By Roelf Nel

French Country Style Design

For centuries, the French country style has been popular all over the world.  It may date back to the beginning of decorative practices, yet this design style can be easy to include in your decór.  This style is cosy, familiar and creates thoughts of warmth and security.

Several elements influence the French Country decorating style. Although rustic, the style is also elegant, adding a warm feeling to your home. The French Country style encompasses a  broad range of colours, including bright reds, soft yellows and blues, blue and greens, as well as rust.

These colours are used to decorate the fabrics accentuating the dramatic effect of the bright colour scheme. To define accessory pieces, use glossy black or a softer colour for your walls. Adorn your doorways and windows with natural vines.

French Country Décor typically uses natural materials.  Floors made of clay, brick or natural stone.  Light toned walls contrast with dark beams of wood.

Traditional countryside themes include sunflowers, olives and roosters, with a touch of grapes and lavender. 

The beautiful French country style is perfect for anyone who prefers a comfortable, cosy and rustic look. Following the tips above will make it easy to achieve a décor of this type. Remember that this style emphasises on the use of colour and texture as a way to contrast the individual elements in the room and achieve balance and harmony.

The French country style inspires thoughts of the outdoors, prairies, wildflowers, bright, and warm sunlight. If you use these design components in combination with your personal touch, you will find this style to be familiar and comforting.

If the French Country Style inspires you, visit our Pinterest Board and discover a range of French Country Style designs.


By Roelf Nel

Incorporating artwork into your home décor design

If you are asking an artist to help you match an art piece to your couch, you may get a bit of an earful. Your art piece is chosen, then the couch. Incorporating art successfully into your home takes a few observations that will ensure its proper placement. A well-added piece of artwork will not only grant your room a wonderful focal point, but it will help establish balance and harmony.

When you’ve selected a piece of art for one of your rooms, first make sure that the colours in the painting match or complement those in the room. If you use artwork that doesn’t relate to your room’s theme or colour scheme, you will have a hard time finding a suitable location and appreciating the effect of the art.

If you have a room that follows a black and white pattern, you will be better off selecting art that is either black and white or filled with bold colours like yellows, reds, and blues. In this case, if you go for an impressionist piece that has earthy tones and golds, you are likely to find it impossible to achieve harmony and balance.

Another important aspect of incorporating artwork into your home décor is decoration style. If you have a modern room, you’ll want to add art that inspires modernism. An artistic style such as cubism would be a wonderful addition to this type of décor. But if you use portrait art in intricate golden leaf frames, you are bound to be left with a room that does not inspire continuity.

It’s important to note that not all styles of décor are suitable environments for art as a focal point. A décor style such as tropical chic offers multiple patterns, dark woods, and individual elements that stand out and draw the eye on their own. Focusing too much on artwork in this type of décor can result in a poor investment of time, as this type of design naturally draws attention to itself. Any aspect could leave much of your artwork slightly unnoticed.

Visit our Pinterest Board for more fabulous ideas of incorporating art in your décor.

By Roelf Nel

New Master Bedroom Designs

The most intimate space in your home is the master bedroom. The space where you start the day, and a safe haven you retire to at the end of a busy day. A room that captures beauty and functionality, showcasing your style. The master bedroom can follow the style of the rest of the house, or it can be totally different.

When choosing a design scheme for your master bedroom colour can play a pivotal role. A modern master bedroom design will include rich shades of red, charcoal greys, rich ebony and chrome fixtures. A contemporary look pairs well with neutral brown, tan, beige and blue shades. When choosing your colours remember to choose colours that will stimulate rest and wellness. This is your bedroom, you want it to be a soothing and relaxing environment.

The headboard size can create a different look to your bedroom. Oversized headboards can create a bold, sophisticated and contemporary look. Small headboards are great if you want to create a minimal look.

Seating in the bedroom can make a room feel cosy and inviting. Place the chairs away from the closets and dressers so that you are not inclined to toss your clothes on the seat.

Replace the surface mounted light with a chandelier adding luxury and romance into your master bedroom. For a classic look opt for a crystal chandelier or for a contemporary feel go for a more modern chandelier.

Your night stands do not necessarily need to match. Have a more masculine wooden chest for him, and a more feminine option for her. Remember not to clutter this space. Keep it minimal with a lamp, the books you are reading and a clock.

Pictures are worth a 1000 words. We have found some fantastic ideas for master bedrooms. Visit our Pinterest Board and get inspired with a design that resonates with your personality and style.

By Roelf Nel

Designing with Recessed Lighting

Well placed recessed lighting can enhance a room’s best features or help keep one focused on the task at hand. They are meant to go unnoticed, blending in with your ceiling and drawing attention to the room, rather than the lighting design. The main purpose of your recessed lighting is functional.

Here are some tips on how to use recessed lighting to your advantage:

  • Avoid the runway look with lights running down the centre of the room. Create a warm, welcoming space with evenly spaced light fixtures. Start with at least two feet off the walls along the ceiling.  Use this handy formula to calculate how much light your room will need: multiply the length of the room by the width to find the total area.  Multiply the area by 1.5. This is the total wattage you’ll need to light the room.  To get how many fittings you will need, divide the wattage by the average number of watts per bulb. Your certified electrician can help you figure this out.
  • When installing recessed lighting in your kitchen, use a mix of wide-angle Downlights for ambient lighting and narrow-beam Downlights for task lighting over the stove, sink and counters.
  • Recessed lighting is fantastic when creating a focal point. Your art piece can be illuminated with gimbal lights. Gimbal fixtures rotate, revolve and swivel, so you can focus the light exactly where you want it.  Highlight your focal points such as pictures, fireplace mantles or plants using recessed accent lighting.
  • When lighting your bathroom, recessed lights are effective when illuminating the vanity area. Carefully placed Downlights fitted close to the mirror with the light overlapping offers the best results.  Most important is to ensure your light fixtures and bulbs are rated to accommodate the damp.
  • You do not want light dimming features to be controlled by one switch. Recessed lighting offers the flexibility of having zones. Each zone can be controlled independently from each other and lights can be controlled by zones.  This creates a warm welcoming mood to the room. When entertaining the general lights are dimmed while the accent lighting is brighter drawing attention to the features in the room.

Create a warm inviting home, highlighting your interests and artwork using recessed lights. Visit our Pinterest Board and discover more recessed light designs to inspire you.


French Country Style Design
Incorporating artwork into your home décor design
New Master Bedroom Designs
Designing with Recessed Lighting