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Best Contemporary Home Design

Contemporary home designs are very different from traditional designs for homes. Traditionally, the space available for homes was very abundant and bulky furniture and intricate interiors were the main features of the houses. With the passage of time, houses have been changed to being designed for nuclear families with less space. With the space being an issue, furniture that requires too much room cannot be used and too much of intricate designing of the interiors will look too showy. Hence, modern houses have contemporary furniture that isn’t too heavy and that makes the home look more spacious.

The furniture used in such homes is generally very easy to maintain, sleek and classy and at the same time durable enough to last for a long time. The most striking features of the modern designs are the simple look with minimum clutter. Since there isn’t too much room for furniture in such houses, they are made attractive by coloring the walls with a combination of light colors with a splash of one or more vibrant colors. All the furniture used must provide comfort and at the same time require least space and look stylish. Small houses look great with a modern form of designing.

One of the most important aspects of modern designing is the optimum utilization of available space and using furniture having multiple uses. For example, the bed must have a low platform and along with that, it can have a storage compartment. This avoids the storage of things in places like lofts, etc which do not look elegant. Another example of such utility is to use desks that are formed by making use of stylish console tables. The use of a sofa bed can solve the purpose of a sofa during the day and a bed during night time. The beds could also metal designed requiring least space and giving maximum comfort.

Contemporary home designs put to use economical yet elegant lighting in the house. Instead of the traditional system of using chandeliers, low power consuming LED lights are used. This solves the purpose of lighting up the house stylishly and the same time consuming least power possible. The lights in the living room can be sleek and simple to complement the simple furniture. Those of the kitchen should be put in areas like above the sink and on the top of the counters. This gives a very light feel to the environment.

How To Purchase Artwork For Your Home: An Interior Designer’s Perspective

As an interior designer, I have spent years searching the art markets for my interior design clients in Sarasota, Florida, Washington, DC, and New York.

The phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” is never as true as it is with art. Even educated and knowledgeable art critics can have divergent views on a particular piece of art.

Sometimes art is selected because the viewer interprets it as pleasant, calming, beautiful, technically well-produced, shocking, avant-garde, valuable, or as a good investment for resale. All of this art can be “good”, if it is simply selected due to personal preference or intent.

Generally, the person who is new to art will select a piece that is pleasant or beautiful. They may not know the techniques used or even care; they just like the art for its decorative value. This is wonderful – art should be a part of everyone’s life whether one is an art expert or not.

Some collectors like avant-garde art which can often be outrageous, sometimes arousing, or simply something new. Some of this avant-garde art is not understood by either the novice or the professional. But it is a new expression and often offers us a new way of looking at something mundane or “everyday”. New expression is good. Often it leads to greater and more accomplished expression.

This point is easy to illustrate especially with the contemporary art of the sixties and seventies. Lots of canvases were painted, some just all white or of another color, and lots of stripes (The Washington Color School) or splatters of paint (a la Jackson Pollock and Clifford Still). It is easy to say, “I could have done that,” and lots of us could have. But, the artists did it first, and by doing it first, got credit for starting the trend, helping us see things in a new way.

Then there is intellectual art, which can easily fall into the avant-garde category. Intellectual art is a thoughtful and deep manifestation by the artist which some people can comprehend and others cannot. Often, it is understood by studying or knowing the artist, so one can appreciate the elements of the art and what the artist is trying to convey.

In the upper echelons of art, technique becomes more important. Old Masters are celebrated because of breakthroughs in technique or style for their era. For instance, Vermeer used light in a new way, Renoir was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style, and Picasso is known for his founding role in the Cubist movement.

There is endless advice on why and how to buy art. Some people believe that art gains value when it changes hands, so there is the investment angle. Others say to buy art that challenges you, buy what makes you feel good or buy from artists you admire or know.

My advice is: buy the best art you can afford for whatever your strategy or for whatever your reasoning happens to be.

Buying art, and having art, enhances your daily life, supports the community of artists and art dealers, and opens up your world. And artists are fun and interesting people!

The next time there is an art opening on Palm Avenue or Fifth Street, take advantage of this wonderful social, intellectual, and eye-opening experience. Go and enjoy!

Visit studios, open the lines of communication with artists and dealers, and get involved. It is great fun, stimulating and who knows! Maybe you’ll come home with the next Picasso or Renoir!

Innovative Home Designs – Definitive Guide on Creating Innovative Home Designs on a Small Budget!

Are you looking for a completely new and unique way to decorate your home without having to buy lots of new furniture? Do you want to know more about the latest technologies that are available to you when it comes to home design? If so, you’ll definitely want to know more about the most innovative designs in interior decorating.

One of the easiest rooms to incorporate innovative designs in your home is the bathroom. This is due to the fact the room is probably one of the smallest in the house, and you can do a number of small renovations that will make a big difference. For instance, simply changing the colors of the washcloths and towels can make the bathroom more inviting. And, if you’re building your home from the ground up, you can include custom floor tile designs, such as crystal or tiles with exotic colors. It may be best to get unique flooring in the bathroom since you’ll have less ground to cover. This way, you can include original accents in your home without overspending.

One of the simplest ways to creatively design your living room is to add accessories that are appealing and yet not overpowering.  For instance, a wall fountain or a tabletop fountain creates a calming presence, and when it is combined with innovative lights, it can simply liven up your living room.

You can also include innovative designs in the kitchen. Adding things like a spice rack with angular designs, or extra storage for your pots and pans above the stove will make your kitchen less cluttered, but will also add to the overall design scheme. You can also use custom tiles for the backsplash of the stove; granite and bright colors like electric blue or lime green will do wonders for a kitchen that is decorated in neutral colors like gray and black. You can also incorporate innovative designs with the lighting fixtures and faucets that you use in the kitchen–chrome and silver accents add a modern touch to any kitchen, and you may also want to to talk to your contractor about purchasing stainless steel appliances for your kitchen. This will add a neutral but futuristic flair to the space, and you can decorate with the accent colors that you want.

If you’re looking for modern furniture pieces at affordable prices, you’ll find lots of innovative designs at IKEA. This store has furniture for every room in your home, and you’ll even get the resources you need to redecorate your entire kitchen and bathroom. The clean lines, bright patterns, and original look of each of the pieces will help any room in your home come together, and if you need to find a store near you, you can check out as well.

Stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot will also be able to teach you more about innovative designs. You’ll find items like faucets and ceiling fans in the store, and you can take a detailed look at the construction before you buy. The clean lines and stainless steel features of the appliances are especially modern, and could even increase the value of your home in the future.