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Men are choosing to wear more color and patterns at the office, during business travel and out for dinner on the town. Men's plaid shirts offer an alternative to solid men's dress shirts while maintaining a classic neat appearance. Dress up a plaid shirt by adding accessories and coordinating it with your entire outfit.
The color and texture of tile helps set the tone of a room. A popular way to infuse color into kitchens, bathrooms and entryways, tile offers solid and variegated color choices, multiple patterns and diverse shapes. Use hand-painted tile for a custom touch or rely on the natural variance in multicolored and patterned tiles. Before deciding on a tile color for any surface, take note of existing colors in the room, the mood you want for the room and the amount of foot traffic the area receives. Here are a few steps to help you decide on the perfect tile color for your home improvement project.
Out of all the bedding made, quilts may be the most diverse. Quilts are produced in all kinds of colors, patterns, sizes, styles and types. If you're looking for a quilt but don't know where to start, take a look at the popular types of quilts below to learn more about this beautiful kind of bedding. Amish quilts: These beautiful quilts reflect the Amish way of living and feature solid colors, deep hues, geometric patterns and very little embellishment. Amish quilts contain the highest quality of construction and stitching, and, sometimes, the wonderful stitch patterns (scrolls, feathers) contrast with the simple backgrounds of their quilts. Applique quilts: These quilts use a French needlework technique where fabric pieces are sewn onto another piece of material to create a design. Applique is used extensively in the quilting process and is not to be confused with patchwork. Patchwork pieces are joined together; applique is sewn on top of the whole piece. Baltimore album quilts: Baltimore album quilts came from Maryland in the early 1800s. Each block in the design of these quilts is appliqued differently, often in ornate floral patterns. Bangladeshi quilts: These quilts are made with layers of Saree cloth. Saree cloth is silk cloth used by women of India to wrap and fold around the body as a garment. The cloth is usually 40 to 60 inches wide by 6 yards long. These quilts are used as bedding or as decorative pieces. Bargello quilts: Bargello quilts are created with offset squares in an up-and-down geometric "V" pattern. The small squares of different fabrics and the colorful designs make these quilts true works of art. Hawaiian quilts: Hawaiian quilts are not pieced, and they usually showcase a large, symmetrical applique in the center of the quilt. Most often the background is white or another solid color. Patchwork quilts: Patchwork quilts are constructed of many small pieces of fabric which are put together in an improvised or irregular pattern. This is a well-known quilt style, and examples of historical patchwork quilts are found in many museums. Ralli quilts: Ralli quilts, sometimes known as rilli quilts, are traditional quilts made in India or Pakistan. There is an abundance of embroidery as well as applique on the patchwork patterns. Star quilts: Star quilts are created with a large star shape, or several star shapes, dominating the pattern. Wedding ring quilts: Wedding ring quilts are crafted in a design of interlocking rings. This pattern goes far back in history: in the fourth century it was used to decorate drinking cups in Rome. Wedding ring quilts are highly popular and make wonderful wedding gifts. If you're looking for a gift to please an engaged couple, you can't go wrong with a wedding quilt. Bedding always makes a significant gift for the bride and groom, and a quilt with coordinating Egyptian cotton sheets can be even better. View All Quilts Back to Guides Directory View All Quilts
For a splash of unique style, try incorporating patterned decorative pillows into your home. The bold style they bring can be coupled with solid accent pillows for subdued flavor or mixed with other patterns for a fashion-forward look. You can use patterned decorative pillows almost anywhere in your home to infuse your personal touch and bring a revitalized look to old furniture. Redecorating with throw pillows is affordable and can often be the fastest way to change your home decor. This guide will provide a few tips on how to use patterned decorative pillows in your home.
When paired with the right outfit, knee-high boots are perfectly acceptable to wear to the office. Plan for a subdued color scheme and stick to solid colors and earth-tone ensembles when wearing knee-high boots at work. Embellish your boots and cute outfit with eye-catching jewelry and hair accessories for the perfect office look.
If you are petite, finding clothing that fits correctly is essential. Petite apparel prevents you from looking boxy or drowning in too much fabric and ensures a fit that flatters your body. Shopping for petite clothing will help you find the right sizes with all the fashionable options as other departments. The best dresses for petites are easy to find with a few simple guidelines. V-necks draw the eye up toward the face. V-necks are flattering for all types of women, since they show off the neck and encourage the appearance of a long, lean body. Petite dresses that have a V-neck also create a vertical line and give the impression that you are taller. Look for petite clothing that allows you to play with accessories and show them off. For an evening look, pair the V-neck with layers of necklaces to look glamorous. Find knee-length dresses to flatter your legs. As a petite woman, flowing long dresses may cause you to look smaller. When more leg is showing, you will appear taller. A flattering petite dress is hemmed at the knee or just above the knee. Pair a petite dress with heels and your legs will appear long and lean. Don't go much shorter than slightly above the knee, since it may be inappropriate for work or more elegant parties. Select petite apparel that hits at the right length and is flattering to your curves. Vertical designs will elongate your body. Look taller by finding dresses that have a vertical design. Dresses that have vertical stripes create the illusion that there is more length. On the other hand, dresses that have too many patterns or colors may cause petite women to appear smaller. A simple dress is flattering, whether it's one solid color or contains a subtle pattern. Petite women can use a wide belt at the waist in the same color as the dress. Using a belt in a different color may cause you to look shorter, in addition to cutting your appearance in half at the waist. View All Petite Clothing Back to Guides Directory View All Petite Clothing
Tile kitchen countertops are an affordable alternative to traditional solid stone units. Countertop tile can be made from many of the most popular materials, such as granite or quartz, yet costs just a fraction of the price. Tile countertops are also easy to install and repair, making them the perfect project for the DIY homeowner. Ceramic. Ceramic tile is made from natural clay that is baked to remove excess moisture. It is available in a wide variety of colors and designs that can be mixed and matched to any kitchen. Ceramic tile is affordable, easy to install and very low maintenance. It is also waterproof and able to withstand high temperatures from hot dishes. If you choose ceramic tile for your kitchen countertops, you should be aware that ceramic tile can crack or chip if heavy objects are dropped on it. To minimize grout stains, you can choose a dark grout and use a grout sealer to protect the seams from dirt. Mosaic. Mosaic tile comes in tiny 1-inch square units. It is often sold in large sheets that are attached to a mesh backer-board, making for easy and fast installation. These tiles can be mixed to create unique patterns and textures, and are very durable. One advantage of mosaic tiles is that they are colored all the way through, so a chip or crack will not be as visible as with ceramic tile. Granite. Granite tile is a natural stone product that is widely popular in kitchen decor. Tiles made from granite offer the beauty of natural stone at a fraction of the cost. Granite tiles often have a mottled surface that helps to hide dirt and fingerprints and are incredibly strong and long-lasting. Like all granite products, these tiles must be sealed after installation and at least once a year for the duration of their use. Quartz. Quartz tile is a manufactured product designed to look similar to granite while offering superior performance. It is made from crushed quartz crystals pressed together with resin. Quartz tile has a smooth and uniform surface with a consistent grain. It is slightly less expensive than granite and is much more durable and long-lasting. Unlike granite, quartz tiles do not need to be sealed. They are completely nonporous, which prevents bacteria from becoming trapped in the surface. Quartz cannot be repaired as easily as granite, however, and it offers none of the natural beauty and color variation of real stone. View All Tile Back to Guides Directory View All Tile
The T-shirt is a staple of every man's wardrobe. From simple solids to unique graphics, T-shirts are always comfortable and versatile. They look great with jeans, sweaters and even board shorts. A graphic T-shirt, however, can be a little harder to pair with. Most graphic shirts have bold patterns that can overwhelm or clash with the rest of your outfit, especially when you're trying to layer. Luckily, layering graphic tees isn't impossible. In fact, the following tips can help you layer graphic T-shirts with all your favorite wardrobe staples.
Women's suits are often part of the professional dress code, and many offer the choice between skirts and dress pants. Although women's suits need to be professional, a variety of fabrics and colors keep wardrobe options fresh and offer you the ability to pair your suit with existing blouses in for a new look. Even if you work in a casual setting, it is wise to have a women's suit on hand for special occasions. Look for flattering skirt styles. Many professional offices observe a conservative dress code, and skirt suits are dressier than pantsuits. Keep dress suits simple and classy in neutral colors such as navy, beige, black and brown. Skirts should be hemmed right above the kneecap or just below it, and suitable blouses for conservative skirt suits are high-cut to avoid showing too much cleavage. To ensure skirts look flattering on any figure, look for styles that offer waist reinforcement and lines to provide structure. Pick a pantsuit. For more casual settings, a pantsuit is professional and comfortable. Look for pants that are straight-cut or slightly flared at the hem to pair with heels or dress boots, and try a high-waisted style for a structured look. Pleated pants look best on ultra-slender women, because they can bunch around the waist and stomach area. Choose appropriate fabric. For year-round wear, a dress suit made of worsted wool keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The high-quality wool fabric is soft and lightweight and commonly comes in such colors as gray, black and navy. For summer, a lightweight suit made of seersucker or linen creates a crisp appearance and provides comfort in warmer weather. Additional suit fabrics to choose from include wool blends, polyester-cotton blends, cotton and synthetic materials, such as polyester and rayon blends. Get a great fit. To get the most flattering suit for your body shape, note the areas of the body that need special attention. For curvy women, suits with wide necklines, rounded lapels and double-breasted jackets balance out the body. Suits that have pointed lapels and straight-cut jackets, skirts or pants mostly flatter tall, angular women. Petite women can create the illusion of being taller with solid-colored suits and those that feature a subtle pinstripe pattern. A-line skirts are flattering to women of all sizes because they hug the hips and slightly flare out at the hem, balancing out the body. View All Women's Suits Back to Guides Directory View All Women's Suits
Matching shirts and ties once seemed to be a simple task because there were limited options of dress shirt colors available. Today, however, dress shirts and ties are available in a seemingly endless array of patterns and hues. While it may seem overwhelming to try to match boldly colored or patterned shirts and ties, there are some simple steps that can make the process much easier.
Patterned area rugs simultaneously add style to your home and protect your floors from wear, making them a smart choice for any room. Decorating with a printed rug can seem like a big commitment, but there is actually a lot of versatility when it comes to patterned area rugs. If you want to inject style into a dull room, try one of these popular rug patterns.
If you've never considered making quilts a part of your modern decor, you may want to think again. Bed quilts can look modern and chic when they have subtle patterns or colors in their design. Look for a modern quilt set when you want to re-energize your bedroom and add a dash of classic style. This guide will help you find the right quilt style for your bedroom, just keep reading for a list of the top five modern bed quilts.
A room full of the same color could be boring, but texture and pattern add interest and life to any decor. This guide will help you to use diverse colors, finishes, and prints to bring a fresh, stylish look to any room.
Placing an area rug in a child's room adds a soft spot for them to play and protects your floors. One of the biggest home trends right now is layering area rugs, and while you might not think this style is ideal for young kids, it can actually make their room more inviting and fun. Instead of using different textures for a subtle interior design statement, try using multiple area rugs to infuse your child's bedroom with color and pattern.
Wearing a suit or even a dress shirt and pants day in and out can get pretty dull, so why not spice things up with men's ties? Pair bold ties with crisp white men's dress shirts or complement colored shirts with men's neckties in subdued tones and patterns. No matter what your style is, you can find men's ties that look great with your suit and let you show off your personality. Read on for tips on choosing ties, both for work and for special occasions.
In the past, a cravat rounded out the well-dressed gentleman's outfit. These days, the cravat's successor, the necktie, serves the same function. A well-chosen tie is a coordinating element in a good outfit; a badly chosen or tacky tie can stick out and bring the wrong kind of attention. Tie selection is easier when approached with a few simple rules in mind.
Patterned area rugs are one of the most popular home decorating trends. They instantly infuse a room with color without requiring a lasting commitment. One way to incorporate this look into your home is with a statement-making floral area rug. While you can find floral rugs that are bright and whimsical, it's also possible to decorate with subtle floral rugs that are suitable for places where you never pictured this type of rug working.
Duvet covers are available in a variety of fabrics and patterns. The right style for your bedroom is a matter of personal taste. When choosing a duvet cover for your comforter, pick out a style that will go well with the furniture and flooring of your bedroom. Duvet covers should also complement the art on your bedroom walls and the window dressing.
When it comes to choosing the right futon mattress for your futon, it can be a tough decision. Futons are very versatile pieces of furniture. These couches that convert into beds can be made out of everything from expensive solid hardwood to inexpensive metal. The choices for a futon mattress are as diverse as for the frames. Some futon mattresses are simply filled with pieces of cotton and wool. Others are one solid piece of foam. Still other futon mattresses contain coils just as bed mattresses do. If you're confused about finding the right one, take a look below to learn how to choose a futon mattress.
When you're getting your nursery in order, baby bedding sets offer you a fast and easy way to outfit your crib with cute sheets, blankets and pillows. Baby bedding sets aren't for everyone, though. What if you have an heirloom baby quilt or just want to mix things up a bit? A prepackaged baby bedding set isn't going to meet your needs. The following tips can help you mix and match baby bedding for a unique nursery that's anything but cookie cutter.