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Switchplates - They're an Important Part of Your Home's Decor

Having all the finishing touches in place is key if you want a well-decorated room. Whether it be your living room, bathroom, or otherwise, if everything isn't in place, then things are going to look off and that includes what kind of switchplates that you have on your walls.

If you're scratching your head as to what switchplates are, then here is a quick crash course. They are those coverings that are over your light switches and your outlets. Their main purpose is to protect you from the wires and the electricity running through those wires that is behind it. If those wires were exposed, that would lead to some big time problems.

In the past, switchplates just served that purpose and that's it. However, nowadays they actually carry some decorative weight and if the ones that you have on your walls don't match the theme of your space, then things are going to look miss-matched and kind of weird.

So, make sure that the switchplates on your walls have a decorative, stylish look and the nice thing about them is that there are actually a slew of choices to choose from, making that easy to do. For instance, maybe you have a country feel to your kitchen and dining space. Then, what would be a good choice for you is something made from wood that either features the lovely finish of that wood or a hand painted white finish. There are even ones that have floral themes painted on them as well.

Or, maybe you have this vintage formal living room filled with a ton of different elements. Like, you have metal furniture, including seating and tables, with beautiful scrollwork. If that is the case, then you can also get switchplates that are also made from metal and feature that same motif including ones made from wrought iron and others made from steel and even bronze that have an oil rubbed finish.

Basically, the possibilities are endless when it comes to switchplates and those that were just mentioned are just a few of the hundreds of thousands of options that are available. Really, there are hundreds of thousands to choose from. Some of the other options out there include those that are made from ceramic and have beautiful designs painted on them, others that are crafted out of plastic and have decoupage designs put on them ranging from something simple like bath bubbles to others that feature replicas of famous painting, and there are even some that are made from leather with carved designs.

To check out all the switchplates that you could possibly purchase for your space, the thing to do is to just jump on your computer for some online shopping. Really, it is the way to go because you don't have to leave the comfort of your home to do it since whatever you purchase will be shipped right to your home.

In the end, remember to have all those decorative things in place in your rooms and that includes switchplates. With all the options though, finding just the right ones for your space will be a breeze.


Narrow Down Your Picture Frame Search With These 3 Questions

If you have ever shopped for photo frames then you know it can be a little overwhelming. There are so many picture frames to choose from in a large variety of styles, colors, sizes and price ranges. So where do you begin? In order to save yourself some frustration, start off asking yourself these three questions:

* Who is the frame for?
* How much do you want to spend?
* Where will it be displayed?

These basic questions are often overlooked when shopping for that perfect picture frame. Answering them before you begin will speed up your search and result in the perfect gift or frame for yourself.

The first question to ask yourself is: Who is the picture frame for?

Are you looking for a frame for yourself or for a special friend or loved one? Are you getting the frame for a special occasion? Are you buying the frame to display a group of photos or keepsakes or just a single photo?

Purchasing a frame for someone you know can be easier than choosing that perfect frame for yourself. Online retailers often have categories of frames to look at like wedding photo frames, baby frames, graduation frames, oval picture frames and more. Using these categories to find the right frame will make your search easier.

When shopping for yourself, it's good to know what picture you want to display and the decorative style that you want the frame to complement. You can also narrow down your search even further by knowing the shape, color, material and the frame size you want. By knowing these few questions, it will make your search easier and help you save time in finding the right frame more quickly.

The next step is to determine what your budget is.

Most online picture frame retailers have a large selection of frames to fit any price range. You can find picture frames for less than $10 or more than several hundred dollars. Knowing your budget will help you select the perfect frame in the price range you want.

Last, but no less important, you should ask yourself: Where will the picture frame be used?

To get the most out of your photo frame purchase, you should know where it will be displayed. You may like the frame and how your picture looks in it, but if your frame clashes with your decor or doesn't fit where you want to display it, you have wasted your time and money. You don't need to have an exact spot selected but you should know if it will be placed on a tabletop or hung on a wall.

If the frame is a gift, it may not be possible to know where it will be displayed, but it will help to have a sense of whether it might be displayed on a tabletop or hung on a wall. If you're not sure, then choose a picture frame that includes both an easel back stand and hanging hardware.

Before you buy your next picture frame, answer these three questions and you will save yourself time and energy in finding the perfect picture frame quickly and easily.


How to Choose the Perfect Magnetic Photo Frame

If you've ever shopped for a magnetic picture frame, then you probably know that it can be confusing finding the right type of magnetic frame you want. That's because there are 2 different kinds of magnetic photo frames that are both called the same thing. In this article, you'll learn the difference between the two types of magnetic frames so you'll be able to get exactly what you want quickly and easily.

Traditional Magnetic Picture Frames

Traditional magnetic picture frames are the ones you have probably seen for years and are most familiar to you. They are your garden variety magnetic frame found on refrigerators, file cabinets and other fun metal surfaces. These magnetic frames are commonly made of plastic, acrylic or even paper. The back of the frame has a magnet secured to it that allows the frame to attach to any metal surface.

These magnetic frames are called by many names - magnetic refrigerator frames, clear magnetic photo frames, or acrylic magnetic frames, to name a few. Because they are inexpensive and simple to use, these frames are the type of magnetic frame most easily found.

Because magnetic frames can attach to any metal surface they are popular for both home and office. Many truck drivers use acrylic magnetic frames in the cab of their trucks to remind them of their family at home. During their long trips away from home they are able to keep pictures of their family close by. Parents love them because they're a simple way to display their children's accomplishments. This type of magnet frame is also a favorite of school kids because they can be used to display photos in metal lockers.

Two great benefits of magnetic photo frames, and why they're so popular, are their durability and low cost. If they get damaged or lost, they are easy and inexpensive to replace.

Modern Magnetic Photo Frame

Modern magnetic photo frames are like regular picture frames that can be hung on a wall or displayed on a flat surface. The difference that really makes this frame stand out is how the picture is displayed. With a modern magnetic picture frame, the photo is secured to the frame by magnets so it looks like the picture is floating in the frame.

That is why these magnetic photo frames are sometimes referred to as floating frames and why they are so appealing. These magnetic frames come in a variety of styles and sizes and are usually made out of metal, glass, plastic or acrylic. The modern magnetic picture frame is not as inexpensive as the traditional magnetic frame but is still very reasonable.

The modern magnetic photo frame is very versatile and can hold a variety of picture sizes and can even hold multiple photos.

Now that you know the difference between the two types of magnetic picture frames, you'll be sure to find exactly what you want the next time you shop for a magnetic frame.


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