When you hear this term, you probably think of some intimidating new-age hocus pocus that shouldn’t be taken seriously. But really, at its essence, the philosophy behind bedroom feng shui is to rearrange and declutter a space so you can get the R-n-R you deserve. The belief is that the look of a living space reflects the life of the inhabitant. Although this form of bedroom design is a science (often involving chi and energy levels) that can take years to understand, here are some quick basics that serve as good general ideas for bedroom decorating and design:
Before you meet with contractors, make a list of the things you absolutely must have along with those that would be nice but you could do without if the cost becomes too high. This will allow you to realistically picture the project you can afford and will give each contractor you interview a chance to wow you with their suggestions, ideas, and, of course, estimate!
Of course, the most prohibitive aspect of a master suite addition is the price. Unfortunately, just the term “master suite” conjures images of high-end materials and even higher-end construction costs. If you want all the bells and whistles to go along with your new master suite, you’re going to have to pay for them; however, it is important not to pay too much if you don’t have to! When considering contractors to build your new addition, make sure to meet with and get estimates from at least three; the more contractors you interview, the better your idea of how much your particular project will (and should) cost, and the better your chances of finding a company you feel comfortable with to do the work.
"Blue is the new neutral," says Christina Bryant, the 33-year-old owner and founder of a buzzy new textile and home goods outfit called St. Frank. (Perusing her companys fabrics by the yard, youll find proof of this.) So when she went looking for a way to make the little bedroom nook in her apartment that overlooks the San Francisco Bay into a true retreat "a reflective place, cool and beautiful" she turned to one of the first wallpapers in the St. Frank collection, an indigo, as a starting place.
The second aspect of kitchen design is layout. Most courses and guides on design focus on this element. This is when you look at the various features of the kitchen and choose the location of appliances and work areas. For years the key to good layout was the appliance work triangle. This refers to the arrangement of the refrigerator, sink and stove. With the increasing use of microwaves, many people now refer to this as the work diamond. The majority of cooking activities entails moving easily back and forth among these three or four kitchen staples.
There has been talk about TVs being bad for sleep. But there’s nothing that winds down the day like watching some news before you doze. Plus, it gives you options: if the wife is watching a fashion show in the family room, you can now retreat to the bedroom in order to catch the game. But it’s true: watching TV in bed can be bad for your body. While lying down, you have to bend pillows, wrap yourself into pretzels, or crick your neck in every possible position in order to watch the television. It can be downright uncomfortable, which goes against the whole principle of rest and relaxation. So here are a few design ideas and the latest inventions to help you overcome the cramp.
If you’re feeling brave, instead of painting your living room’s architectural features white or off-white, consider the palest shade of color to coordinate with the walls. Your Home Interior Decoration Bottom Line: Painting your living room can be fun, easy and cheap. You may already have the framework for a showroom hiding in your carpets, curtains and furniture