No matter what your decor, spending budget or personal tastes, you are able to easily turn your hodge-podge of living room furnishings and accents into a space that looks as if it was performed by an interior design pro. You don’t need to be a pro to come up with good living room ideas. As we frequently say, function is far more significant than form. Start your interior design adventure by determining what your living room is for. Is it a place for an intimate gathering of friends and family? Do you entertain a significant group of guests regularly? Is it a place to basically relax and kick back?The answer will establish the layout of the room. Should you entertain a lot, then you want your space to be more open so guests can flow freely around the room without bumping into furniture. In the event you host extra intimate groupings, then you want to arrange your furniture to promote conversation. Here are some things to consider with your living room ideas. 1. Choose furniture that matches your wantsOnce you know the function of the room, it’s time to work on form. You’ll find many definitely wonderful pieces out available on the market theses days. Continue reading Finding Modern Living Room Ideas
Even the designers on TV are doing it; finding great furnishing at flea-markets, charity shops, and yard sales. Often, a wonderful piece of furniture can be had for mere dollars, especially if its finish is in desperate need of some TLC. Unfortunately, the design shows on TV don’t show you all the proper steps for refreshing your finds. Take the time to do it right, and your “new” furniture will have friends wondering where you shop! 1. Safety first: Before you disturb any painted surface, you should think about the possibility of lead. Lead paint additives were phased out in the 1970’s and 80’s. If you suspect lead is present in any paint, you can find information about safety precautions and testing at www. epa. gov/lead, or by calling the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD. Even with newer surfaces, I find that a dust mask is always in order when sanding. Your lungs will thank you. 2. Sanding: Not all pieces will require sanding before repainting. My mantra is to leave well enough alone when dealing with old paint surfaces. If, however, the paint is chipped, peeling, crackling, or has other problems, you might not be able to avoid the sandpaper. A small electric hand sander is my best friend for these situations. A very light sanding (really just scuffing) can help your new paint adhere to old oil paint or a glossy surface. 3. Prep, prep, prep: The number one reason for paint failures is incorrect preparation. Time spent on prep will ensure you get a good result in the end. Make sure the surface is completely clean and dust free before you ever get the paint out of the can. If you have sanded the surface, remove dust with a tack cloth. This is a small piece of cheesecloth soaked in wax, available at your local home improvement store in the paint section. They cost around one dollar. . . get several to keep on hand for the next project! If you can’t find one, several thorough passes with a damp cloth followed by another pass with a dusting cloth can do the job. Most importantly, don’t rush your prep work. 4. Taping: Carefully tape off any areas you don’t want painted, and burnish the tape edges down once, firmly, with a fingernail. If you think you might have to leave the tape on for more than a day or so, use a lower adhesion tape made for delicate surfaces. 5. Priming: If the piece is unpainted, consider a coat of primer before you paint. There are excellent primers specifically made for stone and metal. Tell your paint store rep what you’re painting and follow her advice. Use a good latex or oil-based primer for wood surfaces. Some wood grains (pine or cheaper grades of oak, for example) may “rise” after a first coat of latex, and priming improves the chances that you can avoid this. The raised grain will feel rough. If this happens, you’ll need to sand the grain down lightly and prime again. Don’t worry; it’s not as bad as it sounds when you know what happened! 6. Painting: Finally, time to paint! Use a good quality paint brush. Be careful not to overload your brush with paint and put it on too thickly. This is a common mistake. Painting in thick layers can lead to ugly drips, cracks, or drying delays. Instead, paint in thin coats, allowing time for each coat to dry completely before recoating. This will give you a beautiful and strong surface. 7. Curing: Follow the instructions on your paint can to make sure your new furniture is safely cured before you begin to use it or place objects on top of it. Paints, latex in particular, can feel dry well before they really are. When in doubt, I like to wait 24-48 hours before I place my newly painted flea-market beauties into service. Now, enjoy your new furnishings. Use them well and never fear; if they get chipped or you tire of the color, you know how to fix it!
People have their own tastes when it comes to the choice of bed, but one of the best choices has to be a sofa bed. Sofa beds have many advantages over the other types of beds the main one being the ability to preserve space. Sofa beds will vary according to needs since there are those designed for regular use while others are for occasional use. Sofa beds for occasional use may only be used as extra beds while those for regular use may serve as seats and beds at the same time. When choosing a sofa bed, important things you should look at include the quality, the price, type, size, use and comfort. The size of your room will determine the sofa bed you go for because if you get a large sofa bed for a small room, you may be left with no space to move around when you open the bed. Also consider guests who may be using the bed if you are getting a sofa bed to take care of occasional guests. Sofa beds are the best for guests since you can use it for other purposes when not serving as a bed. The quality of the sofa bed comes in when you want value for your money. Go for the trusted brands of sofa beds instead of getting something that is not long lasting. A good quality sofa bed is long lasting and it saves you the costs of having to go for another sofa bed within a short period of time because the other one cannot be used anymore. You also have to make a choice between the kind of mattress to have for your sofa bed; spring or foam. Both of these fit well for different circumstances but it all depends on the kind of comfort you can derive from your choice. Consider getting a sofa bed that will fit in well with other items in your room it terms of matching. Also the sofa bed has to be made of a material that is easy to clean. Depending on how it is used, the bed gets dirty once in a while, hence get something you won’t have difficulty cleaning or maintaining. Compare prices from different sofa bed sellers to get the most affordable for you. The best place to do this faster and cheaply is online. You can get beautiful designs of sofa beds at fair prices if you search well online. Think of where you are going to place your sofa bed in the room as this makes it easy to know which one to buy. If you have larger room get a sofa bed that will provide enough space for you and your guests to feel comfortable sleeping or lying on it. Modern designs of sofa beds are both stylish and elegant but there are traditional designs that are still attractive and strong the decision will depend on you. The best thing is to take care of your sofa bed.