Choosing the Right Colour :
Many people spend enormous amounts of money in decorating their homes and finally end up dissatisfied. One of the primary reason for this let-down is the choice of color schemes. Color is everything, because no matter how good your design is, it will never stand out unless the colors are right. Here's a simple tool to choose the right color. Choose from the color palette on the right and chances are you will not go wrong.
When the color's right, it can:
Before planning a colour scheme, answer these simple questions and they will lead you to choosing the colours that are right for you and your room :
This is an important part of your design. No matter what you do, you will not be able to create the desired effect without the use of proper and schematic lighting. But then, you don’t have to know everything about lights to make rooms look lively. You do need to know the basics of functional and decorative lighting and how to get help for planning and buying lighting. Lighting design is broken down into three kinds of illumination: general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Mix all three types in the right proportion and you will create decorative lighting.
Decorative lighting creates mood and communicates with the user. Flat, functional lighting (such as office lighting) puts people on alert. Decorative lighting, on the other hand, brings out the shape of objects, the “feel” of texture, and important keynotes.
A decorative lighting scheme has variation in light levels and sources that indicate what rooms are for (dim lights in rooms for sleeping, bright lights in playrooms) or what a room’s focal point is. You could create focal points with chandeliers and canopies. In a dining room, for example, a canopy light placed over a table draws attention with its soft light. Chandeliers are Traditional. A canopy light used over a table, however, casts a more concentrated light downward and out. Canopies are more trendy.
To create a plan, consider what, where, and when activities take place. Lighting needs to vary its intensity to accommodate multiple activities that occur in a single room. For example, your open kitchen may be your favorite place to cook, read, do your hobbies, and entertain. Would you want the same level of light for a party that you want for mopping the floor?
Many a times you walk into a room and something does not feel right. You’re unable to pinpoint the source, but the feel is not good enough. The most likely cause of this dissonance is haphazard layout of furniture. Arranging furniture properly can improve the traffic flow and organization of a room, while helping to highlight whatever aspect of the room is most important to you. Here are some simple ways to take care of the problem :
First, you need to figure out how much space you have and how much space is required for keeping the furniture. Draw up a floor plan of the room and be sure to note the location, heights and widths of doors, windows, electrical outlets and switches.
Next, measure each piece of furniture that you plan to use in the room. Focus your attention on the largest and most important pieces. Draw a basic outline of each item : sofa, bed, desk, chair, table, lamp, TV and dresser .
Function, Focal Point and Flow
Function – What kind of room is it? Arranging furniture in a dining room is much different than in a living room, bedroom or office. Does the room need to accommodate a lot of people or just a few?
Focal Point – What do you want to emphasize? If you have a big window that looks out over a scenic view, perhaps you would want to highlight that part. Arrange your furniture to direct attention to the focal point. If viewing a widescreen HD television is important to you, the optimal distance between the TV set and any seating is roughly three times the size of the screen.
Flow – Can people move easily from place to place? Notice at how people enter and exit the room, and how doors open and close. Cluttered pathways can make you feel like you’re in a trap, so avoid placing large pieces of furniture in the natural line of traffic. Allow at least 3 feet of open space for your primary traffic routes.
First, place the larger pieces of furniture (e.g., couch, desk or bed) facing the focal point. To ensure a cozier, more intimate setting, move seating in from the walls, placing pieces within comfortable distance of one another. Placing some pieces at an angle can give a softer, more casual feel to a room. Sofas and lounges make great dividers, if you need to separate areas of a room.
Next, arrange related pieces (e.g. tables and chairs) accordingly. Place tables within easy reach of all chairs and make sure that coffee tables allow 14-18 inches of legroom. In dining rooms, be sure to account for the fact that people will need to pull their chairs out from the table before they are seated and that someone may need to walk behind the chair.
Blank Walls don't speak for themselves. Colors lend a feel and texture but that alone is not enough to create a communication in a living space. Wall art, or simply put, beautifying walls in a manner that would aid in the room's ability to communicate with the inmate, is an important aspect of interior design.
Wall art can be any object and need not necessarily mean paintings and canvasses. Paper, objets d'Art, weaves, murals, stones, carvings, frames, wood can all be suited to create the right ambiance in the room. Keep the following important things in mind before choosing the Wall Art that is right for your room :
- Theme : Ideally speaking, the theme must match with the theme of the living space. So a painting from the mughal era may not be the best solution for your European-style room;
- Size : It is important to decide the right size of the Wall Art. How much is too much and overpowering and how little is too little is purely a matter of choice, but the importance of balance between the room and the wall art is an element that increases the wall's ability to respond effectively;
- Placement : No matter how good or appropriate your wall art is a wrong placement can mar the effect immensely. Although there are no set rules here, as a matter of guiding it is a good idea to ensure that the object of art is fully visible at the viewers' most convenient vantage. Use of lights and grids may sometimes help in realising this process.