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Use Architectural Influences to Guide Your Design

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

New spaces can be a great time to reset and renovate your design theme. What may have been your old-style choices may have changed over the years. Since design trends come and go, your new home can be a great place to revamp your design style. However, with hundreds of great design themes to explore, it can seem nearly impossible to select the best one for you.

If you are looking to create a new design theme, there is no better place to begin than by using your architectural influences to help guide you. Your architectural influences come down to your home’s layout, blueprint, location, and unique features. These features can be nearly impossible to change and make your home its own individual space. In fact, they are great tools to use to help create your design. Here is how you can use your architecture to create your next design theme:

Layout and Blueprint

Look at your home’s blueprint and layout. What was the intentional design for your home? Is your home Southwestern or Mid-Century Modern? These architectural layouts are designed specifically to complement their partnering interior design style. If you have an open floor plan, look for design styles that work with this. Perhaps your home is more closed sections and cozy-this may be great for design styles like Rustic or Farmhouse.

Location

Your location is also a vital indicator of how to design your home. Where is your home located? Are you in the middle of the woods or deep in the center of a city? Do you have a beach house or reside on the side of a mountain? These can all be specific ways to help target the best design theme. Your location probably attracted you to the home you bought. Why not take more pride in your location by allowing your design theme to complement it as well.

Unique Features

Lastly, does your home have unique features? For instance, consider a circular window in a round room. This feature is not very common and is a unique feature that is specific to your home. This room may be best suited with a radial symmetrical design theme that facilitates round furnishing and décor!

Using these tactics can help you hone a design theme that is best suited for your house. Remember, interior design is a personal expression and can be creative; however, some themes work best in different applications. Pay attention to some of these tactics when designing your home.

Careful Use of Color

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice

With its white walls, white flooring and white furniture, why does this room work so well? Let’s take a look at what is happening here.

There are three reasons why this white room works: good architecture, black accents, and a judicious use of color.

To start, white has no forgiveness. Color is a great distracter. You can use it to hide architectural flaws. White, on the other hand, calls attention to any problems. This room is well proportioned with a clearly-defined focal point and inviting architectural details such as the floor to vaulted ceiling windows. Limiting the color lets those elements stand out. With the amazing white carpet and furniture, this room makes a strong and positive design statement.

The second powerful factor is the use of black to accent the room and define the focal point. The fireplace and TV call your attention, and the white helps them stand out. Bringing black into a room adds drama and grounds a space. Without it, the room would feel like it’s about to float away.

Finally, a careful use of color helps a white room look more interesting and feel warmer. Only two colors enter this space. The light green is a fresh tone that can carry the floor-to ceiling curtains. A glass bowl on the coffee table and elements of the throw pillows bring that same green into the room. The second color choice is a light red – strong without being overwhelming. This color appears less than the green, but as a stronger shade it has a similar color impact in the space.

Go for color if you want, but don’t hesitate to limit it as in the design of this room. You can still make a statement.