Friday, December 14, 2012

Importance of colors for your interiors

Color is life, life without colors is unimaginable and unexciting.  Color plays a very important role in the interior decoration of your home.  Colors create mood and make your home look stylish and beautiful.

The best resource for the selection of colors for your home is your interior designer.  Interior designers have a vast knowledge of color and its effect, the combinations to be used, the contrast to be selected, the finishings suitable for your home, and all other special effects that would suit your interiors.

Colors are said to have a psychological effect and thus need to be selected wisely.  As color choice is personal and one color that you like may not be liked by the other members of your family, before choosing colors, sit and discuss the color chart or go through the color wheel and decide on the color that would be comfortable, bright and pleasing to your family.

Color should complement the furnishings, match the fabric, accentuate the other décor items of your home.   Neutral colors are always pleasing, calm and graceful and go well with any kind of décor you choose for your home.  Neutral colors like white, off-white or grey creates a soothing effect.  If you feel the neutral color could get too monotonous then you can complement it through dark or bold color furniture or window treatments.  Any artwork or frames look beautiful on a neutral color wall.

If you love bold and dark colors like red, purple or other bold colors, you can incorporate them in the form of furniture, window treatments or lighting fixtures or carpets.   But if you wish to color your walls in bold, then you can color one or two of your wall in your favorite color making it the focal point of your room and keep the other wall colors in neutral shades.  If you paint all the four walls of your room in one bold color, such as red, then it can get on your nerves and make you jittery after a while.

You can also use contrast colors for your walls and furnishings.  Contrast colors should be chosen in such a way that it complements each other.  If not, it will look odd in your room and make your room appear uninviting and unwelcoming.  If you want to mix and match colors then it is best to experiment with samples before you get into action.  Colors reflect your moods and nature.  Make a safe choice and be proud of owning a stylish and beautiful home.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Interior Designer or Decorator

Whom to hire? An interior designer or an interior decorator? Before you start thinking on these lines you should know the difference between the designer and the decorator.  Even before this is answered you should be able to answer what you need: are you in search of someone who can guide you in decorating your home, or are you looking for someone who can take care of not only beautification of your home, but also other responsibilities involving building structure, building permits and so on?

Once you are sure about this, then you can hire the one who fulfils your needs.  Both interior designers and decorators work hard to provide you a beautiful functional space that you would be proud to show off to your family and friends.

Your interior decorator works towards interior decoration by looking into different aspects involving the beautification of your space by choosing right fixtures, furnishings, surfaces, paint, window treatments, wall coverings and fabric, keeping in mind your preferences and personality. To achieve this they may meet you regularly, try to get an idea of your interests, and work towards achieving it, by guiding you through the right items in the right place, thus reflecting your personality.  Your decorators need not know the safety and building codes, and are not involved in designing the layout of your space.  Decorators work towards beautification of your home. Decorators need to be talented and artistic in order to meet your expectations and create an attractive space.

Whereas if you are concerned not only about attractive functional space, but also wish someone to look into safety codes and building codes, make suggestions in regards to architectural changes and design the layout of your floor plan, than you need an interior designer.  Your interior designer takes care of all these aspects and at the same time plays a role of a decorator by suggesting and choosing colors, furnishings, lighting and other décor.  Your interior designer has to plan in such a way that he takes into consideration all the interests and needs of your family members.

Whether you hire an interior designer or an interior decorator they should be friendly, attentive and talented enough so as to completely satisfy your needs with an awesome interior within the timeframe and the stipulated budget.  Their main concern should be you, your family’s safety, and the budget, along with a beautiful functional space.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Interior Designers Suggest Animal Skin Designs

Animal skin prints have gained popularity in home décor.  Be it animal print area rugs, lamp shades, window coverings, or furniture upholstery, it is not just a fashion statement but it also represents your adventurous nature and boldness to do things differently.

Animal skin prints used excessively imbalances the look of your home. Animal skin should balance with your other decor instead of dominating them. It is best to use minimal animal skin pattern like an area rug or a throw pillow in a room to give the room a sophisticated look.

Beautiful animal skin area rugs adds a unique touch to your living space and makes it appear more striking.  To decorate your rooms and add a glamorous look to your interior designing you can add a variety of animal skin area rugs like a cow print rug which creates the warmth that you need, a tiger print rug for a safari theme that you have been craving for, a giraffe print for that nature theme, or a zebra print rug to add an exotic touch.  For a long lasting, stain proof area rug you can always opt for animal skin rug.

Animal skin area rugs or carpets add fun to your rooms and there are matching accents to go with it like table lamps, bedding, window coverings or sheets.

If your kids love their pets or animals then decorating their room with their favorite animal skin area rug on floor or on the wall as a wall art would be a good idea according to professional interior designers, as that would make the kids happy and more loving towards their pets and also making their room quite cosy and eye-catching.

Your outdoor patio or pool area can be given a wildlife, nature, or exotic look by adding appropriate animal skin area rug to that space thus protecting your floor with the durable rugs.  You can compliment these rugs with bamboo chairs to create a nature theme.

If you are unsure of which animal skin area rug would suit which room then there are always professional hands available.  A qualified interior designer is the best person to guide you through this process, as they are trained to give your home a polished effect.

There are an infinite possibilities and choices to decorate your home with attractive animal skin area rugs on floors or walls, making your living space exotic and giving you an exhilarating experience.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dining Room Colors

The dining room is a place where one shares special times and delicious food.  Dining room decorators put in a lot of thought into decorating your dining room.  A lot of emphasis goes into colors as research has shown that colors affect mind, body, and emotions, not to mention appetites.

It are dining room decorators who are solely responsible for your perfectly chosen furniture, wonderful accessories, and the colors that will make your food and the space more appealing.  If the right color is not chosen even the most exquisite furniture or accessories seems dismal, and it adversely affects the appearance of the food making it less appealing.  Your senses needs to be swayed and the eyes convinced even before your food is tasted and for that you need to give significance to colors.

You can mix and match, use bolder tones or neutral colors depending on your choice.  If you are a foodie and love to pamper your taste buds then go for lighter shades like peach, green or pink that make your food look delicious and ready to be savored.  If you wish you can use these colors as table cloth, napkins or wall color. And if your are health conscious or are trying to fight obesity, then better go for dark shades like purple or blue as they act as suppressants- you can use blue plates or blue cups to keep your weight in check.

You can create a striking effect in your dining room by painting your walls in lighter shades and in contrast to it by adding furniture, rugs, window curtains, or other décor in brighter tone.  If you are bold enough than you can consider wall textures as they add that extra zing.  Dining room designers recommend avoiding dark hues in the dining room as they may subtly affect your appetites.  Colors can also be selected based upon the theme you wish for your dining room.  

A well judged color theme can enhance the beauty of your dining room thereby creating a lively atmosphere.  All said it is always up to your choice and taste on  how you wish your dining room overall design and color to be as it represents the real you.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Interior Design or Interior Decorating

Interior Designers and/or Interior Decorator

The difference between interior design and interior decorating is one of those things that people get confused with.  These two work together hand in hand.  If Design include everything about the space, Decorating deals with the furniture and fixtures and the lighting.  Design will be more focused on the actual room whereas Decorating deals with colors, the finishes, the fabrics and furnishings, and the accessories.  Both play an important role in creating the beauty of a room.  So these are inseparable parts.  That is why it makes sense to hire an Interior Designer who not only has the interior design skills but also has interior decoration knowledge.

Of particular worth is the distinguishing of design for commercial and residential projects.  A cheap Chicago hotel shared with us that they always use a designer when they refresh their rooms, although they include architects when they do major renovations on their hotel lobby.