Decorating Tips For Bringing a Room Together With Accessories

Decorating tips and basic design principles to follow when adding accessories to a room.

Identify the focal point of the room. It could be the major piece of furniture in the room or an architectural element in the room like a fireplace.

It is usually the first thing that dominates when entering the room. Dress it up to capture the feeling of the room.

  • For example if the focal point of the room is the fireplace, the mantel could be accented with a painting hanging above it and something tall like a vase on one side and a shorter bowl or sculpture on the other.
  • If the focal point is the bed, dress it with beautiful bedding, or with a sofa, you can accent it with pillows with loop or brush fringe and a glamorous throw.
  • The windows of the room could be focal with beautiful treatments that supports the style of the space.

After establishing and playing up the focal point, anchor the main area of activity with an area rug that will also define the space.

  • Area rugs should be thought of as accessories since they provide an excellent opportunity to add warmth and embellish an area with color, texture and pattern. They also can establish a style that your other accessories can support.
  • Area rugs can be used to define seating arrangements or to differentiate and separate areas of a large room. And the best part? They can be changed and easily moved within the same room, or to other areas of the home. Try them on an angle to open the room up.

After the focal point has been established and the rug in place, add more interest to the room with other accessories but keep your displays simple to avoid a cluttered result.

Emphasize and create interest to certain areas in the room by being purposeful with your accessories. Accessories should balance with each other and the other elements in the room.

Wide with Wide, Tall with Tall, and Narrow with Narrow are easy decorating tips to remember for the scale, weight and proportion of your accessories.

Fill your wide spaces with fat accessories, accent the narrow spaces with pieces that are thin, and fill up the tall areas with tall accessories or accessories that are layered for height.

  • For example when addressing a wide wall space use artwork that has wider frames, a tall narrow wall space between two windows calls for a tall and narrow piece. It could also be two smaller prints hung one on top of the other, or a wall corbel with a tall vase on it.
  • Leave breathing room around the items. This way the eye has a chance to process the display and you avoid having it appear cluttered.

Other accessory decorating tips are to leave the chunky pieces together and the same goes for the more delicate items you may be using.

A pair of delicate figurines would go nicely on an antique sideboard of a delicate scale.

Each display should have its own focal point.

Add interest by using a variety of elements with different textures, shapes, colors and sizes and vary the heights for both wall and your table top displays.

Mix in horizontal shapes with vertical lines and throw in a round shape to balance all the right angles and squares.

Decorating tips for accessory groups, is to use like items together. Don’t spread out your collection, instead create more impact by using an odd number of items in small clusters.

Groups of three works well but in formal settings where symmetry is an important factor using pairs is more effective.

  • Plants are some great calming accessories to add to your interior. They are cost effective and bring a bit of the outdoors in. They also help to clean the air and they can sometimes add a subtle fragrance.
  • Even authentic looking artificial plants can beautify a space and provide relative calm to a room. Look for artificial plants that have quality leaves and stems and invest in the best quality your budget allows.
  • Place tall plants behind sofas, chairs and tables to create a sense of depth. Situate a tree in a corner and smaller plants for on the top of wall units, armoires and on shelves for texture.
  • Fragrance is one area of a room design that is sometimes overlooked but adds a great deal to the overall mood of the room.
  • Candles are an inviting way to perfume the air and decorating tips for factoring fragrance into your space. As well as room diffusers, and essential oil rings you place around a light bulb.

Accessories make your home beautiful but avoid using too much.

It is easy to start gathering these wonderful home jewels and wind up with too much of a good thing. Keep it simple and start small in an area you feel needs a new look and use what is meaningful to you.

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Commercial Interior Design – Selecting and Using a Color Palette

The successful conception, design and implementation of any commercial fit-out require mastery and expertise across architectural, design and construction phases led by excellent project management.

Interior design and its disciplines have been mistakenly understood by stakeholders of commercial projects as a luxury afterthought; ‘a cherry on the cake’, ‘an olive in the martini’.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In our humble experience, good design is often the result of the right vision and expertise across functional domains, coming together through well led orchestration and collaboration.

The onus of relevance has never been more important, keywords such as ‘timeless’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘eco-friendly’ driving the creative agenda adding value to a project is much more than just lip service.

Understanding your space: what are the sizes, heights and shapes of your working areas? What sort of furniture and fittings will be integrated? Where are the doors? Where are the windows? How much natural light is available?

Defining your vision: is branding defining the vision? Is the vision to achieve harmony across all areas or to accommodate functionality? Is there an orderly pattern among materials, objects and placements? Are the furniture and fittings distributed aesthetically and dimensionally relevant to each other and their environments?

Selecting a color palette: every space is unique, and every corporation has a different vision, domain and operation. As such there are many variables to consider when selecting a color palette for your new corporate interior.

Corporate identity will likely play a lead role in any design brief, a company’s existing brand and culture will need to be present and complemented in the final color palette.

Color temperature will often complement branding, but the size and lighting density of your space or climate can also add weight to your selection: warmer colors (reds, oranges and yellows), cooler colours (violets, blues) or neutral colors, (as a general rule, greens are the most neutral of all colors).

Personal touches are the finish, they include the plants, pictures, and other aesthetics that add weight to and complement your corporate identity.

Optical illusions are the secret weapon of any interior designer, a low ceiling can seem taller when using a cool color that is lighter than the walls, a vast space can be contained using a color darker than the walls, a room can seem more spacious using cool and light colors on side walls, against darker warmer colors.

There are four sorts of color schemes to choose from when defining your palette:

  1. Monotone – a single pale color palette (e.g. beiges)
  2. Monochromatic – a single vibrant color palette (e.g. reds)
  3. Analogous – adjacent color wheels (e.g. red, orange and yellow)
  4. Complementary – contrasting colors (e.g. red with green)

Here are some ‘rule of thumb’ concepts and expert tips to consider when experimenting with your color palette.

  • Use lighter or neutral colours on large expanses, using brighter colors sparingly for accents;
  • Consistency is important, don’t be afraid to reuse accent colors;
  • Balance patterns with plain elements, don’t overwhelm;
  • Plain areas give the eyes rest, while textures and patterns relieve boredom;
  • Natural light changes colours and intensity throughout the day;
  • Use natural light to your advantage, greet the morning sun with bright cheerful accents;
  • Use muted, cool and neutral accents to complement darker spaces;
  • Grayed tones are more restful and will complement your accents more fully;
  • Use bright intense coloring only to highlight key accessories, the smaller the area the more intense a color can be;
  • Vice versa, colour intensifies with area, the more of one color you use, the stronger it can seem;
  • Make allowance for texture rougher surfaces or fabrics appear darker, hard glossy surfaces reflect more and appear brighter;
  • Make allowances for distance, the close a space is the more intense it can be, colors will often grey or blend to their environments with distance;
  • Think about proximity, complementary colors brighten each other, related colors (dark/dark or light/light) will soften each other, neutrality brightens clear colors, strong primaries deaden neutrals;

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Home Renovation Tips: Combining Old and Modern Design

When you want to make your old house look like new, renovating it could be quite challenging especially when you want to adopt a modern design but find it hard to part with the classic beauty of your old home’s interior. Here, you will learn tips on how you can harmoniously incorporate the modern with the classic.

Work with color. Popular colors today are within the monochromatic scheme. White and beige are great. They brighten up a space in a modern way than an old 1970’s sun yellow palette. Beiges and whites also go well with other hues so you won’t have trouble complementing them with any accessory.

Architectural elements add beauty. The old brown trims and moldings of your home are surely among its interesting features. Paint them in white. That way, they will still serve as an accent to the interior without being so overpowering. As for the tiles in the kitchen and bathroom, there is no need to change them all. Just remove some and replace with a few that have modern textures.

Do away with your old dark-colored wooden furniture. Most renovation tips would tell you this. Scrub them lightly with sandpaper, this will create a shabby but chic appearance to brighten up your space. Refinishing old furniture is one tip that allows you to save much without spending for new ones, plus you still get to keep the furniture you love.

Lightweight fabrics are modern. Take down those dark heavy curtains and bed covers. Use light or plain colored fabrics. They give the illusion of more space. Light fabrics are also cheaper, easier to wash and maintain.

Keep the old paintings. However, make sure that the color of your walls provide a good contrast for them and accentuate those pieces of art rather than overpowering them. New art forms with simple designs that you can buy cheap, can be placed on side tables and consoles.

If you have to place a lampshade for added decor, choose one which again has a simple look. Another idea is to splatter paint on a piece of canvass. The abstract design would be a great modern addition to your art pieces. There are some home renovation tips that give more details on this artistic procedure.

Be clutter-free. As much as possible, free up the spaces in your home. This gives it more air to breathe and makes it look brighter. Clutter is never part of a modern home so get rid of all the stuff you don’t need. Give them to charity or have a garage sale to earn some money from it. Other renovation tips that focus on freeing up clutter are available online. Browse through all the ideas and see which one works best for you.

These are just some of the home renovation tips which many homeowners have applied to make their homes more modern, comfortable and most of all, something to be proud of. And it doesn’t cost a lot. It just involves research, a splash of artistic talent and a good amount of effort.

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