Transform your space with easy-to-do tips that are practical and does not necessarily entail a huge budget and time allotment. Here are some helpful tips to achieve that drab-to-fab look in the convenience of your own home:
Use room scents. A beautiful place makes for a great smell as well. Use room scents to enhance the feel and smell of your rooms. Opt for a soothing lavender scent for your bedroom, and green tea or citrus for your bathroom.
Mount picture frames horizontally or vertically. Add personality to your walls with the use of picture frames. For a more creative and stylish look, make a collage out of your travel photos or lomo shots. Use different frames of various sizes to make it more playful.
Make a color scheme. If you do not have time and patience to paint your chosen color scheme on a focal wall, you can spread the shade with the smaller items like throw cushions, curtains, picture frames, and other accessories.
Mix two furniture pieces for one striking piece. You can place a bigger coffee table, for example, over a smaller one, thus creating a layered effect. You can also combine styles like a bent wrought iron base with glass top table and a solid timber low console.
Re-upholster your couch or sofa with more traditional forms in fabric whose prints appeals to you the most.
Specific hallmarks on the house make a room special such as furniture, accessories, and other components. These elements make a room look more elegant, exquisite, and faithful to a signature. While some truly exquisite pieces can cause a fortune, you can train your eyes to find subtle touches that provide a tasteful ambiance like those in richly decorated homes. Here are some suggestions to duplicate the expensive hallmarks less inexpensively:
Exotic trees Ficus trees
Status Italian lamps Excellent reproductions
Electronically controlled blinds Mini-blinds
Collections of very old, leather-bound books Just one or two stacked on a table or bookshelf
An antique wood valet stand A new inexpensive wicker valet
Contemporary crystal vases Straight-lined chemist flasks
Built-in recessed lighting Track lighting available in discount stores
Warhol drawing, Rauschenberg graphic Work of talented art students in local art schools
Your choice of a color scheme for your house is crucial and you must know how to control the quality of the color that you want. Quality color can enhance the look of your house, in the same way that poorly applied color can destroy everything that you are trying to achieve. Here are some tips and tricks to help you choose the perfect color for your house:
Mono color. You can opt for one hue and use it in varying intensities. An example is a home with a Country home design that could use variations of great pink-rose cabbage roses with pale rose walls, a rose/lime crewel rug, a rose floral stencil border around the walls, rosy botanical on the wall. The lime green accents may come in short, unexpected and not large clouts of color.
Light colors. Light colors make rooms larger as they tend to conceal corners. Light colors on ceilings have the effect of raising them. Light, unbroken expanses of floor color them larger than they are.
Dark colors. In some areas that you want to make space seem more intimate and warm, dark colors do the trick. Ceilings seem to lower when painted darker than walls. Too-long rooms become more balanced if the long walls are painted in dark colors and the shorter walls in light.
Color it out. Darkness makes loathed objects seem to disappear; deep, dark shades over an ugly radiator almost paint it out of the picture.
Pillows are originally used to hold the head and dates back to the ancient times. Egyptians used pillows made of stone and decorated their pillows with lavish ornaments. It was only during the industrial revolution that pillows with different decorations and fabrics were mass-produced and became common in every household.
Aside from pillows being ubiquitous in the bedrooms, pillows have also became a staple in the living room where they not only serve comfort but decor as well. Here are the types of pillows being used that you can also use for your own sofa or living room:
Cording- Corded pillowcases have braid-like material sewn at the edges, or the trim can be made of the same fabric wrapped around a cord. Rich tapestry or embroidery can grace the center of the pillowcase to achieve a country look.
Tufted- A tufted has a indent a the middle topped by a button. Aside from being an accessory, tufted pillows can also be used as cushions for chairs.
Flange- This is the flap you see at the sides framing the pillowcase, its width can vary depending on what suits the pillowcase’s design.
Kidney Pillow- These pillows are rectangular that you can place at the sides or in the middle of your sofa to mimic an armrest.
The Nouveau school of decorative art which originated in Europe in the 1880s and flourished until World War I, utilized rich ornamentation, concentrating on unusual expressions of nature- curving, elongated stamens, stems, and leaves- as its themes. Japanese art and artifacts had a major influence on the style, and the asymmetrical shapes of the Orient were frequently used.
In architecture the Art Nouveau style was expressed in dancing, twisting ironwork. Outstanding Art Nouveau designers include Aubrey Beardsley, Charles Mackintosh, Hector Guimard, Gustav Klimt, and Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Art Deco was one was one of the finest developments in contemporary decoration. Deco can be flower and Oriental motifs, a mixture of using metal, glass, lacquer, wood; hot colors like the ones that run to pale peach and seafoam green. Cubism influenced Deco and so geometric shapes often prevail. Modern items are incorporated into a design are Art Deco.
Deco motifs found on furniture, lamps, picture frames, and others may also include baskets of flowers, ebony, enamel fans, and mother-of-pearl. Even a small piece of Deco, good Deco, added to a Classic Contemporary home gives a strong message of luxury and gloriousness. A silver Deco desk set supplies an infinite glamour and a curvaceous Art Deco chair can set the tone for a whole room.
Contemporary is chic, maybe cool, sometimes colorful, and witty. The best of Contemporary should be classic in its own genre. The master designs of Classic Contemporary maybe one of the following: The best in machine-age construction, which includes natural wood and fabric as well as superior plastics, typify the style. The look is sleek, simple, and architecturally faithful; form always follows function.
The ambience of the Classic Contemporary style is uncluttered, linear, and strong. Glass and metal tables glitter, often lit by soft, overhead spots. Touches indeed abound in a Classic Contemporary style.
The European look is elegant in hallmark symbols and eloquent in interpretation of the rich. This look sends a message of refinement and meticulous attention to elaborate detail. It is a look of formality, classicism, and tradition. The European look is influenced by the English country, French formal, Italian palazzo, Greek Classicism, Victorian ornate and a hybrid of other aristocratic legacies in Europe.
If you want to achieve the European look, here are certain elements to remember:
1. Furniture Styles. There are many styles that developed in various European cultures and adapted depending on the way particular cultures saw them. Chairs, sofas, and other period pieces in reproduction give authenticity to your home. Become acquainted with these styles like the Empire, Palladian, Renaissance, and many more.
2. Oriental Rugs. The oriental rugs give a faster message of opulence. They can be thrown over a chest or hung on a wall.
3. Elegant Moldings. Moldings can be used around the perimeter of the room, at basement, ceiling, or chair level. Some can be used as strips from which pictures are hung. Moldings are to the European look what glass and steel are to the Contemporary look.
4. Tassels. Tassels in European homes are rich, thick fabric threads of distinction. They are used as drapery tiebacks, on the backs of chairs where the fabric seat meets the legs, on pillows- in many different places.
5. Candelabra. European homes should always have candelabra which can be found standing on tables, hanging on walls, perched on columns, and of course filled with real candles.
6. Elaborate Frames. Elaborate frames are a staple and what you will see in European homes are curves, curliques, carving, and gold even on mirrors.
There’s practically no end to them. Almost can be put on the wall and your educated eye will tell you whether it’s rich or poor looking. The choice is staggering and it’s a good thing because when a room needs color, texture, pattern or just something fascinating to wake it up, a wonderful wall will do the trick.
Wallpaper. Heavier papers are usually higher in quality than lighter ones, and also more costly. The cheapest papers are machine-printed, thin, unwieldy, and tend to shirk or stretch. The better the quality wallpapers usually have two layers of paper bounded together for strength. Hand-printed papers are usually the most expensive and they come silk-screened, block-printed or stenciled.
Wall Fabrics. The softest walls are fabric covered, and shirred material can take the place of missing architectural effects for quality rich look. There is a wide range of wall fabrics: delicate grass cloths, silks, leather suede—only your imagination sets limits. Padded fabric adds another dimension in luxe; soundproofing.
Paint. Finally, some of the most exquisite walls in the world are made of very unworldly paint. Hand-done stenciling, trompe l’oeil, fake marbling can give luxurious effects. Make sure you use excellent paint: cracking, peeling, and bubbling walls look cheap—unless they’re on the Greek Acropolis. Walls to be painted must be in super condition or smoothed by spackle or a layer of canvas.