Category: Interior Design and Decorating

Dollhouse Decorating

Keep this in mind if you want your room box to feel airy and spacious, or as I like to put it, “think about the invisible.” Create as much unused space as possible in your miniature. This doesn’t necessarily mean less furniture, but being more selective in choices available, in whatever time period you are working.

For example instead of having a sofa that has a skirt all the way to the floor, have one that has the legs visible, so that you can see underneath. That’s the “invisible” part. You don’t see the bottom of the sofa. You only see the seat and back, but your mind knows there is probably empty space under there. Sure enough. Hold the box at eye level and you can see all the way to the wall. This gives the illusion of a small block of a space being used rather than a large block.

The same is true of tables, which should have relatively thin tops and legs, They take up less visual space. Add a mirrored top, if authentic, to reflect more space.

Sheer curtains allow the viewer to see beyond, which adds up to more space. A single large piece of art appears to take up less wall space than a grouping of pictures of the same overall dimensions.

Keep books and knick-knacks on flat surfaces to a minimum. Book cases with open backs appear less bulky than enclosed ones. Instead of a solid mass of books, use a clear vase, a stack of two or three books or a picture frame on one of the shelves. It looks as though you can see right through to the wall

Another way you can give a miniature room a more spacious feeling is furniture placement. These suggestions are relevant only If your project emulates reality, not If you are recreating a memory, which requires the use of as many meaningful objects as possible.

Make sure you don’t interfere with traffic flow. Don’t block doorways, so that a person would have to go around a chair or table. Traffic should “flow” like a stream, unblocked by obstacles.

If your room box can be viewed from the top through glass or a vinyl sheet, be careful about putting a coffee table so close to the sofa that in real life, a person would have to squeeze by to sit down. If your miniature can only be viewed from the front, it’s okay to cheat a bit if you have to balance perspective.

Don’t block windows with furniture. And try to keep from having furniture lined up against the walls. Rather, have a grouping of furniture for people to sit close and have a conversation. And be surrounded by negative space.

Rugs should anchor furniture. Put the front legs of a sofa on the rug; back legs on the flooring underneath. If angling furniture across a corner, do it with more than one piece. Or angle the rug, too. The idea is to arrange right angles for each object. One lonely piece just looks like you’ve cut off the corner.

Add Color To Space

There are many ways to combine colors to create a balanced and pleasing design. In general, it is best not to use more than three colors in a space. Plan to use one color primarily in the space, one color for more than half the remaining balance, and use the third just as an accent.

Wall color is an easy and inexpensive way to redecorate a room. Just changing the wall shade can dramatically alter the look of the space. Your choice of hue can make the room appear larger or smaller. For example, a small room can look larger if you use a white on the walls. Likewise, using a dark color such as chocolate brown on your walls can make a room seem smaller and cozier.

Before you jump in with a bold shade on your walls, try it out in smaller doses, such as with pillows or accent pieces, to make sure you like it, before you commit to it on the wall. Are you looking to try a deep color in a space, but are afraid it might be too strong? Try using it on the ceiling instead and keep the walls white. The hue will pop against the white of the walls giving a cozy feeling to the space.

Color has a role in how a room feels. When choosing a shade for a room consider what type of feel you are looking for in the space. Are you looking to have a soothing space, or a playful one? Sleek and modern or old world and rustic? Neutral tones convey a more soothing feel while pops of color are more energetic and playful. Stark white can be very modern while warm reds, yellow and brown will feel more Tuscan and rustic. Light green is a color that brings about a feeling of calm. This tranquil shade can also encourage silence and concentration. That is why you will often see light green used in classrooms and libraries.

The simplest way to go about choosing colors for your space is to look at a color wheel. The wheel will help you mix hues to get palettes with varying degrees of contrast. Common types of color schemes are monochromatic, complementary, analogous, neutral, single color and black and white.

The most basic color scheme is to use one single shade with white. It is relatively easy to accomplish as this combination is straight forward. A one color design shows off the hue and provides a crisp clean look.

Colors that are monochromatic, which means they have the same tone, are perfect to use to accent each other. An example of this is to use different shades of blue in a room. Monochromatic color schemes create a soothing effect in a space.

Choosing colors that are complementary, or opposite each other on the wheel, create a dynamic color scheme. These colors appear brighter when they are used together. Examples of this are purple and yellow, or red and green. Be careful when using complementary colors in decorating. They are tricky to use in large doses, but work well when you want something to stand out.

A neutral color theme uses shades of brown, black or white. This type of design creates a calm, and subtle environment.

Analogous color schemes use hues that are next to each other on the color wheel. These colors usually match well and are pleasing to the eye. Examples of this are yellow, orange and green. They have a colorful but relaxing look together. Choose one shade to dominate, and a second to support it. The third color is used as an accent.

A final color scheme is the classic combination of black and white. The two shades go together perfectly and are always in style. Decorating with white walls and black trim is an easy way to provide a crisp neutral backdrop in a space. This neutral base goes well with many decorating styles and also makes it easy to add fun pops of color or patterns to the room.

Using color is a wonderful way to enhance or change a space. Overall, understanding how to best use colors will give anyone the tools they need to decorate like a designer.

Pros and Cons of LED Lights

LED Lights – Pros

  1. LEDs use 90% less energy than traditional bulbs and as such are the most efficient. As a result LEDs can sometimes pay for themselves relatively quickly through energy savings.
  2. They last a long long time. Depending on which ones you buy and how frequently you use them, they can even last 25-30 years.
  3. They brighten almost immediately when you flick the light switch.
  4. They are less of a fire hazard because they have lower radiated heat.
  5. The light bulb is durable and more resistant to shock and vibration.
  6. New technologies are giving users an element of creativity – they can be easily programmed to do fun stuff.
  7. No UV rays

LED Lights – Cons

  1. This market is currently self-regulated and as such their quality can be inconsistent.
  2. Brighter LEDs are becoming increasingly available, however it can still be difficult to find those with higher wattages.
  3. They can produce a cooler bluish light which isn’t very attractive. The best LEDs, however, should be indistinguishable from your old bulbs and will produce a nice warm light.
  4. It is often more complicated to add a dimmer switch to LED lights than regular bulbs.

LED lights are increasingly becoming the norm. Important recent developments have reduced their cost and made it a lot easier to operate and install. Lighting is a very important consideration in any interior design as it has been shown to affect the way people live, work, and feel. Also as environmental concerns come to the forefront of societal thinking, reducing the burden on our planet’s resources through LED lights may not only become commonplace but also be enforced with legislation.

Make New Home More Modern

Once that has, you will begin to feel more at home and settled. The aim of this article is to show you how to make your new home more modern without breaking the bank.

If you have moved into an old home, you will probably see old patterned wallpaper on the walls. This will mean that the rooms will look smaller and a bit drab. Therefore, the first thing you should do is strip the walls of the old-fashioned wallpaper, and start again.

At the moment, the most prevalent trend is to have a feature wall. Feature walls make rooms look bigger and it will cost a lot less money to wallpaper one wall and not every wall. Once you have chosen the wallpaper, you should pick a colour from the wallpaper and use that colour on the other walls.

If you can’t find a colour that you like, you can never go wrong with white paint, and this will make your room look even bigger.

Again, if you have bought an older house, the lighting features inside the house will probably be old-fashioned. You might see some old-fashioned chandeliers that will overwhelm the room and make it look even smaller. There might even be some sidelights with lampshades on as well. Therefore, you should switch the lighting features to something more modern.

If you want to keep a long feature light in the middle of the room, you should make sure that you switch the chandelier to a more modern fixture. This may just be a smaller chandelier, but it is more likely that you might opt for the stainless steel look to your fixture.

If you also want to keep the sidelights, you can just switch the shades. However, if you have a larger budget, you should swap the sidelights for ceiling spotlights. This gives you more wall space for family pictures of pieces of art and ceiling spotlights are a lot more environmentally friendly because of the style of bulb that they use.

A lot of the old homes only had light switches with two features, on and off. However, modern homes now have dimmer switches. These are better for homes because again, they are more environmentally friendly, they will save you money on your electric bill and they will help you set the mood in your home.

Modern lighting can make your home seem a lot bigger than it really is and they can make your home look contemporary. Modern lighting has changed in design, having shades in different shapes and colours and more choice in light fixtures.

Effectively, you could change the lighting in every room of the house. Kitchens usually have spotlights or pendant lighting, living rooms can have chandeliers as a focal point, or they can have table lamps. The choices are endless.

In your bedroom, you might want less light, so you can just have one light hanging from the ceiling, with a darker shade. You could also have small lamps on your bedside tables, if you want to relax with a good book.

Shabby Chic Kitchen Decorators

If you live in a classical and conservatory city like those still found in England and especially in cities like Chelmsford located in the East, as a part of the Essex shire county, then you must know for sure how beautifully kept and gorgeously decorated the houses there are. Whether you want to consider the most lavishing living rooms or bathrooms in Chelmsford, there is only one thing that unites them all, and that is the attention to details and time spent on making the home look its best. However, there is one style in particular which has been attracting the attention of an increasing number of persons lately. As a matter of fact, kitchen decorators in Chelmsford have stated that they never saw so many people going after the same look. The star of the day in the beautiful Chelmsford is none other than the shabby chic interiors, whether they are introduced in delicate and luminous kitchens or vintage, retro bathrooms.

If you take a look at the residences in the entire Essex country and at those in the perimeter of Chelmsford, you will notice the way in which all of the exteriors are almost all made by the same architect! Similar measures have been taken by all of the persons living in this area in order to accommodate themselves with the foggy and damp British weather. From the outside, Chelmsford homes look massive, imposing and rigid. They can almost be compared to the geometric beauty of the Victorian Railway viaduct which lies as an imposing sight for the residents in the area. The classic Chelmsford style is similar to that and can easily be seen in all the landmarks of the city and the impressive Chelmsford Cathedral or Hylands House are just some of the examples which you can consider. However, on the inside, more and Chelmsford residents are apparently opting for warmer colors and more lively furniture items. This can be particularly seen in the style of the shabby chic kitchens and the way that their decorators have made them so welcoming and appealing to any visitor or guest of the house, not to mention the family that lives there. With white wood and vintage looking cupboards, plenty of drawers and buttons all over the place, the shabby chic style is an amalgam of delicate and detailed, natural and overdone, with a touch of retro given to all of the pieces.

It is not uncommon for kitchens decorated in this way to have apparently worn out furniture and chairs or tables with the superior layer of paint intentionally removed and left that way to signify the passing of the years and the wear due to time. In Chelmsford, unlike in other UK cities, the temperatures can rise to as much as 30 degrees Celsius in the summertime, making this area especially prone to having a different type of style and a more practical layout of the kitchen, where the temperature can also grow due to extensive cooking. Keeping the worn look of antique pieces and using new and modern appliances and furniture items which have been made to look vintage, is the best solutions for the 110,000 residents of this wonderful British city.

Decorating Home for Summer

I understand there are parents out there who can not have a stay-at-home mom or dad in the family; and I applaud these families for doing the best that they can, the best way they know how. I don’t want to appear as if I’ve intentionally excluded those who can not work from home, or appear disconnected somehow from you. Having been a working mom myself, I know all too well of the sacrifices one makes to provide for her kids. That being said, let’s continue with the article. Shall we?

When I talk about a “decorating diet”, I’m suggesting getting rid of the items around us that make things complicated. You can either hold a garage sale, and let someone else love your finds as much as you once did; or you can just simply pack things up, and store them away in the attic. The point is that by clearing away every unnecessary item, you are giving yourself room to breathe, room to relax, room to just lay on the couch, read a favorite book, and nap.

Unlike the rest of the year, summer doesn’t have to be convoluted; and neither does your decorating. By replacing heavy, bulky window treatments with sheer curtains, not only will you let the sunshine into your home, but your life as well. Keep the colors light, and your home decor to a minimum. You don’t necessarily have to own a house by the lake, to get that vacation home feel. Allowing your home to breathe and stretch its legs will provide you with plenty of room, for the kids to run around in, as they run their way to the back yard.