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Modern, Contemporary Furniture Trends of 2011

The meaning of “modern” and “contemporary” is on the calendar. You may experience different trends in modern furniture at different times if you’re looking for. In 2011, if you make plans for the purchase of contemporary furniture and modern, so keep an eye on these trends.

Green Furniture

The effect of climate change has had an extreme influence on different people and professionals. And these professionals also includes furniture designers. Currently, these designers are producing environmentally friendly furniture, in the provision of their home or office. Many new and creative experts in furniture design is inspired by the green revolution and began using reusable materials in their designs. This creates the cost factor for green furniture and the debate that they are expensive. However, in the long term, green furniture can be very profitable.

Modular furniture multifunctional

There is a huge need for modular furniture due to reduced living space and increasing population. multifunctional furniture are currently available in smaller sizes and are customizable to suit your room. Sofa beds became very popular in recent years, even if they are not new. It is so comfortable to have one when you live in a cluttered house and you have friends to stay the night most frequently. Another example is an all-in-one functional furniture at the show as a wall unit with TV cabinet, bookcase and display case.

Gypsy street furniture

While the population is increasing, most of our cities are overcrowded. However, interestingly much of the urban population are not native. Again, the renter to owner ratio is very high in cities, so you can end almost all people living in rented house. These people when planning to purchase furniture, this is not the most expensive and large. In addition, they plan to use low-cost and non-durable furniture for their time of transition. However, the intention to choose furniture that is the idea that the furniture will be discarded and will not have resale value. Therefore, in recent years, furniture manufacturers are manufacturing reusable, sustainable, and eco-friendly furnishing of these urban Gypsies.

Bright colors and light furniture

For interior lighting, you get thinking shines and flashes colors. Please do not assume that these bright colors are for your children’s room. Apply these bright colors while decorating the bedroom or living room. Another option to add a new look to your room is by using bright colors for your furniture. Create a unique touch to a neutral color in the house by choosing a color grade that shines in a pouf, a wardrobe or bed. The bright colors like green, pink and yellow make a comeback in 2011.


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Contemporary and Traditional Chinese Furniture – What to Expect

Contemporary Chinese furniture is simple and graceful in design with sleek, clean lines and elegant proportions. Chinese furniture has risen in popularity in the west because its subtle sophistication and timeless designs fit perfectly in either traditional or contemporary style homes.

With contemporary Chinese furniture, even small pieces are not only beautiful to look at but are highly functional. In many homes with space at a premium, contemporary Chinese furniture can serve a dual purpose, such as a wooden trunk which can double up as a side table with storage.

Traditional Chinese furniture designs and antique Chinese furniture can be highly ornate with exquisite craftsmanship. Some have elaborate woodcarvings or are painted with colourful scenes of rural life, ancient battles, dragon myths or mountain top monasteries.

A room decorated in a Chinese style should be kept simple and uncluttered to bring peace, harmony and balance to the space. Colours typically used in Chinese furniture include bold red, black and flashes of gold. Traditional influences such as robust shiny lacquered surfaces, stressed edging and brass hinges and handles can also been found in contemporary style furniture.

Chinese style designs are simple, attractive and timeless. Whether you choose to decorate your home in a contemporary Chinese or traditional style, Chinese furniture makes a bold statement. With each piece a work of art in its own right, Chinese furniture is a wonderful way to show off your creativity and give added wow factor to your home.

Black Lacquered Furniture

Black lacquered furniture designs have a classic, yet contemporary look, which suits all types of homes from traditional to more modern. Oriental black lacquered furniture is created by painstakingly sealing the wood in several thin layers of high gloss varnish resulting in a robust and gleaming finish, which can withstand the rigours of everyday household use.

With black lacquered furniture, the chosen wood such as pine or solid ash is lacquered seven times to produce the unmistakable black lacquered furniture of the Orient. Many designs today feature antiquated yet contemporary brass handles and wooden edging detail so you can choose just how contemporary or traditional you want your black lacquered furniture to be. From coffee tables, to console and dressing tables, dining tables, TV display units and sideboards, black lacquered furniture is available in all sizes and styles to suit every room in the home.

Origins of Black Lacquer Furniture

Oriental black lacquered furniture was commonly found in the temples and palaces and homes of the wealthy upper classes. Four basic styles of lacquered furniture design were used throughout the Ming and Qing Dynasties which lasted from 1368 – 1911. These styles included carving the lacquer, using black lacquer to fill in a design engraved into the wood and rubbing it flat, outlining the black lacquer and inlaying mother-of-pearl into the lacquer.

White Lacquered Furniture

White lacquered furniture can be made from a variety of woods, such as reclaimed pine, which is hand finished with a gleaming white lacquer finish. White lacquered furniture has a fresh, clean, contemporary look, and includes beds, side tables, coffee tables, trunks, console tables, mirrors and large sideboards all elegantly hand brushed in a linen finish. This style of furniture has increased in popularity in recent times and can come with attractive and elegant features such as antiquated yet contemporary brass flip up handles and sanded edges which subtly reveal the warm waxed wood underneath.

White lacquer furniture in particular has a lovely calm and tranquil feel which is perfect for the bedroom. Think of your bedroom with a double bed, chest of drawers, night stands and a wardrobe, all with a peaceful white finish, with details such as rectangular brass handles and stressed edging. White bedroom furniture can be accessorised by colourful artwork or bed throws. Crisp white living room furniture too can be enhanced by rugs, paintings or vases containing large flower displays to add a burst of colour.

This style of furniture works wonderfully in large airy spaces with bold or natural wall coverings and decorative lighting. It also works well in smaller rooms too. Here elegant white furniture can create a sense of increased space and light, in comparison to dark furniture which can tend to make a room feel smaller.

Whether you choose to contrast your lighter decor with the bold, clean lines of traditional Chinese-style black lacquered furniture, or prefer to off-set bold artwork or decoration with the more subtle linen white tones, Chinese furniture will really enhance your home. By choosing lacquered furniture you can create a wonderful environment where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of your interior design efforts for years to come.

Traditional Chinese Furniture

Traditional Chinese furniture demonstrates superb craftsmanship developed over centuries. Lacquer is prominent in traditional Chinese furniture with wood treated to a dark brown or shiny black finish and with hand carved or painted scenery, gold leaf overlay or mother of pearl inlays. Colours used are varied but include red which represents good luck and happiness and yellow or gold which represents health and long life.

The peak of Chinese traditional furniture manufacture was the period between the Ming and Qing dynasties. Ming furniture represented simple structure, wonderful craftsmanship and minimal decoration which revealed the natural beauty of the wood. Qing furniture was larger in size and elaborate engravings were popular. Handcrafted traditional Chinese furniture makes a fascinating centre-piece for your home. From wedding cabinets to decorative chests, ornamental stools, two door storage cabinets, side tables and oriental screens, Chinese furniture makes a wonderful addition to any setting and is a work of art in its own right.

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Patio Furniture – How to Care For it Before and After a Flood

This year it seems there has been no part of the country that has been saved weather disasters. Most of them have included flooding in one way or another. While wind and rain is one thing, and can do plenty of damage, there is little more damaging to a home and it’s belongings than flooding.

If you have been in the area where flooding has occurred, you may have found yourself stacking sandbags by the doors of your house to keep the water outside, but you may have forgotten one area of your home, the patio.

Most people expect their patio furniture to get wet. After all, it’s built to be outside and deal with water, wind and elements, but patio furniture is not meant to take on constant water through all its parts, as happens in a flood.

Before A Flood

If you are paying attention to the weather reports when bad weather is coming your way, and you hear there are flash floods or flash flood watches, you may want to try and prepare for the bad weather by not only sandbagging your home, but also bringing your patio furniture inside.

After a Flood

If you couldn’t get your furniture in on time or didn’t realize the threat it was facing, you may find yourself looking out the window at your patio furniture partially or completely submerged. You may be thinking ‘It’ll be ok, it’s just water and once the waters go down it will dry out, right?” Wrong.

While the water that is causing a flood may have come from the sky, by the time it flows into your yard, and soaks into your patio furniture, it is no longer just rain water. Consider a mixture of sewage, dead animals, and various other bacteria and parasites floating along through your yard. That is essentially what floodwaters are.

If you’re whole street is underwater and the water is backing into your yard that means the sewage drains are completely full, flooding and backing up into this flowing dark water, along with everything else that the water touches as it travels.

When the waters finally subside things may start drying out, but all that dirt, waste and those parasites and bacteria are still there, now inside your patio furniture making a new home for them.

Thorough Cleaning

What your patio furniture will need is a complete and thorough cleaning.

When you go to do the cleaning, make sure to wear protective clothing (gloves and boots if there is still a lot of water around).

If you have any cuts or scratches that are exposed, you will want to avoid allowing any of the floodwaters to get into these wounds.

You need to use detergent to clean everything. Start with the hard surfaces on your patio furniture such as the tables and chair frames. Clean them using hot water and any type of household detergent. When it comes to the cushions and any other fabric items, you need to put them in the washing machine, if you can, on hot and using ample detergent.

After you have finished the cleanup of your patio furniture, don’t forget to wash the clothes you used to do the clean up in a hot water solution as well to make sure you have gotten rid of the last of the contaminants.