Saturday, April 20, 2013

4 natural elements in your interior design

     When we think about natural elements we imagine their significance in astrology, but we should never forget that they are very important also for our interiors. I like have many natural objects in my house, What I like about objects is that they are movable - we can play around with them, add something new, take something away if you get bored of it, and create a different atmosphere whenever you want to.

     It is said that if you are working on attracting more prosperity, you will introduce elements of wood (earth) and water in the Southeast area of your house. If your need to improve your health, you will place lush wood element items, such as plants or pieces of wood furniture in the East area.

AIR=simplicity, transparency, naturalness. Air is a detaching element and enables co-existence of the two main elements, fire and water. It produces us a sense of freedom. This element creates a soothing and harmonious environment. The furniture can be easily removed or rearranged. Quality is also important, because it creates more comfort and safe we need. Natural atmosphere is obvious due to light color such as: white, blue, gray. Don’t forget that fresh air can do wonders in your interior. It provides you a soft slumber and improves the room atmosphere.

WATER=harmony, purity, elegance. The element of water has magnetic properties; it nurtures and sustains. Water determine to arrangement of “flowing” forms. It symbolizes pure elegance. Transparent and bright materials, shimmering like glass or waves texture bring the sea in our home. Colors are: turquoise, blue and white. All these transform your house in a wellness temple, an oasis of relaxation and recovery of lost energy.

FIRE=passion, energy. The element of fire has electrical and creative properties. It is said that one who masters the flames that holds the key to civilization. In the past people reunited around the fire in order to warm. Nowadays fireplaces and pleasant light candles bring prosperity and warmth in the house. Besides this red, orange and yellow colors confer to interior design more power, charm and safe. And modern accessories give extravagance to your design, but they should not be too much.

EARTH=stability, naturalness. The element of earth binds fire, water and air in various proportions, which makes possible the formation of materials with different properties. Solid wood is the most indicated to represent this natural element. Also it is recommended to any kind of ambiance and any style. As time goes solid wood becomes more beautiful and valuable. Colors are part of the wide range of natural colors such as brown, beige, white, cream or green. These colors make up the neutral background, such a pleasant atmosphere in the home.

In Feng Shui there are 5 elements (water, earth, air, fire and wood) and here is the color correspondence of each of the five feng shui elements:

  • WOOD: green, brown
  • FIRE: red, strong yellow, orange, purple, pink
  • EARTH: light yellow, sandy/earthy, light brown
  • METAL: white, gray
  • WATER: blue, black

                      Keep smiling,

                                             Doina

Saturday, April 13, 2013

7 Common Mistakes In Arranging Your Interior

     Hi everybody! As I promised in previous post, this article will contain information about mistakes we often make in arranging our rooms. In order to avoid them we should pay much attention to details. Of course, without trying we wouldn’t know that it is wrong :). As said Albert Einstein “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”.

  1. Too many accessories

Too many accessories will create an impression of disorder. So, it is very important for you to use just some elements of décor, so to give a “feature” to your interior, without creating an impression of chaos.

  1. Mats in the bathroom

Carpets in the bathroom are one of the most common mistakes. Even I had a carpet in my bathroom. It was so uncomfortable… Why I consider this a mistake? Because mats in the bathroom haven’t any practical utility (I'm talking about fiber carpets). They retain moisture, reduce the space, look unaesthetic and “walk” continuously… It is recommended to use a dark rubber mat or the same color as the floor. If you can’t imagine your big bath without a mat you should use nonskid on your floor.

  1. Too many prints

There is no doubt that many people like prints in their interior but very often they make excess. You shouldn’t ever forget that prints, as accessories, have the role to accentuate a part of room which is least observed.

  1. Exposition in your room

The secret is that your interior design has to be particular. Sometimes we admire beautiful projects of famous designers and we reproduce them in our own house. Very often it looks like an irritating exposition, devoid of personality.

  1. Cables everywhere…

Cables confer to you room disorder and they destroy the beauty of the room. Try to hide or cover them.

  1. “Floating” furniture

Another common mistake deals with carpet arranging. You shouldn’t place it in the center of room, without associating it with another element. Unfortunately, furniture around the carpet will look unbalanced. This effect (mistake) is called by designers “floating furniture”. So, you have to fix the carpet using a coffee-table, an armchair or a sofa.

  1. Glowing paint for old houses

If you have an old house or irregular walls it is recommended to use matt paint. It will help you to hide imperfections and bumps.

                                Your,

                                           Doina (hug)

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