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Interior Design the Gothic Style

The Gothic architecture is mostly seen in religious monuments. However, it is also observed in civic building, universities, private residences, etc. Notre Dame De Paris Cathedral in France is one of the famous buildings constructed using this design. Origins of this form of architecture can be traced back to the medieval period. Victorian Era marked the revival of this architectural form.

The most important elements of this decor are fireplaces, pointed arches, wooden ceiling beams, stained glasses, etc. Flooring is hard and materials such as hardwood and stones are used and to cover these hard floor surfaces, rugs with deep colors are used. It gives a castle-like appearance to the interiors.

The History
It was developed in the 12th century and pointed arches were its main features. Later on, in the Victorian period, much more decorations and colors were added. It is said that this style is more inclined towards the darker and mysterious side that includes something dramatic and sensational. Painting the walls in black color is therefore, not considered to be uncommon in this design.

Modern Style
In the modern times, Gothic designs are used

The Moroccan Style Interior Design

Morocco is located in the north-western part of Africa. The specialty of Moroccan design is that, it has European, African, as well as Persian influences. The hot climate of this nation demands for an interior, which is inviting and has a cozy look. Due to the dry environment, Moroccan houses include pots of exotic plants as one of the items of interior designing.

The main elements of this style are rugs, tiles, dishes, pottery, textiles, lanterns, metal works, etc. The fabrics used are designed with rich colors. There is an abundance of pillows and cushions in the bedrooms.

Lights
These fixtures are different from those found in other countries. Their specialty is that they are hand crafted by artisans. The henna lamps are called so because of the particular pattern imprinted on them. These lamps are made of goat skin, and are fixed on metal frames. A silk cord is used to hang them.

Rugs
The carpets and rugs have a long tradition in Morocco, and their origins can be traced back to the 13th century. Commonly, there are two types of rugs: the smaller ones, used for prayers,

Front Door

Front Doors: Options in Materials

Wood
Many people opt for wooden front doors for homes. These look extremely classy and these give an elegant touch to the decor. Wooden doors offer a number of options in terms of designs, colors and finishes. What’s more, a wooden door blends well with any type of wall and door frame design.

Glass
For a rich look opt for glass doors. A glass door graced with a wooden frame is something that looks class apart. Add frosted glass and the doors are sure to look eye-catching. Glass doors are available in various styles and types. While you consider various options in front doors for homes, you will also come across fiberglass, which is gaining a huge popularity these days. Fiberglass doors look great when used with wooden frames.

Steel
If security and durability are the things you are looking for, in the front doors, ‘steel’ is the answer. Using steel front doors for homes is a smart choice, as these are far stronger than wood or fiberglass. These won’t crack or come apart. If you are confused

Way to make Home Look Bigger

Make your room appear bigger using color. The first guideline is to use light colors. Light colors reflect light and hence make the room look bigger, while dark colors absorb light, making the room look and feel smaller.

If the colors in your rooms are already dark, try to move the darker colors to a background role while maximizing your neutral white or ivory. For example, paint the walls with a lighter shade, and use dark colors in a border or trim.

Paint your wall and moldings with a lighter color. This will give a 3-D effect. Lighter objects appear closer while darker or shadowed objects appear further away. When you paint your moldings with a lighter color, the walls appear further back, thus making your room appear bigger.

For your fabrics, go for prints that have lighter backgrounds.

In the bedroom, use darker colors for the valance, tiebacks, table scarves, pillows, and bed covers. Use lighter colors for draperies, table covers, and sheets.

Furniture Arrangement
With proper arrangement of furniture you can make your room appear larger. Set some of your larger furniture pieces diagonally. This helps because the longest straight line in any given room is its diagonal. When you place

Indoor Wall Fountain

Making the Choice

I guess the easiest decision that you have to make is whether you want one. The difficult part begins after you have decided that you do need one, as you will have to choose and pick a fountain from a wide range available.

Before you go to store and get very confused, it would be wise if you envision as to what you want. One of the first things that you should decide are the placement of the fountains. You could decide if you want to place it in a corner or along the hallway, in your favorite room, where you gather and enjoy an evening with friends and family, or your study where you need to work and be at peace mentally. You could even decide a place for the fountain depending on Feng Shui or Ch’i if you believe in these sciences that advice as to how to fill your house and life with positive energy. See! The list is endless and if you decide to go to the store before making up your mind, you sure are going to end up a really long time at the store trying to decide.

The advantage with indoor

Way to Decorate a Room Online

Plan 3D: One of the popular tools used to decorate a room online is Plan 3D. This tool, as the name suggests, allows you to set up your room and view it from any angle. It is easy to understand, as it has a great demo button which shows you how to move things around and add things. Plan 3D allows you to walk through the area, move walls and windows, add windows, doors, and even bathrooms. So basically, you can actually see the entire room, decide the color, wallpaper, and furniture and see how they’ll look. Another great feature is that it allows you to save different types of color schemes and designs. When you go shopping you can take it with you, so that you know what exactly to look for! You can even decide the kind of light that would suit your room with the help of the tool’s shadow and light feature. The best part however is that it is dirt cheap, only USD 3 a month!

3D Home Architect: Another more elaborate tool is the 3D Home Architect. This tool can be downloaded or you can order it on disks. This tool allows you

Ideas for Lodge Decorating

Paint and Flooring
Wood flooring is undoubtedly the best choice when it comes to lodge decor. If you have the entire cabin built in logs or wooden planks, then you won’t have to bother about the color of the paint. However, if you want to paint the walls, always go for earthy shades like brown, bottle green, olive green, etc., as these shades truly depict the character of the forest. Moreover, these colors also render a much welcome coziness to the room. If you want to go for brighter shades, then you may go for hues of yellow and orange, the colors of fall. Wooden flooring should be covered with rugs or carpets with bold prints. Animal skin rugs would suit the ambiance perfectly.

Drapes and Beddings
Drapes and beddings should preferably be made out of sturdy materials like cotton or canvas. Delicate fabrics, like silk and satin, are best avoided. The earthy color scheme should be followed for linen and drapes as well. Animal prints look great for bedspreads as well as drapes. Thick, handmade quilts in rusty shades can protect you from the cold while still exhibiting the rawness of nature. The favorite design patterns for drapes

Ide Interior Decorating for Apartments

Create Maximum Space
Declutter the area, and remove all the useless items. Make sure that you get all such items out of the apartment. Also make a list of items you need to add to your apartment, which might occupy considerable amount of space. For instance, if you are opting for a new electronic appliance which needs to be placed on the floor, you need to ensure that certain area needs to be dedicated for this item in the new plan.

Consider Having More Storage
In apartments where space is a concern, you need to get some more storage spaces. The storage ideas need to be smart so that they will help you pack in the objects and add up to the decorations as well. One of the best ideas is to have decorative cabinets and other storage units. Having colorful wall cabinets on one of the walls of your bedroom is the best tip for small bedrooms. You can give it a look of wood wall paneling, thereby also hiding the storage space.

If you have a kitchen island or planning to install one, it must be storage oriented. You may have a lot of drawers and closed shelves

Ideas for Tropical Interior Design

Furniture
In a tropical house, woven furniture looks very good. Wicker or bamboo furniture is the ideal choice. If you like solid wood, you can go in for walnut or teak furniture. Go for a conservative, heavy-weight kind of look rather than modern-looking furniture. As for the floors, go for hardwood flooring and avoid having any kind of rugs or carpets on the floor.

Color Scheme
While choosing a color scheme for the fabrics and walls, stick to colors which are close to nature such as green, blue, and white. Beige and light brown, which remind people of sand, go really well with this theme, especially if used for the walls. If you like bright colors, then you can use hues of colors that remind you of green vegetation and exotic tropical flowers. Highlights of orange, yellow, violet, or pink can enliven the house.

Upholstery
Try not to use curtains with this theme. Use roll-up blinds made of bamboo instead. Hardwood shutters and wooden blinds are some other options which you can use in place of curtains. These will give the windows a clutter-free and simple look, which is most suitable for serene tropical interiors. For cushion covers, bed covers,

Modern Contemporary Interior Design

So what is modern contemporary interior design? Modern contemporary interior design can be defined as a completely new method of interior decoration that involves judicious use of colors, clean straight lines in furniture and of course, restrained use of decorative items. This type of interior design has often, though not always, symmetrical design elements that is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. Materials that are eco-friendly like jute, jute mix, bamboo and cane are also used extensively in modern interior designs. Many people wrongly assume that in modern contemporary interior designs, the color palette of a room is stark and almost sterile with predominantly neutral shades. But that is far from the truth. Warm, earthy colors and even bright neon colors are used in small bursts to provide visual interest to the room.

Furniture used in decorating a modern and contemporary room is always very simple yet breathtaking in design. Overly ornate, Victorian or Edwardian furniture or even antique furniture is almost never used for modern contemporary interior design. Modern furniture with clean and straight lines with use of materials like steel and chrome interspersed with wood are highly effective. Upholstery selection, be it for furnishings like sofa covers or

Creating a Reading Room

Reading Room Vs. Office

A reading room is different from an office, in that it should be set up as a room for recreation only. Offices are used for work, and often include a desk or other workspace. Reading rooms, however, should be places where you can separate yourself from work. Of course, you can add a desk to your reading room if you wish, but if you are looking for a place to relax without the pressure to get work done, you should consider not including office essentials – like a desk – in the space. Offices are generally designed for functionality, while reading rooms should be designed for comfort and relaxation.

What to Include

Since reading rooms are mostly for relaxation, start by choosing a good paint color. Avoid harsh or bright colors, and instead choose something that is relaxing and soothing. Then, surround yourself with things that make you comfortable. A comfy chair or two are great additions to reading rooms. You may also want to put all of your bookshelves into the room so you can easily find the book you want to read. Scented candles are also a great addition to a reading room, as they

Interior Decoration Styles

While a professional interior decorator will manage to give your house the much-needed pizazz, he will also manage to burn a not very needed hole in your wallet. Different styles of interior decoration can be understood by just anyone. All you need to do is use that locked up imagination and infuse your personal flavor. There are several interior designing ideas that you could use. Interior decoration can be studied and learned but if you have a slight knack for the creatives then it is a talent that can be nurtured to create a space in your house that you truly love. The following interior decoration styles would probably give you the much-needed push to dive headlong into the colorful world of interior decoration.

Art Deco Ambience

A style that peaked in its popularity in the 1920s and 30s, it is characterized by the minimalist colors and structures that it uses. Sleek, strong lines are a mainstay of this style of interior decorating. Wooden furniture that is used is generally lacquered in black. White, red, and black are the colors that are used the most but dove gray, dull purple, and pale blue are used as well. These

Stylish Stickers for Bedrooms

Wall Stickers – The Name Says It All

These stickers are like wallpaper which are applied on the walls. Their purpose is to give your room a new look. Because of its minimal cost and effort required, they are getting more and more popular with kids and adults. And why should it not be like that? It is easy to apply or remove than actual paint, and within few minutes, you can see your room transform into the one which you have always dreamed of. Just peel the stickers and put them on. The best part about this product is that you get the liberty to change the look of your room as you wish. You can also get these stickers for nursery, office, bathroom, kids’ rooms, and many other places.

The application procedure hardly takes 10 to 15 minutes. It does not require any expertise as they are simple and ready-to-use stickers; a perfect way to decorate your room indeed. You can choose from a variety of designs or you can run your imagination wild and design your own. There are also few other manufacturers that give you the freedom to customize a design.

Design Ideas to Consider

Depending on the

Designer Bathroom Mirrors

Designer bathroom mirrors are mostly available in round, oval, and rectangular shapes. The ability of a mirror to reflect both natural and artificial light makes a bathroom look more spacious. One of the main advantages of installing a mirror (especially a large one) in a bathroom is that it helps to brighten up the bathroom. These mirrors are called so because they portray a look that is different from ordinary mirrors. They are available in frame and frame-less styles. Such mirrors best suit simple bathrooms, as then they look more appealing. Before deciding on the type, consulting an interior decorator always helps. Once you have made a choice, you can add to the beauty of the mirror with chandeliers, crystal glassware, metal picture frames and candlesticks, etc. For the best deal, spend some time getting to know the different types and prices of the mirrors that would suit your bathroom decor, without affecting your budget.

Art Deco Bathroom Mirrors

Art deco is defined as a style of design that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s. It is identifiable by its geometric designs and unconventional forms that are suitable for mass production. A variety of art

Ideas for Ceramic Tile Showers

While bathroom remodeling, the most difficult task is choosing ceramic tiles for your shower, because you need to decide the color and pattern of the ceramic tiles and also the number of tiles you will require. Ceramic tiles, being non-porous and easy to clean, make one of the best shower tile options. With their wide range of appealing designs, they fulfill your need of color and pattern. You can choose simple designs, made up of two colors, or opt for a special pattern based on a particular theme or picture.

If you do not want a traditional ceramic pattern for your shower, you can install ceramic tile murals in your bathroom. Ceramic tile murals are custom tiles that are used for kitchen and bathroom backsplash. Ceramic tiles are hand painted by artists who are involved in the mural business. There are a number of designs that can be made from ceramic tile murals that include art themes, scenes, abstracts of animals, trees and many more. These tiles are durable and resistant to moisture, heat, etc.

Enhance the beauty of your bathroom by using simple colors and patterns. You can choose a simple pattern with a color combination of two or

Steps for Repair Stucco

Repairing stucco is not a difficult job, and it only requires some practice to do it perfectly. In order to practice, you can try repair work on boards that contain holes on it. Once you heal those cracks successfully, you can move further to do the actual job.

Material Required:

  • Portland cement
  • Polyvinyl acetate (PVA) boarding agents
  • Dampened rags
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Latex paint
  • Bitumen
  • Some garden hoses and attachments
  • Paint rollers
  • Primer
  • Hammer
  • Cold chisel
  • Caulk
  • Bucket
  • Fiberglass cloth
  • Builder’s sand

Procedure:

  1. The first step in repairing exterior stucco is to completely soak the crack area with the help of a hose. By doing so, the stucco would not separate water from the new mortar and thus would prevent crumbling.
  2. The next step is to prepare the mortar by mixing some water to one part of Portland cement and about four parts of builder’s sand. Ensure that the mortar has become thick enough to be used for the work.
  3. Further, take the polyvinyl acetate bonding agent and cover the cracked area.
  4. The bond would remain a little sticky for some time, so apply the mortar to the crack at this time itself. This would fix the bond-and-mortar mix properly to the crack.
  5. Now, cover the cracked area with the help of bitumen-coated

Bullnose Corners

Bullnose corner is a common term used in the field of home improvement to indicate outward turned (convex) and inward turned (concave) pieces of tiles and trims. These type of designs are extensively used in households and various historical monuments. Bullnose corners have three basic uses–tiles, corners, and trims, and they are used for increasing the durability, safety, and artistic or aesthetic value of a selected section of the home decor. Sharp edges of walls or certain furniture articles can damage your body and clothing, as well as the texture of other home furnishing articles that come in contact with it. Since they are round and smooth, they are largely used in place of sharp edges of walls, countertops, tables, and the like.

Installing
Furniture that is made with the bullnose structure is readily available in the market–which means that installing it is not the only option. If you want to install the same on the walls or the furniture pieces by yourself then you need to have an idea of the varied types that are available. The types are determined on the basis of the angle in which they are cut. Some common ones that are available include–outside

Tips to Design Your Small Living Room

People are always confused about how to design their small living rooms. They want their room to look elegant as well as spacious. This can be achieved through the following tips.

Color Schemes
The colors of the interiors of the house play a very important role in room decoration. People often avoid using dark colors in case of small spaces. However, one can go for contrasting colors for a small living room.
You can get one focal wall painted in a darker shade than the others, or play with colors and make a unique design on it while keeping the other walls lighter in color. Do not try to decorate every wall of your house, making it look like a circus or a colorful house from a fairy tale! You can also use your imagination and make the color scheme look more attractive and eye-catching.

Flooring
You can give your living room a glamorous look by choosing a contrasting color scheme between the flooring and the walls. This will make your room look more exciting and full of life.
Your flooring will become a distinctive and unique feature of your room in contrast with your wall color scheme. But do

Ideas for Attic

Attic is an often ignored area, utilized commonly for storage. This is the place where you dump the old furniture, useless appliances, and broken items in your house. Well, that might be definitely saving a lot of space in your living room, bedrooms, and kitchen area, right? But, have you ever thought about having an extra room in your house that might help you have more organized storage area, resting space, or even having a designated area for games, music, entertainment, or relaxation. Read the following paragraphs to get some amazing attic ideas.

Stairs

Whatever is the way you reach the attic at the moment, consider having a better and comfortable way to climb up. If you are short of floor space, one of the ideas is to have foldable stairs that will fold sideways. Another idea is to install those that will fold up at the ceiling. If you are planning to have a master bedroom or game room, it is best to have fixed stairs of good quality installed to reach comfortably up to the attic.

Windows

The first thing you need to consider while you plan to create a usable space is ventilation. Having perfect ventilation can also add

How to Choose a Color Scheme for Living Rooms

Color is the most effective way of creating a mood for any room. While choosing a color scheme for the living room as part of your interior painting, it is important to choose one which is stylish but practical. For example, if you select white for your living room, then you cannot expect it to be easy to maintain (especially if you have children!) To pick out a color theme, there are three options:

• Use one color, but varying shades of that color throughout the room.
• Use two or more colors that are similar to each other, or complement each other, to give a tranquil and warm feeling to the room.
• Use two contrasting colors. This kind of a look makes the room vibrant and alive.

Once you have selected the kind of color scheme you want, it will be easier to choose the appropriate color combination. Besides just choosing colors that you like, you can also try and understand the psychology of colors for creating a warm and inviting feeling.

Intimate and Warm Red
One of the most popular colors for living room design ideas is red. It gives a feeling