Saturday, October 30, 2010

Stylish Bathroom Collection by Idea Group

Let’s upgrade your bathroom with this new apron-front bathroom sink. Manufactured by Idea Group, this stylish bathroom sink comes in lots of attractive design with vibrant colors. Shallow depth, dramatic glossy-black cabinets are the main character of the white apron sink. You can also go with the colored ones, such as the deep red, electric blue or punchy orange. While the Zen-inspired look of natural wood will create calm and cool bathroom design. These contemporary bathroom sink collections are completed with cabinet doors that offer plenty of storage. It will ease you to store all the bathroom essential, visit IdeaGroup for more info.

Stylish Bathroom Collection by Idea Group

Stylish Bathroom Collection by Idea Group

Stylish Bathroom Collection by Idea Group

Stylish Bathroom Collection by Idea Group

Stylish Bathroom Collection by Idea Group

20 Ways to Use Color Psychology in Your Home

When you approach home design, you likely do so in a couple of different ways – choosing objects and colors that simply look attractive or using an existing pattern or decor theme to govern your decisions. However, color is a powerful tool that can be used to inspire emotions, create space illusions or simply set the mood and atmosphere for any particular room. Especially when used with interior and exterior painting, color psychology is a great way to create a healthy and beautiful home. The following are 20 ways to use color psychology in your home.

20 Ways to Use Color Psychology in Your Home

1.) Create the illusion of space with bright colors: If you want your home to look larger than it really is – especially when it is about to go on the market – you can use bright and vibrant colors like yellows and eggshells to add space to your home exterior. As a warning, avoid the common color white. Although it can add space, it is nowhere near as effective as tinted colors.

2.) Appeal to a highly educated crowd with complex colors: For home exteriors and interiors, using colors that consist of more than one word can often appeal to highly educated people. On the other hand, simple colors appeal to lower budgets and lower education levels. When choosing complex colors, think of names like forest green or eggshell white.

3.) Build appetites in your kitchen with red: Red has been shown to increase appetite in most people – one of the reasons that many restaurants choose red patterns in their dining rooms. Using red in your kitchen to increase appetite is as simple as blending beige walls with red shutters or cabinet doors.

20 Ways to Use Color Psychology in Your Home4.) Use foyer blends to naturally combine interior and exterior paint: One of the best ways to wow your guests as they enter your home is to use a blend of your interior and exterior colors in your foyer or entryway. You can also use your exterior paint color on parts of your interior to achieve the same general effect.

5.) Warm up your home with deep tones during the winter: Using reds, oranges and yellows in your home paint decor can make the home seem more welcoming from the outside or warmer on the inside – especially during the winter. If you are selling a home during the winter and are planning to paint, keep this in mind.

6.) Cool off in the summer with colder colors: Along the same lines as warm colors in the fall, cool colors, especially blue, can make your home seem fresh, cool and clean during the summer. A white exterior with blue trim is a popular choice for summer homes and painting projects.

20 Ways to Use Color Psychology in Your Home7.) Use colors from your past: Many color consultants will say that using familiar colors from your childhood that remind you of fond memories – especially in the kitchen – can bring those memories back and create a pleasant mood. If you can’t remember any colors from your kitchen when you were growing up, just remember that reds and yellows are perfect for playful yet sophisticated kitchens.

8.) Use relaxing colors in relaxing rooms: In your bedroom and bathroom, cool colors can form a relaxing atmosphere with paint. Consider shades of blue, green or even lavender to calm yourself in your escape rooms. When using this technique, remember that the darker the shade of color you choose, the more apparent the effect.

9.) Stay away from red if you have high blood pressure: While it can increase appetite in your kitchen, dark shades of red are often associated with high blood pressure and irritability in other rooms of the house. If you would like a darker color paint for your bedroom or living room, go for a cooler color rather than a warm one.

20 Ways to Use Color Psychology in Your Home10.) Flatter yourself with a familiar color in the bathroom: Love to wear a particular color? Consider that color in the bathroom. Think you don’t look very good in a color? Avoid this color for the bathroom at all costs. You want to look good when you check yourself in the bathroom mirror. Having a favorite color in the background really does help.

11.) Combine moods for an aggressive workout room: While it might make sense to use red paint in a workout room, this can actually overdo the sensation of feeling hot. If you want to use a warm color in your workout room, consider a delightful blend of blue and yellow paint on the walls. You can also go for a relaxing green-blue combination for a cooling effect to extend workouts.

12.) Concentrate in your home office with green: Green inspires concentration in a home office setting. And, after all, the faster you get your work done, the more time you will have to spend with your family. In addition to a green plant, try painting the room with a light green. However, don’t turn your home office into a jungle. Over doing it can be distracting. Any painting contractor will tell you green is one of the most popular colors being used right now in home design.

20 Ways to Use Color Psychology in Your Home13.) Inspire optimism with yellow: As you might expect, yellow is a perfect color for a sunroom. However, a great way to use yellow inside your home is in an entryway or enclosed front porch. As you leave for the day to go to work or school, the yellow paint in this area will give you one last boost of optimism before the daily grind.

14.) Don’t be fooled by purple: Although purple signifies wealth and romanticism, it is very rare in the natural world and can be very artificial within your home decor. If you really want some purple in your home, try blending it with more natural colors like subtle yellows or greens.

15.) Blend brown for a natural look in your den: If you love the look of wood or leather or already incorporate this earthy natural look in any room of your house, adding some brown paint can amplify the appearance. You should be warned, though, that brown can cause depression in some people.

20 Ways to Use Color Psychology in Your Home16.) Black isn’t just for a teenager’s room: Black can be a tough nut to crack if used to paint your walls. The problem with black is that it gives the illusion of tight space. If you would like to satisfy your teenager’s cries for a black room, consider a black ceiling with a few stars. If you want to go all out, you can decorate with a nighttime landscape theme across the room.

17.) Use pink for tranquility in a meditation room: If you are lucky enough to have a separate area in your home just for meditation or relaxation, you might surprised of the effects that some pink can have in your paint scheme. Some sports teams actually paint the away team’s locker room pink as it has been shown to cause a lack of energy.

18.) There’s a reason bathroom fixtures are usually white: White not only symbolizes fertility and cleanliness, but it also makes cleaning easier in the bathroom. You don’t want stains to be hidden so they go without being cleaned. Knowing that the bathroom is clean and fresh with lovely white paint can put your mind at ease and inspire relaxation.

19.) Trust orange for a sick room or asthmatic child’s room: Orange is often associated with improved lung function as well as increased energy. As well as working well in any workout room, a mild orange can be very helpful to those recovering from illness or with lung problems.

20 Ways to Use Color Psychology in Your Home20.) When all else fails, look to nature: When using color psychology in your home, choose paints that remind you of nature. Colors that appear in nature will blend perfectly in your home interior. However, with the exterior of your home, bright colors are, more often than not, the best choice for a more welcoming living space.

BIO: This article was written by Philip Rudy who helps to run and maintain a painting contractor website.

Simple Nesting Tables With The Interlocking Wooden Bars – Aina by Foundry

Aina is a set of nesting tables designed by a finish designer, Elisa Honkanen, to create an illusion of simplicity with the interlocking wooden bars. Because the set is finish it means that tables are mean to be used, not just merely admired. They are awesome for display things or to be used instead of a coffee table. In case you wonder, how they could display things, check out this tutorial on making display nesting tables by yourself. The tables set is done in collaboration with Foundry and was launched at IMM Cologne 2010.

Architectural Pendant Lights - oversized lighting with hidden antique molding by Flos

Architectural Pendant Lights - oversized lighting with hidden antique molding by Flos

Have you ever heard the saying, “it’s what’s on the inside that counts”? Well, these stunning architectural pendant lights by Italian lighting company Flos prove the beauty really is on the inside. Designed by renowned Marcel Wanders, the Skygarden and Skygarden Gold pendant lights are modern, minimalist on the outside of their oversized semi-spherical shades. On the other hand, you’ll find a bright interior finished with hidden white antique molding. “In my former house I had a fabulous antique decorated plaster ceiling. I called it my Skygarden; it always looked good . . . It didn’t need water or sun, but would live only on the warm rays of the electrical light under it,” says Wanders. “I loved it so much that by the time I moved houses I could not leave it. I had to find a way to take it to my new home.” Now, you too can enjoy this designer favorite in your own home, office or commercial space. Hang these architectural pendant lights above your kitchen or dining table for decadent elegance, or suspended in your livings areas for a fabulous illuminated focal point. For details visit Flos.

Architectural Pendant Lights - oversized lighting with hidden antique molding by Flos

Architectural Pendant Lights - oversized lighting with hidden antique molding by Flos

Friday, October 29, 2010

Spacious Apartment With Modern Dutch Interior

The interior of this 100 square meter apartment is designed by relatively small Dutch company Hofman Dujardin Architects. It’s a spacious living space with a spectacular view of the city of Amsterdam. It’s designed with distinctive Dutch minimalism and features an amazing glass extension. Kitchen, living, study and outdoor terraces are visually connected. The vertical kitchen cupboard and the fireplace create an exciting relation between the kitchen and the living. In the apartment there is a subtle mix of areas with visual relations and areas with intimate privacy. The dark floors create a strong contrast with the light walls and the white kitchen furniture. The apartment’s interior is a great example for those who’re into modern interior design and want it to be comfy.

Franke Peak Sink Collection - new luxury kitchen sinks for 2010

Franke Peak Sink Collection - new luxury kitchen sinks for 2010

Reaching a pinnacle of design – a “peak” if you will – the new Peak sinks collection from Franke decks out your kitchen in sumptuous style. This luxury sink line delivers a sense of opulence into your workspace, which is normally reserved only for the master ensuite! Minimalist in style yet maximalist in function, the rectangular under-mount basin boasts crisp corners and fits comfortably into your countertop. The sink base is designed to aid in efficient drainage. Choose from six different sizes to customize your culinary workstation to your needs and tastes.
Decorators and renovators, mark your calendars! The Peak sink collection will hit store shelves in October, 2010. For more information visit Franke.

Franke Peak Sink Collection - new luxury kitchen sinks for 2010

Franke Peak Sink Collection - new luxury kitchen sinks for 2010

Ultra Modern Outdoor Dining Furniture Set – Clovelly by Harbour Outdoor

Modern furniture isn’t something new when it comes to indoors but it isn’t as popular when it comes to outdoors. Harbour Outdoor has showed their new low maintenance collection of ultra modern furniture for dinning outdoors. Clovellyâ??s Dining Set, fuses modern interior styling with outdoor living. It consists of a table and stackable chairs. The table is made with use of High Pressure Compact Laminate surfaces and powder coated aluminium frames. It features a drop shadow effect that is achieved by raising the surface above the frame, leaving the impression that the surface is floating. Chairs are made of zinc plated mild steel and can be stacked for easy storage.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Contemporary Indoor Ponds for Fishes and Plants

Domestic ponds is the project by Duende Studio with Mathieu Lehanneur, Benjamin Graindorge and Eric Jourdan at the Galerie BSL which combines an aquarium with living indoor garden in one piece of contemporary interior decor. The aquarium is turned into a pond that permits a minimal maintenance and is a perfect ecosystem for hydroponic agriculture. The collection consists of three different indoor pond models adaptable to any contemporary interior. The Liquid Garden by Benjamin Graindorge is a combination of colorful blown-glass aquarium and several vases. The Fontane by Galerie BSL is a combination of the aquarium, sand filter and plant pot. Water is circulating through all of them. The Castle by Eric Jourdan looks much more like a domestic pond than others. This water feature looks like a lake because it hasn’t a panoramic screen like others do.

Exotic Luxury Furniture with Tribal and Gothic Touches

Furniture by Michel Haillard is really something new in the world of luxury. His creations of baroque design are both exotic and paradoxical. He combines luxury materials like crocodile skin or fangs of animals to achieve something between tribal and gothic look. He designs everything: sofas, chairs, benches, lounge chairs, tables and a lot of other furniture pieces and interior accessories. If you’re one of those people who isn’t against dead animal’s parts and want to feel yourself a tribal chief, you definitely need some of Michel Haillard’s creations.

All White Scandinavian House Design with Views

This modern Scandinavian house is designed by Anna Pangs and David Altons. It’s is built from several prefabricated modules on a steel frame as the energy-efficient villa that is facing the water. The facade of the house not only features amazing water views but also a larch sun desk with a sunken pool. The house features so amazing interior and views that you won’t forget it when you see it. A stunning mix of white with accents of other colors make all rooms very elegant and stylish.