Add finesse to your Home
Interior designers suggest clean and contemporary spaces. Nothing edgy and cold. Gently curved and soft, is how they should be. Uncluttered rooms that are soothing to the eye are the trend. In general, people are growing less intrigued by stuff especially if it smacks of fad, and are no longer purchasing simply for status. Instead, there is a renewed commitment to living well and tastefully, while staying grounded and balanced.
Here are a few points to keep in mind, while doing up your home this year:
*Keep it simple, yet personal by taking advantage of the wide variety of decor materials, to create interesting details in your home.
*Special paint treatments such as textures, dual coloured walls or wallpapers, can liven up niches or corners and add that texture to the home.
*Experimentation with the colour palette, is one of the most cost effective ways of sprucing up the decor of a place.
*To beat the space crunch, use a lot of transparent or translucent materials, such as paper and glass or specially designed screens, to create an illusion of space.
* Alternatively, the right kind of sliding or folding partitions in rooms, give the inhabitants an opportunity to live in a larger space as and when required.
Lighting plays a major role in giving in the right look for your home. Lights, which can be regulated to suit the mood and occasion, are great, such as mood lighting and task lighting. This would help to create various ambiences within the same space with the click of a switch.
*Flexibility in seating options is a must-have feature in contemporary living. Loose cushions, low seating furniture etc,create space, and as they are available in a plethora of colours, are also great decor options.
* Using wooden, laminated floors or carpets over a tiled flooring adds warmth to certain spaces of your home.
Colours for 2008
Interior designers show us how to choose colours for 2008.
*As colours determine the decor scheme for your home, selection of the right shade can be challenging, but remember to do so when you are in a good mood. Your mood would influence the colour you choose for your home, which would in turn affect the look of your home.
*Take out time to visit the paint store, Many paint stores have fantastic computer programmes to help you mix and match colours.
*Take your fabric swatches and the pictures of accessories you have with you. Coordinate these with the colours of your choice.
*As you explore, pick out a primary colour that you can envision as your main focus colour. You should look for one primary colour and two complementary colours. Use colours that will enhance each other.
*Next, you can work with the hues of your secondary colours to get the right balance.
The right kind of accessories can go a long way in adding that touch of class to your home. Interior designers tell us what’s hot for 2008:
*The trend for accessories is nature inspired. Dark woods have been replaced by pastel birches and feeder. A large number of material used in unexpected ways with water, greenery, sheer fabric, textures and patterns, whether technologically derived or drawn from nature, look great.