Aline Tyson. dinning room. June 22nd , 2018.
Screaming rock or rap music, jackhammers, car horns, ringing cell phones, crying babies--there's no ignoring the pervasive noise in our chaotic culture, the modern equivalent of medieval torture, only worse, because there's no escaping it! It would be different if it was like a train whistle in the night that we've long since became inured to. But modern noises are assaultive in their sudden, jarring burst upon our senses. When you hear tires screech, a co-worker yell across the room, or your teen's bedroom walls vibrating from the decibels emanating from inside, don't you long to fly away to a warm, quiet, lush, soothing tropical island? And car alarms! They don't work anyway; there should be a law banning them. They're enough to make us call the realtor and pack that night! Is there no hiding place from the din? No refuge from the chaotic thrum and pulse of daily life? The world's noise level is ratcheting up along with the temperature. Call it Global Deafening. Help!
Find a spare room--empty bedroom, walk-in closet, furnace room or bathroom if need be, and turn it into your serenity room. Darken the walls. Furnish the place with very little--a stand for candles, a small stereo, floor pillows. Heavy shades will enhance the mood. Install a lock on the door. Better yet, make the room off limits to anyone under the age of thirty, or shorter than three feet. Make that four feet. And no pets, either. One suggestion, unless cost is a factor, is an actual contracted remodeling. Look in the Yellow Pages or Online under quiet rooms, in-home theater construction or meditation rooms and peruse all the offerings. There are elaborate window shades, a product called QuietRock that is, drywall fabricated specifically for sound deadening applications. There are indirect, or mood lighting resources, even lighting that enhances the amount and kind of light if you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, in addition to noise pollution. . The same affect in reducing outside noise may be achieved by hanging blankets on the walls, and that may be a novel solution for couples. The wall hangings can be an art project, or a garage sale/antique store/self-spoiling expedition.
2. The living room - if you have hardwood floors, they should not be scratched and should be bright and shinning or if carpeted the carpets should be clean and not worn. The furniture should be the right size for the room and not oversized and should be in great shape and not covered with electrical tape trying to hold it together, do not laugh, I have seen it. The walls should be painted in a light color and windows clean and shinning, the drapes should match the room and have eye appeal. The just read newspaper should not be open and lying on the coffee table. Everything should be in its place. Fresh flowers always look nice.
Many people don't actually know which room to start with, and here it's best to start with the most favorite - the kitchen. It is best to get it done before the other rooms, because this room is important - gastronomically speaking, and needs to be up and running in a matter of days.
The kitchen, what great rooms to design, and with so many themes available for the kitchen how does one choose? You'll find themes for your kitchen with everything from roosters to cows, and sunflowers to apples, these themes find their homes on canister sets, stovetop hiders, pot holders, wall accessories, etc. But the right one to fit your style is out there, it may take you a few trips to the store.
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