Tips to Incorporate Art Into Home Design Made Easy

We humans have come a long way, both in terms of lifestyle and comfort in our home design. Getting furniture to enhance the interior of the home requires you to purchase from side tables, coffee tables, book shelves etc. Yet in the process of cultivating a cozy home environment, it is also a good idea to think about what kind of art you want in your home. You cannot undermine the importance of placement of selective art pieces as well.

There are many ways that you can effectively personalize your home. Home design has transformed over the past few years, and it is a reflection of who you are as a person. The incorporation of artwork stands as one the easiest and quickest ways to incorporate your preferences. Whether you choose sculptures, oil paintings or canvas oil paintings, you will find that the selections you make will go a long way. They help towards establishing your living room or other living spaces and give them a unique identity.

Here is a list of top three approaches to incorporate art into your home-

Every person is different and you should choose art that reflects your personal style. You have to bear in mind that the choice of art blends in seamlessly with the environment. See to it that they do not clash with the home décor. However, in the end, the most important factor is to select artwork that you are pleased with and really love!

Searching for artwork doesn’t have to be an overwhelming and time consuming process anymore. One way to find artwork that is of interest to you is to simply go out and look for your personal preference. Visiting galleries requires time and effort, another time effective shopping is through online portals that cater to art. Internet has changed the world of shopping for us, make the most of it.

If you really want your artwork to be well integrated into your home, considering working with an interior designer might make a good deal of sense. Interior designers will know what choices are likely to work the best with a given style. In fact, working with an interior designer is a very smart move when you are unsure as to what you want in terms of art, design and how the two go hand in hand.

You would have uncovered a world of options and have chosen wisely. In the process, you might actually discover new art and styles of art that you find exciting and interesting.

See How Easily Water Damage Can Ruin Your Home’s Interior

The inside of your home was never meant to get wet. There are specific rooms with designated areas that water can be used for such things as bathing, cooking, and cleaning. In most homes, these designated areas are the only places you will find inside the house that is equipped with materials that can stand up to water. Unfortunately, there are many hidden dangers of water leaking and effecting other areas in the home from time to time as well and when this happens, severe water damage can easily be the result.

There are some basic things you can do to try and prevent water damage from occurring, and many times these preventative measures help avoid these types of problems from happening all together. However, you can never guarantee that you are completely safe from the effects of water related issues because no matter how hard you try to plan ahead, things can still happen and leave you with a mess to clean up afterwards.

The effects of water damage can range anywhere from mild to severe, depending on where the event took place inside the home and how much water was involved. The level of severity is also heavily dependent on the amount of time that passed by before the water was detected and removed from the home, as well as the area being cleaned and disinfected. Most of the items and building materials in your home can suffer quite a bit of damage by simply coming into contact with water for a minute or two so if you have had a leak or flood inside your home that has caused water to maintain contact with items and materials for a period of time, you may be looking at a total loss of many of the things in your home.

Different materials will respond different ways to water. Items such as solid surface counter tops and ceramic tile floors will usually show no signs of being affected after coming into contact with water. Other materials will not fare so well. These items will include such things as carpet and hardwood or laminate flooring. If carpet is saturated with water, the carpet and padding underneath will have to be completely removed. You may have yet more water to deal with if it made its way to the sub flooring that is located beneath the padding. Wood and laminate flooring will have similar responses to water, as they will both buck and twist to the point they will no longer remain able to lie flat on the floor. Any type of vinyl flooring will usually be ruined as well, since it will usually draw up and curl at the ends if it remains covered in water for any length of time.

Drywall that is saturated will usually need to be ripped out and replaced. Before it can be replaced, however, the framing itself will need to be allowed to air out for a few days first. Water will literally destroy the walls in your home if they are not equipped with wall board that is designed specifically to fight off the effects of water by utilizing a layer that is placed on the board that serves as a moisture barrier. This type of board is usually only found in a bathroom or utility room.

The best thing that you can do is pay attention to all of the things that are going on in your home at all times and when an issue with water comes up, you need to respond immediately. This is the best way you can keep water from ruining the interior of your home.

Define Your Style – Home Design Ideas

Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and when it comes to interior design this can often by the best route to take if you don’t trust your own design instincts. There is a danger however, that your house will blend into every other Magnolia drenched, carbon copy home that we see cloned on every street in Britain today. Why do we practice such safe design? Is it because we suffer from a lack of imagination, or are home owners up and down the land just not brave enough to experiment? Maybe in this difficult economic climate we cannot risk straying from that safe colour palette of cream and white?

I say, why create a ‘blank canvas’ (just in case you move home), for someone else to put his or her stamp on. Look for inspiration everywhere and don’t fear your own style. There are several ways in which you can experiment without breaking the bank and below are a few ideas and tips, which could inspire you to create your own unique groove. Firstly, do a little research. Websites such as housetohome have a fantastic gallery of pictures and suppliers that can inspire you and are less likely to be found in the house next door.

Create a mood board. Collect images, colour swabs and fabric samples in order to focus your ideas and inspire you. This way you will be able to see which colours and styles go together and it will also help you commit to only buying what you need. Steer clear of the plain and create simple elegance by choosing a simple colour palette but also experimenting with different textures of paint and fabrics. B&Q have a paint colour mixing service, which can match any of your favourite items.

Add a splash of colour by adding cushions and throws or curtains. Cushions, and more surprisingly curtains, are easy to make if you have a bit of time on your hands and you can get quality designer fabrics at greatly reduced prices online. Stores such as sell designer fabrics at £10 a meter instead of the recommended retail price of £30 to £100 a meter. If you don’t fancy making curtains yourself, Digby & Willoughby can get these made up for you. Alternatively breathe life into a favourite chair with new upholstery with Fabrics from Digby & Willoughby.

Accessorise with one or two unique pieces such as a beautiful free standing mirror or a piece of artwork. To save some pennies you could visit auction houses such as lotsroad or criterionauctions. I recently found a fantastic seascape oil painting in a charity shop and a beautiful art deco bedroom suite on so keep your eyes peeled. Love the traditional? Experiment with mixing the traditional with the new to avoid being old fashioned. Choose classic wallpapers with a funky twist from companies such as Cole & Sons and Zoffany to create a feature wall. Visit reclamation yards such as wellsreclaimation or sites such as to find beautiful antique wooden furniture and natural materials to create a classic and unique vintage look.

A statement piece of furniture can be the inspiration for the design of your whole room. Cover an old chest of drawers or table with fantastic hand printed wallpaper, protected with layers of clear varnish and jazz it up with new or antique handles. Try for hand printed wallpapers. Go off piste, I recently purchase antique music scores from a local bookshop, which cost me 30p each and they make the perfect vintage wall coverings. If you religiously follow modern styles, what is the buzz from the world of interior design, what are the hot colours for 2010?

Colours from Mexico such as, burnt oranges, sunny yellows, gingers and taupe’s are on trend. Various shades of midnight blue with greying whites are in vogue and as well as being chic and ultimately classic, they would be a good long-term investment. Soft vintage colours, such as neapolitan pinks and yellows reflect the current boom in homemade crafts and reclaimed materials. Other colours in style for 2010 will be natural hues, soft beiges and nudes with green or purple accessories. There are plenty of ways to create your own unique style and to update your home. And remember, to play on the words of Jim Rohn, ‘if you don’t design your own style, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much!’

Helena Searle
January 2010