Design Tips & Ideas
Floor design is often something that is overlooked. Whilst not as obvious as new furniture, a fresh lick of paint, or new lighting fittings, a new floor can breathe a new lease of life into any interior and it would appear there is a new alternative on the market.
In this modern age, interior design takes many forms, from rejuvenating the past to the completely new to combining exciting style. Over the years, vinyl and laminate flooring has been a popular choice due to its durability and stylish finishes. Other people have opted for more natural floors, such as solid wood or natural stone tiles to create a look that is truly authentic. But there’s a new contender on the scene…
Concreate floor may look like a misspelling, but it is the latest in flooring technologies. Acting as an alternative to conventionally poured concrete and floor coverings, Concreate flooring is perfect for a whole host of domestic and commercial uses.
The concrete floor panels used offer a strong, durable and beautiful finish that creates a modern twist for any floor. Make sure you acquire the expert knowledge of a wooden floor specialist for a full product break down. Their experience and expertise will help you discover a new way to enhance your interior design.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 23 August, 2013
When it comes down to a well-organized, clutter-free and relaxing bedroom space, storage is key. Some you want absolutely hidden such as in bins within closets or underneath beds. Yet, there is another strategy which can both fulfill your need to create extra room, while adding an attractive design element–a bedroom wardrobe.
Maximize with Measurements
The initial step is to take detailed measurements of the area where this piece of furniture is going. Armoires come in a plethora of sizes, widths, lengths, and heights so first figure out where in the bedroom it will reside. Don’t forget, these doors typically open outwards, so be sure to leave room for that, too.
Wardrobe for Your Wardrobe
Next you need to decide what it exactly is that you’ll be storing. If it’s dresses and shirts, you’ll need to find a style which offers a hanging bar within it. Or if your winter sweaters and fuzzy blankets need a temporary home between seasons, then plentiful shelving would be your best bet. Drawers are an especially wonderful detail, as they can provide storage for smaller items such as rolled belts, jewelry boxes, scarves and other smaller accessories. Units with a full-length mounted mirror on the inside door are another good idea.
As any parent would attest to, the more storage in a child’s room, the happier the family. Kids’ bedroom armoires can be wonderful for storing everything from clothing and socks, to plush toys and books. Two-door white wardrobes are ideal as they take up less space and coordinate effortlessly with either gender’s color scheme, while styles with a lower bottom drawer are ideal for children to gain access to their play things independently.
Once you figure out the size, placement and function of your wardrobe, now is the fun part–what look are you going for? Armoires are available in a variety of styles like modern and traditional, even vintage-inspired, in natural and painted woods, lacquer and such. This piece of furniture can blend with your present furnishings, while many manufacturers offer the wardrobe as part of their coordinating collections. Or, to take it one step further, let the wardrobe stand out on its own in a punchy hue, adding colorful interest to your bedroom space.
Posted by Suzanne at 17 August, 2013
If you have a separate dining room in your home, it can often be neglected unless there’s a special occasion, as most busy families just tend to sit at the breakfast bar or smaller kitchen table to eat their meals. If you’re guilty of only using your dining room at Christmas and other holidays, it’s time to spruce up the décor and increase its functionality to encourage you and your family to make the most of the space you have.
Create a Reading Nook
If you have the space, creating a reading nook in your unused dining room will provide a quiet haven for the bookworms in your family. Pick a large, comfortable chair that matches the existing décor, and fill a bookcase up with all your family’s favorite reads and ones you’d like them to pick up. A reading nook provides a perfect place to go to de-stress when you get a moment to yourself. The fact that your dining room is barely used means you won’t feel like it’s connected to the daily chores and strains of family life, so it’ll feel like a real retreat. For some inspirational reading nooks that you might be able to adapt to suit your space and requirements, check out this Pinterest board.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 15 August, 2013
So many of us dream of owning our own period properties, we dream about stone fireplaces, we fantasize about AGA cookers, we break into cold sweats at the thought of oak beams! Owning a period property is a unique experience, you are more the steward of the home than the owner, the caretaker of a property where generations of lives have been lived and stories been told so you have a duty to retain its soul. Of course there are drawbacks to owning a period property, original features might look impressive but run down heating systems, dank lighting and 60′s wallpaper aren’t the design motifs dreams are made of! It takes a subtle hand to modernise a period property without ridding it of its charm but with a gentle touch, an eye for style and a little bit of creative flair you can be the owner of your very own grand design.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 13 August, 2013
Slick, clean cut and minimalist design is the way to go to achieve the ultimate feeling of brightness in your home. If you can’t afford a complete re-design of your interiors, it’s good to know that there are ways you can make your home feel lighter, brighter and fresher without making any monumental changes.
Maximise Natural Light
If your windows aren’t huge, there’s not a lot you can do about it unless you’re willing to pay a lot of money. You can however, work with what you’ve got and maximise the amount of natural light your windows let in. Avoid heavy fabrics when it comes to curtains, as even when they’re open they can block light from the edges of the windows. Instead, go for light colored chiffon fabrics that will almost have a reflective effect, allowing the natural light to permeate through and brighten the room. Furniture in front of windows can also be obstructive to natural light, so try rearranging the layout of your room if you think that might help. Avoid placing large objects on the windowsill too; it might seem miniscule, but they can actually end up blocking some of the light.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 13 August, 2013
Building a Home Wine Cellar
As wine collecting has grown in popularity in recent years, so have home wine cellars. Offering more than just a chic addition or convenient storage space, a wine cellar can also increase a home’s value. But, more goes into installing one properly than just placing some wine racks in your basement. Interested in adding a home wine cellar? Learn more about some of the key aspects involved and get tips on how to build one.
What environment is best for a home wine cellar?
As you begin researching how to build a wine cellar, you’ll find the same two words mentioned over and over – location and temperature. Wine needs a certain environment in order to mature properly, and these two factors are the most important part of creating that environment. When you begin making plans to build a home wine cellar, keep these considerations in mind when it comes to location and temperature:
- Windowless rooms are ideal for home wine cellars, as sunlight raises the air temperature and can potentially spoil the wine. While you may use any windowless room, many wine cellars are located in the basement for easier climate control.
- Maintaining a consistent room temperature is key to wine aging properly. Red wines should be stored at 55 degrees Fahrenheit and whites at 45 degrees Fahrenheit. A climate control system, including a refrigeration unit for white wine, is necessary to regulate the different temperatures for these two groups.
- Humidity levels also need to be maintained to prevent corks from drying out. 50-75% relative humidity is the generally accepted rule of thumb for home wine cellars.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 8 August, 2013
When it comes to decorating your bedroom, there are numerous considerations to be made. From the colour scheme and overall trend through to your choice of soft furnishings and use of space, decorating a bedroom takes plenty of concentration. One area which requires plenty of thought is that of the type of bedroom furniture you select but which is best – fitted or freestanding?
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 7 August, 2013