Decorative Ceilings — Ceilings

Decorative Ceilings - Ceilings

can anyone help me. I'm looking for decorative Styrofoam beams made for cathedral ceilings.

Jun 13, 2006 by LISA s | Posted in Decorating & Remodeling

they look like real wooden beams, but they are styrofoam

thye were the rage of the age a few years back, now they are considered fake and cheezie, so i dont think you can buy them anymore. maybe you can learn to enjoy the style of your house without trying ot make it look like something its not.

kurtmohr | Jun 13, 2006

Lighting in a home with low ceilings. Any suggestions?

Jul 03, 2007 by Genius Cook | Posted in Decorating & Remodeling

The ceilings throughout our home are 95 inches or 2.4 meters high. Low indeed. Most of the house has wooden ceiling beams. I am trying to figure out a way to better “light up the house” and am in need of good suggestions.

In one room weve solved the problem with two floor lamps and a halogen lamp on the upright piano.

In another room Ive 4 wall lamps (total eight 40 what bulbs) – but it still isn’t enough. But more importantly, its in the kitchen that we need to have more light. The ceilings have wooden beams about 10 / 12 inches apart and Ive put sheet rock between the beams. Ive incased 3 decorative halogen lamps (transformer hidden above the sheet rock). They give off light but it’s not enough and in any case the lamps burn out at least once a year and cost nearly 10 US dollars each to replace. I’m sure they also consume plenty of electricity.

Ah, finally – I do need to mention that we’ve neon lighting under the cupboards – above the sink, the burners and above two work counters.

Please let me know if you need more (precise) information so to give me a detailed answer.

Thanks in advance for you help.

karadann. why dont you come arond and blow out my halogen 100 watt bulb

karadann. why dont you come around and blow out my halogen 100 watt bulb. Could be very lightful

For starters, the 40 watters can be replaced with a 12 watt flourescent screw in bulb in the daylight style (bluer) than the warm flourescent (yellow) — the brightness levels are same as regular incandescents BUT. they cost about 4-6$ each and use less energy (and last about 10 yrs!) — If you replace your 40 watters with a flourescent that is brighter than a 40 watt (try a 60 watt brightness) youll save money and brighten up that area immensely! check your home improvement centers, sometimes they sell these in a 4 pack for 7 bucks or so. Trust me on the brightness and savings on energy used. I have them everywhere in my home! Havent replaced one in 4 yrs and have had 2 since 1998 already!

I also recommend track lighting or lighting fixtures that are directional so you can aim them where most needed. (use the flourescents here too)

Floor spot lights will also light up an area or plant and act as a night light (use the flourescent there too)

Recessed lighting can replace the halogens — there are directional styles available and again, the flourescents are your best bet there too for cost and replacement (or lack thereof)

Wall sconces are great if they have a frosted glass — they have top and bottom openings for the direction of light best suited for the area.

Halogens are best for heating up an area that is drafty (my opinion and experience) but they cost so much money for replacements and energy used to use them — under cabinet flourescents are nearly invisible and very helpful with a wider spectrum of lighting for cooking and dishes.

Save yourself the headache of replacing bulbs all the time and using so much electricity to light your home.

I use 4 of the directional lights across my ceiling about 18-20 inches apart between the kitchen and living room and aim where needed most — I too have low light in my home. I also installed the white pleated shades on my windows to allow more natural light in to the room as well.

Remember, the daylight screwin flourescents — theyre brighter like a halogen!

Good luck — hope this helps

deederbabe | Jul 03, 2007

What features does a house have to have to be regarded as Art Deco?

Jul 04, 2007 by Colette S | Posted in Other — Arts & Humanities

Decorative Ceilings - Ceilings

Im not talking about fancy theatres and government buildings etc, just regular houses built either during that period or inspired by that period. I was pretty sure they had those huge square decorative ceilings, but is there anything else that specifically marks a house as being Art Deco?

I dont think there was an architectural style known as Art Deco, but some of the features could be that. Mostly it applies to decorative effects, housewares, and furniture.

what is the best laser level for painters?

Jun 17, 2007 by hazeldl1 | Posted in Decorating & Remodeling

I do some decorative painting on walls and ceilings. Pencil marks and chalk lines dont work well.

The best laser is a roll of tape.

Michael B | Jun 17, 2007

is there a helpful website for giving info about the usage of magnesium oxide for making building materials?

Apr 11, 2008 by nicole a | Posted in Engineering

I like to have detailed information about the advantage or disadvantage of magnesium oxide in making building materials such as decorative boards applied for walls, ceilings.

Magnesium oxide is combined with magnesium chloride to produce magnesium (or magnesia) cement.

One manufacturer of magnesium oxide is Premier Chemicals, LLC. Their website has a good introductory paper on magnesia cements (see link below). The author, Dr. Mark Shand, has also written a book, The Chemistry and Technology of Magnesia.

The second link below is to a recent patent application that provides a wealth of additional information and citations to earlier patents.

woodturner | Apr 12, 2008

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