Beaded Curtains – A Beautiful Style Statement

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Bead curtains are sometimes overlooked when it comes to redoing your home interiors the smart way. Simply put, beaded curtains are simple airy curtains made of beads in various materials, patterns and designs. Using beaded curtains is an age old custom followed all over the world. In India, it was and is still a norm to adorn doorways with dainty looking beaded curtains. Let us check out how to use beaded curtains for that much needed face lift your home deserves.

How To Use Beaded Curtains – Top Tips

Door Ways And Passage Entrances

Other than the doorways, you can hang beaded curtains at passage entrances and windows.

Bead Curtains As Room Dividers

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Bead curtains act as excellent room dividers and partitions giving an airy look to the room. In case of dining cum living rooms, use bead curtains to divide the dining area from the living area. In spite of being separated into two areas, the living room looks large with ample amount of light. With a beaded curtain partition, the residents get a feeling of a private dining area within the confines of a larger area, without getting alienated from the rest of the living room.

Bead Curtains Outdoors

There are beaded curtains with small metal bells or tinkling metal for the beads, that will double up as wind chimes. Use these curtains at entrances to your front porch or backyard garden.

Bead Curtains On Wall Closets

Hang cute bead curtains on wall closets, like the ones used for storage higher up the walls, which are not opened very often.

Beaded Curtains As Wall Hangings

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You get these lovely  hand painted beaded curtains with beautiful paintings on white beaded backgrounds. These can be used to adorn plain walls.

Types Of Beaded Curtains

There is absolutely no restriction on using beaded strings for a curtain. You can experiment with a myriad of colors, materials and designs. You can sew on beads to the end of  a transparent white fabric curtain for a calm and serene look.

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For instance, use carved, wooden beads for a traditional look. Use a curtain made of colorful yet transparent plastic beads alternating with mirror pieces in a room that has less light coming in. Use fabric beads with embroidered motifs sewn on. Small Rajasthani puppets beaded together in strings can add a touch of  old world charm to your home.

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Let your imagination go haywire. Get beaded curtains made of pretty seashells and rocks. For Kids Rooms, use brightly colored cartoon characters or balls or alphabet shapes beaded together to form curtains.

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Then there are glass and crystal beaded curtains which allow more light to come in. They look beautiful, swinging away in the morning and evening sunlight. Curtains made from bone beads, amber beads, wooden beads and even metal beads look stunning.

Advantages Of Beaded Curtains

They make a room appear airy and brighter. They can be used to add to the natural light in a room. Use mirrored curtains or fluorescent beaded curtains that shine at night. T

They make your interior decor look charming to guests.

This is a cost efficient way of partitioning your rooms. DIY bead curtain ideas include making thin braids of reused  colorful plastic or pieces of colorful cloth. Sew on a few beads of your choice. Stitch these braids on to a main hanger-strip of cloth and voila you have a recycled beaded curtain!

They create privacy in an area without disconnecting you from the rest of the house.

Beaded curtains can be a unique lifestyle statement that reflects your status.

Care For Beaded Curtains

Non-Fabric Beaded curtains can be easily cleaned by dipping them in mild soapy solution first and immediately rinsing them in plain water. Test for color fastness. If you feel they are losing color, just wipe them with a moist cotton cloth.

For fabric beads, wiping with a moist cloth will be sufficient enough.

When To Avoid Having Door Length Beaded Curtains

Avoid door length beaded curtains if you have babies or toddlers at home. They may get entangled or swallow the beads accidentally. Same goes for people with pets. Aged people with limited visibility may not notice beaded curtains at night. Make sure you move them to one side of the doorway and tie them with a string or bunch them together with a clip.

Or better still, use half door length beaded curtains when you have small kids or pets around.

Trundle beds for kids – Why You Should Buy Them

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Trundle beds for kids are an absolute must if you have more than one kid sharing a single bedroom. It means investing in space saving features and furniture that can be used by more than one kid at the same time. People opt for kids bunk beds. But I personally feel trundle beds are a better option. Of course, they need horizontal floor space when expanded. However, a bed with trundle can work wonders and find favor with your kids when used in correct places.

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Buy this beautiful, multifunctional kids trundle bed from www.vividha.in

All About Trundle Beds For Kids

What are Trundle Beds?

Trundle beds have multiple platforms or trundles, one below the other. Each platform has a mattress. The lower platforms open by sliding out under the top platform. You can have two or even three platforms in a trundle bed. The lower platforms have retractable legs that can be positioned properly when it has been pulled out. Trundle beds are usually box beds with a wooden frame. These beds do not have box springs. You also get these beds in lightweight and durable metal frames that are easy to clean. Some beds come equipped with wheels, rollers or casters. Always go in for trundle beds that can be assembled and moved easily.

Types of  Kids Trundle Beds

Simple Trundle Beds

The simplest form of  a trundle bed is a basic bed frame on wheels that slides under the main bed. The occupant may feel very close to the floor.

Drawer Trundle Beds

In this type, the main bed will have a drawer underneath. This can be pulled out, serving as a trundle bed.

Pop Up Trundle Beds

This type of trundle bed is ideal for those who wish to sleep at the same height. The lower trundle bed is first pulled out from under the main bed and then propped up to the same height as the main bed. This is done with springs or metal stands.

Advantages Of Trundle Beds For Kids

Space Saving

They require lesser space than conventional beds. You can have two or even three trundle beds in a single box, in your room for two to three kids. During the day, all the beds are locked inside, ensuring maximum play area in the kids bedroom.

Safe For Kids

The kids are safe, closer to the floor as against kids bunk beds. This makes it easier to get down at night, to go to the bathroom or to drink water.

Multipurpose

Trundle Beds can act as daybeds. Ideal for smaller homes and apartments. In case your kids’ friends come visiting during the day to play or for a kiddo party, you could pull out one of the extra lower beds, cover it with an attractive top sheet and throw in some cushions. This gives extra seating space for kids during the day. In case you have unexpected guests or if any kids come for sleepovers, you can put these to good use. Kids trundle beds with drawers also provide extra storage for cushions, toys etc.

Easy To Clean

Mattresses that come with trundle beds are usually light weight and easy to clean. The lower bed mattresses can be easily covered with simple plastic sheets for dust protection, when you slide or roll them back in, when not in use. Kids trundle beds need cleaning just like any other conventional bed. You can vaccum and dust the mattresses and wipe the bed frames. This is much easier as compared to a bunk bed.  Are bunk beds safe? I don’t think so.

Easy Relocation

You can easily move a trundle bed from one area to another. This is very useful when cleaning your kids bedroom.

Where to buy Trundle Beds for Kids online in India

Vividha – Everything Kids has some cool trundle beds for kids bedrooms. You can buy these online at their website – www.vividha.in, www.firstcry.com or www.hoopos.com.

Take a look at this cute kiddo trundle bed from Vividha – Everything Kids.

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You can also buy cool, mutipurpose trundle beds from  Kids Kouch, Bangalore. Check out their website www.kidskouch.com for some stunning trundle beds for kids. This drawer trundle bed is from Kids Kouch.

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Before buying trundle beds, carefully note the room dimensions and other furniture present there. Thereafter, you can decide whether to buy them online or to get them custom built by a local furniture shop nearby.

 

Door Safety – Child Safety Products For Doors

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Door safety is a twiddly bit that gets the least attention when planning a baby. Toddlers and preschool going kids can end up pinching their fingers and hands when they  slam the door shut. They can also accidentally lock themselves in. You should be aware of these baby friendly products for door safety. These must be purchased if you have toddlers and preschoolers around.

Door Safety – Best Child Safety Products

Door Stoppers

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Wooden Door Stoppers By Vividha–Everything Kids

Check out these cute guard door stoppers from Vividha. Ideal for your kids room, they make sure there is no accidental slamming of doors. These little fellows protect your toddlers’ tiny fingers from getting pinched. You can even use these door stoppers in all the rooms of  your house. Made of wood, these door stoppers come in different  designs and colors. Their dimensions are 13.5 x 2.7 x 6.3.

You can buy these from www.hoopos.com

Door Knob Covers

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dreambaby Door Knob Covers

Many toddlers open bathrooms, store rooms, kitchen and laundry areas when parents are asleep or busy with something. This can turn out to be dangerous. They can get locked in accidentally. Door knob covers are an absolute must in case you want to avoid this. These cover the door handle lock avoiding accidental lock outs.

They can be bought online at www.firstcry.com or www.hoopos.com

Sliding Door Safety Guard

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Use these to prevent injury to children by collision of sliding doors, windows or sliding door closets. Safety guards must be installed in case of sliding doors of balconies in multi-storey apartments. You can keep the sliding windows slightly open to let in fresh air and at the same time prevent kids from going out when no one is looking. Remove the suction cup when the door needs to be opened. Door sliding safety guard from Farlin and dreambaby are the best. Get it at www.Hoopos.com. Check out the video by dreambaby.au to find out how sliding door safety guards work.

 

Door Safety –  Security Gates For Kids

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dreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate

Install dreambaby door safety gates for babies and toddlers at the top of stairways and across doorways. This gate opens in both directions and swings shut on its own. It cannot be opened by your baby. This is a must have product if you have stairs at home.

Buy from www.hushbabies.com

Farlin Safety Door Gates

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This cute safety gate for babies, by Farlin can be bought online at www.babyoye.com

Locks For Cabinet And Cupboard Door Handles And Knobs

dreambaby Secure-A-Lock

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This is an adjustable lock for different handles and knobs, ensuring proper door safety. Inquisitive toddlers can get locked in stuffy kitchen cabinets, pull down things and injure themselves, without your knowledge. Your toddler cannot open kitchen cabinets, doors and cupboards after installing this. Ideal for mushroom shaped locks and D-Shaped handles, it closes with a sliding action. Buy this product at www.firstcry.com

Online shopping sites in India have brought us closer to virtual stores and access to much needed baby safety products at home. Why compromise on child safety when you can order child friendly products for door safety online, from the comfort of your home?

Cheap Rugs For Home – DIY

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Use area rugs to highlight and accentuate different locations in every room. Use colorful rugs and carpets in your living room, bed rooms and study to add a dash of color and creativity. These are available in a wide range of colors, textures and materials in the market. However, if you have a creative bend of mind and love Do it yourself crafts, then opt for these super frugal area rugs made at home. Listed below are some funky ideas for cheap rugs made of recycled material.

Floor Rugs

Towel Area Rugs

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Buy two cheap thick towels from an economy store. Stitch them together at all the four ends. Make yarn flowers of another complementing color. Stitch these yarn flowers in the center of the towel in different designs. Also make a border of these yarn flowers to hide the stitches.

Video – Make pretty yarn flowers

 

Cheap area rugs made of  T-shirts

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Reuse old t-shirts. Cut 3” by 3” strips of different colored t-shirts. Fold and stitch each strip in half. Then stitch together all these folded strips in varying colors to make a larger cover. For the base, cut 2 or 3 pairs of old jeans, old thick bed sheets or any other thick material into short, broad pieces. Stitch these together. Place the other piece of stitched t-shirt pieces over the bottom thick base and stitch them together at all the ends, leaving one end open. Fill in scraps of cloth to make the rug thicker. Finally, stitch the last end securely. Your t-shirt floor rug is ready.

Pom Pom Floor Rugs

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Make tiny pom poms with yarn in different colors. Stitch them together. Make a large round layer of tiny yarn balls. As in the t-shirt rug mentioned above, stitch this layer over another layer of thick material, leaving one end open. Fill this with cloth scraps to make the rug thick.

 

Area Rugs – Benefits

Colorful rugs add warmth and color to any dull looking room. Placing trendy accent rugs to define different areas, is a wonderful idea for people renovating their homes. This is a cheaper alternative to changing everything from furniture to accessories. A single area rug or a couple of floor rugs placed together can cut down unnecessary expenditure during home renovation especially if you are looking forward to change the flooring which is in good condition. An area rug can be an attractive focal point of a room. It is a soft, warm antidote for tired feet after a days hard work.

Area Rugs – Placement

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Place area rugs in your dining area, living room seating area or under the center table. Use cute, colorful floor rugs in your kids bedroom to highlight activity area or play areas. A great home décor idea is to hang area rugs as wall hangings as seen in the picture above. I have seen this trend in a few in a few designer boutiques and home décor stores. This can be used for highlighting walls in passages leading from your living room to the inner areas of your home. Use beautiful wall hanging accent rugs or modern area rugs on your balcony walls or front porch.

Using Area Rugs – Top Tips

1. When using more than one area rug, make sure they are not of the same size. Same size area rugs make the room appear divided and smaller.

2. Use area rugs which complement each other. For example, use colors that complement each other, or patterns which match like a small navy blue dot pattern goes well with a medium light blue dot pattern. The trick is to avoid patterns and colors that are disgusting to the eyes.

3. Floor rugs must be in sync with walls. For wallpapered and textured walls with intricate designs, the area rugs must be in plain or subtle colors. If the walls are plain, the area can have intricate designs, oriental patterns and interesting colors.

4. Use easy to clean area rugs. They can cause problems for people with dust and mite allergies. The easy to clean aspect is a must for people with small kids and pets.

5. Rectangle is passe. Enhance your apartment therapy with different shapes of area rugs like oval, round, triangle or let your rug be shapeless with an amoeba like form.

6.Experiment with different materials found at home for making cheap rugs you can use on the floors. Use egg cartons, upcycled clothes or bedsheets, coir, ribbons,old plastic wires, plastic straws, colorful sponges etc. for making good looking floor rugs.

Interior wall paints – types of wall paints

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Painting your home interiors is quite an uphill task when it comes to selecting interior wall paints. Confused between emulsion paints, distemper and luster paints? When buying paint for your interior walls, check out the different types of wall paints besides estimating the average cost of a paint job. Asian Paints, Berger Paints, Kansai Nerolac and Dulux  offer a wide range of  interior wall paints in attractive colors.

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Interior Wall Paints – Types

Distemper paint

Distemper paints are water based paints, made up of chalk, lime, glue size vehicle and coloring agents. They may have natural or acrylic binders. Ideal for cost effective painting jobs that need to be finished fast enough. They give an elegant, matte finish to the walls. However, distemper paints come without the benefits of other expensive enamel and emulsion paints – Distempered walls cannot be washed or cleaned with water or liquid soap and cannot fight fungal growth.

Emulsion paint

Emulsion paints are water based paints. For Example, Asian Paints Royale. They impart a rich  matte look to the walls.  They are durable. Most of the stains on the wall can be wiped away with a mild liquid soap solution. Emulsion paints resist fungal growth and mildew.

Enamel  paint

These paints are solvent (usually oil or alkyd) based paints. Thinners are required to clean enamel paints whenever repainting is necessary. They dry very slowly and usually emit strong odors. Enamel paint is available in different finishes – eggshell, satin, semigloss and high gloss. Some enamels are also resistant to heat. They make the walls glossy and washable. Enamel paint is usually used in the kitchens, especially on counters and walls bordering the sink, and in bathrooms where humidity levels are high in addition to the constant washing / scrubbing.

Luster paint

Luster paints are solvent based paints. On drying,  a tough and durable wall coating is formed that is washable, easy to maintain and stain resistant, as it repels water. Luster paint gives off a beautiful soft pearl like sheen. Most expensive of all the above wall paints, luster paint is extremely long lasting.

Texture paint

These paints are used to impart beautiful patterns and special effects on interior walls, when used with texture tools meant for the purpose like rollers, brushes, spatulae or combs. Texture paint is used in combinations of two or three different paint colors. Ideal for highlighting a particular wall in every room.

For people who are allergic to paint odors and VOCs, go for an eco friendly interior paint with low VOC content. Nerolac ‘Eco Clean’, Berger’Breathe Easy’ and ‘Odour-less Premium all-in-1 interior paint’ from Nippon Paints are  eco friendly wall paints that have almost zero levels of VOCs.

Finally it is necessary to get an approximate estimate of the total paint cost plus labor charges. This is even more simple when you use online paint calculator tools provided by Asian Paints, Berger and Dulux.

Berger paints : Paint  Calculator

Asian paints : Paint  Calculator

Dulux : Paint  Calculator

Note: Other factors like natural and artificial light in your rooms and humidity levels must be considered before finalizing the type of wall paints for your interiors. Glossy wall paint in a room with lot of natural light, will reflect more light and will be hard on the eyes. Also, walls in rooms with less natural light must not go in for matte finish with dark shades, as more light will be absorbed and not reflected.

 

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Wooden Floors for Your Home Decor

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Wooden floors render a very elegant, warm and natural look and feel to your home interiors.  A well-maintained, highly finished wooden floor is more appealing than any other floor covering material.

Wood flooring

Woode Floors – Types

Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood flooring is available in  three basic styles.Plank wood flooring is usually three to eight inches thick.It is cut into long pieces. Strip wood flooring is similar to plank wood  flooring except it is usually less than 3-1/4 inches wide. Parquet flooring involves placing pieces that will create a repetitive geometric design on the floor. Solid wooden floors can come finished or unfinished.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is produced by adhering three to five layers of wood and plastic laminate veneer. Each  layer is switched so that the grain alternates directions, making it more stable. Do not confuse this with laminate flooring. Laminate does not have any real wood.

Acrylic Impregnated Wood Flooring

Acrylic impregnated wood floor is made  by  injecting with an acrylic material that seals and colors it. The process makes it very durable, moisture- and scratch-resistant and harder than other types of wood floors. Acrylic impregnated wooden flooring is ideal for commercial use and areas accustomed to high traffic.

Laminate Wood Flooring

Laminate flooring is manufactured by using  fiber board materials coated with a photographic print layer and a top coating of melamine resin. Laminate floors give a realistic wooden appearance.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are made from an assortment of special and domestic wood. They can be laid easily. The price varies according to the type of timber used like wood from Sheesham, Acacia, Oak, Maple, Cherry wood etc.

These wooden floors must be laid by professionals as the sanding and finishing part of this flooring is very important. Regular wear and tear of this floor warrants regular sanding and refinishing every few years. A rug  may be used over this flooring. This flooring has to be maintained with utmost care as it can retain moisture and also attract termites.

Bamboo Floors

Bamboo flooring is more insect and moisture resistant than any other kind of wooden flooring. It strongly resembles hardwood flooring in appearance. It is more Eco friendly than the latter. It takes 120 years approximately for an Oak to mature, while it takes just 3 yrs for the Bamboo. But bamboo flooring is also prone to dents and scratches.

Cork Flooring

Another Eco friendly flooring option is cork flooring. Cork is a sustainable and renewable resource harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree. This is done every nine years or so. Available as planks and tiles, Cork flooring is just right for your study, office, conference rooms etc, due to sound insulation properties. Cork flooring is insect resistant, comfortable and durable.

Wood flooring

Where to install wooden flooring

Wooden floors are ideally suited for living room, bedroom, study, home offices, family rooms and  kitchen. Wooden floors must be avoided in bathrooms, as there are chances of damage due to moisture. High relative humidity in the atmosphere matters a lot, as it can damage the wood flooring.

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Taking care of wood floors

Wooden flooring must be kept clean by vaccumming, sweeping or damp mopping. Do not use wet mops.  Avoid wooden floors where there is excessive grit and heavy traffic. Preferably, use cleaning products that are recommended by the manufacturer. Heavy furniture leaves its mark on wooden flooring. So use furniture pads always. Oil soaps and products containing wax cleaners are to be avoided. Light sanding and re-coating is required if the wooden floor finish loses its shine. This must be done by professionals only.

Types of finishes for wooden floors

Your  lifestyle and the type of maintenance you choose  determines the right type of finish for wooden floors. Different wooden flooring finishes decide  how your floor will look in the long run.

Acrylic impregnated finishes

Acrylic impregnated finishes are injected into the wood to create a hard and extremely durable floor. Acrylic impregnated finishes are very rarely  used in residential applications. They most often are used in areas of high traffic like retail floors in malls, restaurant floors etc.

Water based finishes

Water-based finishes for wooden floors are clear and do not  turn yellow over time. They have a mild odor  and usually  dry in a few hours.

Oil based finishes

Oil-based finishes are amber in color. They have a moderate odor and generally  dry in seven to eight hours.

Other finishes are acid cured, moisture cured and wax finishes.

Wooden floors impart old world charm to your home interiors.

 

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