The shades of olive-gray: The new neutrals


Usually, when we hear the word "neutral colors", most of us think immediately the shades of white and the shades of gray. It is true though, that these shades, can create an ideal neutral background, in front of which every piece of furniture, textile, decorative item, artwork is successfully highlighted.

So, when it comes to neutral backgrounds in home decoration, white and gray are certainly a safe and classic choice. However, many times these colors, can become monotonous, and boring, especially when the overal decoration is ordinary and uninteresting. What happens then? Are there any colors that could work as neutrals and at the same time make a strong statement? Simply think out of the box and opt for the new neutrals: The shades of olive-gray.

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Parts of a hinged door/ door nomenclature


Most doors are hinged along one side to allow the door to pivot away from the dorway in one direction but not in the other. The axis of rotation is normally vertical, although in some cases may be horizontal.

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Window basics: Types of exterior windows


A window is an opening in a wall or a roof that allows the passage of light, air and sound. Apart from the typical casement or sliding window in a wall, there also other types of windows. The most common are the following.

Clerestory: It is also called clearstorey or overstorey. By this term we might mean:

  • Any high windows above eye level
  • The portion of a wall above an adjacent roof level, and more particularly the window located in this part of a wall.

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Entry area: furniture and accessories


The entry is the first and last stop in your home that welcomes your guests. But what furniture and accessories to put in, to make the entry more functional and stylish?

The answer depends mostly on the size of the foyer. Some homes have a large entry that can accommodate much furniture, like a console, one or two armchairs and a side table. Some other homes, especially small apartments, do not even have a separate room to create a foyer. In this case, you can consider placing only a narrow console next to the entry door and a mirror atop. Another parameter is the needs of your family. They are families that tend to accumulate piles of items while others are more organized.

So before opting for specific furniture and accessories, measure your space and evaluate thoroughly your needs.

Think about how you could create a focal point that makes a statement about the character of your home: Every room or functional area needs a focal point. In an entry the focal point could be a piece of art, a pendant light, an impressive table lamp, a mirror, a framed photo, an antique vase etc. Remember, that the entry is the place that says "welcome" to your guest.


Arranging bookshelves with style


Bookshelves are primarily used to store books. They are also used to showcase artwork, photos, collectibles, souvenirs and to store paperbacks, and small items. Take a look at the following tips and tricks, to make your bookshelves more stylish and interesting.

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