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By Roelf Nel

5 Key Elements in Your Landscape Design

What makes landscape design stand out? Is it the variety of plants and grasses that cover the whole yard? Is it the fence that seems to frame the whole garden? Or is it the fountain that sits right in the middle of every plant, grass, and evergreen? The answer is not the individual element that fills up the garden but how these individual elements are combined to make a great looking landscape design. How can one achieve this?

There are the 5 key elements that your landscape design must have in order to stand out:

Unity or Harmony

Unity or Harmony means that all the components in the design should go together as one and must express consistency and style. All the components should, therefore, fit in a theme making them work together to create a harmonious combination of colours, lines, bends, and elements. To achieve unity, repetition and mass planting can be used in the landscape design.  Thus, unity or harmony brings together everything that is used in a landscape design without spoiling the practicality and compromising the beauty.

Focal Point

A landscape design would not be complete without a focal point. A focal point gives direction to the lines and bends giving definition not only to the whole landscape design, but also to every area within the plan. There are popular landscape focal points like a big tree or a flowerbed, a pool or a pond, a fountain or artificial waterfalls. The focal point in a landscape design should direct the traffic in the garden area.

Proportion

Proportion refers to the size of the parts of the landscape design in respect to one another, to the landscape design as a whole, and to the property, structures, and human elements. For example, a small waterfall will be lost at the middle of a big garden with large trees and shrubs. A large oak on the other hand may not complement a one-story house. The point is, the relationship of each part should be within the reasonable size and should not dominate the presence of the others.

Symmetry and Balance

This is another very important element that can throw off the entire plan if not used properly. There are some landscape designs that may look a bit restless and uncomfortable. This is because they lack symmetry and balance. The curves, bends and lines are tiring; the use of plants and ground overlays are inappropriate; and repetition of all the elements does not have a variety. To achieve balance, the landscape design should have a good use of line, shape, texture, form, and colour all at the same time. The repetition should vary from one area to another and the plants and ground overlays should be in tune with all the other elements of the design.

Simplicity

A landscape design should not be overdone just to stand out from the entire neighbourhood. Simplicity is the key.

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By Roelf Nel

Designing a living room you’ll love

It does not matter what your décor, budget, or personal tastes are, you can still turn your living room into a magical space that looks as if it was done by an interior design professional.

The starting point of your interior design adventure is to determine the purpose of your living room. Do you entertain a large group of guests regularly? Is your living room a place for intimate gatherings of friends and family? On the other hand, maybe, just a place to relax and kick back?

Answering this question will help determine the layout of the room. If you entertain a lot, then you want your space to be more open so guests can flow freely around the room without bumping into furniture. On the other hand, if you host more intimate groups, then you want to arrange your furniture to promote conversation.

Select furniture that matches your needs
Once you know the function of the room, it’s time to work on form. There are a lot of really wonderful pieces out on the market theses days. Not only can you get inviting sofas and loveseats, but also new ideas such as sectionals with a built-in chaise. If you entertain a lot, consider going with groupings of furniture or pieces that can be easily moved around the room. If it’s just family and friends, go with a large sectional grouping so you can all sit together in comfort and style.

Locate the large pieces first
The sofa, loveseat and sectionals should be put in place first. Again, consider the function of the room and arrange accordingly. If your pieces are heavy, you may want to draw out the room on a piece of paper and make shapes that match the measurements of your furniture. Move them around on paper before you move them around the room. This saves time and energy.

Work your way out from there
Once you have the large pieces of furniture set to your liking, it’s time to add end tables, coffee tables and other secondary furnishings to your grouping. Next, it’s time for the accents: lamps, vases, plants, etc. Finally, hang your art so that it complements the room’s new look. After painting and changing the layout, you may find that some of your art is out of place. Look in your other rooms to see if a different piece would look better.

Use colour intelligently
The right colours can really make a living room come to life. Choose wall colours that complement your furnishings. Contrary to popular belief, a dark colour makes a room appear larger, not smaller. Use accent colours for your accessories. Don’t get too wild with colours – they should work with one another, not against one another.

Go with a neutral style
Resist the temptation to buy the latest trends in furnishings or accessories. You don’t want your space to become dated. Picking up the latest lamp or gimmicky clock cheapens the space as well. Above all, don’t put too much of your personal tastes into the décor. Keep the precious memories and souvenirs in the bedroom or family room.

Let it shine
A good way to add some space to your living room is to go with reflective surfaces for tables, fixtures and lighting. White glazed cabinets are terrific for this, particularly if they have glassed doors. The same is true with lighting. A lamp with a glossy shade can make the room look bigger than it is.

Use rugs as décor
If you have a really large open space, consider breaking it into smaller areas. The easiest way to do this is to use area rugs. Though it seems odd at first, an area rug cannot only be used on wood or tile floors, but on wall-to-wall carpeting as well. When using an area rug to define a space, be sure that the furnishings either rest on the carpet or touch the edges visually.

Most of all, have fun with your redecorating project. Once you have the furniture you like, the rest can be changed easily down the road with just a few cans of paint and some artistic touches.

Visit our Pinterest Board to get some more inspiring ideas to give you living room a new fresh look.

 

By Roelf Nel

Decorating Ideas For Kids Room

Kids room decorating can be a fun process with your creativity bursting to come alive! No where else can you mix and match a variety of paint schemes along with creative stencils, stickers, sparkles, and get away with it. Best of all, your kids can be involved in transforming their room into their own accomplishments while redecorating at the same time.

Some creative ideas on decorating kid’s bedrooms:

Ceiling

Create a magical night sky on your child’s ceiling with glow in the dark decorations. These can be fun and even comforting for your child to be able to lie in bed and gaze up at the night stars.

Doors

Use wooden letters that spell your child’s name and glue them on the door. Painting them in the theme colour of your child’s room will dress up the door nicely. Closet door hardware can be replaced with wiggly handles or their favourite cartoon character. By matching the door hardware with wall plates you can carry the pattern throughout the room that accents their style.

Furniture

Make a whole play area from an ordinary bookcase. Choose bright colours that match your child’s style and add features such as cut out doors for a dollhouse or castle effect. Add texture materials to one or two compartments that create a window or door like feature. When your child has outgrown the design, you can easily remove the materials and doors and replace them with the original materials that you saved.

Walls

Turn your kid’s walls in a big canvas. Paint is the perfect solution and least expensive way to create a kaleidoscope impact while offering unlimited colour options. Just changing one wall or adding stripes, borders, sponge or stamping techniques can bring new life to an ordinary room. Use wavy or splat design patterns, or turn one wall into a mural effect. Choose a bright base and pick accent colours to achieve the best effects.

Shelves

Using shelving materials can be the least expensive way to pick up the clutter and organize a room. Painting with the same colours or add design features with stencil or stamping can quickly dress up any room.

Accessories 

Large cork boards can quickly turn a bare wall into a busy space. Cork boards also eliminate holes in walls from nails or tacks that later need to be repaired. Wooden picture frames can be painted to help accent the room. Fans blades can be reversed and painted with designs to add cool effects when in use and then can be reversed when it comes time to re-decorate.

Decorating your kid’s bedroom is a great way to give them a place they can call their own and you may just find your kid spending more time in there!

Visit our Pinterest board on Kids Bedroom Ideas or ideas for Girls Rooms and see if there is something that sparks your creative juices to redecorate your kids rooms during the summer holidays.

 

5 Key Elements in Your Landscape Design
Designing a living room you’ll love
Decorating Ideas For Kids Room