Interior designing traditional and modern approach

So instead of the traditional approach of placing a few molding “boxes” on the walls, I went a little wild and put them pretty much everywhere, including the headboard of the cherry bed I built for her. I have to admit, it was a labor-intensive endeavor-creating those boxes entailed carefully cutting tons of molding (which you can purchase at home improvement stores) and measuring and leveling like mad to make sure that everything lined up perfectly on the wall-but the outcome made it worthwhile. While the molding gives Gina’s room both wit and sophistication, the details are just plain sophisticated.
I painted a big elegant G on the ceiling to bring attention to its height, then had the same design embroidered on two throw pillows. Instead of table lamps, Gina now has charming sconces to read by and a sunburst mirror where there might have otherwise been a poster. The room, though, still has certain elements of simplicity. There are really only three colors-green, pink, and white-and the furnishings are clean-lined and outfitted with plain hardware. Luxury, after all, isn’t about how elaborate you can make a room, but rather about the quality of the things you place there. Even when you’re doing a room that’s far from minimalist, less is generally more. Who said shelves must have parallel lines? Angled sides add humor to the room and help remind all who enter that a budding teenager lives here.
Since the giant letter G was painted where a light fixture would typically reside, recessed can lights were installed around the perimeter of the ceiling and sconces placed on either side of the bed. To create the G, I worked out the font on my computer, and then printed it out on thin paper. Next, I traced the letter on the back of the paper with a carpenter’s pencil, and then to apply it, I flipped it over and rubbed it on the ceiling. That gave me’ the lines to follow, which I just painted over in red. Putting molding on the wall isn’t the easiest do-it-yourself job -it involves lots of measuring and cutting – but the end result makes it well worth it (then again, so is hiring a pro to do it). Just about every room benefits from a touch of nature, whether it’s a living, breathing house- plant, a landscape painting, or just a collection of interesting rocks arranged on a shelf.
Natural elements symbolize growth and renewal and are great reminders that life is cyclical: Just as the seasons go from dreary to light, lives marked by misfortune also inevitably brighten, but enough with the metaphors. Nature is a treasure trove of beautiful things! Why not borrow some of them to give a room style? There are a couple of ways to go about bringing the outdoors in. One is to borrow from the environment that surrounds your home. That’s pretty much what I did when I created a bedroom for a Native American couple in Flagstaff, Arizona. I basically went “shopping” right outside the family’s door in order to build some of the furnishings in the room.

Finding spaces for special uses in interior designing

Finding new places for most of the folders and books (I created the shelves on the opposite page for her so she’d still have some books on hand) freed up space for her to move and ensured that there was no mess in her line of sight (you don’t have to be a neat freak to find that confronting disorder day after day is anxiety-provoking). A room that has a football field of extra space can feel cold, but one that has just the right amount of roominess and flow is perfection: It feels welcoming while still giving you space to stretch out. Once you’ve made all your aesthetic decisions, you’re good to go.
Figure out a timeline. How long are all the changes going to take? Then develop detailed shopping and to-do lists. Your lists will depend on how much you’re going to do yourself. If you’re going to do a lot of the work, complete all the repairs to the ceilings, walls, and floors first, then move on to prepping and painting the walls. While the walls are drying, you can tackle any building projects (such as making shelves or a bed) you have planned. Try to do as much as you can in as short a time as possible. There’s nothing worse than living with a makeover project in process, but you can get a lot done in a weekend if you power through.
Crank up the tunes- music is a great motivator-crank up the tools, and crank up the whole enterprise a notch.
What does it mean when someone’s home has “great style”? To me it doesn’t mean that the home is stylish in the trendy sense of the word. Rather, I think of great style as design cohesiveness that’s appealing to the eye and, most important, reflective of who lives in the home. Your home shouldn’t just have style; it should have your style. All the little things that make you different from other people should be apparent in the design of your home.

Bedroom wall paper design and themes

One of the first things that came to mind when I was contemplating my design for Bruce and Paulita’s bedroom was wallpaper. Wallpaper gives a room a very “finished” look and, depending on the pattern you choose, can add instant elegance. Sure, there are some scary wallpapers out there (I have had nightmares about being trapped between four walls of cloying cabbage roses), but there are also some great, very modern patterns available. The wallpaper I ended up using in the Lewises’ room is floral, but not overly sweet, and its light metallic sheen makes it look modern and, not incidentally, gives the room an incandescent glow.
In some ways, wallpaper can limit your options when it comes to furnishings and bedding-you don’t want to bring too many other patterns into the mix or you’ll wind up with sensory overload. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring in any other patterns at all. In the Lewises’ room, a headboard with an interlocking cutout design abuts the wallpaper, but the combination works because the wood is neutral Sadie turned over a new leaf. Here, I hand-painted a literal interpretation of her transformation.
I found this bonsai tree wallpaper for Sadie’s room, and then serendipitously found fabric in a very similar pattern. Extra wallpaper was used to cover books. With the paper waterfall on the headboard wall, there was a lot going on in this room so the trick was to keep the cumulative effect from becoming overwhelming.
The solution was to confine the patterns I added to the room to strips. For instance, instead of blanketing the wall with wallpaper, I hung it in wide panels. Likewise, the patterned fabric on the bedding is confined to a horizontal strip with a few smaller strips on the throw pillows, and the pattern isn’t too ornate. I also brought in one more patterns-the beaded embroidery on the bedding-though only as an accent. Had the whole bed been covered in the pattern, it would have been a little too much. Another thing to keep in mind about wallpaper is that there’s no rule that says you have to cover an entire wall.

Interior designing tips western style

When I came back from traveling, I returned to both construction and graphic design and worked for a while on movie sets (you can actually catch me in the credits for the Nicolas Cage film Leaving Las Vegas). I was once again living in Atlanta and renovating a warehouse I’d bought with my brother, when I went on an audition for a cable show. The premise was that two neighbors would swap houses while we invaded and made over their homes. The producers of the show, Trading Spaces, were impressed when I showed them the simple trick of using a speed square to cut straight 2 x 4s and I thought, “Wow, you guys have never seen a speed square before? You definitely need a carpenter:’ and for four years, I was it.
It was the perfect job for me. I got to build things and be my off-the-wall, wiseass self in front of the camera. Every week, though, we’d wait for the family to come home to see if they were going to like what we did to their house. And sometimes they definitely did not-in fact; some people came home and cried. The shock value was a lot of fun, but I also thought it would be great to do a show where we do something for people who need help and who actually like what we do. I thought, “Why not cry for the right reason?” Enter Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The producers asked me, “Do you think we can build a house in seven days?” and I said, “No, but it would definitely be good television to try.” And so we did, and it’s been an absolutely amazing ride.
During that first episode, when an entire community, not to mention a couple hundred construction workers, five designers, and a production staff came together xiii result, her bedroom had gotten incredibly cluttered. The bookshelves were so packed up that she was stacking books on the floor. There were also folders everywhere. Her bedroom had started functioning as an office. My first step in designing her room was to move all the folders and many of the books out and re- create the room for the purpose it was intended: to be a place where she could relax and have some private time.

Tones and lighting in painting interior designing and decoration

To get a look reminiscent of a spa, opt for natural tones and soft lighting. The lights above the bed are on a dimmer, an inexpensive device that lets you control the mood of a room. I recommend putting dimmer switches on almost every lamp and overhead light so you always have control over a room’s brightness.
Lighting the Way
The panels have fibers running through them that give the illusion of texture, but because they’re “swimming” in a polymer, the fibers don’t collect dust the way some- thing with real texture, like a tapestry, does. To give the resin a glow and cause the fibers to pop, I placed small directional lights above the panels, just as if I was showing off a painting. Certain types of lamps can also add warm radiance to a room and, if you have any interest in do-it- yourself projects, lamps are especially easy to make. Plus, you can turn all kinds of unconventional objects into lampshades: the lights flanking Patricia’s bed were created out of Chinese neck pillows, which look like curved wicker baskets.
Because they’re flammable, I had to use low-wattage bulbs (don’t try this at home with halogen bulbs the lamps will catch fire, and that’s not good!), but that wasn’t a problem: The low lights enhanced the peaceful atmosphere of the room. It’s also easy to make a lamp with wood veneer as a shade. It’s simply a matter of constructing a base out of a couple sticks of wood, then shaping a strip of veneer into a circle, and gluing it together.
The light bulb illuminates the grain of the veneer, and your simple lamp becomes a thing of beauty. 1 Luxury and elegance are not two words you’d usually associate with me (it’s okay; I know I’m a down-home kind of guy), but I can rise to the occasion. In fact, because I’ve traveled so much and spent many nights in hotel rooms, I’ve gotten to know more about luxury and elegance than I ever dreamed possible. (I’ve also gotten to know more about crummy motel rooms than I’ve ever dreamed possible, but that’s another story.)
The headboard was designed to echo the pattern on the bedding, a beaded design in my line for Sears called “Origami.” Next to the bed, cylindrical hanging lights take the place of traditional table lamps, freeing up the bedside tables for books (and all the other stuff that inevitably creeps onto them). The crunchy sisal rug under the bed provides a nice contrast to the bed’s glossy finish. The wallpaper chosen for this room reminded me of the gardenias in the yard. BOTTOM If you’re going to make a bed yourself, choose wood with a beautiful grain. This headboard is made from teak carved using a routing machine.   I’m partial to adding strips of color to beds. Here it’s beaded bands of dusty green at the foot and on the pillows.
Then I was presented with the task of designing a room for Bruce and Paulita Lewis, a California couple dealing with a tremendous amount of hardship, I wanted to capture the feel of a chic hotel room. Paulita was battling stage IV cancer and she really needed a clean, serene, and beautiful place to recover from her grueling treatments. Ultimately, Paulita passed away but I hope that by creating a beautiful room with an air-cleansing HEPA filter, we helped extend her life a little bit. Paulita definitely deserved some indulgences. After a remodel of their home went sour, Bruce and Paulita along with their two children (and the most massive cat I have ever seen-that thing was the size of a toddler) were all living in a small room in Bruce’s mother’s apartment. Not only was the work on their house shoddy-rain eventually caved in the roof-but also the contractor left town with $40,000 of the family’s money.

School Interior designing and decoration

Who do you think was sent to the front? Oh yeah, it all made for some interesting school and family dynamics. But I wasn’t completely hopeless. I had some trouble studying, but I found that I could do well if I had a visual frame of reference. I was good at geometry, for instance, because it involved shapes and putting things together. And I found that I could memorize facts for history class if I drew little pictures of battle scenes or whatever event was in the curriculum. Approaching information visually made all the difference for me-and it still does. I always wanted to be an artist, but my parents were a little skeptical about the idea, since it’s not the easiest route to a solid bank account. So I figured out that I could go to art school to become a graphic designer, which might landed me a legitimate job.
It turned out that I loved it. I loved it so much that when I was asked to do one project, I’d do three. (I was a real overachiever beaver on that one.) I also started doing carpentry, working on building houses, but I never thought of it as a future vocation; it was just a way to pay for school. After I graduated, I got a job at a graphic design studio and won some design awards while continuing to study painting and sculpture. It was all going well, but not long into it, I met a model scout who encouraged me to try modeling. The pay, he promised, would be great.
So, even though I had hilariously long hair with a kind of funky rat tail in the back, I went into the modeling agency office. A week later I was on a plane to Japan and entering what would become my wanderlust phase. Modeling gave me the travel bug and opened new worlds for me. I had never been anywhere. Now I was going to Europe and Asia and living in New York City, Japan, Thailand, and Italy. I wasn’t exactly striking it rich by modeling, but I was seeing the world and in the process learning so much about different cultures, different religions, and different ways of life. I began to see everything, including art, architecture, and furniture, in a completely different way.

Paper art and furniture in interior designing and decoration

You can build mini pieces of furniture out of paper or cardboard and even add paint to test out colors. Whatever way you do it, it’s really worth the effort, and it’s going to be a lot easier on your back than moving furniture around. When you’re making your floor plan, give some thought to creating rather than just filling space. All rooms need “flow”: Open spaces make them easier to navigate as well as more open and inviting. If, for instance, you walk in through the front door of a house and are hit by the back of the couch, it kind of stops you dead in your tracks. It’s like putting a Do Not Enter sign on the couch, making it harder to comfortably walk into a room and feel a part of what’s going on in there.
Tempting as it may be to 20 How to Plan for a Makeover cram every single thing you love into a room or to opt for furniture that really doesn’t fit simply because you like the style, go for spaciousness instead. Trust me. The airier the room, the less hemmed in you (and everyone else) is going to feel. Having flow in a room also allows you to use the room for its intended purpose. One woman for whom I designed a room was a big reader with lots and lots of books. She is an inspiration. She adopted many kids, several from Russia, who nobody else would take because they had birth defects or had some other kind of disability. Because she raised them to believe in them, they were funny, smart, and engaging kids.
She, however, had focused so much on the kids that her bedroom had become completely beside the point. She used it mostly as a study, a place to read books in between caring for the kids, which was a full-time job. AB a not?-and basically redesigning the house. I wasn’t much better in school. I definitely had some issues with conduct and, being who I am, a lot of excess energy. So I caused chaos in the classroom, climbing in and out of windows, slapping Johnny on the back of the head. As it happens, my mom was studying to be a child psychologist and, as part of her course work, she came to my elementary school and asked to study the worst kid in the school.

Accent wall painting and interior designing with wall papers and textures

In just about every room, there’s one wall that immediately draws the eye. That’s the accent wall, which, in most of the bedrooms I design is a term that’s interchangeable with “the wall the bed is on.” (But “accent wall” sounds a lot more interior design, don’t you think?) In any case, creating some drama on one wall, in particular, is a sure way to give a bedroom some personality. And there are several different ways to do it. The first step, of course, is to choose which wall you’re going to highlight. Often that choice is dictated by the architectural layout of the room. When there are two windows on a wall with 86 Lighting the Way generous space between them, I generally like to place the bed right in the middle, which creates automatic symmetry and balance often, though, a room’s layout isn’t so obviously balanced, so you have to get creative.
The way I approached the problem in Sadie Holmes’s room was by creating wall art in place of a headboard. In this room, the obvious place to put the bed was on a very long, windowless wall, however, I didn’t want to let the bed just float in empty space. Placing the paper “waterfall” behind it defines space and adds drama. There are tons of ways to define the accent bedroom wall. Installing a bed with a great- looking headboard is probably the simplest, but you’ll still need to add something to make it pop, whether it’s painting the wall a different color than the rest of the room or covering the wall with wallpaper. Another great way to define a wall is to cover it with tongue-and- groove flooring. This works particularly well for a masculine room, like the one I did for John Vitale. Also don’t underestimate the impact of an excellent piece of art hanging above the bed.
And a four-poster bed creates its own sort of drama; you don’t have to worry about the wall if you’ve got a stunning bed set against it. If you don’t have a bed with an interesting headboard and aren’t inclined to invest in one, you can always create a detached headboard and attach it to the wall with a French cleat (two interlocking pieces of wood, one attached to the wall, the other to the object you’re hanging). For instance, in a bedroom I designed for a Marine, I used a router to cut out stars in a 7′ x 8′ wood headboard (it fell behind both the bed and the bedside tables).
But it doesn’t have to be that elaborate. Using a staple gun, you can also cover a board with foam and fabric to make a plush and elegant headboard. There is no end to the possibilities. Just make sure you use that French cleat or some other means of attaching the head- board to the wall (especially if you live in earthquake country). You don’t want it falling on you in the middle of the night. Lighting the Way 87 Another place where I was able to use lighting to good effect was in a bedroom I did for Patricia Broadbent, an AIDS activist and adoptive mother of six children, some of whom are HIV-positive. Patricia is an incredible optimist, who has taught her children to go out and have a full life despite their health status.
A former social worker, she has also helped raise awareness about the AIDS crisis and its effect on children. In the midst of all these selfless efforts, Patricia was diagnosed with lung cancer and, when the EMHE team met her, she was undergoing chemotherapy. It was clear, then, that she needed a bedroom where she could not only decompress from the work she was doing in the community but where she could rest and recover. To that end, I thought her room should have the same qualities as a spa: Zen-like calm and a simple, clean-lined design that, while spare, is not austere. The best spas are warm and nurturing, which is exactly how I wanted Patricia’s room to feel. We made it happen by using strategic lighting to set off the earthy colors and textiles and highlight the room’s natural beauty. Behind Patricia’s bed, for in- stance, are two floor-to-ceiling panels made of eco- resin, a non-toxic, translucent substance made largely of recycled materials. Frankly, I don’t think this Chinese neck pillow looks too comfortable, but it makes a great-looking table lamp. When it comes to lighting, use your imagination almost anything, from colanders to funnels, can be turned into a lamp.

Furniture designs and decoration in interior designing and decoration

What makes it work is that the furniture is in complementary tones and shapes, and the fabrics’ colors and patterns harmonize. Personally, I tend to favor a combination of the build-it-yourself and scavenger approaches. I’ve made a lot of the pieces in my house, but some of them also come from thrift shops and unexpected places. I bought the chairs in my dining room, for instance, from a college that was selling off some of its old furniture. They’re a mix of primary colors, made of chrome and plastic, and I paid only five dollars for each. I put the chairs around a bright white table, which has a base I got from a flea market and a top that I built myself.
Step Eleven is the most complicated step because it may entail going back to square one and going through the steps again with a less ambitious plan. In fact, most makeovers require revising the plan more than a few times. Just know that you’re going to freak out, but that you’ll refigure everything and it will all work out in the end. I do it every week.
Create a Floor Plan
How you’re going to commit your ideas to paper by re-creating the room in miniature so that you can play with all the elements. First, though, you need measurements.
A lot of them
Measure absolutely everything. Measure the floor, walls, and doors. Measure the height and width of the windows and, if you’re going to be using shades, measure the inside of the window frames. Measure how high the ceilings are. Then measure all the furniture that you plan to bring back into the room. All this measuring is going to help you in two ways. First, it’s going to allow you to draw up an accurate floor plan, and second, it’s going to help you avoid ordering curtains that are too short or shades that don’t fit in your window.
Rely on only your eyes to assess dimensions and you’re liable to end up with a dresser that covers part of the window or a desk that blocks a closet door. So get out the tape measure, write down all the measurements, and keep them accessible so that when you go shopping you don’t have to guess at the length of the sofa you need. (Trust me, guesstimating is aggravating-especially when you end up having to saw a sofa in half.) When you have all your measurements written down, you’ll create a floor plan. One way to do it is to find a floor plan tool online (a quick Google search will help you locate several different planning tools), then draw up your plan on your computer.
If you’re more of a low-tech kind of person, it’s also easy to just draw a floor plan yourself. Scaling everything down (say, 72 inch = 1 foot), reproduce the room on a piece of paper. Then, on a separate piece of paper, using the same scale, draw the furnishings you have and those you anticipate purchasing (anything from beds, dressers, and entertainment centers to couches, desks, lamps, and rugs). Cut the furnishings out and try out different arrangements in the room you’ve drawn. This method will save you from having to draw and redraw the room a hundred times.

Furniture arrangements in interior designing and decoration

If you do like big, soft, fluffy furniture, fine-just don’t over stuff a small room with it or you’re not going to have any space to walk around. Try to limit it to one fluffy comfortable chair or maybe just a fluffy ottoman. Or, if it’s a bedroom, keep all the furnishings and the bed itself fairly streamlined and top the bed with a big fluffy comforter and pillows. Better yet, get furniture that’s sleek and low to the ground. Also consider having a few pieces on the sidelines-say, tucked away in a corner or pushed up against a wall-which you move to the center only when you have guests over.
Those pieces might be stools for extra seating or even a couple of side tables that nest inside each other and can be pulled out for a cocktail party or the Super Bowl. You’ve got to have somewhere to put the chips, right? If you’re creating an entertainment room, also think about housing your electronic equipment in the most streamlined way possible. For instance, in my entertainment room, instead of putting my TV and stereo in a bulky cabinet or armoire, I built low, simple shelving on the wall with some little drawers and narrow shelves for storage and display. It makes the room feel more open, doesn’t take up much floor space, and yet still has a decorative feel.
Probably the most important thing to remember about designing a small space is, keep it simple. Choose a few wonderful things for the room and leave it at that. Think quality, not quantity. How to Plan for a Makeover 15 up with other styles to produce the atmosphere you desire. Keep in mind that a whole room doesn’t have to adhere to one particular style. Mixing styles can be a great way to create an environment that’s personal and unique. Compare Your Dream Room with Your Real-Life Budget and Capabilities okay, you’ve decided what you want to do. Now, how does that square with what you can realistically afford-in both time and money? Here’s where you need to ask yourself how much of the work you need to hire out and how much you can do yourself. Or, how much can you ask your friends to help with. I suggest that you do get help and make kind of a party out of it. Call up a bunch of friends and say, “Hey, let’s have fun this weekend.
Let’s get a few pizzas or whatever and makeover a room:’ You’ll be amazed at how many people will say, “That sounds like fun:’ The great thing is, you take advantage of your friends-of course, you’ll pay them back later when they start calling, and trust me, they will-who will undoubtedly bring their own ideas to the table. And the more ideas, the better. Friends or no friends, though, cost is still an issue. And if you can’t afford to make over a room entirely, think about what parts of your dream room you can swing. Keep in mind that you don’t need to replace absolutely everything in a room to give it new life. Sometimes when people can’t afford a complete redo, they don’t do anything at all, but I think it’s far better to make even a few small changes.
Painting a wall, adding one new piece of furniture, changing the art in the room, replacing the lighting, tossing a rug on the floor, getting different window shades-these are all easy fixes and none is very costly. You can make art out of just about anything.) Unless you’re doing some structural work that entails breaking through walls, furniture will probably be your biggest expense. But it depends on which way you want to go. There’s the cheap-but-chic route, which lets you buy cool-looking furniture knowing that it’s going to have a relatively short lifespan. For some people this is ideal, either because you get tired of stuff quickly or you’re just in an unsettled phase of life.
Then there’s the high-quality and higher-priced route, where you look at furniture, new or antique, as an investment. You want some- thing that’s going to be around long enough that you can pass it on to your grandchildren. Or there’s the build-it-yourself plan, which puts you somewhere in the middle cost-wise and lets you end up with some great one-of-a-kind pieces you can take pride in. Finally, there’s the scavenger approach-searching out previously owned but good-quality furniture at garage sales, flea markets, thrift shops, on Craig’s List and on eBay. You don’t, of course, have to choose only one way to go. I think some of the best rooms have a mix of furniture styles.