Donna Webster

HomeOwners Library

Let There Be Light!

Successfully lighting your home calls for the correct balance of general light, task lighting and decorative lighting. By nature, lighting serves two purposes in your home: functional and decorative. When planning for the functional needs of your room, consider the activities that typically take place in your room.

There are three basic types of color in light: warm, white and cool. Warm light tends to soften or outline your room. If your walls are painted in a warm color, then warm light would flatter your room's overall color tone. Incandescent bulbs tend to help you obtain a warmer color tone in your room.

White light shows colors at their very truest. Most white light bulbs actually tend to cast your room in a slightly warm light as well. Halogen bulbs give you the brightest of white light.

Cool light can add a sense of open space and dignity to your plan. Fluorescent bulbs will give you the cool look you desire. When properly used, it makes the walls and furnishings of your room appear more distant, and enhances objects more distinctly.

Window Treatments:
Beauty Treatments!

Nothing can add more beauty and drama to your room than beautifully designed window treatments. If you need to create a focal point in your room, a creatively designed window treatment is the answer. Windows are truly a decorating opportunity for setting your room's mood and style!

Whether your chose to make your windows a focal point, or an subtle yet dramatic background, remember that each window in your home serves a functional purpose. Privacy is key to a window treatment's design, as well as providing light and air.

The simplest of treatments, and a very popular trend, are sheer draperies. Sheers give your window a soft glow by filtering light into your room. Today's sheers come in hundreds of designs and patterns...from prints, to tone on tones... even washed silks. You'll be able to add beauty and grace to your home by incorporating them into your window treatment design.

Mattress Shopping?
Read this first!

Today, your bedding options are virtually limitless. Foam mattresses, air mattresses, and a variety of coils, padding, quilting and tufting techniques make your selections difficult. The purchase of a new mattress is truly an investment, since you'll be using it for many, many years.

One of the best ways to begin this selection is to educate yourself on the features and benefits of the mattresses you're considering. Then take stock of your bedroom's size. Are you in need of a twin, full, queen or king size mattress? Where will you place your new bed? How about a headboard? What is your realistic budget range? Have you considered your overall bedroom layout as to scale and furniture arrangement?

Once you've answered these questions, you'll be a well-educated consumer with a specific plan in mind. Visit local bedding companies, and "try out" the mattresses you're interested in. That's right... actually hop up on the bed and stretch out. There's not other way to test out the comfort of your selection!

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