These amazing modern kitchens have been designed by well-known and very popular designer, KarimRashid, for Scavolini. They are the part of the beautiful Crystal collection, which consists of trendy kitchens made of glass. All kitchens from this collection are bright, but two models, which you can see below, stand out from others. They attract by original visual effects and unusual color solutions. The glass kitchen doors with “pop art” motif could change any kitchen into an alive and positive place. One more awesome detail is the bright violet top. Kitchen with such original top looks very stylish and cool. As all kitchens by Scavolini these models are very functional and are equipped by the high quality mechanisms.
Below you could to admire on a modern bathroom design, which is made in a popular and very trendy black and white color scheme. This bathroom is quite sober, that’s why such design could ideally fit for men. Although it could be good for all other people who appreciate modern style and don’t like warm and bright interiors. The bathroom looks very elegant thanks to combination of matt walls and high gloss cabinets. The stripped wall adds an additional originality to the room. All furniture is made in minimalist style and is characterized by simple shapes and straight lines.
This apartment is located on level 16 of a circular 18 storey high tower in Darling Point, Sydney and takes up the whole floor. The location allows occupants to gain extensive views of the harbour, its bridge and the Opera House. Its latest interior design is done in modern style which maximize 360 degree views potential by Stanic Harding.
Spaces are radial than orthogonal and each room has as good connection to full window bays as possible. The ceiling treatment in the public spaces is designed to enhance this circular sense by installing thin, flush fitting fluorescent strips radiating out to the perimeter. This provides for a stronger and cleaner ceiling plane that is contributing to the quality of the space. The central core responds to the perimeter with the curved surface made up of beautifully finished panels upholstered in a padded wool fabric. These are either fixed or are secret doors to storage or robe areas. Vertical strip lighting located at set centres divide panels and provide feature or mood lighting.
Interior Design Ideas Light is an essential part of our daily activities. Just like we need air, water and food to survive we need light in order to function efficiently.
Gone are the days when people used to stop working after sunset. The invention of electricity has made life easier and has helped to improve efficiency.
The use of light in interior spaces greatly affects the environment and "mood" inside the space. Here are some of the aspects that can be considered while lighting an interior space.
1) Natural light:
The Sun is the biggest source of light available on our planet. We all are dependant on it. Sunlight is not only required to function but is also responsible for biological balance of the Earth. Sunlight also keeps the air clean by killing any possible bacterial attacks which might be harmful to health.
It is normally assumed that sunlight can penetrate inside a space for about 7 feet (approximately 20 meters). If the architect has taken proper care during planning of the structure, then sunlight can be a very good and free source of light.
2) Artificial filler lights:
These types of lights work on electricity and are required mostly at the night times. But this is not always true. There are some geographical locations where the weather is cloudy for most months in a year.
At such times filler lights in the form of fluorescent tube lights. These types of light are used to create the same effect that the sunlight would create. As the name suggests. these types of lights "fill" the space evenly with light, eliminating any dark spaces.
3) Special lighting for special spaces:
Special lighting is required at spaces where it is necessary to create a "mood" or special "ambience" inside a space. To achieve this use of color is done. Lighting fixtures like spot lights are used which divert the attention of the crowd at certain focused areas.
These kind of techniques are also used in commercial showrooms, to enhance the importance of the display areas. If you have visited car shows, exhibition pavilions, you will see this kind of lighting extensively used.
Special type of lighting requires more number of light fixtures, because the area they cover is very limited.
4) Extreme lighting:
This type of lighting is used in spaces where the activities have a special purpose, such as movie studios, pubs, dance floors, etc.. Here the lighting used can be of movable types, or can have more sophisticated controls such as intensity, color, movement, controlled through music beats.
The above discussion shows, how the activities happening inside a space directly affect the type of lighting used inside a space. A properly planned lighting plan can greatly enhance the quality of a space.
Interior Design Ideas Using hardwood floors for interior design and for home decorating, based on furniture of the eighteenth century may be discussed from different points of view. However, what most people realize is the distinguish details of tables made from that century. Dinner and wine tables were some of those pieces of furniture that could add a different touch of class to your interior decorating. Learn from the history of furniture book, by Frederick Litchfield ideas on how 18th century furniture, from the earliest to the present time.
To the latter part of the eighteenth century the English furniture of which time has been discussed on the site belong the quaint little "urn stands" which were made to hold the urn with boiling water, while the tea pot was placed on the little slide which is drawn out from underneath the table top. In those days tea was an expensive luxury, and the urn stand, of which there is an illustration, inlaid in the fashion of the time, is a dainty relic of the past, together with the old mahogany or marqueterie tea caddy, which was sometimes the object of considerable skill and care. They were fitted with two and sometimes three bottles or tea-pays of silver or Battersea enamel, to hold the black and green teas, and when really good examples of these daintily-fitted tea caddies are offered for sale, they bring large sums.
Eighteenth Century Wine Tables
The wine table of this time deserves a word. These are now somewhat rare, and are only to be found in a few old houses, and in some of the Colleges at Oxford and Cambridge. These were found with revolving tops, which had circles turned out to a slight depth for each glass to stand in, and they were sometimes shaped like the half of a flat ring. These latter were for placing in front of the fire, when the outer side of the table formed a convivial circle, round which the sitters gathered after they had left the dinner table.
One of these old tables is still to be seen in the Hall of Gray's Inn, and the writer was told that its fellow was broken and had been "sent away." They are nearly always of good rich mahogany, and have legs more or less ornamental according to circumstances.
A distinguishing feature of English furniture of the last century was the partiality for secret drawers and contrivances for hiding away papers or valued articles; and in old secretaries and writing tables we find a great many ingenious designs which remind us of the days when there were but few banks, and people kept money and deeds in their own custody.
Is your guest room also an office or cramped storage space? Do you shove your guests in a basement room with little more than a pull-out couch and an old pillow? If so, it's time to update your space and give your guests a room they can call their own. They will enjoy their time with you more, and the room itself can help make a great impression about your entire home.
Transform that extra, unused room into an oasis to rival any boutique Bed and Breakfast with small luxuries and thoughtful touches that will really make your guests feel welcome. Here are 12 great guest room ideas just for you:
1. Leave a sewing kit in a drawer. Any lost buttons or torn hems can be easily and quickly mended.
2. Always put out fresh, luxury sheets. Opt for a higher thread count of cotton to give your guests the comfort of softness.
3. Use a fresh quilt or duvet cover. If you can't wash your duvet or quilt, freshen it by spraying it with diluted lavender water and allowing it to air dry on a bright and breezy day.
4. Put out nice, plush towels. Always leave your guests enough towels to get them through their visit and let them keep them either in their room or make space for them on your towel rack. Purchase enough of these towels in advance so there is a set for each individual who visits at the same time.
The role of art in country decor is somewhat different than its role in many other styles of decoration. In most styles, art plays the part of accents, for instance. Country decor, however, is a style of simplicity. Art does not sit on the sidelines to the same degree as it does in most other styles. This is, of course, not to say that country decor lacks art. Quite to the contrary, in fact, there is a great abundance of country art. However, the art in country decor tends to be integrated into other elements, rather than standing on its own.
This gives the entire style a kind of coherence that adds a lot to the feeling it gives to people. For instance, when one sees a room decorated in a modern style, it is often a bit difficult to put your finger on exactly what style it is. Country decor, however, is recognizable at a glance. This is due in part to the fact that nearly everyone knows how to recognize the country art that is almost universally imbedded in the style. The common threads of the art are as simple as the style as a whole is. Much of the art takes inspiration from nature, even as it uses almost universally natural media.
For instance, the most popular forms of country art are wood crafts. Wood carvings are an art form that has been around since man picked up his first tools, and it has certainly stood up well to its age. Much of the wood carving used in country decor is as a part of a larger piece. For instance, a chair might have an intricate design carved out of the wood. Similarly, other wooden items are often embellished by the use of carvings. When wood carvings are used on their own, they are often actually simpler than when they are part of a larger unit. The artistic style usually used in the depiction of a given subject (most often an animal of some variety) is generally quite simple. Simplicity, however, gives it a sense of elegance and raw connection with nature.
There are many ways to decorate your living room. As this is usually the room where a family entertains guests and spends time together, much thought usually goes into the design. Sometimes, however, inspiration is hard to come by. Here are a few living room decorating ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.
1. Determine your design style. Look through home decorating magazines and see what you like. You may have thought that you were a country gal, but find yourself drawn to the clean lines of a modern design. Even if you like both styles, you can mix them to create a style that is your own. You can choose country items that have a more modern edge, and modern design pieces with country flair. This way you can achieve a look that you love without settling on one style.
2. One living room decorating idea that is sure to spice up your space is to choose a bold wall color. Many people shy away from saturated colors, but these are the very hues that can make a dramatic statement about your personality. If you do not want to paint all of the walls in your living room a bold color, you can paint an accent wall. These walls are great to make an impression without overwhelming the room. You can then use accessories to tie the color into the rest of the room.
3. Updating your window treatments will also go a long way towards improving the atmosphere. Choose drapes or curtains that compliment the design style you have chosen for the rest of your room. Using rich looking fabrics on the windows will add a feeling of luxury to your room, and help to bring all of your living room decorating ideas together.
The 21st century is now in its eight year and with that eighth year; more and more opportunities are opening up for parents who want to work at home. It used to be that parents that worked from home had to do boring typing jobs that weren’t really fun, but simple means of extra income. Now as the lifestyles of the world changes, there are more work from home ideas that people have come up with. And as a whole, they are all fun and exciting ideas. If you are among the many parents who want to work at home and need good ideas to do so, take into consideration some of these ideas and see if they fit the type of person you are.
This scrapbooking idea is great for those moms whose hobby is scrapbooking. The desire and the talent are already in place. Now is the time to profit from this hobby. One way to make money with this work from home idea is by offering custom made scrapbooks. Make up a few scrapbooks you wish to showcase and hold a party and show off your skills as a scrapbooking artist. Offer your services to those in attendance and exchange contact information with anyone who may be having an anniversary, getting married, or having a baby. The possibilities are endless for a home business like this.
Do you have a passion for music? If you are skilled in the art of music you could offer your services as a home based music instructor or a music tutor. Music tutors get referrals through schools and other parents. You could advertise your business in the local school newsletters or bulletin boards, shopping mart boards, or even in local free press newspapers. It is also a good idea to get some cheap business cards and flyers printed up and have the card ready when you talk to people.
Home decor may the first wish for every housewife. Firstly decorating the home is preferred by all housewives even if there is some festive season going or not. Interior decorators are then being contacted to decor the house. Almost every woman wants the rooms of their home to be glossy, best of furniture and the color scheme of the walls which please their eyes.
There are many points to bear in mind while buying articles or items of your choice with some affordable price. Just a glimpse of a royal room in some magazine, it is not likely to rush to home decor stores. Think wisely, to buy somewhat similar or close to those pieces in every aspects in low price as per your budget. Satisfaction and happiness should work in you after doing all this for your home. Don’t sit just by staring the photos of that magazine. Stand up and figure out your room the way you like to decorate it. Firs know that particular thing that catches your eyes. Then work accordingly like selecting the color scheme of wall, wall hanging, sofa set or any antique piece that matches up with the room. All what you need is an innovative and creative thought with some helpers to décor your home.
You should have flair to properly arranging all furniture that fits the particular space given. For instance if the color of your wall does not soothe your eyes then advisable is buy some good paint like deep glossy color or creamy color for your wall which gives comfort or relax to your eyes. Decorate your wall by adding texture or a design by using a sponge, crumpled newspaper, or a stencil. New coat of paint on wall show as if you have purchased a new home.
Kitchen decoration is really all about personal taste. However, the greatest news that many homeowners are now applauding is that the newest line of decor are not only great to look at but are truly functional as well. Additionally, there are now more and more suppliers who are providing more affordable alternatives that still look like pieces taken directly from designer showrooms. There are also whole ranges of themed decor for those who want to have the Asian, futuristic, modern or rustic-countryside look. If you are looking for ways and means to really spice up your cooking area space, here are some kitchen decoration tips you may want to consider.
1. Think themes. One way of really bringing together your kitchen decoration efforts is to think of a specific theme for this space. This way, you can avoid the temptation of cramming too many things all at once in your cooking area. Unless you want your kitchen to look like a museum of sorts, having one theme can help you narrow down your choices considerably. Some of the most common kitchen themes include: Asian design (Japanese inspired dark wood); futuristic (metal and chrome everywhere); modern (that home-sweet-home feel with a more contemporary touch); and rustic countryside look (wood and tin.) However, you can always choose more whimsical themes like a rooster theme (wallpaper with rooster designs, or fixtures shaped as such); or geranium-inspired (with a herbs and potted plants as main focal point.)
2. Think functionality over convenience. For many people placing colorful and decorative tiles as substitute for wall paper and paint is not only unique, but easier on the maintenance as well. Tiles do not fade as fast as paint, and certainly fare better in design permanence as opposed to wallpapers. Many people are not likely to choose decorative tiles simply because these take a longer time to put up in comparison to wallpapering or painting the walls. However, this can be a worth investment that can help raise the value of your home more.
If you are in the process of redecorating your bathroom, you should consider putting up new bathroom mirrors as part of your bathroom décor. Bathroom mirrors have one of the most important roles in the bathroom. Mirrors do not just allow us to see our reflection, they also help make the bathroom look brighter and more spacious. Good bathroom mirrors reflect both natural and artificial light thus making the room more alive and vibrant.
Choosing The Shape Of Your Bathroom Mirrors
When it comes to bathroom mirrors and bathroom decors, the shapes and size do matter. According to experts, the size and shape of the bathroom mirror can affect the overall look of your bathroom. For instance, an oval mirror when used as part of your bathroom décor will make your bathroom look more feminine. Oval mirrors also give the room a softer tone. On the other hand, a square mirror give can give your bathroom a more solid look and rectangular mirrors can make your bathroom look more spacious.
To give you time to match your bathroom mirror with the rest of your bathroom fixtures, do not buy your mirrors without checking the overall design of your bathroom. If you used the services of a contractor to redesign your bathroom, you may want to ask the contractor to pick out the right mirror for your bathroom decor. The good thing about asking the contractor to pick out the shape and size of the mirror is that he or she will know if the shape of the mirror will go well with the overall design.
Determining your home decorating style can be difficult, especially if you have never decorated anything before. However, with a careful examination of your personality, your color and hue preferences, and geometric shapes that you find pleasant, you can quickly begin to shape your use of furniutre and decorating personality.
The home décor you choose will reflect the things that you find pleasant in other aspects of your life. If you think back to when you were in school, you probably had a favorite subject. If you preferred math, you will probably prefer to decorate with clear, concise lines that imitate geometric shapes and can be measured in real numbers. However, if math wasn’t such a pleasant experience for you but you loved art class, you may like the more abstract, flowing type of design, with intricate weavings or carvings and delicate drawings and images.
Modern furnishings tend to be quite geometric, while the neo-classical furniture style takes into account the need for a contemporary design while still being compelled to love the ornate and robust. Neo-classical integrates the two cultures into one decorating style that can please those who are torn.
Home décor also reflects your moods and coloration. For example, if you tend to be an energetic person who never sits still, is always on the go, and has a need for adventure, the colors in your home will be bright and motivating – reds and deep purples, bright blues and sunny yellows. On the other hand, if you are laid back and tend to go with the flow, your decorating style will reflect this with choices of pastels, like delicate pinks, pale blues, and mellow yellows. Still another may be artistic and introverted, causing dark colors to appear, with black trim or navy blue décor. For those who love nature, the home décor will bring nature inside, with browns and greens, as well as floral motifs and oceanic designs.
You can have a classy home on a modest budget. A beautifully modern home, tastefully done, is possible. Even on a prudent budget. Start your home makeover with simplicity. A crowded, cluttered up room full of decorations and furnishings and furniture looks tacky in comparison to a simple, almost spartan home.
The trick is to go minimalist.
The time for lavish spending on white elephants is over. Now is the time to learn from the Shakers and go simple. Form and function. Everything should have a reason to be in a room. Everything in the room should go with the decor and the color scheme. Pare down your furniture and furnishings to the bare minimum. Keep only the best items which go with your color scheme and with the style of your home.
To deal with a smaller budget, you can do two things:
1. Cut costs by buying only the best. The best meaning, what looks best in your home, which is the most useful and fits best with your lifestyle and home decor. If anything does not fit all these criteria, walk away. Spend only on the very best things -- furniture and furnishings, for your home.
2. Bring in more money by selling off the clutter. Pare down your decor. Go simple. Get rid of clutter to reveal space. Your room will look more spacious and classier when the surfaces are bare. When the mismatched furniture and furnishing are gone. Better to have less in pared down room that looks simply chic, than to have more in a cluttered up room that feels crowded and makes everyone in it feel claustrophobic. The money from selling off the excess will come in handy during the recession.
The beach decorating style is both casual and charming. It brings a bit of nature and fun into any home and the best part is that you can give your home a great beach theme without having to spend a lot of money.
When considering a new decorating theme for any room, there are 3 things you want to think about - the colors, the furniture and the accessories. Here are some tips on how to pull together a beach theme in your home using these 3 elements.
Any good beach decorating theme should tie in the colors of the beach. Sky and ocean blues, sandy tans and sunshine yellows look great. However, a white color scheme accented with blue and yellow pillows and accessories can look wonderful too. One fun idea is to paint the ceiling a yellow, the walls a light blue and use tan colored rugs - sisal rugs are great for this theme.
If you are on a budget, then paint is the perfect solution. It is cheap plus it makes a huge impact on any room. In fact, paint is one of the least expensive decorating options but makes the biggest difference.
You want the furniture for your beach theme to be casual. Soft fluffy couches with slip covers are ideal and don't forget to include lots of pillows. You might also consider wicker but make sure it is sturdy enough for household furniture. If you are decorating a kitchen, whitewashed wooden kitchen tables and chairs go great with this theme.
Each time you encounter a living room with Asian home décor, you are always spellbound with its refreshing charm. The décor never fails to enchant the senses and adding these to your suburban home will bring years of pleasure as you can always redo your home and add some eclectic touches without dumping those Asian stuff in the attic.
Asian home décor can complement any theme inspired home decorating because the secret of Asian décor is their affinity with nature, thus their versatility. By correctly matching them with your present decorations, you can create a distinctive and impeccable Asian look that is both restful and aesthetic.
Visualize your present living room. It could be just any hole in the wall. If you have a black and white minimalist room, throw in a dash of color and marvel at the transformation. Natural cane furniture, red throw silk pillows, and some green plants can immediately give your room the Asian touch. A bamboo lamp here and a plum blossom teapot on a table are a few light touches before you do the big makeover.
Decorating with Asian Touches
There are a few things to know before launching a home decorating DIY campaign in your home with Asian home décor. A professional interior decorator would blush if you don't start planning your living room make-over around the foundation color. Work around the foundation colors of gold, brown, red, tan, and gray because you are redecorating to complement and compliment your existing home fixtures with pieces of Asian décor.
Cheap home decor is just what you need if you're working on a budget. And when I say cheap, I know where you mind wants to go. The truth is there is a lot of home decor that looks great. So, you know you need to redecorate but at the moment you're unable to do anything but the most rudimentary of decorating for your home. And that's why you need some good cheap home decor to give new life to a stale room. That might sound like an impossible action to quite a few people but there are such things as good cheap home decor. You just need to do a little search about to find it.
That might, in actual fact take the most time, hunting more or less for the cheap home decor. However, it will be worth you time and energy. Since one person's cheap home decor is not the same as another person's cheap home decor you will have to make up your own mind as to what constitutes as cheap home decor. For some people, and this is genuinely a very good way to get your cheap home decor, purchasing good expensive pieces of furniture at sales agreement prices is what they believe inexpensive furniture.
Of course this isn't the way for most people as even the sales agreement prices can be overwhelmingly expensive. However, there are always other resources like thrift stores, second hand stores and even discount warehouses. Every city has them. Ask friends, family and look in the local directory. You will be suprised at what you find. Another way for you to get good cheap home decor is through the internet.
Like anything there's no guarantee that what you're acquiring is good because for the most part you're purchasing things sight unseen, but you can get cheap home decor and without all the bickering and squabble of going out and getting it. This way you can also avoid the city rat race. Don't forget, many sites that are selling cheap home decor will not charge you tax.
There are many ways to decorate a home inside and out; there are also some that can be used in both places like candles. They can be used inside to make a room appear warm and inviting and they can be used outside to set a mood of romance among the aroma and beauty of nature.
Home décor is as diverse as the family that lives in the home, some people like the appeal of the modern décor and home accents while others find beauty in Victorian home accents or antiques.
There are a few things that will help to determine what type of accents will look right in a home, there is the furnishings to consider, the colors of the walls, the amount of light in the room and materials. If a room in a home has dark colored walls and modern furnishings then Victorian accents may not bring the warmth and appeal the person would like. However, if the walls are a deep color and the furnishings are a Victorian style then Victorian accents would do well in this room to give it a finished look.
Home accents come in many different materials such as glass, wood, metal, stone and others, which means that there is some type of home accent to complement any furnishings. Glass and metal often fit will with modern furnishings, while colored glass, wood or even stone will fit well with Victorian or antique furnishings.
Plants and lamps can also help to set a mood in a room for elegance and warmth and at the same time framed pictures of the family can lend a causal look to a room.
Wine tasting and wine connoisseurship is very popular today. Consequently the idea of using wine themes in decorating has caught on as well. This kind of decorating idea is usually used in the kitchen or dining room. People who use this theme enjoy collecting items that complement this whole decorating idea. Luckily for them. there is a wide selection of such items available to decorate with. There are "portraits" of wine bottles. sculptures of grapes and vines. or wall paper and borders with a grape and grape vine pattern. There is an entire line of framed pictures of wine bottles. showing all of the various types of wines. The variety of items with this theme is amazing. And they are usually pictured in magazines. so you can see how they are used in a room. The wine pictures show scenes that include wine. as well as just single bottles of wine. If you find a picture that is especially interesting or pretty. you can use it as a central focus for the room.
Many times an entire room's design is based on one piece of art; art featuring wine is no exception. The colors usually found in these pictures are rich and varied. Use some or all of them in the room to really make the picture stand out. The deep russet of the wine itself on the furniture. the tan of the labels on the walls. and the background colors in accent pieces such as pillows or candles. It is really a lot of fun to decorate with a lovely wine picture as the starting point. Which room it is in doesn't matter. Any of the lovely pictures available would work in many rooms. You can get so many different ideas and accents and bring them all together in one room.
Home wall decor is one of he many major elements in home interiors that decide the kind of mood, the space will finally create when it gets finished. The reason for this is quite obvious. Wall occupies a major visual field in the interiors of any building.
Wall decor can be carried out in every imaginable way, you can think of. However some of the most common ways to decorating a wall are.
1) Plastering and painting the wall
2) Applying a wallpaper on the wall
3) Cladding the wall with tiles
4) Keeping the wall exposed (exposed brick walls)
5) Keeping the wall without plastering
6) Creating a mural on the wall
Which type you want to go for, largely depends upon what end effect you want to create. It must be noted that every wall decor finish will have a major impact on the interior design theme of your home.
But how to really choose the best finish for wall decor?
To solve this problem you can think from different perspectives. Wall surfaces are vertical surfaces and help in two ways. The first and the most obvious function of a wall is to act as a divider between two rooms and create privacy.
Secondly walls help to reflect direct sunlight into deeper areas of the interior spaces creating an even lighting atmosphere. For this to happen it is necessary to finish the wall with the kind of decor that will help easy dispersion of light into internal areas.
People who live in the cosmopolitan area surrounded with high residential buildings are keener on setting up a modern concept of home décor. It suits to their lifestyle and the home space itself that they currently live.
Also, most of the working force these days prefers to have an office at home. Reasons can vary from personal to work related motivations. Whatever the purpose is that motivates an individual to set up an office at home, it is somehow an integral part of having a modern home.
So here are great ideas to transform your home into a modern and sleek home that will truly fit to your lifestyle. The first step to revamp an old ambience is to change the colors. This includes colors of the walls, curtains, bed covers and more. This will indeed have a great impact in transforming your house. The colors suit for a modern home décor is black, tan and white. Whatever transformation you will do in your home, the colors should be in line so as to create a sleek ambience. Bright colors are totally eliminated if you opt to have a modern home.
Most of the homes with the modern concept have also a minimalist home décor. It means that home décor will be minimal, no big bulging decorative items and loud paintings on the walls. There is somehow a uniformity in the designs and choose of household items.