May 16th, 13
The key to success with any lighting scheme is to ensure that its meets two criteria; it must give light where it is needed;and the effect it create should enhance the room’s appearance by creating a balanced mixture of light and shadow.The type of light fittings chosen has a major part to play, and so does the positioning of the fittings .The illustration shows how the type and positioning of ceiling can create different lighting effects on room walls.
The first basic guideline to observe is to ensure that naked lamps or tubes cannot be seen,by the judicious choice of shades and diffusers.The second is always to provide an acceptable level of background lighting throughout the room,even when additional local lighting is employed,to avoid creating pools of hard,dark shadow. The third is to use lighting to highlight individual features of the room-an attractive alcove,for example ,lit by a spot light,or a run of curtains(drapes)illuminated by perimeter lighting.
In addition,many rooms in the house will probably need local task lighting,for reading,writing,sewing or other work.The kitchen in particular has its own special lighting requirements.Some task lighting requirements can be satisfied by the use of portable plug- in lamps while others may need more permanent arrangements.
Living rooms are among the most difficult areas to light successfully,because of the many different use to which the room is put.The aim should be to provide background lighting that can be bright or dim according to the mood of the moment,and then to add separately controllable feature lighting to highlight the room’s focal points,and local task lighting where required.
The accent is on flexibility.Choosing fittings in keeping with the style of the room will help to ensure that its lighting looks good by the day or by the night.
Dining rooms have slightly different needs.The main requirement is a table that is well lit without glare,which you can satisfy with a rise-and-fall fitting or carefully targeted downlighters.The background light should be subdued,preferably under dimmer control-note that fluorescent lights cannot be easily dimmed.Additional lighting from wall lights or wallwashers can be used to illuminate the serving and carving area,and uplighters for dramatic effect.
May 14th, 13
The most subtle and sophisticated way to add interest to,any room is to use an assortment and materials.Color can create atmosphere,furnishings may give a room its look,but a mix of textures give a space soul.For bedroom ,where the sense of touch reigns supreme,texture is truly essential.
Everyone wants a bed that’s comfortable and inviting,with blankets and lines that indulge the sense.But texture is important at every level in this room,where your body comes in contact with so many fabrics and finishes.
Bedroom floors feel more luxurious when they’re warm and cozy underfoot.Surface materials are more enticing when their tactile quality is highlighted.
Texture can be visual,physical,or both.Visual textures play with the light,catching or absorbing it in way that engage the eye.For example,stripes and other patterns give a sense of texture even to flat objects .Strong texture has the effect of making objects appear heavier; smooth objects appear less weighty.Texture can be use to alter the lines of furniture.Dress a bed with fitted bedding instead of a duvet or bedspread to give it a more tailored profile,or drape a nightstand with a runner to soften its hard edges.
Tactile contrasts increase visual interests.Offset man made material with natural ones smooth surfaces with distressed ones plush pile carpets with flat weave rugs.Textile can highlight actual or psychological temperature contrasts as well.Wood floors and leather upholstery near a stone fireplace after a subtle balance of warm and cool.A modern bedroom feels homier stocked with plump pillows and hand knit wool throws.
Fabric options are almost limitless from the gentle weight of well washed cotton crisp linen and cool silk to the comforting warmth of chenille and faux fur.Linen and cotton are time less affordable core basics that offer a neutral backdrop of layering.Combine heavier more luxurious fabrics like cashmere and velvet for a sense of richness or pair them with simple white cotton to bring a note of texture to an otherwise smooth bed.The real beauty or textured fabrics however is in the wide ranging freedom they offer to mix and match linens and accents with out regard to source old with new fitted with loose wool with silk stain with cotton.Weather you aim for a cool or warm effect softness is paramount in the bedroom so treat yourself well with textiles.This is the place to splurge.
May 12th, 13
White make an ideal foil for worn surfaces ,especially in the bedroom.It suggests softness,and suffuses the space with light,which accentuates the room’s rich texture.White also subtly unifies mismatched shapes and materials.It can bring an eclectic mix of furnishings together comfortably and harmoniously.
Look for white-painted wood and metal to provide some grace notes of texture in a bedroom.Metal bedstreads,which first came into fashion during the mid-eighteenth century,introduce a welcome structural element to a room without adding bulk.Layered with fine white bedding and flanked by twin chests,this beautifully weathered bed frame seems to float out from the corner of the room.
Like the distressed floorboards and the painting found at a flea market,the antique fluted chests with their richly carved legs introduce an elegant sense of history.Symmetrically placed and topped with matching lamps,they lend the room a casual structure.
May 12th, 13
Fabric panels are easy,informal window treatments that can give a bedroom instant charm.They work equally well for light voile and for heavier fabrics such as linen on canvas.Fabric panels can be tacked directly to a window frame,either in a looser,draped approach or in a more formal,tailored fashion.
Ring-tops or tie-tops
This classic drapery and curtain treatment is wonderful for the bedroom for the bedroom because it allows window coverings to open and close with ease.Fullness suits this style:when measuring,multiply the window width by 3 and use two or more panels per side,as needed.Take the rings or ties into account when you measure for length,as they can add1″or more to the top of the drapery panel.
This style features a flat panel with a casing sewn at the top through which a rod can be inserted.Use ample fullness to allow the panel to shirr on the rod.Pole pockets are not as rings or tie-tops.However,most can be hung on drapery hooks,which attach to the pocket back and can be hung from rings.Decorative rod finals are a nice finishing touch.
Multiply your options by installing a double rod.This lets you create a layered look with a sheer drape under a heavier drap.If the outer layer will be pulled back and the inner layer left as a screen for light,make the outer layer fuller to create drama when pulled back:when measuring,multiply the window width by 1.5 for a standard look or by 3 for a full look.
Apr 22nd, 13
Arranged with care,an artistic display of objects of the most personal ways to decorate a bedroom.Displays focus attention on artwork,found treasures,and curious that hold special meaning,and they contribute to a room’s character and mood as well as its style.
Displayed objects can suggest achievements,memories,or even humor.A bedroom collection is often more private than what’s on display else-where in the house.You’re are free to choose things that make you smile as you drift off to sleep or ones that you love seeing when you first awake.
If you are fortunate enough to have a handsome painting to hang on the wall,by all means give it pride of place.But you don’t need museum-quality artwork to create a beautiful bedroom.A themed grouping of photos,all in mismatched frames, could be a perfect complement to an eclectically dressed bed.Displayed with care,a quilt,a kilim,or an ordinary swath of lovely fabric used as a wall hanging can be just as appealing as an antique tapestry.Seashells,leaves,or twigs-can be used to create distinctive displays. All it takes is imagination and confidence.
The arrangement of objects can say as much about a room as the things themselves.Extensive collections of similar items_old alarm clocks,vintage radios,record albums,or books-can be arranged easily on shelves because of their sheer volume and clear similarity.Smaller objects and disparate pieces can be more of a challenge.
Try grouping items that are alike in color,texture,or theme to make a collection appear cohesive.Almost anything can be elevated to the level of artwork if treated with respect presentation and display.
Apr 21st, 13
This room foregoes artwork all together in favor of walls covered entirely in fabric. The vibrant blue hue is just about the color of evening light, making this feel like a relaxing retreat at day’s end…
Apr 21st, 13
Fabric panels are easy ,informal window treatments that can give a bedroom instant charm.They work equally well well for light voiles and for heavier fabric such as linen or canvas.Fabric panels can be tacked directly to a window frame,either in a looser,draped approach or in a more formal,tailored fashion.
Apr 10th, 13
” Condense and contain”is the motto of small-space living.If your bedroom needs storage with a bit of style and intimacy,a window seat might be just the solution.
If you have the right spot,a a window seat is simple to build and furnish.With clever arranging,a nook can be fitted with everything you need.This alcove under the roofline of a bedroom is a cheerful spot to curl up in.Under-seat drawers,recessed shelves,adjustable lighting ,and a handy filing rack within close reach make it a hardworking but easy-living space.
Apr 8th, 13
Whether you ‘re planning simply to add new accessories to your bedroom or to redecorate completely,choose furnishing and details that reward you with delight.For some,the ideal is a room with lots of accessories and place for display.For others ,a simple and streamlined design establishes the perfect atmosphere for relaxation.Whichever approach is right for you,begin with strong foundation-shapely furnishing ,a palette based in flexible neutrals,and good lighting.The cottage bedroom is a perfect example. Though the room is not enormous, its simple design contains everything an ideal bedroom should have, in an easy combination of comfort and style.
Furnishings are eclectic and convey a sophisticated but casual sensibility, and the design pays attention to practical matters.The arrangement is welcoming and easy to navigate, and furniture is suited to more than one function. The room has places to relax, and to read,as well as ample storage for belongings. The bed is well stocked with soft pillows,blankets,and throws that can be used or turned back as temperature and comfort require.