Interior Design Ideas – How to Make Corridors and Landings Look Elegant

By the judicious selection of wall colors you can visually change the proportions of a corridor. To push out the side walls select colors that recede, and for a corridor to appear shorter add an advancing color to the end wall.

Mirrors fixed to side walls will magically open up the space and make it appear much wider and lighter. These can be in the form of sheets made into a wall of mirror or in panels placed between doors. Cut to shape, mirrors can be used to back recesses/niches, and framed sections can be hung at intervals.

The placement of an item of interest at the end of the corridor will have the effect providing a focal point as well as stopping the eye. You may choose to display a piece of sculpture, a stone urn or perhaps a decorative vase on a plinth. A stunning framed painting, stenciled walls or a trompe l’oeil painted effect will serve a similar purpose, as will an item of exquisite furniture.

Floor coverings that emphasize the horizontal will also help to break up the space. A continuous carpet that has a trellis pattern or is divided into panels will be effective, as will individual area rugs placed at intervals on to either a hard floor or fitted carpet.

Interest can also be created on side walls by hanging pictures. Not only will they make your passage through the space more pleasurable, but the reflective surface of their glass fronts will help to bounce around whatever natural light is available. A decorator’s tip to stabilize pictures hanging in a traffic area is to fix each picture at two points (that is, with two hooks) instead of one.

Structurally breaking up the space may involve only slightly more work. The creation of arches along your corridor will not only break the ‘journey’ but will also provide an attractive frame through which to view the scene beyond.

The key to a winning scheme may well lie with some existing possession. A tribal runner carpet, a particularly dominant painting, an exotic screen or a gorgeous piece of painted furniture – any of these items could be used as a trigger for a successful scheme. By picking out and repeating a color element from your furnishings, you will instantly draw attention to them and give them a sense of belonging.

On the matter of safety it is important for sufficient light to be provided to signal any changes of floor level, and that lights can be switched on and off at either end of a corridor (that is, two-way switched). It also is essential that loose floor coverings be well attached to the underfloor (special webbings are available for loose carpers placed on either hard or soft floorings), and for hard floor surfaces to be non-slip, especially where there are children or elderly people in residence.

Tips on Decorating the Interior of Your Home

There are a lot of things that you could take the time to learn about when it comes to interior design, and it is quite clear that you could really make some major improvements to the way your home looks. If you take the time to really think about it, you will know that the way your home looks and feels can have a major impact on the way that you feel in your home throughout the day, so it is important to go out of your way to keep your home looking not only well organized but also looking quite beautiful. Learning a bit more about interior design in general and how to properly decorate given areas of your property is a useful skill to have, and it is not like you have to be a professional in any way. However, it is going to take a while to learn the basics and the best way to find this kind of stuff out is to go online and do some basic research on the topic.

Make a search online and it should be fairly easy for you to find several or more different web sites that provide useful information and tips on interior decorating and you will probably end up being quite happy with them if you look through them. If it turns out that you have been struggling for quite some time to come up with some great looking designs for your home, you may be able to find some good ideas just by having a quick look at web sites like this. At the very least you will be able to gain a general understanding of what goes into the proper design of a home area.

If you are worried that you are going to have to spend a lot of money to be able to make an attractive interior design in your home then what you should do is try to find some that are a little less expensive. You would be surprised to know anyway that a lot of the modern interior designs available can actually be made without even having to spend a lot of cash so feel free to have a look around and see if you can find something nice that will not end up costing you so much money. There are plenty of budget friendly options for those who would prefer to spend some time looking for a cheaper deal. The point is to make your home look a lot nicer in some way or another, and this can actually be done without necessarily having to spend a ton of money in the process.

As you can see, there are a lot of things you should learn about interior design in general if you want to be able to make your home more stylish without spending too much money. Becoming a professional interior designer is not necessary and just a basic knowledge of how to do this sort of stuff should be more than enough.

Starting Your Business in Redesign, Home Staging and Interior Design – Just Go For It

I recently worked with a woman who was just launching her redesign business. When I had asked her why she thought she needed a business coach she said that she was not ready to begin her business, but wanted to be ready, with clients, at the end of 90 days. As a business coach, one of the first things I do with a new client is assess their business as it stands today, in order to establish the areas in which we need to focus.

As we went over the assessment, I became more and more puzzled as to why she wanted to work with me. Virtually every item listed under my “launching your business” category had been successfully completed. In fact, she had several items completed that I have listed under my “been in business a couple of years” category!

So again, I asked her why she wanted to work with me. Again she responded with, “Because I am not ready.”

After very little conversation, it was obvious she was not going to be ready any time soon. It wasn’t because the business aspects of her work were not covered; it was because she was hiding behind her tasks. The things she “had to do before she could possibly start her business.”

It is very easy to get caught up in the tasks of running your business. Aside from the fact that you actually will be designing for a client, whether you are doing real estate staging or a room redesign, you also have to act as sales manager, marketing manager, bookkeeper and administrative assistant. Don’t forget web designer and public speaker. So put together your to-do lists, and dive in, and in, and in.

There is a reason that large companies have departments to handle the various aspects of a business, because each facet, management, accounting, sales, etc. is a full time job on its own. Especially in the beginning, we typically don’t have the luxury to hire these tasks out, so we take them on ourselves.

I have found that it is very easy to use the “business” aspect of our work as a great big procrastination tool. It’s not as though the individual pieces don’t have to be done, because in fact they do, but the question to ask is “when?” When do they need to be done? Is it really necessary to have a three-page full color brochure ready before you tell all of your friends and neighbors that you are in business? Do you have to have a full blown computer accounting software program before you can accept a check for your services? Hiding behind business tasks is a very easy thing to do. I find that I do it most when the task I really should be doing, the priority task, is a task that I just don’t want to do: for example, invoicing clients. One would think that collecting for your services would be terribly exciting, but for some reason I find the task tedious, and have to use all kinds of tricks and techniques to actually find the motivation to do the work.

I tried to impress upon my coaching client that she could launch her business today! Right now! She could e-mail all of her contacts, and let them know she was open for business. She could call her five closest friends and ask them to call their five closest friends. She could pass out her beautiful fliers in her neighborhood this afternoon! We also talked about how you never can be, nor should you ever really be ready. There is always something new to try and something new to do, so have faith in what you have done to date and get started right now!

It turns out she was right after all. She wasn’t ready. And she has yet to launch her business. But you always have the opportunity to just jump in and go for it.