As with most elements of home decor, choosing the proper Oriental or Persian area rug can be a difficult task. You just will know it when you see it! Most area rug purchase are made that way and your choice of rugs can easily help you define your home decor theme.
Area rugs come in various styles, such as; bright primary colors or muted earth tones, busy patterns or simple designs, you'll find an Oriental or Persian area rug that does exactly what you want.
Oriental and Persian area rugs have common patterns found in; traditional floral or curvilinear, arabesque motifs, palmettes, vines, flowers, vases, arches and gardens. There will be a medallion with spandrels and borders, or an open field with borders. Tribal rugs are often plain, or have some traditional geometric design.
You will also find some which are directional rugs, like prayer mats, or with an illustration, like a painting.
The great thing about Oriental and Persian area rugs is that they look natural in almost every room of the house. The most usual places to find them are the living room, dining room and master bedroom. We have countless stories of clients who begin by buying for their main rooms, and then just cannot stop! Rugs in foyers, family rooms and studies, runners in corridors and on steps, and smaller mats in bathrooms are just a start. Then, after they fill their homes, they do their offices!
Since handmade area rugs are proven to be superior to machine-made carpeting, they last longer even in high traffic areas such as corridors and elevators.
There are no rules that state where to place a particular style or pattern of rug, although carpets that have an open field are usually preferred in situations where a dining or coffee table would sit right over the medallion. In these rugs most of the visual interest is in the borders.
The color scheme of an area rug is usually the most important factor in choosing where to place it. The colors of the rug need not be exactly the same as the curtains or upholstery, they should just echo them in some manner, and be in the same range of primaries or earth tones. For example, if your drapes are rust, your rug does not have to be rust. But small accents of that color would complement the drapes.
The most important thing to remember is that there are no rules, other than that you should be pleased with the look and quality of the area rug you choose.
Try buying one size larger which will usually give you the right not too tight fit.
Stretch fabric is crucial for comfort especially since at different times of the month you may need more ease.
Uncluttered look - flat front, no pockets or embellishments, is a very flattering look and prevents bulk around the hips.
Be careful with low rises on slim pants because you always have to be careful with how your walk or sit. A relative medium rise will give you more flexibility.
Apply a sense of proportion to your look. For example it is difficult to wear fitted on both the top and the bottom. Try soft blouse, easy fit jacket or long sweater with fitted pants. If you choose to where fitted on top and bottom remember that wearing the same color on top and bottom elongates the frame.
Avoid light colors or patterns on the bottom as they tend to add pounds. Unless you are a twig save those beautiful prints for the top or wear menswear type patterns on the bottom.
Heels always make your pants more flattering.
Tips for wearing slim pants
Don't be afraid to wear slim pants -even if you don't have the perfect figure they actually make you look taller and leaner if you do them right.
Try wearing a form fitting hip length tunic which can help you hide your problem areas. A cowl neck or pattern around the top will draw attention away from problem areas
Don't underestimate the power of dangling earrings and powerful accessories.
When shopping for a mattress wear shoes you can get in and out of easily.
Test the mattress by laying full-length out on the bed. Try it out like you're going to use it, and spend some time on it to see how it really feels.
If you feel silly, just think how silly you're going to feel when you don't sleep comfortably after spending all that money!
Note the gauge of the wire as well as the coil count. The smaller the #, the heavier the wire is.
Always buy box springs at the same time. They are made to be a set.
Use a heavy-duty bed frame with good center support.
Stick with a name brand.
Don't assume that a higher price means a better mattress.
Stay away from department stores - they're always higher and sometimes the name-brand companies make mattresses to fit the store's specifications. You might not be getting the mattress you think you are. Look for a mattress warehouse or factory.
Remember that all "pillow top" mattresses will get body impressions (except latex toppers.)
Make sure your mattress has a non pro rata warranty of 10 years.
Shop around, compare delivery prices, and find out if the company will remove your old mattress for you.
Buy a mattress with a minimum of 312 coils (fine for children), with 540 being the absolute best. Full-size should have at least 300, queen-size at least 375 and king-size at least 450.
For the bed to be right, it should yield enough for you to sink slightly, but not too much, into the bed. LIE DOWN on the mattress, preferably with your sleeping partner, before you buy. You're not going to be bouncing up and down on the edge of the mattress with you get home!
For a dry bed, choose a mattress with comfort layers made of latex and insulating pat made of coconut fiber. Stay away from wool because wool can grow mold when damp that could trigger asthma problems.
A mattress should be an innerspring at least nine inches thick. Don't buy budget when you're buying a mattress. A good mattress will last you 10 to 15 years and will end up costing only pennies a night even at the high-end prices. Shop smart, but don't scrimp.
Mattress Terms :
Foundation - absorbs the shock of daily wear and provides support and durability.
Core - provides support for the body and can be spring, air, foam or water.
Upholstery - Adds comfort and cushioning.
Coil Count - the number of coils in the mattress. High coil count gives better contouring while lower coil count if firmer.
Contour - how the mattress coils conform to the body for comfort.
Box Spring - supports and cushions the mattress.
Wire gauge - thickness of the wire coils. The thicker the wire, the less flexible the coils.
Comfort level - can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer with Plush being soft and fluffy, Firm being standard cushioning and Pillowtop being a mattress with extra layers of cushioning.
Non pro-rated warranty - a manufacturer's warranty against defects.
Pro-rated warranty - offers less coverage based on the number of years in the warranty.
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