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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Design your Living Room.....






Your living room can be formal, or it can be the place where you spend the majority of your time at home. Regardless of which version yours falls into, remember to consider the function as well as the comfort of your space as you design it.

Living Room Basics

A living room can be a formal space for receiving visitors, a casual space for your family to gather or a combination of both formal and informal uses.

Formal Living Rooms

Formal living rooms are usually near the front of a home for receiving guests. A typical arrangement would be a sofa and two armchairs, or a sofa and loveseat combination. The formal living area can also double as a library for your home with the addition of bookcases displaying favorite books and accessories.

Informal Living Rooms

If a home has a formal living area, there is usually a secondary, more casual space for the family to use on a daily basis. These informal living rooms feature a more relaxed seating arrangement and usually feature a television for the family to enjoy together. The furniture involved is similar to the formal living room, but features more casual fabrics along with sectional sofas, chaise lounges and ottomans. This more comfortable furniture allows family and guests to kick their feet up and relax.

Only One Living Room?

Many homes feature only one living room that doubles as a formal and informal space. In this situation, it is a good idea to have a room that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For example, a casual slipcover can cover your sofa on most days, but when guests arrive it can be removed to showcase a luxurious designer fabric.
Even when designing for small spaces, you can create an inviting living area for your family and friends. Small homes, lofts or apartments tend to have combination rooms where a living area flows directly into a dining or office area. Due to their close proximity, the overall look and feel of these spaces should complement each other. You can use lighting, color or textures to either unite or distinguish each room.

Interior Design for Living Rooms Essentials

Must-haves for your living room include many elements:

Seating

Furniture that is upholstered with fabric or leather is the most comfortable, but mixing in some non-upholstered furniture, such as a wooden arm chair or rocking chair, will create a more eclectic room. Seating can include:
  • Sofa (sectionals and modular sofas are versatile pieces)
  • Loveseat, chaise lounge, settee and chair-and-a-half (perfect balance for a sofa or use several instead of a sofa)
  • Armchairs (wooden or upholstered in fabric or leather)
  • Ottomans and benches (use as seating, foot rests, or coffee tables)

Tables

All seats should have arm-length access to a table surface for drinks, books, magazines, remotes, etc. Also, tables are a foundation for lamps and accessories. Types to consider:
  • Coffee table or ottoman with a tray.
  • Side tables or end tables.
  • Consoles or sofa tables.

Lighting

  • Task lamps (required for proper reading light in the room).
  • Ambient or general room lighting (this should be on a dimmer or adjustable so you can go from soft low-level to brighter for parties).

Window Treatments

  • These should be in keeping with the theme or style of your living room furniture. Many custom fabric draperies will feature fabric that complements the upholstered pieces in the room.
  • Depending on the decorative and functional needs of your room, hard and soft window treatments can be used alone or in combination with each other.
  • Hard window treatments include blinds, shutters, screens and specialty glass applications.
  • Soft window treatments involve the use of fabric in draperies, curtains, shades and valances.

Color and Texture

Add color and texture to your living room with:
  • Wall treatments (paint, wallpaper, f aux finishes).
  • Fabric on your furniture or pillows.
  • Flooring or rugs.
  • Accessories and artwork.
  • Window treatments.
  • Basics of color design include choosing monochromatic, analogous or complementary color palettes.

Focal Points

Interior design for living rooms requires a strong focal point. Otherwise your room may appear bland and uninteresting with no anchor for the eyes.

Fireplaces

Many living rooms feature a fireplace as a built-in focal point of the room. However, this architectural feature is often ignored with poor furniture placement or by placing large items in front of the fireplace. If you have a fireplace, arrange your furniture with this focal point in mind. Placing your sofa or largest furniture piece so that it faces the fireplace is a traditional classic.

Entertainment Centers

Most living rooms are comfortable spaces for family members to gather and watch their favorite television programs. Options for supporting and housing the television range for simple carts to elaborate armoires and wall units with bookcases attached. As with any focal point, your furniture arrangement should focus around this entertainment center.

Views of Nature

Those who are lucky enough to have an incredible view from their living room windows should consider allowing nature to be the focal point of the room. In order for the outdoor view to be a focal point, the living room will require large windows, preferably floor to ceiling length. If privacy is not an issue, the windows can be left bare so the view is always on display (a cityscape view is especially nice at night).

Conversation Areas

Stimulating social interaction and conversation is vital for family members and for visitors as well. Therefore, creating a comfortable conversation area is probably the most important element in interior design for living rooms. This is easily accomplished by placing furniture near each other instead of having large distances between pieces. An arrangement of sofa and chairs in a U-shape or L-shape is a great start. A pair of chairs can be placed in a corner or off to one side for an additional conversation area.

Tie It in to the Home

Remember that no matter what type of living room your are designing, to keep it tied in with the rest of your home's design. A room out of keeping with the rest of the home's style can be jarring, so remember to work toward a unified look for both your living room and your whole house.




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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Master Bathroom

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Easy way to know your furniture style.



Maybe you have a faint inkling, but you would really like to define your style more fully. And, is it possible to have a preference for a style and not know it?

Here's an easy, hands on way to find out. You will uncover your real furnishing style The clues to your real furnishing style by simply going through what you already have. Remember they are everywhere, and not just confined to your furniture.


    Look at the furniture you already own. Is there something you cannot bear to part with such as a rickety chair, a table that has outlived its usefulness, or a nightstand that doesn't match anything. What makes you hold on to it? What made you buy it in the first place?

    Jot down the reasons as they come to you and don't revise too much.

    Walk around and note what you have on your walls. Old family photographs? Abstract art posters from the museum? The quilt that you made or inherited?

    The content, colors, and textures are saying a lot about what you really like. Note down what they suggest to you.

    As you take your walk around the house, look at your latest purchase. Is it along the lines of what you usually buy, or do you sense a departure? Something radically different could tell you that you are ready for a style makeover, and willing to venture into new territory. A single piece that is different from all the rest can also be telling you this.

    Take a good look at this piece if it is different. What do you like about it?

    As you walk around your home, do you like one room more than the others? Do you tend to spend more time here than in other rooms?

    Chances are you decorated this room in a style that speaks to you and puts you at ease. Look at the elements that make up this room, and see if you can repeat them elsewhere.

    Do you notice a lot of repetition of a certain color, shape or texture? Do you see a lot of objects that are related?

    Sometimes you can build collections without really being aware that you are doing so and they are a clue to what you really care about.

    What if you have many collections and they are all different? You will still see a theme running through them. It could be a color, or shape, or something more subtle like texture, or a mood that these objects evoke.

    Make a note of your favorite store. Not just the one where you buy your furnishings, but where you buy other things, such as clothes. Where do you like to browse, where do you go when you want to window shop?

    Your favorite shopping venue tells you a lot about your sense of personal style. Your furnishing style should grow out of that.

    Finally, think about where you like to go when you travel. What do you like to bring back from there? What if you could travel anywhere? Where would you go? What would you do there? What would you bring back?

    This can tell you a lot about what really moves and excites you, and can help you in putting together the right look for your home.

    Look through the stash of magazines. Don't dwell too long on anything, but tear out pictures that appeal to you.

    Dwelling too long on any one thing may make you second guess your choice. You have to remember that there are no right or wrong choices, only an effort to uncover your real style.

    Now you are ready to wrap up. Go through your notes, and look through your pictures. You are bound to see certain descriptions and themes come up again and again. And that is where you will find your real furnishing style.

Tips:

    Your style is traditional if you see a preference for rich, dark wood finishes, and carved details. You may like fabrics such as chintz, jacquard, damask and brocade.

    Your style is modern if you prefer clean lines, little or no ornamentation, and a range of finishes. Leather and microfiber appeal to you more than damask and brocade.

    Your style is coastal if you like natural fibers and sea-themed prints, seashells, and finishes that are light, weathered or painted.

    If a homespun quality appeals to you, your style is country. You may prefer florals, checks, calicoes and stripes. You may also like mid-toned woods or painted finishes and vintage fabrics.

    An eclectic style will have elements from different cultures and eras. Strong patterns, colors, and textures dominate.

What You Need

    Paper
    Pencil
    Travel and design magazines
    An open mind
Time Required: 2-3 hours

To be continued......


   

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Console Table




A Console table is generally a tall and narrow table that is placed against a wall. it can serve a lot of purpose at the same time adding up style to your home.

The most common area in a house where a narrow console table is placed is near the doorway. It is usually also placed against a bare wall or behind the sofa and near the window. You can place on top of it decorative items like flower vases, picture frames, scented candles, lamps and a lot more. And when placed against a wall, you can put up a mirror right in front of it. A mirror can give an illusion of giving your place a wider look. And as you pass through the hallway, you can even check your appearance.

A console table comes in a lot of shapes, forms sizes and length. It is made from different materials so it can perfectly blend in around your living room. A thin console table not only can give life around your living room but also to other parts of your home like the kitchen, dining area, bedroom and even the bathroom. Console tables can be used in a lot of different ways at the same time makes your space look more stylish.

The most common use and placement of a narrow console table is neat the entryway or door way. There it can be a place where you place your keys, mail and handbag as you enter your home. And on your way out, you can easily grab back these things and will never forget them ever again. You will never have to worry on misplacing your keys, mails and other important documents. By putting up decorative items on top of it, it will still look nice at the same time serving you a very good purpose.








A console table is a great addition to your pieces of furniture in the house. It is very functional and stylish furniture that you can place just about anywhere. Liven up and organize your home now with a console table.

The correct way to hang a picture on a wall








• It depends on the weight of the picture and the density of the wall.

• You will need picture hooks, which come in singles, doubles and trebles depending upon the weight of the picture, and a supply of hard wall hooks. You will also need a hammer, drill, raw plugs and screws for anything very heavy.

• Test the fixing by pulling down hard on it by hand before you hang anything on it.



At what height should paintings or pictures be hung on a wall?

• Most people hang pictures too high; you should not have to strain your neck to see them. The general rule is to make the center of the picture roughly five feet from the ground. You should not end up looking down or up at it.

How do I ensure that a painting or picture is hung straight?

• You could use a spirit level but if the floor and ceiling levels are not true then the picture will not look level even if it actually is!

• Simply stand a certain distance from the picture to determine whether or not it is straight.

• Always use two wall hooks, parallel to the floor, rather than one, to prevent pictures moving about.

How do you decide where to hang painting or prints?

• Bedrooms will take pretty, pastel-colored images and a dining room more darker, serious pictures.

• Hallways and less important areas can often take a series of prints.

• An important oil painting should occupy a strong focal point within a room such as over a fireplace.

• A large painting hung on a staircase will give maximum impact.

• Do not hang a picture where it looks squashed or place a small picture in a vast space.

Mounting pictures

How should I mount my picture?
• If you are framing a print, you will want a mount around it as a border. Use one that is no more than half the width of the picture. Any wider will swamp it and distract.

How do I choose the right frame for painting, print or photograph?

• Select a frame which suits both the style and period of the picture and the period. The more contemporary the picture the simpler the frame.

How can I create a wall arrangement using several pieces of artwork?

• Start with the large central artwork as a main focus and then hang other pictures around it, possibly in pairs. Symmetry is essential. Try to balance the room as you cast your eye round it. For sets of prints, use the same frames if they are to hang together.

Choosing artwork

What factors should be taken into consideration when choosing artwork?


• Think about the essence of your home and what you like doing in and around it. If it is a contemporary beach house you will not want to fill it full of stuffy old-fashioned pictures, nor will you want lots of beach scenes in your Highland retreat. However, there is no hard and fast rule here and you can often put an 18th-century portrait in a contemporary setting, where it will look magnificent.

• Choose paintings, photographs or prints you personally fall in love with as they are the ones you will want to live with and see again and again in your house.

What is the best way to light pictures?

• If you buy old-fashioned ones select those that screw into the frame and not the wall as otherwise you will have to repair the wall each time you want to move the picture. 

• The picture lights from Hogarth have a very thin wire, which you stick on to your wall and paint or paper over - useful if you need a light somewhere where there is no socket.

• The best way to show off your Monet is to light it by halogen spotlight: no wires, holes or screws.