Using the 7 Chakra Colors in Your Home

using the 7 chakra colors in your home

using the 7 chakra colors in your home

Implementing the 7 chakra colors into your surroundings is a simple and effective way to bring change into your life. If you have one (or several chakras) that are out of balance, add that chakra color to your home.

Here’s the quick chakra colors guide:

Red: The first chakra is about stability, balance and community. Signs that you might be out of balance in this energy center include feeling fearful, excessive worrying about money and finances, and a sense of being “apart” from those around you. Consider adding shades of red to your home. On a small scale consider a red candle or candle holder, a painting or poster with red elements in it, or red flowers such as roses. If you want to do a lot of work with this energy center, buy a vivid red bathrobe to snuggle up in every evening, a red bedspread for your bed, or red curtains. For crystals consider garnet or ruby.

Orange: The second chakra is related to creativity, sensuality and sexuality. Signs of an imbalance include feeling bored with life, stuck in a routine, inhibited sexuality with your partner, or lack of excitement in your life. For a quick lift decorate with a bowl of oranges in your kitchen, amber or carnelian stones in your living room, or a splashy orange rug. If your creative side seems thwarted, add shades of orange where you do your work such as near your computer desk or in an art room if you have one. If it’s the sensual side of life that seems lacking, add lots of subtle orange accents to your bedroom to spice things up. Consider bergamot scented potpourri with dried orange slices in it and an orange colored night-gown.

Yellow: The third chakra relates to self-esteem, self-confidence and boundaries. Signs of an imbalance include letting people walk all over you, being a “people pleaser”, feeling like you’re not good enough, or feeling lack of success in your life. Yellow is the color of confidence. Consider yellow accents in jewelry, ties, and scarves. For crystals give tiger’s eye and yellow calcite a shot. In the home and at work add splashes of vivid yellow in decorative accents, especially in places where you tend to feel dis-empowered.

For flower think daffodils and yellow daisies. Around the home add a cluster of yellow candles or a yellow vase. If there is any area (such as at work) where you often feel low self-esteem, blanket the area in yellow. Add picture frames, pictures, rugs, even lamps in yellow and see your self-esteem rise.

Green (and Pink): The fourth chakra is all about matters of the heart. It is about self-love, love for others, compassion and gentleness. Green is the traditional color associated with this energy center, but pink is often considered appropriate for it as well. If you have difficult relationships with friends, family and loved ones, you could work on this chakra. Other signs of issues include holding on to painful memories, being stuck in the past, and being critical of yourself or others. For stones add serpentine, malachite or rose quartz to your home. Household accents could include decorative green grasses, bamboo plants, green or pink candles, and jade.

Turquoise or Light Blue: The fifth chakra is the communication center. It covers all realms of communication with others. Imbalances include being overly reserved or shy, having a hard time expressing thoughts and emotions, having your words be frequently misunderstood, or talking excessively.

The best strategy for this energy center is to get a turquoise pendant and wear it frequently. Around the home add light blue elements and sky colors. If there is an area where communication always seems to be an issue, make sure to add a large blue element such as a poster, painting, curtains, or even couch cover in a light blue or sky blue color.

Indigo or Dark Blue: The sixth chakra is the intuitive realm. It’s following a hunch in the right direction or getting a nudge that says “don’t go that way”. Signs of imbalance include feeling cut off from your intuition, confusion about what path to follow in life, frequent indecision, and an inability to make up your mind about small or large matters. It is also related to dreams and night-time, so another sign of imbalance is having nightmares, insomnia, night terrors, or restless sleep. Stones for this energy center include lapis and azurite. Get an indigo sleep mask to wear to bed at night, dark blue sheets for your bed, paint your bedroom a deep, deep blue or purple, and indigo curtains for your bedroom. On a smaller level, get a few indigo decorative elements and keep them on your nightstand for sleep issues or wherever you have the most frequent bouts of indecision.

Purple: The seventh energy center is the crown and it relates to spirituality, upliftment, enlightenment, and peace of mind. Signs of imbalance are depression, “feeling down”, nervousness, feeling alone in the world, and anxiety. Stones for this energy center are amethyst, lepidolite and clear quartz. Add shades of purple from violet to vivid royal purple to your home and watch your mood lift itself up naturally. Think of shower curtains, couch pillows, table-cloths or vases in purple. To get a big boost to this center, wear a purple dress, tie or hat.

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Love by Leo Buscaglia

love by leo buscaglia

love by leo buscaglia

“To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity.” – Kierkegaard

This is a book simply about LOVE. “A learned phenomenon”.

It is not deeply philosophical nor complicated. It is a simple, easy read that is intended to be shared not just in words, but in actions. It is about daring to expose oneself. To be vulnerable and to give without reservation or expectation.

I picked up this book in January 1984 and carried it and read it over and over through the years. It brought me great joy and great hope during a time where I was young and feeling rebellious, invincible and strong. At 22, I felt as though this was the greatest book I had ever read. It was the right time in my life for me to explore, to learn and understand what love meant to me. While, as far as I know, it never won any awards, I loved it then and I still love it now with it’s yellowed and curled pages.

Now about Karma; although he does not use that word in the book, he does discuss the way love gives back when we kindly give to others. How what we do in this world will be mirrored back to us.

Leo was a University professor by profession. He had an idea for a new class to add to the curriculum. He wanted to introduce a university class on “LOVE”. When he pitched his idea to the dean, and with much discussion it was accepted, (after much criticism), but only if he did it on his own time, without load credit and without a salary. The idea seemed ridiculous to the other professors. He ignored the ridiculing and forged ahead with this great idea. The idea was not embraced by many students but slowly and steadily, enrollment increased. It had to be eventually capped at 100 students.

These were students of all ages interested in “Love Class”. They shared ideas, feeling and observations that was relevant to the human condition. Although they were never really able to define love, one student did come up with a wonderful explanation:

“I find love much like a mirror. When I love another, he becomes my mirror and I become his, and reflection in each other’s love we see infinity!”

There are those that dismiss love as a naïve romantic concept while others find love all encompassing and the greatest, deepest feeling that is meant to be given away.

Have a read and you decide.

I loved this book.

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What Are the Best Paint Colors For Hospital Walls?

what are the best paint colors for hospital walls?

what are the best paint colors for hospital walls?

There’s hardly a secret anymore that human behavior is highly influenced by colors. Scientific studies have proven that our emotions and mood are affected when surrounded by particular colors. Some cause us to be more aggressive, whereas others have a soothing effect on us. From psychologists to interior designers, everybody seems fascinated with the phenomenon.

No wonder then that when it comes to paints, specialists are extremely careful to make the right choice. As their ideas come as colors do, in a wide variety, ultimately the only thing they have to consider is the appropriateness of their vision. For instance, a hospital room wouldn’t be painted in the same shades as a private residence’s living room. The patients would it find difficult to cope with some red painted walls instead of the usual white, green or blue ones.

We all may have in contact, one way or another, with the imposing, intimidating places which are hospitals. Either as patients or visitors, we are most certainly overwhelmed by their presence. But, once inside, hospitals have this huge power of conveying a sensation of calm and peace. How do they manage to do that? It’s simple to find the answer by just taking a quick look at the walls and noticing the colors they are painted in.

Hospital walls are usually covered in colors such as white, green and blue. There is an explanation behind these choices and it has to do with the psychological effects these colors have.

White is the most common color to be seen on a hospital wall. And that is due to the peaceful and calm mood it provides. Other reason for choosing it is the fact that it denotes cleanness. It implies sterility, which has the effect of making patients feel reassured. This is also why doctors and nurses wear white uniforms.

Blue and green are considered to be the most relaxing and refreshing colors, promoting peaceful atmosphere which encourages concentration. Designers, psychologists and feng-shui experts, they all tend to consider that shades of blues and greens make us fell calmer, more balanced and less emotional. Because green has a calming effect on our nerves, hospital waiting rooms and even psychiatric wards are painted in this color. And surgeons wear green scrubs for the same reason. As for blue, it has often been noticed that children in pain are put in hospital rooms painted in light blue due to its healing effect it conveys.

When coming inside a hospital, the general atmosphere must make us feel reassured and calm. Before knowing anything about the staff’s professionalism, our worried look will check for visible signs that we will be well taken for. And the hospital’s walls, either white, green or blue, are our first impression.

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Low Ball Bowling – A Great Method For Bowling Buffs

low ball bowling - a great method for bowling buffs

low ball bowling - a great method for bowling buffs

If you already love bowling, why not try it out in a couple of different ways for a change? There is a specific style of bowling in particular that I would like to mention for the avid bowlers out there. This type of bowling is called “Low-Ball Bowling.” Some bowling enthusiasts have found that experimenting with other kinds of bowling provide a great alternative to your normal bowling routine – or even change your favorite bowling style.

Low ball bowling is what I like to call “backwards bowling,” using a standard pin set up. The object of the game, as opposed to getting as many points as you can, is to get as few as you can. Kid-of like goofy, crazy bowl for adults – you want the lowest score. If you are playing low ball bowling strikes and spares are scored exactly the same way you would score a strike or spare in a regular game of bowling. At least one pin needs to be knocked down. A perfect score in low ball bowling is a twenty. Meaning that one pin is knocked over on each of the two balls per frame in the score.

A miss, or gutter ball, in low ball bowling games will be recorded as a strike the first time it happens, (if it happens.) The second gutter ball will score as a spare, this means high points, but high points are not good, not good at all. You’ve got to knock or topple over at least one of the pins to get a low score. Therefore, this version of the game is quite a challenge. Nonetheless, as you can easily gather from the objective, it requires a completely different kind of technique.

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Advantages of Cane Furniture And Its Maintenance Tips

advantages of cane furniture and its maintenance tips

advantages of cane furniture and its maintenance tips

Cane furniture which is also known as Rattan furniture or wicker furniture is basically made of the stems of the rattan plant. Cane is the raw material of the rattan plant and it is tensile and durable. It is therefore considered to be ideal for both indoor and outdoor furniture. As it is quite versatile, it can be designed according to modern trends and styles to enhance both indoor and outdoor decor.

Benefits of Cane Furniture:

There are many reasons why most people prefer to own cane or rattan furniture. Some of the most obvious reasons are mentioned below:

Cost effective: Compared to other types of wooden and metal furniture, it is priced at lower rates. As it is cost effective, most people choose it to decorate their homes and patios. It can also be replaced and altered often as it is priced at reasonable rates.

Resistant to the vagaries of the weather: It is mostly used in garden and patios as outdoor cane furniture as it has the immense ability to resist all types of climatic changes. It is seldom affected by climatic changes although it should be placed away from direct heat and sunlight as it might become brittle. It is also water-resistant and rustproof.

Versatile: Rattan furniture can be shaped and designed into different types of furniture. It has the power to transform the decor of a home or office space with its incomparable versatility. It can be used to make different types of furniture that can be placed in any part of the room or garden.

Light Weight: One of the greatest advantages of the rattan furniture is its light weight. It can be carried around from one place to another quite easily as it is light in weight and available in different attractive varieties.

Low maintenance: Unlike other wooden furniture which requires frequent polishing and maintenance, wicker or rattan furniture requires low maintenance. All that it requires is an occasional polishing to retain its charm and elegance.

Eco-friendly: Most people prefer to buy wicker furniture as it is environment friendly. It includes the use of natural materials which is derived from the stem of the large rattans. It is a climber palm which is found in tropical regions of Asia and Africa.

Maintenance Tips:

Although cane furniture is long lasting and tensile, proper care and maintenance can ensure a longer life period for these type of furniture. It is quite easy to care for wicker furniture as it includes simple cane weeds that are wrapped around solid furniture.

Avoid direct heat and sunlight: Excessive heat and immense sunlight can cause the cane to become brittle. If the furniture is indoor, place it away from heating vents and fire places and if it is placed in the patio move it away from direct sunlight.

Warm soapy water: It is wise to clean wicker furniture with warm soapy water and rinse it with water. Wipe away excessive water with a soft cloth. Keep it to dry for 24 hours before using it again. Use a soft brush to remove excessive dirt or mold.

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Benefits of Laptop Computer Stands

benefits of laptop computer stands

benefits of laptop computer stands

The passing days are making it more and more obvious that skeletal health and ergonomic conditions of human beings is directly correlated with the way that we use our laptop computers. And each day, laptop computer stands are finding a stronger place in our daily lives compared to yesterday. Laptop computer stands are useful if you use a laptop on a regular basis at your home or office.

The human spinal system is delicate. If you keep stressing it consistently and continuously to make it do what it was not designed for doing, it is going to lose its health. That is exactly what happens when we keep using our laptop computers day in and day out. The laptops are not designed in a way that you shall find comfort typing in. They are designed for convenience. As a result, your health may seriously suffer if you do not use mobile computer stands.

The main benefits of using laptop computer stands are highlighted below.

  • Ergonomics: A mobile computer desk adjusts the height and you can use your laptop sitting on your chair if you have a stand in place. Thus, you get to sit in the ergonomic position that you are the most comfortable with.
  • Ease of multi-posture use: You can easily adjust the height and position of your laptop stand many times a day if you feel that changing postures while working is good for your health and comfort.
  • Portability: Mobile computer stands with wheel bases are portable. You can carry them all over your house and use them from almost anywhere at home that you want to.
  • Space efficiency: Folding these away is extremely easy. If you do not plan to use your stand for some days or hours, you can simply fold it and move it out of sight. In fact, if you have one with a nice décor then you may not feel like folding it away too much since a part of your nice house décor would appear to be missing.

Thus, using laptop computer stands can yield a high number of benefits that make using them an attractive option.

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How To Put Your Table Lamp Back Together

how to put your table lamp back together

how to put your table lamp back together

Have you ever needed to pull your table lamp apart, perhaps to replace a globe or a damaged socket, only to discover that you have no idea how to put it back together again? Whilst they may look terribly complicated, these sorts of lamps can actually be quite simple to piece back together.

Step 1: Place the base onto a flat work surface followed by the body; the base often features a hole in the centre, which is for the power cord to travel out of, whilst the body should have a hole at either end.

Step 2: Slide the rod into the top hole of the body, out there the bottom hole and into the base. Put a washer over the end of the rod and screw into place. Then, thread the cord into the bottom of the rod and out through the top. Screw in the neck (if the table lamp has one) and the harp.

Step 3: Place the socket cap over the bottom of the harp and screw to the rod, making sure it is the right way up. Wrap the ‘hot’ wire around the gold screw on the socket and wrap the ‘neutral’ wire around the silver screw.

Step 4: Place the socket shell over the bulb socket, making sure that you tuck the cords inside. Squeeze the ends of the harp and slide them into the bottom of the shell, then screw a bulb in.

When putting your table lamp together, it is important to keep in mind that there may be additional or even less steps depending on the type. If you become stuck when trying to put your lamp back together, you should contact a lighting specialist or even the manufacturer to ask for their advice.

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Components for Throwing a Great Baby Shower

components for throwing a great baby shower

components for throwing a great baby shower

Do you beam with excitement when you think about hosting a baby shower for an expectant friend or relative but then cringe at the thought of all the party planning details that are involved? Not everyone feels they are a natural hostess when it comes to throwing a baby shower party; however, if you put these basic components together, you will not fail and the mom-to-be will be sure to appreciate all your efforts!

There is no set way to throw a baby shower. With that in mind, if you account for these key components you will, without a doubt, have thrown a successful baby shower.

1) Location — This isn’t something to sweat about. Ask yourself what resources you have at your disposal. Do you belong to a local church? Are you a member of any organizations that have banquet rooms available to rent? Or, just consider hosting the party at your house or even the mom-to-be’s house. Keep the distance within reason if you’re not hosting the shower in the home so the expectant mother doesn’t have to travel very far. Don’t be afraid to ask the expectant mother how she would feel about having the shower in her home (if it’s not a surprise shower, that is).

2) Decorations — Most every type of party includes decorations, whether general and colorful or tailored towards a specific theme. If the parents-to-be have chosen not to find out the gender of the baby then your shower decorations will most likely use varied pastels without sticking to mainly pink or blue as with known gender showers. Many stores and sites sell baby shower decorations so you’ll never be at a loss as to how to transform your location into a decorated baby haven; however, every good baby shower deserves a great centerpiece for the main food or gift table and a baby diaper cake will make a great conversation piece and will serve as a gift for the expectant mom when the shower is over.

3) Food — Ah, the food. Again, this is not something to sweat about. If you’re hosting the shower, I can only assume that you know the expectant mom well enough to know what some of her likes and dislikes are when it comes to food. You can go as simple as finger foods or as lavish as a hot meal. Keep in mind what would work best with the length of time you plan on having the shower. And of course, don’t forget the baby shower cake! Whether you make a cake yourself or order one through a local bakery, every baby shower wouldn’t be complete without a cake.

4) Games — It seems to be a long standing tradition to play fun and silly games at a baby shower. There are a multitude of game ideas out there to choose from and some may fit your theme if your shower is centered around one. Keep the number of games limited for time sake and encourage everyone to participate, even the expectant mom. By the time you are done playing games, everyone will be in such a great mood, that the last component will help with winding down the baby shower before everyone goes home.

5) Gifts — Probably the most important component and main reason people throw a baby shower is to give the expectant mom gifts for the baby and even to her. Shopping for a unique and creative baby gift to give at a baby shower can be stressful for some people. Depending on how many baby showers you’ve attended before, you may have seen many people give a lot of similar gifts and you want to get a little more creative. Most moms-to-be will have created a baby registry at a local store or two so you can always check out her wish list and try to put a unique spin on some of the things she will need or would like to have for the baby. A great way to do this is with a new baby gift basket that showcases practical and fun items that mom and baby can use together. I assure you that this type of newborn gift will be a hit at a baby shower.

Now that you know what you need to consider, I hope you enjoy the planning process for hosting a baby shower and more importantly, the baby shower when it occurs. Best of luck and remember, as long as you combine the components from above, no matter the cost, time, or effort involved in planning a baby shower, the reward is seeing how happy your expectant friend or relative will be knowing how much you care!

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Silk Draperies – Elegant Silk, Queen of Textiles

silk draperies - elegant silk, queen of textiles

silk draperies - elegant silk, queen of textiles

Interesting Facts

It’s a miracle at all that a tiny little caterpillar and its cocoon could be the source of one of the most beautiful textiles we know. Cultivated for thousands of years, silk continues to be the paragon of elegance and refinement. It is also amazingly versatile, taking many forms. Silk threads can be woven into gossamer sheers or can be made into velvets; it is one of the only fabrics which has the capacity to keep you warm in winter but cool in summer. It is, because of its protein structure, it is the most hypoallergenic of fabrics.

The soft sheen which we recognize as unique to silk is a result of its prism like structure which refracts light entering and leaving it at differing angles…there is nothing like silk.

Today’s faux silks are remarkable for their ability to mimic both the appearance and the “hand” of fine silk. Seen by themselves, they are quite convincing and an economical and practical alternative for those with budgets or performance related issues.

The real deal however is not inexpensive. The relative high cost of silks are due to the labor intensive methods that must be used to cultivate them. It takes about 2500 cocoons to make one pound of silk; each cocoon containing one continuous thread measuring about 2/3 of a mile.

Working With Silk – Silk is the strongest natural fiber known to man, equivalent in tensile strength to steel. Ironically, exposure to sunlight is quite detrimental to silk fabric causing it to become brittle and experience “dry rot”. Therefore when working with silks as window treatments, they should not only be lined but also interlined. This is essential as it wouldn’t be very long before your un-interlined treatments would be ruined. Readily available from many catalog companies are silk panels for what seems like a very good price. These are never interlined, nor are they custom grade goods. It’s important to remember that they are ready-made quality.

The investment in silk would be money poorly spent if it weren’t honored by making it into something custom, complete with all the special techniques and handling that silk fabrics require. Workrooms demand a higher price for working with silk, hems and sides need to be hand finished as the fabric is too slippery to run through the machines, and yes, they need to be lined and interlined. Only the best stitchers in the workroom are allowed to work on silk. This is because the stitchers who are highly skilled do not make mistakes. Stitching a seam and having to rip it out is not a healthy thing for silk; it leaves a line of demarcation and you can see the prior needle marks.

Silk is not for everyone. Often my clients will ask for silk. As it is such a specialized textile, it is my obligation as a designer to advise them of the pros and cons of using silk in all sorts of home furnishings.

Firstly it is a lifestyle fabric…while silk is tremendously strong, it is also compromised by sunlight therefore, I don’t recommend it for south facing windows and/or rooms with abundant all-day lighting even if the treatments are interlined. The only exception is if there are some sort of light-filtering shades in the windows as well as the draperies. Silk is also is subject to spotting if it gets water on it so I will not use silk on any window where it may be subject to splashing or humidity.

Secondly, it is a natural fabric and inherent in it are all the irregularities which give it its character and texture. It is not perfectly smooth or uniform. It also wrinkles, not in the way that linen does but in the way that it sits or as we say in the trade, its “hand”. Silk has a stiffer hand and tends to fall in sculpted folds. This is unique to silk and treasured for that very effect. If you are someone who doesn’t like irregularities or “wrinkles” then silk is not for you! Puddled draperies in silk are the epitome of elegance; in fact I like to see silk draperies made with a generous allowance for such. While you certainly can make drapery panels without the puddled effect, I think that doing so is not taking advantage of one of the most beautiful characteristics of silk. Silk draperies, Roman shades or valances in a dining space…lights dimmed, candles lit…there is nothing like the unique quality of silk and the way that it handles light to create the most delicious atmosphere. It will enhance your dining and entertaining experience.

Silk can be for everyone If… The good news is that silk blends beautifully with just about most any other fiber so while 100% silk may not suit your lifestyle or sensibilities, perhaps one of the silk blends might. Silk/linen and silk/rayon blends perform beautifully and still manage to impart the special quality of light for which silk is known. Often fabrics will contain as little as 7-10% silk which is just enough to impart that special sheen. So if you think you can’t afford silk or don’t want to be bothered with its fussiness, ask your designer to show you some silk blend fabrics for your next project.

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Leather Furniture Consumer’s Guide – Abbreviated Version

leather furniture consumer's guide - abbreviated version

leather furniture consumer's guide - abbreviated version

Planning on buying leather furniture? Did you know there are different types of leather? Which is best for you? Read on and learn some important tips to keep in mind when shopping.

Start by thinking about the usage patterns you expect with your new leather pieces. Will the furniture be placed in an active, “high-impact” setting with children, pets, food and drinks galore? Or, is your home a quiet, “low-impact” environment?

Quality leather is a remarkably durable material that will offer many years of comfort. However, the right type of leather should be selected based upon how you expect the furniture to be enjoyed. As a leather furniture repair and restoration specialist, I repeatedly hear from my clients how their sales person, designer, etc. never told them the leather would stain, fade, tear, etc. So, avoid these problems by learning a few simple keys and asking a few simple questions. To understand the issues let me take you through a mini-primer about leather.

There are two ways of coloring upholstery grade leather — with dyes only or with dyes and pigments. Leather colored strictly with a dye is referred to as unfinished, whereas pigmented leather is classified as finished. So, what’s the difference?

If leather is colored only with dye then there is no protective coating. It is sometimes referred to as “pure-aniline” leather. (Aniline is a type of dye that colors leather.) This leather is soft, supple to the touch. Its color is rich and deep as dyes are translucent and they penetrate, often completely through the leather. The leather’s natural beauty is accentuated by the dye giving the furniture a luxurious look and feel. Only the finest hides can qualify to be unfinished, so unsurprisingly, it’s the most expensive category. However, there is a dark side. This class of leather stains easily (these hides are highly porous) and the color fades, in some cases very rapidly. (UV’s the culprit.)

Finished leather is colored with the same aniline dye as unfinished leather however these hides go through a secondary coloring process. A pigmented coating (finish) is applied that is chemically engineered specifically for leather. It has to flex and allow the leather to breath so it has unique attributes that differentiate it from common wall paint. Pigmented leather finishes are opaque, creating a colored film on top of the hide. The color coating is then augmented with a clear coat forming its primary protection. This clear coat also dictates the sheen, from gloss to matte. Quality finished leather may not feel as soft and supple as unfinished, but will be able to withstand the rigors of an active household. It won’t stain nearly as readily. It’s easier to clean, and fades so slowly, you’ll never notice it.

Your first key is placement. Simply put, active, high impact environment like a family room, media center, conference room, dining room, etc. dictates finished leather. A low impact home, with UV tinted windows and little threat of staining can indulge the beauty of unfinished leather.

The next step is to consider your budget. This is where your expectations are appropriately set. There are two primary considerations, the leather and the frame.

Top-grain leather is the most durable, but will cost more. This is the epidermis of the skin which offers vast majority of the hide’s durability. Split-hide leather (leather “split” from the epidermis) won’t stand up to the test of time in an active household, but as a low grade is generally more affordable. If you want a piece that will last a long time, then you must insist on top-grain leather.

The internals or guts of the furniture should be considered. Is it constructed using hard wood appropriately joined with tight, solid fits, or is it slapped together with cheap pressed board, staples and cardboard? (No kidding, cardboard.) Clearly, solid construction will cost more, but offer many years of trouble free service.

Color selection is something else to think about. The lighter the color, the more maintenance it will require to keep the leather looking new and clean.

Finally, is it all leather or did the manufacturer sneak in some vinyl? Vinyl and all its fancy name derivatives like leatherette, leather-mate, leather-match etc. is a synthetic, not the real deal. It won’t feel or wear like leather. It’s less expensive than leather, but simply doesn’t have the durability of quality leather.

So, based on your budget, set your expectations correctly and think about how the piece will be used. Then when you shop ask the following questions.

1. Is the leather finished or unfinished? Remember to consider placement and usage patterns.

2. Is it top-grain leather? If it isn’t, it won’t have the durability you think you’re getting.

3. Is it all leather or is some of it vinyl? Don’t be duped.

4. How is the frame constructed? Remember the story of the three little pigs? If it’s going to last, it has to be well built.

With the answers to these questions at least you’ll know what you’re buying. For more information, go to this web-site advleather.com/

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