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As the architect Mies van der Rohe once said, ‘God is in the details.’ This insight reflects one of the pillars of cheap chic interior style: make the most of accessories. On one hand, they are a home’s personal signature – a visual diary of who you are and what you love. On the other, they are the practical objects that you couldn’t live without.
Lighting in child’s bedroom is something you should not take it for granted. Many people will go to considerable lengths to decorate a child’s bedroom in a ‘playful’ style. Often the decor will follow a specific theme based on a child’s interests, sometimes with the whole room being thought of as a plaything itself. Whether or not you choose to go to these lengths, a child’s bedroom can provide a great opportunities for fun lighting, and remember that the child will probably want to have a say in both the decor and the lighting as he or she grows older.
Nowadays the word ‘vintage‘ is bandied about all overthe place, especially in relation to style and fashion, but we can think of it as just a smart way of saying second-hand. Of course, The Oxford English Dictionary gives a slightly more elevated definition, saying that vintage ‘denotes something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind’, so let’s use that as starting point. Furniture, soft furnishings, crockery, china, absolutely anything for the homecan be vintage if you are not the first person to have owned it, though it must be from the past and less than a hundred years old – as any older makes it antique.
The history of tiles can be traced further back than the birth of Christ, to the eastern Mediterranean and beyond. Early techniques of ceramic decoration were carried from the shores of this sea to Northern Africa and Western Europe, where an important centre was established in Holland. Stone, marble and glass, particularly in mosaic form, were features of Roman buildings, and many of their decorations are preserved on historical sites today.
Fabric storage screens can be simple lengths under the sink, hiding the household necessities, or complex three-way self-standing frames used as changing screens or simply to indicate an area of privacy. The free-standing, folded fabric screenis both stable and lightweight; its portability and decorative qualities make it functional, fashionable and very versatile.
The idea of a highlight in an interior design is to attract attention and perhaps at the same time distract the eye from a less deserving area. If colour is to be effective as a highlight, it has to be seen against neutral or tonally similar background. It will obviously not work in a room that is already a riot of colour. A highlight does not have to be a strongly saturated colour – a flash of pale apricot, for instance, seen against dark grey, would be as effective as a violet against baby pink.
One thing that is more sad than blank walls in ones house is to see a single lonely picture in acres of space. Especially if it is hanged so high up that nobody can see it. It does’nt have to be like this. And you don’t have to be in the possession of valuable pieces of art. Family photos, childrens’ drawings, posters or emerging local artist’s work – everything can look great on your wall. There are loads of different ways that you can hang pictures. Here are some ideas and methods to inspire you.
Have you ever been to a cafe or bistro that totally feels like home? One of the things that make some food places so uncommon and cozy are the interior decorations. Cafe curtains definitely pop and draws attention because of how they look different from average curtains in your interior design. Contrary to most window treatments, cafe curtains do not cover the entire window; they cover only half. This kind of curtain is excellent for creating privacy of space but still allowing lots of light to shine through.
It is important to make the point here that vintage style for your home is not about historical re-creation of rooms from the past. It is not about travelling back in the past. A house decorated from top to bottom in a 1930s’ style, for example, could very easily look staid and feel more like a museum than a home.
Doing up old, second-hand furniture is a must to achieve the vintage look in your home, whatever era you are going for. One of the best ways to completely transform an old piece is by painting and distressing it. You can find special workshops that can do it for you, or you can try to do it by yourself. It really is an easy and straightforward technique, and has amazing results. What was a dull old chair become a bright and wonderful piece of furniture that gives your interior completely new dimension.