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Stylish Ideas For Your Spiral Staircases

Most people, while going about their daily routine, walk up and down several staircases during any given day. Because of our constant use of stairs, most of us don’t even think twice about them as one of the oldest architectural features in existence. Stairs were one of the earliest inventions of man. As the old saying goes “necessity is the mother of invention” and the invention of stairs was no different. Early man’s necessity for a more convenient and efficient way to reach the heights resulted in the invention of the stairways and staircases.


Since the early staircases on ancient buildings and temples, mankind has a come a long way in the design and engineering of staircases. However, the basic design remains the same. All stairs are made up of certain basic components.

  • Tread And The Riser - One step of a staircase is made up of two parts: The tread and the riser. The tread is the part of the staircase that a person steps on in order to reach the next step. The riser is the vertical portion that connects each tread portion of the stairs. The exception to this rule is in “open” staircases where risers are purposely missing, usually for design and visual effect. In modern stairs, the tread is constructed according to the same specifications and code of any other flooring. Tread depth is measured from the edge of the step to the edge of the vertical riser.
  • Nosing- Another common part of any staircase is the nosing. The nosing is the edge of the stair tread which hangs over the riser beneath. It is important that nosing is engineered and measured correctly so that no one trips or slips on this part of the staircase. For stairs that are made of slippery materials like concrete or steel, it is common for the nosing of the staircase to be fitted with some type of non-skid or non-slip tread material.


  • Bullnose- Another staircase feature is called a starting step or bullnose. In stairs that have one or more open sides, it is common for the first step on the lower floor to be wider than the other ascending stairs. The sides of this wider step can be rounded. This can provide a wider base for a handrail.
  • Winders are another common stair component. These types of steps are narrower on one side than the other in order to change the direction of the staircase. Most often winders are used in spiral and circular staircases.
  • String, stringer board, or stringer- Another feature is known by three names: string, stringer board, or stringer. This feature is the structural support for the tread and risers. Stringers can be open or closed depending on the stair design. All of these components are essential in the stair design, an ancient invention that has made ascending heights easy, efficient, and even, aesthetically stunning.

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Beautify Your Room With Plaster Ceiling Roses

Now a days throughout the world ceiling roses are a desired decorative element fixed to the ceiling. Normally a chandelier or light fitting are often suspended in between a ceiling rose. They are usually circular in shape and have a variety of ornamental designs.

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Ceiling roses are also known as plaster ceiling roses. Ceiling Roses were coming into use to protect the ceiling from the stains of heat and charring caused by gas lighting and other fire oriented lights. In this case, only the plaster Center Piece needed to be re-decorated as compared to the entire ceiling. This saves a good deal of time and effort. Ceiling roses provide an ornamental background for all light fitting and will improve ceilings. They can be installed anywhere home or office. Floral decorations, really uplift the ceiling. The decorative elements cover up large ceiling surfaces.

When decorating with ceiling roses one can let imagination run wild, because floral ornaments can also be used on walls. You can place repetitive elements to get a wonderful effect. They can also be combined with mirror lighting to produce a contemporary touch. There are endless possibilities.

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Selecting the right size of Ceiling Roses

There is no size restriction so there is no right or wrong size. All you have to consider is the proportions. It is important to map the right proportions for both the ceiling size and room size. The size and height of the ceiling is important for overall dimensions of the room. Rooms with lower ceilings look well with small ceiling roses and plain ceiling roses. This rule also applies to the case of a lot of simple, modern homes. Rooms with high and wide ceilings look better with bigger and added ornate ceiling roses.

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It is also a great idea to match the furniture design and other room decor with a ceiling rose. A meeting room with smart furniture will normally look best with a delicate and medium sized rose, whereas a room with a heavy stuff like a heavy oak table in the center will look striking with a larger and more decorative ceiling rose.

Using ceiling roses alternatively

A ceiling rose does not need to be fixed to the ceiling. Yes, that’s true, you can have a look at different places around you where you can see they are fixed to the walls with a bulb in the center, or as part of a panel mouldings. To know more details about decorative plaster mouldings and ceiling roses,

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