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.

Starting Up Your Own Web Design Business

Starting your own web design business, like every other business, requires careful consideration. Which aspect of Web design would you like to concentrate on? Graphic design, interior design, web development or web hosting are just a few of the available niches. Feel free to investigate the other niches to find a good match for you.

Once you have decided on a niche, you have to research it thoroughly by putting together a business plan. You need to look at web design from different angles – the opportunity it presents and how your strengths and weaknesses fit into the big picture. A level of experience will serve you well in this area but lack of experience should not deter you. There are a lot of resources available that can help boost your level of experience. You can leverage your inexperience by partnering with someone who is more experienced in this area or you can even choose to employ staffs who are more qualified. However you decide to tackle this aspect, the options are almost endless, choose what suits you best – you may even choose to learn the skills required either by taking a course or teaching yourself (a good place to start is by reading ‘Teach Yourself web design in 21 days’ by Laura LeMay’s).

Your business plan also needs to address other issues such as your financial projections for the year ahead and preferably also for the next five years, a look into what your competitors are doing and how you will position yourself to operate successfully irrespective of your competition. A business plan should be a live document that guides you from point A, which is thinking of starting your web design business, to point B, actually starting the business and running it.

Once you have successfully written your business plan and raised sufficient funds, you then need to put together your equipment for running your business. Of course this will include a computer and a number of different software packages. Since this is a dynamic and ever changing field my advice is for you to research online for the current popular products that are in use. Check out reviews on the products you like so you make an informed decision before making any financial commitment. Start with the minimum that you can get away with and still be able to offer your clients a professional job. As your experience and business grows you may then be in a position to add more packages to your repertoire of tools to increase your service level.

After you have succeeded in setting up and running your business you will certainly need to promote it so your potential clients know where to find you. You can choose to promote your business either offline or online but the latter is the cheaper option and you tend to see results faster. Promoting your business is a skill in itself. If this is not done properly your business will suffer. You can either choose to outsource this very important task if you have enough funds or you learn to do it yourself. The latter option is more desirable to me because no one knows your business like you do and neither will they be as passionate. There are resources available to help you learn the skills needed to successfully market your business which you may want to check out below.

Do You Need a Graphic Design Degree?

Do you really need to get a graphic design degree? It is true that many graphic designers have never formally studied, but rather taught themselves over many years on how to become a great graphic designer. Many were or still are freelance designers who also work for a company.

Whatever the case, a degree in graphic design can only strengthen your position when it comes to finding employment in this competitive field. Without a doubt, the top corporations who employ graphic designers will look for a degree. This is because a degree proves you have perseverance and commitment to the industry. Commitment is often a more important factor for employers as they want to be sure they are hiring a graphic designer they can rely on well into the future.

People interested in graphic design generally begin their interest in high school, sometimes even before that. Many students practice graphic design at home in their spare time. The affordability of high end graphic design software and capable computers has made this art more accessible than ever before. There are now millions of excellent graphic designers the world over, some working freelance and gaining 100% of their work online. These people do not have a graphic design degree but are very proficient in the art.

Graphic designers typically earn between $40,000 and $70,000, but this can vary greatly depending on the employer and whether the designer partakes in any freelance work to supplement their income.

Currently some of the most established and recognized places to gain a graphic design degree from are available both online and offline. These include:

Academy of Art University Online

American InterContinental University

The Art Institute Online

ITT Technical Institute

Westwood College Online

Penn Foster Career School

Penn Foster College

Most schools offer a wide range of design courses which focus on different areas, including computer animation, fashion design, television, media, interior design, web design, video game design and more. All of these areas require graphic design skills so you are not limited in the careers you can pursue once you are qualified with a degree.

If you wish to be employed locally and make graphic design a stable career for you then earning a degree is the best way to begin. It will win you points in the eyes of employers and will also equip you with the skills and experiences that you would otherwise miss out on.