Creating a Personal Sanctuary in the Master Bedroom

Kill The House Lights — 3 Ways To Darken Your Home Theater On Any Budget

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Date: December 16th 2016


When building a home theater, one of the most important aspects of creating the right room is your ability to adjust the light levels from normal to nearly pitch black whenever you want. Despite high-tech equipment and the latest ways to create great sound and visuals, designing a true theater experience requires the right lighting at the right times.  So, how can you properly darken your home theater in a way that works for your plans? Here are 3 methods for any room and any budget. Blackout Drapes One of the easiest options you have to darken windows is to choose good-quality blackout drapes. These special curtains have a liner behind the decorative panels that filters and blocks light. They have the added advantage of helping provide insulation and muffling noises from your speakers. Be sure to have the drapes measured and installed larger than the window so that the curtains overlap the sides and top of the window to prevent light leakage. If some of your light sources are coming from doors that are used to access the home theater room, blackout drapes are the best way to block them while still allowing you to come and go. Blackout Cloth You can buy the blackout material separately from the drapes if you have blinds or shutters. While using the darkening material yourself isn’t likely to look as nice as professional curtains would, they can work well on a temporary basis. If you have blinds that fail to get the job done, add a rod for hanging the blackout cloth between the blinds and the glass. This will allow you to reduce light while still having the window treatments look nice for guests. Inserts Filling the window with a temporary block is a good way to kill light and reduce noise. An ideal material for this is a piece of foam that’s roughly 3 to 6 inches deep. Cut the foam in the shape of your window — equal to or just slightly larger than the window — so that you can stuff it into the window’s indentation. If you’re still getting light leaks from the edges, complement your setup with thick, dark curtains or a custom valance. If you don’t need insulation, you may be able to simply tack up a piece of cardboard over the window that functions in the same way as the foam . . . […]

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3 Ways To Make Your Staircase More Inviting In Your Home

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Date: February 22nd 2016


Your home’s staircase is a focal point of your overall design, and it’s often ignored when it comes to decorating. If you want your staircase to be more inviting, there are ways you can redesign it so it can become a beautiful structure that brings your whole house together. Here are 3 ways to give your staircase the appeal it deserves. Modern railing You can open up your staircase and give it a contemporary appeal by installing a brass or steel railing with barred sides. For easier installation, you can buy a stair railing kit from your local home supply store. A railing kit includes your hardware, a handrail, and side rails to give your staircase a noticeable upgrade. You can choose decorative railings with twisted metal or other designs or go with a streamlined effect to draw the eye. Staircase runner Whether you have carpeted or wooden stairs, a staircase runner is a great idea to preserve each step while adding a splash of alluring color. A staircase runner placed in the center of your stairs along the entire length of your staircase protects the high-traffic areas where steps get worn down. Similar to a hallway runner, this carpet addition to your stairs can be purchased in a variety of hues and designs to give your staircase a welcoming feel. Lighting Many staircases feature a simple ceiling light, which can leave areas dark or dim. Brighten up your staircase by installing wall sconces to illuminate each step in an intriguing way. You can install sconces with stained glass to add warm color and design, or simple brass designs with yellow lighting to make your staircase glow with appealing light. If you don’t want to add wall sconces to your stairwell, then consider adding multiple recessed lights along your ceiling so each step gets bright illumination. Installing yellow or off-yellow lighting creates a less-stark glow than bright white lighting, so keep this in mind as you choose your lighting fixtures and bulbs. There are many ways you can make your staircase a more appealing feature in your home. You can brighten up steps with a colorful runner or beautiful lighting. You can upgrade your railings by purchasing a stair railing kit to give this space a more modern appeal. When you upgrade your staircase, you will be amazed at how much more inviting this area of your home is, and […]

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3 Ways to Make Your College Dorm Room Bed Comfortable and Attractive

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Date: August 28th 2015


If you’re like many college students, your dorm room is one of the first opportunities you’ll have to feel as if you’re living on your own. However, when you arrive in your dorm room for the first time, you may not feel at home there. One of the reasons why may be your dorm room bed. The bed in your dorm room can serve multiple purposes. You sleep in it, but you also may use it as a workspace and sofa for yourself and friends that visit your room. While you have no control over the kind of bed you have, you can get bedding that is comfortable and expresses your personality. Get the Right Size Bedding To start with, you need to get sheets and bedding that is the right size. That may seem obvious, but you may not know that many college dorm rooms have twin XL beds, also called extended twin. If that is the case for your room, if you get sheets and duvet covers that are made for a twin bed, they won’t stay on the mattress or fit your bed. If you get full bed sheets, you’ll have to deal with all the extra fabric each night as you toss and turn in bed. Getting twin XL bed sheets will help you stay comfortable and keep your bed looking good. Call your dorm beforehand to make sure you know the size of your bed. Use Shape and Color When you locate bedding in the proper size, it’s time to think about style and personality. Because your dorm room walls are likely to be white and you are not able to paint them, you can use color and designs to make your bed a focal point in your room. For example, search out geometric bedding sets with bold shapes that draw the eye right to your bed and make your entire room seem more lively. Get a Mattress Pad or Featherbed Once you’ve chosen your bedding, it’s time to add extra elements to make your bed more comfortable. The mattress in your room may be bearable, but adding a featherbed or mattress pad can make the bed softer and more comfortable for you when you sit and lay in your bed. Once you make your bed more comfortable and attractive, you can start working on the rest of your room. Talk to your roommate about […]

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Which Flooring Options Are Best For Allergy Sufferers?

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Date: May 26th 2015


If you’re an allergy sufferer, you know that some floors are better than others at minimizing allergy flare-ups. Whether you’re renovating your existing property or building a new home from the ground up, it pays to take your allergies into account when deciding on flooring for your home. Here are some flooring options that are well-suited for allergy sufferers. Hardwood Floors Hardwood floors are one of the top flooring options for those who suffer from allergies. For many reasons, hardwood floors are unlikely to instigate allergy symptoms. Following are just two of the benefits. Dirt is easily visible. All it takes to see dust and other debris on a hardwood floor is sunlight or some indoor light, viewed at an angle. Ordinarily, a homeowner wouldn’t view this as a benefit, but when you need to keep your home dust-free for allergy reasons, this is a huge plus. Cleaning is straightforward. Hardwood floors clean up easily, without heavy equipment. For light cleaning, such as removing surface dust, a damp cotton mop is all that is needed. Simply spritz the bottom with a little water so that dust will cling to the mop head. Launder the mop head in between uses. Tile Floors Tile floors are another great option for families with allergy sufferers. Here are two of the outstanding benefits of tile floors for people with allergies. Tile floors don’t harbor bacteria. Tile is commonly used in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms, where bacteria and mold typically thrive. But these allergy triggers don’t stand a chance of taking hold with tile flooring because of the material and the sealants used that make it virtually impervious to spills. Tile floors are easily disinfected. Since tile is such a strong and durable substance, it holds up to the strongest household cleaning chemicals. Using a bucket of hot water and your choice of floor detergent, a tile floor can be disinfected just by running a wet mop over it. Laminate Flooring Laminate flooring is suitable for allergy sufferers who may admire the look of hardwood floors, but cannot afford them. Laminate flooring today closely mimics the look of hardwood floors, and also closely imitates its superior cleaning features. Here are two good reasons to choose laminate flooring if you suffer from allergy symptoms. Laminate floor installation is dust-free. Unlike some other flooring options, the installation of laminate flooring doesn’t kick a lot of dust […]

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4 Tips For Brightening Up Your Child’s Bedroom With Painting

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Date: April 15th 2015


If you’re interested in adding color to your child’s room by painting the interior walls, it’s important that you set aside some time to consider how to best take care of painting. A lot of people become overwhelmed when it comes to painting an entire room, but with the following tips, the job can become much easier. As long as you take your time and choose painting colors carefully, you can even get your child involved in the painting process. Personalize the Room by Drawing or Painting on the Walls The easiest way to add personality to a child’s room is by adding images to the walls through drawing or painting. If you’re artistically inclined, it should be easy enough to start sketching out a design of something from your child’s favorite movie, personal interests, or hobbies. Starting with a sketch and following up with paint can help give the room a huge boost of personality. Use Stencils and Projections if You’re Not Artistically Inclined If you want to draw a lion, hot air balloons, or other images on the walls, but aren’t artistically inclined, you can still get the results you want through stencils or projections. Finding images that work for the size of the room and slowly doing the transfer to the walls can achieve the look you want. Choose Colors Suited for Their Age and Interests To give the room a fresh coat of paint that can stay for many years to come, stick with colors that work for their age group. If you go too light or choose images that are for very young children, you should expect to need to repaint the room after just a few years. Sticking with colors that work for their interests is a good idea, but it’s also recommended that you keep in mind that your child is always aging. Avoid Dark Colors Entirely It may be tempting to choose darker colors if your child is older and fond of these colors, but dark shades can come with a number of problems. Not only can dark walls not look as attractive in natural light, they can also be difficult to paint over and even make a room feel smaller than it is. When you’re tackling the project of painting over the walls in a child’s bedroom, you’ll want to get creative and avoid rushing. By taking into consideration what your […]

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Your master bedroom should be the sanctuary that you love and enjoy retreating to at the end of each day. Are you unhappy with your master bedroom? Are you struggling to create the feel that you want in the room? Not sure of what color schemes would be best for the space? Visit my website to learn how to make some of the most difficult interior design decisions while improving the appearance and comfort level of your master bedroom. Hopefully, you will find all that you need to make the best decisions for the master bedroom in your home and create your own personal sanctuary.

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