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Is the lighting in your work areas sufficient? Task lighting can be installed under cabinetry in kitchens or offices. Always light the areas where you need to see…otherwise ambient lighting creates “shadows” for mood and interest and highlights accessories. Lighting can also spotlight focal points of a room. Remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!
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Some people seldom use their dining room and others use them frequently. Either way it is a room to enjoy the experience of dining and sharing with others. Therefore, it can be the ideal room to be designed somewhat outrageously. The creativity will add to and stimulate the event for you and your guests.
Traditionally, most dining rooms are decorated with a table, chairs (maybe host and hostess chairs are different), buffet and display cabinet. Break with tradition and design it uniquely with some surprises.
Tables come in many choices. If it is important to add more people around your table, use an oval-top table with a pedestal base. Having no corners and no legs makes it more versatile.
A round table is used less often but is wonderful in a round or square room. In some dining rooms, it is possible to angle a rectangular dining table, corner to corner. This can provide more space to move around, plus it creates interest.
Here are some decorating ideas to consider.
If you have a collection of precious pieces behind glass in your display cabinet, paint the inside of the cabinet a strong color to make them pop. Or you can paint the wall a striking color. Add free-floating shelves painted the same color to display each piece. The wall becomes a focal point.
Using color on the walls in dining rooms can stimulate or calm appetites and conversation. To be really outrageous, paint each wall a different complimentary color and sit where your mood dictates.
Dining rooms usually are long and narrow, which can make buffet-style serving awkward. Instead of placing a buffet on the long straight wall, put serving shelves in corners; this way people won’t bump into chairs when serving themselves. If the buffet is in an adjoining room decorate the serving counter color scheme with the dining room table.
Have you ever considered having more than one table in a dining room? This way you can have small groups at one table or connect them for larger groups.
Since hours are spent sitting around the table, the dining room can become a perfect gallery in which to display your art collection. Remember to place the art low enough since it will mainly be seen and enjoyed sitting down.
To create a calming, luxurious feel in the dining room, fill it with plants (or at least one large one.)
Palms are a perfect choice to give a feel of luxurious dining. Use an up-light on the floor angled up under the leaves to create drama and shadows on the ceiling.
Lighting is always important:
- The bottom of the chandelier should be approximately 30 inches off the top of the table or 60 inches off the floor. Each situation various slightly. Use your eye to determine the best clearance.
- The light should be on a dimmer to adjust the intensity for atmosphere as well as temperature so diners are comfortable and not too warm.
- Lighting around the perimeter of a room directed at the artwork adds interest and drama and often provides enough light for dining if you have candles on the table.
- Colored glass pendant lights can be used instead of a single chandelier.
- If the ceiling is dropped over the table, coffered recess lights can be used and the ceiling painted an accent color.
Lastly, sit in each chair of your dining room and experience what each person will be seeing. Make sure it is a pleasant experience for relaxed, happy, comfortable dining.
Decorate to your heart’s desire, creating the experience you want. Always remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!
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It’s a milestone when you move away from home to go to college. Living on your own, usually for the first time, becomes an opportunity to learn about yourself. It all begins with “interior” design. A time to discover how you want to live in your new environment.
A good rule of thumb, when you are uncertain making decorating decisions is to buy what you like. That will result in good design, for you! Don’t be afraid to experiment and your interior design taste and style will evolve. This applies for both gals and guys.
Focus on the many ways to decorate your new personal space to feel like home and also promote learning. Buy for your needs and then address your wants.
The biggest concern when making decorating decisions is “the budget”. It is possible to create both fashion and function on a budget.
You can start by bringing something from home that you love or has meaning for you and build from there. Like bedding, a picture, rug, piece of art or a piece of memorabilia.
Or, if starting new, shop for bedding first to create a color scheme. Then coordinate all other purchases to it. Like a rug and accessories. Having several colors in the design, will give a wider range of accessories to choose from and make it easier and faster to shop. It also makes it easier to replace things as they wear out and get dirty.
Before purchasing, if you have a roommate, discuss matching or coordinating bed covers so the room will look neater, more coordinated and less cluttered.
For more storage, purchase bed risers to raise the bed to a comfortable height and adds space for less used items placed in plastic containers with wheels that slide under the bed. You can purchase risers with electrical plus for your devices. By using the air space, your room appears larger, and gives it a cool sunken room feel.
Use all the space you can! Hooks, hooks, and more Hooks! Use decorative wall hooks to hang things like keys, jewelry, or photos. Especially door hooks that hang over doors, can have multiple hooks for everyday items.
Shelving units can work double duty as both a storage solution and room divider. Install inexpensive shelving in the closet to maximize space.
For accessories that make a difference, add a colorful area rug for warmth, pizzazz and cover a floor you may not like, while wall mirrors make rooms feel larger and more open.
For personality, put inspirational and funny sayings on walls. They can be changeable as you wish. And add some family pictures in room – to feel connected.
Bulletin boards are great for limited desk space and catches paper clutter. And great way to leave a note for your roommate.
Study areas need to be functional first: have good lighting, substantial desk space, comfortable chair, space to spread out when necessary.
Furniture in neutral colors may make the space appear larger and can be reused next year when you may want a new color scheme, which can be done again inexpensively with accessories like rugs, drapes, cushions and throws. After all, your favorite colors may have changed.
When your space makes you happy, feels comfortable and supports your needs, you will maximize your learning experience.