By Roelf Nel

Shabby Chic Design Ideas

The Shabby chic style incorporates pastel colours, vintage accessories, distressed white furniture, and floral patterns to create a warm, cozy environment. Candles add intimacy, and the use of flowers, vintage elements, and white furniture appeals to a feminine innocence that is reflected by this type of décor.

The Shabby chic style inspires comfort and casualty. It incorporates vintage elements; light pastel colours and cozy pieces of furniture.

Floral styles are important part of the Shabby Chic style, and they appear not only in the fresh form, but also in patters and accessories. Pastel colours used are soft and slightly neutral. Faded yellows and greens, light pinks and pale white are common choices applied to this feminine style. So, if you are into darker, brighter colours, a different style of décor may suit you better. Candles are also used to add warmth and comfort to the already inviting shabby chic décor. Incorporated to the other elements of this style of design, the result evokes tranquility and safety.

Just like you might have found in your grandparents’ attic, pale white, embroidered fabrics are a great contrast to the floral motif and pastel colours. Off white fabrics that look as they’ve been stained with tea offer a vintage feel that adds to the familiarity and security that is inspired by this style. Another important contrasting element of the shabby chic look is the use of white painted furniture. This detail adds to the innocence of this home décor style, inspiring pureness and cleanliness.

The shabby chic style of décor can be achieved by combining similar elements in a harmonic way. Floral patterns and pastels colours complement each other, and are counteracted by the addition of rustic vintage elements such as books, old alarm clocks and porcelain plates. To add contrast, white is used in furniture and accents. And candles offer the finishing touch with warmth and serenity.

Add fresh flowers like daisies, orchids, freesias, and roses to enhance your shabby chic style.

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By Roelf Nel

Tuscan Décor Design Style

The Tuscan style of décor dates back to the ancient Roman civilization. Back then, design elements were natural, rustic, and connected to everyday activities like farming, eating, and being around family.

Tuscan homes, usually called villas, inspire thoughts of the mountains of Italy, vineyards, and olive trees. Natural stone materials compose the walls, and metallic elements make up accessories. Rustic woods are showcased in the furniture and water is generally featured in an outdoor pond or fountain.

As you may have noticed, Tuscan style rooms and homes incorporate many different elements of nature, including stone, metal, wood, and water. Air is also incorporated in Tuscan villas with patina work on walls and surfaces, which is reminiscent of clouds and sky.

Marble and travertine, two other natural elements, are generally used as flooring and or counter material. The Tuscan style is very special as it is a countryside style that is characterized by more solid materials. While wood, wicker, rattan, and other flexible materials are usually a clear representation of the countryside, with this style of décor the effect is the same, but with different resources.

Colours in the Tuscan style of décor incorporate earthy tones such as terracotta, browns, golds, grays, and beiges. The Tuscan style is also characterized by a specific type of glass tile work, a typical kind of artisanship that commenced in Europe centuries ago. This tile work can be included in floors, walls, counter tops, and backsplashes to add a touch of color and personality.

Tuscan style homes also feature many architectural devices, like columns, pillars, molding, and framework.

The Tuscan style is best when applied to a home as a whole. If it’s broken up into a single room it can easily clash with other simpler types of décor. But if you wish to add this style to just a portion of your home, your best bet is to add this beautiful look to your kitchen.

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By Roelf Nel

Design Elements: Colour and Texture

Design incorporates many elements that rule and define the result of a particular style of home décor. Amongst them, colour and texture represent two important aspects of maintaining an invigorating yet soothing and comfortable environment to live in.

Colour is essential to our well-being and plays an important role in mood and emotion. Humans can perceive more than 15 million colours, finding comfort in some and energy in others.

The colour green, for example, signifies harmony, peace, and nature, while yellow is related to youth, fun, creativity, and warmth. Red indicates passion and love, and blue reminds us of the ocean, tranquillity, and security.

Selecting pleasing colours for your rooms doesn’t always mean selecting the ones you like. If you are after harmony, balance, peace, warmth, and tranquillity, a colour scheme with hues of greens, blues, whites, and tones of gold, or red is sure to do the trick. If you’re after an invigorating environment, choose colours such as orange, yellow, magenta, turquoise, and aqua to energize and brighten the atmosphere.

Texture is another critical aspect of home décor, as it gives a room complexity and detail while complementing the décor in a subtle way.

Texture is generally used to attract immediate attention to an area, especially if the colour scheme is restricted to just a few similar colours.

Fabrics are perhaps the best way to incorporate texture into a room, with options varying from linens to silk, wool, and pique, amongst many others.

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By Roelf Nel

Blending Art into a Home Décor Style

When choosing an art piece that you will cherish for years to come, consider the kind of art you like, does it suit your home décor, and where will it make the best artistic impression.

You can develop your art preferences by visiting museums, expositions, or galleries. These are great sources to explore your artistic boundaries, view home décor ideas, and get a grasp of the kind of art that you enjoy.

Both famous artists and local artists will have something different to offer, and in many cases, you will discover beautiful techniques in local artists that you would’ve never encountered in the better-known artwork.

Galleries have exhibitions on a regular basis, with special nights where the events are longer and larger. If you’re looking for inspiration, this is a surefire way to get it.

Once you have settled on your art piece, the next decision will be how to showcase the art to best highlight the décor, while still allowing it to have its own presence in the room. Finding a good spot is your first task. Have a second person help you decide where the painting looks best from a distance.

In many cases, an art piece will call for a place on the focal point wall. Sometimes, an art piece will look great in a spot you didn’t consider before, so when you test, make sure to try it out all the places.

Sometimes a piece of artwork is such a powerful eye-catcher that you might have to switch some furniture around to make it fit as well as possible.

A great way to showcase your artwork and make it stand out is to equip its surroundings with special lighting that will bring the eye’s attention to the piece of art. You can either use track lighting or hanging fixtures that are supported by invisible wire.

Another nice touch is to illuminate artwork from the bottom. This creates a dramatic look that adds quality and warmth to any painting.

Before you hang your artwork, make the necessary measurements so that it hangs directly at eye level. Sculptures should lie on the floor if tall enough to draw the eye, or be rested on a surface such as a side table or base that will raise it into sight.

Plan a few visits to your local gallery and home décor trade shows and explore the kind of art you enjoy.

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Shabby Chic Design Ideas
Tuscan Décor Design Style
Design Elements: Colour and Texture
Blending Art into a Home Décor Style