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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Developing A Floor Plan

Defining your space is crucial for creating a harmonious environment. It is also important to know your space limitations before you begin moving and placing furniture. The foundation of a comprehensive interior design plan includes accurate dimensions of your living space.   Depending on the degree of decorating you want to do, we suggest creating an accurate Floor Plan.  A floor plan is a birds eye view of your room usually drawn to scale, Example: 1/4" = 1'  .  They have cut-out silhouettes available for furniture in this scale to save yourself time arranging pieces with common dimensions.

Tools The basic tools needed for creating a floor plan are  paper, T-square, triangle and architects ruler.  The architects ruler has 6 sides giving different scale measurements, a very important tool to have and keep for future use. 

  • Now you can arrange furniture, either drawing in each piece or using a scaled scaled cut-out template. This is where you will decided if to squeeze in that new dining room set !

Creating A Floor Plan                                            

  • Accurately measure your living area including windows, doors, closets, telephones and electrical outlets.  You will only need to do this process once which will be beneficial whether you are buying window treatments or arranging furniture. It is important that measurements be done accurately. Pay special attention to doors and check elevators, if you can't get it into the room, you can't decorate with it!
  • Transfer these measurements to a rough draft sketch being sure to include all measured elements. 
  • Make photo copies of the finished space so in case you make a mistake in arranging furniture you won't need to draw the basics again.

It may seem like a lot of bother, but it will actually save you time and money in the long run .  You will also make more informed decisions in purchasing when you have a plan!

Common Mathematical Questions: 
Floor Area = Length of room x Width of room
Wall Area = Height of wall X Length of wall

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Three Elements of Successful Room Design

At Sheffield we teach our students a simple Three-Step Method for designing every room they create:
A successful room is functional.
A successful room expresses a mood.
A successful room exhibits a sense of harmony.
This simple Three-Step Method is the secret of every interior ever designed. We teach our students to consider these three steps every time they look at a room.

When our students mail in their design project for analysis by their instructor, the instructor starts by commenting on these three Guidelines. Of course, the instructor analyzes other elements of the project too - decor, layout, furniture, style etc. But the key to every good room - and the essential element of every great interior design - is adherence to these three Guidelines.

How do they work? How can you apply them? It's beyond the scope of this Web site to teach you every nuance, but you will get an inkling from the Room-of-the-Month Analysis that follows.

The Living Room
Some living rooms are little more than a coffee table where the mail gets tossed and a sofa where you collapse each evening. Others are too stilted and formal to be of any real use, and because they go unused their occasional visitors feel uncomfortable, as if, like the glass candy bowls and potted plants, they too are on display.

And then there are the living rooms that combine the best of both worlds, and allow for both relaxation and entertaining.

This living room really knows how to live. Here is a room designed for comfort, yet gracious and formal enough for hosting even the most important parties.

Looking at it through Sheffield's Three Principles of Interior Design, we see first that the function of this room is to welcome guests and make them feel comfortable and at home. The room is built for relaxed conversation: the two easy chairs angled toward one another, the two straight-back chairs facing one another across a small table, and the white ottoman allow for conversation among a group. And, there are enough tables so that guests can have a place for their drinks or snacks. As the Sheffield Course creator, Bill Turner often remarked, "A table for every chair!"

But another function of this room is simply for relaxing alone or with a companion. Those easy chairs are so inviting that you can easily imagine pulling the ottoman over, putting your feet up, and tucking into a new novel on a winter's afternoon.

The mood of this room is clearly one of relaxation. It's formal enough for entertaining because it's so well-designed, but the feeling is one of luxurious relaxation. The casual aspect of the mood is enhanced by the slightly messy fronds in the vases, which bring in an air of the wild outdoors and prevent the room from feeling stuffy or overdone. The open curtains, which are barely noticeable at first glance, add to this airy feeling, letting in loads of natural light.

Finally, everything in this room works in harmony. The deep egg yellow of the ceiling and upper wall matches the yellow background of the fabric. The chairs are upholstered in the same fabric used on the table and for the curtains, and the plain off-white rug prevents the floral pattern from becoming overwhelming. The flowers in the vase add a nice counterpoint to the printed flowers on the fabric.

All in all, this is a room that would give its visitors the relaxed feeling of an early summer's afternoon, at any time of the year.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Get Started Decorating

Learn basic interior design principles used by the designers! Get  ideas to help in creating your own personalized living space. Find out how to create a floor plan and the basics on selecting furniture and room decorating.

You have your new place and now you need to fill it. Before you begin a decorating project you first need to determine your resources,  what is your ideal living environment, and how much you can afford spend to pull it all together. 

Here are some questions to ask yourself to understand where you are and what you are planning to do with you living space. 

  • What are my specific rental guidelines and limitations.
  • How long do you plan to stay in your present home?
  • What type of lifestyle do you lead ?  (entertain guests, late nights, holiday guests)
  • What activities do you do in each room ?
  • Do you have children or are you planning to start a family ? What are their ages and needs?
  • How much space do you need for leisure activities? (office, study, sewing, reading, TV).
  • Is there enough sleeping space for everyone and any guests ?
  • Do you have enough storage ?
  • Do you know your style ?
  • Count your rooms and list multi-purpose uses (example, homework, bills, computer).
  • Write down the furniture you currently own, what you like and what you dislike. (Be ready to get rid of what you don't want to make room for what you do want.)
  • Have you considered a color scheme, or do you have a favorite color. 
  • List color any pieces of furniture, fabrics or finds that would be a good start to develop a color scheme. 
  • How much do you want to spend either monthly or annually on your interior environment ?

After answering these questions you should have a fairly clear picture of what you are working with or without.  Use this outline to help you establish your living style and plan. 

Steps To Success

  1. Create a file of clippings and samples that show the style and colors you would like to use in your home. 
  2. Draw a floor plan of the room you will be decorating. 
  3. Use "take inventory" questions to evaluate your existing environment.
  4. Create a Budget that works in with your financial situation.
  5. Plan a schedule of what you will be doing when. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Teen Room Ideas 2 – Boys’ Rooms

Attention boys! We feature some great teenage rooms for you guys. These are from the pbteen collection. Teen room decor is tricky. What goes for one may not work for another and in this feature we show you a collection of teen room themes to help you pick your favourite.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Teen Room Ideas

Ideas for teen rooms are something young people looking to refurbish their rooms seek. We had a request at home-designing and we hope this post would help such people out.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Dorm Room Inspirations from IKEA

For most of us, this year is special because it’s our first year at the university! But for the rest of us, it’s even better, because we are going BACK to college. The excitement quotient is high and everyone is looking forward to experiencing another year of freedom, partying, enjoying and of course, studying.

To make this year better, IKEA has come up with it’s new collection of unique dorm rooms. These rooms have everything a college student needs. They have an exhaustive collection of desk lamps, computer tables, study tables, bed sheets, foldable drawers, beds, pillows and the like. You can pick from various colors and sizes to get what suits your budget and taste.

Since a lot of us are Going back to College, it is a good idea to check out what they have in store. You can either browse through their online catalogue or visit one of their stores to get a better look at what you may need during the year.

To help you visualize your dorm room, IKEA, has come up with this amazing tool that let’s you use your creativity and style to design your own room!