Home Improvement

Tue

01

Apr

2014

Japanese style of interior design

 

If you love clean lines, an uncluttered look, and minimalistic décor, then the best design for you would be the Japanese style of interior design.  The Zen influenced Japanese interior design is the most simplistic and minimalistic interior design.  It has clean lines, an uncluttered look, uses natural materials, and creates balance between the space and your furniture.

 

Japanese style design concentrates on open space floor plans with little furniture. They try to create a balanced flow between the interiors and exteriors.  Tatami mats, which are made of rice straw, can be used to cover wide floor areas.  Tatami mats are the traditional Japanese style of flooring, which can give your floor a great textured look.  A traditional Shoji screen made of rice paper is used as a divider, or for window treatments.  A Shoji screen is the best way to bring some authentic Japanese style into to your home.  You can choose from hundreds of lattice pattern Shoji screens. 

 

Wood is more prominent in Japanese style design, so low lying furniture is often made of bamboo,.  Flower arrangements are another décor that makes your home stand out. The Japanese home color palette is inspired by nature, and has neutral, muted tones. The Japanese give more importance to colors that bounce and reflect natural light. The use of wood, glass, and metal, is balanced in a way that gives your home a neat, calm, and serene look.

Tue

26

Nov

2013

How to Renovate a Dining Room

 

Dining room renovation is not as time consuming or costly as renovating other rooms in your home. Dining room renovation involves coming up with new decorating ideas and placing the furniture so that you uplift the mood of your dining room.  You can use table settings, dining chairs, sideboards and lighting to add depth to your dining room.

 

An interior designer’s first choice when it comes to renovating a dining room is the furniture. The furniture setting should be modern yet fully functional, and you should ensure that the dining chairs are comfortable.  The dining table or sideboards should be placed perfectly and not take over the dining space.  You can try upholstered dining chairs, or slip covers with monograms, to add a special touch to your dining room.

 

When it comes to renovating a dining room the one thing that surely gets replaced by interior designers is the lighting fixtures.  Lighting fixtures change according to the day to day trend, and can add glam and glitz to your dining room.  Chandeliers, or pendants with dimmer switches, can create the perfect dining room ambiance. 

 

The dining room is the ideal place to display your favorite chinaware, silverware, or any other collection of dishes you might own.  So whenever you plan for your renovations, make sure to make a note of this point, and make sure all your favorite dishes are displayed in an eye catching way.

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Wed

24

Jul

2013

Accessorizing your Living Room

 

Upon finishing designing a living room according to your expectations, it’s now time to accessorize it.  Specific living room accessories add to the overall décor of the space, and give the place a warm and welcoming aura. 

 

Accessorizing your living room can be fun yet challenging.  Before you accumulate accessories to go into your living room, it is a good idea to sit down and discuss your design concepts with your interior designer. You might also want to check out what sort of accessories would match your living room décor specifically.

 

Once you are sure of the design concept you want, and have the accessories to go with it, you may begin putting it all together.  You can choose the most suitable type of window treatments that can range from blinds, fabric curtains, silk curtains, and many more.  It is important to remember that window treatments add depth to your living room, so it is crucial to take care of the color and material you want.  

 

Nowadays, lighting can be one of the most decorative accessories, which have a wide range of fixtures to choose from.  It is a good idea to consider the decorative properties of lights, but it is more important to see that it serves its main purpose efficiently.  There are many styles to choose from when looking for the correct lighting; pendants, chandeliers, task lighting, or lamps just to name a few.

 

One of the last things to remember is the living room floor. Area rugs can make your living room look beautiful and warm.  You can experiment with different carpets and/or rugs to enhance the look and feel of this space.  For some, the most exciting part is in decorating the living room walls.  There is much wall art or murals that may match your living room design and can enhance the look.

Tue

14

May

2013

How to Decorate your Luxurious Living Room

 

 

The living rooms are the heart of any home, the hub of activities and the pride of the homeowner.   Designing a luxurious living room that serves its purpose and that can be the pride of the homeowner is accomplished through careful planning and creativity.

 

A few essential aspects to pay attention to that can turn your living room into a luxurious living room with perfect functionality are color, lighting, furniture, window coverings, textures and accessories.

 

Quality is the first thing that should be taken care of in a luxurious living room.  Quality is an essential aspect of luxury.  Choose colors sensibly, cleverly applied neutral tones create a soothing ambience.  As an accent you can always bring in more color and zest into your living room through different accessories.

 

The moment you think of luxury in homes the first thing that comes to mind is furniture.  Take special care while choosing furniture for your living room, the size, fabric used and the material the furniture is made of are all important aspects.  Custom made furniture may meet your expectations- ottomans and matching side tables placed accordingly will enhance the look of your living room.

 

Window treatments also add luxury to your living room- they not only make your living room cozy but also enhance the overall look.  Silk curtains give the living room a rich look- sheers or blinds can also look chic and add warmth to your living room.

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Mon

25

Mar

2013

Bedroom Window Treatment

 
 

 

 

 Bedroom is the only private place to find relief from the daily hustle and bustle of life.   The only place where your mind and body can relax in comfort is your bedroom and hence the bedroom décor should be given a prominent place during your home improvement project.

 

Bedroom being the most personal and private space needs to have ample fresh air and light, at the same time too much sunlight may become a issue, so the right window treatments needs to be applied to the bedroom windows.


Window treatments are available in so many designs, patterns and colors.  You can choose shades, curtains, drapes or blinds depending on the style of your bedroom.  Window treatments enhance the beauty of your bedroom and can be a focal point.  Choose perfect window treatment according to the bedroom necessity, appearance and décor.


A few of the varieties of window treatments available in the market are blackout curtains that helps reduce too much light entering your bedroom and also it helps in noise reduction.  Blackout curtains comes in many colors and designs, they even come with thermal liner that is energy-efficient and keeps your bedroom warm or cool depending on the weather.  For those chic and trendy people sheer curtains can be perfect or they can even try modern prints or classic stripes.


Now that you have decided on the type of window treatment to be used, it is time you decide on color and fabric to be used.  Window treatments comes in various colors and can make your bedroom look elegant with its presence.  If your bedroom has neutral colors like cream or white, you can use contrast colors for the window treatment.  And if your bedroom has softer shades like blue you can either use contrast color or the same color in different hue complementing your bedroom.  Choose fabrics that you are comfortable with, choices are innumerable from velvet, sheer curtains or cotton damasks, just be sure to make the perfect suitable fabric for your bedroom.  Gather information on different types of window treatments available and the best suitable one for your bedroom.


Whether you are working on the home improvement project or just renovating and remodeling your home, be sure to pay attention to the bedroom décor and make your bedroom a private retreat where you can rest and rejuvenate your mind and body.


 

Wed

13

Mar

2013

Lightings for your Home

 

Lighting brings warmth and cheers to a home and should never be overlooked during the home improvement project.  Equal importance should be given to lighting as given to other décor or interiors of a home during home improvement.  It is important to plan the indoor and outdoor lighting adequately before renovation and remodeling a house.  Decide on Position of switches and the lighting fixtures and get the wiring done perfectly.

Before you go on a shopping spree for your lighting fixtures, make sure you have collected all the details of each room, size of the room, different activities of the room and number of lighting fixtures needed for the room.  Once you are sure about the activities of the room and the type of lighting needed to ensure safe and comfortable functionality of the room you are ready for your shopping.

First try to know the types of lighting that would illuminate your home.  Basically there are three types of lighting that is most commonly used for lighting purpose.  General or ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting, this three type of lighting are combined to provide you adequate lighting and boost your interiors.

Ambient or general lighting as the name implies is for the overall lighting for any rooms.  General lighting can be used as the main source of lighting like chandeliers, ceiling lighting, wall lighting, pendants etc.

Task lighting though decorative has some purpose to be achieved.  Task lighting is used to provide the much needed lighting to perform specific task such as reading, chopping, sewing or using computers. There are a wide range of task lights to choose from like recessed lighting, focus light, table lamps or desk lamps.

Accent lighting is the creative lighting that highlights a specific area or items that you wish to show off and create an ambience desired by you.  It could be anything from paintings, a specific mural, furniture, indoor plants to fireplaces.  Accent lighting adds to the beauty of your interior while creating an instant drama.  Wall sconces, track lights etc are used for accent lighting.

If you want to illuminate your home in a beautiful and clever manner without any dark corners left behind, then you need to mix and match these three types of lighting in a smart and practical way that ensures good lighting and makes your home look warm and welcoming.

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Wed

06

Mar

2013

Home Improvement and Budget

 

Is your budget tight? Are you unable to start the home improvement project? Do you still want changes in your home? Do not fret.  When the budget seems tight and you cannot take up the home improvement project, you still can make your home look pleasant and fresh.  Try redecorating your home.

Redecorating your rooms bring new freshness and warmth in your life.  You feel renewed and ready to take up the challenges of life.  Just by changing little things like the artwork or adding new throw pillows can make your space look different and refreshing.

Use your imagination and visualize the room you wish to redecorate.  Visualize the wall color, furniture setting, the window coverings, flooring, lighting fixtures and the artwork for the room, note down the details and draw it, see if you are satisfied with the design, once you are satisfied get to work and start by clearing the room first.  If you are still confused and need help, you can find a good interior designer or decorator, who would be able to guide and work along you to make your dream come true.

Color is the most important factor of any décor, be it on walls or furnishing or any other accessories.  Colors have psychological effect on mind, you can feel calm or lively depending on the colors used in your rooms.  So choose color wisely.  If you do not wish to repaint the whole room, then you can just paint one wall with your favorite color or a bold tone to give your room a lively look.  You can also change the furniture color instead of wall color; upholster furniture with your desired color.  Or try adding contrast color rugs or wall art to make your room look appealing.

You can create a dramatic effect by changing the lighting, a focus light for you wall art can create an instant effect making it a focal point or a table lamp or central chandelier can give your furniture the needed attention and make it look elegant. Wall sconces or valances can add extra light and make your room look attractive. Renovate or remodeling a room needs you to be imaginative and creative. Redecorating any room can have a very soothing and refreshing effect on you. When you see the end result of your redecorated room, you sure feel proud of all the money and time spent on it and on top of it, the fun you had redecorating the room is unaccountable.

Fri

14

Dec

2012

Role of colors in Home Improvement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few questions that you need answered before you start home improvement and coloring your home are: what mood do you want to create for your rooms? Which color combinations work best? How to find the best suitable color? What are the effects of the specific colors?

 

Interior Designers recommend that you first find out the mood you wish to create for your rooms.  For instance, if you have the wish of your living room to be lively, jovial and have a look of excitement, then red or the likes of it would be your color.  If you wish to make your dining room look appealing and fun, then red surely would be the favorite color, as it is the most sought after color for dining areas.  You may incorporate red in your dining room as area rug or paint one of the dining room wall red making it look exciting.  If you feel you need your bedroom looking relaxed or intimate then you can try blue, green or lilac- these colors looks beautiful in your bedroom and also has a soothing effect.  If you want a cheerful kitchen then try yellow or sage green, it would look bright and uplift your mood.

 

To find out which color combinations work best, you can try using a color wheel.   You can see that one side of the color wheel has the cool colors, and the ones on the other side have the warm colors.  The cool colors like blue based hues and the warm colors like yellow based hues.  The opposite colors on the wheel are called complementary colors and the colors next to each other called analogous colors.  The same color with different shades or tones is called monochromatic colors.  With the help of color wheel you can decide the wall color and other accessories colors for your rooms.

Each and every color has one or more effect on a person’s mood and emotion. Knowing the effect of color makes it easier to choose the best color for your home improvement plan.   A few colors and its effect; white is purity and reflects light, making your room appear larger; blue is calming and peaceful color; red is exciting and bold color; for those who wish to make a statement, green is refreshing and relaxing; and purple/violet is a sophisticated color.

So when it is time for you to start renovating or remodeling your home, first consider all these points regarding colors and then start your project.  And, keep in mind that interior decorators can help you if you are in need.

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Mon

03

Sep

2012

The Interior Designer Role in Home Improvement Plans

Home Improvement plans can be overwhelming, what with so many choices of furnishings to choose from, lighting plans to be taken care of, paints and texture to be matched, flooring and window treatments to be taken care of, the list seems endless and can make you back out from your home improvement plans.

It would be a good idea to take note of all the improvement plans you need to do, from remodeling your kitchen, to renovating a bathroom, to changing the wallpaper of your dining room, to changing the paint of your bedroom.  Just make a note of all the changes that need to be done, and then start working on them one by one.  If all this work seems daunting to you, then you can always opt for a professional interior designer’s or decorator’s help.  They can be of great help, in making the right choice, and best decision in your home improvement plans.

If you do not wish to make a complete change over to your home, but still wish to add a fresh look, then you can make some minor changes in the décor of your home, to give you the needed change and warmth.  You can re-paint your living room, or just add some textures to one of your living room walls or try some bold color reflecting your style.

If your dining room looks too dull, then instead of changing its complete look, why not try reupholstering the dining chairs, thus adding a new glam to your room?  Just change the rug beneath your dining table, or change your window coverings, to bring in some newness to your dining room.  

Does your kitchen look worn out and need some freshness?  Then try re-painting the cabinets or try adding some new art, or new kitchen rug to change the look of your kitchen.  You can also try re-polishing your cabinets for that new glow.  Try to add freshness through the introduction of potted kitchen herbs, or add new curtains to your kitchen windows.

A few changes here and there can make your home welcoming and beautiful.  All this should be done in an artistic way, adding a texture to a wall or reupholstering dining chairs, can all go wrong if not chosen wisely.  Better take professional Interior designer or decorators help in order to save time, money and the look of your home.  The Interior designers or decorators are more experienced, and can make the best judgments in the matter of Interior designs and decorations. So now you can start your home improvement or renovation and remodeling plan enthusiastically.

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Thu

22

Mar

2012

Animal skin prints in Bathroom

Ever thought how it feels to go bold or wild and decorate your bathroom in animal skin prints?  Then this is the right time to do so as animal prints are in vogue and you can match any space from living room to kitchen to bathroom while creating a stylish impression.  So just give a thought to include animal prints for your bathroom during your upcoming home improvement project.

If you love being different, bold and creative then you can play with the animal skin print theme for your bathroom by adding your choice of animal print wallpaper to the walls, floor or ceiling of your bathroom.   Or, if you just want to introduce animal prints for fun and not overdo them, then you can just use animal print wallpaper as an accent on one of your walls or you can also use the animal skin pattern as a border for your bathroom walls.  You can also paint one of your walls with the animal print and yet keep the other walls and floors neutral and soft looking.   Animal print tiles can also be used as they look stylish and elegant but remember that too much of animal print can become too much after a while, so it is better to include other animal print accessories like shower curtains, bath mat or towels instead of permanent design elements.

Almost all accessories that are used in bathroom are available in animal prints- from animal print toilet seats to bath rugs to toothbrush holders.  Just name it and you can find them in your favorite animal skin print.  A leopard print toilet seat or a zebra print bath mat would look fabulous in your bathroom.  Adding an animal print shower curtain or an animal print rug helps fill bathrooms and looks cool and trendy.  You can add smaller versions of animal prints like tissue holders, soap dishes, cups, and other fixtures like towel racks, window coverings or lighting to spice up your bathroom.

If you cannot renovate or remodel your entire bathroom during home improvement, then the best way to add life to your bathroom is through the animal skin print accessories or animal skin wall art. To complement your animal skin print you can use other décor like bamboo shades or wooden baskets or even African murals to make your bathroom look attractive.  

We look forward to hearing how you used animal prints in your home!

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Wed

07

Mar

2012

Perfect Lighting for Your Dining Room

Dining room lighting should be beautiful while creating a proper ambiance and setting a great tone in the dining room. Your lighting should bring warmth into the dining room. Before you start your dining room improvement you should have plans that would help you make a good choice on your investment for lighting, like bright lighting for a relaxed family dinner, dazzling lighting for parties, or intimate lighting for romantic dinner, and so on.


Left with several options to choose from- be it chandelier, pendant light, wall sconces, recessed down light, track light or buffet lamps- you can select the best one suitable for your dining room that would set the right mood and atmosphere for occasions like family get-togethers or casual dinners.


The dining table is the main element of your dining room, and thus a center chandelier would look beautiful and decorative enhancing the beauty of your dining set. For intimate setting you can dim the light which would create a glowing atmosphere by using the dimmer or control switch. You can choose from ornate crystal chandeliers to contemporary styles with one or four tiers that would complement the other lighting fixtures in your dining room. Even a pendant light above your table would give you a wonderful effect covering the table in a wide circle.


If you are using sideboards or extendable tables you can go in for extra lighting such as wall sconces or buffet lamps that would complement your chandelier. Wall sconces provide a soft glow to your dining room whereas recessed down light would add the needed glamour to your decorative objects while providing warm glow.


To keep your dining room light and fresh it is best to let the natural light through the windows during daytime. For the evenings your light should be warm and soft, avoiding harsh lighting from above, too bright lighting, or usage of too many lighting fixtures that would ruin the décor of your room.  A professional, such as Oakville Ontario Interior Designer Joanne Jakab, can be of great assistance in this type of situation.


While selecting the lighting the colors and accessories should also be considered. If you wish to highlight a painting or your favourite photograph then you can go for track light. You can add even floor lamps or sophisticated torchiere lamps to give your dining room an added look. The lighting should complement and add a classy look to the colors of your dining room. All of these minute details have to be taken care of during your home improvement efforts.


If you are planning to do major dining room renovation and remodeling in your home then plan in advance to match your general home décor, and thus turn your dining room into a place where your family and friends would love to spend time and any time of the day.

 

11 Comments

Tue

01

Apr

2014

Japanese style of interior design

 

If you love clean lines, an uncluttered look, and minimalistic décor, then the best design for you would be the Japanese style of interior design.  The Zen influenced Japanese interior design is the most simplistic and minimalistic interior design.  It has clean lines, an uncluttered look, uses natural materials, and creates balance between the space and your furniture.

 

Japanese style design concentrates on open space floor plans with little furniture. They try to create a balanced flow between the interiors and exteriors.  Tatami mats, which are made of rice straw, can be used to cover wide floor areas.  Tatami mats are the traditional Japanese style of flooring, which can give your floor a great textured look.  A traditional Shoji screen made of rice paper is used as a divider, or for window treatments.  A Shoji screen is the best way to bring some authentic Japanese style into to your home.  You can choose from hundreds of lattice pattern Shoji screens. 

 

Wood is more prominent in Japanese style design, so low lying furniture is often made of bamboo,.  Flower arrangements are another décor that makes your home stand out. The Japanese home color palette is inspired by nature, and has neutral, muted tones. The Japanese give more importance to colors that bounce and reflect natural light. The use of wood, glass, and metal, is balanced in a way that gives your home a neat, calm, and serene look.

Tue

26

Nov

2013

How to Renovate a Dining Room

 

Dining room renovation is not as time consuming or costly as renovating other rooms in your home. Dining room renovation involves coming up with new decorating ideas and placing the furniture so that you uplift the mood of your dining room.  You can use table settings, dining chairs, sideboards and lighting to add depth to your dining room.

 

An interior designer’s first choice when it comes to renovating a dining room is the furniture. The furniture setting should be modern yet fully functional, and you should ensure that the dining chairs are comfortable.  The dining table or sideboards should be placed perfectly and not take over the dining space.  You can try upholstered dining chairs, or slip covers with monograms, to add a special touch to your dining room.

 

When it comes to renovating a dining room the one thing that surely gets replaced by interior designers is the lighting fixtures.  Lighting fixtures change according to the day to day trend, and can add glam and glitz to your dining room.  Chandeliers, or pendants with dimmer switches, can create the perfect dining room ambiance. 

 

The dining room is the ideal place to display your favorite chinaware, silverware, or any other collection of dishes you might own.  So whenever you plan for your renovations, make sure to make a note of this point, and make sure all your favorite dishes are displayed in an eye catching way.

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Wed

24

Jul

2013

Accessorizing your Living Room

 

Upon finishing designing a living room according to your expectations, it’s now time to accessorize it.  Specific living room accessories add to the overall décor of the space, and give the place a warm and welcoming aura. 

 

Accessorizing your living room can be fun yet challenging.  Before you accumulate accessories to go into your living room, it is a good idea to sit down and discuss your design concepts with your interior designer. You might also want to check out what sort of accessories would match your living room décor specifically.

 

Once you are sure of the design concept you want, and have the accessories to go with it, you may begin putting it all together.  You can choose the most suitable type of window treatments that can range from blinds, fabric curtains, silk curtains, and many more.  It is important to remember that window treatments add depth to your living room, so it is crucial to take care of the color and material you want.  

 

Nowadays, lighting can be one of the most decorative accessories, which have a wide range of fixtures to choose from.  It is a good idea to consider the decorative properties of lights, but it is more important to see that it serves its main purpose efficiently.  There are many styles to choose from when looking for the correct lighting; pendants, chandeliers, task lighting, or lamps just to name a few.

 

One of the last things to remember is the living room floor. Area rugs can make your living room look beautiful and warm.  You can experiment with different carpets and/or rugs to enhance the look and feel of this space.  For some, the most exciting part is in decorating the living room walls.  There is much wall art or murals that may match your living room design and can enhance the look.

Tue

14

May

2013

How to Decorate your Luxurious Living Room

 

 

The living rooms are the heart of any home, the hub of activities and the pride of the homeowner.   Designing a luxurious living room that serves its purpose and that can be the pride of the homeowner is accomplished through careful planning and creativity.

 

A few essential aspects to pay attention to that can turn your living room into a luxurious living room with perfect functionality are color, lighting, furniture, window coverings, textures and accessories.

 

Quality is the first thing that should be taken care of in a luxurious living room.  Quality is an essential aspect of luxury.  Choose colors sensibly, cleverly applied neutral tones create a soothing ambience.  As an accent you can always bring in more color and zest into your living room through different accessories.

 

The moment you think of luxury in homes the first thing that comes to mind is furniture.  Take special care while choosing furniture for your living room, the size, fabric used and the material the furniture is made of are all important aspects.  Custom made furniture may meet your expectations- ottomans and matching side tables placed accordingly will enhance the look of your living room.

 

Window treatments also add luxury to your living room- they not only make your living room cozy but also enhance the overall look.  Silk curtains give the living room a rich look- sheers or blinds can also look chic and add warmth to your living room.

17 Comments

Mon

25

Mar

2013

Bedroom Window Treatment

 
 

 

 

 Bedroom is the only private place to find relief from the daily hustle and bustle of life.   The only place where your mind and body can relax in comfort is your bedroom and hence the bedroom décor should be given a prominent place during your home improvement project.

 

Bedroom being the most personal and private space needs to have ample fresh air and light, at the same time too much sunlight may become a issue, so the right window treatments needs to be applied to the bedroom windows.


Window treatments are available in so many designs, patterns and colors.  You can choose shades, curtains, drapes or blinds depending on the style of your bedroom.  Window treatments enhance the beauty of your bedroom and can be a focal point.  Choose perfect window treatment according to the bedroom necessity, appearance and décor.


A few of the varieties of window treatments available in the market are blackout curtains that helps reduce too much light entering your bedroom and also it helps in noise reduction.  Blackout curtains comes in many colors and designs, they even come with thermal liner that is energy-efficient and keeps your bedroom warm or cool depending on the weather.  For those chic and trendy people sheer curtains can be perfect or they can even try modern prints or classic stripes.


Now that you have decided on the type of window treatment to be used, it is time you decide on color and fabric to be used.  Window treatments comes in various colors and can make your bedroom look elegant with its presence.  If your bedroom has neutral colors like cream or white, you can use contrast colors for the window treatment.  And if your bedroom has softer shades like blue you can either use contrast color or the same color in different hue complementing your bedroom.  Choose fabrics that you are comfortable with, choices are innumerable from velvet, sheer curtains or cotton damasks, just be sure to make the perfect suitable fabric for your bedroom.  Gather information on different types of window treatments available and the best suitable one for your bedroom.


Whether you are working on the home improvement project or just renovating and remodeling your home, be sure to pay attention to the bedroom décor and make your bedroom a private retreat where you can rest and rejuvenate your mind and body.


 

Wed

13

Mar

2013

Lightings for your Home

 

Lighting brings warmth and cheers to a home and should never be overlooked during the home improvement project.  Equal importance should be given to lighting as given to other décor or interiors of a home during home improvement.  It is important to plan the indoor and outdoor lighting adequately before renovation and remodeling a house.  Decide on Position of switches and the lighting fixtures and get the wiring done perfectly.

Before you go on a shopping spree for your lighting fixtures, make sure you have collected all the details of each room, size of the room, different activities of the room and number of lighting fixtures needed for the room.  Once you are sure about the activities of the room and the type of lighting needed to ensure safe and comfortable functionality of the room you are ready for your shopping.

First try to know the types of lighting that would illuminate your home.  Basically there are three types of lighting that is most commonly used for lighting purpose.  General or ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting, this three type of lighting are combined to provide you adequate lighting and boost your interiors.

Ambient or general lighting as the name implies is for the overall lighting for any rooms.  General lighting can be used as the main source of lighting like chandeliers, ceiling lighting, wall lighting, pendants etc.

Task lighting though decorative has some purpose to be achieved.  Task lighting is used to provide the much needed lighting to perform specific task such as reading, chopping, sewing or using computers. There are a wide range of task lights to choose from like recessed lighting, focus light, table lamps or desk lamps.

Accent lighting is the creative lighting that highlights a specific area or items that you wish to show off and create an ambience desired by you.  It could be anything from paintings, a specific mural, furniture, indoor plants to fireplaces.  Accent lighting adds to the beauty of your interior while creating an instant drama.  Wall sconces, track lights etc are used for accent lighting.

If you want to illuminate your home in a beautiful and clever manner without any dark corners left behind, then you need to mix and match these three types of lighting in a smart and practical way that ensures good lighting and makes your home look warm and welcoming.

8 Comments

Wed

06

Mar

2013

Home Improvement and Budget

 

Is your budget tight? Are you unable to start the home improvement project? Do you still want changes in your home? Do not fret.  When the budget seems tight and you cannot take up the home improvement project, you still can make your home look pleasant and fresh.  Try redecorating your home.

Redecorating your rooms bring new freshness and warmth in your life.  You feel renewed and ready to take up the challenges of life.  Just by changing little things like the artwork or adding new throw pillows can make your space look different and refreshing.

Use your imagination and visualize the room you wish to redecorate.  Visualize the wall color, furniture setting, the window coverings, flooring, lighting fixtures and the artwork for the room, note down the details and draw it, see if you are satisfied with the design, once you are satisfied get to work and start by clearing the room first.  If you are still confused and need help, you can find a good interior designer or decorator, who would be able to guide and work along you to make your dream come true.

Color is the most important factor of any décor, be it on walls or furnishing or any other accessories.  Colors have psychological effect on mind, you can feel calm or lively depending on the colors used in your rooms.  So choose color wisely.  If you do not wish to repaint the whole room, then you can just paint one wall with your favorite color or a bold tone to give your room a lively look.  You can also change the furniture color instead of wall color; upholster furniture with your desired color.  Or try adding contrast color rugs or wall art to make your room look appealing.

You can create a dramatic effect by changing the lighting, a focus light for you wall art can create an instant effect making it a focal point or a table lamp or central chandelier can give your furniture the needed attention and make it look elegant. Wall sconces or valances can add extra light and make your room look attractive. Renovate or remodeling a room needs you to be imaginative and creative. Redecorating any room can have a very soothing and refreshing effect on you. When you see the end result of your redecorated room, you sure feel proud of all the money and time spent on it and on top of it, the fun you had redecorating the room is unaccountable.

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14

Dec

2012

Role of colors in Home Improvement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few questions that you need answered before you start home improvement and coloring your home are: what mood do you want to create for your rooms? Which color combinations work best? How to find the best suitable color? What are the effects of the specific colors?

 

Interior Designers recommend that you first find out the mood you wish to create for your rooms.  For instance, if you have the wish of your living room to be lively, jovial and have a look of excitement, then red or the likes of it would be your color.  If you wish to make your dining room look appealing and fun, then red surely would be the favorite color, as it is the most sought after color for dining areas.  You may incorporate red in your dining room as area rug or paint one of the dining room wall red making it look exciting.  If you feel you need your bedroom looking relaxed or intimate then you can try blue, green or lilac- these colors looks beautiful in your bedroom and also has a soothing effect.  If you want a cheerful kitchen then try yellow or sage green, it would look bright and uplift your mood.

 

To find out which color combinations work best, you can try using a color wheel.   You can see that one side of the color wheel has the cool colors, and the ones on the other side have the warm colors.  The cool colors like blue based hues and the warm colors like yellow based hues.  The opposite colors on the wheel are called complementary colors and the colors next to each other called analogous colors.  The same color with different shades or tones is called monochromatic colors.  With the help of color wheel you can decide the wall color and other accessories colors for your rooms.

Each and every color has one or more effect on a person’s mood and emotion. Knowing the effect of color makes it easier to choose the best color for your home improvement plan.   A few colors and its effect; white is purity and reflects light, making your room appear larger; blue is calming and peaceful color; red is exciting and bold color; for those who wish to make a statement, green is refreshing and relaxing; and purple/violet is a sophisticated color.

So when it is time for you to start renovating or remodeling your home, first consider all these points regarding colors and then start your project.  And, keep in mind that interior decorators can help you if you are in need.

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Mon

03

Sep

2012

The Interior Designer Role in Home Improvement Plans

Home Improvement plans can be overwhelming, what with so many choices of furnishings to choose from, lighting plans to be taken care of, paints and texture to be matched, flooring and window treatments to be taken care of, the list seems endless and can make you back out from your home improvement plans.

It would be a good idea to take note of all the improvement plans you need to do, from remodeling your kitchen, to renovating a bathroom, to changing the wallpaper of your dining room, to changing the paint of your bedroom.  Just make a note of all the changes that need to be done, and then start working on them one by one.  If all this work seems daunting to you, then you can always opt for a professional interior designer’s or decorator’s help.  They can be of great help, in making the right choice, and best decision in your home improvement plans.

If you do not wish to make a complete change over to your home, but still wish to add a fresh look, then you can make some minor changes in the décor of your home, to give you the needed change and warmth.  You can re-paint your living room, or just add some textures to one of your living room walls or try some bold color reflecting your style.

If your dining room looks too dull, then instead of changing its complete look, why not try reupholstering the dining chairs, thus adding a new glam to your room?  Just change the rug beneath your dining table, or change your window coverings, to bring in some newness to your dining room.  

Does your kitchen look worn out and need some freshness?  Then try re-painting the cabinets or try adding some new art, or new kitchen rug to change the look of your kitchen.  You can also try re-polishing your cabinets for that new glow.  Try to add freshness through the introduction of potted kitchen herbs, or add new curtains to your kitchen windows.

A few changes here and there can make your home welcoming and beautiful.  All this should be done in an artistic way, adding a texture to a wall or reupholstering dining chairs, can all go wrong if not chosen wisely.  Better take professional Interior designer or decorators help in order to save time, money and the look of your home.  The Interior designers or decorators are more experienced, and can make the best judgments in the matter of Interior designs and decorations. So now you can start your home improvement or renovation and remodeling plan enthusiastically.

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Thu

22

Mar

2012

Animal skin prints in Bathroom

Ever thought how it feels to go bold or wild and decorate your bathroom in animal skin prints?  Then this is the right time to do so as animal prints are in vogue and you can match any space from living room to kitchen to bathroom while creating a stylish impression.  So just give a thought to include animal prints for your bathroom during your upcoming home improvement project.

If you love being different, bold and creative then you can play with the animal skin print theme for your bathroom by adding your choice of animal print wallpaper to the walls, floor or ceiling of your bathroom.   Or, if you just want to introduce animal prints for fun and not overdo them, then you can just use animal print wallpaper as an accent on one of your walls or you can also use the animal skin pattern as a border for your bathroom walls.  You can also paint one of your walls with the animal print and yet keep the other walls and floors neutral and soft looking.   Animal print tiles can also be used as they look stylish and elegant but remember that too much of animal print can become too much after a while, so it is better to include other animal print accessories like shower curtains, bath mat or towels instead of permanent design elements.

Almost all accessories that are used in bathroom are available in animal prints- from animal print toilet seats to bath rugs to toothbrush holders.  Just name it and you can find them in your favorite animal skin print.  A leopard print toilet seat or a zebra print bath mat would look fabulous in your bathroom.  Adding an animal print shower curtain or an animal print rug helps fill bathrooms and looks cool and trendy.  You can add smaller versions of animal prints like tissue holders, soap dishes, cups, and other fixtures like towel racks, window coverings or lighting to spice up your bathroom.

If you cannot renovate or remodel your entire bathroom during home improvement, then the best way to add life to your bathroom is through the animal skin print accessories or animal skin wall art. To complement your animal skin print you can use other décor like bamboo shades or wooden baskets or even African murals to make your bathroom look attractive.  

We look forward to hearing how you used animal prints in your home!

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Wed

07

Mar

2012

Perfect Lighting for Your Dining Room

Dining room lighting should be beautiful while creating a proper ambiance and setting a great tone in the dining room. Your lighting should bring warmth into the dining room. Before you start your dining room improvement you should have plans that would help you make a good choice on your investment for lighting, like bright lighting for a relaxed family dinner, dazzling lighting for parties, or intimate lighting for romantic dinner, and so on.


Left with several options to choose from- be it chandelier, pendant light, wall sconces, recessed down light, track light or buffet lamps- you can select the best one suitable for your dining room that would set the right mood and atmosphere for occasions like family get-togethers or casual dinners.


The dining table is the main element of your dining room, and thus a center chandelier would look beautiful and decorative enhancing the beauty of your dining set. For intimate setting you can dim the light which would create a glowing atmosphere by using the dimmer or control switch. You can choose from ornate crystal chandeliers to contemporary styles with one or four tiers that would complement the other lighting fixtures in your dining room. Even a pendant light above your table would give you a wonderful effect covering the table in a wide circle.


If you are using sideboards or extendable tables you can go in for extra lighting such as wall sconces or buffet lamps that would complement your chandelier. Wall sconces provide a soft glow to your dining room whereas recessed down light would add the needed glamour to your decorative objects while providing warm glow.


To keep your dining room light and fresh it is best to let the natural light through the windows during daytime. For the evenings your light should be warm and soft, avoiding harsh lighting from above, too bright lighting, or usage of too many lighting fixtures that would ruin the décor of your room.  A professional, such as Oakville Ontario Interior Designer Joanne Jakab, can be of great assistance in this type of situation.


While selecting the lighting the colors and accessories should also be considered. If you wish to highlight a painting or your favourite photograph then you can go for track light. You can add even floor lamps or sophisticated torchiere lamps to give your dining room an added look. The lighting should complement and add a classy look to the colors of your dining room. All of these minute details have to be taken care of during your home improvement efforts.


If you are planning to do major dining room renovation and remodeling in your home then plan in advance to match your general home décor, and thus turn your dining room into a place where your family and friends would love to spend time and any time of the day.

 

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