The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bedroom into a Prayer Closet

This is a research paper on how to make you bedroom into a prayer closet. I wrote it over the course of a few months. I hope you all enjoy it. Thanks.

Kimberly J. Krause

Mrs. Bradley


19 January 2011

Bedroom into a Prayer Closet

The prayer closet joined with the bedroom refreshes us both in the spiritual and physical realm. For this reason, we should design the room in such a way that soothes and renews. According to I Corinthians 10:31, we must do all things to the glory of God. This includes decorating a bedroom. Matthew 6:6 establishes the prayer principles that are most significant: first, to have a prayer closet, and second, to be in private, so that only God’s ears hear us. Another way to glorify God is through rest, enabling us to receive the strength He alone gives us (Mark 6:31). With that in mind, we will create a room, balancing spiritual and physical needs to bring glory to God.

Preparation begins with some information about color, style, and basic principles. Start with the primary colors– red, yellow, and blue–which form the foundation of all colors. When the primary colors mix together, the secondary colors form. Red and blue make violet, blue and yellow make green, and yellow and red make orange. The adjoining secondary and primary colors, combined, fashion the intermediate colors such as blue-violet or yellow-orange. Two secondary colors construct the tertiary colors of wheat, slate, and brick. Quaternary colors, juniper, eggplant, sand stone, equal two tertiary colors mixed.

Colors that complement each other are found at opposite ends of the color wheel. Yellow and violet, blue and orange, and red and green all complement each other. Triad colors are any three colors equally spaced out on the color wheel, such as the primaries and secondaries. Another set is called double split complement. It is made out of four colors on either side of the secondaries (Yellow-orange, yellow-green, red-violet, and blue-violet). Split complements begin with one primary color and the two colors on either side of the complement. An example is yellow, red-violet, and blue-violet (Sunset Books 38).

Specific color names are known as hues; for instance apple green or red-violet. Exposing light or dark to a color is called the value. By admixing black with a color, it produces a darker color called a shade. On the other hand, tints are created by including more white. Adding gray to the color makes tone (Sunset Books 32). Intensity gauges the brightness of a color. High intensity colors are generally used as an accent, and a low intensity color is used as the main color. Since the primaries are the most powerful, they should be used carefully. To tone down the intensity, they can be used with white, black, or a complementary color (Sunset Books 32). According to Karl Crowder on his website, temperature also plays a key role in color. The colors green, blue, and purple on one half of the color wheel are cooler. Then the other side with red, orange, and yellow are noticeably warmer.

Colors not only directly apply to our eyes but also to our feelings. Red colors provide the ambience of the room with energy, animation, enthusiasm, boldness, and comfort. Oranges supply cozy, creative, and radiant feelings. Yellow colors furnish welcome and warmth. Green prompts natural and tranquil, balanced feelings. Blue colors are clear, calm, and organized. Violets stimulate, cool and calm oneself. Pinks are positive, exciting, and feminine (Starmer 25).

Here are some color tips and things to know. The warm colors seem closer and make the room look smaller, whereas cooler colors come across as being remote and spacious (Sunset Books 33). Pale colors generate a brighter room. High ceilings and dark colors give the impression that the ceiling is lower. To make a small room appear wider, use light blue or gray paint. Wall color can frame out a room and visibly divide one room into two. Combine neutral colors with other tones to experience a more natural feel (Ventura 94).

Style is all around; everything has a style. Objects like bed, paint, and mirrors all take part in style (Sunset Books 10). Period style reflects a time in history, such as the Middle Ages, Baroque, Colonial, Victorian Era, and Civil War. This style will appear to be out of a book or museum (12-13). Global style depicts anything from anywhere around the world; samples include China, France, Germany, Italy, or Spain. Keep in mind that global styles may vary. Spanish style could be bright and colorful, while Japanese style could be serene and sparse (14-15). The Romantic style makes one feel warm, pleasant, refreshing, and gladly received. Floral patterns, lace, trinkets, and clutter characterize this style (16-17). Country style welcomes in the most warm feelings with paraphernalia involving quilts and roosters, rustic and natural colors, crafts and home cooking, baskets and check fabric (Sunset Books 18-19, Evelegh 58-61). Seaside style refreshes a person with all the items from the sea: shells, rocks, drift wood, boat supplies, and deck chairs. Words that describe it are relaxing, soothing, peaceful, and airy (Evelegh 66). The most recent style today, the modern or contemporary style is best known for being open, airy, minimal, natural, and strong (Sunset Books 20-21, Evelegh 62).

The basic principles are essential in creating a room both pleasing to the eye and balancing. Harmony is the foundation of a prayer closet. How can one focus in prayer when there is chaos? The room must unify in each component: harmony, rhythm, scale, emphasis, and balance. Rhythm involves repeating themes and organized ideas. A rhythm could be as simple as the color purple in most of the items (Sunset Books 43, Roney 10). Scale matches big to big and small to small. A big four-poster bed would match a substantive dresser. Each room needs emphasis or some place where your eyes are drawn. Perhaps a beautiful painting or a collectable dresser from a grandmother could be the emphasis (Roney 10). Style plus the basic principles can generate certain moods. Fun and happy, quiet and serene, spicy and lively suggest a certain “feel” that formulates the ambience (Sunset Books 10). When choosing patterns, be careful not to make a busy look with complicated designs. Visual direction take the room’s shape. There are lines that go up and down, side to side, curved, and angled (Sunset Book 42). Texture is fun to consider, silk or velvet, soft or rough, and smooth or bumpy. They add the flavor and spice of the room (Evelegh 36). When the basic principles are combined properly, they work together to establish a beautifully balanced room (Roney 10).

The next step is to ask questions about the room. Remember to think practically with the goal of glorifying God (1 Cor. 10:31). Who will live in it and visit it? What will it be used for? When will it be used? Why is it being used? Will it be practical in five years? (Evelegh 14) Is the space shared? (Roney 9-11) Is this a redecorating project or “starting from scratch” project? (Ventura 20)

Sort through the information and ideas. Collect samples of things such as carpet, fabric, paint chips, and wallpaper, that are pleasing and interesting. Colors, photos, and materials are some other things to collect (Ventura 14). Once the pleasing and interesting things are gathered, put them together in a collage or scrapbook called an “Mood Board.” Look at all the things; a common pattern or theme should emerge. The “Mood Board” will give an idea of what the room will look like (Starmer 29).

Evaluate the time, energy, and money saving hints and choose what will work the best. Pick a deadline or goal to have the room completed. Figure out an estimated budget for the room. Focus on one room. Buy only as needed (Roney 9-11). Before buying, clean and organize the room. Go through each drawer and get rid of things that are not used. Go through your closets and do the same. Then arrange and sort all the items in the drawers to be most efficient. The room is looking much better already! (Sunset Books 213) After completing the cleaning, the room is ready for practical application. Go ahead and start the process with choosing paint, lighting, and other essentials.

Paint displays both color and diversity. In preparation to painting, repair walls and fill in holes with spackle. Crowder advises painting the primer or sealer on first, to help the paint stick to the wall. It also unifies the surface while sealing the pores. Getting the right primer is essential to having a nice smooth wall. If there is a water stain or a dark color on the wall, be sure to use an oil base primer.

After priming, the wall color can be applied. The most common house paint is latex paint that is based with water. It dries fast and cleans up efficiently in no time at all. One-hundred percent acrylic house paint is by far the best and nicest quality even though it costs more. It provides the splatter and high chip resistance features with an easy to paint, lovely color. Paint called flat or matte finish has low or even no sheen and only one or two coats are necessary. It is best on ceilings and slightly damaged walls. A medium level of sheen, known as eggshell or satin, cleans and holds up well. They can be used in children’s rooms and bathrooms. Semi-gloss paint resists dirt and scuff marks decently while cleans properly. This paint becomes most suitable in rooms that get a lot of use. Gloss paint ranks the shiniest finish, but shows flaws. Check the label on the paint can. The more sheen the paint has, the more resistant to stains it will be. One company’s paint type could be different from another, so try to keep the same brand.

Flooring should correspond with the purpose or style of the room. Carpet would be good for people who go barefoot. Heavy traffic requires tough flooring. Get a sample of flooring and put it up in the room to see if it matches the walls (Ventura 120). Carpeting comes in many different fibers. Some of the most common are wool, acrylic, polyester, olefin, and nylon. Each type has pros and cons. Wool carpet is comfortable but expensive. Acrylic is similar to the wool but cheaper (Evelegh 86-87). According to Pro-Care, polyester does not cost much and resists water based stains. However, oil-based stains do not come out easy. Olefin tends to resist stains easily but does not hold shape well. Nylon hold shapes well. Pick the carpet that is most appealing and comfortable. Lighter colors in carpet of any type make the room feel light and airy (Evelegh 86-87). A soft pad under the carpet enhances comfort.

Buying furniture will take time, so do not rush. Instead find exactly the right pieces you want. Take a camera to snap pictures of the possibilities and favorites. Look for the styles that repeat the pictures. Print out the best choices and review them (Evelegh 12) Take measurements of the furniture, then use blue painter’s tape to outline the dimensions of that piece in the room. It is a great visual to see how much space you will have and what it would look like. Find one item that is special and work around it. Buy movable or collapsible furniture, if the room is small or cramped. Restore, strip, paint, or reupholster furniture to refresh and renew. Antique pieces could be elegant or rustic depending on the piece (Ventura 106). Get a very comfortable chair and remember ergonomics. Since ergonomics depends on one’s particular size and build, buy an adjustable seat height and backrest. Swivel feet aid the different positions of work. Headboards come in metal, wood, and upholstery or fabric (Evelegh 210). Headboards frame out the bed. Thin metal headboards would work well in a small room. Fabric or upholstery headboards would give a warmer, cozier feel. They need to match the style of the other furnishings. If the ceiling fan consists of wood, then a wrought iron headboard probably would not match.

Window shades direct the light cleverly by letting small amounts of light in or out. They could even stand alone or go with a curtain (Sunset Books 112). Curtains add interest to the room, while softening a window and creating unity (100-104). The bigger the room, the grander the curtains or shades. For example, they could have more detail, lace, trim, or beads. The curtains could have folds or pleats, swags or gathers (100). They could be tied back or left sheer. The hooks range from hooks and rings to buttons and tie tops (Ventura 146).

The patterns in fabric need to have a common thread. For instance if a chair has sunflowers, then the bedspread should match the theme (Ventura 117). If there are various fabrics, incorporate a small print, medium print, and/or large print to break up the busyness (Sunset Books 44). Big patterns can be placed in a big room according to the scale, whereas, small patterns can be used in a small room. To see if your fabric looks good, lay your fabric where it would be placed, then stand back and look (Evelegh 38-49).

Lighting is extremely important. Good lighting helps us to see properly and ultimately be more productive. Blinds and curtains control the natural light, but what about artificial light? First, American Light Association gives an explanation how ambient lighting illuminates the general room but does not cause glare. This type of lighting could be ceiling fan lights or chandeliers. Task lights shines on a special point. For example, writing, reading or doing make-up would require a task light. Put the artificial light in the dark areas of the room. Hang direct lights below the eye level to avoid injury to the eyes. When setting up a desk, keep in mind how the light hits the paper or computer at night or during the day. The light in the work area should be about the same as the surrounding light. Floor lamps are a great movable tool to cater to the specific need of the room. A white surface will be more reflective (Ventura 86). American Light Association shows that accent lighting is exactly that, an accent. Wall hangings or treasures can be highlighted with accent lights.

Bedrooms are supposed to be calm, soothing, peaceful, and tranquil. Place soft pillows, meaningful treasures, big fuzzy blankets, candles, or objects that are most significant in the room (Sunset Books 193). Pillows spruce and freshen up a room. They can have numerous decorative add-ons: piping, fringe, buttons, bobbles, lace, or beads. Group several pillows together for a lovely arrangement. Grouping an assortment of sizes will be more pleasing (Evelegh 145). Candles offer a lovely natural light as well as beauty. They can be used for special occasions or simply for a nice touch. Place out of children’s reach and do not set at eye level (Sunset Books 124). Plants naturally contribute oxygen, color, life, freshness, and fragrance. To keep the plants heathy, place near sunlight and ventilation (Ventura 128). Dried flowers also can add a natural beauty without a lot of work. They can be used in room where living plants could not survive (Ventura 132). Mirrors add extra light and brightness while making the room appear bigger (Evelegh 12). Design a delightful picture frame by stringing wire in the back similar to a clothesline then use clips to hang things from. Likewise, put fabric or no-roll elastic on the back with a ribbon or string to make an “x” pattern that holds photos without clips (Gilchrist 120-121).

Framed pictures present a charming accessory that also transforms a bare wall into a intricate part of the decor. The frames can be wood, metal, pickled, or painted (Gilchrist 10-15). The mats can be decorated, colored, or matching (18-19). In addition to picture frames, objects can be hung: vinyl records, serving trays, frisbees, hand mirrors, or games (33). Open up a room by putting a picture of something far away, such as a seaside picture (58). After figuring out what articles will be hung, take and trace them onto paper. Mark on the paper where the hanger should go. Then stick the the “mock” pictures to the wall, and arrange how desired. When arranged, hammer the nail right through the spot marked on the paper (52).

Placement of pictures is easy; just go with what pleases the eye. As a rule of thumb, hang the pictures at eye level, but lower than what is thought. Some common placements are with two or three objects, although, odd numbered groups are usually stronger and even groupings seem calmer (59). Not too many pictures are more unified than many pictures (97). When pictures are grouped close together they look more like one big picture rather than further away and undefined (59). However many pictures get hung up, they all need to have a similar theme (97).

After completing the decorating, glance around the room and ask the questions: does it glorify God, and does it satisfy you? There should be a sense of peace and harmony, a place to rest and concentrate. If so, then job is well done! Now that the lighting, the furniture, and the surroundings work together, the research has paid off. In addition, the components of color, style, and theory have been blended properly. Lastly, the items that are most dear and comforting will provide the personal touch to make it the special place for you and the Lord. With the room balancing the scripture and decorating principles, it is ready for quiet time with the Lord and physical refreshment.

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