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May 2016

Decorating Your Kid’s Room With Wall Decals

Decorating Your Kid's Room With Wall DecalsDecorating your child’s room can be time consuming and expensive. Kids grow and change and so do their tastes, which means having to change decorations every few years. That can be expensive! What was “cool” isn’t going to be in just a short period of time, so why spend a ton of cash and time redecorating your child’s room every few years when you there’s a simple solution?

What is this solution you ask? Wall decals of course! Painting, wall paper, new bedding; it can all add up quickly. However, if you choose neutral colors and solid prints, you can easily add and change wall decals to create a whole new space without having to break a sweat, or your bank.

You can also choose from a variety of colors and styles of decals. Maybe you just want a simple quote, you can do that! Or maybe you want something a bit more drastic, you can do a mural! Most companies will even let you upload your own image and will print it out for you making your space all the more personal.

Decals can also be layered to create more interesting images and allow you to customize your decal even more! If you’re afraid you aren’t creative enough to design your own decal sets, most companies will have “kits” with an assortment of decals such as flowers or dinosaurs. Whatever your child likes, chances are you’ll be able to find it one way or another.

Decals aren’t just for children’s rooms either; they’re great for rental properties, businesses and more! Pre-cut self-adhesive wall stickers are easy to install and remove, making them a great option for those with ever changing taste. Decals are also VERY durable. We all know kids can get a bit rambunctious, but you won’t have to worry about them damaging wall decals.

Decals are made from waterproof vinyl with great adhesive which makes them last for years to come. Depending on the type of decal you order, they will either peel right off the wall when you’re ready to change things up, or for those with a more industrial adhesive you’ll need a little help from a heat gun or blow dryer. Whichever you choose they will easily remove from the wall without damaging your paint or leaving sticky residue behind. I personally suggest the more industrial option if you are planning on keeping them around for a while merely for the fact that the weaker adhesive is more likely to lose its stickiness over time and may result in your decal falling off.

Whatever their taste, wall decals are a great way to decorate your child’s room! Easy to install and remove, these durable decals will be sure to turn heads all the while saving you money decorating!

 

The Importance of a Master Plan for Your Residential Interior Design

Master Plan for Your Residential Interior DesignThe importance of a master plan for your interior design projects is of vital importance. The reason for this is that your money and your time are two of the things that are inseparable. It is critical that your time, your money, and your resources are allocated properly.

It doesn’t matter how much money you have or how little money you have. If someone says, “I’ve got a thousand dollars to spend,” that is a lot of money for them. If another person says, “I’ve got ten thousand dollars to spend,” that will be a lot of money for that individual to spend. Even if somebody has one hundred thousand dollars to spend, that will be a lot of money to them. And lastly, even if it’s one million dollars, for a multi-millionaire, it’s still a significant amount of money to spend.

So, do you want to just spend the money, or do you really want to invest the money? The answer is rather obvious. You want to invest the money because you want a return on your investment, in more ways than one. You want a return on your investment emotionally, intellectually, and visually for maximum impact and enrichment.

Having a master plan helps you to orchestrate all the components that go into a producing great interior design. If you’re working in a single room you have to orchestrate all the different furniture pieces. If you’re working on a whole house you need to transition in different areas and have some relatedness, and a master plan helps you to accomplish that.

A master plan is also about the importance of words. Here we’re talking about intangible things first, because the intangible almost always precedes the tangible. Somebody has an idea, a concept, and then eventually it becomes a reality. But, the correct words will frame the concept and the concept will frame the reality.

Another very important thing is to have it on paper. Because, without having it documented, you can’t look at it, you can’t ponder it, you can’t meditate on it. This is the aspect that can get you excited. It’s your vision!

Always remember, whether it’s a house you have right now or whether it’s a house you plan to build, you’re always working within the context of architecture. So, you have architecture and you have interior design. They are and should act as a hand-and-glove scenario. This analogy relates to the fit, feel and appropriateness of the interior design with architecture. In this relationship, the architecture exists to contain or house the interior. The interior is the hand and the architecture is the glove. And it’s the hand that animates the glove and makes it come alive.

Steven C. Adamko, is the owner and founder of Spectrum Interiors, established in 1982.

All of Steve’s designs are personally tailored to the client with the result being orchestrated with the desired Ambiance that is seen, felt, understood, and experienced. He works in a broad range and spectrum of residential and commercial design, as well as furniture and lighting design. His services to others include teleseminars, webinars, and seminars.

Smart Ways to Redesign the Interiors of Your Home

Redesign the InteriorsMost homeowners want to achieve something unique with their homes, but of course there are many constraints with regards to budget and ideas. If you have been thinking of designing your home interiors, there are some very essential aspects that you need to consider. Instead of being the cautious homeowner, you need to be the smart one who knows best ways to realize your design objectives, without going over the budget. Here are some of the best ideas which will help in renovating interiors like a pro.

Make a Plan:

No matter what kind of interiors you are aiming for, it is essential to have a plan. Most contractors and designers who work with high-end residential architecture and interiors will suggest the same. Having a plan helps in minimizing waste of time and resources, and makes it possible to actually keep tab of the project and budget. With the plan, you will be able to keep better control of the entire job. Keep in mind that changes are inevitable as you start working, so devise the plan in such a way that allows changes.

Hire a Designer:

It may seem that hiring a designer is an extra expenditure in the first place, but the benefits are endless. Make sure you hire a designer that has actually and personally built. The best designers work with homeowners to create the refined and sophisticated looks, which would be customized to their needs of functionality. At the same time, there are other considerations such as budget, lead time, material and labor procurement that can be handled by the designer’s team of project managers. Most people think that contractors and designers will end up spending more money on basic materials and purchases, which isn’t true. A designer can get better deals and quality for the money for most things in the first place, thanks to trade discounts and years of experience in the field.

Avoid Clutter:

If you check the current designer interiors in Europe in the last 10 years, you will find that cluttered interiors are passé. In fact, most designers nowadays suggest the minimalist look where the focus is to bring tranquility with style, instead of heaping things upon things. Depending on the objectives of the interior plan, the designer may suggest getting rid of some of the items you already own, which isn’t a bad idea at all. Thinking of the losses? Don’t worry as good resale shops can help you get the best value for most things. In some cities, there are agents that will buy up your entire household for resale.

Focus On Smaller Elements:

Practicing designers know that the budget of the customer can have a huge impact on the project. This is the precise reason why they may suggest a level between complete gutting and superficial internal alterations. For example, the designer may suggest saving money on floor replacement by sanding and painting the old oak floor white. The money saved can be used on buying new pieces of furniture. Make sure that you spell out your needs to the designer. Start with making a list of things to do and go over it with the designer.

With these ideas, you should be ready to roll! Create a new look for your home today!

How to Reduce or Eliminate Your Mistakes in Interior Design and Decorating

Mistakes in Interior Design and DecoratingWe all reside in houses of one kind or another. When furnished, whether well done or not, they constitute the environment in which we spend the great part of our lives. These environments influence us continually and profoundly.

To the degree that your home is beautiful and comfortable, affects us favorably and provides a wonderful haven for recuperation of mind and body, as well as facilitating a richer and more satisfying life. To the degree that it is uncomfortable and lacking in beauty, it provides the exact opposite, to a potentially devastating degree.

As you can see, a properly furnished home is a very important matter. It affects your life, as well as your attitude and ambitions. Your home should be an environment that is as supportive of your life as possible. Therefore, knowledge of how to furnish a house properly is also very important.

Beauty and comfort in a home does not result from chance or happy accident. They result from the proper application of a reasoned process. Two quotes on the back of my business card illustrate this perfectly. They are foundations of my business philosophy. Firstly, “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.” Secondly, “When you love and skill work together; expect a masterpiece.”

Transforming an empty house into a place of beauty and comfort, is no less a creative work than transforming a blank canvas into a picture, or carving a block of stone into a beautiful sculpture. The major distinction between a painting or sculpture, and a house, is that you are looking at the artwork, whereas in the home you are not only looking at the interiors, but also enveloped in them. Therefore, interior design and decoration is also an art of selection and arrangement in a three-dimensional environment. This will require knowledge, appreciation, discrimination, and good judgment. Since interior design is a part of architecture, like a hand and glove, it differs from painting and sculpture in that it has a very practical aim. Your home must not only look good, but function well, to be supportive of your lifestyle

When you set out to furnish your home, you face a threefold problem.

  1. You must select and arrange items that suit the age, sex and temperament of the individuals; whether one or many, as well as meet their needs, express their tastes and aspirations, as well as fit the budget.
  2. You must see to it that the furniture and accessories selected and arranged; suit the home in terms of scale, proportion, coloring, and style; whether it is eclectic, transitional, traditional, or contemporary.
  3. Finally, you must see to it that these things are not only suitable, but also good-looking and aesthetically pleasing. In addition, they must all combine to form a harmonious and beautiful whole.

In other words, the treatment of your house and each room in your house, involves the interplay of three factors, which we will differentiate as the personal, the architectural, and the aesthetic. No decorative problem, however simple or complex; can be solved correctly and appropriately unless each of these factors is properly considered and given its due importance in order to achieve the best result.

Even though the personal factor is of extreme importance, the architectural factor is one of the first things taken into account. Since the size and other physical characteristics of the rooms will determine what goes in them.

The personal factor is critical from the point that houses are for people, and a house exists to make adequate provision for the satisfaction, needs, and preferences of the individuals that will inhabit it. The prior statement is simple common sense; yet professionals, as well as nonprofessionals ignore it frequently. Many look at it as “decorating” without due consideration for personal aspects relative to the real needs and preferences of the occupants.

This is not about fads or the newest craze! You must never forget, that if you choose to disregard the personal factor, or make it of subordinate importance, you will pay the price in loss of comfort and beauty. If your main concern is to comply with the newest fad or craze of the hour, you may experience an hour’s satisfaction; but you will most assuredly fail in achieving any dignity and individuality or the fine flavor of distinction found only in homes whose decoration and design are established on the studied needs and tastes of the occupants.

As far as the aesthetic factor is concerned; making the furnishings fit the house is also of great importance as well as making them fit the people who live there. A properly furnished home meets all the real needs, both practical and aesthetic, of all the occupants, and relates them to the architectural factors as well. This paves the way for a pleasing and harmonious composition that is unique and personal.

Briefly, here is what you need to consider. Imagine three intersecting circles. Circles A, B, and C. Circle A represents the total number of things available, without reference to their suitability, and are intrinsically good-looking, or pleasing in an aesthetic way. Circle B represents the total number of items that would satisfy your personal requirements. Circle C is the total number of elements that would satisfy the architectural requirements. The small area where all three circles intersect is the “sweet spot” which we will label as D. This is the total amount of items and elements that are capable of satisfying all the conditions; that being personal, aesthetic, and architectural. The remaining, are the choices that you are limited to, in order to create the most holistic design possible. This will eliminate all the “fluff” and potential errors and mistakes that can ruin a potentially wonderful result that can greatly enrich your life.