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Green Decorating: Creating an Ocean Theme Living Room

Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Blue Bubbles Hand-Painted Metal Wall Hanging Panel

Blue Bubbles Hand-Painted Metal Wall Hanging Panel

When your living room is ready to be redecorated, you have a lot of choices for decor available to you.  Everything from modern and funky to nature inspired decor is open for discussion as you begin to contemplate how to decorate.

One great theme to use in any living room is an ocean theme.  It allows you to pull the calming colors of nature into the look of the room, while also using natural, green elements that can save you money and stretch your budget for other items.

Wall Colors

There are two main colors that can be successfully used to pull off an ocean theme room.  A pale, ocean blue and white are the two main contenders.  Ocean blue is great to use if you are in an airy, light room with a lot of windows.  White is perfect for those smaller rooms with less natural lighting.  No matter which color you choose, purchase paint that is eco-friendly and will not leave strong odors in your home after use.  This is especially important if you have allergy sensitive family members who cannot handle the smell of paint.

Blue Waves Abstract Metal Wall Sculpture

Blue Waves Abstract Metal Wall Sculpture

Wall Décor

After the walls are painted, one of the easiest ways to decorate them is to frame pictures of your family from a recent trip to the beach.  On ocean blue walls, white frames look stunning, while ocean blue frames look great on a white wall background.  Take a few frames and line them up on a wall shelf or hang them in a straight line across the wall.  This will help pull the beach theme around the room and provide personal appeal to those who live in the home.  There is nothing like seeing happy memories from the beach to make a room feel special.

Set of Two Seashell Metal Wall Sculptures

Set of Two Seashell Metal Wall Sculptures

Making Use of Shells

Instead of purchasing a lot of accessories, try to keep your ocean or beach theme room relatively clutter free.  Instead of a massive centerpiece on the coffee table, have a worn, wooden bowl filled with sea shells that your children have gathered.  After they have been washed and dried, they are perfect for adding an authentic feel to the room and cost you nothing.  They also offer children something fun to play with and arrange into groups and piles.  Any large sea shells that you find or purchase can be displayed on bookshelves, mantels or side tables.

Furniture Colors

If you can find slipcovers for your existing furniture, that will be the most inexpensive option for redecorating.  White slipcovers are perfect for a beach room, but for families with small children or pets, you might think that white will be too much of a hassle. But many people prefer white slipcovers because it’s easy to tell when it’s time to launder them and they can be tossed into the washer with a whitening laundry booster and they’re ready to go again. However, if your prefer, a deep gray or dark blue works equally as well and will not have to be laundered because of hand prints or dirt stains quite so often.

Creating an ocean theme living room is a great way to bring back the memories of a fun family vacation and also save on redecorating costs.  Do not be afraid to make ample use of the souvenirs and postcards that you bring home from your vacation, as they can make stunning accessories in any beach room.  With a little paint, a few great pictures and some classic seashells, there is nothing stopping you from creating a beautiful room.

10 Ways to Add Texture to a Room

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Interior decorating is about more than complimentary colors and furniture placement (although those elements are important). Proper décor considers the element of texture as well. Here are some tips for adding texture to any room in your home.

Texturize the walls

Perhaps it sounds obvious, but many people fail to think of the impact walls make in a room. Go to your local hardware store and purchase so wall texturizer, “mud”, to apply to one or more walls in a room. Once the texture has been applied, you can paint over it for an entirely new look.

Lighting

You can use light to create the illusion of texture, or you can actually have textured fixtures to add variety to the room. A chandelier or a lampshade of a different fabric can break up the visual monotony. Track lighting and strategically place lamps give you the opportunity to create texture with light and shadows.

Plants

The beauty of houseplants is that they have a texture of their own. Ferns have a different texture than ivy, which has a different texture than a Fichus tree. Additionally, plants aid the air quality in your home by releasing oxygen and taking in carbon dioxide. Plants can be used as centerpieces or stand in a corner on their own.

Wonder Wheels Abstract Metal Wall Hanging

Wonder Wheels Abstract Metal Wall Hanging

Headboard

If your bed lacks a headboard, or if the headboard texture blends with the rest of the bedroom, consider hanging some large wrought iron décor on the wall behind your bed. It gives the illusion of a headboard or adds variety to an existing headboard.

Beaded Vine Handcrafted Metal Wall Mirror

Beaded Vine Handcrafted Metal Wall Mirror

Frames or mirrors

Interior designers and realtors alike will tell you that mirrors make a room look larger than it actually is. Contemporary artists are using mirrors three-dimensionally to create wonderfully elaborate wall designs. For a simple, inexpensive textural change, buy some old frames at a garage sale or a thrift store, spray paint them all the same accent color and hang them in a pattern on a wall for some geometric texture.

Antiquities Candle Wall Art

Antiquities Candle Wall Art

Art

A large, complimentary piece of art will add texture provided it is a textured piece. Unless a room is filled with shag carpet and wicker baskets, a flat painted portrait will not add the texture you desire. Consider candle wall art, metal wall art or 3-dimensional art to add some excitement to the room.

Wallpaper

It’s not talked about often these days because it was overused in recent decades, but wallpaper is still a viable decorative tool. Rather than wallpapering an entire room with textured paper, consider papering just one accent wall for a little variety.

Flooring

Accent a hardwood floor with a textured rug, or use a Berber carpet in a room filled with flat and satiny linens.

Pillows

Throw pillows are a decorator’s best friend. They add color, dimension and texture to almost any room. Use pillows with different fabrics on your couch or bed to add texture. Suede, cotton, satin or beaded pillows provide multiple textures without breaking the bank.

Window treatments

Blinds, valances and curtains are all ways to add texture to a room provided they are made of different materials than the furniture nearby.

Share the Spirit of the West

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

For decades, the cowboy has been a symbol of the American west.  The strong, rough-around-the-edges persona has been personified in movies and television shows for years, but there is also another side to the cowboy.  That rough persona is also one that values friendships and family.  Capture the look and feel of that cowboy with Western metal wall art pieces like the ones below.

yhst-23119701400359_2190_360165772Nothing shows the true character of a cowboy better than the Cowboy and Son Metal Wall Cross Sculpture.  This 18-inch high by 12-inch wide metal cross is the perfect wall accent for any western inspired home.  Done in shades of red, blue, sand, cream, and multi, the cross features a cowboy and his son walking hand-in-hand into the sunset.  The feeling of family and strength shines through in this beautiful artwork.

yhst-23119701400359_2190_359552129The Cowboy Friends on Horseback Metal Wall Cross Sculpture is another stunning piece that depicts the heart of the cowboy.  Measuring in at 18-inches high by 12-inches wide, the sculpture is done with shades of brown on copper.  Four cowboys are depicted riding through the center of the metal cross with lassos flying and at the ready.  It is an inspiring piece that incorporates the true persona of the western cowboy.

Let the image of the cowboy and the spirit of the west captivate your home’s decor.  The metal wall art images above can help you do just that.  Use them to turn any room in your home into a tribute to the west.

Flower Frenzy for a Teen’s Bedroom

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Teen bedrooms are always challenging to decorate, because teens’ taste in fashion and design is ever changing.  One steady symbol that is perfect for any teen girl’s bedroom, however, is that of the flower.  Floral metal wall art is a great way to capture the cool colors that teens want and the modern floral look that is perfect for their decor.  The two examples below are pieces that exemplify the sophisticated style that many teens want while still providing color and whimsy.

yhst-23119701400359_2190_56729409The Brilliant Dahlias Hand Painted Metal Wall Art Panel is a cheerful and striking piece.  It measures 32-inches high by 12-inches wide and has a depth of 2-inches.  The red, gold, yellow, and silver hand painted floral blossoms add whimsy and fun to the sophisticated piece.  Use it on white, yellow, or grey walls for a striking art decoration.

yhst-23119701400359_2190_56379645Silver, orange, and gold blend together in the Burnished Dahlia Hand Painted Aluminum Art Panel sculpture.  This handmade piece is designed to capture the vivid beauty of the dahlia while adding depth and movement with silver lines and texture.  At 32-inches high by 12-inches wide and with a depth of 2-inches, this striking sculpture is ideal for any teen’s bedroom.  Hang it over her bed or on an opposite wall to add beauty and intrigue.

Metal wall art is the perfect accent for any teen’s room, especially when it depicts the tried and true symbol of the flower.  Let the sculptures above inspire your teen’s bedroom decor.  You are sure to create a room that she is sure to love.

Expressions of Faith

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

When your faith is a large part of your family’s life, you want to capture that in your home’s decor.  Whether you display it prominently throughout the house or just have a single symbol on the foyer wall, it all has the same impact of letting guests know what you believe.  Metal wall cross art is a great way to capture the symbol of your faith in an artistic and decorative way.  The two crosses below are different, but offer the same faith-filled symbolism that you want in your home.

yhst-23119701400359_2187_32607960At 18-inches high and just under 13-inches wide, the Celtic Cross Metal Wall Hanging is a beautiful example of heritage and faith combined.  The green cross features bold Celtic elements and styling that make no apologies for what you believe.  It is the perfect foyer, hallway, or office wall art decor.

yhst-23119701400359_2190_224725674Rich in color and fun design, the Loving Hearts Metal Wall Cross Hanging features shades of red, sand, blue, and multi-colored hues.  Its lines are slightly askew, but there is no denying that it is a strong symbol of faith and love.  The cutout heart in the center of the cross is whimsical and warm in its design.  At 18-inches high by 12-inches wide, this cross would make a great addition to any room in your home.

Share your beliefs with metal wall art.  Crosses and symbols that reflect who you are and what you believe make perfect additions to any decor.  The symbol that you choose will truly define the feel of your home.

Accenting Colorful Walls with Silver

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Large walls with a lot of color on them can be challenging to decorate.  There are not a lot of pieces of artwork that can stand up to rooms that have strong wall colors, but abstract metal wall art is one that can.  The pieces below are great examples of how a monochromatic color scheme in a piece of art can still make a big impact on a large space.  If you are searching for just the right artwork for your home’s oversized walls, the silver pieces below might just be perfect.

yhst-23119701400359_2189_154348032Experience the eye of the storm created with hand painted lines and swirls on the silver metal background in this large sculpture.  The Eye of the Storm Abstract Six-Panel Hand Painted Metal Wall Art sculpture measures 65-inches in width and is 24-inches high.  The panels combine to create a strong sense of movement and design.  Done entirely in silver, the piece is perfect for complimenting any colorful wall in the contemporary home.

yhst-23119701400359_2189_147742510Twisting and spiraling in all directions, the Altered Ego Abstract Handmade Six-Panel Aluminum Wall Art sculpture engages the eye across the length of the piece.  The six-panels work together to offer homeowners 65-inches of width, 24-inches of height, and 2-inches of depth in the artwork.  The twisted bundle of lines is hand painted and done entirely in silver.  This makes is a great option for accenting a colorful wall.

Let silver artwork pieces enhance your room’s oversized and colorful walls.  Metal wall art is the perfect choice for creating a look that cannot be matched.  With metal and silver combined, your room will look amazing.

Silver Trees for a Contemporary Look

Monday, September 26th, 2011

When one thinks of trees, the usual greens and browns come to mind.  With leaves and trees metal art however, there is more to tree-inspired pieces than the usual ho hum coloring.  In fact, metal wall art sculptures that feature trees in their designs are usually much more intriguing than their naturally colored counterparts.  yhst-23119701400359_2177_57793236The two pieces below rely heavily on the color silver and while it may be unconventional, these two sculptures are some of the most beautiful pieces for any contemporary decor.

Autumn has never been so striking as it is with the Autumn’s Fury Handpainted Aluminum Trees Wall Art Set of 4.  This bold, contemporary piece captures the beauty of the fall season in elegant orange, reds and gold atop a silver background.  It is compromised of four separate panels, each measuring 24-inches high by 12-inches wide, that blend together to form a magnificent display.  Hang it in the living room, dining room, or anywhere where a burst of modern autumn feel is needed.

Sometimes less is more, and when it comes to color, the Fertility Tree Hand-Painted Aluminum Four-Piece Wall Art Set has captured that essence.  yhst-23119701400359_2177_50656487Done on four panels, the silver, black and grey tree design flows from one space to the next.  When hung together, the sculpture measures 51-inches wide by 24-inches high and has a depth of 2-inches.  Add it to any large wall for a contemporary feel.

Not all tree metal art sculptures are the same, but the two above capture the coolness of nature with their emphasis on silver.  Use them to accent any large room.  Take tree art to a whole new level with unique metal wall art pieces.

Using Multi-Dimensional Art in Contemporary Design

Friday, June 24th, 2011

One of the draws of contemporary design is the way in which the elements of design accent one another.  In the case of contemporary wall art, those elements tend to be layered in a multi-dimensional fashion. This creates instant visual impact, as the layers of design collide and accent the layers above and below it.  Finding a contemporary piece that not only has this added multi-dimensional component, but that also has color and interest can be challenging.  However, the pieces below achieve the look and design that are sure to inspire.

In the multi-dimensional Symphonic Schema Abstract Metal Wall Artyhst-23119701400359_2159_133856914 sculpture, the contrast of colors and layers is apparent.  Measuring in at 29-inches high by 31.5-inches wide and at a depth of 2.5-inches, this piece is sure to give a bold, invigorating look to any room’s decor.  Done in shades of red, blue, pearl, silver and black, it is a sure testament to the abstract design that is so apparent in contemporary artwork.

The Symposium of Seduction Abstract Metal Wall Hangingyhst-23119701400359_2159_134659664 is another example of art work that is designed for multi-dimensional impact.  This bright and cheerful piece is ideal for any medium to large size wall as it measures in at 29-inches high by 31.5-inches wide.  Use it in any room in your contemporary home as a stunning accent.

Let the beauty of multi-dimensional pieces influence and enhance your contemporary home’s decor.  They are filled with color, light and beauty.  With a multi-dimensional artwork on your walls, there is sure to be instant life in your room’s decor.

Sunny Days in Design

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

There is nothing more cheerful or elemental than adding a sun design to your room’s decor.  While there are many different types of suns to add, there is something truly unique about those with a tribal appeal.  Sun metal wall art is most commonly used in rooms where the decor’s focus is clearly on the artwork.  The two styles below both appeal to the sense of elemental design, but approach it in different ways.  Find the style that works best for your home’s decor.

In the Mosaic Sunburst Metal Wall Hangingyhst-23119701400359_2154_35720205, the cut-out design of the sun is enhanced by the multi-colored finish it is done in.  Blue, sand, silver, rust, and other colors swirl together across the surface to bring out the bright and cheerful nature of the sun itself.  The earthy appeal makes this 24-inch in diameter metal wall sculpture the perfect focal point for any room.

If you are looking for something with a little less color, but a lot more shine, the Golden Sun God Sunburst Metal Wall Hangingyhst-23119701400359_2154_24539399 is ideal.  It measures in at 24-inches in diameter and features a gold on gold color scheme.  The cut-out design and strong, almost abstractly harsh geometric rays, make this piece a bold centerpiece for any room’s design.

Use the elements in nature to make an impact in your room’s decor.  The sun, especially when rendered in metal wall art, is the perfect choice.  Let nature inspire you and the sun bring your room to life.

Creating an Authentic Native American Room

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

When you have a Southwestern theme to your home, there is no better way to make it more authentic than by adding Southwestern metal wall art to your decor.  Metal wall sculptures that exemplify the Southwestern look and feel are especially appropriate, as they have both the metal element that is so common in western looks, as well as the theme and design.  The two pieces below are great examples of Southwestern metal wall art, as they feature the look and feel of the Southwest.

The Native American Woman with Pottery Metal Wall Sculptureyhst-23119701400359_2153_71308889 is a striking metal cut-out piece that features a native american woman preparing a meal using an intricately designed pot.  This 19-inch high by 24-inch wide sculpture is brown on brown and perfect for any Southwestern color scheme.

For a look that is just as intriguing, but has a larger view of the village, the Native American Village Metal Wall Sculptureyhst-23119701400359_2153_67210958 is ideal.  At 14-inches high by 48-inches wide, this sculpture is perfect for a large wall.  It can serve as the sole wall art piece, or can be accented by other sculptures of wall accessories.  Its bronze on brown color scheme is perfect for the Southwestern home.

Creating an authentic look in a Southwestern or Native American inspired room is easy with the right accessories.  The metal wall sculptures above are ideal.  Use them to complement any Southwestern theme home and find the room instantly transformed into an authentic looking space.