Outdoor Wall Plaques – Inspirational and Informative Decoration

Throughout my home, from the library to the bathrooms, the walls are adorned to exhume beauty and uniqueness. As a home designer I have had the good fortune of creating my habitat from all that my imagination holds. Living in the Midwest there are an abundance of months that you are held captive inside your quarters. Being in this environment has clearly given me the opportunity to have my place just the way I wanted it to turn out. Having lived in California my heart yearned for the seasons to change. I needed to see new growth form on the trees and to hear the birds chirp again. I desperately desired to make my outside come alive just like the inside.

As the season finally changed to sunshine and warmth, I could actually feel my body and soul uplifted. I ran around the entire house opening all the windows while humming and smiling thinking of the projects that I could hardly wait to start. There was the entire outside area that waited for my hands and thoughts to work their magic. I could hardly wait to get started.

First things first. I needed to remove all the dead leaves and brush that had accumulated over the winter months. Next I went all around searching to see what survived and what needed help with some tender loving care. Gently and lovingly working many hours I revived some plants and added many different kinds of colorful flowers and vegetation.

After completing this task my front and back yard shined with brilliance and beauty but it still felt like something else was needed. Looking around, my walls and fence seemed to be dull and bare. How could I make them part of this theme and complete the picture that I was after? Realizing that inside my home I had adorned the walls with numerous wall d├ęcor, why couldn’t I continue with the same artistic qualities outside.

Trying to decide what type of wall decor would blend and ablaze the yard with beauty was relatively easy. It came to mind almost instantaneously. Wall plaques would dramatically fulfill the outcome with their words and statue. They tend to add dimension to any bare area they cover.

Decorative outdoor wall plaques are unique accent pieces that adorn your patio, garden or other outdoor area. Most outdoor wall plaques are flat plates or disks which are beautifully chiseled, ornamented or engraved. They can be used as a decoration, information or identification. Best of all, you can mix and match materials and styles to ensure a look that is unique to your home.

Whether you prefer elegance, artistic or modern, there are an abundance of styles to match your own. The themes range from animals, nature, floral, sun, moon, to inspirational words. They are available in materials such as: wood, stone, pewter, crystal, glass, and ceramic, marble, iron and resin. Resin seems to be the most popular for today’s garden style. It is most affordable, light weight and is highly resistant to wear and tear for the extremities of weather conditions. You can locate wall plaques that are hand made, hand painted, sculptured or custom made to your specifications.

One of my favorite outdoor wall plaques is a simple design that I have placed on my white PVC fence in the center of the yard. It is made of wrought iron and has the words Live, Love and Laugh. They add visual interest and inspire me daily. The other wall plaque that I am quite found of is one that was custom made. It resides above my entry way and has all of our family names upon it. Below it also states our address and I get comments on it whenever a new person visits.

If you’re stumped for a unique gift, this is one of-a-kind and will be cherished for life especially if he or she is a garden enthusiast. Have an inspirational saying with the persons name engraved and you will be remembered always.

Whatever outdoor wall plaques you choose, I can assure you it will add color, spice up the property surrounding your home and be appreciated by all for many years to come.

Teen Bedroom Designs For Budget Decorators

If you are on a budget then finding great teen bedroom designs in your price range might be a bit discouraging. However, you can get a great bedroom for your teen without having to take out a second mortgage if you are willing to do a bit of legwork and put in some elbow grease.

The first thing you need to do is come to an agreement with your teen on how the room should look. Do they like specific colors or perhaps a theme of some sort? Once you have a broad idea of what you want, you need to find an inspiration for the room. This could be a particular item like a chair or a lamp that you could base the design of the room around, or you could scour magazines for a room that appeals to you and your teen and try to replicate that as close as you can.

Now that you have a general idea of what you want, you need to think about color, bedding, furniture and accessories.

The cheapest way to totally change the look of the room, and one that will go with most teen bedroom designs, is to simply paint it. Pick a color that goes with the design you have chosen and get out your brushes. If you want to add some pizazz you could do some faux painting or paint stripes or different colors on the walls. There are plenty of interesting paint techniques that can really make the room look neat and the best part is that you can learn to do most of them for free down at your local home improvement store.

The furniture can be the most expensive part of the whole bedroom design but if you use your head, you can get great furniture your teen will love without spending too much. First of all, look at the pieces you already have – could the be repurposed by painting them and adding some new knobs? Just doing this can dramatically change the pieces and costs barely anything but a weekend of your time.

However, if they are not the style that you need for the new room design, you probably should look at getting something different. But who says you have to go out and buy something new and expensive? Take a look at your local consignment shops and on Craigslist to see if you can get a used set. Many times you can get a set that is just like new but for a fraction of the cost.

Matching bedding is easily purchased in sets and you can get these rather inexpensively but if you can’t find anything that suits, you can buy separates. If you are handy with a sewing matching, you can embellish them with piping or ribbons to give them a custom look. When you buy bedding, remember to get pieces that match in color and style but have different patterns and textures for interest.

The accessories are the icing on the cake and here’s where you can really save a few bucks on your teens bedroom by shopping at flea markets, yard sales and consignment shops. It might take a while to collect all the pieces you want, but you will end up with a unique and interest room that didn’t cost a lot!

Teen bedroom designs can range from a retro look to a sports theme to a pink princess palace, but if you use your imaginations and shop wisely you can come up with a great designer look without having to pay the price.

How to Use Wall Finishes in a Bedroom Design Project

Dear friends, any interior space is composed of some primary
architectural elements such as walls, floor and ceiling.
Depending upon the type of structural framework, the
construction method would change.

We always see experience and perceive any interior space
in elevation. This means that walls are the first things of
any structure that create an impact on our mind. The quality
and volume formed because of the walls define an architectural

When we enter a building, what we primarily and dominantly
perceive are walls. Let’s see how walls can be used as an
excellent element in a bedroom design project.

1) Exposed Brick walls.

In order to use these kind of walls it is necessary to preplan the
interior design schedule. Normally if a brick wall is to
be kept exposed (without plaster), it is built with high quality
bricks which are machine cut for high quality and accuracy.

Since bricks have their own color and texture, this option can
be used to create a color contrast by keeping only one wall
exposed and other with a contrasting color. This can add some
interest in the bedroom.

2) Exposed plaster walls.

An exposed plaster wall is a wall which has not been painted.

These kind of walls are very rarely used in interiors. Since
the plaster is a composite material using appropriate qualities
of cement, sand and aggregate, the final material has a dull
color. A dull color on a space like bedroom would express
a kind of depression, hence is not recommended.

But portions of a wall with preplanned design and sketching can
be used in association with exposed brick wall. Design
pattern with partly colored and partly exposed plaster can be a
good idea.

Or a completely exposed plaster wall with a design patter in grooves
can be used effectively.

3) Wall with tile cladding.

Tile cladding is what we see in kitchen above the cooking
platform. Tile cladding is also used in bathrooms and toilets.
These are normally ceramic tiles.

In a bedroom interesting patterns can be created to fake the
exposed brick wall mentioned above. Many excellent patters
can be used just like a jigsaw puzzle.

4) Paintings.

The word painting has two meanings here.

a) A wall with plane colors applied to it. This is done above the
plastered surface of the wall. Two or three coats of the desired
shade of the color and base material are applied.

b)Secondly, instead of using plane colors, the entire wall can
be used as a “canvas” to paint a story or mural. This is a very
good method to paint children bedrooms. Walls can be used as a
storyboard to create interest.

5) Wallpapers.

Applying a wallpaper is an excellent way to quickly change the
look and feel of the bedroom. Depending upon the “theme” of the room
many wallpaper patterns are available.

Wallpapers are very good in large bedrooms. In large bedroom
“emptiness” is a big problem. If there are not enough decorating
elements available, a room might look empty. Here wallpapers can
serve as fillers and quickly add some interest in the room.

6)Textured plaster walls.

These kind of walls need special techniques to create a textured
pattern on walls. Once a texture is applied any shade of
paint can be used.

One of the great thing about these walls is, when sunlight falls on
them, a very interesting play of light and shadows gets created.
Because of the undulations in the surface of the plaster, small
shadows form on the surface of the wall, giving it a visual

A wall in the bedroom which receives direct sunlight should be
chosen for this purpose.

This article shows you how various options to the existing wall
finishes are possible, that can enhance the quality of the
bedroom interior space.

I hope this article was informative to everyone.

Copyright Shrinivas Vaidya