Hanging Artwork - 7 Displaying Mistakes to Avoid

Having wall art and paintings make a whole lot of difference to an interior space. Not only does it make your vertical surfaces interesting, it also adds style to your room. But if you thing hanging wall art is easy as pie . . . well is not that easy to get it right.

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Many homeowners don’t know that hanging art on walls is an art in itself. So it’s not uncommon to find that people make mistakes which are not quite easy to once you’ve punched holes in the walls, or framed some painting that looks best unframed.

These are 7 of the most common art displaying mistakes to avoid.
  1. Thinking that all art paintings require framing – Not all paintings, posters and the like need to be framed as some art work look better unframed
  2. Using the wrong scale of frame for your paintings
  3. Artwork is hung either too low or too high. Hang paintings 60 inches midpoint from the floor to the middle of the art.
  4. Art is hung lopsided or crooked making it visually un-levelled.
  5. When forming a gallery, collage, or grouping of art works on the wall, you failed to plan beforehand.
  6. You don’t realise that the size of artwork in relationship to the size of the wall it is mounted on is important. Hanging a small picture on a large wall or a large work of art on a small wall is a no-no.
  7. Filling all walls in the room with pictures, paintings, and posters.

Other Picture Hanging Blunders to Avoid

Don’t restrict yourself to hanging artwork that has a mix of all colours of the interior space. It’s best to use them to break free from the confines of colour palette choice. And don’t create a dull boring effect by hanging the same type of art on the walls.

Hang a mix of artwork . . . framed paintings, metal art, works on stretch canvas, ceramic plates, tapestries, and other wall art pieces. A variety of types and sizes of wall hangings will spice up the room and ensure it is aesthetically pleasing.

And finally, not layering your wall art to connect them to the rest of the room’s décor is a mistake most people make.
Create exciting layers by positioning a floor lamp right in front of a hung painting or place a potted plant to its side. Let a few fronds float in front of the art. This form of layering helps connect your art to the rest of the room, creating a more stylish look in the process.

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Difference Between Fixtures and Fittings in Interior Design

Fittings and fixtures are items and equipment that have no permanent connection to the main structure of a building but come up every so often in the interior design and decoration profession.

Not many homeowners know the difference between the two terms (interior fixtures and fittings), but they both represent different things and therefore cannot always be used interchangeably.

Some may say there are no set definitions for what makes a home décor item a fitting or a fixture but normally a fixture is understood to be a fixed item that’s firmly installed and immovable while a fitting is a free standing, screwed on, or hung interior décor item.

For clarification and for those who aren’t quite sure of the differences, find below is a list of items that fall under each category.

Interior Fixtures

  • Lighting fixtures such as ceiling mounted lights, wall sconces, recessed, and cove lights
  • Dimmer, timer, and touch switches
  • Heat radiators, ceiling fans, fireplaces and surrounds
  • Built-in wardrobes units, cupboards, built-in shelves, staircase railings, balustrades
  • Floating wood floors 
  • Bathtubs, vanity units, water closets, shower enclosures, Jacuzzis, and
  • Entrance and interior doors
  • Indoor water fountains
  • Curtain rods, rails, blinds, and shades
  • Kitchen units including island units and breakfast counters

Interior Fittings

  • Paintings, wall art, mirror, partitioning; items that are not bolted but hung or screwed on to a wall.
  • Carpets, curtains, and drapery
  • Wall mounted entertainment systems, televisions, including audio and video equipment
  • Free-standing ovens, refrigerators and washers and driers (also referred to as appliances)
  • Moveable furniture like beds, sofas, tables, consoles, etc..., and others of such free standing items
  • Portable light fittings such as table, desk, and floor lamps

Majorly, the method of installation, placement, and attachment determines whether an item is one or the other.

For instance, is the item permanently affixed to a floor, wall, or ceiling by using screws, nails, cement, or glue? On the other hand, is the item moveable or removable with ease? It it’s easy to move, like taking down a wall painting, or hard to remove like floating shelves, the method used to attach it might make it a fixture or a fitting.

If the item becomes an integral part of the home, like a floating laminate floor, even though it is snapped together by a simple tongue and groove method, it still remains a fixture. In other words, if an item is installed as a permanent feature, like a built-in bookcase, it becomes a fixture; while a free standing (standalone) bookcase is termed a fitting.

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How to Use Utility Rooms Efficiently

Most people’s utility room is an extension off the kitchen area and there is good reason for this.

The kitchen is the busiest room in the home and some functions that take place in a kitchen can be extended into a utility room. Not only that, it can serve as additional area to an already limited kitchen space.

This close proximity allows for efficient and functional use of both rooms. On the one hand, an extra freezer (if you have a large family) can be placed in a utility room. It can have fitted shelves where you can store things like homemade preserves, tins, chinaware, spare glasses, etc..., a good way to de-clutter the home.

On the other hand, a utility room can be used for your laundry tasks that range from sorting dirty laundry to washing, drying, and ironing, and folding-away.

This is not to say you can’t have a utility room in another area of the house. Some homes have the room in the basement yet others have it a converted attic.

Reasons Why You Need a Utility Room

If you are building your home from scratch, it is good to plan the best position to site your utility room.

Of course the most obvious function of a utility room is for laundry tasks so if yours is meant to serve this purpose, make sure your design has an exterior wall because of plumbing pipe work needed for the washing machine and utility sink.

If you need this room for something multi-purpose, for instance, if you need it to serve as a handy workshop, closet organiser, and storage seasonal clothing such as winter coats, then it can be situated anywhere from next to the garage to an extra bedroom.

And if you need one to serve as an extra kitchen area, a pantry and wine cellar, site the room adjoining the kitchen. It all depends on the function you’ll need the space for, both now and in the future.

There are some other reasons why you need to incorporate a utility room into your home’s design. They can also function as:
  • Your DIY craft workstation – a set-up with a work table that doubles up as an ironing surface
  • A room to store stepladders, tool boxes, vacuum cleaner, and carpet/curtains steamer
On a final note, not only are utility rooms great places to do your washing and ironing, crafting, storing, etc..., they allow for a more efficient use of other spaces in the home thus giving homeowners the opportunity to divide work functions into specific areas.

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Home Office Ideas - How to Create a Functional Workstation

Do you work from home and if you do, how comfortable is your workstation?

Many who work from home seem quite comfortable using the kitchen counter or the dining table as an office desk. But then, in the kitchen, when it’s time for food preparation and cooking, everything - books, pens, phones, laptop and all get pushed to the side to create space for the room’s purpose.

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Yet others run their home office in the living room, feeling generally unfazed with, discs, USB drives, routers and the like strewn all over the floor or on the coffee table.

None of these working conditions are good enough for anyone that works from home.

Though we have all the advantages and perks of technology which basically means we can run our home business in less space, it is still best to identify and create a spot in the home to work comfortably and efficiently.

This can be a small part of the living room, dining area, the hallway, a corner, niche, or by a bay window. A private space that’s conducive for your work solely and out of the way of other members of the household. But then this is great if you have ample space in your home.

In many cases, the home is small and there is barely much space to allocate for a home office. If this is the case, there needs to be ‘sharing of space’. But how do you separate home and work life when they share the same interior space?

Areas in the Home That Can Serve as Office Space

Finding the best space to serve as a home office work station is usually the easy part but designing and decorating the space using functional and efficient furniture and furnishings that’s the right scale and size in relationship to the rest of the room is the “not-so-easy part”.

But first, let’s identify the possibilities:
  • Underneath the staircase
  • First floor landing
  • A niche or recess that’s a minimum of 90cm (36 inches) wide 60cm (24 inches) deep and 180cm (72 inches) high
  • Free wall space within the living or dining area
  • A existing closet
  • The extra room (once the kids have ‘flown the coop’).
  • A guest room that can double up as a study or home office
There must be perfect integration of your home business setting with the rest of the surrounding interior space. So it’s important that you pick out the best place within your home to do your other home business tasks without turning everything upside down!

14 Ways to Make your Workstation Functional, Comfortable, and Pleasant

It is important to create your own personalised workstation. Asides making it functional and comfortable, you must endeavour to make it cheery, bright, and even colourful. Your home office must come across as a passionately put together space with a real sense of energy.

Most home based workers often forget that this space needs to be attractive and inviting, worrying more about its function and ergonomics. But creating an office at home goes beyond that. You want an office that is so lovely that you don't want to close the door on it or hide it from inquisitive eyes. You want to show it off!

When designing a home office, you should:

1. Blend it into the surroundings in a pleasing manner

2. Ensure it is organised and free of clutter

3. Keep your desk neat and avoid too much desk bound paperwork

4. Have a memo board for notelets, to-do list, calendar, or photographs.

5. Store files, receipts, and the like electronically

6. Make sure your desk and its accessories match the room’s décor and theme for a sleek stylish look

7. Make the workstation a flexible space in the event that other family members wish to use it

8. Ensure the scale of your home office furniture corresponds with the scale of other items in the room

9. Have ample storage. Try installing floating shelves above the desk and/or vertical files to organize and keep at arm's reach If your work requires you to store a lot of paperwork

10. Add a splash of bright colours (wall, chair, and floor rug)

11. Hide all electrical cords. This makes your workspace clean and organized

12. Make sure that you have a very comfortable chair. Remember that you may have to sit in it for hours to get your work done

13. Have good lighting for your desk and its close surrounding area

14. Accessorize your office desk in a pleasing manner. Personalise your workstation with things that make you motivated and cheerful

Your home office workstation is an interior zone where you’ll be spending a great deal of time working, so it is important to be happy with its setup.

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Clever Storage Ideas for Bedrooms

As bedroom spaces become smaller, we need to be more creative with storage solutions.

Coming up with storage ideas by using spaces and furniture optimally requires some thought and the best way to approach the issue is to draw up a rough floor plan of the entire bedroom space, including the areas designated for furniture.

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Plan for both vertical and horizontal spaces for bedroom storage, especially if your apartment doesn’t come with a walk-in closet; this way, it’s easy to start thinking and sketching out the kind of units that will work best for your room.

Types of Bedroom Storage

There are two types you can use in a bedroom.
  • Standalone storage furniture
  • Built-in units
Standalone furniture for storage includes chest of drawers, armoires, bedside cabinets, storage beds, dresser, wardrobes, tallboy, and highboy while built-in units include fitted wardrobes, built-in chests, and floor to ceiling wardrobes.

Features of bedroom storage include:
  • Long and short hanging sections (long hanging sections are good for hanging full length gowns and dresses, trousers, long skirts, overcoats, etc... while the short hanging spaces are ideal for hanging skirts, blouses, shorts, shirts and the like) with inner lighting
  • Open or closed shelves for folded clothing, tees, hat boxes, etc...
  • Drawers for undergarments, socks, scarves, odds and end stuff, etc...
  • Pull out wire baskets for sundry items, or anything you may wish to store away in an easy to access airy unit.
  • Shoe racks, bag racks, and belt hooks
  • Upper storage spaces for large boxes, suitcases (if you don't have ample closet storage), etc...
  • Jewellery lock-away sections, travel and other important documents
If you are designing your bedroom DIY wise, consider space for the above when mapping out your sketch. If you are hiring an interior designer to do the job, start off by discussing all your storage requirements him or her.

You can also find bedroom fitters at your local home improvement stores. A designer or fitter should present you with a simple to read and understand plan with working drawings that show how spaces will be divided and allocated.

Integrate Storage Design Ideas with Bedroom Style

Bedroom or closet storage and organisers must be well integrated with the total design concept of the bedroom and its décor. For instance, a heavy rich mahogany wardrobe may be beautiful and elegant, but it will look out of place if incorporated within a room that has an ultramodern dresser and country style night stands.

Likewise, you wouldn’t want to mess-up your minimalist less-is-more look with a heavy oak bed, an elaborate foot chest, and some heavy ornately carved headboard.

However, it’s good to note that if you are one that has a preference of say an eclectic theme or absolutely love Bohemian décor, then set interior design rules don’t necessarily apply.

Any which way, it’s best to choose a bedroom design that's not only pleasant but also possesses great potentials for a good variety of storage solutions.

Affordable Storage Solutions

If you are on a tight budget and want organise things inexpensively, go for built-in wardrobe units without the doors. Instead, install roll-up blinds (wood, bamboo, or fabric) or drapes which coordinate well with the room's colour scheme.

This idea is great for hiding everything in a visually pleasing manner and can be applied for dead corners, niches or a wardrobe recess.

Louvered doors that can be found at most local D.I.Y. stores are another alternative. They are lovely, have character, and are very affordable to serve as doors.

Finally, if you live in a tiny flat where your bedroom serves a dual purpose . . . as a living room during the day and as a bedroom at night, what appears to be a wall in daytime can be pulled out at night to form a bed with a sprung mattress and built-in lighting. This storage idea works great where space is limited, like in studio apartments or converted lofts.

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