Create a schedule before you begin your project, by doing this, you will be able to coordinate everything much easier and in the right order.
Here is a checklist to help you develop your design schedule for a single room and complete the items in the right order.
This is a great road map to completing your newly designed space.
I love antiques and reality TV. So, I can't go wrong watching Pawn Stars on the History Channel. I love to see what they have brought into their shop.
While watching a recent episode a couple came into the shop and was interested in a clock. The owner of the store told them about this special clock. I had never heard of such a thing, but once he started talking about it, I knew I wanted to read more.
He called it an Ormolu Clock, otherwise known as a death clock. Well, I had to head over to Wikipedia to see more.
Ormolu refers to the technique they used waaaaay back in the day. From Wikipedia:
Ormolu (from French or moulu, signifying gold ground or pounded) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-karat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze. The mercury is driven off in a kiln. The French refer to this technique as bronze doré, in English gilt bronze.
The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copper, brass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object. Most mercury gilders died by the age of 40 due to exposure to the harmful mercury fumes.
Space planning is one of those tricky areas to interior
design that some people struggle with. Many people aren’t sure of there are
rules to follow in regards to placing furniture in a space and also so that it
First, you need to establish a center of interest… or what
you hear a lot as the focal point. This can be the fireplace, a view out your
window, a large piece of art. Whatever is the star of the show is in your room.
Your next thing to do is to figure out the flow of traffic
into and through the room. Sketch up your room and make note which paths people
typical take in your room. Do they cross through the room to go outside or to a
bedroom? These obvious paths of travel will make it easier for you to figure
out where to place furniture.
When you have figured out where you can fit your furniture
in without placing an obstacle in the traffic path, your next goal will be to
use scale and balance. You will balance the pieces of furniture in your room so
not all the heavy pieces are on one side or grouped together. You want to
balance heavy pieces with lighter pieces. You also don’t want to have a very
large couch paired with a dinky side table or coffee table. Consider the sizes
of the pieces and how they look next to each other.
If you have a larger room where it can have more than one
purpose, you should arrange your furniture in ways that the areas of the room
are defined. You can have a conversation, a game, dining and reading area in
separate and undisturbed areas.
Cutting out paper pieces to represent furniture and placing
it on top of graph paper can be really helpful and a lot easier than lugging
the actual furniture around the room till you find the best solution. Sketch
the outlines of your room on the graph paper, including where the doors,
windows, fireplaces, electrical outlets, etc. are. (TIP: When using graph
paper, each square (1/4” square) is one foot/12 inches.)Then you make paper
patterns of the furniture. Write the sizes of your furniture pieces on each
piece of paper so you know what piece you are moving around.
Remember, there is a solution for every room that may not be
evident right away, but if you continue to work for the solution, you’ll get
it! Good Luck!
The first key to using accessories in your space is to look around your
room and figure out what feels empty. The first place you will probably
look to is the walls. Determine what walls will need artwork or wall
décor.You can wither use artwork, groupings of smaller pictures or wall
art. You want to treat each wall area as a separate area and make sure
the items you place on the walls are in proportion the that are.
A large picture can give you instant drama in your space.You want it to match the color scheme in your room. It should be proportionaland interesting. Artwork need not be expensive, either. If you can not affordone large piece of artwork, get smaller pieces of framed artwork and place themtogether in the same space you would place a larger piece. Create cohesion bymaking all the smaller pieces have something in common such as the same frame.Or you can do the opposite by using the same image repeatedly in each frame,but use different and unique frames. Make it fun by using the frames to spellout something by placing a uniquely font of each letter in a different frame!The true key is to make sure that the art is in scale with the furnishings andin the same color way.
Now you will want to look to the tables in the room toaccessorize. You don’t want to clutter the surfaces with useless objects. Youneed to make sure you use some lamps, books, bowls with fruit, flowers etc.Treat each table as its own area. Using items that are the right proportion tothe table and have used the space perfectly while making sure you see enough ofthe table also. You can use collections of small items on a table, preferablyin groups of threes.
If you have a fireplace, you will not want to neglect thatarea. A fireplace is typically the focal point of the room and therefore thecenter of your decorating with accessories. You can place artwork over thefireplace, but if you have pictures on every other in the room, leave theartwork out over the fireplace. Too much artwork can be monotonous. There aretwo kinds of balance you want to utilize in accessorizing your fireplace-symmetrical and asymmetrical. For a formal setting you usually would use thesymmetrical layout of accessories. To do this, use a mirror and flank it withtwo of the same item on either side. For a less formal room, look to use anasymmetrical layout. You could still usea mirror, but place it to the side of the center line of the fireplace and balancethe other side with the two or three similar items on the other side of thecenter line.
For a splash of color and texture, you can also use a throwon a couch or chair. Find exciting pillows for the seating and don’t be afraidto mix and match, just keep the color matching with your scheme.
The goal to accessorizing your room is to keep in mind the shape and size of the space they are filling. Think about the color scheme,material, and texture so it blends and makes a cohesive and comfortable look throughout.
Many people wonder how to get their signature style in the rooms of their home. Let me tell you, it's easier than you think!
start with an item you absolutely love. Be it a vase, a piece of
artwork, a pillow, an area rug. Now, I want you to look at this item
intently and figure out what it is about this item you adore. Do you
love how the colors come together? Do you adore the pattern? Whatever
it is about the item, seize upon it. For our blueprint, let's say we
have this piece of art. It shows a sandy beach with a tree, blue sky
and fluffy white clouds and some grey rocks. It's clearly relaxing and
somewhere we would like to go on vacation.
Now that we have
identified our favorite item, let's pick the room we want to decorate.
Let's decorate our bathroom. Our bathroom first needs a color on the
wall. What is the main color of our piece of art? Why it's the blue
sky. Blue is a perfect color for our bathroom, but not just any blue.
Let's find a soft blue. Perfect!
We will need to get some
accessories on our bathroom counter top. So, let's go with white just
like those little seashells you would find strolling across the
beach. Get a soap dispenser, toothbrush holder and cup in porcelain
white with silver accents. This silver will remind you of the sun
glistening off the ocean. You don't want to go kitschy here; we want to
evoke the feeling of this beach scene in the bathroom with hints, not
telling people "YOU'RE AT THE BEACH, ENJOY IT!"
We will also need
some rugs in here. Get some rugs in a deep brown that brings out the
bark in the tree. Making it feel woodsy and natural. Speaking of
natural, buy a bamboo waste basket. We will also need some towels. I
know what would be perfect, we need fluffy white towels. Those remind
us of those fluffy clouds, soft and light. If you see any other
accessories while you are out shopping that have natural elements, get
As for ambience in the space, put up a hook or two and hang
up a soft white robe. Nothing makes you feel more relaxed than thinking
of slipping into that nice and warm robe. Find some soft yellow candles
to light that will give off the warmth of the sun. They would go
perfectly on various size wood pillars.
As you can see just by
the words I have written this tells you how to go about designing a
perfect room for you! You can't go wrong when you find that perfect
piece for inspiration. It evokes the feelings in you that inspire you
to make your dream a reality without even having to go to the beach!
Here is a list of some other tips and tricks to get that perfect room to be all about you...
Mix and Match - Don't buy everything in a set. It isn't good design to have everything matching; it will bore your eye.
Surprise - Put some item in that is uniquely you, but not expected.
- Don't mix your metals in a room. If you have silver accents, keep
with it. Mixing metals can be disastrous and make it appear as if you
weren't paying attention to detail.
Candles - Candles add warmth
to a space. Oh! If you just got new candles, light them once at least.
This is a tip I learned while working in the model home industry,
making your home looked lived in, even if you don't want to burn these
candles all the time.
Art - Art doesn't have to be expensive. You
can buy frames at a thrift store, and find pictures in magazines or
better yet, use pictures that you have taken!
Paint - I know many
people are afraid of painting colors that are too bold. Don't be
afraid, do something that people wouldn't expect from you. If you have
beige walls, pick one wall to make your accent wall, and paint it a
bold color. Don't pick something to similar to the original color or it
will appear as if you got two different paint batches.
Use mirrors to accent your space. You can also dress up the mirrors in
your bathroom with some molding to go around your mirror and make a
Lighting - Never underestimate the use of lighting. You
don't want an under lit room. Add lamps to side tables, add up lights
hidden behind cabinets or underneath plants.
Crown Molding - Add trim to any room will give it that designer touch for not that much money!
- When picking colors for you room, in regards to fabrics, don't go
with just one color. Mix it up with two or even three colors. For
example, if you have a couch with 5 pillows, make 2 green, 2 more
yellow, and the last pillow blue. Now, not those colors exactly, but
you get my drift.
Collections- Collections are great! If you have
a collection of vintage cameras, put them together on a table with a
vintage handkerchief underneath. A perfect vignette!
Mistakes Not to Make:
Don't overstuff a room with large furniture and no room to move around!
Measure first before you go shopping and buying multi-purpose pieces
will cut down the number of pieces of furniture you will need in your
· Don't hang the artwork to high. Artwork
generally should be hung between 66" to 72" to the top of the artwork
to the floor. Eye level is perfect!
· Don't have
bad lighting. One of the reasons people get so dissatisfied with their
space is that it is poorly lit. Using a combination of floor and table
lamps, chandeliers, track and recessed lighting will help so much!
· Get rid of the clutter! Clutter takes away from what you have designed and makes a space less attractive.
· Match your walls to your furniture, not the other way around. Paint is a lot cheaper than a piece of furniture.
Try not to buy an entire set of anything! You can mix up anything that
comes in a set. If you can try to keep a "common thread" between the
pieces, it will work! I promise.
· Not all the furniture has to be placed next to a wall. "Floating" furniture will add interest to the room.
to toot my own horn but...interior designer services are valuable.
Costly mistakes can be made if you are redesigning, remodeling or
renovating without the services of an Interior Designer. A few hours of
consultation could save you thousands in decorating mistakes