Month: January 2017

What is Hospitality Interior Design and Who Uses It?

In the hospitality industry, interior design performs a similar function. The layout of a lobby or guest room in addition to the color scheme, lighting, and furniture choices, greatly affects how a guest feels and how they view their surroundings.

Hospitality interior design covers a variety of different venues. It is used in restaurants, hotels, even retail stores. Every design aspect from the floor plan to the color of the walls and the style of furniture makes a difference in affecting a certain tone or atmosphere. Depending on the tone a business wishes to set, an interior designer might choose a bright, vibrant color pattern paired with modern furniture and innovative decorative accents or he might select a subtle, more muted color palette paired with plush furniture and simple wall decorations to inspire feelings of calm and comfort.

Lighting and color palette go hand in hand when it comes to hospitality interior design. Most interior designers have been educated to know what types of lighting to pair with bright color schemes versus those which are more subtle. The lighting of a venue may also be affected by furniture choices and the actual architecture of a building. Rooms with vaulted ceilings might require wall fixtures which direct the light upwards while smaller rooms might utilize overhead lighting or corner lamps. Not only does the type and placement of lighting affect the atmosphere of a room or building, but the degree of illumination is also important. A soft glow is more relaxing while bright or colored lighting inspires feelings of excitement and energy.

In addition to lighting and color palette, several more factors come into play within the realm of hospitality interior design. The type of furniture selected dictates whether a room is meant to be more decorative or functional and the arrangement of said furniture plays a role in establishing atmosphere as well. An open floor plan into which the furniture is sparsely placed induces an airy, free atmosphere while small groupings of furniture might incite feelings of intimacy. When considering different styles of hospitality interior design there are myriad factors to think about but the most important decision to make is what kind of atmosphere should be affected. A good interior designer will be able to make all aspects of hospitality interior design work together in order to create a cohesive feel the subscribes to a certain tone or atmosphere.…

What Are Corner Guards and Why Use Them for Baseboard Corner Damage?

Whether you have experienced damage to your base corners or would like to simply protect them from potential damage from a vacuum or from pets, corner guards may be right for you. Corner guards are used to protect the interior corners of a room against damage. They may also be referred to as corner protectors. While there are certain edge and corner protectors that help improve safety for your small child or baby, the corner guards mentioned in this article protect your baseboards and wall corners from vacuum and pet damage.

Whenever you vacuum your home, office, or other room, the baseboard corners are at risk of being bumped and scraped. This can happen when using a vacuum extension tube to clean carpet, hardwood, or tile flooring around baseboard edges. It is especially likely when your baseboards are of a contrasting color with the vacuum extension tube. For instance, many vacuum extension tubes are black, which can cause marks on white or other light-colored baseboards when cleaning.

Over time, these marks can cause excessive wear and tear to the interior of your home, decreasing its appearance and value. In an office environment, damaged baseboards can make a poor impression on clients or customers that take note of the appearance of your office of business interior. While you may paint over the baseboards, certain damage such as scrapes and nicks are difficult to cover up with paint. Trying to paint can also cause further damage if it stains the carpet or hardwood flooring. Therefore, the best way to protect the baseboard corners and cover up existing damage is with corner guard protectors. There are many different kinds of corner protectors, so it is important to choose the right type for your home or office.

First, the material is an important consideration depending on the type of activity within your home or business setting. Most places are sooner to many different activities that cause damage. For example, in a business or office setting, chairs with wheels can bump against the corners, furniture can cause damage, and nightly or weekly cleanings can further tarnish the baseboards. As previously mentioned, in a home all of these same variables exist, in addition to potential pet damage and other accidents related to food or high amounts of human activity.

Therefore, the best material for a protector is typically a strong metal, such as steel. Protecting your baseboards corners with a strong material can save hundreds of dollars in carpentry and other service costs down the road. In other words, investing in a little into installing corner guards now can save you lots of money and hassle of having to try and fix the damages later on.

A second important consideration for corner guards is the whether paint coating is environmentally safe or not. Corner protector items may come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. While the size and shape are dependent on your exact corner or wall needs, the color or paint coating is …

How to Fade Dark Marks and Blemishes With a Honey and Turmeric Face Mask

Now, more than ever, people are becoming aesthetic conscious. Both men and women want to look good but having dark pigmentation patches or skin blemishes can make you feel self-conscious. An even skin tone is one of the most powerful fashion statements one can have. You can spend money on skin lightening products that can be expensive but many people prefer to go down the natural skin lightening route. There are many natural products that can be used to remove a tan, fade dark marks and generally lighten the skin tone.

In this article, you’ll discover how to use inexpensive honey and turmeric powder that you can purchase from your local grocery store to make a face mask that can lighten your skin tone and fade dark blemishes.

Honey and Turmeric Facial Mask

All you need is a bottle of honey (raw organic honey is best) and a bottle of turmeric from your local grocery store’s spice aisle. Use a teaspoon of turmeric powder and a tablespoon of the honey and mix them together in a small bowl or cup. After washing your face with your usual face wash, dry with a clean towel then apply the turmeric face mask. Turmeric stains fabrics so it is best to do this in the bathroom wearing an old t-shirt and be careful not to drop any of the paste on the carpet!

Rub the face mask on your face using gentle circular motions, wash your hands and leave the mask on your face for about 20 minutes. The honey will most likely drip down your face so keep some tissue with you to catch any drips.

After the 20 minutes is up, wash the mask off your face with warm water, do one more wash with your usual face wash and then do a final rinse with cold water to close your pores.

Honey has anti-bacterial properties and turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties so together they will work to draw impurities from your skin and reduce blemishes. Your skin will feel smoother and softer immediately. Use this face mask twice a week and you will start to see that your dark marks are fading after just 3-4 weeks.…

Facts About Handrails

A handrail is a railing which is used to provide stability for the staircase; a handrail also provides safety for people who are going up and down the stairs. For handicapped people, the elderly, or the very young, a stair railing can be of great assistance.

Most stairs have handrails. Whether the stairs are found in a subway tunnel, the entrance to a school, in a business, or in a home, railings will probably be present. In some places, handrails can also be found in public bathroom stalls to help handicapped patrons lower and raise themselves after using the bathroom.

Most people don’t think too much about handrails. Rather, they are taken for granted. Handrails can be made from a variety of materials including metal, stainless steel, iron, wood, and even plastic. Some handrails are quite ornate and others are made to be functional.

In most cases, the design of the handrails and the materials from which it is made will depend upon where the rail will be used. In public places, there are certain regulations that must be met when the handrails are installed.

For example, a handrail must meet certain standards as far as the dimensions go. These regulations specify how wide the handrail can be. This is important as the width of the handrail affects hand placement.

The position of the handrail is also important. For example, a hand rail should not be set up against a wall. This is because a person’s hand will not be able to wrap around the handrail. Rather, a handrail should be set out from the wall and should be securely attached to the staircase or the wall itself depending upon the situation. Handrails should be placed so that the railing is not to low or too high.

If the rail is too high, short adults or children may not be able to safely use the railing. If the railing is set too low, the opposite may be true. In other words, older adults or tall adults may have trouble safely using the railing. In a day care, the railings may be especially low in order to assist the children or there may be several handrails installed.

Handrails should also be securely attached to a surface close to the rail. This is important because railings which come loose could create serious injuries. This is especially true if a person slips and uses the handrailing to steady themselves. For this reason, some places specify the types of screws or brackets which must be used when mounting handrails.

In addition, a railing must be strong and able to bear a certain amount of weight. A railing that breaks, splinters, or cracks after being used or after being exposed to certain types of weather can be very dangerous. This is why wooden stair rails are often used inside instead of outside where the rail will be exposed to the elements.

For more information on the guidelines in your area, check online or talk to …

Buying a Character Home

Buying a character home is like buying an antique car, it will be more beautiful than all the others on the block, but you will have to spend every Sunday polishing it!

To the converted, however, the charm of the older character home makes all that polishing worthwhile. If you would love a character home, but cannot quite run to the expense or the staying power of renovating and maintenance, think of adding some characteristics that can give your home the appearance of an older style house.

Initially the exterior is where your changes will be the most noticeable.

If your modern home has a stucco finish – one of the easiest ways to add interest to it is to finish it with Tudor wooden beam paneling. In Tudor times, the stucco was traditionally painted cream or white with either dark brown or black wooden beams crisscrossing the stucco.

However, lately the medieval look has been successfully re-created with pale silver gray stucco and a darker gun-metal gray wood trim. Cream or white stucco with gray trim also looks classy.

If Tudor style beams will not complement the design of your home, how about gingerbread trim – another ‘character classic’. This scallop-edged trim is usually attached to the eaves and the porch of the home; many homes have matching shutters too.

Bay windows, which jut out from the exterior wall of the house will ‘age’ both the inside and outside of your home. In Victorian times, a shelf that lined up flush with the wall was built across the indented bay of the window; cushions were built on top to make it a padded ‘window seat’. Usually the seat was boxed in beneath for storage purposes.

Circular windows that ‘bulge’ out from the home like a tower are a key feature that can also be incorporated into the walls of a modern home. The most effective type of tower is added onto the corner of a home, with a circular spiral roof atop. If you plan on this you may need to consult a structural engineer on how to reinforce the corner of your home.

Another feature that can age your home is to replace your windows with oldie English ‘leaded light’ effect windows. These can be imitated by buying the pencil-thin, diamond crisscross patterned sections to attach to the inside of your window panes.

Perhaps easier to build is a porch or a verandah. If you use spindle railings and old fashioned stair railings, this will add to the character look of your home. Alternatively you can use a gingerbread trim and match it to the eaves.

Front yards and driveways can also enhance the character look of a home. For instance if you pour a concrete driveway, it will look modern. For a character effect, try laying down a driveway of the dull, dark red Italian cobblestones. These will have to be laid on a level bed of soft sand that is shuttered with trim on both sides..…

Enriching Your Snakes Life

Unfortunately, many snake keepers do not actually think about their snakes’ psychological issues. It is well known within the hobby that a vast number of snake species are fairly ‘lazy’ creatures, perhaps only venturing out of their hide for food, water, or a mate. This is a true statement for many species, and this habit will most certainly be the same in the wild as well as in captivity. However, in the wild the snake may spend hours or perhaps days hunting for food, may travel some distance to find water and may spend weeks courting females and perhaps fighting males in the process. This article describes the many ways possible to keep your pet snake healthy and active, ensuring little chance of obesity or behavioural problems caused by boredom or inactivity.

The first and foremost point is to ensure that the basics are in place. That is; an adequate sized vivarium, appropriate temperature levels allowing for thermoregulation, adequate humidity levels if necessary, enough food and water and a hiding place where the snake may retreat to. Once these are all in place, it is possible to expand on each area, making life more interesting for your snake and therefore a more pleasurable viewing experience for yourself.

Many experts in the reptile industry will no doubt spend a considerable amount of time explaining to beginners and interested people that snakes do not actually need much space. It is widely accepted that snakes will live happily in a terrarium smaller than its own length, and I do not disagree completely with this statement. In fact, many individual snakes will suffer dramatic consequences when placed into a terrarium too large. They often become so stressed they will not feed, become very timid, rarely venture out of a hide, become overly aggressive and will not control their body temperature adequately leading to further problems. It is important when changing terrarium size for your snake that you are comfortable with your snakes feeding habits, and that it is comfortable with you as the handler. If it is, I urge everyone to expand the size of terrarium offered to their snake. The larger the vivarium, the more hiding areas and décor there should be. This will allow more interest and the opportunity for more exercise. If however, your snake does not take well to the move and refuses food, do not move the snake back into its original enclosure straight away. Instead, try for 2-4 weeks to let your snake settle in, ensuring the heat levels are appropriate and that there are enough hiding areas. I suggest for the initial move that the décor and hide areas from the old terrarium are moved into the larger one. This will make your snake feel more comfortable and speed up the transitional period.

The terrarium furnishings will play a very important role in enriching your snakes’ life. You could try offering various substrate depths, types and levels. For instance, you could build the substrate up to 20cm …

Pros and Cons of Bamboo Roman Shades

Bamboo roman window shades are extremely attractive sunshades for your windows. They are available in different kinds of bamboo wood, and are manufactured in different designs, to suit just about any style in interior decoration. They are available in different price ranges as well, and are often extremely affordable. They are efficient at blocking out the sun – and these shades also help to cool the interiors of your home. This lowers the temperature inside your house and helps you save energy and money that you would have otherwise spent on the electricity.

The Advantages of Bamboo Roman Shades

Firstly, bamboo shades come in a variety of different styles, colors and textures for different looks. These shades are extremely attractive and you can find a shade to match any style of interior decoration whatsoever. The simple shades usually go extremely well with tropical themes but you can usually find a bamboo shade for just about any kind of interior.

Bamboo roman shades combine the relaxing coolness of bamboo wood with the elegance of roman pleats. This gives them an edge over ordinary fabric shades, because they look much more interesting and attractive. With the right sort of lighting, one can create gorgeous effects with his or her bamboo roman shades.

Bamboo shades are extremely effective in controlling the amount of sunlight that is allowed in the room. Because the wood is opaque, these shades also help to keep prying eyes out. Some shades are quite transparent, however, and one needs to choose the kind of shades one specifically wants for the room.

These shades can be individually manufactured to fit your window, if you should require them to be. Getting customized shades helps to ensure that the fit of the shades is exactly right for your window. This, in turn, helps to give better control over the amount of light that is allowed in the room. It also improves the look of the shades.

Disadvantages of Bamboo Roman Shades

While one is buying these shades, he or she needs to be careful about the product he or she ultimately chooses. Bamboo is not as durable as plastic, and does not last long. Some manufacturers, however, coat the bamboo with protective substances to protect it.

The way of operating the shades is usually with the help of a cord. This might be dangerous for pets and young children. This is why one should ask about the safety of the shades one selects as well.…

How Furniture Design Has Changed in the Last 100 Years

The needs and wants of consumers have changed a whole lot over time. This is evident with all that has changed in technology, vehicles, fashion, and home decor. Every aspect of consumer buying has been marked by a constant change in design. Consumers may not be completely aware of it, but furniture design has changed a lot over the last 100 years.

The early era of furniture design was marked by lots of hand-crafted pieces. Much of the furniture from the early era of furniture design was produced outside of the United States. Italy, Mexico, Denmark, Sweden, and Canada were all major players in the furniture import arena.

Some of these areas still provide furniture for the United States, but the U.S. doesn’t rely on imports as heavily as it did 100 years ago. Much of the furniture that is purchased throughout the states is manufactured in America.

The American design also marked a change in quantity as well. Certain pieces of furniture are mass produced through technological advancements that have drastically reduced lots of hand crafted manufacturing techniques. This has changed the way that consumers buy furniture as well. The present day furniture designs have expanded to include more than a sofa and a love seat. Many furniture sets are designed with a recliner or an ottoman. This extended design has supported the housing developments that were designed for larger family units.

Another aspect of design that marks change is the different varieties that are available. Sofas and chairs are made of leather and suede, but there are also unique designers that specialize in other material designs. There are designers that make sofas from paper. Others may even utilize unique substances like crystals to form chairs. Most of this is experimental, but many of the present designs give a small glimpse into future furniture designs.

This is be realized even more as more designers go green and use less wood to construct furniture. Much of this is based on the powerhouse companies that are behind many of the designs that are purchased today. The business of furniture sales is no longer a one dimensional sales market. Today former super models like Cindy Crawford have a major hand in creating different furniture designs. This marks a big change from the limited designs that were available 100 years ago.

This variety is part of the change that consumers have looked forward to in recent years. Present day furniture is a conversation piece. It is more than a couple chairs and a couch. Furniture comes in different textures and colours. There are plush sofas, decorative chairs, and colourful sofas that have been designed with technology. These pieces show ongoing changes in design.…

Composting Tea Leaves and Teabags

If you drink tea and have a garden, composting used tea leaves is an easy way to promote sustainability, even if you do not compost any other material. Tea leaves are rich in nutrients and loose tea makes an outstanding mulch which can be applied directly to the soil in your garden. The tea can be collected in a container and placed directly on your garden daily or every few days. Composting tea leaves turns a waste product into a valuable resource, which has two main benefits:

  • Reducing waste
  • Enriching your soil for free and without using any synthetic fertilizers

Composting Tea Bags:

While loose-leaf tea can be applied directly to your garden, teabags require slightly more effort. Many teabags are not biodegradable. In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of nylon teabags. Nylon is a synthetic material which will not break down if added to compost. Some teabags are made of paper but are not compostable because they contain metal staples or other non-biodegradable materials.

Even with fully biodegradable teabags, one must exercise caution. Many tea companies claim that their teabags are biodegradable and compostable, but say nothing about the amount of time required for decomposition. Some teabags, especially the higher-quality ones marketed as “tea sachets”, are made of silk, which is natural but decomposes slowly. Even paper takes longer to decompose than most kitchen waste. Whereas the leaves inside a teabag are suitable for direct application to a garden, depending on conditions, the bag itself may take a year or more to fully decompose–much longer than most fruit and vegetable compost.

Break Open Tea Bags:

Breaking open teabags is a good practice whether your teabag is biodegradable or not. While in the long-run, it is best to avoid purchasing tea packed in nylon bags and other non-biodegradable packaging, if you do drink such teas, you can compost the contents of each bag and dispose of the bag in your normal trash. If you are drinking tea packaged in bags that are biodegradable but decompose slowly, breaking open the bag can allow you to separate the leaves, suitable for direct application to your garden, from the bag which will likely take a longer time to decompose. A time-saving trick for breaking open tea bags is to let them sit overnight to dry out; when dry, the leaves will no longer cling to the inside of the bag.

Drink Loose Tea:

Lastly, if you are interested in sustainability, drink loose tea. Not only does it taste better and save money, but it also saves energy. The packaging process for making teabags is involved and uses energy and materials that are unnecessary. Not only will using loose tea make it much easier for you to compost your tea leaves, it will improve your tea-drinking experience and help you promote sustainability in other ways as well.…

Horizontal and Vertical – Do You Know the Basic Elements of Interior Design?

A well-designed and appropriately decorated room demonstrates the basic elements of interior design, horizontal and vertical lines. Good design in all styles, traditional, neo-classic, modern or contemporary is confirmation to the interior design world that those simple elements are represented.

The two foundations of design are vertical and horizontal lines. If used correctly, these design elements position the focus in a room for the best visual balance. They are the design features that provide the essential support for the room design and serve to accent a specific interior space. More important than focal points, a design without properly used horizontal and vertical elements is a failed design.

For example, crown moulding on the ceiling is a strong horizontal element. The horizontal line takes your eyes around the perimeter of the room. This is why all home stagers emphasize the mouldings in homes that they prepare for resale. Commonly used vertical elements in interiors are floor lamps, lamps on tables, hutches and armoires, indoor plants, pedestals, and hanging chandeliers. In hotels, indoor fountains and water features provide vertical height. These vertical design elements direct the eye upward and emphasize the overall height of the space.

Vertical lines accentuate features, and create a focal point. Wall sconces in a foyer may frame a decorative mirror placed above a buffet or sideboard. A pair of tall candlesticks placed on a mantle accent the vertical element. At best, vertical lines serve as design markers to make a strong statement. In furnishings, a tall backed chair like a wing chair becomes a vertical element. Verticals facilitate the spatial story.

The horizontal equivalents of vertical elements are long dining tables, sofa backs or straight railings. Your eye moves from side to side. Interior design schemes that feature horizontal pieces, like sectionals, beds or mantles, suggest the idea of staying a while. A horizontal design element informs the eye that you have reached the end. It is time to stop and stay in a comfortable spot. A horizontal feature beckons you to stay. Think about bedrooms or spa baths which feature flat, horizontal surfaces. In public spaces like airports there are rows of seats, or in reception rooms chairs circle the room with the message, please sit and stay awhile.

These two complementary design elements – verticals and horizontals – are the anchors for a successful design concept. Highlight the vertical and horizontal to achieve an eye-catching interior design and make any room a stunning success. As you discuss your design with an interior designer give thought to what horizontal and vertical elements you want to feature.…