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Great Wall of Decor and Art – Simple Ideas and Tips

Many people take wall art and decor for granted, probably because they do not know the things that these wonderful pieces of decorative ornaments can do for their homes. Some people may not be aware that an exquisite wall art can transform a dull room into something that exudes elegance and style. The truth is, hanging something in your home is one of the best ways of brightening up and giving life to any space in your house.

There are many great ideas and tips on how to decorate creatively with wall art. To help you get started, here are some of them:

1. Know your options
Wall art comes in a wide variety of kinds, styles and materials. Some of your options include photographs, paintings, and sculptures.

- Sculptures — two-dimensional sculptures are great to use as wall decors. When choosing a sculpture, it is smart to have one that is complementary to the design and function of the room. For example, it would make sense to put a musical notes wall decor sculpture in the music room and not in the kitchen.

- Pictures — photos of loved ones, family members, trips you have gone to, occasions you celebrate or landscapes and scenery. It is a great idea if you can have these photos enlarged and framed. Make sure that the design of the frame complements the overall design of the room and that the subject of the photo fits the room where you plan to hang it.

- Paintings — the three main factors to consider when choosing paintings are the size, color, and subject. Make sure that these three elements match the function and theme of the room where you want to place it.

2. Plan how you will hang your wall decor
There are several ways on how you can effectively hang your pieces of wall decor in such a way that they will not appear cluttered or chaotic. For one, you have the option of placing the artwork on top of the focal point of the room.

For example, for the music room, you can place the musical notes wall decor above the piano, a sports wall art on top of the sports trophy case or a family portrait above the bed. Just make sure that you secure the wall art properly so that you do not wake up one day with a bump on your head. Aside from that, you can also achieve a modern gallery look by placing paintings or sculptures on an empty hallway, lobby or along the stairway.

3. Make your own wall art
If you want to experiment or express your creativity, you can make your own wall art by making a two-dimensional clay sculpture or a painting. This not only enables you to have personalized wall d├ęcor but also allows you to save money.

Wall art and decorations are great to have in your home. Make sure that you invest on these decorative pieces properly by knowing your options, hanging them correctly and considering making your own.

Decorating Your Landscape With Lights

Night lighting doesn’t always have to be about safety and security. Even when the sun sets, you can still bring life to your garden with the help of night lights. The flowerbed that you had to re-plant a few months ago because your dog made a playpen out of it, your favourite waterfall, the centrepiece of your whole landscape, with its’ waters musically flowing into the connected pond, and other features your garden has, can continue to show off their beauty at night with good outdoor landscape lighting.

Outdoor lighting back in the day were only used to light up pathways and entrances for safety purposes. Today, not only are lights being used for the same purpose – it has now also become an art and a popular trend in the landscaping industry.

Planning and deciding how you want your lighting to be arranged and organized is the first step in designing your lighting system. There are three main categories:

1. Path Lighting – this uses equipment that focuses light onto paths and walkways. Even if primarily used for security, this kind can still create attractive lighting effects.

2. Spread Lighting – this distributes light among your landscape. More areas will be emphasized, as this kind doesn’t just focus on a single object.

3. Accent Lighting – this focuses light onto a single object or feature but allows for peripheral lighting in surrounding areas.

Here are a few basic techniques one needs to know about landscape lighting:

1. Focal Points – lights establish focal points on various plants and other features in your landscape.

2. Symmetry and Balance – this highlights the structures and forms that have essential beauty.

3. Perspective – you should treat your scenery as if it were a 3D canvas to generate visual interest from all potential viewpoints.

4. Depth – directing the viewer’s visual experience, meaning, visual interest should be added to your whole landscape.

5. Quality and Direction – this is when you “paint” your scenery with various lights to set a desired mood.

Many landscapers offer free lighting design training for those who wish to learn and apply their techniques so homeowners can do it themselves. However, it is also possible to hire landscapers to do the job for you and to also help in designing the best locations to place lights.

Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

If you want to have a beautiful lighted lawn at night, you must install one or two transformers because the electricity running into your home could hold an amount as high as a dangerous 120 volts, depending on how many lights you have. The more, the scarier. Having a transformer can reduce the voltage, for example, from 120 volts to 12 volts only. The problem with this is, in most cases, the further the light is from the transformer, the dimmer. However, the solutions are quite easy. One option is you could upgrade to a better transformer. Another is you could build multiple transformers. It would be advisable to hire an electrician to do and solve your electrical problems for you because they are experts, after all.

Home Office Feng Shui: Decor and Live Plants

Continuing with the third installment in our five part series on Feng Shui tips for your home office space, this week we’re talking about adding live plants and overall decor.

Practicing Feng Shui can be a great way to keep a happy balance in your office space. The key elements of water, fire, wood, and earth can help you find a calm balance and lead to more energy and productivity.

Part Three – Decor and Live Plants

Focus on Function

If an object is not serving a purpose for your work or for Feng Shui, then you don’t need it cluttering up your space. If an object is not representing a key element or is not balancing a key element, then removing it will clear space and make you feel more positive about everything that does have a purpose in the room.

Keep Walls Consistent

Any decoration or object going onto a wall should be placed at eye level. Walls need to be kept organized and consistent or they are violating good Feng Shui practices.

Display Nature Paintings

Paintings that show scenes of nature, like gardens, landscapes, and other outdoor scenarios, are not only a beautiful addition to any home but they use earth tones. Using earth tones will keep you consistently tuned into the environment.

Hang Up Family Photos

You can make your space more comfortable by surrounding yourself with images of your friends and family. Familiar faces and the memories triggered by them might make your office space more inviting. When choosing a frame, try to use a variety of both metal and wood so you can represent two elements.

Have a Small Fountain

Not only will a fountain fully represent the water element, but the sound of running water will act to sooth your senses. Also, a water fountain is said to attract and trap Chi.

Adding Crystals

There are certain crystals that are thought to increase the power of Feng Shui. Some of these crystals include: malachite, quartz, and amethyst. It is important to do some research on not only which crystals to use, but where they should be placed.

No Sharp Corners

It is believed that objects with sharp corners obstruct the pathway of Chi. Sharp corners are also a potential safety hazard. Certain items of furniture, like your work desk, may have sharp corners. As long as these are not pointing directly at you, they will still allow for the Chi to flow around you.

Bamboo for Luck

Not only is bamboo considered to be incredibly lucky, but it also serves to represent the key element of wood. Be sure to shop around and find the right bamboo plant for you and your space.

Keep Potted Plants

Any plant, even flowers, is representative of the key element of wood. Putting a small plant on the windowsill, or a larger plant in the corner of a room, can brighten up your whole space. Bringing any plant or flower into your home office will help to balance out the elements and will naturally boost your mood.

Learn Plant Care

All of the positive effects of having plant life in your office will disappear if you can’t keep your plants alive. Dead or suffering plants increase the negative energy in a room and can also make you feel frustrated or down. If you are going to have plants in your space, make sure to learn a little about plant care or choosing the hardiest plants.