Why bright colures
Modern home interior design tends to favour neutral colours. It results mainly from the fact that neutral colours are safe and agree with characteristic features of home design – these are minimalism, functionality and simplicity. What’s more, natural colours are also frequently associated with natural colours, with colours of nature. After all, there are mostly whites, blacks, browns and beiges – all these colours can be easily associated with elements of nature as well as with natural materials used for creating furniture and worktops such as wood, natural stones, granite or marble. Yet, the fact that such colours are by definition favoured by contemporary design doesn’t mean that bright colours are completely discarded. What’s interesting, bright colours have their own place as well.
Where can you easily find bright colours – think for example of single walls in your home, which are frequently brightly coloured in order to stand out from the otherwise neutral background, or consider smaller decorative elements that are bright for exactly the same purpose. Bright colours can be easily found in modern home interiors, as well as in the traditional ones. In fact, there’s no definite saying that bright colours are somehow banned from given styles and designs. If only they are chosen with great care and coordinate well with overall colour scheme, there’s really no problem at all.
What’s more, bright colours can be really great additions to your overall home décor. After all, thy are bright which means they are vivid, full of inner energy and live. They are energetic and have certain vibe that definitely draws attention of your guests and your family members. Simply imagine, juicy green pillow cushions set against white washed kitchen or think of azure blue picture frames against grey background of your living room walls. There’s simply no end of possibilities here – contrastive displays of colours can do wonders in a variety of interiors.
Bright worktops and cabinets
What’s more, bright colours can make great kitchen cabinets and worktops. Think of a clear line of smooth and highly polished kitchen cabinets – blue like midday sky. Of course, such brightly coloured cabinets won’t work well in a clumsy and cluttered kitchen where everything is out of place. If you’re counting on the great final effect be careful to have proper background, the setting and stage is essential. The same goes with sunny yellow kitchen worktop – it needs perfect setting to shine fully. Simple advice is – never underestimate the background.
Why movement is important
Movement is life. It’s a basic and pretty simple statement, yet is has pretty complex implications. Let’s take a moment to actually consider what does it mean. Why movement is life? First of all, life is all about repetitive actions and cycles of moving and not moving. Imagine the never ending cycle of life – people wo are born and go on living (movement) and people who die and cease to exists (no movement). Take even simpler and more imaginative example of repetitive cycles of nature. There are seasons of the year that change and differ with regards to amount of movement involved. Finally, think of the very basics of your existence, of your body that depends on movement, is constructed on movement and is in its essence movement.
Movement is important and without our lives and the world itself won’t exist. Movement plays a huge role in variety of contexts and can be interestingly interpreted, yet lets not forget about practicalities. Movement around your house is the key to your everyday happiness. Home design is well aware of this therefore, spaces are designed in such a way as to improve your movement and make it as efficient and smooth as possible. Think for example of kitchen navigation. Although, at first sight it may seem that kitchen navigation is a simple thing in practice it’s really not. Imagine all the obstacles that can hinder your way and make kitchen navigation slow and quite often pointless.
Comfortable kitchen navigation
Luckily, home design takes into account the power of movement in our lives, not only on the cosmic scale but as well as on the everyday one. In order to make kitchen navigation as efficient and smooth as possible modern designers think of two things. First of all, they design space in such a way as to make kitchen navigation easy. They carefully think of what actions can take place in your kitchen and create dedicated areas (like workspace, cleaning zone, dining area) that connect with each other smoothly, yet stay separated and are easily accessible. Secondly, they take into account your preferences and design kitchen space accordingly.
As a result, kitchen navigation is natural for you and while moving around you won’t encounter any obstacles. Transition from one area to another is super easy and you can move from place to place without a blink of an eye. Consequently, kitchen navigation makes your life much easier and time efficient. You can prepare food, cook dinner and clean much faster that in cluttered and messy kitchen that forgets about the inner power of movement. What’s more, your energy is saved and accumulated and not wasted on unnecessary walks there and back. Enjoy the movement.
Cottage furniture – qualities
There are times when various types of furniture are much more popular than others. It’s enough to mention such styles as Victorian or cottage furniture. Whereas Victorian furniture is becoming more and more a thing of the past, cottage furniture which was extremely popular in the late 19th century is gaining its momentum now as well. Some styles are simply better suited to accommodate our contemporary as well aesthetic needs. What’s so good and interesting in such furniture that it’s getting its new life now?
Let’s start with basics. What’s such furniture and what are its typical features? Cottage furniture is style that was developed in the 90s in the 19th century in the United States. Cottage furniture was mass produced and gained popularity especially in rural areas and farm houses. It was usually made of soft pinewood and was brightly coloured. The most typical colours were white, grey or pale shades of grey or pink. All the elements of this type of furniture were usually declared with some flower motifs and in general were lavishly decorated. It’s really interesting that some parts of cottage furniture, like bed headboards were originally decorated and sometimes present whole scenes from marine life or other.
Although, at the turn of the century cottage furniture enjoyed less and less popularity it was never quite forgotten. What’s interesting, this type of furniture is gaining momentum now. In modern times when we’re a little fed up with modern design and its cleanliness and clearly cut lines, such furniture stands a chance to become popular once again. It results mostly from the fact that paradoxically it’s offering us something new, some freshness which isn’t easily encountered in contemporary world when everything seems old-fashioned and used up. What’s more, those type of furniture has a chance to look pretty good in modern interiors. Why?
Cottage furniture in modern house
First of all, cottage furniture in modern interiors with their clean lines and smoothness can be quite a contrast. Cottage furniture is after all characterised by irregular lines full of curves and plenty of motifs and decorations. Although, at first sight such contrast may seem awkward or too much, if it’s created with taste it can be a good thing. Just imagine your white washed kitchen full of state-of-the-art appliances and furniture. Cabinets are steel grey and appliances and walls are pure white. Then, can you see that pale grey cottage furniture like delicately ornament table and chairs can fit in easily and make a stand. What’s more, such furniture can effectively set off your otherwise boring modern day kitchen and let in some warmth and light.
Food preparation – basics
Preparing food isn’t an easy task. There’s plenty of factors that influence the whole process and can change it unexpectedly. Yet, one thing is certain – in order to prepare food you need dedicated space which can help you in the process. Food preparation requires its own zone where everything can be done step by step. Usually you prepare your food in the kitchen. Unfortunately, a lot of kitchens is pretty chaotic and there’s no one zone dedicated to food preparation, everything simply happens in one place all at once.
Of course, there’s a worktop but worktops in such kitchens are often pretty messy and difficult to keep in order. If you really want the whole food preparation process to be orderly and clean it’s best to have a separate worksurface with dedicated areas for food preparation, actual cooking and cleaning. These three areas are basics when it comes to food preparation. They are also the most effective – think for example of such cases when you need to prepare different types of food and therefore it’s impossible to prepare food for all your dishes at the same time and then smoothly move to another food preparation phase. Sometimes you need to switch and prepare some food and then proceed to cooking, but then again you need to cut some vegetables and so on. In such cases, clearly divided working areas are the best. You can smoothly move from place to place without any harm your works at hand.
Food preparation – what’s new
Food preparation in such clearly organised kitchen is a pure pleasure. On the one hand, everything is pretty much in order and on the other hand, your kitchen and therefore your work is easy and smooth. You can easily navigate from one place to another, change between preparation of different kinds of dishes and what’s more, enjoy the whole process from the very start to the very end. Moreover, preparing food in such areas is also great since it helps you to effectively deal with all the stages of food preparation process.
What’s more, food preparation in such new kitchens with clear layout is really wonderful since it helps you to make all the things much faster and your work is as a result much more efficient as well. Therefore, keep in mind that modern design kitchens are nice for your work organisation and everyday work routine. Finally, don’t forget that such kitchens are also pretty nice looking and welcoming. After all, modern design isn’t only about functionality – it’s also about various things such as minimalism, simplicity and overall aesthetics. Modern design recognizes the fact that space needs to be efficient and practical as well as attractive.
How to organize space – practical tips
Remodeling or simply redesigning space is becoming more and more popular. People generally want to make things better and this also concerns the way their houses look. Many people decide on employing professional architects and simply rely on their suggestions and ideas. Of course, it’s one possibility. Yet, if you don’t have proper budget you can try remodeling yourself. Especially, when it’ not really extensive and you can make some changes yourself. Still, there are few important things you need to remember while remodeling. First of all, you need to think how to organize space so it looks good and is at the same time practical. So, how to organize space effectively and functionally?
First of all, you need to remember that space can’t be crowded. You don’t want the clutter to get in your way. Hence, you need to carefully consider what pieces of furniture and what kinds of appliances you want to include in your given rooms. In this way your space will be much easier to be organized. Then, it’s also important to organize and plan all the elements in such a way as to keep them functional. You don’t want to have sofas or huge wardrobe’s hindering your way to the kitchen etc. Finally, when it comes to practical aspects of organizing spaces you need to be careful with decorative elements. Remember to keep the reasonable limits.
How to organize space – creative approach
When it comes to creative approach of space organization you can let yourself be quite free. Creativity isn’t by definition an obstacle to functionality. If only you keep in mind that your space needs to retain some level of practicality you can try to make some of your ideas come to life. How to organize space in a creative way? Think for example of unusual additions such as pictures. You can try to group them in three to get more attention. Interestingly, the pictures can show the same thing but from different angels. Another interesting idea are flowers. Greenery can make your spaces much more alive and enjoyable.