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.

Teenage Bedroom Designs

This is an article dedicated to teenage bedroom designs, especially the do of the walls of the bedrooms. But before we find out about the designs let us get to know something about teenagers. See, we have all been through this age and all of us know what it is like to be a teen, the fun, the laughter and inside the deep doubt regarding ourselves, what we want to become and who we are. Therefore, I think that it is time we handled our teens correctly rather than shout on them for each and every mistake they make. I know that it is difficult to keep your temper cool but you could give them a chance you know.

And what better gesture to show them you care than helping them decorate their bedroom for them. A teenager’s bedroom is their haven of sorts and whether it is school work or just a sleepover with their friends, everything; little plans, every little secret is shared in this room. So, it is something that is very very special to them and when you put in action the teenage bedroom designs, you need to keep in mind what your teenager wants. First and foremost make sure that the room reflects the personality of your child.

Get to know what your teen likes, which music trend they follow, who are their heroes and superstars etc. However that is not to say that you therefore let your teen get away with anything. A certain amount of control would be necessary so that you as well as your teen both are happy. This way, you create a bond with your child which grows stronger over the years. You would not want to build a gap between the two of you, so vast, that you never can overcome it and when you realize, it’s too late. Generally these gaps are formed in the teen years and so be careful.

Now, for the teenage bedroom designs for the walls, what you need to do is to get the right color, the color which speaks with your teen and then you can paint up the walls with your kid. After that, help them put up their posters and any other graffiti that they would like to on the walls. Also, painting landscapes and seascapes on the walls, if your teen is into these things, would be wonderful.

So get these good teenage bedroom designs and get closer to your teen.

5 Calming Bedroom Design Ideas

You probably already know that your bedroom should be your safe haven… your oasis… your special place.

It makes sense… I mean, after all, it is the place you end your day with and begin your day with.

Shouldn’t your bedroom make you smile and feel comforted?

Well, if you choose to not be in your bedroom until it’s dark outside, here are some bedroom design ideas that will create a calming, relaxing space.

1. Paint your bedroom in your favorite color.

Waking up to a color you love is the perfect way to start your day.
Don’t get so wrapped up in what a bedroom should be or shouldn’t be.
If you love orange, then paint your bedroom orange.

Or paint your bedroom in the complement of your favorite color and then add accents in your favorite color.

The complement is the color on the opposite side of the color wheel.

Red’s complement is Green.

Blue’s complement is Orange.

Yellow’s complement is Purple.

So, if you love purple, maybe paint your walls lavendar and add yellow pillows and a vase of yellow tulips.

Just use colors you truly enjoy for a personal bedroom design.

2. Use one fabric, but use it everywhere.

Many people find it difficlut to coordinate different fabric patterns successfully.
In fact, many bedroom design ideas become too busy with mixes of plaids and florals.

So, choose a fabric that matches your paint color and use it in your drapes… in your bedding… and even in an upholstered chair.

If you’re really worried that this is too much of one fabric, then choose a solid fabric to go along with your main fabric.

3. Add candles and mood lighting.

Lighting can enhance a bedroom design far more than you may realize.
Yes, you need lamps for task lighting, but to really create a bedroom that is glowing, soft and relaxing you need some mood lighting.

This can be created with candles, floor cans that project light upward from the floor, wall sconces and even picture lights.

4. Add soft textures

Keep in mind that the goal of your bedroom design idea is to calm and soothe.
So, choose fabrics that are soft and cozy. Select silks, cottons and suedes. Even terry cloth can add an unexpected luxury.

Use lots of pillows for comfort, and visual interest.

5. Don’t forget privacy

In the evenings, you shouldn’t have to worry about privacy. Make sure your bedroom design ideas include window treatments that cover your windows at night. This will also close the room in and add to the coziness of the room.

Planning the perfect bedroom design idea doesn’t have to be difficult.

Keep it personal, choose the colors and fabrics you like… select artwork that makes you smile and enjoy the decorating process.

Happy Decorating!

Jennifer Thoden