Furnishings

5 Steps For Choosing And Hanging Art

It’s the finishing touches that truly bring a room to life. Cushions, throws, and vases all play their role when it comes to inviting havens, but it’s the artwork all eyes will notice first.

1. Draw inspiration from your room

Discover the perfect art palette by assessing your space. Take note of three to five prominent shades already featured in your room’s rug, cushions, and accents to start with.  

2. Follow your eyes

The best art choices are those you are instantly drawn to. Forget trends and select a design you love and are happy to look at all day, every day.

3. Mix and match

Art will come and go over the lifetime of your home, so it’s important to make existing pieces work with new additions. Ensure one common element features for a seamless look: think colour, style or theme.

4. Size and position

Don’t be afraid of over-scaled art that makes a statement. A piece that’s too small will make a room look out of proportion. Hang with the work’s centre approximately 150cm up the wall, and keep an eye out for balance. 

Remember: you don’t always have hang a piece of art directly in the middle of a wall or above a piece of furniture. Consider an off-centre position that’s balanced by an accent such as a floor lamp or side table vignette.  

5. Group with confidence

Add interest to larger wall spaces with a grouped collection of small-scale art. This gallery wall style works best with an odd number of pieces. Start with a central foundation work, and scatter smaller, more flexible art pieces around that.

 

Tip: art should be fun and flexible. Move your pieces around the house regularly to reinvent your space.

Content and images via THEHOME.COM.AU

August 22, 2014

Your Winter Homewares Checklist

Conquer the cold in your decor with this easy survival guide. 

Add layers

It’s a bit of a no-brainer when it comes to escaping the chill, but we couldn’t compile a winter list without indulging our love of all things textural and cosy. Think chunky knit throws, patterned rugs, and lambswool for an inviting haven. Remember to vary the textures between each piece for an eye-pleasing finish.

Play with mood lighting

Warm the senses with functional and artful lighting solutions including candles, and table and floor lamps. Better yet, put that indoor fireplace to good use for a maximum cosy effect. 

Keep warm with colour

Avoid a complete monochrome finish that will leave your decor cold and uninviting. Just because it’s grey outside, doesn’t mean it has to be grey inside. Don’t be afraid to play with bright highlights to warm things up. 

Bring the outdoors in

Fill your vases with the season’s latest floral. You’ll find the flower market blooming with orchids, tulips, hyacinth and white magnolias. Keep an eye out for poppies and ranunculas that will dazzle late in winter, too. 

Content and images via TheHome.com.au

By Lauren Circosta

July 25, 2014

Top Tips To Bring Warmth Into A Space This Winter

Marsha Golemac is a multi-disciplinary creative working who has been known for her installations and creative flex. Her aesthetic has become recognisable for orderly, clean lines and a considered use of simplistic shapes and colour which is changing the future of interior design and decadence. Here she shares with us her top tips on how to bring warmth into a space this winter:

  • Winter is all about texture and lashings of layers. Solid, heavy textiles on the bed will add dimension, warmth and decadence to the bedroom this winter. Super chunky knit blankets will add some depth, decadence and help to define the space.
  • Nothing says winter warmer than the natural properties of plaid or crochet blankets. Add sophistication and beauty at the end of your bed with an exotic full-size quilt in rich earth-tone fabrics. If you have a non-carpeted bedroom, a soft rug can make it easier to get out of bed in the morning whilst adding a visual layer of warmth to the space. Place one at the side of your bed so as soon as your feet hit the ground they aren’t in winter shock. Keep it simple. A neutral colour palette is the key to a great bedroom because you can subtly or dramatically change the room by adding cost-effective accessories like cushions and throws. A floor runner or rug can also help to bring art to your home. Beware: Measure the room accurately so that it fits the room and doesn’t overpower or underwhelm the setting.   
  • To transform a bedroom from summer to winter apply feature wallpaper to one area of the room.  Believe it or not, a Canadian winter cabin can be easily brought indoors! This will help to create an artistic focal point.
  • Lighting adds atmosphere to any room. By adding one small lamp for the bedside and one larger one in the opposite corner of the room, the inconsistency of the placement will create a warmer ambiance than having directional light on each side of the bed. Candles are an inexpensive alternative and  especially when scents such as fig and firewood are available. Instant winter scent.
  • Artwork adds colour and personality to every lounge room. For smaller rooms select artwork in lighter colours or mirrors bordered by heavy metallic silver frames which will add depth and help to open the space.

 

July 3, 2014

How To Choose The Right Rug For Your Room

There’s no denying the power of a perfect rug. This soft flooring solution has the ability to add colour, texture, and pattern to your home, and with winter on our doorstep, there’s no better time than now to start considering this cosy warmer. Here’s a round up of the need-to-know details when it comes to choosing the right one.

Sizing guide

Start by sizing up your space and determining the result you’re after. Are you looking to fill a whole space or define an area in a larger room? Once this is established, you can shop with confidence. Consider rugs at 250cm x 350cm on average for large rooms, 160cm x 230cm on average for small rooms, and generally 300cm x 80cm for hall runners.

Living room

For an expansive feel, choose a large rug that allows all furniture to sit atop. Alternatively, simply rest the front legs of your seating on the rug to unify and frame the space. And for a pop of colour or pattern, consider a smaller addition that floats in the centre of your living room. Choose a soft finish that’s cosy to relax with such as a shag or wool rug.

Dining room

Rugs will need to be large enough to accommodate a dining chair in its pulled out position. Generally you’ll need 30cm past the back leg of the chair to do this. A flat weave rug is a durable and easy-to-clean option for this space, and it’s the smoothest for sliding chairs.

Bedroom

Position a rug halfway or two thirds down your bed so it pops generously out either side. Alternatively, mix and match runners along the sides and/or foot of the bed for cosy underfoot comfort. This is especially luxurious in winter for those with floorboards who wish to avoid a cold surface when stepping out of bed to start the day. Consider sisal, lambskin, cut pile, or shag rugs for this room.

interior design, interior decorating, living room, bedroom, dining room, furnishings, rugs

Content and images via TheHome.com.au

June 18, 2014