Contemporary interior architecture firm I Love Architecture from The Netherlands has designed an amazing interior: Apartment Weteringschans. The interior architecture of the space is split into a clean, grid-like structure. The kitchen island, which is a monolithic figure of marble and wood, serves as both the cooking and serving area.
The colors and materials of this interior space are kept to a minimum. Other than the white walls, ceilings, and floors, there are splashes of primary colors seen in the lighting, pillows, and accessories. Everything — from the dining table, kitchen, and living room — is laid out in the open.
Aldrich House in Perth, located in Western Australia, uses curves and changing ceiling levels to create an amazing effect. Using digital terrain modeling, the group at Enter Project designed the non-parallel roof as an extension of the surrounding landscape. The changes in the curves of the roof allow for the height of the ceiling to change depending on what room you are in. The ceilings in the bedrooms are lower, offering more intimacy while the spaces open up in the more public living areas.
The home consists of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two living rooms. Between the curves of the roof and the lack of 90-degree angles in the house, the house feels open and full of visual interest. The viewing deck on the roof offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.
In architecture and interior design, spacing can speak volumes. Styling a space with furniture that continues the color profile throughout the room keeps the room feeling open. Keeping it simple can highlight the surrounding architecture. All in all, this is just one interesting example of skillfully using spacing to make a great visual difference.
By using window treatments, such as full length curtains, it should be relatively easy to create atmosphere in your dining room. When opened with coloured rope or classy beaded tiebacks, full-length curtains add a certain sense of grace and style to a room.
Jacquard or damask curtains can achieve a look of sophistication and elegance. These fabrics offer a medium weight, along with the range of colours and patterns. Curtains are available with deep headings as they produce some very beautiful pleats and subtle folds. There are also curtains designed specifically for bay windows, such as eyelet curtains. These are very economical but very trendy.
The drape and fall of the curtain is also important to the look of window dressings. Through the use of different curtain tracks or poles, several styles can be achieved. Bay window poles are made to fit the size and shape of the windows, and they are best used with light or medium-weight curtains. For heavier curtains, traditional curtain tracks are better, allowing curtains to be drawn or opened with little effort.
For rooms featuring dark furniture, long curtains in darker colours work best. They provide a sense of warmth on cold evenings and create a cosy atmosphere in traditional-style homes. You can fit them with a pellet and tiebacks that match. This kind of curtain looks very refined and classical.
If you’re trying to enhance pale dining room furniture, use cream-coloured curtains with boldly contrasted edges of faux suede and within the pelmet. For small dining rooms, pastel-coloured ready-made curtains can set the proper tone of sophistication.
To bring a feeling of freshness and friendliness into a dining room, florals in either modern or traditional styles are an interesting choice. Curtains featuring pale background colours with flowers or blooms look very lavish in larger bay windows.
Neutral tones are perfect for contemporary interior design styles, especially in corded or faux-suede fabrics. These types of fabrics and tones coordinate very well with modern styled furniture and compliment less formal lifestyles very well. Faux suede is very soft to touch. The curtains can be hung on pleated headings, or they can be used with curtain rings and poles and finished with beaded tiebacks for a very smart look.
Adding lining to curtains will help them hang better, provides heat insulation, and reduces the risk of fading.
One of the greatest advantages that comes with ready-made curtains is the availability of so many sizes and colours. The textures vary widely to compliment the many differing home interior and design styles. They can be used alone, or they can be used with blinds or other window accessories to provide some privacy and control the amount of light that is let in.
When creating a space for lounging and dancing the night away, there needs to be elements of sophistication and motion — and the magical. The Samba Room in Los Angeles includes a mesmerizing display of lighting that transports guests into the world of motion. Properly designed lighting and atmosphere energizes guests and even accepts music as a complementary design element.
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Delta Light, a market leader and trendsetter in architectural lighting, announced the use of advanced LED lighting technology for the most recent renovation of the Sandton Group’s Grand Hotel Reylhof in the heart of the city of Gent in Belgium.
Delta Light, together with the hotel architects and lighting designers, developed a lighting concept combining their vision of tomorrow’s hotel design while remaining true to the original Louis XIV architecture and atmosphere.
Delta Light chose Bridgelux LED arrays for their very high color rendering (CRI), excellent color consistency, and energy efficiency. LED lighting also strengthens the hotel’s bottom line by:
The hotel was originally built in 1724 in the Louis XIV style and was last renovated in 1964. The hotel estimates that they will save 75% in cost savings from energy in both lighting and reduced air conditioning costs plus greatly reduced lighting maintenance costs.
The Monastery is the name of this project by Arild Eriksen, Joakim Skajaa of Eriksen Skajaa Architectsfor Netlife Research. Netlife wanted their new spaces to feel creative, yet offer spaces for privacy, reflection and silence. Inspired by a monastery garden, the architects designed a brick and wood building partition in the center of a wide open office space that features niches for plants and privacy, and windows for air circulation. One of the niches outside contains a bench to sit and read or relax.