Archive for the ‘Interior Design’ Category
It is almost that time of year when winter holiday decorations will be bombarding the malls and making their presence known on every lamppost and store front in town. While the glitter and glamour of winter holiday lights is appealing to commercial stores, for the homeowner, sometimes less is more. Instead of using the fake decorations sold by every discount department store this year, try adding natural elements in your winter holiday decorating.
For Christmas, the tree is usually the center of any home’s decor. You can carry this theme throughout the home by creating beautiful trees wall art from pine boughs that you gather from your backyard pine. Arrange them on shelves, atop fireplace mantels and in the center of the dining room table. While the tree may be located in another room of the house, the beauty and wonderful smell of the natural pine can be seen throughout the rest of the house. As a word of caution, always discard pine boughs that become dry and brittle, as they can be a fire hazard.
Some houses are blessed with an extra floor underneath – a basement. Some basements are very small and contain the boiler, electric meter, and a few other similar items. Such basements cannot be used for much more than these utilitarian purposes. However, in other homes, the basement is a floor in itself and can even be divided into several rooms. In many houses, the basement is itself rented out as a separate apartment, with a separate entrance.
But what if your basement is bigger than the utilitarian type mentioned above, yet too small to be rented as an apartment? What is the best way to make use of it, and how can you decorate it?
All of us have a favorite color, but this often changes as we go through life. How many of us, for instance, loved the color red when we were little children? Yet when we grew up, the idea of wearing an item of clothing reminiscent of the scarlet hat that we loved so much at the age of five became totally repugnant. Furthermore, the colors of our clothing do not necessarily match the shades that we use to decorate our homes.
When it comes to home decorating, choosing the right color often boils down to the mood that we want to achieve in that particular room (just as we often want our clothing to express a particular aspect of our personality). For this reason, many of us will choose paler, softer colors for the rooms where we specifically want to relax. Even though our home is normally our haven in general, the main places for relaxation are the bathroom and the bedroom. However, the kitchen and the living room are usually the nerve centers of the home, which is why these are often decorated in warmer colors.
When you live alone in your own apartment, you have a lot of freedom concerning how you are going to decorate your space. If you are a single woman, there are so many choices that they can, at times, be overwhelming. Before you resort to just hanging dragonfly metal wall art on your walls and calling it a day, try the five easy tips below to give you some decorating guidance.
Color, Color, Everywhere
The colors that you choose for your apartment are among the most significant decisions that you will have to make concerning your decor. While it may be tempting to just leave the walls the plain beige or white that the landlord painted them, think about being a bit more creative. If you have permission to paint the walls, choose colors that work well together and provide a calming atmosphere. At the end of a busy day the last thing you may want is to walk into a room that is pulsing with florescent pink paint. Instead, choose a pale, calming pink that will soothe your nerves and help you unwind after a hard day. Soft yellows, creams, greens and blues are also beautiful choices that go well together and are easy to coordinate with fabrics and accessories.
This week at archtopia we want to show you a few cool lamps, designed by QisDesign. Well, If you love LED technology, than you will definitely like these neat concepts.
These lamps share a common name: Coral and the models that run by this name are: Coral, Coral Reef, Piano, Crystal, and Seagull. The designers, who know how to play nice with the light, have created magical lighting objects, by abstracting to max the traditional lamp.
1./2. Coral table and floor
is a lamp inspired by, you guessed it, natural coral, reflecting rays of light through the living sea. Using a lovely diffusion technique, this lamp shines light through the edges of its planes.
3. Coral Reef
is a floor lamp featuring 3 adjustable lighting layers that overlap and can be activated individually. A unique ambiance is created with each adjustment and position combination.