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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Way Design a Room Layout

There is an interior designer in all of us. We all have a dream room that we would like to unwind in, one that speaks for itself, and one that speaks for us too. However, to design a room layout may seem like a daunting task to some. The idea is just to unleash your creativity and allow all the mental blocks to melt away, in order to come up with a plan that you are most comfortable with. Whether you are looking for plain old comfort, or out to make a style statement, allow your room to bring out your personality.

Measurements
Measure your room, and chalk out the basic plan on a graph paper, assuming every square on the paper is equal to one foot. Account for all the openings, i.e, doors and windows in the room, and write down the measurements beside each wall and opening on the diagram. Ensure that the diagram you have made is neat. Make several copies. You may also try to do this online with the different websites available for this purpose.

Planning
While deciding the layout, first account for all the furniture you want to place in it. Beds and nightstands are basic to a master bedroom. You may want to place a television with a cabinet at a viewing distance from the bed. Perhaps a love seat could be accommodated. It all depends on your personal requirements. If it is a teenager’s room, perhaps a single bed with one nightstand would be basic. Then a desk for the computer may be required. If the teenager plays a musical instrument such as the keyboard, space may be required to place it. If the teenager is an avid reader, a unit to store all his/her books will be needed. The bottom line is that you have to first make space for the basics. Enlist these requirements before you start placing the furniture.

Start Placing the Furniture
Measure all the furniture items, and then in the blank layout, start placing the furniture in different positions, as per the 1 square = 1 foot ratio. This is why you require several copies of the blank layout, so you can make different placement options that will help you decide on one that is most suitable for you. However, always keep these basics in mind:

  • Leave a minimum of 30 inches around any furniture item for clear passage.
  • Do not place any furniture item too close to any door opening, as this will hinder the passage and opening of the door.
  • Ensure there is adequate lighting in every part of the room. There shouldn’t be any dim and dark corners anywhere.
  • Avoid cluttering up spaces. You may want to have everything in your room, but clutter contributes to severe confusion, even of the mind, so keep it minimal.

You can get as creative as you like, and try out new and unique positions for different furniture requirements, keeping the above mentioned rules in mind.

Add in the Accessories
Once you have decided on the final plan, and placed in all the basic necessities, start decorating by adding in all the accessories to enhance the appearance of the room. While there is always place on cabinets and on walls for picture frames and the likes, perhaps you’d like to place a bean bag in an empty corner, or liven up a corner by placing in it, a beautiful lamp or a tall, floor-mounted candle stand. Some of you may want to place a water feature, such as a fountain in an empty space that will not hinder passage. The kind of accessories you place are the ultimate reflection of your personality.

As a rule of good interior design, room layouts should be kept uncluttered yet include as many of your personal requirements as possible. You don’t have to hire a professional interior designer. Bring out the designer in you. It is a space that is personal, and one that only you are going to live in. Don’t give designing trends preference over personal comfort, and create your own slice of paradise.

Study Room Decoration Ideas

A study room is a room in the house that is generally used for paperwork, computer work, or reading. This room may be used by kids, or may function as a home office for you where you simply carry out your work in peace. In order to bring out your best work, an appropriate study room design is imperative.

Elements

When it comes to interior designing, you first have to keep in mind the function and form of the room. Here are some essentials:

  • Study table (to fit a computer and provide space to write/draw/design)
  • Storage cabinets (overhead, underneath, or both)
  • Bookshelves
  • Additional seating for reading (optional)
  • Accessories to enhance the overall appearance

With the essentials in place, you need to figure out how to put all these together for a great place to study. Keeping in mind a theme is a great way to design the room. For instance, some of you could go for a zen room where everything reflects peace, creativity, and positivity. You could try a retro room with bright floral prints, polka dots, and striking colors. English style study rooms will require elaborate classical furniture and other accessories in rich brown, gold, and white tones. Modern and contemporary styles will require sleek furniture with personalized designs. The room can simply be what you want it to be, and reflect the person you are. Here are some ideas for you.

Study Table Design
Your study table or computer desk should be big enough to incorporate a desktop or a laptop, and it should have enough writing space. This is particularly true if you are designing the room for kids, as they need the space to complete their writing assignments, do craft work, and other creative activities. A study table with storage underneath is essential for kids, because of the numerous books and other items they have to store. Make sure that you are comfortable sitting at the desk before you purchase it. The chair you use should be of the appropriate height (for yourself or your child). Comfort is of prime importance.

Study Table Placement
Where you place the table is important. It should ideally be against a wall, so that you are not distracted by any other events. On the other hand, according to the principles of feng shui, you should place the table in a manner that is facing the door to the room. Whatever you do, don’t place it with the door behind you. Some prefer placing the table against a wall with a window, which is great to be able to enjoy the view while taking a break from studying. Finally, corner computer desks are also a good choice as they are great space savers. Just ensure that wherever you place your study table you get the maximum natural light and ventilation possible.

Cabinets and Bookshelves
Wall-mounted bookshelves and cabinets usually do the trick, particularly if you have limited space. If you have a big room, a floor-to-ceiling bookcase would be great. Bookshelves are not only functional, they can add a lot in terms of design and color to a room. Bookcase design ideas include the use of crisscross shelves, shelves of varying lengths, and lit up shelves. You can add color with different books. Keep in mind that bookcases need not have only books. If there is room, use simple accessories such as figurines, vases, or other items to break the monotony of rows and rows of books.

If you have the room, you may place a chest of drawers or other storage cabinets to store other stuff. For instance, if you are a designer or your child loves arts and crafts, then this storage will be helpful. Also, you may put up hanging shelves on an empty wall to display some sort of artwork, that will soften the appearance of the room.

Lighting
Lighting is very important in interior design. Artificial light is as important to consider as natural light. If you have cabinets above your desk, incorporate lights underneath the cabinet that will serve as a direct source of light in the room. You may also use a lamp for this purpose. Usually, having white light in a study room is always the best option. You may include a floor lamp or a hanging lamp with yellow light just for a change of mood.

Other Elements of Design
Now, it comes to other accessories that will help with interior decorating. Here are some great elements you can add to enhance the room.

  • Chair for the Table: While the study table design is something you shouldn’t compromise on, the chair you use can be of any style as long as it is comfortable. Use this chair to add color to the study room. The chair can also reflect prints and textures when upholstered with interesting fabrics.
  • Softboard/Whiteboard: A softboard or a whiteboard is very important in a study room whether it is used by kids or by adults. They’re great to pin up important information or motivational posters and to note things down to remember. Ideally, these should be placed right above the study table.
  • Area for other Activities: If you require a design table or some additional space to create works of art and craft or perform any other activity, you may include an additional desk in the room. The ergonomics of this desk will depend on the function you want to use it for. For instance, it may be higher than your regular desk so you can conveniently stand and work if you have to.
  • Area Rugs: An area rug is another beautiful way to add color to the room. If you have a monochromatic room, break the monotony by having an area rug on the floor. If you can place it against a wall, you can throw some cushions on the rug to make a seating area where you can take a break from work and relax for a bit. It could also function as a reading zone.
  • Sofa: This is optional, but having a form of seating apart from your study table’s chair is good. It is likely that you will get bored of sitting in the same place and working, and a sofa or even a bean bag can give you the much-needed respite from the table.
  • Curtains and Drapes: Based on who is using the room, choose appropriate curtains and drapes to give the room color and character. You may also use blinds instead of curtains for a change. Fabric blinds can be specially made to match the theme of the room, or you may stick to bamboo blinds for a zen look.
  • Plants: Plants are refreshing, and they will give the room a gorgeous, simple look if you place them on the window sill. Choose from a simple bamboo, bonsai, or any other plant of your liking.

Tips for Design

  • Though you have your ideas in place, there are some very important tips that you should keep in mind when designing the room.
  • Avoid cluttering the room. While basic furniture is essential, avoid trying to cram the room with more furniture if you don’t have the space. A study room is where you work and clutter is very unnerving. Keep the room minimalistic so that you can generate your best work.
  • Do not use too much color in the room. This is a place where you are supposed to focus; it’s not an entertainment zone. Having too much color will distract you and it will affect the focus required to study or complete a task.
  • Comfort is more important than design. Do not give up on personal comfort for the sake of design. If you love a table or chair but don’t find it comfortable, avoid purchasing it.
  • If you are placing any wall shelves or overhead cabinets, place them at a height where you won’t hurt yourself. Avoid sitting under a shelf or overhead cabinet, and keep your safety in mind at all times.

Bringing together different elements to personalize your study room or home office is the only way you can come up with a tranquil zone for your best work.

Designing Classy Log Homes

The unique interior features of log homes provide a feeling of comfort and luxury upon entering the house. These homes are basically of two types, namely: handcrafted and milled. Handcrafted homes are prepared from logs that have a striking similar look with their earlier and natural look when they were actually trees. The only change made in these, while preparing log cabins, is that they are peeled.

In contrast, the process of making milled homes is somewhat complicated. Logs that are used for preparing these homes are sent for processing to the manufacturing places to make timbers out of them, which are of the same size and look exactly similar. These kinds of homes became very popular in the United States during the 1880s.

Initially, very small log cabins were constructed using the basic tools to test their utility. Proper plot selection is very essential for constructing a log cabin. Before beginning with the actual construction work, ensure that the place has adequate sunlight, water, and drainage facilities.

Things to Consider for a Classy Interior in Log Homes

Shape and Diameter of the Logs

✎ While doing the interior work of your log cabin, pay special attention to the shape of the logs and their color.

✎ The diameter of the logs plays a vital role in giving the home a royal look. The use of logs with smaller diameters will probably not help you achieve your objective.

✎ This means that the larger the diameter, better will be the results. However, if you use logs with a large diameter, the carpet area of your homes should also be large.

✎ Individual rooms also need to be big enough to suit the logs.

Orientation of the Windows

♦ Appropriate positioning of the windows in a log house is of prime importance, as these windows are a major source of receiving sunlight.

♦ The windows should be big enough and well-decorated. With large windows, you can get a great view of the beautiful natural environment surrounding your house.

♦ You can consider having windows of different shapes, like triangular, square, rectangular, or circular and can also give different orientations to them.

♦ If you wish to receive the early morning sunlight, then you can position the windows facing east. For a visual delight, let all the windows in the house have a uniform pattern.

Lighting System

☀ While decorating your log home, ensure that the lighting system is proper to avoid darkness in any room.

☀ Like decorative windows, you can also have attractive lamps to make the rooms look nice.

The Flooring

♟ Coming to the flooring, avoid the usage of a carpet or mat for your kitchen flooring. Instead, you can use good quality wooden flooring for a better appearance.

♟ In the kitchen, you can consider the idea of fitting colored tiles on the walls. It is not mandatory to use the same kind of flooring in all the rooms.

♟ You can choose to design the kids’ room or the master bedroom in a way different from the rest of the house.

Wall Decoration

» Wall decoration can be done by incorporating straight and curved lines of different fresh colors, like pink, red, blue, and yellow.

» You can try out different painting ideas while doing the kids’ room. You can use a pink shade for the girl’s bedroom.

» Avoid using colors, like lime green, orange, and purple, as these can look odd in a log home.

» Different colors have some meaning associated with them. For example, white denotes peace whereas dark green symbolizes dense forests.

» White, cream, and brown colors are also a great option for walls. Affix beautiful artistic masterpieces, like paintings of legendary personalities, landscape paintings, and abstract paintings for a rich effect.

Some More Suggestions

  • You can use materials, like glass, metal, and chrome in the kitchen.
  • Fabrics made of cotton linen and in neutral colors are a great option.
  • Flat sofas with strong legs are a favorite amongst people.
  • The Art Deco, Bauhaus, and Scandinavian styles of log cabin furniture is very famous these days.
  • Chairs made from pine, which is very soft, and aspen tree limbs are extremely comfortable and lovely in their appearance.
  • Artistic beds in log homes are made from cut logs that have a calico print on them.
  • Interior designing needs a lot of creativity. So, while doing the interiors of your dream home, consult a talented interior designer for some ideas.
  • Bark and rough textiles are the popular dramatic textures used.
  • Use of barnwood and fabrics, that are loomed roughly, is quite popular for log home interiors.
  • Pillows of various shapes and sizes add to the luxury quotient of the room.
  • Porches like the screened in and front porches that sweep open are used for outdoor furniture.

Apart from being unique and beautiful, log cabins are good for investment purposes, because they are always in demand and you can earn a good amount upon selling them. So, if you are planning to buy one, think no further and finalize the deal.

Decoration Home with Mexican Style

Tips on Style and Design

Furniture
Mexican furniture is greatly influenced by the Spanish, Chinese, and Mayan cultures. The furniture is usually straight lined, with lots of ornamentation on it. Furniture made from pine wood should ideally be used. Otherwise, walnut and cherry furniture look equally good. The items, whether they are sofas or beds, should be very large and broad, almost similar to country style furniture. Since this look will be incomplete without a riot of colors, you can paint the edges of the various furniture items with typical colors such as red, orange, and blue. Central tables or side tables, which have ceramic tile inlays on the top, can be teemed with this furniture to give a bright look to the room. When choosing the flooring of the house, ceramic tiles or clay tiles go really well with these interiors. If you want a wooden flooring, you can go in for hardwood flooring, which looks equally good.

Accessories
These homes are usually full of accessories. So, place lots of candles, picture frames as well as mirrors in your home. Accessories made from metal as well as wrought iron should be used. Handwoven wall hangings should be used to adorn the walls. You can place lots of cultural items such as wall hangings or paintings with Mexican folk art, pottery with geometric patterns on it, as well as the colored woven baskets, at various places in the house. Traditional masks can be put on the walls to complete the look.

Color Patterns
While choosing the color patterns, go in for very bright colors. Blues, maroon, deep red, greens, yellows, terracotta, and pinks, are the ideal choices. Painting the walls of the room in two bright colors, one for the bottom half and the other for the upper half, gives the house a very unique look.

Fabrics and Upholstery
Wall to wall carpeting should be avoided. But, you can use lots of small rugs, especially the handwoven ones, of bright colors, in all the rooms of the house. Throwing a number of multicolored cushions on the sofas and beds is another way to get the perfect look. While choosing fabrics for the curtains, go in for natural materials such as cotton. The curtains should be layered and fancy, with lots of geometric or folk art designs on them. For upholstery, leather, which gives a ranch like look to the house can be used.

Mexican designs are vibrant and relaxing at the same time. Its fiesta of colors energizes the surroundings and the inhabitants like none. So, if you desire a house that exudes warmth and romance at the same time, go in for this style without any delay.