Decorating With Dramatic Black

The whole point of interior design is to produce interiors that inspire and wow. Interior design has many aspects and can take many forms. Part of the fun is to push the envelope. Black can be a very useful tool in interiors that wow. As you can see in the photo of this foyer below where very little colour is used the finished effect is fabulous. The use of black in this interior lends elegance and a grounding effect. Continue reading

Interior Design for the Casually Chic

Often, people who like a casual look in décor, still want the wow factor. The French are famous for having achieved this in their French country look. They put together this look by paying attention to the lines of the furnishings, the proportion of the room to the furnishings, quirky accessories, often a touch of rusticity or faded elegance, flowing fabrics, and interesting textures and variations in colour. Relaxed casual room designs these days have changed into a somewhat more masculine look. That is not to say that they don't appeal to women. They do. They are appealing in the way that wood, wear and time appeal. Often we see exposed brick and room designs that would apply well to a loft condo home. Continue reading
Interior design for the bedrooms of your home is an important element in the overall home decor plan. Refreshing your bedroom décor came sometimes be achieved simply by adding a dramatic new piece, such as a headboard, then co-ordinating draperies, bedding, and an area carpet. The room design below is soft and restful, yet elegant. The chandelier adds sparkle and a touch of formality. Continue reading
In home décor projects involving drapery, the normal process is to choose a face fabric and then line it with regular drapery lining. This is certainly adequate for décor, but the beauty of the draperies are actually enhanced by adding interlining between the face fabric and the regular lining. An ordinary drapery fabric is elevated to luxury status this way. Interlined custom draperies hang beautifully, and feel fabulous when touched (see photo below courtesy of Better Homes). English Bump cloth is the heaviest and softest interlining of all. It was used in drafty old European homes to provide indispensable protection from the elements. Our homes here in Canada are generally fairly well insulated, but we still lose a lot of heat through bare windows. Continue reading
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