the ones that are elegant - in the United States and elsewhere.

Having had its roots in the Medieval period, the earliest known chandeliers took the shape of crosses with spikes on which candles could be securely placed. During that time, the presence of chandeliers could only be found in places of assembly. How times have changed.

Today, the chandeliers are more intricate in design and has found their way into private homes, specifically in dining rooms. But what makes chandeliers in style? They are popular because no other furnishing can command as much attention.

How To Choose The Right Chandelier

If you're thinking of buying a chandelier, the criteria for choosing the best one is actually NOT based on your personal taste, but rather in (a) the size of your table and (b) on how much illumination your dining room needs.

The typical feature across all light bulbs is that they have multiple bulbs that shed off a great deal of brightness. But how much light does your dining room need? Measure the size of your room. Multiply the length of the room by the width, then you multiply the result with by 1.5. So if the size of your room is 12 feet by 15 feet, the formula would look this way: 12 x 15 x 1.5. If you do the math, you will find that you need a total of 270 watts. The chandelier that will provide enough illumination is the one with 6-40 watt bulbs. To provide the best lighting, you should coordinate the chandelier with other light fixtures, wall sconces or buffet lamps.

A chandelier's diameter should not exceed to around 1/2 of the width of your dining table. It should be suspended from 27 to 30 inches above. Certainly, the number of light bulbs on the chandelier shouldn't be your only consideration when buying one. You should keep in mind the chandelier's design, its size and, of course, your finances.

Installing Your Chandelier

So, now you've bought a chandelier. What you need to do now is have your chandelier installed. Handle with care when installing your chandelier as they are elaborately designed.

- Check the weight. You surely don't want your newly-bought chandelier to fall off upon installation. Should your chandelier be heavier than you existing lighting, you may need to replace the ceiling's junction box.

- This is practically common sense, but you need to disconnect the power connecting to your chandelier when you are in the process of installing it.

- Take out the old lighting and take note of how your previous lighting was installed. Replace the old lighting with your new chandelier.

Be sure you have a mounting strap in place from your ceiling. Attach your chandelier's hardware to the mounting strap. Screw the mounting strap to the junction box.

- Connect the wires of your chandelier to that of your ceiling.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tips on choosing the perfect lighting for your Living Room

Unless you're well versed in home decorating techniques and terminology, sorting out the variety of home lighting functions and effects can be a daunting task. What's ambient lighting? What's the difference between incandescent and fluorescent bulbs? How do I choose the right lighting for my kitchen? A hallway? The dining room? Do I need task lighting or utility lighting for my home office?

The best way to make sense of all the options and choose what's best for each room in your home is to plan your lighting scheme around the activity or activities that will take place in the room. In general, you need more light for performing involved tasks such as reading or cooking, and less for relaxing and entertaining. Next, you need to answer three questions:

1)How bright should the light be?
2)Should it be direct or indirect light?
3)What type of light source is best - halogen, fluorescent, or incandescent?


Home offices, studies, and reading areas need moderate brightness. Be sure not to make the common mistake of over-lighting a reading area. Choose bulbs around 75 to 100 watts for optimal reading and working light - any more creates too much glare and shadow and causes a strain on your eyes.

Dining and living areas take moderate brightness as well, but because these rooms are used mainly for entertaining and conversation, just how bright you make them depends on your family's tastes. A general rule of thumb for dining areas is 200 to 300 watts from a single fixture (usually a chandelier), whereas a living room often needs several fixtures anywhere from 75 to 150 watts to ensure good light coverage. To make sure the brightness of your lighting is perfect for every occasion, try putting dining and living area lights on a dimmer switch so you can easily control the rooms? ambience.
Your kitchen should be the brightest room in your home, while hallways and entryways need the least amount of light. You'll need lots of bright light to perform food preparation tasks, so consider options such as track lighting in addition to overhead pendant lights to highlight a cutting area, as well as recessed undercabinet and stove spotlights to brighten sinks and counters. On the other hand, hallways and entryways require subtle lighting - just 40 to 60 watts is fine - since they're used only as passageways to other rooms.Direct and indirect lighting

Direct lighting comes from a single, "exposed" source, such as a pendant light or desk lamp, and provides lots of brightness, which is ideal for tasks such as reading and playing games.

Indirect, or ambient, lighting is more subdued. The source is often hidden - recessed lighting is an example - and the resulting light is more diffused and gentle. Indirect lighting is used primarily to flood large living areas with soft light. It's often used in combination with task and accent lights to illuminate an area to create ambience and intimacy or to soften harsh shadows created by powerful direct lighting.

An example of where this combination of direct and indirect lighting is essential is in the home office or study area. A desk lamp is a good choice for a direct lighting option because it brightly illuminates a reading area. But the direct light causes glare on white reading surfaces, which often leads to eye strain. To counteract this effect, you can add indirect overhead lighting such as track lights to soften glare and remove shadows.

Types of light sources

There are three types of light sources to choose from when planning your lighting scheme:

* Incandescent
* Fluorescent
* Halogen

- Incandescent bulbs are most commonly used in residential applications. This type of bulb produces warm, natural-looking light that resembles daylight.

- Fluorescent light, which is most often used in commercial settings, is more economical than incandescent because it produces less heat and less energy (about 7 watts compared to 60 watts). Fluorescent bulbs also tend to last longer, because they don't contain filaments. On average, one fluorescent bulb can last up to six years longer than an incandescent bulb. However, it's important to remember that fluorescent light makes skin tones look less natural, and many fluorescent bulb types can't be dimmed.

- Halogen light is another energy-saving option. Halogen bulbs are filled with halogen gas, which causes the particles of tungsten to be redeposited onto the tungsten filament. The result is longer-lasting, whiter, and brighter light than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs can render. Though they last longer and have low energy output, halogen bulbs are typically more expensive and bulkier than their counterparts. Also, keep in mind that their nonstandard contact elements require your fixtures and housing to be halogen-compatible, so you could be looking at a significant initial cost outlay.

In general, incandescent light works best in living and dining areas, while fluorescent or halogen light brightens task-oriented areas well.

Remember, when deciding how to light your home, start with an evaluation of room usage, traffic patterns, and the individual tastes of your family members. You'll end up with a lighting design that will transform your home into a warm, intimate environment you love spending time in.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

How to Choose the Right Lamp for a Dining Room

Choosing lamps for a dining room is about your style, the room's color palette, the mood you want to create and the kind of light you want in the room during the day and at night. Lamps come in many shapes, sizes, colors, styles and materials. Choosing the right lamp for your dining room can be an extension of yourself and your needs.

Choose Your Style

Step1 Define your style. Is your taste traditional, contemporary, Asian, Spanish, Mexican, English country, Italian, Mediterranean, Swedish, Victorian, vintage retro or one of many other styles?
Step2 Decide if you want a table lamp, floor lamp or a combination.
Step3 Determine the size of the lamp you want. Define your desired width and height.
Step4 Decide on a color for the lamp. Decide on the material for the shade and the body of the lamp.

Evaluate Room's Usage

Step1 Track the traffic patterns in the room.
Step2 Define where the room is lightest and darkest both during the day and at night.
Step3 Decide where you want to put lamps. The buffet, dining table, end table and sideboard are all potential locations.

Choose Lighting Options

Step1 Decide whether the light should be operated with a toggle switch, a dimmer switch or a three-way switch.
Step2 Decide if you want soft and warm or bright and cool light. Use incandescent bulbs for softer light and fluorescent bulbs for cooler light.
Step3 Use halogen bulbs for a high-intensity bright light.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Flowers in bathroom

Today bathroom interior is not less important part of design projects, than all other premises.
Small architectural forms and various compositions from immortelles or indoor plants make bathroom a place for relaxation and rest. But for some reason indoor plants in bathrooms are quite rare in spite of the fact that these premises require that rigidity of walls has been smoothed by gentle greens of plants. Actually, by means of greens bathroom can be made really magnificent.
Presence of the big window in bathing - is an ideal variant for gardening. In a warm bathroom it is better to contain the plants, which have come to us from the countries with a tropical climate. Small window limits a choice of arrangement a little, but more hardy plants here will approach. If there is no window in bathing, do not despair. And in this case there are ways of plants maintenance.
In the big bathroom with a good window it is possible to create a certain similarity of jungle or, as a last resort, small garden. Magnificent ferns and huge leaves of philodendrons will transform your bathroom into magnificent garden. Sprawling betel palms will help to soften coldish shine of tile.
Bermuda arrowroots will perfectly approach for warm and damp atmosphere of bathroom.
Place some large single plants in large bathroom. It can be various palm trees.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Parquet in interior

It is possible to consider influence of parquet covering on all interior as defining one. The invoice, color and structure of parquet set the fashion to the general color score. No other material gives such opportunities at the choice of style. Light wide strips of parquet boards create sensation of space, light and ease of a premise while at set of narrow strips the floor seems more compact. The light tree adds light to dark room and, on the contrary, a dark tree gives intimacy to the same room.
Much depends on a kind of stacking of parquet. The most widespread and durable stacking “fur-tree” though many already search for other, “not hackneyed” kinds of stacking are considered. Recently “deck” stacking parquet rods all over the world is popular.
In this case rods are displayed in a direction of light from a window that seams were not visible. Other traditional and new figures, each of which has the unique features are also popular.
Even the simplest parquet from ordinary breeds of tree considerably wins in comparison with other kinds of floor coverings, owing to the simplicity and ecological compatibility. Tree, as a building material, has a unique the ability to be restored.
No other floor will give such natural sensation of life and heat, as parquet does.
The parquet from a natural tree creates cosines and inspiration. But there is also one more difference of parquet from other coverings. It remains the same beautiful and stylish for a long time. The present wooden floor in the course of time ripens and becomes even more beautiful. It is the way how the truly natural materials work.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Color of kitchen and appetite

Psychologists have for a long time tried to study the influence of color on the behavior, mood and appetite: different colors differently influence not only our mentality, but also our appetite. Let’s find what color to choose for kitchen that everything that you will prepare on it was tasty. And, the main thing, it did not allow us to overeat.
Grey color will help to grow thin
Are you going to loose some kilograms? Color kitchen in grey-pink tones: such combination muffles appetite and even causes disgust for meal! Grey color does not cause irritation, but thus it calms and muffles anxiety, and together with it and appetite.
Pink color (only not bright, but pale) makes the impression of some mystery, in a combination with grey it promotes self-scrutiny.
Orange and turquoise colors stimulate appetite
Orange and turquoise shades, and also their combinations concern to “tasty” colors. If you even will hang up a picture of these colors on kitchen and will look at it during meal you quickly will get rid of excessive leanness.
Orange color acts excitingly, thus it is very warm and vital color and it adds optimism.
Turquoise and blue-green colors muffle irritation because these are natural colors.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Feather or spring bed

Choosing between spring and spring less kinds of mattress, you will, certainly ask yourself about which one is better. It appears, orthopedic properties can be shown at any qualitative mattress only when it will be correctly picked up, and after the analysis of set of all data - weights of the person, its “special” (problems with a backbone) and personal sensations. So, the full person “will fail” in a soft mattress, and thin one will not feel a special difference between board and rigid rookery. Some firms give the information on an allowable weight among other parameters. Therefore, before to make such expensive purchase (the price can vary from 500 dollars up to 5 thousand dollars), and especially at Internet purchase, it is necessary to direct all over again to the nearest interior and to test available variants in operation. It means that you need not only to sit, but also to lie down on the exhibit as if you have decided to have a sleep.
If to speak about details, models with dependent (classical) springs (linked among them on all cloth and consequently creating wave effect), despite of essential prize in the price, are confidently superseded by mattresses with springs.
Each spring is compressed exactly as much as weight of your body needs, not paying attention to the neighboring springs. Such mattress, are carefully supporting and repeating each bend of your body and do not allow it to become numb. As a result, you will have a sweet sleep. Because of absence of wave effect, spouses, lying on one mattress, will not bother each other.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

5 advertising myths about shower cabins

Multipurpose cabins which can be established instead of a bath are becoming more and more popular.

Myth №1
This pleasure is not only for elites
Today practically everyone can buy shower cabin. It is necessary to choose only suitable size and adequate price. If you have small bathroom, you can lay out a tile, make a waterproofing, hang up the amalgamator and establish shower corner, which would consist from one door and the pallet.

Myth №2
Shower and sauna in one bottle
In high-grade sauna the temperature of air should be not less than 80 оС. At such temperature of heating, if you would casually touch plastic, you would receive the strongest burn. Therefore in shower cabins only a Turkish bath, the coolest one, can be arranged. At 100 % humidity of pairs gets warm up to 40 - 45оС. If the seller will convince you, that in a cabin pairs get warm up to 60оС, do not believe in it.

Myth №3
Real massage!
In order that the massage was real, water from vertically located atomizers should flow not at the same time: first some seconds - from the lowermost of some, then - from the following, and so up to the top. Then it will repeat all over again. If such process is not present, it is not a massage, but a usual shower. Massage atomizers should be rotary and with jet thickness regulation.

Myth №4
Electronics is always cool!!
In multipurpose shower cabins the thermostatic amalgamator is better than electronic regulator. In them there can not be electronics of the same quality, as in models at the price of nearby 10 thousand dollars.

Myth №5
The cabin will serve you for a long time
Practically all details of shower cabins are made of plastic. It is considered as the most qualitative German plastic. But even the most expensive plastic cabin will serve a maximum for 15 - 20 years.

The door from polystyrene is cheaper, but in due course “grows turbid” and looses its attractiveness. It is better to buy matte or with figures ones: on such background traces of time are less appreciable.
Choosing doors sway a skeleton. If it is easily loosened, refuse from this variant.
In order that your legs did not slide in soap water, choose the pallet with figure.
Pallets of the angular form have not the most successful sizes.
Buying a cabin, take the plan of the bathroom and compare it with exact sizes of the cabin.
Getting multipurpose shower cabin you should be ready that it will be necessary to arrange repair in bathroom. You should be offered the scheme of “preliminary” works.

Shower subtleties
The more shutters the door has, the less than place will be inside of a cabin, but the skeleton at the same time is stronger.
Good doors are opened and closed silently.
Doors on rollers are more convenient and break less. Ordinary opening door requires greater area. It is more convenient to wash it, but in 10 years it will be necessary to change rubber linings.
Choose a cabin with a convenient seat. Do not hesitate to check in shop a degree of comfort: sit so as if you are in a sweating room.