Bed Quilts – A Creative and Run Home Decorating Project For Any Season

When you consider we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, then it’s no wonder that decorating our bedrooms is a priority. The primary piece of furniture in any bedroom is of course the bed! How we decorate this furnishing is determined by, in a large part, the comfort and styling of the entire room. Think of the most dark of sleeping accommodations – the military bunks, where you can bounce a quarter off the bed covers. This is hardly aesthetically pleasing to the majority. Contrast this image with beds that are soft cozy and inviting, covered with fluffy, luxurious and colorful looking bed quilts. Which would you prefer?

Bed quilts often remind us of winter, when the nights are cold and the quilt is mandatory to stay warm. However, they are every bit as necessary as a decorating accessory in the summertime. Bed quilts are a boon for the home decorator. You can purchase a quilt, but you can also create a custom quilt for the upcoming season which is timeless, and can be passed down through generations as an heirloom piece your grandchildren will treasure.

Even if you don’t have a clue where to begin, you can always take a quilting class to learn the basics. If you’re looking get ideas to spark your imagination, you can visit the library or your local bookstore and check out some of the many quilting pattern books. These books range from embroidered to exotic and intricate quilts, to traditional patterns and on through what might be categorized as modern art. You’ll find a treasure trove of great ideas for bed quilts. Take a look at fabric shop pattern books which also offer a wide range of patterns, from simple to the most elaborate. There you’ll find choices for novice as well as experience quilters. There are numerous sites where you can derive inspiration from online. If you’ve got a theme in mind, do a Google search on that ‘theme+ bed quilts’ for thousands of results. You can narrow your search by including the colors which would complement the room.

As you’re planning your quilt, consider the season of use. Winter calls for fabrics heavy in weight, while summer bed quilts require sturdy, but lightweight fabrics. Batting (the filling inside the quilt) should also be season considerate. Whether you decide to create your own pattern, or choose one, the fabric shop staff can advise you on the right materials.

If you are a novice quilter, go for a pattern of large squares. The larger the square, the easier it is to match seams well and complete your quilting project quickly. It’s also quicker and easier to assemble the quilt in manageable strips, row by row.

If you’d like to be adventurous, try making your own quilting pattern, using the drawing feature located in many word processors. Experiment with colors, images and textured patterns. For example, let’s say you want a flower themed quilt. Collect some images of flowers to insert in a diagonal pattern of available squares, then try various colors for each square, alternating a rose color with a yellow or green, until you’re pleased with the composition. It’s then easy enough to find a fabric. Which you then can applique on to the squares.

Quilting has provided many people great entertainment as well as an escape, you can spend very enjoyable time on this decorating project, one that can be picked up as your schedule permits. In the end you’ll have a beautiful quilt to use or to gift to someone special in your life.

Cowboy Home Decor – How to Bring the West to Your Home

One of the classic home decor looks that continues to be popular is western or cowboy home decor. Luckily it has become more refined over the years and is no longer about creating rooms that look straight out of a western movie set, hay bales and all. Similar to country music, cowboy or western home decor has grown a more distinguished and fashionable image.

Depending on your particular tastes and needs, you can find the right cowboy home decor. Whether it be the elegantly western styled home or a fun children’s cowboy theme room. Keep in mind that the western or cowboy home decor style concentrates on a rural and casual, comfortable living feel. Use this concept as a guide when creating your room.

So how do you create the cowboy look? A simple strategy is to use a top- down design plan. In other words, what would you like to see on the ceiling, walls and floor. Also consider furniture pieces and accents. For the ceiling naturally you want to consider lighting options, for the walls paint and art work, and on the floor decide on rugs or flooring.

When deciding on your options, look for materials that are common to the cowboy western look. Consider natural materials like leather, suede, denim, wood and cast iron or metal pieces. Colors again should be very natural or neutral. Try not to use colors that are very vibrant and stand out.

You can really have fun with this style whether it’s for an adult or a children’s room. The best part is probably picking out the accent pieces. Here are some home decor ideas to get you started, horse themed art work, fur rugs (fake fur preferably), denim pillows, twig styled lamps, iron candle holders, cowboy print bedding or curtains, and on and on. Use your imagination. Look at old cowboy movies for inspiration on decorating a western cowboy room. Remember there are no rules to decorating so go ahead and try new home decor ideas.