The 3 Principles of Interior Design

Account for function, mood and personality in any decorating project with these pointers.

A beautifully decorated interior not only functions well but it creates a mood or a feeling and shows off the personality of the family that lives there. It’s attention to these three important ingredients — function, mood and personality — that ensures decorating success.

Before painting and rearranging, spend some time thinking about your family and how you live. Look through magazines for inspiration and pull out ideas or rooms that appeal to you. Gather things from around the house that make you feel good and study them carefully for color cues and perhaps a clue to the mood you’re looking for in your home. This is the beginning of a well-planned and decorated living area.

As for the rest, let’s start with function.


Decorating is more than just eye appeal — it’s making a room really work for you. Here’s how to do it, element by element:

  • The focal point: Sometimes rooms have

Create a Kitchen a Professional Chef Would Dream Of

KraftMaid Classically Traditional KitchenA lot of activity happens in the kitchen. Between cooking, eating, and entertaining, we spend a great deal of time in our kitchens. So it is essential that this room be well designed and efficient. While the exact layout of your kitchen is a matter of personal preference, but seasoned chefs have a few things that they find essential in their kitchens.

Assess Your Habits

Size does not always matter when it comes to your kitchen. It is just as possible to cook like a pro in a small kitchen as it is to cook in a big kitchen. What is important is that you take stock of how you work and design your space so that your kitchen flows with your movements.

Counter Space is Prime Real Estate

One thing most chefs agree on is that counter space is important. Counter space can serve as prep space for cooking or baking and maybe even provide a buffet setup for entertaining. When it comes to counter space many chefs prefer butcher block, marble, and granite.

Organize Everything

As much as chefs want lots of counter space they also want it to be clear. That’s why sufficient cabinetry is so

How to Create the Perfect Back Garden


There are over ten million back gardens in Britain, many of which are abandoned and left as storage for the shovel and the bins. Given some TLC, however, a back garden can serve as a personal sanctuary for reading a book on a relaxing summer afternoon or a social space for hosting a fantastic barbecue. Here are four tips to help you create your perfect back garden.


Before you can begin creating your perfect back garden, it may need a bit of a clean up. Getting rid of old items you no longer need is a therapeutic way to make your back garden more spacious and less messy, and leaves you with lower levels of cortisol, the natural hormone our body releases as a response to stress.

There are over ten million back gardens in Britain, many of which are abandoned and left as storage for the shovel and the bins. Given some TLC, however, a back garden can serve as a personal sanctuary for reading a book on a relaxing summer afternoon or a social space for hosting a fantastic barbecue. Here are four tips to help you create your perfect back garden.


Before you can begin creating

5 Tips to a Greener Home

Things have changed about the way we look at remodeling our homes. Green home remodeling has become the best way to improve the value of your home while reducing the cost of living overall. “Smart houses”, sustainable lifestyles” and “green building” are phrases that are appearing more and more in the housing and construction market.

Green is the new black as far as smart investments in home remodeling. We are keenly interested in keeping the cost of living down as well as making our homes “smarter” by redesigning the way they function. Alternate forms of energy like solar panels or wind turbines, energy saving appliances, windows that can take advantage of cross breezes instead of using air conditioning, using recycled building materials and even downsizing a home are all ways we can reduce our carbon footprint with green home remodeling. And, there is no better way to prepare a home for resale or to increase its value nowadays than by making it as “green” as possible.

Here are some green home remodeling tips to make any home more energy efficient and improve its value:

Remodeling Design
The design of your home remodel is crucial. Elements such as: room size, recycled or sustainable building

Amazing Office Interior Decorating Tips

Brand It

If your business already has a cool brand, it’s best to stick with the colors of that brand when redecorating. This way, customers already familiar with your previous look will more easily recognize your company after you modernize its interior. Even if you fully deck out the furniture and switch everything around but the colors, the familiarity that visitors have established psychologically will still remain. Your business will still be recognized and remembered for what it is rather than something new and unfamiliar. Most guests will usually appreciate your company’s foresight to keep up with the trends, and the fact that your business is prospering enough to redecorate. If your business doesn’t have a well established brand with an eye-catching logo and colors, starting with an office makeover is a great place to remedy that!

Black and White

Decorating in mostly black or white is super popular nowadays for many reasons. Successful companies like Apple have made the look one of the hottest interior decorating trends in all areas of the field. However, this look, while stylish, is fraught with difficulties. Just black or white on its own looks terribly boring, and the latter is a nightmare to keep clean. The

5 Interior Design Tips to Turn a Summer Living Room Into a Winter One

While it may be nice to have a pretty, summery look in your living room during the hotter months and even into fall, there comes a point when you simply can’t deny that winter has set in. The bright florals and light colors of summer need to go and it’s time to bring in the cozy feeling of a winter look. If you aren’t sure just how to do that, here are a few interior design tips for you.

1. Pay attention to color. We use color everywhere in our lives and it affects nearly everything we do. For the cooler months, darker, richer hues are ideal for creating a cozy, winter look in your living room. Rich browns, burgundies, dark greens and ochres are perfect for making it feel warmer inside, but you don’t have to run out and buy new furniture. Slip covers make it very simple to change the palette of a room, as do curtains.

2. Use plenty of texture. Clean and smooth is the way to go for hot weather, but once the snow starts to fall, it’s time to get nice and warm and fuzzy. Texture adds a lot of personality to a room and you

Tips for Unique Home Interior Design

With more and more people implementing innovative interior design ideas to design their homes, the demand of interior designers is on a constant rise. Especially, when it comes to home interior design, these designers are of immense importance nowadays. Rightly so, for you cannot afford to neglect your home as it unmistakably connotes your very own style and signature and determines the way of your very existence in an indomitable manner. Hence, it is imperative that the place where you stay is properly designed in a trendy way so much so that it sets an example for the others.

Let us discuss some of the easy & creative tips of home interior design that will be handy for you when you opt to design & decorate your home in a stylish & elegant manner and join the league of those who have already done so.

Scheming of a relevant Color

When we talk about decorating and designing your home, you cannot get away with using any color(s) you like. You need to be extremely choosy and make sure you use a proper color and scheme that plays a pivotal role in uplifting the vibe of the home you stay in. Since colors have

How to Choose the Exterior Color of Your Building

You’ve wrestled with design, square footage and dozens of other details to get your new building project moving forward. Now you get to exercise your creative chops and choose a color for your building. We’ll address interior colors in a separate blog post.

Color is both fun and serious at the same time. It’s fun to contemplate the world of color and all its permutations, but choosing a color that showcases your business and what it stands for is serious indeed.

Color is emotional and it speaks to us instantly and intuitively without us even realizing it. We know that red is stimulating, blue is calming and green has a tranquil affect because it is the color of nature. The psychology of color is a well-documented field. Much study has been done to determine what colors are ideal for certain products and services. These findings can be translated to your choice of color for your building.

Here are a few things to consider:

Type of business

Manufactures go for “shelf appeal” so their packaging will jump out at the consumer in the grocery isle. Consider the same for your business. You’ll want to be noticed, but depending on your type of business, you might not

9 Basic Styles in Interior Design

At the start of any interior design project, we wonder in what style should create our interior home in order to feel good in that environment. While I emphasize the main characteristics for each one of them, I will try to join some interiors or products that illustrate each style separately. If someone likes classic lines, you can’t suggest something modern because she believes that what is proposed isn’t represented for her taste, devoid of atmosphere, simple and will not transmit anything.

1. Modern Minimalist Style

This style is a form of extreme accuracy, nothing is too much, without heavy backgrounds. The emphasis is on simplicity, the colors may be dull or bright, in any case flashy colors. Pieces are either geometric shapes – square, rectangular, round, but the surfaces are clean, no scenery, no details. Minimalist modern style by its name, illustrates the simplified forms.

2. Classic Style

It is a refined style, developed, rich in details, which are found both in the structure of furniture, lighting, etc. as well as in sets, prints. The furniture is the “art” type, carved or inlaid details and apply. Decorated with floral elements, vegetable, various leitmotif or scenes drawn from legends.

3. Rustic Style

Style structure is a

Make Your Patio Perfect with the Right Roof

Flat roofs

As the name suggests, a flat roof is a roof made to give the appearance of being completely flat. However in actual fact, flat roofs are built on a slight angle. This is to allow for proper drainage. To look at though, your flat roof will appear quite flat.


Flat roofs as a general rule are the cheapest roofs to install. This is because their designs are in-most-cases simpler than that of equivalent gable or combination roofs. Therefore they require a smaller amount of materials and a less-lengthy installation time. This saves you money on both materials and the cost of labour.

The other significant benefit of a flat roof is that they are generally quite low maintenance. For example there are no slopes or ‘valleys’ to keep clean. And because of the very-slight angular construction, dirt and leaves can be brushed off with water.


Flat roofs are often not as visually-striking as alternative gable or combination roofs. They function very well and are easy to maintain, but some may dislike the simple functional aesthetic that typifies this style of roofing.

Gable Roofs
Gable roofs are easily identifiable by their classic triangular design. They are made from two roofing panels, both pitched in

7 Tips For A Beautiful Modular Home Exterior

Take advantage of being able to completely customize your prefab. Learn how to help your modular house stand out from the crowd and feel like home.

1 – Build a Front Porch
It cannot be overstated how completely a front porch will change the overall look of your modular home. Some home styles – most notably the colonial style – seem incomplete without them, but adding a porch can give your home an inviting feeling while also adding extra living space.

2 – Add Dormers to Your Roof
Dormers are an inexpensive way to add character to your home by changing the silhouette of your house and adding some variety and character to your roof. Dormers can be functional, aesthetic, or both. Sometimes they are added on to the roof and change the look of the exterior without actually opening up into the house. Other times the roof will be cut away where the dormer is attached and they can provide lots of natural light to a room.

3 – Use Decorative Roofingbeautiful tile roof
Some exterior aesthetic changes are much less expensive when they’re made to a modular home – attractive roofing is one of them. For a site-built home it might



In tropical climates, a turquoise house doesn’t seem so out of place. However, if you tried that in the mountains of Colorado, say, your home will likely turn heads… and not in a good way. Your home’s natural surroundings should play a key part in choosing a paint color for your residence’s façade. Use the mountains, ocean, flowers, or wildlife around you as a source of inspiration.

If you live in a historic home or one that replicates a specific period’s aesthetic, it’s best to stay true to that era. This means opting for a vivid paint color doesn’t always make sense. While Victorian houses lend themselves to majestic jewel tones and other bright hues, a classic farmhouse would have been – and should remain – an earthy shade.

A.K.A. the homeowners’ association. If you’re home falls under the jurisdiction of one, there may be limitations on the colors – and even the specific shades – you can and cannot paint your home. Make sure to check with yours before beginning a home makeover or you could be slapped with some hefty fines.


Not only can darker shades require more coats, they can also be harder

Interior design tips that everybody living in a small space should know

bout 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, it’ll be 70 percent. More people in cities means less room for everybody, which means we all need to learn how to live well in smaller spaces.

That’s why we talked to interior designers Nina Etnier and Kelly Martin about how to put together an awesome, if tiny, home.

Here’s what we found out.

Let’s start with layout. “Scale is an important thing that most people don’t think about when laying out their apartments,” says Martin, who’s based in Los Angeles.

It’s important to measure out the apartment so no piece of furniture overpowers the room — it should strike a balance.

If you’re moving from apartment to apartment every few years, Etnier, who does a lot of work in New York, says to invest in pieces that are easier to move.

“A beautiful side table, a nice dresser, coffee tables,” she says. “Pieces that are going to work wherever you land.”

“Get nice floor lamps and table lamps,” Etnier says. “Ambient light really affects things a lot.”

“Artwork is a really good thing to spend money on,” Etnier says. “That can elevate your space more than an expensive side table.”

And buy used. “You can

10 Clever Interior Design Tricks to Transform Your Home

Whether you’ve just moved or are looking for a quick, little home pick-me-up, or perhaps something more significant, there are some well-known interior design tricks that designers employ that you too can easily do with minimal effort and cost.  Sometimes the smallest things make the greatest impact. It could be the addition of a mirror, a painting, a lamp or even a plant. Maybe you want to soften your walls, brighten a room, or add some warmth to your living space. Take a look at these clever design tips and see how they can inspire you!

1. Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colors to help make the room feel larger.

The living room above is a great example of how to maximize a small living space. A room of this size has the tendency to seem cramped, but the large windows, light colored walls and ample use of mirrors not only reflect the natural light pouring in from the doors and the windows but the use of mirrors also gives the optical illusion of space, making the room seem larger than it actually is. Conversely, darker colors will make a room feel smaller. Even with the abundance of natural light and the strategic placement

10 Exterior Design Lessons That Everyone Should Know

While we all want a spectacular home that stands out amongst the rest; we also want a home that blends with its surroundings and neighborhood.

Designing the exterior of a home can be a complicated process of color choices, materials, balancing shape and lines— it is not a job for novice designers.

Do you ever wonder what makes a home exterior visually appealing? Why are there certain homes on the street that make you stop in your tracks and gawk in awe of its beauty?  It is more than likely that those jaw-dropping homes have followed some key design principles.  Yes, every design, interior or exterior, needs to follow some simple “rules” of design in order for the final outcome to be visually appealing.

Let’s look at 10 basic exterior design principles that will help make your home a haven:

1) Balancing Shapes With Symmetry

Like in all types of design, balance and symmetry play an important role in achieving a well-designed space. The facade of every home needs some semblance of balance and symmetry in order to appear pleasing to the eye and properly designed.

Whether it is the eye-catching appeal of a symmetrical Georgian home, where the door is centered and the windows equally flank

The Importance Of Research in Design

I have just visited a lodge with the look at undertaking the refurbishment. I am very open minded when it comes to looking at design, and appreciate good quality design when I see it, but boy do I get annoyed when I see that designers have used totally inappropriate products in spaces.

Here is an example. In a high traffic cafe they have used a timber veneer floor board. It hasn’t withstood the high foot traffic and now looks disgusting, it cannot be sanded back and refinished like solid timber floor boards and to replace it with timber floor boards, the timber would have to sit in the space for at least a month to acclimatise to the environment before it can be laid. This will definitely not work, as the business has to keep functioning.  That was mistake number one.

Mistake number two, using a paper wallpaper in the rest rooms. It has a lovely design, but you can just imagine what it looks like around the wet areas, basically there is no paper there anymore and where horizontal surfaces are cleaned all the time like basins and shelves, the adjacent wallpaper has rubbed off. A few areas have large gauges

How To Choose The Right Material For A House Sign

When choosing a material for a house sign, most homeowners instinctively reach out for the one that looks the best against the backdrop of the house. It’s not surprising- after all, the overall look is undeniably a major factor to be considered when choosing a house sign. However, it is by no means the only factor. Different materials have their own set of advantages and disadvantages and in choosing, you have to consider which best suits your particular set of circumstances.

Here’s a look at some of the different materials that you can choose from:

Slate :  Slate is the most commonly used material for house signs and for good reason– it is functional as well as beautiful. Slate is weatherproof, long lasting and affordable and creates a lovely contrast with the brick and stone colour of most homes.

Stone : When it comes to durability, nothing can beat stone. Some types of stone can last for several decades without looking old or dirty. Instead natural stone house signs age gracefully and develop a distinctive character of their own. Marble and granite are two of the most popular choices in stone for a house sign because their sleek, sophisticated looks.

The only limitation to using

10 Essential Interior Design Tips for Small Spaces

Much of what I learned about small space thinking derives from observing my mini dachshund, Copperfield, and his love of cozy little areas. Yet, while he had a passion for snuggling up into corners, he expressed an irrepressible urge to run around a room in more expansive ways. Watching his spatial movements, I became acutely aware that those design elements that made Copperfield feel good about being in a specific space were very aligned to those we humans feel when we are inhabiting smaller-sized areas. We need to feel good in the homes we live in: too big and we feel lost, too small and we feel cramped. How good we feel about being in our homes has everything to do with scale and proportion, for these elements create the most balanced, comfortable and harmonious living areas. They lie at the very foundation of every successful space, traditional or modern, big or small.

While the focus of this article illustrates how a small space can be made to feel larger, the reality is that most of the following ideas help make any space feel grander, lighter and brighter. To achieve a more flowing, balanced home, one in which a person feels

5 Tips to Consider when Renovating

Whether you’re working with a modest budget or investing significantly, Shaynna shares 5 fundamental tips to consider when renovating.

Shaynna Blaze is a long-time fan of Granite Transformations, and recently enlisted the leading makeover specialists to renovate the kitchen, kitchenette and bathroom in her new studio in Hawthorn, Victoria.

Shaynna identifies 5 key elements to consider with a kitchen or bathroom remodel on any budget.

1. Small budget, HUGE inspiration!

Collect everything and anything that inspires you, and create your own look book or mood board to capture it all.

“In the kitchen I was inspired by the heritage of the 1880 building while still making it feel and work as a kitchen of the 21st Century. Whereas the bathroom was complete fantasy, taking reference of an era of the pomp and ceremony of times of Versailles.”

2. Usage – Who is using the space and how?

It’s important to think about who is going to be in the area and how the area is going to be used on a daily basis. “Keeping these things in mind helps to create your layout, the appliances and fittings you need, right down to the colour palette you will select.”

3. Define your must-haves

Both the bathroom and kitchen are frequently

12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better

I hate to break it to you, but designers don’t follow a secret rule book. There are no hard and fast laws governing what we do. We are creative types by nature and love to imagine, dream and explore, following our intuition. That said, there are some rough principles that guide us to ensure a great result every time. They are just tried and true things that work. And these aren’t tricks or skills that take years to master. Anyone can do them from day one. Consider this a foundation for developing your own quirky, creative, rule-breaking intuition.

Stronger, Stylish Green Home Products

Protecting and dressing up your home’s exterior has gotten a lot easier and more affordable thanks to new technology in home building products. Years ago you were limited to mostly wooden exterior products, which had relatively short life spans and required plenty of maintenance. Today, you can choose innovative, stylish, and affordable exterior products made of synthetic materials that come with great warranties and are constructed to withstand the elements.

Polymer slate and shake roofing tiles, fiberglass doors, vinyl and fiberglass windows, urethane millwork and fiber-cement siding are great examples of products designed for low-maintenance and lasting beauty.

When it comes to choosing windows, homeowners are not only looking for energy efficiency (fiberglass and vinyl offer maximum efficiency and low maintenance), but they also want as many window options as they can find, such as custom glass, and custom configurations and sizes.

In order to set their homes apart from their neighbors’, owners may accent their windows with accessories like grilles, blinds, shades or decorative panels between glass and decorative hardware to coordinate their home’s interior design.

Since windows and doors are seen and enjoyed from both inside and outside your home, it is worth the time to choose your windows carefully so that