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

Five ways to add a touch of Glamour to your Home

Adding a touch of glamour to your room interior is not about the flash. You can tastefully add a touch of glamour to your home and transform your room into a luxurious place.

One statement piece can add a touch of glamour, whether it is a gilded Venetian mirror or a spectacular leather turquoise chaise in the centre of an all-white living room, that one piece adds a little luxury to an otherwise casual room setting.

Turn an ordinary room into one that exudes class and style by adding in crown moulding. Crown mouldings are typically decorative strips made up of wood, plastic, or fibreboard. Using crown moulding is a fabulous way to camouflage the existing flaws and ugly blotches on the walls or ceilings. Using these decorative strips adds a touch of elegance to a room, making it appear more grand and unique.

Another effective option dating back to Georgian period is Panel Moulding. Panel moulding is used to break up large surfaces, which adds a formal feeling to most designs. It is also utilized as a border separating colours or textures. Visually enhance any room with decorative panel moulding, from walls and doors to ceilings.

Adding a touch of Gold to your décor is a classy trend that seems to be staying for a while. Transform a plain kitchen into a formal space with stylish golden light fittings, and finishing off touches with gold taps, and gold cabinet handles. If gold is too flashy for you, go with the more subtle, yet elegant brass finish.

Using Colour is another way of adding glamour and elegance to your room. Either go with bold and dramatic colours or soft understated hues. Painting interior doors black creates an expensive feeling, without causing much damage to your wallet. Make sure you tie the overall design together by adding some black accessories to this space.

If this style appeals to you, visit our Pinterest Board and explore some more ideas we found.

By Roelf Nel

Using Carpets in your décor

Carpets have the ability to transform a room into a cosy and comfortable space. The endless options of colour, design, patterns and textures makes carpeting a favourable and fashionable option in home décor.

Reasons for choosing carpets as a flooring option:

  1. Provides Safety: The surface is non-slip preventing slips and cushions falls and minimizing injuries. The soft structure of the carpets offers an added safety to the more vulnerable family members who are just learning to walk.
  2. Enhances the beauty of your home: Carpets add style and beauty to your room. There is a wide range of styles, textures, colours and designs you can choose from to suit your taste and décor. For a more casual environment, opt for simple designs and neutral colours. Go with vibrant colours and patterns when creating a bold statement.
  3. Provides Warmth and Insulation: During the winter months, you will appreciate the warmth and comfort of your carpeting. The millions of fibres trap heat. Carpets provide a layer of insulation and resist the chilly, uncomfortable weather, saving your energy bills.
  4. Reduce Noise: Carpets absorb noises that are airborne and block the transmission of sound between one floor and another. It stifles noises and reduces surface noise from walking.
  5. Hiding damaged Floors: Carpets are a good option if you have a floor that is irregular with a marked inclination or dents within its structure.

The colour trending this year is a palette of greys and taupe. You can be a bit more daring and go with blues, teal, or green remembering to keep the colours soft, soothing, and natural.

Using bold and bright azure carpets are not ideal options as these tend to date and you may find you have to replace your carpets sooner than anticipated. Beige and neutral colours are popular choices enhanced by vibrant textures and patterns. Neutral carpets compliment other trending colours such as pastel greens, yellows, blues, or salmon pink, which you can bring in through other décor. Patterns are not restricted to the printed design on the carpet, but also to the texture and geometric design within the carpet.

 Carpeting offers you endless options. Visit a few showrooms before you make a final decision on what carpet you want to go with. Check on the product specs and guarantee coverage before you make a purchase.

Visit our Pinterest Board for some more carpeting ideas.




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

Decorating Styles: Minimalism

Minimalism was designed with small spaces in mind, and less decorative elements allow a home to stand out by itself. This style of décor doesn’t incorporate many accents, accessories, or even furniture items. Colors are monochrome, simple, and in small quantities. It is based around the idea of white as a way to maximize space.

Minimalism generally manifests its décor style in modern, contemporary ways, even though it is possible to find minimalist designs that are retro and more outdated.

The minimalist style appeals to organization and order. But it does so in a more casual, relaxed way that is not present in the case of formal styles of home décor, for example.

This type of décor follows the principles of functional decorating, where a decorative piece is also a usable resource. The design highlight is placed in the building structure itself, and efforts are made to preserve a maximization of space in an open layout as much as possible.

The common concept of colors in home décor do not apply to the minimalist style. Like a blank canvas, a minimalist room uses light and bright colors to increase the perception of space and establish a neutral palette for other elements of design.

While white is the color of choice, off-whites, teals, pale greens, and blues are other possible options that appeal to this type of home décor.

Minimalist furniture appeals to clean lines and geometric shapes, generally of dark colors to make full contrast of the brightly colored walls. In this way, light affects a minimalist room in a special way, increasing perception of its size and placing our attention on the functional furniture – the only decorative elements used in this style.

Just like furniture follows clean lines, smooth textures, and glossy materials, fabric from the minimalist style is also plain, with no prominent textures to distract the eye.

If you are a “less is more” kind of person, the minimalist style may appeal to you. Visit our Pinterest Board and get inspired.

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.

Visit our Pinterest Board and explore Shabby Chic design ideas.

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.

If the Tuscan design style suits your décor tastes, explore our Pinterest Board for some more great ideas.

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.

Visit our Pinterest Board and get inspired by some of the ideas we have found.


By Roelf Nel

Traditional Decorating Design Style

Traditional styles of décor are characterized by having a classic look that stands the test of time. It defines a tranquil environment and maintains order. The architecture and furniture placements are in balance. Conversations are encouraged by the grouping of furniture.

Traditional rooms are not as sophisticated as formal rooms, but they are more glamorous than a casual or simplistic style of décor.

Furniture in a traditional style room is focused on the focal point and set up around it in straight lines that circle an axis.

Furnishings are large and follow clean lines, and are often upholstered and have no sharp edges. Accessories and furnishings appear in pairs to establish a sense of order and symmetry. However, the style is relaxed and more focused on comfort than aesthetics.

Furniture woodwork is generally clean and curvy with smooth edges and a limited number of sharp angles or vertexes.

A traditional room presents a mix of vertical lines that add sophistication, with horizontal lines that establish comfort and tranquillity. Complex patterns and bright colours are too distracting for traditional types of décor. As they usually keep within a strict theme, use plain fabrics and colours, and simple shapes like squares, triangles, and circles.

Colours are kept within a minimum wavelength of change to maintain order as much as possible. Tones are usually pale and light, pleasing to the eyes and easy to match.

Dark and bright colours can be used as accents, but are seldom employed as wall colours. Accessories are kept simple and many are limited to functionality, such as lamps, mirrors, paintings, framed laminates, and screens. However, the use of other items that are purely for decoration is also common, and these include porcelain china, plants, and vases.

The traditional style is simple and classy. Applying a combination of rules from the formal and casual styles of décor, the traditional style is a perfect mix of both.

Have you decided that the traditional style resonates with you? Visit our Pinterest Board and explore some ideas we came across.


By Roelf Nel

Design ideas to decorate the perfect laundry room

Don’t believe your laundry room has to be that dull, boring place where you only go to throw your dirty socks and towels.  There are numerous ways to revive the “look”, as well as to create a system that gets it organised. It needs to be comfy, cool and pleasant and at the same time, highly efficient. So if you’re looking for design ideas to decorate the perfect laundry room, the list below should be of great help to you.

  • If your laundry room is too small, it’s better to make it look larger. One way to achieve this trick is to stack the dryer on top of the washer (you will need to have a front-loader for that to work). Another is to install stackable cabinets to store your stuff.
  • Add a storage island unit to the centre of the room, to keep unattractive laundry baskets off the floor. This island can double as a folding area as clothes come out of the dryer.
  • If no room for a separate storage island, install a counter top above your washer and dryer.
  • Consider using the space behind the door. It gives you more space to move around and allows you to hang your rubber gloves, disposable packets, or cleaning equipment.
  • Use light paint colours on the walls as well as your other furniture to allow the room to look larger.
  • Backsplash and floor tiles do a great job in creating a cool environment for your laundry room and makes it easy to clean.
  • Ensure you have sufficient light in your laundry room. Preferably you need at least one window for natural lighting. If that’s not enough, consider installing recess lighting behind the shelves and cabinets.
  • Include a wall-mount ironing board directly onto the wall,to handle simple pressing jobs or touch-ups. The ironing board can extend straight out from the wall mount or swivel 90 degrees. Some boards contain a fastening clip for you to attach the iron, allowing for easy storage.
  • If your budget allows, replacing wire mesh shelves with wood shelves or cabinets will upgrade your look. If construction is an option, is there a wall that can be removed or moved to help create the space you want.
  • Mount a clothes hanging rod, preferably at eye level in any open spaces between two wall cabinets, to keep drying clothes crease free or hang recently ironed items.
  • Conceal unsightly laundry products, cleaning supplies and other products in storage baskets in funky colours or designs.

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Designing a living room you’ll love
Five ways to add a touch of Glamour to your Home
Using Carpets in your décor
Balancing your décor ideas
Decorating Styles: Minimalism
Shabby Chic Design Ideas
Tuscan Décor Design Style
Design Elements: Colour and Texture
Traditional Decorating Design Style
Design ideas to decorate the perfect laundry room