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White Space in Your Design 

White can be a soothing and relaxing color to see. For some people white is simply a refreshing color while for others it is a dull, common color. If you have been in the web business for quite a while you would often hear the word white space. What does this term mean?

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A Guide to Bathroom Remodeling

There is a reason why many Hollywood actors keep their awards in their bathrooms -- all their guests will visit that room at some point, so why not put the trophies were everyone will see them? But even if you haven't won any Academy Awards, your guests will be still checking out you bathroom. A well-done bathroom remodeling can impress your guests and boost the value of your home.

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Home Remodeling Tips 

Maximizing the function and style of your home, could be very challenging. Before you buy, you should know the pros and cons of home remolding. There are several directions you can take when planning to remodel your home.

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  • White Space in Your Design  
  • Ten Ways to Maximize Space When Creating a Home Office
  • Creating a Great Game Room
  • Fixing up your Fireplace Mantel
  • Ten Things You Must Know When Building or Renovating
  • Home Remodeling Tips

  • Fixing up your Fireplace Mantel

    by Lena Hilltorp

    A mantel should be the best part about your fireplace. A fireplace is usually just a black hole in the wall until it is framed by decorative elements called a surround and mantel. Like an ornate frame around a pretty picture, a mantel should enhance the fireplace while adding its own style and interest to the room. If you have a fireplace or even if you do not have one, a mantel will create something interesting for you to look at. The mantel makes the fireplace a focal point and sets the style for a room. You do not have to make it anything fancy to become a great focal point. Having the right materials and the right decorations for your mantel will make all the difference when it comes to having a great looking mantel. Putting up a pre-assembled mantel is an easy task for someone who is moderately skilled in home improvement, along with a helper. Building of fireplace mantels is fast becoming one of the most popular home renovation projects.

    There are a few things that you can do to decorate the more traditional mantels. You do not have to have a fireplace to have a great looking mantel. You can hang a mantel in the middle of any wall and get a great looking piece for any style of home. The first thing that you have to do is decide on a focal point for the mantel. You should think about a great painting or mirror to hang above the mantel. It you take this avenue, and then do not hang them too high. If you want, you can just lean them against the wall. You can use a couple different pieces of art to create a larger focal point.

    There are a few things to remember for basic design when you are decorating a mantel. These things include color, texture, and size. You can have a vase filled with stones and candles for example. There are lots of simple items that can be used to decorate a mantel in any room. You can use seashells, candles, or pictures of the family as your décor for any mantel style. You can even use trophies for a sports themed room.

    If you have a mantel that is looking shabby and thin, you can rebuild a new one to replace it with. You can do this with wood, or even brick or stone. This is a great way to have a beautiful focal point when it comes to a fireplace. You can add some creative touches to the mantel by using crown molding, or different colors of stones or tile. You will get great reviews when guests see you mantel for the first time.

    If you have a fireplace with a great mantel already on it, you can try painting or refinishing it. Sometimes all you need to do is fix up the fireplace in order to get more compliments out of the mantel. This will not only get you compliments on your work, but it will also create a cozier feel to any room.

    You do not have to spend a lot of money to fix up your mantel. You can do it with a few cheap items like paint, caulking, or even sometimes the mantel just needs a good cleaning. If you do have a mantel above a working fireplace, you may need to clean the soot from it. Over the years, soot and dirt from the fire can settle on your mantel and make it look old and tired. Giving it a good cleaning will add shine and luster to your mantel. You will be amazed at the results and keep up the good work on a regular basis.

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