Interior design ideas

Decorative screens (Part 2)

March 31st, 2007

Do you think that the screen is an old-fashioned interior detail? Certainly, it does not play the role of prime necessity. But east skill to transform a daily life in art, and even some kind of ritual, always created special aura around these subjects. So, it is high time for us to combine the advantage and beauty. Whether it will become a useful subject in the house and it will simultaneously represent the original ornament – everything depends only on you. We offer you some ideas on use of screens in an interior.
Screen is a sample of multifunctional. And its different parts can be arranged differently. It is possible to paint it in any color but you should not forget that it should be in harmony with general style of the premise. Choose pertinent colors for the cabinet and more gentle – for a bedroom.
Such property of a screen as mobility is perfectly useful in the kitchen. And if it will be equipped by worthy image, it will appear simply irreplaceable.
To hide and to block it is not yet everything on what the screen is capable. It can “be reoriented” in a rack. It may become almost transparent, but to incur duties on accommodation and storage of things.
Due to the screen the interior design can always be easy, unexpected and mobile.
Here is one more original and simple decision: a screen replacing wardrobe, and a mirror. By means of such simple design it is possible to change an interior of your room almost every day, only moving a screen in different places, that allowing each corner to be repeated again.

Decorative screens (Part 1)

March 30th, 2007

Screen is an ancient invention, the majority of us have absolutely forgotten about it. It, perhaps, is the most unusual subject of the furniture, exotically brought to the Europe. It can????????t be named as furniture and it is more likely a mobile wall or the harmonious screen. The history of “a mobile wall” begins in China, where in VII century first screens have appeared, and in VIII century screens were brought to Japan. To the Europe screens were brought in XVII century, together with a fashion for “all Chinese”. In a duality of its function – hiding something behind shutters or to open it partly – Europeans managed to see not only the decorative effects, but also, the opportunities for rather graceful spatial games. Screens have gained great popularity in XIX-XX centuries. The lay-out of apartments of that time demanded division of vital space into zones, and screens easily coped with this problem, covering everything that should be hidden.
The open spaces of modern apartments (with their principles of zoning) are again looking for a guest from the past. Screen is cheaper than any room-partitition and it can be transferred, put and cleaned. The space organized with its help, can be intended for the most different purposes. This exotic subject takes an honorable place in boudoirs, bedrooms and small sitting rooms, sometimes it separates lunch zone or similarity of office. But the present reason of love to screens is explained by the atmosphere of the absolute solitude.

What is the aroma of your house?

March 29th, 2007

When you enter into the apartment – what is the first that your nose can feel? Your visitors perceive the house and these small nuances. The individual aroma of your house is capable to compensate many lacks of typical architecture of our apartments.
Let’s agree at once: it is a question of an apartment in which nobody smokes. Otherwise it is not even worth of touching this question.
Smells are capable to cause different memories. It is quite individual: therefore, when you choose smells for the apartment (house, room) you should be guided by your own sensations and associations.
Try to create bouquet of smells in your apartment. Aroma of spicy grasses, fresh fruit, and coffee can play the leading role at the kitchen.
At all do not spray perfumes in the apartment. Perfume is an intimate thing, as a smell of your skin. The slightest note of perfume can be represented in the bedroom, at your clothes, a handbag, even -the book that you read, but all house should smell slightly.
The most popular “house” aromas are the jasmine, coriander, lavender, mimosa, muscat, mint peppery, rosemary, vervain, cedar and lemon.


How to repair a ceiling (Part 2)

March 28th, 2007

Tension ceilings can be used in any premises, even if actually a ceiling in bad condition. The skeleton of a ceiling is exposed on a level by the special device (if to buy its most, it will approximately manage into $120), then the rigid film tension covering is????fastened on it. Such design maintains loading up to 200 kg on one meter square. It is possible to choose any color of the material, and coloring is also possible. Here, installation needs to be entrusted to experts as it is necessary to buy anew materials at????the slightest discrepancy.????Such ceilings????can be used????for 25 years.
Self-glued ceilings are represent by foam plates of the square form of 50?????50 mm or 60?????60 mm. They can be flat and relief. Plates are pasted in a number on the cleared and prepared ceiling. If glue is not applied in the complete set, it is possible to use any other glue. Besides there is a good “national” recipe of preparation of glue: take three parts of ordinary glue and one part of dry finishing joint filler, and mix it up. And it is possible to give the finished kind to a ceiling by covering it with silicone of 101????? mark.
Edges of plates often have small defects.????They are????also corrected by silicone. Foam border can be completed with decorative silicone. The border is issued by strips 1,3 – 2 m at length. In general, self-glued ceilings are the most accessible ones- both at the price and on simplicity of installation. Such ceilings can be used within 15 years.
Ceilings from gypsum cardboard are not “yet ceilings”. Gypsum cardboard is applied to alignment of a surface of a ceiling, and also for creation of multilevel ceilings. It may be water-resistant and not water-resistant. Water-resistant is applied in damp premises (a bathroom, a toilet, basements), not water-resistant – in living rooms. Such ceilings can be used for 15 – 20 years.
Ceilings under painting and ceilings under pasting technologically differ only at the last stage. Durability of such ceilings is the lowest one -only 3 – 5 years. Such variant of furnish of ceilings is ideal for those who likes to change interior every 4-5 years.


How to repair a ceiling (Part 1)

March 27th, 2007

So, you have decided, that it is time to update a ceiling. it is an excellent idea! However keep in mind: the choice of materials for its realization will depend not only on your art taste, but also on engineering state of your house and, certainly, on your purseтАж
For the beginning you should decide what you would like to see above your head. Ceilings may be pendant and the basic, or plaster ones. Pendant ceilings are made from the gypsum cardboard and they are demanding additional furnish share on panel, tension, self-glued etc. Plaster ceilings are either in coloring or pasting.
For the beginning we shall talk about the house, an apartment in which the repair is expected. The greater role is played by the structure. If the house is made of brick and it is less than 15 years old, it practically has not undergone to time deformation, therefore it is possible to buy the most usual finishing materials – troubles with cracks are improbable. If the brick house is from 15 till 30 years old it is necessary to buy some technical additives – priming fixing mixes, and also an assembly of self-glued grid for durability and protection against cracks. However, sometimes these additives can be not applied – everything depends on a state of the house and your desire. And here if the house is more than 30 years old, fastening is necessary. The grid and first coat are desirable for deep penetration. But it is necessary to notice, that “age” is given in quite rough manner – as the standard for average strip; under adverse conditions – high humidity, etc. – the house “grows old” in 25 years.
Concerning panel houses, here the walls and a ceiling are done of an identical material; therefore deformation is essentially less, than in brick house. In panel houses alignment of a ceiling (plates on joints are often connected roughly) is recommended, the first coat is used for deep penetration. As differences on a plane of a ceiling do not happen, the spadework is lead to a minimum.

Dance floor

March 26th, 2007

The place for dances should be necessarily allocated by means of receptions of zoning. It can be the floor covering which is distinct from that lays in a drawing room, or special registration of walls. We assure you that it is necessary to allocate rather small (from 3 meters square) area at a window in a corner of a room for dancing. This will allow realizing an image of light premise with mirror walls.
Concerning a floor, we advise you to use smooth, but not the slippery material – otherwise the probability of traumas and stretching during employment may increase. Besides the covering should give pleasant tactile sensations to those who prefers to dance barefoot. No matter what dancing style you have chosen, you should necessarily sit and even lay on a floor (at least during warm-up). Therefore the floor should also be warm.
Concerning the walls – the dance hall is inconceivable without mirrors! The mirror wall can become that zone tool which will define borders of your dancing. However irreplaceable during dance of a mirror can break integrity of an interior or simply irritate your friends. In this case it is necessary to think of how to drape a mirror site of a wall. The simplest variant is to cover it with the same curtains, as well as at windows. Thus, the room will have the so-called “false window”. As a result, when the dancing is not used, a cozy corner???? in which it is possible to put an armchair and to be betrayed less to productive leisure, is created.


4 rules of healthy design

March 25th, 2007

Rule 1: harmless materials
Try to keep ecological cleanliness of your house at a stage of construction and repair. The group of the materials most preferable to use includes everything that returns us “in cave ear”: the tree, the straw, not burnt clay ??????? Further in the list of harmless materials there are also a clay brick and natural stones of sedimentary origin. The first products of civilization – metal and glass – have a not so clear reputation.
Rule 2: green doctors
Many house ladies like to plant flowers, but not everyone knows, that house plants are curative “cocktails” as well as medicinal grasses are. So, the plants, containing phytoncids and possessing disinfecting action are a basil, cardamom etc. Other pottery plants calm nervous system, remove a headache and normalize blood circulation (geranium, lavender) – and it is possible to make an ideal composition for a bedroom from them.
If your apartment nevertheless has synthetic materials (and it is almost for certain so), their negative influence is neutralized by the flowers, capable to take away toxins from the air. The plants promoting good digestion, will make a useful set for kitchen, these are the laurels and garden geranium, which clear air and absorb smells. It is possible to decorate a working place with advantage a clearing complex from a balm, mint, a myrtle, a sage and a ficus. Besides curative properties, the majority of these plants possess a pleasant smell – so, the aromatherapy is added. If you want, that aroma in the house was brighter and refined, plant a room rose: at the same time it will help you to get rid of chronic weariness.
Rule 3: curative things
The principle remains the same – natural materials and natural furniture. Prefer wicker baskets to plastic containers, present feather pillows – to synthetic ones, simple “country” fabrics (flax, sacking, and rough wool) – to effective novelties etc. Natural things are not only healthier for a body, but they also possess special power (especially if they are made manually or in a small workshop). Do not neglect the local market of wooden, wicker and pottery products. It is not necessary to look haughtily on olden interior details: the retro-trifle from a family museum (if they are properly submitted) will fill the house with heat and coziness. Unique natural “gifts”, which nevertheless should be avoided, are hunting trophies: skins and horns of the killed animals, scarecrows, etc. no matter how beautiful they would look, the biofield, which they “radiate”, is not too useful for the health and mental condition.
Rule 4: creative atmosphere
House creativity has a positive influence on sincere health and helps to cope with seasonal depression. You should always remember that the real house should be natural, warm and kind!

Green hedge (Part 2)

March 23rd, 2007

Fences care
Green hedges can correspond to the final purpose only in that case that they are carefully treated on a regular basis and are correctly looked after. In the first year after the planting regular watering is required; the same concerns loosening and weeding. The basic care is, certainly, a hairstyle of a fence. Art of a figured hairstyle gardeners of Ancient Rome is still in fashion. It is possible to cut bushes in the form of animals, geometrical and architectural forms. In fact many breeds are the fine material, allowing giving the unexpected form to the plant.
Not all plants can be cut. So, for example, if the fur-tree, with its compact and dense crone, is perfectly cut, the pine having a sprawling rare crone does not transfer a hairstyle, dries, and breaks from a snow. Accordingly, plants with a rare sprawling crone can????????t be used for “green figures”. And the majority of bushes is good for hairstyle (look the description of plants). The first hairstyle should be done for the second year after the planting. It is possible to do this in the autumn before the leave fall. Sometimes it is better to cut plants in the summer.
The regular hairstyle during warm time promotes development from sleeping kidneys of new runaways in the bottom part of bushes that does not allow a fence to become bare from below. From the very beginning the hairstyle should be lead in the first part of June. Sometimes it is done by pulling a cord and raising the bushes on 4-6 centimeters before the achievement of the necessary height. Often high fences (because of a wrong hairstyle of a branch) grow well only in the top part of bushes, and the bottom dies off, suffering from shortage of light. Such fences are necessary for cutting by forming a cone or a trapeze with an inclination of lateral faces approximately 70 degrees to horizon. Dry and sick branches should be cut out on a regular basis.
Wrong, rare and untimely hairstyle
It leads to the “baldness” of the bottom part of the plants. If the fence has become too bare from below, it is necessary to be rejuvenated by having cut off plants “to a stub” – on some centimeters above the ground, – and anew fence will start to growing.
The most suitable plants for fences are: lilac ordinary, dog roses (wrinkled, cinnamon, and ordinary), honeysuckle (Tatar, dark blue, edible, golden, Alpine, etc.), and fur-tree (ordinary, Caucasian, white or Canadian, prickly), currant (Alpine, golden, red, black) etc.

Green fence (Part 1)

March 22nd, 2007

If to you don????????t like wooden or stone fences and you the aesthete – try to make a green fence.
The first green fences have been incorporated a long time ago. It is known that in the beginning of XVIII century landscape dendrology green fences have found wide application due to the development park business in France.
Sovereign persons and the large land owners consumed of many game, pawned green fences – given a shelter to feathery (to pheasants, partridges and so forth). Skilled gardeners considered that the competently incorporated and correctly grown up green fence is much more durable and it is more reliable than the strongest fences.
What is the green fence? These are linear plantings from trees and the bushes, landed in one-two of some on close distance from each other. Green fences can be low – from 0,5 up to 1 m, average – 1-1,5 – 2 m and high – over 2 m. Green hedges below half a meter, applied for a bordering of paths, flower orchestras and beds, refer to as borders.
Concerning the form, it is possible to say that green fences can be freely growing and formed. Beautifully blossoming bushes and trees with the decorative fruits, used for creation of green hedges, are cut rarely (flowering and fructification worsens). The best protection is always given with short-haired fences, which can be so dense that they would not allow even a fine animal to get through them

Chinese style

March 21st, 2007

The concept of space plays the most role in Chinese interior. Chinese interior is based on the feng shui art – the skilful organization of space. So, external simplicity of smooth or round bends always bears in denying of direct and sharp lines. In the Chinese interior precise square or triangular forms are undesirable. Therefore corners in modern apartments can be cut off the furniture, put obliquely, and rectangular little tables can be covered with round cloths. The same effect is achievable by means of the walls draped by a fabric. It is not worth of mentioning, that registration in Chinese, as well as in any the style, ethno style does not assume use of multi-colored wall-papers in a floret at all. Walls are usually painted in the certain, characteristic color for the given culture or plaster. As a rule, any Chinese construction has some support corresponding elements of fire, water, air and the ground. But, certainly, it is necessary to try to establish four columns in the middle of the sitting room. They can be stylized, executed of plaster and removed to walls or drowned in them. However, nothing prevents even to draw or designate simply columns on walls if you want to follow all formalities of the Chinese style and it will be far from the real opportunities of the apartment.
As it is possible to see, in an interior of the apartment, made in the Chinese style, there are no trifles at all. Practically its each detail is original, unique and the Chinese screen or carelessly thrown on a couch and decorated with gold string pillow plays the major role in the arrangement of the space. For example, the major element of registration is the ornament and the form of doors and windows. And their arrangement cannot be casual – it is desirable, that wide doorways settled down against each other, as though they are connecting the interior with all other space.

Pages (999999): [1] 2 3 4 » ... Last »