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The Rules on Rug Selection

The task of choosing the right rug for the home can be a difficult one. Some people will settle for the first carpet that catches their attention, while others will spend months looking for the perfect room centrepiece. If you’re looking to buy a new rug for your home there are a few rules that should be considered to ensure you effectively adorn and beautify the home.

a beautiful rug in a lounge roomRug size is undoubtedly an important aspect of the selection process. In this regard, the rules on rug selection emphasize the need to measure the area to guarantee a perfect fit. You may wish for the carpet to lie underneath seating furniture, however in the case of smaller rooms the space in the middle should be the focus with the available furniture gathering around the edges.

The next thing to consider is the type of rug which will be determined by the area where you want to put it. This part can be a bit tricky given the large selection available on the market. Options however can be reduced by considering how frequently the area is visited both by members of the family, guests and any household pets. For areas that have a lot of foot traffic, durable pieces will be the smart choice.

A common practice is to place highly-decorative pieces in areas where people frequently visit such as the living room. The standard and run-of-the-mill type of carpets are usually put in less-visited zones of the home. The rules on rug selection actually suggest that spreading low-maintenance and flat-woven carpets in high-traffic areas is the more logical option.

a well decorated entry to a homeThe rationale for this is that places like the living room are exposed to more of the dirt that people bring in after they enter the residence. A deep or fancy piece will make the cleaning process more difficult so it makes sense to keep an easy to wash rug in these areas. There is also the issue about the materials on which the rugs are founded. Since these are home accessories that are supposed to last for many years, it is always best to choose carpets known for their durability.

woolen or synthetic items are generally the best options as opposed to rugs produced from silk and cotton. Wool-based carpets are generally stain-free and water-resistant while effectively retaining dyed colors at the same time.

In entrance-ways to homes carpets (as opposed to floor mats) are quite uncommon, but the rules on rug selection show this to be a wise move for purpose of creating warmth. More importantly, it produces a welcoming atmosphere for new guests into the home.

a rug on the clothes line outsideThere is a need to choose the right type of floor piece to be placed along the entrance passage. An ordinary but attractive rug should be fine even as a conspicuous shoe rack can be conveniently placed on the side. This should serve as a cue to guests that going barefoot is actually welcome inside.

Another important consideration when it comes to rug selection is the amount of chemicals used to produce the piece. This may be rather complicated to control especially since all carpets contain some form of chemicals inside them. Nevertheless, there are rugs founded on natural fiber, but if the choice for synthetic carpets has already been made, these should be initially left outside for at least a week after purchase to air. After being brought inside it is still a good idea to leave open the windows to the room for the next week or so to let the new focal point of the room breathe, and any further chemical residue evaporate.

Various felt ball rug patterns

Felt Ball Rugs: Bring Some Life into your Home

The latest crazy in interior design to hit Australia are vibrant and colourful rugs. One type in particular, the felt ball rug; has been making waves with renovators and decorators throughout the country. Also known as freckle or pompom rugs, these stunning pieces of useful art are taking the world by storm.

These bright and brilliant rugs made up of colourful woolen balls, breathe life into any room, and have been popular not only in babies’ nurseries and children’s bedrooms but also in common living areas of the house. So popular have these rugs become that you can even spot them in some modern, Google-inspired offices or showrooms across Australia.

rogofficeThe rugs are originally from Nepal, and the best quality ones are still made there. Using local wool the rugs are made up of long lines of felt balls carefully woven together to form beautiful and intricate patterns of colour. The combinations of colour and patterns are virtually limitless and the unique texture and look of the rugs make them a centrepiece of any room.

The balls on authentic Nepalese rugs are as soft and silky, and the because they are made from 100% wool, they are safe for children and babies to play on. With many new parents being concerned about the safety of their children in terms of the clothes they wear and the materials they come in contact with, freckle rugs have become a must-have item. The fact they are made from wool, a far cry from many of the chemical laden and genetically modified cotton products that have saturated the market is the main driver behind this.

While you can find cheaper unauthentic felt ball rugs online, we recommend getting the genuine rugs to decorate your home or office. Cheaper copies may be made with additives or materials other than wool, so it’s better to pay a little extra for the real deal. Take a look at a variety of felt ball rugs before you decide which pattern will best suit your interior. A rug that matches your furniture and decor will blend in better, but if you want a conversation starter then go for something a bit more vibrant and eye-catching.

a colourful felt ball rugKeep in mind too if you are ordering your rug directly from Nepal it may take up to 6 weeks to arrive in Australia. If you don’t want to wait that long for your next interior feature to arrive, consider ordering from one of the Australian suppliers of genuine Nepalese items. We purchased one for our office from Milk Tooth, so we can vouch for their quality but other Australian companies may offer the same hasty delivery service as well.

As with everything, be careful of cheap knock-off copies made from non-genuine materials. You may be able to save a little bit of money initially, but there’s a high chance you’ll end up with an inferior rug, manufactured in a different country to the originals.

Using LED Lights to Enhance Your Interior

The advent of affordable, long-lasting LED lights means that LED downlights, strip lights, panel lights and bar light are all playing a bigger role in artistic interior design. People are always wowed by pretty lights; and if you want to really blow someone a way they are a cost effective way to make a big impact.

In an effort to add value to a property, especially in higher end houses and office spaces, people are looking to new and varied methods of standing out. Ten years ago feature walls were all the rage, and while they can still add to the feel of a room, some people now consider them a bit overdone or even passé. A quirky spin off from the painted feature wall came in the form of wall stickers, which are another relatively cheap and fun way to completely change the look and feel of any given room.

CeilingLEDThe rise in popularity of wall stickers and wall murals has been increasing with the popularity of home renovation shows like The Block and My House Rules, however trends seem to come and go and it appears the LED lighting is about to steal its thunder.

Following with the theme of the previously mentioned room features, LED lighting is used to highlight or even be the highlight of the room. Using coloured LED strip or panel lights around an indented or concave ceiling can leave a have an almost hypnotic effect, with almost any mood setting possible through the endless number of potential colour combinations and lighting effects.

LED downlighting is another great way to enhance a room. While downlights do not have the same futuristic or colourful effect potential that LED strip and bar lights do, they offer something more refined. If you’re looking to make your bedroom a little more romantic, then LED downlights might be the thing for you. They create and ambience of panache that coloured LED strip and panel lights cannot. At the flick of a switch or the twist of a knob, you can turn down the luminosity of you lights or even change their hue, to fit in with whatever mood you’re in.

BathroomLEDThe best thing about all these interior lighting ideas – not only will they light your home in a much more impressive way than traditional lighting but they’ll also save you money! LED lights are designed to last far longer than traditional lightbulbs and even compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and they use minimal power so your wallet will thank you at the end of the month. With the continual research going into LED lights, bulbs are looking like they’re going to get cheaper and more efficient too.

One Australian business based out of Brisbane has developed a new form of LED downlight that can be pulled apart and rebuilt easily at home. This means that is a single diode on a light expires; it can be quickly and easily replaced without the need to replace any other parts on the rest of the bulb. LED Arts’ LED Downlights are in production as we write this and will be released onto the market by August this year! The team here at All Arts are all very excited about the new technology because it mean we will be able to buy energy efficient LED lighting with minimal running costs and almost negligible diode replacement costs. Not only will these lights be a savior to the increasingly money-conscious, Australian consumer, they’ll also stop the creation of mountains or waste each year as people dispose of bulbs just because a small part of them no longer works.

While it may be in vogue right now to be concerned about the environment, a useful solution that can make our homes or workspaces seem more refined, more homely and so much more spectacular in our opinion, while also benefitting our children’s future, could never be a bad thing. As more and more people realize the economic and aesthetic benefits of LED lighting and LED downlights, expect to see them popping up even more frequently. So if you want to maximize you own wow effect, get in early while this interior design trend is still in its infancy!

How to Create a Bohemian Style Interior

Paris on Ponce & Le Maison Rouge

Photo By: Paris on Ponce & Le Maison Rouge

Taking inspiration from bohemian style is a great way to create a relaxed setting in the home. It gives a feeling of being carefree and allows the homeowner to let their creativity run free as they set about creating a unique interior. Boho style is about bringing together a mix of unusual looks from different times and bringing it all together; perhaps the best thing about using this type of interior decoration is that it doesn’t matter if the styles traditionally mix – it’s about creating a look that is unique to your place, creating your own distinct style, and being unconventional.

Combining this type of style within the golden ratio for interior design we discussed last week will ensure a stellar result for the look of your home. Here are some easy to follow tips for bringing bohemian style to your home.

Colours

The colours that are widely used when creating a boho or gypsy style interior are metallic shades and rich, earthy colours such as browns. These can then be combined with brighter, bolder colours such oranges, purples and blues.

Patterns are also popular when creating a bohemian theme, but remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating boho chic so don’t worry about traditional colour schemes.

Textiles

Textiles are important to creating this unconventional, gypsy inspired look. Find rugs, curtains and blankets that are made from different materials and that have different textures. These types of textiles are ideal for putting the finishing touches to the interior and complementing the overall look.

Furniture

The great things about bohemian furniture is that is doesn’t have to be new, in fact, the older and more lived in the better. Look out for ethnic style furniture, unusual pieces, and items from different eras. Many websites offer furniture free for collection, which is a good way of obtaining a mix of different pieces for people that are trying to complete a bohemian style interior on a budget.

Accessories

Find some mixed accessories to complete the boho look. These could be small items that are collected from flea markets etc. Look for small pieces such as vases, wall art, clocks, mirrors, unusual lampshades etc. Choose anything that comes from a different age or time, and bring it all together for an eclectic mix that makes your home distinctive from everyone else.

With these few tips it shouldn’t be long before you are on your way to creating the ultimate bohemian designer pad for you and your family.

 

Interior Design and the Golden Ratio

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89… The Fibonacci number sequence, commonly associated with the gold ratio. The golden ratio, the golden mean, or phi (thigh, not pie!) is a ratio of 1:1.61803399. This number is believed to be the “blueprint of life” and it can be found in a huge variety of formats such as shells, flowers, ancient Greek buildings to more modern portrayals such as the power outlet that your computer may be plugged into. This ratio is believed to be the way of ranking items by their aesthetics, which subconsciously appeals to humans.

FibonacciWhat does this have to do with interior design you ask? Well, look at the golden ratio in action in the photo to the left. What do you see? A series of rectangles and a spiral, yes, but the spiral is connecting all of the rectangles within the golden rectangle (A construction of the Fibonacci numbers) The 60:30:10 rule is fundamental, but not imperative, of interior design that can be applied to whole range of different items within a room. This could be applied to the colours shown; having a dominant colour present that will be present throughout the room allows for Suit Designhalf being a secondary colour that pairs well with the original colour. These two will be bettered with a final accent colour that is just as important as the previous two. This rule is best exemplified by a suit:

Here both examples are dominated by black and blue. These colours make the “60” in the rule and are accompanied by a white shirt that represents the “30”. The tie here acts as the “10”, bringing the suit together and completing the 60:30:10 rule.

In an interior design setting, the following photo shows the rule in full effect:

Interior Design FibonacciMuch like the suit example, this room has the pale green dominating accompanied with the cream furniture and curtains,  with a small placing of black to maximise visual appeal. The wall art is dominated by the colour purple, which acts as a further step down in the sequence. The effect given by these two examples are not just a coincidence. These are shown in the golden rectangle as it progressively becomes a smaller spiral, whereas the rule progressively becomes smaller.

This rule is not restricted to colour, with it also being found present in the amount of furniture being recommended to be present in a room. Around 60% of a floor surface is suggested to contain a form of furniture due to being able to fill out a room without it looking full and reducing the ability to navigate the room. Interior design has a mixture of art and mathematics, both needs to be applied with consideration when taking on interior design.

A great way to design a room can be stemmed back from golden ratio, which not only designs nature, but also your surroundings, including your room. If you feel your room looks “off”, I suggest going back the basics in locating the issue so try and see if your room fits the golden ratio in all forms. Don’t feel like you have to strictly conform to this rule with everything, but see it as a guideline rather than rule that mustn’t be broken. After all, designing an interior is a form of art too many restrictions don’t make for good artwork.