From using an excessively mall mat to placing all furniture along the wall; There are many interior flaws that take away from the overall impression of your home. Below we list ten of the most common interior fails and tips on how to avoid them!Photo by Alexandra Gorn Curtains blocking the natural lightThick curtains can be extremely beautiful, but if they prevent daylight from reaching the entire room, your room will feel much less inviting.Do this instead: Choose a clean curtain in a neutral color. It provides texture and warmth while being crisp and bright enough to allow more of the much sought-after daylight. To maximize natural light if your room has small windows – avoid placing furniture directly in front of the windows, especially if the furnitures are taller than the window boards.Curtains hanging too lowHanging the curtains just above the window or halfway between the window and the ceiling used to be the norm, but according to the pros it is a missed opportunity.Do this instead: Hang the curtains as close to the ceiling as you can. This makes even small windows look big. Also extend the curtains on the width so that they extend 10-15 cm (4-6") past the outer edge of the window board. In this way, most of the window is visible when the curtains are not shut closed, creating the illusion of larger windows and maximizing natural light.Too small carpetToo small a mat can make a room feel divided and chopped and easily destroy the overall impression of the room.Do this instead: Allow the carpet to extend beyond the edges of the furniture or furnitures. In large rooms, it is best to have a larger mat where the furniture is directly on the mat, while a furniture in a smaller room can advantageously stand outside the mat as long as some of the legs are still on the mat.Paintings hanging at the wrong heightHaving to bend your neck to be able to look at a painting is both uncomfortable and impractical. You want your eyes to be able to wander around the room in a natural way, which is only possible if the paintings are at eye level.Here's how: Try splitting the walls into four horizontal rows. Hang your paintings or art in the second row from the top. To test if it works, you can use paint tape to measure the paintings on the wall before you hang them up.Furniture along the wallIf you have a small room, the first instinct might be to push every single piece of furniture as close to the wall as possible, but it can make the room feel even smaller! The “breathing room” near the walls makes a space feel bigger.Do this instead: Let a couple of furniture "float" in the room. Try to decorate a small room with two armchairs and a small mat a bit away from the wall. It gives the illusion of a more airy and less crowded room!White, white, whiteA common misconception is that painting a room completely in white also makes it feel larger and more beautiful, but it does not always work. If the room is very little natural light then white walls can easily look flat and dull.Do this instead: Try painting the room in a more neutral tone, e.g. a soft gray. These have soft, bluish undertones that give the illusion that the wall changes color during the day, giving the space a little more life than a regular white color would.Too bright lightsLighter is not always better when it comes to lamps. Lamps with far too high watts can make a room feel cold and sharp instead of warm and cozy.Do this instead: Stick to lamps with 60-75 watts in public areas where you still want work lights without being too intense and harsh. In more personal spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms, 40-60 watts is your best option. It gives a softer and more atmospheric light while there is still sufficient lighting for e.g. reading. Another tip is to use more light sources instead of just having a ceiling light as the only light source in a room.Too few and too small paintingsIf you have a large wall with a lonely, small painting, it simply looks a little funny, as if the lone painting is floating on the wall rather than anchoring the space. It easily becomes distracting and does not utilize the room's full potential!Do this instead: There is a simple rule of thumb to hang art above a bed or sofa. The painting or artwork must fill at least two-thirds of the wall space directly above the furniture in order for it to feel balanced. However, you do not need to get a giant board to fill the space, but can "cheat" a little by hanging several paintings in an asymmetrical grid above the furniture and thus filling the same wall surface.Too many decorative pillowsIt's easy to feel that you need a whole lot of decorative pillows to make your sofa feel cozy, but far too many pillows can instead have the opposite effect.Do this instead: Stick to the simple. Two pillows on each end are really all you need to make a sofa feel both hip and cozy without feeling overcrowded and cluttered. If you want to increase the cozy factor, try using a large and a smaller pillow at each end of the sofa.Furnitures blocking the room's flowIt may be tempting to set the sofa so that it faces a window or fireplace, but if that means you are greeted by the back of the sofa as you enter the room then it is generally less pleasant. To be met by the back of the sofa, and the backs of those sitting in it, when you walk into a room can easily feel unwelcome.Do this instead: If you have a large wall, use it to anchor your sofa in the room. It is much nicer to be met by a couch or armchair's front when entering a room because they are not as clumsy. If, on the other hand, you can't hide the sofa's back against a wall, you can always soften the look by placing a small console table in front of your back and decorating it with books and other decorative items.
After a far too long and dark winter, we are all probably more than ready for spring to begin. Here below, we list a few simple tricks on how to decorate your winter cozy home into one that is ready to welcome the sun and heat!Pastel tonesReplace the winter's mellow and dark colours with pastel, light shades and details. You can repaint furniture that allows this (for example your old kitchen chairs), replace the decorative pillows and curtains or even repaint. Try matching several different pastel colours to set the tone and tie the room together.
The things you need to know about room lightingOne of the most important factors in a home is having the proper lighting that would not only make your interior look pleasing, but also to enable you and your other household members to perform their duties, feel secure and comfortable. There are a lot of uses of lights in our homes: some for general uses and others for more specific functions like showcasing your wall murals or paintings. In reality, lighting in homes consumes around 8-15% of the total home electric consumption. This depends on the design and the type of light that you have in your home. Nowadays, there are different kinds of light that are available for your home. There are those which have lower wattage which is recommended by many homeowners. One of the current trends is the use of LED lights. LED has been one of the breakthroughs in lighting technology since the brightness is similar with the conventional bulb but with lower wattage, therefore giving you savings in electrical consumption and money. In addition to these, there are also many styles to choose from that would do great in your homes.Have you ever inspected the light fixtures in a room when you enter it? Probably not. Why? The reason is simple. When you are comfortable with the lighting in a room, you do not bother of knowing why. If the lighting in a room has been wisely chosen, it creates an inviting environment that encourages people to stay. In many cases, the problem that is mostly encountered is having bright lighting which feels like you are in a trauma room of the hospital. What a house needs is the right balance to make it more inviting.Tips on how to have proper room lightingEvery homeowner desires to have an inviting and cozy room. In general, lighting can have varieties that have effects to the mood of the individual. Proper balance can made a comfortable environment that make people linger in it. On the other hand, without the proper balance, it may become an eyesore. Here are some tips on how to achieve that ideal room lighting:• Localized light source – architects and designers say that a well-lit room has layers of light that blend well together. It is recommended that homeowners should try to incorporate multiple points of light. The right lampshade for instance can be used as long as the light is properly diffused. • Dimmer should be added – there are certain rooms in the house that can have multiple functions. Multipurpose rooms need to have dimmers. Dimmers allow flexibility which depends on the time of the day or even mood. This can save you lots of energy as they can be adjusted when natural light is enough to illuminate certain areas of the room. Aside from energy consumption, dimmers can also prolong the life of the light bulb. • Research on bulbs – there was a time when fluorescent light is the trend in the lighting industry. However, designers nowadays recommend not using the type of light anymore as it can lead to fatigue eyes. It is strongly recommended to use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). LED are ideal nowadays since they have the brightness of a conventional light with lower wattage which will allow yo to save energy. However, LEDs are a little bit costly but are worth the investment. • Identify the function of the room – certain rooms in the house have their specific functions. For example, is the room for cooking? dining? studying? playing board games? or relaxing? Rooms have their own functions, therefore need the proper lighting. Kitchen, for instance, need a complex lighting. The workplace should have a direct light source and must be below the eye level. Living rooms must have a combination of floor lamps, table lamps, and down lights. It is also recommended that the living room have stylish light fixture since light can also be treated as a decor. Bedrooms likewise should have variety of light sources. Reading lights need to be incorporated at the bed and desk. Overhead lights must have dimmers so that the occupants may be able to adjust the brightness to create the desired mood for the room.
Knowing the fundamentals about lighting is important especially if you are planning to decorate your room and make it vibrant. Lighting design is divided into three kinds of illumination: general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. The combination of these three can create an amazing home interior. For you to be able to create mood in the room, the addition of decorative lighting is highly recommended. This type of lighting brings a dramatic flair to your wall murals, brings out the shape of objects, the feel of texture and important keynotes. Focal point on the other hand can be created with the addition of chandeliers and pendants. A chandelier in the living room, for instance, can draw the attention with its soft upward-cast light. LED lights are energy efficient addition to your homeLight emitting diodes or LED”s have long been used in vehicles and exterior lighting. Vehicle owners have loved these lights as it provides many benefits. LED lights are available in many colors and can be fitted with controls to create some effects. They often need less electricity, lasts longer and a little bit costly than the conventional ones. Interior designers commonly use LED’s in high class bars and hotels and homes. In many instances, LED’s are used as recessed ceiling lighting as they need to be changed less often. Recessed LED lights often need only conventional wiring and sometimes need controls to regulate the flow of electricity. This makes them more energy efficient when used in the homes. Outdoor lighting for family barbecueOne of the best things to do to bond with your family members and friends is by having barbecue in your backyard. What’s more fun to do this is by installing some interesting outdoor lighting. Garden lighting refers to the use of outdoor illumination for night time aesthetics, accessibility, security, recreation and sports, as well as social and event uses. Historically, gardens have been illuminated just as long as the interior has been lighted. The purposes for outdoor lighting are basically for security, aesthetics, circulation and social occasions. During the ancient times, outdoor lights used were firelight from woo, candles, and animal or plant oil fells in torches, sconces and lanterns. The introduction of new lighting technology in the 17th century have powered the use of outdoor lighting in gardens. This has endured up to the present and became part of exterior functioning and design. Relaxing light fixtures for the bedroomEvery individual has their own idea on how to use their bedroom. In general, the bedroom is used for relaxing, sleeping, and working. The appropriate décor added by the owner creates their own version of a perfect bedroom. The room needs to be a relaxing and inviting space where one can feel safe, calm and tranquil. Adding light fixtures in the bedroom can help in creating an atmosphere that will make the room conducive for relaxing.
What is a smart lightLighting is the application of light to achieve aesthetic or practical effects. Among the types of lighting are task lighting, accent lighting and general lighting. Task lighting is usually used for examinations or operations for medicine, but it can also be used at home for certain activities like reading and sewing. Accent lighting is used to highlight an object, at home it can be used to highlight your beautiful wall murals or paintings. Smart lighting is a technology designed for energy efficiency. It includes efficient fixtures and automated controls that adjusts based on various conditions such as occupancy of the room or activities during daylight. Smart lighting is the ideal way to minimize and save light by allowing the homeowner to remotely control the light. This is an effective way to save energy and provide comfort and convenience to the homeowner. Smart lighting utilize natural light, artificial lighting and the concept of turning off lighting when the occupant leaves the room.Smart light can make lighting perfect in the roomsThere are many good reasons why smart lighting is perfect for your home. Smart light is the perfect choice if you are looking to revolutionize the lighting system of your home. Another good thing about this is that the price is not that what we expect as they become more affordable. In addition to these, smart lighting can set the mood in the room and make it calming and soothing, which is best after a stressful day. When it comes to energy consumption, smart light is considered to be energy efficient. Statistically, 19% of energy use in the world is used for lighting, and about 6% of greenhouse emissions in the world is likewise from lighting. Smart lighting enables the minimal consumption of energy as it has features that can be controlled remotely and automatically. What you need for smart lightingUsually, smart lighting uses a mesh networking wherein each smart bulb wirelessly connects to its nearest neighbor. This network is basically controlled by a hub that plugs into the router which enables other networked devices to communicate with the bulbs. Smart lighting system can also be added with accessories such as dimmer switches or motion sensors. Aside from being controlled with smartphone or tablet, smart light such as the Philip’s Hue works well with Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Echo and Google Home. There are three kinds of bulbs that you will be needing to set up your smart light system: standard bulbs, candle bulbs and spotlights. Standard bulbs come with bayonet fittings; candle bulbs with small screw fittings and spotlight bulbs are commonly GU!) spotlight fittings. The bulbs are LED which requires less power as compared with the conventional lighting system. Smart light bulbs only require about 9.5W or 5.5W for spotlight and candle bulbs.
Creating layers of light in the roomLighting the home may be a bit complex, but it does not have to be like that. Layered lighting is important to achieve comfort, utility and beauty. Layering the light means stepping beyond the basic overhead general light and arranging the different styles of light to create a cohesive and functional lights. With the use of multiple sources of light, you can create a maximum effect in a space. For instance, ambient lighting can be combined with task lighting so that the space or room will be free of shadows. Accent lighting on the other hand creates drama and interest, you can use this to highlight your important or memorable displays, like paintings and canvas prints. Needless to say, lighting plays a very important role in the house when it comes to function and aesthetics. Types of lighting1. Ambient lighting – typically comes from an overhead lighting fixture such as flushmount or semi-flushmount lamp.2. Task lighting – refers to increasing illuminance to better accomplish a specific activity.3. Accent lighting – this type of lighting can serve mostly as decoration or can be used to create subtle or dramatic lighting effects. For instance highlighting artwork or certain architectural elements. Tips to create layers of light in the room1. Use multiple lights to break up large rooms. For instance, an open-plan kitchen-dining areas are considered to be multi functional and can be separated or zoned with light. In this example, homeowners may use the combination of high-output downlights over the work areas with smaller, infill downlights for more ambient light. Pendants and concealed cove lighting may be used in the dining area. The use of one color palette unifies the kitchen and dining areas.2. Different fixtures have their own respective jobs. Downlights in the dining room for instance, take care of the ambient lighting, and the decorative light need not have the same output. Imagine all lighting features having equal outputs. You will lose the chance of highlighting a particular area in the room.3. Carefully plan the downlights. Designs with downlights can be rich and interesting. Plan the arrangement of the downlights so that the focus of attention can be changed by increasing or lowering different lights in different areas. Take note that the grouping of lights can play an important role in creating the mood of the room. Grouping the lights together into smaller circuits can provide flexibility.4. Use accent lighting to soften the bathroom. Bathrooms is one of the challenges in LED lighting. Color temperature is important in this aspect as it tells you how cool or warm the light appears. It is recommended to use cool white light in the morning to wake you up and make you alert. While warm light in the evening will tell you that sleep is on the way.