Deck and Patio Lighting Thoughts

One of the primary motivators for the homeowner in considering a patio or deck area as an add-on to their home is its entertainment value. Cruise the neighborhood during the day and you will more than likely see only a few people using the patio or deck. However, as evening approaches the story changes. When parent(s) come home from work or when it’s the right time to plan a party for friends and relatives, the patio or deck is frequently used as the center of festivities that often last well into the night.

During the planning stages, it’s important to include a lighting plan to make sure that the patio and deck area are not only well-lighted but that the lighting design creates a magical effect for its visitors.

Starting with the most elegant (and usually the most expensive) deck and patio lighting we can take a look at lights that are built-in to the foundation elements of the patio or deck. These lights provide a soft uplight glow that can mark a pathway or just provide a non-functional source of beauty. The lights are generally installed by contractors during the patio and deck construction and are generally not a project that the average DIY should consider tackling. I’ve seen this type of lighting done in a variety of colors and have even seen systems that automatically change the colors during the course of the evening, providing a mood-altering effect.

Dimmers are also a worthwhile investment for ground level lighting, allowing the host to increase or decrease the intensity of the lighting depending on the mood desired. Ground lighting is very safe since the lights themselves are never in contact with the visitors. Contractors will make sure that the process for changing the bulbs is simple and straightforward.

Speaking of dimmers, it’s generally a good idea to keep your entire deck and patio lighting system under dimmer control. Bright moonlight can allow you to turn the lighting down a bit while dark moonless nights can prompt you to boost the light up a bit.

Ground level lighting can also be used to frame the patio or deck area particularly if you’ve planted shrubbery or other low plantings around the area.

Down lighting is another type of deck and patio lighting. As the name implies, this is lighting from above and can be used to simulate moonlight. Besides being a natural lighting source, down lighting also enhances the security of the area because a lighted deck or patio usually leaves the impression the there’s someone at home.

A creative way to use this as a security feature is to have your doorbell circuit tied into a switch that at least temporarily turns the down lights on.

Most down lighting is accomplished by the use of either or both floodlights and spotlights. The floodlight will provide more ambient lighting by illuminating the entire deck or patio area while spotlights can be used as task lighting to highlight such areas as stairways and entryways. Spotlights can also be used to accent special features such as fountains, plantings or cooking and eating areas.

Many deck and patio lighting is installed at the waist level to keep any glare away from the face and to provide an elegant touch. Some lighting can also be installed at the top of posts that are at the top of stairways or other areas that separate one part of the deck or patio from another.

Some homeowners use strip or rope lights to highlight the porch or deck railing or other areas that need special attention such as stair risers or seating areas. If you live in an area where you can use a deck or patio during the winter holiday season, give some thought to decorating the area with lighting that can be used year-round.

Have fun with your lighting plan for your deck or patio. Most of the lighting is relatively inexpensive and can be removed or modified relatively easily. You may want to divide your plan into lights, which need to be permanently installed, and lights that are movable and optional.

Please don’t get carried away with deck and patio lighting plans. This type of lighting is best understated although some decorative lighting such as hurricane lamps or tiki torches (used in moderation) are OK.

Bugs are often a problem at night and several manufactures offer lights that discourage or repel flying pests. Sometimes a bright light, strategically placed in a tree a bit away from the patio or deck will help keep these insects occupied elsewhere rather than with your guests.

Above all, keep in mind that you want to create a magic environment that will encourage visitors to congregate and socialize late into the evening.

Garden Decoration Will Help Your Home Look Beautiful and Increase its Curb Appeal

Just by adding a few plants to your home can really make it look stunning in no time. All it takes is a little time on a weekend to plant your garden and perhaps some motivation to go outside a few times a week to water or trim your plants and take care of any statues or inanimate objects you choose to put in your yard. If you have the desire to make your home look great and the time to do it, then you should head over to your nearest wholesale garden decoration warehouse to pick up all of your needed outdoor garden decoration supplies. There are those, however, who do not have a garden decoration outlet near them. If you have the unfortunate luck of being in a neighborhood without a garden decoration warehouse, then you can always find an online garden decoration store which should be able to meet all of your gardening and decorating needs.

When it comes to home garden decoration, there are a surprising number of different products you can buy to make your house look great and classy. Garden lawn decoration is one of the first things one thinks of when they think of dressing up their property. There is huge variety of different products which you can add to your grass to make your property feel like a well manicured mansion. Such lawn garden decoration possibilities include statues, fountains and miniature water gardens.

While lawn and garden decoration are some of the most popular options, you can also purchase patio garden decoration and wall garden decoration. Such items are designed to spruce up your property without having to subject you to hassles of lawn decoration, like having to mow around statues or fountains when you trim the grass. Also, consider purchasing a garden decoration gift for a new neighbor or friend who has moved close to your home.

Ideas For Bedroom Design

With the exception of your kitchen, bedroom design is the second most popular room to revamp in our homes. Bedrooms need to be places of calm and peace with soft colours and shades and comfortable furniture. Bright colours are not really recommended as they do not befit a calming ambience. Warm, soft and neutral colours are more suitable for your bedroom. Your furniture should reflect the atmosphere you wish to create and should be of the best quality you can afford. Do not neglect to plan your flooring either. Bedroom floors should be carpet or natural wood, both of which are warm and if you choose wood, rugs can be placed for further comfort. A cold floor is not really recommended, so tiles or marble are nor really suitable as they are quite cold and could be slippery – not really a good idea when one is still a bit sleepy.

To begin with, you need to devise a plan of your bedroom complete with correct measurements and positioning of windows, doors and electrical sockets or switches. You can do this on graph paper or you could use one of the many interior design programs for your computer. Once you have chosen your colour scheme, you can then choose fabrics, carpets or rugs and other soft furnishings. If you are having new furniture, measure the available space carefully so that you maximize your storage space. You might like to have fitted furniture which really will make the most of your available space, particularly if you only have a limited amount of space or an unusually shaped room. There is so much beautiful furniture to choose from that you will be spoilt for choice.

If your bedroom windows face east or west, you might like to consider blackout linings for your curtains. This will restrict the amount of light that gets into your room and this can be a huge factor in regions where light increases as the seasons change, nobody wants to be woken up at 4am with bright sunlight blazing into their bedroom. Curtains are a feature of bedrooms and can make or break the design, so choose your curtain fabric carefully. You may like to have your bed linen to match your curtains and there are many manufacturers who produce beautiful sets.

Carefully consider how you wish to light your bedroom. There are so many different styles to choose from. It would be best to choose something in keeping with the rest of your decor. A bedside lamp is always nice and you should be able to find colours to match the rest of your linen and soft furnishings. Be careful of the amount of electrical equipment you have in your bedroom. Whilst having a television and a pc in your bedroom might be convenient, but do remember that bedrooms are a place of rest, peace and tranquillity and neither of these items promote that.

There are many TV programmes, websites and magazines offering advice and ideas for interior design, so make use of them to form your own ideas and get the bedroom of your dreams.