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.
Teenage boys have enough to deal with without having to stress over fashion do's and do not's. Following ten simple rules will help to make sure that fashion slip-ups are avoided.
Growth spurts...acne...squeaking voices...teenage boys have enough to deal with without stressing over the do's and don'ts of fashion. Adhering to a few simple rules will make the road to manhood a little smoother by eliminating a few of the questions that teenage boys harbor regarding fashion.
The following ten tips are general rules of thumb that should always be followed to ensure the avoidance of fashion slip-ups: 1. The first rule to being fashionable is to find clothing that fits into your comfort zone. If you don't feel good in it, chances are that you won't look that good in it, either. Next, find a signature style. If you have a certain outfit that you feel you look your best in, stock up on other pieces in that style. 2. Don't be afraid to break away from the norm every once in a while. If you usually wear jeans and a tee-shirt to school every day, mix it up once a week by wearing khakis and a polo shirt. Wearing the same style every day will cause you to blend into the crowd, but varying your style just a little will keep it interesting. 3. Don't follow trends too closely. A trend is defined as what is popular at a certain time, but that time is usually a short one. Chances are, those lime green cargo pants that were super hot this month will be out of style in two month's time. 4. Always dress appropriately for the occasion and situation that you are in. While jeans and a tee-shirt might be suitable for school, they won't necessarily fly when attending a church service or club banquet. Khakis and a button-down shirt would probably be a more appropriate choice. On the flip side, don't overdress for more casual affairs. It will seem as though you are trying too hard. You wouldn't want to show up to a pre-game tailgate party in a jacket and tie because it would most definitely look out of place. 5. Matching is very important. Make sure that the colors of your clothing match. Don't mix patterns. For example, don't wear plaids and stripes together. If you are wearing a patterned shirt, always pair it with plain pants to avoid clashing. Also, match your belt to your shoes, generally brown with brown or black with black. 6. Don't be sloppy. Make sure that all clothing items, even tee-shirts, are wrinkle-free. Also, always tuck in your shirt tails when wearing a tie. Sagging pants are not attractive. No matter how fashionable it may seem, no one - not even teenage girls - wants to see your underpants. Invest in - and wear - a belt. 7. For special occasions, find an oxford or button-down shirt that fits correctly in the neck. Ask an associate at your local department store to measure your neck to get a good fit. The top button of your shirt should always be buttoned when you wear a tie. Also, choose a tie that falls to the top of your belt line. Styles that fall short of this point tend to look silly. When tucking in shirts, be sure to pull them out just a bit so that they blouse slightly over the waistline of your pants. 8. When wearing shorts, wear ankle socks or slouched higher socks. Do not pull longer socks up the calf. Also, don't pair sandals with socks...ever. This is a big fashion faux pas. 9. Stay away from tapered-leg pants. They usually tend to look outdated and old-fashioned. Choose wide-leg or boot-cut styles for a more up-to-date look. Find jeans and other pants that sit at the base of your natural waistline. Pants that are hiked above the waist bring about images of world-famous nerd Steve Urkel. 10. If all else fails, ask a female. Your sister, girlfriend, and yes - even your mother - are great resources for fashion advice.
1. When trying on shoes, make sure you're wearing the appropriate sock. For instance, if you're trying on boots that you'd wear with heavy socks, don't try them on with thin nylons.
2. The best time to try on shoes is usually at the end of the day, when your feet are most swollen. However, don't abuse this rule of thumb: if you've just completed a sightseeing tour which required 10 miles of walking, and that's not your typical exercise routine, then by all means don't try on office heels that night! The point of waiting until the end of the day is to make sure that the footwear can fit you at your widest-- kind of a "worst case scenario" check.
3. The first shoe you try on should be for your larger foot. For most people, their larger foot is the opposite from the hand they write with. For example, if you're right handed, your left foot might be bigger. Always fit the pair of shoes to this foot. Even though there are about 20 separate parts to an average shoe, the fact remains that they are mass-produced. It's up to you to customize the fit-- a small heel pad, for instance, works wonders.
4. Stand up with your shoes on. Walk around a bit. You should be able to wiggle your toes in the front of the shoe. For most footwear, your toes will be able to touch the top of the shoe, but there should be 3/8" to 1/2" of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
5. Don't buy shoes that are too tight. If you're at the point where you're praying they will stretch to be comfortable, they probably won't. It's true that soft leather and suede give slightly, molding to your foot, but they will not dramatically increase in width or length. There's a difference between a "snug", comfortable fit and a "tight", uncomfortable fit. A few laps around a carpet should help you decide how you feel.
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