How to look beyond looks to choose the best ceiling fan

While look is certainly very important when choosing a ceiling fan, which is also a decorative piece to give the room a traditional or contemporary feel, there are things beyond look you have to look closely and carefully for. Since you want ceiling fans just not for their look but also their performance and their ability to provide you with comfort and chilling-breeze, the size, the power and durability matter in your search for the best ceiling fans.

Considering ceiling fans’ performances and durability, there are 5 factors contributing to the overall results, which is the fan that you will get. Here are those 5 factors:

  • Motor quality and power (size)
  • Blade pitch
  • Blade shape and size
  • RPM
  • Height from ceiling

All the above mentioned factors contribute to how the fan will do for your house or room. So when you should keep in mind that the motor that is strong precision made is the first and most important thing to consider, do not forget that all other 4 factors have to be present for the perfect performance.

We will give more details considering each factor and how they work together and the importance of a strong motor.

1. Power and quality of the motor

A stronger motor will move more air compared to a weaker one. The fan with powerful motor will also operate much more smoothly without producing noise or humming, which will annoy you to no end if you decide to go with a weak motor.

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You might find it difficult to know the kind of motor that is inside the fan displayed at stores so go online and search for websites that give information and ratings about motor of each model of ceiling fans. It is worth your time to get some insights on this.

Also, a stronger motor costs more money but you will definitely not exchange some bucks for the coolness you get from the fan.

2. Blade pitch:

Blade pitch is the angle at which the blade cut through the air. Typically, a fan with blade pitch of 14 degrees or more is good, but there are other factors that come into play like blade surface area and shape so a lower-pitch fan might perform just as well. Take fans with blades of airfoil shape for example. They are more aerodynamic and very efficient since they run on less power from the motor while the volume of air they move is about the same as flat blades.

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Ceiling fan blades are kind of similar to rowboat oars. The angles of the oars to the water affect how much strength you have to use and the strength of each stroke. Lower pitch means the fan needs less power but move less air and can wobble or make noise at high speed.

3. Blade shape and size

Again, remember rowing a boat. With a wider and longer, you get more tired but more efforts made mean more progress achieved. A wider longer blade in ceiling fans combined with a steeper pitch means more air movement, to a certain extent.

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If the blades are too wide and long, they cannot move very fast so the wind speed can be quite disappointing. So not very wide but not small either.

4. RPM

This shows how fast the blades spin at certain speed setting. In addition to a proper pitch, faster blades move more air. The best fans now offer 6 speed levels.

5. Height from ceiling

There should be about 10 to 12 inches from the blades to the ceiling for the fan to operate smoothly. Therefore, hugger fans do not move much air. Only use them when your ceiling is low.

For ceiling that is higher, you should use a downrod to bring the fan to about 8 or 9 feet from the floor or else the cooling affect cannot reach you at all.

Tips for mix-and-match traditional and contemporary style

While many people, when designing and decorating their houses, want to create a definite style of the room that is tend to be totally traditional or totally contemporary or modern, many do not just want one thing. They want to mix and match different style to create the look they like. On the other hand, there are cases that someone has her mother heirloom antiquities and do not want to leave it out of their modern house.

If you are just like the above described, then we might be able to help you out. Mixing traditional and contemporary is challenging for they are not just different style, they contrast each other. But here are some tips for you to have fun doing it and get the expected result.

  1. Make use of contrast

You can emphasize the contrast between different shapes, textures and materials to create a unique look. Put a textured rug over a glossy floor, use antique light fixture above a modern coffee table or put a modern-art statue by a traditional flower vase. Keep those highlighted contrasts to just one or two. The rest should be neutral or somehow tied together with colors or motif.

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  1. Keep proportion right

The proportion of those different styles should be just right so that a piece does not look out-of-place. Keep things in balance. Size can be the link between different periods. Two pieces from different time can go quite well if they are of the same size.

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  1. Pay attention to the accessories

Use accessories that link 2 different pieces together. For instance, if you have a traditional vase on a modern coffee table, get a picture frame that reflects the style of the table but has the color closely related to the vase. Fresh flowers are good pieces to tie things together.

  1. Make necessary update

Sometimes, a piece just cannot find a place in your house anymore. Update it. Replace traditional doorknobs with contemporary ones or paint over a traditional piece with a fresh color can work some magic.

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How to create a traditional-looking kitchen

The kitchen is where many people want to leave a reminiscent, traditional feel in the whole house for it is closely related to all the traditional values about marriage, family and such. Many people who want a traditional-looking kitchen just love to give a warm feel to the place that the moms, the wives will make a delicious meal for the whole family. The kitchen is rarely a place for mix-and-match.

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That warm and classic feel is often created by soft and muted colors such as cream, white, taupe, light gray or green and others of such shades and tones. Also, there has to be a natural feel, which means you should include outdoor patterns like flowers and butterflies and wood.

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And that is not the whole thing about natural feel yet, you have to use natural material also, for the floors, cabinets and furniture. The materials have to give out a handcrafted feel and that is what makes the whole look feel homely and desirable to some.

Steps to take

  • The first step to take forwards a traditional look is getting rid of anything that reminds of modernity. All the pieces that have no defined period style should be excluded also. Add pieces of the period you like. Molding and cabinet door trim that compliments the style should be taken into consideration. Then include pieces from other periods that go well with the theme to have some uniqueness.

 

  • The floor, like the above mentioned, should give out a natural feel. So go for pattern such as basket weave or wood pattern. Limestone is great too. You can also make it go with darker stone like slate and set them down in an irregular way that feels natural.

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  • Make a nook for breakfast next to the bay window. Wooden tables and chairs will do great. They should have carved legs, columns and turnings. That nook will give you the incredible feeling of a traditional morning. What a way to start a day!

 

  • Keep away from streamlined hardware. They can be too simple and remind of modernity. Go for light fixture and water faucets of shapes and details.

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  • When deciding on a color for the room, try to use fabric of rough surface that has a natural feel about it. Natural patterns like flower or butterflies or fruits will do great for the curtains and cushions. Steer away from geometric, angular shapes and avoid using too much straight lines.

 

  • The focus point is where you want your eyes and others to be drawn to, so choose the knobs for the cabinets, cupboards carefully. You can go for a little sight-seeing in stores and shops that sell those knobs and see which ones will speak to you. Intuition can be powerful. Wood stains are highly recommended.

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  • Leave out things that made of lacquer, veneer or laminate if possible.

 

Washing a down comforter at home

Down comforter adds a touch of warmth and coziness to your bedroom. And just like everything else, it gets dirty after a while and needs cleaning. While many manufacturers suggest have down comforters professionally cleaned, you can get it done at home, too.

Since down comforters do not required frequent cleaning, in fact, they should not be cleaned frequently but once in every three to five years. Therefore, when cleaning it, you should follow this method to get the job done properly

Step 1:

Take the down comforter off the bed. Check for holes, stains, tears and worn stitching. If you spot a tear or a hole, get it repaired with matching thread. Make sure you stitch those holes and tears finely so that the down inside does not stick or get out during the cleaning process

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Use enzymatic cleaner for tough stains like blood and urine. Spot-treat water or food stains with bleach that is color-safe.

Step 2:

You are likely to not have the suitable washing machine for comforter at home. Go to the Laundromat if your washer is open from the top and has an agitator in the middle. If you insist on using the one at home, your comforter has a high chance of being damaged

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Step 3:

When using the washer, never forget to choose the delicate cycle mode and adjust the water temperature to warm. Detergent can be used if it is light. If your down comforter is white, it is safe to add bleach.

Step 4:

Let the water in the machine agitate for 1-2 minutes in advance to you putting the down comforter into the washing machine. This way, detergent and bleach can mix completely with the water. The down comforter should be totally submerged in the water and allocated evenly in the machine. Do not fold or roll the comforter tightly so that it can be cleaned properly.

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Step 5:

Add some extra weight into the washer so that the comforter does not get all bunched together.

Step 6:

Since comforter is a part of your bedding, you should make sure all the detergent and bleach get totally washed off. Program your washer so that the rinse cycle can be used twice. You would want your skin to be safe and protected when you are sleeping.

Down comforter gets heavy when soaked, so pause the machine before it gets to the spin cycle and squeeze out the water a bit. You can increase the effectiveness of the laundering and take good care of your washing machine this way

Note:

Use a duvet cover so that the comforter does not get dirtied easily. Comforter should not be cleaned frequently for the process will damage down stuffed inside.

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Get a dry-clean kit for another option besides washing the down comforter.

Know-how for choosing the right painting color

While painting is the most popular choice for someone who wants to create a whole new look for his home, it is not as simple as it looks. You have to take certain measures to prevent things from going wrong and to secure the best result possible for your home.

Here are some suggestions that you might find useful before you get started with the project.

  1. Know what you want

Visualization is very important when it comes to creative project. You would not want to have even a single wall in your house done badly or sloppily right? So remember to do some research before getting started.

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Look for ideas on home improvement websites, guidebooks, magazines, from your friends and acquaintances’ houses; be creative when visualizing. You must be able to visualize each details of the future result you want, like the feel of the room, the colors, how the colors make your wall decors stand out… A clear visual image in mind will get you decide things more easily and get the result you want.

  1. Know what you do not want

You can browse through many sample pictures of houses with different type of colors, different styles of painting. This helps you with your visualizing. Select pictures that fit or similar to what you imagine for the result. Look at each picture thoroughly and carefully and find out things that you like and do not like in each.

Let just say you might find out that the color you want at first do not complement the wall decors as well as you have thought, or you realize that your favorite color does not give your bedroom the feel that you want.

  1. Intuition can be very powerful

When looking through all the paint samples, something might catch your eyes. If you feel that the colors are talking to you, do not turn away from them. Take the samples home, dozens of them if you want.

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  1. Never ever forget to test

Sometimes it just does not come out as you want, so make sure you test the paint out. Do not wait until you have already painted half of the room to realize the color turns out not as nice as you have thought. Visualization is never enough without practice.

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So paint on a white card and stick it onto the wall. Move it to different spots and have it on for different time of day. Now, you can see how the paint works in different lights, different spots.

  1. Some consulting might be needed

Since you cannot be an expert, you can seek help from one. An expert in the field can point out things you have not thought about, let you see it from a different viewpoint and correct what you might have gotten wrong. That is the whole point of having the designers, decorators and color consultants.

 

Installing a ceiling fan

Though nowadays, many houses have air conditioners, ceiling fan is still a popular choice for house ventilation. Firstly, they are more environmental-friendly and less costly. What can be more suitable for a summer evening? Secondly, if they include lights, they can replace central light fixtures as a piece of decoration along with their original ventilation purpose.

Though installing a ceiling fan is a task that many homeowners can tackle themselves, there are a lot of thing to pay attention to when doing the job. Since ceiling fan is an electrical piece, installing it involves dealing with electric system. That is more reasons for you to take extra cautions.

Here are steps to take for doing a proper and complete job installing a ceiling fan

Position and wiring

  • Consider the position of the fan: If you use a ceiling fan that includes lights and choose to install it in place of an existing light fixture, you have to check if the capacity of the circuit is enough to operate the fan and the lights. If you use a fan with no lights included, the existing circuit should be sufficient since the fan use about the same amount of power. However, just check it out, to be sure.
  • If you do not have existing circuit and electrical wiring, prepare this firsthand. Tapping into an existing circuit is an option.

Step 1: Mount the fan

  • Turn off the electricity: you probably know what this is for: safety purposes. Never forget this step
  • Find the center: draw a chalk like from a corner to its opposite. The point the lines intersect is the center. Consider the position in relation with the joists.
  • Set up junction box: create a hole that fits the junction box and fasten the box between the joists to a 2×4-inch header

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  • Mount the fan: you can use a special mount for this task.

Step 2: Get the fan assembled

Since the assembly is different between different brand fans, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Set up the hanger pipe: Place it in a hole over the motor or place the motor housing over the hub if the fan has an independent motor hub
  • Install fan blades: have the motor unit on a stable place. Slide the blade into its position. After aligning screws in both holes, tighten them in place (but not too tightly). Mount the fan flanges to the motor housing beforehand if that is what is required.

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Step 3: Get the fan mounted to the box

  • Set up hanger bracket: remember to set up this with both screws and lock washers. You can find lock washers at local hardware store. They keep the screws tightly drawn against the vibrations when the fan is operating

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  • Wire the unit: connect the wire with matching color and put on the ceiling cover
  • Electrically ground the fan: Grounding wires can be of green or bare copper color. A pigtail attached to the box can be grounded to make the job easy. Finish the wiring with a nut

Step 4: Getting things done

  • Attach to joists: You can fasten the plywood to ceiling joists with brass screws. Choose the right length of the screw. Every 6 inches, add a screw.
  • Set up molding: Mold exterior corner. A surface- mounting fixture box can be used to set up the wiring installation on the wall and ceiling.

Note: use swag wiring kits to skip all the electrical wiring. The kits make everything easier for a DIY homeowner.

 

Mistakes to avoid when hanging curtains

Curtains are essential to your home. They keep out the gleams and glares, reduce noises and together with paint or wallpaper, create the look and feel of the room. As curtains are usually hung for a long time, you would not want to make any mistakes when hanging them.

People usually pay all their attention to the colors, patterns and styles. Sometimes, they make the below mistakes and you would never want to repeat those, ever.

  1. Get sloppy with the measurements

Taking measurements is the first thing to do when hanging curtains. Double check all the measurements you take. You should write them down in case you forget them.

Curtains and rods are custom-made for different purposes and places, so if you get the measurements wrong, you must have the whole thing remade. It is a waste of money and time

  1. Hang the curtains too low

This will result in the room feels smaller and shorter, which will be unbearable if your room is already small to begin with. Hanging curtains and draperies close to the ceiling makes the room feel taller and therefore more spacious

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  1. Have the curtains made too short

In some case, the curtains should be made to reach the floor or even longer, for example classic style curtains. Curtains that are hung too high above the floor give an unbalanced and lacking feeling that nothing could make up for.

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  1. Lack of consideration towards completeness

Curtains are usually pleated, so you have to increase the width of the windows/doors about 2 times to get the width of the curtains. This width is usually taken care of by a professional when you have that person make your curtains, so believe them and do not skimp on some inches of material. They know better than you when it comes to different kinds of curtains.

  1. Ignore ironing

Wrinkled curtains will give out the impression of messiness. Since curtains can be easily seen by your guests or neighbors, make sure they do not give them the idea that you are lazy and ignorant.

  1. Overlook the hardware

Curtains usually draw all the attention, but remember, they have hardware to go with them. The rods have to be strong enough to hold the curtains and have styles that complement the curtains too.

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Bring the summer feel to your bedroom

As the season changes, you might want to adjust something in your home to have the feel of the coming season. Bedroom is where you spend most of your time at home, so that is where you should start the updating. Imagine waking up to a whole new feel of the new season, so refreshing and cheerful, right?

Here are some changes for you to consider when the season of light and heat takes comes.

  1. Put away heavy, thick winter bedding

This is the easiest way to get rid of the winter mood. In case it gets cold at night, put all that winter blanket and comforter somewhere you can easily fetch them. You can use the spare space on top of the wardrobe, for example.

  1. Light and bright décor is the way to go

Now, bring out light blankets, let your love for pastel and light colors freely roam and use light material for all the curtains and sheets. A sheer, fluttery curtain will bring a whole different feel to room.

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  1. Add a seating space to enjoy summer evenings

In summer, the light takes longer to fade so make sure to not waste all the precious summer evenings. Add a wooden chair by your bedroom window and have a peaceful evening with a book and a cup of tea there. If you are a lucky owner of a bedroom facing the garden or other greenery, summer evenings are just right for you.

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  1. Keep out early-morning gleams

The morning rays of summer might annoy you, especially if you are a night owl. So add blackout blinds. They can be of help to you in the morning and give way to the fluttery curtain in the evening. Choose light color to retain the room’s brightness

  1. Flowers all the way

Bring flowers into your bedroom so that you can lighten the mood. If your bedroom has a fireplace, you can decorate it with more flowers, pictures, figurines… so that feeling of it being unused is not there at all. And go for floral patterns too; it brings lifelines of summer to your room.

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  1. Go bare

Heavy winter rugs have to give way for sisal fabrics or something light and feel natural. You can leave the floor bare to make the most of the refreshing feel.