Effective Home Office Design Ideas

Here are a few surprisingly effective home office design ideas:

The view

There is no reason for you to allow a little sunshine to cramp up your style. Fill up a corner with a tall bookcase and just place a desk and chair in front of a tall window. Make sure that the furniture is in sync with the existing pieces so that it can blend with the existing look.

Decorating double duty

In spite of whatever may be on your mind, a traditional desk does not guarantee you to be more productive. Plus, an armoire can be a pretty great storage cabinet for stashing stemware, silverware and china but also does overtime as a great desk.

Zonal distinction

One often repeated home office design idea is to try to keep the different zones separate from one another by setting the work area away from the sleeping area. This trick makes sure that the decorative elements (furniture finishes, color palette) match up.

Primary palette

Go bold and think bright. If you want a space for your kids to do homework, keep the color scheme invigorating, fun and cool. Try to add functional storage accessories or simply shelving that go with their style.

Confidential corner

Got yourself a free corner? Put it to good use. Even a very much formal living room can end up easily accommodating a workspace. Just sneak in a chair, table and a few good office accessories.

Flower power

It is absolutely nonsensical to overlook any space, including hallways. If you’re lucky enough to have an area that’s both lengthy and wide, make sure to capitalize on the newfound territory by setting up a desk and stool (Or maybe a slim seat) against a printer punchy flower-patterned wallpaper.

Color story

Color was always a very useful tool when it came down to distinguishing a space. If working side by side, always stay consistent but also make sure to invite in some colors to impart the workspace some due personality.

A formal affair

If you’re looking to prevent your workspace from cramping up the decorative style, make sure the focus is to blend in. For an example, the shiny black lacquer desk would be pretty out of place when placed facing a flowery wallpaper. A weathered desk (and of course the complementary chair) however suits the vintage style.

A great wall

When you’re low on the space, even a simple wall can be a formidable asset. One great home office design idea is to consider building upwards (rather than going wide). The simple, easy to install shelves present a great way of breaking down a wall painted bright hue.

Split personalities

Kitchen on a side, office on the other. A very simple piece of architectural detail can easily divide a space without making it feel out of place. Making sure to keep the color palette consistent and also neutral will allow you to bring in all sorts of pieces like storage containers, file cabinets and of course, shelves for organizing items.

Six Bathroom Design Ideas You Can Do In A Weekend

Great bathroom design ideas don’t have to cost an arm and a leg…and, they don’t have to involve moving walls.

Looking for quick and inexpensive ways to give a ho-hum bathroom a face-lift? Here are 6 bathroom decorating ideas that use creative wall treatments, flea market finds and creative bathroom colors to create a new look now. Even better you can complete these projects in a weekend and for under $300.

1. Furniture Style Vanities — Make a sleek retro or stylish Victorian bathroom vanity out of an old desk, dresser, 60′s vintage stereo console…or, you fill in the blank.

Find them at Flea Markets, yard sales and second-hand stores. I look for ones with deep drawers. Use a jigsaw to cut out the sink template. Home improvement centers have stock stone counter-tops that work with under-mount sinks. Paint your new vanity or stain it natural or leave it as-is for the “distressed” hipster look.

2. Mirror, mirror — Dump that old wall to wall mirror with the clips…They’re dated!

Instead hang smaller, framed mirrors over the sinks. Many stores have these on the floor, in stock. I saw one last weekend at a home improvement store that was 24 inches by 34 inches (61 cm by 86 cm) for $90 US. For a more custom look, you can create a frame at a frame shop and buy a mirror to fit it at a glass store.

3. Accessorize! — Add towel holders with metal finish to match bath fittings or add cabinet pulls to boost both function and looks. Then, to spice things up, treat yourself to new towels with accents of color–See our pages on how to work with color. This is an easy upgrade that shows, can be done in a couple hours and, is so affordable.

4. Washable wallpaper — Color, texture, pattern and more can be yours with a coated wallpaper that’s easy to clean and can stand up to high humidity…Many of the thicker, textured papers can be installed right over a thick texture or older plaster wall with cracks without the imperfections showing through.

5. Lighting is everything — Give your bathroom a boost with improved lighting. Good lighting makes the most of bathroom colors and lifts your mood…especially in the morning as you start your day. Install a light bar over the vanity sink for shaving and makeup… wall sconces on dimmers to set the mood for a relaxing soak.

Match the finishes to the faucet for a cohesive look…For an element of surprise, do something different. A Vintage chandelier hanging from the ceiling is a bathroom design idea with a sophisticated grin.

6. Floor matters — Install new pre-finished wood flooring or new inlaid vinyl floor-covering for a bathroom design idea that will make a big impact for a small investment.

Because the floor area in most bathrooms is small, your material costs will be minuscule… For example, floor-covering at $20 a square yard (square meter) for a 6 foot by 10 ft bathroom runs about $130 US. And, you can find great deals at half that price if you watch for them. New vinyl floors that don’t require adhesive are very doable for homeowners with basic skills.

Pre-finished wood flooring is comparable in price. It’s also relatively easy for the homeowner to install. Look for a weekend how-to workshop at your local home improvement center…If you’re installing pre-finished wood flooring, you’ll have to pry up the plywood or particle board underlayment first or your toilet will sit too high when you re-seat it and then slowly leak around the drain flange.

Now run a bubble bath or curl up next to your loved one with a good movie and congratulate yourself on accomplishing so much with so little.

3 Home Interior Design Ideas For Fast Results!

When it comes to home interior design many people think that repainting your home and changing furniture are the only things that will make a big difference.

Yes, they will but there are a thousand other things, which can be done creatively apart from simple repainting you home that can make a huge difference. If you are planning to redesign your home then I you can save a lot of money by looking at the smaller things in your home, which will generate a perception of newly, designed home and that too in a small budget.

Here are some home interior design ideas that can help you.

1) Instead of changing the entire color of your walls try changing just one wall in every bedroom. Spot the wall in every room that receives direct sunlight and painting it with bright color (just an example) and see what happens.

Painting the wall is not the only choice here; you can also apply a wallpaper of your choice and see the difference. This way you have saved a lot of money (almost 2/3) and at the same time got yourself an amazing combination of color scheme with the existing one.

2) Secondly try using some wall hangings on the wall in your bedroom. If you don’t like wall hangings try using abstract paintings or even hand sketches. Instead of using just one painting why not use a combination of three or four smaller paintings or framed photos of your family members.

3) Thirdly instead of breaking down the entire furniture and building a new set try changing your furniture layout to a totally new one. You’ll see amazing shift in the way your home looks. I know this sounds too good to be true, but you’ll feel the difference.

Interior design is all about perception, the moment you change even a small aspect of the entire existing setup you will feel a new energy in your home and will also help you generate new ideas to get more out of your existing interior design elements without spending more money.

There are a ton more smaller things that can make a big difference in your home interior design and you should always try them out yourself. At first you may feel some resistance in trying out new and wild things but once you see the difference it becomes a habit to design and decorate your own home with passion and enthusiasm.

Copyright Shrinivas Vaidya