Posted on January 20, 2012
The home and the garden are, for many people, an extension of their persona. It is an expression of who they are and what they like. In the past, the opportunities for self-expression were limited as design and furnishing options were in short supply. These days, however, there is an explosion in the number of options for anyone who wants to populate their interiors and exteriors with funky, whimsical, striking or modern art decor.
As any professional interior decorator will tell you, each room within the house has a certain function and a certain character. It is necessary to recognize this innate character before one can go about furnishing the room appropriately. Indoor decor leans heavily on the right use of color, lighting and furnishing. For instance, the role of curtains, decorative rugs, objects of art and other decorative materials must be complimentary. Every object within the room must contribute seamlessly to the total effect.
Many homes these days, boast of stunning pieces of art that single handedly transform the look of the room. Funky, whimsical designs featuring themes and colorful artwork could well become the center of attraction of the room. When such pieces of art are combined cleverly with furnishing and color, the effect is breathtaking. A fitting example of such art is the Round Top Collection by Jeff Krause.
Thus, interior decor can be transformed from the staid and the predictable to glamorous and glitzy through the clever use of objects of art. Care should be taken, however, to choose quality over quantity. Hand crafted objects are more popular than machine made objects as the former contains unique objects that enjoy limited availability.
The garden is typically the extension of the home. It is where we seek to establish an instant connect with nature. For many, it is the place dedicated to the pleasure of cultivation and abundant growth. Even homes in urban areas where garden space is limited make the effort to transform the garden into a haven of sorts.
The use of unusual, whimsical and colorful furniture and objects of art can transform the garden into something that is out of a fairytale book. For example, whimsically designed benches and tables are available in the most stunning colors. These pieces of furniture greatly add to the appeal of the garden. In addition to this, pieces of art may be strategically scattered around the garden to make it colorful and beautiful. By adding these pieces of art to your garden space, it is possible to achieve the perfect balance between beauty and utility that characterizes great outdoor spaces.
Posted on December 6, 2011
Getting ideas and inspiration can sometimes be the trickiest part of a home décor task. If you have not done any redecorating for a while, then your ideas of the latest trends could well be outdated as styles and trends change fairly quickly. Before you start a new project it's a good idea to get lots of inspiration and find out all about new products on the market before you make your final decisions on colours and materials. It's best to know what your choices are, now rather than base it on what was on the market years ago. You could be missing out on something really great!
Changes in Fashion, Availability and Price
Trends change quickly, and new innovations come along regularly. Some new manufacturing methods become far more affordable, for example you can get cheap floor tiles these days that look almost identical to stone tiles, so while you may previously have dismissed stone tiles are being too expensive, you can now afford to have that look by using stone effect porcelain floor tiles.
Do Your Research
Spending some time researching styles and products is time well spent. Your first stop should be the Internet. You can search from the comfort of your own home. Try using Google image search for kitchens or bathrooms, or design projects. There are sites online that specialise in design ideas and have whole galleries of photos featuring finished design projects posted by other site visitors. You can't beat seeing things for real though; visit kitchen and bathroom showrooms, tile and DIY stores, although don't rush into buying anything, once you've seen something you like such as bathroom wall tiles or a particular shade of paint, do search online to see if you can get a better deal. Read more...