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If you are considering framing your windows with long curtains and drapes, they are a great way to add unexpected glamour and personality to your home. The biggest challenge that comes with this for most people is the difficulty in selecting curtains. So, before you head out to your home goods store to buy some, check out these hints and tips.
- What is the purpose you want your curtains will serve in any given room? Will they provide a splash of color? Privacy? Darkness? Warmth? All of the above? If you opt for lined panels, you will be able to control the temperature in the room, and also regulate the amount of light that filters through. Using a loose-weave cotton lining will help preserve the fabric while still allowing some light to penetrate. For bedrooms, a blackout lining is perfect because it prevents light from sifting through to disturb the sleeper.
- Think very well about the color and pattern of curtains you want to use. Curtains max out a significant volume of visual space, and that is sure to reflect on the general outlook of your room. Before you select any final color, request a swatch of the fabrics you have in mind and bring them into the room you want to decorate. Place them on the furniture and against walls to see if they match. You can tape swatches to the wall for a few days before you decide.
- Don't hold back on size. Your curtains should be at least double the width of your windows and long enough to reach the floor. Having them puddle on the floor gives a more elegant look. Otherwise, they can stop short of the floor. Short curtains should brush the window sill. If you're buying ready-made curtains, it's advisable to buy them too long and then have them hemmed.
- Hardware is important also. The curtain rods should complement the fabric. Use large and decorative rods for heavy drapes such as velvet, while light silks and sheers can balance on lightweight metal rods. The hardware should also match the rest of the room and connect to the design there.
- Consider your different needs before settling on fabric options. Cotton is easy to clean and can be used anywhere while velvet can be a little thick and formal for some rooms. In the same way that sheers are rather light and graceful, they don't add much to the privacy of the room.
It’s always better to consider future needs before you eventually pick a fabric option. Before purchasing drapes for a home you're selling, talk to your professional stager to make certain they are neutral and complement the home's architectural features.
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Your outdoor lighting is perhaps one neglected area of your home. For both safety and beauty, the outdoors deserve a certain amount of attention when it comes to lighting. There are plenty of ways that you can make your outdoor lighting both welcoming and practical.
Just as you would inside your home, you should try to layer your lighting. To do this, you should include many different kinds of lighting especially lighting that brightens the outside walls of the home, highlights landscaping elements, and even some overhead lighting.
Use Decorative Lighting
Decorative lanterns and lamps are an easy way to add lighting to your outdoor spaces. You can let them stand on their own, spread them out, or you can group them and line them up in certain areas like a wall or a table. Candles are also a great way to multi-purpose practical lighting with decorative lighting.
Light Your Steps
It’s important to provide adequate lighting on stairs and decks. Anywhere that people can trip is a place that needs adequate lighting. Solar powered lights are perfect for these uses.
Use String Lights
String lighting hung overhead can be perfect for courtyards, decks, roofs, or even trees and shrubbery. If you don’t have anything to hang string lights from, you can always get creative using posts and planters. This is a great non-permanent solution for you to have some pretty lighting available.
Don’t Draw Too Much Attention To Your Property
While you want adequate lighting on the outside of your property, you also don’t want to draw attention to an area of your yard. The whole neighborhood doesn’t need to know that you’re out on your deck, hanging out. Choose lighting that provides an inviting glow without an overpowering brightness.
Use Table Lamps
You may have thought that table lamps are only for the indoors, but think again. Your outdoor setup can be the same as your indoor setup. Put table lamps down on your outdoor tables for adequate illumination. Be sure that the lamps you’re using are rated for the outdoors.
If you use the right techniques and always be sure that you’re following safety protocols, you can find success with your outdoor lighting scheme. When your home is properly lit, the best part is that you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors of your home much more thoroughly during seasonable times. You’ll also have an increased sense of security and comfort in and around your home. It’s well known that burglars are deterred from intruding on well-lit properties. Set up your outdoor lighting right and get the outdoor season off on the right foot.