Friday, 13 May 2016

Decorating with Antique doors

We all have old stuff stacked up in our garages and basements that are too pretty to throw away yet you can't find a way to include them into your modern decor. If you are holding on to old doors from your ancestral homes, it's time to take them out and proudly display them.
There are many ways of using old doors in home decor. From wall decor to furniture, doors can enhance your home decor beyond their primary function. Old vintage doors have beautiful designs and carvings which makes them perfect for home decor. Here are a few ideas to get you started -
Table top - An old door can be used to make beautiful table tops and if the door has too much of a design, place a glass over it to give it a smooth surface. Old doors make the most stylish, chic and beautiful coffee tables that will compliment just about any decor.
Headboard - This is another great use for an old, classic and seemingly useless door that will undoubtedly change the way you look at your old items. . A decorative door makes for a pretty and big headboard. It can be placed vertically or horizontally to create bigger or smaller headboard. You can also use it as a carcass for creating tufted headboard.
Corner shelf - Need some extra storage in a pesky corner? Try sawing an old door in half, then turn the pieces into a handy corner shelving unit.
Photo display - Create an enchanting illuminated photo display by screwing rope lights to the back of a glass-paned door and then adhering your favorite snapshots.
Backdrop - Old vintage doors can be used to create beautiful backdrops for decorating your rooms. Hang one horizontally behind your main sofa or fix three vertically behind two delicate chairs and watch the space transform.

Cabinets - You can use your reclaimed and distressed vintage doors for something that is functional and beautiful. With the right tools and a few hours to spare, you can now turn your old doors into beautiful cabinets where you can display your books or decorative items.
Entryway organization - Looking for a perfect entryway catch-all? Fix a door to a bench or a chest and paint them the same colour. Add hooks on top to hold your coats or umbrellas. The chest can easily conceal all your clutter.
Sliding doors - Old doors, especially horse stall doors or any other with a cut-out can be used as sliding doors for a bar cabinet or even the kitchen pantry.

Chalkboard or pin-up memo pad - Paint a door's wooden panels with chalkboard paint to create a handy weekly calendar for your home office or kitchen.
Room dividers - Doors with glass panes double as beautiful and inexpensive space dividers that add a dose of rustic charm to any room.
Privacy screen -  Combine three or four doors that look similar and convert them into a beautiful screen. Use pretty hinges to make them even more attractive.

Benches - Old doors were mostly very solid, strong enough to sit on. If you have two of those, convert them into a bench to be used either indoors or outdoors.  . Use one for the seat and another for the back by gluing and screwing them together at 90-degree angles; attach the legs of your choice. Or use two smaller door sections or panels as end pieces to hold the whole structure together.
Mirror frames - Many old doors have recessed panels perfect for inserting a mirror. This way you can create beautiful mirrors to decorate your home with.

Use your imagination and transform those old doors to create your own unique pieces!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Dealing With Bay Windows

Bay windows are usually a unit of three or more windows projecting out from an outer wall of a house. Bay windows add more light, depth and dimension to a room. They create an interesting focal point and allow a lot of natural light and a beautiful outside view. Bay windows can make or break the overall look of your room, which is the reason why it can be a tough job to decorate this space. If you place a couch or a piece of furniture in front of these windows, they can negate the window's beautiful impact. However, a bay window that is over decorated can definitely overwhelm a room. When you enhance your window, understand that there is a very fine line between decorating and over-decorating. So how do you properly enhance your bay window so it will add beauty to the room?. Here are a few tips to decorate your window space-
·       Your first step is to decide on a window treatment and also if you want to treat it as one unit or three individual ones.
·       Whatever you use to cover your windows, be it drapes or blinds, make sure it blends with the rest of the room. Don’t make the bay area look like a separate area, in fact make it the focal point of the room.
·       Avoid using a straight rod for your curtains, instead use bow rods specially designed for bay windows.
·       Keep your drapes clean line and simple. You can use a valance to cover the rods.
·       Instead of curtains, you can consider using wooden shutters to add a country charm to your room.
·       Seating is a must if you want to enjoy your bay window to the fullest. You can build a window seat with a cushion and colorful throw pillows on top with storage below.
·       Most home owners make a mistake of placing a sofa in front. You must showcase your window instead of hiding it.
·       Use small groupings of furniture instead, like a comfy chair placed at an angle, a table and a floor lamp.
·       You must also accessorize your bay window with a reading lamp, rug, plants etc. to create a dramatic effect.
·       You can even frame the bay window to emphasize its depth and create a border design statement.
·       If you have a bay window in the kitchen, it would be ideal to organize a small dining area in it.
·       A bay can become a joy for a workaholic, who works not only in the office, but also at home. Equipping it with a convenient desk-sill and small shelves, you can make a comfortable home office , where it is enough light during the day.
·       Decorating the bay area with house plants gives a refreshing feeling and warmth to the room. House plants give a splash of colours and bring lots of fresh air to the room, thus complementing the picturesque surroundings. Try to avoid big plants that may block natural light from entering the room.

The possibilities are endless. The goal is to decorate your bay windows in a way that enhances their functional and aesthetic qualities.