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Monthly Archives: February 2017

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 to give a dramatic and striking look to the interiors. Colors to be chosen for walls need to have deep hues. The most commonly used colors are ruby red, blue, gold, dark green, and violet. The golden color is added for brightening the appearance. It is interspersed between other colors. The tapestries and wall hangings have an opulent look. Though it is common to paint the wall in black color, the idea needs to be given a second thought before it is applied. This color makes the appearance of the room much smaller and also reveals the tiny bumps and imperfections in the wall. Therefore, more number of paint coats are needed.

Windows
Decorating the windows is an important part of this design. Curtains to be used for windows should always be full-sized. Heavy and soft fabrics are recommended; damasks, brocades, and velvets can be used for curtains. Again, the colors used for curtains need to have deep hues.

Furniture
Wrought iron and hardwood furniture is a special feature of this style. The bed heads and chair backs need to have the typical pointed arch design found in the Gothic style. Wrought iron furniture includes decorative items such as chandelier and sconces used for candles. Accessories needed to give a Gothic look to the interiors include decorative boxes, metal glasses, pitchers (drinking ware), etc. Wall hangings and lamps are also required for a special look.

Designing Ideas

  • The use of pointed arcs over windows is one of the common ideas for this type of design.
  • It is necessary to have large spaces or rooms to incorporate the features without making any compromise with the design. Small spaces may appear overcrowded with various elements of Gothic style stuffed into it.
  • Before using this style in the entire house, one should experiment with it in the entrances. The appearance can be changed completely with the help of Gothic designs.

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 your furniture at an angle, it leads the eye along the longer distance. As a bonus, you often get some additional storage space too!

Angle your bed so that it is coming out of a corner. Usually the corners opposite to the door is the best. This also gives you more available wall space for dressers and bedside tables. If you have a corner in which your furniture looks lost in, place it at an angle. This will help soften the edges of your room.

Instead of choosing a smaller sofa, chair, coffee table, and end tables that crowd your living room, cut back. Use only furniture that is absolutely essential.

Instead of covering the walls with all your pictures, choose a few of the larger pieces and arrange them in a manner that they complement your furniture. The result will pull the attention toward the large furnishings, and away from the actual small size of the room.

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 wall fountains is that they can be used in almost all places. They often come with a contemporary look and are made using metal, slate, or stones, and have a great impact on increasing the aesthetic look of the room, in which they are placed. Depending on how big a wall fountain you require, you can choose between a one, two, or three paneled fountain. Further, they are also available in both horizontal and vertical styles. A vertical one would be ideal for a room with high cathedral like walls, while a horizontal one would be apt for a long hallway with low ceiling. However, if your requirements are much smaller, then you can also buy smaller fountains that will be perfect for entryways and small offices. It is very important that you choose a rightly shaped and sized one or the entire set up will look very awkward. You can take advice from the professionals who work for the stores and they will be able to guide you.

Once you have decided on the size and the type that you require, you will next have to think about the highlight. No doubt, the fountain will make an impact on its own, but if you do try to change the d├ęcor around it a little, the transformations that you will find at the end of the day in the room will be phenomenal. Alternatively, you can decide on choosing one with halogen lighting that will help accent the flow of water, thereby increasing its beauty enormously.

Maintenance

Maintenance is the easiest step, as minimum attention is required. You have to ensure that water is refilled periodically and the fountain is wiped clean once every few days. It needs to be cleaned to remove traces of any algae growth or mineral deposit, once in two months.

Some of the other things that you should ensure is that you should never turn on the fountain without water in the basin, as this heats up the pump and can lead to damage. You can place rocks at the bottom of the fountain, as it will reduce the sound of the water and the amount of water that is splashed. Usage of distilled water will prevent accumulation of mineral deposits.

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 to view the room not only in 3D but also in 2D or the blueprint form. Besides this, you can play around with different kinds of colors, fabrics, styles, textures, etc. The best part of this tool is the download feature, which allows you to get the design immediately.

You can follow the guidelines mentioned below, to decorate your bedroom online:

  • The most important step is the choice of color. Your bedroom is your personal comfort zone. Choose a color that reflects your true personality and style. There are numerous shades available to choose from.
  • Once you have selected the color, the next step is the layout of the room, i.e., the dimensions of the bedroom. This step helps you figure out where each piece of furniture should be placed.
  • You can also choose a theme, which reflects your personality, for example, a tropical theme or an oriental theme. This will make it more fun and interesting.
  • The next and most crucial part of the process is the design plan. In this, based on the dimensions of the room, you can calculate the approximate budget needed for decoration.

Cost

Hiring an interior designer to decorate a room can be expensive, because a designer puts in a lot of hours and gives a lot of personal attention to draft, redraft blueprints and select furniture which is usually custom-made. On the other hand, online designing is more affordable, as it does not provide the architectural designs, instead, it allows you to come up with a design and help your room look like a professionally designed one. Online designers usually charge a fee per room, which ranges from $100 to $1000, depending on the services required and the size.

There are a variety of other programs also available on the Internet, for free. You may find some programs more user-friendly than others. These websites usually have previews so that you have an idea, as to how to go about it.