lundi 24 juin 2013

A Passion for Vintage Style - Purple Spaces

Hi, I'm Susi from the Arcadian Home Blog where I write about lighting trends and decorating ideas using amazing home decor and light fixtures. In both fashion and décor, smoky purple is a stylish choice. Smoky purples can range from reddish plums to silvery lavenders. The darker shades of smoky purple are often called plum. Whatever you call it, smoky purple makes for a stylish color in decor and decorating.

Purple Interiors

Smoky purple walls and upholstery give this living room a sophisticated look. Smoky purples can range in hue from deep to plum to lavender, and this vintage round mirror adds a decorative element to the space.

Purple Interiors

Love the dusty, smoky purple of the curtains in this formal antique filled room. Smoky purple is gorgeously paired with browns and golds in the form of buffet lamps and soft textures.

Purple Interiors

There is a huge range in colors that fall into smoky purple. Love the purple upholstery on the sofa in this atmospheric room. It has a nice cool grey undertone to the color.

Purple Interiors

Like most deep saturated colors, smoky purple looks great paired with lots of white. If you paint a wall a smoky purple, offset the dark color with white trim, and perhaps add in vintage bathroom light fixtures for character.

Purple Interiors

Smoky purple pairs well with metallics in silver and gold. Along with white, metallics in lamps and furnishings can bring light to a darker color on the walls or upholstery.

Purple Interiors

Smoky purple can also be used as a neutral when paired with brighter versions of cool colors. Smoky purple with aqua has a lot of energy, while smoky purple and navy would be more dramatic.

Purple Interiors

Some smoky purples are more smoke than purple, like this wall color. Purple tinted grey is a gorgeous neutral choice for walls. Amazing contrast between the taxidermy on the wall and the sparkling chandelier.

Purple Interiors

Smoky purple, or plum, can also be paired with warmer tones, like pink. Dark and dramatic, plums and smoky purples are sophisticated colors. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

What do you think of these purple color inspirations? Don't forget to visit our blog for more home accessories and decorating ideas!

lundi 10 juin 2013

What Is Eco-Paint And Why Is It Important

Green paint or eco-paint as it’s often known is becoming increasingly popular as an option for decoration at home.

Of course, there are a number of reasons why people tend to choose green paints over the traditional sort. Conventional paints are full of VOCs, otherwise known as volatile organic compounds. These are known to cause all sorts of issues with health and the emissions that come from them last for years.

These compounds are added to conventional paint to speed up the drying time and also the thickness and coverage of the item. However, there are plenty of raw and natural alternatives out there that have similar benefits and have been in existence for hundreds of years.


VOCs as we’ve mentioned are blended into traditional paints to allow it to be more effective as paint. These cause a number of problems however; the VOCs are bad for the respiratory system and can cause a range of illnesses.

One of the biggest things to look out for when purchasing paint of this sort, is the incidence of paint companies posing as a green option to paint buyers. There are limits to the amount of VOCs that can be placed in paint, however many companies will lower these to relatively miniscule levels and then sell paint as a green alternative. This is not the case and many of these reduced VOC paints still contain a number of toxins and are still bad for health and for those that have to spend time around them.

Green Paint

There are plenty of paints that have low levels of these toxins, though only eco interior paint has none and very little or no environmental impact. These paints are free of all the toxins, VOCs and plasticizers that come in other paints and will not cause damage to your home or the people who live there.

If you are looking for these eco paints you will often find they are accredited by green companies who have tested them to be of the very highest standard and will certify their green credentials. This is something of a benefit and will showcase the differences between these completely VOC free paints and paints that merely have low VOC content and still cause damage.

These paints are often made from foods and proteins found in things such as milk, lime and also plants. The will be non-toxic and are eco-friendly. The paints are tested to the highest standard and in most cases are found to be almost as durable if not equally as durable as many of the traditional paints with high levels of VOCs. These paints can be used in everything from compressors to the end of a brush too.

This means that there is little or no excuse to purchase the alternative. They also don’t cost a significant amount more than the paints with high levels of VOCs, cementing their place as a choice for people looking for paints.

Purchasing eco-paint can really make all the difference to your home, health and that of your family and should be considered for your next project.
James Smith has written a number of articles on eco paint and is a lover of the environment and also DIY and often paints his furntiure using eco-paint and compressor hiren Bestahire.

samedi 8 juin 2013

La langue d'Ikea

Il y a plein d'outils pour apprendre la langue de Shakespeare ou Dante sous forme de CD, DVD ou doctionnaires et livres de grammaires .

Dès à présent et tout nouvau sur le marché, vous pouvez également apprendre la langue d'IKEA. En effet, pour comprendre une culture ou un univers il faut en connaître la langue.

Le suédois est à la portée de votre souris grâce au site "IKEA in Swedish". Vous cliquez sur la photo désirée et la voix douce d'une dame s'entend. Vous pourrez cliquer à foison pour l'entendre répéter!

Elle vous dira des mots comme Jämka, Marius ...

IKEA in Swedish