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Oriental Rugs

By Roelf Nel

Oriental Rugs add Elegance to Room Design

Oriental rugs will add timeless beauty to your home. They coordinate with any décor, and enhance any room, hallway, or entrance. They are also a favourite option when decorating home offices. These rugs are a great choice for high traffic areas because of the intricacies of their designs, which hide wear and tear. The term “oriental” refers to rugs produced on the continent of Asia, such as Persian (from Iran), Indian, Chinese, and Turkish rugs.

Making rugs by hand is an ancient art and the old designs reflect the religious and ethnic structures of the times in the countries or areas of origin. Many of these ancient designs are still produced today, sometimes hand-woven and hand-knotted, other times woven by machine. The most traditional patterns are those with a floral or garden motif, or geometric or curvilinear designs around a central medallion or a central painting-like scene.

Oriental rugs used to be constructed only with such natural fibers as wool, cotton, silk, or goat and camel hair, or blends of these materials.  Now you can find these rugs made with less expensive synthetic materials such as olefin (polypropylene), nylon, polyester, and acrylic. Wool rugs remain the first choice in durable, soft, dirt-and-fire resistant and warm rugs. However, synthetic reproductions make oriental area rugs are more affordable. They come in a variety of colours, sizes, and shapes – round, oval, rectangular, and, of course, the popular runner.

How to Choose Oriental Rugs for Your Home

Decide on how you are going to use each area rug.

  • Will it define furniture groupings or unify all the elements in the room?
  • Is its primary use to protect a floor or a carpet?
  • Is the prime function to add warmth and comfort?

The use of the rug will dictate its size and shape. Keep in mind that the colours should be harmonious with other colours in the room. If the center of the carpet will be visible, medallions or central scenes are good choices. If the center will be fully or partially hidden under a table or other furniture, it is better to go with a repetitive design or an elaborate and interesting border.

Very colourful and busy designs can make an oriental rug the focal point in a room. If the room is already colourful with intricate drapery and upholstery fabric designs, choose simple designs and subtle colours. If you are going to use two different rugs in one room, make sure the colours and patterns blend and complement each other.

Whether you choose a genuine antique oriental wool rug that has been hand woven and hand knotted in Iran, or a  machine woven rug with an oriental design manufactured locally, you will be adding beauty and warmth to your home.

Visit our Pinterest Board  and explore some of the beautiful designs we came across and the elegant use of the rugs.

By Roelf Nel

Taking a closer look at Kitchen Design Styles

While you are planning your new kitchen look, the style and design you select is very important in determining the overall feel your kitchen will portray. Whether you are going for the country charm of wood cabinets to modern-looking stainless steel appliances, kitchen design styles come in many choices and styles.

What determines your kitchen’s design style?

Many of the more successful kitchen design styles consist of many components going together the right way. The colour you select and the styles of fabrics, furniture, flooring, windows, cabinetry, appliances, and lighting can help to determine a kitchen design style. You will discover that various design elements of the kitchen provide each style with its own unique flavour.

The type of kitchen cabinets you have are an important consideration in regards to the overall kitchen design style. The cabinetry can have a powerful effect on the design of your kitchen. The style of kitchen cabinet you choose will give personality and a specific atmosphere to your kitchen.

Popular styles of kitchen cabinets today are:

English Country – Consists of open china display racks, unique paints and finishes.

Shaker – This style is characterized by purity, simplicity, and utility. Uses flat panel doors that are inset and flush with the cabinet frame. Other features include wooden counter tops, wooden knobs, and brass hardware pieces. It combines simple furniture design with clear crisp lines, and strength.

Country – This style creates an old farm kitchen look with glazes and layered finishes. Includes open shelves, pot racks for cast iron cookware, butcher block, and multi-coloured cabinet pieces that look like they are separate pieces of furniture.

French Country – So many elements go into the French country kitchen including the use of large pieces of furniture that are made mainly of light coloured woods and can be decorated with ornate carving. Natural materials are an important element in walls, cabinetry, and furniture that is used in the design of French country kitchens.

Arts and Crafts – This kitchen design style is becoming a popular style for kitchens. In this type of style glass doors and natural wood tones with a matte sheen are used. The style can be eclectic and artistic.

Contemporary – Kitchens that are done in the contemporary kitchen design style often use plastic laminates, special wood veneers, enamels, lacquers, or metal foil laminate for the kitchen cabinet facings. Cabinet doors in this kitchen design style usually use frameless construction with overlay door and no toe kick panel.

Homes can come in many different styles, and built using a variety of materials. So the same goes for kitchen design styles. However, in most cases, people will want their kitchen to match the overall design and style of their home.

It may not be absolutely necessary to select a kitchen design style that is the same as your home’s exterior architectural style. Although it is considered a good idea that you should really try to select the kitchen design style that will best complement your home’s style.

Visit our Pinterest Board  and get inspired by the kitchen ideas we came across.

By Roelf Nel

Using Area Rugs in your room Design

Area rugs are a great way to accentuate portions of a room and add to the mood and ambience of the interior decoration by harmonizing colours and shapes. Ideally, the primary colours of the rug should complement the wall, furniture, and furnishing colours. The rugs can be used to focus attention on another aspect of interior decoration or can be used as the centre of attraction. Large, centrally placed medallion rugs garner maximum attention. Area rugs are available in a variety of materials, textures, and shapes.

Area rugs are an excellent combination of form and utility and beautifully crafted hand rugs are real works of art. Most handmade rugs are made from fine quality wool that is capable of withstanding the rigors of heavy traffic and regular cleanings.

Area rugs have evolved into unique shapes and designs all over the world.  They are popular even today and oval braided rugs in shades such as brown, blue, or green lend a rustic feel to a room. Area rugs can also have a luxurious lush pile in warm colours that accentuate a feeling of cozy comfort. Mexican rugs and dhurries from India can alter the tone of an arrangement of furniture such that it acquires a characteristic distinct from the rest of the room.

Area rugs require to be taken care of and if the rug is not too bulky, it can be taken to the cleaners who have the expertise of handling area rugs made from different materials. Care should be taken that furniture is not placed on the newly washed wet rugs otherwise the rugs will carry permanent marks. Spills should be diluted with water and brushed gently from outside to the center.

The cost of an area rug depends upon its manufacturing process and materials used. Handmade Persian and Oriental rugs can be expensive. Machine-manufactured rugs that are durable and can stand wear and tear are available; at the same time there are area rugs that can cost a few thousand rands and are often used in mansions and hotel lobbies to complement the fine furniture in these places.

Wood floors and area rugs complement one another amazingly well; wood floors are elegant and easy to clean and area rugs offer a variety of options to accentuate the character of a room with wooden flooring and also act as a source of warmth for the feet on cold winter days. Area rugs fit in with the décor of every room and this adds to their appeal; they not only enliven a dull room but also help to reduce noise levels.

Visit Pinterest Board for more ideas on using area rugs in your room design.

By Roelf Nel

Different Types of Sunrooms

Sunrooms come in many shapes and forms. Some are covered patios while others are enclosed completely with glass walls from floor to ceiling. Others are in the form of a solarium or conservatory.

No matter what shape or size a sunroom comes in, deciding to add one to your home is a great idea. Do some research and then decide which style is best to suit you and your family’s needs.

Sunrooms
Sunrooms are typically an addition to the back of your house that is enclosed with glass walls and screens. A sunroom is designed to make the most out of the design so that light filters in at optimal times and levels. A sunroom has many benefits, such as providing a spot to hide out from the rest of the house when you are feeling cooped in, or a great place to have people over for lunch. Sunrooms offer the bonus of you not being bitten by bugs and insects while still enjoying the great outdoors. They can be used as an extra space for guests or even as a home office. You can even install a ceiling fan to give you that balmy, breezy effect. Sunrooms also offer the added bonus of improving your home’s equity.

Screen Rooms or Patio Covers
Screen rooms are a little less expensive than the addition of a complete sunroom. A screen room can take an already existing patio and enclose it in screening. Another great thing about a screen room is that it does an amazing job of keeping the bugs out. A patio cover works in much the same way. A patio cover can keep the glare and heat from the sun out, but cannot do much in the way of repelling insects and bugs.

Conservatories
Conservatories have an origin of summer days gone by in the English countryside. Today, they add beauty and elegance to your home. They also add much in the way of home equity. A tastefully done conservatory can let in the light, be a place to entertain, or even be a lush, plush sanctuary garden. Just the look and style alone add a touch of elegance to your home’s exterior.

Solarium
A solarium is typically an enclosed sunroom, but the intrinsic difference is that it typically has a glass roof as well. A solarium has a more modern design than a conservatory and can be a stand-alone site or a greenhouse for plants.

These are just some of the different types of sunrooms that you can explore to see which one is best for you. Visit our Pinterest Board and gather some ideas to create your dreamy area to hang out on those lazy days.

By Roelf Nel

How to Display Artwork

Artwork is used both as an accessory and a unifying element to tie a room together. Depending on the art that you chose, it will be the defining factor for an energizing, warming, or formal environment.

The use of artwork as an element of décor incorporates both colour and definition into a room.

Pieces of art help determine the focal point of a room and should be displayed so that they draw the eye progressively from and to the focal point of the space.

Artwork adds character and flair to a room. It distracts and defines the emotions and the mood that the intended space conveys.

Large artwork should be placed strategically as an attention-catcher. The wall where the art is placed should be relative to the size of the painting and large enough to allow for a good amount of wall space to frame the artwork and draw the eye.

To showcase your art and make it stand out, install lighting directly below or above it. In this way you highlight its colours, and the overall effect on the impact of the room is more significant than if hung without individual lighting.

To achieve a more dramatic effect, group paintings and create asymmetric arrangements. This is another way to catch the eye with a few small paintings, which would otherwise be hard to achieve if they were scattered throughout the room.

Paintings can also be set in a symmetrical series, spaced evenly apart for an ordered, clean look. Add interest with black and white images, or add depth and complexity with a gold leaf frame that features intrinsic woodwork.

Visit our Pinterest Board and get inspired with some of the great pins we came across.

Oriental Rugs
Oriental Rugs add Elegance to Room Design
Taking a closer look at Kitchen Design Styles
Using Area Rugs in your room Design
Different Types of Sunrooms
How to Display Artwork