Home Interior Design Options: Small, Medium and Large Floor Pillows

Large floor pillows have long been used as a functional and decorative piece in homes for centuries. They are popular in Algerian, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Egyptian, and Moroccan cultures. They have now crossed over to other countries. This comes as no surprise since they are beautiful and useful. And you can always count on them to elevate the appearance of any home or office space, as well as make it more comfortable.

Unlike what most people believe, you do not need your home to have an oriental motif in order to put large floor pillows to good use. You can put a western twist to it so that it can identify with and complement European and American aesthetics. You could start with the coverings you dress them with or the way they are arranged in your home. You could also experiment with the colors so they don’t overwhelm the surrounding furnishings. And maybe incorporate unifying elements to different design themes so that they still come in cohesion even though they are unique from each other.

Take for example, in the dining room, you could have a minimalist, low-lying dining table made of glass and steel set up on top of a black and white area rug and then surround it with golden floor pillows for that futuristic look with a traditional Japanese feel. With this particular home interior design, you will have no problem incorporating crystal chandeliers, metal ornaments as well as modern abstract pieces. In the den, you could pick large pillows with funky patterns and textures; pile them up in the middle, in front of the television set, and then have a mural hung on the background or a carpet underneath that has all of the colors used represented.

Of course, you can also opt for the conventional feel and have the room or house you own completely decorated in Japanese or Moroccan furnishings. There are a number of shops you can find in your locality or on the web that sells flat, comfy zabutons or zafu (traditional Japanese floor pillows) or round fluffy Moroccan floor pillows. You have to be conscious though about how their innate structures and designs will match the environment they will be placed in. See, typical Japanese floor pillows are simple and a bit drab colored while leather-made Moroccan versions are more exotic and a bit overbearing. The same goes of Indian sari pillows as most of them are embellished with beads and tapestries.

There are shops online that you can also approach for custom made floor pillows, so you not only get exactly what you want but have complete control over the quality, quantity and appearance of each piece. You could have one made in the shape of a certain character with the accent of an old-fashioned Oriental pillow. Or you could have one made that could accommodate more than one person sleeping. You can also designate whether these pillows will have cotton, polyester, feather or foam fillings. Whatever you go with, you are definitely guaranteed a unique and therapeutic experience when you provide your home floor pillow fixtures.

Common Interior Design Mistakes

So you’re going to re-do that living room, den, kitchen, bedroom etc. Here is a list of common mistakes in re-designing any room, some of them are common to all rooms some are specific to certain rooms. We will start with the biggest mistake made by most do it yourselfers and even professional designers. My expertise is in Nautical Design but no matter what the theme there are common mistakes made with any theme.

LIGHTING – Lighting can be the one most significant part of any room. There is nothing like a well lit room, and the type of lighting and combination are endless. Whatever you do you will want the room to be well lit and inviting. In the living room you can add table lamp or floor lamp, track lighting is always important for those specific areas needing additional lighting. I would not recommend overhead lighting in the living room, however in the kitchen this really is a must along with under the cabinet lighting. When it comes to lighting more is better.

FURNITURE – One of the biggest mistakes with furniture is oversized for the room. Even a very large room can give the appearance of a very small room if oversized furniture is used. Do not go with the temptation to line up the furniture along the walls, major fault in most designs. If the room is very large break it up with the furniture an area for conversation with friends, a well lit area for reading, etc. Although traffic patterns are important it should not be the main concern.

HANGING PICTURES AND MIRRORS – There are two main mistakes made when it comes to hanging pictures or mirrors. First if you have a beautiful painting let it stand alone, you do not need 5 other pictures around it. Too much of a good thing can spoil the effect. Second hanging the pictures or mirrors to high. The general rule of thumb is to hang a picture or mirror 5 feet from the floor to the center of the piece that you are hanging. Make that wall art a focal point and do not forget the lighting. A good way to illuminate pictures is with tack lighting. This is one thing that is often forgotten and can completely ruin the effect.

COLOR COHESIVENESS – There must be a flow of color throughout the room. Pick your starting point, it could be the wall color that you just must have, or that furniture you cannot do without, or those curtains that will make the room look elegant. Bring color in from one piece to another, make them look attached. A good way to help that cohesiveness along is to use throw pillow on chairs and sofas, pick colors that match or complement your curtains and or furniture, or your wall coloring.

These are the four biggest mistakes made in re-decorating a room. For additional FREE tips and design aid you can visit my web site where I go into specific room and help you design that room you always wanted. Visit my web site at [http://www.shopnautical.com]. Thank you for taking the time to read my article comments are always welcomed.

Interior Design Ideas – How to Make Corridors and Landings Look Elegant

By the judicious selection of wall colors you can visually change the proportions of a corridor. To push out the side walls select colors that recede, and for a corridor to appear shorter add an advancing color to the end wall.

Mirrors fixed to side walls will magically open up the space and make it appear much wider and lighter. These can be in the form of sheets made into a wall of mirror or in panels placed between doors. Cut to shape, mirrors can be used to back recesses/niches, and framed sections can be hung at intervals.

The placement of an item of interest at the end of the corridor will have the effect providing a focal point as well as stopping the eye. You may choose to display a piece of sculpture, a stone urn or perhaps a decorative vase on a plinth. A stunning framed painting, stenciled walls or a trompe l’oeil painted effect will serve a similar purpose, as will an item of exquisite furniture.

Floor coverings that emphasize the horizontal will also help to break up the space. A continuous carpet that has a trellis pattern or is divided into panels will be effective, as will individual area rugs placed at intervals on to either a hard floor or fitted carpet.

Interest can also be created on side walls by hanging pictures. Not only will they make your passage through the space more pleasurable, but the reflective surface of their glass fronts will help to bounce around whatever natural light is available. A decorator’s tip to stabilize pictures hanging in a traffic area is to fix each picture at two points (that is, with two hooks) instead of one.

Structurally breaking up the space may involve only slightly more work. The creation of arches along your corridor will not only break the ‘journey’ but will also provide an attractive frame through which to view the scene beyond.

The key to a winning scheme may well lie with some existing possession. A tribal runner carpet, a particularly dominant painting, an exotic screen or a gorgeous piece of painted furniture – any of these items could be used as a trigger for a successful scheme. By picking out and repeating a color element from your furnishings, you will instantly draw attention to them and give them a sense of belonging.

On the matter of safety it is important for sufficient light to be provided to signal any changes of floor level, and that lights can be switched on and off at either end of a corridor (that is, two-way switched). It also is essential that loose floor coverings be well attached to the underfloor (special webbings are available for loose carpers placed on either hard or soft floorings), and for hard floor surfaces to be non-slip, especially where there are children or elderly people in residence.