CHILD-LIKE CHARM [ pre-adolescnts: 5 -12 year olds]
At this stage, children enjoy having active input in the design of their room. School life adds a new assortment of items to their inventory like sports equipment, books in all shapes and sizes, bags, bottles, stationery and uniforms. They might occasionally invite their friends over to play and study, which is something you need to take into consideration as well. Your child will probably enjoy collecting objects that are relevant to their hobbies, which are more well-defined by now. Create a decor scheme that is sensitive to their likes and abilities – and most importantly – expect change.
Replace toddler-sized tables, chairs and closets with their full-sized counterparts, which can be used throughout their teenage year.
STORAGE UNDER BED
Shallow bins and boxes can be placed underneath the bed for storage. If your child often has friends over to the house for sleepovers, an extra mattress and beddings can also be kept here.
Simple yet meaningful decorative touches create character in a child’s room. Photographs can be hung in any fashion, for example horizontally, vertically, placed in frames.
Plenty of natural sunlight as well as an ergonomic desk and chair are necessary for comfortable revision and homework sessions. Make sure that bookshelves are not placed far away from the desk, as children might be distracted by their toys on the way to get their study materials.
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CURTAINS are a crucial part of the home decor. When the renovations are completed, the walls have been painted and all the furniture has been put in place, curtains provide the final flourish to a home.
More than just pieces of cloth hanging on windows to block sunlight from filtering in, curtains help to beautify the living space and offer plenty of benefits. At the end of the day, leaving windows bare is not going to cut costs anymore, especially when there’s such a wonderful selection of fabrics and colours as well as curtain ideas to choose from.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to curtains. It all depends on your decor style, personal preference and, of course, budget. There are many modern styles to choose from, from eyelet curtains and tab top to pencil pleats, all of which are very popular styles and trends.
Nevertheless, keep in mind the style and look of the room and furniture or your curtains may look a little out of place.
THE RIGHT CURTAINS
When selecting curtains,there are six points worth considering. Firstly, study the size, type, shape and positioning of the window.
If there’s a limited space on the two sides of the window for curtains to stack back, then blinds may be a better choice. Different window types require different curtains to complement the design theme.
Secondly, you need to choose your preferred style that would also complement the interiors. It’s up to you to decide what kind of ambience and feel you want to create in the room. There are plenty of styles to choose from such as traditional, contemporary, elegant, funky or country.
Determine the function of the room to make it easier to select your curtains. Every room has a purpose,so the curtains you choose should accommodate this.
Then consider what you want your window dressing to achieve. This determine your choice. Example, do you need to control sunlight? Obscure an undesirable view or camouflage architectural awkwardness? Do you want it to be the focal point of the room or to enhance the interior style? Knowing exactly what we want the curtains to do go a long way towards making selection easier.
Another thing to take into account is the physical environment of the window. When you have a window that looks out to a pleasant natural view, like a garden in bloom or a rolling vista, having blinds that roll all the way up, or any other minimalist style, would definitely suffice.
But what if you have undesirable scenes? A bedroom with a window facing the street may need cover-up for greater privacy, advises the mother-of-two. “The position of the sun is another important consideration. Rooms that face west get strong sunlight in the afternoon and some fabrics fade quickly when exposed to strong sunlight. So avoid using silky fabrics in very sunny rooms.
“Rooms that face east get the morning glare. If you’re normally a late riser, this means you may need black-out lining for your curtain to block out the sunlight.”
Finally, plan your budget accordingly. If you’re not willing to spend too much, opt for affordable fabric and simpler designs. Or you could just add trimmings or accessories to your existing curtains. it's not necessary to spend a lot of money. Just be creative. Ultimately, consider all the functional and decorative aspects to avoid making any expensive mistake.
COLOURS, PATTERNS AND STYLES
The general rule is to match the window dressing style with the main colour and theme of the interiors – NOT the reverse. This is because it’s often easier and cheaper to change curtains than the interior of a room.
Some considerations to make include curtain style, colour, design motifs and textures.
If you have a traditional-looking space,opt for classical or formal curtains such as cascade, swags or tails or valances. These are more suitable than modern-eyelets or timber blinds.
Vertical blinds in textural finish meanwhile, are nice when you’re decorating a study area. For a romantic bedroom, try sheer curtains with small floral prints.
Depending on the effect you wish to achieve, the colour of your curtains can be an eye-catching focal point or soothing coordination. A rule of thumb: The curtain colour should match the wall unless what you’re after is a contrasting effect.
The design and motif of the fabric should enhance the ambience of the room and the curtain style. For example, damask design motif enhances a classical-looking room while a country floral design creates the country mood. But try not to let the motifs overpower the room. The curtains should harmonise with the interiors and perhaps create the focal point but they shouldn’t overpower.
Curtains made of textured fabrics add character and richness to a room. Some of the more popular examples of textured fabrics include damasks, chenille, velvets, silks, satin and jacquard.
Window dressing trends are still dominated by contemporary and simplicity. But things are changing and with decades of minimalism, there are people turning to other new styles and trends.
What’s old is new’ always works for the world of interior and home decoration. Eco-friendly and vintage are the two main trends this year. Vintage and floral prints are coming back and will continue to gain momentum.
There are also vibrant colour schemes, bold graphic designs, whimsical motifs and colourful botanicals around, continues Elyza. Contemporary textures, luxurious silk and sumptuous velvets will remain trendy for many years with a twist of a new colour palette from time to time.
One new, emerging curtain style is Ripplefold, now one of the hottest curtain trends in Europe. It’s named for the soft, ripple-like folds that flow smoothly from one end of the track to the other. “Ripplefold curtains can stack back to the very end of the track, so they actually take up less space than conventionally pleated draperies". “More glass is exposed so more light can come in. This is really useful for the living room where you want maximum natural light.”
Excerpts from an article in - New Straits Times June 9, 2012.
by Fabrics and Furnishings Magazine.
NEW YORK—P/Kaufmann Inc. will introduce a new brand in late 2012 called Hillbrown, through PK’s Clarence House division according to Bob Appelbaum, president of Clarence House.
The name Hillbrown itself was taken from the name of Peter Kaufmann’s father in law’s company, who Peter worked for in the 1940’s after arriving in the USA from Germany via England, Appelbaum said.
While other companies are buying up brands and the industry is further consolidating, P/Kaufmann has decided to grow this new Hillbrown brand under the design leadership of Donna May Woods, design director who joined the company fulltime last year. She was previously design director of Brunschwig & Fils and Scalamandre. Appelbaum said that P/Kaufmann will invest a sizeable sum in the new business.
“Hillbrown has a different handwriting than Clarence House,” he said. “Hillbrown is more traditional, a more historical product with a design pedigree based on documents as opposed to being the artsy and newsy design from Clarence House. All of the new designs are expected to work together,” he said and will include prints as well as wovens from about 30 mills that will continue to supply both collections. Both lines will cover a broad price range, he said.
“We hope to expand our customer base of interior designers with this new effort. The number of new sku’s in the collection is not known at this time but they will be shown alongside Clarence House products in the same agency and corporate showrooms around the USA."
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