The Top 4 Types of Blinds and How to Choose the Right Ones for Your Home

Blinds are used in most homes to enable the owner to regulate the flow of light into a room. They are also great for preventing people from peeping through the windows and spying on your family. The good thing is that they can be installed in any room including the living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Blinds come in various designs, shapes and colors.

When shopping for blinds for your home, there are some issues that you must consider or you won’t get the right match. For a start, you must know the different types of blinds so you can make an informed decision. After all is said and done, you want to invest in blinds that will last for a long time. Below is a list of things that you must factor into before buying blinds.

  1. Venetian Blinds

Venetian Blinds and cat

Venetian blinds are usually constructed from either wood, plastic or metal material. The blinds are designed to run across the frame of the window. Those that are made from wood are ideal for living rooms and offices. This is because they can be easily damaged by the high levels of humidity that’s normally experienced in bathrooms and kitchens. If you want to install them into the bathroom or kitchen, it’s recommended that you select those that are made from metal or plastic material because they are designed to be waterproof. Before you buy this type of blinds, you should first measure the size of your window. This will help in ensuring that you don’t install blinds that are too big or too small. The downside is that these blinds are operated using a pulley. Besides that, they can’t be paired with a curtain.

  1. Blackout Blinds

Blackout Blinds

This particular type of blinds is made from fabric material. They are common in bedrooms and kitchens. In fact, they are designed to limit the intensity of light in a room. This is because the fabric material can be adjusted to block light out completely. Besides that, they also double as skylight blinds in living rooms and kitchens. Although skylights help in saving power, there are some people that can stand too much light because they can’t even read written text. Since they are usually installed in places that are not easy to reach, you should select the type that’s operated with a remote control. This will spare you from getting injured as you try to reach for the control cord.

  1. Vertical Blinds

Vertical Blinds

Like the name suggests, this type of blind have folds that run from the bottom to the top of the window frame. They are actually ideal for large windows and may be that’s why they are common in commercial offices. Due to their construction, they are very easy to clean. However, the pulley that’s used to control them needs to be replaced regularly because it’s not designed to last. When hunting for this type of blinds, you should select the type that blends with your interior décor to avoid color clashing.

  1. Roller blinds

Roller blinds

Roller blinds are designed to open from the top to the bottom of the window frame. When the blinds are closed to allow light into the room, the blind sheet coils itself to form a tube at the top of the frame. They are raised and lowered using a pulley that’s usually on the right hand side of the window frame. Most homeowners prefer to install them in kitchens and bathrooms due to their ability to resist water.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3 Reasons You Should Learn Acrylic Pouring

For centuries, people have embraced art as a way of expressing emotions and messages. Various forms of art have emerged that use different materials to accentuate the final pieces. Acrylic pouring is one method used to smooth out textures and reveal glamorous effects with a rich hue to paintings.

Acrylic paint pouring is a technique that can be applied in two ways; using coated pours and wash pours. While each produces different effects in a painting, any of the two can be used in acrylic pouring depending on an artist or customers’ preference.

A wash pour uses lots of water to dilute the acrylic making the paint look similar to watercolor. This is because the water causes sinking of the paint onto the surface. A coated pour, on the other hand, looks like oil paint and is made by mixing acrylic paint and a pouring medium with no or little water. Unlike the wash pours, the paint sits on the painting surface.

Acrylic pouring is a simple technique, but without knowing the basic, it might not seem so easy and might backfire on the artist. However, it is a beautiful technique to be mastered and here are three reasons why.

Binds well

Acrylic painting makes use of pouring medium which enhances paints. The pouring medium smoothens the acrylic improving its consistency for a finer feel and look of the painting. A pouring medium acts as both a diluting agent and a binder.

Acrylic works well on many paint surfaces and easily sticks not peeling fast. However, very harsh weather conditions such as extreme cold temperatures can shatter it. There are quite a number of mediums that can be used with acrylic to bring out various textures and surfaces. They range from gloss, matte acrylic painting gel, retarder varnish, pumice stone gel and crackle paste.

While one might opt to combine acrylic with water, using water has its’ cons. Water results in an uneven texture since it doesn’t easily bind with paint. This result in the paint appearing flaky and running off once it dries.

Water also dilutes the binding agents that cause adherence as well as the colors used making the paint seem like it’s running off. Use the right proportions of paint and medium for the desired results.

Doesn’t dry fast

Acrylic pouring provides a permanent finish without leaving a yellow shade as it ages as compared to oil. Though they dry up like watercolors, they still give a smooth texture once dry, unlike oils which give a brittle feel on the surface once dry.

Provides smoothness and consistency

Acrylic pouring is an all-around painting technique which can be used densely, through dilution with water or medium for more transparency in the painting. Its versatility to blend with other materials like collage and airbrushing makes it a perfect method to use.

Acrylic pouring gives the paintings a smooth look and consistent feel displaying a piece of art with the highest quality. Paintings with acrylic pouring are also durable and last for years without flaking maintaining a vibrant and flawless appearance.

Working with acrylic pouring is a great way to make use of your artistic skills and create quality paintings. Get started on this art trend and showcase your skills through beautiful art pieces.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

5 Tips to Lighting Your Home Tastefully

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Whether you’re building your home or upgrading your existing space, you can add lighting tastefully and set up the right ambience and mood in your home. Rewiring a home isn’t easy, but worth the investment. However, if you’re living in a rented space, it might not be possible.

Proper lighting can curate your home for comfort and make it look expensive. Lighting can have a subtle, soft and glittering effect in your interior space. The right lighting can add magic to your room. It can define a room’s functionality and set the right mood.

Lighting has a dramatic effect on interior spaces. It can highlight your home’s positive attributes in the eyes of your visitors or even buyers, making it appear more attractive. Eye-level and overhead fixtures, including multiple lighting sources can illuminate your home and bring out the right ambience. Here are tips to help you light your home tastefully:

Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Home Lighting in Style

1. Add Multiple Lighting Sources

Layer lights in your home for proper lighting. Different lights come in handy when performing specific tasks. For instance, the lighting you’d need for reading, a cocktail party, watching a movie or even just relaxing in your living room would differ. Pendant lights in the dining area can ground the dining table, creating a sparkling, ambient lighting.

Table lamps offer general lighting and a modern touch with their texture, shape and color. Sconces in entryways can be fixed above consoles with mirrors on the opposite walls to create a focal point. Sculptural sconces can make bold statements in your home. Recessed lighting can illuminate your artwork and reflect light away from walls for a better ambience indoors.

Floor lamps are perfect for reading. Complement pendant lights with recessed lighting in large rooms. Install swing arm on your master bedroom walls on both sides of your bed for easy reading when you need to. Layering different sources of lights at varying heights is the key to a complete and robust, lighting scheme.

2. Add More Windows

Windows bring in natural light indoors. Make sure your home has sufficient windows or large ones to ensure there’s enough natural light indoors. If you’re building your own home, consider large glass wall windows to bring in sufficient light indoors during the day.

3. Install Skylights

Skylights are also an excellent way of illuminating your home during the day. Use them if there’s no way to increase the number of windows in your home. They can be fixed on your roofing for optimal results.

4. Accent Lights

Add accent lights in your home to highlight certain artwork or objects in your home. Ceiling accents can highlight unique details on your ceiling with a touch of sophistication and elegance.

5. Clear Blinds and Mirrors

Clear blinds can allow more light into your home during the day for optimal illumination. Add a few mirrors in your living, bedroom or bathroom to reflect light for better lighting.

Shop for Searchlight Lighting at Scotlight Direct to upgrade your home for better illumination.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Smart Storage Solutions for Small Homes

organizing small home

Small homes are, in most cases, less expensive and easier to maintain, but they often lack sufficient storage space. So if you are planning to move to a small apartment closer to your workplace or just looking for ways to maximize storage space in your existing apartment, don’t forget to have a look at our top 5 storage ideas for small spaces.

Multi-utility furniture

Multi-utility furniture offers you a smart way of maximizing storage in a small home, without taking up extra space. For example, a kitchen island with built-in storage shelves not only functions as a convenient workspace, but also gives you a handy space to store your wine bottles, mixing bowls, extra dishesand so on.

So if you are planning to go furniture hunting, look for items that serve multiple purposes. A kid’s bed with pullout storage will give you plenty of space to store toys, books and other kid paraphernalia. Anantique trunk with a flip-up lid can be used as a coffee table and for storing blankets or board games.

Up and Down

From built-in crockery shelves to a cozy home office, the space under your stairs can be used for a dozen purposes. But did you know that the space over the stairs, or for that matter, the steps, themselves could be used for storage? The stuff.co.nz website has some smart ideas to turn the not-so-properly-utilized space surrounding the staircase into bookshelves and to use hidden drawers under the bottom steps for storing shoes, books and so on.

Hang them up

If you are falling short of storage space in your new home, make hooks your new best friend. Avoid clutter in the hallway by using hooks to hang coats, scarves and jackets. A pocket organizer hung on the door of the closet can be used for storing small items such as socks, scarves and belts. Save precious storage space in your kitchen cupboards by hanging pots and pans on hooks on a metal rod above the sink. No floor space in the garage for your bicycles? Hang them up on the ceiling or on the wall using a pulley system.

Add more shelves

Break up the vertical space in your existing closet by adding shelves, clothing rod extendersor dividers. The space above clothing rods in most wardrobes can be used to add an extra shelf for storing shoes. If you have a recessed window in your bedroom, add a hanging bar below it and use it as open storage for your clothes. In the kitchen, add wire organizers to the inside of cabinet doors to store plastic bags and other light items.

Under the bed

While beds with built-in storage are always a good idea, don’t fret if you don’t have them. You can still make use of the under-the-bed space by buying open bins on casters – they make excellent storage for out-of-season clothes and extra bed linen. Just make sure that you cover your stuff up properly to keep them safe from dust and pests.

Kurt Jacobson is a writer and vacation rental manager. Knowing what it takes to maintain pristine appearances for customers, he thrives on sharing what he’s learned from his experience. When he’s not managing a property, he writes about home cleaning in Plymouth for Professional Home Cleaning Inc.