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Helping You Design Interior

Design interior spaces to your heart’s desire. Do use historical references, but don’t get bogged down by tradition. Use it as a baseboard and take your space to new heights by re-imagining the room for new uses. Bathrooms are not just rooms with toilets anymore; they are personal spas where you can relax, unwind and indulge. Kitchens have become the new living room, attached to kids’ playrooms or family nerve centers.

Living rooms could be art galleries, conversation piece rooms with Old World relics or cityscape viewing rooms. Home study interior design transforms a room with a computer into a library with cozy lighting, ergonomic leather chairs and a vibe of its own that is far from your typical office. Explore your space and dream a little before you get started. What is it you want most?

When you design interior spaces, you sometimes have to work in small areas and find ways of de-cluttering. This is typically the case when you are dealing with interior design kitchen work. Many cooks hate the boxed-in feeling of a crowded kitchen, which is why Elica Om has come up with a sleek black stove hood that sits up on the wall, like a mounted flat-screen TV, for a more open-concept kitchen.

You can purchase this amazing piece for £975 at Johnlewis. Another option is Daniele Lago’s futuristic 36E8, which encases your dishes in a tall, sleek cabinet that doubles as an art-piece. You can find this piece at Lago. Sometimes you need to work around walls and existing features or condense space a little in a large square kitchen. The Pedini round kitchen countertops improve the chi flow of your house, while also putting the stovetop, the sink, the fridge, shelves and cutting boards all within one step of each other. Find these modern designs at Pedini.

When you design interior spaces, a lighting designer will try to open up confined spaces through optical illusions and the interplay of illumination. For instance, if you are in a confined bedroom or office and you crave a bit of outdoor beauty indoors, then you will be delighted to see the programmable SkyCeilings by The Sky Factory, which lights up images of a real sky, and can change for sunrise or sunset to improve your mood.

Check Skyfactory for this amazing innovation! For bathroom design, you will want to check out Kaldewei’s bathroom indirect lighting systems, which allow you the ability to transform your space into several different LED shades and styles, depending on your mood. You can turn on the underwater spotlight with white light for a peaceful bath, or you can stimulate productivity with red, inspire yourself with green or calm yourself with blue. Check out Kaldewi for more details.

To design interior spaces may initially seem like a matter of personal taste, but it is really an art form worthy of a four-year Bachelor of Science degree, involving technical manipulation of space and building materials, as well as an in-depth knowledge of how color and furniture contribute to an overall tone. While you may be able to save a few bucks doing it yourself, nothing beats professional interior design jobs. While you may think you are designing solely for yourself, you will still want to consider decorating for maximum retail value.

Home Office Interior Design

Quit putting your home office on a back burner! Set aside all of the things that have been stopping you from decorating your home office. You owe it to yourself to add some bright color, a comfy chair, and some trendy decor. The dullness needs to go so you can get your brain stimulated in your new environment. It doesn’t have to cost a lot or require a lot of time.

Regardless of how big your office is or what room you are trying to transform there are certain elements that are key to office interior design. Once you take these into consideration you will be on your way to the home office that you always dreamed of. First, the lighting is very important for many reasons. Next, the room has to have some decent decor. Finally, the furniture is critical too. Here are the key elements of interior design for your office:

· Lighting could very well be the most important part of designing your office. You need to have bright lights since dim lights are going to make you tired. The best choices include ceiling lights combined with floor lamps. Ideally, place a floor lamp in each corner of the room with ceiling lights and add a desk lamp too! This will provide you with all the lighting that you will need.

· Furniture should never be underestimated! There are two reasons for this, ergonomics and style. What you need to do is fine a perfect balance. Look for a chair that you will feel good in all day long but one that is realistic for the space that you are working with. When it comes to comfort and style, never compromise either.

· Consider the other furniture that you will have in your home office. While a lot of office furniture does come in black, that can cast a depressing look on any home office, not to mention all the dusting you will have to do. Add white, oak, or maple filing cabinets or bookcases. It is a matter of preference but do not mix and match too much. The more time you plan to spend in your home office, the lighter your colors should be.

· When it comes to the decor, have fun! Stay away from traditional if that isn’t your thing. You can still display your favorite photos but get some cool frames to do it. Plants add a touch of richness to any room, including your home office. Feel free to use real or artificial plants to spruce up the room!

The bottom line is to make sure that you are comfortable with your home office interior design. You only have to make you happy and it doesn’t take that much to give your little office space some life.

Home Design Ideas

When one thinks about designing a room with a theme, there is one element very important in home design, which one often forgets is the window treatments. A majority of people buy drapery as a late addition, something that needs to go up but does not really matter. The problem is the window treatments does matter and it should be a vital decision when you are designing your furnishings.

Selecting the right kind of custom window furnishing can be amazingly complex. If you choose the wrong kind or the wrong color, it can completely ruin the design that you have. Finding the best curtains for your room can lead to a flow in style that will have any professional interior designer borrowing from your idea for future projects. When a window treatment works, it really works.

If you intend to select to select window treatments for your home, but feel unsure of where to start, there are a few tips that will help make finding the right window curtains much convenient for you.

Do not Use Single Curtain Design & Color Theme for the Complete Home

This is actually a blunder that most of the people commit. They choose a curtain style and they set the same curtains theme into each room of the house, whether it looks good with the interior decoration or not.

The simple fact is that every room can have a different curtain style, unless you are working with an open floor concept and you will not want a child themed curtain in a living room any more than you would want bold and luxurious window coverings in a child’s room.

Light in the Area is Important Too

When it comes to windows, not all of them produce the same amount of lighting and this will affect the type of drapes that you use. Drapes that are heavy can block out a lot of light and this works well in a bedroom, especially bedrooms that offer amazing views of the sunrise. Sheer drapes are excellent for sunrooms that do not need a lot of privacy. Sheers provide a light airy feel that work wonderfully in many spaces. When you know the amount of light coming through the window, you can plan accordingly.

Custom Furnishing Fabric and Material Selection

There are many different furnishing fabric materials, texture, embossed and fiber blends that you can utilize for a curtain, but you should choose fabric or materials that doe not fade, especially if the room gets a lot of sunlight. Although silks may seem luxurious for a room, they are better left on the pillows, other accents since silk curtains will fade quickly, and you will be left with dull and hideous looking curtains on your windows.

Your Privacy is Important

Sheer curtains are one of the more liked window treatments. Although, they look absolutely magnificent in many different areas, but are not the best style of drape to purchase, if you require to have a little privacy since you can see through most sheer drapes. Bathrooms and bedrooms are the two places where you should never have sheer drapes solely. Pair them with a darker curtain or window covering that does just that covers.

Interior Designer / Interior Decorator

“Do you do Curtains & Cushions?” As a professional Interior Designer that’s the phone call we dread to receive!

It happens more than you may think; I then have to go on to explain (without sounding patronising) what this person really needs is an Interior Decorator, this will then no doubt follow-on with me having to further explain what the differences are between the two disciplines and try to steer them in an appropriate direction.

I don’t blame these people for getting the two mixed up; the general public have been feed hours and hour of TV “instant” make-over programmes and continuous glossy magazine features all under the misleading label of Interior Design. Also this has prompted those in the Interior Decoration and Soft Furnishing business to elevate their tile to Interior Designers; again I don’t blame them for doing this, it makes good business sense to up sell yourself. But the lines have become blurred as to what these two very different services offer – there is a market for the two approaches, but where confusion resides with the customer this has to be a bad thing!

So here with this Home Interiors – Client’s Guide – series of articles I will address the key aspects for client’s that have a Interior Design project in mind as to how they should go about searching for a Designer, what to look for, how they work and charge, how to get the best out of them and how a project gets off the ground to become a finished built reality.

ABOUT HOME INTERIOR DESIGN

Home Interior Design is not to be confused with Home Interior Decoration, as this tends to be only a skin-deep treatment to give a style change or “make-over” to a property. Home/Residential/Domestic Interior Design (whatever one may call it) is a much more fundamental approach to the way you live in a property and how a building can be made to work for the individual owners needs. This will not be just a coat of paint (some new curtains and cushions) it is likely to start with a in-depth rethink at how the property is planned and may involve some considerable changes put in place before one even thinks of decorations.

Interior Designers who specialize in Home Design can be viewed as Interior Architects, and their abilities should cover all aspects of building and architectural work to a property included minor/major structural alterations and building extensions etc. They will go on to cover all the “decoration” elements such as colours, finishes and furnishings, but this is not necessarily the starting point for a project. Kitchens, Bathrooms, Staircases etc are some of the core planning elements that can structurally and technically change a buildings layout; the flow and shape of a property can change dramatically when approaching these areas.

All the technical services that make up an Interior Design project will be undertaken by the Designer; Electrics, Lighting, Plumbing, Heating and Ventilation etc, all are fundamental that need to be design-in at the early stages of a scheme, even if it is just the principles of how these may work. It is becoming even more important these days with the opportunity for client to add-in to their project energy efficiency solutions for the whole building.

Many Clients only have a very basic idea or framework of what they wish from a project; it is however the Designers role to gain that information and drawer out of the Client the full details of their requirements, this then forming the project brief. This can be a very personal experience with the Designer asking questions on how you live now and changes you wish to make to your life style. Be as open as you can as this forms an important foundation for any new design, remember that the Designer is designing for you and not for them, so they need to know how YOU tick!

For most Clients they really enjoy this consultation, as this may be the first time that they have truly thought about their life style and what they really need from the project, apart from a floor, walls and ceiling. A good Designer will have the talents of a “pick pocket”, you will not know that so much information has been taken from you until you see the first concept design, and then you will realise that the smallest details have been included that reflects you and your life style.

HOW DO YOU FIND A GOOD DESIGNER

Personal recommendations are always good, but remember, the Designer has designed for the person who gave you the recommendation, so even if their project is not to your taste this does not necessarily mean that the Designer cannot design to your taste. If they were satisfied that the Designer produced a sound creative solution that matched their brief, then this Designer would more than likely be able to satisfy your project requirements.

Web Sites are a good way of looking at a Designers portfolio of work without making direct contact. Use the search engines and directories to track Designers that are within the broad area to where you live. It is no good having a Designer from Scotland if you live in London, and vice a verse, so aim relatively local of around a 50 mile search radius! Also be aware of companies that call themselves Interior Designers, but are really Home Furnishing companies and they are only really interested in selling from their shop or showroom. Offers of “free design service” will always have a sales agenda behind it. A true Design Consultant will be totally independent of any affiliated retail business and will use the global market to source what is right for your project, no commission or incentives involved.

Professional Bodies such as The Chartered Society of Designers have registers of designers in your area and can be contacted for a list. They also have a web site at you could visit. The Chartered Society of Designers is a body that vets individual designers to make sure they meet a professional standard, it starts with a student quantification “Diploma Member” and then “Member” (MCSD), and the highest level is “Fellow” (FCSD) and you should look for these qualifications or similar from your Designer.

I hope this has given you an insight into the world of Home Interior Design and if you are considering employing a designer is of help as to how to start to make a selection. Part of that selection process will be that first (no obligation) meeting with them; what can you expect to come out of this? Look out for the next article in this series by Chris Page.