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4 Top Primitive Decorating Ideas

Primitive Decorating IdeasHow to decorate with primitives to incoporate primitive decorating ideas in your home without breaking the bank is something people like us want to know.

So you want to know how to decorate with primitives? For one thing, you do not always have to use “originals” or “antiques” in your decorating. There are fun ways to reuse old things and make them look new again or make them look older and more primitive.

I understand how you feel. There are some primitive decorators, who I sometimes call primitive snobs, who only use original pieces in their homes and that is their perogative but I think it is more fun to mix and max.

4 Primitive Decorating Ideas:

1) If you have more time than money this is the fun part. You can scour garage sales, flea markets, junk stores, to find something to turn into a primitive decorating idea. These items can consist of wooden bowls, wooden shelves and cabinets, quilts, and furniture.

2) If you have to have an “original” then of course you can go to estate sales or antique stores where you may be able to find an original primitive decorating item. Or you may find something in your grandmother’s attic that is just sitting there collecting dust. This is going to be more pricy but if you can afford it go for it. I personally like to decorate with both originals and reproductions, it is more fun that way.

3) I have been going to garage sales and finding anything wooden to paint and repurpose. One idea is to take wooden bowls that you can find at garage sales or thrift stores and paint them in a primitive color such as mustard, soldier blue, brick red, or my favorite black. You then sand them around the edges to make it look worn and then cover them with a dark stain and wiping it off giving it an old appearance.

4) Another idea that can contribute to the look of Primitive Decorating Ideas look is to take textiles; quilts, pieces of lace, cloth dolls, etc. and “paint them” with a mixture of water and coffee. This gives the appearance of making an item look older than it is.

Decorating With Primitive Decorating Ideas is not just about having the most expensive and original furnishings for your home. It is about creating the home that you want using items that you may find that others don’t want anymore. It is repurposing those long forgotten items that were once loved and used by someone else.

Why Is The Color Brown So Popular In Home Decor

Color Brown So Popular In Home DecorThere was a time when “brown” suffered from the awful stigma of being thought of as an ultra conservative and unimaginatively dull, and totally lackluster color. Let’s face it, brown used to be boring. Brown is easy to mix, as every five year old will tell you. Ask a child what colors make brown, and they will gleefully tell you red and green, or orange and green.

Technically, brown is a tertiary color, which means it is obtained by mixing secondary colors. Secondary colors are green, orange and purple.

Technical theories are always nice in theory, but artists seldom pay any attention to them. That is simply not the way to arrive at a sumptuously gorgeous shade of brown, or any color, for that matter. Artists prefer to “feel” color, and through years of experimentation and practice, they/we just know what to put together to create that beautiful color.

Brown’s first cousin “beige” used to be a cop out for people who could not stand color, people who were afraid of color. So beige became the choice for the non-committal folks, who preferred to make their environments as plain and restful as possible. Note, I didn’t say simple. Simple is entirely different. Simple can be very bold, it can be conservative, as well as bright and colorful.

These brown and beige prejudices don’t apply anymore since shades of brown have become so rich and luminescent. People look gorgeous against a brown wall. One of my favorite brown paint colors is Whittal Brown HC-69 from Benjamin Moore. I use it often because it works so well with skin tones. It’s very much like the brown in a John Singer Sargent portrait. It’s medium dark with undertones of violet, but very subtle and mellow.

To achieve a specific brown it takes a sophisticated eye, excellent color sense, and skill at mixing color. Visit your local paint stores and collect a few chips of browns that you like, so that you can test them on your walls at home. If you find a color you like, you can obtain a 2 ounce paint sample from your paint store to try painting a patch on your wall. Be sure to live with the color a few days before making your decision. Color changes in every light, and you want to make sure you are happy with it before painting an entire wall.

The color brown is “earthy” smoldering and rich. It has a warm, neutral feeling when used in home décor. It’s a natural color that is associated with everything from Mother Earth herself.

Because we have become so appreciative of things that are from nature (the outdoors), many of us want to re-create that healthy natural environment inside the home. We want to reproduce that quiet feeling of peace and tranquility that nature provides.

Brown creates a perfect background for other colors, such as rich, earthy reds, oranges, greens and purples. The lighter brown family, such as tan, taupe, beige, umber, cream, create a warm, intimate setting in which other colors that are juxtaposed on them look richer and more vibrant.

A very dark brown, like chocolate, is a great alternative to black.

We painted one wall in our New York apartment chocolate brown, on which we mounted ivory colored bar-relief sculpture. It was dramatic and eye-catching, and the brown was a perfect backdrop for the sculpture.

What does a preference for brown say about you?

If your automobile is brown, then you are the “salt of the earth” brass tacks type. If it is taupe, then you are a timeless classic type.

Browns tend to stimulate the appetite. Hmmm…people must be thinking of chocolate, coffee, and nuts.

Brown has a very stabilizing effect on the observer. Because we associate it with nature, organic product manufacturers often use brown in their packaging.

Quite frankly, I’ve never been an enthusiastic “brown” person, but I am beginning to appreciate all the beautiful browns, and the light neutrals that are available today. I think they are elegantly casual and casually elegant. Using these rich warm neutrals throughout the house is a wonderful way to produce a nice flow from room to room. And other colors work beautifully with them.

The next time you paint your walls, give some thought to the beautiful browns.

What colors make brown? It all depends upon the brown.

Why Do It Yourself?

Why Do It YourselfMan was invented to provide, and in the interest of political correctness I will modify that to humans were invented to provide, just in case there really were women out there at the dawn of time who would have preferred to cut down a few tree and slit a few brontosaurus throats all in the name of providing food and shelter for the family.

In this current age looking at what appears on the street of the town I live on a Saturday night I’m pretty sure if some of the females were around a few millennium ago the men would have quite happily grabbed the egg flip and hoverosaurus and allowed them to get on with it!

Which is not the point of why we should do it ourselves.

Doing something yourself gives a feeling of self worth be it unblocking the toilet when you have a house full of guests coming for Christmas dinner or actually going out and shooting something for the pot.

Perhaps the actually shooting for the pot may be a out of most peoples range of activities if living in a first World country but it is still very much on the agenda in many economy class countries.

When you haul back dinner for the family in an economy class World it goes a little beyond a feeling of self worth when there is no other alternative, the closest Wal-Mart being 5000 miles due north, but regardless of the consequences of not doing the providing bit, it must be a lot more satisfying than running around the aisles of the local super market and the acquiring it all by flashing a credit card at the end of the hunt?

The DIY we are talking about probably will NOT save you any money, except of course if its un-blocking the over flowing toilet or changing a light bulb.

Satisfying DIY projects are ones where you actually build stuff yourself like garden sheds, furniture or your kids toys, when it is a little more than a hobby but not your job.

Not to say that some Do it Your Self projects out there can’t be quite lucrative but the main gain is the exercise your mind gets.

We have been conditioned for so long now that we can’t do it that we now actually can’t!

We could, or in some cases our parents or grandparents.. could!

So why can’t we? Actually we can and in doing so you will learn so much more about being self confident (unless of course the chair you made broke the first time someone sat on it) re-learn basic common sense and of course there is always a huge felling of pride when you achieve something you never thought you could do… yourself!

Choosing The Right Air Conditioner Filter For Your Home

Air Conditioner FilterAir conditioners require filters so that their efficiency rating can be at an all-time high. They also help in protecting you from numerous respiratory conditions associated with inhaling unpurified air. In order to have these benefits, you need to invest in the proper air conditioner filter that matches your needs. An ideal filter is that which will not only guarantee you clean air but last for a reasonable amount of time before it can be replaced. Moreover, it has to fulfill its required task without causing any damage to the unit. There are various filter types that you can buy for your AC in order to achieve this.

There are numerous brands and types of air filters available in the market today. Therefore, you must select a filter that can deliver your air conditioning needs depending on your location. When you make the right selection, you do not only get to save money but avoid constant checks on the filter.

Panel Filters

These are standard air conditioner filters and come in various sizes. They are made from fiber glass strands and are among the cheapest filters in the market today. They offer very minimal protection to you and your HVAC system. They also wear out quickly and require constant replacement.

Electrostatic Filters

Electrostatic filters are a better option than panel ones. They are not only cheap but give you the ability to reuse them. They can cost from $10-$100. They are very economical because they can be washed and installed again in your system. However, they suffer from constant clogging making it necessary to service them frequently. They are also as efficient as standard type filters.

Pleated Surface Filters

This variety can offer moderate protection at an affordable cost. They are relatively thick, with a thickness of up to 1 inch, which makes them durable and effective. However, their installation is not straightforward like other varieties. Therefore, you will need to seek for the services of a professional in order to install them correctly.

Electronic Air Filters

These are the most efficient air filters for your home AC although they are quite expensive. A typical electrostatic air filter can cost about $1000. They can be custom made to match your AC’s requirements, and you will also need a technician to install them. These filters also require regular maintenance and can moderately increase your electricity bills.

Other than these, there are also numerous high end filters that are not suitable for your home air conditioner.

From this, it is evident that choosing an air conditioner filter has to be done carefully so that you can invest in the right one. In case you are stuck, it is always advisable to involve an expert in this field to guide you.