Feng Shui Interior Design

Translated to English, Feng Shui roughly means
wind-water.

Feng Shui is essentially the art of arranging objects
to achieve harmony in the surrounding environment.

Not only is Feng Shui used in interior design, it is
used in choosing a place to live, a burial spot and
agricultural planning.

It is highly believed that Feng Shui has an effect on
health, wealth and personal relationships. Feng Shui
is a traditional Chinese practice.

Early Feng Shui interior design relied on astronomy to
find the symmetry between humans and the universe.

The early Chinese often used the celestial poles
determined by the pole stars to determine the north
and south. Feng Shui instruments dating back to 278
and 209 BC have been unearthed from tombs.

As practiced today, the goal of Feng Shui is to
situate the human designed environment on spots with
good qi.

Spots are determined by an axis in time. Feng Shui
teaches that areas that are not suitable for human
settlement should be left in their natural state.

Qi, pronounced Chi, literally means air. In Fung Shui,
Qi is the flow of energy and may be based on a form of
solar energy.

Polarity in feng shui is known as ying and yang.

This is the absolute balance between two entities. It
is the good and the bad, the living and the dead, and
is one of the key principals behind Feng Shui interior
design.

Most Westerners knew nothing about Feng Shui until
1972 when Richard Nixon visited The People’s Republic
of China.

New Age by western entrepreneurs then reinvented Feng
Shui. Feng Shui now speaks to the profound role of
magic, mystery and order in American life.

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A Guide For Interior Design When Choosing Art

There are several factors to consider when choosing art for the home or office and often these factors interrelate so I thought it best to break these up into categories for the sake of simplicity.

1 The Composition and the Room: This is a great place to start. There are certain types of compositions that are best fitted to certain rooms. For example, when I think of the kitchen I think of fruits and vegetables, chefs, wine bottles, etc. When I think of the bedroom I think passion, softness and perhaps botanical, like a large rose picture. When I consider the bathroom I might visualize images that portray a clean, fresh, good smelling idea. Yes, it is ideal when the images we choose help the mood of the room. Another consideration with composition involves the application of more than one image in an area. When several pictures carry a common theme a very different feel is given to the room.

2 Color: Color considerations include the walls, furniture, carpeting, window treatments or draperies, trim molding and other room enhancements. The colors in a room should complement one another. An art piece with a well balanced array of color can tie a room together. If a room is empty I like to choose the art first and then the furniture. Usually, people do the reverse, however, choosing the art first makes sense when you think about it. To illustrate, how often does someone walk into a room and say, “That ottoman is majestic! It just takes my breath away!” However, that can happen with a well chosen piece of art. Often, art will be the show piece of a room. So, rather than let the furnishings dictate what your art will look like, allow the art to dictate what kind of furniture you’ll choose.

3 Space: This aspect can be tricky. Say, for example, you have a space above your stove that is a foot and a half tall by four feet wide. It could be hard to find one image to fill this space. However, you could use three images of a similar genre. I might choose three 8 x 10 sized images of grapes placed vertically. Another challenging space might be a very large sized wall or a room with a vaulted ceiling. A grouping of images often does the trick in both of these situations. I have also seen very large prints, 4 x 8 feet tall and larger, put to good effect. Art this large is proportionately more expensive, of course. Another option is to use a single image broken up into several gallery wrapped canvases spaced apart to cover a large area.

4 Genre and Personal Preference: Perhaps there is an art piece that you are particularly fond of but it clashes with the style and architecture of your home, or maybe it just doesn’t match the color scheme of the room you want to put it in. I have seen people change wall colors and room accents to accommodate art. At the end of the day, I guess the real question when it comes to art is, does the art I chose put a smile on my face and on the faces of those who live here? If we can say yes, then everything else is just a rough frame work when it comes to choosing art.

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7 Interior Design Trends To Lookout In 2018

“It looks like industry experts and Interior Designers are taking a leaf out of the 70’s era. 2018’s designs are going to be dominated by earthy tones, soft color and vibrant shade pairings, and luxurious textures.”

7 Interior Design Trends To Lookout In 2018.

Indoor Gardens

Adding plants indoor is one of the best ways to bring in a natural element to your decor. Plants tend to have a calming effect on people and can be used in almost any way, shape, and form. If you have a modern interior, for example, that requires simplicity, you can look at planters with clean lines and simple shapes. Terrariums are one of my favorites to brings plants in any space, which require very little maintenance. Artificial grass another trend going very strong used indoors in office and homes.

Imperfection and rustic simplicity

Also called wabi-sabi, means to accept imperfection. This is becoming increasingly popular wedding decor trend. Wear and tear, chipped wood, cracked walls, and anything that is handmade will work just fine. As wabi-sabi is anti-consumerism, you can embrace this trend into your home without having to make a hole in your pockets.

Large wall art

This trend allows you to use your creativity, break some of the conventional rules of interior designing, and use new and exciting proportions. By using big wall art, you can create a prominent focal point that can make your space seem spacious and less cluttered. Large wall art also fills your interior space to the brim with personality. The best part about this trend is that you don’t have to spend millions. There are tons of stock images available online that you can buy and print on a canvas or wallpaper at your local printing business. Large wall art is definitely a part of the Interior Design Trends To Lookout In 2018.

Floral and Tropical patterns

Another simple way to incorporate nature into your decor is with Floral or tropical patterns. This trend is easy to bring into your home with wallpaper or printed stock art containing big floral and leaf motifs. The goal is to add a beauty and a serene and calming presence to your space. Combining the colours and shapes of nature with art can help you achieve this perfectly.

Carpets

Flooring is a prominent consideration during interior designing. Your floor is the visual foundation of your interior project and it should complement your design. Flooring is also the component of your interior design that are in constant use and should be of highest quality. When considering flooring, practicality goes hand-in-hand with creativity. Carpets are the perfect way to provide your floor with an aesthetic appeal as well as protection. Oriental carpets are becoming popular as they are available in a wide variety of designs and sizes and are compatible with most interior designing styles. “Chatai” mats are also becoming extremely common as they are available in many colours and vibrant designs.

Darker shades of Woods

If you want to give your space a warm and rich element, you may want to look at darker shades of woods. Furniture or boards made from, rosewood, walnut, or teak have been around for a long time, and you can easily incorporate them into any style of interior designing, whether it’s modern, minimalist, traditional, or transitional. Using Laminates over Veneer can also save some bucks.

Geometrical shelves

Geometrical shelves come in a wide variety of shapes. It is the perfect way to add a special and angular look to a room. They can be designed and made to fit in a specific way, which is ideal for unconventional or empty spaces like under a staircase or the wall above a couch. These shelves can be as small, simple, large, or complex as you like. Not only do they have a unique look, but they are also practical as they allow for the display of other types of decor and accessories like books, art pieces, or plants.

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Meeting an Interior designer? Act like a pro! Know the Styles of Designing

Have you ever wondered what the Interior designers mean when they use words like contemporary, traditional, urban chic, electric.

The style of designing any given space by use of decor in the form of colour, shape, texture, inspiration from a particular era different styles were created and further named after them.

Extremely difficult to mention all styles, So! In this blog let me explain few styles for your easy understanding.

So the next time you meet an Interior Designer you can express the style that inspires you and should be used for your project.

Contemporary– meaning the style of today, the 20th Century, modern art, current trends in world market combined is contemporary style of designing. A style that inspires from the world is contemporary.

Urban– Styles relating to cities, cultures of towns and cities. So an urban style would be a culture trend of a particular city followed while designing the space.

Traditional– A style that has been transmitted and passed on by many generations. The way the space was decorated or designed by your ancestors or clan shall be the traditional style for you.

You can always combine two or more designs and do up Interiors. Know what inspires you, and style that defines your dream home or work space. Every style is flexible.

Talk to your Interior designer to see how your style can be induced in the design.
Reach out for helping you decide the style for your next space to In Design Decor.

All the best!

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