Choosing Contemporary Art For Your Home

Contemporary art can serve many functions in your home. It can be used to add a focal point to a room, make a space feel more intimate, or even to update a traditional design style. The key to choosing the right pieces is to think about the mood you want to create in the room and how the artwork can help you achieve it. Use these tips to help you get started:

1) Size up the space.

Size is a major consideration when choosing new artwork. You don’t want to overwhelm the wall with a piece that is too large or underutilise your space with pieces that are too small. The best rule of thumb is to mirror the size of the wall when choosing pieces: if you have a narrow vertical space, select a piece that is narrow and vertical as well. If you have a larger space, you may want to think about adding one large piece or a collection of photos to fill up the space. Remember that artwork should be displayed on the most prominent walls of the room, so take that into consideration when you’re sizing up your space. The mantle is an ideal space to hang artwork, as is the blank wall behind your living room couch.

2) Look for complementary colours.

While contemporary artwork won’t necessarily match the overall theme of your room, it should complement it. One easy way to do this is to choose a piece that utilises the same colour scheme as the rest of your interior. In particular, look for a piece that incorporates the room’s principal hue to pull the décor together. Remember that cool tones create a calming effect, while warm tones are more cosy and inviting. If you want to make your artwork the focal point of the room, consider hanging it on an accent wall to naturally guide the eye.

3) Consider the frame.

Canvas paintings can be hung without a frame, while paintings and drawings done on paper will likely require one. When choosing a frame, it’s important to take into account both the artwork itself and the overall architectural style of the room. For contemporary artwork, a simple flat frame is ideal. Gold frames complement artwork and room décor that incorporates a warm colour palette, while silver frames are well-suited for a cool colour palette. Homes with an overall traditional or country décor might utilise natural wood frames, while ones with a more modern feel should stick with traditional black or silver frames. Whichever frame you choose, remember that it should highlight—rather than detract from—the artwork itself.

4) Play with light.

Lighting is an important consideration when displaying artwork. Living room ceiling lights like low-hanging pendant lights can be used to highlight artwork, as can well-positioned track lighting or accent lighting. You may also consider adding a lighting fixture with a dimmer switch so you can control illumination as you please. Pieces that are framed behind glass (e.g. paintings and drawings on paper) should not be hung opposite large windows, as natural light will create glare.

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Article by Mike Wimmer

Mike Wimmer is an interior designer and home stylist with a specialist love for Living room ceiling lights.

Article publié pour la première fois le 09/05/2013

Top Tips for a Creating a Stylish Bathroom

Your bathroom should be a place where you can escape the rest of the world and lie back in a hot bath, leaving your troubles outside the door. There is no better way to chill out and relax after a long day. However, all too often our bathrooms become cluttered and messy, preventing us from getting as much out of them as we should be.

If this is the case with your bathroom, here are some quick tips to make it into the most stylish, relaxing room in the house in no time at all.

Give It A Makeover

One of the best ways to make an instant difference is to make all of those minor repairs and changes that you have been meaning to do for so long. Before you do anything else, fix those cracked tiles, clear up the mould and fix any dripping taps. These minor changes can mean a big difference for you.

Buy a New Bath

A great way to make your bathroom a place where you want to spend as much time as possible is to invest in a new bathtub. If you have been stuck with the same old standard model for years, it’s time to treat yourself and get something really special.

A new bath won’t be cheap if you want something really special, but it will be money well spent. A free-standing bath is one of the most stylish types of bath that you can get. You will need the space for it, but if you have a large bathroom then it can be ideal.

Alternatively, opt for a whirlpool bath complete with a shower. This is the ultimate in luxury and will be like your own mini spa waiting for you after work every day. Throw in some stylish chrome taps and fittings and your new gorgeous bathroom will be well on its way.

Fit Stylish Lighting

Bathrooms can enjoy a huge boost from a few carefully placed lamps. Try to find some lighting solutions that are specially made for bathrooms, and then fit them in the corners and alcoves. You can even fit a light in the shower if you want. Use features like dimmers so that you can get the atmosphere just right, and make sure there is a place to light some candles.

Keep It Minimalistic

One of the simplest ways to make your bathroom into a stylish room where you want to spend more time is to get rid of all of the clutter. This includes all of those bottles that have built up over the months. Buy yourself a simple cabinet if you don’t already have one, and keep everything out of sight to create a more minimalistic style that will help you to relax.

Make It Bigger

If space is lacking in your bathroom, a simple way to make it seem bigger is to add some strategically-placed mirrors. By adding mirrors you can help to make the rest of the room feel bigger so that you don’t feel so confined. It’s quick and simple, and you can make the mirror a feature of the room on its own by adding a stylish metal frame.

Get the Bathroom You Deserve

It’s not hard to get the perfect bathroom, it just takes a bit of work. Start with the tips above and see what changes you can make to your bathroom, and in a short space of time you could easily have the bathroom that you have always dreamed of.

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Joshua Lewis is an expert on all things related to the bathroom. He works at Better Bathrooms, where you can find stylish and unique features for your bathroom.

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 28/05/2013

6 Unique Flooring Designs

Are you looking for innovative ways to brighten up your home? If you’re in the mood to decorate, do check out our unique flooring design ideas. The past years, we’ve seen flooring ideas taken to a whole new level. From sandstone paving used indoors to quartz tiles used as creative accents, there’s a lot of things you can do to make your flooring more interesting. All you need to do is let your creative mind wander and draw inspiration from different flooring materials.

Colored Stone Tiles

One of the easiest ways to add colour to your flooring is by making use of colored stone tiles. The great thing about using stone tiles these days is that you can find it in just about any colour imaginable. From fire truck red to azure blue, there’s a wide array of shades that you can choose from. You can even use a number of different colours to create a colourful flooring pattern for your home.

Mosaic Floor

Although mosaic flooring has been around for quite a long time now, the ideas are endless. The mosaic design is considered to be one of the most flexible concepts when it comes to flooring so you can easily make it match the overall theme of any room. The mosaic florals theme is starting to become a big trend among top interior designers so if you want to add a subtle feminine touch to your living room for example, this would be a good way to go.

Coin Floor

Another creative way to spruce up your flooring is to use copper pennies. Copper pennies can add an interesting flair to your flooring, especially when applied side by side. This is a perfect unique flooring idea if it’s always been your dream to literally walk on money. it can be a bit time consuming to apply the copper pennies one after the other to your flooring but once you see the overall effect, you’ll realize that it’s worth the extra effort.

Optical Illusion Carpet

Optical illusion floors can be a cool idea for your home, especially if you’re on the lookout for something that is out of the ordinary. It won’t just give your home a unique feel, but it’s also guaranteed to surprise family and friends who come over. There are already quite a number of optical illusion carpets readily available on the market today so take your pick.

Floor Vinyl Stickers

If you’re one of those people who have been bitten by the wall sticker bug, you might be interested in floor vinyl stickers this time. Floor vinyl stickers can offer you a lot of freedom since there are all sorts of designs that you can use. Just remember that floor vinyl stickers work best on flat clean surfaces so make sure to do the necessary preparations before application.

DIY Drawn Floors

Want to express your unique sense of creativity? You can try drawing your own design on your floors. Just cover it with white plastic material and start doodling away. Once you’re done, you can seal the floor with a couple of layers of polyurethane spray to protect the design and give it a glossy finish.

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Aubrey Madrona is a Social Media Specialist. She loves Music and spends a lot of her time playing piano and reading. She’s currently building her reputation as an online writer of Marble Mosaic.

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 21/05/2013

By:  Christopher Barson

A Guide to Choosing the Right Lighting for Your Home

Lighting is one of the most important elements of interior design. Good lighting doesn’t just make your home look nice, it also makes you feel safer, promotes feelings of wellbeing, and allows you to perform day-to-day tasks such as cooking, reading, or writing more easily.

The lighting you should choose for each room in your home will depend on the size of the room and what it is used for. Here’s a quick look at the range of lighting choices that are available to you.

The Living Room

Ideally, you should lay out your living room to take advantage of as much natural light as possible, so that it requires minimal lighting during the day. Most living rooms are multi-purpose rooms, where people spend time relaxing, watching TV, working, and practicing their favourite crafts or hobbies.

The multi-purpose nature of this room means that you need a good variety of lighting options. A central chandelier is a good starting point, and a nice form of decorative lighting, however extra lighting is needed to ensure that everyone in the room can see clearly, and that there are no ugly dark corners in the room.

Use multiple light sources, and choose the strength and type of each light carefully. Central lights should have a high lumens value (meaning that they glow brightly), while decorative lighting in the corners of the room can be softer and dimmer. In most cases, energy saving light bulbs are a good choice for the living room. If you suffer from migraines, however, then you may want to use halogen instead of CFL based bulbs.

Halls and Stairways

Halls and stairways aren’t places that people tend to spend a lot of time in, but that doesn’t mean that you can skimp on lighting in them. For safety, you should make sure that your stairways are well-lit.

A single pendant light will provide adequate lighting for a small porch, but stairwells require more than one light source. Place lighting fixtures eight feet apart. Consider matching the design of these light fixtures to the chandelier in your hallway for a stylish look.

The Kitchen

Lighting in the kitchen must be both functional and decorative. Opt for fluorescent under-cabinet lighting to minimise shadows in your work area. Add strong recessed ceiling lights around the walls, and pay particular attention to the amount and quality of light near your sink, oven, and anywhere else where you will be doing a lot of work.

Choose light that is glows brightly and is as close to the colour of daylight as possible (such as a halogen light) so that you can see clearly while preparing food.

Bedrooms

Opt for multiple lighting sources in the bedroom. Consider a single pendulum light in the centre of the room, lamps with dimmer switches on either side of the bed, subtle down lighting near your dressing table, and lights around your wardrobe and mirror.

The bedroom is the only room where having an absence of light is a good thing. Use heavy curtains or blinds to block out light from outside, and make sure that the light sources you introduce into the room are not overly harsh.

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Article by A. Elliott

This article was written by A. Elliott for Juice Electrical energy saving devices.

Article publié pour la première fois le 23/04/2013

By: J Aaron Farr

Design Tips for Enhancing the Look of Your Bedroom

If you are in the process of redecorating your house, you may want to spend a bit of time on the bedrooms, as this is a room where most people spend quite a bit of their lives. Simply by changing the furniture and the décor, you will be able to create a space that is inviting and easy on the eye. A change of colour can give the impression that the bedroom is far bigger than it actually is. You will also be able to purchase furniture and fixtures and fittings that have been designed especially with small spaces in mind. Wardrobes with conventional doors can take up quite a lot of space, as the doors need to swing out to open. By purchasing some sliding doors you will be able to utilise the area in front of the wardrobes in a much more efficient manner.

How to Make your Bedroom Look Bigger

Simply by rearranging the furniture in your room you will be able to gain quite a bit of space in most cases. You may also want to purchase some wardrobes with sliding doors and a bed with storage space under the mattress. Doors that slide take up far less room than conventional swinging doors and they are now available in a wide range of different materials and colours. You will be able to find many companies online selling space saving doors and other items to help you redesign the interior of your home or apartment. Companies like Spacelide have many different wardrobe and room sliding doors on their websites and it is also possible to order doors to your own specification.

Dividing a Room into Separate Areas

Depending on your existing decoration and furniture, you will be able to select from a wide range of designs and materials for your new sliding doors. One of the most common materials is glass, as it is hardwearing and also has the added advantage of letting in light. Investing in some room dividers is another option you have and by splitting your existing rooms up into separate areas you will be able to attain more storage space or even an extra bedroom. Once you have split your room into separate areas then you may want purchase some new, space-saving furniture for it. By positioning mirrors at strategic points around the room you will also be able to give an illusion that the area is bigger than it really is.

Space Saving Ideas for Bedrooms

  • Purchase some folding tables that can be attached to walls
  • Bunk beds can save a lot of space in children’s rooms
  • Recess shelving into walls
  • Install sliding wardrobe and entrance doors

Frameless sliding glass doors could transform every home in your property, making it a much more up-to-date place to live without having to purchase a new property. You will be able to buy space-saving doors and furniture for all of the rooms in your house from specialist companies on the Internet.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 30/05/2013

By: Ken Doerr

Three Bathroom Design Mistakes to Avoid

With stiff competition from the kitchen, there is arguably no more difficult room to design for than the bathroom. It is these two rooms that draw so heavily on that difficult balance between form and function, which can become a stress as you want to fit something in that is really of aesthetic value when something productive might be the far more sensible option.

To help those of you currently at your drawing board with regards to your new bathroom, we have put together three fool-proof redesign tips. So put down your pencil for a second and have a scan of these…

Future Proof Your Look

Aubergine tiles with a magenta rim might seem so stark and edgy now that it would seem remiss of you not to fit them, but think things through. Fashion is by its very nature capricious, and in around a year – if you’re lucky – they are going to look horrendous, even to you. Plus, it’s not just you. Imagine if you want to sell your home soon. Think classic colours for the main things and save your own wacky ideas for the flourishes.

Think About (Natural) Light

Nobody wants to head into what appears to be a subterranean hole or dungeon to go to the bathroom, so always think about light. Position bathrooms on corners, if possible, to allow for more fenestration, or simply consider skylights. Light opens out spaces and is intrinsically pleasing. Don’t go all goth and seal up everything before slopping it in tar-like black paint. No.

Don’t Neglect Functionality

Those shower heads are very pretty, but the system in your home does not have the pressure to make them work properly; yes, that towel radiator is delightfully bijou, but it will not heat 10% of the room – you have to go bigger. Hypotheticals these, granted, but these are the kind of things you will have to consider. The bathroom is, first and foremost, a practical space. Fit the function and then arrange your own wonderfully attractive design pieces around that.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 18/12/2013

By:  Ethan

Creative Wall Art to Perk Up Your Living Space

Take a stroll down memory lane and try recollecting history studied during school days, particularly about how early man scribbled on the walls of his cave. Even to this day most of us find it mystifying about how early man created pictures on the walls of his cave in a speedy, indecipherable manner. However, history lessons of those days disclose that right from the start man has always been very enthusiastic about home décor.

Right from drawing on walls in a careless manner, showcasing his charcoal drawings and finally learning the technique of handling modern art, man has come a long way in making an attempt to learn the art of wall décor.

When it comes to jazzing up your walls, our ideas are restricted to hanging up framed photographs, paintings and utilizing lighting fixtures that will brighten up your living space. Although these are some good ideas to smarten up your home, you must not be restricted to these ideas alone. By utilizing some creativity you can add a little zest to the walls of your home. Here are a few creative wall décor ideas that will transform a dull wall into stunning and elegant one.

Add Style to Your Walls with Artistic Stone Wall Décor

If you are looking to add charm to your home, then choosing wall décor with beautifully designed stones is the perfect option. Artistic stone wall décor is ideal for homes that have good amount of space. For more elegance ensure to have good storage solutions in your home.

Covering up the entire wall with stone tiles, enhances the appearance of your home. Stone tiles with bright colors are the best choice for those looking to add style and classiness to the living space.

One thing to keep in mind prior to buying stone tiles is to choose best quality ones. This will help you maintain your walls effortlessly. Utilizing stone tiles of the similar color for walls and flooring will make your living space more comfortable. Stone tiles made of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone are best for wall décor.

Wall Stickers – Cheap décor to Beautify Your Walls

If you have a limited budget and aren’t willing to exceed your budget limit then there is nothing better than the wall sticker décor. Don’t be frustrated with the amount of time and effort you will require for this kind of wall décor. The results you get after finding the most appropriate stickers and adorning your walls with them are worth the time and effort.

Finding readymade stickers can be tough. In such a case you can use materials like wood or lightweight stones as well as your creative skills to create your own designs. To give your walls a more stylish look, you must use inexpensive décor like wall stickers.

Stencil Wall Décor – Cost-effective, Simple & Cool Way to Jazz Up Your Walls

Stencil wall décor jogs your memory about stencils used by kids for art projects. The same stencils your kids use are great for jazzing up your walls and giving them a new appearance. You will find stencil wall décor to be the most inexpensive and cool way to add a little zest to your walls.

Utilizing spray paint to create eye-catching and fashionable designs is one way of jazzing up your walls. Spray paint can also be used to form patterns on stencil designs.

Besides, you can also use stencils for creating cartoon characters. Colorful flowers and other designs are few creative things you can create with stencils.

Transform your home’s appearance and make it more inviting to guests by utilizing these creative wall décor ideas.

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Article by Rony Mikal

Rony Mikal is a writer and music enthusiast.  As a writer he contributes for various online publications that mainly include business, home removals and storage, health and environmental issues. When he’s not educating readers with his work, he’s most likely found tapping feet to his favorite tunes.

Article publié pour la première fois le 25/05/2013

By: Reiner Kraft

Living Room Interior Design Ideas

If you’re like most homeowners, you want your living room to be a multi-functional space where you can spend the majority of your time. Choosing and executing the right theme is pivotal to creating the perfect ambience for both your family and your guests. Consider these pointers when designing your dream living room:

1) Do your homework and choose a design theme.

If you’re new to interior design, start by collecting ideas. Browse home décor websites to find living room design ideas that inspire you, then study them closely to identify the individual elements that carry the theme throughout the room. For example, a modern living room might juxtapose a solid-coloured couch with an area rug that has a punchy geometric print, while a formal Victorian living room might incorporate furniture with decorative wooden-carved embellishments and luxe fabrics alongside ornate window treatments and highly patterned flooring. Remember to consider both aesthetics and function when choosing a design style.

2) Find a focal point.

Once you’ve decided on a theme, it’s time to start thinking about the arrangement of the room. Choosing a focal point for your living room and arranging your other pieces around it will help draw attention to your room’s key feature—a cosy fireplace, a grand piano, or a fascinating sculpture. No matter what you choose, make sure nothing else competes with it.

3) Create conversation areas.

Living rooms are social spaces, so when you’re finalising the layout of the room, create conversation areas where family and guests can easily chat with one another. Remember that sofas and chairs with backs are more comfortable than those without, so try to avoid ottomans, stools, and benches. Pull the area together with a coffee table and/or an area rug that fits your design style.

4) Find the perfect colour scheme.

This is a very important consideration that ties in with the overall theme and mood of the room. A colour scheme that utilises soft yellows and off-whites will create a warm yet traditional ambience, while one that incorporates earthy browns and kelly green seems to bring the natural world inside. Smokey blacks paired with greys, whites, and deep red accents give off a contemporary vibe, while rich purples and dark greys exude luxury. Remember that if you’re working with a smaller space, light hues can really help open up the room.

5) Let there be light.

The right lighting can turn your living room into a warm, inviting space. Living room ceiling lights come in a variety of design styles: an elegant chandelier might be perfect for a formal living room, while a ceiling fixture with a steel or chrome finish is ideal for a modern living room. Add track lighting and accent or cove lighting to highlight artwork or bookshelves when the lights go down, and place task lighting such as floor and table lamps near areas where you’ll be reading or working.

6) Personalise the room.

When your main design work is done, don’t forget to add a few finishing touches. Displaying your favourite artwork or family photos on the wall or placing plants near the window will help distinguish your new living room into a space of your very own.

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Article by Martin Simeonson

Martin Simeonson is a Danish interior designer with a passion for Scandinavian décor and blossoming love for UK DIY projects.

Article publié pour la première fois le 08/05/2013

How to Maximize Your Small Workspace

How to Maximize Your Small Workspace

In terms of our workspace, most of us are fairly limited, particularly if we’re discussing a home office. In fact, very few of us can afford the luxury of having a room at home that we can devote entirely to the functionality of an office.

Instead, we make “workspaces” in rooms that are typically used for other things as well. For example, a living room might provide us with a corner for a small desk and some space for storage. If there aren’t any other options in the house, that becomes your office.

Although it is not ideal, it’s what a lot of us are limited to work with, therefore, it’s a good idea to learn how to maximize and efficiently use the workspace that we do have.

Here are a few ways to do it:

1. Have a nice desk, chair and computer — The three things that you shouldn’t cheap out on would be the three things you’ll use most often. Your desk might have to be small, but that doesn’t mean it has to be junk. Try and find something that fits your needs, but keeps a high standard of quality as well.

Likewise, your chair is going to go a long way in determining how comfortable you are in your limited amount of work space. It also says something about the look and feel of where you’re working, so don’t be afraid to spend some extra money to make sure that you’re comfortably seated.

Your computer is the last piece of the puzzle and it will round out the core of your workspace. Again, if you pinch pennies here, you’re going to cost yourself productivity. Make sure your computer is fast enough to handle the work you’ll be doing. In addition, make sure that it won’t be too big or small for where it will be setting.

Whether you should get a laptop or a desktop is also something you’ll need to consider.

2. Go as minimal as possible — If you can get away with using just one pen, and not a whole cup full of them, then do so. In every other area possible, try to cut back on things and only make room for the items you absolutely need in order to be productive.

As so much work is done on a computer these days, the things you need to have in order to stay productive are probably minimal to begin with.

Just be certain that you don’t keep unnecessary items on your desk or on the floor space around your work area. Clutter will quickly choke a small workspace out and it will make you feel like you have even less room to use than you originally thought.

3. Target dark colors — Darker colors will appear to take up less space than light colors, which is nice as most office furniture is typically offered in darker shades.

If you have dark walls, this rule becomes somewhat flexible; however, you should avoid whites and lightly colored pieces to so that your space doesn’t end up looking more miniscule than it actually is. This won’t make or break you, but it can help if you’re already going in the right direction.

4. Keep it clean and organized — This goes along with the minimal idea, but in more of a sense that you need to keep your work area clean and organized as often as you can. A desk that is clear will look much more roomier compared to a desk with a lot of things out of place.

Having the minimal amount of items in your workspace will make this process easier, but it doesn’t guarantee that things will always be clean and organized. For that to happen, you’ve got to put the work in yourself.

That solution might sound simple, but the more effort you’re able to put into staying organized, the more efficient your workspace will be, regardless of how small the space is.

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Article by Marcela De Vivo

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Los Angeles who covers everything from marketing, tech, to health & wellness. She currently works with Protect America and just recently remodeled her home, so she studied up on designing the most productive workspace, which definitely paid off in the end!

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 10/05/2013

5 Interesting Arts to Decor your Home and Office

Some people might think that art is expensive or needs huge investment, especially when they see a neat office or a home filled with decors. Putting decorations on your home and office depends on creativity and imagination. Most of the time, it only requires being organized and having artistic ideas.

By simply looking around, you can discover that there is still a lot of space for art. Afterward, you can think of going to a décor shop or even make your own designs. These days, you can easily find a decor equipment store like Madison Art Shop, where you can buy all the things you need for decorating your area. Below are the most common interesting artwork for your home and office.

Painting

You can buy a painting made by famous artist, but that may hurt your wallet. You also purchase cheap paintings that can still amazing to the eyes. Another choice could be making your own painting. Paintings are expressions, and those who understand them focus on the color, tone, and their rhythm. They care for the smallest detail and the medium used in a certain painting. An abstract painting in an office can ease the pressure in work.

Drawings

Drawings can be from real-life objects or result of imagination. A simple but creative drawing can make office visitors smile and be relaxed. A drawing of a happy family that is hanged in the living room reminds family members of their bonding moments. Young children are attracted to colored drawings. In fact, you can let your children draw what he likes. Then, place it in a frame and your wall will now have a memorable moment of his childhood.

Collage or mosaic

A collage is an artwork that consists of various materials, including newspaper clippings, pictures, photographs, ribbons or other objects that are glued together to a piece of paper or canvas. The word “collage” was derived from “coller,” a French word for glue. A collage is different from a mosaic because the latter is more of a combination of cut photos or broken ceramics or tiles. Either of the two can be an eye-catching scene at home or inside your office. 

Sculpture

A sculpture can be in the form of wood, ceramic, stone, metal, or even glass. While this artwork is most of the time found in schools, parks, and historical places, you can also include one at home or in your office. But of course, you should consider the space, especially in homes with young children running around. In offices, a sculpture is usually placed in the lobby and for visitors’ view. You can easily find one in stores, or hire a professional sculptor for the job. 

Pots

Just like sculpture, pots can also make a wonderful home décor. You can also put one on the lobby of your office. While some would suggest that pots should only serve as planters, there are people who love to collect huge and antique pots. These kinds of pots can be expensive, but are also good investments. There are also small pots can be placed on an office table or study table at home. They can be used as pen holders or to simply add design to the surroundings.

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Article by Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson is the Sales Executive at Madison Art Shop. Madison Art Shop is online art supply company in USA and they are totally focused on giving the widest product selection of art at the most competitive prices.

Article publié pour la première fois le 14/06/2013

creative storage solutions

Creative Storage Solutions for your Office

Take a look at these helpful and innovative storage solutions, perfect for the office environment. We’ve combined practical advice with creative ideas to make your office an efficient, yet unique, workspace.

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Corner Office

If your room layout permits it, a corner desk is the best way of maximising work and storage space. While the actual surface area of the desk will be bigger, thus giving you more space to work, having your workstation tucked in the corner will free up the rest of the space.

This is also the best option if you need lots of shelving within reach of your desk, as you have two full walls to play with. Take a look at the range of office desks, including space-saving corner options, online at Viking.

Having a large corner desk also means that you have more space to store things like filing cabinets underneath, which is also going to free up floor space. You can also find a full range of office storage solutions at Viking.

Mug Tree

Mug trees are a bit of a nineties staple when it comes to kitchen interior design and I can’t remember the last time I visited someone’s house where one was actually used to store mugs. These days, their most common use if hanging necklaces and bracelets – and what a fabulous use that is!

However, mug trees are also an effective office storage solution. Use one to hang your scissors and small metal buckets that can be filled with office supplies like paper clips.

Buckets

I’m a big fan of using buckets as storage in the office. This nickel-plated container, available online from IKEA, is actually designed to hold cutlery, but it’s perfect for storing pens and keeping your work surface free of clutter too.

Another kitchen staple, an old spice rack – with the jars cleaned out thoroughly! – is the perfect place for storing miscellaneous office items like papers clips, pins and rubber bands.

Wine Rack

If your job requires you to produce large, detailed drawings that need to be stored rolled up, then an old wine rack could be the perfect place for keeping them tucked away. A rack designed to hold six bottles could hold close to fifty medium-sized drawings and won’t take up much floor space in your office.

Mezzanine Floor

Okay, so this might not be in everybody’s budget, but constructing a mezzanine floor in your office effectively doubles the amount of useable space. Use the upper level as your workspace and the lower for storage, or vice versa, depending on what you find more convenient. An office space like this one, is relatively inexpensive to construct, but will add value to a residential or commercial property.

Article publié pour la première fois le 27/09/2013

By: Wicker Paradise

Cool Furniture Designs for Home

It’s really nice to see designers from all over the world come up with amazing designs for furniture which are not only attractive but are also practical to use. But with a wide range of designs to choose from, furniture shopping can be the most exhausting part of any home improvement project. But don’t worry, with the following cool design ideas, you can find the perfect piece of furniture for your home sweet home!

Tables

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You must have gotten tired of your old rounded or maybe squared table in your living room so you think of buying a new one – something unique and more functional. Cool table designs available in the market today feature unimaginable shapes that are way beyond the traditional rounded or squared tables. Modern tables come in various shapes and sizes, colors, and accents. There are tables that are made from pure glass (from top to bottom) while others are made from elegant sturdy wood that has been curved to perfection. Some tables come with digital features, including beautiful lights. Others have built-in chairs, multiple drawers, hidden storages, and the like.

Sofa tables are a great furniture option too! These tables are very stylish, elegant-looking, and can perfectly fit a modern house. Sofa tables are accent furniture pieces that can revamp any space, whether a living room or a bedroom. They are designed to rest on the back of a sofa and are an excellent choice for a small space. Sofa tables are multifunctional furniture. Their usage features can help store more items and save space.

Chairs

If you want your living space look really awesome, you should not forget to place an accent chair. Accent chairs come in cool designs, shapes and colors. They can break any monotonous arrangement in a living room, bedroom or outdoor space, and can give such area a very attractive eye-catching look. Most accent chairs are uniquely designed. In the corner of your living room, you can place a ball-shaped chair that has bright color and is made from unique materials. Just one cool chair can significantly revamp your space.

Cabinets

Cool cabinets are those that come with surprising shelves, hidden storage systems and stylish designs. It doesn’t have to be always the traditional ‘box’ type cabinets that you open like windows. There are cool cabinet designs that are custom-fit to any area. Among the most popular cabinet designs today are the built-in wall cabinets. They really look attractive. Aside from this, wall cabinets are space-savers. If you’re living in a small home or apartment, they are a great cabinet choice!

Cool cabinet designs are not only stylish. They are practical to use too. A good cabinet is something that has multiple functions, plenty of shelves or storage, and do not consume too much space.

Finding the perfect furniture for your home is actually easy. As long as you have an idea of what furniture type and design you want, you can find the best piece to compliment your home!

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Article by Jess Ross

Myself Jess Ross is graduated with a double major in English and Business Management from the University of Ohio. A Columbus native, I went back to my home city after graduation to work in several advertising companies, before striking it out on my own in Shanghai, China, working for an International furniture manufacturing company in East Asia. I helped increase the company’s sales by 30% and began expanding into Europe and North America. After working in China for a number of years, I moved back to Columbus. I worked for my family’s another store (www.SofasandSectionals.Com)(888-567-7632), and worked to expand their markets as well as their offerings into more like sofas, sectionals, sofa table, couches, loveseats and much more.

Article publié pour la première fois le 26/04/2013

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Why Minimalist Design Shouldn’t be Ignored When Redecorating Your Home

In recent years there has been a trend back towards minimalist design. One of the reasons for this is the fact that we all lead much busier lives than in the past and the clean lines and spare look of minimalism make modern homes a lot easier to clean.

If you want your home to look contemporary and clutter free then the clean lines of minimalism is the way to go.

We all tend to have too much stuff, which makes our homes less comfortable rather than more because there is often something on every single surface. A minimalist interior will enable you to enjoy a much tidier and cleaner looking environment, where less is more.

Minimalist Interiors

It is easy to add a touch of warmth to your new minimalist home using cottage doors, interior designers love the richness that solid wood can give to a place. You may think that redecorating your home using minimalist ideas will be too expensive, but you’d be wrong. Minimalist interiors have less furniture but each piece is designed to make a statement as well as fulfil a function.

One of the great things about minimalist interiors is that they are virtually timeless, which means that you will save money in the long run. Imagine how much character a period 4 panel oak door will lend to your minimalist kitchen. The reason that Art Deco style and furnishings were so popular in the twenties and thirties was due to its simplicity. Many people had been used to living with over stuffed Victorian furniture and fragile ornaments on every shelf and table.

Simple things such as bull nose skirting and nineteen thirties doors will help to transform your home into a comfortable space because of the feeling of warmth that these things can add to a room. Minimalist décor can make even the tiniest flat feel spacious. If you have too much stuff cluttering up your life, you will enjoy the impression that you have more room in which to move around.

Saving Money

Minimalist furniture and design is not as expensive as you think. Many people search antique stores and second hand shops to find singular pieces that they can restore themselves. When you get accustomed to the fine lines of your new home décor, you won’t feel the need to consistently purchase bits and pieces to ‘liven the place up.’

When you choose to change the look of your home you will actually spend less on furnishings because you will need less of them. An interior designer will help you to ensure that each piece you buy is the exact fit and looks as if it was meant to be in that place.

Make the most of your space with clever lighting and choose blinds rather than curtains because they give windows a much neater look. The futuristic look of a good deal of minimalist furniture means that your home will always look current. Why not give yourself the freedom from clutter that a minimalist room brings.

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Article by Amy Elliott

Amy has a passion for interior design and occasionally writes for UK Oak Doors, specialists in oak front doors and cheap oak skirting boards. Find out more about them and their products by clicking here  or by visiting their Facebook page.

Article publié pour la première fois le 25/02/2013

By Imobiliária  THÁ

A Pinch Of Creativity Accentuating Space In Your Home

You don’t have to necessarily be claustrophobic to feel the discomfort inflicted by a small spaced house. Small space around the house gets under your skin slowly and naturally. The condition gets even worse in summers. This is the time when you wish for a lot of space for simply lying around, ventilation or comfort.

There are a lot of simple and creative things one can do to better organize the house. This would bring out the space already present but littered with useless stuff. A little bit of creativity here would go a long way to spice up your dull surroundings.

1. Chase Away Dark, Bring In lights And Whites

Never splash your house with a dark/dull paint. This would give a feeling of walls closing in on you. Go for whites, light or pastel shades. This would impart a widening affect. If you live with kids, avoid excess of white as it would require a great deal of maintenance. Instead go for some other shades like beige, light green/brown/blue etc.

2. Accessories In Proportion

Never forget to choose furniture, racks, closets etc in conformity with the space available. Very huge furniture would suffocate your room and very small would serve no purpose. So, choose a design that best suits the geometry of the house. Go for daybeds, futon beds etc which serve as a wide sofa in addition to a decent bed. Murphy beds would be apt in such a situation. These beds are attached to the wall. These pull out of the wall with bedding’s on one side and a multipurpose table on the other. Choose a small bed over an elaborate one in small rooms.

Buy multipurpose furniture like convertible dining tables. These convert into a pool table when turned upside down. Go for sofa cum lounge beds, multipurpose tables and racks.

3. Space Around Your Bed

Do away with tables, chairs etc around your bed. Hang small utilities like watches, notebooks, cell phone accessories etc. in a bag on a hook over the wall. Attach a folding chair or table below the window sill to be used as an ironing board or study table.

4. Space Under Beds

Elevate beds and utilize the space beneath for storing cardboard boxes filled with less used items. You could also go for pull out drawers attached to the bed and keep clothes and other belongings there.

5. Window Treatment

Go for wide and tall window frames. This would dramatically give a very spacious and bright look to the house. Don’t use heavy, overly decorated window accessories. Use valence curtains or light see-through curtains to let more light diffuse inside. Match the color of the curtains with walls around so as to give an extended look. Use very light blinds on windows.

6. Flooring

Never contrast the color of the surroundings with the floor or floor rug. This would impart boundaries and give a patched look to the house. The floor rug should be covered within the furniture above it and should match with the style of the furniture.

7. Vertical Cabinets

Replace ground racks, closets, and shelves with vertical standing ones erected on the walls. This would supply more space for other big items on the floor.

8. Mirrors And Frames

Decorate house with big sized mirrors reflecting a good amount of light. This would spruce up the surroundings by giving it visual depth and width. Place a large sized mirror in front of a big window to brighten up the room. Fix a group of mirrors of random sizes on the wall over the mantle or in the guest room to give it a trendy appearance. Stick no more than 2 photo frames on a wall in a small room. Keep it simple and tidy.

9. Furniture Traffic

Make sure the traffic and direction of furniture is well organized. Keep sofa, chairs, etc. away from the walls and don’t let one accessory intersect another. Make a point to leave space for comfortable trespassing.

10. Do Away With Big Sized And Idle Accessories

Sell, replace, or store the idle/ space consuming big sized items. For instance old huge sofa, entertainment systems, grungy closets etc. You need not necessarily dispense them away, you could go for self-storage of cherished/ inherited belongings. The idea is to clear out the space and let the hidden beauty surface.

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Article by Suzan Hall

Suzan Hall is a part time blogger. She covers various topic related to home, interior decoration, and Moving house storage etc. She loves to spend her time with family, friends and enjoys sharing tips and advises online.

Article publié pour la première fois le 31/05/2013