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January 23, 2022
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“Rustic” is so often accompanied by the word “charm” so that the two words have become inseparable. With the addition of a couple more words like “comforting” or “relaxing” and you will have summed up the appeal of this decorating form.

Even if you have never done home decorating, getting the rustic decorating style in your home is easy and fun to do.

Rustic in the old days used to conjure up “unsteady and mean cheap,” but believe me, this kind of thinking is now gone. Rustic decor is now on the verge of being sophisticated and trendy.

The great outdoors might seem an alternate world away from the city but bringing it home shouldn’t be difficult. Nor is it necessary to sacrifice modern sensibilities in the acquisition of a little charm.

Develop a plan and do your research. Start by choosing your colors, furniture and accessories wisely. These are the key parts of decorating if you want to pull off the natural and cozy look of the rustic lodge style in your home.

Some people mistakenly believe that rustic home décor means that there are wildlife or farm animals plastered all over it. It is not. If you want your décor to revolve around items that don’t depict animals, you can find lots of items that can fit your desire for a rustic lodge home décor.

Rustic decorating is all about connecting with the outdoors. A memory of a deep woods fishing lodge, summer vacation at a mountain retreat or just a love of the outdoors, there’s something comfortable and cozy about a rustic theme.

Wood furniture, warm colors, items inspired by nature, as well as Native American prints and pottery are just a few of the things that can add that warm, rustic touch without any animals coming into play. If you do want furnishings and accessories that portray wildlife or farm animals, you will certainly have plenty of décor items from which to choose.

Hardwood floors are perfect for the rustic look, but you want to add some area rugs for comfort and softness as well as to reduce the “echo” effect.

Dating from a time in history when it was “the best we could do with what we had”, rustic has been around “forever”. Maintaining a minor but consistent following, rustic decor should continue to hold its place on the decorating scene -without marked peaks or valleys- far into the future.

You should use earthy and natural colors for your palette. You can add a unique touch with photos, artwork and knick-knacks in addition to your sofa and chairs. You may want to end up with a natural and rustic style by using natural log furniture. Picking your furniture and accessories with care will help hone your own Rustic decorating design style.

Your decorating accessories should focus on pieces from nature or pieces that have an outdoorsy feel like old fishing items, baskets and snowshoes. Window treatments for this decorating style should be plain and natural – nothing frilly or formal. You might think about using wood blinds, plain sheers or a simple valance or a stained glass window panel.

When decorating, you should also consider the lighting. Lighting is as important as choosing the accessories for the house. The lighting should give an earthy look that will enhance the beauty of the room.

Living rooms usually have table lamps for lighting and you want to use ones that are earthy with natural themes to accentuate the rustic room design.

A rustic home with sufficient ceiling space opens the door to the world of chandelier lighting. Choosing the right chandelier light is another matter and depends on your lodge theme or rustic motif. There are magnificent chandelier collections available that will solve that dilemma quickly.

If you are looking for rustic charm with a little more sophistication, try metal chandeliers shaped like elements of nature. Chandeliers with pinecone shaped light holders or chandeliers designed to look as if leafs are hanging from the lights make attractive choices.

Deciding upon the right style, size and design of chandelier lighting for a room is a critical decorating decision, as one would prefer to install a hanging chandelier only once. There are very large and varied chandelier collections of rustic lodge chandelier, unique stained glass chandelier as well as very elegant chandelier designs.

You will find many chandelier styles from which to choose. The amount of decorative chandelier, kitchen chandelier and dining room chandelier models, sizes, colors and designs to choose from will astound you. Whatever your theme is rustic, southwestern, country, traditional, Tiffany, Mission or contemporary; there are chandeliers and other lighting fixtures to fulfill your needs.

Rustic wall sconces in one to four light configurations fit any rustic theme, from cabin to sophisticated rustic. Nature scenes and wildlife in metal and stained or painted glass are great for next to the hearth, in hallways and bathrooms. Or any place you need light.

The actual lighting can take on all shapes, sizes, and forms of woodlands. A charming centerpiece capable of holding tapered candles can be the perfect choice for your dining room table. This can be complimented beautifully by a rustic lodge chandelier in the main living area or by a rustic lodge lamp on an end table. Lodge look floor lamps can also be used to lighten up a dull drab corner and at the same time add the rustic charm to the atmosphere.

Therefore, whether you are decorating a foyer kitchen, bedroom, bath or living room or a magnificently furnished rustic great room or trophy room, we can help you light up your home brilliantly.

It is not necessary that every part of your home decor should necessarily be rustic. Even adding a few indoor or outdoor rustic decorations can give a rustic feel to your home. All you need is a bit research on the accessories and color theme.



Source by Eugene Haug

January 18, 2022
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Some of the most creative and unique christmas tree decorating ideas are actually the ones that are the cheapest. Don’t think for a minute that decorating a tree, whether it be an artificial tree, a wall mounted tree or a real tree has to be boring! The key is to use your imagination to come up with ideas that will reflect your interests and personal style. When it comes to christmas tree decorating ideas, necessity really is the mother of some great inventions!

Here is some inexpensive and creative christmas tree decorating ideas for revelers on a budget.

Christmas Card Images – This is one of the simplest of christmas tree decorating ideas. Cut the images that you like from last year’s Christmas cards and color the back with gold or silver magic marker. Then hang it from the tree with a shiny ribbon. This look is especially nice on a wall mounted christmas tree that is placed next to your main entryway.

Colored Glass or Plastic Balls – Embellishing common colored glass balls with glitter paints or aerosol flocking (fake snow) is one of the most tried and true of christmas decorating ideas. You can also glue on glitter or craft store jewels and attach braids or ribbons on a cheap glass ball and turn it into the dime store equivalent of a Faberge egg. Stickers, sequins and ribbons can also be used to make inexpensive decorations look more unique. A bit of glue and some glitter is also a great way to refresh the look of old or scratched xmas ornaments.

Cookies – Decorating your tree with cookies is as old as the tradition itself. Simply make gingerbread or shortbread cookies and decorate them with icing. Make sure to leave a little hole in the confection so you can hang it from fishline or a ribbon from the tree. Gingerbread men or shortbread snowmen look great, especially on a natural green tree.

Glitter Decorations – Just about any tiny object, sphere or disk can be dipped or painted with glue and then rolled in glitter. This is one way to transform “junk” into xmas decorations that can be hung from the tree. Glitter is very inexpensive and it can be used to transform everything from old antique keys to cereal box prizes to golf balls into xmas décor.

Origami – Origami is the fine art of paper folding. You can find instructions for making everything from snowflakes to storks out of Origami on the Internet. There are many sites that specialize in offering origami christmas tree decorating ideas. One idea is to make larger and smaller versions of the same design to create a balanced and minimalist look.

Party Streamers: simply strewing the ends of its branches with party streamers can create a very fashionable and minimalist looking tree. A strand of Chinese lanterns from the dollar store also very nicely compliments this look. This type of look is also very attractive on an upside down xmas tree or a wall mounted christmas tree as a bit of a breeze makes the tree come alive with movement.

Pipe Cleaners – This is one of those christmas tree decorating ideas that is great to do with the kids! Chenille pipe cleaners have to be one of the most versatile craft items ever invented. Simply twist them into the shape of snowflakes, stars, angels or anything that you can imagine. Best of all pipe cleaner xmas decorations can be wired directly onto the tree. This makes them ideal for trees that can’t, for reasons of safety, have too many dangling decorations such as the wall mounted christmas tree or the upside down christmas tree.

Popcorn Christmas Tree – There is nothing cheaper than popcorn and it is a great source of inspiration when it comes to christmas tree decorating ideas. Any type of christmas tree including the real, artificial or wall mounted christmas tree looks great decorated in garlands of popcorn. Popcorn can also be shaped into balls and hung like gigantic snowballs from the branches of a tree. Don’t forget too that you can easily dye or paint popcorn using food coloring.

Ribbons and Lace – One of the simplest christmas tree decorating ideas is to simply tie bows made out of scraps of ribbon and bits of lace and tie them to the boughs of a tree. This is also the safest way of decorating a tree if you have a wall-mounted or upside-down christmas tree. Decorating a christmas tree in ribbons that are securely tied to a tree is also safest for a toddler.

Snowflakes – This is one of those christmas tree decorating ideas that are great to do with the kids. Remember the folded paper snowflakes you made as a child? You can decorate them with any color of glitter. For the best results hang the smaller paper snowflakes at the top of the tree and the larger ones at the bottom.

Toys – If you are on a budget then you can find lots of christmas decoration ideas in the toy section at your local toy store. As long as it is miniature, it will probably look great on a tree. You can wire heavier items to the branches and hang lightweight items with colorful bows. Trains, little dolls and fish look especially nice on an xmas tree. This idea is also good for a small wall mounted tree in a child’s room.

Wired Translucent Bows – This is one of the more minimalist christmas tree decorating ideas but the effect is absolutely beautiful. Buy wired translucent ribbon on in two colors – silver and gold are hot right now – and simply tie them to your tree. The wire keeps the bows big and stiff so they look really attractive. This look is also perfect for a tree that you don’t want people to bump into such as a wall mounted christmas tree or upside down christmas tree.



Source by Enid Edginton

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