Fresh Look at New Home Design Ideas

Home is where the heart is. The home means the place where we can unwind and be ourselves. So if one wants to redo their home, it needs taking a fresh look at the various home design ideas.

A house is made of many rooms. Each of these rooms has a role to play to make it a part of the home. While deciding on the home design ideas it is important to remember that individual tastes of the people living in the house have to be taken into consideration.

The house can be given a completely new look by just changing the color of the paint on the walls. You can decide to go in for more modern use of different colors for different rooms or walls. Or maybe even use wall paper or tiles to add more variety.

In case constructing a new house, you can decide on the theme – like a modern house with neat lines or a farm house or just a simple country house. The theme can help decide how to do up the rest of the house.

Home design ideas can help plan for the most important room in the house, the kitchen. The size and shape of the kitchen need to be given adequate thought. The counter-top, the pantry, the types of electrical appliances that would be used all need to be accommodated and planned for. Also the type of kitchen sinks that have to be fitted.

The bedrooms should be well planned well. The rooms should get proper ventilation. There must be ample cupboard space and storage areas. The lights should be well placed.

The plumbing in the bathrooms has to be well thought of. The number of sinks, the type of tap fittings, whether to fit a tub or a shower closet. All the plans have to be made keeping in mind the number of people using it and their specific requirements.

Would you prefer a well laid out lawn or a backyard where the children can play? Using the new home design ideas, plan well to use the open spaces to avoid hassles in future.

Define Your Style – Home Design Ideas

Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and when it comes to interior design this can often by the best route to take if you don’t trust your own design instincts. There is a danger however, that your house will blend into every other Magnolia drenched, carbon copy home that we see cloned on every street in Britain today. Why do we practice such safe design? Is it because we suffer from a lack of imagination, or are home owners up and down the land just not brave enough to experiment? Maybe in this difficult economic climate we cannot risk straying from that safe colour palette of cream and white?

I say, why create a ‘blank canvas’ (just in case you move home), for someone else to put his or her stamp on. Look for inspiration everywhere and don’t fear your own style. There are several ways in which you can experiment without breaking the bank and below are a few ideas and tips, which could inspire you to create your own unique groove. Firstly, do a little research. Websites such as housetohome have a fantastic gallery of pictures and suppliers that can inspire you and are less likely to be found in the house next door.

Create a mood board. Collect images, colour swabs and fabric samples in order to focus your ideas and inspire you. This way you will be able to see which colours and styles go together and it will also help you commit to only buying what you need. Steer clear of the plain and create simple elegance by choosing a simple colour palette but also experimenting with different textures of paint and fabrics. B&Q have a paint colour mixing service, which can match any of your favourite items.

Add a splash of colour by adding cushions and throws or curtains. Cushions, and more surprisingly curtains, are easy to make if you have a bit of time on your hands and you can get quality designer fabrics at greatly reduced prices online. Stores such as http://www.digbyandwilloughby.co.uk sell designer fabrics at £10 a meter instead of the recommended retail price of £30 to £100 a meter. If you don’t fancy making curtains yourself, Digby & Willoughby can get these made up for you. Alternatively breathe life into a favourite chair with new upholstery with Fabrics from Digby & Willoughby.

Accessorise with one or two unique pieces such as a beautiful free standing mirror or a piece of artwork. To save some pennies you could visit auction houses such as lotsroad or criterionauctions. I recently found a fantastic seascape oil painting in a charity shop and a beautiful art deco bedroom suite on freecycle.org so keep your eyes peeled. Love the traditional? Experiment with mixing the traditional with the new to avoid being old fashioned. Choose classic wallpapers with a funky twist from companies such as Cole & Sons and Zoffany to create a feature wall. Visit reclamation yards such as wellsreclaimation or sites such as salvo.co.uk to find beautiful antique wooden furniture and natural materials to create a classic and unique vintage look.

A statement piece of furniture can be the inspiration for the design of your whole room. Cover an old chest of drawers or table with fantastic hand printed wallpaper, protected with layers of clear varnish and jazz it up with new or antique handles. Try emmamolony.com for hand printed wallpapers. Go off piste, I recently purchase antique music scores from a local bookshop, which cost me 30p each and they make the perfect vintage wall coverings. If you religiously follow modern styles, what is the buzz from the world of interior design, what are the hot colours for 2010?

Colours from Mexico such as, burnt oranges, sunny yellows, gingers and taupe’s are on trend. Various shades of midnight blue with greying whites are in vogue and as well as being chic and ultimately classic, they would be a good long-term investment. Soft vintage colours, such as neapolitan pinks and yellows reflect the current boom in homemade crafts and reclaimed materials. Other colours in style for 2010 will be natural hues, soft beiges and nudes with green or purple accessories. There are plenty of ways to create your own unique style and to update your home. And remember, to play on the words of Jim Rohn, ‘if you don’t design your own style, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much!’

Helena Searle
January 2010

Celebrity Homes – Design Ideas From Celebrity Bedrooms

The glitz, the glamour, the fame; your favorite actors and actresses wear them as effortlessly and as elegantly as any jewelry as they stride straight down the red carpet. No doubt celebrities live the good life, bathing under the glowing light of media and paparazzi. You can bet that their lives are well-documented in books of show business, and much to the desire of the fans, they can have the luxury of taking a glimpse into their favorite celebrities’ lives and these include their homes.

Now for celebrities, buying and owning an estate is no regular affair. If you are finding designs for your home, you may want to check out your favorite celebrity homes. They are usually inclined to build their homes particularly their own bedrooms with fascinating interior designs. This article will give you ideas in transforming particularly your own room into something worthwhile. Fortunately, you can always steal ideas for your own bedroom makeover. Here are some tips on copying some of the most fascinating celebrity bedroom designs.

For those who are into classical style, a diva-inspired bedroom is just right for your taste. Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s idea was to set a classical flair with a luxurious look by putting a statement headboard from the 18th century to Cher’s room. All other ornaments are made to match the tone set by the headboard. As for you, you can always make a new look out of scraps. You can find vintage headboard in antique shops and other flea markets. Though not as elegant, there are things that would surely suit your style. With that in mind, all the other accessories will be easier to conceptualize.

If comfort is your priority, you can steal ideas from a famous actor’s room. The bedding and curtains are the keys in achieving the cozy feel in his room. However, you cannot always use the drapery as a solution to your own room since it consumes space. An alternative is to make use of PILLOWS! Yes, you can stuff your bed with lots of pillows. You can match different colors, shapes and fabrics. If you want to keep up a cozy and sexy ambiance without compromising elegance, do not use the same color all over! Do not match the bed and pillows with the same shade.

If being fanciful is in your blood then take a peek into a great fashion designer’s bedroom. The room is painted with vibrant colors and covered with floral drapery. The wooden furniture also adds fun to the ambiance of the room. To make this fun feel in your own room, play with colors. Do not be afraid to experiment with strong and vibrant hues. However, you should always make sure that you like the color before deciding on putting it all over your room. Choosing a unique color that is different from any part of your home will show the fun side of you.

Considering that their lives are open to almost everyone, celebrity homes are the most accessible reference that could help you explore different creative ideas in designing you own homes. However, you cannot always copy what you see in most celebrity homes. Remember to keep your design concepts as affordable as possible. Stick to your budget and still achieve the look that you want for your own place.