It’s not exactly easy to design one’s home. There are many obstacles on the way that can easily prevent you from designing the home of your dreams. First of all, there are many problems connected with the initial stages of home design. Think for example of choosing the right project with perfectly suitable space organisation and overall arrangement. Although, there’s plenty of companies that specialise in this type of work it’s really not easy to know what best for you from the very start. What’s more, have you ever thought of the power of lighting before?
The power of lighting in your house can do wonders. Of course only if used effectively. Yet, in order to fully understand it and its possible ways of application you should definitely know where does this power comes from. The power of lighting basically refers to the inner power of light. In case of houses, the power of lighting can refer to the overall lighting system in your house or to its specific elements, which can play a huge role there. The general influence the light can have in your home stems from the fact that light always shines on something, it can either make something the centre of attention or it effectively make something fade away in darkness. Therefore, the power of lighting lies in its effective placement and surrounding that the light is cast onto.
The power of lighting
In order to make proper use of the power of lighting you should definitely know what you want to set off or place in darkness. The lighting in your house needs to correspond perfectly with everything that’s in a given space. What’s more, it needs to correspond well with the overall space organisation and with its nooks and crannies. As we know light can effectively change the way things looks. In order to create a beautiful effect you need to have everything carefully planned and know exactly what you want to emphasize and what you want to hide away in twilight. What’s interesting, modern lighting systems can be very efficient and effective – they are like small works of art themselves. The same goes for smaller lighting elements like night stand lamps of floor lamps, or in general any kind of lighting.
Finally, keep in mind that the power of light lies also in its colouring. The unusual colour of light can really change the way things look. Let’s also not forget about the possibility of mixing various colours together. Traditional white or yellow light can be effectively completed with any other types of light, like for example various types of blues or other rather cool shades.
Modern layout and design favours functionality and relies on practical approach. What does it mean in real life situations? Basically, it means that in flats and houses with modern layout you won’t find any element that’s out of place or redundant. Everything that’s there is to make your life easier and more comfortable at the same time. Spaces are organised in such a way as to give you as much room as possible, so that there’s nothing that hinders your way. Modern layout places furniture, equipment and fixtures completely out of your way, so you can easily navigate through your entire flat or house, there are simply no physical obstacles that can stop you on your way. Because of this modern layout can be distinguished by its smoothness, simplicity, clear lines and edges where everything falls in line.
If you’re having difficulties in imagining this think of a kitchen with modern layout. All kitchen cabinets create a perfect line. All kitchen fixtures and appliances are inside cabinets or hidden. There’s nothing in the middle, everything goes under walls, in agreement with their lines and edges. All these things are smooth and clearly cut, there’s not a thing out of place. All that’s there is necessary and plays a huge part in keeping this kitchen functional and easy to navigate. Can you a kitchen like this one? Do you imagine yourself feeling at ease there, or is there something missing? What’s that?
Modern layout with glow and warmth, is it possible?
Glow and warmth are missing in modern layout. Why is that? Basically, it’s because modern layout focuses on appearances and forgets about feelings. There are no emotions in contemporary kitchens, everything is hidden beneath and boiling, yet the surface appears smooth, there’s not a wrinkle there. Modern day kitchen is like a lake with smooth water surface with no ripples at all. It may be beautiful but at the same it’s a little boring and at some point even unnatural. What can you do to stir your kitchen back to life, to create ripples that can spread all over your space? Remember, that it’s enough to throw a little rock to make waves. You can start with anything, yet it’s the fabrics that can make your kitchen move out of its modern stillness. Try out new curtains.
Fabrics make spaces. They can create, shelter or fill them. Very often they are the very essences of otherwise empty spaces. There’s nothing really surprising in this, after all spaces are to be filled and fabrics are made for the very purpose. Yet, it’s interesting to know what are the possibilities of given types of fabrics. For the sake of this article let’s choose light fabric curtains. They are as the very name suggests light, therefore delicate, fragile, gentle and aerial and ethereal. So light that sometimes it’s even difficult to actually notice them. Still, they’re made of fabric so they have substance after all, they have their essence and body that you can feel, touch and mould according to your will. Finally, they are curtains, so they have their own predefined form and consequently function. All in all, light fabric curtains are delicate types of material that cover your windows. What can you do with them to create stunning effects, do you even need them?
Light fabric curtains – airy, fresh and floating
Every house or flat needs fabrics to become personal and have a soul. Of course, it refers to all kinds of fabrics, there’s no need to have everywhere actual curtains. Sometimes it’s enough to have just a small piece of napkin lying around on your living room table. There’s no need for big and definite statements, you can do a lot with just a little. Still, light fabric curtains are very often a way to go if you would like to add to your rooms a touch of fresh air and floating energy. For example, imagine a kitchen with light fabric curtains. They are voile curtains, very delicate and almost transparent, or translucent when the light shines on them. Your curtains are light shade of blue with glimmers of silver here and there. They actually shimmer when reflecting the light. They are pretty short, ending pretty high above the window sill. They’re so delicate than even the slightest air movement makes them float. You’re leaving the kitchen but decide to take a final look back, a snapshot to carry with you, the doors is closing and the air moves up and makes your curtains move ever so slightly up, enough to let you see the greenery beyond the glass. Can you see it?
The power of accessories – characteristics of modern interiors
People tend to pay more and more attention to home design. It’s not only about people who are building their homes or arranging flats from scratch, but it’s also about people who are just remodelling or changing some minor things. Interestingly, home design quite a while ago stopped being only about wall paints, furniture sets or stylish and strategically placed decorative elements. Home design for some time has been showing us it’s new face. Finally, it’s the details and accessories that start to matter and shine. What’s about these details and accessories that suddenly are so significant, what makes them relevant within the bigger picture of home design enterprise?
Accessories and details are important because they are really the essence of home design and interiors. They are especially important in contemporary interiors where everything tends to fall into one of the categories: minimalism, simplicity or functionality. As a result contemporary houses and flats are very uniform and boring. In order to successfully distinguish them you need to put your mind to accessories. These are the accessories and small details that make the difference, that show your individuality and personal taste. Summing up, modern home design relies on practical solutions, minimalism and simplicity. As a result, with no clutter and redundancy your soul and personality is lost. In order to have it back and make your rooms stand out you need to choose suitable accessories. How to do it effectively with stunning results?
Voile curtains – let them shine
If you’re set on making a difference and having your room regained individuality and personal touch you should start easy. Choose only one element and try to proceed gently and with care. After all, you don’t want to spoil the final effect with too many details and accessories fighting each other off and leaving you to messy rooms with no allure at all. Best way to start with are the curtains. They aren’t a very typical accessory because they tend to occupy quite a lot of space, yet they can be your starting point. Let’s choose a particular type, for example voile curtains. Voile curtains are made of very thin and delicate fabric and appear light and fresh.
Voile curtains make a perfect choice since they are so delicate. They won’t make a huge difference, but they can definitely stand out and jazz up your rooms. If you really want to distinguish your rooms choose voile curtains that somehow reflect who you are or what are your tastes like. Don’t be bothered by rules of home design, coordinating colour schemes etc. Try to be as much personal as possible and you can truly change the way your rooms look. Be unique and remember that you are.