Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Modern Trends and Design Ideas For Living Rooms

The Living room is one of the most important rooms while doing the interior design of your house. The living room interior reflects your taste and the interior designer’s capabilities at the first step. The choice of colors and accessories is one of the most important factors in designing your living room. You need to understand what are the primary and tertiary colors and the basic principle of mixing them to get better shades. The sofa and other furniture that you use and the material they are made of is also an important factor. Apart from that the flooring that you select be it marble, tiles or wood it should go with the entire room interior.

Balancing interior design

You could create the warm and cozy feeling in your house by choosing warm colors or placing some sofas in the living room. The possibilities of great interior designs are unlimited, especially when you’re combining different textures, patterns, layout, or shapes.

If you happen to hire the professional interior designer, you may be free to do the home decor yourself. But, you need to specify to the interior designer what you really want to achieve in your design. Make it clear about your choices of colors, the air that you want to feel when you’re in the particular room, or the furniture that you want to put in there.

All of these information really useful for your interior designer because she could get your point of view first before she gets to work. This will allow you to save both of your time so she don’t have to undo what she already made before just because you don’t like the color, or because you don’t want particular furniture being placed in the corner.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Room Color and How it Affects your Mood

This crisp, clean formal room uses sumptuous fabrics to achieve its rich look. Design Tip: Subtle punches of color, such as the green silk drapes or the blue green silk chair fabric, add flair to light and airy rooms. Blue brings down blood pressure and slows respiration and heart rate. That’s why it’s considered calming, relaxing, and serene, and is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. Be careful, however: A pastel blue that looks pretty on the paint chip can come across as unpleasantly chilly when it’s on the walls and furnishings, especially in a room that receives little natural light. If you opt for a light blue as the primary color in a room, balance it with warm hues in the furnishings and fabrics.
Designer: Jill Hertz
Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It’s perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms, where happy color is energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries, and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming. Yellow although is a cheery color is not a good choice in main color schemes of a room.
In this living room, the area rug helps ground the vibrant upholstery panels and accessories. The color theme of bright pink, magenta and island paradise yellow-green makes an impact, giving drama to this modern classic design. Designer: Grace Sielaff
Red raises a room’s energy level. It’s a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. Red has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate. It is usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms, but if you’re only in the room after dark, you’ll be seeing it mostly by lamplight, when the color will appear muted, rich, and elegant. Red, the most intense, pumps the adrenaline like no other hue.
Neutrals (black, gray, white, and brown) are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All-neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down. Black is best used in small doses as an accent , indeed, some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth.
To encourage relaxation in the rooms where people gather family rooms, living rooms, large kitchens consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise. Blue is known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room. When going with blue go for softer shades of blue. Dark blue has the opposite effect. Dark blue evokes feels of sadness. So refrain from using darker blues in your main color scheme. Stay with the lighter shades of blue to give you and your loved ones a calm effect. Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited to almost any room in the house. In a kitchen, a sage or medium green cools things down; in a family room or living room, it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. In a bedroom, it’s relaxing and pleasant. Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. Purple in its darkest values (eggplant, for example) is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It’s associated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly. Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms this color is great for an exercise room. It will bring all the emotions out that you need when jumping into your fitness routine.In ancient cultures orange was used to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.

Something about Ceiling and Walls

The ceiling represents one-sixth of the space in a room, but too often it gets nothing more than a coat of white paint. In fact, for decades, white has been considered not only the safest but also the best choice for ceilings. As a general rule, ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower. Lower” need not mean claustrophobic: Visually lowered ceilings can evoke cozy intimacy.

Dark walls make a room seem smaller, and light walls make a room seem larger.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Antique and vintage furnishings.

Nothing brings character to a room like antique and vintage furnishings. Their ornate designs and skillful craftsmanship recall a more gracious era. The soft colors, etched by time, remind you that these pieces have been cherished by many generations. Carefully collected by POM POM Interiors in both Europe and the United States, these pieces make a design statement that is both elegant and compelling. http://www.pompominteriors.com/

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Christopher Barson Interior Associates

Chevy Chase Residence

Bedroom Design Ideas

Old World Europe.
A yellow backdrop sets the scene for Old World Europe-style furnishings. The headboard and chair are upholstered in matching blue tartan fabric, and paintings of Scottish Highland cattle purchased at the London flea markets grace the walls.
Cottage Bedroom
To make this cozy cottage bedroom appear bigger than it actually is, a 19th-century French glass is used as a grand headboard. The combination of patterns — toiles, stripes, and florals — works because they are all shades of red, from pink to rose to deep burgundy.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Combe House, Devon, UK

Combe house is an Elizabethan Manor nestled in beautiful countryside. The Tommy Wax bedroom in Combe House: each bedroom has been individually styled with antiques. http://www.metro.co.uk/travel/801475-combe-house-is-a-scones-throw-from-beauty