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.

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.

Discover the Interior Designer in You With Bratz Games

When we casually say we like surprises, perhaps its because we are hanging on to memories of some tastefully designed home, or some ultra hip office. You may also recall seeing some carefully arranged living room, or garden. Now, do you aspire to design the same spaces that inspire and move others? The best thing to do now is to try your hand at designing and enhancing your choices when it comes to choosing what needs to go with this dark brown table, or that maroon carpet. You may still be light years away from convincing your mom to fix, say, the garden to suit your taste (assuming you have a garden, in the first place) and may even gain a curt answer, but that doesn’t mean you are not meant to try your hand at being a well- known interior designer. While you are still cooling your heels for the so-called right time in doing something, why not give interior designing a try at Bratz games?

By the way, you may remember that Bratz Dolls are the new global sensation who have ‘a passion for fashion’. Usually seen in their 10-inch versions, they tweens and teeners like to dress them up in funky outfits and bearing their own nicknames. The very first Bratz were known as Cloe (Angel), Yasmin (Pretty Princess), Sasha (Bunny Boo) and Jade (Kool Kat), launched back in the later months of 2001.

Bratz games on the web is the perfect chance to hone your creative style and imagination in designing rooms. Try offering your services to the Bratz. Cloe and Sasha seem to be having a hard time fixing up their living room. Anyway, its already a habit to rearrange everything in the house every time theres a shift in the season.

Let’s have a small challenge here. For example, the living room by itself is fine already. But the Bratz just got new furniture to replace the ones already faded through the years and everything in the room simply bursts into disorder with every furniture scattered all over the place. Help these fashionable girls to get rid of their blues with a room makeover.

You may want to start things right by arranging a floor plan of how you want things to look like when your done. Then affix the lights in their proper places and not forgetting the option of additional dim lights in the event you also want a lounge feel to your lighting. Think of a way for the colors of the floor carpet and the sofa to agree. One good tip is that as your eye moves from floor to carpet to furniture to curtains, your eye ought to see progressively lighter colors. The vase or vases will also be useful for occasionally helping frame a painting adjacent to them, or helping accent it. Adding plants that have soothing scents helps the room to become fresh. Do not leave out of your plans rearranging the television and the home theater set next to the wall. After you’ve finished everything, celebrate your efforts with a well-earned glass of wine.

So prepare to get ever-new fun with Bratz games and learn to improve your interior designing skills. Learn how to be creative and how to do design together with the Bratz.