|Spruce Up for Spring Time for back to basics.|
Spring is a great time to start new decorating projects. After a long winter,
it is especially appealing to think about ways to spruce up home sweet home.
Here are some things to think about when selecting coverings for windows and
Windows: Do you need privacy or just a decorative treatment? If
privacy is a concern, you can choose drapes that draw closed or decorative
fabric shades. Roman shades have straight-across folds of fabric for a tailored
look. Or, for a lighter touch, choose balloon shades with soft poufs of fabric.
Any of these options can be lined with blackout fabric for total light control.
Wood blinds or plantation shutters are popular solutions that offer both
style and privacy. Check the depth of your windows since these blinds are thick
and usually have to protrude slightly.
If you don't need privacy, the sky is the limit! Go for contemporary fabric
swirled around a rod, or traditional swags and jabots (draped fabric at the top
with "tails" on either side). Valances are another good choice when you want to
keep your view unobstructed. A valance is essentially a treatment that covers
just the top of the window, and today, they are available in many styles. You
can even hide blinds underneath them, to be pulled down when needed.
Custom or ready-made? Without a doubt, custom window treatments
provide the most flexibility and are usually the most costly. The upside is you
get to pick the fabric, size and style. There are some wonderful in-stock window
treatments available, but you will have limited styles and sizes to choose from.
Check your local fabric stores for prices and labor charges on custom work to
compare with what your area retailers can offer.
Floors: The type of flooring you choose will set the tone for your home.
Choosing what to cover your floors with is one of the most important decisions
you will have to make regarding your home. When used throughout a house,
wall-to-wall carpet seems to expand the space - the rooms appear to flow from
one to another. Carpet can also unify the design of space and tie rooms
together. Area rugs call attention to their definite size, and therefore, the
size of the room. For rooms that feel small, carpet is usually a better choice.
People generally choose carpet over hard surface flooring for a variety of
reasons. It offers warmth, both real insulation against cold and also that
psychological warm feeling. It is comfortable underfoot and acoustically quiet.
You tend not to hear the echo of footsteps throughout the space when floors are
carpeted. It is also safer than hard surfaces. One is less likely to slip and
fall, and if falls do occur, the cushioning effect of carpet protects against
Selecting a style of carpet can be a daunting task. There is a wide variety
available today, from luxuriously smooth cut piles with a velvety texture to the
opposite extreme. A very smooth surface will show traffic paths more than a
rough surface – one that has textured or curly yarns. Berber or loop styles have
an altogether different surface and are also good for high traffic areas.
Think about the areas to be carpeted and how they function. First
choose the style of carpet based on the kind of traffic and use the space will
get. This will help you narrow your search for the best carpet for the room.
Then you can focus on choosing a color or pattern. There are no right or wrong
choices for carpet colors. If you have a color in mind or have always wanted a
particular color on the floor, by all means go for it. Part of the fun of
decorating comes from choosing new and different products to showcase in your
When purchasing any of these home basics, it pays to take your time. Take
home samples of fabrics and carpets, and see how they look in a variety of
lighting. Buy the best you can afford of these building-block items because they
are not ones you will replace often. Get the basics right and the rest of the
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