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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Tips to Pick Proper Wall Mirror for the Room

Let me start with a question. Which room in your home will this wall mirror hang in? Since we are only talking about wall mounted mirrors, your first thought should be the style. For the most part the different styles of wall mirrors are Traditional, Ornate, Modern, Frameless, Venetian and Kids.

Next you should think about what shape you would like this wall hanging mirror. Here your choices are rectangle, square, round, oval, arched, abstract, sunburst, octagon and custom.

What I call custom, is a wall mirror that is shaped in a non-uniform manner. An example of a custom wall mirror is a framed sectional mirror. There is a vanity mirror with a carved wood frame that actually holds 3 separate mirrors. There are 2 arched mirrors on each side, with a rectangle mirror in the center of the frame. Let me tell you this piece of wall mirror woodwork is absolutely gorgeous! Another simpler example of a custom wall mirror would be a triangular shaped mirror.

The next question you should ask yourself is do you want beveled glass or flat edge glass for your wall mirror. Here your choice is a matter of your own taste. Some people think that beveled glass mirrors are more elegant, while others prefer the clean look of flat edged glass wall mirrors. All you have to do is shop and compare until you have made your decision.

Another important feature of a wall mirror is if you want your mirror framed or frameless. If you go with a framed wall mirror, you have a large variety of choices. Here we will start out with what material your mirror frame can be made from. Your frame material choices are metal, wood, resin/acrylic, glass and believe it or not there are also available recycled magazines and recycled newspapers under the category of “Other Frame Materials.” So when it comes to frames for your wall mirror, the category is wide open!

Next thing on your list is to decide on what color you would like your mirror frame to be. Although your color choices are unlimited if you choose to go with a custom color. There are also a few standard colors available. Your standard colors are brown, gold, silver, black, bronze, white, copper and red. If you vision a multi-colored mirror frame or some color to match the decor of the room, you can have your wall mirror frame made to match the color. You are in total control of the full color spectrum.

Your final, but not least important factor in selecting the perfect wall mirror is the size. Go up to the wall that you want to hang the mirror. With a ruler in hand, measure the width and height of the area of wall that you want your new mirror to occupy. Make sure your measurements are accurate. Once you are sure about the size of your wall mirror, you are finished with your research and ready to buy.

 

Basics for Creating the Moroccan Touch to Your Home

# Look for the vibrant colors red, green and blue found in the sea of the area and also gold, yellow, and silver from the surrounding desert.

# Create a tropical atmosphere by bringing the outside indoors by using exotic plants, terra cotta tiles, and (if approved by your landlord ) textured walls.

# Moroccan home accents and the world famous Moroccan light fixtures such as Moroccan lanterns, Moroccan wall sconces, Moroccan pendant, Moroccan chandelier, Moorish lantern, Moorish wall sconce, Moorish pendant. These can be either on top of Moroccan tables or free standing to hanging.

Moroccan Lighting

Le Minaret Blue Arabesque The Amber Arch

Moroccan light fixtures are unique from any other country in the world. Handcrafted in the crowded Medina of Marrakesh, Fes, and the magical city of Casablanca, Moroccan light fixtures also know as Moorish lighting are the pride of the artisans that skillfully carve them from quality solid Moroccan brass while surrounded by snake charmers and the smell of market spices.

Whether your ambition is to create a complete Moroccan style, Moorish interior, Mediterranean style interior design, Moorish home decor or just have a Moroccan touch, Moroccan lanterns, Moorish lanterns, Mediterranean lighting, Spanish light fixtures will ad that unique Moroccan element to your home.

Moroccan lanterns can be viewed and purchased through sainttropezstone.com in different styles ranging from wall sconces, lanterns, chandeliers, to pendants great for indoor or outdoor use.

 

About Wall Lighting

From history we are aware that in the 1700s most homes or plantations used either candle fixtures or candelabras. They also carried candle sticks and candle lanterns. Then in the early 1800s oil lanterns were used. Most of these fixtures were made from tin, iron or wood. These lanterns were all hand made and some looked like the lighting fixtures we have today. Around 1860 kerosene oil and gas lighted many of these fixtures.

Then in 1879 the greatest invention of all came to be. This was the year that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. This helped mold cultures for the Art Deco Era. Gas/electric combination lighting was used. Electric lighting was less expensive and less dangerous then gas. These fixtures were abundant in people’s homes and were usually hung by a chain.

Electricity kept dropping in price until 1960. The equipment that generated the electricity began to climb and rise. This pushed up the utility bills and the average person started to struggle. People started to turn off their lights, they installed dimmers, timers, and sensors.

More and more people are starting to change to compact florescent lights. The downside is the color has less intense quality and a slower start up time. The latest is the LED. It is quick to start and the quality is exceptional.

Interior lighting refers to all lights within a building that is not exposed to the elements. Exterior lighting is the reverse. This lighting is outdoors and is exposed to the elements.

There are traditional, modern, and decorative style wall lights. You can have lighting fixtures from your wall, floor, table and ceiling.

There are also many different kinds of wall fixtures. There are adjustable, hanging, lanterns, torch, lamp, vanity lights, and wall sconces.

Wall mounted lighting fixtures extend from the wall between 4 and 10 inches. An adjustable fixture has an up light or down light with a swing arm The body of a hanging fixture hangs from a stem that is extended outwards from a wall. A wall lamp is any fixture that has a shade and is a similar style to a table lamp. The lights around or above a mirror are known as vanity lights. The wall sconce is a wall mounted fixture that only has one light.

You can find all these styles and types to fit any budget. There are many places to find all the unique and different varieties. Please make certain whatever you choose reflects your personality and the overall theme of your home.

 

Home Decor Ideas where Mirrors Play A Significant Role

# Putting large sized mirrors that span from the floor to the ceiling are very trendy. You can place them in your windowless hallways, landing and bathrooms so as to reflect the light and make them look bright.

# Large mirrors can also be placed on both sides of your fireplace, especially if you have a small fireplace room.

# If you have wall blemis

# Simply cover with some stylish decorative mirrors. These types of mirrors come in various shapes and sizes. In fact, going for these mirrors will save you the repairing cost as well.

# You can also place peer mirrors in your windows in order to add an extra depth to your room.

# Place a small wall mirror just above your side table or shelves, where you keep your candle-holders. The reflections of the burning candle will add an extra emphasis to your home interior design.

# You can also place mirrors on the ceilings of your rooms. They will give a skylight effect in your ceiling. In addition, place mirrors on the cabinet ceilings and pantry. This will also help you to check out the contents of the upper shelves properly.

# Use movable mirrors so that you can easily carry them from one place to another so as to have different views of the house interior design.

# You can also use mirrored screens in order to illuminate the dark corners of your house.

# Look for mirrored place mats in your local shops. You can also opt for accessories and dishes made of glass shimmer as a substitute of mirrors.

 

Things that Makes Antique Furniture Special

Antique furniture is among rare collectibles, made of best quality of durable wood (generally teak and sandalwood). They illustrate fine artisanship and carvings along with matching traditions of their time. They also carry the rich heritage and history along with them. Their association with notable names or period makes them unique and special. All these things are decisive factor for their rarity and expensiveness.

Antique furniture collections are categorized based on their periods or styles. Some important and famous classifications are as follows:

Gothic – Antique furniture in this category is influenced by church architecture. The style is mainly characterized by pointed arches, counterbalancing buttresses, open tracery and vertical grandiose emphasis.

Renaissance – Furniture under this category is derived from Italian Renaissance style, mainly oak functional furniture with scroll and arabesque carving, etc. with horizontal emphasis.

Early Colonial – With some wealth attained, carved oak Hadley chests and turned Great Chairs start making their way into American homes.

Antique furniture collections were made with stress over the beauty, comfort and knowledge of interiors. People take interested in antique furniture due to their masterpiece in carving. Most of the antique furniture has some kind of rare carving style illustrating excellent designs. They are usually made of good quality of materials, so the chances of decaying are less. Antique furniture posses nice design and do not change with time.