By Roelf Nel

Balancing your décor ideas

With life being so busy, between career demands, family commitments, friendships, healthier lifestyles, decorating may not be the top priority. With the time demand for decorating and its maintenance, it is no wonder some people look for a quick and practical solution. Even in this situation, personality is indispensable. The choice of material, furniture, accessories, and the right colours are great allies for those who want to make the interior environment more elegant and reflecting “the home owner’s way of being.”

Harmony and quality

The main concept in a design project for a home is defined in just one word: harmony. Harmony among the styles and elements that will be used, such as colour, fabrics, fabric textures and the right lighting. These elements either can increase the perceived value of your design project or, if used incorrectly, can ruin it completely.

For example, you can set a modern architecture concept of interior design and mix the environments that you have with some classic pieces; or you can set a classic architecture concept of interior design and mix the environments with some contemporary elements. However, it is necessary to be careful.

If you cannot hire a professional designer, it is very important that you know how to get a good quality design concept. The key is to avoid the use of too many colourful elements and strong colours. According to many interior designers “It is almost impossible to go wrong using only one colour tone in the environment.”

But what is the meaning of matching in an interior design project?
Interior design is like fashion: everything can be used according to the taste of each person. There are not too many rules. The first principle is to start from the architectural style of the house, after which the interior design can be defined.

For instance, it is worthless to have a contemporary house and use many classic elements inside its environments. You have to follow the style of the house. However, you can have one or two older pieces in a modern residence bringing a beautiful combination to the decoration.


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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.

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By Roelf Nel

Simplistic or Casual Decorating Style

The casual style of home décor has a simple, cozy, and inviting character.

The simplistic style combines textures, lines, and accessories, following simple but fine layouts that mimic a sense of symmetry that plays outside of its common boundaries.

Details and accessories for casual style rooms are to be simple. Plain shapes like rectangles or circles and items with smooth curves work well.

The casual style is great to put together rooms with things that you already have. You can transform functional accessories into decorations that are in turn also functional. For example, you can use a stylish bottle as a base for one of your lamps, or a rustic oak door as a coffee or dining table.

If you are not looking for a casual look for your entire house, you can incorporate elements of the simplistic style into any type of room. Adding a simple touch of casual into a traditional room can be as easy as adding a functional and decorative item that appears slightly rustic. These characteristics inspire familiarity and comfort, casually inviting you into a room.

The casual décor style consists of specific elements of design. Large cozy furniture, such as upholstered chairs or a comfortable couch dressed with an easy to clean slipcover, fit the bill.

Furniture appears in neutral or pastel tones, with darker hues as accents for contrast.

Furniture is wide and short, appealing more to comfort than décor. Coffee tables and other surfaces are large and simple, often with drawers for functionality.

To add more character to the room, accents such as pillows and curtains present off-colour patterns and textures. The casual look is aided by the simple appearance of natural fabrics such as wool, cotton, and linen.

To aid in the organic look of these fibers, other rustic materials can be incorporated. Possible options are wicker, naturally finished woods and rattan.

The concept of casual style is based on hominess and comfort. Textures are prominent in a simple canvas and furniture is low, large, and cozy. If you’re inspired by simplicity and comfort, the casual style of décor is definitely something to consider.

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Balancing your décor ideas
Incorporating artwork into your home décor design
Simplistic or Casual Decorating Style