Saturday, January 30, 2010

Interior decoration style traditional South Korea

Style traditional South Korea reveal the original in design: The simple, modest, and more, and deeply respect the values of nature. While the selection of design ideas from Japan and Western countries over the decades, the country peninsula has maintained the characteristics of them and earned recognition for style very Korea. The characteristics of space, spiritual and material influenced the simple beauty in architectural design, while the traditional materials only South Korea is used to bring in sophisticated features decorative interior.

Interior decoration style traditional South Korea

Interior decoration style traditional South Korea

Interior decoration style traditional South Korea

Interior decoration style traditional South Korea

Interior decoration style traditional South Korea

Interior decoration style traditional South Korea

Interior decoration style traditional South Korea

Interior decoration style traditional South Korea

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bedroom decorating ideas some tips

Bedroom decorating ideas do not always have to start in the bedroom. You can incorporate elements from nearly every other room in your home to this private area.

Many interior decorators will say that your sleeping area should be a sanctuary and this is quite true. A really comfortable sanctuary consists of more than a bed and a nightstand.

The first thing to do when deciding what elements you want for your nightly retreat is to take of your favorite things. You may find that an indoor water feature calms and relaxes you.

It makes sense that such an item be used as part of your bedroom decorating ideas. Some would argue that an indoor water feature belongs in an entry way or a family room but I beg to differ. The reason that this element is so suitable for bedroom decorating ideas is because it is so calming and relaxing.

The item may be attractive and you may like the idea of having as many people seeing it as possible but it may not serve its purpose in certain areas of the home.

An indoor water feature can bring attractive charm to any room. However, the soft sounds of the trickling water are not always noticed or appreciated in noisier areas of the home. What good do the soft sounds do in a noisy family room? These gentle noises have to compete with games, computers and television.

While having an indoor water feature in an entry way is wonderful, the impression is not long-lived. The admirer has only a moment or two to look at the object. She doesn’t really get to listen to the sounds or watch the mesmerizing display. It is a great object in passing but its potential isn’t maximized in this environment.

Bedroom decorating ideas rarely include an indoor water feature but I am adding the element to the list. I believe that the soothing sounds will help me drift off to sleep. The item is relaxing and it is reminiscent of a spa. I can imagine listening to the water fall after a hot bath. What a perfect retreat.

Deciding to incorporate a small feature like this into our bedroom decorating ideas is relatively unusual. However, the uniqueness of the concept is part of what makes the room so special. Creating a sanctuary involves choosing items that calm and relax you even if those items are typically used in other rooms.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Home Design 2010 - Modern Is Mainstream

Home buyers today watch home makeovers on television, get décor catalogs in the mail, and browse through design magazines while standing in line at the grocery store.

The internet introduces new ideas and spreads home fashion trends around the globe very quickly. Homebuyers today are more discerning than ever.

Led by the green movement, younger demographics, and a reaction to over indulgence, it is clear that modern design, with clean lines and a good connection to the outdoors, will be the leading housing trend in 2010.

Retro Is Back
Sparse décor, hard surface floors, white walls, and lots of glass give a cleaner, simpler look. Against this simple backdrop, furnishings can be eclectic and even a little eccentric. We want to see real people who decorate to express themselves. Apartment Therapy connects people to the resources they need to improve their homes, while reducing their reliance on stuff.

Younger buyers are updating mid-century modern homes, and loving it! Geometric patterns and big flower designs from the 1950’s and 60’s are in. Marimekko, Danish modern, IKEA, Eames, and modern American furniture are a perfect fit with today’s styles. Open shelving in kitchens and baths are totally in. Stainless steel appliances are still a good fit. Bathrooms are smaller and more sensible, but closets are still generous. Today’s flat screens fit in easily, and the trend is to have more of them in places like kitchens or baths.

Traditional homes are being updated with sleek finishes, such as industrial light fixtures, flat cabinet doors, hard surface floors, and exposed windows. Modern homes are a perfect background for vintage and rustic pieces. Take a look at the eclectic combinations of classic and modern on Martha Stewart’s home tours.

Live Work Spaces
The economic slowdown has led to the more efficient use of space in homes. Smaller homes and less clutter resonate with today’s buyers. There is an interest in livability, rather than showiness. Formal living rooms or media rooms that are unconnected to other core areas tend to not be used. They may be converted to studies or home offices. Buyers who work on-line are growing in number, and they need work space at home.Hard Surface Floors
Hard surface floors are a part of the green trend, which merges perfectly with modern design. Carpets hold dirt, dust mites and other allergens. Concrete, stone, cork, natural linoleum, bamboo, and wood are popular floors today. Bamboo, which grows a foot per day, is attractive and sustainable. Ceramic tile continues to be a good fit for baths, but has not come back into kitchens, except on floors and back splashes.

Alternative Countertops
In the recent past, to upgrade a house was to “granitize” it. Today, granite is moving aside in favor of new choices. Recycled glass and engineered stones are growing in popularity, in line with the green trend. Soapstone, long used in labs, is in demand. The organic look of limestone, concrete, and marble have a following. Stainless steel is a good fit with modern styles.

Grey is the new Neutral
Heavy faux is out and thick texture on walls are out. Red and gold are out. White and off-whites are in. A soft organic pallet, such as cream, sisal, and raw wool is in. Taupe and grey are combined with white for a sophisticated and serene look. On wood, both the natural bare look and dark stains are used. Add a splash of deep color – turquoise, chocolate brown, plum – and you have today’s look. Pantone, a color research authority, has unveiled turquoise as the color of the year for 2010.

Outside is In
Buyers want a connection to the outdoors. This is expressed in several ways. Large, wall sized glass doors that open the whole room to a patio are exciting. Screened porches have made a big comeback. On tight urban lots, large glass areas open the interior to a private yard. Backyard gardens, covered patios with outdoor kitchens, and pools are all desirable today’s buyers
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Decorating tips that won't break the bank

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “college apartment”? Band posters lining the walls and empty liquor bottles stacked on shelves? Generic paintings and furniture from IKEA or Target? Unfortunately, this decor is the norm, but instead of being tacky or boring next year, move into a room or apartment with which you can be creative.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on decorating your room or be a design diva to make it look good. Nor do you have to be cheap and sleazy by using empty boxes of Antoon’s pizza as a center piece on the dining room table.

Here are six easy ways I have decorated and furnished my apartment without spending excessive amounts of money. OK, maybe I spent a little money on unnecessary stuff, but trust me, no one wants to come home to white walls. Without decoration you’ll start feeling like you’re in prison — which for Towers residents, might be all too true.

1) Tapestries: Ah yes, the essential college tapestry. Cover your window with a sheet of trippy, hippie, Indian artwork or use it to jazz up any blank wall in your room. Luckily, I inherited a handful from my mom from her college days, but you can also purchase them at the Culture Shop or Urban Outfitters in South Side. They can be a little expensive ­­— around $35 ­— but they last forever..

2) Plants: Add a little life to your place in the gloomy months of November through April (yeah, that’s Pittsburgh for you). According to the Chinese system of aesthetics, Feng Shui, plants can bring energy, wealth and good luck into the home. Even if you think Feng Shui is bogus, many plants are proven to reduce pollutants in the air, which research shows can sometimes be worse indoors than outside. Some great plants that don’t require much water or sunlight are bamboo, cactus, or jade plants. You can usually pick these up in a small pot at the gift shop in Phipps Conservatory for around $5 to $10.

3) Light fixtures: Most lighting in dorms and apartments is dim and inadequate, so look around for a unique and colorful light fixture. If you ever want anyone, including yourself, to hang out in your room, some extra lighting is worth a small investment. My favorites are the paper star lights found at for a reasonable $8.95.

4) DIY art work: Usually landlords won’t let you paint on the walls. If they do ­­— awesome — get ready to paint! If not, paint on something else and hang it up. All you need are blank pieces of paper or old cardboard boxes as your canvas, brushes and some watercolor or acrylic paints. If painting is too messy, find an old Lite-Brite set at a garage sale and create a design to stick on your windowsill.

5) Record bowls: If you go to any used record store in Pittsburgh you can usually pick up some unwanted vinyl for free. Pre-heat the oven to about 200 degrees then place the record on top of a large bowl. Put it in the oven for about 5 to 10 minutes and then take it out and quickly mold it around the bowl as you wish. Let it cool for 10 minutes and — ta-da! — you have a cool bowl to hold spare change, jewelry, or keys. (Don’t use these bowls for food, though — chemicals in vinyl can be toxic).

6) Inherited furnishings: Even if you are moving into an unfurnished apartment, chances are someone else lived in your apartment before you and they’ll leave something behind. We lucked out with a kitchen table, chairs and a couch. And even better, we found an old Coors Light Racing t-shirt under the cushions and hung it up. A free couch with free tacky wall art ­— now that’s a deal.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

IKEA 2010 Futuristic Bedroom Design

Lenzing Fibers reports that many of the key interior design trends for year 2010 center around the Earth’s elements with colors derived from minerals, dirt and plants. IKEA has recently put their new 2010 Interior Design catalog online, as usual the catalog is full of great ideas and inspiration for room decorating and designing.

Included in IKEA 2010 Interior Design catalog ie Living room design, Bedroom Design, Teen and Kids Room Design, Bedding, Curtains, Rugs, dining room and kitchen designs ideas. You must take a look for an IKEA 2010 Interior Decoration and Design ideas from some inspirational picture below.

A lot of new bookcases, sofas, TV and storage cabinets and other useful acceries for living room are presented in the catalogue. Fine additions to their big collection of bedroom furniture is a New beds, new wardrobe systems, new drawer chests and new night stands.

IKEA new window panel curtains are nice, you can easily control light and temperature in any room making it more original and beautiful. New bright rugs also could become great and simple home renovation. IKEA’s products and room design ideas are very flexible and could solve all teen and kid needs, space-saving storage boxes, hooks and shelves make tidying up, getting dressed and styled real simple.

New kitchens and dining rooms are also should be mentioned, besides bright colors the most popular theme among new design ideas is natural. Several dining room sets and kitchen cabinets collections are made of different kind of wood with saving its natural look and feel.

IKEA Green Black Bedroom Design
New IKEA 2010 Green Black Bedroom Design Ideas

IKEA 2010 Colorful Girls Teen Room Design
New IKEA 2010 Colorful Girls Teen Room Design Ideas

IKEA 2010 Boys Teen Room Design
New IKEA 2010 Boys Teen Room Design Ideas

IKEA 2010 Colorful Kids Room Decoration
New IKEA 2010 Colorful Kids Room Decoration and Design Ideas

IKEA 2010 Bedding Design
New IKEA 2010 Bedding Design Ideas

IKEA 2010 Curtain Decoration and Design
New IKEA 2010 Curtain Decoration and Design Ideas

IKEA 2010 Rugs Decoration
New IKEA 2010 Rugs Decoration and Design Ideas

IKEA 2010 Kitchen Furniture Design
New IKEA 2010 Kitchen Furniture Design Ideas

2010 Yellow Dining Room Design
New IKEA 2010 Yellow Dining Room Design Ideas

IKEA 2010 Dining Room Design Ideas
New IKEA 2010 Dining Room Design Ideas

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fun wallpaper for kids bedrooms

Keep your kids inspired this year by updating their bedroom with this fun Animal Magic wallpaper from Paperboy for Bodie and Fou (£119.99 per roll).And the fun doesn't stop there as, when light catches the wallpaper, it shows the animals' skeletons!

But don't worry about them getting scared and running into your room at night - the wallpaper is coated in special varnish to hide the skeletons after dark. Browse over 200 hand-picked wallpapers in our Product Finder.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Who has the most expensive Miller Lites in town?

With black lacquer, bamboo, and astrology prints dominating the '90s, Canadian designers - and consumers - were eager to clean the slate for the millennium, turning to classical neutrals for their homes.

So, when boutique hotel chic kicked in, during the aughts, it quickly became a movement, transforming the way people decorated their homes, offices and businesses. But, as the song goes, the times, they are achangin'.

Boutique hotel chic came home and stayed.

"People really loved [the boutique hotel look] and manufacturers realized that it was easy to replicate in a cheap way, so the Zen and boutique hotel trend just kept rolling along," says Toronto-based designer William MacDonald, noting that the Martha Stewart blue-and-white striped East Hampton style, loft-inspired spaces and souped-up kitchens also had an impact on the decade.

Clean, modern, masculine designs became the order of the day, with microfibre everything, says Ernst Hupel, co-owner of 2H Interior Design and one of Ottawa's top designers. "Then it slowly morphed when we realized we wanted a little bit more personality," says Mr. Hupel, who has appeared on HGTV's Design U. "It went into that whole bling stage, where people were still doing clean and modern, but people thought ‘let's throw a chandelier in here.' "

Advice explosion: suddenly everyone's an expert

All of these trends were forming in unison with the proliferation of design media through the Internet, magazines, newspapers and television. This resulted in a more design-savvy public with a fierce appetite for renovation and decor.

"There was the television which exploded with design channels - there must be 10 design channels now," says Mr. MacDonald, who has appeared as a feature designer on HGTV design shows and is a regular contributor to Canadian House & Home magazine.

"Magazines and blogs and websites and everything, there's even stores, like Home Depot or Lowes, [that] have their own magazines on design."

Swedish Influence, espresso stains

So why this shift?

Mr. MacDonald thinks we should thank the Swedes for getting the general public aboard the design train - which in turn prompted the change in how big-box hardware stores, and even grocery stores, operate. In addition to selling paint, tools and food, now they added aisles for espresso-stained furniture, and vinyl and faux suede club chairs and ottomans.

"I think all the manufacturers in North America realized what Ikea was doing," says

Mr. MacDonald, "and Ikea sort of had this Scandinavian concept, accessible good design at a reasonable price. And North Americans, particularly Americans who ran Walmart and Lowes and Home Depot, said ‘Oh, these people just don't want shovels and hammers and nuts and bolts anymore, they want all of these things. So we should do [furniture], too.' "

Mid-century modern revival and the '70s

Mr. MacDonald also points to the revival of interest in mid-century modern furniture over the past decade. Among the most popular pieces were such classics as the Barcelona and Eames chairs, the Tulip table and chair collection, with their clean lines that complimented the neutral tones and minimalism and bigger spaces.

However, Mr. MacDonald also points to the renewed interest in '70s style, with funky colour combinations, such as rust, brown, orange and yellow, paired with chrome and shag accents. Think of Universal's movie Frost/Nixon, says Mr. MacDonald - but not all together, like it was in the '70s. Instead, the key was to be selective, putting a little bit of punctuation or pop into your interior.

Bling and a return to '80s decadence

Mr. MacDonald envisions the next decade bringing a return to the decadence of the '80s, with smaller spaces glitzed up with gold, velvet and jewel-toned colours.

He also predicts a more hybrid approach - for instance, the country kitchen decked out with a modern stainless steel countertop, a zinc countertop, say, on a red-painted country island, or halogen pendant lamps over a harvest table, while utilizing the latest in natural flooring, such as coconut, bamboo and even leather.

And of course, technology will play a huge role.

"That's what I am most excited about," says Mr. MacDonald. "At the Interior Design show last winter in Toronto, they had an interactive backsplash. It was a glass backsplash with a television and a touch computer in it - which I want but you can't get yet."

All about me, plus other predictions

Mr. Hupel's Swarovski crystal ball says it's time to inject more personality into our spaces and embrace individuality.

This may include raw wood and iron furniture, more art, and industrial lighting. And if you have a special collection, throw that in too. "We were stripped a bit from our individual personalities in the last decade," says Mr. Hupel. "We copied everyone last year. This decade, if I have a great cookie jar collection ... it's going to give someone a smile when they see it. It's not something I'm going to see on page three of the catalogue." Mr. Hupel also thinks people will go for romantic flair in their homes, blending raw woods, like white oak and American walnut, and natural fabrics such as linen, silk, union cloth and cottons, all tied to the sustainable movement.

"I don't think you are going to see a lot of microfibre," says Mr. Hupel. "There will still be a very large percentage of people's environments that will be neutral, but it will be neutral in a more real, textured, environmental way.

"So wood is going to be wood. It's not going to be stained anymore. You are not going to make wood into something that it is not. You are not going to try to force things to be what they are not.

"If you live in a small turn-of-the-century home, you are not going to force it into being a boutique hotel."
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Modern Minimalist Bed with Stylish Wooden Finish Bicolore by Azucena

This high quality bedroom furniture is one of so many modern furniture lines and furniture products such.

As the chairs, beds, desks, tables, sofas that was created by Italian company, Azucena

As “Bicolore” this modern minimalist bed furniture comes with stylish wooden finish and available to enrich.

Your minimalist bedroom design. This trendy modern bedding furniture decoration...
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

2010 decor trends

With 2010 marking the kick-off of both a new year and a new decade, it seems only fitting that one of the emerging trends in interior decor and design would be of global proportions. From furniture to accessories, international influences in decor are expected to surface in the coming year.

Yanic Simard, principal designer at the Toronto Interior Design Group, says the trend is one that blends elements from Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe to combine for a culturally chic look.

Simard recommends starting with a neutral colour like grey on the walls, which creates a perfect base for bringing in vibrant colours and bold patterns from around the world. And there's no need to stick to just one particular international influence, he says: "You can have [an] African furniture piece mixed with Chinese silk brocade pillows and an Egyptian mother of pearl storage box. That's the beauty of it."

Suzanne Dimma, editor of Canadian House and Home magazine, says the ability to seek out international items has been prevalent for a while thanks to the Internet, helping make it easier to purchase and source such pieces.

"You don't necessarily have to go to the store in your neighbourhood. You can get what you want from around the world," she says. "I think that's a huge thing for retailers and for stores, as well. The world is your oyster now."

Dimma says exotic carpets, such as the faded kilim carpet featured among the top 2010 looks in the magazine's January issue, are very on-trend.

"Last year, we were seeing a lot of really graphic carpets with bold high-contrast colours. Now they're kind of more home-spun and handmade."

Long before the recession hit hard, Dimma says, people started to transition towards investing in pieces with longevity. "You're seeing people looking for those pieces that are going to last them a long time, not something that they're going to have to replace a year from now, because furniture is expensive and people want their investments in their houses to last."

When it comes to investment pieces, Simard suggests spending money on a beautiful suspended fixture or table lamp.

"Now the trend is to use not one light but a grouping of many fixtures together or many bulbs together which makes it very sculptural."

Simard says gold is making a comeback in finishes, with many new faucets emerging in the metallic colour, as well as cabinetry hardware, plumbing fixtures and knobs.

"We've seen a lot in fashion, a lot of gold accessories and jewellery, so of course it trickles down to design," he says.

Opting for more of a white, matte gold gives a very new and vibrant look, he adds.

Both Dimma and Simard say there has also been a re-emergence of wallpaper. Simard says wallpaper with geometrical patterns is popping up, as well as designs inspired by Islamic architecture and infused in vibrant hues like orange, purple and teal.

The patterned paper is even being used to decorate ceilings.

"It's like another way to have fun with wallpaper," Dimma says. "It's also less of an investment. If you wallpaper your entire room, it can add up." For those seeking to add a punch with colourful patterns or bold hues, they may consider heeding the call of the wild. Simard says animal prints are back for 2010, but he suggests doing it in small doses, like a zebra-print ottoman or throw pillows worked into a monochromatic scheme.

Dimma says she definitely sees velvet emerging as the fabric of the moment, from a covered sectional in one featured look to another with crushed velvet cushions. Simard says another trend - and something they're trying to do in design - is integrating a few rooms, like the kitchen, family room and office, for example.

To keep it aesthetically appealing, they are using some modular furniture. Consisting of stand-alone, free-standing cabinetry pieces, modular furniture can be assembled in various ways and incorporated into a new design or matched up with decor already in place. That could entail a kitchen island or countertop that looks like a piece of furniture, he notes.

Simard says incorporating modulars can work well in both modern and traditional spaces. "You can use a modular cabinet and sink but use a more traditional tap," he said. "You've got to mix the old with the new, which brings the transitional approach and gives you so many more options."
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How to make a moodboard

I love it when interior designers play around with moodboards - it all looks so arty and imaginative and creative. But do they actually serve a useful purpose? Yes, says interiors stylist Jeska Hearne, who showed me that moodboards can be as useful as they are aesthetic. After all, lots of designers use moodboarding in some form or other to keep an archive of their favourite pieces and to create a certain style.

Hearne has a stock of scrapbooks that she has made into "moodbooks", collecting images, colour swabs, and fabric samples of ribbons and lace. These help her focus and come up with good ideas when she's feeling in need of inspiration.

"If you're planning to redecorate, you might have seen lots of pictures that you like in magazines, but you can't really get an idea of how that style or scheme might work in your own house without trying it out on some scale," she says.

"A moodboard helps you focus and helps you keep your ideas together, so that you don't start going over the top - it's a reminder of what you need and don't need and what colours you want to work with. It's easy to get distracted and start buying all sorts when you're redecorating, only to find it doesn't work when it's all put together. A moodboard helps you sort this process out."

I've recently been tempted to try out a grey and yellow colour scheme. I have been tearing out images in these shades that grab me from favourite reads such as Living Etc and Elle Decoration, and collecting velvet and wallpaper samples.

When I met Hearne, I dumped the whole lot on a table to sort through for our moodboard. She too came armed: she carried a huge bag stuffed with magazines, sticky tape and a metal rule.

"I don't even bother with scissors - the whole point of the board is to not take too much time making it look perfect; it's just to let the ideas come together," she explains.

Some interior design schools say you need a certain type of board, or a certain type of glue gun. But unless you're planning on being a professional interior designer, you really don't. We stuck everything on to a whiteboard using masking tape - it's messy and sprawling but easier to tear things down if you don't like the look of it against a particular colour or background. You could just as happily use a pinboard, or Blu-Tack pictures on to a piece of thick cardboard as you go.

I started by picking out my favourite wallpaper samples - Dandelion, Muscat and Saplings by Miss Print - all various shades of yellow and ochre, some tempered with a greyish silver.

Hearne says: "It's always best to start off with one piece that you want to build the rest of the room around - it can be wallpaper to set the scene, or it can be something like a favourite armchair or a rug whose colours you love. It sounds silly but if it's a possession that you already have - like the rug or furniture - then take a photo of it, print the picture, and actually stick it to the wall so you can see it in context with other colours."

Against the wallpaper, I started taping up pictures from magazines to get an idea of what a room in those shades would look like - a cool grey room with yellow accents from Elle Decoration and a grey bedroom from a Living Etc shot. Hearne suggested a piece of green velvet, in a shade of lime that I'd never have considered, and when we stuck it up speculatively, it surprisingly matched.

"That's the point," she smiles. "You get to experiment with styles and colours and textures before you commit to them."

Did it help me focus? Yes - although I thought I wanted feature wallpaper, the moodboard made me change my mind and stick to a soft grey background instead. It gave me new ideas, too, such as injecting a hit of midnight blue here or lime green there, along with the yellow.

If nothing else, it's always fun playing at Blue Peter-style sticking and pasting. Whether I actually implement the ideas on the moodboard is another matter …
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Mooroolbark shop fire devastates owner

A MOOROOLBARK wedding decoration shop was completely destroyed after a fire broke out in a storage area early this morning.

The owner of Events with Style, Sheryle Griffiths said the business would trade on despite losing everything in the blaze which started around 2.30am.

A devastated Ms Griffiths said other decoration businesses would help her fulfil wedding bookings and she would have to talk to her insurance company before deciding what to do with the shop.

Region 13 Yarra Area CFA operations officer Jason Lawrence said seven fire trucks took 45 minutes to get the blaze under control.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bedroom Decor, Colors, Accents and Design Ideas

After all, most homeowners are more concerned about getting the decor in the rest of the house just right, and neglect their own bedroom. It’s easier to fall asleep if the master bedroom is calm, clean and put together. It also helps in the romance department if the room is a little getaway from everyday life.

Choose calm colors for the room. Blues, greens and tans are colors that soothe the eyes and mind and are very easy to compliment with colors on bedspreads and accessories. If the walls are blue, a brown or pristine white bedspread looks nice. Tan walls give a clean slate as almost any color coordinates with tan.

Do not put too many things on the walls or shelves. Keep the decorations simple with only a few pictures on the walls or a few floating shelves with only one vase on each of them. Display knick-knacks in a spare room or somewhere else but retain a few sentimental items in your bedroom decor.

Don’t underestimate the candle factor. Candles are romantic because they elicit the feeling of warmth and sensuality. Romance comes in two forms with candles; appearance and scent. A few scented candles or a candle in a small, crystal bowl surrounded by rose petals is a great way to see the romance.

A comfortable bed is key, but a comfortable looking bed is also important to the bedroom decor. Down comforters, or even a down alternative, are extremely fluffy and just beg to be laid on. They are more of a winter blanket but in the hotter months they look just as nice folded at the end of the bed with crisp bright sheets underneath.

Curtains are also important to the feel of a room. Sheer curtains are great for bedroom decor, but if you are like me, you hate a bright room first thing in the morning! So room-darkening vertical blinds are paired with sheer curtains. The color should correspond with the bedspread or compliment the color of the walls.

Last but certainly not least is the topic of a television in the bedroom. There are studies stating that a television in the bedroom cuts a couple’s intimacy in half. I happen to be of the belief that if I am in my bedroom I am doing one of two things, neither of which involve the television. But, if you insist on having a TV in your room, put the television in an armoire. The television is still in the bedroom but it’s not a focal point.
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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Home decoration in 2010

Celebrity designers, media, trade shows, bloggers, manufacturers, marketers, merchandisers and retailers all produce a swirl of information that sets and drives home trends for the coming year.

It's Angela Ringo's job to translate it all. As the interiors editor for the trend forecasting outfit Stylesight, Ringo has identified five trends that she says will define home decorating in 2010. They are:

1. The warming of minimalism. "It's still austere, but it's been warmed up with natural materials," Ringo says. Trendsetters: Calvin Klein Home and the Japanese gift and home accessories maker Muji. 2. Sensible design. Often appealing to younger, first-home-types, this is a simple, stripped-down, sometimes industrial look. "It's very space-conscious," Ringo says.

Trendsetters: Belgium's Maarten De Ceulaer Design Studio and British furnituremaker Guy and Brown.

3. Vintage and antique inspiration continues. "It could be real vintage or made to look like it," Ringo says. "It's this eclectic trend, with a lot of transforming old things into new things."

Trendsetters: Casegoods designer Ellen Seegers and furniture designer Piet Hein Eek. Both are Dutch.

4. Surreal, Rococo, NeoBaroque revival continues. This is about layering ornate details in a contemporary way. Think fancy wallpaper behind lacquered, high-shine furniture, and artful spaces with an air of mystery. "It's about mixing contemporary with Old World," Ringo says.

Trendsetters: Spanish artist/designer Jaime Hayon, who likes to blur the lines between art, design and decoration; the Elle Deco Suite by Maison Martin Margiela at the CitÚ de l'Architecture in Paris; and last year's "Continuing Curve" exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

5. Natural elements and recycled materials. Gone are the days when green was a sociopolitical catchphrase. Now it's a lifestyle and a business model.

"It's the zeitgeist," Ringo says. "There's really a sense of community around anti-throwawayism."

The impact on the home is huge, with natural materials becoming the new "bling." Green design will continue its takeover in 2010 as the home-design world moves toward a culture in which managing ecological impact is the norm.

Colour codes

The paint industry has its own take on these trends. Behr characterises its popular New Year's colour groupings as Soft Structure (pale grays and tone-on-tone), Artisan Voyage (inspired by global flea markets), Dark Glamour (black accents, peacock blue), and Farm House Craft (organic is the operative word). And Sherwin-Williams groups the home colour trends as Rooted (earthy browns, spicy reds, blackened purple), Treasured (time-tested tones like smoky blue or yellow pumice), Simplified (muted grays and buttery yellows), and Refreshed (inspired by sunny days and blooming gardens).

The Pantone Color Institute's pick for the colour of the year in 2010 is turquoise. Reminiscent of tropical oceans and Native American jewellery, turquoise "represents an escape to many," says executive director Leatrice Eiseman.

The way we want to live

Trend-watchers really only need to look as far as their favourite trendsetters to find a take on home design in the new year. Thom Filicia from "Dress My Nest" on the Style Network predicts updated wood panels and energy-efficient, reliable, good-looking appliances and furnishings will rule 2010. And designer and author Elaine Griffin picks honey-brown walnut and midtone finishes for wood furniture, throwback geometric prints on upholstered furnishings, and the ongoing influence of runway fashion on looks for the home. From comfortable clothes come comfortable, well-fitted furnishings.

Better Homes and Gardens has been watching and narrating such annual trends for more than 80 years. For 2010, the magazine sees the biggest push at home to be the creation of integrated family rooms, or built-out kitchens. These spacious rooms can accommodate meals, work, crafts, homework and entertainment all at the same time.

"People are demanding this because they realise this is how they want to live," says Oma Ford, Better Homes and Gardens' senior deputy editor of home design. "They want spaces that serve more than one purpose."

In the past, she says, nesting was about acquiring things. Now it's about simplifying our lives and decluttering our homes. Ford says the mind-set for 2010 is this: "I don't want to be stressed out by all this stuff. I want to feel lighter and cleaner. I want some of this weight off my psyche, and off my floors."
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