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How to Avoid Pitfalls of Online Interior Design Services

Online interior design services give us the chance to redesign or simply spruce up our homes affordably and remotely. It’s a great option to try nowadays considering the limits and impact brought on by COVID-19. If you are used to the traditional interior design service, jumping into the online interior design process can be a little overwhelming. The designer would need your help throughout the design process. Tying the look of a room together that will fit your style and preferences will take a lot of collaboration. 

If you’ve been thinking about using an online interior design service, be mindful of the most common mistakes, and read some tips on how to avoid them.

Provide Accurate Measurements

With an online interior design service, you and your designer would most likely work hand in hand. The teamwork here is very important. Measure the room that you want to redesign or redecorate to provide your designer the exact scale of the room so he/she can better evaluate and analyze the room and provide the perfect interior design solution. Make sure you get the accurate measurements of doors and other openings as well as important architectural features in the room that needs to be considered.

Create a Detailed Floorplan

Your designer would ask for pictures of your room to better visualize it. Take photos of every wall and corner and point out particular textures and materials that might affect the overall design composition. Be sure to give the designer a floor plan to guide him/her in the design process. If you wish to only spruce up a room, draw a layout of your current furniture placements and include the measurements. This will allow the designer to decide what furniture should be kept, removed, or replaced.

Paint a Clear Picture

Share images of your design preferences and inspirations so your designer has a very clear understanding of your interior design style.  Also, provide your designer with a list of furniture, décor items, and accessories that you would like to include in your design. Lastly, provide a budget or a list of furniture stores you frequent so your designer does not design a room with items that are out of your price range. All of these tips will ensure that both of you have the same expectations regarding the final design that you will receive.

Check Furniture Measurements 

Buying furniture is the most exciting process in interior design. But just because you fell in love with a lovely sofa, doesn’t mean it would be perfect for your living room. Be mindful of furniture sizes, and check the measurements before buying it to make sure it will fight through your door and it wouldn’t look too big or too small in your room.

Check Furniture Quality

If purchasing online, read reviews from previous customers or chat with the store so you will be able to decide if the item will be perfect for your room. Read the description to learn the measurements and quality. Also, enquire about the process of delivery. Look for pictures in the review section and see how the furniture works with the interior rooms of other customers. This will help you visualize what the product would look like in your room setting. 

Communicate with Your Designer

Lastly, it’s all about collaboration. Talk with your designer and don’t be too shy to ask questions and share your insight. Your designer wants to provide you with the best design solution that fits your style and works for you. That is why it is important to have frequent chats with your designer so he/she will be able to address your concerns in case you wish to make a few changes or whenever you have new ideas or inspirations.

We are spending a lot of our time indoors. This, however, should not stop us from redesigning and making the most out of our humble abode. With the variety of resources that you can find online, you can now easily transform the look of your interiors into something that you only see on Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds. And above all, having a well-designed room will make you and your loved ones feel a lot more comfortable and happier while staying indoors.

Displaying Artwork in Your Home: Everything you need to know

Hanging artwork on the wall may seem like a very simple thing to do. You see an art piece that you like, and you say to yourself, “I’m gonna hang it there.” But, the process of displaying art pieces actually takes more than that. There is a science behind wall art arrangement that will not only make the artwork stand out, but it will also complement and enhance the overall visual appeal of your wall. No worries, though, it's not rocket science. It's just about showcasing the artwork that you love and showcasing it well.

Here's everything you need to know:

Decide a theme

Decide on a theme before choosing artworks to display. Instead of hanging up all the artwork and print that you love on your wall, it is better to establish a particular theme that will best present your gallery composition. You can either choose to go with minimal black and white photographic prints or bold and colorful abstract paintings.

Choose a Location

Choose appropriate locations to display your artwork. You can't scatter all the artworks on every wall of your house because believe me this will not look good. Make use of large empty walls that faces your living room or dining area. Huge framed artworks are considered ideal for these spaces. You can also hang artworks on walls facing transitional spaces such as hallways, stairways, and landing areas. This will add depth and character to the space and make it look more interesting and a lot less boring.

Create a Gallery

Gather a few artworks of your choice and group them. To create a coordinated gallery, layout the artworks first before hammering them on the wall. There are many layouts that you can choose from. If your artworks are all in the same size, you can either create a grid or line them up. If they vary in size, think of them as one picture to form a layout that will unite them together. The key here is to start in the middle and work your way around it.

Position Accordingly

For certain artworks, artists often have some advice on how to hang their masterpieces. It is important to position them accordingly so that the viewer can better experience the essence and impression that the painting is trying to convey. In art museums, they follow a particular height standard for hanging artworks which is the 60-inches on center. It means that the center of an art piece or group of artworks should be placed 60 inches from the floor. This makes the artwork approximately at eye level. Grouped artworks should ideally leave a 2-inch space between frames.

Reinforce Properly

For art pieces that are huge and extremely heavy, it is important to reinforce them properly for their protection and safety. Even small framed artworks require certain methods in wall hanging to make sure that they don't easily fall off. Check wall surfaces and make sure that they are suitable for hanging wall art. For stone walls, this might involve drilling into the masonry or using brick hangers.

Play with Contrast

Another great way of displaying artwork well is to create a stark contrast between the artwork and the surroundings. This includes taking into account the architectural features inside the house, the backdrop of your wall, furniture pieces, and other home decors. You can choose two different artworks with contrasting characters in color and style and place them side by side. This makes an interesting display that will surely draw attention. If you want to showcase minimalist styled graphic prints, a strong and bold backdrop color will definitely make them stand out.

Balance and Hierarchy

Disorderly displayed artwork on the wall is an eye-sore. You don't want your favorite art pieces to catch attention because of that reason. To avoid this, think of the sizes of the artworks and place them in a way that creates balance. You could go symmetrical or asymmetrical or hierarchically arrange them. This could not only be in the form of shapes and sizes but also considering the style and graphic amount of the art piece.

Create a focal point 

Artworks convey meaning and almost always make a statement. This is what makes them the best element in home decor that is used to create a focal point. To do this, choose a large print or artwork and place it on the wall or area in which you want your focal point to be. You could place it above the sofa, or on a large blank wall facing the living room. You can use it to complement and add personality to your mantlepiece or in bedrooms, you can place it above your headboard.

You’re all set! It’s time to transform your space and make a statement with your walls by displaying the artworks that you love.

Styling a console table

6 Tips on Styling a Console Table That Perfectly Stands Out

A well decorated console table makes our home feel warm and inviting. One of the things that completes the design of our home are the small everyday things that most people tend to overlook when it comes to home decorating. These are basically things that we put on our coffee tables, corner tables, and entryway console tables. In some way, they complete our home without being overly imposing. A great interior design composition is not just about the expensive home decor piece or extravagant looking furniture. It all boils down to the simple yet practical stuff that completes the aesthetic appeal and evokes a homey vibe that makes us feel at home at the end of the day.

Console tables are definitely having a moment. Here are some useful tips to make them stand out.

Focus on a Theme

The theme of your console table composition should follow the design theme of your whole interior space. If your home is designed in a modern contemporary style, create a display that will embody the essence of what a modern contemporary console table display should look like. If you're in for a rustic-chic vibe, opt for organic decor items to place on your tables such as wicker baskets, vases, taper holders, and other wooden decor items.

Create a Mood Board

If you’re having a hard time choosing what decors to place on the console table, create a mood board first. A mood board helps you visualize your ideas. If you have a mood board, it will be easier for you to narrow down your list of decor items because it will eventually guide you to stick to a theme. That way, your console table arrangement will come out stylishly consistent and well-planned. 

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

A mirror is a great way to match and complement a furniture piece. Mirrors are versatile in interior decor because aside from their function, mirrors also create a sense of spaciousness and make the room look brighter. Hanging a mirror above your console table is a good way to accentuate your wall. Not only will it unite your console table composition but it will also create the illusion of depth that will make your entryway look stylishly appealing. What a great way to welcome guests right?

Choose the Right Decor

Decor items act as the cherry on top of your design. While huge art pieces or bright backdrop paints create an imposing focal point, the decor items on your console table are the ones that complement it in a subtle way that gives your eye something to rest on. It is important to balance the accessories so your table wouldn’t look too visually cluttered. You can either arrange them in a hierarchical manner or choose only a few items to display.

 Mix and Match.....or Not

In interior designing, not everything needs to match because it can look dull and boring if they do. Strong contrasts and bold matching of decor items is a great way to make a design statement with your console table. Use bright graphic art pieces as a backdrop and layer it with minimalist lampshades, a stack of books, figurines, and decorative sculptures. Whether your table is simple or very classical in style, how you complement it with your decor arrangement says everything.

Add Flowers and Plants

Decorating with plants and flowers is basically the most inexpensive and simplest way to liven up space. Adding a touch of subtle greenery to your table will definitely make your composition come to life. Putting plants in beautiful pots and artistic vases will make your console table look up to date and refreshing every single day. Faux plants and flowers that look unbelievably real have been on trend and people are loving them. If you're not much of a green thumb, you might want to consider this as an alternative.

A console table is like a little companion among large furniture pieces. It can fit in corners, nooks, and crannies, and basically just about anywhere. It's that everyday furniture where we subconsciously place our teeny tiny everyday things such as car keys, phones, coffee mugs, remote control, you name it. I think they deserve a makeover, after all, styling a console table in a way that will make them stand out makes a difference to the interior look of your home. 

measure a room to create floorplan

A Step-by-Step Guide in Measuring A Room to Create a Floorplan

Thinking of redesigning your space but have no idea where to start? No worries; you're in the right place! To get a head start, you first need to analyze your space. How big is it? What's the shape of the room? What about orientation? Some would rely on floorplan measuring apps to do the job, but for complex layouts and open floorplan, they’re not always a great choice. Here, we're going to walk you through a step-by-step guide in measuring a room accurately to draft a floorplan.

First, you need to get the things you need:

  • Blank White Paper or Graphing paper
  • Tape measure
  • Metric scale or Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Pen / Sharpie Marker

Step 1 - Draw a Rough Sketch of the Room Layout

Draw a rough sketch of the layout of the room on a piece of paper. No need to be perfect here because it's still a draft. The goal is to get the basic shape and form of the layout and be familiar with it before you start measuring the room. The rough sketch will also serve as your guide when you start with the process.

Step 2- Measure, Measure, Measure

If the room is too big and complex, you might need the assistance of another person to ensure precise measurements.

Measure the walls

Run the tape measure along the walls and take note of the measurements. If your walls have a baseboard along the floor, use it as a guide for your tape measure to make sure that the dimensions are as precise as possible.

Measure the floor to ceiling height

Once done with the walls, measure the height of the room from floor to ceiling. If there are recessed areas or small steps on the floor, include them in the measurement. This will be useful in drawing and analyzing sections of the room.

Measure openings (doors and windows)

Measure the size of the windows including their architectural features or moldings if there are any. Determine the height of the window from the floor and the remaining space between the topmost part of the window to the ceiling. Include the doors and door framing and other kinds of opening.

Measure recessed or protruding walls and other architectural features

Don't forget to include the details in the measurement. Assess all built-in features in your interior because this will be crucial in your final layout. This could be a sink or kitchen counter, fireplace, or certain architectural design in your wall.

Determine the location of electrical outlets and switches

Locate the outlets and switches in your plan. Determining their location would also be ideal for future references when it comes to placing appliances and lighting fixtures.

Step 3 - Make a Scaled drawing

Now that you are done with the measurements, it's time to sit down and draw. Using a metric scale, draft a scaled drawing of the floorplan based on the measurements that you have gathered. Choose the appropriate scale that you think will best present your floorplan. To keep it simple, use graphing paper to scale your drawing. For example, 1 square will be equal to 1 foot and so on.

Step 4 - Place Dimensions

When you are done with the final drawing, don't forget to place the dimensions that you have listed first in your rough sketch. It is important to always label your drawings with the precise dimensions so it would be convenient for you to check them later on when you start redesigning.

Step 5 - Label Accordingly

Label your spaces accordingly. Place symbols for the electrical outlets and switches. Draw material symbols and door and window schedules. Include necessary labels such as the name of spaces, existing material finishes, and other details.

Step 6 - Draw the Elevations

Since you have already measured the floor to ceiling height of the room, including openings such as doors and windows, it would be ideal to present the room clearly with an elevation drawing. This will show the detailed features of the windows and doors and will help you to better scrutinize the room for later design purposes.

There you have it! Measuring and drawing your floorplan is just one part of the process of designing. But hey, you're one step closer and next is the fun part which is designing. Try to layout furniture placements on the floorplan that you have drawn. Experiment and be creative as you can. Brainstorm and let your creative juices flow. The sky is the limit!

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